The ‘Dog Days Are Over’ group have been writing their second album since autumn last year, and guitarist Rob Ackroyd said the group are now poised to enter the famous Abbey Road studio in London where The Beatles recorded much of their material. He said: “Work on the second album has begun with producer Paul Epworth and there is talk of booking out Abbey Road for a month in April or May to record. Which is nice.”
The musician also revealed that while he and group leader Florence Welch see eye to eye on most musical genres, but finds himself at odds when it comes to her taste in mainstream songs.
He added to Gibson.com: “Florence’s and my taste in music often overlap in harmonious fashion; we’re both big fans of hip-hop and American indie.
“But she’s also a big fan of unadulterated pop music, which cuts through me like a knife.”
The guitarist – who has also recently been working with Pixie Geldof, daughter of former Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof on her new band Violet – also told how he had managed to meet his rock guitar hero through playing with the machine.
He added: “I think people like Guns n’ Roses guitarists Izzy Stradlin and Slash really glamorised the guitar for me when I was a kid. In the early ’90s it seemed like every weekend was Guns N’ Roses weekend on MTV and I was galvanized by Slash.
“I kind of fulfilled my dream of meeting Slash last summer when Florence And The Machine shared a festival bill with him.”
The Vaccines, James Blake and Jessie J up for BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. The countdown to the most exciting music awards ceremony in Britain continues today with the announcement of the three artists shortlisted for the prestigious BRITs Critics’ Choice Award in association with War Child. The nominees are James Blake, Jessie J and The Vaccines. For the first time since the introduction of the Critics’ Choice Award the winner will be announced, alongside second and third place, on the same day as the official voting for the 2011 awards closes – 15th December. The Critics’ Choice Award is for new British acts that the critics tip for mainstream success in the forthcoming year. In previous years it has been awarded to Ellie Goulding (2010), Florence and the Machine (2009) and Adele (2008). The artists are chosen by a team of experts including the music editors of national newspapers, key music and lifestyle magazines and music websites plus the heads of music at major radio and music TV stations. The Award is open to artists signed to a label who are set to release their debut albums in 2011. Upon today’s announcement of the shortlist, in another first for 2011, the three nominated artists were immediately inducted into the BRITs Voting Academy and are now eligible themselves to vote for The BRIT Awards 2011, following this year’s inclusion of artists in the academy. For the second year running, the Critics’ Choice Award will also be presented in association with War Child, an international charity that protects children living in the world’s most dangerous war zones. The BRITs are working alongside the charity and the annual War Child gig, now in its third year, will subsequently be an official BRITs event held at London’s IndigO2 on the night of the 15th. Today’s announcement coincides with the Official Voting Day for the 2011 Awards. www.brits.co.uk
Adele and Bullet For My Valentine line-up for Radio 1′s Festive Festival 2010. Nick Grimshaw announces the line up for Radio 1′s Festive Festival 2010. BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has announced the line up for Radio 1′s annual Festive Festival returning again to the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios, Monday 20th December. The artists confirmed for the festive celebrations are: Adele, Bullet For My Valentine James Blake, Katy B, Wretch 32, The Vaccines and Yuck. Each act is set to perform three live tracks from the studios between 7-10pm. For the last hour from 10pm, Radio 1 DJs Toddla T, Benji B and Jaymo and Andy George take over with special mixes to get listeners into the party spirit. Hosted by Zane Lowe and Nick Grimshaw, Radio 1′s Festive Festival will be broadcast live 7pm- 11pm.2011′s FF line-up continues Radio 1′s tradition of bringing together a mix of established acts and rising stars tipped for big things in 2011. Previous years have featured performances from: Plan B, The Hoosiers, Kate Nash Glasvegas, Marina and The Diamonds, The XX, Chipmunk, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the machine, Friendly Fires and Chase & Status.
Eminem Leads Grammy Pack With 10 Nods, Bruno Mars Follows With 7. Eminem and Bruno Mars lead the nods list for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, it has been announced Wednesday night. The rap superstar has amassed a whopping total of 10 nominations, while the vocalist is not far behind with seven nods.
Eminem is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album for his chart-topping “Recovery;” Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Song, Best Short Form Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his “Love the Way You Lie” with Rihanna; Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Airplanes II” with B.o.B. and Haley Williams; and Best Rap Solo and Best Rap Song for “Not Afraid.” Mars is up for Best Male Pop Vocal for “Just the Way You Are” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ On You” among other nods. Lady Gaga and country music trio Lady Antebellum are third placers for most nominations, each getting six nominations. Pals Katy Perry and Rihanna have four nods each, while Beyonce earned two. Justin Bieber is vying for Best New Artist against Drake, Florence and the Machine, Mumford & Sons, and Esperanza Spalding, while the cast of the TV show “Glee” are up for Best Pop Performance by a Dup or Group with Vocals against Maroon 5, Paramore, Sade, and Train. The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will be telecast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS this February 13th.
