Monday, October 31, 2011

I Am The Avalanche - UK Tour

I Am The Avalanche hit the UK in December in support of their new record 'Avalanche United'. Click on the image above to see full size tour advert.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Future of the Left - ‘polymers are forever’

Futureof the Left - Polymers

Xtra Mile Recording’s new signings Future Of The Left are pleased to announce details of brand new material and UK dates!

14th November 2011 sees the highly anticipated return of these much loved Welsh rockers with the release of their new EP ‘polymers are forever’ - a rousing 6 tracker that serves as a great reminder of just how special and unique a band they are. It is also a tantalising taste of what’s to come on their forthcoming full length studio album ‘the plot against common sense’ to be released early next year. More information on that to follow.

Tracklisting for ‘polymers…’ is: 'polymers are forever', 'with apologies to emily pankhurst', 'new adventures', 'my wife is unhappy', 'dry hate' and ''.

The first chance fans will get to hear these new songs live will be when the band take to the road in November.
Details are:

20 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach w/ Saturdays Kids
26 Leeds, Cockpit
29 London, Hoxton Bar and Kitchen w/ Saturdays Kids and Fever Fever.

It’s good to have them back…

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Mull Historical Society - Live dates

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dave Hause - Heads out on tour with Alkaline Trio

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Having wowed crowds all over the UK and Europe with his passionate and uplifting performances on the recent Revival Tour, The Loved Ones vocalist/guitarist Dave Hause stays this side of the Atlantic a little while longer to hit the road with good friends Alkaline Trio.
Playing all over the country as well as two dates in Germany – Hause’s army of followers is set to get even bigger!

Dates are as follows:

5 London Barfly
6 Lemon Grove, Exeter
7 Pyramid, Southsea
8 Manchester Academy 2
9 Leadmill, Sheffield
10 Solus, Cardiff
12 Kasbah, Coventry
13 Leeds Met Uni
14 Waterfront, Norwich
15 Electric Ballroom, London
17 Picturehouse, Edinburgh

The dates follow the release of Hause’s debut solo album ‘Resolutions’ that came out on Xtra Mile Recordings in October. 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, Hause created a perfectly crafted rock album with no genre restrictions and limitations that showcases his talents for writing catchy songs together with influences from singer/songwriters such as Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst.

Tracks such as the heartening ‘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.

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

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mull Historical Society - Releases ‘City Awakenings’, the first new MHS album since 2005, on January 23rd on Xtra Mile Recordings

Intimate album preview dates in London and the Isle of Mull also confirmed
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After releasing two critically albums – ‘The Water’ (2008) and ‘Island’ (2009) – under his own name, Colin MacIntyre marks the tenth anniversary of his debut album ‘Loss’ with the first Mull Historical Society album since 2005.

Titled ‘City Awakenings’, the album is MacIntyre’s first under a new deal with Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, I Am The Avalanche) and will be released on January 23rd.

Produced by the Grammy-winning Dom Morley (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Grinderman), ‘City Awakenings’ features ten new MacIntyre compositions which offer a tribute to Glasgow, London and New York; the three cities which have most influenced the musician as an islander abroad. MacIntyre also co-produced the album closer ‘Thameslink (London's Burning)’, which he first performed on acoustic guitar at his father’s funeral (his father’s death inspired ‘Loss’).

“Cities have been an explosion of the senses to me,” says MacIntyre. “The songs are breezy pop, some are widescreen things, and some are more minimalist, punchy tales of finding yourself in the city, leaving them, arriving in them, burning them, living in them, and what its like for a child to see one of them for the first time. I remember that. They are mostly upbeat songs about people living their lives."

‘City Awakenings’ will be previewed with two intimate headline shows. MacIntyre will play a homecoming show at the Isle of Mull’s An Tobar Arts Centre in Tobermory on December 6th before returning to London for a gig at Bush Hall on December 8th. Tickets are available from (London) and / 01688 302211 (Isle of Mull).

Recent months have seen a variety of fresh Mull Historical Society activity. STV recently named early MHS single ‘Watching Xanadu’ as one of the best fifteen Scottish tracks of the noughties in their series ‘Scotland’s Album’, MHS were confirmed to join Xtra Mile Recordings’ Rock Against The Riots gig at The Borderline and ‘Not Today’, a song from the ‘City Awakenings’ recording sessions, featured on volume three of the ‘Xtra Mile High Club’ compilation series.

