Restoration Tragedy – new album from Barnstormer 1649 featuring Attila the Stockbroker

BARNSTORMER 1649

Restoration Tragedy

Roundhead Records

CD/2xLP

Release date 23 November 2018

A new album from Attila the Stockbroker is always something to get excited about, and Restoration Tragedy looks like being something a bit special. 

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Attila  writes: 

“Growing up and living in Southwick, the port town of Shoreham Harbour in West Sussex, I’ve spent my life next door to the site of a pivotal moment in English history.  After his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, Charles II travelled south in disguise, chased by the New Model Army, and ended up at Shoreham Port, sneaking off to France in a coal boat called Surprise from a spot 400 yards from where our house now stands. I’ve always been interested in the history of the English Civil War and its aftermath and like many locals been aware of the story. Completely coincidentally, I’ve always loved early music, have taught myself to play many ancient instruments and believed those simple sounds could be harnessed to the energy of punk in the same kind of way that The Pogues combined Irish music and punk. 

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“Last October, I suddenly had an idea. I’d write a whole album about the English Revolution, the Commonwealth, the Levellers, Diggers and Ranters (the radical sects whose ideas spread like wildfire after the execution of Charles I in 1649) and the part my home port played in Charles II’s escape.  I’d do so from exactly the opposite perspective to that of the local Cavaliers who celebrate the latter with a music festival called The Great Escape, a (now closed) music venue called the Escape Club and a Royal Escape Yacht Race!  And I’d use many of the instruments and musical ideas that were around at the time.

“In 1660, after the Restoration, the Act of Oblivion was passed, and everyone was supposed to forget about those eleven years when ‘the world turned upside down’. But down the centuries many have remembered, the ‘Good Old Cause’ of the Commonwealth has been an inspiration to many subsequent radical movements, and in recent years interest in the period has if anything increased. So here is the story of 1649 and its aftermath as seen from the perspective of a modern day Ranter  (I have been a ranting poet since 1980, as many will know) and my band, playing Roundhead Renaissancecore and celebrating a period which the rich and powerful have always tried to wipe from history.”

Attila The Stockbroker is a performance poet and musician of 38 years standing, making his live debut in Harlow, Essex in 1980, since when he has done over 3,000 gigs in 24 countries, including pioneering performances in East Germany and Albania, and published 8 poetry collections and over 20 albums.  He is a long term ally and collaborator with R*E*P*E*A*T, having released a split single ‘Baghdad Ska’ with the label on white vinyl back in 2004 (look here). He relaunched his band as Barnstormer 1649 in 2018, also featuring Tim O’Tay, MM MgGhee, Jason Pegg and Dave Cook. He is a lifelong Brighton & Hove Albion supporter and his acclaimed autobiography Arguments Yard (35 years of Ranting Verse and Thrash Mandola) was published by Cherry Red Books in 2015, see R*E*P*E*A*T review here

NOTE: This album is available on CD and vinyl only, and not download. The lyrics and the historical references explained on the record sleeve and in the CD booklet are such an essential part of the whole that Attila didn’t want people to have the music without the words and pictures!

Available from http://www.attilathestockbroker.com/merch.php and gigs – nowhere else!

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THEATRE OF HATE CONFIRM ‘SENSOU’ 2018 TOUR DATES

THEATRE OF HATE

CONFIRM ‘SENSOU’ 2018 TOUR DATES

In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed THEATRE OF HATE from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack.  Joining Kirk on vocals were notable punk musicians Stan Stammers and Luke Rendall, along with old school friend, Steve Guthrie and Canadian born John “Boy” Lennard, who revolutionised the band’s sound with his haunting sax lines.

Theatre Of Hate’s debut double-A-side single, “Legion”/”Original Sin“, topped the independent chart in 1980, and “Westworld“, their debut album, produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and released in 1982, held the number one position for 21 weeks.  The single taken from the album, “Do You Believe In The Westworld?” has become an anthem and is still widely played in clubs and on international radio, as well as featuring on numerous compilation albums.

Supporting the likes of The Clash & Ian Dury lead to Theatre Of Hate headlining major venues across the UK & Northern Europe.

Theatre Of Hate imploded in 1982, with Kirk taking Stan forward to form Spear Of Destiny, but the band has resurfaced over the years to play some very special shows.

