Posts Tagged ‘Yukon Blonde’

Five great tracks: Edition #1 (Escapists, Yukon Blonde, Kyla La Grange, Various Cruelties, Hot Spoke)

Here’s an attempt to bring to your attention more stuff than we normally do, with a simple, easily-digestible roundup of some great tracks (and bands) we’ve come across of late. Whether it’s signed, unsigned, electronic, organic or recorded in a toilet is not our concern – it just needs to be good. Laissez-Faire, aren’t we? Here goes:

Escapists – “Church Bells” (Unsigned)

Regular readers of this blog should already be familiar with this South London quartet, a band who have played our live nights on a number of occasions. They’re just about to release their debut single, ‘Post Gospel Blues’ in October, but here’s another track from their debut full-length that they’ve posted online. Front man Simon Glancy sings over some aurally pleasing piano chords to create a beautiful and emotive two-and-a-half minutes. If it’s not set to be the LP closer, it should be.

Yukon Blonde – “Fire” (Nevado)

Not a Kasabian cover but a brand new song from Yukon Blonde, Vancouver’s answer to the likes of Local Natives and Fleet Foxes. Off their new EP, ‘Fire/Water’, it’s a retro styled, breezy rocker that evokes images of dog eared 12″ copies of “Harvest”, the sun, and wide open spaces – which they’ll no doubt see a lot of during their forthcoming mammoth 60-date (yes, 60) tour of North America.

MP3: Yukon Blonde – Fire

Kyla La Grange – “I Could Be” (Chess Club)

‘I Could Be’ is the B-side to Kyla La Grange’s latest single on Chess Club Records, ‘Been Better’. Dark, moody and sung in hushed tones, it sits somewhere in between Cat Power and Anna Calvi and displays why KLG is amongst the hottest property on the London music scene right now. The chorus packs a hefty punch, too, with La Grange displaying her remarkable singing talent to its fullest extent. We’re eagerly waiting more where this came from.

MP3: Kyla La Grange – I Could Be

Various Cruelties – “Chemicals” (Hideout)

Since we last wrote about London’s soul-pop outfit Various Cruelties in March, they’ve gone on to sign a major record deal with Hideout – a subsidiary of Mercury. Their highly promising early demo ‘Chemicals’ has been re-recorded and now sounds even bigger and more anthemic than before – presumably the intention of their A&R team. Not that it always works that way – sometimes energy and character can be sapped out by expensive production – so kudos to those involved. We expect this to soundtrack a goals round-up near you very soon.

Hot Spoke – “Grimwood” (Unsigned)


Hot Spoke are a new indie/folk band from Down Under, from the same Sydney scene as the much vaunted Cloud Control, Boy And Bear and The Jezabels. They cite Wilco, Jeff Buckley, Nancy Sinatra and Kate Bush amongst their influences, and we’d suggest they’ve probably listened to a PJ Harvey record or two in the past. Singer Vanessa Jade is sure to turn heads and generate plaudits with her very impressive set of pipes – which take centre-stage on ‘Grimwood’, a brooding and very accomplished three-or-so minutes. Be sure to download the similarly veined ‘Chromatic’ below.

MP3: Hot Spoke – Chromatic

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:

New LFC show: The Windmill 17 September + Let’s Buy Happiness MP3

On Friday 17 September, Laissez Faire Club is returning to the “gloriously lowdown, coolfuck venue” (Time Out) The Windmill in Brixton, South London, where it all started almost four years ago when we put on our first ever live night featuring New York’s Five O’Clock Heroes.

Let’s Buy Happiness, one of the hottest bands in the North East and winners of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition (previous victors have included The Subways, Golden Silvers and We Have Band) earlier this year, are travelling to London to play their first ever show in the capital. This is something we’ve been trying to arrange with them for some months, so we’re pretty chuffed to finally get a date in the diary.

Support comes from brand new “night pop” duo Alpines (the new project of former LFC stars Catherine Pockson and Bob Matthews), Vancouver BC’s wondrous Yukon Blonde (over in the UK for the first time ever) and new London band Pushing Hands, who we’ve already shouted about in a previous blog post. I know we probably say this every time we put a show on, but this really is the best lineup we’ve ever strung together. Honest.

Please let us know if you’re coming by RSVP’ing to the Facebook event here. Tickets are a mere £4 in advance (It’ll be £5 day of show) and can be booked via WeGotTickets. We advise buying now as this is set to be a pretty lively evening, and we want you to get in and see all the bands!

In the run up to the gig, the headliners are giving away (in exchange for an Email address) a track called Devil Show, which featured on their superb Not Hot Ashes EP, which came out in November last year. Click below to listen to and download the song.

<a href="http://letsbuyhappiness.bandcamp.com/track/devil-show">Devil Show by Let&#8217;s Buy Happiness</a>

Past LFC performance

MUMFORD AND SONS // OLD BLUE LAST // 24 OCT 2007