The Rifles, Milburn, Carl Barat, The King Blues and more added to Camden Rocks Festival

Camden Rocks Festival – Second Announcement

Having announced The Damned, Orange Goblin and Ruts DC amongst the first acts to be confirmed for Camden Rocks Festival 2017, Sheffield’s recently reformed indie pioneers Milburn join the line-up, alongside Camden’s own Carl Barat & The Jackals, The Rifles, The King Blues, The Membranes and many more.
Following a sold-out fifth year in 2016, this year will see Camden Rocks Festival up the stakes again, set to host a staggering 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s venues on June 3rd 2017.

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“We can’t wait to play this year’s Camden Rocks Festival, a great line up as always and right in our own back yard!” say The Rifles.
“Camden Rocks is the weekend when Camden comes as alive as it ever was and should always be. I’m always proud to be a part of it.” Carl Barat adds.

Speaking ahead of The King Blues’ appearance, frontman Itch says, “We are ridiculously excited to be playing at Camden Rocks this year. Camden was where we cut our teeth and has been a spiritual home for us. I can’t wait for this one!”

Camden Rocks 2017 will also host a special reformation from original Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook’s The Professionals, and in addition to Milburn, Carl Barat & The Jackals, The King Blues, The Rifles and The Membranes, Andy Cairns of alt-metal mainstays Therapy? will also perform an acoustic set. “I’m honoured and excited to be part of the burgeoning Camden Rocks festival this year,” Cairns says. “My previous experience of the event was amazing and I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck in to 2017’s chapter. See you there!”

Early-bird tickets for Camden Rocks Festival 2017 are now sold out. £39.50 tickets are now available from www.camdenrocksfestival.com

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Cabbage share new track ‘Gibraltar Ape’

CABBAGE
‘GIBRALTAR APE’
THE NEW SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW ON SKELETON KEY RECORDS
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Spotify+ NEW HEADLINE DATES

“Cabbage are the real deal – and 2017 just got a lot more interesting” Evening Standard
“Cabbage might just be the most exciting live band in the UK right now” Drowned In Sound
“…the natural heirs to the Happy Mondays’ wonky crown”
Marc Riley, BBC 6Music


Cabbage have today released their new single ‘Gibraltar Ape’, available to stream and download now and impacting on March 24th. Recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool and produced by James Skelly (of The Coral) and Richard Turvey, ‘Gibraltar Ape’ follows the Manchester band’s three four-track EP’s released in late 2016: ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade’ (whose title track was playlist by BBC 6Music), ‘Necroflat In The Palace’ and ‘Terrorist Synthesiser’. A compilation of the three EPs – ‘Young, Dumb and Full of…” is available to stream now on Spotify

 

‘Gibraltar Ape’ is a “Conversational pub paradox. A tireless crusade to be freed of inner constraints. Starring John Hall and the town of Huddersfield,” says Cabbage’s Lee Broadbent.

Listen on Spotify or download on iTunes

With all dates of their current headline tour sold-out, their V05 NME Awards tour supporting Blossom’s sold-out, and their April headline dates also sold-out, Cabbage have announced their three biggest headline shows to date:

Thurs 29th June               London Scala
Fri 30th June               Birmingham O2 Institute3
Sat 1st July                    Manchester O2 Ritz

Cabbage will be supported by The Blinders (main support) and Strange Bones (Opener)
Tickets on general sale from 10am today

Cabbage are Lee Broadbent (lead vocals), Joe Martin (vocals, guitar), Eoghan Clifford (guitar), Stephen Evans (bass), and Asa Morley (drums).

