Soul II Soul on 30th anniversary UK tour this month!

Double Grammy Award winning and five-time Brit Award nominated duo Soul II Soul are heading out on tour this month!

SOUL II SOUL
ANNOUNCE 30TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR

Iconic British band Soul II Soul will embark on a landmark tour of the UK in 2018 marking 30 years of hugely influential success, paying tribute to their legendary debut album, ‘Club Classics Vol 1’.

The double Grammy Award winning and five-time Brit Award nominated band will play 12 dates in the UK in October and November 2018, including a date at London’s Palladium, featuring a stunning production.

With huge hits including ‘Keep On Movin’ (which sold over a million copies in the US alone) and the UK number one single ‘Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)’, Soul II Soul progressed from being one of the leaders of the 1980’s warehouse scene to pioneering British black music around the world, and securing commercial success for themselves and the huge amount of artists they have influenced.

During the course of their stellar career the band have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and main man Jazzie B was awarded an OBE for services to music in 2008, as well as winning an Ivor Novello Award for Inspiration, as “the man who gave British black music a soul of its own”.

Soul II Soul 2018
30th Anniversary Tour  Dates
Friday 19th October: Town Hall / Birmingham
Saturday 20th October: Royal Philharmonic / Liverpool
Sunday 21st October: Brighton Dome / Brighton
Tuesday 23rd October: Guildford G Live
Wednesday 24th October: City Hall / Hull
Thursday 25th October: De Montford Hall / Leicester
Friday 26th October: Town Hall / Leeds
Saturday 27th October: Albert Hall / Manchester
Sunday 28th October: London Palladium / London
Thursday 1st November: St David’s Hall / Cardiff
Friday 2nd November: Corn Exchange / Cambridge
Saturday 3rd November: SEC Armadillo / Glasgow
Sunday 4th November: Sage / Gateshead

Tickets are available
https://souliisoul.seetickets.com/tour/souliisoul/

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Queercore sax punks GUTTFULL release today a riotous video for their single ‘Tits and Nails’

Queercore sax punks GUTTFULL release today a riotous video for their single ‘Tits and Nails’

Queercore sax punks GUTTFULL release today a riotous video for their single ‘Tits and Nails’, the title track of their forthcoming debut album.
The song is about ‘calling out cat-callers’, and the video pulls no punches as it hammers home their not-taking-any-more-of-this-shit message to a gaggle of lecherous builders. Featuring cameo appearances from the band’s friends and fellow DIY punks The Menstrual Cramps, who also filmed and edited the video for Guttfull – punk sisterhood in action!

GUTTFULL is led by Samoan powerhouse Momoe, whose rageful vocals and visceral stage performance are often somewhere between Poly Styrene, Kathleen Hanna and Tina Turner. Their live set is loud and celebratory – screaming down the patriarchy, raining glitter.
Other songs include Arsehole (an ode to Donald Trump), ‘My Culture’s Not a Costume’ (a wake-up call to any white people considering dreading their hair), and ‘Messy’ (a true-stroy account of domestic violence). But also look out for a song called ‘White Man’s Had His Day’, which the band premiered at Loud Women Fest last weekend – a haunting ballad that showcases Momoe’s beautifully full vocal range, joined with the voices of the band’s guitarist/songwriter Cassie and bassist Gemma.
Guttfull’s debut album ‘Tits and Nails’ will be launched 10 November on Loud Women records, with a launch party at the Hope & Anchor that night. The album can be pre-ordered from Bandcamp, which includes a download now of the lead single.
Catch Guttfull live:
27 Oct – The Railway, Southend-on-Sea with T-Bitch
9 Nov – DIY Space for London with Fuzzhoneys and Stef Fi
10 Nov – Tits and Nails album launch, Hope & Anchor, N1, with Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something and more.
 
“LOUD WOMEN will undoubtedly be the beacon for all the best new female talent” – The Morning Star
 
“championing women in music through putting on great gigs with great people” – Parallel Magazine
 
Fans of women-centric punk, rock and riot grrrl will heart this UK-based promoter.” – DIVA magazine
 

Goldblume – new album and UK Tour

R*E*P*E*A*T Favourites
GOLDBLUME
Announce New Album & Share UK Tour Dates
Debut Album ‘HUSK’
Set For 9th November 2018 Release
Through Aaahh!!! Real Records

Pre-Order: http://bit.ly/2QXpJJi

Watch The Teaser

In the three years since their 2015 formation, Cambridge-based alternative three-piece, Goldblume, have gone from strength to strength as they worked away in the shadows. The result of their labours? The band’s debut album, HUSK, set for a 9th November 2018 release on Aaahh!!! Real Records.

