Foo Fighters to play gig funded by crowdsource campaign

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As if he wasn’t already “The Nicest Man In Rock” (TM), Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters have now agreed to play a crowdsourced gig.

The band haven’t played a show in Richmond, Virgina for close to 16 years, so local resident Andrew Goldin started an online campaign to raise funds to book them.

The fundraising page reads: “It’s simple. The Foo Fighters haven’t played Richmond, Virginia since May 17, 1998. That’s more than 15 years ago and that’s way too long. So we’re taking it upon ourselves to bring ’em back!”. The ‘Help Bring The Foo Fighters Back To RVA’ campaign site is selling 1,400 tickets at $50 a ticket.

The band have now seemingly taken to Twitter to agree to play a show in the city, writing: “See ya soon”. However, a date has yet to be announced.

The new Foo Fighters album will be released this November. The album is currently untitled but was recorded in eight different studios in eight states across America. It will be accompanied by mini series Sonic Highways, broadcast on HBO, which will document the recording progress. Dave Grohl will operate as director on the project, following his Sound City documentary of 2013.

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James to release new album, La Petite Mort, in June

James La Petite MortManchester indie legends James are to release their first album in six years next month.

La Petite Mort will be released on the 2nd of June via BMG Chrysalis and Cooking Vinyl.

The album was produced by Max Dingel (The Killers, Muse) and follows James’ 10th studio album Hey Ma, which was released in 2008, and 2010’s EPs The Night Before and The Morning After. La Petite Mort was written by the band’s frontman Tim Booth after the deaths of his mother and best friend.

The album will feature the single ‘Moving On’ and ‘Frozen Britain’, both of which can watch and listen to below.

The release will be supported by a sold out Summer in the City gig at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl on July 11 with special guests Starsailor, and a set at Camp Bestival on August 1. The band are also due to announce a UK arena tour.

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Live Review: Then Thickens at The Hop, 26th April 2014

Then Thickens - The Hop - 26 April 2014

Then Thickens are a band born out of the demos of Lancashire musician, singer and songwriter, Jon-Lee Martin. Having worked on 23 tracks with “…just a guitar and whatever I could fill them out with,” Martin was encouraged by friend and fellow musician, Jorma Vik of The Bronx, to give them the full band treatment.

Five new bandmates, a recording session, one mixing nightmare and a forthcoming glorious debut album later, and here we are, on this balmy Spring evening, at Wakefield’s The Hop.

The atmosphere feels almost like a mini-festival, albeit with a roof overhead, no tents and a far more intimate environment within which to savour the musical wares. Doors opened early at 6pm for an extensive bill of performers, including The Spills, The Ainsley Band, VerseChorusVerse and, after Then Thickens own set, grunge rockers Nine Black Alps.

As their 8:50pm stage time rolls around, Then Thickens waste no time in setting up and getting down. No sooner are they plugged in than album opener from Death Cap At Anglezarke, “Heaven Won’t Wait”, creeps into the crowd on a wave of synth-wash and strummed guitar. Jon-Lee’s deep-voiced delivery of the opening lyrics begin to build the tension, and the song only grows as Helen Thorpe joins him with her beguiling harmonies. It’s an engaging, captivating, mesmeric delight in the close quarters of The Hop’s upstairs room.

Those who know the song wait in anticipation, and are handsomely rewarded, when it breaks ranks on the rumble of Charlie Hartley’s drums and added ‘sturm und drang’ of Bobby’s bass and Sean’s guitar.

The band then segues directly in to first single, the fuzzy, driving rocker “Restart Your Heart,” a perfect one-two that has the audience warming up now, heads bobbing, feet stamping and giving nods of knowing approval to each other. Here are a band that have really got something.

We’re treated to non-album tracks, too, one containing a striking lyric about vaseline and nipples. For a group of musicians with just one finished album to their name, it’s a seemingly healthy sign of more good things to come, and a reminder that Martin was already sitting on a wealth of quality songs.

A slew of tracks from Anglezarke follow, one after the other, never letting up in emotional push and pull, including “Worms”, second single “Tiny Legs” and the sort-of title track, “Death Cap.” Each is delivered with total and devastating commitment, Jon-Lee in particular becoming more passionate, involved and intense with each and every note.

By the time the end of the set starts to make itself known, guitars are being wrangled like lives depend on it, Hartley is a whirling dervish clattering at his drums and Tom Griffin, up until now a relatively stoic presence behind his keyboards, starts to look like a mad scientist, desperately trying to perfect his sonic formula through the frantic twiddling of knobs, slamming of keys and creation of cataclysmic aural violence.

In a live setting, with each of six musicians at the top of their game and firing on all cylinders, it’s astonishing just how big every one of Then Thickens’ songs sounds. An already expansive album, full of poetry and melody, becomes something of overwhelming power when delivered on stage with such conviction.

The audience at The Hop can have been left in doubt that they’ve just witnessed a matchless set of single-minded and vital rock and roll. If Then Thickens are indie rockers, make that rockers with a capital R.

Then Thickens - Death Cap at AnglezarkeDeath Cap At Anglezarke is released via Hatch Records on the 5th of May. You can pre-order the album via iTunes.

Read our interview with Then Thickens here, and look out for our album review of Death Cap At Anglezarke, arriving on Skin Back Alley later this week.


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