Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Chris T-T - New Album / New Tour!
New Album – New Tour!
Increasingly influential cult singer Chris T-T returns in spring 2010 with the release of his new album Love Is Not Rescue.
Released on 15 March 2010 through Xtra Mile Recordings, Love Is Not Rescue is T-T’s 7th studio album since 1999 and his second release for Xtra Mile. It was recorded in four days, primarily in rural Norfolk with Magoo’s Owen Turner (Bearsuit, Kaito) plus a session in Los Angeles with Gus Seyffert (Sia, Norah Jones, Flight Of The Conchords).
‘Love Is Not Rescue’ shows a change of direction from 2008’s rockier, heavier ‘Capital’ (“turbo-charged/grandiose/hummable fire” Q), the final part to his acclaimed London Trilogy. With this album, Chris focuses more on personal themes – love and the complexities of relationships – stripping back his sound and laying bare private lyrics over delicate melodies to create courageous, honest songs from the heart. It is a return to Chris's original visceral yearnings of love and loss; “British pop’s street-poet laureate and unsung genius” (The Sunday Times) has produced a beautifully introspective and pensive album.
The stunning album opener ‘Nintendo’ will precede the release on 8 March as a download only single.
Playing piano, electric and acoustic guitar (although not all at the same time) his UK tour of intimate gigs will highlight Chris’s wide and varied talent that has created a diverse career spanning seven studio albums. The dates are:
6 Winchester, The Tower £6
7 Portsmouth, Eastney Cellars £6
9 Bristol, The Croft £5
10 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach £6
11 Oxford, Jericho Tavern £6
12 Cambridge, Portland Arms £5
13 Norwich, The Marquee £6
14 Nottingham, Bodega £6
15 Birmingham, Academy 3 £6
17 Hull, The Adelphi £5
19 Teesdale, Club Cotherstone £5
20 Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s £6
21 Glasgow, The 13th Note £6
24 London, Slaughtered Lamb £7
25 Tunbridge Wells, The Forum £7
26 Canterbury, The Farmhouse £6
27 Brighton, Freebutt £6
Doors at 7pm
“We should cherish such poets of 21st century urbanity.” Plan B Magazine
“Chris stakes his claim to be the 21st-century Ray Davies” The Sunday Times
“If he was standing for London Mayor, I'd vote for him...” Steve Lamacq, Radio 2
Monday, November 16, 2009
Frank Turner - 'Poetry of the Deed' single out today!
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Frank Turner - Special Sale On Early Material
The great value of 'Sleep Is For The Week' will be of particular interest to Frank's American fans as the album is not available physically there.
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Monday, November 9, 2009
Rock Sound Reader's Poll 2009
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Friday, November 6, 2009
Xtra Mile counter Apple with Beans On Toast inspired USB Stick
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Spectrum 7 - Release Second single ‘Serafin’!
Release Second single ‘Serafin’ on 30th November through Xtra Mile Recordings
Jason Mirchandani (Vocals/Guitar) - Sean Shreeve (Vocals/Bass/Programming) - Jon Hardless (B.Vocals/Guitar) - Graeme Healy (Drums) - Henry Morrow (Keys/Synths/Guitar)
Rising Surrey quintet Spectrum 7 are set to follow the release of their outstanding debut mini-album ‘So Silent The Night’ with the release of their second single ‘Serafin’ on 30th November through Xtra Mile Recordings. ‘So Silent The Night’ was recorded earlier this year at Ignition Studio and was produced by Lester Woodward and Patrick Jonsson (50 Cent, Flood of Red, Furthest Drive Home, Skirtbox).
Following the release of earlier single ‘Blue Wray’ which was given a seal of approval from the Radio 1 Rock Show’s Daniel P. Carter, ‘Serafin’ marks a more mainstream progression of a band whose sound is hard to pigeonhole. Speaking of the track bassist (and lyricist for the recording) Sean Shreeve said “the song is about being trapped in yourself and finding a way out, whether that’s through something or someone else”. ‘Serafin’ is backed with an acoustic version of the impressively structured track ‘Break For Silence’.
Having already supported the likes of Enter Shikari, The Xcerts, Cage the Elephant and Frank Turner the band will embark on a full national tour for ‘So Silent The Night’ in early 2010. Spectrum 7 are currently working on new material they plan to release next year. Watch this space!
