Just got a DMCA notice through telling me that this post is illegal, you I’ve had to take the links to songs down. Sorry.
I say comprehensive, but I haven’t even started writing it yet, so what do I know? Anyway, seeing as this is going to be the first time in 5 years that I haven’t dragged myself down to Leeds to sit in a tent and get horrendously drunk and miss my favourite bands, I thought I may as well do a little run through of the bands there, and who you should definitely try and catch on the highlights.
I’ll be honest in saying that I’m not a big fan of the line-up this year, but I think there are a lot of good bands on and there’s one headliner in particular that make me absolutely devastated to not be going. which is where we’ll start:
If this were any other year, I would have been looking forward to this more than anything else. In 2006, I even made do with seeing a bit of Muse’s set on the mainstage, just to try and get in the mood for a ‘big occassion’. but no, they were shit. Radiohead, on the other hand, are seasoned pros, and have made some of the best music known to man. They haven’t got a new album out, but there’s a strong chance that they’ll do some material from this supposed new E.P., a track from which you’ll be able to find below in a minute.
My one consolation is that, of my friends that are going to Leeds, none of them like Radiohead. Idiots. Feel free to take their place in the crowd if you’re going, and most complete band of our time. But if they play idiotheque, I swear I will cry.
YEAH YEAH YEAHS
I’m one of the stupid few who hasn’t really give YYY’s new album a proper go yet. Everytime I’ve tried to give it a go, I’ve distracted myself or downloaded something new which has required urgent attention, so i’ve not really gotten around to it. The little bits I’ve managed to remember are great though, and any opportunity to see Karen O possibly play ‘Y control’ should be taken with both hands.
I know that it isn’t particularly cool to like Brand New. I’m not going to pretend that it is. but they have to be the ultimate guilty pleasure, don’t they? somewhere deep inside all of us is an angsty 13 year old who still loves this stuff. Though i only really got into them two years ago (aged 19), so I really have no excuse. Anyway, it’s only a matter of time before Jesse Lacey completely loses it, and if a bloke on the bus once is to be believed, their new album pretty much sounds like a bad Sonic Youth album.
Oh, and there new single is here, too
NME/RADIO 1 STAGE
I swear, everytime I’ve managed to see The Maccabees, they’ve all looked completely off their faces on coke. I’m sure that it can’t always be like that, and they may have cleaned up their act since the dark, dark days of 2005. judging by their new album they have, anyway. Whereas Colour it in was a collection of pretty good songs thrown together, this year’s Wall of Arms actually sounds like a proper album. Well worth a watch, especially if there’s nothing on the other stages. But make sure you leave before White Lies come on.
I saw him headline Carling Stage 2 years ago and he was spectacular. His new album is a bit more elctro (as seemingly all albums are this year), but he’s still brilliant. I was sure he’d have packed it all in by now, but he’s still soldiering on. And if he does his cover of ‘Feels like I’m in love’ again, you’d be a fool to miss it.
I’ve missed them twice before, much to my dismay. There are question marks over whether they’re talented for real, or simply know which samples to steal, but that never stopped Mark Ronson from making a shitload of money and taking over the airwaves, so CC probably deserve all they get.
I almost feel embarassed suggesting this. the more I listen to them, the more they sound like a load of posh kids desperately trying to make it in the industry, and I feel like a fool for encouraging them. They are pure Radio 1 rubbish, but they actually have a few decent songs. Well, at least one. Download it below.
They may have had a terrible review from Vice the other day (Nought out of ten, I believe), and may have sold their souls to Microsoft to promote the Xbox 360, but you’re going to have to go quite far to find a better band to open up your day. Unless you’re into Sonic Boom Six.
DANCE/LOCK UP STAGE
I’m not going to do The Lock Up. You’ll know yourself whether you want to see the bands there or not. but MSTRKRFT are worth seeing, just because it’s one half of Death from Above 1979. Pity he’s only an eighth as good, then.
FESTIVAL REPUBLIC STAGE
They massively influenced Forward, Russia, which means I feel as though I owe them some kind of massive debt. If you’re into Math rock, then you’ll already know all about these guys. If you don’t, then turn up anyway. It’ll be an experience you won’t forget.
Formerly of Test Icicles, which I may be alone in thinking isn’t too much of a bad thing. Sounds nothing like the noisy, bratty music he used to make and has turned into a folky bearded acoustic guitar player, but he’s still quite brilliant. Everyone there will most likely be about 13, but just ignore that.
Seriously, do not miss this. The amount of wankers that are going to be watching this band is going to be huge, and every idiot in your camp is going to be talking about this ‘amazing new band’ they just saw. Black Lips have been around forever, and if you’ve ever picked up a copy of Vice, you’ll know all about them. They’re not the most talented, but even on an off day, they’re still the best band you’ll see perform all year.
I really like them. they may be a bit pretentious, but the male vocalist has one of the best voices you’re ever likely to hear. they’ve been touring this material since about 2004, so they know it well enough, and if they don’t break through soon it could mean they’ll break up. I’m hoping for at least a second album before then, though.
A blog i read the other day (may have been no-name leeds) said that these are the best band you’re going to see live. They sound like it, and though I’ve never had the joy of seeing them perform, I’ll take their word for it.
Seeing as No Age and Times New Viking are not in attendence, you might as well go and see these. Maybe that’s a bit harsh – I quite like them, and loads of other people do too. Noise rock or whatever bullshit category you want to put them into.
BLOOD RED SHOES
Everyone at the festival will be there anyway, so may as well go along. It’s not like there’s anything else going on. And ‘It’s getting boring by the sea’ is still very much danceable.
Well, that’s it. I know that I left out Bloc Party, and I love them, I know I do, but the last time I saw them on the main stage was one of the most boring experience of my entire life. They’re still good, but look forward to being surrounded by twats when watching them. worth seeing though, as Radiohead are on afterwards.