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IDLES share unreleased song and new video

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Song release: Out now
More info: IDLES’ website

In addition to sharing a striking new music video featuring Kris Hitchen (who played a starring role in Ken Loach's critically acclaimed Sorry We Missed You) and directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace of ThirtyTwo for recent single “Mercedes Marxist” (watch HERE), IDLES have also released another brand new song – “I Dream Guillotine” – which appears as the B-side to the "Mercedes Marxist" 7" that is released today. "Mercedes Marxist" was recently A-listed at 6 Music and both tracks were written and recorded during last year's sessions for "Joy as an Act of Resistance.

The limited 7" is available to buy HERE.

Last week ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ was shortlisted for the 2019 Mercury Prize with the winner to be announced September 19th. The band were also recently chosen for Apple’s ongoing Shot On iPhone campaign, with billboards up now across the globe.

WATCH "MERCEDES MARXIST" VIDEO HERE
LISTEN TO "I DREAM GUILLOTINE" 
HERE

IDLES recently announced a short tour for December to celebrate a landmark couple of years for the band - including their biggest headlining date yet on Saturday, 7th December at London's Alexandra Palace. All five dates went on to sell out within the first 24 hours.

Mon 2 Dec Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT
Tue 3 Dec 
Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT
Wed 4 Dec 
Manchester, Academy SOLD OUT
Thu 5 Dec 
Leeds, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
Sat 7 Dec 
London, Alexandra Palace SOLD OUT

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Tour artwork by Orlando Weeks

Other key tracks:

"Colossus"
"Danny Nedelko"
"Samaritans"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey share new single '2 Ugly 4 NY' & announce album

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Album release: 12th July 2019
Label:
Sub Pop Records
More info: Sub Pop website

Watch Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey’s official video for lead single '2 Ugly 4 NY' from Showboat Honey, their forthcoming new album, available worldwide July 12th, 2019 from Sub Pop. The video is directed by Eleanor Petry, and stars bandleader Craft as Hobo Grimm, a skeleton-faced busker. He says of the video, “Eleanor and I were aiming to snag that “day in the life” feel, following old Hobo Grim around downtown tryin’ to make the illusive busker’s dollar and then heading off into the night to blow it.”

Showboat Honey was recorded and produced by Kyle Craft, Kevin Clark, and Billy Slater at their own Moonbase Studios in Portland over 2018. The album was mixed by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty) and mastered by April Golden at Golden Mastering.

Showboat Honey is now available for pre-order through Sub Pop Mega Mart. Pre-orders of the LP through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America, the UK and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on a clear blue translucent mix with spots red hi-melt (while supplies last). There will also be a new T-shirt design available.

About 'Showboat Honey'

There is this curious equilibrium to existence: In order to create balance, the universe must giveth, and the universe must taketh. Kyle Craft, along with his now solidified backing band dubbed Showboat Honey, know this all too well. And this is why their self-titled album, the contemplative yet restless Showboat Honey (Sub Pop Records, July 12th, 2019) reflects that sturm und drang. “This is basically an album centered around bad luck and good fortune hitting at the same time,” Craft explains “Then, out of nowhere, I find love. Everything went to shit except that. I guess that’s how life works.”
 
No track better captures this duality than the sweeping “Sunday Driver,” about sticking to your guns, despite a universe of blowback. “At this point, you get baptized by certain fires and start to walk with the dead a little bit, like nothing can harm you anymore,” says the Portland-based musician. “That’s what self-love sounds like to me, as aggressive as that sounds.”
 
The sticky-sweet title of the album is lifted from the brightly choral “Buzzkill Caterwaul” (“Once you were the showboat honey/ But your ship sailed out”). “I wanted to make something that sounded like a raucous collision of Leon Russell and Patti Smith,” he says, “But ‘Buzzkill Caterwaul’ was the only tune that ended up showcasing that vision.”
 
