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The Hold Steady new single out 7 September 2018

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Single release: 'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' by The Hold Steady
Release date: 7 September 2018
Label: Frenchkiss Records
More info: Band website

The Hold Steady has released a brand new single. 'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' arrives at all DSPs and streaming services via Frenchkiss Records today, September 7.

'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' can be heard now exclusively at The Hold Steady’s Bandcamp page. Fans can download the single now by donating to The K + L Guardian Foundation, a fund set up to benefit the children of Unified Scene founder 'jersey' Mike Van Jura, who died in November 2012.

Recorded at Isokon Studios in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin, 'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' continues a string of recent THS single releases that includes 'The Stove & The Toaster' b/w 'Star 18', 'Eureka' b/w 'Esther', and last year’s 'Entitlement Crew' b/w 'A Snake In The Shower'” All eight of these new songs mark the return of keyboard player Franz Nicolay.

Additional performers on the new songs include Stuart Bogie and Dave Nelson on horns and Annie Nero on backup vocals. All three singles are available now at all DSPs and streaming services as well as the official Hold Steady Bandcamp.

'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' arrives just as The Hold Steady gets set to continue its 'Constructive Summer' series of North American live dates with an eagerly anticipated sold out four-night-stand at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern. The dates begin with a special 10th anniversary performance of STAY POSITIVE in its entirety on Wednesday, September 12 and then continue through September 15. On September 21 and 22, The Hold Steady will be in Chicago as part of Goose Island’s 312 Block Party. 

“We are counting the days before we hit Toronto for our four-night stand at The Horseshoe Tavern,” says The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn. “Toronto is one of our absolute favorite cities to play, and the (legendary) Horseshoe Tavern has hosted some classic THS shows. These will be no exception, to be sure. Night One, we will be paying tribute to the 10th anniversary of STAY POSITIVE by playing the album in full, as well as a bunch of jams from all the other albums. So come raise a toast to 10 years of STAY POSITIVE with us and hear a few that we don’t pull out very often."

“It won’t all be looking backwards though, as we are pleased to announce some new songs: ‘Confusion in the Marketplace’ and ‘T-Shirt Tux.’ We had a blast making these and hope you enjoy hearing them. We hope to play them for you in Toronto for their live debut. Can’t wait to see you all there and celebrate the last four shows of ‘Constructive Summer’ before we move onto what’s looking like an already pretty constructive autumn…”

The Hold Steady is returning to the Brooklyn Bowl for the third annual 'Massive Nights' celebration, November 28 through December 1.  Limited tickets remain for 'Massive Nights III' and are available here.

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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Paul Smith new album out 26 October 2018

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Album release: 'Diagrams' by Paul Smith
Release date: 26 October 2018
Label: Billingham Records
More info: Artist website

Paul Smith returns this October with a brand-new album 'Diagrams', a release that strips bare his work to this point and ploughs fresh songwriting pathways. Now onto his fourth record as a solo artist, the Maxïmo Park frontman continues to sharpen his skills via a keenness to step out of his comfort-zone, and an ever-present desire to digest culture in all its forms. Newly announced single 'Silver Rabbit' conjures a story of self-doubt, set against the low-budget romance of the seaside, and channelled through overdriven guitars. Listen to 'Silver Rabbit' here.

With each Paul Smith release we expect an evolvement, and on 'Diagrams' he remains committed towards expanding the parameters of his songwriting. From the anthemia of his debut solo outing 'Margins' (2010) to the exploratory minimalistic jazz of his Peter Brewis (Field Music) collaborative album 'Frozen By Sight' (2014) and the spirited, guitar pop record that was 'Contradictions' (2015), 'Diagrams' sets its stall out as a vivid and complex album that binds the obscure and the everyday, searching for romance under stones that not many songwriters would think to turn over.

“It's a punchy song where the self-doubt and regret in the lyrics is mirrored by the musical tension that develops as it goes along. I grew up in the grunge era, so this has echoes of that sound but with my own romantic view of everyday life.” – Paul Smith

Alongside co-producer Andrew Hodson, of 6 Music favourites, Warm Digits, he charts a course into the yearning, melancholic jangle-pop of The Go-Betweens, finding himself drawn to the literate, grunge-pop of The Lemonheads, to build a cohesive collection that pulls in his many strengths.

'Diagrams' is a collection that further cements Smith’s reputation as a revered songwriter and lyricist, whose skills continue to find new avenues through which to develop.

Pre-order the album here.

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IDLES pop-up art exhibition 30/31 August 2018

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Exhibition: Pop-up art exhibition to raise money for Samaritans
Date: 30/31 August 2018
More info: Band website

  • IDLES announce pop-up art exhibition to raise money for Samaritans
  • Live in-store dates to promote the new album
  • First ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner

IDLES have announced an art exhibition to celebrate the release of their second album 'Joy as an Act of Resistance' out on Partisan Records. Pre-order the album here.

Open for two days, between 12pm and 8pm, and curated by the band, the exhibition will take place at HM Electrics Gallery, 65 Nile St, London N1 7RD

The gallery will contain 18 pieces of work across several mediums, with contributions from:

  • Orlando Weeks
  • Nigel Talbot
  • Tao Lapsley
  • Russell Oliver
  • Robin Stewart
  • Tom Ham
  • Dapper Signs
  • Chris Nicholls
  • Ed Barrett
  • Beth Cater

The gallery will be free entry and artwork on display available to buy, with all proceeds going to the Samaritans charity. Watch the IDLES gallery video here.

