PREORDER NORTHCOTE'S NEW ALBUM 'HOPE IS MADE OF STEEL' // WATCH NEW LIVE TRACKS — 'THE EMPTY FREQUENCY SESSIONS'

You can now preorder the new album by Northcote, led by Canadian singer-songwriter Matt Goud, entitled Hope Is Made Of Steel, out September 2015 via Xtra Mile Recordings in UK, EU and Australia.

Preorder the physical and download formats from our digital shop, or in a t-shirt bundle. You can also preorder the album on digital format from iTunes.

You can also check out some live, acoustic sessions of new album tracks in the YouTube video series 'The Empty Frequency Sessions', which will include album anecdotes as well as unique performances .

The first in the series is 'You Could Never Let Me Down'. Watch it below.

For a bit of a musical insight into Matt and the album, head over to Spotify and listen to his weekly, curated playlist.

Following a year bulging with gigs — with over 160 performances in 2014/2015 — as well as a tour history that includes playing alongside The Gaslight Anthem on their North American tour, the ever-present Chuck Ragan in Europe, Dave Hause and Twin Forks, the album is enriched with live experience. 

Recorded while moving between cities, 3000 miles apart, the album is surging with the energy of movement and the storytelling attached to travel. Read more in our album announcement news.

Hope Is Made Of Steel tracklisting:

1.      This Is Our Time
2.      Bitter End
3.      Small Town Dreams
4.      Hope Is Made Of Steel
5.      Leaving Wyoming
6.      You Could Never Let Me Down
7.      Bracelet
8.      Stronger Than You Know
9.      Just Kids
10.    Your Rock and Roll

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WILL VARLEY NEW ALBUM 'POSTCARDS FROM URSA MINOR' OUT 30 OCTOBER 2015 — PREORDER NOW// SUPPORTING FRANK TURNER ON SOLD OUT UK AUTUMN TOUR

One of Time Out’s rising stars of 2015, Will Varley has unveiled details of his forthcoming album. Postcards From Ursa Minor will be released on 30 October 2015 on CD, vinyl and download through Xtra Mile Recordings.

You can preorder the album now on CD, vinyl and download from our digital shop, our friends at Banquet Records, through Amazon, or download from iTunes.

You can also stream the lead track ‘Is Anyone Out There?’ as a taster, below:

Produced by Tristan Ivemy and mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright (Arcade Fire, Blur) Postcards From Ursa Minor is a masterclass in songwriting that pushes the boundaries of the ‘one-man-and-a-guitar’ format. From rowdy drinking songs with sprawling chaotic arrangements to his sparse solo performances, he covers a range of subjects with his trademark sprinkling of social commentary, politics and wry humour.

Observing the world and the plight of humanity as if perched cross-legged on the edge of the moon, Varley’s existential themes cover the planet’s lonely existence within the universe as well as focusing in to tackle the everyday minutia of human life.

‘Is Anyone Out There?’ is a tongue-in-cheek call to any alien lifeforms that may be listening, to come and help stop us destroying Earth. The track has actually been transmitted out into space using a 20-foot parabolic satellite dish in the US. We await a response!

'The Man Who Fell To Earth' tells the story of Jose Matata, an African immigrant whose body was found in a quiet suburban street one morning after falling out of the fuselage of a British Airways plane above London in 2009, attempting to illegally gain entry to the UK. It’s a powerful and timely piece of social commentary.

Songs like 'Outside Over There' and 'Talking Cat Blues' show off Varley's storytelling prowess while 'Seize The Night' and 'From Halcyon' take a more nostalgic approach, lamenting lost friends and times past.

Postcards From Ursa Minor tracklisting is:

1. As For My Soul
2. The Man Who Fell To Earth
3. Seize The Night
4. Outside Over There
5. This House
6. Talking Cat Blues
7. From Halcyon
8. Dark Days Away
9. Send My Love To The System
10. The Endlessness And The Space Between
11. Concept Of Freedom
12. Is Anyone Out There?
13. The Question Of Passing Time

Varley will also be supporting label-mate Frank Turner throughout November on his huge sold out UK tour, playing to over 35,000 people. Full dates are below or can be viewed on our entire-label gigs calendar.