Though aesthetics veer from song to song, Showboat Honey’s steadfast formula remains the same. Drummer Haven Mutlz holds down the machine with a ’60s/’70s fast-molasses groove that locks in with the slinky rolling bass of Billy Slater. When Kevin Clark isn’t bouncing across the piano, his mellotron strings swell in and out of frame. Jack of all trades Ben Steinmetz’s organ parts well up from the deep of the songs, while lead guitarist Jeremy Kale’s solos rip through them like electricity. On top of it all, sits the tongue-in-cheek phantasmagoria created by Craft’s lyrics.  
 
Lyrically, perspectives shift to imbue life into a cast of intriguing, mysterious characters, à la Bob Dylan. (“There is not a single thing in my life that has affected me more than the first time I heard Dylan,” says Craft. “It immediately changed my life.”) “Johnny (Free & Easy)” is seemingly about a date gone awry at a swinger’s party in the Hollywood Hills. And the twangy pop of “O! Lucky Hand” appears to shadow a poor sod desperate to elude a hex. Its antidote is the stunning, cinematic “Deathwish Blue,” which sounds like a deep cut from the book of John Lennon, about the lovesick salvation found in his bride to be, Lydia. 
 
If that’s not head-trippy enough, the carefree sing-along “2 Ugly 4 NY” features a lyrical reference to a previous incarnation of Craft. Its lyrics—“Don’t wanna see Death strum for cash downtown/ Or the look on his face when the change hits the case on the ground”—call out his early days in Portland when he went by the moniker of Hobo Grim. Busking downtown, he’d cover country tunes while dressed as the Grim Reaper so as to conceal his true identity.
 
Craft started writing about as soon as he could play the guitar at the age of 15. He grew up in the isolated Mississippi River town of Vidalia, Louisiana where his chops weren’t honed in a woodshed, but rather an old, dingy meat freezer that was out of commission.  When asked about the first song he’d ever written, he laughs, saying it was an “angsty-rock tune” and “a rare bird of how bad a song could be.”
 
After years of touring, two LPs with Sub Pop Records, and solidifying the band, he’s since grown into a prodigious songwriter, to say the least. The band recorded Showboat Honey—co-produced by Craft, Clark, and Slater—at their own Moonbase Studios in Portland over 2018. “We approached this record differently for sure,” Craft says. “I’d make a demo, and after putting the songs together, shoot it to the band for ideas.” Tracks such as “Broken Mirror Pose” ended up being highly collaborative, while others settled into Craft’s original vision. “Deathwish Blue,” for instance, was tracked in a similar fashion to his solo debut, Dolls of Highland, with Craft tracking every instrument by himself. 
 
Kyle and the members of Showboat Honey worked at such a feverish wine-fueled pace that they actually ended up with two completely different albums. But at the end of the day, they decided to combine the two into what is now Showboat Honey,a moonstruck rock ’n’ roll record teeming with reckless abandon.
 
“We thought we had the album done at one point. But at the last minute, I was like, ‘Shit, this isn’t the album. This isn’t it,’” Kyle says. “It was just a gut feeling. I’m glad for that because I feel like I ended up writing some of the best songs I’ve ever written.”

More information at: subpop.com

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The Rocket new album out 30 November 2018

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Album release: ‘Another Reason Not To Fear The Sky’ by The Rocket
Release date: 30 November 2018
More info: Band Facebook

Belgian pop-punk outfit The Rocket have shared the first single from their forthcoming album ‘Another Reason Not To Fear The Sky’, which is due out 30th November. The single ‘Focus’ was premiered by New Noise Magazine, who described the band as having “a super keen ear for infectious melodies”, calling the track “punchy and impactful." See the premiere here. Share the video via YouTube here.

Speaking about the single, the band said “It’s a very personal song, about dealing with loss. Or rather: about not dealing with it for way too long. The track has an up-tempo kind of energy to it; we really let our inner Four Year Strong demons out in the intro, ha. In our minds, the song serves as a mission statement for the rest of the album: time to get back from hibernation and literally regain focus.”

