Click here to load reader

Issue Four | Spring

  • View

  • Download

Embed Size (px)


Issue Four - Spring

Text of Issue Four | Spring

  • Risk&Consequence / free

  • Dear All,

    Page04 |single review| boat to row, a boat to row, to row to you, Graeme Harper/ Page06 |single review| jumping ships, heart & hope, Gareth Harper

    / Page08 |canvas| Jack Coltman/ Page10 |ep review| foster the people, self-titled, Ryan Barham

    / Page12 |incoming| modern blonde & joyeux anniversaire, Cain Gill/ Page14 |album review| smith westerns, dye it blonde, Luke Allen

    / Page16 |interview| dd/mm/yyyy, Sam King/ Page18 |feature| internet killed the rock n roll star, @sturulez

    / Page20 |album review| jeniferever, silesia, Noel Pearce/ Page22 |canvas| Amy Davies

    / Page24 |festival preview| 2000 trees, Kaylea Mitchem/ Page26 |album review| mender, body of gossamer, Danny Wadeson

    / Page28 |ep review| among brothers. homes, Tiffany Daniels/ Pages30 |interview| johnny foreigner, Heather Steele

    / Page34 |screening| launderette, Danny WadesonBack Cover |canvas| Naomi Scott




    happy birthday

    label launch

    Sam, Isaiah and the Wolf may echo a well-

    known fable, but theres nothing mythical about

    its lyrics.


    Sorry its been over a year. Weve been busy students doing studenty things and attempting to survive on a measly wage, so havent been able to print any issues for a while. Rest assured that we are currently snacking on economy brand noodles just so that you can hold this deli-cate arrangement of words and papers in your hands.

    COVER IMAGE by oliver barrett


    On that note, were going to have to use adverts in the next issue. We just cant function from our own pockets anymore. If you know of any-one, or are somebody that would be interesting in supporting this crea-tive venture, and would like to pay a small fee to help fund us and get your business/warez advertised in here, then get in touch at the usual address (at the bottom of the page).

    Hope that youre all well... sadly were unable to send out individual copies anymore, due to the aforementioned cashflow issue, however if you have a suggestion for a nice independent record, clothes shop or cafe close to you where you think wed sit nicely then send us an email with the venues details and well do our best to stock a few copies there.

    Much love, Kaylea & Cain x

    EMAIL: [email protected]


    A Boat To Row, To Row To You

    Boat To Row

    Released through istartedthefire records

    This month hails the release of Boat to Rows debut single: A Boat To Row, To Row To You. The folk out-fit release their single on May 2nd through Chelten-hams I Started the Fire Records, and is available in the form of a digital download or limited edition 7, which provides those lucky enough to get their hands on one with two exclusive extra songs, Portland Bill and St Wallis. In accompaniment with A Boat To Row, To Row To You, the band will release the B-side 114 Miles, whilst also releasing a video produced by Pete Banks.

    Having supported numerous artists, including Johnny Flynn and Slow Club, and having performed at a va-riety of festivals, such as Dot to Dot and GloucestersUnderground Festival, Boat to Row undoubtedly pos

    sess the talent to be worth your time, and their talents certainly shine through in this eagerly anticipated release. The titular track provides three minutes and thirty seconds of pleasure for its listening audience, in which your ears are graced by the resplendent boy-girl vocals of Michael King and Hannah Riley, which are seamlessly inter-woven with the delicate, heart-warm-ing melodies that emanate from their guitar, banjo and swooning violin. The only thing wrong with this song is that its making me feel like an idiot: because as I listen to it I cannot help but smile to myself, and I always feel like an idiot when I smile to myself. The lyrics make heavy use, as the song title may allow you to anticipate, of loving and meaningful semantics cloaked in various nautical references, with my two particular favourites being: to be kind at heart is a quality lost at sea; and the rather beautiful, well Im certain no anchor could trap your or bring you down, cause your heart is the biggest and sweetest one that Ive found. None of the following three tracks on the Ep quite manage to reach the heights that the band set for themselves with this opening track, although after all, that is probably why it is this track that was

    designated as the single to be released, and not a sub-sequent track instead. The records B-side 114 Miles, sees Kings vocals take a back seat, whilst the listener is steered gracefully by Rileys vocals and the slow strum of guitar through a highly moving and accomplished effort that takes the listener at a much steadier pace than the records other offerings.

