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Charly Bliss new single out now

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Single release: ‘Heaven’ by Charly Bliss
Release date: Out now
Label: Barsuk Records
More info: Band website

First new material since last year's ‘Guppy’

Today, NYC's Charly Bliss have released a song titled ‘Heaven’, a staple of their live show. '

Of the song, Eva Hendricks says: "'Heaven' is one of the first songs I wrote after Guppy, and to me it sounds like the ending of one phase of our sound before we knew what was going to come next. We played it live every night of our album release tour and it was really incredible to see the way people reacted to and connected with the song. It's our first love song, and I basically had to force myself to write the lyrics as a songwriting challenge to myself. I think I was always worried that songwriting was something that only existed to me as a coping mechanism, and that once I was happy I wouldn't have anything interesting to say or write about. I'm proud of the sweetness and simplicity of this song, and we're super happy to release it finally!"

Listen to ‘Heaven’ here.

Charly Bliss will be touring the US with Death Cab For Cutie later this month and throughout October.

"Feels familiar even on first listen; you might find yourself singing along by the second chorus, as if this band's been soundtracking your adolescence all along." - NPR

"One of those bands where you either like them or you're wrong" - Upset

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Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam new album out 9 November 2018

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Album release: 'Blackout Cowboy' by Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
Release date: 9 November 2018
Label: By The Time It Gets Dark
More info: Band website

  • Listen to the single 'All The Way Over The Edge' at Stereogum
  • Album available to pre-order as DL / CD / LP here
  • UK tour dates through November

Prolific Birmingham quintet Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam are today premiering their brand new single 'All The Way Over The Edge (Bros Don't Talk About Anything)' at Stereogum. On a track that makes an immediate impact from the opening riff, its febrile energy, subject matter and crushing, jerking rhythms are characteristic of an album that makes you feel something at every turn. This first track is about the importance of being able to feel like you can talk about your mental health. Lead singer and guitarist Pete Dixon says; "I think the male condition stops us from sharing emotions we tend to either make light of things or brush it off completely and typically men don't talk about our feelings until it's too late."

About the track, Stereogum says; “All The Way Over The Edge (Bros Don’t Talk About Anything) is psyched-out spin on the neurotic power pop of early Weezer and the sprawling guitar rock of Titus Andronicus... When you’re listening to this, everything feels massive and urgent but it never takes itself too seriously, thanks to some darkly funny lyrics." 

What of the bands that can’t stop writing? How do you keep up? Like Bob Pollard and R. Stevie Moore before them, it’s something that must just be there, in the blood. Over the last few years, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam have been putting out quality material at an alarming rate – 100+ songs, and if it wasn’t for the day jobs, there’d have been far more – whilst never quite fitting in to any one pigeonhole long enough to be branded with a genre. So, where to start? Here. 'Blackout Cowboy' is that record. It could as easily be their debut. A fresh slate from which to start from. A band with 100 songs distilling everything that makes them great down to just 8 new songs. Like a record from the 70’s, succinct and compact, total confidence in the material.

Early lo-fi offerings in the form of two EPs, a self-titled album, and a Halloween single secured the then three-piece a regular spot on the Birmingham music scene, as well as frequent invites to towns and cities up and down the country. A couple of increases in headcount (most recently Junior Laidley on keyboards and percussion) and the purple patch writing sessions around 'Blackout Cowboy' have allowed the band to move away from the lo-fi aesthetic they once adhered to, and are now able to work the same unique approach to songwriting into an ever expanding range of hooks, riffs and drones that fill any room they play.

Dark lyrical matter permeates throughout the record, as does black humour and the band’s gift for melody. From the power-pop rush of opener 'Running From A Ghost', through to the Malkmus-esque closer of 'Mind Control', there’s both variety and an almost endless slew of good ideas throughout. From the thick guitar tone that brings 'All The Way Over The Edge' to life, to the melodic invention across 'Blackout Cowboy' and 'Meatloaf To The Camera', there’s no let up across the record. And on 'Mrs JR Hartley' the band even channel the neurotic energy of those early Weezer songs, in contrast to that most English of references in the song title.

