New Music: Seafret

You know how when going to a gig, especially the great ones, you want to listen to that band again straight after leaving? I wasn’t able to do that with a few I attended as I was on Seafret mode for so long.

I had read about them quite a few times on Postmodern Mixtape and I knew the writer really loved them so I thought I’d give them a listen and subsequently texted [PMM’s blogger] Zaira: “I don’t know if I slit my wrists or if I buy a concert ticket” (as they had a London gig coming up as part of their “Tell Me It’s Real” Tour).

I often complain people don’t write like Bob Dylan anymore and nowadays a lot of the audience doesn’t even seem to care that most chart hits have very stupid lyrics. They might not be Dylan (I mean, who comes even close?!), but their lyrics hit straight in the heart. I mean, they make me want to fall in love! (*changes record to Metallica*)

Obviously, I didn’t slit my wrists and I can’t even remember why I said that! I was probably in a shitty mood and in need of some more upbeat music. So much that I didn’t realise, the fact that  their sound is more chilled and lofi, didn’t mean the songs were depressing nor sad.

I did buy a ticket in the end and realised how uplifting their music actually is! Jack’s voice is out of this world stunning and Harry is the perfect bandmate to make up this ridiculously exciting up-and-coming duo. seafret2

I cannot remember the last time I saw a crowd so mesmerised by an emerging band like the one for Seafret. Actually, I do, it was Coasts and it was boring because they sound exactly like Two Door Cinema Club while Seafret sounds like no one but themselves. Their music is pure pop, don’t get me wrong. One of my favourites, “Skimming Stones”, is 100% pop formula but they manage to, well, running the risk of sounding like a moronic X Factor judge, “make it their own”.

We hung out after the gig for a chat and they are such nice guys! And actually quite diplomatic while dealing with drunk groupies. I followed PMM and completely fell in love with them too.

Oh! Most importantly, not only they DO NOT have the same set every gig (I know they’ve only got an album, but still…) but they played my favourite song which I like to think was because I tweeted them the night before asking for it when I saw it wasn’t in previous set lists (it wasn’t because of my tweet, but don’t take the illusion away from me! A band that takes fan requests is a band that’ll live in my heart forever!).

 

For those of you familiar with Entourage, Jack reminds me SO much of Vincent Chase! I say the character Vin instead of the actor, Adrian Grenier, because of his attitude. Vinnie is the famous heartthrob dude who doesn’t act like a dick. He’s really friendly and polite yet confident, charming and pretty sly.

I actually tweeted that Jack could be Vincent’s younger brother tagging Adrian Grenier and he tweeted me back! The 1999 version of me was ecstatic.

Seafret’s debut album “Tell Me It’s Real” is out now and you can actually catch them at Glastonbury if you’re heading there on 22 June.

Band spotlight: The Tragically Hip

hip_crest_stickerI was going to share a little bit about The Tragically Hip on the website’s Facebook page (*shameless begging* given a thumbs up yet, btw?) the other day when they announced their farewell tour but then I thought they deserved a bit more.

I’ll never forget my brother describing them to me as “the Canadian Pearl Jam“. No, it’s not the same kind of music but the same kind of following, the same kind of respect and admiration of their respective fans. They’re basically a Canadian rock institution!

I remember they played the last “Canada Day” that London hosted two or three years ago…for free!! I didn’t find out until too late though. Never quite recovered from that one…

hipAnyway, as I mentioned above, a couple of weeks ago the band, who’s been together since 1984, announced their last tour but for a much sadder reason than a relatively simple break-up: lead singer Gordie Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

If that wasn’t sad enough, considering the band’s popularity and the nature of the tour, it’s no wonder tickets were nearly impossible to be purchased but, even worse, scalpers didn’t make it any easier taking advantage of the situation to put their robots in place and snatch most tickets in order to sell them in the secondary market for a premium price which they know they’ll be able to charge.

Considering we, music fans, get extremely frustrated with this happening on a regular basis, imagine when you know it’s the last chance you get to see your favourite band!
Naturally, the situation sparked major outrage across Canada. So much, in fact, that Toronto councillor Josh Colle wants to give scalpers a giant middle finger by throwing a FREE Hip gig.

“I just thought with all the obvious demand out there, and the frustration on the ticket side …It would just be a really fantastic opportunity to let everyone thank, celebrate the Tragically Hip and what they’ve meant to the city and to Canada and to all our music lives.” – Josh Colle for The Toronto Star

Colle is currently using the many music contacts he made throughout the years to try to make this magic happen and I STRONGLY hope he pulls it off!

You can listen to more of The Hip on Spotify:

If you like: R.E.M, 90s alt rock

Internation subway jam

This past week, after one of the four days of Frankfurt’s music fair, Musikmesse, magic happened.

As I was browsing Facebook this Saturday morning, I came across a video of two girls playing music on a train that looked incredibly familiar and the caption said something about the guy who joined them…and so he did 2 minutes in.

You know what? Let’s get to the point! If you haven’t stumbled upon this, congrats! – you have a really great life offscreen!

While the Facebook version of this video had about 4 million views in the morning, by the end of the day it had reached 19m+! Not to mention the gazillion articles popping up all across Europe!

Mystery was solved: lady on guitar + vocals is Hamburg native, Anna Guder, a.k.a Kiddo Kat, on cajon we’ve got Londoner, Heidi Joubert and the surprise appearance is Maltese Ozzy Lino.

This MADE MY LIFE! Ok ok, my weekend…there wasn’t a person who crossed my path who wasn’t forced to hear about it and watch the video. But better yet, there wasn’t one who didn’t get as excited as yours truly!

It’s moments like this that I live for! A couple of years ago I was coming back from an incredible Pearl Jam pjmkconcert in a packed train from Milton Keynes to London and these two dudes started chatting to me about the gig and asking if I liked it and all…they began asking me what my favourite bands were and, for each one, they sang a song (and really well!). It got to a point that the whole carriage joined in and sang along (minus voice-less me) and, at the end, as a joke (but not really), I said “Backstreet Boys“. Yep. They sang that too. With all of their hearts. Spjmk2adly, both my camera and phone batteries had long died…(for a good cause!).