Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Frank Turner - New Single – 'If Ever I Stray'

Hot on the heels of his Main Stage appearance at Reading and Leeds Festival this August, Frank Turner will release his rabble rousing anthem, ‘If Ever I Stray’ on 29th August through Xtra Mile Recordings.

Frank Turner - If Ever I Stray

As his career soars further to the stars this is a wonderful ode to his friends and loved ones for the support they continue to show him on this incredible journey.

Frank says: “If Ever I Stray was one of the last songs written for the album and it came together really fast, as the best songs do; it's a song about realising that you're not an island, and that you should be grateful for the help you get in life.”

And with the instantly catchy refrain; “But if ever I stray from the path I follow. Take me down to the English Channel . Throw me in where the water is shallow, and drag me on back to shore” believe us when we say you’ll be singing this joyfully all summer long.

‘If Ever I Stray’ – backed by brand new song ‘Sailor’s Boots’ - is the second single to be lifted from the chart busting album ‘England Keep My Bones’ which came out in June of this year. Entering the official midweek album charts at Number 6, finishing up at Number 12 on the Sunday, it has been applauded by all sections of the press garnering 4/5 in Q, 4/5 in Kerrang!, 8/10 in NME and 9/10 in Rocksound to name a few and was Zane Lowe’s Album of the Week on Radio 1, XFM’s Album of the Week and Album of the Day on 6Music.

After a truck load of festival appearances this summer that include Cambridge Folk Festival, Port Eliot, Kendal Calling, Mannifest and a host of European festivals, and his largest full band tour in USA in the Autumn (Bowery in New York already sold out – extra date added) Frank Turner will return to the UK to play a huge UK tour to take place this winter. Aside from the festivals this will be the first time fans can see the full-band show since their sold out O2 Academy Brixton gig in December 2010.

Full dates are:

NOVEMBER
22 Bournemouth O2 Academy
23 Newport , Newport Centre
24 Birmingham O2 Academy
25 Glasgow Barrowlands
26 Manchester O2 Apollo
27 London HMV Hammersmith Apollo

Reviews of ‘ England Keep My Bones’:

“Turner proves himself an accomplished and impassioned storyteller. Stirring stuff.” Q 4 stars

"a fearless venture for an artist with something interesting to say" 8/10 NME

"The wonderfully titled England Keep My Bones' features some of the finest songs Frank has yet written." 4/5 Kerrang!

"One of the UK 's greatest songwriting talents...these songs will be soundtracking many of our lives for years to come." Rocksound 9/10

"The high priest of protest song sings on." Evening Standard 3/5

"Four albums into his solo career..."folk punk" man looks poised for a breakout beyond his loyal following." Observer

"this is an exuberant yet quietly sophisticated triumph" BBC online

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Q Awards 2011 - Vote Xtra Mile!

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Voting has begun for the annual Q Magazine Award.

Categories include Best Track (Frank Turner - 'I Still Believe', The Xcerts 'Scatterbrain'...), Breakthrough Artist, Best Male Artist (Chris T-T, Frank Turner, Jim Ward, Ben Marwood...), Best Female Artist (Sophie Madeleine), Best Video (The Xcerts - 'Young', Frank Turner - 'I Still Believe'...), Best Album (Frank Turner - 'England Keep My Bones', The Xcerts - 'Scatterbrain', StringerBessant - 'Yard'...), Best Live Act (Crazy Arm, Dive Dive, Sucioperro, The Xcerts, Fighting Fiction...) and Best Act In The World Today (any of our bands!).

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Sophie Madeleine new album 'The Rhythm You Started' released today!

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Sophie Madeleine's brilliant new album 'The Rhythm You Started' is released today! Follow the links below to get your hands on a copy!

iTunes
Amazon
Play
HMV
Record Store
Xtra Mile Recordings

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Friday, July 22, 2011

The Xcerts rejoin Taking Back Sunday on Tour in August/September

THE XCERTS are delighted to announce that they will be rejoining TAKING BACK SUNDAY on their rescheduled tour dates in August/September. The dates were originally scheduled for May of this year which was The Xcerts play two well received support slots including one at the 5000 capacity London Roundhouse. See dates below.

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The band has just returned from two great festival performances at Guildfest and T in the Park and a special stripped back acoustic tour highly successful tour with Charlie Simpson (Fightstar).

