Posted by: outroversion | August 31, 2014

In Case You Missed Them: The SpacePimps

The SpacePimps

Every now and then, a band is called something like “The SpacePimps” and so you don’t have much choice but to check them out.

Back in the mid-zeroes we had Fenix*TX and The Ataris playing a brand of Pop-Punk that stayed just the right side of the American Pie Soundtracks. That was when this Pittsburgh trio came into being and the delivery here is in a similar vein but with the addition of the party anthem guitars that Sum 41, Third Eye Blind and Blink 182 made famous, echoing the greatest time to be a teenager.

Party Foul

Posted by: outroversion | August 26, 2014

Worth a listen: Jack White- Black Bat Licorice

Jack White- Black Bat Licorice

I’m not Jack White’s biggest fan, I often find his compositions poorly structured and his musical journeying messy and misguided. Every now and then however, he releases something experimental in the right way and that he isn’t afraid to do so is something I respect him for. That doesn’t make him a genius however, a mistake a lot of people seem to make.

This is in a similar vein to what he has done best in the past and is representative of his latest solo album so if you like this, perhaps listen to that.

Black Bat Licorice

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Posted by: outroversion | August 25, 2014

New Music: New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers

New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers

Getting so many in demand musicians in one place long enough to make an actual record must be insanely difficult but when Carl, Dan, Neko, Kathryn converge with a singular intent wondrous things invariably happen.

I’m not even going to try and better that sentence.

Brill Bruisers

Posted by: outroversion | August 25, 2014

New Music: Interpol- All The Rage Back Home

Interpol- All The Rage Back Home

This is the lead track of NYC’s Interpol’s soon to be released fifth album El Pintor, which will be the first album completely devoid of Carlos Dengler‘s bass. If you’ve seen them live since his departure you know they don’t have that much to worry about; at the time he left, I said it was for the best as there’s a temptation to lean on his lines that was evident on their self-titled 2010 release and that could mean a return to the more tenacious roots of Antics.

There’s still the underlining drone of strung out guitars and world weary yet empowering delivery from Paul Banks but without the sparsity and soundscaping employed on their last two albums. This is the best new material i’ve heard from them in nearly a decade but such is the endurance of their style that it doesn’t make any odds that it’s been 10 years since they graduated from the bait shop of O.C. they’re still as important now as they were way back then.

All The Rage Back Home

Posted by: outroversion | August 24, 2014

Neck Deep

Neck Deep

Whenever a band is described as Pop/Punk you’re hoping for a band to fill the Blink 182 shaped void, despite them still being around and making great music but you know what I’m going for.

While Wrexham’s Neck Deep are perfectly qualified to do so their music will sit more comfortably besides the band mistakenly labelled emo/punk in the last decade, Yellowcard, Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low. There’s passion in the place of pop and intensity over whimsy.

This festival season is seeing the quintet reaching the masses and they’re taking it in their stride. Their debut album, Wishful Thinking was only released in January but it’s been resounding through the corridors of influence with Kerrang and Absolute Punk all over them.

Over and Over

Posted by: outroversion | August 24, 2014

New Music: Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

I’ve just been eating up anyone with relentless passion lately. The kind epitomised, in reverse chronological order by Dale Barclay, Liam Gallagher and Mick Jagger and while I can’t guarantee Chicago’s Twin Peaks will have heard of everyone on that list they’re indebted to them for pioneering substance over eloquence in their respective generations.

Posted by: outroversion | July 20, 2014

2000 Trees 2014: Saturday

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2000 Trees 2014: Saturday July 12th

Lonely Tourist

With the weather remaining perfect, the third day got under way with The Croft the place to be in the early hours of the afternoon. Tos is charged with getting everyone back in the mood for another day of sunshine and music, in between each set he’d get someone up to announce the next band. He would lambast how few people had bought copies of the program and those courageous enough to admit they had one were cajoled onto the stage to describe the upcoming act.

First up were Bristol based Scot Paul Tierney‘s band Lonely Tourist playing tracks from their albums Sir, I’m a Good Man and Shouting at the Weather; his charming and self-deprecating personality selling the band to the audience as much as the poignant and well-crafted songs.

Their enduring set comes to a close with the lead singer’s ode to his former-footballer namesake, “The ballad of Paul Tierney.” A tale of youthful promise and its eventual decline into reality.

