Healthy Mind – a lip-smackin thirst-quenchin’ one-off charity all-dayer

Healthy Mind is a lip-smackin thirst-quenchin’ one-off all-dayer to raise money for Radio Glamorgan and Cardiff Mind Ltd. Both charities keep the residents of Cardiff and beyond chugging along in their own special ways so we’ve invited some ace musical acts to help us.

The event is being organised by Ben Gallivan and Bill Cummings who present Citizen’s Band on Radio Glamorgan, part of the team who also brought you the hugely successful Cardiff Mind Fest in 2013.


There’ll be PLENTY of music. Some of the acts confirmed so far are;
The Irascibles (amazing Bluesabilly, which is definitely a thing)
Nicotine Pretty (ex-Sick Livers frontman Ginge with brand new tunes)
Falling Stacks (spiky, post-punk from Bristol)
Mike Dennis (excellent rapper & MC, excellent violinist)
Little Rêd (the new electro-pop project from Ellie Makes Music)
ANi GLASS (Stunning Welsh-language electro from former Pipette and Lovely Wars singer)
Aeddan – Music (off-kilter indie pop from the Welsh valleys)
MY NAME IS IAN (sublime power pop from the Cardiff trio)

There will also be some open mic slots throughout the day (MCd by the amazing Mike Dennis) so if you want to bring your guitar, voice (or both) or whatever else you choose, then roll on up. We will also have a raffle taking place with some excellent prizes provided by local businesses including Sullivans Fruit & Veg, The Grazing Shed and I Loves The ‘Diff.

If there’s any time for music in between the live music then we’ll be taking requests in the DJ booth!

Tickets priced £10adv are on sale now! Any open mic performers will have to buy tickets but will be rewarded with drinks tokens – ALL profits will be split equally between Cardiff Mind and Radio Glamorgan.

Desperate Journalist European tour comes to Bury St Edmunds

Saturday 17th June 2017
Washing Machine at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
6-11pm, £5 on the door
£4 advance from
Facebook event page:
Desperate Journalist official

Desperate Journalist are two boys and two girls who live in North London. They consist of Jo Bevan (vocals), Simon Drowner (bass), Rob Hardy (guitar) and Caz Hellbent (drums). Lured together by fate and a fierce sense of what makes alternative music actually really bloody alternative they started their journey at the local Negative Creep grunge club night in Finsbury Park on February 23rd 2013 and have barely looked back since.

Their second album, Grow Up, was released to considerable acclaim in March 2017, backed by a UK and German tour. The first single, “Hollow” was released in October 2016. It was reviewed well by Stereogum, and has seen radio play on BBC Radio 6 Music, and was picked out as Song of the Day by KEXP. The second single, “Resolution”, about New Year’s Eve parties, was released on January 1, 2017, was playlisted by BBC Radio 6music, played by Radio X and made “Lamacq Livener” on Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music show.

“This is the sound of glamour huddled around a gas fire smoking a butt rollie and dreaming out of the window, looking into the stars. The beautiful and spellbinding sound of a band desperate to prove something…what they do prove is that groups with guitars this great aren’t two-a-penny anymore.” – Jeremy Allen, The Quietus

The ‘Grow Up’ album sees Desperate Journalist building on the sublimely tetchy moodswings of their self-titled debut and the intense interim ‘Good Luck’ EP by adding a fresh sonic sheen to their old school indie stroppings. This means that they sound meatier and bolder yet are still infused with a keen pop sensibility which ensures that ‘Grow Up’ contains at least five possible singles.

Such is intense life with Desperate Journalist, one of the most potent, important DIY bands lurking on the UK underground scene right now. The campaign for ‘Grow Up’ kicked off with the Kamio headline and the release of the heroically muscular ‘Hollow’ single, and if both ‘Hollow’ and the follow-up ‘Resolution’ capture a band working ever harder, faster, stronger then fittingly the ‘Grow Up’ album sees Desperate Journalist coming of age with aplomb.

