Scott Matthews releases new single and new album on 27 April 2018

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Album release: 'The Great Untold' by Scott Matthews
Release date: 27 April 2018
Label: Shedio
More info: Artist website

"Putting my world on the line
Turning one leaf at a time
Never knowing what I'll find"

Scott Matthews’ new record, 'The Great Untold', deserves to be a career defining one. The sixth studio album by the Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter (Best Song Musically & Lyrically for 'Elusive') is a master class in honesty, instinct and reflection. A largely acoustic recording, Matthews’ new record features sparse production after being recorded over a productive winter at home. His ten-song cycle is the sound of a man now entirely comfortable in his own skin, putting his neck on the line with a collection of quietly extraordinary songs.

The ghosts of Paul Simon, Ron Sexsmith, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake and John Martyn loom large on a sixth record that revels in its stripped-back nature to show what an exceptionally strong songwriter Matthews really is. The absence of multi-layered instrumentation on 'The Great Untold', however, should not infer that it lacks depth. The richness in Matthews’ new work comes from the intricacy of his guitar work, influenced by the likes of Bert Jansch and Mark Kozelek, whilst showcasing again an otherworldly singing voice that betrays an everyman inflection and down-to-earth persona.

In many ways, 'The Great Untold' is the start of a new era for Matthews. Since his debut album, 'Passing Stranger', in 2006, the Wolverhampton-born artist has further refined his craft. Writing deft and sensitive songs during a trajectory that began with the ethereal ‘Elusive’, The Great Untold marks a new beginning on his own terms. The first great arc of his career was completed with his Home duology; a pair of records that reflected on his journey thus far. The Great Untold is the sound of that man moving on. Matthews is recently married, soon-to-experience fatherhood and has new hopes and fears, new stories to tell. “After Home Part 2 was finished, I was looking to move forward by marrying harmony with my experiences since the last record. The plan to write an acoustic record has always been there. And finally the time is right to do that.”

Matthews has tested himself as a songwriter. He started as a soloist and has gone full circle, again ready to fly alone. It opens new possibilities, a different type of challenge. “It takes me out of my comfort zone and has made me test myself. I’ve largely pared it down to guitar and vocals. At the beginning, there was nobody else. It’s time to surprise myself. It’s time to go back to my own world.”

Lyrically, 'The Great Untold' is a work with poetic intent. “It’s a collection of songs that lots of people will hopefully relate to. Naturally, my starting points are from a personal perspective but most times I have to broaden the idea so it's not so insular as a piece of music. It can be a challenge but I'm very proud of where I've ventured to and there's been a lot of soul searching woven into these songs that I hope people will appreciate. When I’m writing, I’m almost hearing voices from The Masters and thinking: ‘Would they approve?’”

The point is to make a connection. “I want to move somebody with the power of moods and music.” It is in the right hands. And that’s an opposite description for The Great Untold. It is a record written by a man at the peak of his powers – 'As The Day Passes', 'Something Real', 'Song To A Wallflower' and the stunning 'Cinnamon' are amongst the finest in his songbook – and by a musician able to channel great beauty in songs that reveal the most human of truths.

"...engagingly thoughtful and classy singer-songwriter" - The Guardian

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Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - new video out now

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Video premiere: 'Carolina' by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Release date: Out now
Label: Fantasy Records
More info: Band website

  • Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real premiere their new video 'Carolina' (featuring Lady Gaga) with Rolling Stone. 
  • Band perform at The Garage, London on 10 July 2018.

Following the release their new, self-titled album via Fantasy Records, UK tour dates and a critically acclaimed appearance at C2C, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real have now premiered a new video for album track 'Carolina' with Rolling Stone.

After a decade on the road, on their own and playing behind the legendary Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & POTR have developed into one of America’s most dazzling live acts, attracting a deeply devoted following.

With influences that range literate Texas songsmiths like surrogate ‘uncles’ Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, to J.J. Cale, The Band, Clapton-era Delaney & Bonnie, Neil and of course, Lukas’ dad Willie Nelson, the new album has been hailed as a major leap forward by publications around the world including Rolling Stone, Associated Press, UNCUT, Mojo, Classic Rock, Country Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Texas Monthly, American Songwriter, Uproxx, All Music and many more.

Recorded at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real was produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) and features the band’s new six-piece line-up: Lukas Nelson (guitar, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass, vocals) along with new members Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) and Alberto Bof (piano, Wurlitzer, B3). Jess Wolfe and Holly Lessig of the indie-pop group Lucius contribute angelic background vocals on five tracks and Lady Gaga added stirring vocals to 'Carolina' and 'Find Yourself'.  Elsewhere, the lilting, Glen Campbell inspired gem, 'Just Outside of Austin' features a classic Willie Nelson guitar solo, and piano from Lukas’ 86-year-old Aunt Bobbi.

Praise for ‘Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’:

  • “At 28, Lukas is the real deal and deserves to be treated seriously independent of his father's legacy.” — Associated Press
  • "Lukas Nelson's live show is a thing to behold, full of frenetic energy and the singer-guitarist's infectious charisma." — Rolling Stone
  • “The sextet’s latest displays a newfound confidence, brokering country-soul, Southern rock, and R&B with some panache.” — UNCUT
  • "This self-titled affair mixes rattling good Southern soul with country-rock"
  • —Daily Express
  • “The band’s best work...the record is a huge leap forward for Nelson, whose improved songwriting prowess is evident." — Entertainment Weekly
  • "Lukas is a force to be reckoned with." — Uproxx

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Shatner's Bassoon new album out 27 April 2018

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Album release: 'Disco Erosion' by Shatner's Bassoon
Release date: 27 April 2018
More info: Band website

Steeped in malfunctioning improvisation, passive-aggressive minimalism, surreal avant-punk and free jazz trances, Leeds quintet Shatner’s Bassoon sound like little else. Since their formation in 2010, the experimental outfit’s intense maelstrom of beguiling yet disturbing noise has earned the group a reputation as a must-see live act. Now with 3 years of experimentation and refinement since their last release, Shatner’s Bassoon are set to untether their new album, ‘Disco Erosion’.

‘Disco Erosion’ captures the visceral energy of Shatner’s Bassoon’s live performances, retaining their brazen and uncompromising identity, which is not only drawn from their mesmerizing resonance but largely from its bold and direct delivery. The band are comfortable to sit on the fringes continuing down their own path without conforming to trend and mediocrity. Each member has a wide and disparate influence and approach to making music which all filters into the bands overall sound.

As menacing as it is playful, the album is built on intricate yet often evasive song structures, angular rhythms and anxiety inducing psychedelia. The distinct featured instrumentation includes circuit bent delay pedals for keyboard, a myriad of off-kilter sax, a slice of Theremin, clarinet, cowbell and a pinch of Transylvanian organ. The result is a glitchy and deranged carnival of paranoia, which blends influences from the likes of Mr. Bungle, Frank Zappa, The Cardiacs, Tim Berne, John Zorn, Man From Uranus and Fred Frith.

