Gaffa Tape Sandy launch pulsating new single ‘Meat Head’

Gaffa Tape Sandy launch pulsating new single ‘Meat Head’

Released 29th June via Antigen Records

 
Photo credit: Burnt Out Media

Gaffa Tape Sandy – Meat Head

Rising garage rockers Gaffa Tape Sandy launch their punishing new single Meat Head, building on their brand of high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled rock ‘n’ roll delivered with a vital message.

Meat Head was written as an attack on the type of mind-sets people harbour which involve believing that they somehow own or have the right to the body of another person”, the band stated. “The song is intended to be a pointed finger, an accusation and a vexed comment aimed towards reckless attitudes that exacerbate rape culture. It’s a topic we feel strongly about, and so wanted to perform with passion and indignation”.

With drummer Robin Francis’ viciously executed pre-choruses and bassist Catherine Lindley-Neilson’s fierce vocal delivery, the subject of the song can be widely felt within the performance just as much as the lyrics, adding to the wave of momentum surrounding the trio heading into the summer months.

One of NME’s 100 Essential Acts for 2018, the Bury St. Edmunds outfit have already toured across the UK with Indoor Pets this year and will be hopping all over the festival circuit with imminent slots at Latitude (BBC Introducing) and Y Not following raucous displays at The Great Escape and Live At Leeds.

Produced by George Perks (SuperGlu), Gaffa Tape Sandy’s Meat Head is released 29th June via Antigen Records and will be available on all digital platforms.

Live Dates 
29 June – WOW Festival
07 July – Waldstock Festival, Germany
15 July – Latitude Festival
21 July – Truck Festival
28 July – Y Not Festival
11 Aug – River Town Festival, St Ives
15 Sept – Subterranean Festival, Cambridge
08-10 Nov – Iceland Airwaves

Gaffa Tape Sandy is Kim Jarvis (lead vocal, guitar), Catherine Lindley-Neilson (lead vocal, bass), Robin Francis (drums & percussion)

A very few copies of Gaffa Tape Sandy’s previous release on R*E*P*E*A* T Records are available here…

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IDLES announce second LP “Joy As An Act Of Resistance”, World Tour & video for “Danny Nedelko”

IDLES CONFIRM NEW LP – ‘JOY AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE.’ – OUT AUGUST 31 ON PARTISAN RECORDS

PRE-ORDER HERE

FIRST EVER WORLD TOUR THIS AUTUMN

PRO-IMMIGRATION ANTHEM AND FIRST SINGLE PROPER “DANNY NEDELKO” OUT NOW

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Bristol 5-piece IDLES (“the UK’s best punk band” – The Guardian) have confirmed details for their anticipated second LP – ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ will be out August 31st via Partisan Records. IDLES have also shared the album’s first single, a pro-immigration anthem entitled “Danny Nedelko,” which takes its name from one of the band’s close friends (and Ukrainian immigrant). The song is accompanied by a self-directed video that features Danny himself, listen/watch HERE.

Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ takes aim at everything from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration, and 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.

Last week IDLES unleashed blistering 2-part album opener, “Colossus,” along with a music video that features cameos from Stone Cold Steve Austin, Fred Astaire, Evel Knievel, Jesus Christ + more. Listen/watch HERE.

This fall, 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. Full dates below, general on sale begins Friday June 8th at 10am local time. More info here.

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:

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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
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

The Lovely Eggs announce Autumn tour dates, Share video for “Big Sea”, On Tour in May |

