“‘Body Was Made’ is a protest song against the people and forces that would make me ashamed of my body, my gender and my sexuality,” he says. “It’s a declaration of freedom from false authority and self-appointed social police who have given me grief all my life.”
Watch the music video below…
Directed by Anika Mottershaw & Kimberly Arms
Set design by Hatty Ellis-Coward
Filmed by Anika Mottershaw & Thom Hoffman
Lighting by Callum Sadler
Hair by Zara Toppin
Makeup by Nina Ribena
Edited by Liz Adams
On Friday 27th November New Zealand singer-songwriter TINY RUINS will release her new EP Hurtling Through
The EP was recorded and produced in collaboration with US-based Hamish Kilgour, of legendary NZ band THE CLEAN. The two first met in New York City in the late fall of 2013, where they spent a week performing a number of shows together. On the final day of Fullbrook’s stay in New York, they recorded two songs in a basement studio with engineer & producer Gary Olson. A year later, Fullbrook was back in New York after a long stint of touring, and the pair recorded an additional four tracks, again with Olson. The result is a seven-track EP of folk-based songs. The record includes two W.B. Yeats poems set to music, as well as a field recording of a late-night Brooklyn walk – with percussionist Kilgour taking a silver spoon to the railings and lamp-posts of the borough. The tracks feature Fullbrook on acoustic and electric guitars, her distinctive vocals captured in a raw & natural form. Kilgour contributes on drums and an eclectic array of percussion, with guest appearances from Greg Vegas on saxophone, and Danny Tunick on bass and vibraphone.
Hurtling Through will be released on limited edition vinyl and digitally on Friday 27th November
Full Tracklisting –
1. Tread Softly
2. Hurtling Through
3. Turn Around
4. Little Did I Know
5. Wandering Aengus
6. Public Menace
7. King’s County
With his sold-out UK tour beginning in Sheffield tonight, FATHER JOHN MISTY has announced news of a further run of live performances for May next year, including his biggest London headline show to date at the Roundhouse in Camden. Tickets go on general sale this Friday, 30th October, at 9am. Upcoming UK live schedule below:
Monday 26th October – SHEFFIELD – Plug **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Tuesday 27th October – CAMBRIDGE – Junction **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Wednesday 28th October – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Thursday 29th October – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Wednesday 11th May – LEEDS – O2 Academy
Thursday 12th May – GLASGOW – O2 ABC
Friday 13th May – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall
Saturday 14th May – GATESHEAD – The Sage Gateshead
Sunday 15th May – NOTTINGHAM – Rock City
Tuesday 17th May – BRISTOL – Colston Hall
Wednesday 18th May – LONDON – Roundhouse
Saturday 21st May – SOUTHAMPTON – O2 Guildhall
FATHER JOHN MISTY last week delivered a high-octane performance of current single “The Ideal Husband” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Watch below:
Critical acclaim for I Love You, Honeybear, out now on Bella Union:
“I Love You, Honeybear is a masterpiece. An at once personal and existential examination of a love affair and love itself, the album contains melodies other writers would kill for.”
Sunday Times (Album Of The Week)
“Hugely entertaining… Its hard to tell where Joshua Tillman ends and his alias Father John Misty begins – but it doesn’t matter when the songs sound this good.”
The Guardian – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week)
“A revelation… A hugely ambitious, caustically funny album about the redemptive possibilities of love.”
NME – 9/10 (Album Of The Week)
“It wows the listener outright… An album that reaffirms your faith in the transformative powers of love.”
The Observer – 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)
“Tillman is one of music’s most arch satirists.”
Time Out – 4 Stars (Album Of The Week)
“A compelling and addictive listen. The gags are good, but the songs are always better.”
Loud And Quiet – 10/10
“For it’s black lyrical humour alone, I Love You, Honeybear would be a winner. The fact that it’s matched to towering songwriting and swirling orchestrations makes it masterful stuff… A provocative star is born.”
Q – 4 Stars ****
“An epic creation which takes its cues from the likes of Harry Nilsson, Dory Previn and John Grant, it belongs to that honourable tradition which sets beautifully orchestrated pop and AOR against brutally honest and sometimes comically profane sentiments, sung with dramatic, edge-of-the-cliff conviction… A truly compelling album.”
