Jake Bugg – There’s A Beast And We All Feed It, Live In Seattle

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

 

JAKE BUGG’s DIZZYINGLY quick rise to the top has been due in no small part to the fervour he inspires from the stage, a feeling captured on Live At Silver Platters – a new four-track EP recorded in Seattle in January and set for release on Record Store Day (April 19).

The stripped bare version of There’s A Beast And We All Feed It — the skiffly opener of Bugg’s second album, Shangri La — can be heard below.

The full Silver Platters EP tracklisting looks like this:

There’s A Beast And We All Feed It
Trouble Town
Lightning Bolt
Storm Passes Away

 

Watch Johnny Marr and Jake Bugg duet at London Royal Albert Hall gig

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg and Johnny Marr duetted at London’s Royal Albert Hall last week (February 21) – click below to watch.

Bugg invited the former Smiths guitarist to perform with him during his gig, with the pair performing a take on the Nottingham singer-songwriter’s track ‘Kingpin’ from his second album ‘Shangri La’. Bugg has recently been giving songwriting tips to teenagers at the Albert Hall in a series of seminars, which saw him teach 16 to 18 year old students how to play his song ‘Broken’.

The singer is nominated for Best Solo Artist at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas which happens this week on Wednesday (February 26). The ceremony, which will be streamed live for the first time in its history, is taking place at O2 Academy, Brixton and fans will be able to watch all of the action, including performances from Metronomy, Drenge and Godlike Genius recipients Blondie.

The NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter and NME columnist Huw Stephens. Paul McCartney will attend to collect the special, one-off honour of NME’s Songwriter’s Songwriter, while Damon Albarn will collect the brand new NME Award For Innovation.

Blondie have been named this year’s Godlike Genius, and the band will collect the award in person and perform at the show. In addition, Belle & Sebastian will receive the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and will also perform live.

Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations this year with eight in total, while Queens of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire all have three. Voting has now closed.

Jake Bugg’s sophomore album Shangri La is a remarkable album

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Jake Bugg: Shangri La album – Island Records

Jake Bugg’s second album takes its title from the studio in which it was made with  the most famous producer in the world, Rick Rubin. This along with his success and global travels felt so far removed from his past and threatened to detach him from the basic essence that successfully connected with the British public.

But our 19 year-old troubadour’s down-to-earth authenticity has ensured the survival of his pragmatism, and while ‘Shangri La’ is worlds away from the Clifton estate of his childhood (literally – it’s named after producer Rick Rubin’s Malibu studio in which it was recorded), it’s an impressive and suitably exciting reflection of his current lifestyle. And here he’s with his sophomore album already and, on the back of the acclaim he achieved on his first album, the speedy release of ‘Shangri-La’ is a promising sign that Bugg is bursting with ideas and has no plans of sitting back on top of his one Mercury nomination.

Shangri La is an album that connects emotionally. These are slices of real life beyond the hometown borders. It’s the next logical step in the Jake Bugg journey: seeing the world and singing about his experiences.

That folk-rockabilly approach noticed in his first album sure got Bugg noticed on his self-titled debut. This one, recorded under the guidance of  Rubin, is a big step forward even better than his debut album.  One can notice elements of folk, rock ‘n’ roll, country, and punk. All the songs include his creative lyrical phrasing, with more confidence. He’s an artist who knows what he wants out of his music.

Rick Rubin oversees an expanding sonic palette and a tougher sound; the punk-fired “What Doesn’t Kill You” and grungy country rock of “All Your Reasons” push up against MacDougal Street serenades like “Pine Trees,” an alienated epistle that could’ve been cut in a winter cabin.

There’s A Beast And We All Feed It’ immediately kicks things into gear. A scathing rant at “finger pointers” and Twitter rumor mongers, it’s backed by a frantic rockabilly rhythm that continues breathlessly across ‘Slumville Sunrise’ and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’.

It’s in the more sensitive moments, however, that Bugg’s expressive qualities truly shine. The sweet, star-crossed ‘Me And You’ is lovely, while the haunting sustained note held in the chorus of ‘A Song About Love’ is the album’s first goosebumps moment.

