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Entries in Wilco (4)

Friday
Nov292013

Happyness to release self-titled debut EP in January

EP release: Happyness by Happyness
Release date: 6 January 2013
Label: Weird Smiling
Listen: on Soundcloud 

“College-rock mannerisms and gently acerbic, conversational, lyrics… the sort of debut that manages to impress without evening seeming to break stride” - The Fly

“Carefree but with lyrics which tug at the heartstrings in a manner chock full of pathos and sincerity." – Clash

“Characterful dulcet tunes we want to hear from a guitar band right now” - 405

Happyness are a three-piece from South London consisting of Jonny Allan, Benji Compston and Ashley Cooper. Having self-produced their debut EP in Jelly Boy Studios, their loft, the band will be announcing their self-titled EP set for release early January 2014. In the lead up to this lo-fi 4-track offering, mixed by Ed Harcourt and mastered by Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, PJ Harvey, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Happyness have gathered friends and fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Influences are diverse and broad but bands such as Sparklehorse, Yo La Tengo and Wilco have clearly inspired. Dreamy, hook laden, with a song writing prowess far beyond their tender years – Happyness are the real deal.

To coincide with the online announcement of lead track “It’s On You”, the band will be embarking on a mini-tour of the UK throughout November. The dates are as follows:

  • November 7th-The Square, Harlow
  • November 12th- Fallow, Manchester (w/ His Clancyness)
  • November 22nd- Jericho Tavern, Oxford
  • November 25th- The Hope, Brighton
  • November 29th- Hoxton Bar and Grill, London (w/ Casual Sex)

A limited run of 500 physical copies will be available in selected record stores around the UK from November, with a digital release in January.

Monday
Sep172012

Debut album from acclaimed Irish band Autumn Owls


Album release
Between Buildings, Toward The Sea
Release date: 16 October 2012
Label: Epitonic
Listen: http://www.autumnowls.com

Autumn Owls are pleased to announce their debut album, Between Buildings, Toward The Sea, which will be the first release from Epitonic.com's new label, on October 16.

Autumn Owls first formed in Dublin in 2007, releasing two EPs in 2008 and touring extensively in Europe for the next few years; they also performed at key North American events such as SXSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week and NXNE. After receiving an excellent reception to their EPs from the likes of The Irish Times, Channel 4, State.ie, AU Magazine and The Evening Herald, the band finally settled in to writing their debut full-length late last year.

To record the album, the Dublin trio headed over to the U.S. to enter the studio with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse / Iron & Wine). The result was a record of deliciously cold, atmosopheric indie rock, packed full of eerie guitar riffs, stuttering drums and haunting, reverb-drenched vocals. There are nods to the likes of Wilco, Interpol, Slint and Arab Strap, with occasional hints of The Beatles, Radiohead and Nick Drake too. But sonically, the album is definitely the band's own, with McFarlane's vocals and guitar riffs hovering icily over a sparse production that manages to be both clinical and emotive at once.

With some very strong press coverage previously attained for their EPs, a Phantom FM track of the day already in the bag for this album's "Spare Room" track, the future looks very interesting for Autumn Owls.

Talking points

  • The Autumn Owls started the band in college
  • They have no day jobs; they just play music
  • Their album was recorded with one of their favorite producers, Brian Deck (Califone, Iron and Wine, Modest Mouse, Fruit Bats) in Chicago
  • They've played the following festivals in North America: SXSW, CMJ, NXNE, CMW, NX35
  • They've played the following festivals in Europe: Forbidden Fruit, Hard Working Class Heroes, Indiependence, Knockanstockan and Postivus\

Dates to watch out for

  • Hard Working Class Heroes Festival appearance - 6 October at Button Factory, Dublin
  • Instore at Tower Records Dublin - 19 October, 5:00pm
  • Release party at Grand Social, Dublin - 20 October
  • Gig at Roisin Dubh, Galway - November 9
  • Gig at Passionfruit Theatre, Athlone - November 10

More information

For more information please contact Chris Singleton at chris@prescriptionpr.co.uk or on +44 7790 591707. 

Thursday
Apr052012

Changing Horses – The Nashville Sessions

Album release: The Nashville Sessions by Changing Horses
Release date: June 11, 2012
Label: Frairgate Records
Listenhttp://soundcloud.com/changing-horses 

“It’s so refreshing when something genuinely new, fresh and a little bit startling comes along. Changing Horses tick all three boxes” – Spiral Earth

“Truly original and delightful” - Robin Williamson, The Incredible String Band

Changing Horses are British Indie-Folk duo Richard Birtill (vocals and guitar) and Francesca Cullen (vocals, violin, mandolin and melodeon). Stylistically taking influence from the psychedelic likes of The Incredible String Band, and the experimental art-punk of The Fall, theirs is a patchwork of off-kilter folk that has drawn in the plaudits from numerous sources. After holing up in a Nashville studio with session musician / producer Chris Donohue (Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris) the track Cut All Strings featured on an HBO documentary and went on to pick up multiple plays on both the Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris BBC radio shows. Last year’s festival season also saw the band grace stages at Kendal Calling, Solfest, Brampton, Crawley Folk Festival and SO festival.

It’s on the live circuit the Changing Horses’ reputation has been built. The last few months have seen them perform as main support to the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Ade Edmondson and Adam Green. Captured here on The Nashville Sessions however is a band vying for the unconventional, yet still maintaining core melodies. Flitting between the wistful (Cut All Strings), the fragile (One Million Screaming Angels) and the macabre (Till Death), when things do take a more popular twist, Birtill’s wrought vocals still punctuate Cullen’s neat string play. In turn, I Don’t Need It’s discordant opening phrasing soon makes way for a wave of anthemic guitars.  

Deeply personal songwriting, tongue-in-cheek moments, macabre themes and innovative string playing make up Changing Horses’ The Nashville Sessions; a strong debut from a band that lives to draw the listener into their own lovesick universe.

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