Speaking on the album, guitarist, Jethro Steel said “It’s almost surreal. Having spent so much time thinking about this record, rehearsing it, discussing the announcements and planning the tour. It’s honestly just so exciting to share it with people because as soon as other people know about it as well, it becomes real; and we can’t wait to show them.”

Catch the band on tour throughout November:

08 Nov – Cambridge, Portland Arms
11 Nov – Ipswich, Smokehouse
12 Nov – Brighton, Pipeline
13 Nov – Bath, St James Wine Vaults
15 Nov – Leicester, Vault
16 Nov – Peterborough, Ostrich Inn
17 Nov – Bury St Edmunds, Hunter Club
22 Nov – Hertford, Dog and Whistle
24 Nov – Haverhill, Arts Centre

HUSK is a record that is impossible to pigeonhole neatly, drawing aspects of math-rock, grunge, punk and alternative rock. Following on from 2015’s Real Nice and 2017’s Go Figure EPs—as well as the standalone single, ‘Fawning’, and a session with BBC Introducing—HUSK is a mature step forwards, showing Goldblume in a whole new light, and reaching a new level of songwriting craftsmanship.


The new album is a three-year journey into trying to find a sense of self and connecting it to the face you see in the mirror. HUSK is a record which encourages you to be kinder to you, and to better understand the mental state of other people, as well as your own.

It’s about no longer wondering who that person is, staring back at you. It’s about trying to be patient and loving to yourself and your mental state, and developing a safe way to cope and survive. It’s about growth and emotional balance; learning to hear something that you can’t believe—or you never considered to be true—and retaining the ability to not melt down if and when those perceived walls finally fall down.

Recorded by David Leighton at River Run Studios in Potton, Cambridgeshire and self-produced and mixed by the band themselves at guitarist Jethro’s home studio, these 10 tracks are a dichotomy—bold, emotional and powerful, but also intricate and delicate.

HUSK is available to pre-order on Deluxe CD and through all digital outlets on Aaahh!!! Real Records: http://bit.ly/2QXpJJi 

Do What You Like an Animal welfare charity single by Gavin Chappell-Bates

Do What You Like – Animal welfare and conservation charity single released by Gavin Chappell-Bates on Thursday October 4th 2018

‘Do What You Like’ is a folk-rock single from Cambridge musician Gavin Chappell-Bates. It will be released on Thursday 4th October 2018, World Animal Day, and is a song that reflects on how we, the human race, treat our home, planet earth, and the other inhabitants that we share it with.

It will be available to purchase as a digital download on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other online retailers. A short film will be released on the same day to accompany the single. This was made by Gavin with footage provided by a number of animal welfare and conservation charities to help create a visual representation of the song’s message.

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All proceeds from sales of ‘Do What You Like’ will go directly to these charities that provided footage to make the film: Animal Aid, Animal Equality, Animals Australia, Earthling Ed, Greenpeace, PETA, Save Me Trust, Tiger Awareness and Viva!

Gavin wrote the song to highlight his biggest fears, the destruction of our environment and the mass slaughter and suffering of animals. In 2014, inspired by his affection for his cat Sully, Gavin had an epiphany and converted first to vegetarianism and then to veganism. Having been a consumer of meat, dairy and other animal based products for over thirty years he had never previously questioned what he put into his body but with increased awareness he, along with his wife Alison, decided to make a change.

‘Do What You Like’ was written as a direct reaction to the stark change in his lifestyle, of which Gavin says:

“It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I now feel so much better as a result, both in body and in mind. More importantly, my eyes have now been opened and I want to do all I can to help others understand the realities of what is happening to our environment and animals that are farmed for food. I dream of a world where all humans live on a sustainable plant-based diet and we are all in balance with the planet we call home. I believe this will one day happen, hopefully in my lifetime.”

