BEANS ON TOAST MAY UK 'BENDING OVER BACKWARDS' TOUR

Beans On Toast, is heading back to the UK live circuit in May with his ‘Bending Over Backwards’ tour with fellow acoustic music-mate Benjamin Folke Thomas as worthy support. Tickets (on sale Friday 23/01/15) and full dates can be found at our gigs calendar.

With his most successful year yet behind him, having conquered his biggest ever headline show at Camden’s Electric Ballroom in December to rave reviews, 2014 will take something to beat but with Beans being Beans, he’s got even more up his sleeve for 2015.

In spring, Beans will once again be exporting stateside for his most extensive US tour yet, which will see him play various clubs, bars, front rooms and even a luxury cruise liner as he performs intimate skiffle shows, headlines his own gigs, supports Truckstop Honeymoon and joins the Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise from Miami to the Bahamas! Beans will also be playing his first ever show in Africa and indeed the southern hemisphere as he visits Afrikaburn Festival in South Africa over the last weekend of April.

In 2014, Beans On Toast smashed an extensive arena tour supporting folk-punk friend Frank Turner, broke America with his first ever-stateside shows and kept crowds entertained at over 18 festivals throughout the summer.

In addition to these milestones, his sixth studio album The Grand Scheme of Things was hailed as his best and most mature yet, taking in meatier subjects such as chicken farming, terrorism and the home cooking of new wife Lizzy Bee, which ensured over a third of his December live dates were complete sell outs. With life certainly on the up for Beans On Toast, there are still some things that don’t change and that’s his self-deprecating witty style, which has been anything but lost along the way.

ROB LYNCH CONTINUES JANUARY HEADLINE TOUR WITH ALLISON WEISS IN SUPPORT

Rob Lynch is set to head off on a headline tour of the UK this month with US singer songwriter Allison Weiss and local acts as support. Dates can be found on our gigs calendar.

Due to the already heavily reported situation regarding Front Porch Step - which we will dwell on no further here - he is no longer a part of the tour. But Rob and Alison are resolved to make these dates a celebration of songwriting without him and the show will go on.

This will be Rob’s first full headline tour of the UK following the Xtra Mile Recordings release of his critically acclaimed debut album All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul in 2014. You can buy that from us, or from Amazon, or even download it from iTunes

Recent live dates have brought Rob’s touching stories and rousing sing-alongs to appreciative audiences around the world. Some of his adventures last year included playing the whole of Vans Warped Tour in the US, headlining packed out venues in Germany, playing Slam Dunk Festival and supporting This Wild Life in the UK.

Rob recently released a brand new song ‘Lord Knows I Have Tried’ which is available to stream and download for free. There’s also a new lyric video for ‘Stamford’ - a track that features on his debut album. 

PREORDER TO KILL A KING'S SELF-TITLED SECOND ALBUM OUT 2 MARCH 2015 // LISTEN TO SINGLE 'LOVE IS NOT CONTROL'

London five-piece To Kill A King have announced details of their self-titled new album, to be released 2 March 2015 on Xtra Mile Recordings. You can preorder the album direct from Xtra Mile's webshop on physical and digital formats, from Banquet Records for something you can hold, via Amazon for all formats, and either Google Play or iTunes for a download copy. All digital pre-orders include 2 instant grats - Love Is Not Control and Oh My Love. 

The follow up to their 2013 debut Cannibals With Cutlery, To Kill A King was recorded in The Distillery studio in Wiltshire with producer Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag n Bone Man). You can listen to lead single 'Love Is Not Control' below.

Tracklisting:

  1. Compare Scars
  2. Love is not Control
  3. Oh My Love
  4. Friends
  5. The Chancer
  6. School Yard Rumours
  7. Good Times (A Rake's Progress)
  8. Musicians like Gamblers like Drunks like Me
  9. Grace at a Party
  10. World Of Joy (A List of Things To Do)
  11. Today
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The band will embark on a UK tour in March following the new album’s release, including their biggest headline show to date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 14th March. You can find all dates and ticket links for the tour on our gigs calendar.

To Kill A King is the sound of a band hitting the peak of their powers. It’s the sort of record that could only be made now, an album where stadium-sized choruses, artful dynamism and sonic experimentalism slide seamlessly together. It’s also an album with a message – make now count. Says frontman Ralph Pelleymounter, “Compared to our last album, there has been a definite effort on this one to be more optimistic and more life-affirming.”

