Fifty Gigs In A Day: INDIA ELECTRIC CO

Honoured to have India Electric Co involved – folk meets pop melodies in a sublime mix. I am a bit of fan 🙂

They have some dates in December and February next year, including February 9th when they play The Greystones, Sheffield and will be plugging Nordoff Robbins.

Dec 13 Cecil Sharp House London, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Dec 15 Stockland Church (St Michael & All Angels) Honiton, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Dec 18 The Sage Gateshead, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Dec 19 The Apex Bury St. Edmunds, Uk Tickets RSVP
Dec 20 G-Live Guildford, Uk Tickets RSVP
Feb 01 The Lights Andover, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 09 The Greystones Sheffield, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 10 Under the edge arts centre Wotton Under Edge, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 11 Acapela Pentyrch, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 16 Rondo Theatre Bath, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 17 Tuppenny Barn Chichester, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 21 Ropetackle Arts Centre Shoreham-By-Sea, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 24 The Stables Milton Keynes, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Feb 25 Kitchen Garden Cafe Birmingham, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Mar 02 Acorn Theatre Penzance, United Kingdom Presale RSVP
Mar 31 The Beehive Honiton, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Jun 08 The Old Chapel

Polegate, United Kingdom

 

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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.

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.

 

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)

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

Hanson Asiedu’s New Studio Project

An update on a musical project from a work colleague who has kindly supported my fundraising for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

Day 6 of 30

It’s been a rollercoaster of a week, literally! We peaked at about 500% funded. Unfortunately a couple of the big backers have decided that they will be unable to honour their pledge and have reduced it significantly. We are currently at 101% funded, therefore still on task to fund the single!

We are still not out of the woods yet, and at this stage pledges are like monopoly money. Let me explain how it works….

Campaigns only get the money when the project is successfully funded. So even if you are a penny off target on the final day, you still walk away with zilch!

This means that when you pledge, no money leaves your account. It will leave your account when the campaign ends. Everyone that has pledged to my campaign, the money won’t leave your account until 3rd October. Kickstarter will only try for a week if there are processing issues with the bank. After that they will drop you out the campaign.

Backers can back out at any time or amend their pledge at any time. Sometimes Kickstarter is unable to retrieve funds when the project is over. So a campaign that is successfully funded could actually walk away with much less than was pledged which is why it is important that everyone pledges. Nothing is too small. Please don’t think ‘he’s already hit target so I won’t pledge.’ The proof is at the end of the campaign
There is still more time peeps! Thank you

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1369511063/hanson-asiedus-new-studio-project

Albums of the Year 2017…to date!

I am going to keep a rolling top 10 – no more as otherwise I end up with at least a top 40! So up to June (and including Cats In Space’s ‘Scarecrow’ which I have ben luckily enough to have a promo for review) here are my top 10 albums of 2017 to date:

  1. CATS IN SPACE ‘Scarecrow’
  2. NIGHT RANGER ‘Don’t Let Up’ Frontiers
  3. BIG BIG TRAIN ‘Grimspound’
  4. NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA ‘Amber Galactic’ Nuclear Blast
  5. BITERS ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To be’ Earache Records
  6. HAREM SCAREM ‘United’ Frontiers
  7. ORDEN OGEN ‘Gunmen’ AFM Records
  8. DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ MelodicRock Records
  9. LONELY ROBOT ‘The Big Dream’ Inside Out
  10. IT ‘We’re All In This Together’ Progressive Gears Records

I have yet to hear fully the new Styx and Cheap Trick albums which based on reviews could challenge for a top 10 spot once I have listened to them.