The band have also announced a run of live in-store dates around the album:

  • 30 Aug UK London, Banquet Records, 9pm
  • 31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 3pm
  • 31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 7pm
  • 03 Sep UK Portsmouth, Pie and Vinyl, 1pm
  • 03 Sep UK Brighton, Resident, 6.30pm
  • 04 Sep UK London, Rough Trade East, 7pm
  • 05 Sep UK Sheffield, Record Junkee, 1pm
  • 05 Sep UK Nottingham, Rough Trade, 7.30pm
  • 06 Sep UK Leeds, Crash Records, 1pm
  • 06 Sep UK Manchester, FOPP, 5.30pm
  • 07 Sep UK Cardiff, Spiller Records, 7pm

Last week the band shared further new material in a searing takedown of toxic masculinity entitled 'Samaritans'. A live favourite for sometime, the Theo Watkins directed music video compiles archival clips displaying traditional masculine imagery. The FADER writes: ""The mask of masculinity is a mask that's wearing me," sings front man Joe Talbot over the top of a tight and anxiety-laced guitar riff. It's the third single... and one of their most confrontational songs to date." Listen/watch here and feel free to share.

Speaking of the song’s message, front man Joe Talbot says:

"There's been a long line of bullshit that has pushed men into a corner, where simple masking becomes a trope of masculinity and a catalyst for insanity. What we wear, what we eat, what razor we use, high performance chewing gum, go faster shampoo, how we treat women, how we treat ourselves, how we die. I truly believe that masculinity has gone from an evolution of cultural praxis to a disease. I wanted to encourage a conversation about gender roles by writing this song."

'Samaritans' is the third song to be released from IDLES's much-anticipated upcoming album 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance'. Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), The album takes aim at everything from nationalism and immigration to class inequality - all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarises: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”

  • Read Joe’s full statement on the album’s inspiration and origins here.
  • Watch the video for album opener 'Colossus' here.

This autumn, IDLES will embark on their first ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner yet at O2 Forum Kentish Town on 18th October. Their last London headliner, at Heaven, sold out nearly six months in front. Tickets are on sale now here.

  • Watch the video for pro-immigration anthem and current single 'Danny Nedelko' here.

"IDLES might just be the best live guitar band in Europe." - The Quietus

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Gomez UK Tour August - September 2018

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Tour announcement: Gomez
Tour dates: August September 2018
More info: Band website

  • Guestlist for new tour dates available on request. Contact Ellie at Prescription PR

Due to the huge success of their Spring UK tour, Gomez will be returning this August and September to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their Mercury Prize winning record 'Bring It On'. UMC have also released a super deluxe box set containing: 35 previously unreleased tracks. The collection features 25 demos & 13 songs never released in any form by Gomez, including covers of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend” and “T-Bone Walker’s Mean Old World” plus the band’s 1998 Glastonbury performance and BBC sessions. 

Package includes a 10,000-word essay by journalist Paul Stokes, with new interviews with the band and those close to them. Red & Yellow coloured vinyl edition are available + Standard black vinyl edition both in gatefold packaging.

U.K. fans - For sold out shows, please note that Gomez have appointed Twickets as their official ticket resale partner. Twickets enables fans to trade tickets for gigs at face value and helps fans avoid exploitation and overpricing on secondary ticketing platforms.

“No other record captures that period so perfectly,” says Elbow’s Guy Garvey. “The concerns of the songs. The stories, the experimental sounds. It was so brave for a band to record themselves at that time: it allowed a direct and undiluted account of the band as aspirational, big-hearted friends in love with making music and each other. It dared us to record ourselves. But they did it first. It’s the most deserving recipient of the Mercury Prize in its history: a breathlessly ambitious and lovingly crafted masterpiece. It should be called Bring It 'The Fuck' On.”

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Gomez’s Mercury Music Prize winning debut album, Bring It On has been re-mastered and reissued as a super-deluxe 4CD with an accompanying remastered double LP release. The 4CD 20th Anniversary edition of 'Bring It On' contains the original, classic album remastered by Frank Arkwright @ Abbey Road studios and 35 previously unreleased tracks including 25 demos (recorded between January 1996 and August 1997) - 13 of which are appearing on an official Gomez release for the first time.

The band have played the album in its entirety this Spring on their UK & Ireland tour, then going on to Australian and US dates.

Twenty years on, the debut album by Gomez sounds not of its time, but ahead of its time. You can hear its echoes in so much of the music that followed it: not just in Elbow, but in any artist who heard Bring it On and realised the possibilities of combining indie and roots music with lo-fidelity electronics: a modern experimental sensibility with a love of the past. 'Bring It On' was an album that synthesised styles in a way that seemed remarkable then, and now sounds utterly unforced and contemporary. Where so many of its contemporaries sound completely of their time, Bring It On sounds as if it could have come out to equal acclaim at any point over the past 20 years. It’s a record that thoroughly merits its expanded 20th anniversary edition.

'Bring it On' sounds as if it's been made by kids who’ve been exploring the outer expanses of Spotify, scouring it for unlikely sources, rather than four lads in a Southport garage, and the fella they met at university. Though, in a way, 'Bring It On' is the pre-streaming version of that very process, bringing together all the five members’ tastes, without ever allowing one style to dominate. You can hear their love of so much different music: Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Prince, Talking Heads, Johnny Cash, Portishead, The Chemical Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, jazz and folk and indie and the West Coast and classic rock. Between them, Ian Ball, Ben Ottewell, Tom Gray, Paul Blackburn and Olly Peacock created something that was far more than the sum of its parts.

In 1998, of course, it sounded revolutionary. “Gomez came along at exactly the right moment,” says the DJ Steve Lamacq, who championed the band on his Radio 1 show. “After Britpop had collapsed in on itself, there was a massive hole on the Evening Session, waiting to be filled. But what we found was, people reacting against the commerciality of the Britpop wave and heading off on all sorts of strange tangents. The audience was really receptive to sounds that maybe wouldn’t have fitted in a few years earlier.”

Gomez hadn’t even recorded with the intention of making an album, which is perhaps why it sounds so unforced. The basis of the album was seven tracks recorded on an ancient four-track recorder. The band’s label, Hut, had to use the home recordings – for practical reasons. “They couldn’t recreate those recordings because they’d done them in one of their dad’s garages on the four-track, and just after they’d finished doing the last one the thing broke,” says Hut’s David Boyd. “So we decided it needed a little bit of mixing and embellishment, but not a lot, and they trotted off to Liverpool to do the touch-ups, but to all intents and purposes that was 'Bring It On'.”

