Anti-Flag Premiere Music Video For “American Attraction” and announce tour dates

 

Anti-Flag Premiere Music Video For
“American Attraction” via BrooklynVegan American Reckoning Out September 28th on Spinefarm Records

On Tour Now With Rise Against and AFI

Photo Credit: Jake Stark
Pittsburgh political punk band Anti-Flag are now premiering their new music video for “American Attraction” via BrooklynVegan. The song comes off of their recently announced album American Reckoning, set to be released on Spinefarm Records on September 28th. The album features acoustic versions of songs from their past two albums, as well as covers of songs that inspired them. The video was filmed in the band’s hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, and directed by Josh Massie and Anti-Flag. Pre-orders for American Reckoning are available via Spinefarm Records. Anti-Flag are playing two festivals, a hometown show at Four Chord Festival in Pittsburgh on August 26th along with Less Than Jake and Bayside, and Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Concord, VA on September 2nd. The band will then continue their full US tour with Rise Against and AFI through September. Tickets for all shows can be purchased here and a full list of dates can be found below.
Watch Anti-Flag’s video for “American Attraction” via BrooklynVegan.

American Reckoning, the new acoustic album from Pittsburgh political punk band Anti-Flag, strips down some of the band’s latest hits to get to the heart of the message. The album features acoustic versions of songs off of their last two albums, American Spring (2015) and American Fall (2017), as well as covers of some of the classics that inspired them. By arranging these songs together, American Reckoning functions as an account of one of the country’s most tumultuous political times told by some of music’s sharpest political minds.

The American series, all released on Spinefarm Records, showcases why Anti-Flag is recognized as a staple in punk rock. Known for their left-wing politics, focusing on anti-war activism, imperialism, class struggle, human rights, and various sociopolitical sentiments, Anti-Flag have proven themselves as both dedicated activists and accomplished musicians since forming in 1993. Decades of strong political ideals and rousing punk rock songs have allowed the band to assemble a devoted fan base of likeminded individuals all across the world. A quote from the band on their new album can be found below.

“When you’re a band that has been together as long as Anti-Flag has you take nothing for granted. We have far exceeded any personal expectations we have had for the band, our art and the reach that it has had. This chapter of our band started with the hope of American Spring, the anger of American Fall and comes to cessation with American Reckoning

This piece focuses on songs from both records (Spring/Fall) that we felt maintain their relevance, even in the distraction politic Donald Trump America, where issues and truth are distorted in a seconds time. We also wanted to provide insight into our influences that lead us to write the records, that’s where the covers come in. They are songs that people may not expect to be influential to Anti-Flag records but either in their messaging or sonics they were tremendously impactful to us as individuals and hence the song writing process.

We can not be knee jerk reactionary to a president that uses corporate media to endlessly lie, we created statements and art that we feel directly combat these tactics, American Reckoning has allowed us to revisit some of those previous statements and shine new light on them.” – Anti-Flag

Anti-Flag have recently announced a UK/Euro tour this fall with Silverstein, Cancer Bats, and Worriers, as well as two ANTIfest indoor festival shows. ANTIfest is the band’s own festival they have hosted in various locations in Europe, UK, and the U.S. since 2012. Lineups and other information for the fest can be found below, along with a full list of tour dates.

American Reckoning was recorded in Pittsburgh, PA, and mixed and mastered by long time Anti-Flag engineer Justin Francis. The album’s artwork was designed by Doug Dean, who also did the artwork for both American Spring and American Fall.

American Reckoning Track Listing
1. The Debate Is Over (If You Want It)
2. Trouble Follows Me
3. American Attraction
4. When The Wall Falls
5. Racists
6. Set Yourself On Fire
7. Brandenburg Gate
8. Gimme Some Truth (John Lennon cover)
9. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
10. Surrender (Cheap Trick cover)

Tour Dates:
8/26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Four Chord Festival
9/2 – Concord, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival
9/6 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory^
9/9 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works^
9/11 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s^
9/12 – Houston, TX – Revention Center^
9/13 – Dallas, TX – Toyota Music Factory^
9/15 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amp^
9/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex^
9/17 – Boise, ID – Revolution^
9/19 – Bozeman, MT – Brick Breeden Fieldhouse^
9/20 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle^
9/21 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Expo Center^
9/23 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum^
9/24 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater^
9/25 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom^
9/28/18 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
9/29 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl^
9/30 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater^

