This Week : Echo And The Bunnymen announce new single and album, Sound Of Guns New EP Plus Dubai Sound City, Marina & The Diamonds – AwesomeRemix! Metric- Amazing Free Remix! Mumford And Sons Album Art and Tour, The Bon-Bon Club, Delphic, Kill It Kid, Cosmo Jarvis, Academy Live and Alela Diane
Echo & The Bunnymen New Single
‘Think I Need It Too’
Released on 26th October 2009 on Ocean Rain Records
‘Think I Need It Too’ is the brilliant new single from the mighty Echo And The Bunnymen, and the first release from their forthcoming album ‘The Fountain’. It’s a joyous, uplifting, utterly infectious slice of luscious pop and Mac’s voice sounds stronger than ever. “I’m just a better writer and better singer these days,” he says. “My voice has got more… honest.” The B side will be a new track entitled ‘November’
The single’s widescreen, crystalline sound is the work of Scottish producer John McLaughlin, who produced the whole album, and whose credits may come as a surprise to some Bunnymen fans. “He’s done work with Busted and Five, who I loved! ” smiles Mac. “I just became reallygood friends with him. I really wanted a big, solid undertow beneath the lyrics.
‘The Fountain’, due for release in November, is a powerful album that sees the Bunnymen back to their very best and with a truly modern sensibility that should see a whole new generation discover one of the UK’s most iconic bands.
Sound Of Guns
Liverpool Music Week
There will be a special free gig in Liverpool on Monday 2nd Nov as part of Liverpool Music Week. Sound Of Guns will be headlining in Alma De Cuba, a converted church, the band will be playing on the altar. Not to be missed.
Sound City Dubai
Sound City Liverpool takes over Dubai in November, Sound Of Guns will be joining Doves, The Wombats, Happy Mondays, Echo & The Bunnymen, Super Furry Animals….
And the band release a new EP “Elementary Of Youth EP”, on 26TH October, which will be available on limited double 7” vinyl with free cd and digital download.
Hear samples online at www.myspace.com/soundofguns
And here they are giving a blinding performance at Liverpool’s Matthew Street festival few weeks back….
Marina And The Diamonds
Here’s a picture of Marina and The Diamonds beacuse a/ we love her b/there’s a fantastic new fansite dedicated to Ms D –HERE and c/ Black Teeth have produced an amazing remix of “Mowgli’s Road”. It’s pretty darn awesome so have a listen and vist Black Teeth’s myspace right about… here.
“Black Teeth Vs Marina & The Diamonds”
Metric Free Download
Adam Freeland has done an amazing remix of Metric’s song “Sick Muse” from their outstanding album “Fantasies”.
Those lovely people at Hype Machine are offering the song as a free download in the site’s first ever download promotion.
Want to have it? Click here.
Mumford & Sons – Limited Edition Version Of “Sigh No More”
Mumford & Sons have announced details of a special limited edition version of their forthcoming debut album, which is being made.
The fabulous debut ‘Sigh No More’ is released through Gentlemen Of The Road/Island Records on the 5th October, but fans will be able to buy the limited-edition copy in a special ‘lyric book’ hard-cover, which will also feature exclusive photographs of the band, on their UK tour which kicked off on Saturday 12th September in Glasgow.
The tour-only album is limited to just 1000 copies.
The bands remaining tour dates are as follows
29th September @ Birmingham, Glee Club
30th September @ Oxford, Bullingdon
2nd October @ Norwich, Arts Centre
3rd October @ Tunbridge Wells, Forum
4th October @ Cambridge, Junction 2
6th October @ Brighton, Komedia
7th October @ Bath, Moles
8th October @ Southampton, Talking Heads
11th October @ Northampton, Roadmender
‘Sigh No More’ is preceded by a new single, ‘Little Lion Man’, released on the 28th September.
The Bon Bon Club
“The Day I See You Again” By The Bon Bon Club
The Bon Bon Club are Reenie (bass, vox), Kim (keyboards, vox) and Claire (drums, vox). Reenie is better known for her previous role as bassist in glitter-rockers The Long Blondes whilst Claire also plays in Slow Down Tallahassee and Angular Recordings post-punkers Navvy.
Their second release is a trio of covers, served on a 3” mini-CD that comes wrapped in a sweetie-bag with a beautiful postcard designed by noted Sheffield comic artist Oliver Allchin.
First the girls cut away the bombast from the Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire” and replace the swinging dicks with swinging hips, turning it into a laser guided love missile.
Next up is a versioning of unheralded Dubstar deep-cut “The Day I See You Again” which dons mask and performs lipo on the slightly obese original for full emotional impact.
Finally most of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours classic “Dreams” is wrestled away from the banshees (and Jim) of The Corrs and magically transformed into a grinding, echoing beast that’s finally lulled into sleep by massed endlessly fractal vocal harmonies. It’s disco edit as live band.
The tracks that make up the “Sex on Fire” single were produced by legendary Sheffield producer Alan Smyth (Pulp, The Arctic Monkeys, Reverend and the Makers, The Long Blondes) at his 2Fly studios in Sheffield.
Delphic Free Download
Hotly tipped Delphic are offering an exclusive free EP. To download, just click here.
KILL IT KID
Debut eponymous album Digital/CD/LP out 5th October on One Little Indian
“Their’s is a vibrant blend of The White Stripes, barn dances and the Stephanne Grappelli – like fiddle-frenzy jazz/blues” – Q Magazine
‘Uncontrived, Kill It Kid are a brave, raw talent’ – BBC Introducing
‘Thrillingly unaffected, delightful’ – Music Week
“Demands attention from the off… the strength and depth of their songs belie their age” – Clash Magazine
Kill It Kid are spending the summer gearing up to the release of their debut album on 5th October with more shows through the summer and a taster single, ‘Burst Its Banks’ out next week (3rd August). The band have just announced a fresh set of October dates, a co-headline with Sparrow & The Workshop, as follows:
2nd BATH Moles
4th MANCHESTER Night ‘n Day
5th CARLILE Brickyard
6th YORK Fibbers
7th EDINBURGH, Cabaret Voltaire
8th GLASGOW Captain’s Rest
9th DERBY Rockhouse
10th OXFORD Jericho Tavern
11th BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
12th GUILDFORD Boilerrom
13th LONDON Lexington
14th SOUTHAMPTON, Hamptons
Fronted by the gorgeous two-part vocal harmonies of singers Chris Turpin and Stephanie Ward, the lyrical intimacy of the songs is rendered all the more powerful by the interplay between the pair, Turpin’s singular and distinctive voice seemingly arriving from another time and place, while Ward’s softer, huskier tones form the perfect foil. Buttressed with strings, keys and slide guitar, Kill It Kid blend delta blues and roots to striking effect, producing blistering, unapologetic rock’n’roll one moment and a smoky film-noire ambience the next. The band have already drawn comparison to Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Zeppelin, as well as more recent examples Gomez, Mumford & Sons and The Raconteurs, but it’s on the strength of the songwriting throughout this debut that the deal is ultimately sealed, and with an average age of only 21, the band are apparently in possession of a musical wisdom well beyond their years.
Kill It Kid is: Richard Jones (violins/backing vocals), Adam Timmins (bass guitar/guitars), Stephanie Ward (vocals/piano), Marc Jones (drums/percussion) and Chris Turpin (vocals/guitars/harmonica). www.myspace.com/killitkid
“She’s Got You” By Cosmo Jarvis
Cosmo is described as “raggedy troubadour” (The Guardian) who sits somewhere in the triangle between Mike Skinner, Billy Bragg and Half Man Half Biscuit. Young and angry, he splits his time between writing tiny rough-round-the-edges nuggets of pop gold and creating strange – often funny – short films. Check out the first few chapters of his work here – http://www.cosmojarvis.com/
Murray James + The Dukes Jetty + Stephen Langstaff + Viva City
Monday 28th September: O2 Academy 2 Newcastle
Tuesday 29th September: O2 Academy 2 Liverpool
Wednesday 30th September: O2 Academy 3 Birmingham
Thursday 1st October: O2 Academy 2 Islington
Tickets available from www.ticketweb.co.uk / 0844 477 2000 / Venue Box Office
Academy Events are pleased to announce the return of Academy Live, with the fifth tour taking four new bands on a rock ‘n’ roll journey around the UK. As a pioneering force in developing new music, Academy Events have secured a dynamite line up and will bring a diverse range of acts to O2 Academy stages this autumn.
Murray James, The Dukes Jetty, Stephen Langstaff and Viva City are geared up to play the shows which give each act the opportunity to play in areas outside of their hometown, culminating in an exclusive London showcase at O2 Academy 2 Islington on Thursday 1st October. The bands from Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham and London will headline the O2 Academy venue in their region as part of the tour.
Making its debut in 2007, Academy Live has helped launch the careers of some of the most exciting acts on today’s new music scene. The Hot Melts who represented Liverpool on the tour’s first outing have supported rock giants Eagles Of Death Metal, stormed the stage at South By Southwest and are currently on their own headline tour of the UK to coincide with the release of their self-titled debut album.
Other acts to benefit from Academy Live include The Volt who were crowned champions of MTV’s ‘Get Seen Get Heard’ competition and Soft Toy Emergency who are currently storming festival stages with slots at the summer’s best music events including Glastonbury and Reading And Leeds.
What a voice – with his soulful tones Murray James gives Otis Reading a run for his money! This London singer/songwriter has been working with the magnificent Brendan Lynch (Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Primal Scream) on what is no doubt going to be a spectacular debut album.
The Dukes Jetty
The Dukes Jetty are a four-piece band from the Midlands featuring Brothers Lee and David Hambridge, Steve Hemming, and Chris Webb. Their debut album, ‘Fine and Dandy’, was released and celebrated with a sold out launch party, quickly drawing in new fans and recognition from BBC’s Alex Lester, Nihal and the legendary Janice Long.
With an army of fans, three albums of music and record breaking gigs under his belt, Stephen Langstaff is rapidly becoming one of the UK’s most prolific singer songwriters. He recently became the first unsigned singer songwriter to headline O2 Academy Liverpool’s main room.
Viva City are a Newcastle alt-electro-indie four-piece, produced by legendary dance artists Kosheen. Their debut single ‘Kate Bush’ charted at No.4 in the official independent Singles charts last year and acquired them a legion of Kate Bush fans plus a well received Newcastle HMV in-store which saw them enter the charts above The Charlatans.
Alela Diane is teaming up with Alina Hardin and releasing a 10” split EP and digital download called ‘Alela and Alina’ through Names Records next month.‘Bowling Green’, one of the tracks from the EP is available for download below.
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