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Thursday, 19 October 2017

@DJFormat4 AND @MCAbdominal on tour and stopping of at @georgian_stcktn. 8/11/17 Check out the #halloween remix!



As you probably already know, DJ Format & Abdominal are hitting the UK roads once again to spread the glorious word of their current LP, STILL HUNGRY. Released in April of this year, the duo had success through the Spring with another sell out tour, a #1 album chart topping position on Bandcamp (for two months!), play listing and appearances on BBC 6 Music and Soho Radio and ample rave reviews.

Still Hungry Tour Pt.II kicks off on the long Halloween weekend and to celebrate, DJ Format has crafted on an point mix to celebrate all things that go bump in the night! Expect horror, monsters, nightmares, terror and devil's in disguise when you click the link for a 50 minute ride into the darkness of dooooooom!!


Tickets for the tour can be purchased via www.facebook.com/DJFormatUK & www.facebook.com/mcabdominal

Still Hungry UK / Eire Tour PT. II

31/10 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds

01/11 Lincoln, Strait & Narrow

02/11 Liverpool, The Magnet

03/11 Dublin, Workman's Club

07/11 Leicester, Soundhouse

09/11 York, Fibbers

10/11 Kendal, The Brewery

11/11 Blackpool, Bootleg Social

14/11 Derby, The Venue

15/11 Bristol, Thekla

16/11 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

17/11 Bournemouth, Canvas

18/11 Brighton, The Haunt

22/11 Guildford, Boileroom

23/11 Reading, Sub89

24/11 Milton Keynes, Beat Check

25/11 London, The Garage

European Tour for @JimsuperWhite new album #wafflestrianglesandjesus




JIM WHITE is set to release new album 'Waffles, Triangles & Jesus" and has announced his European tour dates. “White remains one of modern music's most fascinating artists”, according to The Line Of Best Fit, who spoke to Jim White about his forthcoming new record and new song, 'Far Beyond The Spoken World'. Discussing the inspiration behind the new track, Jim explains:

“All my life I've battled the considerable undertow of fear of abandonment. It was never crippling, but was certainly ever present. This song was written at a time when I was first becoming aware of the dimensions of that issue. I've spent much of my adult life alone (I have kids, but no partner), in great part due to some serious psychological baggage I acquired as a child. As I enter the later years of my life I'm working to better understand those complexities and not let them overly dictate the circumstances of my life. The riff came together when I was playing banjo one day and suddenly I stumbled upon the core pattern in the song. As I repeated the lilting riff over and over suddenly the words to Far Beyond came flying into my mind. This is a song I haven't thought of or sang in some 30 years. Interesting how the subconscious has its way! So it's a collision of intuitive elements.”

Listen to Jim White’s new song Far Beyond The Spoken World:
- Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/loose-music/far-beyond-the-spoken-world/
- Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/5yXTie6iKHmQlfzXadpqxn
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijhtLiWIGLo 

Jim White’s new album Waffles, Triangles & Jesus is out 10 November 2017 on Loose, available on 2LP, CD & digitally. Pre-order via http://smarturl.it/jimwhite


Jim White gets around. When he’s not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits his time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the USA & Europe and publishing award winning fiction.

His sixth solo studio album, the bizarrely titled Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, is a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens’ roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.

Prior to Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, White released five eclectic, totally uncatagorisable albums plus another six even stranger side projects. Numerous songs from his back catalog have appeared both in film and television, with his Primus-esque Word-Mule being featured in Breaking Bad, and more recently his cautionary rocker Crash Into The Sun appearing Ray McKinnon’s highly praised Sundance Channel series Rectify.

UK fans may recognise White as the narrator and defacto tour guide for the award winning BBC documentary, Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus, a road movie set in the rural South, which the LA Times described as “Decidedly strange, delightfully demented.” Prior to becoming a musician White led an aimless, diverse life, working countless menial labor jobs:  dishwasher, landscaper, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder, culminating with thirteen long years driving a taxi cab in New York City.

