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Preview: Y-Not Festival 2012

By on Friday, 25th May 2012 at 9:00 am

Deep in the midst of the Peak District National Park, the sister festival to 2000 Trees is shaping up nicely. Winning the Grassroots Festival award and the coveted Best Toilets award at last year’s Festival Awards, Y-Not Festival is back to prove itself worthy of more trophies in its cabinet. Taking place on 3-5 August, there are six stages of the best British music from an array of scenes and sounds.

Headlining the Main Stage throughout the weekend are the UK indie mainstays the View (pictured above), the Wombats and We Are Scientists. With enough big radio hits under their cumulative belt to form the basis of a ‘Now That’s What I Call Mid-00s’ album, get your lungs ready for a sing-song. Backing them up are other indie stalwarts the Pigeon Detectives, British Sea Power and the Subways.

But it’s not just an indie festival, across all the stages are diverse acts from the hip-hop of Roots Manuva to the harder edged Pulled Apart By Horses. The Giant Squid stage is the haven of ‘heavier’ music over the weekend with big names Rolo Tomassi, Lower Than Atlantis, Turbowolf and Brontide gracing the Midlands.

If this sounds your thing – and if you’re a fan of UK music then surely it must be – then head on over to the official Web site to purchase tickets. Priced at just £75 for the weekend, there’s no reason not to visit the heart of Derbyshire for a weekend of summer music antics.


We Are Scientists / June 2011 English Tour

By on Sunday, 6th March 2011 at 9:00 am

The kooky We Are Scientists have announced a handful of club dates for June. Methinks these are timed perfectly for the UK festival season, don’tcha think? Actually, they are perfect, as they’ve confirmed appearances at Isle of Wight (10 June), Rockness (11 June) and Beachbreak Live (16 June). Tickets to this short jaunt are available now.

Monday 13 June 2011 – Middlesbrough Empire
Tuesday 14 June 2011 – Leamington Spa Assembly
Wednesday 15 June 2011 – London Koko
Friday 17 June 2011 – Brighton Concorde 2


This Week’s Gonzo – series closes with visits from Mark Ronson and the Drums

By on Thursday, 2nd December 2010 at 1:00 pm

This Friday marks the last episode of this series of MTV Gonzo, but don’t be sad: some special guest appearances are planned for the show. DJ and producer Mark Ronson, who released the album ‘Record Collection’ with his Business Intl. in September and recently worked with Duran Duran on their new album, stops by to talk with Alexa and shows her his drum pads. (No, that’s not innuendo for something else.) Now sporting shocking platinum blonde hair ala Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro, he comments, “I’m worried my hair might fall out from the bleach”. But rock ‘n’ roll is all about taking risks, isn’t it?

The Drums from New York also make an appearance, no doubt to talk about their amazing success this year. Everyone’s favourite American jokers (and rockers) We Are Scientists phone in for what is sure to be a comical video chat. Mat Horne, who guested on last week’s Gonzo, suggests a new band to watch: you’ll have to watch the show to find out who he’s tipping. On the video front, Gonzo queues up Paramore‘s ‘Playing God’ as well as the new promo video of White Lies‘s ‘Bigger Than Us’, and the London post-punk band is in the studio to talk about what went on behind the scenes of its filming.

Watch this series’s final episode of MTV Gonzo tomorrow night, Friday, at 7 pm on MTV Rocks, with a repeat at 9 pm on MTV.


Live Review: We Are Scientists at Shoreditch Village Underground – 18th November 2010

By on Wednesday, 24th November 2010 at 2:00 pm

Words by Jason Thomas
Photos by Thomas Roundell Greene

So last Thursday I ventured into the cold London night, as We Are Scientists had invited me to a special showcase at Village Underground, in deepest darkest Shoreditch, East London. The gig was part of their ‘American Barbarians’ UK tour. My best mate Tom was given photography duties for the night, so you have him to thank for the snaps, though I was the one who got a sore arm filming a video of ‘Chick Lit’ (which, sadly, wasn’t up to our exacting standards for posting on TGTF). This was one of two We Are Scientists gigs of the evening. The latter, which I couldn’t obtain passes for, was a ‘Little Noise Session’ for Mencap at Union Chapel in Islington, with support from the Kooks and Example. Next time lads, next time!

