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Friday
Apr042014

Dearly Beloved announce UK & European dates

Tour announcement: UK & Europe tour from Dearly Beloved
Dates: April & May 
Find out more on: official Dearly Beloved website 

Toronto’s Dearly Beloved is a one-of-a-kind sweat-fest led by Rob Higgins, a Canadian bass masher and tambourine thrashing rock tigress, Niva Chow. The band has toured extensively and shared stages with Mike Watt, Juliette Lewis, Sloan, Franz Ferdinand, Airborne Toxic Event and My Chemical Romance, among others. Dearly Beloved’s monstrous bass-driven hooks, intense energy and vocal interplay have led to comparisons to The Pixies, X and The Ramones and their over-the-top live show is not to be missed.

Dearly Beloved have certainly learned the value of putting their collective nose to the grindstone during the two years since the band unleashed the striking stoner/shoegaze/psych/prog/Goth/punk/pop opus Hawk vs. Pigeon upon the world. That’s all Dearly Beloved has been doing: working. Then working a bit more, sliding in some more work on the way home and topping all that hard work off with a little extra hard work, just for good measure.

There were invitations to further tour Canada, then to travel overseas and show U.K. and European audiences the goods for the first time. All that playing, in turn, hardened Dearly Beloved into a battle-scarred, hell-raising rock ‘n’ machine non pareil and, arguably, a better band than it’s ever been. So, rather than pause for breath at the end of 18 months in the van like any sane band would do, Dearly Beloved decamped to the infamous Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree, Calif., to write and demo the follow-up to Hawk vs. Pigeon.

Enduro, out in June, is a bristlingly antisocial punk-metal juggernaut with an old school rock n’ roll soul that sounds as wild-eyed and breathless and half-mad as a record made at the end of nearly two years of roadwork should. Helping Dearly Beloved on their way to the take-no-prisoners brilliance of Enduro were Rancho de la Luna mainstays Dave Catching (Eagles Of Death Metal) and Chris Goss (Sound City Players), figures familiar to any disciple of the “desert rock” scene that gave the world Kyuss, Masters of Reality and Queens of the Stone Age who both contributed guitar to the new record.

Although the album is now complete there’s still no rest for the Beloveds. The band hit the road again this Spring to revisit Europe with their new material.

Tour dates

Below you’ll find the latest dates - see the band’s website for tour updates and latest venue info.

April 14th – Glasgow UK, TBA
April 16th – London UK, The Islington
April 17th – Peterborough UK, The Solstice 
April 18th – Southampton UK, The Joiners (with Mike Watt & The Missingmen)
April 19th – Bray IE, The Harbour
April 25th – Limerick IE, Indie Week
April 26th – Limerick IE, Indie Week 
April 28th – Frankfurt GR, Ponyhof
April 29th – Cologne GR, Blue Shell
April 30th – Hannover GR, Café Glocksee (with Die Die Die)
May 1st – Hamburg GR, Astra Stube
May 2nd – Berlin GR, Privatclub
May 3rd – Dresden GR, Beatpol
May 4th – Munich GR, Milla
May 7th – Malmo SWE, TBA
May 8th – Stockholm SWE, TBA
May 9th – Copenhagen DEN, TBA

 

Friday
Apr042014

Simon Fowler's Merrymouth to release second album

Album release: Wenlock Hill by Merrymouth
Release date: 5 May 2014
Label: Navigator 
Listen on: Merrymouth official website 

Wenlock Hill is the new release from Merrymouth, the three piece folk-orientated band formed by Ocean Colour Scene’s frontman Simon Fowler along with long time OCS band member Dan Sealey and acclaimed keyboard player Adam Barry. Wenlock Hill is the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut, Merrymouth, and will be released through Navigator Records on May 5 2014.

The 11-track album sees a diverse range of songs with inspiration coming in many different forms. The title track was inspired by the series of poems A Shropshire Lad by AE Houseman, though “I’m not sure Wenlock Hill actually exists!” remarked Adam.  

The melodious first single, Without You, is a love song about being apart and the loneliness of a long-distance relationship. He Was A Friend Of Mine is a tender, melancholic song about the murder of John Lennon. “Dan introduced us to Roger McGuinn’s version concerning the death of JFK and we wanted to relate that loss to our generation. So, we sat down and wrote the song to reflect Lennon’s death,” recalled Simon.

There is a remarkable ‘folked-up’ version of The Stone Roses’ I Am The Resurrection. “It was really interesting to strip this tune down to a piano, strings and three part harmony,” Adam described. “We have always felt that although Ian Brown is never associated with folk, there is an influence in his vocal and melodies. Since songs are kept alive by different singers interpreting them, we wanted to add our own touches to this tune.” For a similar reason, their inspired reworking of The Stranglers’ track Duchess was because “it too had a great melody and could almost be a Ray Davies song,” he added.

Guest appearances include the legendary Chas Hodges on Salt Breeze, and award winning violinist John McCusker assisted on several further tracks, both artists having been of great influence on Merrymouth.  Also guesting were Catherine Harper (cello), Andy Derrick (trombone), Hugh Thomas (clarinet), Anthony Jones (muted trumpet) and Nick Lyndon (double bass).

The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire and was produced by Dan Sealey and Adam Barry.

Merrymouth tour

Merrymouth will embark on a UK tour to support the release of Wenlock Hill - see the band’s website for latest dates.  

Friday
Apr042014

Driving Mrs Satan: Popscotch

Album release: Popscotch by Driving Mrs Satan
Release date: 28 April 2014
Label: Agualoca Records
Listen on: official Driving Mrs Satan website 

Driving Mrs. Satan is a London/Naples-based acoustic trio which reinterprets famous metal songs in a unique acoustic style. Their debut album, covering old metal classics from ACDC, Slayers, Iron Maiden, Faith No More performed with female vocals, acoustic guitars and double bass, will be released by Agualoca Records in early 2014.

Driving Mrs. Satan makes room for quiet into the history of heavy metal, borrowing lyrics and melodies from long haired 80s hard rock, conditioner-only-washing them into the whispered politeness of indie pop, and rinsing them with the passion of jazzy, sound centered, avant-pop.

Claudia’s unique voice is at once erotic and ethereal, transforming ferocious, macabre stories into joyful tales and cosy serenades through Ernesto’s carefully interweaved guitars and trembling vocals, and Giacomo’s beautifully crafted double bass structures.In the midst of a house change in a record-hot summer, Giacomo’s love for heavy metal re-emerged, and he began to re-envisage the songs that made him decide to become a musician in the first place. He found a perfect harmonic companion in Ernesto and they asked Claudia to lay down vocals on a song she never heard before in its original form, Helloween’s I Want Out: Driving Mrs. Satan was born.

The song was released online in April of 2012 together with other four: ACDC’s Hells Bells, Black Sabbath’s Never Say Die and Judas Priest’s Living After Midnight. After that, they prepared a full record and a live show to bring their music into people’s life and out of the studio.

Despite the band’s folk and world provenance, Driving Mrs. Satan have created one of 2012′s most interesting pop debuts. Indeed, their music feels like anything but hit covers –they managed to create a new, fresh and sophisticated dimension where the songs loose any weight and can be re-explored in their simplest shape. The gentle sound demands attention and anticipates possession.