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Slam Dunk 2017: Tonight Alive, Against Me! and more added to line-up

Slam Dunk Festival 2017
Slam Dunk 2017 takes place between 27-29 May, with Enter Shikari headlining on all three dates.

Slam Dunk have announced nine new bands for the 2017 line-up, with Tonight Alive and Against Me! joining headliners Enter Shikari on the bill.

The three-date event takes place on the May bank holiday weekend, with Beartooth and The Bronx – minus the mariachi this time – also newly announced to play.

Ska-punk legends Goldfinger will also appear, as will Mad Caddies, Trophy Life, The Movielife and Like Pacific.

The fun trio of Reel Big Fish, Bowling For Soup and Less Than Jake had been previously announced.

Slam Dunk is an annual alternative, pop-punk and rock festival taking place in cities in the north, midlands and south of the UK, similar to Warped Tour in the US.

This year’s event opens in Birmingham on Saturday 27 May, followed by Leeds on Sunday 28 May and Hatfield in Hertfordshire on Monday 29 May.

Tickets are on-sale now, with more information at Slamdunkmusic.com.

Interview: Anna of the North

Anna of the North on Brighton seafront
Anna of the North's Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith in Brighton. Photo: Katy Blackwood

The luscious electropop stylings of Anna of the North are a viral pop sensation that will stride on and on.

They’ve racked up tens of millions of streams across their singles, collaborated with EDM giants The Chainsmokers, and made a hit appearance at Pitchfork Music Festival.

The Scandipop duo are eponymous vocalist Anna Lotterud and producer Brady Daniell-Smith. They first met in a Melbourne bar, leading to a viral hit, a record deal, and Brady’s relocation to join Anna in Norway.

They’ve just released their new video for latest single Oslo:

FEISTY editor Katy Blackwood met up with the pair in Brighton to learn the story behind their formation, their dream collaborations, and the romance behind one of their best singles.

Thanks for taking the time out for a chat! How has your week been so far?

Anna: “It’s been amazing! I’ve never been to Brighton before, and it’s a totally different vibe from London. I really like it here. It’s also our first time playing our own set without being a support, and people have actually come to our shows!”

For those that are new to you, how did you first get together?

Anna: “I went to study in Melbourne, and before that I was just a bedroom musician in Norway, sat writing sad love songs when my heart got broken. I met Brady at a bar.”

Brady: “I was playing a show, and there must have been about ten people there. Anna’s friends pushed her to get up and sing at the end of my set. I really loved it, and we kept in touch for a few months, just sending through music we liked. She’d gone back to Norway by that point and I was still in Melbourne.”

Anna: “We made Sway and posted it on SoundCloud. It got picked up, for some weird reason…”

Brady: “It was the next day and it had a few thousand plays. None of my tracks had got that many before, even in a month, it was pretty crazy. We got signed, I moved over to Norway, and we thought, ‘OK, let’s give it a go!'”

Did you ever envision that you would be successful?

Brady: “I thought that Anna had everything. She has a great voice, she looks really cool, and there’s something special about her personality. That was already there, and so we just needed some music! I thought it could do well, but I didn’t think it was going to happen that fast, overnight.”

Quite early on you also worked with The Chainsmokers, who remixed your first track Sway.

Anna and Brady: “Yeah!”

How did that come about?

Anna: “They actually got in touch with us.”

Brady: “They were really self-aware. At that point The Chainsmokers weren’t making the bangers that they are today. They’d done that #SELFIE song, but wanted to make some good music as well!”

Is there anyone else you’d like to collaborate with?

Brady: “I want to make a supergroup with Anna, Astrid S and someone else. A girl synthpop One Direction, you know what I mean?”

Anna: “It’s so hard because there’s so many good musicians out there. I’m probably, like, the No 1 Spotify girl. I love making my own playlists, and, what do you call those old CDs people used to make?”

Brady: “Mixtapes?”

Anna: “Yeah! I love that shit! I’m a fan of so many artists.”