Gavin wants to use his music and the release of ‘Do What You Like’ to raise awareness about these issues. He is asking others to join him in this mission by signing up to a crowd-speaking campaign which will share the song and video across participant’s social media channels on the release date. Further details about this can be found here: https://gavinchappellbates.com/dowhatyoulike/ 

 

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Gavin deliberately chose to coincide this release with World Animal Day, a social movement which aims to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards across the globe. You can find out more about this here: www.worldanimalday.org.uk

‘Do What You Like’ can be pre-ordered from Gavin’s Bandcamp store: gavinchappellbates.bandcamp.com/album/do-what-you-like-single

Further information

‘Do What You Like’ is the fourth single to be released from Gavin’s crowd-funded second album ‘The Last One’, which began life with the thought: ‘what would you do if you were the last human alive when the world as we know it ends?’  It was released in March 2018 and features a variety of talented musicians including Booga from Ezio, Paul Richard’s from Fred’s House and Neil Bruce from Bouquet of Dead Crows. Previous singles from the album include ‘Lovely Day’, ‘Bad Faith / Good Faith’ and ‘The Sanctuary of Stars’.

“The Last One is a wonderfully crafted album, full of strong tracks worthy of repeated listens.”  FATEA Magazine

Gavin’s music has featured on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2. He regularly appears on BBC Introducing, as well as other local and national stations. He has been nominated for Best Male Solo Artist for four years running at the NMG Awards and has a growing fan base in France where numerous fan sites have popped up.

He released his first solo EP – ‘Black Holes’ – in February 2015, and his debut album – ‘We Are The Ones’ – in April 2016, on R*E*P*E*A*T Records.

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Gavin set off on his first ever tour in September 2014 and has since played venues such as the Cambridge Corn Exchange, The Rescue Rooms (Nottingham), The Hunter Club (Bury St. Edmunds) and Norwich Arts Centre, as well as festivals including Cambridge’s Big Weekend, Homegrown, Wild Wood Rumpus, Strawberry Fair and Subterranean.

 

Gavin’s links

Facebook                      facebook.com/GavinChappellBates

Instagram                     instagram.com/gchappellbates

Soundcloud                    soundcloud.com/gavinchappell-bates

Twitter                          @GChappellBates

Website                         gavinchappellbates.com

YouTube                       youtube.com/c/GavinChappellBates

 

 

Additional links

Animal Aid                     www.animalaid.org.uk

Animal Equality              www.animalequality.net

Animals Australia           www.animalsaustralia.org

Earthling Ed                   www.earthlinged.com

Greenpeace                   www.greenpeace.org.uk

PETA                             www.peta.org

Save Me Trust               www.savemetrust.org

Tiger Awareness            www.tigerawareness.co.uk

Viva!                             www.viva.org.uk

 

Some statistics

  1. Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. These figures do not include fish and other sea creatures whose deaths are so great they are only measured in tonnes. (Animal Equality)
  2. Each year in the UK alone approximately 1 billion land animals are farmed and killed for food, that’s around 2.7 million every single day, and that figure does not include fish. (Animal Aid)
  3. Animal farming is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the planes, trains, cars, trucks and ships on Earth. It is also one of the leading causes of deforestation and water pollution around the world. (Animal Aid)
  4. The carbon footprint of a vegan diet is as much as 60% smaller than a meat-based one. (Animal Aid)
  5. Each year inside British laboratories, around 4 million animals are experimented on. Every 8 seconds, one animal dies. (Animal Aid)
  6. The Earth’s ancient forests form some of the most diverse ecosystems known to science and are vital in regulating the world’s climate. But 80% of them have already been destroyed or degraded, and the remaining forests are under threat. (Greenpeace)
  1. In 2016, 40,000 lives were cut short by air pollution in the United Kingdom, with sick and vulnerable people, the elderly and children being particularly at risk. (Greenpeace)

 

  1. An estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in our oceans each year. (Greenpeace)
  1. Every day a tiger is killed in the wild. There are now only 3,000 remaining. (Tiger Awareness)
  1. The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people — more than the entire human population on Earth. (One Green Planet)

 

 

The Lovely Eggs Announce supports for Autumn Tour Dates Featuring Mush, ILL plus poet and comedian Rob Auton

