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10 for 2012: #3 – Starlings

By on Thursday, 8th December 2011 at 11:00 am

In the last couple weeks, we asked you to vote for the top 10 artists you thought would be big in 2012. Coming in at #3 on the list, we come to a band from the North that has a similar sensibility to a band that won our poll 2 years ago…

Hailing from Sheffield these days often means one of two things. One, you’re an Arctic Monkeys’ brand of indie rock or two, you’re bringing Sheffield’s electronic name back to it. Whilst Starlings are probably a bit indie, the latter is definitely the truer statement. The group’s geographical influence is obvious at first listen as they harness both the energies of East London’s finest hipsters, and make it raw and interesting again.

You voted them into the top half of our #10 for 2012 list, so what is it that’s going to prove you right? Well, with independent label Civil Music behind them, they’re three singles into a campaign that will almost certainly come to a climax in the form of one of the most exciting records of the year. Given the refreshing nature of the likes of the Gary Numan meets Little Boots ‘Dark Arts’, as long as they’re noticed, it should be a simple rise to the heights that Delphic achieved back in 2010, around the same time Starlings had first appeared on TGTF as one of the Bands to Watch. Check out their video for ‘Sirens’ below.



Live Review: Blog Off!? with Starlings, Jazica and Victoria and Jacob at London’s Roundhouse Studios – Saturday 20th March 2010

By on Monday, 22nd March 2010 at 8:55 pm

Saturday night saw the first ever TGTF gig night take place at an absolutely rammed London’s Roundhouse Studios. So many of you braved the rain and all round miserable conditions to dance your socks off in the hot hot underground vaults, and for that we want to say a massive “thank you”. If you were there, you already know what happened. If you weren’t there… well, here’s what you missed:

First up were Victoria and Jacob, who were the perfect openers – quiet, chilled out and slightly eerie in the underground vaults of the Roundhouse, the two of them created some lovely tunes full of dreamy swirls and ghostly bips and bleeps. Halfway through their 25 minute set we were treated to a fantastic cover of The Church’s “Under the Milky Way” (not sure you’ve heard it? No, neither was I – but take a listen to the Donnie Darko soundtrack and you’ll catch it playing on the car radio just before the first encounter with “Grandma Death”). Forthcoming single “With No Certainty” sounds amazing live, the vulnerability and innocence of Victoria’s voice mixed with the sounds created by Jacob’s synths and samples making them a band to watch at the moment.

After a short break, the hyperactive Jazica bundled onto the stage, fronted by the ball of energy that’s Frankie. They were pretty amazing last October supporting Delphic, but on Saturday night they had enough enthusiasm to bring the house down. Songs like opener “Arp Attack” and “Illusions” start to sound like fully fledged pop anthems that the likes of Klaxons could only dream about for their second album. Chris Smallwood, their crazy-haired guitar, synth and electro beats maestro kept things going along nicely, clearly enjoying himself and looking every part the rockstar with shapes being pulled like no tomorrow whilst Kev on drums and Nick on bass kept everything together.

Finally, just after 10pm Starlings (pictured right) started off their set. Fresh from the news that they’ll be heading to the studio next week with Richard Norris (from 90’s legends The Grid), they were on top form bringing the temperature up quite significantly, bouncing away. Plenty of fists in the air moments that show how the band should be massive at this summer’s festivals if they play their cards right. They’ve got the sound that will appeal to fans of more laddish indie rock (The Automatic, Hard Fi etc) as well as those conneseurs of electro dance like Delphic thanks to the abundance of synthy goodness that has been growing in popularity of late. Their set passed by in a blur of sweat, anthems and jokey banter between songs from the guys.

Massive thanks should also go to Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and Miss Happ for DJing between sets, and keeping the tunes on rolling throughout the night.

The whole gig was filmed, and hopefully we’ll have some videos and glorious pictures to share with you shortly.

Live photos from Alison Monk
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Blog Off!?: Final Countdown and guest DJs announced

By on Thursday, 18th March 2010 at 8:21 pm

Yes, you’re probably fed up of going on and on about Blog Off!? This Saturday night – Theregoesthefear’s first gig night at London’s Roundhouse with Victoria & Jacob, Jazica and Starlings all playing.

We were all geared up for Saturday night. Then a friend mentioned about the lack of between set entertainment, so rather than the classic “pop the ipod on shuffle” trick, we asked a few friends, dug around, called in a few favours and managed to blag the rather fantabulous Ou Est Le Swimming Pool to DJ between sets. Yes, that’s right, the same Ou Est Le Swimming Pool that finished in our top “10 for 2010” poll last year. The same Ou Est Le Swimming Pool that are supporting La Roux in a few months. Oh yes.