NOVEMBER

05 Llandudno @ Venue Cymru
06 Southampton @ Guildhall SOLD OUT
07 Southampton @ Guildhall SOLD OUT
09 Falmouth @ Princess Pavilion SOLD OUT
10 Falmouth @ Princess Pavilion
13 Glasgow @ Barrowland SOLD OUT
14 Newcastle @ University SOLD OUT
15 Nottingham @ Rock City SOLD OUT
16 Nottingham @ Rock City
18 Birmingham @ Academy
19 Sheffield @ Academy SOLD OUT
21 Bristol @ Colston Hall SOLD OUT
22 Bristol @ Colston Hall
23 Manchester @ Academy SOLD OUT
24 Manchester @ Academy
26 London @ Alexandra Palace

Will signed to Xtra Mile Recordings backstage at the Royal Albert Hall just moments before he performed on stage supporting Frank Turner as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity gig. The 27-year-old rambling singer-songwriter from Kent is a self-made man who, on one recent tour, walked 500 miles with a guitar on his back, playing shows along the way. He makes his own music videos. He co-runs his own record label and music festival, Smugglers. As if mirroring his work ethic, his songs pack narrative detail. Each three or four minutes is earthy and punchy, rolling and rollicking upon barely-concealed anger, or blatant piss-taking.

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WILL VARLEY AND SKINNY LISTER TO SUPPORT FRANK TURNER ON NOVEMBER UK TOUR

We're pleased to announce that Will Varley and Skinny Lister will support Frank Turner on his November UK tour. The three label-mates will be playing to over 35,000 people on the mostly-sold out autumn tour. Full dates and details below. 

Will Varley — photo by Ben Morse

Will Varley — photo by Ben Morse

Will Varley signed to Xtra Mile Recordings backstage at the Royal Albert Hall just moments before he performed on stage supporting Frank Turner as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity gig back in March.

The 27-year-old rambling singer-songwriter from Kent is a self-made man who, on a past tour, walked 500 miles with a guitar on his back, playing shows along the way. He makes his own music videos. He runs his own record label and music festival, Smugglers. As if mirroring his work ethic, his songs pack narrative detail. Each three or four minutes is earthy and punchy, rolling and rollicking upon barely-concealed anger, or blatant piss-taking.

Skinny Lister

Skinny Lister

Skinny Lister — a twelve-legged, rum-soaked folk and shanty army — have been thundering across stages all year, and are already touring the US in the fall with Frank and fellow label-buddy Beans On Toast. Their album Down On Deptford Broadway is brimming with the celebratory attitude of those grabbing life and dancing together with abandon. You can purchase it on CD, vinyl or download from our digital shop.

Tour dates are below, or you can check out the gigs calendar.

NOVEMBER

05 Llandudno @ Venue Cymru
06 Southampton @ Guildhall SOLD OUT
07 Southampton @ Guildhall SOLD OUT
09 Falmouth @ Princess Pavilion SOLD OUT
10 Falmouth @ Princess Pavilion
13 Glasgow @ Barrowland SOLD OUT
14 Newcastle @ University SOLD OUT
15 Nottingham @ Rock City SOLD OUT
16 Nottingham @ Rock City
18 Birmingham @ Academy
19 Sheffield @ Academy SOLD OUT
21 Bristol @ Colston Hall SOLD OUT
22 Bristol @ Colston Hall
23 Manchester @ Academy SOLD OUT
24 Manchester @ Academy
26 London @ Alexandra Palace

PJ BOND TO SUPPORT FRANK TURNER ON UK INSTORES AND ALBUM LAUNCH GIGS AUGUST 2015

Following a lengthy tour across Europe and the UK throughout all of June and July, PJ Bond can announce he will support Frank Turner on his short run of instores this August. PJ will also support Frank on his intimate Positive Songs For Negative People album launch gigs in London and Glasgow. Details below.

Frank spotted PJ at the Xtra Mile Recordings Summer In The City party back in July and immediately invited him on these shows. Full dates are:

06 Banquet instore, Kingston

11 Rise instore, Worcester

11 Rise instore, Bristol

12 Rough Trade, Nottingham

In May, PJ released his incredible album Where Were You?, a beautiful album covering topics that lace the modern musical lexicon — love, loss, friendship, family, and music. He has been compared to Elliott Smith, Micah P Hinson, and Wilco, while his new album reveals all the bombast and ambition of someone who has listened to a fair amount of Dylan or Springsteen, and dreamed. He's spent years travelling and playing to everyone he could, essentially homeless, while writing and recording songs and telling stories.

