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Mandolin Orange new album out 1 February 2019

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

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

Pre-order the album here.

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

Find tickets here.

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

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The Murder Capital UK tour starts 31 January 2019


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

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

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

Stream debut single ‘Feeling Fades’ here.

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

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

31st January – Liverpool – EBGB’s

1st February – Cardiff – Club Ifor Bach

2nd February – London – The Shacklewell Arms

3rd February – Brighton – The Prince Albert

5th February – Birmingham - The Sunflower Lounge

6th February – Newcastle – Think Tank? Underground

7th February – Glasgow – The Poetry Club

8th February – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s

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

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

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Press Club tour dates April/May 2019


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

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

Watch the video for Suburbia here.

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

April 16 - Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham

April - 17 Hy-Brasil, Bristol

April 18 - Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle

April 19 - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh

April 20 - Manchester Punk Festival, UK

May 2 - The Islington, London

May 3 - Dark Horse, Birmingham

May 4 - Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool

May 5 - Stag & Dagger, Glasgow

May 8 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

Tickets are available now here.

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

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

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

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Active Bird Community tour dates January 2019

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

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

The band will be playing the following dates:

22nd Jan - Stereo - Glasgow

23rd Jan - The Deaf Institute, Manchester

24th Jan - Boston Music Room, London

25th Jan - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

26th Jan - The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

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

Hear recent singles here:

'Unwind With Me'

'Baby It's You'

'Sweaty Lake'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Heavy Lungs tour dates January / February 2019


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

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

Watch Heavy Lungs ‘Blood Brother’ video on YouTube.

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

Full tour dates and tickets here.

Danny Nedelko of Heavy Lungs on the collaboration:

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

Editor & Director Elliot Pearce

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

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Lene Lovich tour dates March 2019


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

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

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

Dates and tickets here.

Listen to ‘Lucky Number’ here.

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

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

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

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

More on Lene Lovich

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

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

Biography by Tony R. Vario

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Mandolin Orange tour dates May 2019

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

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

Watch Mandolin Orange ‘Golden Embers’ video on YouTube.

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

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

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

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Paul Smith tour dates November 2018

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Tour announcement: Paul Smith
Tour dates: November / December 2018
More info: Artist website

Paul Smith's new solo album Diagrams is out now, and already riding a wave of positive reviews, including being made BBC 6 Music’s Album of The Day. Diagrams sees 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. Most recently he found himself performing alongside folk star Rachel Unthank for Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack, and he is currently a host for publisher Penguin’s podcast alongside David Baddiel and Konnie Huq, discussing the latest book releases.

Smith gave songs from the album their first live airing at a sold-out launch show at The Waiting Room in Stockton last month. Full-band live shows begin next week, continuing into December. Full details can be found 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.

As a body of work, it seeks to unite the strengths that Smith has in his canon, drawing on his ability to both write from experience, yet also conjure new stories of unknown protagonists. Sidestepping (but not wholly ignoring) the more autobiographical work that played out through previous releases, Diagrams instead sees Smith further explore his nous for telling these short stories. 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.

“I try to absorb information and filter parts that interest me into the songs, while retaining my own, singular voice. I still believe in the power of a pop song to alter someone’s day, and although this record was mostly made in a bedroom, I felt the songs would have a universal appeal.” – Paul Smith

With his ability to unravel the day-to-day and transform the commonplace into an eloquent turn of phrase, the thread that holds Diagrams in place is Smith’s honesty and empathy. It’s these matters-of-the-heart elements that push and pull at the listener’s emotions. Resultingly, it’s a collection that feels incredibly relatable.

Album opener The Public Eye sets the tone with a dark undercurrent and was written in the aftermath of the “Hostile Environment” policy adopted by the British Home Office. Taking aim at our climate of suspicion, it shines a light on how vulnerable groups are attacked without factual foundation (“Convictions without proof”). Around and Around similarly details the futile merry-go-round of the news cycle, before Silver Rabbit conjures a story of self-doubt, set against the low-budget romance of the seaside, and channelled through overdriven guitars. Lake Burley Griffin - inspired by the story of Walter Burley Griffin, an American who designed Canberra alongside his wife Marion Mahony Griffin – is the album’s discordant left-hand turn, taking in the post-rock influence of Slint or Tortoise. A love story featuring prominent clarinet, it showcases – along with the saxophone in The Public Eye – Smith’s addition of woodwind instruments to his musical palette. Elsewhere on John he imagines a life that can never be known, inspired by a name scrawled on the back of a toilet door, extrapolating the sentiment and following it into a world where the story unfolds from schooldays to falling in love. It’s in these instances that Smith’s talent is subtly exemplified. He envisages unknowable situations and turns them on their head to evoke truly universal emotions of hope and regret (“what if the first chance, is the last chance?”).

