Du Blonde reveals new video for Hunter

Video release and tour dates: Hunter by Du Blonde
Date: July to October 2015
More info: Artist website

Fresh from the glorious praise Du Blonde received for 'Welcome Back To Milk', comes a brand new video, three-date residency at the Shacklewell Arms in London and shows with Future Islands and Torres this September.

The new video, directed by Du Blonde, was entirely shot in LA: “The footage was shot on Super 8 by Kelsey McNamee. We wanted to try and get footage like the old home movies our families had when we were younger. So often footage like this is forsaken for videos shot on phones and the quality of those old memories is lost. We wanted to have something to show our kids.”. Watch the video here

Like her heroes of the late 60s at the Whiskey A Go Go on Sunset Strip, Du Blonde will play a three-night residency over the summer at the Shacklewell Arms. With handpicked DJs, supports and entertainment planned, the dates will be free to get in. Tickets can be reserved here  

As well as playing End Of The Road and other festival spots, Du Blonde will support Torres at the Scala and Future Islands this September, reuniting with singer Samuel T Herring who lends his vocals to 'Mind Is On My Mind' on the album. Listen to Mind Is On My Mind here

Press reaction to date:

  • "a musician of clear-eyed assurance and ferocious imagination" 8/10 UNCUT
  •  "a confident and brilliantly delivered collection of songs" 8/10 DROWNED IN SOUND
  • "Stones R&B rhythms, doomed Sabbath licks, blistering Cali-punk, and a primitive kind of glam" PITCHFORK
  • "an oddball punk-pop extravaganza." 9/10 Album of the Week, NME

 

 

 

 

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The Jam to release a live 6 CD deluxe box set ‘Fire & Skill'

Album release: 'Fire & Skill' by The Jam
Release date: 30 October 2015
Label: Universal / Polydor
More Info: Band website

 It’s 40 years since the classic The Jam line-up first started touring. The band had a phenomenal impact on pop music and wider youth culture. In their short career, they influenced a generation with their music, style, politics and inspiration.

With Somerset House’s current exhibition and Universal Music’s recent CD ‘About The Young Idea’ which both trace the band’s story in hits and images - Universal/Polydor now announce a live box set that follows the journey through incendiary concert recordings.

Named after the legend painted on Paul Weller’s amp, ‘Fire & Skill’ is a superb six disc box set – featuring six previously unreleased concerts, one from each year of their major-label career….

1. Starting with an early gig at London’s famous 100 Club from 1977, the show featured took place 10 months after they first played the venue in November 1976, and was recorded for broadcast on American radio ahead of the trio’s inaugural visit to US in October 1977 for a six-date tour.

2. A Music Machine show from 1978, featuring most of the 2nd album – ‘This Is The Modern World’. This was The Jam’s sixth live show of the year and one of four low-key shows in the capital to fanfare their new ‘News Of The World’ single under the banner ‘The London Blitz’.

3. Reading University – Feb 1979. Playing material from their breakthrough album ‘All Mod Cons’, this was The Jam’s first live appearance of 1979, and found the band in a radically different place to their showcase at the Music Machine 12 months before. In that time, their third album, ‘All Mod Cons’, had been released to critical acclaim, and their status as one of the New Wave’s most musically substantial and exciting bands had been secured. And Weller was still only 20 years old...

4. Newcastle City Hall – October 1980, previewing songs from forthcoming album ‘Sound Affects’. In the time between the show at Reading University (on Disc 3) and this appearance at Newcastle City Hall 20 months later, there had been more extraordinary developments in the group’s world. ‘Setting Sons’, their fourth album, had given them a Top 3 hit with ‘The Eton Rifles’, which was followed in February 1980 with the stirring Number 1 single, ‘Going Underground’. After three years on Polydor, The Jam had finally become the biggest group in the UK.

5. London’s legendary Hammersmith Palais – December 1981. Part of The Jam’s four consecutive nights, previewing material from the forthcoming final album ‘The Gift’. The shows took in the innovative form of a ‘60s soul revue, showcasing new acts including Bananarama, Department S and TV21.

6. One of the band’s final ever gigs at Wembley Arena – December 1982. Late in 1982 The Jam announced they were splitting up - there would, though, be a final chance for fans to experience The Jam’s astonishing live shows, with a 14-date ‘farewell’ tour announced. The centrepiece was a five-night stand at Wembley Arena, the 10,000-capacity shed next to the London football stadium (the recording here is from the second date), the biggest live venue in the capital.

  • Packaged in mini, lift-off lid box with 72-page, colour hard-back book.
  • Individual gatefold wallets for the discs, designed as facsimiles of the original tape boxes.
  • Includes new essay, period photos, rare memorabilia and set of five postcard prints.
  • Remastered at Abbey Road.
  • Featuring stunning live versions of all the band’s classic hits and favourites of which only 11 tracks previously released.  

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Japan's toe to release new album 'Hear You'

Album release: 'Hear You' by toe
Release date: 28 August 2015
Label: Topshelf Records
More info: Band website

Influential Japanese 4-piece toe have announced details for their long-awaited third studio full length album, 'Hear You', which will be released on August 28 via Topshelf Records.

The follow up to their 2012 EP, 'The Future Is Now,' this new album sees the band continue to grow and push their sound in exciting new directions.

Composed of Kashikura Takashi on drums, Mino Takaaki on guitar, Yamane Satoshi on bass guitar, and Yamazaki Hirokazu on guitar. toe has formally played with this line-up since the band’s inception in 2000.

