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Sir Sly Announces North American Spring Tour Dates Supporting The 1975

Fresh off a successful winter tour supporting St. Lucia, Los Angeles-based band Sir Sly will join The 1975 on the road this spring.  The tour commences April 16 in Los Angeles at Club Nokia and visits major cities in the US and Canada before wrapping up on May 22 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.  The tour includes dates in San Francisco at The Fillmore (April 17 and 18) and in New York City at Terminal 5 (May 8).

Sir Sly is touring in support of their recently released Gold EP out now on Cherrytree/Interscope Records. The release features four tracks; Where I’m Going, the title track Gold, Found You Out and Ghost. Directed by award-winning director Ellis Bahl (Alt-J), the video for Gold can be viewed here.

Sir Sly is lead singer Landon Jacobs, drummer Hayden Coplen and keyboardist Jason Suwito. The Los Angeles band write, record, produce, mix and master all of their music in their own recording studio where they have developed their signature sound – a delicate balance of solemnly surging yet indelibly catchy electronic indie rock. The Guardian has praised them as “melancholy electronic rock…keep your eyes on these guys, they are going to be massive.”

Sir Sly on tour with The 1975 and Bad Suns:
April 16 2014: Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
April 17 2014: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
April 18 2014: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
April 21 2014: Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
April 23 2014: Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
April 24 2014: Seattle, WA – Showbox
April 25 2014: Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub
April 26 2014: Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
April 28 2014: Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
April 29 2014: Calgary, AB – Flames Central
May 1 2014: Winnipeg, MB – Garrick
May 2 2014: Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
May 3 2014: Madison, WI – Orpheum
May 4 2014: Pontiac, MI – Royal Oak
May 5 2014: Columbus, OH   – The LC Pavillion
May 6 2014: Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
May 8 2014: New York, NY – Terminal 5
May 9 2014: Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
May 10 2014: Boston, MA – Royale
May 12 2014: Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 13 2014: Carrboro, NC  – Cat’s Cradle
May 14 2014: Charlotte, NC   – The Fillmore
May 15 2014: Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
May 19 2014: Jacksonville, FL – Free Bird Live
May 20 2014: Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
May 21 2014: Orlando, FL – House of Blues
May 22 2014: Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

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Introducing…Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is the brainchild of two-time MTV Award Winner and former Charlie Straight front man Albert Cerny, who has already been supported and championed by The Guardian, BBC6 Steve Lamacq and Simon Lederman (BBC London).

The band have recently launched the new single Always June.

Having opened for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, gained support from The Guardian and VICE Magazine, performed at the Great Escape Festival and being promoted by Coldplay.com, Albert is planning a busy and bright future with Lake Malawi. Produced by Charlie Russell and Brad Spence (Alt-j, Radiohead, Kasabian, Coldplay, Beady Eye), the upcoming debut single Always June enhances the genre of modern indie pop rock with its existence. The sonic explosion of the tumbling groove catches one’s ear from the word go.

The track’s intro is strong, straight to the point and filled with catchy vocal lines. The overall production sounds like a new-millennium vibe lightly tainted with a retro undertone. With a hint of Phoenix, Passion Pit and The Rapture, Always June feels hyper, energetic and explosive. It is an upbeat outbreak of jangling hooks and swooning guitar riffs over which Albert sings every line with a content conviction while smuggling this kind of heart-on-sleeve honesty into the song. The nostalgic undertone of the lyrics comfortably sits within the upbeat arrangement and makes for an interesting blend of dynamic vitality and pure melancholy.

Always June is refreshing, insatiable and exhilarating and will bring feelings of a warm summer afternoon to help overcome these endless, cold winter nights. It will be available everywhere for sale and download on March 23.

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Swaying Wires To Release New Single, Fear Of Flying, Next Month

Swaying Wires are to release their new single, Fear Of Flying, on February 10. The single is taken from the forthcoming album Some Blue Sky due out on March 17 2014.

Swaying Wires is an alternative folk/rock band based in Turku, Finland.

Fear Of Flying is a wonderful, blissful folk song which features angelic, breath-taking vocals from Kärkinen. Kärkinen’s vocals will send a shiver down your spine; her range is explored and her notes cascade over the acoustic guitar perfectly. The music is basic but this has a greater effect letting the beautiful lyrics take centre stage, “After all that’s all it was/A fear of flying/As I finally stagger out/I will make it home somehow/I’ll meet you there/Keep a brave face/As the sky falls/Into pieces down before you/And the ground below you…When the storm arrives/I’ll meet you there”.

What began as a one woman project by Tina Kärkinen in 2008 developed into a full band in 2010 with members Sami Lehtonen and Nicklas Hägen.

After playing as a trio for a while, performing around Turku, the band finally found a drummer in Timo Harju. The newly formed quartet subsequently started recording some demo songs that would later form the nucleus of their debut album. Harju left the band shortly after the recording of these demos to pursue other interests. He was replaced by Jussi Virkkumaa who had previously played in another band together with Sami.

In the summer of 2012, Swaying Wires started recording what would become their first full-length album, Some Blue Sky. The album is a collection of songs written between 2008 to 2013 and was recorded in the band’s rehearsal space.

March 2014 will see the culmination of this work when the band releases their debut, Some Blue Sky, through Battle Worldwide Recordings.

Fear Of Flying will be released on February 10.

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Felt Tip Release Second Single, Milk & Honey

Felt Tip are set to release their second single Milk & Honey on 24 February via Fierce Panda/Giant Haystacks.

Felt Tip are a band who have spent the past six months foregoing the perilous delights of the facebook and twitter world and therefore floating around the indie ether in a fug of mystery. What we know is that Felt Tip has three members and that English bassist and drummer duo James Tyler and Tom Rapanakis met volatile French guitarist Anton Trampon in London after he left an ad in their studio listing Television, Ennio Morricone and “everything at DFA Records” as influences.

