The Felt Tips

popbands, poplabels, poprecords

Moderator: shaved head thrills

a layer of chips
Posts: 18616
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 09:17
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Nottingham, UK
Contact:

The Felt Tips

Post by a layer of chips » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:23

Is there a Felt Tips thread?

Anyway, the new album is bloody sublime. I remember catching half of their set in the church at Indietracks 2008 and they were superb. I'd love to see them again.

User avatar
Trev
Posts: 6877
Joined: Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:56
Last.fm: lostmusic
Location: Cardiff
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by Trev » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:25

I saw them at the Baby Honey Indietracks warm up show this year (while most other people were at HDIF at Jamm!) and thought they sounded great. I'd be keen to hear their LP.
not really here

User avatar
Colin
Posts: 1834
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 23:56
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/colinbmx
Location: Glasgow
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by Colin » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:29

I've got a copy of the album - sounding good so far. If you enjoyed their singles you'll like the album, without a doubt.

Lovely people, too. They gave me a lift home from Indietracks and wouldn't take any petrol money.

User avatar
lynsosaurus
Posts: 3469
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 18:13
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Auld Reekie
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by lynsosaurus » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:43

aye, the album is absolutely cracking. i've had it on repeat pretty much all week. i'm delighted to finally have a copy of 'engaged for a visa' too, i think that's an amazing pop song.

User avatar
Colin
Posts: 1834
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 23:56
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/colinbmx
Location: Glasgow
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by Colin » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:51

lynsosaurus wrote:i'm delighted to finally have a copy of 'engaged for a visa' too, i think that's an amazing pop song.
It's a belter. Does anyone else feel a bit grubby listening to Lifeskills? I don't think I'm a prude but I find it a bit hard to listen to.

User avatar
Eddie
Posts: 147
Joined: Wed Apr 15, 2009 22:57
Location: Kent, UK

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by Eddie » Fri Oct 01, 2010 13:08

Colin wrote:It's a belter. Does anyone else feel a bit grubby listening to Lifeskills? I don't think I'm a prude but I find it a bit hard to listen to.
It's a little more explicit than one gets used to with indiepop, but it doesn't bother me too much. But then I've spent most of the week listening to Arab Strap anyway.

Superb album as a whole though. Such a good year.

User avatar
Colin
Posts: 1834
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 23:56
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/colinbmx
Location: Glasgow
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by Colin » Fri Oct 01, 2010 13:13

See, I'm a massive Arab Strap fan but I never feel uncomfortable with their stuff. I think it's the age of the characters in the songs that make the difference - "you took one last look at where you used to play", that kind of thing.

a layer of chips
Posts: 18616
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 09:17
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Nottingham, UK
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by a layer of chips » Fri Oct 01, 2010 13:20

The album really shows up how far Belle and Sebastian have fallen, I think. Some of it really reminds me early B&S stuff.

But maybe that's me being racist against the Scotch.

a layer of chips
Posts: 18616
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 09:17
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Nottingham, UK
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by a layer of chips » Sat Oct 02, 2010 08:38

Eddie wrote:
Colin wrote:It's a belter. Does anyone else feel a bit grubby listening to Lifeskills? I don't think I'm a prude but I find it a bit hard to listen to.
It's a little more explicit than one gets used to with indiepop, but it doesn't bother me too much. But then I've spent most of the week listening to Arab Strap anyway.

Superb album as a whole though. Such a good year.

Ha! I'd not really cottoned onto what it was all about til you posted this. DISGUSTING.

The lyrics to 'A Life More Ordinary' are really great, too.

I'm gonna get them down to Nottingham, I reckon.

User avatar
String Bean Jen
Posts: 1136
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 17:00
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/string_bean_jen/
Location: Ealing Studios, London
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by String Bean Jen » Sat Oct 02, 2010 13:44

Oh Sam! I wanted to be the one to start The Felt Tips thread! I have slowly been falling in love with them since August 2009 when Tom played 'Boyfriend Devoted' in the basement where Scared to Dance was held then. Why hadn't I heard this brilliant song before? And then all the singles hit me one by one. Of course, their first, 'Boyfriend Devoted', then 'Lifeskills' and then 'Bought and Sold' (though I think that 'The Love That Never Spoke Its Name' should be the A-side). All singles, magnificent and true. I know the two Cloudberry singles are still available from the band and the WeePOP! one is sold out but they might still have copies if you want one (and you do!) so just contact this very lovely and responsive band.

