English Indie Pop group Blossoms unveil live version of latest single 'If You Think This Is Real Life'
Blossoms have revealed a live version of their latest single If You Think This Is Real Life. The track is taken from the band’s 11th February Stockport Plaza show that was also streamed in full on YouTube. The band will be releasing a new track from the set each week, following the order of the show’s setlist. These songs will make up a full live album, Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport which will be released in full on the 3rd July. Physical copies of the album will be available later in the year.
The band have rescheduled their headline UK tour dates that were postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic until this August. The new, August dates are listed below.
4th August - London - 02 Forum Kentish Town
5th August - London - 02 Forum Kentish Town
6th August - London - 02 Forum Kentish Town
15th August - Leeds - 02 Academy
19th August - Glasgow - 02 Academy
21st August - Hull - Bonus Arena
22nd August - Manchester - Manchester Arena
25th August - Newcastle - 02 Academy
26th August - Birmingham - 02 Academy
Blossoms current album Foolish Loving Spaces went to Number 1 album in the UK album charts on its release in January and features singles The Keeper and Your Girlfriend.
Since forming in 2013, Blossoms have enjoyed widespread success and acclaim. Their 2016 debut full length topped the album charts for two consecutive weeks and went on to earn the band BRIT Award and Mercury Prize nominations, while 2018’s Cool Like You charted at number 4 in the UK album chart, spawning the anthemic singles I Can’t Stand It, There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls) and How Long Will This Last
Amy Macdonald has today shared the official video for her current single Woman Of The World. A beautifully shot video featuring strong, empowered women from across the globe, the track is the lead single to be released from Amy’s upcoming album ‘Woman Of The World: The Best Of 2007 – 2018’.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Amy recently performed as part of BBC’s Music Day on September 28. Her performance at Glasgow Central Station saw her sing new single ‘Woman Of The World’, as well as her classic track ‘This Is The Life’, backed by the all female, award-winning choir SoundSational.
Following an incredibly busy couple of years which has seen Amy tour Europe playing to live audiences totalling more than half a million people, she has recently announced two new UK shows for March 2019. Amy will play a headline London show at Hammersmith Apollo on the 21st and Manchester’s O2 Apollo on the 22nd. The acoustic shows will see her play a set of her greatest hits, accompanied by a special musical set up, including a string section.
Amy’s last studio album Under Stars was released in February 2017, going on to chart at number 2 in the UK album chart, making it Amy’s fourth Top 5 record in the UK, a feat she has equalled internationally. The album debuted at number 2 in Germany and number 1 in the Swiss album charts.
Amy has sold 13,000,000 records globally since first breaking through with her debut album This Is The Life in 2007. The record went on to sell over 900,000 units in the UK alone.
UK March Tour Dates:
21st March - London - Hammersmith Apollo
22nd March - Manchester – 02 Apollo
South London indie pop band Wolf Girl have announced that their second album ‘Every Now & Then’ will be released via Everything Sucks Music on 19th October. The announcement comes alongside a new single ‘Toast For Dinner’. Healey from the band, who is on lead vocals and guitar for this song but also handles bass duties and back-up vocals on various other tracks on the record, says:-
“This song is a tribute to my love of amateur magic, dual guitar riffs and toast. Toast is maybe the greatest food of them all and it is also my go-to if I’m burnt out and can’t find the energy to eat/cook a meal. This song is about a point where I was finding it hard to say no to things and ended up constantly feeling physically and emotionally drained. Sometimes I fantasise about there being multiple versions of myself like in Fantasia’s ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ so I can invest myself fully in everything that I do.”
‘Every Now & Then’ consists of nine hook-laden tunes about queer feelings, coming out and dealing with social burnout and marks a real period of growth for Wolf Girl. With Healy helming the majority of the songwriting, each track acted as a strange kind of therapy and catharsis, exploring sexuality, gender identity and anxiety. The album was recorded with Mark Jasper of Sound Savers and the band really focused on capturing the energy shown in their live shows.
New single & music video ‘Toast For Dinner’ out now:
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There are a lot of firsts on this record. Christabel gets her first songwriting/lead vocal credit in the form of 'Dream Partner'. She’d chosen a deliberately ‘50s/’60s pop chord sequence and song structure so the band tried to emphasise that in the studio with handclaps and Wall of Sound/Joe Meek type reverbs. ‘Breaking News' also sees the addition of saxophone played by Phil Whaite of Guttfull. “Being fans of X-Ray Spex, Roxy Music and Downtown Boys, we knew we wanted to include horns on this track,” enthuses Healey. “It’s about "choosing to come out when you want", in a society where queer people are forced to do so repeatedly.”
In the two years since the release of their much-loved first album ‘We Tried’, Wolf Girl have shared bills with the likes of The Spook School, Girl Ray, and Worriers. They’ve also branched out into other music projects, from The Whooperups (Healey’s collaboration with AC from the Spook School) to Suggested Friends (where Christabel also takes up the drums).
The crunching, distorted guitars and catchy melodies that fans will remember from the band’s first album can still be found on ‘Every Now & Then’. But this new album is a bigger, braver and, at times, completely heart-breaking collection of songs and experiences – political, poignant, yet perfectly pop.
