ROB LYNCH NEW ALBUM 'BABY, I'M A RUNAWAY' OUT 22 JULY 2016 // PREORDER NOW // 'SURE THING' STREAM

Rob Lynch has announced the release of his second album via Xtra Mile Recordings. Baby, I’m A Runaway will be released on 22 July. Preorder from our shop now, or get physical formats from Rob's websiteBanquet Records, or Amazon. Download can be grabbed from iTunes. You can listen to album track 'Sure Thing' below.

Lynch says: “It’s a song about being in a bit of a slump and longing for someone to drag you out of it, whether that be through a person or through music or literature. There’s a few nods to my favourite writers and artists in there. The joyous nature of the music is supposed to win out over the downbeat lyrics to invoke an overall sense that everything will be alright.”

Rob Lynch wrote his debut full length, All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul, over the course of the seven years that preceded its 2014 release. The journey since has taken him on well-worn roads around Germany and all over the UK. There was a long, hot summer on the Warped Tour in North America, and there were inspiring nights spent sharing stages with Charlie Simpson, Thees Uhlmann and Augustines. There were huge, life-affirming weekends treading the boards at 2000 Trees, Groezrock and Slam Dunk Festivals, too. 

But in another sense, that journey has led to places that cannot be found on any map. It led to the ten songs that make up his new record; songs of self-assessment, songs of apology, songs of mourning, hope, love and growth. The young man who wrote the introspective, ultra-personal songs in search of a bar that would save his soul was looking even deeper now, with a whole new perspective and renewed passion. He beat himself up with words that reflected the flaws and failings he’d shied away from facing before, but he also found expressions of gratitude, joy and optimism, fuelled by the wealth of incredible memories, experiences and achievements he’d notched on his travels. He wrote songs about friendship, about family, and the ties that bind. He wrote about life in all its curious, challenging and brilliant splendour.

Musically, this material demanded an expansion of the sound established on the first album. Enlisting the help of his good friends in his long-time live backing band, Jonny Ward (guitar), Tom Aylott (bass) and Charlie Thomas (drums), Rob once again recorded with Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly / Recreations) and Jay Malhotra at Amazing Grace Studios in Hoxton, London. Rob’s friends in We Are The Ocean and Deaf Havana joined the crew in the studio for a couple of creative nights, lending their voices to some of the tracks on the album. Driven by the positivity and warmth that sparked the ideas, the sounds that emerged naturally envelop much poppier, more upbeat melodies, but never come at the expense of the intimacy and honesty that he’s made his stock in trade.

Tracklisting:
1. Prove It!
2. Runaway
3. Selfish Bones
4. Sure Thing
5. Closer
6. Tectonic Plates
7. Salt Spring
8. Good For Me
9. Youth
10. Kings & Queens

Live dates:

MAY
27 York @ The Black Swan
28 Leeds @ Slam Dunk Festival
29 Birmingham @ Slam Dunk Festival
30 Hatfield @ Slam Dunk Festival

JUNE
2 London @ The Scala (supporting Fatherson) 

JULY
7 2000 Trees Festival
19 Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
20 Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefährlich Dachgarten
21 Berlin, Germany @ Sommerloft
22 Halle, Germany @ Objekt 5
23 Hannover, Germany @ Lux
24 Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell

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XTRA MILE RECORDINGS TAKE OVER THE AXIOM STAGE AT 2000TREES ON THURSDAY 7 JULY 2016

Xtra Mile Recordings are delighted to announce that they will take over the Axiom Stage at 2000trees Festival for the whole of Thursday 7 July 2016. The relationship between the label and the festival has long been strong, both sharing a passion for brilliant music. 

Joining in the festival’s 10th anniversary celebrations, Xtra Mile has 10 acts playing across the weekend, including the takeover of the Axiom Stage. Confirmed so far for the XMR takeover is the gruff, upbeat poetry from Beans On Toast; the diverse, folk-infused politicism of Crazy Arm; some tender yet sharp self-deprecation via Ben Marwood; Rob Lynch’s positive and indelible pop songs; and the melodic schism of Oxygen Thief’s ferocious and intelligent thrash. There is more to be announced, as well as stage times which will be available nearer the weekend.

