2014 psychedelic revival Our definitive guide
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Temples Talking Sun Structures and psychedelica
Miles Kane Lucy Rose The Moons
It’s the vinyl countdown: An Investigation into rising vinyl sales 30th March 2014 £2.40
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“I didn’t think it was going to go nowhere, but I didn’t think it was going to go where it went”
“Paul is great to work with and he’s a friend now. I can’t speak highly enough of the fella”
This week’s Cuppa Chat is with singersongwriter and avid tea drinker Lucy Rose
Miles on becoming a mod, clobber and just how he ended up pals with Paul Weller
Temples 22 “No one helps me write, the moons are their own entity at the end of the day” Moons man Andy Crofts talks new album Mindwaves
18 Vinyl sales Investigation
24 Record store day releases
“Things can be perceived as psychedelic, it’s not really a sound.” Temples grace our front page this week as we chat to them backstage at their homecoming gig at HMV Kettering discussing their debut album ‘Sun Structures’ and the meaning of psychedelia.
14 Our complete guide to the 2014 psychedelic revival will help you put together your summer playlist!
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Baxter Dury’s new album: “12 really strong songs” West London’s very own singer-songwriter Baxter Dury has announced details regarding his fourth studio album.
This will be the first output from Baxter, son of the legendary Ian Dury, since the release of the critically acclaimed Happy Soup in 2011. Speaking to Q Magazine prior to running the London Marathon Baxter described the album
as “sad disco with an audio book about female issues over the top.” Dury is said to have been writing the album since Christmas 2012 using leftover work from Happy Soup. After initially recording the album himself and deciding a month later that it sounded “rubbish” it was finally recorded in Belgium along with Drew McConnell and Patrick Walden of Babyshambles. Dury describes the new album lyrically as “a bunch of idiotic stories from childhood which are true, mostly about being young and not being able to deal with women.” Despite Dury expressing his want to perform the tracks live as soon as possible he appears to be (reluctantly) holding them back for now: “I’ve just got to get it right and then it’s ready. I don’t want to rush anything. There’s 12 really strong songs there, and they’re pretty characterful so I just need to get them dead on.” Dury’s last record Happy Soup proved to be his most popular to date, peaking at 110 in the UK album charts with tracks such as ‘Isabel’ and ‘Clare’ grabbing the attention of the likes of the Modfather Paul Weller. For now however there is the small matter of the London Marathon for Baxter Dury to attend to before finalising plans to release his latest record, but from the sound of things, Baxter is sprinting towards a finished fourth record.
You’re twisting my policies man: Bez to stand as Salford MP in 2015 (no, really) Known to us as Bez, Mark Berry of the Happy Mondays plans to run for MP in Salford in the 2015 general election.
So far he has promised potential voters a “new world order” including promoting “new ideas” about energy and a fierce opposition to fracking. Bez has been quoted as saying “free energy, free food and free anything” will be crucial within his manifesto, after all who doesn’t love a freebie!
After making an off the cuff remark stating he would stand as an MP, the response Bez received in return convinced him to make it a reality and with Hazel Blears announcing she was stepping down in 2015 what better timing for the hedonistic dancer. Similar to Russell Brand, the Salford born Bez is calling for a revolution in which: “you’ve got to get into the corridors of power and take them on.” Bez is more than likely to stand as an independent candidate and although many will think he is having a laugh he knows what he is doing, win or no win he stresses“All I’m doing is causing debate and bringing it (issues) to attention, I’m raising the debate” and to top it all, he would claim expenses but only for bus fair!
Barât’s back! Carl Barât has announced his debut show at London’s XOYO on May 15th with his brand new band The Jackals along with details of a September album release.
After announcing details regarding his second solo album earlier this year, Barât recruited members of The Jackals via Facebook to tour the tracks claiming he would not release the album until he had a band. The Jackals (pictured above), consist of bassist Adam Claxton, drummer Jay Bone and guitarist Billy Tessio. Barât received over 1000 applications to be a part of his new band. The Libertines front man revealed that he had recorded the demos for the follow up to his debut 2010 solo album entitled ‘Carl Barât’ in January and that the second record included the likes of Johnny Marr and Andy Burrows. Carl Barât & The Jackals one off show at London’s XOYO on May 15th includes support from Lois & The Love and Trampolene.
noise’s nonsense news of the week
Relationships in bloom for Nirvana The remaining members of Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic along with Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love and Cobain’s mother and sisters attended Nirvana’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (April 10th).
Michael Stipe of REM conducted the band’s induction. The ceremony will go down in history not only as a landmark event for the founders of Grunge but also as it saw Grohl and Love finally bury the hatchet after a turbulent relationship spanning two decades following the death of Cobain. The pair hugged mid way through the speeches publicly putting their pasts aside. After the ceremony Love tweeted a photo of the pair hugging on stage along with: “The most magical part of the evening. Thank you Dave, love you. I know this made him smile up there.”
A Canadian dentist called Dr Michael Zuk has revealed his plans to clone John Lennon using DNA from the Beatles front man’s tooth.
