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STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS SHARE NEW SONG 'MIDDLE AMERICA'

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks | 07/02/18

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Today, Portland, OR’s Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks release new single ‘Middle America’ - the first new music to surface from the group since 2014.

Listen to ‘Middle America’ here

On ‘Middle America’, Malkmus’s wry wordplay and sunny twang create an ode to underdogs everywhere, with bittersweet words of encouragement for the ramshackle character on their receiving end.   Only SM & the Jicks can craft this kind of brightly low-key anthem, a perfect three-minute-thirty-second country-speckled gem about life’s questions big (the inevitable passage of time; aging) and small (getting shitfaced; blushing the color of Robitussin). 

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks will tour North America in the summer, hitting major markets including Chicago, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland.  Fans can likely expect a further taste of new music, on top of the band’s beloved catalogue.  Full tour dates below.

US Tour Dates:

1st June - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
2nd June - Milwaukee, WI - The Back Room at Colectivo
3rd June - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
5th June - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
6th June - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
7th June - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
8th June - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
9th June - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
11th June - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
12th June - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
14th June - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
16th June - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
17th June - Washington, DC - Black Cat
19th June - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
20th June - Athens, GA - The Georgia Theatre
21st June - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
22nd June - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
23rd June - Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theater
17th July - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
18th July - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
22nd July - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
25th July - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
26th July - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
27th July - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
28th July - Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
29th July - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
31st July - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
1st August - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
3rd August - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
4th August - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
5th August - Portland, OR - Star Theater

 

CROWS FEET ARE INGRAINED ON MY FACE: A TRIBUTE TO MARK E. SMITH

The Fall | 25/01/18

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Crows Feet Are Ingrained On My Face

A tribute to Mark E. Smith by Richard King.

In 2010, following the success of the Von Südenfed record, it was agreed that Domino would release the next album by The Fall. I was charged with writing the biography for the release and was given a number to ring in order to speak with Mark E. Smith. Elena Poulou answered the phone and in the background I could hear a raucous noise I assumed to be the band rehearsing. Although this was unlikely as I was calling Mark and Elena at their home.

'Sorry,' Elena said as the noise increased in volume and now included laughter and animated shouting 'could you call tomorrow same time, it's not convenient'.

When I telephoned the next day Elena answered once again, apologised for the day before as Mark came briskly to the phone.

'Alright, yeah' he said  'we're going to get this record out. What’s taking so long?' Mark E Smith then chuckled and for the next ten minutes he spoke with the combination of politeness, indignation and occasional contrariness on which his reputation rested.

I asked him about the new album's opening track 'Bury Parts 1 & 3', 'I fucking hate the place' he said, as well as the album's closing number 'Weather Report 2' a song that shared an emotional tenderness and tone with 'Bill Is Dead' from the 1992 album Extricate.

'Well,’ he continued 'I really like the band at the moment and think it’s the best we've sounded. I mean I would say that but I mean it.'

The defining characteristic of 'Weather Report 2' and 'Bill Is Dead' is the rarely heard vulnerability in Smith's voice and a lyric in which he talks openly and dramatically about his life. There was a pause that indicated this brief moment of sentimentality was sufficient and that our conversation had now ended.

Your Future Our Clutter was well received and continued the momentum The Fall had regained at the turn of the century, when a run of strong releases, the renewed interest in Post Punk and their discovery by a new generation led to one of their most energetic and popular periods.

No one would ever doubt Smith's work ethic but by the late 1990s his well-documented behavioural problems, together with the sense of The Fall operating on a treadmill of contractual obligations and cash in hand reissues had curdled his doggedness. Some of the records from this period such as Levitate and The Marshall Suite are eerie in a way few other Fall records are eerie. On them Smith sounds under resourced, both financially and emotionally, to resist his investiture as an Indie National Treasure. A situation he clearly finds intolerable. The productivity rate of the prole art threat had by now threatened the band’s future. At the concert I attended at Dingwalls in '98 the band played as a trio of Smith, Julia Nagle and a drummer, Kate Themen. For ten minutes towards the end the choreographer Michael Clarke joined them on bass. Many present found the performance riveting, but I suspect most assumed they had witnessed the band's final London concert.

