Thursday, 8 June 2017

British Sea Power release the third track from their recently released, critically acclaimed sixth album


British Sea Power release the third track from their recently released, critically acclaimed sixth album
 Let The Dancers Inherit The Party (Golden Chariot / Caroline International).

Don’t Let The Sun Get In The Way is the perfect soundtrack to the blurry sunrises and shivering sunsets of unplanned long weekends, a subtle and beautifully poised anthem for the unprepared, all spending time “slack jawed and empty mouthed / and feeling rough”. It’s British Sea Power at their serene, soaring best.

British Sea Power will play a series of UK festival shows over the summer. 
See them at:

May 28th Common People, Southampton (with Sean Paul, Groove Armada, Wild Beasts)
Jun 22nd Canon’s Marsh Amphitheatre, Bristol (with Manic Street Preachers)
Jun 23rd –25th Glastonbury Festival (performance day/stage TBA)
Jul 8th British Summer Time, Hyde Park London (with The Killers, Elbow)
Jul 21st Truck Festival, near Oxford (the Libertines, Franz Ferdinand)
Jul 22nd Splendour in Nottingham (Kaiser Chiefs, Black Grape)
Jul 27th Kendal Calling, Penrith (with Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand)
Jul 28th Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Jul 29th Louth Zero Degrees Festival, The Priory
Jul 30th Standon Calling, Standon (with Grace Jones, Editors and more)
Aug 18th Green Man Festival, Crickhowell (with PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams)
Aug 26th Victorious Festival, Portsmouth (with Stereophonics, Maximo Park)
Sep 1st Electric Fields, Dumfries (with Dizzie Rascal, Jesus and Mary Chain)
Sep 2nd Bingley Festival, Yorkshire (with Manic Street Preachers)

Praise for Let The Dancer’s Inherit The Party

“Sharp songwriting combined with an elemental, eerie production… their most direct album in years” The Guardian 4/5
“The sound of a band reinvigorated” DIY, 4/5
“Defiantly positive” Q, 4/5
“Their best album for years… here be poetry” Mojo, 4/5

https://www.britishseapower.co.uk

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

MALKA ... Announces summer shows



SUMMER SHOWS ANNOUNCED
incl. SECRET GARDEN PARTY & CAMP BESTIVAL

'FELL FOR YOU'
OUT NOW
LISTEN HERE

Following the release of her acclaimed new tracks 'Fell For You' and 'Breakout' earlier this year, Scottish experimental songstress MALKA is delighted to announce a number of special shows this summer.

She will play in support of Fujiya & Miyagi at London's Corsica Studios on June 13th and summer festivals including Secret Garden Party on July 23rd and Camp Bestival on July 30th.

MALKA recently released the Donald Trump-inspired new song 'Fell For You', which took influence from the election in America and the rise in 'fake news'.
 

'Fell For You' followed the release of 'Breakout', the first single to be taken from her forthcoming second album due later this year. The tracks have received strong support from Lauren Laverne and Chris Hawkins at 6Music, and achieved critical acclaim from the likes of Drowned In Sound, Line Of Best Fit and more.
 

A new single from the forthcoming album is due to be announced soon, stay tuned for more details...

MALKA LIVE DATES
13/06 – London, Corsica Studios
23/07 – Secret Garden Party, Abbots Ripton
30/07 – Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle
 
"Quirky, cute, original and clever... the true definition of indie-pop" – Chris Hawkins, BBC 6Music

"'Breakout' combines the effervescent eclecticism of tUnE-yArDs with her own radio-friendly pop sensibilities." – Line Of Best Fit
 

ABOUT MALKA
MALKA first made waves on the music scene as Tamara Schlesinger, the frontwoman of acclaimed alt-folk collective 6 Day Riot and also as a prolific songwriter. Her past work has been included in a host of high-profile syncs for TV series and Hollywood blockbusters – most notably Skins, Scream 4 and 127 Hours. Her voice can also be heard in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Her music has also been featured in Degrassi Next Class and MTV's Catfish recently.

