Black Honey have announced their brand-new album – ‘Written & Directed’. ‘Written & Directed’ will be released on the 29th of January 2021 on Foxfive Records.
‘Written & Directed’ is Black Honey’s second album. It follows their outstanding self-titled debut released back in 2018 when the world that surrounded the Brighton fourpiece looked and felt like a very different place. Black Honey however are still the bad-ass, truly original band they have always been, they’ve just graduated from the intriguingly anomalous newcomers to becoming one of UK indie’s most singular outfits. They've travelled the world and released a Top 40 album; graced the cover of the NME and become the faces and soundtrack of Roberto Cavalli's Milan Fashion Week show; smashed Glastonbury and supported Queens of the Stone Age, all without compromising a shred of the wild, wicked vision they first set out with.
It's now time for the next instalment of their story – ‘Written & Directed” – which see’s Black Honey deliver one, very singular, message – a 10 track mission statement that aims to unashamedly plant a flag in the ground for strong, world-conquering women. For fierce frontwoman and album protagonist Izzy B. Phillips – it’s the most important message she could send to inspire her cult-like fanbase and fill the female-shaped gap that she felt so acutely when she was growing up and discovering rock music for the first time.
Written throughout 2019 and recorded in fits and spurts between touring, ‘Written & Directed’ is drenched with a hedonistic, anything-goes attitude. It’s also the most full-throttle collection of music that Black Honey have ever-written – egged-on by their run of shows supporting long-term friends and collaborators Royal Blood. Exploring everything from womanhood, to identity and power, it’s an album that revels in the rich history of pop culture, throws a wink to its rock-and-roll heroes, but ultimately (and in true Black Honey fashion) it stands on its own two feet.
With a typically hyper-visual world referencing grindhouse cinema, kitschy pulp films and a flip-reverse of female cinematic representation all primed to unfurl and explode around them, 'Written & Directed' is the sound of Black Honey strapping in and saddling up, of harnessing their quirks, and, as the Phillips has always hoped, riding them joyously into the sunset.
2020 PPL Momentum artist LOW ISLAND share fresh single Don’t Let The Light In, their first piece of new material in over a year, out on their recently set up label Emotional Interference and as-featured on FIFA’s 2021 soundtrack.
Listen Here: https://low-island.lnk.to/DLTLIPR
The track received its first play on Lauren Laverne’s ‘While You Were Sleeping’ feature on her BBC 6music show this morning (Oct 8th).
Fusing emotive synths, skittering guitars and propulsive electronics, the first version of the song was written 3 years ago: ‘It’s a song about trying to preserve the moment of falling in love, but ultimately being unable to’, explains singer Carlos Posada.
‘I fell quite deeply in love with someone who didn’t love me back, and it set off a pattern that started to continually repeat itself; a flying start and then an abrupt ending, as if someone had just switched off a light with no explanation. This song is about trying and failing to capture that initial moment in time; of pressing pause and holding the frame before it falls apart’.
Written, produced and engineered by the band, the song was finally finished earlier this year in remote France, the day it announced a national lockdown. A few hours later, they packed up their studio, travelling back through an eerily empty country to begin their own lockdown in the UK.
It was mixed by Matt Wiggins (Holy F**k, Porridge Radio, The Fat White Family) and is accompanied by artwork made in collaboration with cinematographer Ann Evelin Lawford (100 Vaginas, Ghostpoet, The Japanese House, Sam Fender). Taking inspiration from Wim Wenders’ film about dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, the photo is the first in a series exploring memory and male fragility.
As well as writing new material, the band spent lockdown learning everything they could about the music industry and, like so many artists, working out how to survive in the post-Covid landscape. Out of this was born their own label, Emotional Interference, with the intention of giving the band ‘the freedom to make whatever we want, to take risks, and to only have ourselves to answer to’.
Low Island is made up of singer and multi-instrumentalist Carlos Posada, producer Jamie Jay, bass player Jacob Lively and jazz drummer Felix Higginbottom. Their off-kilter electronics have been lauded by NME, Wonderland, The Independent, The Times, The Line of Best Fit and more.
Their last EP featured in 6music’s Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson’s highlights of 2019, and was accompanied by a critically acclaimed UK tour in collaboration with Arts Council England. A full live performance from the tour is available here
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Today, rising London punk five-piece Chubby and the Gang have announced their signing to Partisan Records (Fontaines DC, Laura Marling, Fela Kuti, IDLES) and shared a new song 'Union Dues', originally written/recorded alongside their acclaimed 2020 debut LP Speed Kills.
In addition, the group has shared a new Looney Tunes-meets-West London video for Speed Kills highlight 'All Along the Uxbridge Road'. Eagle-eyed viewers will clock famed West London venue Bush Hall in the video and the band are thrilled today to announce a live show there for May 15th 2021. Listen/watch below and feel free to share.
Listen to 'Union Dues' here: https://youtu.be/uG_Ty8_oyls
Watch the 'All Along The Uxbridge Road' video (dir. by Lluis Fuzzhound) here:
Fronted by local electrician Charlie Manning, Chubby and the Gang have been leading a pack of bands coming out of a new wave of British Hardcore. Underneath an unrelentingly fun concoction of hardcore, pub rock, doo wop, and blues, Speed Kills boasts songs of deep substance and political conscience with a precise sense of time and place.
Produced by Jonah Falco of Fucked Up, it has also proved to be one of this year’s surprise critical hits. It received an 8.0 Pitchfork review, Stereogum praised its “massive barroom gang choruses, power chords at breakneck tempos, rock spelled R-A-W-K and visceral gratification,” and Paste went as far as to call it the “the best punk-pop LP in recent memory”.
Speed Kills has been digitally reissued and re-released via Partisan today, and will be physically re-released on November 20th. The album was remastered for vinyl at West London’s Metropolis Studios.
The standard edition will be available on yellow vinyl and include a cartoon sticker sheet. There will also be a limited-edition version that includes a black-and-white colour-in sleeve with crayons.
Chubby and the Gang will return with a new album in 2021 - more details on that coming shortly.
Chubby and the Gang - Speed Kills reissue // Partisan Records - Out Now (digital) / 20/11/20 (physical)
On November 27th, Niger-born Tuareg guitar virtuoso Bombino will release his first-ever live album as a solo artist, ‘Live in Amsterdam’ (via Partisan Records).
