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THREE AND A HALF HOUR CONCERT: Waiting too long for The Cure?

2 Apr

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When it comes to a professional critical review of a concert, it can be difficult to get it right.

Reviews are always going to be subjective. If you’re a huge fan of a band then chances are, you’re going to enjoy seeing them live no matter what, and you’re going to be even happier to hear the b-sides. On the other hand, if you’ve only heard them once or twice and your mate had a spare ticket, you’re going to be less pleased to barely recognise any of the songs – and that’s not taking into consideration that it could be a band like My Bloody Valentine. Not for the faint-hearted, that one.

But neither of those perspectives would be wrong.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Homesick (Catfish and the Bottlemen)

16 Jun

Mixing an explosive chorus with a down-key verse can often sound contrived and incohesive, but Catfish and the Bottlemen manage to avoid falling into the trap on new single ‘Homesick’. The track clocks in at two and a half minutes but feels like it’s over before you know it, stopping and starting in bursts without needing to catch its breath. Despite the young age of the band, there’s no sign of immaturity or inexperience – instead, just potential. ‘Homesick’ they might be, but it’ll take a while before we’re sick of this ourselves.

INTERVIEW: pools are nice

14 Jun

And we’re back! What better way to kick off the return of I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times than by an interview with one of our favourite bands, pools are nice. 

The four piece are from Connecticut, and have been featured frequently on this website for their lo-fi brand of fuzz-rock – from ‘Then you’re thinking too much’ to ‘We live here now’, there’s something arresting and interesting about each of their EPs, while their identity remains. I had a chat with the band about the thoughts behind the name, and what they have planned for the future…

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VIDEO: Keep It Steady (Empires), The Woodpile (Frightened Rabbit)

13 Dec

Empires have been one of my favourite bands since their conception – one of the first interviews we ever did was with Tom Conrad, years ago. So it’s with great delight that we’re sharing the video for ‘Keep It Steady’ here. If you haven’t listened to them before then this is a great introduction – energetic, hectic and above all fun. Seriously, we challenge you to watch this and not have a good time.

The video features skateboarding, archery and a trip across the country that almost makes us want to throw our assorted possessions in the back of a van and take off to find wide open fields. Sadly, that’s not going to happen – but watching ‘Keep It Steady’ is almost as good. Almost.

Speaking to MTV Hive about the video, frontman Sean Van Vleet said, “Seeing a bunch of kids skateboarding in an alley reminded me of when my friends used to go skating and I’d go along for the hang. Even though we were just a few blocks from home, the parking lot seemed like a world apart from the one we thought we were stuck in [in the suburbs].”

If you love ‘Keep It Steady’ then you can find the track on upcoming Empires album Garage Hymns – although you’ll have to wait til 12 June to pick it up.

Frightened Rabbit are finally beginning to get the recognition they deserve and, with the release of the video for ‘The Woodpile’, it’s incredibly easy to see why. The song is taken from upcoming album Pedestrian Verse – which frontman Scott Hutchison has previously described as “the strongest and most interesting record we’ve made to date.” The song is a lovely sprawling track, full of just the right amount of emotion and yearning that we’ve come to expect from the band.

One of the cleverer videos this year, ‘The Woodpile’ is worth watching for many reasons, but here are the top three. 1) The band provided some of their own ‘extras’, aka friends, so it’s pretty much a game (as the band themselves have acknowledged) of ‘spot the indie rock dude’. Tip: Oxford Collapse, Right On Dynamite, Bad Veins, Little Kicks and Olympic Swimmers are all featured.

2) The video shows the band joining a crowd of rubberneckers – and I love the video just for giving me a reason to use that word, but that’s not reason #2 – at the scene of an accident. But if that’s not enough, it utilises the single shot technique to take its slow time showing the details and providing an almost dreamlike element to it.

3) The twist ending. Perhaps anticipating that you might click away and let the song play while the video’s in a different tab, the band have done their very best to make sure that this one’s worth watching til the end. Well worth checking out.

LIVE REVIEW: Muse (27.10.2012)

31 Oct

There’s the perpetual question of whether an elaborate stageshow is something that enhances a band’s performance, or whether it’s just a crutch. When it comes to Muse, there’s no question, however – it works. They own the stage, and the lasers, LED screens and weird-pyramid-thing somehow manage to never detract from the trio onstage.

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Vaccines Come Of Age (The Vaccines)

8 Aug

The Vaccines have only been around since 2010 but they’re already raring to go and release their second album. After debut album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ hit our headphone only last year, the band didn’t rest on their laurels but instead toured and then jumped right back into the studio.

Follow up album ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’ has already come under criticism from being released too soon, but is that really such a bad thing? I take an early listen to the album and let you know what I think of each track…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Handwritten (The Gaslight Anthem)

25 Jul

The Gaslight Anthem are nothing if not consistent. If slices of Americana and the tragic stories of diner waitresses over heavy guitar riffs are your thing, then you know you’ll love them. If not then it’s slightly more touch and go – but hey, you always know what you’re getting.

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