By Tom Fake
October 09, 2013
The Hot Five – My views on five tracks that have attracted my interest throughout the week. There’s usually an older or more obscure track thrown in the mix for something a bit different too. Tracks usually concentrate on guitar-based music, but really focus on anything and everything that comes to my attention.
Track of the week: Royal Blood – ‘Out Of The Black’
Two-piece band Royal Blood are relatively new on the music scene. Their debut track ‘Figure It Out’ seems to have made quite an impact, and their follow up, ‘Out Of The Black’ is seriously impressive. I mean, check out this track. What a sound to be created by just two people, even if there are overdubs, and you can hear strong influence of bands like Muse, Queens of the Stone Age and The White Stripes. Royal Blood are currently touring the UK, but expect to see them on the road very soon; these guys are on the up.
Kodaline – ‘All I Want’
In my opinion, Kodaline are THE breakthrough band of 2013. Their fantastic debut album, In A Perfect World, was released this summer and contains some of the best and most memorable tracks of the year. Their new single is called ‘All I Want’, and is a song of mourning and despair. It is definitely one of the most striking and emotional post-break up songs I’ve heard in a long time. Steve Garrigan and co. are off on tour after a successful festival season. Their November tour of the UK has sold out, and their March tour is looking to do the same. Expect to see them high up your 2014 festival line-ups. The video for ‘All I Want’ is in two parts, and you can see both of them here. Nice one guys!
Morcheeba – ‘Gimme Your Love’
This is the latest single from Brit trip-hop artists Morcheeba. ‘Gimme Your Love’ does what relatively few manage to do: its sound is so current, but it also has a catchy hook line and the mesmerising vocal ability of lead singer Skye Edwards. In my opinion this, although musically different, is some of the bands best material since 1998’s Big Calm. Morcheeba will embark on a full European tour this autumn following the release of their latest album, Head Up High, on October 14.
The Gaslight Anthem – ‘ “45” ‘
I always saw The Gaslight Anthem as that band that get Bruce Springsteen to play with them every now and then. I’d like to extend my apologies to TGA, as I’ve just discovered “45”, taken from their 2012 Handwritten. This track, which was the album’s lead single, is simply three-and-a-half minutes of rock that really grabs your attention; it’s a great way to start the album. I guess I’m just sorry that I didn’t take any notice of it when it was released.
Hidden Track of the week: Radiohead – ‘Last Flowers’
Finally this week I’m putting in one of my favourites. Its not a secret that I think Radiohead are the best thing since sliced bread, and Thom Yorke turned 45 this week. This track is from the second disk of 2007’s In Rainbows, although its original full title was ’Last Flowers Till The Hospital’, which apparently comes from a sign on the way to Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Happy birthday Thom! Here’s to another few decades of music making.