TV Priest Sign to Pop Art

TV PRIEST 
Sign to Sub Pop Records

New single and video ‘Decoration’
premiered on The FADER

Debut album ‘Uppers’ out 5th February 2021
​via Sub Pop Records

Photo credit: Dan Kendall | Download Hi-Res HERE

Support for TV Priest:

“Scorching” [“This Island”]DIY

“Their sound is ultimately chaotic, with cuts of fuzzy distortion creating a disorienting and thrilling listening experience.” [“House of York”]Gigwise

New Banger NME

“A riotous debut single… finding a balance of subtlety and decisive awakening that’s fed through the laconic, abstract drawl of Charlie Drinkwater, seamlessly subverting into a deafening anthem in itself.” [“House of York”]So Young

“The track’s distorted organs serve as riled-up opening remarks before gruelling dark vocals spit out patriotic cliches and commemorative latin phrases. “This is not my national anthem” sneers Charlie Drinkwater over a fuzzy echo of the Star-Spangled Banner. Thrashing industrial guitars smash any sense of security.”  [“House of York”] – The Line Of Best Fit

“they fit in with the post-punk revival – sultry, prophetic lyricism with brash instrumentation…”Brooklyn Vegan

“A frenzied anthem.” [“House of York”] Earmilk

 ““This Island” is a densely packed ball of energy, and their occasional spillovers of momentum are exhilarating.”Paste

Sub Pop has signed TV Priest following four powerful singles, and will now release their debut album ‘Uppers’ on 5th February 2021.

In celebration of this news, they’ve shared the album’s lead single ‘Decoration’, with theatrical video directed by Joe Wheatley, which was premiered on The FADER.

On ‘Decoration’, The FADER says “Gnarly British post-punk band TV Priest blow a breeze through life’s trinkets and accoutrements on “Decoration,” the beating heart of their forthcoming Sub Pop debut Uppers.”

TV Priest’s politically urgent, mechanical, subtly humorous (and self-deprecating) post-punk was hard for Sub Pop to ignore, especially following standalone singles ‘House of York‘ and ‘Runner Up‘, as well as ‘Uppers’ early tracks ‘This Island‘ and ‘Slideshow‘.

On ‘Decoration’, TV Priest’s Charlie Drinkwater said:
We often think of it as a ‘walking down the road’ song, like you’re strolling along a street and lots of little vignettes of life are coming your way. The absurd in the mundane feels apt too. Once again this sense of a kind of late capitalism, Ayn Rand style ‘personal progression’ being an utter myth. It’s all just Decoration! Probably a favourite from the record.”

‘Uppers’ is now available to preorder from Sub Pop.
Released 5th February 2021

(‘Uppers was originally set to be released through UK label Hand in Hive next month, but will now be available worldwide in February through Sub Pop).

Catch TV Priest live at the following dates next year:

20th April – Bristol – Rough Trade
21st April – Southampton – Heartbreakers
22nd April – London – The Shacklewell Arms
23rd April – Brighton – Prince Albert
29th April – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
30th April – Yes (Basement) – Manchester

TV Priest – Uppers
Out 5th February 2021 via Sub Pop Records

Tracklisting:

1. The Big Curve
2. Press Gang
3. Leg Room
4. Journal of a Plague Year
5. History Week
6. Decoration
7. Slideshow
8. Fathers and Sons
9. the ref
10. Powers of Ten
11. This Island
12. Saintless

LPs purchased through megamart.subpop.com, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on gold splattered vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, LP preorders in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on gray marbled vinyl (while supplies last)

More information on TV Priest:

It’s tempting to think that you have all the answers, screaming your gospel every day with certainty and anger. Life isn’t quite like that though, and the debut album from London four-piece TV Priest instead embraces the beautiful and terrifying unknowns that exist personally, politically and culturally. 

Posing as many questions as it answers, ‘Uppers’ is a thunderous opening statement that continues the UK’s recent resurgence of grubby, furious post-punk music. It says something very different though – something completely its own.

Four childhood friends who made music together as teenagers before drifting apart and then, somewhat inevitably, back together late in 2019, TV Priest was born out of a need to create together once again, and brings with it a wealth of experience and exhaustion picked up in the band’s years of pursuing “real life” and “real jobs,” something those teenagers never had. 

In November 2019, the band – vocalist Charlie Drinkwater, guitarist Alex Sprogis, bass and keys player Nic Bueth, and drummer Ed Kelland – played their first show, to a smattering of friends in what they describe as an “industrial freezer” in the warehouse district of Hackney Wick. “It was like the pub in Peep Show with a washing machine just in the middle…” Charlie laughs, remembering how they dodged Star Wars memorabilia and deep fat fryers while making their first statement as a band.

Unsurprisingly, there isn’t a precedent for introducing an album during a global pandemic, but among the general sense of anxiety and unease pervading everything at the moment, TV Priest’s entrance in April with the release of debut single “House of York” – a searing examination of the Monarchy – served as a breath of fresh air among the chaos, its anger and confusion making some kind of twisted sense to the nation’s fried brains.