Tamara released her critically acclaimed debut MALKA album Marching To Another Beat in 2015. Since then she's become a BBC 6Music favourite and has clocked up big support from Lauren Laverne, who recently featured MALKA's previous single 'Wonder Why' in her 'Best Of 2016' playlist, alongside Steve Lamacq, Nemone and Chris Hawkins at the station, while Huw Stephens is a big fan of MALKA at Radio 1.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Elle Exxe announces summer festivals shows

 

SUMMER FESTIVALS ANNOUNCED
(ISLE OF WIGHT, SZIGET, CARNIVAL FIFTY SIX & V FESTIVAL)
NEW MUSIC COMING SOON
WATCH THE TEASER VIDEO HERE

'BEST FEMALE SOLO ACT'
UNSIGNED MUSIC AWARDS 2016 WINNER


ELLE EXXE'S IOW TOP PICKS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
LISTEN HERE

Critically acclaimed electro-clash starlet Elle Exxe has been announced to play a number of high profile festivals across the UK and Europe this summer. She will play Isle Of Wight Festival on June 10th, Hungary's Sziget Festival on August 9th, Carnival Fifty Six in her Scottish homeland on August 13th and V Festival on August 19th & 20th.

Elle Exxe is touring in support of her highly acclaimed debut album Love Fuelled Hate, which gained praise from the likes of Q, Daily Star, The Guardian, The Independent, Gay Times and many more following its release last year.

The album and her international rise has seen Elle Exxe crowned 'Best Female Solo Act' at the Unsigned Music Awards 2016 and play shows across America, Asia, Europe and the UK.
 

Elle Exxe is winning over hearts across the world with her fabulous exuberance. This summer's festivals are only just the beginning of what's set to be yet another exciting year for the singer. More details to follow soon...
 
ACCLAIM FOR ELLE EXXE

"One to watch... We're expecting the bombshell to bring her sass to bigger stages very soon"
Daily Star

"Exuberant is Elle Exxe... a brash personality backed by guitars as well as electroclash synths"
The Independent

"The new princess of electro-clash"
London In Stereo

"A promising pop debut"
 Q Magazine

""We've always been a fan of Elle Exxe... The kick-ass, electro clash starlet"
Gay Times

"Elle Exxe is emerging from the pop underground, brandishing a forceful snarled lip"
The Quietus

"There's a lot to like about her music, her style and her general popstar everythingness"
Popjustice

"Invites comparisons to Charli XCX and Katy Perry but at times even outclasses them"
Classic Pop Magazine

"Bolshy pop belter with one toe in electroclash and another in swaggering neo-soul"
Line Of Best Fit

"Fuzzy, bombastic hand-clap pop with added grit"
The Skinny

"Elle Exxe has been glued to our radar... the future is bright"
FAULT

"A furiously talented synth pop upstart, the singer heaps a tonne of attitude onto her sugar sweet choruses"
Clash

"Imagine viewing pop art on acid and that's the kind of electronic feel that Elle Exxe gives off"
1883

"Elle Exxe provides the sounds of summer"
Maximum Pop

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Dan Owen releases video for new single 'Moonlight'

DAN OWEN
'MOONLIGHT'
VIDEO REVEALED
WATCH HERE

OCTOBER HEADLINE DATES /
 SUMMER FESTIVALS ANNOUNCED


HEADLINE LONDON SHOW
OMEARA – OCTOBER 25th

Dan Owen has unveiled the video for his new single 'Moonlight', the first release to come since signing a major deal with Atlantic Records. The video finds the Shrewsbury singer performing his haunting love ballad in cavernous surroundings as majestic moonlight floods in upon him.

'Moonlight' is an intimate insight into Dan's stunning songwriting and jaw-dropping vocal abilities. The song launched with strong support from Spotify, and featured on the platform's 'New Music Friday' playlist in eight countries across Europe, including the UK, upon release.
 