Anna’s from quite a small region of Norway. Has that upbringing had an impact on your music?

Anna: “Umm, maybe? I’ve never had any musician friends, and that might be why I’d never done anything before Anna of the North. But when I met Brady, we had music in common. Like you know, you always do things better together?”

Brady: “The thing with me being from New Zealand and her being from Norway is that there’s so many big cultural differences. Norwegians are quite reserved, and I feel like on my own my songs are too revealing, so when we write together we meet each other halfway and it balances out quite nicely.”

Anna is quite expressive on stage, there’s a lot of arm movements and so on. Is that something that just comes naturally?

Anna laughs

Anna: “I don’t know, I think I do that to get my voice out. It’s a way of expressing myself, and to get used to doing what I’m doing? I’m quite new to performing, I’m still learning!”

Anna of the North on stage in Brighton during The Great Escape 2016
Anna of the North on stage at Horatio’s in Brighton during The Great Escape 2016. Photo: Katy Blackwood

Brady: “Anna just got thrown into this. We toured with Kygo, and Anna was on stage every night, with fireworks and thousands of people! We hadn’t done many shows before that. She went from being really nervous and shy, to by the end of the tour being so much more confident.”

Anna: “No, I’m still nervous!”

Brady: “Well, you’ve got to be nervous, it’s good to be nervous.”

Anna: “I wish I could see myself live. Not on camera, but just feel and see it, and progress out of that. ‘No, don’t dance like that, you suck!'”

Do you feel comfortable being classed as a pop duo? I know that some find there’s a stigma attached to it.

Anna: “I’ve always loved pop music, and now possibly love it more than before we started! When I was just fourteen years old, I was sitting on Napster downloading all of the baddest hip-hop I could find. Back then I wanted nobody else to know what I was listening to.”

Brady: “Like guilty pleasures?”

Anna: “No, not at all, I just didn’t want to listen to the same things as other people. I wanted to be different.”

In 2016 you released Baby. What was the creative process behind that song? It’s been quite successful!

Brady: “It was the first song that myself and Anna wrote together, so it’s special and meaningful for us. Before that the songs were already there, so it was kind of back to the drawing board.”

Anna: “Brady already had an idea for the song, and I heard it and really loved it, but the lyrics were totally different.”

Brady: “We had the chords and the drum beat, but we hadn’t really figured out the meaning and the storyboard, and that’s where Anna’s really good.”

Anna: “It was actually a really easy process. That song was meant to be.”

Is there a story or meaning behind the song?

Brady: “Oh, we’ll leave that for the listener to decide!”

Anna and Brady of Anna of the North pictured at The Great Escape 2016 in Brighton
Anna of the North pictured in Brighton during The Great Escape 2016. Photo: Katy Blackwood
So there is one, but you’re not telling, right?

Brady: “I think it’s better if people take their own meanings from it. What it means to me is different from what it means to Anna, or to somebody else, and I like that we don’t tell anyone.”

Anna: “I was in a relationship at that point, and I’d had my ups and downs. It was written in that situation. Everyone has been in the position where they really like someone but it’s hard, you don’t know where the other person is at, and we’d both experienced that.”

Brady: “It’s a really vulnerable process, songwriting. There’s no other job where you have to look at yourself and be honest about your mistakes, and share that, record that for the world.”

What can we expect from Anna of the North from here?

Brady: I think we’ll see how things go!

Anna laughs

Brady: We’re working on writing an album at the moment. There’s our new single [Us] and then another set of songs that are already finished [including Oslo].”

Anna: “We’re definitely going to keep doing our thing. I never thought I was going to do music, but now I want to keep at it, whether people listen to it or not! Whatever happens, it’s going to be music from here.”

It’s all happened so quickly for you, almost overnight. Do you sometimes think it’s moving too fast?

Brady: “Not really! I’m 28, so…”

Anna: “It should hurry up!”

Anna of the North’s new single Oslo is out on January 13. Find them on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

New Music: Yellow House – Control

Yellow House
Yellow House is Cape Town's multi-instrumentalist Emile van Dango.