It’s the same continued global sense of anxiety that will greet the release of ‘Uppers’, and it’s an album that has a lot to say right now. Taking musical cues from The Fall and Protomartyr as well as the mechanical, pulsating grooves of Kosmische Musik, it’s a record that moves with an untamed energy. Over the top of this rumbling musical machine is vocalist Charlie, a cuttingly funny, angry, confused, real frontman. 

“Decoration,” ‘Uppers’’ centrepiece, has a streamlined groove soundtracking Charlie’s lyrical vignettes that captures the absurdity and mundanity of life. Its opening and closing line (“I’ve never seen a dog do what that dog does”) is a misremembered quote by Simon Cowell about a performing dog on Britain’s Got Talent. Charlie says, “We often said it in the studio as a kind of in-joke when someone did something good or unexpected. Having already toyed around with the ‘Through to the next round’ line,’ this seemed too good to leave out.” And the chorus “It’s all just decoration” is credited to the 2-year old niece of Alex’s fiancé, who reassured him after he pretended to be scared by Halloween decorations. 

“Press Gang” is inspired by Charlie’s grandfather’s life’s work as a photojournalist and war correspondent on the UK’s Fleet Street from the 1950s to the early 1980s. The song is about the shifting role in the dissemination of information and ideas, and how the prevailing narrative that the “Death of Print Media” has contributed to a “post truth” world. 

Album closer “Saintless” is the most personal and raw moment on Uppers. Charlie wrote a note to his son after his birth, following a difficult period his wife had faced during and after the pregnancy. The song is about how as parents we’re fallible and human, and while the world can be a difficult place at times the one thing that gets you through is giving your love to those that need and appreciate it. “Saintless” rides a motorik beat, with guitars, bass and synths building layers of intensity and emotion that replicate and swell with the message of the track. 

Uppers sees TV Priest explicitly and outwardly trying to avoid narrow-mindedness. Uppers sees TV Priest taking musical and personal risks, reaching outside of themselves and trying to make sense of this increasingly messy world. It’s a band and a record that couldn’t arrive at a more perfect time.

TV Priest are:

Charlie Drinkwater – vocals
Alex Sprogis – guitars 
Nic Bueth – bass, keys
Ed Kelland – drums

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Introducing Primitive Soul – coming from Blackwood to make a change for the better

Let us introduce ourselves we are Primitive Soul, a rock band from Blackwood, South Wales🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿.

Here is speech about us so you get what we are about. 

We are a completely different to other bands in this generation.

 All they want is  to be the next  Stone Roses or the next Oasis or Charlatans etc, we are completely different; we are honest and tell people what they need to hear.

People underestimate us a lot, but we are here to prove them all wrong.

Yes, we might dress up a little bit more than the other bands or get classed as “camp”, but at least we have the guts to be ourselves and not like the other bands who are trying to be something they’re not.

We know people are gonna call us “fakes” or “posers” but they are just the people who live in the brainwashed society it’s known today and follow the brainwashed rules. Yes you’re right we might not brake official laws but we are breaking mental laws, the  laws in your head which tell you what to wear and not what to wear and how to fit to be “cool” or “trendy”.

Just because you’re not popular it doesn’t mean you’re not cool, if anything you’re cooler and better than them all round, because you know who you are and where you stand.

Our lyrics are different as well, we just try and be as honest as we can with people and hopefully make a change for the better. 

You will see more darker and disturbing lyrics than other bands because like we said, we are honest, we tell the truth about society and what it’s trying to hide itself from, like the racism, war, anti democracy and so on.

People need to be educated about it, and that’s why we are here. 

To make a change for the better.

Time to take a look at Primitive Soul

Kind regards

Gabriel Jones 

The Bands Instagram account – https://www.instagram.com/p/CEfPlqlnUz6/

HELEN LOVE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM POWER ON

HELEN LOVE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM POWER ON 

Order here
https://ilovealcopop.awesomedistro.com/products/681580-helen-love-power-on-vinyl

R*E*P*E*A*T review and Interview to come…

Wales’ bubblegum-punk cult heroes HELEN LOVE are delighted to announce that their ninth studio album Power On will be released on 13th November 2020 via Alcopop! Records. 

To celebrate the news, the band are streaming new single ‘Debbie Take Control Of The Stereo’ out now via all good digital service providers.

Commenting on the announcement in typically vivacious fashion, vocalist Helen Love says: “New album time! Let’s buy some super cheap Woolworths amplifiers from the 70s on ebay—20 quid, bargain, LOVELY. They sound f*cking great. Let’s turn them up until they fall off the chairs they’re resting on. Now we can plug in our Silvertone guitars. Sheena has painted hers baby blue, because she can. She’s got a fuzzbox; got to have a fuzzbox. Get a f*cking FUZZBOX. We’re BORED with synths. Yuk. Unless it’s some sh*tty old 80s casio thing. Carboot chic (b*llocks). We’ll just use that, OK? Weird noises? Stick it through a flanger.”

