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  • josephseager 11:32 am on March 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bertie Blackman Interview 

    Hello Bertie Blackman. How are you doing? Where are you currently?

    Hello! I am quite good! I am currently in my hotel room in Adelaide… on tour with la roux

    Your album ‘Secrets & Lies’ is due out on May 3rd. Are you pleased with it? Is it indeed full of secrets and lies?

    I am very pleased with it! It is indeed full of secrets and lies… I forget which is which really… so I’m still guessing what I was thinking in that! Secrets and lies… like a deck of cards.

    What’s your favourite song from the album and why?

    My favourite song from the record is valentine. It’s the last track. I woke up at 3am and the song was just in my head. Words, melody, everything. I HAD been watching twin peaks at the time… so perhaps a little influence from that?  But who knows. I guess Amanda palmer possessed me.

    What made you decide up ‘Black Cats’ (out March 1st) as the album-preceding single?

    Because it’s the raw sex track of the album. I feel like the UK needs some raw sex in their ears.

    You’re supporting La Roux, have been on tour with Goldfrapp, played the festival circuits and sold out your own tours. You must be getting a massive fan base now?

    I think so??

    You’ve also been called ‘The Australian Florence’. With her recent breakthrough success, do you feel any pressure about that?

    Nah…  I’ve been working at this for a bit now. A little more success would be fine by me… so I can keep making records!!

    Everyone has a beginning, what made you first get into music? What made you pick up a guitar when you were 15?

    I had been playing drum kit in my garage band. I got sick of hearing melodies in my head and having no way of expressing them. So guitar was my choice!

    What would you have done if you didn’t take the musical path?

    I would have been a chimney sweeper back in the 1900’s; painting the rooftops with dreams and black.

    What are you currently listening to, what’s on your mp3 player?

    I’m currently listening to Four Calendar Café by Cocteau twins

    Who are you backing to ‘break through’ this year?

    Erm….. me??? Hehe.

    What’s the best venue you’ve played?

    Koko, in London.

    Favourite artist you’ve toured with?

    The Rapture… we toured with a dance festival in Aus… and they were on the same stage as me. Awesome band. And awesome guys.

    How do you go about writing your songs? Where do you find influence, or do they find you?

    The creatures find me and whisper ideas in my ears. My heart thumps a beat and it all begins from there…

    There have been comparisons with you and the likes of PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, Bat For Lashes and Karen O; who would you love to perform or record with, past or present?

    I would love to record with Beethoven.

    What do you miss when you are touring?

    I miss my mom.

    If you were a jelly bean, what colour and flavour would you be and why?

    I would be blue and taste like the ocean…. Why? Because it would be rad.

    Some quick fire questions. Tea or coffee?

    Tea.

    Summer or winter?

    Winter.

    Eat in or take out?

    Eat in.

    Marvel or DC?

    Marvel.

    Mac or PC?

    MAC!

    Leeds or Reading?

    Next question… 😉

    And finally, what’s next on the agenda for you? Any plans to visit Leeds?

    I’m making a new record… and trying to interbreed Tasmanian tigers with polar bears. I would love to come to Leeds!

    Thanks Bertie, and good luck with the forthcoming releases.

     
  • josephseager 11:28 am on March 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Club Smith Interview 

    Joseph Seager had a chat with Sam from Club Smith, after their Leeds support slot at the Academy with The Sunshine Underground, and before their own headline gig on March 19th at The Cockpit.

    Hello Sam from Club Smith. How are you doing? Where are you currently?

    Currently at home trying to get over a hellish journey back from Norwich at the weekend. Broke down at 1.30am, didn’t get towed till 6.45am then stuck in the snow and didn’t get home till 1pm! Heavy night ! Good gig though.

    You release ‘The Loss’ EP on March 8th. Are you pleased with it?

    It’s easily the best thing I’ve ever been part of musically. Apart from perhaps the second set of recordings we’ve just done. I’m blown away by how it’s felt like second nature this time around to be doing stuff I’m so proud of. I think it’s down to the group atmosphere and the producers involved.

    What’s your favourite song from the EP and why?

    I love them all, really. I think the lead track ‘Lament’ is the best song writing achievement and nicely documents a frustrating portion of my existence, and I really like track 3 ‘Connected’ because it’s written about my late mum. The other 2 tracks are huge fun to play live.

    What’s this I hear about a second EP, set for summer release?

    Well, the tracks are recorded but we have to see when the right time is. It could be after the summer as we don’t want to ram Club Smith down people’s throats too much. No-one likes intense relationships, it always ends in tears too soon.

    You just supported The Sunshine Underground in Leeds and have your own show at the Cockpit coming up soon (two huge Yorkshire gigs). You must be getting a massive fan base now with this and other exposure?