10/11 – Vienna, AT – Flex*
10/12 – Wels, AT – Alter Schlachthof*
10/13 – Salzburg, AT – Rockhouse*
10/14 – Prague, CZ – Meet Factory*
10/16 – Hannover, DE – Pavillon*
10/18 – Berlin, DE – SO36*
10/19 – Hamburg, DE – Fabrik*
10/20 – Köln, DE – Live Music Hall*
10/21 – Stuttgart, DE – Longhorn*
10/23 – Munich, DE – Backstage Werk*
10/25 – Saarbrucken, DE – Garage*
10/26 – Haarlem, NL Patronaat – ANTIfest*
10/27 – Hasselt, BE Muziekodroom – Groezrock Indoor*
10/28 – Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof – ANTIfest*
10/30 – Birmingham, UK – Asylum#
10/31 – Bristol, UK – SWX#
11/1 – London, UK – Heaven#
11/2 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2#
11/3 – Glasgow, UK – Garage#
11/5 – Belfast, UK – Foundry#
11/6 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s#

^ = w/ Rise Against, AFI
* = w/ Silverstein, Cancer Bats, Worriers
# = w/ Cancer Bats,Worriers

26 OCT 2018
city: Haarlem, Netherlands
venue: Patronaat
line-up: Anti-Flag, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Silverstein, Cancer Bats, Prestige, Black Peaks, Culture Abuse, Worriers, Tusky, Drones

28 OCT 2018
City: Wiesbaden, Germany
venue: Schlachthof
line-up: Anti-Flag, Silverstein, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Cancer Bats, Black Peaks, Worriers, Tusky

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Punk legend TV SMITH releases new single and album

Punk legend TV SMITH releases first single “No Hope Street”

New album ‘Land Of The Overdose’ out September 14, 2018

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TV Smith has just released the first single from his new studio album “Land Of The Overdose” which will be released by JKP, the label of German outfit Die Toten Hosen on September 14, 2018.

Hear “No Hope Street” here: https://open.spotify.com/track/0Qk3zdAZeZoKzlBIcJqfor?si=P7ISl9zjR6KQQ6QOoxIrVw

Described as “one of the most important political songwriters in the U.K” TV Smith comments on what drove him to make the new record:

“It’s been a long journey from 1977. I used to think that punk rock was a one-off protest movement, but sadly now in 2018 there is even more to protest about. The punk spirit lives on. In “Land Of The Overdose” I’ve tried to sum up everything I feel about what’s wrong with the world and what we can do about it. The only compensation for me about the awful state we find ourselves in is that it’s inspired me to come up with some of the best songs I’ve ever written. I hope this album sends out a positive message that if we recognise the problems in the world things can start to change for the better, and that music can be a force for the good.”

Pre-order the single here: https://jkp.lnk.to/SrWzG

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TV Smith – Land Of The Overdose (JKP)

Track listing

01. No Control
02. We Stand Alone
03. Land Of The Overdose
04. Satellites
05. Keys To The World
06. Green Zone
07. No Hope Street
08. Never Again Until The Next Time
09. Sunny Side Up
10. File It Under Not My Problem
11. Written Out
12. Last Lost Sheep

Pre-order the album here: https://jkp.lnk.to/tvsmith-loto

TV Smith will be back out on the road again which started with an hour long set on the Almost Acoustic stage at Rebellion Festival on August 2, 2018 and then out on the road over the next few months.

“Land Of The Overdose 2018” Tour

23.08.2018 (UK) Shoreham – Duke Of Wellington
24.08.2018 (UK) Brenchley – Beer Festival
31.08.2018 (UK) Stourbridge – Katy Fitzgeralds
01.09.2018 (UK) Uttoxeter – Punk Uttoxeter
02.09.2018 (UK) Marchington – Dog & Partridge
06.09.2018 (UK) Edinburgh – Bannermans
07.09.2018 (UK) Whitwell Festival of Music
08.09.2018 (UK) London – Unicorn
15.09.2018 (UK) Sourton – The Highwayman
21.12.2018 (UK) Leicester – Duffy’s Bar
22.12.2018 (UK) Manchester – Star & Garter

More info on TV Smith

TV Smith was one of the first stars of the London punk scene. Today he is considered one of the most important political songwriters in the U.K. In the last year alone he played more than 130 concerts. In these days of Brexit, Boris and Trump, people need his voice more than ever.

Try and place TV Smith in the musical landscape of 2018 and you’ll probably end up somewhere between Frank Turner and Billy Bragg. Tim Smith, as his friends know him, started his career as a singer in the Adverts, one of the early stars of the London punk scene in 1977, and since then has established himself as the irrepressible voice of the underdog. At 62 years old he has become one of the most important songwriters Britain has produced. His mission, as he sees it, is to comment on his broken country, to hold political and corporate power to account, and to criticise inequality and social division.

