Alex Gaudino – Giving Us A Good Feeling

Of late the crossover between dance and pop has been so very potent and it is in these collaborations that DJ’s become a household name rather than being frozen in their respective sub-genres. Those of note being David Guetta; Mark Ronson and of course Alex Gaudino.

Gaudino’s most notable releases have included I’m in Love (I Wanna Do It) and Destination Calabria (both currently available for download) however the Italian supremo record spinner is back with an amazing new collaborative effort with none other than the stunning Destiny’s Child alumni Kelly Rowland. What A Feeling takes us back to a 70s disco feel but with a contemporary essence that can make even the hardest to please music fans shake their rump in appreciative effort.

We here at Different Scene were privileged enough to speak to the man himself and get a insight as to what the DJ was all about.

Hi Alex. Thanks for speaking to us today. The new song What A Feeling is really good. A great track that is bound to get people up to the dancefloor. How did the collaboration with Kelly Rowland come about?

We made a backing track and then once we had the package, we were looking for a singer, got in touch in Kelly. Once I heard it, I thought it would be perfect for Kelly and we sent it over to her. She loved it, she made it and she was great!

That seems a rather straightforward process. I would have thought it would have taken a lot longer. Your people talking to her people, negotiations and all that malarkey. Do you think the collaboration with Kelly Rowland will help you gain a wider audience? Maybe a more American based audience.

Well Kelly’s such an amazing person, so down to earth and nice. She is really pure so it was great working with her and everyone has such nice things to say about her which can never be a bad thing!

The cross over between genres of music can often be hit and miss, a precarious balance. How well do you think that the hip-hop/pop market can cross over with a dance music vibe?

Well David Guetta has done so much for the genre and it’s common to mix genres and dance music is more popular than ever. So I think it’s happening right now.

You’re right his collaboration with Kelly Rowland is still a firm favourite in the dance clubs so the combination – when done right – works amazingly well. It has been 3 years since your last album, are there any plans for a new album? When?

The new album is called The Doctor Love and I’m hoping it will be out mid-July, end of Summer.

Well you have worked with Kelly Rowland on the new single, New York based singer on I’m in Love (I Wanna Do It) are there any artists that you would love to collaborate with?

Like I said, David Guetta has done so much for the genre. I have a lot of respect for David. I collaborate with a few artists for the new album which is called ‘The Doctor Love’. There are some very big names on there, unfortunately I can’t say who just yet. But there is a long list of people I would like to collaborate with in the future. Lots of US artists and UK artists, there are so many!

Hmmm you are being rather coy about the new album here Alex Gaudino, I guess we will have to wait until June for that to come out. For now though, let’s talk about the live side of things. Are there any venues or events that you would love to DJ but haven’t had the chance?

The London clubbing scene in general is one of the best in the world. The crowds are amazing. They are so aware of dance music; they know the tracks and records and know the DJ’s. London is definitely one of the top places in terms of clubbing so I always love to DJ here. But then to get the opportunity to do this as a job makes me more happy than I can ever be.

How does it feel to get such high praise from the calibre of contemporaries such as Pete Tong and Judge Jules?

I have a lot of respect for people such as those that have done so much for the genre I am in. It’s a fantastic position to be in right now.

You certainly do seem to have made a mighty impression and with this new single it seems that you are so set your stamp down harder. So what is next for Alex Gaudino?

I am finishing off the album which we hope to release in July. Then I will be touring – I usually tour all throughout the summer and then have a bit of a rest in the winter!

Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us Alex.

Alex Gaudino’s new single is What A Feeling is released today (29th May) and definitely has to be part of your summer playlist. The man has his finger on the pulse, feeling the beat that works. The partnership with Kelly Rowland is extraordinary both knowing exactly what to give to the song. With talent like this then it is with breath baited we here at Different Scene will be awaiting his album, released later in June.

What a Feeling is available now at Play.com

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Music News: Monday 30th May 2011

Headlines

Biffy Clyro release live CD and DVD

June 20th sees the release of Biffy Clyro’s first live CD and DVD release.  Mountains (Live at Wembley Arena is released through 14th Floor Records, home to The Wombats and Joshua Radin and showcases the bands best known and loved songs to date.  For Biffy Clyro this is just one of the many events of an already hectic summer of music, being firm favourites on the festival circuit they will also be supporting Foo Fighters at their Milton Keynes National Bowl on June 2nd and 3rd.

Gil Scott Heron 01/04/1949 – 27/05/11

Melismatic musician Gil Scott Heron sadly passed away on Friday.  The 62 year old will be remembered as an inspiration in the rap community and prolific in many contemporary artists catalogue.  Scott-Heron released more than 20 albums in his 40 year tenure in music, being sampled by many an artist, his final release in 2010 I’m New Here was released after a 16 year sabbatical but was demonstrable in his relevance in contemporary rap, RnB and Hip Hop.

Miles Kane Announces Extra Date

Last week MTTM brought you news of Miles Kane’s solo tour.  Due to the phenomenal interest and success of ticket sales an extra date has been added.  Miles Kane will be playing a second show at London’s Electric Ballroom on the 26th of October.  Tickets can be purchased at www.gigsandtours.com.

