Congrats to Rich and G, New Zealand World Champions

Posted by admin on 24th Oct 2011 at 4:24 pm

After New Zealand winning the Rugby World Cup yeaterday, I think it’s only right that we congratulate our former guitarist G and our producer Rich who are both Kiwis and avid rugby fans. From what I hear there were a few pints drunk yesterday in the Walkabout in Temple here in London and I’m sure G is still celebrating back in NZ. Well Done lads

Dec

Bon Iver – Holocene video, pre Hammersmith Apollo

Posted by admin on 24th Oct 2011 at 4:12 pm

Really looking forward to seeing Bon Iver in Hammersmith tonight. I’ve been a really big fan of Justin Vernon’s work since his first album ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ was released in 2008. I also thought ‘Blood Bank’ was a great follow up. It has some really touching and emotional lyrics. The new self titled album took a little while longer to get into and maybe isn’t quite as good, but there are still some great tracks on it including this one

Dec

Post Gig update: Was a fantastic show, the sound was excellent and they played for almost 2 hours. Highlights for me were ‘The Wolves (Act I and II)’ with an amazing crowd participation section, ‘Blood Bank’ and set closer ‘Skinny Love’. Surprisingly good live was ‘Beth/Rest’ which I usually have a little chuckle along to because it just sounds like a cheesy Chicago track from the 80′s but it worked really well. I’ve never seen them live in the flesh before but did on TV once or twice, and one thing I noticed on this tour is the band is now much bigger and consists of about 9 or 10 really talented musicians including 2 drummers. It worked really well too

‘At Eight in a Spanish Bar’ Video, Hot off the press!

Posted by admin on 6th Oct 2011 at 8:19 pm

We’re delighted to announce the release of our new video for ‘At Eight in a Spanish Bar’. The song theme is loosely based around the stresses of being single in a big city, but from the outside looking in, it looks to some to be more fun than being in a relationship. I guess the moral of the story is ‘the grass is always greener’ but people are always looking for something different to what they have.

Director Gavin Randall from Melting Point Media felt he’d give the video a little twist with his excellent speed dating idea based around two characters in particular. We think he’s done a fantastic job, so a huge ‘Thank You’ goes out to Gav and his team :)

As part of the release we’re giving you guys an opportunity to download this track to keep for FREE! All we ask in return is that you join our mailing list and provide your email address. As well as the free track, we also promise to keep you up to date with all the cool stuff happening with the band. So click the button below to get the track


Director: Gavin Randall
Production Company: Melting Point Media
Producer: James Ellis
DP: Ryan Geddis
Make-up: Hayley Ann Lowther
Production Assistants: Adam Quigley, Ian Ogle, Les Randall, Helen Coldwell
Editor & Grade: Gavin Randall
Cast: David Hopper, Sophie Ellwood, Melissa Morgan, Gemma Ellwood, Kayleigh Jordan, Maureen Gardner, Nicky WIlson, Alex Scott, Harriet Ghost, Katie Robinson, Simon Hodgson, Steven Harper, Paul Loughran, Ian Ogle, Adam Quigley

New show announcements, Podcast and Radio appearances

Posted by admin on 25th Sep 2011 at 5:54 pm

‘Take it Out On Me’ is featured on 2 podcast and radio shows this week on different sides of the globe. We kick off this week’s ‘Rock Show’ podcast hosted by Ewan Spence in Edinburgh, Scotland – click the banner to listen

The Rock Show Podcast by Ewan Spence

Also spinning ‘Take it Out On Me’ on heavy rotation is Minnesota based station PopBang. PopBang are part of the Live365 network

New Shows

We can confirm the following live dates. More details on our Live Shows Page

Friday, 11th November 2011The Mojo, Reading University, Reading
Wednesday, 16th November 2011The Boston Arms, Tufnell Park, London

Laura, Sloan, Shrag, Comets & Pink

Posted by Dec on 21st Sep 2011 at 1:21 am

Thought I’d give a little insight into what I’m listening to these days. As a band we generally listen to stuff independently at home, on the way to work etc. With such busy lives that we have these days we usually end up just talking about what we listen to rather than listen to stuff together, and because of that we rarely listen to the same stuff. I think in a way it’s a good thing as we can bring different influences to the table when it comes to writing.

