"It is wonderful to be able experience art without understanding how it was meant or what makes it good." (Kim Boekbinder said that during an interview I did with her) I might not have the biggest knowledge about music but I have a great passion for it. Passion is what counts.
I live in Berlin, Germany (born, raised and still resident) and this is my personal blog about music and other things that cross my way. Things I love to be exact. And even though I am German and my English is still not perfect, this blog is in English.
Today’s Sunday listen will be slightly different. It’s a collection of free downloads and videos of bands I love from a label I love and whatever else I can remember would fit. My favourite label Alcopop! Records are releasing some nice singles and EPs this month: Gunning For Tamar, The Social Club and Freeze The Atlantic.
"Astronaut-Abort" is taken from their newest EP "Time Trophies" which is going to be released on the 19. March as a boring download OR a f***ing amazing and strictly limited wristwatch! It’s a beauty but it’s not only the format of the EP that is awesome. The EP is itself is - just as I expect it from GFT - awesome, too. I little while ago I already shared "Chocolate Hooves" with you which is the second track on the EP. The title track itself is certainly an ear worm in the best possible way. It’s Rock music, sounding very organic, rich of melodies and like my companion for the upcoming Spring. Maybe it’s because I have seen them live a couple of times and met them a few times, maybe it’s because I utterly love these four boys from Oxford a lot but I think nevertheless that you can hear the energy and the passion they have for making music in every second of every song. The EP will come with two remixes: "Time Trophies (Maybeshewill Remix)" and "Chocolate Hooves (Junior Johnny Foreigner Old School Owen Fromix)".
They will be touring with lovely Jumping Ships, they will be touring in the UK and in Europe (I hope they will find their way back to Berlin, too):
Monday 19th - Beercart Arms, Canterbury
Thursday 22nd - Avondale House, Southampton
Friday 23rd - The Louisiana, Bristol
Saturday 24th - The Cellar, Oxford (You want to be at this date! Jack Alcopop! is playing, too.)
Sunday 25th - Old Blue Last, London
Tuesday 27th - The Hope, Brighton
Wednesday 28th - Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
Thursday 29th - Trinity Bar, Harrow
Friday 30th - Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
Saturday 31st - Chameleon, Nottingham
Wednesday 2nd - Gent, TBA (BEL)
Thursday 3rd - Kulturkaffee, Siegen, (GER)
Friday 4th - Rockbox, Luxemburg, (LUX)
Saturday 5th - Musikbunker, Aachen, (GER)
Tuesday 8th - Hannover, TBA (GER)
Wednesday 9th - Emokeller, Essen, (GER)
Thursday 10th - Den Trap, Kortrijk, (BEL)
Friday 11th - The Great Escape, Brighton
Tuesday 15th - The Croft, Bristol
Friday18th - Tubman, Hastings
I love this press photo of GFT (otherwise I wouldn’t post it.):
This band is pure fun when you watch them live. I saw them at the Alcopop Christmas Party (yes, back in December) and they are absolutely hilarious while making absolutely good music. I remember how I thought how easily they could fit a huge stage and make a big crowd dance just as they did in this small club. Last Monday they released the second of three EP’s on Alcopop! Records - after “For Drinking” the “For Dancing” EP is the logical follower (I heard some need to drink before they are able to let loose and dance). The song is called “Somewhere Between The Rut And The Groove”. I could tell you how they remind me of one of my most favourite bands from California, USA, in the best possible way* but I don’t think you know The Good Fiction. I think both bands drop into the same genre would be something like Indie Rock, The Social Club “just” add some Keys to it. The choruses are great and all is made to be sung along at the top of your lungs. I quite love this band.
*somewhat similar but not replaceable.
Not a free download of their newest single or a b-side but a video! It’s their newest single (also released last Monday) “Volcanoes” featuring Liv Puente - a “classic” performance video, still not giving you an idea how they really are live (much more energetic):
I could tell you that this 5-piece is made of 1/5 Hundred Reasons and 1/5 Reuben and 3/5 awesomeness but I always wonder why. For me it doesn’t matter because the only thing that counts for me is the music they make now. And what they make now, is what I like. It’s guitars, it’s drums. It’s rock. The single is taken from their forthcoming album but I have no idea what it’s called or when it is going to be released. I hope it is soon.
And they are “on tour” as well (does anyone consider two dates a tour already? I don’t. Maybe there are more coming up?):
1. April, Barfly, London
4. April, The Boileroom, Guildford
Go and see them as well. Another band I can just highly recommend from my own experience. Hm, not a new release but as we all love good free music, how about a song from their last EP “Colour By Numbers”? You can download “The Alibi” below. It’s still as good as it has been back then (not as long ago as you might think).
Have a good Sunday,
Right. Jumping Ships have ‘lost’ songs. I meant to tell you about it for quite some time now that they have found them again and since they are quite awesome the songs are now up for free download. The songs haven’t made it on their fabulous debut “Orientation” EP and now they have crawled up to out of the dark hidden folder to lighten up rainy spring days. They are not perfect but a very enjoyable listen on a Sunday afternoon. You can listen to them below and then download them for free.
And while I am talking about Alcopop a related band I can share some other Alcopop related news with you. There was a lot to order for me lately. Johnny Foreigner release a FP (an EP in shape of a Frisbee). It’s already sold out but it was sold out not even 2 days after being released, the download will be available by tomorrow. It’s called “Certain Songs Are Cursed”. I hope these songs will never get cursed for me like others I really liked and yet I’m not able to listen to them anymore. While the first two songs are “typical” JoFo songs or rather what I expect them to sound like (damn those expectations, need to turn them off), the last two songs are acoustic. Beautifully sad in a way. Again I struggle to understand every single word, it is just about the whole feeling, the melody and their voices. Luckily I’ll get a Frisbee to lighten up my mood afterwards. And I can happily say that they will come to a town close you and even close to me! I posted them a few days ago.
More Alcopop? Sure. One of the newer signings Freeze The Atlantic (the newest is Light Guides) will release an EP as well. Apparently Alcopop is moving away from more “poppier” acts and to moves to much more “rockier” acts now, the different shades of Rock. But who knows what the next act will look like. ”Colour By Numbers EP” by Freeze The Atlantic is nothing ground breaking new but very well made Alternative Rock with a lot of fine melodies. It is a very delightful listen. Maybe you just fancy a listen of “The Alibi” yourself:
Thank you for reading.
P.S. Almost forgot it: My Firth Tooth not only have been in my town to record their new single but also have released a free CD/paid download of their “Sleet And Slow” EP. Folk awesomeness. Also: Free CD instead of free download is the way forward (for my purse at least) and also for my memory. I realised not long ago that I simply can remember track names, album names and everything better when I have a physical package to it - I don’t enjoy to sit in front of my iTunes and reading titles and therefore I don’t really do it and that ends up in forgotten names of tracks and albums. Awful. And embarrassing. That’s all.