11 December 2017

New Marnie merchandise

Helen Marnie added new mechandise: a "G.I.R.L.S" t-shirt. Get if from here if you want one.

23 November 2017

Marnie released the single "G.I.R.L.S"

The single "G.I.R.L.S" (taken from the excellent album Stange Words and Weird Wars) is available on 7" limited white and black vinyl at her Bandcamp page. There are just 150 copies printed.

Track listing:
Side A: G.I.R.L.S
Side B: Lost Maps (HQFU remix)

02 November 2017

Marnie - Lost Maps Remixes

In 27 October, Helen Marnie released a 5-tracks EP with remixes of "Lost Maps", one of the highlights of her excellent second solo album, Strange Words and Weird Wars. You can buy it from her Bandcamp page.

1. Lost Maps (HQFU Remix) – 03:27
2. Lost Maps (-La Roc- Remix) – 03:57
3. Lost Maps (John Baillie Jnr Baby Diego Remix) – 05:23
4. Lost Maps (John Baillie Jnr Baby Diego Remix Dub) – 05:23
5. Lost Maps (John Baillie Jnr Baby Diego Remix Radio Edit) – 02:58

26 October 2017

Maja Magazine interview (2009)

Ladytron: sensual synth

In the music industry, a fourth full-length album validates the staying power of any music group; thus have Liverpool, England-based electro pop band Ladytron, proved able to leave fans demanding more. As the band — Mira Aroyo, Helen Marnie, Reuben Wu and Daniel Hunt — prepares to release Velocifero this summer, they reflect on the gradual changes that have taken place since it all began in 1999.

"We started out a really long time ago; it kind of felt like we were kids when we started," laughs Mira, who was born in Bulgaria and holds a biology Ph.D from Oxford University. "We didn't have a clue it was going to go the way that it's gone. We didn't really have any big plans or ideas. It started off as a fun project and it basically turned into our lives. Musically it's just grown immensely."

After the foursome found their calling they were off and running with 2001's debut release, 604. It was with this synth-pop record that imitators began springing up, nevertheless leaving Ladytron to shine in a light all their own. Through vintage analogue equipment and hours of experimentation, Ladytron achieves their distinct sound.

"We just try and be ourselves," Reuben explains. "For us it's natural and instinctive to produce music the way we do. I expect that if I was in a different band I would find it very difficult to come up with the Ladytron sound. It's a magical combination of many things."

"We put things through keyboards and a lot of distortions and delays to the point where you can't really distinguish live drums from programmed drums or keyboards from guitars. I think what distinguishes us from a lot of live bands is that we do write things with an electronic means. We don't start writing songs by jamming out to the guitar and then converting them. It's always about sitting down and having these instruments around you," Mira adds.

After 604 came 2002's Light and Magic, followed by 2005's much-praised Witching Hour, with hit singles "Destroy Everything You Touch" and "Sugar." Between albums, Ladytron developed their live show, doing DJ sets and performances in what seemed to be a constant state of travel—touring Argentina, Brazil, North America (on Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers tour), and Europe (opening for Nine Inch Nails).

"The way that we are live really helps us grow musically," Mira said. "This whole touring experience is really getting to know each other more personally but also, more importantly, musically."

"When we started working on Light and Magic I suppose we'd become a proper band at that point," Reuben added. "Some people perceived the sound of our music as being a bit darker with slicker production techniques, and we went a stage further with Witching Hour. By that time we'd done a hell of a lot touring, and I think it was that critical point when we realized we were a different band from what we were when we started out."

Witching Hour has been described as Ladytron's best album – but with Velocifero following, it's apparent they intend only to get better. After being recorded in Paris, the new release includes collaborations with Vicarious Bliss and Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails. The innovation and emotion in this particular album radiates through songs like "Ghosts," "Black Cat" and "I'm Not Scared." Velocifero also marks the first release with the band's new label, Nettwerk.

"The new songs are really quite different from each other. It was hard for us to pick singles," Mira said. "It's a leap forward from Witching Hour. We were more interested in making different sounds, in getting different sounds from keyboards rather than just tweaking tracks after with effects. Rhythmically I think it's much more diverse and much more interesting."

"The new album is really exciting," Reuben said. "I think it's a stronger album; I think there are more songs on it with the potential to be people's favorites. Obviously the band has moved on and branched out in different directions, but at the same time there are a lot of songs which have a familiar sound that people know from the previous albums."