This is chilled electropop done right.

Yellow House is Emile van Dango, a multi-instrumentalist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Foregoing his folk beginnings, on Control he couples his vocals with luscious instrumentation, fitting his own description of his sounds as “sombre, but uplifting”.

First shared by Emile in November, Control has just been added to Kitsuné Hot Stream, the hip French label’s music-meets-art series on YouTube.

Control isn’t all that Yellow House has to offer, either. We also love Stray, an ethereal effort that skirts the realm of dream pop.

Yellow House is on Facebook and SoundCloud. Got a tip for FEISTY? Let us know on Twitter. We’re @feistymag.

Honeyblood: ‘We have no plans to slow down anytime soon’

Honeyblood's Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers
Honeyblood are vocalist-guitarist Stina Tweeddale and vocalist-drummer Cat Myers

Two months ago Scottish duo Honeyblood released their second album, Babes Never Die, and it was undoubtedly one of our favourite full-lengths of the year.

Thushara Chandrasiri caught up with frontwoman Stina Tweeddale during the duo’s accompanying UK tour, where she revealed the secrets of bandmate Cat Myers’ accent and the songs that proved trickiest to produce.

Honeyblood are confirmed for Handmade Festival in Leicester in April, and will also be at KOKO in London on 16 June.

How has the past year been for you?

“It’s been a bumpy ride, to be fair. I am a young person living on my own in the UK at a time when everything is changing. The whole ordeal with Brexit is taking a toll, but I’m trying to survive the best I can.”

Congratulations on the latest album, Babes Never Die, which was released in November. How does it best symbolise the world of Honeyblood?

“I think it really shows what we want to do as a band. Compared to the first album a lot of thought has gone into this record, and it shows how we have a clearer vision of who we are. We experimented a lot more, too, adding things like a new synth element. It’s all about mythical themes and darkness, which is suited to the winter months.”

Which songs on the record were a bit of a nightmare at first, but have grown to be something you’re proud of?

“Love Is A Disease – I did so many takes of that track. We wrote the melody before the bassline, so trying to get it all to work together was a bit of a jigsaw.

“Another was Walking At Midnight. Wow, that song was really out of my comfort zone. When we first finished it I didn’t like it at first, but after a while it started growing on me and I decided to keep it. Now I consider it our wildcard!”

You were on a UK tour in November and December. How valuable is the time you spend before going on the road?

“I am really good at packing! It’s important to spend time just chilling at home and taking care of yourself. In the past I didn’t make time for my body to adjust or recover, so I was unwell, which sadly meant having to cancel shows.”

What do you look forward to most about touring?

“Getting back to some of the cities, such as Newcastle. Cat is originally from the region, despite living in Edinburgh for a while now. It’s always funny when we return because she loses her mild Scottish accent, and automatically goes back to her natural born one!”

How do you and Cat compliment each other and work well together?

“She is very easy going, and goes with the flow, whereas I am a lot more intense. What people don’t realise is that despite being a duo, we do the work of a four-piece, but despite her laid-back approach she loves a challenge too.”

What makes Honeyblood special to you?

“It’s an extension of my personality, life and imagination.”

How easy is it for you to share your emotions with your fans?

“It’s quite difficult, but in order to fully understand what it means to be creative your inspiration needs to come from an emotional place. When I write a song I feel quite emotional, but then I say to myself that these songs don’t just belong to me anymore. Then I’m ready to share them with others.”

Finally, what makes this a good time to invest in Honeyblood?

“We have no plans to slow down anytime soon. We’re really starting to grow, so it is good for people to share in that.”

Honeyblood’s second album Babes Never Die is out now. They’re also confirmed for the following 2017 dates:

April 29 – Handmade Festival – Leicester, UK
June 16 –
KOKO – London, UK

The xx release their new album this Friday

The xx
The xx are Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith. Photo: Alasdair McLellan

I See You, the much-awaited new album from London trio The xx, is finally released on Friday.

