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6-track album from indie-folk band The White Album. They are playing a few UK dates in July, so if you enjoy, go see them!

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Big Scary Monsters showcase at Screenadelica, at Liverpool Sound City
On 19th may, we travelled to Liverpool, to see the much anticipated (FREE!) Big Scary Monsters showcase at Screenadelica, as part of the Liverpool Sound City 2012. Here are our highlights:
Words by Laurence Fryer-Taylor
 
Jazzhands:If there was ever an equation for how to put on an excellent show then Jazzhands might just be the mathematicians behind it. Having three drummers, adding one saxophone, dividing by lounge jazz interludes, multiplying by six members and then finding the square root of one masked mentalist seems to equal one of the most memorable performances I have seen for a long time. Their sound, which can only be described as a duet of jazz and rock falling down the stairs, was able to attract a big crowd for their early set time and we were not disappointed. Jazzhands also made me realise there isn’t enough laughter at gigs, as a topless man, wearing an orange balaclava wielding a cow bell waltzed past me amongst the crowd. If that sounds an odd image to find at a gig, it was. Jazzhands are a fantastic live band. Get tickets to see them. Now.
Algiers:Providers of a melodic rest after the onslaught of sight and sound that was Jazzhands, Algiers played a very precise set filled with guitar hooks. Each hit of the drum and strum of the guitar sounded like a small cog in the machine that was the sound of Algiers. A particular highlight of their set was the single ‘Uncover Me’ which sounded even better live.
Ninetails:Ninetails were the band that probably included as many genres in their sound as there were bands performing at Screenadelica. Their opening song alone included liberal doses of post-rock, math-rock and even a bit of pop just to make sure every base was covered. Bands that mash together genres like this are often victims of trying to do too much at once, but Ninetails show that rather than just trying to force square pegs in round holes, (innuendo aside) their sound is a naturally occurring process from a wide range of influences. New single ‘Blue Bottle Flu’ was the stand out song of their set, and the facial expressions of bassist, Phil, were a sign that Ninetails obviously enjoy what they’re doing. 
 
Crash of Rhinos:
After months of having ‘Distal’ playing over and over again, I was looking forward to the prospect of Crash of Rhinos performing a few feet in front of me at Screenadelica. The epic wall of noise that Crash of Rhinos create was a welcome thump to the ribs after the dull, white noise of conversation mid-set, and their enjoyment of playing live was evident from their ability to break not only a guitar string, but a bass string too. However, a helping hand from Tall Ships and a spare Telecaster meant the show went on to a very welcoming crowd who witnessed one of the best sets of the night.
 
Vasco Da Gama:
I don’t know about the guys from Vasco Da Gama, but I was always a Santos fan. Anyway, apart from foreign football allegiances, Vasco Da Gama were the penultimate band of the night and did not disappoint. The local boys played songs with huge scouse grins on their faces, grins which were reflected in their music that had the band and the crowd jigging along. It was difficult to pick a single song that stood out, as every one seemed to get just as good reception as the last. However, as a guitar geek I would like extend a compliment towards the bands lovely instruments, especially singer and guitarist, John, as his unusual axe caught my eye in particular. If instruments could smile, the guitars of Vasco Da Gama would have grins as wide as the Mersey.

Tall Ships:
Worthy headliners Tall Ships weren’t on stage until one in the morning, but the wait was worth it for the crowd that assembled for them. Despite having one of the biggest assemblages of gear of the night, they knew how to use each and every item there. Stand out songs were ‘Books’ and new single ‘T=0’, both of which were played with a cheeky smile to a crowd that had every single head nodding along. They did make me wonder why such a big crowd for such a small venue wasn’t any bigger.