Autumn 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
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New album This Is Eggland out now
On Tour in May with support from Mr Ben & The Bens
and comedian & poet Rob Auton – most dates SOLD OUT!
Festivals in the Summer!
(see full tour dates below)
With Egg Mania reaching fever pitch, due to public demand, surreal DIY punk rockers The Lovely Eggs (and hardest working band in indie), have announced another tour in the Autumn. This follows their nearly sold-out run later this month and will include the previously announced biggest London headline show to date at The Scala on 28 October. The band will also be playing at festivals in the summer, including Rebellion, Festival Number 6 and Green Man.
They have also created a marvellous video for their latest single Big Sea, which combines fantastical animation with footage from their twelve years of touring, giving a taster of the thrills in store from the live shows – as Holly Ross explains; “It’s our life on film really.” The single will be released on 7” surf blue vinyl on 18 May via Egg Records and is taken from their newly released and critically acclaimed album This is Eggland. “Big Sea” explores the mysteries of the universe with a rallying anthem to everyone who wants to live life differently.
“It’s a pretty deep song really,” said Holly, “It questions the ridiculousness of human ritualistic behaviour and tries to look at what life is all about, the universe and stuff, and the mystery that weaves its way through everything.”
Watch video for “Big Sea” here:
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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
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Since its release in February 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.”
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.
In April the band will release a special edition of This Is Eggland on giant fried egg vinyl especially for Record Store Day on 21 April. Limited to an eye watering 500 copies, the LP will appear in a special hand packed sleeve, designed by the band with the giant fried egg in its own polythene display sleeve with a uniquely designed cardboard top. This is a true gem for any collector. They will also make an appearance at Rough Trade Nottingham for a special in-store live performance on Record Store Day itself.
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To coincide with the release of their new single “Big Sea”, the eggs will take to the road for a string of UK tour dates in May and June, this time with their pals Mr Ben and the Bens (a firm favourite of Marc Riley) and poet and comedian Rob Auton, before a summer-full of festivals.
Full Live Dates:
24 May – Guildhall, Preston*
25 May – The Exchange, Bristol* [SOLD OUT]
26 May – The Boiler Room, Guildford*
27 May – The Printworks, Hastings*
28 May – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate* [SOLD OUT]
29 May – Portland Arms, Cambridge* [SOLD OUT]
30 May – The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham* [SOLD OUT]
31 May – The Hairy Dog, Derby*
1 June – Picturehouse Social, Sheffield* [SOLD OUT]
2 June – Long Division Festival, Wakefield
3 June – Glastonwick Festival, Shoreham By Sea
15 June – Esquires, Bedford
16 June – Greenman Ahoy (Boat Party), London
23 June – A Break In The Clouds, Clitheroe
22 July – Nozstock, Bromyard
27 July – Indietracks, Ripley
29 July – Camp Bestival, East Lulworth
3 August – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge [SOLD OUT]
4 August – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
11 August – Boardmasters Festival, Newquay
17 August – Greenman Festival, Brecon Beacons

(*with Mr Ben & The Bens and Rob Auton)

Watch video for “Wiggy Giggy” here:
https://youtu.be/H65Ifm9LzIQ

Watch video for “I Shouldn’t Have Said That”
Directed by Casey Raymond
https://youtu.be/-HXmAleNWBU

Order This Is Eggland
http://smarturl.it/ThisIsEgglandAppleMu
http://smarturl.it/ThisisEgglandSpotify

Tickets for Scala show
https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-lovely-eggs/scala/1198447

www.thelovelyeggs.co.uk
www.twitter.com/thelovelyeggs
www.facebook.com/thelovelyeggs
www.instagram.com/thelovelyeggs

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From the editor’s own collection

Cambridge based alternative rockers Bouquet of Dead Crows return with a brand new single “Bunched Up Bradley”

Cambridge based alternative rockers Bouquet of Dead Crows return with a brand new single “Bunched Up Bradley” -the single sees the return of original drummer Andrew Coxall after a brief sojourn in the Antipodes. Launch date is May 18th and it is a digital download only release.

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This is a one-off single which will not be appearing on the band’s new album which they are currently recording. The title of the song, which has nothing to do with the lyrics emerged from a conversation between bassist Graeme and drummer
Andrew when the position of the balls on a snooker table were misheard as being “Bunched Up Bradley”. The band have two keynote gigs outside of Cambridge, in Manchester (9th) and Newcastle (10th), coming up in early June. The gigs
feature German Shepherd label mate The Junta and fellow
Cambridge band Goldblume.

The bands’ first release since their 2015 album sees them mixing melodic vocals from Toni Cooper with the hard edged riffing that they are rightly praised for. Their debut album “Of The Night” was described as “classy smooth and trenchant rock” by The Headbanging Moose . Liverpool Sound and Vision described the release as “A magical album to come across, Bouquet of Dead Crows is a swagger of a band, one that is honest as is it enlightening, Of The Night is something special indeed.”

