NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY’S OFFICIAL MUSIC MAGAZINE
GHOSTPOET TUBELORD NOUVELLE VAGUE YOU CRY WOLF
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Another year at Notts and another freshers issue of The Mic! After what we’re sure has been an admirably hectic summer of festivals, gigs, raves for all of you, we at The Mic are happy to kick off another year at the greatest university in the world with a brand spanking new issue of your favourite (and ofﬁcial) Nottingham University music magazine! Jam packed with festival, album and live reviews to recap what’s been going down over summer, interviews with your favourite up and coming artists and a map of the city to guide for you freshers and returners to our favourite places to shop, dance, eat and be merry we are happy to start another year with you enjoying and reporting on what Notts has to provide, one of the best music scenes in the UK. We have plenty opportunities for all of you to get involved this year with huge amounts of free gigs and music for all of you here at Notts (not meaning to sound too much like the cheesy ‘Get Involved’ speech I’m sure you all heard on your ﬁrst day) – so whether you’re into techno or trip-hop, want to interview your favourite bands or spread your opinion on the future of UK music, or even just rant about how fucking bored of the Noel/Liam Gallagher feud you and the rest of us are (seriously, nobody cares anymore. Get over it you two.) then feel free to browse our freshers issue and brand spanking new website and get involved with The Mic! We’ve had a big shake up with the new team coming in and we’re going to be bringing some big nights of music for you to all look forward to. Next week, once you’re bored of the chart shite in the Big O etc be sure to hit up rescue rooms on the Tuesday for our night with Rescue Rooms, with 2-4-1 drinks and the best indie night in town. Then be sure to listen out for our afﬁliated nights with Electric Banana at The Bodega, and our exclusive gig in mid-October at the Red Room of Rescue Rooms! With some of the best live venues and underground music in the UK as your new editors we look forward to another exciting year of incredible music and nights out, neglecting our studies and writing with all of you! Peace! Kraig and Tom x
Your Committee: Editors: Tom Jenkin, Kraig Rutland. Treasurer: Nic Redfern. Reviews and Features Editors: John Bell, Amy Lodder, Sam Moore, Luke Atkins. Designers: Max Bolton, Maria Krasteva. Advertising: Annie Davies, Cara McGoogan. Thanks to Rhian and Derin for all your help. Thanks go to: All our contributors who have made this issue properly sick, last years committee for all your help in directing us in our takeover, Ben at Rescue Rooms, Alec at Bodega, Matt and Ed at Malt Cross, Matt Greaves and all at Spectrum Printers, Robin at Wild, Martin and Tom at Ride, Rob and James at Sonic PR, James at Pamona, Ian, Jen, Warren and all the team at Chuff media, Anthea at PCPR, Georgia at Zeitgeist Agency, Kate at Work It! Media, Luke Leonard and James Andrews at Guts’n’Glory, Angela Lee and everyone in the SU, and if ive forgotten anybody, big props to everyone who has made this happen. Cheers! The Mic |1
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GHOSTPOET We managed to catch up with the spectacled trilby wearing up’n’comer that is Ghostpoet. Mercury Prize nominated for his LP and with exclusive gigs being staged all over the country right now, THE MIC questioned his tastes, on both music and food, his music career and recent nomination. THE MIC: So Ghostpoet, thanks for WDNLQJ WKH WLPH WR VSHDN WR XV )LUVW thing to mention, congrats on your mercury prize nomination for your ‘Peanut Butter Blues and MelanFKRO\ -DP ¶ ([FLWHG" GHOSTPOET: Yeah thank you very much. Once the nomination was announced I was really excited on the day and tried to get back to business really but it took a while to settle in. So yeah its gonna be a good night and I’m just pleased to be a part of it. THE MIC: Pretty prestigious really and you’re against some big names, Adele, James Blake and Metronomy included. The XX won it last year and they’ve received wide acclaim since. GHOSTPOET: I just wanna enjoy the night you know and use the nomination to move my career forward.
