Folie À Deux (with Sarah) *42
Tunes from Queens of the Stone Age, The Stone Roses and Foals as well as HudMo and Zach Hill.
New ones from Le Galaxie (who are launching their new E.P. ‘Fade 2 Forever’ on the 14th in The Button Factory and We Arrive Alive (that launched their new E.P. on the Folie à Deux (with Sarah) Tumblr this week). Also, more Irish tunes in the form of Logikparty, Ghosts, Reid and Kool Thing.
Health and Young Legionnaire (my little ode to Canada Day and the 4th of July) ;).
Have a listen!!
Queens of the Stone Age - Turning on the Screw
We Arrive Alive - A Lethal Black Ooze
Foals - Tron
Ghosts - The Night Out
The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
Hudson Mohawke - Come Get It
Zach Hill - The Primitives Talk
Young Legionnaire - Nova Scotia
Health - USA Boys
Kool Thing - The Sign
Logikparty - Quantum Leap (Pitiless Censor Mix)
Reid - Miami
W E A R R I V E A L I V E // ’ A L E T H A L B L A C K O O Z E ’ (Track 2)
M Y F R I E N D , T H E B O M B M A K E R E. P.
I N T E R V I E W (Part 2)
Being that your music sounds to be extremely emotive, can you explain to me the story behind ‘A Lethal Black Ooze’?
Neil : This song was written pretty quickly I think. We started jamming something out and i was in the mood for playing something in a weird tuning so i began playing palm muted drop C# chords in a metal-y way. I remember getting a few filthys from Andy, but Ben was defo on the buzz. Michael was messing around on the keyboard as well with a borderline bogey effect but he got the DD-7 going and started playing some nice arpeggios. Thumbs up Michael. The song just naturally started formulating from then on. Ben plays a really nice melody towards the end of the song which repeats over and over getting more intense, which I think came out really well on the recording. He used an unholy amount of pedals for that one including a pulse-synth (which I would never trust myself with) so fair play Ben! Adam got a really cool rhythm going with the bass drum and rim shot on the snare which carries the song to the climax smashing cymbals in tandem with Ben’s guitar line. Andy’s always on form so there’s no need to praise his alternate lines ;) After writing this one I started writing a lot more in open tunings like in ‘You, Me, and the Wall’ and a Spies song we wrote the week after called “Distant Shorelines”.
There’s definitely more freedom to fill the space with guitars in WAA so I think when you have 3 of them the 3rd one can afford to do something a bit weird (that’s how I justify it anyway, I think if I did this sort of lark in any other band I’d get the boot).
It probably sounds like this stuff was calculated but it was just what we started playing in the jam and it worked. I loved writing this one the most out of all the tracks on the ep, just cause it’s simple and effective… and I get to play in drop C#. Haven’t played this one live in a while so I look forward to doing it at the next show. Maybe we’ll play it in Kilkenny for the RSAG gig on the 21st…
As for the name I remember Andy getting really excited about the song after writing it and saying “Can we call this one A Lethal Black Ooze?”. There was no objections, so it stuck!
Adam : I can’t. This song never had a story for me. I think the song came from a need to write something new and a bit different from what we had previously written. Neil had only recently joined the band when we wrote this and I think that was the biggest influence over why it came about. He was having fun trying weird turnings on the guitar and that opened it up in a new way. Michael ended up playing only keyboard on it which meant there was no bass and that made it very…lacking almost until we got into the studio with it and Liam helped us transform it into something huge and monstrous. My favorite part in it now is that high gritty synth line that comes in at the end which is actually Bens guitar line run through (and I quote Daniel Fox on this) a ‘Gimp load’ of effects. Not really a story.
Ben : A jam that went horribly wrong. Andy came up with the name cuz he loved the visual it inspired
Michael : A Lethal Black Ooze first oozed its way into life when I was messing around with a cool keyboard effect at a jam and we all liked it. At the time, Andrew was going nuts with his new e-bow and he came up with a haunting line to go with mine. He’d also just bagged himself a Muk in Pokemon Red, so that’s where he came up with the name. The crunchy second part of the tune was the filthy child of Neil’s musical wallowing in the depths of drop-C. As deep and emo as the tune appears, the only real contributors to its forging were Pokemon and whichever nasty sounds we could strangle out of our instruments.
