December already!? Ah hell, I guess we should be writing some kind of ‘End Of The Year Review’ or our ‘Albums of 2011′, or a bunch of New Years resolutions that we ain’t ever gonna keep. But that’s all a bit boring. So here’s a new tune buzzing round the O!IW stereo at the moment from 21 year old Texan Daniel Hunter, better known as Analogue Rebellion.
Yep, this track’s called “Father Abraham”, it’s a fine tune and we can only hope Daniel jumps on a flight over soon so we can pin him down for an O!IW show.
You can also get this track for free right now from HERE. Kind of like Christmas coming early without all that tinsel rubbish.
Happy bank holiday folks! Hope you’re all having a good one (well, those in the UK anyway). So we are super proud to announce that we have yet another hot single coming out of Oh! Inverted World towers today. The track is TV by Northern rockers The Violet May and is available from all good digital stores (itunes, amazon, HMV, 7digital, etc) from today and precedes the forthcoming 5-track EP out next month (see the links on the right of this blog).
You can also grab yourself an exclusive listen of the new single here;
A dark and melancholic slow-burner, “TV” is focused on the world of TV celebrities and people’s obsession with fame. It’s our third release for TVM, and it just keeps getting better from these guys. Despite only having been around since the end of 2009, TVM have already been tipped for big things in broadsheet The Guardian, appeared in the BBC 6Music studio as Steve Lamaq’s new favourite band, headlined London’s KOKO for Club NME, played the likes of Secret Garden Party, Leeds Festival, a sold out Italian tour, a German tour with The Chapman Family, shot their debut video with Douglas Hart (of Jesus & Mary Chain), opened for Band Of Skulls and Boxer Rebellion, as well as winning big support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, XFM, The Guardian, Clash, Artrocker amongst others.
The Violet May finished up in the studio in early February, recording their debut EP with Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys, Long Blondes, Pulp) at 2Fly Studios in Sheffield. “TV” is the first single from the EP, following a free download of the track “What You Say” which has already been picked up for NME’s “10 Best Mp3′s This Week” and Q Magazine’s “New To Q” playlist. The full 5-track EP is out on June 27th, you can pre-order it now and get the new single for FREE though. Just give the cover shot below a click.
The band are back at London’s KOKO for a headline set in late-July, as well as shows throughout the country and sets at Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik and this year’s Boardmasters Festival. Check out full dates and details here; www.facebook.com/thevioletmay
So last week’s Oh! Inverted World extravaganza at The Old Queens Head was a bit good! The bafflingly-titled but superb 9-piece Professor Penguin opened up in style, while former Absentee frontman Dan Michaelson swept us away with a stripped back set that even featured Romeo of Magic Numbers fame on guitar.
We also had a new star in the making filling the middle slot in I Am Harlequin. A spellbinding 30-minute set left us wanting more, and now we’ve got the track “Marianne” which has just been made available for free download for you good folk.
Enchanting and innovative, I am Harlequin is the creation of German-born, London-based musician Anne Freier who writes, records and produces all her own music. Having grown up in East Germany at the end of the GDR regime, Anne was introduced to the world of ballet and opera when the wall finally came down. This inspiration led to her embracing a menagerie of instruments, creating a bold and intricate sound in her music. Her sophisticated, off-kilter arrangements owe as much to a classical background as to a veracious love of melody, forming stirring and unforgettable pop songs.
For Marianne, Anne told us the inspiration came loosely from a woman she used to know, “‘She would eat men up like sushi dishes on a conveyor belt in order to get her way. In the song, she convinces the main character to fall in love with her. He then falls prey to her game-playing and abuse.
It is an almost demonic depiction of greed and power; Marianne wanting ‘ever more’, but also a criticism on a misinterpretation of feminism. Marianne gains her power through challenge and abuse. But historical payback is not what I consider feminism to be about.”
I Am Harlequin
The sultry, dream-like vocals and instrumentation on ‘Marianne’ is just one side of the range that Anne has. Inspirations for I Am Harlequin can be drawn from classical music, particularly the Russians of the 20th century (Prokofiev, Rimski-Korsakow, Rachmaninoff), to the advanced choir arrangements in Stephen Sondheim musicals, as well as Kate Bush, Rickie Lee Jones, Grace Slick and Joni Mitchell, whom she grew up listening to.
I Am Harlequin has recently been turning heads at her early live shows and we’re really excited to have this new track as a pre-curser to the forthcoming single to be released later this summer, ahead of her debut album. Already proving to be a prolific songwriter in both range and ideas, I Am Harlequin is going to be a big One To Watch over the coming months.
Following acclaimed performances at both Oh! Inverted World and Liverpool Sound City last week, I Am Harlequin plays Brighton Festival this week ahead of a full tour later in the year. Here is the superb ‘Marianne’ for your ears, head to http://www.iamharlequin.com/ to hear more!
I Am Harlequin – Marianne
Following the awesome boat show on Wednesday (and hell, that was a party!), OIW are going back to our home, The Old Queens Head in Angel, on Thursday (2nd December) for an early Xmas party with the incredible Cibelle Blackbird performing.
We’ve been trying to land the incredibly talented songstress for a show since around the time we started OIW, so it’s a joyous occasion that we have finally got her along on December 2nd.
Cibelle was actually born in Sao Paolo before becoming a Hackney-ite so she knows a thing or two about bringing some sunshine along too. If (like us) you’re already pretty fed up with the cold, minimal daylight hours, and miserable weather, here’s an archived video from Brazilian TV featuring Cibelle that should cheer you the hell up, it worked for us!
