Track Of The Day: By The Sea – Eveline

If your dreams had a soundtrack, Eveline would be the standout track. Light and airy and beautifully psychedelic, the Wirral band have produced an anthemic track that makes it self at home in a wonderfully poetic album. With Bill Ryder-Jones on board, the band is just going to grow from strength to strength, keep your eyes peeled for By The Sea.

We recommend that you should buy the album HERE!

We will be reviewing it for you shortly!

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EUGENE McGUINNESS Announces November UK Tour

Following an incredible, packed-out show in Paris last week alongside French television and radio appearances, Eugene McGuinness has returned to the UK and announced plans for a mini tour this November, ending at London’s prestigious 100 Club. Full tour details can be found below.

Released in August, Eugene’s album ‘The Invitation to the Voyage’ was preceded by the fast-paced, jerky brilliance of singles ‘Lion’ and ‘Shotgun’. Blending his strong and unique lyricism with powerful pop melodies, ‘The Invitation…’ saw McGuinness take his song writing up another notch without losing grasp of what makes him a distinctive artist: his contemporary, surreal and fantastical view of modern life.

Live, the album evolves into something both melodic and chaotic. Eugene and his band allow ‘The Invitation to the Voyage’ to take on a different persona, opening doors to a side of the album the casual listener may initially miss.

To read our review of ‘Invitation To The Voyage’ click HERE 

Watch the video for Eugene’s most recent single ‘Harlequinade’ HERE

Full Eugene McGuinness tour dates are as follows:

4th October – Hammersmith Apollo, London (supporting The Temper Trap)

11th November – Academy 2, Liverpool

12th November – The Leadmill, Sheffield

13th November – Exchange, Bristol

14th November – 100 Club, London

 

 

Cover photo credit: Dean Rogers

CRUSHING BLOWS Release New EP – Stream!

Crushing Blows are a two-piece, noise pop band from Derbyshire who have drawn comparisons to Battles, Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire. Despite their broad influences (My Bloody Valentine, Talking Heads, Neil Young, Pixies) the band have a developed a sound that is both extremely distinctive and exceptional.

Since forming in 2010, Crushing Blows have been championed by Tom Robinson, Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens (who put them on at The Social) and had airplay from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 & BBC Introducing. They have also played festivalssuch as Y Not, T in the Park & Liverpool Sound City and supported Cerebal Ballzy, D/R/U/G/S & The Xcerts to name but a few.

The new EP is due for release on 12th November through the band’s own label, Super Heavy Weight Records. It was recorded and mixed by Jim Cork (Crash of Rhinos) and the title track was made ‘Track of the Week’ by Simon Raymonde (Bella Union) on his Amazing Radio show.

We’ll have a full review of the EP this week!

Crushing Blows are; Andrew Foster – Drums / Vocals / Keyboard and Chris Jones – Guitar / Vocals.

 TOUR DATES

 

Fri 19th October – Swn Festival, Cardiff

Sat 20th Oct – Carefully Planned Festival, Manchester (Matinee show)

Sat 20th October – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool w/ Bear Cavalry

Sun 21st October – The Library, Leeds w/ Metz

Mon 22nd October – TBC

Tues 23rd October – The Old Blue Last, London w/ Bear Cavalry

Wed 24th October – The Firebug, Leicester

Thurs 25th October – JT Soar, Nottingham

Fri 26th Oct – TBC

Sat 27th October – The Cavern, Exeter

 

Track List:

1.       The People You Will Never Meet

2.        I Dream of Becoming A Girl

3.        Love is Dangerous

4.        No Halcyon

 

CITIZENS! Unveil Brand New Video For Single ‘True Romance’

Citizens! reveal their extremely romantic and sexy music video ‘True Romance”, with Wonderland today HERE. The band contributes their inspiration for the “True Romance” video to the image they got from a couple kissing at the Vancouver riots.

Much like this scene, the song and video represent “the way in which we look for the intense personal moment to triumph over the doom and chaos of the world at large.” 

The captivating video was directed by the French collective We are from LA.

CITIZENS! release single True Romance, through Kitsuné on Monday 24th September 2012.

Proclaimed as one of the songs of the summer by NME, the single is taken from their recently released Alex Kapranos produced debut album. Here We Are.

The end of last year saw the band support The Rapture and more recently they played the Electric Ballroom in London as part of the NME’s run of Award show gigs, completed a three-week sold-out residency at London’s Ridley Road Market Bar, finished a U.K. tour which culminated in a sold-out London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen show and performed at various festivals including Field Day, Reading & Leeds festival, London’s 1234 Festival in Shoreditch Park & the Bingley Music Live Festival.

The band have since announced their biggest headline tour to date commencing in Glasgow on November 13th.

The full list of dates for the bands UK November headline tour is as follows:

NOVEMBER

13th Glasgow King Tuts www.gigsinscotland.com/

14th Edinburgh Electric Circus www.gigsinscotland.com/

16th Darlington The Hub www.thehubdarlington.co.uk/

18th York Fibbers www.wegottickets.com

19th Brighton The Haunt http://www.thehauntbrighton.co.uk

20th London XOYO www.gigsandtours.com

Tickets for the bands headline November tour are available to buy via the above links and are priced at £8 (except Darlington where they are £5 and £10 in London).

Citizens! are: Tom Burke (vocals), Thom Rhoades (guitar), Martyn Richmond (bass), Lawrence Diamond (keyboards / guitar) & Mike Evans (drums)

Brand New Single from HEY SHOLAY!

The Story So Far: Hey Sholay are a five-piece group of musicians, filmmakers and artists from Sheffield and Leeds, who play a breed of psychedelic independent pop with a hint of the Northern Lights captured in a jam jar. They have been described as imperious masters of the contemporary anthemic chorus, with bright vibrant tunes and a beat guaranteed to make you tap your toes.

On September 24ththey launch a marginally epic track called ‘My Blood’, itself culled from their cosmically titled debut album, ‘((O))’, which is released a week earlier on September 17th. It really has been quite a journey.

Way back in the mists of time – June last year in fact – Hey Sholay brought those bright, vibrant tunes and toe-tappingly fine beaticles to the doorstep of the general public and the catflap of BBC 6 Music with the release of the ‘Dreamboat’ / ‘The Bears, The Bees, The Clocks’ double AA-side single on Label Fandango. This beat happening was brought to the fore by Hey Sholay’s cunning tactic of sending their unsolicited demo to the top secret panda / fandango HQ. On cassette. Wrapped in fake (bear) fur.

Great work on every level, obviously, and Hey Sholay followed that effort up with, among other things, a tour with Crystal Antlers, an appearance at Koko at the NME Awards shows, and some super-duper BBC Radio 1 Introducing fun with their ‘Wishbone’ track garnering all manner of audio TLC from the likes of Scott Mills, Greg James and Fearne Cottontail. Most recently they bedazzled the leftfield firmament with the ‘Burning’ single. Along the way they managed to nail the kaleidoscopic – nay, kaleidopopic – whirligig of the ‘((O))’ mini-opus and – here’s the even cleverer bit – also got it mastered in the USA by Don Grossinger, a man who knows his way around the grooves and moves of Flaming Lips, Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd.

So Hey Sholay are progressive, but not oppressively so; populist, but not obsessively so. In fact, we can’t quite get our heads around what makes them tick and what encourages them to tock, and we’ve been listening to songs from that demo (on cassette, in fake (bear) fur) for over a year now.  But what we do know is that they fizz in the most unexpected places, and some expected places as well, like these…

14 Sep: Brighton, Green Door Store
18 Sep: London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (album launch show)
19 Sep: Birmingham, The Yardbird
20 Sep: Bristol, Thekla
21 Sep: Nottingham, Bodega Social Club
25 Sep: Middlesbrough, The Keys
26 Sep: Glasgow, Flat 0/1
27 Sep: Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
28 Sep: York, Stereo
29 Sep: Gloucester, Underground Festival
13 Oct: Cambridge, Wish You Were Here Festival
20 Oct: Oxford, Gathering Festival

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Hey Sholay’s single ‘My Blood’ is released on September 24ththrough Fierce Panda.

Hey Sholay’s debut album ((O)) is released on September 17th and can be pre-ordered on itunes here now;
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/preorder//id552485754

Track Of The Day: Spiders – Subtle Differences

Well, what a track! We always aim to bring you the best music that you probably haven’t already heard, but we’ve really pulled one out of the bag with Spiders, haven’t we?!

Hailing from one of our favourite music cities in Sheffield, the band have garnered some much deserved local appreciation. Well now it’s time for them to grow, join the Spiders on this journey that will surely take them far.

Dripping with nostalgic influence from Joy Division and The Smiths, yet quirky and modern. ‘Britishness’ is truly evident here!

Follow the Spiders on the web at www.spidersband.com