Dr Zuk purchased the wisdom tooth for just under £20,000 at an auction. He claims that he would raise the cloned Lennon as his own son hoping to “keep
him away from drugs and cigarettes.” The Dr hasn’t ruled out guitar lessons for his potential ‘son’ claiming “guitar lessons wouldn’t hurt anyone right?” The tooth itself was previously in the possession of John Lennon’s housekeeper. Dr Zuk has accepted that the cloning technology is not currently available to him. Hopefully Dr Zuk’s plans to clone and raise another John Lennon will never Come Together... (see what we did there?)
BIG NEWS UK guitar Appetite returning? Radio one boss George Ergatoudis thinks so and isn’t afraid to share his view much to the disapproval of The Enemy’s Tom Clarke The head of music at BBC Radio 1 has claimed that he believes the British public’s appetite for guitar music is returning.
George Ergatoudis made the comment while speaking on a panel at the Radio Academy Playlists: What Makes a Hit in 2014? event in London. He believes that 2015 will be a big year for guitar bands. The head of music for the Absolute Radio group, James Curran, went on to claim that new guitar bands “have not been good enough” in recent years. The last time a Radio 1 boss made a prediction similar to this was as the ‘indie’ bands such as The Kooks and Razorlight rose to prominence during the later months, a sign perhaps that Ergatoudis could be end of the noughties decade. right. Back then the comment came in response to However not everyone was happy with the an interview with rival station Kiss’s programme radio 1 boss’s prediction. The Enemy’s Tom director Andy Roberts claiming the British Clarke had plenty to vent via Twitter about Mr obsession at the time with Euro pop would Ergatoudis and his prediction. soon come to an end with a He tweeted: “I’m so fucking new wave of guitar bands, glad this 1,000 year old like with Blur and Oasis in GUITAR’S GOLDEN YEARS rich middle class man has the 1990s saying: “We’re enlightened us all to what’s probably waiting for guitars to 1960s Make way for Psych and going to be cool,” Along with: come back. The last time we the likes of Jimi Hendrix “Guitar bands worked out had (this) we had Whigfield during the famine years that we and Corona. I remember 1970sIt’s all about Glam rock in don’t need Radio One to have that as a kid and something top ten records. That’s what’s came, the guitar stuff, Oasis the 70s, hello Bowie and T Rex cool.” and Blur. We’re due guitars (again) but I think they’ll be a 1980s-Ditch the synth and rock to One tweeter took on Clarke and accused him of being rich fusion of something we (radio Guns N’ Roses and Poison and middle classed himself to stations) will all be able to which Clarke replied: “Shit... play.” 1990-Britpop, Oasis vs Blur somebody tell my bank manager Returning to the current day and my mum because last time and both The Vaccines and Jake Bugg have had Number 2000-Picked up towards the end, I checked with both of them I wasn’t.“ One albums in the last few The Libertines etc
Cuppa chat w ith: Lucy Rose
Left: Lucy’s tea Right: Lucy and Jimmy
This week we sent Jimmy Bowman to have a cuppa tea and a chat with Warwickshire singer-songwriter Lucy Rose
t wasn’t so long ago that Lucy Rose was recording what turned out to be her debut album ‘Like I Used To’ in her basement at home. Now signed to Columbia the shy Warwickshire singer-songwriter is a household name but has that lifted or lowered her confidence as an artist?
“Tours are always daunting. I think if you keep growing you think, god I hope people buy tickets, you book a tour and think we sold this many tickets last time, so we should be able to sell a few more this time around but it’s still really scary because you don’t know what’s going to happen, what if no one comes!” Despite her indisputably warming and heartfelt music, nothing appeared to have changed all that much for Lucy in the confidence department. As we sipped on our tea (the tea is a winner with Lucy, she loves tea that much she even sells her own brand, pictured above, along with her own chutney at her shows) she
remembered the early days recording in her basement. “I didn’t think it was going to go nowhere, but I didn’t think it was going to go where it went, like now. I sort of thought I was going to release it myself independently and get a few CDs printed up and sell them at gigs. I didn’t think I’d be in shops! I thought I’ll just make it and if people want it hopefully they’ll share it with their friends and stuff like that, a real slow burner.” But fortunately for us Columbia came knocking and signed Rose up, but just how did such a shy (and very modest) Lucy Rose take to life as a professional artist? “When it (the album) was getting released I felt as though I’d grown thick skin by then. When I first started playing songs and they were super personal, you play them for the first time and hear some people say ‘oh I don’t like that’, I’d be like, I haven’t written it for you! But at the end of the day everyone judges everything, it’s just the way it is. I just
hoped there was enough people who did like it. Eventually I started to get letters off of people going ‘this album really helped me through a tough time and when I was feeling happy or sad I put it on’ and things like that and that’s obviously the whole reason I do it, because that’s why I love music, because that’s how it helps me sometimes.” With her debut now well behind her thoughts turn to the follow up and starting the process all over again. “It’s one of those things, for the first time in my life I think I’ve got a label going we want you to make an album and we’d like to put it out whereas before I’ve never had that. Before I’ve been recording an album thinking it’s never going to be released. Fingers crossed it all works because it’s going to be different this time because last time I had full control. The new stuff is sort of heavy in places, a lot more upbeat, I can’t wait to get going with it.” And we can’t wait to hear it either!
