Archive for April, 2011

LFC003: Channel Cairo – ‘Elephants’

We’re delighted to announce the addition of the wonderful Channel Cairo to our singles label roster, where they’ll join Ice Black Birds and The Collectable Few.

First seen at Laissez Faire Club opening the second night of our fourth birthday shows at The Macbeth in January, it was clear this lot are onto something special – which is why we’ve jumped on board, and will be putting out a newly recorded version of their dreamy, haunting number ‘Elephants’ on 8 August (check out the video of the demo version below).

It’ll be the band’s debut single, and will see the light of day on the usual formats – limited edition 7″ vinyl (500 copies), which will be available directly from us and all good independent stores, as well as digital download (iTunes included).

A single launch party with special guests will be announced shortly around that date – stay tuned for another announcement. However, in the meantime, you’re able to catch the band at the following London shows, one of which is with The Collectable Few this Thursday evening at The Borderline:

Thu, 28 April: The Borderline w/ The Collectable Few
Mon, 16 May: The Social w/ Bravestation & Deep Sea Arcade (LFC night) TICKETS
Tue, 24 May: Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen w/ Wave Machines & To Kill A King


At long last, people in the United States are able to buy Laissez Faire Club record releases without having to part with their limbs to cover postage fees. The good people over at Insound are now stocking the Ice Black Birds and Collectable Few records – so head over and grab some limited edition 7″ vinyl before they all go…

Don’t forget you can also grab the digital versions of either release from iTunes, Amazon or our US affiliates RethinkPopMusic (Collectable Few only).

News of our next release, LFC003, will be announced imminently. Stay tuned.

Introducing: Peace

Peace are a brand new band from the great musical city of Birmingham (see also: Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, UB40, The Twang) who we expect to be dropped into conversations of many a music aficionado very shortly.

Having formed in just autumn of last year from the ashes of previous incarnation November And The Criminal, the quartet have already supported the likes of The Vaccines, Tame Impala and Magic Kids around the UK. Their sound, much like these bands they’ve opened for, is alternative and guitar based: obvious points of reference are the jerky, stop-start math-rock of Foals and the pop sensibilities of Mystery Jets, with lead singer Harry Koisser’s vocals actually bearing much resemblance to those of Yannis Philippakis’ or Blaine Harrison’s (potentially a double-edged sword, at least before they establish themselves).

We caught their debut London show at The Bull And Gate on 30 March (put on by our friends Wax Robot), and were, in a word, impressed. Despite only playing for around 20 minutes (leave ’em wanting more seems to be currently en vogue, or perhaps they’d just run out of material), strong musicianship and interesting ideas were certainly evident. Perhaps more crucially, they’ve already got a handful of big songs, one of which they’ve just posted online (‘Bblood’). Nothing has been officially released to date, but if there was ever a space to watch, this would be it.


New Mumford And Sons: ‘Beneath My Feet’ / ‘Lover’s Eyes’

The new Mumford And Sons LP (due out at the tail end of 2011) seems to be shaping up nicely, with a good number of tracks not present on their debut now included in the band’s live set, and circulating in various formats online.

The latest of these, ‘Beneath My Feet’ and ‘Lover’s Eyes’ (see also: ‘Lover Of The Light’, ‘Whispers In The Dark’) sound emboldened, beefed up and geared towards the biggest of stages – presumably where they’ll be performing the new efforts from once studio versions are released into the world. They also represent a sizable step forward from the relatively simplistic arrangements of Sigh No More, and a highly impressive quality control button – it seems this is a band who simply don’t do duff tracks, a trait which will stand them in good stead once the inevitable backlash occurs.

In lieu of proper recorded versions to listen to, check out these live bootlegs, which should still send shivers down your spine:

Good cover versions: Ambassadors (Is This It), To Kill A King (Maps)

A great cover version can do much for artists in a quest for stardom. An old, well known song reinterpreted and played in new style allows listeners to sing along with ease and also acts as a gateway to investigation – and hopefully appreciation – of original material.

