Entries tagged with: Fat Cat
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: PAWS - "Miss American Bookworm" (MP3)
Glasgow's PAWS have signed to FatCat Records (Frightened Rabbit, Twlight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks), and they've announced that they'll release their debut LP, Cokefloat!, on the label on October 9. They recorded the album in East London with Rory Attwell (of Test Icicles). The first single from the album, "Miss American Bookworm," is an immediately grabbing blast of noise pop that should do a lot for Japandroids fans. You can immediately grab that track above in MP3 form, or stream it below.
They only have a few dates announced at the moment (none in the US) but hopefully a full tour that brings them over to our shores is to come. All currently announced dates, the song stream, cover art and tracklist are below.
by Andrew Sacher
You may know Breton from the remixes they've done for Maps & Atlases and Local Natives, or the audio/visual work they've done for Tricky, but they've also been releasing EPs of their own material. Now they've got a debut full length, Other People's Problems, set to come out on April 3 in the US and March 26 in the UK via FatCat. The album pulls from two rather different, but distinctly UK styles of music. They've got a mix of James Blake-ian beats and the tense vocals of UK dance-punk groups like Klaxons and Foals. Check out the video for "Interference" off the album, which they wrote, filmed, and directed themselves, below. The album artwork and tracklist are below too.
All dates, including a May tour with We Were Promised Jetpacks (that has them in Philly on May 5th) and video below...
words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
The Twilight Sad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Twilight Sad shrugged off a crazy week to deliver a blistering performance to open their US tour at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/25. The band saw the first two shows of their tour in D.C. and Philadelphia cancelled due to visa issues that had the Scottish rockers venturing all the way to Paris to secure passage to the states. None of that seemed to matter once they took the stage though, as they mixed older songs (like the excellent "Cold Days From The Birdhouse" and "She Would Darken The Memory Of Youth") with songs from their new, synth-laden record, No One Can Ever Know (Fat Cat).
Of the new material, set opener "Kill It In The Morning" rocked the hardest. Other highlights included the Radiohead-inflected, "Sick", and the propulsive "Dead City". Icier and more polished on the record, the new songs at the Music Hall slotted in seamlessly with the wall of guitar immediacy of the band's earlier material, thanks in large part to the work of guitarist Andy MacFarlane, who made it sound as if there were three guitarists on stage not one. And all the while lead singer, James Graham, was in perpetual motion - moving about the stage and around the microphone stand, dropping to his knees as he belted out one line and up on his toes to wail another in his distinctive Scottish brogue.
New Fat Cat signing, Forest Fire, and the quite excellent Micah P. Hinson opened. Hinson received a lengthy and fully deserved applause following his set, with people in the crowd shouting for him to play one more. I wish he had.
The Twilight Sad have since hit SXSW where they played the BrooklynVegan day party at "Hotel Vegan" on Friday. More on that one later. More pictures from the Brooklyn show, setlist included, below...
We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Southpaw in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
12:30 Yellow Ostrich (Barsuk)Just hours before doors (noon!), we are excited to announce the addition of Scottish band We Were Promised Jetpacks to our free all-ages day party happening today (10/20) at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Don't forget (for those of you that are 21+) we'll also be serving free HobNob Wine and PBR.
1:15 Still Corners (Sub Pop)
2:00 Hundred Visions (unsigned)
2:45 Forest Fire (FatCat)
3:15 BOBBY (Partisan)
4:00 Main Attrakionz (Mishka)
5:00 We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat)
Maybe you caught WWPJ play an acoustic set alongside Forest Fire last night at Mercury Lounge? How was it? They kick off a tour with Bear Hands that includes a HEADLINING show at Webster Hall (!) in less than a week (Webster tickets are still on sale).
Listen to a song by Hundred Visions below...
FatCat Records are presenting their official CMJ showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 19. The showcase includes NYC singer/songwriter Nina Nastasia, recent FatCat signees Forest Fire, an acoustic set by Mice Parade (who Wolf Parade are sort of named after), and "special guests" (TBA?). Tickets go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/31) at noon.