The Theme The five piece from London blend brothers in arms mod and britpop to create a fresh take on a well established area of guitar music. With their album ONES TO debut ‘Time For WATCH Change’ now well and truly behind them The Theme are about to release their second EP called ‘Hits The Sky EP’.
How The Theme have still not been snapped up by a small label yet is beyond me but if there new EP is anything to go by then it won’t be long until they are. From the exclusive tracks the band has shown Noise Magazine, their ‘Hits The Sky EP’ certainly hits the spot. A far cry from the hard hitters such as ‘Take Me Away’ and ‘In This Town’ from their debut as this EP sees the band take to a maturer tone, a sort of coming of age approach to their song writing and it sounds incredible. Remember when Oasis first broke onto the scene? Remember
how you felt then? Well bottle it and get ready to open it all over again. The title track ‘Hits The Sky’ is a melodic spring anthem containing some very real and relatable lyrics from front man Gary Davis. It has a feel of the 1960 band The Animals to it melody wise, accompanied by a long and winding lead. Guitarist and songwriter Paul Bassom has really hit his stride on this one penning the irritatingly catchy ‘Fallen Hero’ and another solid performance from wordsmith Gary Davis as he belts out the chorus “in your smile, you will find, the courage to fight again another day, another day’s to far away” in his Gallagheresque voice. If you haven’t heard of The Theme, what are you waiting for? They have a whole album’s worth of quality, fresh sounding mod pop waiting for you on ‘Time For Change’. If you have heard of them, well hold tight because the new EP is worth the wait.
Also check... Paul orwell
The London based Paul Orwell creates a nostalgic but authentic 1960s sound, this is no half measure attempt at recreating the sixties vibe, he’s the real deal. Trust us, his organ heavy grooves will have you partying way past bed time.
Psychedelic relics of The future After their debut album Sun Structures storming the UK album charts entering at number seven, a solid fan base consisting of the likes of Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher and critics branding them as the new kings of psychedelia, Jimmy Bowman caught up with the psychedelic royalty as they get to grips with their new found subjects.
emples have come a long way in what feels like the smallest of time frames, from the unheard of two man outfit experimenting within a tiny home studio in Kettering to debuting at number seven in the UK album charts. I was joining the Temples boys as they went full circle and played a homecoming show at their local HMV in Kettering to celebrate the successful release of their debut album Sun Structures. As the crowds packed themselves into
the store I fought my way to the front only to slip upstairs and catch the four members of Temples for a brief chat. I was taken to the staff room, which had been temporarily turned into a dressing room for the band. Aesthetically they looked as good as they sound together, I wondered â€˜Do they ever have a day off? Do they ever slip into a pair of joggers to pop out to the shop for a Cornetto?â€™
Temples (from left to right): Adam Smith, Tom Warmsley, James Bagshaw, Sam Toms
I joined Thomas Warmsley (Bass), Sam Toms (Drums), Adam Smith (Keys/ Guitar) and as the interview started lead singer/ guitarist James Bagshaw opened a suitcase that was crammed full of clobber fit for the Kettering four piece, as I caught a glimpse of glitter, fur and untold psychedelic relics from inside. Despite his already immaculate Bolan-esque appearance, he still needed to get changed for the performance. It was then I got my answer, even when popping to the shop these four were the real deal. “It has felt like a really long time waiting because we recorded it (Sun Structures) in a small segment at the start of last year whilst touring. It’s great to finally have an album as a complete work for everyone to hear. Its worked out the way we wanted it to and the tracks have come out how we wanted them to be heard.” Tom, half of the founding duo within Temples, stands and speaks to me about Sun Structures sounding very at ease with himself. Within his presence I can’t help but feel very tranquil indeed as this modest musician smiles at what he has achieved on Sun Structures in such little time.
