The Kills | 24/05/16

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With less than two weeks until the release of their sixth full-length album, Ash & Ice, The Kills (Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart) are pleased to share the video for ‘Siberian Nights’, the third song from the record to be heard ahead of the June 3 release. ‘Siberian Nights’ was written by Hince, during a solo journey on the infamous Trans-Siberian Express. Directed by Giovanni Ribisi, the video reflects Hince’s “icy, paranoid” vision for the song. 

Says Ribisi:

"I've always looked at videos from a cultural perspective. Whether it's about a single, cultural event or some facet of the band. Over the course of making this video, what was there evolved into being something more abstract. However, during its early conception, I was enamored with a John Houston film called The Misfits. Ernst Haas was there during the making of it, taking photographs. His pictures were some of the many references for the video. The Kills have always been one of my favorite bands. Their music is undeniable. It was a pleasure and a privilege for me to work on this."

The Kills continue to tour the globe, previewing songs off the forthcoming release. All upcoming dates below, and tickets are on sale now.

May 25 || Minneapolis, MN || First Avenue
May 26 || Kansas City, KS || Midland Theatre
May 27 || Denver, CO || Ogden Theatre
May 28 || Salt Lake City, UT || The Depot
May 31 || Vancouver, BC || Commodore Ballroom
June 1 ||Seattle, WA || Showbox SoDo
June 2 || Portland, OR || Roseland Theater
June 4 || Oakland, CA || Fox Theater
June 9-12 || Newport, UK || Isle of Wight Festival
June 14 || Clermont-Ferrand, France || La Cooperative De Mai
June 16 || Madrid, Spain || Mad Cool Festival
June 29 || Euch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg || The Rockhal
July 1 || Marmande, France || Garorock Festival
July 2 || Normandy, France || Festival Beauregard
July 3 || Belfort, France || EUROCKEENNES
July 6 || Kiev, Ukraine || U-Park Festival
July 9 || Moscow, Russia || Park Live Festival
July 14 || Carhaix, France || Festival Les Vieilles Charrues
July 15 || Benicassim, Spain || Benicassim
July 22 || Byron Bay, Australia || Splendour In The Grass
July 23 || Melbourne, Australia || Forum Theatre
July 26 || Sydney, Australia || Enmore Theatre
July 28 || Auckland, New Zealand || Powerstation
July 29 || Wellington, New Zealand || Shed 6
Aug 6 || Katowice, Poland || Off Festival
Aug 7 || Prague, Czech Republic || Roxy
Aug 8 || Leipzig, Germany || Taubchenthal
Aug 9 || Copenhagen, Denmark || Vega
Aug 11 || Oslo, Norway || Oya Festival
Aug 12 || Stockholm, Sweden || Way Out West Festival
Aug 13 || Helsinki, Finland || Flow Festival
Aug 18 || Hasselt, Belgium || Pukkelpop
Aug 20 || St. Polen, Austria || Frequency Festival
Sept 2 || Pomona, CA || Fox Theater
Sept 3 || Los Angeles, CA || The Wiltern
Sept 4 || San Diego, CA || The Observatory
Sept 7 || Dallas, TX || Granada Theater
Sept 8 || Austin, TX || ACL Live At The Moody
Sept 9 || Houston, TX || White Oak Music Hall
Sept 12 || New Orleans, LA || House Of Blues
Sept 13 || Atlanta, GA || Buckhead Transfer
Sept 14 || Nashville, TN || Marathon Music Works
Sept 17 || Milwaukee, WI || The Rave
Sept 18 || Cincinatti, OH || Bogart’s
Sept 20 || Portland, ME || State Theatre
Sept 21 || Montreal, QC || Metropolis
Sept 23 || New York, NY || Terminal 5
Sept 29 || Manchester, UK || Albert Hall
Sept 30 || Glasgow, UK || 02 ABC
Oct 1 || Leeds, UK || Beckett Students Union
Oct 2 || Nottingham, UK || Rock City
Oct 4 || Oxford, UK || 02 Academy 1
Oct 5 || Bristol, UK || Anson Rooms
Oct 6 || Birmingham, UK || 02 Institute 1
Oct 7 || London, UK || Roundhouse *SOLD OUT
Oct 18 || Paris, France || Olympia *SOLD OUT
Oct 19 || Paris, France || Olympia
Oct 22 || Berlin, Germany || Tempodrom
Oct 23 || Hamburg, Germany || Große Freiheit 36
Oct 25 || Cologne, Germany || E-Werk
Oct 26 || Munich, Germany || Tonhalle
Oct 27 || Zurich, Switzerland || Volkhaus
Oct 29 || Milan, Italy || Fabrique
Oct 31 || Lyon, France || Le Radient
Nov 3 || Lisbon, Portugal || Lisbon Coliseum
Nov 8 || Nantes, France || Le Stereolux
Nov 9 || Brussels, Belgium || Arenbergschouwburg 



