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UK Video: Piney Gir, “Keep It Together”

Kansas born, London dwelling Piney Gir is about to release the first single from her sixth album (yes, sixth!)—mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE—out June 8th 2015.

The track is “Keep It Together” and the video is heart-warmingly mental. Piney is like a sparkly female-fronted, indie-pop Grandaddy, and this single is a wonderful introduction to the album.

In the video, Piney can be seen causing a lovely mess all over the walls, swinging her arms, dancing as the camera zooms in and out and all around. It’s a glorious DIY, cut and paste effort that encapsulates Piney Gir’s fun, accessible style, which harks back to ’90s US alt indie acts like The Breeders and the Pixies.

“Keep It Together” is out via Damaged Goods on April 27th.

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The Single Girl:
Rag Foundation,”Run”

“Run” is the first single taken from folk five-piece Rag Foundation’s fourth album The Sparrow and the Thief and it’s rather catchy, indeed.

The track is filled with folky goodness that will get your toes tapping and is a wonderful showcase for what we can expect from these guys and the rest of their album. The track overflows with luscious harmonies and boasts an intricate, indie-folk composition not far from the likes of Noah & The Whale and The Decemberists.

The Welsh based five-piece have made a promising start here, and it’s just in time for summer. Combining their folk roots with a sunny, optimistic sound, the album can’t come soon enough.

“Run” is released via Rhondda Street Studio Recordings.

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For the indie love:
Piney Gir

“I’m an American living in London and I moved to the UK over 10 years ago. I had just earned my music degree and didn’t know what to do with it.”

“I knew I didn’t want to stay in Kansas and I didn’t want to go to New York, Chicago, or LA because that seemed to be where everyone went after uni. I had spent a semester in the UK on a foreign exchange programme and I loved it, so I came back, took some evening courses at St. Martin’s and worked in a cocktail bar to meet people and just figure things out. I ended up in a synth-pop duo called Vic Twenty, which was my first band. It was then I realised indie-pop music is something I wanted to do for real. I had carved a niche for myself in the indie music scene here and it felt natural to stay and see what would happen.

It took me about 2 years to really find my feet here. When you first move somewhere (especially somewhere as huge and diverse at London) you meet all types of people and you sometimes end up hanging out with people you have nothing in common with, simply to have a person to hang out with. Especially when you’re super-young, it feels more important to hang out in packs… I’m more comfortable with my own company now, but in the early days I was out all the time with random friends I had little in common with.

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UK Video: Holy Pinto, “Tooth”

Indie pop-punk duo Holy Pinto have released their latest video for “Tooth” and the animation alone makes this one worth a watch.

Directed by Sam Cox, the video is a colourful cocktail of transforming shapes and faces to be mesmerised by. The track itself fits perfectly with its catchy melodies and sharp, staccato riffs mirroring the colour and charm of the video.

Aymen’s Salah’s colloquial vocal also brings something unique to the track with his ever on point clever and witty lyrics. We don’t think this will be last we see of this pop-punk duo—so, yes…watch this space.

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A Badge of Friendship, The Podcast at TVD

We’re delighted to debut a brand new podcast at TVD today which will find a home in this spot weekly. “A Badge of Friendship” comes to you from the London PR firm of the same name—”one of indie London’s best loved organisations,” as the NME noted a little while back.

Each week ABoF’s Claire, Paul, and Ed will take to FUBAR Radio’s airwaves, and to get a sense of what they’ve got in store for their broadcast we chatted them up in advance of show number one which you can stream below. (And if you’ve stopped by for Shell Zenner Presents, you can find her a day earlier, now on Wednesdays.) —Ed.

Tell us about your new show on FUBAR Radio.

Claire: Our new show—A Badge of Friendship—is all about new music and undiscovered gems (that aren’t necessarily new!) There are also lots of fun features too—”Pass The Cheese,” “World of Weird,” and we’ve got some great guests lined-up for the next few months—Armando Iannucci, Vennart, Torche, comedian Dave Hill, Idlewild, and lots more.

Paul: It’s another outlet for us to help promote up and coming bands but it is also a platform to talk about bands and labels who inspired us to get into music in the first place. In the first episode Claire chooses Dischord Records. So that gives an indication of the type of stuff we will have on the show.