CABBAGE LIVE:
Neighbourhood On Tour, Feb 2017 – remaining dates
Feb 10        Liverpool EBGBS – SOLD OUT
Feb 11        Manchester Gorilla SOLD OUT
Feb 15        Oxford The Bullingdon – SOLD OUT
Feb 16              Reading Purple Turtle – SOLD OUT
Feb 17              Southampton Joiners – SOLD OUT
Feb 18        Bristol The Thekla – SOLD OUT
Feb 22        Newcastle Think Tank – SOLD OUT
Feb 23        Leeds Brudenell Social Club – SOLD OUT
Feb 24              Scunthorpe Café Independent – SOLD OUT
Feb 25        Glasgow Stereo – SOLD OUT
Mar 2 – 4        By:Larm, Oslo, Norway

V05 NME Awards Tour 2017, supporting Blossoms
Mar 16        Keele, University Ballroom – SOLD OUT
Mar 17        Liverpool Olympia – SOLD OUT
Mar 18        Brighton Dome – SOLD OUT
Mar 20        Lincoln Engine Shed – SOLD OUT
Mar 21        Exeter Lemon Grove – SOLD OUT
Mar 23        London Roundhouse – SOLD OUT
Mar 24        O2 Academy Bristol – SOLD OUT
Mar 25        Cardiff Trashed – SOLD OUT
Mar 27        Norwich The Nick Rayns LCR UEA – SOLD OUT
Mar 29        Birmingham O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
Mar 30        Leeds O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
Mar 31         Newcastle O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
April 1              Glasgow O2 Academy – SOLD OUT

Headline dates:
April 26        The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne – SOLD OUT
April 27        London Dingwalls – SOLD OUT
April 28        Manchester Academy 2 – SOLD OUT
June 29               London Scala
June 30             Birmingham O2 Institute3
July 1              Manchester O2 Ritz

 

Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES release BRUTALISM on March 10th

IDLES – BRUTALISM
OUT MARCH 10TH ON BALLEY RECORDS

No.1 on Spotify Viral charts with “Well Done”
Record Of The Week – Huw Stephens | #NewMusic with Annie Mac

Praise for IDLES:

IDLES are hard to capture, because they’re not Fat White Family, they’re not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans. But, best of all, they really get the adrenalin pumping“.
Steve Lamacq BBC6 Music

Guardian’s Ones To Watch 06/01/17

IDLES stand alone
CRACK

Blunt and to the point…(Well Done) is a visceral anthem that’s timed weirdly well for 2016’s madness
New Music Of The Day – NME

A beast of a debut album
On “Brutalism” in 100 Best New Bands Of 2017 – NME

Politically charged and furious…bruising, lacerating.”
The Line Of Best Fit

Wilder than a very wild thing marked wild in the wild shop in the middle of the wild wild wood. An IDLES live show is not quite like anything that you have ever seen or heard. Its got all the ingredients taken from rock n roll’s rich history but the synthesis is entirely their own. The wild men of Bristol“.
Tom Robinson BBC6 music



Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES have been promising to do great things for some time now, and with their debut album “Brutalism” they absolutely fulfil that promise, and a furious promise at that.

Politically charged, refreshingly confrontational and infectiously volatile, IDLES are a band like no other. Bringing the unsettling reality of the world we live in into their frantic assault on the senses, they are a band that until now could only be truly understood by witnessing in a live environment – but with “Brutalism” it surely feels like they have captured the intensity of that live sound. Bottled up here are the abrasive, memorable lyrics of Joseph Talbot delivered with all of the spite and wry humour he puts across on the stage.

Dedicated in part to the loss of his mother, who adorns the record’s cover, and partly to a perceived decimation of society, from the NHS to public services across Britain, “Brutalism” is a deadly serious indictment on popular culture – Mary Berry, Trevor Nelson and Rachel Khoo are just some of the names referenced here, often alongside the unpleasant, but always amongst the real.

The November release of single “Well Done” saw the band rise to no.1 on Spotify’s Viral Charts & paired with intensive radio support from Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Steve Lamacq and regular Radio 6 play has brought them to the forefront of ones to watch. NME, CRACK, DIY and more have tipped them over the festive period and the quality here suggests there will be more plaudits to come when the album reaches the shops in March.

From the propulsive opener, “Heel / Heal”, and many highlights (“Well Done”, “Mother”, “Date Night”, “1049 Gotho”, “Stendahl Syndrome” just some) to the rare respite of the closer “Slow Savage”, the album marks the arrival of a true British talent – and in a musical world that can seem increasingly benign, one with so much to say.