Parts of their subsequent survival lie in the regard and mystique with which The Fall were held outside the UK. In the record shop I worked in almost twenty-five years ago, I came close to convincing a young Will Oldham to part with a portion of his fee from the previous night's concert for a mint copy of Fall In A Hole. On a visit to the Domino office Bill Callahan once enquired about the merits of 1997's Levitate, a record very few people I knew had bothered listening to. And despite his regular criticism of the band, Pavement covered The Classical from Hex Enduction Hour for a Peel Session that year. Its inclusion moved the DJ to send the band a personal note of thanks.

It's not difficult to imagine how exotic the early Fall must have seemed to young people in America with enquiring minds. On the 1981 live album A Part Of America Therein, the band are introduced as being from the 'From the riot torn streets of Manchester, England'. The Fall's music of that era is as evocative of Britain in the early 1980s as any World In Action documentary. The lyrics to 'Winter' feature a 'cleaning lady', 'alcoholics dry out house', and a 'feminist Austin maxi with anti nuclear sticker'. The accompanying music is played by a band with a listlessness that, like much of the country at the time, is almost pathological.

The performance the band gave on the Peel session version of 'Winter' is particularly dramatic. On many of these recordings Smith's voice is often louder in the mix and the BBC studio arrangements clearly suited the band. Perhaps Smith was also aware how symbiotic the relationship between The Fall, the radio session and the DJ had become. These were sessions listened to by people who resisted the idea of Smith as an avuncular curmudgeon. They saw him more as an avant-garde Johnny Cash: a man in a black leather jacket and the same neat haircut who was incapable of stopping and whose eyes had become ingrained with crow's feet at an early age. Someone who lived by their wits and was well aware they were sharper and more resilient than those of his contemporaries.  

Three years ago I invited Smith to do a Q&A at the stage at Green Man Festival I was then curating. He and the band arrived backstage in their usual manner, in a vehicle branded in the livery of Salford Van Hire. For two hours they sat in the sunshine decompressing from the journey down, laughing and drinking but not to excess, merely enjoying the moment.

 When it was time for Smith to take the stage I led him to the side entrance. His right arm shot out with an involuntarily spasm.

'Fucking hell' he whispered 'I didn't know it was this big, can you get us a beer?' I duly passed him a can that he downed in one, before strutted on to the stage with a theatrical sniff and his usual swagger. He received an ovation from the nine hundred people gathered there to see him and for a brief moment a smile cracked across his face. The interview was sponsored by the music magazine Mojo and consisted of questions sent in from its readers. For the next 50 minutes he held forth on matters that provoked his ire: music magazines, Mojo in particular, festivals, Stewart Lee and matters he found inspiring, including Ultramagnetic MCs and Methodism.

Fantastic Life.

 

SUPERORGANISM ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM DETAILS, RELEASED 2ND MARCH 2018

Superorganism | 03/01/18

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Superorganism, one of 2018’s most hotly tipped new artists, today announce full details of their highly anticipated debut album. The eight piece band - a sprawling, multi-limbed collection of international musicians and pop culture junkies who have been shortlisted in the BBC Sound Of and VEVO dscvr polls among others – will release their self-titled debut on 2nd March via Domino.

Self-produced, written and recorded in the east London house-stroke-studio-stroke band HQ they all share together (imagine a squat version of the Brill Building, or a lo-fi, DIY take on Max Martin’s Cheiron studio), Superorganism is a spectacularly confident debut record that beams with a sense of wonky fun, a kaleidoscopic riot of sound and visuals. Influenced by the world-building depth of artists like Devo, Beck and The Avalanches, Superoganism soundtrack’s the band’s rapid trajectory from shared house side project to global audiovisual powerhouse and features previous singles ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ and ‘It’s All Good / Nobody Cares’ as well as their brand single ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’.

Revealed today for the very first time, ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’ is accompanied by a stunning video from Superorganism’s very own Robert Strange and can be watched right now below.

