CAMDEN CRAWL IS COMING

Posted on June 12, 2014

After a brief stint in Dublin last year, Camden Crawl is back in its namesake home for 2014! So why pick this festival above the rest? With your wristband you’ll be given access to some 25 stages dotted around Camden’s coolest venues, with a line-up by in-the-know curators like Dalston clubbers The Nest Collective and top music blog The Line of Best Fit. Offering an eclectic mix of genres, spanning acts from US indie rockers Of Montreal to Swedish techno DJs The Field you can guarentee there’s something for all your mates.

We caught up with another of the festival’s must-see acts to hear more. Meet Kacey Underwood, one half of hot indie duo Big Deal

Hi Kacey! So what’s the vibe like at Camden Crawl?

Great bands and people spilling onto the streets to party. What could  be more fun?

Which acts are on your must-see list?

We’re looking forward to Crushed Beaks, Paws and TRAAMS. But it’s great to just wander around to catch new bands that other people are excited about.

What can we expect from your set?

It’s at the The Black Cap on the high street which is always fun! You can expect to hear lots of songs from our new EP.

What do you love about Camden?

I used to live there, but it’s changed quite a bit since then. I love Primrose Hill and always imagine Paul McCartney getting song ideas on strolls there. I hate incense so steer clear of the markets!

What look will you go for on stage?

Camden’s famous punk store Cyber Dog is just down the street so really we should be clad in pleather and spikes and about seven inches taller with our platforms on. When in Rome!

Camden Crawl festival runs from 20th-21st June. Get your tickets here

FIVE MINUTES WITH ZELLA DAY

Posted on June 3, 2014

A morning lost to the endless playlist-making opportunities of Soundcloud led us to discover Arizona popstress Zella Day. And now we’re hooked. From the stomping beats of ‘Sweet Ophelia’ to a haunting cover of The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’, we’ve fallen for this girl’s enchanting voice, not to mention her effortlessly boho look. We caught up with her for a quick chat on her style and sound.

How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?

Imagine…. Dragons!

What’s ‘Sweet Ophelia’ about? What inspired the lyrics?

It’s about losing something irreplaceable, an emotion that’s universally understood.

Who would you love to collaborate with?

Frank Ocean! I go nuts for his lyrics. He has a gritty approach to his music – he isn’t trying to hide anything and it’s that vulnerability that I really respect.

What would your music sound like together?

Our music together would be a hybrid called Frezella Docean and it would sound like the sweetest nightmare you’ve ever had.

What are your wardrobe go-tos? 

I live in vintage slip dresses – I like the romantic look of them and it means I’ll never run into somebody wearing the same thing! I also have the dopest black platforms from Topshop that I found at Nordstrom and I kind of wear them with everything and would wear them to sleep if I could.

Any style icons?

I’ve caught the Erin Wasson bug. She wears boots like no one else and she’s proud to be exactly who she is. Her taste is impeccable from the art hanging on her walls to her messy hair. Give me some of that fire!

Tell us something no one else knows… 

I have a belly dancing costume in my closet, and not a Princess Jasmine kind, the real deal.

 

Keep up-to-date with Zella Day on her Facebook page. 

HARLEY VIERA NEWTON STYLES COACHELLA

Posted on April 10, 2014

Festival season is officially here, kicking off this weekend with the sunny style extravaganza that is Coachella festival. Sadly most of us will be stuck at our desks in not-so-scorching Blighty while the style set are living it up in the Californian desert, but that hasn’t stopped us from sending our spies to get the skinny.

And who better to give you the insider scoop than DJ and ultimate cool-girl Harley Viera Newton? Harley will be taking over our Instagram account over the weekend, so stay tuned to get the Coachella goss before anyone else. In the meantime, we quizzed Harley on how she’s gearing up for a super stylish Coachella ’14.

Can you sum up Coachella in three words?

What a weekend!

Do you change up your signature style for a festival?

Definitely not! Festival style ultimately has to be about comfort. You’re walking around for hours and don’t want your outfit to make you feel uncomfortable in any way.

What outfits are you planning this year?

I’ve been to several Coachellas and have learned the hard way that you have to keep it really light, comfortable, and breezy. It’s HOT there, so I’ll be going for easy airy pieces in fun prints.

What’s in your festival survival kit?

SPF, lip balm, a portable charger for my phone, and a great swimsuit!

Top hair & beauty tips for a festival?

Keep skin really natural and sheer so you don’t look cakey in the sun. Hair should be effortless, but I always go for a bright fun lip colour!

What acts are you excited to see play this year?

I’m excited to see Haim and Blood Orange because they have great new albums out. Also especially looking forward to seeing The Replacements and Outkast – both rare appearances!

Follow Topshop on Instagram to keep up-to-date with Harley’s Coachella experience. 

THE PIERCES RETURN

Posted on April 8, 2014

It feels like a lifetime since The Pierces last wowed us with their dreamy harmonised folk (or three years if we’re sticking to the facts), but this spring sees the welcome return of the Alabama sister act to our airwaves. With a fifth album in the works, the girls have just dropped new track ‘Believe In Me’ – a feel-good pop hit that’s a long departure from the more melancholy sound we’ve come to know from the girls.