The Futureheads, who famously covered Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds Of Love’, and Ryan Adams, who took on and slowed down ‘Wonderwall’, will probably attest to this. Although it’s certainly worth having a strong repertoire of your own before attempting someone else’s composition, or you could face being written off as a band whose best song’s a cover – pretty galling for any self-respecting muso. Whether or not this applies to the aforementioned acts is open to debate…

In any case – below are two interesting (and great) cover versions we’ve come across recently. Brooklyn’s Ambassadors aim to capitalise on the recent surge of interest in The Strokes by offering a soulful, late night bar-room take on ‘Is This It’, whilst London’s To Kill A King have recorded a sparse, haunting rendition of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘Maps’ (which will serve as the B-side to their forthcoming debut single ‘Fictional State’ – out via Communion Records on 30 May). Both hark back to wonderful debut LPs spawned from the seminal early 00s NYC scene – a time and place that’s no doubt a huge inspiration for many guitar wielding hopefuls of today.

If you like what you hear, do delve further into the catalogue of either artist – both are worth your time and will probably be making much more noise (of their own) throughout the course of 2011.

A summer playlist.

The sun has finally reared its head after an extended absence, pale flesh is on show all over town and summer’s just around the corner. This can only mean: Wimbledon, Test cricket, Pimms, package holidays, a plethora of festivals and people fainting on the Tube due to the intense heat. We can’t wait. Here’s a 10-track playlist to drink cider in the park to:

The Strokes in 2002

I used to collect set-lists from each gig I went to, in a hope that one day they’d be worth something, or at least interesting to look at. This one here is from The Strokes‘ gig at Brixton Academy on 28 March 2002. They were touring the UK on a tidal wave of hype promoting Is This It. NME journalists were declaring them to be the saviours of, well, pretty much everything, whilst a whole new generation discovered and fell in love with rock ‘n’ roll. You know the story. Almost a decade on, and with new LP Angles doing the rounds, I figured it was as good a time as any to release this into the public domain and get all nostalgic.

14 songs in total – the debut album, plus rare B-side When It Started and two new ones, Meet Me In The Bathroom and Ze Newie (which latterly became Between Love & Hate). No messing about. It was one of the first (and to this day, one of the best) shows I ever attended, and is probably one of the main reasons why Laissez Faire Club exists at all.

The mp3 below, the original demo of The Modern Age, is supposedly, as urban myth goes, the version Geoff Travis of Rough Trade heard just 15 seconds of (down the phone, no less) before deciding to sign them. How’s that for gut instinct?

MP3: The Strokes – The Modern Age (demo)

New LFC show announced: The Social, 16 May

We’re back in action on the live front in mid May, when we host an incredible international lineup on the 16th of the month at The Social on Little Portland Street.

Headlining the event are one of our favourite new bands, London’s Channel Cairo – they opened up the second night of our fourth birthday shows in January with such aplomb, we’ve invited them back to do it all over again. Think big, haunting, piano-led opuses, with hints of Jeff Buckley and The Cure. They’re a band very much on an upward trajectory, and as ever, we’re giving you a early head’s up to come and join the party.

Dandelions by channelcairo

Main support are the wonderful Bravestation from Toronto. This show will be their first ever appearance in the UK (and also outside of Canada) at the start of a maiden tour of the British Isles. Generating a bit of an online buzz, their dreamy, otherworldly sound has drawn comparisons to the likes of Yeasayer, Local Natives and Foals. We’d speculate this is a band you’ll kick yourself about missing as and when they go on to bigger things. Their debut 2010 EP below is FREE to download – acquaint yourselves now.

From the other side of the globe are Deep Sea Arcade (Sydney, Australia), who’ll be opening the evening. Again, local and national buzz in their homeland has spawned a debut international tour, and we’re delighted to have pinned them down for one of the dates, which also includes The Great Escape Festival in Brighton and Primavera Sound in Barcelona. Sound wise, this is classic, timeless pop, with hints of psychedelia and trip hop (their own words) – Beatles, Monkees, Beach Boys, all over in three minutes or under. It’ll probably transport you to Bondi Beach for at least half-an-hour or so in any case, and is a trip we can’t wait to go on.

Tickets for the gig are available now for just £5 and can be purchased here. RSVP to the Facebook event here. Further details are available on our events page.

Past LFC performance