Category Archives: TVD UK

UK Video: The Dirty Blonde, “Take You Under”

It’s always refreshing to hear a band taking alternative rock back to its roots, and The Dirty Blonde do not disappoint.

Influenced mostly by various Scottish folk bands as well as R.E.M., this stripped back Glasgow four piece have created a rocking sound that’s fuzzy in all the right places. Just check out their video for “Take You Under”—just four guys in a carpeted room, cut with the streets at night.

It shouldn’t be special, but it’s such a love letter to the ’90s that we just couldn’t resist it. There are no bells and whistles, there are no ridiculous production values, just some friends playing music and, most importantly, they look like they’re having an amazing time.

Keep an eye out for their single, “Goodbye: Tiny Fractures” which is released 15th June 2015 via Two States Recording and keep up to date with the band on Twitter.

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A Badge of Friendship,
The Podcast

A Badge Of Friendship are back at full capacity this week with Episode 6 of their podcast.

Ed (or should we say “Beaver Man”) has come back from his self imposed quarantine, and the gang are also joined by none other than The Vinyl District’s very own Jon Meyers to discuss the origins of the site and his love affair with vinyl.

Ed spins a track from Stiff Records for this week’s “Label Love,” while Claire points the spotlight at Sia’s “Elastic Heart” for “Pass The Cheese.” Things then get a little bit freaky as Paul takes everybody to a strange, Nintendo K-hole with Boards Of Italia’s “Mario Theme” for this week’s “World Of Weird.”

Tracks played on the show can be heard in full here:

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UK Video: Totem Terrors, “Lies”

Totem Terrors’ second album, Hard Science is due out on the 29th June but, in the meantime, they’ve got a live performance video for you to enjoy.

Now, we’re usually quite sceptical when it comes to live video performances by bands—they can be pretty dire—but these guys manage to nail their track “Lies” to the wall by not holding back, and packing their entire performance with a sort of twitching vital energy that makes you want to jump around the bedroom/ livingroom/ office (delete as appropriate).

The song is drenched in new wave sensibilities, channeling the likes of Wire and Big Black. Plus, Max Hicks’s face is hypnotic—and that scream! Well, check it out for yourself.

Hard Science is released 29th June 2015 via Diet Pops. Keep up to date with Totem Terrors via their website.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast here now every Wednesday at TVD.

“Yet another Manchester tipster this week! Dave Brown from Even The Stars Blog hits us with a stunning singer songwriter. I caught up with him at Live At Leeds festival for the show and the Wichita Podcast, so he’s going to tell us about some music that he’s loving—all hail OSCAR!

I’m also chatting to Ben Khan about music industry pressure, his first ever tour, reading Stephen King novels, and more!” —SZ

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UK Artist of the Week: CARALIS

This week, we’re taking a look at former Anison front man’s latest project, CARALIS. Dan Frau has teamed up with John Merriman to create vocally driven, and more importantly, sonically interesting electronic tunes that come packaged with some gorgeous videos.

Their latest offering, “Be Automatic” is a captivating track and the video does not disappoint with elements of photomontage, pencil drawing, and more than a few nods to La Jetée, we see Dan walking, staccato style, around London dockyards in the sunshine which beautifully complements the single’s distinctive sound.

It’s great seeing an artist adopting a definite theme for their output, and with two singles and videos under their belt—and a powerful remix of the band’s debut single “Clicks In” by Sollus—we can’t wait to see where these guys decide to go next.

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The Single Girl: Planes, “Hotfoot” EP

Planes’ second EP, “Hotfoot” is six perfectly written indie rock tracks.

“Summer Breeze” feels expansive and open and it’s a strong start for the five piece. Guitarist and lead vocalist, Steve Forrest recently left Placebo to concentrate full-time on the band and it goes in the songwriting.

“Ole” is probably the band’s strongest statement as the chorus breaks into some real toe-tapping moments. However, “Tex” is where the band uncover a more introspective side—much like Maximo Park’s more recent efforts.

It remains to be seen where Planes will go from here, but there are real glimpses of solid promise on this EP.

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A Badge of Friendship,
The Podcast

A Badge Of Friendship is back with episode 5 of their weekly podcast!

The team are a man down this week and they console themselves by unleashing havoc on the sound effects console. They are also joined this week by Q Magazine’s Paul Stokes to discuss the supposed decline of the album and the documentary everybody’s talking about, Montage Of Heck.

It’s Paul’s turn to choose “Label Love” this week as he shines the spotlight on 4AD, Claire gets freaky with Mike Patton’s Mr Bungle in “World Of Weird,” and Ed musters up the energy to pick up the phone from his sick bed to explain why he decided to subject the gang to this week’s “Pass The Cheese” track.

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Rag Foundation,
The TVD First Date

“Hi there, I’m Huw the drummer with Rag Foundation.”

“My first experience with vinyl was as a child playing my parents’ and sisters’ records whilst simultaneously recording my own “radio show” on my parents’ Fidelity tape to tape recorder. “Love Me Do” EP, “She Wears My Ring” by Solomon King, “Last Train to Clarksville” by the Monkees, I always remember these songs from that experience. There is something about the tactile nature of vinyl that stays in the memory. I feel that the MP3 generation will have a similar feeling about CDs. Man, get them on the vinyl.

Then punk arrived. And so did my purchasing of lots of vinyl! 7” singles, 12” singles, albums, 10” EPs, you name it. It was great checking the back of the music press for all the small mail order record shops. I bought “Teenage Kicks” on the Belfast Good Vibrations label directly from the shop in Belfast in 1978 via mail order. The Undertones then signed to Sire and had a huge hit. We had picture sleeves, picture vinyl, gatefold sleeves, double albums. I also bought Rumours by Fleetwood Mac—a band that our forthcoming album, The Sparrow and the Thief has been likened to—and still love it to this day. I only told my closest friends that I had bought this as it wasn’t very punk! But I just loved music.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast here now every Wednesday at TVD.

“We have a Manchester tipster this week! Lisa Durrant from Just The Type talks to us about an explosive new band from Wales.

If you missed my interview with Theo Verney last week talking about his “Brain Disease” EP, then don’t panic as you can listen again online via amazingradio.com—but Theo also joins me on the bandstand this week to talk new bands he likes!

Wolf Alice join me for a chat this week on the show talking shopping, Chinese karaoke, and pedal obsessions. I’m also playing some artists from the line ups for Live At Leeds and Sounds From The Other City festivals this weekend!” —SZ

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The Single Girl:
HAWK, “Glass”

HAWK have released their latest single “Glass” to help raise awareness of the Equal Marriage Referendum happening in Ireland on May 22nd 2015. It’s a beautiful track as well and a welcome return from London’s folk-noir four piece.

Julie has said that they wanted to promote the issue, not only to their fans in Ireland but to those living in the rest of the UK as well. It’s a very worthy cause and one those should be shouting out about not just in the UK and Europe but all over the world.

But back to the release itself—from their single “Hush” to “Clock Hands,” and now this latest single “Glass,” HAWK are a band that keep progressing onwards and upwards. Moving away from the folk inspired tracks we’ve seen before, Julie Hawk’s vocals soar gently over a hypnotic melody. They’ve been compared to Daughter in the past, but “Glass” is more like Kate Bush fronting Bat For Lashes.

It’s great to see HAWK back—and even better to know they’re releasing this to promote such a worthwhile issue.

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