Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Temperance Movement Cover Oasis And Blur For Record Store Day

Britain’s best loved rock ‘n’ roll band, The Temperance Movement, have announced an exclusive vinyl to celebrate this year’s Record Store Day in the UK, paying tribute to two legendary British acts.

Recorded during sessions at the famous Abbey Road Studios in February, the limited edition 7″ vinyl features covers of Up in the Sky by Oasis and Tender by Blur. The Record Store Day exclusive release will be available at independent record stores around the UK on April 19.

Founded in 2007, Record Store Day takes place on the third Saturday of April each year, bringing together artists and independently-owned record stores to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and sold in independent stores around the world.

For more information and to see which stores are participating in Record Store Day UK, head here.

The Temperance Movement’s self-titled debut album is out now, having stormed into the charts at number 12 on its release in September 2013.  Get the album in Europe on CD, vinyl and cassette tape at here.

The album is also available now on iTunes, including two bonus tracks here.

Don’t miss The Temperance Movement on tour now in Europe:
Mar. 28 – Dresden, Germany – Puschkin
Mar. 29 – Poznan, Poland – Minoga
Mar. 31 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Bar
Apr. 01 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Apr. 02 – Zurich, Switzerland – Viadukt
Apr. 21 – Lincoln, UK – Engine Shed
Apr. 22 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
Apr. 23 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
Apr. 25 – Glasgow, UK – Queen Margaret Union
Apr. 26 – Aberdeen, UK – The Lemon Tree
Apr. 27 – Newcastle, UK – Newcastle University
Apr. 28 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Metropolitan University
Apr. 30 – London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
May 01 – Oxford, UK – O2 Academy
May 02 – Portsmouth, UK – Pyramid Centre
May 03 – Cardiff, UK – Cardiff University Great Hall
May 07 – Brussels, Belgium – AB Club
May 08 – Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell
May 09 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
May 10 – Nyon, Switzerland – La Parenthese
May 12 – Stuttgart, Germany – Keller Club
May 14 – Paris, France – Le Nouveau Casino
May 15 – Roubaix, France – La Cave au Poetes
May 16 – Dordrecht, Netherlands – Bibelot Power Stage
May 17 – Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat

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Castor Troy To Release Their Debut Album, Across The Water

Castor Troy serve up an instantly gratifying explosive fusion of heavy alt-rock complete with delectable hooks and colossal riffs. Already chalking up favourable comparisons to Alterbridge and Alexisonfire, Castor Troy are set for new heights, and are fully armed with their stunning debut album ‘Across The Water’, which drops on Monday 26th May through all stores.

Castor Troy

Castor Troy album artwork

Hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne and born mid 2012, Castor Troy feature four old school friends Benn Gibson (vocals/rhythm guitar), Michael Fulcher (lead guitar), Joey Dryden (bass) and Chris Gilks (drums) who spew their hearts straight into their music, resulting in a punchy and powerful sound that is stocked with fiery riffage and epic sing-a-long choruses.

Through widespread gigging throughout the North and radio support from BBC and Kerrang! Radio, the rising quartet have acquired a solid following. The band are now set to strike out to the nation in support of their forthcoming album, Across The Water. The astute combo took their time creating the album, ensuring that every facet of their sound was finely tuned. After nearly a year’s worth of work, the band have now fully completed the record and it hits stores this May.

The album kicks off with the instrumental melodic teasing of Chapter One, before Winter Lights sparks into life with its ball-busting riffery and killer refrain. The pace continues to build with the impressively crunchy low- swung groove of Undivided before the band strips down proceedings with the hauntingly majestic Nineteen. The four piece up the ante again with the record’s namesake, Across The Water and the track certainly makes the grade with its raucous delivery and gigantic chorus. The album then draws to a close with the potent The Condemned which swings and sways with gliding ease before beating your senses into submission. Look out for the band as they hit the road this Spring and stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates.

Castor Troy will release Across The Water on May 26.

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Flying Nun Records To Re-issue Two Limited Edition 12″ EPs For Record Store Day

It’s been over three decades since Christchurch record shop employee and music fan, Roger Shepherd, was inspired to start a record label as an outlet for South Island bands. And it was the city of Dunedin that quickly became most strongly associated with Flying Nun.

In 1982, four bands from that southern outpost – The Chills, Sneaky Feelings, The Stones and the Verlaines – each recorded a side for a double 12″ EP pack that, which actually untitled, was referred to as the ‘Dunedin Double’. Now for Record Store Day (April 19), Flying Nun will to re-issue this four EP set that went on to kick start the label.