Speaking about the new album Mick and Johnny, said “For this album we wanted to produce a more direct and immediate music whilst retaining the unique characteristics of Shatner’s Bassoon. Because our music is fringe music we regularly perform to a wide demographic of audiences (DIY, Jazz, Unsuspecting general public) - presenting freely improvised and experimental music within a different context. This influenced how we conceived, produced, presented the music for this album and is our proudest work to date.”

Shatner’s Bassoon’s aberrant amalgamation of styles, create an unforgettable spectacle, which has previously taken them to festivals such as North Atlantic Flux Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival and Beacons Festival. Similarly, the band have toured extensively around the UK, previously playing alongside the likes of Melt Yourself Down, Matthew Bourne, Roller Trio, and more, whilst captivating audiences as if by hypnosis at every outing. ‘Disco Erosion’ captures this sensation perfectly and in doing has led Shatner’s Bassoon to create their most accomplished and urgent recording to date.

Press reaction to date

“Sometimes Shatner's Bassoon are knowingly jazzy, sometimes they switch from bold melodic ideas to demonic garglings and cacklings, or what sounds like a monkey eating cornflakes overlaid by cool Fender Rhodes licks. It's all pretty out there” - the Guardian

“Leeds’ uncompromising new generation of jazz noise-making terrorists” - Jazzwise magazine

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album reissue due 25 May 2018

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Album reissue: 'Some Loud Thunder' by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Release date: 25 May 2018
More info: Band website

Clap Your Hand Say Yeah’s landmark second album 'Some Loud Thunder' will be reissued with exclusive bonus tracks on May 25th to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its original release. The band will be playing select tour dates in North America, UK and Europe where they’ll perform the album in its entirety. 'Some Loud Thunder' has been remastered by TW Walsh and will be available on vinyl for the first time in several years. 

A few words about the album from CYHSY’s Alec Ounsworth. 

"Let me explain. Some Loud Thunder was an album written mostly as a reaction to the not unwelcome but still uncomfortable great interest in the band’s first album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.  Depending on who you asked, in 2007 the band was known alternatively as the “real thing” or a flash in the pan, a band who presented a new paradigm for independent music or whose model was based on sheer luck, a band simply enjoying the process of creation or a (relatively) new band struggling to maintain some sort of illusory artistic foothold. 

The general desire to discover the “secret” behind the project (and the irritation that it caused me in interviews, reviews, etc.) was, to a large degree, what drove the creation of the album, Some Loud Thunder. Mostly, this is evidenced in the songs, Some Loud Thunder (“Yes, that was me breaking glass and pretending to start something big, some new taste”) and Satan Said Dance (“Satan” here as the transitory faction of an audience which tends to disappear as soon as any chances are taken), but in others as well. 

I think that this album, from the abrasive first track (which was not as much of a fuck you as some think but rather that it simply worked) to the final disintegrating “give up give up give up give up give up” on the song, “Five Easy Pieces,” documents a band that was comfortable taking big chances, somewhat aware of the consequences of taking chances (in an industry that often seems allergic to veering off the beaten path) but ignoring them all the same.  For this, maybe most of all, I am very proud of this album.  For true fans, who allow the opportunity to take such chances and are not afraid to embrace what may at first seem difficult or different, I am eternally grateful. Thanks, Alec" 

UK tour dates

Oct 16 The Bullingdon, Oxford 

Oct 17 Boiler Room, Guildford 

Oct 18 Storey’s Field Centre, Cambridge 

Oct 20 Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland 

Oct 22 The Caves, Edinburgh 

Oct 23 The Cluny, Newcastle 

Oct 24 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham 

Oct 25 The Haunt, Brighton 

Oct 26 Electric Ballroom, London

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Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage new album out 11 May 2018

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Album release: 'Awake' by Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage
Release date: 11 May 2018
Label: Sungrazing Records
More info: Band website

Two years ago, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage stirred the folk and acoustic world with a stand-out debut album and there’s been little slumbering since. Now they are set to release an arresting second studio album, 'Awake'. The combination of Hannah’s outstandingly pure, clear voice, their perfect fit harmonies and Ben’s exquisite dobro are the rock-solid foundations of this rising duo, first witnessed in the 2016 album, 'Before The Sun'. This quality pairing unarguably has hypnotic effect, painting aural dreamscapes around them in resonant songs that are given room to breathe. 

When Hannah’s folk family travels across Europe and sojourn in America ended and she returned to her native East Anglia, a chance meeting at a Cambridge folk club with The Willows band member Ben was the start of something special. Ben went on to produce Hannah’s solo album 'Charms Against Sorrow' before they ventured into duo territory uncorking a beguiling, intricately woven, ethereal sound all their own. 'Before the Sun' saw them named in many Albums of the Year lists including the 2016 fRoots Critics Poll and hinted at a largely untapped song writing talent amongst the expertly executed traditional arrangements and covers. That song writing skill moves more centre stage in 'Awake' - an album that shows them fulfilling all the promise heaped on them. 

Once again, they have returned to Toronto, putting Grammy-nominated Canadian producer David Travers-Smith (Madison Violet, The Wailin’ Jennys) at the helm for this album crafted with infinite care. The 11-track release has six strong originals alongside innovative arrangements of traditional songs and captivating covers from the Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie cannons. The eye-catching album cover by psychedelic artist Alan Forbes depicts the High Priestess and a deer as The Hanged Man from the tarot card deck and tarot icons run through the CD booklet. Says Hannah: “We used tarot throughout the recording process to help us think and feel more deeply about the music.” A duo who delve into the mysterious and often like to release music in line with the lunar calendar, their live show sees them huddled around a single microphone, drawing the audience in. And so it is with this magnetic album. 

Alongside Hannah’s trademark mountain dulcimer and Ben’s delicious dobro, they both play guitars on the album. Adding their magic are guest musicians from both sides of the Atlantic – from the UK Jon Thorne on double bass, Evan Carson on percussion and Norwich singer songwriter Jess Morgan, Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts on additional vocals and from Canada Chris Coole on banjo, David Travers-Smith on horns and organ, Burke Carroll on pedal steel and on vocals, Vancouver-born American-Canadian alt country singer songwriter Suzanne Ungerleider who performs under the name Oh Susanna. 

Entwined in the sturdy roots of English and North American music, Awake stirs with two original Sanders/Savage numbers – the mythical sea woman yearns to return to her spiritual sea home in the banjo-laced Selkie Song and there is more heartache in I Met a Man, a modern retelling of the ancient story of love between a woman and a green man, with Burke Carroll weaving in his wonderful pedal steel. 