So, if you’re at a loss as to what to do on Saturday night, why not pop down to Camden’s Roundhouse studios to catch some ace live music? doors are at 7:30pm on 20th March 2010 and tickets are on sale now for those of you that like a discount and planning ahead – they’re just £5 now and will be £6 on the door. Or, if you don’t fancy paying, you can win one of two pairs of tickets to the event here.

You can order your tickets now on the Roundhouse’s website, or join the Facebook event.


WIN: Tickets to Blog Off! THIS SATURDAY

By on Wednesday, 17th March 2010 at 10:21 pm

You’ve probably heard us wittering on about the amazing night of joy and great tunes, Blog Off!? that happens THIS SATURDAY (yes, 20th March 2010). We’ve got Victoria & Jacob, Jazica and Starlings all playing, and a few extra surprises coming too.

And, although they’re going like hot cakes, we’ve held back four tickets (that’s two pairs for two lucky people) to win.

All you have to do is leave your name and email below and we’ll pick two winners at random. We’ll close the competition mid Saturday morning most likely, and we’ll email the winners.

So what are you waiting for? Enter below and we’ll get in touch if you’re a winner!

This competition has now closed and the winners contacted

If you don’t win, doors are at 7:30pm on 20th March 2010 and tickets are on sale now for those of you that like a discount and planning ahead – they’re just £5 now and will be £6 on the door.

You can order your tickets now on the Roundhouse’s website, or join the Facebook event.


Bands to Watch #166: Victoria and Jacob

By on Tuesday, 16th March 2010 at 12:00 pm

There Goes The Fear are so super duper excited to be hosting their first official gig this coming Saturday (March 20th), we could actually, explode… Blog Off! will be taking place at the Roundhouse studios in Camden Town, London. You can grab all the details, such as ticket prices and starting times here.

Among the act’s playing on the night include indie synth superstars, Starlings (who we first introduced earlier in the year), as well as infectious electro pioneers Jazica.

We’re are also proud to be featuring upcoming duo Victoria & Jacob, on the bill.

Hailing from London, Victoria & Jacob are a robotic pair, making glacier electro with an ice creamy edge. The slow paces of the tin-foil synths have an edge of drowsy melancholy to them. The fairytail, bouncy vocals meanwhile (which NME quite correctly compared to a drunken Joanna Newsom!) allow for a silky contrast, resulting in an atmospheric morse-code mass of sound which is both ambient as well as eclectic (listen out for the temper-fuelled screams of Megadeath, if you don’t believe the latter choice of word!).

And remember to check out Victoria & Jacob, as well as Jazica and Starlings, live at Blog Off! this coming Saturday at the Roundhouse Studios, London. It’ll be ace.


Blog off – Jazica and Starlings to play first TGTF gig night

By on Sunday, 7th March 2010 at 8:00 pm

So, over the past few years There Goes The Fear has slowly grown and grown from nothing into a sprawling monster of music news and reviews. Seems there’s now over 15,000 of you that read us every month, so we thought “hmmm, why not meet some of you?!”. So with this in mind, we’re bringing three amazing new bands together for one night only so you can catch them in the flesh shortly before they have a stratospheric rise to fame and fortune.

It all takes place at London’s Roundhouse Studios in Camden on Saturday 20th March 2010.

First up will be the rather fantastic Victoria & Jacob who only came to our attention earlier this week. Needless to say we got right on the phone and booked them up to open the night up. Lo-fi electro pop duo Victoria & Jacob hail from London Town and make sweet sweet noise via the power of voice manipulation & synthetic sounds. Having already established themselves with BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, debut single “With No Certainty” is due for release on 5th April on Voga Parochia.

Following on their coat tails will be Southerners Jazica, who we caught supporting Delphic and Two Door Cinema Club last October. They’ve been championed by BBC Radio 2’s Steve Lamacq and BBC6 Music’s Tom Robinson, and quite honestly I can’t get enough of their music at the moment.

Closing things off will be one of Sheffield’s finest rising stars, Starlings (pictured left), who Jess introduced at the start of the year. Mixing beats, synths and strings to come up with electric gold floor fillers, Oxjam and BBC Radio Sheffield love them & you will see why.

So, what else do you need to know? Doors are at 7:30pm on 20th March 2010 and tickets are on sale now for those of you that like a discount and planning ahead – they’re just £5 now and will be £6 on the door.

You can order your tickets now on the Roundhouse’s website, or join the Facebook event.

As I’m sure you can work out, this is a massive undertaking, and all the complicated logistics are being sorted out by the (rather lovely) people at CIFD. They are the new generation of creative event & broadcast producers based at London City University and the iconic Camden Roundhouse. They’ve been given the opportunity to stage their own events in the Studio Theatre of the Roundhouse and in May will be taking it one step further by putting on a major live music event in the Main Space of the Roundhouse.

So, what are you waiting for? Go book your tickets, catch three ace bands and we’ll dance around or just jiggle bits. Yes.


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