Twin Atlantic announce intimate club tour and debut album. Never a band to rest on their laurels, hotly-tipped Glasgow natives Twin Atlantic will hit the ground running in 2011 with their first headline tour of the year. Currently putting the finishing touches to their highly anticipated debut album at Red Bull Studio in Santa Monica with Ã¼ber producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies), Twin Atlantic will be playing some intimate club shows to kick off the year in style. ‘We are really looking forward to this tour. We have supported so many bands over the last year with next to no headline shows & that has made us really miss the vibe & community of our wee fan base. This is us getting back to what we do best and it is only made all the better that we have just finished recording our debut full-length album. We will be playing some new songs that define the new direction for us, and we can’t wait to let people hear what we have been working on. To top it off, it’ll be great to be back on the road with Tom DeLonge and Angels & Airwaves for the shows in Europe.” – Sam McTrusty, Vocals /Guitars. Be sure to catch this incredible live band at one of the following dates:
19th Hull, Fruit ,
20th York, Fibbers
21st Durham, Live Lounge
22nd Sheffield, University
23rd Liverpool, Academy
25th Cambridge, Haymakers
1st Kingston, Peel
2nd Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
4th Plymouth, White Rabbit
5th Yeovil, Orange Box
6th Leicester, Sub 91
8th Preston, 53 Degrees
10th Orkney, Fusion
11th Thurso, Skinandis
12th Dingwall, Oscars
13th Stirling, Fu Bar
The band will also be supporting Angels and Airwaves in Europe on the following dates:
26th Cologne, Essigfabrik
27th Tilburg, 013
28th Luxembourg, Den Atelier
30th Paris, La Cigale
31st Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
Reef announce tour dates. After a glorious and effortless run of shows this Spring and some select festival appearances over the summer, including the storming home-coming frenzy on the Saturday afternoon at Glastonbury , the West Country’s favourite sons will head out again on the road this autumn. Having enjoyed the best gigs and festivals appearances of their lives and really appreciated the fervent support from the fans on their sold out April shows, Gary, Jack, Kenwyn and Dom have decided it was too much fun not to do it all over again. REEF formed in 1993, signing to Sony imprint S2 Records the following year. Their debut 1995 album REPLENISH achieved Gold status and saw the band play shows with the Rolling Stones, Paul Weller and Soundgarden. The follow up to Replenish, 1997′s GLOW stormed the UK Charts at Number 1 and included the single ‘Place Your Hands’. In 1999 the band released RIDES (George Drakoulias) and in the same year the band saw off the likes of Oasis and Pulp to win the Music Industry’s Soccer Six competition. Rides was followed by the poppier sounding GETAWAY produced by Al Clay (Pixies, Stereophonics) in 2000 which was most notable for the single ‘Set The Record Straight’. Always a favourite at shows and Festivals alike, the band made many high profile appearances during this period, including Glastonbury and Reading festivals. TOGETHER – THE BEST OF REEF was released by S2 in 2003. It was around then that he band decided to take an extended break from Reef. They have been working on several projects in the interim including Dominic playing with Mick Jones (The Clash) and Tony James (Gen X) in Carbon/Silicon and Gary and Jack forming THEM IS ME and releasing their debut album in 2008 and now the new StringerBessant album Yard which will be released in July 2010 on Xtra Mile Recordings.
