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Video of the Moment #2911: Sam Fender

 
By on Thursday, 6th December 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

I’m a big fan of anyone who’s willing to broach difficult topics and without fear. Naturally, Newcastle’s Sam Fender caught our ears for this very reason. Just last week, he was announced to be a ‘repeat offender’ (ha), meaning he’ll return to SXSW in March 2019 to wow crowds in Austin. The Geordie’s latest earworm to get a video (okay, you got me, it’s a lyric video) is for ‘Poundshop Kardashians’. Less than 3 minutes long, it’s a short but snappy wonder providing biting commentary to the “beautiful people devoid of emotion’ that our society seems fixated on through the lens of reality telly. The track appears on Fender’s just released ‘Dead Boys’ EP that I sadly missed reviewing b/c my laptop gave up the ghost last month. (Never fear, I’ll figure out something soon.) This animated lyric video is a great treatment for these cartoon people that have far too much influence and these cartoon times that we live in. Watch the video for the track below. Fender’s ‘Dead Boys’ EP is out now on Polydor Records. All of our past coverage on Sam can be read through here; it includes my review of him performing live at the inaugural This is Tomorrow festival in Newcastle back in May

 

Live Gig Video: Childcare perform ‘Man Down (King Kong Shake)’ at Bristol Tobacco Factory

 
By on Thursday, 6th December 2018 at 11:30 am
 

I recently had a conversation with mates in Glasgow that live videos used as promo videos seem like a cop-out to me. Anyone with a bit of money can send a videographer to an arena show and film an audience’s reaction, right? What is far preferable to me are videos specifically intended to capture an intimate experience with a band doing what they do best: performing a song they’ve spent time and effort writing and perfecting. The most recent and best example of this I’ve come across is a recording of Childcare atop the roof of the Tobacco Factory in Bristol, on a sunny day no less. The South London band seem remarkably at home with the rays pouring down on them and next to solar panels. ‘Man Down (King Kong Shake)’ is a new version of a track that appeared on ‘Luckyucker’, their second EP that dropped this summer, and it seems tailor-made for Bristol’s Lacuna Sessions with its slacker-y, downtempo rhythm.

 

Video of the Moment #2910: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

 
By on Monday, 12th November 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Earlier this year, London via Yorkshire singer/songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich released a new EP, ‘I Am With You’. Last week, he premiered the music video for ‘Gratitude’, a new single that has been taken from his upcoming third album. There’s precious little we know so far about the upcoming LP except that it’ll drop on Dirty Hit Records in early 2019. What we do know is that ‘Gratitude’ is a breathy, beautiful tune that swells to a choral crescendo at its conclusion. Watch and listen to the promo for ‘Gratitude’ below. Past coverage on Benjamin Francis Leftwich on TGTF is through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2909: Gengahr

 
By on Thursday, 8th November 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Back in the March, Gengahr released their album ‘Where Wildness Grows’. In their effort to keep pushing boundaries, back in September, they released one-off single ‘Atlas Please’. It’s interesting in itself simply for who ended up producing it: Jack Steadman, frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club (you remember them). Although the single’s accompanying promo video has its moment of weirdness, as you might expect from this band based on previous visual efforts, I give them full props for including some truly stunning landscapes here. Watch the video for ‘Atlas Please’ below. Our full archive of Gengahr can be accessed through here.

 

Live Gig Video: Hatchie performs ‘Adored’ at Seattle’s Barbarosa

 
By on Thursday, 8th November 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Australian dream pop singer/songwriter Hatchie, aka Harriette Pilbeam, has recently released a live video performance of her recent single ‘Adored’, from her show at Barbarosa in Seattle on the 19th of September. Filmed and edited by Trevor Crump, the video captures the essence of the song in live performance, including lighting, sound, and late night ambience. See it for yourself at the bottom of this page. Hatchie’s recently released EP ‘Sugar & Spice’ is available now via Double Double Whammy. Speaking of the song itself, Pilbeam says “‘Adored’ is a song that’s been floating around for a few years now, so I’m really excited it’s finally found its place with this release. I’ve been playing it live since my first show but didn’t feel it fit on either my [previous] EP or album. It’s about always wanting more than what you have, even if it’s perfect.”

Speaking of live performances, those of you on the UK side of the pond can catch Hatchie live at the beginning of next year, when she opens for The Vaccines in January and February 2019. You can find a full listing of Hatchie’s upcoming live dates on her official Facebook. TGTF’s previous coverage of Hatchie is right back here.

 

Video of the Moment #2908: IDER

 
By on Wednesday, 7th November 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

There was a whole lot of buzz around good friends and rhythmic pop duo IDER at SXSW 2018. They had recently signed to Glassnote Records and loads of folks were interested in seeing them perform Saturday night at the BBC Radio 1 and the UK’s Department of International Trade-sponsored showcase at the British Music Embassy. IDER’s debut album is slated for release in 2019, and they’ve released another preview of the upcoming LP. ‘Mirror’ in its promo video form is presented in a split screen, with Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville spending time apart in the two halves of the screen before being reunited at its conclusion. Watch the video for ‘Mirror’ below. For more on this intriguing duo here on TGTF, use this link.

 
 
 

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