Wrexham’s Baby Brave interview

   

Baby Brave was formed a while ago and it’s mixing loads of influences. Where have you taken this retro-indie-pop sound?

When we were Baby Brave & the Love Bites we had more of a 60’s girl pop influence with the harmonies and shoop-shoop dance moves. Since then, one of the girls has left the band and we’ve renamed to just Baby Brave. The change in both line-up and name has lead us to reconsider our sound, and so for the past 2 years we’ve been working on a Noise-Pop genre, dripping with distorted electric guitars, a heavier feel inspired by My Bloody Valentine, Brian Eno and, more recently, St Vincent and the Dum Dum Girls. 

Your latest release was the King Horse EP, could you let us know more about your creative process for this EP?
We recorded King Horse in an abandoned buddhist monastery in North Wales, which definitely influenced how the record sounded. Being high up in the mountains in the middle of nowhere was an experience within itself, let alone a fantastic place to record music! We started with the drums and then began layering multiple guitar tracks to create that soundscape feel that shaped the record. We added in elements which were never in our ‘live’ set, new parts emerged and we have since incorporated these into our performances. Then vocals. Loads of vocals.
So we recorded these 3 tracks which we had been playing for a while, but felt that the record needed an element of something different. One session in the studio, we stopped working on those tracks and decided to record a completely new song… and then ‘Wrists’ was born! First drums, then a dissonant piano, then guitars, then vocals… I remember making some very strange sounds into the microphone which Steve warped to make sound completely different… The lyrics were inspired from an old art book which Mike was carrying in his rucksack at the time, heralding the victorious line of completion of the whole King Horse experience, “It is done now!”

You’re on the small label Drum With Our Hands which Steve from the bands started, how do you describe the collaborative work between the band and the label?

The band makes records, and the label tries to let as many people, that they can, know that the records are out there. 
The great thing about the label is that we get to work with the other bands on there. We do gigs together, and the band’s remix each other’s stuff, and encourage each other. It’s a really positive, creative, community.

Seeing that you are doing acoustic sets or full band gigs in festivals, is there one set-up that you prefer particularly?

At Focus Wales, we played 5 acoustic shows and then finally one full band show. (I think that’s a record in FW history!) As a band with a tendency to rock out, obviously we prefer the latter! It’s better when we’re all together, for sure, but it’s nice that our songs work well with both set-ups. The songs were written initially on an acoustic guitar, so it’s kind of an inevitable full-circle that we’d take them back to how they began.

You’ve released a video for Jitters with an inter-generational choreography, what was the idea behind it?

The idea was born when we spotted the dancers from the Delta Academy of Dance! They were amazing, and we knew we had to have them in our video! When we were discussing costumes, they piped up and said, ‘we have sparkly pink sequinned jackets, would that be okay?”… errr, YES! On the day of filming, they were brilliant and even did the routine double-speed, which was impressive to say the least! 

The scene in Wales, especially in Wrexham with Focus Wales,seems to be growing. How do you feel about being part of this kind of success?

Welsh music is well overdue some of the limelight, there is so much talent here. It definitely feels like we’re in the right place at the right time, which is lucky, I guess! It’s an exciting time!

You had supported in the past artists and bands like Slow Club, Charlotte Church and Stealing Sheep. How would you describe your experience?

It’s always exciting to be asked to support a band you love! Yes it’s absolutely an honour. I loved meeting Charlotte Church, she was so full of smiles and manuka honey, and told us that her outfit had been custom made especially for the night. It was rather spectacular!

You already sang in French a little bit on Laisse Le Chick Habit on the first EP, being Welsh native, do you think you will write a song in Welsh language in the future?

I’m originally from Derbyshire (England), but have lived in France for a couple of years and have only been in Wrexham for about four or five years. I’ve not yet learnt enough of the Welsh language to be able to speak any, let alone write a song, but I do think this could be an interesting idea for the future…! P.S. There’s also some French on ‘Colours’ on King Horse ;-) 

Speaking of which, after two EPs do you ever think of making a album? What’s the projects for Baby Brave the near future?

We’re releasing our 2nd Baby Brave EP called ‘Tacky Birthday’ this summer! We’ve been working hard on it all year so we can’t wait for you to hear it! Expect loads of guitars, loads of catchy melodies, it’s pure NOISE POP gold. There’s a Japanese influence on this record. Maybe I’ll have to learn yet another language, I’m up for the challenge! :-P
After this EP, we think an album will be next.

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For further info on the band, you can visit http://www.babybrave.co.uk or their label, Drum With Our Hands website at http://www.drumwithourhands.com

Music for the weekend!

Victorient-A Storm Within/Black Summer

Hailing from Croydon, Victorient is a two-piece mixing loads of influences together. While listen to Victorient music, you can drown into melodic noise storms, something melodic and experimental sounds.

Storm Within is a long Joy-Division-esque voyage, still more into gothic metal vibes.  Black Summer is a little bit more in the likes of Depeche Mode with raw guitars.

You can listen to them here:

Owen Tromans-No Heart

It’s summer and we like folk rock. This singer-songwriter from the Midlands and currently based in Hampshire just released last week his brand new single No Heart out on Sacred Geometry label. Driving us into guitars and grunge DYI harmonies, we can hear a little bit of American 90s band in this love song such as REM or the Stone Temple Pilots.

Throwing Shade-Fate Xclusive EP

If you are more into electronica and ambiance vibes, here’s Throwing Shade, a brand new project i just discovered lately. Sweet melodies, sometimes really groovy in the likes of Jamie XX, Jon Hopkins and more.Enjoy!

 

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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