Wednesday, 30 July 2014

EP: WEAVES - WEAVES

Weaves are a four-piece from Canada that recently released their debut self titled EP through Buzz Records. Originally contrived between Jasmyn Burke and Morgan Waters, the band are completed with Spencer Cole and Zach Bines.

The 5 track EP, which was produced by David Newfeld (Los Campensinos!), showcases a quirky blend of pop beats and more rock based guitars, alongside some distinctive vocals. It's catchy stuff which is reminiscent of the likes of St Vincent and Tune Yards.

Check out the video for 'Buttercup' which was directed by Jason Harvey, and purchase the EP over on Buzz Records. // Weaves

Friday, 25 July 2014

EVENT: BASTILLE HP CONNECTED MUSIC GIG


Since forming in 2010 Bastille have been on a rampant rise to success, with singer songwriter Dan Smith leading the London based band to Brit nominations, festival slots at Glastonbury and Isle Of Wight, selling over a million copies of their album 'Bad Blood', and even providing music for Made In Chelsea.

We were recently invited to a special performance by the band at the Scala in London, in conjunction with HP Connected Music, one of a series of exclusive events HP are organising to raise awareness of their new products this Summer.

Among a series of new tech on display (such as the new HP Pavilion x360) was a special interactive dance floor, whereby the lighting was directly influenced by the amount that the crowd was moving using pressure sensor technology and cutting edge VFX.

It was the first time such technology has been used and really helped to connect the fans with the band, with everyone's feet literally directing the visual experience on display. As for Bastille they put on an assured performance, with the crowd certainly privileged to see them in such an intimate venue.

More details on HP Connected Music / Bastille  

Thursday, 17 July 2014

EVENT REVIEW: 2000TREES FESTIVAL 2014

(Photo: Mark Slater)

This year Music Liberation made its first visit to the 2000trees festival at Upcote Farm, in Gloucestershire. 2014 saw the independent event reach it's 8th birthday, with the 5,000 strong attendee's getting their lungs filled with countryside air across 3 days from Thursday till Sunday.

The event originally began in 2007 with a group of friends who had become disillusioned with the 'musical merry-go round' nature of the larger mainstream music festivals, along with extortionate ticket prices and overpriced food and drink. Hence 2000trees was born!

First things first, as a self confessed music lover/junkie/snob, it is often surprising to most that it was only in 2011 that I went to my first music festival - making the pilgrimage to see Mr Eavis and his Glastonbury extravaganza. Since then I've been back to Pilton Farm for the last two years, but have negated to visit any of the other numerous festivals that the UK has to offer over the Summer months. So when the chance arose to visit the 2000trees festival this year I decided to take it, the fact that I've reached the dwindling years of my 20's may well have helped this decision.

Upon arrival at the site (after a very smooth transition from our London based train onto a shuttle bus), we enter the festival without much hassle despite the blazing sunshine testing nerves and fatigue. The first thing that's apparent is how small the site is (bearing in mind my only previous experience above), as we can see three of the four main stages and the two campsites in one swing of the hips. Having quickly set up our camp (ok it took me a fair while with my new tent, and I did require assistance from a friendly neighbour), we took in a stroll of the site.

(Photo: Laura Dimmick)
At one end is The Croft where over the weekend we take in comedy sets and twee folk and brass. The middle of the site is home to Avalon and The Cave, and the other end of the site is where we find the Main Stage, with these three being the place for more louder, plugged in music.

Croft, Avalon, and The Cave are all tent shaped, whereas the Main Stage is open to the elements, which thankfully this year was only the sun. All of them are located near to bars and food, and if you so wish camping can be done of each of their doorsteps in Camp Turner and Camp Reuben.

The toilets at 2000trees deserve a mention, with the portaloos and mens Eco toilets always being reasonably clean, and stocked with hand sanitiser and loo roll. To most it really does make a big difference (particularly for the ladies), and you can tell why the festival won an award for them back in 2010.

