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Other Lives – Rituals

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The most recent offering from Oklahoma’s Other Lives, is a blend of both confusion and curiosity. An eerie presentation that often lacks any imaginative spark is the unfortunate outcome on Rituals. Tracks like ‘Easy Way Out’ and ‘2 Pyramids’ display the band’s potential while any real substance or hint of dominance remains absent. A strong country and western influence has crept onto the album and makes full use of haunting backing vocals and bizarre melodies. Other Lives have embraced an electronic partnership with folky string arrangements and at times it works well but sadly it somehow remains monotonous. 

The tracks throughout the album seem to blend together and individually, the song’s characteristics and their own identities never seem to completely flourish therefore creating a background music effect. This is a quality that for many, is best avoided and for many others, unavoidable. There is a concealed Radiohead connection embedded within the foundations of these songs with lead vocalist Jesse Tabish, presenting similar vocal work to the likes of Thom Yorke. This isn't something that works negatively for Other Lives as the bleak and foggy sound is something that has naturally been made their own on Rituals

Other Lives have produced an album that is neither a masterpiece nor a complete shambles. It sits unnervingly somewhere between the two, and like a tug of war, gets pulled back and forth throughout never really knowing where to become static. Sadly, its finishing position moves closer towards the shambles side of the line due to its undersupply of compelling, distinctive songs. If this was an aspect of the album that was better executed by Other Lives, Rituals could have told a completely different story. Unfortunately it doesn't reach out, grab you and require full attention which is a shame because there are times during the album where Other Lives fall just short of radiance.  

Rituals is available from Amazon and iTunes.


Editors Are Back With New Track and Album/Tour This Autumn

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Editors are back and finalising their latest album for Autumn 2015. After a fan in the remote Western highlands of Scotland discovered new track 'No Harm' hidden on the current Play It Again Sam compilation, they shared the first taster of what's to come with the rest of the world.

Editors last album, The Weight Of Your Love (2013) was the high watermark for the band in a ten year career that has seen plenty of highlights. Racking up Top Ten placings across Europe, the album propelled the band to headline shows at Werchter and Lowlands in Benelux and high profile slots at Glastonbury and Reading.

The latest track 'No Harm' is available to download via the bands official website now or you can check it out via YouTube.

The band will be returning to the live circuit this October for dates across the UK and Europe.

Fri 9, UK, Belfast, Limelight 
Sat 10, Ireland, Dublin, Olympia Theatre 
Mon 12, UK, Bristol, Colston Hall
Tue 13, UK, London, Hammersmith Apollo
Thu 15, UK, Portsmouth, Pyramid Centre
Fri 16, UK, Birmingham, O2 Academy
Sat 17, UK, Leeds, O2 Academy
Sun 18, UK, Glasgow, O2 ABC 
Tue 20, UK, Newcastle, O2 Academy
Wed 21, UK, Cambridge, Junction
Thu 22, UK, Manchester, Manchester Academy
Wed 28, France, Paris, Le Trianon
Thu 29, France, Lille, Splendide
Sat 31, Belgium (venue to be announced Mon 4.5.15)

Sun 1, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Den Atelier
Mon 2, Germany, Cologne, Koln Palladium
Wed 4, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall
Sun 8, Germany, Hamburg, Mehr Theater
Mon 9, Germany, Berlin, Columbiahalle
Tue 10, Germany, Offenbach, Stadthalle
Thu 12, Germany, Munich, Tonhalle
Fri 13, France, Strasbourg, Laiterie 
Sun 15, France, Lyon, Radiant
Mon 16, Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz
Tue 17, Spain, Madrid, La Riviera
Fri, 27 Switzerland, Lausanne, Les Docks
Sat 28, Italy, Bologna, Paladozza
Sun 29, Austria, Vienna, Gasometer

Tue 1, Slovenia, Ljubljana, Kino Siska
Wed 2, Croatia, Zagreb, Culture Factory 
Fri 4, Greece, Athens, Gazi Music Hall
Sat 5, Greece, Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theatre
Sun 6, Turkey, Istanbul, Volkswagen Arena
Tue 8, Hungary, Budapest, Barba Negra
Wed 9, Czech Republic, Prague, Roxy
Thu 10, Poland, Warsaw, Progresja Music Zone
Fri 11, Poland, Poznan, MTP2
Sun 13, Switzerland, Zurich, X-tra
Mon 14, France, Marseille, Espace Julien
Tue 15, France, Bordeaux, Le Rocher De Palmer

Tickets for the UK shows are on sale this Thursday April 30 at 10am via See Tickets.

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