2014: A Happy New Year? Hell. Yeah.

Monday, January 6th, 2014

With forthcoming platters including new albums from Mogwai, Actress, Kelis, Damon Albarn, Liars, Maximo Park, (not to mention a certain little known Boston band beginning with ‘P’) and so much more, 2014 is already shaping up to be quite a year.





Following on from the successful and critically acclaimed release of the pathfinding soundtrack to the genre-rewriting Channel 4 / Canal+ undead drama ‘Les Revenants’ (‘The Returned’), ‘Rave Tapes’ is the first studio album from the Glasgow five-piece since 2011’s ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’.

Recorded at the band’s Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow by the band with Paul Savage, ‘Rave Tapes’ sees Mogwai battering on the door of 2014 with arguably their strongest set yet.

The album is released through the band’s own label, Rock Action.

‘Rave Tapes’ is out Monday 20th January 2014 (UK) on CD, LP, digital download and lavishly lovely special edition box set.

The special edition box set format includes every format of the album possible – CD, LP, cassette and download codes – plus a bonus 12” and a one-sided 7”, and if that wasn’t enough, three 12” art prints and a photo book.

RAVE TAPES Special Edition

Tourdates: January
22 Mill Volvo Theatre Newcastle
24 & 25 Royal Festival Hall London
27 Bridgewater Hall Manchester
28 Royal Concert Hall Glasgow


Here, courtesy of Noisey, is ‘The Lord Is Out Of Control’, the first video taster of their new opus.



2014: Whet Whet Whet (Your Appetite) Part One – Warpaint, Ducktails, Mark McGuire

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

A sneak peak of just *some* of the goodies we have to look forward to in the New Year:





Three years on from LA four-piece Warpaint’s unforgettable debut ‘The Fool’ we are very excited to be able to tell you that their follow-up, self-titled album is set for release on 20th January in the UK and 21st January in the US.

‘Love Is To Die’ – the first single to be taken from ‘Warpaint’ – has barely left the Rough Trade Records office stereo since Radio 1′s Zane Lowe made it his Hottest Record In The World.

Check it out along with the official album artwork by visionary director Chris Cunningham here.

Or watch it, here:


Dazed Digital have an illuminating interview with Chris about his work with Warpaint, read it – HERE


‘Warpaint’ Tracklisting:

1. Intro
2. Keep It Healthy
3. Love Is To Die
4. Hi
5. Biggy
6. Teese
7. Disco//Very
8. Go In
9. Feeling Alright
10. CC
11. Drive
12. Son

‘Warpaint’ was co-produced by Warpaint and Flood (PJ Harvey, Sigur Ros, New Order, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Foals), and mixed by Flood and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead). The album was conceived after some writing and recording sessions that took place in The Joshua Tree late last year.

You can catch Theresa, Emily, Jenny and Stella and their new music at the following European dates:

23/01/14 BRIGHTON, UK – Brighton Dome
25/01/14 OXFORD, UK – O2 Academy
19/02/14 LEEDS, UK – O2 Academy
20/02/14 LIVERPOOL, UK O2 Academy
21/02/14 BRISTOL, UK – O2 Academy
24/02/14 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – Paradiso





Domino recording artistes Real Estate are in the studio in Chicago recording album #3 – the follow up to the gorgeous ‘Days’ – and have these teasey teasers to…erm… tease us with!




Meanwhile, Matt Mondanile from Real Estate (and Ducktails) has this mixtape up for your listening pleasure: CHECK





Mark McGuire has announced his upcoming debut release, ‘Along The Way’, on Dead Oceans.

Slated for release on February 3rd 2013, the conceptual album details an existential journey of a an individual seeking definition and enlightenment.

McGuire has shared the first single ‘The Instinct’ and its remix by Norwegian producer and Lindstrøm collaborator, Prins Thomas.

The accompanying YouTube visual loops feature footage filmed in Tokyo and at the Intergratron sound bath in Joshua Tree.

For those following McGuire’s post-Emeralds musical ascent thus far, ‘Along The Way’ is a culmination of a prodigious and prolific artist.

Full blurb below – ENJOY these fantastic videos!




Mark McGuire first came to prominence as part of the Cleveland drone collective Emeralds, a band that single handedly forced a shift towards meditative and understated sounds in a scene known for noise and chaos.

