The Charlatans are to release 'A Head Full Of Ideas' a career spanning boxset and CD, and announce accompanying 30th anniversary UK tour.
THE CHARLATANS proudly announce their (Covid) delayed release of their 30th Anniversary tour and a 6 vinyl LP Box Set out on the 15th October
Released on Then Recordings through Republic Of Music, ‘A Head Full Of Ideas’ is a five album, and exclusive 7”, career-spanning box set that sums up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands. The accompanying tour begins at Belfast, Limelight 22/11/21 and finishes in Aberdeen on 20/12/21.
The band have notched up 13 Top 40 studio albums - three of them number ones - alongside 22 hit singles, four of them top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.
Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed. The classic Charlatans sound - driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal - is instantly recognisable. And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their last album, Different Days as “one of their best ever”.
This limited box set, is a diverse collection portrayed over five Transparent blue vinyl LP’s, spanning their hits, classic live performances, unheard demo’s and rarities and remixes. Within the box will also be an exclusive Original Demo’s 7” featuring ‘Indian Rope’/’The Only One I Know’, as well as a signed print of a tour poster from the early 90’s, a booklet featuring unseen photographs and sleeve notes by friend and journalist Dave Simpson. There will also be triple vinyl LP version and 2CD deluxe of the box set featuring the hits albums plus the live album, and finally a cd or vinyl of just the hits albums.
Their iconic and hugely adored live track One To Another (circa 1997) provides the titles for the individual vinyl collection within the box set. Each piece of vinyl is named after a lyric from the song.
22nd Belfast, Limelight
23rd Dublin, Olympia
25th Wrexham, William Aston Hall
26th Bristol, O2 Academy
27th Birmingham, O2 Academy
29th Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
30th Bournemouth, Academy
2nd Oxford, O2 Academy
3rd Cambridge, Corn Exchange
4th Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
6th Lincoln, Engine Shed
8th Liverpool, Invisible Wind Factory
9th Newcastle, City Hall
10th London, Brixton Academy
16th Nottingham, Rock City
17th Leeds, O2 Academy
18th Glasgow, O2 Academy
20th Aberdeen, Music Hall
LORDE RETURNS WITH “SOLAR POWER”
ANNOUNCES SOLAR POWER ALBUM TO RELEASE AUGUST 20TH
2022 WORLD TOUR TO GO ON-SALE STARTING JUNE 25TH
FIRST NEW MUSIC IN FOUR YEARS DEBUTS TO CRITICAL & FAN ACCLAIM
#1 SPOTIFY GLOBAL & US SONG DEBUT OVER 30 MILLION STREAMS IN FIRST 5 DAYS
In a surprise move, GRAMMY® and BRIT Award-winning multi platinum artist LORDE released new song “Solar Power.” The song, which appropriately dropped timed to the only solar eclipse of the year, came alongside the announcement of her highly anticipated third studio album of the same name, Solar Power.
Today the artist additionally revealed the album release date as August 20th and announced her 2022 World tour dates. The 40+ show tour begins in her homeland of New Zealand in February 2022 and takes in dates in Australia and North America before arriving in the UK for six shows beginning on May 25 and culminating in two dates at the Roundhouse, London, on June 1 and 2; shows across Europe follow.
Tickets go on-sale to the general public starting Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10am local. Fans can sign up for Lorde’s email list for first access to pre-sale tickets and for more info on tour datesHERE.
Pre-Order / Pre-Save / Pre-Add Solar Power HERE
Listen to “Solar Power” HERE
“Solar Power” debuted to fan and critical acclaim, with Billboard stating, “Solar Power” is a fresh chapter in a riveting book, and Lorde fans should be thrilled to meet this new author.” The Guardian called the song, “… a distinct reinvention, one that gleefully puts a gap between Lorde and everyone else in terms of her creativity” while noting, “Lorde’s comeback single is a lesson in letting pop stars take their time.” Since its debut last week, the song has garnered five star reviews from places like NME, the Independent and Pitchfork, has trended #1 worldwide across social media, raked in over 30 million streams in its first five days, and was #1 on Spotify’s Global and US Song Debut. The song is the first single from Lorde’s forthcoming third studio album which will be released via Universal Music New Zealand on August 20th. The album includes 12 tracks and is produced by Jack Antonoff who she collaborated with on her chart-topping last album, Melodrama.
Of the album Lorde says, “The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learned to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.”
Of the single she adds, “The first song, also called Solar Power and written and produced by myself and Jack, is the first of the rays. It’s about that infectious, flirtatious summer energy that takes hold of us all, come June…”
To honour the natural world the artist is presenting the album in a first-of-its kind, discless format. An eco-conscious Music Box will be available for purchase as an alternative to a CD. This innovative offering will contain extra visual content, handwritten notes, exclusive photos, and a download card. The card will give purchasers a high-quality download of the music, two exclusive bonus tracks, and access to some special surprises along the way.
When talking about the concept Lorde says, “I decided early on in the process of making this album that I also wanted to create an environmentally kind, forward-thinking alternative to the CD. I wanted this Music Box product to be similar in size, shape and price to a CD, to live alongside it in a retail environment, but be something which stands apart and that’s committed to the evolving nature of a modern album.”
Solar Power Tracklist:
1. The Path
2. Solar Power
4. Stoned in the Nail Salon
5. Fallen Fruit
6. Secrets From a Girl (Who's Seen It All)
7. The Man with An Axe
9. Big Star
10. Leader of a New Regime
11. Mood Ring
12. Oceanic Feeling
LORDE UK TOUR DATES:
May 25 Leeds, UK O2 Academy
May 26 Edinburgh, UK Usher Hall
May 28 Manchester, UK O2 Victoria Warehouse
May 30 Birmingham, UK O2 Academy
June 1 London, UK Roundhouse
June 2 London, UK Roundhouse
In 2013, a 16-year-old LORDE quietly, yet confidently asserted herself as the voice of a generation with her full-length debut, Pure Heroine. The album would go triple-platinum, win two GRAMMY® Awards, and spawn the seven-times platinum record-breaking international juggernaut single, “Royals,” and quadruple-platinum follow up “Team.” The former reached #1 on the UK Official Charts and cemented LORDE as “the youngest solo artist and the only New Zealander to achieve #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987.” Time exalted her amongst the “Most Influential Teenagers in the World,” she landed on Forbes’s “30 Under 30” List, graced the cover of Rolling Stone and performed alongside Nirvana during the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. She also curated the official soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and recorded “Yellow Flicker Beat” as the lead single.
In 2017 LORDE released her second full-length studio album, Melodrama which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, making her the first ever NZ artist to land a #1 debut album in the United States. The album reached #1 in over 45 countries and earned LORDE a nomination for Album of the Year at the 2018 GRAMMY® Awards. She won the BRIT Award for International Female Solo Artist in both 2014 and 2018.
LORDE makes her highly anticipated return with critically acclaimed new single, “Solar Power,” from her third full-length studio album, Solar Power, due out August 20th. LORDE currently has over 12 million albums sold worldwide and over 10 billion streams worldwide.
When Wendy James released her 5th solo album QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT on 1st May 2020 to critical acclaim, she was supposed to be heading out on a UK tour. But as Covid-19 hit and the world went into lockdown, Wendy had to reschedule her tour three times.
Reflecting, Wendy says, “The venues, who've been under extraordinary pressure to stay afloat, were inundated with every single band rescheduling! But! We did it... Thank you to the venues, the promoters and of course thank you to the National Health Service, my love to anyone and everyone who has lost someone to this pandemic, thank you to you all for getting vaccinated and helping open our collective lives again! And... Thank you to THE WENDY JAMES BAND! Most musicians have had to find other ways of money earning because they simply couldn't work their chosen vocation... very hard indeed, but my band did what they had to do, and we're still standing and happier than ever to be heading into rehearsals to get this mammoth setlist learnt and then hit the road! Finally!”
She will embark on a whopping 28-date tour of the UK on 26th August. “From Truro to Paisley and from Norwich to Swansea and everywhere in between!” she exclaims with her infectious enthusiasm. “Not only are we celebrating a return to live venues, we are celebrating my No.16 album QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT, and also a different set list every night, from Transvision Vamp through all my albums! It's a tour not to miss, and one which will not happen again, like this!”