The original material continues in 'A Thousand New Moons' – a luminous, gossamer-spun reflection on endings and beginnings, with Ben on lead vocal. The symbolic number 7 is the title of a song Hannah wrote for those who search for omens in the natural world, prompted by a friend desperate for a life change. The haunting instrumentation adds pedal steel and horns to Hannah and Ben’s guitar duet and the popular ‘One for Sorrow’ magpie nursery rhyme provides the chorus. The beautiful title track was originally written by Ben to tempt a talented friend out of a musical hiatus but has taken on a wider meaning and here it enjoys a lush vocal crescendo with the duo joined by Jess Morgan and Oh Susanna. Reaching is an exquisite, mellow, pin-drop perfect love song written by Hannah which closes the album in this duo’s soft tread style, building to a flourish which unusually features Ben on drums. 

'Awake' is an album that stirs the soul and further endorses the empathetic class act that is Sanders and Savage. Released on May 11 on the Sungrazing Records label it will be distributed by Proper Distribution. 

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Parker Millsap new album out 15 June 2018

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Album release: 'Other Arrangements' by Parker Millsap
Release date: 15 June 2018
Label: Thirty Tigers
More info: Artist website

Nashville, TN - Acclaimed singer/songwriter Parker Millsap will release his third full band album, 'Other Arrangements' on June 15th via Thirty Tigers. The anticipated new release showcases the 24 year-old's evolution as an artist who continues to create music without the confines of genre. 'Other Arrangements' spotlights Millsap's dynamic vocals on an original set of infectious songs with insightful lyrics. 

While his first two albums were praised for their philosophical and religious imagery, Other Arrangements plays more like a favourite rock radio channel from the 70’s. Moving effortlessly between rock, blues and pop, the new album also showcases Millsap's most dynamic electric guitar playing to date, especially on the explosive opening track (and radio single) 'Fine Line'. His literary thought-provoking writing style touches on themes of love, human struggle, passion and tolerance on the new album. 

Since the release of his critically acclaimed album 'The Very Last Day,' Millsap made his late-night television debut on 'Conan', and appeared on the acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits as well as Bluegrass Underground. Millsap also had the honour of being asked to perform with Sir Elton John at the Apple Music Festival at London's Roundhouse, after which the Grammy-winning legend, who was already a fan, attended a live performance in Atlanta, GA proclaiming, "Last night in Atlanta I saw one of the best concerts I have ever seen…It restored my faith in music."  

Other Arrangements was co-produced with Grammy award-winning engineer/producer Gary Paczosa and Grammy award-winning engineer Shani Gandhi at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC and Minutia Studio in Nashville, TN. Along with band-mates Daniel Foulks (fiddle) and Michael Rose (bass), Millsap is joined by Paddy Ryan on drums/percussion and backup singers including Odessa, Shirley and Calvin Settles, and Jillette Johnson.

Millsap possesses a rare charisma on stage, and his live performances are intense and captivating. Don’t miss a chance to catch his moving show as he hits the road in support of 'Other Arrangements' this spring.

“He deserves to become a new Americana hero.” - The Guardian 

“One of the best concerts I have ever seen… It restored my faith in music." – Elton John 

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Old Crow Medicine Show new album out 20 April 2018

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Album release: 'Volunteer' by Old Crow Medicine Show
Release date: 20 April 2018
More info: Band website

Grammy award-winning American Roots band Old Crow Medicine Show has announced the release of their upcoming album 'Volunteer', due out April 20th. The album was recorded at the historic RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson). Since the release of their last Grammy-winning studio effort Remedy, Old Crow Medicine Show has taken their versatility to another level, by not only reinterpreting Bob Dylan’s seminal album 'Blonde On Blonde', but also collaborating with pop sensation Kesha. Volunteer is yet another fine example of how Old Crow Medicine Show remains one of the most vibrant and forward thinking traditional bands of their time.

Listen to new singles 'Flicker & Shine' 'Dixie Avenue'

'The songs on 'Volunteer illustrate themes that resonate far beyond Old Crow Medicine Show’s diverse fan base, while also showcasing the depth in the group's songwriting. An album highlight 'Look Away' inspired by The Rolling Stones, is Ketch Secor’s homage to his love for the history, both sorrowful and joyful, of the South. 'A World Away' is an upbeat homage to refugees, an extremely relevant subject matter that Secor has been writing about since he was young. 'Dixie Avenue' pays a playful tribute to the Virginia location where Secor and bandmate Fuqua fell in love with music. The album’s final track, the bittersweet love song 'Whirlwind', could easily tell the tale of how Old Crow Medicine Show built a successful career from the ground up. 

Old Crow Medicine Show consists of Ketch Secor, Critter Fuqua, Cory Younts, Morgan Jahnig, Chance McCoy and Kevin Hayes. The traditional string band incorporated electric guitar for the first time since 2004 (when Dave Rawlings put a Telecaster on the band’s classic 'Wagon Wheel'), on 'Volunteer', and the album also features Joe Jackson Andrews on his haunting pedal steel.

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Old Crow Medicine Show is coming off a busy year of touring in support of their latest release, the highly acclaimed '50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde', a rootsy tribute to the Bob Dylan classic. The band also recently collaborated with 2018 Grammy nominee Kesha for CMT’s Crossroads.

Old Crow Medicine Show’s recent accomplishments, demonstrate that they still have the hunger to evolve and thrive in a variety of musical settings. While trends in music have come and gone, Old Crow Medicine Show has maintained their sense of integrity, continuing to share their infectious hybrid of traditional mountain music across the country.

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Tancred new album out 1 June 2018

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Album release: ‘Nightstand’ by Tancred
Release: date: 1 June 2018
Label: Hand In Hive / Polyvinyl Record Co
More info: Artist website

Tancred is proud to announce the forthcoming release of the new album ‘Nightstand’, out June 1st on Hand In Hive / Polyvinyl Record Co. Produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Generationals), ‘Nightstand’ is the follow up to Tancred’s (aka Maine-based musician Jess Abbott) well received 2016 release ‘Out of The Garden’, which won praise from Stereogum, The FADER, Rookie, and many others while leading to US tours with the likes of Speedy Ortiz and Weaves. Today, NPR Music shares the first single ‘Reviews’, saying 'From the anaphoric verses...to a chorus that opens up like parting storm clouds, Abbott has polished her songwriting into a resplendent pop shine.' This April Tancred will hit the road in the US with Julien Baker for dates across the Midwest and East Coast.

Listen to ‘Reviews’ now via NPR Music or YouTube

“This new album takes a step back from the energy of my last album to bring in a little more vulnerability,” Abbott tells NPR Music. “‘Reviews’ felt like the right first single because it holds some of that same propulsion the last album had, but also opens a secret door into a more introspective vibe present throughout Nightstand. It’s a deeply personal song for me and I’m happy I can finally share it.”