In Liverpool, engineer Ken Nelson awaited them, and helped them turn those seven tracks into a whole album. “They’d have an idea and would look to me to make it work,” Nelson says. “Their home-learned skills transferred well to the studio and I believe we learned so much from each other. I’d never worked with a band who were so creative before: it was truly exciting for me.”

The spectacular results had an immediate impact and influence, Chris Martin admired 'Bring It On' so much that Coldplay hired Ken Nelson to produce their first album (he went on to produce three for them). Indeed, without some of Gomez’s freewheeling influence, it's much harder to imagine the British music scene making a comfortable home for the innovating likes of Alt-J, Everything Everything & Field Music, or across the pond where subsequent harmony bands blending indie, antifolk and art rock have thrived.

'Bring It On' went on to win 1998’s Mercury Music Prize, beating Pulp, Massive Attack, Cornershop and The Verve, the judges describing the album as "an intriguing blend of swamp blues, bar-room rock and eerie power".

'Bring It On' remains the album Gomez are best known for in the UK, but it was only the starting point for a spectacular career. The band built audiences internationally, especially in the US and Australia. In the States, in particular, Gomez have become bigger and bigger, with their two most recent albums, 'A New Tide' (2009) and 'Whatever’s on Your Mind' (2011), becoming the highest-charting records of their career.

But 'Bring It On' remains the landmark: The introduction to their singular nature. Hence the deluxe reissue. Hence the anniversary tour in the Spring on which many of the shows – including an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall – sold out in moments. Hence more tour dates being added this August and September. Twenty years later? Once again, bring it on.

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Mozes and the Firstborn new single out now

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Single release: 'Hello' by Mozes and the Firstborn
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

“We grow and develop by challenging ourselves: By taking risks that make us prone to failure, but also to success and achievement. It’s easy to get by in the good times. It’s in the rocky moments that we finds ourselves vulnerable and in the spotlight, pushed to our limits and forced to discover who we really are – even if that means stumbling a few times before we regain balance. Dynamic, vivacious, and driving, Mozes and the Firstborn’s 'Hello' is an emphatic endorsement of stepping outside our comfort zones and asserting ourselves.” – Atwood Magazine

Since the Californian label Burger Records released their self-titled debut album in 2014, the band has embarked on international tours with The Growlers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and together PANGEA, crisscrossing the United States and Europe. In 2016 the band released 'Great Pile of Nothing', a more introvert and mellow LP.

Over the past year the Eindhoven-based Mozes and the Firstborn have been recording new tunes for their third full-length album. Embracing the feel of a mixtape, they blend their favorite styles and genres into an intriguing conglomeration of songs. The band has worked with a number of producers, including producer/mixer Chris Coady (Beach House, Slowdive) and Roland Cosio (together PANGEA, Fuzz).

'Hello' is all about stepping out of our comfort zone and overcoming fears and other obstacles in our lives. Filmed by Mart Beek, the song’s music video is the quintessence of going the distance, a single-shot film of Melle Dielesen running in a marathon while singing – and, at times, smoking a cigarette.

“I wrote ‘Hello’ for my little sister to tell her she needs to get out of her comfort zone a little more,” Dielesen says. “A couple of weeks ago I realised I ought to practice what I preach. Recording a video during a marathon while smoking a cigarette seemed like a good start. I’m growing. The band is growing: Doing things that seem scary and irrational in your head make sense if you actually put them to practice. Every day we should try something we’ve never tried before. Go out into the world and say Hello. It’ll probably turn out all right. And if it doesn’t? Hey, you’ll have a good story to tell.”

It’s not about succeeding; it’s about setting yourself up for greatness. You “have to show something of yourself from time to time and dare to say hello,” Dielesen reflects. If we’re not pushing ourselves, we’re stagnant – a passive state that’s far too easy to get used to. Thankfully, we now have a provocative song and video like “Hello” to keep up the momentum when our legs get tired, and we slow down. Raucaus and energetic, Mozes and the Firstborn’s latest release is a garage-y explosion that promises to brighten your day.

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Black Belt Eagle Scout debut album out 14 September 2018

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Album release: 'Mother of My Children' by Black Belt Ealge Scout
Release date: 14 September 2018
Label: Saddle Creek
More info: Artist website

“Having this identity—radical indigenous queer feminist—keeps me going. My music and my identity come from the same foundation of being a Native woman.” - Katherine Paul (aka KP) is Black Belt Eagle Scout

Recorded in the middle of winter near her hometown in Northwest Washington, Paul’s connection to the landscape’s eerie beauty are palpable throughout as the album traces the full spectrum of confronting buried feelings and the loss of what life was supposed to look like. Paul reflects, “I wrote this album in the fall of 2016 after two pretty big losses in my life. My mentor, Geneviève Castrée, had just died from pancreatic cancer and the relationship I had with the first woman I loved had drastically lessened and changed.” Heavy and heartbroken, Paul found respite from the weight of such loss in the creation of these songs that “are about grief and love for people, but also about being a native person in what is the United States today.”

Listen to the new single 'Soft Stud' here.

On 'Mother of My Children', the songs weave together to capture both the enduring and fleeting experiences of loss, frustration, and dreaming. The structures are traditional, but the lyrics don’t adhere to any format other than what feels right in the moment. Mother of My Children begins with lead single 'Soft Stud,' which Paul describes as her “queer anthem.” It’s “about the hardships of queer desire within an open relationship.”