Full tour dates below:
January 2017
Saturday 28th – London – Omeara

March 2017

Monday 6th – Cambridge – Portland Arms
Wednesday 8th – Bristol – The Fleece
Thursday 9th – Colchester – Arts Centre
Friday 10th – London – Moth Club
Sunday 12th – Southampton – The Notes Café
Tuesday 14th – Birmingham – The Hare And Hounds
Wednesday 15th – Guildford – Boileroom
Thursday 16th – Brighton – The Prince Albert
Friday 17th – Tunbridge Wells – Forum
Saturday 18th – Bedford – Esquires
Monday 20th – Oxford – The Bullingdon
Tuesday 21st – Sheffield – The Plug
Wednesday 22nd – Newcastle Upon Tyne – Think Tank
Thursday 23rd – Aberdeen – Tunnels
Friday 24th – Dundee – Buskers
Saturday 25th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 27th – York – The Crescent
Tuesday 28th – Hull – The Adelphi
Wednesday 29th – Nottingham – The Bodega
Thursday 30th – Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
Friday 31st – Wakefield – Unity Hall

April 2017

Monday 3rd – Stoke-On-Trent – The Sugarmill
Tuesday 4th – Preston – Guildhall
Wednesday 5th – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach

http://www.idlesband.com/

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! – ‘The Tourist’

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! – ‘The Tourist’
Due out 24th February 2017

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s 2005 self-released debut album set a precedent for how bands might begin to approach making music independently. The record — which vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Alec Ounsworth wrote entirely by himself— received widespread critical acclaim and was named one of “The 50 Most Important Recordings Of The Decade” by NPR.

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In the ensuing years, Ounsworth has continued pushing himself creatively, releasing three additional Clap Your Hands Say Yeah full-lengths (for which he again wrote all of the music and lyrics) and issuing two solo projects. The group has also grown a robust international fanbase: In 2015 alone, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah toured in Latin and South America, Japan and Europe. All of these experiences have helped Ounsworth refine his vision for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, as the group heads into its twelfth year and the release of its fifth album, The Tourist.

Like previous Clap Your Hands Say Yeah records, The Tourist nods to Ounsworth’s musical heroes—a group that includes artists such as John Cale, Robert Wyatt, Tom Waits and Nick Cave. However, this album also shows a natural progression from previous records. “Better Off” and “The Vanity Of Trying” are lush, keyboard-augmented songs, while “A Chance To Cure” and “Ambulance Chaser” are rhythmically askew, and the sighing “Loose Ends” is delicate, acoustic-based folk-rock.

No matter what the style, however, The Tourist’s arrangements are laser-sharp and deliberate, without feeling labored-over. For example, “Down (Is Where I Want To Be)” combines piano flickers with anxious keyboards, gnarled electric guitars and teeth-baring drums—but yet feels cohesive, not chaotic.

The Tourist emerged from a period where Ounsworth was doing a lot of intense soul-searching, and processing personal events that irrevocably shaped his life and future. But although most of these songs came together during this time of reflection, he considers the record to be cathartic—an exhale of sorts, rather than a collection of songs where he was indulging in self-pity or letting things stagnate or fester.

“The album was a type of purge,” he says. “A purge of certain emotional confusion that manifested itself in the last several years. It was not an easy album to make, by virtue of the fact that it was an emotional time for me.”

Appropriately, The Tourist’s lyrics reflect how complex upheaval can be (“We can beat around this bush together/Sometimes it’s all I think of/Other times I can forget”) and explore the imperfect nature of blame (“The car left the road and was found without its mirrors/You play the victim/And I’ll play the blind man”). Other songs try to make sense of the present time (“Now that the past is on fire/How can I look around and find I can’t remember who I was”) or employ clever wordplay— “Black cat let’s not split hairs/I’m tethered to the weather/I assure I don’t care about no lucky streak”—for effect.

“I wanted to experiment with packing lyrics,” Ounsworth says. “On this album, the lyrics and vocal melody effectively carry the songs, maybe more than anything else. Elvis Costello does this really well on his song ‘Beyond Belief,’ as does Paul Simon on his solo albums. I wanted not to overdo it lyrically, but do try to squeeze as much as I could out of certain phrases.”

