Wednesday, September 28, 2011

F**k The Fire - T-shirt Design Revealed!

Many of you have been requesting to see what our 'F**k The Fire' T-shirt looks like so here it is! The T-shirt can be ordered in all the sizes you would expect over on our 'F**k The Fire' Pledge Campaign Page and has been exclusively designed by Frank Turner for the campaign.
We thank you greatly for your support to date as our campaign currently stands at 88% complete.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I Am The Avalanche - Come to the UK and Europe for a headline tour!

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Xtra Mile Recording’s new signings I Am The Avalanche will be coming over to the UK and Europe this December for an exciting headline tour.

It’s been over 5 years since the Brooklyn quintet made it across the pond to unleash their frenetic and passionate live show on the Great British public. Better late than never we think! They will be bringing with them punk five piece Hostage Calm from the US for main support and up and coming band Apologies, I Have None as the opening band for the whole tour.

Full dates are:

DECEMBERLink2 Birmingham HMV Institute – Tickets: www.hmvtickets.co.uk
3 Milton Keynes Crafurd Arms – Tickets: www.thecraufurdarms.com
4 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach – Tickets: www.seetickets.com
6 Leeds Cockpit 2 – Tickets: www.seetickets.com
9 Liverpool Masque – Tickets: www.hmvtickets.co.uk
10 Glasgow Classic Grand – Tickets: www.gigsinscotland.com
11 Manchester Moho Live – Tickets: www.ticketline.co.uk www.seetickets.com www.wegottickets.com www.mutinytickets.com
13 Kingston The Peel – Tickets: www.bnqt.co/shows
14 London Barfly – Tickets: www.kililive.com
15 Amsterdam Sugar Factory – Tickets: www.melkweg.nl

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 21st September 2011.

The tour is in support of their long awaited second album ‘AVALANCHE UNITED’ released on Xtra Mile Recordings in October. It is the album fans have been waiting on for over six years. Vinnie Caruana (vocals), Brandon Swanson (guitar), Michael Ireland (guitar), Brett “The Ratt” Romnes (drums) and Kellen Robson (bass) formed I Am the Avalanche in the fall of 2004 and quickly released their debut self-titled album in 2005. They toured the world relentlessly in support of this album, which became a cult favorite among fans and the band’s peers, and with popularity and respect from the punk rock community through Caruana’s previous band The Movielife, IATA soon established their own intensely dedicated following around the globe.
In 2006, IATA began writing and demoing new music for their follow-up album. Despite the odd rare live performance they decided to return to their DIY roots and become self-managed, self-booked and almost completely on their own so they could be laser-focused on writing the best album of their careers.

Six years after the release of their debut album, IATA have returned with just that. Set for release on 10th October 2011, produced by the band, and executive produced and engineered by their prolific drummer Brett “The Ratt” Romnes and mixed by Machine (Fall Out Boy, Every Time I Die, Four Year Strong), AVALANCHE UNITED is addictively melodic and blisteringly raw to its very core. Featuring 12 anthemic songs, the album includes ‘Brooklyn Dodgers’, the bold ‘Holy Fuck’, the epic and somber ‘Dead Friends’ and ‘The Gravedigger’s Argument’ featuring Anthony Raneri from Bayside. Throughout, Caruana’s distinctive voice drips with defiance, humor and proud vulnerability as he sings about hope, heartbreak, death, defying adversity and the bonds between family, lovers and friends.

And just seconds into first listening to AVALANCHE UNITED, it’ll be immediately clear that I Am the Avalanche are back with one of punk’s most powerful albums in years, unbroken and unbowed.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

F**K THE FIRE - Xtra Mile Recordings team up with PledgeMusic to launch new campaign

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We, at London based indie label Xtra Mile Recordings, are offering friends, supporters and music lovers everywhere the chance to participate in something truly special….