“Powerful guitar pop that hits like the Smiths amped up to Savages’ intensity level.” – Stereogum

Support from Bury St Edmunds’ surf-grunge heroes TUNDRA, the utterly singular KEITH TOTP, Colchester’s psychedelic wonders TROPIC OF XHAO and the long-awaited live return of Sudbury singer-songwriter ABBIE BROOM.

Desperate Journalist will also be playing The Long Room in Bishop’s Stortford on Friday 16th June and Norwich Owl Sanctuary on Friday 23rd June.

Skids Tour dates plus new material


Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson.

Read an earlier news story here

40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – and new stuff!

“Memories fade, but some linger for a reason. The Skids was the definitive part of my early life. A brilliant adventure into the world of creativity and adulthood”, reflected Richard Jobson recently, “ I was a kid when I joined the band in 1977 – 16 years old. By the time the adventure had run aground, I was a dazed and confused young man. We were fearless in the beginning, always trying new things and not afraid to be different in a musical world that was beginning to sound very derivative and safe. Contrary to the reports from people who were never near the centre of the band, Stuart Adamson and I got on very well – in fact for a long time we were very close. I enjoyed writing with him – he was generous and incredibly adaptable to my unmusical ideas. The Skids were not just another punk band – we were creatively ambitious as well as being close to the core beliefs of our hard-won fans. But most importantly we loved playing live. Taking these memories and replanting them into 2017 has not been easy. How do you do it? How should it sound? Are we little more than a heritage band? These were the questions rattling around my head as I tried to find a way to celebrate the bands 40th anniversary. The answers ended up being very simple – Don’t over think it – Just do it. Enjoy every minute of it. Play the songs like it might be the last time. Give it everything. And then…….there’s the new stuff!!! The beginning of something new rather than the end of something old.”

Something new: Burning Cities.

Pre order some exciting goodies here:

SOMETHING OLD… The Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent single the band were played by John Peel, supported The Clash in concert and then were signed to Virgin Records in 1978. Their first singles were ‘Sweet Surburbia’, ‘The Saints are Coming’ and ‘Into the Valley’ – the latter reaching the UK Top Ten in early 1979.

Their seminal debut album ‘Scared to Dance’; came out in 1979 and was quickly followed by two chart singles – ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Working for the Yankee Dollar’. Both singles were taken from the Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe) produced second album ‘Days in Europa’. The album also featured new member Rusty Egan of Rich Kids & Visage fame after the departure of Tom Kellichan. The band released two more albums ‘The Absolute Game’ (1980) and ‘Joy’ (1981) before splitting. Stuart Adamson went on to have worldwide success with his new band Big Country.

Skids briefly reformed in 2007 to celebrate the band’s 30th Anniversary with concerts in their native Scotland at T in the Park and in their hometown of Dunfermline.

The 40th Anniversary Tour will feature Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson.



Friday 26th The Academy, Dublin 57 Middle Abbey St Dublin 1 Dublin +353 18 779 999 7pm 18+ / €28

Saturday 27th The Limelight, Belfast 17 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HD 028 9032 7007 7pm early show 18+ / £20+bf


Thursday 1st The Picture Dome, Holmfirth Market Walk, Holmfirth HD9 7DA 01484 689759 7.30pm £22.50 G/A

Friday 2nd The Ritz, Manchester, Whitworth St West, Manchester M1 5NQ 0161 236 4355 6.30pm £25.75 inc B/fee

Saturday 3rd Leeds, 02 Academy, 55, Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AW £25.31 (inc fees) 6.30pm

Sunday 4th Northampton, Roadmenders, 1 Ladys Lane, NN1 3AH £22.50 +b/f

Thursday 8th The Bierkeller, Bristol The Pithay All Saints Street, Bs1 2Na, Bristol BS1 2NA0117 930 4264 7.30pm £22Adv

Friday 9th The Academy, Oxford 190 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE 01865 813500 7pm £28.12 inc B/fee