Recorded in November of 2019 while Bombino and his band were touring behind his acclaimed latest studio album ‘Deran,’ the release will coincide with RSD Black Friday. Listen to a searing performances of "Azamane Tiliade” now, which originally appeared on Bombino’s 2013 album ‘Nomad’ and is accompanied by video footage.
‘Live In Amsterdam’ showcases Bombino’s rich musical palette, as he and his internationally renowned band seamlessly blend folk, rock, blues, funk, and most uniquely the ‘Tuareggae’ sub-genre which Bombino and his band pioneered. In addition to his regular band, this performance features special guests and Bombino’s cousins, Nigerian singer/actress Toulou Kiki as well as Anana Harouna of Kel Assouf.
‘Live In Amsterdam’ is dedicated to the loving memory of longtime Bombino bandmember Illias Mohamed Alhassane (rhythm guitar, vocals), who sadly and suddenly passed away in September of this year. ‘Live In Amsterdam’ features Illias in his final recorded performance with his ‘brothers’ in Bombino’s band. May his soul rest in peace.
‘Deran’ earned Bombino career-best reviews, including a major New York Times profile, features with All Things Considered, NPR Music, Billboard + more. Noisey went as far as to declare him “World's Best Guitarist™”. The album also received a Grammy nod for Best World Music Album, making Bombino the first-ever artist from Niger to receive a Grammy nomination.
Bombino has performed at Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival, and his previous two albums were produced by Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys). His list of on-the-record fans includes: Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Arcade Fire + more.
Today, Partisan Records is proud to announce their newest signing, Made Kuti. Grandson of legendary activist and originator of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, Made now proudly steps into the limelight bearing his family’s torch, pushing the brand of infectious grooves and social consciousness that his grandfather and father (four-time Grammy nominee Femi Kuti) pioneered into exciting and modern new territory.
Alongside Fela and Femi, the signing also marks three generations of the Kuti family now on Partisan’s roster. Listen to Made’s debut single “Free Your Mind” now, accompanied by a vibrant animated music video directed and animated by Olly Frostie.
Made plays every instrument on “Free Your Mind,” which centers on a mesmerizing rhythm and lyrics preaching an emancipation of the consciousness. The phrase, “free your mind and set your soul free” mixes within a groove that grows more hypnotic the longer it plays.
Made explains, “‘Free Your Mind’ is very much inspired by the teachings I received from my father and his efforts to make me understand exactly what the black man and woman’s situation is in Nigeria, Africa, and around the world. I think freeing your mind is, in a way, the opposite of what the phrase actually sounds like. ‘Free your mind’ almost sounds like decadence, like ‘don’t be constrained by anything, just take things as they are.’ I think the true meaning of ‘free your mind’ is to be critical. It means use your mind to its full potential—to think, to try to find answers and ask the right questions.”
Made grew up in the legendary New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, and spent much of his childhood touring with his father, playing bass or saxophone in Femi’s band, The Positive Force. Unlike his father, who didn’t formally study music, Made went to the famed Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (the same place Fela studied, back when it was known simply as Trinity College), where he shared a musical environment with some of the most talented and disciplined musicians up-and-coming acts from the city’s underground scene. “Free Your Mind” will appear on Made’s debut album due out in 2021 (more info on that coming soon).
The release of “Free Your Mind” also coincides with the start of Felabration, the annual music and arts festival held in Lagos, Nigera that celebrates Fela’s memory and music.
More info on Felabration HERE.
Made also recently spoke out in strong support of anti-police brutality protests currently happening across Nigeria, which have subsequently led to the government dissolving SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad), a notorious part of the country’s police unit. Made even took to the streets himself earlier this week, alongside his father.
Watch a clip HERE.
Braids will embark on their second 24HR WWWORLD TOUR on October 29th, live streaming from their studio in Montreal, playing six concerts in six different time zones in one day. Tune in to their YouTube channel or on their Instagram account.
Please note the Manchester concert will be streamed via The Line of Best Fit’s Instagram account.
“This is our second marathon whirlwind livestream from our studio,” explains the band. “Safe to say all three of us are eagerly awaiting what's become a rare treasure in music - to connect, to engage, to have a conversation, listener to maker, maker to listener. We love playing live.
It's a deep part of our band DNA, and to us as much a part of breathing life into songs as making records is. It's also a moment for us to ham it up in front of the camera, from dawn till dusk. This time we'll be polishing off a few old gems from the Braids catalogue, alongside some reworks and songs from our latest record.
Human connection is a thing of beauty, we're excited to play some tunes, and to shoot the shit with your digital selves.”
Braids brand new album “Shadow Offering” co-produced by Chris Walla, is out now via Secret City Records. A luscious and expansive release, Shadow Offering leads us through a sonic tapestry of narrative. With heartbreaking honesty and precision, listeners traverse a nuanced and complicated world: one full of beautiful contradictions.
BRAIDS >> 24HR WWWORLD TOUR #2
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th
9pm AEDT (Melbourne) - 6am EST
9pm HKT (Osaka) - 8am EST
9pm CET (Paris) - 3pm EST
9pm GMT+1 (Manchester) - 4pm EST (presented by The Line of Best Fit)
9pm EST (Montreal) - 9pm EST (presented by YouTube)
9pm PST (Seattle) - 12am EST
Praises for “Shadow Offering”
“The music – lush electronic textures, delicate piano melodies and driving rhythms – is cinematic in scope, offering Armageddon and salvation in turn. 8/10” – Uncut
"‘Shadow Offering,’ is beautiful and heart wrenching, pulling on listeners’ heartstrings. The album offers a sanctuary by easing anxiety and fueling hope, acting as a sort of security blanket for these unnerving times. 8/10” - Clash Magazine
“a gloriously intricate fourth outing [...] Braids have refined themselves, ready to offer mature, emotional soundscapes of understanding. 9/10” - The Line of Best Fit
“Braids are incisive, and conjure up a kind of confiding emotional warmth; Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla’s rich production is the ideal match.” - NME
“…[Shadow Offering] feels like the culmination of what Braids have been building towards over the last 10 years. It’s glimmering and assured, an album that’s constantly refining and one-upping itself. The Canadian band’s songs have always been massive, bursting at the seams with ideas, but they’ve never sounded as good or as crystallized as they do on Shadow Offering.” - Stereogum (50 best albums of 2020 so far)
“Raphaelle Standell-Preston sings with openhearted earnestness.” - The New York Times
“The whole thing builds to a frantic final third in which the chaos and confusion is palpable." - The Fader (About “Snow Angel”)
"a bouncy good time; in the tug-of-war between mind and matter, these pulsing synths are clearly on the side of the body." - Consequence of Sound (About “Young Buck”)
“An undulating piano carries heartfelt sentiments, presented in a voice that stylistically manages to pay tribute to both Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morissette.” – The Globe and Mail (About Eclipse (Ashley)
“Just Let Me” and “Snow Angel” part of Under the Radar’s Best Songs of the week
Secret City Records online
Announcing a brand new festival for 2021…. CREATION DAY.