Some bands hit their stride a few records in, and some bands hit it out of the park entirely: this is Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam making a strong claim for the latter.

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IDLES new single out now

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Single release: 'Great' by IDLES
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

Following the single's debut with Steve Lamacq on 6 Music (listen to recent session here) and ahead of a live performance for Annie Mac on Radio 1, IDLES have shared another new song off their much-anticipated new LP ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance,’ out 31st August via Partisan.

'Great' is a pro-immigration black comedy (“Islam didn’t eat your hamster/change isn’t a crime”) as well as a scathing confrontation of the Brexit/Trump era. The song is accompanied by a music video (directed by Theo Watkins), which you can watch here.

Singer Joe Talbot says of the track: “Let us go forward with open minds and open hearts into that fuck off fire we've started. No blame, no hate. Just love and a blue passport.”

‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’ bluntly addresses everything from toxic masculinity, immigration, racism, nationalism + more. The band are able to channel those weighty subjects though pure positivity and even biting humor. 

Earlier this month IDLES also announced an art exhibition to celebrate the release of their album. Open for two days on 30 and 31 August, between 12pm and 8pm, and curated by the band, the exhibition will take place at: HM Electrics Gallery, 65 Nile Street, London N1 7RD

The gallery will contain 18 pieces of work across several mediums. All proceeds going to the Samaritans charity. Watch the exhibition trailer here.

Watch IDLES on News At Ten

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

'Great' is the fourth 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' 

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 anthemic single 'Danny Nedelko'

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

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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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Silverbacks new single out now

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Single release: 'Dunkirk' by Silverbacks
Release date: Out now
Label: PK Miami Records
More info: Band website

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

Dublin art-punks Silverbacks stomp back into action in 2018 with the release of their new single produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox 'Dunkirk' on June 15th through their own PK Miami Records. Today, the band have premiered the single on Soundcloud at Paste where it was described as "jagged and menacing".

“The song is about a character who is questioning the life they have been dealt,” Silverbacks explain. “They find themselves in a near dystopian future where Dunkirk, despite its history, has become a built-up holiday destination for young families.”

Underpinned by an insistent, nagging bassline and creepy crawly guitar lines, it provides the ideal vehicle for frontman Daniel O’Kelly’s stream of consciousness ramblings about martial strife, the perfect sandcastle and spotting a con artist when he sees one. Produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox, the track lurches forth, pressure building from the undulating backbeat and layers of skronking guitars accenting Daniel’s increasingly frazzled yelps before finally collapsing into a sugar sweet coda. Indie kids no more, Silverbacks mean business and ‘Dunkirk’ is a powerful first move. The single is accompanied by a brilliantly creative video from Belgian graphic designer and artist Cameron Francis Taylor.

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

Last year’s ‘Sink The Fat Moon’ EP had the band lighting up their homeland, with nods from BBC’s Across The Line, RTE’s Dan Hegarty, The Irish Times, The Thin Air and Nialler9 amongst others. They followed up with riotous single ‘Just for a Better View’ before the end of the year, drawing more accolades and setting themselves up for an exciting 2018.

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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 Plainviews debut EP out 11 May 2018

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EP release: 'A Million Different Ways of Saying Nothing At All' by The Plainviews
Release date: 11 May 2018
Label: Invisible Llama Music
More info: Band Soundcloud

  • Idles side project band The Plainviews release new single 'Bladerunner'. Watch the video here.
  • EP launch with Heavy Lungs, Twisted Ankle and Sugar Horse. Pre-order the EP here.

The Plainviews have announced that their debut EP 'A Million Different Ways of Saying Nothing At All' is due out on May 11th via Bristol DIY label Invisible Llama Music. The Plainviews feature members of IDLES (Adam 'Dev' Devonshire+Jon Beavis) and The St Pierre Snake Invasion (Damien Sayell) and were formed through friendship, some form of functional alcoholism, and a proclivity for the inane.

