Thirty Seconds To Mars massive tour. Fast on their way to becoming one of the world’s biggest bands, Thirty Seconds To Mars’ status in the UK has already been proven with shows this year that include a sold-out arena tour as well as a headline slot on the second stage at Download Festival. Their undeniable popularity continues to grow with the confirmation of their biggest UK tour to date which commences at the end of November. The tour, including a show at London’s 02 Arena on November 30th, will see the band play to a combined audience of over 50,000 people (support provided by Enter Shikari).
29th – The Brighton Centre
30th – London, The O2 Arena
1st – Birmingham, NIA
3rd – Aberdeen, AECC
4th – Manchester, Central
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 18th June at a price of £23.50 for London and £22 for all other dates. www.gigsandtours.com & www.ticketmaster.co.uk Aside from the arena shows and Download, Thirty Seconds To Mars are also set to play further festival dates at Oxegen and T in the Park. Thirty Seconds To Mars will follow their triumphant Download set with the July 19th release of the new single ‘Closer To The Edge’. Co-produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails), Steve Lillywhite (The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel) and Thirty Seconds To Mars, the uplifting ‘Close To The Edge’ is led by Jared Leto’s soaring vocals and backed with an undercurrent of electronic flourishes. Taken from the global hit album ‘This is War’, ‘Close to The Edge’ features backing vocals courtesy of the band’s fan community The Echelon, who contributed to the album’s recording during sessions in nine different countries stretching from America to Australia. Formed by brothers Jared and Shannon Leto and completed by Tomo Milicevic, Thirty Seconds To Mars have won numerous awards and accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, three MTV EMAs, an MTV Latin and Asia Award, a Fuse Award, and three Kerrang! Awards.
Scratch My Back’ is expected in early 2010. Peter Gabriel is set to release an orchestral covers album featuring the likes of Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Elbow and Bon Iver. Entitled ‘Scratch My Back’ the album is reported to be a “song swap” with a host of “extremely legendary artists” set to cover each other’s material. “The songs are not simply covers,” Gabriel collaborator John Metcalfe told BBC 6 Continue reading →
SXSW Award-Winning art rock band ‘The Black and White Years,’ is coming to London to open for Basement Jaxx and KanYe West. Austin indie art rockers, The Black and White Years, will make their debut performance in London at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park. The band is scheduled to play both dates of the two-day festival with headliners Basement Jaxx on July 4th and KanYe West on July 5th. The Black and White Years were the standout band at 2009′s South by Southwest with four outstanding showcases including a performance with Devo, Tricky and Datarock; plus a relentless week that kicked off by winning five major awards at the 27th Annual Austin Music Awards, the ceremony which marks the beginning of the SXSW Music Festival. The Austin, Texas four-piece were presented with SXSW trophies for Best New Band and Best Song for their single, Power to Change, Best Performing Band – Rock and Best Bass Player (John Aldridge). In addition, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers) won the award for Best Producer of the Year for his work on The Black And White Years’ eponymous debut album.
The Black and White Years are:
Scott Butler – vocals, guitars, keyboards, vocals
Landon Thompson – guitars, keyboards, vocals
John Aldrige – bass guitar, brass, keyboards
Billy Potts – drums
‘Power to Change’ (video) – http://www.rainmakerartists.com/bwy/video/
‘Zeroes and Ones’ (video) – http://www.theblackandwhiteyears.com/zeroes_and_ones/
At Will and The People gigs everyone gets involved in the party, even notoriously uptight London crowds find themselves letting go when faced with their infectious, genre-blending ska-rock-pop. “We are on a mission to bring the pogo back!” says Will Rendle, their 22 year old frontman. “I can’t understand bands that don’t engage the audience. At our gigs they become part of the show.” Support slots with their musical heroes The Police at Hyde Park Calling and with The Hoosiers on theirrecent tour prove that Will and The People retain their ability to connect when playing a bigger stage. Following their three dates on The Hoosiers tour the band’s myspace page received over 19,000 plays in6 days – an incredible strike rate. Growing up in a sleepy town on the south coast, the smart but easily bored Will was in and out of trouble until he found an outlet for his wayward energy. Inspired by his love of Bob Marley & TheWailers, The Specials, and Californian ska-punk pioneers Sublime (“My favourite band ever”), Will started playing the guitar and writing songs. “It immediately became everything to me,” says Will. “It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do since.” At 18 Will blew out a place at University and moved to Brighton, throwing himself into the local live music scene. The next couple of years were spent in local bands until, frustrated by their lack of focus, Will decided to put his own band together. But it wasn’t easy. “I wanted to live with my band and do everything with them,” he says now, “but I found it impossible to find people who were up for it as much as me, who wanted it as much as me.” Nevertheless, with persistence The People were found – Dan Lundholm (bass), Simon Hanson (drums), John Tilley (keyboards), and Alison Brown (backing vocals) – an incredibly loose and fluid unit that crosses over