Sunday, 7 September 2014

SINGLE: GOD DAMN - HORUS

God Damn are a duo hailing from the West Midlands - 'Horus' is their latest single which is due to be released through One Little Indian on October 27th.

We caught them at this year's 2000 Trees festival and have been hooked ever since. They are due to drop their debut album next year, ahead of which come tours with Turbowolf and Kagoule.

We like them...ALOT.


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

ALBUM: YETI LOVE - YETI LOVE

Acoustic folk three-piece Yeti Love (Peter Hamilton, Dave Sears, and Julian Eccleston) have recently released their self titled debut album through Airballoon Productions.

It's fair to say that each member of this Croydon based band have been around the musical block a bit, but having been a part of several national and international touring acts, the trio seemingly came to the unanimous decision that the mainstream industry was not for them and a new path needed to be taken. Step forward Yeti Love.

Firstly the name, Yeti Love, according to Peter Hamilton comes from him seeing footage from the TV programme 'Patterson Big Foot' when he was a kid, with said show making him 'scared shitless' and he's been obsessed ever since!

This album is not your straight forward acoustic folk fodder, it's a brave record that mixes up tempo and styles, with some clever production work, and with Hamilton's acutely infectious vocals surrounded by a swathe of delicate chords and finger picking guitar.

James Willment Photography
Kicking off with 'Old Man', the album moves effortlessly around the acoustic spectrum. 'Lonely Road' is the heaviest song on the record, with 'Saints Of White Lines' perhaps the strongest track emotively, but it's surrounded by others with different depths such as 'Blood On Her Hands' (which might be the first harmonica filled track I can confess to liking), and 'Stones' which sounds really genuine and honest to it's core. Half the songs you can imagine sitting around a camp fire listening to, the rest you'd want to be up on your feet dancing about to!

Having been on tour with Nick Oliveri this Summer it's clear that Yeti Love are already getting to the right ears and hopefully more good things are to come for them! // Yeti Love / Airballoon Recordings

Monday, 11 August 2014

SINGLE: GALLOWS - CHAINS

 
Ahead of the fourth Gallows album 'Desolation Sounds' which is due to be released in November this year, the band have put out a new single as a split release through their own label Venn Records and Play It Again Sam.

'Chains' is a slow, powerful and dark track that is one of the heaviest bits of music the band have put out to date. Recorded in one day, there is a real edge attached and a intensity that has maybe been lacking since the 'Grey Britain' days.

The video is also worth a mention, shot in Toronto by director and musician Josh Reichmann, it's almost a short film than a music video. There's dark and sinister undertones throughout with the black and white effect helping to enhance the eerie unforgiving nature of the music.



Tuesday, 5 August 2014

ALBUM: BEVERLY - CAREERS

Beverly, a recording project between Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, released their debut album 'Careers' through Kanine Records earlier last month. A combination of surf pop melodies and shoegaze noise, the duo based out of Brooklyn, New York have created an album that certainly sounds more than just after thought in between their main pursues of interest.

On tour with The Drums in the states in the upcoming months, the track 'Honey Do' - the first single from the album, was recently used as the music for a video promoting the UK Independent Label Market in London. // Beverly / Kanine Records

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

EP: WEAVES - WEAVES

Weaves are a four-piece from Canada that recently released their debut self titled EP through Buzz Records. Originally contrived between Jasmyn Burke and Morgan Waters, the band are completed with Spencer Cole and Zach Bines.

The 5 track EP, which was produced by David Newfeld (Los Campensinos!), showcases a quirky blend of pop beats and more rock based guitars, alongside some distinctive vocals. It's catchy stuff which is reminiscent of the likes of St Vincent and Tune Yards.

Check out the video for 'Buttercup' which was directed by Jason Harvey, and purchase the EP over on Buzz Records. // Weaves

Friday, 25 July 2014

EVENT: BASTILLE HP CONNECTED MUSIC GIG


Since forming in 2010 Bastille have been on a rampant rise to success, with singer songwriter Dan Smith leading the London based band to Brit nominations, festival slots at Glastonbury and Isle Of Wight, selling over a million copies of their album 'Bad Blood', and even providing music for Made In Chelsea.

We were recently invited to a special performance by the band at the Scala in London, in conjunction with HP Connected Music, one of a series of exclusive events HP are organising to raise awareness of their new products this Summer.

Among a series of new tech on display (such as the new HP Pavilion x360) was a special interactive dance floor, whereby the lighting was directly influenced by the amount that the crowd was moving using pressure sensor technology and cutting edge VFX.

It was the first time such technology has been used and really helped to connect the fans with the band, with everyone's feet literally directing the visual experience on display. As for Bastille they put on an assured performance, with the crowd certainly privileged to see them in such an intimate venue.

