The incredible New Music keeps coming including the debut single from Notts Factor winners ONE GIRL ONE BOY, two exclusive live tracks and an intro to our Artist of the Month for November.
WARNING: The podcast may contain some fruity language, if easily offended check out CBeebies.
NUSIC New Music Podcast 039 (95) TRACKLISTING
SAINT RAYMOND - Bonfires
REBEL SOUL COLLECTIVE – XTC
HANNAH HOLLEY – Little Lady
ONE GIRL ONE BOY – If This Is Love
REWIND: LYKA - Abrasive
JUST JAMES – Red Light Means Go (Sound Hub Records)
BACK TO THE FUTURE: D FLOWZ - Perfect (FS Live Track)
BAND OF JACKALS – Tempted By Lasers (FS Live Track)
INJURED BIRDS – Song For Bailey (Denizen Recordings)
LEXUS – First Class Ticket
PACIFICA - Ruin
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After the epicness of October where we effectively had three ARTISTS OF THE MONTH in the form of NATALIE DUNCAN, DOG IS DEAD and JAKE BUGG normal service is resumed in November. This month the batton passes to the musical phenomena that is INJURED BIRDS.
November is a big month for the band as they have released their debut album Silver Birches (via local label Denizen Recordings), and it’s already received critical acclaim from The Guardian, Time Out and The Metro. Consisting of ten tracks including their singles Happy As Clams and Hey Now Hey Now the album is diverse as the contrast between the two singles infers. Every podcast in November (next one out on Monday) will feature tracks from the album to give you a taste of that diversity. Or even better you could just go out and buy it now!
Silver Birches is available to buy from Rough Trade, iTunes and Amazon. In town the band ‘have it on good authority’ that The Music Exchange is stocking the album, they also stock a wide range of local artists so always worth checking out.
We hope to feature an interview with the band later in the month.
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PS You can next catch the band live in Nottingham at Sounddhism at The Bodega on Dec 1st.
To celebrate the release of their debut album ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ we spent a day filming DOG IS DEAD perform live at Wollaton Hall. We also stopped off to have a chat at various locations around Nottingham that had played a role in their story. Kinda spookily this all took place almost three years to the day since we did our first session with the band.
Debut album ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ is officially released in the next 24 hours, full review HERE
DOG IS DEAD
As part of our Artist of the Month celebrations, we always try to deliver an interview. The ever enthralling WE SHOW UP ON RADAR is our September Artist of the Month, so back when it was still sunny (remember those days? No, me neither), I managed to grab the delightful Andy Wright for an orange juice and a chat.
Maddie: How did WE SHOW UP ON RADAR get started?
Andy Wright: Hmm that’s tricky…I think I started it myself. I just wrote a song and went ‘ta daa’, it’s WE SHOW UP ON RADAR.
M: And you liked it so carried on?
AW: Well I’m not sure I liked it. It was necessary, a good thing to do. I guess I’ve been doing it quite a while. I’ve been writing songs for about 15 years. I mean, the first ten years, they were all appalling songs! Just terrible. But then I finally got to a level which was virtually acceptable.
M: Your music’s been described as ‘grown up nursery rhymes’. Is this a deliberate thing you go for?
AW: I’m not sure if they’re nursery rhymes or not, they’re just little things that I find significance in. Like having a little wander up to the castle could become a little fairy tale-ish I suppose. I don’t do anything exciting see. I have to make it seem a bit more fascinating than it really is.
M: Is there any particular writing process you go through?
AW: It normally starts with a nice little lyric. The melodies are easy, not easy for me to create –I’m no Mozart or summit- but they’re quite simple. As long as it’s got a nice lyrical flow to it…like hip-hop. Whimsical fairy tale Hip Hop. That’ll be my next album and it’ll be lovely. But yeah, it normally starts with a lyric, and that’s often inspired by someone else. This album’s got stuff from by Charles Bukowski and lots of poetry and stuff I’ve read in the past. I’ll take a lyric, play around with it and go off on one.
M: Your debut came out on September Tenth. What can we expect from ‘Sadness Defeated’?
AW: Oooh…more of that general fairy tale whimsy stuff! Maybe a death metal track at the end to throw people off. Actually, there is a track that goes a bit heavy at the end. I got my friend Joe in with his electric guitar and we decided to play really loud at the end of the song. Takes you from fairy tale whimsy right through to death metal.
M: You’re often described as multi-instrumentalist. Did you play most of the instruments on your new album?
AW: For this album it was a weird process. I started with something I thought was finished basically. I played everything, ukulele, guitars, keyboards-anything I could get my hands on – and recorded it. I programmed the string parts and stuff like that though. Then Jason Boshoff, a really amazing producer who’s worked with bands like Elbow, Groove Armada and other great people, approached me and was like ‘It’ll be great when it’s finished’. I thought it was finished! So we got back into the studio to do all the real-live instruments. Miles and Rob from CAPTAIN DANGEROUS and MANIERE DES BOHEMIENS arranged the strings properly for me so many people have been involved in making the album. And it’s all local too. Except for Jason. I think he’s from South Africa.