In addition, MacIntyre has recently taken on a post to help lead the Scottish-based charity Mary’s Meals ( in London and the south-east. “We feed children a daily meal in their place of education in the poorest communities of the world,” explains MacIntyre. “The charity began in 2002 with our founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow by feeding two-hundred children in Malawi and now feeds over 557,000 every day in sixteen countries across four continents, proving an escape route out of poverty. I’m proud to be associated with the charity and my recent visit to some of the projects in Malawi was a life-changing experience. Music broke down the communication barriers and I saw what an amazing difference this charity is making to lives, families and whole communities.”

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Kyle D Evans of The Retrospective Soundtrack Players announces solo shows

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Kyle D Evans of The Retrospective Soundtrack Players has just confirmed that he will be playing the following solo shows in October and November.

Wed Oct 19 – London Borderline*
Thur Oct 20 – Kingston, Fighting Cocks
Sun Oct 23 – Brighton, Foundry
Wed Oct 26 – Leeds, Royal Park Cellars
Fri Oct 28 – Bristol, Stag and Hounds £
Mon Oct 31 – Richmond, Vodka Revolution
Tue Nov 1 – Cardiff, Pot Café £
Thur Nov 3 – Brighton, Druid’s Arms £
Fri Nov 4 – London, Wheelbarrow Camden %£
Sun Nov 6 – Portsmouth, Edge of the Wedge %£
Thurs Nov 10 – Swindon, Rolleston
Fri Nov 11 – Chichester Inn
Sat Nov 12 – Birmingham, Bright House

* – Xtra Mile showcase
% – with Ben Marwood
£ – with MyNameIsIan

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Friday, October 14, 2011

The Xcerts - Announce CMJ showcase, Freeze Festival, EP Launch Show, Headline UK Tour & Frank Turner European Support!

If several months of touring the UK with Americas (Manchester Orchestra & Taking Back Sunday) and the UK’s (Young Guns) rock elite was not enough, THE XCERTS can now confirm a plethora of incredibly exciting news. The band’s frontman (Murray Macleod) will be heading to New York (where the band’s album ’Scatterbrain’ was recorded) next week to perform three showcase at CMJ including a special Xtra Mile Recordings label night at the Bowery Poetry Club where he will be joined by fellow label mates StringerBessant and Sophie Madeleine.

Upon Murray’s return to the UK The Xcerts will be joining the stellar line-up at this year’s Relentless Freeze Festival on Friday 28th October alongside The Streets and Pulled Apart by Horses before heading onto perform a special intimate FREE show at the Old Blue Last for the launch of their ‘Slackerpop’ EP on 21st November.

The Xcerts will see the year out with the release of a deluxe version of their second album ‘Scatterbrain’ in UK and Europe (Germany, Austria and Switzerland on 18th November and the rest of the world on 21st November). The release will also be followed by the band’s second European tour of the year in support of label mate and folk punk hero Frank Turner. Dates below.

The band will see the New Year in with a long-awaited headline tour of the UK in January 2012. Make sure you get your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

CMJ SHOWCASES - Murray Macleod from THE XCERTS
Tues Oct 18th - Bowery Poetry Club - Stage Time 12 midnight
Wednesday Oct 19th - Acheron - Falling Apart. A Property of Zack Showcase - Stage Time 8pm
Thursday Oct 20th - Alphabet Lounge - Stage Time 7.45

Friday 28th Oct - Freeze Festival, London

Monday 21st Nov - Old Blue Last, London - 18+ - Free entry

Tue 15th - NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam Melkweg
Wed 16th - GERMANY, Hannover Bei Chez Heinz
Thur 17th - GERMANY, Muenster Sputnikhalle
Tue 29th - GERMANY, Cologne, Live Music Hall
Wed 30th- GERMANY, Stuttgart Wagenhallen
Thur 1st - GERMANY, Munich Backstage Halle
Fri 2nd - GERMANY, Berlin Postbahnhof
Sun 4th - GERMANY, Hamburg Fabrik
Mon 5th - GERMANY, Rostock Mau Club
Wed 7th - FRANCE, Paris Divan Du Monde
Thur 8th - SWITZERLAND, Luzern Schuur
Wed 14th - POLAND, Warsaw Powiekszenie
Fri 16th - ITALY, Ravenna, Bronson
Sat 17th - SWITZERLAND, Zurich Abart
Sun 18th - AUSTRIA, Vienna WUK
Mon 19th - AUSTRIA, Graz PPC
Tue 20th - GERMANY, Heidelberg Karlstorbahnhof