There are four more artists playing across the weekend. Two of our newest signings play on Friday – ex-Operahouse and Tribes vocalist Johnny Lloyd playing new solo material from his upcoming EP Dreamland (out 10 June), produced by Hugo White (The Maccabees) and Jamie T, and increasingly popular gift-of-a-songwriter Will Varley. Saturday sees the eclectic patchwork-dance form of Sam Duckworth’s Recreations, and Brighton’s uplifting up-and-comers The RPMs, drawing from their live back catalogue and four-track EP Digital Disobedience (out 24 June).

Xtra Mile has often had a strong presence at 2000trees, having had Frank Turner play the very first in 2007 and on three more occasions (including headlining) and Ben Marwood, as well as previous XMR acts Jamie Lenman (2014), Sucioperro (2011), and Sonic Boom Six (2010). Fans have long connected the label and the festival, with the infamous Camp Reuben, Camp Marwood and Camp Turner springing up over the years, allowing like-minded XMR fans to meet, sing, laugh, and occasionally watch impromptu solo sets by our artists. 

2000trees festival organiser James Scarlett says: “We’ve had such great links with Xtra Mile over the years that it seemed the obvious decision to partner with them for our 10th anniversary. I’m particularly excited about the Thursday night Axiom Stage which features an incredible line up of Trees’ Xtra Mile favourites, with more to be announced. Watch this space!”

Other acts playing at 2000trees 2016 include Refused, Twin Atlantic, The Bronx, Mallory Knox, Neck Deep, While She Sleeps, Basement, Lonely the Brave, and Moose Blood. Tickets are on sale now from http://www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk/tickets/.

SKINNY LISTER UK HEADLINE TOUR OCTOBER 2016 // RECORDING NEW ALBUM

One of the best live bands in the country is back with their biggest UK headline tour to date taking place in October 2016. Skinny Lister, who have been performing non-stop across Europe and the United States, return with flagon in hand, party spirit in their bellies and only one thing on their mind: – fun.

You can view dates and ticket links at the XMR listings page. Full dates are also below:

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OCTOBER
04 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
05 Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
06 Newcastle, The Cluny
07 Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy
13 Norwich, Waterfront Studio
14 Nottingham, The Bodega
15 Leicester O2 Academy 2
18 Bristol, Exchange
19 Southampton, The Joiners
20 London, The Garage

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2016 has already been an exceptional year for the twelve-legged party machine that is Skinny Lister. Kicking things off was a support tour across Germany, Austria and Switzerland with labelmate, and fan, Frank Turner. Then it was a quick hop across the pond for Flogging Molly’s festival Salty Dog Cruise around the Bahamas, before heading out on their own East Coast headline tour with label pals Beans On Toast and Will Varley in tow. Many of the shows were sold out well in advance and signalled a big step up for the band Stateside, with an ever-increasing fanbase begging for more. 

Since then, concentration has turned to recording the band’s third studio album, set for release in the autumn, on Xtra Mile Recordings. Lorna from the band says: “The last year has been amazing! The Xtra Mile Recordings family has welcomed us with open arms and touring the States, Europe and the UK with labelmates Frank Turner, Beans on Toast and Will Varley has been incredible. The excitement doesn’t stop there though; we’ve not stopped writing and feel very excited about what’s cooking!”

Album number three follows 2015’s Down On Deptford Broadway, a rum-soaked blend of English folk and punk rock anarchy that received rapturous acclaim, with The Guardian, declaring: “It packs enough punch to steamroll a saloon brawl.” More information on the album will be unveiled soon. 

Before the new album and UK headline tour, Skinny Lister will be no doubt at a festival near you throughout the summer. Confirmed so far are: Download Festival, Boomtown Festival, Highfield in Germany, and many more to be announced.

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THE RPMS DEBUT EP 'DIGITAL DISOBEDIENCE' OUT 24 JUNE 2016 // PREORDER NOW FOR FREE DOWNLOAD 'I DON'T LIKE IT'

Brighton based trio The RPMs will release their debut EP ‘Digital Disobedience’ on 24 June 2016 through Xtra Mile Recordings. The EP is released on 12” vinyl as well as digital download. Preorders are available now from the XMR shop or digital download via iTunes, with lead single ‘I Don’t Like It’ available instantly on all digital preorders. Listen to it below.