Spending the last year digging through her record collection and rediscovering her zest for the bands of her youth, Love has firmly reignited her passion for punk on forthcoming new album Power On, and it shows loudly, proudly and snottily on each and every staccato, pogo-inducing hit.

“Rediscovering old punk records is ACE,” she enthuses. “X Ray Spex were the best band in the world; that album, F*CK!!! Love you forever Poly. Let’s get The Modern Lovers on, now—LOUD. 123456 kerChing CHING!”

“I hope this record has ENERGY,” Love continues on the vibe of the new record. “WE had energy, recorded last July in the boiling HOT HOT HOT. Open the windows wide, KILL the neighbours, full steam ahead. Power On baby, POWER ON.”

Formed in 1992 and sticking to singles (31 to date!) and EPs (3) until their debut studio album Love and Glitter, Hot Days and Music was released in 2000, Helen Love have remained a prolific songwriting force across the past 3 decades, releasing eight studio albums to date.

Over the past few years the band have enjoyed a resurgence of popularity which has seen them headline Indietracks music festival, appear at Rockaway Beach FestDIY Pop Fest and play Primavera in Barcelona.

Picking up praise from Drowned in Sound, Louder Than War, Q Magazine, Classic Rock, London In Stereo, Punktastic, Upset, Buzz Mag, Digital Spy and more for most recent album Smash Hits (2016), the band remain as relevant as ever, with radio support from Radcliffe and Maconie, Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq at BBC6 Music, and Geoff Lloyd at Absolute Radio.

They also sold out their long-awaited return to London at The Lexington in record time; recorded a Christmas single with Tim Wheeler (Ash), Ricardo Autobahn, Pete Green (The Sweet Nothings) and Andrea Lewis (The Darling Buds); released a stonking Euro 2016 anthem dedicated to Welsh football player Gareth Bale; dropped 2018’s long hot summertime smasher of a single ‘Double Denim’; and followed up with the Kirstie Allsop-baiting Christmas anthem ‘Glitter Star’ following an intense Twitter beef.

Most-recently-released AA side ‘1234 Dee Dee Ramone’/‘Songs From My Teens’ came served up on limited edition cassette tape featuring both of the new songs and available with 5 different cover sleeves, reflecting Helen’s favourite songs from her teenage years, including Devo, X Ray Spex, Human League, Jonathan Richman, and The Ramones.

Power On is released 13th November 2020 on Alcopop! Records
Order here
https://ilovealcopop.awesomedistro.com/products/681580-helen-love-power-on-vinyl

Power On tracklist:

  1. I Wanna Hold Your Hand
  2. Debbie Take Control Of The Stereo
  3. Jackie From The Estate
  4. Top Of The Pop Chart
  5. Dead In My Head
  6. Sandra Dee
  7. Power On The Music
  8. No 1 Star
  9. Leader Of The Band
  10. Wear Your Hair Long
  11. On My Own
  12. Summer Pop

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Penny Rimbuad New album ‘Arthur Rimbaud In Verdun’

Penny Rimbaud

New album ‘Arthur Rimbaud In Verdun’ out November 20th via One Little Independent Records

Stream single ‘Part Six’

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“Penny Rimbaud is a key figure in the punk rock discourse. Whilst the Sex Pistols sang about anarchy, Penny’s band explained what it was. A key creative force in a black clad collective that dealt in hope and inspiring music”

 – Louder Than War

Penny Rimbaud, the legendary punk poet, writer, painter, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of seminal anarchist outfit Crass, has announced his new album ‘Arthur Rimbaud In Verdun’, out November 20th via One Little Independent Records.

A fiction constructed by Penny, out of interest as to the possible outcome, places the French poet Arthur Rimbaud (who died in 1891) at the historic and tragic battle of Verdun in 1916. The idea being that Penny found something to be explored in the possibilities of the young vagabond and his perception of such drastic events.

“Truth is, I landed him there because I was fascinated to know just how this greatest of French poets might cope against the enormities of war” he tells us, “I wondered what lessons would be learnt which could then be conveyed to a planet still so obsessed with conflict, grief and suffering.”

Taking influence from the sounds of John Coltrane and the visuals of Jackson Pollock, Penny ventured into the unknown with his idol and namesake to bring us a truly unique high-concept album and gripping tale of death and romance.

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“I shared his humour and his sorrow, his passion and his poetics, albeit sometimes tiring of his obsessions” Penny ruminates. “How many times must he have cried ‘look’ regarding something that I simply couldn’t see. ‘Over there. Look, look, over there,’ where to me there was only darkness and death. When most fatigued, he’d often call me Paul, but most times I was too tired to respond. But love we did, fed by flares, shattered by shells, blistered by the blasts, arm in arm ‘til arms there were none. Although most of those who we met along those turgid tunnels of death might at one time or another have fallen for self-pity, Arthur would have none of it. Anything and everything could be retranslated to challenge bourgeoise conceits or reformed to defy materialist dogma.