An English singer-songwriter born in London, Wendy exploded onto the British music scene in 1988 as the fearless front woman of chart-topping alt-rockers Transvision Vamp. When the band broke up Wendy went on to collaborate with Elvis Costello, James Williamson (Iggy & the Stooges), Lenny Kaye (The Patti Smith Group) and James Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), who joins her on drums and percussions for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT. Also joining her on this album are James Sedwards (lead guitar), Harry Bohay (bass), Alex J. Ward & Terry Edwards (horn section) and Louis Vause (accordion).
Wendy began writing QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT after a long stretch of writing/recording/delivering/touring her previous album ‘The Price Of The Ticket’, which charted in the UK at No.14. Wendy says of the title track, “I gravitated toward some jazzy type of chords which lent a gentle lilt to the song, it sounded smooth and it reminded me of when I was a young child listening to Sergio Mendes 'Brasil ’66’! Some of those lovely chord progressions, some of that lovely harmonizing the singers did and of course Bacharach and David.”
“Overall, my taste and style have not changed with time,” Wendy says. “The music that excites me now, ultimately, is the same as when I was starting out songwriting and back through my days in Transvision Vamp. I continue to marvel at Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, I continue to be blown away by The Stooges, I continue to be everlastingly enthralled by Bob Dylan, but of course, the older one gets the more one discovers and I am now informed more cohesively and fully by all the music, new and old, which settles into my consciousness."
“My track listings are never altered from the order in which I write the songs, maybe it’s because it’s too tangential for me to try to shuffle songs around but really I think, in some kind of holistic way, the order in which the songs are written must surely be the very most natural order for them to be listed in. Around song 14 ‘Bliss Hotel’ I hit a wall. I did not know where the inspiration was going to come from! But then somehow, miraculously, it comes again and one pushes on through, as it turned out, to some of my favourite songs on the entire album. My perfect moment? song 18 ‘Cancel It... I’ll See Him On Monday’; it was a ‘Eureka’ moment. I ran outside and started dancing, “I’ve got it! I’ve got it!!!”
Elsewhere on the album, Wendy embraces Motown with ‘Here Comes The Beautiful One’ and ‘Little Melvin’, she returns, once again, to her favourite guitar guttural filth and sex for ‘Perilous Beauty’ and an unlikely sounding love song in ‘Chicken Street’, 90’s pop groove in ‘Ratfucking’, melancholia in ‘Testimonial’, Django Reinhardt whimsy in ‘I’ll Be Here When The Morning Comes’. On ‘The Impression Of Normalcy’, Wendy says, “Thanks to James Sclavunos, who told me to “speed the fucking song up”, I have a proper speed punk song.” Finally, track 20 ‘Kill Some Time Blues’ is the ultimate 60’s girl group number.
Wendy last toured the UK in 2019 with THE WENDY JAMES BAND opening for The Psychedelic Furs, and was a huge success.
BLACKPOOL WATERLOO MUSIC BAR - THURSDAY 26TH AUGUST
NORWICH ARTS CENTRE - FRIDAY 27TH AUGUST
STOKE SUGARMILL - SATURDAY 28TH AUGUST
TRURO OLD BAKERY STUDIOS - TUESDAY 31ST AUGUST
CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH - WEDNESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER
BRISTOL FLEECE - THURSDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
OXFORD O2 ACADEMY2 - FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER
GUILDFORD BOILEROOM - SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION - TUESDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM - WEDNESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER
QUEENS HALL NUNEATON - THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS - FRIDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL - SATURDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
BARROW UNDERGROUND MUSIC SOCIETY - TUESDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER MANCHESTER DEAF INSTITUTE - WEDNESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
NOTTINGHAM BODEGA - THURSDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
LIVERPOOL JIMMY’S - FRIDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
BIRMINGHAM O2 INSTITUTE3 - SATURDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
LEICESTER FIREBUG - TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER
NEWCASTLE CLUNY - WEDNESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
GLASGOW KING TUTS - THURSDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
PAISLEY ROCKNROLLAS - FRIDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
EDINBURGH BANNERMANS - SATURDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
SWANSEA CINEMA & CO - TUESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
LEEDS BRUDENELL - WEDNESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER
BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2 - THURSDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
LONDON O2 ACADEMY2 ISLINGTON - FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER
HUDDERSFIELD THE PARISH - SATURDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Sam Fender is very pleased to announce details of his second album, Seventeen Going Under. It is released on the 8thOctober through Polydor Records. It was recorded in North Shields and produced with Bramwell Bronte.
Almost two years since the release of Sam’s critically acclaimed debut album Hypersonic Missiles debuted at number 1 in the UK album chart, Sam now readies its follow up. Seventeen Going Under finds Sam turning the mirror on himself; his adolescence and the trials and tribulations of growing up. It’s a relatable journey that careers through an often misspent youth, navigating tumultuous relationships with both friends and family, and trying to figure out what comes next and how to get there.
North Shields is the ever-present backdrop for these deeply personal vignettes of a young life travelling breathlessly from nought to sixty, hauling on the brakes and zipping back again from where he started. Over the course of the record, these stunning songs chronicle all the cherished memories, tricky encounters, and events that Sam cannot unsee.
It’s the story of a young teen losing not only his innocence, but then finding strength to stagger blindly into adulthood and all that entails.
The first track shared today, the album’s title track, condenses that narrative into a few minutes of chest-thumping, heart-swelling pride. Seventeen is a classic age that has resonated and inspired songwriters for years, and Seventeen Going Undercan be added to that cannon. It’s an emphatic, soaring guitar song that collates the struggles of unemployed life, but also the daftness of age where you otherwise have little to fear and the world at your feet. It’s an explosive return.
Whilst Seventeen Going Under is a more intensely personal record than Hypersonic Missiles, it’s lost none of Sam’s acute sense of observation. It’s a brave record. A defiant record. A celebratory record and an inspiring one too. Like only truly great songwriters can, Sam turns his own experience into art that speaks to, and resonates with all of us. These are simple but stunning songs that arrow straight to, and straight from, the heart.
Sam Fender: "This album is a coming of age story. It’s about growing up. It’s a celebration of life after hardship, and it’s a celebration of surviving.”
Seventeen Going Under can be pre-ordered HERE
Album Tracklisting: Seventeen Going Under / Getting Started / Aye / Get You Down / Long Way Off / Spit Of You / Last To Make It Home / The Leveller / Mantra / Paradigms / The Dying Light
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Self Esteem today announces details of her forthcoming second album Prioritise Pleasure and shares its title track and accompanying self-directed video. ‘Prioritise Pleasure’ pulls apart and inspects the mantra running through the core of the album, unpacking unapologetically tending to your own needs, confronting your flaws and dealing with the ways you’ve been wronged. Prioritise Pleasure is due for release Friday 22nd October via Fiction Records, and also features acclaimed recent single ‘I Do This All The Time,’ which made the Radio 1 and 6 Music playlists and was the subject of a much talked-about performance on Later... With Jools Holland.
The video for ‘Prioritise Pleasure’ was directed by Rebecca Lucy Taylor (AKA Self Esteem) and shot at The Almeida Theatre with the help of Mr Mr Films, the second in a series following ‘I Do This All The Time’.
“The song is a wide screen mantra, remembering to put myself first and in turn making myself a better, more present person. My journey to accept myself is far from over, but over the last few years some of the age old simple shit has started to finally kick in. Love yourself, be in the moment, put your needs first - that all used to feel so abstract and impossible but with a bit of will power (and writing a tonne of songs about it), I finally not only see the benefits but am actively enjoying them.
The video is of course a homage to Madonna’s blonde ambition tour and also a testament to how hard work pays off. Me and the girls in the band did lots of zoom rehearsals and us nailing this choreo was a really triumphant moment for us, and choreographer Stuart Rogers who never doubts we’ll get there.” Self Esteem says of her new single and video.
She adds that her new album, Prioritise Pleasure, is “13 songs of cleansing myself of the guilt and fear of being a woman who is ‘too much’ and replacing that very notion with a celebration of myself, of you, of being a human and the way that isn’t always easy or perfect, and that’s ok. Sorry to my parents for the lyric ‘shave my pussy, that’s just for me’ but i think it’s maybe my finest hour!”
