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  • josephseager 11:30 am on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: april, ayrshire, , bubbles, , gritty, josh homme, mainstream, , only revelations, qotsa, , , , vinyl   

    Biffy Clyro news 

    The new single ‘Bubbles’ released April 26th on 14th Floor Records – Featuring Queen of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme

    “Springs the band instantly level with the greatest rock acts in the world.” – NME

    “There are those talking of this record as an ascent to the mainstream. It would be a rare and welcome thing indeed if a band with the depths Biffy Clyro possess could achieve such ubiquity.” – Kerrang!

    “A supremely confident, passionate and gritty work which proves the Ayrshire trio are now among rock’s heavyweights.” – The Sun

    “A huge, polished brute of a record. The melodies are instant… this is a big, obvious, step forward.” – The Guardian

    Hot on the heels of their recent NME Award, Biffy Clyro release the new single ‘Bubbles’ on April 26th on 14th Floor Records. Released to coincide with their imminent UK tour, the single is taken from their current album ‘Only Revolutions’ that debuted in the Top 10 and has since sold 250,000 copies in the UK alone.

    A fiery concoction of aggressive melodies, compelling hooks and a blistering closing jam, ‘Bubbles’ features a special guest in the shape of Josh Homme who contributes additional guitar to the track. Their friendship was cemented when Biffy Clyro toured Europe and North America as support to Homme’s Queens of the Stone Age.

    Someone like Josh, it’s like he’s a musical lifer,” says vocalist/guitarist Simon Neil. “We are as well, and I think when you meet people you can see in their eyes whether they really mean it or not. It’s kind of weird being friends with someone who’s a hero like Josh, but I see in him what I see in myself and he sees in us what he saw in himself, that kind of hunger and willingness and doing it for the right reasons. It’s really easy to connect with people because of that.”

    ‘Bubbles’ will be released on CD and two vinyl formats, with b-sides to be confirmed.

    Biffy Clyro’s prior UK tour included two rapturously received homecoming shows at Glasgow’s Barrowload and concluded at London’s Brixton Academy. Their upcoming tour, listed below, concludes with another sizeable London date at Hammersmith Apollo:


    29th – Perth, Concert Hall

    30th – Sheffield, O2 Academy


    1st – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom

    3rd – Leicester, De Montfort Hall

    4th – Portsmouth, Guildhall

    5th – Bristol, Colston Hall

    6th – London, Hammersmith Apollo

    In addition, Biffy Clyro will also play the Isle of Wight and T in the Park festival. Further festival dates are likely to be announced in the coming weeks.

    http://www.biffyclyro.com http://www.myspace.com/biffyclyro

  • josephseager 3:25 pm on March 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: april, i've got a secret, issue, kate nash, , my best friend is you, myspace. kiss the grrrl, , online, take me to a higher plane   

    Kate Nash new album news 

    Kate Nash’s has revealed to NME that the title of new album is MY BEST FRIEND IS YOU.

    There’s an interview with Kate in the new issue.

    In other exciting Kate Nashian news, she’s put demos of three songs from the new record on her MySpace.

    The demos for Kiss That Grrrl, Take Me To A Higher Plane and I’ve Got A Secret, all taken from My Best Friend Is You, are online now.

    My Best Friend Is You is out 19 April via Fiction.

    A single, Do Wah Doo, comes a week earlier.

    Kate plays a handful of shows in the coming days, kicking off this weekend in Glasgee:

    Sat 6 March – Glasgow Classic Grand
    Sun 7 March – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
    Mon 8 March – Brighton Komedia
    Thurs 11 March – London Bethnal Green Working Mens Club

  • josephseager 9:18 am on March 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: april, , channel 4, faithless, , , , science of fear, temper trap,   

    Temper Trap V Festival 

    To add to an already busy summer The Temper Trap announce yet another massive festival appearance.

    The Temper Trap will be joining the likes of Kasabian, Kings Of Leon, Faithless & Florence and the Machine at this years V Festival.

    The band play the Channel 4 Stage (second stage) on 21st August (Chelmsford) & 22nd August (Stafford)

    For ticket information please visit http://www.vfestival.com

    The Temper Trap release new single ‘Science of Fear’ April 12th.

  • josephseager 11:56 am on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: april, brighton, chaotic, good morning mother, if it's good for me, stars and sons   

    Stars and Sons 

    Brighton’s Stars and Sons will release a single, ‘If It’s Good For Me’, on 12 April. The chaotic piano-pop will precede the release of their helter-skelter debut album ‘Good Morning Mother’ in the summer, and comes complete with a promo video that allows singer Mike Lord to finally make use of his grade C at GCSE Drama.