The January 13 release has been preceded by the reveal of two singles, On Hold and Say Something Loving, and hype is high for their first album since 2012’s Coexist.

Initial reactions suggest that we have a very early contender for album of the year on our hands. Not only do we like what we hear, but review aggregator Metacritic reports an 84% score across all critics.

Check out the previously released official video for On Hold below:

The exceptional Say Something Loving, released last week, is another compelling teaser for the album:

Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie “Jamie xx” Smith start their world tour in under a month, with a string of UK dates in March.

No less than seven hometown shows at the O2 Academy Brixton have already sold out, as have two in Manchester, but tickets are still available for the bookend dates in Nottingham and Cardiff.

The full list of upcoming European and UK dates is below.

The xx European Tour

February 8 – Hovet – Stockholm, Sweden
February 10 – Forum – Copenhagen, Denmark
February 12 – Sporthalle – Hamburg, Germany
February 13 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, Netherlands
February 14-15 – Zénith – Paris, France
February 17 – Zénith – Strasbourg, France
February 18 – St. Jakobshalle – Basel, Switzerland
February 20 – Mediolanum Forum – Milan, Italy
February 21 – Halle Tony Garnier – Lyon, France
February 23 – Marx Halle – Vienna, Austria
February 24 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
February 25 – Arena – Berlin, Germany
February 26 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany
February 28 – Mitsubishi Electric Halle – Düsseldorf, Germany
March 1-2 – Forest National – Brussels, Belgium

The xx UK Tour

March 4 – Motorpoint Arena – Nottingham, UK
March 5-6 – O2 Apollo Manchester – Manchester, UK
March 8-15 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, UK
March 17 – Motorpoint Arena – Cardiff, UK

Young, Dumb and Full Of: The compilation by Cabbage

Cabbage's Young, Dumb and Full of Shit....
Cabbage are from Mossley in Greater Manchester and describe themselves as "apocalyptic sprautrock"

When we used to think of the Manchester scene, we thought of recycled, overdone Britpop sounds. Recently, with bands like Cabbage, the scene has shifted.

Cabbage have raised eyebrows from observers around the country so far, with their political, in-your-face anthems. Now, the Mossley five-piece have put out their debut compilation of musings and singles, titled Young, Dumb and Full of…..

It’s rich in questionable lyrics, such as “Raoul Moat’s gun has got big plans” (Grim Up North Korea), “Space Raider crisps and Buckfast for everyone, because you’re worth it” (Because You’re Worth It), and “Death to Donald Trump” (Free Steven Avery).

An online spat with The Sun, after the newspaper tipped them for big things, shows their awareness of real world issues, and their “band of the people” stance is quite charming – for now.

Young, Dumb and Full of…. is not polished, nor have the tracks from previous EPs been reproduced for commercial and radio acceptance. It is simply a 12-track, pre-album release that voyages somewhere between punk, lo-fi and an overhanging DIY vibe.

Don’t get me wrong, though: That is not a bad route to go down, and they pull the tracks off superbly in their intense live shows.

A cover of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made For Walking somehow fits into the compilation and doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb. Putting their own stamp on a track that is far from their DIY mould is a fun penultimate track, and they’ve left a lasting impression on the 60s classic.

And their Soccer AM debut gave them to opportunity to play Uber Capitalist Death Trade to football fans, an audience who often take well to Manchester bands with attitude.

It will be interesting to see how 2017 pans out for Cabbage. I hope, for the sake of the real issues they’re dealing with, they are here to stay.

