Following the release of their fourth album Famous Graves. Michigan trio come to the UK and Europe in November to tour with Joyce Manor. Tickets go on sale Friday, 25 July 2014.

They last played the UK in early 2013 with The Bouncing Souls and have since toured across North America with Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Andrew Jackson Jihad and The Hold Steady. They head across the pond for these shows:


03 Paris, FRA @ Espace B 
04 Hamburg, GER @ Hafenklang
05 Dresden, GER @ Chemiefabrik
06 Berlin, GER @ Cassiopeia
07 Trier, GER @ Exhaus
08 Düsseldorf, GER @ The Tube
09 Castricum, NE @ De Bakkerij
10 Antwerp, BE @ JC Kavka
11 Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
12 Glasgow, UK @ 13th Note
13 Manchester, UK @ Star & Garter
14 London, UK @ The Dome (Tuffnell Park)
15 Southampton, UK @ Joiners
16 Kingston, UK @ Fighting Cocks
17 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange

Photo by Kelly Gairrocco

Photo by Kelly Gairrocco

Famous Graves, their first album for Xtra Mile Recordings, has been described as “a collection of good. honest punk jams for us all to enjoy” by Rock Sound, and Kerrang! said “(it) will entertain you, your mum and your 70-year old grandma all at the same time….they rock in all the right places”.

Check out three songs from the album that the band recorded for a radio session in the States including the recent single ‘Knock Me Over’ which gained plays and support at XFM and Amazing Radio:

Knock Me Over
Man in Question
Amazing Grace

The album title came from the band’s habit of visiting cemeteries in the towns they visit to see if anybody of note has been buried there. They’ve seen everyone’s grave, from Bon Scott in Perth to Ian Curtis near Manchester. The second meaning for the title is, as bassist/vocalist Ian Graham explains, a bit deeper. “The phrase started taking on the idea of common error, It refers to obvious ways to make mistakes - ways to get caught doing the same thing over and over.”
We hope this trip makes good use of the first meaning!

“You could see them sharing a stage with the likes of The Replacements, REM and Dinosaur Jr. and more than holding their own.” - Big Cheese


Xtra Mile Recordings will release Billy the Kid's next single, the double A-side 'Phone Bills' / 'The Quarry' alongside the full-album Horseshoes & Hand Grenades on 8 September 2014,

You can pre-order here and iTunes link: 

Listen to the superb single, and album opener, 'Phone Bills' here:

Following a storming month long European jaunt supporting Chuck Ragan with labelmate Northcote in June, Billy is also set to play a handful of dates in the UK a week before the album release before heading back to North America to support the one and only Billy Bragg. 
All dates and venues are below. UK Tickets can be ordered here.


29 Bristol @ Birdcage
31 Leeds @ Brundell
01 Manchester @ The Castle
03 London @ Black Heart


12 Chicago City Winery, USA
15 Cleveland Music Box Supper Club, USA
17 New York City Winery, USA
18 New York City Winery, USA
19 Riverhead, NY Suffolk Theatre, USA
20 Bellow Falls, VT Bellow Falls Opera House, USA
22 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall, USA
23 Fredericton, NB The Playhouse, Canada
24 Charlottetown, PE PEI Brewing Company, Canada
25 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Canada
27 St John’s, ND Cochrane United Church, Canada

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades was produced by Frank Turner, who also plays on the record alongside The Sleeping Souls drummer Nigel Powell.

Photo by Ben Morse -

Photo by Ben Morse -

Billy says of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades: " I definitely took Frank's lead as far as how to approach the recording process. Eventually it became apparent that we were a pretty good team but he came up with the concept of recording ‘live off the floor’ which I think contributed a lot to the finished product… I just think it sounds badass."

It is badass. Billy’s voice is immediately introduced on album opener ‘Phone Bills’, while Nigel’s ricocheting drums hesitate, roll and jump ahead of her, then everything collides in synchronicity. ‘The Quarry’ starts all sublime, picking leads into evocative lines about fleeing an unnamed town, the stumbling drums playing the part of unknown pursuers’ rapidly gaining footsteps.

A recent month-long European tour with Chuck Ragan and Northcote was almost entirely paid for with 10 days’ worth of incredible, unique paintings which were sold to the highest bidders - all while Billy was convalescing from a serious ankle injury. / / @billypettinger


After his acclaimed performance on the main stage at Sonisphere festival in Knebworth Park earlier this year, Frank Turner has announced his latest UK tour with The Sleeping Souls for September 2014.

Pre-sale tickets will be available at 9am from 15-17th July here:
General tickets will go on sale on Friday 18th July at 9am.

Tour dates in September:

11  Norwich @ UEA
12 Leicester @ De Montfort Hall
13 Salisbury @ City Hall
14 London @ On Blackheath Festival (on sale now)
15 St Albans @ Arena
16 Cambridge @ Corn Exchange
18 Northampton @ Roadmender
19 Bath @ Pavillion
20 Yeovil @ Westlands
21 Cornwall @ Looe Music Festival (on sale now)
22 Exeter @ Lemon Grove
24 Hartlepool @ Borough Hall
25 Dunfermline @ Alhambra
26 Warrington @ Parr Hall
27 Hull @ City Hall
28 Wakefield @ Unity Works
30 Oxford @ Town Hall

Photo by Gregory Nolan

Photo by Gregory Nolan

Frank rounded off a busy and hugely successful 2013 by playing a show with Billy Bragg in aid of Shelter. As well as the intimate gig at Wiltons in London in December, the pair took to the streets for a busking session for the charity. He also packed in a title-winning performance on Celebrity Mastermind, answering questions on his chosen specialist subject of Iron Maiden. The episode was screened on BBC One on January 3rd.