The vast majority of their music is instrumental and features the swift and acute drumming of Takashi. The band is also known for its melodic, clean guitar settings. Additionally, the compositions have repetition from typical rock motifs, but use very subtle changes in beat and rhythm to form a unique sound. The band has changed their sound over their musical tenure by incorporating acoustic guitars, rhodes piano, and vibraphones in their most recent releases.

toe tours regularly in Japan, and can most notably be compared to acts such as Pele and The Album Leaf.

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Stick In The Wheel release debut album ‘From Here’

Album release: From Here by Stick In The Wheel
Release date: 25 September 2015
Label: From Here Records 
More info: Band website

Stick In The Wheel's debut album 'From Here' is a raw, fresh take on English Folk music. Their now-trademark abrasive delivery of both original and traditional tracks, is not bland retroism, or empty nostalgia, but a voice linking now to then. Addressing issues that still have relevance today, re-visiting traditions long-lost, as well as those disappearing right before us, in a way that has more in common with Sleaford Mods than with Bellowhead. A thousand miles away from waistcoats and wistful ladies, the songs are roughed up down dark alleys with lyrics that are direct, honest, and caustic, but also eloquently poetic. The band is spearheaded by Nicola Kearey's fierce uncompromising vocal delivery, accompanied by Fran Foote's harmony vocal and underpinned by sparse taut arrangements. 'From Here' follows a handful of acclaimed EPs and a recent 7” released through Static Caravan this spring.

Brought up in the thriving culture of working class London and cutting their teeth in its diverse musical landscape (Dobro player Ian also producing music for GhostPoet, Context and for labels such as XL, Brownswood and Cosmic Bridge), they now bring those influences and attitudes to their traditional music. Stripped back to their bare components, the songs speak for themselves without ornament. With plaudits pouring in for their early releases from (Tom Robinson, John Kennedy, Mark Radcliffe, Gideon Coe, Joe Boyd, Jack Sharp (Wolf People) and Om Unit), these are aggressive and intentionally raw recordings, cobbled together in warehouses, kitchens, and wherever they can, telling tales of everyday life: carboot-swindlers, lorry drivers and London rioters, sitting seamlessly against traditional songs of prisons, hammer-wielding blacksmiths and 18th century madhouses. Lead singer Nicola Kearey comments:

"We see this music as part of our culture, we’re not pretending to be chimney sweeps or 17th century dandies. A lot of people are really disconnected from their past, and this is part of what we're addressing - getting people to reconnect with it, and realise there are parallels to be drawn from life 100 or 200 years ago. We make this music because we have to.”

Whether these be tracks like the hard and rhythmical 'Common Ground', which addresses the continual erosion of people’s rights (recorded in a warehouse amongst pallets and boxes on a cold October night) or starkly beautiful Hasp and its use of a tethered horse as a metaphor for societal shackles and loss of liberty, an acerbic bite threads everything together. The album finishes with three ghostly, atmospheric tracks. By Of River is based on a chance meeting with Alan Moore and his book 'Voice of the Fire'. It starts a trio of songs about a procession of lost people, mysterious rituals, and the remains of a past culture, with 'Who Knows' and a soundscape reprise closing the album.

Stick In The Wheel are the most relevant and vital band in the UK right now. It’s not about genres or labels anymore, it’s about standing up and being counted. 'From Here' is an important cornerstone in England’s musical lineage, with a proud rallying cry that's impossible to ignore.

Press reaction to date

  • Four Loom Weaver’ featured in Uncut’s Wild Mercury Sound playlist
  • As authentic as it comes… brutally honest and grabbing” - FACT
  • A real discovery” – BBC 6 Music
  • They make Mumford & Sons sound like Roger Whittaker” – Record Collector
  • this is DIY music of the most visceral kind.” ­- fRoots Editor’s Choice Album of The Year for ‘Bones’ EP

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Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers new album - Loved Wild Lost

Album release: Loved Wild Lost by Nicki Bluhm & The Gamblers
Release date: 9 October 2015
Label: Republic of Music
More info: Band website

With 'Loved Wild Lost', Little Sur recording group Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers fully affirm a current place in the long winding continuum of the California Sound, born of folk, rock, country, psychedelia, blues, and pop, as ageless, adventurous, and ever-adaptive as the Golden State itself. The new record – which follows their much lauded self-titled 2013 debut – sees Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers teaming with producer Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Josh Ritter), their first time working with an outside collaborator. The result is the critically acclaimed band’s most compelling collection thus far, its richly layered sound the ideal foundation for Bluhm’s remarkable voice and resonant lyrical gifts. Further colour comes from San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra (Death Cab for Cutie, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)whose complex arrangements serve to amplify the indelibly universal themes of Simpler Times and the captivating single Waiting On Love.

With three years and hundreds of live shows behind them since the release of their debut, a period of creative growth and personal reflection was spurred, giving rise to songs like Love Your Loved Ones which explores life’s seismic shifts, in what Nicki describes as “the struggle to retain the energy and optimism of youth as life becomes more complex.” Together, Deck and the band made a conscious effort to hone The Gramblers’ sound, fusing a framework of archetypal musical idioms into something unique and universal, its individual elements complementing and counterpointing the songs’ deeper themes.

“On the last record there’s a little bit of soul, a little bit of country, a little bit of rock,” Nicki says. “This record, we were trying to make it much more cohesive.”

