Archive for April, 2012

Jake Mattison – “Sorrow” artwork & B-side (+ Great Escape appearance)

This morning, as promised, here’s the artwork to Jake Mattison‘s “Sorrow” single which will be out in just over a month (4 June). Manchester based designer Daren Newman came up with the minimal yet striking image, and we can’t wait to hold the seven inch sleeve in our hands.

Also, the B-side to the release, “You’re Too Old” is now available for streaming alongside the lead track. It’s a remastered version of one of Jake’s early demos, and was recorded at Stockport’s Eve Studios alongside “Sorrow” last October.

Following on from the two sold out Communion London shows with Matt Corby (at Ballyhoo and The Garage), Jake plays Brighton’s Great Escape Festival next week – he’ll be appearing at The Hub on Jubilee Square at 2pm on 10 May. We’ll be there, board shorts on and ice lolly in hand.

London gigs diary: 30 April – 6 May

The fast rising Siren plays a free show at The Shacklewell Arms this Thursday 3 May.

Monday 30 April

Matthew Dear + Post War Years @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Grimes @ The Garage (Upstairs)
Club Smith @ Barfly

Tuesday 1 May

White Rabbits + Sunless 97 @ XOYO
The Hives @ The Borderline
The Staves @ Tabernacle (Communion)
Brendan Rogers + Shere Khan + Bernadette Ryan + Rob Bravery @ Metropolis Studios (Power Down) FREE

Wednesday 2 May

Gwilym Gold @ The Sebright Arms (Bronze Club)
Pete Hickman & The Divers @ Proud (Akira)
Polarsets + Spring Offensive @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
The Rapture + Factory Floor @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
The Shutes @ Barfly

Thursday 3 May

Siren @ The Shacklewell Arms FREE
Alabama Shakes + Palma Violets @ Brixton Electric
Lulu James @ The Sebright Arms FREE
Clean Bandit @ Notting Hill Arts Club (YoYo)
We Are Augustines @ Dingwalls
Exlovers @ The Lock Tavern (Young & Lost Club) FREE
Mystery Jets @ The Hippodrome, Kingston (New Slang)

Friday 4 May

Little Boots @ XOYO
Citizens! + Singtank @ Koko (Club NME)
Hoodlums + Daytona Lights @ The Wheelbarrow FREE
Space Fight @ 93 Feet East (Back To The Future) FREE
Visions Of Trees @ Old Blue Last (Club.The.Mammoth.) FREE

Saturday 5 May

Here We Go Magic + Porcelain Raft @ The Sebright Arms
Seye + Detour City + Mt. Wolf @ Queen Of Hoxton (Wolf Club) FREE

Sunday 6 May

Amber States + Savoir Adore + Let’s Buy Happiness @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Communion)

London gigs diary: 23 April – 29 April

Brooklyn’s The Antlers headline Shepherd’s Bush Empire this Thursday 26 April.

Monday 23 April

Jack White @ HMV Forum
Cate Le Bon @ Village Underground
Ewe @ Power Lunches
Gomez @ Koko

Tuesday 24 April

The Echo Vamper + Maker + Jake Emlyn + The Near Death Experience @ Bull & Gate (Club Killing Moon)
Clock Opera + Fiction + Duologue @ Scala
Atlantics @ Notting Hill Arts Club (No Quarter)
Gaz Coombes + Fractures @ Barfly (XFM Xposure)
THEESatisfaction + Young Fathers + Pandr Eyez @ Madame Jojos (White Heat)

Wednesday 25 April

Matt Corby + Jake Mattison @ The Garage (Upstairs) (Communion)
Nedry + Worship @ The Lexington
Chairlift + Outfit @ Scala
Red Kite @ Surya
AU + Beaty Heart @ The Shacklewell Arms
Of Montreal + Nzca/lines @ Koko

Thursday 26 April

Big Deal + Fear Of Men + Yadi @ Old Blue Last (Vice Issue Launch) FREE
Gabriel Bruce @ Old Queens Head (Chess Club) FREE
Santigold @ Heaven
The Antlers + Arthur Beatrice @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Matt Corby + Dan Croll + Joe Banfi + David McCaffrey @ Shepherd’s Bar (Communion Records 2nd Birthday)
The History Of Apple Pie + Pale Seas + Mt. Wolf + Arp Attack @ CAMP (Smashing Blouse)

