Ben Marwood New Album 'Get Found' Out 7 April 2017 // Listen to 'Baby You're A Mess'

The long-awaited return of singer-songwriter Ben Marwood, one of Xtra Mile Recordings’ most treasured artists, means the release of his third album Get Found will be on 7th April 2017. You can preorder it from our online shop on CD and download, or via iTunes

Listen to album track 'Baby You're A Mess' here on Souncloud or here on YouTube.

Coinciding with the release is Ben’s first tour in a couple of years, taking in some of the UK’s best independent venues. Support comes from label mate Non Canon and, on select dates, Helen Chambers. Full dates are: 

APRIL
06 Brighton @ Brunswick*
07 London @ The Monarch*
08 Portsmouth @ Southsea Sound*
10 Bristol @ Crofters Rights*
11 Nottingham @ Bodega*
12 York @ Fulford Arms*
14 Edinburgh @ Opium
15 Glasgow @ Hug & Pint
16 Manchester @ Gullivers
*with Helen Chambers on these dates

Get Found has been a long time in the making. After the successes of debut album Outside There’s A Curse (2011) and the follow-up Back Down (2013) – which were accompanied by a sold out solo headline UK tour, a support run with Frank Turner across the US, and the very surreal spectacle of accompanying Mr Turner upon rolling green hills at his pre-show performance of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony – Ben wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to or even want to play music again.

A very intense year-long illness stopped Ben in his tracks and even though 2014 to 2015 was a surprisingly productive year of writing new songs, life continued to intervene and this promising musician spent a year “embracing horizontal living”. It turns out that if you’re unhappy in a lot of aspects of your life your body isn’t keen on carrying that weight.

He ended up cancelling all his shows at the end of 2014's final Back Down tour except a slot at his home festival, 2000trees. “But I was still trying to date and work and arrange replacement shows for the ones I cancelled," says Ben. "But in the end I had to admit that broken humans can’t do what they feel like. Mind over matter only works if your mind wants to play ball.” Ben takes pride in showing up, but was forced home to recover.

A third album was anything but inevitable at that point. Yet here we are, in 2017, warmly welcoming another Ben Marwood record. After introducing us to little Ben Marwood in the cutest way possible on the opening song, it’s followed by ‘The Church of No Commandments’ which happily reminds us what we’ve been missing, with an energetic live thrust and gymnastic banjo plying the way for a phrase that soars "we’ll sing through every chorus as if we can stave off death". On the last song, Ben utters "take your lullabies and fuck off" before winding a song around the meaning of true friendship. That constant contrast is resplendent and displayed throughout. 

The album doesn’t stray far from its roots but plays with them tenderly. Pedal steel aches on ‘Enraptured’, while ‘DNFTTTS’ is pure andante piano melody. ‘Nights’ chugs and spits before bellowing into the most uplifting-sounding chorus about death you’ve heard yet – and there are plenty to come. “I’m not dead, I’m not dying, I just can’t get up,” confesses Ben on ‘I’m Wide Awake It’s Boring’ as one of just two songs that directly reference his mental and physical state of that difficult year. But Ben’s still able to pull his best from just his familiar flowing finger-style and disarmingly affecting voice on ‘Bones’ and ‘Bury Me In the Pantheon’. Penultimate song ‘The Devil Makes Work For Jazz Hands’ dwells on death and immobility again (“the weight of the world is locked on your shoulders forever”) before sliding in a slick guitar solo and resolving into a plea of “you should know that you can’t fear all of the things you fear in the dark”. 

Confessional and demanding of attention – it’s great to have Ben Marwood back. 

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SAM DUCKWORTH RELEASES SOLO ACOUSTIC ALBUM 'KINGDOMS' ON 27 JANUARY 2017 // WATCH VIDEO FOR '1986'

Sam Duckworth, the man behind Recreations and previously Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., has released a solo album entitled Kingdoms. Recorded over the Christmas period, the digital album is available now from our shop.

You can also listen to it on Spotify and other streaming services. Watch the video for '1986' below.

Shaken and stirred by the times, Sam Duckworth is pouring songs forth at an alarming rate. Even after releasing two EPs of original material, Digital Ghettos and Beaches Ain’t Shit, a live EP (Live at LUX) and debut album Baby Boomers 2 as Recreations last year, Sam Duckworth continues to harness every drop of creativity and inspiration from current strife while mining for glimmers of positivity.

Written and recorded, on the most part, at the start of this year, Kingdoms sees Duckworth at his rawest and most urgent. He expresses getting back up, dusting himself off and continuing on more determined through strummed chords and light electric guitar lines, with the emphasis this time on Sam’s words. Largely anchored with percussive strumming, the subtle arpeggios, melodic solos and layers of colour still pop the songs perfectly. Upbeat in sound and measured in sentiment, Sam stays familiar in addressing the societal toll on community and self-confidence. 