Tape Deck Heart reached number one on the iTunes chart, number two on the Official Top 40 Chart and also entered the top ten on the US iTunes Chart in its week of release, underlining Frank Turner’s arrival as a crossover DIY star.


Xtra Mile Recordings will release Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 5: Smokin’ (Signed vs Unsigned) - the fifth installment of the critically acclaimed label compilation series - on 11 August 2014. 

Split into two halves, this digital only compilation features almost every act on Xtra Mile Recordings’ roster on ‘Side A’ and an unsigned act of their choosing on ‘Side B’.

Showcasing the diversity of Xtra Mile’s musical leanings, Side A features the caustic title track from Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!; the cannonball barrage of Möngöl Hörde’s ‘Blistering Blue Barnacles’; the unmistakable roots groove of Sonic Boom Six’s ‘A Little Bit of Reggae’, and the unplugged wordplay of Ben Marwood’s ‘They Will Float Your Body Out To Sea’. You’ll get pop highs off of Rob Lynch, gruff bluntness from Beans On Toast, and synth-laden pop from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. You’ll hear from our newer signees like Billy the Kid and one of our oldest friends, Jamie Lenman. The whole spectrum.

Our acts are always discovering new music and ‘Side B’ - in keeping with Xtra Mile’s constant search and support for new and unsigned acts - comprises their recommendations of emerging artists. Included are the sublime Spring Offensive, The Lion & the Wolf, The Karma Party, Toucans, Grace Petrie & the Benefits Culture, Little Rob and The Mob and many, many more.

Joining the unsigned half of the compilation are International Departures who won the final spot with their track ‘Give Me Something’, voted for by our dedicated Xtra Mile Street Team from hundreds of entries sent to us last month. Like bumping into a dear friend unexpectedly, it turns out Henry Carden – formerly of Dartz! alongside William Anderson of current XMR band, Algiers – is the man behind International Departures.

The artwork is a snapshot taken of an active volcano and is in keeping with all previous plane/sky/space themed XMHC volume front covers. This naturally gave rise to the so-obvious-it’s-not-even-funny compilation title: Smokin’.

Look out for an XMR Hub feature which will include our bands’ reasons for choosing their unsigned counterparts and other fun Smokin’ related things.

The Xtra Mile High Club series, proudly shows off the breadth of talent on its eclectic roster. Welcome to the club… 

Full tracklisting is below:

Side A – Xtra Mile                                             

1. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
2. Cheap Girls - Man In Question
3. Northcote - Counting Down The Days
4. Ben Marwood - They Will Float Your Body Out To Sea (Alternate Version)
5. Rob Lynch - My Friends and I
6. Billy the Kid - Yet
7. To Kill A King - Cold Skin
8. Algiers - Little Friction
9. Retrospective Soundtrack Players - Smart Girls For Talking, Morons For Dancing (Live) 
10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - As Always
11. Mull Historical Society - Why Do They Go So Soon (Home Demo)
12. Beans On Toast - Sold Out Shows
13. Crazy Arm - Black Canyon
14. Jon Snodgrass - "Song For The Groom's Friend, the friend who is the actual guy conducting the ceremony” (Exclusive Version)
15. Chris T-T & The Hoodrats - A Beaten Drum (piano version, live at St Paul's Lifestyle)
16. Franz Nicolay & The Cut Ups - To Us, The Beautiful
17. Drag The River - Marooned
18. Sonic Boom Six - A Little Bit Of Reggae
19. Jamie Lenman - Shower of Scorn
20. Oxygen Thief - con.script.shun
21. Möngöl Hörde - Blistering Blue Barnacles

Side B - Unsigned

1. The Frankl Project - A Day At The Races
2. Failures’ Union - Hard To Sea
3. Kayleigh Goldsworthy - Tennessee
4. Quiet Quiet Band - Hunter's Moon
5. The Lion & the Wolf - Ghosts On Trinity
6. PJ Bond - I'm In A Bad Way
7. Spring Offensive - Speak 
8. Toucans – Welcome To Lovers House
9. CG Whitear - Tokyo Drizzle
10. International Departures - Give Me Something (XMR competition winners)
11. Sorren Maclean - Either Way (feat. Roddy Woomble)
12. Little Rob and The Mob - Oaths
13. Brunel - Score Sheet
14. Gasoline Heart - Love Let Her Go
15. Grace Petrie & The Benefits Culture - The Redundancy Hymn
16. Emilyn Brodsky - Someone Belongs Here
17. Jonathan Coody - I Just Gotta Know
18. The Karma Party - World War
19. CeCe - These Four Walls
20. Strange Planes - Sharpen Your Teeth
21. Samoans - The Moth