Glen Hansard new album out 12 April 2019

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Album release: 'This Wild Willing' by Glen Hansard
Release date: 12 April 2019
Label: ANTI- Records
More info: Artist website

“This collection of songs is mainly made up of those that came through while improvising and following the melodic lines and threads. Sometimes when you take a small musical fragment and you care for it, follow it and build it up slowly, it can become a thing of wonder.” – Glen Hansard, 2019

Those who have followed Glen Hansard’s career since his Academy Award winning turn in the film 'Once' will have witnessed one artistic arc: the journey of a Dublin busker who cut his teeth on the greats - Dylan, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen – and followed the path of the troubadour to great effect. But there is another thread running through Hansard’s musicianship; in his decades as lead singer of Irish stalwarts The Frames, rock and folk ambitions coexisted with moments of strangeness, intimacy, and stillness.

Today, Hansard announces 'This Wild Willing', his fourth full-length album and a collection of songs that follows this second path, where he marries the sonic inventiveness of the best of his work in The Frames with the discipline he’s found as a songwriter and lyricist in his solo career.

Lead track 'I’ll Be You, Be Me' finds Hansard weighing the risks of such vulnerability, his restrained vocal masking the fury of the underlying instrumental’s building storm, and to which Hansard advises “on first listen, please turn it up loud in your head phones!”

Listen to lead single 'I'll Be You, Be Me' here.

“I’ll be you, be me and I’ll be you/I’ll take your truth, your lies, your secrets,” he sings, negotiating the consuming potential of desire. There is danger here, but it is without rancor or ill-will – the danger of a hare with its belly exposed. There is also a duality in the invitation: the audience is drawn in just as surely as the song’s object to the immersive world conjured by the album.

'This Wild Willing' was conceived in Paris and recorded at the French Black Box studios with producer David Odlum and a core group of musicians that includes classically-trained Iranian musicians the Khoshravesh brothers, long-time Hansard associates Joe Doyle (bass) and ROMY (piano, vocals, string arrangements), and Dublin electronic musicians Deasy and Dunk Murphy (Sunken Foal). The album is grounded in a spirit of openness to invention and experimentation.

Pre-order ‘This Wild Wiling’ here.

EU tour begins this March. Full list of tour dates and tickets here.

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Mandolin Orange new album out 1 February 2019

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Album release: 'Tides Of A Teardrop' by Mandolin Orange
Release date: 1 February 2019
Label: Yep Roc Records
More info: Band website

Today, Mandolin Orange release 'The Wolves,' the third single taken from their new album 'Tides Of A Teardrop' out February 1st on Yep Roc Records. Watch video for ‘Wolves’ here.

Pre-order the album here.

The band has also announced that later this year they will be performing live at the Islington Assembly Hall on 15 May — a sign of things to come for the “slow-burning, steadily rising duo [that] exudes gentle elegance” (NPR Music). This further extends their largest headlining tour to date, with over 55 shows hitting the US first and then on across Europe.

Find tickets here.

Mandolin Orange are coming off an incredible 2018 that saw them sell out every single one of their headlining US performances, make new inroads in Europe, and rack up almost 50 million streams from over 5 million fans on Spotify. The North Carolina duo’s new studio album, 'Tides Of A Teardrop', has received early praise from NPR, Paste, The i Paper, and Rolling Stone Country.

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The Murder Capital UK tour starts 31 January 2019

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Tour announcement: The Murder Capital
Tour dates: January / February 2019
Label: Human Season
More info: Band website

The Murder Capital ended 2018 as that rare thing: a band tipped from all corners without having released a single song. In an age where people and bands overshare by default, The Murder Capital have been doing the opposite. If you wanted to know about The Murder Capital, you had to get to a show and see for yourself. That’s if you could get in. Based on the caustic strength of one live recording of ‘More Is Less’, which went viral on YouTube (watch), and feverish word of mouth from those who have been lucky enough to attend these early gigs, The Murder Capital have built a formidable reputation. In just over a year, they’ve sold out shows in their hometown of Dublin (to 400 people), played with Slaves, Shame and fellow countrymen Fontaines DC and seen the likes of the NME, Loud & Quiet, Dork and DIY back them already – with The Irish Times calling them out as Ireland’s best new rock band.

With ‘Feeling Fades’ the band fulfill their early promise – delivering a brooding, propulsive slice of post-punk recorded with Flood (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Foals). In one of their rare interviews so far, the band have stated they are driven by the genuine desire to affect cultural change, and when front-man James McGovern repeats the lyric “the now elapsed ‘round you and me, and it kept us all together” on this, their debut single, you start to believe that they’re capable of achieving just that.

Stream debut single ‘Feeling Fades’ here.

Watch ‘More Is Less’ (Live session) here.

The Murder Capital will tour the UK in January and February:

31st January – Liverpool – EBGB’s

1st February – Cardiff – Club Ifor Bach

2nd February – London – The Shacklewell Arms

3rd February – Brighton – The Prince Albert

5th February – Birmingham - The Sunflower Lounge

6th February – Newcastle – Think Tank? Underground

7th February – Glasgow – The Poetry Club

8th February – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s

They will also support IDLES at the band’s sold out show at The Electric Ballroom on 6th April.

“Murder Capital are one of those most oddly entertaining prospects – a punk band that can truly instill can’t-look-away levels of captivation.” - NME

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LAGS new album out 29 March 2019

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Album release: 'SOON' by LAGS
Release date: 29 March 2019
Label: Casu Marzu Records (UK/US)
More info: Band website

Today, Italian post-hardcore band LAGS have announced their return with their new single 'Knives and Wounds'. The track was premiered via Consequence of Sound, who called it "an anthemic track with a sound reminiscent of bands like Hot Water Music, BoySetsFire, and Sparta, as singer Antonio Canestri delivers the lyrics with a powerful rasp."

Hear/share new single 'Knives and Wounds' here.