Lenny Kravitz Big Announcement

Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz is set to have a busy 2011.  With plans to release new single Stand in June, the first single to come off his ninth studio album Black and White America the rock legend plans to tour Europe.  Only playing one date in England, tickets are going to be like gold dust.  See our live show announcements below for details.

Arcade Fire are in Demand

On June 30th Hyde Park plays host to Arcade Fire who have included the UK for3 days of their tour.  However due to impressive demand on ticket sales the promoters has announced extra ticket allocation.  Supporting the band on these dates include Mumford and Sons, The Vaccines, Beirut and Owen Pallet.  Tickets cost £48.50 and are available at www.livenation.co.uk.

Girls Aloud Nicola Roberts goes Solo

Saturday 4th June sees Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts in a new role as DJ doing an exclusive set at London’s Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.  It is set to be a busy week for the Love Machine singer as her debut solo single Beat of my Drum is released the following day.  Entry for this event is free.

Glenn Hughes to become a Disc Jockey

It has been announced Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Trapeze and currently of Black Country Communion is set to have his own radio show.  From Sunday the 5th of June you will be able to listen to Hughes wax lyrical and play you the some of the most seminal (and of course some of his favourite) music via Planet Rock.  The show will run every Sunday from 6pm to 7pm.  For more information please go to www.planetrock.com.

Live Show Announcements

Athlete

Firm favourites, Athlete have announced a stripped back tour where they will be playing all their hits from the past ten years.  Tickets are on sale now and cost £22.50 (London show £23.50) via www.gigsandtours.com or by the telephone number provided.

11th July – Globe, Cardiff (0115 959 7908)

12th July – Sub 89, Reading (01159597908)

13th July – Lowry Quays (08432086000)

14th July – St. Georges Church (01273325440)

16th July – Guildhall, Gloucester (01452503050)

17th July – Arts Centre, Warwick (02476524524)

18th July – Highlight, Portsmouth (02392298563)

19th July – Junction 2, Cambridge (01223511511)

20th July – Union Chapel, London (02074033331)

22nd July – Roadmenders, Northampton (01159129000)

23rd July – Thekla, Bristol (08454134444)

24th July – o2 Academy 2, Oxford (08454134444)

27th July – Cluny, Newcastle (08702643333)

28th July – 53 Degrees, Preston (01772893000)

29th July – Duchess, York (08444771000)

30th July – The Arches, Glasgow (01415651000)

31st July – HMV Library, Birmingham (08442485037)

Avril Lavigne

Punk Rock Prom Queen Avril Lavigne is back.  Earlier this year she released her fourth studio album Goodbye Lullaby, Lavigne is set for her first dates in the UK since her Best Damn Thing tour in 2008.  The Canadian singer has announced two UK dates and here is hoping she announces some more.  Tickets are available now via www.livenation.co.uk.

21st September – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

23rd September – o2 Apollo, Manchester

Beverly Knight

Beverly Knight is set to tour, showcasing songs from her forthcoming album Soul UK due for release July 4th, an album which showcases songs from past stars and also her contemporaries.  Tickets are available now via www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.gigsandtours.co.uk.

14th November – Philharmonic, Liverpool

15th November – Assembly, Leamington Spa

16th November – Royal Albert Hall, London

18th November – Barbican, York

19th November – Guildhall, Preston

20th November – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

22nd November – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

23rd November – Royal Centre, Nottingham

24th November – City Hall, Salisbury

26th November – Sage, Gateshead

27th November – Colston Hall, Bristol

Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires hit the road this November with a new tour, playing some of their biggest shows to date.  Tickets are available now through www.gigsandtours.com.

10th November – o2 Academy, Bristol

11th November – o2 Academy, Birmingham

12th November – Guildhall, Southampton

14th November – Rock City, Nottingham

15th November – o2 Academy, Newcastle

17th November – o2 Academy, Apollo

18th November – Barrowlands, Glasgow

19th November – o2 Academy, Leeds

21st November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

22nd November – Engine Shed, Lincoln

25th November – o2 Brixton Academy, London

John Fratelli

Fratelli frontman John Fratelli continues his current tour featuring Mince Fratelli on drums and acoustic guitar.  The tour showcases tracks from his solo album Psycho Jukebox.  If The Fratelli’s music is anything to go by then this tour is not to be missed for those infectious and catchy songs that we have come to associate with all members of the group.

3rd June – 53 Degrees, Preston

4th June – Fibbers, York

5th June – The Intro Festival, Middlesborough

2nd July – Godiva Festival, London

July 8th – T in the Park, Balado

July 9th – T in the Park, Balado

July 10th – T in the Park, Balado

July 30th – Prestonpans Music Festival, East Lothian

Katie Tunstall

Katie Tunstall is back showcasing her current EP The Scarlet Tulip along with her old classics in a tour across the UK in a striped back solo set of shows.  Tickets are available now through www.gigsandtours.com.