Uncut – 8/10
“Essentially an album-length love letter to his new wife, these are grand arrangements in the style of Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson.”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“A former Fleet Fox delivers something wondrous: a tart, timely, Broadway-bright boost for the devalued currency of the love song. Sneaking dark lyrics into plush settings in no new trick, but there’s no denying Tillman masters it.”
Independent On Sunday – 4.5/5 *****
“Richly layered and immaculately played, Tillman has a forte for poignant detail as well as some deliciously spicy wit.”
Metro – 4 Stars (Album Of The Week)
“His second album restates his lyrical brilliance… Strings, mariachi trumpets and harmonies work a treat, framing tunes that echo Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman.”
Daily Mail – 5 Stars *****
“FJM mixes tuneful Americana with heavy dollops of ’70s-style balladry. Much of it sounds like Elton John, circa Don’t Shoot Me, with the same blend of witty and powerful lyricism.”
Sunday Express – 5 Stars ***** (Album Of The Week)
“An album that evokes – and stands up to – the likes of Glen Campbell’s Reunion: The Songs Of Jimmy Webband Gene Clark’s No Other, Tillman has created a sumptuously arranged set of gold-standard singer-songwriterly fare, the FJM guise has allowed Tillman to loosen up and write the most acerbic, carnal and surprisingly lovelorn material of his career.”
Record Collector – 4 Stars (New Album Of The Month)
“This breathtaking album will surely see Father John Misty walk away with all those end of year trophies.”
London In Stereo (Album Of The Month)
“FJM wields a grand echoing production that evokes the decadent 70s pop craftsmanship of Harry Nilsson, while tossing out some of the funniest lines since Dylan’s scornful peak.”
Mail On Sunday – 4 Stars ****
“Rich and rewarding… Slowed-down honky tonk and sumptuous orchestrations in Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow’ are reminiscent of classic Elton John while ‘Bored in the USA’ combines dreamy piano balladry with sardonic lyrics.”
Financial Times – 4 Stars ****
“an album by turns passionate and disillusioned, tender and angry, so cynical it’s repulsive and so openhearted it hurts.”
Pitchfork – 8.8
“I Love You, Honeybear is an exceptional work… A lush string-laden album anchored by a literate turn of phrase that’s by turns romantic, deeply cynical and often incredibly funny.”
Shindig – 4 Stars ****
“With his new Father John Misty record, Tillman is opening up and baring everything.”
DIY – 4 Stars ****
“Rich and absorbing… Brilliant stuff.”
The Sun – 4 Stars ****
“Tillman repeatedly hits the compositional sweet spot… The songs glow with gorgeous, flowing orchestrations and svelte arrangements.”
The Mirror – 4 Stars ****
FJM recently unveiled a hilariously meta new video for “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment,” one of the many standouts from I Love You, Honeybear. The new visual was helmed by writer-director-producer Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3,Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and can be watched HERE
Click HERE for the video to “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” and HERE for the video for “I Love You, Honeybear”.
With the release of their third album Beings less than a month away on 13th November, today Lanterns On The Lake have announced news of a special one-off hometown show in February 2016 at the Sage in Gateshead accompanied by none of other that Royal Northern Sinfonia. For this unique event the band will be joined by the 39-piece orchestra to have their acclaimed catalogue of atmospheric rock and cinematic dream pop reworked and reimagined within a sumptuous orchestral setting. Date/info below:
Saturday 6th February 2016 – GATESHEAD – Sage tickets
Lanterns On The Lake have also just unveiled a video to current single “Faultlines”. Directed by HandHeldCineClub this beautiful, dark and intense film centres on one man’s desperate situation and chimes with the song’s themes of “Fractured lives like faultlines…”
Prior to the Sage show in 2016 and following the release of Beings, Lanterns On The Lake will be embarking on a 6-date UK tour in late November.