‘Nightstand’ is an album born out of an unexpected revelation Abbott experienced following her transformation into a more confident person, one full-throatedly declared on 2016’s plucky ‘Out of the Garden’. “After I became comfortable in this new skin, in truly being myself, I was immediately hit with loneliness,” she reveals. “I realized that human connection is really important to me.” And so Abbott began a new journey of personal exploration, one that involved connecting with other people just as much as connecting with herself. “I was reading a lot of books, learning a lot of new hobbies, meeting so many new people -- just taking in as much information as possible to try and figure out what it really meant to me to be alive,” she recalls.

As with her previous work, the writing process for what would become ‘Nightstand’ consisted of Abbott alone in her room with just a guitar, strumming chords and singing words until gradually songs began to coalesce -- though this time around she made it a point to devote three days a week for an entire year to only playing music.

As a result, when the recording process began with Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Generationals) at his home studio in LA, the focus was less on finishing songs and more on perfecting them. Working with Pesacov offered new approaches – and gear – previously undiscovered by Abbott, affording her avenues of exploration that dialed in the production and tone on each and every song. “My favorite part of each day was sitting down to decide which guitar we needed to use for the song we were recording,” recalls Abbott. “It sounds so simple and I know most records are made this way, but it was my first time actually being able to do that and I loved it.”

The positive effects of this nourishing environment are evident throughout ‘Nightstand’, as on propulsive first single ‘Reviews,’ showcasing Abbott’s strong melodic sensibilities balanced with purposeful, well-placed instrumentation. Or ‘Queen of New York,’ which captures the feelings of fleeting lust set against a metropolitan backdrop, all within an effervescent three-minute bop.

Of course, it wouldn’t truly be a Tancred album if the upbeat melodies didn’t also serve to sugarcoat Abbott’s often somber lyrics about the experience of being a woman and being queer in today’s society. But even she is quick to emphasize that there is still comfort to be found during times of isolation or alienation: “Ultimately, we are all feeling these things together, and that can be enough to feel less alone. There’s a hopefulness in the loneliness.”

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Gretchen Peters new album out 18 May 2018

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Album release: 'Dancing With The Beast' by Gretchen Peters
Release date: 18 May 2018
Label: Proper Records
More info: Artist website

Gretchen Peters announces new album and extensive UK tour dates. 

'Dancing with the Beast', the new album from Gretchen Peters, puts female characters at the fore, from teenage girls to old women. And intentionally so. With the 2017 Women’s March and the #MeToo Movement as bookends to her writing time, Peters knew that a feminist perspective would be the critical core of the record.

She admits, “You can trace the feminist DNA in my songwriting back to ‘Independence Day’ and probably before. The thing that 2017 did is just put it front and center.” Though Peters doesn’t consider herself a political writer, she is politically minded and, therefore, knew she had to address the 2016 election and all that has happened since... but in her own way.

There’s a bittersweet beauty to the passing of time -- the changes it brings are just as often heartbreaking as they are heartwarming. The inevitable tension that arises from that sway is Gretchen Peters’ most trusted muse. With melody supporting that melancholy, the songs on the new album combine to lift the effort over the high artistic bar set by her last outing, 2015’s award-winning 'Blackbirds'.

Whether a single sentence or a simple setting, once planted, even the tiniest seed can grow into a vision unto itself. Strung together and populated with strong and broken female heroines, those vignettes make up 'Dancing with the Beast' and, indeed, Peters’ entire discography.

Beauty tempered by dread, sorrow buoyed by hope, these are the ever-present tugs of war that make life worth living and songs worth writing. And they are the over-riding themes that make Gretchen Peters one of her generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters.

UK TOUR DATES

Saturday, 19th May 2018 / Stamford, Corn Exchange     
Sunday, 20th May 2018 / Milton Keynes, The Stables  
Tuesday, 22nd May 2018 / Edinburgh, Queens Hall       
Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 / Gateshead, The Sage Gateshead       
Friday, 25th May 2018 / Birmingham, Birmingham Town Hall          
Saturday, 26th May 2018 / Southport, The Atkinson      
Sunday, 27th May 2018 / Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music         
Wednesday, 30th May 2018 / Leeds, City Varieties
Thursday, 31st May 2018 / Bury St Edmunds, The Apex
Saturday, 2nd June 2018 / Bristol, St Georges    
Sunday, 3rd June 2018 / Worthing, The Pavilion Theatre       
Thursday, 7th June 2018 / Shetland, Mareel       
Saturday, 9th June 2018 / Nottingham, Gate to Southwell Festival       
Tuesday, 12th June 2018 / Cardiff, Level 3 – St David’s Hall      
Wednesday, 13th June 2018 / London, Cadogan Hall          
Friday, 15th June 2018 / Beverley, Beverley Folk Festival Main Stage
Friday, 24th August 2018 / Wadebridge, Cornwall Folk Festival
Sunday, 26th August 2018 / Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Folk Festival

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Underneath The Stars Festival announces full line-up for 2018

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Festival announcement: Underneath The Stars
Festival dates: 20 - 22 July 2018
More info: Festival website

Underneath The Stars announces full line-up for the 2018 edition of their music & arts festival on 20 - 22 July 2018 at Cinderhill Farm, Yorkshire.

Steve Earle & The Dukes, Kate Rusby, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and Lau among those set to appear.

South Yorkshire's stellar music & arts festival Underneath The Stars returns this summer with another exciting line-up of established and emerging talent across the folk, jazz, roots, bluegrass, fusion and Americana music worlds, as well as the promise of enticing workshops, arts, crafts and food stalls, highlighting the creative talents of the Yorkshire region. Organised by the family production team of acclaimed Yorkshire folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, and now in its fifth year, 2018’s edition also sees its relocation to a brand-new site at Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne, near Barnsley, and promises a warm welcome to this beautiful and cozy little corner of rural Yorkshire.

Heading this year’s line-up are Grammy Award winning songwriter and activist Steve Earle with his band The Dukes, as well as Barnsley born and bred Kate Rusby, with her disarming mixture of down to earth charm and otherworldly vocals. George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will be presenting their hilarious, virtuosic, twanging, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar”. Lau - “the most musically adventurous trio in British folk” (The Guardian) – appear too, with their unique explorations of acoustic folk tradition and electronica. Barnsley based best-selling author Joanne Harris, most famous for her novel ‘Chocolat’, will also be presenting a special audio-visual show combining original music, songs and stories with The Storytime Band.

