Wednesday, 29 August 2012

When the curtain falls, it's time to leave the stage...

Spector on the BT Vision Stage
While everyone else was going sports-mad around the time of the London Olympics, we were excited to hear about the fortnight of free gigs taking place in London’s Hyde Park. BT London Live was the name of the event where anyone and everyone had the opportunity to watch screenings of live Olympic events – and also to see a variety of live musical performances.
When we heard Spector were performing on 8th August, we were curious to find out more about the band who, before the gig, we associated with their radio-played song ‘Chevy Thunder’. For those of you who’ve never heard of Spector, think of vocals similar to those of Tom Smith from Editors with a White Lies vibe; their music is characterised by their love of electric guitar-powered intros and ambiguous, thought-provoking lyrics.

L-R: Jed Cullen, Fred Macpherson, Danny Blandy, Chris Burman, Tom Shickle

Anyway, here is our review:

Spector's Fred Macpherson singing 'Celestine'
We were surprised by the number of people who turned up for the gig, especially as Spector were not playing the main stage. The band opened with the recognisable intro of ‘Celestine’ (lyrics from which are in the title), which instantly kicked off the atmosphere and had the crowd jumping. We couldn’t help but notice their pride at their debut album, Enjoy It While It Lasts, being released the following Monday, as lead singer Fred Macpherson kept reminding us to buy it!

As we mentioned earlier, we were anticipating the aforementioned Chevy Thunder, which had introduced us to the band, so when Fred made reference to giving the audience “chevrything”, we knew what to expect. With a performance impressively similar to the studio recording, Spector had the audience singing along. Last, but not least, Spector treated the audience to a memorable performance of their latest single release, ‘Never Fade Away’, throughout which the crowd’s swaying gradually turned to clapping as the song progressed and the 30-minute set came to an end.

Enjoying it while it lasted; Spector

We’d definitely recommend seeing Spector; they’re one to watch for 2012, with both a crowd-entertaining stage presence and a sound which translates very well from recording to stage. “Enjoy It While It Lasts”? We certainly did.

Isabella and Felicity, OTJ x

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Top Songs Of Summer 2012

Here are some of the best new songs we've been listening to all summer...

 You’d be forgiven for thinking that this was Friendly Fires – Bristol-based The Other Tribe’s latest release sings of long, hot summer nights and is guaranteed to make you want to head down to your nearest beach. Even if it is 10° outside. And chucking it down with rain.

2) Anna Sun – WALK THE MOON

 One of the sunniest, most up-tempo songs of this summer, from one of the hottest new bands, complete with a first verse that seriously BUILDS. Don’t believe us? Listen for yourselves!

3) The Broadwalk – LIZZIE AND THE YES MEN

 The perfect blend of indie and pop, courtesy of Lizzie Holdforth and co. Like the female-vocalised equivalent of The Drums’ “Let’s Go Surfing”, it will get stuck in your head a little too easily, and could potentially stay there for a whole day.

4) Weathervanes and Chemicals – TEAM ME

 As heard on XFm’s Music Response show, here is the debut UK release from this Norwegian six-piece band. Expect good things – and it’s probably best to ignore iTunes’ classification of them as “Pop” (they don’t always get it right, do they?) Team Me’s album “To The Treetops!” is out now, we recommend you check it out.


  Continuing their infectiously enthusiastic rhythms and trademark rapid guitar riffs, Two Door show once again that they are worthy of their status as One Of The Best Bands Ever*. They’ve even managed to include a drum beat which sounds like a clapping crowd at the start of the record, applause that Two Door well and truly deserve.**
*One Of The Best Bands Ever status as awarded by Felicity of On The Jukebox, as of August 25th 2012.
**I’m not biased, honestly.

6) Octopus – BLOC PARTY

 When news of a new Bloc Party single with original line-up intact) broke out, it quickly spread across social networking and media websites like wildfire. The sound is energetic, upbeat and has “indie” written all over it. That Foals-esque guitar intro will soon have this song moved up onto your “Most Played Songs” list in no time, you mark our words.

7) This Song Is Called Ragged – JONATHAN BOULET

Is that a marimba we hear? We certainly haven’t heard a sound quite so summery in a while. This song will conjure up images of golden sands and clear, turquoisey oceans. Best enjoyed under a palm tree, while sipping a cool, tropical fruit smoothie and soaking up the Caribbean sunshine. Or alternatively, at home, while drinking a mug of tea and wearing 50 layers of clothing to block out the cold. The choice is yours.
8) Little Talks – OF MONSTERS AND MEN

 First there was Gotye. Then there was FUN. Now, Of Monsters and Men have become the latest alternative band to break into the mainstream, scoring themselves a UK Top 40 hit, and gaining both a decent amount of airplay and several millions of YouTube views. Good choice, listeners. One more thing – Of Monsters and Men follow us on Twitter. #justsaying.

