We’re glad to have TEMPLES back. Do let us know what you think
Temples have announced details of ‘Certainty’, the first track to be taken from their forthcoming album, due out early 2017 on Heavenly Recordings.
Talking about the track, front man James Bagshaw, who produced the single, said: “When writing the melody for ‘Certainty’, I wanted to create something with almost an eerie, early Disney vibe, something playful and harmonious, but with a dark twist. Producing the song was as much about layering as it was about sparseness – the verses needed to reveal the thumping motion of the bass and the reflective lyrics, and the melody had to be paired with the right ambience. The chorus was approached in an opposite way, layer after layer, thickening the sound. There’s a blend between moog bass, and actual bass, and the song switches between synthetic and analogue sounds throughout. The guitar mirrors the synth, and visa versa.”
It’s once a year or less, that I (JON ‘MOJO’ MILLS, Editor-In-Chief) get really excited about a new band. We get so much stuff sent to us, and to be honest most of it goes in one ear and out the other, however good. Jacco Gardner… White Denim… Jonathan Wilson… Temples… Father John Misty… and Foxygen (more on them in a minute) have been bands I personally have championed… and now comes the incredibly intricate music of two teenage New York brothers THE LEMON TWIGS… who were discovered by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado. We’ll feature the band properly very soon, but for now here’s their own biog and new video. Enjoy! I hope you love them as much as me. Talent this immense is rarely seen and heard
Once or twice everygeneration, Long Island introduces the world to artistsof such singular originality that they change the very nature of their art: Lou Reed; Jim Brown;Robert Mapplethorpe;Andy Kaufman.With their debut albumfor 4AD, Do Hollywood,The Lemon Twigs have earned themselves a spot on that list.
Fusing tightly constructed pop, sophisticated orchestration, and British invasion melodiesinto a 10–song masterpiece, the D’Addario brothers—Brian (19) and Michael(17)—are whipping fans and critics alike into an utter frenzy.
Born into a musical family, Brian and Michael grew upon TheBeach Boys and The Beatles, whose albums and filmsplayed constantlyin theirhouse. As toddlers, theywere already harmonising on ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’,and soonthey wereplaying drums and mastering whatever instrumentsthey could get their hands on. Askabout their childhood dreamsand they’ll tell you that they neveraspired to do anything but makemusic together. It shows.
“Brian and Michael aretwo of the best musicians I’ve ever met,” saysFoxygen’sJonathan Rado, who discovered the duo viaTwitter and produced the new album. “As teenagers, they worklike studio vets. Brian can play anything you hand him –he played all the strings and horns on the record –and Michael is the most captivating drummer I’ve ever seen. There’s nothing they can’t do.”
Rado provedto be the perfect foil for the wunderkinds, and the resulting album brings together everything from Brian Wilsonand David Bowie to Queen and The Association. Their musiccan soar like a carnival calliope and then swiftly drop down toits knees inthe hushedtones of a confessional booth. Their vocals move seamlessly from a cabaret croon to classic la–la–la harmonies. Theymine inspirationseemingly from everyera of rock, stitching it all together into a baroque–popquilt of many colours.
It’s an ambitiousapproach, to say the least, but the album lives up to the hype. They forthcoming album Do Hollywood opens, appropriately enough,with ‘I Wanna Prove To You’,which parades out of the gatelike a circus arriving into to town. “I wanna prove to you what I can do,”Brian sings as he and his brother proceed to do just that. Bouncingpiano and dense harmonies give way to shifting time signatures and mind–bending arrangements.It’s the perfect introduction toThe Lemon Twigs, and to Do Hollywood,which features the brothers alternatingwriting credits on each track and liberally swapping instruments,just as they do in their electrifying live performances(they tour with live membersMegan Zeankowski on bass and Danny Ayala on keyboards).
Lead single ‘These Words’builds from a delicate whisper to arock and roll roar, while ‘How Lucky Am I?’ tugs at the heartstrings, and ‘As Long As We’re Together’callsto mind the memorablemelodies of Big Star and T–Rex. Perhaps no song demonstrates their brotherly democracybetterthan ‘Hi+Lo’,the track unfoldingin movements like something off of Abbey Road’s Side B medleywithMichaelsinging and playing guitar, drums, and bass, and Brian addinghorns and stringsto flesh out the orchestral atmosphere.
