It’s been a little bit since I hyped up some new bands. Next weekend i’m going down to see my brother in Bristol as he’s having a kid and you know how it goes after that, well I don’t thank god but apparently it’s quite the lifestyle choice. But this is giving me the opportunity to check out an awesome independant music festival, a less self-styled camden crawl, dot to dot festival sees you hit the streets of bristol (and nottingham) for one day and see some great bands without the perils that you face when traipsing around london in between the two days/£200 hotel rooms.
The line up looks amazing-
Patrick Wolf, The Hold Steady, Ladyhawke, Friendly Fires, Teitur, A.C. Newman, Cage the Elephant, Little Boots, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, My Vitriol, Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Titus Andronicus, Abe Vigoda, Shapeshifter, Future Of The Left, Crystal Antlers, Duchess Says, Naive New Beaters, Girls, Marina & the Diamonds, Son Of Dave, Fan Death, The Big Pink, Wave Machines, Gran Ronde, Kid British, Mumford & Sons, Colourmusic, Baddies, Official Secrets Act, Dinosaur Pile-up, Skint & Demoralised, Pulled Apart By Horses, Tommy Reilly, Annie Mac, The Soft Pack, Ulterior, The Computers, Dag for Dag and Chik Budo
This blog’s also for my benefit so I can log on on the day and see what bands I said I’d go to and what was good and what I should miss out on. So these are some of the bands that i’ve been checking out in advance, like that I didn’t already know of. I’m sure I’ll do another blog afterwards on just how awesome a day it was-
This guy is apparently from the faroe islands and I’m interested in seeing him as his introverted style reminds me alot of my own and if I do decide to kick the band and go it alone I want to see how he does it because he has been, relentlessly since the release of his critically acclaimed debut. He’s won a danish grammy and I’d imagine not many people have :p
Also I just happened to find out he’s playing a local town tomorrow! I’m going to hit it like you wouldn’t even believe.
I’m glad there’s gonna be some heavier stuff on that night too. My Vitriol have been around for a decade, I would have liked to think the name was a reference to the genre of intensifiers but it’s from a story about a guy who carried around a bottle of sulphuric acid for protection.. uh- lol. They’re verging on metal but have a slice of 90s riotgrrl britpop sorta mix going on which obviously is a good thing. They’ve released a single album in their whole time as a band and it’s gained them quite a cult status might be worth seeing based on that alone.
A Canadian dance punk band with a hot lead singer? I’m so there! After listening though and after wanting to see 100% of the artists already these are ones I might give a miss. I can imagine though if I’m wondering what to do next and I feel like, Dane Cook style, going dancing, then i’d be all over it and if you dig dancing then i’d imagine this would be loads of fun. They’re like a sensible, clean cut crystal castles.
So that guy who was in the godfather and later on Late Night with Conan O’brien is where they take their name from. Their sound is a little bit mental and all over the place, experimental would just about describe it. I’m really not going to go see these guys, I don’t dig on stage experimentation it seems… rude. Like people are paying to come watch you and you don’t even prepare? They seem aimless too which is more than a little frustrating for the casual listener.
These guys actually sound really fresh and unique… but at the same time sound stuck in the 90s! The electronics sound very “digital love”, when the vocals do get going they actually seem quite well thought out and culturally relevant but unfortunately the hip hop aspect of their style means there is a lot of repitition. They seem to me like live they might be a bit too dancey for my tastes so they’re only maybe a maybe at best.
I haven’t written about this girl before because I wasn’t sure if I was being swayed by just how stunningly beautiful she is. She’s getting comparisons to kate nash because like she says, “I’ve got a keyboard and I’ve got a vagina”. She has a deeper range which I personally dig and darker themes which are a huge plus. Some of her stuff is quite theatrical which I can only imagine will make for a great stage show, Kate Nash seemed to have very few places to go with her stuff but I can Imagine MATD will make for a killer time.
If anyone can find any more info on these send it my way cos seriously searching for this is about as difficult as finding the band “xx teens”.
This guy is FROM Winnipeg Manitoba, where I went to University, apparently he was in the crash test dummies- mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm you know, that song right?! Thing is listening to his music, he’s got kind of a mental voice like that guy from police academy and samples pure CHEESE. Low Rider is backed by that butter commerical “something or other light” ah to be honest I’d want to see him cos of Winnipeg but this really doesn’t sound good, great job on being in a big band last century but… Damn I had high hopes.
I’ve been to see two artists with kid in their name and they both sucked soooo bad, I was apprehensive to listen to these guys but they’re actually awesome and such a good time! “these lads whip up a tune as easy as Jamie Oliver making a meal out of the contents of a students fridge” that pretty much sums it well, bit of everything in there that you’d sort of put in when there’s no other options, this isn’t at all a criticism, there’s a lot of reggae and steel a bit of brass and catchy as hell hooks. They’re making my lsaturday night tough to organise.
They make a lot of sound without being a noize band. You remember MGMT’s debut? Well so do these guys and they’re a bit intent on recreating the smooth vocals with an intrepid swirl of psychadelic music. I say that but I don’t think I’ve heard of a single band on their list of influences. Basically they’d be a pleasant support act, I’m not going to go out of my way it’s way too electronic.
I’m going to see these guys, their sound is massive. From California they’ve got great reviews from all corners, I don’t want to compare another band to the killers buuuut! Synths, guitars, droning yet clear vocals like the comparisons there guys, i’m making it and there’ll be a bigger review on these guys after the weekend.
Before listening to their music I heard things like- “Following the release of their self-recorded/produced debut EP inspired by the colour red, the band began entertaining local audiences with a variety of thematic shows, including a fake graduation, a mock prom, and a wedding.” and I was like yeeeeah babies! Their music is a bit too twee though, they’ve got a picture of a unicorn as their emblem, harmonies and it’s all a bit too nice and sugary. I totally think if you happened upon these guys you’d have an amazing time and i kinda wanna go to see what the deal is! Ungh!
Hugely hyped at the start of the year from nme to mtv it’s sometimes worth going along to the big 20 when you can see whether the fuss was justified. Thing is you remember these lists- florence and the machine, little boots- both pop starlets know being courted by the brit award crowd. For me this means that these guys will be awesome because they haven’t been brown tongued by the british pop music obsessed press. O.k sooo upon listening, they seem to have gotten attention for the same reason pete and the pirates and young knives did, chirpy lyrics, catchy songs, well thought out musically. The tempo of their songs are designed for a sweaty live performance which is great but does mean they’re not getting on my mp3 player. Plus- they REALLY sound like the young knives. Bit 2005.
I’ll be seeing these guys I should think, they’re good, potentially really good and i’ve heard good things about their live shows. Judging by their sound and lyrics they’d bring a unifying atmosphere welcome at any festival. They sound fresh which is great, been around since 2007 so put in their dues. Their music sounds very intentional which is a bit of a relief with all the experimental and dance and everything else that is flouted as being relevant these days.
So this is the guy that won channel 4’s britains got the indie pop factor. I remember when Orange unsigned act first came around and it seemed like it was gonna actually be cool but it ended up about as cool as having the winner of big brother being the “surprise guest” that your parent’s organised at your 21st birthday. I dunno, you know what indie snobs are like and I try not to be one but I kinda think going to his gig is kinda super gay. Buuuut someone sent me some new stuff from last year’s winners and i’m gonna give them a chance so who knows it might happen.
Fact of the matter is, even before going through all these bands I had a chore deciding who to see and who not to see! Now it’s just astronomical :)