A celebration of the legendary Creation Records label and the legacy of its visionary founder: Alan McGee, Creation Day will bring two days of exceptional live music to Wolverhampton West Park next year (29-30 May 2021).
Presented in a joint collaboration between The City of Wolverhampton Council, Creation Management and Toura Toura Festivals, the first Creation Day festival will be exclusively curated by Alan McGee himself. A bonafide music mogul who has been at the epicentre of the music industry for the last four decades, McGee is opening up his enviable address book to conjure a formidable line-up for the first Creation Day Festival.
Who better to headline the first night than proven party-starters: HAPPY MONDAYS. Since 1980, the Mondays have been corrupting audiences with the baggified brilliance of alternative dancefloor anthems like ‘Step On’, ‘Kinky Afro’, and ‘Hallelujah’. Now signed to McGee’s Creation Management, the band will be stepping up to the mainstage as the certified ‘24 Hour Party People’ they are. Something that’s especially true for their infamous frontman, Shaun Ryder, who will be also performing over the weekend with his other band: BLACK GRAPE. A Creation Day Festival Exclusive, this will be the first time Ryder will have fronted both acts at one festival.
It’s no understatement to say that Sunday night will be headlined by one of the Midlands’ greatest musical exports this century: EDITORS. Formed in Birmingham, the band launched into the consciousness of the mainstream with their stunning 2005 debut ‘The Back Room’. Fifteen years on they have released six studio albums (with two of them going platinum), consistently sold out the enormadomes of the UK, and headlined major festivals world-wide.
The band released their best-of ‘Black Gold’ in 2019, a record packed with hits including ‘Bullets’, ‘Munich’, ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’, ‘Papillon’, ‘An End Has A Start’; and a testament to their enduring career so far. Dark, dramatic and powerful, Editors’ intoxicating brand of alternative rock has put the Midlands firmly on the musical map and this Wolverhampton appearance will feel like an epic homecoming.
Arguably heirs to the Mondays’ indie-dance crossover crown, FRIENDLY FIRES will bring their dancefloor igniting creations to party on Saturday night. With technicolour pop wonders like ‘Skeleton Boy’, ‘Paris’, ‘Jump In The Pool’, ‘Hawaiian Air’ and many more, the band’s self-titled debut and its follow-up ‘Pala’ saw them take over charts all over the world and earn a Mercury Music Prize nomination in the process. Returning to the spotlight in 2019 with their acclaimed Top 20 charting LP ‘Inflorescent’ and some huge shows, Friendly Fires proved they are still one of the UK’s hottest prospects.
Venerated all-time-greats: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, will take to the mainstage for an unforgettable festival performance. A band who hark back to Alan McGee’s earliest days in music and have crossed paths with him ever since, expect Ian McCulloch & crew to deliver a hits-packed set to rival the best, laden with timeless treasures like ‘The Cutter’, ‘The Back Of Love’, ‘The Killing Moon’ and many more.
And marking the 25th anniversary of their magnificent ‘All Change’ album this year, seminal Creation Management signees CAST will be serving up some of its high-octane thrills and much more, with frontman and founder John Power guaranteed to be on typically electrifying form.
Elsewhere on the bill, more acquaintances from McGee’s colourful past will be providing plenty of amplified blasts throughout the weekend. The recently revived SLEEPER will see Louise Wener and co. airing highlights from their critically acclaimed comeback album ‘The Modern Age’ plus countless classics cuts from the back catalogue; whereas a performance from ECHOBELLY will see Britpop-sister Sonya Madan dusting off era-defining gems like ‘King Of The Kerb’ and ‘Great Things’.
ASH, who are currently celebrating 25 years of pristine power-pop with their ‘Teenage Wildlife’ compilation, will be cruising through smashes like ‘Girl From Mars’ to ‘Burn Baby Burn’. A set from GLASVEGAS - a band discovered by McGee in Glasgow in 2006 - will be back to remind us of the blistering shoegaze of their Mercury Music Prize nominated s/t debut, plus will be revealing tracks from their much anticipated 2021 record: ‘Godspeed’. And, longstanding Leeds legends THE WEDDING PRESENT will see the ebullient David Gedge digging up gold from their hallowed back-catalogue of cult indie-rock reverence.
As a man with something of a reputation for spotting future talent, Creation Day will also showcase an array of new talent Alan McGee has earmarked as next-big-things in waiting. Selecting a cross section of bands from his current Creation 23 label, live sets by MARQUIS DRIVE, THE ILLICITS, CAT SFX, THE CLOCKWORKS, and SHAMBOLICS, plus HEAVY LUNGS (signed to Balley Records - the label of IDLES’ Joe Talbot & Mark Bent) will all promise a tantalising glimpse of the potential stars of tomorrow.
With a line up already bustling with some of the most influential acts and rising stars, standby for further announcements in due course too…
Speaking about the inaugural Creation Day festival, Alan McGee says:
"I’m looking forward to this one, some of the best old bands with some of the best new bands. I can’t wait to come and bring it all to Wolverhampton. Creation Day is the first time we have done anything like this since doing it for the kids. Hopefully we can do this every year.”
A festival that testifies to a trailblazing history and a vibrant future, Creation Day promises to be the ultimate celebration of all things Creation, as orchestrated by the man, the myth and the legend behind it all…
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TICKETS & DETAILS
Creation Day is a two day festival taking place at West Park in Wolverhampton on the 29th & 30th May 2021.
Limited first release tickets for the Creation Day festival will go on presale on 21st October at 10AM, and on general sale on 23rd October at 10AM.
Weekend Tickets are priced at: £110 (+bf) or £160 VIP (+bf)
Day Tickets are priced at: £55 (+bf) or £80 VIP (+bf)
[ Due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, the festival may be subject to change. Tickets will be on sale in a limited capacity, this will be reviewed over time and more tickets may be released depending on national guidance. ]
Other attractions at the two-day event will include a fairground and a wide variety of food and drink stalls.
