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Trixie Whitley 'Porta Bohemica' due early March 2016

Album release: 'Porta Bohemica' by Trixie Whitley
Release date: March 2016
Label: Strong Blood Music/BMI
More info: Artist website

Porta Bohemica is the name of an old train line that once connected Germany and Austria. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Trixie Whitley, was inspired by the concept of such remote journeys when choosing a title for her latest album. Her sophomore release, Porta Bohemica (Strong Blood Music/BMI), represents an introspective expedition into the depths of her creative identity, culminating in her resolve to fearlessly let go of gratuitous baggage, not needed on future travels. 

“The metaphor of an old train line feeds something in my imagination. I related to that sense of travel when making this record because it was an epic undertaking. It involved letting go of my past to embrace my individuality both as a young woman and as an artist. This record has been something of a rebirth for me,” the Brooklyn-based artist says. 

Trixie Whitley was born in Belgium in 1987 and re-located to NYC the following year. When she was three years old she and her mother, a philosopher and healer, return to Belgium. 

From a very young age, Trixie Whitley nurtured a singular creative spirit, springing from her restless inner directive. Art is inherent in her genetics: she is the daughter of the late Chris Whitley, a renowned blues musician and innovative writer; her great-grandfather was Georges Minne , a sculptor and artist, muse and contemporary of both Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele; her grandfather was an upright bass player; her Grandmother was a model, anarchist and bronze sculptor. At the ripe age of three, she made her onstage debut alongside her father. Never resting on her lineage, Trixie set out to craft a unique personal and artistic identity. At age 10, she picked up her first instrument, the drums. The following year, at age 11, she emerged as an intrepid DJ; with residencies at Modern Art Museums and underground festivals, spinning electronica, free jazz, and hip-hop. Throughout her teenage years, she toured with several avant-garde theater and dance groups throughout Europe; including Les Ballets C de la B, Sidi Larbi and Cherkaoui. 

Throughout all of this, she developed an affinity for punk rock’s nonconformist and D.I.Y. ethics that permeated her fearless genre-bending and daring life choices. After a nomadic transatlantic existence, living between New York and Belgium, and touring throughout Europe with several contemporary dance companies in her early teens, she quit high school at age 16 and took a job slinging burgers at dive while steadily advancing her music career. One of her early efforts impressed the iconic producer Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris). At the age of 21, she was enlisted to front his own band, Black Dub, playing alongside drummer Brian Blade and bassist Daryl Johnson. The following year the Black Dub self-titled album was released. 

Since 2013, Trixie has emerged as a compelling solo artist with three EPs and one full-length in her catalog. Fourth Corner, her self-released, full-length debut, garnered acclaim from MOJO, Interview, ELLE, Relix, The Village Voice, NPR and The New York Times, among many other publications. Through it’s success, she’s toured internationally and earned three nominations, as well as a win for Best Female Artist at the 2013 Belgium Music Industry Awards (MIAs). She has performed and recorded with such artists as Robert Plant, Marianne Faithful, Meshell Ndegeocello, Daniel Lanois, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, Joey Waronker, Mark Guiliana, Sam Amidon, and many more.

Trixie’s prismatic artistry reflects electronica, R&B, the vulnerable ethos of singer-songwriters, and the unapologetic individuality of punk rock. Although her previous effort reflects her broad tastes, it is with her latest that Trixie creates a transcendent musical miscellany. It even took chucking an earlier version of the record and starting over to achieve the meaning and mastery displayed in Porta Bohemica, which flourished with the help of producer Gus Seyffert (Beck, The Black Keys) and Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace, Ultraísta). 

“I wanted to make people think and feel something honest and emotionally complex in my music--that came from me being present in the creative moment. I ended up finishing two records, the second one being Porta Bohemica, and it really came together at the end of the process,” Trixie confides. 

The album is bookended by the slow burning “Faint Mystery” and “Visitor.” The tracks are stately and spectral, elegantly vulnerable, and convey a desire for lost love in contrasting yet cohesive form. “When I started recording this album, I wanted to tap into complete openness,” Trixie explains. 

“New Frontiers” puts forth a tender, ethereal soulfulness while “Visitor” cuts to the core with Trixie’s honeyed, longing vocals and lonesome piano accompaniment. These tracks are the directional poles of the album, and capture the heart of her artistry. Other standouts include the ominous electronic blues of “Soft Spoken Words” and the lush “Salt.” On “Salt,” Trixie’s vision is at it’s grandest with rhythmic piano melodies, atmospheric keys, a big guitar riff, and hypnotic hip-hop beats. Throughout the album, Trixie’s lyrics express a resilient emotionality. “I hope my music generates a strength through vulnerability that invites people to be courageous enough to explore what’s inside,” she says. 