“We just make music that we like you know? It’s not trying to be part of a scene or something like that.” Sam Toms So just how would such a modest group of musicians react to hearing that Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr were big fans of their music branding Temples as the best band in Britain? James Bagshaw, the second of the two founding members, chirped up at this point answering, well, exactly as you’d expect someone
as mesmerisingly cool too. “I guess they are judging you by the work you’ve already done, your recordings. If they came to see it live and said how much they love it then there’s more pressure to make the record really good. I suppose it worked the other way around with us as they came to see us live and they happened to like it, so that was cool. It’s really humbling.” But just how did Temples achieve their larger than life sound that is meeting the approval of such highly esteemed artists. It has been well documented that Sun Structures was recorded within a small studio in James Bagshaw’s house, could this be the key to the rapid success Temples have achieved? James certainly thought so. ”If it’s recorded in any small room, as long as it wasn’t a real proper studio, I think we would have got similar results. We’re all about sound and creating something that, hopefully, sounds a bit different to what people are used to hearing, whereas if you go in a studio you get the same sound as everybody else.” And they certainly have created something a little different, a sound that harps back to that of the psychedelic 1960s but with a very modern twist on things but is psychedelia something the band strive to encompass within their music? Despite their recent coronation as the new psychedelic kings from, psychedelia to them is not a premeditated subcultural choice they make, in reality it’s far from it as according to Sam “It’s becoming less and less.” He continued “We just make music that we like you know? It’s not trying to be part of a scene or something like that.” Sam’s first point seemed to be a mutual feeling amongst the band. It was at this point Adam Smith added: “It’s losing its meaning isn’t it? I
think it meant something at one point, in the 60s.” Turning around from the piles of albums he was frantically scrawling his signature across prior to their performance, Tom summed up the bands views on psychedelia. “Things can be perceived as psychedelic, it’s not really a sound. I suppose it’s more of a feeling. I think we try and put that into our music, there’s almost like an atmosphere with it rather than a genre.” It was clear that within this HMV staff room come Temples dressing room their stood four advocates of authentic music made from the heart and not purposely in keeping with a particular style or subculture making Sun Structures that little extra special. Returning to talking about the album after a quick cigarette break, chatter turned to the bands personal favourite track from the album ‘Move With The Season’. “It feels like it almost blends the two… almost sides of the album. Not as in the track listings, the two sort of… well there are more than two sounds but you get what I mean. It’s a joining track and it made us inform other songs that we probably wouldn’t have written if it weren’t for that song, I suppose it inspired in that sense.” As James carried on applying various layers of glitter I wondered what the album would have sounded like if ‘Move With The Season’ had never been made. It was nearly time to be on stage but there was one thing left I was dying to know... had anyone uttered the words album number two yet? Tom was the man to ask. “We feel like we’ve finally caught up with ourselves by releasing the album now so I think we’re going to focus on that for the time being and see where we are at after summer and what to progress and where else to record perhaps, and try and do something different.”
Psychedelic 2014": Who’s who? Noise magazine’s guide to your psychedelic awakening in 2014.
TAME IMPALA No stranger to the psychedelic rock genre, Kevin Parker’s brainchild still hits the spot. 2012’s ‘Lonerism’ supplies tantalising psychedelic splendour from start to finish. We deny anyone to say ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ and ‘Elephant’ didn’t whisk their mind afar.
EYEDRESS The 23-year-old Filipino, Idris Vicuñahit, hit the UK with the track ‘Nature Trips’ back in October 2013 taken from the later released ‘Supernatural’ EP. This little known producer’s ghostly but mesmerising bedroom pop swallows you up from start to finish. Now signed to Abeano, one of XL’s smaller labels, his debut album is due spring 2014.
KLAXONS Perhaps an odd choice to some but not to us. The kings of New Rave returned this year and surprised us all (be that for better or for worse) with the dance floor filler ‘There is No Other Time.’ With a Leftfield electronica and pop vibe, the Gorgon City produced track gives us an insight into their forthcoming album ‘Love Frequency’ due on June 2nd. A slightly alternative option for your psychedelic playlist this summer. THE HORRORS Claiming the term psychedelia to be too much of an easy tag line, The Horrors prepare to unleash their forthcoming album ‘Luminous’ on May 5th. Front man Faris Badwan claims there is more guitars, synths and synth sounding guitar on ‘Luminous’. Similar to Temples, The Horrors think of psychedelia as an idea as opposed to a style. Until the arrival of ‘Luminous’ it’s time to dust off your copies of their 2009 ‘Primary Colours’ album and bask in the glory of the eight minute ‘Sea Within A Sea’.
THE BLACK KEYS The American rock duo from Ohio are set to release their eight studio album ‘Turns Blue’ on May 13th and with the singles ‘Fever’ and ‘Turn Blue’ already firmly stuck upon the playlists of most major radio stations it looks set to be another big release for the pair. Their latest track ‘Turn Blue’ contains a dreamy psychedelic quality to it leaving a guitarheavy aftertaste, deservedly giving The Black Keys a place on this list. TOY Heavenly records really hit the big time with Toy and label mates Temples. Toy’s debut album the self titled ‘Toy’ caught many peoples attention, and we don’t blame them. The last track ‘Kopter’ on the record sums them up perfectly. A hard sounding, trippy, whirlwind of psychedelic rock. Supporting the likes of Paul Weller be sure to check out their follow up album ‘Join The Dots’ for more.
PEACE The Birmingham lads shocked us all recently with their new track ‘World Pleasure’. The first track to be released since their debut album ‘In Love’ was released last year, showed us a different side to Peace. The romantic psychedelics have created a thought provoking, spoken word/ rap style track lyrically, clocking in at just over six minutes long. This ties in with Harry Koisser’s claims that the song writing process on the second album has been more “refined”. A grown up second record for Peace?
Not quite Psych
TEMPLES It simply wouldn’t be right to miss out Temples. Their debut album ‘Sun Structures’ is a thing of beauty containing powerful psychedelic bangers such as title track ‘Sun Structures’, glamy stomper ‘Keep In The Dark’ and the melodic, breezy ‘Move With The Seasons’.
With so many to chose from this list was always going to miss out a few possibly worthy of earning themselves a place on Noise Magazine’s Psychedelic 2014 list. One track we do feel like mentioning that didn’t quite make it was the latest single from Lana Del Ray entitled ‘West Coast’. Taken from her forthcoming second album ‘Ultraviolence’ ‘West Coast’ was in fact produced by The Black Key’s very own Dan Auerbach! Must have an ear for Psychedelia...
