TO KILL A KING BRAND NEW EP 'EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR' // HEADLINE LONDON SHOW

To Kill A King today announce details of their new five-track EP and a one-off, intimate London show. Produced by Mark Crew (who produced Bastille’s Bad Blood) and the band’s keyboardist Ben Jackson, Exit, Pursued By A Bear - released 20th October on Xtra Mile Recordings - is To Kill A King’s first new recording since 2012 and marks a new chapter in their career. 

Check out lead track Oh My Love below - and receive it for free when you pre-order the EP at either the Xtra Mile shop or iTunes

To Kill A King Exit, Pursued By A Bear

  1. Oh My Love
  2. Breathe
  3. The Constant Changing State Of Us
  4. Love Is Coal
  5. So My Friends Want To Marry

For a band that have often been described as acoustic or folk-rock, To Kill A King in fact deliver a far more dynamic, expansive sound, as evidenced on lead track Oh My Love, with hyperactive drums and buzzing guitars breaking into a massive chorus. Singer Ralph Pelleymounter’s voice is the band’s trump card – an intoxicating baritone that can soar as well as soothe.

 "This EP is a departure from where we were but not where we are going to end up,” says Pelleymounter. “Call it a pit stop on the road to optimism, somewhere to pick up some snacks and petrol, maybe look at the local attractions, like a girl with a beard of bees or the worlds largest cigarette"

In support of the EP To Kill A King will play a one-off, intimate gig on Wednesday 22nd October at The Courtyard Theatre N1. Tickets on sale now from http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/to-kill-a-king-tickets

Since forming in 2009, To Kill A King have never stopped touring, building up a considerable fanbase in the process. Their consistent gigging has involved several headline UK tours, each bigger than the last, with their most recent tour culminating in a sold-out London date at Koko. Earlier this year TKAK embarked on their first headline European Tour, before heading to North America where they were main support to regular touring buddies Bastille. They also performed at SXSW and supported Xtra Mile label mate Frank Turner in Arizona. Back in the UK, they joined Neil Young & Crazy Horse and The National at Hyde Park in July. 

SKINNY LISTER SIGN TO XTRA MILE RECORDINGS // ANNOUNCE 5 UK NEW ALBUM SHOWS

Xtra Mile Recordings are pleased and proud to announce that London-based folk six-piece Skinny Lister have signed to the label. The news comes just ahead of their main stage slot at Germany’s legendary Reeperbahn festival on Wednesday, 17 September.

To celebrate the signing, the English sextet will play five shows in five days across the UK in October. These shows will give fans the chance to hear the forthcoming album in full before its release in spring 2015. Tickets are here and dates are:

OCTOBER
22 Manchester @ Night & Day
23 Bristol @ The Attic
24 Leicester @ Scholar Bar
25 London @ 100 Club
26 Brighton @ Sticky Mikes

Skinny Lister are no strangers to the world’s biggest stages – having performed on the mainstage at Coachella and Fujirock in 2013. Already this year they have toured the States supporting Dropkick Murphys and wowed audiences at USA’s prestigious Bonnaroo and Summerfest festivals. Back on home soil the group rocked the Avalon stage at Glastonbury, the main stage at Wickerman Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, BoomTown Festival and Beautiful Days. Later in the year they undertake a headline tour of Japan, culminating with a mainstage performance at Asigiri Jam Festival in Tokyo.

Skinny Lister seem to have been born from the land itself. Spending time trailing all over the country, they've toured and recorded an EP on the Grand Union canal route, driven a Land Rover 100s of miles to play gigs every night, and played 30 festivals in 2011, winning the PRS “Hardest Working Band” of that summer.

In 2012 they played SxSW in Austin, Texas and were snapped up by the Vans Warped Tour, playing up to three times a day at the travelling festival. They also released debut album Forge & Flagon in the UK, with a US and Japan release the following year.

The band's full bloom, spirit-fuelled folk flurry started blossoming with the nourishment gained from Leicester's folk clubs. Adding some fertilizer from the Thameside folk community, and life lessons and experience from getting pub punters up and down the land dancing, Skinny Lister are spreading roots for their own lively, irresistible folk revival.

Charlie Caplowe, Xtra Mile Recordings’ Managing Director says: “At Xtra Mile we are always looking for acts that not only have great songs and are cracking live but who also work hard, want to play and tour all the time and share our DIY ethos. Skinny Lister fit that bill and we are excited to welcome them to the XMR fold.”

Skinny Lister said: “'We’re really big fans of Xtra Mile Recordings, and it's great that we're already good friends with some of the roster, including Larry & His Flask, Beans On Toast and Dave Hause. We’re proud to be a part of this growing label and it’s a great fit for Skinny Lister. Very excited for the new album to be an Xtra Mile release.' 

www.skinnylister.com / @skinnylisterwww.facebook.com/skinnylister


RACECAR IS RACECAR BACKWARDS TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION: PREORDER 2CD + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD // WHITE VINYL PREORDER // REPRINT T-SHIRT BUNDLES

The recently-announced 2 CD reissue of Reuben's debut album, Racecar Is Racecar Backwards, is set for release on 3 November 2014, and you can now preorder it - as well as the original album on white vinyl due to popular demand - via Xtra Mile Recordings here.

