Following on from our Mount Kimbie post earlier on in the week take a look at their HQ video performance from Abbey Rd. Debuts on E4. Great footage, head over to Dummy to see it. Hope everybody enjoyed them!
Time for a brand new Junior Boys song. It’s like having three at once because this one is an epic 9-minute thing of a song, it’s brilliant of course. Our expectations for the album are blown sky high. Check it out:
It can be quite exhuasting keeping up with the restless creative that is Chilly Gonzales. Here at EYOE we like to take a couple of hours every few weeks to catch on the mans dealings. Highlight recently was a live session for Radio One celebrating 20 years of Pete Tong!
Incase you hadn’t noticed we rather like Cat’s Eyes. The album is a stormer and we can’t wait to see it live next week at the Scala. In the Easter spirit, we are giving away a pair of tickets over on our Facebook page. It’s very simple entry and we announce the winners today at 5pm!
We catch up with Alexis Taylor, Charles Heywood, John Coxon and Pat Thomas, who together, make up; About Group. We join Caribou’s Dan Snaith at his NME award winners show to discuss the ‘Caribou Awards’. If that wasn’t enough the lovely James Yorkston reads an extract from his wonderful book ‘It’s Lovely to be here, The Diaries of a Touring Gent’. Not forgetting all the latest EYOE news and this months best new music from: Gang Gang Dance, Tune Yards, Metronomy and more.
We are massive fans of the wonderful Erland and The Carnival. The new album has been on non-stop rotation lately - how good is the cover by the way - and we are excited to see the brand new video for Springtime.
Regular readers will know we don’t usually discuss B&Bs on this blog - and don’t worry we aren’t having a change in direction, but we wanted to highlight a terrific new place that has opened in Clapton. It’s independant, run by good people and has a great dog.
Regular readers well know our soft spot for La Blogoteque and their well-filmed, intimately captured performances. This one of Beirut has been floating around for a while, but such is the fast pace of the internet we almost forgot about it. A pleasant reminder - tickets for our show with Beirut are selling faster than…Usain Bolt? A one minute punk song? One of those weird energy shots?
We just announced Gang Gang Dance to play for us at XOYO in London, the gig is in about 5 weeks time, so excuse us please while we post a multitude of times about this amazing group. It starts here with the new video for Mindkilla.
We continue what is shaping up to be Metronomy week on the blog with another interesting video of Joe Mount, the man behind Metronomy. Yesterday he was talking about Devon and his approach to music, and today he guides us through their great new record.
Check out this excellent video with Joe from Metronomy going through his ideas for the new album. He talks a little about equipment and concept and how he has been working. It’s very interesting and makes the album see even more exciting.
The Guardian continue their great series of live sessions with a brilliant one from About Group - and a great introduction from Alexis Taylor too! Watch it above. Very much looking forward to seeing them play for us soon - and again at Field Day.
We love a good making of video because it combines two things we like - geekery and snooping. Metronomy have kindly swept back the curtain on their new video for ‘The Look’ and it’s an interesting, fun watch as usual. Check it out above.
We are sorry to see the end of the great Lyle and Scott curated events. They were all terrific fun and we saw some great emerging talent. Check out this short video of the most recent gig for further proof.
We embraced technology with open arms and our hair flapping in the wind yesterday. Yes, Eat Your Own Ears conducted our first #eyoemeets Twinterview. For those of you don’t know that is a Twitter Interview, made in to one word - presumably to save on characters.
It’s an interesting format, with everybody watching, and only space for 140 characters but we gave it a good go and got some interesting answers too:
The Cat’s Eyes upcoming album is fast becoming our most anticipated of Spring so we are eagerly pressing repeat on this album sampler that just landed on YouTube. Check it out and get a taster for what is to come, following on from their already brilliant EP.
The multi-talented Steve Mason has just put up a new remix on his soundcloud, of Miles Kane and it’s a bit of a gem. Take a listen to it below as we eagerly await seeing him again on the 13th of April. Lots of good shows happening these next couple of weeks.
We had an amazing time at the EYOE/Windish party at SXSW and are still recovering from its brilliance - including Twin Shadow (above). Click through this link to see the full slideshow and re-live it with us.
A couple of weeks ago we asked for your questions for Cat’s Eyes on our Facebook page and you duly obliged sending us some great stuff. The past week or two has seen a lot of praise for the new EP from the likes of Vice, Q, Mojo, ID and many more.
Faris and Rachel have kindly taken time out from being one of the critical successes of the year so far to answer some of your questions:
1. If you could play a gig with a musician (dead or alive) who would it be? (Question submitted by Paula Salces)
2. How did the idea to form Cat’s Eyes come about? (Val Banks)
Faris: “I made Rachel a compilation CD of my favourite songs, then I went away on tour with The Horrors. When we were talking about the classical stuff Rachel had been involved with, I hadn’t really thought about it translating. But while I was away in Sweden , she sent me this demo she’d done, which ended up being the song, ‘The Lull’. In its original form, it had more of a Shangri Las feel.”
Rachel: “I really got into his mix CD and that’s when I sent him the track I made, just for fun. Then it just took on a life of its own. We started sending things back and forth, then whenever Faris was back from tour, we’d write a song together.”