27th October – Ulster Hall, Belfast

28th October – The Knocknarea Arena, Sligo

29th October – INEC Acoustic Club, Killarney

31st October – Parr Hall, Warrington

1st November – Arts Centre, Warwick

3rd November – The Anvil, Basingstoke

4th November – De La Warr, Bexhill

6th November – Opera House, York

7th November – Picturedome, Holmfirth

8th November – Union Chapel, London

11th November – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

12th November – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

13th November – Arches, Glasgow

Lenny Kravitz

American rock legend Lenny Kravitz is set to release his latest album Black and White America this Summer.  Kravitz will spend the autumn touring Europe with the album.  The 27 date tour features only one stop to the UK.  Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday June 3rd and are £34.50 subject to booking fee.

27th October – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

The Naked and the Famous

New Zealand based band The Naked and the Famous who released their debut album Passive Me Aggressive You through Fiction earlier this year have announced a major UK tour.  Tickets are on sale now via www.livenation.co.uk.  They cost £16.50 (subject to booking fee).

9th November – University Anson Rooms, Bristol

10th November – Roundhouse, London

12th November – Leadmill, Sheffield

15th November – O2 ABC, Glasgow

16th November – Empire, Middlesbrough

17th November – Academy 2, Manchester

19th November – HMV Institute, Birmingham

20th November – Junction, Cambridge

21st November – Waterfront, Norwich

23rd November – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth

Noah and the Whale

Fresh from a summer on the festival circuit, MTTM favourites Noah and the Whale aren’t becoming maudlin, no –sir-eee, adopting their own ethos of L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N by heading straight on tour.  Tickets are available now from various sources including www.alt-tickets.co.uk, www.gigsandtours.com, www.livenation.co.uk.

6th October – Rock City, Nottingham (0871 230 2360)

7th October – Academy, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

11th October – o2 Academy, Newcastle (0844 477 2000)

13th October – o2 Academy, Liverpool (0844 477 2000)

14th October – o2 Academy, Birmingham (0844 5765483)

15th October – o2 ABC, Glasgow (0871 230 0010)

17th October – o2 Academy, Leicester (0844 477 2000)

18th October – Dome, Brighton (01273 709 709)

19th October – UEA, Norwich (0844 576 5483)

21st October – Engine Shed, Lincoln (0844 888 8766)

22nd October – o2 Academy, Leeds ( 0113 244 4600)

23rd October – Guildhall, Southampton (0844 576 5483)

25th October – Corn Exchange, Cambridge (0844 576 5483)

26th October – o2 Brixton Academy, London (0844 5765483)

29th October – University, Cardiff (0844 576 5483)

30th October – Hall for Cornwall, Truro (01872 262 466)

31st October – Colston Hall, Bristol (0871 230 2360)

Sons and Daughters

Signed to Domino Records, Sons and Daughters have announced a humble tour over June and July.  The tour coincides with the release of their album Mirror Mirror on June 13th a week after the release of single Breaking Fun.

9th June – Lexington, London (sold out)

11th June – Rockness, Inverness

28th – XOYO, London

30th June – Deaf Institute, Manchester

1st July – SW3G, Glasgow

2nd July – Kelburn Garden Party, Kelburn

Stagecoach

Described as ’highly-strung riot rock’ Stagecoach are really making some noise in the music world and not just with their infectious music.  The band is currently touring, playing dates throughout June.  Catch them while you can.

2nd June – Camden Barfly, London

3rd June – Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham

4th June –The Orange Box, Yeovil

5th June – The Labour Club, Northampton

8th June – The Flapper, Birmingham

9th June – Clarendon, Hartlepool

10th June – Darlington, Kong @ Inside Out

11th June – Sugarmill, Stoke

Thousands

Bella Union find, Thousands who released their second album The Sound of Everything are set to tour as the support for Tune-Yards.  Playing dates throughout June, the Seattle based duo are not to be missed.

8th June – Scala, London

13th June – Deaf Institute, Manchester

14th June – The Tunnels, Aberdeen

15th June – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow

16th June – Mojo, Liverpool

19th June – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

20th Jun – Fleece, Bristol

21st June – Green Door Store, Brighton

Vetiver

Bella Union find Vetiver are set to release their 5th album in June and with it comes a seven set summer tour.  Playing some of the more quirkier venues, with more intimate settings.

28th June – Komedia, Brighton (£10)

29th June – XOYO, London (£12.50)

30th June – South Street Arts Centre, Reading (£10)

2nd July – Mojo, Liverpool (£13)

3rd July – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (£10)

5th July – Band on the Wall, Manchester (£12)

6th July – The Glee Club, Nottingham (£13)

Walkmen

Walkmen are hitting the festival circuit this summer.  After an impressive response to their album Lisbon and following a sell out tour earlier this year, make sure you try and catch the band – you won’t be disappointed.

22nd June – Concrete, London (Q Live)

23rd June – Hyde Park, London (supporting Kings of Leon)

25th June – Glastobury Festival, Pilton (Park Stage)

26th June – Murrayfield, Edinburgh (supporting Kings of Leon)

1st July – Hop Farm Festival, Kent

16th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold

1st September – Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh (supporting Arcade Fire)

2nd September – End of the Road Festival, Dorset

White Lies

With their second album Rituals due for release later this year, the phenomenal White Lies are hitting the road, playing the festival circuit and also touring as the support band for Kings of Leon.  Tickets are available now and cost £23.50 and are available at www.livenation.co.uk.

