December 12, 2013
This week Team SGTMT discovered a small fire outside our Headquarters.
It was probably set by hoodlums. Young people these days are out of control aren’t they? Broken Britain.
December 11, 2013
To cheer us up we’ve been enjoying some old favs – Phantogram. We’ve been huge fans of theirs ever since, like, the last time. Whenever that might have been. They were around before weren’t they?
December 9, 2013
You know what all the SGTMT writers have in common? They are all over 30. There’s no escaping this. I can remember the miners strikes that changed huge parts of England. In fact, if memory serves, I organised these strikes. That’s right dear readers I AM ARTHUR SCARGILL.
December 6, 2013
Garage rock is never going to be the future. The genre has the mass appeal of a David Dickinson tattoo (Dimbleby was bad enough). It seems designed solely as a muted soundtrack to some indie US film about grumpy teenagers hunting elk in Nebraska. Y’know, the scene (set during a gloomy dusk) where they corner the elk and gut it alive using only their toe nails? Yeah, that one, that’s what garage rock is for.
December 4, 2013
These guys were incredible live.
December 3, 2013
We’re pleased, honoured in fact, to be involved in the ‘UK BLOG SOUND 2014′. 60 (if I counted right) other blogs from all over the UK nominated 3 acts each and over 100 bands were put forward. The top 16 now form our shortlist which is released today to coincide with the BBC Sound of 2014 list announced Sunday night.
December 2, 2013
At SGTMT we love making lists.
Without them we’d get nothing done. With them we’re relaxed, there’s no more worrying we’ll forget something important (buy snacks/turn the bath taps off/make a snowball and put it in the freezer to surprise someone in June before all the snow melts). Lists make us better people. Fitter, happier, more productive.
December 2, 2013
It’s funny what memories stay with you as you slowly amble towards death.
One of my favourite memories is of a friend of mine trying to crowd surf, getting head-butted in the stomach and then vomiting by the side of the stage.
Another memory is of another friend trying to stage dive and finding himself lying sprawled on the floor after the crowd parted before him.
Those two memories are tide together by a rather brilliant young punk band from the North East called China Drum. When I say “young” I mean young in 1994. So, old.
November 25, 2013
To prove my point (I’m not entirely sure what that might be, and if it is what I think it is then I’m not at all convinced by it. Seems dumb rationale to me) I suggest you press play on the track below. Just once though, don’t cheat and press it twice to get 2 mins 32 secs out of it, NO NO NO.
November 24, 2013
“The lyrics, to me, are about that feeling I think many people working with music or art in any form gets sometimes, that it’s a bit hopeless what you’re doing.
It’s about coming to terms with that, to able to look at yourself and what you burn for in life, in all it’s hopelessness, and smile.”
November 21, 2013
We’re imagining twirling the giant sheepdog around the room, as it stands on its hind legs, ballroom style. It looks into our eyes and it’s like life is a fairytale that even doggy breath can’t ruin.
November 20, 2013
We’ve been keeping a keen eye on Electric Youth for a while. Watching, closely.
November 19, 2013
This track has a lovely progression to it. The sparse drum filled intro leaves you waiting for ‘We Care A Lot’ to kick in, but instead of a sudden rock explosion you’ll find just layer, then another layer, another layer, layer, ad infinitum. Each one adds a splendid depth and gentle wonder to this peach of a track. Thanks J Hawk.
November 15, 2013
At SGTMT HQ this evening the football is on but we’re paying about as much attention as Wayne Rooney in GCSE English. Instead we’re having a little perusal of the sounds of this week on the interwebs. Surprisingly, we’ve found ourselves engrossed in Shoegaze.
November 14, 2013
At first listen, especially if merely a cursory one, you may mistake this for another forlorn lament from a mildly gloomy young Yank.
However, listen again. For this is no sorry tale of the fumbling errors of a junior romancer. ‘Another Story’ was written in the horrid aftermath of the Newtown (Sandy Hook) shootings in Dec 2012.
November 13, 2013
The latest new band to get SGTMT HQ all, like, ‘yippee’ is the Netherlands based SAY YES DOG. Now I know we often proclaim ‘X’ band (that we promptly forget about and never mention again) as our new favourite thing since coloured vinyl but Say Yes Dog are worthy of such acclaim and will retain our attention, we promise (probably).
November 12, 2013
GEMS Medusa EP is out this week and to celebrate they’ve released the excellent Ephemera
November 10, 2013
NIVA is from Stockholm (actually Christian Niva). His debut EP Feverish Dreams was released on London label Something In Construction and now he’s is back with his latest single Forest View.
November 8, 2013
Imagine the joy, comprehend the elation when Facebook (it does have it’s uses) adorned us with the news two days ago that Royal Blood were back with Come On Over. Yippee and that.
November 6, 2013
Today, huddled around the cooker in the canteen at SGTMT Headquarters, the team were discussing life.
We’d talked via video-link to pals who were not having the best of times and we were considering our lot and thinking, well, life is not so bad eh chaps. There’s always someone worse off than you it seems. Then Tim looked down and realised the bacon we were cooking was burning. I panicked, and started shouting about the bacon, pointing out that it was indeed burning, thus providing a key service to all members of the team by ensuring they were fully abreast of the situation. Tim was paralysed by indecision. Someone had to take charge.
November 6, 2013
New single ‘Til Infinity is out now on boasts the same glittering, bright and infectious electro-pop stylings that we’ve come to laud and love at team SGTMT. Apparently it’s inspired by Vietnamese prawn soup, we’ll say no more on that.
November 4, 2013
You know the score. Every month we unveil our monthly playlist of tunes for you to listen to this month (but, cunningly, they’re actually all tunes we blogged about last month, ha, so what we did there…).
October 30, 2013
You know that moment on the plane right? You’re taxiing on the Gatwick runway waiting for lift off and wheels up. Outside it’s a grey, cold, damp Sussex morning and you’re dozily flicking through the fake plastic cheeriness of the airline magazine. Then, all of a sudden, the engines blast, a minor G pushes you back into your seat, the plane lifts, ears pop and away… That’s the best way to describe the moment at 1min 16secs into ‘Run’ when you know you’ve found your new favourite artist.
October 29, 2013
Brit / Aussie duo Tom Kingston and Joe Wilson (for they are Solomon Grey) have landed on the Black Butter Records and delivered this – Gen V.
October 27, 2013
Fossil Collective have a habit of making all their vocals sound like they were recorded from the bottom of a deep well or from an abandoned hall, in an abandoned building, in a deserted city, on a desolate planet (and probably in a well too). Though this depth, always delivered in Fleet Foxed unison of course, is endearing and evocative (in a cold, chilly, distant, abandoned way).
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