Last week saw the release of the video of 'Born To Die' by Lana Del Rey, of which has recieved nearly 3 Million hits already.
Born To Die - Lana Del Rey
My favourite part of the track is the lyrics are in the pre-chorous section
"Don't make me sad, don't make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough
I don't know why
Keep making me laugh,
Let's go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime"
I also like the pulsing beat with the stings on top; its just a really cool track!
If like me you are looking forward to the release of her album on Janaury 30th; you can pre order a copy by clicking the picture below.
"Make A Start" is the debut of singer/songwriter James Drake, who after being in and out of bands for about five years and picking up a guitar only two years ago, has decided to try some solo stuff.
His biggest influences are Dallas Green (Alexisonfire/Cityandcolour) and Alex Gasgarth from All Time Low, both of which can be heard in his track, especially the City and Colour playing style. James also jokes that Xfactors "One Direction" influence him "for reasons unknown".
I know that James is currently in the process of writing more material in order to get out and start giging in the New Year. Hopefully I will be able to get some more recordings online soon and I will keep you updated with any gig details.
If this band aren't big next year, then no one has hope.
With a sound crossed between 'MGMT' and 'Friendly Fires', Manchester's 'Swiss Lips' are instantly likeable. As soon as you hear it you know it, not because you have heard it before, but because its the sound you wanted to hear. All the right notes in all the right places.
Scratching beneath the surface of the World Wide Web I found same songs under another Manchester band with the name of Ten Bears. But that is all I could find. Perhaps a change of image/fresh start was needed? Whatever the case, the transformation has paid off and Swiss Lips are creating a beautiful electropop stir.
After a forty minute wait, a one and a half hour bus ride and a 30 minute walk, I eventually arrived at the Academy 3 to watch The Portlands.
Before this night I had only heard a few songs and had never seen them live, I was relying my fiancé's opinion that "they will be good'"... Infact it turns out that The Portlands are awesome, and I say this in the truest sense of the word.
For me the gig was so good because the band were into it from the word go. They weren't posing with thier instuments, they were animated and enjoyed the music they played. This then spilled out into the audience and it wasnt long before people were claping and dancing along.
My favourite songs of the night were "Blue Sea Blues" "Amelia" and upcoming single "Every word I sing is a lie", but most of all I enjoyed "Stay With Me". It encapsulates everything that is great about this band; their ability to write catchy, energetic music that you can't stop listening to. What more could you want?!
You can hear The Portlands this Sunday on BBC radio Manchester at 10pm where they will be playing an acoustic session along with an interview, be sure to check it out.
Electronic music would not be where it is today without its founding fathers. Two of the most respected of which are Vince Clarke (Erasure / Yazoo / Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) and for the first time in 30 years the pair are once again working together.
VGCM are set to release an EP at the end of this month followed by an album in spring 2012.
EP1 / SPOCK will be available initially as a global exclusive on Beatport on 30 November, and then on all DSPs from 12 December with the 12" release following on 19 December 2011.
EP1 / SPOCK TRACKLIST
Spock - Album Version
Spock - Edit Select Remix
Spock - Regis Remix
Spock - DVS1 Voyage Home Remix
Spock - XOQ Remix
Bring on November 30th, hope it is as good as its deserves to be!
Writers Strike are a 5 piece band from Halifax Nova Scotia and 'Stay Down' is their recent release.
Recorded at Sonic Temple Recording Studio, this great EP is a window into the future, a sneak preview of what this band have to offer when they release a full length album sometime 2012.
My favourite track is 'Splitting Images'. Verging on the edge of post grunge, you fall into this track, pulled along by the mellow melodies. I also love the later half where it is imposible not to join in with the crowd vocals, something I am sure would sound amazing live.
To listen to the EP or buy for whatever price you fancy, head over to the bands bandcamp page bellow.
After canceling several tour dates due to illness, Friendly Fires have rescheduled and are due to pick back up in December. Great news? Yes, unless like me you have an exam in the evening of your rescheduled date. Yesterday I was disappointed and now I think I am just cursed!