Don’t you want me back?
With the return of The Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’ at No.4 in the iTunes singles charts, we revisit some 80s bangers
hether you loved it or loathed it, we think the 1980s was an amazing decade for music, cheese included. Thanks to Aberdeen supporters and their Peter Pawlett baby chant, The Human League have reentered the iTunes singles charts reaching number four thus giving us the chance to remember some of the 80s long forgotten bangers once more.
Kajagoogoo ‘Too Shy’ (1983) With a chorus as addictive as Flappy Bird this 80s classic should get wheeled out far more often. This was their first single from their debut album, oddly enough ending up to be, probably, the best of their whole career reaching number one in the UK for two weeks.
Duran Duran ‘Rio’ (1982) An iconic 80s track, however we’re not just talking about the track Rio. The album Rio is massive! The track list includes ‘Hungry Like the Wolf ’, ‘Save a Prayer’ and ‘Rio’. Why did this only get to number 2!?
George Michael’s wearing the T-shirt he made iconic in the 80s
Pet Shop Boys ‘West End Girls’ (1984) The hip hop influenced ‘West End Girls’ is surely on everyone’s 80s playlist.
Ultravox ‘Vienna’ (1981)
Spending four weeks at number two ‘Vienna’ never made number one!
David Bowie ‘Ashes To Ashes’ (1980) The first single from ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) made number one. It was originally going to be called ‘People Are Turning to Gold’.
Men At Work
‘Down Under’ (1981) One word: Belter!
It’s the vinyl countdown
In the countdown to Record Store Day, Noise Magazine investigates the UK’s growing vinyl sales. Is this a generational fad or a genuine resurgence?
013 saw the sales of vinyl albums double in the UK, making them the highest sales figures for 15 years. According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) just over 780,000 vinyl albums (LPs) were sold last year with a gross of £12.1million.
Now for the statistics: 2013’s 780,000 vinyl albums is the largest number since 817,000 were sold in 1997. This shows a 101% rise from 2012’s sales figures. However, although the figures look impressive vinyl is still the smallest sector overall within the UK’s music market. The 15,000 LPs that are being sold each week in the UK account for 0.8% of the total UK album sales, however even this is an improvement as in 2007 vinyl accounted for 0.1%. So despite being the smallest sector there is, vinyl is clearly on the up and has been for the last five years or so figures suggest. So with the statistics aside, why is
it that within the heart of the digital age there is a resurgence in vinyl sales within the UK? Is this a temporary fad linked to the current generation? Or is vinyl really making a come back?
A generational fad?
Recent research from ICM showed that over the past five years the
2013’s BIGGEST SELLING VINYL LPs 5. Queens Of The Stone Age - Like
Clockwork 4. Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow’s Harvest 3. David Bowie - The Next Day 2. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories 1. Arctic Monkeys - AM
under-25s have been the driving force behind the surge in sales for vinyl records. The research also suggested that 18 to 24-year-olds were buying more vinyl records than any other age group under 50 but why would this be? Record Store Day happens around the world on a Saturday in mid April. This year marks the seventh celebration of the UK’s unique independent sector. It started in the USA in 2007 when just over 700 independent record shops came together to celebrate what they did best; vinyl. Special and very limited releases (normally vinyls) are released by artists on this day in order to support the independent sector. The artists can range from that of David Bowie all the way through to local level. The reason I mention Record Store Day? Last year, in one day, the 20th April-Record Store Day, £2million was spent on vinyl alone. The total spent on vinyl for the whole of 2013 as mentioned before was £12.1million, £2million of which was made on that one day. Kim Bayley, director general of industry body the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) which organised the nationwide event said: “Record Store Day has been incredibly important as a catalyst for the resurgence of vinyl. The fact that indie record shops managed to sell a huge £2million worth of vinyl in one day puts paid to the idea that either vinyl or record stores themselves are on the way out.” Clearly there is a demand for vinyl, maybe it’s not just a generational fad after all. So how does this link to the 18 to 24-year-olds? Record Store day is very much aimed at this age range, along with the die-hard collectors. If those two target markets can spend
Only time will tell.
that the average vinyl buyer has 300 LPs in their collection and around 80 singles.
Regardless of whether the resurgence is linked to a generation’s curiosity, the statistics show that vinyl has been on the rise for at least five consecutive years now. In order to perhaps disprove the generational theory we can take into account various polls collecting information on music buyers consumer habits, carried out by relevant bodies. An online poll conducted in 2013 by the BPI was undertaken by 1,700 vinyl buyers throughout September and some interesting results emerged. Seven in 10 people buy vinyl records at least once a month, with one in five buying a vinyl at least once a week. Nine in 10 people stated that it was their favourite music format and for almost half, vinyl was over half their music expenditure. Amazingly 3.7% of the people that undertook the poll said that they bought vinyl despite not owning a turntable. The survey also revealed
With all this knowledge, the final step was talking to a few record shop owners. This gave us an insight into whether these statistics were just a concentrated area of people of whether this was a genuine vinyl comeback sweeping the nation. Alex Novak runs Northampton’s Spiral Archive record shop. He said: “I have noticed a small rise in clientele over recent years, the majority of the newer customers I receive are of a younger generation.” He continued: “I’m a record shop on the outskirts of our town centre. Really I have always been a shop for your diehard collectors and vinyl enthusiasts so it was surprising to see younger people venture in at first. I’ve never been worried about closing down due to a lack of custom, vinyl will never die completely, not with the internet anyway but if it is on the comeback as figures and the papers suggest then even more reason for me not to worry!” Dave Spencer runs a small vinyl shop in Camden’s prestigious market. Despite his location and target market being
£2million in a day then in actual fact this still could be a generational fad.