Through The Beauty Contest and Critical Mass – the former featuring folk royalty, Marry Waterson, the latter inspired by JG Ballard and Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' - Smith again shows us he can veer into and out of songs inspired by reality. The Beauty Contest plots a late-night train journey, and Critical Mass plumbs bleak and apocalyptic depths, albeit alongside a black sense of humour.

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.

"Always an artist doing interesting, exciting and unexpected things." - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

"A wealth of strong songs… Shapeshifting between bright guitar pop and darker, introspective tales" - Mojo

"Around and Around and John pleasingly recall the breezy stylings of early Real Estate or Best Coast" - DIY

"His way with words is as a poet, and mastery of the English tongue shines throughout" - Dork

"Around and Around offers fine poetic storytelling" - The i Paper

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IDLES 2019 world tour


Tour announcement: IDLES
Tour dates: March to May 2019
More info: Band website

  • Including first ever Australian dates and two headline shows at The Electric Ballroom, London

After a wrapping up sell-out UK and US tours, IDLES have confirmed a 2019 world tour, headlining their biggest venues yet. The run will include two London headliners at The Electric Ballroom and their first ever run of dates in Australia. Tickets go on public sale this Friday Nov 9th at 10am local time, with tickets available at here.

IDLES’ new record 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance' debuted at no.5 in the UK charts, breaking Rough Trade’s all-time record for most pre-orders and sales in a day. It is currently the no.1 best reviewed record of 2018 (average rating of 88 across 25 reviews) at Album Of The Year and in the Top 10 on Metacritic. The band saw not only singles but the album itself A-listed at 6 Music and earned major features, amongst others, with the likes of Q, Mojo, The Guardian and covers with DIY, Loud & Quiet, So Young and NME. They’ve arrived internationally too with only last week NPR Music declaring “I am an IDLES addict. It's like mainlining an uplifting and unifying assault on nationalism, racism, intolerance, and class inequality.”

The band won Best Breakthrough at the Q Awards last month following their Jools Holland debut which NME called “history in the making…incomparably brilliant,” likening it to Arctic Monkeys and Kanye West's first appearances on the show. Watch here. La Blogothèque also just filmed the band performing a couple ‘Joy’ standouts, watch them do stripped down versions of ‘I’m Scum’ and ‘Gram Rock’.

More key tracks:

Selected praise for IDLES

“No hyperbole needed; IDLES are the most important band we have right now." - DIY Magazine (cover story)

“Everything about Joy As An Act Of Resistance is just so perfectly realised. An instant classic, one that people will turn to in times of need for years to come.”

10/10 - NME

“This album is a heart-breaking but jubilant exploration of joy, honesty, fragility and expression as our most powerful means of human resistance.”

9/10 - Classic Rock

“IDLES have released the most relevant and at times gut wrenching album of the year.” - Drowned In Sound

“IDLES make sense of modern chaos on the utterly essential Joy as an Act of Resistance.” - The Line Of Best Fit

“Idles take their rightful place as not Britain’s, nor Europe’s, but the world’s most vital band. It’s a fist-clenched celebration of the full spectrum of phenomena - inexplicable, crushing and totally joyous - that divides and unites us all.” - The Quietus

“IDLES deliver a thunderous and sharp state-of-the-nation address.” - The 405

“Across its 40-odd minutes, Joy As An Act of Resistance makes you want to laugh and cry and roar into the wind and cradle your nearest and dearest. It is a beautiful slice of humanity delivered by a group of men whose vulnerability and heart has become a guiding light in the fog for an increasing community of fans who don’t just want, but need this.”

5/5 - DIY

“The power of ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance.’ is how it shows society itself in a mirror. Sometimes it’s a bathroom mirror in the morning too bright and over exposed, another time it’s a makeup mirror in a car you struggle just to catch a glimpse of yourself and other times it’s a fairground mirror and everything is distorted and grotesque. But each time you have look yourself in the eye and take stock for your actions.

This is a band to get excited about. Very, VERY, excited about!”

9/10 - Clash

“This album announces IDLES as one of the most exhilarating and necessary punk bands of right now.” - Kerrang!

