Entries tagged with: Stealing Sheep
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For our first show, BV editors Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Dave sat down to talk about some of our favorite music of 2015 so far, and other digressions. We taped the show in late July, so keep that in mind if any of it sounds slightly dated. (A segment where Bill bets Dave a million dollars that Lush will never ever reform was cut.)
Anyone can listen, though you will need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber to hear our lovely speaking voices.
Other Spotify In Residence shows/hosts include former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, dance act Jungle, and UK grime artist Big Narstie.
Stay tuned for a brand new BrooklynVegan episode in December. Meanwhile, listen to November's...
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
Lilys / Dilly Dally / Martin Courtney @ Baby's All Right - 10/17/15
After the mere seven-hour BrooklynVegan Friday party at Baby's All Right during CMJ, we threw a 12-and-a-half hour party on Saturday (10/17). It kicked off bright and early at 11:30 AM with Murals and continued through midnight when reunited '90s shoegazers Lilys wrapped up their set.
Murals, whose sound these days is sort of pastoral and proggy (not unlike Andora-era Caribou at times) which was a gentle start to a long (fun) day, while we munched on free Thai samosas -- courtesy Baby's new Bangkok-inspired menu -- and sipped complimentary Bell's Brewery Octoberfest. Though that keg went quick, Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Lager were also on tap all day, and they gave out pins, sunglasses, bottle openers and other goodies, too.
After Murals it was Petal, whose set we wrote about and posted pictures of HERE (with her new album stream), and then we were treated to an early afternoon set by Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney. Martin was supporting and playing songs off his forthcoming solo debut, Many Moons (due 10/30 via Domino), and he was backed by an ace band that included Woods' Jarvis Taveniere (who produced the album) and Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band (and several other projects). Martin plays an acoustic guitar the whole time, and they're a little more on the '70s folk/soft rock side than Real Estate's slightly janglier indie pop. Martin also threw in a cover of Pavement's "Major Leagues" which fit in perfectly with his own compositions. They ended the set with Doug Keith's extended guitar solo that Martin's Grateful Dead-obsessed Real Estate bandmate Alex Bleeker probably would've been proud of.
Then came Australian trio Methyl Ethel, who gave us a set of psychedelic dream pop and had a frontman with quite a bit of urgency to his performance. The Gotobeds then seriously kicked things up a notch with their tough, post-punk inspired indie rock. These guys are just the kind of smartasses you want at something like CMJ, coming on stage saying "Hey, we're Viet Cong! What!?! They're not using it anymore!" and being good enough musicians to make playing sloppy charming. The set featured their 'hit,' "NY's Alright" (which Kasan sang as "Baby's All Right" at least once), as well as songs from their upcoming Sub Pop debut, including one that Protomartyr's Joe Casey will be guesting on. Between that show and their set at Sub Pop's showcase two days earlier (which Protomartyr, who played our Baby's day parties in 2014, also played), they were a definite highlight of CMJ.
They were followed by UK trio Shopping, one of the most buzzed about bands at CMJ this year (as the beyond packed room illustrated). They wear their minimal, danceable post-punk influences (Delta 5, The Slits) on their sleeve, but they make up for the lack of originality with a super fun live show. They were bouncing around up there the whole time, and if the crowd was more familiar with their songs (or drunker) you could imagine the rest of the room bouncing along with them. Tight musicians too.
The tight musicianship did not die down at all when Dilly Dally followed. They instantly won us over with an early set on our 2014 day party, but this year they returned bigger and better in every way. The sound and light show was perfect for them, which didn't hurt, but the band's grungy force and Katie Monks' throat-shredding voice is what keeps this band exciting every time.
Things got a bit calmer for Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, who are still a new-ish band but already have a fully-formed unique vision. All three members wore matching outfits, and they're all set up in a horizontal line in the front of the stage. They all sing in close harmony, and they make a kind of arty pop that's not exactly in line with any current trend. While trying to remember who you saw at CMJ, you don't forget Stealing Sheep.
The rock returned when local staples The So So Glos followed. They've been doing their thing around NYC for years now, and they really do play like stars. Their poppy punk might have actually made them stars in 1995, but it's nice to get that kind of performance in a smaller venue in the midst of a CMJ party too. Things stayed turned up to 11 when Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney followed. They don't exactly do the whole "punkgaze" thing that's been going on, but they definitely have a hard backbone as far as shoegaze bands go.
It was a full house when Frankie Cosmos kicked off the evening portion of our party with a set of appealing indie pop that is both winsome and spirited. Jessica Lea Mayfield, who played the ATO showcase the day before, then brought things down even softer than Frankie, with a haunting solo set. It would have been nice to see her full band, especially with her heavier new album out, but she's good with just a guitar too. Chicago garage punks Meat Wave followed and wasted no time turning things way back up. They're just a trio but they were one of the loudest and heaviest bands of the day. Almost their whole set was flooded in entirely red lights. It suited them well.
