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Apr 20, 2012

New Static Jacks – “Young Guns”

Photo by Adam Kaye

Since the US release of their debut album “If You’re Young” last August, The Static Jacks have been a busy bunch. Two tours of the States and two of Europe / the UK have happened, with the band sharing stages with the likes of Howler, The Cribs and The Wombats along the way (famously appearing at Brixton Academy in February with the latter).

They’re currently showing no signs of slowing down, either – the band are back on the road in the US this week, again lending support to The Wombats on a 13 date tour (23 April – 9 May) – which includes notable appearances at Webster Hall in NYC and the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

Also, rather like Arctic Monkeys did after their debut LP, the band have just announced a new standalone 4-track EP, “Spray Tan” (a reference to the orange looking lady on the “Into The Sun” single, we wonder?), will be released next month to bridge the gap between first and second albums.

Recorded with producer Andrew Maury (also the producer of debut EP “Laces”) in five fast days last summer, we’re told, the opening track “Young Guns” displays a rough and ready grit we’ve come to associate with their live shows, and is as hard hitting and memorable as anything on their debut album. Pick it up for free below, and if you’re heading out to any of current dates, expect to hear it in the set alongside the other newbies.

MP3: The Static Jacks – Young Guns

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Apr 16, 2012

LFC005: Jake Mattison – “Sorrow” + Free Download

Photo by Clement Neveu

We’re delighted to this morning welcome Manchester’s Jake Mattison to the Laissez Faire Club Records family. Having been totally knocked out by Jake’s voice when we first him heard late last year, and also very impressed with his effortless way around a good tune, we decided we had to get involved in bringing this huge talent to a wider audience.

To that end: Jake’s debut single, “Sorrow”, will be out on limited edition 7″ vinyl (300 copies) and digital download from Monday 4 June.

Not one but two single launch parties have been arranged: The Castle Hotel in Manchester on Wednesday 6 June, and London’s Enterprise on Thursday 7 June. Support on both dates will be announced shortly, as will ticket details (so keep checking back).

In the meantime, you can exclusively stream the single below and we’re also offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of “Too The Old House (You Return)” (recorded during the same session as the single), which should get you all warmed up for what’s to come. In the first instance, that’s two support slots with Australia’s Matt Corby, one at Ballyhoo this Tuesday 17th and one at The Garage next Wednesday 25th. We’re excited.

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Apr 15, 2012

London gigs diary: 16 April – 22 April

Australia’s Matt Corby plays Ballyhoo (formerly The Bowery) on Tuesday 17th.

Monday 16 April

Noah The Whale + Rae Morris @ Royal Albert Hall
Emeli Sande @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Brown Brogues @ Barfly
Ellen The Escapades @ The Lexington (Communion)

Tuesday 17 April

Noah The Whale + Rae Morris @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Matt Corby + Jake Mattison @ Ballyhoo (formerly The Bowery) (Communion)
Oberhofer @ Rough Trade East
Hatcham Social @ Cargo
Maps Atlases @ The Garage
My Tiger My Timing @ Barfly

Wednesday 18 April

Oberhofer @ CAMP
Bastille @ Hoxton Hall
The Other Tribe + Swiss Lips @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen (Gold Dust)
These Ghosts + Coves @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death2Disco) FREE

Thursday 19 April

Bastille @ Hoxton Hall (2nd date)
Sam Airey + Saul Ashby @ Old Queens Head (Oh! Inverted World)
Good Dangers @ The Shacklewell Arms
Stealing Sheep @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen

Friday 20 April

Vuvuvultures + The Kill Van Kulls + Physics House Band @ Old Blue Last FREE
Gaz Coombes @ Koko (Club NME)
The Hot Melts + Swiss Lips @ Purple Turtle (Clublad)
Anison + Ex Libras @ Tooting Tram Social (The Remedy w/ John Kennedy) FREE

Sat 21 April

Johnny Flynn, Keane, Little Boots @ Rough Trade East (Record Store Day) FREE
Stealing Sheep, Allo Darlin’, Smoke Fairies @ Rough Trade West (Record Store Day) FREE
Mafia Lights @ Power Lunches FREE

Sun 22 April

Hella Better Dancer @ The Lock Tavern FREE

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Apr 10, 2012

Introducing: Laura Welsh

Twenty-something Laura Welsh has been on the London scene for a year or two now, under various guises: we first came across her as Laura And The Tears, and she also performed under the monicker of Hey Laura for a short while.

While strong, radio (2) friendly songs and a her powerful and emotive voice have always been at the forefront, for some reason neither of these projects really catapulted her into the ether (and general public consciousness). This might well change now, however – Welsh has relaunched simply under her given names, and has posted, as well as some evocative black and white photography, two rather arresting tracks online: “45″ and “Ghosts”.

Pitched somewhere between Adele and Rachael Yamagata, both display solid production, an impressive set of pipes and a general feeling they won’t remain contained for too much longer: we’re currently envisaging AR men donning their cloaks and daggers and preparing for battle.

Indeed, we won’t be surprised if “45″ ends up sound-tracking a tear-jerking scene in a US TV drama or an Olympic montage this year, and with its show-stopping “45 minutes to midnight” refrain, it would have been ideal for recent US flick “New Years Eve”, if only it came out sooner (this is the ballpark we’re in here). These are songs pitched unequivocally directed at the mass market, and with the legs to potentially go the whole hog.

