Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Words: Ellie Ward
With eight weeks to go until buckets and spades are packed for another three days of fun in Brighton, The Great Escape today unveils a further flurry of artists for the festival's 2018 edition.
Brighton’s very own boisterous six-piece The Go! Team, Alma, the Finnish powerhouse known for her extraordinary soulful voice, Arab electronic hip-hop supergroup 47SOUL, punk rockers Milk Teeth, Cassia, Husky Loops, Marsicans, Lady Bird, Pip Blom, Plaza, Pretty Vicious, Swimming Girls, White Room and South London rapper Ms Banks are amongst those announced today who will be performing at the festival which takes place between May 17 - 19.
They join the likes of previously announced Superorganism, Tom Grennan, Erol Alkan, Bad Sounds, Himalayas, Goat Girl, Japanese Breakfast, Gender Roles, Honey Lung and Trampolene.
Festival booker Adam Ryan said: “We’ve been inundated with artists wanting to showcase, more than ever before, the bar has been raised and as a result we’ve curated a line-up of artists who will no doubt set the music agenda for the rest of the year. This year’s festival is going to be the best Brighton has ever seen; with our brand-new beach venue and even more artists to announce in the coming weeks, it’s set to be the biggest year yet.”
Full list of acts announced today:
3RD LINE BUTTERFLY / 47 SOUL / A FESTIVAL, A PARADE / Æ MAK / AERIS ROVES / AK/DK / ALBUQUERQUE / ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS / ALMA / AMAROUN / APRE / ARI ROAR / ART SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND / BC CAMPLIGHT / BENIN CITY / BLACK FUTURES / BLACK MIDI / BLANCO WHITE / BLIND BUTCHER / BLOSSOM CALDARONE / BRIGITTE LAVERNE / BROOKE BENTHAM / BRUNO MAJOR / BÜLOW / CARI CARI / CASSIA / CHE LINGO / COLONEL MUSTARD & THE DIJON 5 / CREWEL INTENTIONS / DAY FLY / DECLAN J DONOVAN / DEEP THROAT CHOIR / DELGRES / DELILAH MONTAGU / DIDIRRI / ECCA VANDAL / FABRIZIO CAMMARATA / FOREVER CULT / FRANC MOODY / GENTLE STRANGER / GIDEÖN / GINGER SNAPS / GIZMO VARILLAS / HAIKU HANDS / HAMMER / HANGMANS CHAIR / HARVEY CAUSON / HATIS NOIT / HELLO PIEDPIPER / HÖGNI / HOMEBOUND / HOWL AND THE HUM / HUSKY LOOPS / ILGEN-NUR / JACK RIVER / JANICE / JIMOTHY LACOSTE / K TRAP / KIRKE KARJA SOLO / KOJEY RADICAL / LADY BIRD / LE BOOM / LILLA VARGEN / LILY MOORE / LITTLE DESTROYER / LOTTO BOYZZ / LUKE MARZEC / LUNA BAY / MADDY STORM / MALENA ZAVALA / MARSICANS / MAX FROST / MELLAH / MILK TEETH / MR BONGO X DISCOJUICE / MS BANKS / MURPHY / NANA ADJOA / NIA WYN / NINA NESBITT / NOBLE JACKS / ODETTE / ORCHARDS / PALE SEAS / PIP BLOM / PLAZA / POLO / PRETTY VICIOUS / PUPPY / PVMNTS / QUEEN ZEE / RINA SAWAYAMA / ROSS FROM FRIENDS (LIVE) / RUTHANNE / SCUFFLE / SELF ESTEEM / SHADOWPARTY / SIMONE TANG / SOHAM DE / STEVIE APPLETON / SUN ACARNA / SUPERPARKA / SUSPECT / SWIMMING GIRLS / TELEMAN / TEN FÉ / THE BEAT ESCAPE / THE ESKIES / THE GARRYS / THE GENTLE GOOD / THE GO! TEAM / THE RHYTHM METHOD / THE TESKEY BROTHERS / TRIXIE WHITLEY / VERONICA FUSARO / WHITE ROOM / WHYTE HORSES / XAVIER DARCY / YUSUFLA
For further information and tickets, visit www.thegreatescape.com
Shot on the first night of their recent tour at Cardiff's Globe, Fickle Friends debut their new live performance of ‘Rotation’.
The clip also gives a glimpse of the backstage fun.
You can listen to the band's debut album, 'You Are Someone Else', released last week, by clicking the highlighted title.
Photo: Michaela M C Lucas
Words: Linn Branson
Wrapped up in a fraction over two minutes, Dame Jean have unveiled their first single ‘Wasted Love’, which they have debuted with a video showcase.