The Vaccines to play a special NME Awards Tour warm up gig. As a pre-cursor to the 12-date NME Awards Tour running through February – The Vaccines – will play a very special warm up gig at Kings College, London (KCLSU) on January 29th. The Londoners will play an intimate gig before hitting the road with Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man and Everything Everything. Their first release, Wreckin’ Bar/Blow it Up, came out last week while the East London four-piece will be following in the footsteps of previous NME Awards Tour graduates Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and Florence and the Machine. Tickets will go on sale exclusively via NME.COM on Wednesday 1st December, and generally via Gigs and Tours and Ticketmaster on Friday 3rd December, for £8.50 with support bands to be announced. The NME Awards Tour begins on February 3rd and tours the UK until February 19th, when they play London’s O2 Academy Brixton. The NME Awards 2011 will take place on February 23rd at the same venue. To check the availability of NME Awards Tour 2011 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to nme.com/tickets now, or call 0871 230 1094. Tag your tweets with #nmeawards to join the conversation.
NME Awards Tour Dates 2011:
Thu 03 Feb Glasgow, O2 Academy
Fri 04 Feb Manchester, Academy
Mon 07 Feb Newcastle, O2 Academy
Tue 08 Feb Nottingham, Rock City
Wed 09 Feb Leeds, O2 Academy
Fri 11 Feb Norwich, UEA
Sat 12 Feb Birmingham, O2 Academy
Sun 13 Feb Cardiff, Uni Great Hall
Tue 15 Feb Bristol, O2 Academy
Wed 16 Feb Bournemouth, O2 Academy
Thu 17 Feb Brighton Dome
Sat 19 Feb Brixton, O2 Academy
Adele Returns With Second Album “21″ In 2011. Grammy Award winner Adele is back with her sophomore album, “21.” The follow-up to the acclaimed “19,” “21” marks London native’s return to the music scene after nearly three years. Like “19,” “21” is named after Adele’s age at the time the songs were written. The now 22-year-old is getting ready to release her next set on Tuesday, February 22nd. The album will be led by first single “Rolling in the Deep.” The album features production from Ryan Tedder (Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson), Rick Rubin (Weezer, Shakira), Paul Epworth (Florence and the Machine, Plan B), Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks), and Fraser T. Smith (Taio Cruz). She also re-teamed with producers Jim Abbiss and Francis “Eg” White, who co-wrote her hit “Chasing Pavements.” “I discovered lots of artists I’d never heard of, particularly Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Lady Antebellum and Steel Drivers who I fell in love with,” said Adele about some of the artists who influenced her sound on “21.” “Then I delved in to more from artists I’ve loved forever – Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Elbow, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits and Sinead O’Connor,” she said. “There’s something in every single one of these artists that have really really inspired ’21.’” First single “Rolling in the Deep” hits radio this month, while the video, directed by Sam Brown (Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Doves), will premiere in December. Adele will perform “Rolling in the Deep” live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.
Paolo Nutini is announced as the fifth headliner at this summer’s Eden Sessions. The soulful singer-songwriter will play the Eden stage on Tuesday July 13, joining Jack Johnson (June 26 – sold out), Mika (June 27), Doves and Mumford & Sons (July 2 – sold out) and Calvin Harris and Audio Bullys (July 3) on a blockbuster bill. Paolo launched his career with 2006 quadruple-platinum debut These Streets, including the top-ten single Last Request. He followed it up with last year’s second long-player Sunny Side Up. That album went straight to number one in the UK album charts and returned to the top on two separate occasions. Hailing from Paisley in Scotland, Paolo has been singing and working in the music industry since leaving school at 16, including stints as a roadie and studio engineer. As a result, he has shown an understanding of live performance that belies his age and Atlantic Records recognised his potential early on and signed him just after his 18th birthday in 2005. Paolo was nominated in two categories in this year’s BRITs – British Male Solo Artist and British Album for Sunny Side Up – and has rubbed shoulders will rock royalty, supporting Led Zeppelin at their O2 comeback show and sharing a stage with the Rolling Stones at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2007. Tjarko Wieringa, Eden Sessions Creative Director, said: “We’re proud to announce Paolo’s appearance at this year’s Eden Sessions – another fantastic coup! His laid-back brand of motown-tinged folk rock will be a perfect match for Eden’s beautiful surroundings. “With five announcements behind us, this year’s Sessions are promising to be our best yet. We have some of best, most high-profile artists in the world already on the bill and there will be more exciting announcements to come.” The Sessions are famed not only for bringing top acts to Cornwall but also for their festival feel, with extra bands and entertainers playing around the site in the run-up to the main event. Massage and alternative therapies will also be showcased around Eden on the day of each Session. The 2010 Sessions will be the ninth season of summer gigs at the Eden Project. Performers in previous years include Oasis, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Paul Weller, Hot Chip, Muse, Editors, Snow Patrol, Basement Jaxx, Amy Winehouse, Moby, PJ Harvey and The Verve.
Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V . V Festival kicks off its 15th anniversary celebrations by announcing a world class line up for this year’s festivities on the 21st and 22nd August 2010 – to be headlined by Kings of Leon and Kasabian. The summer spectacular, held across two sites at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, will be crammed with the hottest names in music. Joining the headliners over the weekend will be favourites Stereophonics, Faithless, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys, Cheryl Cole, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Paolo Nutini, and 2010 BRIT award winner Florence And The Machine. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 5th March and festival organisers are advising fans to purchase them quickly to avoid disappointment, but only from official outlets listed on www.vfestival.com. Headliners Kasabian said: ‘We can’t wait. We feel it’s the right time for us to headline a festival. We’ve been playing so many festivals for so long, years and years. I think the moment is right. It’s just a wonderful thing to be doing. ‘Our fans are going to love the show. They’ll really enjoy it.’
Fans will also experience sets from Madness, Editors, Mika, White Lies, Groove Armada, The Courteeners, Goldfrapp, The Charlatans, Scouting For Girls, Chase And Status, The Temper Trap, Amy Macdonald, Newton Faulkner, La Roux, Sugababes, Pixie Lott, Skunk Anansie, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash, Paloma Faith, Shed Seven, Imogen Heap and Plan B.
JLS and Robbie to clean up at the REAL Brits. UK Music lovers show who they really want to win Brit Awards ahead of tonight’s event. JLS and Robbie Williams are the undisputed champions of the 2010 Brit awards – and the event hasn’t even happened yet. Music video streaming site MUZU.TV polled over 5,000 Britons all last week to find out which artists we most want to win. Despite critics claiming that this year’s awards will be dominated by the women, the public have voted otherwise. Every day last week, MUZU.TV put hot favourite Brit nominees up against each other, to battle it out for the public vote on its ‘Video Fight Club’. Fans voted for the artists they think deserve to win in each category. The results of the REAL Brits are: · The most popular artist of the entire poll was international heart-throb Robbie Williams. The cheeky northerner gave Calvin Harris, Dizzy Rascal and Paulo Nutini a run for their money, winning a staggering 98% of votes for the British Male Solo award.
· X-Factor stars, JLS, have clearly also won the hearts of the nation – 77% of those polled voted for the boy band to win British Breakthrough Act.
· Diva Leona Lewis stole 97% of the votes to win the Best Female Solo Artist, leaving Pixie Lott and Bat for Lashes in the shade
· According to British music fans, Florence and the Machine should be taking home the Best Album gong. The flame haired crooner had 51% of the public’s vote, beating Dizzee Rascal and Lily Allen.
· 73% of us want Tinchy Stryder to walk away with Best Single for his track ‘Number One’, featuring N-Dubz. The pint sized urban music star, who’s monocle is ‘Star in the Hood’, stomped all over competition from Alexandra Burke, Alesha Dixon and Cheryl Cole
· Indie and rock fans around the country showed support for Kasabian, who won 62% of all votes to win Best Group.
The Brits will take place on Tonight 16 February at London’s Earls Court Arena commemorating 30 shows of the best in British music
Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga and Kasabian to perform at BRITs. ’Angels’ singer Robbie – who has previously spoken of how his severe stage fright has halted his live performances – will perform a short set to commemorate recieiving a lifetime achievement award, with rumours rife that he will reunite with his former Take That bandmates for the second time since launching a solo career in 1996. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ‘Take That could reunite with Robbie to perform his second track. It’s the band’s 20th anniversary year and they and they are in talks about doing something spectacular.’ Robbie previously joined Take That and a host of other stars onstage for a rendition of Beatles song ‘Hey Jude’ at a concert in aid of charity Children in Need in November last year. Meanwhile, rap superstar Jay-Z is rumoured to be making an appearance at the show, and will possibly perform with ‘Viva La Vida’ hitmakers Coldplay, fronted by Chris Martin. A source said: ‘As well as bringing Alicia Keys on stage to do a rendition of their hit ‘Empire State of Mind’, he’s thinking of getting Coldplay involved too. Chris Martin and Jay have been pals for years.’ Meanwhile, Lady Gaga will not be able to realise her plan of performing alongside reality TV sensation Susan Boyle at the awards show – as the latter has reportedly been snubbed from nominations because she is ‘not cool’ enough. Susan– who rose to fame after appearing on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, one of media mogul Simon Cowell’s TV shows – is said to have missed out on a nod in any category, despite being the biggest selling female artist of 2009 in the UK. A source said: ‘She’s not even shortlisted for Best Female, even though that’s usually the weakest category. ‘And it’s not just an attack on Susan. It also shows how Simon Cowell is regarded by many in the record business.’ However, one collaboration which will definitely take place at the awards will be between Dizzee Rascal and Florence and the Machine in a specially conceived track called ‘You Got The Dirtee Love’, a mash up of their tracks ‘You Got The Love’ and ‘Dirtee Cash’. ‘Beat Again’ hitmakers JLS have also been confirmed to sing at the ceremony, which takes place at London’s Earls Court on 16 February. The nominations for the BRIT Awards will be announced tonight (18.01.10).