“…this isn’t good-time, aspirational, radio-friendly pop. But for anyone in need of music that articulates their concerns or helps them to work through their troubles--or anyone who simply appreciates blistering, intelligent punk - they might just be Britain’s most necessary band.” - The Guardian

“Over a visceral torrent of motorik punk-pop pummels recalling prime Pixies or mclusky, Joe hails his “beautiful immigrant” blood brother “Danny Nedelko” and celebrates his “mongrel” upbringing on “I’m Scum” - in a world run by bullish right-wing sex pests, his aggressive compassion is a potent antidote.” - The Independent

“This feels indispensable, as both bereavement therapy and Brexit-era protest.” - Q

“Britain’s most cult-worthy band have a raging vitality.” - GQ

“Joy as An Act of Resistance is a record that bristles with the political and emotional energy of punk’s very best.”

9/10 - CRACK

“One of the most vital albums of 2018.”

5/5 - Dork

“‘Joy…’ is a self-confessed parade. It’s a punch-up and it’s a bear hug.” - Loud & Quiet

“Their follow-up sees them crank everything up to the next level. No band is better equipped to document the here and now, warts and all.” - Mojo

“This must surely win the award for most intense album of the year. An exorcism of sadness and rage, with a burning commitment to honesty of expression throughout.” - The Times

“Bristolian punk – brutally loud, brutally honest.” - Uncut

"IDLES is the best 21st century punk-ish band I've heard.” - NPR Music (Bob Boilen)

“Visceral, joyous, and honest — lightning rods for collective rage, forged from love.” - Noisey

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JP Harris & The Tough Choices new album out now


Album release: ‘Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing’ by JP Harris & The Tough Choices
Release date: Out now
Label: Free Dirt Records
More info: Artist website

  • UK Tour begins this Saturday in Scotland. Tickets here.

  • Featured: 10 New Country Acts You Need To Know In August 2018 - Rolling Stone

“...thoughtful, authentic music.” - Don Henley, The Eagles

“…has the rugged edges of outlaw, the danceability of honkytonk, and classic country’s beloved emotional candour - Harris has a timeless voice.” - Wide Open Country

After performing across Europe earlier this month, JP Harris is set to start his UK tour this Saturday November 10th with his full band, The Tough Choices, accompanying him. Including three dates in Scotland to kick things off, the critically acclaimed musician will also be stopping in Newcastle, Bristol, Oxford, Bedford, and headlining at the Omeara in London on November 16th.

With his latest album ‘Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing’ (released October 5th on Free Dirt Records), Harris is back after a four-year hiatus to remind folks what a lifetime dedicated to country music looks and sounds like. Sure to please fans of his hardscrabble earlier work, this new collection of songs finds the acclaimed songwriter and vocalist stretching himself both musically and personally.

In today’s musical culture, the word “authenticity” seems to have lost all meaning. What used to represent something bona fide and true is now just watered-down marketing speak, stamped onto press releases without a second thought. Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1983, JP Harris doesn’t fancy himself a musician as much as he does a carpenter who writes country songs. However, his stranger-than-fiction story begins after the eighth grade, when he left home on a Greyhound bus in the middle of a summer night. And he’s never looked back.

For over a decade, Harris travelled the country, often alone, hitchhiking and hopping freight trains while making his living as a farm labourer, shepherd, woodsman, and carpenter, among many other titles. Still an in-demand carpenter to this day, Harris has been writing and performing country music for nearly ten years, releasing his debut album, ‘I’ll Keep Calling’, in 2012. He followed that release with ‘Home Is Where the Hurt Is’ in 2014, which only saw his star rise both among country fans and critics at major outlets like Rolling Stone. Even Eagles frontman Don Henley referenced Harris in a 2015 interview with Hey Reverb saying that Harris made “thoughtful, authentic music.”

Working with producer and Old Crow Medicine Show member, Morgan Jahnig, Harris tapped a handful of his favourite players, sent them acoustic demos, and gave some pretty unconventional instructions: “Take five days to think about these songs. Please write notes of whatever ideas come to mind. Please don’t talk to each other about it. Let’s all just get in the studio on day one and compare notes as we go.”

The resulting sessions featured a palpable spontaneity and creative energy, both of which manifest in an album that’s real, raw, and more akin to his live performance than anything Harris has put out thus far. “We took a counter-intuitive approach,” he says. “We had no pre-production. There were no rehearsals. We basically had a whole studio full of multi-instrumentalists, a six-piece band total, for the whole recording session. Everybody played at least two instruments. It was a really interesting way to do it and I think it helped us avoid anybody, including myself, overthinking the songs.”

Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing opens with ‘JP”s Florida Blues #1’, a hard driving country rock number that details some of Harris’ darker days touring Florida with his band, the Tough Choices. ‘Lady in the Spotlight’, an affecting song with layered strings, turns a critical eye to the stark gender imbalance and the seamy, predatory side of music industry.