Superorganism track list: 

01 It’s All Good                                            

02 Everybody Wants To Be Famous

03 Nobody Cares  

04 Reflections On The Screen               

05 SPRORGNSM                   

06 Something For Your M.I.N.D.

07 Nai’s March                          

08 The Prawn Song                                 

09 Relax

10 Night Time

Superorganism formats: 

* Standard LP – Gatefold LP, single vinyl, four page booklet, DL card

* Deluxe LP – Glow in the dark gatefold, single vinyl, four page booklet, DL card

* Deluxe CD – Mini gatefold with 16 page booklet

* Standard CD – Jewelcase with 16page booklet

* Digital Download + Spotify Pre-save

Meanwhile, Superorganism will be taking their acclaimed live show on the road throughout 2018, including extensive UK, European and north American headline tours. The full dates are below, including a London headline show at the 1000 capacity Oval Space on 8th March, with further information available from http://www.wearesuperorganism.com/#tour

Superorganism Live

JANUARY

Fri 19   Netherlands, Groningen, Eurosonic

FEBRUARY

Thu 15   United Kingdom, London, The Jazz Café

Sun 18   France, Paris, Café de la Danse

Mon 19   Belgium, Brussels, Botanique - The Rotonde

Tue 20   Netherlands, Amsterdam, Sugar Factory

Thu 22   Germany, Cologne, Die Kantine

Fri 23   Germany, Berlin, Festsaal Kreuzberg

Sun 25   Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega Small Hall

Mon 26   Sweden, Stockholm, Kagelbanan

MARCH

Fri 02   Norway, Oslo, by:Larm

Sat 03   Norway, Oslo, by:Larm

Mon 05   United Kingdom, Birmingham, Institute 2

Wed 07   United Kingdom, Manchester, Gorilla

Thu 08   United Kingdom, London, Oval Space

Fri 09    United Kingdom, Brighton, The Haunt

Sun 11   United Kingdom, Glasgow, CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts

Mon 12   United Kingdom, Leeds, Belgrave

Mon 19   USA, Los Angeles, Echoplex

Tue 20   USA, San Francisco CA, Rickshaw Stop

Thu 22   USA, Portland OR, Doug Fir Lounge

Fri 23   USA, Seattle WA, Barboza

Mon 26   USA, Minneapolis MN, 7th Street Entry

Tue 27   USA, Madison WI, The Frequency

Wed 28   USA, Chicago IL, Schubas Tavern

Fri 30   Canada, Toronto ON, The Mod Club

Sat 31   Canada, Montreal QC, Belmont

APRIL

Sun 01   USA, Boston MA, Brighton Music Hall

Tue 03   USA, Washington DC, Rock & Roll Hotel

Wed 04   USA, Philadelphia PA, Boot & Saddle

Thu 05   USA, Brooklyn NY, Music Hall Of Williamsburg

JUNE

Sat 02   Ireland, Dublin, Royal Hospital Kilmainham

JULY

Fri 13 – Sun 15   Germany, Crafenhaimichen, Melt Festival

AUGUST

Tue 07 – Sat 11   Norway, Oslo, Øyafestival 2018

                             

 

WILD BEASTS ANNOUNCE DOMINO DOCUMENTS ALBUM LAST NIGHT ALL MY DREAMS CAME TRUE FOR FEB 16TH

07/12/17

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When Wild Beasts announced that they would be calling it a day, the news came with an unusual absence of drama. There were no bust-ups or breakdowns to report, no warring words, not even a trace of the trademark “creative differences”. Instead there was a dignified and heartfelt message to their fans that explained that the band had run its course.

For those who’d watched the Cumbrian group grow from purveyors of peculiar guitar pop into one of the most inventive and important bands of their generation, the news came as a shock. Weren’t they just hitting the peak of their powers? Perhaps that was the point.

“I think there's a life cycle with any band,” says Hayden Thorpe. “It reaches a point where the snake begins to eat its tail. Our last album, ‘Boy King’, felt just like our first record in many ways – in its fuck you spirit, in its sense of self-destruction.”

Wild Beasts will play their final ever shows in February next year, and we bid the band a bittersweet farewell with Last Night All My Dreams Came True – a live studio album to be released on February 16th via Domino Documents.

Last Night All My Dreams Came True is a career-spanning collection and features songs from each of Wild Beasts’ studio albums with an emphasis on Boy King, their most direct record yet. Looking back on Wild Beasts’ back catalogue and the themes they tackled, there is a sense of prescience – toxic masculinity, gender fluidity, the conflicts surrounding class, politics and art were no bandwagon jumps, often becoming hot topics in the media several years after they’d been eloquently dealt with on record. 

Today, we are pleased to share ‘The Devil’s Palace’, a rarely-played track that blends ‘The Devil’s Crayon’, from the quartet’s debut Limbo, Panto, and ‘Palace’, from 2014’s Present Tense. An exclusive for the record, it showcases the vocal interplay between Thorpe’s falsetto and Tom Fleming’s baritone perfectly.

