Friday, May 22, 2009

Million Dead – Pre-order ‘A Song To Ruin’ Deluxe Edition!

Pre-order now and receive a rare original A3 tour poster. Be quick as these are strictly limited! To see an examples of the poster click here! All pre-orders will be dispatched for arrival on 29th June 2009.

1. Pornography for Cowards
2. Breaking the Back
3. I Am the Party
4. Charlie + the Propaganda Myth Machine
5. A Song to Ruin
6. Smiling at Strangers on Trains
7. MacGyver
8. Relentless
9. The Kids Are Going to Love It
10. The Rise and Fall
11. I Gave My Eyes To Stevie Wonder (Bonus track)
12. Medicine (Bonus track)

DVD includes:
- Million Dead’s last ever London show in full (22nd September 2005)
- Million Dead’s last performance with Guitarist Cameron Dean
- All of Million Dead’s promotional single videos:
“Smiling At Strangers On Trains”
“Breaking The Back”
“I Am The Party”
“I Gave My Eyes To Stevie Wonder”
“Living The Dream”
“After The Rush Hour”
“To Whom It May Concern”

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Crazy Arm - Debut album 'Broken By The Wheel'

Debut single ‘Broken By The Wheel’ (Xtra Mile Recordings) Released: 25th May 2009 Debut album ‘Born To Ruin’ (Xtra Mile Recordings) Released: 8th June 2009

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that Plymouth hard-twang roots-punks, Crazy Arm’s debut album has been a long time coming. Not through want of trying, of course. In late-2006 the band headed into a local studio to bang an album into shape. A year later, and with an arsenal of new songs, they decided to scrap the recordings and start again. Another year later, and with another clutch of new songs, they reluctantly called a halt to proceedings and started afresh, for the third time, with Peter Miles (Sonic Boom Six, The King Blues, Failsafe) at the controls. The fact that his newly assembled studio was only 20 miles up the road, in the middle of a beautiful forest that backed onto Dartmoor, sweetened the deal somewhat.

Crazy Arm - bw
The result is ‘Born To Ruin’. A debut album that sounds nothing like it would have done three years ago when the band were still in the embryonic stages, and perhaps nothing like it would have done if it hadn’t been recorded in such idyllic surroundings, where pheasants strolled around the grounds and vegan curries were mandatory. Not easy to categorise, and all the better for it, ‘Born To Ruin’ is an aural accumulation of years and years of influence and inspiration: rooted in hardcore/punk, ‘60s protest folk and timeless rock’n’roll. Of course, you may not actually hear the likes of Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, Hűsker Dű, Crass or Gene Vincent but it’s all in there somewhere, adding weight and depth to songs that are as different from each other as they are from any other self-proclaimed punk band you care to mention.

But make no mistake. This is still a punk rock record. In the same way that ‘London Calling’ by The Clash, ‘The Argument’ by Fugazi and ‘Under The Fog’ by The King Blues are punk rock records. They don’t scream their ideas at you, they’re steeped in inventive melodies, and they spill over into many other styles but they are records that stand out as punk classics because of, not in spite of, their willingness to side-step punk stereotypes. For instance, ‘Blind Summit’ and ‘Broken By The Wheel’ may be dynamic country-punk anthems – all slide guitars and self-confession, but ‘Christ In Concrete’ and ‘Asphalt’ harness the dark brooding tones of 16 Horsepower. ‘Reassure Me’ may pack a melodic hardcore punch, but ‘International Front’ – a slight upon imperialist wars – and ‘Henry Fabian Flynn’ pay tribute to the protest song of Dick Gaughan, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, et al. Elsewhere, live favourites like the galloping ‘Still To Keep’ call to mind the sub-pop sensibilities of Ted Leo or The Replacements, while the title track, and album centre-piece, is an epic celebration of history’s conscientious trouble-makers that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on ‘Physical Graffiti’. All told, ‘Born To Ruin’ is an embarrassment of riches full of stories told from a grass-roots perspective. And for a debut album, it’s something of a true revelation.

The band head out on a UK tour in June (confirmed dates below) to promote the album and are planning a European tour for August. Members are all vegetarian/vegan, atheist, internationalist and support human and animal rights struggles worldwide.