MP3: Laura Welsh – 45
MP3: Laura Welsh – Ghosts

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Apr 9, 2012

Q&A with Sean Moeller of Daytrotter

Sean Moeller is the founder of, a website based in the small town of Rock Island in Illinois, USA.

Live sessions, typically around 4-5 tracks, are recorded onto vintage 1/4 Inch tape at Daytrotter’s Horseshack Studios (also in Rock Island, but several more have sprung up across the US) as bands pass through the town on their national tours, and are posted up online alongside some analysis from Moeller and a unique illustration of the band / artist – something that’s become a real USP for the site.

Since its inception in 2006, Daytrotter has hosted sessions from bands like MGMT, Bon Iver, The National, Wilco, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Local Natives, Fleet Foxes, The Naked And Famous, Two Door Cinema Club, Anna Calvi, The Vaccines and Youth Lagoon, amongst countless others, leading to the site being featured in publications such The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Recently, a Daytrotter studio has opened up here in London, which has enabled many UK artists to feature on the site – recent tapings this side of the pond have included the likes of Dry The River, Kyla La Grange, Bombay Bicycle Club, Metronomy, Bastille and Slow Club.

Quite often, bands feature on the site before they fully break into the public consciousness, and as such Daytrotter rightly declares itself as a place to discover your new favourite band.

We’ve been aware of the site for a little while, but have taken a larger interest of late due to two of our bands, The Static Jacks and Channel Cairo, being featured. With both their sessions appearing online in recent weeks, we thought it was high time to pose some questions to Sean about it all – his aims and motivations for doing it, as well as what’s to come from Daytrotter in the future.

LFC: What inspired you to start Daytrotter?

Sean: I started the site with a couple buddies really just to try and make something different and special – something that would allow me to give a platform to bands that I thought were better than most of the bands that I read about in magazines. I just thought that if there was a way for us to put bands in a most natural environment and recording them without much fanfare, with vintage equipment, straight to tape, the results would be good and people could easily appreciate them. There would be little to no bullshit. The music could just shine through.

LFC: To someone who hasn’t come across Daytrotter – what exactly is it, and what’s the site’s aim/ethos?

Sean: We’re a website that records bands passing through our main analog studio here in Rock Island, Ill. (and a few others out there in the world) and features those songs for people to listen to on our site. We hope we’re a place where people have open ears and are willing to discover things they’ve never heard of. We just like the idea of getting great music into as many ears as possible and letting people decide for themselves, rather than get caught up in any hype that is too easy to find out there these days.

LFC: Aside from bands passing through to record sessions for you, is there much of an independent music scene where you’re based on the Illinois / Iowa border?

Sean: No, not really. We’re trying to change that. We’ve got some things up our sleeves. We usually have to get to Iowa City to link up with great shows. Though, surprisingly, a couple nights a year, Maquoketa, Iowa is about as cool of a place as you can ever go to hear music.

LFC: Of all the bands who have recorded Daytrotter sessions over the years, who have been the most memorable?

Sean: Really, honestly and truly, they all stand out for different reasons. It’s a big ‘ol bag of memories, all of them. It’s damn near impossible to think about what we’re trying to do over here without thinking about it as a whole. These aren’t individual moments for me, but more a whole. That’s what means the most to me.

LFC: Apart from the original studio in Rock Island, where are the other Daytrotter sites?

Sean: We have studios that we currently use in London, San Francisco, Nashville, Austin, Montreal and Asheville, NC.

LFC: How did setting up the studio in London come about?

Sean: We got to become really good buddies with the killer people at Communion and our values and tastes align so well that we couldn’t keep our hands off of one another. We just had to work together and so this is just the start of a relationship that I think is going to continue to grow and become something really amazing. We’re looking forward to seeing where it goes. Our studio over there is gorgeous and the two engineers we’re working with – Ian Grimble and Rich Matthews – are wizards. It’s a wonderful extension of our team here in Rock Island and we couldn’t be happier about the results so far.

LFC: What’s your criteria when booking a band for a Daytrotter session?

Sean: It’s very simple: If I like it we’ll try to make something happen. If I don’t like it, the band doesn’t stand a chance. Ha.

LFC: Are there any big names you’d like to get on the site, or are you happy with focusing on emerging talent?

Sean: I want Willie Nelson, Jay-Z, Alabama and Radiohead to come visit us.

LFC: How do you search for new talent? Is it mainly on the internet, or word of mouth?

Sean: It’s about half and half. I get a lot of recommendations and tips from bands that we’ve recorded in the past and friends that I trust. Mostly it’s just me bouncing around Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. It’s amazing what you can find.

LFC: What’s next for Daytrotter?

Sean: It’s actually just a lot of the same, but we should have some very big news coming in the fall. It’s not the right time to let the cat or cats out of the bag just yet. All in due time, my good friend.

Like Daytrotter on Facebook here and follow Sean on Twitter at @RealDaytrotter. Listen to The Static Jacks’ session, recorded in San Francisco, here. Channel Cairo’s session, recorded in London, is available here.

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