2019

Album Review: All Tvvins – Just To Exist

Irish duo Conor Adams and Lar Kaye, otherwise known as All Tvvins, are pushing boundaries with their second album, Just to Exist. ‘Hell of A Party’ is the opening track and it’s a funky, enigmatic starter that pulls listeners in hook, line and sinker. With such an infectious start, you can’t help but want to listen to more.

Which is just as well, because the rest of the album is just as catchy. ‘Build A Bridge’ offers up a different sound to ‘Hell of A Party’. It’s a slower track with breathy vocals and electro-synth taking centre stage, before a faster pace kicks in.

Infinite Swim’ is another upbeat, effortlessly cool sound with influences of Foals, Friendly Fires and The 1975 coming to mind.

Fellow Irish musician Sorcha Richardson duets on fourth track ‘No One Is Any Fun’, her voice contrasting beautifully, provoking the emotion and sensitivity of the song – something All Tvvins do so well.

Better Than Here’ is quite an end to the album; its repetitive start and 80’s inspired sound is probably the most creative and experimental song on the record. Whilst it’s a slight marmite track, it’s a memorable closing song that ensures Just to Exist is an album listeners will want to revisit.

★★★★

The Pigeon Detectives added to the Camden Rocks Festival 2019 line up

The Pigeon Detectives, The Novacub and The Dunts have been added to this year’s ever-growing line-up at Camden Rocks 2019.

They will join headliners Frank Turner and Deaf Havana for this year’s festival, alongside previously announced acts Ginger Wildheart, New Model Army, Wheatus, Ash, The Wonder Stuff and Ratboy.

Leeds band The Pigeon Detectives are sure to get festival-goers on their feet and singing along with indie anthems ‘Romantic Type’, ‘This Is An Emergency’, ‘Take Her Back’ and ‘I’m Not Sorry’, which will hopefully feature in their set list.

Novacub have been supporting Kaiser Chiefs on their recent UK tour, pulling in great reviews ever since they formed. Bloc Party fans won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to catch Russell Lissack’s latest music venture live.

The independent festival will be showcasing 400 bands across 20 stages in North London’s Camden, with iconic venues such as the Electric Ballroom, Dingwalls, Underworld and FEST.

This year the festival will be held across two days for the first time in its ten-year history.

Camden Rocks Festival 2019 takes place in Camden from June 1-2. Visit the official website for more information.

The Strokes confirmed for All Points East Festival 2019

The Strokes are set to join The Chemical Brothers and Christine and The Queens as headliners for East London festival All Points East.

The New York band will play their first UK live date in 4 years on 25 May and will see support from the likes of The Raconteurs, Johnny Marr, Parquet Courts, Anna Calvi, Jarvis Cocker and Courtney Barnett.

After finding international success with their debut album Is This It in 2001, The Strokes became one of the most prominent bands from the 00s and fans attending the festival will be looking forward to hearing songs from their back catalogue.

The festival takes place over two weeks from 24 May to 2 June in Victoria Park, London.

The first day will see The Chemical Brothers headline with support from Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Róisín Murphy and Peggy Gou.

While on 26 May a host of other acts including James Blake, Princess Nokia, Kamasi Washington, Beach House and Kurt Vile and Violators will take to the stage before headliner Christine and the Queens.

The second weekend will see Bring Me The Horizon headline on 31 May and play alongside Run the Jewels, Nothing But Thieves and Idles, with plenty more acts set to be announced for the festival.

Another headline act will be American indie folk band Bon Iver with support from Mac Demarco, First Aid Kit, John Grant and Julien Baker.

With another headline act and line-up still to be unveiled for the 1 June, All Points East is already a contender for one of the best festivals this year.

Tickets for some of the line-ups are already on sale but The Strokes will be on sale this Friday. Visit the official festival site for more info.

Album Review: The Steel Woods – Old News

American country rockers The Steel Woods release their second album Old News via Thirty Tigers today (18 January 2019)

The fifteen-track album opens on a confident note with ‘All of These Years’, its blues influence and smooth guitar hooking listeners in from the get-go. The warmth of the southern rock sound melds perfectly with the country music vibe; the quartet clearly revelling in their Nashville, Tennessee roots.

Without You’, ‘Changes’ and ‘Wherever You Are’ take the album in a slower direction but with Wes Bayliss’ bold vocals, they still have a dramatic effect. Next up is ‘Blind Lover’, which kicks off with an intro of slick guitars and has a soulful, upbeat sound. It’s a true highlight on the album.

The title track veers towards the acoustic with a strong country sound, showing precisely what Nashville is all about, whilst ‘The Catfish Song’ has a poppier feel and is probably the most radio-ready track on the album.

Old News crosses multiple musical elements, traversing country, R&B, bluegrass and folk, so if you’re feeling jaded by the same old southern rock, this is the album to reinvigorate your love of the genre.

★★★★

Album Review: David Gray – Gold In A Brass Age

David Gray is back with his eleventh studio album, Gold In A Brass Age. Unlike the English singer-songwriter’s more sombre, introspective earlier records, this is a joyous album combining pop, gospel and folk.

Opening with ‘The Sapling’, the 11-track album eases listeners into Gray’s latest offering with soft, subtle vocals and a soothing folksy sound. Next up is the title track, which features an oriental twang and a mellow approach that makes for perfect background listening.

Gray’s career spans over 25 years and his passion for music still runs through every song. Here we’re seeing a different side to the singer, particularly with more experimental tracks like ‘Furthering’, ‘A Tight Ship’ and ‘Hall of Mirrors’.

For the process of creating the album, Gray opted for a cut and paste approach, creating an atmospheric sound which can be heard in ‘Hurricane Season’ and ‘If 8 Were 9’.

Overall, Gold In A Brass Age is the ideal album for a long car drive on a Sunday afternoon or a gentle evening listen to ease you into the working week.

★★★★