Thursday, 10 October 2013

Hudson Taylor - Care

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OK, so we've got two blokes sitting on the back of an open-topped wagon, on hay bales, strumming away on acoustic guitars. One of them is even wearing braces (the trouser variety, not the acceptable teeth correction tool) and the other has a beard. They're a banjo and a waistcoat away from being a major label experiment in cashing in on a certain bunch of English "folk" musicians. The video is below. Ignore it, it ruins the song. Yes, Hudson Taylor will appeal to fans of Mumford & Sons as well as inexplicably mega selling singer-songwriters like Ben Howard, but in a miraculous twist of fate, 'Care' is actually a good song.

Whether the video is engineered by Polydor to cash in on current scenes or is natural for them we don't know, but these two brothers from Dublin can knock out a tune, regardless of the clich├ęd visuals. The tide of acoustic music won't stop coming in and is already washing away large portions of the UK and Ireland's music scenes, but listening to this mini-anthem with its memorable chorus, neat harmonies (naturally) and surprisingly vibrant vibe, it's obvious that this type of thing doesn't have to be as nauseating as others make it. Hopefully some of these bigger acts will take a leaf out of Hudson Taylor's book and up their game, and hopefully these two will give themselves an individual identity. It would be a waste if something as superficial as their image closed doors for them amongst the more credible music press. They've already built a fan base, they now need to hold on to them.

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Catch them live:

Sat, Oct 19, Gathering Festival, Oxford, Oxfordshire
Fri, Nov 8, The Institute, Birmingham
Sat, Nov 9,  O2 Academy, Oxford, Oxfordshire
Sun, Nov 10, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Tue, Nov 12, The Forum, London
Wed, Nov 13, Stylus, Leeds
Thu, Nov 14, ABC, Glasgow
Sat, Nov 16, Sage 2, Gateshead
Sun, Nov 17, Ritz, Manchester
Mon, Nov 18, O2, Bristol
Mon, Nov 25, Komedia, Brighton
Tues, Nov 26, Exchange, Bristol
Wed, Nov 27, Bodega, Nottingham
Thu, Nov 28, Academy 3, Manchester
Sat, Nov 30, Broadcast, Glasgow
Sun, Dec 1, Wardrobe, Leeds
Mon, Dec 2, Temple, Birmingham
Wed, Dec 4, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Thur, Dec 5, Heaven, London
Sat, Dec 7, Northumbria Uni Reds Bar, Newcastle
Sun, Dec 8, Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
Tue, Dec 10, Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast
Wed, Dec 11, The Pavillion, Cork
Thu, Dec 12, Academy, Dublin
Fri, Dec 13, Roisin Dubh, Galway

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