The Plainviews have gained recognition in Bristol for their acerbic and visceral ‘alt-rock’ songs about nothing. To celebrate the upcoming EP, the band have released an accompanying video for lead single ‘Bladerunner’, illustrated and directed by the wonderfully talented Tommy Norm.

The band say: "Here's the video for our first single, Bladerunner, all because we thought it would be funny to make an animated video for a song with one line."

Live Dates

  • May 11th - Exchange, Bristol  w Heavy Lungs, Twisted Ankle + Sugar Horse
  • June 20th - The Shacklewell Arms, London w Heavy Lungs + TBA

 
 

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LIFE new single out 15 June 2018 and UK tour dates

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Single release: 'Grown Up' by LIFE
Release date: 15 June 2018
Tour dates: May-August 2018
More info: Band website

Fresh from a typically raucous and sweaty week in Austin, Texas for SXSW where the band played for DIY, BBC 6Music & Fluffer Pit, LIFE announce their return with the anthemic and frenetic 'Grown Up', their first new material since last year’s breakthrough debut album “Popular Music”.

'Grown Up', the first single to be taken from their forthcoming LP, is a pounding slice of muscular indie-rock that plays with the theme of adulting – the concept of stepping up to your responsibilities and behaving in a mature fashion - and sees the band hone in on a bigger and more focused sound. Hear/share the single here.

Frontman Mez describes the new single:

“Grown Up is about getting to grips with adulthood and wanting to fall in love again. Seeing the decay of human life as it ages in a park with the dying swans. Is there hope between the space on your plate as you fork at your tea? Can you be too grown up for love?”

Described by DIY as “an unhinged depiction of modern day punk”, LIFE’s anti-establishment outlook and witty, off-centre social commentary underscores everything they do. Very much the antithesis of all things London-centric, the band hail instead from the current City Of Culture, Hull, and tackle the new wave of youth and working class discontent with both savvy and style.

Known for a strong community ethic, clever wordplay and energetic performances, ‘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.

LIFE were also invited to perform a live session for Huw Stephens at Maida Vale and to play at Radio 1's Big Weekend, where they were the only unsigned act on the line up. Further live credentials include performances at SXSW, Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Reeperbahn and The Great Escape, as well as tours with Slaves, Nadine Shah and IDLES alongside significant headline shows of their own.

The band will play the following live dates:

5th May – Live At Leeds
6th May – Stag & Dagger, Glasgow
18th May – Black Lion (2.50pm) The Great Escape, Brighton
19th May – Komedia (2.30pm), The Great Escape, Brighton
20th May – Gold Sound Festival, Leeds
27th May – Bearded Theory
2nd June – Long Division, Wakefield
9th June – 53 Degrees North, Hull
14th June - The Lexington, London (single launch show)
15th June - The Shed, Leicester
16th June - ussex Arms Basement, Tunbridge Wells
17th June - Green Door Store, Brighton
20th July – Tramlines, Sheffield
28th July – Leopallooza
31st August – Electric Fields

'Grown Up' is the vibrant sound of a band who’ve already achieved so much - on their own terms, no less - who are now taking their next big leap forwards. No growing pains here, then.

Press reaction to date

  • “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
  • “Singer Mez Green fully justifies his frequent Jarvis (Cocker) comparisons.” - DIY on SXSW

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Touché Amoré announce UK dates for July

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

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

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

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

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

Praise for last album 'Stage Four':

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

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

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

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

You can pre-order the collection HERE

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

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

Watch the video for lead single 'Stammering Bill' HERE 

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

The band will support IDLES on their April tour.

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

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

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

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

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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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Canshaker Pi new album due May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press reaction to date

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

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

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

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

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Sorority Noise hiatus and album reissue due 30 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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Movements announce UK tour April/May 2018

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Tour announcement: Movements
Tour dates: May June 2018
Label: Fearless Records
More info: Band website

Movements have announced that they will touring the UK and parts of Europe this April and May in support of their debut album 'Feel Something' which was released to critical acclaim at the end of 2017 via Fearless. The dates span the length of the UK including stops in Brighton, Glasgow, Cardiff, and London with support from Paerish & Muskets, where they then go on to Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, and Antwerp. Tickets now on sale.

