Road to Focus Wales-part 2

Just a few days2014-04-23 22.51.12 before flying over to Wales. Here’s a few other music discoveries/artists/bands to check out as a preview of the upcoming Focus Wales

Gobow
Saw this four-piece  live last year at the festival under the name of Orient Machine. They recently changed their name to Gobow.If you heart mixing hard rock, psych and alternative music, this is an eclectic mix with plenty of energy. Here’s Hector, their latest single

at Central Station, April 22nd

Straight Jacket Legends
If you are more into power pop, you can get a hand on the Lemon Party EP by Straight Jacket Legends. These Welsh rockers will present their punkish side at Focus Wales this year bringing their catchy guitar riffs and hooking melodies on the scene

At South Central, April 25th

 

Valleyers
Then if you fancy some folk vibes, why not listening to Valleyers. It’s clear you will enjoy the sweet melodies and melancholia of the likes of Damien Rice, Midlake and Badly Drawn Boy. They played festivals like Greenman and will be at Focus Wales this year.

at Undegun, April 23rd

 

 

Road to Focus Wales 2015-part 1

2014-04-23 17.57.01Again this year, we will enjoy new music in the welsh lands of Wrexham. Indeed, we will make you discovered through this blog a few of the artists which will be performing at Focus Wales 2015 that you must see and must listen.

Zefur Wolves

at Galeri 3B-April 25th

This is the brand new project from Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals). They are currently working on their first album which will be pretty exciting from the soundbites we already heard. Zefur Wolves are bringing up on a grunge melancholia trip from the 90s. You can hear the single track ”Too Late” just below

Y Bandana

at Saith Seren, April 24th

With two albums made of Britpop and punk with the poetry of the Welsh language, Y Bandana songs are catchy. We love the musicality of the lyrics and the deep guitar riffs which reminiscing of the great welsh bands of the 90s like Manics and Catatonia.

Eagulls

at Central Station, April 24th
We already saw Leeds outfit last year in a small venue of Montreal and it was absolutely brilliant. Lead singer George Mitchell is definitely remembering us the glory of the golden era of Joy Division, Bauhaus and post-punk 70s classic gems.You can enjoy our interview with them here. In the meantime here’s a Killing Joke cover they made a while ago to get you in the mood.

There will also be djing session with well-known guests like Huw Stephens from Radio One, Mike Joyce from the Smiths and The Joy Formidable that you don’t wanna miss!
To be continued soon….

Spéciale St-Patrick/Irish special

Intro
The Pogues w/The Dubliners – The Irish Rover – The Best Of The Pogues – Warner Music

Power-POP

Ash – Cocoon – Kablammo! – indépendant
Therapy? – Screamager – Troublegum – A&M Records

Irish Pop

Two Door Cinema Club-Come Back Home/Tourist History/Kitsune
Kowalski-Sunroom/For The Love Of Letting Go/Independant

Indie rock

Elastic Sleep-Deep And Blue/Leave You EP
The Dead Beat-YSWIFMY/The Dead Beat/Independant

Classic Covers

Nouvelle Vague-Teenage Kicks/Nouvelle Vague/Peacefrog
Damien Rice-One/AHK-toong-BAY-bi/Q Magazine
Missio-Zombie/Zombie (single)/Lyric House Publishing

Dandy Irlandais
The Divine Comedy – Becoming More Like Alfie – Casanova – Setanta Records
Gavin Friday – The Slider (T-Rex cover) – Shag Tobacco – Island

Le Classique de la semaine
Them – Baby, Please Don’t Go – Baby, Please Don’t Go/Gloria 7” – DECCA

New artist of the week
O Emperor-The Sky Is Your Oyster/Lizard EP/Independant

Britpop

Kodaline – The One – Coming Up For Air – B-Unique / Sony Music
Snow Patrol – I Won’t Let You Down – Divergent Soundtrack – Interscope

irish Grunge
The Vincents-Fever Dreams/Fever Dreams (single)
And So I Watch You from Afar – Run Home – Heirs – Sargent House Records

