Coasts announce new album and marathon UK tour

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How are your excitement levels right now? Mine are through the roof and it’s all because of Coasts who made not one but two massive announcements today.

Coasts’ greatly anticipated second album entitled This Life will be released on the 18th August.

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If this wasn’t enough good news for one Wednesday the guys from Coasts also announced a marathon 38 date UK album tour!

Coasts will be playing at many cities where they haven’t been before as well as some of their favourite haunts. So whilst we at Adore worry about how Chris Caines’ voice will hold up, the question isn’t so much will you be going but rather how many of the dates will you be going to?

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Gig Review: Dan Croll

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The transcendent, electronic pop beats with ethereal notes from Peakes set the evening off to a great start with highlights including ‘Waves’ and ‘Spaces.’  

Outlya got the party started early, joining the queue outside the venue before the doors opened with a portable keyboard in hand.  Revving the early comers with a call and response, Outlya had us anticipating more and they definitely did not disappoint as they showed us ‘the light’ on the way to ‘heaven.’ You could even say that we were dancing around the ‘volcano.’ 

On October 16th 2014 a younger version of myself stood in the very same room as I am now (said room being The Wardrobe in Leeds) and that is basically the story of how I fell in love with Dan Croll. 

Fast forward to 2016 and Dan was to appear at that year’s Live At Leeds festival. Insert me awkwardly waving at Dan Croll before realising that Dan did in fact not actually know who the hell I was. Just me, being a crazy woman waving. 

It’s 2017 and Dan Croll is back baby and his second album, Emerging Adulthood is set to be released in July. 

So let us ‘Swim’  ‘Away From Today’  and omg Dan Croll just walked in, somebody hold me! 

New songs from the forthcoming album were seamlessly woven with old favourites including the stunning ‘January’ and ‘Be Alone’ which bears a significant message, very poignant for #mentalhealthawareness week, that everyone wants to be alone sometimes and that it’s ok not to be ok.

A personal highlight of the evening was ‘From Nowhere’ which is actually my ringtone. After hearing the song oh so many times it was a massive privilege to hear it live once again so thanks Dan and I look forward to catching you again soon! 

Don’t miss out on Dan’s UK tour:

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Gig Review: Cattle and Cane

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I have last year’s Live At Leeds festival to thank for introducing me to Cattle and Cane. The folk group fronted by the Hammill siblings played last night at one of my favourite venues in Leeds: The Wardrobe.

As the room swelled with music lovers, the introspective lyrics and simplistic instrumentals of People’s Poem (the support act) filled the air ‘Was I Wrong’ was personal highlight of the soul searching set.

Cattle and Cane, from Teeside, released their second album ‘Mirrors’ earlier this week and are touring the UK to promote the new record.  Tracks from ‘Mirrors’ seamlessly bring together country and folk influences and effervescent 80s pop vibes with stand out tracks including ‘Saviour’ and ‘Dealing with the Devil.’

Even though the album is called mirrors, Helen informed the crowd, there wasn’t a single mirror in the dressing room!

The set included a number of tracks from both the new album as well as old favourites from the previous record which, of course, led to their fans from far a field as Glasgow and Scunthorpe joining in for a Saturday night sing-a-long.

Be sure to catch Cattle and Cane as they head to Masham, Manchester, Bristol and Cardiff. cattle and cane spring tour

Gig Review: Dan Owen

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Upon walking through the doors at the Oporto and seeing the name ARC at the top of the set times list I was sure that I recognised the name from somewhere….had I seen her before?

Turns out that I was right. ARC‘s distinctive nasal vocals make her sets very memorable and I was loving “The Promise.”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when asked to tell a joke you will forget every joke that you have ever heard. Now that I’m writing this however I can actually think of quite a few jokes that I could have told when ARC asked me to tell a joke whilst she tuned her guitar. Alas it was not to be.

“I’m in Love” with Scott Quinn and his beautiful, smooth voice. It’s difficult to pinpoint my favourite song from his set as I was head over heels with them all. From the unreleased “Run” whose deeply emotional lyrics pull at your heart-strings, to the new single “Lovers From Afar” which is set to be released in early May.

It’s my third time seeing Dan Owen perform after seeing him open for Rae Morris last year and I was a total goner. From the moment I first heard “Fall Like A Feather” I knew that I’d be going to see this guy again and again….well here I am I guess.