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Having been asked by John Curd to join The Damned for a massive show at London’s infamous Roundhouse in December 2014 the band once again joined the fray. A short set of dates around the London anchor show attracted rave reviews, as did a 6 night night SOLD OUT run in December 2014. (see reviews below)

2015 saw the band play two short jaunts across the UK in April and December both sets of dates wowed large crowds.

During touring in 2014 and 2015 the band constantly recorded at Oxygen Studios in Manchester, the first new studio album in 30+ years is now complete and released via a private pledge! ‘Kinshi’ was released on October 14th 2016 on CD, Vinyl, Download & Dub to pledgers. The 12 brand new songs are simply stunning.  2018 is looking like a very busy year with the album getting labels releases in Europe & the USA. Shows in the UK, Europe and the USA are already on sale.

Kirk, Stan and John will be joined by current Spear Of Destiny band member Adrian Portas (New Model Army) on guitar and Chris Bell (Hugh Cornwall) on drums to pay homage to the iconic TOH sound.

THEATRE OF HATE

1.Sensou Tour 2018

NOVEMBER

Fri 9th BRIGHTON Patterns

Sat 10th LEUVEN Het Depot

Sat 17th ST BRIEUC Ink’ Mas Street Party

Wed 28th NORWICH Waterfront

Thur 29th NUNEATON Queens Hall

Fri 30th LEEDS Brudenell Social Club

DECEMBER

Sat 1st STOCKTON Georgian Theatre

Sun 2nd GLASGOW King Tuts

Mon 3rd BRISTOL The Fleece

Fri 7th DUNFERMLINE PJ Malloys

Sat 8th HUDDERSFIELD The Parish

Sun 9th WREXHAM Live Rooms

Thur 13th NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms

Fri 14th SOUTHEND Chinnerys

Sat 15th MANCHESTER Academy – SOLD OUT

Sun 16th LONDON Islington Assembly

Advance Tickets & Venue Information

www.kirkbrandon.com/shows

THEATRE OF HATE

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Release Date: 9/11/18

10″ Vinyl/CD+DVD/Download

www.Kirkbrandon.com

www.facebook.com/kirkbrandonofficial

Hinds tour the UK (including Cardiff and Cambridge) and release new video

Spanish indie rockers Hinds head out on their biggest UK tour yet this November, arriving at Cardiff’s Tramshed on the 14th and the Junction in Cambridge on 20th

Their highly anticipated sophomore album ‘I Don’t Run’ was released back in April, showcasing a bigger, better, faster, funnier and more dexterous side of Hinds; and last week the girls dropped their first new music since the album, ‘British Mind’ the video for which you can see here.

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ANNOUNCE WINTER UK TOUR DATES

NEW ALBUM “I DON’T RUN” OUT NOW

After releasing their highly anticipated sophomore album I Don’t Run in April, HINDS head out on their Autumn 2018 UK tour this November.

With 17 shows in the UK this will be the band’s longest and largest UK tour to-date, and it will include a special one day Hinds’ curated mini-festival at London’s 1,500 capactiy Hackney Arts Centre on Saturday 1st December.  

I Don’t Run was released on April 6 via Lucky Number and showcased a bigger, better, faster, funnier, more dexterous Hinds. Co-produced by Hinds and Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor), and engineered by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War On Drugs, John Legend), it is the product of a band fighting for their place, a band unwilling to rely upon their successes, a band who have just begun to prove themselves, and a band who plays hard but works even harder. 

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UK Tour Dates tickets HERE

12/11  Portsmouth, UK                    Wedgewood Rooms 

13/11  Manchester, UK                    Manchester Academy 2

14/11  Cardiff, UK                            The Tramshed

16/11   Liverpool, UK        Arts Club

17/11    Birmingham, UK        The Mill

19/11    Oxford, UK            The Bullingdon Arms

20/11    Cambridge, UK        The Junction

21/11    Southampton, UK        Engine Rooms

23/11    Tunbridge Wells, UK        The Forum

24/11    Leicester, UK            Dryden Street Social

25/11    Nottingham, UK        Rescue Rooms

27/11    Hull, UK            Fruit

28/11    Edinburgh, UK        The Caves

29/11    Leeds, UK            The Church

01/12    London, UK            Hackney Arts Centre

03/12    Sheffield, UK            The Leadmill

04/12    Newcastle, UK        Riverside

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Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours. 20 Year Collectors Edition And U.K. Tour

Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours. 20 Year Collectors Edition And U.K. Tour