30th May – Ricoh Arena, Coventry *

17th June – Stadium of Light, Sunderland *

18th June – Beach Break Live, Llanelli

19th June – Lancashire C.C.C, Manchester *

22nd June- Hyde Park, London *

23rd June – Hyde Park, London *

25th June – Glastonbury Festival (Other Stage), Pilton

7th July – Kasbah, Coventry

8th July – T in the Park, Balado

13th July The Roundhouse (i-Tunes Festival), London

26th August – Reading Festival (NME / Radio 1 Stage), Reading

27th August – Leeds Festival (NME / Radio 1 Stage), Leeds

17th December – Wembley Arena, London

* with Kings of Leon

Released This Week

Cults – Cults (Recommended)

The Pierces – You and I

Seasick Steve – You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Journey – Eclipse

Deathcab For Cutie – Codes and Keys

Andrea Corr – Lifelines

Matthew Morrison – Matthew Morrison

Daisy Kitty and Lewis – Smoking In Heaven

Various Artists – The Flowerpot Sessions

SebastiAn – Total

Neville Skelly – Poet and the Dreamer

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Like A Super Trouper

Just a little something we wanted to highlight at DS as ABBA has recently re-released their penultimate album Super Trouper. Originally released in 1980 the album boasts some of the bands greatest and most poignant songs The Winner Takes It All (DS’ editor Stu’s number one favourite) and One of Us both being odes to the breakup of Andersson and Lyngstad’s marriage.

The 2-disc deluxe edition of the album is out now and features a bonus DVD of rare television interviews and performances. Some bands are born for longevity and ABBA are definitely one of them.

Super Trouper: Deluxe Edition is avaliable now at Play.com

 

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Matthew Morrison – Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison’s eponymous solo debut album is released later this week and the nine track album is set to be a Glee fan favourite.

The ten track album has Morrison doing what he does best and putting his own spin on some classic songs – much like his television alter-ego Will Schuster.

 

Not only that, but the album sees some incredible duets. Gwyneth Paltrow, Sting and Elton John colour the album with timeless songs Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot, Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Mona Lisa and the Mad Hatters.

 

Morrison is no stranger to singing and his voice can be found on earlier recordings such as The Original Broadway Cast recording of Hairspray – Morrison originally played link Larkin when the musical opened in 2002 on Broadway – and weekly we see the vocal quality displayed by Morrison on our favourite Fox network show however unlike his character Mr Schuster – who often gets shadowed by the talented kids in Glee Club – this is a chance for Morrison to shine.

Matthew Morrison’s self titled album is released 30th May 2011 and is available at Play.com

 

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Cults – Cults

New York based duo Cults release their self titled debut on the 30th May to much glorious excitement.  The band, who are signed to Lily Allen’s label In The Name Of have caused a stir recently with their infectious indie pop, and their first album does not disappoint. The first three tracks are ones we know, the releases that made us fall for this incredible band to begin with – Abducted, Go Outside and You Know What I Mean a welcome introduction to what they’re all about – sugar and salt mixed together, an unthinkable concoction of bittersweet taste.  For every moment of sweetness there is a dark undertone hidden beneath the syrupy lyrics or melody.

The tale of unrequited love found in Abducted is heartbreaking in its lyrical juxtaposition, both sides of the saga being recounted.  Madeline Follin claiming ‘I knew right then he’d be breaking my heart’ battling against Brian Oblivion’s refrain ‘I knew right then I would be breaking her heart.’ As well as being band mates, Follin and Oblivion are a real life couple in love – an antithesis to the lyrics presented and to the happy go lucky music that envelops their songs.  It is a fantastic album opener and rare gem of a song.

Whilst the band portrays themselves as a duo it is Follin’s voice that stands at the forefront, reaching ridiculous levels of intimacy with its power.  You Know What I Mean drips with heartbreak, the music creating a bewitching image of taffeta and teen lust. The songs that proceed are on the same level of their releases – sweet sixties style with a dark undercoating.  Songs like Bad Things, Rave On and Oh My God stand out particularly on the album and it is hard not to notice similarities to fellow boy/girl duo She and Him, whom also dance on the vintage periphery.

Many of the tracks are layered with impalpable, obscure narrative, at times a rare phrase pops out making you question the agenda of the band and the album as a whole.  For me though, I can honestly say I am ready to join this cult.

www.cultscultscults.com

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Liverpool Sound City 2011

Very few places in England equal Liverpool for its rich and diverse music history.  Throughout the past seven decades of popular music it has played host and home to so many musicians, creating its own style and generating a plethora of internationally coveted artists.  For the past four years Liverpool Sound City has celebrated this illustrious heritage by showcasing the best new music and honouring established artists with top billing in world famous venues across the city.

This year’s Sound City was no exception.

With the likes of Frank Turner, Miles Kane, Sound of Guns, Alessi’s Ark, Stealing Sheep and The Kooks (to name but a mere six of the 300+ bands) gracing the Liverpool stages over the three days I was initially left in a quandary, the usual festival chestnut of which bands to see and dammit why are they clashing with the other bands I want to watch.  However once the definitive decisions had been made it was time to take in some music.

