We live in a century of superstars “from a neighboring courtyard,” from Ed Sheeran and Ben Howard to Khozier, who is currently tearing away to the full on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Niall Doherty traveled to New York to find out what makes this humble Irish singer unstoppable.
Troubadours come to power! Take a look at the album charts for the last six months and you will see them in the TOP-20, with their emotional hymns and names that evoke the memory of some school friend: Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, Ben Howard, James Bay. These sensitive young people are currently the stars of Britain’s largest music scene – honest white guys who write serious songs about their feelings, even if they don’t feel part of this scene. Because they are on their own. Continue reading
Doomed love and paranoia: Palma Violets about their new, defiantly British album.
The city of Austin, Texas, subdued the noise of rain, while Sam Fryer and Chilly Jesson are sitting in a Mexican restaurant, crunching chips and sipping strawberry daiquiri. Palma Violets recently played at the SXSW festival, and drummer Will Doyle, along with keyboardist Pete Mayhew, fled to the lower part of the city, taking with them all the band’s total money, leaving the frontmen only a few meager dollars.
The concert, played as part of the SXSW, was part of the American mini-tour, before the release of the second longplay “Danger In The Club”. If two years ago, the debut album “180”, designated a group from Lambeth as a gang of villains taking inspiration from The Clash, then further performances would have Continue reading