Thursday, 26 February 2015

LIVE : WOLF ALICE + CROWS - CONVERSE RUBBER TRACKS LIVE SHOW


We were recently fortunate enough to make it down to the Boogaloo in Highgate, North London, for the very first Converse Rubber Tracks Live event, which featured Wolf Alice and Crows. Before we get onto the gig, here's some spiel about what this exciting venture is all about.

"Born out of the brand’s desire to give back to the global music community and provide opportunities to artists who may not have the means to afford studio time or the exposure of performing in front of live audiences, the Converse Rubber Tracks programme began as a brick and mortar studio in Brooklyn, New York. Since the flagship studio opened in July 2011, over 1,000 emerging artists have had the opportunity to record original music alongside the Converse Rubber Tracks team of experienced engineers at no cost.

Over the past three years, Converse Rubber Tracks has since evolved globally with short-term pop-up studios in key music cities such as Austin, Los Angeles, Montreal, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Moscow, São Paulo and Shanghai. The first of its kind to hit the capital, Converse Rubber Tracks London will take up residency on a rotating basis – one London Borough at a time. After Haringey, the series will then make its way to Ealing, Southwark and Tower Hamlets throughout 2015."

The first recording sessions for Converse Rubber Tracks London took place in Haringey at Snap Studios, where 10 local bands were given the opportunity to record. One of which, Crows, were hand picked by Wolf Alice to play the first ever Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at the Boogaloo.

Photographer : Andy Ford
Crows took to the stage in a defiant mood, launching into 'Silver Tongues' with a ferocity that has consistently surrounded their live shows since their early beginnings in 2012. Singer James Cox has a certain intensity, which you can hear in his voice and importantly see in his eyes.

The band treat us to an engaging 7 tracks, including 'Hornsey', 'Crawling', and new single 'Pray', which is out next month through Brace Yourself as a limited edition transparent 7" vinyl.

North London locals Wolf Alice were in joyous spirits, not surprising really given that minutes before taking to the stage the headliners had announced that their debut album 'My Love Is Cool' would be released through Dirty Hit Records on June 22nd.

Photographer : Andy Ford
Considering we first covered the band back in 2012 with a review of their self titled EP, it's safe to say we at Music Liberation are pretty proud of their achievements to date and are very much looking forward to hearing them on a full record.

As for the gig itself a packed out Boogaloo were treated to songs taken from said album, including the first single from the record 'Giant Peach', as well as a couple of older tracks such as 'Moaning Lisa Smile' and 'Fluffy'.

It's clear during the show Ellie Rowsell and the rest of the band (Joel, Joff and Theo) are fully intent on not only seizing their moment and recognising the importance of that, but also making darn sure they're having as much fun as possible at the same time.




Wednesday, 18 February 2015

EP OF THE WEEK : ASYLUMS - WET DREAM FANZINE

ARTIST : ASYLUMS
ALBUM : WET DREAM FANZINE
LABEL : COOL THING RECORDS

'Wet Dream Fanzine' is the debut EP from Asylums, which is out next week through their own label - Cool Thing Records. The band are from Southend-On-Sea and are comprised of Luke Branch, Jazz Miell, Henry Tyler, and Michael Webster. The EP is three tracks of fast-paced, energetic pop rock, which unashamedly hints at their 90's indie forefathers, but also looks to the present and future with their insights into the internet, commercialization, and sex.

The band are playing a release show for the EP on the 27th at Market Place, buy tickets and the EP here.

Monday, 16 February 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : MARIKA HACKMAN - WE SLEPT AT LAST

ARTIST : MARIKA HACKMAN
ALBUM : WE SLEPT AT LAST
LABEL : DIRTY HIT

Out this week through Dirty Hit is 'We Slept At Last', the long awaited debut album from Marika Hackman. Those of you who have read Music Liberation in recent times will know we've been writing about Marika since we first heard her double a-side single 'You Come Down' and 'Mountain Spines' back in 2012. Thereafter we tipped her for our future sounds list in 2013 as well as crowning her song 'Bath Is Black' as our track of that year, and were very pleased in 2014 to see her jointly win the Blog Sound poll.

'We Slept At Last' was produced by long term collaborator Charlie Andrew (Alt-J), whilst the booklets with each CD/Vinyl versions feature a series of images taken by California photographer Glen Erler.

The album begins with 'Drown', which is the opening single from the record, and is a perfect introduction to a contemporary folk album that has equal nods to the past, present, and future incarnations of the genre. Marika's softly spoken voice is perfect for the haunting music and ideas she creates, and over the album's twelve tracks you can easily lose yourself as the record swirls around amongst a combination of ghostly guitars and keys, with my favourite track and example of this being 'Open Wide'.

Stream the album below and buy it here, and you can catch Marika on her UK tour in March/April.

http://open.spotify.com/album/7bGKJT7GMChX7lM3txM9Iz

Friday, 13 February 2015

TRACK OF THE WEEK : AWOLNATION - HOLLOW MOON (BAD WOLF)

ARTIST : AWOLNATION
TRACK : 'Hollow Moon' (Bad Wolf)
LABEL : Red Bull Records

AWOLNATION is back with a brand new album due in March, and the first single from it is 'Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)'. The new record is titled 'Run' and will be released through Red Bull Records on March 16th, with a headline show planned for April 1st at the Electric Ballroom. Special mention for the video for the track which was shot in one take by director Hayley Young in Seattle. // AWOLNATION / Red Bull Records 
 
http://open.spotify.com/album/7BvYSeA674R8jER4TP35Us

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

EP OF THE WEEK : GHXST - NOWHERE

ARTIST : GHXST
ALBUM : NOWHERE
LABEL : CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH

GHXST are a female fronted grunge/doom rock trio from New York City, composed of Shelley X, Chris Wild, and Nathan La Guerra. Released in January through Club.The.Mammoth, 'Nowhere' is the band's debut EP which follows a couple of well received singles. // GHXST / CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH

http://open.spotify.com/album/5Q2GNKN02wXNhk0Rdt7UnR

Monday, 9 February 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK : THE DODOS - INDIVID


ARTIST : The Dodos
ALBUM : Individ
LABEL : Polyvinyl Records

San Francisco duo The Dodos release their sixth studio album - Individ, through Polyvinyl Records. The band are comprised of Meric Long and Logan Kroeber, who have been consistently producing music since they met in 2005. Individ represents a continuation of The Dodos appreciation of a dual drumming/guitar led style which they intend will lead them to create music which is wholly positive and grand in scale.

The Dodos // Polyvinyl Records // BUY 'Individ'
https://play.spotify.com/album/1zs46bnGghl56axQyGHMRS?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Thursday, 29 January 2015

TRACK: OOZING WOUND - HIPPIE SPEEDBALL


Chicago thrash metallers Oozing Wound have just released a music video for 'Hippie Speedball', a track which is taken from the band's 2nd album 'Earth Suck', which came out last year through Thrill Jockey Records. The band will be on a European tour in March/April, hitting the Black Heart in Camden, London on Saturday April 4th. We'll see you there!


Monday, 26 January 2015

TRACK: PARIS JONES - YOU LIKE ME (HANDBOOK REMIX)


We wrote about Handbook (Jake Brown) back in 2013 as we reviewed his 'Titanomachy' album, placing it in our top 10 albums of that year. He returns early in 2015 with a remix of 'You Like Me', by Paris Jones, a hip hop artist who we have been tracking since this time last year with his monthly EP releases.

Keep an eye out for both of these guys, we think they're going places!