Friday 27 April

Foster The People @ O2 Academy Brixton
Tribes + Sharks + The Brute Chorus @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire (aftershow @ Ginglik)
Holy Esque @ Barfly
Escapists + The Supernovas @ Vibe Bar (This Feeling)
Losers + Mr Fogg @ Koko (Club NME)

Saturday 28 April

Bombay Bicycle Club + Lianne La Havas + Rae Morris @ Alexandra Palace
Miles Kane @ HMV Forum
Foster The People @ O2 Academy Brixton (2nd date)

Sunday 29 April

Foster The People @ O2 Academy Brixton (3rd date)
Stealing Sheep @ Lock Tavern FREE

Introducing: Eeves

When we come across a band that reminds us of being obsessed with Interpol and Bloc Party in 2005, getting into Pixies back in the day and also a brief flirtation with American emo music back in the early noughties (your Thrices, your Something Corporates, your Ataris’), we’re pretty much sold on first listen. Nostalgia is a very powerful thing, and when music passes through our ears that gets us looking through the rose tinted glasses, the game’s pretty much up.

Middlesbrough’s Eeves, and their sterling track “Silhouette”, had this effect on us the other day, and we haven’t looked back. Some impressive guitar work that might have Daniel Kessler turning his head is on show here, as is an uplifting chorus that sounds built for an early evening / sun-going-down slot at a major festival.

The quartet appear to be generating some buzz in their North East locality (becoming the latest in a long line of new and exciting bands from the region – see Mausi, Lulu James, The Lake Poets and Polarsets of late), as a result of this arresting four and a half minutes, and as such are picking up support in the right places.

Amazing Radio have got behind the group (check out the band in session for the station here), as have the organisers of a Newcastle multi venue event called Evolution Emerging, who have booked the band to open the city’s Cluny venue on 1 June, where they’ll share a stage with Lulu James and Beth Jeans Houghton. For once, perhaps, London ain’t the place to be on that day.

New Static Jacks – “Young Guns”

Photo by Adam Kaye

Since the US release of their debut album “If You’re Young” last August, The Static Jacks have been a busy bunch. Two tours of the States and two of Europe / the UK have happened, with the band sharing stages with the likes of Howler, The Cribs and The Wombats along the way (famously appearing at Brixton Academy in February with the latter).

They’re currently showing no signs of slowing down, either – the band are back on the road in the US this week, again lending support to The Wombats on a 13 date tour (23 April – 9 May) – which includes notable appearances at Webster Hall in NYC and the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

Also, rather like Arctic Monkeys did after their debut LP, the band have just announced a new standalone 4-track EP, “Spray Tan” (a reference to the orange looking lady on the “Into The Sun” single, we wonder?), will be released next month to bridge the gap between first and second albums.

Recorded with producer Andrew Maury (also the producer of debut EP “Laces”) in five fast days last summer, we’re told, the opening track “Young Guns” displays a rough and ready grit we’ve come to associate with their live shows, and is as hard hitting and memorable as anything on their debut album. Pick it up for free below, and if you’re heading out to any of current dates, expect to hear it in the set alongside the other newbies.

MP3: The Static Jacks – Young Guns

LFC005: Jake Mattison – “Sorrow” + Free Download

Photo by Clement Neveu

We’re delighted to this morning welcome Manchester’s Jake Mattison to the Laissez Faire Club Records family. Having been totally knocked out by Jake’s voice when we first him heard late last year, and also very impressed with his effortless way around a good tune, we decided we had to get involved in bringing this huge talent to a wider audience.

To that end: Jake’s debut single, “Sorrow”, will be out on limited edition 7″ vinyl (300 copies) and digital download from Monday 4 June.

Not one but two single launch parties have been arranged: The Castle Hotel in Manchester on Wednesday 6 June, and London’s Enterprise on Thursday 7 June. Support on both dates will be announced shortly, as will ticket details (so keep checking back).

In the meantime, you can exclusively stream the single below and we’re also offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of “Too The Old House (You Return)” (recorded during the same session as the single), which should get you all warmed up for what’s to come. In the first instance, that’s two support slots with Australia’s Matt Corby, one at Ballyhoo this Tuesday 17th and one at The Garage next Wednesday 25th. We’re excited.

London gigs diary: 16 April – 22 April

Australia’s Matt Corby plays Ballyhoo (formerly The Bowery) on Tuesday 17th.

