A week in music videos... We caught up with Brooklyn band DIIV last week as they are currently enjoying the 2013 festival season. Talking to lead member Cole, he explained just how different it was playing festivals compared to club gigs, that it was more about coming into the world of the fans rather than bringing them into your own. He was also not shy about admitting that the pressure of working on a second album has lifted. 'People are gonna be way more patient and wanna hear what you come up with', he says. 'The first record you have to have a clear statement of purpose like a sound and catchy pop songs.' As well as taking the time to chat to us, we were treated with an uplifting live rendition of their song 'Human'. Watch the full interview here and watch the live video for Human.
With the release of their highly-anticipated sixth album 'Mechanical Bull' imminent, Kings Of Leon follow up the audio release of its first single 'Supersoaker' with a grainy, retro-style, artistically produced video. Just as we expected, 'Supersoaker' is made of the anthemic, driving and infectious stuff that previous international hits 'Use Somebody' and 'Sex On Fire' are made of and we certainly can't wait for what looks to be another well-loved record that will see us through the autumn. Watch the video for Supersoaker here.
Willy Moon certainly knows how to make an entrance. From the crooner cool of the cover of his debut, Here's Willy Moon, to the swathes of strings and Hip Hop beats on opening track 'Get Up', he's not a afraid to show his cards. But, thankfully, the 23-year-old isn't a case of style over substance. For just under 30 minutes he proves himself to be equal parts superstar producer in the making, and a rather catchy songwriter to boot. It's difficult to think of a more assured, confident and unique debut in recent years, and I'm sure that's the reaction he was going for.
That's not to say that there aren't moments where you question his judgement, 'Railroad Track' for example is perhaps a little too reminiscent of Kanye West's 'Jesus Walks'. But for the most part this doesn't sound like an album made by an unknown New Zealander. At its heart the record is pure fun, with a dark undercurrent piercing the heady mix of Pop hooks, Rock n' Roll attitude, bass heavy beats, and slick production.
While Moon is vocal about his short attention span, in many ways his predilection for compositions that last a lean 3 minutes gives the whole album a certain sense of pace. Lead single 'Yeah Yeah' samples the Wu Tang Clan and along the way he covers the likes of Screamin' Jay Hawkins. But rather than feeling like he's trying to pad out his debut with quirky familiarity, these choices don't overshadow or distract from his own material. In fact, much of the record is geared towards being so anthemic, that it's difficult not to get carried away with Moon's enthusiasm. 'Working For The Company' for example sounds like a Broadway production of a mash up between a 1940's big band and Pink Floyd's 'Money'. It shouldn't work, or at the very least should sound like a gimmick, but put simply it does work, and surprisingly well.
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Music In the News...Jack White has been awarded an honor for musical excellence, from University College Dublin. The James Joyce Award was presented to the former White Stripes frontman, who is currently touring with Willy Moon, by the university's Literary and Historical Society.
Cat Power has informed her fans, that her European tour will still go ahead, despite the news that she is suffering financial and health difficulties. She told her fans "European Tour Is On. Without Stage Presentation. Hard Money Wasted." It is thought that she is planning a stripped-down version of her show for the tour, which will include her first London show in four years.
Katy Perry has been accused of 'sexualising children' by the indie-dance band Crystal Castles. The band's singer, Alice Glass, told NME magazine "I think a lot of (pop stars) sell sex to children. I think a lot of kids are more sexualised now than they were years ago and I'm not sure it's a coincidence. Like f**king Katy Perry spraying people with her f**king d**k, her f**king c** gun c**ming on f**king children. And little girls, like six-year-old girls wearing a shirt with 'I wanna see your (pea) cock' on it."