Welcome Fickle Friends, one of the UK’s most exciting, bubbling bands – and what better way to introduce themselves than with ‘Swim’, both their inaugural single for new label home Polydor and the first track they ever released. Watch the video HERE
The original demo of ‘Swim’ was casually dropped online at the start of 2014 without any expectations attached. A first taster of the band’s buoyant and unapologetically ‘80s-inspired indie-pop, it soon took on a life of its own and became the most blogged track by an unsigned act of 2014.
The 2016 official release of ‘Swim’, co-produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence and The Machine, The Maccabees etc), sees the band come full circle but with added confidence and clarity of vision that could only have been crystalized following two years of road testing. In the time since the original release, Fickle Friends have seen a huge and ever growing following, both online and on stage, and a new home for their music, having signed with Polydor in early 2016.
The band’s songs mix the bounce of Phoenix with the glossy sheen of Haim while ultimately remaining British synth-pop with heart, soul and intelligence. This is underpinned by often deceptively dark lyrics written by Natti, channelling classic themes such as unrequited love through the lens of the detachment and anxiety that can accompany life on the road.
Not one to rest on their laurels, the Brighton-based 5 piece of Natti Shiner [vocals/synth] Chris Hall [guitar], Jack Wilson [keys], Harry Herrington [bass] and Sam Morris [drums]– have since become one of the UK’s hardest working bands. While still unsigned, the band managed to play over 53 festivals around the UK and Europe over the past 2 years, honing their live set to an impeccable standard and accumulating a dedicated following along the way. This was amply demonstrated when they capped off the year with a sold out show at London’s Dingwalls in October, continuing to prove that hard work really does pay off.
It's been just under a year since the release of her debut single 'Grow' saw her win over critics and audiences alike, and now British singer, Frances, releases a new video for 'Don't Worry About Me', out now on Capitol Records. The Video for 'Don't Worry About Me' can be viewed here
The follow-up to her acclaimed single 'Borrowed Time' (co-written with Howard Lawrence from Disclosure), 'Don't Worry About Me' is a stripped-back confessional that sees the artist's voice take centre-stage once again before building to a euphoric and monumental close. Speaking on the track, Frances says "I wrote this song about someone very close to me. It's my way of saying that it's my turn to be strong and brave for them now, just as they have been for me."
Frances released her debut EP 'Grow' on Communion Records in June. Less than a year later and the young artist has solidified her status as one of 2016's fastest rising stars, sweeping up nominations for both the Brits Critics' Choice and BBC Sound of 2016 poll as well as recently selling out a headline show at Union Chapel. Now, after a string of performances at this year's SxSW & Coachella, Frances releases 'Don't Worry About Me' ahead of her first European headline tour this spring, (including a stop at London's KOKO) as well as confirmed appearances at this year's Coachella, Blissfields, Festival No. 6 and Wildlife Festivals.
09/05 - NORWICH - Arts Centre
11/05 - GLASGOW - Oran Mor
13/05 - MANCHESTER - Deaf Institute
15/05 - BIRMINGHAM - Glee Club
16/05 - GATESHEAD - The Sage 2
18/05 - LONDON – KOKO
19/05 – BRIGHTON – The Great Escape (VEVO Stage)
23/05 - BRISTOL - The Lantern
11/06 – BRIGHTON – Wildlife Festival
01/07 – HAMPSHIRE – Blissfields
04/09 – PORTMEIRION – Festival No.6
18/08 – ST POLTEN – Frequency Festival
11/09 – ISLE OF WIGHT - Bestival
The Virginmarys, having recently returned from a successful US tour, have now confirmed a run of headline UK shows for June; the shows, including an appearance at the inaugural Stone Free Festival at the O2 in London, are in support of the Macclesfield trio’s latest studio album, Divides, set for release via Spinefarm Records on May 6th…
“This is an incredibly special tour for us!” says vocalist / guitarist Ally Dickaty. “The ‘Divides’ album tour!! It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to for so long. Our fans always do us proud, they are incredible.”
The band recently unveiled new track, Motherless Land, the video for which is about to be launched; the song – as with previous single, Into Dust – comes from the aforementioned Divides, a 12-track work laced with power, passion & outspoken energy, and produced by the legendary Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, etc.).
THE VIRGINMARYS UK TOUR + FESTIVAL DATES 2016
08/05/16 @ Deaf Institute, Manchester (headline album launch show)
09/05/16 @ Blackheart, London (headline album launch show)
05/06/16 @ Camden Rocks Festival, London. Tickets here.
13/06/16 @ Stereo, Glasgow
14/06/16 @ O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
15/06/16 @ Key Club, Leeds
17/06/16 @ Academy 2, Manchester
18/06/16 @ Stone Free Festival, London. Tickets here.
19/06/16 @ Thekla, Bristol
After the success of the recent epics “Black Mire”, “What If You Fall In” and “Radar”, Lonely The Brave today release an album highlight - the hook-laden, anthemic “Rattlesnakes”, a song premiered last night as a ‘World First’ by the DJ who discovered them, Zane Lowe. As well as the release of “Rattlesnakes”, the band have announced heavy psych act Swedish Death Candy as the main support on their upcoming tour, alongside special guest appearances from Fatherson and Grumble Bee.
“Things Will Matter”, their upcoming second album, marks their first full LP featuring second guitarist Ross Smithwick; the interplay between himself and founding guitarist Mark Trotter adding more depth to an already significant sound. Experimentation and ambition are a key part of a record brimming with ideas – from the pulse behind the minimalist, claustrophobic opener “Wait In The Car” to the cataclysmic post-rock magnificence of closer “Jaws Of Hell”, this is a play-through album. There’s the doomy intensity of comeback track “Black Mire”, through to the hooks David Jakes is already well known for in the anthemic choruses to “Rattlesnakes”, “Dust & Bones” and the aforementioned “Radar”.
Lonely The Brave’s debut, “The Day’s War”, was an album both critically acclaimed and adored by fans, receiving the full 5K’s in a lead Kerrang! review and a similarly glowing two-page lead in Rock Sound. What set Lonely The Brave apart from their peers was how they couldn’t be hemmed into that rock world alone – also picking up accolades from the likes of The Independent, The Telegraph, Mojo and The Guardian and prestigious support slots with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and band favourite Deftones. All of which pointed to a diversity in their sound, a perceived longevity and perception beyond their young years as a band. And a fair one too, the group evoking a classic, alternative-rock sound ahead of others, influenced by the diverse likes of dEUS, Screaming Trees, Mogwai, Defeater, Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam and The National.
STREAM ‘RATTLESNAKES’ HERE
Upcoming live dates:
Full details of UK supports for each show are below:
*Swedish Death Candy
**Swedish Death Candy & Fatherson
26/04/16 - The Lexington, London *** - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
27/04/16 – Moles, Bath * - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
29/04/16 - MK11, Milton Keynes * - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
30/04/16 - Handmade Festival, Leicester - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
17/05/16 - Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa * - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
18/05/16 - The Cavern, Exeter * - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
20/05/16 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge ** - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
23/05/16 – Open, Norwich * - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
24/05/16 - Sub89, Reading * - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
26/05/16 - All Saints Church, London - United Kingdom – BUY TICKETS
27/05/16 - The Riverside, Newcastle Upon-Tyne * - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
28/05/16 - Common People Festival, Southampton - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
08/07/16 - 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
15/07/16 - Truck Festival, Oxford - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
31/07/16 - Y Not Festival, Derbyshire - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
27/08/16 - Anchored To The Sound Festival, Plymouth - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
03/09/16 - Fort Fest, Bedford - United Kingdom - BUY TICKETS
Tickets at: www.lonelythebrave.com
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London indie-punk trio Happy Accidents have got a rather big summer planned, announcing their signing to Alcopop! Records and the forthcoming release of their debut album "You Might Be Right", which will be revealed to the world on 1st July. This accompanies a rather enviable string of tour dates in mainland Europe and a run of UK festivals. Drawing influence from The Thermals, The Pixies, as well as their peers in the UK’s thriving DIY scene, they kick off with a video from the album’s first cut, Leaving Parties Early - which will be released in early April.
If there was one song on the record that could truly define Happy Accidents, this new single would be the one. With sugar-coated choruses and ‘four to the floor’ disco drums, the band’s sonic urgency may speak volumes on its own; but the disparity between the music and the lyrics showcases the great dichotomy of Happy Accidents. Dealing with matters such as anxiety and societal pressures, the song raises questions of identity within the context of attending parties where 'you don’t quite know if you fit in'. This contrast runs throughout the record, with the band pairing introspective lyrics with the biggest hooks they can muster. Rich from the band elaborates on the track:-
“Leaving Parties Early is about the coping mechanisms I go through when put into situations where I’m not completely comfortable. I wrote it after coming home from another terrible club night, trying my best to have a great time, while simultaneously never entertaining the idea that it might just not be for me. It was all part of learning that it’s okay to have a different idea of fun to those who surround us, and that personal preference is a wonderful thing!”
Formed by brothers Rich and Neil Mandell and Phoebe Cross back in 2014, Happy Accidents craft the kind of earworms that will be rattling round your head for months to come – fusing their deep-seated love of 90s punk and indie, whilst still managing to sound as fresh as any of their contemporaries. Quickly making a name for themselves in DIY punk circles, they’ve shared stages with the likes of The Front Bottoms, Martha, Muncie Girls, and countless others.
Following the positive reception to their self-released EP, the band took the collective decision to move beyond the home recording equipment and travelled to Leeds’ Greenmount Studios to record their all-important first album. The result is 30 minutes that neatly encapsulates what the band is all about. Packed with effervescent hook-laden melodies, bouncing bass lines and choruses to live for - this is intelligent, immediate pop. But dig a little deeper into Rich’s self-effacing lyrics and you’ll see there’s a more intensely personal edge to their output.
Though intensely personal, the album’s charismatic delivery and witty turn of phrase effortlessly turns these tales of personal struggle into a triumphant affair. With Rich noting that “It’s a record about overcoming the times where uncertainty is too much to handle, which is why we called it ‘You Might Be Right, there’s still a bit of ambiguity there, but optimism wins out in the end”.
It’s in this fine balance where Happy Accidents find their strength. By interweaving day-to-day difficulties with addictive pop hits, the album truly comes alive – transcending an undeniably exceptional pop record, to become something a little bit more special. You Might be Right will sneak into your consciousness from the first listen, like it or not!
TOUR DATES -
13th - Lille, FR - L’Imposture
14th - Diest, BE - JH Tijl
15th - Castricum, NL - De Bakkerij
16th - El Topo Goes Loco Festival, BE
30th - Leicester - Handmade Fest
14th May - Sheffield - Hagglers Corner
8th July – Cheltenham - 2000 Trees Festival
17th July – Oxfordshire – Truck Festival
13th Aug - Scene Better Days Fest (Leeds)
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