Support for festival goers with access requirements will be available.
Site Opening Times: 12.30pm - 10.45pm
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City of Wolverhampton Council, Alan McGee & Creation Management and Toura Toura Festivals present...
CREATION DAY 2021
Sat 29th May:
Echo & The Bunnymen
Sun 30th May:
The Wedding Present
+ more TBA
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“Spicy indie pop with a tropical feel.” CLASH Magazine
“Their music grooves like a bastard.” Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music & BBC Introducing)
"Such a great live band." John Kennedy (RadioX Xposure)
London-based 7-piece Cable Street Collective return with their brand-new single, Speaking in Tongues, featuring Gregg Kofi Brown, from the legendary Afro-rock band Osibisa.
The track, which features their signature combination of thumping dance rhythms, African-influenced guitars and an addictive chorus, was co-written with the Osibisa singer and guitarist, who also contributes backing vocals. “Lyrically, it’s about what happens when relationships and trust - both personal and political - break down,” says the band. “Gregg suggested the chorus line, using speaking in tongues as a metaphor for talking at cross purposes. It conjured up images of individuals with entrenched, religiously-held views shouting at each other. That felt like a pretty good way to describe not just a break-up, but also the way the UK’s been led in recent years.”
And don't miss the accompanying video for Speaking In Tongues - created in the style of an 8-Bit platform game. Here's the band on the idea behind it: "The track was written towards the end of last year, when it felt like the UK was descending into a full-blown culture war over Brexit. The lyrics are laced with references to the English Civil War, another period in the country's history where you had these massively polarising debates about parliamentary sovereignty, and the exercise of power by unaccountable leaders.
There's this current of British history that's really revolutionary, including the ideas of civil war factions like the levellers (and of course, much later, the Battle of Cable Street) that never really gets the attention it deserves. (All too often, British history gets appropriated by people on the right, who want to use it to defend the record of the empire, or push nasty, anti-immigrant rhetoric). So we were kind of referencing that with the lyrics.
If anything, that culture war, those fights over history and identity, feel like they’ve become even more entrenched in the time between writing the song, and sitting down to make the video. The outrage that was sparked when a statue of a literal slave-trader was taken down in Bristol was mind-blowing. And then, looking across the Atlantic, it's hard to ignore the parallels with what's going on there.
So that's where we got the idea for our three 'end of level bosses' who are (obviously) Edward Colston, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. We liked the idea of doing it as an 8-Bit platform game, with us throwing pineapples, because it felt like another good way of poking fun at these puffed-up ego-maniacs."
Their sound mixes African-influenced guitars and beats with soulful female vocals and western melodies, creating an idiosyncratic alt-pop sound that’s all their own. Their rousing live sets, often featuring extended jams, are guaranteed to get everyone to their feet. Cable Street Collective have been a fixture on the festival circuit since the release of their first EP in 2014, and have since built up a stellar reputation as a live band.
Their second EP, Where Now From Here? (2018) earned them critical plaudits and radio play on BBC Radio 6Music, Radio X and Amazing Radio, among others. Last summer they added Glastonbury and Shambala to the long list of festivals they’ve played, which include Boomtown, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, The Isle of Wight Festival, and the Lake of Stars Festival (Malawi).
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GENRE-BENDING NEW ALBUM 'TASJAN! TASJAN! TASJAN!' OUT ON 5TH FEB ON NEW WEST RECORDS DEBUTS ANTHEMIC NEW SONG 'UP ALL NIGHT', REFLECTING ON LOST HEDONISTIC EVENINGS, SEXUALITY AND MENTAL HEALTH - STREAM IT HERE
WATCH INTERGALACTIC VIDEO FOR 'UP ALL NIGHT' HERE
“Worrying is part of life just like having a good time or even too good of a time.” AARON LEE TASJAN
Today, Aaron Lee Tasjan announced his genre-bending new album Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!, will be released on Feb 5 2021 on New West Records. His self-titled fourth album is a masterclass in interstellar pop, vintage glam, 90s Anglophilia and psychedelic rock & roll. With a bold reimagination of classic sounds and songwriting, rising star Tasjan is set to establish himself as one of the most idiosyncratic artists of his generation.
His debut song “Up All Night”, also released today, is equal parts alternative pop and glam rock stomp. Epic synths and four to the floor beats soundtrack Tasjan’s irreverent lyrics that reflect on lost hedonistic evenings, sexuality and mental health. Discussing the song, Tasjan stated, “Up All Night' is half party anthem, half cautionary tale. It’s inspired by the times I’ve wondered if I need to get help with my drinking and what it meant that I was worrying about things in the first place?
STREAM 'UP ALL NIGHT' HERE
Tasjan added, “The three things that worry me most in my life are probably my health, being alone and money. Each of those three daily battles became a verse in this song. The first verse explores my financial plan for the foreseeable future, my real-life love life plays out a bit in the second, while the third verse is an homage to the years-long stomach problems I’ve tried to get diagnosed that everyone says is anxiety. I lost track of a handsome gentleman/brilliant drag performer from South Carolina not long after our first date at The Lipstick Lounge. Shortly after, I moved into a new house occupied by my current partner. We lived as roommates for a few months, but ultimately it became romantic and she’s become my hero and best friend in the world. For me, this song says that there’s no escaping being alive. Worrying is part of life just like having a good time or even too good of a time.”
The accompanying video, directed by Curtis Wayne Millard, features Tasjan on an intergalactic nocturnal space car adventure. The video premiered today with Rolling Stone, who stated, “Aaron Lee Tasjan offers a personal glimpse behind the glitter on his new song “Up All Night,” a succinct slice of ELO glam-pop that finds the enigmatic Nashville songwriter opening up about his anxieties and sexuality.” Rolling Stone added, Tasjan “sings over ringing guitar chords and distorted synth that call to mind the best of Jeff Lynne. The song is an immersive listening experience, with Tasjan giddily guiding you on a journey through musical genres and his own vices.”