MANIC STREET PREACHERS – THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS’

20TH YEAR COLLECTORS EDITION AND UK TOUR

Manic Street Preachers release a 20th Year Collector’s Edition of their fifth album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ on 7th December 2018 on Columbia/Sony.  Released as a deluxe 3 cd box set, double vinyl edition and digital package the album contains unheard demos and live rehearsal recordings as well as remixes by the likes of Massive Attack, David Holmes and Mogwai.  The artwork features many unseen photographs by long term collaborator Mitch Ikeda including a different album cover from the original session on Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog in Wales. The band will also be going out on tour next year playing some of their favourite intimate venues over the UK performing the album in full alongside other hits and rarities. They hope to announce a special one-off gig in Wales in the next few months and support on all dates comes from Gwenno.

‘This Is My Truth ….”  went to No.1 in the charts on its release and stayed in the UK charts for over a year and went on to sell over five million copies.  It won the Brit Award for Best Album (and the band for best group), and all the big prizes at the NME Awards – Best Band, Best Album, Best Live Act, Best Single and Best Video and the group were awarded the Best Band in the World Award by Q Magazine.   The album was preceded by the group’s first No. 1 single, ‘If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next’ – the first,  and only No. 1 inspired by the Spanish Civil War, and three more singles were released ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’, ‘Tsunami, and ‘The Everlasting’.   Nicky Wire said recently to the NME “I’ve just been listening to ‘This Is My Truth’ a lot. It’s such a deep and heavy album for a record that was so big. It just makes you realise that you can push the limits and have success.”

The band released their 13th album ‘Resistance Is Futile’ earlier this year and played their biggest tour in a decade.  They headlined several festivals over the summer and all the singles including ‘International Blue’ and ‘Hold Me Live A Heaven’ were a- listed across all the major radio stations.  The album has been nominated for the 2018 Welsh Music Prize.

Manic Street Preachers - This Is My Truth - 20 Year Collectors' Edition

UK Tour

12 May           DUBLIN, Olympia Theatre
14 May           CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
15 May           BATH, Forum
17/18 May     LONDON, Shepherds Bush Empire
20/21 May     MANCHESTER, Ritz
23 May           BIRMINGHAM, Academy 1
24 May           SOUTHAMPTON, Guildhall
26 May           EDINBURGH, Usher Hall
27 May           YORK, Barbican
30 May           LIVERPOOL, Olympia
31 May           LEICESTER, De Montford Hall

With very special guest Gwenno.

Limited Edition Deluxe 3CD book set  / digital
CD 1 – Remastered original album

1             The Everlasting
2             If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
3             You Stole the Sun from My Heart
4             Ready for Drowning
5             Tsunami
6             My Little Empire
7             I’m Not Working
8             You’re Tender and You’re Tired
9             Born a Girl
10           Be Natural
11           Black Dog On My Shoulder
12           Prologue To History
13           S.Y.M.M.

CD 2 –  Demos & Live Rehearsals
1       The Everlasting
2       If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (Dave Bascombe Mix)
3       You Stole the Sun from My Heart
4       Ready for Drowning
5       Tsunami
6       My Little Empire
7       I’m Not Working
8       You’re Tender and You’re Tired
9        Born A Girl
10     Be Natural
11     Black Dog On My Shoulder
12     Prologue To History
13     S.Y.M.M.
14     Nobody Loved You

CD3  – Remixes & B Sides

1       If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (Massive Attack Remix)
2       If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (David Holmes Remix)
3       The Everlasting (Deadly Avenger’s Psalm 315)
4       The Everlasting (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix)
5       You Stole the Sun from My Heart (David Holmes Remix)
6       You Stole the Sun from My Heart (Mogwai Remix)
7       Tsunami (Cornelius Remix)
8       Tsunami (Stereolab Remix)
9       Montana/ Autumn/78
10     Black Holes For The Young
11     Valley Boy
12     Socialist Serenade
13     Buildings For Dead People

Double 180gm vinyl in gatefold sleeve
*Includes limited edition poster on first pressing*
SIDE A
1    The Everlasting
2    If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
3    You Stole the Sun from My Heart

SIDE B
4    Ready for Drowning
5    Tsunami
6    My Little Empire

SIDE C
7    I’m Not Working
8    You’re Tender and You’re Tired
9    Born a Girl
10  Be Natural

SIDE D
11 Black Dog On My Shoulder
12 Prologue To History
13 S.Y.M.M.  (Remastered)

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The Lucky Lessons, Peterborough indie 4 piece, release anthemic single Believe in Me

The Lucky Lessons are a four piece, Peterborough-based band set to release our EP, “Believe In Me”, on 26th June 2018.

