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Friday
Aug222014

The Scenes announce tour dates with the Specials

Tour announcement: The Scenes
Dates: October / November 2014
More information: on official band website 

Finland’s The Scenes are pleased to announce an exciting run of shows coming up - they will be supporting punk legends The Specials on their highly anticipated autumn UK tour, many dates of which are already sold out. 

The Scenes will play the following dates:

  • Oct 30th – Norwich, UEA w/ The Specials
  • Nov 3rd – Dublin, Olympia w/ The Specials
  • Nov 4th – Belfast, Ulster Hall w/ The Specials
  • Nov 5th – Newcastle, Think Tank
  • Nov 13th – London, Roundhouse w/ The Specials
  • Nov 14th – London, Roundhouse w/ The Specials
  • Nov 15th – London, Roundhouse w/ The Specials
  • Nov 17th – Brighton, The Dome w/ The Specials
  • Nov 18th – Bournemouth, Academy w/ The Specials
  • Nov 22nd – Nottingham, Rock City w/ The Specials
  • Nov 23rd – Southampton, Joiners
  • Nov 25th – Manchester, Gullivers
  • Nov 27th – Bristol, Start The Bus
  • Nov 28th – Liverpool, Studio 2

More dates will be announced soon - please check the band’s website for most up to date information.

An experimental band barely out of their teens, The Scenes are from Oulu, Northern Finland and are a band that represent something between art pop, hardcore punk and progressive rock. Although they themselves would describe their sound simply as ‘rock’, the oblique song structures, angular rhythms and contorted lyrics, combined with their powerful showmanship mastery makes for something altogether more special.

No strangers to the live circuit, in May 2014 The Scenes toured the UK earning a reputation for their lights-out mayhem live performances, playing festival slots at The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Live At Leeds and Dot to Dot, as well as supporting Bo Ningen on their club tour. Their sets are characterised by neurotic bursts - serene then suddenly lively to the point where it’s almost certain that something will break - be it equipment or bones.

After their debut album “Images Of Animals Crying In Public” in 2013, second album ‘Beige’ will come out in October, on the Sound of Finland imprint. 

Saturday
Aug162014

New video and tour dates from Happyness

Video Release: “Anything I Do Is All Right”
Watch: on Youtube

Happyness have just unveiled their first ever music video, for “Anything I Do Is All Right”, the lead track from their forthcoming “Anything I Do Is All Right” EP. The EP, out September 1st, is a digital only release which arrives just as the band gear up for a headline run in October. Having spent May on the road with Ezra Furman, appeared at Liverpool Sound City and Live At Leeds, as well as booking in summer appearances at festivals like Reading, Leeds, Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Green Man, the band are set for what is sure to be their busiest tour yet.



The band comment: “One night in Bermondsey, we wanted to make a louder one.  It’s kind of about getting your personality off the internet or the television or pornography or whatever you’re hooked on. We’re going on tour again, it will be nice to get as close as possible to as many people as possible.”

View the video, directed by Adi Parige, here

Taking in a show at London’s Elektrowerkz on October 14th, the band will be translating their trademark brand of bracing, but literate, fuzzy alt rock to live audiences in the UK, before taking their first steps in the USA at this year’s CMJ.

The ‘Anything I Do Is All Right’ EP is released on 1st September and can be pre-ordered here. The album Weird Little Birthday is out now.

Press reaction

  • “There is absolutely no reason not to fall in love with this debut album, and if you come up with one, you’re wrong.” - Sunday Times
  • “It feels only a matter of time till this South London trio explode” - NME 8/10
  • “Happyness switch effortlessly between fuzzy pop and downcast, desolate, ballads… thrilling and charming” - The Guardian ****
  • “A special band”- DIY
  • “Weird Little Birthday oozes a woozy optimism that borders on the euphoric” - Loud & Quiet
  • “it’s difficult not to warm to any record that quotes Prefab Sprout’s Cars And Girls in one breath and uses the word ‘phlebotomist’ in the next” - Q ****
  • “Affectionate homage to the post-Grunge era” - Uncut 8/10
  • “One of the finest new bands on the face of this Earth” - Stereogum
  • “They’ve got big ideas and big talent… Happyness could be ruling many a roost.” - The Line of Best Fit

Saturday
Aug162014

New album from Adam Cohen: We Go Home 

Adam Cohen's We Go Home - album cover

Album release: “We Go Home” by Adam Cohen
Release date: 15 September 2014
Label: Cooking Vinyl 
Listen on: Adam Cohen website

“I thought I’d learned my lesson on the last record. Apretty towering lesson.That what’s most important to me are my roots, my family, my home and ultimately ‘knowing thyself’.”

Three years ago and three albums into a career that began with his 1998 self-titled debut, Cohen decided that he and the music business should call it quits. Talked into giving it one last go, he released his best and biggest album to date. Like A Man (2011) was an elegant, intimate beauty. His songs, performed on a nylon-string guitar, both had a deep connection and engaged in deep personal conversation with one of his greatest musical influences, Leonard Cohen. Adam’s father. As MOJO said, this was an album in which Adam Cohen “set about a quiet rapprochement with his DNA.” It was also, as Leonard Cohen said, an album of “world-class love songs.” A critical and commercial success, it brought Adam a gold album, a long world tour and great anticipation for the follow-up.

In a break between concerts, he went into the studio and emerged with a new album, which he scrapped. It didn’t feel honest. “I realized that I needed desperate measures to keep me honest and also to relieve me of the anxiety of following up the only successful record I’ve ever made. However deliciously I had been in orbit, touring with that record, I needed to tap into something more terrestrial, more rooted and real.”

We Go Home, Cohen’s fifth album, is by all definitions homemade. He recorded his songs in rooms as familiar to him as his name. Since the band was playing in Europe, Adam decided to set up shop in the little white house on the Greek island of Hydra where he had spent much of his childhood. “Making an album in the comfort of home on makeshift equipment with this band of touring musicians who had become my family immediately offered a beacon of hope that no studio, or session players or priceless gear ever could.” They continued recording in Montreal, where Adam was born, in the house where he spent his earliest years. “I knew I was painting a target on my back, making my album in the so-called homes of Leonard Cohen, but they’re my homes too. These are the walls that saw me grow up the most and that I needed to come back to. My muse is my home”

Some of the themes on We Go Home continue the conversation that Like A Man began. “I want the songs to speak for themselves”, says Cohen, “but what I can say is that the songs on this record mostly chronicle conversations I’ve either had with my old man, or want to have with my boy”, Adam’s seven-year-old son Cassius, “and a few conversations I’m having with myself. And, of course, there are love songs.” What’s different is the tone—richer and fuller this time, more diverse, making the most of the three-piece band and three-piece string section from his tour. The nylon-string guitar is still there, but there are also piano songs - the title track’s tenderness and self-mocking humour recalling one of Cohen’s other great musical influences Randy Newman.

“My last album was about me finally claiming my belonging to a tradition and finding my voice within that tradition. My new album,” Adam Cohen states, “is about me raising my voice.”

We Go Home is released in September. Adam Cohen’s European tour, featuring the band and string section, begins in Denmark, culminating in a concert at London’s Bush Hall on 15th October.

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