What do you hope to achieve with the show?

P: I think the idea is to have fun. It really is that simple. Of course, we really want to push the type of bands who may not always be getting the love they deserve and to help push new music as much as possible. However, if we can have a laugh, play some good tunes, and pull in a few listens along the way then our job will be done!

C: I’d personally love to create that feeling I used to get when I walked into a record store, looking to discover new music. I hope our listeners are open to all sorts of genres and always hear at least one thing that’s new every week. As people, we don’t take ourselves too seriously and we want to have a little fun with the show too and get across that music is fun and it’s not always about serious chat and analysis. We love music, it’s our passion and we want that love to come across on the show.

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UK Artist of the Week: Rag Foundation

Rag Foundation are a Swansea-based five-piece band seething with alt-folk goodness. With all five of them coming from working class, traditional roots, the band are comfortable performing classic Welsh folk songs as well as creating their own contemporary, alternative folk sound.

The Sparrow and The Thief is Rag Foundation’s fourth album which they describe as a “narrative album told over 11 songs.” They have created a work that the listener can really get absorbed in and be taken on a journey. The first single is “Run” which is filled with sumptuous vocal harmonies interlaced with an intricate indie-folk composition and clear influences including the likes of The Decembrists and elements of Fleetwood Mac—their album has even been described as an “alt-folk ‘Rumours’!”

With another single due for release in June, followed by The Sparrow and The Thief, the band are going to be rather busy touring throughout 2015 and spreading their magical musical far and wide—so watch this space.

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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.

“This week’s ROTW is the magnificent second album Fast Food by Nadine Shah. I’ll be spinning three tracks off it and you’d be daft to miss it!

This week’s #shellshock has an ‘Invisible’ involvement—it’s from London singer songwriter Eska and it’s called ‘Gatekeeper.'” —SZ

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UK Video: Idlewild, “Every Little Means Trust”

It’s been a long time since Idlewild fans were treated to a music video, so it was no surprise that they had a few aces up their sleeves.

Last month the band announced that Canadian actor/director Jay Baruchel (How To Train Your Dragon, This Is The End, Goon) would star in the video for single “Every Little Means Trust” and it’s a complete departure from Baruchel’s usual output.

Here we see Jay travelling through the Scottish Highlands as snapshots of his time and memories of a beautiful girl fade in and out alongside the music.

The band flew the actor over to Scotland especially to film the video, directed by Oscar Sansom. Jay is a long time fan saying, “Idlewild have been the soundtrack of my life since I first heard them in Bristol when I was 19.” Remarked Jay, “To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. I am proud and honoured and kind of still floored that I get to be a part of their work in any way whatsoever.”

“Every Little Means Trust” is released on April 27th via Empty Words and is taken from the band’s full length release, Everything Ever Written which is in stores now.

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The Single Girl: CARALIS, “Clicks In”

CARALIS’ debut single “Clicks In” is quite the departure from Dan Frau’s previous body of work fronting Anison. Leaving his alt rock roots behind him, and in collaboration with John Merriman, he’s created a stripped back, electronic power anthem.

What starts as a minimalist counterpoint between vocals and drums with some subtle keyboard and bass in the background for atmosphere, soon evolves into a soaring wave of sound that washes over your stereo, giving you the urge to get out of your seat and throw your hands in the air.

Frau’s distinctive vocal style isn’t much changed, but the music backing up his lyrics has transformed into a completely different animal. We’re sure this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing from CARALIS and we can’t wait to hear what else he’s got hidden up his sleeve.

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The Single Girl:
The Capture Effect, “Frequencies” EP

The Capture Effect’s debut EP “Frequencies” doesn’t shy away from the political, and with a banging opening track that’s steeped in dance floor friendly electro clash, infused with the venom of disenfranchisement, our interest was piqued.

Follow it up with fist pumping indie rock spliced with news coverage of the UK’s hacking scandal, which succinctly describes second track “Skywave,” and it becomes clear that The Capture Effect are adept at creating speaker busting classics with a conscience without coming across as too preachy.

Penultimate track, “London’s Burning” lulls the listener into a false sense of security during the verse, then explodes into an anthem as swan song—and a statement of intent. Played live with a familiar crowd, we can imagine that THIS track brings the “hold your hands in the air” moment.

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