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Win tickets to see Paul Weller and Calvin Harris at Mini United

 
By on Wednesday, 13th May 2009 at 12:20 pm
 

Calvin HarrisIn 1959 the first ever Mini rolled off the production line. Now it’s 2009, and to celebrate Mini are holding a three day extravaganza at Silverstone circuit next weekend, Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May. Called Mini United and featuring the likes of Paul Weller (pictured top), Calvin Harris (pictured right), Twisted Wheel and Raygun, the event offers some great music alongside a tonne of great activities.

On Friday night Calvin Harris will be curating the entire evening’s DJ line up from the hottest DJ’s and producers that he’s currently working with, whilst the Saturday sees long time MINI owner and enthusiast Paul Weller  headlining with a full two hour set. He’ll be supported by some of the best new British talent including Twisted Wheel who will be supporting both Paul and Oasis during their UK tours this year and Raygun who are supporting Pink on her UK tour.

So, do you want to go? Courtesy of the lovely people at Mini, we have not one, not two but THREE tickets to give away to one lucky person – that’s you and two friends. What do you have to do? It’s simple – answer the below question and fill in your details and we’ll get back to you ASAP. But besides the music, what else can you expect? Just for starters, you can expect:

  • MINI Stunt driving shows
  • Taxi rides in a MINI CHALLENGE racing car (on the Silverstone race circuit)
  • Track drives in your own classic Mini or new MINI if you come in one.
  • Dunlop ‘RunOnFlat’ slalom challenge
  • MINI Stunt driving shows
  • Mountain board ‘big air’ show (a cross between snowboarding and skate boarding)
  • Go karting (for ages 16+)
  • Tyre bowling
  • MINI Pulling

If you have any questions, email me at [email protected] and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Sorry, this competition is now CLOSED. Of the 151 entrants, we’ve selected the lucky winner. Thanks to all that entered.

Minis in the top photo come from [email protected]’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

 

Live Review: The Enemy / Twisted Wheel / Kid British – Southampton Guildhall 9th April 2009

 
By on Friday, 10th April 2009 at 1:15 am
 

The Enemy have been a formidable force in the UK music scene for almost two years now, and have embarked on a rather large UK tour to gear up for their new album, Music for The People.

Twisted Wheel (live side)Kid British opened up, sounding like a weak combination of a tonne of really good bands. Perfectly competent, they threw in a few surprises (a cover of Madness’ “Our House”? Did not see that one coming!), and belted through a set that got a lot of the kids ready and raring to go.

After a short interlude, Twisted Wheel ambled onto stage, singer Jonny taking a leaf out of Oasis’ book by wearing a raincoat on stage. A mini version of the Enemy, they led the way through a rapid 20 minute set that was belting from the opening “She’s a Weapon” to the end. Cramming in the obvious tracks (Lucy the Castle getting a roar of approval) and a few welcome album tracks, banter was kept to a minimum as the tracks did the talking. Sounding like an (even angrier) version of the Enemy two years ago, the future’s looking bright for these youngsters.

We’ve written a tonne about this Manchester three piece here at TGTF, so if you want an introduction just read through some of our older posts.

The Enemy (side live)Finally it was time for the headliners, The Enemy, the ones most people had come to see. We’d seen the two articulated lorries out the front of the venue and was slightly intrigued about the amount of stuff three lads from Coventry would actually need. However, it turns out it was justified, with a huge video-style screen that complemented their relatively simple set-up.

Relatively little stuff from their new album was played, with the obvious hits from their début album gaining the biggest responses. “Away From Here” saw Tom Clarke play to his front man strengths, conducting a chaotic chorus, whilst the double header of “We’ll Live and Die In these Towns” and “This Song” was nothing short of euphoric – we’d honestly forgotten just how good their anthems were, with everyone yelling back the words like their lives depended on it. For their new single “No Time for Tears” they were joined by Emma (didn’t catch her surname) to do backing vocals with a voice that’s pretty amazing.

Coming back for an encore of “Happy Birthday Jane” and “Not Alone”, we left slightly sticky and sweaty but all the better for a night of great music where The Enemy cemented their place, and Twisted Wheel showed that they’re the next to take their crown.

The Enemy’s new album, Music for the People, is out on 27th April. Twisted Wheel’s self titled debut comes out on Monday (13th April).

After the jump: some pretty awful pictures of the gig
Continue reading Live Review: The Enemy / Twisted Wheel / Kid British – Southampton Guildhall 9th April 2009

 

Interview: Twisted Wheel

 
By on Tuesday, 7th April 2009 at 1:00 pm
 

Twisted WheelWe’ve been raving a lot about Twisted Wheel of late here at TGTF. The Manchester trio have scored themselves a series of big shows this summer – supporting the likes of Paul Weller and The Enemy on various jaunts.

We were fortunate enough to sit down with their bassist, Rick Lees and have a chat about how things are shaping up for them in 2009 so far…

1. For those not familiar with your music, how would you describe your sound? Who do you think you sound like?
Its a mixture of The Clash, The Jam, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys. Its true British rock and roll music

2. On songwriting – how does it start for you? Lyrical concept? A riff? Turn of phrase? Or a drug fuelled orgy that results in a great song?
All of those put together. I don’t think sitting at home doing nothing gives you any inspiration, you have to go out and experience things. Some of our tunes have observational lyrics and some are just about going out and having a good time.

3. Who do you tip for great things in 2009? (Other than yourselves!)
Kid British are great, we love ska stuff and they’re like a modern specials with their own style thrown in.

4. What’s one thing everyone should bring with them to one of your gigs?
Money

5. Finally, what sort of stuff have you guys been listening to recently?
Primal Scream, ZZ Top, Gods Kitchen classics, 50s rock and roll and love.