The Lovely Eggs
Announce supports for Autumn Tour Dates
Featuring Mush, ILL plus poet and comedian Rob Auton
Tour Dates:
11 Oct – Beat Generator Live, Dundee%
12 Oct – CCA, Glasgow%
13 Oct – Bongo Club, Edinburgh%
19 Oct – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds*
21 Oct – The Roadmender, Northampton%
23 Oct – The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham%
24 Oct – The Musician, Leicester
25 Oct – 1865, Southampton
26 Oct – The Fleece, Bristol*
27 Oct – The Haunt, Brighton*
28 Oct – The Scala, London*
9 Nov – The Cluny, Newcastle*
10 Nov – Gorilla, Manchester*
*with Mush
%with ILL
Link to buy tickets here
New album This Is Eggland out now
Having spread the gospel of Egg throughout the summer with oodles of festival appearances (including a packed-out Far Out Stage at Green Man and a spectacular headline show at Indietracks), surreal DIY punk rockers The Lovely Eggs (and hardest working band in indie), head back out on the road for autumn shows in October and November. They’re delighted to announce some exciting supports with Leeds art-rockers Mush as well as Manchester feminist post-punks ILL. They also welcome back poet and comedian Rob Auton, fresh from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Dates on the tour include their biggest London show to date at The Scala on 28 October.
Since its release in February, their most recent album This is Eggland has won high praise from critics and fans alike. The Independent’s 4* review described it as “a giant leap forward” with The Guardian describing their single “Wiggy Giggy” as “marvellous.”  Iggy Pop has become a great and enthusiastic supporter, playing various tracks and singles on his BBC 6 Music Radio show over the past few months, saying; I like everything I hear about The Lovely Eggs.”
BBC 6 Music Album of the Day
“Exhilarating and trashy.” Uncut

“A giant leap forward.” The Independent 4*s

“Impressively focused, relentlessly brilliant and a must-go destination.” Shindig 5*s

“This is Eggland is a relentless, heartfelt statement of intent. You wouldn’t bet against them unearthing glory from the fringe for decades to come.” The Quietus
“Not since Space Ritual-era Hawkwind has anyone so successfully combined workboot riffing with the swirling bleeps of the unexplored cosmos.” Record Collector
“The duo’s sound has toughened, their edge has sharpened and their approach has streamlined as they’ve become more and more the most perfect version of themselves.” Drowned In Sound 9/10
Produced and mixed by Grammy award winning producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Tame Impala) and self released on their own label Egg Records, This is Eggland confounded expectations, hitting number nine in the UK Independent National Album Chart, it also made it to number 23 in the UK Vinyl Charts and overall number 136 in the UK National Album Chart – although, had they towed the industry line and not sold the album direct to fans via their website and gigs before release day, they would have been in the top 45! Their single “Wiggy Giggy” was number eight in the Official Vinyl Singles Chart, again despite most sales coming from gigs and their own website. The album CD had to be repressed twice and the vinyl once in the first week alone. As industry outsiders, all this was achieved without the help of management, booking agent or record label support.
The Lovely Eggs are one of the most unique, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground music scene. Holly Ross (guitar/vocals) and David Blackwell (drums) have built up a cult following, selling out gigs across the UK, as well as gaining support from BBC 6 Music and Radio One. Heavier and more in-your-face than anything they’ve done previously, This is Eggland brings together a fierce DIY ethos, surreal sense of humour and kitchen-sink realism, creating an explosive blend of motoric krautrock, 60s psychedelia and punk rock attitude.
The album received a tremendous response from radio. It was declared “Album of the Day” by BBC Radio 6 Music who also added their single “Wiggy Giggy” to the BBC 6 Music playlist. Steve Lamacq stated, “I can’t get enough of this record at the moment,” and made it the “Lamacq livener” (where it has been played every day for a week). It went on to win Roundtable and was the most popular track on both Steve Lamacq and Marc Riley‘s show on consecutive weeks. The pair played their seventh live session for Marc Riley in February before heading out on a sold out tour of the UK, with 9 out of 10 dates sold out in advance.
 Watch video for “Big Sea” here:

The Blinders debut album ‘Columbia’ out this Friday & UK Tour

The Blinders debut album ‘Columbia’ out this Friday Sept 21st plus UK tour including Cambridge (with Ugly) and Cardiff Swn Festival

THE BLINDERS, BIOGRAPHY

Escape these end times. Free yourself from mind control. Prepare to celebrate the new world order. ‘Columbia’, the debut album by The Blinders, is ready. Nominally, it’s the work of three twenty-one year-old men living in Manchester by way of Doncaster. Spiritually, ‘Columbia’ is the beacon to show a better, freer life. Past cult leaders have promised spiritual awakening, true. But the way of The Blinders is more benign and relies only on possessing open ears to gain enlightenment.