Porta Bohemica was nearly a two-year odyssey that profoundly changed the artist. “I came to a lot of realizations making this record,” Trixie reveals. “When you let go of your fears, you can start facing your potential and there is an endless palette of possibilities to explore. This is just the beginning, and I feel a lot of excitement and optimism about what’s to come.” 

Porta Bohemica will be released in the UK March 2016.  Digital copies available on request. 

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Us Amongst The Rest: Follow The Truth

Album release: Follow The Truth by Us Amongst The Rest
Release date: September 29 2014 
Label: Two Star Records
Listen: on official Us Amongst The Rest website

Us Amongst The Rest are a four-piece brotherhood of Rock emerging from York. An alliance forged through years of gigs and rival bands, playing since 2012, UATR hold nothing back. Channelling their collective psyche to deliver a raw, focussed, and soulful take on alternative rock, their suitably explosive debut effort Follow The Truth is ground zero, a place from which they hope great things will be born.   

Recording the album at InnerSounds Studios with Sam and Joe Graves (Axewound, Glamour of the Kill, Asking Alexandria), and working with such classic and iconic figures, has helped bring together the band’s vision for their sound, resulting in an incredibly accomplished debut.

Follow The Truth exemplifies their determination and confidence, and is complimented by an exhilarating honesty. Recent single Bring The Fuel, a track long awaited by a fervent fan-base, is a perfect introduction to newcomers, with its high production values and accomplished musicianship. Elsewhere, tracks like ‘Sliver & Lead’ and ‘Fields of Fray’ set the bar high, calling to mind early Funeral For A Friend. 

As a back to back body of work, the tracks that make up Follow The Truth stem from the band’s own personal struggles, confronting harsh realities, mending relationships, love, loss and ultimately the desire to follow your own path. Perhaps it’s the album’s penultimate track Rise that sets out the band’s intentions perfectly, as vocalist Karl Sandor comments; “As a band (and like all bands) the struggle we faced was to swim out of a sea of musicians, all fighting to be heard. Especially in the town we are from it seems there are almost more bands than there are audiences to listen to them. We unintentionally wrote an album to better define us in our hometown of York”.

Us Amongst The Rest are:

  • Karl Sandor – Bass, vocals
  • Danny Beardmore – Guitars
  • Paul Fernandez – Drums
  • Dan Stockdale – Guitars

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Of Montreal announce new album

Album release: lousy with sylvianbriar
Release date: 8 October 2013
Label: Polyvinyl
Listen: Stream new single fugitive air here

Defining Of Montreal is impossible. There are too many perspectives to consider, angles to explore and layers to uncover. Just when you think you have a concept of what kind of creature they are they transform into something unexpected and new. As a result, each album holds the opportunity for re-discovery, re-immersion, re-appreciation.

On lousy with sylvianbriar, this paradigm holds true once more. The record was created with a new songwriting approach, a different recording method, and a fresh group of musicians. Seeking creative inspiration, Kevin Barnes re-located to San Francisco where he spent days soaking in the strange surroundings and channeling the city's energy into his writing. After a very prolific period there, he returned to Athens, GA and assembled the cast of musicians to begin the sessions.

Barnes eschewed computer recording, with its pitch correction, limitless effects plug ins and editing possibilities. Instead, with the help of engineer Drew Vandenberg (Deerhunter, Toro y Moi), he recorded lousy with sylvianbriar in his home studio on a 24 track tape machine. With no computer tricks to fall back on, the band - Kevin Barnes (guitars, bass, vocals), Rebecca Cash (vocals),Clayton Rychlik (drums, vocals), Jojo Glidewell (keys), Bob Parins (pedal steel, bass), and Bennet Lewis (guitars, mandolin) - could only get out of the recordings what they put into them. Most of the tracking was recorded live with the band in the same room together. They worked quickly, with the band members composing their parts on the fly with little second guessing. The album was recorded in just three weeks.

"I knew I wanted the process to be more in line with the way people used to make albums in the late 60s and early 70s," reveals Barnes. "I wanted to work fast and to maintain a high level of spontaneity and immediacy. I wanted the songs to be more lyric driven, and for the instrumental arrangements to be understated and uncluttered".

