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MP3 of the Day #286: Tape the Radio

 
By on Thursday, 20th January 2011 at 10:00 am
 

It was about a year ago when we profiled Tape the Radio from Deptford, London, as a Bands to Watch. They are about to tour next month as support for the Duke Spirit, but more importantly, they are set to release their debut album in April. As a taster, they’re offering the track below, ‘Heartache & Fear’, as a free download. Dark, rough around the edges…I like this one.

 

The Duke Spirit / February 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 20th January 2011 at 9:30 am
 

The Duke Spirit, responsible for that earworm of a hit ‘Everybody’s Under Your Spell’, will be touring the UK next month in support of their forthcoming EP ‘Kusama’, released 7 February. Along for the ride is London’s Tape the Radio.

Both bands will appear at an NME Awards show on the 3rd of February at London Heaven.

Wednesday 2nd February 2011 – Guildford Boileroom
Thursday 3rd February 2011 – London Heaven (NME Awards show)
Wednesday 9th February 2011 – Southampton Talking Heads
Thursday 10th February 2011 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 12th February 2011 – Glasgow Captain’s Rest
Sunday 13th February 2011 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 14th February 2011 – Manchester Sound Control
Tuesday 15th February 2011 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

 

Live Review: Band of Skulls and TAPETHERADIO at London’s 100 Club – Wednesday 10th February 2010

 
By on Monday, 15th February 2010 at 10:00 pm
 

Band of Skulls have recently hit the big time having appeared on the latest Twilight soundtrack, so needless to say Wednesday night’s show at the 100 Club on London’s Oxford Street was jam-packed full of newly converted fans.

First up was Deptford’s very own TAPETHERADIO (pictured right) that Jess introduced us to last week. Amazingly tight, their indie pop-rock is a masterpiece, slightly Cure-esque and very anthemic. Steve Lamacq commented about their new single, Save A Life, that he “like[s] the urgency. It’s like they must get it out there or they’ll explode”, and live this is definitely the case – rock star poses, anthemic fists-in-the-air moments. It just would have been nicer if more people had turned up early enough to see them.

Followed by the nausiating Black box Revelation, we felt TAPETHERADIO should have been at least second on the bill – Black Box Revelation were full of whiney vocals, poor attemps to rip off the White Stripes and a Phil Lynott look-alike. Shame.

Finally it was time for the headliners, Band of Skulls. With a strange crowd made up of half middle aged rockers and half tweenie Twilight fans, they managed to get the crowd as one rocking out to their blues-infused rock. Generally a bit heavier than what I’m used to, I won’t lie in saying they’re not completely my first choice of a band, however their bassist Emma Richardson is one of the best I’ve seen in a while.

 

Bands to Watch #161: TAPETHERADIO

 
By on Tuesday, 9th February 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

TAPETHERADIO are an infectious indie trio from Deptford. The band have already supported Athlete, and are recently hot off the road having toured with Stereophonics in January. Now, look, I know that ‘indie trio’ and ‘Stereophonics’ doesn’t exactly send excitement rushing through the veins, but honestly, I urge you to read on…

…Because, despite that cliché genre bracket I just hit you with, this band are really, pretty good. Think the dry darkness of Chapel Club (who we introduced a few weeks back), mixed with the electronically epic riffs of The Editors, the nostalgia of The Cure and Joy Division, with one final pinch of fun ala Futureheads, and we’re nearly there with these Deptford darlings. Comparisons (and woah, I just made a lot of them!) aside, TAPETHERADIO genuinely create awesome tunes which, quite frankly, would fill an indie club dancefloor quicker than you can say ‘The Maccabees’.

They have an epical edge to them, too, which we always appreciate here at TGTF. The bass can really pound through a song, the drums are pretty damn slicing, and the soaring vocals really reach some super heights of passion at certain points. The chorus of Save a Life – “If I was with you tonight, I would save a life! Save a life!” – is just waiting for a packed Reading tent to sing along with it, while the White Lies-esque opening riff of The Message needs a huge starry lit stage to be truly appreciated.

So yeah, I really do like these guys, and it won’t surprise me if you will be hearing TAPETHERADIO on a, er, radio near you sometime soon. If I was incredibly rich and owned a record company, I would certainly consider signing these promising lads up, so, EMI, go listen yes?

 
 
 

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