Once again, the time of year is upon us for the English to celebrate St. Georges Day. Although, arguably, the Irish make a bigger deal of St. Patrick’s Day than the English do with St. George’s, today gives us a chance to celebrate all things most English. So boasting a rich music heritage, we’ve compiled a playlist of ten of the best English bands to have graced the airwaves.
Black Sabbath –Paranoid
The Birmingham pioneers of heavy metal have recently returned with an epic new single titled God Is Dead, taken from their forthcoming 13LP, and although frontman Ozzy Osbourne may be more commonly known for his off stage antics, having allowed the world an intrinsic view of his everyday life with MTV’s ‘The Osbournes’ reality show. It’s also true that no other front men can work an audience in the same way as Mr Osbourne. With an incredible cult following, while classic tracks such as Paranoid and Iron Man, propel Black Sabbath to the placing as one of the most promising metal bands to have walked the Earth.
Madness – Our House
The ultimate band to get the party started: having featured prominently in the celebrations of last year’s London Olympics and The Queen’s Jubilee, formulating one hit after another, with a back catalogue of singles that are known by just about everybody. From the ska-mania of One Step Beyond, right through to pop classics such as Our House and House Of Fun.
Oasis – Roll With It
Nowadays, all that we hear of Oasis is the feud between Liam Gallagher and the rest of the world, most notably including his brother and chief Oasis songwriter – Noel. But setting the battling egos aside, Oasis are one of the biggest UK bands to have surfaced since the rise of their ultimate idols, and main influence, The Beatles. Having released Roll With It on the same day as Blur’s Country House, a chart showdown was inevitable, and although victory belonged to Blur, the on-going feud has been set aside, with an acoustic rendition of Blur’s Tender for the Teenage Cancer Trust, featuring Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, as well as Oasis’ Noel Gallagher.
Blur – Country House
Definitive pioneers of the 1990s’ Britpop movement, Blur have gone on to become a household name, as one of Britain’s best loved bands. Reuniting in 2012 for an intimate warm-up tour, preparing for one of the most talked about gigs of the summer: the Olympic closing ceremony at London’s Hyde Park. Releasing Country House back in 1995, claiming victory in a chart-war against Oasis’ Roll With It, in a commercialised battle of the bands competition.
Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven
One of the UK’s most respected rock bands, Led Zeppelin manage to encapsulate the American rock ‘n’ roll infused rhythm & blues sounds of the ‘60s, with a resonance of the hard rock music that was yet to follow. With blues-rock numbers such as Whole Lotta Love and Black Dog, through to their iconic masterpiece – Stairway To Heaven, purveying eight-minutes of guitar led rock perfection. Initiating gently with a spidery guitar line, before climatically building into one of the best-recognised guitar solos of all time.
The Smiths – Panic
Frontman Steven Patrick Morrissey has been in the news rather frequently after the past few months, having been instructed to retire from music by his doctor. Another newsworthy item was the rumour of a reformation of The Smiths for this summer’s Glastonbury Festival, a rumour that never did follow through – nevertheless. But whether you love or loathe the alternative heroes, there’s no denying that they’ve gone on to become one of the nation’s most influential bands.
The Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant
They recently released Pretty Vacant as a limited seven-inch single for this year’s Record Store Day, following last year’s controversial re-release of God Save The Queen. Taken from their only studio album – Never Mind The Bollocks… Here’s The Sex Pistols, one of the most successful British albums to have ever been released, placing The Sex Pistols at the top of the pile, for the most outrageously phenomenal punk bands that England has to offer.
David Bowie - Heroes
The world seems to have been bitten by the Bowie-mania bug, since the dawning of 2013. With the release of The Next Day, the singer’s first album in ten years, the 40th anniversary of Alladin Sane and a mammoth exhibition at the V&A museum: David Bowie fans have a lot to be celebrating.
The Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
Now preparing to headline this year’s Glastonbury Festival, as well as a huge Hyde Park show, in the summer, The Rolling Stones are celebrating 50 years since their formation. And with Mick Jagger’s bluesy vocal tones and sun-drenched instrumentation on tracks such as Start Me Up, Street Fighting Man, and Get Off Of My Cloud, to name a mere few, the fact that The Rolling Stones have gone on to become one of the world’s biggest bands comes as no surprise.