More details on HP Connected Music / Bastille  

Thursday, 17 July 2014

EVENT REVIEW: 2000TREES FESTIVAL 2014

(Photo: Mark Slater)

This year Music Liberation made its first visit to the 2000trees festival at Upcote Farm, in Gloucestershire. 2014 saw the independent event reach it's 8th birthday, with the 5,000 strong attendee's getting their lungs filled with countryside air across 3 days from Thursday till Sunday.

The event originally began in 2007 with a group of friends who had become disillusioned with the 'musical merry-go round' nature of the larger mainstream music festivals, along with extortionate ticket prices and overpriced food and drink. Hence 2000trees was born!

First things first, as a self confessed music lover/junkie/snob, it is often surprising to most that it was only in 2011 that I went to my first music festival - making the pilgrimage to see Mr Eavis and his Glastonbury extravaganza. Since then I've been back to Pilton Farm for the last two years, but have negated to visit any of the other numerous festivals that the UK has to offer over the Summer months. So when the chance arose to visit the 2000trees festival this year I decided to take it, the fact that I've reached the dwindling years of my 20's may well have helped this decision.

Upon arrival at the site (after a very smooth transition from our London based train onto a shuttle bus), we enter the festival without much hassle despite the blazing sunshine testing nerves and fatigue. The first thing that's apparent is how small the site is (bearing in mind my only previous experience above), as we can see three of the four main stages and the two campsites in one swing of the hips. Having quickly set up our camp (ok it took me a fair while with my new tent, and I did require assistance from a friendly neighbour), we took in a stroll of the site.

(Photo: Laura Dimmick)
At one end is The Croft where over the weekend we take in comedy sets and twee folk and brass. The middle of the site is home to Avalon and The Cave, and the other end of the site is where we find the Main Stage, with these three being the place for more louder, plugged in music.

Croft, Avalon, and The Cave are all tent shaped, whereas the Main Stage is open to the elements, which thankfully this year was only the sun. All of them are located near to bars and food, and if you so wish camping can be done of each of their doorsteps in Camp Turner and Camp Reuben.

The toilets at 2000trees deserve a mention, with the portaloos and mens Eco toilets always being reasonably clean, and stocked with hand sanitiser and loo roll. To most it really does make a big difference (particularly for the ladies), and you can tell why the festival won an award for them back in 2010.

(Band Of Skulls - Photo: Mark Slater)

The bands finished around 11.30, after which there was an assortment of music genres being played out by a host of Silent Disco DJ's which never fails to satisfy most. The food provision is good, with a plethora of different cuisines on offer at reasonable prices (my personal preference being the Steel City burger). Other things on offer were secret shows and acoustic sets in the forest, face painting, tight rope walking, boutique shops, and various busking stops situated across the site.

(Trash Talk - Photo: Mark Slater)
Musically my highlights were:- God Damn, Slaves, The Computers, Trash Talk, The Bronx, Band Of Skulls, Maybeshewill, Jamie Lenman, Frightened Rabbit, and although not being quite to my taste a mention must go to Inme frontman Dave McPherson, who managed to play 8 sets across the weekend, nice one Dave!

There is a real community feel to the 2000trees festival with the layout of stages and camping helping to create a sense of togetherness amongst all involved. Musically speaking those who like the majority of noisy guitar based bands will not be disappointed, as will those who prefer a gentler acoustic touch. Having now been to two different festivals it is difficult to pick one or the other having enjoyed a thoroughly awesome experience at both, but that is surely testament in itself that 2000trees can compete with an established mainstream festival such as Glastonbury. I suspect that alongside the other 4,999 people that went this year I will certainly be returning to the Cotswold Hills in 2015.

You can purchase tickets for the 2000trees festival in 2015 now, with a limited offer of 10% off - www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk/tickets/

(Photo: Mark Slater)

Sunday, 6 July 2014

ALBUM: ALVVAYS - ALVVAYS

Alvvays began with Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan, two friends from the Canadian island of Cape Breton. Having moved to Toronto the duo have set about creating their self titled debut record, which is mixed by Holy Fuck's Graham Walsh, and produced by John Agnello.

The single 'Archie, Marry Me' has recently been played on BBC 6 Music, and the band (comprised with Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac) played the Great Escape festival in Brighton earlier this year. They'll be returning to the UK for two London shows in August (Birthdays and Rough Trade East) before joining Real Estate on their UK tour in October.

The album is 9 tracks of delicately blended soft vocals over which south coast surf pop riffs are gloriously played out. The obvious comparison is somebody like Best Coast, but Alvvays have a bit more grit than their American counterparts. Perfect for late night summer sunsets, or early morning sun rises, this debut album will lift spirits and set romantic notions alight this Summer.

'Alvvays' is released through Polyvinyl Records on July 21st. // Alvvays

Pre-order 12" vinyl // Digital Download