Self Esteem comes one step closer to reminding listeners – and herself – that true success begins and ends with self-acceptance, telling your story in the way that only you can.Prioritise Pleasure is also a record of great joy. Working again with trusted producer Johan Karlberg [of afro-fusion trio The Very Best], it was stitched together throughout the pandemic in chunked sessions, the time between each batch encouraging Taylor to fully flesh out her ideas. With Prioritise PleasureHaving allowed itself grace,
“I guess this album, the reason it's so full of love for myself, is that I’m finally seeing that none of those things are my fault.” She pauses, finding a moment of clarity. “What's the one thing that none of us deserve to have happened to us, but almost all women have had? But in order to fucking live and survive and not spend every day wanting to slay every man I see in the street, I've had to normalise it.”
Breaking a personal cycle of trauma-suppression, Taylor says, starts with laying out these instances of her personal experience – self-doubt, heartbreak, sexual assault, the urge to compare – and realising that one stands out as something that truly can’t be justified as part and parcel of life.
“I am so angry that I can't go on holiday alone. I'm so angry I can't walk home without someone freaking me out, or worse. And the idea that the only defence we have is to be terrifying is so wrong, but it’s as normalised in society as the idea of feeling heartbroken by a guy that doesn't text you back enough.”says Taylor. “It sets the precedent for the whole record; like really, is that what we have to do to feel safe?”
.”It sounds so stupid, but me and my friends…if we are approached by a group of men, we will bark like dogs…there is nothing that terrifies a man more than a woman who appears completely deranged” One such moment was a story shared by a woman in her early twenties, whose fear of walking at night can be heard on the track. ““But every now and again, there would be some particular insight that would just put goosebumps all over my body.” Taylor says. It turned into the most amazing month, sitting in a circle and having all these teenage chats,“
The funk-pop shimmy of ‘Moody’ is anthemic in its analysis of self-sabotaging habits, while opener ‘I’m Fine’ builds a stomp-and-clap wall of solidarity, staking out defiant new ground. Making use of Taylor’s penchant for voice notes, the song’s striking outro draws on snippets of conversation taken from work she did in 2019 with The National Youth Theatre, devising a short play with a group of young female-identifying creatives on the topic of consent.
handles difficult themes with nuanced perspective, comforted and counter-balanced with an array of rhythmic flourishes that speak to the eclecticism of her experience and influence. Prioritise Pleasureis a record that reminds us all of the importance of being our unapologetic selves, putting your insecurities out there in the hope that it can be the first step towards healing them. Honest disclosure has always been Self Esteem’s forte, and so each track on Compliments Please, Prioritise Pleasure The follow up to Self Esteem’s acclaimed 2019 debut album
Prioritise Pleasure tracklisting
I Do This All The Time
How Can I Help You
It’s Been A While
Self Esteem will also be embarking on an 18 date UK headline tour later this year, taking in shows across the country including London’s Heaven and a hometown show at The Leadmill in Sheffield. A space for both catharsis and euphoric celebration, a Self Esteem live show is not to be missed. Tickets are on sale now via https://www.selfesteem.love/.
UK 2021 TOUR DATES
29th July - The Box @ FarGo Village, Coventry
30th July - Camp Bestival, Dorset
8th August - Get Together, Sheffield
1st November - Fleece, Bristol
2nd November - Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
3rd November - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
4th November - O2 Academy, Oxford
6th November - The Bongo Club, Edinburgh
7th November - Audio, Glasgow
9th November - The Workmans Club, Dublin
10th November - Gorilla, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
11th November - Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds (SOLD OUT)
12th November - The Leadmill, Sheffield
14th November - Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
15th November - Sub 89, Reading
16th November - The Joiners, Southampton
17th November - Heaven, London (SOLD OUT)
19th November - Elsewhere, Margate (SOLD OUT)
20th November - Patterns, Brighton (SOLD OUT)
23rd November - Phoenix, Exeter
24th November - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
25th November - Metronome, Nottingham
Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes’ opening night headline set at Download Pilotunleashed a ferocious release of pent-up energy and pure emotion that will live long in the memory of everyone present. The band proved that they offer something quite unlike anyone else right now: a much needed burst of anarchic spirit as the shackles are removed, but also the articulation and wry wit to rally against injustice; plus a raw, eviscerating live show without the tropes of toxic masculinity. As lockdown eases, who better to soundtrack our new-found freedom?
Seizing on their moment in the spotlight, Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes share their new single ‘Sticky’, which has just received its first play courtesy of Daniel P Carter at Radio 1. The single launches their eagerly anticipated new album, also titled ‘Sticky’, which will be released on October 15th. It builds on the momentum generated by their recent single, ‘My Town’ featuring Joe Talbot of IDLES, which is the biggest of their career to date and was B-listed at Radio 1.
Punching out of the speakers with a new directness and immediacy, the single ‘Sticky’provides a flavour of what to expect from the album. It’s a shark-sharp-shock of visceral punk fury, as the snarling soul of Carter’s vehement voice transports us to the sweltering, closing time madness of a city after dark. He paints a scene of growing paranoia, desperately looking to delve into any vice to counteract the existential despair of feeling “midnight blue.” But there’s a sardonic, horrorshow humour at play too as he spits, “I’m no vampire but I want your blood.”
Carter commented, “‘Sticky’ is about that moment where you’re drunk at a bus stop at 3AM. You know there are no more buses, but you sit there anyway because you’re too fucked to figure out your options. Your kebab is on the floor, there’s a Stella in your pocket, and you’re woken up by a dirty little fox eating your shoes.”
It’s the perfect introduction to a record that breaks out of lockdown. Produced by guitarist Dean Richardson for the first time, it solidifies the pair as one of the most exciting partnerships in British punk rock. Carter sounds like an untamed force of nature, embodying the impish menace of Keith Flint one minute and Sid Vicious the next. Alongside Richardson, they’ve crafted a record which wastes no time in hitting hard: not a single song hits the four-minute barrier, and few even hit three.
‘Sticky’ is the sonic eruption of a year-plus of suppressed energy. While it’s an escapist experience, recent reality is never too far away. It’s there in ‘Go Get A Tattoo’, which was inspired by Carter’s experience of having to shut his first London based tattoo parlour, Rose of Mercy, almost immediately after it opened. It’s just as present in ‘My Town’, a suburban vignette of society’s collective mental health quickly unravelling.
Carter and Richardson’s vision is augmented by the mob of underdogs and outsiders who join them. As well as Joe Talbot, queer, underground electro-punk sensation Lynkscomplements Carter’s attack with a double-dose of surreal savagery on ‘Bang Bang’ and ‘Get A Tattoo’, while Cassyette brings a provocative punch to the sleazy rock ‘n’ roll of ‘Off With His Head’. By the time Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie emerges on the closing ‘Original Sin’, his breathy voice feels like salvation for the transgressions that preceded it.
Carter sums it up succinctly: “Someone described it to me as ‘they felt their youth’ when they were listening to the record. When you make albums, those are the ones you want to make. Nostalgic, but classic. Timeless, and also modern.”
The album is now available to pre-order on a range of exclusive formats here. All pre-orders are rewarded with instant download of the title track and ‘My Town’.
Having closed their 2020 tour ‘The End of Suffering’ with a sold-out 10,000 capacity show at London’s cavernous Alexandra Palace, Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakesannounce details of their first tour in support of ‘Sticky’. They will follow an extensive run of UK dates in November with two O2 Academy Brixton shows in January 2022, and then a European tour which spans thirteen countries.
Tickets: Fans who pre-order the album from the band's official store will receive early access to tickets from Wednesday 14th July @ 10 am local time. General on-sale is Friday 10 am local time.