The London indie/new wave popsters follow up their debut single Love or Pity with 6Music-infiltrating second outing, Milk & Honey.

Milk & Honey features vocals that resemble those of Brandon Flowers, making this a song that Killers’ fans may well like. While Love Or Pity showcased vocals similar to Julian Casablanca meeting Jeff Buckley, Milk & Honey has another sound altogether – it’s slightly darker and more sincere. In fact, it almost feels like an insult to call this band indie – their style is much more advanced than this.

Milk & Honey will be released on 24 February via Fierce Panda/Giant Haystacks.

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Introducing…Volcanoes

Volcanoes are a Yorkshire-based four piece who are set to release their new single When We Melodise on March 9. Volcanoes will appeal to fans of Fleet Foxes and Midlake.

Volcanoes are an alternative/indie band consisting of Sam, Kev, Boa and Chris. Having already had interest from EMI, V2 and Fourteenth Floor Recordings, taking part in T4 Orange Unsigned and having finished in the top 20 of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent contest, the boys are finally ready to release their much anticipated new single, When We Melodise.

A mix between Simon and Garfunkel, Midlake, The Shins and Echo And The Bunnymen, When We Melodise is a treat for every ear and rewards more active listening than the standard indie song.

The arrangement is soft and contained yet otherworldly at the same time. By carefully interlinking the main and backing vocals and letting them flow over one another, Volcanoes combine both the familiar and the new in a very musical manner. The demonstrative use of strings pulsating confidently in the background creates an extra dimension to the open body of sound. It also compliments their soft harmonies echoing throughout the track and adding oxygen to the overall listening experience. The vocals are a little Pete Doherty when he sang for Babyshambles. When We Melodise is a relaxing and atmospheric track.

When We Melodise is carefully crafted but sounds neither controlled nor regulated. Gentle guitar picking, resonating drums and hummable melodies underline the fact that Volcanoes understand how to capture beauty in one innovative song. 

When We Melodise will be available for sale and download on March 9 and is taken from Volcanoes debut album, Radiogeist, which is to be released later this year.

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The Lost Cavalry – Three Cheers For The Undertaker Album Review

The Lost Cavalry move to establish themselves in the Indie Folk scene with their new album, Three Cheers For The Undertaker. The album was released on the 16 September by Folkroom Records. Upon listening to the album, it is clear that this six piece alternative folk collective from London is something to shout about.

The band itself was founded by former Fanfarlo guitarist Mark West. West, on the brink of touring America in 2009, decided to step away from Fanfarlo and start something new. West bought his influence over to The Lost Cavalry which is evident when you listen to the Fanfarlo record Reservoir prior to sampling West’s new material. However, that is not to say that The Lost Cavalry sounds like an extension of Fanfarlo. West’s new fellow band members Toby Atkins (guitar, vocals), Nick Goold (guitar), Oliver Whitehead (bass), Jonny Tansey (drums) and Derek Yau (melodica) bring energy and depth which nudges the band to a unique sound. The new album, Three Cheers For The Undertaker, is woven with beautifully structured progression and strong harmonies reminiscent of, if not a little more relaxed, early Beirut.

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The Lost Cavalry album artwork for Three Cheers For The Undertaker

The first track Secret Steps opens the album with strong, clear vocals, the canter of a steady snare and the accompaniment of an almost dreamy chorus. The album starts of as it means to go on; energetic, rich and with a varied instrumental accompaniment. Every chorus is broken up with a layer of, almost solitary, vocals which is then united by a blast of instrumental expression.

Snow City Radio also continues the theme and the pace of the album with a perfect balance between isolating layers of vocals and a ‘full speed ahead’ support of instrumental accessory. Stars Are Ripe slips in seamlessly next. At this point it is easy to appreciate just how well crafted the start of the album is, developing from an energetic opening towards a pace that is attainable throughout. The lyrics towards the end of Stars Are Ripe seem to indicate the direction of the rest of the album, “I’m on my way/Hey/I’m on my way/My way home”. This leads into a steady paced Stare Out To Sea which feels exactly like the title suggests; consistent, calm and relaxing.

Three Cheers For The Undertaker continues this theme of sporadic energetic bursts hand in hand with steady, gentle melodies. This is displayed magically with the eerie finish to Only Forward followed directly with the uplifting and familiar Desert Tracks.

Three Cheers For The Undertaker ends with the track Mono. This conclusion to the album seems light years away from how the album started but with such a varied album, it is no surprise. Certain tracks seem to paint a clear night sky (Last Stand) while others seem to stimulate limbs into fast paced movement (Desert Tracks). Overall the audience can reflect on the journey they have been on – an exhausting, busy but structured and fun trip through the wonders of the album.

The debut album by The Lost Cavalry has made a statement of intent. This six piece are ready to make great music. This year alone has been a busy one for them and if they continue to produce music like this album then the band will continue to pack out their diaries. When looking at the horizon of the folk music scene, only one thing springs to mind . . . ‘Here comes The Cavalry’.

By Luke Bennett.

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Totem Release Video for New Track, See Saw Girl

Totem release the video for their latest track, See Saw Girl. See Saw Girl is to be released on 23 September through Moshi Moshi Records.

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See Saw Girl is an eclectic mix of indie guitar riffs, 80s drum beats and world influenced vocals. It’s available for pre-order from here. It’s a song of many layers with call and response lyrics and dreamy pop melodies.

Totem have also announced some live dates:
19 September – The Lexington (supporting Crushed Beaks), London
26 September – Total Refreshment Centre (Single Launch Party), London

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