Opening track and lead single fugitive air feels like a Stones-y anthem, with sparks of Philip K Dick's psychedelic prose, Ralph Bakshi's cartoon violence and William S Burroughs' hyper-paranoia. "belle glade missionaries" finds Barnes lyrically at his most political, backed by a soundtrack that is pure Dylan circa Highway 61 Revisited.

Female vocalist Rebecca Cash makes several appearances on the album, taking the lead on the plaintive raindrop in my skull, where her and Barnes share a Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris-inspired duet.

she ain't speakin' now ranks among Of Montreal's all-time great songs, transforming its brooding acoustic guitar intro into a visceral angst-ridden rocker that sounds like the best moments of Neil Young & Crazy Horse. The album's closer "imbecile rages", a caustic and doleful epitaph for a crumbling relationship, is one of Barnes' most raw and personal statements.

Like the classic albums that inspired it, this is an album to be explored, to be lived with, to be listened to in happiness and in darkness, to be dissolved into. To be played very loudly at parties and with eyes closed, in headphones, alone. It should become dog-eared and dirty with use and it should lessen the blow of our enemies, in all of their forms.

The album will be available digitally, on tape, CD and 180-gram vinyl. 1500 copies of vinyl will be clear green vinyl and available through Polyvinyl's E-store exclusively, while the other retail copies will be pink vinyl. Cassette edition limited to 250 hand-numbered copies on green cassettes, courtesy of Joyful Noise Recordings.

Preorder on Polyvinyl here.

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - 4th album out 17 September

Album release: Fly By Wire by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Release date: 17 September
Label: Polyvinyl

Missouri-based indie-pop trio Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has debuted the first single, Nightwater Girlfriendfrom their forthcoming album, Fly By Wire, with Stereogum. Out September 17th on Polyvinyl, the album will be available on CD/Digital, 180-gram coke bottle clear vinyl with a gatefold jacket and collage-style pull-out poster, a special limited edition red/white vinyl exclusively for mail-order, and red cassette tape.

For this new album, the members of SSLYBY returned to the attic where they made their debut full-length Broom, but first they took a 5000 mile detour. After the Boris Yeltsin Foundation in Yekaterinburg, Russia extended an invitation to the band, Phil Dickey, Will Knauer, and Jonathan James spent a whirlwind six days in their namesake's home country this past January: meeting with Yeltsin's close friends and personal translator (who gifted them seven bottles of expensive Russian vodka) and performing at an elementary school after the U.S. consulate named them cultural ambassadors for a day. The trip concluded with a set at Old Nu Rock, making SSLYBY the first American group to play at Russia's largest winter rock festival.

Despite all of its empowering moments, this once-in-a-lifetime adventure also marked a turning point for SSLYBY."I used to joke that we would break up if Boris Yeltsin ever found out about our band," says Dickey. "So I figured this was either the death or rebirth of the band." Happily, it turned out to be the latter. With no one pressuring them to start work on a new album, SSLYBY decided to anyway for the best reason of all - because they simply wanted to. Rejuvenated by the sights they saw and people they met, the three musicians returned home eager to start work on a new full-length. With this desire in mind, there was no better location for Fly By Wire to come together than in the place that started it all: the attic of Knauer's parent's house where SSLYBY recorded their breakout debut album, Broom. The band is releasing a documentary about their life-changing trip this summer, called Discussions With Russians. Watch the trailer here.

Drawing as much from the pop-punk power chords their brains were wired to love as teens in the late 90s, as the multi-layered pop of the 60's and 7'0s they strive to emulate, SSLYBY has been writing songs for over a decade based on the timeless principles of beautiful melodies and good harmonies. From the scuzzy-paired-with-sunny guitar rhythms on handclap-aided first single, Nightwater Girlfriend, to the mid-tempo electro-pop of Harrison Ford, the songs on Fly By Wire are just plain fun to listen to. As a result, the music they create is nothing if not universal. And even though it took a trip to Russia for the band to be reminded of this, one listen to Fly By Wire is all you'll need.

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Wiretree's fourth album, Get Up, to be released on 19 August

Album release: Get Up by Wiretree
Release date: 19 August 2013
Label: Cobaltworks Music
Listen: on official site 

Wiretree began as the solo recording project of singer-songwriter Kevin Peroni. After releasing the LP Bouldin in 2007, Peroni recruited other band members to solidify the project. The group released their sophomore effort Luck in 2009, which made its way to numerous year-end Best Of lists, labeled by Blurt Magazine as their “Best Kept Secret”. The band have since appeared at SXSW, featured on Austin City Limits and toured Europe. This year the band will play China’s biggest music festival, The Strawberry Music Festival, alongside acts like Deerhoof and Travis.

