#ThrowbackThursday: GIHE w/ ARXX 20.06.19

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and Lockdown 2.0, we’re unable to make it in to the Hoxton Radio studio to broadcast our weekly live new music show from 7-9pm. Instead, we’re sharing previous show recordings as #ThrowbackThursday sessions, so you can still enjoy 2 hours of new music tunes & chats with some of our favourite artists each week.

Today, we’ve picked our June 2019 show with Brighton duo ARXX. Hanni & Clara joined Kate, Mari & Tash live in the studio for an exclusive live acoustic session, a chat about how they met via “mutual weirdness” and the time they supported mega babes Dream Wife at Concorde 2. Kate also freaks out when the band also admit to being massive Avril Lavigne fans.

Listen back:

Tracklist
Sleater-Kinney – Jenny
ANNAVR – Vitamins
Personal Best – Baby
FARIDA – Last Waltz
HAVVK – If I Don’t Tell You
Lauren Faith – DMT
Cat Turner – Situation
The Eyelids – You Make Me a Zombie
Zoey Lily – I Wish I Had a Heart
Uv – Wilt
Death Hags – Oublie Moi
Witching Waves – Best Of Me
Nova Twins – Devil’s Face
**ARXX Interview & Live Session**
Klae – I Knew It
Scrounge – Purpose
Friedberg – Go Wild
CRONICLE – Bruises
Haiku Salut – Going Back
Kerry Devine – Ariel (Remix)
Rachel Chinouriri – Mumma’s Boy
Janelle – Everything’s The Same
Zoey Konez – We Got Lost
Kae Tempest – Tunnel Vision

Photo Credit: Jessie Morgan

Introducing Interview: Lauran Beth

Having kick-started her musical career on YouTube, with a great popularity of videos of her performing impressive covers, Irish artist Lauran Beth has since been captivating listeners with her dreamy alt-pop, and has previously received acclaim from the likes of Hot Press for her debut ‘Just Breathe’.

Lauran’s poignant new single ’11 Years’ offers a shimmering reflection on climate change and its effects, oozing her luscious rich vocals and twinkling pop melodies. We caught up with her to find out more…

Hi Lauran Beth, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hey! I’m a 17 year old singer-songwriter from Offaly, Ireland. My music is mainly pop, but I am influenced by everything!

How did you initially start creating music?
Growing up, my family was quite musical – especially my da. I began playing traditional Irish music when I was seven, but didn’t discover my real passion until I asked for a guitar for Christmas when I was eleven. My da taught me the basics, and the rest is history! I wrote my first proper song ‘Thoughts’ in my bedroom when I was fourteen, and that’s when I discovered my love for songwriting.

Your new single ’11 Years’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
’11 Years’ is about climate change and the need for society to take it more seriously. As people, we have grown to become selfish in terms of our own wellbeing and indifferent to the needs of plants and animals. ’11 Years’ expresses my personal fears in relation to climate change, as well as the opinion of a need for change. 

You’ve been compared to the likes of KT Tunstall and Orla Gartland, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
I listen to a bit of everything, but I would say main influences at the minute would have to be Avril Lavigne, Melanie Martinez and The 1975. I love artists who are not afraid to be bold in terms of expressing themselves and their projects, and who break social barriers.

In ‘normal’ times, how is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
Growing up in a village has really restricted me from seeing many people play live close to home. However, there are some really cool local artists like Jack Keeshan and James Mckelvey who are extremely talented! I’d love to see more music being played in my area.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
I love to play live, and I hope that people who come to the shows feel like they are safe and belong, as the world can be a scary place at times.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
There are loads of cool artists on the label that I am on, which is the Beardfire Music label. Artists like KTG, Martin McDonnell, Zoe Clarke, Michael T, Moylan and HappyBdayDaniel are so talented and definitely deserve more attention.

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
I think that that this era is the best for sharing music as there is a huge presence on social media, which makes it easier for people to share projects. However, people can sometimes be reluctant to investigate new music, so that can make things hard. 

