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Bands to Watch #96: Talons

 
By on Friday, 13th March 2009 at 5:26 pm
 

Talons (side)There is an underlying and growing scene developing in the Midlands, especially in the direction of Hereford and Worcester. One of the reasons for this is Joe at Idle Hands Promotions, who not only puts on touring bands, but also gives locals bands a chance to play. As well as being a promotion company, he also manages some of the area’s emerging talent. One of the bands he has taken under his wing are Hereford’s ‘Talons‘.

I first heard Talons supporting at my local venue. With a line up consisting of two violins and no vocals, it was hard to know what to expect. But what happened was nothing short of exceptional.

Their two track demo is uplifting yet dark at the same time. Think ‘Explosions in the sky’ with the ferocity and deliverance of ‘Forward Russia’ with added moments of pure ambience. Or as they say: “Talons possess a fascinating sense of urgency and drive, with a sound that both soothes and savages in equal measure”

The first track ‘Commiserations Buff Orpington’ combines the energy of hardcore with the complexity of Math Rock. The violins create an uplifting overlay that captivates and provides a subtle contrast to intensity of the guitars below.

This leads into the second track, ‘The Tragic Decline of Buff Orpington’ which is a sheer showing of the musical prowess that this band possess, with thundering drums and captivating guitar lines enclosed in a sonic mass of swirling energy.

Be sure to keep an eye out for this band. Talons deserve to soar to great heights, let alone the cult status they are clearly of capable of gaining.

 

Single Review: Bloc Party / Talons

 
By on Tuesday, 7th October 2008 at 9:10 pm
 

You don’t need to be a genius to know that I love Bloc Party with a passion. They’re releasing brand new single Talons in about two weeks time, and frankly, it’s amazing. If you haven’t heard it yet, catch the video below.

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I particularly love the moment at about 2:55… the video matches the song perfectly, and makes this one of the best songs Bloc Party have done – right up there with Positive Tension and Sunday for me – all different, all amazing in their own right.

Bloc Party’s Talons is the second single from their forthcoming new album, Intimacy, and is out on 20th October on Wichita Recordings ahead of Intimacy on 27th October.

 

Daily Roundup: Thursday 11th September

 
By on Thursday, 11th September 2008 at 8:16 pm
 

So yesterday I went to see Batman: The Dark Knight at London’s IMAX cinema, and we were blown away at the quality and sound of it on such a big screen. I’d already seen it before on a normal cinema screen, but yesterday was definitely worth the three hour journey each way. Of course, with so much time on a bus and tube, I got through some serious listening on my iPod.

Having received Bloc Party‘s Talons on Tuesday night, it’s been pretty much on repeat the whole time. Simply amazing, and is so far right up there with Ion Square as my favourite track of Intimacy. The video fits the song perfectly, and is suitably dark and brooding as Kele’s lyrics.

The press release comments:

Talking about Talons singer Kele said, “we wanted to keep things fresh and we thought the fans would be more excited to get a new song rather than something off the album. Talons is one of the last songs we recorded during the Intimacy sessions and I always had it in mind to be one of the extra tracks we promised for the CD if it turned out well. It turned out great so we decided to make it the next single. I’m enjoying this way of working, not over-thinking things, just make a decision and get on with it! It’s quite liberating in a way, I’m sure it’s going to be the way things happen more and more in the future”

Could this mean that they announce whole tours this way? I’d kinda like it if they just announced “oh, we’re playing London’s Astoria next Wednesday… and then Bristol’s Academy… and maybe some more venues too, we haven’t really decided yet!”. However I doubt they’d do that, for the logistical problems. But it’d be cool.

In my inbox this morning I found a link to a company that film live concerts in Europe, Fabchannel. I haven’t come across them before, but WOW. They have a great range of full gigs filmed on the continent, in amazing quality. I sound like I’ve been paid to gush this much, but I think it’ll be providing me with several evenings of entertainment. They sent me a link to Jack McManus who I haven’t come across before, and sounds pretty good at first listen, but I also came across full sets from Bloc Party, Delays, Los Campesinos (including the “most polite stage invasion ever”), The Courteeners, Pipettes… well, I could go on and on. You get the picture!

Finally, I found in my inbox an MP3 that I’d forgotten about. Sent to me about 4 weeks ago, Melbourne based Ancient Free Gardeners have a great sound – dreamy, a bit Shins-esque, with hints of The National and Radiohead shining through. Download the free MP3, and stop by their myspace to show some love – I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

MP3: Ancient Free Gardeners – Innards Out

 

Daily Roundup: Tuesday 9th September

 
By on Tuesday, 9th September 2008 at 9:35 pm
 

Just a quick one tonight, as I’m plain and simply cream crackered at the moment – working 30-40 hours a week and then going to a gig or so a week and the usual pub evenings is pretty hard work… (boy, it’s a hard life, no?)

Bloc Party did another one of their suprises last night, announcing the release of Talons, their second single, and one that wasn’t on Intimacy, but will be on the physical release in October. In short, it’s pretty darned amazing, as with all of their Intimacy era stuff. A bit 80’s rock, a bit dark and murky, but ultimately good. I’m not posting the MP3 as I think it’s just asking for me to get (another) cease and desist, but I’m sure those of you in the know can get a copy for free.

Of course tonight is also the Mercury music prize, with my money firmly on Laura Marling to win, though I doubt the judges will choose her, probably sticking to a safer bet like Radiohead, Elbow or Last Shadow Puppets. If Adele or Estelle wins I won’t be a happy bunny though – they’re good, but not Mercury material.

There are still some reviews of Hydro Connect coming in, almost 10 days after the event, and just make me yearn for Scotland again. Only about 50 weeks now until Hydro 2009, eh? Rock Sellout have put up a guest blog from the festival, along with a better (and more indepth) interview with Rab from Glasvegas than we did.

Meanwhile, Mike over at Chromewaves caught this weekend’s Virgin Festival in Toronto, with Bloc Party, Kooks, Fratellis and more. I’ll be checking out some of the smaller (and larger) bands I haven’t heard of when I actually have a day off.

 
 
 

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