THE FIERCE & THE DEAD live dates

We just wanted let you know about some upcoming UK shows:

DESERTSCENE PRESENTS: MONKEY 3 + TFATD 24th Sept The Borderline, London tickets from:

http://www.desertscene.co.uk/new-events/monkey3-2017

Chaos Theory Presents: The Facemelter ,The Black Heart, Camden, UK w/ Thumpermonkey 6th Oct (last 50 tickets left). Tickets from:

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/406245

Also you can get one of the last 100 copies of our second album Spooky Action on CD from here:

https://tfatd.bandcamp.com/album/spooky-action

And our recent live album has a few left on CD here (will sell out soon) :

https://tfatd.bandcamp.com/album/field-recordings-live

Neither of these will be re-printed on CD, so if you want one order now. All sales go to helping us fund the recording of our third album.

Thank you for all your support.

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PUGWASH announces new album ‘Silverlake’

PUGWASH
Silverlake

Release Date: 24th November 2017
Cat Nos.: LJX111LP / LJX111CD / LJX111D
Formats: LP/CD/DL

Click here to stream ‘The Perfect Summer’ the first single taken from the album

If Brit Awards were handed out to Best Kept Secrets or Lamentably Lost Legends, Pugwash wouldn’t be able to move under the weight of their gongs. In the 20 years since the Irish band was formed by Thomas Walsh – an ELO, XTC and Beach Boys nut from Drimnagh, south Dublin – their reputation has grown by stealth and they’ve caught the attention of almost all of Walsh’s musical heroes, but mainstream success has remained frustratingly, tantalisingly just out of reach.

Well if it’s ever going to happen, it’s now, with the release of their seventh studio album Silverlake. It’s not only Thomas’s best body of work to date, but an album which leaves you marvelling at how effortlessly he can conjure up so many heavenly pop gems after all these years.

“I still live in a small house with nine guitars, a Dansette, a telly and a fuckin’ mellotron,” says Walsh. “I collect records and live hand-to-mouth. We’ve made some great records but most of them have gone nowhere.”

Silverlake differs from recent Pugwash albums in one major respect: it’s essentially a collaboration between two men – Thomas and Jason Falkner. (The four-piece who recorded 2011’s Top 20 The Olympus Sound and 2015’s Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) has now disbanded). As a former member of Jellyfish, respected solo artist, and musician, Falkner – who’s worked with everyone from Paul McCartney to Air – is another underrated artist with a hugely loyal international following. For fans of these two cult heroes (and there are plenty) this promised to be a dream ticket…and it delivers in droves.

Recorded in Falkner’s LA studio earlier this year, Thomas wrote all 11 songs, arranged them, and played acoustic guitar. Jason played everything else (except the strings), sang backing vocals and recorded/produced. The result is a classy pop-rock feast featuring Walsh’s endlessly hooky melodies and Falkner’s unmistakeable sonic footprint.

“I’ve known Jason for twenty years, so I rang him last Christmas and asked him what his next year was looking like,” Thomas reveals. “He said, ‘It’s fuckin’ full up, but if you’re saying to me we can make a record, I’ll make time.’ That was an amazing thing to hear. The minute I heard that I was hooked. I got excited again. Within a week I’d written all the songs.”

Opening with the irresistible single ‘The Perfect Summer’ and closing with the Beach Boys/ELO homage ‘Autarch’, Silverlake wears its collaborators’ passion for pop perfection on its sleeve which, at the very least, will consolidate Pugwash’s standing in the eyes of those Thomas most admires.

In 2006 Brian Wilson’s manager David Leaf emailed him out of the blue, mentioning Brian loved the band’s recent single ‘It’s Nice To Be Nice’. “Brian was coming to Dublin to play and wanted to meet me… meet me!!” Thomas recalls. “He came and I met Brian. He said ‘Hey! You’re the ‘Nice To Be Nice’ guy. I said ‘Yes’ and he just said, ‘Great song’!! I still think it was all a fantastic dream to honest.”

