Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Words: Alison Mack
The events of the night of November 13 2015 in Paris were to have international impact as 130 people lost their lives in one of the most terrifying events of recent years.
Eagles Of Death Metal, the American rock band, unwittingly found themselves at the centre of the tragedy when their concert at Paris’ Bataclan theatre was attacked by a group of terrorists, killing 89 inside the venue whilst the band had been performing on stage. One of those victims being the band's own British merch crew member, Nick Alexander.
Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme were recently interviewed by VICE co-founder Shane Smith, and in their first interview since November 13, talk about the events of that night.
Kent quartet Get Inuit share the video for new single 'Pro Procrastinator'.
Filmed in Margate, the clip accompanies vocalist Jamie Glass’ view that “I’m wasting my life,” as routine and boredom abound. The track comes from the band’s latest EP, ‘Luge Lessons’, out now on Alcopop! Records.
Catch Get Inuit tonight (November 25) at London's Boston Music Rooms, followed by the Old Blue Last, London (Alcopop! Xmas Party) on December 19.
Dates confirmed for 2016:
24. Canterbury Gulbenkian Theatre
25. Bournemouth Anvil
26. Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
27. London Black Heart
28. Leicester Cookie
29. Derby Victoria Inn
31. Glasgow Broadcast
01. Newcastle O2 Academy
02. Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
03. Bristol Exchange
04. Guildford Boileroom
Words: Linn Branson
Virginian Jack Tatum brings back Wild Nothing early next year with the dreampop follow-up to 2012' 'Nocturne'.
In advance of the release of 'Life Of Pause' on February 19 2016 (via Captured Tracks in US, Bella Union inUK/Europe), Wild Nothing have shared not one, but two, cuts: 'To Know You' and 'TV Queen'.
The album was recorded in Los Angeles and Stockholm and produced by Thom Monahan. “I desperately wanted for this to be the kind of record that would displace me," says Tatum of the album. "I’m terrified by the idea of being any one thing, or being of any one genre. And whether or not I accomplish that, I know that my only hope of getting there is to constantly reinvent. That reinvention doesn’t need to be drastic, but every new record has to have it’s own identity, and it has to have a separate set of goals from what came before.”
In the accompanying video, below, two album cuts are fused together. All credit must go to director Shawn Brackbill and cinematographer - Geoffrey Todd Womack on the making of this combined visual treatment. While the slo-mo action may lead one into thinking there is not a lot going on, watch very carefully is all we'll say...
On first view of 'To Know You' by its end it brought back memories of seeing the movie Sixth Sense for the first time, where when things start to be revealed at the end, you are left frantically rewinding scenes in your head to work out how they could have happened. Same thing in a way here - although without any dead people (although...) - crossed with a surrealist work come to life, where everything is heavy with meaning, though is not what it may seem. The second section, 'TV Queen', is a little less effective, but works in partnership with the first half.
While both tracks serve up Tatum's familiar sound, 'To Know You' gets our Gold Star over 'TV Queen', which takes Silver.
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
'Ocean Of Night' is another track taken from Editors' 'In Dream' album out on December 11. It is one of three tracks on the album which feature vocals from Slowdive and Minor Victories Rachel Goswell - the first time the band have used outside vocals.
The video, conceived and directed by photographer and visual artist Rahi Rezvani, was filmed at the band's sold out show at Dublin Olympia.
Photo: Hope Purcell
02 Academy, Brixton
November 22 2015
Words: Izzy B
The Vaccines. Like their name posits they are like a shot in the arm, providing a temporary immunity to all trials and ills that may be underway outside the confines of the south London venue which they tonight hold court to. The first of actually three nights at the Brixton Academy, no less.
‘Handsome’, from this year’s third album 'English Graffiti', opens the set of 18 songs, plus an encore threesome which included 'We're Happening', given its first live outing since 2012. Followed in quick succession by ‘Teenage Icon’ and 'Ghost Town', The Vaccines fire a weight of indie pop hooks that doesn't let up.
Confident Justin Hayward-Young delivers the goods in true frontman style, lording it up with a strut here and there, given support with a stunning light effects which lit the Academy in shades of the French flag at one point. The crowd responded inbound with whoops and hollers for the likes of 'If You Wanna' and 'All In White', and the synth toned 'Dream Lover'.
Hayward-Young's solo acoustic in the first of the encore songs, 'No Hope', brings a welcome and appreciated respite, but not before they go out in a blaze of colour and glory - with streamers raining down from the stage - on the storming ‘Nørgaard’.
Words: Linn Branson
Brother and sister Tom and Jem King - Wise Child - released 'Tomoko', their first single proper after an earlier demo, last month. It may have slipped past many as the Melbourne-based pair are still largely unknown to us on the other side of the globe; though on listening to its lustrous quality, you feel that could (and should) all change.
Talking about how ‘Tomoko’ arose, Jem says: "I guess it’s about following your intuitions and not being afraid to dive head first into something in case it fails. I remember at the time we had both been listening to a lot of Bonobo and Nick Cave. The samples at the start of the song are Tom singing some notes stacked on top of each other that I trigger. We also made the looping synth line that runs through the entire song.”
'Tomoko' bewitchingly fuses Jem's dulcet lead vocal in a dark soundscape of skittering electronics and scattered dual harmonising; the looped synth Jem mentions above, keeping it all afloat. Intriguing and captivating.