Home to Frank Turner, The Xcerts, Crazy Arm, Chris T-T, Jim Ward (former At The Drive-In and Sparta guitarist/songwriter), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Sophie Madeleine and previously Million Dead and Reuben to name just a few, we have an eclectic roster of hard working and inspiring acts that we are all very proud to be working with. However, during the London Riots in August we watched our stock go up in flames as a fire tore down the Sony DADC Warehouse that housed [PIAS], a large distributor of over 150 independent record labels. All in all, millions of pounds worth of stock from Independent labels turned to ashes, including all Xtra Mileʼs new releases, limited editions and back catalogue.

Not ones to choke on this misfortune though, we are turning this unfortunate state of affairs into a positive and together with our friends at PledgeMusic we have formed an exciting direct-to-fan campaign.

We’re inviting fans to tell us what stock they would like us to replenish from our extensive catalogue and if we reach our targets…weʼll get re-pressing right then and there! This project is a fantastic opportunity to pre-order some key releases and request new formats of old favourites.
Quite simply: Enough people want it? Weʼll make it.

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The list of items for pre-order come in 3 variations - Standard CD or LP, signed CD or LP or signed CD or LP with a hand-written thank you note from the band/act.

• Frank Turner – ‘Sleep Is For The Week’ 12” vinyl – new format
• Frank Turner – ‘Take To The Road’ DVD
• Beans On Toast – ‘Writing On The Wall’ CD
• Chris T-T – ‘Love Is Not Rescue’ CD
• Crazy Arm – ‘Born To Ruin’ CD
• Sophie Madeleine – ‘The Rhythm You Started’ CD
• StringerBessant – ‘Yard’ CD
• The Xcerts – ‘Scatterbrain’ CD
• The Xcerts – ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile 12” vinyl – new format
• Reuben – ‘We Should Have Gone To University’ CD/DVD (not available signed)

Also on offer are an exclusive F**K The Fire T-shirt designed by Frank Turner, and tickets to a fantastic Xtra Mile night at the London Borderline on 19th October, where an array of acts from our roster will play special performances and meet the fans that have supported them and the label.

In addition to the items that are pre-ordered, pledgers will receive a digital download of some real one-off treats featuring new tracks from Frank Turner, Beans On Toast and new signings Mull Historical Society.

Click here http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/xtramile to see everything on offer and make a pledge!

A percentage on monies raised will be donated to charities set up to help those who lost their homes in the August Riots.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

I Am The Avalanche sign to Xtra Mile Recordings and announce details of second album

It is with great pride that Xtra Mile Recordings can reveal that the brilliant I Am The Avalanche have joined the label and will be releasing their long awaited second album ‘AVALANCHE UNITED’ in the Autumn.



The quintet from Brooklyn, New York join a roster that includes Frank Turner, Crazy Arm and The Xcerts as well as fellow American’s Dave Hause, Jim Ward and Against Me! Frontman Vinnie Caruana says: “We are extremely excited to be working with Xtra Mile on the release of AVALANCHE UNITED. It’s an honour to be part of a label and roster with such integrity and style. Cheers to the future!”

‘AVALANCHE UNITED’ is the album fans have been waiting on for over six years. Vinnie Caruana (vocals), Brandon Swanson (guitar), Michael Ireland (guitar), Brett “The Ratt” Romnes (drums) and Kellen Robson (bass) formed I Am the Avalanche in the fall of 2004 and quickly released their debut self-titled album in 2005. They toured the world relentlessly in support of this album, which became a cult favorite among fans and the band’s peers, and with popularity and respect from the punk rock community through Caruana’s previous band The Movielife, IATA soon established their own intensely dedicated following around the globe.
In 2006, IATA began writing and demoing new music for their follow-up album. Despite the odd rare live performance they decided to return to their DIY roots and become self-managed, self-booked and almost completely on their own so they could be laser-focused on writing the best album of their careers.

Six years after the release of their debut album, IATA have returned with just that. Set for release on 10th October 2011, produced by the band, and executive produced and engineered by their prolific drummer Brett “The Ratt” Romnes and mixed by Machine (Fall Out Boy, Every Time I Die, Four Year Strong), AVALANCHE UNITED is addictively melodic and blisteringly raw to its very core. Featuring 12 anthemic songs, the album includes ‘Brooklyn Dodgers’, the bold ‘Holy Fuck’, the epic and somber ‘Dead Friends’ and ‘The Gravedigger’s Argument’ featuring Anthony Raneri from Bayside. Throughout, Caruana’s distinctive voice drips with defiance, humor and proud vulnerability as he sings about hope, heartbreak, death, defying adversity and the bonds between family, lovers and friends.