WATCH 'UP ALL NIGHT' VIDEO HERE
Tasjan may sing with his tongue in his cheek, but 'Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!' is an album with something to say. His autobiographical lyrics reflect on self-acceptance and offer a unique self-deprecating critique on the millennial generation’s simultaneous capacity for great empathy, judgement and narcissism. The album is dedicated to the alternative kids who also felt “other” growing up. Discussing his experiences, Tasjan shared, “No one likes to feel singled out. I've encountered this feeling many times in my life, including being in line at a drive-thru window in a small town in Ohio and experienced homophobic verbal abuse and harassment after I parked to eat. Be kind to each other, friends, and when our world is back to normal, come meet me at my favourite bar."
Tasjan has been on a shapeshifting musical journey his whole life. From his glam rock roots, when Jimmy Iovine told him “guys in make-up don’t sell records” and when Lady Gaga would open for his band in NYC, to his legend-hopping guitar sideman days, Tasjan has traveled the globe, collecting road war tales from doing mushrooms with Bono in Ireland to bowling with Yoko Ono.
His search for a musical locus and geographic wanderings began in his early teens. His travels took him from Delaware to California to New York and to his current home in Nashville. He moved there in 2015 to play guitar in a band that imploded on his arrival. Through dumb luck he quickly landed a record deal with New West Records and became an established musical entity, releasing a diverse succession of critically acclaimed albums that drew the attention of everyone from NPR Music to Rolling Stone.
Despite this success, seeds of doubt started to bloom. After multiple musical incarnations, Tasjan questioned his direction and where he should go next. He toured through 2019 and then, sparked by the fond memory of an LSD-laced songwriting session when he felt at his most accomplished and free, he hid from his label and covertly crafted 'Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!' With co-producer Gregory Lattimer, he recorded the album in secret at Make Sound Good Studios.
There was no need for doubt. With humour, wit and irony, 'Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!’s personal and hopeful vision was a coded message to himself and showed him self-belief was all he needed. Tasjan’s determined pursuit of a singular sound has led him to a sense of musical realisation and his most compelling album to date.
Tasjan will broadcast the final performance of his “Live And Well from East Nashville” with Noon Chorus tonight at 7pm local time from Siren Song Studio, details available here:https://noonchorus.com/aaron-lee-tasjan/
'Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!' will be available across all digital platforms as well as on CD and standard black vinyl. A limited, 300 three-colour "twister" vinyl edition will be available exclusively via 'Vinyl Me, Please' while a limited, four-colour-splatter vinyl edition will be available at independent retailers and for pre-order NOW via New West Records.
1. Sunday Women
2. Computer of Love
3. Up All Night
4. Another Lonely Day
5. Don't Overthink It
6. Cartoon Music
7. Feminine Walk
8. Dada Bois
9. Now You Know
10. Not That Bad
11. Got What I Wanted
Produced by Aaron Lee Tasjan and Gregory Lattimer
Recorded by Gregory Lattimer (Nashville, TN)
Mixed by Jon Congelton (Los Angeles, CA)
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC
Myd and Mac DeMarco are an unlikely pairing, coming from opposite sides of the world and opposite sides of the musical spectrum. But the two have long admired each other’s music & they eventually met backstage at one of Mac’s Paris shows several years back, introduced by mutual friends Gaspard Augé (of Justice) & Ed Banger label head, Busy P.
Today the pair have released their first ever collaboration - Moving Men - which serves as the 2nd single from Myd’s forthcoming album - Born A Loser - on Ed Banger Records.
Myd came to LA in March to shoot a music video and kick off a US tour, right as the pandemic hit. When all of his tour dates were abruptly cancelled, Myd connected with Mac who also just had his tour dates cancelled. Myd was tasked with delivering a very special gift to Mac, the long-coveted metallic convertible sports car from Justice’s iconic Fire music video (guest starring Susan Sarandon), which Mac had long admired. After driving the car crosstown to Mac’s house (without plates or a license mind you), the guys kicked around a song idea about moving men.
“I met MYD in Paris a couple years ago, then when he was in Los Angeles he came over one night and we wrote this song about moving men, he reminds me of some kind of bird, I like this guy.”
Revolving around an infectious whistling sample, Mac lends his luscious vocals to one of the more laidback tracks in Myd’s discography. The single comes with a hilarious animated video as well, featuring Myd and Mac as cartoon moving men who are more consumed with smoking weed and goofing around than moving furniture. The video was directed by Alexandre Nart.
Moving Men is the latest offering from Myd’s forthcoming album, following up the anthemic 1st single - Together We Stand - which was released in June. Stay tuned for more singles throughout the coming months before Myd drops the LP in full in early 2021.
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ERASURE (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) have launched a brand new video, evoking the spirit of Hallowe’en with a spooky short for ‘Fallen Angel’:https://youtu.be/tAgkT1yEhT8
Starring Heidi N Closet (star of season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag where she was crowned Miss Congeniality) and model Alexa Abraxas, the video was directed by Brad Hammer, responsible for the fabulous video for ‘Nerves of Steel’.
The new video appears ahead of the release of a brand new 12”, and a CD box set, due out on 4 December 2020. The 12” features a brand new remix of the single from Mercury Music Prize nominated Georgia, whilst the CD single boxset collects remixes from each of the album’s singles - ‘Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)’, ‘Nerves of Steel’ and ‘Fallen Angel’ - including previously unreleased versions and forthcoming remixes from Confidence Man and Ben Rainey. The 12” vinyl is housed in a glamorous mirror board sleeve on orange neon vinyl while the CD set is similarly glammed up and comes in a mirrored box with three art cards and a booklet.
The band, currently celebrating the release of their new album, The Neon, which went into the UK Official Albums Chart at #4, their highest chart position since 1994, and went straight to #1 in the UK Official Independent, Vinyl and Cassette Albums Charts, also recently announced the first leg of their eagerly anticipated dates.
October 2021 will see Erasure bring The Neon to venues across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Denmark, kicking off at the Glasgow Armadillo auditorium on 1 October, with a London date at the O2 Arena on 17 October.