“It’s is a sprawling six minutes that feels surprisingly compact, tight nerves and circuitous guitars and muddy drums building and breaking” - Stereogum

'Indians Never Die,' a call out to colonisers and those who don’t respect the Earth, follows. As Standing Rock was happening, many people in Paul’s life were coming together to fight for the most basic necessity to sustain human life: water. “Our treaty rights weren’t being honored. Imagine hearing on the news that the government doesn’t support you as a human being and never has. They don’t care about the water, they don’t care about how they are destroying what is around them. Indigenous people are the protectors of this land. Indians never die because this is our land that we will forever protect in the present and the afterlife.”

Paul grew up in a small Indian reservation, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, surrounded by family focused on native drumming, singing, and arts. From an early age, Paul was singing and dancing at powwows with one of her strongest memories at her family’s own powwow, called the All My Relations Powwow. Paul reminisces, “When I was younger, my only form of music was through the songs my ancestors taught the generations of my family. Singing in our language is a spiritual process and it carries on through me in how I create music today.” With the support of her family and a handful of bootleg Hole and Nirvana VHS tapes, Paul taught herself how to play guitar and drums as a teenager. In 2007, she moved to Portland, Oregon to attend college and get involved with the Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls eventually diving deep into the city’s music scene playing guitar and drums in bands while evolving her artistry into what would later become Black Belt Eagle Scout.

'Mother of My Children' is a life chapter gently preserved. The access listeners have to such vulnerability feels special and generous.

Pre-order Mother of My Children:
https://BBES.lnk.to/MOMC

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Ruston Kelly debut album out 7 September 2018

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Album release: 'Dying Star' by Ruston Kelly
Release date: 7 September 2018
Label: Rounder Records
More info: Artist website

The official music video for Ruston Kelly’s new single, 'Mockingbird', is premiering across Viacom platforms in an unprecedented partnership between CMT Music, MTVU and MTV Live. Watch/share here.

Of the song and video, Kelly shares, “I wrote ‘Mockingbird’ in a Dominican hotel, on the edge of a bed, at like six in the morning. I needed a release from a cyclical pattern of a doomed relationship. The kind that leaves you with less than what you went in with. But, what directors Stephen Kinigopoulos and Alexa King reminded me with their proposed story about a single mother, is even though I write about my own personal situations, it’s also everyone’s story: the human condition, our connected plight in a mad world. Regardless of how it’s expressed, we all struggle through something with hope on the other side. That’s this song and that’s this video. That’s also why I fell in love working with them immediately.”

'Mockingbird' is from Kelly’s highly anticipated full-length debut album, 'Dying Star', which will be released September 7 on Rounder Records and is now available for pre-order here.

Already receiving widespread acclaim. the album’s first track, 'Jericho', recently premiered to critical praise. Stereogum calls it, “… a warmly melancholy acoustic ballad in the vein of A.A. Bondy, Justin Townes Earle, or early Ryan Adams. It’s about learning to stand up for what you believe in, which seems as relevant now as ever. Kelly manages the feat of keeping his rich arrangement relatively minimal, so that when background vocals or harmonica rise up in the mix they really stand out.” Additionally, Rolling Stone declares, “‘Jericho’ finds Kelly channelling the dark minimalism of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska with a stark guitar-and-a-harmonica aesthetic,” while EARMILK states, “His unique voice contains this gentle raspiness that makes the vocal delivery of each track both haunting and comforting, while his complex guitar work adds to the overall catchy melodies.”

Dying Star was co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer) and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. It includes 14 songs written/co-written by Kelly and features Kelly (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, xylophone, harmonica), Jarrad K (12-string guitar, background vocals, electric guitar, Rhodes), Tim Kelly (pedal steel), Ian Fitchuk (piano, organ, drums, percussion), Eli Beaird (bass) and Kyle Ryan (banjo) as well as background vocals from Jon Green, Natalie Hemby, Kacey Musgraves, Kate York, Abby Sevigny and Joy Williams.

Of the album, Kelly comments, “A lot of my music is focused on suffering, or trying to understand the human condition through the lens of suffering…which probably sounds totally depressing, but it’s actually the flipside of that. Sometimes you’ve gotta go into that darkness—you need to get lost and then figure out for yourself how to find your way back. That’s the only way we can find pure joy, and really be thankful for the life we’ve been given.”

The release of Dying Star follows a breakout year for the Nashville-based artist, whose debut EP, Halloween, was released last April to widespread acclaim.

Born in South Carolina, Kelly started playing guitar under the guidance of his dad, Tim “TK” Kelly, a pedal steel guitarist who now performs in his band. Since his father worked for a paper mill and often changed job locations, Kelly grew up frequently moving, living everywhere from Alabama to Belgium, including time in Michigan—where the young one-time figure skater went to train with an Olympic coach in the hope of furthering his career, and where he first began writing songs. At 17, he moved to Nashville to live with his sister and went on to land a publishing deal with BMG Nashville, placing songs with several high-profile artists.

Praise for Ruston Kelly's recent single 'Jericho'

"a warmly melancholy acoustic ballad in the vein of A.A. Bondy, Justin Townes Earle, or early Ryan Adams." – Stereogum

‘Jericho’ finds Kelly channelling the dark minimalism of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska with a stark guitar-and-a-harmonica aesthetic.” – Rolling Stone

“His unique voice contains this gentle raspiness that makes the vocal delivery of each track both haunting and comforting.” – EARMILK
 

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Satellite Stories final album out 7 September 2018

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Album release: ‘Cut Out The Lights’ by Satellite Stories
Release date: 7 September 2018
Label: Playground Music Scandinavia
More info: Band website

The fifth and final Satellite Stories album Cut Out The Lights arrives on the 7th September 2018. As fans around the world digested the news, the blow was considerably softened when they heard the first taste from Cut Out The Lights, ‘Coupons’ – with Clash Magazine proclaiming the track “A fizzing, cracking, explosive return.” Today we share with you a new single from the album, ‘Carried Away’. The band's singer Esa Mankinen tells us "Carried away is a song about losing track with reality, but also realizing that's part of life". Listen to 'Carried Away' here

In September Satellite Stories start their The Final Story – Farewell Tour, playing shows in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, England and Spain.  