In the meantime, other “celebrity” admirers got in touch, including XTC’s Andy Partridge who briefly signed Pugwash to his Ape label and co-wrote several songs with Walsh (XTC’s Dave Gregory also played guitar on some of the band’s earlier recordings), The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon – with whom he made two best-selling Duckworth Lewis Method albums – and Jeff Lynne.

“I arrived home late one night after an Olympus Sound session, knackered, to find a letter from the States,” Thomas recalls. “I nearly dropped when I realised it was from Jeff Lynne. I grew up worshipping ELO – I could tell you how many hairs there are on Jeff Lynne’s arse. He’s my idol. It was such a beautiful letter in which he said a lot of really nice things about Pugwash. He also said… ‘and I really liked the cricket album (ie, the first Duckworth Lewis album), but I didn’t think it featured you enough.’ So I rang Neil straight away and said, ‘Neil, Jeff just sent me a fuckin’ letter. He’s slagging you and all in it, it’s brilliant!”

After two decades Thomas has little to prove. Despite certain disappointments, he’s received great acclaim from where it counts – his peers and equals, plus Ivor Novello, Choice Music Prize and Meteor Awards nominations, and two Top 40 albums (with The Duckworth Lewis Method). The only way is up!

As Thomas concludes: “Some people have suggested, ‘Oh why don’t you change the sound of your music?’ But… I love the sound of my records! They ask if I would try something different. I could, but you can’t go out there and make a record just to please other people.”

Chris Twomey

Silverlake by Pugwash will be released by British indie label Lojinx on November 24th, on heavyweight vinyl LP, CD & digital.  Lead single The Perfect Summer is out now on ice-cream swirl coloured 7″ vinyl and digital.

Upcoming live shows:

  • 4/12 – Cork Opera House (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 5/12 – University Convert Hall, Limerick House (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 6/12 – Millennium Forum, Derry (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 7/12 – Ulster Hall, Belfast (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 8/12 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (supporting Divine Comedy)
  • 9/12 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (supporting Divine Comedy)

Get Loud 2017 a big success

2017’s Get Loud is the national awareness day for Nordoff Robbins.

Speaking of his support for Nordoff Robbins, James Walsh (Starsailor) said: “They do some great work around the country with so many people, helping them through music. Get Loud is important to me, because music is important to me. Music has been a big part of my life, it helps with various situations and it has definitely been therapeutic to me over the years.”

As an early part of my Fifty Gigs In A Day fundraising PictureHouse played a special anniversary gig in Dublin on Get Loud day and promoted the work of Nordoff Robbins via their social media.

50 gigs in a day

SPARKS CELEBRATE RETURN TO UK TOP 10

Sparks celebrate their first UK Top 10 album in 43 years with Hippopotamus entering the Official UK Charts at Number 7. Hippopotamus becomes the second highest-charting UK album of the band’s career, behind 1974’s Number 4-peaking Kimono My House. In a recent interview with OfficialCharts.com, Sparks – Ron and Russell Mael – describe this week’s chart success as “frosting on the cake” to the positive reception the album has secured critically.

Currently on tour in Europe, the band have posted a video online in which they are clearly thrilled by the news:

Ron later said “We’re ecstatic that an album we felt was musically special has been so widely embraced by the U.K. public. Many thanks!” Speaking with the Official Charts Russell said “It’s amazing …we’re happy with the really positive reception that the album has gotten critically. The reviews are beyond our wildest dreams and people have been saying really positive things. It’s really satisfying that it’s reaching in that way.”