ERASURE - THE NEON TOUR - 2021 DATES
1 Oct 21 - Glasgow, Armadillo - SOLD OUT
2 Oct 21 - Glasgow, Armadillo - SOLD OUT
4 Oct 21 - Dublin, 3Arena
6 Oct 21 - Edinburgh, Usher Hall
7 Oct 21 - Edinburgh, Usher Hall EXTRA DATE ADDED
9 Oct 21 - Manchester, O2 Apollo - SOLD OUT
10 Oct 21 - Manchester, O2 Apollo - SOLD OUT
12 Oct 21 - Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
14 Oct 21 - Bournemouth, International Centre
16 Oct 21 - Birmingham, Utilita Arena
17 Oct 21 - London, The O2
18 Oct 21 - Brighton, Centre
21 Oct 21 - Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle
22 Oct 21 - Berlin, Max-Schmeling-Halle
24 Oct 21 - Cologne, Palladium
26 Oct 21 - Copenhagen, Royal Arena
27 Oct 21 - Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena
28 Oct 21 - Leipzig, Immobilien Arena
Tickets for these unmissable dates are on sale now
Buy the album: https://mute.ffm.to/TheNeon
Pre-order The Neon Singles: https://mute.ffm.to/cdbx-fa
Fallen Angel on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tAgkT1yEhT8
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THE NEON SINGLES 12” TRACKLISTING
Fallen Angel - Georgia Remix
Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) - Nimmo Remix Extended Dub
Nerves of Steel - Bright Light Bright Light Remix
Shot A Satellite - Initial Talk Extended Dub
Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) - Daybreakers Dub
Nerves of Steel - Extended 12”
THE NEON SINGLES 3 CD BOX SET - TRACKLISTING - 3 CD Set
Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) - Daybreakers Remix
Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) - Daybreakers Dub**
Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) - Daybreakers Instrumental**
Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) - Philip George Remix
Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) - Philip George Dub Remix**
Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) - Philip George Remix Instrumental**
Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) - Nimmo Remix
Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) - Nimmo Remix Extended Dub**
Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) - Nimmo Remix Instrumental**
Shot A Satellite - Initial Talk Remix
Nerves of Steel - Extended Mix
Nerves of Steel - Bright Light Bright Light Remix
Nerves of Steel - Bright Light Bright Light Remix Dub**
Nerves of Steel - Bright Light Bright Light Remix Instrumental**
Nerves of Steel - 7th Heaven Radio Edit
Nerves of Steel - 7th Heaven Club Mix
Nerves of Steel - 7th Heaven Dub Mix**
Nerves of Steel - 7th Heaven Remix Instrumental**
Shot A Satellite - Initial Talk Extended Dub**
Fallen Angel - Georgia Remix
Fallen Angel - Georgia Dub**
Fallen Angel - Georgia Remix Instrumental**
Fallen Angel - Confidence Man Remix
Fallen Angel - Confidence Man Dub**
Fallen Angel - Confidence Man Remix Instrumental**
Fallen Angel - Ben Rainey Remix
Fallen Angel - Ben Rainey Dub**
Fallen Angel - Ben Rainey Remix Instrumental**
Shot A Satellite - Initial Talk Remix Instrumental**
** - previously unreleased
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THE LONELY SURF DEBUT SINGLE 'LOSING IT’ OUT NOW
Pioneers of the new-wave surf-punk sound, The Lonely Surf, formerly known as Death By Shotgun, release their debut single under their new name, Losing It, on Friday 6th November.
Recorded before lockdown at The Ranch Production House with Daly George in Southampton where bands such as Creeper and The Winter Passing have captured their sound, Losing It is the lead single from their EP Shifting, due for release later this year.
Losing It opens with a dreamy guitar shimmer, evolving into an energetic, stabby verse and a melancholic yet catchy and hook-filled chorus. It explores the concept of not always having your life together and losing control of everything you know.
Quote from lead singer Dom Wright:
“The main inspiration for this track was just being in a weird headspace and various life experiences that formed the basis for the lyrics. I’d say the likes of The Wombats, The Menzingers and The Cribs were all the main inspirations for this one. The song is about being unhappy and relying on other things to try and make yourself feel good. It’s about descending into a sort of chaos - which is always fun at the time but so exhausting in the long run.”
“Superbly catchy riffs and lyrics that deal with self-doubt, but are sung with enough vigour that the feelings can be banished.’ – DIY Magazine
“It’s hard to create music that has that ageless characteristic, but they have it in abundance - like Bruce Springsteen had dinner with The Menzingers and they decided to write a record together. It really is as good as that sounds - honest!” - Alex Baker, Kerrang Magazine
KAWALA PLAY DODGEBALL AGAINST THE FORCES OF DARKNESS IN NEW VIDEO FOR ‘PURE DESIRE’
THE VIDEO COMES HOT ON THE HEELS OF THE BAND’S FIRST 7” SINGLE AND THEIR HUGELY SUCCESSFUL LIVE STREAMED GIG FROM HOXTON HALL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MUSIC VENUE TRUST
KAWALA are back and they’re ready to take on the dark, supernatural forces of the underworld at a game of dodgeball in the new video for ‘Pure Desire’, out now.
“The idea to shoot a music video featuring us playing an intense game of dodgeball against five monsters first came about in the only place such an idea could come about = after many pints in the pub” Dan Explains. “We wanted to show off the songs meaning of wanting to overcome & achieve something and at the time it seemed the most obvious way to showcase that. Having an incredible team on board to make it a reality including the unreal prosthetic artist Charity Kase (https://www.instagram.com/charitykase) really made this video an absolute pleasure to make.”
The video is for the A-Side of the band’s first vinyl 7” single, ‘Pure Desire’/‘Loosen Up’, which is a beautiful distillation of the two sides of KAWALA’s song writing. ‘Pure Desire’ is a driving, upbeat piece of soulful pop, showcasing the band’s intricate guitar lines and trademark harmonies. ‘Loosen Up’ on the other hand finds the band slowing things down to create a languid mix of acoustic guitars and delicate percussion, before building to a euphoric crescendo.
“This is the first time we’ve released a 7” single with an A and B side so we were keen for the songs to have a strong link while offering different things sonically.” Daniel Explains “‘Pure Desire’ is essentially about exactly that; the desperation to reach that goal you set out to achieve or a better place you wish to find yourself. We tried to represent that hunger and drive in the constant upbeat pace of the song. Alternatively, ‘Loosen Up’ is meant to represent the tranquil place we see as our end goal.”
The band were also recently been made patrons of the Music Venue Trust. The charities support for grassroots venues is something very close to their heart, with all of them having earned their stripes in the many varied and wonderful small rooms around the UK. In partnership with MVT the band played a 100% live show from London’s Hoxton Hall which was streamed to 2,500 viewers (the equivalent of a sold-out Kentish Town Forum).
