Music | Bearded Theory Festival announce line up

Bearded Theory have announced what is their line-up for 2015, which will also mark their 8th year. JAMES will close when they headline the festival on Sunday night. Following a sold out UK tour, their 13th studio album La Petite Mort was released earlier this year to critical acclaim.

Hosted in Catton Park on the West Midlands and Staffordshire border over 4 days, Bearded Theory remains independent and run by a full-time team.

5 stages including a Woodland Stage, a dance arena, and huge outdoor Main Stage. The festival is hosted over Spring Bank Holiday 21 – 24 May 2015.

The line up includes: Alabama 3, British Sea Power, James, Buzzcocks, Misty In Roots, The Beat, Mad Professor + The Robotiks, Pronghorn, Back To The Planet, New Town Kings and more.

Visit the Bearded Theory Festival website for the full line up and ticket prices.

Music | Interview: Jennie Abrahamson

Following a tour supporting former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel, Jennie Abrahamson has been making a name for herself. Spread across 9 countries over the last 2-months, Jennie has gone from being support act to joining Peter onstage with Peter including on ‘Don’t Give Up’.

“It’s been fantastic, in so many ways. I’ve always been a big Peter Gabriel fan, so on a personal level just getting the chance to work with him wasn’t exactly something I had expected in my lifetime. On a professional level, getting to lend the ears of Peter’s crowd in the supporting set every night has been such a gift. I’m truly grateful for that. I think the So Back to Front really was a fantastic show too, so I’m not surprised it got good reviews. It had a bit of everything.” she says.

It isn’t her first time supporting Peter on a tour or touring in that way though…

“No, I’ve been part of the whole ‘So Back to Front’ tour during four legs, the first one was North America in the autumn of 2012. And before I went solo I used to work as a freelance musician in Sweden, so I’ve done some bigger tours there. But none really that had this kind of production and so many people involved.”

Jennie got into music easily enough, coming from a musical family where her parents and older siblings were always playing instruments.  After some persistent nagging to her parents for piano lessons as a child, Jennie began her classical piano lessons at the age of 5.  But for her, it wasn’t exactly a career choice,

“I started my classical piano training at age 5 with a very strict german lady, and then started bands in my teens and on it went… A common interview question is ”When did you decide upon attempting a musical career?” – but it was never a choice for me. Music was natural for me, it was just who I was. Or how I viewed myself as a child. I’m trying to constantly remind my grown-up self about that simplicity of it.”

As for influences, Jennie was mostly listening to what her older sister played in the late 80’s. Music from Eurythmics, Peter Gabriel, U2, Donna Summer & Kate Bush influenced her style, but one of her favourite acts of the past 12 months has been The War On Drugs;

“Great singers, songs and productions – it’s music that I still go back to. The album that really got to me in 2014 was “Lost In A Dream” by The War on Drugs, I’ve listened to that for days on end. There’s also been some of Blood Orange and Arcade Fire lately, and some Swedish colleagues like Linnea Olsson and Jonathan Johansson.”

At the moment, Sweden is bursting with new acts making the sub-heads on music blogs left, right, and centre.  For Jennie, being part of that has been inspiring to see acts and friends make a mark internationally.

“Stockholm is pretty small so in a way most people know each other or know of each other. I think the whole ”Swedish music wonder” has to do with just that, Sweden being so small, and that early on we saw people making it out in the big world  That creates a sort of ”oh, I could also do that” kind of feeling. I think ABBA is responsible for a lot of that! And as Sweden is so small and there are only a few who can live out of a career solely built on a Swedish audience, we have to think big. And I think we’re helping each other in doing that.

As for her setup on stage, it has always been about a solo project in her mind.  A bold move, especially when you’re settled in the comfort of bands or performing of her own volition;

“I’ve always loved and idealised the band thing – I think it’s one of the greatest things on earth to be in a band when you’re all in sync and you can make it work. In a way though, I have a band. Johannes Berglund, my co-producer and bassplayer, and Mikael Häggström, my drummer, were in the very very first band I put together when I was 13. So we’ve been with each other for a very long time, and we run a studio together in Stockholm. We’ve added a fantastic keyboard player this past year, Samuel Starck, and right now it’s been the four of us touring and I think it’s my best band setup so far.”

