Scarfgate- Taylor Swift Explains

A new love does not want to stop, you drive through those red lights to the speed of your heart, this is a new life a new start. It’s late nights, long drives, expensive phone bills and a healthy amount of thrill. It’s candlelights and Friday nights, its smudged lipstick and painted nails, new aftershave and freshly ironed suit. It’s the nerves that bubble like champagne in a glass that you awkwardly cheers to in the hope that this will last. But soon those candles burn out, it’s the fridge light you’re dancing too, its cold and unnatural, naked in its embrace. The stifling grip of realisation pokes at your goosebump makes you think, perhaps there is some importance to a stop light.

I am of course referencing All Too Well. A short film, a directorial debut from our talented Taylor Swift. It is known this pieces reflects on the relationship Swift shared with Jake Gylenhall when she was just nineteen whereas he was 28. While fans will be aware that this scarf is quite literal, seen frequently worn by Taylor during this time, it is now a poetic piece too, representing a metaphor.

All Too Well Taylor Swift

At the Toronto International Film Festival the singer said “it’s basically a metaphor” but refrained from elaborating.

Red scarfs have been synonymous with revolutions and protest. They are also worn to provide comfort through the cold and then as a style item. Thus it could be deuced that she felt she was merely an accessory to Gylenhall, something to accessorise his outfit, his reputation with. For her this love she once shared provided great warmth, comfort a symbol of protection and care that soon become stifling, too tight to restrictive- this possession once a gift became an anchor, a restraint keeping her to him. In this film and it’s accompanying song she takes back the scarf, it symbolises her story of breaking free, the torment of heartbreak letting go and letting it be.

This of course is all unconfirmed, so what do you think the scarf could mean? Get in touch! @evolve_music_blog

Liam Gallagher opens Knebworth gig with rising talent Manchester band Pastel.

“we were destined to do this”

Jack Yates, frontman for Pastel performing at Knebworth 2022, taken by Charlie Lightening

The band, made up of Lead singer Jack Yates, guitarist James Yates, Rhys Wheeler on drums and Liam O Shea on bass, entertained a crowd of over 100,000 people opening up at Liam’s iconic Knebworth gig.

Frontman Jack said “We’ve never played a gig anywhere near that size before. People are saying are you nervous? But I’m not nervous, it feels we were destined to do this”

Pastel shared the stage with comeback star Paolo Nutini and brit pop band Kasabian before the eagerly awaited Liam Gallagher stunned fans at 9pm.

The five piece formed in 2017 , before signing a deal with spirit of Spike Island in 2020 which saw the release of their single She waits for me in the same year which reached 25k streams within a weekend of being released. The band were first noticed by Liam after their Autumn/Winter campaign for the fashion label Pretty Green (founded by Gallagher) which featured their song Deeper than Holy.

Deeper than Holy by PASTEL

The band are supporting former Oasis frontman on both days of his Knebworth set. James Yates said “the fact that Liam has given us this opportunity is pretty amazing”

It is clear that Gallagher has good taste in choosing these five to support him. Their music can be described as a sheer rollercoaster of sound with insightful lyrics that echo the politics imbued in Oasis tunes. Remnants of the bands influencesTalking heads, Kings of Leon and Radiohead can be heard in Pastel’s tracks but there is something uniquely distinctive about this band in their use of guitar riffs and their sonorous strings this band promises an antehmic atmosphere and it is fitting they would share the stage with someone as legendary as Liam Gallagher.

Meet Archy, a Lincolnshire musician

Tectonic by Archy

Music is consistent. Listeners are able to control what they hear, what emotion they want to immerse themselves in in order to understand what they’re going through. Archy has said that “Each new song is a culmination of what [he] is at that point in time. Although some songs discuss personal themes I aim for most to be accessible so that my audieince can resonate with them”

His latest single, “Tectonic”, for me is an ode to the beauty and brutality of a tense relationship, may that be a platonic or romantic one. It showcases his talent and maturity as an artisit as usually he overworks his music whereas this time he responded to feeback from friends and was able to produce soemthing with combined perspectives. Tectonic echoes that of Monkey wrench by Foo Fighters and Figure it out by Royal blood.

Archy describes the music he releases as ” rock music with anthemic, thick walls of sound. I love layering up loads of layers and harmonies to fill each song to the brim”

From the age of nine, he spent most of his time playing any instrument he could find and by 12 he was writing his own songs. This effort and commitment led to him having his first self-produced single played on BBC Music Introducing when he was just 16.

Archy

Although he is a solo aritst, producing all his own music music, when performing live he enlists the help of friends to serve as his band. He’s been friends with his drummer Ian since secondary school and went to the same music college as his bassist Nathan.

“They both have a powerful stage presence which resonates throughout. Not only are they my band but my best friends too” Archy

Leeds, Reading and Boardmasters festival almsot served as an opening ceremony for the return of live music. Archy was able to perform at Latitude in July of this year, which he described as being a “surreal” and “hectic”experience. He also shared with me the importance of live music “It unites people. You’ll never find anyone friendlier than those people off to see their favourite artists”.

Despite how far he has come in a short period of time, seemingly sprinting toward success, Archy describes himself as “still at base camp at the mountain of the music industry”. But he’s working with a small managment label, wearecetera, in the hopes of gaining more gigs and festival slots,