Speaking about the 'Knives and Wounds', frontman Antonio Canestri says, "‘Knives and wounds’ is the opening track of our new album and is the first song we wrote for the new album. It’s a song written in collaboration with our former singer (Luca de Santis aka SUVARI) and addresses two very important themes in the record: a disease and the search for a cure; the difficulty of being sabotaged by our own body, the failure in breaking down the "walls" in our mind, that most of the time we build as a form of self-defense from others and also from ourselves. The video is based on the concepts expressed in the lyrics and it was written by the director Stefano Pedretti: “I am my own fears, that’s what I’ve become.”"

The new track is taken from their forthcoming sophomore album 'SOON', which is due out 29th March 2019 via the newly-formed UK/US Casu Marzu Records, as well as the lauded Italian label's To Lose La Track (Crash of Rhinos, Delta Sleep, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!, DAGS etc.) and Fuzzy Cluster Records.

The new album is available to pre-order here.

More than three years have passed since Rome’s post-hardcore quartet LAGS released their debut album ‘Pilot’; a cult favourite across the Italian scene, but a well-kept secret to most. Since releasing their debut on Italian label To Lose La Track (home to likes of: Crash Of Rhinos, Delta Sleep, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!), LAGS have played over 80 shows throughout the peninsula with the likes of Beach Slang, Delta Sleep, Screeching Weasel and Raein, as well as performing at a number of national and international festivals, winning over new fans with each set. Now, March 2019 will finally see the release of their highly anticipated follow up album ‘SOON’.

Punchier and more proactive, the new album distils the sound of 2015’s ‘Pilot’ LP, coupled with a production that is consciously raw and provocative. ‘SOON’ is the sound of LAGS at their intoxicating best, mirroring the restless energy of their live shows alongside moments of measured temperance that balances the whole thing on a razors-edge.

Architects of intense contrast the band’s powerful instrumentation regularly flirts with the fragility and weight of the emotionally driven lyrics, flitting between huge anthem-to-be, shout along vocals, intricate guitars and decisive drum work. From the immediate and incendiary opener ‘Knives and Wounds’, to the hook heavy vocals of ‘Echoes’, right through to the emotive and climactic LP closer ‘I Still Remember’, the new record places its focus squarely on power, melody and understated complexity. With a nod towards classic Dischord, 90s post-hardcore and anthemic 00s indie-punk, whilst calling to mind the likes of ‘After The Eulogy’-era BoySetsFire, At The Drive-In, DeSoto, METZ and Self Defense Family, it's safe to say that long-time fans, and fans anew, will not be disappointed.

Thematically, the new album is about arrivals and departures, losses and conquests, and illnesses and healings. Full of deeply honest lyrics ‘SOON’ is a cathartic and self-realising record with moments of surprising uplift. Speaking about the record, frontman Antonio Canestri says, “Soon is a word inextricably linked to the present. It suggests immediacy, but also anticipation and uncertainty about arriving safe and sound to some place that can be either extremely beautiful or extremely painful.”

Incredibly sentimental and sonically accomplished, the new album sees LAGS hone familiar expressions from their debut into refined, darker aesthetics that give their direct sound renewed vigour. ‘SOON’ is a brazen statement of intent and a chance to prove their true prowess having spent the last few years writing and touring. LAGS are climbing steadly, gunning for soft spots and proving that they should be anything but a well-kept secret.

‘SOON’ will be released on ltd. edition cassette as well as vinyl, CD and across all digital platforms. Following the album’s release, the band will head back out on the road playing dates across Italy as well as heading overseas to play their first UK dates.

“Post-hardcore gets a fresh breath of life” – Stereogum

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Press Club tour dates April/May 2019

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Tour announcement: Press Club
Tour dates: April/May 2019
More info: Band website

With Press Club having already risen way out of Australia’s underground punk scene, to become one of the country’s buzziest new bands, today they are sharing their new single ‘Suburbia’, as well as news of a swathe of highly anticipated UK tour dates for Spring 2019. Where previous single ‘Headwreck’ was a dizzying two and a half minutes of frenetic, raw, self-assured and commanding punk – which drew high-praise from Kerrang!, Jack Saunders and Dan P Carter - ‘Suburbia’ takes its time, easing its way into an uproarious chorus that stays with you long after the final chord has rung out.

Watch the video for Suburbia here.

UK audiences will get the chance to see the band for the first time – and find out just why they’ve previously been handpicked to support to the likes of Japandroids, Joyce Manor, Cloud Nothings and Dream Wife in Australia – on the below dates.

April 16 - Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham

April - 17 Hy-Brasil, Bristol

April 18 - Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle

April 19 - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh

April 20 - Manchester Punk Festival, UK

May 2 - The Islington, London

May 3 - Dark Horse, Birmingham

May 4 - Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool

May 5 - Stag & Dagger, Glasgow

May 8 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

Tickets are available now here.

The debut album Late Teens is released Jan 25th via Hassle Records. ‘Late Teens’ is what happens when four Melbourne musicians come together to create a body of work entirely devoid of outside influence, being answerable to only themselves. Over six weeks, bassist Iain MacRae’s house was converted into a temporary song-writing sweatshop where the band wrote forty songs that were distilled into the dozen that make up the track list on Late Teens. Relying upon the experiences of their friends and people they know as subject matter, Late Teens thematically approaches displacement, relationships, internal turmoil, gentrification and inequality. Press Club is the musical embodiment of the attitude of a generation experiencing impermanence in every way.

Pre-order Late Teens on limited colour vinyl / CD / Digital here.

“One of our records of the year for sure – so great.” - Dan P Carter, BBC Radio 1

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Nick Waterhouse new album out 8 March 2019

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Album release: Nick Waterhouse
Release date: 8 March 2019
Label: Innovative Leisure
More info: Artist website

Los Angeles-based musician Nick Waterhouse has announced his new self-titled album set for March 8th release via Innovative Leisure. Following 2016’s 'Never Twice' which was hailed by Vogue as “the second coming of soul” and earned Nick a performance on 'Later' with Jools Holland, the new album was recorded at LA’s legendary Electro-Vox Recorders, and co-produced with Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul and the Broken Bones), with backing from a heavy bevy of friends and session players including Bart Davenport, percussionist Andres Renteria (Flying Lotus, Father John Misty), flutist Ricky Washington (Kamasi’s dad), and saxophonists Paula Henderson (Gogol Bordello) and Mando Dorame (JD McPherson).

