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One Festival

 

We are proud to present you One Festival! This weekend starts the first edition of this Indie Rock festival and The Music Beam is part of that. The organization asked us if we could collaborate with them and off course we said yes right away! I will give a little information about the bands underneath. See you all saturday in Haacht!

THE GREAT MOUNTAIN FIRE

This is the biggest name on the line up, they are known in Belgium but they are touring abroad also. This summer they played on big festivals such as Dour and Pukkelpop, 2 of the biggest festivals in Belgium. One of their biggest hits is Late Nights. With this cheerful indie it will be hard not to shake your legs. A great band live so we are looking forward to them!

THE DEER FRIENDS

This indieband from Belgium has been on the stage of one of the finest clubs in the country, Ancienne Belgique. They went on a tour in the UK this summer so they are climbing up the ladder. With their biggest hit See The Sea they remind us of The Whitest Boy Alive, one of my all time favorites!

THE DEVILLES

They bring us the hardest rock on the festival. With their loud guitars and drums they will set the whole festival on fire! I'm really looking forward to this show!

ESTHER & FATOU

On the other side we have Esther & Fatou, they will bring peace to the festival with their acoustic guitars and their lovely voices. They've been on the line up for Marktrock and won the great price for Student On Stage. Summer may be over but these two are bringing it back for a little while. After their show they will be interviewed by one of our crew

TIN MAN TOURETTES

This is a new band who like to describe themselves as Kurt Cobain who sings songs from The Beatles. I don't know this band but with that description they have made me very curious! 

Further on Citizens, Pieter Hendrix Experience, The Millicents and Sunday's Ghosttown will bring you rock, rock and rock! I'm really looking forward to this first edition of One Festival and I hope The Music Beam lounge will attract a lot of people during the festival! 

 

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Local Hero

As you guys may remember I've posted Local Hero's first EP here called The Aldgate. Today I'll present you their first full-lengt album which is called From Timid To Timbuktu. 

The first single on the album Black & White was released in August but the full album followed on the 8th of September. 

The band maintains to play their cheerful indie music like on their last EP. With a little improvement this album is better and more complex than their latest work. The band is growing! I've been a fan of these youngsters from their latest EP and they suprised me in the good way with this beautiful album! Enjoy Beamers!

Grizzly Bear

Dangerous, growling and brown snot snorting: Grizzly Bear awakens with a solid wood carved fuckedface from his prolonged wintersleep. Sleeping Ute, opening track on Shields, shakes with guitareruptions and a heavy rythm the lices of his fur, that had build up sinds the release of there successfull Vekatimest. The band sounds more free than ever, maybe because after a long time in the wild they can finally rest at the top of the indiepyramid. 

Damped jazzbrushes, timid organ, a piano hung to a baxter, copper in unexpected corners,... the bears are still making their sandwiches with Beatles-like harmonies and sixtiesmelodies, that we here in Gun-Shy. Proof enough that Shields is more sober and more pure than his predecessor, and therefore we love love love it. 

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How to Dress Well


Tom Krell has never been shy about naming his influences. On Love Remains, his How to Dress Well debut, there were pop and R&B acts like Michael Jackson and Bobby Brown. He's no less forthcoming about his inspirations behind his heartbreaking second album, Total Loss.  During a couple of songs he provides a roll call: Mama, Robbie, Nicky, Ryan, Dan,... None of these people are famous, none of these are musicians. They are all real people from Krell's life. Some have died, some have vanished in thin air, others have slowly slipped of his radar. Many of them including himself are struggling with depression. So Total Loss gives you fair warning about what to expect. This album uses the common tools of pop/r&b expression like autobiography, confession, four-minute songs to create a work of devastating art. 

It's melodramatic and over the top, it's worth a gasp and a tear, even if it sometimes is Michael Jackson-worthy, like & It Was U and Running Back. 
Score: A 

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The Great American Canyon Band

I hope many of you will remember the interview with this band. It was by far one of the most inspiring interviews I did. The GACB released Young Lady a couple of days ago. A gorgeous new song! I hope they will release more songs in the future 'cause this tastes like more, many more! The video is some old footage from NASA that they found in an archive, very cool video! Hope you like it and you can download the song here

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The Vaccines

The Vaccines have had a hell of a year, one day you're releasing What did you expect from The Vaccines? and the other day you're touring all over the world with this record, if that ain't a dream of every upcoming artist.. Well, after their world tour, they released their second album Come Of Age and I must say it is pretty different than their debut album. You probably already know their single Teenage Icon which has been played all summer on a lot of radio stations. Well, the sound of Teenage Icon represents the sound of the whole album pretty good, which I think is a reassuring thing!