Also enlisted in songwriting duties is multi-instrumentalist, and Nicki’s husband, Tim Bluhm. The quintessential Golden State journeyman musician, known for two decades as singer/guitarist/primary songwriter in beloved SF rock ‘n’ rollers The Mother Hips, first assembled The Gramblers in 2008 to serve as Nicki’s road band in support of her two Tim-produced solo outings. The line-up soon gelled into its current state, comprising Nicki’s childhood friend, guitarist/songwriter Derek Ney, bassist Steve Adams, rhythm guitarist Dave Mulligan, and drummer Mike Curry. The Gramblers no longer being just a vehicle for Nicki’s songs, but a full-blown band experience. Nicki’s “favorite living songwriter,” Tim-penned songs like High Neck Lace allow his beloved to articulate herself on a vast array of subjects, spanning aging, personal politics, intense psychological observation, the search for meaning, and the very mysteries of life itself.

“Our music definitely hearkens another era,” says Nicki Bluhm, “but at the same time, we want it to be contemporary. Reflective of now even though it nods to other times. We want it to be vintage modern.”

Keep an eye out for Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers to tour the UK in January 2016. 

Press reaction to date

  • “a modest, melodic gem [that] neatly combines the rustic vibe of The Band with the more polished approach of Buckingham/Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac.” – American Songwriter
  • a slow-burner, with keening steel guitar and eddies of strings surrounding Bluhm’s warm, inviting vocals,”The Wall Street Journal
  • Bluhm is sexy and soulful, showing a bit of Janis [Joplin], Etta [James} and Amy [Winehouse] in her vocals.”Boston Herald

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Glen Hansard new album Didn’t He Ramble to be released September 18

Album Release: Didn’t He Ramble by Glen Hansard
Release Date: 18 September 2015
Label: Anti-Records
More Info: Artist website

'Didn’t He Ramble', the second solo outing from acclaimed singer songwriter Glen Hansard, will be released September 18 via Anti- Records. After recent years have seen him perform on stage with the likes of Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen and release a tribute to Jason Molina, the new album is his first in over three years and follows 2012’s solo debut 'Rhythm & Repose', which Billboard hailed as “Hansard at his most engaging”.

'Didn’t He Ramble' was produced by Thomas Bartlett (The National, Sufjan Stevens), a frequent collaborator of Hansard’s, and Grammy winner and former Frames band-mate David Odlum (Paloma Faith, Tinariwen). The album, which was recorded in New York, Dublin, Chicago and France, is Hansard’s most intimate and elegant record since his work in Once and features guest appearances by John Sheahan (Dubliners), Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Sam Amidon. 
 
While the journey to finishing the record was a long one, the reward of finally arriving at the end line was well worth it. Hansard explains, “I feel I’ve really dug deep for these songs, and I’ve been chasing specific ideas asking myself ‘what is it I’m trying to say with this line or idea?’ One would hope that through all of this that you find your voice. And, amazingly, you might find it in the smallest gesture of a song.”
 
Glen Hansard is the celebrated principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for the influential Irish group The Frames. Whether busking the streets of Dublin, where he got his start, or headlining a gig, Hansard has garnered a reputation as an unparalleled frontman.
 
Hansard is also one half of the acclaimed duo The Swell Season. In 2007, he and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for 'Falling Slowly' off the Once soundtrack. In 2013, the Broadway adaptation, Once, The Musical, won eight Tony Awards including the top musical prize itself.
 
As a solo artist he has sold-out shows worldwide and performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Tavis Smiley, and has been featured on the Emmy Award-winning program CBS Sunday Morning. 

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Larkin Poe return to the UK this July for headline shows

Tour announcement: Larkin Poe UK shows
Tour dates: July 2015
More info: Band website

They say madness runs in the family. They say the same about creativity and passion. That's good news for Larkin Poe's sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell, the descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allen Poe, who return to our shores for another headline run of live dates this July. The Atlanta-based sisters released their debut album ‘Kin’ last year, to a raft of press and radio attention, and have seen their UK following swell in the wake of a string of sold out live shows – shows that cementing their reputation for high-energy, joyous performances.

Hot on the heels of a tour in support of Elvis Costello, new single ‘Stubborn Love’ surfaces on 31 July too - a highlight from the debut album, and a song that really gets to the crux of Larkin Poe’s internal relationship, offering some insight into how they tick, both as people and artists. “Every time we fight in a hotel room / Stubborn love keeps pulling us on through.” they sing. It invites us to join them on their journey, be there for the good times and bad, and come out singing full volume at the end. The band comments;

“Having just wrapped up a 3-week tour with Elvis Costello in the UK, we are so excited to be launching straight into a Larkin Poe tour. We'll be hitting the road afresh and in support of our new single, "Stubborn Love"! All told, it'll be two months straight of touring... As sisters on the road, our bond is a strong as it's ever been and we feel that "Stubborn Love" is the perfect anthem for this tour!”

Press reaction to date

A sinewy blend of lap steel, electric guitar riffs, blunt rhythm and their tightly knit vocal harmonies…A fun energetic ride…”  - Uncut

Slick, bluesy rock, with a few real highlights”  - The Guardian

"Best Discovery at Glastonbury 2014" - The Observer

“…swings between swampy rock and moody pop, gilded with sororal harmonies” - Mail On Sunday ****

“…bristling with a Seventies classic pop rock sheen of sinuous riffs, snappy handclaps and cheeky call and response vocals… These are 12 perfectly honed tracks” - The Telegraph ****

Bluegrass rooted sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell turn up the heat on this debut”  - Daily Mirror **** 

Sugar High has the echoes of Melissa Etheridge & Sheryl Crow at their very best but the guitar playing is pure Tom Petty meets Vince Gill.” - Maverick *****

Sweetness undercut with Spice” - Rock N Reel *****

Great harmonies and fine guitar… a thrilling duo in full flow” - Daily Express *****

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ATP Announces 2016 ATP 2.0 Curated By Stewart Lee

Festival announcement: ATP 2.0 Festival
Festival date: 15 - 17 April 2016
More info: ATP Festival website

ATP is thrilled to announce that their second ATP 2.0 festival at Pontins camp in Prestatyn, North Wales is to be curated by comedian and writer Stewart Lee, on 15th - 17th April 2016.