The scorched earth first single 'Song For Winners' is out today via Consequence of Sound. Drawing inspiration from British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Nina Simone, the knockout track combines a feral R&B howl with elegant touches of club jazz with 60's soul.

Mary Anne Hobbs had the first play of the track on her new morning show on BBC 6 Music as her 'Near Future' feature, explaining how she’s “always loved the way he creates this atmosphere of swirling noir.”

Nick will head out on a run of European and UK headlining live dates in support of his upcoming album. See below for a full list of dates.

Listen/share: 'Song For Winners'

Pre-save album on Apple / Spotify

2019 UK + European Live Dates:

March 18th - Manchester, UK - Gorilla

March 21st - London, UK - 229 The Venue

March 23rd - Brussels, BE - Botanique-Orangerie

March 24th - Paris, FR - Petit Bain

March 26th - Hamburg, DE - Mojo Club

March 27th - Berlin, DE - Columbia Theatre

March 28th - Amsterdam, NL - Het Zonnehuis

March 30th - Athens, GR - Fuzz Live Music Club

March 31st - Thessaloniki, GR - Fix Factory of Sound

The 11-song collection features ten new Waterhouse originals, plus a deep cover of 'I Feel An Urge Coming On,' originally written by Nick’s friend and mentor Joshie Jo Armstead, who has previously written with Ray Charles and performed as both a Raelette and an Ikette in the 1960s and 70s.

There’s a reason why Nick chose to name this, his fourth album, his self-titled release. While he has always had a “style is all his own” according to NPR, this album is a deeper reflection of the cultural and emotional firmament that has made Nick the artist he is today: his passions and influences; his love and outrage. The music of Irma Thomas and Chico Hamilton; the films of Robert Siodmak and Adam Curtis. The good old bad days in San Francisco, Detroit, and Los Angeles. It’s an intoxicating world, and this album invites you to get lost in it.

Since releasing his debut single in 2010, Nick Waterhouse has toured the world (most recently on an extensive run with Allen Stone), and collaborated with or produced everyone from upstarts like Ty Segall, Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste, to septuagenarian soul legend Ural Thomas, and Latin stars the Boogaloo Assassins.

Selected previous praise for Nick Waterhouse

“Think music ain't what it used to be? Then you haven't heard Nick Waterhouse.” – GQ

“...unashamedly retro, but fizzes with an energy that retools classic R’n’B as a vibrantly post-modern American folk-art...nigh-on irresistible” – Uncut

“...balances a nostalgic timelessness with modern, urgent emotions” – Q Magazine

“...the kind of analogue obsession that suggests even the valves of his heart glow” – The Independent

“It's sexy, it's smart, and it's definitely worth another round in a bar east of Koreatown in the middle of a dark and stormy night.” – Esquire

"(I've) always loved the way he creates this atmosphere of swirling noir." - Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music)

"...sounds like the passionate conglomeration of influences from an outraged man." - Consequence of Sound

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Active Bird Community tour dates January 2019

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Tour announcement: Active Bird Community
Tour dates: January 2019
Label: Barsuk Records
More info: Band website

Following the release of their new album 'Amends', Active Bird Community have announced a short run of UK tour dates with Slothrust for January 2019.

The band will be playing the following dates:

22nd Jan - Stereo - Glasgow

23rd Jan - The Deaf Institute, Manchester

24th Jan - Boston Music Room, London

25th Jan - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

26th Jan - The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Recently signed to Barsuk (Death Cab For Cutie, Charly Bliss, Rilo Kiley and more), the band -- who have been playing together since middle school -- have previously toured with the likes of Cymbals Eat Guitars, We Were Promised Jetpacks and more, and have already seen significant support from the likes of Billboard, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Audiotree and more for their distinct brand of indie-rock. There’s lyrical depth to their output and their music is brutally honest, but not without being completely infectious.

Hear recent singles here:

'Unwind With Me'

'Baby It's You'

'Sweaty Lake'

“In the simplest of terms, Amends is a record about forgiveness,” says Tom D’Agustino, one of the singers and primary songwriters of the Brooklyn-based band Active Bird Community. “Forgiving your parents for splitting up, forgiving your friends for not always understanding you, learning to forgive yourself.” The band’s forthcoming album, Amends, dwells in the intricacies of relationships — broken bonds between friends, family, and lovers — and hoping to heal.

In Hastings-on-Hudson, a small town just north of New York City, the band’s founding members — D’Agustino, co-songwriter/lead guitarist Andrew Wolfson, and bassist Zach Slater — were three teenagers without direction. Long summers were spent learning how to write and perform songs, and how to communicate complex emotions, which at such a young age brought the friends closer and closer together. “I think starting the band was almost a symbol of our friendship,” says D’Agustino. “I think we wanted to build something together.” Active Bird Community became an exciting new world for them to explore, a home to run away to whenever life got too confusing, too difficult to navigate. They didn’t expect the band to last through high school, so when it did, they had to choose: separate and head off to different colleges, or stay together and see where the band could go. They chose both, and with the addition of Quinn McGovern on drums, Active Bird Community’s lineup was finalised.

In the years since, as its members made their way through young adulthood and graduated college, the band has self-released three albums: the scrappy, lo-fi Magnum Opus, the tender garage-rock assemblage I’ve Been Going Swimming (2015), and their most recent release, the anthemic Stick Around (2017). They’ve cultivated a dynamic live show that’s fortified by a collective chemistry only possible from years of friendship. Active Bird Community is finely-tuned and musically tight — their earnestness and kinetic enthusiasm is wholly contagious, and still evident despite their advanced age of…24. And now, they’ve returned with Amends — their Barsuk Records debut and perhaps their most deeply felt album to date.