Word on the street
vastly different to that of Alex’s he too had noticed a change in recent years. “I used to get various younger people coming down to have a nose about, some with the intention of buying a record, most just because they were intrigued. Nowadays it’s virtually all young people coming down to see me here and they’re all avid collectors, intent on finding what they need whereas before it was a handful of youthful vinyl buyers and my long time regulars of an older age.” Dave added: “an area like Camden is ideal for vinyl buyers, it’s got that retro/ alternative vibe. I’d be interested to see individual vinyl sales figures from areas across the UK.” Despite being in totally different locations with target markets at the opposite end of the spectrum for each other they both had noticed a change in vinyl sales, especially regarding the age group.
Using information from this article alone, it certainly appears to be majoritively down to a new youthful target market, so the cause of this vinyl resurgence could still be a generational fad, we’ll have to wait and see.
What do the artists say? We got the opinions of a few of the artists featured in this week’s magazine on vinyl and it’s importance
Adam smith: temples “I think we all think vinyl is an important format because it makes you listen to a piece of work as a whole album, you know? You can just skip tracks on a CD player or iTunes or whatever. It’s a piece of art isn’t it. It comes as an actual piece of work. I think it’s very important.”
Andy crofts: the moons/ Paul weller “I think vinyl has always been there but it certainly did die out with the CD and the download. It’s come back to a certain degree in the band world. People who buy Rhianna and Beyonce aren’t going to go rushing out to buy a 7” vinyl to hear what’s on the b-side, they’ll just download it on their phone. The indie and rock market fans tend to want to get that limited 7” now, hopefully they’ve got a record player but even if they haven’t at least they’re making an effort to buy the vinyl! I do think it is very important to release on vinyl because it’s a beautiful format and it should never be forgotten because people are lazy and want to look on their little shitty phone at a picture, do you want nothing on your shelves!? “
Then the next minute we were on the cover of
NME and we hadnâ€™t written any tunes together!
We thought fuck! MILES KANE
Ace face: Miles Kane
Miles Kane: Mod
Leading the new Mod generation takes the right sort of man and Noise magazine thinks they’ve found one...
t’s almost like having a full time job being a mod. You need to look sharp 24/7, you need a solid haircut, you need an attitude and the right connections. You need a certain swagger about you, a spring in your step and above all you need to ooze cool.
But who’s at the top? Who can the new mods of today place their trust in and look up to with admiration and a hint of jealousy? Who can the older mod generations of bygone golden eras faithfully claim is the ace face for today’s mods? We at Noise Magazine think we have found the answer. Did we mention his new best friend is the Modfather... “Paul is great to work with and he’s a friend now. I can’t speak highly enough of the fella. We’ve written a handful of tunes now. He quite likes to work how I like to work, a lot of the lyrics on my last album were written in the moment and not too thought about and that’s how I like working.” We are of course talking about none other than Miles Kane. So how did Miles strike up this friendship with the mod elite?
“I like when you put a
good jacket on, it gives you that extra 10%.”
“We were both doing an Xfm acoustic session and he come over with this book he had on fashion with this designer in that I really like, and he said “you like this geezer don’t you?” so we started chatting about clobber and all that and then a couple of months later he said he’d like to work with me, and I said I’d love to work with him, then the next minute, we were on the cover of NME and we
hadn’t written any tunes together! We thought fuck! (laughs) It’d got so built up by now, this relationship, but we hadn’t done anything together! But thank god the next week we went in the studio and we haven’t looked back since, it’s been cool.” It’s clear Miles has the right contacts but does he have the right ‘clobber’ to match? Just how did Miles end up a mod? “Mod started for me when I was 13 or 14. I had my eye on a all black Lacoste track suit, it was dead plain with the crocodile. It was the first time I wanted to feel good and look sharp. That was the start for me for knowing what you want and feeling good in good clobber. And for me it is everything, I like to look sharp, it’s just part of who I am. I like when you put a good jacket on, it gives you that extra 10%.” But what about when he is on the road? Looking sharp is a full time commitment as a mod. Surely he packs excessively? “I take loads of shit with me and whatever I’m feeling on the night, I put it on.” Well it seems Miles really is the new leader of the mod revival (even if this is about the 2nd or 3rd revival). What does Miles make of that? “If I’m leading it I’ll take it! It’s weird how things have come back in fashion. I’ve been doing it for years and believed it so nothing’s really changed my end. It’s good that there are new bands coming through that are like that: mod. It’s like a little pack, we all want a bite of the cherry mate, you know what I mean? So you’ve got to look out for each other in a way and be like a gang and just go and fucking have it and go and put the fucking good music back out there!” Well we think he’s pleased with the news and so should the mods of today be as Miles is one cool cat.
noise magazine’s top five miles kane tracks: 5. get right The b-side on the ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ single written by Miles and Alex Turner in L.A is a glam rock infused stomper.