    It (The Sunshine Underground gig) was pretty wicked, a whole heap of people were there. There’s been pretty much universal positive feedback about the new stuff we’re doing, even from people who are always honest with us so I’m guessing once it’s out there a few of the general public could like it. Who knows!?!

    I know you formed in 2009 but what made you first get into music?

    I think it was a fascination of what’s possible with music. It’s the ultimate escapism for the musician, but somehow it can also connect with other people.

    Why did you become Club Smith, stepping away from ‘The Hair’?

    LMS is probably the only place I’d answer questions about The Hair. The two bands feel like completely separate entities and parts of our lives. Basically The Hair toured with Kaiser Chiefs and then decided we were bored of the songs, some of which had been played for 5 years and even though they were good they probably had as much time in the sun as they were worth. Added to that we had a new member on drums in Vijay who basically made it fun for us again and had lots of new ideas. The songs changed with his input along with the impact of events in our lives around the time and suddenly we felt like a new band. Hence the change. A lot of people thought we were a bit silly changing everything after our biggest break as The Hair but it went a bit deeper than that for us, we wanted to produce something a bit more meaningful to us at the least…hopefully to others.

    What would you have done if you didn’t take the musical path?

    I think I’d be doing what I do now outside of music which is trying to work to help people (am a housing support worker). Learnt a long time ago it’s about job satisfaction if you’re going to have to work 35 hours a week, so you’ve got to care about what you do.

    What are you currently listening to, what’s on your mp3 player?

    Wild Beasts – 2 Dancers – simply astounding
    Gaslight Anthem – very simple…but good
    The Maccabees – Wall Of Arms – still listening to it and it’s amazing
    Sunshine Underground – Nobody’s Coming To Save You – obvious choice, but it’s getting under my skin big time.

    Who are you backing to ‘break through’ this year?

    Things have changed so much in the music industry I don’t really know what ‘break through’ means anymore. I’d really like to see Middleman make a living from music as they are serious grafters and great musicians. I think Wild Beasts will get even bigger than they are all around the world. Totally deserved for them and everyone involved with them too.

    What’s the best venue you’ve played?

    On the basis of the recent gig I’d say it’s Leeds Academy! It was great to play there and then see The Sunshine Undergound who we’ve been mates with for a while now do so well and sound so IMMENSE.

    Favourite artist you’ve toured with?

    We toured with a Liverpool band called ‘The Maybes?’ last year. Their music wasn’t really our thing at first but we got more into it over 15 dates. Decent lads but the best thing was their ridiculous activities on the road. There was about 6 of them in a 3 seater transit, seemed to be completely at the mercy of their balls, sacked their manager mid tour and parted ways with the agent, and caused massive havoc in a service station on the last night of the tour. It was proper entertaining listening to what they’d done every time we met up at the next gig.

    How do you go about writing your songs? Where do you find influence, or do they find you?

    The music comes from one idea in the band that’s developed as a group, the words spring from the top of my head but are almost always derived from my mood at that particular time. It’s a snapshot into what I’m thinking I reckon, and how much I soak in about everything, which is really interesting to reflect on because outwardly I’m quite full of bravado and act as if I’m really laid back when I guess I can’t be, judging by the lyrics!

    What do you miss when you are touring?

    My girlfriend and bits of routine, it’s a heap of fun though touring.

    If you were a jelly bean, what colour and flavour would you be and why?

    The white one I think as it’s a bit exotic like.

    Some quick fire questions. Tea or coffee?

    Tea, can’t take coffee lows. Plus tea has endless variations…I’m sure you’ve seen the advert with the waterfall and that…

    Summer or winter?

    Summer

    Eat in or take out?

    Eat in, love to cook as long as I don’t wash up.

    Marvel or DC?

    Errr. None?

    Mac or PC?

    Everyone in the band would say Mac, and though I don’t use one I’d have to agree. They look sliiiick.

    I think I know the answer already but…Reading or Leeds?

    Leeds!

    And finally, what’s next on the agenda for Club Smith?

    A tour, coming to Leeds on the 19th March! Come!

    Good luck with the EP and the tour Sam!

    Club Smith released ‘The Loss’ on March 8th.

     
  • josephseager 9:22 am on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Fyfe Dangerfield news 

    After sell out success on his UK dates back in January, we are pleased to announce a special show at the beautiful Bloomsbury Theatre in London on April 27th.

    Tickets are on sale (probably sold out) from his website where you can also get discounted tshirts if you buy at same time as a ticket.