Having taken a break from writing together, the Rocket's new album ‘Another Reason Not To Fear The Sky’ sees the band return in full effect. Produced by Marc McClusky (Weezer, Motion City Soundtrack, Bad Religion) and mastered by Chris Athens (Beastie Boys, AC/DC, N.E.R.D), the record is proof of the reinvigorated energy that has seen the quintet earn an illustrious live reputation playing stages at the likes of Groezrock and alongside many other major European festivals.

The album also features guest appearances from Justin Pierre (lead vocals/guitar) & Joshua Cain (lead guitar) of Motion City Soundtrack, merging the band's first-era pop-punk influences (think-Millencollin, NFG, Blink 182) with some of their more synth driven melodic sensibilities.

With years of gigging experience their shows are full of anthemic choruses, hook-driven emotive vocals, melodious synth lines and rapturous drumming, The Rocket are ready to blow all expectations away with a record that pushes genre forward with new layers of intricacy and depth, whilst packing in the vigour and irrepressible choruses fans of the genre have come to know and love.

'Another Reason Not To Fear The Sky' is due out on 30th November and will be see the band continue to a number of shows across Europe throughout the rest of 2018.

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Caspian premiere new song ‘Darkfield’ and announce EU/UK tour

Song premiere: ‘Darkfield’ by Caspian
Release date: 25 September 2015
Label: Big Scary Monsters
More info: Band website

Today Atmospheric rock band Caspian have premiered their brand new song ‘Darkfield’ from their forthcoming album ‘Dust and Disquiet’ which is due out on 25 September 2015 via Big Scary Monsters.

‘Darkfield’ is currently streaming exclusively with The Line of Best Fit. On the new song Best Fit say, “Sinister and seductive, 'Darkfield' spirals and builds, a raging instrumental hurtling towards a cataclysmic conclusion. Ominous drones pave the way for tribal percussion, the combination of electric intensity and natural drive entirely potent.”

Dust and Disquiet is the band’s fourth full-length album and the follow up to 2012’s stellar ‘Waking Season’. Recorded at Q Division Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts, Caspian once again tapped Matt Bayles (Isis, Cursive, Screaming Females, The Sword) to produce and mix.  

In addition, Caspian have also announced a string of EU/UK tour dates in support of the new album with support from Jo Quai and Tidal Sleep (select dates only). The tour spans 22 dates and see’s the band visit cities such as London, Glasgow and Sheffield for the first time since their last tour with Defeater at the start of 2014.

‘Darkfield’ follows on from the release of the band’s recent song ‘Sad Heart of Mine’ which was premiered over with Noisey. This was the first new song from the forthcoming album, receiving critical acclaim and upwards of 15K views upon release.

On ‘Dust and Disquiet’, Caspian again refuses to be confined by genre.  Listeners will find those familiar intricately textured soundscapes that the band has become known for on tracks like ‘Sad Heart of Mine’, ‘Arcs of Command’ and the title track, ‘Dust and Disquiet.’ 

In the center of the album, a track like ‘Run Dry’ will surprise listeners and stands alone in the band’s discography as a stark, acoustic ballad with vocals from guitarist Calvin Joss at the forefront. Elsewhere, Caspian forays into unexpected territory: ‘Ríoseco’ explores the wilder, steel-eyed side of country, and ‘Aeternum Vale’ ventures into the classical realm. 

Caspian released their last LP, Waking Season, in 2012 to critical acclaim, with Spin proclaiming it as the ‘Best Post Rock Album of 2012.’ The band followed with the release of ‘Hymn for the Greatest Generation’ in the fall of 2013, an EP that was to serve as Caspian’s epilogue to Waking Season. ‘Hymn for the Greatest Generation’ was also well received, finding praise everywhere from Pitchfork to Nylon to Alternative Press. After touring extensively in support of those releases (tallying hundreds of shows throughout 25 countries), Caspian returned to their hometown of Beverly to celebrate a decade of making music together at the historic Larcom Theatre last October. 

The band are excited to release new music and get back out on the road. ‘Dust and Disquiet’ is due out on 25th September 2015 via Big Scary Monsters and will be available for preorder on CD / 2xLP 

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