We were lovers. We were friends, sublime in our kinship, but I have a strange feeling that neither of us survived the terror of Verdun. Together we wallowed in the mincemeat scrunch of gore and bone and torn flesh, not knowing which of us was what, and never mind the who that was so cruelly unified as one within the squelch. Yes, we were detritus, and in that we found ourselves and each other. The void was complete, and another dawn broke above the carnage.”

Dark and vivid jazz-infused ambience is punctured by Penny’s spoken word lyricism painting pictures of the chaotic experience of World War 1. Maniacally delivered readings are ruthless in their detailed realism, not only well researched but so convincingly told it’s easy to forget it’s a narrative. Exceptionally realised, brutal at times and incredibly poignant in others, ‘Arthur Rimbaud In Verdun’ is unlike anything else in subject or sound.

Penny is joined by a host of revered saxophonists that helped him to complete his vision. Evan Parker, recognised worldwide as one of jazz’s most respected players. Ingrid Laubrock, now a resident in New York and fast becoming a major voice as a highly inventive freeform player and as a composer. Finally, Louise Elliott, who stands as an outsider having come to jazz through the sensitivities of classical training mixed with punk and all its raucous sense of attack. The three players together make for a staggering display of sax pyrotechnics matching Penny’s multidimensional poetry and dramatic approach to performance.

About Penny Rimbaud

In 1977, alongside Steve Ignorant, Penny Rimbaud co-founded seminal anarchist punk band Crass, who disbanded in 1984. Up until 2000, he devoted himself almost entirely to writing, returning to the public platform in 2001 as a performance poet working alongside a wide variety of jazz musicians. In 2003, together with Crass vocalist Eve Libertine, he founded what was at first known as ‘The Crass Collective’, then ‘The Crass Agenda’, then ‘The Last Amendment’ and finally ‘L’Académie des Vanités’ – a loose collective of jazz musicians, artists and filmmakers who shared Rimbaud’s lifelong interest in progressive, improvisational art. Rimbaud, a veteran of avant-garde performance art groups such as EXIT and Ceres Confusion, not only co-founded Stonehenge Free Festival, but he also founded and, along with Gee Vaucher, to this day runs the legendary anarchist/pacifist open house Dial House in Essex.

About Arthur Rimbaud

Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet known for his influence on modern literature, particularly surrealism. He produced the bulk of his literary output during adolescence and young adulthood and stopped writing at the age of 20. Rimbaud was known to have been a libertine and a restless soul, having engaged in a hectic, at-times-violent romantic relationship with fellow poet Paul Verlaine, which lasted nearly two years. After he stopped writing, he travelled extensively on three continents as a merchant and explorer, until his death from cancer just after his thirty-seventh birthday.

Performer Credits

Penny Rimbaud – Text & Voice

Evan Parker – Tenor Sax

Louise Elliott – Tenor Sax

Ingrid Laubrock – Tenor Sax

Production Credits

Paul ‘PDub’ Walton – Recording Engineer

Alex Gordon – Mastering Engineer

Penny Rimbaud – Production

Design Credits

Maryann Morris – Photo

Eve Libertine – Artwork

Alice Smith – Digitisation

Bracket Press – Design

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Placebo celebrate 20th anniversary of Black Market Music with new video-series

Placebo celebrate 20th anniversary of
Black Market Music with new video-series
“Black Market Music Stories”


 

2020 rings in the 20th anniversary of Placebo’s beloved third album Black Market Music. To celebrate, the band have completed filming of a four-part video-series – “Black Market Music Stories” – which sees bassist Stef visit treasured locations and walk viewers through the writing, recording, touring, and personal stories, that would shape the conception of the album. Featuring new and archive footage, it includes interviews with the people who were key to bringing the album into the world – producers, singers and other collaborators, managers and more offer their memories of the time. Episode 1 is available to watch now below. Subscribe to the series in full HERE.

The band comments: “With our chests out, riding high on the success of our second album, we entered the studio to record Black Market Music. We were full of bravado and confidence, and proceeded to create our most visceral, dark and poppy collection of songs to date.  Here’s a humble nod to its 20th birthday.”

Black Market Music came together as the band saw their notoriety swelling exponentially in the wake of breakout successes with their self-titled debut, and the follow-up Without You I’m Nothing. Reaching #6 in the Official UK Album Charts and spawning the singles “Taste in Men”, “Slave to the Wage”, “Special K” and “Black-Eyed”, it is a record that by the band’s own admission was created during the height of their “party phase”.

Black Market Music was also released into a new world, one in which mainstream chart interest was moving away from late-era grunge and instead setting its gaze on rap-rock and nu-metal, genres that the album resultingly put in its cross-hairs as it rallied against the macho – and sometimes misogynistic and homophobic – image of the scene. The introduction of hip-hop MC Justin Warfield to “Spite & Malice” was done in-part to show that the style needn’t be constantly draped in aggression.