3. You both have very different, but equally eclectic musical tastes. How did you bring all of these influences together? (Chloe Gynne)
Rachel: “Our working process was pretty straightforward as we combined different things from our different worlds. I’d play English horn, and Faris would put it through pedals, and make it sound completely different. Every acoustic element he was able to distort and manipulate. So an oboe part would become less corny. You’d never know it was an oboe, it’s more like an interesting synth sound, maybe. Even some of the opera stuff I was singing for backing vocals, you wouldn’t know it, because he would run it through his chorus echo, or some pedal or other into an amp, and play around with the sound until it wasn’t recognisable.
4. Are the Shangri-Las and other 60s pop bands an inspiration to your music? (Valentina Westwood Guerrini)
Faris: “Yes. What I’ve always liked about girl groups is how naïve the lyrics are. They’re distilling the things kids go through into a few sentences. I love all the imagery – biker gangs, fairgrounds and drive-in cinemas.”
5. Who wrote the lyrics of the song ‘Not a Friend’ (I really like them!) (Valentina Westwood Guerrini)
Faris: “Thanks. For ‘Not A Friend’ Rachel had an idea for a song while she was crossing the road somewhere. She sang the beginning line and the first verse into her phone while she was walking along, and on her recording you can hear birds in the background, and then the beep of a car as it swerves to avoid hitting her.”
6. Is there any meaning behind having no/minimal stage lights at your shows? (Emma Price)
Faris: Cat’s eyes work better in the dark.
7. How/When did you become Cat’s Eyes? (Danny Herman)
Faris: “Please see question 2.”
8. What music inspires you the most? (Honora King)
Faris: “Honey & The Bees - One Girl, One Boy; The Sharades - Dumbhead; The Bittersweets - Summertime; Donna Loren - So, Do the Zonk; Dani Sheridan - Guess I’m Dumb”
Rachel: Stevie Wonder - Superstition, Chet Baker - The Thrill is Gone; The Carpenters - Superstar; Saint-Saens: The Dying Swan; Durufle’: Prelude and Fugue on the name A.L.A.I.N
10. Besides musical influences are there any films, books or just art in general that have inspired the band? (Kailey Williams)
Faris: Rachel and I bonded over films first - we exchanged Haneke films - she gave me “The Piano Teacher” and I gave her “Hidden”.
11. How many instruments does Rachel play? (Jamie Sutton)
Faris: oboe, cor anglais, cathedral organ, piano, violin, viola, vibraphone….and quite a few others, but those are the main ones.
12. What are your favourite places? (Amber Romanowski)
Faris: Touring the States has always been good… finding record shops in every city.
Rachel: I’m always pretty happy in Italy.
Cat’s Eyes play for Eat Your Own Ears on the 27th of April at London’s Scala and two days prior to that in Glasgow at St. Andrews in the Square.
Kate Nash – tall, smiley, charismatic – talks in a rush when she’s excited. Her words tumble over themselves, in fits and starts; she throws her hands around.
"OK, so this is it," says Nash, whose debut album, Made of Bricks, went to No 1 in 2007 and led to her winning best female artist at 2008’s Brit awards. “All last year when my second album [My Best Friend is You] came out, I kept being asked about how there were so many young women pop stars, but there was always an assumption that they didn’t write their stuff, even though I always have done. The fact is, only 14% of songwriters who receive money from the PRS [Performing Rights Society] are women. And that makes me feel really sad, and really angry and really insecure; that there are so few women being creative in a way that has made me so happy. So I thought I’d do something about it.”
That something is called the Kate Nash Rock ‘N Roll for Girls After School Music Club. Loosely inspired by Kathleen Hanna, of riot grrl group Bikini Kill, and her summer rock schools in Portland and New York, Nash plans to encourage kids and teachers to start after-school music clubs here. So, on her days off during her UK tour, which starts today, she’ll be visiting five different girls’ schools, to play a song, show a film “of cool girls playing live”, and do a Q&A. She’ll talk about “Joan Jett, Björk, Patti Smith: real artists. A Joan Jett worksheet would be great!” She’s got sponsorship from the Co-operative, support from Music Unites and is looking into guitars to give away. Lined up in the wings as future speakers are artists such as Emmy the Great, Brigitte Aphrodite and Samantha Valentine of Ipso Facto and Romance.
Nash knows that her idea will take time, money and people, so after this tour is finished, she’ll be devoting herself to the project. “I’ve met so many young women who are interested in being involved in music and I think, ‘Why are you not actually doing it?’” she says. “And I hope that if I tell my story, about the setbacks I had, they might not be afraid. I was turned down by every university, I didn’t feel like I was allowed to be a songwriter. I thought I had to be a really intelligent lyricist, like a poet.”
It was punk music – the Buzzcocks, specifically – that made Nash realise that she could create music, and it’s that confidence to have a go that she wants to kickstart in young women. It looks like she’s already inspired one: Megan Sear, 13, who is hanging on her idol’s every word. Sear goes to a school which takes boys and girls, ”but I’m definitely going to ask if we could have one of Kate’s after-school clubs”, she says. “It would be really cool.”
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We are huge fans of the brilliant Bill Callahan and we are very much enjoying this new song of his. Couldn’t be more excited to see him live for us soon. Check out the artwork for his new album above too.