You can check out 'Colorblind' here, the first single from 'Feel Something', which Billboard in their premiere called “a cohesive vision of muscular rock energy and melodic song craft".

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

Movements are touring the US with Can't Swim, Super Whatevr, and Gleemer this March and have previously supported the likes of Knuckle Puck in the US and in the UK in December with Tiny Moving Parts and Have Mercy in tow.

Press reaction to date

"Having channelled talent, depression and a pure love of music into something beautiful on debut album ‘Feel Something’, Movements became one of the standout new bands of 2017." - Rock Sound

"Stunning emo/post-hardcore quartet from Southern California" - Kerrang!

"Regardless of you experiences in life, with this record on you'd have to be made of stone to not 'Feel Something'" - Upset Magazine

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Fontaines D.C. new single out 23 February 2018

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Single release: 'Chequeless Reckless' by Fontaines D.C.
Release date: 23 February 2018
Label: Trigger Party Records
More info: Band website

Premiere on Stereogum here

New double A-side single due out 23rd February 2018
London live date at The Victoria, Dalston – London on 7th March 2018

Fontaines D.C. met as a quintet in Dublin, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counter-culture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic indie-punk that has done anything but fall on deaf ears.

The last six months have seen Fontaines D.C. release two hotly received double A-side singles, both of which were named as singles of the week by Rough Trade, and garnered early support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and others on BBC 6 Music, as well as earning feature space from every major Irish publication. Similarly, the band have played a number of shows across Europe, Ireland and the UK earning a reputation for their brooding and trenchant live performances, supporting the likes of The Horrors, Girl Band and The Lemon Twigs, as well as playing festival slots at Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices.

Previous singles such as ‘Liberty Belle’ and ‘Hurricane Laughter’ call to mind the likes of the Modern Lovers, The Fall, Iggy Pop and The Strokes, seamlessly blending immediate lyrical hooks with melodic golden-era indie instrumentation, and ‘70s Stooges punk thrust, all of which is strewn with defiant rock and roll overtones. On their new single ‘Chequeless Reckless’, the band have decided to delve even deeper into their influences (which they personally cite as spanning from The La’s, to The Pogues to Buddy Holly) employing hypnotic, kraut-rock infused cyclical riffs, whilst channelling Dublin into their concise and often-unassumingly poetic lyrics with a distinctive gritty Irish drawl.

Fontaines D.C. have gone from strength-to-strength with each release, and with a vast range of critical acclaim, renowned live shows and a series of sold out releases behind them over the course of just six months, ‘Chequeless Reckless’ stands as a huge statement of intent, which is not to be ignored.

Press reaction to date

"Snarling, swaggering post-punk filtered through the retro-rock bands of the early ’00s" - Stereogum

"This band just keep getting better and better." - Rough Trade

"I'm absolutely kicking myself for not seeing these live." - Steve Lamacq

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Table Scraps on tour with Monster Magnet May/June 2018

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Tour announcement: Table Scraps
Tour dates: May/June 2018
More info: Band website

When Dave Wyndorf of the mighty Monster Magnet gets in touch personally to praise your band and invite you on a 14 date European tour - you know you've got to grab the bull by the horns and go for it!

Table Scraps will be travelling across Europe with the legends this May into June with stops in Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and back to the UK for two shows in Manchester and Glasgow. Tickets available here

To turn away from a record deal with a large label in your teens takes guts - especially when the fight for opportunities of that kind are so far and few between for rising bands. But when you feel like you're being kept out of the loop of your own life and one two many false promises are made, something has to change. Drummer Poppy Twist of Poppy & The Jezebels (Mute) made her choice and hasn't glanced back since. Forming the Midlands three-piece, Table Scraps, was a natural antidote and as with anything that comes with a DIY-sense of raw honesty, has had huge levels of support. Joining forces with two souls in possession of similar stories, TJ on bass and Scott Vincent Abbott on guitar, the band have become a storming unit of energy and defiance.