Amends is a contemplation on loss and forgiveness that volleys between the perspectives of D’Agustino and Wolfson. “We’ve both written for the records before,” Wolfson says. “But on Stick Around it felt like Tom’s voice was the protagonist and mine was the narrator.” D’Agustino’s anxious search for maturity was countered by Wolfson’s hesitation to stop and absorb the world around them. A similar step-ball-change of action and commentary drives Amends forward, only this time specific memories are unpacked, and the past is explored and confronted rather than avoided.

Take the title track — a driving, bittersweet song that feels sonically indebted to bands like Built to Spill, and fraught with the tension of family, loss, and learning to move on without resentment. Later there’s “Unwind With Me,” a breakup song that feels like it’s as much of a condemnation of the singer as a lamentation for failed love. “I’m unraveling everything, I need it slower than before, I need to call somebody more,” D’Agustino sings, refusing to skirt around his own culpability. There’s the McGovern-penned track “Downstairs,” a song about formless anxiety that begins delicately then gradually swells into a wall of guitar. “Silver Screen,” meanwhile, is a glowing vision of life ascending, how Wolfson imagines the future could be.

And lastly there’s “Lighthouse.” The track caps the record with a final story about D’Agustino’s mother, about familial turmoil, misunderstanding, and eventual absolution — of both oneself and others. “When I was in high school, my mom became obsessed with painting lighthouses. She’d paint them on everything, buy little lighthouse magnets or keychains, there were lighthouses everywhere. I think they gave her safety, some moments of stability in her chaotic life. There were times when my mom would be struck with this mania that would inspire and awe me, while also terrify me,” he says. “Sitting at the table with what felt like a makeshift family was too much to handle, so I checked out. Convinced myself that there was nothing wrong with me, the pain that my mother felt that drove her to incessantly make lighthouses wasn’t my pain. Enough time passes and I realize that pain isn’t crazy, it isn’t the end of the world. I’m old enough now to poke holes in how I was as a teenager, point out some faulty logic, but young enough still to remember where that logic came from, why it had to be formulated at all.”

Amends represents Active Bird Community’s efforts to contend honestly with the pain of their experiences and explore the empowering nature of forgiveness. “If you can’t forgive yourself, that robs you of your responsibility to be a force for good outside of your own immediate universe. When you take the step from blaming and wallowing, there is an opening for you to become a fuller person,” D’Agustino says. “In saying ‘it’s ok’ to your life, there’s so much power there. You can blame other people for how you feel or the choices you make, or you can take some responsibility for your feelings and your actions and try to make a change, and that first step is making amends.”

"Active Bird Community have got the swagger and the daring, but also the intense vulnerability that permeates your life when you’re young and trying to find out exactly where you fit in the world." - The Line Of Best Fit

"The Brooklyn four-piece may sound laid back, but they don’t shy away from really digging into their own vulnerabilities, fears, and frustrations and fleshing these out in their songs" - Stereogum

"a winning missive; smart and accessible, dazzling in its brightest moments and suitably sullen when the light fades. These birds are ones to watch…" - Upset

"one minute The Crocketts’ chaotic delivery, the next Fountains of Wayne’s measured rock with the poppier bits of Jimmy Eat World." - Loud & Quiet

"...a scrappy punk slugfest rife with immediate post-college struggles." - Billboard

“Off piste and defiantly surreal” before going on to say, “it somehow hangs together remarkably well, like a smash hit from an alternative dimension.” - CLASH

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Mozes and the Firstborn new album out 25 January 2019

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Album release: 'Dadcore' by Mozes and the Firstborn
Release date: 25 January 2019
Label: Burger Records
More info: Band website

Following the worldwide release of their third full-length album 'Dadcore' on Jan 25th via Burger Records, Mozes and the Firstborn will bring their potent mix of grunge and powerpop to the UK for an exclusive show at Shacklewell Arms, London on March the 12th. Full dates for their newly announced EU tour can be found below, Mozes and The Firstborn’s European Tour kicks off after their US dates with "Madrid's finest" The Parrots in February 2019.

Mozes and the Firstborn European tour dates and tickets

California's Burger Records were the first to jump onto the addictive, raw energy of Mozes and the Firstborn, releasing their debut album in 2014. Since then the band have had praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR Music, Noisey, released various singles on Universal B.V. and played countless SXSW shows, winning fans across the world.

Listen to latest singles 'Hello' and 'If I'.

Pre-order the new album here.

Ask an average 15 year old kid nowadays what rock music means to him and they'll probably say: "That's something my dad listens to". With 'Dadcore', Mozes and the Firstborn embrace this sentiment by exploring their favorite styles within the paternal genre. The band present the record as a mix-tape, a colourful collection of eclectic songs that they've hand chosen and want you to fall in love with and pick out your favourites, like any other mix-tape. The production of each song was approached differently to highlight the wide influences on the album. Melle Dieleson explains the love behind their music:

"Dadcore is a love letter to rock music. It's an ode to being in a band. After eight years we still sometimes play shows where only twelve people show up, there's no backstage and the fee is a case of beer and a place to crash. Nonetheless, there's four people up on that stage rocking out as hard as they can. That's Dadcore to me."

Dadcore was produced by drummer Raven Aartsen with Chris Coady (Beach House, Yuck, together PANGEA) on board as co-producer. On this third record the band has worked with different mixing engineers including Chris Coady, Rob Barbato (Kevin Morby, The Babies, The Fall), Roland Cosio (together PANGEA, Fuzz, Peach Kelli Pop) and Andrew Schubert & Eric Carlson (together PANGEA, Mean Jeans, Wand).

"...like something that might waft out of a California garage in the 1960s...sunny, crunchy, extremely catchy." - NPR Music

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Theon Cross new single out now

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Single release: 'Panda Village' by Theon Cross
Release date: Out now
Label: Gearbox Records
More info: Artist webiste

Today, London tuba player and composer Theon Cross has shared his brand new single 'Panda Village'. Featuring fellow jazz trailblazers Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd, the track marks Theon's first new solo release since his 2015 EP 'Aspirations'. The new single was premiered by the Quietus yesterday, who said "It’s electrifying to hear such a masterful interplay by three musicians at the top of their game."

Hear / share the new single 'Panda Village' here.