You may well have already heard them on Radio 1, Radio X or 6 Music, who playlisted recent single ‘L’Etat C’est Moi.’ You may have seen The Blinders supporting Idles, The Charlatans or Cabbage, or at festivals including Reading And Leeds, Isle Of Wight, Kendal Calling, TRNSMT, Festival No 6 and Neighbourhood Weekender, where they drew a huge crowd to their headline slot at the new bands stage. They’re impossible to miss live, where singer/guitarist Thomas Haywood dons warpaint to assume the fearless persona of Johnny Dream, whose tribal gaze adorns the sleeve of ‘Columbia.’ “Once the warpaint is on, we become monsters, thunder riders,” says Haywood of his alter-ego. “As Johnny Dream, I can totally lose myself in the music and become a shamanic Jim Morrison character. We can do anything, be anyone.”

That shamanic, compelling mood is captured perfectly in ‘Columbia’. Ably produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Sherlocks, Goldblade), the album sees childhood friends Haywood, bassist/co-writer Charlie McGough and drummer Matt Neale follow Johnny Dream on his spiritual awakening, from the coruscating swagger of the opening ‘Gotta Get Through’ to the raw, beautiful and ultimately redemptive finale ‘Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)’. Inspired as much by literary touchstones such as George Orwell and Jack Kerouac as much as Nick Cave, Kanye West and The Wytches, ‘Columbia’ is often as dark as you’d expect from an album named after the utopia Charles Manson promised his Family. But, as Haywood notes: “We didn’t want the album to be totally negative. We’re holding a mirror up to society, and there is good in society, so it was absolutely important to end on the optimism of Rat In A Cage and Orbit.”

The latter song was recorded after a schoolfriend of the trio committed suicide. “We’d been struggling to get the song right and were on the verge of abandoning it,” Haywood recalls. “But we read over the lyrics after what happened to our friend and realised we had to get it down. The vocals are one-take.”

Having grown up in Doncaster, The Blinders moved to Manchester to go to University Of Manchester after their A-Levels, though Haywood and Neale soon dropped out to leave McGough to complete his degree in politics and history this spring. “We’d been in bands before, but we’d only just started The Blinders when we finished sixth form,” the bassist recalls. “We felt there was something there, and Manchester was the perfect next step to live a more creative lifestyle. I don’t think it matters where we’re from, ultimately. We say we’re from Doncaster and we love the place, but the community spirit among bands in Manchester who’ve helped us out has been a godsend to us.”

McGough speaks fondly of university giving him both structure when The Blinders aren’t on tour, and of bringing fresh ideas to bring to his songwriting – he studied the Spanish Civil War as part of his degree, with Orwell’s writing a recurring influence on Columbia, not least the eerie campfire feel of ‘Ballad Of Winston Smith’. (“A song you could sing after the apocalypse,” notes Haywood.)

The album contains a reworked version of 2016 debut single ‘I Can’t Breathe Blues’, but daringly leaves off ‘Swine’, the appropriately infectious single which had critics raving. Early Blinders songs were inspired by specific outrages, with ‘I Can’t Breathe Blues’ written after the chilling recording of police brutality victim Eric Garner in New York was made public. The trio’s writing has since become broader in scope, without losing that feeling of rage. “We didn’t know when we started that there’d be such a theme to our songs,” admits McGough. “It was fascinating seeing that narrative come together once we’d recorded the album, realising that even early on in our songs we were expressing that yearning and that hope.”

McGough and Haywood share songwriting duties, with the latter noting: “If you listen closely, you can tell which songs are mine and which are Charlie’s. His songs are more poetic, while I’m always trying to slip a chorus in, but lyrically I’m more ambiguous and Charlie is straight to the point. The credits just list them as being written by the three of us: that equality is the philosophy we preach, and it was important to put that into practice in our own small way.”

