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Camera Obscura, Shamir and Merchandise are added to the line-up.
More acts have been announced for the ever growing line-up of London's Visions Festival, set to take place in August. With acts like Camera Obscura and The Antlers, this year is sure shaping up to be one of the best for Visions yet.
Now in its third year, Visions Festival brings a host of stellar new additions to their 2015 line-up, joining the likes of already announced The Antlers, Toy, Son Lux and Andy Stott. Plus, the day will be bigger than before with yet more venues added across London to celebrate what will hopefully be another sell-out success.
Continue reading: Visions 2015 Is Looking Yet More Colourful With New Additions
The UK band hope to hit the road again with a debut album next year.
If any band is blowing up in the UK right now, it's London rockers Wolf Alice. Hotly tipped by virtually everyone and having easily made it on to BBC's Sound of 2015 longlist, they've got a seriously heavy year ahead of them.
Wolf Alice are planning their debut album
They've just come off of their UK Autumn tour, which included a hugely exciting show at Heaven in London, and it's definitely given them a taste for further shows. 'I still find it just amazing to see people who have taken the time and effort and sometimes the money to come down and see something we've been working on and something that we've always wanted to do and dreamt of', says lead singer Ellie Rowsell.
Continue reading: Wolf Alice: The Name That Will Be On Everyone's Lips In 2015
Merchandise open their new album, After The End, with 'Corridor' - a slow scintillating burner that shows the grand beauty of what they can do; slowly lulling you into their wallflower world, before 'Enemy' churns things up and sends you to choppier waters with Carson's salty vocals. His voice a nonchalant passerby in the parade of surrounding instrumentation. The album title becoming a manifesto and promise for the continual rebirth of one of the moments most interesting bands.
Where Merchandise were before, the 'underground stalwarts', the 'kids most likely to', the 'incredibly-cool-but-under-appreciated-and-under-heard-of-kings-of-weird', they're now transcending to become mainstays of a scene which their name vehemently pits them against. With songs like 'True Monument' evoking The National and that glockenspiel clack on 'Green Lady' transporting you to an island paradise complete with gaudy floral shirt, it's no wonder the band have outgrown their shoes. For lack of a better phrase they're 'pulling a Shins' on us. While The Shins used Zach Braff and stole all of Len's sunshine to quietly and unassumingly lodge themselves in the brain of every kid wearing Converse this side of the galaxy, it's hard to predict just exactly who's listening to Merchandise now. The hardcore kids who were there at the start are likely fed up of the seven minute Miles Davis inspired guitar wangling acid-jazz freak-outs that started to edge in on the ever poppier Children of Desire and took control on Total Nite, so for them to now come out with this was, while somewhat on the cards, surprising.
This is a pop record. By all accounts it's a slightly off-beat one, but it's unashamedly pop and you get the feeling that Carson Cox could care less who his fans are (or were) as his Echo and the Bunnymen baritone rumbles through the chipper guitar lines and classic drum beats. They've still got the 'out there' harmonic moments that call to mind Talk Talk, but this is as accessible an album as they come. Just listen to the start of 'Green Lady' - its phenomenal. Steeped in the dry ice of an 80s prom, it chimes in and croons at you from under a spotlight; you can basically hear the shoulder pads. And that riff - God, that riff; it's orgasmic. If this song isn't every high school kids make-out jam then kids just aren't doing it right.
Continue reading: Merchandise - After The End Album Review
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