Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Xcerts - To release ‘Slackerpop’ on Flexi Disc and Specially Recorded Download EP on 31st October

Having recently announced forthcoming tours with Young Guns, Taking Back Sunday and Manchester Orchestra; THE XCERTS are now ready to reveal that they will be releasing single 'Slackerpop' in support of the shows on 31st October through Xtra Mile Recordings. The single will be available as a very limited edition Flexi Disc with each disc containing a unique download code to retrieve a specially recorded five track EP of stripped back recordings produced by Paul Steel and mastered by Ed Woods (Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild, Reuben...).
The Xcerts - Slackerpop 2011
Flexi Disc’s are much like a standard vinyl record but made of a thin, flexible vinyl sheet designed to be playable on a normal phonograph turntable. They were popular in the 70’s & 80’s and used as a medium for magazines to give away music to their readers. The track listing for the free EP is as follows:

1. Slackerpop
2. 'Gum'
3. 'He Sinks.He Sleeps'
4. 'Young (Belane)’
5. 'I See Things Differently'

Speaking of the release dates frontman Murray Macleod has said: “Firstly, we are exceedingly excited to announce the re-release of 'Slackerpop' The single will be released on flexi-disc which is pretty unheard of these days, but that's how we do things over here at The XCERTS HQ! This will be a limited edition release of only 500 so be sure to get yours quick. If you don't have a vinyl player, it'll make for a nice wall piece. We have many shows coming up and these will be our only UK dates this year, so be sure to come out and say hello.”

The Xcerts forthcoming tour dates are as follows:

27/08/2011 - Wizard Festival, Aberdeenshire

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

Young Guns Tour
09/09/2011 - Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
10/09/2011 - QMU, Glasgow 11/09/2011 - Ironworks, Inverness
12/09/2011 - Northumbria University, Newcastle
14/09/2011 - Academy 2, Manchester
15/09/2011 - HMV Institute, Birmingham
16/09/2011 - HMV Forum, London

17/09/2011 - Southsea Fest

Manchester Orchestra Tour
02/10/2011 - 02 Academy, Bristol
03/10/2011 - Oran Mor, Glasgow
04/10/2011 - HMV Institute Library, Birmingham
05/10/2011 - Academy 2, Manchester
07/10/2011 - London – Koko

To accompany the re-release of ‘Slackerpop’ the band have had a special mash-up of their original video created by Animation Company Plastic Horse bringing the mannequins used in the original video to life! You can download the bands cover of Bran Van 3000 classic pop song ‘Drinking in L.A.’ which was recorded in the same session as the EP for free by following this link: http://www.musicglue.net/thexcerts/downloads/


‘Slackerpop’ is taken from the The Xcerts second full length album ‘Scatterbrain’ which is out now through Xtra Mile Recordings. Here’s what the press had to say about ‘Scatterbrain’:

"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

For more information please contact Dan Griffiths (National/Online) or Anthea Thomas (Regional) – 020 7792 9400 - info@presscounselpr.com

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Xtra Mile are proud to announce the signing of Dave Hause!

DAVE HAUSE

- Fantastic solo album ‘Resolutions’ coming out on Xtra Mile Recordings -

Dave Hause - Resolutions

The highly acclaimed debut solo album from The Loved Ones vocalist/guitarist Dave Hause will be released in the UK through Xtra Mile Recordings on 19th September 2011.

Recorded, produced, engineered and mixed by Pete Steinkopf (of The Bouncing Souls), Hause and a group of friends and family he compiled, dubbed The Empty Bottles Band, have created a perfectly crafted rock album with no genre restrictions and limitations that brings his talents for writing catchy songs together with influences from singer/songwriters such as Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst.

Tracks such as the uplifting ‘C’mon Kid’ and the somber ‘Melanin’ take on a new life with the help of Hause’s backing band, while fan favourite ‘Pray For Tucson’ is an acoustic number made even more beautiful with the assistance of a pedal steel guitar.

Hause, who cut his teeth in the punk world as a former member of Paint It Black and remains the frontman and primary songwriter for The Loved Ones, will join fellow punk rock solo artists Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem) and Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio) on the brilliantly inspiring Revival tour throughout UK and Europe.

