I’ve got a busy week ahead, without too much time for blogging, so here’s three videos and bits of news which probably deserve to have blog posts of their own. If only there were more hours in the day.
The Beautiful Word have posted a new video for May Not Be Love, and in doing so have snuck in a mention that they’ve got an album on the way. Their new long player Particles should be with us later this year.
The Galleons put up the video for Islands of Japan this weekend. They’re also planning a new album, but are looking to raise funds via Pledge Music to help it along it’s way. If you liked the first one, if you want to support local music, head on over and see if any of their offers (from just buying the album all the way up to the band performing a private gig for you) take your fancy.
Moya‘s new single A Little More Love is out on 25th March. Her last single spent four weeks on the Radio 2 playlist, so fingers crossed this does as well. Moya’s off on tour soon supporting Razorlight’s Andy Burrows, and is kicking things off in her hometown – they play at The Komedia on 18th February.
It takes a lot to persuade people to come out on a freezing January evening, so Juice pulled out a few stops for the first New Music Night of the year. Opening act Moya released her acoustic debut EP last year – I posted the video of her covering Primal Scream’s I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have the other week. Apparently she’s in the studio at the moment, in a room next to Wiley, who’s interested in a collaboration of some sort! Vocally, Moya’s a less annoying Duffy – earnest singer songwriter stuff. She had another musician onstage, sitting behind a drum kit, but next to a keyboard, and who obviously fired off a lot of the backing tracks. Meanwhile Moya stood out front without even a guitar to hide behind, so she made do by wearing a big brimmed hat, making it near-impossible to see her eyes.
The second band of the night were Native Roses, whose website claims that they’re “a troupe of young bohemians”. In reality they’re an indie rock band, most notable for the band member who left when she got her own record deal – the drummer’s sister is Birdy, who made waves early last year with Skinny Love. Without her, they’re still a band worth looking out for though.
Headlining were the Bobby McGee’s, who are a band who could only really exist somewhere like Brighton. As much cabaret as music, with a dark, dark streak that runs through them, but at the same time a veneer of wide eyed innocence. Twee-core, they call it. You may have seen the Bobby McGee’s around town before but not as you would have seen them last night. The story is that Jimmy McGee was talking to someone at Jazz FM, and somehow ended up telling them that he had a Swing Band (he didn’t), and consequently got this non-existent band booked for a Jazz FM Christmas Party. The band had to move quickly, and have bolstered their members, and last night brought along a troupe of swing dancers. (note to Native Roses – that was what a troupe really looks like!). In their set which barely lasted three quarters of an hour, they rattled through dozens of songs, each of which showed a different side to their wit and charm.
The Bobby McGee’s
There’s been quite a flurry of activity over the past couple of weeks where a lot of bands have obviously been waiting for the new year to unleash themselves onto the world. Here’s a couple of bits and pieces that have come to my attention, some by new artists, some by more established acts.
Fistly some videos, first of which is Moya, covering the Primal Scream track which got remixed to become Loaded. She’s playing at the Juice New Music Showcase next week if you like the sound of that. Then there’s Sebastian Blake, who’s currently working on recording his debut EP, but has put out this taster. There’s also a new track by Chris T-T, who put on last sunday’s Midwinter Picnic. Lastly, there’s a brand new solo release from Matthew from Fujiya & Miyagi, who is recording his own stuff as Ampersand (being neither Fujiya or Miyagi, obviously).
Moya – I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have
Sebastian Blake – Red Underwear
Chris T-T – Binker
Ampersand – 20 Seas 4 Oceans
There’s also some audio too – there’s the latest demo release from Munich, and a taster of Shrag‘s new material:
Munich – Hidden House
Shrag – Chasing Consummations