Dan has gained attention and critical acclaim across the world with his deep, soulful, blues-infected tones. At the end of last year he was a prominent figure in a number of high profile tips for 2017 including The Independent who said, "Dan Owen has the most incredible voice and a down-to-earth charm that's proving a hit with fans."

He has just completed a sold out headline tour across the UK and Europe following the release of his Open Hands and Enemies EP last year, which saw him enter the Top 40 iTunes Album Chart and top the Singer/Songwriter Chart upon release. It has clocked up over 6.3 MILLION streams on Spotify and had its singles top the platform's Viral Chart in Belgium, hit No.2 in France and chart in a further four countries.

Having just completed a sold out headline tour across the UK and Europe, Dan has announced two headline shows for October this year. He will play Manchester's Night & Day on October 19th and London's OMEARA on October 25th. Tickets are available now through Gigs & Tours.

Dan will also be playing a number of festivals throughout the UK and Europe this summer including Latitude, Barn On The Farm and more. Full live dates can be found below:

DAN OWEN FESTIVAL DATES
June
10/06 – Bushstock, London
16/06 – Badeschiff Open Air Festival, Berlin
17/06 – Maifeld Derby Festival, Mannheim
18/06 – Parkfeest, Oosterhout
25/06 – North Summer Festival, Lille

July
02/07 – Barn On The Farm, Gloucester
09/07 – CafĂ© La Palma, Madrid
15/07 – Latitude Festival, Southwold
22/07 – Acoustic Lakeside Festival, Sittersdorf

August
04/08 – Castillo Santa Catalina, Cadiz
12/08 – Strijp-S, Eindhoven
20/08 – Zomerparkfeest, Venlo

September
02/09 – Bingley Music Live, Bingley

DAN OWEN OCTOBER HEADLINE DATES
19/10 – Manchester, Night & Day
25/10 – London, OMEARA
 
"2017 should see him cement himself as one of the UK's most promising new voices"
Metro

"Dan Owen has a voice quite beyond his years, is a versatile guitarist and an electrifying live act as well."
The Independent

"Unflinching soulful ballad"
Shortlist

"Owen possesses one of the most arresting singing voices we've heard in a long time."
Acoustic Magazine

"Dan straddles swooning soul and throaty blues"
Blues & Soul

"Singer-songwriter with a soaring high altitude voice"
Fred Perry Subculture

HICARI release video for new single 'Stellar'

 

'STELLAR'
Official video unveiled
WATCH HERE

LONDON HEADLINE SHOW
NOTTING HILL ARTS CLUB
JUNE 15TH


"'Stellar' fizzes with pop energy, from the electronic production right through to Shai's biting yet entirely personal vocal" – Clash

"'Stellar' is a fizzy pop anthem with an instantly hummable chorus"Idolator

Pop quintet HICARI have unveiled the video to their brand-new single 'Stellar', which premiered with Clash yesterday. A metaphorical representation of the song's lyrical themes, the video features a flamboyant band performance intercut with an entertaining narrative featuring sumo wrestling. Although playful, it perfectly conveys the message not to judge a book by its cover!

'Stellar' is a huge pop anthem with '80s synth hooks, taking influences from the likes of CHVRCHES, The 1975 and St. Lucia. Lyrically, the track tackles the subject of body image and the pressures to conform to modern-day, media perceptions of unrealistic beauty.

Lead vocalist Shai comments, "From the age of 11 to 18 I'd been bullied for being chubby and it has always played on my conscience. My mum always told me otherwise but I was convinced that I wasn't good enough to be seen as attractive. Where I grew up, physical 'beauty' was seen as the only thing that made you worthy of being someone and so I grew up determined to be what people thought was beautiful. Now I see how subjective beauty is, we all perceive it differently and so for me 'Stellar' was being on both sides of the spectrum."