TV Smith writes and sings about a superficial world where we are “virtually” more connected than ever, but at the same time feel more and more isolated. In an age where discussion and debate are discouraged, he continues to ask the pertinent questions. Rather than sounding negative, his songs put forward an optimistic and positive viewpoint. His attitude is: it’s time to stop complaining and start doing something about it.

TV Smith has that rare ability to write protest songs that on first listen don’t come across as protest songs. He describes the big issues in terms of small details. He can play the snotty-nosed punk equally as well as the traditional balladeer storyteller. What stands out is his authenticity, which has a lot to do with the fact that he has been on the road for so long, seen so much, and tackles his subject matter so unflinchingly. In these times of political chaos, voices like his are more important than ever.

The clubs are dying out, the cost of housing has hit the roof, and the politicians are at each other’s throats. We should be glad that there are still a few artists who are prepared to make a stand and speak out. TV Smith has been commenting on the lack of integrity in the British political system long before it hit the headlines. In some period’s political comment falls on deaf ears, but in these “days of distress” – as Smith terms it – songs about the real world are back on the agenda.

TV Smith’s new studio album “Land Of The Overdose” will be released by JKP, the label of German superstars Die Toten Hosen. Seventeen years ago the band recorded and released an entire studio album with him – “Useless: The Very Best Of TV Smith” – something they have never done with any other artist. His new work is awaited with particular anticipation this time around. Thanks to Brexit, Trump & co., the recent political landscape has changed beyond all recognition – rich pickings for Smith’s brand of songwriting.

Campino (Die Toten Hosen): “We’ve known since 1977 that TV Smith is one of the best songwriters in the music scene. His songs are more important than ever in the current political situation. We respect him for sticking to his guns and fighting incessantly for equality and social justice. As soon as we heard his new songs we knew that “Land Of The Overdose” had to come out on our label.”
TV Smith spends his life travelling to gigs, and plays a huge amount of concerts – more than 130 in 2017 alone, and in 34 countries so far at the last count. He says that in the past couple of years he often gets the feeling that the world has gone mad: “Wherever I go I meet people who think completely differently to their political leaders, but whose feelings and aspirations are being ignored,” he says. Back in England between tours he started to write and record a batch of new songs based on his experiences and observations. “Land Of The Overdose” is his seventeenth album of new material, and in true D.I.Y. style the first that he has played and recorded completely on his own. His punk roots are evident in every groove. The album was produced by fellow countryman Jon Caffery, renowned for his work with Sex Pistols, Einsturzende Neubauten and Die Toten Hosen among many others.

The opening track has barely begun before TV Smith starts to ask the big questions: “Do you remember when you had a voice? Do you remember when you had a vote?” In another new song, “We Stand Alone,” he makes an illuminating diagnosis: “The pubs get closed/The future’s unknown/Our only hope for salvation/And escape from isolation/Is to fight our way outside our comfort zone.” And in an age where we are defined by Facebook algorithms, Smith succinctly sums up the situation in “Green Zone”: “Spy on what I buy/How I vote, what I wear/Put me in your algorithm/I don’t care/I know you’re watching me/I’m watching you too/And what did you do?”

Before TV Smith started performing as a solo artist he had already lived through more than most musicians could ever hope to experience. His band The Adverts was one of the driving forces of the London punk rock scene. His song “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” was one of the biggest punk rock hits of the era. In Germany, his connection with Die Toten Hosen has brought him a large fanbase, thanks to their album together and his tireless touring. Occasionally when he plays in Germany his old friend Vom Ritchie – the English drummer of the Hosen – sits in on drums and the duo adopt the name TVOM.

Forty years after founding his career in the heady days of the Sex Pistols and The Damned, TV Smith’s story is far from over. He is still one of the most observant and artistic chroniclers of the changes in society and their impact on ordinary people’s lives. And one thing is clear: as long as there is inequality and a lack of true values in the world in general – and his country in particular – TV Smith will continue to sing about the “Land Of The Overdose.”

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HINDS ANNOUNCE WINTER UK TOUR DATES NEW ALBUM “I DON’T RUN” OUT NOW

HINDS

ANNOUNCE WINTER UK TOUR DATES

NEW ALBUM “I DON’T RUN” OUT NOW


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“Like its title, ‘I Don’t Run’ is firm, assured and powerful” – DIY

“That cheery yet punk-as-fuck attitude is studded through their second LP.” – NME

“‘I Don’t Run’ enhances Hinds’ endearing charm and espirit de corps” – Clash

“A triumph that shears off the fuzz of their debut, but leaves their charm intact.”  – Triumph of the Week, Sunday Times Culture

“A chemistry that can’t be manufactured.” – Uncut

“the new LP is a step up in every way from Hinds’ 2016 debut: more sophisticated songwriting, more dynamic production, deeper emotional range, and, somehow, even catchier hooks.” – The FADER

After releasing their highly anticipated sophomore album I Don’t Run in April, and ahead of appearing at this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival this weekend, HINDS today announce an Autumn 2018 UK and European tour. 