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Drily witty drummer Neale adds: “With two writers, you’re not defaulting to one vision. And it helps that we’re a trio, because if there are any arguments, it’s going to be two against one. So we’re always a democracy. The fact we’re so loud as a three-piece on stage? That’s partly down to the secret of reverb. But as a trio, you can’t have any unnecessary elements. If you take any one element out, it all collapses.”

Although there’s a timeless power to The Blinders’ songs, the trio are keenly aware of needing to express the malaise at the heart of Western society. “We try to write about the times we’re in, and we try to write daily,” says McGough. “We’re always going to want to get our songs out to the world as soon as possible, so that the events we’re inspired by aren’t out of date. Then again, the nature of social media and 24-hour news channels means the news cycle moves impossibly quickly.” That’s a frustration expressed in ‘Ballad Of Winston Smith’, where Haywood sings: ‘Forgotten stories on the news, a week or so and it’s adieu.’ “It’s one of the reasons we’ve moved slightly away from specific issues,” McGough nods. “We want justice in general, not just for specific topics.”

That sense of injustice is there in the title of ‘Columbia’, drawn from The Blinders’ fascination with cult leaders. Haywood explains: “The rise of populism here and in America means you can draw a line from Trump to Mussolini to Stalin, then through to cult leaders like Jim Jones and Charles Manson. Also, we’re a fan of one-word album titles, like ‘Humbug’ by Arctic Monkeys. One word can strike you, and you can draw so much from it.”

‘Columbia’ was recorded in a month at Gavin Monaghan’s studio Magic Garden in Wolverhampton, with Haywood enthusing: “Beautiful moments happen all the time with Gavin. He takes our ideas and makes them even more epic.” McGough continues: “We’re so hungry, we didn’t need anyone pushing us further than we push ourselves. Gavin was that calming influence on us that we needed.”

‘Columbia’ moves from the brutal brevity of ‘Free The Slave’ and ‘Et Tu’ to the seven-minute sprawling epic ‘Brutus’. “’Free The Slave’ and ‘Et Tu’ are short, sharp shocks,” says Haywood. “They say what they need to.” As for ‘Brutus’, Neale admits its initial inspiration is a mystery to the band too. “That song has changed so much, even we’ve no idea where it came from,” the drummer laughs. “Some of our older songs, we feel like we’re covering them when we play them. It’s the centrepiece of our shows, so it was important to get it right in the studio. It could have gone on for 25 minutes, let alone seven, but as with the other songs, it only says what it needs to say.” McGough admits ‘Brutus’ psychedelic atmosphere was initially tough to capture. “We’d just come off tour when we recorded it,” he recalls. “We went at ‘Brutus’ far too fast, and it sounded awful. The key to getting it right was slowing it down just enough.”

‘Columbia’ also features the powerful ‘Brave New World’, familiar from its use in a William Hill TV advert. “We thought about doing it for a long time and we were initially sceptical,” says Haywood. Adds Neale: “Ultimately, there are few quicker ways of getting your message out there than in a huge TV campaign. You can’t just preach to the converted and get your message out there to people who already support you. You need to reach out to people. That said, it’s a nightmare when the ad comes on when we’re back in Doncaster watching football with our mates. You have to go for a long piss during the ad breaks to avoid your mates ripping it out of you.”

It’s that feeling of being mates, united against the world, that helps the essentially hopeful message of The Blinders and ‘Columbia’. There’s a powerful gang mentality in danger of vanishing in an increasingly gentrified music society, but an elixir which The Blinders possess in abundance. They talk of wanting to move quickly in music, babbling excitedly about new songs they’ve written already since Columbia was recorded. “We’re very certain we’ll be even more ambitious, lyrically and musically,” vows Haywood.

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For now, the next chapter will have to wait. Dive into ‘Columbia’. A tangible utopia awaits.

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Grades in Intellect – Introducing Idealistics, Ideas colliding with attitude and musical nous

Marrying lyrical intensity to some stunning musicianship, Idealistics first come to public view via their regular appearances at R*E*P*E*A*T Young Performers Gigs at The Portland Arms and Relevant Records. Since then they’ve played ‘adult’ stages including Strawberry fair and gone on to record their debut ep.

Here they explain their story so far.