RESERVOIR REVIEWS - Live review 19/05/12

Big Scary Monsters showcase at Screenadelica, at Liverpool Sound City

On 19th may, we travelled to Liverpool, to see the much anticipated (FREE!) Big Scary Monsters showcase at Screenadelica, as part of the Liverpool Sound City 2012. Here are our highlights:

Words by Laurence Fryer-Taylor

 

Jazzhands:

If there was ever an equation for how to put on an excellent show then Jazzhands might just be the mathematicians behind it. Having three drummers, adding one saxophone, dividing by lounge jazz interludes, multiplying by six members and then finding the square root of one masked mentalist seems to equal one of the most memorable performances I have seen for a long time. Their sound, which can only be described as a duet of jazz and rock falling down the stairs, was able to attract a big crowd for their early set time and we were not disappointed. Jazzhands also made me realise there isn’t enough laughter at gigs, as a topless man, wearing an orange balaclava wielding a cow bell waltzed past me amongst the crowd. If that sounds an odd image to find at a gig, it was. Jazzhands are a fantastic live band. Get tickets to see them. Now.



Algiers:

Providers of a melodic rest after the onslaught of sight and sound that was Jazzhands, Algiers played a very precise set filled with guitar hooks. Each hit of the drum and strum of the guitar sounded like a small cog in the machine that was the sound of Algiers. A particular highlight of their set was the single ‘Uncover Me’ which sounded even better live.



Ninetails:

Ninetails were the band that probably included as many genres in their sound as there were bands performing at Screenadelica. Their opening song alone included liberal doses of post-rock, math-rock and even a bit of pop just to make sure every base was covered. Bands that mash together genres like this are often victims of trying to do too much at once, but Ninetails show that rather than just trying to force square pegs in round holes, (innuendo aside) their sound is a naturally occurring process from a wide range of influences. New single ‘Blue Bottle Flu’ was the stand out song of their set, and the facial expressions of bassist, Phil, were a sign that Ninetails obviously enjoy what they’re doing.

 

Crash of Rhinos:

After months of having ‘Distal’ playing over and over again, I was looking forward to the prospect of Crash of Rhinos performing a few feet in front of me at Screenadelica. The epic wall of noise that Crash of Rhinos create was a welcome thump to the ribs after the dull, white noise of conversation mid-set, and their enjoyment of playing live was evident from their ability to break not only a guitar string, but a bass string too. However, a helping hand from Tall Ships and a spare Telecaster meant the show went on to a very welcoming crowd who witnessed one of the best sets of the night.

 

Vasco Da Gama:

I don’t know about the guys from Vasco Da Gama, but I was always a Santos fan. Anyway, apart from foreign football allegiances, Vasco Da Gama were the penultimate band of the night and did not disappoint. The local boys played songs with huge scouse grins on their faces, grins which were reflected in their music that had the band and the crowd jigging along. It was difficult to pick a single song that stood out, as every one seemed to get just as good reception as the last. However, as a guitar geek I would like extend a compliment towards the bands lovely instruments, especially singer and guitarist, John, as his unusual axe caught my eye in particular. If instruments could smile, the guitars of Vasco Da Gama would have grins as wide as the Mersey.


Tall Ships:

Worthy headliners Tall Ships weren’t on stage until one in the morning, but the wait was worth it for the crowd that assembled for them. Despite having one of the biggest assemblages of gear of the night, they knew how to use each and every item there. Stand out songs were ‘Books’ and new single ‘T=0’, both of which were played with a cheeky smile to a crowd that had every single head nodding along. They did make me wonder why such a big crowd for such a small venue wasn’t any bigger.


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Ninetails release their new single Blue Bottle Flu TODAY! Download it for free and be a tight git, OR you could part with some change for their best track yet!

Well well well….

Went to Screenadelica at Liverpool SoundCity! last night and it was INSANE! Reviews and and other stuff will be coming in the next few days. Here is a right good tune from last nights amazing headliners Tall Ships,

JONQUIL begin their UK tour tomorrow!

JONQUIL begin their UK tour tomorrow!

A new song from Yeasayer, “Henrietta”.

