Reclaim These Streets: our single for Women’s Aid is out now

  ‘Reclaim These Streets’ by LOUD WOMEN is out now!   We are delighted to bring you the first listen of our collective single ‘Reclaim These Streets’, released today with all proceeds to Women’s Aid.   In the wake of the recent deaths of Blessing Olusegun and Sarah Everard, we hope to turn up the volume on current discussions on the issue of women’s safety. As the song says, “Until every woman is safe to walk on every street”.     Watch the video here
 
The song was written by LOUD WOMEN’s founder, Cassie Fox, with a spoken word/rap section written and performed by Brix Smith. Instrumentation is provided by a female and non-binary supergroup with members of My Bloody Valentine, Salad and T-Bitch.   DJ John Kennedy gave the track it’s national radio debut last week on Radio X, and called it a “feminist Band Aid”. Fittingly so! There are 64 contributing vocalists on this track, who form a who’s who of women in our music scene – and there’s even someone who was on the original Band Aid song … here’s the full list:    
Abby Werth, Amber of Hadda Be, Angela Martin of Bugeye, Bec Jevons of IDestroy, Brix Smith, Caroline Gilchrist of Hot Sauce Pony, Cassie Fox, Charley Stone, Debbie Googe, Debbie Smith, Dungareen Jean, Elis Sarv from Noise Noir, Ella Patenall of Naz & Ella, Emily Eagle of The Pukes, Emma Sky of Slut Magic, Erika Severyns, Estella Adeyeri of Big Joanie, Gail Something-Else of Muddy Summers & the Dirty Field Whores, Gemma Cullingford of Sink Ya Teeth, Georgie Willsher of Beverley Kills, Gilan, Harriet Doveton, Helen McCookerybook, Holly Carter of Berries, Jade Ellins, Janey Starling, Jen Macro, Jo Bevan, Joyce Raskin, Julie Riley of I Am HER, Karen of Hagar the Womb, Kat Five of Feral Five, Kel of The Empty Page, Kelly Chard, Kimmi Watson, Kristina Stazaker, Lee Friese-Greene, Lilith Ai, Liz Hayward of Ode to Sleep, Lorna Tiefholz of Rabies Babies, Marijne van der Vlugt, Michelle Marti of Girls Rock Indiana, Minni Moody, MIRI, Molly Energi, Nadia Javed, Ngaire Ruth, Nicki Mirage of Brazen Hussy/KNM, Patsy Stevenson, Paul Maps – Joyzine, Penfriend, Priya, Ren Aldridge of Petrol Girls, Ros Cairney of Deux Furieuses, Roshi Nasehi, Rowanna Chown, Sam McCann of Gender Chores, Shona MacMillan, Siân Alex of Gold Baby, Siobhan Fahey, Stevie B of T-Bitch, Suteki Hegg, The Pukes, Umbilica
   
More about some of our featured artists …
   
Siobhan Fahey   The Bananarama and Shakespears Sister superstar gets the final, poingant words of our song. Video link above for candid interview.  
Jo Bevan   The frontwoman of Desperate Journalist joined us for our socially distanced recording session at Soho’s Dean Street studios.
 

MIRI   Singer-songwriter MIRI added a soulful, dare we say, jazz finesse to the song when she joined our recording session.  
   
Brix Smith   The iconic frontwoman of The Fall and Brix and the Extricated, Brix wrote and performed a spoken word/rap section on the song.
 
Charley Stone   Currently counting Salad, Desperate Journalist, MX Tyrants and The Fallen Women amongst her stable, Charley also releases frequent, excellent solo music.

 
Patsy Stevenson   The woman the world saw forced to the ground by police at the Sarah Everard vigil at Clapham Common in March.   
Janey Starling   Punkrock singer and Co-Director of the LevelUp organisation, Janey Starling explains her reasons for joining the campaign:
“We live in a country where two women a week are killed by a partner or ex-partner and the government are cutting domestic abuse refuges, and they’re cutting rape crisis services – effectively the state has turned its back on women.”
   
Nadia Javed   Nadia Javed of The Tuts jjoined us at Dean Street studios to record her vocals – and sang so beautifully her vocals were chosen to start the first lines of the song.

 
Jen Macro   Jen Macro of Hurtling plays rhythm guitar and also sings on our single.  
Debbie Googe   Debbie Googe of My Bloody Valentine plays bass on the song – her trademark super-fuzzed, driving bassline hits hard from the start of the track.  
 
Here’s what Tony Rounce had to say about ‘Reclaim These Streets’  

A magnificent, marathon musical undertaking, ‘Reclaim These Streets’ gives the concept of the ‘Charity Single’ a long overdue and much-needed overhaul. For a start, it benefits Women’s Aid, and hopefully will help this worthy close-to-home organisation continue to “build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated” as their own mission statement proclaims.  

Then there’s the fact that it’s great. Nah, scratch that – it’s actually fan-blimmin’-tastic! A thumping groove, a massively catchy tune and a big old shouty, sing-along chorus do everything you would expect them to do to sell the song’s straightforward and rightfully angry lyric. It’s a shame that we live in a world where it’s necessary to underline the gravity of a situation with a song like this, but as soon as you hear it – even once – you will be glad that several somebodies did.  