‘The band first met online and formed through a mutual love of Manic Street Preachers.
Ali (bassist) saw one of George’s (guitarist) videos covering Manics guitar solos and soon they got talking. With Ali’s lyrics having strong messages, whether it be political, mental and physical health, or animal rights, and George’s melodies bringing the whole song to life, the band soon formed a tight bond.

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R*E*P*E*A*T, whom they had heard of due to the Manics fanzine, took them under their wing and provided so much support and opportunities to play gigs and express themselves. It was only natural to think about releasing an EP, with songs focusing on a variety of matters with the world today including personal experiences with the education system and conflicts attempting to be hidden within the world.

They hope you enjoy listening to it as much as they enjoyed writing and recording it!’

https://www.facebook.com/idealisticsband/

War Waves – ‘Be Well’ – New EP and Single

“90’s angst may have disappeared from the musical mainstream for a while, but it never left the fragile hearts and nervous minds of many of us. We don’t need a distraction – we need music that listens to us and shares our feeling of disenchantment.
War Waves seemed to come out of nowhere in 2015. Their self-titled record created a modest local buzz but also reached isolated listeners all over the world who were looking for a record just like it.
War Waves dropped the follow-up single ‘Horses’ in July of 2016 and it was a statement of intent.  The full-length “All That We Lack” arrived shortly afterwards and confirmed that this was a band who had lofty goals for their sound and were absolutely capable of reaching them.
Which brings us to now.
‘Sleep’ and ‘A Lion’s Head’ – the first singles lifted from War Wave’s upcoming EP ‘Be Well’ – show even more maturity from a band that already seemed to bypass a few grades in school. With ‘All That We Lack’, War Waves found their sound. On ‘Be Well’, the band refines it,
upping the ante with more dynamism from the instrumentation and songwriter Marc Newby’s soul-baring lyrics and vocal delivery.
This is the type of record you buy, listen to repeatedly  and scream it back to the band when seeing it live” – Adam Darowski (darowski.com)
For fans of: Frightened Rabbit, Idlewild and The Gaslight Anthem

Anti-Flag To Premiere Video For “For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)” on Democracy Now! Tomorrow, September 13th

Anti-Flag To Premiere Music Video For
“For What It’s Worth Tomorrow On Democracy Now!

American Reckoning Out September 28th on Spinefarm Records

Photo Credit: Jake Stark
Pittsburgh political punk band Anti-Flag will be premiering the new music video for their cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” The show will be available to stream on Democracy Now! tomorrow, September 13th at 8AM EST. The new 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. Pre-orders for American Reckoning are available via Spinefarm Records. A quote from the band on the Democracy Now! feature can be found below.
Democracy Now! stream available here at 8AM EST on 9/13.

 

“Inspiration and the energy to keep fighting for social and economic justice comes in all forms. Many would not expect a punk rock band to take that inspiration from an artist like Buffalo Springfield, but they’d be wrong. We have been influenced by the power of this song for years. We have used portions of the groove and drum beat on Anti-Flag records, and now have created this version of the song. 

“The live footage in this video is from our 2018 summer European Tour, where everyday people would ask us about gun violence in America and what people were doing to confront it. The March For Our Lives footage comes from the organization Everytown, who are on the frontlines of the battle against the NRA and the gun lobby in America. These are the people doing the real work to confront gun violence here at home. 

“To premier this video via Democracy Now! is an absolute honor and privilege. When people ask us how they can become informed, be better citizens of the world, find news predicated upon empathy and the truth, we tell them to listen to Democracy Now! To be featured on this life changing and undeniable force for truth and positive change in the world is incredibly special to our band.” – Anti-Flag

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 is currently on tour with Rise Against and AFI. 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:
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 “Never Again Until The Next Time”

Punk legend TV SMITH releases new single “Never Again Until The Next Time”

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

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TV Smith has just released the second 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 “Never again Until The Next Time” here:

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.”

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

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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: http://smarturl.it/wu4bx7

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

15.09.2018 (UK) Sourton – The Highwayman
21.12.2018 (UK) Leicester – Duffy‘s Bar
22.12.2018 (UK) Manchester – Star & Garter
19.01.2019 (UK) Worcester – Marr‘s Bar
20.01.2019 (UK) Nottingham – Foremans

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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