Juicy Fruits . . . more tasty bits for the weekend
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.