Formed in 2013, Bouquet of Dead Crows are an alternative Rock/Pop band from Cambridge that combines big riffs with big melodies. Their debut album ‘Of The Night’ was released at the end of 2015, which was recorded at the Parlour Recording Studio (Evil Scarecrow, Napalm Death, Evile) in Kettering. The album is available from German Shepherd Records

The band are currently working on album number two and anticipate it being released
Summer 2018 The lineup consists of Antoinette Cooper on vocals, Neil Bruce on Guitar,
Graeme Clarke on Bass, and Andrew Coxall on Drums.

Twitter @DeadCrowMusic
Website – http://www.bodc.live
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/deadcrows/

King of the Slums – ‘Artgod Dogs’ set for release on June 8th

King of the Slums – ‘Artgod Dogs’ (Album) set for release on June 8th 2018

Label – SLR Records Cat Number SLR004 Distribution – SRD

King of the Slums started up in around 1985 in the ‘Hulme’, area of Manchester, England UK. They never considered themselves a ‘Manchester’ band, just a band with an arty background, a little
self-indulgent with story-type songs. A distorted electric violin was used all the time in early recordings, along with guitar, bass and drums.

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They continued developing this sound throughout their initial singles and albums. In 1991, following their 3rd studio album, they fell out with record companies, management and each other and disbanded. Their instruments damaged, their biro’s broken. They were on the verge of a tour in the USA, and were considered a vital LIVE act.

In 2009 the band embarked on a new album, but everyone fell out again and only developed 5 or 6 new songs. The resulting album, “The Orphaned Files”, was sold out many times and is now a collector’s item but the band did not pursue things further.

In 2016 the band got back together and released a full brand new album ‘Manco Diablo’ in 2017which received widespread critical acclaim. The band are currently happy together and view their 6th studio Album ‘Artdog Gods’ as their finest piece of work to date. Notably the new album features the reintroduction of violin and viola. A live performance at Manchester’s Night and Day venue is scheduled for 23rd June 2018 in which the band will feature songs encompassing their full recorded history.

It is anticipated that this live performance will be recorded and visualised resulting in the bands 7th and final album. With no other dates currently scheduled this will mark a rare opportunity to see
King of the Slums perform live. It might be a one minute wonder, but it’s one you should not miss

http://www.kingoftheslums.com
https://www.facebook.com/kingoftheslumsMD/

“The Art of the Future will be the overthrow of situations or nothing” Debord

Steven Adams & The French Drops share video for “Ex Future” from new album Virtue Signals out today

Steven Adams & The French Drops
Share video for “Ex Future
Taken from album Virtue Signals due out this Friday, 4 May
via Hudson Records


UK Tour Underway
Tour Dates:
Wed 2 May – Manchester – The Castle
Thur 3 May – Glasgow – Hug & Pint
Fr 4 May – Newcastle – Cluny 2
Sat 5 May – York – The Basement
Sun 6 May – Halifax – Grayston Unity courtyard (afternoon)
Sun 6 May – Sheffield – Shakespeares (evening)
Wed 16 May – London – Boston Music Room
Steven Adams & The French Drops share the video for their new single “Ex Future“, taken from the album Virtue Signals, out this Friday, 4 May, via Hudson Records. The track was shared by The Line Of Best Fit, who wrote; “The new group really lock in to the motorik groove of new single “Ex Future”, before giving way to the kind of stomping chorus that Adams has always done so well… The video was created by Tom Crawford, and features a host of google-eyed monsters gyrating over a series of abandoned homes and industrial complexes.”
Steven Adams and The French Drops start their UK tonight at The Castle in Manchester. Check them out across the North of England and Scotland over the next week, with a London date at Boston Music Room on Wednesday 16 May. More info here.
 