Monday 16 April

Noah & The Whale + Rae Morris @ Royal Albert Hall
Emeli Sande @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Brown Brogues @ Barfly
Ellen & The Escapades @ The Lexington (Communion)

Tuesday 17 April

Noah & The Whale + Rae Morris @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Matt Corby + Jake Mattison @ Ballyhoo (formerly The Bowery) (Communion)
Oberhofer @ Rough Trade East
Hatcham Social @ Cargo
Maps & Atlases @ The Garage
My Tiger My Timing @ Barfly

Wednesday 18 April

Oberhofer @ CAMP
Bastille @ Hoxton Hall
The Other Tribe + Swiss Lips @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (Gold Dust)
These Ghosts + Coves @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Death2Disco) FREE

Thursday 19 April

Bastille @ Hoxton Hall (2nd date)
Sam Airey + Saul Ashby @ Old Queens Head (Oh! Inverted World)
Good Dangers @ The Shacklewell Arms
Stealing Sheep @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen

Friday 20 April

Vuvuvultures + The Kill Van Kulls + Physics House Band @ Old Blue Last FREE
Gaz Coombes @ Koko (Club NME)
The Hot Melts + Swiss Lips @ Purple Turtle (Clublad)
Anison + Ex Libras @ Tooting Tram & Social (The Remedy w/ John Kennedy) FREE

Sat 21 April

Johnny Flynn, Keane, Little Boots @ Rough Trade East (Record Store Day) FREE
Stealing Sheep, Allo Darlin’, Smoke Fairies @ Rough Trade West (Record Store Day) FREE
Mafia Lights @ Power Lunches FREE

Sun 22 April

Hella Better Dancer @ The Lock Tavern FREE

Introducing: Laura Welsh

Twenty-something Laura Welsh has been on the London scene for a year or two now, under various guises: we first came across her as Laura And The Tears, and she also performed under the monicker of Hey Laura for a short while.

While strong, radio (2) friendly songs and her powerful and emotive voice have always been at the forefront, for some reason neither of these projects really catapulted her into the ether (and general public consciousness). This might well change now, however – Welsh has relaunched simply under her given names, and has posted, as well as some evocative black and white photography, two rather arresting tracks online: “45” and “Ghosts”.

Pitched somewhere between Adele and Rachael Yamagata, both display solid production, an impressive set of pipes and a general feeling they won’t remain contained for too much longer: we’re currently envisaging A&R men donning their cloaks and daggers and preparing for battle.

Indeed, we won’t be surprised if “45” ends up sound-tracking a tear-jerking scene in a US TV drama or an Olympic montage this year, and with its show-stopping “45 minutes to midnight” refrain, it would have been ideal for recent US flick “New Years Eve”, if only it came out sooner (this is the ballpark we’re in here). These are songs pitched unequivocally directed at the mass market, and with the legs to potentially go the whole hog.

MP3: Laura Welsh – 45
MP3: Laura Welsh – Ghosts

Q&A with Sean Moeller of Daytrotter

Sean Moeller is the founder of, a website based in the small town of Rock Island in Illinois, USA.

Live sessions, typically around 4-5 tracks, are recorded onto vintage 1/4 Inch tape at Daytrotter’s Horseshack Studios (also in Rock Island, but several more have sprung up across the US) as bands pass through the town on their national tours, and are posted up online alongside some analysis from Moeller and a unique illustration of the band / artist – something that’s become a real USP for the site.

Since its inception in 2006, Daytrotter has hosted sessions from bands like MGMT, Bon Iver, The National, Wilco, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Local Natives, Fleet Foxes, The Naked And Famous, Two Door Cinema Club, Anna Calvi, The Vaccines and Youth Lagoon, amongst countless others, leading to the site being featured in publications such The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Recently, a Daytrotter studio has opened up here in London, which has enabled many UK artists to feature on the site – recent tapings this side of the pond have included the likes of Dry The River, Kyla La Grange, Bombay Bicycle Club, Metronomy, Bastille and Slow Club.

Quite often, bands feature on the site before they fully break into the public consciousness, and as such Daytrotter rightly declares itself as a place to discover your new favourite band.

We’ve been aware of the site for a little while, but have taken a larger interest of late due to two of our bands, The Static Jacks and Channel Cairo, being featured. With both their sessions appearing online in recent weeks, we thought it was high time to pose some questions to Sean about it all – his aims and motivations for doing it, as well as what’s to come from Daytrotter in the future.

LFC: What inspired you to start Daytrotter?