9) Elephant – TAME IMPALA

 If you stuck Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s “Spread Your Love”, The Black Keys’ “Howlin’ For You” and Muse’s “Uprising” into a blender, mixing them up together like a musical milkshake, we can imagine the end product would sound something like this.

10) Teenage Icon – THE VACCINES

 The Vaccines’ Justin Young may not be a teenage icon. Nor is he Frankie Avalon (a 1950’s pop star, apparently). But one thing’s certain for sure; The Vaccines are back with a fresh sound and that unique rock ‘n’ roll charm – what did you expect?! We can’t wait for their new album Come Of Age – roll on 3rd September.

11) Lifening (Burst To Life Mix) – SNOW PATROL

 This is sound proof that remixes don’t just kill songs. Here, Snow Patrol’s sentimental album track “Lifening” is given a new vibrance that distinguishes it from the original, while retaining all the meaning, Gary Lightbody’s top-class vocals and general Snow Patrol goodness. We liked it so much, we named this blog after some of its lyrics.

12) Never Fade Away – SPECTOR

 As the days begin to shorten, leaves on the trees turn brown and sunbathers disappear from parks and beaches, we see the summer gradually come to an end. This little ballad from Spector (review of their BT London live set coming soon) provides us with a reminder that Summer 2012 will not be forgotten. Too cheesy? Oh well, we tried.

Isabella and Felicity, OTJ x

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Tonight's The Kind Of Night (Eden Sessions Review)

Noah and The Whale, The Vaccines and Palma Violets


The gig was a concert like no other – each Eden Session is a sort of one-day festival which takes place outdoors, amongst the plants from around the world which make the Eden Project the place that it is.

We joined the queue early, eager for a good place near the front, and found ourselves in a valley at the bottom of a hill, where the stage was set up.  After some warming Cornish pasties to help us get through the cold and the rain, the gate was soon opened and we happily took our places in the second row.

Palma Violets
The first band were newcomers Palma Violets, who none of the crowd knew, but, by the end of their set, had everyone smiling and cheering.  They were certainly very different to the folky headliners, Noah and The Whale, as in contrast their set was full of roaring electric guitars and singing interspersed with enthusiastic shouts, but their set made a big impression. 

The Vaccines performing Norgaard
The second act, The Vaccines,were our favourite of the night. They were the perfect band to ‘rock out to’ in such a gig in the open air and rain; the whole crowd screamed along with the memorable and catchy songs, which have made The Vaccines one of the most popular bands of the past year. Their performance was what you’d expect from a good indie rock band:  a set full of guitars, and the recognisable vocals of lead singer, Justin, who performed with an energy which had the whole crowd entertained.  A few key moments were when they played some material from their new album, including the singles “No Hope” and “Teenage Icon”, which the crowd enthusiastically sang along with; there definitely IS hope for the Vaccines to become even more successful than they have been after the release of their debut album.

Freddie from The Vaccines

The Vaccines 'rock out'!

Headliners Noah and The Whale played the final set of the evening beneath the night sky: creating an atmospheric hour in which they performed their heart-warming, optimistic songs. The greatest moment had to be when they began to play the first few notes of their most well-known song 5 Years Time, and the crowd all cheered and clapped despite the fact that not one line had yet been sung.  The audience’s excitement continued upon hearing the opening bars of Noah’s eccentric track “Love Of An Orchestra”, before soon joining in with the song’s catchy hook, “if you’re gonna run, run from hope”.  Another memorable moment was when the rain stopped and the sky coincidentally cleared in time for their performance of “Blue Skies”.
Noah And The Whale

Lead singer Charlie
A final guitar chord


The evening didn’t finish with Noah and The Whale’s last song, The First Days of Spring, as just as we were leaving, we saw that Arni, the bassist from the Vaccines was still hanging around. A short conversation and a photograph later, and our Eden Sessions experience was complete.  We both agree we would definitely recommend the annual event.

Us with Arni from The Vaccines

Isabella and Felicity

Ready To Start

 (Arcade Fire)

We are Isabella and Felicity, two music fans collectively known as On The Jukebox.

Us at Snow Patrol's Fallen Empires tour in February.

We're aiming to create a blog celebrating the best of indie and alternative music - both new and old - including gig reviews and photos, our thoughts on new album releases, music recommendations and other music-related shenanigans - !

Look out for reviews of our best gigs of Summer 2012 - coming soon. Watch this space!