Full dates are:

SEPTEMBER
27 - BRISTOL O2 Academy
28 - MANCHESTER Academy 2
29 - DUBLIN Academy
30 - GLASGOW ABC
OCTOBER
01 - NEWCASTLE Northumbria SU
02 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
04 - AMSTERDAM Bitterzoet
05 - HAMBURG Gruenspan
06 - BERLINE Festsaal
07 - WEIN Arena
08 - MUNCHEN Backstage Halle
09 - ZURICH Dynamo
10 - WIESBADEN Ringkirsche
12 - KOLN Live music Hall
13 - MUNSTER Skaters Palace
14 - ANTWERP Trix
15 - LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
16 - CARDIFF University Great Hall
17 - PORTSMOUTH Pyramids

Since Hause started playing solo shows in 2009, he has shared the stage with a variety of artists such as Bob Mould, AFI, Alkaline Trio, Frank Turner, Tim Barry (Avail), Jim Ward (At The Drive-In, Sparta), Tommy Stinson, Franz Nicolay and Chuck Ragan.

The title track is also featuring on the third instalment of the Xtra Mile High Club series: ‘Limies Vs Yanks + one Kraut’ released on 19th September.


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Reading and Leeds Festival Stage Times

SO, who's going ro Reading and Leeds festival this weekend? Do the right thing and make sure you catch our bands yeah?!

LEEDS

Friday 26th August, 2011
Fighting Fiction - Lock Up Stage - Time: 12:00
Frank Turner - Main Stage - Time: 13:40

READING

Sunday 28th August, 2011
Fighting Fiction - Lock Up Stage - Time: 12:00
Frank Turner - Main Stage - Time: 14:05

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Straight Lines to support Funeral for a Friend and The Subways

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Straight Lines have been added to the bill for the forthcoming Funeral for a Friend and The Subways tours. In addition the band will also play one off dates with We Are The Ocean, The King Blues and Failsafe. A full listof dates is below.

You can stream a video featuring 'Freaks Like Us' taken from the band's upcoming, as-yet-untitled second album due out later this year here: http://www.straightlinesband.com

August
25th Gloucester Guildhall w/ We Are The Ocean

September
3rd Merthyr Rocks Fest
16th Swansea Sin City w/ The King Blues
17th Oxford O2 Academy w/ The Subways
18th Falmouth Pavillion w/ The Subways
19th Bristol O2 Academy 2 w/ Failsafe
20th Birmingham O2 Academy w/ The Subways
21st Nottingham Rescue Rooms w/ The Subways
22nd London Garage *headline show*
23rd Wrexham Central Station w/ The Subways
24th Glasgow Oran Mor w/ The Subways
25th Newcastle O2 Academy w/ The Subways
26th Leeds Cockpit 3 *headline show*

October
23rd Wolves Civic w/ FFAF
24th Glagow QMU w/ FFAF
25th Newcastle Academy w/ FFAF
27th Nottingham Rock City w/FFAF
28th Manchester Academy w/FFAF
29th Bristol Academy w/FFAF
30th London Roundhouse w/FFAF

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Friday, August 12, 2011

The Xcerts - Announce Tours with Manchester Orchestra, Young Guns & Taking Back Sunday

Having just toured the UK with Charlie Simpson (Fightstar) performing a special stripped back acoustic set and taking the stage by storm at T in the Park, Hevy and Belladrum festivals THE XCERTS are now ready to announce that they will also be taking to the road with anthemia Brits Young Guns, rock stalwarts Taking Back Sunday and band favourites Manchester Orchestra.

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Speaking of the dates frontman Murray Macleod has said: “We are delighted to announce we will be supporting Manchester Orchestra on their UK tour in October. We feel pretty honoured to be playing with a band we all admire greatly. The fact we are also touring with Taking Back Sunday and Young Guns beforehand is pretty mind blowing. We've worked exceedingly hard over the past couple of years and to be able to tour with (bigger) bands you respect/enjoy is fantastic. These shows will be our only UK dates this year so be sure to come out and have fun.

