So the a cappella album that everyone has been talking about is nearly here…
The Futureheads decided a little while ago to do something completely out of the blue and extraordinary leading them to release a fully a cappella album in less than a weeks time.
Rant is a record which only uses the four magnificent voices found in The Futureheads and it is definitely not an album to be missed. Not only have they recorded traditional songs a cappella but they’ve also re-worked some of their own songs such as Robots and Meantime in ways you would have never heard them before. The best re-working of a song has to be their a cappella version of Meet Me Halfway, originally by the Black-Eyed Peas, where they actually make it sound like a decent song.
Album artwork for The Futureheads' record
Some other gems on the record include the traditional song The Keeper. The harmonies on this track are spot on, the rhythm is kept perfect and everything just clicks together making it a breath-taking track. It’s the sort of song that can make your skin crawl in a good way. You are bound to be singing the chorus of “Jackie boy (Master) Sing ye well (Very well)/Hey down (Ho down) Derry derry down/Among the leaves so green-o” after the first listen.
The Old Dun Cow is another fantastic track. Being another traditional song, it has a great rather funny story which The Futureheads perform with enough humour and energy. The Futureheads has always been focused around harmonies but hearing them sing without any music at all really shows how good they are at them. They make it look so easy. The traditional songs seem to work better as a cappella especially with all their northern accents shining through.
By the end of the first listen there will be a part of you that will be screaming “Ditch the instruments!” They definitely sound more unique and interesting without all that indie music accompanying their already strong voices and harmonies. Hearing them stripped back gives a fresh approach to their band as well as a cappella music.
Rant will be released on Monday 2 April through Nul Records. Here’s a snippet from the album, The Keeper performed live in a pub:
Indie/post-punk band The I.D stem from London and are set to release their debut single Age Anti Age on April 2 through Duchamp Records.
After being asked to perform at Gary Powell’s (Libertines) club earlier this month, The I.D are surely heading for big things.
Age Anti Age is similar in style, musically and vocally, to Interpol yet at times a glimpse of the Arctic Monkeys’ guitar work sneaks in. With a very catchy chorus of, “You can say we don’t think alike/And who cares if it’s wrong or right/Because you’re getting older…” and incredibly talented musicians, Age Anti Age is a fantastic sing-along indie single.
Age Anti Age has wonderfully deep and smooth vocals blended with great musicianship making it such an easy and enjoyable track to listen to. Vocally, there is something in this track that hints towards influences from Robert Smith (The Cure). The song itself focuses on the issues of age; the regrets of not grasping opportunities in your youth when you have the chance and hating age when it creeps up on you as you refuse to let it tell you you’re getting old. It tells the story of a man who wants to “make up for the sobriety” of his youth while the chorus screams out “…You’re getting older/and I’m growing younger”.
Age Anti Age has a story to tell with a good and interesting message with lyrics that slowly unravel the more you listen to it. Sometimes indie songs have little in the way of a message but this track is certainly different in that respect. It’s quite refreshing to hear indie music in this way.
The I.D release Age Anti Age on Monday 2 April through Duchamp Records. It will be available for free download and on iTunes.
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With The Futureheads’ acoustic and a cappella tour creeping up on us fast, it feels only right to share with you all a tour preview video of what’s to come.
The UK tour kicks start on April 2 in Brighton which coincides with the release of their a cappella album, Rant. As Barry Hyde has said to stop any pre-misconceptions:
“Just because this is an a cappella album doesn’t mean to say that the songs are slow or passive. They’re still in-your-face, slightly mad, aggressive. They’re still The Futureheads.”
The Futureheads will be playing the following UK shows:
2nd: BRIGHTON, Komedia
3rd: BRISTOL, Colston Hall
4th: LONDON, Union Chapel
5th: LEEDS, Wardrobe
6th: STOCKTON, Georgian Theatre
8th: GATESHEAD, Sage
9th: GLASGOW, Oran Mor
10th: BIRMINGHAM, Glee Club
12th: NOTTINGHAM, Glee Club
13th: MANCHESTER, Royal Northern College of Music
Rant will be released April 2 through Nul Records alongside double A-side single, Meet Me Halfway/The No.1 Song in Heaven.
Halfway to New York
New band Halfway to New York made their appearance in the British music scene last autumn with their debut single, Out of Time. After gaining critical media acclaim, they are back with an EP titled Treading Water set for release on May 21.
With vocals that are similar to Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and music which is just as anthemic as the Irish indie rock band, Halfway to New York are set for big things. Having recently returned from America where they’ve spent two weeks having meetings with record labels and agencies out there, things are certainly moving forward for this group.
Treading Water is the first song to be revealed from the EP. It’s a great, strong indie rock song filled with dramatic lyrics and even more dramatic guitar riffs. Take a listen here.
If you like Snow Patrol then it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll love these guys.
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Folk musician Laura Gibson
Laura Gibson’s next single The Fire is set for release on April 9 to coincide with her UK tour. To celebrate this news, she is giving away a free download of the track on Soundcloud.
The Fire is taken from Laura Gibson’s critically acclaimed album, La Grande. It’s a song full of bluesy, folk tones that instantly transport you to a time long forgotten. Her unique voice echoes through your ears at the beginning while it’s accompanied by the folk guitar before the song picks up more energy. Being one of the more upbeat tracks on La Grande, The Fire produces happy images of peaceful summer days.
Click here for your free download of The Fire.
Laura Gibson will be playing the following shows:
14th: The Portland Party @ Grackle, SXSW 7:15pm
15th: Barsuk showcase @ The Red Eyed Fly, SXSW 10:15pm
17th: Kevchino Party, SXSW (Time & Location TBA)
8th: DEVON, Totnes Studio Lounge
10th: LONDON, Lexington
11th: LIVERPOOL, Leaf
12th: LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
13th: BRIGHTON, Komedia Bar
14th: BRISTOL, Louisiana
Fans can also be in with the chance of winning an exclusive show in their own home from Laura Gibson herself. For more information, visit City Slang’s Facebook page here.
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