Jennie released her first single ‘The War’ ahead of her début album in March, which she describes as a “sort of a tribute song to those who endlessly fight for equal rights, regardless of sex.”  A song that also covers the feminist views in her, which she learned from her time at university in Stockholm.  Armed with a “more educated perspective” on a range of issues.  She sought to use the title as more of an analogy rather than a statement of intent, believing that there shouldn’t be a fight for rights, or indeed a war.

Upon the release of the record last month, Jennie plans to return sooner rather than later on her own set of dates.

“We’re going to tour Europe a bit in May, and then hopefully some summer festivals, so I do hope to get back to Dublin in not too long. Always lovely to come to Dublin, but I haven’t had any shows there in my own name. It’s about time!”

Jennie Abrahamson’s upcoming album “Gemini Gemini” is out on 27 March. New single ‘Wolf’ is out on 16 March.

 

Music | Listen: ‘Trembling Hands’ by Mylets

Mylets shared ‘Trembling Hands’, which is the first track from the forthcoming album, “Arizona”.  Mylets will also be supporting label mates, And So I Watch You From Afar, in late April throughout Europe and the UK.

‘Trembling Hands’ has the intensity of Nine Inch Nails while featuring an energy that would sound like a really heavy U2 .

“Arizona” will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on 20 April 2015.

Music | Listen: Vision Fortune release new album

Vision Fortune have released their ATP Recordings debut, “Country Music”.

The album was recorded during a two-month research residency, generously funded by the Cuatroquesos Foundation, in a beautifully remote region of Tuscany, Italy, 

Starting next month, they will tour throughout the UK and the US including stops at Levitation/Psych Fest, ATP Iceland and SXSW. A full list of tour dates is below.

VISION FORTUNE TOUR DATES:

Wed. Mar. 4 – Leeds, UK @ The Library
Thu. Mar. 5 – Glasgow, UK @ Nice & Sleazy’s
Fri. Mar. 6 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Sat. Mar. 7 – Sheffield, UK @ Secret Location
Tue. Mar. 10 – London, UK @ Ace Hotel (TBC)
Wed. Mar. 11 – Brighton, UK @ Bleach
Sat. Mar. 14 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (Levitation Fest)
Tue. Mar. 17-Sat. Mar. 21 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Sun. Mar. 22 – San Antonio, TX @ Spillover Fest (TBC)
Thu. Apr. 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBC
Fri. Apr. 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
Sun. Apri. 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Thu. July 2 – Keflavik, IS @ ATP Iceland

Music | Watch: Monster Monster release new single

Monster Monster have released their new single ‘I Am Yours’, which the band say “combines their love of songwriting with a sonic approach that lies somewhere between Sadé and Massive Attack.”

Following a busy 2014, the duo have been recording music in Grouse Lodge and Beechpark Studios with UK producer James Lewis (Rudimental, Sunset Sons, Rae Morris).  

 

Monster Monster have also announced a show at Whelan’s, Dublin on Wednesday 11 March. Tickets €8 (Students €5) on sale now from www.wavtickets.ie

 

 

Music | Blair Dunlop and Emma Stevens to tour

British songwriters, Blair Dunlop and Emma Stevens will tour together this April. Blair on the folk scene and Emma on the singer-songwriter circuit. Both artists have two albums a piece, and now will see the two joining forces.

Tour Dates:

15 April              Southampton        Chapel Sessions

18 April              London                  Bush Hall

19 April              Marnhull                Pebble Sessions 

22 April             Manchester            Deaf Institute

23 April              Edinburgh              Caves

25 April              York                        Fibbers

28 April               Lincoln                   Platform

29 April              Birmingham           Glee

30 April              Nottingham            Glee

1 May                 Bristol                     Colston Hall  

Tickets:  ticketweb / seetickets / alt-tickets / ticketmaster

Music | Interview: Lindsay Eli

Before her show at The Workman’s Club tonight, Canadian songwriter Lindsay Eli had a chat with RobMoro about her time on the road with The Band Perry,the music scene in Canada, and

RM: So Lindsay, you make your Irish return next week at The Workman’s Club, are you looking forward to it?

LE: I am so excited to be back in Dublin after last playing in the city over a year ago when we were here with The Band Perry!”