Album highlight, ‘When I Quit Drinking’, is, as its title suggests, a tender look at one of Harris’ most personal struggles. ‘Gossamer’ strands of pedal steel complement the gentle quaver in his voice, underpinning some of his most personal lyrics to date.

After years of writing and playing, Harris is more in love with country music than ever before. He sums up his hopes for the album simply: “I’m just hoping that me coming to the table without gimmicks or cool-looking costumes or fancy vintage jeans—just the grubby guy I am with a sleeveless shirt and a pair of boots on—is enough to get people into the music.”

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The Joy Formidable on tour February 2019


Tour announcement: The Joy Formidable
Tour dates: February 2019
More info: Band website

The Joy Formidable’s new album ‘AAARTH’ has keenly shone the spotlight back onto the Welsh alt-rock trio. An album packed with inventive and emotive rallying cries, born from a place of renewed vision, ‘AAARTH’ has become their most experimental work to date, and among their most heralded.

As their live outings in support of the new album got underway in the summer – with main stage appearances at Reading & Leeds Festival, a sold-out show at The Lexington, followed by extensive touring in support of Foo Fighters through the US and Canada – their latest material has been connecting with fans old and new, and is turning into a defining record in the band’s already storied career. Three huge singles - ‘Dance of The Lotu’, ‘The Wrong Side’, and ‘The Better Me’ – have picked up airplay across BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music too. Watch the video for latest single ‘The Better Me’ here.

Never ones to sit still for long, the band are already plotting an extended return to UK venues and have confirmed their first full UK tour of the album through Feb 2019. Tickets will be on sale on Weds 24th Oct from 10am at the band’s website here. They will bring their magnetic live show to the following cities.

Listen to new album ‘AAARTH’ here.

Praise for new album AAARTH

The Welsh rockers build their towering songs on wobblier foundations for the sheer thrill of trying to make them topple. - Pitchfork

All Beck groove, Beatles psych, volcano solos and guitar hooks that sound like Elon Musk trying to catapult himself to Mars. – The Guardian

Tightly-wound rock riffs and pummelling drums. A great leap forward. - Q

An album of compositional daring and fierce experimentation. – DIY

It’s an album that sees them back on solid footing, re-energised and ready to take on the world again. – Upset

Joyfully experimental and refreshing. – Total Guitar

A biting, visceral return. - CLASH

Riffs as high as a Welsh mountain. – Louder Than War

The trio have found their form again (4/5) - Dork

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The Hold Steady concerts 8 - 10 March 2019


Tour announcement: The Hold Steady
Tour dates: March 2019
More info: Band website

After three sold-out shows in London earlier in the year, The Hold Steady has announced plans to return next year for a very special three-day concert event. THE WEEKENDER will see the NYC-based band taking the stage at London’s Electric Ballroom on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, followed by a limited capacity third show at Oslo, in Hackney, London on Sunday, March 10. In addition, an exclusive screening of The Hold Steady’s acclaimed 2009 documentary, A Positive Rage, will be held the afternoon of Sunday, March 10 at the Picturehouse cinema in Hackney. Tickets for THE WEEKENDER – which marks The Hold Steady’s only scheduled UK live dates for 2019 – are on sale now here.

The Hold Steady have also just unveiled plans to join Frank Turner at his upcoming LOST EVENINGS III festival, serving as special guest at Boston, MA’s House of Blues on Friday, May 17. Tickets for LOST EVENINGS III are available here.

“The UK has always been so great to The Hold Steady,” says Finn. “We’re excited to be returning for another weekend in 2019. As for Frank, he’s has always been a vocal fan of ours. It’s an honor to be asked to play his festival. Looking forward to being a part of the energy in Boston!”

That same weekend will also see The Hold Steady hitting the tri-state area for a pair of additional live dates, set for Jersey City, NJ’s White Eagle Hall on Thursday, May 16 and Hamden, CT’s Space Ballroom on Saturday, May 18. Tickets for these shows will go on sale November 2. For complete details and ticket information, please see here.

Last, but certainly not least, The Hold Steady is currently getting ready for the third annual MASSIVE NIGHTS celebration, set for Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl on November 28 through December 1. Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 are already sold out; limited tickets for Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29 remain and are available now here.

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Death By Unga Bunga on tour October 2018


Tour announcement: Death By Unga Bunga
Tour dates: October 2018
More info: Band website

Ash have just announced that the brilliant Oslo-based power-punks Death By Unga Bunga, will be joining them on their upcoming UK tour latest this month. The band will also be performing a headline show in Huddersfield in and amongst the dates with Ash.

The band have been handpicked by Ash for the dates as they are known for their wild live shows across Europe and the US.