As well as all the physical niceness, downloaders can preorder the 37-track reissue via iTunes.

Xtra Mile are also offering bundles with the fan-chosen “old school” classic maroon/skeletons Racecar tee, after a frantic and furious Facebook vote. You'll be able to grab the t-shirt as part of a bundle with either the CD, vinyl or digital download**bundle link**.

The tracklisting for the 2CD and digital download Ten Year Anniversary Edition reissue is below. The white vinyl contains the original album in full.

CD 1 – Racecar Is Racecar Backwards
 

1. No One Wins the War
2. Horrorshow
3. Stuck In My Throat
4. Oh the Shame
5. Fall of the Bastille
6. Freddy Kreuger
7. Tonight My Wife Is Your Wife
8. Eating Only Apples
9. Our Song
10. Let's Stop Hanging Out
11. Missing Fingers
12. Song For Saturday
13. Moving to Blackwater
14. Wrong and Sorry
15. Parties Break Hearts
16. Dusk

CD 2 – Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks

 

1. No One Wins the War (Live at the BBC)
2. Horrorshow (Live at XFM)
3. Stuck In My Throat (Racecar demo)
4. Oh the Shame (Live at Echo FM)
5. Fall of the Bastille (Live at XFM)
6. Freddy Kreugar (Stakeout demo)
7. Tonight My Wife Is Your Wife (Single version)
8. Eating Only Apples (Live at the BBC)
9. Our Song (Racecar demo)
10. Let's Stop Hanging Out (Live at the Barfly for XFM)
11. Missing Fingers (Live at XFM)
12. Song For Saturday (Live at XFM)
13. Moving to Blackwater (Live at the BBC)
14. Wrong and Sorry (Live at the BBC)
15. Parties Break Hearts (Stakeout demo)
16. Dusk (Racecar demo)
17. Alpha Signal Seven (Live at the BBC)
18. Banner Held High (Racecar demo)
19. Stux (Racecar demo)
20. Fuzz's Birthday Song (Surrey Uni demo)
21. Naked interview on XFM

PREORDER 'MINERAL 1994 - 1998 - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION' ON ITUNES

Following the news that lauded nineties emo pioneers Mineral have signed a worldwide deal with Xtra Mile Recordings (excluding North America), you can now preorder their two album compilation Mineral - 1994-1998 The Complete Collection on CD and download. You'll receive the alternate take of 'Parking Lot' as an instant grat bonus for preordering. Do that for a digital copy via iTunes or with Xtra Mile.

Full tracklisting is below.

Mineral – 1994 – 1998 The Complete Collection

The Power of Failing
1. Five.Eight and Ten
2. Gloria
3. Slower
4. Dolorosa
5. 80 – 37
6. If I Could
7. July
8. Silver
9. Take The Picture Now
10. Parking Lot

BONUS TRACKS
1. Sadder Star
2. Five, Eight and Ten (alternate take)
3. Parking Lot (alternate version *)
4. Gloria (alternate take *)
5. If I Could (alternate mix *)
* - previously unreleased

Endserenading
1. Lovelettertypewriter
2. Palisade
3. GJS
4. Unfinished
5. For Ivadel
6. Waking To Winter
7. ALetter
8. Soundslikesunday
9. &serenading
10. Thelastwordisrejoice 
BONUS TRACKS
1. Rubber Legs
2. February
3. M.D.
4. Love My Way
5. Crazy

As well as a 2CD physical release of the compilation, Xtra Mile Recordings will also reissue both The Power of Failing and EndSerenading on coloured heavyweight double 45rpm vinyl. You can preorder those here.

Meanwhile, the band are set to play a few dates in Europe and the UK in the new year following their US tour, which started with four shows in New York last week. Tour dates for Europe below. 

European live dates 2015:

JANUARY 2015

31 Milan, IT @ Live Forum

FEBRUARY 2015

1 Rimini, IT @ Velvet Club
3 Berlin, GER @ Privat Club
4 Cologne, GER @ Gerbaude
5 Amsterdam, NE @ Winston
6 Southampton, UK @ Joiners
7 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
9 Nottingham, UK @ Bodega Social Club
10 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
12 Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
13 London, UK @ The Underworld

Mineral formed in 1994 and disbanded in 1997 just before the release of their second album EndSerenading. Despite a surprisingly small amount of time together, they’ve been cited as inspiration by a host of bands and artists, including Xtra Mile’s very own Frank Turner.

Taking the baton from mid-nineties emo band Sunny Day Real Estate, they crystallised the slow, melodic loud/quiet dynamic that wax sealed the genre, crafting an eternally distinctive and beloved sound. Their debut album The Power of Failing is a passionate paean to spirituality and love, bathed in crescendos of hollered guitar, while posthumous follow-up EndSerenading – finished after the official split of the group - broods and simmers with patience, pain and redemption. Both albums are recognised as essential, packed with trailblazing cuts which have since informed plenty of peers and imitators, while never being bettered.