The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles are, undoubtedly, the biggest band to have ever come out of Liverpool, and the UK for that matter. Having gone on to record an exceptional back catalogue, before splitting in 1970, now finding traces their influence in the music of just about every act that has followed. From the rock‘n’ roll roots of their earlier material to the psychedelia of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band andThe Magical Mystery Tour, right through to the early rock of their final efforts, The Beatles are – genuinely –the most prosperous band that the country has offeredr.
Little time has passed since Middlesborough’s Amelia Lily was still at school, sitting her GCSE’s. Then appearing as a contestant on 2011’s series of The X Factor, the teenage singer managed to come third, replacing co-star Frankie Cocozza, after having been evicted from the show. Since then, Lily has been offered a record deal and is gearing up to release her debut album, including new single Party Over, following Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You Got) and debut single You Bring Me Joy, peaking at number two in the UK charts.
So with the release of Party Over, we met up with the Amelia Lily for an exclusive Whiteboard interview, introducing the singer to a photo/drawing based interview format, in which a whiteboard and pen are used to convey the interview answers.
Here’s how we got on:
To start off, please draw what you draw best.
Draw a visual representation of Party Over.
What can the world expect from your debut album?
What’s your favourite thing about being a singer?
Use the whiteboard, to its full use, to promote Party Over.
Where do you see yourself, as an artist, in five years time?
(Board reads playing at The O2 Arena, and with the way things are going, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t come true)
Do you have a message for your fans?
Party Over is out now and available to download here. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @WB_Music and ‘Like’ our Facebook Page to keep up to date with our unique whiteboard content.
Here’s your chance to get your hands on one of two pairs of tickets for Itch’s debut headline show at Dalston’s Birthdays, on Wednesday 27th February. The iconic ex-King Blues frontman will bring his new EP Manifesto Pt. 2: We’re All In The Gutter to the Capital, after a quartet of dates with AWOLNATION. Bringing Animal and Subsource along to play support for the Birthdays show, one that is sure to be another historic show, maybe even as memorable as The King Blues’ final London show at Camden’s Roundhouse.
So to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, just answer this question and email your answer to our music editor (Jon.firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Itch” as the subject by Tuesday 26th February at midday.
What was the title of The King Blues’ final album?
After a long seven years without any new solo material, Justin Timberlake has already claimed 2013 as his own, with the unveiling of a brand new single – Suit & Tie featuring none other than Hip Hop icon Jay-Z. The track appeared on the singer’s website this morning, after teasing the release of a new track on Twitter. And now with the news of Destiny’s Child’s reunion, pop is evidently becoming “cool” again.
Suit & Tie sees Timberlake hook up with Timbaland, again, to take on producing duties. And the track in itself features an incredibly infectious chorus that drops into an up tempo, groove laden verse section led by the singer’s utilized vocal range and a rap from Jay-Z, of course.
With a brand new album, The 20/20 Experience, on the way, watch this space for more dazzling pop songs from Mr. Timberlake
Have a listen to the track over on Justin Timberlake’s website, and download from iTunes.
Following the first radio airing of Courteeners’ new single Lose Control, on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio One show, we headed over to Piccadilly to meet up with the band’s frontman Liam Fray and drummer Michael Campbell, introducing the two band members to an unfamiliar interview concept, one where the band would be presented with a whiteboard and a selection of marker pens, in which would be used to answer their interview questions. So discussing the new single, their third studio album – Anna – and their iconic hometown.
Here’s how they got on.
To warm up, please draw what you can draw best.
Your third album will be released in February, what can we expect from it?
If anything, what makes your new album – Anna – better than your previous LP effort Falcon?
Draw a pie-chart of the elements that went into writing your single Lose Control.
What’s your favourite thing about your home city of Manchester?
Then to finish off, you recently played a huge homecoming show at Manchester’s MEN Arena. So could you draw a poster for your dream show?
Lose Control will be officially released on January 28th 2013, which will be followed by the new LP Anna on February 4th. Meanwhile check out the video to the new single and follow us on Twitter: @WB_Music to stay up to date with our unique stream of interviews.
Just before their sold out show at the Garage last week, we were very lucky enough to have had the chance to interview Levi Benton (lead vocalists) and Ryan Neff (bassist) from the band Miss May I. What a pleasure it was too as both members were very accommodating and seemed to genuinely enjoy interacting with the boards.
