Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Fighting Fiction - 'We Will Not Forget' video
Monday, April 26, 2010
The Xcerts - Release new single ‘Slackerpop’ from their forthcoming Mike Sapone produced album and headline the Xtra Mile Recordings tour!
The Xcerts second record shows an angrier side to the band’s music which harks back to the early days of 90’s Grunge. It has a brilliantly sinister, dirty and earthy quality without turning its back on the pop-sensibilities and catchy melodies that the band captured so well with their debut. ‘Slackerpop’ and its video which depicts the band dismembering mannequin torsos is a perfect, if not slightly twisted, example of this.
In support of the single release The Xcerts will be headlining the Xtra Mile High Club Tour and a special Xtra Mile Night at the Great Escape on 13th May at Fortune of War, Brighton. Catch them at the following venues alongside label mates Crazy Arm, Straight Lines and Fighting Fiction:
13th – Great Escape, Fortune of War, Brighton – Xtra Mile Night
14th – Great Escape, Pav Tav. Murray solo show
15th – Great Escape, Pav Tav.
19th - Tolbooth Striling
20th - UWS Festival, Paisley
21st - Club NME, Trent Uni Pulse Bar, Nottingham
Xtra Mile High Club Tour
22nd - The Cavern Exeter
24th - Cellars Portsmouth (support CA + SL)
25th - Borderline London (support CA + SL)
26th - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells (support CA + SL)
27th - New Slang, Hippodrome, Kingston (support CA )
28th - Roadmenders Northampton (support FF)
29th - West End Centre Aldershot
30th - Joiners Southampton
4th - Inn on The Square, Barnstable supporting King Blues
16th - 2000trees Festival, Cheltenham
24th - Rhythms of the World Festival, Hitchin
Support: CA = Crazy Arm / SL = Straight Lines / FF = Fighting Fiction
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
Far - 'At Night We Live' In The Studio
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
FAR - 'At Night We Live' released on Xtra Mile Recordings in the UK
- Jonah Matranga (vocals/guitar) - Shaun Lopez (guitar) - John Gutenberger (bass) - Chris Robyn (drums) -
New album ‘At Night We Live’ released on 24th May through Xtra Mile Recordings
Post-hardcore legends FAR are set to return with their first original material since 1998’s ‘Water and Solutions’. The band originally disbanded shortly after the album’s release but the record’s melodic appeal and classic song writing lived on to inspire an entire scene a the turn of the century and the band are increasingly cited as an influence by bands such as Biffy Clyro, Jimmy Eat World, Hundred Reasons, Funeral For A Friend and Thursday to name but a few. Far’s brand new album ‘At Night We Live’ is released on 24th May through Xtra Mile Recordings proceeded by the download single ‘Deafening’ a week earlier.
The release of ‘At Night We Live’ follows the band’s low key limited 7’’ single release ‘Pony’ originally by American hip-hop artist Ginuwine. The cover originally demoed as a bit of fun between friends encouraged huge unexpected radio play and over 4 million plays on MySpace.
Far’s fifth studio album was recorded at The Airport Studio and produced by guitarist and founder Shaun Lopez whom during the band’s hiatus has recorded albums for Will Haven, Giant Drag and friends the Deftones (the title track of ‘At Night We Live’ being written for bassist Chi Cheng).
Track listing of ‘At Night We Live’:
2. If You Cared Enough
3. When I Could See
4. Give Me A Reason
5. Dear Enemy
6. Fight Song #16,233,241
7. At Night We Live
9. Better Surrender
10. Are You Sure?
11. The Ghost That Kept On Haunting
“Excited is not the word.” – Rock Sound
“In their absence their legend mushroomed…” – Kerrang!
“One might say that Far were ahead of their time…” – Drowned In Sound
Monday, April 12, 2010
Jaakko & Jay - Debut album - 'War Is Noise'
Embodying the spirit of punk with an acoustic, stripped-back folk approach, Jaakko & Jay have earned a cult following in their home country as well as throughout Europe with a near constant touring schedule. Armed with just one mic, a beaten up acoustic guitar, and a single snare and ride drum set up, travelling in a hired motor-home, J&J have taken their infectious, good-time folk punk to the masses and the masses are starting to take note.