Not content with resting on their laurels the band will also be hitting the remaining festival of the year taking in Wizard Festival and performing as special guests at Southsea Fest before. A full list of shows can be seen below:


27/08/2011 - Wizard Festival

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

Young Guns Tour
09/09/2011 - Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
10/09/2011 - QMU, Glasgow
11/09/2011 - Ironworks, Inverness
12/09/2011 - Northumbria University, Newcastle
14/09/2011 - Academy 2, Manchester
15/09/2011 - HMV Institute, Birmingham
16/09/2011 - HMV Forum, London

17/09/2011 - Southsea Fest

Manchester Orchestra Tour
02/10/2011 - 02 Academy, Bristol
03/10/2011 - Oran Mor, Glasgow
04/10/2011 - HMV Institute Library, Birmingham
05/10/2011 - Academy 2, Manchester
07/10/2011 - London – Koko


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

For more information please contact info@presscounselpr.com

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Crazy Arm album & live w/ Against Me!


CRAZY ARM

New album: ‘Union City Breath’. Release date: 10th October 2011
New single: 'Tribes' b/w 'Help For Heroines'. Release date: 1st August 2011
Single formats: 7" vinyl and digital download
Album formats: CD, digital download, 12” vinyl
Labels: Xtra Mile Recordings (UK & rest of the world), Gunner Records (mainland Europe)
UK Album tour: 23rd September – 10th October
Tour with Against Me!: 2nd November – 28th November

Devon roots-punks, Crazy Arm, release their new single, 'Tribes', in August: the first release ahead of their imminent new album, 'Union City Breath'. A highlight of this live favourite, is a song of two distinct parts, combining the band's love of Springsteen, gospel and honest punk rock. The lyrics are an indictment of man-made structures of violence and a call for a return to simpler, more ethically-centred ways of interacting. Also on the record: the voice of Victoria Butterfield (who sang on the band's last single 'Sweet Storm') and keys courtesy Patrick James Pearson. The single will coincide with the band’s debut acoustic tour in August with Cory Branan and Sam Russo in August.

The follow-up to 2009’s dramatic debut, ‘Born To Ruin’ (‘Stunning’ KKKK Kerrang), 'Union City Breath' was produced/engineered once again by Peter Miles (King Blues, The Computers, Sonic Boom Six) at his new studio in the South Devon countryside. Taking its cue from the spurious idea of the Big Society, 'Union City Breath' is a reminder that all societies are made by people and can be changed or at least challenged by people whenever they see fit. The band will be touring the album throughout the UK in September, and are the main support to Against Me! on their European/UK tour in November.

Crazy Arm set up camp in mid-2006. Not easy to categorise, and all the better for it, their sound is an accumulation of decades of influence and inspiration: rooted in hardcore/punk, ‘60s protest folk/country and classic rock’n’roll, combined with a grass-roots political overview that embraces anti-war, anti-fascist and pro-community activism.

They have toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe many times, sharing stages with the likes of Frank Turner, Chuck Ragan, The Xcerts, Bangers, Apologies I Have None, The Cut Ups, Two Cow Garage and Sonic Boom Six; and have made appearances at festivals including 2000 Trees, NASS, Leopallooza, Boardmasters, Reading and Leeds.

Full tracklisting for ‘Union City Breath’:
1. Of The Tarantulas
2. Bandalito
3. Tribes
4. The Right Wing Never Sleeps
5. The Endless Carriage
6. Little Boats
7. Song Of Choice
8. 200 Pints Of Blood
9. Meet The Marines
10. Southway Drive
11. City & Western
12. Charnel House Blues
13. White Canyon

