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Glass Animals are a four-piece band hailing from Oxford. Having met at school aged fourteen, Dave, Joe, Drew and Edmund recorded early EPs in Dave’s bedroom before being signed to WolfTone records, owned by Paul Epworth. Since then they’ve been to SXSW, Australia and just finished their latest UK tour, all of which supporting their debut album Zaba which came out on June 9th. Filled with psychedelic, off-beat tropical noises and obscure lyrics about peanut butter, it’s one of 2014’s finest releases.

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I caught up with the band before their show at the Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds to discuss how the songs are constructed and produced. I also asked them about Dave’s decision to finish a medical degree early in order to pursue the band full-time and the confidence the band have been given by the support of Paul Epworth.

Live at the Belgrave Music Hall Glass Animals come across well, bringing the sounds of the album to life with a particularly strong drummer in Joe Seaward. I would have liked them to weave the songs together a little more to maintain the atmosphere they created, but I don’t doubt that in time they will nail it this minor aspect. Their records were beautifully brought to life, with frontman Dave Bayley providing a manic energy to the show which makes you worryingly believe him when he sings “I’m f*cking loco”.

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Photo courtesy of Leo Garbutt

Find more about Glass Animals on their website and Soundcloud. Catch them live at this summer at festivals including Glastonbury, Beacons and Latitude.

 

With exams drawing to a close and summer beckoning, LSR has become a bit of a hub for live music sessions. Today we welcomed Maeve Campbell, who is putting her Music & French degree to good use by writing some seriously good songs. She played a song of her own before being joined by guitarist Joe for covers of both Lianne La Havas and Amy Winehouse. Check out Maeve’s tracks below and be sure to look out for her playing live next year in and around Leeds!


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Self-proclaimed experimental blues quintet, The Sound of Beth Olwen brought their beautiful soulful sound to the Leeds Student Radio office for a live session. Only recently brought together by Leeds College of Music, they treated us with two original songs and a truly ‘experimental’ cover of the Beegees. Listen in for news on their dreams of leading the Jazz-revolution in Leeds and their sweet sweet music that will allow them to do it.

Find out more about The Sound of Beth Olwen by visiting their Facebook page. You can find more photos from the session on the Leeds Student Radio Facebook page.

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On Thursday 1st of May, LSR Presents: The Transmission – an evening of live music, comedy and entertainment, all broadcast live on Leeds Student Radio. We’ve never attempted an event quite like this before and it promises to be rather spectacular.

Music comes courtesy of Leeds locals, Goodbye Chanel, Brighton four-piece The Magic Gang and a student band who debuted to rave reviews at the Brudenell Social Club last month to rave reviews, The Zozo Band. We also have comedy courtesy of the famous sketch group, The Leeds Tealights and radio delights courtesy of LSR’s very own Too Many Discs.

Listen again to highlights of the evening here and you can see photos from the event over on our Facebook page.

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming The Mexanines into the Leeds Student Radio office for an exclusive interview and acoustic session.

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The talented six-piece have exploded onto the Leeds music scene in recent months supporting the likes of The Pigeon Detective and Reverend and Makers. Their ‘nosy-folk’ influences were translated in the chilled set they performed in our very own LSR office. Get yourself the free download of ‘One of These Days’ online and keep an ear and eye out, these guys are everywhere.

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Interview by Emma Rice – Hear more local Leeds music on RPM Presents: Leeds, Live and Local, every Monday night at 9pm on Leeds Student Radio

Bombay-Bicycle-Club

Written by Stuart Cook

It’s pretty rare that any artist can still keep your gaze by album number four, and the notion that said band first got your attention because they were on 4 Music’s Road to V Festival is, for me, just unheard of. What first strikes you about Bombay Bicycle Club’s So Long, See You Tomorrow is that bloody hell is it good. The “radio friendly” label is more often than not a kiss of death to any indie or rock band, but Bombay manage to pull it off without making you want to vomit- the pop influence that makes it so easy to get hooked to any one of these tracks isn’t irritating, it’s comforting.

The riffs that can get lost when synthesisers and production get introduced by album three or four aren’t just pushed to the back of the shelf and cracked out for “that heavy” track, instead album opener Overdone shows a textbook example of how to make guitars sound heavier than your stomach after a look at your bank statement, but melodic enough to lift you out of your overdraft blues.

But See You Tomorrow isn’t just a conglomeration of what has already proven Bombay a great band, it sounds like a band who aren’t quite done yet. Feel brings in the Bollywood sounds that just shouldn’t work on an album from a band as geeky as Bombay- but it does. Every track is produced so goddam well it’s hard to envisage a festival crowd in existence who won’t at least pull a guilty smile when the dance-synth goodness of Carry Me or hip hop kick drum from Home By Now get their fair share of the setlist.

Understandably it isn’t all rainbows who apparently lost the will to tune a guitar and instead learnt saxophone up to grade 3; there’s a lot to listen to on each track. The vocal plot line of “We’ve been dating for a while now, but I still love you” might have you ever so slightly irate by the time the 45 minute run time is up too, but it’s a small price to pay for the perfect soundtrack to your generically bleak February .