There are 64 women involved in the making of ‘Reclaim These Streets’. You might not be able to pick out the individual contributions of the majority of them – although you can have fun putting names to the faces in the video, shot by LW’s favourite photographer (and why wouldn’t she be?) Keira Anee – but everybody who contributed gave their time willingly and with maximum commitment. I’m proud to be a colleague to several of them on Team LOUD WOMEN, none more so than our beloved leader Cassie Fox who moved this from ‘wouldn’t this be a great thing to do’ to ‘here we are in the studio, let’s make a record’ in a shockingly brief period of time. Like the baseball field in the film “Field Of Dreams”, our Cassie built it, and ‘they’ came.  

If I listed everyone who did their bit here there would be no room to extol the virtues of the music, so in the interests of parity and equality I won’t – although I would like to mention that one of the less familiar voices here is that of Patsy Stevenson, the woman who suffered the ignominy of being – literally – manhandled by the police at the Clapham Common vigil for the late Sarah Everard. I’ll otherwise level the field by saying everyone’s contribution was vital. If you have been keeping up with the aforementioned LW socials, you will know who was on board anyway. They all deserve three cheers from those of us whose contributions were spiritual out of necessity rather than physical, and a thunderous round of applause for all who helped to make it happen. My hat and my whole head are off to each and every one of them.  

Hopefully the day will eventually come when it will not be necessary to write and record songs like this – and I mean that in the most optimistic way, of course. Until that day arrives, those who fight against domestic abuse in all its forms can be proud to have ‘Reclaim These Streets’ as their anthem, and their call-to-arms. Although it’s one Loud Woman’s initiative, it would be a Record Of The Week (and of the Year) whoever instigated it.  

I write this review as one of Team LW’s brace of cis-males-in-residence, but I have a wife and teenage daughter who I love very much, and who I would be prepared to kill for if either ever found themselves on the receiving end of male violence. Even though I am unlikely to be on the receiving end of such a thing myself, I can fully get behind everything that “Reclaim These Streets” stands for. Please buy it, stream it, play it, talk about to anyone who is prepared to listen (and given that it’s already been played enthusiastically on many radio stations, a lot of people WILL have been listening already), but most of all love it and continue to support the sentiments within the song. It’s been described as ‘a feminist Band Aid’ – but it’s not. It’s better than Band Aid. Tonight be glad it’s them, instead of Bono…  

‘Reclaim These Streets’ is out now on all streaming platforms.  

LISTEN / BUY / DONATE !

TOM MORELLO FT PUSSY RIOT AND THE BLOODY BEETROOTS “WEATHER STRIKE” (THE BLOODY BEETROOTS REMIX)

TOM MORELLO FT PUSSY RIOT AND THE BLOODY BEETROOTS
“WEATHER STRIKE” (THE BLOODY BEETROOTS REMIX) HERE

OFFICIAL “WEATHER STRIKE” MUSIC VIDEO (DIR. KSTI HU) HERE
and below

artwork by Santiago Imkorpo Pagnotta
At the end of last month, incendiary rock guitarist and acoustic troubadour Tom Morello, revealed “Weather Strike”, a protest song penned and co-produced alongside Russia’s influential art collective Pussy Riot and produced by Carl Restivo. Today, the dynamic track sees a dazzling remix by The Bloody Beetroots HERE. Earlier, the “Weather Strike” music video was created by the filmmaker & 3D artist Ksti Hu. Tom Morello and Nadya discuss their caustic collaboration on Tom’s Maximum Firepower podcast on SiriusXM, plus see part of it on video.

“When The Bloody Beetroots got ahold of “Weather Strike”, (my collaboration with Pussy Riot) it took an already ferocious song to another level. This remix feels like a brand new sonic alloy has been forged, a Marshall Stack/Bass Drop firestorm of fury.”Tom Morello

“I’ve been trying to work with Tom for years!  And this is just the beginning.  And with Pussy Riot on this track, I couldn’t ask for anything more!” The Bloody Beetroots

With a clenched fist raised high in the air, The Bloody Beetroots has continuously revolutionized electronic music for more than a decade. Commanding a creative lane all its own, The Bloody Beetroots operates as a multi-layered concept that unfolds like an art project and encompasses original punk-fueled dance music, in-demand remixes, high-end visuals, and graphics, fashion, photography, and riveting live performances.

At the core of The Bloody Beetroots universe lives Italy-born, Los Angeles-based founder Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, a modern-day multi-hyphenate who operates as the act’s primary producer, songwriter, musician, DJ and mastermind. Inspired by his lifelong love of punk rock and comic books—the artwork of legendary Italian comics author/illustrator Tanino Liberatore and the Venom-inspired black masks Rifo dons onstage remain constant in the act’s visual aesthetic—Rifo unleashed The Bloody Beetroots in late 2006. Since then, he’s crafted an intense sound unlike any other: Mixing Rifo’s background as a classically trained musician, his punk rock obsession and his burning passion for electronic music, The Bloody Beeatroots’ edgy rock-meets-dance hybrid sound pummels you like a punch in the face or a brutal kick to the stomach.