Recorded in two days over the summer at RAK Studios, Last Night All My Dreams Came True is the second official Domino Documents release and has more than fulfilled the Domino Documents aim to capture a band at the height of their powers, recording a selection of their finest songs.

“It’s us as tight and slick as we ever have been,” adds Tom. “And it’s also us giving the fewest fucks we've ever given. There’s a sense of celebration and destructiveness combined, a sense that the fetters are off. Not that they were ever on ... but that sense of limited time before you shuffle off is very much a motivator.”

And make no mistake; this is the last time Wild Beasts will be doing such things. This is no hiatus and there are no crafty eyes on a future reunion. “We get to leave our desk by our own accord,” concludes Hayden, “and that makes us very lucky. Whoever gets to do that?”

Tracklisting:

  1. Wanderlust (Live at RAK)
  2. Big Cat (Live at RAK)
  3. A Simple Beautiful Truth (Live at RAK)
  4. 2BU (Live at RAK)
  5. Bed Of Nails (Live at RAK)
  6. Hooting & Howling (Live at RAK)
  7. This Is Our Lot (Live at RAK)
  8. He The Colossus (Live at RAK)
  9. The Devil’s Palace (Live at RAK)
  10. Alpha Female (Live at RAK)
  11. Get My Bang (Live at RAK)
  12. All The King’s Men (Live at RAK)
  13. Celestial Creatures (Live at RAK)

Last Night All My Dreams Came True is available to pre-order on limited-edition coloured double LP, standard double LP, CD and digital. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital

Wild Beasts live
January 13th 2018 – Rockaway Beach Festival, Bognor Regis
February 15th 2018 – Olympia, Dublin
February 16th 2018 – o2 Apollo, Manchester – Note upgraded venue
February 17th 2018 – Eventim Apollo, London Tickets


 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PARALEGAL / BUSINESS AFFAIRS ASSISTANT

05/12/17

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Domino seeks a Paralegal / Business Affairs Assistant to join its Business Affairs department in our London office and working across both the record label and publishing company 

Core Responsibilities Include:

  • Supporting Head of Business Affairs as required
  • Preparing artwork and video agreements, synchronisation, sample and lyric licenses, extension and variation agreements
  • Responsible for third party agreements including producers, mixer, and featured artist agreements (including negotiating within prescribed limits)
  • Coordinating management approvals and signing of agreements
  • Updating licensing spreadsheets and arranging delivery of masters to external labels
  • Working with the Business Affairs team to ensure files, templates and knowledge resources are properly maintained and kept up to date
  • Managing ad hoc queries and researching points of law
  • Working closely with other departments and artist management in relation to clearances
  • Assisting on all other issues that contribute to the running of the Business Affairs department where appropriate
  • Please note that the job description is not exhaustive and may vary in line with changes in the team’s objectives.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience of the music industry in a business affairs/legal capacity;
  • Excellent attention to detail and a proven track record in negotiating and concluding deals in challenging environment;
  • A law degree or legal background;
  • Excellent drafting skills, with a keen commercial mind;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels of the business;
  • The ability to work autonomously, think strategically and be proactive;
  • Strong administrative, Microsoft Office, Excel, organisation and planning skills.

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before 6pm on Monday 18th December, 2017.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

05/12/17

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Domino seeks an Administrative Assistant to join its Business Affairs department in our London office working across both the record label and publishing company. 

The role of the Administrative Assistant is to provide general administrative support for the Business Affairs team and reporting to the Business Affairs Manager. 

Main responsibilities: 

  • Working closely with all members of the Business Affairs team and internal departments, including Finance and A&R
  • Setting up and maintaining appropriate administration and contract management systems
  • Handling internal queries on artist contracts and researching potential legal issues
  • Managing broadcast and compilation agreements (with potential to increase this scope) including negotiation within prescribed limits and liaising with artist management
  • Typing and amending correspondence and other documentation.
  • Supporting the team by carrying out administrative tasks such as filing, photocopying and sending out documents
  • Assisting the team in the management of the firm’s knowledge and information resources 

Person specification:

  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong Microsoft Office, Excel and IT skills
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple responsibilities
  • Proactive and able work under pressure
  • Legal or Business Affairs experience
  • Experience within music industry preferred
  • Salary:  Please state your salary requirements.
  • Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before 6pm on Monday 18th December, 2017.
 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PRODUCT MANAGER

24/11/17

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Domino seeks a Product Manager to join its London team.