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Ounsworth spent about a week recording The Tourist at Dr. Dog’s Philadelphia-based studio with a drummer and bassist. After that, he and engineer Nick Krill spent a few months “tidying things up” and recording additional embellishments: backup vocals, keyboards, guitars and more percussion. That gives The Tourist more of a band feel than the last album, and contributes to why the record possesses a musical lightness. The dreamy opening track “The Pilot” especially has a lilting edge, courtesy of Smiths-reminiscent acoustic guitars strums and Ounsworth’s hiccupping, conspiratorial vocals.

The Tourist was then mixed by Dave Fridmann, who also worked on two previous Clap Your Hands Say Yeah albums, 2007’s Some Loud Thunder and 2014’s Only Run. Ounsworth says he and Fridmann are on the same musical wavelength, which makes their long-time working relationship an anchor of sorts.  “Dave and I don’t necessarily stick with what’s easiest which is fine and anxiety-inducing, in a good way,” he says. “He challenges me to do something a little bit different.”

Having that space and freedom to explore as part of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is crucial to Ounsworth and a vital part of the band’s identity. As anyone who’s seen him perform a living room show will attest, this mindset also often results in songs with dramatically different arrangements. But as a musician and leader of an independent project, Ounsworth prides himself on honesty across all aspects of the band, from live performances to the studio.

“I am a relatively solitary person and seem to work best alone,” he says. “I do count on others to help the project as the process of making and releasing an album moves forward, but if it doesn’t match what I have in mind, it’s hard for me to really be there for it. I guess this is one reason why the project has been independent all this time. Trust me, I understand that thinking this way is both an asset and a liability.”

However, this stubborn independence also reflects Ounsworth’s commitment to musical integrity. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s career arc is all about building on previous successes while staying true to a core artistic vision. And although The Tourist may have emerged from challenging times, it reflects Ounsworth’s uncanny ability to move forward, no matter what the circumstances.

“I’d rather not say that it was a dark time, but it was a difficult time in my life—among the most difficult,” he says. “But I needed and need to try to let it go. And this is how I let things go. Though it’s the same for any album—this one probably more than the others.

“But I have to try to do something each time that’s new and engaging for me,” he adds. “I mean, I could very well just write songs the way they were early on. But I don’t think that people would appreciate listening to someone just going through the motions. We have to build something to last, rather than just build it because it looks good at the moment.”

http://cyhsy.com/

ANALOG CANDLE SHARE ‘SCARLETT’S WEBB’ OUT FEB 24TH

“Ones to watch”The Guardian

“The indie pop record of our dreams” Wonderland

“Can 2017 be the year dream-pop returns? And can we nominate Analog Candle to take the lead?”Nylon

ANALOG CANDLE are pleased to share their latest single, ‘Scarlett’s Webb’ taken from the ‘Winter ’15’ EP which is out now!

Hailing from New York City via England, Chicago, New Orleans and Boston – ANALOG CANDLE is an expressionist, avant-garde dream-pop collective formed by producer and songwriter Callum Plews.

Originally from England, Callum was inspired to create ANALOG CANDLE after collaborating with an array of musicians while living in the magic and bustle of New Orleans. The project began over six years ago, after Callum realised he was more comfortable with the concept of others performing and interpreting his creations than he was embodying them completely himself. Bringing together performers from the realms of avant-garde, folk and emo, the initial group began recording at Callum’s bedroom studio, and self-released a number of songs online under the moniker, ANALOG CANDLE (a reference to the Arcade Fire album ’Neon Bible’).

Influenced by the early albums of Animal Collective and Broken Social Scene, experimental-pop outfit Xiu Xiu (Callum has worked with Angela Seo in the past), acts like Arcade Fire, Beach House and the surrealist and absurdist creations of literary heavyweights like Haruki Muramaki, Franz Kafka and Sylvia Plath – the ‘art-rock’ collective is also largely dedicated to the hybridization of pop music and production technique. In this way, after settling in NYC, the Winter ’15 EP became the culmination of a variety of cultural and musical viewpoints.

In terms of the EP itself, and conversely given the circumstances in which it was born, the lyrical content reflects Callum’s apprehensions on personal relationships, as well as the uncertain fragility that followed him around during his first winter in NYC.  Each song is intended to provide a small window into how that winter progressed, as well as mapping the chronology of a doomed relationship.

