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Video Clip of The Week: “Era” by Fiancé


It must be said that we were instantly charmed by the lush pop fugue of Fiancé’s “Era” – a shoegazery sonic delight that endures for nearly five full minutes! Apparently, this Delaware-based quartet that have yet to release an album are already drawing comparisons to Tame Impala — high praise indeed — but I think the nod indicates more that Fiancé are doing something worth listening to than that they are jumping on an aural bandwagon. The sound is too confident and too retro for that. Visually, the live performance footage filtered through a mirror ball haze is all you need to complete the package, but the band throw in an Easter egg of inter-cut footage of a teenage girl in a white party dress enjoying the late days of summer before possibly meeting a sudden and violent end? You’ll have to ask the band what that is all about.

Fiancé will release their debut EP, appropriately titled EP1, on October 7th via SQE Music. The EP — recorded to quarter inch tape on a Tascam 388 tape machine, which totally demystifies why it just sounds so effing good — will be available digitally and on vinyl and can be pre-ordered in the SQE Online Store. Enjoy!

Fiance Era
EP1 Cover Art

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Video Clip of the Week: Little Barrie, “Bonneville Ride”



If somebody asked me to name my three current favorite bands or artists – and, trust me, no one ever asks – I would say that they are: Australian Psychedelic Rock Project Tame Impala (aka Tim & Paula, who are just the Best), American singer/songwriter Kurt Vile (whom I consider to be a modern-day Bob Dylan) and British Rockers Little Barrie, whose 2012 release, King Of The Waves I reviewed very extremely favorably. But yeah, those are my Top Three.

I don’t often review albums these days, because, no time. But I do review the videos. So, imagine the level of ecstatic delight I experienced when Little Barrie’s publicist hipped me to the band’s latest viddy for a heavily-steeped-in-cool song called “Bonneville Ride.” Oh my, I do love this video.

Shot on Super 8 film so that it resembles a home movie from my childhood, “Bonneville Ride” is constructed visually around original footage of Little Barrie bassist Lewis Wharton’s father, also named Lewis, racing grasstrack motorbikes in the early – mid 1970′s. (Lewis senior is the gentleman hanging off the sidecar of number 69).   Watching this clip feels like you are dreaming, or watching someone else’s dream. And I suspect it does not get much better than that. There are also a few clips of the band performing — and they are so good live. Aurally, the song is confident enough to let Wharton’s slinky bass line take the lead for a sweet ride that’s more akin to a mood-inducing flashback, or a slice of life, than a mere pop tune. In a word: Sublime.

“Bonneville Ride” comes from Little Barrie’s fourth album Shadow, which was released this past May on Tummy Touch Records. Like all of their albums, it is excellent listening. Enjoy!

Little Barrie Band 2014
Little Barrie are: Lewis Wharton (Bass), Barrie Cadogan (Guitar/Vocals) and Virgil Howe (Drums)

Video Clip of the Week: The Allah-Las, “501-415″



It wasn’t until I heard “501-415″ by the cleverly-named Allah-Las that I realized how much Kurt Vile sounds like a modern day Bob Dylan. And I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. Because Kurt Vile is the Shizznit.

It makes sense that this band is from Los Angeles, especially since NPR‘s review offers that “The vintage sounds of Allah-Las combine the harmonies and hooks of the British Invasion with the atmosphere of a West Coast psychedelic band.” This 1 minute 45 seconds bit of sonic bliss just captures the dreamy aspect of a California lifestyle so perfectly. Their bio even mentions the members meeting while working at Amoeba Music in LA. So yeah, there are no accidents. The video looks like it was tons of fun to make as well, giving them the chance to use eclectic props like a dessicated cow skull and a Pinata. Fun!

Allah-Las‘ second album, Worship The Sun will be released on September 16th on the Innovative Leisure imprint. You should buy it. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!

Allah Las Band
Photo Credit: Wesley Herron

Video Clip of The Week: Wish, “Nothing to Say”



It’s somewhat funny that last week’s video clip was referred to by me as being “Kaleidoscopic,” and yet this week we are featuring a video in which actual images from a kaleidoscope are used. So, random!

“Nothing to Say” by Toronto psychedelic quartet Wish fills me with that happy-yet-wistful feeling that comes with reluctantly accepting the inevitable end of summer, but I think it might also be appropriate to soundtrack a romantic breakup that you are secretly relieved about.

Managing to narrowly skirt the minor chord melancholy, “Nothing to Say” comes from Wish’s self-titled debut album, which hit the street on August 26th via Hand Drawn Dracula records. Recommended if you share my taste in excellent music (see previous video clips of the week) or liked The Flaming Lips and Beck back when they were considered “Indie,” Wish can be purchased at This Link. Enjoy!

Wish Cover Art

Video Clip of The Week: Literature, “Kites”

Here at The Gig, we enjoy two things especially: those things being a jangly pop song accompanied by a psychedelic video. So it is that with Philadelphia-based quartet Literature we have a win-win situation!

I hate to say it, but Summer is (kind of) officially over at this point, so a great thing about “Kites” is that it extends the feeling of summer just a little longer with its chime-y guitars and dreamy vocals over engaging visuals of flowers and geometric designs washed together in a kaleidoscopic fashion. Trippy.

Literature – which is at least an original name, if not the most exciting in the world — recently released their sophomore album, Chorus via Slumberland Records available now on iTunes. Based on evidence presented here, I would imagine it is worth checking out. Enjoy!

Literature Band

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Video Clip of The Week: Kula Shaker, “Drink Tea (For the Love of God)”


This week we break from tradition a bit by, rather than featuring a new video clip, reaching back into the archives for a clip from Christmas 2007, from the late, great UK band, Kula Shaker. We discovered the fantastic clip, “Drink Tea (For the Love of God)” while effing around with friends on You Tube at 3 O’clock in the morning a few Saturdays ago. This anthemic song brings a pro-brewed tea drinking message to Monty Python-esque animation, and Kula Shaker’s signature psychedelic rock feel. Enjoy! And have some tea!

Kula Shaker Band 2007
Kula Shaker Circa 2007

Video Clip of The Week: Night Club, “Need You Tonight”



This Week The Worley Gig is on Vacation in lovely Bermuda and doesn’t want to have to think too much. That is why we are bringing you the first-ever Video Clip of The Week encore appearance from a band Previously Featured here on the site, that band being the electronic duo Night Club. You’re welcome.

With Night Club, featuring Keyboardist Mark Brooks and gorgeous singer Emily Kavanaugh you know you are going to get a knock out performance with dynamite visuals and the duo’s spot-on cover on the INXS hit, “Need You Tonight” delivers on all levels.

Watch for more new music from Night Club coming in September! Enjoy!
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