On June 23rd Kodaline debuted with the very anticipated video for Brother, an emotional single, indirectly announcing bands 3rd album in progress. Kodaline hasn’t released a possible name nor a date of the upcoming record, currently being on tour and playing Brother as the standard set list track.
Kodaline loves their fans, from delightful concerts and messages, to letting the lucky fans to take over their Facebook page. But the biggest surprise for Polish fans was definitely seeing a video with the acoustic version of Brother recorded in the streets of Warsaw’s old town.
Video starts with a street violinist playing the intro, followed by Steven’s vocals. Kodaline recorded this video by one take, as it appears, with only one guitar and perfect vocals. You can tell, it was totally unexpected, as people wandering around are taken by surprised by an Irish stars casually wandering around narrow streets.
Kodaline posted the video with a note stating, it’s just the beginning of an unplugged series, so stay tuned to see, if your city will be next.
For more information you can visit Clash Magazine.
Last year I was pushed by my friend to listen to a song of a band called Sexy Suicide. At a time I have to admit, I wasn’t digging for new music so much, so I disregarded it. Thankfully, my friend was not giving up. He got so caught up into this band, he convinced me to go and see Sexy Suicide live. And you know what? It was one of the best pushes I’ve gotten in a long time.
Giving you some historical background, the band was formed in 2012 under the name Neon Romance. In 2014 Marika Tomczyk (vocals) and Bartłomiej Salamon (piano) decided to change the name of the band to Sexy Suicide. They recorded two albums, Midnight Stories (2014) and Intruder (2016). Both albums are purely synth pop, with a lot of industrial sounds and samples. Additionally, musicians use materials in German to make their music more realistic. They are inspired by 80. synth pop, industrialu, post punk, cold wave and italo disco bands.
On March 3rd I had the possibility to see Sexy Suicide live. It was an incredible experience, when the music started playing, everyone came back in time to a club in East Germany in the 80’s. And even thought sound quality was pretty bad and a person responsible for visual effects was putting too much fog, the crowd was having the time of their lives, not only dressing adequately to the theme, but dancing like there was no tomorrow.
Sexy Suicide is one of the bands putting a lot of effort into interactions with fans, during and after concerts. I was also lucky enough to have time to ask one question (there was no time for an interview). Marika was kind enough to tell me in a secret, that Sexy Suicide is working on a new album, the release date is still unknown, but we have something to wait for.
You can find them on: Spotify / Youtube / Bandcamp.
Yesterday, just before going to sleep, I was scrolling Facebook timeline and I came across new post by From First To Last. It was a shared link of an article from Pitchfork. I couldn’t believe my eyes and ear, when I played the content. Fangirling 100%.
From First to Last played the first show with Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex in 11 years, at L.A.’s Emo Night. Skrillex even streamed it live on his Instagram.
It’s easy to hear the damage of Sonny’s voice, but I still enjoyed it and hope I can one day see them live. In the meantime, there are videos.
The One Armed Boxer vs. The Flying Guillotine and Note to Self
Ride the Wings of Pestilence
October 25th 2016 will be a memorable day for me, mainly because of a long awaited live act I was dreaming of since 2010. I’m talking about Biffy fucking Clyro.
I once said Biffy’s music was a huge part of my life, in good and bad times. Yesterday was one of those times. A particularly bad day ended with a perfect raise of heart and mind. Not to mention a sour throat and pain in the back and legs. But it was definitely the best live act I’ve seen.
The concert wasn’t sold out, there were maybe 2000 people, stage was placed fairly close to the entrance, the concert itself was streamed for those, who were unable to come, but I have to say, I wouldn’t trade it for nothing else. Their energy wasn’t different from what I saw on YouTube, as Biffy were performing on Reading or T in the Park. They played like there was not tomorrow, literally. During “Medicine” my heart stopped for a second, I tried not to cry, sometimes I’m such a looser…
A typical concert lasts around 60-90 minutes. Biffy were playing almost 2 hours. They came on time, they weren’t ashamed of making mistakes on stage, they entertained the audience. The first thing I had in my mind leaving the arena was “they are bunch of fucking mental lads”, in a very positive way.
More pictures: Go Ahead