Day One – Thursday May 19th 2011

Wristband on, timetable of bands at the ready I queued up with my fellow gig goers outside The Bombed Out Church hoping to witness Liverpool’s own Ragz deliver her subtle but unforgettable ambient sound and the distinctive drawl of fellow Liverpudlian Delta Maid whose album MTTM reviewed in April, however rather confusingly the venue had sold tickets to the event and were holding the wristband wearers at bay.  The crowd became understandably petulant but rather than let this precarious start ruin my festival I altered my plans and went along my merry way and due to this unfortunate yet serendipitous turn of events I uncovered my first rare find of the festival.  John Ainsworth.

Performing an electro-acoustic set to no more than 12 people, alone on stage he created his own rhythm section tapping with metronomic precision on the front of his guitar whilst simultaneously using it to hide his scrawny frame.  With echoic affect, Ainsworth created a sense of unified isolation richly enveloping the audience into his lonely world, a sound made all the more epic with his presence swamped by a plethora of instruments and amplifiers crowding the stage.

Wielding his 12 string, Ainsworth managed to keep you guessing till the last string was pulled.  With a mixture of bluesy guitar riffs, melodic melancholic ponderings and a twisty changeable tempo the set was nothing short of exciting.  The impression left by Ainsworth was that of awe.

The night continued with Aaron Wright whose pop folk style set the pace for the early part of the festival, the band gave a charming performance cleverly blending harmonica with upbeat style that bespoke of a long gone era.  This flavour of music continued through the rest of the night with performances from Ben Marwood and Franz Nikolay both performing in the Cathedral Crypt before headline act – Frank Turner.

The first sight of the singer at the side of the stage sent ripples of applause through the audience who had waited in anticipation for Turner’s set.   From beginning to end, Turner rip-roared through his anthem driven set list, singing his best known songs as if they were as fresh and exciting as the tracks he poured through from his soon to be released album England Keep My Bones, aptly titled album considering the venue for this astounding set.  Liverpool’s Cathedral Crypt, once the home to many a corpse none of which were laid to rest tonight, Turner’s warp speed set had everyone alive, singing along with his catchy choruses and call and response repertoire.  The congregation were there to worship.  Their minister – Frank Turner.

Turner’s style precariously flirts with football stadium chants with intelligent and witty social commentary delivered with folksy gravel and troubadour wisdom.  His lyrics demonstrably proving he has the ability to connect with his disaffected generation, understanding the decidedly painful process of aging and sticking two loaded fingers up to the social rule book by waxing lyrical about the hypocrisy of an ordinary existence, affording them the opportunity to look at their own life and ask ‘Is this it?’

When he sang his biggest crowd pleaser Photosynthesise Turner was not alone, he was joined by the 100+ backing singers – the audience.  It was one of those moments, the hair on the back of your neck moments that remind you why you love live music. From the moment he came on the stage, Frank Turner had the audience in his hypnotic hold.  He could have asked the audience to spit on their neighbour – and they would.  He has the power and audience control of a seasoned professional and proved to be one of the highlights of the whole festival.

Day Two – Friday May 20th 2011

Again Friday, like Thursday got off to a rather shaky start with Brazillian band Músicas intermináveis para Viagem. Whilst they are without a doubt are and extremely accomplished duo with faultless playing, the lack of lyrical content made it difficult to connect with the band.  The instrumentals quickly became tedious and begged the question ‘what is the point?’  They didn’t really have anything of any import to say.  The audience appeared to agree to the extent were we stopped clapping after each song.  Never a good sign.

Personally I believe the music could benefit a lead singer – someone to be able to connect the dots, to take the instrumental flour and make it rise into musical bread.  They appeared to be a band on the precipice of something spectacular but there was definitely something missing from the combination.

Next up was Club Smith, a Leeds based band that are ready to take on the world with fists swinging at anyone who gets in their way.  Their youthful exuberance and semi-anarchic style was ever present through the set.  The band came on stage, introduced themselves “We’re Club Smith” and bam straight into aggressive guitar playing accompanied by snarls and turned up jeans, reminiscent of the 80s post punk skinhead culture.  A barrage of noise hit you through their songs to the point where you were not able to distinguish instrumentation.  Nightmarish in description but in actuality it was bloody brilliant.  Rock steady and chock full of attitude – this band are potentially something pretty special.

Lead singer, Sam Robson confessed nerves but you would never have guessed from the playing it was only with the inbetween song banter that betrayed the angry and dissident facade portrayed in the spotlight, whereby the young singer seemed to be searching for approval of his random and awkward quirks.  The set was aggressive, full of vim – the band remaining in control, arguing with the music techy, refusing to leave the stage when their time was up, not until they had played one final song.  Basically, the band nailed it.  They had a purpose and they achieved it.  Kudos to Club Smith.

After watching Club Smith I managed to catch the tail end of Fiction, a band whose African lilt and Beach Boys meets Vampire Weekend pop was enough to get me bopping along only to have the euphoria cut short – darn scheduling conflicts, certainly a band to try and catch another time.