Anger seldom sounds as enticing as it does on Virtue Signals. It is an album that rails against the iniquities of the world and meshes the personal with the political, without ever smacking the listener around the head. Adams (former songwriter/singer/guitarist with The Broken Family Band and Singing Adams) can’t help but be witty and empathetic even as he rages, and the fury is wrapped inside his characteristically sweet melodies.
Virtue Signals captures the sound of a band finding “its own thing”. Laurie Earle (Absentee, Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards, Wet Paint) plays guitar with a loose, intuitive touch; Michael Wood – who had played bass with The Singing Adams – switches to keyboards here, while Daniel Fordham (drums) and David Stewart (bass) from The Drink complete the band.
Following a few years of performing and recording solo (see 2014’s House Music and 2016’s Old Magick), Adams says he wanted to put together “a band where everyone was following their noses. I’ve been calling the shots for ages now, and now I can lean on these people, make more noise. It’s fair to say we share a lot of the same thoughts and feelings about the state of the world. But mostly we talk about food.”
Though the band worked on the songs for several months, the album was recorded in a little over a week, in September 2017, at Half Ton Studios in Cambridge. It was produced by Ben Nicholls, who plays with Nadine Shah, Cara Dillon, and many others, as well as helming his own Kings of the South Seas project. Adams was initially ambivalent about having a producer on board, but “Ben’s head is full of music. He came to a rehearsal and started making the occasional suggestion about songs and arrangements. At first we were a bit freaked out, but everything he suggested worked. In the studio he was in charge, which was oddly liberating.” The album was then mixed by acclaimed producer and engineer (and Hudson Records supremo) Andy Bell.
It’s over 16 years since Adams started making music with The Broken Family Band [actually Hoffman came first and were probably better – pedantic and opinionated Editor], generating critical acclaim with each subsequent release and maintaining a dedicated cult following ever since. So, all these years later – having been called a national treasure enough times to fill a pirate’s chest, without ever having become an actual pop star – why does Steven Adams still do it? “I write songs and I play them and I try not to overthink it or to feel reliant on this for anything other than what it is; sounds, words, feelings, and an excuse to hang out with good people. That’s virtue signaling, in case anyone asks.”
Praise for previous Steven James Adams album Old Magick

“It’s pleasing, this time, to hear Adams sing unadorned and less accompanied; it lets the melody run uncluttered and those brilliant lyrics step forward.” Q 4*s

“Funnier than most sitcoms.” Mail on Sunday 4*s

“Barbed, modern-life chronicles.” Uncut

“You’d struggle to find a British songwriter of the last 15 years who’s had such consistently good reviews.” The Guardian

Pre-order Virtue Signals here:
Steven Adams & The French Drops
Virtue Signals
Tracklisting
1. Bad Apples
2. Paul
3. Ex Future
4. Last Centurys Man
5. Imprinted
6. Wolves
7. A Joke
8. Free Will
9. Desire Lines

Bury Fringe returns with Gaffa Tape Sandy, Goldblume, The Baby Seals, Tundra and 26 more!

temp2The Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival All-Dayer returns next Saturday, 5th May to help round off this year’s Fringe shenanigans. Astonishingly, it’s the 7th consecutive year we’ve run the all-dayer, which this year sees Washing Machine, Toonteen Artist Management and up-and-coming new promoter Joel Morris team up to present no less than THIRTY artists across four stages, plus an open mic session. 
 
This year’s line-up showcases some of the most exciting DIY music our region has to offer, including headliners GAFFA TAPE SANDY (as part of their astonishing run of UK festival appearances, including Latitude, Live At Leeds, Liverpool Sound City and Truck), BurySOUND 2017 winners TUNDRA, Cambridge alt-rock trio GOLDBLUME and righteous Ipswich rockers THE BASKERVILLES.

Headlining the WASHING MACHINE STAGE are World-conquering rock heartthrobs GAFFA TAPE SANDY, ably abetted by FIGHTMILK​, THE BABY SEALS, THE GLITTER SHOP, THE INTERESTING TIMES GANG, ENTERLUDE​, SOPHIE MAHON, THE DAZE and RED X.
 
Headlining CHRIS’S STAGE are mighty grunge-surf-punk heroes TUNDRA​, superbly supported by SIAH​, KELODOWN​, STEALING SIGNS​, LEMONDAZE​, BLUE MEAN EYES​, SUBSTATION and QUEEN DOGS.
 