Mercury Lounge also announced their 10/21 CMJ showcase which has Purity Ring and others on the bill.
You can also catch Forest Fire in NYC this week at Shea Stadium on Thursday (9/1) with Caged Animals and Dive.
Not on the Mercury Lounge bill, but signed to FatCat is LA band Foot Village who can be found on the bill of the upcoming ATP I'll BE Your Mirror in Asbury Park (on 10/1), and who will stay on the east coast for a nine day tour that ends at Death By Audio in Brooklyn on October 9th. All dates are listed below..
Some videos and song streams below too...
We Were Promised Jetpacks in NYC in Oct (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We Were Promised Jetpacks toured North America with Fat Cat labelmates Twilight Sad, BrakesBrakesBrakes and Frightened Rabbit in September and October (though FR didn't play on the leg of the tour that hit NYC). That included shows at Bowery Ballroom and Southpaw.
Well, Jetpacks will be back in 2010, though only two dates of a tour have been announced so far. One will happen on Thursday, February 11th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on sale. Before then, the group has plenty of dates in the UK and Europe. You can see them below.
Fat Cat friends Frightened Rabbit just released a 7" single for new song "Swim Until You Cant See Land" (b-side "Fun Stuff") in the UK and Europe. That comes stateside on December 8th; the single artwork and "Swim" music video are below. The single comes in advance of their forthcoming third LP, The Winter Of Mixed Drinks, set to be released on March 1st of next year. The Tracklist for that new album is below too.
Tour dates, all the above-mentioned stuff, and a five-part video of WWPJ being interviewed by John Norris at Fontana's between gigs, after the jump...
words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Tuesday night's Twilight Sad show was just like Friday night, there was just more if it. There was more space for the sound to fill, more shaved heads, more singing along. All three bands had put the bar relatively high coming off their show at Southpaw, and all three cleared it and then some.
Prior to the tour The Twilight Sad's James Graham and Andy MacFarlane had shaved their heads. Somewhere between Brooklyn and the Bowery Jetpacks lead singer Adam Thompson and bassist Sean Smith shaved their heads, Twilight Sad bassist Craig Orzel was sporting a mohawk and even their roadie, Esteban, got into the act.
With more room to maneuver and no band going on after them, the three bands seemed more inspired with only Brakesbrakesbrakes toughing out a rough set with a broken string and busted high hat.
The Twilight Sad made only two changes from their setlist Friday night adding "The Room" off Forget The Night Ahead and swapping the new record's one breakneck track, "The Neighbour's Can't Breathe", for its other ("That Birthday Present").
The moment of the night arrived when Graham hopped down into the crowd for "Cold Days From The Birdhouse". Where the audience at Southpaw gave him plenty of space a few nights earlier, the crowd at the Bowery crowded in close, enveloping Graham. And the crowd singing along as he belted the lyrics, "And your red sky at night won't follow me" and "So you make it your own/but this is where your arm can't go" was chill bump-inducing. It lead to Graham remarking, after he returned to the stage, "I don't think we'll ever forget this."
The Twilight Sad was incredibly loud and pretty much the definition of epic. The floor was shaking! The way those guitars swirl and those crescendos... it was a mesmerizing showcase of powerful, and noisy as heck, music that very few bands can even pull off. Great mix of new and old songs in the set list. When they played Cold Days From The Birdhouse, with the singer in the middle of the crowd, it felt special. The only thing missing from them is more stage presence from someone other than the lead singer.Pictures from Friday HERE. Tour dates HERE. More pictures from Tuesday, with The Twilight Sad's setlist, below...
words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
The Twilight Sad
If it was possible The Twilight Sad have gone even darker on their new record Forget The Night Ahead (Fat Cat). Yet what was evident on Friday night at Brooklyn's Southpaw is their live sound has not suffered as a result. Headlining an "early" set, along with label mates Brakesbrakesbrakes and We Were Promised Jetpacks, the Scottish quartet ratcheted the volume and dissonance blanketing lead singer James Graham's bleak lyrics about familial dysfunction and neglect.
