Blues songstress REBECCA DOWNES has announced UK tour dates with blues rockers KING KING in Oct/Nov his year in support of her critically acclaimed new album ‘Back To The Start’
Aug 29 – Aber Jazz & Blues Festival, Fishguard
Aug 31 – Great British RNB Festival, Colne
Oct 16 – Sunderland Blues Club, Sunderland
Oct 17 – The Sage, Gateshead
Oct 27 – Old Fire Station, Carlisle (w/ King King)
Oct 29 – Picturedrome, Holmfirth (w/ King King)
Oct 30 – The Grand, Clitheroe (w/ King King)
Oct 31 – Rothes Hall, Glenrothes (w/ King King)
Nov 01 – Fibbers, York (w/ King King)
Nov 03 – Real Time, Chesterfield (w/ King King)
Nov 04 – Hull Fruit, Hull (w/ King King)
Nov 06 – Cheese & Grain, Frome (w/ King King)
Nov 07 – Ropetackle, Shoreham (w/ King King)
Nov 15 – Ilfracombe Blues Festival
Nov 27 – Sedgefield Blues Club, Sedgefield
Dec 02 – Vonnies Blues CLub, Cheltenham
Dec 21 – The Robiin 2, Bilston
Foals will perform an intimate headline set in support of their fourth, acclaimed album ‘What Went Down’. The album precariously seesaws between primal aggression and naked vulnerability. It’s an approach that delivers a contrast of muscular shocks with the band’s most openly experimentally moments to date. With all this ahead, and a back catalogue entrenched in the minds of many, their updated live sets are going to be truly spectacular.
Foals will be joined by special guest supports and DJs soon to be announced. Taking place in a fully functioning amusement park, the show will see the band play across different eye-catching and imaginative spaces within the Dreamland complex. Following the recent headline sets at festivals including Bestival and Latitude, the anitcipation around Foals’ new release has been huge, as the quintet look to ascend to new creative peaks and growing massive global audiences.
Tickets also include access to Dreamland’s many amusements, rides and arcades. Pre-sale will go on sale Wednesday 19th August from the following link:
The passing of Mr Manchester and one of the best loved label owners in modern times 8 years ago still leaves a gaping hole in the lives Anthony Wilson touched. Arguably the most prolific manager and artist developer of the last century, Wilson helped bands such as Happy Mondays, New Order, Sex Pistols and Joy Division achieve fame and fortune and was a massive influence to generations of bands in Madchester. St Anthony is gone but never forgotten.
Check out the video below featuring Iggy Pop, Steve Coogan and New Order
To celebrate the release of St. Anthony, there will be a launch party at the old Granada Studios on 14th August.
The album collates twelve pop stories about a young woman coming to terms with the hope and regret that accompanies love and loss. Piney’s easy way with melody belies an album of new and different shades. Album opener ‘Gold Rules’ is a finely-honed, heavenly tune even as the song celebrates unreachable riches and glibly states the fact, “you can’t take it with you anyway.” First single, Keep It Together, deftly channels 60s beat pop and Stereolab all at the same time – a lover’s lament laced with urgency and optimism, piped-in directly from her space-age, bachelorette pad.
Other stand-out tracks include ‘Tilt A Whirl’, a piece of fairground philosophy that dates back to Piney’s childhood years when she would accompany her grandmother on something akin to the Waltzer. As the song spins, with Farfisas swirling around life’s ups and downs “like a shooting star or a hope combustible…” become metaphors among the lights and sounds. ‘Mouse Of A Ghost’ fuzzes up like Pineys-in-Toyland channelling her inner riot grrl, with boxy guitar blasts that remind us all that you can rock just as hard, if not harder, in a gingham dress.
Piney has pulled together a stellar band for this release, with members of Gaz Coombes and Emiliana Torrini‘s touring band jumping in on guitar, bass and drums alongside The Smith Brothers & regular collaborator Garo Nahoulakian taking a seat in the producer’s chair. Andy Ramsay of Stereolab makes an appearance on drums, and the bulk of the album was recorded in his South London studio. The rest was whipped-up in Piney’s little Hackney Studio, small and perfectly formed like a musical toy box, chock-full of space echo, marimba, omnichord and pocket piano, which combine to create a euphoric indie-starshine. Think Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips alongside sparkling tableaux of Mercury Rev., the tunefulness of Grandaddy and riff-led counter-melodies like Pixies.
They may live thousands of miles from Bob Marley’s native Jamaica, but The Floating Bridges have been inspired by the legendary reggae artist to make music, and, combining the recognisable rhythms with heavy guitar, they have made it their own.
Their debut album, ‘Chasing Sunsets’, made an impact on its release in 2012, and gained the band a dedicated following. Now, ‘Creatures of Leisure ’is set to bring further success for the dreadlock-wearing members of the band.