I have to say though I do miss that feeling of being in a band full time, ie: with no job/commitments to distract from the constant consumption of music old and new, the late night chats and arguments about how albums were made, the playing of the latest (and greatest) records in the background while we’d get drunk in the house before a night out. Don’t get me wrong, I still do these things but not as often as I’d like, and doing it together with your band mates can be great fun like it is a part of the musical journey you’re taking together.

Anyway, enough nostalgia and lets get to the music

Laura Marling – Rambling Man

Quite an apt song title considering my introduction to this post, but purely a coincidence I assure you :) . I bought ‘I Speak Because I Can’ quite a while a ago but never really got down to listening properly, when her latest album ‘A Creature I Don’t Know’ appeared I made myself listen to this first. This is such a beautiful song and listening to her reminds me of all the good bits of Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Joni Mitchell. There’s even a bit of Dawn Landes in there for me as well.

Sloan – People of the Sky

This song is from the 1994 album ‘Twice Removed’ and let me tell you, this record is flawless. Having married into it I consider myself an honourary Canadian, and Sloan are one of the best bands ever to come out of Canada. Unfortunately for them, they never really got the recognition they deserved outside of their homeland and it is a tragedy that more people around the world didn’t get to hear this superb album. It regularly hits the top 5 Canadian records of all time polls, and I’ll tell you something – it may have just sneaked into my list of all time (well top 10 anyway)

Shrag – Rabbit Kids

These guys are from Brighton and London and can often be seen strutting their stuff around the London indie pop scene. I saw them play the Buffalo Bar in Islington about 10 days ago and they were their usual excellent selves. Singer Helen really grabs the audience onstage with her energy and personality, and the rest of the band just kick ass behind her. This song is from their second album ‘Life!Death!Prizes!’ and is well worth a listen. There are some fantastic songs on there that weld themselves into your brain. Good news is that another album is almost in the can, hopefully it will get them the recognition they deserve

Comet Gain -Clang Of The Concrete Swans

Super track from the indie pop legends. Taken from the new album ‘Howl of the Lonely Crowd’ and produced by Ryan Jarman of The Cribs. Get it on your iPod

Ariel Pink – Butt-House Blondies

Love this, was introduced to this album by a couple of friends a while back in one of those drink and listen sessions. A real psychedelic 60′s vibe going on here beautifully complimented by those super distorted fuzzy guitars. Love the song title as well, doubt I’d get away with it :)

I’ll Meet You at the Station – Channel 5 Home & Away Trailer

Posted by admin on 6th Sep 2011 at 8:08 pm

We’ve just recently found out that our track ‘I’ll Meet You at the Station’ is being used by Channel 5 in the UK for a Home & Away trailer. One of our fans managed to grab this video on their phone – Thanks Lisa :)

You can hear the track in full below

Camden Barfly – Mon 5th Sept

Posted by admin on 6th Sep 2011 at 9:59 am

Had a really good gig last night at the Camden Barfly. With it being a Monday you always worry a little about the turn out but I have to say it was pretty decent and they seemed to really like us as well. Some shows you play around London can be a little disheartening at times as you’ll be on the bill with as many as 4 or even 5 other bands which musically you don’t have much in common with. They’ll each bring their own little posse of friends who’ll watch that band only and then piss off to the bar next door when they’re finished – never to be seen again. Last night was definitely not one of those nights. People stayed for all of the bands and really seemed to enjoy themselves making for an enjoyable gig. It’s good to know that there are still people out there that want to see live music from newer bands.

We’ve played quite a few places around London over the last 2-3 years and I’d have to say the sound onstage at the Barfly was one of the best. Dave, the engineer they had in there was great and and a really nice fella as well. We’d lots of good comments about the sound out at the front from some of our fans too. All in all a very enjoyable gig :)

Special mention has to go to Pink Crudge Caravan whose set I really enjoyed. They are quite a young band with a fresh twist on an older sound. They started off with this cool, droney and dark indie track and 3 songs later they were Motorhead. In a year or two these guys could be really great – very entertaining!

Dec