Tag: Splendour In The Grass
When you rock up to the first morning of a three-day festival, the last thing you want to do is get pelted with pea-sized hailstones. But after that minor meterological fakeout, Byron Bay turned on an exquisite weekend to welcome Splendour In The Grass back to its spiritual home.
Posted: August 7th, 2012 under Brag 474, Live Reviews, Music.
Tags: At The Drive-In, Azealia Banks The Kooks, Band Of Skulls, Bloc Party, Blue King Brown, Caitlin Welsh, Explosions In The Sky, Father John Misty, Hugh Robertson, Jack White, Lana Del Rey, MIike Snow, Spiderbait, Splendour In The Grass, The Gossip, The Shins, The Smashing Pumpkins, Yuksek
In many ways, a band’s first album is the easiest. There are no expectations, no weight of prior achievement, and you can pretty much do whatever you want and hope that somebody out there likes it. It’s the second album that gives you grief, bringing with it the axiomatic threat of the sophomore slump… But then again, when you’ve been gigging around the traps for as long as multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost and his New York-based pop trio fun., it all comes a little bit easier.
When I speak to Russell Marsden, the vocalist and guitarist behind Southampton’s Band Of Skulls, he’s enjoying some well-deserved down time. “We’re in England at the moment. We’ve had a few days off, the first this year actually. It’s been quite nice to be home for a while. It’s definitely time to reground and get ourselves ready, so we’re making the most of it.”
Father John Misty is the stage name of J Tillman, who resigned his post as a Fleet Foxes bandmember last January. He was the drummer, and a hired gun at that, so his departure caused barely a ripple in the duck pond of global music appreciation – but anyone who’s seen Fleet Foxes live would know that J Tillman was destined for bigger things. Even from behind the kit, he vied for the role of leading man. His acidic sense of humour and honeyed harmonies were show-stealing, and it was inevitable that one day he would stand up, ditch the sticks, and take his place in the spotlight.
Trevor Powers is an over-laugher. Some might attribute it to nerves, but in the hands of the 22-year-old, better known by the stage moniker Youth Lagoon, over-laughing becomes a semi-consciously employed device to put his fellow interlocutor at ease. Finding myself in this position (and similarly prone to the gratuitous guffaw), I’m grateful that Powers – the lo-fi musician whose atmospheric debut LP The Year Of Hibernation was released last year to high acclaim – is chortling so heartily. His over-laughing feeds mine, and the enthusiasm of our conversation rapidly builds until it reminds me of a pair of children playing make believe, or two old friends giddily exchanging photos of their grandkids.
Posted: July 17th, 2012 under Brag 471, Cover Feature, Music, Music - Interview, New.
Tags: Andrew Geeves, Bearhug, Splendour In The Grass, Sures, The Year Of Hibernation, Thruppence, Trevor Powers, Youth Lagoon