Not only was it ‘untitled’, it was an unusual format with no set order and containing two 45rpm 12″ discs. Re-mastered, the Dunedin Double is being re-issued again in its original format and limited to 2000 copies.

Recorded over two weekends in damp New Zealand, South Island flats (on portable four track by Chris Knox and Doug Hood), it was distinctly lo-fi and in tune with the ‘do it yourself’ ethic at the heart of the label. Furthermore it brought the world’s attention to The Chills, Verlaines, The Stones and Sneaky Feelings and established the notion of the ‘Dunedin Sound’, a phrase coined for the young bands that followed in the wake of The Clean and an influence which carries on to indie-pop bands around the world today.

The Dunedin EP theme continues with Flying Nun’s other Record Store Day release, the Bored Games Who Killed Colonel Mustard EP.

Released the same year as the Dunedin Double (1982), it introduced the music of a 17-year-old Shayne Carter who would later go on to form The Double Happy’s and Straightjacket Fits. In the tradition of many great bands, they formed while attending high school, debuting at the school’s talent contest in 1979 and going on to play a show supporting Toy Love.

Featuring Carter as vocalist, the band included the likes of Wayne Elsey (The Stones, Double Happys), Terry Moore (The Chills) as well Fraser Batts, Jonathan Moore and Jeff Harford. The band broke up in 1981 before Who Killed Colonel Mustard was released. However, they left behind four catchy tracks, packed with teenage angst manifested in early punk stylings.

As part of the Record Store Day release, the EP has been remastered and includes an insert of previously unseen photos. This EP will be limited to 1000 copies.

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Introducing…Plague Vendor

Epitaph is proud to announce that Plague Vendor will release their intrepid debut album Free To Eat on April 15. You can visit Noisey to hear the first track and watch the video for Black Sap Scriptures now.

Plague Vendor’s gritty brand of rock was birthed by four friends with a predilection for dark tones and instinctual playing in their home town of Whittier, California. The name was inspired by a Mexican folk tale that members Brandon Blaine (vocals), Michael Perez (bass), Luke Perine (drums) and Jay Rogers (guitar) had read with the first written songs recalling narrative elements of the story. Early shows were raucous and treacherous, making it clear that Plague Vendor was peddling something formidable.

With a number of house parties, club gigs and warehouse shows under their belts, Plague Vendor quickly became synonymous with wild nights, bad decisions and good times. Fearless front man Brandon Blaine channels the kinetic energy of a brooding, young Nick Cave on stage with bassist Michael Perez, guitarist Jay Rogers and drummer Michael Perez providing the pummelling instrumentation.

Now fully fleshed out and poised to release their inaugural album, Free to Eat, on Epitaph, Plague Vendor embrace multiple sensibilities at once, veering rapidly from aggressive thrash to melodic introspection, compressing the range of human experience into ten rapid-fire, in-your-face songs. Everything was recorded live in the studio, using only two or three takes with no overdubs. A shadowy, dark vibe flows throughout the tracks and for Blaine, the words are important. The songs say something worthwhile, revealing subconscious interpretations of the musicians’ experiences and ideas.

Plague Vendor is an undeniable force, simultaneously dangerous and comforting, and predicated on the meaning its own name invokes.

Free to Eat is available for pre-order now here.

You can catch Plague Vendor live on the following dates:

April 04 Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
June 13 US – CAD Warped Tour

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Peggy Sue Release New Single, Figure Of Eight

Having just returned from a successful US tour, Peggy Sue are pleased to announce that the next single to be taken from their highly acclaimed third album Choir of Echoes will be Figure Of Eight which is set for release on April 14.

Peggy Sue are set to embark on a full UK tour in April following the recent US stint and have also just been announced for the End of the Road festival line up.

Peggy Sue

Peggy Sue

In the words of the band, Figure Of Eight is “…the exception to most of our rules. It was written almost entirely in practices by the whole band and it is about as upbeat as a Peggy Sue song gets. It appears in my head as a sort of balancing act where each of the four instrumental parts is holding up the rest. Some kind of musical Escher diagram.

“It is about indecision and friendship and the danger of keeping your options open for too long.”

Since releasing their album, it’s safe to say that Peggy Sue have kept themselves busy. While touring across North America, The Shape We Made, a track taken from their debut album (Fossils and Other Phantoms), was featured in the third episode of the new House Of Cards series which just aired on Netflix. As well as this, the band also made a swanky new video for their previous single Longest Day of The Year Blues which can be seen here.

If you’ve ever wondered “Peggy Who?” then here’s your answer. The past two years have allowed the band time to experience a vast array of new sights and sounds which have translated wonderfully into their new work. Choir of Echoes sees Peggy Sue come back around on their best form to date and provides an emotional venture into a realm of sensibility that this band have to offer.