The four-track EP encapsulates the sound, style, and even smell of The RPMs home-grown gritty, rock tinged sound. Their main track 'I Don't Like It' pitches you the rough and ready anger of youth with tunes you can hum, beats you can tap and lyrics you can sing in the shower. Inspired by the past but built for the future, their sound lends itself a timeless pop feel. 'I Think It's Stupid, But I Think It’s Love' pushes this home with it’s juxtaposition between romance and reality, and has already gained airplay and 'Track Of The Day' on BBC Introducing South. 

Jack Valero (lead vocals and guitar), Miguel Cosme (bass and backing vocals) and Callum James (drums and backing vocals) are The RPMs. Inspired by the classic and enduring music of Tom Petty, The La's, Arctic Monkeys and The Who, with their stripped back sound they describe themselves as a rock band not afraid of a good pop tune. The track 'I Wanna Work In Abercrombie and Fitch' again stays true to this by combining social commentary with a catchy chorus and 'Down That Road Again' is just there for you to dance like no one is watching....and you're ever so slightly drunk. 

The latter track was featured on 2015's Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 6 – the sixth annual label compilation of roster favourites and newer acts – and was promptly picked up by 6Music's Tom Robinson for his Mixtape show as well as bagging them their first BBC Introducing South 'Track of the Day'.

Following a recent run of dates supporting The Beat, The RPMs will tour the country and beyond throughout 2016. Continuing to win over audiences, as they've done already at Glastonbury, Brighton's The Great Escape, opening XMR's summer party at The Monarch in July 2015 and supporting Wolf Alice and Rudimental at Pilton Party at the behest of The Godfarmer himself, Michael Eavis. 


Confirmed tour dates so far: 

APRIL
16 Lewes @ Union Music Store (Record Store Day)
21 Brighton @ Prince Albert

MAY
13 Camden @ Monarch
27 Brighton @ Zooberon

JUNE
4 Camden @ The Hawley Arms (Camden Rocks) 
 
“Blending rock’n’roll with a little pop, don’t be surprised if you see more of them very soon” - Redrospective

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SAINT LEONARD'S HORSES SIGN TO XTRA MILE RECORDINGS // NEW SINGLE 'RISE UP' OUT 13 MAY 2016

Xtra Mile Recordings are thrilled to announce the signing of the ever intriguing and compelling Saint Leonard’s Horses to the roster. The deal was inked in the shadow of William Blake’s grave in London before decamping to one of the capital’s oldest city pubs to hatch a plan for the album which will be out in the autumn. More information on that will follow but by way of an introduction here’s the first single, ‘Rise Up’.

In the past few years Leonard has toured the UK and USA supporting and playing shows with Ryan Adams,  Father John Misty, Bob Dylan, The Strokes, Beck, The Libertines, Billy Bragg and Wolfmother, to name a few. Then, early last year he was invited to work on music at Stanley Kubrick’s family estate in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The intention was to harness the creative forces at work in the Kubrick house and record new material as 'live' as possible with the five-piece band playing together in the same room and even lead vocals being laid down live with each track. 

They then further honed their skills and the songs through extensive touring and festival appearances (including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, The Great Escape, SXSW and British Summer Time in Hyde Park). By the end of a busy 2015, Leonard had left London for the USA, only surfacing again in late December in the Mojave Desert, after a transcendental mystical experience. This marks the start of Saint Leonard, a culmination of two years work in search of a new recorded sound, citing the experience of the Kubrick estate, and several bizarre episodes in the isolation of stays on the Yorkshire moors and the Californian desert, as the grounds for this shift in artistic identity.

Two London shows have been confirmed so far with further touring news to come soon. 

21 April – House of St Barnabus acoustic solo show (invite only)
12 May - Servant Jazz Quarters – full band

Speaking of the signing, Charlie Caplowe MD of Xtra Mile Recordings says: “Hugely excited about working with Saint Leonard’s Horses; it's an amazing album and they're a fantastic live band too. Unique signing venue as well – that was a first!”