9th - Glasgow Green (special guests to Biffy Clyro)
16th - Cardiff Bay (special guests to Biffy Clyro)
16th - Live At Leeds (HEADLINERS)
10th - Dublin, Academy
11th - Nottingham, Rock City
13th - Norwich, UEA
15th - Southampton, Guildhall
16th - Bristol, O2 Academy
17th - Lincoln, Engine Shed
19th - Birmingham, O2 Academy
20th - Newcastle, O2 Academy
22nd - Glasgow, Barrowland
23rd - Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
24th - Liverpool, O2 Academy
25th - Manchester, Academy
21st - London, O2 Academy Brixton
22nd - London, O2 Academy Brixton
25th - Netherlands, Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg
26th - Germany, Cologne, Live Music Hall
28th - Sweden, Stockholm, Slaktkyrkan
29th - Norway, Oslo, Rockefeller Music Hall
30th - Denmark, Copenhagen, Store Vega
1st - Germany, Berlin, Astra
2nd - Czech Republic, Prague, Meet Factory
3rd - Poland, Warsaw, Niebo
5th - Switzerland, Zurich, Dynamo Saal
6th - Italy, Milan, Magazzini Generali
8th - Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
10th - Portugal, Lisbon, Lav - Lisboa Ao Vivo
11th - Spain, Santiago de Compostela, Sala Capitol
12th - Spain, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Jimmy Jazz
14th - France, Paris, La Cigale
15th - Belgium, Brussels, La Madeleine
17th - Germany, Hamburg, Markthalle
18th - Germany, Munich, Backstage Werk
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Liverpool legends CAST have announced rescheduled dates for their eagerly awaited ‘ALL CHANGE’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR’.
With a nation-wide tour set to take place in early 2022, the Britpop legends are celebrating the 25t years of their debut album ‘All Change’ with a series of very special shows.
Originally released on 16th October 1995 (with a deluxe edition released in November 2010) it became the highest selling debut album in the history of the Polydor label. The album, recorded and mixed and Manor and Sawmill studios with producer John Leckie, resulted in the top 20 hit singles ‘Finetime’ followed by ‘Alright’; with ‘Sandstorm’ and ‘Walkaway’ both reaching the top 10.
Initially due to take place in 2020, the band have now announced new fixtures which will see them playing a multitude of cities across the UK. The line up will feature the inimitable John Power - vocals/guitar, Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson – guitar and Keith O’Neill – drums, with Jay Lewis on bass duties. The tour will see the group return to their roots as they delight audiences with tracks that first shot them to stardom, playing with an added sense of maturity and experience gained over years in the business.
‘The All Change album will always be special to me and the band, it was our debut album, it captured all the energy and all our hopes and it was packed to the hilt with great songs. We’ll be playing it in its entirety on the All Change tour’ – John Power
The group will warm up for the tour by playing a range of dates across the UK in summer 2021, including Sign of the Times Festival, Victorious Festival, and Vibration Festival.
Tickets for all live dates can be accessed here: castband.co.uk/tour
‘ALL CHANGE’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2021 LIVE DATES:
Friday 20 - Shrewsbury, Buttermarket
Saturday 21 - Sign Of The Times Festival, Herts
Thursday 26 - Holmfirth, Picturedome w/ SHAMBOLICS
Friday 27 - Warrington, Parr Hall
Saturday 28 A - Stone Valley Midlands, Thoresby Park, Newark
Sunday 29 - Victorious Festival, Portsmouth
Friday 3 - Vibration Festival, Falkirk
Saturday 18 - Wentworth Festival, South Yorkshire
Sunday 26 - Stone Valley North, Co. Durham
Saturday 2 - Kubix Festival North, Herrington Country Park, Tyne & Wear
Saturday 13 November 2021 - Shiiine On Weekender, Minehead
2022 LIVE DATES:
Thursday 13th - Oxford, O2 Academy
Friday 14th - Liverpool, O2 Academy
Saturday 15th - Birmingham, O2 Institute
Sunday 16th - Leicester, O2 Academy
Wednesday 19th - Big Burns supper, Dumfries
Thursday 20th - Sheffield, Foundry
Friday 21st - Manchester, O2 Ritz
Saturday 22nd - Leeds, O2 Academy
Sunday 23rd - Newcastle, O2 City Hall
Thursday 27th - Cardiff, Tramshed
Friday 28th - Southampton, Engine Rooms
Saturday 29th - London, SBE
Sunday 30th - Norwich, The Waterfront
Friday 4th - Glasgow, SWG3
Saturday 5th - Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
Sunday 6th - Hull, Asylum
As festival cancellations, general restrictions and logistics continue to play havoc with this summer’s live events, DMA’S are no longer going to be able to play their planned shows in the UK this summer.
Instead they will move their headline outdoor shows in Manchester Castlefield Bowl, Leeds Millennium Square and Edinburgh Princess Gardens to multiple indoor shows in each city this autumn. Ticket holders for these shows will be contacted by their original ticket agent with the details.
In addition, the band’s two Dublin shows, originally planned for August, have been rescheduled to November. Tickets for the Newcastle Times Square show can be refunded or exchanged for their headline show at the city’s Hit The North Festival on October 23rd. Your ticket provider will be in touch in the coming days to issue your choice of new tickets or a refund.
DMA’S commented, “We’re gutted that we aren’t able to come over and play the UK this summer. We’d been trying to make it work and were all ready to go, but the recent festival situation means it’s no longer feasible.
We really appreciate some of you have been holding tickets for well over a year, and we hope you agree that rather than wait yet another year we move the summer headline shows onto our autumn tour and into some great indoor venues. This way we get to see you a whole lot sooner! Thank you for your patience and we can’t wait to get over in October."
The band’s updated UK and Ireland tour now runs as below:
18th & 19th - Edinburgh, Corn Exchange (rescheduled Princess Gardens show)
21st - Norwich, UEA
22nd - Hull, Bonus Arena
23rd - Newcastle, Hit The North Festival
25th - Southampton, O2 Guildhall (SOLD OUT)
27th - Bath, Pavilion
29th - London, Alexandra Palace
30th - Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
1st & 2nd & 3rd - Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (rescheduled Castlefield Bowl show)
10th & 11th - Leeds, O2 Academy (rescheduled Millennium Square show)
13th & 14th - Dublin, The Academy (rescheduled / SOLD OUT)
DMA’S’ autumn tour was already easily the biggest of their career to date, with a 10,000 capacity London show at Alexandra Palace, a headline slot at Newcastle’s Hit The North Festival, and arena dates in Liverpool and Hull.
The new tour schedule means that they will play a total of sixteen shows to a combined audience of approximately 50,000 people.
Each gig in the tour is sure to be an emotionally charged event as the band return to the UK for the first time since selling out the O2 Academy Brixton in March 2020 - a show which was documented in their electrifying Top 20 album ‘Live At Brixton’.
This autumn will also represent the first chance for fans to see DMA’S in action since they released their third studio album ‘THE GLOW’. It represented a huge leap forward for the Australian trio, infusing their euphoric anthems with pulsating alt-pop synths and big beat dynamics, a heady blend which resulted in their highest chart positions of their career: #4 in the UK and #2 in Australia.
THE NEW SINGLE FEATURING J.R. RICHARDS OUT SEPTEMBER 3
DON'T FORGET THAT YOU CAN ALSO CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR THE NEW SINGLE RIGHT HERE
English singer-songwriter Scarlette Fever enlists DISHWALLA’s J.R. Richards for a transcendent serenade in ‘Where I Belong’, an effervescent love song that ends in happily ever after.
“Music is not what I do, it’s who I am,” voices Scarlette, noting how she grew up infatuated by headstrong women in music with big hair and big voices; Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston. “Even though they’re from different genres, they all have one thing in common… their music is raw and comes straight from the heart. That’s exactly what you get from me.”
Following the twangy ‘Gone Is Good’ released earlier in the year, Scarlette’s new track, ‘Where I Belong’ taken from her upcoming new album, sees the singer unshackled from ongoing heartbreak and into a life filled with adoration for her wife Ezel – the muse behind the song.
Scarlette on the track: “My life so far has been a pretty intense rollercoaster, I’ve definitely had my fair share of heartache and loss which was the inspiration behind most of my songs from my first two albums. I wouldn’t go back to being in my twenties for all the tea in China! Thankfully, my thirties have brought me my wife Ezel and as a result so much love and joy. ‘Where I Belong’ is a love song dedicated to my her and this story ends with me getting the girl and a happily ever after.”
The guitar driven lullaby acts as an ode to devotion, lead with the earnest chorus: “You’ve made your mark / Stitched together pieces of my broken heart / Kissed the cuts of loneliness” that truly encapsulates the strong connection between two beings.