Product Managers at Domino are in charge of running artist campaigns inside the company.

The successful candidate will have significant experience in working closely with recording artists and their managers while a proven track record in devising and delivering creative and notable marketing campaigns is essential

The candidate should have a solid general knowledge of the music industry, the marketplace, the digital space and how this informs all aspects of marketing.

The role also includes being responsible for the creation of all campaign content -  so the candidate will need to be confident in commissioning high quality music videos, remixes, artwork and all types of digital content / marketing assets.

Responsibilities include:

• Devising and implementing quality and highly creative marketing campaigns alongside the rest of the team, for a designated roster of artists.

• Delivering the campaign to the rest of the Domino global team.

• Formatting and origination of physical and digital releases and liaising with our distributer on all aspects of driving retail sales and retail marketing initiatives.

• Responsible for all content origination and commissioning and delivery of all video, audio and digital content, as well as marketing assets, to meet deadlines and relevant specs, liaison with management/licensors to ensure global co-ordination.

• Responsible for originating the overall timeline for the campaign and making sure the various deliverables are meeting designated deadlines.

• Making sure that all aspects of the campaign are communicated, objectives are set and followed up on by the wider Domino team, and in charge of getting input from the various members of the team on the project, including but not limited to A&R, Marketing/Digital Marketing, Promotions, International, Production, Digital Account Management. 

• Managing of given budgets and liaising with the UK GM on budgets for all artists

Minimum 3 years appropriate experience

Salary dependent on experience. 

Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to pmjob@dominorecordco.com before 5pm on Monday 11th December, 2017.

 

SORRY RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE ‘WISHED’ ON DOMINO

Sorry | 16/11/17

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Sorry are a new London band centered around Asha Lorenz and Louis O'Bryen, two 19 year-old childhood best friends. Along with Lincoln Barrett (drums) and Campbell Baum (bass) Sorry have been making a name for themselves on London's underground circuit since 2015.

Although starting life with a conventional rock band set up, Sorry’s tastes are wide-ranging and reflect their age and omnivorous YouTube-era musical upbringing where rock, hip hop, noise, electronic soundscapes, grime and folk all sit side-by-side and without confusion. Accordingly, all these influences and more form the band's unique nascent musical universe - a bold, ambitious and at times irreverent canvas onto which the symbiotic intensity of Lorenz’s and O'Bryen's emotional and hyper-melodic songwriting is projected.

‘Wished’ is their debut studio recording and follows the recent self-release of Home Demo(ns) Vol. 1, an eclectic, homespun 13 track audio/visual mixtape. Recorded by Sean Oakley (Rick Rubin, Frank Ocean) and mixed by Andrew Savours (My Bloody Valentine), it is an enticing first document of the band's effortlessly emotive songwriting and command of atmosphere which will be familiar to anyone who has seen their visceral live shows so far, as well as a glimpse at in-studio production possibilities to be explored in their future work. ‘Wished’ will also be accompanied by a b-side, ‘Lies’ - set to arrive later this month. Both tracks will be packaged together on Sorry’s very first 7” vinyl release on Domino, available to pre-order here.

Sorry will embark on a full U.K. tour supporting South London’s psychedelic soul reinventors Childhood on 16 November - taking in Leeds, Dublin, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Brighton and London - before ending 2017 with their biggest headline show to date at Corsica Studios in London on 5 December. The evening will see the band curate a line up of artists, DJs and visual artists, including Middle England (live), DJ sets from Mica Levi and Glows, and poet Georgie Jesson, plus an exhibition from Flop / Spit Tease.


See Sorry at the following live dates:

16 November | Brudenell, Leeds*

18 November | The Grand Social, Dublin*

19 November | Hare and Hounds, Birmingham*

21 November | Broadcast, Glasgow*

22 November | The Dead Institute, Manchester*

27 November | Patterns, Brighton*

28 November | Scala, London*

5 December | Corsica Studios, London

*w/ Childhood

 

HOOKWORMS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM MICROSHIFT, OUT FEBRUARY 2ND 2018

08/11/17

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Domino is very proud to present Microshift, the third album from Hookworms, due for release on February 2nd 2018. With the announcement of Microshift, the band share new track, ‘Negative Space’ – listen HERE. Along with new music, Hookworms will return to the live circuit with dates in both 2017 and in 2018 (a full list of dates and ticket links can be found below).

