BAND OF THE DAY # 43 - YOU CAN'T WIN CHARLIE BROWN
Alt pop at it’s darn finest today from the coast of Lisbon with You Can’t Win Charlie Brown. New on the scene but producing happy-go-lucky melodies combined with dreamy soundscapes in the same vein as genre masters Bon Iver and Grizzly Bear. Have a butcher’s at the band’s new video for ‘Over the Sun/Under the Water’. It’s a beaut and perfect for the sunshine………..
Todays featured artist is Sacred Animals. Songwiter Darragh Nolan presents his interpretation of electronic, ambient folk that is truly stunning. Sacred Animals are another special addition to our festival, haunting us with their melancholic but pretty an intimate creations in the same vein as Thom York .This is another act that is part of MusicFromIreland (MFI) who The Great Escape is partnering with for this years festival.
This year we are welcoming Irish three peice Funeral Suits to the TGE stage. Funeral Suits bring blistering pop fused with distorted guitars, electronica and moody soundscapes. The act have recently finished recording their debut album where they have worked with the producer Steven Street (The Smiths). Funeral Suits are feautured as part of our Music From Ireland partnership and will be performing at a special showcase for MFI acts on May 12th 12 -4pm at the Prince Albert along with other Irish talent Sacred Animals, And So I Watch You From Afar and Fionn Regan.
This Montreal act have already received much acclaim especially for their live shows described as ‘really loud and really fucking good’. Suuns have no doubt ingested a lot of art rock, often wrapped in a noisy squall of droning guitars and pulsing synths. We can traces of influence from Joy Division in this post – punk creation and the vocal delivery of frontman Ben Shemie is eerie yet endearing making the the overall effect hypnotic.
Check them out at: http://www.myspace.com/suuns_
The American singer songwriter taught herself guitar, and began writing songs which blend tense, trance-like arpeggios with warm vocals and meditative lyrics about family and nature. Alela releases her third studio album ‘Alela Diane & Wild Divine’ this year and enjoys positive reviews from NME, The Fly and The Guardian, we are greatly anticipating her performance at TGE 2011!
Hailing from Dublin, Villagers is Conar J O’Brien’s creative output for his effortlessly warm acoustic/folk creations. Villagers produce both empowering folk ballads and more melancholic numbers evoking acts such as Radiohead. Last year Villagers debut album ‘Becoming a Jackal’ was nominated for the Mercury music prize and shot to the top of the Irish and UK indie charts. The act has supported the likes of Tracy Chapman and Elbow on their mammoth tour of the UK and Ireland this March and we are trilled to add them to the 2011 TGE line up!
Our band of the day is New York five piece Gang Gang Dance. This act is well known within the New York experimental/art scene for its distinctive sound that draws equally from African rhythms, Middle eastern dance music, industrial, noise, grime and other genres. Gang Gang Dance were conceived in 1999 and their inability to be coined as any genre is a product of ‘confusion of eclectic musical tastes’. The act have been featured on various taste lists such as ‘Top 100 Albums of the 2000s’ and ‘10 Most Influential Acts of the 2000s’, 2011 sees the release of their fifth studio album ‘Eye Contact’.
Our featured artist today is the stunning Warpaint. This act is made up of four LA girls and after a blow away performance at last years TGE (being reigned TGE band of 2010) we want them back for more. This female four piece are likely to leave you in a state of euphoria after their gentle and soulful guitar textures and angelic vocal harmonies take you to another realm. So get to the Corn Exchange 12th May 23.20 and be induced to a state of blissful hypnosis!
BAND OF THE DAY # 35 - AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR
Today’s band of the day is Northern Ireland four piece And So I Watch You From Afar. The act specialise in complex Instrumental Rock that is dramatic and adventurous, combining hardcore influences with the more contemporary style of math rock. Last year the act got a spot at the SXSW festival and were nominated for the XFM New Music Album of the Year and Ireland’s Choice Music Prize! And So I Watch You From Afar is another must see act on TGE’s fabulous line up for 2011!
