Category Archives: TVD UK

The Single Girl: White Ape, “Kick It Down”

London is changing, and has been for a while now. For as long as people can remember, the city’s character has been siphoned off, bit by bit, in a strange tidal flow that sees areas attract creativity, gain popularity, and then implode under the weight of sanitised gentrification. The creativity moves on, the cycle repeats. It’s happened to Camden, which has been a glorified open air shopping mall for a while now. It’s happened to Shoreditch, where anyone with an unlimited budget and a recipe for cupcakes can get their big break. It’s happening East, West, North, and South. Soon, the city will be nothing but bankers, expensive boutiques and coffee shops, and pseudo artisans who own said boutiques and coffee shops.

What does this have to do with White Ape’s “Kick It Down”? Quite a lot. White Ape represent part of the city’s culture that is slowly getting phased out. Living in London is becoming increasingly expensive and before long, bands like White Ape will be confined to the provinces once again as pubs and venues, once champions of the local live scene, are shut down, redeveloped, and replaced with luxury accommodation.

In short, that’s what this EP is about, and it’s fitting that the band have tipped their hats to ’70s British punk, with surfy guitars, two-tone beats, and lyrics with an overt message. “Kick It Down” is a fist raised in the air and a shout of defiance from kids forced to pay the previous generation’s tab.

If you have a place in your heart for honest garage rock that rallies against the status quo, then you need this—White Ape’s “Kick It Down”—in your collection.

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The Single Girl: Siv Jakobsen, “How We
Used To Love”

There’s a delicate sadness to Siv Jakobsen’s latest single, “How We Used To Love” that will speak to anyone who’s gone through a break up.

From the haunting minimalist string, guitar, and piano combo that forms the introduction, the scene is set even before Siv’s voice makes its subdued entrance. And what a voice it is, blending elements of Joni Mitchell’s relaxed diction with Joan Baez’s intense range to create a brand new dynamic that defines Siv’s sound.

Even without the press release, which states pretty explicitly that the song is about one of Siv’s previous relationships, the themes behind the song couldn’t be any clearer. Some of the lyrics read like a transcript from a doomed couple’s conversation, stuck in a cycle of pain and remorse. It’s heavy going stuff, but far from being depressing, it’s like giving your soul a spring clean.

In just over three minutes, you get to feel the ache of extreme loss, remorse and then acceptance, and come out the other side refreshed and ready to take on anything.

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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 at TVD every Thursday.

“P-P-P-P-Pick up a podcast! The December brew is here: WICHITA. I’m putting together the January installment this weekend and what a week it has been with them announcing a new Waxahatchee record, Girlpool launching a documentary, Frankie & The Heartstrings announcing a tour, new Cheatahs and a new signing, Oscar!

My ROTW is from the raw Bass Drum Of Death it’s called Rip This and I’ll be playing three tracks on the show today. This week’s #Shellshock is by RONiiA—it’s called ‘Last Words’ and I fell hook, line, and sinker for it this week…” —SZ

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UK Vinyl Video:
Gaz Coombes, “2o/2o”
(Live at 229 London)

Gaz Coombes’ album Matador is out on January 26th, an LP guaranteed to shine a warm reflective glow on an otherwise dreary January.

The video for “2o/2o” was recorded live at 229 in London and for anyone expecting the upbeat, cheeky indie of yore will be in for a pleasant surprise. Supergrass this ain’t. Coombes wears his introspective heart on his sleeve with the track building from an eerie start to a triumphant, climactic end—it’s pretty much perfect.

Gaz is on tour in February across UK and Europe. Tickets are available here.

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UK Vinyl Video: Blair Jollands, “Stars Will Descend”

With the new year ahead of us and a set of exciting new releases to look forward to, Blair Jollands’ latest video for “Stars Will Descend” is a welcome treat.

The single is out 23rd March and is taken from the album Half Life, out in April.

The video follows Blair’s perspective as we see images of a woman, the city in lights, and love’s most intimate moments. It’s a small but perfectly formed window into Jollands’ poetic soul.

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TVD Video Premiere: White Ape,
“Kick It Down”

London based punk band White Ape is due to release their second EP, “Kick It Down” on Monday.

The band have created a raw and subversive sound, while their lyrics take no prisoners as they tackle subjects such as class and gentrification in the big smoke of London town.

To celebrate their forthcoming EP, White Ape are releasing the title track, “Kick It Down” as their official single and have given us an exclusive premiere of the lo-fi video that accompanies the track.

White Ape’s EP, “Kick It Down” is released via Sotones on 19th January 2015.

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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 at TVD every Thursday.

“For this week’s ROTW we stay in the southern hemisphere for yet another week for some psych grooves courtesy of the best named band in guitars, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. I’ll be spinning three tracks from I’m In Your Mind Fuzz and you really need to hear this record, one of my faves of 2014!

This week’s #Shellshock is by Rivergazer and it’s called ‘Tai Chi’ and it makes me want to flex my limbs.” —SZ

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The Single Girl: India Mill, “Morning Song”

This one slipped past our end of year deadline (so many bands, so little time to write about them), but we just couldn’t let India Mill’s last single, “Morning Song,” pass without a mention.

It’s taken from their debut album, Under Every Sky, and has an immediacy to it that had us hooked from the first bar of reverb soaked drums and guitar. Conjuring images of the repetitive daily grind, but soaked in Americana—all it needs is a couple of whip cracks and a choir of children yodeling Ennio Morricone style and it could fit in a spaghetti western. You can almost taste the desert dust blowing through your speakers.

Al Smith’s vocals are pitched perfectly, dancing up and down scales like a psycho on a piano, and at times in danger of overwhelming the entire song, but that’s what makes the song so great. “Morning Song” projects a big sound molded by a band that we’re hoping to hear a lot more from in 2015.

India Mill’s “Morning Song” is released via Bold Venture Music/ AWAL.

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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 at TVD every Thursday.

“My ROTW is from Gorgeous Bully—it’s called Smiling, Laughing and I’ll be playing three tracks on the show today.

This weeks #Shellshock is by Flowers—it’s called ‘Joanna’ and it’s so pretty pretty.

We may also delve into chats about random band names. Today I saw that there’s a band called Mord Fustang that made me chuckle!” —SZ

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Siv Jakobsen,
The TVD First Date

“My first experience with vinyl records must have been when I was quite young, maybe 10 or 11, sifting through an old box of records we had in the attic of my mom’s childhood home. She had collected a massive amount in her younger years, with everything from Simon and Garfunkel to Ella Fitzgerald. Unfortunately we’ve lost those records, but the experience of seeing all of them, dusty and old and beautiful, still sits with me today.”

“I can’t quite pin-point when I had my first listen through a vinyl player—I think I must have been quite young. I remember the beauty of the sound—it was old and nostalgic, in the best possible way. It reminds me of moments when I have time to just sit and listen—you can’t really listen to a record “on the go,” so it forces you to relax and actually really, truly enjoy the music.

It’s a wonderful counterpart to the way we usually listen these days—music being so easily accessible all the time, we hardly take the time to have a moment and listen, without being on our way somewhere.

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