You can buy on CD from any of the shops above. It is also available on vinyl in four different colours — maroon, yellow, navy and mint green. The yellow and mint green versions are exclusive for the Xtra Mile Recordings shop, the latter featuring hand-painted artwork by PJ digitally printed for the sleeve. To purchase these exclusive vinyl or the album on CD and digital visit the Xtra Mile Recordings shop. All other vinyl colours are available at various participating retailers.

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NORTHCOTE TO RELEASE THIRD ALBUM 'HOPE IS MADE OF STEEL' IN SEPTEMBER 2015 // STREAM ALBUM TITLE TRACK // EXTENSIVE EUROPE, UK AND CANADIAN TOURS

Northcote, led by Canadian singer-songwriter Matt Goud, will release new album Hope Is Made Of Steel September 2015 via Xtra Mile Recordings in UK, EU and Australia. You can stream the album’s title track below.

Following a year bulging with gigs — with over 160 performances in 2014/2015 — as well as a tour history that includes playing alongside The Gaslight Anthem on their North American tour, the ever-present Chuck Ragan in Europe, Dave Hause and Twin Forks, the album is enriched with live experience. Coursing with electric guitars, there is a definite rock beast pumping inside the 10 track record.  As Matt says “with this record it is a priority for me to bring a more dynamic show on the road”.

Recorded while moving between cities, 3000 miles apart, the album is surging with the energy of movement and the storytelling attached to travel. 'Small Town Dreams' is the best example, as it combines the stirring mood of an enveloping wall of sound with all the hopes and dreams of the two characters in the song who wish someday to make it to the big city.

'Leaving Wyoming' deals with moving on too, taking more of a traditional Northcote approach — the warm, nostalgic feel, the gentile electric chimes, the soaring reverbed vocals — while 'Bitter End' captures that Springsteen-like swagger the young Canadian has picked up from tours, and united it with his own way around an adrenal rush of a chorus.

Hope Is Made Of Steel tracklisting:

1.      This Is Our Time
2.      Bitter End
3.      Small Town Dreams
4.      Hope Is Made Of Steel
5.      Leaving Wyoming
6.      You Could Never Let Me Down
7.      Bracelet
8.      Stronger Than You Know
9.      Just Kids
10.    Your Rock and Roll

The band will also tour extensively through the summer and autumn, with some European dates supporting Chuck Ragan. Tour dates are below, or you can find them and ticket links on our gig calendar.

European summer tour 2015 (* full band with Chuck Ragan)

AUGUST

18 - Stuttgart, Germany
19 - Bern, Switzerland
20 - Zürich, Switzerland
21 - München, Germany
22 - Frequency Festival, Austria
23 - Karlsruhe, Germany*
24 - Wiesbaden, Germany*
25 - Bremen, Germany*
26 - Dortmund, Germany*
27 - Köln, Germany
28 - Saarbrücken, Germany
29 - Münster, Germany
30 - Hamburg, Germany
31 - Berlin, Germany

UK tour 2015

SEPTEMBER

02 - London @ Old Blue Last
03 - Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
04 - Manchester @ Soup Kitchen
05 - Nottingham @ Bodega

Canadian tour 2015

SEPTEMBER

18 – Toronto @ Urban Roots Festival

OCTOBER

14 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Pyramid
15 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
16 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite
17 - Calgary, AB @ The Gateway
20 - Cranbrook, BC @ Key City Theatre
21 - Kelowna, BC @ Flashback’s
22 - Kamloops, BC @ Cactus Jack’s
23 - Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
24 - Victoria, BC @ Distrikt
30 - Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s
31 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Capitol Music Club

NOVEMBER

03 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Crock’s
05 - Sudbury, ON @ Coulson Night Club
07 - Hamilton, ON @ Absinthe
08 - St. Catharines, ON @ L3
11 - Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s
13 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
20 - Moncton, NB @ Tide & Boar
21 - Halifax, NS @ The Marquee Club
22 - Truro, NS @ Champion’s
26 - Fredericton, NB @ The Capital Complex
27 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
28 - Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s

DECEMBER

27 - Kingston, ON @ The Ale House

Born and raised in small-town Saskatchewan, Northcote’s early exposure to music was a mix of traditional country on AM radio and the hymns he learned at his childhood church. However, it wasn't until he discovered punk and hardcore music that he realized music’s healing and therapeutic power. Over the past 8 years, few young musicians in Canada have put on as many miles as Goud who toured for years as a member of a post-hardcore band and has more recently transitioned into life on the road as a singer/songwriter with accompaniment by an ever-rotating slew of guests and friend musicians.

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