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The Dunwells / November 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 10th September 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Header photo by Lloyd Pursall

Leeds folk rock quartet the Dunwells will headline a run of UK dates this coming November, following the 16th of October release of their new single ‘Hey Now’ on Decca/Concord.  ‘Hey Now’ will feature on the band’s upcoming LP, due out early in 2016.  The Dunwells’ ‘Lucky Ones’ EP was released back in May and has reached over 1 million streams on Spotify.

Tickets for the following dates are available now, except for the already sold out hometown date in Leeds.  Extensive previous coverage of the Dunwells on TGTF can be read in its entirety right back here.

Sunday 1st November 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Monday 2nd November 2015 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall (sold out)
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – Manchester Gullivers
Saturday 7th November 2015 – Doncaster Diamond Lounge
Monday 9th November 2015 – London Sebright Arms
Tuesday 10th November 2015 – York Fibbers

 

Great Escape 2015: Day 2 Roundup (Part 1)

 
By on Thursday, 21st May 2015 at 11:00 am
 

While Friday at the Great Escape 2015 wasn’t a blazing scorcher by any means, we were able to put the brollies away and the hardier types were already tucking into their pints and all before the noon hour. As described in the second half of my Thursday roundup, one of the things that stuck in my craw all festival was the fact that there seemed to be queues everywhere. Coming off a less well attended than usual SXSW 2015 where I could get in most everywhere I needed to with my badge, the queue situation in Brighton was getting old and fast. After being turned away at the Komedia Studio Bar for the Dutch Impact showcase where I had hoped to see electronic duo Tears and Marble, I had to be content to go back to the Prince Albert and the Music from Ireland showcase.

The Riptide Movement
@ Prince Albert (Music from Ireland)

In my failed attempt to get in for the Dutch show, I had sadly already missed one of my faves from SXSW 2015, Orla Gartland, and instead joined the throngs waiting for the Riptide Movement, noted by my holiday host in Dublin the week before as his favourite live act in Ireland at the moment. You couldn’t get a better vote of faith, could you? As also alluded to in my review of Tropics‘ late night appearance in the same venue Thursday, the Prince Albert is not for the faint-hearted when rammed. Still, I figured it was early enough in the afternoon and people wouldn’t be (that) pissed. That said, being Irish, they’re probably used to playing to raucous, inebriated crowds.

The Riptide Movement at Great Escape 2015

Frontman Mal Tuohy does an excellent job of rallying his troops for what ends up becoming a stomping singalong on songs like ‘You and I’. Do you remember what Mumford and Sons sounded like when they first brought out ‘Roll Away Your Stone’ in their early shows live and everyone was behind them? There is that same ‘I feel good, I feel alive’ element in the Riptide Movement that is very appealing and easily so to everyone, where everyone feels included, and you can also tell they’re having loads of fun like early Vaccines too, which is immediately felt by their audience. It seems to pretty much be a no-brainer that they’ll be the next big rock band out of Ireland on the basis of the strength of their energetic and unapologetically so live show.

Boxed In @ Brighton Dome Studio Bar (PRS Foundation)

Back outside, it was time to head over to the PRS Foundation’s showcase at the Dome Studio Bar, where Boxed In were playing third on an amazing afternoon bill starring SXSW 2015 alums Jay Prince, Spring King and PINS. I guess people were itching to see earlier shows on Friday because again, I was faced with a queue and the sinking feeling I would never get in to see any of the show, trying to hold my fist back from waving because I could hear the distant patters of ‘Mystery’ and felt annoyed I was not inside. I finally made it in halfway through their set, the place packed and I felt very lucky to have seen them perform at the much smaller Nation of Shopkeepers at Live at Leeds 2 weeks previous. I was confused though, as Boxed In mastermind Oli Bayston said this afternoon show would be an acoustic performance, and this most definitely was not one.

Boxed In at Great Escape 2015

No matter though. The crowd whooped it up, dancing to and clearly enjoying the unique blend of keys, pop and dance Bayston had concocted for his self-titled debut album released last year on Moshi Moshi, the grooveathon known as ‘Foot of the Hill’ providing a set highlight. Due to a miscommunication, a previously arranged interview with mastermind Oli Bayston fell through; I hope to pick that back up sometime while they’re on tour, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer for it. Amusedly, while I was waiting around for this interview that didn’t happen, I nearly got stepped on by one of the girls from PINS who was trying to set up onstage; she apologised profusely and I told her not to worry about it at all.