Their debut album has been coming for quite some months! I'm absolutely dying to hear it; I know I'll love it but I'm kind of anxious as to how much I will. It should be out officially next month from Plastilina.

Colin, I know what you mean! At the Let's Kiss and Make Up indiepop days in Berlin, they started their set with 'Lifeskills'. I'm right there in the front, with Silke. 'Jennifer's mouth is getting tired.' I know I blushed! I wrote on the description for the video I took that many of their lyrics leave me turned on, confused and slightly sad. But what other bands can do this? Not many. I think Sam is absolutely right on in his fantastic review of the album when he says that, 'The beauty of this album is its brutal honesty. It's not scared to pick its targets and shoot at will. It means something, for heaven's sake, and that's totally precious.'

I am gutted to have missed their pre-Indietracks show in London but that was a scheduling mishap. They'll be back down here soon enough. I remember my anticipation for finally seeing them at Indietracks this year and they were my nail-biting highlight, with that beautiful chiming guitar from Miguel and Andrew's perfect enunciation of his bittersweet narratives. They were just as brilliant in Berlin and I liked their set list even better.

There are some great videos of them. Here are a few from Indietracks this year, including 'Engaged for a Visa' and 'Lifeskills' (Colin, avert your ears!). Then there are 5 from this gig they did in Madrid earlier this year. I'm linking to 'A Life More Ordinary' for Sam but also because I like that Miguel starts the video by addressing his Spanish peeps. :-)

Sam, you should definitely be the one to put them on in Nottingham. They've been trying to get a gig there but it's not been finalised and lots of dates have been thrown back and forth. You'd do them proud, I know. I cannot wait to see them again in Glasgow for the Popfest in 2 months.

Here is their fairly new web site and the obligatory MySpace.

'Boyfriend Devoted', which I took at the Wasserturm in Berlin last month.


'A Life More Ordinary' taken by Jorge at Soul Station in Madrid earlier this year.
There's more than one use for every part

bartblueboy
Posts: 433
Joined: Sun Apr 06, 2008 20:07

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by bartblueboy » Sat Oct 02, 2010 15:57

I didn't know about this Felt Tips album coming soon, so I am properly excited now !

I think "the love that never spoke it's name" is absolutely stunning (yes Jen, I'm right there with you, it should have been a single A side) ... everytime I listen to it, it gets me straight in the heart and makes me become all emotional.
It has the same quality as those early Belle and Sebastian songs where the lyrics are like a proper story !

a layer of chips
Posts: 18616
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 09:17
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Nottingham, UK
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by a layer of chips » Sat Oct 02, 2010 15:59

It's out on 15 November. I've not stopped listening to it for the last 36 hours - it gets better and better with each listen.

I really wish I'd taken more interest in them after seeing them a couple of years ago at Indietracks. I'm a fool.

User avatar
String Bean Jen
Posts: 1136
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 17:00
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/string_bean_jen/
Location: Ealing Studios, London
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by String Bean Jen » Sun Oct 03, 2010 01:05

a layer of chips wrote:It's out on 15 November. I've not stopped listening to it for the last 36 hours - it gets better and better with each listen.

I really wish I'd taken more interest in them after seeing them a couple of years ago at Indietracks. I'm a fool.
I know how you feel. Even though it's been over a year since I first truly heard them, I already had their 'Lifeskills' 7" by that point and it hadn't hit me like it really should have. And somehow 'Boyfriend Devoted' completely passed me by when it was originally released. This perplexes me because they are such a Jennifer band! Oh well, we're in time for this brilliant debut album, eh?

Did you see them in the shed this year, Sam? Though the shed is not renowned for its sound, they did need to be in a bigger space so that their sound could travel. Back at their 2007 Indietracks gig, they didn't bring a drummer. I wonder what that sounded like.
There's more than one use for every part

a layer of chips
Posts: 18616
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 09:17
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Nottingham, UK
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by a layer of chips » Sun Oct 03, 2010 06:54

I didn't see them this year, no. We were sat on the grass for most of them time.

It was 2007, was it? Blimey. I remember their songs being a lot slower back then. Maybe that was something to do with the lack of drummer.