Having been quietly acquiring a name for themselves on the gig circuit over the last 12 months, the Bath-based outfit, led by the enigmatic Sammy Crocker, now channel their vivacious punk 'n' roll with a slide of rolling, angular riffs, a head-bangers' mosh-pit of frenzied rhythms, and the confident swagger of frontman Crocker, whose raw vocals kick a punk finesse.
So far, so standard - though that's not related to 'Wasted Love' itself, which is ultimately radio- as well as gig-friendly - but where Dame Jean depart is in their deliberately vetoing social media. Now that is not unknown for some artists to not have say, a Twitter or Instagram presence, but to avoid the whole shebang - bar their own website and a few Instagram pictures - may prove to be either groundbreaking, or foolhardy.
"There are so many ‘rock’ bands out there at the moment and so much music available, but I think the draw of Dame Jean is its honesty," Crocker stated last year to Hunger TV. "We’re not trying to show you how massive our riffs are, or prove we’re some virtuoso geniuses. Dame Jean is very real, and I think people get that when they hear the music or see us perform live, and it becomes a lot more immersive and inclusive."
And that 'inclusive' element is partly why they are seeking to create a more genuine bridge between artist and fans, engaging as personally and organically as possible, without recourse to an online presence. They believe a privately owned website should not hold such prominence in how we all engage with music today.
For now, you can check them out only on their website and in the flesh at the upcoming live events.
04 Fiddlers Club, Bristol (w/ Wayne Hussey)
02 Camden Rocks Festival, London
Words: Ellid Ward
Three-time Grammy nominated and BRIT Award-winning James Bay has shared a behind the scenes video - which features Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer - for latest single 'Wild Love', released last month and which has already reached 10 million Spotify streams.
The track comes from the new album 'Electric Light', out on May 18.
Composed in East London’s Baltic Studios, Bay co-wrote and co-produced 'Electric Light' with longtime friend and collaborator Jon Green and brought onboard Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and The Machine) to add final production elements to the record.
Ten of the latest hot picks that have been rockin the player at Little Indie HQ over the last weeks.
TOM MOUSE SMITH - BORN BLIND
A Little Indie One To Watch 2018, the youngster from Tyne & Wear is always an interesting little character. For this latest track the video was made on "a Sunday afternoon with an iPhone app" by his dad and sister. For his age and health limitations, he has done a remarkable lot in just a few years - and hasn't yet even reached his 14th birthday!
SAD PALACE - HONEYCONE
The Hampshire indie rockers turn out some funky disco-rock on this sub-four minute new track, with added dreamy vocals, melodies and poetic lyrics.
SHRIMP EYES - AGREE TO DISAGREE
The Peckham, south London four-piece follow 'Katata Fish' from last year, with a laid back start that builds, dipping in and out via off-kilter melodies and lo-fi vocals.
SOVIET X-RAY CLUB - WEEKEND
The Brisbane four-piece deliver a five-minute adrenaline charge of atmospheric post-punk distortion, pulsating bass and shimmering synths on this number, set to appear on their untitled upcoming LP, the follow up to 2015's 'Wake'.
SALTWATER SUN - THE WIRE
Released March 13, Hand In Hive's melodic indie pop-rock signees return with their engaging blend of guitar pop, helmed by Jen Stearnes’ determined vocals.
VNLVX - ECHATÉ
The Californian outfit add some searing post-punk in a style similar to Savages, that blasts its way through just shy of three minutes on a whirlwind of unrelenting riffs, sharp vocals and intense rhythms.
NIGHT OWLS - DO YOU WANT IT ALL?
Latest from the Leeds grunge-pop trio, taken from their upcoming EP, ‘Tragically Human’, out in May. The biting track lyrically references the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked Hollywood. “We thought it would be interesting to explore the arrogance and fear of someone who had abused their position of power, and was about to have their whole world crumble around them.”
THE HIDEAWAYS - I'M HERE, STORM
The Bristol alt-rock trio kick up a foot-tapping new single that sets out its store on a raft of infectious rhythms, before belting out a welter of intensity in its second half.
LA FONDA - IN THE SUMMER
A hint of summer nostalgia, from the Seattle sextet, led by sisters Veronica and Valerie Topacio. Vibrant, jangly, surf-tinged guitars combine with sweet vocals and serene melodies.
CANSHAKER PI - PUT A RECORD OUT
From their forthcoming May release album, 'Naughty Naughty Violence', the Amsterdam indie rock quartet field a fury of raw energy and sharp lyricism, with a post-punk veneer.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Credit: Nick Whitworth
Words: Leah Raymond
Brighton based four-piece Breathe Panel have shared the lead single, 'Carmine', from their forthcoming MJ (Hookworms)-produced self-titled debut album, out July 13 via FatCat Records.
Following debut single ‘On My Way’, the quartet once again meld a lush concoction of psychgaze and dreampop, with a shimmering guitar sound and complementary vocals that give air to somewhat bittersweet lyrics.