Tues 17th - Brighton Haunt
Thurs 19th -Bath Moles
Fri 20th - Preston 53 Degrees
Sat 21st - Aberdeen Drummonds
Sun 22nd - Glasgow King Tuts

Check out the new video for ‘Slackerpop’ here:
Listen to ‘Scatterbrain’ on Spotify (UK) here:

‘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

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Frank Turner talks about Rock Against The Riots

Frank Turner talks about Xtra Mile Recordings 'Rock Against The Riots'/F**k The Fire' show at the Borderline, London on 19th October 2011. BUY TICKETS here:

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Future of the Left - Sign to Xtra Mile Recordings & release brand new 6 track EP

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We at Xtra Mile HQ are absolutely over the freakin moon to announce the addition of Future Of The Left to the XM family. We can find no better way to get our exciting news out there than in the words of the band over to you Falco....

“Zero Hour.

(drum roll) ...

An EP, titled 'Polymers are Forever' will be released on 14th November on Xtra Mile (Britain and Europe) with an initial small amount of imports being shoveled the way of the USA to be released on Xtra Mile US, that land mass which is a little to the left of Wales. Pleased doesn't quite cover it. The possibilities, literally, are end-ful.

Running order is 'polymers are forever', 'with apologies to emily pankhurst', 'new adventures', 'my wife is unhappy', 'dry hate' and ''. It has a running time somewhere in the region of twenty one minutes and is 'very nice' ((c) my mother, last week).
The first three songs are taken from the album sessions (more of this later) whilst the final three are earlier demos we didn't have the time, money or inclination to re-record. At this stage I have no earthly idea if the EP will end up being pressed on vinyl but the chances, as ever, are dramatically increased the more people ask.

Just saying.

'polymers are forever' will appear on the album 'the plot against common sense', which will be released in early 2012. More about this later. We are really VERY VERY HAPPY with this record, which is perhaps ONE DAY away from being finished (whenever we can fit that in). I would like to apologise in advance to my bandmates and the cat for how drunk I get upon its completion.

The following live dates are confirmed before the end of the year -

20th November Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach (No, really?) with Saturdays Kids and one more TBC, tickets
26th November Leeds, Cockpit (supports unconfirmed at this stage), tickets
29th November London, Hoxton Bar and Kitchen with Saturdays Kids and Fever Fever. tickets

Australian dates are as follows -

4th December Perth, Rosemount
6th December Brisbane, The Zoo
8th December Sydney, Annandale Hotel
9th-11th December Meredith Music Festival 16th December Melbourne, The Corner

Best link for tickets for these little bastards is

Really. Can't wait. For all of it.

I appreciate your patience. Rather than blogging (and yes, I still hate that word) throughout the year in a non-commital manner I thought it best to wait until there was something solid to tell you. 'Hey guys
- big news coming IN SIX OR SEVEN MONTHS' doesn't really cut it around my face. Or, indeed, my balls.(*6)

More to fellow follow.



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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I Am The Avalanche - 'Avalanche United' Out This Week!

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I Am The Avalanche's amazing new album 'Avalanche United' is out this week! Order it using the links below!


Xtra Mile Recordings

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Beans On Toast - New album - ‘Trying To Tell The Truth’

Keeping with tradition between artist and label Xtra Mile Recordings will be releasing the new album by Beans On Toast on his birthday Thursday 1st December 2011.


‘Trying To Tell The Truth’ – his third studio album - is a no holds barred account of the world as Beans on Toast sees it. Painting pictures of everyday things and events with sharp observations and witty one-liner’s the album offers words of wisdom that are delivered with a mischievous smile.

Wearing his heart and his beliefs on his sleeve Beans unashamedly writes of love, on the banjo-ed powered love letter ‘My New Number One’; of his childhood in Southend-on-Sea on the heart-warming ‘Peter Pan’s Playground’ (which has already been played on Radio 2); and provides beautifully articulate social commentary on ‘Free Night Of Riots’ and ‘Can’t Take Another Earthquake’. All backed by the stripped down arrangement of acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo and piano. Recruiting friends Frank Turner for production duties and poet Kate Tempest for a spot of guest vocals adds to the home-spun down to earth feel of the album.

Fans will be able to hear these new tracks for the first time when he takes to the stage at the Xtra Mile ‘Rock Against The Riots’ gig at the Borderline in London on 19th October. A label night of fun and folk which is part of the F**k The Fire campaign.