Outro
Sunken Foal-Buachaill Dearg/Friday Syndrome Vol 2/Countersunk

Playlist 2015/02/10

Intro
The Cribs-Burning For No One/For All Your Sisters/Sonic Blew-Sony Red

Rock On!
Peace – I’m A Girl – Happy People  – Columbia – 3:00
The Subways – I’m In Love And It’s Burning In My Soul – The Subways – YFE / Cooking Vinyl

Le Record de la semaine/Track of the week
Black Rivers – The Forest/Black Rivers/Ignition Records

Trip Hop
Young Fathers – Rain Or Shine – White Men Are Black Men Too – Big Dada
Kate Tempest – Bad Place For A Good Time – Bad Place For A Good Time Single – Big Dada

Love classique
The Jam-English Rose/All Mod Cons/Polydor
The Verve-The Drugs Don’t Work/Urban Hymns/EMI
Suede-Stay Together/The London Suede/Nude

ÇA FAIT POP!
Years & Years – King – King e-single – Polydor UK
Charlie Winston – Lately – Curio City – AFishant Records/Universal
Kodaline – Honest – Coming Up For Air – B-Unique records / Sony Music

Le Classique de la semaine/Classic of the week
Julian Cope-World Shut Your Mouth/Saint Julian/Island


Le Démo de la semaine/New band of the week
Glass Caves-Driving Home/Alive/Tri-tone-Independant

Nouveautés/New Releases
Sundowners-If Wishes Were Horses/Sundowners/Skeleton Key
Tarsiers-On Gorgias/The Solipstick Demo/Independant

Pianelectro
Jon Hopkins – I Remember (Yeasayer cover version) – Late Night Tales/Jon Hopkins – LateNightTales Records
Emika – Dilo 8 & 10 – Klavirni – Emika Records

OUTRO
East India Youth – Carousel (Edit) – Culture of Volume – XL Recordings

New Music: Connah Evans-Labels EP

2014-04-24 16.51.18Last year, on our trip to North Wales, we discovered Connah Evans, a young singer-songwriter coming from North Wales. While studying at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, he wrote a first E.P which is now available since February 1st and available through his website (www.connahevans.com) and Itunes.

Starting off with the melodical and romantic track, Another Chance, we go through a sensitive and addictive lyrical universe. It’s followed up by  No Sense is still in the same vibes though more in an indie pop-ish way. It makes us think immediately of the likes of Doves or Elbow. Then we are entering in a sadder mood with the poignant and emotive Labels to continue in some more rockin’ vibes with You Know.

Finally, to get out of the coldness of the winter, we can hear at the end of the EP, the refreshing and happy In The City that you can hear just below.

 

Connah Evans will be back at Focus Wales this year playing at Old No 7 Bar. Make sure to check this out!

Playlist 2015/02/03

Intro
Luke Haines-Caravan Man/Adventures In Dementia:A Micro Opera/Cherry Red/Other Music

POP
Indiana-Heart On Fire/No Romeo/Sony Music
Marina And The Diamonds-I’m A Ruin/Froot/Atlantic Records
Dios Mio-Body/Body (single)/Independant

Record de la semaine/Track of the Week
Shinies-Waves/Nothing Like Something Happens Anywhere/Dirty Bingo Records

Brits Awards
George Ezra-Did You Hear The Rain?/Wanted On Voyage/Sony
Alt-J-Leaving Nara/This Is All Yours/Infectious
Folk-pop

Connah Evans-You Know/Labels EP/Independant
Emmy The Great-Solar Panels/S EP/Bella Union
Laura Marling-Short Movie/Short Movie/Ribbon Music
Jessie Ware-Though Love/Though Love/Interscope

Classique de la semaine/Classic of the week
Pink Fairies-Do It/Never Never Land/Polydor

Démo de la semaine/New band of the week
Colour of Spring-Skin/Skin (single)/Plastic Fish Records

Nouveautés/New releases
All We Are-Stone/All We Are/Domino
Desperate Journalists-Heartbeats/Desperate Journalists/Minty Fresh-Red Eye

Rock’n’roll
Brawlers-Drink and Dial/Drink and Dial (single)/Alcopop!Dolomite Minor-When I’m Dead/When I’m Dead/Ignition

Outro
Chartreuse-Brutus/Brutus (single)