Album opener ‘Scarlett’s Web’ features delicate female vocals that hover above shimmering electronic effects, while its lyrical themes allude to the beginning of the end of a love affair, “I see where my body is / But my heart’s far away”.  Elsewhere, ‘Trier’, a wavy slice of electronic pop, explores flashes of real life pain – ‘Lying aimless in bed / With all the books that stay unread’ juxtaposed with buoyant electronic currents.

Themes of reminiscence and rejection sit alongside concepts of expressionism, and throughout the EP, heightened emotion is given a front seat over exact realism in the form of piercing lyrics that twist and linger like smoke-trails.

Callum says: “Living in a brand new city can grind one to dust very quickly – work, love, friendship – it all gets distilled and intensified. I sought to recruit the most talented indie musicians in NYC, and bring life to these difficult, common experiences. The Winter ’15 EP lies squarely between the ‘experimental’ and ‘pop’ music genres, and is intended to be a lyrically driven ‘audio’ mosaic – a recorded art project of sorts.”

The EP concludes with the ghostly ‘Space Dreams Of You Too’ and with lyrics like ‘I’ll see you in another life’… the next incarnation of ANALOG CANDLE promises to be just as ethereal and fluid as the present one…

ANALOG CANDLE is:

Callum P.
Emma T. and Jake S. (from Brooklyn band, Pop and Obachan)
Marco L.
Tom S.
Mori E. (from Brooklyn band, Mori)
Yi-Wen T.
Kim S.
Tabitha W.
John I.
Gareth S.
Ariel L.

(All songs produced and mastered by Callum Plews)

Austria’s ultimate rock band TURBOBIER top the Austrian album charts

With a bang, Austria’s ultimate rock band TURBOBIER just topped the austrian albumcharts!

Now it is official TURBOBIER are the number one!

The new album “Das Neue Festament” was released on 27th of January
via Pogo’s Empire /Hoanzl /Broken Silence.

The Amadeus Music Award (the Austrian Grammy) winners from Vienna –Simmering who danced the “Irokesentango” (Iroquoi Tango) – name of their début album- are now embarking on their own religious crusade:
the beer denomination. Not only does this foursome change shandy into proper beer – NO! Also non- believers or strugglers are shown the way towards a better, respectively a more luxuriant life by faith leader Marco Pogo. And it works out great, as the number one shows!
Now enjoy the new video for their song “A Mensch is A Mensch”
(“A human is a human”)

 

“Music Is The Only Truth”; The Blinders show there is some hope

“Music Is The Only Truth”, The Blinders
 
Voices of dystopian, millennial fury with a main stage presence being experienced in back room bars.
 
Passionate, Articulate, Beat Poet inspired with their instruments held together by gaffer tape, but in possession of an incredible talent. The Blinders are being taken seriously, because of their songs and presence
 
The Doncaster trio relocated to Manchester and are rapidly becoming one of the North’s and now the Nation’s hottest new bands. Not from music press attention, but winning fans the old fashioned way. Gig by gig. Especially over 2016 when their first video, ‘Swine’ was uploaded in October.
 
