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Tim Wheeler, perhaps best known as the frontman of veteran Northern Irish band Ash, has announced a short list of UK tour dates to support his upcoming first-ever solo album ‘Lost Domain’ on Sony Red.
Set for release on the 3rd of November, the album is a tribute to Wheeler’s father, whom Wheeler recently lost to dementia. A portion of the album’s sale proceeds will be donated to The Alzheimer’s Society. VIP tickets for the following shows are available now via Wheeler’s PledgeMusic campaign. General admission tickets for the London and Manchester dates are also available now.
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – London Bush Hall
Wednesday 5th November 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Thursday 6th November 2014 – Glasgow ABC
Friday 7th November 2014 – Belfast Oh Yeah Centre
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 9th September 2014 at 6:00 pm
London band Duologue released their second album ‘Never Get Lost’ this week, and here is the promo video for the first song on the album. ‘Memex’ is a soft, contemplative number, taking full advantage of frontman Tim Digby-Bell’s oft ethereal singing style and pairing it with a dramatic, not to mention beautiful study of the human body as the song slowly burns towards an electro-flavoured climax. Watch the video below.
Header photo by Leigh Burnette
Chesapeake, Virginia six-piece band The Last Bison are set to release their 3rd studio album, ‘VA’ (as in the American postal abbreviation for the state of Virginia), on the 30th of September via Media House Music. The group released their first album, 2011’s ‘Quill’, independently before signing to Universal Republic Records for their 2013 release ‘Inheritance’. ‘VA’ finds The Last Bison harkening back to their earlier independence, self-producing the songs they recorded in an old A-frame cottage near southern Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp.
The sheer number of members in their band allows The Last Bison to create a uniquely lush, richly-textured sonic backdrop for its otherwise very basic folk-pop tunes. Their latest single, ‘Bad Country’ would seem to be a perfect fit for radio, with its uplifting optimism, soaring string arrangement and melodically memorable chorus, “I feel the wind blowing south again to the bad country / so it begins, we’re going down again to the bad country”. Frontman Ben Hardesty’s gritty singing voice has just the right balance of warmth and traction to make the song’s emotion feel authentic.
The true outstanding moment in ‘Bad Country’ is its anthemic and evocative bridge section, “scorched by the blazing sun / burnt to the falls we run / into the dark we dive / coming alive”. Maybe it’s my own recent move to the American Southwest, but to my ear, the backing vocals sound like eerie canyon echoes, bringing to mind imagery of treacherous mountains and rough desert terrain.
Earlier single ‘Every Time’ (which can also be found on the band’s Soundcloud page) is more traditionally folk-flavoured, but with powerful tribal percussion rhythms and strong backing vocals punctuating the verses. The insistent repeated lyrics in the chorus, “every time I look back / you were standing there / casually aware of me”, along with the dramatic and unrelenting percussion drive the song perpetually forward. The dynamic contrast and instrumental variation in the far-too-brief bridge section whets the appetite for more potential sonic brilliance on the full album.
For an even more tempting taste of what The Last Bison have to offer, check out their video trailer for ‘VA’, filmed at their rustic and secluded recording studio, just below.
Dance pop songstress Katy B’s second album ‘Little Red’ went straight to #1 on its release in back February, and she quickly followed that success with a sold out headline tour in March. She has recently announced a new set of headline dates for October featuring special guest Becky Hill. Tickets for the following dates are available now.
Saturday 18th October 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 19th October 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Monday 20th October 2014 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Tuesday 21st October 2014 – Bournemouth Academy
Thursday 23rd October 2014 – London Roundhouse
Friday 24th October 2014 – Bristol Academy
Saturday 25th October 2014 – Manchester Academy
Monday 27th October 2014 – Leeds Academy
Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Soulful crooner Sam Smith has just announced a new string of UK tour dates to follow on his sold out autumn tours in the UK and North America. His debut album ‘In the Lonely Hour’ has just hit #1 on the UK charts for the second time on the success of singles ‘Stay With Me’ and recent TGTF Video of the Moment feature ‘I’m Not The Only One’.
Smith’s ‘In the Lonely Hour Tour 2015′ will include doubled-up dates at each venue, and tickets are sure to sell quickly. The following shows will go on sale this Friday, the 12th of September, at 9 AM.
Monday 16th March 2015 – Glasgow Academy
Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Glasgow Academy
Thursday 19th March 2015 – Manchester Apollo
Friday 20th March 2015 – Manchester Apollo
Sunday 22nd March 2015 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Monday 23rd March 2015 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Wednesday 25th March 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Thursday 26th March 2015 – London Brixton Academy
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 8th September 2014 at 6:00 pm
New York’s Cymbals Eat Guitars recently released their third album ‘LOSE’ on Tough Love Records. Here is the promo for single ‘Laramie’, which visually contrasts late nights driving around the Mid-Atlantic with carefree days at the beach. Bassist Matt Whipple says of the video:
Our friend Milton Ladd is an awesomely talented artist and filmmaker who we were really keen to work with after seeing the videos he has done for Zambri and Hooray For Earth. It also gave us an excuse to hang out, build a huge rain machine on the roof of Joe’s car and drive around New Jersey getting stared at. It was a great time.
Watch the video below.
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