Stewart Lee comments:

Of all the ATPs I've attended, the 2001 weekend, when Tortoise curated it and laid American free jazz, European improv noise, alternative country rock, alienating stand-up comedy, ambient electronica, Eighties hardcore, Seventies CBGBs nostalgia, smart-arse post punk, Dutch anarcho-jazz and all manner of unexpected cross-currents on curious young people, remains a pivotal point in my musical education. It's a great honour to be allowed to attempt something similar. Bring bucket, spade, swimwear and an open mind.”

Ordinarily curated by musicians, next year’s ATP festival will be curated by ‘acclaimed stand-up and writer’ Stewart Lee, bucking the trend alongside visual artists Matt Groening and The Chapman Brothers who previously curated the event in 2004 and 2010 respectively.

Already set to return in November this year, ATP 2.0 festival is back due to demand from ATP’s long-standing fans, following on from 2000 - 2013’s succession of exceptional ATP holiday camp festivals. April’s Stewart Lee curated ATP 2.0 festival will be held at Pontins camp in Prestatyn, North Wales – a site which benefits from being well-situated to serve ATP’s nationwide and international customer base.

The site benefits from a venue complex with two large-capacity stages, both boasting multiple-tiered seated areas to assist with visibility, as well as a huge selection of on-site activities available open to all attendees. These include an indoor swimming pool, football pitch, basketball and tennis courts, crazy golf course, go-kart track, air hockey, and a large arcade games area. And a beautiful sandy beach-front only a few hundred metres walk away.

More information, including the first wave of artists joining the line-up, will be announced soon. Extremely limited Tier 1 price Early Bird tickets (at £40 off Full Price per person) on sale now

The original boutique festival, All Tomorrow's Parties was founded in 2000 - with Mogwai curating - in the then unusual setting of Pontins Holiday Camp, Camber Sands, UK. Since then the festival has expanded across the globe continuing to set itself apart from large scale corporate events by staying intimate and fan-friendly, whilst influencing countless other festivals along the way. The holiday-camp weekenders offered something that was inimitable in a city, and that many will be excited to continue with. Not just for the nostalgia of the past, but to make the events of the future as memorable and iconic as any previous ATP ever was. Some of the best weekends of ours and our customers lives have taken place in these places. Places so removed from our everyday, busy, city existences. An out of season holiday-camp turned into a temporary town of like-minded music fans.

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Infinity Girl release new album Harm on August 28

Album release: Harm by Infinity Girl
Release date: 28 August 2015
Label: Topself Records
More info: www.topshelfrecords.com

Brooklyn, NY's Infinity Girl have signed with Topshelf Records and will release their sophomore LP, 'Harm' on August 28. A track titled "Firehead" is now premiering on Stereogum.

A dollar from every pre order of the album will be donated to the Direct Relief Network in Nepal. Additionally, all pre-orders will include an Infinity Girl button as an extra thank you for pre-ordering.

Forged in the crucible of the Boston underground and now based in Brooklyn, New York, Infinity Girl is a four-piece American guitar band. The act emerged in 2012 with a startlingly whole and reverent shoegaze sound on its debut full length, 'Stop Being On My Side,' a set that was equal parts haunting melody and ear-bleeding power. An EP, 'Just Like Lovers,' followed in late 2012 and again propounded Infinity Girl's refreshing proclivity for bending classic song forms toward its will to experiment.

More recently the band has taken its music to a darker and more dynamic place informed by both classic post-punk sounds and an increasingly formidable ability to meld noise and hooks in exciting, surprising ways.

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Small Faces albums release on 180g vinyl on 22nd June

Album release: Small Faces and In The Beginning
Release date: 22 June 2015
Label: Universal Music
More info: www.thesmallfaces.com

Between spring 1965, when they began rehearsing at the Ruskin Arms in East London's Manor Park, and June 1967, with their farewell Decca release, The Small Faces were emblematic of a fast-moving youth culture. Mod-ish street style peacocks and R&B/soul obsessives to a man, they were young, hip and hyper.

Their self-titled debut album, released in May 1966, includes the hit singles Whatcha Gonna Do About It and Sha-La-La-La-Lee and was well received by music critics and fans alike, rising to number three on the UK album chart and remaining at the top for several weeks.

It represented a three-pronged alliance between the band’s concert set, a couple of Tin Pan Alley-style ’gifts’ bestowed upon them and a clutch of surprisingly assured originals.

Hot under the collar and hastily executed, Small Faces had pop, soul an (rare for a beat combo) very little in the way of 12-bar rock ‘n’ roll. Above all the record caught the flavour of those changing times.

From the Beginning was the (unofficial) retrospective album released in June 1967. It reached number 17 in the UK Album Chart. It is somewhat notorious for being a record put together by the band’s former manager Don Arden after his charges had dispensed with his services and signed with Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label. It’s a mix of A-sides, first album outtakes and works-in-progress for a second LP and contains an inventive cover of Del Shannon's classic Runaway as well their biggest hit, All or Nothing.