“We werecraftingthese songs pretty intricately,” Brian says. “There’s a lot of care in the arrangements. They’re built to get at people who like nice pop songs. But they’re not empty. We put a lot of ourselves into itand the album has a lot of substance.” It was that substance that caught the attention of the iconic 4AD label and has already earned the banddates with other critical darlings like Foxygen and Car Seat Headrest. With high profile tours and their label debut on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time untilthe rest of the world discovers Long Island’s next great cultural contribution. Get ready to Do Hollywood.It’s time to meet The Lemon Twigs.
Together with friends Megan Zeankowski (bass) and Danny Ayala (keyboards), Brian and Michael will take The Lemon Twigs on the road, and they will play Shindig!‘s hometown London in a few weeks! We’ll be there.
September 22nd – LONDON, 4AD Revue @ ICA (w/ Methyl Ethel and Pixx
On Aug 11th, Thomas Patterson and Paul Osborne will be manning the decks at Soho Radio with guest Barrie Cadogan (LITTLE BARRIE, PRIMAL SCREAM), who’ll be talking about his latest project COBRA LAMPS. On Aug 26th, Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills will take the music and vibe of the show to The Earl Haig Hall in Crouch End again, with guests Mole and Al from The Embrooks for another “casual club” of eclectic and at times wild vinyl. Please tune in and come to our night…. all of this expands and expounds what we do with the mag
We are very happy to be media partners for Lunar, so please make sure you get to see The Zombies, Os Mutantes, Super Furry Animals, Mercury Rev, Matt Berry & The Maypoles, Television and many more acts that inhabit the inner and outer realms of the Shindigverse this June!
This summer Lunar Festival returns for its third year in the enchanting rural setting of Tanworth in Arden, resting place of Nick Drake and now home to this established magical odyssey which likes to do things just a little bit differently. Wondrous late night beats entwined with guitar driven sounds sit side by side with a mythical ethos stemming from spiritual exploration and edifying adventure. Lunar encapsulates a unique energy which pulsates from the stunning rural location in which it is set, a sublime weekend which merrily joins the dots across a soundscape of live artists and DJs. The festival features lots of fun and games for all the family, artisanal food and drink, boutique camping and much more across a glorious weekend.The beautiful Lunar Festival is proud to reveal this summer’s club action taking place with Late Night Sounds, set across an idyllic enchanting site in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside.
As soon as the sun starts to set over the magical Lunar site, a transformation takes place going from the guitar-driven sounds during of the day and evening, to a beats and bass soundscape across the enchanting site during the night and into the early hours.
Headliners include: Super Furry Animals, Mercury Rev, Television, Badly Drawn Boy, The Zombies, Os Mutantes, Matt Berry and The Maypoles, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Ibibio Sound Machine, Bill Ryder Jones, Amber Arcades, Bangkok Paradise Molam International Band, Martin Carthy, Alessi’s Ark, The Mariachi’s, Josefin Orhn + The Liberation, Victories At Sea, Stick In The Wheel, Ashley Hutchings, Seeland, Table Scraps, Flamingods and The Good Water, Tales of HP Lovecraft, and DJs including Magic Door, Psychemagik’s Magik Forest, Leftfoot, Horse Meat Disco, Craig Charles, Swingamajig’s Speakeasy, This Is Tmrw, Modulate and more.
Across the weekend Lunar is working with some of the best UK club nights and DJs around, with some familiar names returning and new faces making their debuts including Magic Door, Psychemagik’s Magik Forest, Leftfoot, Horse Meat Disco, Craig Charles, Swingamajig’s Speakeasy, This Is Tmrw, Modulate plus many more offering sublime party action spread across the weekend. Crossing the eclectic house, disco, funk, soul, electronic, broken beat and more spectrums, Lunar at night is a delightful bouncing odyssey with some amazing hosts to round off each night.
Any midlanders with mop tops and paisley will remember this club well… and it’s back
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The Sensateria is back! Following on from the biggest Sensateria to date back in December, we are pleased to announce it’ll be returning to Boxxed on 23rd April 2016.
In December, The Sensateria witnessed a seminal moment in the club’s 25 year history with a legendary performance by The Pretty Things. This time there’ll be another psychedelic heavyweight, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, who will be playing alongside local band, The Mothers Earth Experiment and, of course, The Sensateria DJs.
Once again, Innerstrings will be providing the visual delights, setting the tone for a wonderful trip delving into the world of The Sensateria
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