I'm With Her debut album out 16 February 2018

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Album release: 'See You Around' by I'm With Her
Release date: 16 February 2018
More info: Band website

Title track out now – click here to Listen. 

International Headlining Tour Kicks Off in Early 2018. 

I'm With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, have announced the release of their full-length debut, 'See You Around', out February 16, 2018. 'See You Around', the title track from the album, is available everywhere today. Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, England, 'See You Around' is a 12 track LP filled with finespun narratives and breathtaking harmonies – full track listing is below. Additionally, I’m With Her has announced an international headlining tour that will kick off in March 2018 and bring the band to major cities across the world including Los Angeles, Paris, London, and more. 

'See You Around' presents a warmly textured, yet stripped-down sound layered with lush guitar tones and crystalline harmonies. The album is comprised of 11 originals, penned by the band in Los Angeles and Vermont, plus the never before released Gillian Welch-penned 'Hundred Miles'. With each member playing guitar and handling various aspects of the instrumentation— including fiddle and ukulele for Watkins, mandolin and banjo for Jarosz, piano and synth for O’Donovan—the band cut most of the album live, performing just a few feet away from each other in the tracking room. All through 'See You Around', I’m With Her exhibits a refined musicality that reflects their deep musical roots. 

After years of crossing paths in their intersecting scenes, I’m With Her came together by happenstance for an off-the-cuff performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival during the summer of 2014.The multi-Grammy-Award-winners have individually released nine solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still), and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. The band has garnered tremendous acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay and indelible harmonies. 

"We all feel immensely fortunate to be in this band together,” says I’m With Her. “As longtime friends and fans of each other’s music, it’s been wonderful to realise that writing and collaborating together fits so seamlessly into our lives. And now, we’re so excited to get to tour and share the work we’ve done as a band with our debut album, 'See You Around'."

Press reaction to date

“…when the three women sang together, their voices became one instrument, sharing every breath” – New York Times

“…quiet beauty, gorgeous playing and harmonies and touching, visceral intimacy” – NPR World Café 

“gorgeous” - CLASH

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Mary Gauthier  album 'Rifles & Rosary Beads' out 26 January 2018

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Album release: 'Rifles & Rosary Beads' by Mary Gauthier
Release date: 26 January 2018
Label: Proper Records
More info: Artist website
 
New album co-written with wounded veterans tells deeply powerful and personal stories of struggles abroad and at home. 

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier will release her most important work to date with 'Rifles & Rosary Beads' on January 26th, 2018 via Proper Records. Co-written with U.S. veterans and their families, the eleven deeply personal songs on this album reveal the untold stories, and powerful struggles that these veterans and their spouses deal with abroad and after returning home. 

Each year it is estimated that over 7400 current and former members of the United States Armed Services take their own lives. While these songs were written with US Veterans, Soldiers in the UK are dealing with the exact same problems. The songs featured on 'Rifles & Rosary Beads' were all co-written as part of Songwriting With Soldiers, a non-profit programme that facilitates retreats bringing professional songwriters together with wounded veterans and active duty military. Participants have shared that the experience of songwriting was life-changing for them, some even said life-saving. 

No stranger to pain or demons herself, Gauthier has used songwriting to work through addiction and childhood abandonment as an orphan. This is the first album where she has focused solely on experiences other than her own. The songs on 'Rifles & Rosary Beads' tackle a variety of viewpoints. 'The War After The War' deals with the strain put on a relationship while living with someone who has returned from serving, while 'Iraq' depicts the helpless horror of a female military mechanic being dehumanized and sexually harassed by fellow soldiers. The gorgeous album highlight 'Bullet Holes In The Sky' is a bittersweet reflection on the mixed emotions of being a veteran. 

Mary Gauthier is helping veterans share experiences that only they can understand, in a way that we as listeners can relate to. This process not only has the power to touch others but also to help soldiers take a step towards healing, while at the same time creating beautiful art. 

Mary Gauthier has received countless critical accolades over the last decade and a half for her seven studio albums and captivating live performances. Her previous album 'Trouble & Love' was praised by the press, including glowing coverage from outlets including Mojo, Uncut, Financial Times, Sun, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, Huffington Post, American Songwriter and many more. 

Press reaction to date

“…her razor-sharp eye for detail and her commitment to unsentimental self-reflection puts her in a class with greats such as Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and yes, Bob Dylan.” – Los Angeles Times

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Mr Yolk new single 'Star Light Head Light' out now

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Single release: 'Star Light Head Light' by Mr Yolk
Release date: Out now
Label: Southend Records
More info: Artist Soundcloud

"An awestruck, slow-jam that tells a story of youthful amazement, rendered delightfully through patient and practised instrumentation" - The 405

Mr Yolk premieres today the 'rapturous' new single 'Star Light Head Light' at The 405 where it was described as 'an awestruck, slow-jam that tells a story of youthful amazement, rendered delightfully through patient and practised instrumentation, 'Star Light Head Light' shows that Jones is a man more than capable of expressing his emotions aurally'. Check out the full piece here. 

The debut album 'Self Portrait' is out November 10th via Southend Records, and was announced with a premiere of the first single 'Baker Street' at Clash, where it was described as "a wonderfully concise piece of songwriting, with its gentle undulations swiftly taking you to a quite different place." Check out the full piece here.

Mr Yolk have also announced an album preview show in Shoreditch, as well as a launch gig in Whitechapel alongside Dog Chocolate, The Plan, and Bamboo.

Stream 'Star Light Head Light' here.

