Video Of The Week – Minor Victories – Scattered Ashes (Song For Richard)

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When we are asked what style of music we prefer, we often respond along the lines of-  ‘we like all kinds, there is no “one style.”  This seems to annoy people, often sending them into a state of puce-faced apoplexy… it seems they interpret this as a vaguely smug position to adopt. They are however perfectly comfortable with us enjoying a variety of different cheeses (for example) but when it comes to music, we apparently aren’t ‘proper fans’ unless we stick to one flavour  … music fans can be a very odd bunch.  

However if you put a gun to our head we’d probably say  that Minor Victories recent tune “Scattered Ashes (Song For Richard)” was pretty much a nail on the head track for us. It’s dramatic, inspiring, cinematic, heroic and bittersweet and features Rachel Goswell. Done deal then ….it also combines Rachel’s vocals with James Graham of the Twilight Sad, not a combination we’d have thought would work on paper. This is probably why we write arrant nonsense on the internet whilst musicians carry on with making music because, in fact , the vocals compliment each other perfectly. The video also features the ultimate cat fight, as an evil marauding kitty (who probably sits in a swivel chair stroking a tiny Donald Pleasance during their down time)  and an empathetic pussy ( now, that’s a band name!)  do battle , and human kinds fate hangs in the balance. It certainly gave us paws for thought… ahem..

Minor Victories are Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Editors’ Justin Lockey and his brother James and their self-titled debut album is released this summer.  Remarkably all four band members  never even all been in the same room together until after the album was completed, instead, they exchanged ideas, songs, fragments and finished recordings via broadband connections. The results thus far have been staggeringly beautiful.

CLICK HERE for a physical pre-order of Minor Victories and HERE for digital. Both “A Hundred Ropes,” “Folk Arp,” and “Scattered Ashes” are available as instant grat with all pre-orders now.

Tour Dates

3/5/16 London, UK @ Village Underground

4/5/16 Bristol, UK @ Thekla

5/5/16 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

6/5/16 Glasgow, UK @ Art School 

3/6/16 Dudingen, Switzerland @ Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival

4/6/16 Mannheim, Germany @ Maifeld Derby Festival

17/6/16 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret Festival

5/8/16 – 7/8/16 Katowice, Poland @ Off Festival

7/8/16  Sicily, Italy  @ Ypsigrock Festival

12/8/16 St Malo, France @ La Route Du Rock Festival

20/8/16 Hasselt, Be @ Pukkelpop Festival

 

Minor Victories

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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