Australian indie-dance group earned plaudits with their 2005 debut “Bright Like Neon Love”. Fans of that album rejoice, then, for the group are to return with a new album and UK dates.
The synth-led group are due to return with new album “In Ghost Colours” in April, with a single – “Lights And Music” – set to be released on March 31st.
February 18th – London, Koko
February 19th – Brighton, Digital
February 20th – Sheffield, The Plug
February 21st – Newcastle, Digital
February 22nd – London, Kill ‘Em All @ Fabric
February 25th – Birmingham, Carling Academy
February 26th – Bristol, Carling Academy
The Metros have thrilled audiences up and down the country with their danceable indie rock, as those who attended their performance at December’s Clash Club can testify.
Luckily, we recorded the night for posterity so you can warm those winter-weary limbs with some dancing. Enjoy!
Provocatively named Canadian electronic act Holy Fuck have announced a new single and some long-awaited UK tour dates.
Taken from their latest “LP” album, “Lovely Allen” will be released as a single in April and will feature multiple remixes as well as a studio version of “Super Inuit” spread over 7 inch and 12 inch formats.
The band will also be heading out on tour to support the single, playing the following dates:
April 2nd – Manchester, Night & Day
April 3rd – Birmingham, Barfly
April 4th – Liverpool, Korova
April 5th – Glasgow, Stereo
April 6th – Norwich, Arts Centre
April 7th – Brighton, Digital
April 8th – London, 100 Club
This Is Not An Exit have brought you some sterling releases recently, and the label is set to showcase their acts with a special night in London.
The label will take over Notting Hills Arts Club to present a night of musical merriment. They Came From The Stars, I Saw Them will play a set of twinkly indie, and they will be joined by the surreal electronica of My Toys Like Me and the robotic soul of City Reverb.
They will be joined on the night by a DJ set from Herve, playing the latest in dubstep, indie and grime, and label head Simon A Carr may well be spotted spining discs.
This Is Not An Exit showcase takes place on February 8th in Notting Hill Arts Centre, London.
The Kooks are set to return on April 14th with their new album “Konk”, the follow up to 2007’s hugely successful debut “Inside In / Inside Out”.
Recorded over a six week period late last year it was named after the studio it was recorded in – Ray Davis’ “Konk Studios”. Featuring twelve tracks, “Konk” finds song-writer Luke Pritchard branching out on songs such as “Shine On”. There’s plenty of songs to re-affirm that trademark Kooks sound, however, such as lead single “Always Where I Need To Be” – a tumbling rocker that’s catchier than a cold in the Arctic.
“Konk” is released through Virgin on April 14th. It will be preceded by “Always Where I Need To Be” on March 31st.
Two of North America’s finest up-and-coming acts will tour together from the end of February.
American act Menomena, from Portland, Oregan, will be joined by Canadian act Land of Tour on a UK tour. The two bands share a similar left-field sensibility, and both have emerged from a DIY background. Menomena will release their latest single around the same time – entitled “Rotten Hell” it is available from February 25th.
The Menomena / Land Of Talk tour will hit the following venues:
February 27th – London, Kings College
February 28th – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
February 29th – Dublin Sugar Club
March 1st – Liverpool Korova
March 2nd – Bristol Thekla
One of the festival season’s most unique events will return again this year, as the Underage festival presents a host of indie favourites in front of an exclusively teenage (or younger) audience.
Curator Sam Killcoyne, now getting on a bit at the ripe old age of 16, has assembled some of indie’s biggest names for the festival. A veteran club organiser, Foals are just one of the current crop of guitar heroes who cut their chops at his Underage clubs – designed to help those under the age of 18 gain access to live music.
With help from media giants such as Radio 1, this year’s festival is sure to be as big a success as the 2007 event. Underage takes place on August 8th in Victoria Park, London.
The homecoming gig is the figure of mythology for both band and fan, frequently the point where the link between musician and punter is clear, tangible and explicit.
Often the scene of celebration, the homecoming can also reveal the group’s idiosyncrasies, with some choosing to side step entirely the “pack out a bloody huge arena” route for something more personal. Whatever the intent or reaction associated with homecoming gigs, they remain one of the most fascinating parts of a band’s tour. Clashmusic.com charts ten of the most memorable.
1. Oasis – Maine Road, 1996
Noel Gallagher swaps centre circle for centre stage
Perhaps the king of all the homecoming gigs, as Noel Gallagher swaps centre circle for centre stage at the home of his sporting idols Manchester City. These gigs, spread over two nights, captured the band as they reached the stratosphere. The eighteen months since their debut single had seen the band arrested and reach the top of the charts – Knebworth, “Be Here Now” and cocaine chaos were still in the future. This was perhaps the band’s true highpoint, with Noel’s union jack guitar proving to be one of Britpop’s most iconic images.
2. The Verve – Haigh Hall And Country Park, Wigan – 1999
What began in ridicule ended in triumph. After years of promises and uncompromising lives shows, The Verve finally became everything Richard Ashcroft had boasted of: they truly were the biggest and best band on the planet. A shame then, that the internal divisions that had wracked the group for a decade finally overtook them shortly later. This was their finest moment, and their last gig with guitarist and co-writer Nick McCabe. Without him, the band would collapse within a year.
