Monday, March 25, 2019

Ali Barter reflects back on teen life in 'Ur A Piece Of Shit'

Words: Ellie Ward 

Melbourne's sassy pop-punk artist Ali Barter doesn't mince words on new track 'Ur A Piece Of Shit':  "We went from gate way drugs / To class A drugs / Pocket money to credit cards."

Her first new material since 2017's 'A Suitable Girl' debut album, she describes it as "an ode to my best friends. It's about the things we went through as teenagers and how they've affected us in adult life, and how those experiences have bound us together."

The video, directed by Anna Phillips, sees Ali taking on different high school stereotypes. “In this music video, I wanted to show all the sides of myself: the insecure part; the self-conscious part; the rebellious side; and the vain side,” she says. “I thought it would be interesting to bring all these sides to my personality out in the open…”

Her second album - produced by husband, Oscar Dawson of Holy Holy - is due towards the end of this year.

Live dates

05 Howler Brunswick, Australia
11 Lansdowne Hotel Chippendale, Australia

11 A Day On The Cans Abbotsford, Australia
18 Hamer Hall Southbank, Australia

08 Sea N' Sound Festival Mooloolaba, Australia

Track Of The Day :: News From Nowhere - Beaujolais Day

Words: Leah Raymond 

News From Nowhere describe themselves as a 'psychedelic indie' band, but there's a lot of alt-folk too going on on this latest single from the Swansea quartet.

'Beaujolais Day', released on March 15, they say, was inspired by "a sleazy drinking street in our hometown". It's a fast-paced, dance-and-singalong number that could easily be imagined enjoyed with a glass of the said Beaujolais or two. Tom Emlyn's vocal is warming, and Billy Stillman provides the beat backbone to the two guitar and bass accompaniment.

Get on your dancing feet - cheers!

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Live dates

29 Crowleys Rock Bar Swansea

12 Cinema & Co Swansea

Friday, March 22, 2019

Live Review :: Sports Team :: Patterns, Brighton - Mar 21 2019


Sports Team

Patterns, Brighton

March 21 2019

Words/Pictures: Steve Willcox 

Sports Team are one of those bands you have on your list to see but for some reason keep missing. Well, for yours truly, tonight’s the night. I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing this London-based six-piece act, fresh from SXSW in Texas and currently on a trek around the fair isle of the UK promoting new EP ‘Keep Walking!'

With electric energy filling the venue and a packed crowd jostling for the perfect spot, Robbie Williams’s ‘Let Me Entertain You’ fills the air as the band alight the stage and get into position.

“Hello Brighton! How ya doing?” vocalist Alex Rice asks the crowd, as the band kick off with an intro that segues into ‘Camel Crew’ with its matter of fact lyrics and soaring guitars that lift any malaise here.
‘Beverly Rose’ basslines from Oli Dewdney punches thru the venue as Alex starts hitting his chest to get the crowd fired up as he cavorts around the stage like Jagger on acid, while Ben Mack is deadpan behind the Korg shaking his tambourine as though he’s got better things to do.

Fast lane paean, the quirky ‘M5’, whips the crowd up with its infectious rhythm and musings of a travelling salesman. “Sunlight splashes off the bonnet / On the M5 / No one else is on it / It's an open wide motorway“ goes the chorus, and as Alex stands on the barriers, the crowd moves in and a real connection is now made. Not often played live, the Clash-esque ‘Georgie’ gets an airing for the audience's pleasure tonight with Henry Young’s guitar riff throughout accompanied by Al Greenwood’s steady drums. ‘Margate’, the "song about English summers", brings out the start of the crowd surfing to the venue as they get pumped up by songwriter Rob Knaggs' edgy guitar and Alex’s enigmatic frontman antics.

New song ‘Landr’ gets even more surfers to ride those musical waves and finally reaching the stage shore where they are embraced by Alex as he beckons the crowd for more. Their singalong anthem ‘Kutcher’ has the audience shout back it’s catchy chorus to Alex as Ben Mack stands in the centre shaking, what can only be described as homemade maracas: a chewing gum tub with a few left inside!

During ‘Stanton’, Alex climbs over the barriers and dons a pale blue cap from a fan and sings amongst the crowd as they move in closer. A nice warm ending to a cracking set from a band of musical individuals with a solid aim/goal that’s cemented in friendship.
Just goes to show, there’s no ‘ i ‘ in Sports Team.

Live Review :: Vampire Weekend :: EartH, London - Mar 21 2019

Credit: wicked halo


Vampire Weekend

EartH, London

March 21 2019

Words: Izzy Butler

Warming up for summer with a weekend of intimate shows, Vampire Weekend got the party started with their first live outing in the capital for six years with a trip to east London arts venue EartH. The post-Rostam Batmanglij, seven-piece touring line-up, preparing for the forthcoming release of new ‘Father Of The Bride’ album, give a little clue as to what the 18-track record may contain, with the inclusion of five songs from the new work, though the 22-song set is spread evenly across their four album catalogue.

They kick off the long set with the five-minute, upbeat piano groover ‘Harmony Hall’, its big refrain ringing to the rafters and setting the crowd off born the night. Frontman Ezra Koenig tells the room that they're “just getting back into the swing of things” as they carry on through fan favourites like the catchy 'Unbelievers' where they acknowledge that "the world is a cold, cold place to be", and 'White Sky', from their second album 'Contra', before coming up to date with another off the 2019 album, 'Sunflower', where the dual bass and guitar rule supreme, garnished with Brian Robert Jones' electric solo. The band have described the song as the "sibling of 'Flower Moon" - another new track, but not included tonight.

Both the album version of ‘2021’ is heard, followed by a piano rendition of the future-lookng number, with the latter rendering Koenig's voice to be manipulated on the chorus to an artificial cackle. The six song encore is led by the balladesque 'Big Blue', which makes its official live debut here. (It was first performed at a Lollapalooza after party in Chicago last August as an untitled new song.)

Three audience requests, the quickfire 'Finger Back', a woozy 'Everlasting Arms' and 'M79', from their 2008 debut album, follow, with a finale of their two emotive, artistic and confrontational songs, 'Worship You' and 'Ya Hey'. These bring to an end the close to two hour set that shows Vampire Weekend have lost none of their power to hold an audience, nor any of their creative aplomb.

[Video] Bad Sounds - How Are You Gonna Lose?

Currently touring in the US after their SXSW debut, Bad Sounds have dropped a new video to accompany 'How Are You Gonna Lose?’, the track taken from their debut album ‘Get Better’.

“We have a real soft spot for budget horror and kung fu movies. The inspiration for the video came from watching Dario Argento’s ‘Suspiria’ and falling in love with its aesthetic," say the duo of the self-directed clip, which was shot in one take on 16mm film. "It's a classic case of style over substance but it's done so well that it's easy to forgive.”

Watch below.

American Football release third self-titled album

Words: Sam Geary 

Illinois four-piece American Football have released their third self-titled album.

Following 2016's second album, this new record features guest appearances from Paramore’s Hayley Williams ('Uncomfortably Numb'), Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell ('I Can't Feel You') and Land of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell ('Every Wave To Ever Rise').

Listen in full below.