VerseChorusVerse

You couldn’t go to a festival over the last few years without coming across Northern Ireland troubadour Tony Wright‘s former band And So I Watch You From Afar, which he founded but has now moved on from. Safe to say they graced these fields but nowadays his tunes are crafted for a different audience and therefore a different tent.

By now the Croft has spilled way out into the fields and those lucky enough to be inside are granted audience to an upbeat set with the kind of tales of life on the road that either make you want to pick up a guitar and sleep on couches or make you glad you work in an office.

He left out the masterful Nothing is Easy and hauntingly beautiful Birds in favour of keeping the mood at a high, throwing in songs that he’d only written recently and one conceived over the past few days. It’s still just as enchanting basically, this is music that was made for any massive endorphin inducing event or moments of ultimate peace. He gets it just right.

Dad Rocks!

I’m not sure who feels more honoured, the audience for the opportunity to see Scandinavian frontman Snævar Njáll Albertsson perform or him for playing here.

It’s all glorious, musically intricate and lyrically he doesn’t waste a syllable. Each song has a deliberate message and are distinct from one another, the impeccable Battle Hymn of the Fox Father though an undoubted highlight exhibiting the talent on show here.

Such elaborate soundscaping can see meaning lost to the verdantly layered underscores that would be easy to get distracted by if the songs weren’t so well constructed. It’s a privilege to witness such mastery and it feels like the meaning of every song is intended for the moment they are witnessed in.

A perfect lift before things start to get heavy…

Maybeshewill

I don’t use the term “behemoth” lightly but Leicester’s foremost post-hardcore artists are just that and hearing Not For The Want of Trying live is worth the entrance fee alone, a moment that speaks for itself…

Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job.The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere that seems to know what to do and there’s no end to it! We know the air is unfit to breathe, our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homicides and 63 violent crimes as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad. Worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in a house as slowly the world we’re living in is getting smaller and all we say is, “Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster, and my TV, and my steel belted radials and I won’t say anything.” Well I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad! 

Jamie Lenman

2000 Trees has been waiting a long time for the Reuben frontman to grace one of their stages and it’s the cave that has the honour.

For the casual fan it was perhaps a little Reuben light, leaving out the ever popular Freddy Kreuger, the huge Let’s Stop Hanging Out and the highly regarded Stuck in my Throat and Moving to Blackwater in favour of showcasing songs from his solo career, which is of course his right.

However, being the tenth anniversary of what is considered the late band’s pinnacle, Racecar is Racecar backwards those fortunate enough to fit in the bulging tent were given the pleasure of witnessing rare outings for No-One Wins the War and Song For Saturday from that album as well as Alpha-Signal Three from 2005’s Very Fast, Very Dangerous.

In the history of 2000 Trees, you have to be able to say you saw this.

Wolf Alice

I’m hoping that while the ascension of these Londonders’ is very reminiscent of other Howling Bells and Naked and Famous they don’t suffer the same  trough after the amazing peak they are at right now.

Last year’s most blogged about artist’s music is everywhere at the moment, chances are you will have heard the beautiful Blush one place or another, the magnificent Fluffy and She or the most recent and marvellous Moaning Lisa Smile from this year’s Creature Songs EP.

They know what they’re doing and everyone here is loving them, they might be kinda big now but this time next year Radio One will be trying to suffocate the country with them.

Frightened Rabbit

Things are starting to cool down by the time Selkirk’s finest grace the mainstage to bring the curtain down on another perfect 2000 Trees so the shivers their music sends down the audience’s spine are as intense as they could have hoped.

A 16-song set that spanned their four album career that will have satisfied anyone with a basic knowledge of the band and I’m sure winning over many others playing Modern Leper, My Backwards Walk, Old Old Fashioned, The Loneliness and The Scream, Nothing Like You, fan favourite Swim Until You Can’t See Land and many other popular songs in what wouldn’t be far fetched or unflattering to call a greatest hits set.

The sun is gone and it’s officially over, just the unofficial acoustic sets dotted around for those not ready for the part to end. As with every year it’s hard to imagine them topping this one but rest-assured they always do. See you next year.