White is presently at work completing a memoir, Incidental Contact, based on a series of uncanny coincidences that befell him during his days driving that taxi in New York City. Two chapters of Incidental Contact, The Bottom and Superwhite, have been published in the literary music journal Radio Silence, with Superwhite being awarded a Pushcart Prize for short fiction. White was a pro surfer.  He served as literary commentator for the National Endowment of the Arts.  He was a European fashion model.  Samuel Beckett once played a practical joke on him.  There’s lots more non linear information that doesn’t really fit the usual bio format.   But that’s Jim—he gets around.


14 Nov - LEICESTER The Soundhouse (UK)
18 Nov - NEWCASTLE Live Theatre (UK)*
19 Nov - GLASGOW Oran Mor (UK)*
20 Nov - MANCHESTER Deaf Institute (UK)*
21 Nov - LEEDS Brudenell (UK)*
22 Nov - BRISTOL Louisiana (UK)*
23 Nov - BIRMINGHAM Actress & Bishop (UK)*
24 Nov - BRIGHTON Brunswick (UK)*
25 Nov - GUILDFORD St Mary’s Church (UK)*
26 Nov - LONDON Dingwalls (UK)*

28 Nov - MIDDLEBURG Kloveniersdoelen (NL)
29 Nov - HEUSDEN Het Ravelijn Heusden (NL)
01 Dec - HERENT, GC De Wildeman (BE)
03 Dec - UTRECHT TivoliVredenburg (NL)
06 Dec - ARNHEM Luxor (NL)
07 Dec - SHERPENHUEVEL, GC den Egger (NL)
08 Dec - DIKSMUID 4AD (NL)
09 Dec - BAAKAVEEN Muziekpodium (NL)

* full band show 

Back on tour @JAWSJAWSJAWSSScome to #newcastle @RiversideNCL on 26/11/17 TICKETS: http://tidd.ly/b7dd682c



Revelling in the jubilant reception to their sophomore record - JAWS - are delighted to announce a fresh run of UK dates that will extend their Simplicity Tour into the Winter months of 2017. 

Lining up 12 new shows for later this year, the dreamy indie pop trio will embark on a succession of live dates kicking off at Reading’s Sub 89 on Friday 17th November, taking in the likes of Southampton, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Sheffield and more, before rounding off proceedings with a huge homecoming show at The Birmingham Institute on the Friday 1st December. Full dates and details as follows:

November 2017 UK tour dates

Fri, 17 Nov 17 -  Reading -  Sub89

Sat, 18 Nov 17 -  Southampton -  Engine Rooms

Sun, 19 Nov 17 -  Exeter -  Phoenix

Tue, 21 Nov 17 -  Cardiff -  The Globe

Wed, 22 Nov 17 -  Bristol -  The Fleece

Thu, 23 Nov 17 -  Norwich -  The Waterfront

Fri, 24 Nov 17 -  Liverpool -  The Magnet

Mon, 27 Nov 17 -  Edinburgh -  The Caves

Wed, 29 Nov 17 -  York -  The Crescent

Thu, 30 Nov 17 -  Sheffield -  Plug

Fri, 01 Dec 17 -  Birmingham -  The Institute

These additional dates come as something of a victory lap for the Midlands outfit as they look to close out their touring cycle for their warmly received Simplicity record on a high, and before knuckling down on their next studio venture.

With DIY Magazine hailing JAWS’ development into “grunge-infested, kicking and screaming juggernaut”, Simplicity was praised by DORK Magazine who defined the record as “the sound of a band truly becoming their own” and across much of the music press, before finding itself a ubiquitous entry in many of the annual 2016 Album of The Year listings.

The news also follows the recent unveiling of the band’s video for current single ‘Cast’. Like much of the album it stems from, ‘Cast’ is a sonic manifestation of temerity and evokes a sense of self-determination and of overcoming inner turmoil. Accompanied with on-the-road footage shot during some of the band's ecstatic UK shows earlier in the run, the video turns the camera around on the crowds that have feverishly supported Simplicity at the overwhelming gigs and on record. Watch the video for Cast here.

Produced by Gethin Pearson at Vale Studios, Simplicity by JAWS is out now.

JAWS are: Connor Schofield (singer/guitar), Alex Hudson (guitar) and Eddy Geach (drums)

Tickets for all upcoming shows are on sale now and are available on the JAWS OFFICIAL website:

#ONTOUR @Moulettesband 18 dates including @TheCluny 15/12/17 Tickets http://tidd.ly/e42096e3




MOULETTES have announced their extensive UK December Tour. In early 2015, lead singer and songwriter Hannah Miller read a New Scientist article that described how the discovery of a microscopic creature had redefined the perimeters of life as we know it.