Up next were young locals The Lemon Twigs, who are still in their teens but already have approval from Foxygen whose Jonathan Rado is producing their forthcoming album. Fronted by Micheal and Brian D'Addario (who take turns between guitar/lead vocals and drums), The Lemon Twigs seem to take inspiration from mid-'70s rock: Michael, who wore eyeshadow, a floor-length robe and Aladdin Sane-Orange hair gave us the weirder songs with hints of Syd Barrett, early Bowie and Sparks; while Brian seemed to draw more from classic songwriters like Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach or Todd Rundgren. The whole band are seriously good musicians (and killer at harmonies) and, if these guys keep at it, it seems like they'll be crazy good by their mid-twenties.
Mothers from Athens, GA then came on for the penultimate set of the day. Kristine Leschper has a great voice that reminded me more than once of Angel Olsen, and the music is a bit like Angel's last album too. It's folky at times, but driving indie rock at others. And the rest of her band were no slouches at all.
Finally Lilys wrapped up the day with what was only their fourth show of 2015... which is probably as many as they have played in the last five years. Kurt Heasley has seen nearly as many members of Lilys as The Fall, and this lineup -- the same as the two shows the weekend before at Baby's -- was put together by former member Don Devore, one of the five guitarists on stage. Sticking to songs from the band's early shoegaze years (like 1994's Eccsame the Photon Band which just got re-pressed on vinyl) with some seriously trippy projections, Lilys melted faces (helped along by Heasley's insistence that the A/C be turned off) with Clinton-era classics like "Ginger." We were very happy to bring this very rare show to fans (which included a lot of folks in other bands) to you for free. What a day!
Then we went to bed.
More pictures and videos from Saturday's show below...
photo: Lilys at Baby's last week (more by Greg Cristman)
photo: Martin Courtney with Real Estate at Radio City in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You already know the details for the free BV Friday day party at Baby's All Right. There's also an all-day BrooklynVegan Saturday party from 11:00 AM to midnight at Baby's.
Here's the lineup and set times:
SATURDAY, 10/17/2015 @ Baby's All Right
11:00 AM DOORSThe day kicks off bright and early with Louisville's pastoral psych band Murals and free vegetarian southern Thai samosas off the new Baby's menu, a collaboration with Bangkok restaurant Soul Food Mahanakorn. American brunch will also be available for purchase.
11:29 FREE SAMOSAS BEGIN
12:00 FREE KEG OF BELL's BREWERY BEER BEGINS
1:00 Martin Courtney of Real Estate
1:45 Methyl Ethel
2:30 The Gotobeds
4:00 Dilly Dally
4:45 Stealing Sheep
5:30 The So So Glos
7:00 Frankie Cosmos
7:45 Jessica Lea Mayfield
8:30 Meat Wave
9:15 The Lemon Twigs
Then it's Scranton, PA Tigers Jaw associates Petal. Following that is a 1 PM set from Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney, who's followed by Australia's Methyl Ethel, Pittsburgh smartass post-punks The Gotobeds, and more post-punk from UK band Shopping.
Things keep going with Toronto's roaring indie rockers Dilly Dally, the harmony-laden Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, local punk staples The So So Glos, and Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney. Then it's the twee-ish Frankie Cosmos, the ever-evolving Jessica Lea Mayfield, Chicago garage punks Meat Wave, the young but already very accomplished locals The Lemon Twigs, folky Athens indie rockers Mothers, and finally a very rare reunion set from '90s shoegazers Lilys (only their fourth of 2015) to wrap up the day.
Like on Friday, things kick off with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts. We'll also have three varieties of Bell's on tap all day and night.
photo: Frankie Cosmos at MoMA Nights in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Again, all 12 hours of this show are totally FREE. No RSVP, no badge or anything required.
Listen to the artists playing the Saturday party, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
My first band of CMJ 2015 was one of the ones I was most looking forward to seeing: Stealing Sheep. Over for their first-ever U.S. dates, the Liverpool trio kicked off their seven-show NYC invasion at The Living Room on Tuesday (10/13) as part of an all-British showcase that also featured another Liverpool band, Hooton Tennis Club. I'm a big fan of Stealing Sheep's new album, Not Real, which eschewed, for the most part, the faery folk of their debut album, Into the Diamond Sun, for synthesizers. But watching them songs from both albums live, the turn wasn't as radical a departure as it had seemed on record.
