For those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you’ll have seen a barrage of posts from my week in Barcelona. Although set up by my university, essentially it was a week of studying, walking around for hours, getting lost on the metro and drinking cocktails and sangria until we could barely stand.
It is only fitting that local band Superfood played a homecoming show at Birmingham’s Rainbow Warehouse. The place is a small but homely and beloved venue to many underground and unsigned bands, B-Town pals Peace and Swim Deep having previously played there. The four-piece were playing their first of only two headline shows (the other being at London’s Heaven), with the likes of fellow Brummie band JAWS in and amongst the crowd.
Naming an album is something you have to get right, particularly that of a debut. That name is what will be emblazoned all over posters, tweeted about in its hundreds, blogged about: it symbolises your album and what it encapsulates. In this sense, James Bay’s debut Chaos and the Calm falls a little short.
Sometimes the stress gets too much for you. You’re sick of rereading your essay title and trying to come up with a thesis. You’re having a crappy day and need to take your mind off it. Sometimes the best thing to do is take a break. Make yourself a hot drink, snuggle up in an armchair or even propped up with some cushions in bed and escape into the world of someone else for a bit of down time (plus they all have film adaptations either released or in the making if you don’t want to read). These are some of my recommendations…
I don’t have to be the one to remind you that the world we live in nowadays is a digital one. Hell, you’re probably reading this on a phone screen or some other kind of tablet that’s yet to be invented. We were always told at school: ‘don’t talk to strangers’. It was practically drummed into us really, plastered all over walls, Powerpoint presentations and in campaign video after campaign video. However, I think our world has changed.