The latter was the highlight of the Small Faces live set, the centrepiece of From The Beginning and, reckoned Steve Marriott, one of two key Swinging London anthems (the other, he said, was The Who’s My Generation). Built on chord changes that would have been second nature to the Stax house band, the song brought Memphis to Pimlico and summoned a career-best performance from Marriott. It had power, soul and in September 1966 it shared the Number One spot with The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.

 

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Mark Morriss to release second studio solo album The Taste of Mark Morriss

Album release: The Taste of Mark Morriss by Mark Morriss
Release date: 7 August 2015
Label: Acid Jazz Records
More Info: 
www.markmorrissmusic.co.uk
 

Mark Morriss is a bit of a buzz-word right now with The Bluetones frontman recently announcing a reunion tour for this September, with many of the dates close to selling out.

This album is the second studio solo album from Mark. Titled 'The Taste of Mark Morriss', this record is a 12-track intimate insight into the creative-mind of one of the UK’s finest song-writers.

Mark has selected his favourite 'blast from the past' songs that helped to form his musical tastes and shape the songwriting abilities we all know and love, picked them apart and re-invented them with his own flair.

Featuring something for everyone, the album provides an eclectic mix of covers, including The Sisters Of Mercy, Madonna, Laura Brannigan, Weezer and The Pet Shop Boys. Bringing listeners a trip down 'Memory Lane' with a fresh, new perspective. 

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Gunship announce their debut album and premiere first ever music video created in GTA V’s PC editor

Album release: Gunship by Gunship
Release date: 24 July 2015
Label: Ingrooves
More Infowww.gunshipmusic.com

Gunship is a neon soaked, late night, sonic getaway drive, dripping with luscious analogue synthesizers, cinematic vocals and cyberpunk values, exploding from the front cover of a dusty plastic VHS case which has lain forgotten since 1984. Created by Dan Haigh, Alex Westaway and Alex Gingell, Gunship is an evolution of the of the recently popularised synthwave genre, which was originally started by Rosso Corsa records & The Valerie Collective artists. The band’s new album is due for release via INgrooves on 24th July 2015.

Today Gunship are set to make history with the premiere of the first music video created within the Rockstar Games’ PC editor for Grand Theft Auto 5. The video is the cinematic accompaniment to ‘The Mountain’ the second track to date to be released by the band.

‘The Mountain’ video is an example of cutting edge Machinima (the use of real-time computer graphics engines to create a cinematic production), which was put together in partnership with the ‘8-BIT BASTARD’ team. The music video is littered with homages to classic 1980s movies such as Blade Runner and The Terminator resulting in a super retro cinematic adventure told using incredibly contemporary storytelling technology. It bears a lot of similarities to other projects coming out of the synthwave scene such as ‘Kung Fury’, Drive and The Guest and goes on to show the ever expanding and evolving nature of the scene.

Gunship is more of a story than a soundtrack, written large across an eighties action cinema screen, where the narrative interweaves romance, hope, fear, technology, the threat of nuclear obliteration, and ultimately the need to celebrate life. Both bleak and dystopian at times but also progressive, uplifting and danceable.

Gunship’s sound is created with vintage analogue synthesizers and other retro electronic gear available in the 1980s. The music is driven by retro gear, inspired by nostalgia for a bygone era but they use this approach to yield something fresh and new. The debut album is sonically diverse - blending sweeping fluorescent synth lines with fever pitched and adrenalizing electric bass arpeggios. This musical foundation, sometimes dark and brooding, sometimes romantic, underpins emotive and cinematic vocals.

The new album also features guest vocals by John Carpenter, Charlie Simpson (Fightstar), Lou Hayter (New Young Pony Club), Martin Grech, and Stella Le Page. Upcoming remixes include Miami Nights 1984, Make Up And Vanity Set, April Towers and Carpenter Brut.

‘The Mountain’ video premiered with VICE gaming today who say “The emerging trio's neon-soaked sonics are ideally suited to GTA V's movie-making toolset.”

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Ellie Goulding to reissue 'Lights' & 'Halycon'

Album release: Lights and Halcyon by Ellie Goulding
Release date: 15 June 2015
Label: USM
More infohttp://store.universalmusic.com/elliegoulding/

The Brit-award winning singer-songwriter’s multi-platinum number one albums, 'Lights', released in 2010 and featuring the singles Under the Sheets and the top five hit Starry Eyed, and 'Halcyon', released in 2012 and featuring the top five hit Anything Could Happen, are now available on vinyl with original artwork and mp3 download vouchers. Both albums now include the bonus track Lights, originally not in the CDs in UK.

Ellie Goulding became the second artist to both top the BBC’s annual Sound of… poll and to win the Critics’ Choice Award at the Brit Awards in the same year, after her debut success with Lights reportedly selling over 850,000 copies within the UK. After the album’s title track was released in the US it peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Halcyon debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and held this spot for 65 weeks before reaching number one. In the United States it reached number nine on the Billboard 200 chart. When re-released in 2013 with additional track she claimed her first UK number one single in the same month with Burn. By the end of 2013 she had sold an estimated four million albums and fifteen million singles worldwide.

After the feature of Beating Heart in blockbuster Divergent during 2014, Ellie Goulding has continued her soundtrack success with the recent release of the number one single Love Me Like You Do, included in the film adaption of hit novel Fifty Shades of Grey. She is currently working on a third solo studio album after appearing on Major Lazer’s album Peace is the Mission alongside Ariana Grande and 2 Chainz.

