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due in october, trailer here - http://youtu.be/kcXGUZOVt2I
sounds guid eh?
like a leap on from 'No-one'. Mixed with the promise that the guitars are back, this could be really something. Although I've enjoyed all their albums.
Think the name's maybe a bit much. Would rather it was called either 'No One Wants To Be Here' or 'And No One Wants To Leave', and then you only heard the full sentence in the lyrics.
But that's ridiculous fanboy ownership. Music sounds great and I'll be thrilled to buy it.
last album was turd so hopefully a return to form.
New song "Last January" sounded immense. Can't wait!
Just like "Sick" sounds kinda like "Knives Out". As a committed Twilight Sad acolyte, I look forward to hearing more :)
With Errors (album imminent)
And to be honest this sounds like the return to form that I don't even think they needed listening to that teaser. Crazy excited.
if they can marry the sounds of albums 1 and 2 with 3, then I'm fine with it.
since the first album. Just a great bassline and mood and everything. God I love this band!
It is a cover of Radiohead's All I Need by Interpol, right??
and the fact I'm going on holiday, I'm really excited for October!
but the guitar/verse part just sounds too much like an amnesiac b-side :\
First time I'd seen them, live and thought they were fantastic. I think it's pretty reasonable to make a shout for James Graham being one of the best frontmen around right now. From the live videos on Youtube I knew he'd be good but they just don't quite get across just how compelling he is, it's really hard to take your eyes off him.
I'd deliberately avoided the new stuff before the gig but it all sounded great, get the impression it's a bit of a bridge between the first two albums and the third and there was one song in particular that sounded absolutely devastating and I can see becoming a live favourite (I'll point it out when I have the album!).
Also it confirmed to me that all the people who don't like the third album (which was actually the one that got me into the band, even though the first is my favourite) are utterly and hopelessly wrong. The likes of Nil work live so well. Really don't get some people's disappointment with it.
Oh and @ Amputee Porn's "Think the name's maybe a bit much." about the new album, when James mentioned it he said "we're really not helping ourselves much with that" so it seems even they agree with you!
Quite enjoyed them, despite not being familiar with their stuff at all, though I have to admit I couldn't tell whether the vocals (when they were there) being largely drowned out in the mix was an intentional thing or not. Have a sneaking suspicion they might sound better on record or in a DJ set than live so will probably give them a listen at some point.
yeah they're great. Their new LP is long overdue so hoping it's imminent.
their albums are well worth checking out.
Can only echo what you've said. They killed it live, reinvigorated my love for the 3rd album (which was got me into them too!) and got me very excited for the newun. When I was talking shit up-thread about the title, it was just idle thought - don't mind it at all, and the track named after it was really, chest-fuckingly bassy in the best way.
Was with gf, and she'd never heard or seen them properly before. She (and I) were pretty blown away by the band but especially by James' frontmanship. Great voice, lyrics, and white-hot, terrifying passion.
Went home and pre-ordered the album. They fucking deserve it and I hope it does something for them. Had a horrible feeling during their rendition of the title track of the new LP (No-One Wants To Be Here And No-One Wants To Leave) that it might be about being in the band. I can't imagine their lives are particularly easy but when I think about it, all the places I've listened to their music, all the things it's done for me - they're stupidly important to my life, whatever that's worth.
The first album was mindblowing, the front half is fairly unsurpassed in recent years, and it threw in shoegaze, drone, folk, shanty and a whole bunch of other stuff into the mix. James' vocals were clear and one of the best things about it.
The second album was heavier than the first, and less accessible, but still had some quality tunes. Their 'sound' was intact, if a little less diverse. James' vocals still sounded good.
By number 3, somehow they'd flattened the production, introduced unattractive droning synths, he seemed to have introduced a sort of slurry drawl into his vocals and there weren't tunes to rival I Became A Prostitute or Cold Days From The Birdhouse. I don't think any of us album 1 / 2 fans wanted to not enjoy 3, but it just wasn't as tuneful, forceful or memorable (for me).
