TRAPPER SCHOEPP NEW EP 'BAY BEACH AMUSEMENT PARK' // US TOUR DATES //LISTEN TO 'ON WISCONSIN' WRITTEN WITH BOB DYLAN'S LYRICS

Xtra Mile Recordings, in partnership with Kay Bank Recording, will release Trapper Schoepp's Bay Beach Amusement Park, a six-song concept EP centered around the 125-year-old attraction located in Green Bay, WI on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Produced by 18-year-old Minnesotan Eliot Skinner and recorded mostly live over a weekend at Pachyderm Studios, Bay Beach Amusement Park serves as Schoepp’s creative and wildly fun follow-up to Rangers & Valentines.
 
Perhaps the park’s most historic and notable attraction is the Zippin Pippin, a wooden rollercoaster and famously Elvis Presley’s favorite ride. "The King" rented Libertyland on 8 August 1977 to entertain a group of guests. Presley’s late night joyride was his last public appearance. He passed away eight days later.

40 years on, Schoepp celebrates the Pippin and other classic rides with these six songs that take the listener on six different adventures, each song named for its respective ride (“Zippin Pippin,” “Bumper Cars,” “The Scat”). This musical joyride is suitable entertainment for both adults and children. “Come mothers, daughters, fathers and sons/You’ll feel a lot better after you’re done,” Schoepp sings in the first single “Bumper Cars,” where pop culture rivalries such as Jerry Seinfeld and Newman and the Jedi and Sith collide on the ride.

“My first ride was a total thrill. I got right back in line wanting to set lyrics to the rhythm of the roller coaster,” Trapper says of his first time riding The Zippin Pippin. “It reminded me of the innocence of childhood and the great escape a ride can give you.” After writing his ode to the famous ride, Schoepp listened in on kids’ humorous conversations at the park. Some utterances, hastily transcribed as iPhone notes, appear verbatim in songs. The jazziest tune on the album, “The Scat,” takes lines from a boy exclaiming a nightmarish experience on the spinning gravitron ride: “I feel weird, I feel numb, I wish that this would end,” he sings.
 
The lyrics merge the exciting, romantic, and surreal aspects Schoepp attributes to the park. “Ferris Wheel” is a story song of two brothers whose wildest wish comes true. After screaming “we wish this never ends” in unison, the ferris wheel becomes an anthropomorphic, unstoppable ride – despite the best efforts of the FBI and the brothers’ meddling mother to shut it down. “Tilt-A-Whirl” is about a high school senior’s crush on the ride’s operator, who’s spending her last summer in Green Bay before college.
 
While the scope of the six songs is specific, Trapper notes that the entertainment value amusement parks offer is universal. “In a world of derivatives, Bay Beach is an original,” Trapper says. “It’s a happy place for me to return to in song and in real life.”

Additionally, Schoepp recently recorded 'On, Wisconsin', a hat-tip to both his beloved home state as well as his appreciation for Bob Dylan. Recorded for Milwaukee Day, 'On, Wisconsin' uses the lyrics taken from a 1961 set of unpublished verses from the legendary songwriter that also incorporates mentions of milk, cheese and the Dairy State, along with the state's slogan. Schoepp created a mash-up by writing the music around the lyrics that were scrawled onto a piece of notebook paper by a then 20-year-old Dylan. Listen to the track below.

Schoepp – who has already crisscrossed the country sharing stages with The Wallflowers, The Jayhawks and Old 97’s – will be back on the road throughout 2017 in support of Bay Beach Amusement Park, starting with a three-week run throughout the U.S. supporting Ha Ha Tonka. Dates below with more to be announced soon. 
 
04/22 - Milwaukee, WI @ Estabrook Park
05/18 - Kansas City, MO @ recordBar *
05/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway Music Venue *
05/20 - Chicago, IL The Empty Bottle *
05/31 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
06/01 - Green Bay, WI @ Lyric Room Live Music *
06/02 - Milwaukee, WI @ Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. *
06/03 - Indianapolis, IN @ The White Rabbit Cabaret *
06/04 - Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern *
06/06 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch *
06/07 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
06/08 - Rochester, NY @ Abilene Bar and Lounge *
06/09 - Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13 *
06/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy *
06/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn *
06/14 - Washington DC @ DC9 Nightclub *
06/15 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
06/16 - Newport, KY @ The Southgate House Revival
07/16 - Sheboygan, WI @ Midsummer Festival of the Arts
07/21 - Cedarburg, WI @ Summer Sounds
08/03 - Green Bay, WI @ Green Bay Botanical Garden
08/04 - Appleton, WI @ Mile of Music Festival
08/10 - Oshkosh, WI @ Waterfest
08/12 - Shell Lake, WI @ Potter’s Shed
08/31 - Wauwatosa, WI @ Tosa Tonight

* = supporting Ha Ha Tonka

THE RPMS LIVE DATES SPRING/SUMMER 2017 // NEW VIDEO FOR 'OH MY GOD' FROM 'AGENTS OF CHANGE' EP

The RPMs continue down that road as they announce a heap of spring and summer live dates to promote forthcoming EP Agents of Change, released on 2 June 2017. Preorder the EP here.

