The English indie group’s label have confirmed they have completed recording and now putting the finishing touches to the disc, set for release in October.
A source at the band’s record company, Sony/BMG, said: “They’re still working on it, although it’s nearly finished. They’re mixing it. It’s all secret – I can’t even give you a clue about what it sounds like because we haven’t heard it.”
Kasabian are thought to have worked with producer Dan The Automator, who oversaw their last record, ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’, and recorded in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The ‘Fire’ hitmakers have talked about a number of different influences on the album, including grunge and punk, but said they will retain the psychedelic and electronic elements which have always been part of their sound.
Guitarist and main songwriter Serge Pizzorno recently described the record, saying: “Well, it’s epic. It’s big songs that make you feel like anything’s possible. It’s a really positive record. I suppose it’s a combination of all three records but we’ve just taken it a bit further.
“I’m really excited about it, because after the last record, people really liked it and wanted to know what was next, and I’m happy to say that it’s got better. I’m excited about playing it live – there are tunes on there that are going to take people to a new place.”
The first acts have been announced for Solfest 2011. Punk icons The Stranglers will be joined by fellow genre legends The Damned, cult Irish band The Saw Doctors and classic 90′s Britpop outfit Cast.
The Damned have specially chosen Solfest to celebrate 35 years since the release of their debut single ‘New Rose’, which landed in 1976.
Folk songstress Kate Rusby, Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, and a host of other folk, pop and rock bands will appear across the weekend, due to take place over August Bank Holiday Weekend in an idyllic setting near the Lake District.
Solfest is also very happy to welcome singer, actress, and all-round alternative entertainer Camille O’ Sullivan, who brings an element of burlesque to the festival for the first time.
Weekend Camping Tickets are now on sale for £89 via www.solfest.org.uk, following all 1,000 Early Bird tickets for this year’s festival selling out in record time.
Solfest is the definitive festival for music hungry families. Welcoming, inclusive, inventive and jam-packed with carefully selected chart-topping acts from across the decades; it’s one of North England’s best kept and beautiful festival secrets with a stunning family area, workshops and five stages packed with music.
Its unique setting allows you to park right next to your tent for the most effortless camping experience, while wood for campfires is provided free of charge for those wanting a classic outdoors adventure. Solfest also invites traders from around the world to sell goods, food and drinks around the site, so you’ll never be wanting for anything while on site.
The particularly family-friendly event, held between 26th ‘ 29th August and located on the edge of the Lake District, is one of the more wonderful British music festivals, tucked between the Solway coast and the Cumbrian fells. It offers a very open-minded and all-welcoming atmosphere for fans of music and the great outdoors, with a quality music programme incorporating classic guitar noise, pleasing new beats and eclectically satisfying melodies that Solfest hope will be accessible to their entire audience.
This beautiful setting has been the host for the last seven years to a mix of both well-established and emerging artists from all over the world, as well as an interesting array of walkabout acts and local talent.
Previous acts to play the festival include punk, Britpop, dance and indie legends The Charlatans, James, The Wonderstuff, Supergrass, The Proclaimers, The Orb, Sham 69, The Bees, Buzzcocks, The Levellers, Utah Saints and The Magic Numbers. With more acts still to announce, 2011 looks to have the most diverse and exciting bill yet for Solfest.
The Slits announce European dates. The Slits known for their infusion of punk and reggae sounds are one of the most significant female punk-rock bands in history. Both legendary and somewhat notorious there is a satiric, tongue-in-cheek quality to their songs instead of a strident peachiness. The Slits are loud, brash, bold and unrepentant. They never compromised their image or stance and their very presence threatened those that considered rock to be a male-only pursuit. In the late 1970’s an early 1980’s the band toured with legendary punks such as The Clash, The Buzzcocks and The Sex Pistols. They went on to influence many generations of bands including The Gossip and Sonic Youth whom they played with in 2007. The Slits continue to expand the boundaries of punk, combining it with various ethnic and experimental sounds and plan to continue doing so for years to come. Their latest album Trapped Animal was released October 2009. The current lineup features original members Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt along with Hollie Cook (daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook), Anna Schulte and Adele Wilson.