The acoustic ‘Pine Trees’ and pastoral closer ‘Storm Passes Away’ are testimony to Jake’s writing sessions in Nashville, and his slight country vocal twangs are genuinely affective.

Rubin knows all about emotional intensity and, just as with Johnny Cash’s seminal ‘American Recordings’, on ‘Shangri La’ he has captured everything cleanly and sparsely to really let Jake’s storytelling shine. The resulting exposure makes for a mature and remarkable album, and the continued development of Jake Bugg something especially worth watching.

‘Shangri La’ out now:
iTunes – http://po.st/ShangriLaYT
Official Store – http://po.st/JakeBuggStore
Google Play – http://po.st/GoogleSL
Amazon – http://po.st/ShangriAmazon

Tour Dates

Jake Bugg — The Making of the Album ‘Shangri La’ + Album Sampler

Jake Bugg’s new album Shangri La, produced by Rick Rubin, was released November 19 in the United States. Here’s your chance to go behind the scenes at the recordings and find out how the Nottingham prodigy went about making the album.

 

Jake Bugg ‘Shangri La’ – Album Sampler

Everybody here is waiting for deep snow to ski –and I’m just waiting for Shangri La…

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Jake Bugg – Shangri La

Shangri La is the upcoming second studio album by Jake Bugg, due to be released on 18 November 2013. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and named after his studio in Malibu, California, where recording took place in the summer of 2013.

The album was originally scheduled for release in the United States on 14 January 2014, by Island Records, with a five song EP released on 18 November 2013. However, following a “sold-out” tour in the United States, the release date was pushed up to 19 November 2013, a day following the UK release.

I first saw Jake Bugg live at a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. When I heard him sing, my jaw dropped– my heart was telling me a star was born. I saw him live again at The Living Room also in NYC. Although space was limited, I managed to get in. It was an awesome acoustic performance by a young artist (18 years of age!) and since then, Jake Bugg hasn’t stopped amazing me.

As we wait for the release of Shangri La in the U.S., we want to share with you some music videos from the album, including two singles. The first single “What Doesn’t Kill You” was announced and released from Shangri La on 23 September 2013. On 17 October 2013, “Slumville Sunrise” was revealed as the album’s second single, including a video promoting the song and album. Watch them below.

Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You [first single]

Jake Bugg – Slumville Sunrise [second single]

Jake Bugg – There’s A Beast And We All Feed It – at the BIC, Bournemouth on 19/10/2013

Studio album by Jake Bugg
Released 18 November 2013
Recorded 2013, Shangri La, Malibu, CA
Genre Indie rock
Label Mercury Records (UK)
Island Records (U.S.)
Producer Rick Rubin

Shangri La track listing

No. Title Length
1. “There’s a Beast and We All Feed It” 1:41
2. “Slumville Sunrise” 2:58
3. “What Doesn’t Kill You” 2:04
4. “Me and You” 2:58
5. “Messed Up Kids” 2:58
6. “A Song About Love” 3:59
7. “All Your Reasons” 5:08
8. “Kingpin” 2:27
9. “Kitchen Table” 4:55
10. “Pine Trees” 2:50
11. “Simple Pleasures” 5:02
12. “Storm Passes Away” 2:54

Personnel

  • Jake Bugg – lead vocals, lead guitar, piano
  • Jason Lader – bass guitar
  • Matt Sweeney – rhythm guitar
  • Pete Thomas – drums

Jake Bugg, Shangri La – First Listen Track-By-Track

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Jake Bugg, Shangri La – First Listen Track-By-Track

Just 13 months after his hugely successful debut album was released, Jake Bugg returns with its follow up. ‘Shangri-La’ was recorded in Malibu with superproducer Rick Rubin, who’s worked with Beastie Boys, Run DMC and Kanye West to name a few. The resulting album is an energetic snapshot of a young songwriter buoyed with the sort of confidence you would expect from a teenager with the world at his feet.

There’s A Beast And We All Feed It
A brief intro for the album, this short skiffle sees Bugg worry to himself about living life to the max and having someone to hold close when times get tough. It also includes the line, “scared someone will tweet it”, a rare nod to the modern world from Bugg.