Opening track No Hope was a blog-hype as well, and The Vaccines were already playing it on their summer shows (for example on Rock Werchter). Although, it is a pretty powerful song and a great way to kick off your new album. It also revives The Vaccines' riot side of making music if you listen to the lyrics of the song: I don't really care about anybody else when I haven't got my own life figured out...

I Always Knew certainly is a new side of The Vaccines we haven't heard yet. The way Justin Young uses his voice in the verses is new to me, but I have to say, I kind of like it! And when you hear the chorus of I Always Knew, you hear their ambition of one day selling out stadiums.

All In Vain reminds me of their previous albums, it reminds me of tracks like A Lack of Understanding and Under Your Thumb. Ghost Town is like some new Arctic Monkeys' track and the opening and verse of Weirdo reminds me a lot of Joy Division. 

It might have striked you already that Come Of Age really is less explosive than their debut album, it's more of a relaxing album, since tracks like Wrecking Bar, If You Wanna and Norgaard are missing on Come of Age, except for Change Of Heart Pt. 2 and Bad Mood. These two tracks are an absolute explosion after you've been listening to the first seven tracks of the album. It has to be said: the tracks might be as explosive as the ones of What did you expect from The Vaccines?, but they aren't as catchy at all, which is sin.

Anyhow, I really enjoyed their new album and new sound. I think everybody knows how hard it is for a band to create a better record than your first if your first was absolutely brilliant, check for example The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club, The Temper Trap, Beach House,.. so it's not a shame at all that Teenage Icon isn't as good as What did you expect from The Vaccines? .

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Elbow

A year after they released their last and stunning album Buld A Rocket Boys!, Elbow is back. You might have seen them live the last year at a lot of festivals in Europe, they've been touring quite a lot the last year, and they performed at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games of Londen this year, too.

Now, the recent album: Dead In The Boot, is an album like we're used to from Elbow, usage of a whole orchestra and multiple vocals, perfect for a night chilling in your seat, in the car,... 

Opener Whisper Grass is probably the most mysterious song I know from Elbow, they build up a huge tension and after a minute of two they unleash the bomb. Might not be the best song on the album, but what a way to open your album with. Lucky Disease is rather melancholic, kind of like Lippy Kids, with only Guy's vocals, drums and a smooth guitar-riff opening the track. When the chorus hits in, they call in some hornets, which results in a beautiful instrumental chorus. It's like your standing in a grassy field, with the sun shining on your cheeks, really.

The Long War Shuffle makes me think of western movies and Texas folks, probably because of the upbeat rythm and the particular usage of the guitar here. Great song, a new sort of sound coming from Elbow, who would have thought that.. Every Bit The Little Girl is a kind of interlude between the previous songs and the ones coming, it's like Elbow switches style for a moment, since after Every Bit The Little Girl, Guy uses his voice a lot more and in another way than on the opening songs.

Love Blown Down is my least favourite track on the album. Why? Simple: Guy uses an effect on his voice that kind of ruins his beautiful and packed voice. Lullaby, on the contrary, is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Sweet drumlines, a piano and Elbow's voices, that's all what this band needs to create a song that is so beautiful it will remind you of your best moments in life. 

McGregor surely is the most powerful song on the new record, Guy screams his soul out while Richard Jupp slams his drums with a lot of power.

Another beautiful song on this album is Buffalo Ghost, just listen to the song: no words are needed here.

Elbow succeeded to amaze us, again, without completely stepping off their style of music. They remain faithful to their old way of making records: build a tension, and when the tension is so high they release a bomb of a song, followed by a rather soft and melancholic song. It kind of results in a rollercoaster of emotions, and, for me this album had the biggest difference in emotions so far.

Enjoy!

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