So the last time I saw Dan Owen at the games room at the Brudnell Social Club it was a very intimate and sweet gig with everyone sitting on the floor. Tonight, however was quite the opposite as the venue at the Oporto was really rather busy actually.

If indie-folk is your thing (and it’s definitely mine) then I would highly recommend that you check out Dan Owen. His deep, gravelly voice accompanied only by a guitar, stomp box and occasional appearance of a harmonica give Dan a rich, mature sound that is all-encompassing.

The raw and emotional “Made To Love You” which was written about a friend’s dysfunctional, abusive relationship was a highlight of the evening for me, highlighting that some of the best songs written come from hurtful experiences and true pain.

The highly anticipated “Little Red Rooster” closed the set with plenty of folky goodness and Dan Owen- the one man band.

Song Review: Coasts – Paradise

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Can anybody help me? I seem to be lost. Lost in paradise.

In case (unlike both Mandy and myself) you aren’t hanging on every word that Coasts say, or indeed, you haven’t already read Mandy’s review, you may have missed that Coasts released a new song today.

‘Paradise’ is the perfect combination of both ballad and pop anthem and I can easily see it being a huge hit at both festivals and Coasts’ explosive gigs.

Whilst I’m reaching for the repeat button to listen to ‘Paradise’ just once more I’m tempted to start interpretive dancing as the soft synth transports me to (funnily enough) paradise. ‘So close your eyes and see the fire run wild.’

There’s just under two months to go until Coasts’ UK tour kicks off in Edinburgh and their Bristol date has sold out! There is limited availability for Leeds so in case you wanted to go I would get a wriggle on.

Watch the video of ‘Paradise’ here

 

Gig Review: Joe Dolman

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From singing Ed Sheeran covers on YouTube to taking on his own material, Joe Dolman is doing what he loves to do and that is very evident from his music.

Joe is in his final year at uni and is currently balancing his time between this UK tour which ends tonight in Sheffield and writing his dissertation at service stations.

I heard about Joe Dolman through Mandy who was sadly unable to make it to Joe’s London date. Luckily for me, however, his penultimate gig was in Leeds….shot gun there!

The gig which was due to take place at the Milo wine bar changed venue at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances to the Fox and Newt. Fortunately as I was running early anyway I managed to hop on over to the other side of town with plenty of time to spare.

Lauren Rycroft was the first act of the evening and her gorgeously angelic vocals mixed beautifully with melancholy poetic lyrics.

Tiger Twins brought a rock element to the evening with an enthusiastic and hilarious set. Indeed their tale about being told that they were playing a gig at Milo that night was one of the comedic highlights of the evening.

Joe Dolman’s acoustic set included favourites such as “Learning To Fly” and “Addicted To You” as well as new song “Nervous” and I loved his ‘crisp’ vocals, gentle instrumental hooks and beautiful lyrics.

The low-point of the evening was actually the highlight as Joe experienced some technical problems with the speakers and the sound guys were called on to fix things. Cue the impromptu mashup-covers of Smash Mouth and Busted as well as story time from Tiger Twins.

Natalie Holmes: Gig Review

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I first came across Natalie Holmes in 2012 when she was playing the support for Gabrielle Aplin in Leeds and I instantly fell in love with her angelic voice and really cute, catchy songs.

Fast forward five years and you will find me sitting in the community centre of Natalie’s hometown of Keynsham eagerly waiting to hear songs from the newest EP (her fourth) as well as the first show that was to be played with the new band.

The small, intimate gig – which was made all the more special by being in the singer’s hometown- was put on as part of Bath Festivals, a new festival that showcases the arts in and around the city of Bath.

The room was awash with family and friends…and me….her brother had even come back home from university in Plymouth for the evening. Indeed the mayor of the town was the one to welcome Natalie to the stage. How’s that for a holmey…I mean homely gig.

The set included old favourites including ‘Don’t Know Me’ and ‘Child’ as well as #musicmonday pick ‘Hydrogen’ and whilst I have normally only ever heard these songs played solo I loved the sense of depth brought about with the addition of the band.

In amongst these treasured faves Natalie Holmes shared tracks from the new EP including the stunning ‘Immune To It’ and ‘Have You Seen My Mind.’

The new EP will be released in just over a months time and I can’t wait to own a copy!