Louien shares new single and announces new album

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Album release: 13th September 2019
Label: Jansen Records
More info: Louien’s Facebook page

Louien – AKA Live Miranda Solberg – returns today with new music in the form of latest single I Follow You. Taken from an album set to emerge later this year on revered Norwegian label Jansen Records, I Follow You forms part of a new works that explores how the process of mourning and grief can change a person’s outlook. It focuses not only death, but isolation and separation in general. Live’s ability to marry these themes with delicate and intricate melodies make I Follow You an immediately rewarding listen.

About the album, Louien says, “Grief allows for beautiful things as well - love and hope, for instance - and you really get in touch with your own feelings. But this album is probably more about the first phase of a grieving process – hopelessness, isolation, anxiety and depression."

Listen to I Follow You HERE

Louien has appeared at some of Norway’s biggest festivals, including Oya and by:Larm. The album was recorded with Øyvind Røsrud Gundersen at Brageveien Studio in Oslo. Among the guests are Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen, Henrik Lødøen, Øystein Braut, Kristine Marie Aasvang, Signe Marie Rustad and Einar Kaupang.

The album None of My Words will be released on Jansen Records September 13th 2019.

Find Louien online: Jansen Records | Facebook | Spotify

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Press Club announce new album and share lead single

Photo credit: Ian Laidlaw

Photo credit: Ian Laidlaw

Album release: 16th August 2019
Label: Hassle Records
More info: Press Club’s website

When Melbourne punks Press Club released their debut album Late Teens, it was received as a cacophonous battle-cry, resonating with fans far beyond their native Australia. Marked out as a band to keep an eye out for very early on, their music was singled out for its honesty and integrity, and the band praised for their social awareness, calls for self-improvement and powerhouse live performances. Today, the band announce their anticipated follow-up album, Wasted Energy, along with new single Thinking About You.

Pre-order Wasted Energy HERE
Listen to Thinking About You
HERE
Official Youtube Audio Stream
HERE

Press Club’s sonic calling cards are all present on Wasted Energy; the fuzz-addled, kicked-in speaker bass of Iain MacRae, the thick guitar tones of Greg Rietwyk, the merciless drumming of Frank Lees, and the emotionally charged vocal deliverance of Natalie Foster. On new single Thinking About You, amongst the climactic clatter of the band giving it everything, is Foster recounting her experience with a stalker. Never one to shy away from what is uncomfortable, the song embodies a freak’s tongue, cooing unbridled down the phone line; abrupt, uninvited, and out of the blue.

In contrast to Late Teens, lyrically, Wasted Energy approaches the microphone through a lens of extrospection. It examines the negative behaviours in the world around us and how we’re all learning to exist in today’s ever-evolving socio-moral landscape. Wasted Energy is broadly about change, and life’s watershed moments that change its course. These shifts are laterally represented lyrically and sonically in many of its songs. Sweeping about-faces and musical departures are an expansion of the musical fibre that make up the Press Club repertoire.

Don’t miss the band in August as they embark on their biggest UK headline tour to date, including performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals. The full list of upcoming shows is as follows.

Full tour dates are below

Thu Aug 22 - The Parish, Huddersfield UK
Fri Aug 23 - Reading Festival, Reading UK
Sat Aug 24 - Leeds Festival, Leeds UK
Sun Aug 25 - Greenbelt Festival, Northamptonshire UK
Tue Aug 27 - Redrum, Stafford UK
Wed Aug 28 - Bodega, Nottingham UK
Thu Aug 29 - Surf Cafe, Newcastle UK
Frid Aug 30 - Broadcast, Glasgow UK
Sat Aug 31 - Night People, Manchester UK
Tue Sep 3 - Annie's, Worcester UK
Wed Sep 4 - Bermuda Bob’s Hi-Fi, Norwich UK
Thu Sep 5 - New Cross Inn, London UK – VENUE CHANGE FROM THE BORDERLINE
Fri Sep 6 - Prince Albert, Brighton UK
Sun Sep 8 - Cinetol, Amsterdam NL
Tue Sep 10 – Haldern Pop Bar, Haldern DE
Wed Sep 11 - Sonic Ballroom, Cologne DE
Thu Sep 12 - Alte Hackerei, Karlsruhe DE
Fri Sep 13 - Dynamo, Zurich CH
Sat Sep 14 - Strom, Munich DE
Sun Sep 15 - Cross Club, Prague CZ
Wed Sep 18 - Stengade - Copenhagen DK
Thu Sep 19 & Friday Sep 20 - Reeperbahn, Hamburg DE
Sat Sep 21 - Vera, Groningen NL

Tickets are available now HERE

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Download hi-res album artwork HERE

Praise for debut album Late Teens

“An amazing, amazing record. There’s no answer to where they could end up.”– Kerrang! Hottest Bands of 2019

“A breathless exorcism of adolescent emotion. Late teens will leave a remarkable imprint.” - NME

“The centrepiece both on record and in the flesh is the powerhouse performance of vocalist Natalie Foster.” – DIY

“This is one club that the world will be clamouring to join.” - Upset

“Press Club install a rackety underlay to their sound that gives them a uniqueness most bands would kill for.” - Alt Press Bands to Watch 2019

“Suburbia is such a big track” - Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1

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

“A listen-all-the-way-through-and-hit-repeat masterpiece.” - Aesthetica Magazine

“Nat Foster adds a lot of star power. You can see Press Club going far.” - Louder Than War

“Headwreck is a whirlwind of a track.” - The i Paper

Find Press Club online: 
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Spotify

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Chloe Foy shares new single

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Single release: Out now
More info: Chloe Foy website

Listen HERE

Praise for Chloe Foy:

"Beautiful and relatable." – The Line of Best Fit

"Her huge talent lies in creating delicate yet intense atmospheres that swallow us in bliss, while her voice remains our steady link to reality." – The 405

"From the delicate guitar line to her urgent vocal, the sighing chorus in the background and the martial drums 'Oh You Are Not Well' leads with an incredible sense of purpose, with Chloe Foy taking time to place each note in exactly the right position." – CLASH

"Foy glistens with a dark, youthful honesty, full of relief." – EARMILK

Chloe Foy writes a brand of melodic, homegrown music, bursting with colourful, lyrical and textural inflections evocative of much of the music she loves. Taking inspiration from classical music as much as wider transatlantic trends in folk and indie, Chloe’s songs comprise of carefully constructed arrangements that delicately compliment her cryptic lyrics.

Having performed at SXSW, Chloe has captured the attention of rapidly growing UK and US audiences. With the release of her singles ‘Asylum’, ‘Flaws’, and ‘In The Middle Of The Night’, she has accumulated over 9 million plays on Spotify, as well as earning the praise and airtime of the likes of NPR Radio’s Bob Boilen and the BBC’s Steve Lamacq. She has just been named a 2019 BBC Introducing “One To Watch” by Radio 3’s Late Junction. She spent summer 2018 touring in support of the mercurially talented Jesca Hoop (as well as singing backing vocals in Jesca’s band), before embarking on her first ever UK headline tour in the Autumn.

With her strikingly beautiful voice and emotionally direct songwriting, Chloe looks set to have an exciting 2019, with a debut album in the pipeline, a headline spring tour and a string of major festival appearances, including Green Man, already confirmed.

Talking of the new single, she says, "Without You is a song about grief and the loss of someone close to depression. So it talks of the struggles of the person who passes away and then couples that with the exploration of grieving and how it changes from being the worst thing in the world one minute, to possibly seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in the end, and how grief changes with the seasons. This was written a long time ago when I was very new to the grief and I’ve always played it live but never found the right setting for it on record. However, I recently re-imagined the arrangement and it’s taken on a new life."

FInd Chloe Foy online: Spotify | Facebook | Website | Twitter | Itunes

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Slaughter Beach, Dog announce new album

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Album release: 2nd August 2019
Label: Big Scary Monsters
More info: Slaughter Beach, Dog’s Facebook page

Philadelphia's Slaughter Beach, Dog - which began as the solo project of Jake Ewald (Modern Baseball) but has grown into a band with the addition of bassist Ian Farmer (Modern Baseball)Nick Harris (All Dogs) and Zack Robbins (Superheaven) - recently announced a new record, entitled Safe And Also No Fear. Out August 2nd, 2019 on Big Scary Monsters, it is available for pre-order HERE.

Today, SBD has shared a video for a new track from the record, 'Heart Attack', which can be seen HERE. The announce follows the release of the irresistibly catchy "One Down" and the effervescent "Good Ones" - both tracks can be heard HERE.

More news from the band will be announced soon.

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Slaughter Beach, Dog Bio:

Across the previous Slaughter Beach, Dog albums, Jake Ewald has crafted a specific sound. It’s one that incorporates pop music, indie-rock, folk, and just the faintest dash of punk in order to create something that’s accessible but still artistically rich. With Safe And Also No Fear, the band’s third album, Ewald has abandoned his usual practices in service of creating something that, try as one might, isn’t so easy to describe.