Huge thanks to 2000 Trees and Dominic Meason, Snaprockandpop

and Adrian Marsh for photography

Posted by: outroversion | July 17, 2014

2000 Trees 2014: Friday

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2000 Trees 2014: Friday July 11th

To anyone looking for money making schemes, just sell massages at festivals I would’ve paid around £40 for one this morning…

Pieminister down, onto the music!

Almost 4 years ago to the day, Dave and James were introduced to a young man named Joe Green next to the main stage at 2000 Trees. Today, they play it. Hold on, that doesn’t quite do this justice- today, they own it.

Opening with powerhouse tracks Friendly Fools followed by My Colour Optimistic these home town heroes mean business but it’s Black Hearts where people start to realise they might be the real deal with their ultimately charismatic frontman dominating the stage and crowd.

The music is huge and it would take someone with an even bigger voice and personae to compete with it, or even to be heard but Joe Green is another level.

An absolutely honour seeing them at this stage of their career, they’re on the ascent and it won’t stop for as long they want it to continue.

Before the next act was one of those times where you can go see what’s going on on the other stages.Kitten & Bear were nearing the end of their dulcetly melodious indie-folk set after which we find Tos is around halfway through his annual compere marathon over here at The Croft. Relentlessly funny throughout the weekend it wouldn’t be that difficult to stay here the whole time and he regularly suggests you do.

Back at the mainstage 2 piece garage punkers Slaves were taking a stranglehold on the audience. They’re energetic to say the least, the more palatable aspects of hardcore, entirely listenable. Their passion is absolutely mesmerising. They give us strangely insightful information on their tracks that otherwise might seem quite abstract, but it’s the raw simplicity of their craft that sells them.

Inbetween absolutely unmissable mainstage acts I checked out bands I hadn’t necessarily planned on seeing in the hope of being pleasantly surprised, I wasn’t ever really likely to be disappointed the quality of the line up throughout. My first trip the the new Axiom Stage was for Delta Sleep, musically the Local Natives meets Minus the Bear and a great way to juxtapose what came before and what is to come after…

When I got back the Mainstage, The Computers were already well on their way to destroying everything in their path. As well as being the most South Western band on the menu they were also the smartest dressed, but don’t let that fool you.

Absolutely ridiculously captivating a performance with the kind of grandstanding from dynamic frontman Alex Kershaw usually reserved for heat of the moment encores but par for the course during their set. Theres’s climbing on speakers, throwing guitars, the lot.

Musically they’re unique in this day and age; elements of motown, punk, old school guitar bands, blues and yet somehow it sounds perfectly constructed and just feels right.

They’re unbelievable to watch, an absolute riot. I mean he ended the set by orchestrating what can only be described as a wall of death sandwich in which he was the filling.

I must say one of my favourite things to do early afternoon at 2000 Trees is have a nap at the mainstage which is why I caught most of the bands there today. Someone woke me up while the next act was coming on to make sure I didn’t miss anything which was nice/brave…

Waking up to a giant baby onstage was weird. Itch is up there too, he keeps the introductions short but the flow is tight and every track here is a big one.

He had to cut his set ever so slightly short die to technological failure but it was great to see him back and an excellent showcase of what he’s been up to in the interim.

Nothing like a secret festival set. So it was down to the forest where Empire frontman Joe Green was playing, they’d mentioned it earlier on on the facebooks but that’s cool, can’t get enough of them right now.

Stripped back it’s just Joe and a couple of guitars which gives him a fresh canvas to paint with his at times, incomprehensible vocal acrobatics. A Prince and a Beyonce cover show the inconceivable places his range is capable of going.

Before Empire there was Divine Secret and we’re treated to a reunion here as the other two members happened to be in the audience. These moments make festivals and amazing stuff like this happens all the time here.

Brighton duo Blood Red Shoes are such a beast at festivals, just ripping people’s faces off without warning. Laura-Mary Carter is as fierce as ever and Steven ferociously beats his drumkit into submission.

I consider Heartsink, It’s Getting Boring By The Sea and Cold their sure fire home runners and while they still absolutely smash them its the tracks from their most recent self-titled album that kill.

You can’t help but rock out to them and you know you’ll regret it if you don’t.

Southampton’s Band of Skulls closed the night music wise though the entertainment carried on in memorable fashion with an incident during the silent disco that may well go down in Trees’ folklore.