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Bedroom Community & Rás 2 Radio to curate ATP Iceland's Andrew Theatre Stage

Festival announcement: ATP Iceland
Festival date: 2 - 4 July 2015
More info: www.atpfestival.com/events/atpiceland2015/view/eventinfo
Watch: ATP Iceland 2014 Wrap-up video

ATP Iceland can confirm that influential Icelandic collective Bedroom Community (described as “The best record label in the whole of Iceland maybe even the entire world” by Drowned In Sound) and leading Icelandic broadcaster Rás 2 Radio will curate the festival’s Andrew Theatre Stage, completing the 2015 line-up. Joining the likes of Iggy Pop, Drive Like Jehu, Belle and Sebastian, Public Enemy, Swans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Run The Jewels will be Bedroom Community founder Valgeir Sigurðsson – who will appear with viola de gamba virtuoso Liam Byrne - as well as Daníel Bjarnason, JFDR, Pink Street Boys, Rythmatik and Börn.

Friday 3rd July - Andrew Theatre Stage - Bedroom Community curate:

  • Valgeir Sigurðsson with Liam Byrne
  • Daníel Bjarnason
  • JFDR
  • Unsigned Talent Winner

Saturday 4th July - Andrews Theatre Stage - Rás 2 Radio curate:

  • Pink Street Boys
  • Rythmatik
  • Börn
  • Unsigned Talent Winner

The line-up in full now stands as Iggy Pop, Drive Like Jehu, Belle and Sebastian, Public Enemy, Swans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Run The Jewels, Mudhoney, Loop, Lightning Bolt, Bardo Pond, Kiasmos, HAM, Ghostigital, Ought, Clipping, The Bug, Younghusband, Xylouris White, Deafheaven, Iceage, Chelsea Wolfe, The Field, White Hills, Ghostigital, Oyama, Vision Fortune, Grísalappalísa, Valdimar, Stafrænn Hákon, Mr Silla, Kippi Kaninus, Tall Firs, Grimm Grimm, Ben Frost + Valgeir Sigurðsson, Daníel Bjarnason, Jófríður (solo) Pink Street Boys, Rythmatik, Börn

ATP Iceland is also happy to announce that its Unsigned Talent Competition will open on May 18th (entries close on May 26th, with winners announced on June 1st) with two lucky bands winning spots opening up the curators’ stages. One band will be chosen by Bedroom Community and will open up their stage on Friday 3rd July, and another band will be chosen by Rás 2 Radio and will open up their stage. A further two bands will be chosen as runners-up, with each band member receiving a 3 day pass to the Festival. Full details of the competition, including terms and conditions, can be found here: https://atpfestival.typeform.com/to/jo87qc

ATP Iceland will be held at Ásbrú, the former NATO base in Keflavík, Iceland. The former NATO base dates back to 1941 and the last US military personnel left in 2006. The site is located only 5 minutes away from Iceland's main international airport, 15 minutes from the famous Blue Lagoon and 30 minutes from Reykjavík. The festival site will host two indoor stages and a cinema with films picked by ATP and the bands, as well as the usual ATP extracurricular activities like DJsPop Quiz and much more.

Details of the curator(s) of the ever-popular cinema schedule will be announced soon, as well as info of the food & drink element of the festival that brings so much happiness to attendees each year, as they devour some Icelandic food between bands.

PRESS REACTION TO DATE

  • When it comes to putting on a bloody good festival with some of the most influential bands of all time and the most inventive of new talent, you can't really go wrong with ATP. Putting on a festival in Iceland is just another stroke of genius.” – Gigwise
  • This weekend was without a doubt the best music festival I’ve ever been to.” – KEXP
  • I took a walk in downtown Reykjavík earlier today; all I heard was talk of Portishead and ATP. That, I think, is a triumph” – Iceland Review
  • "At a new locale ensure its tradition is not dead; it has just freshened up and moved north" – Drowned in Sound
  • "One of the best festivals we’ve ever been to." - London In Stereo

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Andrea Balency releases new single, Simone on 18 May

Single release: Simone by Andrea Balency
Release date: 18 May 2015
Label: 
Bataille
More info: www.andreabalency.com

After her very-long awaited second EP, 'Volcano', released on March 16th on Bataille and an exclusive premiere on Dazed for her single 'Waterfalls', Andrea Balency reveals a new single, 'Simone', demonstrating a growth in style, experience and quality beyond that which she has already earned.

Co-written, co-composed and co-produced by Rob McAndrews, the track finds itself in a long-standing artistic collaboration between the British producer and the French-Mexican artist. After the successful debut recording 'You’ve Never Been Alone' in 2014, the 1-800 Dinosaur co-founder joined Andrea on production duties again on 'Volcano', which he entirely co-produced with her.

Having stood out for, and built her persona in the ‘cutely-breathy-females scene’ (The Guardian), Andrea Balency demonstrates a much more rich, more mature, more strong, vocal ability. Her voice has always been a key strength in her arsenal, yet she has discovered a new way to utilise it, finding a beautiful relationship between voice and drums, as if the voice is the thumping heart of a big storm.

RBMA certified, Andrea Balency has been charming the music industry ever since her musical presence was spotted in the Mexican art-rock scene. She has since been singled out for tour support by James Blake, Au Revoir Simone, Inc. and Mount Kimbie to name a few, and was even hand-selected by The Cure for the closing gig of their worldwide tour at the Mexico DF stadium, for 50,000 people. She’s seen many collaborations with a number of producers, of which particular highlights are vocal features on the FKA Twigs / We Are Shining track ‘Breaks’ and on Airhead’s lauded album 'For Years'. Festival slots at Calvi On The Rocks, SXSW and Sonar; recent tours with Banks, Metronomy and London Grammar and continual approval from esteemed press are further testaments to Andrea’s outstanding talent. 