In the wake of 2017’s Birdie, an album awash in warm tones and bubbly pop hooks, Safe And Also No Fear can’t help but feel like a turn toward darkness. It’s not one that’s instigated by the outside world—as inescapable as it may be—but instead the dramatic shifts of a person’s interior life. Where Ewald once offered tightly woven vignettes about characters that mirrored the people in his life, Safe And Also No Fear finds him naked at the album’s center, questioning everything he knows about himself. Around him, bassist Ian Farmer, guitarist Nick Harris, and drummer Zack Robbins spin out songs that are dense, swirling amalgams of difficult questions and hard-earned realizations—the kind that can’t be expressed through the accepted structures of pop music.

This isn’t to say there aren’t hooks, as songs like “Good Ones” and “One Day” have effervescent melodies anchoring them, but Safe And Also No Fear generally avoids taking the clear-cut path. As Ewald tells it, that’s a horrifying thing to put out into the world. After putting the finishing touches on the album, he sat down and listened back to the demos he’d first made, then the album itself, and realized it sounded unlike anything he’d ever done before. His creative impulses had changed over the years, and the result was a record that maybe his followers wouldn’t actually like. 

Ewald seemingly addresses this anxiety during the album’s most ambitious track, the seven-minute long “Black Oak.” It’s fitting that midway through the longest song Ewald has ever written he offhandedly remarks, “Realizing this may put my career on the line.” It’s part of a larger narrative, but one that’s more textural and ambiguous than what the band has been known for. Is that lyric about Ewald and Slaughter Beach, Dog? We’ll maybe never know—and that’s the beauty of Safe And Also No Fear. It’s an album so profoundly singular, one that sees the band willing to wade out into deep waters without a life vest, that it encourages you to go out there with it. You hear the band fully embrace the unknown at the end of “Black Oak,” when the song explodes open and Ewald’s vocals are looped into a refrain that’s haunting and impossible to sing along with accurately. You can pick out phrases and hum a melody, but there’s no didactic meaning behind it. It’s there for you to find if you need it.

Safe And Also No Fear is a bold gesture, not just because of the music contained therein, but because it required Ewald to interrogate his artistic tendencies, breaking himself of his habits in service of making something he never thought he could. That involved trusting his band, with whom Ewald collaborated for a full year of writing and recording. Unlike Birdie, where Ewald played every instrument, with Safe And Also No Fear everyone’s fingerprints are on it. Though the album is a product of Ewald committing to his vision, it’s also proof of the way that Farmer, Harris, and Robbins are able to expand Slaughter Beach, Dog’s sonic boundaries in subtle, evocative ways.

The result of that collaboration is Safe And Also No Fear, an album that doesn’t leave easy clues as to its influences or intentions, instead offering up vague sketches of what it feels like to be a person who is constantly confused and anxious, yet completely committed to finding a way through it. It’s not simple, and Ewald’s never didactic, but the message begins to come through the more you revisit it. Every part of Safe And Also No Fear is a risk, and that’s exactly what makes it so beautiful. It’s a record that sees a band fully committed to their art, in spite of what everyone else would advise. And if you’re listening close enough, it really does make a lot of sense.’

Find SBD online: Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp | Big Scary Monsters

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KAZU announces new album

Photo by Eva Michon

Photo by Eva Michon

Album release: 13th September
Label: Adult Baby Records
More info: KAZU’s Facebook page

Praise for first single “Salty”:

“First single ‘Salty’ hovers between a pop song and a fluid electronic composition, underlining gentle pulsations with sine-wave synths and a quietly insistent drumbeat.” - Pitchfork

“... [‘Salty’], like so many Blonde Redhead songs, still conjures its own atmosphere and makes you feel like you’re in a completely different place.” - Stereogum

“Not surprisingly, the wistful, aquatic techno-pop of ‘Salty’ sounds a far cry from anything Blonde Redhead’s gotten us used to.” - Tiny Mix Tapes

“...full of earthy electronics and [KAZU’s] signature ethereal vocals.” - Brooklyn Vegan

Today, KAZU shares the 2nd single from forthcoming solo LP Adult Baby,“Meo.” The result of collaboration with Blonde Redhead bandmate Amadeo Pace, “Meo” also features synths and piano from Ryuichi Sakamoto, percussion from Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, and flute from Robbie Lee. Minimal instrumentation swells into a climax facilitated by Art Orchestra of Budapest that runs parallel to the lyrical content of the song, confirming KAZUas a full-spectrum artist who is unafraid to use music to reveal her innermost feelings. In addition to the trailer and single, KAZU has shared a release date of September 13th and the album cover art plus tracklist, which can be found below. Adult Baby will be released via KAZU’s own Adult Baby Records with distribution from !K7.

“Meo” is one of the most significant and courageous tracks of Adult Baby--it is no accident that it was chosen as the soundtrack to the extraordinary, moving trailer for the upcoming narrative film that accompanies Adult Baby, a genuine visual album inspired by the tracks of the album,  by filmmaker Eva Michon

Watch the trailer HERE and listen to “Meo” below.

The film for Adult Baby was conceived and delivered on the island of Elba--a small jewel in the Tyrrhenian sea off Tuscany where Napoleon was once exiled and where KAZU is resolved to spend much of her life--and was recorded in New York, Berlin and Milan. The first solo album from KAZU features such great musicians as the celebrated Ryuichi Sakamoto, the famous Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco, acclaimed drummer Ian Chang, and Sam Griffin Owens who co-produced with KAZU.

A distinct sample is used on the track “Name and Age”—the unmistakable cry of Godzilla. This was the spark of inspiration for filmmaker Eva Michon, who wrote a fictitious folklore-esque narrative which would become the blueprint for the visual album film to accompany Adult Baby.

The film takes place on the island of Elba, Italy, where in 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte was banished into exile. Inspired by historical events and symbolism of the island, Michon treats each song as a chapter in a larger narrative, which will be approximately 40 minutes in length. Costumes were provided by Kazu’s long time friend, French designer Isabel Marant, who jumped at the chance to support Kazu’s long-awaited solo project, her first solo endeavor outside of Blonde Redhead. Read a full-length in-depth bio HERE.

The film is an ambitious co-production, produced by Lief with support of Ponderosa Music Records, Isabel Marant, Common Good, Merman, and Handsome.

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Adult Baby Album Cover by Alexander Gelman
Photo by Stefano Masselli

Album Pre-order: https://adult-baby-records.lnk.to/AdultBaby

Tracklist:

1. Salty
2. Come Behind Me, So Good!
3. Meo
4. Adult Baby
5. Place Of Birth
6. Name And Age
7. Unsure In Waves
8. Undo
9. Coyote

Produced by Kazu Makino and Sam Griffin Owens

Executive producer: Titti Santini

Recorded and Mixed by Sam Griffin Owens at Figure 8 Recording, Pioneer Work, The End Studio( Brooklyn), Officine Meccaniche (Milano)

Additional Recording by Francesco Donadello at Voxton Studio (Berlin)

Mastered by Heba Kadry

All tracks composed by Kazu Makino except track 3“Meo”, music by Kazu Makino and Amedeo Pace

Artwork: Alexander Gelman

Original Photo Cover: Stefano Masselli

Find KAZU Online: Facebook | Instagram

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OSO OSO announce UK tour

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Tour starts: 16th October 2019
More info: Oso Oso’s website

Having recently announced new album "Basking In The Glow", the follow-up to 2016's acclaimed "The Yunahon Mixtape", beloved New York band Oso Oso are today revealing live dates for their first ever headline trip to the UK. Tickets are on sale now HERE.


Oct 16 MARGATE, Elsewhere, UK
Oct 17 BRIGHTON, Green Door Store, UK
Oct 18 MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute, UK
Oct 19 LEEDS, The Key Club, UK
Oct 20 GLASGOW, The Hug & Pint, UK
Oct 22 BIRMINGHAM, Sunflower Lounge, UK
Oct 23 NOTTINGHAM, The Bodega, UK
Oct 24 LONDON, Boston Music Room, UK
Oct 25 BRISTOL, Louisiana, UK

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"Basking In The Glow" will be released via Triple Crown Records on August 16, 2019. Pre-orders are available now HERE.

The album's first single "Dig (II)" came out to huge fan reaction, with Stereogum commenting, “Dig (II)” presents a crisp, muscular yet gently sighing version of indie rock. By the time the track reaches its climax, gorgeous harmonies are crying out."

Listen to "Dig (II)" below.

FInd Oso Oso: Facebook | Twitter | Spotify

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IDLES announce UK tour dates

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Tour starts: 3rd December 2019
More info: IDLES’ website

IDLES today announce a short tour for December - including their biggest headlining date yet on Saturday, 7th December at London's Alexandra Palace.

Tue 3 Dec Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
Wed 4 Dec 
Manchester, Academy
Thu 5 Dec 
Leeds, O2 Academy
Sat 7 Dec 
London, Alexandra Palace


Tickets will go on sale this Friday 28th June at 9:30 AM BST but fans can gain access to artist pre-sale on Wednesday 26th June 9:30 AM BST by signing up at https://www.idlesband.com

With their last shows selling out in minutes IDLES wanted to give as many fans as possible an opportunity to acquire tickets to celebrate what has been an incredible year. Tickets will be limited to 4 per person.