Miss May I formed back in 2006 and they have released three full length albums to date including their current offering At Heart earlier this year. This year has also seen the band touring as part of the ‘Warped Festival’ and playing European dates with ‘Parkway Drive’ among others; They have also headlined the fourth annual ‘AP’ tour which concluded last month. They are currently finishing the year off with a few more dates in Europe before returning home on December 21st - just in time for Christmas:
We’re big fans of The Vaccines here at The Whiteboard Project. Their latest album Come of Age was one of our favourite releases of the year and their new single ‘I Always Knew’ is thundering out of our record player as we speak.
Last night we jumped at the chance to chat to Justin and Arni ahead of the first stop on their current arena tour at Plymouth Pavilions. They play sold out gigs in Cardiff tonight, London’s renowned Alexandra Palace tomorrow, before visiting Leicester, Manchester, Liverpool, Doncaster, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, and Bournemouth. We used our signature Whiteboard interview technique to find out more about what makes The Vaccines tick.
Arni, please sum up The Vaccines in a drawing.
Justin, please draw your songwriting process.
Taking our inspiration from the title of your latest album, Arni please tell us when did you/will you Come of Age?
Justin, what puts you in a ‘Bad Mood’?
Arni, who was your ‘Teenage Icon’?
Justin, you claim ‘I Wish I Was A Girl’, please draw what your female self would look like.
Arni, you claim you will ‘Blow Your Mind’ – draw the last time you blew someone’s mind.
Justin, in ‘A Lack of Understanding’ there are things that “you won’t/don’t understand” – what will you never understand?
Arni, if you could make a vaccine against something what would your vaccine prevent?
And finally, Justin, please give us a message for your fans.
Thanks for your time gentlemen. It’s been a complete delight.
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After a few years of solid touring, including playing alongside bands such as Lost Prophets and Simple Plan, as well as playing the whole of this year’s Warped Tour: Australia’s Tonight Alive have finally released their debut album What Are You So Scared Of? here in the UK. Released though Sony and Raw Power’s joint label Search and Destroy. So just before playing their, sold out, celebratory show in London, we headed over to Camden’s finest small venue – The Barfly – for a chat with Jenna McDougall and Cam Adler of the band. Introducing them to our unique interview concept, handing each member a whiteboard and marker in order to purvey the answers to their questions. Discussing the album, their deal with Search & Destroy and the band in general. Here’s how it went:
Fresh from playing a session for Lauren Laverne’s show on BBC 6 Music, we boarded up with Hampshire via London Dream Folk band - Pale Seas (formerly called Netherlands). Having recently released their sophomore single Bodies/My Own Mind, we found it the perfect time to introduce the quartet to our unique style of interviewing: providing each member with a whiteboard and selection of marker pens in order to purvey their answers.
Here’s how it all went:
To start off with, introduce yourselves in picture form.
What’s the best thing to have happened to your band, thus far?
And the worst thing?
You recently released your sophomore single Bodies/My Own Mind: draw a pie chart that sums up the writing process of My Own Mind.
Draw a visual representation of the new single.
Then finally, what does the future hold for Pale Seas?
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With a brand new mini-album to their name, things are really starting to look up for The White Album: no, not The Beatles’ 1968 eponymous album, the indie-folk trio of the same name, hailing from Denmark. Having scheduled an opening slot in support of Sandra Kolstad at The Lexington, in North London, we decided to head over to the venue and catch up with the band, just before their early slot. Introducing the trio of brawny musicians sporting Viking facial hair to a completely different style of interviewing, handing each member a whiteboard and marker pen to purvey their answers and pose for a photo of the final piece. So after compiling their drawings, here’s what came of our meeting with the band:
To start off with, please introduce yourselves with a self-portrait.
Sam Sparro has just released his sophomore album Return To Paradise, following his highly lauded eponymous debut of 2008. Since then Sparro has gone on to receive a host of prestigious awards and releasea handful of singles. So following the return of the singer with his soul/funk inspired LP, we decided to catch up with the man himself, introducing him to the way of the whiteboard. Leaving Mr. Sparro to draw his interview answers for the camera. Here’s what happened…
There are very few taboos left in Punk Rock. We’ve had cross dressing bands (New York Dolls). We’ve had abstinence promoting bands (Minor Threat). We’ve had homoerotic bands (Gay For Johnny Depp). And, we’ve even had neo-nazi punk bands. If there’s a minority led social convention, you can bet your life that they’ve got a Punk band representing them. The only social group seemingly unaffiliated to Punk Rock was transgenderism. ‘Was’ being the keyword.