McGuire’s first solo release in 2006 showcased a natural affinity for melody, slowly disintegrating loops and composition. By 2009 his solo debut album Living With Yourself was garnering praise from press and audiences alike. McGuire as a solo performer made a direct connection with fans through his hypnotic playing, becoming more complex in its dynamics and phrasings. The album’s 2011 follow up Get Lost furthered the guitarist’s palate to include a sun-bleached digital effect.

On Along The Way, McGuire presents his unique vision of modern psychedelia. Using electric and acoustic guitars, a Talkbox, drum machines, a mandolin and lots in between, McGuire conducts a sonic exploration of the inner self.  “This story is an odyssey through the vast, unknown regions of the mind,” he explains in the liner notes, “The endless unfolding of psychological landscapes, leading to perpetual discoveries and expansions, in a genuinely emergent and infinite world of worlds.” Divided over four sides of a double LP, the journey unfolds with plinking reflective guitars (“In Search of the Miraculous”), the sound of a father’s voice sampled from VHS (“The Human Condition”), gorgeous uplifting synth tones and softly mumbled vocals (“Arrival Begins The Next Departure”). Along The Way is a wholly immersive and captivating listen that McGuire says, “is not a critique, it is not instructional, nor is it a proclamation that I believe I have gone through this journey and succeeded, not by a long shot. It is, however, a journey that I truly believe is offered to every man and woman who has ever lived, through the lightness that breathes through your heart when you feel the true touch of life, and the light of love.”


‘Along The Way’ Tracklisting

Wonderland of Living Things
In Search of the Miraculous
To The Macrobes (Where Do I Go?)
Silent Weapons (The Architects of Manipulation)
The Instinct
The Human Condition (Song For My Father)
For the Friendships (Along the Way)
Arrival Begins the Next Departure
The War on Consciousness
The Lonelier Way
Turiya (The Same Way)


Champs + Champs x Champs = Champs

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013



Champs – ‘Down Like Gold’ (Play It Again Sam) – Out 24th February 2014



Champs - Guardian’s New Band Of The Day

‘Savannah’ - Mojo’s Track Of The Day

‘Down Like Gold’ album samplerHERE


‘Savannah’ is the new single from Champs, AKA brothers Michael and David Champion from the Isle of Wight. Timeless and elegantly constructed, ‘Savannah’ zips along on a memorable piano riff, above which soar the beautifully bruised vocals of the Champion brothers.

‘Savannah’ is taken from Champs debut album ‘Down Like Gold’, which is released on February 24th 2014 on Play It Again Sam.

‘Down Like Gold’ was recorded at Studio Humbug, an old water tower inside the walls of Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s retreat on the north of the island. What Champs came out of the tower with is a collection of songs that shiver and sway, strung out there between the sheer uplifting melancholic bite of ‘Too Bright To Shine’ and the gorgeously melodic twists and turns of ‘My Spirit Is Broken’. The Velvets-like ‘Pretty Much’ is a classic break-up song, marking that moment when you see that certain someone again six months down the line and they’re out and looking happy and you’re still a complete, broken-hearted mess. Then there’s ‘Down Like Gold’, a stunningly beautiful, utterly careworn frozen-landscape lament.

From the Victorian seaside resort of Ventnor, Michael and David were originally in different bands, but once they began to write together they developed a unique and striking depth to their vocal harmonies.

Working with a pair of tape machines, they worked out how to multi-track by listening to Sleepy Jackson, Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and ‘Revolver’-period Beatles. Other Champs influences include Fleet Foxes and early REM, especially ‘Murmur’.


Mon 18th Nov Brighton Komedia, Warchild TuneUp w/Yuck & Swiss Lips
Tue 19th Nov London Scala, Warchild TuneUp w/King Charles & Night Engine
Mon 24th Feb Nottingham Rescue Room w/The Jezabels
Tue 25th Feb Manchester Gorilla w/The Jezabels
Wed 26th Feb Glasgow Oran Mor w/The Jezabels
Fri 28th Feb Belfast Limelight 2 w/The Jezabels
Sat 1st March Dublin Button Factory w/The Jezabels
Sun 2nd March Dublin Button Factory w/The Jezabels
Tue 4th March Bristol The Fleece w/The Jezabels
Wed 5th March London Shepherds Bush Empire w/The Jezabels
Thurs 6th March Brighton Concorde 2 w/The Jezabels


CHAMPS Online:








Texas – Dry Your Eyes (Alternative Video / Spoken Word Version)

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013


Parental Guidance / NSFW (unless ye have a capacious Swear Box to fill at your place of work!)