Revisit the album Black Market Music in full HERE and watch the re-mastered video for “Taste In Men” below.

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Poxy Pop Groups – Cult punk band The Prats to release vinyl compilation

The Prats

Compilation album ‘Prats Way Up Highout November 13th via One Little Independent Records

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“The band stood as living testament to punk’s claim that anybody could form a band. Having claimed this, punk was then in no position to set a minimum age limit.”

– The Sunday Times

“One of the best sessions we’ve had for years” – John Peel

Cult Edinburgh punk upstarts The Prats will be releasing a vinyl compilation of reissued material from 1977-1981 via One Little Independent Records on November 13th. The album features three singles released by Rough Trade and Da Da Records plus demos and a previously unreleased 1979 John Peel session, and is the first time the band have been released on 12”.

Although not a household name amongst the plethora of late 70’s punk bands of the era, The Prats instead have gone on to gain infamy, particularly in their hometown, due to a vocal fanbase and champions such as the legendary John Peel who enthusiastically proclaimed their session to be one of his favourites and offered to bankroll their first single himself with the fee from a DJ set.

Just 12-14 years old when they started out, it was their raw ambition and youthful energy that set them apart, and with an air of playful innocence their sound perfectly encapsulated the movements ability to transcend the pretentious and reach people of all backgrounds.

They initially sent a demo tape to Edinburgh’s legendary indie label Fast Product (early home of The Human League) which led to the band’s debut on the ‘Fast EP Earcom 1’ compilation, which featured a number of upcoming bands. In 1980 they released the now seminal ‘1990’s Pop EP’ via Rough Trade and they released their single ‘Disco Pope’ to critical acclaim. In 2003 the track was featured again by Rough Trade for their compilation CD ‘Post Punk Volume 1’.

In 2004 they went on to receive something of a late resurgence when their single ‘General Davis’ was used in the opening credits and publicity for Hollywood blockbuster The Manchurian Candidate starring Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep which saw them attend the premiere as well as a reigniting interest in their back catalogue.

They’re currently the subjects of the documentary ‘Poxy Pop Groups – The Story of The Prats’ by independent filmmaker Angus McPake which is due out later in the year and documents their largely untold but fascinating career.

Tragically in July of this year bassist Jeff Maguire passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer and the band have chosen to dedicate ‘Prats Way Up High’ to his memory. In a statement they say Jeff was always involved in the band – we used words like roadie and manager initially to describe his role although the reality is that we had very little idea what either of those meant!  Jeff was great at engaging with people – a talent he displayed throughout his life and he had no problem collaring the great and the good of the local music scene, getting us gigs, support slots, interviews in fanzines etc.  He eventually joined the band on bass and played on all three singles.   

After the Prats, Jeff played in local bands, went to university, studied and taught languages, here and in Spain and then worked as a civil servant for the Scottish Government where he was a highly regarded colleague, known for his ability to relate to and get on with pretty much everyone.  He had a wide range of passions including punk, post-punk and classical music; football (he was an avid Hibernian fan); cycling, wine and lots more. He was also a husband and a father, married to Celine and the proud dad of Serena. 

Somebody came up with a title for a short piece which Jeff did on his experience in the band for a tape magazine in 1980.  It was simply ‘The Joy of Being Jeff’.  The expression was used several times at his funeral to sum up a life which was lived well and to the full but which ended way too early.”

Maguire continued to work, cycle and even completed a charity fundraiser biking from Glasgow to Edinburgh. He also continued to play music, jamming a version of ‘Disco Pope’ with friends a few days before he died. 

On ‘Prats Way Up High’ there is something poetic to the low-fi approach and with the traditional lyrical juxtaposition of boredom and unrest that summed up the time, punk music has rarely sounded so pure and so untainted by expectation and inner politics.

There’s a sense here that we’re listening to punk through the very lens of those it was made to inspire – the teens it taught to break convention and challenge the system they were being brought up in.

The Band

Paul McLaughlin – guitar and vocals

Dave Maguire – drums

Greg Maguire – guitar & vocals

Jeff Maguire – bass guitar

Tom Robinson – bass guitar

Elspeth Mcleod – guitar

 Artwork 

Xiaofei Zhang

Tracklist

1. Disco Pope

2. Nothing

3. TV Set

4. Nobody Noticed

5. Die TodtenReytenSchnell

6. Jesus Had A PA

7. General Davis

8. The Alliance

9. Inverness

10. Bored

11. Two Views On Life (Demo)

12. Walking Dead (Demo)

13. Prats 2 (Peel Session 1979)

14. Nothing (Peel Session 1979)

15. Jesus Had A PA (Peel Session 1979)

16. You Nobody (Peel Session 1979)

17. Prats I (Peel Session 1979)

18. Poxy Pop Groups (Peel Session 1979)

19. Strange Interlude (Peel Session 1979)

20. A Day In The Life Of Me (Peel Session 1979)

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TV PRIEST RELEASE NEW TRACK “SLIDESHOW” and Tour Dates