Liverpool’s Masque theatre was the stage for New York based band Cults, who were preparing to play.  They are a band who so overtly demonstrates heavy influences from 60s pop yet manage to effortlessly remain not only relevant but important in the contemporary music scene it is almost mind boggling.

They walked on stage with unassuming cool and from the first song you knew – you just knew – you were about to witness something special.  The band played their best known songs Abducted, Go Outside (a song with a glorious glockenspiel arrangement) and You Know What I Mean each song making you marvel at pint sized lead singer Madeline Follin whose voice defies logic.  She bellows out the chorus ‘Cause I am afraid of the light/yeah you know what I mean/And I can’t sleep alone at night/Yeah you know what I mean’ which had all the qualities of an unashamed tantrum but it is just perfect.  The set was captivating and I did not want it to end.

Follin was fascinating to watch, her stage presence was impeccable yet at times you almost wondered if she wasn’t just acting out the youthful fantasies of being a singer on stage.  She danced with her microphone like it was her lover, singing sweet nothings into it and at everyone and no one in particular at the self same time.  Was she really performing to the audience or just having a self indulgent good time?  Rather paradoxically the band seemed so reachable.  The set was intimate and you felt like you were a part of a scene, there were no barriers between you and the music, a quality not easy to achieve.

Cults debut album is due for release next week and with the promise and hope given from this set alone they can be guaranteed some brand new fans will be buying it.

Day Three – Saturday 21st May 2011

 

After the first two wobbly starts the third day proved more fruitful and with not having to travel from venue to venue I was able to take in random band after random band and enjoying the collective gratification of the overall festival.  Wafts floated past from the mouth watering Aussie BBQ at Heebee Jeebies whose three floors (and 10 hours) of entertainment meant that you really didn’t have to leave the building for a great time.

Sound Australia and Stage Mothers played host at the venue offering the crème de la crème of music from down under.  Little Red started the day creating a chilled mood, drink music and friends – what every festival should be about.  The band was followed by the likes of Dan Parsons, a singer whose blend of indie and pop is certain to be a festival favourite.  Closing the daytime set at Heebees were The Jezabels whose folksy sound fits in so perfectly with the burgeoning earthy music scene that Liverpool is currently protecting.

The evening’s entertainment ended at Liverpool’s St Georges Hall – a building so colossal in architect that it had to house an immense band – Liverpool’s own Sound of Guns.  Having grown in popularity and sound over the past year the band released their debut album, toured with the likes of Adam Green and now at Liverpool’s own music festival, they get to be a headline act.  Not too shabby for the five piece.

The band was tight and they gave a worthy performance.  A personal tip of the hat has to go to Nate Crowley who plays with such natural and graceful understanding and amazing delivery it was a pleasure to be part of the audience.  Well done boys.

For a fourth year running Liverpool’s Sound City has managed yet again to remind all who attended that Liverpool is not just a city whose music history and contemporary scene is based around Mersey Beat and The Beatles (although this makes them no less important), but that this is a city with musical and cultural relevance which is worth sharing, so whether the bands are local or have come from further afield – the chance to be a part of something special is something to relish.  One of the best music festivals for up and coming artists to parade their goods, 2011s Liverpool Sound City was as good as it sounds.

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Music News: Monday 23rd May 2011

Headlines

Dizzee Rascal turns to Photography

Dizzee Rascal and Bing have teamed up to launch a national photography competition.  With the launch the Garage/Grime musician has included his own series of photographs exhibiting what he believes makes Britain beautiful.  Different images from the collection will be showcased each day on www.bing.com.  The winning photographer will receive £10,000 and a chance for the photograph to be included on the websites homepage.  The competition closes on the 24th of June.  For further information please visit www.bing.com or www.your-britain.com.

The Kinks Rerelease Classic Albums

The Kinks are set to rerelease three of their classic albums next month.  This comes after the successful venture last month where the bands first three albums became available as a special limited edition release.  The albums included in this package (which also includes rarities and interviews) are Arthur, Face to Face and Something Else. Each CD comes as a double disc release and is a must for any fans of this classic 60s era defining group.

Domino Radio to Launch

There are few independent record labels in Britain that covet as much respect of that of Domino Records.  With a roster that has included artists and bands such as She and Him, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand to name but a few Domino Record has now moved a step in a likely yet unforeseen way.  June the 6th sees the launch of Domino Radio.  The station will be live 24 hours a day for one week only and will be hosted by artists and friends of the record label such as Anna Calvi, Smith Westerns, Wild Beasts and many more.  To tune in set your radio to 87.7fm or tune in online at http://dominorad.io.

Queen Continue 40th Year Celebrations with Documentary

BBC2 plays host onn the 29th and 30th of May to a two part documentary marking the 40th year celebrations of rock band Queen.  The documentary Queen: Days of our Lives is said to be a candid programme revealing the highs and lows of an epically long career of a much loved band.  Queen is still cited as influencing many a bands sound thus proving their longevity and relevance today.

