Author: Alice Benbow

Dan Croll – interview

Liverpool-based musician Dan Croll is set to release his much anticipated debut album Sweet Disarray on March 10, featuring singles ‘From Nowhere’, ‘Compliment Your Soul’, and ‘Home’. Prior to his gig at Manchester Deaf Institute in November, Dan gave up some of his time to talk about the video shoot for ‘Home’, his experiences on tour, and a festival in Norway (that he can’t quite remember the name of). You used to play in Eye Emma Jedi, how does that compare to what you’re doing now? It was a lot heavier, a lot more rocky. And plus I was playing in Scandinavia, so I spent nearly every weekend for like a year in Oslo or around Norway, which was amazing, it’s an amazing country. It was different, and it was a band where we were all writing together – and I was playing bass as well… I don’t play bass anymore! You’ve been playing gigs with Bastille and Imagine Dragons, how has that been? Ridiculous, we played Brixton Academy last night to five or six thousand people, sold out, it was pretty crazy. All the gigs have been crazy so far, and we’re still going with the Imagine Dragons ones, and even the last two dates of the tour – Madrid and Barcelona – like fifteen thousand people, so it’s like ‘ahhh!’, but it’s amazing. We’re having an amazing...

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Patrick Wolf: The Libertine

Following his 10 year anniversary tour earlier this year, Patrick Wolf has announced a short tour: A Night of Winter with Patrick Wolf this coming December. In January, he played the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, welcoming the city’s own Sense of Sound choir to join him during his set. On December 19, he will be returning to Manchester for a gig at St Philip’s Church in Salford, where he also spent a week at the end of September writing new music. Working together with director Matt Lambert, Patrick has also just released a new video for his track ‘The Libertine’, which was first heard on his album Wind in the Wires, and more recently a reworking of the song appears on his latest release – the hauntingly beautiful Sundark and Riverlight. Madonna requested the video to be premiered as a part of her Art For Freedom project, leading to its release on the website yesterday, November 7: a suitable place for the first release of a piece so strongly centered on the need for freedom, whether it is artistic, sexual or the need for self-expression. Watch the new video for ‘The Libertine’ below:...

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Bastille: All This Bad Blood

Bastille hit the Academy in Manchester for a much-anticipated sold out show on October 22, alongside Manchester’s own Swiss Lips and the beautiful Chlöe Howl. Opening the gig was Swiss Lips, with their infectious energy already rubbing off on the crowd, while lead singer of the electro-pop band Sam Hammond enthusiastically announced the great feeling of playing to such a huge audience in the band’s hometown. Swiss Lips were closely followed by Chlöe Howl, a brilliantly talented 18 year old whose music tells it how it is when it comes to being a teenager – named by Chlöe herself as ‘steak and kidney pop’. To the absolute (and very noisy) delight of the fans, Bastille were soon to follow. In between playing hit after hit, the band declared to their ‘loudest crowd ever’ that Manchester is one of the best places to play – ‘and we’re not just saying that’. Bastille ended the show with a bang – their eagerly awaited and insanely popular track ‘Pompeii’, which the crowd started chanting several songs before and continued to do so a long while after the gig was over. Still enjoying the immense success of their debut album Bad Blood, released earlier this year and proving to be incredibly popular, the band are to release album All This Bad Blood on November 25. This is made up of Bad Blood and...

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Honeymilk – interview

Having already released several singles including ‘It Might Be’ and ‘Situations of You’, Swedish band Honeymilk are soon to release their debut album Lean on the Sun. Current single ‘Light Entertainment’ is the first song to be taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album, which was recorded by the band themselves in nine days (accompanied by some cats and a trampoline) and is set for release in early November. Honeymilk has enjoyed a great reception in their home country of Sweden, as well as here in the UK, where the band has received praise from the likes of Amazing Radio. Ahead of their return to the UK, the band took some time out to chat the LSMedia about the recording, band name, and first gigs ever. How did you guys meet and how long have you been together? I think we started out in about 2006, but then we had a lot of changes, so really, this band started out last year actually. But the four of us, we started out in 2011; me and Nikki met at a show in Kalmar, which is a student town in the south of Sweden, and he just slept on my couch really. After a party and there was a bunch of guys throwing eggs at him. The truth of the story is I played with my former band in Kalmar and...

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Dan Croll: Home

Liverpool-based musician Dan Croll is set to release his next single ‘Home’ on November 25th, yet another great follow up to the ever-increasing success of his previous tracks ‘From Nowhere’, ‘Compliment Your Soul’, and the current single ‘In/Out’. You may have been lucky enough to see Dan play two gigs at Liverpool Sound City back in May – one full band set at the Garage followed by a brilliant, if slightly drunken, packed-out acoustic at Bold Street Coffee later on the same night that descended (or escalated) into a massive (ironic) Oasis sing-along. Next track to be released, ‘Home’, had its first play on Huw Stephens’ show on Radio 1 last week, and is everything you would expect – a comforting, relaxed, and well… homely song infused with the fresh summertime Dan Croll-ness that you quite frankly don’t get anywhere else. Although currently on tour in the USA, Dan is set to support the likes of Bastille and Imagine Dragons on their UK tours this autumn, and is back around for a gig in Manchester on November 26th. Listen to the next single ‘Home’ here....

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