Now that the fourth album is complete, Mira and Reuben both say Ladytron is getting ready for the extensive tour they have scheduled throughout the summer that, so far, include Europe, Canada and the U.S. Mira said they're also beginning to talk already of another album following in quick succession with songs held back from Velocifero that will be "a bit weirder and more downtempo."

And how does Ladytron see itself when it comes to fitting into the current state of pop music?

"We kind of occupy a space on our own," Reuben explains. "I don't think there are any bands out there who are similar to us. I think we stand alone; we've been on the scene for a really long time now. I think we're in a really good position because we're seen as a band who would go out and do their own thing."

"From when we started it's a lot more diverse, people are using a lot more mixtures of sounds," Mira said. "I think that with Witching Hour we basically gained a lot of confidence because electronically it was just a lot thicker than previous albums. It seems like we're kind of on a train now, forging through."


15 October 2017

Chevette - We Can Dance Again

Before Ladytron, Daniel Hunt had a project called Chevette and released a couple of singles in 1997: "Everything Changes at 6" and "We Can Dance Again". The song "Ladybird" is from that time. They got a little exposure when the famous DJ John Peel played "We Can Dance Again" on the radio. By the way, this song is a Pulp cover.

02 September 2017

Fred Perry interview (2017)


Where are you from?
Glasgow, Scotland.

What do you do?

Describe your style in three words?
Prudish with ruffles.

You can make a record with anyone from history who would it be and why?
Michael Jackson, because I was somewhat obsessed and amazed by him. When I was a kid my next-door neighbours swore he was a robot. I kind of believed them.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
My other band, Ladytron.

You can spend an hour with anyone from history?
I like Diva's, so this is a hard choice. But perhaps Maria Callas. She was opera's controversial star, unique in her singing style, beautiful, and scandalous. I reckon it would make for a good chat.

If you could share the bill with any British band in history?
I've been lucky enough to share bills with a lot of brilliant bands already, but probably Broadcast. Their record 'The Noise Made By People' was a constant for me at university and their lead singer left this world far too soon.

What music did you listen to growing up?
I listened to pop and rock along the lines of Madonna, Guns N Roses, Prince, and ABBA.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Joe Le Taxi' by Vanessa Paradis. I taped if off the chart show on the radio and used to prance around my room imagining I was a little French pixie like VP.

One record you would keep forever?
'Some Velvet Morning' by Nancy & Lee. I was introduced to this album towards the end of my university course, and I guess it was a game changer. I loved how the voices worked together.

A song from your favourite album?
'Go Your Own Way' by Fleetwood Mac. It’s so easy to just lose yourself in this song and believe you’re capable of anything.

A song you wish you had written?
'Video Games' by Lana Del Rey. It’s so simple, it’s brilliant.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Slight Return' by The Bluetones. When I was 17 I discovered the Bluetones. When you find something yourself at that age, it feels like you own them. I got the bus from Aberfoyle in Stirling, to Paris with a friend, just to see them. It was my 18th birthday present.

What was the last piece of music you bought?
'Naive to the Bone' by Marie Davidson.

A song lyric that inspires you?
"We don't have to take our clothes off to have a good time." Jermaine Stewart.

Is there a song you like that people wouldn't expect?
I'm not sure what people expect really because the music I've made or been a part of has been quite diverse. 'Maneater' by Nelly Furtado.

Best love song of all time?
'Tiny Dancer' by Elton John.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Enjoy the Silence' by Depeche Mode.

Best song to bring people together?
'You Got the Love' by The Source & Candi Staton.

4 songs you can’t stop listening to right now?

'Body' by Bossy Love
They are one of the best live bands in Glasgow right now and keep putting out tracks that are great fun.

'Familiar' by Agnes Obel
This song is beautiful and I was blissfully unaware that it was not a duet. Only later did I realise she has manipulated her own voice to create a deeper, male-like vocal.

'Stupid Face' by Haley Bonar
I’ve had on repeat in my car for months. I find Haley’s voice so soothing against the indie guitar sound.

'Dust & Dirt' by HQFU
I happen to be friends with HQFU (Sarah J Stanley) and she also plays with my band, however, I am not biased. She makes brilliant electronic music and I love the juxtaposition of the music and her sad, soft, voice which sounds like Tracey Thorn's sister.