And just seconds into first listening to AVALANCHE UNITED, it’ll be immediately clear that I Am the Avalanche are back with one of punk’s most powerful albums in years, unbroken and unbowed.

The band will be coming over to the UK and Europe later on in the year for a run of headline shows – more information on that to follow soon.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Against Me! sign to Xtra Mile Recordings

It is with great pleasure to announce that Against Me! have signed to Xtra Mile Recordings for the UK and European territories.

The quartet from Gainesville, Florida will be releasing their fifth studio album ‘White Crosses’ on Oct. 31st, 2011 through the London based indie label and will be playing headline shows in Europe and the UK as well as supporting Frank Turner on his huge UK tour in November.

Singer Tom Gabel says: “We are very happy to announce that we are teaming up with Xtra Mile. Very excited to be a part of their family and looking forward to coming over to the UK and Europe this November."

The double disc album is a comprehensive and beautifully packaged piece of work. A 28-track collection, the first disc includes the original 10-song ‘White Crosses’ album featuring four bonus tracks that were all produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder. The second disc, titled ‘Black Crosses’, is a collection of alternate versions of the album tracks as well as other previously unreleased songs. Of the 14 self-produced Black Crosses songs, nine were recorded with drummer Warren Oakes at Goldentone Studios in Gainesville, FL shortly before he departed the band in Spring 2009. The other five acoustic songs were recorded at Crescendo Studios, also in Gainesville, in early 2010.


It will be released on 3xLP vinyl and 2xCD both presented in tri-fold packaging created by famed artist and designer Steak Mtn., including a 32-page lyric and art booklet. It will also be available as a digital bundle.

Additionally, the band recently released the music video for their new single “Because of the Shame.” Directed by Jason Thrasher, the video is the band’s personal and lively homage to Common Grounds, a Gainesville, FL, mainstay that recently closed its doors after 15 years of serving both the local and nationally touring music community. Check out “Because of the Shame”


Coinciding with the release Against Me! will be touring extensively throughout UK and Europe. Having just spent the summer months performing on the Vans Warped Tour and on the road with Blink 182 and Rancid, they will be flying over to Europe for a headline tour with new label buddies Crazy Arm, before landing in the UK to head out with Frank Turner in November. Full dates are:

HEADLINE TOUR w/Crazy Arm supporting
NOVEMBER
03 - Paris - La Maroquinerie, France
04 - Trier - Ex-Haus, Germany
05 - Aarschot - JC De Klinker, Belgium
06 - Dusseldorf - Zakk, Germany
07 - Zurich - Abart, Switzerland
09 - Vienna - WuK, Austria
10 - Salzburg - Rockhouse, Austria
11 - Mezzago - Bloom (Rock Your Weekend Festival) Italy
13 - Tillburg - 013, Holland
14 - Hannover - Faust, Germany
15 - Hamburg - Knust, Germany
16 - Munster - Skaters Palace
18 - Leeds - Cockpit
19 – Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
20 – Southampton - Talking Heads
21 – Norwich - Arts Centre
Supporting Frank Turner
22 - Bournemouth - O2 Academy
23 - Newport Centre
24 – Birmingham Academy
25 - Glasgow - Barrowlands
26 - Manchester - Apollo
27 – London - Hammersmith Apollo
28 – Kingston - The Peel
White Crosses tracklisting:
01. White Crosses
02. I Was A Teenage Anarchist
03. Because Of The Shame
04. Suffocation
05. We're Breaking Up
06. High Pressure Low
07. Ache With Me
08. Spanish Moss
09. Rapid Decompression
10. Bamboo Bones
11. Lehigh Acres
12. Bob Dylan Dream
13. One By One
14. Bitter Divisions

