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Live Gig Video: Frightened Rabbit record a tour diary video backed by new song ‘Dead Now’

 
By on Thursday, 22nd November 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Frightened Rabbit will be releasing their next album ‘Pedestrian Verse’ on the 4th of February 2013 through Atlantic Records. Ahead of that release, they wanted everyone to hear this new song ‘Dead Now’, which they’ve use to set the stage for a tour diary video they’ve filmed. Singer Scott Hutchison describes the video:

We recently finished a joyous European and American tour, and while we were away we thought it only right to document as much as possible with our good friends Handheld Cine Club. The gents have cut a video for the album teaser Dead Now, featuring some of the amazing footage they shot whilst they were on the road with us. Hope you enjoy it.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg8BTGBRBl0[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: The Postelles record a tour diary video backed by ‘Whisper Whisper’

 
By on Tuesday, 30th October 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

New York city band The Postelles have been touring North America for the last couple of weeks, and they had just enough time to put together this short video diary with track ‘Whisper Whisper’ playing in the background. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lICP5yUN5mU[/youtube]

 

Tour Diary: Loyal Trooper (Part 5)

 
By on Friday, 29th May 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

The other week I told you about a TGTF favourite’s new tour last week. Loyal Trooper has been doing the rounds of the UK, and we’ve been lucky enough to secure his personal tour diary – so settle back and enjoy a “warts and all” account of his week on the road.

Leeds Cardigan Arms

That was a long day. I left Northampton at 10am with the meanest hangover known to man and got to Leeds at half six in the evening. I missed the afternoon, what the hell is up with that!? I walked to the Cardi Arms which took forty five minutes. I was in a surprisingly good mood considering. Perhaps this is down me realising that I cannot dictate my life on tour, I have to accept whichever direction it takes me in. I could want sleep at midnight but if everyone else I am with is necking Sambucca till 5am, then that’s what I do. I’ve been much more content since coming to this conclusion.

Whiskas formerly of iForward Russia! fame did my sound and like last time it was excellent. I wouldn’t mention him if he wasn’t such a lovely guy, I’m not the name-dropping type. That and probably the famous person I know is a guy from school who played a tree in the junior school production of ‘The Whizz’. Anyway, he’s always really friendly, chatty and makes me feel like I’m not lost anymore. Thanks Whiskas. So, I drink some pound-a-bottle lager and play. It’s the best I’ve played on this tour. Perhaps the sound is bettered only by the Roadhouse but it still sounds great through my monitors. I’m playing on a bill with three punk rock bands but it’s not as hard work as you’d think. Everyone listens and most people enjoy it. I’m pleased. More lager is brought to me. I’m elated.

So then we drink. The bands are all really good. We have a good time. I talk to some guy from Bradford for a long time about my songs and how much he likes them. I talk to a few people about Tommy Spurr. I get a song dedicated to me. I feel honored. We go into Leeds city center around midnight. We’ve missed the Dinosaur Pile Up gig. People say it was okay but it’s a new venue still finding it’s feet so the sound wasn’t perfect. However, Tom (also previously of Forward Russia) has done my sound before and I’m reliably informed that it’s not his fault.

Anyway, much merriment follows. I get to a point where I’ve not eaten anything but an egg and cress sandwich all day and have had too much lager. I defect to whiskey. Someone buys me Jeagermeister. Gah! We drink in Santiago’s for a few hours. Some drunken guy falls off a chair and nearly shatters his head open on broken glass. Oh how we laughed. Compassion is a rare commodity tonight. About 4pm we go back to Neil’s. I buy a Sheffield A-Z for his wife as a present. We drink vodka and talk a great deal of rubbish. This appears to be a central theme of the last few days. Eventually it’s 7am and I need to go to bed. I sleep for three hours, get up and go to the coach station. It’s hot and I’m dehydrated to fudge. I’m happy I’m coming home. I can see an end to looking, feeling and smelling like I do.

