SHVPES can now reveal that their debut album, ‘PAIN. JOY. ECSTASY. DESPAIR.’, will be released on October 14th via Search and Destroy / Spinefarm Records.
‘PAIN. JOY. ECSTACY. DESPAIR.’ has been produced by Carl Bown & Jim Pinder (While She Sleeps, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine), and features both ‘God Warrior’ and ‘False Teeth’; these first two tracks to be revealed from SHVPES’ forthcoming album have now been joined by a third, ‘Two Minutes of Hate’ – released as an official single with supporting music video. Watch it HERE,
SHVPES frontman, Griffin, says: “As a concept, this album is about finding the beauty in whatever situation you’re in. Your ability to feel pain/ to feel despair is ultimately what allows you to embrace the feeling of joy or ecstasy. It’s like yin & yang. ‘Pain. Joy. Ecstacy. Despair.’ gave me a platform to expel 24 years’ worth of frustration and turn it into something positive; something I can be proud of and something, I hope, the listener can find solace in.
From our eclectic musical influences to the incredibly personal, vulnerable, yet empowering lyrical content, we’ve managed to create something that is perfectly in balance with our own musical tastes. To be able to put out our most honest work to date, at this point, is a dream come true. There really is something for everyone on this record and we can’t wait for you all to hear it!”
On the live front, SHVPES will be appearing as sole support to ASKING ALEXANDRIA at two very special SOLD OUT UK shows this summer.
Shows guesting with Asking Alexandria are as follows:-
15 – Southampton, Engine Rooms
16 – London, Koko
Stereophonics front man Kelly Jones has exclusively told Virgin Radio that the band’s tenth album will come out next year – their 20th anniversary year.
Jones told Virgin Radio presenter Jon Jackson: “We’ve pretty much finished the tenth album. We’ll start mixing it on the 6 September, when the tour’s finished. I’d like to bring it out next summer or spring time if possible. If it all works out well we’re going to release the tenth studio album on the twentieth year.
“I wouldn’t want to do that with a bunch of memorabilia and B-sides and I don’t want to celebrate one album. I want to keep the band moving forward. It’s sounding good at the minute so I’m looking forward to getting it out there, coming back around and playing the shows again.”
The interview with Kelly Jones will be played out on Virgin Radio this afternoon (Monday 18 July) between 1-4pm, when Jon Jackson will be filling in for regular afternoon presenter Kate Lawler.
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A new Syd Barrett film featuring substantial unreleased footage announced on the 10th anniversary of his passing
Cambridge Live has announced that it is teaming up with the Cambridge Film Trust to premiere a series of films about both Syd Barrett and the Swinging Sixties at the 2016 Cambridge Film Festival, as part of its celebrations of the life and work of Syd Barrett who passed away on the 7th July 2006.
The centre piece will be a film, entitled ‘Get All That Ant?’, a free form documentary filmed by a former school friend and fellow art student of Syd Barrett’s, Anthony Stern.
The documentary feature is made up of film footage, stills and archive footage taken during the 1960s and filmed in Cambridge, London and San Francisco. With the majority of footage having never been seen before, the film includes live performance footage and stills from The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd and Donovan as well as footage of friends and colleagues of Syd Barrett including Iggy Rose, the girl on The Madcap Laughs album sleeve and former girlfriends Libby Gausden and Jenny Spires.
The film will premiere as part of a series of film screenings about Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd on Friday 21st October at the Cambridge Guildhall as part of the 36th Cambridge Film Festival which runs from 20th – 27th October.
In addition to the film premiere, Cambridge Live has teamed up with ISpySydinCambridge.com who are offering Syd Barrett-themed walking tours of Cambridge on the weekend of the concert. Led by former school friends of Syd Barrett, Stephen Pyle and Warren Dosanjh, the tours trace some of the key places in the city relevant to the life of the former Pink Floyd guitarist including his former family home, his school, as well as David Gilmour and Roger Water’s ’s family homes.
The film premiere and walking tours are part of a series of previously announced celebratory events about former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett centered around the unveiling of a piece of public art, commissioned in collaboration with Syd Barrett’s family, on Thursday 27 October inside the Cambridge Corn Exchange (the location of his final ever live performances). Following the art unveiling is a live concert entitled ‘Syd Barrett – A Celebration’ featuring Swedish group Men on the Border backed by the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra, with lighting from original Pink Floyd lighting designer Peter Wynne-Wilson.
Tickets for the fim screenings and the walking tours will be available from www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
Speaking about the premiere of ‘Get All That Ant? Filmmaker Anthony Stern said “The film came about after a diagnosis of Parkinson's encouraged me to make sense of the last fifty years of my life. Delving through my cellar, I found suitcases full of Nagra tapes, film reels and over 7000 still photographs from the period 1963 – 1970. This film is a homage to that time, capturing the dreams, memories and reflections that sprung from a moment when we really thought we could change the world. Fifty years on, I’m starting to think these values are starting to re-emerge”.
Cambridge Live Operations Director Neil Jones said “It’s great to link the world premiere of Anthony Stern’s film to this year’s Cambridge Film Festival. The footage in the film has locked away for over 4 decades and makes for an incredible documentary of the Swinging Sixties by a man who was at the very heart of the scene and captured it all first hand. Along with other films about Syd Barrett it should make for a fantastic evening”.
You'll already be familiar with Imani William’s incredible voice when she featured on Sigala's chart smash 'Say You Do' earlier this year. Now she is releasing her own debut single ‘Don’t Need No Money’ featuring Sigala and Blonde, available now impacting 19th August.
Having reached the top five as a collaborator on ‘Say You Do’, 16 year old Imani Williams is a true pop star in the making. The half Bajan teenager, who attended the Brit School, started dancing at the age of 8 and wrote her first song aged 10. She’s got pop in her veins and has already been compared to the likes of TLC, Rihanna and Ariana Grande.
‘Don’t Need No Money’ is an instant dance classic, and her impressive vocals are clear from the start. With chorus lyrics stating “I don’t need no money, as long as I’ve got you”, the track is a carefree summer love anthem guaranteed to get people dancing around the globe. The track features her previous collaborator Sigala, as well as Blonde who recently topped the UK dance charts with their hit single ‘All Cried Out’.
Imani was discovered at 14 when her singing teacher introduced her to a music management company. They were so impressed that they signed Imani on the spot and she has since spent her time honing her craft writing with top writers and producers from around the world including dance hit makers Sigala, DJ Fresh and Invisible Men (Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora and Nicki Minaj). With outstanding vocal talent and a penchant for creating irresistible melodies this West London pop princess is definitely one to watch.
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At first glance the striking artwork for Bastille’s hugely anticipated second album, ‘Wild World’, may prompt a number of questions. Who are the two individuals balanced precariously above a cityscape? Why are they there? What will happen next? But Dan Smith’s own interpretation of the image is one that runs through many of the songs on Wild World, “To me, the image isn’t about what’s just happened or what happens next,” he begins. “It’s not about how they got there or how they get down. It’s about sharing a moment — two friends existing in that split second in that exact space, two people framed in the vast context of this huge mad metropolis that we’ve all built. They’re there out of choice.”
The London four-piece release their hugely anticipated second album, ‘Wild World’ on 9th September. The album follows the band’s global four million selling, multi-platinum debut, Bad Blood.
The announcement follows a fever pitch build spearheaded by infectious new single ‘Good Grief’, which received an incredible reaction across media and charted as last week’s highest new entry as well as achieving the most week-one streams ever for an alternative single. The surreal video for the track clocked up over half a million views in just 48 hours and the band’s recent triumphant Glastonbury set drew one of the largest crowds of the weekend and was hailed by the NME as “A master-class in how to win Glastonbury.”
Wild World retains the vivid, rich, filmic song-writing of its predecessor but pushes the band’s distinctive sound in exciting new directions. Lyrically, too, it’s a leap forward, “If our first album was about growing up and the anxieties surrounding it” Dan explains, “Our second is about trying to make sense of the world around you, both as you see it and as it’s presented to you through the media. It’s also about asking questions of the world and of the people in it. We wanted the album to be a bit disorientating - at times extroverted and introverted, light and dark.”
Written by Dan Smith and co-produced with Bastille fifth member Mark Crew, Wild World was recorded in the same tiny, South London windowless basement studio where the band recorded its predecessor. It's a collection of fourteen songs (nineteen on the deluxe edition) that sees Bastille at their boldest and most daring. Anthemic yet thought-provoking tracks include the fiery, string-laden, ‘The Currents’, a poignant and timely song that was written about, “Specific public figures on both sides of the Atlantic, and how it can be hard to believe they can think certain thoughts, let alone say them out loud or get on a podium and broadcast them.” As well as the bombastic ‘Send Them Off!’ which boasts the attitude of a classic hip hop song set against the lyrical narrative and insecurities that are part of Bastille’s own DNA, whilst referencing both The Exorcist and Othello. The track exemplifies Dan’s belief in shuffle culture and the end of rigid genre boundaries. There’s also the pensive, stripped back Depeche Mode-esque sound bed for the band’s beautiful album trailer, ‘Two Evils’ which was recorded in one take; As well as the irresistible and rousing ‘Snakes’ and the guitar heavy ‘Blame’, which Dan describes as, “Our first foray into big guitar riffs, in a fictional standoff between two gangsters. ”
But at the heart of it all, there’s a sense of escapism that runs through Wild World and a fascination with the human condition and the relationships we all forge, fight over and sometimes forget. “The world can seem a fucked up place,” Dan concludes. “But people — well, people can be amazing. The relationships you choose to have in your life are the main solace. They’re the things that make life awesome.”
To support the release Bastille announce the, ‘Wild, Wild World Tour’ taking in fourteen Arenas around the UK throughout October and November including a show at London’s O2 Arena. Tickets will be available at the links below. Presale starts Wednesday 6th July @ 9am with General on sale on Friday 8th July @ 9am.
The band continue their run of summer festivals including appearances at T in the Park, V festival, Festival No.6 and Bestival. Dates as below.
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Wild, Wild World Tour
Fri 28 Oct – Bournemouth - BIC
Sat 29 Oct – Plymouth - Pavilions
Mon 31 Oct 2016 – Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena
Tue 01 Nov - London - The O2
Fri 04 Nov – Leeds - First Direct Arena
Sat 05 Nov – Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
Sun 06 Nov – Manchester Arena
Tue 08 Nov – Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena
Sat 12 Nov – Glasgow - The SSE Hydro
Sun 13 Nov – Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena
T In The Park - Perth - 9th July 2016
V Festival - Chelmsford – 20th August 2016
V Festival – Stafford – 21st August 2016
Festival NO.6 - Gwynedd - 2nd September 2016
Bestival - Isle Of Wright - 9th September 2016
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