Black Crosses tracklisting:
01. White Crosses (Goldentone Studio Version)
02. I Was A Teenage Anarchist (Acoustic Version)
03. Because Of The Shame (Acoustic Version)
04. The Western World (Goldentone Studio Version)
05. Strip Mall Parking Lots (Goldentone Studio Version)
06. High Pressure Low (Acoustic Version)
07. Hot Shots (Goldentone Studio Version)
08. Spanish Moss (Goldentone Studio Version)
09. Rapid Decompression (Goldentone Studio Version)
10. Soul Surrender (Goldentone Studio Version)
11. Lehigh Acres (Goldentone Studio Version)
12. David Johansen's Soul (Acoustic Version)
13. One By One (Acoustic Version)
14. Bitter Divisions (Goldentone Studio Version)

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fighting Fiction - new tour dates


FIGHTING FICTION New Tour Dates


Jacob Glew – Vocals/Acoustic/Electric Guitar
Matt Roffe – Guitars/Bass/Backing Vocals
Andy Cooke - Guitars/Bass/Backing Vocals
Nate Davenport – Drums/Percussion

Buoyed by triumphant performances at the Reading and Leeds Festival, FIGHTING FICTION announce new tour dates for the next few months.
The band were invited to play the Lock Up Stage by curator and Radio 1 Punk Show DJ Mike Davies, and it was a dream come true for the Brighton quartet. Bringing with them a small army of fans the tent continued to fill up throughout the half hour set, their infectious punk rock drawing festival go-ers in. By the end of their slot – they were playing to a busy and enthusiastic crowd who left new recruits to the Fighting Fiction fanbase.
Come and see this band on the rise as they tour the country playing the following dates:

SEPTEMBER
14 Sticky Mike's Frog Bar (Previously Jam), Brighton
15 Goblets, Southampton
16 The Nags Head, High Wycombe
17 Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
18 The Croft, Bristol
19 Karma Café, Norwich
20 The Firefly, Worcester
21 Barcelona Bar, Liverpool
22 The Cavern, Exeter
23 White Rabbit, Plymouth w/Crazy Arm
24 Frogfest - The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham
26 Taylor Johns, Coventry
27 LYH, Newcastle
29 Fox & Newt, Leeds
30 The Pig and Whistle, Nuneaton
OCTOBER
01 The Royal Oak, Bath

Earlier this summer Fighting Fiction revealed the first single from their Mark Williams (Biffy Clyro, Bloc Party, Million Dead, Oceansize) produced debut album. ‘Rock 'n' Roll is Dead and its Corpse is for Sale’ gained plays on Radio 1 and rave reviews in specialist music press thanks to its thought provoking lyrics and catchy refrains.

Speaking of the single and forthcoming album frontman Jacob Glew says "This is an album conceived over weekends and late nights in living rooms and start up studios, we've spent every hour we have spare pouring ourselves into these ten songs to make them the best they can possibly be, they're personal and political, recorded by our friend and fantastic producer Mark Williams and played by us to the best of our ability we want every note and word to sound like we meant them, because we did".

More information to come soon!

“(Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Dead And Its Corpse Is For Sale) is a tantalizing taste of things to come.” Big Cheese
“...Fighting Fiction, in whose sharp songwriting there is something identifiably British, and they cling to them with their fingernails, giving them a careering thrill.” - Kerrang!
"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)
"Unapologetically catchy and with a social conscience that yells rather than speaks to all, Fighting Fiction immediately crave your attention, capturing you from the first rush of jingle fused beats and failing to relinquish their hold until the last burst of gang led vocals truly ensnares. More than promising, this is a band that you need to discover now!" 12/13 Room Thirteen

www.fightingfiction.com
www.myspace.com/fightingfiction
www.facebook.com/fightingfiction

Sunday, September 4, 2011

New video for Crazy Arm 'Tribes'

Check out the new video from Devon roots-punks Crazy Arm for their track 'Tribes'.




Taken from their new album 'Union City Breath' is available from the 10th October and at all of these live shows!