The ‘Halicephalobus Mephisto’ Nematode Worm has none of the requirements of other known life forms – able to survive deep underground, without oxygen or sunlight.

The seed was sown for ‘Preternatural’ – an eclectic 11-track opus for the Natural World, and the strange and beautiful creatures in it.

“It made me contemplate how much we still don’t know about the planet we live on, and to consider that moving space between what we do know, and what we can never know; at the frontier of science and discovery.” says Miller.  “The animal kingdom holds such a wealth of beauty, creativity, humour, ingenuity and artistry. I wanted to celebrate it, to underline its fragility, to hold up a mirror and compare our own species to others.”

The band, like the creatures they describe, have always been an evolving phenomenon, and each album has seen a significant leap into new unchartered territory, their unusual music vision prompting comparisons as disparate as «…the Kronos quartet, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Kate Bush…echoes of early Pink Floyd, Bowie and Radiohead.. Kraftwerk and Björk» (R2 Magazine/ Reuters.)

“We identify with bands who present their own kind of eclecticism,” says Oliver Austin. “From Zappa, and Gentle Giant to current bands like Field Music, John Grant, Snarky Puppy, Laura Mvula, My Brightest Diamond, tUnE-yArDs and Tortoise; these were all references for the record.”

It is a beautifully orchestrated ecosystem, experimental in parts but still accessible, fusing rich vocal harmonies, persuasive melodies, big riffs, detailed arrangements and sharp songcraft to make a genre-defying album, which explores the moving space between electronic and acoustic; DIY and big production.

The arrival of newest member Raevennan Husbandes catalysed a rockier mood, her stark and fluid electric guitar playing complementing Miller’s virtuosic cello to forge a muscular, unique sound-blend. Husbandes’ & Miller’s luminous voices deliver characteristic multi-layered harmonies locked in with a towering, thunderous rhythm section (Mortimore / Austin), the band’s synergy and tightness is a testament to their relentless touring schedule; their musical range described by Prog Magazine as “huge, complex and compelling. One of the most thrillingly nimble musical ensembles the UK has produced in decades.»

Incurably ambitious, this is a band that has always put an adventurous approach to Art at the heart of their craft. The front cover best demonstrates Moulettes for what it is: an eclectic, progressive hybrid, a bizarre and bombastic monster.

December 2017 is the concluding chapter of the two-year ‘Preternatural’ tour, and the last chance to see the «breathtaking» live show that has taken the band across Europe from Poland to Malta, and across Canada from Nova Scotia to Victoria Island.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

December Tour

01 – Arlington Arts, Newbury
02 – One Church, Brighton
03 – Philharmonic, Liverpool
04 – Oran Mor, Glagow
05 – Band On The Wall, Manchester
06 – The Brook, Southampton
07 – Trinity, Bristol
08 – Cadogan Hall, London
09 – West End Centre, Aldershot
10 – Pheonix, Exeter
12 – Whelan’s, Dublin
13 – Guildhall, Lichfield
14 – Greystones, Sheffield
16 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
17 – Brewery Arts, Kendal
19 – Arts Centre, Norwich
21 – The Stables, Wavendon

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

#TOMROBINSONBAND #ontour @Freshnet brings the #POWERINTHEDARKNESS up north @RiversideNCL 28/10 tix http://tidd.ly/bcfcd404

TR Band Now On Tour
Power In The Darkness heads 
north this week

"I'm out on the road around the UK this month, celebrating the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway in October 1977. The band consists of Adam Phillips on guitar, Andy Treacey on drums, Jim Simmons on organ and myself on bass and vocals and we are performing the Power In The Darkness album in full, plus the early singles. No songs newer than 1978, guaranteed. Special guest at all shows is Lee Forsyth Griffiths and reactions to the shows have been amazing." Tom Robinson