"...a remarkably assured meld of razor riffing, blast beats and ambient soundscapes." - Kerrang! KKKK
"...a glimpse of future stars in the making. Turn on, tune in, rock out!" – Rocksound
"..an emotional and energetic blend of frenetic and cathartic bleep and blip ridden rock"
- The Fly
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Beans On Toast - 50 Track Debut Album
The gravel-voiced singer/songwriter from Braintree has been busy penning songs on his child-sized guitar for the past couple of years. His Bragg-esque odes take in themes of sex (‘Junkfood Sex’), drugs (‘M.D.M.Amazing’), sex whilst on drugs (‘Eggs Benadict’) and wry social, political commentary that is both poignant and funny (‘Fuck The Smoking Ban’, ‘London At War’). Occasionally he has made them available online. Occasionally he has stood on a chair and sung them out in pubs and clubs up and down the country. Finally, now, he’s collected them all together and presented them in an old-skool double disc album.
Produced by Ben Lovett from Mumford & Sons and featuring an array of guest vocalists, ‘Standing On A Chair’ is the perfect antidote to the glossy, cheesy, manufactured Christmas dross that is currently clogging up the charts. An anti-Christmas, Christmas album best enjoyed post-pub with good friends, cheap booze and in high spirits.
He will be celebrating the release of the album with a free gig and launch party on Sunday 29th November at London’s coolest venue, The Flowerpot.
A charismatic figure on the music scene Beans On Toast is a regular feature at Glastonbury Festival – playing the last four years. He has also performed at Secret Garden Party, been a part of Billy Bragg’s Jail Guitar Doors (an organisation that provides instruments to anyone using music as part of prisoner rehabilitation) and is Musical Director at Strummerville – the inspirational foundation dedicated to nurturing new music. However, Beans On Toast doesn’t take himself too seriously, and neither should you. Having just played to around 16,000 people whilst supporting friend Frank Turner on his huge UK sold out tour, he will be heading out, with his guitar and wooden chair to play his own shows in January 2010. Further details to come.
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Frank Turner - 'Poetry of The Deed' video
You can catch Frank at the following UK shows:
HEADLINE UK TOUR
16 Edinburgh Picture House
17 Manchester Academy
18 Leeds 02 Academy
19 Bristol 02 Academy
21 Birmingham O2 Academy
22 Norwich Waterfront
23 Portsmouth Pyramids
24 London Roundhouse
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The Xcerts - End a Triumphant Year with their Final Tour of 2009 and commence work on Sophomore album!
'...classic piece of air-punching melancholia' - Observer
2009 has been quite a year for THE XCERTS. It all kicked off with the release of their amazingly anthemic single ‘Crisis In The Slow Lane’ which The Observer called a ‘classic piece of air-punching melancholia’. This was swiftly followed with the release of the band’s eagerly awaited Dave Eringa (Ash, 3 Colours Red, Idlewild…) produced debut album ‘In The Cold Wild We Smile’ which got glowing reviews across the board (Kerrang! 4/5, Rock Sound 8/10, Big Cheese 5/5). For the launch of the record the band took to the waters of Loch Ness and performed a very special show on a boat!
The band were invited to play at British Anthems in Tokyo and were flown out to the music industry showcase by the British Embassy to perform live and represent their country. In June the band released the single ‘Just Go Home’ and embarked on tours with Feeder and My Vitriol.
The Xcerts played a whole host of festivals over the summer including Wickerman, Truck and Boardmasters, winning over new fans with every show. To coincide with this the band released a very special live album ‘Live At King Tuts’ exclusively through iTunes which was recorded at the band’s sold out launch show for ‘Crisis In The Slow Lane’.
Last month the band released their third single ‘Nightschool’ and toured with their childhood heroes Idlewild, friends This City and musical stalwarts Funeral for a Friend, despite bassist Jordan Smith being forced to do the tour with a broken wrist! Never content with wresting on their laurels The Xcerts will be hitting the road for one final time before the end of the year. Dates below:
12 The Registry, Portsmouth
17 The Freebutt, Brighton
18 Barfly, London
19 New Slang @ McClusky’s, Kingston
3 The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
4 Lexington, London
5 Firefly, Worcester
10 Harley’s, Bathgate
11 Devitos, Arbroath
12 Twa Tams, Perth
13 The Cell, Kilmarnock
15 Electric Circus, Edinburgh
19 Doghouse, Dundee
20 King Tuts, Glasgow
21 Ironworks, Inverness
22 The Tunnels, Aberdeen
As well as all of this The Xcerts have found time to work on material that will form their as yet untitled second record. You can expect to hear the first of the band’s new material in early 2010.