The band will also be working with Big Green Coach to provide a return coach service for fans to travel safely to and from the Alexandra Palace show. There will be services ran from Bristol, Bournemouth, Reading, Southampton and Swindon and tickets will be available direct from: https://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/idles

The band's latest release “Mercedes Marxist” is currently A-listed at 6 Music and will be released physically on August 2nd as a 7". The single will include another new song on its B-side, entitled “I Dream Guillotine.” Both tracks were written and recorded during the band's sessions for "Joy as an Act of Resistance." and pre-orders are available HERE

LISTEN TO "MERCEDES MARXIST" HERE

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Tour artwork by Orlando Weeks

Other key tracks:

"Colossus"
"Danny Nedelko"
"Samaritans"

More information on IDLES:

Joe Talbot – vocals
Adam Devonshire – bass
Mark Bowen – guitars
Lee Kiernan – guitars
Jon Beavis - drums

Passionate, political and darkly comedic, IDLES’ debut album “Brutalism” made an impact that no-one, not least the band, could have expected when it arrived, seemingly out of nowhere, in 2017. It was an album with such relevance to the fractured Britain that birthed it, that the band’s potent individuality and honesty simply couldn’t be ignored – and was described perfectly at the time by Uncut as: "a rare rock record with the rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime."

No band toured harder, and invites to support the likes of Foo Fighters and The Maccabees (at Alexandra Palace) saw IDLES’ message spread even further, leading to a signing with the Brooklyn and London independent Partisan Records. IDLES second album saw them become leaders in a movement of new bands tearing down outdated perceptions of masculinity and bucking a trend of style over substance. Songs from the record were full-throated indictments of sexism, racism, the polarisation of Britain in the wake of Brexit, nationalism and toxic masculinity. The record felt both incredibly personal and at other times universal, wearing both its heart - and an active mind - on its sleeve. In a musical landscape that had become so safe and sanitised, IDLES were and remain a bolt to the arm of the norm.

Here was a band you could pin all your hopes on, ideals you could rally round, a set of songs you could believe in. And so many people have done just that – part of IDLES’ success has been down to putting their fans first. A community, the AF Gang, was formed on social media in the wake of “Brutalism” that has now grown to tens of thousands of members. A judgement free zone where people can discuss everything from their musical tastes to their mental health, the group features regular contributions from members of IDLES themselves. The tight connection between the band and those who back them remains a fiercely important part of what makes them what they are, even now.

That second album, 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance', debuted at no.5 in the UK charts upon its release last August, breaking Rough Trade’s all-time record for most pre-orders and sales in a day. It was, for a period, the no.1 best reviewed record of 2018 (average rating of 88 across 25 reviews) and at the end of 2018 it had won a fanbase far beyond the UK, featuring in album of the year lists across key media worldwide.

The band saw not only the album’s singles but the album itself A-listed at 6 Music and earned major features, among others, from the likes of Q, Mojo and The Guardian with covers to follow at DIY, Loud & Quiet, Kerrang!, So Young, CRACK and NME. IDLES won Best Breakthrough at the Q Awards, Best Breakthrough Act at Kerrang! Awards, were nominated for Breakthrough Artist at the Brit Awards and performed a raucous Jools Holland debut which NME called “history in the making…incomparably brilliant,” likening it to Arctic Monkeys and Kanye West's first appearances on the show.

They were announced as 6 Music's no.1 album of the year, won both the coveted Ivor Novello award for Best Album and saw not one, but two extensive tours sell out worldwide. Dates in the UK, US & Australia and festival performances across the globe were full of people eager to see a band famed as much for their frantic, unforgettable live shows as their rousing songs. Their last run of London shows, three consecutive dates at The Electric Ballroom in April, all sold out in minutes – and on December 7th this year they return to Alexandra Palace, this time as the headliners. Their biggest headline performance yet, it culminates a remarkable last couple of years for a band who have never given us anything less than everything. As well as a chance to celebrate all that has come before, it will also be the first opportunity for people to hear much-anticipated new material from an-as-yet untitled third album set for 2020.

Find IDLES online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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The Hold Steady announce new album

Photo credit: Adam Parshall

Photo credit: Adam Parshall

Album release: 28th June 2019
Label: Frenchkiss Records
More info: The Hold Steady’s website

The Hold Steady are releasing their new album, Thrashing Thru The Passion,via Frenchkiss Records on Friday, August 16. The Hold Steady’s seventh studio album is available now for pre-order. Fans can also receive access to exclusive album bundles, including such extras as limited edition clear vinyl, poster, lithograph and enamel pin set. All pre-orders will come with a free download of the new song, “Denver Haircut,” which is also available now at all DSPs.

“’Denver Haircut’ is a story about a guy who has chance meet up that takes him to a few different locations before leaving him alone and cashless in a strange hotel room,” says the band’s lead singer Craig Finn. “Steve Selvidge (guitarist) brought in the music to this song and everyone felt it immediately, it was really fun to play. The story unfolded quickly too. When recording, we remarked that it sounded like it could kick off an album…and so here we are.”

PRE-ORDER THRASHING THRU THE PASSION 

LISTEN TO “DENVER HAIRCUT”

Thrashing Thru The Passion collects five new songs recorded this year alongside five acclaimed ones released digitally between November 2017 and March 2019. The album was recorded at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin. Additional performers include Stuart Bogie, Dave Nelson, Jordan McLean and Michael Leonhart on horns and Annie Nero on backup vocals.

"I’ve been saying for a few years now - since Franz (keyboardist) came back- that this six piece lineup of The Hold Steady is the best band we’ve ever been,” says Finn. “The new songs recorded by this version of the band are super exciting to us. It’s been a very fun and creative period for The Hold Steady.”

The Hold Steady will celebrate Thrashing Thru The Passion with “Constructive Summer 2019,” a series of live show weekends across the United States. These weekends take place in Seattle, WA’s The Crocodile (August 15-17), Chicago, IL’s Thalia Hall and Empty Bottle (August 22-24), Nashville, TN’s Basement East (September 5-7), Boston, MA’s The Sinclair (September 12-15), and the fourth annual “Massive Nights” event at NY’s Brooklyn Bowl (December 4-7). For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.theholdsteady.net/#shows.

The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (drums), Craig Finn (vocals), Tad Kubler (guitar, vocals), Franz Nicolay (keyboards), Galen Polivka (bass), and Steve Selvidge (guitar, vocals).

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THE HOLD STEADY LIVE SHOWS 2019

AUGUST


15-17 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
22 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
23 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT
24 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall – SOLD OUT

SEPTEMBER

5-7 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
12-15 – Boston, VA – The Sinclair

DECEMBER

4-7 - Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl – (December 7 SOLD OUT)

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THE HOLD STEADY
THRASHING THRU THE PASSION
(Frenchkiss Records)
Release Date: August 16, 2019

TRACKLISTING:

1. Denver Haircut
2. Epaulets
3. You Did Good, Kid
4. Traditional Village
5. Blackout Sam
6. Entitlement Crew
7. T-Shirt Tux
8. Star 18
9. The Stove & The Toaster
10. Confusion In The Marketplace

Find The Hold Steady online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Delta Sleep announce UK tour

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Tour starts: 22nd September 2019
More info: Delta Sleep’s Facebook page

Following a packed-out EU tour with Mineral and a hotly received 20-date North American tour with Gleemer, Hikes and Bogues, Delta Sleep have now announced a series of new UK tour dates with CHON for September 2019.

Alongside the tour dates, the band have also shared a brand new animated video for 'Afterimage', which is taken from their critically-acclaimed new album
'Ghost City' (out now). 

Hand painted (frame-by-frame) by director and illustrator Filippo Morini, the new video for centres around a female protagonist attempting to escape from a dystopian world operating as one city in a collective consciousness. In this world, organic nature and wildlife are a thing of the past and the girl exists as a cog in the machine.

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WATCH/SHARE THE NEW VIDEO FOR 'AFTERIMAGE' HERE

Delta Sleep will play the following dates with CHON in September:

22nd Sept - Manchester, Gorilla
23rd Sept - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
24th Sept - Glasgow, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
25th Sept - Birmingham, The Asylum
26th Sept - Bristol, The Fleece
27th Sept - London, Islington Assembly Hall
28th Sept - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
29th Sept - Brighton, The Haunt

'Ghost City' and the band's latest 'Ghost City Rarities' EP (featuring Tricot) are both out now and are available from Big Scary Monsters HERE.

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Delta Sleep’s attraction has always come from the dynamics they produce. Drawing as much influence from punk, indie and electronic music as the math-rock world they’re home to, the Canterbury (via Brighton) quartet return with ‘Ghost City, their second full-length album, which is due out this August on Big Scary Monsters.