Wild Beasts | 23/05/16

Image: Wild Beasts press shot photo credit Tom Andrew

Wild Beasts have announced their new album Boy King. Their most direct and vital collection to date, the album is set for release on 5th August 2016 with its first single ‘Get My Bang’ also released today. The video for ‘Get My Bang’ was shot in Belgrade and directed by Olivier Groulx (Arcade Fire, alt-J, Scott Walker) featuring vocalist Hayden Thorpe’s twisted routine of Justin Timberlake-meets-Trent Reznor choreography.

Watch the video for new single ‘Get My Bang’ HERE

Listen to ‘Get My Bang’ on Spotify HERE

Listen to ‘Get My Bang’ on Apple Music HERE

Where 2014's Present Tense album found Wild Beasts in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Tom Fleming puts it, "back to being pissed off". The quartet’s ever-present knack for sensual melody via Hayden Thorpe and Fleming's dueting vocals, Ben Little's sinuous guitar groove and Chris Talbot's potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe's own psyche. As Hayden himself says, "After five records there had to be an element of 'what the fuck?'".

A newfound creative friction between Thorpe and Fleming proved key to unleashing the unique pop sensibility of Boy King - Fleming’s more visceral experimentation unlocking new dimensions in Thorpe’s own writing. After spending a whole year finessing this new found impetus in East London, the band emerged with a collection of songs ready to take to Dallas and producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans, The War on Drugs). Both Thorpe and Fleming credit that trip to Dallas with teasing out the raw power of Boy King. In the studio, the band kept up the intensity of the office hour routine they'd employed during writing sessions and, they say, responded well to Congleton's sober discipline. "He made us get in there, get on and do it," Fleming says. "English politeness never featured."

The raw pop of Boy King's songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe's libidinous lyricism: "it became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male," he says. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came screaming back like the Incredible Hulk." Here lies Boy King's greatest success. Between the slide of prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. It’s yet another incomparable Wild Beasts record; a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable soundtrack to the early 21st century male malaise. Or as Thorpe puts it: "I think Boy King is an apocalyptic record. It's about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you've got to think about death, they're one and the same. 

Boy King will be released on heavyweight 12” vinyl including album download card, with a deluxe edition including a bonus 7” of two bonus songs available via the Wild Beasts online store. The album will also be released on standard and deluxe CD formats, with the deluxe edition including a 12-page booklet, as well as deluxe digital download. All deluxe editions include bonus material, Boy King Trash
Pre-order the deluxe 12” of Boy King via Wild Beasts’ online store HERE
Pre-order the standard 12” of Boy King via Domino Mart HERE
Pre-order the deluxe CD of Boy King via Domino Mart HERE
Pre-order the standard CD of Boy King via Domino Mart HERE
Pre-order the deluxe digital download of Boy King via iTunes HERE

