American Football – I’ve Been So Lost For So Long – Track Review

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“We can’t just keep playing the same nine songs for people…” Mike Kinsella of emo pioneers American Football recently spoke to Pitchfork in lieu of the announcement of their much awaited sophomore album, American Football (II). Their self-titled debut was released over 17 years ago and, even though there has been an official announcement, it still feels impossible to think they’d actually release a second record now. Their 1999 release has gained such a mythical status over the years, American Football’s whole existence seemed to be for them to create that record and that be it. Alas, with cautious excitement, we’ll have a new album to dissect, listen to and possibly cry over come October 21st. But before then, I’ve Been So Lost For So Long is the first glimpse the world has inside of the project.

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Introducing Vulture Authority

In this first instalment of Nothing Left Unsaid’s ‘Introducing’ series, we’re proud to acquaint you all with Vulture Authority. The Manchester trio, consisting of Fionn Fallon (Vocals/Guitar), Tom Taylor (Bass) and Andy Stephens (Drums), describe themselves as the “rock band of the revolution mate” and have just released their self-titled debut EP. Recorded at Big City Jack’s Recording Studio, the four track EP is a mixture of effortless punk and sharp tongued wit.

The hasty and scuzzy Velveteen At Eighteen kicks off the EP with a great sense of urgency and desire. This is quickly followed by the rumbling Flight Mode, which features a riff that wouldn’t look out of place if John Squire played on The Stone Roses’ debut. Against Humanity is introduced by a menacing bass riff from Taylor, which sets the tone for the rest of the track. As Fallon sings about how he’s going to “rip the world a-fucking-part”, Vulture Authority swagger with malicious jurisdiction. Carcinogenic sees Vulture Authority “abolishing monarchies” in their quest to get “fucking anything.” Much like the rest of the EP, it’s raw and stands for no messing.

Vulture Authority’s EP is available for streaming in full over at SoundCloud, at the link below.

https://soundcloud.com/vultureauthority

Facebook – Vulture Authority 

Twitter – @VA_HQ

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American Football Announce Long-Awaited Sophomore Album, Also Share New Song And Live Dates

After 17 years of waiting, Illinois emo pioneers American Football announced today that they’ll be releasing their second record on the 21st of October 2016. Self-titled, like their iconic debut, the album will be released via Polyvinyl in the U.S. and Wichita in the UK and Europe. The band have also shared the first cut off the album, which is titled I’ve Been So Lost For So Long (which can be listened to below).

The band originally reunited in 2014, 14 years after their initial split, when they started playing live shows again. In a new interview with Pitchfork, the band revealed that the new album was recorded earlier this year at ARC Studios in Omaha and SHIRK Studios in Chicago. The album was created out of the band wanting to have an excuse to see each other monthly, rather than just out of “playing the same nine songs for people.”AF_2016_LP_Jacket_PRINT.indd

American Football have also announced a string of four live dates, which see the band visiting Chicago, New York, London and Los Angeles. These are the only dates released thus far, but expect more shows to possibly roll out soon.

29th October 2016 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
28th January 2017 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
11th February 2017 – London, England – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
25th February 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – The Ace Hotel Theatre

You can pre-order the album over on their site, in which the band are releasing on vinyl (3 separate coloured variants), CD and digital. See the tracklisting below

Tracklisting:

01 Where Are We Now?
02 My Instincts Are the Enemy
03 Home Is Where the Haunt Is
04 Born to Lose
05 I’ve Been So Lost for So Long
06 Give Me the Gun
07 I Need a Drink (or Two or Three)
08 Desire Gets in the Way
09 Everyone Is Dressed Up

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Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – Stranger Things Vol. 1 – Review

Piece written by Nothing Left Unsaid’s Liam Egan for The Black Wax, check it out!

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Even though it’s only been out for just over a month, it is hard to imagine life without Stranger Things. The Netflix exclusive series has become a cult hit almost overnight, garnering thousands of fans worldwide. Helmed by the Duffer Brothers, the eight part series follows a group of kids who are trying to find their friend who goes missing. We’ll refrain from spoilers in case you haven’t seen it, but it’s certainly one of this year’s stand out TV series. A mixture of E.T and The Goonies, with a dash of Twin Peaks, Stranger Things is the perfect homage to the 80s.

But it’s not just the series itself that has gained a lot of attention, the soundtrack has been praised by fans and critics alike as well. Tracks like Joy Division’s Atmosphere and New Order’s Elegia are peppered throughout the series, with also a brief appearance from Toto’s…

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Preview – Strange Waves 2016

Here at Nothing Left Unsaid, we absolutely revel in the prospect of one day inner city festivals. The mixture of a festival line-up with the setting of a gig, we can’t get enough of them. The latest soirée that we can’t stop thinking about is this year’s Strange Waves. Organised by Manchester promoters Strange Days and Now Wave, Strange Waves takes place on the 9th of September at Manchester’s O2 Ritz. Boasting a line-up of some of the best artists around at the moment, here’s a quick run through of the acts that’ll be gracing both floors of The Ritz.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Headlining the whole day is Melbourne septet King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Notorious for their raucous live shows, and their impressively frequent musical output, the psychedelic garage rockers are worth the price of admission alone. With their never ending concept album Nonagon Infinity being released earlier this year, King Gizzard are sure to end the night with kaleidoscopic insanity.