The Dunwells @ pop-up stage on New Road (Metro)

The Dunwells at Great Escape 2015

Walking back onto New Road, a band was setting up under the Metro Free Gigs Airstream awning for what would be the Bullet Stage. They hadn’t started playing but I recognised that quiff…wait a minute. That’s the Dunwells from Leeds, isn’t it? Indeed it was. I had no idea I’d run into the band just walking around Brighton like this but I hung around as a large group of people amassed to watch this open air concert. A homeless man and his dog camped out in front of the group, keen on hearing this band play, the man enthusiastically clapping for them. For a show taking place in the middle of the madness, I think it went well, with EP title tracks ‘Show Me Emotion’ and ‘Lucky Ones’ sounding grand and much more fuller and richer live than on record.

Get Inuit @ Pav Tav (Alcopop Records)

A bit later on, it was time to do some Alternative Escape gigging. First up on my agenda was Get Inuit, who were performing as part of Alcopop Records’ showcase at the Pav Tav. Like an idiot, I was looking for an actual venue with a marquee reading “Pav Tav” and it wasn’t until I put two and two together that all I was looking for was the actual Pavilion Tavern. (Yes, it was my first time trying to find the place. ::insert canned laughter here::) I’ve been quite interested to hear the Kent four-piece play their self-described “dirty-pop” to a Brighton crowd. Bless frontman Jamie Glass, he’s got this nerdy yet very adorable way of addressing the crowd in between songs, coming up with connections no-one else would ever think of, such as trying to come up with an alternative nickname for the people of Brighton without insulting them. Anyone else would get bottled but with his self-deprecation, he gets away with it.

Get Inuit at Great Escape 2015

In another pleasant surprise of the afternoon, I was pleased to witness that Get Inuit are actually a harder-rocking band that the previous self description might lead you to believe. I suppose the pop label is more a nod to the catchy melodies of their songs, but phwoar, when they play, it’s loud, guitars and hair are flying, and everyone’s having a good time. ‘Cutie Pie, I’m Bloated’ is a prime example of this, where you can help yelling along with them, “I wanna be your stick in the mud!” while not really understanding exactly (or caring) what that means. Footstomper ‘Mean Heart’, which we gave away as a free MP3 of the Day last month, didn’t disappoint either, with James Simpson’s guitar bangings much appreciated. Huw Stephens is already a fan, so why aren’t you one yet?

Longfellow @ Bar Rogue (Earworm Events / Alternative Escape)

Bar Rogue is on the seafront-facing side of the Royal Albion Hotel, and it’s where Earworm Events put on a 3-day onslaught of bands while the Great Escape 2015 rumbled on in other locales in Brighton. I arrived while London’s Longfellow were still soundchecking, so I guessed there were technical issues, later coming to a head when Ali Hetherington’s keyboard stopped working for a moment.

Save for the nonexistent lighting that made my photography near impossible, the setup was fantastic: just as frontman Owen Lloyd quipped, the intimacy felt like you were playing in someone’s living room. Compared to their Live at Leeds 2015 set, I had arrived early and was present for the whole thing, able to fully enjoy the grandeur of early single gem ‘Siamese Lover’ alongside newer EP tracks ‘Where I Belong’ and ‘Chokehold’.

Part 2 of my Friday coverage of the Great Escape 2015 follows this afternoon.

 

Video of the Moment #1792: The Dunwells

 
By on Thursday, 23rd April 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Leeds alt rockers The Dunwells will be releasing a new EP, ‘Lucky Ones’, on the second bank holiday Monday, the 26th of May, next month. Ahead of the EP hitting the street, the band – starring the eponymous brother Joseph and David Dunwell, half of their group – have premiered the promo video for the EP’s title track. Catchy with a definite pop edge and uplifting message, it’s perfect for the start of summer. Have a watch and listen to ‘Lucky Ones’ below.