Oh, and did we mention that Cibelle’s backing band are actually La Shark! Yes, the band who hold the record for OIW shows (we really can’t get enough of them y’see). To move a bit closer to what you can expect on Dec 2nd, here is Cibelle’s version of Tom Waits’ Green Grass. The video for the track has already had over a million youtube hits and is simply luscious. Just like the lady herself.
Much excitement around OIW Towers today as The Violet May finally release “Jennifer Lies”, the follow up to their debut single “Bright Or Better” and the first track from their forthcoming EP out next year.
“Jennifer Lies” is a hell of a track, full of riotous rebellion and howling guitars and we’re proper chuffed to be adding the tune to the OIW roster. Here’s an exclusive preview for you Oh! Inverted Worlders…
You can now buy the track as an exclusive download (for, like, a few pennies!) from all the following links and other good digital stores;
The band have also been invited to play XFM’s Eddy Temple Morris’ night at London’s Proud Galleries this Thursday (November 25th), more details on that HERE. Much more big news to come from these guys soon, get yourself Facebooked up here for all the latest info… www.facebook.com/thevioletmay
Hola! It’s a big Wednesday this week as we bring you an OIW night like you’ve never seen before! In honour of the wonderful Superhumanoids being in the UK to support their “Urgency” EP (out on OIW Records) we are throwing a B.I.G. party on the Thames for them before they jet off back to L.A. It all kicks off from 7:30pm on the Tamesis Dock in Vauxhall and any pirate or sailor-related dressing up is definitely approved of. Full details HERE.
The guys will also be performing alongside two other top acts, Sunderbans and My Sad Captains, as well as Fabio Lendrum giving us an exclusive DJ set to get funky to. Back to My Sad Captains who are an OIW favourite ever since they played for us earlier in the year, they are simply wonderful and to prove the point here is one of their tracks to check out, fragile, beautiful, and the kind of tune that makes you want to hit “repeat” and wallow in. Take it away guys…
Oh! Inverted World are more than a little bit chuffed to announce a new single on our boutique label this month. Following the widespread praise they received when we put out their debut single “Bright Or Better” back in May, Sheffield 5-piece The Violet May release their follow up Jennifer Lies on November 22nd!
It’s a spanking tune that is already looking set for some big things, and this from a band who this year appeared on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music show as his New Favourite Band, headlined London’s KOKO for Club NME, set off on a sold out Italian tour in October and recently opened for Band Of Skulls and Boxer Rebellion at the Energy Sessions Festival, as well as winning tons of support from Radio 1, XFM, 6Music, The Guardian, Clash, NME, Artrocker, etc.
The single is the first track from the forthcoming EP out next year and available for download from November 22nd. Here’s a first listen for you Oh! Inverted Worlders…
Awooooo to The Dufflefolks! Despite their tongue in cheek name, these guys really have got something proper special going on. They totally blew us away last time they graced the OIW stage with their wonderfully inventive, amazingly talented and brilliant lo-fi tunes. We can’t explain how chuffed we are to be welcoming them back to open proceedings on July 22nd at The Old Queens Head ahead of their performance at Greenman Festival.
Yep, the ‘folks entered a comp to play Greenman Festival recently and trounced everyone else in sight to win a slot at the festival. It’s thoroughly deserved, you should check out the lovely tune they’ve given us for you below and then get along to their myspace (www.myspace.com/thedufflefolks) and spend some quality time with more of their tunes.
We can’t imagine anyone who sees them wouldn’t leave with an excited feeling that they’ve just seem something amazing. Plus they’ve promised us “animal hoodies” and if you’re lucky then you might also get “bearded by The Dufflefolks”. Er, yep, like this attractive fella below…
Aside from all that excitement there will also be the amazing James Vincent McMorrow and Bear Driver playing on July 22nd, more details HERE folks!
So yeah, he’s had a bunch of 5-star reviews calling him “utterly remarkable” (UNCUT), “fresh, vital, uncluttered and brilliant” (THE SUN), and had the likes of Beth Orten and Alan McGee shouting his praises, but Emit Bloch really is the real deal. I mean the guy grew up on a ranch in Utah and recorded his first album on a $6 dictaphone that has now surfaced through One Little Indian (who release Bjork amongst others!)… His songs give you that great feeling of hearing Woody Guthrie, Dylan or Hank Williams on a sunny day when you’re headed out on a drive in your piece of junk car with only a cassette player and no real idea where your going to go. Just drifting along…
Well, thankfully Emit is drifting onto the Oh! Inverted World stage at the Old Queens Head tonight (Thurs 17th June) along with the excellent Left With Pictures and Look, Stranger! Yep, it’s going to be fine evening, come join us and drop in for a beer or two over some great music. Doors around 7:30pm.
Hola folks, so we’ve got another sneak peak of Thursday’s show for you with a track from the awesome Look, Stranger! The guys will be making up a top, top bill tomorrow night for us with Left With Pictures and Emit Bloch at the Old Queens Head (Angel, Islington).
‘Songs that make you want to move and be moved’ is what We.Are.A.Fever say, well we’d go one step further and say that they will actually both move you and make you move. So we’re really excited about having the majestic four piece down for the evening, here’s a little taster of exactly why with their tune “To The River” just for you Inverted Worlders…