Loyal Trooper (part 5 tour diary pic)

London Boogaloo

I came back home where frankly, I just wanted to pass out and sleep for about two decades. I had a shave and changed my clothes. After five days in the same t-shirt, jeans and cardigan you miss not stinking of your own and other peoples sweat and bodily fluids. Those tour t-shirts of mine are getting burnt I swear. Well, actually I’m going to recycle them. I am recycling these days.

I get to the Boogaloo, which isn’t far from my house, a little later than planned. A combination of a slow bus and my body pretty much stopping working are the main contributers to my folly. There’s no sound check. It’s probably a good job. It’s a bank holiday, everyone is already steaming and it’s only 6.30pm. I join in an neck a whiskey. I’ve lost the gipping sensation that can occur with such things. I am the personification of alcohol this week seemingly. A group of my friends has come to see me, this makes me incredibly happy. Familiar faces and threads that don’t smell like anus. I am a winner today.

My set was short but enjoyable. I was celebrating the end of my tour, everyone else was celebrating the fact that there was one more day in the week where it was acceptable to get wasted. My voice had taken a battering after seven hours sleep out of forty eight and an alcohol consumption that must have been exceptionally high. Pretty much twelve hours drinking both Friday and Saturday. Hmmm…pride in my ability to drink. What a talent. Anyway, the set was good. Many people talked but I expected that to be honest due to the carnival type atmosphere of the afternoon. My banter improved to a point where I didn’t make a total moron of myself, well, hopefully. My banter spawned a fictional character called Dexter. Dexter is a stuffed ferret who serenades people with his ukulele. Oh and did I mention he’s a superhero? Well, he is. He’s got the trademark pants on the outside of his costume vibe going on. What a legend.

Then we drank. A lot. Much fun was had all round. The night No One Died put on was excellent. They are really good promoters and lovely people. I recommend them as good London related people. A lot of promoters round here are vermin. We had a £3 pizza in a restaurant. Real food! Hot food! Amazing! And a Belgian beer. Awesome. On the way back there was a piggy back ride race down Archway Road. I swear we won. The Boogaloo closed early so we go to a jazz cafe that wasn’t playing anything resembling jazz. A friend of mine teaches me some funky house ‘shapes’. Winner. We dance like fools to Queen, S Club, Bryan Adams etc. The whiskey flows. Eventually it’s 3am. I’ve had the best night in ages. A good tour all round. I finally realise that I have achieved one of my goals in life: to travel, to play people, sell records and live my life as a musician. This revelation pleases me. Now it’s time for sleep.

The following parts of Andy’s tour diary will be serialised here this week on TGTF. Read part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here

Haven’t come across Loyal Trooper before? Read our introduction to Andy’s music, and our interview. Also, download some free music from him below:

MP3: Loyal Trooper – Crystal Missile (demo)
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Holloway to Beeston Express
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Nottingham wasn’t built for me
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Division Street Blues

 

Tour Diary: Loyal Trooper (Part 4)

 
By on Tuesday, 26th May 2009 at 8:45 am
 

The other week I told you about a TGTF favourite’s new tour last week. Loyal Trooper has been doing the rounds of the UK, and we’ve been lucky enough to secure his personal tour diary – so settle back and enjoy a “warts and all” account of his week on the road.

Northampton Labour Club

Oh dear lord. This hangover is going to take some shifting. Sambucca, did I drink Sambucca? Bad move Andy. BAD! And whiskey, I only drink whiskey when I’ve had too much ale. Jamie, who I stayed with, did tell me Northampton was going to show me how to drink. I don’t know if that objective was achieved but they definately tried their hardest. I’m on the coach consuming water quicker than I ever thought possible. I’m starting to feel mildly better however that’s not difficult. It’s a little like chopping your leg off and then someone administering a painkiller, you don’t feel quite as bad as before but, you know, you’ve still only got one leg.