Sunday 29th November – CARDIFF – The Globe
Monday 30th November – BRIGHTON – The Haunt
Tuesday 1st December – LONDON – Moth Club
Wednesday 2nd December – MANCHESTER – Ruby Lounge
Thursday 3rd December – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Friday 4th December – GLASGOW – King Tuts
Beach House have announced the first round of 2016 tour dates for North America in support of Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry. The trek begins February 29th in Cleveland at House of Blues and ends March 18th in Philadelphia at Union Transfer. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 23rd.
Beach House’s 2015 tour resumes on October 24th at Belfast’s Mandela Hall and their 2015 dates end with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore. Please find a complete list of dates below.
And last week, Beach House performed “One Thing” from Thank Your Lucky Stars on the release date for the album, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch that performance below.
Additionally, Beach House have scheduled a Reddit AMA for Tuesday, October 20th at 2pm EDT/ 7pm UK time.
Thank Your Lucky Stars is now available in North America through Sub Pop Mega Mart, Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes. LP and digital copies of the album are available through all DSPs and your local record stores, with the CD version following on Friday, October 30th. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com will also receive the limited “Loser” edition on green vinyl (while supplies last).
About Beach House’s Thank Your Lucky Stars:
Beach House’s Thank Your Lucky Stars is the group’s second album for 2015. The album, which was recorded during the same two-month span as Depression Cherry, was produced by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana.
Beach House have also issued a statement on behalf of the release:
“Thank Your Lucky Stars is our sixth full-length record. It was written after Depression Cherry from July 2014 – November 2014 and recorded during the same session as Depression Cherry. The songs came together very quickly and were driven by the lyrics and the narrative. In this way, the record feels very new for us, and a great departure from our last few records. Thematically, this record often feels political. It’s hard to put it into words, but something about the record made us want to release it without the normal ‘campaign.’ We wanted it to simply enter the world and exist.
Thank you very much,
Oct. 24 – Belfast, UK – Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street
Oct. 26 – Glasgow, UK – ABC
Oct. 27 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
Oct. 29 – Paris, FR – Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire
Oct. 31 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]
Nov. 02 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Nov. 03 – Brussels, BE – Autumn Falls @ AB [Sold Out]
Nov. 04 – Koln, DE – Gloria
Nov. 05 – Luxemborg, LU – Den Atelier
Nov. 07 – Reykjavik, IS – Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 – Oslo, NO – Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 – Gothenburg, SE – Tradgarn
Nov. 12 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Medis [Sold Out]
Nov. 13 – Copenhagen DK – Vega [Sold Out]
Nov. 14 – Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 – Berlin, DE – Huxley’s
Nov. 17 – Munich, DE – Freiheiz
Nov. 18 – Lausanne, CH – Les Docks
Nov. 20 – Barcelona, ES – Apolo [Sold Out]
Nov. 22 – Madrid, ES – La Riviera
Nov. 23 – Lisbon, PT – Armazén
Nov. 24 – Porto, PT – Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 07 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory [Sold Out]
Dec. 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 18 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 19 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Feb. 29 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Mar. 01 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Mar. 05 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Mar. 06 – Montreal, QC – Rialto Theatre
Mar. 11 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Mar. 14 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Mar. 15 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Mar. 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
For ticket info please visit http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com/tour.
It had already been an extraordinary enough journey for John Grant, from the point where he thought he’d never make music again or escape a life of substance abuse to winning awards and accolades and collaborating with Sinead O’Connor, Rumer and Hercules & Love Affair. But then in the spring of 2014 came the nomination in the Best International Male Solo Artist category at the BRITS alongside Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Drake, like some sort of fantasy dreamt up in a moment of outrageous hubris.
In actuality, it was a sorely belated recognition for one of the most beautiful voices of the 21st century, matched by a songwriting and lyrical prowess that conveyed every atom of pain, fear and endurance that has defined Grant’s life so far, not just with a striking level of self-awareness but the most life-affirming streak of dark and scabrous humour too. Despite all his personal and career setbacks in the past, Grant has continued to build on the incredible acclaim won by his first two solo albums, 2010’s Queen Of Denmark and 2013’s Pale Green Ghosts. In the autumn of 2014, he embarked on a tour accompanied by the Royal Northern Sinfonia orchestra while also playing a prestigious show for BBC Radio 6 Music with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Come 2015, Grant has begun recording his third solo album, and his biggest tour plans to date: not only confirming a show at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in November but also supporting the legendary Pixies across America.