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.

 

Tour dates (UK in BOLD) – tickets HERE 

24/08    Leeds, UK            Leeds Festival

26/08    Reading, UK            Reading Festival 

21/09    Las Vegas, NV, US        Life is Beautiful Festival

22/09    Santa Barbara, US        Soho

24/09    Phoenix, AZ, US        Crescent

25/09    Tuscon, AZ, US        191 Toole

27/09    Austin, TX, US        North Door

28/09    Houston, TX, US        Secret Group

29/09    Baton Rouge, LA, US     Spanish Moon

01/10    Orlando, FL, US        The Social

02/10    Tampa, FL, US        Crowbar

03/10    Miami, FL, US            Gramps

05/10    New Orleans, LA, US         Gasa Gasa

07/10    Dallas, TX, US        Deep Ellum Art Co

09/10    El Paso, TX, US        Lowbrow Palace

11/10    San Diego, CA, US        Irenic

12/10    Perris, CA, US            Desert Daze 2018

28/10    Osaka, Japan            Clapper

29/10    Tokyo, Japan             Liquid Room

09/11    Lisbon, Portugal        Music Box

12/11  Portsmouth, UK                    Wedgewood Rooms 

13/11  Manchester, UK                    Manchester Academy

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

06/12    Utrecht, Netherlands        TivoliVredenburg

07/12    Cologne, Germany        Artheater

08/12    Munich, Germany        Strom

09/12    Berlin, Germany        Lido

11/12    Nürnberg, Germany        Club Stereo

13/12    Paris, France            Le Trabendo

14/12    San Sebastián, Spain    Venue TBA

15/12    Barcelona, Spain        Razzmatazz

 

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Mark Fernyhough’s to release new single and to open for Suede

Mark Fernyhough’s new single ‘Sidewalks’ will be released on the 12th September 2018 prior to him opening for Suede’s ‘Blue Hour’ tour at Berlin’s historical Columbiahalle on the 29th September 2018.

Musician/visual artist based between London and Berlin, Mark’s songs have been featuredon BBC Radio and have received heavy rotation on major German stations. He has joinedDavid Bowie’s guitarist Gerry Leonard onstage and opened for Suede during three of theirrecent tours. Their singer Brett Anderson has publicly championed Mark’s music. Mark Fernyhough’s new song ‘Sidewalks’ was inspired by the hedonism of Berlin’s undergroundelectro scene. It combines melancholic beats with a soaring soulful chorus depicting drama, loss and inner-city romance.

The track’s music video was shot in a single evening around Berlin Mitte. It follows Mark
wandering the Berlin cityscape, whilst a mysterious redhead who literally embodies the term ‘forbidden fruit’ is seen in dreamlike vision. The video was made by Mark Fernyhough and Lisa Marie Lange and features model La Rubinia. Sidewalks is released on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, tidal and all other major digital platforms on September 12th 2018. Mark will open for Suede’s ‘Blue Hour’ tour at Berlin’s historical Columbiahalle on the 29th September 2018.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markfernyhough/

Music Video: https://youtu.be/nS2cvzh2EfQ

MEDIA QUOTES ON MARK’S MUSIC
“Hooky verses, and even bigger, hookier and more blinding choruses.” – PopMatters.
“Fernyhough’s vocals, act as a symbol for style, mystery and European glamour, while Horry’s guitar licks lend it all a wide-screen majesty. Between them, their songs have been featuredon BBC Radio 1, 6Music and MTV, whilst their debut single ‘Fireworks’ has already garnered over 30k video plays on YouTube.” – God Is In The TV.
“Mark’s enchanting vocals perfectly compliment the musical production – smooth graceful and swooning, with a vocal delivery similar to Bryan Ferry with a dash of Roy Orbison.” -SoundThread

“Like his photography, his music has a fresh take on a familiar feeling: we’ve never heard or seen anything quite like this. And we can’t wait to hear more.” – IMPOSE MAGAZINE.

“Fernyhough delivers lyrics with a confidence that could fill stadiums. Like a preacher, he issues warning and offers salvation.” – Popbollocks
“Enchanting” – FluxFm

“An epic swoon of Romance, drama and melancholia” – XS Noize

VISUAL ART
Mark is also a prolific visual artist and arts writer, his work appearing in Vogue, Neo2, Image Comics, Fortean Times, NME, Vice, and Electronic Beats. His current architectural art series juxtaposes the fragility of still life models with brutalist buildings, and towering structures. “I wanted to document cityscapes and include human models for scale. My models are of an equal significance to the environment they are inhabiting. They are no more or less the focus of the image than concrete or sky.”