Satellite Stories are Finland's biggest and most successful indie act ever, with over 60 million streams worldwide, having appeared at over 300 headline shows, in no less than 17 countries spanning 3 continents. ‘Cut Out The Lights’ is an album where the band have taken the decision to self produce, to maintain complete creative control and make certain the ideas come across fully in the manner they wish. “It is all on us again now, which is a position we love, the challenge is immense, we have put everything into this record, a full year in the making,” says lead guitarist Marko Heikkinen.

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Mothers new album out 7 September 2018

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Album release: 'Render Another Ugly Method' by Mothers
Release date: 7 September 2018
Label: ANTI- Records
More info: Band website

Mothers attempt to exist in two places at once - both singular and collaborative, sprawling and concise, present and distant. Kristine Leschper, songwriter and founding member of the project, says that it is in the space between opposites that she finds herself. The multifaceted is, by nature, fragmented - each facet reflecting a slightly different perspective of the whole.

Mothers have announced their new album 'Render Another Ugly Method', set for a 7th September release date via ANTI- Records. Courtesy of NPR Music listen to the first track 'Blame Kit' here.

“A blame kit is exactly what it sounds like - an apparatus or social mechanism that aims to shift or imply guilt onto a particular person, group, or idea,” Leschper explains. “It is the first of many songs on the record that deals with the body as an object that can be expanded or collapsed, inhabited or deserted. The second section was inspired by a passage I discovered in a book of case studies of schizophrenic and autistic children: ‘His body will at one moment expand to contain things and events that are outside of it, and at the next shrink to near-nothingness…Uncertain of the boundaries of his body, things on the outside become terribly important.’ I couldn’t stop thinking about that.”

In contrast to 'Blame Kit', a new album teaser features a portion of a second track, 'Baptist Trauma'. A composition of stop-start drums and shards of jagged guitar, the song is ultimately a dissection of Leschper’s practice and work ethic, self-described as ‘ugly, at times seeking validation through itself.’ Watch it here.

Now based in Philadelphia, Mothers originated in Athens, Georgia where Leschper was attending printmaking school. In 2016 they released their debut album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired to great critical acclaim. Named a Stereogum ‘Band To Watch’, Pitchfork’s review of the album compared Leschper to Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten while Noisey exclaimed that the record “is singer-songwriter prog rock for grown up emo kids.” When You Walk also kicked off a sprawling eight months of touring across the US, UK and Europe, as the group honed their take on left-of-center indie rock with an explosive and surprising live show that displayed how forceful the songs translated to a full-band setting.

"The first time I heard Mothers I knew it was a band that I wanted to work with,” said John Congleton, who produced Render Another Ugly Method. “So special and idiosyncratic, it is impossible to ignore their point of view. I loved making the record and seeing them work."

“Mothers have returned with new songs that are more challenging to listen to, with a sound that is less benevolent, and somewhat demanding in its tone.” – Bob Boilen, NPR Music

“Shifting, polyrhythmic song structures and unexpected refrains are sure to disorient in a way that can only be pulled off by a band like Mothers. You won’t be able to figure out where the song goes next, you’ll just have to drift along with it and maybe do some reckoning of your own.” – Stereogum

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Estrons new single out now

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Single release: 'Lilac' by Estrons
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

Welsh alt-rock outfit Estrons return today with 'Lilac', the first song to be taken from fruitful recent sessions with Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Death Cab For Cutie, Pissed Jeans). Debuted last night by Huw Stephens on his Radio 1 show, he said 'Lilac' was "so good" that he played it twice in a row. Listen to Lilac here.

A further evolution sonically from what has come before, immediate and anthemic, the song marries tense vocals from Tali Källström to the off-kilter, cutting guitars that Rhodri Daniel has become known for. Tali dedicates the song to "an encounter I had with a teenage girl in the early hours of the morning. I drove past her crying in the street with her shoes in her hand and so I decided to turn the car around to check on her. I'd assumed that she was crying about something superficial and I'd also assumed that the man walking a few feet behind her was trying to take advantage. Turns out the man actually lived on that street and the girl was heartbroken because her dad had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. We often get things wrong because society leads us to create prejudices on genders; the song is myself reflecting on that. It also celebrates human empathy as the girl I helped was genuinely touched that I'd stopped to check she got home okay. I haven't seen her since that day - but this one goes out to her, anybody who is going through a difficult time and also to all the people out there who have helped me in a crisis. Someone always cares and you can get through it."

The band played a London headline show at House Of Vans, have been handpicked by Garbage to support on their September tour and also announce headlining dates of their own for November.

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Active Bird new album out 26 October 2018

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Album release: 'Amends' by Active Bird
Release date: 26 October 2018
Label: Barsuk Records
More info: Band website

Brooklyn, NY’s Active Bird Community today announced their new album and Barsuk Records debut, 'Amends', will be released on 26th October 2018 via Barsuk Records. The video for first single 'Unwind With Me' premiered today via Brooklyn Vegan, and can also now be seen here.

Filmed entirely in the back of a moving truck, director Henry Kinder explains, “We considered a few different options for how to pull this off, but at the end of the day, the only way to achieve the natural claustrophobia amidst the constructed world that we imagined was to practically build the apartment into the actual bed of a truck. This choice created tight parameters within which we had to work, but it felt like the only way to achieve exactly what we wanted: to visually represent this state of unsettled displacement that we were both feeling at the time and that we were hearing in the song."

'Amends' is also now available for pre-order here.

