Category Archives: TVD UK

James Mackenzie,
The TVD First Date

“One of my first memories, or experiences of vinyl was around 20 years ago—I was only 8 years old.”

“My dad was (and still is a little bit) an “old skool” DJ. He’d take in his homemade double deck from the shed along with a dozen boxes of vinyl. It was mostly 7″ singles. He once told me that he bought everything in the Top 40 every week for years. I found this quite fascinating. I can’t be distinct about which songs I heard first but I remember hearing songs like “Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter” and ZZ Top’s version of “Viva Las Vegas.”

Then about 5 years ago I asked my old man, “Hey, where are all those records you used to have?” He was storing them in an old leaking shed out the back! I think most people will be aware that records are not happy in cold damp spaces. So, I made a day of it and sieved through all the vinyl—some good, some bad, and some fucking awful. I took all the stuff I was into at the time, every Gun, Metallica, and a Maiden 7″ I could find.

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The Single Girl: Reverieme, “Or Else
The Light” EP

There’s a sadness in Reverieme’s voice that far surpasses her youth. That’s not to cast her recent EP, “Or Else The Light” with a completely melancholy note—there’s some genuine lyrical humour in tracks such as “Nocturnal Babe” and “Golem,” and Louise Connell’s (Reverieme’s real name) use of the ukulele and banjo adds a playfulness to her sound. She also claims to be able to play the guitar with her nose, so you know that there’s some humour behind the voice.

Louise has said very little about the meaning behind her songs which, in a way, we’re grateful for, and so should you be. Allowing listeners to print their own memory on a creation is a selfless act, and there is some gorgeous lyrical imagery flowing through these tracks—unburdened by pre-conceptions makes them all the more effective.

Get comfortable, lie back, and close your eyes. This is an EP that needs to be enjoyed minus background noise. This is not filler or something you can just pop on. It demands your full attention as to pick up every subtle nuance of the guitar, every lilt in her voice, and drink in the lyrics.

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The Single Girl:
We’re No Heroes,
“Voodoo”

We’re No Heroes’ latest single, “Voodoo” is a stomping slice of indie-pop, with cheeky beats, sultry bass, and guitar that dances all over your speakers.

We won’t lie—with a name like “Voodoo” we were expecting something a lot darker, but this refreshing audioglass of Summer is too irresistible not to like, especially as each chorus gets book-ended by guitar attack and funky bass and drum syncopation.

Luke Llewellyn’s vocals sound like a cheerful Robert Smith at times, and along with Tom Collins (guitar and vox) and Michael Owen (bass and vocals), the trio have created a fantastically funky rhythm section that brings to mind Vampire Weekend and makes this three piece stand out from the crowd. Recommended listening for your next pre-loading session before you hit the town.

“Voodoo” is out on July 31 through Spiral Icon.

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A Badge of Friendship,
The Podcast

Another week, another Thursday, another podcast from the zany trio at A Badge Of Friendship!

Joining the gang in the studio this week is Sean from Daytrotter, where they discuss how his love for music and living in a small town in Illinois inspired him to build an online platform so that he could watch live bands that would usually skip his local venue for the bigger cities.

The gang also dig through this week’s music news to discuss the now infamous, sad Billy Corgan at Disneyland pic, and chat about Albert Hammond Jr.’s claim that being in The Strokes is fun, but not challenging. And, of course, those features that just won’t quit are back and cheesier, weirder, and labellier (that last one doesn’t quite work) than ever, and there may even be a brand new listener of the week!

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

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UK Artist of the Week: Kapil Seshasayee

For a one man outfit, Kapil Seshasayee sure is making a lot of noise. Straddling the line between prog, alternative, and avant-garde rock, this Glaswegian multi-instrumentalist popped up on our radar when he heard his free single “Host” a few weeks back.

Creating a wonderful juxtaposition between his strong clear voice and the thrashing guitars and percussion that often feature in his songs, Kapil is a fascinating and, at times, intense listen, and he doesn’t shy away from exploring issues like religion and human nature in his lyrics.

You should download the aforementioned “Host” along with “Whatever Was Arranged” (a track inspired by Coppola’s The Conversation) to tide you over until the release of his EP “Crimes” on August 7th.

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Flower Fellow,
The TVD First Date

“I should probably start with my first LP which was Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. Man that is such a good album!”

“From then on I cited Stevie Nicks as my idol. If anyone asks why I just tell them to listen to ‘Gold Dust Woman,’ that’s enough justification for anyone.

I have a lot of my Dad’s old records like his Stones, Cream, and George Harrison collections. There’s a really great shop in Camden (I can’t remember its name) but that’s where I bought my copy of LA Woman, Live In The West by Hendrix and a super cool compilation that has Lou Reed, Ian Dury, The Moody Blues, and Deep Purple on it. Pretty weird mix but still awesome!

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A Badge of Friendship,
The Podcast

It’s Thursday, so that can only mean one thing—A Badge Of Friendship are here with their weekly podcast!

Max Bloom from Yuck is this week’s special guest and the gang gets a little bit serious when discussing the ethical implications of illegal downloading. It’s not all deadly serious though, as the gang unveil their ability to create beautiful harmonies using only their voices.

Along with the regular features that you’ve grown fond of, like an old cat that insists on soiling your favourite shoes, there’s a brand new feature this week (that was technically launched last week, but it wasn’t official and now they have a jingle)—Listener Of The Week!

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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. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast here every Wednesday at TVD.

“I’ll be investing some time and chatter in this week’s show into catching up with the awesome Lower Dens, yet another fantastic talent from Baltimore. Their new album Escape From Evil shows a more synthy new wave attitude and the artwork celebrates their local scene too.

Tops on the bandstand and Dave Brown from Even The Stars blog tips for us!” —SZ

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UK Artist of the Week: The Hate Eighties

The Hate Eighties are more than just a musical act. To be honest, when we first saw their promo shots we were immediately turned off—wife beater vests, band branded baseball caps, and “fuck you” glares don’t really do it for us. But, we were gently prodded to dig a little deeper, and what we found was pretty special.

The duo is from Glasgow and pride themselves as being a sort of fully immersive art outfit lifting the lid on the relationship between creativity and commerce. Their debut album, POW takes place in a dystopian future (or present) where corporations have won and control everything we consume. They perform shows as alter egos Sebastian & Lucius, where they spin their take on reality using their music and specifically made art pieces during the show.

As for their sound—the track we’ve heard so far has electronic pop written all over it, but on repeat plays you realise that it is laced with hidden lyrical razor blades ready to slice away at the listener’s expectations. Very much recommend that you keep a close eye on these guys, as they’re cooking up something extraordinary.

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The Single Girl: Damien McFly, ” I Can’t Reply”

Damien McFly’s “I Can’t Reply” is a folk-pop delight for the ears from start to finish. McFly effortlessly creates a sound which is toe-tappingly catchy, filled with folky goodness whilst also managing to bring in elements of soft rock and that classic singer-songwriter delicacy.

The track begins with a pretty piano section before Damien’s warm, tender vocal comes in and whisks you away with his smooth, soft tone. As his voice picks up in power, so does the track and as the chorus breaks out, the full capacity of the acoustic guitar comes into play to create one hell of a catchy chorus.

Although, undeniably, there are elements of Mumford & Sons all over this track, Damien McFly makes it his own with the sheer amount of passion and earnestness he brings to the record. “I Can’t Reply” is a beautifully written and composed track that is out just in time for the Summer and those long, daytime drives.

“I Can’t Reply” is out on July 17th via Ferrari Records.

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