26 Truro HALL FOR CORNWALL
27 Portsmouth PYRAMID CENTER
02 London KENTISH TOWN FORUM
03 Wolverhampton WULFREN HALL
04 Nottingham ROCK CITY
The XX: Band You Should Know. One of the great quests in rock music has been to try to bring together traditional guitar-drum-bass rock sounds with dance music. Some of the biggest bands in the world have made the attempt (most notably U2, who boldly attempted to bridge the gap between rock and electronica with Zooropa and Pop in the 1990s), but most have failed. At the end of the day, groups with rock elements are written off as dance Continue reading →
Mew will bring their intoxicating live shows back to the U.S. beginning November 30 in Philadelphia and running through to December 14 with a final stop in Los Angeles headlining the Henry Fonda Theater. The band has also been tapped by The Pixies to join the legendary band at their December 1st show in Washington, D.C. at Constitution Hall. The Pixies aren’t the first influential band to hand select and generously give Mew their stage. Throughout Mew’s touring career, the band has been given numerous and critical opportunities to open for some of the biggest names in music. And now it’s their chance to pay it forward. Mew will be Continue reading →
From 11 Jun 2009 – 14 Jun 2009
Top rock and indie names, legendary acts, and rising stars, on a large main stage or the smaller tented stage in a relaxed festival atmosphere. The dates for the eighth Isle of Wight festival are confirmed as from Friday 12th until Sunday 14th June 2009. The confirmed acts for 2009 include The Prodigy who headline on Friday, with Stereophonics, and Razorlight confirmed as joint Saturday headliners, and Neil Young headlining the Sunday. Basement Jaxx, Pendulum, Maximo Park, White Lies, The View, The Rifles, Pixies, Simple Minds, The Pigeon Detectives, and The Script are just some of the names confirmed to appear on the main stage. Tim Burgess of The Charlatans curates the Sunday of this year’s Big Top, and will headline it on the same day, as well as a full line-up there’s DJ sets from Tim Burgess, Rhys Webb, and The She Set. Also appearing there on the Saturday will be Australian Pink Floyd, Calvin Harris, McFly, Mercury Rev, Ultravox, and more. Friday is Ladies night with Bananarama, Ladyhawke, Alesha Dixon, and The Noisettes. For campers The Human League lead the entertainment on the Thursday night. For the line-up details, day splits, and rumours as available. Tickets are priced at £140 for an adult ticket with camping which includes entertainment in the campsite on Thursday night, and Â£70 for a child ticket (12 years and under). The price of an adult ticket without camping is Â£120 and Â£60 for children (12 years and under). Every person attending the festival must purchase a ticket. This includes babes in arms.
The original Isle Of Wight Festival will forever be etched in musical history after it housed Jimi Hendrix’s last ever performance, attracted the largest ever UK festival crowd and led to any future festivals being banned from the island after nearly half a million hippies turned the 1970 site into a chaotic free-for-all. However, since it was re-ignited in 2002, the festival has forged a new identity that differs from its predecessors. Big names like The Rolling Stones and The Police honour the spirits of greats like Dylan and The Doors as some 60,000 fans annually cross the Solent for the three-day bash. With one main stage and a big top the festival is predominantly about the music and a varied line-up means there is often something for everyone with The Cribs, Amy Winehouse and Sugababes performing recently. Onsite there is a funfair as well as a selection of food and drink stalls. Camping is available from the Thursday
GRAHAM COXON has announced UK tour dates in May. Also to coincide with the release of the ‘In The Morning’ 10″ for Record Store Day, Graham Coxon has announced a special instore at Pure Groove in London. This instore will take place at their shop in Farringdon at 6pm on 18th April. ‘In The Morning’ 10″ is limited to 1,000 copies and has an etching by Graham on the flipside. Graham Coxon will release his album ‘The Spinning Top’ on 11th May, with the single ‘Sorrow’s Army’ to follow on 18th May
Graham Coxon, he’s the guitarist of one of London’s most delightful Britpop bands, and Graham Coxon is the quiet one. As the chief guitarist of Blur, his sheer and jointed guitar riffs made him a distinctive piece in leading the four-piece into alternative creative outlets, not to be overshadowed by the popular hysteria painted by the press. Noticeably, Blur went from cockney rebels to experimental intellects throughout their growing roster of material during the mid- to late ’90s. Still Coxon wanted to steer into another musical invention. Expectations and personal wishes led him to throw his energy into a solo career. It was a side project of sorts, a loophole for Coxon to streamline his own ideas his own way.
Blur enjoyed mainstream success in America with “Song 2″ from their 1997 self-titled release. Coxon’s musical influences start to appear during this time, elements of American indie rock (Pavement, Pixies, Sonic Youth) shower through the band’s work. It was shortly thereafter that Coxon founded his own label, Transcopic and released The Sky Is Too High in 1998 (the album was released on Caroline stateside). His straight-ahead lo-fi sound and post-punk yearnings were finally captured on a glowing debut, a favorite among the college charts, but still a stifling move for die-hard Blur fans. No one was sure what to make of Coxon’s solo motivation. Unfortunately, a year later, it was brushed aside by the release of Blur’s sixth album, 13. Coxon remained the quiet one, despite his deepest efforts to make his most artistic side more apparent. But keeping up with the speed of things, Coxon put all things Blur aside to release his second LP, The Golden D, in mid-2000.