Slumville Sunrise
The song that comes complete with a video directed by the legendary Shane Meadows. The frantic caper caught on camera by the director of This Is England is matched by a jaunty tune, the second in a row on the album. Having toured his debut album relentlessly, including gigs with Noel Gallagher and The Stone Roses, ‘Shangri-La’ opens with the feel of an album Bugg will tear through on stage and have a bit of fun with.

What Doesn’t Kill You
Drummers on ‘Shangri-La’ include Red Hot Chili Peppers’ member and Will Ferrell lookalike Chad Smith as well as Pete Thomas, who recently worked with Arctic Monkeys on ‘AM’. As you would expect, there is a sharp energy that runs through the percussion of the album and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’ is one of Bugg’s tightest songs to date as well as one of his catchiest. It seems hanging with the legends is rubbing off on the lad.

Me and You
“All the time people follow us where we go,” sings Bugg on this laid-back acoustic ode to a lovelorn relationship. Nods to “flashes” (camera?) as well as the lyric “all of these people want us to fail,” and celebrity gossipers suggest this song is about Bugg’s short relationship with top model Cara Delevingne.

Messed Up Kids
Bugg said in the lead up to making ‘Shangri-La’ that he wouldn’t be able to write about the council estates and characters of Nottingham any more now that he’s touring the world and selling thousands of albums. While this is true for the majority of the album, ‘Messed Up Kids’ is a return to the social realism that made Bugg’s name. Telling the story of drug dealing Johnny and homeless girl Jenny, this song is also a nod toward Bugg’s ability to write a crowd-rousing anthem, and suggest that he has been listening to more Oasis than Don McLean in recent months.

A Song About Love
Jake Bugg is arguably at his best when he’s rattling through a fast-paced scuttling song, densely packed with lyrics and melody. However ‘A Song About Love’ sees his progression as a big time balladeer. While his voice struggles to carry the demands of such a huge song, it’s comforting to see him tackle such an ambitious track.

All Your Reasons
Earlier this year, Bugg spoke of his disappointment at working with songwriters in Nashville and discovering they had become lazy. “They were presenting songs they’d already written, not caring what I wanted,” he said. “I had to say: ‘No mate, let’s get our guitars out and see what happens together.’ It was really disappointing.” Sadly, ‘All Your Reasons’ sounds like a song that was recorded before he built up the courage to make his voice heard. A largely forgettable blues number and the first time ‘Shangri-La’ dips in quality.

Kingpin
Channeling the same 60s icons as The Strypes mainline with every blues riff and R&B howl, ‘Kingpin’ is a vintage firecracker from the Bugg canon and one which will be a live favourite.

Kitchen Table
“We’ve not been together for some time now, after how I handled it you’re not to blame,” sings Bugg as he laments the end of a relationship and his own role in its downfall. “We just grew out of love,” he cries – sounding heartbroken and soulful.

Pine Trees
Brittle to the point of breaking, ‘Pine Trees’ is a lo-fi moment on an album which sounds thoroughly expensive throughout. Just Bugg and his guitar, it’s a timely reminder of the rough and ready charm which endeared us to the Nottingham teenager back in his early days.

Simple Pleasures
A slow-burning build up gives way to a rip-roaring chorus and ponderous, almost psychedelic guitars in a song that places Bugg close to Richard Ashcroft in the urban poet stakes. “Maybe it’s all that you’ve done wrong, so just bite your silver tongue that you lied with, lied to yourself,” he snarls, angrily as the atmosphere around him escalates to breaking point. A momentous release never quite arrives but ‘Simple Pleasures’ adds new textures to the album and feels more modern than a lot of the retro material found elsewhere.

Storm Passes Away
This final song brings the album to a close in intimate style with Bugg kicking back and delivering an effortlessly breezy goodbye kiss to ‘Shangri-La’. Similar to ‘Pine Trees’, this feels like a closer look into Bugg’s soul, as if we’re joining him in his bedroom as he knocks around ideas for songs and jots down notes for lyrics.