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Idlewild are to freeze all projects after their current tour.

Idlewild are to freeze all projects after their current tour.

Idlewild are to freeze all projects after their current tour.

Idlewild put all projects on hold. The band announced the break on Facebook pinpointing lack of ‘demand’ for the decision. “At the end of this final part of the tour we will have played 40 gigs around the UK and Ireland in support of [new album] ‘Post Electric Blues’, which seems more than enough for some time,” wrote Roddy Woomble. “There isn’t the demand for our music that there was in the past, especially not outside of Britain, so it seems after this year it’s an appropriate time to take a break, a ‘hiatus’ or whatever you want to call it.”  Scottish rockers Idlewild formed in Edinburgh in late 1995, originally comprising singer Roddy Woomble, guitarist Rod Jones, bassist Phil Scanlon, and drummer Colin Newton. A year of steady touring preceded the release of the band’s 1997 Human Condition label debut single, “Queen of the Troubled Teens,” which immediately found favor with Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq; the media exposure brought Idlewild to the attention of Fierce Panda, which agreed to issue their sophomore effort, “Chandelier” (their first record with new bassist Bob Fairfoull). A mini-album, Captain, followed on Deceptive in early 1998, and as word spread of their chaotic live shows, the group signed to Food to release Hope Is Important in late October. 100 Broken Windows followed in early 2001 with a subsequent U.S. tour early that spring. The next year, Idlewild issued The Remote Part. “American English” and “You Held the World in Your Arms” were massive hits in Europe, making the album Idlewild’s most successful album to date. While touring Europe in fall 2002 in support of their third album, founding bassist Bob Fairfoull was suddenly kicked out of the band. Guitar technician Alex Grant stepped in to fill his shoes for the remaining European dates. Gavin Fox (bass) and Allen Stewart (guitar) were added permanently to the band in 2003, just prior to the American release of The Remote Part in March. Warnings/Promises followed in 2005. Fox left the band the following spring and was replaced by former Astrid bassist Gareth Russell. Woomble made his solo debut with My Secret Is My Silence. It was released in the U.K. in July 2006. Idlewild’s fifth full-length album, Make Another World, was released the following year. It was their first release on the newly rejuvenated Sequel label.

Rogues release ‘Widows’ EP

Rogues release 'Widows' EPFollowing the release of their lauded 2009 single ‘Not So Pretty’ and fresh from the summer festival circuit playing the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, V Festival and the Isle of Wight Festival, Harrow based Rogues return this November with a four track EP entitled ‘Widows’. Hailing from North West London, Rogues are brothers Pearse MacIntyre (guitar/vocals), John Continue reading →

The Xcerts plans for their next single

the-xcerts-2THE XCERTS’ story began around the turn of the century when then 13-year-olds Murray MacLeod (vocals, guitar) and Jordan Smith (bass, vocals) met in the headmaster’s office of their school in Aberdeen. In 2006 they relocated to Brighton and met drummer and Exeter exile Tom Heron, where the line-up of THE XCERTS was finalised.  After a barrage of dates with Future of the left, Bat for Lashes, Biffy Clyro, Make Model, Cage the Elephant, Brakes, Get Cape.Wear Cape. Fly and Fighting with Wire and recent supports with Enter Shikari and Feeder, THE XCERTS are gearing up for recording their debut full length album late summer with producer Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers / Idlewild) .  They’re a double edged sword of ferocious guitar and dainty, poetic words – a distorted pop band who fuse the influences of fellow countrymen Idlewild and Biffy Clyro with the thoughtful approach to songwriting of old school ‘emo’ bands like Jimmy Eat World and Bright Eyes. With support from Radio 1, XFM, MTV2, Rock Sound and !Kerrang, and a work ethic of epic proportions with a live show to match, these are exciting times for the Aberdeen / Exeter and Brighton based trio.  “Nothing short of astonishing” – !Kerrang  “Ludicrously Punchy” – Steve Lamacq  “’The Xcerts are going to be making big strides in 2008” – Drowned in Sound  Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ The Xcerts can now reveal plans for their next single. ‘Just Go Home’ will be released on 8th June through Xtra Mile Recordings as a download on iTunes and all major DSPs.  Fans who purchase ‘Just Go Home’ in the week of release are eligible for an additional free live track recorded at the band’s recent sold out Glasgow show and mixed by Dave Eringa (Idlewild, Manic Street Preachers,) who also produced the band’s debut album. For more information please see www.xtramilerecordings.com No strangers to the road, The Xcerts who spent a lot of last year touring with the likes of Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly, Twin Atlantic, Feeder and Fight Like Apes will soon embark on a national tour supporting My Vitriol while stopping off at every festival along the way!

