This Feeling

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Five Minutes With ... SHEAFS

Photo: Lewis Evans

Words: Linn Branson

Ahead of what transpires to be a new musical period in the life of buzzy Yorkshire indie rock quintet SHEAFS, Little Indie put some quick-fire questions to the band's guitarists, Chris and Charles.

Check out the words, listen to some of their (old) tunes, then scroll down for tour dates - AND - how you can bag yourself a couple of free tickets to one of the shows to hear the revamped SHEAFS for yourself.

SHEAFS are: Lawrence Feenstra (lead vocals), Chris Goodacre (guitar/backing vocals), Charles Mellor (guitar), Callum Wright (bass/backing vocals), Charlie Eastap (drums).

So, hello, and who do we have here?

Good afternoon, it's Chris (CG) and Charles (CM), SHEAF's guitarists.

And how are you doing, chaps?

(CM) We’ve been working hard recently on revamping our set with new tunes.
(CG) Then obviously we’ve got our tour with This Feeling starting in Southampton on Friday, which we’re all absolutely buzzing for.

SHEAFS, the name - why and how? 

(CG) We just see the word SHEAF everywhere in Sheffield; it’s like a disease. So we thought we’d add an S on the end and make it a band name.
(CM) It’s also pretty easy for people at our gigs to chant, which creates a decent atmosphere.

Acting as your own PR, for those who don't know you, give us the spin on SHEAFS, the band, the music.

(CG) We’re a band who thrives off live performance. We walk on stage with the attitude and the hunger that every time we play it will be the last time. If you’re standing still, we’ll make you move. If you’re looking, we’ll make you stare and if you hear we’ll make you listen.

Sheffield band...lot of good stuff from those parts. Do you feel you have a lot to live up to?

(CM) Yeah, there have been some good bands from here in the past and there’s a decent current music scene here, which is helpful for any new bands including ourselves.

When you first came together and presumably said something along the lines of, "hey, let's form a band!", was it a meeting of musical minds on the style and sound you would adopt, or did you have a few squabbles?

(CG) We feel we’ve gone through a teething process this past year and are now finding some ground in our song writing. This has been helped by the fact we’ve all broadened our listening where as when we started we all had pretty similar music taste.

You were tagged, I believe, a ‘punk Libertines’ by Christian Carlisle of BBC Introducing Sheffield. Are you still trying to live up to that, or live it down?

(CG) Yeah, we’re big fans of The Libertines and the stuff Pete and Carl have done and feel we carry a somewhat similar energy when we play live.
(CM) Saying that, we wouldn’t put them down as notable influences. It’s refreshing to get a punk comparison, as we don’t feel like we’re just an indie rock band.

You brought out your debut EP last year - very favourably reviewed by us! [see here- what have you got lined up for this year, product-wise?

(CG) Big thanks for the review; we’re glad you liked it. As we have said, we’ve been working hard on new tracks which we feel are taking a new direction and we plan to release singles this year with the first one hopefully coming very soon.

What's on the cards for your upcoming run of shows?

(CM) Well, I think the most noticeable thing about these next few shows will be that we will be playing a completely new set with only one of our old songs making the cut.
(CG) We’re also buzzing to venture out to new venues with us playing three new cities including Southampton, Manchester and London. We hope to turn some heads so that we can get invited back down soon.

Writing and crafting a song, getting in the studio to record it, playing it live on stage - put the three in order of preference.

(CG) You want to write a song thinking about how it’s going to be received by the audience live. We’ve invested more time into crafting these new songs in order to get the most energy out of our set. As much as we enjoy recording a song and hearing it back, the most important aspect for us is song-writing and playing those songs live.

Name your three favourite SHEAFS songs to play, and give reasons.