User avatar
Trev
Posts: 6877
Joined: Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:56
Last.fm: lostmusic
Location: Cardiff
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by Trev » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:30

String Bean Jen wrote:Back at their 2007 Indietracks gig, they didn't bring a drummer. I wonder what that sounded like.
Pretty good If I remember correctly. Char thought they were one of the best things at the festival that year! And she was probably right, too!
not really here

User avatar
String Bean Jen
Posts: 1136
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 17:00
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/string_bean_jen/
Location: Ealing Studios, London
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by String Bean Jen » Mon Oct 11, 2010 13:52

Because Sam is awesome and has impeccable taste, he's posted an interview with The Felt Tips.

(You all read his blog, right?)

The autobiographical nature of their lyrics (or not), mischievous teenage friskiness, shit Glasgow bands, and exotic upcoming shows - it's all in there!

And I like this response on Neil's favourite song for cycling. Might have to give that a try.
What's your favourite song on the album?

Neil: For playing 'A Life More Ordinary', for dancing 'Engaged for a Visa' and for cycling 'Silver Spoon'
There's more than one use for every part

User avatar
emml
Posts: 586
Joined: Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:33
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/too_much_
Location: London

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by emml » Mon Oct 11, 2010 15:13

I can't work out how the heck I managed to miss them in Berlin! Was table football to blame?

Can't wait to hear this album.

User avatar
String Bean Jen
Posts: 1136
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 17:00
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/string_bean_jen/
Location: Ealing Studios, London
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by String Bean Jen » Mon Nov 15, 2010 15:10

Yay! Today is the official release date of 'Living and Growing', their debut album. You can order it from Plastilina but if you don't want to pay in US $, I'm sure some UK mail orders like Pebble Records will be getting copies in shortly.

If you want to read what some reviewers have said about the album (ignore the minor 50 word, grade-school writing of the NME this week!), here are some of my favourites:

* A Layer of Chips
‘The beauty of this album is its brutal honesty. It's not scared to pick its targets and shoot at will. It means something, for heaven's sake, and that's totally precious.’

*The Street Lamp Doesn't Cast Her Shadow Anymore
‘Playing the album is a bit like picking up a book of short stories as, even at a first listen, it's obvious that The Felt Tips are very much one of those bands for whom the lyrics matter and it's soon apparent that Andrew, the vocalist, is not so much singing as engaged in story-telling. And it's story-telling with a bold and sometimes brutal honesty.’

* Eardrums
‘The cd is called “Living and Growing” and includes 10 far above the average indiepop-songs. When I first got hooked on this band, it was their wonderful melodies and their honest lyrics that hit my heart. I still love them for that, but on their new album, they also have a wonderful warmth in their sound that hasn’t been as clear before. I love the sound of their songs…Their wonderful storytelling and above all their honesty in their lyrics makes me feel that I know these guys. I like lots of different songs and bands, but I LIKE The Felt Tips....“Living and Growing” is one of the indiepop-must-have’s of 2010....’

* Sleepwalking Mag
‘The Felt Tips have their solid ground in a very plain but elegant pop rock holding its sound to never failing jangly guitar riffs in a perfect Johnny Marr style on calm disenchanted melodies hooked on nowadays contemporary lullabies..."Living and Growing” ends with the charming “Double Bluff”: Felt Tips “Her Majesty” with two lovers competing for some kind of fairground love. Once again the romantic honesty of the singer is thrown against an unfair World where everything – even feelings – gets unequal and complicated...“Living and growing” is a mature work from a band that will fulfil all fan’s expectations and will not fail to conquer so many more devoted listeners.’

This video was posted online in the last month-and-a-half and reminds me of how brilliant it was to finally see this band I loved so much at the great Indietracks. A bit of a false start but it's ok. It's a song of goosebumps - 'Treat Me Gently'.
There's more than one use for every part

joanny
Posts: 442
Joined: Mon Mar 01, 2010 22:11
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/discobloguons
Location: Paris
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by joanny » Mon Nov 15, 2010 15:21

Ace album, I have too many favorite songs to pick up one in particular. I'd say Not Tonight, Boyfriend Devoted and Garden of Roses but I love them all.

User avatar
String Bean Jen
Posts: 1136
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 17:00
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/string_bean_jen/
Location: Ealing Studios, London
Contact:

Re: The Felt Tips

Post by String Bean Jen » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:32

Fans of immediate online satisfaction: You can buy the album through itunes and I've just discovered it's on Spotify too!
There's more than one use for every part

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 1 guest