You can now watch the video for the single 'Oh My God' from Agents of Change.

The dates for all upcoming shows are on the poster below. Grab tickets from our gigs page.

Setting an experimental trajectory with a clutch of razor-edged new tracks, Brighton trio The RPMs are back with details of a forthcoming new EP.

The upcoming release reveals a band getting to grips with coming of age in an increasingly volatile world and lyrically sees the three-piece offering their take on the grip of social media in modern life. 

From the opening track ‘Oh My God’, Jack Valero articulates the frustration of an increasing stagnant youth culture: “kids all in the clubs still singing ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, there’s just so much that they don’t know”. ‘Troubled Town’ is a song about honesty within love, or the lack of, complete with an fiery slide solo. ‘Things I Forgot To Do’ has an infectious energy and rhythm on the theme of running out of time. ‘Help Me Start the Day’ closes the EP, harboring dark undertones of depression and mental anguish that are masked within a lighthearted pop tune echoing the ‘slap a smile on it’ culture that is still uncomfortable with this condition.

Talking about the new release, Jack says:

We’re very aware of how our lives as young people are so heavily under the spotlight of social media likeability these days. Social media has brought great freedoms to people, allowing them to connect and share with anyone in the world, but also brings great pressures to be forever feeding the machine. It’s crazy that in the age of information, people seem more uninformed than ever. We are the first generation predicted to be poorer than our parents and young people are turning to each other, social media and their favourite bands to help them understand the world they've inherited and we're trying to understand it too."

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WILL VARLEY SPRING EUROPEAN TOUR SUPPORTING VALERIE JUNE // FESTIVAL DATES AND UK HEADLINE TOUR IN NOVEMBER 2017

Following a North American support tour with Frank Turner at the start of 2017 and a headline tour in Germany in March, rambling folk singer Will Varley sets off on the road once more, supporting rising star Valerie June. The tour takes in cities in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, two shows in the UK and Will’s first shows in France.

Tickets can be purchased from http://www.willvarley.com/. Full dates are:

APRIL
20 Paris @ Alhambra
21 Tourcoing @ Grand Mix
22 Brighton @ Concorde 2
24 Exeter @ Phoenix
30 Rotterdam @ Bird

MAY
01 Utrecht @ Tivoli Vredenburg
02 Hamburg @ Knust
03 Brussels @ AB Flex
04 Cologne @ Gebaude 9

May also sees Will perform at the iconic London venue, the Roundhouse, as part of Frank Turner’s epic four-night residency titled Lost Evenings. He will open the main stage on 15 May with fellow label-mates Skinny Lister before Frank headlines the final night of the festival. After that it’s back to USA for a support tour with Lincoln Durham before a summer of festival appearances including 2000Trees, Greenfield and many more to be announced.

Then towards the end of the year Will embarks on his biggest headline tour to date, culminating with a show at London’s legendary Shepherds Bush Empire.

NOVEMBER

15 Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
16 Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
17 Edinburgh @ La Belle Angele
18 Manchester @ Club Academy
21 Birmingham @ O2 Institute 3
22 Bristol @ Trinity Centre
23 Cardiff @ The Globe
24 Southampton @ 1865
25 London @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Tickets can be purchased from http://www.willvarley.com/

Darkly comic, often politically charged and always emotionally loaded, Varley’s live shows have been drawing crowds across the world, and his headline tours have seen him selling out venues from Berlin to New York and everywhere in between. Last summer saw triumphant festival appearances at the likes of Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival, with packed tents shouting along to every word.

It’s been a meteoric rise for the 29 year old who started self-releasing his albums and travelling around England on foot only five years ago. In 2015 he signed a deal with independent music champions Xtra Mile Recordings, and momentum has been growing around the young troubadour ever since with the release of two studio albums ‘Postcards From Ursa Minor (October 2015) and ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ (November 2016) and toured extensively across the UK, Europe and North America opening for supporter and label mate Frank Turner, Scottish heroes The Proclaimers and Billy Bragg.