As one of the stalwarts of the London jazz scene, Theon Cross has been dominating airwaves and stages recently. He's part of a family network of young London-based musicians who have regularly supported one another in stretching and re-shaping the boundaries of the jazz genre. Having made a name for himself both as a member of the Mercury-nominated and award-winning quartet Sons of Kemet, as well as his own powerful and eclectic solo material, the last few years have seen Theon Cross appear on a number of highly acclaimed releases including the lauded ‘We Out Here’ compilation via Brownswood Recordings, as well as on the recent ‘Where We Come From’ mixtape on Chicago label International Anthem. Similarly, he has also performed around the world alongside the likes of Kano (appearing on-stage at Glastonbury), Moses Boyd, Makaya McCraven, Jon Baptiste, Pharoe Monch, Emile Sande and is a permanent fixture in South London-based collective Steam Down.

Within all this noise, Theon has also been leading his own trio project with the talented Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd. 'Panda Village' marks the first of Theon's new material from the trio to be released on Gearbox Records (Thelonious Monk, Binker and Moses, Sarathy Korwar), who he plans to release further music with in 2019 - More details TBA.

'Panda Village' is available to purchase here.

Praise for Theon Cross

“incredible!” – Gilles Peterson

“crucially embraces the bass and rhythm role with exuberant inventiveness” – the Guardian

“A prodigious young talent” – New York Times

“could easily be sampled for a fiery Skepta track” – Rolling Stone

“swaggering grime tuba and hyped-up free-bop interplay” – the Quietus

“a key player in the UK’s bright-burning young jazz scene” – Stamp The Wax

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Wet Dreams debut album out 29 March 2019

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Album release: Wet Dreams
Release date: 29 March 2019
Label: Black Pop Records
More info: Band website

Norway's newest power-punks Wet Dreams have revealed a brand new single today called 'Bad Boy' and announced their debut self-titled album which will be released on March 29th via Black Pop Records.

Songwriter Sebastian Ulstad Olsen of Wet Dreams said that the video was: "...filmed in the deep forests of our beloved Østfold, Norway, this is the site for a secret festival happening every year. If you know, you know…"

Watch Wet Dreams 'Bad Boy' video on YouTube.

Wet Dreams were consummated in an Oslo basement, when Death By Unga Bunga frontman Sebastian Ulstad Olsen had conceived a few bastard songs he did not know what to do with. The songs grew into a fast and scruffy EP, released in the summer of 2017 – and now the self-titled debut album is finally here.

Wet Dreams is a punk rock/garage group from Oslo consisting of members from FOAMMM, Warp Riders, De Marvells as well as the aforementioned Death By Unga Bunga. They played one of their first ever concerts at Norway’s biggest festival, Øya in 2017, which lead to them being highlighted by NME as one of the best discoveries from the event where they described them as being for fans of "The Ramones to The Vaccines" and said their set was like "Motorhead covering The Hives”. In 2018 they have played festivals in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Following the album release in March 2019 the band will tour Norway, Europe and the US.

Wet Dreams recorded the album by themselves, while Øystein Braut (Electric Eye, Dig Deeper, Soft Ride, Low Frequency in Stereo) aced the mixing, birthing an album of gritty, aggressive and ultra-catchy punk rock n roll.

Songwriter Sebastian Ulstad Olsen had this to say on the sound of the band:

"Even if the song structures aren’t miles away from the stuff I write in Death By Unga Bunga, I’ve been longing to challenge the recording and production process. I love music that bends the rules, so Wet Dreams is a great laboratory for this purpose."

The record is about the idea of being – or trying to be – “larger than life” to conceal one’s own insecurities. The collection on the surface may appear a classic testosterone-fueled out-pour, but the lyrics combat this with belief that ultimately we’re all just humans with the same fundamental needs and desires.

The Wet Dream-song 'I Can Fly' will be featured in an upcoming episode of the US TV show 'War Games' - an interactive up-to-date take on the 1983 classic Matthew Broderick-starring film.

“Imagine Motorhead covering The Hives. Add beer, punk, and stir. Doesn’t that sound fun?” – NME (2017)

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Cleaning Women new album out 15 February 2019

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Album release: 'Intersubjectivity' by Cleaning Women
Release date: 15 Februrary 2019
Label: Svart
More info: Band website

The cleaning robots return with their first album in ten years. Cleaning Women, with their DIY instruments, release a new album on Svart Records on February 15th. Titled ‘Intersubjectivity’, the album has been mixed by Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke, which has resulted in the band’s curiously original approach to music sounding more organic than ever.

Watch / share new video for the single 'We Work It Out'.

“We wanted the album to sound like how we sound live on stage, at least to our ears. We wanted to carry our junk instruments to the finest studio we can find so that we could bring out the smallest nuances of the sound our instruments produce. We recorded the album in the brand new E-Studio in Sipoo, Finland, with as few overdubs as possible. Alexander Hacke, who has three decades of experience with the clang and rattle of junk metal, managed to dig up the essential elements in our music. Studio sessions took a mere five days, as did mixing, so everything happened quite intuitively with little polish to things. That’s why we feel the result sounds intergalactically fresh”, comments the band.

Alexander Hacke thinks that “Working with the Cleaning Women was a wonderful experience all around. This Finnish trio is a unique outfit with an innovative agenda, inventing and building their own instruments, while delivering solid, danceable and very entertaining music. They are fearless, cranky with a great sense of humour"

After the previous album ‘U’ the band have spent their time with a number of multidisciplinary projects, including music for documentaries and movies and live soundtracks to silent movies, and also played over 500 shows in over 20 countries. The band also took part in, among others, the Parallax art exhibition in Mexico City, which showcased Finnish modern art.