Thursday 15th The Junction, Cambridge : Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX 01223 578000 7pm £27.50 adv

Friday 16th The Roundhouse, London Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH · 0300 678 9222 7pm From £30 + b/fees

​Saturday 17th Concorde 2 Brighton Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN 01273 673311 7pm £25+B/fee

Wednesday 21st 1865, Southampton Brunswick Square, Southampton SO14, UK 7pm £22.50 Adv+ B/fee

Thursday 22nd The Robin 2, Bilston 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston WV14 7L J 01902 401211 £25 Adv £30 door

Friday 23rd The Academy, Newcastle Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne 0191 260 2020 6.30pm £25.31inc fees

Saturday 24th Stone Valley Festival, Stanhope, County Durham THE CASTLE PARK, STANHOPE, CO. DURHAM, DL13 2LU

Thursday 29th The Town Hall, Montrose Scotland Melville Gardens, Montrose DD10 8HG 01674 662666 7pm £29.81 inc fees

Friday 30th The Glen Pavillion, Dunfermline, Scotland The Glen Pavilion, Pittencrieff Park Dunfermline KY12 8QH 0345 155 5555


Sunday 6th Rebellion Festival, Blackpool


2nd Midfest, Dalkeith, Scotland


Wed 4th The Iron Works, Inverness 122B Academy St, Inverness IV1 1LX 0871 789 4173

Thursday 5th Beat Generator Dundee 70 N Lindsay St, Dundee DD1 1PS

Friday 6th Warehouse 23, Wakefield 23 Smyth St, Wakefield WF1 1ED 01924 724523

Saturday 7th The Great British Alternative Festival Skegness ​

Jeremy and Corbyn: A Post-Truth Novel – part one free on Kindle

Jeremy and Corbyn: A Post-Truth Novel: Part One

A tale of historical and political ‘faction’ from debut author Simon L Baxter.
The world’s first Post-Truth novel, Jeremy and Corbyn is the answer to the challenge of the moment for political fiction writers everywhere.A fictional re-telling of the events of 2015, including actual speeches and debates mischievously re-spun, the fictitious world of ‘Jeremy and Corbyn’ speaks a profound truth about the stranger-than-fiction political era we have now entered.

Friends since childhood, Jeremy and Corbyn grew up to be very different people, yet maintained their friendship through a combination of inertia and routine. Now all that is about to be put to the test.


Austerity Britain, the Scottish referendum, Labour’s general election defeat, the mass migration of refugees into Europe, the crisis in Greece, and, of course, the Labour Party leadership contest; around these tumultuous events is woven a story of an establishment in crisis; a story of hope and alienation; a story of Reform and Revolution.

Join Jeremy, Corbyn, a shadowy right-wing network known only as the ‘Inner Steel’, a Greek student named Amalia, and a cat called ‘El Gato’, as they navigate a period in political history where everything changed, and nothing would ever be the same again.

Simon L Baxter was a member of the British Labour Party until expelled in the summer of 2016 as part of the purge of supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.

Download  “Jeremy and Corbyn” for free here
Twitter: @jeremyandcorbyn
Simon L Baxter’s novel, “Jeremy and Corbyn” (2016), argues that an irreconcilable
contradiction between reform and revolution lies at the heart of the politics of the politician, Jeremy Corbyn. Lorraine personifies this contradiction in “Jeremy” and “Corbyn”, the two main characters and alter-egos of the man, and the tension that develops in a relationship put to the test through the Labour Party leadership contest of 2015, using actual material from speeches and debates. Two sub-plots broaden the central theme; one of Amalia, a Greek student caught up in the politics of the summer; the other concerning “Inner Steel”, a shady political conspiracy among Labour’s MP’s. Lorraine’s purpose is to demonstrate that either Jeremy or Corbyn must ultimately prevail, in order to help the reader draw out the full implications of the Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon, what it is and where it is going. Baxter is writing for an enthusiastic, Corbyn-supporting audience, recently awakened to politics, yet prepared to be critical of Jeremy Corbyn in order to defend the movement he has sparked.