European Tour dates May, 2010:
6/5 Dublin Crawdaddy Ireland
7/5 Manchester Moho Live UK
8/5 Newcastle The Cluny UK
9/5 Glasgow ABC2 UK
10/5 Liverpool The Loft UK
11/5 London Islington Academy UK
12/5 Oxford Academy 2 UK
13/5 Brighton The Great Escape UK
14/5 Utrecht Ekko Holland
15/5 Groningen Vera Holland
16/5 Copenhagen Loppen Denmark
18/5 Stockholm Strand Sweeden
20/5 Berlin White Trash Germany
21/5 Koln MTC Germany
22/5 Turin Spazio Italy
23/5 Rome Roads to Ruins Festival Italy
25/5 Athens Venue TBC Greece
27/5 Paris Café Le Dance France
28/5 Barcelona Primavera Spain
Good Shoes new single and UK tour. Following the successful release of their second album ‘No Hope No Future’ and their recent month long sold-out tour of Europe, Good Shoes are back by popular demand with another massive tour of the UK in April and a brand new single “The Way My Heart Beats” to coincide. A special live recording of the single performed acoustically is now on YouTube here -
In line with Good Shoes punk ethos, “The Way My Heart Beats” comes with 3 brand new, previously unheard b-sides: ‘Easier Easier’, ‘Run Away With Me’ and ‘Stand By’ – AND – in keeping up their well deserved reputation for going the extra distance for fans, Good Shoes are offering an exciting, exclusive audio/visual package on wwww.goodshoes.co.uk from TODAY.
The free exclusive download package includes:
- 2 full tracks -
‘The Way My Heartbeats’ (live acoustic version)
‘Easier Easier’ (taken from forthcoming single)
- 2 exclusive videos -
Performance of Daniel Johnston’s ‘Despair Came Knocking’
A personal video message from Good Shoes themselves.
APRIL/MAY UK TOUR (with age restrictions):
19 – Arts Centre, Norwich 14+
20 – Chinnerys, Southend 14+
21 – Dingwalls, London 14+
22 – Audio, Brighton 16+
23 – Guildhall, Gloucester 14+
24 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth 14+
26 – Cavern, Exeter 16+
27 – Little Civic, Wolverhampton 14+
28 – Deaf Institute, Manchester 18+
29 – Hi-Fi Club, Leeds 18+
30 – The Lamp, Hull 14+
01 – The Royal, Derby 14+
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HeavyAsHell.com announces its public launch on March 1, 2010. The site will fill a gap in the social news community for fans of rock, metal, punk and other guitar-based genres. HeavyAsHell aggregates the best stories about ‘heavy’ music from around the web. It sprung from the negative experiences founder Mark Carras had with other news aggregators that buried or denied stories about harder genres, literally shutting out fans, journalists and bands from the benefits of social news. While the site will provide a haven for certain types of music, says Mark, ‘Heavy is in the ear of the beholder. Johnny Cash covering NIN’s ‘Hurt’ is heavy.’ There are two registration levels at HeavyAsHell. Bands register an account with basic information to create a page that will catalogue all its news. Everyone else – fans, writers, bloggers, site runners, labels, publicists – register as users. Users are essentially site editors. Users can submit news, reviews, videos and photo links that they find on the web. They can comment on content, and can vote on posts which in turn will position the story higher on the site. These various activities accumulate ‘sins’ (points). There will be benefits to being an active sinner. Starting March 1, HeavyAsHell will be giving away more than $10,000 in prizes to the top registered users. Each week, the top user will win $1000 while the second place user gets $500 and the third place $250. Additional prizes will be provided by Nuclear Blast America, Prosthetic Records, Rock Ridge Records, the band Mongrel and others. Users will be ranked automatically by their submissions, comments and voting activity. Full Rules and Conditions will be posted on the site at www.heavyashell.com/contest.
