Video :: Fake Problems – ‘Songs For Teenagers’

‘Songs For Teenagers’ might well be my favourite track from Real Ghosts Caught On Tape. Fake Problems’ third record was easily my record of last year, and it’s nice to see those guys finally getting a bit of that mainstream love. This video has been a long time coming, but it’s great and you should all watch it. It might not have John Berna dressed in a nurse’s uniform, but it does have mermaids. And despite what anyone might say, wicker hat’s are super cool.

Check out the video below.

Be sure to pick up Real Ghosts Caught On Tape (or any other Fake Problems releases) here.

Interview :: Frank Turner

© 2011 Greg Nolan

“…he’d stand stock still, with a single tear rolling down his face, as all these eight year olds punched him, repeatedly, in the balls.” – Frank Turner

Ahead of his sold out show at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, we had another chat with Frank Turner. It’s been quite the year for the singer/songwriter: He and The Sleeping Souls completed their first headline tour of America, he’s scored a show at Wembley Arena and his latest album, England Keep My Bones, is bound to be cracking a few ‘Album Of The Year’ lists.

We talked to Frank about what it’s like taking to the road with a folk band and a punk band, who’s going to support him at the Wembley show, and he reveals a few details about his forthcoming hardcore band.

Moon & Back Session :: Into It. Over It.

Ladies and gentlemen…Into It. Over It.

The idea of having artists do “sessions” for Moon & Back is an idea we’ve been throwing around for a while. Today, that idea comes to fruition. Into It. Over It. performed in Manchester last night, so we asked Evan if he’d be kind enough to record a couple of songs for us. He obliged and completely blew us away.

First up, he performs a fantastic version of, his own, ‘Augusta, GA’ (taken from the album Twelve Towns). He followed that with a brilliant cover of Iron Chic’s ‘Bustin’ (Makes Me Feel Good). Be sure to let us know who you’d like to see do a ‘Moon & Back Session’ and, if they’re on tour somewhere near us, we’ll do our best to track them down. I hope you enjoy this. We’ve got a few more lined up and would love to keep bringing these to you on a semi-regular basis.

All footage was shot and edited by, our in house video team, Dicking Around Productions. Check them out here.

Augusta, GA

Bustin’ (Makes Me Feel Good)

Video :: The Pierces – It Will Not Be Forgotten

Indie femme fatals latest video arrives with a sprinkling of pine fresh scents


The Pierces - You&I © Polydor

With more than a hauntingly familiar nod to the queen of folk/psychedelia rock Stevie Nicks, The Pierces deliver a beautiful, eerie and eco friendly video for their latest single “I Will Not Be Forgotten”

Sisters Catherine and Allison Pierce bring their own brand of new wave infused, indie rock back for a fourth fully fledged album You & I which comes with the rather enviable/laborious subplot of being produced by Coldplay’s Guy Berryman. The single, however, is anything but confusing or ambiguous as the vocal talents, Particularly in their layered, textured ability to enthrall a mighty, choral sound from two very talented women, there is a wonderfully retro-respectful feel to this latest single from the album. Available now for immediate download and viewing pleasure, it comes with a highly touted recommendation.


Check out The Pierces’ tour schedules and further information at their official website: http://www.thepiercesmusic.com

Interview :: Jonah Matranga

“I don’t really worry about money that much…” – Jonah Matranga

It’s been quite a while since I last spoke to Jonah Matranga. In the time that’s passed, he self-released a new album (and a second version, featuring collaborations with fans), recorded and released split EP with, tour buddy, Mikey J. Reds and is working on a bunch more projects. We stood by a riverside in the York sunshine, and talked about all of this and more. You even get Jonah’s commentary on the water below. *

*If I sound a bit drunk…blame Helen Chambers! (Only joking).

Video :: Dicking Around In York

“It’s a powerful piece. Powerful like a…piston”

Way back in February we embarked on a trip to York. Like a lot of our daft jaunts around the UK, we were off to see Frank Turner (as well as, the wonderful, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun). With the city of York being as interesting as it is, we felt it was only right that we made another ‘Dicking Around In…’ A number of things have held up this release, but now you can travel back in time, listen to some ukulele and get a tour of the York art scene with Dicking Around In York.


