London Grammar emerged in 2013 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, If You Wait, and quickly went on to becoming one of the most exciting international breakthrough acts of recent times. Winning a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for their hit single ‘Strong’ and being nominated for a BRIT Award, the trio have since sold-out multiple headlining tours worldwide and have performed on high profile US TV shows such as ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as well as the former NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman back in 2014.
Produced by acclaimed British musician Jon Hopkins (Brian Eno, King Creosote), this immense, sweeping soundscape is the second track to be revealed by London Grammar this year.
The band (Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman) worked with renowned video director Sophie Muller (Coldplay, Beyonce) to create a widescreen visual concept, vivid enough to reflect the track itself. The result, a video unlike anything we’ve seen from the band before.
- Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool
2. Mannequin Pussy- Romantic
3. Leonard Cohen- You Want It Darker
4. Frank Ocean- Blonde
5. Kikagaku Moyo- House In The Tall Grass
6. David Bowie- Blackstar
7. Anohni- Hoplessness
8. Michael Kiwanuka- Love & Hate
9. Angel Olsen- My Woman
10. Kris Orlowski- Often In The Pause
In case you haven’t heard. The festival season has come and gone, and although that may make some of us a bit sad, you’ll be happy to know, there is a new kind of fest. Yes, we have the Nadafest. It’s the only non-fest music festival, and its going on this month under the moniker of “We Are Not Having a Music Festival”, get it? No big sponsors, no ferris wheels or outdoor stages. Just you and some of your friends, and hopefully a few of your favorite local bands.
After a bit of a blunder last year, they are looking to turn things around, and make another run at spotlighting the incredible talent we have here in Seattle and the surrounding areas.
Nobody takes a cut, but the artists, yes you’ve heard it correct, all proceeds will go back to the artists. So if you want to come down and get way more bang for your buck (measly $10). I think you should come down and check out some of Seattles favorite acts. Lots of great bands, and a few of our favorites, which we urge you to check out. This runs all weekend October 21st – 23rd at Substation in frellard. For more info click here.
GREET THE SEA
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this band a few times … and every time I’ve walk away moved by their intensely tight performance and incredibly big sound.
If your in the mood to see a good rock show. Go check out these guys from Copenhagen at The Funhouse on the 26th of Sept. They’re worth it!
I had a chance to chat with lead vocalist Mikkel about touring, favorite things in the USA, and Donald Trump.
So you just finished raising money for the vinyl printing and re-mastering your first EP. With all the things you need money for, and as much as you guys travel overseas (touring the North America Sept-15/Oct 2nd), why was that so important? And congrats on meeting your goal.
Thanks Jason! Like a lot of music fans, we are into vinyl. The Foreign Resort 2011 EP was a milestone as far as us defining our own sound and ever since it came out we have been wanting to release it on vinyl. But with touring and new releases coming we just never had the funding or time to make it happen. Until now, where we are kind of in between releases while still touring in Europe and North America in support of The American Dream EP. We thought this would be a good time to try and fund the vinyl re-issue and make a special thing out of it, remastering it for vinyl and sending out the new mastering as digital download as well as adding two bonus tracks. This also completes the TFR discography on vinyl and that’s a big accomplishment for us.
Speaking of traveling. You must be one of the most well-traveled indie bands I know, and it’s all out of pocket. Why is traveling abroad so important, and how difficult is it?
Well, first of all, we like touring. If we’re not on the road for a while we become restless. Second, we’re getting a lot better response from The US, Germany and now also Canada than we do back home. To be honest, we probably have more people coming out to see us in cities like Seattle, Boston, Cologne and Leipzig than we have back in Copenhagen. The fans are also more dedicated – and they dance when we play! We love that!
It takes a lot of work to book a tour, but it is fun work and it has become easier with an ever expanding network of friends and contacts throughout North America. It is also very expensive and we spent a lot of money on work visas, plane tickes and rental vans. But that is also getting better. The shows pay better and our crowdfunding campaign last year to finance 3 North American tours, incl. the work visas we currently have, has improved our band economy significantly. We’re still a couple of thousand in the hole after a tour like the upcoming North America tour, but it is worth it. All of it.
Since I’ve known of you guys, you’ve been to Seattle at least 5-6 times? and I’m sure you’ve been here more. What do you love about Seattle? and what do you hate?
We have been to Seattle like 5-7 times. It’s been good every time. First time was back in 2009 and we still crash at Joel and Amber’s place. Only back in 2009 Joel was in Black Nite Crash and today he is in VibraGun. Joel Bergstrom is a fantastic guy. He is definitely one of the things we love about Seattle! In general, it is the people we have met in Seattle that make it such a great city.
If there’s anything we hate, it would be the weather, which is very much like in Denmark. Rain.
Another thing would be the rising house prices that force out the middle class or rather the creative and musically interested. Unfortunately, that is now a worldwide phenomenon – gentrification of the creative class. We even made a song about it calles “Onto Us” from “The American Dream”.
But let’s get back to the good things: The music scene of Seattle. Every time we play in Seattle we meet new great bands. We already mentioned VibraGun and Black Nite Crash. This time we’re playing with Charlatan whose music we really like and at previous shows we loved to play with Season of Strangers, Red Martian and Dacha.
Favorite places in the USA?
Oh man, you’re putting us on the spot here. That’s a difficult question. We love so many places in the US.