The video for ‘Dry Your Eyes’ continues the great Texas tradition of eye-catching storylines and unusual cameos with This Is England’s Vicky McLure and Lip Services’ Ruta Gedmintas taking the starring roles alongside Sharleen in a pub scene. Texas have now revealed the alternative “spoken word” version of ‘Dry Your Eyes’ which puts you right in the thick of a domestic argument.

In true Texas style, there’s plenty of swearing, so this isn’t for the faint hearted!

Vicky and Ruta join the likes of Alan Rickman, Jean Reno and Peter Mullan as Texas video guest stars. Sharleen goes on to explain “It was a pleasure working with Vicky and Ruta as they’re such great actresses and good friends of mine so the whole day was easy and enjoyable. Tto be honest when you’re in a pub having a drink with your mates it feels more like a night out than a day at work. I thought we were genius at acting drunk!! “.

Co-written by Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny McElhone with Richard Hawley at his Sheffield studio, ‘Dry Your Eyes’ is a Texas at their anthemic best, with its flavours of early Blondie, rock’n’roll and an unforgettable sing-a-long chorus. The story of the song is described by frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri as “one woman talking to another who’s going through a really shitty time. Absolutely a through-and-through woman’s song”.

Texas played to over 50,000 people at the BBC’s Hyde Park Prom recently where they were joined on-stage by Richard Hawley for a very special rendition of ‘Dry Your Eyes’.

Texas have just returned from a string of amazing shows across Europe, performing to huge crowds in Germany, France, Belgium and many others.

Ahead of the single release Texas embark on a nationwide tour commencing in York on November 9th and running through the rest of November.

After two acclaimed warm up shows at Glasgow’s King Tuts and London’s 100 Club (“Timeless Texas thunder back” announced London’s Evening Standard in a 4* review), the band played two major festival performances at T in the Park and Latitude, where they headlined the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage.


WATCH THE ORIGINAL VIDEO HERE: http://youtu.be/Mi3eimky5XM

Now Texas release the latest single from the album, the stunning ‘Dry Your Eyes’, which will be released through [PIAS] Recordings on November 18th.


Full UK tourdates:
Saturday 9th November York, Barbican
Sunday 10th November Inverness, Leisure Centre
Monday 11th November Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Wednesday 13th November Bristol, Colston Hall
Thursday 14th November London, Hammersmith Apollo
Friday 15th November Plymouth, Pavilions
Sunday 17th November Oxford, New Theatre
Monday 18th November Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Tuesday 19th November Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Thursday 21st November Brighton, Dome
Friday 22nd November Portsmouth, Guildhall
Sunday 24th November Ipswich, Regent Theatre
Monday 25th November Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Tuesday 26th November Sheffield, City Hall
Thursday 28th November Glasgow, Academy
Friday 29th November Edinburgh, Usher Hall


Ticket information is available at www.texas.uk.com


Enter Shikari – ‘Rat Race’ [Official Video]

Friday, November 1st, 2013


Via a worldwide exclusive play from Zane Lowe (Radio 1), Enter Shikari unveiled their new single ‘Rat Race’ out November 3rd.

The last official release from the St Alban’s quartet for this year and the final track in a trilogy of singles the band have released throughout the 2013.

It’s been a seminal year for the band; headlining the Second Stage at Download Festival (their biggest UK festival appearance to date), in the same month taking on Glastonbury Festivals’ Other Stage (one of the only bands to be able to play both UK festivals) and launched an electronic side project – The Shikari Sound System that made it’s debut at Reading and Leeds this year. The video has over 30k hits in 12 hours (that’s almost a play a second!)


Bleached – ‘Love Spells’ – Spooktastic New Video

Friday, November 1st, 2013


Editors’ Brand New Video: ‘Honesty’ + Tour Dates

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013


Editors premiered the video for ‘Honesty’ via Vevo on Tuesday 22nd October. Filmed on location in Soho throughout a Friday evening and early Saturday morning, the video captures the character of the area perfectly, delivering a suitably atmospheric visual accompaniment to one of the standout tracks from the band’s fourth studio album ‘The Weight Of Your Love’.