Microshift is the Leeds band's first new work in over 3 years and marks a seismic shift in their sound, dynamic, songwriting and production, whilst still bearing all the ferocious energy, intricate musicianship and bruised but beautiful song-craft of the previous releases which have quietly made them one of the UK's most revered young bands. 

This is the band's third studio album technically but arguably the first in which the studio has been central to its creation. Pearl Mystic and second LP, The Hum were heavily informed by the band's live sound, Microshift on the other hand came to life in the studio, formed out of loops, modular synthesizer sequences, drum machines, homemade samples etc. which were jammed around and layered until the songs began to emerge. The band have also opened their writing to include collaborations with artists such as Richard Formby (on Opener), Christopher Duffin (on Boxing Day) and Alice Merida Richards (on Each Time We Pass).

Radiant, immersive and teeming with light, but still heavy and forceful - the music on Microshift acts as a very deliberate counter to some of the difficult topics the album's lyrics address. Death, disease, heartbreak, body image and even natural disaster are all present here but the overall effect these songs achieve is euphoric catharsis.

The album was written and recorded in full following a complete rebuild of the band’s Suburban Home Studio after the River Aire floods in Leeds in the winter of 2015 which devastated the studio. The band had an incredible response to a GoFundMe campaign and the subsequent help of volunteers over several months to rebuild the studio from nothing is a huge part of the band’s continued existence. Striving through the toughness, it is perhaps no surprise that the record is one of both defiance and darkness. “All of our records are to an extent about mental health,” comments MJ. “Largely this is an album about loss but also about maturing, accepting your flaws and the transience of intimacy”. 

Hookworms are MJ, MB, JW, JN & EO.

Microshift will be available on deluxe limited edition LP (including orange colour vinyl, exclusive alternate artwork sleeve, and printed PVC outer sleeve plus bonus hand numbered screen print limited to 500), deluxe LP, standard LP, CD and download.

Pre order via:

Dom Mart / iTunes / Bandcamp

Hookworms Tour Dates

2017

Friday 24th November – Hebden Bridge – Trades Club - TICKETS

Sunday 3rd December – Leeds – Community Room @ Brudenell Social Club - TICKETS

2018

Friday 23rd February – Liverpool – Invisible Wind Factory – TICKETS

Saturday 24th February – Brighton – Patterns - TICKETS

Sunday 4th March – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds - TICKETS

Friday 9th March - Manchester - The White Hotel - TICKETS

Saturday 10th March  - Manchester - The White Hotel - TICKETS

Sunday 18th March – Newcastle – The Cluny - TICKETS

Saturday 24th March – London – Electric Brixton – TICKETS

Sunday 25th March – Sheffield – Picture House Social - TICKETS

 

FRANZ FERDINAND RELEASE NEW ALBUM ALWAYS ASCENDING ON FEBRUARY 9TH 2018

25/10/17

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Always Ascending’ the new album from Franz Ferdinand, is being released by Domino on Friday the 9th of February.  Nothing short of a rebirth, the album’s 10 songs are a triumphant recasting of the group, bursting with fresh ideas and vigorous sonic experimentation.  You can listen to the first single, also titled ‘Always AscendingHERE and download or stream it HERE.

Always Ascending’ was recorded at RAK Studios, London and Motorbass in Paris, with the help of French producer extraordinaire Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix, The Beastie Boys), the mutual affection between band and producer seeping into every dazzling groove. ‘Always Ascending’ shows Franz Ferdinand broadening their palate, as exuberant as it is euphoric, creating a sound that singer, Alex Kapranos, refers to as “simultaneously futuristic and naturalistic.”

From the city which jointly played host to the album’s conception, the band will mark the announcement of ‘Always Ascending’ with a live streamed launch event at Paris’s Point Ephémère, to be broadcast from the Franz Ferdinand Facebook page from 8.30pm BST tonight, Wednesday October 25, during which the band will preview a selection of their new recordings.