I like evolution in a band's sound as much as anybody, but in this case, I think escaping to synths was very 'of the moment' (so not original) and to the detriment of their sound. One thing I can't abide is slavish adoration of every band's release, without criticism - as an e.g. mbv are one of my top two bands and Loveless my favourite album, but m b v was still not the step forward it should have been (after all this time) and I don't mind saying so.
For me it's the second one I rarely listen two largely for the "little less diverse" reason alluded to above. It has a couple of tunes that stand out and it's largely good stuff but for me the middle of the album in particular all bleeds into one. I know I don't have much of a leg to stand on as one of my main defences of the third album is that I love the creepy mood that persists throughout but there you go!
Also I'm a sucker for slurred Scottish vocals, that's what a few years of listening to Arab Strap does for you!
It's one of their stripped back shows, but if you've seen one before then you'll know they can be every bit as emotionally powerful as the full band shows - just not quite as loud!!
Already got the new album pre-ordered and looking forward to hearing the new stuff - albeit in a slightly more restrained fashion.
it was an incredible gig, I've been a huge fan since I picked up the debut in 2008 but had never seen them - didn't know how intense he is! My back was killing me though so I did struggle to get proper into it though :(
Either way, he seemed like a very modest, charming bloke and nobody needs to worry about the title of the album.
Oh oh oh also, I've had the new album for about a week now (reviewing it somewhere else). It's not going to disappoint anybody, already pre-ordered the LP. Brimming with classics.
that's exciting to hear. Not long now. Will be the first of theirs I've had on vinyl.
Remember asking HMV if they had the debut on CD 6 years ago and they guy said they only ever ordered in one copy, mental. Hopefully this'll get a heftier stock.
agree 100%, I have been a fan since the first and have been going to see them pretty frequently since then, bumped into them after the show a couple of times and they are proper nice, genuine people.
Anyway, really looking forward to this album!
Can't get that much from it, and I really liked 'No-One...' but I am glad the guitars are back. Looking forward to it!
(yeah, a Sunday, the snoozing day, right during Downton Abbey as well)
With all the stuff going on with FAAFW earlier in the year, I'd sort of forgotten how much I loved the third album. I'd never actually seen them play any tracks from it live before, so I really enjoyed the ones we got, Nil in particular. Agree with what everyone's said about how great James is at what he does, always nice to be at one of those gigs where the band are properly taken aback by the love from the crowd.
I've preordered the new LP, I really love Last January, but not 100% sold on the other tracks yet, I have faith in them to put out great records though.
so far it's really good. it has what No One Will Ever Know lacked, what ever that was.
this is amazing, fired my review for The Music Fix off last night. It's a strong 9.
Is equivalent to 7.0 from anyone else I guess.
Will be playing that one very loud in the car and getting myself all moody and worked up so I can get into it.
Not sure if I'm going to like it as much as 'No One Can Ever Know', as I really love me synths, but it sure as hell aint no 5.8. I've not laughed as much at something so daft since I first discovered Carry On.
*Laughs like Sid James*
based on the gushing DiS review. Never listened to them before. Sounds like an instant classic.
found myself singing about knives in chests in the shower this morning, timeless
This is pretty fucking amazing!
it's revitalised my interest in them. Graham's vocals don't seem to be more natural, it has a richer range of sound and better tunes than No One Can Ever Know (imho), so good on them. Probably much more what I'd have expected for album 3.
Not quite sure why everyone on here is tugging themselves so hard over it though.
The National, Deftones, PJ Harvey
but 'the thinly veiled' did an interview
To stream or to be arsey and wait for the vinyl to arrive?
Well I've got the new Longest Journey game to be getting on with so arsey it is!
This is brilliant. Maybe not quite their best album but the most cohesive. A true front-to-back pleasure. What a band.
though I haven't been too big on them in the past.
an instant classic though? Weren't there like a dozen bands that sounded like this a decade ago?