Wiretree’s mission statement for Get Up reads thus: unite diverse songs in a compatible way. Peroni, an Austin native, spent his life listening to music from the UK with The La’s, Radiohead, The Kinks all currying favour while sitting side by side US artists such as Grandaddy and Dylan. Each of these bands influenced what would become this beautiful patchwork album. Take Us Away beats like a Shins comedown, while elsewhere much of the album is guided by the power pop light of Big Star. 

It was a conscious decision then to create an album that sounded homegrown and carefree, the general feeling being that too many modern albums are left feeling overly clinical, sterile and precise. The recording process itself was varied. Some songs were recorded live with the whole band (So Bold, To the Moon), other songs recorded alone (Marching Band, When You Were Young). The remaining songs were done in various studios, using different equipment and producers resulting in sonically different approaches to match the writing of each song. Peroni admits that when these new songs were birthed, it wasn’t with the intention of them becoming an album, which perhaps going someway to explain the resulting diversity. 

Of the album, Peroni says: 

“The album before, I tried using only one producer, I let the band members push the music to more of a rocking sound, and that was good for the time, but it made me want to get back to the roots of how I hear music in my head. I think this new album is one of the most revealing in terms of how I hear and create music in my head.” 

For many, such diversity might signal a band yet to discover their true direction. But for Wiretree, now four albums in, their path couldn’t be more clear-cut; write the songs you want to listen to.

“There are traces of Britpop’s cool factor and The Shangri-Las’ lilt and sway” - Under The Radar

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Jane's Addiction: Live in NYC - album / DVD out 8 July

Album /DVD  release: Jane’s Addiction: Live In NYC
Release date: 8 July 2013
Label: Capitol / UMC

From the beginning, Jane's Addiction have thrown the most unique parties in rock, mixing a fierce musicality with theatrical flair onstage. 2012 saw the band — who’ve always outrageously combined electricity, sex and danger — return to the stage in support of their acclaimed album The Great Escape Artist (Capitol Records).

Live in NYC was filmed in New York City at Terminal 5 on December 29th, 2012 during a special run of North American shows—called “Theatre of the Escapists”- with the band performing in intimate venues, most of which are classic theatres. The alternative rock pioneers — frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins, along with Chris Chaney on bass — captured this immersive theatrical experience on tape and are making available via Live in NYC on multiple formats. 

“We chose to play as many of the great theatres that we could find because we wanted to immerse the audience in a unique experience unlike any they have ever seen at a rock show,” said FARRELL in the band’s tour announcement.  “Expect an orgy of musical and visual delights. We like orgies, and hope you do too.”

The album will be released on the following formats: Digital, DVD and Blu-ray (running time 69 mins),  DVD & CD, CD – both with 12 page booklets and sticker and also double vinyl LP – which is the first live vinyl release since 1987's self-titled on Triple X Records.

Track list

  • Whores
  • Ain't No Right
  • Just Because
  • Ted, Just Admit It...
  • Been Caught Stealing
  • Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object)
  • Up the Beach
  • Ocean Size
  • Three Days
  • Mountain Song
  • Stop!
  • Encore: Jane Says

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Owen to release new album, 'L'Ami du Peuple'

Album release: L'Ami du Peuple by Owen
Label: Polyvinyl
Release date: July 2, 2013
Listen: on Polyvinyl site

The songs Mike Kinsella writes as Owen have always had rock solid lyrical foundations. And on new album, L'Ami du Peuple, the same can be said for the music. Emphasis on the rock.

Anyone vaguely familiar with Kinsella's musical lineage (Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Owls) knows he's far from a one-note musician. And now, he expands his repertoire as a solo songwriter to include a touch of female vocals, pounding drums, and even dueling electric guitar lines that are the closest thing he’s done in tribute to his 80s hair metal obsession.

The variety of sounds featured on L'Ami du Peuple can largely be attributed to a new approach Kinsella took to the writing and recording process. Rather than locking himself in a room with mostly finished song ideas for a couple of weeks before emerging with a finished album, this time Kinsella involved producer Neil Strauch (Iron & Wine, Bonnie 'Prince’ Billy, Andrew Bird) from the very beginning and spaced out recording over a few month period.

This enabled him to naturally bring a different mood or vibe to the material he was working on every time he entered the studio - re-evaluating what had been recorded during the previous session and collaborating with Strauch on the direction new songs should take.

