Music News w/e 6/03/2008

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Song Of The week


” The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade ” by The Joy Formidable

Debut Album “A Balloon Called Moaning” out now!

The Joy Formidable are currently Touring with Howling Bells.

7 Mar Guilford Boiler Rooms
8 Mar Birmingham Barfly w/Howling Bells
9 Mar Norwich Arts Centre w/Howling Bells
10 Mar Newcastle Cluny w/Howling Bells
11 Mar Glasgow Classic w/Howling Bells
13 Mar Aberdeen Moshulu w/Howling Bells
14 Mar Sheffield Plug w/Howling Bells
15 Mar Manchester Club w/Howling Bells
16 Mar Liverpool Academy 2 w/Howling Bells
28 Mar London 93 Feet East



“Addicted To Lust” by Redtrack

RedTrack’s Double-A sided ‘Pole Dancer/Addicted to Lust’, the third release from the Southend band, co-arranged and featuring on backing vocals The Buzzcocks legend Pete Shelley, is released March 30th. Dave M. Allen (Cure producer) and Mark Ralph (Filthy Dukes) produced and engineered the single.

“I get asked to be involved with lots of bands – the reason I chose RedTrack is because Billy writes such great songs and the band are something very special live”

– Pete Shelley

The single is available to pre-order via 7 Digital, online or via SMS – text REDTRACK to 78789.

Texts cost £1.50 plus normal operator charges.

RedTrack were born late in 2006 and quickly the band were “discovered” by London management/ production company Northern Blue Music. At the time RedTrack had no studio experience and about eight songs. Northern Blue planted RedTrack in Maple Recording Studios in Southend-on-Sea and by March 2007 the band were deemed ready to record their debut single.

The bands were due in the studio to record ‘Pretty Boy/Inside’ on March 11, 2007. The day before their studio debut, Phil was attacked by two men wearing tracksuits and baseball caps. The attackers shot Phil in the leg with an air-rifle and hacked him with a meat-cleaver on the head and across his forearm. Phil had 20 stitches in his head and needed emergency microsurgery on the severed tendons in his arm. Phil permanently lost the use of two fingers on his left hand. Not good for anyone, let alone a bass player the day before he was due to record his debut single.

In August, 2007, RedTrack got back in the studio with Phil on the bass and the band were able to record and release their first single (Pretty Boy/Inside) in October 2007.

The single received some great reviews and was featured on Steve Lamacq’s Radio One show. On the strength of the single and their great live shows Red Track also got some great supports with bands including The Maccabees and The View.

You can catch RedTrack live on the following dates

March 14 – Wilimington Arms, Angel

March 20 – Single release launch party – Camden Barfly

March 31 – Balcony TV live set, Camden

June 6 – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

April 9 – Paard van Troje, The Hague, Holland

April 10 – Exit, Rotterdam, Holland

April 19 – Remix, London

April 29 – Chinnerys, Southend

June 6 – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Aug 13 – Empire Music Theatre, Belfast

Aug 14 – 4M, Omagh



‘Horses For Courses’ released 18th May on ‘Don’t Tell Clare’ records

Originally recorded 18 months ago during a disastrous and short lived dalliance with a popular indie label, Das Wanderlust´s eagerly awaited album is finally due for release. After hiccups and let-downs along the way including numerous personnel changes and an almost terminal lack of cash, ‘Horse For Courses´ will finally land on the shelves this May on the super-DIY Don’t Tell Clare imprint. Stop-starts aside, they can now boast having held down a stable line-up for more than a year now (!), a growing European fan base, and an album some critics are already calling ‘easily the best debut album we’ve never heard´.

Das Wanderlust are, Laura Susan Simmons (Vox, Keyboard) Andrew Richard Elliott (Guitars, Misc.) and Wesley John Stephenson (Drums). The overall sound is hard to classify – critics and fans have called them noise pop, art rock, wrong pop, experimental pop, riot grrrl, amongst other things… and whilst each description may have its own merits, it seems rather missing the point that this is the sound of a band just making music exactly how they want to, without worrying about genres, trends, or haircuts. In spirit Das Wanderlust are closest to artists such as Fiery Furnaces, Deerhoof, Melt Banana, The Fall, and anyone else with a general disregard for rigidly adhering to conventional song structure or instruments (the album features bass clarinets, flutes, saxophones, kitchen utensils, field recordings and more).  The unwritten rule here is cram as many ideas into as short a space as time as possible, often on top of each other. No chorus is ever repeated a third time, and there are no solos.

Das Wanderlust are DIY in the extreme; everything is done through them and unlike most other bands who have experienced similar levels of moderate success (in indie terms) they have no major label backing and totally self-managed; as in Elliott’s words, “Everytime we’ve tried to go against our DIY roots we get bitten on the arse!”

Championed by the likes of Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens and Marc Riley, ‘Horses For Courses´ is one of this years most anticipated albums



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NEW SINGLE ; “The Cave and the Open Sea” Label: Chess Club Recordings Date:  6th April  09

“Ghostly, haunting…Magical stuff” – The Sunday Times

“Very impressive” – The Guardian

Mumford & Sons have that knack for playing the most vital of instruments, the heartstrings.” – The Independent

“Genuinely splendid” – The Observer

“One of the UK’s most enticing musical propositions” – The Fly

Concluding the final chapter in a trilogy of limited edition 10″ releases on Chess Club Recordings comes Mumford & Sons’ new etched 10″, ‘The Cave and the Open Sea’.

Mumford & Sons return to America this March to perform two headline shows in New York and at SXSW. They’ll return with a UK tour in April.

New York
15th Chess Club Records & Neon Gold Night, Brooklyn, Venue TBC
16th Mercury Lounge

18th        Chess Club Showcase at  Friends Bar (1am stage time)
19th Conference Centre (4.30pm) // Hilton Hotel (7pm stage time)
20th Under The Radar Party at Flamingo Cantina (12pm stage time) and Great  Escapepe Showcase at Maggie Mae’s (10pm stage time)
21st Music For Listeners Party (2.30pm stage time)


WankersVertically challenged self appointed Ruler Of The Universe, Bongo Hewson, of  Irish pub rockers U2 has been calling poor little Chris Martin of Coldplay a “w*nker”.

Story here

Rumour has it it was merely yet another  publicity stunt by the wee man, this time  for a new super group, featuring, Martin, Ken Barlow’s son , and that god awful  mewling nasal bloke from The Killers.




Brian (vocals/synth), Andy (bass), Steven (guitar) and John (drums) have been locked up in the studio for the past six months – recording new material and preparing to hit the road as a four piece after the departure of original band mate, Alan, earlier this year.

As Scotland’s  indie popsters are putting their finishing touches to their second album, which they are planning to release later on in the summer,  The Dykeenies have announced that fans can get their hands on a new track for FREE!  The exclusive version of Are You With Me Now can be downloaded from

The Dykeenies are also heading out on a 16 dates UK Tour in March. Here are full dates:
10 March – Exeter – The Cavern
11 March – Brighton – Digital
12 March – Southampton – Talking Heads
13 March – Portsmouth – The Cellars
14 March – Coventry – Kasbah
15 March – Manchester – Moho Live
17 March – London – Underworld
18 March – Derby – Rockhouse
19 March – Leeds – The Cockpit
20 March – Glasgow – QMU – SOLD OUT
21 March – Liverpool – Carling Academy
24 March – Inverness – Ironworks
25 March – Aberdeen – Moshulu
26 March – Dundee – Fat Sams
27 March – Edinburgh – Studio 24 – SOLD OUT
28 March – Newcastle – Carling Academy

Tickets for the shows are available now by logging onto or by calling 08444 999 990.


Local News!



O2 Academy Liverpool

10pm – 2am / £ 2.50 before 11pm / £ 3.50 after

(over 18s only)


THE PARLOR MOB from New Jersey make a  trip to Liverpool after taking the states by storm with their debut album ‘And You Were a Crow’. With their high octane live shows, on stage is where The Parlor Mob shine and the five musical renegades spark a explosive performances with thunderous riffs, thought provoking vocals and a raucous groove. And it’s not just about the live show, Roadrunner have ransacked their store room and will bring along some special merchandise to give away on the night.

Parlour Mob Tour dates as follows

Mar 11 200910:30P
O2 Academy 2 – Revolution Club NightLiverpool, UK
Mar 12 20098:00P
RoadhouseManchester, UK
Mar 13 20098:00P
The Twisted WheelGlasgow, UK
Mar 14 20098:00P
O2 Academy – Subulture Club NightBirmingham, UK
Mar 16 20098:00P
Water RatsLondon, UK
Mar 18 20098:00P
UndergroundCologne, DE



The BBC deny accusations of corporate whoredom with its recent free adverts on behalf of unknown hopefuls,  U2. They promise their usual impartial music coverage will continue as usual next week.



Retro Song Of The Week

“Little Bird By Moose



Moose were a British indie rock band who formed in London in 1990. The original line-up included Russell Yates (guitar, vocals), K.J. “Moose” McKillop (guitar), Damien Warburton (drums), and Jeremy Tishler (bass). After Warburton and Tishler left the band they were replaced with Lincoln Fong (bass), his brother Russell (guitar), and Richard Thomas (drums). Other members have included Mig Moorland (drums) and Mick Conroy (keyboards).

Moose have been credited by some as being the first band to be called “shoegazers” which was inspired by an early gig of theirs at which Russell Yates read lyrics taped to the floor. Moose’s first three EPs, however, are their only releases which feature the intense guitar effects that characterize shoegazing. Beginning with their first full-length album, …”XYZ“, Moose started to lean more towards jangle pop with a slight country-tinge. The album sold poorly, and as a result they were dropped from Hut Records shortly after its release. Within the next few years the band would release two more full-length albums on Play It Again Sam. Despite a strong critical response, Moose’s albums continued to sell few copies. Following the release of their third album, “Live a Little Love a Lot“, Moose took an extended break from music only to return five years later with the release of “High Ball Me!“. “This River Will Never Run Dry” has been featured on the recent Britpop collection “The Brit Box.”


Isa & the Filthy Tongues

“New Town Killers” Video


This single is  available from iTunes etc on 6th April 2009. This video was directed by Richard Jobson ex front man of Scottish Post Punk band THE SKIDS.  The track is the theme song for Richards next feature length movie, “New Town Killers” starring Dougray Scott released in the UK in June 2009.


Wacko Plans UK Dates

And finally modern day “Phantom of The Opera” Wacko Jacko is back announcing shows in the UK. “The Final Curtain”, yeah right! Hmm wonder why not in America? Perhaps he’s about as welcome as OJ Simpson at a domestic violence awareness day ?   Story here

Hello Kiddies

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