FULL LINEUP FOR FRANK TURNER'S LOST EVENINGS FESTIVAL // LAST MINUTES SIDESHOWS ANNOUNCED

With one month to go, we can announce the full line-up of the sold out Lost Evenings festival. A host of Xtra Mile bands will play the the four-day festival, taking place on 12-15 May at iconic Camden music venue, the Roundhouse. Monday 15 May is Huw Stephens' Label of Love featuring Xtra Mile Recordings. As well as Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls doing a greatest hits set, they will be joined by Skinny Lister, Will Varley, Ben Marwood, a solo set by Ducking Punches, and Non Canon. Complementing the festival are sideshows called Last Minutes. On the Saturday afternoon at The Monarch, Xtra Mile presents the Xtra Mile BBQ with live music from Sam Duckworth (Get Cape, Wear Cape Fly) and Rob Lynch, while on the Saturday night Frank Turner and Sam Duckworth DJ at The Big One at Dingwalls. Tickets for Dingwalls here.

Lost Evenings sees Frank Turner curate and headline four consecutive one-off concerts, with an exciting supporting cast of musical talent confirmed for both the main stage and a second stage that will run alternately each evening. Check out the poster below for details.

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On Friday, 12 May, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will perform a crowd pleasing greatest hits set and supporting that night will be America’s finest AJJ, alongside up and coming band New Pagans. Following on Saturday, Frank will perform his debut album Sleep Is For The Week in full to celebrate its tenth anniversary this year. Long-admired musical peer Seth Lakeman will support with Anglo/Scottish duo Deux Furieuses. On Sunday, Frank resurrects Nambucca’s infamous former club night Sensible Sundays, and brings in close pal and musical hero Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit. As only seems right, Nambucca’s very own Beans On Toast kicks off the evening. Closing Lost Evenings on Monday 15 May, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls unite with Huw Stephens and his Label Of Love to feature Xtra Mile Recordings and showcase the extraordinary talent on the roster. Skinny Lister and Will Varley support Frank’s second greatest hits set of the series. 

The second stage, named the Nick Alexander Stage in memory of the merchandise manager and long-time friend of Frank who was tragically killed in the Bataclan attack in 2015, plays host to some of the best emerging acts all handpicked by Frank and Radio X’s John Kennedy. Friday’s bill is Crows, Bloody Knees and Moses; Saturday has Young Romance, Bless and Guise; Sunday hosts Louise Distras, Lewis Bootle and Uri Sade and finally Monday feature’s Xtra Mile acts Ben Marwood, Ducking Punches (solo) and Non Canon.

In addition to the evening performances, OneFest will run a selection of events during the day, that include panels focusing on The Business, Women & The Industry, Getting Gigs, Mental Health, Digital Generation as well as a keynote speech from Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney – plus much more.  The full programme of events that offer inspiration, insight and advice to young individuals both operating in and trying to break in to the music industry can be found here

The OneFest element will be part-produced by a cohort of six young adults aged 18-25 who are currently undergoing professional development programmes within the music industry, designed and run by The Hub. These programmes will support them in fulfilling roles across the event in panel and additional stage programming, artist liaison, digital marketing and business affairs. 

As well as all the OneFest and Lost Evenings activities, a full programme of satellite events, under the title of Last Minutes has been confirmed at various venues in Camden. The Hawley Arms, The Monarch, Lock Tavern and Dingwalls will host special intimate live performances, late night DJ sets, after parties, meet ups and food deals.

For a full listing of events go here: www.lostevenings.info

ABOUT ONEFEST

Born in Wiltshire in 2011 as a part of the BBC Village SOS series, OneFest was established to help the local community sustain and develop their community hub and featured Damien Rice, Laura Marling, The Magic Numbers and Dry the River. Returning in Wiltshire in 2012, and this time also featuring local talent via BBC Introducing, Damon Albarn headlined with Rae Morris and Raghu Dixit also on the bill. Five years on and OneFest has evolved into a UK-based, non-profit, music industry development company set up to support the emergence of new talent.

