by Matthew Langham On the first Bank Holiday Saturday in May, The Student Playlist returned to Live At Leeds for a third year in a row. Having enjoyed vintage years in 2013 and 2014 with acts from all manner of musical disciplines, #LAL2015 seemed a bit thin on the ground in terms of established acts, at first glance at least. The bill was crammed with cutting edge indie artists familiar
We caught up with Leeds three-piece Forever Cult after their early set at Live At Leeds 2015, played at the cosy confines of The Key Club. Their heavy sonic mixture contains elements of grunge, British and American indie and traces of classic rock, making it familiar but distinctively theirs. With their current single ‘Winter’s Glow’ released at the end of March and a forthcoming single ‘Antonio Banderas’ later in the
by Matthew Langham So it’s nearly upon us – Leeds’ city-wide music festival returns for its 2015 edition on the first May bank holiday (1st-4th May), spread across 23 stages throughout the city. Let’s hope the weather’s nice! In years gone by, Live At Leeds has hosted the likes of Disclosure, George Ezra, The Maccabees, Clean Bandit, Sam Smith, Royal Blood and Catfish & The Bottlemen before they broke it really big.
by Lauren James When Muse announced a fortnight ago that they were embarking on a surprise small venue tour, something stirred in Musers of old. Now more accustomed to spying the action though binoculars at a festival, fans salivated at the prospects of a low-key, academy tour where the whites of the Teignmouth trio’s eyes could actually be seen. Looking around the room of fans at Manchester Academy on Sunday
by Matthew Langham and Ed Biggs The War On Drugs stopped off in Leeds on their victory lap of the UK, celebrating the slow-burning commercial success of last year’s Lost In The Dream, this publication’s runner-up for album of 2014. The band’s growth has been such that tonight’s gig had to be upgraded in venue size from the Brudenell Social Club to the O2 Academy, and the album’s reputation burgeoned
by Ed Biggs Released thirty years ago this November, The Jesus & Mary Chain’s first album Psychocandy is one of the most important developmental milestones in rock music as we know it today, not to mention one of the most aesthetically pleasing records of the 1980s. With their brand of simple, heartfelt ‘60s pop melodies buried under an avalanche of squalling feedback, Jim and William Reid redefined the boundaries within
by Matthew Langham 2015 has so far seen the re-explosion of female-fronted rock groups with the Riot Grrrl attitude being a throwback to ‘90s bands including Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill. Those familiar with the scene will have no doubt recognise Ex Hex. Front woman Mary Timony served with Helium as well collaborating with Corin Tucker’s Sleater-side-project Wild Flag. Her new project is equally as good as her previous work. Their
by Lauren James How do you like your metal? Thrashy? Doomy? Industrial? Or perhaps you demand that it be served from a longboat with side dishes of battle anthems and a very peculiar kind of headbanging? This unique combo belongs to none other than Sweden’s Amon Amarth, who’ll be invading Leeds University’s Stylus with their legendary live show tomorrow night. The headbanging, of course, refers to the hirsute five-piece’s trademark