Dates below:

MAY
15th – Great Escape Festival
17th – Aberdeen Tunnels – Supporting My Vitriol
18th – Liverpool Barfly – Supporting My Vitriol
20th – Cardiff Barfly – Supporting My Vitriol
21st – Exeter The Hub – Supporting My Vitriol
22nd – Southampton Joiners – Supporting My Vitriol
23rd – Audio, Brighton
JUNE
5th – Herts Uni Summer Ball
6th – Hull Uni Summer Ball
20th – Lexapalooza Festival, London
24th – Southend Arts Festival
25th – Warwick Uni
JULY
3rd – Electric Bay, Perth
4th – Electric Bay, Perth
5th – Perth Music Festival, Perth
24th – Wickerman Festival (Solus Festival), Scotland
25th – Truck Festival
26th – Truck Festival
AUGUST
1st – Leopallooza Festival, Cornwall
30th – Beachdown Festival Brighton

The Xcerts to play Loch Ness

the-xcerts3Play In-store Tour and hit Loch Ness for the Release of ‘In the Cold Wind We Smile’!  Hot on the heels of the release of their mighty, anthemic single ‘Crisis in the Slow Lane’ The Xcerts can now confirm that they will be embarking on an in-store tour the week that their album ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ is released (30th March). Each show will be FREE, feature a live performance from the band and allow fans to get their copy of the band’s debut album signed.

The dates of the band ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ in-store tour are as follows:

MONDAY 30TH MARCH 4.00PM – 1UP, ABERDEEN
TUESDAY 31ST MARCH 5.00PM – FOPP, UNION STREET, GLASGOW
WEDNESDAY 1st APRIL 5.00PM – RISE, CHELTENHAM
THURSDAY 2ND APRIL 6.30PM – PURE GROOVE, LONDON
FRIDAY 3RD APRIL 6.00PM – BANQUET, KINGSTON

No strangers to the road, The Xcerts spent a lot of last year touring with the likes of Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly, Twin Atlantic, Feeder and Fight Like Apes.

In addition to the band’s in-store tour The Xcerts will also continue their tireless touring schedule with additional dates (below), playing a very special intimate show on a boat on Loch Ness! Let’s hope Nessie knows a good Rock song when she hears one!

14th March – Shinkiba Studio Coast, British Anthems Festival, Tokyo (with The Fratellis)
28th March – The Ark, Edinburgh
29th March – A Boat, Loch Ness
30th March – The Tunnels, Aberdeen
1st April – Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham
4th April – Glasgow Academy, Glasgow
7th April – Cargo (Club Attitude), London
15th April – Camden Barfly, London
17th April – Deaf Institute, Manchester
18th April – The Magnet, Liverpool
April 30th/May 1st – Hinterland Festival, Glasgow
20th June – Lexapalooza Festival, The Gaff, London
1st August – Leopallooza Cornwall (Festival)

More about The Xcerts.
With radio support from tastemaker DJs and press across the board The Xcerts are on the cusp of something big. Catch them in a venue near you now before they are filling arenas! 

THE XCERTS’ story began around the turn of the century when then 13-year-olds Murray MacLeod (vocals, guitar) and Jordan Smith (bass, vocals) met in the headmaster’s office of their school in Aberdeen. In 2006 they relocated to Brighton and met drummer and Exeter exile Tom Heron, where the line-up of THE XCERTS was finalised.