Joining the track is J.R. Richards of platinum-selling rock-band DISHWALLA, whose career spans over 25 years with accolades for Billboard’s ‘Rock Song of the Year’ 1996 and 2 ASCAP Awards for ‘Song of the Year’ in both 1997 and 1998. Now an independent artist with 4 solo albums under his belt, J.R. Richards is currently writing his 10th album, joining Scarlette in between sessions to guest and co-produce ‘Where I Belong’, where his heartening contribution doesn’t go unnoticed.
Scarlette’s extensive career has seen acclaimed support within the UK media, from tabloid pop pages and teen press, to securing the stamp of approval from Popjustice and prestigious appearances on the BBC Radio 2 playlist + many more.
As well as obtaining two Top 5 singles in the Billboard Dance Charts with her debut single ‘Crash and Burn’ & remix track ‘P.S. I Hate You’ in collaboration with Jason Nevins (Run–D.M.C., N.E.R.D.), Scarlette has stepped onto the stages of ample renowned venues across the world including Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Birmingham Arena, Isle of Wight Festival, Blue Bird Café in Nashville and West Hollywood’s Viper Room.
Scarlette Fever’s new single, ‘Where I Belong’ is available September 3. Stay tuned for more information on the new album – details coming soon.
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The Roadside EP', Billy Idol’s first new release in nearly seven years, is out now on Dark Horse Records. Produced by Butch Walker (Green Day, Weezer) and featuring Idol’s longtime lead guitarist and co-writer Steve Stevens, 'The Roadside' was conceived, recorded and mixed almost entirely under the shadow of the pandemic.
LISTEN TO 'THE ROADSIDE EP' HERE
The lead single 'Bitter Taste' has been well-received at radio in the US, moving quickly into the Top 20 at Triple A. The track features some of Idol’s most introspective and confessional lyrics ever, as he confronts death, rebirth and his personal growth in the 31 years since his near-fatal 1990 motorcycle accident. Watch/share the accompanying video directed by Steven Sebring (Patti Smith, Jack White):
WATCH 'BITTER TASTE' VIDEO HERE
To celebrate the forthcoming release, Idol is planning a run of 2021 tour dates. The shows include headline performances at New York’s Capitol Theatre and Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan, as well as an appearance this weekend at Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park, NJ. See below for the full tour schedule.
For forty-five years, Billy Idol has been one of the faces and voices of rock’n’roll, with an artistic resume to match the brilliant light of the image. First as the camera-ready frontman for Generation X, between 1977 and 1981 Idol emerged with three albums that made positivity, emotional depth, and high pop synonymous with punk rock. In 1982, Idol embarked on a remarkable transatlantic/trans-genre solo career that integrated clubland throb, wide-screen depth and drama, rockabilly desperation, the bold and simple lines of punk, and rock’n’roll decadence.
The Roadside is Idol’s first release on the newly relaunched Dark Horse Records, a label initially created in 1974 by George Harrison and now led by Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine. Other artists currently on Dark Horse include George Harrison himself, Joe Strummer and Ravi Shankar. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Billy Idol to the Dark Horse Records family. Billy is a legend, and his music couldn’t fit the Dark Horse persona any better. I’ve loved his music throughout my whole life, so to be able to give this new music a home on our historic label is a massive honour,” says Dhani Harrison.
BILLY IDOL—'THE ROADSIDE'
1. Rita Hayworth
2. Bitter Taste
3. U Don’t Have To Kiss Me Like That
4. Baby Put Your Clothes Back On
BILLY IDOL LIVE
September 18––West Springfield, MA––The Big E
September 19––Asbury Park, NJ––Sea.Hear.Now Festival
September 22––Post Chester, NY––The Capitol Theatre
September 24––Roanoke, VA––Elmwood Park
September 25––Charles Town, WV––Hollywood Casino
October 16-17––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
October 22-23––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
October 26––Playa Mujeres, MX––The Sands Festival
Acid House originals turned pioneering electronic icons, 808 State AKA Messrs Graham Massey and Andrew Barker accompanied by live drummer Carl Sharrocks.
Recorded in the former nerve centre of the Granada broadcasting empire, ‘Transmission Suite’ became the band’s first new material since 2002’s ‘Outpost Transmission’ and arrived as a long overdue and enthusiastically welcomed addition to their catalogue. More stripped-back and conscious of space than the music that first made their name in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the new record draws a line between their home city and the original Detroit scene that birthed techno, and reflects on the pivotal roles they played in defining electronic music as we know it. Evoking the past, present and future, the album pays homage to the musical heritage of the genre 808 State continue to push the boundaries of, while confirming their own vital place within it.
Speaking about ‘Transmission Suite’ and the role Manchester especially has played in shaping the record, Graham Massey of 808 State says:
“We’re trying to make a future for other people to immerse themselves in, that’s always been a big part of 808 State: these kind of landscapes of futurism…. We’re at this moment now, when Manchester is starting to feel like Singapore or something… There are so many cranes. People come back and it’s like, ‘Wow - it’s all doubled’. Everything’s going vertical, and certain parts of history are being buried. It’s an interesting moment.”
Cementing their reputation as an essential act, both as scene forefathers and as torchbearers for boundless avant-garde electronica, the album was released to critical acclaim, with The Wire Magazine praising: “808 State’s music has lost none of its foreboding, finesse and power.”
Formed in Manchester in 1988, 808 State are widely recognised as one of the prime originators and shapers of UK dance music. Breaking out with singles such as "Pacific", "Cubik" and "In Yer Face", the band also became the first electronica act to craft longform dance music albums, well before the likes of Leftfield and Orbital with whom they are often compared.
In a career of intrepid exploration now stretching across five decades, the band have released genre defining LP's including "Ninety" characteristic of their early acid house era recordings, to indie-dance crossover classic "ex:el", plus a subsequent array of uniquely boundary-pushing albums such as "Gorgeous", "Don Solaris" and "Output Transmission". In the process, they have attracted the attention of major stars including Bjork, Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield, Elbow's Guy Garvey and more, who have all collaborated with them.
Continually experimenting with new forms and styles, from drum and bass and other elements to techno, whilst always seeking to move forward and create 808 State have amassed a remarkable and essential back catalogue. Its most recent instalment, ‘Transmission Suite’ was released in 2019 to critical acclaim.
As one of the very first fully live techno acts to hit the road, 808 State’s on-stage reputation has always preceded them and their sensational 30th Anniversary shows (‘808 State: 30’) in 2018 were a just reminder of why they remain one of dance music's best live acts.
2021 LIVE DATES
Friday, September 24th - Newcastle - Riverside
Friday, October 1st - Cardiff - Tramshed
Saturday, October 2nd - Bristol - Trinity Arms
Friday, October 8th - Sheffield - Foundry
Saturday, October 16th - Manchester - Ritz
Friday, October 22nd - Glasgow - Platform
Friday, October 29th - Brighton - Concorde 2
Saturday, October 30th - London - Earth
Friday, November 5th - Liverpool - Arts Club
Listen to Transmission Suite, the new 808 State album here:
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ATO Records have signed St. Paul & The Broken Bones to its roster of Grammy-winners and breakout stars. The Birmingham, AL-based 8-piece shared a new visual with the announcement and plan to release a new album in 2022.
WATCH VIDEO TRAILER HERE
St. Paul & The Broken Bones reached tremendous heights with their three previous full-length albums, each of which debuted in the Billboard 200. They were the first musical guest to perform on Stephen Colbert’s iteration of The Late Show, their legendary NPR Tiny Desk Concert has over 7 million views and they’ve appeared on multiple additional TV programs ranging from Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Seth Meyers to Austin City Limits and CBS This Morning - Saturday.
UK SHOWS FEBRUARY 2022
Tues 1st Electric Ballroom London
Thurs 3rd Brudenell Social Club Leeds
Fri 4th Old Fruitmarket Glasgow
One of the great live bands to emerge in the past few years, St. Paul & The Broken Bones have converted new fans from the first down beat on several tours across the globe. And while they quickly rose to fame with the “raw, dizzying soul” (Esquire) captured on their 2014 debut 'Half The City 'and 2016’s 'Sea Of Noise', they continued to grow. Their 2018 album, 'Young Sick Camelia', found them working with Kendrick Lamar/Alicia Keys collaborator Jack Splash and drawing inspiration from Radiohead as much as Stax. By signing with ATO, the band joins a community of artists that includes Black Pumas, Brittany Howard, My Morning Jacket, Chicano Batman, Emily King, Nick Hakim and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard among others.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones is led by Paul Janeway on vocals and features Jesse Phillips (bass), Browan Lollar (guitar), Kevin Leon (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone), and Amari Ansari (saxophone).