This is the Sound of Sugar Town Vol 2

This is the Sound of Sugar Town
Vol 2
13 more tasty treats from Bury St Edmunds Rock City

We are very, very, VERY excited to announce that on Friday 7th July 2017, ‘This Is The Sound of Sugar Town Volume 2’ will be released as a thirteen-track vinyl/download album on R*E*P*E*A*T Records/Pure Deadly, with all profits going to local mental health charity Julian Support!

The full tracklisting is:

Sun Scream – She
Cathedrals & Cars – The Concierge
Janet Street Slaughter – The Sensitive Side of Bill Sykes
The Wilsons – If It Wasn’t So Soon
The Cuts – Hometown
Gaffa Tape Sandy – L’Appel du Vide
Bracken – Slaves Pt. II
Horse Party – Looking For Life
Suburban Minds – Sunbreak
The Virtues – Moonman
Jack Rundell – Wicked Words
SIAH – Susie Smokes
Tundra – Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck)

PLUS, artist/musician Kate Jackson has once again donated one of her paintings for the cover, meaning it looks as beautiful as it sounds.

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You can stream the album and PRE-ORDER THE VINYL right here (with immediate download):…/this-is-the-sound-of-s…

There will also be hella launch parties in Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge – see below for more details!

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On Friday 7th July 2017, R*E*P*E*A*T Records and Pure Deadly are extremely proud to release THIS IS THE SOUND OF SUGAR TOWN VOLUME 2: a 12” vinyl and download album featuring thirteen amazing acts from the UK’s unsung DIY rock capital, Bury St Edmunds.

Following the critical success of Volume 1 back in November 2015 (which received airplay and support from Tom Robinson, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft at 6music, John Kennedy at Radio X and Radio One’s Huw Stephens), Volume 2 features new and shiny tracks by BRACKEN, CATHEDRALS AND CARS, THE CUTS, GAFFA TAPE SANDY, HORSE PARTY, JACK RUNDELL, JANET STREET SLAUGHTER, SIAH, SUBURBAN MINDS, SUN SCREAM, TUNDRA, THE VIRTUES and THE WILSONS, plus an exclusive cover painted by celebrated artist and musician (and former Long Blonde) KATE JACKSON. All profits from this fine compilation will be donated to local charity Julian Support, which helps people with mental health issues to lead independent lives.

The 12” album is strictly limited to 300 copies and can be pre-ordered now (with immediate download) from

Discussing the choice of charity, co-curator Seymour Quigley explained:

“From my early teens up until the end of my twenties, my life was blighted and almost destroyed by mental health problems I felt unable to discuss or disclose. By the time I was forced to seek help, I’d lost my job, my home and most of my friends. With the right support I was able to rebuild my life, but I was lucky where many others are not. Due to its all-too-often invisible nature, mental illness is the unspoken pandemic of our age. Organisations like Julian Support offer a vital lifeline, supporting people with mental health problems through their darkest times and helping them to regain a sense of agency over their own lives.”

THIS IS THE SOUND OF SUGAR TOWN VOLUME 2 will be available in all good record shops (while stocks last) and on iTunes/Spotify etc from Friday 7th July.

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LAUNCH PARTIES (event pages coming soon):

* Saturday 1st July, 12-6pm: Vinyl Hunter, Bury St Edmunds
Live performances by The Virtues, Janet Street Slaughter, Tundra, The Cuts, The Catch and Jack Rundell
DJ sets by Kate Quigley, Barny Cutter (Fortunato), Seymour Quigley & Ellie Langley (Horse Party) and Kate Wood

* Saturday 1st July, 6-11pm: Hunter Club – Bar & Venue, Bury St Edmunds
Live performances by Cathedrals & Cars, Suburban Minds, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Bracken, Sun Scream and Siah

* Saturday 8th July, 7-10pm: Relevant Records, Cambridge
Live performances by Gaffa Tape Sandy, Tundra and Siah [plus special guests

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Thoughts on the Swans’ Great Escape

So the unlikely great escape has come to pass, and Swansea City get to stay in the bejewelled playground that is the premier league for another season.

