The new video for ‘Post Acid’ taken from the album King Of the Beach.
Tone Idle are duo James Matlock and Marc Manning who along with their bass-filled synth-accented electro tunes featured on the blog a while back – they’ve been busy mixing and making new tunes lately so it’s ripe time for a for a quick chat.
The premise is simple, the band share their top three answers to three questions, so here goes!
Tone Idle’s three biggest influences and why?
1. It starts with groups from before our time such as Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang, Funkadelic, Gap Band, Prince, Tower of Power, the Brothers Johnson etc. They wrote some timeless songs, with great hooks, rhythms and melodies amongst many other things. These guys also supplied with some cool drum breaks, which are still popular today.
2. We’re both fans of metal, mainly for brutal guitar riffs and insane blast beats, stuff like Pantera and Testament, Early Killswitch, God Forbid etc. The stamina involved in performing this stuff live is incredible.
3. Anything that exploits rhythm and tone.
Three favourite remixes/songs of 2010 so far?
It’s absolutely disgusting filth.
2. Noisia - Alpha Centauri
It’s all about the blend between quite hard-hitting synths and rich sounding 80s-esque pads.
3. A1 bassline – Close to me.
Tasty arpeggios that mix beautifully. Fat Distortion, cool drum patterns and melodic too. Love the way he takes one riff and keeps it exciting.
In case you didn’t already know The Libertines reunited to play slots at the weekends Reading and Leeds festivals. The band have always divided opinions but my feelings are clear, ignore the media circus surrounding them, they are one of the best bands of the last decade and of critical importance to the rebirth and rejuvenation of the UK indie/rock music scene.
Sadly like most of you reading I wasn’t there, judging by the footage on the beeb it seems they’ve come through it with flying colours and maybe they could pay Ireland a visit? Here are a few moments captured by the BBC whose festival coverage is always second to none. It’s a pity our ‘state’ broadcaster pretty much ignores our own festivals, more interested in the likes of Crystal Swing, show bands and making a career for Ryan Tubridy (rant over).
Electric Picnic takes place this weekend and it will be my 4th trip to Stradbally for what’s become an annual musical pilgrimage. There’s plenty to do over the weekend; an eclectic mix of music, food, drama, arts, comedy & spoken word with George Galloway & Howard Marks in particular being an exciting prospect. This year will be a little different for me as I’m taking part in the 90km ‘Tour De Picnic’ cycle to the festival in aid of Temple Street Hospital – I’d expect to be a wee bit tired on Friday night but one must persevere.
None the less here is a purely subjective take on what acts worth a little of your time over the weekend. I’m always up for new musical discoveries especially at festivals so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
(There’s no stage times yet but I will fill them in when they are announced – go here for the day by day break down)
Laura Marling: (Crawdaddy Stage 19.15)
Laura Marling is one of the stalwarts of the burgeoning folk renaissance in Britain and with two albums under her belt beautiful, seductive and sultry folk has never sounded better. I saw her at Oxegen but the setting wasn’t suited to it with bigger stages drowning her out – looking forward to seeing her in more suitable surroundings at the picnic.
Mp3: Laura Marling – Devils Spoke
Johnny Flynn: (Body & Soul 19.10)
Friday is all about Folk and Marling’s mate Johnny Flynn is no slouch, a superb song writer whose ability to mold folks past with the here and now is unsurpassed by his contemporaries. He has two great albums under his belt, this year’s Been Listening and the masterful A Larum in particular means we should be in line for a memorable performance.
Foals: (Crawdaddy Stage 21.20)
While I haven’t really got the 2nd album vibe from the Oxford 5-piece I absolutely loved Antidotes with its post-punk, looping post-rock jarring guitars. I caught them live last time they played and didn’t disappoint – expecting to be won over on the new stuff by a redoubtable live show.
Others: Duke Special (Cosby Stage 23.00), The Rubberbandits (The Little Big Tent 01.15).
It seems like an eternity since Friendly Fires released their debut album in 2008. They’ve done a 19 track Bugged Out! mix called Suck My Deck featuring 19 trackss, including a new one with a little help from Toronto house crew Azari & III called ‘Stay Here’. Have a listen to it below and the tracklisting is after the jump.
It’s out in September on Rough Trade.
They’re about to hit the road once more for and to celebrate they’ve released single ‘Seven Days (Off The Road)’ (irony eh?) as a free download single from their website.
The Last Tycoons play the Salty Dog Stage @ Electric Picnic Sunday 5th September.
Soulwax’s creepy and more than slightly disturbing full colour rework of Late Of The Pier’s ‘Best in the Class’ – lush electro beats and grooves.
The result of this coming together of two heavy weights? So far we have ‘Brain Bucket’ to sink our teeth into, a pretty outlandish synth straddling drum n bass tune from two parties on top of their game. It’s not clear yet whether there is more to come from this studio incursion but lets hope so.
If you haven’t already done so check out Noisia’s Split The Atom & Ed Rush & Optical’s Travel The Galaxy, two execellent albums.
Super Extra Bonus Party have been pretty quiet of late, by their standards anyway, so I was delighted to receive this gem of a remix from SEBP’s Cormac over the weekend. It’s a crackin’ rework of Belfast band Yes Cadets recent single ‘Lies’ – brimming of glitchy and ravey vibes.
Tap Tap is a side project of Thomas Sanders, lead singer/guitarist for Pete and the Pirates which is now two albums in, Lanzafame (2006) and On My Way (2009).
The fruit of Sanders simple yet effective approach is perfectly crafted quintessentially English jangly indie/folk with touches of 60′s psychedelia – think of a cross between The Beach Boys, Syd Barrett and Mystery Jets. It flips between the melancholic and beautiful, to the rowdy and rousing without ever feeling forced or misplaced, all while being ridiculously catchy. Sanders timeless songwriting of everyday ponderings coupled with his wonderfully soothing vocals makes for a rather special listen and places it head and shoulders above many contemporaries.
Get your ears around new song ‘Dry Dry Land’ and the emotionally charged drunken ponderings of ‘Half Moon Street’ – perfect for relaxing with on a sunny afternoon.
It’s a big week for Carl Barat, The Libertines long-awaited reunion at Leeds and Reading is only a few days away and his new track ‘Run With The Boys’ from his so far untitled solo album has been premiered on BBC Radio.
The song doesn’t sound quite like anything he’s done before, pertaining little of his previous endeavours with The Libertines or Dirty Pretty Things. It seems he’s got some new ideas and direction throwing in elements of jazz and lots of trumpets to produce a sound hugely reminiscent of some of the less punky Jam material like ‘A Town Called Malice’ or The Divine Comedy’s ‘National Express’.
It’s a very catchy song but what this means for the rigours of an album is unknown but full judgement is reserved till the album drops. What do you reckon?
Ireland’s premier purveyor of hip-hip Captain Moonlight has made his exceptional Agroculture Trilogy available for free digital download via bandcamp. He’s one of the few musicians willing to speak his mind on serious and controversial political issues while producing intelligent, honest, hard-hitting, often humorous hip-hop.
My admiration for this guys talent is well noted so I won’t digress any further – here’s three reasons to get the albums.
Grab all three albums from the Agroculture Trilogy – Live From the Farmshed | Return of the Barnstormers | On the Lough here