Elsewhere The California Feetwarmers provide boisterous on-stage antics to accompany their re-workings of classics from The Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers, and Yves Lambert Trio ­– Yves being one of the most influential and legendary players in Quebec’s traditional roots music scene – fronts a trio playing diatonic button accordions, harmonica, jaw harp, and percussion. Two of the world’s finest instrumentalists Damien O’Kane & Ron Block (Ron being a member of Grammy-winning band Alison Krauss and Union Station, and Damien a stand-out solo artist, member of Kate Rusby’s band and one of the best banjo players in the Irish music scene) perform together in the bluegrass-country tradition. Grace Petrie brings her inimitable takes on life, love and politics, that has won her scores of fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards also feature with their superb string playing, Sheffield-based ensemble (featuring BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, Nancy Kerr) Melrose Quartet will appear, and The Adventures of Andy Kershaw - a one-man audio-visual show from the legendary broadcaster and foreign correspondent - is sure to be a highlight.

Scottish collective Fat Suit mix the worlds of jazz, funk and soul, Honeyfeet offer a righteous blast of energy once called Folk-Hop and Barrelhouse-pop, Estebel are a rare line-up of two nightingales from Estonia and two Flemish brothers from Belgium, and John Metcalfe - one the most exciting and versatile musicians and sought-after arrangers and composers in the UK, having worked with Morrissey, Coldplay, Bat For Lashes, Blur, George Michael, Johnny Marr and Tom Jones – features in what will be an incredibly compelling performance. Midnight Skyracer provide some driving bluegrass, Amythyst Kiah brings her self-described Southern-Gothic alt-country all the way from Johnson City, Tennessee, and there will be folk music from acclaimed young English folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Rutter. Also here is award winning interpreter of Scottish folk and song, Lori Watson, whose recent album was awarded album of the month in The Guardian. 20-year-old Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage (fusing bilingual soul-folk jazz) Kizzy Crawford is sure to be captivating, as is English singer-songwriter Jack Harris.

Howlin’ Ric & The Rocketeers bring original Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues with a classic sound, Stables – a new alt-folk duo comprising Matthew Lowe lead singer of Keston Cobblers Club and Daniel Trenholme – will be one to see, as will the unique voice of internationally-tipped, Amsterdam-born folk-pop musician Pitou. Hearts at War – featuring the incredible vocal talents of Rosie Doonan, Louise Hull and Megan Barber follow, and the Barnsley Youth Choir return after a triumphant set at last year’s event. L-R meld heart wrenching songs and dance of the Asturian countryside with the bluesy grit of the Gretsch guitar.

In addition to two towering big-top music venues (the mainstage is fully seated, with an “attentive concert hall” ambience, stage two is a standing venue for a more boisterous atmosphere) the festival site features lively street-arts performers, workshop activities, handmade crafts and vintage stalls as well as boutique street food vendors and bar areas. A brand-new Makers Market is also introduced this year which prioritises fair and ethical trading, environmental sustainability, value for money to customers, creativity and innovation. 2018’s food vendors have all been hand-picked for their creativity, quality ingredients and value for money, as has the range of local real ales, ciders, wines and spirits available at The Festival Bar.

A great deal of attention has also been put into guest comfort, with provisions for a high level of accessibility for those with disabilities, and even a pre-pitched luxury camping option available to weekend ticket holders.

“We are delighted and excited to have found a new home for Underneath the Stars Festival at Cinderhill Farm. It was especially important for us to keep the site within the Barnsley area in order to continue contributing to the incredible creative culture of the very place our own families were born and raised. We are proud to be hosting some of the best roots performers in the world and at the same time showcasing the talent and creativity within the region of Yorkshire.” - Joe Rusby, Creative Director

Watch the 2017 highlight video

  • Under 7’s gain free entry

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Underneath The Stars operates a 'Leave No Trace' policy and is continually working to develop their solutions to transport, energy, purchasing and waste.

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Touché Amoré announce UK dates for July

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Tour announcement: Touché Amoré
Tour dates: July 2018
More info: Band website

 Los Angeles post hardcore band Touché Amoré announce new UK headline shows ahead of their appearance at 2000 Trees in July. Support on these dates comes from Brighton's Gender Roles:

  • July 10 – Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms
  • July 11 – London, UK @ The Dome
  • July 12 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
  • July 13 - Cave Stage, Cheltenham, UK @ 2000 Trees

Formed in Burbank, California, across 2007 and 2008, the band’s urgent sound, with its melodic sonic assault and impassioned vocals, has grown tighter and more refined through a trio of full-length albums and a series of EP’s and releases. Since those early days, lead singer Jeremy Bolm, guitarists Nick Steinhardt and Clayton Stevens, bassist Tyler Kirby, and drummer Elliot Babin have created a trajectory for themselves through hard work and dedication. And with 2016's Stage Four, their fourth and biggest album to date, they cemented their status as one of rock music’s most talented, relatable, and visceral acts.

“I don’t open up to people too much in regular life, but when I’m writing songs, I want to be as open and as honest as possible,” Bolm confesses. Touché albums have always served as an emotional outlet for Bolm. So when the time came to write Stage Four there was no question that it would be about passing of Bolm’s mother in late 2014. Stage Four was recorded in early 2016 in Studio City, CA with producer Brad Wood. Cathartic in delivery, highly sentimental, and sonically triumphant, Stage Four is an emblem of a band both living its dream and marred by loss. And with Stage Four, Touché Amoré unmistakably made the biggest, boldest, and most artistic statement of their career.

Praise for last album 'Stage Four':

“This thing is close to flawless” – Brooklyn Vegan
“A harrowing and unrelenting record, Stage Four is a glowing testament to the post-hardcore band’s melodicism, honesty and unconditional empathy” – Pitchfork – 8.1
“A songwriting maturity now marked by complex and soaring melodies.” – NPR
“Bigger, louder and grander.” – Stereogum - Album Of The Week
“An essential release.” – Metal Hammer
**** - DIY, **** - Upset, 8/10 – Rock Sound, KKKK – Kerrang!, **** - Dork, **** - Total Guitar

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LICE announce ‘It All Worked Out Great' Volume 1 & 2

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Album and EP release: 'It All Worked Out Great' Volume 1 & 2 by LICE
Release dates: 5 April 2018
Label: Balley Records
More info: Band Facebook

Today satirical art-punk band LICE announce 'It All Worked Out Great', a two-part ‘early years’ collection re-recorded and to be released as two EPs and as an LP collecting both together. In frontman Alastair Shuttleworth's own words "it could not have been made by perfect people, and does not expect any to be listening."

You can pre-order the collection HERE

Outside of their release of IDLES' own 'Brutalism', LICE are the first signing to Joe Talbot's Balley Records and further strengthens IDLES relationship with  both LICE and what is becoming a burgeoning, powerful scene in their hometown of Bristol. Joe says the following about LICE:

"As we watch the world seemingly burn; solace is found in the boundless passions of our peers and the hard workings born from that. LICE are a force  beyond the rabble. We are in love. Up the open-minded and up the open-hearted."