PETROL GIRLS release new single ‘Sister’ with music video

PETROL GIRLS release new single ‘Sister’ with music video
From the forthcoming EP ‘The Future Is Dark’

Out 14th September via Hassle Records:
http://smarturl.it/TheFutureIsDark

UK/EU dates coming up including Reading & Leeds Festivals

Petrol Girls recently announced that their new EP ‘The Future Is Dark’ will be released via Hassle Records on 14th September – including on limited etched 12″ vinyl – and now they’ve shared the intimate and emotive new single ‘Sister’, along with a music video that came into being with more than a little help from the band’s extended sisterhood network. “I’ve been wanting for us to write a song about sisterhood for a long time, because it’s these relationships that have had the biggest impact on my life and that form the heart of my feminism,” says Petrol Girls’ vocalist Ren Aldridge. “I’ve got two younger blood sisters and a few very close friends that I consider sisters, as well as our family dog Skye who passed away last summer but I loved her like a sister too. All of those relationships have taught me so much. They’ve guided me, taken care of me, made me laugh til I cry and nurtured me into better versions of myself. I think society often puts too much emphasis on sexual relationships when sisterhood is incredibly important and powerful. This song celebrates a relationship that can pose a real threat to capitalism and patriarchy because it challenges competition and is built on care and trust.”

The EP is named after a Virginia Woolf quote that writer Rebecca Solnit uses as a starting point for her essay ‘Woolf’s Darkness,’ in ‘Men Explain Things To Me.’ She writes about accepting uncertainty and not fearing the dark or the unknown because actually we don’t know what will happen next. She describes despair and optimism both as forms of certainty that create grounds for not acting, whereas hope pushes us to act and make change in whatever ways we can. “The dark, just like the future, is full of possibilities,” muses Aldridge. “It makes me think about how its only in the dark that we can see the stars and think about ourselves as just tiny parts of this cosmic system, as part of a bigger picture. I find it really grounding and inspiring to feel individually small but part of something huge.”

The EP also includes the previously-released single ‘Survivor’, which is inspired by the growing movement against sexual violence. Aldridge explains its motivation — “The people who’ve spoken up so courageously about their experiences have broken the silence that has protected abusers in the past, often at massive risk to their own safety and well being. I hope that their bravery inspires the cultural shift in attitudes that is so desperately needed.” ‘Strike’ closes out the EP and is a track about political organising and how taking care, making space, reflecting and recognising our fuck ups are just as important as the direct action itself.

PREORDER THE FUTURE IS DARK EP: http://smarturl.it/TheFutureIsDark
Available on limited etched 12″ vinyl w/ hand-screenprinted sleeve
Tracklisting:

  1. Survivor
  2. Sister
  3. Strike

UPCOMING TOUR DATES: Ticket Info
AUGUST
Fri, 24               UK, Reading Festival
Sat, 25              UK, Leeds Festival
SEPTEMBER
Tue, 11            Austria, Wiener Neustadt, Triebwerk
Thu, 13            Germany, Munich, Baracke
Fri, 14             UK, Bristol, Mother’s Ruin
Sat, 15             UK, London, Tufnell Park Dome – Loud Women Fest
Mon, 17            France, Paris, Olympic Cafe
Tue, 18            Netherlands, Amsterdam, Cinetol
Thu, 20             Germany, Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival
Fri, 21              Spain, Madrid, Sala Wurlitzer
Sat, 22              Spain, Valencia, Alberto Quimera Festival
Tue, 25             Sweden, Stockholm, Kafe 44
Thu, 27             Germany, Kiel, Kieler Schaubude
Sat, 29              Germany, Berlin, Scharni 38
Sun, 30             Czech Republic, Prague 7, Cross Club
OCTOBER
Mon 1              Czech Republic, Brno, Kabinet Můz
Thu, 4               Poland, Poznan, Pod Minoga
Fri, 5                Poland, Warsaw, Klub Poglos
Sat, 6                Austria, Vienna, EKH
NOVEMBER
Wed, 14           UK, London, Brixton Electric (supporting Propagandhi)

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Lonely the Brave introduce new singer and London show

LONELY THE BRAVE ANNOUNCE THE ARRIVAL OF NEW SINGER JACK BENNETT AND FIRST SHOW AT OMEARA, LONDON, ON OCTOBER 13TH

Lonely The Brave – one of Britain’s most successful rock bands of the last few years, boasting two Rock Chart #1 albums – are today announcing the arrival of new vocalist Jack Bennett, a name more than familiar to the rock world for his solo work under the name Grumble Bee.