Last night was excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The Labour Club is a good little place and pretty much everyone either working, playing or drinking there was really sound. I got involved in a great deal of anti-BNP conversations. I could of course provide a tireless list of reasons for why I am exceptionally opposed to that parties beliefs and actions. However, I am tired and hungover so “fuck the BNP” will have to suffice I’m afraid.

Loyal Trooper (tour diary part 4)

I played about 10pm on a Friday so there was a fairly raucous crowd but it was fun. The vast majority of people weren’t into what I was doing, which is fair enough. I probably wasn’t the most suitable act for that time. But, you know, it goes with the territory of booking these sorts of tours. I drank free booze. Then more. I talked to many people. I had a particularly long conversation with a guy about blues which is odd as I know little to nothing about said genre if the truth be told. There was some sort of impromptu performance by a band who’ve not played in six months or something to mass hysteria and beer spilling. Some guy talked to me about chasing a deal and the pro’s and cons of doing such a thing. I think he had some points, quite valid ones, however it was difficult to decipher some of them through the large gulps of snakebite and black.

I believe we left the club about midnight and walked to a nearby pub. There my account of the evening starts to get hazy. The sambucca/whiskey combo plus Jamie’s insistence that I also continue to drink copious amounts of lager has rendered my memory somewhat redundant. I stood talking to some lovely people about STD’s. At some point standing upright became a real issue for me. I relocated to a chair which seemed a preferable to the floor. Eventually we go back to someone’s house, a sweet couple. Everyone drinks wine. I request green tea. I am, as you already know, the most rock ‘n’ roll individual ever created. We sit and talk for hours about Camberwell, art, Toys R Us and bizarre sexual encounters. It’s fun. 5am we leave their house and go to Jamie’s where I have a bed. Score. I sleep. I wake and feel like a cat who has lost a life after last nights escapades. Tonight I have it all to do again in Leeds and the plan includes another club and another quest to rid the world of alcohol. We are apparently going to be seeing Dinosaur Pile Up though which I’m really looking forward to.

The following parts of Andy’s tour diary will be serialised here this week on TGTF. Read part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here

Haven’t come across Loyal Trooper before? Read our introduction to Andy’s music, and our interview. Also, download some free music from him below:

MP3: Loyal Trooper – Crystal Missile (demo)
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Holloway to Beeston Express
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Nottingham wasn’t built for me
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Division Street Blues

 

Tour Diary: Loyal Trooper (Part 3)

 
By on Friday, 22nd May 2009 at 6:30 pm
 

Last week I told you about a TGTF favourite’s new tour this week. Loyal Trooper is doing the rounds of the UK, and we’ve been lucky enough to secure his personal tour diary – so settle back and enjoy a “warts and all” account of his week on the road.

Manchester Roadhouse

I’m in a coffee shop on a particularly drizzly Manchester morning. It’s 9.30am and I’ve had a pretty good day so far. I stayed with some friends in Stockport, which is about eight or nine miles outside of Manchester city center. I’ve had a shower, coffee and been driven into town which, in touring terms, makes me feel like a king! It was great to catch up with my mates, makes me realise that part of my occasional despondency when away is possibly due to not being around familiar faces. That logic doesn’t bode well for this evening in Northampton but lets not worry about that just yet.

The journey from London to Manchester yesterday was pretty long, five hours plus on the coach. I think there’s a break off point where I go from being fine with traveling to uncomfortable and impatient. However, I met a nice guy from Canada traveling around the UK. He’d been up to the Scottish highlands, been sightseeing in London and was now on his quest to…Burnely! Still, lovely guy. I read a lot about economics which I found interesting but poorly written in the main. I don’t enjoy overly elaborate phrasing of writing just because someone can write like that or believes it highlights their intelligence. Seems like a selfish way of teaching to me.