35362827_184798888854781_8403861082430504960_nHaving been named “Pick of the Uploader” by BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire, we have also appeared on PCR FM, Sound of Spitfire and Indie Rocks UK. We have been on BBC introducing for a getting to know you session and will be playing a live session on Cambridge 105’s for the NMG awards radio show
We have supported The Scruff, The Vigilantes and The Tin pigeons to name a few.

The Lucky Lessons are an Indie Rock band and each member has different influences, though all come together to create music for bands similar to Circa Waves The Hunna and Catfish and the Bottlemen.

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https://soundcloud.com/the-lucky-lessons

-Gypy Queen: https://soundcloud.com/the-lucky-lessons/gypsy-queen-mk1-1


Email Address:
Luckylessonsuk@gmail.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TheLuckyLessons/

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https://www.musicglue.com/the-lucky-lessons/


Members
Kieron McKenna: Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
started out playing acoustically, which inspires the overall tone of our songs, and was previously a member of Paix Amour. This heavily contribute in the writing of new songs, particularly the lyrics.

Joe Pickett: Drums
Having been playing around the UK in bands including Midnight Birds and A Story To Tell but wanted to play more upbeat, Indie music with enthusiasm reaching and enlivening an audience.

Ollie Gamblesmith: Bass and Backing Vocals
Having played in many previous bands such as Atlantic Avenue, The Amber Club and The Bones Index, A very versatile bassist with a lot of ideas for interesting and exciting bass lines and The Lucky Lessons have given him the freedom to explore and experiment.

Alex Frost: Lead Guitar
Over the years having played with a variety of bands, most notably Paix Amour. Playing style focuses mostly on compelling riffs which bring out the core of the song, whilst not overpowering the other elements of the songs. (Current away Traveling)

Gianni Salonna:
Gianni is an out and out lead guitarist with unmatched riffs which have a red hot chilli pepper feel.Gianni has stepped in to play lead Guitar while Alex is away traveling.

If you are interested in booking The Lucky Lessons, please contact us!

LuckyLessonsuk@gmail.com

Little Grim video – a dark but empowering watch

Little Grim video – a dark but empowering watch


‘The stunning visuals see a day through the eyes of a London teen fighting back against a cheating partner and predatory commuter aggression, making for a dark watch but one with a particularly empowering message.’

Following a successful string of single releases, South London indie-pop duo Little Grim have returned with ‘Silence’, their unforgettable new track that fuses their penetrating lyricism and psychedelic riffs with infectious, floor-filling beats. The powerful new video directed by David Ranson paints a dark but beautiful image of city life and personal struggle. It sees a day through the eyes of a London teen fighting back against a cheating partner and predatory commuter aggression, making for an at times uneasy watch but one with a particularly empowering message.

‘Silence’ is a hazy slice of smooth dream-pop about the pressures of modern life, Joe Murphey tells us “We are so proud to release this film which we feel encapsulates so much of the songs meaning in such a powerful way. It’s an overwhelming strain when you’re feeling attacked by constant pressure and noises inside your own mind. It can make you feel like the loneliest person in the world, especially living in a city. To anyone who feels this way, you’re not alone.”

 Collaborating in the studio with producer, Brett Cox (Jack Garratt, Tusks, Vök), the band have pushed their production into a surprising new territory that takes the nostalgic vintage swagger of their first records and laces it with electronic beats and relentless bass lines.

Little Grim came together after singer Joe Murphy and guitarist Jeremy Barclay met in a secondary school jazz band, and discovered a shared love for making quirky, off-the-wall indie tunes. Since then, a run of single releases since 2014 has seen them hone their songwriting into the mature form it takes today. They’ve shared stages with the likes of Husky Loops and Rat Boy, and with an upcoming EP, as well as regular live music and club nights they promote themselves in Peckham, they are ready to make their unique mark on the alternative indie landscape.