Since storming into the UK charts, minds and TV sets in 1974 with This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us, Sparks have consistently created genre defying music and inspired – and continue to inspire and influence – generations of artists. Released on BMG, ‘Hippopotamus’ has been universally acclaimed with many critics declaring it to be one of the finest albums of the year and the pinnacle of the band’s career. Written, recorded and produced by Sparks ‘Hippopotamus’ is released on digital, CD, LP, picture disc and cassette formats

“the album is brilliant” 5 stars – The Times

“stuffed with short, literate, witty pop songs” 5 stars – Album Of The Week – The i

“‘Smarter and more satisfying than ever” 5 stars – Independent

“Sparks remain all about tomorrow” “[Hippopotamus] could lift them once more above the cult parapet” 5 stars – Record Collector

“a truly magnificent record” 9/10, Louder than War

“Fresh, inventive, quirky and instantly recognisable” 9/10 – Vive Le Rock

“Ron and Russell Mael at their arch-pop best” 4 stars – The Guardian

“emphatic show of Ron & Russell’s late-period genius” 4 stars – MOJO

“no end of delights” 8/10 – UNCUT

“brilliantly bonkers pop” 4 stars -Classic Pop

“Hippopotamus is, suitably, large” 4 stars – Daily Mirror

Listen / buy HERE: https://sparks.lnk.to/hippopotamusPR

Remaining tour dates

The Hippopotamus Tour Tickets on sale now

Saturday 16 Sep Ancienne Belgique, Brussels

Monday 18 Sep Waterfront, Norwich (sold out)

Tuesday 19 Sep The Boilershop, Newcastle (sold out)

Wednesday 20 Sep Queens Hall, Edinburgh (sold out)

Friday 22 Sep O2 Ritz, Manchester (sold out)

Saturday 23 Sep Rock City, Nottingham

Sunday 24 Sep O2 Institute 1, Birmingham

Tuesday 26 Sep 02 Academy, Bristol

Wednesday 27 Sep O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Thursday 28 Sep 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Sunday 1 Oct La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris

Tuesday 10 Oct Le Poisson Rouge, New York

Wednesday 11 Oct Le Poisson Rouge, New York (sold out)
Saturday 14 Oct El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
Sunday 15 Oct El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
Tuesday 17 Oct El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
Sunday 20 Oct The Chapel, San Francisco (Early Show) (sold out)
Sunday 20 Oct The Chapel, San Francisco (Late Show)

Tuesday 24 Oct Kinema Club, Tokyo
Wednesday 25 Oct Kinema Club, Tokyo

EVANESCENCE RETURN WITH FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM  ON NOVEMBER 10TH

EVANESCENCE are returning with SYNTHESIS, their fourth and most ambitious album to date, set for a November 10th release. The album features a reworking of some of EVANESCENCE’s best-loved songs recorded with a full orchestra and electronica combined with the band and Amy Lee’s virtuoso piano and voice.

EVANESCENCE – lead singer-songwriter and pianist Amy Lee, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Troy McLawhorn and guitarist Jen Majura – worked with producers Will Hunt and orchestra arranger and composer David Campbell on SYNTHESIS which will also feature two new EVANESCENCE songs, the first of which, entitled “Imperfection” will be released today.  The album includes guest performance by famed violinist Lindsey Stirling on “Hi-Lo” the other new song on the album.

AMY LEE describes the meaning behind “Imperfection,” “For me, this is the most important song on the album. I struggled with the lyrics for a long time because there was a lifetime of work to live up to and I wasn’t sure what to say or how to be good enough. When it finally started pouring out of me, it was undeniable. I had no choice. It’s for all the people we’ve lost, all the people who we could lose, to suicide and depression. I’m singing from the perspective of the person left behind, the person in the waiting room. It’s a plea to fight for your life, to stay. Don’t give into the fear- I have to tell myself that every day. Nobody is perfect.  We are all imperfect, and it’s precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there’s so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.”

“This album is a total passion project for me. There are so many layers in our music, underneath the huge drums and guitars,” explains AMY LEE. “I’ve always wanted to shine a light on some of the gorgeous David Campbell arrangements and programming elements in our songs, and that idea snowballed into completely re-doing them with full orchestra, not just strings, elaborate programming and experimentation. This will be our first time touring with orchestra and I’m so excited to perform this way-really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the story we’ve built over the years. I’m also really excited about the new material on the album. Besides the two new songs, there are some really beautiful instrumental in-between moments. The whole thing flows like a big, dynamic soundtrack.”