October 27th - Album preview - Flashback Records, Shoreditch with The Plan. More info

November 3rd  - Album launch - Urban Bar Whitechapel with Dog Chocolate, The Plan and Bamboo. More info

Press reaction to date:

“The Southenders deliver on all accounts”– NME

“Musical offerings that wouldn’t have sounded out of place in Andy Warhol’s Factory”– Noisey

“Nods to Manchester staples collide with a ‘60s- referencing waltz, all amounting to a song supreme with confidence, finitely aware of just how freaking cool it is.”– DIY

“Sounds like: Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth”– Indie Shuffle

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The Young'uns announce tour for October 2017

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Tour announcement: The Young'uns
Tour dates: October 2017
More info: Band website

The Young'uns today share the video for 'Be The Man', a track from their acclaimed new album 'Strangers', out now on Hereteu Records. 'Be the Man' was inspired by the story of Matthew Ogston, who founded the Naz and Matt Foundation to tackle religious and cultural homophobia following the tragic death of his fiancé. Watch the video in full here.

The Young’uns Strangers album tour – October 2017

4  LANCASTER Dukes Theatre
5  SHEFFIELD City Hall (Memorial Hall)
6  GLASGOW Oran Mor
7  SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn
8  OXFORD The North Wall Arts Centre
9  COLCHESTER Arts Centre
10 BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex
11 BRISTOL Colston Hall Lantern
12 LONDON Union Chapel
13 SHOREHAM-BY-SEA Ropetackle Arts Centre
14 LINCOLN Drill Hall
15 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club
17 BRECON Theatr Brechyneiog
18 SOUTHPORT Atkinson
19 LEEDS City Varieties
20 MANCHESTER Home - Folk Festival
21 BIRMINGHAM Mac
22 CANTERBURY Cathedral Lodge
24 DUBLIN The Sugar Club
27 GATESHEAD Sage 1

Press reaction to date

"Exceptional songwriting - an album to match their formidable live reputation" - Mojo

"Joyous folk music sung with stirring urgency - and when the humour crackles these songs skyrocket" - The Guardian

"Hugely captivating - a brilliant folk act" - Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music

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Wild Ponies tour and new album due 20 October 2017

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Album release: 'Galax by Wild Ponies
Release date: 20 October 2017
Label: Gearbox Records
More info: Band website

'Galax' pays tribute to the powerful music and rugged landscape of Southwest Virginia, where both Wild Ponies' members Doug and Telisha Williams were born and raised. There, in mountain towns like Galax, oldtime American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans. The stripped-back album nods to the band's history while still pushing forward. Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), 'Galax' returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.

'Galax's track list is filled with upright bass, acoustic guitar, twin fiddles, Telecaster, banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, harmonies, gang vocals, and even some stripped-down percussion. Every song was recorded live, never once pausing the process to listen to the performance they'd just captured. It wasn't until Wild Ponies returned home to Nashville that they finally heard the wild magic documented during those mountaintop sessions.

Bridging the gap between old and new, the album features revered Old-Time players Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer from its namesake, Galax, Virginia, and some of the band's favorite musicians from Nashville: Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman to create a modern masterpiece with traditional folk influences.

The band will tour heavily in support of 'Galax 'with dates across US and Europe.

Although they're based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.

Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017's Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band's history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered Old-Time players from 'Galax', Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots. 

Growing up, a young Doug Williams spent many an hour watching and learning as his grandfather played banjo alongside local musical legends like Snake and Kyle Dean. Although both of his grandparents have now passed away, they would surely be proud to see Doug and Telisha gathered in the shed with Snake, Kyle Dean, Kilby, and a diverse handful of the best musicians from Nashville. The result is a broad, bold approach to Appalachian music, created by a multi-cultural band whose members span several generations.

Wild Ponies proudly dive into their old-school influences with songs like 'Pretty Bird' — a rendition of the Hazel Dickens original — and the traditional mountain song 'Sally Anne'. "My grandfather used to say, 'It oughta been the goddamn National Anthem!'" Doug says of the latter song, which kicks off the album with gang vocals and fiddle. Even so, don't mistake 'Galax' for a traditionally-minded folk album. Wild Ponies offer up plenty of contemporary material, too, building a bridge between past and present. The lyrics reflect a similar mix of old and new, with Doug and Telisha Williams writing songs inspired by family heirlooms (including a wooden-bound, 70 year-old book of poems written by Doug's grandfather, whose lines form the basis of "Here With Me"), the Catawba tree on the farm, the nostalgic pull of one's birthplace, a mother's tough lough, leaving and believing, and the cyclical natures of death and love. Although named after the town in which it was recorded, Galax looks far beyond the southwestern tip of Virginia for its source material. 

"We didn't want to go home to Virginia and just make an Old-Time record," explains Doug. "We wanted to make something that still sounded like Wild Ponies. We asked everybody to stretch and reach towards something new, something different. We wanted to not only reconnect with our roots, but learn how those roots can also weave into our current world."

Once everyone had arrived at the farm, Neilson Hubbard set up a makeshift studio in the shed. Just a few nice microphones in a circle. There’s no cell phone signal on the mountain. No WiFi. No distractions. Instead, everyone focused on making raw, genuine music, filling Galax's track list with upright bass, acoustic guitar, twin fiddles, Telecaster, banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, harmonies, gang vocals, and even some stripped-down percussion. They recorded the songs live, never once pausing the process to listen to the performance they'd just captured. It wasn't until Wild Ponies returned home to Nashville that they finally heard the wild magic documented during those mountaintop sessions. 

Released on August 25th on Gearbox Records, 'Galax' salutes Wild Ponies' traditional roots while exploring new, progressive territory. It's an album about the pieces of our past that stick with us, informing our present while pushing us toward a future. An album about a town, a country, and a world that's forever spinning toward something new. An album that redefines Wild Ponies' sound, while highlighting influences that have always rested just beneath the surface.

"We'll always be the pinball that bounces between folk, rock & roll and country," says Telisha, "and this Old-Time style will always weave its way through everything we do. It's been there from the start, even on the loudest songs we've made. It only took us a couple of days to record it, but this is the album we've been making our whole lives. We just needed the right people and the right songs to finish it."

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Wild Ones debut album due 6 October 2017

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Album release: 'Mirror Touch' by Wild Ones
Release date: 6 October 2017
Label: Topshelf Records
More info: Band website

Wild Ones (Portland, OR) are sharing another single in advance of the release of their sophomore album, 'Mirror Touch', out October 6th on Topshelf Records. 'Invite Me In' is a sensuous pop cut, which The Line Of Best Fit called "crisp, clean, and understated, with a funky bassline."