The recheduled dates are:
Manchester Apollo - December 15th
Southampton Guildhall - December 16th
Newcastle O2 Academy - December 18th
Nottingham Rock City - December 19th
Glasgow Barrowlands - December 20th
On a more upbeat note, Summer Camp have announced details of a tour next March!
The song 'Cat And Mouse' is far from uplifting; in fact it is quite the opposite, but I still feel compelled to listen to it several times a day.
''Cat And Mouse' was written about a Russian family who fell to their death in a housing estate in Glasgow last year. An apparent suicide from high in an old tower block used to house asylum seekers, it is thought they may have jumped for fear of deportation by immigration authorities. The father was also known to have suffered from mental problems. After the family were removed, a vigil was held by other local asylum seekers & many came forward with similar accounts of jumping from buildings in fear of deportation.' - Owensie
On the 28.10.11, Performance released 'A Language' in Germany; a country where the bands well deserved recognition is continually growing.
The album is a collection of material from their previous albums '(we are) Performance)' and 'Red Brick Heart'. Both were great albums, but neither seemed to propel the band to the heights they deserve.
Perhaps this is what the band need, a new album showcasing the best that they have produced so far, together with a great new image.
The album is available through various outlets including Amazon.de as below
Yesterday I received an email from Jeff Pianki promoting his tour this fall (Autumn).
10/28 - Lansing, MI
10/29 - South Bend, IN
10/30 - Milwaukee, WI
11/2 - Madison, WI
11/3 - Iowa City, IA
11/4 - Columbia, MO
11/5 - Hazelwood, MO
11/7 - Urbana, IL
11/8 - Indianapolis, IN
11/9 - Nashville, TN
11/10 - Boone, NC
11/11 - Christiansburg, VA
11/12 - Fredericksburg, VA
11/13 - Williamsburg, VA
11/14 - Fairfax, VA
11/15 - Philadelphia, PA
11/17 - Boston, MA
11/19 - Harrisburg, PA
If you live in, or near to any of the above cities, then go. Not only is Jeff a talented musician, he is one of the nicest and down-to-earth people you will come across.
As the leaves turn brown and the nights draw in; summer comes to an end. The surf pop anthems sound out of place and now you need a new sound. Fitting that gap perfectly are Electropop outfit 'The Good Natured'.
The Good Natured - Wolves
Much like 'White Lies', 'La Roux' and 'Performance', 'The Good Natured' take the best of the 1980's and make it their own to create something perfect.
The track 'Wolves' is my favourite. With one listen I was hooked; the synth under my skin, bass in my blood and vocals in my head. It's Electropop at its best.
If you are fortunate enough to have tickets, you can see them play with 'The Wombats' on their UK tour. Hopefully they will get the hype they deserve and we will see them headlining a tour of their own soon.
'I Want You' is this century's equivalent to Depeche Modes 'A Question of Lust'. Plug your earphones in and immerse yourself in the pool of synth and bass. My favourite part of the song is at 1:48 when the song mellows, builds and then drops in a pulsing beat that automatically makes you move your head in time.
Florence And The Machine - Shake It Out
I'm glad Florence And The Machine came back with something as good as this; they had big boots to fill due to the success of their first album, but i think its safe to say they are striding ahead comfortably.
Alex Clare - Up All Night (Skream Remix)
(Dubstep) STEPH INTRODUCED ME TO THIS!
I heard it again last night when Dale and I were on route to the off licence. Its not normally the sort of thing I listen too, but it is undeniably awesome. It was played again later at the party and everyone loved it.
Will Bloc Party split? or just carry on without Kele? Or is everything okay? I don't know, and its annoying.
This has all come about since Kele announced he happened to spot the rest of his band in front of a rehearsal studio with their instruments; only he wasn't informed about a practice, prompting the question of weather he was still in the band.
Since then the rest of the band have said they were going to work on some instrumental stuff, but now may get a singer in with the possibility of putting out some music and playing some gigs.
Still... Have they split? Is Kele out? Or is everything okay? I'm not sure.