We’ve been supporting the Dunwells for quite a while, and you can read all our past coverage on the band through here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dt40RVCtPU[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: The Dunwells perform a stripped back version of live favourite ‘She Whispers’

 
By on Thursday, 13th November 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Joseph and David Dunwell, the eponymous half of Leeds alt-rock band The Dunwells, have just shared the video for a piano-vocal version of their fan favourite track ‘She Whispers’. Performed in an unidentified alcove, this intimate version of the song features frontman Joe Dunwell’s emotive lyric delivery along with brother Dave’s dynamically sensitive piano accompaniment.

The as-yet-unreleased track is sure to feature prominently on The Dunwells’ upcoming UK tour; all the details for that can be found in this ticket alert we posted earlier this week.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/8y974218cf0[/youtube]

 

The Dunwells / February 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 11th November 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Indie rockers The Dunwells have just announced a tour of the UK for next February, set to coincide with the release of a new single whose title is, as yet, unannounced. Back in September, the Leeds quartet released their ‘Show Me Emotion’ EP, which we reviewed here. Tickets for the following tour dates are available now.

Friday 6th February 2015 – York Pocklington Arts Centre
Saturday 7th February 2015 – Manchester Academy 3
Wednesday 11th February 2015 – Lancaster University
Friday 13th February 2015 – Halifax Arden Road
Saturday 14th February 2015 – Glasgow ABC
Sunday 15th February 2015 – Newcastle Think Tank
Wednesday 18th February 2015 – Rugby Arnold House
Friday 20th February 2015 – London Water Rats
Saturday 21st February 2015 – Bristol Louisiana
Sunday 22nd February 2015 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Friday 27th February 2015 – Hull Fruit
Saturday 28th February 2015 – Leeds Wardrobe

 

Album Review: The Dunwells – Show Me Emotion EP

 
By on Monday, 8th September 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

After several years of making music together, Leeds quartet The Dunwells are making a concerted effort to develop and refine their sound. Their new EP ‘Show Me Emotion’ indicates a definite change of pace from the blues-inflected folk rock of their 2012 album ‘Blind Sighted Faith’. Written mostly during the hectic touring cycle for that album, the new EP finds the band moving away from their acoustic guitar foundation and leaning more on their trademark vocal harmonies, along with keyboards and percussion, to expand their sonic repertoire.

The band, comprised of brothers Joseph and David Dunwell along with cousins Robert Clayton and Jonny Lamb, sought out producer Steve Harris for production assistance on the EP after hearing his work on Kodaline’s ‘High Hopes’. The influence of that track is clearly evident in the four songs on the ‘Show Me Emotion’ EP, which are similarly overflowing with the kind of candid, straightforward emotionality that the Irish band have become known for.

Frontman Joe Dunwell’s emotive vocals on the opening lyric to title track ‘Show Me Emotion’ provide an immediately effective hook as he pleads, “Give me one more chance / I need to make it right.” While the song’s lyrics aren’t particularly inventive, the band make up for that with gritty, heartfelt expression, not only in the vocal lines, but also in the punctuation of the rhythm guitar and drums. The anthemic chorus builds to a layered coda section that seems tailor made for stadium-style sing-alongs.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/2JasfT_fn_E[/youtube]

The middle two tracks on the EP, ‘Communicate’ and ‘Sleepless Nights’, are likewise fraught with emotion. Outstanding track ‘Communicate’ is an urgent plea that finds Joe Dunwell reaching to the limits of his expressive vocal range, while ‘Sleepless Nights’ features the band’s ethereal vocal harmonies to create a hauntingly disconnected insomniac effect.

The EP closes on an optimistic note with the upbeat track ‘The Best Is Yet to Come.’ Like ‘Show Me Emotion’, its message might be slightly trite, but the Dunwells are utterly convincing in their delivery. Explaining the context of the song, Joe Dunwell says, “The Best Is Yet To Come’ was written when we got home from the U.S. tour. We were eager to start playing and recording new material and we knew we had loads more to give. The song is about having patience and keeping your head up, you never know what’s around the corner.”

The title ‘Show Me Emotion’ essentially sums up the Dunwells’ revitalized approach to making music, as Joe Dunwell notes in the EP’s press release. Their fresh and energetic new sound is indeed an exciting prospect for what is still to come.

8/10

The ‘Show Me Emotion’ EP is out today. The Dunwells begin their UK headline tour this Friday; you can find all the details here.

 
 
 

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