Vocalist and keyboard player Ryan adds, "As a kid in school, I always fell for girls who had talent and great personalities. I remember completely falling for a girl because she had such an incredible voice, I couldn't come to terms with why other guys only talked about the 'popular' girls who had nice faces and big boobs. 'Stellar' is celebrating how innocent and oblivious I used to be, and rejecting how society has tried to teach me that 'real beauty' is on the outside."

Hailing from Liverpool, HICARI, which means 'light' in Japanese, are a multicultural band of friends who are made up of Shayaan Oshidar (Lead Vocals), Ryan Bickley (Lead Vocals, Keyboard), Tatsu Saiki (Guitar, Keyboard), Paddy Morrison (Bass) and Will Brown (Drums).

Donning their finest glitter, they will be playing a number of dates this summer including a London headline show at the Notting Hill Arts Club on the 15th June.

Thurs 1st June –  Shipping Forecast Supporting First Hate, Liverpool
Thurs 15th June – Notting Hill Arts Club, London,  
Fri 23rd June – Chester Live Festival, Chester,
Sun 23rd July – Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool

 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

GOV'T MULE, ANNOUNCE UK/IRISH SHOWS

GOV'T MULE
ANNOUNCE UK/IRISH SHOWS
OCTOBER 2017

NEW ALBUM
Revolution Come... Revolution Go
Out June 9 on Spinefarm Records

LISTEN TO THE NEW COMPOSITION
'DREAMS & SONGS'
LISTEN HERE
 
"[Gov't Mule's] songs stomp and wail with unmistakable energy and heft" – NPR

"Warren Haynes is a meaty and masterful slide player, as well as a soulful singer and songwriter" – Rolling Stone

"A band heavy enough to be James Hetfield's favourite; grungy, gritty and bluesy enough to earn the praises of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons; and swirly enough to speak loud and clear to the Phishheads who flock to their shows to twirl the night away" 
– Guitar World

Following the announcement of their eagerly anticipated 10th studio album, American rock band Gov't Mule have confirmed their return to the UK in October this year.

The band will be heading to Ireland to play a show in Dublin before coming to the UK for four dates in Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff and London.
 
Oct 22nd -  Academy, Dublin, IE | Tickets
Oct 24th - Queens Hall, Edinburgh, UK | Tickets
Oct 26th – Ritz, Manchester, UK | Tickets
Oct 27th – Tramshed, Cardiff, UK | Tickets
Oct 28th - London Bluesfest, London, UK

The band first return to the road at Summerstage in New York's Central Park and have dates booked through the summer in North America and Europe, with hopes of also heading to Japan, Australia and other territories to promote the upcoming album Revolution Come... Revolution Go.

After celebrating 20 years and then taking a few years to work on other projects, the album is "the new chapter opening up for the band", according to founder Warren Haynes. It's due for release June 9th via Spinefarm Records. You can pre-order the album here.

The 12-song set, Gov't Mule's 10th studio outing, was recorded primarily with long-time collaborator Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) in Austin, Texas, but the musicians also worked on a pair of tracks with Don Was, with whom Haynes recently toured as part of the recent The Last Waltz 40th anniversary tour.

The record features the song 'Dreams & Songs', which Haynes deems autobiographical, reflecting on a career that started professionally with David Allan Coe's band in 1980 and has gone through the Dickey Betts Band, the Allman Brothers Band, the Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends and more.

"It's about looking back at your life and family and changes," Haynes explains, "and the general message is you never go back home -- not in the literal sense of the word, but things have a way of growing in their own directions, and you wake up one day and look at everything you've been through and think, 'Wow, how did I get here?' It's a journey and you look back on it. I'm very grateful for the opportunities that I've had, but it's been a wild ride and in some ways has gone so much quicker than I would ever expect. Thankfully, I'm still going strong and my career's as good as it's ever been. I'm thankful for that." 