Vocalist Danielle Sullivan says," 'Invite Me In' is my favorite song on our record. It's the first track that Thomas sent me that gave me a clear feeling of what 'Mirror Touch' could become. It's about living a guarded life, about constructing a false image of oneself, and how it feels to let someone in despite it all." Listen to 'Invite Me In'.

Nylon premiered the first single 'Paresthesia' calling it "a catchy indie gem with a deeper meaning." GoldFlakePaint premiered 'Standing in the Back at Your Show' calling it "a sumptuous undertaking, one that bleeds an acutely subtle prickliness through the elegant shell of the composition which does its best to hide the such sentiments from view."

Wild Ones delve into the bliss and burden that musicians are tasked with today: create work that captures your spirit, but do it without selling your soul. Self-produced and recorded, they walk the line of DIY oddity and polished pop sheen. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the band combines the talents of lead vocalist Danielle Sullivan, keyboardist Thomas Himes, drummer Seve Sheldon, guitarist Nick Vicario and bassist Max Stein. Growing up on Cocteau Twins and En Vogue, their sound is a mash of R&B synths, muted guitar, and somber vocal melodies. After 7 years together, they've hit their stride in creating work that poses questions about art and authenticity.

'Mirror Touch', the band’s latest record releasing in October 2017 via Topshelf Records, explores spaces of isolation, loneliness and how it feels when the line between self and other becomes blurred. The record title refers to the condition "Mirror Touch Synesthesia" and the physiological experience of empathy. How can you know yourself, when in public you become everyone else? The songs explore the quest to maintain artistic self-integrity in an industry that seeks to homogenize. Solitary in their process of collaboration, Himes and Vicario produce the music, while Sullivan crafts lyrics and melodies, their attempt at self-preservation against the ever-changing expectations of what music should or should not be. Combining their style of upbeat melodies with a backdrop of darker lyrical themes, an inquiry into their artistic process ultimately reflects a balance between earnest head nods to their favourite sounds with a fierce loyalty to their own sense of self.

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Movements debut album due 20 October 2017

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Album release: 'Feel Something' by Movements
Release date: 20 October 2017
Label: Fearless Records
More info: Band website

Fearless Records alternative-rock band Movements has announced that their debut album Feel Something will be released on October 20, 2017. Billboard is exclusively streaming 'Colorblind', the first single off the album, which they called “a cohesive vision of muscular rock energy and melodic songcraft” Fans can pre-order the album here

“’Colorblind’ is one of the songs off of 'Feel Something' that we felt best embodied the progression of our music,” lead-singer Patrick Miranda tells Billboard. “We wanted the first new song everyone heard to be a heavy hitting banger that would really hit the ground running, and set a tone for the rest of the record.”

Produced by the highly-acclaimed Will Yip (Tigers Jaw, Balance and Composure, Title Fight), the 11-track album serves as the follow-up to the band’s successful Outgrown Things EP released in March of 2016. 

In addition to the album release, Movements will be heading out of tour across North America, opening for Knuckle Puck.

'Feel Something' debuts on October 20 through Fearless Records. The album is available for review upon request.

Movements is Patrick Miranda (Vocals), Ira George (Guitar), Austin Cressey (Bass), and Spencer York (Drums).

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Glen Hansard January 19, 2018

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Album release: 'Between Two Shores' by Glen Hansard
Release date: 19 January 2018
Label: Anti-
More info: Artist website

Marking his third solo album, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard will release 'Between Two Shores' on January 19, 2018 via Anti-. Following up 2015’s GRAMMY nominated Didn’t He Ramble, and his 2012 solo debut Rhythm and Repose, the ten-track collection was produced by Hansard himself for the first time.The culmination of more than six years of writing and recording, 'Between Two Shores' came together in only a matter of weeks.

This past March, Hansard booked himself time at Black Box Studios in France with the original idea of taking inventory of his songbook. Working again with former Frames bandmate and producer David Odlum, Hansard was in search of a direction for his next record. As he trove through his previous sessions, various ideas and home recordings, a sketch of an unplanned record began to take shape.

The aptly titled 'Setting Forth' became the catalyst for the direction Hansard hoped to achieve with 'Between Two Shores'. Recorded with drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade and members of his Fellowship Band the song tackles themes of self-doubt in a time when it’s impossible not to be riddled with uncertainty. The album’s lead track 'Time Will be the Healer' is a hopeful plea to a forlorn lover that also speaks to the way forward in the current social climate. Indeed, it would be impossible not to in some way address the politics of the day, which Hansard does in 'Wheels on Fire' and its refrain of 'We will overcome!'

Listen to 'Time Will Be The Healer' here.
Pre-order 'Between Two Shores' here.

While the record truly came together in France, 'Between Two Shores' features material captured in New York and Chicago with a revolving cast of musicians. In addition to Blade, the record also features Thomas Bartlett, Brad Albetta and Rob Moose who appeared on much of Rhythm and Repose. However it’s Glen’s touring band - Joseph Doyle, Rob Bochnik, Graham Hopkins, Justin Carroll, Michael Buckley, Ronan Dooney and Curtis Fowlkes - that feature most prominently and take centre stage on tracks like the upbeat E Street shuffle of 'Roll On Slow' and the Van-tastic 'Why Woman'.

The album’s title comes from Hansard's ongoing love of sailing and the sea. When one is equal distance between their starting point and their destination they are in essence “between two shores.” A less than ideal time to wonder whether you should turn back or continue on, but a thought that inevitably rears its head.

With 'Between Two Shores' Hansard has managed to capture that feeling of the big soulful sound of his large touring band while still retaining the intimate introspective nature of his acoustic shows. To which way the wind will blow on his next record remains to be seen.