So during the conversation the previous night, Mr. Lockey had mentioned that Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun were no more and that a new project was on the horizon with him playing these songs for the final time this evening. They will now simply be known as Solemn Sun, what the future holds remains to be seen.

Moments like these are just, you know when people sort of kiss their fingers after seeing a nice painting? That. Natives, Waitress, Atlases and loads more all stripped back, supported by a few hundred voices and in the most picturesque setting you could wish for.

What a way to end the night.

Huge thanks to Dominic Meason & 2000 Trees for photography

Posted by: outroversion | July 16, 2014

2000 Trees 2014: Thursday

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2000 Trees 2014: Thursday July 10th.

Upcote Farm’s annual demonstration on how music festivals should be done kicked off on Thursday with the early entry portion for what I shall label “V.I.Trees” and what is always a showstopping curtain raiser.

Nothing extravagant, just seven huge artists on one stage, sun on top of sun, fields of familiar faces and three days of non-stop music on its way.

Tents up, drinks in and Brighton’s Wild Cat Strike begin proceedings. Each year the quality of the band opening up The Cave is strikingly brilliant and this year is no exception, you’ve no idea how good these guys are.

Within one song they’ve already mentioned diazepam and acid kids so its fairly accurate to say they’re channeling a younger Conor Oberst’s angst to a certain extent.

WCS are Max Boughen charismatic guitarist complete with twirly moustache, Danny Byrom the tortured yet geniusly inspired front man, while Guy Jones‘ soul extorting backing vocals, bass and Mogis’ style slide guitar all rest upon the equally relentless and sparse foundation laid by Joe Caple‘s drums.

There’s powerful subtlety in their performance, everyone aware of what’s going on every second they’re up there. It’s a set that feels an hour long but in reality was only three songs. They’ve hit on something and are surrounded by people falling for it.

This is Barry Dolan’s Oxygen Thief and he loves this. Playing in his seventh year at the festival to a packed tent and they’re clapping along unprompted within 15 seconds of the first song, which shows the strength of the material- every individual line of this could be printed on a t-shirt.

This is a full band Oxygen Thief and a completely different beast to the one I saw playing a side stage a few years ago. While engrossing back then with its stripped back nature and just as remarkable lyrically, with the added dimensions now its taken on another form.

We’re all getting older and there’s introspection aplenty shown in the lyrics from most recent outing “Half-life of Facts” but Patience is a virtue cues up the biggest sing along and while there’s elements of irony in some of the crowd participation it seems like he might be starting to believe the adulation that is 100% deserved.

The frontman owns the stage for the time he’s up there, controlling the syncopated breaks in music before smashing through them with unreserved tenacity. There’s Dave Grohling on occasion, holding the crowd where he wants them before roaring through to the next level. It’s easy to forget you’re in a tent at times, this band are starting to sound arena sized.

The Retrospective Soundtrack Players occupy a niche in the spectrum, drawing inspiration exclusively from their favourite novels and films. So far their oeuvre includes two albums covering Paul Newman’s Cool Hand Luke and the brilliant yet teen-apathy inducing Catcher in the Rye.

Frontman Kyle Evans commands the stage and attention throughout delivering potent messages with unreserved passion.To the uninitiated they could be described as killeresque but that would be ignoring both the obvious and what makes them so compelling.

Their set was packed and yet the still managed to leave out a few classics including 50 eggs but the title tracks Cool Hand and Catcher in the Rye are the moments that define them. I don’t know why more bands don’t do this, saying that I’d just have them soundtracking Role Models and 21 Jump Street.

People in the know say Ben Marwood should be playing the mainstage and I’ve heard equally lofty praise every year he’s been here.

He’d already appeared onstage during TRSP’s set that also guested Oxygen Thief, that’s just the way things go around here and by the end of his set TRSP were up with him aswell. Everyone guesting with everyone, this is the Frank Turner effect.

Speaking of which, Marwood played a Postal Service cover at end the perfect The District Sleeps Alone Tonight which is the same one Turner used to play and it went down just as conclusively. A moment for sure.

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Occupying the same space in their genre as Los Campesinos, Birmingham’s Johnny Foreigner are just as imperious. Since their inception in the middle of the last decade they’ve knocked out album after album full of emotive indie-pop guaranteeing at least a few that take their sets up a notch.