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Spanish Hip Hop has been steadily booming and taking off into new and exciting directions in the recent years – a tendency akin to that of many international hip hop industries. Artists, songs, and styles come and go, but when it comes to El Chojin (Torrejón de Ardoz, 1977), any Spanish hip hop artist, listener, or enthusiast loyal enough to the roots of this genre will bow down in awe and admire the contribution of this man’s talent. Having produced a repertoire that has earned him a spot amongst the essential old-school icons in the country, El Chojin has worked alongside major artists such as Frank T, Nach, Kase O, and Zatu. With an impeccable and pure lyrical structure, as well as a style influenced by the likes of legends such as KRS-One and Gangstarr, the Madrid native exposes rich social commentary, and narrates events throughout his neighborhood streets and life, and on many occasions graces the listener with an array of poetic intricacies.

Leeds Student Radio’s LSR Presents has been given the opportunity to get to know the artist on the occasion of a UK visit; join us for a very special hour (Tuesday, February 11, @16:00) shedding light on El Chojin’s background, his insight on the past, present, and future of hip hop, and the experiences of a seasoned veteran in the field of Spanish rap.

LSR Presents: El Chojin is on Leeds Student Radio on Tuesday at 4pm

Hey Sholay’s track ‘Dreamboat’ is our pick of the week. The band’s set on Sunday night was topped off with this beauty, delighting Nation of Shopkeepers’ crowd who danced along excitedly in all their bearded and plaid shirted glory. The lead singer (who disconcertingly resembled the love child of Bob Geldof and Harry Styles) gave a dynamic performance; swearing at and laughing with the crowd, he was clearly there for the music and didn’t give a monkeys about anything else. ‘Dreamboat’s irresistibly nonchalant sound makes it easy to understand why the Leeds/Sheffield-based band are communion records’ ‘ones to watch’. Keep an eye and ear out, they’re going to be big.

RPM Presents: Leeds Live and Local is on Leeds Student Radio every Monday night at 9pm

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There was an expectation. A venue that had reached heroic heights in the past weeks presented its people with an early christmas present; a golden, golden lineup. The buzz, the hype, call it what you will, but the queue’s anticipation was undeniable as we eavesdropped in to Dusky’s undertones. At Midnight his set was well underway. For some reason DJs feel they must ‘warm up’ the crowd by starting them off with the classic BPM of one hundred and twenty. Like that distant Uncle who’s only invited to dinner on Christmas eve, the beat is firstly entertaining but very quickly becomes monotonous and, let’s be honest, a little awkward. The party doesn’t begin until Cousin Sam, Aunty Doreen and Grandma get drunk and that is what Dusky’s set should be likened to- a fingers-up at formalities and straight in to the good stuff.

As the changing of hands began, expectation rose higher. Ben Pearce had an act to follow and follow it he did. The lights’ psychedelics mirrored the atmosphere- playful and carefree like the lyrical set the DJ played for his crowd. Having dominated dancefloors since 2012 the snappy vocals of ‘What I might do’ encapsulated all. It was electric. I didn’t know a single word but my God did I sing along.

If Ben Pearce warmed the vocal chords, Shadowchild brought the sweat. It was the stage in the evening when one makes the radical decision to leave one’s friends- they can be found later- the highest priority is to find.the.air.conditioning. The beat went on, the layers tripled and teased the people until they begged for the drop. Shadowchild – killed it.

The euphoric hook of ‘Lost in Your Love’ tantalized and before we knew it we were kissing strangers and dancing like Redlight was the antidote to all of life’s problems. An incredible set only magnified by it’s predecessors and perfect venue. Canal mills, we salute you. Have a cracking Christmas.

Words: Emma Rice

RPM Presents: Dance & Electronic is on Leeds Student Radio every Friday night at 9pm

Album Review Kilto

Kilto Take – Resolute

Kilto Take’s debut album Resolute is one of the most important releases in the Rock, Punk & Blues world this year. Accomplished vocals and close set guitar melodies overlay a fast, driving beat: each track predicts a future filling stadiums. First albums rarely have such a confident sense of space; it’s this mastery of the epic that renders each track so powerful and uplifting.

Retrogress – originally released in 2010, as the band’s first single – is a particular highlight. Opening with the crisp drumming and bass that underpin the track, the precision with which the two intertwine showcases real talent. As the track unfolds, focus shifts to the contrast between the staccato, tribalistic guitar and smooth vocals, swelling to a huge and memorable chorus.

If there’s one criticism, Kilto Take have yet to bring anything new to Indie Rock. Listen blind to the first minute of title track Resolute and you’d be convinced you were listening to a new Muse track. Of course, the similarities to Muse, U2 and Arcade Fire are all complimentary: none of those bands could touch upon this level of cohesvieness at the start of their careers. Varied without ever becoming disjointed, each track in Resolute grows into something truly special.

4.5/5

Josh Woodcock

The Album Review Show is on every Wednesday at 7pm on Leeds Student Radio

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