‘Honesty’ is released as a single on November 25th.

Throughout November the band embark on their first UK tour since releasing the album with long time band favourites British Sea Power as a very special support. The tour follows Editors current dates across Europe which have seen them play to 75,000 people across the continent over 30 shows, the largest being a 19,000 sell out in Antwerp and the smallest a 400 people club gig in Oslo.

Across Europe, ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ has been a hit album, racking up Top Ten placings with the band making prestigious appearances as headliners at Lowlands and Werchter in addition to high profile slots at festivals as geographically diverse as Ruisrock in Finland to Istanbul’s Rock N Coke.

The UK tour starts November 5th – dates below:


Tuesday 5th – Margate, Winter Gardens
Wednesday 6th – Brighton, Dome
Thursday 7th - Southampton, Guildhall
Saturday 9th - Cardiff, University Great Hall
Sunday 10th - Exeter, University
Monday 11th - Bristol, O2 Academy
Wednesday 13th  - Norwich, UEA
Thursday 14th - London, O2 Brixton Academy
Saturday 16th - Birmingham, O2 Academy
Monday 18th – Liverpool, O2 Academy
Tuesday 19th - Belfast, Mandela Hall
Wednesday 20th - Dublin, Olympia
Friday 22nd – Manchester, Academy
Saturday 23rd - Leeds, O2 Academy
Monday 25th - Aberdeen, Music Hall
Tuesday 26th - Glasgow, Barrowland
Wednesday 27th - Newcastle, O2 Academy
Thursday 28th - Nottingham, Rock City






Wrekmeister Harmonies – Live In London – Friday 18th October

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013



Thrill Jockey recording artist Wrekmeister Harmonies (aka JR Robinson) will be performing in London on Friday 18th October at Hackney’s Stour Space. Doors at 8pm.

Featuring a handpicked group made up of some of the most exciting underground UK acts around (including members of Grumbling Fur, Dethscalator, Hey Colossus and Cove) – this is sure to be a very special performance indeed.

Conductor / Band leader – Wrekmeister Harmonies
Guitar player – Matt Ridout | Dethscalator
Guitar player – Kevin Morpurgo | Dethscalator
Bass player – Joe Thompson | Hey Colossus
Drummer – Mark Davidson | Cove
Noise maker – Duncan Brown | Hey Colossus
Strings -  Alexander Tucker | Grumbling Fur



Wrekmeister Harmonies – ‘You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me’ (Thrill Jockey) – Limited Edition vinyl – Out Now!


Press Quotes:

“Doom or drone, new age or space rock? That barely matters: You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me is a terrific monument of simultaneous stylistic acceptance”Pitchfork

“Unrelenting, seismic proposition, opening, in the cut we have, with harp-laced ambient waves, doom-laden with portent, before being subsumed by a crushing tide of colossal guitar chords and heavyweight drumming. Simply put, formidable” - The Quietus

“…A roiling blend of drone, funeral doom, and black metal that grows to Olympian heights, and as you wade deeper into the song, its undertow takes hold”Stereogum

“For us, it sounds like the pretty soundtrack to a Lovecraftian Old One waking up and having a hefty stretch”Bizarre Magazine

“…This album-long piece is a slow-burning exercise in tension-and-release that can hold your attention for the duration”Under The Radar

“Like so many album-length songs by heavy acts… part of the charm is in never being satisfied with what you’ve just heard. Each listen unveils something new, and that something is different for each listener”Invisible Oranges

“It’s a genuinely rewarding experience that becomes more powerful with each listen”The 405

“It’s an incredibly emotional and intelligent piece of work and one that fully deserves to be listened to in its entirety”Louder Than War


Watch a brilliant Wrekmeister Harmonies video interview by The Reader featuring live clips from his gig at Bohemian National Cemetery in North Park, Chicago for their Soundcheck series a few months ago: HERE


Out Next Week: Jonathan Wilson’s New Album – ‘Fanfare’

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013



Jonathan Wilson returns this October with ‘Fanfare’, an epic, grandiose and highly ambitious production that builds upon the success of his Bella Union debut.