Hailing from the region most famous for Santa Claus and reindeer, Jaakko & Jay are more jolly than Father Christmas and more hearty than reindeer steaks. The music throws a high-latitude spin on classic punk themes like drinking, revolution, drinking, making music, drinking, acute social commentary, drinking, and drinking - acoustic songs that shed their simplicity in a live situation by taking the audience in, melting their frosty cynicism, and putting smiles on every last person down to the bouncer.
Gaining popularity around the UK and Europe supporting Frank Turner, Mariachi El Bronx, Gaslight Anthem, Billy Talent and Chuck Ragan they were also discovered by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens at this year’s Eurosonic. With plenty of summer festivals and tour dates to be announced for later this year, including a slot at Brighton’s premier showcase festival, The Great Escape - their popularity is set to rise even further.
All tour details to follow.
"punked up, acoustic songs with gusto" Kerrang!
"ferocious and impassioned and funny" Distorted Magazine
"Jaakko & Jay come from Finland and are a punk rockin' drums and guitar duo. Their chugging riffs were awesome live” Huw Stephens, BBC1
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Jaakko & Jay house party video
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Fighting Fiction - Brand new single – ‘We Will Not Forget’
Out 3rd May 2010 on Xtra Mile Recordings
Jacob Glew – Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
Matt Roffe – Guitars/Bass/Backing Vocals
Andy Cooke - Guitars/Bass/Backing Vocals
Adam Wells – Drums/Percussion
Emerging indie-punk four-piece Fighting Fiction release their brand new single ‘We Will Not Forget’ on 3rd May 2010 through Xtra Mile Recordings. A politically aware call to arms, it’s no coincidence that this single release will coincide with the forthcoming general election.
Not intended as a two-fingered salute to the establishment in the traditional sense of some punk music, rather as a way to incite some pride and anger into a generation coming of voting age. The stress is on the power of the vote in this song, it’s not a call to Anarchy; rather a call of responsibility. To put your politics into action, whatever they might be.
Fighting Fiction formed late 2007 in Bristol when the four lads met at University. Bourne of a mutual passion for energetic live performance, their sound is a powerful collision of Indie-rock guitar riffs, reggae tinged punk and socially aware lyrics. These are songs written with anger and sung with passion. They evoke an honest and fundamentally English sound that is reminiscent of the brooding reggae guitar hooks of 'London Calling' era Clash, the lyrical wordplay and vocal delivery of Billy Bragg, and more recently, the acoustic guitar based sing-along sensibilities of Frank Turner and the King Blues.
Produced by Mark Williams (Biffy Clyro, Bloc Party, Million Dead, Oceansize), ‘We Will Not Forget’ is the bands most aggressive offering to date and will include a free acoustic download ‘Turning Rebellion Into Money.’
To date, the band have released their debut EP ‘A Lesser Of Two Evils’ (November 2009); completed two UK-wide tours, securing slots at both the Isle of Wight and Isle of Man TT festivals, and have played support to the likes of This Town Needs Guns, Crazy Arm, Sam Isaac, Floors and Walls, Laura Marling and The Automatic.
Fighting Fiction hit the road again this April/May on a 20 date UK tour in support of their new single release.
6 The Railway Winchester
7 Talking Heads Southampton
8 The Fawcett Inn Portsmouth
10 Fighting Cocks London
13 Mentholmans (@West Street Live) Sheffield
14 Harrys Bar Stoke on Trent
17 The Royal Oak Ipswich
18 Juiced - Liquid/Envy Crawley, London
22 Square Harlow
23 Lincoln Arms Dorking
26 Croft Bristol, Southwest
29 Prince Albert Brighton
30 Junction Cambridge
5 Moles Club Bath *Single release party*
7 Frog and Fiddle Cheltenham,
4 Keynsham Music Festival - Time out stage
25 Frog Fest @ Frog and Fiddle Cheltenham
"Stormin' Norman! Tight punchy playing and production with warped off-kilter lyrics in the great English tradition of songs like Arnold Layne and Tracy Jacks. A storming track." - Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music)
“Raucous and energetic, this is the stuff to lift the roofs off venues in a wash of raised beers and raised voices.” - Rocklouder 4/5
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Straight Lines Tour Video
The band have the following Welsh shows lined up. Expect more dates soon!
10th April Sin City Wales with The Blackout
19th April Millenium Music Hall, Cardiff with Feeder
23rd April Le Pub, Newport
2nd May Cardiff University, Solus with The Bronx & Mariachi El Bronx