Two years later, Coxon shocked Blur fans around the world by announcing his departure from the band. Recording for Think Tank had just gotten underway in Marrakesh, Morocco; however Coxon had already grown distant, personally and creatively, from the rest of the band. In turn, Coxon fell back on his solo career and focused on fatherhood. His fourth album, Kiss of Morning, appeared in October. Two years following, Coxon hooked up with producer Stephen Street for his biggest solo achievement yet. Happiness in Magazines was released in May 2004. Love Travels at Illegal Speeds appeared two years later.
Graham Coxon will tour the UK in May:
3rd May Norwich Arts Centre
4th May Brighton Digital
6th May Tunbridge Well Forum
7th May Hertford Marquee
8th May York Fibbers
9th May Glasgow King Tuts
12th May Cambridge Soul Tree
13th May London Lexington
14th May Bristol Thekla
15th May Wolverhampton Civic
17th May Nottingham Rescue Rooms
18th May Newcastle Cluny
THE HUMAN LEAGUE will headline the “campers only” first day of the Isle of Wight festival. The 80s Sheffield synthpop group will play the Big Top on Thursday night. Stereophonics, The Prodigy and Neil Young have already been announced as the main stage headliners of this year’s festival, which will also see performances from Pixies, The Charlatans, Ultravox and The Zombies.
More about the Human League
Synth pop’s first international superstars, the Human League were among the earliest and most innovative bands to break into the pop mainstream on a wave of synthesizers and electronic rhythms, their marriage of infectious melodies and state-of-the-art technology proving enormously influential on countless acts following in their wake. The group was formed in Sheffield, England, in 1977 by synth players Martyn Ware and Ian Marsh, who’d previously teamed as the duo Dead Daughters; following a brief tenure as the Future, they rechristened themselves the Human League after enlisting vocalist Philip Oakey. The trio soon recorded a demo, and played their first live dates; they soon tapped Adrian Wright as their “Director of Visuals,” and his slide shows quickly became a key component of their performances.
Signing with the indie label Fast, in 1978 the Human League issued their first single, “Being Boiled”; a minor underground hit, it was followed by a tour in support of Siouxsie & the Banshees. After a 1979 EP, The Dignity of Labour, the group released its first full-length effort, Reproduction, a dark, dense work influenced largely by Kraftwerk. Travelogue followed the next year and reached the U.K. Top 20; still, internal tensions forced Ware and Marsh to quit the group in late 1980, at which time they formed the British Electronic Foundation. Their departure forced Wright to begin learning to play the synthesizer; at the same time, Oakey recruited bassist Ian Burden as well as a pair of schoolgirls, Susanne Sulley and Joanne Catherall, to handle additional vocal duties.
The first single from the revamped Human League, 1981′s “Boys and Girls,” reached the British Top 50; recorded with producer Martin Rushent, the follow-up “Sound of the Crowd” fell just shy of the Top Ten. Their next single, “Love Action,” reached number three, and after adding ex-Rezillo Jo Callis the League issued “Open Your Heart,” another hit. Still, their true breakthrough was the classic single “Don’t You Want Me,” from the album Dare!; both topped their respective charts in England, and went on to become major hits in the U.S. as well. A tour of the States followed, but new music was extremely slow in forthcoming; after a remix disc, Love and Dancing, the Human League finally issued 1983′s Fascination! EP, scoring a pair of hits with “Mirror Man” and “(Keep Feeling) Fascination.”
The much-anticipated full-length Hysteria finally surfaced in mid-1984, heralding a more forceful sound than earlier Human League releases; the record failed to match the massive success of Dare!, however, with the single “The Lebanon” earning insignificant airplay. The group soon went on indefinite hiatus, and Oakey recorded a 1985 solo LP with famed producer Giorgio Moroder titled simply Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder. To the surprise of many, the Human League resurfaced in 1986 with Crash, produced by the duo of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; the plaintive lead single “Human” soon topped the U.S. charts, but the group failed to capitalize on its comeback success, disappearing from the charts for the remainder of the decade.
When the Human League finally returned in 1990 with Romantic?, their chart momentum had again dissipated, and the single “Heart Like a Wheel” barely managed to rise into the Top 40. The record was the band’s last with longtime label Virgin; now a trio consisting of Oakey, Sulley, and Catherall, they ultimately signed with the EastWest label, teaming with producer Ian Stanley for 1995′s Octopus. The album went largely unnoticed both at home and overseas, with the single “Stay With Me Tonight” issued solely in the U.K. A resurgent interest in synth pop and post-punk during the early 2000s enabled the group’s 2001 album Secrets considerable press coverage, which saw the group update its early sound. Four years later, they released Live at the Dome.