After the departure of co-founder and vocalist David Jakes earlier this year due to health reasons, Lonely The Brave stood together, supporting their friend but adamant that as one door was closing, they would very soon be opening a new one. They never stopped writing, never stopped creating, and instead started the search for a vocal talent that they could stand side by side with in their march toward album number three.

A short search led them to the door of Jack Bennett, and an instant connection was made as they traded stories, ideas and inspirations. He is noted for his strong and emotionally wrought vocal performances – qualities that have come to define the band’s live show – so it is with some excitement that their first live outing together is announced to take place at Omeara, London, on October 13th. Tickets will be available here – http://smarturl.it/LTB_Omeara – and go on general sale from 9am this Friday, August 17th. This will be a special headline show with no support act and an early 10pm curfew, so be sure to get down early to avoid disappointment.

The band had this to say about Jack’s arrival;

We don’t know where to start with everything that has happened over the last 12 Months or so, so first of all we all want to say thank you to every single one of you that has messaged us with your support during this period. Nothing worth doing is ever easy and your continued words of encouragement really have helped galvanise our belief that this band has so much more to give. It fills us with pride to say that this new chapter of our history will begin in earnest on the 13th October. The show is our way of thanking every single one of you for standing by us and understanding that this is a continuation; that the songs really are the most important part.

We hope to see friends old and new on the 13th

With love ​

Lonely The Brave

Join the band as they pen a new chapter together.

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Blue Alatar​, release their debut instrumental album: Irradiated Hamster Alert​.

 Blue Alatar​, release their debut instrumental album: Irradiated
Hamster Alert​. Brace yourselves.

Blue Alatar are an East of England cinematic rock band, currently preparing to release their first album: Irradiated Hamster Alert. Tracks are composed by guitarist and music educator Liam Taylor, who draws influence from a variety of artists and styles – from world music, (Altan Urag), to classic and contemporary rock, (Whitesnake, Black Stone Cherry), to film composers, (Bear McCreary, Hans Zimmer), and psychedelic artists, (Ozric Tentacles). The music of Blue Alatar combines these influence to create epic, instrumental rock with soaring orchestras, crunchy synths and cinematic sound design.

They release their debut instrumental album: Irradiated Hamster Alert​. Brace yourselves.


This 10-track album combines elements of heavy, modern rock with crunchy,
psychedelic synths and cinematic sound design. Exciting tracks keep listeners on
their toes with epic orchestras, groovy riffs and soaring guitar solos. The album has
received praise from steampunk MC Professor Elemental​, amongst others.

The band’s rock influences come from Whitesnake​ and Black Stone Cherry​;
whilst Ozric Tentacles​ are responsible for inspiring the various synth textures and
arpeggio patches. The big percussion, orchestral elements and sound designs
are inspired by film composers Hans Zimmer​ and Bear McCreary​.

Of the new release, guitarist and project-leader Liam Taylor says:
“Irradiated Hamster Alert has been an on-and-off project for several years. It tells
the story of a radioactive hamster, Gilbert, overthrowing a tyrannical robot panda.
Storytelling through instrumental music isn’t easy, but I found it a uniquely
engaging challenge. Music isn’t meant to be taken seriously – I hope that comes
across.”

The music of Blue Alatar​, whilst largely written by Liam, features long-time
collaborator Si Pettit, (Subterranean Popular​), on bass, 12-string guitar and as
co-writer.

Irradiated Hamster Alert ​will be available to the public on September 8th
2018​, over Spotify, most streaming services and on Blue Alatar​’s BandCamp.

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PETROL GIRLS announce mammoth European Tour + UK dates

PETROL GIRLS announce mammoth European Tour + UK dates
including Loud Women Fest and Reading & Leeds Festivals

New EP ‘The Future Is Dark’ announced for release 14th Sept
Single ‘Survivor’ out now:
YouTube  |  Spotify

Petrol Girls have announced an extensive run of shows across Europe, kicking off in September, which will follow up the band’s forthcoming performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals. The 17 date tour includes an appearance at Loud Women Fest in London on 15th Sept and a headline show at Mother’s Ruin in Bristol on 14th Sept. The feminist post-hardcore troupe will also be releasing a new EP on 14th September, titled ‘The Future Is Dark’. The three track release will come out via Hassle Records and features the previously released ‘Survivor’, which is an affecting composition that stands in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence. Full tour dates and EP track listing below.