You can catch Peggy Sue live on the following dates:
28 March – Hamburg, Kulturhaus III & 70 *
30 March – Berlin, Privatclub *
31 March – Munich, Kranhalle *
1 April – Cologne, Blue Shell *
2 April – Brussels, Botanique (Witloof Bar)
3 April – Utrecht, Ekko
4 April – Paris, Point Ephemere
7 April – Brighton, Green Door Store *
8 April – Coventry, The Tin
9 April – Manchester, Soup Kitchen *
10 April – Glasgow, Broadcast *
11 April – Liverpool, Leaf *
12 April – Sheffield, The Harley *
14 April – Bristol, The Old Bookshop * – SOLD OUT
15 April – London, Oslo
29 – 31 August – End of the Road Festival, Dorset

* – with support from Eyes & No Eyes.

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Introducing…Nuoli

Nuoli is a female singer/songwriter, musician and producer whose message to the world is to stand up against inequality, prejudice and injustice. Through her music, the main vocalist Nuoli Hultman, expresses her anger and frustration towards the ongoing political and social misconceptions such as racism, sexism, homophobia and gender generalisation.

Originally from Stockholm Sweden, Nuoli has been closely involved and working with Lykke Li’s artist collective/label called Ingrid.

My Curse Is My Mind is Nuoli’s debut single which represents the inner-battle between the imprisoned person that the society is trying to create and the free person that one really is. The song speaks loudly of freedom and letting go of all the bias and preconception. Influenced by musicians such as Kate Bush, Lykke Li, Dream Koala and FKA Twigs, Nuoli has developed her trademark sound consisting of quirky vocals, dreamy drum-beats, airy guitars and haunting synths.

The song starts with a steady drumbeat that then breaks down into a near acappella verse. The drums pick up again soon after and take the listener on an aurally in-depth sonic journey. The lyrics leave a great deal open to interpretation but the constant references to My Curse Is My Mind lend a sense of dread as well as relief that whatever scary ghost keeps threatening the listener, it is their choice to give in or fight back.

My Curse Is My Mind is a recording that reminds us of how emotionally influential and enchanting a song can be, and it will be available for sale and download on Sunday 20 April.

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Mirah Announces Release Of Changing Light EP

On her fifth solo album, Mirah breaks it down and builds it back up again with the street smarts that only years behind the wheel of love can inspire. Ready with the maps and driven to the rhythms on the radio dial, Changing Light’s ten songs carry you from heartbreak to wholeness and all the places in between. Mirah’s recently announced the upcoming album for a May 13 release date on hew own imprint, Absolute Magnitude Recordings, with support from K Records. Pitchfork shared the shapeshifting first album single Oxen Hope, along with full album details. Mirah has also recently revealed anthemic album closer Radiomind with Stereogum. Mirah’s new website and album pre-order are now live.

Mirah

Mirah

Uprooted from her home after a scorching break-up, Mirah spent four years rambling and recording. Tracks were laid down in almost two dozen houses and apartments — from the Northwest to Southern California to the East Coast. Sparse demos were recorded with co-producer Christopher Doulgeris in Portland and Los Angeles. Embellishments were then added by a slew of friends and collaborators, including Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mary Timony, Emily Wells and Heather McEntire (Mount Moriah). In Philadelphia, Mirah and her sister Emily Zeitlyn (Divers) penned “LC” an homage to childhood inspiration Leonard Cohen. Seattle-based composer Jherek Bischoff drew up intricate string arrangements which were recorded in the living rooms of each individual player. And Tune-Yards producer Eli Crews co-produced several tracks with Mirah in her new hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

Changing Light’s reassuring compass is found in Mirah’s shimmering vocals and incisive descriptions.  There is yearning (Gold Rush and Fleetfoot Ghost) and hot anger (Goat Shepherd) but no shortage of lyrical and musical playfulness. Whether it be the T. Rex-inspired rough edges of Radiomind, the rollicking lo-fi bang-and-pop of Goat Shepherd or the lush pop balladry of Turned the Heat Off, the album corrals string sections and vintage synths with horns, a multitude of guitar tones and over driven drums. With calm and clamour, Mirah brings us all closer together through her universal honesty and occasional use of the vocoder.

“It’s a break-up record. It has some moments of darkness, some twists and turns but ultimately, there’s a resolution,” says Mirah.  So much can happen in four years, even forgiveness.” While Mirah has been making independent pop records for well over a decade, Changing Light is the debut release on her new imprint, Absolute Magnitude Recordings.

Changing Light EP will be released on May 13.

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