4. you’re gonna get it Another Miles collaboration, this time with mod mate Paul Weller. This aggy track is the soundtrack to a Saturday night.
3. don’t forget who you are The title track from Kane’s second album and he claims it to be: “one of my favourite choruses I’ve ever written.”
2. inhaler This absolute banger tears dance floors apart and creates a sheer frenzy! Repetitive, loud and fuzzy ticking all the boxes.
1. rearrange Taken from Kane’s debut solo album ‘Colour of the Trap’ you can’t go wrong belting out the chorus to the undeniable anthem! So there you have it. Any there you would have reee-arranged?
"I'm loyal to Paul, I love him like a brother and he's been really supportive of The Moons.â€? Andy crofts
Moon man: Andy Crofts
The Moons Deep in the heart (and soul) of Northampton lies an alternative universe: The Mooniverse. Andy Crofts talks exclusively to Noise Magazine about The Moons forthcoming album Mindwaves.
lot has changed since I last caught up with Andy Crofts, The Moons singersongwriter has been one busy man. He is now a dad, Moon HQ has been relocated and The Moons third studio album ‘Mindwaves’ is finished. So, what’s it sounding like?
“It’s definitely a progression from the last album. The song writing is super strong with lots of Gothic harpsichords, groovy glam drum beats, beautiful melodies and some sort of space age pop. It’s a crossbreed of everything that’s been building up in my head for ages. Some of it was going to be my solo album at first and then I thought what am I doing this is the moons, I will do a solo album but this was perfect. It’s got more balls than the other albums.” The third studio album from The Moons entitled ‘Mindwaves’ is due out on the 21st July and after hearing snippets of the new material from inside Moon HQ two, it can’t come soon enough. It was at this point I was proudly handed a 7” single by Andy. It was the first single from ‘Mindwaves’ entitled ‘Heart and Soul’. “I don’t really write a theme about anything, I don’t think ‘oh I’m going to write about this today’, but it just happened that this one (Heart and Soul) was about a girl, a temptress, who pulls you in with her amazing looks and then just spits you out. The obsession you can go through with someone, they use you for everything you’ve got and then they don’t want to know you but they’ve taken your heart and soul. I’m sure we’ve all been there, it’s not a big deal. It’s glamy, I was listening to a lot of T Rex, Bowie
and Slade.” Andy certainly wasn’t lying, this album holds a completely different sound in comparison with the last two, yet it still seems to fit The Moons repertoire perfectly. Andy thought so too, as he described a few of his favourites from the album.
"Psychedelia is just in my blood.” Andy crofts “The song writing is our main thread through everything so if you like good well written songs, that’s the bit that will join our albums together. Songs like Body snatchers are psychy but mixed with a discoy beat. It’s definitely a little different to what we normally do. Body snatchers is actually one of the first tracks I wrote that sparked the whole album off. There’s a slower track called ‘All In My Mind’ which has some lovely Gothic harpsichords and spooky sounds on it. There’s a sort of space-agey one called ‘Vertigo’ which is really nice, that one has a lot of Moog (synthesizer) and stuff.” So where has this new sound for The Moons come from? I wondered if Andy had become the latest artist to succumb to the psychedelic revival. “Psychedelia is just in my blood. I personally don’t think it has come back at all. I think it’s just the NME have picked a few bands and then it sort of comes back to a few magazines. 60s psych is in my blood. The album has its bits of that but I’ve been trying to get away from what you’d usually expect from the moons.” With such a vast sound, it my come as a shock to some that Andy
produced this album himself, a route that many seem to be taking these days. “I would work with a producer but I find producers are sometimes better to work with if you have any idea what the hell you are doing, I know what I want and I know what I’m doing so there’s kind of no need for me to have one anymore, I’m pretty good at getting all the sounds I want but the next one… I’ll take each album as it comes!” The release of Mindwaves will be followed with an album tour (once Andy and Moons Ben Gordelier have finished touring with Paul Weller. Andy plays keys for Weller and Ben drums) branching out into Europe. “We’re doing Europe and the UK in September. Without speaking bad of England, I love gigging in Europe, they’re not stuck up like us. They don’t just stand there with their arms crossed, they get there on time and they want to hear it, they care. We’ve done it once before a European tour and it was brilliant so I can’t wait.” And as for Paul Weller? “I’m loyal to Paul, I love him like a brother and he’s been really supportive of The Moons, it doesn’t hurt to do both. He’s nothing to do with this album, which is good, because I didn’t want people to think we use Paul. If I’m in his studio and he’s there and he comes up with an idea, I let him play on it but with this one we did it all independently, I didn’t want people to think that we just have to use people to get ant success because it’s complete bullshit, I write all the songs alone, no one helps me write, the moons are their own entity at the end of the day” ‘Mindwaves’ is out on July 21st.
