Today in Fireworks: Ben Gibbard, Screaming Maldini, Embers and Death at Sea

Sunday evening should be bringing a radio show on Mixlr from me but as two deadlines loom from my university (I shouldn’t mention their incompitancy at departmental communication, nor my lack of productivity) it seems like a wise idea to skip two hours of radio with an hour of work on it either side.
To compensate, here’s a post full of top new music!

Before that though, I should probably mention that my friend and yours Hairy Mouth has posted some quality music from the Bronx, Sport and Run Forever this week and that’s filled my ears quite a bit.

Now; I reviewed the new Benjamin Gibbard album (HERE). I wouldn’t say I was upset at the result, more disappointed. Still, every cloud has a silver lining and at least the introductory track is enjoyable. Teardrop Windows, whilst predictable is an all right imitation of a third person track as well.

On brighter notes, the next two tracks have very quickly become two of my favourite tracks not released by the1975 or Tall Ships this year. The first is the newest single from Sheffield five piece Screaming Maldini. Its got the kind of sound to pick anyone up from a winter lull and the video’s not half bad either. This is Summer, Somewhere.

Thirdly comes a band hotly tipped by the 405’s new music section and rightly so. The atmospheric build up of this new Embers track is like few other pieces of music I’ve heard in a while. It’s ominous and powerful and all recorded live. Enjoy

Lastly, a track I’ve played a few times on the Mixlr. Taking from shoegaze with a modern twist, Death at Sea have been supporting HAIM on tour and this, their debut single is a standout. This is Drag.

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TGTF: Interview with The1975 (Plus Free DL)

The1975 are one of my favourite up and coming acts. Whilst their Facedown EP was a bit of a disappointment, The City and Woman stood out as two diverse pieces of music that were as good as any new music this year. Next Monday sees the release of their second EP, Sex whilst we’re meant to expect the third EP (Which I reckon is Chocolate) at the end of February and the debut album should kick off the summer in style. It’s going to be a long year for the Mancunians.
Fortunately, before it all gets so busy, I did an interview with them for ThereGoesTheFear which you can read by clicking the above image or HERE.
Listen to The City and the Ryan Hemsworth remix of Sex which is a free download below.

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TGTF Catchup: The1975, Lucy Rose, Dog is Dead and more.

In the last post, I mentioned I’d been writing quite a bit even though I hadn’t been posting it to this blog. Here’s a little catchup for the work I’ve done for

Facedown EP
Sex EP
With a series of two quick releases under their belts, the1975 have been building up their own hype. I’ve been keeping up with it all for TGTF and whilst some of it is disappointing, there’s real promise in the Mancunian band. Click the links above for my words and listen to “You” below.

The Killers
Battleborn Album Review
TGTF Podcast
Shortly after reviewing their new record, I was asked to partake in a small debate about The Killers in which I sound quite ridiculous and suggest that music no longer needs them. Its all a very strange experience for me. Either way, you can get to either of them from the above links. Don’t expect me to be anywhere near as nice as I was when I suggested that a Killers show was my favourite ever.

Lucy Rose
Like I Used To Album Review
Lucy Rose is the one constant of 2012 for me. She’s been the only artist to genuinely live up to the huge amount of hype around them and not allow it to change them. As you may be able to tell, this quite a nice review.

Dog is Dead
All Our Favourite Stories Album Review
Bands to Watch
Festifeel Coverage
The Nottingham band are a TGTF staple by now. Dog is Dead have been covered for a long, long time there and I was lucky enough to be allowed to take up their coverage for the end product. I’m not sure I gave the review TGTF readers were expecting, but oh well. See the links above and listen to Teenage Daughter below. 

Kyla La Grange
Album Review
Festifeel Coverage
If Lucy Rose is the bright side of Laura Marling from before she turned a bit naff, Kyla La Grange is what would have happened if Marling had done a Bob Dylan and picked up an electric guitar for her darker material. Whilst her music wraps itself in moodiness, it still has an uplifting and rather haunting sound at times. Sadly, the record doesn’t fully explain all of this. Read the review above. More on La Grange to come in the SI update.

That’s pretty much that for now. I also saw White Rabbits, said Tall Ships have more power than TeamGB’s cyclists and suggested that Deap Vally could make a debut record better than the White Stripes‘ Get Behind Me Satan, but that’s all passing comment really.

Tomorrow, the Sound Influx update and a fantastic video from a band that split up almost two years ago!
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tgtf: MaybeSheWill and The XX

Over the last few days, my productivity has gone up somewhat. In light of that, there’s quite a bit coming from me in the next week or so. First up is a double post from ThereGoesTheFear.

The xx premiered new material the other day and I was on hand to talk about it in length. To see what I said, click the image of them looking dashing at the Mercury’s below.

Secondly, after being pleased by two sets at 2000Trees, I decided that TGTF was in dire need of more MayBeSheWill and set about a Bands to Watch piece. Hopefully this will result in more of the group on the site in the future. To see that post, click the image of them below.

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