The Xcerts debut album ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ is out now on Xtra Mile Recordings! Here’s what the press had to say:
“Charged with youthful hope and exuberance, every riff and anthemic chorus points to a bright future for these talented lads." - Kerrang! 4/5
“...this debut is inch-perfect, merging heartstring-tugging delicacy with buoyant distortion... If you're searching for pop with balls but no bullshit, look no further.” - Rock Sound 8/10
"'In The Cold Wind We Smile' is a triumphant, life-affirming classic" - Big Cheese 5/5
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Frank Turner - Joins XFM's Winter Wonderland
Past artists who have performed at Winter Wonderland include Kasabian, Bloc Party, Editors and Manic Street Preachers.
Tickets for Winter Wonderland go on sale on Friday November 6 at 8am. Advance tickets are priced at £20 for Manchester and £25 for London, and will be available from the Xfm Xchange 084547 83936 or at www.xfm.co.uk/gigs.
O2 customers can get Priority Tickets for Winter Wonderland at O2 Academy Brixton from Wednesday 9am until Friday 8am when they go on general release. Text PRIORITY to 2020. Subject to availability, terms apply.
“Everytime he plays London, Turner sells out a bigger venue and our money’s on him finally taking on the mainstream – deservedly so.” NME
"I think Frank Turner is one of the best singer songwriters of our generation." Mike Davies Radio 1
"Godspeed, sir." KKKK Kerrang!
“Frank is truly a unique British talent to be cherished and acclaimed with good reason.”
Monday, November 2, 2009
Straight Lines - Sign to XMR, release single and tour with KIGH, Automatic and Motorhead!
Straight Lines was initially conceived by lead vocalist and guitarist Tom Jenkins and drummer Dane Campbell after the demise of their previous band. The Welsh duo set about collating ideas and writing new material that would later form the basis for the band’s debut album. With no money to go to any other studio or producer to record the album they turned to Dane’s brother (and guitarist with local heroes Dopamine) Todd Campbell to play bass and help them produce and record their debut album in his studio situated in the garage of his house. With the help of their friends in other bands they managed to gather enough equipment together to start work on recording. Two weeks into recording the band would then be completed by Tom’s old college friend James Pugh on guitar.
Fast forward a few months and Straight Lines are ready to release the first fruits of their labour; ‘Versus The Allegiance’. The hard-hitting single is the first to be lifted from the band’s flawless debut album ‘Persistence In This Game’ which will be released through Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, The Xcerts, Reuben…) in early 2010. ‘Versus The Allegiance’ will be released through iTunes and all major DSPs on 7th December.
1. ‘Versus The Allegiance’
2. ‘When In Doubt’ (Demo)
3. ‘All My Friends Have Joined The Army’ (Acoustic)
4. ‘Visions’ (Acoustic)
Despite the band’s short existence, Straight Lines ability to pen infectious rhythmic anthems has not gone unnoticed and they have already secured forthcoming support slots with Kids In Glass Houses, Young Guns, Attack! Attack!, The Automatic and Motorhead! The band will be selling a limited edition CD version on ‘Versus The Allegiance’ at the following shows:
3rd Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff with Young Guns
4th Nag’s Head, High Wycombe
5th Fat Lils, Witney
6th Le Pub, Newport
7th Orange Box, Yeovil with Kids In Glass Houses
8th Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth with Kids In Glass Houses
9th Roadmender, Northampton with Kids In Glass Houses
10th 53 Degrees, Preston with Kids In Glass Houses
11th Chinnery’s, Southend with The Automatic
12th New Slang, Kingston with The Automatic
13th Newport Centre, Wales with Motorhead
14th Central Station, Wrexham, Wales with Motorhead
15th Swindon Oasis, Swindon with Motorhead
18th Sigma, Swansea
20th The RAFA Club, Aberystwyth
24th Escobar, Leeds
25th Independent, Sunderland with The Automatic
26th The Brickyard, Carlisle with The Automatic
27th The Grosvenor, Brixton
28th Hammersmith Apollo, London with Motorhead
5th Hobos, Bridgend
22nd Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
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