I have mixed feelings about this.

First and foremost, a huge surge of relief. The last few Saturdays I have got so anxious and stressed all day that it has been no fun. At all. It feels as if a massive stone has been lifted from my chest and a [man forged] manacle removed from my mind.

And then comes self doubt – how have I allowed myself to become so worked up over a group of millionaires kicking a ball around, when I have enough to serious things to stress over such as fighting racism, opposing war, defending education and kicking out the Tories? Not to mention teaching my lovely kids, releasing wonderful records and organising great gigs?

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And then I’m not sure I really like the Premier League much anyway.

The first 4 years may have been an unexpected ecstatic pleasure, but the last 2 have been little but anxious drudgery. This makes me remember that football was just as much of a laugh (if not more so) in the 4th division, not to mention cheaper, easier to get tickets to and you got to stand up (legally) with your mates. And you weren’t totally owned body and soul by Sky and Skybet and McDoughnuts and flippin BT.

So why the relief? Relief that the club’s rich new owners, who seem to be like the rich owners taking over so many clubs (think Hull and Palace just from today’s frolics), haven’t managed to ruin 13 years of hard work, which was organised from the bottom of the club upward. I remember the fans collecting money to pay Leon Britton’s wages back in 2003 – where would we be today without his monumental influence in the past 4 games? Pleasure in upsetting the odds – how can a small club from the arse end of the UK defy logic and survive, especially after having given Brad Bobley 83 days to wreck havoc, leaving us bobbing along the bottom of the ‘soccer’ charts? Local rivalry – still being above the beloved capital, C*rdiff. Enjoying being on Match of the Day (but not so much this season). Looking forward to visiting Brighton, who we’ve only met in recent times in the lower leagues. Relief for the people who will now keep their jobs (but I bet the people of Hull, Middlesborough and Sunderland need jobs as well).

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Ultimately I guess it’s some sort of pride, perhaps misplaced, in a home town, and a desire to celebrate a sense of belonging in a rather alienating and nomadic world.


So, congratulations and thanks to Paul Clement and the team on achieving what looked impossible only a few weeks ago #YJBs

Highlights of the season – not many – Palace home away and Leicester at home.

Lowlights – too many to mention but several involving Spurs and Donny’s swan


Thee Vicars Remembered

Dirty Water Records Shine Weekly ‘Back Cat’ Artist Spotlight Series: THEE VICARS, Teen Terrors Remembered

From Dirty Water Records News   •  May 11, 2017 11:11 BST

Thee Vicars debut single “Don’t Try To Tell Me”

For press and media enquiries please contact in line with the recently coined digital tradition of #ThrowbackThursdayDirty Water Records will be spotlighting one artist each week, from our prolific back catalogue that spans well over a decade long. In addition to these weekly ‘nuggets’ and ‘pebbles’ dug up deep from our warehouse vault, of which some are, or nearly, out of print, or buried deep below our more current output, Dirty Water Records will also release a FREE digital single download (courtesy of Bandcamp), from various bands’ most glorious moments, captured from our humble beginnings as a record label. Today we launch this weekly series with a band that many thought should have been kings: Thee Vicars.

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Thee Vicars were four small-town teenaged terrors who decided to form a band for exactly the right reason: they were sick to death the typical, boring, run-of-the-mill indie bands around their area playing the same kind of music as everyone else and believed that life was too short for boring music.

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They had self-belief and faith in what they did and made that clear – they didn’t just talk, they went out and did it. They were “ready to, if it comes to it, to kick kung fu style all the shit bands into orbit! They would set the bullshit bands’ hair straighteners on fire. . .make them melt, and their hair go curly! Make them go out and buy a belt for their jeans! So they sit at the right height! Not with their arses hanging out!