What started as an earnest foray into pushing the boundaries of fledgling math-rock has morphed into something much more for Delta Sleep. The band surprise their listeners with every release by constantly tweaking and perfecting their sound, and their new album is no exception to this ethic. Not content to be defined by any strict sub-genre or category, Delta Sleep continue to mould their sound into something that goes beyond the labels of just math-rock, demonstrating a firm command of structure and melody.

‘Ghost City’ was written over the course of two years, between the bands tours in Europe, Japan and Mexico, before heading to Northern Italy to record it. “We figured it was the same price to record in Italy, so we brought our friend and producer Mark Roberts along for the ride,” says Devin Yuceil (vocals/guitar), “we booked a bunch of shows on the way down which pretty much covered our recording costs, which also meant that we had around a week of playing the new material everyday leading to the studio, a luxury we don’t often have.”

Conceptually, the new album is a tech-noir wherein the world now operates as one city in a collective consciousness under the rule of vast tech firms - organic nature and wildlife are a thing of the past, a myth. Centred around a female protagonist who exists as a cog in the machine, ‘Ghost City’ is both bleak and dystopian but at times also uplifting and oddly cathartic; exploring existentialism, mundanity, oppression and ultimately the negative effects of technology on the world.

The bands future-facing approach to intelligent songwriting has previously garnered them considerable support from fervent fans and critics alike, combining guitar driven melodies over jazz influenced grooves, all topped with thought provoking and emotional vocals. ‘Ghost City’ is the sound of Delta Sleep at their inspiriting best, mirroring the energy of their live shows interlaced with moments of sweeping ambience, uplift and complex yet captivating instrumentation.

“This album feels like a snapshot of where the songs were at that time,” says Dave Jackson (bass), “You can even hear little blemishes throughout, which we love - chatter in between takes, us fucking around and generally having fun. A couple of the tracks were even improvised on the day, we’d never played them before, liked the vibe and they made it onto the album. We’ve also sprinkled in some field recordings from our time spent in Japan and Mexico.”

For those who were previously enthralled by the band’s richly textured sound this is a significant release on its own terms, let alone as another step towards wherever Delta Sleep might take themselves. ‘Ghost City’ is the sound of their life and subsequent cultural experiences redefining the way the band collectively compose and express themselves, resulting in their most focused and exciting work so far.

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Drahla announce European and UK tour dates

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Tour starts: 22nd June 2019
More info: Drahla’s website

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Today, the Leeds-formed three-piece Drahla have announced a run of European and UK shows. These add to previously confirmed performances that include festival slots at Latitude, Loose Ends, Reeperbahn and Primavera Weekender. They will also be playing at London's Shacklewell Arms in August for the Shacklewell's 8th Birthday. The band released their debut album 'Useless Coordinates' via Captured Tracks in May to critical acclaim.

Purchase 'Useless Coordinates':
https://drahla.lnk.to/uselesscoordinates

See full tour dates below and at:
https://www.drahla.com/live

June 22nd – VERA, Groningen (w/ FEELS)
June 23rd - Loose Ends Festival, Amsterdam
July 21st – Latitude Festival, Southwold - UK
August 2nd – Micro Festival, Liege
August 4th – Rotondes, Luxembourg
August 23rd – Shacklewell Arms, London  - UK
(Free Show - Shacklewell’s 8th Birthday)
September 7th – Villa Pace Festival, Sint Niklaas
September 10th – Musicbox, Lisbon
September 11th - Salao Brazil, Coimbra
September 12th - Plano B, Porto
September 14th - Botanique, Witlof, Brussels
September 16th - Le Badaboum, Paris
September 17th - Bumann & Sohn, Cologne
September 18th - Zukunft am Ostkreuz (Garage), Berlin
September 19th – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
September 20th – Druckluft, Oberhausen
November 8th – Primavera Weekender, Barcelona

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Praise for "Useless Coordinates":

"Leeds’ Drahla are the thrilling new band pushing boundaries in two creative realms." - NME

"...cut-up, cerebral lyrics over brooding but catchy post-punk" - The Observer

"Drahla's abstract punk songs that are ecstatic about the everyday. The squalls of noise in songs like 'Pyramid Estate' show a band willing to dig beneath the surface." Noisey

"...the kind of literate punk to kickstart a revolution in your mind." - The FADER

"Drahla are the UK's most uncompromising new band" - DIY

"There's a sinister groove to this fine debut from Drahla, a Yorkshire trio who embellish their disjointed post-punk beats with atmospheric squalls of sax." - Uncut Magazine

"Drahla have pulled together pockets of confusion and beauty for a rich and captivating debut unlike any other." - Dork

"Leeds trio’s potent first album takes rugged-but-cerebral post-punk on a propulsive, saxophone-tinted journey." - The Guardian

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“Go inwards and be bold.” This was Harmony Korine’s advice to aspiring creatives, during a Q&A at the British Film Institute back in early 2016. For the recently-formed Drahla, his words served as something of a directive, encouraging the trio to trust their own instincts, however far removed they might be from those of their peers. Three years on, the Leeds-formed band have defined their own vital subset of art-rock with Useless Coordinates, a debut album that’s as fearless as it is enthralling.

Speaking from her current base in south-east London with bassist Rob Riggs, singer/guitarist Luciel Brown recounts the record’s somewhat chaotic gestation. “Most of last year was spent touring, so we were squeezing writing and recording in from the beginning of 2018 until end of August.” In-between a headline tour, support slots with Ought and METZ, and multiple festival appearances - including at Meltdown at the request of The Cure’s Robert Smith - Brown, Riggs and Wakefield-based drummer Mike Ainsley managed 10 days in the studio in total.

It was the unsettled nature of the period that part-inspired the album’s title. “[Useless Coordinates] summarised all of our situations,” Brown explains. “We had all these shows coming up and we knew we needed to leave our jobs and change our living situations to make all this stuff happen. So we had all these fixed points and timelines, but at the same time we felt quite lost within all of that.”

Though they felt adrift in their personal lives, artistically Drahla thrived amongst confusion. Experimentation was integral to the creative process, with Brown and Riggs continuing to swap instruments as per their live shows, while collectively they were open to relinquishing traditional song structures in favour of adopting a more instinctive approach. Another integral development proved to be the involvement Chris Duffin of XAM Duo, who played saxophone on large swathes of the record and whose esoteric musical tastes were influential.

Via Duffin, they discovered the work of Japanese synth pioneers Mariah and saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu. These cult figures figure amongst an eclectic array of musical touch points, from Glenn Miller and Swell Maps, to L.A.-band Behavior. As per their earliest releases, No Wave and post-punk remain integral to Drahla’s musical universe, evident in Brown’s brilliantly deadpan drawl, in the Gang Of Four-esque guitars on Gilded Cloud, and in Duffin’s skronking saxophone on React/Revolt, which draws parallels with the work of James Chance and the Contortions.

The set’s sharp angles, stark tones and claustrophobic textures are reflected in the album’s artwork. Designed by Brown and Riggs - as per all previous record sleeves and promotional videos - the minimalist, mixed media creation takes inspiration from Talking Heads and Gang Of Four album art, the work of American artist Cy Twombly, and the economical, regimented aesthetic of the Bauhaus movement. “Drahla came about off the back of needing an outlet for creative expression,” Brown explains. “So the whole aesthetic is hugely important. As important as the music.”

Whatever the medium, Brown’s interests lie in looking beyond the immediate to the abstract and indefinable. Her lyrics are developed from observations, notes and poems, and the fragmented imagery is spliced together to disorientating effect. On Gilded Cloud elegant snapshots from the golden age of Hollywood are juxtaposed with abrasive guitar textures, Pyramid Estate draws parallels between Ancient Egypt and the present day, and Serenity evokes the violent energy of a Francis Bacon painting. Beneath the abstraction are a diverse array of themes, including gender fluidity (Invisible Sex), city living (Primitive Rhythm) and artistic expression (Unwound).

The result is an uncompromising but deeply rewarding debut where the internal and external, cerebral and visceral coalesce to quite startling effect.

'Useless Coordinates' Tracklisting:
1. Gilded Cloud
2. Serenity
3. Pyramid Estate
4. Stimulus for Living
5. React/Revolt
6. Primitive Rhythm
7. Serotonin Level
8. Twelve Divisions of the Day
9. Unwound
10. Invisible Sex

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WHY? announce new album

Photo credit: Ryan Back

Photo credit: Ryan Back

Album release: 9th August 2019
Label: Joyful Noise Recordings
More info: WHY?’s website

WHY?, the creative moniker for consummate wordsmith and beloved songwriter Yoni Wolf, is excited to announce AOKOHIO, a visual album to be released on August 9, 2019 via Joyful Noise Recordings.

Pre-order HERE

Today, WHY? is sharing the album's second three-song movement and accompanying visual, "II. I've been carving my elbows, I might just take flight.," which features focus track "Stained Glass Slipper." The album's entire visual element stars Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and was directed by Sundance Dramatic Special Jury Award-winner Miles Joris-Peyrafitte. Stream or embed the video HERE. Hear the entire audio-only version HERE, and hear "Stained Glass Slipper" on its own HERE.