After a barrage of dates with Future of the left, Bat for Lashes, Biff Clyro, Make Model, Cage the Elephant, Brakes, Get Cape.Wear Cape. Fly and Fighting with Wire and recent supports with Enter Shikari and Feeder, THE XCERTS are gearing up for recording their debut full length album late summer with producer Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers / Idlewild) .

They’re a double edged sword of ferocious guitar and dainty, poetic words – a distorted pop band who fuse the influences of fellow countrymen Idlewild and Biffy Clyro with the thoughtful approach to songwriting of old school ‘emo’ bands like Jimmy Eat World and Bright Eyes.

With support from Radio 1, XFM, MTV2, Rock Sound and !Kerrang, and a work ethic of epic proportions with a live show to match, these are exciting times for the Aberdeen / Exeter and Brighton based trio.

“Nothing short of astonishing” – !Kerrang
“Ludicrously Punchy” – Steve Lamacq
“’The Xcerts are going to be making big strides in 2008” – Drowned in Sound

Lion O’Brien editors pick

lionobrien2Formed in 2008, from London, England, United Kingdom Lion O’Brien write songs about love, work, robots, vampires and other aspects of common everyday life. Blending sharp lyrics with infectious melodies and anthemic choruses, Lion O’Brien are striving to forge their own original brand of feel-good music. Originally started by James O’Brien (ex-Costar – Only Ever Records) as a side project in the summer 2008, Bermondsey based Lion O’Brien soon took on a life of its own. After writing an album’s worth of majestically melodic pop songs, James recruited pianist/ backing vocalist Teresa Kelly, and bassist Mike Jones through the small ads. After a host of successful acoustic shows they recruited the Isle of Wight’s best drummer, Eve Barnes, and went electric. Lion O’Brien are currently gigging around the UK, and have been championed by the likes of the BBC’s Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, and DJ Alex Zane (MTV and XFM). http://www.myspace.com/lionobrien

The Xcerts release ‘Crisis in the Slow Lane’

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THE XCERTS’ story began around the turn of the century when then 13-year-olds Murray MacLeod (vocals, guitar) and Jordan Smith (bass, vocals) met in the headmaster’s office of their school in Aberdeen. In 2006 they relocated to Brighton and met drummer and Exeter exile Tom Heron, where the line-up of THE XCERTS was finalised.

After a barrage of dates with Future of the left, Bat for Lashes, Biff Clyro, Make Model, Cage the Elephant, Brakes, Get Cape.Wear Cape. Fly and Fighting with Wire and recent supports with Enter Shikari and Feeder, THE XCERTS are gearing up for recording their debut full length album late summer with producer Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers / Idlewild) .

They’re a double edged sword of ferocious guitar and dainty, poetic words – a distorted pop band who fuse the influences of fellow countrymen Idlewild and Biffy Clyro with the thoughtful approach to songwriting of old school ‘emo’ bands like Jimmy Eat World and Bright Eyes.

With support from Radio 1, XFM, MTV2, Rock Sound and !Kerrang, and a work ethic of epic proportions with a live show to match, these are exciting times for the Aberdeen / Exeter and Brighton based trio.

“Nothing short of astonishing” – !Kerrang
“Ludicrously Punchy” – Steve Lamacq
“’The Xcerts are going to be making big strides in 2008” – Drowned in Sound

Hot on the heels of the release of their mighty, anthemic single ‘Crisis in the Slow Lane’ The Xcerts can now confirm that they will be embarking on an in-store tour the week that their album ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ is released (30th March).

Each show will be FREE, feature a live performance from the band and allow fans to get their copy of the band’s debut album signed.

The dates of the band ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ in-store tour are as follows:

MONDAY 30TH MARCH 4.00PM – 1UP, ABERDEEN
TUESDAY 31ST MARCH 5.00PM – FOPP, UNION STREET, GLASGOW
WEDNESDAY 1st APRIL 5.00PM – RISE, CHELTENHAM
THURSDAY 2ND APRIL 6.30PM – PURE GROOVE, LONDON
FRIDAY 3RD APRIL 6.00PM – BANQUET, KINGSTON

No strangers to the road, The Xcerts spent a lot of last year touring with the likes of Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly, Twin Atlantic, Feeder and Fight Like Apes. In addition to the band’s in-store tour The Xcerts will also continue their tireless touring schedule with additional dates (below), playing a very special intimate show on a boat on Loch Ness! Let’s hope Nessie knows a good Rock song when she hears one!