Full tour dates:
AUGUST
12th – Boardmasters Festival, Newquay (with Bangers + King Blues + more)
14th – Tiger Lounge, Manchester (with Apologies + Cory Branan + Russo)
15th – Duke Of Wellington, Lincoln (with Cory Branan + Sam Russo)
16th – Royal Park Cellars, Leeds (with Cory Branan + Sam Russo)
17th – The Maze, Nottingham (with Cory Branan + Sam Russo)
18th – Edge Of The Wedge, Portsmouth (with Cory Branan + Sam Russo)
19th – Windmill, London (with Cory Branan + Sam Russo)
20th – Prince Albert, Brighton (with Cory Branan + Sam Russo)
SEPTEMBER
9th – Ivylive Festival, Ivybridge
11th – Plymouth Punks Picnic, Nowhere Inn
23rd – White Rabbit, Plymouth (with Damerels + more)
27th – Corporation, Sheffield
28th – Karma Café, Norwich (tbc)
29th – Barfly, London (with Apologies I Have None + Great Cynics)
30th – Unit, Southampton
OCTOBER
1st – Wish You Were Here Festival, Cambridge
2nd – Duke Of Wellington, Lincoln (with Above Them)
3rd – The Cluny, Newcastle (with Above Them)
4th – Stereo, Glasgow
5th – Central Station, Wrexham
6th – Fibbers, York
7th – West End Centre, Aldershot
10th – Croft, Bristol (with RVIVR)
22nd – White Rabbit, Plymouth (with Capdown)
NOVEMBER
2nd – Prince Albert, Brighton

WITH AGAINST ME!
3rd – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
4th – Ex-Haus, Trier, Germany
5th – JC De Klinker, Aarschot, Belgium
6th – Dusseldorf, Germany
7th – Abart, Zurich, Switzerland
9th – Wuk, Vienna, Austria
10th – Rock House, Salzburg, Austria
12th – Den Haag, Netherlands (headline show)
13th – O13, Tilburg, Netherlands
14th – Faust, Hannover, Germany
15th – Knust, Hamburg, Germany
16th – Skaters Palace, Munster, Germany
17th – De Onderbroek, Nijmegen, Netherlands (headline show)
18th – Cockpit, Leeds
19th – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
20th – Talking Heads, Southampton
21st – Arts Centre, Norwich
24th – Cavern, Exeter (with Living Daylights)
28th – Peel, Kingston

website: www.facebook.com/thecrazyarm


Friday, August 5, 2011

Frank Turner puts on free show in Newcastle after Ignition Festival is cancelled

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In a statement Frank explains:

"I was due to play at Ignition Festival in Newcastle on Saturday. As most people have now heard, the festival has been cancelled. I have neither the knowledge nor the desire to get involved in arguments as to why; the guys at the festival were cool with me all through and are bitterly disappointed that it's not happening, that's all I know for sure. Whatever the case, that show isn't going ahead.

Naturally, me being me, I've been trying to sort out a replacement show for tomorrow in Newcastle. We now, finally, have a plan.

We (the Sleeping Souls and I) will be playing at the Newcastle O2 Academy tomorrow night. Doors will be at 7pm, and the show will run until 10.30. If you have an Ignition Festival ticket, entry will be free. Otherwise entry will be £10, tickets on the door. The venue is smaller than the festival, so it'll be first come, first served. The age limit is 14 +.

We've spent the last 24 hours going through a million permutations, trying to cover every aspect (age restrictions, time, location, venue size, ticket holders etc.) and this is, as far as anyone can tell, the best option. I'd like to say a special thanks to Paul and his staff at the Academy, Joanna (my booking agent) and Graham (my tour manager) for working their arses off to pull this together. I know it doesn't replace an outdoor festival, but I think it's a great effort for the last minute!

Incidentally, according to the Ignition Festival website, they will be refunding tickets, so keep hold of yours whether you can make it to the show or not, hopefully you'll get your money back. See you all tomorrow night."

Frank releases his new single 'If Ever I Stray' on 29th August just a day after he plays the Main Stage at the Reading and Leeds Festival.

He will be touring the UK in November -
full dates are:

22 Bournemouth O2 Academy
23 Newport, Newport Centre

24 Birmingham O2 Academy

25 Glasgow Barrowlands
26 Manchester O2 Apollo

27 London HMV Hammersmith Apollo

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Frank Turner 'If Ever I Stray' Video

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Jim Ward - 'Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins' Out Now!

Jim Ward - Quiet In the Valley, On the Shores the End Begins sleeve

Jim Ward's (At The Drive-In, Sparta, Sleepercar...) brilliant debut album 'Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins' is out this week so make sure you grab yourself a copy! You can get it as either a special 2CD Digipak or download. Follow the links below where you can also watch the video for 'Broken Songs'.

Physical
Amazon
Play
HMV
Xtra Mile Recordings

Digital
iTunes
Amazon
Play
HMV Digital
7Digital

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