Wild Beasts will support the release of Boy King with a run of UK and European live dates in autumn 2016, including London’s Roundhouse on Tuesday 4th October. The dates follow summer festival appearances including a headline slot at Green Man Festival in August, with those dates preceded by two short residencies in Leeds and Brighton in July. Venue pre-sale tickets for October’s Oxford and London headline shows are available today and on general sale from Thursday and Friday at 9am respectively. All other regional headline dates are on general sale now. Ticket info can be found via the band’s website HERE
Forthcoming live dates are as follows, with UK live dates highlighted bold: - 
Sat 18 Jun 2016 Spain, MadCool Festival
Tue 26 Jul 2016 UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Weds 27 July 2016 UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thu 28 Jul 2016 UK, Brighton Hove Old Market
Fri 29 Jul 2016 UK, Brighton Hove Old Market
Thu 18 Aug 2016 UK, Green Man Festival
Fri 26 Aug 2016 UK, UK Electric Fields
Sat 27 Aug 2016 Finland, Helsinki Modern Sky Festival
Fri 02 Sep 2016 Netherlands, Into The Great Wide Open
Sun 04 Sep 2016 Ireland Electric Picnic
Sat 24 Sep 2016 Germany, Reeperbahn Festival
Wed 28 Sep 2016 UK, Bristol Motion
Thu 29 Sep 2016 UK, Oxford O2 Academy Oxford
Fri 30 Sep 2016 UK, Margate By The Sea Festival
Sat 01 Oct 2016 UK, Sheffield The Foundry
Mon 03 Oct 2016 UK, Cambridge The Junction
Tue 04 Oct 2016 UK, London The Roundhouse
Fri 07 Oct 2016 UK, Newcastle Northumbria Uni
Sat 08 Oct 2016 UK, Glasgow QMU
Sun 09 Oct 2016 UK, Manchester Academy
Wed 12 Oct 2016 Belgium, Brussels Botanique Orangeries
Thu 13 Oct 2016 France, Paris La Gaîté Lyrique
Fri 14 Oct 2016 France, Tourcoing Le Grand Mix
Sat 15 Oct 2016 France, Strasbourg La Laiterie
Sun 16 Oct 2016 Germany, Cologne Luxor
Tue 18 Oct 2016 Denmark, Copenhagen Pumpehuset
Thu 20 Oct 2016 Germany, Berlin Kesselhaus
Fri 21 Oct 2016 Czech Republic, Prague 1 Lucerna Music Bar
Sun 23 Oct 2016 Switzerland, Zurich, Rote FabricTue 25 Oct 2016 Italy, Milan, MagnoliaWed 26 Oct 2016 France, Lyon Epicure ModerneSat 29 Oct 2016 Spain, Bilbao BIME



The Last Shadow Puppets | 17/05/16

Image: Miracle Aligner video still

The Last Shadow Puppets have shared the video for new single ‘Miracle Aligner’ – watch it now HERE. Taken from the number one album Everything You’ve Come To Expect, the new video was filmed in London and is the final video of the triptych from director Saam Farahmand, which included the videos for ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ (watch HERE) and ‘Aviation’ (watch HERE).

‘Miracle Aligner’, plus singles ‘Aviation’ and ‘Bad Habits’, feature on the band’s second album Everything You’ve Come To Expect which was released 1st April 2016. The new album finds Alex Turner and Miles Kane reunited with James Ford (production and drums) and Owen Pallett (string arrangements) and joined by Zachary Dawes (Mini Mansions) on bass, recording the follow up to 2008’s ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ at Shangri La Studio in Malibu.

You can buy the album now via The Last Shadow Puppets storeDom Mart or iTunes.

The Last Shadow Puppets are also set for an extensive run of live dates, including festival appearances, as listed below : -