Andrew : I guess we ran into ALBO when Michael was messing around on the piano.. I could be wrong but I remember him coming up with that first line you hear at the start and I was messing around with an E bow at the time and then blah blah blah we came up with a song. I don’t know if it’s really about anything - The name A Lethal Black Ooze comes from when I managed to catch a Grimer in Pokemon Red, waited feckin ages for it as well.
Check Back Tomorrow for Track 3 : Z O M B I E S …
W E A R R I V E A L I V E // M Y F R I E N D , T H E B O M B M A K E R
We Arrive Alive’s music is a constant surprise. Movement between slow / fast / run / fall / run. Their conversational instruments speak in constant battle or harmony, depending on how you care to interpret them. Their music is nothing short of filmic. With the release of their second E.P. ‘My Friend, The Bombmaker’ - the five strong group present another collection of songs that are, in equal measure, devastating and beautiful. Shapeshifters - they are anything you want them to be.
The title track of the E.P. is called M Y F R I E N D , T H E B O M B M A K E R - and the perfect introduction to a witheringly good quartet of songs. We will be presenting a new track here each day for the rest of the week. Enjoy.
We Arrive Alive are : Neil Dexter, Adam Faulkner, Ben Healy, Michael Naude & Andrew McGurk.
Cover Photo Credit : Niamh Forbes
I N T E R V I E W w i t h W E A R R I V E A L I V E (part 1)
What is the meaning behind the name ‘We Arrive Alive’?
Neil : No idea ask Andy.
Adam : I don’t believe there is one. We were having a hard time choosing a new name and this was the only one that most of us liked.
Ben : The initial plan was to form a road-safety-jingles-band
Michael : It was originally the final line in a piece of verse Andrew wrote to be spoken during the quiet interlude during our song “Walls”. In the end we scrapped the verse but liked the phrase “We Arrive Alive”, and we’d been juggling abour four different names so it was an easy way to just pick one.
Andrew : Someone’s going to mention a road safety sign on this one. Our first song “Walls” initially had a really faint, underlying poem in it during one of the more chilled out parts of the song. I don’t know if the lads will remember this or not and sadly I can’t remember the other lines of the poem now but the last line of it before a giant dynamic jump was “…we arrive alive” - So that’s where the name came from anyway…
What is the meaning behind the name ‘My Friend the Bombmaker’ for the EP?
Neil : Let’s just say Michael reads a lot of Stephen Leather…
Adam : t’s the same as the first song on the EP and I think we chose that because we felt is was right. The meaning behind that name came from the way it was put together. It was originally called A-Bomb (as in atomic) because we had these two song ideas that we couldn’t really expand but we wanted a new song for a gig that was coming up so we rammed the two ideas together to have a song and, by sheer luck, it worked!
Ben : it felt right to name the EP after My Friend the Bombmaker as we felt it was such a ‘tour de force’
Michael : The name was actually intended for the title track, not the EP itself. I came up with it because I like the weirdness of the idea. “My Friend the ____ ” seems to me like the title to a children’s book, so it’s a bit of a shock when the next word is so violent. We then arranged the tunes to tell a story, if you like, wherein the bombmaker is introduced and unleashed his fury, ooze and flames consume the place, followed by zombies and nuclear fallout and whatnot, and then everything fades to a desolate peace. Fill in the details however you like.
Andrew : Michael came up with the name so i’m not actually sure what he had in mind but I personally think it’s just a great visual.
What is currently your favorite Album / Song?
Neil : Santana – Abraxas
Adam : My first proper album for sure, Live and Dangerous by Thin Lizzy. My favourite song changes weekly, at the moment it’s somewhere between Wasting time by Booka Shade, Recurring by Bonobo and Alter Ego by Tame Impala
Ben : In Utero - Nirvana
Michael : Album: Radiohead - Hail to the Theif
Song: Explosions in the Sky - Catasrophe and the Cure
Andrew : At the moment i’m listening to loads of In Utero by Nirvana, Very Ape is great for getting energy to wake up in the mornings. Such a badass tune.
CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR TRACK TWO ‘DACHAU’…
TUNEAGES on this weeks show…
Bloc Party, NIN, Fuck Buttons.
More tunes in the form of Runaround Kids and We Are Losers ( that played an Elastic Witch show on Wednesday in the Twisted Pepper & did each did a wicked acoustic sess here with Cock&BullTV)
Also The Strokes, Pogo, Jay Dee, Gratitude and Explosions in the Sky, as well as a new’un from Sacred Animals with a great new video to match from the bois at Feel Good Lost.
A good way to kill an hour, tune in.
Bloc Party - Your Visits Are Getting Shorter (Double D Remix)
Pogo - Lead Breakfast
Jay Dilla - Workinonit
Gratitude - This is the Part
Explosions in the Sky - Trembling Hands
The Strokes - Meet Me In The Bathroom
NIN - The Perfect Drug
Sacred Animals vrs. Steffaloo - On Fire
Fuck Buttons - Flight of the Feathered Serpent
Baths - Mecha Joy
The Kills - Cheap and Cheerful
Runaround Kids - Won’t Fuck Her Sobor
We Are Losers - Moany
Final Fantasy - This Modern Love (by Bloc Party )
Some sweet-as-hell remixes from BretonLABS, Francophilippe and The Bloody Beetroots.
New ones from Silversun Pickups and Stay+.
As well as music from Jamie T, Sleigh Bells, Gorillaz and Caged Animals!
Jamie T - Castro Dies
Local Natives - Who Knows, Who Cares (BretonLABS Remix)
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Glorie - Full Circle
Django Django - Default
Gold Panda - Back Home
SertOne - Envious
Stay+ - Gaurdian
Silversun Pickups - Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)
Caged Animals - Somebody To Use
M83 - Kim and Jessie
Propulsive, savage and insistant, Kid Karates’ tracks are consistently emphatic and caustic - an onslaught to the senses. This is where their strength lies, and last week saw the Dublin duo drop a new track off their long awaited debut album, ‘Night Terrors’ and it is as vigorous as you all have been hoping for.
‘Feral’ is the name of the first release, and debuted coupled with a suitably dapper photoshoot commissioned by the good people at Farah Vintage - fitting seeing as the brand has, since the 1980s, defined itself as the ‘must have label amongst savvy hipsters, including the mods, skins, sticksmen, and rocker-billys’ - you can have a look at the shoot HERE.
Also, in conjunction with the ‘Genre Free’ night that ran in the Button Factory a few weeks ago, there was an accompanying mixtape release that features two other previously unreleased tracks from Kid Karate - ‘Louder’ and ‘Wet’ … both crackers that are making their way up my ‘most played’ list with a certain degree of speed… They are both up for free download on the Kid Karate soundcloud and you can also check out the Genre Free Mixtape here on the HotPress website.
Also, you can check out more of their tunes HERE on soundcloud.
On this weeks Folie à Deux …
Tunage from Seventeen Evergreen, Friends, Samiyan, Blink 182 (TWO - because I love them - yeah, what?) and The Kills.
New(ish) ones from Four Tet and Azelia Banks.
Irish artists Bantum/Come On Live Long, Kid Karate, We Arrive Alive, Ghost Estates and Eatenbybears.
Have a listen!
Seventeen Evergreen - Polarity Song
Samiyan - 52 Cushions
Four Tet - 128 Harps
Blink 182 - Easy Target
Blink 182 - Stockholm Syndrome
Jay Z - Dirt Off Your Shoulder
We Arrive Alive - Save Me From The Morning
The Kills - M.E.X.I.C.O.
Azelia Banks - Jumanji
Kid Karate - Feral (Free Download)
Kronos Quartet - The Beginning Of The End
Friends - Friend Crush
Ghost Estates - Pop Song
Eatenbybears - Simple As Hell