indie, ska, reggae, blues and rock. Their ability to turn their gigs into happenings soon got the band noticed. As the buzz about them spread, Will & The People landed themselves a recording deal within a few months of trying. After signing to RCA Label Group the band relocated to London where they are currently working on their debut album with producer Johnny Douglas. “I get so angry when I listen to albums and there are only three or four great songs and the rest is filler,” says Will, his eyes ablaze. “Even one bad song is too much filler. I want every song on our record to be brilliant so people want the whole album.” Few who know Will would bet against him realising this ambition. Will & The People’s debut album will be released in Summer 2009. Will And The People are playing tons of London and regional dates. Check myspace for more details. Debut single ‘Knocking’ out May 4th (as in ‘be with you’)
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Bandleden Vocals/Guitar/Toons – Will E-Rendle
Beats/BV’s/amusement – Max Tempo
BV’s/ Micro keys/balance – Noddy
Keys/BV’s/Sounds/In house doctor – Jonathan Tilldred
Bass – The Guru
We play our own instruments which we bought/stole/borrowed so na na nana na x For management or a simple steer in the right direction contact:- Jill@24-7musicmanagement.com Invloeden Can’t Stand Losing You, Sublime, BOB MARLEY, Cat Stevens, Muse, Crowded House, Talking Heads, Rage Against The Machine, Bob Dylan, DREAMING
Vicars Secret Tea Party @ Nottinghill Arts Club London
Little Civic Wolverhampton
Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes London
Glasgow SECC W/Girls Aloud Glasgow
Manchester – Ruby Lounge Manchester
Nottingham Trent Arena w/ Girls Aloud Nottingham, Midlands
Nottingham Trent w/ Girls Aloud Nottingham, Midlands
Sheffield Arena W/Girls Aloud Sheffield, Midlands
Sheffield Arena W/Girls Aloud Sheffield, Midlands
Two parts London, two parts Brighton, Flashguns are a young indie rock band inspired by the likes of Talking Heads and The Cure. After a series of demos, The band have recently been snapped up by Rough Trade to record a single with former Suede guitarist, Bernard Butler, on production duties.
Hotly-tipped London/Brighton based Flashguns returned to the studio this week to record some tracks that will form a new EP, due for release on Geffen Records.
Legendary label Geffen was newly set up in the UK late last year, and the label have been quick to sign Flashguns to an EP deal which will see the band work with Luke Smith (formally of Clor), who has most recently been working on Depeche Mode’s new album over in L.A.
The band are fast developing as one of the most intelligent, forward thinking bands around, and although having only left school last year, the EP will be the band’s third release so far. That they are recording for Geffen (Nirvana/Guns ‘n’ Roses/NeilYoung) is a sign that they are continuing to push forward. The EP is to be titled ‘Matching Hearts/Similar Parts’ and will be released on June 8th. Tracks to be included are ‘St.George’, ‘I Don’t Not Love You’, ‘Bells At Midnight’ and ‘Racing Race’.
Flashguns are set to play the Snowbombing Festival in Austria, and have just confirmed that they will play at the Camden Crawl at the end of April and at The Great Escape in May.
09 – Ifor Bach, Cardiff – Clash presents,
10 – Ruby Lounge, Manchester – Clash presents,
11 – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London – Clash presents,
12 – The End, Newcastle – Clash presents,
13 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – Clash presents,
14 – Evol, Livepool – Clash presents,
29 – Snowbombing Festival, Austria
24 – Camden Crawl
25 – Camden Crawl
01 – London Calling, Amsterdam
14 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
Maximo Park have announced the title of their new album, “Quicken the Heart”, set to be released in May. Following their Mercury Music Prize nominated debut, “A Certain Trigger”, and the top 2 charting follow up “Our Earthly Pleasures”, “Quicken the Heart” will precede their first, white hot UK tour of 2009, a tour which saw venues such as Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester and Brixton Academies selling out in record time. It contains 12 brand new tracks from the band, recorded in LA with famed producer Nick Launay, who has also worked with the likes of Talking Heads and Nick Cave in the past, as well as recording the latest Yeah Yeah Yeahs album.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
13 NEWCASTLE Academy – SOLD OUT
14 NEWCASTLE – Academy – SOLD OUT
15 GLASGOW – Academy – SOLD OUT
16 LIVERPOOL – University – SOLD OUT
18 SOUTHAMPTON – Guildhall – SOLD OUT
19 BIRMINGHAM – Academy – SOLD OUT
20 NOTTINGHAM – Rock City – SOLD OUT
22 LEEDS – Academy – SOLD OUT
23 MANCHESTER – Academy – SOLD OUT
24 NORWICH – UEA – SOLD OUT
26 LONDON – Brixton Academy – last few tickets £17.50
27 LONDON – Brixton Academy – SOLD OUT
28 BRISTOL – Academy – SOLD OUT
More about Maxïmo Park
Newcastle’s angular pop quintet Maxïmo Park consists of singer Paul Smith, guitarist Duncan Lloyd, bassist Archie Tiku, keyboardist Lukas Wooller, and drummer Tom English. Like their friends and neighbors the Futureheads, Maxïmo Park craft smart, sharply catchy songs inspired by post-punk and new wave legends like the Jam, XTC, Wire, and the Smiths. Maxïmo Park issued their debut 7″, The Coast Is Always Changing/The Night I Lost My Head, in 2004; it caught the ears of Warp Records, which despite being a mostly electronic label signed them and released their second single, “Apply Some Pressure,” early in 2005. It made the Top 20 in the U.K.’s national charts. At that time, Warp also released the Apply Some Pressure EP, which featured tracks from both of the band’s singles, in the U.S.