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THE MIC: What’s the idea being the title of the LP? Food makes an appearance in your lyrics as well. GHOSTPOET: Well when I ﬁnished the album I had to come up with a title and I wanted it to reﬂect the emotions within the album. I thought to myself after listening to it those were the kind of emotions coming out of it, you know. Melancholy this idea of being down, and gray and blues and that’s how it came about. And i wanted to look at my own life and see what I associate with being down and out and I guess I’m a comfort eater like most people.
rap. Then the music itself switches between electronic beats, to sort of indie riffs to a bit of hip hop. Is this a reﬂection of your inﬂuences? GHOSTPOET: I would say so. I like many more things than that but when I’m making the tunes i guess thats what came out. But when I’m making the music i try not to think about genre and just do it and ﬂow with it. Don’t really
GHOSTPOET: I would say London was where i grew up so musically i was soaking up a lot of sounds when i was young. But Coventry was where i started to make music with a real purpose.
wanna restrict myself by ﬁtting into certain genres.
until i got to uni and got into grime and mc’ing in clubs that i started to think of it as possible, possible career so it was more like a serious hobby for a long time till i got an opportunity to do it for real.
THE MIC: And was it always the idea to be a musician then or did you used to have other ideas? GHOSTPOET: Dunno really I knew from an early age i loved music but it wasn’t
THE MIC: Your music is pretty lyrically based and almost story like, especially with the track ‘Gone.’ Is this how you think lyrics should work in music? GHOSTPOET: I think they’re al as important as each other. But i started writing before i started making music so personally I make tunes that have a lyrical direction rather than all words that don’t go anywhere. THE MIC: They do seem to be based around the lyrics and beats take a bit of a back seat. GHOSTPOET: Yeah i think its a case of trying to marry the two together and ﬁnd a balance between the two. I try to match the beats with lyrics when I’m making the tunes i don’t just have a collection beats and lyrics and try make them work. THE MIC: Listening to your stuff it combines a diversity of genres. Sometimes you sing, sometimes you
THE MIC: Where’s home then? GHOSTPOET: Well at the moment South London but it was Coventry for a few years when i studied and stayed for another ten years. But been gigging quite a lot so home’s kind of the van or the means of transport. THE MIC: That where you started the music career then?
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the live show its livelier that the album experience I have a drummer and a guitarist so i guess its a love expansion of the album. It’s fun to do because we try make it a bit different every time on stage. Obviously if you have open mic and you can have a good time! Y e played THE MIC: You’v a few festivals over the summer as well including %HVWLYDO +RZ GLG WKH\ JR" GHOSTPOET: Really good its been interesting with the nomination and the buzz being created. Its a different kind of atmosphere. THE MIC: So would you VD\ LWV JRQH XS D OHYHO" GHOSTPOET: I guess so its partly recognition and expectation. So there’s QHZ SHRSOH ¿QGLQJ RXW what’s it all about. THE MIC: So you’ve got a bit of a loyal fan base then... GHOSTPOET: I couldn’t tell you to be honest but I’m lucky because people have always appreciated what I’ve been doing and it’s increased in number over time so i count myself lucky really. I’m happy that its happening like this cos I’ve just done what i want to do not do it one particular way. THE MIC: There’s a remix of ‘Cash and Carry Me Home,’ with Kano. What was it like working with VRPHRQH RI KLV FDOLEUH" GHOSTPOET: Y Yeah it was amazing I’ve been into his stuff for a long time. And when his people spoke to 6| The Mic
my manager about putting a few bars on the track it was a dream come true. 7KH YLGHR ZDV WKH ¿UVW time i met him and he was real cool and a nice guy. And i guess doing something with a different type of audience opened doors that wouldn’t have been open before necessarily. It’s important to collaborate with people who you feel musically and to have the audience you wouldn’t have normally and vice versa.
THE MIC: Well thanks for your time and we look forward to seeing you in Notts. GHOSTPOET: No problem brother, r I’ll see you in Nottingham...
THE MIC: Who would you like to work with in the IXWXUH WKHQ" GHOSTPOET: I’m kind of the person who just wants to work with people who have the same interests as me in pushing things forward and just wanna make music instead of putting it in a box you know. So i don’t have anyone in particular but just wanna create something a bit different and just make music for music’s sake really. THE MIC: When you’re not writing or composing your own music, what do \RX OLVWHQ WR" :KR¶V ELJ in the game for you right QRZ" GHOSTPOET: At the moment i’m listening to shabazz palaces new album, err a group called tarwater who are king of interesting rosy, kinda KDSS\ 0RQGD\ VWXII (UP little dragons new album, horrors...You Y know a mixture of old and new, I’m always listening to music, something new and interesting.
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With their new release R O M A N C E rrecorrded and soon to be released, Tubelorrd arre back in W the swing of performing their melodic alt. pop anthems. John Bell caught up singer Joseph to talk about poetry, y totem poles and cloud atlases; and the new album of course.
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J: The poems chosen were not speciﬁcally love poems. As the writing process went underway, it was an attempt for myself to disappear; I didn’t want there to be any part of me in these songs, yet inevitably, ‘I’ picked out certain words and in the process of choice, ‘I’ would unfortunately reappear; this is where the title stems from. If you or anyone is writing outside of a critical context, is it not for the pleasure of describing a romance you would feel towards a moment, a person or a place? The MIC: Your debut album was released on the renowned Hassle records, what made you choose to release R O M A N C E on the new independent collective Pink Mist? J: When Simon Morleone (Blood and Biscuits/Pink Mist general chief commissioner) expressed an interest in wanting to release ‘R O M A N C E’ through Pink Mist I just felt it would be the perfect home for the record and for those who would care to listen to it. It just felt like returning to the family after having been away for a few years. The MIC: Your artwork has always been intriguing, in particular Luke Jinks’ Aztecstyle designs on Tezcatlipoca. What’s the story behind the cubic design of R O M A N C E? J: Inspired through combined conversations with a few friends of mine, we were discussing tessellated patterns and the hierarchical meanings behind totem poles, all this whilst the drums were being recorded. But really, I was just digging the illusion of whether you see the cubes coming out or going in. The MIC: What other non-musical aspects inﬂuenced the album? You’ve expressed your literary interests, what’s really blown your mind recently, be it book, ﬁlm, or experience? J: The ﬁrst story in Little Kingdoms by Steven Milhauser, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, and reading Sam Riviere’s 81 Austerities has been entertaining. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was a twisted and aesthetically clever ﬁlm to watch, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 8| The Mic
(1974)too... for someone who doesn’t enjoy watching ﬁlms I watch a lot of ﬁlms! The MIC: Have you read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell? I’ve just ﬁnished it and I can imagine you enjoying it. J: I haven’t read any of David Mitchell’s writing; I’ll get onto it though. The MIC: It’s made up of ﬁve stories expanding in time from the 19th century to a future dystopia, all connected somehow, and then it goes back in time to where it started. I thought it sounded like it could be the story behind a Tubelord release. J: Yes I would deﬁnitely enjoy reading this. I’m sorry that link didn’t work out for you, would have been perfect. The MIC: I had hoped! I mentioned the inter-album release Tezcatlipoca. Is it fair to say this acted as a bridge from the sound of the ﬁrst album to that of the second, what with the full-band sound of ‘Bazel’ and the synth-heavy sound of ‘Ratchet’, for instance? J: If you want to see it like that yeah that’d be fair to say I think, although it was a similar practice to any of the past EP releases. EPs act as more an extended song than a short album. It was a case of practicing dynamics and instrumentation. The ﬁrst album was rerecorded acoustically and within this process a lot of the melodies and structures to the songs perhaps shone through and were more of an enjoyable listen than with the full-bandampliﬁed setup of the album. With ‘Tezcatlipoca’ it was a case of working out where Tubelord would ﬁt more comfortably, bathing in electronica, rock or acoustic; turned out to be none of the above. The MIC: I was going to ask you if progression in sound is a conscious decision, but it seems like you let the magic happen au natural? J: The progression of which sound?
The MIC: The difference from say, Square EP to R O M A N C E; essentially from the beginning to now.
you think the hindrances of the past have made you the band that you are today? Experience the best teacher and so on…
J: Through conscious choices the sound progressed naturally.