Their question to other kids was: “Do you wanna be the problem? Or do you wanna be the solution?” And before long they were going on stage in their home town of Bury St Edmunds to Beatlemania type screams from local teenage girls.

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Their manic energy was palpable. They hit you with a jolt, almost like receiving an electric shock. But then one would hope that would be the case if you were still aged aged just 17 and playing raw rock’n’roll that is shot through with a punk and garage band aesthetic – whilst visually resembling The Jam in 1978 (but a whole lot better looking).       Image result for Thee Vicars

During their six years they were one of the hardest working bands in the UK, constantly travelling around Europe and the UK, playing festivals and touring. They travelled across the USA, including an appearance at a Vice Magazine music festival in Portland, Oregon. The Horrors chose them as support act for their first gig in a year for the live debut of the songs from their Mercury nominated album Primary Colours. And the Black Lips chose them as their European tour support during the summer of their rise to infamy.

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Great reviews were written by many publications. NME said that “there’s more than enough here to justify adding Thee Vicars to your collection. While Clash magazine said that, “Ironically, in displaying barely a drop of originality, Thee Vicars actually sound fabulously fresh when set against the current crop of synth-pop bunnies…” and that it “reveals both glorious tunes and a sense of mischief. Mindless, and endless, fun.”

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After a couple of line up changes as various members went into higher and further education, Thee Vicars continued with the core membership of bassist/singer Mike at the helm. However, the group came to a sad end following the tragically early passing of guitarist Chris Langeland at the too young age of 23. Replacing members who have departed for university is one thing. A death in the family is another. The band still plays, with members from the earlier line up re-joining for these one off events, which they call Chris Mass, every December with the specific intention of remembering Chris on his birthday.

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Here is a band that left a legacy of recorded work that stands the test of time. After all, garage-rock is timeless, and especially so when recorded by kids in their teens and very early twenties. They had fun, they provided good times, never got old and boring. Thee Vicars.


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Don’t Try To Tell Me / Why Have You Changed? (7” vinyl single, download) 2008 

Back On The Streets (Vinyl LP, CD, download) 2008 

You Lie / Gonna See Me Again (7” vinyl single & download) 2009 

Psychotic Beat (Vinyl LP, CD, download) 2009 

Every Day / Don’t Wanna Be Free (7” vinyl single & download) 2011 

I Wanna Be Your Vicar (Vinyl LP, CD, download) 2012

The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club’s name is derived from The Standells’ 1966 hit ‘Dirty Water’ which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.

Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers (from the Cramps), The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The’s, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original ’60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.

Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind tour and debut album





“Incendiary Rock N Roll at it’s best” – Classic Rock 

“A truly mesmerising swampy Beast” — Vive Le Rock

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind have announced tour dates in the UK and Europe in support of their debut album Super Natural. Recorded and mixed at London’s Space Eko East Studio, Super Natural comes out on 12th May 2017 and will be available in CD, vinyl and download formats on the band’s own label MaSonic (under license to Hound Gawd! Records).

Singer/guitarist Jim Jones‘s distinctive and esteemed musical history has spanned several incarnations including The Jim Jones Revue, Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics. Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, the latest manifestation of Jones‘s ever evolving sonic vision, is his most expansive and ambitious musical effort to date.

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind are Jim Jones (lead vocals & guitar); Malcolm Troon (guitar; pedal steel & backing vocals) Matt Millership (keyboards & backing vocals); Gavin Jay (bass guitar, upright bass & backing vocals); Phil Martini (drums & backing vocals).