The band reunited in April this year - 20 years after the original formation – and will play their first dates in 17 years this autumn, starting in New York City.

  • LA Weekly’s West Coast Sound claimed ‘The Power Of Failing’ as one of the ‘Top 20 Emo Albums in History,’ writing: “The empyreal finger-picking crescendos, the punch-to-the-gut octave note explosions, the not-quite-in-key vocals issuing soft-then-screamed confessions about the shortcomings of self - it's all gorgeously imperfect, from opening notes of ‘5, 8, and 10’ to the harrowing chorus of ‘Parking Lot’

  • NPR Music declared: “Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be in my room yelling, ‘Cause I just want to be / Something more than the mud in your eyes / I want to be the clay in your hands.’ You know, for practice.”

http://officialmineral.com/ / www.facebook.com/OfficialMineralMusic / @officialmineral

RACECAR IS RACECAR BACKWARDS TENTH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION - TRACKLISTING // VINYL RELEASE // VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE T-SHIRT

The recently-announced 2 CD reissue of Reuben's debut album, Racecar Is Racecar Backwards, is set for release on 3 November 2014, and the full tracklisting is below.

As a bonus, thanks to HUGE fan demand - and to show you people power truly does work - Xtra Mile Recordings will also reissue the original album on white vinyl with a download code for the bonus tracks featured on the CD. Both CD and vinyl will include new artwork by Jamie Lenman.

Full tracklisting for Racecar Is Racecar Backwards Tenth Anniversary Deluxe Edition:

CD 1 – Racecar Is Racecar Backwards                     CD 2 – Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks

1. No One Wins the War
2. Horrorshow
3. Stuck In My Throat
4. Oh the Shame
5. Fall of the Bastille
6. Freddy Kreuger
7. Tonight My Wife Is Your Wife
8. Eating Only Apples
9. Our Song
10. Let's Stop Hanging Out
11. Missing Fingers
12. Song For Saturday
13. Moving to Blackwater
14. Wrong and Sorry
15. Parties Break Hearts
16. Dusk

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1. No One Wins the War (Live at the BBC)
2. Horrorshow (Live at XFM)
3. Stuck In My Throat (Racecar demo)
4. Oh the Shame (Live at Echo FM)
5. Fall of the Bastille (Live at XFM)
6. Freddy Kreugar (Stakeout demo)
7. Tonight My Wife Is Your Wife (Single version)
8. Eating Only Apples (Live at the BBC)
9. Our Song (Racecar demo)
10. Let's Stop Hanging Out (Live at the Barfly for XFM)
11. Missing Fingers (Live at XFM)
12. Song For Saturday (Live at XFM)
13. Moving to Blackwater (Live at the BBC)
14. Wrong and Sorry (Live at the BBC)
15. Parties Break Hearts (Stakeout demo)
16. Dusk (Racecar demo)
17. Alpha Signal Seven (Live at the BBC)
18. Banner Held High (Racecar demo)
19. Stux (Racecar demo)
20. Fuzz's Birthday Song (Surrey Uni demo)
21. Naked interview on XFM

Xtra Mile has also worked with the band to dig out some of their best early t-shirt designs and you get to vote on your favourite on Facebook. Whichever T-shirt gets the most likes will be reprinted and put back on sale, with some lovely CD or vinyl t-shirt bundles. Yes, we're going full nostalgia on this one. Check out the band’s Facebook page for more information.

www.facebook.com/wordsfromreuben

ROB LYNCH SUPPORTING THIS WILD LIFE // RESCHEDULED HEADLINE DATES

Singer-songwriter Rob Lynch will be main support to California acoustic duo This Wild Life, on their forthcoming tour of the UK in September / October.

Some of Rob's previously announced headline dates will be rescheduled but a number will go ahead as planned, including the free entry album release show at the Monarch in London on 22 September. See below for details.

Rob recently announced his next single ‘Whiskey’, which is streaming here. The track is taken from his forthcoming debut album All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul which will be released through Xtra Mile Recordings on 22 September. You can pre-order the album now through Xtra Mile, Amazon CD or iTunes.

UPDATED LIVE DATES:

Get tickets for non-festival shows here.

HEADLINE SHOWS
SEPTEMBER

05 Frome @ Cheese & Grain (supporting Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.)
09 Cambridge @ Portland Arms
10 Norwic @ Owl Sanctuary
11 Liverpool @ Maguire's Pizza Bar
22 London @ The Monarch (free entry)

SUPPORTING THIS WILD LIFE
SEPTEMBER
25 Southampton @ Talking Heads
26 Plymouth @ Tiki Bar & Diner
27 Bristol @ The Exchange
28 Kingston @ The Cricketers
29 Birmingham @ Asylum
30 Sheffield @ Academy 2

OCTOBER
01 Manchester @ Sound Control
02 Newcastle @ Think Tank
03 Leeds @ Cockpit
04 Leicester @ Scholar
05 Stoke @ Sugarmill
06 London @ Underworld

www.facebook.com/roblynchmusic / @theroblynch