Blinder’s first headline tour is for This Feeling Club, the February shows were extended to March, due to demand. Limited, signed, 7″ single, ‘Swine’ / ‘Ramona Flowers’ will be available on these dates only. Every generation has it’s band and disaffected youth are claiming Blinders, in droves. They are also luring original punk rockers back into venues for something that has been missing a long time.
So tickets “selling well” is an understatement.
February 2017
02 Cardiff The Moon Club w/ Himalayas + Amber
03 Bristol Stag and Houndsw/ Family Jools + Farebrother SOLD OUT
04 Brighton The Hope & Ruin w/ Rapports + Bad Family SOLD OUT
11 Leeds LendingRoom The Strawberries, Mint, Atlanta House SOLD OUT
16 Hull The Polar Bear w/ BLACK LIME, The Brookes + LUMER
17 Birmingham The Sunflower Lounge w/ The Cosmics + The Surrenders
18 Sheffield RockingChair Strawberries, Purest, Black Lime SOLD OUT
23 London The Rocksteady w/ Naropa + Emily Capell Music SOLD OUT
Feb 24 Manchester Jimmy’s w/ Saytr Play + Carnival Club *SOLD OUT*
Feb 25 Manchester Jimmy’s w/ TYPES + Cavana *SOLD OUT*
March 2017
17 Barnsley Opium-No Ten w/ Heavy Suns + The Strawberries
18 Glasgow Broadcast* w/ supports to be announced
24 Nottingham The Maze w/ supports to be announced
25 Leicester The Cookie w/ The Lids
Above shows are £5 in advance, from thisfeeling.co.uk
April 2017
01 2Q Festival Derby
04 Preston Ferret Ones2Watch supporting IDLES
07 Scunthorpe Cafe Indiependent with The Strawberries tickets
16 B Fest, Bolton
26 The Witchwood, Ashton, supporting Cabbage SOLD OUT
29 Manchester O2 Ritz -with The Membranes Doors 4pm. Click for tickets
May 2017
20 Leeds Brudenell Gold Sounds Festival with Cabbage
June 2017
03 Camden Rocks Festival
29 London Scala – Cabbage, The Blinders, Strange Bones
30 Birmingham 02 Institute – Cabbage, The Blinders, Strange Bones
July 2017
22 Blackthorn Festival, Cheshire – Headlining Paddock Stage
Kendal Calling Festival, The Lake District (Sold Out) #KC17

SKINNY LISTER – Announce Their Biggest UK Headline Tour

SKINNY LISTER

BIGGEST UK HEADLINE TOUR FOR 2017 ANNOUNCED

“… a visceral and deafening experience.” – 5/5 Independent

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Hot off the heels of a sold out UK tour in support of current album ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’ – out on Xtra Mile Recordings – Skinny Lister announce a run of even bigger venues for Spring 2017. Having just played to a packed out London, Garage, Skinny Lister will return to the capital to conquer the famous Scala venue in Kings Cross as well as their biggest ever venues across the country. Dates are as follows:

SKINNY LISTER UK HEADLINE TOUR

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27 Sheffield Leadmill

28 Manchester Gorilla

29 Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms

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3 Nottingham Rescue Rooms

4 Cambridge, The Junction

5 Birmingham Hare & Hounds

6 Bristol, The Fleece

9 Southampton Talking Heads

10 Brighton, The Haunt

11 London Scala

 

The tour followed a support slot on an enormous European arena tour with American punk/folk legends Dropkick Murphys which included shows at London Brixton Academy, Munich’s Zenith venue and the 7000 capacity hall in Dusseldorf.
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These two tours show the massive projection Skinny Lister are on and the formidable year 2016 has been for them. The year has seen them support Frank Turner across Germany, Austria and Switzerland before joining Flogging Molly’s festival Salty Dog Cruise around the Bahamas. They then headed out on their own East Coast headline tour with label pals Beans On Toast and Will Varley in tow where many of the shows were sold out well in advance and signalled a big step up for the band Stateside, with an ever-increasing fanbase begging for more!

September saw the release of third album ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’ which has received critical acclaim, including picking up support from 6Music’s Steve Lamacq, and reaching the Top 40 Indie Album Chart in the UK and the US Americana/Folk Chart at No.38.  And rounding off the year, the band head back to the US in November for their biggest headline tour to date; the show in Charlotte, NC is already sold out and Boston (550 capacity Middle East) is looking likely to sell out very soon.

With 2017 already looking like yet another incredible year – there’s seemingly no end to what this hard-working, hard-partying, fun-filled band can achieve.

“…considerably upped their game.” – 4/5 Q Magazine

“(a) kaleidoscope of high octane folk punk via Dexy’s and The Pogues.” – Louder Than War

Russian riot grrrl / punk band Mirrored Lips in Cambridge

Russian riot grrrl / punk band Mirrored Lips come to these shores for their debut UK tour in March and they’ll be touring with Newcastle label mates, Fret!

They are landing at The Blue Moon for a free gig, Cambridge on 17 March.