 

 
Revolution Come...Revolution Go Standard Track-listing:
1. Stone Cold Rage
2. Drawn That Way
3. Pressure Under Fire
4. The Man I Want To Be
5. Traveling Tune 6. Thorns Of Life
7. Dreams & Songs
8. Sarah, Surrender
9. Revolution Come, Revolution Go
10. Burning Point (ft. Jimmie Vaughan)
11. Easy Times
12. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground

Deluxe Version – Bonus CD:
1. What Fresh Hell
2. Click-Track
3. Outside Myself
4. Revolution Come, Revolution Go (Alternate Version)
5. The Man I Want To Be (Live In Studio Version)
6. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (Live In Studio Version)
 

THEA GILMORE JUNE UK TOUR

THEA GILMORE
RELEASES VIDEO FOR
 'NEW'
WATCH HERE

THE COUNTERWEIGHT

BRAND NEW ALBUM
Out June 2nd through Cooking Vinyl

JUNE UK TOUR
Tuesday 2nd May: Thea Gilmore has released the video for her latest single 'New', which was filmed by legendary music photographer Roger Sargent. The single premiered on Radio 2 last week on Ken Bruce's show with further spins across the station. It's the second single to be taken from The Counterweight, which is out on June 2nd through Cooking Vinyl and follows the recent track 'Sounds Good To Me', which has also been getting support across Radio 2. You can pre-order the album here.
 

Taking a more electric approach than before, 'New' chimes with the upbeat positivity that reflects the album's themes of hope whereas the video takes a darker, counterweighted approach to the song's meaning.

Thea says, "To all songwriters – let alone one like me – the challenge of writing down positive emotions is far more of a challenge than expressing dark stuff. It's often said that if you're feeling great there are better things to do than sit down and write songs. That said, the light moments in life, the new starts, are not to be forgotten or taken lightly... so for once I just let it all out." 

Roger Sargent explains, "The idea for the video was to take the stance that though the song is really upbeat and poppy, Thea is a little ill at ease embracing the "light" so we both wanted to inject a little shade into the whole thing - tongue firmly placed in cheek as it were! I wanted Thea to do the song as a one shot, single take, and deliver the lines as if she were not wholly convinced of what she was singing. The animated "doodles" reaffirm the incongruity. They're like the notepad doodles we all do, instead of writing or working, come to life. The sort that show the workings of our subconscious mind. "

The Counterweight is Thea's first studio album for four years and is a forthright and uncompromising return, following 2015's career compilation 'Ghosts & Graffiti'. The album is bursting with passion and echoes the rapid change in our social and political landscape that 2016 brought with it.

When finishing the album in September, Thea was forced to look back at the spring and summer recording period and the tumultuous times that happened during it, including working on 'Reconcile' as Britain voted to leave the EU, and recording 'Johnny Gets A Gun' on June 16th, just a few days after the Orlando nightclub shooting.

That day was also, most harrowingly of all, the day the MP Jo Cox was murdered in cold blood and as Thea reflected on these terrible events, they became the inspiration for the final track 'The War'. That track forms the mission statement of the album; going to war on the negativity and bleakness of the current world mesmerized by fake news and futility.

The Counterweight tries to be exactly as its title suggests - a redressing of the balance, a tool of pressure, an exertion of opposite force and as such, a flag of hope.

Thea Gilmore will be heading out on a UK headline tour starting at the end of May.

 
UK Tour Dates
Tues 30th May – Sage, Gateshead
Thurs 1st June – Union Chapel, London
Fri 2nd June – Revelation, Ashford
Sun 4th June – RNCM Theatre, Manchester
Mon 5th June – The Stables, Milton Keynes
Tue 6th June – MAC, Birmingham
Wed 7th June – Junction 2, Cambridge
Sun 11th June – Contemporary, Nottingham
Tue 13th June – Arts Centre, Pocklington
   
"The best British singer-songwriter of the last ten years – and then some"
Uncut
 "Unarguably one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation"
Sunday Times Culture
 "The best wordsmith of her generation"
The Independent

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