Before all that, however, it was fellow Scots, We Were Promised Jetpacks, riding into Brooklyn on a wave of buzz. A full, but not sold out, venue led lead singer Adam Johnson to comment how there may have been only four people out to seem them on a visit to New York earlier this year. Supporting their summer release These Four Walls, it was a solid and heartfelt set - Johnson, belting out his lyrics, rising up on his toes for maximum effect. But it was always going to be the single "Quiet Little Voices" (played ad nauseum by the likes of KEXP) to garner the loudest applause.
The Fat Cat showcase continued with Brighton's Brakesbrakesbrakes (replacing Frightened Rabbits on this leg of the tour) and their set of sturdy rock numbers included cute 15-second songs like "Spring Chicken" and "Porcupine or Pineapple" played a second time after guitarist, Tom White admitted he "fucked up the chorus." White was the most entertaining of the quartet, thrashing about and raking his guitar violently along the mic stand.
But both bands still have a bit of a ways to go to match the sonic spectacle that is The Twilight Sad. With a sound that begs for an arena, the intimate nature of Southpaw allowed the Twilight Sad to swap their song's penchant for the epic for more intensity.
The searing guitar feedback from Night Ahead track and set opener "Reflection of the Television" gave way to the rumbling drums and bass as the curtains pulled back to find Graham and guitarist Andy MacFarlane sporting newly shaved heads. Graham stepped forth and doubled over singing "There's people downstairs, I'm more than a fighter, you know."
Keeping track of the songs off the setlist was a test in Caledonian translation as "Television" was listed as "Doonstairs" and "Loud/Quiet" was "Talking With Fireworks/Here, It Never Snowed" from 2007's debut "Fourteen Autumns, Fifteen Winters." Graham picked up a drumstick, dropped to his knees and hammered along with drummer Mark Devine during the loud part.
That debut landed them critical praise on both sides of the Atlantic and Graham mentioned that he thinks they had played more shows in New York than in Glasgow and he wasn't sure if that was a good thing. They did split the set almost evenly with songs from both records instead of opting for the practice of loading the set with new songs at the cost of older, familiar ones.
The fevered pitch of the set reached dizzying heights with showstopper "The Neighbours Can't Breathe" a train-without-breaks-number from the new record and Graham's primal screen of "You keep pulling on the heart strings."
Graham walked into the crowd for "Cold Days From The Birdhouse", singing back to his band and then stood painfully still on stage as "And She Would Darken The Memory of Youth" and set closer "I Am Taking The Train Home"'s swirling outros played around him. The latter building into a five-minute wall of noise as he left the stage. It wasn't quite "You Made Me Realise", but the nod was clearly in that direction and perfectly executed to punish anyone without ear plugs. Fair warning if you plan to see them Tuesday (TONIGHT, 10/6) at the Bowery Ballroom (tickets).
More pictures below...
DOWNLOAD: The Twilight Sad - Reflection Of The Television (MP3)
The Twilight Sad is going on a lengthy fall tour with labelmates (Fat Cat) and countrymen (Scotland) We Were Promised Jetpacks. The first leg of that tour, which also features Frightened Rabbit, kicks off September 13 at Monolith Festival. Frightened Rabbit (who just played the Siren Festival) is replaced by Brakesbrakesbrakes for the second leg, which includes a stop at the Bowery Ballroom on October 6th. Tickets are still on sale.
The Twilight Sad's new record, Forget the Night Ahead, will be out September 22nd on Fat Cat. A track from that is above, with a new video for the album's first single, "I Became A Prostitute," below.
All Twilight Sad tour dates are below...
If only they had jetpacks...
