Tribes: on their new album ‘Wish To Scream’, craziest outfits and support slot for The Rolling Stones

TribesBy Lucy Howell

Polkadots & Potions caught up with Johnny (vocalist/guitarist), Jim (bassist) and Miguel (drummer) from Tribes before their first gig of the tour in Sheffield. The Camden quintet will release their second studio album, Wish To Scream, on May 20th. They are currently touring the UK, as well as playing at several festivals this summer alongside rock royalty, The Rolling Stones.

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

Jim: British Rock ‘n’ Roll

Which bands would you say you’re most influenced by?

Jim: I think the ones we all have in common are Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, real sort of song crafty writers.

Miguel: We actually just found out we’re playing with Stones at the Hyde Park gig.

That’s pretty impressive! You must be excited?

Jim: Yeah it’s gonna be wicked. We’re doing Glastonbury as well, so we’re driving  down from there for Hard Rock Calling on the Saturday then gonna drive back up to Glastonbury to watch Stones. So we’ll see them twice within about 10 days.

Here’s Jim talking about the concert :

Can you tell us a bit about the new album?

Jim: We recorded it out in La Sound City Studios with a guy called Kevin Augunas who was a great man to be around. He is a very passionate music fan with great ideas, so it was an amazing experience. And to be out in LA doing it was a dream come true.

What song were you most excited about when you were recording?

Jim: Personally ‘How the other half live’ which is the first track released off the album. It just came from being a really simple demo, then working with Kevin through it and getting these incredible sounds out and just transformed it.

How does the new album compare to your debut?

Miguel: I think it’s more mature.

Jim: The main thing with the writing is that the first album was very much based on experiences and it was retrospective in a way where as this one is way more optimistic and forward thinking.

When it comes to fashion sense, they certainly look like they know what they’re doing; but Johnny tells us that’s not always the case…

You have a great following. Are you big users of social networks? Do you it has an important role in a band’s success?

Johnny: Not at the start. It’s so sad to see bands spending all their lives on their phones instead of writing tunes. But as time went on, and we signed to Island, they were keen on us using it. Now we have someone to help us out with it. You can’t really live without it because everyone relies on it.

Do you have any final words for your fans?

Johnny: The album is out May 20th, it’s on pre-order now.

You can listen to the full interview here

Photograph by Lucy Howell

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Mrs Carter World Tour

The queen of R’n’B, the creator of  bootilicous and the definition of fabulous. Who else could I be talking about but the one and only Beyonce! I had the privilege of attending the highly anticipated Ms Carter world tour and she did not disappoint. In fact she exceeded all my expectations.

Beyonce burst on to stage with the powerful Run The World, showing off her enviable curves in a stunning white leotard and some serious shoulder shaking, Bey gave her fans a taste of what was to come two hour spectacular.

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Beyonce crammed in booty shaking classics such as Crazy in Love and Single Ladies, she performed 1+1 and Miss You from her recent album 4 and even an iconic Destiny’s Child track. Beyonce also sang an emotional version of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You which left everyone in the audience teary eyed.

One of my favorite performances from Bey was Grown Woman. The song began with a montage of gorgeous videos of the singing. The bright outfits and African inspired dance routines sent the crowd wild.

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Beyonce Knowles performance was nothing short of incredible and she has truly raised the bar making it almost impossible for any other musician to compete. She show was packed with beautiful video footage, an array of stunning outfits, impeccable dance moves and a heavy theme of female empowerment throughout the show. This is my third time seeing Beyonce live and one thing that still astounds me is how she has the stamina to dance and sing live and how never compensates one for the other. What also never fails to surprise me is how Beyonce can be so sexy yet so classy. One thing I think performers of today lack is professionalism, Beyonce is a true perfectionist and you can see that every dance routine and lyric and been practiced a million times. She is a true professional and has an incredible energy that is fully received by her fans.

The highs : Every second of the show was thrilling and high energy. Glitz, glam and a serious amount of hair flicking. Perfect night out!

The lows : I honestly couldn’t fault Beyonce’s performance. Flawless

Rating : 10/10

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Blue Lip Feel: on being in the studio, touring and their love for 70s fashion

By Lucy Howell

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Polkadots & Potions caught up with Sheffield quartet Blue Lip Feel who are singer-guitarist Oliver Tooze, guitarist Conor Houston, bassist Will Adams and drummer Sam Bywater.

So you’ve been in the studio. How did that go?

It’s been great, you know there’s something special awaiting you on your last Mix of the studio session and we know were working harder all the time and the new material is our favourite work to date.