25 May: Ireland, Dublin – The Olympia Theatre

26 May: Ireland, Dublin – The Olympia Theatre

27 May: Ireland, Dublin – The Olympia Theatre

30 May: UK, Newcastle – City Hall

31 May: UK, Leicester – De Montfort Hall

2 June: France, Clermont Ferrand – Europavox Festival

3 June: Spain, Barcelona – Primavera Festival

5 June: Greece, Athens – Rockwave Festival

24 June: UK, Bristol – Lloyd’s Amphitheatre

22 – 26 June: UK, Pilton - Glastonbury

27 June: Germany, Cologne – E-Werk

28 June: Germany, Dresden - Schlachthof

29 June: Poland, Gydnia – Open’er Festival

1 July: France, Belfort – Eurokeennes Festival

3 July: Belgium, Werchter – Rock Werchter

5 July: Italy, Ferrara – Piazza Castello

6 July: Italy, Milan – Alcatraz

7 July: France, Lyon – Les Nuits de Fourviere

9 July: Scotland, Strathallan – T In The Park

10 July: UK, Manchester – Castlefield Bowl

12 July: UK, Bridlington – The Spa

13 July: UK, Bournemouth – BIC

15 July: UK, London – Alexandra Palace

16 July: UK, London – Alexandra Palace

10 August: Norway, Oslo – Oya Festival

16 August: Hungary, Budapest – Sziget Festival

19 – 21 August: Holland, Biddinghuizen - Lowlands Festival

23 August: Germany, Berlin – Columbiahalle

26-28 Aug: France, Paris – Rock en Seine



Yorkston/Thorne/Khan | 06/05/16

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Yorkston/Thorne/Khan recently released the beautiful Broken Wave Live EP. The songs were taken from the Broken Wave Live sessions recorded at The Square Studio in East London. These sessions afforded the band an opportunity to showcase brawsome live versions of three songs from the band’s acclaimed debut album Everything Sacred – released earlier this year.

YTK are now pleased to share the video for ‘Song for Thirza’, the band’s reading of legendary songwriter and singer Lal Waterson’s original.

Elsewhere on the EP, ‘Broken Wave (A Blues for Doogie)’ is James Yorkston’s tribute to Doogie Paul – a powerful, tender lament to his old bass player and friend whilst Jon Thorne takes the lead on his yearning composition and album title track ‘Everything Sacred’.

You can catch the band live at the following shows:

Friday 6th May – Guildford, Boileroom

Saturday 7th May – Kirkcaldy, Adam Smith Theatre

Friday 20th May – Brighton, The Great Escape

Saturday 11th June – London, Field Day

Tuesday 2nd August – Cork, Cyprus Avenue

Wednesday 3rd August – Kilkenny, Cleeres Bar & Theatre

Thursday 4th August – Galway, Roisin Dubh

Friday 5th August – Waterford, Phil Grimes

Saturday 6th August – Belfast, Crescent Arts Centre

Sunday 7th August – Dublin, The Workman’s Club

Wednesday 10th August – Edinburgh International Festival

18th – 21st August – Brecon Beacons, Green Man

Friday 26th August – Totnes, Sea Change

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are an experimental group that includes James Yorkston, one of the most “influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene”, Suhail Yusuf Khan, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi and Jon Thorne, best known as jazz double bass player with electro outfit Lamb. 

Buy the Broken Wave Live EP here. Buy the Everything Sacred CD/LP here.




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With just a week to go before the release of their forthcoming album, Paradise, out on Domino on May 6th, White Lung has unveiled the video for single ‘Below.’ "This is my Stevie-Nicks-meets-Celine Dion ballad," said lead singer Mish Barber-Way. "I needed to try to do a ballad about glamorous women. It's based on a quote by Camille Paglia, 'Beauty fades. Beauty is transient. That is why we value it,' she said. 'Feminism's failure to acknowledge that beauty is a value in itself, that even if a woman manages to achieve it for a particular moment, she has contributed something to the culture.' It's a song about the preservation of glamour and beauty."

Directed by Richard Bates Jr., the video stars AnnaLynne McCord along with other Marilyn Monroe look-alikes.

Richard Bates Jr. is known for his films Suburban Gothic and Excision. Bates said of the video, "White Lung play for an audience of impersonators who come to the realization that they've betrayed themselves in the pursuit of fame. ‘Below’ is a love-letter to influential female artists from the past. Our video serves to reinforce the notion that what makes an artist special cannot be manufactured." Both AnnaLynne McCord and Mish Barber-Way appear in Bates' most recent film Trash Fire.