Watch the video for lead single 'Stammering Bill' HERE 

"The track is a crazed, furious offering, threatening to fall apart at the seams and being all the more thrilling for it." - DIY

The band will support IDLES on their April tour.

Drawing sounds and aesthetics from an abrasive clutch of early-eighties post-punk groups (particularly The Fall, The Pop Group and The Birthday Party), together with elements of noise-rock and warped country & western, IAWOG is a sharp, provocative and unpredictable monument to the burgeoning age of misanthropy. With a fevered imagination, it returns again and again to the palette of human hatred: misogyny, racism, and (most prominently) the hatred we direct at ourselves, both as flawed members of a parasitic race and as products of a destructive empire.

Through dramatic monologues, darkly-humorous short stories and bizarre characters, the lyrics are designed to confront listeners with their own hateful biases, impulses and vices; the instrumentation around them churns with spindly, searing guitar-work, progressive rhythms and thunderous basslines. The songs were all originally written in 2016, with early versions of four having appeared on NUTMILK: The Basement Demos; over two years and two recording sessions, they have been changed, honed and finally completed. With this release, LICE finally cements and seals-up a moment in their sound with a declarative final scream, as they prepare to explore new sounds, aesthetics and subjects.

This is reflected in the artwork for the two covers. The Vol.1 cover depicts the one-armed farmer from ‘Stammering Bill’ (created in the likeness of the cowboy from ‘The Human Parasite’ single cover) stood in the band’s former basement practice space, where the songs were written and (in some cases) originally recorded for NUTMILK. The Vol.2 cover depicts the horse from the NUTMILK cover lying dead on the floor of The Malthouse Studio, where the songs were honed and completed. With this double EP, these songs and the other releases that came out this moment in the band’s sound are finally ‘finished off’, as the group prepare for the next chapter.

Volume 1 opens with lead single ‘Stammering Bill’; over rolling toms peppered with blasts of industrial noise, the song is comprised of three tragicomic short stories in which a character has their life destroyed by a different neurotic obsession. ‘Voyeur Picture Salesman’ is a warping of George Formby’s ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’ in which a window cleaner sells photographs he has taken on his round of unsuspecting women, leading to clashes with a distressed client and a rival photographer. The subdued, lounge-esque ‘Ted’s Dead’ (featuring a cornet solo from local no-wave jazz hero Iceman Furniss), tells the story of a recent divorcee who- after being diagnosed terminally ill- murders his ex-wife in what he believes to be his final weeks alive; when he turns out to have been misdiagnosed, he is caught and sent to live out the entirety of his life in prison. ‘Love Your Island’ is a monologue attacking English people as governed by complacency, fear and hostility; the English are painted as an innately-destructive race of liars, resorting to cruel, cynical humour to disguise their failure to produce an authentic culture of their own. In this, LICE reflect on national guilt, but also self-deprecatingly hint at how these flaws have found their place in this record; it could not have been made by perfect people, and does not expect any to be listening.

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Pa’l Norte Festival 2018 announcement

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Festival announcement: Pa’l Norte Festival 2018
Festival date: Friday 20 April & Saturday 21 April 2018
More info: Festival website 

This sixth edition of Pa’l Norte, taking place at the Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico, hosts over 75 artists crossing all genres and styles. Headed up this year by the likes of Muse, Zoé, Richard Ashcroft, Franz Ferdinand, Queens of The Stone Age, Bunbury and Justice, the festival welcomes tens of thousands of guests each day, and has been a sold-out event since its first edition.

After warring drug cartels made the city a turbulent place to be – and put a halt to nearly all nightlife in the region – Pa’l Norte was created to celebrate the end of these troubled times, with the aim of bringing a big party back to the city, reuniting the biggest acts from around the globe (and especially Latin America) and re-connecting the die-hard music loving community of Monterrey. It is now widely considered one of the most important festivals in Latin America.

A total of seven stages make up the festival, covering electronic, dance, indie-rock, pop and a whole lot more. Pa’l Norte’s “Surprise Stage” is an annual highlight too, and the site is completed by an outstanding traditional food market, as well as free barbershops, piercing, tattoos and local crafts, which go a long way to emphasise the event’s focus on the customs and roots of the city, its entrepreneurial and progressive personality, its industry, its people, its mountains and the modernity that characterizes it.

Watch the Pa' Norte 2017 highlight video
Listen to the Pa’l Norte 2018 Spotify playlist
Tickets available here
Pa’l Norte has been featured by Billboard, Noisey, NME and Consequence of Sound

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Canshaker Pi announce tour for May 2018

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Tour announcement: Canshaker Pi
Tour dates: May 2018
More info: Band website

Canshaker Pi have released their new video for 'Put A Record Out' which Dork described as 'raucous' and have also announced their 'Naughty Naughty Violence' tour for this May, including a show at The Old Blue Last in addition to their previously announced set at The Great Escape. 

Full May tour dates
04 Skatecafe / Amsterdam (NL)
09 King Tuts Wah Wah Hut / Glasgow (UK)
10 Underground / Newcastle (UK)
11 The Old Blue Last / London (UK)
12 FOCUS Wales / Wrexham (UK)
13 Lending Room / Leeds (UK)
14 Southbank Social Club / York (UK)
15 The Adelphi / Hull (UK)
16 Jimmy’s / Manchester (UK)
18-19 The Great Escape / Brighton (UK)
21 Espace B / Paris (FR)
22 The Message / Troyes (FR)

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Run Logan Run new album out 4 May 2018

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Album release: 'The Delicate Balance Of Terror' by Run Logan Run
Release date: 4 May 2018
Label: Weizenbaum
More info: Band website

Bristol duo Run Logan Run are a head on collision of pounding tribal drums and screaming guttural saxophone. Formed through a shared passion for improvisation, spiritual jazz and heavier experimental music, the duo has been authoring their own narrative in the new wave of crossover jazz, whilst touring the UK extensively, sharing stages with the likes of Colin Stetson, Melt Yourself Down, Shabaka Hutchings, Sarathy Korwar and Hieroglyphic Being. Now, having released an EP, live cassette and limited-edition lathe cut 7”, they are set to release their debut album ‘The Delicate Balance Of Terror’.

Their set-up is seemingly straightforward, composed of a drum kit and saxophone, ran through a modest collection of carefully selected effects pedals before being fed into guitar and bass amps simultaneously. However, the result is two musicians who are constantly finding new ways to push the boundaries of the duo format, whilst instilling originality at every opportunity. Run Logan Run’s influences are greatly varied across the new album, to the point that tracing the origin of the duo’s overall sound is futile. At any one time ‘The Delicate Balance Of Terror’ can call to mind the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Can, Lightning Bolt, Sun Ra, Polar Bear, Boris, The Comet Is Coming and even A.R.E Project. However, despite the familiarity that resonates from their multifarious inspirations, their sound remains entirely inimitable.