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You can see them live this autumn on their headline UK tour and on tour with Against Me!
SEPTEMBER
9th – Ivylive Festival, Ivybridge

11th – Plymouth Punks Picnic, Nowhere Inn
23rd – White Rabbit, Plymouth (with Fighting Fiction + Damerels)

27th – Corporation, Sheffield

28th – Karma Café, Norwich
29th – Barfly, London (with Apologies I Have None + Great Cynics)

30th – Met Lounge, Peterborough
OCTOBER
1st – Wish You Were Here Festival, The Boat House, Cambridge

2nd – Duke Of Wellington, Lincoln (with Above Them)
3rd – The Cluny, Newcastle

4th – Stereo, Glasgow

5th – Central Station, Wrexham

6th – Fibbers, York

7th – West End Centre, Aldershot

9th – Green Park Tavern, Bath

10th – The Croft, Bristol

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












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

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 3: Yanks Vs Limeys (Oh…and 1 Kraut)

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Bringing together the hottest bands and artists from both sides of the Atlantic, Xtra Mile Recordings present the Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 3 compilation – released on 5th September 2011.

This iTunes exclusive release features not only tracks from the current crop of established and emerging acts from the Xtra Mile stable but also some new found friends from the other side of the pond – plus one German! 26 songs long, it showcases everything the label has to offer featuring a wealth of exclusive recordings, re-worked versions of old favourites and previously unreleased tracks. It includes a brand new, never heard before version of Frank Turner’s song ‘Redemption’ from his recent Top 12 album England Keep My Bones; sneak previews of forthcoming albums from Mull Historical Society, Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and new signing Gameday Regulars plus fantastic musical nuggets from Jim Ward (ex At The Drive-in, Sparta), Crazy Arm, Franz Nicolay (ex-The Hold Steady), Chris T-T, The Xcerts, Sophie Madeleine and Xtra Mile’s very own superhero metallers; the mighty Justice Force 5. Full tracklisting overleaf:

If you would like to have a sneak preview of the music on offer, you can stream a selection of the tracks ahead of the release and pre-order the compilation (in practically any file high quality file format you desire) direct from Xtra Mile (www.xtramilerecordings.bandcamp.com). Or stream the entire compilation NOW for FREE over on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/xtramilerecordings) simply by ‘Like’ing the page and heading to the ‘BandPage’ app in the left hand menu.

In this, the third instalment of the Xtra Mile High Club series, it proudly shows off the breadth of talent on its eclectic roster. Welcome to the club…

**Political correctness disclaimer**

All approval has been sought for the use of the slang terms ‘yank’ and ‘limey’ plus it was the German himself Ghost Of A Chance, that suggested we call him ‘kraut’.

Tracklisting:

Dave Hause – ‘Resolutions’
Sucioperro – ‘Chemicals’
Franz Nicolay – ‘This Is Not A Pipe’
Gameday Regulars ‘Smoke Jumpers’
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players – ‘Send Me The Hell Back Home’
Andrew Jackson Jihad – ‘American Tune’
Jim Ward – ‘Broken Songs’
Ben Marwood – ‘We Are No Longer Twenty-Five
The Worldonfire – ‘Small Town Violence Is Big Business’
Frank Turner – ‘Redemption’ (Acoustic)
Fighting Fiction – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Dead And It’s Corpse Is for Sale
Chris T-T – ‘Hole Full Of Submarines’
INTO IT. OVER IT – ‘The Bullied Becomes The Bully’
Crazy Arm ‘Ambertown’
Ghost Of A Chance – ‘Live A Little’
The Xcerts – ‘Tear Me Down’
StringerBessant – ‘Self Is Here’
Mull Historical Society – ‘Not Today’
Sophie Madeleine – ‘Oil & Gold’
Dive Dive – ‘Mr 10%
Jon Snodgrass – ‘Weighing In On St. Michael’
Stereo Decade – ‘Abroad’
Beans On Toast – ‘Tour Blog’
Cheap Girls – ‘Cored To Empty’
Joey Cape’s Bad Loud – ‘OKAY’
The Justice Force 5 – ‘Here Comes The Robot’

Order your copy from band camp www.xtramilerecordings.bandcamp.com or iTunes http://bit.ly/nIJiFv

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