Their gripping new album 'Autonomy' is set for release on February 23rd 2018. The new single 'Sick Of Me' taken from it premiered at DIY and has since been spun by the likes of Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, and more on BBC 6 Music. Previous support has been found at Radio 1, Radio X, and from Idles' Joe Talbot, who recently declared on stage at a Birmingham gig, "if you don’t know Table Scraps, you’re a fucking idiot!".

Live, the trio have more than held their own alongside the likes of Fat White Family, Black Lips, and Yak, as well as being hand-picked to open for bands such as The Buzzcocks and The Gories. Table Scraps have also announced a handful of dates in the UK in February and March this year with stops in Sheffield, Bournemouth, Bristol, London, Brighton, and an album launch show in their hometown of Birmingham.

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Jeff Rosenstock new album due 2 March 2018

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Album release: 'Post' by Jeff Rosenstock
Release date: Digital on 1 January 2018 Vinyl and CD on 23 March 2018
Label: Specialist Subject Records (Europe) & Polyvinyl (US)
More info: Artist website

"one of the most important figures in modern punk" – Pitchfork

Surprise! A new Jeff Rosenstock record for 2018! 

It's New Year's Day. You're still coming out of the haze of 2017. Maybe your New Year's Eve got a little crazy, maybe it got a little dark. You're not sure if you're going to actually get out of bed before noon, but you roll over and check your phone, just in case anything terrible has happened while you were sleeping. Wait. What? Call your best friend. There's a new Jeff Rosenstock record. 

Jeff Rosenstock wrote 'Post'- in a double-wide trailer in the Catskill Mountain town of East Durham, the snow-covered hills surrounding him like a landscape of blank pages. The serene, empty space was a big change of scenery for a guy who bounces around the world like a human comet, playing super-catchy, super-devastating shout-alongs to dedicated fans around the world.  

After playing with Bomb the Music Industry! for a decade, Jeff switched gears and produced records for The Smith Street Band, Dan Andriano, Mikey Erg and more, and started putting out records under his own name. After the release of WORRY., things started to get way more intense for Jeff and his band. They made their first TV appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly, USA Today called WORRY the #1 album of 2016, and the band took to the road, touring endlessly for the past two years, taking breaks only to record new albums.

"2017 kinda felt like the year when we snuck in the back door," says Rosenstock, "We kept getting opportunities to do stuff - even though we take those opportunities to do stupid shit like say how much we made on stage." (This is the guy whose Pitchfork Music Festival performance last summer trended on Twitter after he took the stage and exclaimed, “Seventy-five hundred! Dollars! For us! To play! This festival!” Because, you know, he felt like he had to come clean about it.)

Written in the days after the 2017 Presidential inauguration, 'Post's lyrics get (really) heavy but the melodies are so catchy and the builds are so big and bright that the end result is more of a rallying cry than a surrender. The album was recorded in a one-week, 86-hour marathon recording session with Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Deafheaven) at the Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA. "The four of us stood in a room without headphones on and just played the songs live to tape, and after that we had some friends (Dan Potthast, Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, PUP) fill out some of the sound," So, if the record feels even more unifying than usual, like a party that turns into a sleepover that turns into egg-n-cheese sandwiches on the beach that turns into a protest march that unites a gang of buddies for eternity, well, maybe that's why.

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Ondt Blod new album out 9 March 2018 

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Album release: 'Natur' by Ondt Blod
Release date: 9 March 2018
Label: Fysisk Format
More info: Band website

'Natur' is a Sami scream from the far north. Made 100 years after the first indigenous political organising in Norway, This is a Sami call to arms against the still on-going colonization and oppression. 'Natur' celebrates the duality of human nature, where champagne meets cyanide, machine-gun riffs meet the catchiest choruses out of Scandinavia since ABBA. 