Both Standard CD & Digital versions of the album are available now for pre-order, as well as a Deluxe version which include the CD plus a DVD featuring a documentary on making the album as well as instrumental and 5.1 surround mixes of the songs.

In what promises to be the biggest year for EVANESCENCE yet, the group also confirmed that their “Synthesis Live” tour will continue in UK & Europe, starting with two nights at the Royal Festival Hall in March 2018. The band will be bringing a live orchestra and electronic programming out on the road with them, which will truly deliver a transcendent experience.

“Synthesis Live” fan and VIP pre-sales are on-sale beginning September 20th with general on-sale—beginning September 22nd. Fans who preorder the new album by September 19th HERE will receive access to the tour pre-sale, ensuring the best seats in the house.  They will also receive songs from the album prior to release date, beginning immediately with the stunning new reworking of the band’s biggest hit, “Bring Me To Life” and new single “Imperfection”.

A variety of VIP ticket packages are available to ensure fans obtain the best seats in the house.  Other VIP benefits include the opportunity to meet and enjoy a champagne toast with the band, attend their sound check, and receive exclusive merchandise items.  For full tour details go to: www.evanescence.com.

Catch EVANESCENCE on “Synthesis Live” in the following cities:
March 2018
Fri 30th                   Royal Festival Hall, London
Sat 31st                  Royal Festival Hall, London
April 2018
Mon 2nd                02 Apollo, Manchester
Tue 3rd                  Arena, Nottingham
Thurs 5th               Armadillo, Glasgow
Fri 6th                     City Hall, Sheffield

Orbital announce new music

On September 21, a reunited Orbital (Brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll) will perform new music and classic cuts in the US for the first time in five years, at the inaugural Electronic Music Awards, live from downtown Los Angeles on Twitter. The performance follows a successful UK run of impressive performances at the WAM Festival in Spain, Forbidden Fruit in Dublin, Supersonic in Japan, the Brussels Summer Festival, and the Bluedot plus Standing Calling festivals in the UK.  Additionally, the duo announced December 2017 dates at both London Hammersmith Apollo and Manchester Apollo which sold out in less than 24 hours upon announcement.

orbital

According to Orbital “We’re so excited to be coming back to the USA . We love it there and have missed it over the past five years . It was an Essential part of our Orbital lives in the past and we can’t wait to make it our present again. The EMAs are long over due and we’re proud to be part of this inaugural event”.

The duo’s new single, Copenhagen, which has been playlisted by BBC 6 Music, is streaming now. Orbital’s performance at the EMAs, personally requested by Executive Producer Paul Oakenfold himself, will be the duo’s first live show in the US in five years with a new album on the horizon.

Orbital has been hailed as creators of classic electronic symphonies and timeless dancefloor bangers, as originators of must-see live dance music experiences over their 25-year career. The new live show has been described by both The Guardian and Q Magazine as “Among the greatest gigs of all time’.

Paul, says, of what to expect: “We have “warped and changed” the classic Orbital sound so that faithful fans will get something familiar but new, freshened up for a new phase.” Phil wants to “get the bounce back, make it really beefy.” Paul adds: “We are hitting our stride again and looking forward to really getting down to writing and recording once the festival season is over. Festivals first, writing after; it’s a win win situation!”

Some Fantastic Place by Chris Difford

Highly recommend read for fans of Squeeze and rock ‘n’ roll memoirs…

The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Chris Difford is the lyricist to Glen Tilbrook’s music and arranging in Squeeze, a band who have split up twice and now since reforming again in 2007 seem to be enjoying a purple patch both in terms of touring and making new music.

Chris’s memoir is very much written from the heart as he describes his struggle with alcohol and bouts of depression, and the effect this had on his personal life. However, he comes across as a positive soul and one that is grateful for what he has. There are of course plenty of tales of Squeeze and how they rose to fame in the late 70’s and early 80’s with a string of hit singles.

His musical life outside of Squeeze is given insight including his time as helping coral the lyrics for Bryan Ferry. He also felt like Bryan Ferry’s chauffer at the time! He also worked on lyrics…

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