Tue 17 WAKEFIELD Unity Works
01924 831114

Wed 18 YORK The Crescent
 0871 220 0260

Thu 19 NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
 0161 200 1500

Fri 20 SHEFFIELD Leadmill
 0114 272 7040

Sat 21 MANCHESTER Home  
0161 200 1500

Tue 24 LONDON 100 Club [SOLD OUT]
020 7636 0933

020 7636 0933

Thu 26 LONDON 100 Club [SOLD OUT]
020 7636 0933

07714 623277

Sun 29 GLASGOW King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
0141 221 5279

Fri 8 Dec LONDON Nell's Jazz & Blues
020 7792 1200

Final living room run-through of Power In The Darkness last week
Track 2: Grey Cortina

Lee is playing a bonus free hometown showcase in Manchester on Saturday 21 October.  It's at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation at 7.15pm and capacity is limited to 100 so come early! Full info here: https://www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk/lee-forsyth-griffiths

On tour Lee is currently trying out material for his third album, due to be recorded in 2018, and is selling a special tour-only bootleg album of 13 demos and rarities at live shows. His Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/theleegriffiths and the bootleg album contains:

Home Again
I Hold My Hands Up
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Open Up
I Know
Run For Your Life
Sing Something New
Say It
Tears Before Bedtime
George's Song
There U Go Again (live)
Astronaut (live)

#blues #iwallander #hectorfilm singer songwriter @EmilyBarkerhalo on tour reaching @Sage_gateshead in 1/12/17 tickets: http://tidd.ly/970ce700



“Heartfelt songwriting… bridging the gap between folk, country and Fleetwood Mac” - The Times

“Ambitious and beautifully wrought” - Q

Emily Barker released her album ‘Sweet Kind of Blue’ back on 19TH May throughEveryone Sang/Kartel. The album marks a new sound as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a singer/songwriter. ‘Sweet Kind of Blue’ was recorded in June 2016, at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service inMemphis that holds the legacy of recording artists like Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan and Booker T. The stunning set is her first full studio album since Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo’s ‘Dear River’ in 2013.

The stars were perfectly aligned for these Memphis ‘Sweet Kind of Blue’ sessions. Barker brought her songs, her guitar, that cathedral of a voice and her irrepressible freewheeling spirit. Producer Matt Ross-Spang was riding high following his recent Grammy success with Jason Isbell and Barker was backed by top Memphis musicians Rick Steff, Dave Smith, Dave Cousar and Steve Potts who have performed on recordings for John Mayall, Cat Power and Norah Jones, amongst many others. Barker marveled at the synergy they created: “in this short amount of time, (4 days of tracking) myself and the musicians become very close. It’s a magical thing to experience; the rapid transition from strangers to life-long friends, it doesn’t always happen”. The result is an intoxicating blend of songs Barker penned about loves lost, heartrending humanity, the rush of the road trip and the sheer glory of a new love. The making of the album was a love story in itself – between Barker and Memphis.

The album includes new single, ‘Sunrise’, the second to be released from the forthcoming album. Barker wrote ‘Sunrise’ on a road-trip while touring Sweden, influenced by natural surroundings of lakes, beaches and the long-lasting sunlight of peak Swedish summer. “It’s a song about escaping”, says Barker, “and it seemed very fitting to record it in the USA with the national theme of the road-trip being such a feature in literature, music and popular culture throughout American history”. 

It follows the contrasting mood of first single ‘Sister Goodbye’, a soulful tribute to one of Barker’s guitar-slinging heroes, Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Barker performed the song in her honour, hoping she might be listening, and describes Rosetta as “trailblazer, a barrier-breaker, an innovator and an inspiration”. In title track ‘Sweet Kind of Blue’, Barker brings the funk with a raw fervour, backed by a tight rhythm section that delivers a southern swing, as well as classic interjecting harmonies.

Barker has penned and performed theme songs for BAFTA and Ivor Novello winning television dramas Wallander (starring Kenneth Branagh) and The Shadow Line and for the movie The Keeping Room, as well as an entire musical score for the poignant and well-received 2015 road movie, Hector, starring Peter Mullan. She has released several critically acclaimed albums both solo, as Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo and including side projects Vena Portae and Applewood Road. She has played many sold-out UK dates and performed with Frank Turner at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.