Pelleymounter and his bandmates – Grant McNeil (electric guitar), Ben Jackson (synth and keys), Josh Platman (bass) and Josh Taffel (drums) – are on the cusp of a big breakthrough and they have made a record fit to kick the door down. It will place the quintet firmly in the lineage of British guitar bands, such as Foals, The Maccabees, and Bombay Bicycle Club, who make imaginative, driving indie-rock. Like those groups, To Kill A King make music with no straitjacket on, a heady blend of youthful exuberance and spirited independence.

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To Kill A King’s striking cover art features drummer Josh’s father Warren Taffel, who is pictured playing chess with his younger self. The original photo of the younger Warren was taken in the mid-‘50s, when Warren was 24, the same age as Josh is now,.

Aside from recording the new album, To Kill A King spent much of 2014 on the road. A headline UK tour culminated in a sold-out London date at Koko, and they also completed their first headline European Tour. They toured the USA as support to Bastille, performed at SXSW, and supported Xtra Mile label mate Frank Turner in Arizona.

ROB LYNCH REVEALS LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'STAMFORD' // FRONT PORCH STEP CO-HEADLINE JANUARY UK TOUR

Rob Lynch has now unveiled a lyric video for ‘Stamford’, a track that features on his debut album All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul, which you can buy from Xtra Mile at the online shop, Amazon, or via iTunes. In keeping with this time of year, Rob says "Stamford is a song about the nuances of going back to your hometown for a few days over Christmas, so it made sense for people to hear this song now. Merry Christmas, every one of us!"

Watch the video here:

This follows the recent release of brand new song ‘Lord Knows I Have Tried’ which is available to stream and download for free. 

Rob will be teaming up with US singer songwriter Front Porch Step for a co-headline tour of the UK in January, with Allison Weiss completing the line-up that’s a veritable celebration of supreme songwriting talent. See dates and ticket links on our Xtra Mile Recordings gigs calendar.

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ESME PATTERSON NEW SINGLE 'WHAT DO YOU CALL A WOMAN?' FROM ALBUM 'WOMAN TO WOMAN' - BOTH OUT 2 FEBRUARY 2015

Denver singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson has unveiled a new single – ‘What Do You Call A Woman?’ – to be released on 2 February 2015 through Xtra Mile Recordings. It is taken from the forthcoming, second solo album Woman to Woman - also out 2 February worldwide via Xtra Mile, excluding North America.

You can preorder Woman to Woman now from Xtra Mile Recordings' online shop, from Amazon or as a digital download from iTunes. Preordering now allows you to download the new single and album track 'The Glow' right now.

The album is a unique and inspirational record written from the point of view of women immortalised in popular songs over the years. ‘What Do You Call A Woman?’ is a response to the classic Michael Jackson hit ‘Billie Jean’.

Esmé explains: “Michael Jackson’s song ‘Billie Jean’ had always really bothered me. It's this slick pop hit by an artist that people worship, in which he literally says “the kid is not my son,” even though he admits “his eyes were like mine,” and he admits he followed her to her room, tacitly confirming they had slept together. And I was wondering how this woman would feel, how angry and abandoned.”

Listen to the song below:

Woman to Woman sees Esmé tackle the perceptions of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’, The Beach Boys’ ‘Caroline, No’, The Beatles’ ‘Eleanor Rigby and more, in what is a beautifully constructed, thought-provoking album.

Patterson also appears on several tracks on the new Shakey Graves album one of which - ‘Dearly Departed’ - has received over 5,000,000 plays on Spotify, as well as appearing with him on the Conan O’Brien show in the US.

Woman To Woman tracklisting:
(Corresponding popular songs each track responds to are listed in parentheses)
1. Valentine (Elvis Costello - 'Alison') 
2. Never Chase A Man (Dolly Parton - 'Jolene') 
3. Oh Let’s Dance (The Kinks – ‘Lola’)
4. Tumbleweed (Townes Van Zandt - 'Loretta') 
5. What Do You Call A Woman (Michael Jackson – ‘Billie Jean’)
6. The Glow (The Beach Boys - 'Caroline, No') 
7. Louder Than the Sound (The Band - 'Evangeline') 
8. Bluebird (The Beatles - 'Eleanor Rigby') 
9. A Dream (Leadbelly - 'Goodnight Irene')
10. Wildflower (Bob Dylan – ‘To Ramona’)

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AGAINST ME! SPRING EUROPEAN TOUR 2015


Against Me! have unveiled plans for a huge European Tour for April and May 2015. Tickets are on sale now.