(Band Of Skulls - Photo: Mark Slater)

The bands finished around 11.30, after which there was an assortment of music genres being played out by a host of Silent Disco DJ's which never fails to satisfy most. The food provision is good, with a plethora of different cuisines on offer at reasonable prices (my personal preference being the Steel City burger). Other things on offer were secret shows and acoustic sets in the forest, face painting, tight rope walking, boutique shops, and various busking stops situated across the site.

(Trash Talk - Photo: Mark Slater)
Musically my highlights were:- God Damn, Slaves, The Computers, Trash Talk, The Bronx, Band Of Skulls, Maybeshewill, Jamie Lenman, Frightened Rabbit, and although not being quite to my taste a mention must go to Inme frontman Dave McPherson, who managed to play 8 sets across the weekend, nice one Dave!

There is a real community feel to the 2000trees festival with the layout of stages and camping helping to create a sense of togetherness amongst all involved. Musically speaking those who like the majority of noisy guitar based bands will not be disappointed, as will those who prefer a gentler acoustic touch. Having now been to two different festivals it is difficult to pick one or the other having enjoyed a thoroughly awesome experience at both, but that is surely testament in itself that 2000trees can compete with an established mainstream festival such as Glastonbury. I suspect that alongside the other 4,999 people that went this year I will certainly be returning to the Cotswold Hills in 2015.

You can purchase tickets for the 2000trees festival in 2015 now, with a limited offer of 10% off - www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk/tickets/

(Photo: Mark Slater)

Sunday, 6 July 2014

ALBUM: ALVVAYS - ALVVAYS

Alvvays began with Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan, two friends from the Canadian island of Cape Breton. Having moved to Toronto the duo have set about creating their self titled debut record, which is mixed by Holy Fuck's Graham Walsh, and produced by John Agnello.

The single 'Archie, Marry Me' has recently been played on BBC 6 Music, and the band (comprised with Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac) played the Great Escape festival in Brighton earlier this year. They'll be returning to the UK for two London shows in August (Birthdays and Rough Trade East) before joining Real Estate on their UK tour in October.

The album is 9 tracks of delicately blended soft vocals over which south coast surf pop riffs are gloriously played out. The obvious comparison is somebody like Best Coast, but Alvvays have a bit more grit than their American counterparts. Perfect for late night summer sunsets, or early morning sun rises, this debut album will lift spirits and set romantic notions alight this Summer.

'Alvvays' is released through Polyvinyl Records on July 21st. // Alvvays

Pre-order 12" vinyl // Digital Download

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

EVENT: 2000TREES FESTIVAL 2014


With just over a week to go until the 2000trees Festival 2014 opens it's gates, Music Liberation is getting verrrrry excited! We've already previewed the event and given away a weekend ticket, but we'll also be tweeting live from Upcote Farm and  publishing a full review shortly afterwards.

Today it's been announced that due to demand there will be a limited number of day tickets available for the Saturday (featuring the likes of Wolf Alice, DZ Deathrays, Tall Ships, and Frightened Rabbit). Click here to get yours!!

Monday, 5 May 2014

COMPETITION: 2000TREES FESTIVAL 2014 TICKET GIVEAWAY

This year Music Liberation is proudly supporting the 2000trees festival in Cheltenham during July 10-12th, and to celebrate we are giving away a ticket for the festival! 

We did a preview of the festival earlier last month, revealing the headliners and discovering a number of acts on the bill have been covered on these pages before.

To enter the competition for a chance to win a ticket for the festival just answer the following question:-

How many acts are appearing at the 2000trees Festival 2014 that Music Liberation has written about before?

A. 4
B. 7
C. 9

You can tweet us your answer (@musicliberation), or send an email to musicliberation@hotmail.co.uk. The deadline for the competition is 12 noon next Monday 12th May, upon which a random draw will take place of all the correct answers and we will contact the lucky winner! Good luck!

[PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED]