I know I've been kind of AWOL but yet again I moved out my country to one of the most amazing cities in the world.
I know you all had been in London before, maybe even spend some time enjoying the city so you understand how is to be in here, and if you add up the fact that I actually live here you can understand why you want to take every chance to actually be out and enjoy every single event the city has to offer.
And there are a lot.
Today I would like to share with you yet again more awesome bands that are touring right now. I was always into folk, but as you may know it has taken the music charts and yet again there are some amazing underground bands that are about to take them.
The first one and my favourite is Dry the River. Those guys are amazing, really. The first time I saw them live I fall in love with the harmonies of the five pice set. I was standing between a crowd of girls earger to see the band (or musicians, I hadn't decide just yet what was going on that day with the fans) and I understood straight away why they're the "New big thing"
The first thing you expect is them to be a brooding bunch of guys with hoodies, tattoos and breads. Whiskey aficionados without anything to say... you know, what in Spain we call Mojabragas.
You're wrong. There's a lot of romanticism and biblical references in their songs, and why not, there's also a feeling of calm when you are in the front row of a concert and all of sudden you notice their singer performing barefoot. I don't really understand what I felt that day, but seconds later I was dancing around with my eyes closed and enjoying every single harmony that came of their throats.
But seems they have a Hardcore/punk background so it's kind of amusing and a brand new experience listening to them singing No rest while jumping around a stage without being lurdiculous.
At the moment I thought it was just a thing of those guys but all of sudden a friend of mine introduced me to the wonderfull new movement of "boy bands" (and I use the term just because they're boys and in a band.) playing instruments. A world beyond Mumford % Sons as he said. (Even though I was doing quite fine there)
When I first saw Tall ships they were supporting some other band I don't even remember, but it was the one I actually wanted to see.
It was so amazing that right now, the memory of that concert, is just them.
And if you're into electro-folk (I think I just made up that term) don't miss out T=0 remixed by 65daysofstatics. You can find it in their Soundcloud profile.
Dog is dead. Another band with an amazing sound and great lyrics. And as Dry the river delights you with a violinist, Dog is dead adds a saxophonist which is great. Everytime I listen to them I feel as if I was 16 again and in a ska concert.
I am really looking forward seeing them in The Festifeel this June.
I got biblical before with Dry the River. Dog is dead also have a Christmas song. But the king of the new gospel is amazing Jonas Petersen. The guy behind Hymns from Nineveh (I think my new music post is going to be about Brilliance Records' bands such as Philco Fiction or Tomorrow we move to Hawaii)
This is my new favourite. My flatmate calls them the Odd couple.
We saw them in the Vice's party this week. I was speechless. A thing about folk concerts in London seems to be that anyone dances. Again my flatmate and I couldn't help but dance while the rest of the crowd just stole weird looks over us.
The other day my mom told me (She follows everything I listen to via Soundcloud, Spotify or LastFM) that we were living a change history, and that this proliferation of bands are just showing off what is going on with fashion, politics and people in general.
We BEG for a change.
A peaceful change.
And maybe the arts were the first ones changing. Fashion is in the late 60's, 70's. At that time our parents were protesting about war, now we're asking for a change in politics and live. Shops like American Apparel, Forever 21 or Nastygal are taking over my wardrobe and making a hole in my gigs allowance, but I think you never have enough funky tops, round glasses and pamelas.
My Facebook events' list is filled of meetings, demostrations and chat groups of people that are trying to make a change in the system. (And this time we're so many)
The 70's hippie fashion appeared of a need of happyness in the society, and I think that with the recession it's exactly what people needs.
Music to fill your heart and clothes that make you happy. (Even though I wouldn't complain if we got a little bit less of economic speculation, real transparent leaders with real solutions.)
We dress to be happy.
We dance to be happy.
We want to be happy...
I'll be back with tutorials soon. I MEAN IT this time cause I am bidding over a couple of sewing machines in ebay and also I am preparing a lot of stuff for the summer I think you guys would enjoy.
Until then I think I'll dedicate my time to my second love, music.
Did you guys find a great new band latelly? Any good festivals?