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Suffolk based Bessie Turner releases new single Nino via her own label Don’t Try in conjunction with LAB Records

Tackling universal themes with a personal focus, Bessie’s song-writing falls one or two cryptic references short of laying herself totally bare. This mix of openness and obliqueness, alongside a lighter-hearted edge, makes for the beginnings of a captivating collection of releases so far. Her languid garage-rock indebted sound positions her alongside transatlantic artists like Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail or Angel Olsen, with nods to Brooke Bentham and Fenne Lily also.

Continuing this trend is new single Nino, which was produced by Richard Woodcraft, who won a Grammy for his work on Radiohead’s iconic album In Rainbows.

It’s an exploration of anxiety, and the value of having people around you to lean on, to push and pull at the right moments. “‘Nino’ is something my boyfriend calls me when I say I can’t do something,” Bessie explains, “like if I am feeling unconfident about a performance, or something else that I totally have the ability to do, but I feel like I’m not able to, purely because of my own brain.

“The song has some well disguised personal references that relate to me…body image, boredom, sex, and that feeling like you want to go into self-destruct mode because of it all. Life can overwhelm and consume everybody and having someone there to give you a push or a boost is sometimes all it takes.”

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Artists are often both a product of, and reaction to, their spatial surroundings. Bessie has lived her whole life in the countryside, and its eerie sparseness, punctuated by points of natural beauty, seeps into her artistic endeavour. Tackling the juxtapositions in both her thematic self-analysis and sonic textures can partially be attributed to the contrasts inherent in the environment that has shaped her.

It’s been a strictly DIY process so far. Bessie formed her own label Don’t Try to put her first single out just a year ago, and has since earned acclaim on subsequent releases from BBC 6Music (including a session for Steve Lamacq) and Radio 1 across the airwaves, and The Line of Best Fit amongst others online. This has confirmed Bessie as a rising star of the indie scene in no time at all.

Tastemaker support has led to numerous exciting live opportunities, from headlining stages at the Reading and Leeds and Latitude festivals, as well as a tour supporting Baxter Drury. Never one for resting on her laurels, Turner will be setting out on another tour, this time with Palace Winter, through October and November.

Nino was produced by Richard Woodcraft and will be released across all download and streaming platforms via Don’t Try in collaboration with LAB Records on October 19th, as well as a 7” Record in conjunction with Flying Vinyl.

Bessie Turner Online

Facebook – www.facebook.com/bessieturnermusic
Instagram – www.instagram.com/bessieturnermusic
Twitter – www.twitter.com/bessie_turner?lang=en

Live Dates
24th October – Brighton, Sticky Mikes
25th October – Bristol, Thekla
26th October – Manchester, Deaf Institute
28th October – Glasgow, King Tuts
30th October – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
31st October – Nottingham, Bodega
1st November – London, Oslo

Dead Naked Hippies Share New Single: ‘Young Male Rage’

Dead Naked Hippies
Share New Single: ‘Young Male Rage’
Split 7” Pre-order (w/ No Fixed Identity)

October/November UK Dates: The Victoria, London – October 24, 2018
The Old Blue Last, London – November 23, 2018

“On the Leeds trio’s new garage-punk track, frontwoman Lucy Jowett provides trenchant social commentary on gender roles” – The i/Independent

Maintaining frontwoman, Lucy Jowett’s penchant for insightful lyricism, this new track turns attention to themes of gender norms and conditioning in society. Speaking about the track, Jowett says: “This is about gender norms – the conditioning we subject our children to from a young age in the values we instill and in particular the idea of male dominance and the toxic effect it can have. Earlier this year this topic was constantly cropping up between us, and ‘Young Male Rage’ was the result of these conversations – from the perspective of a mixed gender band. We wanted to flip this on its head and project it from the female voice.”

The single was recorded with Matt Peel (also behind Menace Beach, Eagulls, Team Picture) at The Nave in Leeds and follows a busy run of festivals, including stops at Tramlines and Twisterella. The group has previously received support from 6Music, KCRW and the Metro, as well as recently sharing stages with the likes of band-of-the-moment, IDLES, Dream Wife and Honeyblood.

 

Leeds-based trio, Dead Naked Hippies are today sharing their vehement new single, ‘Young Male Rage’ – released digitally and physically (split 7” single as part of the CPWM singles club, backed with No Fixed Identity’s ‘123 Come Play With Me’) via Come Play With Me – you can listen to the new track here. Produced and recorded by Matt Peel (Menace Beach, Eagulls) at The Nave, Leeds, the new single follows previous efforts including the 6 Music-supported ‘I Wanna Know Ya’. Following a busy run of festivals that took in stops at Tramlines and Twisterella, the band will be supporting ‘Young Male Rage’ with dates throughout October and November, including shows in London at The Victoria (October 24) and The Old Blue Last (November 23) – full dates below.

