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BEST BETS – IN­TER­NA­TIONAL

PRI­MAL SCREAM (Sun­day, June 2): Thor’s ham­mer! Is it re­ally nearly 30 years since this band formed? Yep, but with their new al­bum, More Light, get­ting a wide­spread thumbs-up, it seems there is life in the old dogs yet. They say: “If there is a mis­sion, it’s a mis­sion to try and ex­press my­self. Peo­ple think it’s enough to have chords, melody, words and beat, but you’re try­ing to cap­ture magic and writ­ing a song is only the be­gin­ning of the process.

“When we started, I had this thing in­side that I wanted to ex­press but I didn’t know how to do it. We looked at de­but al­bums by the Sex Pis­tols, Stooges, Vel­vets, Clash and Ra­mones, state­ment records that in­flu­enced and in­spired a lot of peo­ple, and I thought: ‘If you don’t do it on your first record, you’re fin­ished.’ But we kept try­ing.” [ Bobby Gille­spie, The Tele­graph) We have to hear: Coun­try Girl. CHIC (Sun­day, June 2): There’s prob­a­bly no bet­ter band at this fes­ti­val if you’re a friend of the groove, a mate of soul, a chum of disco or a pal of dance. They say: “We emp­tied the board­room with Le Freak. We started it – ‘One, two, aaawwwwwww Freak Out!’ – and by the time the song fin­ished, the only peo­ple left in the room were me, Bernard Edwards and our at­tor­ney. Ev­ery­one had gone out­side to dis­cuss how they were go­ing to tell us they hated the song.” [Nile Rogers, The List] We have to hear: Good Times. FOURTET (Sun­day, June 2): Kieran Heb­den doesn’t do the live thing too of­ten, so this is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to get to grips with the man’s in­tu­itive blend of elec­tron­ica and melody. He says: “I want to play every­where – a rock club one day, some techno-ori­ented place in Ber­lin the next. In terms of live per­for­mance ver­sus DJing, I like both a lot, but you can’t do one thing all the time, oth­er­wise things get stale. DJing is sort of a rar­ity when I’m in Amer­ica, so when I do play records there, some­thing good has to be go­ing on. How­ever, the live stuff re­ally does at­tract in­ter­est­ing and open-minded crowds of peo­ple, so there are great ben­e­fits to each way of per­form­ing. In the end, I’m still play­ing good mu­sic, which hope­fully peo­ple can ap­pre­ci­ate.” [self-ti­tled­mag.com] We have to hear: My An­gel Rocks Back and Forth. DAUGH­TER (Sun­day, June 2): Since sign­ing to 4AD last year, this Lon­don trio (Elena Tonra, Igor Hae­feli and Remi Aguilella) have gone on to blow away the no­tion of in­die folk as fey or whimsical. Quiet is the new loud, in­deed. They say: “I en­joy play­ing fes­ti­vals, but I think it’s al­ways safe if you have your own shows be­cause you’re ex­pect­ing the room to be full, so you have that se­cu­rity. With fes­ti­vals it’s re­ally fun, be­cause you can just sort of play and see

who turns up to lis­ten.” [Elena Tonra, out­li­neon­line.co.uk]

We have to hear: Home.

BEST BETS – IR­ISH

LE GALAXIE (Satur­day, June 1): This Dublin elec­tro quar­tet made its For­bid­den Fruit de­but last year, and went down so bril­liantly that a re­turn visit was in­evitable. Four words: They. Own. The. Stage. They say: “There’s some­thing that takes hold of us when we go out on stage; it’s like Dream­time. Any­thing you had on your mind, and any fa­tigue you were feel­ing tends to dis­ap­pear as soon as you stand in front of an au­di­ence. We also do Jane Fonda work-out videos back stage.” [Dave McLaugh­lin, 7bil­lion­peo­ple.net] We have to hear: We Bleed the Blood of An­droids. FIGHT LIKE APES (Satur­day, June 1): The band with the best song ti­tles ever re­turn to the fray with a re­drafted line-up and a bunch of new ma­te­rial from their forth­com­ing (and suc­cess­fully crowd-funded) al­bum. They say: “The band came out of us hang­ing out, watch­ing movies and wast­ing our lives away, so it was very nat­u­ral for us to just be ref­er­enc­ing what we were ac­tu­ally do­ing with our lives at the time, which was liv­ing our lives through other peo­ple, namely peo­ple in re­ally crap TV shows. ” [Pock­ets, un­cen­sored­in­ter­view.com] We have to hear: Tie Me Up With Jack­ets. GIRLS NAMES (Satur­day, June 1): Take hints of Brit post-punk ( Joy Di­vi­sion, The Cure) and Krautrock klas­sics ( Har­mo­nia, Neu!), mix well and you’ve got a Belfast band worth get­ting ex­cited about. They say: “What makes a good show? Sweat, strobes and smoke.” [Cathal Cully, the­beat­juice.com] We have to hear: Oc­cul­ta­tion. SO­LAR BEARS (Sun­day, June 2): First, in 2010, there was She Was Coloured In, and now, this year, we have Su­per­mi­gra­tion. Two su­perb al­bums. It’s full elec­tron­ica steam ahead for this oh-so-bright Dublin/Wick­low band. They say: “We never set out to be an ex­er­cise in pop. If it is, then it’s our own brand of it, more in­flu­enced by counter cul­ture than most other facets of so­ci­ety.” [John Kowal­ski, harm­less­noise.ie]

We have to hear: Our Fu­ture is Un­der­ground.

... AND TWO FOR A LAUGH

THE NUALAS This year, For­bid­den Fruit has a big­ger com­edy tent – all the more space for solid com­edy from the likes of The Nualas. If you think th­ese three charm­ing women of a cer­tain age are too whimsical for your cut­ting-edge tastes, think again, dude. JOHN COL­LEARY We clocked Col­leary at FF last year and he was the comic hit of the week­end with his blend of sharp wit, well-honed jokes and good im­per­son­ations. Word of warn­ing: don’t sit too close to the

front of the stage.

THE NUALAS

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