My theory (and something I hope is true) is that the rest of the band are starting some kind of new project. My logic is due to a post on the bands website that simply read:
Bloc Party Is Still Bloc Party.
So maybe they're leaving Bloc Party alone; no one leaving, no one joining. Just starting something new.
I hope so anyway, because I'd love to hear another Bloc Party album
For a performer used to playing the likes of the Royal Albert Hall and the MEN Arena; the Academy 3 is a matchbox in comparison. But tonight, Ronnie Vannucci is playing here, not with The Killers, but his side project Big Talk.
The crowd were excited and cheered the band, although Ronnie described it "like playing in Tokyo, LOTS OF CHEERS - then silence" This gets a laugh and momentarily breaks the ice of this intimate setting.
It seemed that all who turned up to watch (around 200 of us) knew the album; some enough to sing along. 'Replica' and 'Getaways' were crowd favourites and I particularly enjoyed seeing 'Big Eye' live as it build and builds until it fills the room.
All in all, the gig was awesome and I am glad I had the chance to see such a great performer in such an intimate venue.
Before a gig I usually try to find out who the support act is going to be and for Big Talk playing the Manchester Academy on the 26th September I couldn't find anything. This didn't fill me with hope.
However, I needn't have worried because 'Most Thieves' are good. Quite good in fact. The came out and played like seasoned pros, shocking the audience when they announced this is only the bands 14th gig so far. An impressive feat to be already off touring Europe with the likes of Big Talk then!
They play like it's their last gig and you can see its something they clearly enjoy doing. With a sound clearly influenced by the likes of Death Cab it is also easy to like.
Hopefully they will do well and we will see them back in the UK on a tour of their own.
I work with a guy called Dave and Dave has quite a good taste in music. The other week he lent me 'Angles', the latest release from The Stokes. Now, The Strokes have never been one of my favourite bands, mainly just simmering in the background with the odd track I like every now and then.
The latest 'odd track' is called 'Two Kinds Of Happiness'. I cant stop listening to it and when I'm not listening to it, its repeating over and over in my head. Its such a good song, maybe one of my favourite songs I have heard this year... really!
The Kaiser Chiefs are set to tour the UK; announcing dates for January and February 2012. This will be the bands first big tour for almost two years. Although, they haven't been exactly quiet, still playing festivals and some other gigs. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday 29th August at 9am, coinciding with the next release 'Man On Mars' from their latest album 'The Future Is Medieval'.
Frank Carter recently left Gallows to work on a new project 'Pure Love' and this week Alexisonfire announced that they are to split. It seemed that all was lost....
This is until today when Wade MacNeil of Alexisonfire has been confirmed as the new singer of Gallows!Wade had met and befriended the band when they toured together as he played in his side project Black Lungs in 2009, so it seems they got on kept in touch.
Hopefully we will get to hear the new sound of Gallows soon as the band are currently recording their third studio album and are set to tour North America with Four Year Strong this autumn.
This week England has seen a wave of riots spread the country.
As well as causing mindless damage to their own communities, the rioters have now damaged the music industry.
Last night PIAS Distribution, the UK's largest independent distributor, was burned to the ground.
Their warehouse, based in Enfield, held stock on site for a large amount of independent labels, all of which may be lost. This could potentially be extremely damaging to the music industry, particularly to smaller labels who relied solely on PIAS for holding and distributing their stock.
Thankfully we can take some comfort that we live in an age where digital sales are possible. Hopefully this will keep the smaller labels solvent until thier stock is replenished, although it could take sometime.
In the meantime I hope that the riots stop soon and the culprits are caught and procecuted. Not just for this act, but any acts of violence, theft or damage caused over the past days.
"Was the break up amicable? Not really. Was it necessary? Probably. Regardless, the members of this band are my family and I wish them nothing but good fortune." - George
After nearly 10 years together as a band, Alexisonfire have split. The decision came about after Dallas Green had decided to leave the band to focus on his other project 'City and Colour' and now Wade has left to play in another band. At first the band considered finding a replacement for Dallas, but with the recent departure of Wade, the rest of the band have decided to close the curtain on Alexisonfire.