Architects of intense contrast the duo’s diverse and precise instrumentation regularly flirts with fragility and raw power. ‘The Delicate Balance Of Terror’ is filled with contemplative deep jazz moments lodged in cyclic hypnotic trances, which are pushed to their very limits by ruthless drum sections. Elsewhere, the saxophone takes an altogether more audacious approach with a carpet bomb of FX driven monolithic slabs of bass, employing circular breathing, heavy delay and pitch shifting. Strewn throughout this are junctures of attenuation where they play with fragmented rhythms, and smatterings of delicate free jazz melodies.

The new album was recorded live at Stoke Newington’s Total Refreshment Centre, which has been, and continues to be, a prominent platform for promoting, recording and releasing some of the best new talent from the British underground. It was also produced by the estimable Danalogue & Betamax of The Comet Is Coming, instilling further idiosyncratic dynamics into Run Logan Run’s already distinctive sound.

Future-facing and fascinating, Run Logan Run are fast becoming a solid feature in the UK’s rising jazz firmament. Having already played a number shows this year supporting the likes of Yazz Ahmed and Thought Forms, Run Logan Run will also be embarking on another full UK tour in spring 2018.

Press reaction to date

"Just two people, their frenetic approach to improvisation could loosely be termed jazz, but it also borrows from dirty electronics and heavier aspects of rock music." – Clash

"These chaps are the new generation of a heralded lineage of trained musicians forging their own unique style, akin to Polar Bear or Sons of Kemet." – Danalogue the Conqueror (The Comet Is Coming)

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Canshaker Pi new album due May 2018

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Album release: 'Naughty Naughty Violence' by Canshaker Pi
Release date: May 2018
Label: Excelsior
More info: Band website

Canshaker Pi have premiered their new single 'Put A Record Out' at Exclaim!. The track was described as a "cheeky lead single... which finds them adding a post-punk flair and the Fall-esque cynicism to their off-kilter rock sound." Say the band about the new track, "To us, 'Put a Record Out' is the ultimate party noise and our take on what true and epic motorcycle rock'n'roll should sound like."

After impressing the likes of DIY, Clash, Drowned in Sound and many more at their Eurosonic performance at the start of 2018, Canshaker Pi are now set to release their new album, ‘Naughty Naughty Violence’. From supporting names such as Car Seat Headrest and Parquet Courts, to local friends Pip Blom, and indie legends The Cribs, the band have absorbed all the skill that surrounds them and poured it into the new record. The Amsterdam quartet burst into the world of indie-rock at such a young age and yet have been no strangers to the more mature sounds of Pavement - in fact, Stephen Malkmus helped to produce the band’s debut LP and in 2017 they toured 15 countries and played 27 shows with Scott Kannberg’s Spiral Stairs.

‘Naughty Naughty Violence’ takes the promise and excitement of a debut and refines the style and signature sound of the band to create something unmistakably unique. This strain of ‘slacker’ rock is steadfast, unwavering, and resolute in its own identity. Tracks like ‘Smurf’ and the thundering ‘But Why’ could effortlessly slip themselves into any Pavement fan’s record collection as they celebrate their influences in a way that is both familiar and new. The 5-am stumbling sensation of ‘Legless’ later on in the record captures a dogged yet bewildered atmosphere of a come-down with Willem Smit reassuring the listener to “embrace your fate and crawl on, you’ll be back on your feet’. This underlying despair is then quickly superseded by the addictive ‘Indie Academy’ that revels in joyful sardonicism and self-referential humour.

Canshaker Pi have quickly become one of Holland’s most exciting bands and after playing every major festival in The Netherlands, 2018 sees them stop-off at the likes of SXSW and The Great Escape to the delight of US and UK fans.

Raw energy paired with tight instrumentation and sharp-witted lyricism can result in remarkable results and ‘Naughty Naughty Violence’ nails them all.

Press reaction to date

“Weaving in and out of vintage rock, fuzz, and punk and easily ramping up and down at the perfect moments” – Stereogum

“An off-kilter delight… channels the wonkiness of Pavement while adding a noisier Ty Segall-esque slant” – DIY

“Powerfully crafted, highly intelligent indie rock...” – CLASH

“Regales the spirit of late 70s punk and early 90s grunge. – Drowned In Sound

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The Black Angels new single and video out now

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Single release: 'Half Believing' by The Black Angels
Release date: Out now
Label: Partisan Records
More info: Band website

Austin psych-rock godfathers The Black Angels have shared a music video for 'Half Believing', lead track off their latest record 'Death Song' out now on Partisan Records. Watch the S&M-themed nightmare (featuring punch-drunk ghost clowns) here via Brooklyn Vegan

Guitarist Christian Bland says of the clip; "The idea was to create a mini 'Twilight Zone’ episode, where a man's life flashes before his very eyes before he enters eternity. Where he ends up, no one knows."

Fresh off a performance on Austin City Limits, the band kick off a co-headline tour of the US with The Black Lips later this month. Full dates can be found at the band's website.

Watch the band perform 'Half Believing' live on ACL.

'Death Song' (their first LP in 4+ years) is band's heaviest, and most politically-charged work yet, and has been met with career-best reviews. Listen to new album 'Death Song' on Spotify.

The Black Angels will play Green Man Festival this summer

Press reaction to date

"The Black Angels are on their way to becoming legends. They're also prime movers in modern psych" - Vice Noisey
“A menacing return to form” – The Observer
“A classic bad-trip album” – The Times
“A combination of garagey psych and doomy VU-with-Nico grandeur” – Uncut
“A grim sense of hopelessness certainly pervades The Black Angels’ comeback” – Mojo
“The Black Angels will blow your mind.” – Clash
"An enormous and frighteningly timely album full of uniquely trippy anthems to oblivion" - NPR
“Their strongest collection to date… stunning” – The Quietus
“Thumpingly grand psych from Texan longhairs” – Classic Rock 8/10
“Death Song is a doomy yet soaring listen” – Louder Than War
“Written and recorded during the Trump election cycle, the feel is desolate and doomed” – Record Collector
“Their best record yet” – Shindig! *****
 

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Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders new album due 4 May 2018

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Album release: ‘Blue Poles’ by Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders
Release date: 4 May 2018
Label: Self Portrait Records
More info: Band website

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders return with a first taste from their forthcoming album ‘Blue Poles’, the first new music since the May 2017 single 'Susan'.