Our featured artist today is the wonderful GroupLove! GroupLove must have the most impressive band formation story ever. They five piece met on the Greek Island of Crete, two of them (Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi) meeting in New York shortly before the trip and joining the other three strangers after a period of jamming together on their get away. A year later and we have the now LA based GroupLove. This romanticised meeting of the five translated into music that has been described as a fusion of The Pixies and Arcade Fire in their self titled genre ‘funge’ (fun and grunge if you were wondering)!
Todays band of the day is CULTS. CULTS are a male female indie pop duo from New York who specialise in gutsy yet euphoric dream-pop . After a host of thrilling live performances across London (where the duo transform in to a 6 piece) we were left wanting more so we got them on at The Great Escape! Watch out for CULTS limited “Abducted” 7” vinyl out on Record Store Day on Saturday (April 16th).
Canadian four piece BRAIDS were high school companions that skipped university and moved from Alberta to Montreal at the age of 18 to be in a band. BRAIDS offer classic pop melodies within tender and delicate layers of sound creating something truly enchanting.
Their live performances have been described as haunting and entrancing, an atmosphere that the act endeavored to capture on their debut album Native Speaker.We can safely say they succeeded, as the album is stunning with arrangements that are intricate yet commanding. It grand sign of harmony in musical projections that such a young act can produce an LP so powerful and full of maturity as Native Speaker
Todays band of the day are finish female duo LCMDF.
Helsinki sisters Mia and Emma Kemppainen create exhuberant bouncy indie pop that is fresh and fun. LCMDF are rich in killer pop hooks and cool grooves, occasionally entering the psychadelic. They create music that is as colourful as they dress which is challenging and we cant wait to see them at this years TGE!
This 6 peice from Minneapolis, seemingly dubbed chamber-folk, touch upon treachorous sounds and movements throught the variety of instruments - cello, piano, banjo, clarinet, accordian, and trumpet amongst others - and the delicate dramatics of Nona Marie Invie on vocals.
Akin to their percieved peers of say, Beirut or Laura Veirs, the band all seem to be multi-instrumentalists with influences heavily steeped in Baltic and European gypsy folk along with more tradiational Americana and the french influenced Jazz of New Orleans.
Additonally the bounce and flight in Nona Marie’s voice reminds me of Edith Paif at times, especially when set to the Baltic sounds of the accordian or french notes of the clarinet.
Truely a wonderful musical journey, one sure to take you through emotional escapism and the antiquated romanticism of scenario’s long forgotten.
So, you’ve seen our continuous band announcements, thanked us for the never ending slew of fantastic music booked and now you’re drowning in a world of spreadsheets, options, clashes and general confusion over who the hell to see and how the hell to do it all.
So we are doing a few things to help with this process this year.
1) we will be publishing the venue capacities so you can use your wiley judgement and get a gauge on queues
2) for those of you in Brighton we will be distributing the program a couple of weeks before the festival. Read it. We listen to EVERYTHING and write a little ditty on it.
3) We will be putting up a downloadable PDF on the website early next week
4) some supergeeks (we love you just a little bit more than our other children) have requested all kinds of cvs/xml files for macros and php’s and lots of other things our tiny music minds dont understand. Well we’ve taken flash courses and are now megagenius’ and will be providing all the extra work asked of us.
5) this blog has some pretty nifty hints and tips
6) we’re doing an app! what? an app??? yes, an app.
7) I don’t know if you’ve noticed but we’ve put up all kinds of social networking links for the artists. Click on them.
8) sign up to our texting and twitter services.. we will tell you where the queues are, any delays or last minute chages (THESE WILL HAPPEN), hot tips and secret shows.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE WE CAN DO TO HELP? TELL US, WE HAVE PLENTY OF TIME ON OUR HANDS TO HELP :)