TV PRIEST RELEASE NEW TRACK “SLIDESHOW”

Debut album “Uppers” out November 13th on Hand In Hive 

Early support for TV Priest:

 ““This Island” is a densely packed ball of energy, and their occasional spillovers of momentum are exhilarating.” – Paste

“A frenzied anthem.” – Earmilk

“A riotous debut single… finding a balance of subtlety and decisive awakening that’s fed through the laconic, abstract drawl of Charlie Drinkwater, seamlessly subverting into a deafening anthem in itself.” – So Young

“they fit in with the post-punk revival – sultry, prophetic lyricism with brash instrumentation…” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Their sound is ultimately chaotic, with cuts of fuzzy distortion creating a disorienting and thrilling listening experience.” – Gigwise

Discovery – The Line Of Best Fit

New Banger – NME

You know those days where you just move from screen to screen to screen? 

‘Slideshow’ is about feeling mediated, manipulated, engaged, buoyed and repulsed in equal measures in our relationship to information, digital culture, and the algorithmic pace of 21st-century life. 

It’s a track that acknowledges that I’m a fully culpable participant in a behaviour ‘market’ developed by faceless tech which insists it’s the best thing for all humanity (as long as it can be monetised). 

And most of the time I LIKE IT (or at least tolerate it) while I scroll and scroll and scroll. I suppose all I can do is talk… On to the next one, content consumer…”


Charlie Drinkwater – TV Priest

London’s TV Priest arrived, wet behind the ears, in the Spring of 2020 with a widescreen debut single, “House Of York”, immediately picking up international press attention and seeing support from BBC 6 Music, including multiple plays from Steve Lamacq and the mercurial Dan Carey on his Recommends show.

Their second single, “Runner Up”, and then a third in “This Island”, followed soon after and saw the band go straight onto the 6 Music playlist.

Last month they announced their debut album “Uppers” (out November 13th on Hand In Hive) and were confident enough in the rest of their songs to leave their first two singles off the track listing. The buzz was significant, with the first run of limited vinyl through Recordstore selling out in just over 24 hours.

All of this for a band who have played only the one show, ever.

 PRE-ORDER “UPPERS” HERE

All TV Priest’s artwork is designed by their own front man Charlie Drinkwatwer, a visual artist also responsible for the recent cover artwork for Fontaines D.C. among others, and their music is self-produced by the band’s own Nic Smith and is tantamount to the dual power of both their in-house DIY ethic and immediate, incendiary songs. Their third single, “This Island”, debuted last month as Jack Saunders’ “Next Wave” on Radio 1 and was the first to be taken from the album – it saw them not only pick up further UK support at press and radio but also start to break into international support, where the likes of KEXP, Paste, Brooklyn Vegan and more played and wrote about the band for the first time.

Their new single, “Slideshow”, is a further satire on the here and now and our near universal habit of staring at our screens all day, scrolling, scrolling, scrolling… 

WATCH “SLIDESHOW” HERE | LISTEN HERE

LISTEN/WATCH “THIS ISLAND” HERE


LISTEN/WATCH “RUNNER UP” ON YOUTUBE / DSPs

LISTEN/WATCH DEBUT SINGLE “HOUSE OF YORK” HERE

People will have to wait a little while longer to catch the band live again, but will be able to do so in 2021, where their headline dates have now been rescheduled for April.

Catch TV Priest live at the following dates next year:

20th April – Bristol – Rough Trade
21st April – Southampton – Heartbreakers
22nd April – London – The Shacklewell Arms
23rd April – Brighton – Prince Albert
29th April – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
30th April – Yes (Basement) – Manchester

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It’s tempting to think that you have all the answers, screaming your gospel every day with certainty and anger. Life isn’t quite like that though, and the debut album from London four-piece TV Priest instead embraces the beautiful and terrifying unknowns that exist personally, politically, and culturally.

Posing as many questions as it answers, ‘Uppers’, which comes out via Hand In Hive (Blackaby, A.O. Gerber, Wyldest, Swimming Tapes), is a thunderous opening statement that continues the UK’s recent resurgence of grubby, furious post-punk music. It says something very different though – something completely its own.

Four childhood friends who made music together as teenagers before drifting apart and then, somewhat inevitably, back together late in 2019, TV Priest was borne out of a need to create together once again, and brings with it a wealth of experience and exhaustion picked up in the band’s years of pursuing ‘real life’ and ‘real jobs’, something those teenagers never had. “The process of making music had always been very cathartic for us,” they say, “and we probably didn’t realise that until we stopped doing it for a while and realised what was missing.”

Last November, the band – vocalist Charlie Drinkwater, guitarist Alex Sprogis, bass and keys player Nic Smith and drummer Ed Kelland – played their first show, to a smattering of friends in what they describe as an “industrial freezer” in the warehouse district of Hackney Wick. “It was like the pub in ‘Peep Show’ with a washing machine just in the middle…” Charlie laughs, remembering how they dodged ‘Star Wars’ memorabilia and deep fat fryers while making their first statement as a band.