    Video for ‘If It’s Good For Me’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KaAUp3pPUw

    In October 2007, Colchester Zoo realised that temp sandwich kid Mike Lord was still being paid. He saw his future there, among the animals: like a beast born in captivity, he was incapable of imagining life in the real jungle. However, falling ice-cream sales and lacklustre postcard displays saw that Lord was sent packing back to the seaside town of Brighton. Once there, he set upon a series of low-profile failures as a bin-man, a hot-dog vendor and a street pharmacist. Only then did Lord turn his hand to music, and what a hand he turned. A childhood spent covertly nabbing Flaming Lips albums from older brothers’ bedrooms had not been spent in vain.

    Stars and Sons, then, are the Frankensteinian fall-out of Mike Lord, together with two Scots (Sandy and Stuart) and fellow Brighton-resident Paul Steel. Inspired by Abba, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Animal Collective – and that’s just the A’s- they set to recording their debut album with Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Kylie). They realised that to fulfil their vision, they would have to leave the comfortable pleasantries of Brighton behind, and travel to the most desolate of outreaches: North Wales. It was at the foot of Mount Snowdon that they spent two weeks perfecting their vision.

    The result, ‘Good Morning Mother’, is a genuinely eclectic technicolour pop album; marked by orchestral flourishes, dramatic tempo shifts, and consistently dazzling song-writing. Stylistically, it simply refuses to sit still. Previous single ‘In The Ocean’ is a hundred-mile-an-hour race to the finish, complete with screeching guitars, plinky xylophones and quietly urging harmonies. Five hundred copies – ALL hand-painted – were released earlier this year, accompanying a video that exhibited an underwater dance scene with a girl in a Scarlett Johansson mask. Yet for all its eccentricities, ‘Good Morning Mother’ is a supremely focused, expertly crafted effort. ‘Outside my Feet’ is an intricate, rhythmic and hypnotic affair, offset by an almost Eastern score, whilst ‘Futureproof’ is a perfumed love-letter to the Lennon and McCartney school of classic pop.

    Stars and Sons have picked up early support from Jonathan Ross, Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe, though you won’t catch them name-dropping or anything like that. Having completed the album, and chronicled the occasion in a genuinely hilarious three-part Youtube doc, Stars & Sons have gone on to support the likes of Hockey, Okkervil River and Dr Dog. They toured nationwide in February, playing a notable spot at The Old Blue Last, and will announce a host of shows shortly.

  • josephseager 3:54 pm on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , april, , ,   

    Kyte Debut Full Length Album 

    Leicestershire four-piece Kyte will release their debut full-length album, Dead Waves, on 19 April through KIDS Records; the label that launched The Wombats, The Whip and Band of Horses. Dead Waves follows Kyte’s self-titled mini-album and highly acclaimed EP, Two Stars, Two Sparks (released December 2008). The album will be preceded by the release of a single, ihnfsa, on 12 April.

    NME went on to predict that “Kyte will steal your heart”, and they’ve returned to do just that.

    On Dead Waves, Kyte’s ever-atmospheric, dreamy soundscapes come coupled with big pop sensibilities. First single ‘ihnfsa’ is symphonic, lush and melancholic; an exemplum of the band’s new found focus. ‘Smoke Saves Lives’, meanwhile, is an enormous-sounding explosion of big choruses, driven by a simple yet hypnotic piano line. Kyte’s debut works precisely because of this contrast with the album’s more far-reaching musical efforts: the epic ‘Each Life Critical’, for instance, sounds like Sigur Rós soundtracking Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Such huge sounds need the lyrical content to match, on which Nick Moon duly delivers (“painful nerves are turning, sleepless, searching, back in time, hallucinate the love”).

    Though Dead Waves is their first proper long-player, Kyte have made impressively large strides for a new act. They built up a strong following in both the indie and dance press, thanks in part to supporting slots with the likes of The Whip, School of Seven Bells, iLiKETRAiNS and Iceland’s Ólafur Arnalds. In the US, their track ‘Boundaries’ was used on a nationally-aired advert for HBO’s The Sopranos.

    The band can also boast of quite remarkable success in Japan, following the release of their Japan-only album Science For The Living. This saw them chart at number 5, and debut one place higher than U2. 2010 will see this particular Kyte fly even higher.


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