(CM) Tricky one that, it’s hard to call a favourite and with us completely revamping our set we’ve only played some of the songs a handful of times. We’ve got a longer song called ‘I Need You’, that’s always good to play live cause it’s got a groove to it and a nice little bass breakdown halfway through.
(CG) ‘Sheeba Shake’ has quite a lot of energy to it, so that’s always a decent one to play.
(CM) Then we’ve got ‘Mind Pollution’ which is the newest song we’ve wrote. It’s got plenty of energy and pretty catchy, so that’s been going down well at gigs recently.

Who is influencing you right now musically? Are there any certain styles you'd like to try or artists that you look at and think you'd like to try a cover of?

(CG) Cage The Elephant, especially their album 'Tell Me I’m Pretty', there’s just something about that album.
(CM) We’re also fans of Nick Waterhouse who we went to see in Manchester a few weeks back. It’d be interesting to try and put our own spin on one of his songs.

To quote one of your song titles, 'Nobody's Watching', if nobody was and you could do absolutely anything and get away with it, what would you get up to? 

(CG) We’d probably go venture Stateside and break into Dan Auerbach’s studio: he’s got some nice guitars we wouldn’t mind having a go on. Hopefully he wouldn’t mind and would agree to produce an album for us…

You now have a few sentences for your big plug to push whatever you might want to promote. Use it wisely. Go.....

We venture out on our first ever tour starting this Friday (March 24) with This Feeling - come and see us!

Finally, to quote another of your own songs, what is your own 'Punchline'?

(CM) Sorry, what’s that song? [Their loud rock 'n' riffs official debut single of early last year.]

Live dates:

How will the new SHEAFS sound er, sound? Well, if you would like to catch them live and hear for yourself, then all you have to do to be in with a chance to win a free pair of tickets, is email us with 'SHEAFS COMP' in the subject box, together with your name and preferred date to:

24 The Joiners Southampton
01 Jimmy’s NQ Manchester
08 Lending Room Leeds
15 Rocking Chair Sheffield
22 The Rocksteady London

More info: FACEBOOK

Listen :: Wavves - Animal

Credit: Gilles O'Kane

Words: Leah Raymond

Wavves bring out their latest wi
album 'You're Welcome' on May in May 19 via Ghost Ramp.

Before that, the American noise-rock quartet deliver a new fuzzy single from it, 'Animal'.

Tune in here.

Live Review :: The Blinders/Shambolics/Carousel/Black Rays :: Broadcast, Glasgow - Mar18 2017

Credit: Richard Cobb


The Blinders / Shambolics / Carousel / Black Rays

Broadcast, Glasgow

March 18 2017

Words: Richard Cobb

It was perhaps foolish of me to think that a train to Glasgow full of well-weathered whisky wanker rugby fans was going to be the most chaotic thing I’d see that day, particularly as I was headed to deep dark Glasgow on a Saturday night by renowned gig/club night promoters This Feeling for an as good as sold out show with a belter of a line-up.

First up, were Fifers Black Rays, a band we featured recently with their debut single ‘Glory.’ Still a rather mysterious outfit, the band have only had the one song out since their inception in January this year, so it was good to hear more from them. The third song of the night from the six piece ‘I’m Sorry’ was one of the highlights, and I’m impressed the drum kit managed to hold it together given the doing it received for the duration.

Credit: Richard Cobb

Their large travelling army of hometown fans kicked off the chaos during their penultimate song ‘Glory’ with its heavier Nirvana sounding instantly recognisable riff. Decidedly, a band who have much more yet to offer.

If you’ve ever seen The View before, you’ll be familiar with Kyle Falconer’s hilariously unscripted between song stage chat. Dundee's Carousel's were similar in that regard, and at points I had to translate to Thomas from headliners The Blinders about what was being said, though if I’m honest, 90% of my subtitling was question marks. Music-wise though, the band sound very unlike their Dundee counterparts, with cleaner vocals and guitar work. Former single and set intro ‘See You Go’ was something of an anthem to start with and worth checking out the recording of. Set closer ‘Home’ was everything you’d want in a bands last song and rounded off the set nicely with a well refined crescendo of noise.

