Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Words: Ellie Ward
After airing new single ‘Television Romance’ at Reading/Leeds festival last month, Pale Waves now unveil its official video.
Filmed in the band’s hometown of Manchester it gives The 1975's Matty Healy and Samuel Burgess-Johnson a hand in direction.
Pale Waves have also announced their debut US headline tour for November -December which follows their previously announced run of UK October dates.
12 Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA
13 Songbyrd - Washington, DC
14 Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
16 Baby G - Toronto, ON
17 Cattivo - Pittsburgh, PA
18 Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH
19 Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
20 RecordBar - Kansas City, MO
22 Lost Lake Lounge - Denver, CO
24 Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
26 Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA
27 Fox Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
29 Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
01 House of Blues Voodoo Room - San Diego, CA
02 The Moroccan - Los Angeles, CA
03 Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
04 The Perch - El Paso, TX
06 Three Links - Dallas, TX
07 Stubbs Jr - Austin, TX
08 Rudyard’s - Houston, TX
09 Gasa Gasa - New Orleans, LA
After the release of EP 'Prague ’99' last month, Blaenavon now share the visuals to lead single and title track.
The video - directed by Foals and Toothless collaborator, Kit Monteith - places the band centre stage in a stylishly shot performance intertwined with vocalist and guitarist Ben Gregory's beautifully choreographed movements and synchronised interactions with his female doppelgänger.
Kit Monteith had this to say of the video: "The song is so dynamic - intricate at times as well as soaring and majestic. We wanted to make sure the visuals matched up to this and developed a technique where all these sides could be seen at once; combining slow motion and normal speed action within the same shots. However, the track is more complex still, there is sadness yet strange celebration within it and this more emotive side is where we wanted to experiment in making Ben's psyche a character in itself. We wanted to create a surreal space where Ben could start to blend with a female presence and for this merging of forms to be the visual backdrop to the fragility, anguish and intensity of his performance on the track. It was also just a nice excuse to see a Blaener in the buff."
Words: Sam Geary
The now London-based Cornish garage rockers The Velvet Hands may not be up for playing 'Games' on the new single - released September 22 via Easy Action Records - but they sure pack a punky punch on it.
Taken from their debut album, 'The Party's Over', due for release in Spring 2018, and produced and mixed by Ben Woods and Jamx Jules, the wiry, driving guitar'd ‘Games’ - a new cut of a track first out in 2015 - is the second single from the album, following ‘Sick Of Living’, their RSD17 7".
The Velvet Hands play Mono, Falmouth on September 28 with Skinny Milk, followed by Looe Festival on October 1.
Credit: Daniel Stark
Words: Sam Geary
Newcastle trio The Pale White have shared the video to latest single 'Downer', which comes from their self-titled EP out on September 29, which includes previous singles 'Reaction' and 'Turn It Around'.
Produced by John Martindale and the band at Blank Studios, 'Downer' is a rousing, thunderous indie-rock track that goes straight for the jugular - as evidenced in the band's live performance vid clip.
The Pale White head out on a 10-date UK tour as main support for The Amazons in October. See dates below.
Live dates w/ The Amazons
02 Norwich Waterfront
03 Sheffield The Leadmill
04 Edinburgh The Liquid Room
06 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
08 Newcastle Riverside
09 Cardiff The Tramshed
11 Exeter Phoenix
12 London O2 Forum 13 Southampton Engine Rooms
14 Bristol SWX
Words: Ellie Ward
It might still only be 2017 and a full eight months away from The Great Escape's next appearance on the Sussex coast, but organisers are shaping up to tempt us with the announcement of the first 50 acts revealed.
The second instalment of the FIRST FIFTY – the biggest festival launch in the world; a series of exclusive gigs, across 5 venues over 3 days in East London, will take place between November 21 - 23 2017.
The artists announced today give a first glimpse of the talent lined up to play TGE 2018.
The FIRST FIFTY line-up will include Copenhagen-based pop rhythm wizard KOPS, whose crackling voices and intelligent productions move effortlessly between playfulness and intensity. George Ezra’s brother Ten Tonnes will have everyone singing along with his indie guitar wheedling songs. Little Indie discovery FREAK will bring 20 year old Connar Ridd to a wider audience with his energy driven live set, while 18 year old singer-songwriter Joy Crookes from South London is already grabbing industry attention with her pop/RnB-soaked sounds, unique lyrics and haunting voice. Aussie favourites City Calm Down and Mansionair bring some Oz indie sunshine to London, as Coventry indie-rockers FEET will bring their own brand of fresh mayhem to their set.
Full FIRST FIFTY line-up:
ÁINE CAHILL / AWATE / BAD GYAL / BENNY MAILS / CITY CALM DOWN / COIN / DAN STOCK /DANIEL OG / DENZEL HIMSELF / EBENEZER / FEET / FREAK / FRED WELL / HOTEL LUX / HUNTER & THE BEAR / JERRY WILLIAMS / JOY CROOKES / KATIE VON SCHLEICHER / KING NUN / KOPS / LOVE SSEGA / M.I.L.K / MAISIE PETERS / MANSIONAIR / MIKAELA DAVIS / MONCRIEFF / NAAZ / PITOU / PROMISELAND / RUBY EMPRESS / S4U / SAM FENDER / SPORTS TEAM / STELLA DONNELLY / STEREO HONEY / TAMINO / TEN TONNES / THE NINTH WAVE / THE ORIELLES / WILD FRONT
For tickets to all FIRST FIFTY shows go to The Great Escape First Fifty.
Advanced tickets are £5. On-the-door will be £7.50.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Words: Sam Geary
Ahead of their live show at Servant Jazz Quarters in London on September 21, indie-dance trio Febueder (pronounced Fe-byou-der) drop a new video for their forthcoming single ’Stilts’.
Taken from the new EP ‘From An Album’ - out now - the clip is directed by rising documentary filmmaker and photographer Jess Colquhoun who offers a suitably cinéma-vérité accompaniment to the song.