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December 2016

News

Embrace Win Live Band Of The Year 2016 With Interview & Live Review

A huge congratulations to Embrace who take the FOTF Best Live Band of the year 2016. Over 14,000 Flick of the Finger readers and fans voted and Embrace took taking a whopping 44% of the vote leaving runner up Gary Numan with over 35% FOTF spoke to the band to announce the news and heres what they had to say   “It’s fantastic to win something for playing live because… Keep Reading

Biographies

How Much Do You Know About The Coral?

The Story of the Coral Another combo in a long line of Scouser success stories (from The BEATLES to ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN, to The LA’S and former labelmates The ZUTONS), The CORAL have extended their longevity beyond their retro-roots angle and boundaries, albeit largely ignored in the States where they’d signed to Columbia Records. Influenced by a spirited cocktail of neo-psychedelia, country, Motown and Merseybeat, several albums have been… Keep Reading

Live

Temper Trap, O2 Academy, Manchester

Temper Trap pack out Manchester’s Academy 2 on a very cold December evening  Forming in 2005, the Temper trap hail from Melbourne, Australia and relocated to London a few years back. Dougy (vocals) Jonathon (bass) Toby (drums) and Joseph (keyboards and guitar) the band released their debut album ‘Conditions‘ back in 2009 which received some great reviews. The album peaked at No. 9 in the albums charts and into the… Keep Reading

Live

Travis, O2 Academy, Liverpool

Tonight at Liverpool O2 Academy Travis are celebrating 20 years in the music business with a run of 3 UK dates.  Fran Healy was humbled by the sell-out crowd and was quick to say “Travis are 20 years old, we are one of the few bands that are still surviving and it’s thanks to you all!” On a night when the city of Liverpool was in the grips of a… Keep Reading

News

Tempesst Enter The FOTF Hall Of Fame

It’s always cool to hear new music or discover new bands from the other side of the world.  It’s also very warming when you get the chance to cave a quick catch up with said band and their all really sound fella’s who actually give a sh!t about what they do.  This is the 3rd Aussie band I’ve seen in as many months and I’ve got to say – There are some top… Keep Reading

Record of The Week

Maker ‘Move Your Feet’

Maker’s single ‘Move Your Feet’ will have you doing just that. The swagger that the track possesses just immediately embeds itself into your brain and rolls around uncontrollably until your body gets into the groove. ‘Move Your Feet’ has upbeat vibes of T-Rex, not to mention an overall sensibility of ’70s psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll. The track isn’t a brand new release, but that is completely irrelevant when it comes… Keep Reading

New Releases

Red Faces ‘Kerosene’

In these dying days, as a brutal 2016 drags itself to a welcome end, guitars can seem rarer than hope. RedFaces are rarer still – a brand new guitar band snapped up by a major label in open defiance of chart stats and marketing departments. Red Faces ‘Kerosene’ Newly signed to RCA and with a debut single – the incendiary ‘Kerosene’ – available now (with a limited 7” due on… Keep Reading

Live

Embrace, Olympia Theatre, Liverpool

Embrace return to Liverpool to a loyal audience. The guys dropped on Liverpool as a taster for their new album out in 2017. After an interview with Flick Of The Finger in October, I managed to catch Embrace at the Olympia Theatre, for the Liverpool leg of their tour. The crowd was jammed in, and after speaking to various fans I found that people had travelled far and wide to… Keep Reading

News

David Bowie ‘Black Star’ FOTF Album Of The Year

One of the first albums of 2016 was David Bowies ‘Black Star’ released January 8th 2016 It’s equally surprising and rewarding to find that David Bowie’s 25th studio album in 49 years is of such finesse and cutting edge. Even though his passing seemed inevitable, there are no signs of letting up on this parting record, conceding to mediocrity or touching on former glories in order to remind you once… Keep Reading