The band were joined on the stream by Arlo Parks who spoke with the band about performing in small venues and recited a poem especially written for the occasion. There were also other contributors who joined via VT to express their support for MVT and tell stories of their favourite small venues. They included Everything Everything, The Amazons, Vistas, Dodie, Zak Abel, Rhys Lewis, Bad Sounds, New Hope Club and more…
You can watch here
‘Pure Desire’/‘Loosen Up’ follows ‘Ticket to Ride’, released earlier this year, which was championed by the likes of Annie Mac and Jack Saunders at Radio 1 and has recently been included on the soundtrack to EA’s blockbuster FIFA 21 game.
Centered around the core duo of singer Jim Higson and guitarist/singer Daniel McCarthy, KAWALA aren’t your typical band. Their lush sound is cushioned with the pair’s gorgeous harmonies, driven by Daniel’s unique finger-style acoustic guitar playing, and inflected with sounds from genres far beyond the one they inhabit. As their sound developed the pair decided to invite some friends to join them and eventually added Ben Batten on drums, Dan Lee on guitar and Reeve Coulson on Bass.
Though the band’s 2020 tour plans had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, that didn’t stop the band from spreading a tiny bit of live music joy this year. In July they went on the road for a special, socially distanced outdoor tour (the first band to do so), playing free acoustic sets in parks around the country to a controlled number of their fans, organised via Whatsapp. In 2021 the band will be taking their full, high energy live show on the road proper as they play the rescheduled shows of their 2020 tour, concluding with their biggest London shows to date at the Kentish Town Forum.
Rescheduled 2021 tour dates
12 May - Cyprus Ave - Cork
13 May - The Academy - Dublin
15 May - Arts Club - Liverpool
16 May - The Globe - Cardiff
18 May - The Bullingdon - Oxford
19 May - Gorilla - Manchester
20 May - O2 Institute 2 - Birmingham
23 May - King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut - Glasgow
25 May - St Doms Social Club - Newcastle
26 May – Thekla - Bristol
27 May - Kentish Town Forum - London
PHIL GOULD FORMER LEVEL 42 MEMBER LAUNCHES NEW CAREER CHAPTER WITH IMMINENT SOLO ALBUM
NEW SINGLE ‘BEAUTIFUL WOUNDS’ OUT NOW VIA ABBEY RECORDS
Assembling a network of collaborators, ex-Level 42 drummer and songwriter, Phil Gould returns with ‘Beautiful Wounds’ – the first single and title track of his new solo album – out via Abbey Records.
With intimate layers of rich, front and centre production, ‘Beautiful Wounds’ is a reflection on life’s struggles and how the scars we pick up along the way enhance our humanity, rather than detract from it. Amplifying Italian singer Diana Winter’s beckoning vocal, each instrument appears superimposed and pronounced without sounding overwhelming or crowded. The audible blank space only serves to compliment the mix as Gould asserts less is more on a masterful first offering.
Directed by Sarah Scherer, a renowned Vienna based actress & film maker, ‘Beautiful Wounds’ is visually captured through a stunning interpretive music video. See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToQl-DzIrDw&feature=youtu.be
Phil Gould: “Given the parlous state of the world it feels important to remind ourselves of the beauty that comes with our humanity, with all our foibles, our failures, our struggles, our demons and despite (or even because of) the scars we carry from the lives we’ve lived until now. We are all made more beautiful, more human by the wounds we pick up along the way. Often the damage that’s done to us, or we do to ourselves, is the basis of our compassion for others.”
Phil Gould is an internationally acclaimed drummer, composer and lyricist who is most recognised for being a founding member of the much-celebrated British jazz-funk outfit, Level 42. Alongside the band’s original line-up (Mark King, Mike Lindup, Boon Gould and Wally Badarou being an unofficial fifth member) they recorded seven studio albums and one live album, achieving widespread acclaim across Europe and North America.
Following the many successes achieved by the band, Phil decided to take his own solo route, spending his time raising his family whilst exploring other music genres, collaborating with myriads of talented artists and continuing to write, away from the pressure of a major touring band. Now having finished his second solo album, and his first signed project since 2009’s Watertight, Phil is finally ready for the world to hear his new music.
“This album is the realisation of a number of different approaches to collaborative music making” says Phil, “moving from country to country, either physically or via the internet, with contributions from friends in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Italy & North America, dialling into the finer points of production while also allowing the players on each track the room to breathe, and taking the better part of six months to mix the results, often figuring out what was and what wasn’t necessary in the process.”
‘Beautiful Wounds’ promises to be an exciting new era for an artist poised to make an unforgettable sonic transition.
Django Django announce new album 'Glowing In The Dark' scheduled for release February 12th 2021 on Because Music PRE ORDER HERE
Listen to the title track here Listen/Watch the video now
Over the course of their extraordinarily accomplished discography to date, Django Django have constantly headed left where others have gone right. Described by The Guardian as “capable of making music that sounds close to perfection”, they are known for their genre defying eclectic sound and their new album “Glowing in the Dark” heralds, once again, the beginning of a thrilling new era for the band.
Glowing in the Dark has a running theme of escape: from despair, from constraints, from small town life, and even, in dreams, from the Earth. The brilliant title track and new single, for instance, soars gloriously towards the stratosphere. A track inspired by one of Dave Maclean’s spoken word records then plushly upholstered with Moog synths and drum loops, it is accompanied by some eye strobing visuals from rapidly ascending NYC artist and illustrator Braulio Amado.
Amado made the video at the height of lockdown, directing lead singer Vincent Neff remotely. It is an incredible example of amazing art that could only have been made under such constraints. Neff explains:
He gave me some loose directions of what he wanted me to do via email. Then me and my brother in law got a tripod, my phone and a speaker and went to a deserted industrial estate around the back of my house and shot a bunch of stuff then turned the footage over to Braulio. We love what he's done with it and how the energy and vibe of the visuals really lock with the track.
Amado on the video:
I didn't want to be literal and do something *glowing in the dark*, so in my head the video is somewhat an abstract representation of the song title without being too obvious. I wanted it to feel organic, I wanted it to feel trippy, vibrant and colourful. This was done during the pandemic, with Vinny shooting himself on a greenscreen at home with his iphone, so I just wanted to take him out of the weird world and time we are all living through right now and transport him to a more fun place far away from here.
Elsewhere on the album, previous single “Spirals” begins on elegant circling synths that grow into a never-more-relevant anthem to hope, using the image of DNA to muse on “the connections we have as humans being stronger than the divisions.” The miniature road movie “Waking Up”, meanwhile, with its hints of T Rex and Serge Gainsbourg’s “Bonnie and Clyde” might be mainly acoustic and softly sung but it rockets along with breathless anticipation, the addition of Gainsbourg’s daughter Charlotte on vocals adding extra glamour.