Podcast :: Under The Bridge #22: “I Don’t Even Lift Cows”

“I’m going to write opinionated pieces about how much of a twat I am” – Ian Critchley

We were out of action for almost a month, but this week marks the return of Under The Bridge. This week’s a pretty good one, though it is marred by a few technical issues. We, again, recorded the show in the same room, something that seems unlikely to change any time soon. The change of scenery and increased alcohol consumption resulted in us calling up a few people we know. James Hull (Leagues Apart) makes a, half asleep, appearance on the show this week. His appearance was followed up by Great Cynics’ vocalist Giles Bidder, who was more than happy to accept our call and egg us on to call more people. However, because we called from a mobile, the interference is pretty bad. You can still make out what everyone’s saying but it’s pretty bad. Other than that, it’s a good show. Enjoy!

Go on, have a listen:

Under The Bridge #22: “I Don’t Even Lift Cows” (stream/download/subscribe on iTunes)


Music – Great Cynics

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  • All The Time Every Time
  • Not Saying Sorry
  • Moorhen

News:

  • Frank Turner Minute
  • Menzingers’ short UK tour
  • Morrissey debuts new songs
  • American Idiot: The Movie
  • Riots at Against Me! show
  • Alkaline Trio debut new/old track
  • Members of Mastodon, The Mars Volta, Janes Addiction and Dillinger Escape Plan to form ‘supergroup’
  • Mariachi El Bronx to release second album
  • Great Cynics’ Don’t Need Much is out!

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Video :: Dicking Around with Oxygen Thief

Last month signaled our arrival into the world of gig promotion. We were pretty successful too. The first ‘Under The Bridge presents…’ show featured Konny, James Hull (from Leagues Apart) and Oxygen Thief. With this being somewhat of an occasion, it seemed only right to give it it’s own Dicking Around video. Here you’ll see some bits of the gig, some busking and we can introduce the world to, our new friend, Constantinople Winstanley.

Enjoy!

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Single Review :: Some Kind Of Leader – Changer

A new Welsh Indie outfit are ready for your ears.


Some Kind of Leader

Are there any more over used terms in modern music than “electro”, “indie” and “rock”. Save for the overtly peculiar and frankly self indulgent “eurodance” of Lady GaGa, these three loosely fitting genre types cling to bands like the saggy, frowning trousers of children’s entertainers or Party Clowns to the uneducated. Yet the latest Cardiff based group, Some Kind of Leader, have taken a bold step forward and branded themselves as the triple crown of vulgar mediocrity.


Hailing from the shiny Welsh metropolis of Cardiff, Some Kind of Leader are seeking to make their own mark on the music scene the same way as their national brethren Stereophonics and Catatonia have done before them. Currently unsigned, this aspiring four piece have set about the challenge of conquering a small piece of the overcrowded market with enjoyable, if a little shallow, music.

Their most recent single offering, “Changer” is a lethargic, mid tempo indie number that performs well as background music for any and all occasions. This should not be misconstrued necessarily as a bad thing, after all Dire Straits and The Eagles both started as entertainment, party/pub bands who were more there for dressing than performance.

Musically and professionally, “Changer” is sound, as is the performance of the confidently quiet members of the group. The lead vocals of Ali Price acts as a tame overlord to the cymbal heavy drumming of the wonderfully Welsh sounding Gareth Davies. It is his percussion partner Matt Blumberg who steals the show however as the constant heartbeat of the track and evident talent as a fret board master are given their due respect and time to shine on the track. Guitarist Leon Hartley also deserves more than a nod as his specifically Indie sounding strumming are capable and unnoticeable competence.