Taking Back Sunday Tour
23/08/2011 - 02 ABC, Glasgow
24/08/2011 - Academy 1, Manchester
29/08/2011 - Pavilion, Bath
30/08/2011 - UEA, Norwich
01/09/2011 - Institute, Birmingham
02/09/2011 - Guildhall, Southhampton

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Jim Ward - Brand new album ‘Quiet In the Valley, On the Shores the End Begins’

Bringing together his critically acclaimed EP trilogy, Xtra Mile Recordings’ new signing Jim Ward announces details of his brand new album ‘Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins’ – out 1st August 2011.

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Five years in the making, the complete trilogy creates a full-length album of his EPs ‘Quiet’ (2007), ‘In The Valley, On The Shores’ (2009 and 2011’s ‘The End Begins’. Recorded and produced by good friend and band mate Gabe Gonzalez in their own Clap of Thunder studio in their hometown of El Paso, Texas, it shows Ward’s talent for songwriting and class musicianship. The 14 track album holds an intricate instrumental, a heartfelt love song, a seven-minute narrative, and a sincere “thank you” to his long-standing fans as well as many other beautifully constructed acoustic folk music. It also includes lead track ‘Broken Songs’ – a stunning track featuring the stylish and poignant vocals of Tegan Quinn from acclaimed duo Tegan and Sarah.

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The album is packaged with an incredible bonus CD of fantastically reworked electric versions of six of the tracks – the perfect stepping stone from Ward’s work in Sparta and Sleepercar.

The full tracklisting is:

1. On My Way Back Home
2. Take It Back
3. Mystery Talks
4. Coastlines
5. Easier Said Than Done
6. All That We Lost
7. Broken Songs
8. My Town
9. The Newest One
10. This Love Has Gone Away
11. Lake Travis
12. Waves In Spanish
13. Decades
14. The Beginning Of The End

Electric Six
1. Take It Back
2. Mystery Talks
3. Coastlines
4. Broken Songs
5. My Town
6. Decades

Ward will be touring in the UK and throughout Europe later on this year – more information on dates to follow.

It’s been quite a journey for Jim Ward. His musical career started in 1994 when he formed a band with his friend Cedric Bixler – that band was seminal post-hardcore band At The Drive-in. In the seven years they were together, they spearheaded a brand new genre of punk/hardcore and amassed worldwide fame and success. After they disbanded he went on to front Sparta and Sleepercar before settling into his solo work. In a career that has taken him all round the world, Ward’s driving work ethic and strong DIY attitude has propelled his creative output forward; continuously making music and touring the country with nothing more than his voice, an acoustic guitar and his true punk ideals. Never one to forget his roots, he has not only set up their own recording studio but opened a local bar with his wife and friends, and set up Tembloroso.com – an online shop he helped create to highlight El Paso’s local artists and musicians.

Ward’s contribution to music is far-reaching, spanning three decades and stretching across the world; and with this new chapter just about to unfold – his long legacy continues.

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Sophie Madeleine - Brand new album - 'The Rythem You Started'

Xtra Mile Recording’s newest signing, Sophie Madeleine, announces details of her brand new album The Rhythm You Started which will be released on 25th July 2011.

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An experimentation with rhythm, Madeleine’s second album is a refreshing mix of timeless folk-pop songwriting with an uplifting indie synth edge. The multi-instrumentalist seamlessly weaves percussion loops and drum machines together with ukulele, violin, and sweet vocal harmonies. This summery blend is tied together by her disarming vocal. Its feather-light vibrato complements vivid metaphors and hook-laden melodies.

After self-producing the ten-track album from her living room in Brighton, Sophie sought out the mixing expertise of esteemed producer Danton Supple. His previous credits include Coldplay, Thirteen Senses, Tenderfoot and Electric Soft Parade.

Before signing with Xtra Mile, Sophie sold out a limited run of The Rhythm You Started, personally mailing copies to fans in 27 countries on five continents. The forthcoming single, “Oil & Gold,” has already been played on Radio 2 by Steve Lamacq. She also recently supported Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals, Neon Neon) at his headlining show at New York’s legendary Mercury Lounge.

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UK summer tour dates will be announced soon.

Track listing for The Rhythm You Started

1. Stars
2. The Rhythm You Started
3. Little One
4. Song To Fall In Love To
5. Oil & Gold
6. Battles
7. Butterfly Child
8. Change The Numbers
9. Come Follow Me
10. Hypothetically Yours

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