The Wytches

The next band on the bill is Brighton based trio The Wytches. Known for their blood gurgling lo-fi surf rock, The Wytches will more than likely wreak havoc within The Ritz. With their sophomore record All Your Happy Life being released a couple of weeks after Strange Waves, fans should expect lots of new material in their set.

The Big Moon

Having supported the likes of Mac DeMarco and Mystery Jets, The Big Moon are quickly making a name for themselves. Their mixture of swaggering indie and pop sensibilities has got them touted for great things. Make sure to catch their set before they start selling out bigger venues and it becomes impossible to pick up a ticket.

Methyl Ethel

The second act on the bill to come from Australia is Perth based Methyl Ethel, who are set to bring tracks from their latest record Oh Inhumane Spectacle. Methyl Ethel’s shimmering dream pop has certainly got Nothing Left Unsaid excited, and we think you’ll feel the same after you see them.

The Parrots

Hailing from Madrid, the garage punkers The Parrots will be chaperoning their sultry tunes to Manchester. With tracks like Let’s Do It Again and No me gustas, te quiero strutting around like a 90s kid with a shiny Charizard Pokémon card, The Parrots will become your favourite musicians to come out of Madrid since Enrique Iglesias.

Shame

Craving for the next big thing? Well you’re in luck because London poet-punk outfit Shame are on the Strange Waves line-up. Shame are giving the industry a much needed shake up, with their track The Lick being one of this year’s best tracks. For fans of The Fall and The Fat White Family, miss them and you’ll regret it for the foreseeable future.

 

Charlotte Cannon

Finally we have Manchester’s very own Charlotte Cannon. With comparisons to Nina Simone and Björk, Charlotte is one the most exciting up-and-coming singer-songwriters around at the moment. Coupled with her Roland Piano Keyboard, Charlotte’s set will kick the day off in style.

 

There’s also a bunch of DJs lined up as well throughout the day, now that’s good isn’t it?

You can buy tickets for Strange Waves at the link below!

http://www.seetickets.com/event/strange-waves-2016/o2-ritz/962556

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Remembering The Maccabees…

After 14 years together, The Maccabees have announced that their life as a band is sadly over. Coming off the back of a headline performance at this year’s Latitude Festival, it could be argued that they were at the height of their powers. Yet, this is one of the reasons why they decided to split. In a message to their fans, they stated “We are very proud to be able to go out on our own terms, at our creative peak”. So rather than mourn over their split, we are going to look back at the band’s four records and celebrate the music that they gave us.

It’s the 16th of April 2007, and The Maccabees have just released their debut record Colour It In on iTunes. Tony Blair is still the Prime Minister, the new Wembley Stadium has only just opened and Arctic Monkeys are set to headline Glastonbury for the first time. Amongst all this, little did we know that this record was the beginning of something truly special. Following then recent popular indie albums such as Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and Silent Alarm, Colour It In cemented itself in the mid-noughties indie psyche. Tracks like X-Ray, Precious Time and Latchmere became the anthems of the Skins generation, whilst Toothpaste Kisses captured the hearts of young couples who thought their love would last forever. It’s a record that encapsulates a time that seems so distant and far away now, however it will forever mean a lot to those who were around to experience it first hand.

Two years later, The Maccabees followed up their debut with Wall Of Arms. A record that steered the band’s sound into what it ended on. Their overall sound had matured, with vaster instrumentation and darker themes. This is where they proved that they weren’t just your run of the mill indie band who made one good record and jacked it in. Wall Of Arms was a statement of intent. The Maccabees were here to stay.

2012 was the year that The Maccabees released their magnum opus. Given To The Wild was the moment when they became one of the Britain’s best millennial bands. This was their Disintegration or their The Dark Side Of The Moon, this is what The Maccabees existed for. Every track they had recorded and every gig they had played led up to this moment. The album went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize Award, and rightly so. It’s impossible to sum up the album in just a few words, so we won’t even try to. So instead, if you haven’t already, just give it a listen.

Marks To Prove It, the album that bookends their whole career. An album that, in lieu of what has happened, makes total sense. It’s a honouring of everything they did. It borrows elements from Colour It In, Wall Of Arms and Given To The Wild to create a celebration of what The Maccabees achieved, became and ended as. It was as if The Maccabees knew all along that this would be their last record.

So whilst it may be sad that you’ll never be able to say “Oh, have you heard that new track by The Maccabees?” again, or get excited when they get announced for a festival, at least they have left us with four amazing albums. The Maccabees were a special band, and one we’ll never forget.

Liam Egan