The gig might’ve seemed innocuous – not to mention humorous – at the time, but it remains their only live gig to date, and may well end up going down in legend. Having pencilled in gigs for the rest of 2020 and readied debut single ‘House Of York’, a searing examination of the Monarchy set over wiry post-punk and fronted by a Mark E. Smith-like mouthpiece in Charlie, the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Unsurprisingly, there isn’t a precedent for launching a band during a global pandemic, but among the general sense of anxiety and unease pervading everything at the moment, TV Priest’s entrance in April with the release of ‘House Of York’ served as a breath of fresh air among the chaos, its anger and confusion making some kind of twisted sense to the nation’s fried brains.

It’s the same continued global sense of anxiety that will greet the release of ‘Uppers’, and it’s an album that has a lot to say right now. Taking musical cues from both post-punk stalwarts and the mechanical, pulsating grooves of krautrock, it’s a record that moves with an untamed energy. Over the top of this rumbling musical machine is vocalist Charlie, a cuttingly funny, angry, confused, real frontman. “I found singularity at the bottom of the Mail Online comments section / HAHAHA, laugh it up,” he deadpans on new single ‘This Island’, and the tales he weaves across the new album feel plucked straight from the country’s collective consciousness right now.

A song Charlie wrote in response to “a parochialism that feels rampant in the UK,” ‘This Island’ addresses creeping nationalism in the country. “It’s a howl of frustration, and is a bit incoherent,” the frontman says. It’s a word that could easily seem like he’s putting himself down, but the incoherence here, and across the entirety of ‘Uppers’, is one borne of trying desperately to seek enlightenment, while also basking in the unknowability of things. As incoherent as a good old fashioned debate down the pub, it’s a brave and honest admission of not having all the answers, something that will undoubtedly connect widely in 2020.

According to Nic, ‘Uppers’ sees TV Priest “explicitly and outwardly” trying to avoid narrowmindedness and avoiding conflicting points of view. “There will never be a solution if it’s just heads banging together,” he adds. ‘Uppers’ sees TV Priest taking musical and personal risks, reaching outside of themselves and trying to make sense of this increasingly messy world. It’s a band and a record that couldn’t arrive at a more perfect time.

TV Priest are:

Charlie Drinkwater – vocals
Alex Sprogis – guitars 
Nic Smith – bass, keys
Ed Kelland – drums

TV Priest online:

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Made A Fool – new releases from Influx of Insanity

About Influx of Insanity

Influx are a two-piece rock and progressive metal band hailing from Cambridge, UK, described by local promoter 42 Gigs as an “all-conquering duo” and “ones to watch” by This is Noise. We are eager to promote our new single ‘Made A Fool’ and increase our reach beyond our current fanbase.

Influences

We draw influences from bands like Karnivool, Toska, Arcane Roots and Black Peaks, creating a new sound which is simultaneously familiar and exciting, yet
new, bold and adventurous.

Made A Fool

• We have recorded two new singles at North Acre Studios when
lockdown started to ease. We want to release these songs to a new
audience, primarily focusing on ‘Made A Fool’. We are really proud of them and feel like they represent us well.
• “Made A Fool” is crushingly heavy but also tender and soft with pretty
cleans and meaningful lyrics. We hope it will appeal to a wide audience.

Reviews

• ”An energetic sound that transfers well from live to studio and very listenable Eps” (Hayley Clapperton – Grapevine Magazine)
• Their “unique brand of progressive rock” creates an “astonishing wall of noise” (The Music Blog 42)
• “Their sound is large and powerful for a two-piece but the guitar sound is subtly interwoven with jazz licks and grooves” (This Is Noise)
• “They’ve wowed fans across East Anglia with their incredible musicianship and awesome songs: it is hard to believe that so much mesmerising noise can come from just two…people!” (Repeat Records)

The Music Blog 42

“The awesome progressive-rockers Influx of Insanity are crowd favourites in Bury St Edmunds having won BurySOUND back in 2018. Since then the duo have gone from strength to strength having released an astonishing self-titled EP and
have perfected their has-to-been live set.”

“Influx of Insanity have become recent stalwarts of the local music scene, infamous for their prog rock sound, and the release of their self-titled EP proves why they’ll be around for a very long time.”

A Review of Violet

“The Cambridgeshire duo have taken the local music scene by storm this year having won BurySOUND and the Cambridge Band Competition at the start of 2018, and also releasing their debut EP in October. The atmospheric guitar riffs and unique vocals makes Violet the best track from the duo so far in what looks to be a very promising few years for the band. We can’t wait to hear what else they have up their sleeves.” (Music Blog 42)

Who Are We?

• Dom Howard: guitars, backing vocals, octave pedal bass.
• Oli Brown: drums and vocals.