This new movement follows last month's release of "I. I may come out a broken yolk, I may come out on saddle.," which featured the standout single "Peel Free." The lead-up to AOKOHIO will follow the somewhat unconventional path of gradually revealing the entire album in playing sequence, each movement accompanied by its own visual element, from now until its August 9 release date. The visual component of the album is anchored by a continuing narrative, which will continue to take shape until the album is released.

AOKOHIO's themes of familial anxieties and nostalgia will be familiar to many, but few have attempted as clear-eyed and sincere a portrayal as Wolf has succeeded with here. Collaborators like Lala Lala's Lillie West and both members of Sylvan Esso will no doubt come as welcome additions, both serving to bolster the unmistakable sound and vision on which WHY? has grown its legions of fans.

WATCH "II. I'VE BEEN CARVING MY ELBOWS, I MIGHT JUST TAKE FLIGHT."

HEAR THE AUDIO-ONLY VERSION

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Yoni Wolf has spent the last two decades traveling the remote sonic terrain where hip-hop, rock, and electronic music meet. In that time he’s cultivated a unique sound, and a unique position as one of contemporary music’s most distinctive voices. Some of Yoni’s most compelling and critically-praised musical experiments have been issued under the moniker WHY? and his latest entry is no exception. On AOKOHIO Yoni condenses the essential elements of WHY? into a stunningly potent musical vision.

Co-produced by Yoni and his brother JosiahAOKOHIO presents a rich palette of musical voices that emerge and disappear into a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of sound. “I wanted a wide variety of sounds. I didn't want this album to sit in one sonic zone. I've always felt like too jagged of a person to be smooth in that way,” Yoni says. While the album features many notable guest contributors, from Lala Lala’s Lillie West, to Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, the listener’s attention remains squarely directed on Yoni’s voice and vision. AOKOHIO finds Yoni rethinking fundamental aspects of his approach to creating and delivering his music. The album is presented as six movements comprised of two to four songs each, with some segments appearing as brief fragments that dissolve within seconds.

“When I started this project, I decided I needed to try a new approach in creating music and how I work,” Yoni reflects. “I wasn't feeling the idea of going back in and making another ten or twelve song album. It felt arduous. It felt like too much. So I wanted to pare the process down and make it manageable. I thought, 'Why don't I make small five or six minute movements and finish up each movement before I move on to the next.' That's how I started approaching it. The whole process took over five years, I'd start working on something and set it aside for awhile. The earliest songs on this album started in 2013."

As Yoni reimagined his approach to creating music, he also began thinking of new ways to share the music with his audience. “I initially wanted to release the music as I progressed through the project,” Yoni says. “When I finished a movement I wanted to put it up digitally on Bandcamp or Soundcloud. I just wanted to make little pieces of music and put them out there. But I had a call with my manager and the label and they said, 'We can release stuff through time like that, but we want to do it properly.' So the idea of the project changed after that, but it retained the integrity of working in movements. It's definitely a very different way of working for me. I think it has yielded some interesting results.”

The concept of sharing AOKOHIO in segments over time has been preserved with the release of an accompanying visual album. “I think it's a very artful way of putting the the music out there,” Yoni explains. “It's like a television series, it's revealing itself slowly over time. I think it's cool that the audience gets to hear it one piece at a time, and has to wait and digest each piece before they get the next one.”

“I knew early on that I wanted that visual element for this album,” Yoni recalls. “My brother and I have worked on video stuff our whole lives. Our dad had video equipment since we were little kids, he had an editing suite in our basement. We weren't rich, we were actually very poor, but somehow he'd gotten ahold of these video editing desks and cameras. Even though my brother and I had dabbled in video as kids, it's not what we do for a living. So we wanted to find someone, and fucking randomly a guy messaged me on Instagram and was like, 'Hey, I like your music and I'd love to work with you.' I looked at his work and I was like, 'This guy is for real!'"

The author of that fateful Instagram message was Sundance award-winning director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte“Miles directed the first three segments of the visual album and is the mastermind of the overarching video project,” Yoni explains. Joris-Peyrafitte’s visuals cut contemporary footage of Yoni and actress Tatiana Maslany with vintage home videos documenting Yoni’s childhood life in Cincinnati. It’s a fitting juxtaposition, as Yoni’s lyrics on AOKOHIO seem to question how memory, history, and place shape our anxieties and sense of self. “I moved back to Cincinnati after living in the Bay Area for over a decade,” Yoni says. “This album is very much me thinking about my mom and dad, and my siblings.”

Yoni’s return to his Ohio hometown brought on a period of critical self-reflection. “Is there a word for bad nostalgia?” Yoni asks. “When I think of the word nostalgia, it seems like pleasant feelings and all that, but this is not really like that. It's more about reflecting on the anxieties I've had since I was born. Why are they there? Is this epigenetics? Is that shit just inside of me because of the Holocaust and my relatives back then? What am I really? Why do I operate in these ways?”

Ultimately AOKOHIO sees Yoni pushing to find meaning and peace of mind in the moment, even if it’s not exactly where he wants to be. “The title is sarcastic I guess,” Yoni offers. “But it's also wishful. A lot of my album titles have been names of maladies, like Alopecia and Mumps, Etc. I don't want to project that into the world. You know, ‘A-OK Ohio, I'm here and it's fine.’ It's like a mantra, ‘A-OK Ohio, I'm here and it's OK.’ Even though in reality, everyday I'm like, 'I've got to get the hell out of Ohio.'"

AOKOHIO feels like a consequential addition to the WHY? catalog, possibly even an artistic turning point. But its creator remains circumspect when asked to comment on the album’s significance within his discography, instead preferring to characterize the work as the latest iteration of his deep commitment to his artistic practice. “I have no idea if this record is good or not,” Yoni says. “But I never really know. I know that I've never written a song that's indispensable to the American songbook. But in terms of what it is, it's a piece of art. I put blood, sweat, and tears into this album, and struggled through the creative process as I always do. As far as where this sits with the rest of my albums? I can't answer that. I just know that my career is a lifelong career, and I’m working it. Every time it feels right, it makes me feel good.”

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WHY?
AOKOHIO
Pre-order 
HERE
Tracklist:

I: I may come out a broken yolk, I may come out on saddle.
1. Apogee
2. The Rash
3. Peel Free

II: I’ve been carving my elbows, I might just take flight.
4. Reason
5. Deleterio Motilis
6. Stained Glass Slipper

III: Please take me home, I don’t belong here.
7. The Launch
8. High Dive
9. Mr. Fifths’ Plea
10. Good Fire

IV: The surgeon nervously goes on, he never claimed to be God.
11. Narcissistic Lamentation
12. Krevin’
13. The Crippled Physician
14. Ustekinumab

V: I want to live with conviction, in silence and diction.
15. My Original
16. Rock Candy
17. Once Shy

VI: Though I’m tired, I’m still trying.
18. The Shame 
19. Bloom Wither Bloom (for Mom)

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Charly Bliss announce UK and European tour

Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz

Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz

Tour starts: 4th November 2019
More info: Charly Bliss’ website

""Young Enough" is youth encased in titanium. It's fist-pumping out the car window to an old LCD Soundsystem song, it's a supercut of the way your exes looked when they smiled, it's feeling like John Hughes read your journal and cast the Brat Pack in its movie adaptation.” - The FADER

“Young Enough is a masterstroke” - Billboard

"The Brooklyn band’s second record is bigger and darker, amplifying their ’80s new-wave sparkle into ecstatic triumph." - Pitchfork

"Eva Hendricks [is] one of the best rock songwriters working today." -Stereogum

“Charly Bliss’ triumphant new album Young Enough is an unflinching celebration of survival.” - NME

"Blindingly bright, gleeful-sounding power-pop with teeth like piranhas." -Entertainment Weekly

“A gargantuan step forward.” - DIY 

"Young Enough, is essential because it’s the latest reminder of the healing power of music” - The Line of Best Fit

Today NYC's Charly Bliss (Eva Hendricks, Sam Hendricks, Spencer Fox and Dan Shure) share an incredible video for “Young Enough”, the title track from their critically acclaimed second album. Directed by Henry Kaplan, the video perfectly compliments the emotionally charged single.

WATCH THE "YOUNG ENOUGH" VIDEO

Of the video, Eva says, “This video is so magical and unlike anything we’ve ever made before. I told (director) Henry Kaplan that I was feeling inspired by the video for Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush, and he took that initial idea and made something totally beautiful and unique that’s as cinematic and sentimental as the song.

Despite the fact that this video looks so dreamlike and serene, it was very physically draining to make. The entire crew and anyone who wasn’t in a given shot had to sprint behind the steadicam op so that they wouldn’t be seen and ruin the effect of the giant open field where we were shooting. Between that, the choreography, racing to utilize available daylight, speeding up and slowing down the track to achieve the slow-motion and fast-motion effects, and trying to get perfect, full takes because there’s so few cuts, this was an extremely challenging video to make, but for that reason it’s also our favourite.”