The EP title came from reading ‘Woolf’s Darkness’ by Rebecca Solnit. She writes about accepting uncertainty and not fearing the dark or the unknown because actually we don’t know what will happen next. She describes despair and optimism both as forms of certainty that create grounds for not acting, whereas hope pushes us to act and make change in whatever ways we can. Vocalist Ren Aldridge elaborates “We wrote the EP right in the middle of the political shit storm that was 2017, and Rebecca Solnit’s writing definitely helped me to not become totally overwhelmed! It really helped me to zoom out and to see each political battle as part of a bigger movement with a history of slowly pushing things in a better direction. It makes me feel tiny but part of something huge, like when its dark but you look up and there’s loads of stars.”

‘THE FUTURE IS DARK’ EP TRACKLISTING:

  1. Survivor
  2. Sister
  3. Strike

UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
Ticket Info
AUGUST
Fri, 24    UK, Reading Festival
Sat, 25   UK, Leeds Festival
SEPTEMBER
Tue, 11   Austria, Wiener Neustadt, Triebwerk
Thu, 13  Germany, Munich, Baracke
Fri, 14    UK, Bristol, Mother’s Ruin
Sat, 15   UK, London, Tufnell Park Dome – Loud Women Fest
Mon, 17 France, Paris, Olympic Cafe
Tue, 18  Netherlands, Amsterdam, Cinetol
Thu, 20  Germany, Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival
Fri, 21    Spain, Madrid, Sala Wurlitzer
Sat, 22   Spain, Valencia, Alberto Quimera Festival
Tue, 25  Sweden, Stockholm, Kafe 44
Thu, 27  Germany, Kiel, Kieler Schaubude
Sat, 29   Germany, Berlin, Scharni 38
Sun, 30  Czech Republic, Prague 7, Cross Club
OCTOBER
Mon 1    Czech Republic, Brno, Kabinet Můz
Thu, 4   Poland, Poznan, Pod Minoga
Fri, 5     Poland, Warsaw, Klub Poglos
Sat, 6    Austria, Vienna, EKH

CONNECT WITH PETROL GIRLS:
https://www.facebook.com/Petrolgirls/
https://twitter.com/Petrol_Girls
https://petrolgirls.bandcamp.com/

IDLES SHARE VIDEO FOR “SAMARITANS”

IDLES SHARE VIDEO FOR “SAMARITANS”

‘JOY AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE.’ – OUT AUGUST 31ST ON PARTISAN RECORDSPRE-ORDER HEREWORLD TOUR ON SALE NOW

 

This afternoon IDLES have shared new material in a searing takedown of toxic masculinity entitled “Samaritans”. A live favourite for sometime, the Theo Watkins directed music video compiles archival clips displaying traditional masculine imagery. The FADER writes: “”The mask of masculinity is a mask that’s wearing me,” sings front man Joe Talbot over the top of a tight and anxiety-laced guitar riff. It’s the third single… and one of their most confrontational songs to date.

Speaking of the song’s message, front man Joe Talbot says:

There’s been a long line of bullshit that has pushed men into a corner, where simple masking becomes a trope of masculinity and a catalyst for insanity. What we wear, what we eat, what razor we use, high performance chewing gum, go faster shampoo, how we treat women, how we treat ourselves, how we die. I truly believe that masculinity has gone from an evolution of cultural praxis to a disease. I wanted to encourage a conversation about gender roles by writing this song.”

“Samaritans” is the third song to be released from IDLES’s much-anticipated upcoming album “Joy As An Act Of Resistance.” Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), The album takes aim at everything from nationalism and immigration to class inequality – all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarises: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”

Read Joe’s full statement on the album’s inspiration and origins here.

Luna Pines band Leeds press shot

Watch the video for album opener “Colossus” 

This autumn, IDLES will embark on their first ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner yet at O2 Forum Kentish Town on 18th October. Their last London headliner, at Heaven, sold out nearly six months in front.

Tickets are on sale now HERE

Watch the video for pro-immigration anthem and current single “Danny Nedelko

IDLES self-released their debut album – ‘Brutalism‘ – last year. That record carried the band to #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart, they opened for Foo Fighters at the O2, and landed on Loud & Quiet, DIY, CRACK, NME, Dork and Radio 6’s albums of the year lists among others. They’ve performed to fervent audiences at Primavera, Latitude, Reading and Leeds festivals, and were one of the biggest success stories to come out of SXSW this March (“May be the best punk show of its kind I’ve ever witnessed…felt like experiencing something people will be talking about for years to come.” – Austin American Statesmen).

‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’
Out August 31st on Partisan Records
Pre-order

Tracklist:

1. Colossus
2. Never Fight a Man With a Perm
3. I’m Scum
4. Danny Nedelko
5. Love Song
6. June
7. Samaritans
8. Television
9. Great
10. Gram Rock
11. Cry To Me
12. Rottweiler

‘Tour of Joy’ 2018 dates:

11 Sept – Tokyo, JP – Daikanyama Unit
14 Sept – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
15 Sept – Fort Wayne, IN Middle Waves Music Festival
16 Sept – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
17 Sept – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
18 Sept – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmont
20 Sept –  Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
22 Sept – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
24 Sept – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
25 Sept – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
27 Sept – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
28 Sept – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
29 Sept – St.  Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
01 Oct – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
04 Oct – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
05 Oct – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
06 Oct – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
08 Oct – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
10 Oct – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
16 Oct –  Bristol, UK – SWX
17 Oct – London, UK – Roundhouse *
18 Oct – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
19 Oct – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
20 Oct – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
23 Oct – Newcastle, UK – Riverside
24 Oct – Leeds, UK – Leeds University Stylus
25 Oct – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
26 Oct – Birmingham, UK – Institute
27 Oct – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
29 Oct – Oxford, UK –  O2 Academy
30 Oct – Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
01 Nov – Brussels, BE – Botanique
02 Nov – Leffinge, NL –  De Zwerver
03 Nov – Dusseldorf, DE – zakk
04 Nov – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
06 Nov – Groningen, NL – VERA
08 Nov – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
09 Nov – Hamburg, DE – Knust
10 Nov – Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz
11 Nov – Berlin, DE – SO36
13 Nov – Prague, CZ – Futurum
14 Nov –  Vienna, AT – Flex Cafe
16 Nov – Munich, DE – Ampere
17 Nov – St. Gallen, CH – Palace
18 Nov – Dudingen, CH – Bad Bonn
19 Nov – Zurich, CH – Mascotte
20 Nov – Lausanne, CH – Les Docks
22 Nov – Milan, IT – Circolo Magnolia
23 Nov – Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne
24 Nov – Bordeaux, FR – Rock School Barbey
26 Nov – Porto, PT – Hard Club
27 Nov – Lisbon, PT – Lisboa ao Vivo
29 Nov – Madrid, ES – Moby Dick
30 Nov – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz
01 Dec – Toulouse, FR – Connexion Live

* Q Awards show with Wolf Alice

More info:
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Manic Street Preachers share new single ‘People Give In’

Manic Street Preachers – People Give In – New Single

“’People Give In’ asserts that “people stay strong”, its music box-like guitar line ricocheting anxiously up and down before resolving into a sunburst-through-clouds riff’n’string chorus”   – The Guardian

Manic Street Preachers round off the summer and one of their busiest years to date with a new single and some very special shows.  ‘People Give In’ is the opening track of their latest album ‘Resistance Is Futile’ and is accompanied by a video showing some of the highlights of their touring over 2018.  The band also have been announced to play the Radio 2 ‘Live in Hyde Park’ show in London on 9th September and the Absolute Radio 10th Anniversary Show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 25th September.

Since the release of their first single (‘International Blue’) from their 13th album at the end of 2017 the band have been relentlessly playing and promoting the album.  They played their own headlining arena tour in April and May, performed in Europe with Guns ‘N’ Roses, were chosen my The Cure’s Robert Smith to play the Meltdown Festival in London’s Southbank, appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival amongst many other shows. The singles from the album have dominated the airwaves with all being a-listed across the board including Radio Two, 6Music, Absolute, Radio X and Virgin and they’ve performed on the likes of Later With Jools Holland and The One Show.  The band adorned the cover of Q Magazine and the album received glowing reviews all over the press.

‘Resistance Is Futile’ was received as a classic Manics album and covered topics as diverse as Dylan and Caitlin Thomas, the Hillsborough disaster, David Bowie and the artist Yves Klein and reached No. 2 in the Uk charts on release.

Of ‘People Give In’ Nicky Wire described it as: One of the most open lyrics I’ve ever written. I wouldn’t exactly call it a rallying cry, it’s more about the idea that at least 80% of life is just really mundane so why don’t we all just lower our expectations and try to get to the other side as painlessly as possible. We’re all looking for universal panaceas all the time – if we expected a little less, we’d probably be happier The chorus is “there is no theory of everything/no immaculate conception, no crime to forgive”. If you can’t do any good, do no harm – that’s my fucking motto!”

Live:

17 August                  RIZE FESTIVAL, Hyland Park, Chelmsford
18 August                  BEAUTIFUL DAYS, Escot Park, Devon (headline)
9 September           RADIO 2 ‘LIVE IN HYDE PARK, Hyde Park, London
25 September           ABSOLUTE 10TH ANNIVERSARY, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

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