April 2012

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Issue 38 / APRIL 2012 ALBUM OF THE MONTH GUESTLIST Andrew Bird 'Break it Yourself' INDIE / ROCK 43 RECOMMENDS BILLY LOCKETT Andrew Bird, the classically trained American multi-instrumentalist turned indie lover returns with a new album. Bird at his songwriting peak, exploiting the full emo- tional scope of his voice and instrumentation with ease. The songs themselves are at times complex, impatiently leaping from one melody to another, but familiar and warm enough to be acces- sible due to a delicate merg- ing of indie folk and classical influences. 'Eyeoneye' is probably the most immediate and upbeat song on the album. Bird's vo- cals soar over a 60s garage influenced rock beat which is bound to be appreciated by fans of The Shins, and returns to his classical roots in 'Things Behind the Barn', a short instrumental laden with violin sampling and delicate guitar. The quietly brood- ing 'Lazy Projector' is also highlight of the album, a nod to the Velvet Underground which builds from muted vocals and guitar to a catchy yet melancholy chorus. This is definitely a must. EVENT PREVIEW Dry the River 2nd May @ Electric Ballroom Billy Lockett is all go as he joins the singer songwriter popularity battle Famed for its shoe industry rather than an association with musical exploits, Northampton can now boast about 18 year old Billy Lockett, who is a young, raw talent ready to compete in the Indie music world. 2011 saw a surge of singer songwriters competing in the charts, with Ed Sheeran repeatedly reaching the UK Top 5, selling out tours and securing a strong fanbase. Then there is Michael Kiwanuka earning himself the BBC Sound of 2012 which means the competition is definitely fired up. So with this in mind, it means it is going to take some real talent to achieve standing out from this crowd. Writing his own songs and having a flair for piano, guitar and the occasional beat box, Billy's music is indie-rock come folk- storytelling which gives him a very distinctive sound. As a child, he was usually found in the TOUR SCHEDULE FOSTER THE PEOPLE SCHEDULE 25 April @ Manchester, Academy 27 April @ London, O2 Academy Brixton 28 April @ London, O2 Academy Brixton 29 April @ London, O2 Academy Brixton With a new album released this month 'Shallow Bed' this indie folk band are not to be missed. BBC Sound of 2012's Dry the River are a speciality. There are few other artists who can boast selling out tour dates before their de- but album is even released. When the haunting voice of the lead singer, Pete Liddle, rings out in a room it immediately grabs every individual's attention. Two guitars, one bass, a violin and a crazy set of drums are a recipe for a live set mas- terpiece. The band will be gracing London during their long set of international tour dates to promote the album 'Shallow Bed'. If their previ- ous gig for Banquet Records in Kingston was anything to go by, I will be fighting to be the first at the door to this one. 1 May @ Cologne, E-Werk 2 May @ Berlin Columbiahalle 4 May @ Paris, Bataclan 5 May @ Paris, Bataclan This LA-based indie pop band are bringing some of their California sunshine (hope- fully) to the good ol' UK (and beyond) for a series of unmissable shows at the end of the month. Be there! family basement practicing piano or playing alongside his dad and friends at the local pub. It was his dad from whom he took inspiration writing the song, 'Hold on Hope'. Billy can prove his multiple and diverse talents are no facade as he performs and showcases new material every month at the live 'Cellar Sessions' on his YouTube channel. So it is no surprise that the views are increasing rapidly and there is a strong, supportive fan base steadily growing too. His debut single 'Balance' has been favorited by Radio 1's music frontiers Greg James and Fearne Cotton as well as featuring in the 'Tip of the Week' from BBC Introducing. The 'Don't Wait Up Tour' is currently moving through the UK spreading the word about the soulful voice of Billy Lockett.

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