Hansard is a founding member of The Frames who celebrated 25 years as a band in 2015. He is one half of The Swell Season, which also features pianist Marketa Irglova. Together in 2007 they wrote the music for and starred in the movie Once. The song “Falling Slowly” from the film was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original song. In 2013 the film was adapted for Broadway as Once,The Musical, winning eight Tony Awards including the top musical prize itself and an Olivier award in London for outstanding achievement in music.

Hansard is perpetually on tour with dates for the rest of 2017 and many more to come in 2018 on his website.

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Son Little on tour December 2017

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Tour announcement: Son Little
Tour dates: December 2017
More info: Artist website

Son Little has just announced an exciting UK and Euro 'New Magic Tour'. After the release of the brilliant 'New Magic' album via Anti- he will be hitting the road this December to perform across the UK and Europe. The tour begins in Manchester and includes a date at London's Omeara from which he will then be travelling on to dates in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and more.

The New York Times described Son Little’s singing as "a voice so careworn it’s almost otherworldly” while Culturefly called the Grammy Winning singer-songwriter and producer, “an Otis Redding for the 21st Century.” Son Little’s anticipated full length album New Magic has finally arrived in stores. 

UK tickets available here

DEC 3 SUN: Soup Kitchen Manchester, UK
DEC 4 MON: Hare & Hounds Birmingham, UK
DEC 5 TUE: Omeara London, UK
DEC 7 THU: Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld Cologne, Germany
DEC 8 FRI: BiNuu Berlin, Germany
DEC 9 SAT: Indra Club Hamburg, Germany
DEC 11 MON: Maroquinerie Lafayett Paris, France
DEC 14 THU: Botanique Wiltoofbar Brussels, Belgium
DEC 15 FRI: Bitterzoetstraat Amsterdam, Netherlands

Listen to his new single 'O Me O My' now via Soundcloud

Each of the tracks on New Magic’s draw from the diaspora of American blues and soul that includes not only modern R&B, but also rock & roll and hip-hop and transforms them into a singular sound that is propelled by his mesmerizing and soulful vocals and production that artfully balances between rustic immediacy and hip hop cut-and-paste. 

Son Little first came to the public’s attention through his collaborations with The Roots and RJD2, and has since toured worldwide with artists as diverse as Mumford & Sons, and Kelis, Shakey Graves and Leon Bridges.  In addition he won a Grammy for his work producing Mavis Staples.

Press reaction to date

“Superb follow-up to 2015’s eponymous debut by former Mavis Staples producer” – Mojo
“Swoonworthy” - No Depression
“Son Little is a genre-spanning virtuoso and a singular talent” - Mass Appeal
"Son Little does for the blues what Sharon Jones did for soul music. Like Jones, he can make old sounds like new by animating them with his own distinct and necessarily contemporary voice." - Paste

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The LaFontaines release new album on 27 October 2017

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Album release: 'Common Problem' by The LaFontaines
Release date: 27 October 2017
Label: A Wolf At Your Door Records
More info: Band website

New album 'Common Problem' to be released 27 October 2017

With 2015’s debut album 'Class' charting in the UK Top 100 and Scottish Top 10, reaching number one in the UK Indie Breakers chart, and receiving over three million plays on Spotify, The LaFontaines are ready to top that success with the seething power of their second album Common Problem, out on 27th October 2017 via A Wolf At Your Door Records. 

Following the album’s first single 'Asleep', comes its title track 'Common Problem', which is now granted a full video, filmed by the band in Venice, Italy. It comes with a bit of a backstory, as front-man Kerr Okan explains;

"We always like to do something a bit different with our videos, however this one was genuinely inspired by true events. After playing a gig in London the night prior to flying to Venice, our bassist John left his passport in a Nando's somewhere south of Camden. Only to discover this while attempting to check in at Edinburgh Airport the next day. He sadly missed the shoot in Italy. Some would say that's his cheekiest Nando's yet.” Watch the video here.

The album itself provides an intense and relatable social commentary. A brutally honest outpouring of angst, 'Common Problem' is a raging reflection on the state of the world today.

"Common Problem is a much darker record than our debut release,” Kerr continues. "We’re not as young and naive as we were in our early twenties. We’ve been around the world as a band, seen a lot of things and discovered our one big Common Problem… There is a lot of angst, truth and reality held within this album.” 

With the help of producer Joe Cross (The Courteeners), the album’s sound is as sharp as the lyrical content, packed with explosive riffs and electronic hooks that race alongside Okan's gritty, pointed Scottish drawl. Common Problem combines an eclectic mix of influences, but at their core The LaFontaines are a real rock band, and a genuine force to be reckoned with.

Having built a reputation as one of Scotland’s most exciting live bands, The LaFontaines have sold out headline shows at Glasgow’s Barrowlands and ABC, played London’s Koko and the main stage at T In The Park. This year alone, they have impressed the crowds at The Great Escape, Reading and Leeds Festivals, TRNSMT and Download Festival with the relentless energy of their live set.

Pre-order signed albums and exclusive bundles here.
 

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs vinyl reissue out 20 October 2017

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Album release: 'Fever To Tell' by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Release date: 20 October 2017
Label: Interscope Records / UMe
More info: Band website

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced details of a vinyl reissue of their seminal, ground-breaking debut, 'Fever To Tell', on October 20th through Interscope Records / UMe. The album will be available as a Limited Edition Deluxe Box, Standard LP, and Digital deluxe and standard re-mastered editions. Pre-Order for all editions from Sept 26th, with release on October 20th. 'Shake It', a previously unreleased track from the Fever To Tell era, is available as an instant grat now via all digital formats. 

Speaking about the release, the New York trio said, “A friend of a friend kept asking if we were ever gonna put Fever To Tell out on vinyl as it hasn’t been on vinyl in 10 years. That’s not right. So here it is on vinyl for the first time in 10 years plus a time capsule of photos, demos (1st ever recorded,) a mini film documenting our near downfall and other fun memorabilia, from the turn of the century NYC, made with love + the usual blood, sweat + tears of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.”

