Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

For those that missed Vessels spell-binding headline set on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury a few weeks ago, here’s a taster of what you missed with a particularly incendiary take of ‘Ornafives’ The rest of the show can be streamed here (for UK users only though).  Their latest album ‘Helioscope’ left a lasting impression on me and it’s pretty amazing to see how much they’ve come on as a band since the first time I saw them in 2007.  One of the tightest live units around these days.


I’m trying to work out if this track from London via Paris troupe Underground Railroad is a blatant rip-off of Radiohead’s ’15 Step’ or just a homaging nod to their heroes.  Listening through their new LP ‘White Night Stand’ I’m inclined to go for the latter, as there’s a bit of eclecticism about the record.  Besides it’s pleasing to see bands take influence from Radiohead’s edgier material, than pilfering their most obvious moments, such as the way with (shudder) Keane and to a lesser extent Muse.

‘White Night Stand’ is one of those records that opens up the more you listen and I’ve found that my own appreciation of it has risen from mild indifference to itching to listen to tracks such as the deadly infectious ‘ Black Widow’.  Like I said, UR are an eclectic bunch and this LP also incorporates elements of Krautrock (‘The Russian Doll’) ,No Wave  guitar pyrotechnics, steamy and languid Shoegaze textures (‘We Were Slumbering’) and razor-sharp electronics (‘Lucky Duck’) , while the press release mentions a Liars influence, hinting of their experimental tendencies.  ‘White Night Stand’ is out now on One Little Indian and certainly worth further investigation

Arcane Roots are a prog-inspired three-piece who are starting to gain a bit of momentum.  Zane Lowe has been playing them on BBC Radio 1 show (though that might be a death-knell going by this cringe-worthy interview he conducted with Grinderman).  Classic Prog recently likened the Surrey-based trio as an ‘Ultra melodic Mars Volta interrupted by a shouty Cockney fellow’.  Rock Sound have gone one better with an outrageously hyperbolic piece, where they claim Arcane Roots sound like no other band.

None of this matters of course, the only thing to care about is this track quite frankly rocks.  It’s explosive and hook-laden, mixing the best of Prog-Rock with an informed pop edge.  It’s the lead single from their mini-album ‘Left Fire’, which barely made a dent upon its original 2010 release.  Now, going with the video above, the band seem to have a bit of financial muscle behind them and look to be on the cusp of something big.  Just like the shout-along refrain in this featured track ‘this is the beginning of something’‘.  Catch this outfit at Sonisphere this Summer.

High Voltage is now only 25 days away and while headline acts such as Dream Theater, Judas Priest and Queensryche hold zero interest for me (though I will make exceptions for guitar gods Slash and Joe Bonamassa). I am, however, looking forward to investigating the acts on smaller stages.  I’ve already pinpointed Neurosis, Rival Sons, Amplifier and Electric Wizard as ‘must see’ bands and going by the video above from Belgian trio TriggerFinger, a cover of a Bob Dylan song no less, which captures them in their full live glory, I’ll be making a beeline for their slot too.  These snappily dressed bad seeds from Antwerp make gritty, blues explosions and are already a household name in their own country.  They’ve just released new album ‘ All This Dancing Around Again’, the CD and (Blue) Vinyl package can be obtained from their website for 20 euros. Expect to see more of these guys on these pages.

NME has been giving DZ Deathrays a fair bit of attention and column inches recently, featuring them in their Radar section of their website, while also including them in their print mag too,with a best new band accolade.  They’re a two-piece band from Brisbane, Australia that create a scuzzy, but infectious sound that draws on Garage, Blues and Psychedelic influences.   The video above for the aptly-titled ‘The Mess Up’  is as debauched as they come, with the duo proceeding to get plastered by drinking a bottle of Jagermeister inside 3 minutes.  Unsurprisingly, there’s vomit at the end!

‘Brutal Tapes’ is out on I Oh You now

Video: Radiohead – ‘Staircase’

Posted: June 21, 2011 in Video

Radiohead recently posted a new video from their forthcoming From The Basement sessions, it contains a new track entitled ‘Staircase’ and features Portishead’s Clive Deamer on drums in tandem with Phil Selway.  This track, which is not on ‘The King of Limbs’,  offers a rare glimpse into the workings of a band who’ve just released what is, in my opinion anyway, one of the most mystifying records in their discography.  The guitar work at the end by Jonny Greenwood is downright gorgeous.

Here’s a new track called Staircase, taken from our upcoming ‘From The Basement’ session.

And no, you’re not seeing double. The doppelganger drummers are myself and Clive Deamer. Clive has long been one of my favourite drummers and so I was really excited when he agreed to perform with us. Hope you like what we’ve all done.


Here’s the brand new video from the Slash-endorsed hard-rockers The Virginmarys, lifted from the ep of the same name which I reviewed a few weeks ago.  It finds this feisty trio going in a more pop-rock direction, perhaps looking to capitalise on a Summer of playing the festival scene.  While I prefer their earlier, hard-hitting sound of the ‘Cast The First Stone EP’, this radio-friendly number still has its merits and a hook-laden chorus, it will appeal to fans of bands such as Foo Fighters.  And I can’t grudge a band that strive for a bit of commercial success, especially when they’re as talented as this bunch.