Cleaning Women's DIY instruments

  • Thunder Plate

  • Electric Coffee Bean Can Bouzouki

  • Customised Laundry Rack

  • Metal Box

  • Percussion Set: Plastic Bucket Kick Drum, Metal Boxkick Snare, Movie Reel Box Snare, Metal Cans and Pots, Washing Machine Drive Snares

  • 3-String Sub Bass

  • Melodic Kling Klang

  • 3-String Closet Hanger Rod Bass

  • Wooden Box

  • 4-String Enamel Wash Tub Bass

  • Electric Hammered Dulcimer Bass Rack with Melodic Metal Rods

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Guided By Voices new album out 1 February 2019

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Album release: ‘Zeppelin Over China’ by Guided By Voices
Release date: 1 February 2019
Label: Rockathon
More info: Band website

We are extremely excited to announce that Guided By Voices will be appearing at Primavera Sound Festival 2019 in Barcelona (May 30) and Porto (June 7).

This will be the legendary band's first return to Spain since 1997 and their first time ever in Portugal. GBV has played just one show in Europe (2011) in the past 15 years.

In celebration of the news, the band are sneaking out a preview song, titled ‘My Future In Barcelona’, from GBV's forthcoming epic double album, ‘Zeppelin Over China’ (in stores on February 1st). Pre-order the album here. Listen to ‘My Future In Barcelona’ here.

‘Zeppelin Over China’ is a major and majestic work in the GBV canon, spotlighting the scope and genius of Pollard's songwriting. With 32 songs in 75 minutes, the massive Zeppelin reaches lofty heights on its musical journey. Pollard continues to deliver endless invention and emotional wallop in 2 and 3-minute guitar rock gems.

Pollard has assembled his greatest supporting cast ever -- Doug Gillard (guitar), Kevin March (drums), Mark Shue (bass), Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar) and Travis Harrison (engineer) -- and this line-up's virtuosic talents spur him to his most ambitious work yet, a grand album of emotional resonance and narrative drama.

After well-deserved acclaim for the mind-boggling milestone of Pollard's 100 career albums, ‘Zeppelin Over China’ is a wonderful entry point for new listeners to experience Guided By Voices for the first time. Not resting on his laurels, Pollard’s tireless tenacity pays off with spectacular results.

If one song is not enough, the band also release their ‘Wine Cork Stonehenge’ EP on 7" and you can hear the effortless pop smarts of ‘My Angel’ from that record here.

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Swazi Gold new single out now

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Single release: 'Disco' by Swazi Gold
Release date: Out now
Label: Research Records
More info: Band website

Formed by the chief songwriters from Melbourne bands Crepes, Dreamin' Wild and Sagamore, Swazi Gold brings old friends together. Chris Jennings and Sam Cooper grew up in the Victorian coastal towns of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, while Tim Karmouche was an inland man, hailing from Ballarat in the state’s north-west.

It’s this togetherness that’s at the heart of Swazi Gold’s debut album, 'Jehovah’s Whispers', out on 1st March 2019 via research records. There are six songs, two created by each member; through true collaboration and participation. Nothin’ but a democracy there.

The first single from the album is 'Disco', written by Jennings. He says the song is about, “moving to Melbourne and seeing how we’ve all changed. We’ve all come from these bands that were heavily influenced by the coast and were our hometowns. They’ve changed a lot. We’ve kind of stopped being from the coast,” he says.

Listen to Disco here.

Driven by a sassy disco beat, the song name-checks towns dotted along Victoria’s western coastline. These places, like Leopold, Portarlington, Bellbrae and Torquay, are the former homes of Swazi Gold. The final places, and indeed the final words uttered in the song, are better known international hubs—like Barcelona, London and Berlin—suggesting the mainstreaming of worlds in moving to the big smoke.

On 'Disco' and 'Jehovah’s Whispers', Swazi Gold draw on their collective love of Nigerian funk, American electronics, and quirky, melody-driven pop music to explore the spaces between conventional genres. Artists ranging from the likes of Haruomi Hosono and William Onyeabor to JJ Cale and Harry Nilsson form the reference points that the give light to the band's creative spark.

‘Jehovah’s Whispers’ was recorded in a single weekend in 2017 at the Cooper’s family home in Ocean Grove, and captures the deep friendship between the three members.

Lyrically, the remaining five songs address a range of themes, from the realisation of personal limitations to seeing a thriving country town fade to nothingness. There’s also a brooding one in there for anyone who’s ever been ripped off.

'Jehovah’s Whispers' proves the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And in amidst the love and equality, Swazi Gold’s debut album still packs a punch.

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Heavy Lungs tour dates January / February 2019

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Tour announcement: Heavy Lungs
Tour dates: January / February 2019
More info: Band website

To celebrate the release of the IDLES and Heavy Lungs split 7” single, Heavy Lungs have revealed a brand new video to accompany their track 'Blood Brother', a reference to their front man's close relationship with Joe Talbot. IDLES return the favour with their anthem ‘Danny Nedelko’, a direct reference to the Heavy Lungs singer of the same name.

Watch Heavy Lungs ‘Blood Brother’ video on YouTube.

Following their support role for IDLES' sold out UK tour last month, Heavy Lungs have their own headline UK tour early next year.

Full tour dates and tickets here.

Danny Nedelko of Heavy Lungs on the collaboration:

“The 'Blood Brother' video is a collaboration with our friend Elliot Pearce, who also directed the video for 'Stutter'. The video is a visually driven narrative that echoes the lyrical content of the song. However, it ultimately stands alone as a separate piece of surrealistic art driven by Elliot’s creative interpretation of the song.”

Editor & Director Elliot Pearce

"The lyrics are very potent and speak candidly about the love, devotion, and commitment that occur in friendship - specifically referring to Danny’s relationship with Joe. I wanted this video to represent these feelings in a more literal and physical sense. I also wanted it to be fun. I don’t come from a music video background, and I find the traditional idea of just watching a band play for three and a half minutes boring and artificial. This was about having fun, and I really hope that translates to anyone watching."

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Lene Lovich tour dates March 2019

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Tour announcement: Lene Lovich
Tour dates: March 2019
More info: Artist website

March 2019 sees the Lene Lovich Band taking to the road to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Lene's classic debut album ‘Stateless’. Containing the smash hit ‘Lucky Number’ and other perennial Lene favourites including ‘Home’, ‘Say When’, ‘I Think We're Alone Now’ and the celebrated ballad ‘Too Tender to Touch’, ‘Stateless’ was an immediate success when it was first released by cult post-punk label Stiff Records, and has held it's place in fans' affections for four decades. Lene Lovich’s work spent over four and a half months in the Top 40 charts after the release of her debut album in 1978 in the UK and 1979 in the US.