J: Yeah the bassist problems didn’t help matters. The hindrances have made us into what feels to be an entirely different band; it’s just completely new, tabula rasa and all.
The MIC: With that in mind, then, are there songs that you dislike? Old favourites like ‘Arm Watches Finger’ are rarely played these days… J: When Tubelord started I think it was to experiment and pull apart the seams of the typical ‘rock’, heavier alt type band. Let me re-answer that: when Tubelord started I think it was to experiment with pulling apart the seams of what we thought would be the typical alt-rock-heavy band. Then it just wasn’t fun because we’re not those types of people. It felt like lying all the time. The MIC: And of course you had bassist problems? Tubelord have been a fourpiece for a while now- it must be- relieving to ﬁnally have some stability- but do
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So, Robin, thanks for speaking to us. Wild is pretty much entrenched in the Nottingham scene. How long has it actually been around for and how did it all start? WILD openned its doors for the ﬁrst time on the 16th April 1983, twentyeight and a half years ago. Since then we have had branches in Cambridge and Leicester, but compared with the Broad St shop, these were somewhat shortlived. We openned our second Nottingham shop WILDER in 2006, in a more central location on Market Street in case people weren’t willing to go to Hockley. Which, given the size of Nottingham beggars belief! It’s quite a sobering thought, to me anyway, that Wild Clothing is now the longest running ‘independent’ fashion retailer in the City, the only one that has been here longer is Paul Smith, and I’m not really sure that he can be classed as independent anymore! But it was at Paul Smith that I worked and struck up a friendship with one of his 2 employees ! We decided that we fancied getting into this clothing business together, and seeing that this ‘second hand clothing’ but gave it a bit of a twist by selling new stuff alongside the second hand clothing, Levis, plain t shirts sweatshirts, that sort of thing. Without wanting to sound too triumphant, it was an instant success, and the pair of us never looked back. Is there a certain ethos behind what you do here? The Wild ethos has always been to provide our customers with the best quality used clothing around, presented in a way that allows it to be worn straight away. That means it’s repaired where necessary, laundered and pressed. Alongside the ‘vintage clothing’, we have always offered new clothing that we feel compliments the second hand. We have 10| The Mic
been responsible over the years for pioneering many brands which have gone on to be bigger things, Supreme Being, Ringspun, Insight, for example. But the biggest and most important brand we carry is Stussy, which we have been doing since 1991. However, even though that is always popular, the hottest most sought after brand at the moment has to be Obey, which we introduced to Nottingham 3 years ago. Are you conscious of the part you play in the Nottingham scene? It is deﬁnitely a hotspot for music lovers and more to acquire their vintage fashion. We are very conscious of the part we play in clothing Nottingham, but we never seek publicity or look for plaudits. We are simply a business that tries to give customers a good deal and a pleasant friendly shopping experience, that hopefully they will remember, and therefore come back. And we have always been a popular destination for music lovers, as we try to play stuff that is a bit different, its very important to us and we hope people like what they hear. What do you think makes the music scene in Nottingham so good? Nottingham has certainly come on as a music town. When I was growing up in the 60’s 70’s 80’s, it was pretty poor for live music here ‘til Rock City openned. And to this day there has never been a ‘big’ Nottingham band. But, alongside Rock City, the Rescue Rooms, the Social etc are bringing great new music to the City. And as music and fashion go hand in hand, thats good for us.. What would you say to our freshers if you had to give them some advice about their time here in Nottingham? We are currently looking to welcome a new set of students to Nottingham, my totally unbiased advice to them would be to look no further than Wild and Wilder for all their clothing needs ! If not that, then certainly support our local independents shops >Tom Jenkin
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Rhian Brighton reports on the Dot to Dot festival