Jack has also announced solo support dates with fellow Australian Alex Cameron across Europe and the UK in March and April. Stream / watch 'White Flag'.

 'White Flag' is an unlikely love song about surrendering to a prison that binds two people together. In the music video we find him in Indonesia, struggling with a special kind of captivity. “It’s written from two perspectives”, says Ladder. “I didn’t want to duet so I sang both parts. It allows for more mystery.” The video and the forthcoming album maintain the recurring bone dry sense of humour that has been a thread through all of his work.

“I’ve got no fingers left to cross, each time I leave you cut one off.”

'Blue Poles' will be the fifth album from one of the most singular characters in Australian music. Sentimental and mournful, sardonic and surreal. Jack Ladder brings that towering and tender baritone to bear on tales of beauty, love, hope and redemption. A master of musical narrative, he conjures lyrics that celebrate the absurdity and sincerity of the human condition in songs that groove in subtle ways.

Burke Reid produced HURTSVILLE (2011), Kim Moyes shaped Playmates (2014), but this time Jack Ladder takes total control of his creative process.  “Blue Poles is the most melodic thing I’ve ever done”, he reflects. “I really pushed myself into some uncomfortable places.”

'Blue Poles' was recorded at Oceanic Studios in Sydney, engineered by Tim Whitten (The Necks, The Church, The Go-Betweens) and mixed in Los Angeles by Noah Georgeson (Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom). Once again he’s joined by The Dreamlanders, Australia’s very own misfit supergroup made up of Donny Benet on bass, Laurence Pike on drums and this time two guitarists - Kirin J Callinan and Ben Hauptmann.

He has been invited to tour with some of the world’s most intriguing musicians: Angel Olsen, Weyes Blood, Father John Misty, Florence and the Machine and of late has been touring the US, UK and Europe with dear friend Alex Cameron.
 
 

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Sorority Noise hiatus and album reissue due 30 March 2018

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Album release: 'You're Not As ____ As You Think' by Sorority Noise
Release date: 30 March 2018
Label:  Big Scary Monsters
More info: Band website

Sorority Noise have announced a stripped down re-imagining of their 2017 critically acclaimed album 'You're Not As ____ As You Think'. YNAAYT is available for digital purchase now, and is set to be released physically on March 30th via Big Scary Monsters. Hear the Leonard Cohen cover 'Chelsea Hotel No.2'.

The band also announced, on Friday night, their decision to take a hiatus via the band's Facebook page.

Sorority Noise head to the UK for dates supporting The Wonder Years in April.

Sorority Noise write important songs. They go to uncomfortable places, unafraid to let the darkness in – but they’re also not shy at kicking back until the sorrow subsides. They’re songs of confusion, anger, life, death, mental health and, most importantly, hope. They’re what it means to be human.
 
That vulnerability has been Sorority Noise’s hallmark since they formed in 2013, but it’s never been as precise as it is on 'You're Not As _____ As You Think', their third album, set for release March 17th via Big Scary Monsters. The album follows the Connecticut-based quartet’s 'It Kindly Stopped For Me' 7” (2016), critically acclaimed 'Joy, Departed' (2015) and debut 'Forgettable' (2014) and is the most collaborative, fully realised version of Sorority Noise to date.
 
Sorority Noise recorded 'You’re Not As _____ As You Think' with producer Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday) over the span of 10 days – three times longer than it took to track 'Joy, Departed' – and this increased time allowed the band to hone the songwriting and visceral performances that have launched them onto tours with Modern Baseball, Citizen, Turnover and The Menzingers and into outlets like Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, The Fader, Spin, AV Club and Stereogum. 
 
Singer/guitarist Cameron Boucher, who prefers not to edit or overthink his lyrics, empties both his pen and soul on songs like 'No Halo', 'Disappeared' and 'A Portrait Of',' stark vignettes that find him coming to terms with the death of close friends. He’s had days, weeks and months to confront these and other emotions, and when it came time to write about them, the words spilled out.
 
So what you’re getting is an emotional bulldozer – an unfiltered, inward look at the last year of the band’s life that’s filled with intimate, visceral details yet remains universally relatable. But even amidst heavy subject matter, Sorority Noise want to give you a sense of resilience. “No matter what I feel, it’s going to be OK,” Boucher says. “Things are going to be tough, but it’s going to be fine in the end – and you have to keep going because you just have to. This is how it’s going to be. You’ve just got to do it.”
 
It’s in this way that the album’s title comes into view, and it only takes inserting a few adjectives – sad, happy, rich, poor – to realise life is all about perspective. Hardships are inevitable, but so is hope. Rather than living in the shadows, Sorority Noise have learned the only way to move past the struggle is by never stopping moving forward into the sun.
 

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The Amazing new album 'In Transit' due 6 April 2018

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Album release: 'In Transit' by The Amazing
Release date: 6 April 2018
Label: Partisan
More info: Band website

"Languid, atmospheric sounds wrapped around some charming, highly personal songwriting" CLASH

The eleven tracks on The Amazing’s new album - ‘In Transit,’ out April 6th via Partisan Records - manage to stay just out of focus. Together, they refine the Swedish five piece’s signature dreamlike soundscape, and cement the band’s status as one of the decade’s most consistently compelling acts. Listen to driving album centerpiece 'Rewind' now, accompanied by a beautifully pastoral music video, directed by filmmaker Jordan Martin in collaboration with artist Richard Fox. Watch the video here.

Self-produced, and recorded at Buller & Bäng Studio in Stockholm, ‘In Transit’ picks up right where 2016’s acclaimed ‘Ambulance’ left off. The songs expands on frontman/guitarist Christoffer Gunrup's gloomy, textured vision - gorgeous tones, fed through layers of distortion in the style of The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, The Flaming Lips. Gunrup’s fellow bandmembers, Reine Fiske (also of Dungen, guitar), Moussa Fadera (drums), Alexis Benson (bass), and Frederik Swahn (keyboards and guitars) follow suit, melding together in a vivid combination of melody and mood.

Listen to another album highlight - 'Pull' – here, which The 405 describes as “stretching towards the skyline like trails of light."

‘Ambulance’ was one of the best-reviewed rock records of 2016:

“The group has never sounded richer, fuller, or more confident in their own narcotic powers. Misery suits them.” - Pitchfork

“[on Ambulance] they excel… they sound like Mark Kozelek drowning in a sea of reverb” – Sunday Times Culture Album of The Week

“Their third album has an unyielding mood of beatific sadness, or wallowing happily in misery, that makes it blissful” – The Guardian ****

“Quietly anthemic guitar soundscapes” – Uncut 8/10

“Effortlessly gorgeous” – Mojo

"Heavy-lidded, hazy psych-folk-prog-rock." - The Line of Best Fit

"The rare album to make intimacy sound grandiose" – SPIN
 

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