The Radio Dept.
They’re the kind of band that makes me spout massively fanboy-esque sentences such as the following (when talking to someone who’s ignorant of their beautiful dreamy warm ball of fuzz-sound): “I’m so envious you’ve never heard of them before, in that you can listen to their entire catalogue for the first time that is something I’ll never be able to do unless I sustain a serve head trauma. Which I’m kind of hoping may actually happen.”
Every comedown becomes bearable. Solace is taken from break-ups. You’ll become nostalgic for places and events you haven’t even been to or experienced. You geddit. File under titanic feels. Read more…
Last night Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, played a very special show at the intimate Chats Palace in Homerton – with only 100 tickets available for on-the-ball fans.
We sent our Photo/Video Editor Tim Boddy to document the occasion with these Behind The Scenes snaps and portraits, where he, alongside the utterly respectful crowd (hey Visions Festival crowd that is a dig at you) lost litres of liquid via tears and sweat. Yes it was emotional, and very hot. With a full band set-up, PG played a selection of new material from forthcoming album Too Bright that’s out September 22nd – do make sure to watch the video for lead single ‘Queen’ as it’s stunning. Further instructions: also make sure to catch him on his upcoming UK tour this autumn for some intense feels.
When I talk to Lucy Taylor, aka PAWWS, her voice fills with joy and cheerfulness when she discusses her love for Alexandra Palace. “I’m from North London, not too far from Ally Pally and I used to go there all the time when I was a teenager, with my friends. We’d go ice skating, there’s a huge ice skating rink there and it’s got, I think, the best views of London. If you go to the top of the hill you can see the whole of London. I still live really close, about a five minute walk, and I go there every weekend for a little walk. It’s got a nice little boating lake, there’s a deer enclosure there as well and on Bonfire Night, they have a big firework display. There are loads of gigs there too, so it’s really cool.”
Taylor was born in North London and apart from spot stays in East London, and strangely the opposite side of the world in Australia, she’s always lived in the surrounding area, partly as she loves to be close to her family. “I’m originally from Friern Barnet and I’ve lived there most of my life. I did sort of live in Australia for a while, but apart from that, I’ve always lived around north London. I love it around here. I did live in east London for a little while but it didn’t feel right! I love North London, it’s my home and my parents still live here and I like being near them.” In fact, it might be her parents that installed the love for Ally Pally that she has. “I used to go with my mum and dad. There’s a really cool playground there, we used to go on the pedalos and feed the ducks. My earliest memory really is going with my mum and dad to see the fireworks, they always had really good fireworks and it gets really busy. When I was a teenager I’d go down there with my mates. There are gardens where we used to sit around and chat.”
A classically trained piano player and flutist, Taylor started her musical career as the keyboard player for Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke during his solo stints. In fact, they met as she was Read more…
Here’s a bunch of tracks I’ve enjoyed recently. Features new La Roux, How To Dress Well & Jessie Ware. Features two of my newer favourite acts in Years & Years & Jungle. Features a couple of gorgeous acoustic numbers – one from Karen O via the Her soundtrack, and a cover of ‘Melancholy Hill’ (Gorillaz) that I found. And features some other bangers, just because (I’m looking at you Ariana Grande).
Also features some terrible disposable snaps taken in May/June from a camera I got developed, for no reason.
Me and Stephen Bevan made a video short for French label/general party people Kitsuné, who were hosting their summer party at Village Underground. The night featured DJ sets by Maxxi Soundsystem, Clancy, Lxury, a special Gildas & Jerry Bouthier duo and also one of my favourite bands of the moment Years & Years. Who were awesome.
Be sure to check out our recent session with Cerebral Ballzy’s Honor Titus once you’ve finished looking at these beautiful photos.