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Apparently country is music is dead. Well nobody told Lindi Ortega that and she is single headedly making country music cool again.

Having toured as a backing singer with Kevin Costner and more recently Brandon Flowers, Ortega is known as Toronto’s best kept secret.
After ten years, she was picked up by Last Gang records and is now releasing her debut album Little Red Boots this month.

Little Red Boots is a gem packed full of songs about love, loss and despair.

Ortega’s voice is delightfully reminiscent of some of country music’s finest from Dolly Parton to Johnny Cash. She has the ability to transport you to Nashville’s Broadway, clicking your cowboy boots as you walk.

Highlight of the album has to be Dying of a Broken Heart which is so haunting it’s very hard to forget. It’s almost as if Ortega is tearing her heart out at every word. Singing “I don’t believe in fairytales, I don’t believe in fate.” We see Ortega’s bitterness and disillusion with love and happy endings.

There is a less serious side to the album with the cheerful Little Red Boots and I’m No Elvis Presley which instantly makes you want to walk the streets of Nashville’s Broadway and start dancing in your cowboy boots.

What’s clear about Little Red Boots is that Ortega is a natural story teller, from the cheerful to the gritty. She manages to shine through the darkness and makes the album a successful book of stories.

So is country music dead? With Lindi Ortega around that certainly is not the case. Keep an aye out as she heads for our shores reviving country music for all of us.

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So Electric has decided that it’s time to bring out the best of 2010 stuff. Yes I can hear you sighing now. So let’s start off with the most exciting one – best discovery of 2010.

Well. Brandon Flowers toured the UK earlier this year and supporting him was Transfer. To most people they were unknown until they started to play and quite honestly they stole my heart. They may have actually been better than the big man himself. Yes I did just say that.

Transfer have been gaining a lot of publicity recently after featuring in Q magazine and they were even in the Sunday Times this weekend! Having only just released single Losing Composure it must be a bit daunting for the band. However they’re taking it in their stride and will be touring the UK with the Bravery after their European tour with White Lies. Impressive, non?!

They’re a very American band with their smooth bass lines, lovely vocals and tunes you want to tap your feet insanely to. So why don’t you watch a video and see why they’re so great!

They’ve been mentioned as one of the bands of 2011. You should watch out for these guys.

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Christmas is never Christmas without a treat from The Killers. This year it comes in the form of single Boots which is helping to raise money for World Aids Day. Every play of this video here Starbucks will donate 5 cents to charity and you can also buy the video from itunes.

Now some people have been complaining that only Brandon Flowers features in the video thus making it a Brandon Flowers song. To be fair they have a point but bearing in mind we’re in the middle of a Killers hiatus we’re pretty lucky to get anything from the guys.

Anyway….any thoughts on the video can be put in the comments section of this post. 🙂

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The Killers have always been my favourite band since I was got given Hot Fuss for Christmas at the grand age of 15. I liked it. A lot. So much so that it jumps at almost every track. I went to the shows, saw them grow into the band that they are today. Hell, I even went to Hong Kong to see them (and it got cancelled *cough*). I’ve made some of my closest friends from seeing The Killers on their Day and Age Tour. So I guess i’ve got a lot to thank the band for.

Enter talk of the hiatus. I was at V festival watching them when Brandon said those words that made every Killers fan FREAK OUT! “We’re going away for a long time but we will be back”. Personally it was a bit of a relief – my bank account had taken a bit of a hammering thanks to the Day and Age tour. But it was sad all the same.

But then…what was this?! Brandon Flowers going solo?! Never! Well he did. I liked Crossfire as a single. It worked really well. Then came along Flamingo – half of which I liked – Only The Young, Magdalena, Hard Enough and Right Behind You are really great songs. The album got some good reviews from Q and NME. So I decided to join the mass of fangirls outside Birmingham Academy and see what Brandon had to offer.

Transfer, the support act were amazing. They had that American feel to them infused with the bluesy Jack White bass lines. The crowd weren’t sure what to make of them but Transfer seemed to win them over in the end. I even bought their CD after the show I was that impressed – Go Transfer!

And now we get to the man himself. Brandon Flowers. Of course by that point in the gig I already knew his name thanks to all of the wonderful fangirls behind me screaming his name at every available point. Believe me I was not like that when I was 15 and i’m definately not like it now! And so the dude from Las Vegas came onto the stage and started with On The Floor. Beautiful. Stunning. The fact that it’s so simple and so raw makes it so perfect. Best song on the album by far. Then we’re hit with Crossfire. As I mentioned before it is a great single. Everyone here knows all of the words and all of the actions – yeah Brandon does that on his solo tour too.