1 Nov – SHEFFIELD, Greystones

3 Nov – BRISTOL Folk House

4 Nov – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach

5 Nov – EXETER Phoenix

7 Nov – OXFORD Bullingdon

8 Nov – LIVERPOOL Leaf

9 Nov – KENDAL Brewery Arts Centre

10 Nov – LEEDS Wardrobe

11 Nov – FARNDALE Band Room

13 Nov – NORWICH Arts Centre

15 Nov – LONDON Borderline

16 Nov – LEWES Con Club

23 Nov - SHREWSBURY Henry Tudor House

24 Nov – MANCHESTER Band on the Wall

25 Nov – NOTTINGHAM Bodega

26 Nov – BIRMINGHAM Glee Club

28 Nov – KINROSS Backstage at the Green Hotel

29 Nov – EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms

30 Nov – STIRLING Tolbooth

2 Dec – STROUD Marshall Rooms

See @BRYANFERRY at @CityH4ll on Sun 15/4/2018 #bryanferrytour2018 tix http://tidd.ly/54702937



British musical icon Bryan Ferry has announced his first major UK headline tour since his celebrated London Palladium shows in 2016 and will be performing on the City Hall stage Sun 15 April 2018.

Bryan Ferry is one of the most innovative singers and lyricists in popular music, with an original vocal brilliance of breathtaking elegance.

The past few years have been extremely busy for Ferry with a worldwide tour and release of his first solo live album. Recorded during the 2015 Avonmore Tour, ‘Bryan Ferry Live 2015’ which features songs from his highly acclaimed latest album, Avonmore, and classic hits from the Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music back catalogue. This year has seen Ferry tour all across North America with his incredible live show.

Tickets for Bryan Ferry on sale Fri 13 Oct from 10am and can be purchased from Theatre Royal Box Office or  on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

Monday, 16 October 2017






DJANGO DJANGO are set to release their brand new album 'Marble Skies' January 26th, 2018. After their 2012 Mercury Prize nominated debut and 2015’s Top 20 follow-up ‘Born Under Saturn’, musical adventurers Django Django are back for 2017, exploring new sounds with their brand new album ‘Marble Skies’ which will be released on January 26th:

Today the album launches with first single ‘Tic Tac Toe’, a rousing, trippy upbeat rock track with an enormous echoing hookline which will excite fans of the band’s rockabilly-influenced elements. The accompanying video for ‘Tic Tac Toe’ was directed by John Maclean, brother of Django Django drummer/producer David Maclean and director of the critically acclaimed modernist western ‘Slow West’. It depicts vocalist/guitarist Vincent Neff enjoying a rapid-fire day-trip to Hastings which takes a turn into the surreal and sinister when a ghost train puts him on a collision course with a grim reaper inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

As John Maclean explains: “The film could be about the fading era of the beach arcades, time moving too fast, love and games, horror and happiness but it is actually about a man who needs to go buy a pint of milk to make a cup of tea.”

After the brilliant, rave-shaped grooves and expansive arrangements of its predecessor, ‘Marble Skies’ is a more concise and focused offering which recalls the dynamic, genre-blurring music of their debut. It’s a return to form; an album which finds them returning to the handmade, cut-and-paste approach of the past.
Upon finishing the ‘Born To Saturn’ tour, Dave ventured to LA to work on a production project, whilst the other band members went to India with the British Council. When they returned, the new album process began with a back-to-basics approach which recalled the DIY ethos of the band’s early days, Django Django – minus an absent Maclean – assembled at Urchin Studios in Tottenham, London with Metronomy drummer Anna Prior to experiment with the idea of coming up with new tracks through loose jamming sessions. After ten days of recording, there was plenty of raw material to send up to Dave (then back in his hometown of Dundee) for him to edit, refine and evolve.

As ever, all four band members (completed by Tommy Grace on synths and bassist Jimmy Dixon) contributed to the band’s music, melodies and lyrics as the final album took shape.

Parts of ‘Marble Skies’ find Django Django sailing into uncharted territories, not least the driving title track (propelled by Prior’s drumming), with its echoes of Krautrock and Suicide. Meanwhile, the hazy Zombies-like summer pop of ‘Champagne’, which explores the joys and ills of alcohol, was inspired by the band’s over-indulgence during a boat trip on the Seine that was hosted by their label.