Mirrored Lips

Mirrored Lips are the trio of Lusya, Ksusha and Sasha, who hail from Russia’s fifth largest city Nizhny Novgorod. Operating for over 2 years now, they make what to the casual listener could be deemed as riot grrrl music, mostly stemming from improvisation. Dig a little deeper though and you’ll find that they manage to combine the weird pop sensibilities of Kleenex, tight punk grooves of As Mercenárias or Delta 5 whilst also channelling the loose feel of English post punk acts such as The Fall and PIL. After six self-released albums, they made their UK debut on Cruel Nature Records in 2016 (reviewed by Tristan Bath in his Spool’s Out column http://thequietus.com/articles/21186-tape-review-acid-fountain-the-tapeworm-miles-cooper-seaton-mai-mai-mai-graham-dunning)

Fret! (UK)

This Newcastle based trio play great little Touch and Go recordings style ditties. You know, the discordant kind, which make you want to move your arse; that start and stop but without the beards and wanky algebra you associate with math rock. The recent “Killing Nico EP” saw them throwing in elements of early Swans dirge, creepy David Lynch vibes and Ennio Morricone making a pasta salad in the background. New album “Through The Wound The Light Comes In” is expected in March.

https://fretband.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/fretband

The full tour will be visiting:

13 March: Old Police House, GATESHEAD
14 March: Empty Shop HQ, DURHAM
15 March: Chunk, LEEDS
16 March: Birthdays, Dalston, LONDON (free gig)
17 March: The Blue Moon, CAMBRIDGE
https://www.facebook.com/events/1214169208660818/
18 March: South Street, READING
19 March: Old England, BRISTOL

You Flexi Thing Vol 2

You Flexi Thing Vol 2
to be released by R*E*P*E*A*T Records
22nd April 2017 for Record Store Day
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Available from independent record stores and from R*E*P*E*A*T

Tracklisting

Saltfen – Keeper
SIAH – HIPSTER

You Flexi Thing Vol 2 is a 2 track flexi disc to be released on Record Store Day, April 22
nd, and available nationwide from that day in Independent Record Stores.

Flexi discs are vinyl records made of much thinner vinyl than conventional discs, which means they are flexible and also cheaper to produce. They play on a turntable and produce a warm, full sound which many prefer to a MP3s. Flexis were common in the past but then went out of production for several years as the last pressing plant machine was dismantled; however Pirate Press in California recently rediscovered the plans and rebuilt a machine. Flexis have subsequently started to become a rather cool yet relatively cheap way for bands to release music. You can read about the history of the flexi disc on Wikipedia here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexi_disc

You Flexi Thing Volume 1 was released for Record Store Day 2016 and featured young bands Deep City and Matty and the Bullsharks. It received national radio play, positive reviews and quickly sold out. Take a look and listen here


Volume 2 features two more 6th form bands, Saltfen from Ely and Siah from Bury St Edmunds (Rock City). It was also recorded in the R*E*P*E*A*T Records Big Badger Music Shack by Rosey R*E*P*E*A*T and is another totally DIY production. It will be pressed on clear vinyl with black text, and will come with a free download code and possibly a limited edition badge.

Here’s some blurb:

You Flexi Thing Vol 2, rotating in the grooves of the quickly sold out Vol 1, brings together two of the most innovative and exciting young bands in the Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds area. Both Saltfen and SIAH have been energising the teen crowds and getting the mosh pits heaving, with older punters looking on wistfully and approvingly.
Saltfen “Like The Strokes, but if they were from some next village in the middle of nowhere,” https://www.facebook.com/Saltfen
SIAH – Post-punk/indie rock from Bury St Edmunds’ thriving scene – https://www.facebook.com/SIAHbury

Proposed artwork is by Phil Rose esq and pays homage to the clean and striking designs of early Buzzcocks and Joy Division releases:

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The flexi will be launched with live performances from both bands at Relevant Records in Cambridge and Vinyl Hunter in Bury during the day time of Record Store Day, April 22nd.

If you can’t wait that long, you can catch SIAH at Cambridge Junction on Feb 10th and supporting the incredible Superglu at The Hunter Club in Rock City (Bury St Edmunds) on 25th February, while Saltfen are in Bury on Feb 17th and at then The Junction on April 14th.

The flexi things….

More info rosey@repeatfanzine.co.uk