Co-headlining the Toonteen Artist Management​ ROCK AGAINST RACISM STAGE is a two-headed rock hydra comprising GOLDBLUME​ and THE BASKERVILLES, whose arrival will be fearsomely foretold by THE CATCH​, KULK​, GRANDMA’S WAFFLE VELOCITY, MATT HAMMOND, BAILEY​ and ROBERT C TAYLOR.
 
And on Joel Morris​’s MAGIC CARPET STAGE we’ll be saluting the supreme sounds of PHOEBE AUSTIN, BEN PEGLEY, ALICIA HALL, ROSA and NOAH EVANS. There’ll also be open mic slots for anyone who fancies jumping onstage and getting involved!
 
Date & Time: Saturday 5th May 2018, 1-11pm
Venue: The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Artists: GAFFA TAPE SANDY, TUNDRA, GOLDBLUME, THE BASKERVILLES, FIGHTMILK, SIAH, THE BABY SEALS, THE CATCH, THE GLITTER SHOP, ALICIA HALL, BAILEY, BEN PEGLEY, BLUE MEAN EYES, THE DAZE, ENTERLUDE, GRANDMA’S WAFFLE VELOCITY, THE INTERESTING TIMES GANG, KELODOWN, KULK, LEMONDAZE, MATT HAMMOND, NOAH EVANS, PHOEBE AUSTIN, QUEEN DOGS, RED X, ROBERT C TAYLOR, ROSE, SOPHIE MAHON, STEALING SIGNS and SUBSTATION.
Tickets: £8 on the door, £6.60 advance from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431543
All ages welcome (under-14s must be accompanied by a parent/carer)
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Full details of all Bury Fringe events can be found on our website at www.buryfringe.co.uk 

Manic Mannequin – poetic songs with an idiosyncratic twist

Manic Mannequin – poetic songs with an idiosyncratic twist

Greg from the band writes…

The main idea behind the band was to play the music that I’ve been slowly working on for the past couple of years. I was going for a Nine Inch Nails concept with me writing and recording all the songs and getting a band to play them. I had a lot of inspiration from bands such as Soundgarden and Alice in Chains but also Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix and even the Beatles with some of the production techniques and experimentation. A lot of the lyrical material is based on stories that I come up with and are very dark and gothic in nature. I basically try to paint beautiful musical pictures of depressing things.

Coming from a classical musical family, I try to use as much musical techniques and twists in my songs as I can and so I ended up classifying it progressive due to the “classical” elements.

In December 2017 I’ve gathered a band and with some adjustments, we’ve ended up as a power trio. We try to go off on a tangent a bit with the live performance of the songs rather than sticking to how the recordings were played as we like to be creative with what we do and make it more fun for us and the audience. We are working on getting more gigs in the future (May 10th Corner House, May 17th Bedford Esquires). Our first EP is also being released on May 17th this year.

https://www.facebook.com/ManicMannequin/

The Lovely Eggs single ‘The Big Sea’ and tour dates

THE LOVELY EGGS

ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE “THE BIG SEA”
OUT ON SURF BLUE 7″ VINYL ON 18 MAY

NEW ALBUM “THIS IS EGGLAND” OUT NOW
+
UK TOUR DATES FOR MAY

With the country in the grip of Egg Mania surreal DIY punk rockers THE LOVELY EGGS return with their latest single “Big Sea” released on 7” surf blue vinyl and will take to the road in May for another bout of UK tour dates. Taken from their newly released and critically acclaimed album This is Eggland ,“Big Sea” explores the mysteries of the universe and is a rallying anthem to everyone who wants to live life different.

“It’s a pretty deep song really,” said Holly, “It questions the ridiculousness of human ritualistic behaviour and tries to look at what life is all about, the universe and stuff, and the mystery that weaves its way through everything.”

Pre-order “Big Sea” here:
http://www.thelovelyeggs.co.uk/big-sea-single.php

Since its release in February 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.”
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.

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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.

In April the band will release a special edition of This Is Eggland on giant fried egg vinyl especially for Record Store Day on 21 April. Limited to an eye watering 500 copies, the LP will appear in a special hand packed sleeve, designed by the band with the giant fried egg in its own polythene display sleeve with a uniquely designed cardboard top. This is a true gem for any collector. They will also make an appearance at Rough Trade Nottingham for a special in-store live performance on Record Store Day itself.