M: The Notts Scene is really kicking off at the moment. What are your thoughts on the scene?
AW: Totally amazing. I’m not sure if the quality of music being made has changed, it’s just getting nationally noticed more, especially with DOG IS DEAD and JAKE BUGG. So much great stuff out there, GEORGIE ROSE is really making a name for herself too. It’s nice that it’s finally getting some recognition.
M: Couldn’t agree more! If you could collaborate with any Nottinghamshire artist, who would it be?
AW: SLEAFORD MODS. Definitely. I’m pretty sure he’s the voice of my inner monologue anyway. He’s an angry fellow, but that would be perfect for me. He makes me laugh and go ‘yeah, I completely see where he’s coming from’. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not…
M: You seem to be well known for live sets that are comical. Is that something that you deliberately go for?
AW: I think it’s probably more of a defence thing. If I bare my soul on stage, then they might just be like ‘err..it’s alright’, whereas I know I can make people laugh, or chuckle a little bit. They go home with a little smile on their face whether they liked the songs or not. That’s the important bit.
M: A while back you did a small tour of local libraries. How was that in comparison to the ‘normal’ gigging scene?
AW: Well I can say I hate libraries now. County Council Libraries at least. I thought it would be nice, a nice place to perform music. But they’re not really music venues. That’s what I found. Also, there are as many drunk people at libraries as there are at somewhere like Rescue Rooms. A bit strange.
M: Sounds it. Gigging highlights? Since I’m guessing it wasn’t the library circuit…
AW: Supporting Bright Eyes at Rock City was amazing. I toured with The Boy Least Likely To which was lovely, supported The National too which was great. I always support people, except for Bright Eyes, when they’re not famous either so you’re all in the same boat. But then they seem to go off on the famous boat and i’m still on the non-famous boat! I’m local ‘till I die, keeping it real.
M: How about disasters? Any absolute nightmares?
AW: Festivals tend not to go so well for me. There’s a guy who just follows me round to gigs and shouts ‘GAY’. It’s happened about four times now, I’m just there on stage like ‘I’m not’. I think it’s my Mum. It’s not nice when people talk through shows either. I used to really hate it when people talked through the shows, and tell old people to shut the fuck up. I was just a bit rude. I’ve come to understand that people want to have a little chat now, it’s not a problem. More people actually seem to want to hear my music now which is nice.
Shall we go for an ice cream?
WE SHOW UP ON RADAR’s album ‘Sadness Defeated’ is available HERE. And for anyone that’s really curious, Andy had mint chocolate chip ice cream whilst I opted for white chocolate with strawberries.
Yours in Love of New Music,
Maddie Hammond X
Sit back, make yourself a cuppa and turn up your headphones. You are about to experience something very special. It’s not often you get the delight of finding an artist who captures youthful nostalgia and whimsy in the least ‘twee’ way possible, but WE SHOW UP ON RADAR does so flawlessly in debut album ‘Sadness Defeated’. Seeking influences from poetry, folk tales and Andy Wright’s imagination, WE SHOW UP ON RADAR’s ambient melodic folk takes you into a musical fairy tale, spinning songs of human fragility to ones about corn.
The project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Andy Wright, ‘Sadness Defeated’ is eleven tracks of grown-up nursery rhymes, or at least that’s what he’d have you initially believe. Whilst tracks such as ‘Celadora’, ‘It Should Be You and Me’ and ‘Where is my Love (In the Arms of Billy Crystal)’ harness the brassy hooks and lilting vocals of kitschy folk-pop, these sugary-sweet melodies are neatly juxtaposed against somewhat sinister lyrics. Compliment these with Andy’s whispering, almost haunting voice and you have something quite remarkable. Personal standout track ‘I’ll be a Ghost’ is reminiscent of a prettier, more delicate Radiohead. Drenched in melancholy and desire, the lovelorn lyrics (‘I’m slightly out of focus, in the corner of a photo, that you took years ago’) and ethereal accompaniment make for something completely intoxicating. Wright wraps up the album in a confident, if unexpected, manner with ‘Hands Up If You’re Lost’, a powerful and heavy finale that seems to come from nowhere yet is entirely welcome.
Like the lovechild of The Flaming Lips and Bright Eyes that has been raised by Mercury Rev on a diet of stories by The Brothers Grimm, ‘Sadness Defeated’ is for anyone who loves fanciful nostalgia with a sinister twist. A stunning debut brimming with potential hits, there is no doubt WE SHOW UP ON RADAR will be showing up on people’s radars soon enough (sorry about the pun, had to be done).
Yours in Love of New Music,
Maddie Hammond X