Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Bloxx have shared their Kris Rimmer-directed music video for latest single ‘Coke’ - a former Little Indie Track Of The Day.
Watch the life on the road and behind the scenes clip from the South London outfit above.
Words: Linn Branson
The London-based quartet have just unveiled 'Angel', another track to come from their eagerly awaited debut EP 'Monuments', out on January 12 2018 via Beatnik Creative, and again produced by Charlie Russell.
With more of the Honeys' perfectly executed falsetto crooning over a darkly atmospheric background, the titular 'Angel' refers to Newcastle's Angel of the North statue. The beautiful, yet disturbing - "says you're a fool / drinking for two" - song's inspiration has previously been explained by vocalist and songwriter Pete Restrick.
"I wrote the lyrics after I took this really long coach trip from London to Edinburgh. It’s like 10 hours in a coach, so plenty of time to go over ideas and stuff like that, and we went past this horrible car crash on the A1, past the Angel of the North. Basically, this bloke had been rubbernecking, he’d been looking at the statue, and he just slammed into the barrier. So I wrote this song about Antony Gormley’s statue, about how she’s like a little siren luring motorists off the road to their deaths."
Brighton Dome, Brighton
November 20 2017
Words/Pictures: Steve Willcox
As might be expected with a band the calibre of Wolf Alice, Brighton's Dome is heaving with 1300 fans all in a state of heightened expectation for the night ahead.
After worthy opening sets from Superfood and Sunflower Bean, the lights go down and as Wolf Alice take to the stage, a single spotlight beams onto frontwoman Ellie Rowsell as they start the show with ‘Heavenward’, the lead track of their new and well-received second album ‘Visions of a Life’. A haunting synth intro and then Joff Oddie’s rhythm guitar blends in a heavy riff , that then introduces the drumming of Joel Amey and the bass of Theo Ellis. The spotlight is still focused on Ellie and she produces some powerfully moving vocals which then sends the crowd to putting their collective hands up skywards.
‘Yuk Foo’ changes the whole focus and mood of the set, igniting the fires of an audience’s belly, who obviously ‘don’t give a shit’ just like the lyrics of the song, by doing some serious moshing, which is moving all the way to the back of the hall. Luckily it gets organised somehow and a circle has appeared where they can merrily jump into each other in peace. The next two set numbers, ‘You're A Germ’ and ‘Your Loves Whore’, both produce some more hard hitting songs for the crowd to jump up and down to.
I didn’t expect the crowd to know and love these tunes as much as they did, which proves just how strong and loyal a fan base this band has. Both Ellie and Theo tell the crowd of their love for Brighton and its people and their memories of gigging there. The set then slows down a bit now with ‘St. Purple & Green’ and shows some delicate guitar touches from Joff and soft haunting lyrics by Ellie, but with the drums and bass at a different pace making it quite something to be witnessed.
‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ - my favourite track from the album - is all about accepting the past and never forgetting as it what defines you, seeing it live just makes me love it even more. ‘Bros', 'Silk' and 'Lisbon’ which follow, bring the previous album firmly into the set like a homage to the fans. ‘Formidable Cool’ with spoken word lyrics from Ellie and some great bass licks from Theo, is reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrants Song’ but making it current and sounding their own.
The floor is jumping about and everyone is loving this gig and it looks like the band are too, which persuades Ellie to jump off stage and throw herself into the standing crowd thronged at the front of the stage, still managing to maintain her vocal during this bodysurfing interlude before being delivered back onto the stage.
Current single ‘Beautifully Unconventional’ is well received but it didn’t quite have the impact for me as I thought it would compared to the previous songs played. Breakthrough track ‘Fluffy’ closed the set before the encores and it brought some more moshing from exuberant fans to a crescendo of exhaustion.
The band thanks the crowd for their love and then depart to the green room for a brief rest. After five minutes they return to the stage and with a happy Theo, who was skipping up to his microphone, where they then launch into ‘Blush’ from their 2013 EP and for the final song, a firm favourite of the crowd ‘Giant Peach’ which brings the whole set to a new high and makes the crowd have one final hurrah into the mosh ring and the applause rings out around this 200-year-old building as the gig finishes, which from the outside is unconventionally beautiful indeed.
Credit: Alice Hadden
Mash House, Edinburgh
November 17 2017
Words: Richard Cobb
Just a few short hours on from interviewing Edinburgh guitar pop four-piece Vistas on Friday night in a cramped dressing room, I was back in the venue, with somehow even less breathing space in the larger room next door at their sold out hometown show, the last date in their current Retrospect tour.
There was an interesting 30 second video looping behind the stage for an hour or so prior to the band's performance. The video was an engrossing mash up of Trainspotting, an iPod, Vistas themselves, something about John Lennon, a smiling post-it, the moon, Nelson Mandela, Andy Murray and someone smashing up a TV. To say it was hypnotic would be a bigger understatement than saying Morrissey’s not had the best of weeks.
Credit: Alice Hadden
By the time they got to ‘Hot Love’ the crowd were singing along to every word, with the band visibly well into this, as much as the crowd were. There seems to be a real movement in Scotland just now in the form of tropical Infused guitar pop with the likes of Vistas, Indigo Velvet and Model Aeroplanes all being one grass skirt and a ukulele away from a Lilt advert. No idea where this has originated from though as Scotland’s absolutely Baltic and no one even really drinks Lilt anymore. Regardless though, the sound works well for them, it’s a lot of fun and there’s no denying with a sold out crowd that know all the words, there’s evidently a market for it.
Credit: Gregor Atlantic
Prior to giving new single ‘Retrospect’ an airing, Prentice acknowledged the crowd and his bands achievements with the humble words, “It’s been a bit of a year for us.” When a band dip a toe in the fountain of success, like Vistas have this year, it’s easy for them to become arseholes, but no one can accuse this band of anything remotely close to that. They’ve still got their feet firmly on the ground and they’re taking the success in their stride whilst clearly enjoying every minute of it.
Ending with a well-deserved (for both the band and the crowd) encore of the first single ‘Sign Language’ everyone - including the speakers at the front of the stage - was swaying from side to side, like palm trees in a Scottish climate.
Throughout the 45-minute set, there was no energy let-up from the band or the crowd, and it was easy to see why there’s such a close bond between the band and their fans. If they can carry that energy to other cities throughout the UK, 2018 could be a triumphant one for them.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Words: Sam Geary
Bristol music fans are in for a treat when the new Bristol Rough Trade, located on Nelson Street, opens its doors to include a café, bar, and performance space for live music.
Lined up for instores are IDLES, Django Django and Hookworms and others who will be celebrating the opening on December 11 at 3 New Bridewell, Nelson Street. Plus, customers spending £15 or more in the first week will receive one month’s free membership to the Rough Trade Club.
22 The Go! Team
24 Django Django
06 Field Music
Find out more at roughtrade.com
Words: Ellie Ward
Pale Waves, Girlhood, Grace Carter, M.I.L.K, The Orielles, FREAK and Naaz are among the new acts announced for The Great Escape 2018.
Also revealed today is the first spotlight show at Brighton’s Dome which will feature MIST and MoStack.
MOBO nominated Birmingham rapper MIST is making waves with his honest and thoughtful lyrics, sell-out UK tour and millions of YouTube views. Joining him is North London MC MoStack whose catchy hooks and Afrotrap sound have been gaining him attention and have led to collaborations with some of the biggest UK rap artists on the scene including Krept N Konan, J Hus and Dave.
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