One of the finest debut albums of recent times, Fever To Tell was released in 2003 and was influential in shaping the sound of the early aughts and beyond. Prior to its release, Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase had already established themselves as a ferocious live force; 'Fever To Tell' introduced a band who could play thrilling and frenetic rock’n’roll one minute and captivating, hushed ballads the next. Its meld of scuzzy riffs, angular grooves and hypnotic hooks set a template that was often imitated over the next decade but the album’s rare chemistry isn’t easily replicated. It’s a snapshot of an era that sounds just as mesmerizing as it enters its 15th anniversary in 2018.

In celebration of and in addition to the reissue, the band has announced shows in Los Angeles (The Fonda Theatre, October 25) and Brooklyn (Kings Theatre, November 7).  These two exclusive underplays join the two previously announced 2017 festival appearances.  Tickets for Los Angeles and Brooklyn dates go on pre sale with the vinyl pre order September 26th, and general on-sale September 29th. 

'Fever To Tell' will be released on two physical formats:

The Deluxe Box will be signed and numbered and limited to 2,000 copies worldwide. It contains the original album newly remastered on 2LPs, with nine unreleased demos, eight B-sides and rarities, and five newspaper lyric posters. It also comes with a 164-page hardbound photo book of Nick Zinner’s personal photos and includes pages from Karen O’s personal notebox, an embroidered iron-on patch, sticker, one photo card from Nick Zinner’s personal collection that all three members will sign and a custom champagne cork 8GB USB stick that includes over ninety minutes of video content as well as the twenty-nine audio tracks on the vinyl. To top it all off, all boxes will be wrapped in red fishnet stockings. The first 500 Deluxe Box buyers will receive a bonus cassette with 4 additional exclusive, unreleased demo bonus tracks with handwritten labels by the band.

The LP and Newsprint version contains the original album newly remastered by Stephen Marcussen on black 180g audiophile vinyl for the first time ever and five newspaper lyric posters with exclusive photos by Nick Zinner, Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs, Julian Gross, Patrick Daughters and Cintamani Calise.

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Diet Cig video premiere 'Maid Of The Mist' on DIY

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Video premiere: 'Maid Of The Mist' by Diet Cig
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

A few dates into their biggest European tour yet, NYC's Diet Cig today release the occult-friendly new video for 'Maid Of The Mist', a video DIY have called "frankly amazing" in their premiere. The video's director, Emily Dubin, goes into more details here:

“My goal with the 'Maid of the Mist' video was to take the stereotype of the “emotional girl” and lean into it as hard as possible. Often times, women who exhibit any sort of emotional reaction to anything are labelled over-sensitive and are told to essentially “get over it.” We're rarely given control, and when we do exercise control, we’re labelled as domineering or a bitch.

The idea that a group of witches set up this whole ritual and do this extravagant spell just so they can make sure to kiss the boy they want during spin the bottle is meant to be a melodramatic reflection of the way men perceive women: always extra, always emotional, always plotting.

However, I think our fondness for and practice of emotional intelligence in a general sense is one of the strongest assets that women can have; what better way to embody power, sensitivity, emotion, and connection to the universe than a bad ass group of witches?

I also need to give an enormous shout out to our Director of Photography, John Komar, who has been an inspiration to me for a while and was an absolute dream to work on this with.”

The band are currently touring alongside Scottish indie-poppers The Spook School and recently added a second London date at The Moth Club after the first sold out. Watch 'Maid Of The Mist' here.

'Swear I'm Good At This' was released this Spring via Frenchkiss Records to world-wide critical acclaim. It is the follow up to the infectious, 2015 'Over Easy' EP - recently reissued, and almost immediately selling out, on "egg" shaped vinyl - that introduced the world to the band's consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back. Swear I'm Good At This accumulates Diet Cig's tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relateable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and direct, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison.

Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are. The LP was produced, engineered and mixed by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, NY with additional recording at Atomic Sound in New York City.  

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Barenaked Ladies new album out 17 November 2017

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Album release: 'Fake Nudes by Barenaked Ladies
Release date: 17 November 2017
Label: UMC
More info: Band website

With over 14 million albums sold, multiple JUNO Awards and Grammy nominations, world renowned rockers Barenaked Ladies are excited to announce the release of their fifteenth studio album, 'Fake Nudes', on November 17, 2017 via UMC. The new album features fourteen freshly minted tracks including catchy lead single 'Lookin’ Up' written by BNL frontman Ed Robertson, Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) and Sam Hollander (who has co-written with Weezer, Fitz & The Tantrums and Train). Beginning Friday September 8, 2017 'Fake Nudes' will be available to pre-order on CD or digitally.

States Ed Robertson, “I'm incredibly proud of this collection of songs. This is a record where all band members shine. It's incredible to feel so excited about something 29 years into our career. I'm excited to get out and play these songs live.”

Fake Nudes finds the long-standing partnership of Ed Robertson (guitar, vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass, vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard, guitar, vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums, vocals) in top form, capturing the rock icons’ incredible camaraderie and musicianship that stand as a testament to the band’s remarkable longevity.  Back on board is award-winning producer Gavin Brown, who has helmed the band’s last few projects, Grinning Streak (2013), Silverball (2015), and Ladies And Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies And The Persuasions (2017). Fake Nudes features songs written by Ed Robertson, Kevin Hearn and Jim Creeggan.

To coincide with the release of Fake Nudes, Barenaked Ladies will kick off their 'Fake Nudes' tour of Canada in November, the UK leg starting April 18th 2018 in Salisbury and concluding at The Roundhouse in London on April 27th. VIP pre-sale with exclusive access and packages will go on sale at 9am on September 6th with the general on sale at 9am September 8th.

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Simian Ghost album out 29 September 2017

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Album release: Simian Ghost
Release date: 29 September 2017
Label: Heist or Hit
More info: Band website

Today Simian Ghost release another slice of effortless joy in the progressive pop of 'Climb The Walls', a lush 8 minutes that journeys through what they do best. A bassline that lends from fellow Swedes ABBA, meets an infectious and expansive feel that combines the likes of The Radio Dept, M83 and the sounds that have already made a name for the band in the past. You can listen to 'Climb The Walls' here.

