Tag: indie

New York dream pop, shoe gazers give Vienna their version of the truth at Chelsea

(C) Substance is Meaningless
(C) Substance is Meaningless
Saturday night, Gürtel, Chelsea. A combination of words which will make many a music fan and anyone who has been to visit Vienna get all misty eyed. It is one of the cult venues in the city Midge Ure’s Ultravox devoted a song to. It welcomed New York dream indie aficionados Beach Fossils this time as Teenbeat Club Concerts continue to be consistent providers of top quality international indie acts in the capital. Getting Beach Fossils was just another feather in their very feathery cap.
As is the norm for bands of the size of Beach Fossils they took their time to make their way to the venue, opting to go for some pre-gig energy tanking eating and drinking just before they were due on stage. The half hour wait allowed some of the more undecided bystanders and drinkers to make the decision to squeeze into the cozily full back room, and they were not to be disappointed.
(C) Substance is Meaningless
(C) Substance is Meaningless
Looking like the “bad kids” from a dodgy 90s teenager film, Beach Fossils wasted no time in getting down to business as they welcomed the crowd long enough to tell them how hungover they were, and that it was guitarist Tommy Davidson’s birthday. With the courtesies over Beach Fossils stormed into their set of bubbling bass lines and catchy indie riffs. Lead singer Dustin Payseur’s wispy voice and dreamy lyrics caught the feeling of the early autumn evening as they started with ‘Birthday”, but the largest applause were reserved for the flagship hits on their new album Clash the Truth, “Generational Synthetic” and “Careless”.
(C) Substance is Meaningless
(C) Substance is Meaningless
(C) Substance is Meaningless
(C) Substance is Meaningless
The Crimea are back! The band have long been fighting against the odds to keep on producing and releasing music in this cut throat day and age of mainstream money-making and they have returned with the album Square Moon and the EP Last plane out of Saigon. With their EP Last plane out of Saigon they give us a little taste of what to expect on their 22, yes, 22 track double album! It is a very mellow affair while still possessing a gritty aggressiveness which is both epic and tragic at the same time. Something which which have come to expect from the Crimea. The EP is available to download on their website here and even comes with a very lovely little thank you message and news of their upcoming gig on the 17th of May. Download, enjoy, spread the word and buy the album, preferably on vinyl. Here is a link to possibly my favorite Crimea tune. If you don't know this band, then give them a decent listen, it will do your ears good. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFWK7zvYv2c&w=420&h=315] The 2007 released album "secrets of the witching hour" which this track is taken from is also available to download for free on their website here, It has been available to download since a time when, in their own words, "Thom Yorke was still going 'Mp..what?'. I like that, very good. .A.

The Artic Monkeys are back with another exceptional tune and a great video to boot for their new song R U Mine?

Alex Turner and Matt Helders steal the spotlight in a riff-intensive and drum-heavy 3 minutes and 44 seconds of musical heaven. They “air jam” their way through the song while being filmed in a voyeur sex tape fashion, giving them enough exposure to show off their teddy boy coiffures and Alex’s new Sheffield United tat.

If this and the last song with Richard Hawley give us any indication of the direction the band intend to take in the future, then the future seems very bright indeed. A.