“We are very excited for this next chapter in the band’s journey. ATO has been a perfect fit for where the band is going and wants to be. We are so grateful for the opportunity to join the ATO family.” - Paul Janeway, St. Paul & The Broken Bones
St. Paul & The Broken Bones are currently on tour with US dates extending through October. They will tour the UK and Europe in February with more dates to be announced soon.
About ATO Records:
ATO Records (According To Our Records) is an independent record label committed to artists and building their careers. Founded in 2000, the label roster boasts an extraordinary artist community including Black Pumas, Brittany Howard, My Morning Jacket, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nick Hakim, Emily King, Chicano Batman, Amyl and The Sniffers, Primus, Allen Stone, and many more.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones Tour Dates:
RELEASES SYNTH-POP NEW SINGLE: "THE PALACE DISCOTHEQUE"
OUT TODAY, VIA ATIC RECORDS - CATALOGUE NUMBER: ATIC020
TAKEN FROM THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM: 'ELECTRIC UNION’
OUT 22 OCTOBER 2021
Upping the tempo and getting all ‘electronic’ the track is built on a foundation of pulsing bass and Linn Drum-ish beats with layers of intricate micro melodies and synthetic vocals.
Speaking about the track, Niko says:
“Playing shows and clubbing in New York was an experience but It was often the journey home where things got really interesting. The streets and trains had an electric energy but it could also feel edgy at times, you had to be on your toes.”
Produced by and written with long-time partner in crime Aim (Cold Water Music, Hinterland) "The Palace Discotheque" has echoes of early Tubeway Army, a perennial influence on the Barrow-based beat maker that combine with Niko’s abstract pop sensibilities to create a heady, neon cocktail.
The track is taken from ‘Electric Union’, Niko’s keenly awaited new album, which is set for release on ATIC Records on October 22nd. It will be followed by a remix EP early 2022.
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Born in Seattle WA, Niko spent a chilled-out childhood watching The Fresh Prince, listening to jazz and 90’s power pop and singing in gospel choir. After high school she relocated to NYC on a music scholarship to study jazz at the prestigious New School of Music and The Thelonious Monk Institute, spending the next decade soaking up the sights and sounds of the city and discovering an affinity for deep house and electronic music along the way.
Her first original compositions were written and recorded for a PBS television documentary soundtrack, a demo copy of which found its way to Manchester, England where she signed to Grand Central Records and released her debut album Life on Earth. In 2005 she left GC to create ATIC Records with producer Aim (Cold Water Music, Hinterland) and the two continued to work closely together with Niko lending vocals to his Flight 602 and The Habit Of A Lifetime (And How To Kick It) LPs, whilst fronting and touring with the ten-piece Aim live band that smashed Glastonbury and sold out Shepherds Bush Empire.
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NIKO WEBSITE - www.nikomusic.tv
INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/niko.vergeldedios
FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/Niko.ATIC
ATIC WEBSITE - www.aticrecords.com
GILMORE TRAIL ANNOUNCE FIRST ALBUM IN OVER SIX YEARS: ‘IMPERMANENCE’ OUT 21 JANUARY 2022, VIA CHASMATA RECORDS. PRE-SAVE HERE
LISTEN TO GRIPPING TEASER NOW HERE
Breaking the six year silence - GILMORE TRAIL - are pleased to confirm their return to music with a brand new album.
‘Impermanence’, the long-awaited follow up to 2015’s ‘The Floating World’, will be released via the band’s own Chasmata Records imprint on 21st January 2022.
Offering fans an exclusive teaser today, it stands as an enigmatic and enveloping re-introduction to the world of Gilmore Trail and a tantalising promise of an all new chapter in the writing.
Sheffield’s premier instrumental rock band, Gilmore Trail, are David Ivall and Danny Mills on guitars, Joe Richards on bass and Bob Brown on drums. Named after a passage in Alaska - a route recommended for best experiencing the Northern Lights; their compositions have a reputation for the atmospheric and transcendent, with their latest work ready to continue the blazing trail set out by their former work.
Arriving 10 years into their career, 'Impermanence' will complete a trilogy of full-length studio releases for Gilmore Trail. True to form, it’s a record that finds them building upon the foundations of their previous work while broadening their horizons in the spirit of transformation and new possibilities.
Having amicably parted-ways with drummer Sam Ainger right at the beginning of the recording process, it would be the recruitment of his replacement Bob Brown that would also set the trajectory and tone for the new album. A record ultimately about change, transition and uncertainty, the seven tracks of ‘Impermanence’ each offer their own response to these underlying core themes. Officially completed in 2020 before the pandemic was even a twinkle in the world’s eye, ‘Impermanence’ would come to take on an eerie new resonance in the months that ensued as its theoretical concepts became hard truths for just about everyone.
Letting the ebb and flow of their majestic instrumentals say more than lyrics ever could, the songs of ‘Impermanence’ build sonic cathedrals from cerebral seedlings. From personal reflections of a legacy in near collapse (“Ruins”) and brooding ruminations on devastating family losses to dementia (“Distant Reflection”), ‘Impermanence’ also sees a band looking to areas of exception, change and abnormality in the natural world too. The pensive “Zone of Silence” pays reference to an abandoned area of Mexico steeped in legends of magnetic anomalies and wildlife mutation, whereas album centre-piece “Echoes of Solitude” takes inspiration from the lonely whale – a creature whose calls resonate at a different frequency to the rest of its species - with the band masterfully capturing the immense beauty and the crushing seclusion of its life at sea to music.
Stunted instrumentals such as “Convalescence” and “Nocturne” offer moments of healing and respite amidst the album’s more elongated opuses (five of the album’s seven tracks steer boldly beyond the 8-minute mark) and are illustrative of a band in complete awareness of their art and audience. Embodying everything the record represents, philosophically, personally and musically, is the towering title-track and closer: “Impermanence”. As the band explain:
““Impermanence” is our summation not only of the album’s central theme, but of life itself. From innocent beginnings, we navigate through multiple changes in our lives before reaching an inevitable conclusion – we believe that it is what we do in such moments of change that come to define us.”
Sailing with the winds of change, ‘Impermanence’ is the Trail’s first record to feature an array of official guest appearances as the band sought to establish a more artistic palette of sound. Increasingly inspired by the pioneering spaces explored in the realms of jazz and progressive rock especially, Gilmore Trail called upon the talents of Sally Blyth (a sound practitioner who provides the mesmeric singing bowls signatures to the 10-minute epic “Distant Reflection”) along with Martin Archer (the owner of Discus Music, who gifts the breathtaking “Echoes of Solitude” with its haunting saxophone undulations) to help realise their vision.
With all music written and performed by Gilmore Trail, the album was recorded by Danny Mills at Chasmata Studios (Sheffield) in 2019. Mixed by Mills with Joe Richards, it was given its final mastering by Lawrence Mackrory at Obey Mastering (Sweden) the following year. Joe Richards provided initial field recordings of the tracks “Echoes of Solitude” and “Nocturne”.
A record that finds a band uncompromisingly true to their natural identity, yet embracing change for all the goodness it can bring, ‘Impermanence’ is the sound of Gilmore Trail in evolution and taking flight.
Available digitally on all streaming platforms and physically, the 12” of ‘Impermanence’ will also arrive with a vinyl-only bonus track: “Origins/Oceans” (Live).
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STÖNER have announced a string of UK tour dates for Spring 2022.
STÖNER is Brant Bjork (guitar/vocals), Nick Oliveri (bass/vocals) and Ryan Gut (drums). The band have been melding genres and sounds to produce flowing jams to all-out punk stompers.