Tom Morello, known for his innovative guitar solos and thunderous chords, is a groundbreaking artist whether in his solo career or as an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two acts responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. He’s released four solo albums as The Nightwatchman, created the genre obliterating Atlas Underground project, and formed the band Street Sweeper Social Club with Boots Riley of The Coup. Morello has also been recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time (#26).” Morello has produced or collaborated with artists of diverse genres including Wu Tang Clan, Johnny Cash, Tool, John Fogerty, Anti-Flag, Public Enemy, Joe Strummer, Crystal Method, Calle 13, Dave Matthews Band, Johnny Cash, Killer Mike. Travis Barker, and Pete Seeger. In addition, he joined Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band for six years on tour and is featured lead guitarist on Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball and High Hopes albums. In 2016, Morello joined forces with fellow Rage Against The Machine bandmates Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, as well as Cypress Hill’s B-Real and Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord to form the band Prophets of Rage. In 2020 Rage Against The Machine announced its reformation and an extensive world tour. Morello is also known for his lifelong valiant activism.


Exactly 10 years after its foundation, Russia’s protest art collective Pussy Riot will focus on releasing a full-length debut album later this year. Their most recent release Panic Attack EP includes “TOXIC” ft Dorian Electra and the audio-visual “Panic Attack” created a fever in the NFT art world by collecting over $370.000 to benefit a Russian women’s shelter as well as supporting Pussy Riot’s continued activism. The Panic Attack EP came on the heels of their urgent call to action “RAGE” as a part of their campaign for the release of all people arrested for political reasons in Russia in 2021. Pussy Riot’s Masha Alekhina and Lucy Shtein, a queer couple, are currently being held separately under house arrest and are facing 2 years in jail for supporting jailed Putin’s critic Alexey NavalnyTom Morello:
https://www.facebook.com/TomMorello/
https://twitter.com/TMorello
https://www.instagram.com/TomMorello/

Pussy Riot:
http://www.instagram.com/nadyariot
https://www.youtube.com/wearepussyriot
http://www.twitter.com/pussyrrriot
https://www.facebook.com/wearepussyriot/
https://zona.media/ = Pussy Riot’s independent news publication, focused on Russian courts, law enforcement, and the prison system
https://pussyriot.store/

The Bloody Beetroots:
https://www.instagram.com/thebloodybeetrootsofficial/
https://twitter.com/bloodybeetroots

THE LOVELY EGGS- Return with new single ‘I, Moron’ ft. Iggy Pop + Annouce UK Tour Dates

THE LOVELY EGGS RETURN WITH NEW SINGLE 

‘I, MORON’ FEATURING IGGY POP

RELEASED JULY 9TH VIA EGG RECORDS
+ UK DATES SCHEDULED FOR JULY 2021

NUMBER ONE SELLING NEW ALBUM ‘I AM MORON’ OUT NOW

Back in the old world at the start of 2020, our psychedelic punk heroes The Lovely Eggs were primed to release their new album ‘I Am Moron’ – their greatest work yet, over-flowing with political venom and fresh ideas, set to a gloriously independent noise. Then, of course, the pandemic happened. The Lovely Eggs pushed ahead, and the album came out to critical-acclaim and indie chart-topping status, but their plans to tour it far and wide were obviously scuppered. At first, their UK tour was rescheduled to just two months later, thinking there’s no way the pandemic could last more than a few weeks….

Fast forward a year, their UK tour has been rebooked independently by the band at least five times and The Lovely Eggs are still yet to play the new album live. 

But in that time, they made a new fan in Iggy Pop, the Godfather of punk, and without doubt the coolest street walking cheetah to ever stalk the earth, who had been playing The Lovely Eggs on his 6 Music show. Fast forward a bit more time and The Lovely Eggs are extremely delighted to be able to announce a collaboration with Iggy Pop for their new single ‘I, Moron’, released July 9th via their own label Egg Records. 

“Being in The Lovely Eggs we’re kind of used to surreal experiences but collaborating with Iggy Pop takes the biscuit,” exclaims singer/guitarist Holly Ross. “It’s actually unbelievable. For him just to say nothing but “moron” over and over again fitted in with the sentiment of the song perfectly. He just GOT it. We are all morons. In a world of moronic things. In a world of moronic ideas. You are moron. I am Moron. We are Moron.”

In a further homage to Iggy, the B-side features The Lovely Eggs own take on ‘Dum Dum Boys’ from Iggy’s defining 1977 album ‘The Idiot’.

“For the B side it made real sense to us to cover one of Iggy’s songs off “The Idiot”, says drummer David Blackwell. “There seemed to be a real synchronicity to it. I had this album on cassette, and it was one of the first albums that I got really into. Dum Dum Boys struck a chord with us, kind of missing the old days and the old gang we used to hang out with.”

