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17 October 2014

Antoinette release preview of new single Avalanche

Antoinette new single Avalanche

Antoinette release preview of new single Avalanche

Hailing from the South West of England, today we introduce post metalcore quintet, ANTOINETTE. With a new EP on the horizon, featuring a killer new single starring SiKth vocalist Justin Hill, these guys clearly already have a lot to shout about. 

Bringing a fresh new vibe to the scene, their next release is definitely a major step up for the band, who took a much more methodical approach when writing their new record. It’s a lot heavier and a lot more energetic then their debut EP, as the songwriting owns a more mature sound.

For fans of The Devil Wears Prada and Alexisonfire, ANTOINETTE’s influences vary but own a modern British metalcore twist throughout. 

ANTOINETTE are:

Benjamin Jones: Vocals
Joe Duxberry: Guitar and Vocals
Andrew Wilson: Guitar
Sam Sara: Bass
Thomas Shrimpton: Drums

Listen to a preview of their track 'Avalanche', taken from their new EP 'Renassiance' below: 

Get Ready To Go Crazy For The Kut's I Want You Maniac

The Kut I Want You Maniac

Get Ready To Go Crazy For The Kut's I Want You Maniac

London's Basement Rock Trio The Kut have unveiled that they will be releasing a Halloween single on Monday October 20th. Entitled 'I Want You Maniac', the track was produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / Sonic Boom Six / My Vitriol). I Want You Maniac is an upbeat, grunge fused horror-rock track with a suitably spooky themed supporting video.

Vocalist Maha commented that:
We’ve always wanted to put out a Halloween single, it’s always been our rock Christmas, and I Want You Maniac was the right track for us to celebrate it with... It’s been awesome working with James in the studio again, and the video was a lot of fun to make as well… We envisioned it as a zombie version of pet cemetery, it’s a bit scary

The band will also be playing a headliner at the suitably named Black Heart, Camden on November 4th in aid of the single's release. This will follow their newly confirmed slot on Camden's Nightmare Festival on November 1st and their Halloween date at The Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe on October 31st.

-'I Want You Maniac' is out 20th October
-‘Make Up' was released via Criminal Records on 18th August 2014

Vaults Debut New Single Vultures

Vaults New Single Vultures

Vaults Debut New Single Vultures

London three-piece VAULTS recently premiered their new single "Vultures" on Nylon.com. You can take a listen to the song here.

The track will be included on their forthcoming Vultures EP [Republic Records] out digitally at iTunes and all online partners starting November 9th.

As soon as "Vultures" debuted, it stirred up unanimous press praise and acclaim. Nylon claimed VAULTS have "already earned their place as a band to watch" and that "this is just the beginning for the London-based trio", while Stereogum described the track as "one of those songs that sounds as big as the sky, a pulsating, dramatic widescreen epic". My Old Kentucky Blog dubbed it a "precisely crafted pop-tune with full intention to connect to the masses".

Moreover, other tastemakers have raved about the group. NME called them "a band with the whiff of big things ahead. Better get used to hearing it", Earmilk extolled them as "Dark pop at its finest", and Consequence of Sound wrote, "VAULTS seem to have struck gold".

"Vultures" takes flight on haunting synth reverberations and elegant, eloquent, and entrancing vocals. Its magnificent melody belies its depth and darkness. The EP also features "Poison", "Mend This Love", and more, showcasing multiple facets of this alternative pop enigma.

VAULTS first emerged at the end of 2013 with their viral single "Cry No More". They built an incredible following online in D.I.Y. fashion and scored a deal with Virgin/EMI in the UK. During late 2014, they signed with Republic Records in the United States.

Vultures lands on November 9.

Vultures EP Tracklisting:
1. Vultures
2. Poison
3. Mend This Love
4. Vultures (Maya Jane Coles remix

Chicago born Jack Kovacs to release debut EP The State Line

Chicago Jack Kovacs debut EP The State Line

Chicago born Jack Kovacs to release debut EP The State Line

Chicago born Jack Kovacs is a force to be reckoned with on his debut EP "The State Line," due out on October 21st, 2014. A Los Angeles transplant, Jack left the City of Broad Shoulders for the City of Angeles to study guitar performance at the University of Southern California. It was in the midst of musical learning and discovery that his world was opened up to the art of songwriting, forever changing the course of his dreams. His breathtaking, cinematic stories come to life with an experimental edge that makes beautiful use of arrangement and dynamics, effortlessly pulling inspiration from the singer/songwriters of the1970's and today. With Jack counting his influences among iconic artists like Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, as well as Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver; it's easy to understand where the emotional sensibilities originate from. Self produced alongside Tim Kobza, his 2014 release, "The State Line" is full of layered harmonies and present storytelling, designed to connect to the heart and soul of each and every listener.

From the first note, opening track "State Line" is incandescently reminiscent. A song that was inspired by Jack's courage to leave behind everything he knew to follow a dream, you can feel the timidity and uncertainty echoing from each guitar riff and subtle vocal turn. The song is about "the unexpected journey that life sometimes calls you into, in spite of promises you made or visions of your own future," and Jack captures that perfectly. Not to mention the combination of vocalist Huxlee's soaring and soft voice, which collides in perfect cohesion with Jack's warm and personal style, brings the listener that much closer to the music. The playful "Jenny" is an almost autobiographical look into the process of falling in love. The rich and layered arrangement give breath to the youthful and giddy emotions often associated with puppy love, and as the song grows and expands, so does the depth of the feelings.  A toe tapping rhythmic intimacy and rolling piano build a full scale exploration of the journey, concluding with an epic collision of guitars and drums. 

On the harrowingly cryptic "The Empty House," Jack dives deep into the pool of cinematic music. Pulled from the emotional aspects of loss, horror and tragedy, the track inspires a pall of dread with the layers of vocals. Male and female voices (provided by Huxlee, who sings throughout the EP) intertwine together in quiet reverie, while Jack’s hypnotic guitar playing underscores their tale. The lyrics give only the sparest details to invoke a sense of mystery and fear. There's a hauntingly intriguing pull to the song that wraps around the listener, leaving them riveted to the conclusion. The sparse "At Sea" allows the drifting wanderer to find solace in the light of the sun. Of the song itself, Jack says "… the end of the song's journey is not in finding the shores of purpose and meaning, but rather exploring the great nothing with that beautiful light, and the space that is left for dreaming." Recorded with just a microphone, a guitar, and his own voice, it remains a track based entirely in storytelling as it exposes the root of it's creation. Beautiful and languid, it gives hope and shelter to all those seeking their own path. The beautiful opening vocals on "Song of the Summer," which also serves as the EP's first single, allow you to feel those quiet summer days of the past echoing through the guitar riffs and building, expansive chorus. It boarders on the new, woodsier trend in indie rock, though still captures the 1970's feel of carefree abandon that is fluent in so much of Jack's music. The track stands as an ode to all of those summer time anthems from your youth, and the memories that immediately attach themselves to the melody when you hear it.

All Day Benefit Concert featuring stars of the Scottish music scene

All Day Benefit Concert Scottish music scene

All Day Benefit Concert featuring stars of the Scottish music scene

Celebrating five years as a band, Different Circle Record's signing DAVE HUGHES and THE RFPB are headlining a charity benefit concert in Glasgow at The Old Hairdressers on Sunday the 26th of October.

The concert will feature many stars of the Scottish music scene including Algernon Doll (Struggletown, Badge of Friendship), Chris Devotion (Armellodie Records), and Mark McCabe (Cat's Aye! Records). The line-up is curated by Dave and the RFPB and brings together many acts that have shared bills and concerts with them over the years.

Dave says "We realised that we had been, for better or worse, together as the RFPB longer than most of our other past bands had survived and it would be a good occasion to have a party. And if we can raise some money for a great cause then all the better". Profits from the day will go to the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Tickets are onsale now through Brown paper tickets: http://five-year-rfpb.bpt.me

"We're also well aware that many of the acts who have agreed to play have gone on to greater artistic and critical success than ourselves, so there is a large amount of hubris and ill-advised ego attached to headlining the event", he continues, "but what the hell, it's our party and we'll headline if we want to".

Prior to the all day benefit, the RFPB hit the Scottish Highway to play shows in Dundee (Cerberus, 24th October) and Inverness (The Eagle Inn, 25th October).

"With clear shades of The Pogues, The La's and Springsteen, they are clearly doing plenty right" - Kerrang

Dave Hughes and the RFPB are an amped up punk rock political folk band from Glasgow, not that dissimiliar to the Dropkick Murphies, The Levellers and The Clash. They have toured all over the UK including high profile shows at the Barrowlands, King Tuts, 2000 Trees Festival, Rebellion Festival and Guilfest. Dave has carried out successful solo tours of the Netherlands, Germany and East Coast of the USA. Their latest album "Doctors and Dates" is out now via Different Circle records and available online through all major stockists.

16 October 2014

Ed Prosek Reveals Video for Hold On Tight

Ed Prosek Video for Hold On Tight

Ed Prosek Reveals Video for Hold On Tight

Californian singer-songwriter Ed Prosek is an artist of striking talent. His intimate vocals and songs of honesty, introspection and worldly observation set him apart from other young songwriters, combining a musical beauty and individual sense of arrangement with powerful and emotive lyricism to create music that is truly undeniable in every sense of the word.