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Shoes and Socks Off - Miles of Mad Water
"What do you do after being a member of one of the most influential independent bands of the past 10 years? For Toby Hayes, the ex-vocalist of Meet Me in St. Louis, the answer lay in the unbounded creativity of his solo project, Shoes and Socks Off.

Listening to his first album is a very intimate experience. Recorded in a bedroom with just himself and a guitar, ‘From the Muddy Banks of the Melitzer’ provided a welcome change from typical acoustic solo acts with its DIY attitude and almost bitter delivery. Since then, Hayes went on to release 3 more albums and become one of my favorite solo musicians. Hence, I was excited to hear about the pending release of his newest album, ‘Miles of Mad Water’.

However, upon the leaking of a couple of tracks prior to its release, the acoustic ‘stubbed-toe blues’ that had become so familiar to me seemed long gone. The tracks ‘Tork Sport’ and ‘And No-One’s Seen Him Since’ showed that ‘Miles of Mad Water’ was no longer just one man and his guitar. This meant more instruments and more electronics, but as his other albums show, sometimes less is more. The ambient sounds and crunching drums of ‘Tork Sport’ and ‘And No-One’s Seen Him Since’ would sound familiar to any fans of ‘Kid A’, and were even compared to Nine Inch Nails by a passing comment from a friend whilst listening to the album. Like Kid A, however, with a few listens the electronics that have slowly worked their way into the sound of Shoes and Socks Off since ‘From the Muddy Banks…’ prove to be something to be savored. Hayes doesn’t completely shun his acoustic roots either, as the melancholy melodies of ‘Made’ and ‘The Doppler Effect’ show. 

It seems that just like all the good things, ‘Miles of Mad Water’ takes some getting used to. Given a little patience and perhaps a flick through the back catalogue, ‘Miles of Mad Water’ is definitely an album worthy your time.”

WRITTEN BY LAURENCE FRYER-TAYLOR

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Shoes and Socks Off - Miles of Mad Water

"What do you do after being a member of one of the most influential independent bands of the past 10 years? For Toby Hayes, the ex-vocalist of Meet Me in St. Louis, the answer lay in the unbounded creativity of his solo project, Shoes and Socks Off.


Listening to his first album is a very intimate experience. Recorded in a bedroom with just himself and a guitar, ‘From the Muddy Banks of the Melitzer’ provided a welcome change from typical acoustic solo acts with its DIY attitude and almost bitter delivery. Since then, Hayes went on to release 3 more albums and become one of my favorite solo musicians. Hence, I was excited to hear about the pending release of his newest album, ‘Miles of Mad Water’.


However, upon the leaking of a couple of tracks prior to its release, the acoustic ‘stubbed-toe blues’ that had become so familiar to me seemed long gone. The tracks ‘Tork Sport’ and ‘And No-One’s Seen Him Since’ showed that ‘Miles of Mad Water’ was no longer just one man and his guitar. This meant more instruments and more electronics, but as his other albums show, sometimes less is more. The ambient sounds and crunching drums of ‘Tork Sport’ and ‘And No-One’s Seen Him Since’ would sound familiar to any fans of ‘Kid A’, and were even compared to Nine Inch Nails by a passing comment from a friend whilst listening to the album. Like Kid A, however, with a few listens the electronics that have slowly worked their way into the sound of Shoes and Socks Off since ‘From the Muddy Banks…’ prove to be something to be savored. Hayes doesn’t completely shun his acoustic roots either, as the melancholy melodies of ‘Made’ and ‘The Doppler Effect’ show. 


It seems that just like all the good things, ‘Miles of Mad Water’ takes some getting used to. Given a little patience and perhaps a flick through the back catalogue, ‘Miles of Mad Water’ is definitely an album worthy your time.”

WRITTEN BY LAURENCE FRYER-TAYLOR

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Perfect music to match with a sunny day - Loose Talk Costs Lives 2011 EP - Wax & Gold

Shoes and Socks Off has released a new album today via Father Figure Records. Listen to it here:

New song and video from NGOD!