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Monday
Apr212014

New single and tour dates from Girl Band

Single release: Cha Cha Cha
Release date: 15 April 2014
Label: Any Other City
Tour dates: 19 April - 20 September 2014

“Feral noise” - Clash
“These shores’ answer to HEALTH’s pained, psychotic frenzies and Liars’ daring invention. They’re that good.” - DIY
“Abrasive, unrestrained and exhilarating” - NME
“Rules in excelsis” - The Quietus
“Noise-pop genius” - Drowned In Sound

Girl Band release the follow up to their 6 minute+ release “Lawman” with the somewhat shorter 25 second single “The Cha Cha”, out on a 100 limited flexidisc’s (presented in wooden boxes) via their label Any Other City for Record Store Day. As well as independent stores in Ireland, the single will also be stocked at Rough Trade.

Girl Band will also play London’s Lock Tavern Festival to celebrate the release, this coming Saturday 19th April. With a capacity of 80, and free entry, get there (very) early.

The band follow this with more UK and Euro shows, including a performance at Primavera.

You can catch the band on these dates:

  • 19th April - The Lock Tavern Festival, London
  • 10th May - The Great Escape, Brighton
  • 23rd May - Life Festival, Mullingar (ie)
  • 28th May - L’Ubu, Perpignan
  • 29th May - Primavera Sound, Barcelona
  • 31st May - Le Chinois, Montreuil
  • 3rd June - The Bell Jar, Sheffield
  • 4th June - Bloc, Glasgow
  • 5th June - Electric Circus, Edinburgh
  • 6th June - Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
  • 7th June - Prince Albert, Brighton
  • 9th June - The Cookie Jar, Leicester
  • 10th June - The Portland Arms, Cambridge
  • 11th June - The Shacklewell Arms, London
  • 12th June - L’Envers, Bordeaux (fr)
  • 13th June - Charada, Madrid (es)
  • 14th June - Whipporwill, Oviedo (es)
  • 15th June - Ibu Hots, Vitoria-Gasteiz (es)
  • 17th June - La Flèche d’or, Paris (fr)
  • 19th June - OCCII, Amsterdam (nl)
  • 20th June - Charlatan, Gent (be)
  • 21st June - Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek
  • (nl)
  • 22nd June - Ekko, Utrecht (nl)
  • 10th August - Beacons Festival, Skipton
  • 20th September - Clonakilty Guitar Festival, Clonakilty (ie)

Further information

Girl Band’s handful of UK dates in January were a revelation, with a 4 star live review that earned them comparisons to The Birthday Party in The Guardian and more kind words in the NME for their opener in Brighton.

The start of the year saw widespread blog appreciation, with the band being covered as The Guardian’s New Band Of The Day and “Lawman” receiving Pitchfork’s approval. 

A
fter healthy orders of the record on 7”, which has now sold out entirely, they put “Lawman” up for free download via their Bandcamp.

Monday
Apr212014

New album from Mary Gauthier, 'Trouble and Love'

Album release: Trouble and Love by Mary Gauthier
Label: Proper Records
Release date: June 9
Listen on: official Mary Gauthier website 

“With songwriting as powerful as hers, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers…She’s a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there’s never a surplus of those.” — Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

A Louisiana-native turned Nashville-resident, Mary Gauthier (it’s French - pronounced Go-SHAY) has had an extraordinary life. A teenage runaway who found her first shelter among addicts and drag queens, struggled with drug addiction and became a chef/owner of three restaurants in Boston before selling them in 2001 to become a full time songwriter.

She has subsequently received countless accolades for her six studio albums. The New York Times music writer John Pareles picked 2001’s Filth and Fire as the #1 indie release of the year, 2005’s Mercy Now earned her the Americana Music Association’s New/Emerging Artist of the Year title and 2011’s The Foundling was named as one of the Records of the Year by the LA Times.

Mary’s songs have been praised by both Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Boy George, Tim McGraw, Candi Staton amongst others.

After years of measured success in the world of record deals and major labels, Gauthier has now taken the reins to her business.  “I am now happily and successfully working with my own team outside of the major label model,” she says, “Taking back and claiming my power is the underlying theme of this project, and of my life.”

Trouble and Love, her first studio CD since 2010, was co-produced by Mary with Patrick Granado (whose credits include Grammys for a Delbert McClinton record he produced and a tribute CD to Stephen Foster), recorded in Ricky Skaggs studio outside Nashville and features the support of Darrell Scott, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Ashley Cleveland.

One track from Trouble and Love, “How You Learn To Live Alone”, co-written with Gretchen Peters, was chosen for Season II of the hit TV show Nashville. On the record, the legendary Duane Eddy plays guitar on this song.

Friday
Apr182014

Painted Palms announce European Tour

European tour announcement: Painted Palms
Dates: 17-30 April 2014 

Amid continuing hype around recent album Forever, San Francisco’s Painted Palms are pleased to announce a European Tour this April.

Whether living four states away or four blocks away, Reese Donahue and Christopher Prudhomme have always found geography has no bounds against their psych electro pop output. The two cousins grew up together in Louisiana, but started making music over the Internet when one moved to San Francisco. The virtual exchange proved to be such a fruitful method (with their first EP Canopy being personally discovered by Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes and released with Secretly Canadian) that it spurred them to continue making music this way despite ending up living in the same city. And so, the songs that formed their debut full-length Forever (released February 2014 with Polyvinyl), came together as if the musicians were still separated by 2000 miles.

Tours with Of Montreal, Braids and STRFKR around their first EP showed testament to the duo’s spacious persona – affixing themselves behind computer screens clearly has no impact on their physical affinity. With many more shows under their belt since, their songwriting and performance abilities are so inherent and compatible with each other that they can cross seas and energetically emit their blissfully buoyant tracks to live audiences as effortlessly as clicking ‘send’.

Characterised by pop structures and memorable melodies, don’t be fooled into thinking Painted Palms are a wholly sunny band. Forever can get dark particularly in its lyrics, with much of the focus centered on how it feels to be caught between the external world and one’s own thoughts. And in that moment a hint of irony is apparent, for as much as the members of Painted Palms want to get out of their own heads, they’re awfully good at writing songs that will immediately get stuck in yours.

Painted Palms’ European run is as follows:

April 17 Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser
April 19 Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
April 20 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
April 22 London, UK @ Old Blue Last
April 23 Paris, France @ Espace B
April 24 Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique Witloofbar
April 25 Luzern, Switzerland @ Sudpol
April 26-29 Germany TBC
April 30 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet