Chroma’s fantastic new double a side single ‘Weithiau / Caru. Cyffuriau’ is out today

      Chroma’s fantastic new double a side single ‘Weithiau / Caru. Cyffuriau’ is out today and has already recived support from Circuit Sweet, Loud Women, God Is In The Tv, Who Music Magazine, Y Selar, Huw Stephens on BBC Radio Wales, Adam Walton on BBC Introducing, Lisa Gwilym on Radio Cymru, Georgia Ruth on Radio Cymru.Artist: Chroma

Available on streaming services now

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Mae ‘Weithiau’ yn gân emosiynol bwerus sydd yn rhan o seng Ddwbl-A Chroma ‘Weithiau / Caru Cyffuriau’. Dyma’r gerddorieth gyntaf ir grwp ryddhau ar ôl ymuno â’r label Libertino. Recordiwyd y canaeuon yn fyw i ddal sain amrwyd ac egniol y triawd o’r Cymoedd gan y cynhyrchydd Kris Jenkins (Cate Le Bon, SFA, Gruff Rhys).

“Mae Weithiau yn gân am orffen perthynas gyda rhywun ti’n caru a’r prosess o ddod i deall bod pethau ddim yn gweithio. Mae am rhoi dy hun gyntaf.” – Katie Hall, Chroma Mewn cyferbyniad perffaith cerddorol i felancholy diwyro ‘Weithiau’ mae ‘Caru Cyffuriau’ yn gân punk ddi-stop ‘in your face’ am fod yn dy arddegau yn y cymoedd, de Cymru.

“Mae ‘Caru Cyffuriau’ am ‘naughty’ teenagers yn y cymoedd yn mynd lan y mynydd i cymrid ‘drugs’ ac arbrofi gyda rhyw achos does dim lot I neud. Fi’n meddwl does dim digon o adnoddau i pobl ifanc mewn ardal fel y cymoedd. Mae angen mwy o adnoddau a pethau i pobl ifanc neid rhag i nhw deimlo mor ynysig. O ni moen sgweni trac pync yn y Gymraeg, sydd yn adlywychu profiad go iawn pobl heddiw.” – Katie Hall, Chroma

Y gân yr Trac yr Wythnos BBC Radio Cymru yr wythnos hon. ‘Weithiau’ (Sometimes) is an emotionally powerful song that is one half of Chroma’s Double-A single ‘Weithiau / Caru Cyffuriau’. This is the group’s first release after joining the Libertino label. The songs were recorded live to capture the versatile and energetic sound of the Valleys trio by producer Kris Jenkins (Cate Le Bon, SFA, Gruff Rhys).

“‘Weithiau’ is about ending a relationship with someone that you love deeply. The process of coming to terms with the fact that the relationship doesn’t work, and putting your self first in that situation.” – Katie Hall, Chroma In perfect musical contrast to the sometimes melancholy ‘Weithiau’, ‘Caru Cyffuriau’ is a non-stop ‘in your face’ punk song about being a teenager in the South Wales Valleys.

“Caru Cyfffuriau is a song about being a naughty teenager in the valleys experimenting with drugs and sex because there’s not much else to do. I think there needs to be more stuff going on so young people don’t feel so isolated. We wanted to write a welsh language punk song that reflects young people’s lived experience today.” – Katie Hall, Chroma

Weithiau is the BBC Radio Cymru’s Track of the Week this week.

Single Title: Weithiau / Caru Cyffuriau
Release Date: 24th June 2022 
Format: Double A Side Single
Location: Pontypridd, South Wales
Genre: Garage Rock / Alternative 
Label: Libertino RecordsPhoto Credit: Bethan Miller @BethanMillerCo
Social Links: @Chromabanduk @Beastpruk @Libertinorecs

THE LIBERTINES — To Play Special 20th Anniversary Show

TO PLAY SPECIAL 
20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
SATURDAY 23RD JULY 2022 @ OVO ARENA WEMBLEY  +20TH ANNIVERSARY 2LP, 2CD, DIGITAL & BOX SET 
(FEATURING 65 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDINGS)
RELEASED 21 OCTOBER 2022
Pre order here Store – The Libertines


To celebrate the release of their astonishing debut album ‘Up The Bracket’, The Libertines will be performing a special 20th anniversary show at London’s OVO Arena Wembley on 23 July 2022.

With a 20th Anniversary Edition of the album set for release through Rough Trade on 21 October 2022, the band will be performing the album in its entirety along with a selection of choice nuggets from their peerless back catalogue at the show.

At the Wembley show, for one night only, the band have chosen two of their favourite bands from the class of 2002 to support them — The Cribs and The Paddingtons. Also on the bill will be rising star, and darling of the Arsenal terraces, Louis Dunford, along with recording artist and DJ Amazonica on the decks. 

In addition to a remaster of the original ‘Up The Bracket’ album, produced by Mick Jones (The Clash), the Super Deluxe Edition also includes a remarkable 65 previously unreleased recordings including many original demos, radio sessions and live recordings all helping to chart the making of ‘Up The Bracket’, plus a live recording from the 100 Club in 2002. It also contains a 60 page book with a foreword by Matt Wilkinson, new interviews with the band by Anthony Thornton and many unseen photos and memorabilia.

* * * *‘Up The Bracket’ arrived like a raging bull in a tired post-Britpop china shop and introduced the world to The Libertines, a new gang of London bohemians whose ragged tunes, red military tunics, opiated poetry and ‘live now pay never’ lifestyle came to define the millennial angst of the early noughties. At the heart of the band is the blood bond bromance between the ramshackle Music Hall Jagger/Richards, Peter Doherty and Carl Barat, ably assisted by the rock solid rhythm twins John Hassall and Gary Powell. Any bookie worth his salt would have given you short odds on this quartet surviving more than a month or two, given the teetering on the brink lifestyle they chose to lead, but here we are two decades later and our Byronic heroes, though older and wiser, are still fighting the good fight and making music every bit as vital as their debut. The belief, talent and fervour that Doherty spoke of in their earliest manifesto has stood them in good stead.

Up The Bracket, justly considered one of the greatest albums of the noughties, was originally released on October 21st 2002 by Rough Trade Records. The album, a heady stew of indie rock, skiffle, blues, dub and English bucolic pop, was a huge shot in the arm to a largely redundant music scene and helped to inspire the rebirth of guitar music, going on to influence countless artists who followed in its wake. 

Up The Bracket, which was produced by Mick Jones of The Clash, takes you on a wondrously poetic journey into the band’s mythical world and their fevered dreams of Albion, a land of squalid glamour, liberty, equality, fraternity, gin palaces and chip shops. Quite simply Pete, Carl, Gary and John created a hugely compelling timeless British rock’n’roll classic debut as relevant now as it was upon its release.
THE LIBERTINES – TO PLAY SPECIAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW @ OVO ARENA WEMBLEY SATURDAY 23RD JULY 2022
  Tickets are available now here.
‘Up The Bracket’ 20th Anniversary Edition is available to pre-order now here

Other dates
JULY
1st Manchester Castlefield Bowl  
23rd London Wembley Arena
30th Bristol  O2 Academy  SOLD OUT
AUGUST
5th Cardiff University Great Hall  
8th Edinburgh O2 Academy 


The Libertines also appear at four UK Festivals this summer:
JUNE
24th Pilton, Somerset Glastonbury Festival SOLD OUT
AUGUST
6th Bingley Bingley Weekender
28th Portsmouth  Victorious Festival
SEPTEMBER
2nd Coventry Godiva Festival

FOR MORE INFORMATION
W/ https://www.thelibertines.com

Woodooman announces new album ‘Y Nos’ / Woodooman Albym Newydd Allan 24ain Fehefin

Woodooman announces new album ‘Y Nos’ out 24th June via Dewin Records / Woodooman Albym Newydd Allan 24ain Fehefin 

‘Excellent!’ – Huw Stephens, BBC

‘Expansive And Fascinating!’ – Adam Walton, BBC Introducing

“Uplifting And Haunting” – Music Blog Wales

“Haunting and epic!” – God Is In The TV

‘Y Nos’ is the phenomenal and atmospheric new album by ‘Woodooman’, Cardiff resident and Multi-Instrumentalist and Artist, Iwan Ap Huw Morgan.

“The album draws on the artist’s love of solitude. It is a celebration of the beauty of the night and its mystery as he urges us to free our minds and open our hearts to the unknown.”

‘Y Nos’ is a collection of tracks encapsulates the from ‘fire to ice’ landscape of Morgan’s newest creative offerings, delving into a darker psychedelic world of experimental, underground, stoner-punk.

Intense, atmospheric and tribal in instances; ‘Y Nos’ is an uplifting and haunting experience that is filled with elements of Woodooman’s mystical roots. ‘Morgan’s’ visceral vocals really are striking and stunning, dedicated Influences like the late great Mark Lanegan and Nick Cave really emerge to the surface.

‘Y Nos’ will be released on the 24th June via Recordiau Dewin Records


‘Y Nos’ yw Albym newydd atmosfferig ‘Woodooman’, yr artist aml-offerynnol o Gaerdydd, Iwan Ap Huw Morgan.

“Mae’r albym yn tynnu ar gariad yr artist at unigedd. Mae’n ddathliad o harddwch y nos a’i dirgelwch sy’n ein hannog i ryddhau ein meddyliau a’n calonnau i’r anhysbys.”

Mae ‘Y Nos’ yn gasgliad o ganeuon sy’n crynhoi tirwedd ‘o dân i rew’ arlwy creadigol diweddaraf Iwan, gan dreiddio i fyd seicedelig tywyllach o stoner-punk arbrofol, tanddaearol.

Dwys, atmosfferig a tribal ar adegau; mae ‘Y Nos’ yn brofiad dyrchafol ac arswydus sy’n llawn elfennau o wreiddiau cyfriniol Woodooman.

Mae llais angerddol ‘Morgan’ yn wirioneddol drawiadol a syfrdanol, a dylanwadau fel y diweddar fawr Mark Lanegan a Nick Cave yn dod i’r arwyneb.

Bydd ‘Y Nos’ yn rhyddhau ar 24ain o Fehefin drwy Recordiau Dewin.

BANDCAMP STREAM ‘Y NOS’ ALBUM
https://woodooman.bandcamp.com/album/y-nos

The Long Blondes Announce live return as a duo

The Long Blondes
Announce live return as a duo

UK tour dates this summer, inc. headline shows and Green Man Festival

Press shot, credit Francesca Scotrick-Boyd.

After a spell in hospital signalled the end of The Long Blondes Mark 1, it was all over. Until December 2021, when Rough Trade reissued the band’s classic debut album, Someone To Drive You Home, which saw the band back in the charts for the first time since 2008.

It was the momentum that Kate Jackson and Dorian Cox needed to reassess their back catalogue and get back in a rehearsal room in an old cutlery factory in Sheffield to see if the songs still worked…

Announcing three sold out live dates to test the water plus an appearance at Green Man Festival, The Long Blondes Mark 2 are now ready to take you to Giddy Stratospheres again…

UK Live Dates:

Saturday 16th July – The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds (SOLD OUT)

Thursday 4th August – Music Hall, Ramsgate (tickets)

Friday 12th August – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge (SOLD OUT)

Aug 119t – 21st August – Green Man Festival, Wales (SOLD OUT)
Kate says, “I can’t wait to stand on stage and look over at Dorian while we perform our songs again for the first time since 2008. Something I thought would never happen. The reaction to the 15th anniversary reissue of Someone To Drive You Home convinced us both that we had to play it live and we have spent the last 6 months reworking the songs as a duo using a lot of junk shop synths and electronic sounds. We’re so excited to be back.”
CONNECT
thelongblondes.com / Facebook / Instagram / Spotify

A message from Gaylips about Managing Director, piss ants and salmon shoes

GAYLIPS – NEW SINGLE // Managing Director

RELEASE DATE // 10.06.2022

We know this is a press release but can we get something off our chests first please? It’s this – there is nothing worse than being spoken down to by some middle management piss ant in shit shoes and a salmon shirt from Next.

Right. Onto business. This is our press release for our new single, Managing Director. It stems from being spoken down to by a middle management piss ant in shit shoes and a salmon shirt from Next.

We forgot to listen to all the advice from the ever-multiplying, steaming infestation of online music gurus. You know – the ones who spam you with ‘Listen to me, pay me £££, and I will get you signed to Stock, Aitken and Waterman’. Yeah, we didn’t listen to them. (Maybe we should have. Maybe by now we’d be as big as Rick Astley.) Instead, we just made some art… we think? In fact, we’re not entirely sure what we’ve made. It’s a song. With bass and drums, some lyrics. We know that much. Some of you will like it, some of you won’t, and that’s fine because if you make something ‘everyone’ likes you end up wearing shit shoes and a salmon shirt from Next.

So here’s to Managing Director. He’s here to tell you you’re meant to be in a meeting.

BAND BIO //

The exact time when Gaylips was born has been forgotten. It may have been somewhere around the time when Carl and Jonny’s previous band imploded in its own Nu-Rave-neon-face-paint-please-like-us-NME bullshit which finally choked to death in the reduced section of Bedford Topman. But Carl and Jonny clambered out of the bargain bin, escaped the bad haircuts, and saw the glorious epiphany-esque light that is a two-piece band with no keyboard player.

Gaylips’s first album, ‘Fuck the Plan, Sell the Man’ was championed by Steve Lamacq – which made them cool for approximately 3.27 minutes. (It felt good). Gaylips also won ‘Album of the Year’ from Transmission Radio. Then the cluster fuck grenade that was Covid rolled into town. Gaylips snuck into a recording studio (no takeaway/no beer – ok maybe a can) and knocked out four singles. These included D.E.B which gained some great streaming results (approx 0.07p revenue) and was chosen for the Home Brew Compilation album by Homebrew Records. The last two singles, ‘The Future will be Built from Spare Parts’ and ‘The Ballad of Hinksley Road’ enjoyed BBC 6 Music airplay and are still going great guns around the world. And Luton.

Gaylips are: Carl O’Dell: vocals/bass and Johnny Watson: drums
This piece written by Amy Rich.

Find out more about Gaylips –

https://www.instagram.com/gaylips75/

https://www.youtube.com/user/moog891

https://gaylips1.bandcamp.com/music

Past singles :

Fight for Love – Swansea collective releases anti war track

The people behind Swansea’s community venue and invaluable local resource Creature Sound have got together to release a powerful, impassioned and important anti war track ‘Fight For Love (Not War’).

Vocal duties on the song are shared between the sung lyrics of Kaz, and a rap from Rhoodz & Pl8ts. Kaz says of the track that it has been “constructed to show the struggle of everyday human beings caught in the conflict of war. The message is a simple one. Ordinary people do not invoke conflict. They live their daily lives and the majority have no quarrel with their fellow humans. They lead normal everyday lives with their families until the upheaval of normality instigated by political posturing.”

In this spirit, the musicians are talking to War Child to see if funds raised from sales can be used to help aid children in war zones around the world.

Although described as an ‘electronic / drum and bass’ track, the song actually frolics along like a classic pop song, the infectious hook, insistent synths and upbeat rhythms belying its serious message powerfully conveyed in thoughtful lyrics, alternately sung and rapped by complementary male and female vocalists. It is certainly poppy enough to smuggle its message of peace amongst peoples and disdain for war mongers into the mainstream.

And this is indeed the plan. To quote Kaz again, “The hope is that people around the world on both sides of any conflict that do not want war will play this song in protest, to show they do not support conflict and encourage the world leaders to negotiate peace.”

War : Not in our name!

The track is available to stream in the usual places from today, with limited vinyl copies available from Bandcamp here https://creaturekaz.bandcamp.com/releases

Artists Credits:
Creature Kaz, Featuring Rhoodz & Pl8ts
Producer and musical composition: Allen Chambers
Arrangement and Lyrics: Kareen Chambers
Released on Creature Sound Records, June 1st

More details of War Child can be found here
https://www.warchild.org.uk/

TV Priest My Other People, June 17th

TV PRIEST

New album My Other People

Out today via Sub Pop Records

Listen HERE

Without a brutal evaluation of their own becoming, TV Priest might have never made their second album. Heralded as the next big thing in post-punk, they were established as a bolshy, sharp-witted outfit, the kind that starts movements with their political ire. There was of course truth in that, but it was a suit that quickly felt heavy on its wearer’s shoulders, leaving little room for true vulnerability.

“A lot of it did feel like I was being really careful and a bit at arm’s length,” says vocalist Charlie Drinkwater. “If I’m honest, I think maybe I was not fully aware of the role I was taking, how I would be perceived. I had to take a step back and realise that what we were presenting was quite far away from the opinion of myself that I had. Some of the ways people would interpret the music and my performance isn’t really me, and I didn’t know why I was trying to wear that coat of the meat-and-two-veg rock guy. Now, I just want to be honest.”

Having made music together since their teenage years, the London four-piece piqued press attention in late 2019 with their first gig as a newly solidified group, a raucous outing in the warehouse district of Hackney Wick. Debut single “House of York” followed with a blistering critique of monarchist patriotism, and they were signed to Sub Pop for their debut album. When Uppers arrived in the height of a global pandemic, it reaped praise from critics and fans alike for its ‘dystopian doublespeak’, but the band — Drinkwater, guitarist Alex Sprogis, producer, bass and keys player Nic Bueth and drummer Ed Kelland – were sat at home like the rest of us, drinking cups of tea and marking time via government-sanctioned daily exercise. As such, the personal and professional landmark of its release felt “both colossal and minuscule” dampened by the inability to share it live. “It was a real gratification and really cathartic, but on the other hand, it was really strange, and not great for my mental health” admits Drinkwater. “I wasn’t prepared, and I hadn’t necessarily expected it to reach as many people as it did. It sounds a bit naïve, but it was all very quick. It felt kind of divorced from reality.”

As such, My Other People intentionally maintains a strong sense of earth-rooted emotion, taking full advantage of the opportunity to physically connect. Using “Saintless” (the closing song from Uppers) as something of a starting point, Drinkwater set about crafting lyrics that allowed him to articulate a deeper sense of personal truth, using music as a vessel to communicate with his bandmates about his depleting mental health. “Speaking very candidly, it was written at a time and a place where I was not, I would say, particularly well,” he says. “There was a lot of things that had happened to myself and my family that were quite troubling moments. I apologised to the band the other day for not being a great friend or person in this process, because I simply was not happy. Despite that I do think the record has our most hopeful moments too; a lot of me trying to set myself reminders for living, just everyday sentiments to try and get myself out of the space I was in. Whether or not the sincerity is understood, I think I’ll always be proud of that.”

“It was a bit of a moment for all of us where we realised that we can make something that, to us at least, feels truly beautiful,” agrees Bueth. “Brutality and frustration are only a part of that puzzle, and despite a lot of us feeling quite disconnected at the time, overwhelmingly beautiful things were also still happening.”

To strike this balance, My Other People relies on the band’s tight-knit working method, with Bueth once again at the self-producing helm. Following their own intuition as part of a “feverish” writing process, they looked inwards for inspiration rather than attempting to ape any sonic heroes, ending up with something that feels much more like affirmingly widescreen alt-rock than it does post-punk. Arrangements give room to let the voice roam; the optimistic melodies of “The Breakers” light flares to accompany Drinkwater’s recognition of the path that leads him back to friendship, while the rumbling pace of “Unravelling” reflects his more fractious state, looking for a safe place to land amidst the detritus of biting guitars. Where possible, recordings weren’t agonised over, but rather trusted on their initial takes when the mood had hit right. Though they recognise that ‘ band still searching for sound on second album’ is a sentiment that is often weaponised as criticism, it’s a process of self-improvement that Drinkwater is keen to protect: “Why would I keep making art if I didn’t believe that the best thing was not around the corner?”

Visually speaking, the same intention of momentum carries forth. The album’s artwork, photographed by Edward Thompson, depicts two children looking out to sea, a scene suspended somewhere between melancholy and hope. The video for “One Easy Thing”, the album’s lead single, directed by long term collaborator Joe Wheatley (“Decoration”, “Press Gang”) is a homage to new wave and French cinema, the singer donning full medieval armour as he bleeds and dances, persevering despite the seemingly impossible circumstance. Though Drinkwater wants its message of discomfort to show, he’s also keen not to overexplain it: “Last time, I literally was like, ‘please like me’, to everyone,” he laughs. “I stood next to the record and talked it to death, what things meant or where I did and didn’t stand. This time, I think it’s better if I leave some space.” 

An allowance for the interpretation of others is perhaps most clear on “Bury Me In My Shoes”, built around a stark chorus line; “Life Only Comes In Flashes Of Greatness.” It is a lyric borne out of deep depression, the existential fear of our ever-changing mortal coil.  But if you look at it differently, it could just as easily be read as affirmation, a reminder to seize the moment and make it count. This tension between the fullness of the glass, the cathartic value that such a lyric may hold in different lights, is central to My Other People — a record that heals by providing space for recognition, a ground zero from which you’re welcome to stay awhile but which ultimately — realistically — only leads up and out. For TV Priest, it is a follow-up that feels truly, properly them; free of bravado, unnecessary bluster or any audience pressure to commit solely to their original sound.

“When we finally got to tour, it was so enjoyable; it was punk and it was intense and it was sweaty rooms. It was – and it is – very cathartic to do that,” says Drinkwater. “But when we go back on the road, we’re interested in being a band that feels like we’ve progressed. Sometimes it can be scary to be quiet, you know? But by leaning into that, you realise that actually, maybe, that’s exactly the thing that makes it so affecting.”

TV Priest
My Other People

Release date: Friday, June 17th 2022

Gigs

For up to date information on tickets, please visit TV Priest.com.

Fri. Jun. 17 – London, UK – Rough Trade East
Mon. Jun. 20 – Brighton, UK – Resident*
Tue. Jun. 21 – Southsea Portsmouth, UK – Pie & Vinyl*
Wed. Jun. 22 – Totnes, UK – Drift*
Thu. Jun. 23 – Leeds, UK – The Vinyl Whistle*
Sun. Jul. 03 – Hyeres, FR – Pointu Festival
Fri. Jul. 22 – Suffolk, UK – Latitude Festival
Sun. Jul. 24 – Sienna, IT – TVSpenta Festival
Tue. Jul.26 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
Wed. Jul. 27 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
Fri. Jul. 29 – Montréal, QC – Bar le Ritz PDB
Sat. Jul. 30 – Toronto, ON – Monarch Tavern
Sun. Jul. 31 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
Thu. Aug. 04 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
Fri. Aug. 05 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
Sat. Aug. 06 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret
Sun. Aug. 07 – Seattle, WA – Clock-Out Lounge
Fri. Sep. 03 – Salisbury, UK – End of the Road Festival
Fri. Sep. 09 – Heusden, NL – Misty Fields Festival
Sat. Sep. 17 – Leicester, UK – Wide Eyed Festival
Mon. Oct. 24 – Nijmegen, NL – Merleyn
Tue. Oct. 25 – Groningen, NL – Vera
Tue. Oct. 26 – Rotterdam, NL – Rotown
Fri. Oct. 28 – Amsterdam, NL – London Calling Festival
Sun. Oct. 30 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
Mon. Oct. 31 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
Tue. Nov. 01 – Dublin, IE – The Workman’s Cellar
Thu. Nov. 03 – Manchester, UK – Yes (Pink Room)
Fri. Nov. 04 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
Sat. Nov. 05 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
Mon. Nov. 07 – Cambridge, UK  – Portland Arms
Tue. Nov. 08 – Leicester, UK – Firebug Bar
Thu. Nov. 10 – London, UK – Scala
Fri. Nov. 11 – Reading, UK -The Face Bar
Sat. Nov. 12 – Southampton, UK – The Joiners
Sun. Nov. 13 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
Tue. Nov. 15 – Paris, FR – TBC
Wed. Nov. 16 – Le Havre, FR – Le Tetris
Fri. Nov. 18 – Nantes, FR – Stereolux
Sat. Nov. 19 – Lille, FR – L’Aeronef 
Sun. Nov. 20 – Brussels, BE – Botanique
Tue. Nov. 22 – Zurich, CH – Bogen F
Thu. Nov. 24 – Berlin, DE – Privatvclub
Fri. Nov. 25 – Cologne, DE – Artheater
* Stripped down performances


Fri. Nov. 11 – Reading, UK -The Face Bar
Sat. Nov. 12 –  Southampton, UK – The Joiners
Sun. Nov. 13 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
* Stripped down performances

90s BABY POP IS COMING TO SWANSEA

90s BABY POP IS COMING TO SWANSEA!

The best and biggest 90s pop names will be performing their greatest hits at Swansea Arena on FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2022.

Here is a rare chance to see your childhood sweethearts and heartthrobs perform their nineties’ nostalgia anthems. This show will be like no other.

90s BABY POP is where it’s at for the best of 90s pop, so grab your tickets before they sell out. See you on the dancefloor.

Tickets on sale 10am, FRIDAY MAY 27th, from www.swansea-arena.co.uk

The best and biggest 90s pop names will be performing their greatest hits at Swansea Arena on FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2022.

Here is a rare chance to see your childhood sweethearts and heartthrobs perform their nineties’ nostalgia anthems. This show will be like no other.

90s BABY POP is where it’s at for the best of 90s pop, so grab your tickets before they sell out. See you on the dancefloor.

Tickets on sale 10am, FRIDAY MAY 27th, from www.swansea-arena.co.uk

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Atomic Kitten formed in 1997 with songs Whole Again and The Tide Is High which always get everyone waving in the air. Two original members, Liz and Natasha will be performing these classics and more.

Also formed in 1997, British Boy Band Five released Keep On Movin’, followed by Everyone Get Up. Their hip-hop and dance tunes are not to be missed.

20 years ago, Liberty X came onto the scene, and in just a few years went on to become UK superstars. They released ten consecutive UK top 20 singles such as Just A Little and Got To Have Your Love.

Starting his career on Pop Idol, Gareth Gates went onto achieve immense success in the early 2000s and is best known for his songs What My Heart Wants and Go Your Own Way.

S Club Allstars include original band members Tina, Brad and Stacey who will be performing some of S Club’s most iconic tracks such as S Club 7’s You’re My Number One which reached number 2 in the UK charts.

British boy band Damage, had eleven hit singles in the 90s, including Forever – Lady of Soul, Wonderful Tonight and the legendary Ghetto Romance.

Also performing live will be 911, the iconic English 90s boy band who have had international success, selling 15 million singles and albums worldwide.

Female British group The 411 captured an era with their song Dumb with its smooth R&B vocals and catchy lyrics.

London’s hip-hop group Big Brovaz known for Booty Luv, promise to deliver nostalgic 90s vibes.

British R&B girl group, Honeyz skyrocketed across the UK charts with their tunes Finally Found in 1998 and Won’t Take It Lying Down in 2000. They’re one not to miss.

Max Headroom – debut single Gimme Something released May 28th

Max Headroom – Gimme Something


Gimme Something is the debut single from Cambridgeshire band Max Headroom. A song about anyone who’s trying to make their way in the world. We all make bad decisions, we all get jealous we all need some- one to “Gimme Something” to get us through. With a barnstorming riff, a guitar sound that slaps you in the face, a giant hook of a chorus and a performance that oozes confidence Max Headroom are ready to bring their brand of Rock n Roll to the masses.

Gimme Something takes influence from bands like The Hives, White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys and many more. The Indie influences don’t stop there either Gimme Something was produced by the one and only Billy Lunn of the The Subways!

Max Headroom comprise of Drew Girling (bass and vocals), Mark Ellis (guitar), and Edd Mitchell on drums.

After years of treading the boards in Cambridgeshire pubs as a cover band Max Headroom could play Mr Brightside, I Predict A Riot and many other indie classics in their sleep, this remains to be the way they spend most Saturday nights but Max Headroom are now finally curing their creative itch. Singer Drew Girling and guitarist Mark Ellis both have a tonne of songwriting experience to bring to the band. Drew has previously won a songwriting award for his song The Last Meeting in a local competition and has been part of many original projects prior to Max Headroom while Mark has in his own words has “flown close to the sun a few times”, most recently as the driving force behind Elma a project that wound up supporting Roy Wood on tour and gained Mark a small publishing deal as a songwriter at BMG Music. Enter Edd Mitchell on drums the backbone of the band on drums and in life too, an absolutely stand up dude that Drew and Mark have leaned on many times through the years. Though relatively new to writing originals he certainly knows how to lay down a groove and has a keen ear for the perfect drum part!

Together can these best bros write a great tune? You bet they can! It’s time to buckle up for Max Headrooms exciting adventure!

Listen here:

Petrol Girls expand their Pro-Choice efforts

Petrol Girls expand their Pro-Choice efforts

Launch ‘Baby, I Had An Abortion’ Live at Middle Farm Studios Video & Zine on abortion and reproductive justice

‘Baby, I Support Abortion’ Merch
donating profits to Abortion Without Borders. The track is on their new album ‘Baby’ which will be released 24 June via Hassle: Pre-order

In light of the recent events in the U.S., Europe and the UK, Petrol Girls are expanding their pro-choice efforts. Today the feminist post-hardcore punk band have released a live video of their powerful and timely single ‘Baby, I Had An Abortion.’ The clip was filmed on an analogue video camera by Martyna Bannister during their time at Middle Farm Studios where Petrol Girls recorded their forthcoming new album ‘Baby’ – due out 24 June via Hassle Records – to tape with producer Pete Miles.

Says Petrol Girls vocalist Ren Aldridge: “Since we released this track in February, we have seen a deeply sinister intensification of attacks on abortion and reproductive justice across the world. We have been following the developments in the U.S. regarding the likely overturning of Roe Vs Wade this summer, which would result in more than half of U.S. states banning abortion, with Black, Indigenous and poor people being most severely affected (as they already are). Here in Europe we have seen Polish Abortion Dream Team activist Justyna Wydrzyńska face trial for giving a woman in an abusive relationship abortion pills, a woman in Croatia denied abortion despite severe fetal abnormalities and a 24 year old woman in Oxford UK  to face trial at the Crown Court for taking abortion pills.

It’s frightening. It’s overwhelming. But together we are powerful and around the world we are fighting back!”

Seeing the incredible need for us to share our stories to create a better understanding of the issues from a global perspective and hopefully learn from each other, Petrol Girls have launched a zine on abortion and reproductive rights with an open call for submissions HERE. Their ‘Baby, I Support Abortion’ merch will continue to raise funds for Abortion Without Borders in Europe, with all U.S. profits being donated to The Brigid Alliance – an organization that, “…arranges and funds confidential, personalized travel support to those seeking abortion care in increasingly hostile environments. In partnership with a network of funds and providers, we are closing the gap between the right to an abortion and the ability to access one.”

Petrol Girls see the expansion of their pro-choice efforts as a rallying cry to unite us all in the fight for choice and reproductive justice. Aldridge is encouraged by the Latin American Green Tide which she noted was instrumental in getting abortion legalised in Argentina in December 2020, decriminalized in Mexico in September 2021 and decimalised in Columbia in February of this year. She cites these alongside the “Strajk kobiet women’s strike movement fighting back in Poland,” the mobilisation “in the U.S. to say FUCK SCOTUS WE’RE DOING IT ANYWAY, to 2019’s win in Northern Ireland, and the Eighth being repealed in Ireland in 2018 (the day before I found out I was pregnant!).” The sheer numbers of people taking action and over decades give Aldridge hope for the movement.

“This song is our offering to the movement for reproductive justice. It is shameless. It is unapologetic. And it is my celebration of the day I made the decision that I wanted for my body and my future. Baby, I had an abortion, and I’M NOT SORRY!”

Petrol Girls UK Tour Dates:
07 July Le Pub Newport
08 July 2000trees Festival Cheltenham 
10 July  The Green Door Store  Brighton 

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Seer Rosey’s Petrol Girls pix from their Cambridge gig with Baby Seals in 2018 here https://flic.kr/s/aHskx1U9MZ

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