kiss with a fist

August 2, 2010

Last Thursday (29/07/10) I took a trip up to Auckland to attend the Florence + the Machine concert. With supporting acts The Drums (USA) and The Naked and Famous (NZ), this was a show I didn’t want to miss out on, so a 2.5 hour trip there and back home was what was needed in order to be back at work for Friday. Needless to say my Friday wasn’t too productive.

The Naked and Famous had just started their set upon my arrival. This band’s fan base is growing by the day mainly because of their latest single ‘Young Blood’ which has been played by every radio station throughout New Zealand. Anyway their set was very good and didn’t miss a beat, ‘Young Blood’ being the crowd pleaser.

The Drums were on next and were nothing short of amazing. I have been closely following this band since I found out they were supporting Florence back in March. The set was cut short because they had to get the stage ready for Florence which was disappointing as there were a few songs that I would have liked to seen. However ‘Let’s go Surfing’, ‘Best Friend’ and ‘I Need Fun in My Life’ were played which kept me happy. The Drums were full of energy running around the stage and slinging guitars around, they are with out a doubt a new and fun up and coming band of 2009/2010.

So… after seeing Florence earlier this year at the Laneway Festival I knew I was in for a good time. With colorful backdrops which changed every couple of songs and birdcages placed around the stage with dimming lights inside them the stage was set and ready. Starting the set out with a bang was ‘Drumming Song’ which immediately got the crowd moving. Florence has a huge amount of energy; she was constantly in motion: twirling, leaping and jumping around the stage. Throughout the set were songs, ‘Rabbit Heart’, ‘I’m Not Calling You a Liar’, ‘Cosmic Love’ and the crowd got treated to a new song ‘Strangeness and Charm’ which will be out on her new album, before finally ending with ‘Kiss With a Fist’.

She came back out for a final encore preforming her most poppy single ‘Dog Days Are Over’ as well as her single off the Twlight Saga:Eclipse Soundtrack ‘Heavy in Your Arms’.

It was a great show and a great night, after the show I just had the drive back home to look forward to

Florence + The Machine – Kiss With A Fist:

(Photos possibly to come, if Fleur or Susan or Rob took any decent snaps that I can steal)

…rowan

The iTunes Festival is back for 2010. After last year the feedback was so great the festival returned, this time at Camden’s Roundhouse in London. They invited more than 60 artists to perform 31 consecutive nights of brilliant live music in the UK’s best intimate venue. Every show was recorded and made available on iTunes.

The line-up included the years’ most exciting pop, metal, dance, jazz and opera stars including Scissor Sisters, Faithless, Ozzy Osbourne, Biffy Clyro, Paloma Faith and Rolando Villazon.

Below are some of the artists’ live ep’s that I prefer.

the drums

tracklist:
01. best friend
02. submarine
03. me and the moon
04. book of stories
05. let’s go surfing
06. don’t be a jerk, johnny
07. i need fun in my life
08. forever and ever amen

the drums – itunes festival 2010

foals

tracklist:
01. total life forever
02. miami
03. balloons
04. alabaster
05. electric bloom
06. two steps twice

foals – itunes festival 2010

wild beasts

tracklist:
01. all the king’s men
02. we still got the taste dancin’ on our tongues
03. two dancers
04. please, sir
05. the devil’s crayon
06. hooting & howling

wild beasts – itunes festival 2010

the xx

tracklist:
01. intro
02. crystalised
03. islands
04. shelter
05. do you mind?
06. night time

the xx – itunes festival 2010

…rowan

now i realise that both of these albums have been out for a little while, must be getting slow in my old age.

the drums are a fun post-punk surf band. this album sounds as good as their ep’s with that happy sound and the tracks haven’t been changed since. a band that is good to have in the background while working. the drums entered 2010 as one of the most tipped acts in the media. features the singles ‘forever and ever, amen’ and ‘best friend. i can see a few of these songs getting used on some up and coming films.

below is the link for the highly anticipated 2010 full length debut self-tilted album the drums

tracklist:
01. best friend
02. me and the moon
03. lets go surfing
04. book of stories
05. skippin’ town
06. forever and ever amen
07. down by the water
08. it will all end in tears
09. we tried
10. i need fun in my life
11. i’ll never drop my sword
12. the future

the drums – the drums

tokyo police have always been one of those bands that just sits at the back of my head, they were never really a top played band, that was until their new album champ was released recently. i can’t get enough of it, it’s great music to chill to, work to or have cranking at parties. i have always gone back to their ep a lesson in crime, and have never been disappointed or tired of it unlike their lp elephant shell, which just didn’t seem to have the same feel or energy. champ starts off with ‘favourite food’ which has a great build up into the album and sets the pace and tone for the following songs. ‘breakneck speed’ was the first released single, it reminds me a lot of a lesson in crime and i feel as though it could easily fit into that ep.

anyway if you haven’t heard of tokyo police club (and if you like the sound of the strokes, kinda) i highly recommend firstly a lesson in crime and now champ, two great albums.

tracklist:
01. favourite food
02. favourite colour
03. breakneck speed
04. boots of danger (wait up)
05. bambi
06. end of a spark
07. hands reversed
08. gone
09. big difference
10. not sick
11. frankenstein
12. boots of danger (passion pit remix)

tokyo police club – champ

…rowan

new the drums video

May 24, 2010

i have only recently discovered the drums and it was only because they are the opening band for the up and coming florence + the machine concert in auckland, new zealand. form what i’ve heard i have liked (only listened to their summertime! ep), they are a poppy sounding “surf” band. i’m really looking forward to seeing them in about a month, it’s a good little bonus to what will be an amazing show. i feel they are creating a sound that surfer blood set out to do.

below is the new video by the band called ‘forever and ever amen’. the video reminds me of an old 70’s style movie, not too much happens in the video but it’s fun and goes well with the beat of the song nicely. this song is off their soon to be released album it will all end in tears.

…rowan

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