Who’s involved? 

Blue lip Feel, Alan Smyth (2fly) and our good friend Stevie Keys.

When can we expect an album? 

Not for a long time. There are certain steps this band has yet taken to lay the gauntlet as such and we would have to be extremely excited about tracks to record an album, in a year and a half would be about right, so expect it then I guess.

Take me through your song writing process…

It’s constantly changing, it’s sometimes all of us sat down trying to collectively add instruments and adding vocal from pre-written lyrics. Or like the most of the time, we just start singing a fresh melody.

Which song are you most excited by/proud of and why?

Man I Am, it felt like a progression with our music ability and our maturity,

You’re on tour with Tribes at them moment, how’s it going?

It’s unreal, they have been amazing to us guys. Such great talented guys and they’re just giving us a break we need. We met some amazing folk on the tour and gained so many new fans. These gigs have been amazing for us.

What kind of music influences you?

Music that has that spark that makes you want to sing, play and write music yourself.

We love artists, singers and players from all genres. Mainly guitar music but we are open to everything.

Where’s your favourite place to play and why?

The Leadmill is always amazing. There’s a certain spirit when taking to its stage. It’s our hometown favourite.

The reception you get in London seems to get better each time you play there. Would you ever consider moving there?

Yeah we’re currently considering it now.

Who would you most like to tour with and why?

Phoenix. Because they would be such a good band to watch side of the stage every night, and they’re humour in interviews looks similar to ours.

What’s your dream festival line-up? (Dead or alive)

An answer that could be time consuming…

Were thinking, The Doors, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Strokes, The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding, Amy Winehouse, Nirvana, Hot Hot Heat, Thin Lizzy, Laura Marling, Melody Gardot, Kings of Leon, Jimi Hendrix, Arcade Fire, The White Stripes, The velvet Underground, Van Morrison, Ray Davies,

What music are you listening to at the moment, any new bands?

Transfer are the best new band we discovered, they are also on the tribes tour they are incredible.

Oliver:

How would you describe your fashion sense?

The Early 70’s

Do you still work at Freshman’s Vintage Store in Sheffield? 

Yeah it’s great, All freshman’s shoppers are just great people to work around.

Do you cherry pick the new stock for yourself?

I certainly do.

What’s your favourite item of clothing?

A handmade South American waistcoat.

What’s the worst thing you or your band mates have ever worn?

Jeans with no crotch.

Where do you shop?

Probably in your old man’s wardrobe.

You’ve got a young Caleb (KOL) style hairdo- was he your inspiration?

Not for the hair do, but a young Caleb was a cool cat.

Who’s your style icon if you had to pick one?

Its difficult to say most probably Marc Bolan,

Second would either be, Jim Morrison, Keith Richards or Bob Dylan

You can catch Blue Lip Feel at Mosborough Music Festival on Sunday 23rd June. Get your tickets here.

In the mean time, listen to their latest track from the band’s official SoundCloud page :

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This week we’re listening to…The Strypes

By Lucy Howell

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The Strypes are a rhythm and blues 4-piece made up of Ross Farrelly (vocals), Evan Walsh (drums), Peter O’Hanlon (bass), and Josh McClorey (guitar).

Hailing from Cavan in Ireland, the young rockers, aged 15 to 17, have already made their mark in the UK after their appearance on Later… Live with Jools Holland this week, where they played their debut single Blue Collar Jane.

They have also sparked an interest from fellow musicians Noel Gallagher and Elton John and supported the Modfather, Paul Weller.

Influenced by the likes of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Yardbirds and The Rolling Stones, they seem well beyond their years.

Signed to Mercury records, the band released their Blue Collar Jane EP on 28th March. It will also be available on vinyl on record store day, April 20th. Watch the video for the single from the band’s official YouTube page below:

Last month it was confirmed that The Strypes will play Glastonbury as well as Live at Leeds this summer.

The band is currently recording their debut album (yet to be named) with producer Chris Thomas (The Beatles, Sex Pistols). It is due for release September 16th 2013. You can pre-order the album here.

Their shows are selling out fast. If you want to catch them live, check out their tour dates here.

Festival Fashion Hot Picks

By Lucy Howell

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The summer festival season is getting closer and closer- time to start planning your outfits!

We have scoured the stores to find you the latest trends and fashions so that you will be rocking this summer.

Check out our must-haves below.

HOTPANTS are a festival staple. Celebrities like Alexa Chung and Kate Moss have been snapped many-a-time rocking a pair with their mud-soaked wellies at Glasto or Reading Festival.