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind released three EP’s from 2015 through 2016, whilst touring the UK and Europe extensively. Tickets for their upcoming shows go on sale at 9.00am Friday 10th March and can be purchased via the bands website:

Tour Dates:

12th May The Railway, Winchester

13th May The Plug, Sheffield

17th May Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

18th May Fruit, Hull

19th May The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

20th May The Lexington, London

21st May Waterfront, Norwich

‘TEAR IT DOWN’ The debut album from DEXY

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19th May 2017
Album Launch Show May 19th at The Gunners, Finsbury Park, N5.
For his debut release songwriter DEXY has enlisted the services of Producer Adrian Hall (Lou Rhodes, The Young Knives, Ray Davies) to help create an album that provides a blast of late night barroom rock n’ roll while simultaneously digging deep into the emotions and consequences of the morning after.
‘TEAR IT DOWN’ is an album that wears its heart as well as its influences on its sleeve, simultaneously offering us a reminder of the thrill of adrenalised power-pop and a taste of the melancholic, touching on many of those emotional shades of grey in-between.
You’ll recognise the familiar piano and organ sounds of LUCERO’s Rick Steff across swathes of the record, a meeting of minds that occurred after DEXY opened for the mighty Memphis legends in London recently.
You may also pick up on SWAMPMOTHER’s Alex Williams, contributing a perfectly pitched cello to album closer ‘Twenty Years Of Dischord’.
His choice of guests tells you where DEXY is coming from; his influences ranging from THE REPLACEMENTS and SPRINGSTEEN to MORRISSEY and OTIS REDDING; the bands he’s played with including CORY BRANAN, BADLY DRAWN BOY, TWO COW GARAGE and ARLISS NANCY.
DEXY decided to record his debut release after many years of writing and playing – he just never could settle on the right time to capture a set of songs and send them out into the world. With this 10-song collection DEXY felt that he’d collated a body of work that “could hold up as the best representation of who I am, why I write, where I’ve been and where I’m heading.”
The record really does feel like the ending of a chapter, the beginning of a fresh one, with songs like the heartbreaking ‘Broken Fixtures’ referencing DEXY’s past struggle with mental health but also detailing his efforts to escape a situation that was destroying him.
On ‘A Hollow Place’ we hear him lost, in his words “drifting away from anyone who could ever help” yet on ‘Summer Heist’ we have an upbeat, melodious pop tune about a dream DEXY once had in which bears reenacted the plot of the Al Pacino starring movie ‘Dog Day Afternoon’. Seriously.
There’s a nod to the past with ‘Barlights’, a storming tribute to legendary producer Jim Dickinson, and the George Jones-inspired, whiskey-soaked ‘Your Fucking Move’ that somehow combines depression and defiance in one savage package.
By the time closer ‘Twenty Years Of Dischord’ rolls around, a joyous homage to the years of rock n’ roll that have brought DEXY to where he is right now, we’ve seen a multitude of joys and woes, glances to the past and future, all firmly rooted in the now, trying to keep a grip.
The release of the album in May will see DEXY finally step up as not only a highly regarded live artist and songwriter but now also one whose songs are indelibly etched into this remarkable long player.
The Band:
Dexy: Electric/Acoustic Guitar / Vocals / Bass / Percussion
Ben Todd: Electric Guitar
Don Bannister: Drums

The Foreign Resort previews ‘She Is Lost’ Single, Announces Canadian Tour

FOR FANS OF: Foals (Antidotes phase), Joy Division, The Cure, Tones on Tail, The Damned, Killing Joke, New Order

“The most exciting band to come out of Denmark since The Raveonettes” Louder Than War

“Soundscapes with slightly shimmering shoegaze guitars accompanied by occasional edgy synth cascades and airy reverb infused vocals” – Post-Punk
“Some really good, loud stuff here that nu gaze fans of M83 and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart should enjoy”Consequence of Sound
“This band is epic! Remnants of Killing Joke and Joy Division lay in their wake as they pick up random sonic body parts left by bands ranging from The White Lies to U2” The Big Takeover 

“The most effective new wave this side of the oughts” – Sounds Better With Reverb