RM: You are from Canada, what is the scene like in your local town/city?

Canada was a great place to grow up in, specifically Calgary, because it is the country music mecca of Canada. Growing up with the Calgary Stampede, countless music festivals, and bluegrass camps when I was really young, honed my love for guitar”

RM:  You have played here before, what was your last gig in Ireland like?

We were playing Vicar Street with The Band Perry, and I remember we ended the European leg of the We Are Pioneers tour a little over a year ago. It makes it even more special, that in turn I am now kicking off my very first headlining tour in Europe, starting in Dublin

RM: Is this the first stop (Europe) of your tour? if not, how has the rest of the tour been?

Yes, we are starting our European tour in Dublin. We are extremely excited to be headlining our first tour over here, as well as playing a few shows with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. It’s going to be a fun few weeks.”

RM: Where is your next stop on the tour?

We will be heading to the UK to play Birmingham, London and Manchester next. For full details, people can check my website, we would love to see you out a show.”

RM: You started playing music at an early age.  What did you play and what were your influences?

I started playing piano when I was 6 years old and picked up the guitar when I was 8. I started playing guitar because of my dad, listening to a lot of Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel. When I was 13, I started working with Randy Bachman (BTO, The Guess Who), and Randy was the one who opened my mind to guitar influences such as Clapton, Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn.”

RM: Where are you based and what is the music scene like there?

I live in Nashville, TN. Nashville is a very special city to live in as it is definitely centered on music. Most people if they’re not involved in the music industry in some for, they’re probably dating or married to someone who is! It makes for a very small-town like feeling, and most people have a good understanding of music. It’s very nice to live in a town that is so focused on my passion in life.”

RM: How would you describe Nashville in a few short sentences?

Nashville is definitely a one of a kind place. There’s not many cities in the world that have that many talented songwriters, musicians and singers in one place. Some might view it as a lot of competition, but I view it as a lot of close friends, and people who think like you. They say surround yourself with the best…and I can guarantee living in Nashville is an easy place to do so.”

RM: You have toured a bit too with other acts, any particular moments from those tours with The Band Perry etc.. that stand out for you as great?

The Band Perry are three of the sweetest, hard-working, and dedicated people in the business. It was an honor to be able to play 50 dates on their first worldwide headlining tour. In Europe, they were kind enough to let me travel with them on their bus. One of our favourite games to play on the bus after a show was ‘catch phrase’.”

RM: Apart from “Trippin’ On Us”, what should those attending the gig next week expect from a Lindsay Eli show?

It’s Country/pop with message driven lyrics and poignant guitar solos. If you mixed John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and Keith Urban together….you would start to get a look into Lindsay Ell.”

Lindsay Eli plays The Workman’s Club, Dublin on Wednesday 25 February 2015.

Music | Katzenjammer announce UK tour

Norwegian alt-folk-country-rock act, Katzenjammer announce a four date tour in support of their new album “Rockland”.

Dates at Scala, supporting Keane at the O2 Arena, and performances at Glastonbury, Bestival and Cambridge Folk Festival, have already seen them rise.

The dates below are for May 2015:

Friday 8                  Nottingham           Rescue Rooms      £13.50

Saturday 9             Glasgow                 Oran Mor              £13.50

Sunday 10             Manchester          Ruby Lounge         £13.50

Monday 11            London                  Scala                       £15.50

On sale now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

“Rockland” is out on 2 March 2015

Music | Listen: ‘Don’t Go To Revolver’ by The Switch

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, The Switch have been writing and performing music in the build up for almost five years before their debut album “Big If” in 2014.

Feeding off a Passion Pit inspired vibe, the track channels sounds of the 70’s behind the psych-synth baselines to create a euphoric pop-sounding track with an Electric Light Orchestra heavy feel towards the end.

‘Don´t Go To Revolver’ is out now

Music | Watch: ‘Postcards’ by Cry Monster Cry

Cry Monster Cry have released the video for their new single, ‘Postcards’. Starring Irish actor Ian Lloyd Anderson (Love/Hate & Game Of Thrones). Written by Jamie Martin and features the band in cameo roles. The video follows a postman delivering throughout Dublin city, all the while holding something back..rich colours, melancholy dream a whistling paced ride from door to door.