These are our hot picks:

hotpants1: Jail Bait Fringe Denim Shorts, Evil Twin, £30, Asos 2: Pink Pom Pom Short, £49, Miss Selfridge 3: Pink Acid Was Denim Short, £14.00, Internacionale 4: Black Della Studded Shorts, Glamorous, £18, Ark 5: Dip Dye Peach Hotpants, MOTO, £28, Topshop 6: Mid Wash Crochet Hem Short, £32, Miss Selfridge

DRESSES are perfect for the warm weather that you can expect in Benicàssim but layer them with a pair of tights or funky leggings and you’ve got an outfit suitable for Glastonbury or T in the Park as well.

Here’s our pick of the best festival dresses:

dresses1: Kirnea Monochrome Tie Dye Midi Dress, £14.99, Missguided 2: Fringe Midi Dress, £49, Miss Selfridge 3: Denim Dress, £14.99, H&M 4: Sundress In Bright Aztec Print, £28, ASOS 5: Cream Lace Detailed Dress, £29.99, TkMaxx 6: Black Floral Print Button Through Mini Dress, £28, River Island

JACKETS are an important item to consider. They can be an essential to stay warm/dry or worn to make an outfit stand out. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you head off to a festival. It will always pay to have an emergency poncho in your bag (see pic 7)!

Here’s our favourites:

jackets1: Camouflage Sleeve Parka, £35, Miss Selfridge 2: Tie Dye Tassle Kimono, £60, Topshop 3: Denim Western Jacket in Bleach and Dip Dye Wash, £36, ASOS 4: Acid Wash Biker Jacket, £50, Warehouse 5: Veronika Tartan Studded Jacket In Scarlet, £29.99, Missguided 6:Multi Floral Jacket, Lashes, £75, Next 7: Pack of 2 Adult Emergency Waterproof Rain Ponchos, £1.99, Amazon

FOOTWEAR. Make sure you take at least one pair of shoes to a festival. You’ll be on your feet all day standing, walking and dancing, so comfort is everything. If rain is expected, be sure to have a pair of wellies packed.

We’ve picked our favourite pairs below:

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1: Dr Martens Castel Floral 8 Eye Boots, £95, ASOS 2: Converse All star Hi Vintage Union Jack, £56.99, Office 3: Platform Canvas Shoe, £12, George 4: Unearth Tan Leather Boots, £55, Office 5: Old Skool Shoes, £57, Vans 6: Joules Wellibob Chelsea Boots, £35, Topshop

ACCESSORIES! Make sure you keep all of your belongings safe and secure. Handbags with zips are recommended. Pack a pair of sunnies to protect your  eyes, there are so many shapes and designs to choose from. Hats in hot weather are also an essential, the last thing you want is sun stroke. Glam-up your outfit by simply adding some statement jewellery or a flower-power headband.

Here’s our faves:

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1: Perforated Leather Backpack, £75, Topshop 2: Polka Dot Brow Sunglasses, £16.00, Topshop 3: Black Sparkle Peace Sign Stud Earrings, £3.99, New Look 4: Daisy Chain Stretch Bando, £6, Accessorize 5: French Connection Waisted Skinny Cowboy Belt, £25, ASOS 6: Gold Monochrome Arrow Necklace, £5.99, New Look 7: Grey Studded Bumbag, £25, Topshop 8: Rovena Roller Hat With Bow, £12.99, Missguided 9: Wayfarer Havana, £117, Rayban 10: Ginge London Spike Panel Cap, £45, Urban Outfitters 11: Canvas Aztec Cross Body Bag, £5, F&F 12: Gold Tone Enamel Pastel Owl Ring, £8, River Island

*Photo credits: press images from clothing sites

For more information about festivals, check out Polka Dots & Potions ultimate festival guide here.

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Ultimate Festival Guide 2013

By Lucy Howell

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Polka Dots & Potions ultimate guide to music festivals 2013

Including who’s playing where, useful tips and what it will cost you.

Top 5 UK Festivals:

1. Glastonbury

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When: 26-30th June

Where: Worthy Farm, Pilton

Price: Weekend ticket- £205

Line-up: Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones, Mumford and Sons, Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream, Chase & Status, Johnny Marr, The Courteeners + more

Tips: Take your wellies and raincoat.

You can take alcohol into the arena itself.

For more information, click here.