Of the song, singer/guitarist Tom D’Agustino says, "I don’t think I realised until after the song was finished that it sort of felt like I was putting myself on trial. It was finished during a pretty confusing time in my life, my relationship was ending right around the time I had gotten sick with shingles. It became clear that my life wasn’t going in the right direction or any direction really, and that left me feeling guilty and ashamed. ‘Unwind With Me’ was sort of like declaring bankruptcy on myself - I’m gonna unravel everything so I can get back to some sort of starting line. I think I also realised that in that decision or that outlook, I felt like I could take back some control. It’s my choice to tear everything down and rebuild, and even if it hurts, it’s alright because I’m moving forward, I’m willing a change..."

Active Bird Community have also announced a fall North American tour, beginning with a hometown Brooklyn show on 27th September at Rough Trade. The dates continue throughout the northeast, midwest, and Canada before wrapping up on October 6 at Great Scott in Boston, MA. 

'Amends' dwells in the intricacies of relationships -- broken bonds between friends, family, and lovers -- and hoping to heal. A contemplation on loss and forgiveness, the album volleys between the perspectives of D'Agustino and co-songwriter/lead guitarist Andrew 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.

The 11 tracks deal with universal themes including the tension of family, loss, and learning to move on without resentment (“Amends,” “Lighthouse”), breakups (“Unwind With Me”), anxieties (“Downstairs”), and hope for the future (“Silver Screen”). As a whole, 'Amends' represents Active Bird Community’s efforts to contend honestly with the pain of their experiences and explore the empowering nature of forgiveness.

Active Bird Community’s 2017 album, 'Stick Around', was self-released last year and hailed as “a scrappy punk slugfest rife with immediate post-college struggles" (Billboard), and “superb...full of addicting cuts" (Earmilk). The band -- who have been playing together since middle school -- recently played a sold-out show at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory as part of Northside Festival, have toured with artists including Cymbals Eat Guitars and We Were Promised Jetpacks, and performed at festivals including Panorama and Audiotree.

Active Bird Community are: Tom D’Agustino (vocals, guitar), Andrew Wolfson (vocals/lead guitar), Quinn McGovern (drums), and Zach Slater (bass).

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The Molochs new album out 7 September 2018

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Album release: 'Flowers In The Spring' by The Molochs
Release date: 7 September 2018
Label: Innovative Leisure
More info: Band website

The Molochs have announced their new album 'Flowers In The Spring' is due out September 7th this year via Innovative Leisure. They have also shared the first single to be taken from it 'I Wanna Say To You' at The Line Of Best Fit where they were described as "somewhere between Pavement and The Stone Roses".

Speaking about the track, The Molochs explained, "The song lies somewhere between the Beatles' 'Rain' and Psychic TV with some paisley New Zealand tinges. The words "there's something I wanna say to you" are very liberating. They scream out. It could mean addressing someone else or addressing yourself. Sometimes you have to shake someone and yell a bit. Sometimes you have to shake yourself and yell a bit. It's good to call yourself out from time to time."

The Molochs’ 'America’s Velvet Glory' was the earliest burst of light and energy to hit in 2017, an album of electrified rock ‘n’ roll like Dylan and Lou Reed by a band named after the Ginsberg-ian glutton god who demanded the sacrifice of all things good and pure. In 2018 Moloch himself is fatter and happier than ever, so the Molochs couldn’t just make another record. After Glory showed the world who they were, they needed to make an album that showed what they could do. So 'Flowers In The Spring' is where the Molochs worked harder, thought harder and fought harder to be the kind of band that the times demand.  

“I like to think the world just needs some good solid songs out there,” founder Lucas Fitzsimons says. “It’s simple. It’s not easy … but it’s simple.” As on Glory, inspiration from Syd Barrett, Dylan, Nikki Sudden and kindred spirit Peter Perrett of the Only Ones was at work, but the Molochs are endlessly ravenous when it comes to things to read and listen to and learn from. On Flowers they refine and recombine their sound, working in that long tradition of poets who cover themselves in pop songs.

'I Wanna Say To You', their first single, draws from some of Creation Records’ dreamiest dreamers than it does from any esoteric 60s howlers.

'Flowers In The Spring' will be released on the LA indie label Innovative Leisure on 7 September 2018.

Selected previous praise for debut album

"The Molochs introductory is a thrilling and thoughtful beginning for a duo with plenty of promise." - NME

“One of the year's best. Which year? Any year” - MOJO

“Genre fans will love it--it’s the perfect soundtrack to pulling on your Chelsea boots and black crew-neck sweater.“ - The Guardian

 

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Tomberlin debut album out 10 August 2018

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Album release: 'At Weddings' by Tomberlin
Release date: 10 August 2018
Label: Saddle Creek
More info: Artist website

Tomberlin, the Louisville based artist, has shared a video for 'Self-Help', the lead single from her deeply moving Saddle Creek debut album, 'At Weddings'. Stereogum, who premiered the video today, profiled Tomberlin and named her an Artist To Watch, describing her music as being "made from the barest of bones, looping guitar lines and plinking keys and her silvery voice, that together create a kind of hymnal stillness."  'At Weddings' is available for pre-order and due out 10th August via Saddle Creek.

Watch the 'Self Help' video.

On her deeply moving debut album 'At Weddings', Sarah Beth Tomberlin writes with the clarity and wisdom of an artist well beyond her years. Immeasurable space circulates within the album's ten songs, which set Tomberlin's searching voice against lush backdrops of piano and guitar. Like Julien Baker and Sufjan Stevens, she has a knack for transforming the personal into parable. Like Grouper, she has a feel for the transcendent within the ordinary.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, and now based in Louisville, Kentucky, Tomberlin wrote most of At Weddings while living with her family in southern Illinois during her late teens and early twenties. At 16, she finished her homeschooling curriculum and went to college at a private Christian school she describes, only half-jokingly, as a "cult." By 17, she had dropped out of school, returned home, and begun to face a period of difficult transition in her life. The daughter of a Baptist pastor, Tomberlin found herself questioning not only her faith, but her identity, her purpose, and her place in the world.