Eva says about the track, “For so many reasons, “Young Enough” is the centrepiece of this album. This is a song about perspective, nostalgia and growing up. The first time that I fell in love it was tumultuous and frustrating, but I think all of the endless drama made me believe that it was “worth it.” Sort of like the Twilight-movie trope that relationships that are the most painful are the most romantic. Instead of writing about it through the lens of anger and frustration, I wanted to write a song that was really honest about the fact that I really loved this person, and regardless of how messy it was and how immature we both were, I was both grateful for the experience but also grateful that I’ve grown up and out of believing that being in love should be so hard.”

Young Enough is out now on Lucky Number - purchase/stream here!

Charly Bliss will play a headline show at London’s Scala on November 6th as part of a new headline UK Tour, and they have also joined the line-up for the Primavera Weekender. Additional European shows to be announced soon. All dates below: 

November 4 - Brighton, UK - Patterns
November 5 - Cardiff, UK - 10 Feet Tall
November 6 - London, UK - Scala
November 7 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
November 9 - Benidorm, Spain - Primavera Weekender

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WATCH THE VIDEO FOR PREVIOUS SINGLES:
HARD TO BELIEVE” | "CAPACITY" | "CHATROOM"

Charly Bliss are:
Eva Hendricks
 - lead vocals, guitar
Spencer Fox - vocals, guitar
Sam Hendricks - drums
Dan Shure - vocals, bass

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CHARLY BLISS
YOUNG ENOUGH
LUCKY NUMBER
MAY 10, 2019

BUY NOW

1. Blown to Bits
2. Capacity
3. Under You
4. Camera
5. Fighting in the Dark
6. Young Enough
7. Bleach
8. Chatroom
9. Hurt Me
10. Hard to Believe
11. The Truth

Find Charly Bliss online: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website

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LIFE announce new album

Credit: Matt Mollson

Credit: Matt Mollson

Record release: 20th September 2019
Label: Afghan Moon
More info: LIFE’s website

“Brilliant”  – The Guardian

“LIFE combine inescapable energy with unshakeable hooks” – Dork

“Whether they’re rallying against the establishment or helping us escape, LIFE’s debut provides comfort and support for us all” – DIY

“Equal parts menace and mosh-pit friendly bounce” – Metro

‘LIFE are everything you could possibly want from an artist – they are politically astute, angry, intelligent, gritty and air-punchingly brilliant – God Is In The TV

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Following the release of their recent single ‘Moral Fibre’, which was B-listed on BBC 6 Music, rotated heavily on international radio and earned plaudits from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Radio X, NME Radio, DIY, Dork, CLASH, Louder than War, Gigwise and more, Hull outfit LIFE have now announced details of their highly anticipated second album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’. Alongside the announcement the band have also shared a new single taken from the record called ‘Hollow Thing’.

HEAR/SHARE THE NEW SINGLE ‘HOLLOW THING’ HERE

Pre-order the album HERE

Speaking about the new single frontman Mez Green said the following:

Hollow Thing is about tackling isolation and fixing yourself. It’s about letting go of something in your life, something that’s passed.

‘’Wait for the past to fade, wait for that hollow thing…’’

Hollow Thing is about moving on and overcoming hurt, taking the hits but getting through it.

‘’Wade through a sea of beige, choke on great clods of dirt…’

Hollow Thing is embracing your worth.

‘’I look much better than you, I love much deeper too.’’

Hollow Thing is littered with lyrics that reference something ending and then something beginning again. It’s a twisted pick me up!

‘’Sweep up your debris from your sexless throne.’’

The past is the past and…

‘’Dogs bark in doorways in a godless home.’

‘Hollow Thing' is the second single to be taken from LIFE’s new album (full track list below). Produced by Luke Smith (Foals) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts), the band home in on a bigger and more focused sound whilst also channelling the lyrical content inwards. Whereas the band’s debut album ‘Popular Music’ was broadly political, the new album takes a more personal approach with beguilingly honest and brave lyrics that are bold in both sound and feeling, whilst also retaining the core DNA of their previous material.

Going on to speak about the album Mez says “A Picture of Good Health is not a collage of work but rather a snapshot of time; our time and the time of those around us. It’s political, but in a personal way. It’s a body of work that explores and examines the band's inner-selves through a precise period; a period that has brought pain, loneliness, blood, guts, single parenthood, depression and the need for survival and love. It is the sense and need for belonging that is the resounding end note!”

The band recently embarked on a sold out two-week European tour as main support for IDLES as well as playing one of three sold-out London shows at the Electric Ballroom, and have played packed out sets at likes of The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Handmade Festival and more. Similarly, the band are also set to play numerous festivals across the UK & Europe including Glastonbury, The Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Pukkelpop (BE), Les Nuits Secretes (FR), Pohoda (SK), Rock The People (CZ), Wilkestock and local event, Humber Street Sesh – with many more to be announced.

Known for a strong community ethic, clever wordplay and energetic performances, their critically acclaimed debut ‘Popular Music’ made it onto BBC Radio 1’s best albums of the year list and gained multiple playlist adds on BBC6 Music. LIFE were also picked by the likes of DIY, Metro, So Young and Fred Perry Subculture as their ‘Ones to Watch’ at the start of last year and Steve Lamacq praised the band for being “...weirdly uncompromising and addictive” when placing lead single ‘In Your Hands’ in his best of the year list.

‘A Picture Of Good Health’ is due out 20th September 2019 via band's own label 'Afghan Moon' and also sees them partner for the first time with [PIAS].

For all press enquiries please contact Will Vincent / James Parrish on
will@prescriptionpr.co.uk / james@prescriptionpr.co.uk

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TOUR DATES:

11 JUL 2019 / UK / Upcote Farm / 2000 Trees
12 JUL 2019 / SK / Trencin / Pahoda Festival
26 JUL 2019 / FR / Lyon / Les Nuits Secrets
17 AUG 2019 / BE / HASSELT / Pukkelpop Festival 
01 SEP 2019 / UK / Frogmore Hill / Wilkestock Festival

Full UK & Euro tour announcement coming soon

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A Picture Of Good Health’
Tracklisting:


1. Good Health
2. Moral Fibre
3. Bum Hour
4. Hollow Thing
5. Excites Me
6. Never Love Again
7. Half Pint Fatherhood
8. Grown Up
9. Niceties
10. Thoughts
11. It's A Con
12. Don't Give Up Yet
13. New Rose in Love

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Black Belt Eagle Scout announces new album

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Record release: 30th August 2019
Label: Saddle Creek
More info: Black Belt Eagle Scout’s website

Black Belt Eagle Scout
 - the project led by multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul - announces her sophomore album, At the Party With My Brown Friends, out August 30th via Saddle CreekAt The Party With My Brown Friends is the follow up to Mother Of My Children -  “a compact reflection on loss, queer desire, and the endurance of sacred native traditions” (Pitchfork, Best Rock Albums of 2018). The album was inspired by the reciprocal love Paul has experienced in the last few years. Throughout, she conveys a sense of community and connection, dealing with love, desire, and friendship.

At The Party with My Brown Friends is a profound and understated forward-step. The squalling guitar anthems that shaped its predecessor are replaced by delicate vocals and soft keys, sentiments spoken and unspoken, presenting something shadowy and unsettling; a stirring of the waters. Paul recalls specific memories - an impromptu beach trip with her friend Hayley Heyndrickx, her eternal love for her mother, and leaving one love and desperately wanting to find another. The end result presents a captivating about-face that redefines Paul’s singular artistic vision.

Lead single “At the Party” is a reflection on self-navigation and the comfort that comes from a close-knit group of friends. It starts off with quintessential Black Belt Eagle Scout guitar licks before heading into booming drums and vocals. The track was written while she was in her bedroom. “Within my conscious self, there is always a sense of questioning the legitimacy of the world when you grow up on an Indian reservation,” says Paul. “We are all at the party (the world), trying to navigate ourselves within a good or bad situation. I happen to be at the party with my brown friends- Indigenous, Black, POC who always have my back while we walk throughout this event called life.”

Black Belt Eagle Scout was named a favorite new artist of 2018 by NPR Music, Stereogum, Paste and Under The Radar. Since the album’s release, she has been touring North America extensivelyThis summer she’ll play Sled Island, Newport Folk Festival, and Pickathon, before supporting Devendra Banharton a fall North American tour.

At the Party With My Brown Friends is available for pre-order now on all formats: CD, cassette, digital, LP. Additionally, there is a limited edition of 200 Saddle Creek Exclusive LP on striped vinyl and 500 Indie/Tour LP on maroon vinyl.