Loyal Trooper tour diary day 3

The gig was good, yet again I was amazingly nervous and awkward. I just don’t seem to be able to stop it. What I don’t understand about my current stage demeanor is that in my daily life I am not that person. Why am I when I’m on stage? Gah?! Still, the sound was excellent, the best this tour by several miles and one of the best on any tour. All the staff were lovely and very kind to me. With the exception of ‘Rule Of Three’, I played well. Manchester audiences are quite reserved I would say on the basis of the couple of times I’ve played here. I like that as you know when you have impressed someone as it takes a lot for them to cheer, whistle, whoop etc. Post gig: drinking, reminiscing, traveling, sleeping. Air beds are great.

I feel pretty neutral today. I can’t really describe it, neither up nor down which is unusual. Because I played well I’m quite content that I didn’t let myself down. The fact that for once the sound was good made me happy. My old friends company has balanced me out too. So here I am, feeling little. On tour there’s normally something that triggers a reaction in me, either good or bad. Not today. Maybe later. With touring being some sort of sensation seeking addiction I’m sure this neutrality will be broken later. Besides, how dull being a touring musician who is content!?

The following parts of Andy’s tour diary will be serialised here this week on TGTF. Read part 1 here, part 2 here

Haven’t come across Loyal Trooper before? Read our introduction to Andy’s music, and our interview. Also, download some free music from him below:

MP3: Loyal Trooper – Crystal Missile (demo)
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Holloway to Beeston Express
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Nottingham wasn’t built for me
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Division Street Blues

 

Tour Diary: Loyal Trooper (Part 2)

 
By on Wednesday, 20th May 2009 at 4:00 pm
 

Last week I told you about a TGTF favourite’s new tour this week. Loyal Trooper is doing the rounds of the UK, and we’ve been lucky enough to secure his personal tour diary – so settle back and enjoy a “warts and all” account of his week on the road.

Birmingham Yardbird

I’ve had a really great night. Family added some solidity to the base of my life which is more like quicksand than dry land when I’m on tour. I didn’t play that well in my opinion however I regained some of the ‘spark’ if you like. I felt like a man having fun. If I ever manage to achieve the seemingly impossible of playing songs note perfect but entertaining people at the same time, I’ll be unstoppable. Perhaps not unstoppable but a close approximation.

Today characterizes the basis of life on tour and a life spent attempting to be a musician. When it goes right then the sensations of adrenaline running through me are untouchable. Inspiring a positive impression on strangers and gaining their belief in you is a pretty unique feeling. Getting more gigs, sales and radio play out of one show is always pleasing too.

Loyal Trooper Day 2 Tour Diary Pic

However, tonight doesn’t mask my current perception of what I’m doing; one gig doesn’t make a tour. Last night I watched a guy play that, for a second, I saw myself becoming in 25 years time. It wasn’t an enjoyable thought. I will always want to play music for myself, I doubt I’ll ever stop doing that. But there’s a difference between playing for enjoyment and playing to earn a crust. I’ll not want to be the latter forever and I hope that I stop when I’ve clearly had my time in this current incarnation of my life. As I said to someone earlier, that may already have happened. The peaks may already have occurred. Probably not but it’s possible.

But certain things I’d never replace and would potentially never eclipse. Just silly things like the way your heart beats after an excellent gig running to the station not knowing if you’ll make the train. One day, that won’t happen and my life will probably be poorer for not having it. The genuine excitement from turning a total stranger in thirty minutes from someone who didn’t know your songs to someone who wants to embrace your music and buy your record. Most other jobs don’t have that factor to them. Tonight was positive and I did need a gig in that vein after the Stoke debacle hanging over me for a month. So yeah, thanks to 0.05% of Birmingham’s population!

The following parts of Andy’s tour diary will be serialised here this week on TGTF. Read part 1 here

Haven’t come across Loyal Trooper before? Read our introduction to Andy’s music, and our interview. Also, download some free music from him below:

MP3: Loyal Trooper – Crystal Missile (demo)
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Holloway to Beeston Express
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Nottingham wasn’t built for me
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Division Street Blues

 
 
 

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