The son of an opera composer, Ed Prosek’s journey to becoming a folk-pop songwriter is one firmly routed in the classical world. A former student of the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ed left his native California for the south coast of England in 2011, emerging to critical acclaim in 2012 with his debut EP, ‘California’, a demonstration of Ed’s prowess as not only a conventional songwriter but as an arranger and band leader that belie his youth. Immediately gaining a strong online presence, Ed’s cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Homeward Bound’ was the soundtrack to Cathedral City’s major TV advertising campaign, bringing Ed and his music to the national audience in a direct fashion.  A subsequent self-released EP and continuous live presence in Brighton and London as well as tours to Germany and the West Coast of America have seen Ed’s fanbase and online presence grow quickly, grabbing the attention of world famous producer, Rupert Hine, who subsequently signed him as a songwriter to BMG Chrysalis/Auditorius in early 2014.

The search for a ‘home’ is an ever present theme in Ed’s music, often reflecting on his father’s experience of fleeing his home in Czechoslovakia during the Soviet Union and traveling the world as a refugee in the early 80’s. In Brighton, however, Ed seems to have finally set down roots, and with his band (ranging from an eight piece ensemble, including string quartet, down to solo), and his closely knit team, he is poised to have a big impact on the UK’s music scene in the coming months and years.

Ed’s new single ‘Hold On Tight’ reflects upon his journey both as a musician and young man, the struggle to survive and the people who come together to make such things possible. The song is an energy driven folk pop ballad, with an infectiously catchy hook and chorus, showcasing the best of Ed’s song-writing and voice. The single precedes the forthcoming ‘Riverbed’ EP due in mid November with tour dates across the UK to support the release.

Tour Dates

17th Oct – Scandinavian Church – Liverpool
22nd Oct – Bear Pit Theatre – Stratford Upon Avon Music Festival
23rd Oct – Big Comfy Bookshop – Coventry
30th Oct – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh
31st Oct – Newton Arms – Newton Hill
1st Nov – Live At Captain Tom’s Aberdeen.
16th Nov – Bleach – Brighton EP Launch Party

Laura Stevenson announces UK shows

Laura Stevenson UK shows

Laura Stevenson announces UK shows

Laura Stevenson has announced her first full-band UK/EU tour for three years, taking place this November and December. As well as 2 London dates, the tour includes her first ever shows in Ireland, Croatia and Denmark. The tour follows Laura's recent album, 'Wheel', which was produced by Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus, Frightened Rabbit, Real Estate) and features strings from Grammy award winning Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony And The Johnsons) and brass from Kelly Pratt (Beirut, Arcade Fire, David Byrne and St. Vincent). A full list of dates are below, with tickets available from www.laurastevenson.net.

25 Nov – Prague, CZ @ Podnik
26 Nov – Plzen, CZ @ Ondel Music Bar
27 Nov – Berlin, Germany @ Schokoladen
29 Nov – Copenhagen, DK @ Huset KBH
30 Nov – Aalborg, DK @ 1000FRYD
2 Dec – Mainz, Germany @ Kulturcafe
3 Dec – Oberhausen, Germany @ Druckluft
4 Dec – Duisburg, Germany @ Steinbruch
5 Dec – TBA, Belgium @ TBA
6 Dec – London, UK @ Birthdays
7 Dec – Basingstoke, UK @ Sanctuary
8 Dec – Derby, UK @ The Victor Inn
9 Dec – Edinburgh, Scotland UK @ Electric Circus
10 Dec – Glasgow, Scotland UK @ Audio
11 Dec – Belfast, Northern Ireland @ SUB
12 Dec – Dublin, Ireland @ Fibber Magees
13 Dec – Exeter, UK @ The Cavern
14 Dec – Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
15 Dec – London, UK @ Windmill Brixton
16 Dec – Cambridge, UK @ Portland Arms
17 Dec – Paris, France @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
18 Dec – Nyon, Switzerland @ La Parenthese
20 Dec – Milan, Italy @ Live Forum
21 Dec – Zagerb, Croatia @ Mochvara
22 Dec – Graz, Austria @ Sub


Calvin Harris releases new video for Slow Acid

Calvin Harris new video Slow Acid

Calvin Harris releases new video for Slow Acid

From the hotly anticipated forthcoming album 'Motion', CALVIN HARRIS today unleashes the video for 'Slow Acid'; a hard instrumental track which showcases Calvin's unstoppable production talent and is available now on iTunes and Amazon when pre-ordering the album.

'Motion will be released 3rd November 2014 and features a myriad of remarkable chart-topping artists including Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani, Haim, Tinashe, Big Sean, Hurts, John Newman, Firebeatz and R3hab. The album follows Calvin's already stellar year where he has broken a number of Spotify world records, achieved two #1 hit singles and stormed live dates across the globe.

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