3. Pulp – Sheffield Arena – 1996
The Britpop era is riddled with heroic homecomings, but none is more mythical than the elevation of indie finger waggler Jarvis Cocker to popstar status. This gig was meant to be a celebration, but was pushed into the incendiary after the singer’s antics at the Brit Awards, just a few weeks before. With The Mirror selling “Justice For Jarvis” t-shirts outside, and a packed crowd inside, it seemed Cocker had all the fame and adoration he dreamed of during his long years in the wilderness. However, it wasn’t all to his taste, as the bitter comedown record “This Is Hardcore” proved.
4. Franz Ferdinand – Pavement Outside “Mono”, Glasgow – 2007
Never ones to play the game by the rules, Franz Ferdinand proved that the words “small scale” and “homecoming” can be used in the same sentence when they performed on a pavement in front of the hip Glasgow record shop Mono. Part of a mini-festival organised by the record shop itself, the band evoked memories of their early days in the club meets art gallery bohemia of the Chateau. By tapping into the DIY spirit that spawned them, the band reminded fans that despite their place at the top of the pop charts they were still record geeks at heart.
5. Manic Street Preachers – Millenium Stadium, Cardiff – 1999
At the turn of the Millenium many people’s thoughts turned to the future. What would the future hold? How would we react to it? In the case of the Manics, the future would see them struggle to find any meaning in a post-Strokes musical landscape. This gig would be the turning point: the band finally given the attention they craved, yet unable to do anything with it. The controversy that had surrounded the band for a decade finally dissipated, this gig prompted angry letters from fans to the music press as the Manics struggled to regain the fire that had fuelled their greatest work.
6. Dexter Gordon – Village Vanguard, New York – 1976
…a real life motion picture
Not so much a homecoming gig but a real life motion picture. Legendary jazz musician Dexter Gordon had gone into self imposed exile, living in Paris free from the racial persecution he saw in the United States. In his absence jazz had lurched through a variety of phases, struggling to redefine itself in the face of the overwhelming popularity of rock. His return in 1976 has become the stuff of myth, reminding critics of a Golden Age of jazz and reuniting much of the old guard before a New York audience. The gig was recorded and released, becoming one of the most popular jazz recordings of all time and sealing the legend of Dexter Gordon.
7. The Stone Roses – Empire Ballroom, Blackpool – 1989
So perhaps this is stretching the definition of “homecoming”, but since the Roses were loath to play Manchester this’ll have to do. After years spent on the sidelines, Brown & Co were finally getting the recognition they craved, and as part of the Madchester boom were pulling their home city along with them. This gig captured the band just as it seemed they would go on to conquer the world – forget the overblown Spike Island, this was the band’s true greatest moment. Ahead of them lay years in the wilderness, and a badly thought out “Second Coming”, but their legacy remains.
8. The Libertines – Kentish Town Forum, London – 2004
Before these babes became a ‘Shambles Pete ‘n’ Carl were the inseparable brothers of Albion, two Dickensian guitar pickers recounting wastrel tales. This gig at the Forum came as Christmas was approaching, and saw the band pick a series of unlikely support acts. Famously, the duo placed Cockney novelty act Chas and Dave in front of 3,000 indie kids – and it worked! A reminder that once, before the tabloids took hold, it really was all about the music.
9. Portishead – Tsunami Benefit Concert, Bristol – 2005
After a seven year slumber, legendary trip hop act Portishead re-emerged in fine form to help those affected by the 2004 Tsunami. Renowned as musical visionaries due to such albums as “Dummy” fans had long since assumed the band to be finished, but were surprised by this sudden reformation. Joined onstage by fellow Bristol alumni Massive Attack, the group played one of the best sets of their career before an ecstatic and disbelieving crowd. Oh, and they helped save lives in the process.
10. The View – The Doghouse, Dundee – 2007
Well we would say so, wouldn’t we? A week after playing the ten times larger Caird Hall venue, Clash Magazine set up the coup of the year: The View back in their former rehearsal room. Apparently a ‘secret’ gig, virtually the whole of Dundee tried to gain entry as the lucky few inside partied like never before. Its fair to that we couldn’t have got a wilder reaction if we’d dressed up as foxes and jumped into a chicken pen.
James Yuill will release his debut single on February 18th, it has been announced, bringing his electronic folk to the nation.
“No Surprise” will be the first track to be released from his forthcoming debut album, and showcases a unique style which blends dancefloor-friendly beats with acoustic whimsy. Yuill has played a number of gigs recently, including a riotous performance in London’s plush Cafe Royal.
“No Surprise” is released through Chess Club on February 18th.
Manchester electronic duo Autechre are set to bring back the feel of the Acid House parties when they play a show in a warehouse beside a London car park.
Veterans of the late 80s warehouse scene, the minds behind Autechre have recently been busy crafting a new album. Released on March 3rd, “Quaristice” is the duo’s 9th album. The London warehouse gig is an exciting return to their origins, and features support from SND and DJ Rob Hall.
Autechre will play a Warehouse location near Hearn Street Car park in London, on March 4th. The band have already announced a UK tour. In case you missed the dates, here they are:
February 29th – Manchester, Music Box
March 1st – Glasgow, Art School
March 2nd – Newcastle, Digital
March 3rd – Birmingham, Med Bar
March 4th – London, TBC