White Lung have shared two tracks so far from their forthcoming album. The first, ‘Hungry,’ "is a tightly-wound, catchy-as-fuck invective played at a polished, breakneck velocity," said Pitchfork, who proclaimed it 'Best New Track.' And ‘Kiss Me When I Bleed,’ which also received the BNT distinction. Now with ‘Below’ the trio has given fans yet another taste of their deepest and most mature effort to date. They will tour extensively throughout Europe and North America this summer. Full list of dates below. 

For the making of Paradise, vocalist Mish Barber-Way, guitarist Kenneth William and drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou reconnected in Los Angeles to work with producer Lars Stalfors (HEALTH, Cold War Kids, Alice Glass). White Lung spent a month in the studio, working closely with Stalfors to challenge what could be done with their songs. Bringing all the energy, unique guitar work and lyrical prowess the band are known for to the studio, White Lung curated their songs with a new pop sensibility, focusing in on making a record for the present - "I wanted a record that sounded like it was made in 2016", said William. Mixed by Stalfors and later mastered by Joe LaPorta, Paradise is their smartest, brightest songwriting yet. 

Mish Barber-Way and Kenneth William sat down with Annie Clark aka St. Vincent to discuss the making of the album and their creative process. The entire conversation can be read here.

Paradise is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl, limited edition tri-glitter cassette, CD, and digital download.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / Bandcamp / iTunes

White Lung 2016 Tour Dates:

May 6 || Toronto, ON - Velvet Underground (Canadian Music Week)

May 7 || Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right (SOLD OUT)

May 24 || Brighton, UK - Green Door Store

May 25 || Bristol, UK - Start The Bus

May 26 || London, UK - Victoria

May 27 || Birmingham, UK - The Flapper

May 28 || Leeds, UK - Brudenell Games Room

May 29 || Manchester, UK - The Star & Garter

May 31 || Paris, France - Le Point Éphémère*

June 1 || Liege, BE - La Zone*

June 2 || The Hague, NL - Paard (Small Hall)*

June 3 || Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso*

June 4 || Berlin, Germany - Torstraßen Festival

June 5 || Antwerp, BE - Trix

June 17-18 || Vancouver, BC - Levitation

July 8 || Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom

July 9 || San Diego, CA - Casbah

July 10 || Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar

July 13 || Austin, TX - The Sidewinder

July 14 || Dallas, TX - Club Dada

July 16 || St Louis, MO - The Firebird

July 18 || Bloomington, IN - Bluebird^

July 19 || Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

July 20 || Detroit, MI - El Club

July 22-24 || Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music & Arts Festival

July 24 || New York, NY - Panorama Music & Arts Festival

July 29-31 || Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival

July 30 || Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

August 1 || Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle

August 2 || Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel

Aug 3 || Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe

August 4 || Columbus, OH - Big Room Bar

Aug 5 || Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Restaurant

August 6 || Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club

August 8 || Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will

August 10 || Calgary, AB - Commonwealth

August 12 || Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios

August 13 || Seattle, WA - Neumos

August 15 || San Francisco, CA - The Independent

*=w/No Joy
^=w/Unknown Mortal Orchestra



Villagers | 19/04/16

Image: Photo credit Andrew Whitton

We are delighted to announce that VillagersDarling Arithmetic has been nominated in the category Album Award, at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards. 

Conor O’Brien previously won the ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ Ivor Novello Award in 2011, for his track ‘Becoming A Jackal’ taken from the debut album of the same name.

Released in April 2015, Darling Arithmetic is the third full length album from Villagers. O’Brien wrote, recorded, produced and mixed the album at his home – the loft of a converted farmhouse that he shares in the coastal town of Malahide, north of Dublin. It was a more pared-back, intimate journey compared to the multi-faceted arrangements of 2010’s Becoming A Jackal and 2013’s {Awayland} and revealed a single-minded artist at the peak of his already considerable songwriting powers.

Previously nominated twice for the Mercury Music Prize and winner of Ireland’s Choice Music Prize, O’Brien is currently working on his fourth album.

Villagers will be playing a string of festivals this summer across Europe and North America.

Villagers live dates

Fri 1st July – Vida Festival, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain

Fri 1st-Sun 3rd July – Castlepalooza, Laois, Ireland

Thurs 14th July – Super Bock Super Rock, Lisbon

Sat 16th July – Colours of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Sat 23rd July – Le Poisson Rouge, New York

Sun 24th July – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI



The Kills | 18/04/16

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The Kills have unveiled the second music video from their highly anticipated fifth album, Ash & Ice. Heart Of A Dog” premiered on the Coachella festival live stream immediately before the band’s blistering energetic performance on Friday evening. The video was directed by Sophie Muller who has worked with the band in the past (“U.R.A Fever,” “Cheap and Cheerful,” “Last Days of Magic” and “Satellite”). Ash & Ice will be released on June 3rd through Domino.

The band adds: We are very very especially pleased to release our new music video for “Heart of A Dog!” It was shot all day and into the night in Los Angeles by our dear friend, the tremendous talent, Sophie Muller. We love this video. We love it because it’s fucking fun. Muscle cars and backflips. Palms trees and cacti. Dogs and dice. Neon and sunshine. We hope you love it as much as we do. VROOM VROOM. Love, The Kills. 

Over their almost decade-and-a-half career, The Kills have released four records. Each one a restless, reckless enigmatic art statement that bristled with tension, anxiety, sex, unstudied cool and winking ennui, yet not one of them sounded like the previous one. Ash & Ice is the follow up to 2011’s critically lauded Blood Pressures and was five years in the making. 

The Kills’ forthcoming European run in May is now sold out.  The band will be returning in the autumn, for shows including London’s Roundhouse on the 7th of October  - general on-sale for the new dates is on Friday at 10am CET. All dates are listed below.

The Kills Tour Dates

April 18 Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre (SOLD OUT)

April 19 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory

April 22 Indio, CA - Coachella (SOLD OUT)

May 1 Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg (SOLD OUT)

May 3 Paris, FR - La Cigale (SOLD OUT)

May 4 London, UK - Village Underground (SOLD OUT)

May 13 Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival

May 14 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

May 15 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

May 19 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club (SOLD OUT)

May 21 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

May 22 Detroit, MI - St Andrew’s Hall

May 23 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre

May 25 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue

May 26 Kansas City, KS - Midland Theatre

May 27 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

May 28 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot

May 31 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom

June 1 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo

June 2 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater

June 4 San Francisco, CA - Fox Theater

June 9 - 12 Newport, UK - Isle of Wight Festival

June 14 Clermont-Ferrand, France – La Cooperative De Mai

June 16 Madrid, Spain - Mad Cool Festival

June 29 Euch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – The Rockhal

July 1 Marmande, France – Garorock Festival

July 2 Normandy, France – Festival Beauregard

July 3 Belfort, France - EUROKEENES

July 6 Kiev, Ukraine - U-Park Festival

July 9 Moscow, Russia - Park Live Festival

July 14 Carhaix, France - Festival Les Vieilles Charrues

July 15 Benicassim, Spain - Benicassim

July 22 Byron Bay NSW, Australia - Splendour In The Grass

August 6 Katowice, Poland - Off Festival

August 7 Prague, Czech Republic – Roxy

August 8 Leipzig, Germany – Taubchenthal

August 9 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega

August 11 Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival

August 12 Stockholm, Sweden – Way Out West Festival

August 13 Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival

August 18 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop

August 20 St. Polen, Austria – Frequency Festival

September 29 Manchester, UK - Albert Hall*

September 30 Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC*

October 1 Leeds, UK - Beckett Students’ Union*

October 2 Nottingham, UK - Rock City*

October 4 Oxford, UK - O2 Academy 1*

October 5 Bristol, UK - Anson Rooms*

October 6 Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute 1*

October 7 London, UK - Roundhouse*

October 18 Paris, France - Olympia*

October 22 Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom*

October 23 Hamburg, Germany - Große Freiheit 36*

October 25 Cologne, Germany - E-Werk*

October 26 Munich, Germany - Tonhalle*

October 27 Zurich, Switzerland - Volkhaus*

October 29 Milan, Italy - Fabrique*

October 31 Lyon, France - Le Radient*

November 3 Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon Coliseum*

November 8 Nantes, France - Le Stéréolux*

November 9 Brussels, Belgium - Arenbergschouwburg*

*on sale April 22nd at 10am local time

Ash & Ice is available to pre-order now on 2xLP, CD, and digital download. Pre-order digitally and receive “Doing It To Death” and “Heart Of A Dog” instantly. Pre-order: The Kills / iTunes