The Drums. The task of creating “the perfect pop song” will always suffer a few setbacks, but Florida’s The Drums are yet to encounter any. Their ‘Summertime!’ EP won the hearts of many a youngster and has bagged the band the opening slot on the upcoming NME awards tour (last year it was Florence and The Machine, year before the Ting Tings). The unoriginal but irresistibly charming combo of jangly guitars and upbeat synths seems to have arrived at the right time. If there’s one band ready for stardom, it’s The Drums
Jonathan Pierce, Vocals
Jacob Graham, Guitar
Adam Kessler, Guitar
Connor Hanwick, Drums
“We only write about two feelings: one is the first day of summer when you and all of your friends are standing on the edge of a cliff watching the sun set and being overcome with all of your hopes and dreams at once. The other is when you’re walking alone in the rain and realize you will be alone forever.”
Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham met at summer camp when they were children and have been best friends ever since. Soon after their initial meeting, they formed a persistent yet unprosperous electro pop band called Goat Explosion and toured extensively in North America during their teenage years. Around 2003, Jonathan and hometown friend (and master woodsman) Adam Kessler formed indie rock group Elkland, which was quickly signed by Columbia Records. In the years immediately following, Elkland garnered attention in clubs and on the indie music scene with their infectious debut single “Apart”. In the meantime, Jacob formed a band called Horse Shoes (Shelflife Records), specializing in melodically strong and sentimental love songs. Jonathan ultimately decided to take a few years off from writing music after becoming disillusioned with the music business and parted ways with Elkland in 2005.
Jacob and Jonathan had long planned to start a new band together, and having tired of electronic music they agreed to shift the emphasis from synthesizers to guitars without ever having learned to play them. Their first co-written song, aptly named “Best Friend” was a strong indication of the direction and spirit of the band, and thus The Drums were born in late 2008 amidst an exciting and hopeful political climate. They self recorded and produced around fifteen songs while living in central florida and with big dreams and a batch of songs they believed in spent the beginning of 2009 saving money to move to New York City.
With their arrival in New York, The Drums added former Elkland guitarist Adam Kessler on second guitar and NYC born drummer Connor Hanwick (formerly of lo-fi teen pop duo Cape of No Hope) to the line up and set up a month long residency at a small club on the lower east side of Manhattan. Word of mouth quickly spread and by the end of June 2009, The Drums’ concerts had become a weekly dance party attended religiously by the most critical music fans in New York City.
The Drums began performing all over the city for the remainder of the summer, and so the party continued. With their “explosive live show” and a sound and image that are at once familiar and brand new, they were soon dubbed “New York’s official coolest new band” by NME and began receiving national radio play in the UK as well as college radio in the US.
The Drums offer the unlikeliest of hybrids, and stage a clash in their songs between wildly opposing aesthetics and ideas, as though Sun Records and Factory Records had joined forces. Let’s Go Surfing, their debut single, released on Moshi Moshi (who put out early records by Hot Chip, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires and Kate Nash), features New Order-style trebly, melodic bass, Ventures-esque guitar, and what many are calling “the most infectious whistling line since Peter, Bjorn and John.”
“We originally set out to start a band that sounded like The Wake,” say The Drums, referring to the quintessential doleful mid-80s Factory band. And then, nailing their aesthetic, they add: “[But] there’s an instant gratification in straightforward music. That’s why we love the 1950s. It was the beginning of basic pop music. They did it from scratch and pulled these amazing, timeless melodies out of thin air.” It’s a combination that may not seem logical, but when you hear it you’ll know you need it, you’ve gotta have it and it’s what you’ve always been looking for.
The XX: Band You Should Know. One of the great quests in rock music has been to try to bring together traditional guitar-drum-bass rock sounds with dance music. Some of the biggest bands in the world have made the attempt (most notably U2, who boldly attempted to bridge the gap between rock and electronica with Zooropa and Pop in the 1990s), but most have failed. At the end of the day, groups with rock elements are written off as dance Continue reading →