Death By Unga Bunga recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary as a band by releasing the brilliant album 'So Far, So Good, So Cool' via Jansen. The band have been described by Brookyln Vegan as making "an infectious racket that recalls late ’60s Britpop and mid-’00s garage". In 2017, the band joined punk legends Stiff Little Fingers on their 40th Anniversary World Tour.

Find all upcoming UK live dates, below:

  • Oct 16th: Sheffield, Leadmill

  • Oct 17th: Glasgow, The Garage

  • Oct 19th: Bristol, SWX

  • Oct 20th: Birmingham, O2 Institute

  • Oct 21st: Norwich, Waterfront

  • Oct 22nd: Huddersfield, The Parish (without ASH)

  • Oct 23rd: Manchester, O2 Ritz

  • Oct 24th: London, O2 Forum

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Jeff Rosenstock UK and Ireland tour


Tour announcement: Jeff Rosenstock (W/ Chris Farren)
Tour dates: October 2018
More info: Band website

Having released his brand new album ‘Post’ on Quote Unquote Records/Specialist Subject Records earlier this year, which received rave reviews almost everywhere imaginable Stateside (NPR, Pitchfork, Uproxx, The Ringer, Stereogum, MTV, VICE, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Paste, BrooklynVegan, Billboard, AV Club, the list goes on...) Jeff Rosenstock is now taking his own unique brand of punk, indie-rock and power-pop on tour across the UK and Ireland. Chris Farren supports on all dates.

  • Stream / download ‘Post’ LP here.

  • Stream ‘Yr Throat’ here.

  • Watch ‘Melba’ here

  • "One of the most important figures in modern punk" – Pitchfork

Further info on Jeff:

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.

"Having channeled 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 2018." - 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

Movements have announced that they will be returning to the UK in support of their debut album ‘Feel Something’ which was released to critical acclaim at the end of 2017 via Fearless. They and Tiny Moving Parts will support Knuckle Puck on the following rescheduled dates. Info here.

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Lonely The Brave new singer and live 13 October 2018


New singer and live date announcement: Lonely The Brave
Live date: 13 October 2018
More info: Band website

Lonely The Brave - one of Britain’s most successful rock bands of the last few years, boasting two Rock Chart #1 albums – are today announcing the arrival of new vocalist Jack Bennett, a name more than familiar to the rock world for his solo work under the name Grumble Bee.

After the departure of co-founder and vocalist David Jakes earlier this year due to health reasons, Lonely The Brave stood together, supporting their friend but adamant that as one door was closing, they would very soon be opening a new one. They never stopped writing, never stopped creating, and instead started the search for a vocal talent that they could stand side by side with in their march toward album number three.

A short search led them to the door of Jack Bennett, and an instant connection was made as they traded stories, ideas and inspirations. He is noted for his strong and emotionally wrought vocal performances - qualities that have come to define the band’s live show - so it is with some excitement that their first live outing together is announced to take place at Omeara, London, on October 13th. Tickets will be available here and go on general sale from 9am Friday, August 17th. This will be a special headline show with no support act and an early 10pm curfew, so be sure to get down early to avoid disappointment.

The band had this to say about Jack’s arrival;

We don’t know where to start with everything that has happened over the last 12 Months or so, so first of all we all want to say thank you to every single one of you that has messaged us with your support during this period. Nothing worth doing is ever easy and your continued words of encouragement really have helped galvanise our belief that this band has so much more to give. It fills us with pride to say that this new chapter of our history will begin in earnest on the 13th October. The show is our way of thanking every single one of you for standing by us and understanding that this is a continuation; that the songs really are the most important part.

We hope to see friends old and new on the 13th

With love
Lonely The Brave

Join the band as they pen a new chapter together.

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IDLES pop-up art exhibition 30/31 August 2018


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


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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Scott Matthews tour dates September - November 2018


Tour announcement: Scott Matthews
Tour dates: September - November 2018
Label: Shedio
More info: Artist website

  • New album 'The Great Untold' out now
  • Listen to lead single 'Cinnamon' here.

There's no rest for Scott Matthews. 'After his Spring' tour earlier this year culminated in a sell-out show in Sheffield, the Ivor Novello-winning songwriter has announced new tour dates for this Autumn. Beginning in York and reaching out to places that might normally be left off the map, this 15-date UK tour is a second chance for those that missed Mathews first time around in 2018.

Also, the brilliant Jasmine Rodgers and Ady Johnson have been announced as support for selected shows, details on which can be found, here. The full list of dates announced can be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"John Martyn’s true musical heir" - Folk Radio

"There is a purity to this record; Matthews seems to have returned to his roots" - No Depression

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LIFE new single out 15 June 2018 and UK tour dates


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


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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