JLS Add More Movie Screening Dates

Due to phenomenal success and sell out screenings JLS have announced additional dates for their movie Eyes Wide Open. Advanced sales of tickets meant that a further 100 cinemas across the UK held screenings of the band’s debut movie.  The movie, not yet released sees the band performing their songs and gives you a glimpse into the world of JLS.  Due for release on June 3rd grab a ticket while you can.

Festival Period Starts This Week

Manchester’s Friends of Mine along with Liverpool Sound City and marked the beginning of the festival period.  Keep your eyes on More than the Music features pages for more details of these amazing events.

Live Show Announcements

Glee Live

The cast of Glee are set to tour the UK later in the year and this week the makers of the hit show announced rival Glee club The Warblers are set to join them, the news comes a few days after the two date solo tour of Darren Criss otherwise known as Blaine Anderson on the hit TV series sold out within minutes.  You can buy tickets for Glee Live at www.livenation.co.uk.

June 22nd – Manchester MEN (sold out)

June 23rd – Manchester MEN (sold out)

June 25th – o2 Arena, London, matinee show (sold out)

June 26th – o2 Arena, London, matinee show (sold out)

June 26th – o2 Arena, London (sold out)

June 28th – o2 Arena, London (sold out)

June 29th – o2 Arena, London

June 30th – o2 Arena, London

July 2nd – o2 Arena, Dublin

July 3rd – o2 Arena, Dublin

The View

With a recent sold out tour, the bands third album and anew EP due for release on June 13th indie-pop favourites The View certainly are working themselves to the bone.  The five track EP includes three brand new tracks and two versions of album favourite Sunday. If you missed them on their recent tour then you still have chance to catch the bands festival sets.  The View are a band not to be missed.

July 8th – T in the Park

July 10th – T4 on the Beach

August 26th – Leeds Festival

August 28th – Reading Festival

Brooke Fraser

Brooke Fraser has announced 5 UK dates for later in the year.  The New Zealand born talent released her UK debut Flags earlier this year.  Fraser has had two previous albums released to much acclaim and praise and the accomplished musician has opened for international artists John Mayer and the legendary David Bowie.  Flag one of these dates in your diary, Brooke Fraser is not to be missed.  Tickets are available at www.livenation.co.uk.

October 4th – Concorde 2, Brighton

October 5th – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire

October 6th – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham

October 8th – Academy 2, Manchester

October 11th – Arches, Glasgow

Metromony

Metronomy’s third album The English Riviera was released earlier this year to much critical acclaim, being described as ‘A fearless progression’ by NME before hailing it with a score of 9/10.  Subsequently the band will be touring throughout the summer to late autumn, with many a festival appearance the band have landed a coveted place performing on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.

20th June – Parklife Festival, Manchester

24th June – Glastonbury

29th June – Ibiza Rocks

3rd July – Wireless Festival, London

8th July – Oxegen Festival, Ireland

10th July – T in the Park

15th July – Love Box, London

6th August – The Big Chill

26/27th August – Reading/Leeds Festival

10th September – Bestival

20th September – Southampton Talking Heads

21st September – Leeds Cockpit

22nd September – Sheffield Leadmill

23rd September – Glasgow Oran Mor

24th September – Liverpool Kizimier

26th September – Manchester Academy 3

27th September – Birmingham HMV Institude

28th September – Bristol Trinity

Miles Kane

Liverpool’s Miles Kane has announced a 10 date October tour.  The 24 year old is no stranger to the rigours of touring having been part of several groups including DeltaSonic’s The Little Flames and later The Rascals, as well as being 1 half of the critically acclaimed duo The Last Shadow Puppets alongside Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner.  However, Kane now takes to the stage as a solo artist on the back of the release of his recent album Colour of the Trap. Tickets are now available from £11.50 via www.gigsandtours.com.

Thu 13th MIDDLESBROUGH, Empire

Fri 14th SHEFFIELD, Leadmill

Sat 15th LEEDS, Met Uni

Mon 17th COVENTRY, Kasbah

Tue 18th BIRMINGHAM, HMV Library

Wed 19th GLASGOW, Garage

Fri 21st LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy

Sat 22nd MANCHESTER, Ritz

Sun 23rd CAMBRIDGE, Junction 1

Tue 25th LONDON, Electric Ballroom

Belle Amie

Quirky ex X-Factor contestants Belle Amie have announced a special London gig at The Borderline on July 19th.  Having worked diligently since their X-Factor appearance the girls are set to release single Girls Up later in the year, a song that has been produced by Chad Burnette who has worked with the likes of Rhianna and Beyonce.  With tickets only costing £8 and available for purchase at www.gigsandtours.com why not get yourself one for a fun night of entertainment.

19th July – The Borderline, London

The Violet May

The Violet May’s tour kicked off this week, the band performing at London’s Heroes Bar.  Back from supporting The Chapman Band across Germany and Italy.  If you missed these shows, don’t worry, the Sheffield based quintet will be playing 10 more dates across the UK.