 

Album Review: Twisted Wheel

 
By on Monday, 30th March 2009 at 3:00 pm
 

Twisted Wheel (cover side)We first introduced you to Twisted Wheel last December, and since then the gritty punk-rockers have certainly come a long way. The band – who have already blagged nifty support slots alongside legends Oasis and Paul Weller – recently announced their own headline tour for this coming May. Next month will also see the release of the band’s self-titled debut album, Twisted Wheel, but if you can’t wait until then, TGTF were lucky enough to blag a preview of this highly anticipated CD this week.

The album kicks off with ‘Lucy the Castle’, an incredibly energetic tune pounding with vintage punked up vocals and amazing Brit-pop guitar riffs. It’s an excitingly apt introduction to the band, and leads nicely onto track two, ‘She’s a Weapon’, a similarly gritty tune which sees front man Jonny Brown spit his lyrics out with such furore it’s as if he’s mimicking a young Johnny Lydon.

‘Oh What Have You Done’ is lad-rock ala The Enemy in all it’s gleaming glory, while ‘We Are Us’ makes up for what in lacks in romantic lyrics (“You will never stop us, cos you are you, and we are us”) with awesomely fierce musical tune-age.

‘One Night On The Streets’ gets a little heavy vocal-wise come the chorus, but the track still boasts a super funky bass line and additively frenzied guitars. ‘Let Them Have it All’ is an energetic indie tune which will undoubtedly spark you off into an enthusiastic jig. Tracks such as ‘Bad Candy’ and ‘Strife’ continue the indie-fluence sound of the album, with Brown even sounding like a, dare I say it, Northern Jamie T come the latter track as he sings about “Sheila the dealer”.

Twisted WheelThe fast and furious ‘You Stole the Sun’ is certainly a rowdy album highlight. It’s humorously poignant vocals about stealing said star result in Jonny telling us how he had “to go and get some cream, to sooth my painful blisters, I ran down to the shop, I bumped into my sister, and she asked me where I’d been, and why I looked like a lobster, I blamed it on my ex, who’d gone to uni and I’d lost her”.

Penultimate track, ‘Bouncing Bomb’, brings the album down to a slower pace. Alex Turner-esque vocals seep through into this beautifully melodic acoustic track, and by side-stepping into a different musical direction such as this, the band successfully prevent their trademark punk from becoming too monotonous on the ear.

The album finally comes to a close with stadium-worthy ‘What’s Your Name’, an epic rock n roll tune compromising of powerful vocals, frantic guitars and heavy banging drums.

All in all, Twisted Wheel’s debut is a gem of an album. Think of it as their ‘Definately Maybe’. It echoes everything from raw punk, to Brit-pop, to indie, to soul. This young band are certainly ones to watch this year, and their forthcoming CD is something you should definately go grab come it’s release in April.

Tiwsted Wheel’s self titled debut is out on April 13th on Columbia Records. Pre-order it now.

 

Video of the Day #28: Twisted Wheel

 
By on Thursday, 12th March 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

There are some rising names you just can’t avoid. Everywhere I’ve turned in the music press recently, Twisted Wheel keep on popping up. Jessica first introduced them to us all in December, and since then they’ve been announced as supporting Paul Weller, Oasis, and now have announced their headline tour for May. Things look like they’re hotting up for the northern lads, and this great video for forthcoming single “We Are Us”. They hate being compared to the Arctic Monkeys or Oasis however they share a lot of similarities with both of them.

You can pre-order the single  and their forthcoming self-titled album here, which we’d strongly reccomend – everything we’ve heard so far says that they’ll be perfect for those lads nights out, or the day when Oasis or Kasabian are past their best (or have drunk themselves to an early grave).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASi_KN4ka8Y[/youtube]

‘We Are Us’ is out now, and ‘Twisted Wheel’, their self-titled debut, is out on April 4th.

 

Preview: Evolution Weekender 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 11th March 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

The Wombats - press shotWe all hear about the major summer festivals taking place across Blighty this ’09 – but here at There Goes The Fear, we like to bring you previews of those smaller, little known music events too! This week, we’d like to tell you about Evolution 2009. The festival, which started back in 2005, has grown rapidly in both size and popularity over the past few years and Evolution ’09 looks set to be the biggest and best yet!

The Newcastle-based festival is certainly ahead of the big name summer events in the calender stakes, taking place across the May bank holiday (Sunday 24th – Sunday 25th May). Still, the outdoor shows, which will take place along Gateshead’s quayside, are fully expected to attract a crowd of around 60,000. Judging by the line-up, we can see why!

Headliners confirmed so far include Dizzee Rascal, The Wombats (pictured right), Mystery Jets, The View and The Maccabees. Other impressive TGTF-favourites playing the Evolution Weekender include White Lies, Ladyhawke, Esser, Friendly Fires, Little Boots, Twisted Wheel, Marina and the Diamonds, Chapman Family, VV Brown and The Big Pink.

(And breathhhh….!) Impressive, don’t you agree? You can even catch headline electronica acts such as Boys Noize, Chase & Status Live and Kissy Sell Out over at the dance stage too, should something a little less guitar-based take your fancy.

If it couldn’t get any better, a weekend ticket for Evolution 2009 is priced at just £15! You can also grab a day ticket for £9.50 (note : only weekend tickets are on sale at the moment – day tickets go on sale Thursday!). Furthermore, a contribution of the ticket price will be donated to WaterAid. If you’d like to learn more about the festival and general ticket info, check out Evolution 2009’s website.

 
 
 

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