    He’s awesome, and i’m waiting on his interview answers. Hurry Fyfe! 🙂

     
  • josephseager 9:11 am on March 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Boy Who Trapped The Sun – interview 

    Hello Colin MacLeod aka The Boy Who Trapped The Sun. How are you doing? Where are you currently?

    I’m doing pretty good thanks, just packing my bag for a trip home. I’m having a launch party for the Home E.P. out next week (1st March), in my favourite pub on the Isle of Lewis. I’ve got a load of mates supporting and hopefully going to fit in a few waves as well.

    How’s 2010 going thus far?

    2010 has started off pretty good, a lot of gigs under the belt already and I’m off on tour again for most of March so busy busy!

    Where did your stage name come from? Did you trap the sun as a boy?

    The name came from a friend, just a pretty random suggestion since I never really wanted to use my own name, that’s it! I wish it were a more exciting story, I really do.

    Your ‘Home’ EP is due out in March, what’s the story behind the EP? Are you pleased with it?

    Yeah I’m really pleased with the EP. I started making my album almost 2 years ago so I had a lot of songs left over and it seemed like a good idea to do an EP first. I’m far too indecisive as well and I didn’t want to let any of them go to waste!

    If people don’t know what you and your music are about, how would you describe yourself?

    How would I describe my music? hmm… If I was trying to be funny I might say its heavy metal without a distortion pedal but really its just acoustic.

    How did you first come to music?

    I was quite late coming to music, it wasn’t until I was about 13 that I picked up a guitar and started playing in bands. Before that I just really listened to whatever I could hear, just stuff that was on the radio or stuff playing in the house, nothing that exciting. Then when I got into my guitar I just devoured anything I could get my hands on, like making up for lost time. The single moment that inspired me the most was getting into Dylan, and the first time I realised you don’t need to be playing through an amp, distorted to the max to be heard. Sometimes it’s better to turn the volume down!

    Who would you love to perform with, past or present?

    I’d really love to work with Jeff Tweedy from Wilco, I think he’s such a good writer. It’d be awesome to get a few tips from him

    Are you looking forward to touring with Lisa Mitchell? How about the Leeds Cockpit gig on March 7th?

    Yep the Lisa Mitchell shows should be good fun, I’m getting to play in a load of places I’ve not played before (like Leeds!) which is cool.

    Are you getting good reaction to your live shows?

    9 times out of 10 I get a nice reaction from people at shows, but when you’re playing by yourself you always run the risk of being consumed by the noisy bar!

    What are you currently listening to on your mp3 player?

    Right now I’m listening to Neil Halstead who I’ve just discovered. His album ‘Oh! Mighty Engine’ is absolutely beautiful. Also I’m listening to a bit of Dot JR, a boy from the Isle of Lewis. Real good stuff.

    Best venue you’ve played?

    The best venue is The Taphouse in St. Agnes, Cornwall. That place is too much fun, Timbo and the boys and girls know how to party….

    Where do you find your influences? Or do they find you?

    I try and keep an eye out for influence at all times. If you’re not careful it can come up behind you and do you a damage.

    What do you miss the most when you’re on the road touring

    I don’t think you really have the time to miss much when you’re on tour, it’s too much fun. I do miss surfing, but I usually find a time or two to fit that in.

    If The Boy Who Trapped The Sun was a Jelly Bean, what colour and flavour would you be and why?

    If I was a Jelly Bean I’d be rat poison flavour, because I don’t want to be eaten.

    Some quick fire questions:

    Tea or coffee? Coffee

    Summer or winter? Summer

    Superman or Batman? Batman

    Reading or Leeds? Leeds (obviously!)

    And finally, what’s next on the agenda for The Boy Who Trapped The Sun?

    Next on the agenda for me is a beer, I’m thirsty!

    Thanks Colin. And good luck!

    The Boy Who Trapped The Sun released ‘Home’ on March 1st.

     
  • josephseager 4:37 pm on March 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Daisy Dares you album news 

    Daisy Dares You has announced that her debut album will be called Rush.

    The ‘Number One Enemy’ singer revealed that she named the record after a song she wrote last year.

    “I wrote the song ‘Rush’ at the end of last summer when a lot of my mates were going to uni and college and I was kind of doing my thing.

    “It’s about the opportunities that I’ve been given and it reflects the album concept as a whole.”

    The 16-year-old described the record as an “honest” reflection of who she is as an artist.

    “I first started making music as a hobby and never really knew that I was going to be doing this, so it’s quite honest and open,” she said.

    “My first single ‘Number One Enemy’ is catchy and lively, but there’s also more dark and expressive stuff.”

    Daisy Dares You is expected to release second single ‘Rosie’ in May. Her album Rush follows in June.

    Daisy interview coming soon (we hope)…

     
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