Monthly Archives: November 2011

3 Daft Monkeys – Days of the Dance

The Cornish gypsy-folk trio, 3 Daft Monkeys, released their remixed and re-recorded single Days of the Dance today.

3 Daft Monkeys

3 Daft Monkeys

This new single has been taken from their fourth studio album The Antiquated & The Arcane and remixed by Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, Amy MacDonald, The Noisettes). It was re-recorded to include the new four piece line up.

Days of the Dance tells the interesting and mystical story of the dancing plague that took place in Strasbourg in 1518. A woman stepped out on to the street and couldn’t stop dancing. Several days later over 100 people had joined her. They danced for days and days to the sound of professional musicians who were called in to get them to continue dancing. The authorities believed the only cure was to let them dance it off, if you like.

3 Daft Monkeys have become recognised for their take on classic and traditional folk melodies. Days of the Dance has catchy lyrics, a cheeky traditional folk rhythm and a rather interesting video involving puppets.

Check it out below:

3 Daft Monkeys are also setting off on tour across the UK. All the dates are below.

November 2011:
Wed 9 LONDON Putney Half Moon
Thu 10 OXFORD Jericho
Fri 11 PORTSMOUTH The Cellars
Sat 12 TUNBRIDGE WELLS Forum
Sun 13 BRISTOL Louisiana
Tues 15 STRATFORD Cox’s Yard
Wed 16 NOTTINGHAM Bodega
Thu 17 SHEFFIELD The Greystones
Fri 18 HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club
Sat 19 WORCESTER Marrs Bar
Sun 20 TAVISTOCK Wharf

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Hyde & Beast Are Calling All Trumpet-Playing Fans

Hyde & Beast

Hyde & Beast

Hyde & Beast are calling on their UK trumpet-playing fans to join them live on stage throughout their UK tour.

The duo are asking for any fans with a talent on the trumpet to come forward and have a go at performing Never Come Back live with the band.

To be in with a chance of winning, email hydeandbeast@hotmail.co.uk along with confirmation that you own a trumpet and can actually play it. If you’re successful, they will be in touch with more information.

Hyde & Beast are also releasing their latest single You Will Be Lonely on November 14. In celebration of this, they’ve released the video. Directed by Ian West, who was the mastermind behind the videos for (And The) PIctures In The Sky and Never Come Back.

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The Dig – You’re Already Gone

The Dig

The Dig

With their debut album having been released in the US earlier this year, New York four piece The Dig have released a video and free download for album track You’re Already Gone for their UK fans.

Taken from the record Electric Toys, You’re Already Gone is a track which could easily be mistaken for a Strokes song. Blending quirky, indie music with diverse vocals, The Dig really do bring back the unique sound of The Strokes. Don’t panic though, they don’t sound exactly alike.

The vocals are more pleasing than that of Julian Casablancas’, you can actually hear what is being sung. There is more control – in fact it feels like there is more control in the whole song.

The Dig recently spent a week touring the UK supporting The Joy Formidable plus performing at a whole host of other shows in London for which they received great reviews. This New York band are making a name for themselves here in the UK and are not one to be missed.

View the video for You’re Already Gone below:

Download the track here.

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Wild Adriatic – The Lion EP

From upstate New York, Wild Adriatic are a rock band with attitude. Sounding familiar in style to the likes of some of the biggest rock legends, they are certainly not doing badly.

Wild Adriatic

Wild Adriatic

The four piece have been gigging together in various bands since their teens eventually leading to them making a name for themselves on the East Coast. Turning from an acoustic folk solo outfit, Wild Adriatic has expanded into a full rock band with all the passion and angst that’s needed.

If you like Led Zeppelin, Del Amitri or The Answer then you’ll definitely love Wild Adriatic. When the first song on the EP, Love And Loss, kicks in there’s an instant recognition to their sound. The guitar riffs resemble that of Led Zeppelin while track three, By Now, takes me back to 90s happy rock scene.

Lion In Its Cage is a one of the catchiest songs on the record with soulful guitar riffs in the verses and a memorable chorus sung passionately, “You’re living a lie I want you to stay/I’m gonna make it hard for you to stay away/I feel like a lion inside of its cage/When the time is right I’ll make my big escape”. This is truly one of the greatest rock tracks I’ve heard in a long time. With its strong soul and blues influences, it makes for a great listen with no faults.

The Writer is another fantastic track with choppy, stylistic guitar chords and brilliant vocals by Travis Gray. Gray has a dynamic and fiery voice which carries the song. His ability to go from low to high in Adam Levine (Maroon 5) style just shows how effortless yet breath taking his voice is.

The Lion is an EP that is not to be pushed aside. This band definitely have a knack for producing refreshing rock music. Taking influence from some of the most legendary rock artists around, it’s not hard to see why their music is instantly enjoyable.

The Lion EP is available on ITunes now.

 

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