The band are planning to do a farewell/10 year anniversary tour of their home country Canada, although this is still in the planning stages.
The split was announced yesterday by lead singer George Pettit on the band website http://www.theonlybandever.com/ which he thanks fans for their support, describing them as 'the coal that stoked their engine'.
Pettit concludes the message by telling fans to"Take solace in the fact that you live in one of the most exciting musical eras. Try to support some of your local independent artists in the same way that you supported us. A life of musical exploration is a rich and fulfilling one."
Its sad to know that there will be no more releases to look forward to, but they leave a catolouge of albums I know i will enjoy listening to over and over.
Last Friday my Fiance and me decided to go into Manchester for a drink. After trying a few bars and finding they were either too packed/too pricey/rubbish music; we decided to try 'Trof NQ'.
I'd been on their website and it looked good, but far too often looks are misleading. This wasn't the case. What we found was a diamond amongst rhinestones; good music,good prices and a good mix of people. I need to go back to the music, it was awesome not good. It was 'Block Party' night and the DJ's were playing a mix of hip-hop and other similar sounds, some we knew and others we didn't, but all good choices. It fit the scene perfectly. Enough to move to, but mellow enough to also sit and talk, without having to shout to be heard. Another plus was the staff who were friendly and welcoming; sadly a rarity these days.
So, if you're in Manchester, visit Trof NQ. You wont be disappointed.
On Monday the 18th, Ireland's 'We Are Losers' release their debut single featuring 'Cheerleader' and 'Sunset Song'.
Starting out as a bedroom project of guitarist and vocalist Gavin Elsted; Stephen Colan, Bronwyn Murphy-White and Gary Clarke soon joined to became 'We Are Losers' and started making a name for themselves in Dublin's indie scene. Releasing their single through Leeds based 'Dance To The Radio' this band are one to listen out for.
I would recommend this band to fans of 'The Pigeon Detectives'; they are pure unadulterated indie pop at its best!
The single is available on 7" for an extremely reasonable £3.50 from the link below!
Im glad I have a Twitter account because without it I wouldnt have heard this band, and they're really worth a listen. Their sound is kind of 'Taking Back Sunday' meets abit of 'DCFC' and 'Reggie and The Full Effect'
Theyre not the most polished band out there, but that is in no way a bad thing. It is that similar rawness that made Reggie And The Full Effect so good to listen to!
The tracks I really like are 'When We Colide' 'Friday 13th' 'Old Times' and 'You and I' All really good and show signs of a band with potential.
Hopefully we will continue to hear more from them in the future.
Today City and Colour announced European and US tour dates. The pre-sale for the European tickets has already started and tickets are available from http://cityandcolour.ca/tour/ . You can also buy your ticket within a bundle with posters and various records.
Thankfully I managed to get some Manchester pre-sale tickets for me and Ellé and hopefully we will get as good a spot this time round as we did in London! Click the link below to see the pictures I took.
Im particulay looking forward to seeing footage from; Cage The Elephant, Two Door Cinema Club, Fleet Foxes, The Wombats, White Lies, Friendly Fires, Jimmy Eat World, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Joy Formidable, OK Go, Foster The People (to name a few off the top of my head)
Bombay Bicycle Club have announced UK tour dates for later this year starting at Brighton Dome on the 30th September and finishing at the O2 Academy in Brixton. The tour will follow the release of their third album ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ on 29th August.
I came across GLIL today whilst on the internet looking for bands to see. Rather than a dingy club, a tin-box-arena or an over priced concert hall; the venue is a public library.
The idea is "-designed to give people, especially young people who love music, a damn good time in a library" and "Using great fresh modern rock and pop in an innovative, natural location as the key, it offers opportunities to kids from 5 to 65 to check out bands at close quarters in a book clad feelgood venue before they hit the proverbial big time."
I like it. Hopefully Ill get some tickets to a show and let you know how it went.