With 2011’s critically-lauded ‘Gentle Spirit’, audiences worldwide were introduced to the prodigious talents of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and unrivalled guitar hero Jonathan Wilson. ‘Gentle Spirit’s’ authentic exploration and modern updating of the “Laurel Canyon sound” earned it high marks on many year-end lists, including those of MOJO (#4), Uncut (#16) and The Guardian (#28). The eagerly-awaited follow-up, ‘Fanfare’, is an even more ambitious production that instantly conjures thoughts of Dennis Wilson’s ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’.

“‘Fanfare as a word represents a fanciful showing, a bodacious movement of energy, a celebration of sound,” Wilson explains. “Something to signify an arrival, a special occasion.” In this case, it’s also the immense opening song that builds into a multilayered cinematic poem from the artist to channel the perfect love song through his piano. As a declaration of intent, it’s a powerful statement.

“From the initial idea of the record, I knew I wanted a concert Steinway piano to be the centerpiece–the beating heart–of Fanfare. I was going for this sort of “widescreen” sound. I wanted strings, horns, vibes, voices, solos, improvisation and a full orchestra on some of the tunes… Having that 9-foot Steinway was central to achieving the sound that I wanted.”

‘Fanfare’ was made in Los Angeles over a 9-month period. Featuring vocal and instrumental contributions from heavy friends like Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, the album is a celebration of friends and family. Additionally, Wilson and British folk legend Roy Harper co-wrote several songs on the record.

Sometimes Wilson seems to need a pinch to believe his good fortune: “There are an awful lot of wizards on this album. Wizards of all ages and life experiences. All these amazing voices and musicians. There is a high degree of musical prowess and pedigree here. Cross-generational musical sharing and passing down traditions is very important to me and something that must continue. This is the way you keep the Fanfare’s blowing, this is how you keep the energies interacting.”

‘Fanfare’ will be released 14th October on Bella Union in the UK/Europe.

With the release of his much anticipated new album ‘Fanfare’ just over a week away on 14th October, and already the subject of a three page Album of the Month in Uncut, Jonathan Wilson has just unveiled a suitably far-out video for lead track ‘Dear Friend’. Directed by fellow traveller Grant James, the video can be viewed HERE:


In other exciting news Jonathan Wilson will be opening for Bella Union labelmate Roy Harper on this UK tour in October, performing a rare solo acoustic set. Dates below:

Tuesday 22 October – London – Royal Festival Hall
Friday 25 October – Manchester – Bridgewater Hall
Sunday 27 October – Bristol – Colston Hall

Then embarking on his own headline UK tour the following month. Dates/info below:

Wednesday 27 November – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 28 November – Manchester – Gorilla
Friday 29 November – Liverpool – Kazimier
Saturday 30 November – Bristol – Thekla
Monday 2 December – Norwich – Arts Centre
Tuesday 3 December – Brighton – Studio Theatre (Brighton Dome)
Wednesday 4 December – London – Islington Assembly Hall


Ghostpoet: Boiler Room – Tonight!

Monday, October 7th, 2013





“Not since Massive Attacks ‘Blue Lines’ has a heavy heart and urban dread been so absorbing”Q

”Ghostpoet serves up his bruised, tender hat with the steely precision of a master sushi chef”Mojo

“If you liked his Mercury nominated debut, Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam you’ll love this”The Sunday Times

“That murky world of electro clicks ticks and cosmonaut synths that Thom Yorke has been dipping into for years, Ghostpoet lives for real”NME

“Sputtering beats, languid Jazz vibes, subterranean whispers”The Independent

“Compelling sonics and drama on the spoken word stars second album” The Daily Mirror

“Brooding and brilliant” – The Fly

“It’s a paean to inner-city pressure, with an insistent pulse” – Metro

“Nods to Radiohead and Burial”The Guardian


October Headline Tour

October 10th: Sound and Vision Festival – Norwich

October 17th: SWN Festival – Cardiff

October 18th: The Bodega Social Club – Nottingham

October 19th: The Deaf Institute – Manchester

October 20th: The Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth

October 21st: Glee Club – Birmingham

October 22nd: CCA – Glasgow

October 23rd: Think Tank – Newcastle

October 24th: Hackney Empire – London

October 25th: Button Factory – Dublin