Listen to “At the Party”
HERE

Pre-order At the Party With My Brown Friends
https://bbes.ffm.to/atpwmbf

At the Party With My Brown Friends Tracklist:
1. At the Party
2. My Heart Dreams
3. Going to the Beach With Haley
4. Real Lovin
5. Run It to Ya
6. I Said I Wouldn’t Write This Song
7. Scorpio Moon
8. Half Colored Hair
9. You’re Me and I’m You

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At the Party With My Brown Friends artwork - download HERE

Find Black Belt Eagle Scout online: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Bandcamp

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Miss June sign to Frenchkiss Records

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Record release: 10th June 2019
Label: Frenchkiss Records
More info: Miss June’s Facebook page

Miss June sign to Frenchkiss Records

Watch video for new single 'Best Girl'

Announce double A-side 'Best Girl' / 'Twitch' 7" vinyl out June 10th

UK & US live dates

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Pre-order 7" single
Watch video for 'Best Girl'
Purchase tickets for live dates

Press shot by Nicole Brannen - hi-res version HERE

Early praise for Miss June & 'Best Girl':

"A creative forward thinking piece of punk music… this band are brilliant" - BBC Radio 1, Jack Saunders

"The rising New Zealand outfit hurl the kind of sawtoothed, brooding yet riotous post-punk sure to ignite house shows and festival crowds alike." Consequence Of Sound

"“Rebel Girl,” “Miss World,” the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Go-Go’s, Joy Division — but calibrated for 2019 ears craving a clever, irresistible outlet." - NY Times

"Annabel Liddell has found herself cast as a voice of young New Zealand feminism — a title the medical student denies she deserves, but eloquently fulfills." - i-D

"Led by vocalist Annabel Liddell (she of the Courtney Love, Joan Jett and Meredith Graves like pipes), the four piece blast out melodic punk songs." - Noisey

The latest export from New Zealand is coming to us by way of Auckland band Miss June. Described as “some unholy union between Sonic Youth and Le Tigre,” the four piece harness jagged, noisy guitars filtered through the unrivalled stage presence of front-person Annabel Liddel, guitarist Jun Park, bass player Chris Marshall and drummer Tom Leggett.

Today, the band share their newest single “Best Girl” which Liddel notes, “is an anthem for anyone who has been misled from birth, into battle for a spot that doesn’t exist.”

Miss June have also announced their signing to NYC’s Frenchkiss Records (Diet Cig, Bloc Party, Eleanor Friedberger, Passion Pit, etc.) and on June 10th the label will release a double a-side 7” consisting of today’s single "Best Girl" and the previously released and equally brilliant “Twitch.”

The band has built a reputation for fierce, formidable and head-spinning live shows which have caught the attention of acts like The Foo Fighters, Shellac, Wolf Alice, Idles and Die! Die! Die!, who have all eagerly harnessed their support on stage. Next month will see them bring this party to UK and US for shows in London, New York City and Los Angeles.

Combining elements of post-punk, no-wave and rock, Miss June hold close their DIY roots while creating a blistering, reckless sound full of melodic hooks and overdriven riffs that are at once immediately recognizable and yet entirely their own.

UK & US live shows:
June 11th - Old Blue Last - London, UK
June 12th - The Windmill - London, UK
June 15th - Bushstock Music Fest - London, UK
June 17th - Elsewhere (Zone One) - Brooklyn, NY
June 18th - Berlin - New York City, NY
June 20th - Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY (w/ Twen)
June 21st - La Cita, Los Angeles, CA (Punky Reggae Party)
June 24th - The Avalon - Los Angeles, CA (School Night Party)


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concrete concrete share new single and announce album

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Album release: 2nd August 2019
More info: concrete concrete’s website

concrete concrete share new single 'Hues' and announce debut album 'Drifter' out 2nd August 2019

New Album Produced By Mino Takaaki Of Toe

Today, Brooklyn instrumental rock trio concrete concrete have shared their emotive and intricate new single ‘Hues’. The single is taken from their highly anticipated debut album ‘Drifter’, which is due out 2nd August 2019.

HEAR/SHARE THE NEW SINGLE ‘HUES’ HERE

The lead single from the forthcoming record, ‘Hues’ perfectly exemplifies the bands beguiling dynamic. Whereas many math-rock bands focus solely on angular rhythms and complex time signatures, concrete concrete strive to imbue emotion into their material. Whilst the ability to convey readily decipherable meaning into instrumental rock is limited, the context of ideas and themes in which songs are created can permeate the music, making it the carrier of more abstract notions of meaning.

On ‘Drifter’, concrete concrete mirror their own personal lives by telling the story of a restless soul who anxiously leaves its past life for a new destination. The atmospheric eleven-song narrative sways gently from euphoria to melancholia - and then back again - as the main character gradually transitions from a place of chaos and confusion to a new setting in which peace and self-realisation can, and do, occur.

Speaking about the record Pei Pang (guitar) says, “It is a story about the life that’s constantly on the move, where uncertainty and determination play tug of war. It’s often struggles to seek belonging, with occasional glitters of joy and fragments of nostalgia along the way. Eventually, we accept and make peace with where we are and what we have become.”

Formed in 2016, members of the instrumental rock band concrete concrete wandered twelve time zones from home to meet in the vibrant music scene of Brooklyn, New York. Andi Wang and Pei Pang founded concrete concrete after attending the same college. They soon recruited bassist Kenji Tokunaga and drummer Kiyoshi Chinzei. Spurred by their passion for exploring new territory within their favourite genres, concrete concrete embarked on a series of explosive live shows around New York (supporting the likes of Alex Cameron, Caveman and Zhaoze) and intense songwriting sessions that would soon result in ‘Drifter’.

It wasn’t long before they caught the ear of Mino Takaaki, member of Japanese math-rock heroes’ toe. Mino and Kentaro Kimura, the original duo who produced toe’s critically acclaimed cult favourite album ‘the book about my idle plot on a vague anxiety’, mixed and mastered 'Drifter'.

‘Drifter’ is as expansive as it is beautiful, exploring a narrative that journeys through the bands emotional and mental condition on incredibly touching subjects, which evoke feelings of empathy and also attainment. This is a record that requires attention and is one that rewards the listener more and more with every return. Like the nameless character from this debut record, ‘Drifter’ shows that there is much to be excited about on this innovative start of concrete concrete’s journey.

'Drifter' is due out 2nd August 2019 – Pre-order HERE

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'Drifter'

2nd August 2019

1. Departure
2. But I Still
3. Sequence Rewind
4. Foes
5. Hues
6. The Cassette
7. I Glance Through The Light
8. Iris Sky
9. If Time Has A Turning Point
10. Arrival
11. Reverie

concrete concrete is:
Andi Wang (Guitar)
Pei Pang (Guitar)
Kenji Tokunaga (Bass)
Kiyoshi Chinzei (Drums)

Find concrete concrete online:
FACEBOOK / BANDCAMP / WEBSITE

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Ada Lea debuts video and announces album

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Album release: 19th July 2019
Label: Sadle Creek
More info: Ada Lea website

“…beautiful and insightful…Often, her songs end up revealing the strange and weird thoughts grief and transition can bring out of us, feeling all the more honest and real in its chaos.” - The FADER

Ada Lea -- the project of Montreal-based artist and musician Alexandra Levy -- today debuted her video for second single “mercury” alongside an interview with The FADER. Watch the Monserrat Muro-directed clip now HERE.

Saddle Creek’s newest signing, Ada Lea will release her debut album what we say in private on July 19, 2019, and the album is available for pre-order in multiple formats -- including a limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl exclusive to the Saddle Creek webstore -- HEREGorilla vs. Bear debuted first single “the party” last month and the song earned additional praise from outlets including The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, and Paste, among others.

Following a run of U.S. dates last month supporting Angelo De Augustine, Ada Lea has announced North American tour dates in August. The tour begins the 1st in Toronto and includes a Brooklyn, NY show on the 2nd at Union Pool. She’ll also head overseas for the first time in November for a stop at the Mirrors Festival in London.

To Levy -- who is also a painter -- music and visual art are different vessels for communicating similar ideas. “It's a world that I can build around me and sit inside,” she says. Through all her art, Levy explores the concept of womanhood as it feels and looks to her, as well as love and how it transforms over time. She doesn’t shy away from exploring uncomfortable and painful emotions, either. With the brightness of love, strength, and hope contrasted with the darkness of loss, suffering, isolation, and abandonment, the Ada Lea album what we say in private is a varied and vivid record that constantly seems to shift in the light, bringing together all the intricate influences she’s collected over the years.

"what we say in private" began with a need to document the ending of an important romantic relationship. Following a tormented period of staying up all night (sometimes days at a time), frantically painting or writing songs as a means of coping, she journaled for 180 days in the hope of finding herself again. She conducted this period of analysis and introspection in private, like most of her creative pursuits, and the process eventually resulted in a rebirth: a rediscovery of self and a new sense of freedom and self-acceptance. These chaotic feelings and the resulting catharsis are deeply felt in the final recording of what we say in private. Levy wanted the album to feel like a journal entry from those 180 days as she cycled through emotions. Throughout, she expresses feelings and thoughts that all humans experience behind closed doors and alone, but are conditioned to keep to themselves.

"what we say in private" truly comes alive thanks to the way these recordings utilize the very real world around them, rather than shutting it all out. Expanding the boundaries of the studio, Levy, alongside the record’s producer Tim Gowdy, found new and nuanced ways of allowing the songs to flourish. “It was all part of a bigger idea,” she says. “We stuck microphones out of windows in mid-January to capture the chilly nighttime sounds. We recorded snow removal trucks backing into the lot and airplanes flying overhead. We used voice memos, a piece from here and another from there. I had built a room with the demos of my songs and Tim helped to add a second level.” As such, the album reverberates with human warmth, defined by the signature characteristics that can be found throughout -- as on “the party,” which fittingly comes wrapped up in static white noise, a soft atmosphere lingering in the distance and gently surrounding the stark instrumentation that is gradually introduced.