Following a whirlwind 2014 that has seen their latest album Transgender Dysphoria Blues catapult them into the mainstream on both sides of the pond, this is welcome news for fans from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and France. 

Renowned for their incendiary, high-energy live performances, these are shows not to be missed.
All tickets and dates can be found on our gigs calendar page.

EUROPE TOUR SPRING 2015

APRIL
05 Schijndel, Netherlands @ Paaspop
07 Kiel, Germany @ Die Pumpe
08 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Lille VEGA
09 Goteborg, Sweden @ Pustervik
10 Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller / John DEE / Sentrum Scene
11 Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Medborgarplatsen
12 Malmo, Sweden @ Kulturbolaget
14 Warsaw, Poland @ KlubProxima
15 Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music Bar
16 Budapest, Hungary @ A38 Hajó
17 Linz, Austria @ Posthof Linz
18 Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo/Werk21
19 MIlan, Italy @ Live Forum
21 Munich, Germany @ BACKSTAGE München - Werk, Halle, Club,
Werkstatt/Studio, Nachtbiergarten
22 Erlangen, Germany @ Kulturzentrum E-Werk
23 Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden
24 Hannover, Germany @ Kulturzentrum Faust
25 Cologne, Germany @ BürgerhausStollwerck
26 Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club
30 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet Live

MAY
1 Meerhout, Belgium @ GROEZROCK
2 Reims, France @ La Cartonnerie de Reims
3 Paris, France @ La Flèche d'Or
4 Angouleme, France @ LaNefAngoulême
5 Bilbao, Spain @ KafeAntzokia
7 Lisbon, Portugal @ Paradise Garage
8 Madrid, Spain @ Sala Arena
9 Barcelona, Spain @ Sala Bikini Barcelona - Lista de Invitados

‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ - released worldwide back in January 2014 –is an insightful and highly-provocative 10-song offering written by front woman Laura Jane Grace. Tackling one’s grappling with gender dysphoria, the loss of a young friend and pure self-discovery, as well as love and ultimate acceptance. Featuring Grace’s signature, explicit songwriting and dominant vocals, the album also features longtime guitarist/vocalist James Bowman, drummer Atom Willard and Fat Mike of NOFX on bass for ‘FUCKMYLIFE666’ and ‘Unconditional Love’.
As we head toward the end of the year, plaudits for “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” just keep on coming.  Don’t just take our word on how great this record is; these people agree:

TIME #7- Top 10 Best Albums of 2014
Rolling Stone #15 -50 Best Albums of 2014 
Kerrang! #3 Record of 2014 - “Some of the most brilliantly honest, vulnerable, joyous, music ever made” 
Rocksound #20 record - “In fine form with trademark spit and venom, as well as staggeringly honest, warts-and-all lyrics”
NPR #1- Best Albums of 2014 
Newsweek - The Top 10 Albums of 2014
American Songwriter #20 - Top 50 Albums of 2014 
Stereogum #14 - The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 
Consequence of Sound #3 for Transgender Dysphoria Blues - Top 50 Songs of 2014 
Big Cheese #20 Record of 2014- “A blistering ‘Fuck You’ to prejudices and judgements” - 
Paste #20 for Transgender Dysphoria Blues – The 50 Best Songs of 2014 
PopMatters #9 for Transgender Dysphoria Blues - 75 Best Songs of 2014 
Treble Zine #1 - Top 10 Punk Albums of the Year 
Cleveland Plain Dealer #2 for Transgender Dysphoria Blues - 25 Best Songs of 2014 

ALBUM REVIEWS: 
“An absolute triumph” - 9/10 Rock Sound
“A punk rock odyssey, from male to female.” – Rolling Stone Magazine
“Triumphant” - **** Q Magazine
"One of the most incisive and life-affirming rock albums of the '10s." – SPIN
“An unstoppable record” - The Quietus
“Bursting with articulately expressed vignettes of opposition framed in exquisitely muscular nuggets of three minute wonder” - KKKK Kerrang!
“Thrilling” **** The Guardian
“Nothing short of exceptional” - 4/5 This is Fake DIY 
“Powerful and remarkably honest.” – Entertainment Weekly

 www.againstme.net