Rebecca Hawley (keyboards), Emily Lansley (guitar) and Lucy Mercer (drums) played almost everything live with a ramshackle, clattering charm. Dressing in matching outfits and sunglasses, comparisons to Metronomy's early DIY days (when they taped click-it lights to their chest) is pretty apt. All three sing, often trading off vocals within a song. The harmonies, a big part of their appeal, were nailed.
Apart from the tribal "Greed," Stealing Sheep played everything from Not Real I really wanted to hear -- "Apparition" was especially good -- and "Genevieve" and "Shut Eye" from their first. The band play six more shows (none today, though) including BrooklynVegan's free all-day party on Saturday (10/17, full lineup
announced soon HERE). More pics from Stealing Sheep's NYC debut, below...
photo: Destruction Unit at Union Pool in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
CMJ is upon us here in NYC, which means hundreds of artists from around the world will be playing too many shows to keep track of over the next five days (10/13-10/17). If you're feeling overwhelmed at all about who to see, we've narrowed things down to a list of, appropriately, 15 that we really think you should try to catch. We also made a Soundcloud playlist featuring songs from the artists (except a few that aren't on Soundcloud).
Check that out, and all of our picks, below...
by Bill Pearis
Stealing Sheep have shared the video for "Apparition," the latest single from this year's fantastic Not Real. The video was made by one of the best in the biz, Dougal Wilson, whose CV includes LCD Soundsystem's "Tribulations" and Jarvis Cocker's "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time." For "Apparition," he constructs a seemingly one-shot stunner centered around the very British folk tradition of Morris dancing. You don't really see videos this technically complex and cool like this anymore (not since the heyday of Michel Gondry) and it's one that bears rewatching. Check it out below.
The band will be here next week for CMJ and have added a few more shows while here, including BrooklynVegan's free day party on Saturday (10/17) at Baby's All Right. Here's Stealing Sheep's full CMJ schedule:
10/13 @ The Living Room 8pm - Official ShowcaseStay tuned for full details on all of BrooklynVegan's CMJ week shows and parties.
10/16 @ Cake Shop 2:50pm- Terrorbird Showcase (FREE)
10/16 @ Niagara 10:50pm - Official Showcase
10/16 @ Baby's All Right 1am - Heavenly Showcase
10/17 @ Baby's All Right - Brooklyn Vegan Showcase (FREE)
10/17 @ Rough Trade 7:45pm - Levitation Showcase
10/17 @ Knitting Factory 10pm - Flower Booking Showcase
by Andrew Sacher
Lyla Foy in Paris (photo by Robert Gil)
London's Lyla Foy (fka WALL) released her debut album Mirrors the Sky last year on Sub Pop, and last week she followed it with the UMi EP. She was backed by Oli Deakin (keyboards, bass, guitar), Andy Goodall (drums, percussion) and Hazel Tratt (additional vocals) for the recording, and it's gentle, delicate stuff somewhere between folk and dream pop. We've got the premiere of the video for "River." You can check that out, and stream the whole EP, below.
Lyla is also touring the US, including a stop in NYC for CMJ. She plays the Flower Booking showcase on October 17 at Knitting Factory with The Album Leaf, Diet Cig, Eternal Summers, Stealing Sheep and S. Tickets are still available, and badges will be accepted.
All dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Stealing Sheep's sophomore album, Not Real, remains at the top (or near) my loose 2015 Favorite Albums list, a hard-to-categorize record that incorporates synthpop, faerie folk, prog and other genres into a genuinely fresh sound. They're not like anyone else, though as I've said before, the closest comparison you could make is probably Metronomy. If you haven't checked it out, you can stream it and check out videos for "Deadlock" and "Not Real" below. There are also a couple non-LP tracks that came with the Rough Trade edition of the album to listen to below as well.
The band will be making their NYC live debut at this year's CMJ Festival. The only announced show so far is the Flower Booking showcase which happens at Knitting Factory on October 17 with The Album Leaf, Diet Cig, Eternal Summers, S, and Lyla Foy also playing. That's a pretty good show. Tickets are on sale now.
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.
Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."
More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...
The 2015 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 13-17, and today the initial list of artists was revealed. A bunch of these are NYC shows we've posted about (browse our "CMJ" tag), but highlights include Car Seat Headrest, Cheatahs, Destruction Unit, Dent May, Dilly Dally, Doomsquad, Drinks, Eternal Summers, Evans the Death, Ex Hex, Expert Alterations, Ezra Furman, Frankie Cosmos, Hooton Tennis Club, Kamasi Washington, Kero Kero Bonito, Mercury Rev, Nai Harvest, Neon Indian, Panda Bear, Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, S, Shannon and the Clams, Slim Twig, Stealing Sheep, The Album Leaf, The Dirty Nil, The Men, The Wonder Years, Titus Andronicus and Wildhoney. Check out the full list below.
Badges are on sale.
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.