Tonight’s gig at Village Underground was the band showing their support for UK charity Live Unltd International, an organisation built upon rewarding young entrepreneurs with funding for community based projects related to music, sport and the arts. The room was set with an automated rodeo bull, coconut shy, its own tin pan alley and a few scantily clad glamour girls. Come to think of it, where’s the pictures of them, Tom? That’s the problem with married photographers! I was originally expecting to review a ‘full’ live gig from ‘We Are Scientists’, but upon arrival I realised this was not the case; air drums sound and look pony by the way! Acoustic it is, to the bar then. After draining a couple of beers from the ‘one per industry bar’ (they really should keep better tabs on us) and devouring an enormous spit-roast pig sandwich, it was time for the band to take to the stage.

It’s always a nice treat to hear a band’s songs played acoustic, and the lads didn’t let the party down. All crowded around one microphone they rattled through past hits and new tunes alike for thirty minutes, to the delight of competition winners, charity founders and ‘beered up’ industry wigs alike. Highlight for me, and the stand-out tune of the night was ‘After Hours’ (“time means nothing”) probably one of the band’s best-known tracks to date. The band were their usual jovial selves and complimented the party atmosphere of the night well; jostling over the mic, ducking in and out for harmonies, narrowly avoiding a lonely shaker, which was only doing its job I hasten to add. I was surprised at how well the songs came across in this format, but hats off to the three of them, I really enjoyed the set.

The band were whisked off stage and on to their second gig of the night, and it was left to Nihal from Radio 1 to fill the arches beneath Shoreditch tube station with audible pleasures. After spending a few minutes mincing about to dubstep, we decided it was time to take our nigh on thirty frames back into the horizontal drizzle of the London streets, to reflect on the nights activities over a pint of Badger. And that’s when the inevitable happened; sitting in the pub garden we were accosted by a particularly rude and unsavoury character offering substances concocted by a totally different sort of scientist than the three we had just so recently witnessed….we knew we were in East London! We quickly left by the way, exactly the way we had come in.


This Week’s Gonzo – Alex welcomes Britpop legends Suede to the Gonzo couch

By on Friday, 5th November 2010 at 12:00 pm

This week’s Gonzo is really quite jam-packed with great stuff. For those of you who lived the ’90s Britpop revolution (or you are a big fan of that era of British music), Gonzo has a great treat for you tonight. Britpop legends Suede are Alexa’s guests tonight. Brett Anderson relates a story about Klaxons to Alexa, but we’re not sure where this is going… “We left Jamie from Klaxons lying down on a curb last night…don’t worry, he had a smile on his face.” Guess you’re going to have to watch this episode of Gonzo to find out!

Practically a resident advisor for Gonzo, Kele stops by for a birthday celebration and chats about the success of his solo album, ‘The Boxer’, released in June. Thanks to the wonders of the internet (and really, the even more wondrous Skype), American indie rockers We Are Scientists reach Alexa over the miles to say hello all the way from Texas. There’s even a chat with Everything Everything about the director’s cut of ‘Photoshop Handsome’, their newest (and most likely creepiest) video.

For the sci-fi fans out there, current Doctor Who heartthrob Matt Smith pops over to recommend a favourite song. There’s also a special performance by Chapel Club of their fab latest single, ‘All the Eastern Girls’.

Watch this week’s MTV Gonzo tonight at 7 pm on MTV Rocks, with a repeat at 9 pm on MTV.


Video of the Moment #346: We Are Scientists

By on Tuesday, 14th September 2010 at 6:00 pm

The always funny We Are Scientists are back with a new promo video for ‘I Don’t Bite’, a track from their latest album ‘Barbara’ (reviewed in May on TGTF). Directed by Dan Monick, it’s described on YouTube as follows:

This is the mind-bending clip for ‘I Don’t Bite,’ a song from the Barbara album. In it, indescribable shit happens. This video causes seizures in pregnant women and should be avoided by those with a history of psychological illness or who have gone to high school.


We Are Scientists have a UK tour in November scheduled.


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