“Takes the listener into “new frontiers” of electronic music infused with ’80s melodies and new wave punk” – Elmore Magazine 
Danish post-punk trio The Foreign Resort release their new single ‘She is Lost’ on April 19. This is the first song from the band’s next full length album, marking a return to the analogue sound of their ‘New Frontiers’ album, only this time the sound is more minimalistic and with plenty of electronics and spacious drums to create a dreamy yet upbeat soundscape full of contrast. The release is timed with a 10-day Canadian tour and a performance in Toronto at the prestigious Canadian Music Week.
For lead singer Mikkel B. Jakobsen ‘She is Lost’ is a very personal song about what he sarcastically refers to as “the summer of love”: “It was one of the worst summers in my life. I came out strong on the other side, but this song was written partly when things were looking very bad and I was not doing the right things to get to a better place and partly when I had realized it was not just me who was the problem. Hence the title ‘She is Lost’.”

The band has also contributed the track ‘Skyline/Decay’ to ‘Alternative F?acts: A Shoegaze Resistance Compilation’. Curated by DKFM Shoegaze Radio, this involves shoegaze and dream pop artists in opposition to tyranny, and in support of civil liberties and women’s health. All proceeds from this compilation shall be split evenly between American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.
The Foreign Resort are Denmark’s finest musical export of post-punk and dark new wave, led by singer and songwriter Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen. The band combines the shadowy mysticism of The Cure’s Pornography era with a driving production aesthetic akin to LCD Soundsystem. Intricate reverb-enveloped guitar lines glide over Steffan Petersen‘s motorik bass and Morten Hansen‘s powerful drumming, all while Mikkel’s taut and sincere vocal delivery demands your attention.

Having toured with The Raveonettes, A Place to Bury Strangers and Swervedriver, The Foreign Resort has also shared bills with bands like DIIV, The Soft Moon, The KVB, Slowdive, Minor Victories and, most recently, Cold CaveThey’ve also toured the USA relentlessly, addicted to the allure of America’s lost highways. Since 2010, the band has been rigorous in playing more than 400 shows across North America and Europe with performances at several festivals incl. SXSW, Iceland Airwaves, Wave Gotik Treffen in Germany and now also Canadian Music Week 2017.

The band’s latest release ‘The American Dream’ was dubbed “post punk par excellence” by Deep Ground, with Slug Magazine saying this is “an EP that possesses a singular fault: It is not long enough”. The Foreign Resort’s 2014 album “New Frontiers” ranked among the year’s top albums at radio stations like WZBC Boston and KDHX St. Louis as well as numerous European and American blogs. With several music videos to their credit, there is no video for the new single ‘She is Lost’ yet, motivating the band to crowdsource their new video.


APRIL 20 Toronto – Nightowl Club (Canadian Music Week)
APRIL 21 Ottawa – Bar Robo with ONFIILM & The City Gates
APRIL 22 Toronto – The Hideout (Canadian Music Week)
APRIL 23 Oshawa – The Atria with L’Autre Dame & Cyphier
APRIL 24 Peterborough – The Spill with Severed Feathers
APRIL 25 Montreal – Brasserie Beaubien with The City Gates & T R A C E S
APRIL 26 Guelph – Silence with Glass Apple Bonzai & Slutmother
APRIL 27  Windsor – Phog Lounge with Ethrelite & Foxhart Fishman
APRIL 28  Toronto – Nightowl Club
APRIL 29 Sudbury – The Asylum

MAY 18  Aarhus, Denmark – Sway (with Dead Leaf Echo)

MAY 19  Odense, Denmark – Studenterhuset (with Dead Leaf Echo)
MAY 20  Copenhagen, Denmark – BB18 (with Dead Leaf Echo)
MAY 24  Leipzig, Germany – Bandhaus (with Dead Leaf Echo)
SEPT 26  Lübeck, Germany – Riders Cafe
SEPT 28  Sønderborg, Denmark – Black Spot
SEPT 29  Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell
SEPT 30  Prague, Czech Republic – TBC
NOV 3  Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu (with She Past Away)
NOV 4  Lucerne, Switzerland – Sedel (with Rev Rev Rev)
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