Contact Us

• Email: influxofinsanity@gmail.com
• Instagram: influxofinsanity
• Facebook: influxofinsanityofficial

Wind ’em up and watch ‘em go! CABBAGE get revved to finally hit the road

Wind ‘em up and watch ‘em go! CABBAGE get revved to finally hit the road, announcing new 2021 tour dates
Wind ‘em up and watch ‘em go! CABBAGE get revved to finally hit the road, announcing new 2021 tour dates
CABBAGE – AMANITA PANTHERINA TOUR 2021
The album, Amanita Pantherina released Fri 25 September 2020
Ticket links and album pre-orders: www.cabbageband.com  
It’s time for the marauding performance punks from the slopes of the Pennines to travel the UK once more, as CABBAGE announce tour dates for May 2021, stomping across stages in belated support of their upcoming, second album, Amanita Pantherina. In their first live outings since performing on the cusp of UK lockdown in early March for Annie Mac Presents in London, the 13-date heady trip sees the band let loose from Glasgow to Brighton.
 
Tickets go on general sale from 9am on Friday 25 September 2020.

 
Fighting fear of silence with two statement singles in the form of the Coronation Street-inspired, YOU’VE MADE AN ARTFORM (FROM FALLING TO PIECES) and the multicoloured, Shaun Ryder-indebted splash of GET OUTTA MY BRAIN, the re-energised five-piece strike out with a fresh sense of optimism on Amanita Pantherina, out THIS FRIDAY, promising 11-tracks of crackling, amped-up, socially-conscious and literary punk-pop.
A band statement reads: “Alas, it’s with great pleasure we can announce our return to the floorboards. Punk music has always had phenomenal healing properties throughout times of disparity and we would like to contribute to lifting the spirits of the UK through the power of kung fu and new hit records. Tickets are on sale at 9am on Friday for the ‘A man ‘n’ Tina, Ballerina tour’ in celebration of our new record ‘Amanita Pantherina’ also out on Friday.”
 
Featuring a glorious homecoming to Manchester’s Gorilla, recently rescued from closure, and a return to Lafayette in London, the full list of dates for Cabbage’s Amanita Pantherina 2021 Tour are as follows:

Wed 5 May     Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Thu 6 May      Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Fri 7 May        Newcastle, Riverside
Sat 8 May       Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
Thu 13 May    London, Lafayette
Fri 14 May      Manchester, Gorilla
Sat 15 May     Liverpool, The New Jimmy’s
Thu 20 May    Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Fri 21 May      Stoke-on-Trent, The Sugarmill
Sat 22 May     Preston, The Ferret
Thu 27 May    Bristol, The Fleece
Fri 28 May      Brighton, Patterns
Sat 29 May     Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

Older and wiser, yet unchanged in their mission, Cabbage – made up of Lee Broadbent (vocals), Joe Martin (vocals/guitar), Eoghan Clifford (guitar), Paddy Neville (bass) and Asa Morley (drums) – present Amanita Pantherina as the first album entirely self-produced and recorded in their own Brassica Studios, Mossley. Long-term, technical collaborator, Chris Stockton was on hand for the album sessions to ensure the right buttons got pressed.
Having deftly documented the turbulent times of modern Britain since 2017, machine-gunning wry takes on the banal, absurd and cruel – from the Brexit non-anthem of Raus! to the prescient, pharmaceutically-orientated, Medicine – the band aims to remain a vital voice of the times in which we live.  
 
Cabbage have occupied provocative territory by promoting progressive politics and supporting charitable causes through their live shows, leading them to be featured the BBC Radio Four documentary ‘The Art of Now: Band Politics’. At the same time as headlining sell-out UK tours, the band played Edgeley Park with Blossoms in 2019 and launched their debut album with a one-off, specially-curated exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery.
 
Connect with Cabbage on social media at www.facebook.com/cabbagelechou and www.twitter.com/ahcabbage  

North Cape Lights – atmospheric, cinematic snaps of transient frozen beauty

North Cape Lights is an indie rock band based in London, who has just release its new abum “I don’t know where Daria is from”. It has had already excellent reviews and feedbacks by fans and critique.

NCL are are usually compared to bands like Editors, Interpol, White Lies and Oasis as well, because of their Brit-rock sound from the early ’90s with some kind of post punk taste.

Their name comes from an experience the singer had, while travelling across Northern Europe. Some songs are soaked by this experience too, but the singular thing is that many of these songs were written before the singer made that trip. He has always been attracted by the atmospheres that those places transmit, and he composed on the basis of his imagination and of some pictures. The journey has done nothing but strengthen an idea and a state of mind that, probably, were already in his mind, and that from that experience were fed. Probably it has to do with introspection and inner research. “We have always felt that the cold and somewhat gloomy places would help these activities. And perhaps these were the reasons why we were attracted to them and that strongly inspired us”.

And their Spotify profile: https://spoti.fi/3jxbW9F

Here’s their new video

https://www.facebook.com/northcapelights