'Natur' is Norwegian hardcore-unit Ondt Blod’s second album and offers an indigenous blend of hardcore, grim metal and catchy punk; the polar bear mates with Pet Sounds. 

The album is recorded in Oslo, and is produced by star producer Yngve Andersen (Blood Command, Hold Fast). Technical wizardry is provided by Ruben Willem (Haust) and Simon Jackman, who also have mixed the record. Guest performances are given by Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvold (yacht-saxophone) and the Sami pop star Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen of the electropop group ISÁK, who does a traditional joik (ancient Sami singing tradition) duet with Ondt Blod singer Aslak on the record’s last track 'Giron'. The album’s artwork is a woodprint by Peter-John De Villiers, who also did the artwork for the singles. 

Despite of having only released one album, Ondt Blod have a lot to show for. Not only have Ondt Blod been deemed the “pride of the North” in Norwegian media; their debut-album 'Finnmark' was nominated as the “new-comer of the year” for the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammys in 2016, and they have been listed on Norwegian national radio with five songs. The band has toured Norway alongside Kvelertak, and played the Roskilde Festival in 2016. 

With 'Natur', Ondt Blod has made an album that is at once a razor sharp political confrontation and a hedonistic celebration. 

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Peter Kernel share latest single 'There's Nothing Like You'

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Single release: 'There's Nothing Like You' by Peter Kernel
Release date: 27 September 2017
Label: The Camper Records
More info: Band website

London show announced for 15th January 2018
Watch the video for 'There's Nothing Like You' here.

"Last November we sent the demo of this song to our dear friend and sound engineer Andrea Cajelli. We wanted his precious feedback because although we were proud of the song we were worried it didn’t sound 'Peter Kernel' enough.

He answered us instantly saying “this is a fucking masterpiece guys! And the next time someone says you sound like Sonic Youth you can shove this in their face”. We were totally surprised. His over exaggerated reaction for this song gave us the strength to continue exploring new sounds and solutions. 

Andrea passed away shortly after, and it took us a lot of time to regain the capability to take decisions and to believe in other people. So we decided to learn how to record ourselves. And we did. But we were then very lucky to have found Jeff Knowler that took care of our recordings and completed the mix. 

Here it is. A song about life. The horribly amazing life or the terribly fantastic life.  These are points of views, moments or periods in time we try to communicate in the song through different impressions and scenarios all in one melody. This song means a lot to us." - Barbara & Aris

'There’s Nothing Like You' released 27 September 2017, is the first single taken from the album 'The Size Of The Night' by Peter Kernel, On The Camper Records. The single is available on 7” vinyl as of December 2017. 

Peter Kernel is a Swiss Canadian post punk band formed in 2006 by graphic designer Aris Bassetti (Swiss) and filmmaker Barbara Lehnhoff (Canadian).

The two met in visual communications school in Switzerland and quickly launched the band and their own label On The Camper Records. Throughout the years they have been well noted for their clever and witty humour in communication and DIY approach.

In 2008 they were invited by Spencer Krug from the Canadian band Wolf Parade to open their UK and European tour. With the release of their 2nd album 'White Death & Black Heart' in collaboration with French label Africantape the band received a particularly warm welcome in France, launching Peter Kernel straight into the heart of the European musical scene.

In the past years Peter Kernel have played over 600 concerts across Europe and Canada, in a variety of different venues and festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival, the fashion week in Milan, Paleo Festival, The HMV Forum in London, Les Rockomotives Festival in France, The Great Escape in the UK, and in 2018 will be on stage at Eurosonic in NL.

In 2016 they were nominated for the Swiss Music Grand Prix. The same year they scored the music for the film 'Il Nido', by the Swiss Peruvian film director Klaudia Reynicke. The film was world premiered at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.

In 2017 they were nominated as Best Live Act at the Swiss Live Talents. The same year they started an orchestral version of the band called Peter Kernel & Their Wicked Orchestra, rearranging their songs for piano, harp, cello, harmonium and viola.

On March 7th 2018 they will release their 4th Album entitled 'The Size Of The Night'.
 

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