Those drawn to the more dance-orientated side of Django Django will find much to love in the twisted ‘80s electro pop of ‘In Your Beat’ and the dancehall-influenced ‘Surface To Air’, a dreamy-headed pop song fronted by Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club. The collaboration came as a result of the two bands meeting up at SXSW some years ago, where Rebecca and Dave in particular bonded over shared interests in R&B, hip-hop and dancehall. Another more surprising collaborator is Jan Hammer, the Czech-born, American-based jazz-fusion and electronic artist who shares writing credits with the band on the gorgeously floaty ‘Sundials’.

If there’s a mood running through ‘Marble Skies’, it’s one of reflection on things past and present, and finding some kind of peace with your place in the grand scheme of things.

‘Marble Skies’ will be released on digital, black vinyl, coloured vinyl and CD formats. Rough Trade will be retailing an exclusive extended edition which compiles ‘Marble Skies’ on coloured vinyl along with a 12” bonus record and CD which features six dub mixes courtesy of roots and reggae producer Wrongtom. Django Django meets Wrongtom ‘Marble Dubs’

The album tracklisting is:

1. ‘Marble Skies’
2. ‘Surface To Air’
3. ‘Champagne’
4. ‘Tic Tac Toe’
5. ‘Further’
6. ‘Sundials’
7. ‘Beam Me Up’
8. ‘In Your Beat’
9. ‘Real Gone’
10. ‘Fountains’

Live, Django Django are incendiary. See them live in Paris or Edinburgh this autumn:

23rd – Paris, La Gaîté Lyrique (LesinRocks festival)
25th – Edinburgh, Assembly Rooms (Alternative Peers’ Ball)


The @TravellingBand (I approve greatly of the two L's there) set their #sails for a #tour and new album @TheCluny #newcastle 10/11



“Honeyed harmonies and reverb-soaked guitars ” - Drowned in Sound
“They produce an inventive brand of guitar-laden cosmic aesthetic and sprinkles of trademark Manchester’s musical lineage” - Clash 
“Their harmonies are tight, guitar picking deft and tunes melodic” - Q Magazine
“It’s all here - passionate yet delicate vocals, deep forceful drumming, jangly guitar, fluctuating strings - everything you could ask for from a song that oozes summer” - The 405

Manchester’s The Travelling Band will tour their recently released album, SAILS, throughout the UK next month.  Focused around the songwriting talents and production skills of Jo Dudderidge and Adam Gorman and the rhythmic driving force of enigmatic drummer Nick Vaal, The Travelling Band have been quietly honing what Marc Riley described as “Mancunian Americana”. The resulting album mines a rich seam of influences, with key album track ‘Last Night I Dreamt (of Killing You)’ and the grungy ‘Wasted Eyes’ highlighting the band’s love of American indie rock, but still with that Mancunian twist nodding to Elbow and I Am Kloot. ‘Mopping Forwards’ draws on their time spent in East Nashville and the almost Satie-like melancholic ballad ‘Loser’ belies the darker turn that Jo and Adam’s lyrics have taken.

Beneath the surface of the rockier exterior and beautifully woven string and horn textures, the album’s unexpected darker lyrical themes and noir-esque approach reveal a band navigating stormy waters as personal and relationship issues began to emerge after ten years of hard-hitting life on the road. Two of the five remaining founding members jumped ship during the album’s turbulent recording process, and an album that was essentially recorded live ended up taking a further twelve months to complete.

Ironically, it was Spenny, one of the two departing members, who had driven the band to get back in to the studio after the event that Jo has dubbed “the Christmas miracle”. The band made national news when social media rallied round after all their gear was stolen along with their tour van: “what happened made us feel wanted and relevant to people’s lives. The band seemed bigger than just the members,” Jo says. When the van and all the gear was safely returned, Spenny floated the idea of getting straight in to the studio to record a new album live, quickly.

However, despite the initial enthusiasm, the band started to fracture. As the recording process stalled, Jo travelled to Nashville and became inspired by the sense of community amongst artists and musicians in the city’s buzzing East Nashville suburbs. He returned to Manchester with renewed confidence and a desire to create a similar kind of supportive hub back in his home city:

“It seemed an obvious thing to me: if there’s a city in the world that has that collaborative spirit at its core, then it’s Manchester.”

It was out of this new-found optimism that Pinhole Sound Studio was born: Jo and Adam consolidated their instruments and recording equipment into a space which they have turned into a hub of creativity for the Manchester musical community.