The tour will be fans' only chance to catch ‘Stateless’ performed in it's entirety. The show also includes other Lene favourites, such as the Thomas Dolby-penned hit ‘New Toy’, as well as a handful of songs from Lene's highly regarded second album ‘Flex’.

Dates and tickets here.

Listen to ‘Lucky Number’ here.

“It is incredibly flattering to know that people are still interested in Stateless after all these years. And it is always humbling to learn what it has meant to people on a personal level. We all have music which becomes the soundtrack to our lives, and to know that people are still listening is the highest compliment that you can ever be paid as an artist and a performer.

Far from being near nostalgia, taking the album out on the road for its anniversary year is a way of saying thank you, both to the fans who have appreciated it for so long, and also to the songs themselves, which have meant so very much to me and gave me such a wonderful start on this journey.” - Lene Lovich, November 2018

The Lene Lovich Band were formed in 2012 by Lene and guitarist Jude Rawlins and have been performing across Europe to much acclaim ever since. The Stateless 40th Anniversary Tour kicks off in the UK in March of 2019 and sees the band performing across the country for the first time since appearing as special guests of the Psychedelic Furs in 2017.

A new version of ‘Stateless’ is currently being recorded by the band and will be released to tie in with the tour, marking Lene's return to the studio after a 13 year hiatus.

More on Lene Lovich

Lene Lovich was born Lili-Marlene Premilovich in Detroit, Michigan, to an English mother and an American father of Yugoslavian descent. At age 13 her father developed health problems and so the family relocated to Hull, England. Later on she began to perform in cabaret clubs in London as a dancer, recorded screams for Hammer Film Productions to dub onto their horror-films, wrote lyrics for French disco artist Marc Cerrone (including the sci-fi dance hit ‘Supernature’) and worked in various theatre productions.

After finding her feet in the post-punk and new wave developing in the UK, Lovich's musical style combined her own quirky inventions with contemporary punk rock and new wave styles.

Biography by Tony R. Vario

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Mandolin Orange tour dates May 2019

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New video and tour announcement: Mandolin Orange
Tour dates: May 2019
More info: Band website

Today, Mandolin Orange release the official music video for 'Golden Embers,' a striking embodiment of both the agony and recovery at the foundation of their new album, ‘Tides Of A Teardrop’ (out February 1st on Yep Roc Records). ‘Tides Of A Teardrop’ delves into singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin’s grief following the death of his mother, and the visual paints an intimate, resilient portrait of a father and son coping with despair. As Marlin told Garden & Gun, “I wrote this song to my Dad. I think we all try to hide our emotional pain or frustration sometimes, for the benefit of the ones around us.”

Watch Mandolin Orange ‘Golden Embers’ video on YouTube.

As a thesis of the new LP and an encapsulation of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz’s patiently expressive work, the piece accompanies news of a headlining tour in Europe and the UK in May 2019. Stops will include London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Munich and more - find all new dates here. Tickets are on sale this Friday, November 30th – following a Music Glue pre-sale on November 29th.

Mandolin Orange’s grassroots success story continues to grow: they’ve sold out every one of their headlining US performances in 2018, and nearly repeated that accomplishment in Europe. Their sixth studio album, ‘Tides Of A Teardrop’, is building on 100 million catalogue streams and 1.3 million monthly Spotify listeners, while earning early praise from Rolling Stone Country, Paste, Garden & Gun, and NPR Music, who hailed the North Carolinians as a “slow-burning, steadily rising duo [that] exudes gentle elegance.”

Watch a live rendition of lead single 'Time We Made Time'.

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Silverbacks new single out now

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Single release: ‘Just In The Band’ by Silverbacks
Release date: Out now
Label: PK Miami Records
More info: Band website

Dublin art-punks Silverbacks are storming back into action in 2019 with their new single ‘Just In The Band’ premiering at Stereogum, produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox and released through their own PK Miami Records.

Irish art punks Silverbacks delve into themes of false idolatry and deeper connection in their latest track ‘Just In The Band’ out Friday November 23rd on PK Miami.

Produced by Daniel Fox from fellow Dubliners Girl Band, 'Just In The Band' carries the same nagging unease as previous single 'Dunkirk' with taut drums and unrelenting bass underpinning seasick guitar arps and Daniel O’Kelly’s blunt commentary on the ‘problems down the back’. Feedback soaked and frazzled, it sees the band step further away from their indie roots and more into the groove - if the groove covered itself in petrol and dared you to light the match.

Silverbacks are a thrilling prospect, delivering their own louche take on NYC-indebted rock: slack enough for the tastemakers while also mining the gems of a pop vein, catching the ears of those with a taste for a good hook. Now a full-fledged five piece after graduating from the bedroom project of songwriting brothers Kilian and Daniel O’Kelly, they ply their trade with as much emphasis on the dry humour running through Daniel’s lyrics as the propulsive, triple guitar-led onslaught in their music.

Upcoming Irish shows:

  • December 1st: Other Voices 2018, Dingle (Hennessy Music Trail)

  • December 8th: Whelans, Dublin

The video for previous single 'Dunkirk' was created by Cameron Taylor, a childhood friend of the band's brothers Kilian and Daniel O'Kelly, who has done all of Silverbacks' artwork to date, and is "an important part of [their] direction." His video for 'Dunkirk' delves into their shared past: "The last scene in the music video features a typically grey and flat Flanders landscape where the three of us grew up. The estates in which we lived were once battlefields in the First and Second World War which isn’t too far off the idea of a beach resort in Dunkirk."