'All These Nights’ opens with the perfect summation of this, a chorus promising “all the nights that you spent working hard on regrets will not be erased but you can break the cycle if you’re willing to change”. Elsewhere, Sam revisits 2014 single '1986' for its first proper release. What once felt like a dystopian daydream, now feels all the more real: “It’s surprising we still fall, for spite on a wall.” His acoustic version of Baby Boomers 2 closing track ‘Lifestyle Concept Store’, a surprisingly moving alternative take on an album favourite. Appropriately, ‘1993’ brushes up against Britpop, giving a bright, optimistic feel to an indictment of certain elements of a younger generation who “blame immigration for the failure to coexist”.

The aroma of nostalgia isn’t ignored, but instead of wishing for bygone times like some lost mythical Albion, Sam seems both a little resigned to leaving it behind and, crucially, motivated to make the best of whatever comes next. It’s all the more convincing coming from one of the UK’s most prolific songwriters right now.

Tracklisting:
1.    All These Nights
2.    1986
3.    3rd Generation
4.    1993
5.    Multitasker
6.    Lifestyle Concept Store
7.    Wrong Way Round
8.    Mucking Around
9.    Stars

Sam Duckworth is playing some of these songs alongside his full 11-piece band performance of his debut album as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager. Check out the remaining few dates here.

Watch a video of Sam explaining the reason for the album's existence below.

SEE DUCKING PUNCHES, NON CANON & THE RPMS ON 26 JANUARY 2017 FOR INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK 2017

Xtra Mile Recordings's Independent Venue Week 2017 showcase is at The Monarch, Camden, with Ducking Punches, Non Canon and The RPMs. Buy your £7 tickets here.

You can also read an interview with each of the bands about Independent Venue Week and what it means to them.

As with any Xtra Mile showcase, we like to give you variety. Brighton trio The RPMs bring the 60s-tinged pop optimism, choruses that ripple through a crowd, making dancing inevitable. Non Canon is Bristol's very own Barry Dolan, usually caught yelling and thrashing at an acoustic or electric guitar as Oxygen Thief. Here, his more personal and measured songs retain the wordplay, sensitively delivered, with bits of choral crowd participation thrown in. Headlining is Ducking Punches, with a new lineup, still led by songwriter Dan Allen. A furious and frenetic blend of guitars lend both a chaotic and melodic side to his compelling songs. Expect tight, explosive energy.

See you at the show on Thursday!

COUNTERFEIT. DEBUT ALBUM 'TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER' OUT 17 MARCH ON XTRA MILE RECORDINGS // PREORDER NOW // LISTEN TO SINGLE 'THE THRILL OF IT'

Counterfeit. will release their debut album Together We Are Stronger on 17 March via Xtra Mile Recordings. It will be available on vinyl, CD and download. You can preorder now from our online shop.

You can also preorder from Banquet Records, Amazon, and download from iTunes.

Have a listen to latest single 'The Thrill of It', premiered on Dan P Carter's Rock Show on Radio 1 last night (15/01/2017), below.

The 10-track album was produced by Thomas Mitchener (Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Dead!) and recorded at Broadfields Studio. Together We Are Stronger is full of punk-rock flair and showcases frontman Jamie Campbell Bower’s raw and honest vocals.

Bower has said of the release, “It is an honour to announce our debut album Together We Are Stronger. This album has been a long time coming and it is now time for us to unshackle the beast that we have, for so long, tried to contain.”

Counterfeit. kick off their spring European/UK tour in Hamburg on 24 March, and work their way through cities including Berlin, Rome and Amsterdam, before hitting the UK. The band will then head to Leeds on 18 April and wrap things up in Brighton on 29 April,stopping off to play London’s Underworld, on 26 April. 

We Are Stronger Together tracklisting:

1.    Washed Out
2.    For The Thrill Of It
3.    Close To Your Chest
4.    As Yet Untitled
5.    Romeo
6.    You Can’t Rely
7.    Lost Everything
8.    Addiction
9.    Enough
10.   Letters To The Lost

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Frank Turner Sleep Is For the Week 10th Anniversary Edition out 27 January 2017 // Preorder now // Double CD and gatefold vinyl reissue with original CDR demos

Xtra Mile Recordings is pleased to announce the tenth anniversary edition of Frank Turner's Sleep is For The Week. It will be reissued as a two-CD and double 180g vinyl edition containing the full album and the original six demo songs featured on Frank's early CDR demo disc. The vinyl will have a gatefold sleeve with the album on one vinyl and the demos on one side of a second vinyl, with the second side etched with the FTHC logo.

It will be released on 27 January 2017. Preorder now on lilac vinyl, CD or download from our shop, pick up the gold vinyl, CD or download from Banquet Records, grab the CD from Amazon or download only from iTunes. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Frank will be playing the album in full as part of his four-night festival ‘Lost Evenings’ at London’s Roundhouse. For more information and tickets visit www.lostevenings.info. 