S ’ E N I Z A G A NOISE M TOP FIVE
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With far too many to chose from we (somehow) narrowed it down to five...
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Live At Monetery
This US import LP on 200gm heavyweight vinyl is a limited and numbered vinyl. It’s a classic performance on what is sure to become a classic.
The Moons - Heart and Soul
Only 300 of these limited orange 7” are being released for Record Store Day. Featuring the glam rock inspired ‘Heart and Soul’ and the groovy instrumental ‘Sex Robot’ as the b side.
Temples / Jagwar Ma - Shelter Song/Man I Need
On an amazingly colourful 12” Temples are rereleasing the sixties-esque belter ‘Shelter Song’ along with a Temples remix of ‘Man I Need’. No brainer!
David Bowie - Rock n Roll Suicide
Another gem of a release, the closing track ‘Rock n Roll Suicide’ from the classic 1972 ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars’ album comes on a 7” picture disc. A Bowie classic!
Paul Weller - Brand New Toys Our top pick this year has to be the brand new track from the Modfather himself. Featuring backing vocals from The Moon’s Andy Crofts this limited 7” is a must have. It will feature on Weller’s new compilation album in June.
To see all of the limited releases for Record Store Day 2014 (and there are many) head over to www.recordstoreday. co.uk and support your local record shop on the 19th April!
The biggest opinions on the biggest releases this week
Temples SUN STRUCTURES HEAVENLY RECORDS The debut from Kettering’s psychedelic kings opens minds yet hints at so much more to come
TEMPLES FACT: Temples album cover features (nearby to Kettering) Rushton’s local landmark The Triangular Lodge. Built in 1593 it makes for a very fitting piece of album art)
he Temples boys seem to be in a very good place and things can only get better for the leaders of the psychedelic revival.
From start to finish this sublime album delivers more and more the further down the track list you get. It’s like watching your team win 120, the goals keep coming and every one pleasantly shocks you. ‘Shelter Song’ opens up proceedings with a very 1960s sounding guitar riff, paving the way for the title track ‘Sun Structures’. This at times, Tame Impala like sounding riff really sums up the whole Temples philosophy on this record. Other big hitters include ‘Keep In The Dark’. Front man James Bagshaw’s vocals on this track ooze a Bolan-esque nostalgia pushing them towards a very glam-rock terrain along with fuzzy guitar riffs and a big
chorus. However, as always, Temples surround this vintage sound with a very modern aura creating an interesting sounding psychedelia, differing from that of the original 1960s sound As for the critics marking them down for lack of originality or perhaps not adding anything new into the mix, well count me out of that school of thought. Sun Structures is a well produced, psychedelic resurrection showcasing some of the strongest song writing I have seen for a long while. Not forgetting of course that this is their debut album, an album that has stormed into the charts at number seven with not even a smidgen of plagiarised material that has been built upon within earshot, just raw dreamy goodness straight from James Bagshaw’s own house. Something is telling me that ‘the difficult second album’ will not be so difficult for Temples, as their second offering will clearly build upon what they have achieved with Sun Structures. Maybe we weren’t ready for whatever it is they have up their glittery, crushed velvet sleeves? But anyhow, Sun Structures is psychedelic rock (if we can affix a label to the noise that Temples so majestically produce) at its best. But who am I to tell you? Go out and listen for yourselves. Star rating: An absolute belter! BEST TRACKS: ‘Sun Structures’, ‘Colours to Life’
Single of the week:
HEART AND SOUL SCHNITZEL RECORDS
The Moons ‘Heart and Soul’ is a glam rock inspired stomper. The first single to be taken from their forthcoming third album ‘Mindwaves’ bodes well for future releases. Andy Crofts fuzzy guitar paired with The Moons haunting backing vocals make for a solid record store day release. One things is for sure, if the calibre of singles stays this high from the Northampton rockers ‘Mindwaves’ looks set to be, quite possibly, their best album yet. Star rating: A glam rock adventure DVD release of the week:
JONNY OWEN, VICKY McCLURE
A welsh chancer tries his hand at becoming the next big things manager, but managing bands isn’t something he knows much about. Writer Johnny Owen plays the protagonist ‘Dixie’ a die hard mod set on becoming one of rock’s great Svengali’s. A very watchable British film grabbing the attention of the likes of Shane Meadows. Star rating: A heartfelt British comedy
The Moons Andy Crofts
Temples: homecoming gig at kettering hmv
T Temples front man James Bagshaw
emples gift to the crowds crammed amongst shelves of music (other than signing albums) was a highenergy blast of their majestically ear pleasing psychedelic rock, playing previously released singles ‘Shelter Song’, ‘Keep In The Dark’ along with their latest single ‘Mesmerise’ amongst others. Temples really are a band that know what they’re doing live. Anyone worrying that their live
sound may lack in the reverb heavy, hallucinogenic splendour that their record provides should bag themselves a ticket for their UK tour now, as you won’t be disappointed. Temples have seemingly mastered their live performance as well as they have the production on Sun Structures, turning a small space within a mundane shopping centre into Kettering’s own Woodstock, albeit for twenty minutes or so.