Dunkirk by Dublin band Silverbacks video on YouTube

Press reaction

"...infectious and breakneck" - Stereogum

"Dublin art-punks Silverbacks combat martial strife and boredom via tense, methodical beats and prickly guitar riffs." - Paste

"...jagged-yet-slick …modern post-punk" - The 405

"...another promising installment in Silverbacks’ early output, a suggestion that their forthcoming album will be an overdriven display of gratifyingly dense guitars and vocal hooks alike" - Stereogum

"...a crashing melodic chorus, kinetic drum fills, and tasty licks that would do Tom Verlaine proud" - Hot Press

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Hajk new single out now

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Single release: 'Keep Telling Myself' by Hajk
Release date: out now
Label: Jansen
More info: Band website

Today, Hajk have shared a brand new single entitled 'Keep Telling Myself' which has been described by DIY as "shimmering, woozy pop goodness".

The band's Preben Sælid Andersen has said that 'Keep Telling Myself' is, "actually a pretty dark song about trying to convince yourself that love still exists – not just between two people, but in general. This is also a sonic leap for us, containing a variety of sounds that we really enjoyed exploring."

Listen to 'Keep Telling Myself'

Pre-order album 'Drama'

'Keep Telling Myself' is the latest single to be released from newly announced album 'Drama', the first track 'Dancing Like This' can be heard below:

Listen to 'Dancing Like This'

Listen to debut single 'Magazine'

'Drama' – of the interpersonal kind – that’s what Hajk have turned their focus to. The band burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album last year, garnering support around the world as well as making a name for themselves in their home country of Norway. Now, the highly anticipated follow-up 'Drama' has been announced for February 2019 – a record that both pulls at the heartstrings and urges you to dance away your sorrows. Lead single and first taste of what is to come arrives in the form of the bubblegum-flavoured new cut, 'Dancing Like This'. It's a lyrically melancholy and wide-eyed love song, with an addictive melody that looks to sugarcoat your tears.

Hajk’s 2017 debut received praise from the likes of Astrid S, Sigrid and Kimbra, as well as actress and model, Chloë Grace Moretz. International acclaim came in waves from Noisey, Stereogum, The Line of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, V Magazine, The Independent, Indie Shuffle, and more, noting their idiosyncratic, yet supremely catchy pop tunes, while likening them to everything from Fleetwood Mac and Aztec Camera to Dirty Projectors and Little Dragon.

With their second album, 'Drama', a more self-assured band reveals themselves. Sharpened by more studio experience, they have once again produced the record themselves, taking extreme care over every second and minute detail of their work. Blending analogue and digital sounds, switching between programmed arrangements and live takes from the studio, drawing on three lead vocalists and an assortment of guest musicians, Hajk conjured up whatever was necessary to fulfill their creative vision.

The title 'Drama' relates to the drama of humanity and a somewhat naïve yearning for love in a world in which love can sometimes seem in scarce supply.

'Drama' is due for release on February 15th via Jansen Records.

PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR HAJK

"...shimmering, woozy pop goodness" - DIY Magazine

"This new Oslo-based band will make you feel so very fine" - Noisey

"The soaring vocals of Feist with the erratic percussion of Dirty Projectors" - V Magazine

Ones To Watch at The Guardian

"Hajk has delivered one of the best debuts of the year" - The Line Of Best Fit

"Crisp, clear, and smooth... street-ready guitar-pop" - Stereogum

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Maxïmo Park new album out 22 February 2019

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Album release: ‘As Long As We Keep Moving’ by Maxïmo Park
Release date: 22 February 2019
More info: Band website

Over three million album sales and multiple Top 10 records into their career, Maxïmo Park are today announcing that their live album ‘As Long As We Keep Moving’ will be released on Feb 22nd, featuring hits spanning their six albums to date. ‘Get High (No, I Don’t)’ and ‘What Equals Love?’ appear from latest album ‘Risk To Exist’, as does Top 20 single ‘Books From Boxes’, and the beloved ‘Going Missing’ B-Side ‘A19’.

Much-loved on record, the band are famed for reaching new levels of dynamism, energy and excitement in a live environment. Many fan-favourites are given such life in this new release. Mixed by Adrian Bushby, he captures the band at the peak of their powers, showcasing what has made them such a popular live act over the last 14 years. Accompanying the live performance on CD is its counterpart on DVD; a beautifully filmed, engaging and intimate set from the band, that really highlights the live strengths they have.

Lead singer Paul Smith comments; "It's been over a decade since our only live DVD, ‘Found On Film’. We thought we would make an audio-visual document of our band in its current incarnation, especially because we feel like we are at our most dynamic in a live setting.”

Pre-order it HERE (includes ‘I Want You To Stay’ as an instant-grat) and watch the live video HERE.

To coincide the release the band have also confirmed their first live outing for 2019, at Leeds Beckett University on Jan 10th. Tickets go on sale Friday 30th November at 9:00am, and will be available HERE.

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Jaws new single out now

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Single release: ‘Driving At Night’ by JAWS
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

Birmingham dream-pop trio JAWS return today with the announce of their third and most ambitious album yet, ‘The Ceiling’, out April 5th 2019. Recording again with Gethin Pearson, who also produced 2016's "Simplicity", the album represents another musical leap forward for the band, adding new textures and further honing a sound that has been theirs since their inception.

You can watch the video (directed by Morgan Tedd) for the album opener and propulsive lead single ‘Driving At Night’ HERE.

Front man and guitarist Connor Schofield has the following to say about the new album and single:

“Lyrically ‘The Ceiling’ is generally about feeling a bit lost, I think as you grow up everything feels like its moving along a lot quicker; friends, relationships, life can all seem to move at 100 mph. Sometimes we forget that its OK to stand still for a bit sometimes and actually breathe. A lot of these songs are about dealing with that. Musically I think we’ve surprised even ourselves with it, we’ve gone down paths we haven’t taken before and ended up with something we’re really very excited about.”

“‘Driving at Nigh't’ follows the general theme of the record. I wrote it while thinking a lot about my hometown of Birmingham and I think it sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the record.”

Drummer Eddy Geach also said, "Basically that there's some things on there that people might not expect. Some that even took us by surprise, but also, classic jaws vibes."

As well as the new album, JAWS also announce a UK tour for April.

"The Ceiling" is due out 5th April 2019 - Pre-order HERE.

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