Once again, the single will feature artwork (featuring a three headed Iggy/Eggy beast) by the brilliant Casey Raymond on one thousand yellow coloured vinyl 7” singles, recorded by The Lovely Eggs in Lancaster and mixed by Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios, NYC

‘I am Moron’ was declared “Album of the Day” by BBC 6 Music and received critical acclaim

from the national press. The Sunday Times called it “A Triumph”, ★★★★ “I am Moron is

much cleverer than it would have you believe”- The Telegraph, ★★★★ – I Paper, 9/10- Louder Than War, “An act of fine calibration of noise and sweetness”- Q, “Packed with their observations of modern culture and the utter madness of the current world”- Sunday Mirror, Album of the month- Classic Rock, “Their Best Record Yet”- Long Live Vinyl, 8/10- Uncut, “Anarcho spirit dominates”- MOJO, “Excellent”- Brooklyn Vegan.

Catch The Lovely Eggs live at the following dates in 2021/2022
*GUEST LISTS AND INTERVIEW TIMES AVAILABLE *

July 2021

Thur 8 Metronome, Nottingham

Fri 9 SWX, Bristol [Venue upgrade. Original tickets still valid]

Sat 10 Concorde 2, Brighton [Venue upgrade. Original tickets still valid]

Sun 11 The Loft Southampton

Mon 12 The Garage, London SOLD OUT

Tues 13, The Bullingdon, Oxford

Thur 15 02 Academy, Sheffield

Fri 16, Phase One, Liverpool

Fri 23 Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT

April 2022

Thurs 7 Castle and Falcon, Birmingham SOLD OUT

Fri 8, Heaven, London

Mon 11 Junction 2, Cambridge

Sat 16, The Brudenell, Leeds SOLD OUT

May 2022

Thur 26 The Cluny, Newcastle

Fri 27 Stereo, Glasgow

Sat 28 The Mash House, Edinburgh SOLD OUT

Sun 29 The Crescent, York

Mon 30 Sub Rooms, Stroud

Tues 31 Clwb Ivor Bach, Cardiff

June 2022

Wed 1 Face Bar, Reading

Fri 3 02 Ritz, Manchester
 

Find The Lovely Eggs online at: 

WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

WINDSHAKE ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE – SHARING MACHINE

WINDSHAKE ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE – SHARING MACHINE OUT 23.04.2021

Swansea formed WINDSHAKE announce their new single “Sharing Machine”, out on the 23rd of April. The track is the second of four singles to be released from their impending
debut album (release date and title TBC).

The band currently consists of Sam Elliot, Kilian Lee and Oliver Thomas. With their roots in psychedelic rock, the band’s newer material shows a strong influence of folk and
progressive rock.

The song’s lyrics implies that the human race has become attached to a new species: our phones. Constantly we share, constantly we scroll, endlessly we are beckoned by emojis.
Conceived in a moment of drunken ecstasy, the track may well have been consigned to the waste paper folder of history had it not been for the very object whose omnipresence is
described.


Sam explains: “I don’t remember much about the process of writing it. I do remember waking up hungover on a bed and having the lyrics there. And then I checked my voice memos and it was there so I must have done a rough demo when I was pretty drunk and then re-learnt the song.”

“When I first met Kilian I said ‘Oh I wrote this song’. It was fairly soon after we first met. The guitar that I play on the recording, I didn’t have yet but I wanted to buy it. So I showed Kilian the song in the guitar shop and he just picked up another guitar and started playing the riff pretty instantly. That was quite a nice moment.”

Musically, the song builds on similar folk roots as their previous single release “Orange Raincoat”. Kilian elaborates: “‘Orange Raincoat’ comes more from the American folk point of view, this has a more medieval English or European sound. Both of my guitars are 12 strings so that gives it a particular sound.

There’s a lot more instrumentation this time around but it still builds on a similar foundation.”
Sam continues: “For me, it was mainly influenced by the Ty Segall Sleeper album. It’s like the lo-fi acoustic.”

The track was recorded in Factory Studios in Bristol, where the band have been based for the past eighteen months. Produced by the band themselves, the song was one of the earliest from the album to be completed.

Oliver says: “At that point, we hadn’t really had much experience in a studio. We’d started working with an engineer in Factory who’s done it for a while and he was giving us ideas on how to capture the sound. That’s helped in later recordings.”

WINDSHAKE have been steadily releasing a number of EPs in the past three years, all of which have been leading up to their first full length album project. Currently, the band is looking for a record label to release the full album, which is now in the mixing stage.

In the meantime, the band are hard at work rehearsing for the resumption of live shows in the Summer.
“Sharing Machine” is out on the 23rd of April on all major streaming platforms as well as Bandcamp for purchase.
An acoustic live video of “Sharing Machine” and “Orange Raincoat” will premiere on the band’s YouTube and other social media sites, one week after the song’s release on the 30th of April.

The official music video for “Sharing Machine”, directed by Lily Adams, will premiere two weeks after the song’s release on the 7th of May.

The Subways unveil new anti racist single Fight & rescheduled UK gigs

“Fight is a letter in two parts: a gesture of solidarity with the Black community and communities of colour, as they face their daily oppression at the hands of systemic racism; and it’s a wake-up-call to the white community that such oppressions do in fact exist, and that we must acknowledge these oppressions and fight alongside marginalised communities as allies,” Billy Lunn explains.

