Friday, April 15, 2011

Ben Marwood - New single ‘Singalong’ and Frank Turner support tour

Following on from the release of his debut album 'Outside There's A Curse' at the beginning of the year, Ben Marwood is now ready to lift the first single from the record. ‘Singalong’ will be released digitally through iTunes and all major digital music retailers on 2nd May through Xtra Mile Recordings (The Xcerts, Far, Frank Turner…).

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‘Singlong’ does exactly what it says on the tin and has already proved an anthem for venues all over the county. In the lyrics to the song Ben sings "I guess I could be the next big thing, but that would just be weird. So I guess I'll play more Folk clubs, but I'd have to grow a beard”. The irony being that this track might well provide the step he needs to reach the next level.

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).

In support of the release of ‘Singalong’ Ben will be supporting label mate Frank Turner at the following SOLD OUT shows:


9 Stockton ARC
10 Dundee Doghouse
11 Dunfermline, PJ Molloys
12 Brighton Coalition
13 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
14 Lancaster Library
15 Chester Telfords Warehouse
16 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
18 Manchester Night & Day
19 Liverpool Cathedral Crypt
20 Stoke Sugarmill
22 Wolverhampton Slade Room
23 Gloucester Guidhall
24 Bristol St Georges Church
25 Bath Komedia
26 Kingston Hippodrome (New Slang)
27 Cambridge St Pauls Church
28 Norwich Play Festival
29 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
30 Winchester Railway

"Packed with witty lyrical observations, 'Outside There's A Curse' is at times bold, intelligent and wholesome." 8/10 - Rock Sound "There's an over riding sense here, just like when Frank Turner first picked up an acoustic guitar, that we could be peering into the colourful minutiae of a songwriter whose story will be well worth following.” – 4K’s Kerrang

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Chris T-T - New EP & UK Headline Tour

Following the release of his seventh studio album ‘Love Is Not Rescue’ last year, national musical treasure Chris T-T releases the stunning EP ‘Words Fail Me’ on 11th April 2011 through Xtra Mile Recordings.
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The closing track on ‘Love Is Not Rescue’, ‘Words Fail Me’ sees this lyric genius reflect on his career choices and depicts, in aching honesty, the creative process of writing the album, portraying personal crisis and self-doubt. Yet it’s a song of triumph and enlightenment with an upbeat tempo and a catchy hook – the perfect example of why Chris is a renowned and revered master of songwriting. Already a favourite among the critics, both Tom Robinson and Andrew Collins have played the tracks on their 6Music shows, the latter also included ‘Love Is Not Rescue’ in his Top 10 Best Albums of 2010. Further praise has come from Radio 2 who over the past few weeks have played fellow album track, ‘Open & Shut’, and the traditional folk a capella number ‘M1 Song’ A creative powerhouse, Chris is also starting work on a follow-up album. Titled ‘The Battle of Clarkson's Lighthouse‘, it is being recorded with his band The Hoodrats and culminates with Jeremy Clarkson being thrown in the Irish Sea! It will be released later in the year with more information to come. Chris will be heading out on a solo tour in May in support of the release. All dates are below. UK HEADLINE TOUR MAY 1 BURY ST EDMONDS Fringe 2011 at The St John's Centre (SOLO) 5 Copenhagen University Studenterhuset 6 Copenhagen Christiana Private Party 20 KINGSTON Upstage at the Cricketers (SOLO) 21 Milton Keynes Newport Pagnell Watershed 22 Borchester Ambridge Organics 23 CARDIFF 10 Feet Tall (SOLO) 25 Brighton The Albert (w/ Electric Soft Parade) Thu 26 May CHELTENHAM Thirsty & Miserable at Slak (SOLO) 27 Bristol The Croft Mon 30 May ABERDEEN Lost & Found at Cellar 35 (SOLO) JUNE 1 Glasgow The 13th Note 2 Cambridge Portland Arms 25 Teesdale Club Cotherstone JULY 1 Blissfields Festival

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