Finally, what does the rest of 2020 have in store for Lauran Beth?
I’m really looking forward to picking my brain and writing more music. Hopefully I can record more soon, but I am really excited to grow as a musician and songwriter. 

Huge thanks to Lauran for answering our questions! 

’11 Years’ is out now via Beardfire Music.

FIVE FAVOURITES: Gurr

After the recent release of their new EP She Says, German duo Gurr have been busy touring and making plans for the rest of 2019. The new songs are a poignant observation on the world’s indifference to the opinions of others. We caught up with bandmates Laura Lee & Andreya Casablanca to talk about their “Five Favourites” – five albums that have influenced their own songwriting. Check out their choices below, and take note of their upcoming tour dates at the end of this post!

LAURA

1. Oasis – What’s the Story Morning Glory
It’s not only my favorite album, I think it’s also the best second album of all time. To top a debut album with a second album like this – including songs like Champagne ‘Supernova’ – just deserves all my respect.

2. Ulrika Spacek – The Album Paranoia
It really amazed me how few people know about this band: Very crafty sounds, amazing recordings, seems like they have great artistic integrity as a band… I really wish they were more famous and also don’t at the same time.

3. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
After my Oasis obsession, Deerhunter and especially Halcyon Digest were the first band to really pick me up again and get me excited about current music. So thanks for that!

4. Carole King – Tapestry
I found out about Carole King way too late in my life. Also BECAUSE SHE NEVER MAKES THESE KINDS OF BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIMES LISTS and I really don’t understand why.

5. The Sound – Jeopardy
Maybe I would say this is the greatest album of all time (to me). It’s just pure perfection to me, the compilation of songs, the order, … everything!

ANDREYA

1. Le Tigre – Feminist Sweepstakes
This is the first album that I heard a more experimental approach to music with adding synth and random stuff. I was so into Le Tigre and their aesthetic, I listened to this album from top to end in my teenage bedroom at night.

2. Sonic Youth – Goo
I used to go to the record store and just try to learn indie music history by listening through records – this record was a little hard for me to grasp but it opened a weird world of eerie vibes and “anything goes” and it totally made me feel like I am special back then haha.

3. Be your own Pet – Be your own Pet
I rarely listen to BYOP anymore but I DEVOURED this album and it basically shaped so much of my songwriting as a teen- that it can just be weird and repetitive chord progressions, loud and noisy, confusing lyrics and high energy. Jemina Pearl and Karen O were definitely my icons back then.

4. Avril Lavigne – Let Go
This album is brilliant. So many good pop songs that I can still sing along to today even though I don’t want to?

5. Supergrass – I should Coco
I actually don’t know why I loved and love this album so much but I listened to it a lot and especially enjoyed the squeeky voices- “She’s so loose” made me jam on open dissonant chords for DAYS. Love it.

Gurr Tour Dates 2019
14.06.2019 – GER Mannheim – Maifield Derby
18.06.2019 – USA Brooklyn – Rough Trade (in-store showcase, duo performance)
19.06.2019 – USA New York City – Rockwood Hall w/ Surfbort
21.06.2019 – GER Scheeßel – Hurricane Festival
22.06.2019 – GER Neuhausen ob Eck, DE – Southside Festival
30.06.2019 – GER Paderborn, DE – Wintergrün Festival
13.07.2019 – HU Banki-to Bank – Bankito Festival
26.07.2019 – GER Eltville am Rhein – Heimspiel Knyphausen
27.07.2019 – UK Oxfordshire, UK – Truck Festival
02.08.2019 – AT Lustenau – Szene Open Air Lustenau
03.08.2019 – CH Olten – Olten Open Air
09.08.2019 – GER Rees – Haldern Pop Festival
10.08.2019 – GER Konigs Wusterhausen – Bergfunk
31.08.2019 – GER Stade – Müssen Alle Mit
11.10.2019 – UK London – The Lexington
13.10.2019 – GER Düsseldorf – New Fall Festival

Thanks to Laura & Andreya for sharing their favourite with us. Follow Gurr on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut