Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Music engine 29/4-14
What fun we had tonight with my guests
Raining Globe. Talking about their new album and local music in general. Top band go find go fourth !!!
Guest -Raining Globe
Feel The Sun
The Things I should Of Said
download on website. Www.rainingglobe.co.uk
Featured Artist -Louise Distras
Love Me The Way I Am
Follow You Home -Eyes wide open
I heart Sharks -To Be Young
Heather Peace -We Can Change
Barstow Bats -Play Piano
The Taskers -Hogs From Hell
Prolly & The Billets Doux -Money Tree
The Ree-Vahs -Geordieland
Jules Rendell-The Lotus Room
Bill Parton Trio -Going Away
Frontere -Okace Called Home
Just like Giants -Take it back
Sumer-Cat & Mouse
The Cliftones -Hard Gound
Kyan Blackwood-moving on
Letthemusicplay -In The Beginning
One Four Thirties -Top Of The World
FTLOM -Thank You
Follow You Home - Eyes Wide Open. May 5th release.
From their debut album 'If It Kills Me', Out Now.
Follow You Home was formed in December 2010 in Derby and is a collective group that draw inspiration from guitar-based bands (as you might expect from a bunch who were born just a stone’s throw from the spiritual home of rock that is Castle Donington) and while they all have a passion for various genres, the likes of Alexisonfire, Brand New, Alkaline Trio and Bayside in particular spur them on to make a noise all of their very own.
Opting to write about real life, the quintet craft refreshingly honest songs that have earned them an ever-growing army of supporters who find solace in their sonic soothsaying.
“Sometimes the world is an ugly, f*cked up place and that needs to be reflected on,” says Rich. “It’s not all doom and gloom though, we like to think that people can relate to our lyrics and draw hope and inspiration from them.”
Firm believers in paying their dues, Follow You Home have taken their musical manifesto to the streets of the UK and, like all the great bands before them, completing several highly successful headline tours as well as supporting the likes of Sum 41, The Starting Line, Pure Love, Lostalone, Sonic Boom Six and many more!
In October 2013 the band released their debut album ‘If It kills Me’ which was funded by their every growing army of fans via Pledgemusic. The band were blown away by the response reaching 100% in just a few hours and finishing the campaign on a staggering 370%
The album features several tracks that have already received fantastic press with the videos ‘Save Yourself’ and ‘Playing With Fire’ already being featured heavily on Kerrang TV, Kerrang Radio and Scuzz TV.
The band have also been featured in several mainstream UK publications such as Rocksound and Big cheese.
2014 is set to be a big year for the band with a stream of live shows in the planner and new singles due out in May. The journey has only just begun!
'Follow You Home's debut is catchy in all the right places, while singer Kayley Busby spits her melodic rage with aplomb.'- Rock Sound
'Very original, very unique, and for a young band, really tight' - Matt Stocks (Kerrang! Radio)
'Melodic rock with balls and attitude'- Big Cheese
''Playing With Fire' is a sharp slice of attitude that demands attention.' - Rock Sound
Barstow Bats - Play Piano - out May 4th
They headline King Tut's, Glasgow on Saturday April 19th.
Barstow Bats have already opened the main stage at Wickerman Festival, played to a packed Comlongon Rocks and headlined the Dumfries Music Conference, supported by Honeyblood & Hector Bizerk.
Steered by song writing duo Andrew Rendall and Steven McKie, and powered by the magnetic rhythms of Barry Gemmell (bass) and Daniel Wynne (drums), the four piece know exactly where they’re going.
With all the steel and rootsiness you’d expect from a bunch of Scottish lads and the bohemian style you perhaps wouldn’t, their sound has influences from across the last 50 years. Yet there’s an undeniable and brilliantly stirring Barstow sound – that ranges from the irresistibly catchy to the enchantingly dark and distant.
The group, who signed to independent label Smart Indie mid 2013, will release their debut E.P on May 4th. Label owners, Phil & Rob: “We were drawn to the quality of the song writing. Lennon and McCartney is perhaps a bit over the top but we definitely saw something in the McKie and Rendall partnership.”
It’s a partnership that can be traced back to the earliest school days – an understanding that’s grown on scrappy football pitches, across pub pool tables and in smoky rehearsal rooms. Gemmell and Wynne, having performed in various bands over the last decade, are the perfect musical foil.
With a bagful of songs and maturity in their musicianship, the foursome have established themselves in a frighteningly short space of time.
But this is just the beginning. Expect more. “Buy the ticket, take the ride… and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well… maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”
NEW ALBUM “THE THIN LINE” & SINGLE "WE CAN CHANGE"
RELEASED JUNE 9th 2014
Heather Peace has announced that the follow up to her 2012 debut Fairytales will be called The Thin Line. A release date is set for Monday 9th June on her own label Kaleidoscope Records with label services via Absolute Marketing & Distribution Ltd.
Set to mark her arrival as an exciting new musical talent to a wider audience than ever before, The Thin Line is a soulful, organic pop gem that incorporates Heather’s love of 60’s girl groups, Motown and 80’s pop. It rightly puts her rich, soaring vocals at the fore against a backdrop of lush pop strings, melodic piano riffs and fat basslines.
An actress for 16 years, Heather recently left her role in BBC One drama Waterloo Road to make the album. She said: “Music has been my first love since I began singing in church and taking piano lessons at five years old, but this is the first time I’ve felt confident enough to take a break from acting to give it my full attention. As soon as I was free from learning lines and a 12 hour day filming schedule, the songs flowed and I’m over the moon with how it sounds.”
Produced by James Lewis (Arctic Monkeys, Superfood), the album was mostly recorded live then overlaid with brass sections, strings (by Cliff Masterson – Emeli Sande, Leona Lewis) and drenched in massive backing vocal harmonies from Heather.
Says Heather, “I love Dusty Springfield and 60’s girl groups and from the beginning James and I knew we wanted an album that was recorded in homage to Spector’s Wall Of Sound. We wanted big songs with passion and grit and lots of harmonies. I spent almost a day picking the perfect vocal mic and then it took me almost two weeks to arrange and then record the backing vocals that really bring the record alive.”
As with Fairytales, Heather wrote all of the songs on The Thin Line but this time there are three co-writes with her friend Shelly Poole (Sophie Ellis Bexter, Bo Bruce), one with her guitarist Michael Clancy and one with Scottish singer/songwriter Michelle Sloan.
The full tracklisting is as follows:
The Thin Line (Peace)
No Mercy (Peace/ S.Poole)
Dance With The Devil (Peace)
In My Arms (Peace/ S.Poole)
We Can Change (Peace/ S.Poole)
Forever Drowning (Peace)
House For Your Broken Heart (Peace)
Lily (Peace/ Clancy)
Love Affair With Misery (Peace/ Sloan)
I Pick Flowers (Peace)
News of The Thin Line’s release date and artwork Trended for three hours on Twitter, such is the anticipation from her fiercely loyal fans. Said Heather; “As an independent artist, I’m so grateful and amazed by the support I have from my fans. They’ve supported me from the beginning and without them I wouldn’t have come this far.”
Heather will perform at various festivals throughout the summer before touring with her full band in October. Full live dates here: www.heatherpeace.com/live-dates
The Thin Line will be released on June 9th. Pre-ordering is available now from http://www.heatherpeace.com
Details of the album’s first single will be released soon but fans can download, Lily, a free track from Monday 14th April from http://www.heatherpeace.com
ARTIST: LOUISE DISTRAS
TITLE: “Love Me The Way I Am / Bullets”
FORMAT: Double A Side Single - Downloadable / Limited Edition Vinyl
OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: 12/05/2014
LABEL: STREET REVOLUTION RECORDS
Bold, brainy and ballsy, Louise Distras represents nothing less than the rebirth of British punk, reinvented for a new generation. She’s taking the UK, Europe, Canada and soon America by storm.
For a world grown exhausted of Simon Cowell’s X Factor synth-pop, Louise might be too incandescent, all too real. But you know what? She couldn’t care less.
The Guardian said Louise Distras is putting punk and protest back into the mainstream, and she's trumpeted as the natural successor to Billy Bragg, Joe Strummer and the UK’s answer to Joan Jett.
But insists: “I don’t view myself as a protest singer, I view myself as a young woman passing on the message for the next generation.”
And that message is spelt out vividly on her brand new double A side single "Love Me the Way I Am/ Bullets", released May 12th via Street Revolution Records. Both tracks are taken from 'Dreams from the Factory Floor', Louise's critically acclaimed debut album released September 2013, that received rave reviews from some of the most respected areas of the UK press such as The Guardian, Total Rock, Big Cheese Magazine, and BBC Radio 1 to name a few. Both tracks also feature Mick Talbot from Style Council / Dexys.
Last summer saw Louise Distras trading songs with Billy Bragg at Glastonbury Festival, supporting New Model Army, UK SUBS and touring mainland Europe with Street Dogs, US Bombs,Cocksparrer and an extensive Canadian tour with The Mahones and you can bet your last fiver that you’ll be seeing a lot more of this talented song-smith in the not too distant future. Most likely hitchhiking, guitar slung over her shoulder on the way to a town near you!
“Louise is putting punk and protest back into the mainstream” – The Guardian
Impassioned anthems, songs of love and fury…great melodies and a searing lyrical clarity that marks Louise Distras as the best upcoming singer we have. JOHN ROBB – Louder Than War.
Fist raising violent poetry, a leading light in the current music scene an incredible debut album. –MUDKISS FANZINE
LOVE ME THE WAY I AM - 2:54
BULLETS – 2:45
LOVE ME THE WAY I AM (ALTERNATIVE UNPLUGGED PIANO VERSION) – 2:52
FOR TIME WITH LOUISE DISTRAS- CONTACT – RHYS.B - PROMO@MARTIANPR.COM - 07967421928
WWW.LOUISEDISTRAS.CO.UK / WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LOUISEDISTRAS / @LOUISEDISTRAS
10/10! - SLAM MAGAZINE
10/10- INDEPENDENT MUSIC NEWS
8/10 - CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE
8/10 - OWN BLOOD MAGAZINE
5/5 - NEW NOISE MAGAZINE
4/5 - R2 (ROCK & REEL) MAGAZINE
LIVE DATES ( UK AND EUROPE )
22 March-Melkweg, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
19 April-Endless Pain Tattoo Festival @ Markthalle, Hamburg (Germany)
20 April-Endless Pain Tattoo Festival Afterparty @ King, Hamburg (Germany)
22 April-Kulturbrucken Jungbusch, Mannheim (Germany)
24 April-ISC Club, Bern (Switzerland)
25 April-Prokontra, Hohenems (Austria)
26 April-Bar Irreal, Aulendorf (Germany)
27 April-Cross Club, Prague (Czech Republic)
28 April-Club Pamela, Torun (Poland)
1 May-Myfest, Berlin (Germany)
2 May-Gladhouse, Cottbus (Germany)
8 May-Mello Mello, Liverpool (UK)
9 May-Wharf Chambers, Leeds (UK)
23 May-Strummercamp Festival, Manchester (UK)
24 May-Bearded Theory Festival, Derby (UK)
25 May-Nice & Sleazy Festival, Morecambe (UK)
30 May-Ruhrpott Rodeo Festival, Hunxe (Germany)
20 July-Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Tolpuddle (UK)
24 July – Le Bonk, Helsinki (Finland)
25 July-Työväen Musiikkitapahtuma. Valkeakoski, (Finland)
26 July- Karma Rock Festival- Harjavalta, (Finland)
7-10 August – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool (UK)
14 September-Walfisch, Freiburg (Germany)
21 September-Undercover Festival, Bisley (UK)
12 December-Polish Club, Barnsley (UK)
OVER THE PAST YEAR, LOUISE DISTRAS HAS GIGGED AND TOURED WITH… New Model Army, Billy Bragg, TV Smith, The Mahones, Street Dogs, Cocksparrer, US Bombs, UK SUBS, Vice Squad, 999, Peter and the Test Tube Babie, Tim Barry, Kevin Seconds and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Rebellion, Bearded Theory, Strummercamp, Essen Openair and Riez Open Air to name a few.
Single: ‘Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same’
LABEL: Weird Smiling
“Brims with the bravado and naivety of youth” – NME
“These Guys Are Bona-Fide” – The Line Of Best Fit
“Out of the haze, few really stand out but - given what we've heard thus far - Happyness might just be able to do that.” – Clash
Taken from their forthcoming debut album - “Weird Little Birthday” – Happyness release their new single “Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same” on June 9th.
Following on from the critically acclaimed eponymous debut EP at the beginning of this year, “Great Minds” details the band’s willful preference for dogs over humans (I know…).
Recorded in the band’s own Jelly Boy Studios, after a brief session in an abandoned church was cut short by the bitter cold and an unconvinced congregation of the dead, the single was mixed by Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Daniel Johnston) and prominently features a synth leant to the band by Ed Harcourt.
'To Be Young’ is the lead track from the EP of the same name by I Heart Sharks. Their new album 'Anthems' is coming later this summer. The track captures the exact point between optimism and melancholy in a sober look at how we worry about wasting our youth. I Heart Sharks are escapism in it’s purest form, creators of daringly ambitious pop music to violently tear you from the dreary quotidian and throw you into a world where every day is summer. Their second album which will be their first realise on Island Records is a huge step up after their self made and fan-funded independently released first album; ‘Summer’. The new album was recorded with Hurts producer Joseph Cross in a disused textile mill in Manchester and the former GDR radio HQ in Berlin.