Whilst making an assertive step forward in the band’s sound and dynamic, ‘Young Male Rage’ once again echoes the band’s penchant for insightful lyricism – this time, front woman and lyricist, Lucy Jowett, turns attention to gender norms and conditioning. Speaking about the track, Jowett says: “This is about gender norms – the conditioning we subject our children to from a young age in the values we instill and in particular the idea of male dominance and the toxic effect it can have. Earlier this year this topic was constantly cropping up between us, and ‘Young Male Rage’ was the result of these conversations – from the perspective of a mixed gender band. We wanted to flip this on its head and project it from the female voice.”

Dead Naked Hippies, comprising of Jowett, guitarist Joe Clarke and drummer, Jacob Marston, emerged back in 2016 with a post-punk/alt-rock sound likened to the Smashing Pumpkins, Blood Red Shoes and Savages. Since their inception, the band have received support from 6 Music, BBC Introducing, KCRW, PRS and the Metro, as well as earning spots at Leeds and Reading Festival and sharing stages with the likes of IDLES, Dream Wife and Honeyblood.

Praise for Dead Naked Hippies
“(Dead Naked Hippies) take twisting, sharp-as-a-knife guitar lines and wield them like a weapon” – DIY
“Brutal yet remarkably precise” – Clash
“These guys are coming at you with a wall of sound, all driving guitars and booming percussion” – Metro

UK Tour Dates
Oct 20 | HERfest – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ Stealing Sheep, The Tuts)
Oct 21 | Oxjam Music Festival – Warehouse23, Wakefield
Oct 24 | The Victoria, Dalston (w/ The Velveteers)
Nov 03 | 2Q Festival, Lincoln (w/ Public Service Broadcasting, The Orielles, The Blinders)
Nov 03 | Hermits – Picture House Social, Sheffield (w/ She Drew The Gun)
Nov 23 | Old Blue Last, London (w/ Table Scraps)

Come Play With Me
Come Play With Me CIC is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund – the label is a not-for-profit set up to showcase and develop new music made in/around Leeds. It is best known as a 7” singles club and has released 11 split 7”s to date from artists such as Fizzy Blood, Team Picture, The Golden Age Of TV and The Wedding Present. To support CPWM please check out their Patreon campaign https://www.patreon.com/CPWM

Save Lancaster Music Co-op: Petition and pleas from The Lovely Eggs and many more

The Lovely Eggs (and others) make a plea to save the Lancaster Music Co-Op from threat of eviction
Social media support from Sleaford Mods, Chris Packham, Marc Riley 6 Music, Jane Weaver and Phill Jupitus
Message from The Lovely Eggs:
Lancaster City Council have issued an eviction order on our local rehearsal and recording studios Lancaster Music Co-op!
Lancaster Music Co-op is a non-profit making rehearsal rooms and recording studios in the heart of Lancaster, providing affordable music facilities for Lancaster’s music community for the past 33 years.
We have recorded all 5 of our albums there and over the years it has welcomed a whole host of musicians through its doors who have gone on to be part of globally recognised acts such as James, The Prodigy, Maximo Park, British Sea Power, 3 Colours Red, Towers of London, Dr and The Crippens, The Milltown Brothers, The Heartbreaks and Massive Wagons (whose latest album reached the Top 10 in the UK National Album Charts!) alongside up and coming acts who have attracted BBC 6 Music’s support such as Mr Ben and the Bens and 3D Tanx.

For the last 16 years Lancaster Music Co-op has been in a state of limbo after the city council, who own the building, teamed up with a big property developer and earmarked the building and the land surrounding it for commercial development. Now the city council have severed ties with the big developer and have issued the Music Co-op with an eviction notice.