A trio of Scottish bands, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit, are touring parts of North America this September -- they'll stick to the West Coast and the South, starting out at Monolith Festival in Colorado on September 12th and 13th.
For the tour's second leg, Frightened Rabbit drops off, and Jetpacks and The Twilight Sad will be joined by Brakesbrakesbrakes (featuring Eamon Hamilton of British Sea Power). The dates and cities for that section are still TBA, but there will be a stop at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, October 6th. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 10th at noon.
Besides being from Scotland, all of the above-mentioned bands (even Brakes, but they are from England) are on Fat Cat Records. Jetpacks' debut, These Four Walls, is out now (July 7th) on the label. That album's "Quiet Little Voices" is posted above. The video for the same song is below.
The Twilight Sad's Forget the Night Ahead (their follow up to Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters) will be out September 22nd on Fat Cat. "Reflection of the Television" from the new record is posted above. The full track list is below. The Twilight Sad just visited NYC on their spring tour with Mogwai, which included three nights at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Frightened Rabbit won't be at that October 6th Bowery show, but they will be in NYC a bit earlier for their appearance at Siren Festival on July 18th. The night before the band plays a show at Maxwell's, which will be the first of two final Oxford Collapse gigs. Those shows are all part of the Frightened Rabbit's July tour.
All tour dates, and the above-mentioned stuff, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Quiet Little Voices" (MP3)
"The first thing you forget about We Were Jetpacks is how young they are. When your speakers crackle with surges of gratifying guitar squalls or when this breathless dazzle of uninhibited anthem-building is taken to a stage, the Jetpacks define themselves by the magic they create with their hands, not by their 1987 birth dates." [The Pop Cop]Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks are visiting our country for SXSW this week. Unfortunately, their only NYC show is the sold-out Wrens/Titus Andronicus KEXP gig at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (3/12). If you have a ticket and want to see them, get there early, they are the first of three. if you're going to Austin, you can catch them on Friday, March 20th at La Zona Rosa, and the other places listed below.
We Were Promised Jetpacks will release its debut LP in June 2009 on Fat Cat Records, the same label of fellow Scots and friends Frightened Rabbit (who played NYC in January). The two bands will perform together at Scala in London in April.
Though Frightened Rabbit might not have any stateside shows coming up, other Scotish bands set to appear at both the Austin fest and NYC include Camera Obscura (Bell House & Mercury Lounge), Primal Scream (MHOW & Webster Hall), and Glasvegas (MHOW & Webster Hall).
The Wrens will also be at SXSW and have a Brooklyn show coming up that is still on sale.
All WWPJP tour dates, plus videos for the band playing acoustic for Bandstand Busking at Brighton Pier, below...
David Karsten Daniels w/ his (frightened?) rabbit
David Karsten Daniels is a songwriter/composer/performer who has lived in too many places to really be from anywhere. He currently resides in Ashland, Oregon with his lovely wife and schizophrenic pet rabbit. He's spending this winter film scoring, snow shoeing and writing songs (about rabbits) for a collaboration with Richmond VA's Fight the Big Bull. Most recently, he's put out two albums and a few singles on Fat Cat Records.David Karsten Daniels is out on tour, currently with his Fat Cat label-mates Frightened Rabbit, and then soon for a few more shows without them. Catch him tonight, Saturday January 17, at Bowery Ballroom in NYC, and then again this Wednesday, January 21st, with Colourmusic and Hockey at Union Hall in Brooklyn. All dates and a video below...
DOWNLOAD: Frightened Rabbit - The Greys (MP3)
Frightened Rabbit @ Mercury Lounge - January 22, 2007
Last time Frightened Rabbit (not to be confused with the NYC band White Rabbits) was in NYC I did manage to catch one of their shows - I just never posted about it before. I remember liking it, but even more so, I remember that some people like them, and others say they sound like the Counting Crows. They're playing Mercury Lounge again on June 24th - this time as a Fat Cat-signed band. Tickets are on sale. More pics & tour dates below.....