THE DUNWELLS – new single ‘Colour My Mind’

The Dunwells have announced the release of a new EP. Released on December 1st 2017, ‘Colour My Mind’ is a brand new collection of songs, showcasing a new sound for the band.

From concept to record, this EP has been 24 months in the making. Brothers Joe (vocals,
guitar) and David Dunwell (vocal, piano, guitar) decided that they wanted to capture the
sound and personality of the band’s live show in the studio.

With the video released today, lead single and title track ‘Colour My Mind’ has elements of gospel music. Not necessarily religious, but a brightness found in gospel harmony. Where previous releases may have veered toward the melancholy, this is a song designed to make you feel pure joy.

Hailing from Leeds, The Dunwells formed in 2009, drawn together by a mutual love of bands such as Bon Iver, Elbow, and Damien Rice. With their previous single ‘Communicate’ hitting over two million streams on Spotify, two albums and two EPs under their belts, the band are set to enjoy huge success with their upcoming release.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO ‘Wembley or Bust’ Live CD/DVD

Having released an acclaimed new album ‘Alone in the Universe’ in 2015, sold out multiple arena tours, and had an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Jeff Lynne’s ELO will release a live CD/DVD of their legendary concert at Wembley Stadium in June. Titled ‘Wembley or Bust’ and directed by Paul Dugdale it is out on multiple formats November 17th on Sony Music.

In ‘Wembley or Bust’ we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd. As Jeff says himself, ’It’s the best time I ever had in music… It is beyond anything I could have imagined.’

Most importantly, the film includes performances of many of the most beloved songs of our lifetime, from vintage ELO classics like “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Livin’ Thing,” and “Evil Woman” to “Do Ya” from his days with The Move, “Handle With Care” which he recorded with the Traveling Wilburys, right through “When I Was A Boy” from his latest ELO masterpiece, Alone In The Universe.

More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had twenty six UK Top 40 singles, making Lynne’s sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide.

Widely agreed upon as one of the greatest record producers in music history, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Traveling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and, most recently, Bryan Adams.

Tracklisting:
1. Standin’ In The Rain
2. Evil Woman
3. All Over The World
4. Showdown
5. Livin’ Thing
6. Do Ya
7. When I Was A Boy
8. Handle With Care
9. Last Train to London
10. Xanadu
11. Rockaria!
12. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
13. 10538 Overture
14. Twilight
15. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
16. Shine A Little Love
17. Wild West Hero
18. Sweet Talkin’ Woman
19. Telephone Line
20. Turn To Stone
21. Don’t Bring Me Down
22. Mr. Blue Sky
23. Roll Over Beethoven

‘Wembley or Bust’ is available on the following formats:
2 CD
2 CD/DVD
2 CD/Blu Ray
Vinyl (3 Discs)

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PICTUREHOUSE new single + London date in November

Following their recent triumphant anniversary show last month, PictureHouse have announced plans to release “Somebody Somewhere”, the lead track and from the 21st anniversary celebration album “How Can I Explain How This Came To Be?” on November 24th via Plane Groovy records

Amid the fanfare of reaching their 21st anniversary which included a letter of tribute from the Irish President Michael D Higgins, the band received video messages of support from a host of well known Irish faces including U2 frontman Bono. Massive accolades indeed.

A favourite in live sets, Somebody Somewhere is a song about keeping hope in even the most bleakest and darkest situations. The band first premiered this song in a prison in Dublin after being invited to play for selected inmates. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

The band play an intimate showcase in London’s The Islington on November 21st.

 

Colin Moulding & Terry Chambers ex-XTC news

Former XTC bandmates Terry Chambers and Colin Moulding, now billed as TC&I, have reunited forGreat Aspirations, an EP of new recordings that promises to offer “some truly original stuff” with “maybe a nod and a wink here and there” to their previous musical endeavors.

A release date for the collection has yet to be announced, however pre-orders are open through PledgeMusic

Andy Partridge guests on the upcoming Downes Braide Association album ‘Skyscraper Souls’ due on Nov 17.

BARENAKED LADIES announce new album Fake Nudes

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With over 14 million albums sold, multiple JUNO Awards and Grammy nominations, world renowned rockers Barenaked Ladies are excited to announce the release of their fifteenth studio album, FAKE NUDES, on November 17, 2017 via UMC. The new album features fourteen freshly minted tracks including catchy lead single “Lookin’ Up” written by BNL frontman Ed Robertson, Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) and Sam Hollander (who has co-written with Weezer, Fitz & The Tantrums and Train). Beginning Friday September 8, 2017 Fake Nudes will be available to pre-order on CD or digitally.

States Ed Robertson, “I’m incredibly proud of this collection of songs. This is a record where all band members shine. It’s incredible to feel so excited about something 29 years into our career. I’m excited to get out and play these songs live.”

Fake Nudes finds the long-standing partnership of Ed Robertson (guitar, vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass, vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard, guitar, vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums, vocals) in top form, capturing the rock icons’ incredible camaraderie and musicianship that stand as a testament to the band’s remarkable longevity.  Back on board is award-winning producer Gavin Brown, who has helmed the band’s last few projects, Grinning Streak (2013), Silverball (2015), and Ladies And Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies And The Persuasions (2017). Fake Nudes features songs written by Ed Robertson, Kevin Hearn and Jim Creeggan.

To coincide with the release of Fake Nudes, Barenaked Ladies will kick off their Fake Nudes tour of Canada in November, the UK leg starting April 18th 2018 in Salisbury and concluding at The Roundhouse in London on April 27th. VIP pre-sale with exclusive access and packages will go on sale at 9am on September 6th with the general on sale at 9am September 8th.

Visit barenakedladies.com for more information on ticket bundles and VIP packages.

FAKE NUDES Track Listing
01. Canada Dry
02. Bringing It Home
03. Invisible Fence
04. Lookin’ Up
05. Sunshine
06. Dusty Rooms
07. We Took The Night
08. Navigate
09. Flying Dreams
10. Nobody Better
11. Bag of Bones
12. You and Me
13. 20/20 Hindsight
14. The Township of King

FAKE NUDES UK Tour Dates
17.4.18   Salisbury – City Hall
19.4.18   Manchester – O2 Ritz
20.4.18   Edinburgh – Queen’s Hall
21.4.18   York – Barbican
23.4.18   Birmingham – O2 Institute
24.4.18   Bristol – Colston Hall
25.4.18   Norwich – The LCR at UEA
27.4.18   London – Roundhouse

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PUGWASH announces new album ‘Silverlake’

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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)

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