SHOTGUN – THE NEW SINGLE
COINCIDES WITH NATIONWIDE ACOUSTIC TOUR
RELEASED MAY 24, 2014
For pop’s newest boy band, 2014 has got off to quite a start. A sold out UK tour that saw queues around many blocks, and another Top 40 single with Fame & TV showed yet again how those M.A.D boys are spreading their infectious likeability.
Now the first signs of Spring are here, the boys announce their new single, Shotgun, another charged up pop guitar anthem you can’t help put your hands up in the air.
Released on May 24th, the single coincides with their 18-city UK tour that starts 4th May in Portsmouth. With lyrics like “Ray-Bans on, Beach Boys on the stereo” this is a feel good summer anthem.
Wind the windows down and crank it up!
M.A.D May 2014 UK Tour Dates
4th May Portsmouth Cellars
5th May Kingston Fighting Cocks
6th May Brighton Bermuda Triangle
7th May Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
9th May Winchester Railway
11th May Bristol Thekla
12th May Aberdeen Tunnels
13th May Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
15th May Glasgow Audio
16th May Newcastle 02 Academy
17th May Exeter Phoenix 4pm show
17th May Exeter Phoenix
18th May Southampton Unit
20th May Liverpool Studio 2
21st May Birmingham Academy
22nd May Nottingham Maze
23rd May Manchester Roadhouse
24th May Sheffield Greystones
27th May London Islington Academy 2
The Taskers - Hogs from Hell, out May 4th 2014.
The Taskers are a brother/sister rock band from Stafford. They comprise of Sophie Bret Tasker and Jack BC Tasker
In early 2012 Jack Tasker was offered a support slot for a local band, he accepted, but asked his sister, SBT, to back him up on him on drums, having grown tired of playing his folky tunes.
SBT accepted, on the basis of making riches beyond her wildest dreams and with the strict condition that they write new songs and don’t play any of Jack’s ‘fruity acoustic ones.’
The gig went well, Sophie made very few riches off it, but they continued to play as a band anyway.
After incredible lengths of creative brainstorming they settled on, The Taskers, as a band name.
They recorded their first album ‘Not to be played or tested’ in the summer of 2012 and worked with local film makers to create a short Wes Anderson inspired film based around the lead track from the album, ‘Catherine.’
Throughout the summer they played gigs across the country, culminating in a fantastic home turf gig at the Sugarmill in Stoke.
Through the autumn of 2013 they recorded two albums, the fully acoustic ‘Jamhead’ and the girthy rock ‘Snuggles?’
During this period they continued to work with the film makers behind the Catherine video to create a short documentary about being a family in a band, their musical inspirations and their obsession with dinosaurs.
The resulting film Taskersaurus was released in 2013 along with their fourth album, ‘No Shit, Just Shoes.’
Since then they have gigged extensively, from dance hall balconies in Nottingham, to dingy basements in Birmingham, to twee timber pubs in York.
Their fifth album Rat Residence was released in February 2014 and is a darker album which mixes both the acoustic and rock sides of the band.
SBT has yet to make any riches from the band.
26/4/14 The Market Vaults, 4 St Martins Place, Stafford ST16 2LA, 8PM
27/4/14 Old Brown Jug, Newcastle-under-lyme, ST5 2RY
3/5/14 Sugarmill, Stoke, 8.30pm (supporting From Within)
4/5/14 The Situation All Dayer, Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek ST13 6AD (2pm)
25/5/14 The Habit, York, 8pm,
28/5/14 The Sun on The Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QP
7/7/14 The Flapper, Cambrian Wharf, Kingston Row, Birmingham, B1 2NU
13/6/14 Stafford Polish Club, ST16 3UF, 8pm
12/7/14 Alsager Music Fesitval, Neon Tiger Stage, 2.15pm
25/7/14 Sunflower Lounge, B5 4EG, 8pm Supporting Revolver
9/8/14 The Habit, York, 8pm,
11/10/14 The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier St, Salford M3 7DW
Links - facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheTaskers
youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWrE0GARnQk
Website - http://thetaskersband.com/
Bandcamp - http://thetaskers.bandcamp.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/TheTaskersBand
Bill Parton Trio
Going Away out May 12
Place called home out May 12
On blemish records