Friday, January 28, 2011

The Xcerts - Release 'Stairs To Noise: The Scatterbrain EP'

Release 'Stairs To Noise: The Scatterbrain EP' on 7th March through Xtra Mile Recordings and join The Rock Sound Exposure Tour

The Scatterbrain EP - Packshot
Following on from the release of the singles ‘Slackerpop’, ‘Young (Belane)’ and their extremely well received second album (4/5 Kerrang, 5/5 Big Cheese, 8/10 Rock Sound) THE XCERTS will be departing from the standard single track release to bring fans the 'Stairs To Noise: The Scatterbrain EP'.

With the lead track ‘Scatterbrain’ being anything but a straight-down-the-line mainstream chart single it made sense to give the fans something different explains frontman Murray Macleod, “We had some tracks left over from the album sessions we did in New York that we really liked but didn’t work with the flow of the record so rather than just release another single, we decided to put these songs onto an EP along with a specially recorded cover Elliot Smith’s ‘Say Yes’ to sell at a reduced price as a reward for our fans loyalty.”

The 'Stairs To Noise: The Scatterbrain EP' will be released digitally on the 7th March through Xtra Mile Recordings (Far, Frank Turner, Straight Lines...).

‘Stairs To Noise: Scatterbrain EP’ track listing:

1. ‘Scatterbrain’
2. ‘Tear Me Down’
3. ‘Say Yes’ (Elliott Smith cover)
4. ‘Let’s Run’
5. ‘Mannequin Champion’

In support of the albums release The Xcerts will be joining Dinosaur Pile-Up and Japanese Voyeurs on the The Rock Sound Exposure Tour. Catch the band at the following dates:

17 - BEDFORD Esquires
18 - BOURNEMOUTH Champions
19 - BRIGHTON Audio
20 - TUNBRIDGE Forum
22 - CAMBRIDGE Haymakers
23 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy 3
24 - LONDON Relentless Garage
27 - GLASGOW King Tuts
28 - NEWCASTLE O2 Academy 2
02 - LEEDS Cockpit 2
03 - MANCHESTER Roadhouse
04 - YORK Duchess

The Xcerts second album ‘Scatterbrain’ is out now on Xtra Mile Recordings! Here’s what the press had to say:
"Scottish trio become contenders on brilliant second album" - 4/5 Kerrang!
displays "...songwriting chops that are matures beyond their relatively young years. All that early promise they showed? Welcome to Deliveryville, population them. - 8/10 Rock Sound
The Xcerts have outdone themselves. This is a record that bands strive their whole careers to write and they’ve gone and done it on the second attempt. Marvellous. - 5/5 Punktastic
"...comeback of the year?" - 5/5 Big Cheese

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ben Marwood - Debut album 'Outside There's A Curse' to be released on 31st January 2011

Having ploughed the lo-fi folk-rock furrow since 2004, and along the way gathered support slots with Frank Turner, Chris T-T, Jonah Matranga and Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly, twenty-odd songwriter Ben Marwood is set to furnish us with his debut album proper. 'Outside There's A Curse' will be released on Xtra Mile Recordings on 31st January 2011.

Ben Marwood - Outside Theres A Curse
2010 has seen Ben experience ups followed by downs followed by ups - playing 2000Trees festival, his only guitar breaking on tour, supporting Frank Turner on his Reading and Leeds Festival warm up shows, recovering from unemployment only to find himself almost homeless. Still, Ben has continued to record songs wherever and whenever he could. Starting out 14 months ago on an 8-track portable studio before utilising the kindly nature of fellow songwriter Jay Newton, and his bedroom floor, this long-awaited collection of sardonic and honest acoustic-led tales is finally completed.

Two years after the release of 'This Is Not What You Had Planned', the independent mini-album that grasped the attention of The Times, Artrocker, BBC Radio 1 & 2 and XFM, and following last year's 'Exclamation At Asterisk Hash' split with Oxygen Thief and Jim Lockey, 'Outside There's A Curse' firmly establishes Ben's coiled, lyrical style. Though the angst of 2008 lingers, along with the expected pop culture sideswipes and name-checking, it is complemented by a philosophical acceptance in the face of death ('Toil'), a will to make good on past mistakes ('I Will Breathe You In') and light-hearted jabs at his own shortcomings ('Oh My Days', recorded live in front of a studio audience of thirteen).

1. I Will Breathe You In
2. Singalong
3. Toil
4. A Shower of Bastards
5. They Will Float Your Body Out To Sea
6. It's Harder Now To Break Your Stupid Heart
7. Oh My Days
8. JJ Abrams
9. Tell Avril Lavigne I Never Wanted To Be Her Stupid Boyfriend Anyway
10. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (The Postal Service cover)

Live in January
Saturday 15th Jan - Leeds, Cardigan Arms 7.30pm
Sunday 16th Jan – Cheltenham, Slak 8pm
Tuesday 18th Jan - Bristol, Louisiana 8pm £7door/£5adv
Wednesday 19th Jan - Oxford, G&D's Ice Cream Café 8pm Free show
Thursday 20th Jan - York, City Screen Basement 8pm
Saturday 22nd Jan - Farnsfield/Nottingham, Farnsfield Acoustic 8pm £10
Sunday 23rd Jan - Swindon, The Vic 7.30pm £3 door/£3 adv
Friday 28th - launch show @ Reading, Rising Sun Arts Centre 8pm £5 doors/£4 adv
Saturday 29th - Birmingham, Brighthouse 1pm – Charity show
Sunday 30th - London, Wilmington Arms 6pm £5 door/£4 adv

For more information please contact Dan Griffiths (National/Online) or Anthea (Regional) -

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Crazy Arm - European Tour

After an often hectic and successful 2010, Plymouth roots-punk quartet, Crazy Arm, start as they mean to go on with a European jaunt in mid-January alongside earnest Exeter punks, The Cut Ups.

Tues 11th Jan – McDaids, Le Havre, France
Weds 12th Jan – Les Combustibles, Paris, France
Thurs 13th Jan – Cafe de Vinger, Den Haag, Netherlands
Fri 14th Jan – Plein 79, Den Bosh, Netherlands
Sat 15th Jan – Garcia Lorca, Brussels, Belgium
Sun 16th Jan – De Rots, Antwerp, Belgium
Mon 17th Jan – Buk Buk, Heiloo, Netherlands
Tues 18th Jan – Cafe du Parc, Mons, Belgium

During the Christmas period, the band demo’ed over 20 songs/ideas for their second album, provisionally titled ‘Union City Breath’, which is mooted for a mid-2011 release. Recent single ‘Ambertown’ will appear on the record alongside new live staples such as ‘Tribes/Animals’ and ‘Little Boats’. Their debut album, ‘Born To Ruin’, is out now on Xtra Mile Recordings

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