2nd Cavern, Exeter with NEW BRUISES £3
6th Hobos, Bridgend with A NEW DAY - FREE SHOW!
7th Fawcett Inn, Portsmouth with ASTPAI FREE SHOW
8th TBC
9th Farmhouse, Canterbury with RENTOKILL £5
10th TBC
11th King Alfs, Southampton with NEW BRUISES £5
12th White Rabbit, Plymouth with FAILSAFE - FREE SHOW!
14th Prince Albert, Brighton with LEMURIA £5
15th Norwich Marquee
16th Portland Arms, Cambridge
17th Purple Turtle, London with MISCHIEF BREW £5
18th Evolution, Worcester
19th The Xoo Club, Peterborough with LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF £3
20th White Rooms w/BROKEN FEW + more Sunderland
21st Cricketers w/SOUNDS OF SWAMI Keighley
22nd TBC w/SOUNDS OF SWAMI + more Leeds (tbc)
23rd TBC w/SOUNDS OF SWAMI + more Manchester (tbc)

All doors are at 8pm

"Here we have a new band that sounds like a grizzled, road-hardy bunch of musicians singing for their supper, such is the inherent power and dirty glory of their songwriting. They should be standing on some huge stages sooner rather than later." "Powerful, progressive, political and inspirational. An immense, energy-fuelled, life-affirming statement of intent yet fragile, honest and heartfelt at the same time." The Fly "Crazy Arm bring hooks and edgy guitars aplenty on 'Cross Country'… I dripped drool all over the keyboard just thinking about a proper full-length." "The live energy they muster is immense. Straddling the margins between a punky militancy and folk fragility, they can spit out a tight, snarling, ballsy anthem and break your heart at the same time. Indeed, out of the strong came forth sweetness." 247

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Epitaph Records Embrace Frank Turner!

English punk turned folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner has signed to Epitaph Records for a worldwide deal whilst remaining on independent label Xtra Mile Recordings for the UK and Ireland, and plans are underway to release his third studio album, Poetry of the Deed, in September. The news comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the punk rock influenced bard will be performing his solo-acoustic act in front of his largest crowds ever when he tours North America in July in support of The Offspring.

Frank Turner picture 2

Turner’s musical odyssey began at an early age and eventually gave rise to the UK hardcore band Million Dead, which disbanded in 2005. Towards the end of the band’s run, Turner began playing solo shows which were influenced heavily by his love of country, rock, punk and folk. This turned into a four year jaunt of non-stop touring which took him across Europe several times over and to the US, only stopping briefly to record an EP, Campfire Punkrock (2006) and his first album, Sleep Is For The Week, in 2007.

In 2008 Turner took a deep breath and recorded his second album, Love Ire and Song, released by Xtra Mile in the UK, which received rave reviews around the globe. “Fourteen tracks, 500 emotions, three chords, and the truth” (The Austin Chronicle), Turner’s heartfelt vocals and relevant lyrics boil over with fiery passion as he tackles themes of love and life with the honesty and poetry inherited from folk forbearers like Billy Bragg and Bob Dylan and all the angst of a kid reared on punk. After the release Turner stepped up to play European festivals, toured with Gaslight Anthem and packed venues at 2009 SXSW. It was Love Ire and Song which caught the ear of Epitaph Records’ founder and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz and led to the eventual signing.

Frank Turner’s music is a revelation to me,” says Gurewitz. “I can’t stop listening to it. It’s a real privilege to get out there and help Xtra Mile spread the Frank Turner gospel.

In a signing that created a perfect pairing between the punk rock poet and a legendary independent label, the young singer-songwriter announced the news via Twitter and MySpace stating, “It's official: though I'm happily staying with Xtra Mile in the UK, l signed with Epitaph for the world. Fuck yes!!”

It's been a little frustrating, the last year or two, trying to figure out the best way to get my stuff released properly in Europe and the USA,” says Turner. “I never imagined that it'd be Epitaph who would be releasing stuff though, as I thought they were out of my league. Now I feel like a nerd who just laid the head cheerleader. Being on Epitaph is the fucking bomb. And to top it all, I've been asked out on tour with one of the bands who introduced a whole generation of kids, myself included, to the illicit joys of punk rock. I have, essentially, peed myself. It's going to be a good year!

Epitaph Records will re-release Love Ire and Song in the US on July 21st. Stay tuned for more information regarding Frank Turner’s forthcoming album, Poetry of the Deed, coming this September.

Frank Turner Tour Dates (w/The Offspring):
6/30 – CMAC – Rochester, NY
7/2 – Molson Amphitheater – Toronto, ON
7/7 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
7/8 – Roseland – New York, NY
7/10 – Tsongas Arena – Boston, MA
7/14 – Charlotte Boutique Amphitheater – Charlotte, NC
7/16 – Hard Rock – Orlando, FL
7/17 – St. Augustine Amphitheater – Jacksonville, FL
7/18 – Pompano Beach Amphitheater – Miami, FL

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