Entries tagged with: Stealing Sheep
Sexwitch / Songhoy Blues / St. Vincent / SFA / GOAT @ Green Man 2015
The Green Man Festival has been taking place in Wales' beautiful Brecon Beacons for the past few years, drawing an increasingly impressive line-up of worldwide and Welsh musicians to the sprawling Glanusk Estate. The 2015 edition happened August 20 - 23 and added enough extras (Hot tubs! A cinema! A beer festival! A science garden!) that you didn't really even need to see any bands at all. But that would be silly, because the bands are great. Read on for some of the best bits from the last two days.
Most anticipated set: Sexwitch - the act billed only as "Special Guest" turned out to be the debut performance of a new project from Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan, TOY and Dan Carey - dark, droney and insistent.
Best set by someone we hadn't heard of before: Hannah Lou Clark and her band, equal parts angsty and dreamy.
Best place to hide out to during the sudden three-hour heatwave on Saturday: The Cinedrome tent with Gulp, because angel-voiced dream pop makes everything better, even when you're simultaneously horribly sweaty and covered in mud (somehow singer Lindsey Leven was immaculate in head-to-toe white, which reinforces our theory that Gulp are slightly magic.)
Most fun to shoot portraits of: Girl Ray, three London ladies who were finalists in the Green Man Rising competition and are very fun to hide between tents with.
Song we still have stuck in our heads: "Moons in My Mirror" by H Hawkline, whose pleasingly intriguing songs and deadpan demeanour were so appealing that the tentful of watchers were quite happy to comply with his request that they whistle the theme from the Great Escape while he tune his guitars, twice.
Most talked-about performance we failed to see: Northumbrian balladeer Richard Dawson [and not the late Family Feud host - Ed] in the Walled Garden, who we are assured was brilliant and unusual.
Youth enterprise award: The three children at the festival entrance with an acoustic guitar busking Super Furry Animals songs: Charlotte, Amelia and James. "Fire in My Heart" was a delight:
Most packed tent: Songhoy Blues from Mali, because they manage to combine deeply cool rock-star stage presence with an overwhelming sense of glee. Plus singer Aliou Touré does really good dancing, and everything they played was brilliant.
Most unfortunate scheduling: Stealing Sheep, who are great but played at the same time as (and right next to) Songhoy Blues.
Most committed crowd: Super Furry Animals. Fans stood ankle-deep in mud and didn't seem to mind the torrential rain, and in return received a predictably first-class set. There can't be any better setting to hear "Mountain People" than the Mountain Stage at Green Man. (Extra points to the gentleman who crowd-surfed all the way to the front sitting in an eight-foot inflatable dinghy.)
Best between-songs chat: Welsh folk legend Meic Stevens, who at one point delightedly exclaimed, "I've had cancer for three years, you know, and I've had 150 hours of radiotherapy on my throat - they said 'I wouldn't have thought you'd be able to talk after that, let alone sing!' but you've got to sing, don't you?! Because it makes people happy!"
Most appropriate name: Towel, who played just after the 21-hour rain storm (complete with 6am wake-everybody-up thunder) stopped.
Best impromptu special guests: Deep Throat Choir who, 24 hours after Matthew E White apparently asked them to join him, appeared en masse at the end of his set and started making up dance routines while singing the outrageously catchy backing vocals to "Rock & Roll is Cold."
Most rapt audience: Father John Misty, who was throwing himself on the floor by the first chorus of the first song and had row after row of grown adults grinning with glee like kids on Christmas morning.
Most apt headliner: Goat, whose vaguely pagan masked glory closed the final night of the Far Out stage and were followed by the ceremonial burning of the giant Green Man. Plus, "Run to Your Mama" might've been the best performance of the entire festival.
Pictures from the first two days of Green Man 2015 are HERE. Lots more pics from the final two days, below...
by Bill Pearis
Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep have shared "Greed" from the band's forthcoming sophomore album, Not Real, which is out next week via Heavenly. It's one of the standout cuts from what might be my favorite album of 2015 so far, a literal grower that starts off as a minimal, slow stomper but builds to a tribal mass by its end, with off-kilter harmonies and a theremin hook that sounds straight out of Ironside. Take a listen below.
For an idea of what Stealing Sheep are like live, check out a very cool performance of Not Real's title track shot at Vessel Studios in Liverpool, below as well. And let's hope we get to see them live in North America sooner than later.
by Bill Pearis
UK trio Stealing Sheep have just released the title track to their excellent second album, Not Real. The song is a good calling card for the album which incorporates synthesizers and drum machines into their British pagan pop roots. If you like Metronomy, these ladies are are now in the same universe. The song's video is a surreal, technicolor trip that could've been filmed in 1968. Watch it below.
Stealing Sheep's Not Real is out April 14 via Heavenly.
by Bill Pearis
Stealing Sheep's 2012 debut, Into the Diamond Sun, was one of that year's most underrated albums, mixing faery folk, krautrock and exotica into a distinctive sound of their own. If you haven't heard it, you can stream it via Rdio below. The Liverpool trio will release their second album, Not Real, on April 14 via Heavenly. The new album is a little more synthesizer heavy and less rooted in the past, but Stealing Sheep's quirky style (and those harmonies) are still vibrantly on display. While no music has been released from the album yet, they have made a very trippy trailer for the album and you can watch that, and check out the album tracklist, below.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
by Bill Pearis
A while back we told you about Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep who were getting ready to release their debut album. That record, Into the Diamond Sun, is out September 18 via Heavenly Recordings / Cooperative Music, but you can stream the whole thing right now at the bottom of this post. With nods toward psychedelic folk, Krautrock, and post-punk, it's one of the more striking debuts of 2012 and recommended listening.
We're also giving away a vinyl copy of Into the Diamond Sun and details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post. Also below is video of the band performing "Shut Eye" in Liverpool and, of course, the album stream.
by Bill Pearis
Liverpool residents Rebecca Hawley (vocals, keyboards), Emily Lansley (vocals, guitar) and Lucy Mercer (vocals, drums) formed Stealing Sheep about three three years ago and have an interesting mix of influences: late '60s faery folk, icy Krautrock, the occasional tribal rhythms and just enough AM pop melodies (and effervescent harmonies) to give their songs a partly-cloudy feel that echoes the weather in their hometown.
Stealing Sheep released the Noah and the Paper Moon mini-LP last year and are set to release their terrific debut album, Into the Diamond Sun, on September 4 via Heavenly/ Cooperative Music. They've released two singles from it already, the witchy "Shut Eye" and the poppier "Genevieve" which you can watch the videos for below.
No word on U.S. shows yet but we've got their current UK/European dates listed below.