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To coincide with the release of their new single “Big Sea”, the eggs will take to the road for a string of UK tour dates in May and June, this time with their pals Mr Ben and the Bens (a firm favourite of Marc Riley) and poet and comedian Rob Auton, before a summer-full of festivals and their biggest headline gig to date at The Scala in London on 28 October.

Live Dates:
21 April – The Maze, Nottingham [SOLD OUT]
28 April – Are You Listening? Festival
5 May – Ritz, Manchester (The Membranes and Friends)

12 May 2018 – Brewery Arts Centre – Kendal
24 May – Guildhall, Preston*
25 May – The Exchange, Bristol* [SOLD OUT]
26 May – The Boiler Room, Guildford*
27 May – The Printworks, Hastings*
28 May – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate*
29 May – Portland Arms, Cambridge* [SOLD OUT]
30 May – The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham*
31 May – The Hairy Dog, Derby*
1 June – Picturehouse Social, Sheffield* [SOLD OUT]
2 June – Long Division Festival – Wakefield
3 June – Glastonwick Festival, Shoreham By Sea
23 June – A Break In The Clouds, Clitheroe
22 July – Nozstock, Bromyard
27 July – Indietracks, Ripley
29 July – Camp Bestival, East Lulworth
3 August – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge [SOLD OUT]
4 August – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
11 Aug – Boardmasters Festival, Newquay
7 Sept – Festival Number Six, Portmeirion
14 Sept – Head For The Hills, Ramsbottom
28 Oct – The Scala, London
(*with Mr Ben & The Bens and Rob Auton)

Watch video for “Wiggy Giggy” here:
https://youtu.be/H65Ifm9LzIQ

 

BBC 6 Music Album of the Day
 
“A giant leap forward.” The Independent 4*s
 
“Exhilarating and trashy.” Uncut
“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
“Impressively focused, relentlessly brilliant and a must-go destination.” Shindig 5*s
 
“Not since Space Ritual-era Hawkwind has anyone so successfully combined workboot riffing with the swirling bleeps of the unexplored cosmos.” Record Collector
 
“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
Watch video for “I Shouldn’t Have Said That”
Directed by Casey Raymond
https://youtu.be/-HXmAleNWBU

Order This Is Eggland
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Tickets for Scala show
https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-lovely-eggs/scala/1198447

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THE HIT PARADE TO RELEASE NEW 7” VINYL SINGLE FOR RECORD STORE DAY TOMORROW ‘HAPPY WORLD’ / ‘OTAKU BOY’

THE HIT PARADE 

TO RELEASE NEW 7” VINYL SINGLE
FOR RECORD STORE DAY TOMORROW
‘HAPPY WORLD’ / ‘OTAKU BOY’

 One of the UK’s most cherished indie bands The Hit Parade releases its thirteenth single on JSH Records tomorrow to mark Record Store Day 2018.

‘Happy World’ is a new song, a defiant battle cry from this idealistic pop group, to tell the tale of an increasingly belligerent indie band that now exists only as a dream in its songwriter’s imagination, recorded in lo-fi mono and produced by R G Watts. It will be available in all good record stores.  The B-Side ‘Otaku Boy’ is another new song, a vignette about obsessive relationships and the writing of Banana Yoshimoto.

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The Hit Parade was formed by three school friends in 1984. They have released six albums and 12 singles since and built a small but determined following amongst record fans in London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York, Stockholm and Penzance. After touring Japan in the 1990s (first with Thee Milkshakes then with Edwyn Collins), the Hit Parade went into a period of hibernation although their 2013 single ‘I Like Bubblegum’ was heralded one of the best singles of the year by Drowned In Sound.

Like other Hit Parade 7” vinyl singles, ‘Happy World’ is cut by hand, written and recorded at home and is sold in a limited edition. A new Hit Parade LP, provisionally labelled “Still Julian”, is hoped for in 2018. Over the last twenty years The Hit Parade’s catalogue of songs have been heralded as “perfect pop” (NME) “indie icons” (Word) “casually sophisticated” (Observer) “rare talent” (Q Mag) “bona fide pop smash” (Drowned In Sound).

http://www.the-hit-parade.co.uk/