The Districts possess the ability to make anything sound epic, and they threaten to turn The Haunt into one large hotbed of euphoria in September when they showcase new record Popular Manipulations. If coming-of-age album A Flourish and a Spoil hinted at the band’s forward-thinking signatures, then the new tracks look to be the culmination of that. I caught up with Braden from the band to talk about the LP as well as what the future holds for the Chicago four-piece.
The very second after the final chord was struck on Childhood’s 2017 Great Escape set I was counting down to the release of this record. A show made up of completely new material, I was intrigued as to how the Brixton band would transfer this completely revamped sound in the studio.
Following the aftermath of the intense Friday and Saturday showings at Lovebox, its chilled out counterpart Citadel took over Victoria Park on Sunday to cap off a momentous weekend.
Sydney based duo Ben Gumbleton and Sam Croft, otherwise known as the alluring live electronic duo Boo Seeka, blew Brighton away at the 2016 Great Escape and look set to do exactly that again in The Prince Albert next month. Ahead of their headline show and debut album release I caught up with Sam from the band.
The sun-kissed port of Lisbon was the venue as the Portuguese capital hosted one of the Iberian Peninsula’s largest music festivals.
In a music industry drowning in reunions and comebacks, it’s fitting to finally see a band call it a day on their own terms, whilst still at the peak of their powers and headlining festivals.
The Maccabees have done exactly that in a run of three shows at Alexandra Palace. Ever since the uncompromising debut single ‘X-Ray’ introduced the world to the five-piece, the London band have never faltered, consistently putting out unique pop music that carries an edge. They’ve never stopped evolving, whilst always retaining their quintessential lush melodies, heartfelt lyrics and emotional soundscapes.
Fresh from a storming Glastonbury performance, Brighton was treated to some Scandi-pop in what was Tove Lo’s sole UK headline date inbetween her current run of sporadic festival appearances. The Grammy nominee shot to fame with her ‘Habits (Stay High)’ song, which has amassed over 200 million hits on YouTube. Whilst her new album doesn’t have the pure pop sensibilities of the debut record, a greater focus has been placed on production, with a hazy decadence and sensual underbelly manifesting into what is a fascinating evolution.
This feels like a coming of age period for Pond. “We’re so glad to be back in Brighton, our gigs are always crazy here,” enthused bass/synth player Jay Watson for the band’s largest show in the city to date. Full to the brim, the Thursday night crowd were in jovial mood, with beers flying and the spirit of enthusiasm deafening from the offset.
Despite struggling to shake off the Tame Impala side-project moniker in the early days, the five-piece have come into their own in the last couple of years, particularly since the arrival of the new record. Although it was produced by Kevin Parker, The Weather carries more of a fun-loving style compared to their childhood friend’s band.
“Hey! We love playing in Brighton because you fucking get us!” Algiers’ frontman Franklin James Fisher says mid-set tonight at Patterns. And he is correct. Patterns is packed, despite the blazing sun and a freak rain shower, and everyone is totally into Algiers. The band literally could have covered anything from the Frozen soundtrack or a Steps medley and the crowd would have lapped it up. Luckily, they did neither, but the more I think about it a cover of ‘Let it Go’ could be kind of awesome. But I digress, this adulation of the crowd isn’t really a shock given how their 2015 debut album was universally lauded. Now Algiers are on the cusp of releasing their follow up and, given the strength of those songs tonight, and the audience’s enjoyment of them, it looks set to follow its predecessor by being critically acclaimed and lauded.