Fight is the first release on the band’s new label Alcopop, who were rather excited with their new link up:

“Bloody hell! So we’ve only gone and signed bona fide rock n’ roll queens The Subways! Patrons of our heart for many a year, the magical band are now hanging out here at Team Pop, and new single FIGHT is out today (and more accurately in terms of going into shops and stuff – Friday!) “

All the links you need are here

The Subways – Fight! (shor.by)

Having just been able to squeeze in some live dates on the anniversary of their debut album Young For Eternity (when they also had an exclusive chat with Live4ever) before the first lockdown hit last year, details of a rescheduled 2nd leg have now been confirmed.

Tour dates:

September
23 – Norwich, The Waterfront
24 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
25 – London, O2 Forum
30 – Nottingham, Rock City

October
1 – Bristol, O2 Academy
2,3 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

https://www.thesubways.net/

“NEW WELSH OUTFIT ‘BOI’ ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM AND SHARE NEW SINGLE”

 “NEW WELSH OUTFIT ‘BOI’ ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM AND SHARE NEW SINGLE

“So good….that sleazy, glitter band groove is somthin’ else and is very moreish”
Adam Walton – BBC Radio Wales      New Welsh outfit ‘BOI’ have announced their highly anticipated debut album entitled ‘Coron O Chwinc’ which will be released on the 25th June via new Welsh label Recordiau Crwn. The first single from the album will be ‘Cael Chdi Nol’ and will be released on the 30th of April.

‘BOI’ create a big, melodic, unapologetically drum and guitar driven sound, with lyrics and melodies that explore the big issues of our times and the human state. These 10 songs off “Coron O Chwinc” were recorded in various spaces around Wales, and were then mixed in the capable hands of Dafydd Ieuan (Super Furry Animals)  


Band Members/Aelodau’r Band
Keyboards/Allweddellau – Osian Gwynedd
Lead Vocals/Canwr – Rhodri Siôn 
Guitar/Gitâr – Ifan Emlyn 
Bass/Gitâr Fas – Heledd Mair Watkins 
Drums/Drymiau – Dafydd Owen   

Osian Gwynedd and Rhodri Siôn were members of Beganifs/Big Leaves for 15 years and more, and recorded several albums and EPs under various labels, with their hits including Seithenyn, Meillionen, Cwcwll and many more. The group gained huge success in Wales during the 1990 and 2000s and performed throughout the UK and further afield with bands such as Catatonia and Super Furry Animals. Their English-language single Racing Birds was Single of the Week on Mark and Lard’s Radio 1 show.
 
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++  
Cymraeg

BOI Albym Newydd ‘Coron O Chwinc’ allan ar Recordiau Crwn 25.06.21 ar sengl ‘Cael Chdi Nol’ allan dydd Gwener 30ain o Ebrill. Mae ‘BOI’ yn creu sain mawr, melodaidd, wedi ei yrru’n ddi-drugaredd gan ddryms a gitars, gyda geiriau ac alawon sy’n archwilio themau mawr ein hoes a’n cyflwr dynol.

Recordiwyd y 10 trac oddi ar “Coron O Chwinc” mewn amryw o leoliadau gwahanol o amgylch Cymru, ac yna ei cymysgu yn dwylo galluog Dafydd Ieuan (Super Furry Animals)
Bu Osian Gwynedd a Rhodri Siôn yn aelodau o Beganifs/Big Leaves am 15 mlynedd a mwy, gan recordio sawl albwm ac ‘EP’ o dan labeli amrywiol, gyda chaneuon poblogaidd yn cynnwys Seithenyn, Meillionen, Cwcwll a llawer mwy. Bu’r grwp yn llwydiannus ar lefel lleol, drwy Gymru gyfan a phrofi peth llwyddiant yn teithio o gwmpas y DU a thu hwnt gyda bandiau megis Catatonia a Super Furry Animals.

BOI Online:
https://twitter.com/BOIblahblah
https://www.facebook.com/BOImuzik
https://boitiwns.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/blahdblahboi/

Artist: ‘BOI’ Single Title: ‘Cael Chdi Nol’
Single Format: Digital Single
Single Release Date: 30/04/21
Album Title: ‘Coron O Chwinc’
Album Release Date: 25.06.21
Album Format: Digital / CD
Label: Recordiau Crwn
Location: Wales, Europe
Socials Tags: @BOIblahblah @recordiaucrwn @Beastpruk
For Fans Of: Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Dandy Warhols, Badfinger, BRMC

Teenage Fanclub share new video and tour dates

TEENAGE FANCLUB SHARE NEW VIDEO FOR ‘IN OUR DREAMS’

NEW ALBUM ‘ENDLESS ARCADE’ OUT 30TH APRIL VIA PeMa
+ UK TOUR DATES FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
Today, Teenage Fanclub share a final preview of their highly-anticipated album with a new song and video. “In Our Dreams“, written by the band’s Raymond McGinley, is the fifth single off Endless Arcade, out 30th April. The song evokes an exploratory voyage inward and reflects the melancholic yet uplifting themes present throughout the rest of the record. The video was shot at Motherwell Concert Hall by long-time collaborator Donald Milne.

(Credit: Donald Milne)

McGinley had this to say about the new song: “To rephrase an aphorism most famously used by John Lennon, existence is what happens while the human race is busy making other plans. This song is kinda about that, but like all our songs, we write them intuitively and only think about what to say about them afterwards.”