He celebrates the album’s release with a launch party held at The Yard in Hackney Wick, a temporary theatre space, converted from a dormant warehouse in the shadow of the of the olympic village, and then takes to the road in his first headline tour since the Spring.
All dates are:

1 Album Launch - The Yard - London
2 The Croft - Bristol
4 The Hope - Brighton
5 Moles - Bath

7 Gwdihw Cafe - Cardiff
10 The Swan - Kidderminster
12 Rescue Rooms - Nottingham
13 Royal Cellers - Leeds
14 The Basement - York
15 Hooga – Essex

“4/5 Sunday Times for Standing On A Chair
“His songs are spikey and rough at the edges but are blessed with spice-of-life meaning, winning spirit and warm humour” The Mirror

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Frank Turner - New Single ‘Wessex Boy’ & Wembley Arena Headline Show!

Frank Turner 2010
New Single ‘Wessex Boy’
Biggest Headline Show Announced - London’s Wembley Arena
Rounding off an exceptional year that has included headlining festivals, Main Stage sets at Reading and Leeds and a chart bothering album, Frank Turner will release his new single ‘Wessex Boy’ on 28th November through Xtra Mile Recordings. Frank Turner has also confirmed his biggest headline show to date at London’s Wembley Arena for April 2012.

The third single to be lifted from the Top 12 album ‘England Keep My Bones’ it encapsulates the album’s feeling of nostalgia, reminiscing about home towns and re-visiting cosy childhood memories after a long time away. And in some uncanny cosmic timing it provides the perfect soundtrack as the winter nights draw in and attention is turned to going home for Christmas.

It also echoes Frank’s return to these shores after months of touring North America and Europe. He’s back for his huge UK headline tour with his band The Sleeping Souls. Three of the six dates are now completely sold out with the others selling fast.

Full dates are:

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

As the last remaining tickets get snapped up plans are already underway for a humdinger of a one-off event for April 2012. Frank Turner’s Friday the 13th at Wembley Arena will be an extra special one-day festival-like extravaganza offering fans an incredible line-up of musical gems.

Friday 13th April 2012 London Wembley Arena 0844 815 0815

Tickets are on sale from 14th October:

Back to this year though and November will also see the release of Frank’s ‘Second Three Years’ - a collection of live tracks, sessions, cover versions, b-sides and lost songs from the past three years. Out on 21st November it features live recordings of the traditional folk song ‘Barbara Allen’ from Shepherd’s Bush and the show-stopping ‘Father’s Day’ from Union Chapel both in 2009; covers versions of Springsteen, Nirvana, NOFX and Flanders & Swann to name a few as well as session tracks from Radio 1 and the bonus tracks featured on the limited deluxe edition of ‘England Keep My Bones’.

And finally on 10th November Frank will be performing at the inaugural AIM Music Awards in London where he is nominated for Hardest Working Act and Best Live Act.

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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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Xtra Mile Recordings presents: Rock Against The Riots at The Borderline

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Xtra Mile Recordings present ‘Rock Against The Riots’ – a celebration of our fantastic roster of acts that will offer friends, supporters and music lovers everywhere something truly special…

On the 19th October 2011 at London’s Borderline venue, 5 acts from our eclectic and inspiring stable will be performing intimate acoustic sets as well as meeting the fans that have helped support them and the label.

On the bill are long term family members Chris T-T and Beans on Toast as well as new signings Mull Historical Society, The Loved One and Kyle D Evans the frontman from Retrospective Soundtrack Players. There will be goody bags, an Xtra Mile merch stand and through the powers of technology we will be linking up with one of our cherished acts currently touring North America. More info on that to come!

The gig is part of Xtra Mile’s ‘F**k The Fire’ campaign, a project born out of the ashes of the summer’s London Riots. When a fire tore down the Sony DADC Warehouse that housed [PIAS], a large distributor of over 150 independent record labels, all Xtra Mile’s new releases, limited editions and back catalogue went up in flames. So we teamed up with our friends at PledgeMusic and formed an exciting direct-to-fan campaign.

We invited fans to tell us what stock they would like us to replenish from our extensive catalogue and if we reach our targets we’ll get re-pressing right then and there! We’re currently on 98% which is just fantastic.
For more information and a list of what’s on offer please visit:

You can buy tickets for the Borderline night through our Pledge site or by visiting:
And if all that wasn’t enough, Xtra Mile continues to broaden its international reach by hosting a party on 18th October, across the pond in New York as part of the music industry festival CMJ. StringerBessant, Sophie Madeleine and Murray from The Xcerts are all confirmed to play.

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