May 27th – Live Lounge, Blackburn

May 28th – Cedar Rooms, Barnsley

24th June – Plug, Sheffield (supporting Kate Jackson)

July 2nd – HMV Institute, Birmingham

July 16th – Night and Day, Manchester

July 22nd – Tramlines, Sheffield

July 23rd – Tramlines, Sheffield

July 29th – Koko, London (Club NME)

August 6th – The Underground, Stoke

August 14th – Boardmasters Festival, Newquay

Various Cruelties

Various Cruelties a pseudonym masking singer Liam O’Donnell continues on his current tour.  With new single ‘Neon Truth’ released today, O’Donnell will be showcasing his effortless vocals and beautiful lyrical style and we here at More Than The Music urge you to get a ticket for one of the dates.

May 28th – Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol

May 29th – Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham

May 30th – Dot To Dot Festival, Manchester

June 12th – Isle of Wight Festival

July 2nd – Blissfields Festival, Winchester

August 12th – Summer Sundae Festival, Leicester

August 14th – Standon Calling Festival

September 9th – Bestival, Isle of Wight

Villagers

Domino signing Villagers are continuing their current tour.  With recent success at the Ivor Novello award for single Becoming the Jackal off the album of the same name and a new single due out today, these are not a band you are going to want to miss.  Grab your ticket while you can.

May 23rd – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

May 24th – Sound Control, Manchester

June 24th – Sea Sessions Festival, Donegal

June 25th – Open House Festival, Belfast (with Fleet Foxes)

July 1st – Eden Sessions, Cornwall (with Fleet Foxes)

July 9th – T in the Park

July 16th – Latitude Festival

July 23rd – Marlay Park, Dublin

July 31st – Folk Festival, Cambridge

August 6th – Field Day Festival, London

August 19th – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons

September 2nd – Folk Festival, Mosley

Tim and Jean

Australian duo Tim and Jean have announced two UK shows and the release of new single.  I Can is set for release on June 4th through Publica Records and is featured on the bands fortcoming album Like What which will be available June 27th.

June 9th – The Wheelbarrow, London

June 15th – the Wheelbarrow, London

Get Up Kids

Set to release a new album this year, American alt rockers Get Up Kids are set to play two UK dates later in 2011.  With a career spanning 15 years band are certainly going to have their pick of tracks from any of their four previous albums along with staging a showcase for new tracks.  Why not pick yourself up a copy of the bands previous releases and a ticket for the gig in preparation for what is looking likely to be an impressive show.

4th October – Cockpit, Leeds
5th October – Koko, London

Released This Week

Born This Way – Lady Gaga

Celebration, Florida – The Felice Brothers

One Thousand Pictures – Pete and the Pirates

Sweet Defeat – Jon Allen

Brilliant! Tragic! – Art Brut

Gravity Happens – Kate Voegele

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Club Smith – No Friend of Mine/Young Defeatists

Leeds quartet Club Smith are back in June with new double A side release No Friend of Mine/Young Defeatists and boy what a return it is.  After the release of two impressive demo EPs in 2010 the band who have been described as having an ‘angry post punk’ sound and this new single certainly lives up to its name.  The disaffected sound is certainly punk for an X Y Z generation, delving into the darker more twisted argumentative style which has been cropping up all the more frequently –- Liverpool based The Suzukis being a prime example of this anarchic delivery.

The video accompanying the release is one not to be missed.  The rebel rousing chorus ‘So I can look good’ fits perfectly with boxing ring setting giving the implicit impression of fans watching the band live punching their fists in the air as they join in with the band.   ‘It doesn’t get better than this; we solve our problems with our fists’ bellows lead singer Sam Robson, who along with bass/vocalist Lee Clark both trained as boxers for 5 weeks to create an authentic video. 

If you like your indie with an edgier more dangerous sound then get into Club Smith now, you’ll be awful glad you did.

No Friend of Mine/Young Defeatists is released 6th June.

By Lisa Bentley

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Is Tropical – The Greeks

Is Tropical are set to release their new album Native To in June and are currently previewing what the album has to offer by releasing the indie dance number The Greeks. The warp filled keys driven song encapsulated all that it is to be young and on the dancefloor.  This is a perfect song for summer and one that should certainly be placed on your festival playlists. 

The single and EP are available for download now and the album is out June 13th.

By Lisa Bentley

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Franz Ferdinand – Covers EP

It isn’’t a rare thing for established artists to do an odd cover version here or there.  Indeed doing covers has gained popularity in the past few years with BBC’s Live Lounge giving artists a platform to choose a song that they love and make it their own. However what is rare is when an artist will release an EP of pure cover versions…but this is exactly what Franz Ferdinand have done….with their own songs.

The EP, simply titled Covers EP was released through Domino Records earlier this week for CD and digital release.  Previously only available on vinyl as a part of the Record Store Day celebrations the EP boasts 6 tracks featuring not only Franz Ferdinand but a plethora of big name singers including Debbie Harry, Peaches and the sadly now defunct LCD Soundsystem.  As would always be the case it is Blondie’’s own Debbie Harry whose effervescent vocals shine through.  

The five tracks on the EP make for interesting listening due to its quirky reworking of songs and interesting collaborative choices.  The perfect release for Record Store Day and suited for a place on anyone’s iPod.

By Lisa Bentley

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