Read Ada Lea’s full bio / download photos & artwork HERE.

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Ada Lea (credit Bao Ngo) - download HERE

See Ada Lea live in the UK:
November 2nd - 

London, UK
 @ Mirrors Festival 2019

Find Ada Lea online:
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Saddle Creek Website

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Automatic sign to Stones Throw

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Single release: Out now
Label: Stones Throw
More info: Automatic’s Instagram

Post-Punk trio 'Automatic' sign to Stones Throw and Stream "Calling It",  the new single out now

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“Let’s call it off and start again.”

Automatic is Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals). The band first met while immersed in L.A.’s DIY music scene and started jamming together in 2017. Once they started playing out, word quickly spread about their explosive live shows. Over the past year they have become a mainstay on the L.A. club circuit.

‘Calling It’ is their first single on Stones Throw. Says Izzy Glaudini on the track, “Its lyrics capture the sensation of being adrift in a wide-open space, and the desire to rip it all up and start over.” 

Look out for more music from Automatic soon, and stay tuned for news of forthcoming tour dates. Automatic play at Froth's (Burger Records) album launch at the Lodge Room in Highland Park, L.A. on June 7th. Tickets are available here. During the month of August they will be headlining a month-long residency at the Echo in L.A. every Monday.

Stream ‘Calling It’ now via:
Bandcamp / YouTube Spotify / Apple Music

Find Automatic online:
Instagram / Spotify

Find Stones Throw Records online:
Website / Soundcloud / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

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Slaughter Beach, Dog announce new record

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Record release: 2nd August 2019
Label: Big Scary Monsters
More info: Slaughter Beach, Dog’s Facebook page

Slaughter Beach, Dog announce new record 'Safe And Also No Fear' out August 2nd, 2019 on Big Scary Monsters. Listen to two new songs from it 'One Down''Good Ones'

"Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball has found his voice as a musician" -Pitchfork

"Indie rock wails peaking through wistful storytelling" -Stereogum

"A style that recalls long-winded storytellers like Conor Oberst and Stuart Murdoch" -The FADER

Philadelphia's Slaughter Beach, Dog - which began as the solo project of Jake Ewald (Modern Baseball) but has grown into a band with the addition of bassist Ian Farmer (Modern Baseball)Nick Harris (All Dogs) and Zack Robbins (Superheaven) - announced a new record today, titled Safe And Also No Fear. Out August 2nd, 2019 on Big Scary Monsters, it is available for pre-order beginning today.

SBD is streaming two new tracks from the record today, the irresistibly catchy "One Down" and the effervescent "Good Ones" - both tracks can be heard HERE.

Tour dates and more news from the band will be announced soon.

Slaughter Beach, Dog Bio:

Across the previous Slaughter Beach, Dog albums, Jake Ewald has crafted a specific sound. It’s one that incorporates pop music, indie-rock, folk, and just the faintest dash of punk in order to create something that’s accessible but still artistically rich. With Safe And Also No Fear, the band’s third album, Ewald has abandoned his usual practices in service of creating something that, try as one might, isn’t so easy to describe.

In the wake of 2017’s Birdie, an album awash in warm tones and bubbly pop hooks, Safe And Also No Fear can’t help but feel like a turn toward darkness. It’s not one that’s instigated by the outside world—as inescapable as it may be—but instead the dramatic shifts of a person’s interior life. Where Ewald once offered tightly woven vignettes about characters that mirrored the people in his life, Safe And Also No Fear finds him naked at the album’s center, questioning everything he knows about himself. Around him, bassist Ian Farmer, guitarist Nick Harris, and drummer Zack Robbins spin out songs that are dense, swirling amalgams of difficult questions and hard-earned realizations—the kind that can’t be expressed through the accepted structures of pop music.

This isn’t to say there aren’t hooks, as songs like “Good Ones” and “One Day” have effervescent melodies anchoring them, but Safe And Also No Fear generally avoids taking the clear-cut path. As Ewald tells it, that’s a horrifying thing to put out into the world. After putting the finishing touches on the album, he sat down and listened back to the demos he’d first made, then the album itself, and realized it sounded unlike anything he’d ever done before. His creative impulses had changed over the years, and the result was a record that maybe his followers wouldn’t actually like. 

Ewald seemingly addresses this anxiety during the album’s most ambitious track, the seven-minute long “Black Oak.” It’s fitting that midway through the longest song Ewald has ever written he offhandedly remarks, “Realizing this may put my career on the line.” It’s part of a larger narrative, but one that’s more textural and ambiguous than what the band has been known for. Is that lyric about Ewald and Slaughter Beach, Dog? We’ll maybe never know—and that’s the beauty of Safe And Also No Fear. It’s an album so profoundly singular, one that sees the band willing to wade out into deep waters without a life vest, that it encourages you to go out there with it. You hear the band fully embrace the unknown at the end of “Black Oak,” when the song explodes open and Ewald’s vocals are looped into a refrain that’s haunting and impossible to sing along with accurately. You can pick out phrases and hum a melody, but there’s no didactic meaning behind it. It’s there for you to find if you need it.

Safe And Also No Fear is a bold gesture, not just because of the music contained therein, but because it required Ewald to interrogate his artistic tendencies, breaking himself of his habits in service of making something he never thought he could. That involved trusting his band, with whom Ewald collaborated for a full year of writing and recording. Unlike Birdie, where Ewald played every instrument, with Safe And Also No Fear everyone’s fingerprints are on it. Though the album is a product of Ewald committing to his vision, it’s also proof of the way that Farmer, Harris, and Robbins are able to expand Slaughter Beach, Dog’s sonic boundaries in subtle, evocative ways.

The result of that collaboration is Safe And Also No Fear, an album that doesn’t leave easy clues as to its influences or intentions, instead offering up vague sketches of what it feels like to be a person who is constantly confused and anxious, yet completely committed to finding a way through it. It’s not simple, and Ewald’s never didactic, but the message begins to come through the more you revisit it. Every part of Safe And Also No Fear is a risk, and that’s exactly what makes it so beautiful. It’s a record that sees a band fully committed to their art, in spite of what everyone else would advise. And if you’re listening close enough, it really does make a lot of sense.

Find SBD online: Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp | Big Scary Monsters

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Swim Deep announce new album

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Album release: 4th October 2019
Label: Cooking Vinyl
More info: Swim Deep’s Facebook page

Photo credit: Ash Kingston

SWIM DEEP herald their return today having been Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on Radio One last night -  sharing To Feel Good and announcing details of their new album Emerald Classics, on their newly formed label imprint Pop Committee through Cooking Vinyl on October 4th, 2019 across all formats.

Newly reconfigured as a five-piece they now number original frontman Austin alongside bassist Cav and James on keyboards with ex-Childhood drummer Tomas Tomaski whilst Cav’s catwalk partner-in-crime Robbie Wood takes over guitar duties.

Following the release of 2015’s album Mothers and a US tour with 1975, the band embarked on a self-induced hiatus to take stock – four years and two albums had taken their dreams and good looks and offered them everything in return – An everything that never quite materialised. Personnel changes, friendships revived, relationships requited sees the original axis of Austin and Cav return together with a steely confidence and a collection of their most fully-fledged pop songs yet.

Emerald Classics is available to pre-order here

Watch the video below.

The first taste of this new relationship is the gospel infused and spoken word of album opener To Feel Good – Featuring Margate’s Social Singing choir, the track’s a big statement and an even bigger song that transcends the group’s intrinsic feel good factor and DIY ethos of the early days through to the synth-pop strains of MothersEvoking a dose of self-loathing in the shape of a particularly dark but wonderfully shot video, To Feel Good opens another chapter in what thus far has been a life-affirming roller-coaster of reality, struggle and proof that you can keep going.

Recorded on the South East Kent coast over a three week period late last summer with Dave McCracken presiding over production duties – who has worked with everyone from Ian Brown to Beyoncé and proceeded to meld the pop sensibility of their debut and the burned out psychedelia of their second – as Austin recognises; “He’s a very vital part of this record. Maybe the most vital.”  Emerald Classics – an album for dreamers and pub jukeboxes.

1. To Feel Good
2. 0121 Desire
3. Bruised
4. World I Share
5. Father I Pray
6. Sail Away, Say Goodbye
7. Drag Queens In Soho
8. Happy As Larrie
9. Top Of The Pops
10. Never Stop Pinching Myself

Having previously announced a run of 0121 Desire hometown shows in Birmingham, now sold out, the band will be announcing further UK shows very shortly.

June live date

18 BIRMINGHAM Sunflower Lounge sold out
19 BIRMINGHAM Sunflower Lounge sold out
20 BIRMINGHAM Sunflower Lounge sold out

Find Swim Deep online: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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