On 28 January 2007, Frank Turner was about to set his road legs on a path that would take him beyond every horizon he'd imagined. Only a year before, he'd released a split 7” with Reuben on Xtra Mile Recordings for their Xtra Mile Single Sessions – 'The Real Damage' – and after months of selling CDRs with demo songs on it, this represented the first official studio release of his burgeoning solo songwriting. A few months later, the Campfire Punkrock EP was released containing four brand new songs and a studio version of ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For the One of Me’. But those other early demo songs weren’t forgotten and three of them would reappear on his first full-length release, Sleep Is For The Week. But there was so much more to the album than ‘The Real Damage’, ‘Romantic Fatigue’ and ‘Wisdom Teeth’.

Sleep Is For the Week set out Frank's oeuvre explicitly. He revealed an honest way with words and storytelling that leaned on confession to a sometimes uncomfortable degree ('A Decent Cup of Tea', 'My Kingdom For A Horse', 'Worse Things Happen At Sea', 'Father's Day' 'Must Try Harder') and a few humorous but passionate screes on his past mistakes and ongoing search for identity ('Back In the Day', 'Once We Were Anarchists'). These would both become calling cards of his songwriting soon after. The universal nature of the songs – all of our own failings brought to light in a way that’s both hard to hear and a relief; we were no longer alone in our doubts and mistakes – were what really grasped listeners. 

This first set of songs was disarming in its ease to relate to, Frank’s varied compositions reinforcing his words. Whether transposing a youth misspent going to hardcore shows to a wild bluegrass flurry or a betrayal set to a tumultuous sea lament, the album immediately gave away Frank’s ability to take influences and make them fit cleanly into his sound, a talent he’d continue to hone with his future band, the Sleeping Souls, soon after.

But it was the huge sounds of first single 'Vital Signs' which gave unexpected hints to where his near-future lay, within a determined manifesto of cutting across the country until road maps were all marked by his trail. The promise and ambition, sonic and otherwise, would be fulfilled over the next decade.

This debut album documents one year of Frank's life, detailing a young man gradually finding his way through the torrid and tedious day-to-day, desperately seeking something else. Testament to the album’s quality and impact, the final song on it has become one of his most memorable and beloved among fans, 'The Ballad of Me and My Friends' recorded live at the Camden Barfly in London. This was, for many, the touchpaper and rallying cry to join the magnificent following Frank has garnered since 2005.

It's easy and comforting to romanticise the beginnings, the roots of any artist. Sleep Is For the Week is as of its time now as you'd expect a decade-old record to be, five albums later. But it’s undeniable that a true sense of Frank's sound and songwriting was formed within this record, as he snagged heart cords on unexpected leaps into the harsh reality of the choices he made. 

While later albums like Tape Deck Heart show an even deeper and more sophisticated way of pulling and shaping his tales, it's endearing and endlessly impressive just how sure Frank seemed of almost every song on Sleep Is For the Week. You believe him because he believes in himself, and while obviously the best was yet to come, you couldn't have wanted more from this record at the time. Except that you really needed to hear what was next…

2 Disc CD / Gatefold double 180g LP tracklisting

1.    The Real Damage
2.    Vital Signs
3.    Romantic Fatigue
4.    A Decent Cup of Tea
5.    Father's Day
6.    Worse Things Happen At Sea
7.    My Kingdom For A Horse
8.    Back In the Day
9.    Once We Were Anarchists
10.   Wisdom Teeth
11.    The Ladies of London Town
12.    Must Try Harder
13.    The Ballad of Me and My Friends

Bonus demos:
1. Romantic Fatigue (demo)
2. The Real Damage (demo)
3. Wisdom Teeth (demo)
4. Sunshine State (demo)
5. This Town Ain't Big Enough For The One Of Me (demo)
6. Longing For The Day (demo)

Includes download links of ‘Live From The Vic’ (a full live set from The Victoria, Swindon on 6 April 2007)

THE LION AND THE WOLF 2017 TOUR IN UK WITH KEVIN DEVINE AND JAPAN WITH GARRET KLAHN

Following the October release of second album The Cardiac Hotel – which you can buy on vinyl, CD or download here – singer-songwriter The Lion And The Wolf (Tom George) has announced a UK tour with solo hero Kevin Devine, and a string of Japanese tour dates alongside Garrett Klahn (Texas Is The Reason).

On 29 January 2017, The Lion and the Wolf will start the support slots with Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band in Bristol, then hitting Nottingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds before finishing up in north London's Tufnell Park Dome on 3 February. 

After that, on 8 February the Japanese tour with Garrett Klahn will begin in Tokyo, the tour then through Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya, before wrapping up with a second show in Tokyo.

Tom George said about the dates: "I'm incredibly excited to be touring Japan for the first time with Garrett Klahn and my old friend Andrew Paley. I've heard so many great things about the people of Japan and their appreciation for music. This will be one hell of an experience."

Grab The Lion and the Wolf physical albums and t-shirt bundles from the Xtra Mile shop including clear or black vinyl and CD. The Cardiac Hotel is also available on download and t-shirt sold separately.