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Modestep

6 Jan

You may recall that I wrote about Modestep last summer and spoke of their kerfuffle with EMI regarding an Enya clearance that they tried to get. EMI tried to shut them down completely. Well, how they must be feeling now. Since then, Modestep’s popularity has grown at an alarming rate. With no releases and just a couple of DJ sets here and there, they have managed to gain almost 30,000 fans on Facebook off their own back.

Cee Le Green – Fuck You (Modestep remix)

The video (see below) for their debut single ‘Feel Good’ was posted up as a Christmas treat for fans and was viewed by over one million people in less than a week. Hats off.

Since then, they have been placed on the Radio 1 playlist and are gaining fans across the world quicker than you can say “wobble-wobble”. Their debut single is available to download on February 7th on UKF (a dubstep YouTube channel-cum-label that signed the band). Watch it explode!

Does the music make you feel good?

www.facebook.com/modestep

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The HeebieJeebies – Misery Guts

14 Jul

The debut single for The HeebieJeebies is called Misery Guts. I was drawn to this because, well, I can be a bit of a misery guts myself. Anyone that follows me on Twitter will know that I enjoy a good moan about anything from boredom to slow-moving people. Surprisingly though, The HeebieJeebies are not a band that one would associate with the word misery.

The Rotherham via Swindon trio play a blend of tropical indie that sounds positive, uplifting and full of summer vibes. Having been to both Rotherham and Swindon, I have no idea why this is. Both places are holes (no offence if you’re from either place) and it’s refreshing to hear a band that write music that sounds like it’s been made on the West Coast of the USA. Obvious comparisons will be made to the likes of Vampire Weekend and Born Ruffians. Which, despite being lazy journalism on my part, is true. The first Vampire Weekend record and Born Ruffians best singles respectively.

‘Misery Guts’ in particular gave me the same sense of happiness that came when I first heard Mansard Roof and Hummingbird. All around brilliance and yet another band for you to keep your eyes and ears on. Misery Guts is out on August 16th. Go and buy it you tight-fisted file loving bastards!

www.myspace.com/theheebiefuckinjeebies

Them Crooked Vultures – New Fang

27 Oct

At long last! A studio tune by Them Crooked Vultures appears… and it doesn’t disappoint!

Oh… and their album is out in the UK on November 16th! I can’t wait for their tour. It’s going to be pant messingly brilliant.

www.themcrookedvultures.com

Queen Zeppelins of the Foo Age?

1 Jul

Firstly, let me apologise for that god awful title.

Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones are making music together. Josh’s wife Brody (now of Spinnerette and formerly Distillers fame) has said it’s sounding amazing and why wouldn’t it?

Back in 2005, Mojo magazine did an interview with Grohl, who dropped the news as casually as mentioning the weather: “The next project that I’m trying to initiate involves me on drums, Josh Homme on guitar, and John Paul Jones playing bass. That’s the next album. That wouldn’t suck.”

We didn’t hear much more about the project after that until this past April, when French journalist Cyril Deluermoz reported that Grohl and Homme were recording together, which was shortly followed by an interview with John Paul Jones, who said the following: “I’m working on some other music, which is more rock based, with a couple of other people. We hope to be everywhere this summer.” When pressed for more information, the legendary bassist clammed up. “It’s a secret, actually,” he said. “I shouldn’t have even said that, you know? There are some exciting projects coming up, let’s put it that way.”

We have seen this before in disguise – Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Songs For The Deaf’ (one of my favourite records of all time) of course features Grohl on drums and John Paul Jones played a couple of tracks on the Foo Fighters’ ‘In Your Honor’ in 2005. Although, that was somewhat understated given the man’s talents. So for all three to be working together, well, it excites me a great deal.

Josh Homme has always said that working with others is a great thing because it makes him create better music – which I guess explains the revolving door policy that QOTSA tend to impose. It’s not a bad thing though in my opinion because it means that their music never gets stale and Josh always has fresh ideas with each record he makes. Whether or not the new Arctic Monkeys album ‘Humbug’ is a hit or not, I’m sure the Sheffield scamps will have influenced him in some shape or form. Maybe he’ll start changing the names of his tunes to “Feel Good Hit of tut summer” or “Go Wi tut Flow”… who knows?

Dave Grohl said at the end of the Foo Fighters world tour last year that the band were taking a long break. Maybe this is his break. He wants to go and make something completely different without having the pressure of attaching the Foo Fighters name to it. Much like Green Day did before their rather disappointing new album. I personally prefered the Foxboro Hot Tubs album to every Green Day album since Nimrod.

I have no idea when the material will see the light of day but I am very intrigued and excited by it! Will it be a low key release that you’ll have to search and search for on Rapidshare, a download only single, limited edition vinyl or the standard album with 18 month world tour – who knows?

Something for us all to look forward to!

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