Your Friend | 15/04/16

Image: Your Friend - photo credit Crystal Lee Ferris

Your Friend is currently wrapping up a tour with Porches and Alex G in support of her debut album, Gumption, out now on Domino.  Ahead of her last week on the road in the United States, The FADER has premiered a new video for title track, “Gumption,” directed by Dan Huiting.

On the video’s concept, Huiting explains, “When I first heard this song I immediately had two images come into my mind. One was person trudging through the snow from overhead, and second was an overhead shot of that person stopping in front of a burning car. There's something about fire that is so mesmerizing to me.”

Taryn Miller aka Your Friend elaborates on the making of the “Gumption” video, “"I feel really fortunate to have worked with Dan. I've been a fan of his work for a long time. It was wild getting to see the fire footage after the fact since I was facedown in the ice for those shots. It was painfully cold but I would get hit with this wave of heat as the flames grew and it felt amazing in this strange way. In that, I couldn't see but only experience it physically."

TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):

Thu. Apr. 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *

Fri. Apr. 15 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *

Sat. Apr. 16 - Harrisburg, PA @ MakeSpace

Sun. Apr. 17 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba

Mon. Apr. 18 - Champaign, IL @ Accord

Tue. Apr. 19 - St. Louis, MO @ The Stage

Fri. Apr. 22 - Lawrence, KS @ Urban Outfitters

Mon. May 2 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada ^

Tue. May 3 - Austin, TX @ The Parish ^

Thu. May 5 - Kansas City, MO @ Middle of the Map Festival


* with Alex G & Porches

^ w/ San Fermin

Purchase Gumption:

Dom MartiTunes




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The trio of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan return with the beautiful new ‘Broken Wave Live’ EP.  The tracks on the EP are taken from the Broken Wave Live sessions recorded at The Square studio in east London. These sessions afforded the band an opportunity to showcase poignant live versions of three songs from the band’s acclaimed debut album ‘Everything Sacred’.

Lead track ‘Broken Wave (A Blues For Doogie)’ is James Yorkston’s tribute to Doogie Paul– a powerful, tender lament to his old bass player and friend. You can watch the Liam Saint Pierre directed video for the song, shot at The Square during recording, HERE.   Jon Thorne then takes the lead on his yearning composition and album title track ‘Everything Sacred’, followed by the band’s sensitive reading of legendary songwriter and singer Lal Waterson’s ‘Song For Thirza’.  

Buy the ‘Broken Wave Live’ EP HERE.

You can catch the band live at the following shows:

Friday 6th May – Guildford, Boileroom

Saturday 7th May – Kirkcaldy, Adam Smith Theatre

Thursday 19th May – Saturday 21st May – Brighton, The Great Escape

Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th June – London, Field Day

5th August – 29th August – Edinburgh International Festival

Sunday 7th August – Dublin, The Workman’s Club

Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st August – Brecon Beacons, Green Man

The launch of James Yorkstons’ new novel ‘Three Craws’ will take place at The City Café in Edinburgh on Thursday the 28th of April – more information about the novel can be found HERE and the event HERE



Quasi | 14/04/16

Image: Quasi Bundle

Domino are proud to reissue Quasi’s first three studio albums, 1997’s R&B Transmogrification, 1998’s Featuring “Birds” and 1999’s Field Studies on June 10th.

Stream R&B Transmogrification’s ‘Ballad of Mechanical Man’, Featuring “Birds”’s ‘The Poisoned Well’ and Field Studies ‘Birds’ here.