Dates are:

14th March – Shinkiba Studio Coast, British Anthems Festival, Tokyo (with The Fratellis)
29th March – A Boat, Loch Ness – Order tickets here: www.ironworksvenue.com / www.seetickets.com/?c=384559&filler2=384559
30th March – The Tunnels, Aberdeen
1st April – Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham
4th April – Glasgow Academy, Glasgow
7th April – Cargo (Club Attitude), London
15th April – Camden Barfly, London
April 30th/May 1st – Hinterland Festival, Glasgow
20th June – Lexapalooza Festival, The Gaff, London

With radio support from tastemaker DJs and press across the board The Xcerts are on the cusp of something big. Catch them in a venue near you now before they are filling arenas!

www.myspace.com/thexcerts
www.xtramilerecordings.com
www.myspace.com/xtramilerecordings

The Bookhouse Boys announce live dates

bookhouse-boysHaving enjoyed a raucous welcome around the country on their first UK tour earlier this year, The Bookhouse Boys announce a fresh string of live dates culminating at London’s Bush Hall on April 16th.  A live phenomenon, with a veritable feast of mariachi brass, a duo of drummers and girl-boy vocals; they realise euphoric surf guitar and Ennio Morricone soundscapes of their debut album, with a visceral Cramps-esque prosecution and Nick Cave croon.

UK TOUR DATES: 11th APRIL GLASGOW, Twisted Wheel; 12th APRIL ABERDEEN, Moshulu; 13th APRIL NEWCASTLE, Cluny; 14th APRIL NOTTINGHAM, Bodega; 15th APRIL OXFORD, Bullingdon Arms; 16th APRIL LONDON, Bush Hall;

The Bookhouse Boys opened 2009 with their maiden UK tour, having lit up Festival stages and enjoyed widespread critical acclaim for debut album in 2008. Building on the underground success of debut vinyl releases Tonight and Dead, the bands single Can’t Help Myself was picked up by Zane Lowe at Radio 1, playlisted at XFM, and enjoyed the renewed support of long term fans Steve Lamacq and Nemone at 6Music.

Keane in world exclusive 3D webcast

keaneOn 2nd April 2009 Keane will make history with the world’s first ever live webcast in 3D, from Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios, London.

The band will record the live session at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios, the home of The Beatles historic first ever satellite broadcast, and will feature live mixed graphics from world renowned digital artists D-Fuse.

3D glasses will be available from keanemusic.com, and all retailers with the 7′ of the new single ‘Better Than This’.

The audio from the gig will also be simultaneously broadcast live on-air on newly launched national station Absolute Radio and in it’s full 3D video glory at www.absoluteradio.co.uk.

Keane release Better Than This taken from the album Perfect Symmetry, on 16th March, through Island Records. 

More about Keane.

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Vocals: Tom Chaplin / Piano: Tim Rice-Oxley / Drums: Richard Hughes

Keane formed in 1997 at a Hastings Secondary School.
 
In 2002, following several years of experimenting and honing their sound, Keane decided that they needed to get out and play live. They booked two acoustic gigs, one at the 12 Bar Club, another at the Betsey Trotwood. Fierce Panda mini-mogul Simon Williams caught the Betsey Trotwood gig, and asked Keane to put out a single on his label.
 