Simian Ghost started out as a recording project by Swedish songwriter Sebastian Arnström and after two well received solo releases became a fully-fledged band a few years back – picking up extensive international press and acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian (who called Youth a “contender for album of the year”) and, most impressively of all, a lead review in The Times which saw a certain Bruce Springsteen designated a small column that week instead.

The band have since released an ambitious 18 track record in 'The Veil', and remained close, a family even - Sebastian and bandmate Erik Klinga being exactly that, brothers - patiently honing themselves away to work on their sound, and recently adding a fourth member in bassist Wilhem Magnusson. In 2017 they arrive having done what any band in their right mind might do to combat the uncertainty of our modern world, they’ve retained both hope, optimism and their all-encompassing knack for melody - and they’ve written a pop record.

Having made all their previous recordings at home with minimal equipment and resources, this album (self-titled and out September 29th on Heist Or Hit) will be the first to contain some studio-recorded material and you can feel that leap up in production on all four of the singles so far. ”We’re just a bunch of guys doing stuff at home really”, the band states, ”so in many ways this feels like our debut album all over again. And this time we’re ready.”

Press reaction to date

“songs so luscious you might OD on the sweetness.” – The Guardian

2 x Best New Music - Pitchfork

“the perfect balance of modernity and traditional Songwriting, belonging to a lineage of inventive pop from Beach Boys to Beach House.” **** - The Times

“sweet of tooth and of an iridescent beauty.” **** - Mojo

“maximum listening pleasure.” – Wonderland

“utterly spell-binding dose of hyped-up pop.” – The Line Of Best Fit

“Scandi dreamboats make mellifluous indie-pop.” – The Independent

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Memnon Sa new album out 29 September 2017

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Album release: ‘Lemurian Dawn’ by Memnon Sa
Release date: 29 September 2017
Label: Aurora Borealis
More info: Band Soundcloud

Memnon Sa premiere new single 'Ahura Madza' with CVLT Nation.

Following the release of their acclaimed debut ‘Citadel’ in 2015, Memnon Sa return with ‘Lemurian Dawn’, a cosmic journey through space, time and myth. Much like ‘Citadel’, the primary element of the new album is its carefully constructed atmosphere. Whilst the overtones of doom metal have subsided the sense of dread and mystery remain, the new album is more Sun Ra than it is Sunn O))).

The guitar driven sound of ‘Citadel’ has been replaced here by a myriad of analog synthesisers, ancient world instruments, throat singing and strings. ‘Lemurian Dawn’ channels New Age meditational works, film soundtracks and cosmic jazz from the 70s and 80s. The result could be the soundtrack to a lost 1970’s European sci-fi film, warm analogue sounds that hint at cosmic foreboding and sinister forces unseen. Instead of ancient psychedelia and shamanic rituals, "Lemurian Dawn" conjures up images of a binary sunrise on forgotten worlds, of terrifying unidentifiable objects hovering over sacrificial pyramids in lands forgotten.

This is accentuated by the influences behind the album, sonically there are still nods to kraut rock artists such as Popol Vuh and Ash Ra Tempel, as well as some of ‘Citadels’ darker sounds, but Memnon Sa’s sound has evolved to become far more cinematic. You’d be forgiven for comparing the record the likes of an Edward Artemyve soundtrack (Stalker/Solaris) or films such as Phase IV or Prometheus when drawing references.

Speaking about Memnon Sa’s progression, Misha Hering says, “I wanted to keep the core of the first album intact. The atmosphere, cinematic scope and mystery, but take it out of an ancient, medieval, primordial setting and into the world of science fiction. That's one of the reason I scrapped guitars and any sort of significant metal influence. It seemed incongruous with the images I wanted to conjure up in people's heads. Ultimately though, I just wanted to tell a different story, with a different setting. Hopefully, the music, along with the cover art and short film that will accompany the release, will transport people into the world that I've been imagining in my mind’s eye for the past year.”

The album was recorded over a month and a half at Misha Hering’s Holy Mountain Studios in Hackney, London, and mixed using almost exclusively analog equipment to 1/2 inch tape. It was mastered by legendary mastering engineer Dave Cooley at Elysium Masters in LA (Flying Lotus, J Dilla, and Animal Collective). Moving away from Pyramide Noire, ‘Lemurian Dawn’ will also be released on the estimable Aurora Borealis (Jesu, The Haxan Cloak, Conan and Grumbling Fur).

‘Citadel’ was drawn from a niche world, and was incredibly accomplished in its ability to traverse and transcend a vast range of musical landscapes. ‘Lemurian Dawn’ expands on this even further, diversifying Memnon Sa’s depth, dynamics and creativity, to encompass that same ceremonious, alien and spiritual sub-current, and develop it into something new and intriguing.

Press reaction to date

"a swarming, all-encompassing sense of the sublimely atmospheric." 
– the Quietus

"The effort is doom/drone colliding with post-rock, ambient, dark folk, and other styles to create a new 42-minute effort that emphasizes mood above all, and to astounding affect." – Noisey

"a hulking great slab of paranoid noise." - CLASH

"inhumane, cold and fearful." - GoldFlakePaint

"It’s an all engulfing and intimidating, yet fulfilling journey" - Louder Than War

"a giant leap forward" - London in Stereo

"electronic synth textures expand and swell from chilly nothings into supersonic infinities. It's the psychedelic of the supermassive." - Shindig!

"Citadel is one of those albums you can simply lose yourself in. Memnon Sa can so easily manipulate all these different aspects of their sounds and come up with something that is so fluid and trippy, it is just insane." – CVLT Nation
 

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Cassels debut album, 'Epithet', out 6 October 2017

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Album release: 'Epithet' by Cassels
Release date: 6 October 2017
Label: Big Scary Monsters
More info: Band website

The fiercely original two-piece Cassels have released another single - 'Where Baseball Was Invented' - a stinging ode to their sleepy hometown of Chipping Norton which was premiered by Kerrang! here.

The single will appear on their debut album, 'Epithet', out October 6th on Big Scary Monsters. Equally poetic and agitated, you can also stream the opening salvo of tracks, 'Coup', and 'Let', now.

They will also play two launch shows for the record in October and they will also support label mates Single Mothers on their UK tour in November.

For Cassels, music is about authenticity. Together they embody the spirit of punk, even if their sound stretches the boundaries of any genre. It is rare to find a band who sound only like themselves, especially one with just two instruments, but Cassels are just that. The work of two brothers, Loz and Jim Beck, they have been playing music together since long before their voices broke and all that practise has paid off – direct and considered lyrically, musically challenging and in possession of an originality you could never force.

“I’m hoping cynicism will pass as lyricism,” Jim Beck, the driving force behind the sibling duo spits on previous single ‘The Weight’, featured by NME, Dork, DIY, Upset, Gold Flake Paint and a highlight of a “pre-album” that got 5 K’s in Kerrang!.

“I guess it stems from a few places,” he says of the origin for this attitude, “people letting me down, not having a particularly sociable childhood, and our dad’s a pretty cynical guy.”

But in his mind, cynicism is realism. It underpins what Cassels stand for. Their noisy, edgy and sometimes deliberately jarring sound is built around a reluctance to idly stand by as our political climate clouds our futures. It balances apathy with anger, and through it channels a generational voice. A generation who are incorrectly dismissed as being inactive, but who are finding new ways to attack the establishment.

The message lies unfiltered over a unique sound only the UK DIY scene could cultivate. There’s no metaphor to hide behind. Cassels are antagonistic and brash, but more importantly, they challenge the norm, both musically and lyrically. 

The lyrics are like contemporary poetry driven by the frustration of socio-political injustices, and fed by the ennui of growing up in a one-horse town. “There’s the old cliché that good lyrics stand up on a page without music, but in reality I don’t think many read well at all,” Jim says scathingly of mainstream music. “At some point I made the conscious decision to try and write words which could be read in isolation without them being obviously identifiable as being from a song.”

‘Epithet’ features the production work of Rocky Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar, Adebisi Shank) who captures all the intricacies of the two piece in their biggest sound yet. From the opening salvo of singles “Coup” and “Let”, to the bitter tribute to the town they grew up in – “shitty Chipping Norton” – on “Where Baseball Invented”, onto the call and response hooks of “You Turn On Utopia” and the melodic suss of closer “Chewed Up Cheeks”, the album rarely lets up pace. Disparate, desperate wording set to music that moves from cacophony to melody seamlessly, ‘Epithet’ further cements their youthful tenacity, and continues to paint them as one of the most unique, and most important, bands of our time.

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Young States new single 'Memory' out 29 September 2017

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Single release: 'Memory' by Young States
Release date: 22 September 2017
More info: Band website

Young States are pleased to announce their new single 'Memory' via New Noise magazine, taken from the forthcoming EP, 'Past Truths | Present Lies' - out 29th September, you can check it out here. The band will also be undertaking a short UK tour in October. 

Hailing from Norwich, Young States are a four-piece band specialising in energetic and passionate punk rock.

Formed at the end of 2014, the band met at a music school in Norwich. Guitar and vocalist, Libby was on a sound engineering course, the others on music performance courses. Guitarist, Amy got Young States together as she was bored of seeing male band after male band, and wanted to form an all-female group. She approached the others in the corridors of college after seeing them carrying their instruments.

With a love of Brand New, Kids In Glass Houses, Defeater and Mallory Knox, Young States quickly wrote and recorded their debut EP 'Down to You' which saw them receive play from Scuzz TV, BBC Introducing and features in the pages of Kerrang!

New EP 'Past Truths | Present Lies' is about personal growth and letting go of the things that have previously caused you pain.

Lead singer and bass player Georgia says: “All the tracks on the EP have different meanings to some extent but the common thread between them all is that they're all about my own (not-entirely-happy) feelings I've experienced in the past. The idea for the EP name comes from saying that I experience these exact feelings at the moment wouldn't be true.”

'Past Truths | Present Lies’ was produced by Drew Lawson (Roam/Summerlin/Me Vs Hero) and mastered by Grant Berry (All Time Low/Roam/Boston Manor) who gave the EP it's Midas touch. After finally perfecting their sound, Young States are ready to go places they've never been to before. Anthemic, dark and melodic in equal measure, this is their strongest statement yet.

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The Jam 'In The City' 40th anniversary box set out 20 October 2017

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Album release: 'In The City' by The Jam
Release date: 20 October 2017
Label: USM-Polydor
More info: Band website

In May 1977, a young 3-piece rock group from Woking in Surrey appeared on Top Of The Pops with an explosive single called In The City. The song fizzed with the energy and sense of purpose and is one of the most incendiary debut singles ever. At the same time, The Jam released their exhilarating debut album, also called 'In The City', and in the very same year it’s follow up 'This Is The Modern World'. To celebrate this 40th anniversary USM-Polydor release a five-disc box set featuring both albums re-mastered as well as unreleased demos and live recordings.

The Jam became one of the most popular bands to emerge from the English punk rock scene of ’77 and had a phenomenal impact on pop music and wider youth culture. In their short career, they achieved 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the UK (including 4 number 1s) and released 6 ground-breaking albums and went on to influence a generation with their music, style, politics and inspiration

Disc 1 - ‘In The City’ - Debut LP from May 1977 – A raw and powerful album that announced the arrival of The Jam, with their 18 year old lead singer Paul Weller sowing the seeds for what the was in store for the future. The Jam's music at this time owed a lot to the harmonies of Motown, the energy of  Dr Feelgood and early Who but with the anger of the current Punk scene. Although Weller's band was obviously headed in a different direction, this debut sits alongside the first albums by The Clash and the Sex Pistols as one of the definitive records from the era. The album includes hit single In The City (which gave the band their first Top Of The Pops appearance, included on the DVD), live favourite (and suggested single) Art School and Paul Weller’s most ambitious early song – Away From The Numbers.