Andrea says : Simone is very different from the songs in « Volcano », so different that it almost feels like a side project. It’s a nice breath of fresh air, a little break from the heavier stuff I’ve been working on. It’s one of the very first collaborations between me and Rob McAndrews. We made it long distance and it took a very long time to finish it- but we saw each other to work on it in person and here it is finally. Hope you enjoy it.”

PRESS REACTION TO DATE

  • Her vision is total and it’s strikingly effective’  - Fader
  • It’s a mesmeric blend of Bat for Lashes, FKA Twigs and Björk. Not a bad bunch to fall in with.’ - Noisey
  • Andrea Balency is one of the most interesting and diverse female vocalists around right now.’  - Notion Magazine
  • Heartbeats. Synth R&B production. Impossibly perfect, breathy vocals. Andrea Balency has it all.’  - Stereogum
  • Andrea Balency has a hauntingly beautiful and smoky vocal style and knack for creating intricate atmospheric soundscapes rich with texture.’  - Earmilk
  • Everything is immediately appealing, easy on the ear, but will satisfy fans of the avant-garde, reminding you that sometimes, flukes – out there experiments such as O Superman – can suddenly find their way into millions of homes.’  - The Guardian
  • Rather than adding to what has become the echo chamber of EDM, Balency’s ethereal voice and soft structures instead aim to mimic the movements of contemporary dance.’  - The New York Times

 

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Dearly Beloved to support Swervedriver

Tour announcement: Dearly Beloved on tour with Swervedriver
Tour dates: May 2015
More info: www.dearlybelovedmusic.com

Dearly Beloved are almost continually on the road. The Canadian group recently hit Germany with Dark Horses, before leaping on board July Talk's tour bus for an Austrian jaunt.

Set to play a series of German festivals this July, Dearly Beloved have also been picked as the main support on Swervedriver's forthcoming UK tour.

The reformed noise-rock out fit have pieced together a series of dates, opening in Portsmouth on May 12th. Hitting Brighton, Cardiff and Birmingham, the lengthy tour ends with a no doubt titanic show at London's Scala venue on May 27th.

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The Velvet Teen to release new album All Is Illusory

Album release: All Is Illusory by The Velvet Teen
Release date:  30 June 2015
Label: Topshelf

More Info: www.thevelvetteen.com

Topshelf Records and Sonoma Country, CA-based indie-rock band The Velvet Teen are proud to announce the release of the band’s forthcoming album titled 'All Is Illusory'. Being released on Tuesday, June 30, 'All Is Illusory' marks the band’s fourth album and is the long-awaited and elegant follow-up to 2006’s Cum Laude! that was recorded and co-produced by Steve Choi (Rx Bandits, Peace'd Out) and Roger Camero (No Motiv, Peace'd Out). From its gorgeous, swirling electronics to its harder, angular, ‘90s-leaning flourishes of grunge, indie and emo, 'All Is Illusory' is a welcome return for a band whose varied influences are still very much intact after its short silence.

Since its inception in late 1999, The Velvet Teen have travelled the world and challenged the very concept of genre with its eclectic and at times schizophrenic appeal. From the early EPs which showed prowess in the pop realm, to the dynamic indie jangle of its Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie)-produced debut, Out of the Fierce Parade, to the romantic strings and quietly political lyrics of Elysium, to the sexually charged whip-it beats of Cum Laude! and No Star EP, The Velvet Teen truly has a talent for seducing the masses into a cult-like state, before promptly leaving the faithless with nothing but a Kool-Aid aftertaste. The believers, however, will vouch that the experience is well worth the risk.

The Velvet Teen officially made its debut in a brief Icelandic tour in the debatedly millennial new year, finding founding member Judah Nagler accompanied by electronic arrangements programmed on a portable sequencer. After returning home, Nagler teamed up with former bandmate Logan Whitehurst, and together they recorded the first EP under the moniker. Josh Staples soon joined the group, and the trio recorded a wealth of material while touring North America, Canada and Japan until late 2004 when Whitehurst was diagnosed with brain cancer. Whitehurst would sadly pass from the disease in 2006. Casey Deitz filled in for Whitehurst and later joined the group permanently to help extend the band’s reach to Europe and record Cum Laude! (2006).

The present day finds The Velvet Teen signed to the San Diego, CA-based powerhouse independent label Topshelf Records (Braid, The Jazz June) and preparing for the release of 'All Is Illusory', its newest material that is a culmination of its history and a body of work that represents where its members currently are, creatively. 

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Colder  announces new single Turn Your Back

Single release: Turn Your Back by Colder
Release date: 25 May 2015
Label: Bataille
More info / listen: www.colder.tv

Colder has just completed his third, very long-awaited album and it’s abundantly clear from the opening strains that the lengthy absence since 2002 debut on Trevor Jackson’s seminal OUTPUT Recordings ('Again', and 2005 successor,'Heat') hasn’t diminished Marc Nguyen Tans keen sense of mood and melody. In fact, if anything the ten-year respite has given Tan a renewed sense of purpose and direction that reveals itself with a subtle beauty that resonates and endures.

Colder’s music is cool. It is seductive yet unobtainable, intimate yet peculiarly disorienting. It resonates like Joy Division or LCD Soundsystem yet occupies its own space, taking the listener out of their comfort zone and into a world of unsettling feelings and sensations, each more tantalising than its predecessor. This is a mature work made by an artist of rare purity and insight, a man who makes music for the right reasons, or not at all.

