We’re No Heroes-Interview @ Focus Wales/CISM 89.3 FM

Back at Focus Wales we had the chance townh3 meet with the guys of Cardiff three-piece We’re No Heroes. Here’s our full interview a little bit before their show at the Central Station where we chat about their music, influences and more!

 

We're No Heroes interview @focus wales- CISM 89.3 FM by Londoncafe on Mixcloud

Seazoo-Car Deborah EP

Following the release of Ken EP back in 2013 and some singles afterwards, Wrexham’s finest pop band, Seazoo are back on track. Car Deborah, their new EP is due to be out on June 1st through Fandango label.

Car Deborah is kicking off with Dawn in The Mirror, a road trip in the world of melodical pop with some vibes reminiscing of the likes of Teenage Fanclub or Los Campesinos. We just want to be into summer, with a glass of  wine and sun shining all in one short song. Following that, we can hear Panda Pains which was released earlier as a single this year. Panda Pains is quicker, with a touch of punk and well-worked guitar riffs. When listening to it we just want to invade a party dancefloor.

 

What to say about next track The Roar Of MJ Finnigan? We love the mix of female/male vocals together, kind of Belle And Sebastian-esque. We can feel also psychedelic 60s folk influences maybe with some folkish pop sounds. It’s followed by Martyn and Jayne, perfect song to listen on a car roadtrip.We can definitely think of Stuart Murdoch when we give some attention to the vocals, a pure delight of pop. Seazoo’s self-produced EP is then closing with Indigo Reader, a grungy instrumental song with strong guitar and drums, but still, with well-balanced melodies.

So June 1st, go to your Itunes or record seller to get this magnificent sounding EP!

Here’s the psychedelic official video for  the Martyn and Jane track while waiting until the release.

 

Track of the day!

   

White-Future Pleasure

Scottish indie pop rockers goes on with a pure dancey-ish moment reminiscing the likes of 80’s disco.  While listening to it we can definitely hear a little bit of Shitdisco, (remember the track I Know Kung Fu anyone?) This is the perfect tune to party on a sunny day: the melody is catchy and with well-driven guitar riffs. We simply loved it!

 

 

 

 

Comme vous avez pu l’entendre sur nos ondes, voici l’entrevue que nous avons réalisée avec les membres du groupe The Echo And The Always lors du festival Focus Wales à Wrexham, petite ville dans le nord du Pays de Galles. Au menu, fous rires garantis! Une belle découverte indie pop à faire! Le groupe devrait nous offrir un album d’ici septembre et en attendant vous pouvez visiter entre autres leur bandcamp ici même: http://theechoandthealways.bandcamp.com/

As you’ve heard it recently on our show, here’s the interview that we did get with some of the members of The Echo And The Always at Focus Wales festival in Wrexham in North Wales. If you like indie jangly pop with a touch of retro and 90s nostalgia you will definitely like the eclectic sounds of this Swansea/Cardiff gang. Sometimes in September, we should get a first album release but in the meantime you can check out their latest singles on Itunes or Bandcamp just here http://theechoandthealways.bandcamp.com/

The Echo And The Always-Interview CISM 89.3 FM @ Focus Wales by Londoncafe on Mixcloud

Villagers @ royal college of music, manchester, uk

Vous connaissez peut-être la formation Villagers puisque le deuxième album de la formation dublinoise, Awayland, paru sur étiquette Domino, tournait abondamment sur les ondes de CISM 89,3 FM en 2013. A l’occasion de la sortie de leur 3e album, Darling Arithmetic, le groupe de Conor O’Brien, présentement en tournée britannique, performait au Royal College Of Music et London Cafe était sur place.

Assurant la première partie,Luke Sital-Singh, jeune auteur-compositeur-interprete originaire de Londres, nous offrait une performance tout en légèreté  mais oh combien solide. Une voix qui a du charme, des chansons d’amour déprimantes (il le disait lui-même entre ses chansons) a tout pour faire tomber les filles. Autant habile au piano qu’à  la guitare, les ritournelles de Luke nous emportaient dans un monde mélancolique digne des grands noms folk-pop de ce monde. Une seule petite ombre au tableau: la performance un peu statique et avec un peu trop de retenue, probablement causée par la gêne, le jeune chanteur n’étant qu’à ses premiers balbutiements.  

Puis, Villagers firent leur entrée dans le décor simpliste de la salle. En effet, , seule une grande moquette disposée en plein milieu de l’auditorium ainsi qu’une lampe de salon et les hauts-parleurs sur le côté  faisait office de scene. Enchaînant  succès après succès, la formation irlandaise interagissait abondamment avec le public nombreux et attentif. De ballades typiquement folk a des pièces un peu plus “upbeat” et rock, le quintette nous emmenait dans leur univers attachant avec les chansons de leur dernier album en passant par des “oldies” comme ils le mentionnaient si souvent lors du concert.

Commencant d’emblée  avec Set The Tigers Free, le groupe a mis le ton a la soirée. Le voyage musical s’est poursuivi avec, pour la plupart, des chansons tirées de Darling Arithmetic soit Little Bigot, Soul Serene, So Naive et quelques petites pépites folk.

Villagers a beau être un groupe qui joue de la guitare acoustique et de la harpe tout en douceur, ils ont quand même prouvé  qu’ils savaient  rocker sur une version améliorée avec un tantinet plus de percussion de Memoirs, un des moments fort de la soirée. Autre moment inoubliable, les solos de Conor O’Brien sur Becoming a Jackal et Ship of Promises. 


Dommage que nous n’ayons pu vous capturer ne serait-ce qu’une photo de ce magnifique concert. Eh oui les cellulaires étaient interdits mais au moins nous avons pu profiter pleinement du show. 

Sur ce on se retrouve bientot pour Focus Wales qui commence le 22 avril.

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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….