Disc 2 – ‘Demos’ includes 11 demos made for the first album – 6 of which are previously unreleased.

Disc 3 – ‘This Is The Modern World’ the follow-up album, released a few months after debut in late 1977, with iconic Gered Mankowitz cover shot. This hastily released follow-up to In The City has long been the topic of debate among Jam fans. It might not be up there with later classics such as All Mod Cons & Sound Affects but time has been very kind to this album. It clearly paved the way for the refined brilliance of the later albums which possibly wouldn’t have happened without it.  Includes the rousing hit single The Modern World and some of Weller’s early introspective gems – Life From A Window and I Need You (For Someone), as well as The Combine, a track that pointed markedly towards the next album All Mod Cons.

Disc 4 – ‘Live’ includes the previously-unreleased concert from the ‘Nashville’ – September 10th 1977, featuring material from the first two albums. Also features the two legendary John Peel sessions from 1977.

Disc 5 – a DVD featuring TV appearances from the likes of Top Of The Pops and So It Goes plus promo videos from 1977. Includes performances of the hit single All Around The World (which did not appear on either LP)

Includes stunning 144-page book, featuring new liner notes, period photos and a wealth of cuttings, reviews and memorabilia from 1977.

Five LP-style CD wallets with printed inner bags – ‘In The City’ will feature the US version of the LP inner sleeve, also using a Martyn Goddard out-take photo. ‘This Is The Modern World’ will feature an alternative Gered Mankowitz cover image. Also includes five postcards. All housed in a ‘rigid, lift-off lid’ box.

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Sex Pistols ‘Never Mind The Bollocks', anniversary edition out 27 October 2017

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Album release: ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’
Release date: 27 October 2017
Label: USM/UMC
More info: Band website

It is now almost 40 years to the day since the Sex Pistols ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ was released and to mark this significant anniversary USM/UMC are proud to revisit the out-of-print super deluxe edition of the album, which was originally issued in 2012.

Released in limited numbers at the time, this set is widely considered to be the definitive collection. This new, budget priced smaller-sized edition still boasts 3CDs which include the original studio album with 1977 B-sides, a disc of outtakes and one disc of 1977 live material. Additionally there is a DVD featuring 1977 footage of the band playing live from the infamous boat party held on the River Thames, London, the Winter Gardens, Penzance in Cornwall and the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden.

Bringing it all together is a 48-page hardback book with narrative from music journalist Pat Gilbert plus rare photos from Bob Gruen, Barry Plummer, John Tiberi and Dave Wainwright.

Condensing the very essence of 1977, 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols' is the only studio album by the group, released amidst a furore of controversy and outrage, following their being dropped by not one but two record labels, banned from gigging in most parts of the UK and swearing live on TV. From its iconic day-glo cover designed by Jamie Reid in collaboration with the Sex Pistols to its risqué title which led to an infamous court case which the band won, the album encapsulates a moment in time when the Sex Pistols set the world of music on fire.

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Prawn release new album 'Run' on 22 September 2017

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Album release: 'Run' by Prawn
Release date: 22 September 2017
Label: Topshelf Records
More info: Band website

On September 22, Ridgewood, NJ's Prawn will release their new album entitled 'Run' via Topshelf Records. They are streaming the album in full via Upset

The stream follows on from the release of their latest single 'Greyhound', which was streamed directly via Prawn's website last week. Listen to "Greyhound" here.  

Billboard called earlier single 'Rooftops' a "breezy, whistle-laced four-minute bop." 'Rooftops' followed 'North Lynx' premiered with NPR Music who says it "pits the pretty melody against an elephant-stampeding riff in a dramatic climax." 

Prawn headlines the Topshelf Records tour with Slingshot Dakota, People Like You, Us and Us Only, and Queen Moo, kicking off December 9th in Washington, DC through December 23 in Philadelphia, PA. Before that they embark on a European tour supporting The Flatliners. 

Prawn’s magnetism has always come from the textures they produce. Drawing as much influence from post-rock and punk as the emo world they’re often written in to, the Ridgewood quartet have released two full-length albums, two EPs, and three splits since their 2008 formation - and make their return this year with a new record, Run, which is released this September on Topshelf Records.

Recorded in the space of just two weeks this March at The Barber Shop Studios, a lake-front old stone church in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, but written over the course of two painstaking years, the new album sees the band expand upon those aforementioned influences, carving out a dark but wildly immediate collection of songs that sits as their most formidable work to-date.

“A lot of what came out was the sheer difficulty of truly relating to one another,” Tony Clark says of the records thematic poise. “I felt like everywhere I looked at relationships in my life, there was some feelings of alienation and isolation. I tried to go further than my personal relationships and analyze how I was relating to ideas or communities I partake in.”

Punchier and more proactive, Run refines the sound of 2014’s Kingfisher LP - which swelled with both brass and string arrangement - by concentrating only on the instruments they’re able to play live. Coupled with a production that is consciously raw and provocative, Run is the sound of Prawn at their intoxicating best, mirroring the restless energy of their live shows and moments of sweeping ambience that balances the whole thing on a knife-edge.  

“There’s good will in my devil’s skin…I hope it’s enough because love I am ready,” Tony Clark sings on opening track ‘Hunter’, immediately foreshadowing everything that follows; a rocky ride that always tries to keep  a piece of itself in the light. Elsewhere ‘North Lynx’ is hypnotically dramatic, swelling from a tender guitar refrain to a huge finale, while ‘Leopards Paw’ throws Tony Clark’s gravelly vocals in to battle against heavyweight Explosions In The Sky-esque guitar lines for one of the band’s most powerful sequences to-date.

A significant release on its own terms, let alone as a building block to wherever this band might take themselves, Run is the sound of a band truly finding comfort in their surroundings and channelling it in to the most focused and exhilarating work of their life.

“I grasped onto the fact that we're always going to feel alienated or isolated one way or another in our relations. I think we all want to be good people and contribute good to the world even if were all a little fucked up.“

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