Club

Cream 3 Album Give Away

Our friends over at Cream has sent us some christmas goodies to give away to our readers These three albums consist of over 160 quality tunes that have been filling the dance floors all over the globe Flick of the Finger have been working closely with our friends over at Cream and as a thank you to our readers they have given us 3 albums (8 CD’s) to give to one… Keep Reading

Live

Kula Shaker, O2 Academy, Bristol

Kula Shaker the psychedelic rock band, led by frontman Crispian Mills have just started there 20 year anniversary K album tour and they arrived in Bristol with a bang. I saw them 20 years ago performing the album and was blown away, would I be blown away again I was asking myself before I entered the venue? It was a wet, damp night and soon as I got in the… Keep Reading

New Releases

The Twang Release Video for Christmas Single

After a long day in the studio during the summer of 2014, The Twang began tinkering with a tune about a young man sitting at a bar, struggling to make sense of his life. From that day the song took on a life of it’s own. The band quickly agreed that it sounded like a Christmas classic.  They named it ‘On the 24th’ and It’s available now.  They will also play their… Keep Reading

Live

Ash 1977 Anniversary tour, O2 Ritz, Manchester

Ash asked the question, “Do you know the time I Knew a girl from Mars”? This crowd did. There are albums that from time to time almost define a generation, Ash’s debut LP 1977, named in honour of the year Star Wars hit cinema screens and “opened” by the scream of a TIE Fighter. Which was the same backing track the band took to the stage this evening. 20 years… Keep Reading

Gigs

Chameleons Vox ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is 2016’

Back by overwhelming popular demand, CHAMELEONS VOX are delighted to reveal they will be returning to the hallowed halls of the Manchester Academy for their third annual hometown celebration. Chameleons Vox: Home Is Where The Heart Is… 2016.   Now becoming something of a yearly tradition for the cult Mancunian band and their devoted fan base, the third annual instalment follows rapturously received former years in residence at the venue. … Keep Reading

Live

James and The Charlatans, Echo Arena, Liverpool

James and The Charlatans bring Madchester to Liverpool Echo Arena When you mention Manchester music, James along with The Charlatans, normally get overlooked in the bigger scheme of things in favour of the likes of the Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays, New Order and the Fall. It was a quick trip down the East Lancs Road, for all tonight’s bands, Manchester comes to Liverpool. No Rivalry in the Arena tonight,… Keep Reading

Interviews

Painting Chaos – New Music Video

The local band Painting Chaos has been very busy with new music, and with new music comes a badass video. Today they released a music video for their new song, “A Way Out”, from an upcoming album that have fans anxiously awaiting a release date. The song is a clever mix between strong, clean vocals and a hard rock guitar foundation paired with a moody warehouse video setting. The lyrics… Keep Reading

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Fun Lovin Criminals

Today we had the pleasure catching up with the man! Brian Fast Leiser of The Fun Lovin Criminals. So, what can your fans expect with the up and coming tour? We try not to play the same set list, it gets stale and tiring, we never plan really so not sure what we are doing. I do know we like doing gigs on Fridays or Saturdays so people can let loose and do what… Keep Reading

News

Maccabees Announce Extra Date For Alexandra Palace

Due to unprecedented demand The Maccabees have announced a third and final show at Alexandra Palace June 29th. This follows their previously announced shows in Manchester and at London’s Alexandra Palace selling out within 24 hours. Without doubt, these shows will be one of the highlights of 2017. The must see shows will be a chance to bid farewell to this much loved band, following their announcement to split in… Keep Reading

Record of The Week

Ten Fé ‘Overflow’

Today, Ten Fé share the brand new video for their current single ‘Overflow’ – taken from their upcoming debut album ‘Hit The Light’ which is due for release on the 3rd February 2017.  Recorded in the studio built into the Berlin HQ of Kompakt Records in Berlin with Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture), ‘Hit The Light’ is a highly accomplished album with a captivating concoction of styles. The… Keep Reading

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