But I tell you something. It felt wrong. I wasn’t enjoying it. I felt like a fraud. Everyone around me was transfixed by the man himself. When he came over to me I looked at him and then felt really awkward. I suddenly had to look away. I wasn’t as into it as everyone else I guess. I actually felt like I was betraying the other three. I looked at the guitarists and I actually missed moody Mark Stoermer bobbing about with his bass, I missed Dave wearing outrageous clothes and I missed Ronnie’s winks as he looked at people in the crowd. I suddenly realised that I loved The Killers for being The Killers and not because Brandon Flowers is hot. I mean he totally is…but The Killers are a team and the fan girls have seemed to miss that.

Brandon played more songs from Flamingo including the wonderful Only The Young. I even managed to remember the actions – see there is still a bit of a fan girl left in me! Brandon grinned at me at one point. I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. And then they went into Losing Touch. it was different. The band decided to shake it up. Nothing too bad about it in fact it was a bit refreshed and sounded pretty good. I was beginning to warm to the show until *shudders* they finished with When You Were Young.

As soon as the acoustic guitar came out. I knew what was happening. Great. Those chords began and I actually felt angry. In fact i’m going to confess here….. I started to cry. For all of the wrong reasons. The fangirls around took their chance in the silence to yell ” WE LOVE YOU BRANDON!!!!!!!!” which I really didn’t appreciate. They are like 15. They love their Mum and Dad not some dude in a band. Anyway so he starts to sing…and the tears stream down my face. The Killers have rarely done acoustic versions of When You Were Young but they performed it at the White House and it was so beautiful and now I see some strange bearded man sat with Brandon playing it. It felt wrong. I’m sorry but it did.

I left that gig feeling more down in the dumps than when I left. Someone told me that I should look at the gig at what it is and not what it isn’t. But let’s face it guys, in the musical world of today, if Flamingo wasn’t by the lead singer of The Killers then we wouldn’t have liked it at all. Or he would have been a one hit wonder with Crossfire…either way – not the same is it?

My conclusion tonight? Bring the Killers back. And when they do come back, i’m going to the US to see them and taking my Killers friends with me. I’ve heard there’s less fangirling over there.

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So we’ve already heard crossfire which was leaked almost two months ago and now we have On The Floor. Have a listen first before you listen to Electric Shutdown’s verdict.

Ok so there are a lot of people hating it. Fair enough. I think I know why – it doesn’t sound like The Killers. But that’s the magic of Brandon Flowers going solo. Flamingo is his exploration of new areas, thoughts and feelings that we might not have seen in The Killers and because of this On The Floor is a perfect example of how Brandon’s music can differ from his band’s.

The song from the first listen sounds like Johnny Cash with a bit of  Bruce Springsteen’s ideas on America with references to dreams. The fact that it’s acoustic makes it more heartfelt and acccording to NME it’s the most religious on the album so for all of you panicking that this is going to be some mormon obsessed album – the panic is over.

All in all, a great song from the Bflo. Looking forward to Flamingo in September.

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The video for Brandon Flowers’ debut single has been released and to be honest it’s not what we expected.

Take a look here:

Starring Charlize Theron it shows The Killers’ frontman in a way that we’ve never seen before. Firstly he’s showing off his acting skills which we’ve never seen before. Let’s hope this isn’t a career he wants to persue – nothing wrong with his acting but I think we’d all prefer him to make good music instead! Personally i’m not really sure why those ninjas hate him and keep attacking him and why Charlize keeps having to rescue him – it ‘s all a bit weird if you ask me. However he’s pretty damn good looking in it – can’t deny that.

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After much guessing about when we would hear the first single from Flamingo and a lot of teasing on thekillersmusic.com…someone obviously found it too hard to bear, leaking Crossfire to the world. And here it is….

Hmmmm. I know you”re probably a bit dubious about this as it isn’t really what we know and love from The Killers. But it is Brandon Flowers and if you think he is a major part of the Las Vegas band. On first listen it reminded me a bit of take that – there’s nothing wrong with a bit of that..but now i’ve had the chance to really listen to it again and again, it’s a brillaint pop song that couldn’t have come at a better time. Just think, it’s festival season, the sun will be shining and everyone wants that one song that remind them of their perfect summer. Well there it is guys…crossfire by Brandon Flowers. Who knows, he may even be a special guest at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. We can only hope.

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