Maxïmo Park also finished recording their debut album with producer Paul Epworth (who also worked with Bloc Party and Babyshambles) that winter and spent the spring touring the U.K., Japan, and the U.S., making an appearance at South by Southwest. The “Graffiti” single heralded the arrival of the band’s full-length debut, A Certain Trigger, late that spring. More tours of the U.S. and U.K., including gigs at Glastonbury and Reading, kept the band busy that summer. Early in 2006, the B-sides collection Missing Songs was released; Maxïmo Park also maintained their hectic touring schedule and returned to the studio late that year, teaming with producer Gil Norton. Our Earthly Pleasures arrived in spring 2007.
Paul “Scooby” Smith
For more information keep your eyes peeled on the official website: www.maximopark.com
ANDY BURROWS has quit Razorlight after a huge bust-up with Johnny Borrell. The drummer – who co-wrote the rockers’ biggest hit ‘America’ – reportedly decided to leave the group after growing tired of the frontman’s diva antics during a recent promotional trip to the US. A source said: “Andy has had enough of Johnny. They’ve always had a turbulent relationship – not least over who was behind their number one single ‘America’. “But it was this recent trip to the States that brought everything to a head. Andy is fed up with what he views as prima donna behaviour and told him he didn’t want anything to do with him anymore.” The pair have always had a volatile relationship and even had a brawl in a London bar following the Vodafone Live Music Awards in 2006. The source told the Sun newspaper: “Johnny likes to think he is the driving force behind Razorlight’s success but Andy doesn’t see it that way. He feels he never gets the recognition he deserves and is the only one in the band who will stand up to Johnny. “He gets really embarrassed when he thinks Johnny is acting up and tells him as much. Johnny doesn’t appreciate the criticism.” But today, both Borrell and Burrows played down any acrimony behind his departure. Borrell said: “Over the last two albums and five years Andy has been an integral part of Razorlight and we will miss him. “From the day he walked into our rehearsal studio it was obvious that he was an amazing drummer and he’s contributed on many levels beyond that. “He’s been a great player and a great friend and I think we’ll both always be proud of the music we’ve made together.” Burrows, who joined the band in 2004 following the departure of Christian Smith-Pancorvo, added: “The past five years in Razorlight have been an amazing experience. “I am very proud of everything that we have achieved together, but for personal reasons I have decided to leave the band. I will be pursuing other musical ventures.” David ‘Skully’ Sullivan-Kaplan – who drummed for the band at a concert in Wolverhampton earlier this week – will replace Andy.
More about Razorlight
Every once in a while a band emerges fully formed, that fulfils a dream no-one even realised they had. A band who are spookily, synchronically of the moment, but who also transcend it, slightly glazed eyes already on where they’re going next. A band who simply strap on, plug in and give out but manage to do so with an uncanny pop universalism. A band whose musical Esperanto is, in this case, comprised of equal parts American, English and Swedish – a transatlantic/North Sea meeting of angular, electric wire guitars here, a voice as English as cricket there. A band whose tunes make grown men go weak at the knees, and yes, whose looks make young girls’ knees tremble too. That band, right now, is Razorlight.
And it’s all happened very, very fast. Formed in the Summer of 2002 by Londoner Johnny Borrell and Swedish ex-pat’ Björn Ågren, rehearsals produced immediate sparks, and with the addition of drummer Christian Smith-Pancorvo and Ågren’s old pal Carl Dalemo on bass, their first recordings were made by their manager on a video camera. This proved enough to pique label interest sufficiently to front some cash, so by October Razorlight were recording their demos at Hackney’s Toerag Studios, hot on the heels of the White Stripes. So impressed was (London indie rock radio station) Xfm’s John Kennedy that he took the unusual step of playing the demos – of ‘Rock’n'Roll Lies’, ‘Rip It Up’ and fast-becoming-anthemic set-closer ‘In The City’ on his show.
As fans started to devote head and web space to “Dreams of Razorlight”, and trading bootleg versions of the Xfm sessions, Razorlight were recording a new batch of demos at Westside studios during the summer of 2003, sufficient to start a serious bidding war. Mercury Records won. On the basis of reputation – and some dodgy MP3s – alone, Razorlight were invited to Japan’s Summer Sonic festival in August 2003, even before releasing one of the Toerag demos, ‘Rock’n'Roll Lies’ as their first single. A limited edition, ‘Rock’n'Roll Lies’ nevertheless only just missed the UK Top 40. An event celebrated by the completion of a UK tour with The Hiss and a triumphant London single launch party at the Kings Cross Pool Hall. A notable event due to the theft of the tickets, which were then found being sold on E-Bay for extortionate sums.
Razorlight continued to shine when, as a gesture of supreme confidence in his new charges, Mercury UK’s Managing Director, famed producer Steve Lillywhite (Ultravox, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Psychedelic Furs, XTC, U2, Pogues, Talking Heads, Morrissey), took a month off to concentrate on producing their debut abum. The first fruit, a fierce version of ‘Rip It Up’ was chosen as the next single. An intense tour schedule (playing UK tours with The Hope of the States, Bellrays and The Raveonettes) combined with holing themselves away in RAK studios (when Paul McCartney’s not in attendance), finessing their first album, with basic tracks cut live in the studio to preserve their onstage dynamic. As yet unnamed, the album is set for release on 21st June 2004 and will include live favourites like the in-your-face ‘Leave Me Alone’ and ‘Bright Lights’, the more introspective pop rush of ‘Stumble And Fall’, which went top 20 on release late January. ‘Up All Night’, will also feature and the intricate ‘To The Sea’. Future single the warm’n'bouncy ‘Golden Touch’ (out June 7th) and the the epic, melancholic ‘Which Way Is Out’, spanning a range of styles most of their contemporaries can only dream about, while remaining uniquely and resolutely Razorlight.
Collectively then, Razorlight are the best new band in Britain. Individually they are:
Johnny Borrell (vocals, guitar)
Just turned 22, Borrell has been turning up as a support act to bands in pubs in North London since he was 14. Even then people were saying he was a star in the making. The rest of the time you might see him wandering around the city in a pair of ripped-to-shreds jeans, a bag of laundry in one hand, a notebook in the other, a guitar slung over his shoulder. Exploring disciplines one by one, taking them apart to see how they worked and putting them back together his own way, in the Summer of 2002 Johnny started writing songs that needed the spar of another guitar, the ballast of bass and drums. The songs started coming in a rush, so much of a rush that he’d have to ring his answerphone and get them down before he forgot them. His songs, like his personality, are simultaneously innocent and savvy, peculiarly English in delivery without resorting to ‘Cockernee’ geezerishness, thoughtful and intelligent but also visceral and heartfelt.
Björn Ågren (guitar, backing vocals)
Steve McQueen lookalike Ågren (pronounced ‘Orgren’) was the first to gang up with Borrell. A dreamy, thoughtful character, he grew up on an isolated Swedish farm obsessively refining his guitar style. A sudden crisis of direction led to him abandoning a media course and lighting out for London, supposedly en route for Australia, sharing a house with ten other Swedes. He hadn’t played guitar in years when he spotted an ad in NME. A five minute meeting in a Shoreditch pub led to rehearsals at Johnny’s Holloway flat, and immediately Ågren’s angular but melodic guitar chops chimed perfectly with Borrell’s own staccato style. As well as melodic foil to Borrell, Ågren is a dynamic counter-presence onstage to Borrell’s insular imaginative bubble, bouncing around like he’s on springs, throwing shapes and attacking the songs like they’re getting away. Razorlight’s most amiable member, open, honest, and without attitude, he seems much older than his 23 years.
Carl Dalemo (bass, backing vocals)
Blond dynamo Dalemo was the last to join the band. Back in his native Lidköping, Sweden, he’d been singing and playing guitar for over five years with his beloved punk-pop-lo-fi outfit Spiral Stairs, but shortly after arriving in London, he was called by his old friend Björn who suggested he try out for the band he was playing in. Carl had never played bass until he arrived at a Razorlight rehearsal, but his rock-solid playing immediately provided an anchor for the band, allowing Ågren, Smith-Pancorvo and Borrell an unusual rhythmic and melodic freedom. Shy in person, give the boy a few drinks and he undergoes an astonishing Mr Hyde transformation, with an impressive ability to get himself on the wrong side of custodians of authority, be they bouncers, doormen, or indeed police, once being famously arrested during a Mayday demonstration for urinating on Whitehall.
David ‘Skully’ Sullivan-Kaplan (drums)
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Four personalities, four corners, four walls, Razorlight are a structure built to last.