Category Archives: Festivals

White Lies release new video for track ‘Don’t Want To Feel It All’

White Lies have released a new video for track ‘Don’t Want To Feel It All‘, taken from current album ‘Friends’ released late 2016. The video was directed by Alex Alvarez and shows White Lies during their recent European tour at the Sala Razzmatazz, Barcelona and Sala Marco Aldany in Madrid. 

 

 With a nod to 80’s synth pop romanticism, ‘Don’t Want To Feel It All’ holds a melange of tropical sheen and yearning uproars of supercharged melody to a dynamic tempo as frontman Harry Mc’Veigh sings catchy chorus; “I don’t want to feel it all, but know what fuels it. I don’t wanna feel it all, but don’t wanna lose it.” 

 

The ten-track album ‘Friends’ is now available on CDvinylpicture discdigital download and streaming formats, as well as a special box set edition which includes a cassette and four exclusive bonus tracks.  

 

‘Friends’ was recorded in Bryan Ferry’s private studio in London’s Olympia and was self-produced by the band. White Lies enlisted the help of an expert team including Grammy Award-winning engineer James Brown (Foo FightersArctic Monkeys), David Wrench (Caribou, FKA Twigs) on mixing duties and long-term collaborator Ed Buller who contributed additional production. 

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Too Many Santa’s – video release Maxwell / Miranda / Parsley

Brooklyn Vegan has shared the video for “Too Many Santas”, the newest single from Maxwell / Miranda / Parsley’s recently released holiday album entitled ‘Catskill Christmas’. The trio previous released the single for “Going To Get The Tree” on Brooklyn Vegan as well as the video on CLRVYNT. The album is out now via Dangerbird Records.

Thinking  it  a  wise  investment  of  time,  our  three  kings  spent  a  few  days  one  summer recording  a  Christmas  EP.  They  delighted  in  jingle  bells  and  BBQ,  while  taking  shelter from  the usual  dark  and  complicated  matter from  which their  songs usually  spring,  and frolicked   in   baubles,   holiday   weight   gain   and   the   loveliest   lie   ever   told.   This unsurprisingly became a summer tradition of theirs, and three years later, an album was born in a puff of smoke, under the brightest of stars.

Thinking  it  a  wise  investment  of  time,  our  three  kings  spent  a  few  days  one  summer recording  a  Christmas  EP.  They  delighted  in  jingle  bells  and  BBQ,  while  taking  shelter from  the usual  dark  and  complicated  matter from  which their  songs usually  spring,  and frolicked   in   baubles,   holiday   weight   gain   and   the   loveliest   lie   ever   told.   This unsurprisingly became a summer tradition of theirs, and three years later, an album was born in a puff of smoke, under the brightest of stars.

‘Twas the end of the summer
and soon to be fall
When three tipsy minstrels
did hear a faint call

Whistling o’er mountain
and through the dark wood

A whisper of winter
Done blew through the ‘hood

They were several pints low
And searching for merry

Each knee deep in debt
a mortgage to carry

They tried to be cheery
despite the foreboding

But it’s hard for a minstrel
(‘cuz illegal downloading)

Now Miranda was humming
and clearing the dishes

Whilst Parsley was rolling
and rhyming up wishes

Good Maxwell sat fishing
through a wee bowl of candy

When “Screw it!” he chimed
and uncorked the brandy…

Bestival: Tumblers – Photographs

Last weekend saw me at what will be my last music festival of this season.  One of the joys of festivals for me  is wandering around to find the weird and wacky things that are going on and I have to say that Bestival was a joy in this respect.

Sunday was a beautiful day and as I wandered around I came across a band playing New Orleans style Jazz rhythms, I watched fascinated as these two guys performed tumbles and somersaults to the musical background.  I was a mighty entertaining few minutes.  Enjoy the photographs.

Tonefest Dorset: Festival photographs

If you were at Tonefest this weekend you may have spotted me lugging my cameras around.  The chances are I may have caught you on film (well digital) when you didn’t expect it.

Please have a browse, if you spot yourself and want a copy of the photograph just drop me a line through the contact button above.  you are welcome to a free high resolution copy.

Glastonbury Disruption in Festival mud bath

Glastonbury festival of performing arts is undoubtedly the most famous music festival in the world. Tickets for Glastonbury festival go on sale months before fans know which acts will be playing. If you want to attend Glastonbury festival you need to be online at 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning in October. If you are a few minutes late you can forget it as millions of people from around the world scramble to get a connection to the ticket agents. Glastonbury sells out in minutes.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/3235415/glastonbury-2016-a-festival-of-disruption-as-fans-towed-onto-site/#pibTL59Hbe9TGGQd.99

Reasons To Be Thankful – Precious Gifts

I started out blogging, mostly about music, less than three years ago. Little did I imagine that a hobby I started as a creative outlet would give me so much pleasure and lead to the making of a huge number of new friends and a second career.

My site now sees around 30K visitors a week and has led to paid work as a writer.  More importantly to me is that i now get numerous requests from artists and musicians asking me to review their work.

I can’t possibly meet all these requests, especially during the summer months, but I am really honoured that people are prepared to put their work into my hands to ask for a review.  An artists work is an extension of their person, every note in every song took thought, creativity and a huge amount of work to create.  An artist trusting me to review their work fairly and objectively is a huge leap of faith.  Every time I listen to a new piece of work I am aware that I have been handed a truly precious gift, a piece of work that someone has poured their all into.

I try very hard to that each piece of work with the respect it deserves.  I listen to an album numerous times before finger meets keyboard and I try to only review things that resonate with me on some level.  If I hate something I recognise that others may love it, I know that my view is not going to be shared by some who read my writing.  It is hard to tell an artist you won’t review their work because you don’t connect with it.

I am so thankful that people like to read my work.  As any musician will tell you it is incredibly difficult to be heard in today’s music industry.  It is equally hard to build an audience for your writing.

That is why it is such an honour to see musicians sharing your posts and reaching out to thank you for a review.

If you want to write about music it takes endeavour but much more importantly it needs total honesty if you are to gain any sort of credibility.

This week is something of a case in point.  I am off to Europe’s best and biggest rock festival, Download, on Thursday.  I have been inundated with requests for interviews and coverage of bands performance at the festival.  Of all the bands I have asked to interview not a single one has turned me down (though I still await two responses).  Those I will be interviewing are amongst the biggest names in rock music and they have agreed to be interviewed by me.

I do realise that bands are keen for any sort of coverage that will help to keep their name out there, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling that I am blessed to be able to do “work” of this nature.

This has been a very very good week.

Alice Wicked Tea Party – Photos

Sandwiched smack between Bearded Theory and Download is Alice’s Wicked Tea Party.  Curated by Wicked Spins Radio Alice’s Wicked Tea party is a tiny grass roots festival showcasing an array of alternative music.

Of course at events like this the bands you see are unlikely to be household names but that does not diminish the quality of what is on offer.  Having spent the evening there yesterday I saw eight bands all of whom I would happily see again, not a dud amongst them.  I thought it would be nice to share a few photos before I head off to today’s festivities.

The festival is situated behind the Cross Keys pub just a few miles from Wimborne in Dorset.  Day tickets are just £25 on the gate if you fancy a day out.