As a result, L'Ami du Peuple sounds markedly different than any album Kinsella has released under the Owen moniker.

From the electronic blips and hand claps that punctuate I Got High to the ragtime piano melody running through Where Do I Begin? each track possesses a unique and surprising identity.

"In the past I've stifled a bunch of my influences and leaned on a couple consistently, but this time I just let each song happen as I heard them and had a lot of fun trying some new things," Kinsella reveals.

The benefits of this "anything goes" mindset are plainly apparent on album centerpiece Bad Blood -- a track propelled by a quasi-country stomp that explodes halfway through with an electric guitar solo before dovetailing into a closing crescendo.

Bad Blood also affirms that lyrically Kinsella remains as raw and personal as ever. As the title suggests, the song finds Kinsella lamenting his pedigree: "Bad blood / Hereditary law you can't run away from / (Trust me, I've tried)."

This focus on familial relationships occurs often, but with the addition of a new angle on top of those Kinsella has adopted previously  Now the parent of two children, Kinsella finds his perspective on life inevitably shifting from being a "son" to being a "father."

This role reversal adds a new dimension to Kinsella's self-examination of his thoughts and fears. As he explains, "Instead of being a son whose father passed away, I've moved on to being the father afraid of passing."

His anxiety at life passing by too quickly is evident on closing track Vivid Dreams: "How long have I been sleeping? / I'm a dad and my dad's dead."

The question he poses doesn't come with an easy answer, but for an artist like Kinsella who is constantly evolving and reinventing himself, death is just an opportunity for rebirth.

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New album from Aimee Mann out 17 September 2012


Album release: Charmer by Aimee Mann
Release date: 17 September 2012
Label: Proper
Listen: http://www.aimeemann.com/

"One of the finest songwriters of her generation." — The New York Times
"One of the top 10 living songwriters along with Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen." — NPR

The long-awaited new album from Aimee Mann, Charmer, will be released in the UK on September 17 by Proper Records. Influenced by what Mann calls the “superpop” of the 70s and 80s, the album is her first release since 2008’s celebrated @#%&*! Smilers, which the BBC website called “undeniably beautiful.”

Of Charmer, her eighth studio album, Mann comments, “I’m fascinated by charming people and the whole idea of charm. It's hard to remember sometimes that there is usually an agenda behind the act of being charming, and that is what I'm most interested in. Is someone’s charm being utilized just to try and entertain people, make them feel special and interesting, or is there a more sinister purpose behind it? Sometimes I think ‘charm’ can just be another word for ‘manipulation.’” 

The album also includes a duet with James Mercer of The Shins on Living a Lie. Mann will support the new album with tour dates this autumn. 

Charmer was produced by longtime friend and band member Paul Bryan and recorded with Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne, Bonnie Raitt) at Stampede Origin in Los Angeles. Bryan joins Mann on the album, among many other friends and collaborators including J.J. Johnson, Jebin Bruni and Jamie Edwards. Mann wrote all of songs on the album, though two, Living a Lie and Soon Enough are collaborations with Paul Bryan and Tim Heidecker, respectively.

Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album Whatever and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo. In addition to her solo work, she has appeared on many film soundtracks and composed the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s much-lauded Magnolia. Since @#%&*! Smilers, Mann has performed for President Obama and the First Lady at the White House, appeared as herself on the hit indie TV series Portlandia and fast become an internet darling. Named one of The Huffington Post’s “13 Funny Musicians You Should Be Following On Twitter,” Mann has gained a diehard social media following for her quick wit and stinging observation, much of which is reflected on the new album. 

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Japandroids - new album, single and UK dates

Album release: Celebration Rock by Japandroids
Release date: June 5 2012
Label: Polyvinyl
Listen: www.japandroids.com/ 

Album release

Vancouver duo Japandroids' long awaited follow-up to their critically-acclaimed 2009 debut, Post-Nothing, will see its release this summer. Celebration Rock will be available June 5th on Polyvinyl Record Co. On May 15, Brian King (vocals, guitar) and Dave Prowse (vocals, drums) will release the first single off the record, The House That Heaven Built as the 4th installment of their 7” series, which also features a B-Side cover of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ Jack The Ripper. Listen to the track at www.japandroids.com or read more about the release below.

King recently talked to Pitchfork about recording the album, which was created in Vancouver at The Hive with engineer Jesse Gander, who they had previously worked with on Post-Nothing:

"On a lot of this new record, we actually tried to simulate the sound of what we thought the crowd would do during the songs," says King. "Dave and I were in the studio just screaming out as if we were in the audience at our own show."