Bank holiday weekends are always a good start for madness, drinks and a night full of bands to supply endless entertainment for those willing to nurse a hangover the next GD\ LQVWHDG RI KHDGLQJ EDFN WR WKH RIÂż FH IRU WKH UHJXODU QLQH WR Âż YH 7KH DQQXDO Dot to Dot festival speaks to music lovers across Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol, but today Rhythm Circus dedicates its weekend to the land of Robin Hood and some of the best live music venues the country has to offer. Spread over the infamous Rock City, Recue Rooms, Trent University and The Bodega Social, over 50 bands played a set of anthems and new talent to shake the city around. /RFDO 1RWWLQJKDP 8QLYHU VLW\ EDQG &KLOGKRRG open up the show with their short set at the Rescue Rooms, packing out the venue and play it extremely cool for their Âż UVW HYHU IHVWLYDO DSSHDUDQFH Their sound, reminiscent of American surf pop pleases those who have come to watch them. During the day the city is completely transformed into the scenes we ZRXOG H[SHFW IURP D Âż HOG festival, with fresh food stalls and vintage clothes on sale outside the venues complete with picnic benches opposite
the acoustic tent and the )UHG 3HUU\ Subculture tour bus. The Rescue Rooms is also transformed with an outdoor barbeque and frozen slush cocktails. Of course it is when the lights go down than the fun begins to happen, and the party begins. After hearing about the hyped Braids, the packed Trent student union looks more like a sold out headline show than a new and upcoming band, with interesting boy girl vocals, sounding a mix between Dirty ProjecWRUV DQG )RDOV OLNH JXLWDU DQG are the perfect soundtrack to a chilled out summer.Braids DUH GHÂż QLWHO\ D EDQG WR FKHFN out this summer at the small tents for a chilled out dance.
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UHFHQW DOEXP %DUEDUD WKH FURZG VXUÂż QJ DQG WKH PRVKLQJ ZHUH LQ IXOO WRZ GXULQJ WKHLU KRXU ...set. Hits including â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rules Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;After Hoursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are wave of screams and the band end their set with Keith Murray diving into the crowd for the last brave man. the beautiful Guillemots, today in a small and intimate venue the lucky audience who manthe doors in time were presented with one of the best sets from the days festival. With their RI ORYH DQG ORVV )\IH 'DQJHUÂż HOGV YRLFH SURMHFWV SHUIHFWO\ LQ WKH VPDOO VHWWLQJV DQG D GHOLFLRXV songs. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Made Up Lovesongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is delivered as perfectly as we would expect, developing into a cloud movement from the crowd. The band use an array of instruments tonight, including a beefy takes up the stage. The stunning Sao Paulo ends the set, and is projected with so much passion by the whole band that no one wants the gig to end. Perfection. GLG QRW VWRS WKHUH ZLWK VLOHQW GLVFRV Âż QGLQJ WKHLU ZD\ LQWR EHHU JDUGHQV OHDGLQJ WR D UDQGRP â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Parklifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and djâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s run into the night, including local boy Matt Horne who took over Rock City of morning. Dot to Dot is worth every penny of the cheaply priced ticket, with so many bands to ent, its an event that this city will be talking about until its return next year.
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna try and play you another song!â&#x20AC;? is the statement of reassurance from front-woman MadHOLQH )ROOLQ ZKHQ WHFKQLFDO JUHPOLQV JQDZ WKURXJK the opening tracks of Cultsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; much-anticipated set. )LUVW WR VXFFXPE LV %ULDQ 2EOLYLRQÂśV DPS OHDYLQJ KLP KHOSOHVVO\ DLU JXLWDULQJ EHIRUH )ROOLQÂśV PLF FXWV RXW DW the top of an impassioned vocal blast. Yet somehow the persistence of these practical misadventures doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dampen the spirits of a committed crowd whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve packed out the Bodega with bated breath and beer in hand. Cultsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; allure is in their brand of 60s-inspired bubblegum pop, adorned with twinkling xylophone and Drums-esque oneVWULQJ JXLWDU PHORGLHV DV H[HPSOLÂż HG RQ WKH JORZLQJ singles â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Go Outsideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Abductedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It would be far too clichĂŠ to suggest that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cult-like status awaitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for this much blogged-about duo, the best of a top crop of boy-girl twosomes emerging this spring. But it certainly looks as though Cults will have their work cut out to shake their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Most Wantedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tag.
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