Friday 3 April 2015

The Alternative March Round-Up

Whilst struggling my way through a round-up of the past month I came up with a better idea. Seeing as I was halfway through the "real" one at the time I thought I might as well finish and publish it, it's here if you wanted to read it, but I also thought I might as well give this one a go too.

March Playlists:  YouTube / Spotify / Deezer

What follows is entirely based on both my personal and blog twitter feeds throughout the last month.

Tove Lo's debut album now has a UK release date, it's not until 11th May but it's a release date nevertheless. I picked Queen Of The Clouds as my album of the year for 2014 so I can't quite put into words how frustrating it is that we're getting the album over here seven months after pretty much everywhere else on the planet. I also saw Tove Lo live for the first time at Koko on Monday night and she was so good. Her vocals were on point and her set had so much energy. They've added in quite a few extra instrumental sections as well for the live shows which add an extra bit of umph - perfect for the run up to festival season. The only downside, of course, was that so many members of the audience have never heard a fair share of her album tracks!

Conor Maynard's back with new single 'Talking About'. No one warned about how incredible it is or that Craig David is in the video.

Leon Bridges and his band brought the 50's to Islington's The Lexington. (A nice example of my dreadful live music photography here.)

I realised how much I don't care about Kanye West. At his Koko show this month he played 2/3 of the songs I thought he wouldn't play and I still don't care. The fake setlist on made everyone's banging on about the show worthwhile though.

I've been listening to A Loss For Words a lot recently in an attempt to come to terms with the fact that by the end of 2015 they will no longer be a band. Back when it was released in 2013 I dismissed their third  album Before It Caves after about two listens. For whatever reason I thought I'd give it another go and I've absolutely fallen in love with it. Can't wait to see them again in May (and then hopefully on their reunion tour in two years time.) [Spotify / Deezer]

Years & Years played a disappointing set at Heaven but I was too drunk to notice at the time. Well this isn't strictly true. They were so much better than when I saw them at that MTV event in January but I think that had a lot to do with sound rather than anything else. They did put on a good show but when a headline set is only 45 minutes long including the encore I'm just left wanting more... and not in a particularly good way.

I'd written Modestep off a bit since the release of their debut album, you know, just became less fussed. But what they've done with this teaser trailer for their new album London Road looks really cool. Previews of each track throughout as well.

Everybody's finally come to their senses about how incredible the new Nickelback album is.

2015 is going to be my first year at The Great Escape not as a volunteer. This line-up is also now complete and it looks absolutely insane, no idea how we're going to have time for everything. There's also this Buzzfeed article of amazing places to eat in Brighton and I fear that this will overshadow TGE a fair amount.

Gutted to miss Sunset Sons' headline tour this month but on the same night as their London show at Dingwalls I was down the road at Roundhouse watching an insane show from Ella Eyre. There's that live video of her new single 'Together' from the show in question.

Light You Up have finally come to their senses and made 'All We've Ever Known' a single.

2015's four greatest EPs were all released in March and they all have four tracks on them and they're all really great in their own right. There's a Deezer playlist where you can listen to the four of them in succession right here.

It felt as if everybody on my Twitter feed was at SXSW this year apart from me which was the ultimate heartbreak but Jimmy Kimmel asking people about bands that don't exist made it all better.

Last week I picked up some CDs from Banquet Records in Kingston as well as visiting London's Indie Label Market for the first time. It was quite overwhelming but I did buy this lil Laura Welsh 7" for £5.

I enjoyed this. Expect a better version of this next month... maybe.


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