“In Our Dreams” follows previous singles ‘Everything Is Falling Apart’, ‘Home’, ‘I’m More Inclined’ and ‘The Sun Won’t Shine On Me’. Teenage Fanclub’s tenth album, due out at the end of the month, has received early praise from Uncut, Record Collector and DIY:
“Magical songs… Endless Arcade is excellent, with enchanting melodies, emotional depth, and a few unexpected evolutions.” Uncut – 8/10
“Teenage Fanclub have long been masters at giving their crowd what they need at the same time as subtly exploring new territory… No matter whether it’s Blake or McGinley on writing duties, it’s the sound of two master songwriters, still growing, still evolving.” Record Collector – 4 stars **** (Album of the Month)
“Forty minutes of charged guitars and driving rhythms paired with poetic lyricism…. Emotionally honest and wholly atmospheric.” DIY
 
UK Live Dates: 2021:
7th September 2021 – Manchester – Academy2
8th September 2021  – London – Forum
14th September 2021  – Edinburgh – Usher Hall
15th September 2021 – Aberdeen – Music Hall
16th September 2021  – Glasgow – Barrowland

2022:
8th April 2022- Sheffield – Leadmill
9th April 2022 – Leeds – Beckett’s
10th April 2022 – Nottingham – Rock City
12th April 2022 – Birmingham – Institute
13th April 2022 – Norwich – Waterfront
14th April 2022 – Bath – Komedia
16th April 2022 – Brighton – Chalk
17th April 2022 – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms
20th April 2022 – Belfast – Empire Music Hall
21st April 2022 – Dublin – Academy   

Even if we weren’t living through extraordinarily troubling times, there is nothing quite like a Teenage Fanclub album to assuage the mind, body and soul, and to reaffirm that all is not lost in this world.   In the 1990s, the band crafted a magnetically heavy yet harmony-rich sound on classic albums such as “Bandwagonesque” and “Grand Prix”. This century, albums such as “Shadows” and “Here” have documented a more relaxed, less ‘teenage’ Fanclub, reflecting the band’s stage in life and state of mind, which Endless Arcade slots perfectly alongside. The album walks a beautifully poised line between melancholic and uplifting, infused with simple truths. The importance of home, community and hope is entwined with more bittersweet, sometimes darker thoughts – insecurity, anxiety, loss.  “I think of an endless arcade as a city that you can wander through, with a sense of mystery, an imaginary one that goes on forever…” says Raymond McGinley, one half of the band’s songwriters for this album alongside Norman Blake. “When it came to choosing an album title, it seemed to have something for this collection of songs.”   


Endless Arcade artwork and tracklist:

1. Home
2. Endless Arcade
3. Warm Embrace
4. Everything Is Falling Apart
5. The Sun Won’t Shine On Me
6. Come With Me
7. In Our Dreams
8. I’m More Inclined
9. Back In The Day
10. The Future
11. Living With You
12. Silent Song  

TRAMPOLENE release new track and announce album

TRAMPOLENE New Album ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ Released 16th July 2021

New Song ‘Gotta Do More Gotta Be More’ (Available Now

& LIVE: MANCHESTER/CARDIFF/LONDON

TRAMPOLENE release their third album ‘Love No Less Than A Queen,’ on Friday 16th July through the Strap Originals label. The album features 12 new TRAMPOLENE original songs and was produced by Mike Moore (Baxter Dury/Liam Gallagher), Richard Jackson (Super Furry Animals) & Jason Stafford (Albion Rooms) and mixed by Dave Emery (Arcade Fire/Elbow). The full tracklisting is:

  • Gotta Do More Gotta Be More (2.37)
  • Oh Lover (3.06)
  • The Misadventures Of Lord Billy Bilo (3.02)
  • No Love No Kisses (3.06)
  • Remember (3.10)
  • Uncle Brian’s Abattoir (2.15)
  • Shoot The Lights (3.43)
  • Lighter Than Paper (3.41)
  • Perfect View (3.30)
  • Born Again (3.28)
  • Milan (3.52)
  • Come Join Me In Life (3.16)

Says TRAMPOLENE main man Jack Jones: “The album was a way of me summing up my life so far. It made me search into myself and understand that life really is a gift after all and that being at peace isn’t wrong or something you don’t deserve and it actually makes things better that way.”


The new single, a mind-bending maniacal mantra‘Gotta Do More Gotta Be More’is the fourth track to be lifted from ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ along with ‘Oh Lover,’ ‘Come Join Me In Life’ and ‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir.’All four tracks can be streamed and downloaded immediately when you preorder ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ https://ffm.to/lovenolessthanaqueen