You don’t call your band STÖNER if you’ve never heard the word before. The group, however straight-ahead their moniker, encompassing the varied styles and the songwriting of Bjork and Oliveri–both founders of Kyuss, also Mondo Generator, Ché, Fu Manchu, Bloodcot, and more between them. Atop the classic-style, swing and flow, STÖNER keep it casual and wear the name as only those who helped create the sound could.
Now, the group are ready to show the nation the true extent of their talent, as they embark on a UK tour, set to take place in 2022. With such an array of styles jam-packed into their sound, the gigs are sure to entice listeners from a range of genres, as the group step onto the stage and do what they know best- dazzling audiences with their style, sound, and charisma. Rad stays rad, some ideas are timeless, and talent never fades - STÖNER’s music is proof of all of this.
SPRING 2022 TOUR DATES
25/04/2022 UK Belfast LL 2
28/04/2022 UK Glasgow Garage
29/04/2022 UK Leeds Warehouse
02/05/2022 UK Manchester Academy 3
03/05/2022 UK Birmingham The Mill
04/05/2022 UK Bristol Thekla
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RICHARD ASHCROFT RELEASES THE NEW ACOUSTIC VERSION OF ‘THIS THING CALLED LIFE’
LISTEN / WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM ‘ACOUSTIC HYMNS VOL. 1’ WHICH FOLLOWS ON OCTOBER 29TH
There has been a huge public interest in the return of Richard Ashcroft with his upcoming acoustic shows. All three London dates have sold-out long in advance, while his arena show in Liverpool will be one of the biggest solo shows of his career. Anticipation for the shows was further fuelled with the announcement that Ashcroft will release ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1’ on October 29th. An album featuring new stripped-back versions of some of his classic songs, ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1’ was launched with interviews on Radio X and 6 Music.
Now Richard Ashcroft builds momentum ahead of the album’s release by sharing the new acoustic version of ‘This Thing Called Life’. After starting the album campaign with the iconic ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, this new single puts a fresh perspective on one of the most underrated songs from his back catalogue.
‘This Thing Called Life’ is a totally reworked version of a song that was originally recorded with No I.D. for the RPA & The United Nations Of Sound project in 2010. By stripping away the punchy, hip-hop flavoured beats and funk guitar embellishments in flavour of an organic, full-band sound, ‘This Thing Called Life’ now feels like a classic addition to his songbook. Between the sweeping gospel-tinged backing harmonies and the richer, more mature timbre of his voice, ‘This Thing Called Life’ is ripe for rediscovery. Lyrically it’s perfectly primed for2021, a plea for living in the moment and embracing whatever challenges life throws at you.
The nostalgic element to the song is further explored in its accompanying official video. It shows Richard returning to Olympic Studios, a location that’s particularly poignant for him as so many key songs from his back catalogue were recorded there before its studio facilities closed in 2009. The cinema screen shows a montage of footage from Richard’s personal archive, covering his career and his family life, dating the way back to childhood. Those clips are interspersed with a typically charismatic performance of the song, which was recently filmed at Richmond Theatre.
Other highlights on ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1’ include ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, which is significant as the acoustic version was the catalyst that led to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards returning the song writing credit to Richard, and ‘C’Mon People (We’re Making It Now)’ which features Liam Gallagher. The song has been a favourite of both artists since Richard first played it to Liam on a piano in Majorca in 1998.
Produced by Richard with Chris Potter, ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1’ features his regular live band boosted by some special collaborators. Wil Malone provides the string arrangements, which were recorded at Abbey Road Studios. In addition, Chuck Leavell performs piano, Roddy Bloomfield leads the brass section, and Steve Wyreman contributes further acoustic guitar and backing vocal arrangements.
‘Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1’ is available to pre-order here. A yellow double-vinyl version is available exclusively from Richard’s official store, and is packaged with a flexi-disc (the only physical format) of his single ‘Bring On The Lucie (FREDA PEEPLE)’.
Richard Ashcroft will play “An acoustic evening of his classic songs” at the following venues. Remaining tickets for Liverpool are available from www.gigsandtours.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.richardashcroft.com.
16th - London, Palladium (SOLD OUT)
17th - London, Palladium (SOLD OUT)
29th - Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
1st - London, Royal Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)
Richard Ashcroft is a two-time Ivor Novello winner (Songwriter of the Year in 1998 and Outstanding Contribution to British Music in 2019) who has released five Top 5 solo albums, including the #1 debut ‘Alone With Everybody’. He first came to attention with The Verve, with who he released one of the biggest albums of the era in the shape of ‘Urban Hymns’ (the UK’s 18th biggest selling album of all-time)as well as a succession of anthems which remain staples of his live set today, including ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, ‘Lucky Man’ and ‘Sonnet’.
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POSSE EP VOLUME 1 OUT NOW COLLABORATIONS WITH PINTY, BIIG PIIG, SPILL TAB, SORRY, BRIAN NASTY & FOLLY GROUP
Metronomy return with the surprise release of new collaborative project Posse EP Volume 1, out now via Because Music. Highlights from the project include ‘Half An Inch’ and ‘405’: ‘Half An Inch’ is a bouncy collaboration between Metronomy and Peckham rapper Pinty, and kicks off the diverse collection of tracks in infectious style. “Half an inch off six foot tall... sums up my short life. Being so close yet so far from something - everyone can relate to that,” he says of the track.
‘405’ is a dreamy collaboration with LA based, Irish singer and rapper Biig Piig, who explains of the hazy, synth driven track: “Joe sent over the piano instrumental and it was so beautiful and brought back so many memories. I feel like when you hear a piece of music that does that, you know it’s special. My melodies and lyrics over it came out really easily and it just felt really nostalgic. The song is about a moment of realising the love that I was seeking frantically in all kinds of places I had right in front of me the whole time.”
Posse EP Volume 1 finds Metronomy founder Joe Mount building an immaculately polished sonic world for other vocalists and artists to play within. Mount has long wanted to make his own version of producer records like those of Unkle and Handsome Boy Modelling School, and in year where everyone had been necessarily isolated, he took the opportunity to experiment and collaborate with new acquaintances: rising stars Pinty and Biig Piig, indie disruptors Sorry, as well as exciting relative newcomers Brian Nasty, Folly Group and spill tab all feature on the first edition of Posse.
Several of these artists were introduced to Joe for the first time while making the EP, for him a part of the collection’s charm: “I thought it would be weird saying, ‘some of these are people I hadn’t previously heard of’, but actually it’s such an amazing way to encounter people and get to know them,” he explains, “Receiving back a song from someone you’ve never met before, but they’ve clicked with what you’ve done and done something amazing with it.”
For well over a decade now, Metronomy have established themselves as one of the most consistently fun and intriguing groups in the UK, with their lush, zig-zagging pop songs. Metronomy’s influence on the sounds of a generation of alt pop, indie and electronic artists is undeniable, with Mount constantly pushing the boundaries of his sound and reinventing himself as a songwriting force record after record. Add to this his adeptness as a remixing force to be reckoned with and his work as a producer and songwriter for the likes of Robyn and Jessie Ware, it feels this EP was a long time coming.
Posse EP Volume 1 came together as an array of sweet, juddering pop like the airy swirl of Biig Piig track ‘405’, engaging rap like the smooth buzz of Pinty’s ‘Half An Inch’ and densely-woven synths and choruses as on final track ‘Monday’, featuring Brian Nasty and Folly Group. A breezy, cohesive selection, the EP is not only an exhibition of Joe’s craft, but a rich showcase of some of music’s next generation.
Posse EP Volume 1 Tracklisting
Metronomy x Pinty – “Half An Inch”
Metronomy x Biig Piig – “405”
Metronomy x Spill Tab – “Uneasy”
Metronomy x Sorry – “Out Of Touch”
Metronomy x Brian Nasty x Folly Group – “Monday”
Metronomy will be touring the UK in April and May 2022, taking in 12 dates including a stop along the English Riviera to play in Torquay, and rounding out at London’s Alexandra Palace. Having postponed their Metronomy Forever European tour dates in 2020 due to Covid-19, the band will also head out across the continent in March and April. The band will see 2021 out with an intimate show at Patterns in Brighton for Passport: Back To Our Roots.
Tickets are on sale now.