Young, Dumb and Full of Shit…. is available to stream and download now. Cabbage are touring extensively this year, with the following dates this month and next:

January 21 – Liverpool Arts Club – Liverpool, UK
January 27 – Kamio – London, UK
February 1 – Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff, UK
February 2 – The Lexington – London, UK
February 3 – Picture House Social Club – Sheffield, UK
February 4 – The Cookie – Leicester, UK
February 8 – The Bodega – Nottingham, UK
February 9 – Hare and Hounds – Birmingham, UK
February 10 – EBGBS – Liverpool, UK
February 11 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK
February 15 – The Bullington – Oxford, UK
February 16 – Purple Turtle – Reading, UK
February 17 – Joiners Arms – Southampton, UK
February 18 – Thekla – Bristol, UK
February 22 – Think Tank? – Newcastle, UK
February 23 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
February 24 – Café INDIEpendent – Scunthorpe, UK
February 25 – Stereo – Glasgow, UK

The Shins have confirmed their first live dates of 2017

The Shins
The Shins released their first album Oh, Inverted World in 2001. Photo: Nikki Fenix

Indie rock band The Shins have revealed the first dates for their 2017 world tour.

The mellow Americans will play an arena date at London’s Eventim (Hammersmith) Apollo on 29 March.

Their new album, Heartworms, is released on 10 March. The first single, Dead Alive, was revealed last year.

The tour starts in the US in The Shins’ hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 2, followed by a number of dates in California.

Dates in Paris and Amsterdam and have also been announced, with lots more in the US and worldwide set to be added later.

Tickets for London go on sale on Friday at 10am.

The Shins 2017 Tour Dates

March 2 – El Rey Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
March 4 – Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
March 6-7 Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
March 28 – Le Trianon – Paris, France
March 29 – Eventim Apollo – London, UK
March 30 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jens Lekman reveals new single What’s That Perfume That You Wear? plus tour dates

Jens Lekman
Jens Lekman. Photo: Ellika Henrikson

Jens Lekman has announced his first album since 2012, and we’ve been treated to the new year gift of the lead single.

What’s That Perfume That You Wear? is the surprisingly sprightly first track from I Know What Love Isn’t, the new album out 17 February. It’s a rework of the song from his 2014 WWJD mixtape, with Jens happily pondering a continued romance, complete with on-trend – if not seasonal – tropical instrumentation.

Listen to What’s That Perfume That You Wear? – complete with official video – below:

Jens also embarks on a full programme of tour dates in February, with shows in North America and Europe. London, Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester are the UK cities to look out for.

Full dates are as follows:

Jens Lekman US and Canada Tour

February 23 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
February 24 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX
February 25 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
February 27 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
February 28 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
March 3 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR
March 5 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
March 8 – Fine Line Music Café – Minneapolis, MN
March 9 – Metro – Chicago, IL
March 10 – Wexner Center for the Arts – Columbus, OH
March 11 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
March 13 – The Great Hall – Toronto, ON
March 15 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
March 16 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
March 17 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
March 18 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
March 19 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY

Jens Lekman European Tour

March 28 – Whelans – Dublin, Ireland
March 29 – Oval Space – London, UK
March 30 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
March 31 – Band on the Wall – Manchester, UK
April 1 – St. Luke’s Church – Glasgow, UK
April 3 – Vasateatern – Stockholm, Sweden
April 4 – Uppsala Konsert & Kongress – Uppsala, Sweden
April 5 – KB – Malmö, Sweden
April 6 – Studie 2 – Copenhagen, Denmark
April 7 – Örebro Concert Hall – Örebro, Sweden
April 8 – Pustervik – Gothenburg, Sweden
April 9 – John Dee – Oslo, Norway

FEISTY: The Playlist

Some of the artists featured in the playlist. Clockwise from top left: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Daughter, Spring King, INHEAVEN, Foals, CHVRCHES, Pumarosa and Sundara Karma
Some of the artists featured in the playlist. Clockwise from top left: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Daughter, Spring King, INHEAVEN, Foals, CHVRCHES, Pumarosa and Sundara Karma. Photos: Katy Blackwood

Hey! We’re FEISTY, the new music magazine for 2017, and this is our manifesto.

We’ve put together a mammoth Spotify playlist to introduce ourselves, featuring lots of the sounds we love.

Get a feel for FEISTY through our favourite new bands, the modern day giants and a compliment of the essential classics. Just press play!

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