Jack Jones on the songs: Gotta Do More Gotta Be More “we’re all told we can be better, we can do more. It’s not always true. Repeat it so often it becomes hypnotic and surreal and loses any sense or meaning. Then you’re free to relax and be yourself .”Oh Lover’ “started as a one-way message from a boy to a girl about their long distance love affair, but as the Pandemic became the new reality, it morphed into a song about being apart indefinitely…but now in a world that was unrecognisable and where nothing made sense and everything has changed.”
‘The Misadventures Of Lord Billy Bilo’“a nightmare narrative of things that happen when you’re asleep and your brain is occupied by twisted, weird imaginings that you are convinced are real.”
No Love No Kisses’ “I read an article about tower block graveyards in Japan, due to lack of space which then developed into a song about silly domestic rows with your partner.”
Remember’ “getting over your compulsions, mine had begun to ruin my life and damage others and they were taking away all my dreams. This is about all the people who helped me through.” 
‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir’ “came about when I was picking up my little cousin from an after school art class…she had painted a paradise where animals and humans lived in harmony but mistakenly called it an Abattoir…I found the whole thing very charming and jotted it down in my notes…So it’s about an abattoir…but not as you know it…it’s taken straight out of a child’s imagination. It has taken on another meaning for me lately as it is also about slowly going mad being stuck indoors during the Lockdown”
Shoot The Lights’ “being stuck in a lockdown with someone you are happy with and not wanting to leave the house and go anywhere.”
‘Lighter Than Paper’“I got the idea from an episode of ‘Desert Island Discs,’ someone’s husband had died and she was very successful and had friends all over the world that she could do anything with, but no-one she could do nothing with…it stuck with me.”
Perfect View’ “is about not selling yourself short – the perfect view is in your mind.”
Milan’ “I always wanted to call this Milan on a Comedown, another love song about fighting against having joy in my life…I always thought I was supposed to be lonely and unhappy…” 
Come Join Me In Life’ “a call to arms for the left behinds and the voiceless ones…don’t believe what they tell you, its your world too.”

The album also features ‘Born Again’ which is included in the soundtrack to the hugely successful digital Basketball game NBA2K.


‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ will be available on CD, cassette, digital download and 12” vinyl, including beautiful limited marble and Red variants, as well as exclusive formats and signed items. 
To celebrate the release of ‘Love No Less Than A Queen,’ TRAMPOLENE  have announced three shows in Manchester, Cardiff and London during August. To make sure you bagsy a ticket, https://ffm.to/lovenolessthanaqueen the new TRAMPOLENE album and get access to an exclusive pre-sale starting Wednesday 14th April at 10am. Tickets will be on general sale at 10am on Friday 16th April from http://metropolism.uk/B2KB30rDV46  The full dates are:

AUGUST18th Wednesday Manchester  Deaf Institute
19th Thursday Cardiff  The Globe 
20th Friday London  Moth Club 

Jack Jones, lead singer/guitarist of TRAMPOLENE is a spoken word poet, singer and songwriter. He moonlights as lead guitarist in Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres. BBC Radio produced a documentary portrait of Jack Jones & TRAMPOLENE, entitled ’Another Swansea Poet’ in 2019. Jack writes about everyday life, his upbringing, and offers his own social commentary on the world, all delivered with a gentle Swansea lilt, reminiscent of his idol Dylan Thomas.


TRAMPOLENE have released two albums – ‘Swansea To Hornsey’ (2017) which entered the UK indie chart at no. 10 and ‘Pick A Pocket or Two’ (2018). 

TRAMPOLENE personnel:

Jack Jones – vocals/guitar, Wayne Thomas – bass/vocals and  Jay Bone – drums/vocals.

https://www.trampolene.co.uk

https://www.youtube.com/user/trampoleneofficial/videos

https://www.facebook.com/trampoleneofficial

https://twitter.com/trampolene_band

https://www.instagram.com/trampolene_band/

Broken Fires return with new single Dreamer

BROKEN FIRES RETURN WITH NEW SINGLE:“DREAMER” OUT NOW – VIA PHWOAR & PEACE RECORDS 

“Somewhere between the 80’s guitar landscapes of The Cult, the upbeat-melancholy of The Wombats, and the emotive vocal drive of The Joy Formidable. Shwing.”  Killing Moon “I am in love with this band and their hugely ambitious sound” – Bethan Elfyn, BBC Introducing Wales

 Back in business – BROKEN FIRES – return with their first new music in over 5 years: “Dreamer”. 

 Stream the track here and now: https://found.ee/BFDreamer

A brand new track with all the sky-high ambitions that its title may promise, the South Wales band return with an anthemic cut that heralds both a new partnership with Cardiff-based label Phwoar & Peace, plus a fresh batch of material planned for release throughout 2021. 

 Bearing all the hallmarks of classic Broken Fires whilst packing a beatific indie-rock punch akin to Dinosaur Jr, Manchester Orchestra or The Hold Steady, the new single from the Swansea trio finds them dreaming BIG..

At just three-and-a-half minutes long, “Dreamer” is a sugar rush short-and-sweet sonic thrills, and one that reflects on our own short-lived existences. As Tom from Broken Fires explains:
“Dreamer is a song about being allowed to dream and wanting to do something with your short time on earth. It was inspired by this feeling that as we grow up, we tend to default to the mundane, normal and let’s be honest – boring. It seemed like a feeling that a lot of our friends were experiencing, that itch you get when you just don’t want to accept that this is it and you want to do something bigger, better, maybe even a little bit crazy and unrealistic with your life.