I Blame Coco headline Valentine’s Day Weekender at Proud. On Valentine’s Day Sunday February 14th MGM presents a Vintage Valentine’s Ball, from My Gosh Marvellous.
Famed for their bespoke, high calibre entertainment, My Gosh Marvellous’ Valentine’s Ball will feature a 15 piece band and brand new floorshow performances in the style of MGM cinema greats. West End’s finest Josie Walker and Robert Habermann will perform with guests encouraged to dress in the styles and salutations of the chosen era. There will be a treasure trove of vintage delights including a vintage hair and beauty salon!
The night dedicated to kissing and dancing, Smash and Grab Proud’s Valentine’s celebrations on Thursday 11th February. Performing at the event will be headlining act I Blame Coco, whose Coco Sumner is the lovechild of Sting and Trudie Styler, fronting the band’s reggae-tinged pop sound. Supporting them, Bebe and Paulo, whose ‘jazz, punk, and erotica’ will be adding some heat to the goings on, as will Jay and the Boys. Loveshaped
antics include saucy bingo, kissing booths, wedding themed photobooth and a vintage dressing up box.
Balancing the scales, on Friday 12th February, Tales of the Unexpected is an Anti-Valentine’s Day celebration. Lords of the Flatbush, whose two front men Ed and Fill’s ‘ADHD like energy’, make their live sets a raucous affair, mixing rock, ska, funk and punk. Describing themselves as a ‘kid with curls, one sporting a fine stubble, another with a Sancho Panza tache’ their mischievous antics are the perfect antidote to any Valentine’s nay-Sayers, joining them will be 1990’s legends Saint Etienne with a DJ set. Performers including aerialists and contortionists, with the photo-booth decked out in skull and crossbones to truly say good riddance to romance!
Continuing the weekend of love, Be will be back in the saddle on Saturday 13th February with their unique combination of cutting edge music and theatrical excess. Performing is Life In Film, known for their dark and broody melodies that enchant with every note, Kings of Leon signing The Features; and indie-pop darlings Striken City that are sure to pull at everyone’s heart strings with their raw riffs and vocals. Come midnight, Be’s Black Valentine show featuring their tantalising dance troupe will see the crowd into Valentine’s Day with see-tobelieve performances.
The King Blues, Arrows Of Love, Gaggle, The Homosexuals, Pocket Lips and many more acts have been confirmed to perform at F.A.K.E., the first of a brand new series of live music nights at the Brixton Fridge on Friday November 13th. Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington, who founded the legendary punk Roxy Club in the 70’s before creating the Brixton Fridge in 1981, return to their roots under the flag of F.A.K.E., featuring a host of cutting edge acts live on The Fridge’s Continue reading →
Athlete, The Lemonheads and Official Secrets Act join the bill for the inaugural thelondonpaper HEADLINERS event in and around Soho, this September. Helping to revitalize the live music scene in the area, it also recognizes its rich history as a vibrant location for live music. The newly confirmed artists join an exciting and eclectic bag of established and new acts, including Biffy Clyro, Doves, Ben Howard, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Magic Numbers, A Flock of Seagulls, and Daniel Merriweather. Bands will be appearing across thirteen venues, from Orchid and Punk clubs in the heart of Soho to a seated theatre in Leicester Square. Wristbands entitle Continue reading →
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Eugene McGuinness is to release a new single, Wendy Wonders, through Domino on 25th May 2009. This is the third single taken from last year’s much acclaimed self-titled full length debut. Wendy Wonders is a timeless, contemplative song, showcasing Eugene’s signature wit and charm. The single will feature two exclusive B-sides, a superb cover of the Ramones’ track Judy Is A Punk, as well as an acoustic version of the Coral’s Jacqueline.
Eugene McGuinness is joining The Rumble Strips as a special guest on the second half of their Spring UK tour, and has also been confirmed for the Camden Crawl in London and Sound City Festival in Liverpool.