While “Free From Gravity” might be the most complete expression of the bands influences coming together, with beautiful cascading bleep melodies and strings wrapping around the funkiest stop-start drum machine and a relentlessly infectious bassline to perfectly embody the bittersweet theme of yearning to “escape everything that's weighing you down”.
It’s a glorious move forward, infused with the kind of freshness and confidence that comes hand in hand with a newfound optimism.
Glowing in the Dark will be released via Because Music on 12 February 2021 on limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl, standard black vinyl, CD and digital download/streaming on all usual platforms.
LISTEN TO SINGLE: ‘GLOWING IN THE DARK’ HERE
“Glowing in the Dark” tracklist:
2)Right The Wrongs
3)Got Me Worried
4)Waking Up (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg)
5)Free From Gravity
8)Night Of The Buffalo
9)The World Will Turn
10)Kick The Devil Out
11)Glowing In The Dark
13)Asking For More
JESS GLYNNE - will be performing a huge show at Doncaster Racecourse next Summer.
Taking place on Saturday 14 August 2021, this special ‘Live After Racing’ event will provide a full day at the races, followed by a showstopping headline set by the pop superstar.
Tickets will go on sale from 9am Friday 27th November, or Wednesday 25th for O2 presale Customers.
Jess Glynne is a Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter from North London who has established herself across the globe as the voice of a generation.
Signing with Atlantic records in 2013, Glynne broke into the mainstream with her mesmeric vocals on the chart-topping hits "My Love" by Route 94 and "Rather Be" with Clean Bandit. Paving the way for an unstoppable chart run to come, Jess notched up further hits in "Right Here" (with Gorgon City), "Real Love" (with Clean Bandit) and "Not Letting Go"(with Tinie Tempah), making her mark as one of the most potent new vocalists in pop.
Jess released her smash debut album I Cry When I Laugh in 2015, a record that went straight in at #1 in the UK albums chart, became the second fastest selling album of the year and has since certified as a 4× Platinum record with over 1,200,000 copies sold to date.
Releasing its much anticipated follow-up Always in Between in 2018, the record swiftly followed-suit went straight in at the top of the UK charts. Making history as the first ‘British female solo artist to have seven number one singles in the UK Singles Chart’ with its lead track "I'll Be There"; Glynne went on invade the charts with a string of killer singles from the record including "These Days" (with Rudimental, Macklemore & Dan Caplen), "All I Am", "Thursday" and "One Touch" (with Jax Jones).
Taking her pop to the people, Jess embarked on her mammoth Always in Between Tour throughout 2018-19, playing huge shows across Europe, the UK and the United States. Going from strength to strength, Jess received five Brit Award nominations, including Best British Female and Best British Single, in 2019. That same year, she also joined the Spice Girls as a special guest on their Spice World tour; further cementing herself as a household name and a force of nature on the live stage.
More recently, Jess unwrapped news of a surprise festive cover of Donny Hathaway's ‘This Christmas’, A testament to her enduring popularity, Jess is now sizing up what is expected to be her record-breaking eighth UK number one this Winter.
Renowned for her euphoric live shows, Jess Glynne’s set at ‘Live After Racing’ promises to be a chart-busting celebration to remember. The perfect Christmas present, tickets go on general sale this Friday 27th November.
JESS GLYNNE @ DONCASTER RACECOURSE - SATURDAY 14 AUGUST 2021
GATES: 11:001st Race: 13:10 Last Race: 16:35 Curfew: TBC
TICKETS GENERAL SALE THIS FRIDAY, 27 NOVEMBER https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/jess-glynne-live-doncaster-racecourse-tickets/10785055
O2 PRESALE - THIS WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/jess-glynne-live-doncaster-racecourse-tickets/10785055?dlac=o2pre
FOR MORE INFORMATION http://jessglynne.co.uk/
Released earlier this year, Cassia’s ‘Do Right’ encapsulates the serene atmosphere, irresistible hooks and uplifting lyricism that have enabled the band’s word-of-mouth following to flourish throughout 2020 and has become one of their most popular tracks. Now Cassia present a superlative spin on the song with an accomplished new acoustic performance.
Filmed in a steam room at the band’s Casa de Cassia studio in Berlin, the performance is as intimate as they come with the three band members packed into the tiny space. Their set-up is back-to-basics (acoustic guitar, bass and a two-piece drum kit) allowing the song’s quality to shine through, with the trio’s warm vocal harmonies demonstrating just how strong their musical connection is. It provides the ideal vehicle to deliver the song’s message. It’s a timely reminder that making small changes to your life can be an important first step towards personal fulfilment.
Vocalist / guitarist Rob Ellis commented, “We filmed this one in a steam room! We wanted to throw it back to the original ‘Do Right’ vid. If you've seen the semi-naked kimono Leff scene, it's right there. We didn't quite think this one through though, as it was absolutely boiling. We also did one in a sauna, which is coming soon!"
Cassia are currently hard at work on more new music, which will follow in 2021 under a new deal with BMG. Their acclaimed debut album, ‘Replica’, was released in 2019.
Cassia have toured relentlessly across the UK, US, Europe and South Africa. In fact, until all gigs were halted earlier this year, they had spent much of the last three years on the road. You’d routinely find them crammed in the van, touring from city-to-city and often spending 17 hours crossing the continent en route to the next gig. The reward was that they earned a following that ignited their streaming stats and wider media profile.
Their sold-out tours have included The Scala in London and a homecoming show at Manchester’s Ritz. Last year, the band played 35 packed festival dates including the Radio 1 Stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, All Points East, Truck Festival, Y Not, TRNSMT, Kendal Calling, Electric Picnic and SXSW. Those life-affirming shows resulted in them earning a nomination for Best Live Act at the AIM Awards alongside IDLES and DMA’S.
Cassia promise to start “the biggest party ever” when they’re able to make a long-awaited return to touring. They’re scheduled to play the following dates in April, and plan to embark upon a more comprehensive tour later in 2021. Tickets for the shows listed below are available from their official website.
13th - Hamburg, Molotow
14th - Berlin, Lido
16th - Amsterdam, Paradiso (upstairs)
20th - Dublin, Academy 2
22nd - London, Lafayette
24th - Edinburgh, The Mash House