Some bands – not every band – hit a hot streak. A year or two, or three, where they can’t do wrong for doing right; where every song suggests another two; where all the mistakes are in tune and in time, and the bandmembers are finishing each other’s riffs and fills. Talking Heads, 1978–80. The Fall, 1979–82. Sonic Youth, 1986–88. Wu-Tang, 1994–97.

Quasi, 1997-1999: R&B Transmogrification, Featuring “Birds”, Field Studies.

Indie rock had seen power duos before: Guv’ner, Royal Trux, Buckingham-Nicks, the Carpenters – but they’d never sounded like Quasi. Drumming like a controlled detonation; mutant blues coming out of an electric harpsichord or guitar by turns. Backwards through the backwoods of AM pop and Pebbles psych to create a new form: bar-room baroque. Honey-golden multitracked vocals and some of the bleakest, black-eyed, black-hearted lyrics put to paper since Lou Reed woke up in a bad mood. And all played with the kind of ramshackle ease that only comes from weeks of practice, months in the van, and serious chops.

Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes first collaborated in 1990 as Motorgoat, but by 1993 they had become Quasi. These initial excursions would later be re-released as Early Recordings, but 1997’s R&B Transmogrification is where they define their double act. On drums and harmonies, Weiss is all low-key Bonham-ie, power with poise. On top Coomes’ Roxichord makes you wonder how the electronic harpsichord never took off, its low-end crunch with top notes sounding like Ray Manzarek with a Superfuzz. A treacherous lyrical undertow is always there, catching you as you sing along to sweet pop hooks about death, hopelessness – or the illusions of the atomic family on ‘Mama, Papa, Baby’: “One plus one plus one is nothing.” Yet musically Coomes and Weiss are always greater than the sum of their parts. They just fit together, like a two-piece jigsaw puzzle. You float out of R&B Transmogrification on the dislocated cosmic guitars of ‘Clouds’, a little transmogrified yourself.

From Weiss’s opening salvo, and the first action-painting splatter of Coomes’ keyboard on ‘Our Happiness is Guaranteed’, Featuring “Birds” is Quasi at their peak, melding jams-kicking rock’n’roll, punk action, and chord shifts that feel like the change of a season. The success of Weiss’s other group, Sleater-Kinney, in the meantime was clearly only firing up, rather than undercutting Quasi. The songs slide from science fictional dystopia on ‘Our Happiness is Guaranteed’ and ‘I Never Want to See You Again’, to wage-slave class war on ‘The Happy Prole’ and ‘Sea Shanty’. As for ‘It’s Hard to Turn Me On’ and ‘California’, how can songs about anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure, feel so good? Mixing uppers and downers isn’t usually advised, but Weiss and Coomes use it to make a musical space that feels unique to Quasi. 

Closing in on the millennium, both feet on the pedals, Field Studies arrives in 1999. Organ edges out the Roxichord, making for a sound less jagged and more floating – like the protagonist of ‘The Star You Left Behind’, drifting out into an infinite void.  Does Field Studies have an Elliott Smith turn to the harmonies? They do share that heady hit of sweet-sour power-pop – or maybe both Quasi and Smith have a Heatmiser influence, given that’s the Portland band that Coomes and Smith had played in together. As one of their biggest fans, ‘Clouds’ was one of Smith’s favourite live covers. And Smith plays bass on three of Field Studies’ tracks, returning the favour for the many live shows in which Weiss and Coomes were his backing group. “I live underground on the dark side of town”, sings Coomes, but Field Studies is brilliantly lit with tunes that positively glow, and if the settings and arrangements are little more orderly than Featuring “Birds”, it’s only to heighten those accents.

The rest is history: Sword of God, Hot Shit!, When the Going Gets Dark, American Gong, and, most recently in 2013, Mole City, the late-arriving Tusk of the American indie tradition, four sprawling sides of old joys and new directions. Don’t stop; never stop. “You won’t live long / but you may write the perfect song” sings Coomes on ‘The Poisoned Well’. Quasi wrote more than a few, so if you don’t know these three albums, come on in: your happiness is guaranteed. 

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