The next instalment of the Last.fm and HP Pop-Up Sessions in association with the ‘Everybody On’ campaign, is here and features the splendid ‘Leisure Society’.
The Leisure Society
A couple of weeks ago saw The Leisure Society perform an intimate set at the Tamesis Dock in London. Watch this exclusive video of their performance and what the band had to say about their music, the recording process and what the ‘power of sound’ means to them.
Now for a long overdue New Noise… feature for you, one of which that comes in the shape of oddball electro pop twisters, Plant Plants. The duo from London create an amalgamation of infused math rock with effect pedal ‘Talking Heads’ electronica. It’s a mind bending soundscape that captures the imagination and simply mesmerises the listener.
The one thing that amazes me about these guys is how complex the music is, but there is not a laptop in sight. It is live instrumentation from the bottom up, whether that be using fuzz pedals or samplers, it’s all them. They have just released an EP simply entitled ‘Plant Plants’ and it was released on the 20th June through ‘Less Music’. Produced by the brilliant Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, together they have conceived this magnificent piece of work that combines digital sampling, parallel vocals and intricate guitar work. Songs like ‘Hands That Sleep’ and ‘She’s The One’ are just spellbinding examples of two innovative minds at work.
If you want to hear exactly what I am talking about, go no further as I have a free track right here for you to download….
For more info on the band you can visit them on Facebook and MySpace if you so wish.
Something interesting came my way not too long ago. It was the beginning of a journey, a quest if you like into something dark and delusive by a group of misfits that go by the name 0f, The Narrows. The work they have produced is called “The Dirty Pamphlet”
The Dirty Pamphlet
So as it begins I was first given this……
Naturally my intrigue got the better of me and I wanted to know more. So I was sent some of The Dirty Pamphlets and I was told I am now part of the hunt! My role will be to place the pamphlets in a unique location close to me, and to let people know where they will be. Once final details had been decided I was then shown this video.
DISCLAIMER: WARNING THIS VIDEO MAY DISTURB YOU
As the 25th June gets ever so close, I am now able to list the places where The Dirty Pamphlets can be picked up from at around 10am onwards:
Manchester – Piccadilly Records 53 Oldham St Manchester, Lancashire M1 1JR
London – Harrods (Yes, THAT Harrods), HMV Department, 87-135 Brompton Road Knightsbridge London, SW1X 7X (My Location)
So there you have it, this 4 page pamphlet that will unleash the sinister and mysterious world of The Narrows to you, will be available at the above place from 10am on Saturday 25th June. Upon receipt, take it in and call the number on the back, that’s when the hunt will officially be on.
For up to date info on this fascinating voyage follow @thenarrowsband on Twitter
Also for London Pamphlet updates, follow me on @sourmashmusic - I will be expecting you.
“Where’s all the hooligans?”, all at the Shepherds Bush Empire Example, that’s where. Self proclaimed ‘homecoming’ show, you can only really expect one thing, that this party is going to explode!
A bit of a weird setting for such an energetic and dynamic musician, but Example makes the most of it and to say his fans do to, will go down as the biggest understatement of the year. The walls are crumbling in this old theatre and the roof is ever so close to just tearing the fuck off. Since the release of Won’t Go Quietly, Example has only gone from strength to strength, which in turn has obviously led him to do sell out shows in one of London’s finest establishments.
As the lights go down, the searchlights go up, scanning the room for the thousands of adoring “hooligans”. The man himself makes his way to the stage and the crowd erupt to a deafening adulation. I took one look down and this sea of bodies all seem to just mould into one. It was heaving as the band launched into ‘Last Ones Standing’ and that was it, the party had officially started.
We were treated to the usual big hitters with the likes of ‘Won’t Go Quietly’, ‘Dirty Face’ and ‘Watch The Sun Come Up’. All this plus a surprise guest spot from Wretch32. The duo performed their brand new single, Unorthodox, to an arm swaying, hip shaking massive. Not only that, but also Example demonstrated why he is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the “club banger”. Performing two new songs, he gave us an insight into his next big sounding album and that he is no stranger to huge hooks and banging bass-lines.
He closes on what was one of the biggest tunes of last year, the infectious ‘Kickstarts’. Mass hysteria ensues followed by a feeling of unity and euphoria. The big grin on Examples face and across the thousands of many others, highlights just how transcendental a show by Mr Elliot Gleave can fortunately be.