I don't know what it was that was missing, or what this one actually HAS, but certainly it has it, and it's glorious to have it back.
Only song which I find completely absorbing is 'In Nowheres' - the rest is very well executed, for sure, but doesn't blow me away. Fair play to them, though, it's better than 90% of stuff out there.
Genuinely. Its so gloomy and dark and I just bloody love it. I've listened to it about 10 times so far. Should have been released a month later though so it really goes with the weather/season.
good pressing, enjoy all
First time I heard it. That song was "Leave The House" which, ironically enough, I've barely seen mentioned, perhaps because it precedes the excellent closing track. The lonesome shouted "I've been put to bed" followed by the plaintive "I don't know where you go" then a patented Twilight Sad wall of noise hit pretty hard even on first exposure.
The other song that I instantly remembered was "It Never Was The Same" mostly for the accusatory "you didn't have to kill them all" line.
But checked it out on the back of the DiS review. Blown away completely by the opening two tracks, sure the others will grow on me.
That said, I'm a massive Interpol fanboy, and these give me the same chills as TOTBL
The new one is good, but Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters is still the best thing they've ever done by a mile.
Starts incredibly strongly, after that it's a bit less memorable so far but it likely just needs to grow on me.
I'm a huge fan of both the first and second albums, the third album isn't really as strong but I do quite like the sound they went for, about half of the songs are great but it possibly just doesn't hold up as well over the course of the full album. Found it to be a big grower though and do like it a lot really. This is probably on a par with it but maybe slightly better. Not sure yet.
Listening to it very loudly right now as I have the house to myself and it's sounds amazing.
I think the Aidan Moffat/Bill Wells cover of it really highlights what a fucking great bit of songwriting it is.
as usual they were fucking brilliant. James has gone from one of the less captivating frontmen (IMO) to being utterly compelling to watch. Shades of Ian Curtis when he was on stage in terms of he presence and the way he appears to get completely into 'the zone' with each song'. I genuinely have no idea why these guys aren't more popular. The Fleece was half full last night, (Sharon Van Etten also being in town may have had some influence on that). They have such a strong back catalogue and the set reflected that.
Anyway, anyone else going to see them/ already seen them on this tour?
And completely agree with everything you've said. I first saw them on the No One Can Ever Know tour, and James was utterly captivating then, did he not always used to be like that? It's absolutely brilliant to see a performer getting right into the stuff they're playing, and he always seems properly grateful that people have come to see them.
Highlight for me last night was The Wrong Car. First time I've seen them play it, what an incredible piece of songwriting.
Think the Sharon Van Etten thing was a very unfortunate clash, and definitely affected their crowd. It was about the same amount of people as last time I saw them at The Fleece, was expecting it to be busier given the new album had pretty much universal rave reviews.
and James just seemed to stand still, facing the side for stage, for an hour, with very little engagement with the crowd.
Totally different last night, and all the better for it, he seems to have really come out of his shell in terms of stage presence
I traveled quite a way to see the gig, so I'm sort of regretting seeing them and not her, as I've seen them loads of times and only seen her once. Still a great gig, though, I was quite shocked at how small the crowd was, but Sharon Van Etten across town excuses this, now I don't have to think of Bristolians as shit bastards.
Was pretty good. James was very endearing.
He appeared close to tears at the Scala - it was sold out and he was recalling how last time they played the same venue there was no one there. Both gigs were superb to be honest - can't believe there appears to be loads of tickets left for pretty much all the UK tour (only Newcastle and London sold out).
which is astonishing value.
I saw they tweeted saying the Scala gig was one of the best they have ever done.
4 great albums, superb live and lovely chaps to boot.
Still can't see why NOCEK is slated, think it might be my fave of theirs. Reckon my fave gig may have been Cargo, London back in 2012 on the NOCEK tour.
Just, brilliant - can't see how they're not bigger.