It is absolutely disgraceful behaviour by the City Council who obviously have no regard to just how important Lancaster Music Co-op is for the music scene in Lancaster and beyond. It is a vital resource to Lancaster’s musicians and has an impact far beyond the city it serves. We’re now planning a massive campaign to help save the co-op and overturn the eviction.
Some messages of support from other famous faces:
Sleaford Mods“Lancaster Music Co-op has helped people with a passion for music in the local area for years. The premises is now facing eviction.”
Chris Packham“Hey! The Lancaster Music Co-op where the brilliant @TheLovelyEggs and other record has just been served with an eviction notice from the local council. It’s a non profit making organisation and is a vital resource to Lancaster’s musicians.”
Jane Weaver“Lancaster’s Music Co-operative who have provided music rehearsal rooms, equipment hire and recording facilities to the people of Lancaster and surrounding areas for 33 years, have been issued with an eviction order!”
Phill Jupitus“Lancaster’s legendary hub of creativity The Lancaster Music Co-op has been served with an eviction notice! The place was not only a magnet to visiting artists, but was a vital rallying place for local musicians.”
STATEMENT FROM LANCASTER MUSIC CO-OP
This week Lancaster Musician’s Co-op has been issued with a 6 month eviction order from our building in Lodge Street, Lancaster.
We have been serving musicians for the last 33 years, providing non-profit making affordable rehearsal and recording facilities for the local community and beyond.
For the last 16 years we have been in a state of limbo after the city council, who own the building, teamed up with a big property developer and earmarked our building and the land surrounding it for commercial development. A demolition order was served on our premises around 12 years ago as part of the development plans.
During this time, we have been unable to move forward as the City Council quashed negotiations for a long term lease and stalled any attempts by us to renovate and improve the building. At the time, we had a successful planning application approved to totally revamp the interior of the building to create a new purpose built recording studio, rehearsal rooms and venue. But without a long term lease we could not move forward with any of our plans.
A long term lease would have given us security and more importantly access to much needed funding to improve the building, enhance our facilities and realise our ambitions. It has been a very frustrating 16 year waiting game. During that time we were told Lancaster Music Co-op would be accommodated as part of any redevelopment of the site. However in April 2018, Lancaster City Council severed ties with the big developer and in July issued Lancaster Music Co-op with a huge list of impossible demands and repairs on the building.
Although we have been working our way through their list of repairs, we have now been issued with an eviction notice, ironically on the weekend of Lancaster Live Music Festival!
We must now FIGHT Lancaster City Council to SAVE LANCASTER MUSIC CO-OP!! This is a vital resource to Lancaster’s musicians and has an impact far beyond the city it serves. We must fight to save its future!

Some facts

  • Lancaster Music Co-op is a non-profit making community organisation that has been providing music rehearsal rooms, equipment hire and recording facilities to the people of Lancaster and surrounding areas for the past 33 years.
  • It has become the beating heart of the City’s music scene and has a whole host of musicians through its doors throughout the years who have gone on to be part of globally recognised acts such as James, The Prodigy, Maximo Park, British Sea Power, 3 Colours Red, Towers of London, Dr and The Crippens, The Milltown Brothers, The Heartbreaks, The Lovely Eggs and Massive Wagons (whose latest album reached the Top 10 in the UK National Album Charts!) alongside up and coming acts who have attracted BBC 6 Music’s support such as Mr Ben and the Bens and 3D Tanx.
  • Many other people who have used the co-op have gone on to successful careers in the music industry such as Stereolab/Elastica producer Paul Tipler and Sound Designer for The Royal Shakespeare Company, Claire Windsor.
  • It was set up in 1985 by a group of university graduates who were desperate for a space to rehearse and record. Recordings made at the Co-op have received airplay on Radio One and BBC 6 Music, as well as being used in global advertising campaigns.
  • Lancaster has built up into a vibrant ‘Music City’ over the past 30 years and the Music Coop has been at the centre of this burgeoning music scene which has led to the birth of the hugely popular “Lancaster Music Festival”, which draws in 40,000+  visitors each year, as well as a substantial revenue stream for the city’s economy.
  • Simply put, Lancaster Music Co-op is absolutely vital to the city’s music community. Without the Music Co-op young bands wouldn’t be able to afford to rehearse and record. It is a true community not for profit institution which is a huge asset to the city and has launched the careers of hundreds of musicians

Seymour Quigley’s ‘Open Mouth’ project to be re-released digitally accompanied by 2 live dates

In between ripping down boundaries, walls and backdrops with various seminal underground rock sensations including Miss Black America (band), Ten City Nation and Horse Party, Seymour Quigley (nee Seymour Glass) once recorded a solo single and album. Which has just now been re released digitally for your listening pleasure with gigs in Bury St Edmunds (The Hunter Club, 31st October) and Cambridge (Relevant Records, 2nd November) to boot.

