Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Life in the Music Biz

When I think about the glorious summer that was 2008, I'm met with many hazy yet perfect memories: my virginal Glastonbury experience, the end of compulsory education and a whole lot of alcohol (funnily enough I don't remember all that much after that..). Ah yes, 2008 was a good year. Long summer days spent drinking far too much with friends in a park or house somewhere, acting like idiots and going to gigs like they were going out of fashion. Quite the way to live I think you'll agree.

One of the gigs
that will always stick with me though is that of electro troupe Robots in Disguise. 3 hours of hard, electro carnage, resulting in having half a pint of what I hope was lager on my new dress. Crowd surfing, people being thrown out and a verbal attack on security staff also made it one hell of an evening and definitely gave me the now ever present thirst for gigs. Now I know a lot of you still haven no idea who I'm talking about, so to give you a taste of what these guys are about, watch this:

Now, needless to say the gig was everything I'd come to expect from such an adventure: swathes of hot and sweaty teenagers jumping around spilling all manner of beverages over all within a 3 metre radius. To some it may seem like hell, but when it's the backdrop to songs like that who really cares?

I've written about RID before so I don't want to completely regurgitate my declaration of love for these guys (though you should know that in a time where female fronted alternative bands are still on the periphery, what these two are doing is pretty damn awesome), but I'm writing with a sense of urgency and pleading this time around. If you hadn't heard of Robots in Disguise before placing your eyes upon this hallowed page that's probably because although in the midst of recording their fourth studio album they are still operating very much under the radar, away from the glaring eyes of the mainstream. Whether this is a good thing is still up for debate, but the fact remains that due to this and the thwack of the tail end of the recession still being felt by musicians everywhere, RID are struggling to come up with funding for their new album.

Although they have a strong fanbase (including the likes of Noel Fielding and electro superstar Peaches), there is always more to be done and any new listeners will be welcomed with sexy robot arms.

I love Robots in Disguise, they remind me of my youth (comparatively anyway, at 17 I'm hardly waiting for my Giro) and they're a fine example of what indie music actually is. With your help we can make sure that more people can hear just how awesome this band is and say a resounding 'fuck you' to the big record companies that don't have to face this kind of crisis everytime they want to put out an album. If it's £1 or even £5, every little penny counts and Robots in Disguise only receive the money if they reach their total of£15,000, with 10% of all money made going towards a charity dealing with improving the lives of those suffering with Alzheimer's. so really what is there to lose??

Support the talent. Pledge!

Robots in Disguise are also playing a series shows across the UK this month, to find out details on venues and ticket prices, click here.
Finally my Glasto dream lineup is shaping up quite nicely!

Rockin' banjo band Mumford and Sons have been confirmed by my favourite farmer Michael Eavis that they are to play The Park stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

I am quite literally as giddy as a schoolgirl to hear that these guys will be gracing my spiritual home with an appearance. Ever since the release of their debut I've fallen head over heels for Mumford and co. Infact, it's hard to think of anything NOT to like about them. Innovative, hearty music that just screams DANCE, without being drenched in vocoder or troweled in Mockney accent (Daisy Dares You, anyone?) To be honest, I'd even go as far as saying they are one of the finest bands to emerge from the last 5/10 years.. I can almost envisage it now: as the sun begins to set atop the glorious Park stage, a few thousand people all standing in this fairylit wonderland, swaying to the breathtaking 'you are not alone in this' refrain during Tinshel, completely content and at one with the world. Right before Little Lion Man starts playing and everyone goes apeshit.

Bring it on.

I know I'm a bit behind the times with this, but I've been very lazy lately with updating. Expect more frequent posting.. when I can be bothered.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Something to listen to whilst sipping on some earl grey in bed..

Aaaand relax...

I don't know why the thought of Jonsi on Radio 1 pleases me so, but it's great to see a proper musician in the live lounge for a change.

I'm very much looking forward to Jonsi's solo album, though I have high hopes judging from his Riceboy Sleeps EP that he released a while ago with his boyfriend, Alex Somers. It'll be interesting to see just how much the album will be influenced by the almost transcendent bliss that his former band Sigur Ros have managed to create. It'd better be worth it if rumours that the ambient band are on an indefinite hiatus are true. :(

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Out For Blood

Blood Red Shoes are back- yay!

Blood Red Shoes "Colours Fade." from phil tidy on Vimeo.

This is so much heavier than their older stuff, I love how much of a growl there is to the guitars. At seven minutes long it's almost more of a call to battle than anything else. I love how the vocals are simultaneously intense yet sleek, reminds me a bit of The Subways in terms of harmonies and overall style (where have they been lately??), a trait that's missing from a lot of music out there at the minute. However, after a few listens of their new album it does come across that there's something missing; that little component that can make all the difference between a record that's mediocre and one that's awesome. I'm not too sure what that thing is though, maybe it's just a case of depth.

There's a few songs on the LP that are irrestibly charming in a sulky teenager kind of way (and by that I'm not talking about the vacuous mess that is Avril Lavigne and others of that ilk), perfect for stomping around to. I imagine these guys would be brilliant live as well, they're doing Glasto this year so I'm definitely putting them on the list of bands that I'd like to see but never will get around to seeing (Coming soon to a Spotify near you..).

I think there's still a lot of growth to be seen from Blood Red Shoes, but to be honest, at the moment this isn't that pressing an issue. They may have a long way to go before reaching the recognition they deserve, but they're certainly not one to pass by in the meantime.

Fire Like This is out now, you can download it from Amazon or iTunes. If you're still curious then check out their back catalogue on Spotify.

Happy listening!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Twilight Sad

I'm back from my mini-hiatus all bright eyed and bushy tailed to bring you the latest music video from one of many Scottish miserablists currently fighting for my affection, The Twilight Sad.

I love these guys at the moment, I've methodically been working my way through their somewhat sparse back-catalogue, from the humble and morose beginnings of Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters to their latest vibrant (and wickedly dark) Forget the Night Ahead, from which the new single derives. If you're a Spotify whore and miserable sod like myself, I implore you to check these guys out if you're stuck with nothing to do on a chilly spring evening.

In the meantime, take a look at the new video and let me know what you think.

The Twilight Sad - The Room from TLOBF.COM on Vimeo.

Oh, and I've been told that they're also supporting Biffy Clyro in their upcoming UK tour- RESULT!