Browsing articles from "April, 2011"
Apr 18, 2011


At long last, people in the United States are able to buy Laissez Faire Club record releases without having to part with their limbs to cover postage fees. The good people over at Insound are now stocking the Ice Black Birds and Collectable Few records – so head over and grab some limited edition 7″ vinyl before they all go…

Don’t forget you can also grab the digital versions of either release from iTunes, Amazon or our US affiliates RethinkPopMusic (Collectable Few only).

News of our next release, LFC003, will be announced imminently. Stay tuned.

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Apr 18, 2011

We’re back… SXSW Tour Part 2

After the Northeast gigs in NYC, Philly, Baltimore and DC we worked our way down the East Coast with great shows in Lexington, Asheville and Charlotte. Below is a video of The Yes Way performing “Handless” at the famous Milestone in Charlotte where greats such as Nirvana, Black Flag and The Violent Femmes have all thrashed.

Once deep in the South it was time to work our way West with a stop in New Orleans for The Foburg Festival. The Yes Way opened up for the amazing Sun Hotel (Park the Van Records) at Maison on Friday night. Quite a nice crowd considering Ra Ra Riot and Givers were down the street.

Now, we must admit that New Orleans did get the best of us…

until our detox patron saints Katie and Tommy came to the rescue. Tommy, who is an exceptional muralist decided that our self spray-painted t-shirts needed a little tweaking and the following is the result:

New Orleans is a strange town full of artists who refuse to do the whole “social media” thing. Don’t know if there is longevity in that, but it was refreshing compared to the whorish online activities of most “artists” in NYC.

Words can’t even begin to express how thankful we are to have met such amazing people who brought us back from the frazzled road warriors we had become. And just in time too, as SXSW was just around the corner.

Apr 17, 2011

Introducing: Peace

Peace are a brand new band from the great musical city of Birmingham (see also: Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, UB40, The Twang) who we expect to be dropped into conversations of many a music aficionado very shortly.

Having formed in just autumn of last year from the ashes of previous incarnation November And The Criminal, the quartet have already supported the likes of The Vaccines, Tame Impala and Magic Kids around the UK. Their sound, much like these bands they’ve opened for, is alternative and guitar based: obvious points of reference are the jerky, stop-start math-rock of Foals and the pop sensibilities of Mystery Jets, with lead singer Harry Koisser’s vocals actually bearing much resemblance to those of Yannis Philippakis’ or Blaine Harrison’s (potentially a double-edged sword, at least before they establish themselves).

We caught their debut London show at The Bull And Gate on 30 March (put on by our friends Wax Robot), and were, in a word, impressed. Despite only playing for around 20 minutes (leave ‘em wanting more seems to be currently en vogue, or perhaps they’d just run out of material), strong musicianship and interesting ideas were certainly evident. Perhaps more crucially, they’ve already got a handful of big songs, one of which they’ve just posted online (‘Bblood’). Nothing has been officially released to date, but if there was ever a space to watch, this would be it.


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Apr 17, 2011

New Mumford And Sons: ‘Beneath My Feet’ / ‘Lover’s Eyes’

The new Mumford And Sons LP (due out at the tail end of 2011) seems to be shaping up nicely, with a good number of tracks not present on their debut now included in the band’s live set, and circulating in various formats online.

The latest of these, ‘Beneath My Feet’ and ‘Lover’s Eyes’ (see also: ‘Lover Of The Light’, ‘Whispers In The Dark’) sound emboldened, beefed up and geared towards the biggest of stages – presumably where they’ll be performing the new efforts from once studio versions are released into the world. They also represent a sizable step forward from the relatively simplistic arrangements of Sigh No More, and a highly impressive quality control button – it seems this is a band who simply don’t do duff tracks, a trait which will stand them in good stead once the inevitable backlash occurs.

In lieu of proper recorded versions to listen to, check out these live bootlegs, which should still send shivers down your spine:

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Apr 16, 2011

Good cover versions: Ambassadors (Is This It), To Kill A King (Maps)

A great cover version can do much for artists in a quest for stardom. An old, well known song reinterpreted and played in new style allows listeners to sing along with ease and also acts as a gateway to investigation – and hopefully appreciation – of original material.

The Futureheads, who famously covered Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds Of Love’, and Ryan Adams, who took on and slowed down ‘Wonderwall’, will probably attest to this. Although it’s certainly worth having a strong repertoire of your own before attempting someone else’s composition, or you could face being written off as a band whose best song’s a cover – pretty galling for any self-respecting muso. Whether or not this applies to the aforementioned acts is open to debate…

In any case – below are two interesting (and great) cover versions we’ve come across recently. Brooklyn’s Ambassadors aim to capitalise on the recent surge of interest in The Strokes by offering a soulful, late night bar-room take on ‘Is This It’, whilst London’s To Kill A King have recorded a sparse, haunting rendition of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s ‘Maps’ (which will serve as the B-side to their forthcoming debut single ‘Fictional State’ – out via Communion Records on 30 May). Both hark back to wonderful debut LPs spawned from the seminal early 00s NYC scene – a time and place that’s no doubt a huge inspiration for many guitar wielding hopefuls of today.

If you like what you hear, do delve further into the catalogue of either artist – both are worth your time and will probably be making much more noise (of their own) throughout the course of 2011.

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