METRONOMY UK TOUR DATES
Tuesday 9 November - Patterns, Brighton
Friday 22 April - Barrowland - Glasgow, UK (new show)
Saturday 23 April - O2 Academy - Leeds, UK (new show)
Sunday 24 April - Boiler Shop - Newcastle, UK (new show)
Tuesday 26 April - Olympia Theatre - Dublin, Ireland (new show)
Wednesday 27 April - O2 Academy - Liverpool, UK (new show)
Thursday 28 April - Academy - Manchester, UK (new show)
Saturday 30 April - O2 Academy - Birmingham, UK (new show)
Sunday 1 May - Tramshed - Cardiff, UK (new show)
Tuesday 3 May - The Foundry - Torquay, UK (new show)
Wednesday 4 May - O2 Academy - Bristol, UK (new show)
Thursday 5 May - O2 Academy - Oxford, UK (new show)
Saturday 7 May - Alexandra Palace - London, UK (new show)
PARCELS have announced their highly-anticipated sophomore record ‘Day/Night’ , to be released Friday 5th November 2021 via Because Music.
The album was recorded at La Frette Studios in Paris and was produced by Parcels themselves, with mixing duties courtesy of James Ford and string arrangements by Owen Pallett. It will be available digitally to download and stream, as well as 2X LP and 2x CD.
The ambitious record is made up of two self contained albums, Day and Night, presenting 19 tracks in total, including the singles ‘Free’, ‘Coming Back’ and latest single ‘Somethinggreater’ - which is out today.
Of the track, the band say:
“In early 2020, Noah showed us a demo that contained a chorus line that had us all particularly excited. It had an anthem-like quality and felt really fitting to what we were channeling through the albums. We jammed out the track in our rehearsal room in Berlin and fell upon the chorus groove all at once, a special instantaneousness that seems to be only achieved in a live jam, and as a result we proceeded to play it for hours. Anatole began to cry with the tears that usually come from when you are lost in a night-club, alas, we felt we had hit something really special. With the song's clear message of search and discovery, it felt absolutely right to record ‘Somethinggreater’ first upon entering La Frette studios.”
The record is vast and cinematic in sound and layered lyrical themes, channeling tropes of western folk and classic pop, resulting in a new sound the band describes as ‘Cowboy Disco’.
‘Day/Night’ tackles opposing topics of identity vs anonymity, family vs independence,, belonging vs isolation and nostalgia vs projection; the self and the shadow self. The album is cyclical - a perfect loop from end to its start - echoing the album’s theme of inner and outer self and the constant turning of the natural world.
The process of putting the album together was an “emotional journey”, not least because Parcels had 150 demos to work with. But instead of diving right into them, Parcels began by going back to basics. “The first thing that we did was get into a rehearsal room for three months and learn how to play instruments – it was like instrument boot camp, we'd been touring and playing the songs over and over again and we were becoming rigid; we weren’t having a conversation with our instruments. We came in every day, put on songs that we liked, talked about their different elements and learned how to play them: classic blues, soul, folk, funk, heavy metal.”
Then they opened their treasure trove of rough recordings back up to begin the process of selecting the best to record at Paris’s La Frette Studios. “We got it down to 40 songs and then finally the tracklist that made the most sense together.” Some good tracks got left behind but ultimately the band made their selections based on “what was right for the music. That’s something that we learned from Guy-Manuel and Thomas from Daft Punk, when we did the song Overnight: you need to put the energy into the music itself. It's not about individuals, it's about the sum of our parts.”
Full tracklisting for ‘Day/Night’ by Parcels is as follows:
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PARCELS are: guitarist Jules Crommelin, keyboardist Louie Swain, keyboardist/guitarist Patrick Hetherington, bassist Noah Hill and drummer Anatole 'Toto' Serret. To date they've amassed over 400 million streams, 200,000 album sales worldwide, cross-continental tours, shows with French royalty Phoenix and Air and a debut single that was produced by none other than Daft Punk.
Signed to Kitsunè in 2015, the band released singles and EPs Their certified-platinum debut album 'Parcels', released in 2018, was met with widespread acclaim upon release - with NME heralding it as “cheeky, timeless and devilishly catchy” in their 5-star review of the album. Dork Magazine dubbed it “coolly beautiful and entertaining, like a cold margarita uring an Ibiza sunset”, and the Evening Standard declared it “a fantastic debut album”.
Parcels’ musicianship, particularly on the live stage, is unparalleled - Their live shows quickly helped gain the band a devout following at gigs. Their incredible chemistry and cohesion performing as a band was further displayed on ‘Live Vol. 1’, an acclaimed live studio album of 18 tracks recorded at Hansa Studios in Berlin, without any edits.
‘Day/Night’, the new record from Parcels will be released 5th November via Because Music. Their new single and video ‘Somethinggreater’ are out now.
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ANNOUNCE NEW EP: ‘WAITING FOR NOTHING’ RELEASED 26 NOVEMBER, VIA COW HOUSE
FULL UK TOUR THIS NOVEMBER
Alt/rock duo - PAVE THE JUNGLE - are back with the punch-packing new single: “Oddball”.
A pinballing, ear-piercing, anti-anthem, the track paves the way for a brand new EP: ‘Waiting for Nothing’, which is slated for release on Cow House on 26th November 2021.
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Flying the flag for anyone who’s ever felt they never quite fitted the mould, “Oddball” is for the perennial outsiders, the disconnected and the lost in society. A track that traces Rachael’s own twisting journey of self-discovery through her formative years, it sees her chew up that old adage that “the grass is always greener” and regurgitate its words with acidic contortion.
As Rachael says:
“”Oddball” laments stagnation. More directly, it describes a love/hate relationship between an individual and a place. It’s a song for anyone who’s ever felt stuck in their tracks. As though their course in life is out of their control. It’s a product of restless years in my early 20's flitting between numerous cities - yet failing to truly fit anywhere. Feeling like an Oddball and learning to live with, embrace and ultimately harness that."
Mixed by Spring King / Dead Nature’s Tarek Musa, “Oddball” finds Pave The Jungle in merciless, left-field form. As key changes hit like hand-brake turns, haywire guitars match hardcore percussives, and Whittle’s guttural vocals howl and harrow; the result is a masterclass of alternative rock that defiantly revels in the avant garde.
“Oddball” follows recent single “Picture of Health”, both of which are confirmed to appear on their upcoming new EP: ‘Waiting for Nothing’. Turning heads with their debut EP 'The Hissing', the duo earned praise from titles including Punktastic, NARCand DIY, and more. Following a spate of recent studio sessions over the ensuing months, the band’s second such collection will be available on 26th November 2021, via Cow House.
In support of the new release, Pave The Jungle will be hitting the road for 12 UK dates this November. Catch the band at the following dates and venues as follows:
PAVE THE JUNGLE - NOVEMBER ‘21 TOUR
5th - The Grayston Unity, Halifax
6th - Base Camp, Middlesbrough
7th - The Salty Dog, Northwich
11th - Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester
12th - The Fiddler, London
13th - Paradiddles Cafe, Worcester
14th - The Dark Horse, Birmingham
18th - Gullivers, Manchester
19th - The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
20th - Hot Box Live, Chelmsford
25th - Cafe Indiependent, Scunthorpe
26th - Little Buildings, Newcastle
Pave The Jungle are an alternative rock duo from Newcastle. Formed in 2019 by guitarist/singer Rachael Whittle with the addition of drummer and long-term collaborator Scott Jeffery later that year, the band have quickly earned a reputation for swaggering, off-kilter yet decidedly arena-sized compositions.
Bleeding in the same vein of uncompromising alt/rock duos from Blood Red Shoes to Deap Vally to Honeyblood and on; what the pairing may lack in personnel, they more than make up for in decibels.
Recording their debut EP, ‘The Hissing’ at Blank Studios (Pigsx7, Richard Dawson, Du Blonde); the band unleashed the blistering 6-track release in 2020 to widespread acclaim, with the demand for the EP earning itself a physical release via Du Blonde's new label Daemon T.V. in 2021.
Following feverishly well-received appearances at headline shows and their opening slot for Texan alt rock heavyweights ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Pave The Jungle are now keenly awaiting their own upcoming UK headline tour where they look to air a clutch of exhilarating new material created with engineer Chris McManus and Tarek Musa (The Big Moon, Calva Louise).