Full live dates are as follows:
Sat April 25th: London, venue TBA (Camden Crawl)
Fri May 1st: Glasgow, venue TBA (Domino stage, Hinterland Festival)
Sat May 2nd: Holland, Amsterdam, Paradiso (London Calling Festival)
Fri May 8th: Glasgow, ABC (JD Set)
Thur May 21st: Liverpool, Zanzibar (as part of Sound City Festival)
Maladjusted a rock band from Amsterdam, the Netherlands released their new modern Punk, Rock and Pop video, “Can I let go” . These styles are found in their new exciting album ‘Self-Titled’ which is succesfully released last year. Their catchy melodies, their tight way of playing and the vocalharmonies give their songs a fresh sound and feeling. Maladjusted played on many major venues like de Melkweg, Gigant, 013, and Paradiso with other bands from the Netherlands like The Sheer, Krezip, Undeclinable, Di-Rect and the Travoltas. Maladjusted hit the German audience supporting The Donots.
‘Album 2: Self-Titled’
Maladjusted was contacted by Erwin Musper (producer of VanHalen, The Scorpions, David Bowie, Anouk) and both Musper and Maladjusted quickly decided on a collaboration for a next album. Recorded in the Netherlands, mixed and produced by Erwin Musper at Studio The Bamboo Room (USA), Maladjusted’s new album Self-Titled is succesfully released on the label YeaYeaYeah Records / Rock Inc. Maladjusted deserves a breaktrough. Visit their website www.Maladjusted.nl and enjoy those 4 hardworking guys from The Netherlands. We did!
Bandmembers: Bram Juist Lead vocals, Rythm guitar – Twan Bultstra Bass, Vocals – Joeri Postma Lead guitar, Vocals – Jorn Juist Drums, Vocals. Watch the new videoclip “Can I let Go” on RTV Channel
Already for 53 years, the Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show. After more than five decades featuring some 1,100 songs, the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded into Europe’s collective mind. Read on to find out how it all started over half a century ago…
After 53 years, the database with Eurovision Song Contest facts and figures, stories and anecdotes is huge! A true, die-hard fan knows how many points Luxembourg got in 1980 (56), who came last in 1972 (Malta, with 48 points) and how many times the Netherlands got 12 points in 1996 (once, from Austria). Because no one can expect you to become a living Eurovision Song Contest encyclopedia, Eurovision.tv takes you through the contest’s history in fast forward. It’s all you need to know before you dive into the rich history of the Eurovision Song Contest…
How it all begun
Did you know that not only stars like ABBA, Celine Dion, Cliff Richard and Julio Iglesias took part, but also dance act Riverdance thanks its fame to the Eurovision Song Contest? The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was formed on 12th February 1950 by 23 broadcasting organisations from Europe and the Mediterranean at a conference in Devon, United Kingdom. It was on the 6th of June, 1954, that Montreux became the venue for the first transmission by the EBU’s Eurovision Network of the Narcissus Festival and its flower-bedecked procession floats. The first Eurovision viewers eagerly watched on four million television sets in homes, bars, and shop windows in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
In 1955, the EBU came up with the idea of an international song contest whereby countries, represeted by their respective public broadcasters, would participate in one television show, to be transmitted simultaneously in all represented nations. This was conceived during a meeting in Monaco in 1955 by Marcel Bezençon, a Frenchman working for the EBU. The competition was based upon the Italian Festival di Sanremo, held for the first time in 1951, and was also seen as a technological experiment in live television: In those days, it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist yet at that time, and the Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network. Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne was born!
Without interruption, the Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, which makes it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. In 2003, the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place, while the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated her 50th anniversity 2005. Viewers picked ABBA’s Waterloo as best ever Eurovision Song Contest song. In 2007, Europe could see the first ever Eurovision Dance Contest.
The 2008 running saw a record of 43 represented countries, as Azerbaijan and San Marino joined the family. The competition has been broadcast throughout Europe, but also in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, even though these countries do not participate. In 2009, an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be launched.