Wednesday, October 18, 2017
South London's Shame play their biggest headline show to date tonight (October 18) at London's Scala. To get you ready for what to expect, they have shared a live video for newest single, ‘Concrete’.
The clip, above, was directed by Phil Poole and filmed at an invite-only gig at London’s Off The Cuff earlier this year.
Words: Ellie Ward
Prior to heading off on a joint UK tour with Kagoule next month, Catholic Action debut the video for their new track ‘Black & White’.
Taken from the band's debut album ‘In Memory Of’, out this Friday (October 20), ‘Black & White’ was written by vocalist Chris McCrory after hearing of the death of David Bowie last year.
01 OXFORD The Cellar
02 LONDON 100 Club
03 NOTTINGHAM Bodega Social Club
04 BRISTOL The Louisiana
06 EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete’s
07 GLASGOW Broadcast
08 LEEDS Headrow House
09 BRIGHTON Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
10 BIRMINGHAM The Actress and Bishop
11 MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
Live Review :: The Shimmer Band/Bang Bang Romeo/BlackWaters/SONS :: Patterns, Brighton - Oct 15 2017
This Feeling 'Alive' Tour: The Shimmer Band / Bang Bang Romeo / BlackWaters / SONS
October 15 2017
Words/Pictures: Steve Willcox
After two weeks and 12 shows up and down the country, the triumvirate of The Shimmer Band, Bang Bang Romeo and BlackWaters finally come to close the This Feeling Alive tour in Brighton. Whether or not they all still feel quite as 'alive' as they did at the start, we shall see.
Joining the three tonight at Patterns venue on the seafront are local rock gods SONS. The brother duo of Nick and Lee Meldrum - rather like a familial Royal Blood, and just as loud - are no strangers to Brighton (Nick owns thriving music biz haunt, the Kensington Balcony cafè in town) and they have steadily built up a hot and sticky mosh live following.
Likewise, ‘Zealot’ is a great one for urgent guitar riffs, matched by the same sense of determination in Lee’s voice which brought the song to life, and brought the room alight with dancing bodies. 'Reptiles' - the song that first brought them to the ears of Little Indie, and later to public attention - with its Slaves-like influence, still sounds as raw and incendiary as ever, before they close the set on a high with ‘The End’. Inappropriately titled really, as this looks like just the start for this exciting pair.
The band's sound could be classed as skater punk, there's also evidence of early new wave influences in there as well. This sound soon gets the moshers back on their feet and dancing uncontrollably, while Brighton group White Room - who are big fans of BlackWaters it seems - were to be seen lending support with a little dancing themselves.
The drumming on ‘Fuck Yeah’ got the crowd into another frenzy along with the singalong
chorus that quickly got everyone in the BW zone. On last song ‘So Far Out’, Dave was ceremoniously hoisted up in the air by front row fans, while Max still somehow managed to keep hold of mic and song amidst it all. Top set, lads.
Next is Bang Bang Romeo. This four-piece from Sheffield despite having been around for a few years now, were still largely unknown until the middle of 2016, since which time they have grown a live show and a reputation for consistently excelling themselves with great rock 'n' roll tunes and a jaw-dropping vocal presence in Anastasia Walker. Starting with ‘Runaway', her powerful voice was soon on display, reminiscent of Helen Terry and Florence Welch combined alongside a touch of Grace Slick and 60s grooves dragged into 2017 makes their music unstoppable. New single ‘Natural Born Astronaut’ is a strong song with Ross Cameron’s guitar work along with Richard Cartland’s beats to making this uplifting number come alive.
The moshers have departed but dancers have taken their place and were rewarded by the psych-tinged ‘Chemical’. Starting with just guitar and a voice, it soon gets into the groove and was a joy to witness. Closing with the haunting and atmospheric 'Adore Me’ - which the crowd had very much done - the title track of their 2013 EP, its smoky essence filters around the room before filling out on tumultuous drums and heart-rending guitar. When Little Indie first saw BBR in Brighton it was back in May when they played a small pub (to a large crowd) as part of the Alternative Escape. You can be sure that next year this band will be nowhere but the main event.
Bristolians The Shimmer Band shimmer in greatness as the band of twentysomethings take control of Patterns as the last act of the night. It doesn't take long for frontman Tom Newman to get his mojo going and launch into ‘What is Mine’. Exuding unadulterated swaggering fervour, a heady mix of psychedelic keys and sharp punk beat, it's a perfect opener to get the crowd firmly behind them. With Newman's style, think Liam Gallagher crossed with Tim Burgess; dressed in a Madchester type hat, kagoule and donning a pair of white oversized shades, he looked the epitome of the cool, hip rock dude.
What this band does best is to take the indie label and smash a double dose of synths into it, Kasabian style, nowhere better executed than on the anthemic ‘Sunkick’ which works the crowd into a frenzy, as they punch the lights and climb on top of each other to get a better view of the stage in the rammed room.
Last year's debut single ‘Shoot Me (Baby)’ starts with psych synths, followed by some kickass rock beats, which mix with Tom's voice and Tom Kuras’s bass hits and Daniel Barry’s guitar, in a perfectly worked combination. Ending the set with a totally banging ‘Jam Out’, this band showed the crowd why they are swinging from the branches at the very top of the indie tree.
With the end of this Alive tour, and having given fans an opportunity around the country to see a raft of fine new acts, we hope This Feeling have already started thinking about Alive 2.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Horrors have just kicked off their October UK tour in support of their recently released fifth album 'V'.
New single ‘Press Enter To Exit’, a playful combination of dub, radiophonics and 60s pop, is one of the more dreamy, atmospheric songs on the record.
UK tour dates:
17 DUBLIN Tivoli
19 GLASGOW QMU
20 NEWCASTLE University
21 LEEDS University
22 LIVERPOOL O2 Academy
24 BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
25 BRISTOL Bierkeller
26 CAMBRIDGE Junction
28 BRIGHTON ACCA
29 LONDON KOKO
Words: Sam Geary
Taken from their self-titled debut album released last month (through Moshi Moshi), London garage rockers The Surfing Magazines - comprised of two-thirds of The Wave Pictures and one half of Slow Club - have shared a video for ‘One Of These Days’ from the record.
The clip was directed by Piers Dennis, who says: “The Surfing Magazines record has an immediate and unique energy – an old quality. It feels handmade. Analogue. Fun.
“In keeping with those themes – and because it’s nearly impossible to get every member of such a super-group in the same place at the same time – the plan was to do all the videos in one go.
“Just to keep it fresh – that location was a boat. That boat being The Grand Cru, a boat Pete Townsend made into a studio (apparently so him and Eric Clapton could make a record at sea).
“The results are three videos that revel in their unpolished existence. Long Live The Surfing Magazines.”
Words: Sam Geary
The former frontman of Australian band Lyla, Matthew Miles, has kicked off his new project Miles and The Goodbye Men with this debut single: 'I Never Saw It Coming'.
Released last Thursday (October 12), Melbourne's Miles has come up with a gem of a first offering that, if you're still mourning the loss of Tom Petty, could find some salvation in this catchy, three and a half minute, part dreamgaze, part pop-rock number that is helmed by Miles’ own addictive smooth vocals and mellifluous harmonies.