They chose ‘Everybody’s Changing’, a sweeping, majestic ode to feeling utterly lost when everyone else seems to know the score, which was recorded for zero pence. “The recording session was a little rough and ready – the song was literally made in a room in someone’s house,” Tom laughs. “And we had to go round to a different house to mix it, because the speakers broke.” It would be difficult to find origins more desperately indie, yet ‘Everybody’s Changing’ sounded like a Number One chart hit before you even got to the chorus, and it immediately began turning heads. Steve Lamacq decided that it was one of the best singles in Fierce Panda’s entire history – not bad for a label, which housed early releases from Coldplay, Idlewild and Supergrass. He declared that Keane were “somewhere between a scuffed Coldplay and a frankly bewildered Beautiful South”, hammering the single on his show and eventually calling the band in for a session on BBC 6Music. Xfm were on the case, too, with Clare Sturgess requesting a session from the band, while a Sunday Times profile noted that Keane were responsible for “three and a half minutes of pure pop loveliness”. NME wrote that ‘Everybody’s Changing’ was “indisputably mighty” and compared Keane with “‘Kid A’-era Radiohead covering A-ha”.
 
What all these people spotted – and what the rest of the world will shortly find out for themselves – is that despite the reference points, Keane’s beguilingly beautiful music really isn’t like anything else that’s out there right now. “Our songs have universal themes and are emotional,” Tim nods. “People want emotion. But that seems like quite a rare thing these days. I don’t think there are many bands who are making music which actually means anything. There’s nothing to identify with.”
 
Things, at last, were beginning to gather pace. Keane’s first UK tour saw Tom, Richard and Tim performing at venues up and down the country to audiences of between five and 300 people. They didn’t look like many other bands – there was no guitarist, a factor which might send some purists screaming into the hills but, Richard says, really wasn’t a conscious decision.

By the time spring 2003 rolled around, the boys were out on the road again, and labels were already putting offers on the table. “All we were after was the opportunity to make the right record with the right people,” Tom shrugs – which is where Island stepped in. “We’ve never wanted to be a small, cult band,” Tom adds. “We want to get our music heard by as many people as we possibly can, because that’s why we’re making it.”
 
Throw in a startling appearance in the New Bands tent at the Reading and Leeds Carling Weekend, more plaudits for the boys’ second single ‘This Is The Last Time’. And, once again, it sounds like all the bands who’ve ever meant anything to anyone, but at the same time it only sounds like Keane.
 
“People often say that they wish they’d been around in the 60s,” Tom says. “But we’re happy just where we are. We love rock’s back catalogue, and now we’ve got a chance to add to it. After all, tunes never go out of fashion.”

The Seal Cub Clubbing Club new album

the-seal-cub-clubbing-clubHow many bands can you think of that run their own book club? Most fans go to a show expecting to hear music. Aside from the library of books The Seal Cub Clubbing Club bring along for fans to take away or contribute to – and their super tongue twister of a name, The SCCC also deliver music – amazing music, as you will hear on their debut album ‘Super Science Fiction’ – out 20 April 2009.

Recorded under the guiding hand of producer Barney (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, and the Enemy) and following on from two limited edition self titled EP’s recorded by Paul Tipler (Stereolab, iForward, Russia!, 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster), ‘Super Science Fiction’ is a smartly diverse collection of songs ‘that veers dangerously close to being unlistenable without actually becoming so.’, the band tell us.

In the shortest time since they first came together on the Wirral Peninsual, this enigmatic Liverpool 5 piece have been on tour with The Fall, British Sea Power, Field Music, Black Wire, Brakes (twice) and Idiot Pilot, enjoyed support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, who brought them in for interview on his BBC 6 Music radio show and played Glastonbury 2008.

Not to mention the tons of books they have digested along the way,

With warm up gigs, more tours, a further single culminating in the release of the album over the coming months, the majority of The SCCC story is yet to be written – and it promises to be a corker, reaching the very top of the international best sellers list,

Warm up shows:

07th FEB – W EST KIRBY Westbourne Hall – Charity Do!
12th FEB – LIVERPOOL Monochrome
14th FEB – LIVERPOOL 02 Carling Academy w/ British Sea Power
17th FEB – LONDON ’Helium’ @ 93 Feet East w/ Dogtanion
25th FEB – BRISTOL ’Start The Bus’ (Baldwin Street)
27th FEB – MANCHESTER Moho’s
24th MAR – LONDON Bloody Awful Poetry @ 93 Feet East
26th MAR – LIVERPOOL Live Performance BBC Radio Merseyside
27th March Onwards – Full Album Tour and Festivals Dates – TBC

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