2. Reading/Leeds

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When: 23-25th August

Where: Richfield Avenue/Bramham Lane

Price: Weekend ticket-£202.50   Day Tickets -£90

Line-up: Green Day, Eminem, Biffy Clyro, System of a Down, Nine Inch Nails, Chase & Status, Foals, Alt-J, Jake Bugg, Palma Violets, Peace + more

Tips: There is a large Tesco store near by if you need to stock up on anything.

As well as live bands, the festivals has its own fairground, cinema tent, and a silent disco.

For more information, click here.

3. T in the Park

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When: 12-14th July

Where: Balado, Kinross-Shire, Scotland

Price: Weekend ticket- £194  Day Tickets – £82.50

Line-up: Mumford and Sons, Rihanna, The Killers, Chase & Status, The Script, Stereophonics, Calvin Harris, Kraftwerk, David Guetta, Snoop Dogg, Beady Eye+more

Tips: Pack your waterproofs!

Recharge your phone for free at the Vodafone VIP Recharge Truck

For more information, click here.

4. V Festival

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When: 16-18th July

Where: Hylands Park/Weston Park

Price: Weekend ticket- £185  Day Tickets – £89

Line-up: Beyoncé, Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, The Script, Emeli Sandé, Calvin Harris, Beady Eye, Jessie J, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, Olly Murs, The Courteeners+more

Tip: If you’re up for a bit of ‘glamping’ then V Luxury Style Camping won’t disappoint. There are premium loo’s, showers and complimentary hairdryers and straighteners at your disposal .

For more information, click here.

5. Isle of Wight

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When: 13-16th June

Where: Newport

Price: Weekend ticket- £197.50  Day Tickets – £80.50

Line-up: The Stone Roses, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Paul Weller, Emeli Sandé, Jake Bugg, Ben Howard, Bastille, The Script, Paloma Faith, The Maccabees +more

Tips: When you have a gap between bands, check out Penny Lane, the Cabaret Club, The Intoxicated Tea Rooms or the Bohemian Wood.

Over the last few years there has been plenty of rainfall so be sure to pack your wellies and raincoat!

For more information, click here.

Top 5 Festivals in Europe:

1. Benicàssim

benicassim_2013When: 18-21st July

Where: Benicàssim, Castellón, Spain

Price: Weekend ticket- £160   Day Tickets – £75.20

Line-up: Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, The Killers, Primal Scream, Jake Bugg, Kaiser Chiefs, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Palma Violets, Dizzee Rascal, Beach House+more

Tips: Leave your wellies and coats at home and pack your suntan lotion, sunnies and best frocks!

Try to camp in the shade as the sun can get pretty intense!

For more information, click here.

2. Pinkpop

Pinkpop-2013-Logo-500x230When: 14-16th July

Where: Landgraaf, Netherlands

Price: Weekend ticket- £139  Day Tickets – £72

Line-up: Green Day, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon,  Ben Howard, Miles Kane, Palma Violets, Kodaline, Phoenix, The Script, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Stereophonics, Gaslight Anthem, +more

Tip: Keep your passport and valuables safe. All festival campsites have lockers to store valuables in. Rental Price is € 6 per safe for one day, € 8 for 2 days and € 10 for 3 days plus deposit for the safe key.

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3. Optimus Live

fullsize-optimus-alive-2013When: 12-14th July

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

Price: Weekend ticket- £103  Day Tickets – £45

Line-up: Green Day, Depeche Mode, Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend, Tame Impala, Phoenix, Jake Bugg, Two Door Cinema Club, Biffy Clyro, Editors, Band of Horses+more

Tips: The site is easily accessible by public transport. Night buses and special trains run after doors close at the venue everyday.

For more information, click here.

4. Heineken Open’er

opener-festival-2013-logo-675-675x342When: 3-6th July

Where: Gdynia, Poland

Price: Weekend ticket- £111   Day Tickets – £38

Line-up: Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age, Editors, Animal Collective, Alt-J, Tample Impala, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds+more

Tip: Check out the Fashion Stage at Heineken Open’er Festival It features collections from the hottest new designers, you might discover the next Vivienne Westwood!

For more information, click here.

5. Rock Werchter

biffy-clyro-festival-rock-werchter-2013When: 4-7th July

Where: Werchter, Belguim

Price: Weekend ticket- £170   Day Tickets – £68

Line-up: Green Day, The Hives, The Script, The Lumineers, Sigur Róss, Bloc Party, Biffy Clyro, Jessie Ware, Palma Violets, Dizzee Rascall, Django Django, Tame Impala+more

Tip: Drink/food coupons are issued instead of handling cash. You to purchase them both in the Festival Park at 2.50 euro for each one.

For more information, click here.

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