'Turn Your Back' (single) , includes the b-side A City.  Released on 8 June, 'Turn Your Back Remixes ' (EP)  includes versions by Cómeme’s member Christian S, swiss party duo In Flagranti, The Rapture’s drummer and multi-instrumentalist side project Vito and Druzzi,  iconic catalan dj and producer Marc Piñol and Kompakt’s Amsterdam based signature Patrice Bäumel. 

PREVIOUS PRESS REACTION

  • "Exquisite - Colder sounds like a sparser, funkier Joy Division or a Digital Doors" NME 
  • “With Colder there’s no notion of compromise” - Time Out New York
  • "Suicide-ish vocal meanderings and Krautrock-via-Joy Division hypnosis” - CMJ
  • “Colder's sound is at the height of chic, the perfect late-night complement to an evening of jealous lovers” - Pitchfork
  • “Very fashionable, very necessary” - METRO

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Anuryzm new album All Is Not For All

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Album Release:  All Is Not For All by.Anuryzm
Release date: 15 June 2015
Label: 
Melodic Melodic Revolution Records

Hailing from the U.A.E, progressive metal quintet Anuryzm are now ready to release their second full length album ‘All Is Not For All’. Following on from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Worm’s Eye View’, which was released in 2011, the new album is an uncompromising assemblage of carefully calculated instrumentation and masterful composition, which sees the band develop on their already lauded and esoteric approach to the metal genre.

Formed in Lebanon in 2003, the band now reside in Abu Dhabi and have performed extensively in and around the local & regional scenes, sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, Yngwie Malmsteen, Scorpions, Nightwish, Epica, Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Myrath, and many others.

‘All Is Not For All’ is a consummate collection of visceral and polished tracks, which effortlessly coalesces elements of power metal, death metal, thrash and prog. The lead track, ‘Humanoid’ is the perfect introduction to the new album; combining abrasive tech guitar riffs with vacillating harmonious yet caustic vocals. The track glides effortlessly through euphonious and symphonic synth and acoustic sections, at times even incorporating anomalous traces of eastern and jazz like arrangements.

There are clear influences from the likes of Opeth and Dream Theater strewn throughout the album, however there is an underlying familiarity in its conformation, which also calls to mind classic thrash bands such as Exodus, Testament and Iced Earth. It’s an incredibly compelling listen, which despite its sometimes disparate arrangements, is entirely beguiling in its methodical yet aberrant composition.

Additionally, the band have raised an army of venerable musicians from the metal world to take up arms on the new album with guest collaborations from the likes of Michael Lepond (Symphony X), Uri Dijk (Textures & Ethereal), Charlie Zeleny (Whiplash), and interestingly, Christopher Chaplin (the youngest son of the late icon Charlie Chaplin) who plays Cello on ‘Oceans Apart’. The album was also mastered by recording legend Bob Katz (three time Grammy award winning audio mastering engineer).

According to the band, thematically, “The album’s songs span a variety of topics including humbleness, nanotechnology, illness, astral projection, extraterrestrial encounters, love, longing and remorse, third culture upbringing, displacement and Japanese warrior code (Bushido,) to name a few.”

Whilst the value of performing arts may have diminished in the Middle East over time, it is clear that the quality has not. With a strong track record as a viable progressive metal contender from the Middle East, Anuryzm have proven that we should all be paying attention and if you haven’t been there is no better time to start than now.

PRESS REACTION TO DATE:

This is broad reaching progressive metal that exhibits a gleeful disregard for traditional limits and a satisfyingly unpredictable melodic sensibility that glues the remarkably accomplished individual performances together.”  Metal Hammer

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The Classical re-release Diptych on 31 July

Album release: Diptych by The Classical
Release date: 31 July 2015
Label: Time Sensitive Materials 

A year after their move to San Francisco, The Classical quietly self-released 'Diptych' on Bandcamp. One month later, the album was being lauded as one of the Bay Area’s best releases of 2014. It was a strong start for The Classical, currently a duo comprised of singer-songwriter Juliet E. Gordon and free jazz drummer Britt Ciampa. And this summer, the Alameda, CA label Time Sensitive Materials (sub. of Time Released Sound) will give a well-deserved physical re-release to this formidable collection of songs.

Gordon describes herself as a “disavowed stage actor,” having abandoned that career path when, in her eyes, it lost its luster. But her dramatic training undeniably colors the content of The Classical. "Diptych", writes critic Sam Lefebvre, “is full of play, pretend, and severity, with Gordon inhabiting diverse characters such as sycophant, deviant, and spy.”

Indeed, James Bond theme music comes readily to mind while listening to 'Diptych' —“brassy, but slick” writes Lefebvre—but so does swampy post-punk and nightmarish horror soundscape. It’s anything but tame, yet it manages to unite highbrow and lowbrow sensibilities to delicious and delirious effect. In “Sicily: Catacombs,” for instance, Gordon describes a chance visit to the famous open burial catacombs of Palermo, Sicily. Pausing to gaze upon a wall reserved for deceased young virgins, she sings, “Strung up by their necks in rotten dresses/Wheezing down at their weeping fathers/Masturbating, gargling salt water…”

Elsewhere, she croons soaringly of bestiality, and confesses to revenge fantasies with outright glee. It all unfolds over a dramatic palette of souped-up pianos, synthesized strings, and the evocative punctuation of Ciampa’s drumming. The duo recorded Diptych themselves, but passed the task of mixing on to Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof, Sleater-Kinney), who made sure the songs hit with their full weight.

'Diptych' will be available on July 31st exclusively through Time Sensitive Materials. Until then, watch the official clip for “Shovel & Bevel” on YouTube

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