Thursday, April 27, 2017
Cupids + Joshua Goddard + Lyerr
Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
April 26 2017
Words/Pictures: Lewis Ridley
Oldham four-piece Cupids (and Gramotones in their previous form), have been one of Manchester's most talked about bands in the past few years. [A Little Indie One To Watch of 2015]. A night at Jimmy's in the Northern Quarter to celebrate the release of their debut single last month had seemingly fuelled them to attract a big crowd in one of the city's most popular venues, Night & Day Cafe. With the best yet to come, it came as a shock that on Monday they announced it was the end for Cupids, stating that the gig at Night & Day would be their last as a band. It soon became apparent that the news hadn't reached the ears of all their fans.
Young guns Lyerr opened proceedings, and fronted with a retro Borussia Dortmund shirt, their opening riffs punched their way around a crowd that'd arrived early. Second song, 'Not Going Out' is particularly explosive, it's their latest release and it's bound to propel them around Manchester and beyond. There’s a couple of merch t-shirts spotted amongst this crowd, too, they seem popular lads and this will stand them in good stead.
Following that, Joshua Goddard appears, welcomed on by an instrumental interlude led by trumpets and bass guitar, it takes a few sound tweaks but once in full flow sets a brilliant vibe. 'Make It Up To You' is the first song, and the blues and soul sounds coming from the stage resonate around the room, it's hard to believe that this is Joshua and the band's first live performance together. The band are The Soul Revue, and they complement each other brilliantly, no more than in 'Sunday Sun', Goddard's debut release which casts likenesses to James Morrison vocally but opens up a whole new dimension with the band in on the act. The set has done Joshua Goddard far from harm, the crowd was big and maybe daunting but amongst them will be new fans; he has one in me.
And then the third instalment of another Mancunian hat-trick arrived, and the atmosphere becomes bizarre. First song 'No One Talks About That' continues as per, but then guitarist Jake Fletcher says, "we don't really know what we're doing tonight, so we're just gonna see how it goes." It feels like a careless statement, until vocalist Sid Cooper interrupts with: "Oh, if you don't know we're splitting up." To some that is confirmation, and to those out of the Facebook loop, it is.
That's that then. Instead of listening to this band with a thought on how they can develop and catch the attention of a wider audience, they put the brakes on. Jake discusses Take That, and how The Eagles split up every tour and get back together. The crowd are hardly rapturous in their reception to it. It’s meant to feel satirical, but it feels like the crowd would rather an all guns blazing celebration of Cupids and The Gramotones.
'Good Things Come (To Those Who Wait)' is Cupids latest, and last single. It features amongst Gramotones tunes, they’re most popular with the crowd. But the Gramotones are long gone, they became "Manchester's most exciting musical transformation" (according to Viva in 2015), and I wouldn't have disagreed by any means.
The set concludes after a "goodnight", before the band come back on stage for an encore. Sid gathers some words of thanks, which are the highlight of the set, there's a huge amount of people that have helped these guys over the past five years, whatever name they went by. It's just an awful shame it came to a conclusion so abruptly, and with lots more for Cupids to give. Here’s hoping that Jake’s solo career carries that potential. He’ll take with him some of the band’s following, which as is often the case at this level may be their best asset. The loyal crowd give the band a rapturous reception as they leave the stage for the final time.
Words: Ellie Ward
Adding to their previous March line-up announcement, Latitude festival today unveils more names.
Katherine Jenkins OBE and an unannounced special guest will join headliners The 1975, Mumford and Sons, and Fleet Foxes - as well as headliners within their own rights, Placebo and Fatboy Slim, for performances across the weekend of July 13 - 16 at Henham Park in Suffolk.
They are joined by a line-up that includes legendary Placebo in a UK festival exclusive to returning indie rockers The Horrors; from Scandi indie-pop darlings The Radio Dept. (another UK festival exclusive) to the inimitable former Velvet Underground stalwart John Cale; from the iconic Mavis Staples to the all-out party that will be Fatboy Slim on the BBC Music Stage.
Joining them will be Leon Bridges, Mystery Jets, The Coral, Beth Orton, Flyte and Simian Mobile Disco.
The BBC Music Stage will once again play host to some huge acts this summer, including Fatboy Slim, Jack Garratt, Loyle Carner and many more. Ben Howard’s record label ‘Hell Up Records’ latest mysterious signing A Blaze of Feather will debut in a special performance for the Latitude audience, rumoured to be Ben’s long term guitarist Mickey Smith backed by Ben and his band. The Jesus and Mary Chain are set to make their Latitude Festival debut armed with the hugely influential album 'Psychocandy' and the recently released 'Damage and Joy'.
For more information: website.
Tickets available at: Ticketmaster.
Credit: Olivia Jaffe
Words: Linn Branson
Featured last September in our weekly Hot Ten roundup, 'Metaphysical Cops' was our first intro to NYC guitarist Don De Vore (Ink & Dagger, The Icarus Line) and LA singer Reggie Debris, collectively known as Collapsing Scenery. The dark and noisy electronic track fused together with samplers, step sequencers, synths and drum machines, was sharp and discordant, but ultimately set itself apart.
This latest, 'Straight World Problems', released digitally on May 18 via BlackBook, is less of an angular beast, relying on more groove-orientated, disco dancefloor vibe, although the opening 80-plus seconds strike a cacophony of experimental touches, that interplay at points throughout. Part of the appeal of Collapsing Scenery is their ability to work in a number of elements that straddle genres. 'Straight World Problems' - which Debris explains is about "the awful frequency with which new regimes and new systems mimic the worst qualities of those they replace" - is no exception.
Words: Alison Mack
Zola Blood keep the electronic dancefloor grooves going on this newest cut from the London four-piece's debut album, 'Infinite Games', released May 26 via Pond Life.
'Nothing's synth patterns and warped beats fill in hypnotically behind atmospheric percussion and the consistently enticing vocals of Matt West.
The track follows last single 'Good Love' from the album, which was recorded over the course of 12 month, mainly in the band’s Hackney studio -apart from ‘Play Out’, which was recorded in Leeds by Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Darkstar) – the album features ten tracks, and was produced by the band with help from Oli Bayston (Boxed In) and Duncan Toothill (Little Cub).
The band tune up at Electrowerkz in London on May 3.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Words: Sam Geary
Australian electronic pop duo PLGRMS return with new single, 'Dream You Up', which was released last week via London-based label 0E0E Records.
The pair - Sydney-based singer-songwriter Jacob Pearson and multi-instrumentalist songwriter Jonathan Bowden - take on a somewhat more darker, brooding sound compared to last single 'Gemini' on 'Dream You Up'; a swathe of synth and skittering percussion complementing impressive vocals and smooth production.
Pearson says of the meaning behind the song: "When there’s mystery behind something or someone, it’s so interesting and intriguing. By nature we just can't help ourselves and want to find out what it is. It's the anticipation and the thrill of what we don't understand. I’ve gone through it, but when you unveil the truth, the magic just disappears. So, it's about stopping yourself from understanding it completely, so that thrill can hang around a bit longer."
From their new album 'The Weather' - out May 5 via Marathon Artists - POND share the video to swirling synth single cut 'Paint Me Silver'.
The spaced out animated visuals, directed by Alejandro Miguel Justino Crawford, finds an intergalactic dance party erupting across Earth, despite an impending threat of nuclear war.