Written in South Wales on Tom’s father’s old 1960s EKO acoustic guitar, a palpable sense of nostalgia rings through every chord and lyric of “Dreamer”. Crammed with introspective observations about life and how to live it, before it’s too late, lyrics like ““I want something I can tell the kids in 45 years. I was a dreamer. I wanted it all” will resonate and move in equal measure.
Originally a much slower and more melancholic number, the final version instead fires a shot of simple, energetic guitar-pop that strikes that alt/rock sweet-spot with a direct hit. Effervescing with lashings of twinkling guitar arpeggios, rousing vocals hooks and fuzzed-up fretboard wig-outs; “Dreamer” is the sound of a band waking-up to find their teenage dreams of the big-time are within touching distance and reaching out with both hands,.

Written and recorded by Broken Fires at sessions that culminated at Mwnci Studios, “Dreamer” was produced by Broken Fires’ own Justin Hendy (guitarist), before final mixing by Matt Lederman (!!!, Rural Alberta Advantage) and mastering by Ryan Morey(Arcade Fire / Suuns).

Formed in Swansea, South Wales in 2014, Broken Fires have earned a reputation for massive alternative indie songs about love, life and death. Self-releasing their debut album ‘Silhouettes’ back in 2015 to a warm reception, the band earned plays on BBC Radio 1, extensive support from BBC Introducing and US public radio; whereas singles including ‘Elephants’, ‘Flesh and Blood’ and ‘Brand New Start’ gained them global recognition from placements in TV Shows across MTV, the BBC and beyond.

After a five year gap, Broken Fires utilised the lockdown of 2020 to their advantage and initiated work on their sophomore record: ‘HYMNS‘. Also produced by Matt Lederman, it is slated for release in Autumn 2021 via Cardiff indie imprint Phwoar & Peace Records. An invigorating alt-rock blast that beholds much more to come, “Dreamer” announces  Broken Fires’ long-overdue return with emphatic style. “Dreamer” is out now. 

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Members of Broken Fires also appear in the totally incredible Picsel, as featured on a past R*E*P*E*A*T compilation.

BROKEN FIRES – “DREAMER” – NEW SINGLE OUT NOW, VIA PHWOAR & PEACE
YOUTUBE || SPOTIFY HERE || SOUNDCLOUD
FOR MORE INFORMATION
https://www.instagram.com/brokenfires/https://www.facebook.com/brokenfireshttps://twitter.com/brokenfiresbandhttps://brokenfires.bandcamp.com/

For fans of:  Frightened Rabbit, Manchester Orchestra and The Joy Formidable. 

R*E*P*E*A*T announces You Flexi Thing Vol 8 line up for Record Store Day 2021

Seditious Swansea / Cambridge underground label REPEA*T Proudly Presents
For Record Store Day 2021
You Flexi Thing Vol 8:
X-Ray Flex


New tracks from South Wales and East Anglia, from proper Top of the Pops popstars and young pretenders, to mark Record Store Day 2021, July 17th .

REPEA*T Records continues in its quest to bash back at Boris and the bigots one bit of bendy vinyl at a time, with the release of You Flexi Thing Vol 8.

Sleeve artwork by Seattle graphic designer Phil Rose Esq

Continuing with recent (anti) tradition, X-Ray Flex is an East West DIY Punk Rock Rebel Alliance Production, spanning both the UK and generations.

Within its flexible white groov(ie)s you can hear

The Darling Buds : Jump In
Newport indie legends hint at the brilliance of their almost imminent new album, Jump In is an instant Buds ear worm which will delight their fans around the world.

Twitter @theedarlingbuds

Pic Mark Blundell

The Monoliths : Fuck Oasis
The Monoliths are a teenage psychedelic punk-prog 4-piece band from a Cambridge school, with an ear for unexpectedly massive sounds and a healthy disrespect for their elders and lessers. More likely to receive abuse from Liam and Noel than radio play.

https://www.instagram.com/themonoliths/

Tom Emlyn : Serenade
Heart stoppingly beautiful track from Swansea / Cardiff based songwriter which promises great things from his debut album. Tom is also the guitarist in Swansea’s bilingual noise bandits Bandicoot, whose Fuzzy sounds are currently creating a mini maelstrom.

https://www.instagram.com/tomemlyn/

The Verdicts : You Believe
Adrenaline fuelled teen band from Colchester whose crazily catchy punk barbs are deftly aimed at Boris Johnson and anyone else who spreads ‘the lies you read in The Sun’.

https://www.instagram.com/theverdictsband/



X-Ray Flexi
will be available exclusively from participating indie record stores nationwide in limited dazzling white bendy vinyl with artwork by Phil Rose esq fromJuly 17th. Cat No MBRR158.

Listen and buy remaining copies (with even more exclusive badge) from July 24th here
https://repeatfanzine.bandcamp.com/album/x-ray-flex


A DIY Punk Rock East West Rebel Alliance Production

Keep supporting your local independent record shop #RSD21

Catch them live:
Tom Emlyn – Swansea Creature Sound, August 6th

The Monoliths / The Verdicts – Cambridge Portland Arms, August 13th
The Darling Buds – Newport Le Pub, September 11
th


ALL BANDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW

More info rosey@repeatfanzine.co.uk

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