Sean: I started the site with a couple buddies really just to try and make something different and special – something that would allow me to give a platform to bands that I thought were better than most of the bands that I read about in magazines. I just thought that if there was a way for us to put bands in a most natural environment and recording them without much fanfare, with vintage equipment, straight to tape, the results would be good and people could easily appreciate them. There would be little to no bullshit. The music could just shine through.

LFC: To someone who hasn’t come across Daytrotter – what exactly is it, and what’s the site’s aim/ethos?

Sean: We’re a website that records bands passing through our main analog studio here in Rock Island, Ill. (and a few others out there in the world) and features those songs for people to listen to on our site. We hope we’re a place where people have open ears and are willing to discover things they’ve never heard of. We just like the idea of getting great music into as many ears as possible and letting people decide for themselves, rather than get caught up in any hype that is too easy to find out there these days.

LFC: Aside from bands passing through to record sessions for you, is there much of an independent music scene where you’re based on the Illinois / Iowa border?

Sean: No, not really. We’re trying to change that. We’ve got some things up our sleeves. We usually have to get to Iowa City to link up with great shows. Though, surprisingly, a couple nights a year, Maquoketa, Iowa is about as cool of a place as you can ever go to hear music.

LFC: Of all the bands who have recorded Daytrotter sessions over the years, who have been the most memorable?

Sean: Really, honestly and truly, they all stand out for different reasons. It’s a big ‘ol bag of memories, all of them. It’s damn near impossible to think about what we’re trying to do over here without thinking about it as a whole. These aren’t individual moments for me, but more a whole. That’s what means the most to me.

LFC: Apart from the original studio in Rock Island, where are the other Daytrotter sites?

Sean: We have studios that we currently use in London, San Francisco, Nashville, Austin, Montreal and Asheville, NC.

LFC: How did setting up the studio in London come about?

Sean: We got to become really good buddies with the killer people at Communion and our values and tastes align so well that we couldn’t keep our hands off of one another. We just had to work together and so this is just the start of a relationship that I think is going to continue to grow and become something really amazing. We’re looking forward to seeing where it goes. Our studio over there is gorgeous and the two engineers we’re working with – Ian Grimble and Rich Matthews – are wizards. It’s a wonderful extension of our team here in Rock Island and we couldn’t be happier about the results so far.

LFC: What’s your criteria when booking a band for a Daytrotter session?

Sean: It’s very simple: If I like it we’ll try to make something happen. If I don’t like it, the band doesn’t stand a chance. Ha.

LFC: Are there any big names you’d like to get on the site, or are you happy with focusing on emerging talent?

Sean: I want Willie Nelson, Jay-Z, Alabama and Radiohead to come visit us.

LFC: How do you search for new talent? Is it mainly on the internet, or word of mouth?

Sean: It’s about half and half. I get a lot of recommendations and tips from bands that we’ve recorded in the past and friends that I trust. Mostly it’s just me bouncing around Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. It’s amazing what you can find.

LFC: What’s next for Daytrotter?

Sean: It’s actually just a lot of the same, but we should have some very big news coming in the fall. It’s not the right time to let the cat or cats out of the bag just yet. All in due time, my good friend.

Like Daytrotter on Facebook here and follow Sean on Twitter at @RealDaytrotter. Listen to The Static Jacks’ session, recorded in San Francisco, here. Channel Cairo’s session, recorded in London, is available here.

Channel Cairo – “A Year” (Free Download) + Daytrotter session

Photo by Maxime Imbert

Back in February, we alerted you to Channel Cairo‘s excellent new track “A Year”, which they posted online for a short period ahead of their appearance at the HMV Next Big Thing Festival.

Now, they’ve made the song available as a free download for a limited time ahead of its full release as their second official single in June – so be sure to grab it’s piping hot (and before the price goes up). Produced by Dave Bascombe (Doves, Ladyhawke, Placebo), it’s a more direct pop-rock number than its predecessor (and LFC Records release) “Elephant Room”, and we expect it to gain them many new admirers.

Earlier this week the band became the second Laissez Faire Club Records artist to be featured on (after The Static Jacks) – their 4 track session for the site, recorded at Crouch End’s Church Studios in February, features one-off, unique takes of “Elephant Room”, “A Year” and two brand new tracks (“Caterpillar” and “Halo”) which will undoubtedly feature in their new live set.

Speaking of which, a good one to get down to would be the launch party for the aforementioned new single, which takes place at Camden’s Barfly on Thursday 21 June.

Listen to the Daytrotter session here.
Buy tickets to the Barfly show here.
Buy “Elephant Room” on signed 7″ vinyl here.

Past LFC performance