This years’ “You Can Do Better” didn’t buck the trend with Wi-Fi Beach, Riff Glitchard and Le Sigh already sounding like they’ll end up on any modern day equivalent of their greatest hits.

Their die hard support is here without a doubt, singing along to every word like they’ve just been featured on a lyric poster in Smash Hits. But it’s through indie-club dancefloor fillers Salt, Pepper & Spinderella, Feels like Summer and Eyes Wide Terrified where they capture more than just their devotees’ attention.

Up next is a complete punch in the throat in terms of transition from genre to genre. From Cornwall to Brighton Gnarwolves are at a certain level right now. The kind of level where your limited editions are going on ebay for monthly rent paying prices and inconceivable hype is making them unmissable.

People who are into this band are absolutely losing their minds as they erupt through their set. Bright and visceral musically as well as aesthetically,they can give you a migraine whether you’re looking or listening but either way you know you don’t have too much of a choice.

Everyone just goes plain old insane when Dan Le Sac drops the beat for stunner and the atmosphere is dangerously electric. Scroobius Pip‘s artistry of the spoken word is carefully balanced and never overawed. The dynamics of the set contrast slower more insightful moments with heavier DJ showcasing elements perfectly blended and equally as important.

Considering the genre it might be considered a little strange that Thou Shalt Always Kill has become the indie anthem that it has but wherever you pigeon hole it it’s one hell of a tune. The Beat that My Heart Skipped is also a highlight, along with the opener from Pip’s last solo outing “Introdiction“.

He drops the mic and the music is ended for the night after a cover of Prodigy’s Voodoo People and what a night it has been. This was only seven bands, a warm up for the main event. Even so it’s going to take a little bit of recovery from everyone afflicted by them this evening.

Later on I happened to catch Jim Lockey of Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun who happened to mention he’s playing a secret solo show tomorrow night behind door number 7. More on that tomorrow…

Huge thanks to Dominic Meason & 2000 Trees for photography

 

 

Posted by: outroversion | July 1, 2014

2000 Trees 2014: Empire

Empire

Try writing a review of these guys without mentioning Fall Out Boy. Eesh.

I’m listening to these five gentlemen and wondering how they aren’t absolutely gargantuan, the way in which their songs are. Drawing heavily from influences presumably including FOB, Billy Talent and At The Drive In they’re musically meteoric with a boundless and frenetic energy but with a controlled and majestic vocal from frontman Joe Green who simply operates in another plane of existence from the rest of us.

I was so struck by the first time I heard them I went ahead and bought their 8-track mini album “Where The World Begins” and it is brilliant. If one of your favourite bands from the Fuelled By Ramen catalogue released this you’d say it was the best thing they’ve ever done.

We have the amazing opportunity this year to see them opening up the main stage on the Friday at 12.30pm which is unbelievable considering their potential. After this summer they’ll never be that early on any bill anywhere so take the opportunity this year before they gain anymore traction on the reputation they’re already fast gaining.

From selling out shows in London to Kerrang and Rock Sound saying unspeakably good things about them as well as a packed out summer, we’re catching them right before their wave hits. What a band they might well end up being.

Future, Past and Present

 

Black Hearts

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Friday Mixtape- 2000 Trees 2014: Friday Mixtape

Saturday Mixtape- 2000 Trees 2014: Saturday Mixtape

Frightened Rabbit- 2000 Trees 2014: Frightened Rabbit

Verses- 2000 Trees 2014: Verses

Canterbury- 2000 Trees: Canterbury // More acts announced

Thursday Mixtape2000 Trees: Thursday Line-up announcement + Mixtape

Gnarwolves2000 Trees 2014: Gnarwolves

Retrospective Soundtrack Players2000 Trees 2014: Retrospective Soundtrack Players

Ben Marwood2000 Trees 2014: Ben Marwood

Johnny Foreigner- 2000 Trees 2014: Johnny Foreigner

Oxygen Thief- 2000 Trees 2014: Oxygen Thief

Dan Le Sac -v- Scroobius Pip- 2000 Trees 2014: Dan Le Sac -v- Scroobius Pip

Dad Rocks!- 2000 Trees 2014: Dad Rocks!

VerseChorusVerse2000 Trees 2014: VerseChorusVerse

Wolf Alice: 2000 Trees 2014: Wolf Alice

Boy Jumps Ship2000 Trees 2014: Boy Jumps Ship

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