Sunday, 14 February 2016

Live Review :: Suede :: O2 Forum, London - Feb 12 2016

Photo: Richard Marks

Live Review


O2 Forum, London

February 12 2016

Words: Linn Branson

Photos: Richard Marks, A Different Place, Stella Creasy

You know a gig is one that's a bit special when the three ticket touts outside Kentish Town underground station are trying to buy tickets rather than offload them, while at the Forum's doors, desperate, but ticketless, punters are trying to blag guestlisters' +1's. On this Friday night in London town there seemed only one place everyone wanted to be.

Suede returned like conquering heroes to possibly one of their best shows ever in the city of their birth in 1989 and subsequent rise through the ranks of Britpop, until their 'death' in 2003, and subsequent reincarnation seven years later. They're not youngsters anymore, but frontman and very much the focal figure Brett Anderson, now at the age of 48, can still deliver the goods for two hours in the manner that would put many of today's callow teen bands to shame.

To a sold-out Forum they brought their two-part set, consisting of the Roger Sargent film to their latest album 'Night Thoughts', which the band accompanied behind a see-through screen. Played in order, the songs take on a new depth and meaning when heard in the context of the visuals, although admittedly many still seemed to be left unclear exactly what the film was about. Certainly there are some very dark elements at play: 'No Tomorrow', 'Like Kids' and 'I Can't Give Her What She Wants' all stand out.

Photo: A Different Place

To paraphrase football parlance, this was a show of two halves, and after an interval following the more sombre first section, the band returned to deliver the 'Hits & Treats' section - an apt description, as it happens when you hear them run through a catalogue of songs, of which some were written and first performed before many members of the audience were likely to have been born.

From opener 'This Hollywood Life', through 'Killing of a Flashboy', 'Trash' and 'Animal Nitrate', they still sound as fresh as they ever did, with Anderson - often giving security staff a hell of a night - spending almost as much time off stage in amongst the adoring crowds - who jostle crazily in attempts to get close to him - on the floor as he did on it. Before the first of two acoustic numbers (the second, 'Everything Will Flow', coming later during the encore), Anderson took the conversation addicts present to task, telling them to “talk about fuckin’ Eastenders later”, as he pointed out fans who had been following the band over the last weeks on European dates and dedicated the song to them.

Bringing the pace up again with 'So Young', 'Metal Mickey' and 'Beautiful Ones', the crowd by now en masse on their feet, singing, waving and generally at one in appreciation of this quite dazzling live set experience. With an encore of a spine-tingling 'Everything Will Flow', 'To The Birds' and 'New Generation', Suede proved conclusively that while time may have brought maturity, it had not withered them one iota.

Photo: Stella Creasy

New Sounds #31 14/2/16

New single from Melbourne producer and multi-instrumentalist Will Cuming, co-produced with Grammy-nominated Andrei Eremin (Hiatus Kaiyote, Ta-Ku), and is now available as a free download. This new ambitious and addictive work of pulsating bass and shiver-me-spine vocals follows last year's second EP 'Banquet'. Star rating: ****.5/5

Out March 18 via Luv Luv Luv Records, the catchy, bouncy, debut single from the Glasgow glam rock four-piece. Formed by 24-year-old vocalist and guitarist Chris McCrory (drummer with Casual Sex). Jangle pop T Rex/The Sweet mash-up. Star rating: ****/5

Synthpop debut single released last month from Sydney indietronica trio, and taken from their new EP 'Audiomeal'. The trio - we're not sure about name pronunciation, but try Cohlaj as in 'collage' - are governed by Javier Torres' swampy beats and samples and Alicia Quinn's velvet vocals and sublime layering towards end. Star rating: ****/5

We first featured this New York-based outfit in November 2014 after releasing their 'Oom Velt' EP. This new single from Nicolas Losada and Juliana Ronderos comes in advance of their full-length debut. Subtle textured soul-influenced electronica ballad. Star rating: ***.5/5

From new album 'You’re Not Really Here' by the Melbourne quartet. Surf-rock/blues evocation with a side helping of post-punk, and a dreamy breakdown section where vocalist/ guitarist James Lynch admits, “I always feel like a mess/I always feel confused/when everyone pretends to make sense“. Definitely one that grows. Star rating: ****/5

Track Of The Day :: Coves - You're Evil

Words: Sam Geary

Going from 'Stormy' (their last single) to 'You’re Evil', Coves - John Ridgard and Beck Wood - look like they are riding on a high, and with Radio 1’s Huw Stephens backing this latest release - which is out on April 1, along with their debut album 'Peel' the same day - things look devilishly good this year for the pair.

Having steadily picked up a following with their indie-rock/shoegaze-edged style, scuzzy guitars and the howled vocals of Beck Wood, 'You're Evil' continues the guitar-driven stomp in a song according to singer and lyricist Wood, is directed at “people that I used to know who shat on my dreams or were two faced.”

Live Dates

06 London The Victoria Dalston
19-21 Brighton The Great Escape
11-12 London Field Day
11 London Brixton Academy w/ Pixies

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Hozier releases single and video - 'Cherry Wine' - to highlight domestic violence

Words: Ellie Ward

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier released a special ITunes download version of 'Cherry Wine' on Friday (February 12), from which all proceeds will be donated to a series of international domestic abuse charities. (See more here.)

Now the singer has put out an accompanying new video for the song, which is written from the perspective of someone in an abusive relationship.

Award-winning Irish film director Dearbhla Walsh directed the film, which stars Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and Vikings actor Moe Dunford.

 Says Hozier:

“Domestic violence is an ongoing issue in our society, the statistics of which are shocking and the effects of which damage whole families, communities and span generations. With the song ‘Cherry Wine’ I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with and facing up to domestic violence and the dynamic of an abusive relationship.”

Nothing But Thieves sell out UK tour as they win over America and make US TV debut

Words: Ellie Ward

With their big anthem sound and lush rhythms it was a given that Southend's five-piece Nothing But Thieves would find favour on home turf, but now it seems that our American cousins have taken them to their hearts as well.

Following the release of their debut album last year - which reached the UK Top 10 -Nothing But Thieves are currently on a US tour supporting Mutemath.

During this visit they also made time to appear on US TV on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show earlier this week. Watch them perform 'Trip Switch' above.

The band will return to the UK for another sold-out UK tour, including a date at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on April 1. See poster below for all dates.

Check out the band's video for new single 'If I Get High', taken from their album. Already having had over 103k views in just five days, the film sees RJ Mitte - Breaking Bad's Walt Jr. - on familiar ground as he navigates another broken familial relationship whilst seeking an escape from it.

[Video] DMA'S - Too Soon

With their debut album 'Hills End' released on February 26, catch a video watch of album track 'Too Soon' from Australia's answer to Oasis - DMA'S.

Directed by Mitchell Grant, the clip features the three band members hanging out in different places.

Vocalist Tommy O'Dell says of the video:
"We've worked with Mitch a few times, so we know he is sick. We like that it's a purely visual clip and not conceptual or based on a narrative - sometimes you can get lost in that."

DMA'S will be over in the UK end February/early March playing a handful of dates to support the album, stopping at:

28 GLASGOW, Stereo
01 NEWCASTLE, Think Tank
02 LONDON, Garage
04 LEEDS, Belgrave
05 MANCHESTER, Ruby Lounge