"I was working, going to school, and experiencing heavy isolation," Tomberlin says of the time when she first began writing the songs on At Weddings. "It felt monotonous, like endless nothingness. It was a means to get through to the next step of life." In songwriting, Tomberlin found relief and lucidity she had trouble articulating otherwise. When she was 19, she wrote "Tornado" on her parents' piano, and began to develop confidence in her music. A year later, she had written enough songs to fill an album.

Throughout 'At Weddings', Tomberlin's lyrics yearn for stability and belonging, a near-universal desire among young people learning to define themselves on their own terms for the first time. "I am a tornado with big green eyes and a heartbeat," she sings on 'Tornado', her voice stretching to the top of her range. Rich, idiosyncratic imagery - a fly killed with a self-help book, brown paper bags slashed violently open, clouds that weep over a lost love - sidle up to profound realisations about learning to be alive in this world. "To be a woman is to be in pain," Tomberlin notes on 'I'm Not Scared'. On 'A Video Game', she muses, "I wish I was a hero with something beautiful to say."

Tomberlin cites the hymns she grew up singing in church as her greatest musical influence, and while At Weddings in many ways documents the unlearning of her childhood faith, it's easy to hear the reverential quality of sacred music in her songs. "A lot of hymns talk about really crazy stuff - being saved from the depths and the mire, judgment. When you actually realize what you're singing, it becomes really overwhelming," Tomberlin says. "I grew up singing in church. I was still helping to lead worship when I started coming to terms with the realization that I didn't know if I believed. I felt nauseous and shaky reading these words I was singing and feeling their intensity. If I did believe this, how could I sing these words without being scared out of my mind? That's what's influenced how I write."

'At Weddings' is laden with reverence for music itself, for the power it has to heal others and help people navigate their lives. It is a record about learning to love oneself and others without reservation, from a place of deep sincerity - a lifelong challenge whose tribulations Tomberlin articulates beautifully. "My number one goal with my music is for honesty and transparency that helps other people find ways to exist," she says. With 'At Weddings', this remarkable young songwriter offers up comfort and wonder in equal measure.

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First Hate new single and video out now

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Single release: 'Fallen' by First Hate
Release date: Out now
More info: Band Soundcloud

Rising from the snake pit into the international spotlight; the journey continues for First Hate. It all began with the self-titled debut EP ‘First Hate’ (Bad Actors Inc., September 2014), which featured hit singles 'Girls In The Club' and 'In My Dreams', music that transcended genres transforming the Copenhagen underground scene. It was a steady climb for the two Copenhageners, who have spent time on the road with Trentemøller, Communions, Iceage and Lust For Youth. Summer 2015 was spent in the studio producing their follow-up EP ‘The Mind Of A Gemini’ (Escho, March 2016). Sold out headline shows at Lille Vega, Copenhagen and The Waiting Room, London proved the band's popularity was now hitting a wider more mainstream audience with singles 'White Heron' and 'Trojan Horse' getting heavy rotation on national radio.

The rest of the year was spent on the road touring mostly throughout Europe with additional tours in China and North America. A key festival highlight was the triumphant headlining set on the Countdown Stage at Roskilde Festival. Spring 2017 saw the release of their highly anticipated debut album ‘A Prayer For The Unemployed’, which was released May 12th 2017 via Escho. It was  produced by First Hate with guidance by Troels Damgaard Holm and Malthe Fischer.

Now, the duo share the visuals for their latest single 'Fallen', which you can watch HERE

Press support for First Hate

“Alongside their arrogance there is empathy and the feeling that First Hate want their music to reach out and actually mean something.” – Pitchfork

“First Hate is a compelling balance of beatific and elegiac pop” – The FADER

 “You’d have to be made of stone not to fall for the elegiac wonder spun by Copenhagen duo First Hate... This and the rest of their back catalogue mark them out as an exciting new voice in the burgeoning nostalgia-tinged comedown-pop scene” – The Guardian

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Satellite Stories final album out 14 September 2018

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Album release: ‘Cut Out The Lights’ by Satellite Stories
Release date: 14 September 2018
Label: Playground Music
More info: Band website

  • Satellite Stories share new single ‘Coupons’. Listen at Clash.

"A fizzing, cracking, explosive return, 'Coupons' is ridiculously infectious, with those gossamer synths rattling against an insistent, incessant guitar line." - CLASH

Satellite Stories return with their brand new single ‘Coupons’, the first taste from what will be their fifth and final studio album, ‘Cut Out The Lights’, which is set for release worldwide on September 14th, with a worldwide tour to take place thereafter. 'Coupons' premiered today at CLASH who call it "A fizzing, cracking, explosive return. 'Coupons' is ridiculously infectious, with those gossamer synths rattling against an insistent, incessant guitar line."

Satellite Stories frontman Esa Mankinen tells us ‘Coupons’, is our brand new single, which we hope the fans will agree is somewhat of a return to the original Satellite Stories sound and feel; 3 minutes 14 seconds of pure energetic indie pop.”

As Finland's biggest and most successful indie act ever - with over 60 million streams worldwide, and over 300 headline shows, in no less than 17 countries spanning 3 continents - Satellite Stories returned to their roots to create their latest material. ‘Cut Out The Lights’ is an album where the band have taken the decision to self produce, to maintain complete creative control and make certain the ideas come across fully in the manner they wish.

“It is all on us again now, which is a position we love, the challenge is immense, we have put everything into this record, a full year in the making.” says lead guitarist Marko Heikkinen.

Mankinen continues; “On this album we went back to the basics of how we made music from the start, the four of us locked away in the Nordic landscape for inspiration, with a focus on the melodies and what production brings the best to the songs.”

‘Coupons’ is released May 4th, with the album due for worldwide release on September 14th.