“All the bands coming in to record at Pinhole Sound Studio gave us the impetus to finish our own record,” Jo continues. “The songs we had were the sails for the band - all we had to do was find the energy to breathe life in to them.”

SAILS was released 25th August via Sideways Saloon Records/Kartel Music Group and available Here

Travelling Band UK Tour Dates

November, Wed 1 BRIGHTON Prince Albert

November, Thu 2 BRISTOL Thekla

November, Fri 3 CHELTENHAM Frog & Fiddle

November, Sat 4 LIVERPOOL Shipping Forecast

November, Sat 11 GLASGOW The Hug & Pint

November, Sun 12 EDINBURGH The Mash House

November, Thu 16 LEICESTER Soundhouse

November, Fri 17 MANCHESTER Deaf Institute

November, Sat 18 BANGOR Blue Sky Cafe

November, Tue 21 LONDON Borderline

November, Thu 23 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds

November, Sat 25 LEEDS High & Lonesome Festival

November, Sun 26 NOTTINGHAM Bodega

Writing new songs and #ontour in November, the delightful @KerriWatt #tourdates


BBC Radio 2 A-listed singer songwriter Kerri Watt has announced her first ever headline tour, with 14-dates across the UK this November. 
Kicking off on 2nd November in Derby, Kerri will be playing in some of the UK’s biggest towns, including shows in Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, London, Manchester and of course her home town – Glasgow. 

“I've spent the last couple of years supporting some amazing acts across the UK which helped me pick up fans around the country” says Kerri. “I've really seen a demand on social media for me to play some headline shows, so it's definitely the right time for my first headline tour! I'm looking forward to seeing some familiar faces from previous tours plus hopefully some new fans since the release of 'Old School Love.' My last show is in my hometown of Glasgow... a perfect way to kick off the Christmas season!

This news comes off the back of Kerri’s recent single, ‘Old School Love’, her first for her new label East West Records (Warners). Whilst continuing to showcase her knack for writing a great hook, ‘Old School Love,’ marked a slight change from her previous two singles, the BBC Radio 2 play listed ‘Long Way Home’ and ‘The Wild’.  With a more simple production and mellow instrumentation, it’s a love song that as its title suggests, plays homage to an old school sound. The melody let’s Kerri’s vocal shine, laying bare the honest accessible song writing that has already won her an army of loyal fans. 

Over the past year, Kerri has been travelling across the world, performing and writing new material. This includes a track written and recorded with Embrace which she recently performed with them at their two night opening slot for Coldplay at Cardiff's Principality Stadium - in front of 74,000 - her biggest audience yet.

Kerri’s previous success includes the aforementioned BBC Radio 2 A-list for her single’ Long Way Home’ and a Radio 2 B-List for ‘The Wild.’  She’s performed on ITV’s Weekend Show and STV's Live At Five, plus had critical acclaim everywhere from the Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Sun, Metro, Daily Star, Notion, Glamour Magazine, to Attitude Magazine, Music Week and Record of the Day amongst many others.  She also hit Number 1 on Hype Machine with the remix of her single ‘You’ and has performed at festivals including Isle of Wight, The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury. She’s also supported Nina Nesbitt, Ward Thomas, Starsailor, Mike & The Mechanics and The Overtones. 
‘Old School Love’ is out now.

Kerri’s tour kicks off on November 2nd – Tickets available now! 

Nov 2nd Derby - The Venue
Nov 4th Maguires - Liverpool
Nov 7th Lincoln - Student Union
Nov 8th Leeds - Hyde Park Book Club
Nov 11th Birmingham - ORT
Nov 18th Exeter - Voodoo Lounge
Nov 19th Plymouth - Barbican Theatre
Nov 21st Brighton - The Komedia
Nov 23rd London - Thousand Island
Nov 27th Cardiff - The Moon
Nov 28th Manchester - Night & Day
Nov 29th Newcastle - Cluny 2
Nov 30th Glasgow - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Dec 5th Dundee - Clarks
Dec 6th Aberdeen Tunnels

3rd Thursday in the month

@DJFormat4 AND @MCAbdominal on tour and stopping of at @georgian_stcktn. 8/11/17 Check out the #halloween remix!