Credit: Gary More

Shambolics were next to the stage with their guitarist Darren wearing what could have easily been confused as a matador’s shirt, given its pattern and the fact it was bright red. I say could have been, at one stage I’m pretty sure it was as one of their fans charged onto the stage like a wounded bull during last song ‘When She Goes Home’ in order to provide some unrehearsed, but more than welcome backing vocals. Earlier in the set, ‘Love Collides’ begun with the same urgency as ‘Deadwood’ by Dirty Pretty Things and was an instant crowd favourite. This set was one of the most Scottish gigs I’ve seen since the Proclaimers, albeit for different reasons, with their lead singer Lewis McDonald swigging from a bottle of Buckfast whilst the crowd sang along in full voice to Scottish festival favourite “Here we fucking go.”

The Blinders, currently one of the country's most vaunted new bands, kicked off their first ever show north of the border and were wildly received by the crowd. In time with the first chord being plucked, and looking like a young Nick Cave, bassist Charlie was in amongst the crowd, leaving the rest of the band to their own devices on stage. The energy from the Manchester-based, Doncaster-spawned band was electric throughout; none more so than on ‘Murder at the Ballet’, a highly addictive song that wouldn’t have been out of place on the Arctic Monkeys' 'Humbug'. It was possibly during this song that Thomas’ guitar strings broke and Black Rays valiantly saved the day by bringing one of their guitars on stage to ensure the band could finish their set and play a chaotically raw rendition of recent single ‘Swine’ to a still manic crowd.

Whilst the gig itself at times felt like borderline Jurassic Park, if the dinosaurs were fed a strict diet of tonic wine, this was by far one of the most joyously exuberant gigs I’ve had the pleasure of attending in a long while with each band on top form on a well selected bill due to the foresight of This Feeling.

Watch :: Perfume Genius in video for new album single 'Slip Away'

Words: Sam Geary

Following up his 2014 'Too Bright' LP, Perfume Genius has announced new album, 'No Shape', will be released on May 5 through Matador Records.

Check out Andrew Thomas Huang's  video for lead single 'Slip Away'  which features Mike Hadreas - Perfume Genius - and dancer Teresa “Toogie” Barcelo.

[Video] The Vultures - Suicide

Featured in a recent Little Indie Roundtable where it received unanimous approval, The Vultures now share the video to new single 'Suicide'.

The London genre-busters are releasing the second part to their ‘Three Mothers Part 1’ album (which came out in 2015), on April 14 via independent label Ciao Ketchup Recordings. ‘Suicide’, taken from the new work, merges a post-punk bass and driving, groove-laden rhythm that brings to mind the melancholy songwriting of Joy Division. The band expertly craft dark soundscapes full of shadowy concepts and lamenting lyrics encompassing influences not just from other musicians but from literature, film and art.

Comprising of three part vocals, cello, violin, viola, bass and drums, the London sextet say they’re on a mission to “breath fresh life into rock n’ roll”.

Watch the surreal black and white video above.

[Video] False Advertising - Not My Fault

Directed and edited by the band's Jen Hingley, False Advertising share their new video to upcoming single 'Not My Fault'. The track, released March 31, is the first in a run of standalone releases that the band plan to drop throughout the first half of this year, building on their caustic, fuzz-drenched approach to alt-rock.

Explaining the concept for the video, the band say: “We basically just wanted to be selfish and have a great day, so we went and spent loads of money on arcade machines, grilled cheese and alcohol. The song is about being semi-oblivious and detached from the crazy political landscape that we reside within these days, so we thought fuck it, let’s be oblivious and do whatever the hell we want to bring it to life.

"We filmed, directed and edited it ourselves as we do with the majority of our music, artwork and videos. You can tell this because there is only one shot when all three of us are in it together, which we got Chris’s girlfriend Urszula to shoot for us.”

Watch above.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

25 Minifestival de Musica Independent, Barcelona
31 Threshold Festival, Liverpool
13 The Chapel, Leeds
14 Wales Goes Pop Festival
15 Stockton Calling Festival
22 Wrong Festival, Liverpool