Satellite Stories Tour Dates

14-Sep FINLAND, Kuopio, Henry's Pub
15-Sep FINLAND, Joensuu, Kerubi             
21-Sep FINLAND, Jyvaskyla, Freetime
22-Sep FINLAND, Helsinki, Korjaamo
27-Sep FINLAND, Turku, Gong
28-Sep FINLAND, Lahti, Torvi
29-Sep FINLAND, Tampere, Klubi
02-Oct SWEDEN, Stockholm, Klubben
03-Oct DENMARK, Copenhagen, Vega - Ideal Bar
04-Oct GERMANY, Hamburg, Nochtspeicher
05-Oct GERMANY, Berlin, Privatclub
06-Oct GERMANY, Stuttgart, ClubCann        
08-Oct GERMANY, Munich, Kranhalle
09-Oct AUSTRIA, Vienna, Chelsea
10-Oct SWITZERLAND, Zurich, Mascotte
11-Oct FRANCE, Paris, Supersonic
12-Oct NETHERLANDS, Utrecht, De Helling
13-Oct  NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, Sugarfactory
15-Oct UK, London, Lexington
16-Oct GERMANY, Cologne, Yuca               
19-Oct SPAIN, Madrid, Moby Dick
20-Oct SPAIN, Barcelona, Razzmatazz                
26-Oct FINLAND, Vaasa, Ritz
27-Oct FINLAND, Oulu, 45 Special

Tour date tickets will go on general sale Wednesday, May 9th at 12:00 CET.
 
 

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Orions Belte release single and announce album for September 2018

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Album release: 'Mint' by Orions Belte
Release date: September 2018
Label: Jansen Records
More info: Band website

Orions Belte have just released their brilliant first single 'Le Mans' via Jansen Records. It comes as an exciting preview to their debut album 'Mint' that is due out in September 2018.

Listen to 'Le Mans' via Spotify or via Soundcloud

Is it blues? Is it world music? Is it underground pop? You can choose whichever you want, it’s not important for Orions Belte. The band play instrumental music inspired by "Nigerian 70s rock, postcards from the French riviera, Formula One races at the Monza track in Italy, and when Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali in the ‘Fight of the Century’ in 1971". You could say their influences are "eclectic".

Øyvind Blomstrøm and Chris Holm mainly live on the road with other bands, and they’re almost always traveling from town to town, country to country. When their roads crossed for the umpteenth time in 2016, their mutual dream of starting an instrumental project together was finally underway. Holm’s companion from the Bergen scene, Kim Åge Furuhaug, wanted to join in on the fun, and then Orions Belte was born. 

Their debut album 'Mint' is founded on old traditions but still feels new, and you’ll have to look for a long time to find anything like it. Texas band Khruangbin may be the best comparison as per today, but Orions Belte really belong in their own galaxy. A galaxy where they are the soundtrack to movies that haven’t been made yet, where landscapes are coloured and where the trio are doing just what they want to, in the way they want to do it. 

The result is 'Mint', an album filled with songs that fit as easily into street parties in Oslo and London, as in private casinos in Paris and night clubs in Lagos. Orions Belte, a small piece of the world - from Norway.

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YOWL new single out now

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Single release: 'Warm (In The Soft White Fire of Modern Living)' by YOWL
Release date: Out now
More info: Band Soundcloud

Today, Peckham five-piece YOWL have announced their new single 'Warm (In The Soft White Fire Of Modern Living)'. The single follows the release of YOWL's second single and video for ‘Dark Room’ and UK tour with label mates LICE including a sold out headline show at Sebright Arms. It was then on to Europe to play Pitchfork Avant-Garde and London Calling Amsterdam.

Listen to 'Warm (In The Soft White Fire Of Modern Living)' here

Alongside the new single, YOWL have also announced two new live dates including a headline London show at Bermondsey Social Club on 31st May 2018 and a show supporting IDLES at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge on 1st August 2018. The full list of YOWL's forthcoming live dates is as follows:

28th April – Portsmouth Psych Fest
28th April – Sticky Mikes, Brighton (Free entry)
6th May – Sounds From The Other City, Manchester
25th – 27th May – Dot to Dot Festival
31st May – Bermondsey Social Club, London
21st July – Truck Festival, Oxford
1st August – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge w/ IDLES

With an EP and two singles behind them YOWL have earned some impressive critical acclaim from the likes of NME, DIY, AnOther, Loud & Quiet and more. Following the release of 2016's Before The Sleep Sets In EP YOWL released debut single 'My Headache Likes To Speak' in May 2017. Across its noir-laden four minutes, the band marry gnarled razor-wire guitars and a swaggering rhythm section with the sick croon of vocalist Gabriel Byrde. 'My Headache Likes To Speak’ was the second release from London's Big Score imprint, after recently putting out material from Bristol's LICE. The label comes from the minds behind Golden Arm who have watched over the likes of HMLTD, Goat Girl, and The Big Moon.

Nobody’s happy putting up with poor job prospects and a city pricing out the poorest, but the Peckham-formed YOWL capture a frustration of the 9-to-5 London grind like few others. And in frontman Gabriel Byrde, they have someone who can spin poetry on songs about alienation and exhaustion. YOWL are often viciously loud, but Byrde’s fanciful delivery gives them an edge.

Previous praise for YOWL

“YOWL take the mundane and make it sound like a never-ending thrill" – NME

“YOWL are a band who make Peckham sound like New York City 2002” – LOUD & QUIET

"YOWL tell bleak, beautiful stories" – DIY

 

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album reissue due 25 May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK tour dates

Oct 16 The Bullingdon, Oxford 

Oct 17 Boiler Room, Guildford 

Oct 18 Storey’s Field Centre, Cambridge 

Oct 20 Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland 

Oct 22 The Caves, Edinburgh 

Oct 23 The Cluny, Newcastle 

Oct 24 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham 

Oct 25 The Haunt, Brighton 

Oct 26 Electric Ballroom, London

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Tancred new album out 1 June 2018

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

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

Listen to ‘Reviews’ now via NPR Music or YouTube

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canshaker Pi announce tour for May 2018

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

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

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

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