Read the full Pitchfork story here:

http://pitchfork.com/news/45701-japandroids-talk-new-album/

Celebration Rock, featuring eight new tracks, will be available on CD/LP/Digital. There is also a limited edition of 1,000 on 180-gram red vinyl available for pre-order at http://polyvinylrecords.com/celebrationrock

Single

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the stream of Japandroids’ new single, The House That Heaven Built, the band has decided to move up its digital release - it's available now. It also features a b-side of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' Jack The Ripper. The 7” will still be available on May 15.

Starting mid-May, Japandroids will head out on what will be a long road of touring. Dates are below.

Japandroids 2012 UK dates

  • 17/5 Cardiff Club Ifor Bach
  • 18/5 Brighton Green Door Store
  • 19/5 Netherlands London Calling/ Paradiso
  • 21/5 Bristol Cooler
  • 22/5 London CAMP Basement
  • 23/5 Manchester Soup Kitchen
  • 24/5 Glasgow King Tuts
  • 25/5 Leeds Cockpit 2
  • 28/5 London Garage

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New EP from acclaimed Irish alt-rock band Susie Soho

EP Release: Susie Soho, Twelve Twenty Seven
Release date: 25 November 2011
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November 25 sees the release Twelve Twenty Seven, the new EP from Meteor-nominated Irish band Susie Soho (the Meteors are Ireland's equivalent of the Brit Awards). The alternative-rock four piece – whose members have opened for and shared the stage with artists such as Damien Rice, The Frames, Mundy, and Damien Dempsey – are also doing a series of live performances around the country this Autumn to promote the release.

Featuring Jason Maher on bass, Niall Campion on guitar and Mia Fitzgerald on drums, Susie Soho was formed by singer and guitarist Tony Fitz in 2009. Describing themselves as “the kind of band you’d get if Dave Grohl and Gemma Hayes had some kind of musical lovechild”, their catchy, guitar-driven songs blend a distinctively Irish sound with US-tinged alternative rock.

The band made their live debut at Oxegen 2009; this was followed in 2010 with a Meteor Award nomination for Most Promising Artist and the release of their debut album, Where All The Ladders Start. This record was mixed by renowned Greek electro-acoustic composer and producer Anthony P. (aLfa.P, Stereo Nova, Supermarket) and mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios (Gorillaz, Coldplay, Lily Allen).

Twelve Twenty Seven was recorded at Windmill Lane studios and features four songs. The EP’s themes range from the personal (Your Way Or Not At All; An Eye for an Eye) to the political (Stand Up, which was released as a single in the run up to the last Irish general election), with one track taking cynics to task along the way (Making Taste).

Susie Soho’s EP features melodies you can’t shake from your head, driving guitar riffs and a punchy, in-your-face alternative rock sound. With these excellent tracks in the can, and new material on the way, they are a band to definitely keep an eye on.

Random facts / talking points:

  • The band name comes from the the title of the 2000 jazz album “Good Morning Susie Soho” by the Esbjorn Svensson Trio.
  • Tony Fitz got physics lessons from Dominic of Bellx1, back when Bellx1 and Damien Rice were still Juniper. One thing led to another and Tony ended up opening shows and playing lead guitar for Damien Rice. 
  • Tony has also played with The Frames, and with the late Mic Christopher. It was a great honour for Tony to later be asked by Mic's family to perform at the launch of his album a year after his death, and a New Year’s Eve special performance on RTE in his memory.
  • The band have worked in classic studios such as Abbey Road, London and Windmill Lane, Dublin and are obsessed with studio gear and obscure recording equipment.
  • The EP’s Stand Up track (a recent single) was written as both a commentary on the causes of the anger and frustration that people all over Ireland were feeling in the final days of the last government, when things were looking more and more bleak, and as a call for people to get involved in the process of turning the country around. 
  • Niall has worked professionally in film and television graphics for many years. As well as working on high profile graphics jobs for RTE and the BBC, he has also edited a number of film projects, including Domhnall Gleeson’s hugely successful short "Noreen". In addition to directing videos for the band's own music, Niall has made videos for Damien Rice, Frank and Walters, Hybrasil, Bellx1 and Saso.

For more information about Susie Soho, or to request an interview, please email Chris Singleton on chris@prescriptionpr.co.uk or call +44 (0)7790 591707. For live dates, please see www.susiesoho.com.

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