In all, “Changer” serves as a fairly bog standard introduction for yet another indie band trying desperately to make a mark and name for themselves. Regardless of scale of ambition, Some Kind of Leader have some hard work and endeavor ahead of them, a fact that they are no doubt aware of. A point of interest would be some of their other work, notably, “In Our Best Interests,” which acsts much better as a broader spectrum and representation of the group’s ability, ambition and musical direction.

Jonathan Whitelaw


Check out the band’s official website here: http://www.myspace.com/somekindofleader

Are Brother The Worst Thing To Happen To British Music In Living Memory?

 

According to Brother, The Drums can 'do one', not before they leave their image first though.

 
“If anyone here doesn’t want to see the future of music, leave now.” Not the words of a drunken Gallagher junior circa 1994 but, more worryingly the words of Sloughs latest pop offering, Brother.
 
As with any turn in decade, an overwhelming over use of the phrase ‘next big thing’ parades the music tabloids. So much stress is put on the industry, that one can be lead to compromise taste in a desperate attempt to avoid nostalgia. So much so, that The Darkness (remember them) achieved un-paralleled success in the early years of the previous decade, until everyone realised that they were just well; really, really terrible.
 
 Luckily enough, The Libertines came to Britain’s aide. In direct response to The Strokes new- found glory as the world’s favourite band. Thus, Pete and Carl became Britain’s saviours from the spandex clad invalid that is Justin Hawkins and sure enough all remained well on the good ship Albion until, heroin and Kate Moss rained on everyone’s parade, subsequently forcing Arctic Monkeys to take hold of the reins as Britain’s ‘band of the noughties‘.   
 
 As Britain’s sentiment has withered over these last ten years or so, with the absence of the above bands, music fans and journalists alike have been forced to look elsewhere to get their kicks.
 
Last year for example, the world seemed to get caught up in the media shit-storm that surrounded The Drums, and for some time it looked like the world had found it’s ’pin-up’ band. They appeared to be the group that everyone (for the next ten years at least) were going to dress and cut their hair like until, the more fickle amongst us decided that white socks and bowl cuts just aren’t practical on a northern council estate and Blackpool pleasure beach isn’t exactly the ideal place to go ‘surfing‘.
 
With this in mind, Britain has turned to a band that evoke the true spirit of an era so barren of originality, that it had no choice but to be dominated by the most successful Beatles tribute act of all time (Oasis). With a seamless naivety and a worrying lack of understanding for what they are representing, Brother have thrust themselves into the media limelight with all the swagger and bravado of a Gallagher.
 
In their homemade video for their forthcoming Stephen Street produced album, the band parade around with guitars in front of a Union Jack wearing sunglasses indoors, whilst a naked women dances in a bath. This chauvinistic, arrogant and downright awful image represents everything that was wrong with Britpop and highlights why a return to such a period can only serve in doing more harm than it can good. Few would disagree that, any band that feels the need to affiliate themselves with a Union Jack in order to seek any real sense of identity as a British act compromise both their quality and their ideals. And quite frankly, unless you are Roy Orbison you can by no means wear sunglasses indoors and expect any credibility afterwards (just ask Glasvegas).
 
I realise this is largely dominated by criticisms of the bands image however, if this was to be a criticism of the bands music then very little would need to be said. As it is, as you can imagine a loutish and lethargic attempt at an anthem that bands like The Enemy and The Courteeners only as recently as 2009 have tried and failed to achieve. Both debut single ‘Darling Buds of May’ (named after the 1970’s T.V show) and album track ‘New Years Day’ boast choruses the size of Knebworth but are delivered with the conviction of a middle class twenty something from Slough …
 
I also realise that to give attention to bands that lack any substance and sense of reason is nothing but counter productive. But, if British music is going to respond whatsoever to the transatlantic acts that are currently dominating its music scene then it must realise that the 90’s and more specifically Britpop is not the place to source inspiration. What we can gather from Brother is the knowledge that there is nothing more un-appealing than a middle class Oasis and we can hope, just like The Darkness did not so long ago, they fade into nothingness until one day we can look back and ask ourselves ‘what were they thinking?’
 

 

 
Josh Miller