 ‘Always Ascending’ is available to pre-order via iTunes and all DSPs now and will be available on CD, vinyl and ltd edition cassette via DomMart, with a special DomMart edition, featuring marbled blue and white vinyl, with a signed print and tote bag. 

Franz Ferdinand are Alex Kapranos, Bob Hardy, Paul Thomson, Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot.

The tracklisting for ‘Always Ascending’ is as follows:

  1. Always Ascending
  2. Lazy Boy
  3. Paper Cages
  4. Finally
  5. The Academy Award
  6. Lois Lane
  7. Huck And Jim
  8. Glimpse Of Love
  9. Feel The Love Go
  10. Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow

The band are also announcing their forthcoming tour dates, including a show at London’s 02 Brixton Academy on Saturday the 24th of February, full worldwide dates are as follows:

Monday 4 December / Seattle, WA / Showbox Market 

Tuesday 5 December / Vancouver, BC / Commodore (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday 6 December / Vancouver, BC  / ommodore 

Thursday 7 December / Portland, OR / Theater of the Clouds (947FM Portland DEC2REM) 

Saturday 9 December / Pomona, CA / The Glass House 

Sunday 10 December / Los Angeles, CA / The Forum (KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas) (SOLD OUT)
 

Thursday 25 January / Tokyo, Japan / Shinkiba Studio Coast

Saturday 10 February / Galway, Ireland / Leisureland

Sunday 11 February / Dublin, Ireland / Olympia Theatre

Tuesday 13 February / Manchester, UK / Albert Hall

Wednesday 14 February / Nottingham, UK / Rock City

Friday 16 February / Newcastle, UK / 02 Academy

Saturday 17 February / Glasgow, UK / 02 Academy

Monday 19 February / Leeds, UK / 02 Academy

Tuesday 20 February / Birmingham, UK / 02 Academy

Wednesday 21 February / Bristol, UK / 02 Academy

Friday 23 February / Cambridge, UK / Corn Exchange

Saturday 24 February / London, UK / 02 Brixton Academy

Sunday 25 February / Brighton, UK / Dome

Tuesday 27 February / Paris, France / Zenith

Wednesday 28 February / Brussels, Belgium / Forest National

Thursday 1 March / Hamburg, Germany / Mehr! Theater

Saturday 3 March / Utrecht, Netherlands / TivoliVrendenburg

Sunday 4 March / Groningen, Netherlands / De Oosterpoort

Monday 5 March / Cologne, Germany / Palladium

Wednesday 7 March / Berlin, Germany / Tempodrom

Thursday 8 March / Warsaw, Poland / Stodola

Friday 9 March / Prague, Czech Rep. / Forum Karlin

Sunday 11 March / Zurich, Switzerland / Halle 622

Monday 12 March / Munich, Germany / Tonhalle

Tuesday 13 March / Vienna, Austria / Gasometer

Thursday 15 March / Bologna, Italy / Unipol Arena

Saturday 17 March / Madrid, Spain / La Riviera

Monday 19 March / Toulouse, France / Zenith

Tuesday 20 March / Montpellier, France / Zenith Sud

Wednesday 21 March / Lyon, France / Amphi 3000

Friday 23 March / Rennes, France / Liberte

Saturday 24 March / Caen, France / Zenith

Sunday 8 April / Toronto, ON / Rebel 

Tuesday 10 April / Boston, MA / House of Blues 

Wednesday 11 April / Washington, DC / 9:30 Club 

Friday 13 April / Philadelphia, PA / The Fillmore 

Monday 16 April / Brooklyn, NY / Brooklyn Steel 

Friday 27 April / Minneapolis, MN  First Avenue 

Saturday 28 April / Kansas City, MO / The Truman 

Monday 30 April / Milwaukee, WI / The Rave

Wednesday 2 May / St. Louis, MO / The Pageant 

Monday 7 May / Dallas, TX / House of Blues 

Tuesday 8 May / Houston, TX / White Oak Music Hall 

Friday 11 May / Phoenix, AZ / The Van Buren 

Sunday 13 May / San Diego, CA / North Park @ The Observatory 

Tuesday 15 May / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern

Thursday 17 May / Oakland, CA / The Fox Theatre

Tickets for shows in Ireland, UK and Europe will be available to purchase from 9am on Friday the 3rd of November, Japan from the 11th of November and US and Canada from 10am local time October 27th.  More information can be found on the band’s website: http://franzferdinand.com

 
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