It’s the latest leg of a journey that’s taken Grant from his birthplace in Buchanan, Michigan to being raised in Parker, Colorado, studying languages in Germany and, after his Denver-based band The Czars split up, basing himself in New York, London, Berlin and, most recently, Iceland, where Pale Green Ghosts was recorded. It’s also been a journey from The Czars’ folk/country noir to the lush ‘70s FM alchemy of Queen Of Denmark to the astonishing fusion of sounds that lifts Pale Green Ghosts to even giddier heights.
That Grant has made his mark is blatantly clear from how Queen Of Denmark was rapturously received. “Like a couple of similarly intense classics before it – Antony & The Johnsons’ I Am A Bird Now and Bon Iver’s For Emma… Queen Of Denmark sounds like a record its creator has been waiting his whole life to make,” MOJO concluded. Another measure of achievement, and the journey, is that one classic that Grant first heard in those new wave clubs was Sinéad O’Connor’s ‘Mandinka’. Two decades later, O’Connor not only covered the title track of ‘Queen Of Denmark’ on her 2012 album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, but supplied goose-bumping backing vocals on Pale Green Ghosts.
Sinéad’s presence was a surprise, but not compared to the album’s portion of synthesisers and beats – unless you already know Grant’s enduring love of vintage synth-pop and industrial dance, and more current electronic acts such as Trentemøller and Mock & Toof. “Electronica is a huge part of my personality and my influences, though I don’t think many people see that fitting in to the John Grant image, whatever that is,” he says.
One of those prime influences produced Pale Green Ghosts with Grant: Birgir Þórarinsson, a.k.a. Biggi Veira, of Iceland’s electronic pioneers Gus Gus. Queen of Denmark had been recorded in Texas with fellow Bella Union mates Midlake as his backing band, and Grant intended to return there to record again. But a performance at the Iceland Airwaves festival in 2011, led to meeting Biggi, who invited Grant to his studio in Reykjavik. The initial tracks the pair recorded convinced Grant he had to make the entire record there.
Besides Biggi, the album features a range of Icelandic musicians, including saxophonist Óskar Gudjónsson on ‘Ernest Borgine’, named after the legendary American actor. On an album of typically caustic revelations, including sex, sexuality and the pitfalls of growing up in an era, and a particularly religious environment, that ostracised gay men, ‘Ernest Borgnine’ combines all these strands with the admission that Grant is HIV positive.
Grant’s frankness also led to being arguably the first person to announce such news in front of a live audience, as he did when appearing with Hercules And Love Affair at London’s Meltdown festival in June 2012. HALA mainman Andy Butler had asked Grant to collaborate on a track (‘I Tried To Talk To You’, one of two tracks Grant fronted on the dance collective’s third album The Feast of Broken Hearts) and requested that he, “dig deep,” with his lyric. “It’swhat I wrote the song about so I thought I should talk about it there and then,” Grant explains his public declaration. “I thought I shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it, as there are lots of people in my situation, who feel like outcasts in society, people who had addiction problems, who feel ashamed and unlovable because of it. I wanted these people to know they have someone on a stage who is dealing with this too.”
Grant has also never shied away from discussing depression, but the fact that he has never looked back is testament to his capacity for strength and survival (Attitude Magazine crowned Grant their Man of the Year for 2013 as a result of his brutal candour and musical stature). He continues to be sought after as a collaborator; he translated the lyrics on Icelandic superstar Ásgeir’s album ‘In the Silence’, sang ‘Sweet Painted Lady’ on the 40th anniversary release of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, and made a guest appearance at Goldfrapp’s Royal Albert Hall show to duet with Alison on the classic Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra ‘Some Velvet Morning’
Going by the four new songs – including the gorgeously aching ‘Geraldine’, which legendary singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb would surely have been proud to write, and the ominous and fearsome electronic pulse of ‘Black Blizzard’- that Grant unveiled on last year’s orchestral tour, the man’s incredible journey continues, and at such a high level of artistry and workmanship. It seems that nothing is out of John Grant’s reach if he puts his mind to it.