Tuesday 24th July - Acoustic Indietracks warm up, Waterintobeer, London
Sunday 29th July - Indietracks Festival, Midland Railway Butterley, Derbyshire
Friday 3rd August - Viral Nights, The Lock Tavern, London
Sunday 5th August - How To Make Friends All Dayer, The Sebright Arms, London
Saturday 15th September - Loud Women Fest, Tufnell Park Dome, London
WOLF GIRL ARE:
Healey – Bass, Guitar, Vocals (Pronoun – They)
Christabel Williams – Drums, Vocals (Pronoun – She)
Carl Farrugia – Guitar, Vocals (Pronoun – He / They)
Christopher Wood – Guitar, Bass (Pronoun – He)
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Dutch singer-songwriter Amber Arcades drops new song, "Goodnight Europe" and part one of a video trilogy, plus UK live dates
Amber Arcades, the alias of Annelotte De Graaf, today shares a brand new track entitled “Goodnight Europe”, which is available now via Heavenly Recordings. This is the first music since the Dutch-born musician released her critically debut album Fading Lines in 2016 followed by the Cannonball EP last June. The track is available to stream and share via Spotify HERE. Annelotte said the following about the track:
"I guess about half of it is me actually being worried about the current state of the Union. The other half is me kind of messing around with, and making fun of, this archetype of the tiresome existentialist academic in me."
Also shared today is a short film directed by Elliott Arndt (http://www.elliottarndt.com/) starring Annelotte, which hints at upcoming news of a second album. This video is part 1 of 3 and features Amber Arcades’ new single, “Goodnight Europe”.
Director Elliott Arndt says of the film:
"A lot of the themes Annelotte wrote about for her record struck very close to home. What I found especially poignant in her lyrics is how it’s mostly through a study of herself and a nonchalant look outside her window that Annelotte makes us get a sense of the political turmoil that’s affecting her. In that respect, I was interested in trying to represent this sense of “banality” in a young adult couple in 2018, who are not only the fruit of a vibrant European Union, but also perhaps the ones most directly affected by its dismantling. I wanted to depict a static, homesick, glitchy romance. And here it is, trying all it can to grow against, amongst and beyond the constricting geographical barriers surrounding it.”
Watch and share the short film HERE.
Amber Arcades will also be performing live in the UK and Europe this summer with a London show at Omeara on June 7th 2018. Full live dates are as follows with UK shows in bold:
June 4 – 7: Beaches Brew Festival, Marina Di Ravenna, Italy
June 6: Le Pop-Up Du Label, Paris, France
June 7: Omeara, London, UK
June 13: Kantine am Bergain, Berlin, Germany
June 14: EKKO, Utrecht, Netherlands
July 21: Bluedot Festival, Macclesfield, UK
August 17: Green Man Festival, Crickhowell, UK
September 7: Festival No. 6, Minffordd, UK
Xtra Mile Recordings has signed Brand New Friend, an exhilarating indie pop brother-and-sister-fronted foursome from Castlerock, Northern Ireland, as announced exclusively by Stuart Baillie on BBC Radio Ulster's Across the Line.
The band – Taylor Johnson, vocals and guitar, Lauren Johnson, vocals and keyboard, Aaron Milligan, bass, and Luke Harris, drums – have been gathering steam since their first Irish tour in January wowing crowds in Dublin, Galway, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. Since then, they fired up the BBC Introducing Stage at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull; played at all the key Irish summer festivals including Indiependence and Electric Picnic; stole the show at Whelan's 'Ones To Watch' Festival in Dublin, and have sold out headline shows in Belfast. They've gained radio play from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and BBC 6 Music by Tom Robinson Show as well as consistent, solid support from BBC Radio Ulster's Across the Line.
Their third single 'Hate It When You Have To Go' was catapulted into the world in September, a two minute thrust of fuzz guitars and po-going keyboard melodies. Watch the video here. This perfectly surmised the same frantic melancholy-dipped rush of previous singles 'I Was An Astronaut' and 'Your Friends Hate Me', as well as the accomplished pure pop sting throughout the five-track American Wives EP highlighted by the thrashing title track and the delightful 'I Love You, Goodbye'.
With hints of Ash and Los Campesinos! but with an even more infectious blend of joy and sad, Brand New Friend only need a few minutes of your time to have you joining in on handclaps and harmonies.
Taylor Johnson said about the signing:
“We’re incredibly excited to have signed to Xtra Mile, a label who right from the off shared our huge ambition and the passion that we’ve poured into everything up until now. More than anything we can’t wait to start working even harder for them! We’re well aware of their great reputation and want to repay them for the faith they’ve shown in us by delivering a brilliant album and getting out on the road. The hard work starts now and we can’t wait!”
Charlie Caplowe, from Xtra Mile Recordings says:
“The first time we heard Brand New Friend we knew we wanted to be involved. It was immediate. They are a great and exciting new young band with huge potential. Instead of pausing for thought and restricting their momentum, passion and enthusiasm, Xtra Mile wants to jump on board and be with them from the beginning onwards. Really excited to be working with them. Onwards into 2018 and a cracking debut album.”
The band will headline the legendary Duke Of York venue in Belfast on 19th January 2018 where the likes of Snow Patrol started their careers.
Tickets will be on sale from 9th November 2017 here:
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