Last week, Tommy Gabel of Against Me announced plans to undergo transgender realignment treatment, to become – physiologically – a woman. Gabel will undertake electrolysis treatment to lengthen hair and increase breast size, but is reticent at this time to undergoing surgery, such as vaginoplastery. As Gabel states: “I don’t give a fuck if I lose my penis. It’s just fucking scary because of the surgery. I’ve needed to have my wisdom teeth removed for five years, and I still haven’t.” Gabel, who will take the name ‘Laura Jane’, will undergo psychotherapy and live as a woman for a year, before contemplating reassignment surgery.“Right now, I’m in this awkward transition period. I look like a dude, and feel like a dude, and it sucks. Be eventually I’ll flip, and I’ll present as female.”
The question remains over what changes will resonate through Against Me’s future output. Gabel instantly poured cold water on the idea that a band fronted by Laura Jane would be in any way more timid than before. “However fierce our band was in the past, imagine me, six-foot-two, in heels, fucking screaming into someone’s face.” But the larger talking point would concern the direction the band will now take. Gabel – now, arguably, at peace with herself – may assumingly look to draw inspiration from a happier place. 2007’s New Wave saw a side of Gabel conveying impatience, rejection of the self and foresight of things to come. Up The Cuts (“Are you restless like me?”), American’s Abroad (“I hope I’m not like them, but I’m not so sure”), Gypsy Panther (“Coming home feels like surrender”), and most apt and slightly less subtle than the others: The Ocean (“If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman”). The whole album expressed a lack of contentment - a condition that, with this new revelation, Gabel would be free from.
It’s unquestionable that Against Me will now take a new direction, but the matter remains over whether it will be a jovial one, embracing Gabel’s new found freedom, or a reminiscent one, with her reflecting on past events. Either way, it will have fans clamoring over each other to listen to.
It was a warm Friday morning when team Whiteboard journeyed over to a swanky west-end hotel to meet up with The Scissor Sisters. Following two huge shows at the Shepherds Bush O2 Empire, finding time to fledge over to the UK for a short time, prior to the release of their fourth studio album – Magic Hour, featuring collaborations with acts such as Calvin Harris, Azealia Banks, Pharrell Williams and Diplo.
Having come a long way from the seedy New York scene that brought about the birth of the band, having played to an onslaught of huge crowds within some of the world’s most prestigious venues, with a hearty back catalogue of anthemic singles that essentially fall into the pop category, whilst upholding a strong nuance of the invigorating excitement that goes into a classic dance track. Going on to build their way into the stratosphere of success and fame that surrounds some of the world’s biggest 21st Century pop acts.
Thus, as Babydaddy and Del Marquis strolled into the dining room of their London lodgings, we underwent the usual formalities and jumped straight into the interview…
So to get the ball rolling, we asked a relatively easy question to learn a bit more about the band members, and their enjoyment of England’s fair capital: What’s your favourite thing about being in London?
Now let’s talk about your forthcoming album – Magic Hour… Draw a pie chart, outlining the elements that went in to creating the album.
So, it would be right to say that the new album contains a fair amount of collaborations. So if you could collaborate with anybody, dead or alive, who would you choose?
Then following a sneaky IPhone internet search to gain a reminder of Prince’s symbol: we went on to ask the guys: If you could play your dream show, where you were second on the bill… Who would open and who would close for Scissor Sisters?
Then bringing our time to a close, we left on the fun note of finding out, “Where do you think you will be in 10 years time?”
Thus drawing our slot to a close, don’t forget to buy Magic Hour on Monday (May 28th) and head along to the Tower Of London on July 21st, to witness the band playing at an event to welcome the Olympic games!
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Ever wanted to know what Minnesota’s Doomtree have to say about their new album, using drawings? Or perhaps their tips on which up and coming bands we should be listening to? If so, then today is your lucky day, as we at Whiteboard have photographic proof of those and even more drawn interview answers from the band that have just finished touring with Yelawolf, and are about to release their new single Bangarang, as a free download!
Let’s start off with a Doomtree family portrait.
No Kings is the second Doomtree ensemble album… How would you encapsulate the process of making the album, in one word/image?
And you’re touring with Yelawolf at the moment… What has been your survival item whilst on the road?
If you had a key that could open any door or portal, where would you wish that it led you?
Doomtree aside, of course, who should we be listening to?
Lastly, use the whiteboard to give a shout-out to your fans!
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