Working collaboratively with partners, such as Music Glue, The Great Escape, the MMF, AIF (Association of Independent Festivals), Roundhouse, The Hub, The 100 Club, PRS for Music, PRS Foundation and Young Guns Network and with the support of Arts Council England, OneFest provides a platform for new and emerging talent which aims to inspire, support and develop a new generation of artists, performers and music industry professionals through the creation of genuine opportunities and practical experience in the music and creative industries – ultimately contributing to a regeneration of the UK music community.

www.onefestUK.com

LOST EVENINGS WEEKEND DAYTIME PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED // CHRIS T-T LIVE AT THE FTHC ROOM

OneFest has announced the full weekend daytime programming for Frank Turner's Lost Evenings at the Roundhouse. On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 of May 2017, a packed schedule of talks, workshops and live music awaits designed to inspire, support and develop a new generation of artists, performers and music industry professionals.

This includes the FTHC Room, hosted by Frank Turner himself, which takes over the Sackler Space from 1.45pm on Saturday 13 May. Events in the FTHC Room are:

  • A screening of Get Better: A Film About Frank Turner by Ben Morse
  • A fascinating collaboration between the Music Glue band competition and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
  • A live performance by Xtra Mile's Chris T-T as he celebrates 20 years of making music

Tickets are £7.50 + fees*
*Fees are £1.95 per transaction included in the price

Running time: 4.2 hours

Age restrictions: not suitable for children but may attend if accompanied, at parents’ discretion. Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.

There's plenty more going on over the weekend including talks on getting gigs, women and the industry, how to access funding for musicians, erasing the stigma of mental health and a conversation with Frank Turner.

THE RPMS NEW EP 'AGENTS OF CHANGE' OUT 2 JUNE 2017 // LISTEN TO 'OH MY GOD' // NEW UK TOUR DATES

The RPMs release their second EP, Agents Of Change, on 2 June 2017 through Xtra Mile Recordings and have announced a run of shows throughout the spring and summer months.

Preorder Agents of Change here.

Agents of Change

Setting an experimental trajectory with a clutch of razor-edged new tracks, Brighton trio The RPMs are back with details of a forthcoming new EP.

Emerging from the creative cauldron of the Brighton scene that has also birthed contemporaries including Black Honey and Fickle Friends, The RPMs new material delivers a bolder and edgier sound channelling the uncertainties wrought by the ongoing fallout of global events.

The upcoming release reveals a band getting to grips with coming of age in an increasingly volatile world and lyrically sees the three-piece offering their take on the grip of social media in modern life. 

From the opening track ‘Oh My God’, Jack Valero articulates the frustration of an increasing stagnant youth culture: “kids all in the clubs still singing ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, there’s just so much that they don’t know”. ‘Troubled Town’ is a song about honesty within love, or the lack of, complete with an fiery slide solo. ‘Things I Forgot To Do’ has an infectious energy and rhythm on the theme of running out of time. ‘Help Me Start the Day’ closes the EP, harboring dark undertones of depression and mental anguish that are masked within a lighthearted pop tune echoing the ‘slap a smile on it’ culture that is still uncomfortable with this condition.

Talking about the new release, Jack says:

We’re very aware of how our lives as young people are so heavily under the spotlight of social media likeability these days. Social media has brought great freedoms to people, allowing them to connect and share with anyone in the world, but also brings great pressures to be forever feeding the machine. It’s crazy that in the age of information, people seem more uninformed than ever. We are the first generation predicted to be poorer than our parents and young people are turning to each other, social media and their favourite bands to help them understand the world they've inherited and we're trying to understand it too."

Hailed by the BBC as a 'spookily young Brighton trio with killer melodies and an Arctic Monkeys rasp’, The RPMs gathered early plaudits for their debut Digital Disobedience EP which saw the three-piece notch up plays on Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing and John Kennedy’s Shock of the New (Radio X), gain tip-offs from 6 Music taste-makers Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson, plus ‘track of the day’ features in the likes of Clash, Gigslutz, Record Of The Day and more.

Hoping to consolidate that early buzz with with the release of Agents of Change in spring 2017 and busying themselves with constant rehearsals to refine their new songs, while developing a bigger on-stage sound with the addition of a new guitarist, the band are excited to get out on the road in support of their new EP. And in the words of Jack: "Elvis has left the building, player two has left the game, first we'll shut it down and then we'll start all over again...."

Catch them live at the following dates with more to be added. Get full dates and tickets here.

MAY 2017

01 Glasgow @ The Hug & Pint
03 Bristol @ Louisiana
04 London @ Thousand Island
05 Bournemouth @ The Anvil

JUNE 2017

03 London @ Camden Rocks Festival
21–23 Bromyard @ Nozstock: The Hidden Valley Festival

AUGUST 2017

12 Sheffield @ Leefest: Neverland

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