Learn more below and here
https://www.facebook.com/openmouthmusic/

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Seymour Quigley was the lead singer of Miss Black America from 1999-2006. As that band unravelled, Seymour booked some studio time simply because he couldn’t think what else to do. The result was ‘Import/Export’, a 12-track album which fizzes with rage: rage at an illegal “war on terror” that ordinary people had been powerless to prevent, and rage at himself for giving seven long years of his life to an obsession that had ultimately left him broke, homeless, alcoholic and clinically depressed. Dubbing the project ‘Open Mouth’ (in reference to a lyric by Carina Round, a huge influence at the time), Seymour embarked on a UK tour to promote the album, during which he realised that he hated playing solo and never wanted to do it again.

Seymour has since gone on to perform/record with Ten City Nation, Greg McDonald, The Blazing Zoos, Lewis Mokler, Horse Party and Kate Jackson, and founded tiny indie labels Pure Deadly and Sturm Und Drang Recordings. He promotes regular gigs in Bury St Edmunds (the hometown he once professed to hate), and is no longer broke, homeless, alcoholic or clinically depressed.

Here’s a video of the single from the album, of which he says

“11 years ago I wasn’t in a band, so I made a solo record and expected no-one to care. Then a bunch of students turned up to a R*E*P*E*A*T night at The Portland Arms and told me they were making a video for the single off it, ‘Castle Keep’. Things I particularly like about the video:

1. The chap they got to play me is infinitely more photogenic than I am.
2. The bit at 1’57” where he pushes his glasses up just like I do.
3. The fact that I’m wearing my long lost The Pop Group “We Are All Prostitutes” T-shirt.
4. Richard Rose is in it.
5. My eyeliner was good that day.”

And here he talks about Open Mouth:

Back in 2007, my former band Miss Black America had fallen to bits. I had a whole heap of songs lying around so I released a solo album called ‘Import/Export’ (under the name ‘Open Mouth’, half-inched from a Carina Round lyric) simply because I didn’t know what else to do with myself. R*E*P*E*A*T Records very kindly released ‘Import/Export’ on CD in May, but by that time I’d joined another band, and come to realise that I didn’t like playing on my own; in the ensuing fug of self-doubt I quietly decided not to promote the album, let the CDs fester in a cupboard and moved on to louder adventures.

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In the ensuing years, however, I’ve begrudgingly come to appreciate ‘Import/Export’ as being more significant than I once gave it credit for, not least because it contains the frankest lyrics I’ve ever committed to record, both personally (‘Castle Keep’, ‘Liberty Belle’ and ‘Drink Your Milk’ dissect the life-derailing depression I’d been trying and failing to conceal since the age of 15) and politically (‘The Quietist’, ‘A Charge To Keep’ and ‘Other Voices, Other Worlds’ deal with unending war in the Middle East, while ‘Look Alive’ addresses political extremism at home) . Plus, its continuing absence from yer modern streaming platforms just bothered me. SO, having found a bunch of unreleased songs on CDs at my Mum’s house (thanks Mum), I’ve finally decided to digitally re-issue ‘Import/Export’ with five extra tracks, as some kind of 11th anniversary special edition, which is definitely a thing.

You can listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/5OIfBArExbVxmYeIY0hvUJ…

You can grab/stream it via iTunes/Apple Music:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/import-export/1435460464

And you can buy a download AND/OR mail order the CD from the Sturm Und Drang Recordings Bandcamp page:
https://sturmunddrangrecordings.bandcamp.com/…/import-export

It’s probably on Amazon and Deezer as well, and if I cared enough to check I’d share those links too.

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ALSO ALSO ALSO, I’m doing a couple of evening shows to mark the occasion, which are:

Wednesday 31st October – The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Friday 2nd November – Relevant Record Café, Cambridge

As with a lot of things I’ve recorded, I’m never completely sure how I feel about Open Mouth, but I hope you find some enjoyment in the existential misery of my past.

Big up yourselves,
Seymour

PS – After this record came out, I played with Ten City Nation, Kate Jackson and Horse Party, all of which I actually enjoyed.

PPS – ‘Import/Export’ was recorded & mixed by Andy Taylor. The brilliant cover art was by Peter Kennard and Cat Picton-Phillips, and used with kind permission.”

Cambridge gig info here
https://www.facebook.com/events/733769700289112/

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https://sturmunddrangrecordings.bandcamp.com/

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