    Throughout much of Portland Bill, the first of two exclusive tracks offered on the limited edition 7 re-cord, I cant help but be made to draw an obvious and easy comparison, but one Ill make at any rate, as its sprightly string picking and ricocheting drum beat in unison with verses of softly spoken imagery, certainly identify with Johnny Flynn. The tempo quickens de-lightfully in the transition from verse to chorus in a way that will have you subconsciously jigging a leg, whilst similar things can be said of the second exclu-sive track, St. Wallis. Theres not much transition in tempo to speak of with this effort, and neither does it maintain the softness and delicacy that the listener will have experienced thusfar in the record, but it is

    charming in its own right. At two minutes and thirty-seven seconds long its less than half the length of the antecedent Portland Bill, whilst the racing banjo moves us, comparatively with the rest of the record, at breakneck speed to the records conclusion.

    One listen through of A Boat To Row, To Row To You, is enough to make anyone understand why Boat to Row are turning ears in all direction, includ-ing those of BBC 6 Musics Tom Robinson. Boat to Row let the sun shine in: it is folk at its prettiest, its most charming, and I urge every one of you to at least cast your eyes over the accompanying video to A Boat To Row, To Row To You, which you can find here:

    Graeme Harper

  • Jumping Ships

    Available to buy through Alcopop records

    Terrible puns about getting onboard with them aside, Brighton foursome Jumping Ships are fundamentally a quite exciting proposition; take a listen to their brand new single Heart and Hope, and then try pigeon-holing that sound. Go on. I dare you.No, I DOUBLE dare you. Its enjoyably tough to do so, because fundamentally Heart and Hope is a brilliantly paradoxical house upon the indie-rock horizon: it is essentially lad-rockfor those who hate lad-rock. Theres certainly an assured gusto conveyed in the vocal delivery reminiscent of vocalists from the laddier end

    of the indie spectrum, and one doesnt have to use too much imagination to picture a group of rugby players at Propaganda, arms around one another, shouting out the infectiously catchy chorus. But that is certainly not to its detriment. Most of the rugby players I know are actually quite nice chaps, and in any case, despite the balls-out indie rock appearances of Jumping Ships, theres more to Heart and Hope than the catchy, repetitive vocal hook. Theres an immensely mature structural depth to the song, an emotional profundity to the combination of the lyrics and vocal delivery and an intelligent use of text-book rock instrumentation throughout, which somewhat belies the bands relative youth. The single is backed up by the equally enjoyable B-Side Loose Cannon and the cyclical, brooding Alex R. Winter remix of The Whole Truth

    Gareth Harper 7


    Heart & Hope

  • Jack ColtmanJack is a Cheltenham-based illustrator who studied illustration at

    University of Gloucestershire.

    His main influences are Melvyn Bragg, Ultimo Dragon and Curry (Rogan Josh).

    w ww .

    j ac k

    c ol t

    ma n

    . blo






    Self Titled EP

    Foster The People

    Los Angeles-based Foster The People have been intro-duced to the public by fellow LA residents, Grouplove. You understand that this could be a good thing, however it could also be a double-edged sword as it has been for many bands in the past upon being bigged up by friends. Is it possible for Foster the People to break away from simply being tagged as Grouploves mates? Based on the evidence provided; three slices of anthemic indie-dance presented as a self-titled debut EP, the answer is a resounding yes.

    Synthesizer and effect-laden Houdini is a happy mix-ture of chillwave, Passion Pit and MGMT. What do you want? What do you need? What do you come here for? demands frontman Mark Foster before offering the per-fect gift from me to you in glorious falsetto. The harmo-nious bass-heavy output continues as the tone gets darker as he resigns himself to contemplating that sometimes I want to disappear, in homage to the title of the track and Houdini, the man himself. Is the track as magic as its subject matter? Not quite, but it definitely does the trick and is only Foster The Peoples opening act.

    Pumped Up Kicks shows a slower, more chilled out side of the band, with a combination of chronic bass line and vocoded vocals introducing the track, before building up to a contagious blend of spoken-word, handclaps and whistling. The seemingly non-sensical lyrics of: all the other kids with the pumped-up kicks, you better run, bet-ter run, faster than my bullet just add to the enjoyable absurdity. Possibly to confirm just how much fun Foster The People are having, extending that s