Obviously, Seattle is way up there. Portland too. Such great people and music! And very chill. Boston has always been good for us as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Boise, ID is definitely worth mentioning too. We played there a couple of times before playing at Treefort Music Fest, which was really awesome! Austin is worth mentioning, but to be fair we have only been there during SXSW.
What kind of foods do you look forward to here, that you can’t get at home … or are just not the same?
We started out with burgers. And we still get plenty of burgers – American style. Especially In N Out, which is luckily spreading from California to Texas, Utah and other states. Not sure exactly what it is but the burgers are just better in the States. On recent tours we started getting food from taco trucks and it is really delicious! So on this upcoming tour we will be getting a lot more Mexican food. And burgers.
Are you working on any projects right now? New albums?
We are currently writing and rehearsing songs for our next album to be released in 2017. With a lot of touring going on we haven’t started recording yet, but when we return to Denmark after this tour we will start recording the new songs. We’re also looking into recording a couple of cover songs. Not sure about it yet, but we could be covering Willie Nelson!
Give us Americans 5 bands we should be checking out from your neck of the woods?
Let’s do Northern Europe:
Then Comes Silence from Stockholm, Sweden – https://youtu.be/XFkQ3yHB0dQ (great video!)
The Exploding Boy from Stockholm, Sweden – https://youtu.be/3fq66NreVQU
The Entrepreneurs from Copenhagen, Denmark – https://youtu.be/awzTNxXBqCA
Jaguwar from Dresden, Germany – https://jaguwar.bandcamp.com/album/i-ep
Box and the Twins from Cologne, Germany – https://youtu.be/NLGMJRlb7k8
At this point in your musical career, what makes your proudest?
That we are still together as a band and doing all this touring. Most bands that aren’t super big, or at least making a living off their music, split up or remain a band that only plays the occasional local show. We’re all over the place and we can finally feel the hard work paying off, playing larger festivals and bigger venues. Especially in Germany and the US. People are starting to know our name and that makes us proud.
If I wanted to introduce someone to The Foreign Resort. Which song of yours would I play?
The song that gives the best insight into our music while also appealing to the broadest audience would probably be “Take a Walk” – https://youtu.be/Occr4GpJKAk
Lastly….. Any thoughts on Donald trump?
Donald Trump is douchebag feeding on scared Americans. What’s worse is that you guys are screwed either way this time, no matter if it’s Hillary or Donald. That said, better Hillary. We know so many great Americans that are scared and sad about the current state of affairs. Your politics and American society in general is such a sad story, and we feel sorry for you that these are the choices you have. You can change that though. Bernie got far and there will be others like him. Maybe next time. Don’t give up!
See you out there!
If you don’t know World Wild, then the video for their new single HOLLYWOOD is going to make your head explode, between touring and electrifying the stage with the likes of Client Liaison and Luke Million .. World Wild have been busy making art happen.
World Wild teamed up with Aaron Shuppan, a film maker making waves around the world.
Singer, Jarrad Lee Jackson says: After watching Aarons reel I was blown away, it wasn’t like anything id seen lately, it was full of mystery and it took me to a dark place in which I felt safe and didn’t want to leave. I knew right away Aaron was going to have to make this video, the mans a genius.
The boys carted the whole production half a kilometre up a secret ridge to get that perfect view and as seen in the video WHAT A VIEW! The video is oozing with eighties influence, from an old broken down dirt bike to the blinders and smoke machines, there is a “Lost Boys” eeriness to a Ramones “Pet Cemetery” texture. It builds beautifully to a stadium ready ending sonically and visually makes you want to see World Wild’s explosive live performance.
Jackson: We were performing on a ridge over looking our city using generators, smoke machines, crazy lighting, we all worked together and made it happen, the rain held out and everything ran so smoothly. I took a moment to comprehend that it was even happening, there was an emotional static in the air in which I think we could all feel, you don’t get to feel that often and I will never forget it.
Hollywood is about two artists/lovers trying to make their dreams reality, the constant battles they push through and how easy it is to turn bad energy onto one another.
This indie synth driven piece of art is a hybrid of electronic loops and studio recordings inspired by true events, emotions and moments in time where the earth stood still.
Jackson: We aren’t here to enjoy success, we have no expectations of finding a pot of gold but only to live and breathe the adventure of putting in fruition our imagination, the battles we entail on each artistic burst is called life, we enjoy that.
I’m sure everyone knows by now that after a five year hiatus, Sub-Pop band Wolf Parade have re-grouped and are currently in the process of a short tour.
After a few residency shows in New York, Toronto and London this May, they just kicked it off this weekend in Oregon at the annual Pickathon, and are wrapping it up end of September in Ohio.
Since putting Wolf Parade behind them, the band’s main members have gone on to release new music under various monikers and/or with new acts — Spencer Krug with Moonface, Sunset Rubdown, and Swan Lake; Dan Boeckner with Operators and Divine Fits. But fret not, the boys are back. And although a small evolution in sound (sounding a bit more refined and secure in their musical prowess), the signature Wolf Parade is intact.
And one thing is for certain, this band is a lot of fun to check out live, so don’t miss them this upcoming August 7th (Special guests Dardo) and 8th (Special guests Deep Sea Diver) at The Neptune Theater.
Finally I had a chance to get to a few of my pictures from BBB 2016. This was my first year attending BBB 2016, and it’s no doubt, one of the best little music fest’s around. I was able to snap some shots of some of my Seattle faves, as well, as some new discoveries (sign of a great fest), before I started to over indulge. I hope this doesn’t go away anytime soon, cause I am looking forward to next year already.