Leonard from Saint Leonard’s Horses adds: “Xtra Mile Recordings just felt like the perfect fit, the strong home that I was looking for to allow me to reach a growing international audience, without having to compromise on message or integrity. I love what they represent and the team, headed by Charlie, filled me with confidence that they would know how to deliver this bleeding odyssey of a record. The journey of this record so far has taken me from a gothic church on the moors of Yorkshire, to the Hollywood Hills, to a remote cabin in Nashville and ultimately to Stanley Kubrick's estate. Xtra Mile seemed like they understood what that journey meant and were very much up for where it was headed next.”

"Hot new artist…definitely worth a listen!” – Daily Mirror
"The musical bastard love-child of  Beckett, Orwell and Ted Hughes." Huffington Post
"Sonically lying somewhere between Dylan and Lennon…quietly charismatic.” GodIsInTheTV

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CHRIS T-T NEW ALBUM '9 GREEN SONGS' OUT 3 JUNE 2016 // PREORDER NOW // '#WORSTGOVERNMENTEVER' VIDEO AND FREE TRACK FOR PREORDERS

Chris T-T returns with 9 Green Songs, his long-awaited follow-up to 2013's The Bear and a pseudo-sequel to his classic 2005 album 9 Red Songs. It's out 3 June. You can preorder now from our shop, from Amazon or download via iTunes. '#WorstGovernmentEver' is available instantly with digital preorders.

Watch the video for this prime cut of precise, sardonic anger, powered by austerity, bad leadership and porcine interactions.

9 Green Songs captures the vulnerable fury that bore the grassroots, folk-influenced approach of 9 Red Songs (an album that still resonates 10 years later), adding a modern Twitter feed tick-list of ideas, charged by the energy of his recent work with the Hoodrats. If anything T-T is becoming lyrically more radical. 'Love Me, I'm a Liberal' brutally indicts clicktivist sensibilities and “me, me” sensitivity of hipsters on social media, displaying their colours and doing not much else. 'Cutting A Longbow' recalls the spoken word live favourite ‘M1 Song’, in sound if not in content. Even then, this vocal diatribe is driven by pummeling percussion, giving it a rare menace. This contrasts wonderfully with 'A Garden On The Motorway’; an upbeat fairytale of green-fingered warfare on concrete commuting. But whether he's looking inward at his own faults or loudly gesturing at how we can all do better with less, T-T has put melodies to his disappointment, textures to our hypocrisy and, perhaps, a little hope in his hurt.

Chris hasn't been sitting on his hands all this time while conservatives (yes, small c) do their darnedest. Since The Bear he's toured extensively; released a gorgeous duet album of cover songs with folkie friend Gill Sandell (Walk Away, Walk Away); and even became the first Creative Fellow at a National Trust property – The Workhouse in Southwell – where in between tours he’ll compose new ballads of Victorian poverty.

After two excellent, tonally different albums – the treatise on the heart and gorgeous wordplay of Love Is Not Rescue and the full-tilt tumultuous 90s alt-rock instrumentation (with the Hoodrats) of The Bear – with 9 Green Songs we finally get more of what brought a lot of people to his music in the first place: Chris T-T stands up to shout loudly again, looks outwards, like a warm, terrible, friendly menace, who sees both dystopia and redemption on the horizon.

9 Green Songs tracklisting:

#WorstGovernmentEver
Love Me I'm A Liberal
Hallucinating
Cutting A Longbow
A Hard Rain
This Is What Drowning Is Like
A Garden On The Motorway
Anyone's Song
Admit Nothing
The Border Crossing

Live dates confirmed so far (new dates will appear on our gigs listing pages, including ticket links soon):

APRIL
16 99% Festival 2016

MAY
01 Handmade Festival 2016
06 Devizes The Lamb Inn
07 Sheffield Festival Of Debate At Eten Café
22 Winchester Railway Inn
27 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
28 Glossop Defiance Sessions At The Labour Club

JUNE
03 Somerset Barton Inn
04 Lewes Union Music Store (Instore)
05 Bristol Café Kino
08 London Free Fringe Benefit At The Bedford
09 Birmingham Tba
10 Manchester Star & Garter
11 Nottingham Tba
12 Glasgow Hug & Pint
18 Brighton Big Green Gig At Green Door Store

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