So what’s cheered them up? A relocation to sunny LA might have something to do with it, inspiring a care-free direction with driving drums and sing-along choruses. Think Fleetwood Mac minus the heartache and you’ll get the idea. We caught up with brunette haired Allison to find out more.

You’ve been in the music industry a long time. How have things changed?

We’ve become more sure of what we want. When we first started out we were very young and innocent! We’ve grown and changed a lot as people and have become more clear over the years. And we’ve learned patience!

Did your upbringing shape your sound?

Our father is a musician and our mother a painter, so we grew up in a very creative environment. We were in encouraged to express ourselves and do what we love, so yes, it definitely shaped our path.

How has the new album moved on from your earlier records?

This record has a bigger soundscape with lots of dreamy synths and powerful drums. It has a fresher, more modern sound than our last record. We love the way it turned out!

You’ve lived in LA and New York. How do they each inspire you?

Los Angeles inspires our music everyday because of the beautiful weather and incredible outdoor activities that are available to you. But I must say, Los Angeles doesn’t have the style that New York has. I miss being able to walk out my front door and be inspired by the personal style of the people in my neighbourhood. Nobody beats New York for style – except possibly London… it’s a very close race!

If we had just one hour in New York – where should we go?

What I would do is go sit at Marlowe and Sons and absorb as much food and drink as possible.

What’s your favourite music video?

That’s a really tough question to answer, but off the top of my head I’m going to say Arctic Monkeys ‘R U Mine’. It’s unexpected, unpredictable, badass, sexy and just really cool.

Do you both listen to the same music in your time off?

Yes, we have very similar taste in most everything, but I’ve been listening to a lot of indie melodic guy rock bands and Catherine recently informed me that she thinks they all sound the same, so I guess not at the moment.

How would you describe your style? Any icons?

I like to be comfortable but still look good at the same time – sexy without being overt. Icons would be, Kate Moss, of course, Alexa Chung and Jane Birkin.

Song with the best lyrics of all time?

‘Woman of Heart and Mind’ by Joni Mitchell.

Who would be the dream third member of The Pierces?

Michael Fassbender!

Listen to ‘Believe in Me’ below and catch The Pierces play one of their UK gigs in June.

Wed June 11 2014 – KOKO, London

Thu June 12 2014 – Club Academy, Manchester

Sat June 14 2014 – Oran Mor, Glasgow

GOING DWNTWN

Posted on February 27, 2014

Blue skies outside Topshop HQ have got us dreaming of ice cream, lazy days in the park and finally going tights-free. Summer is just around the corner and we cannot wait. What’s more, LA band DWNTWN has added to our sunshine-will-be-back-soon vibe with their new track ‘Til Tomorrow.’ Taken from the group’s upcoming EP, sun-soaked pop and dreamy synths merge together though breezy boy/girl vocals to create a sound that was made for driving through the Hollywood Hills with the windows down. We caught up with girl-in-the-group, Jamie, to talk fashion, tacos and break-ups. Oh and a bit about the music too…

How was DWNTWN born?

A few years ago Robert and I were both going through break-ups and my ex just so happened to be his brother. We would hang out together and write songs about our heartache!

How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard it before?

A friend once told us that our songs “make you dance to words that should make you cry.” I’ve always loved that description.

Where did you write ‘Til Tomorrow?’

We were house sitting a mansion in the Hollywood Hills and ended up with this song about feeling stuck in a stale routine while everyone around us seems to be moving forward, or living in mansions. Not that we want to live in a mansion… but maybe moving out of our parents basement would be nice!

What influences your sound?

Kurt Cobain’s pretty face, Bob Dylan interviews, Burritos from El Chato, Stevie Nicks’ voice and late night drives to see Crystal Castles.

You’ve been compared to bands like Postal Service and M83. Would you agree?

That’s a huge compliment! Those are both bands we really love, so it’s an honour that people are hearing similarities between us.

Any funny stories from your latest tour?

We always have a crazy night when we’re in Salt Lake City, Utah. I don’t know what it is about the place, but people go nuts, and we love it!  Last time we played, everyone got on stage with us during our last song. They stole the mic from me and started yelling the lyrics, and then insisted that our drummer play a giant solo once the song was done. We can’t wait to go back!

Who’s your style crush?

Robert idolises Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash, so he’s all about that grungy country look. I’ll wear anything that looks like Stevie Nicks might have worn it.

Any favourite outfits to perform in?

I love performing in floor length lace dresses. I have a handmade vintage one I can’t stop wearing. It’s got a beautiful embroidered high neck, and takes about ten minutes for someone to button me into it.

Hot tips for an LA trip?

You have to eat tacos in LA. Our favourite spots are El Taurino and El Chato, which are both super authentic. Get the Al Pastor tacos – you won’t be sorry! As for shopping, I’m going to be totally honest – our go-to spot is Topshop, so I’m pretty sure you know all about that!

If you could collaborate with any artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Probably Mozart, it would be the most unreal experience ever! He’d be going on and on about something in German while we just nodded our heads and smiled at him. And at the end of the session chances are we’d end up with a hit song… I mean it is Mozart; the original hit machine.

‘Til Tomorrow’ will be released as part of the ‘DWNTWN‘ EP, due out 29 April.