SEÁN MCGOWAN SIGNS TO XTRA MILE RECORDINGS // HEADLINE UK TOUR IN SEPTEMBER 2017

Xtra Mile Recordings is pleased to announce that the extraordinarily talented Southampton-born singer Seán McGowan is joining the Xtra Mile Recordings family. Plans for new releases, including his debut album, are already underway and a headline tour has been booked for September 2017.

Seán McGowan wearing an Xtra Mile t-shirt and he's happy about it. Yes.

Seán McGowan wearing an Xtra Mile t-shirt and he's happy about it. Yes.

Seán has been on Xtra Mile’s radar for a while now through his regular touring with the likes of Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., Rob Lynch and Beans On Toast as well as supporting Billy Bragg and performing at Glastonbury and The Great Escape. Over the past six years Seán has been steadily building up his now considerable fanbase by being a constant force on the touring circuit and through word-of-mouth. His own headline shows are now selling out across the country and this year he will play his biggest full-band tour.  

Dates are:

Seán McGowan UK Septmber 2017 tour dates poster

SEPTEMBER
08 Manchester @ Jimmy’s
09 Nottingham @ Bodega
14 Bristol @ The Exchange
15 London @ Sebright Arms
16 Southampton @ The Loft

Speaking of the signing, Charlie Caplowe – MD of Xtra Mile Recordings says: “To be honest, I had to look through all our contracts to double check that Seán wasn’t already signed to Xtra Mile, such is his deep-rooted affinity to the label and the acts! Seriously though, we can’t wait to get cracking with this. Seán is incredibly talented and a lovely bloke to boot. The world can and should be his oyster and we are massively excited to work very closely with him to that end.”

Seán adds: "I made a decision when I got into music. I wanted to do things for the right reasons with the right people. Signing to Xtra Mile is the right thing to do with the right people. From the roster to the staff – it's just spot on. I'm unbelievably over the moon right now. I never thought I'd really get anywhere with this. I'm so grateful for the opportunity and can't wait to get started. It feels like home already, how it should be. The highlight of my career to date. Here's to many more with my new family! "

Previously, Seán has self-released two EPs, either given away or sold on a pay what you want basis at shows, and three singles. Stay tuned for news on brand new music very soon.

facebook.com/seanmcgowanmusicuk / Twitter @seanmcgowanuk / musicglue.com/seanmcgowan

CHRIS T-T ANNOUNCES FINAL SHOW ON 3 DECEMBER 2017 AT THE LEXINGTON, LONDON

Chris T-T warned us it was coming, and now it's here. Chris T-T will play his final show at The Lexington in London on 3 December 2017. Tickets are available here. Come and see this wonderful songwriter perform his songs for the last time.

It's been 20 years since Chris T-T first made music and played shows by himself and under his own name. He marked this occasion by releasing his 39 track 'Best Of' collection, a double CD compilation with one disc collecting his most-loved tracks from his career, and a second disc full of unreleased rarities, alternate takes, B-sides and outtakes. Buy it here.

Chris has also spoken about the past 20 years with us. If you prefer reading, check out this interview where we asked Chris some medium-hard questions. If you have Spotify and want to listen to Chris interview himself, with some music thrown in, download or stream here.

Chris has three shows left before the end of the year and he calls time on being Chris T-T in this form. These shows are:

27 July – Cambridge @ Cambridge Folk Festival (Chris is playing songs exclusively from Disobedience - Chris T-T Sings A.A. Milne) TICKETS HERE
15 Sept – Glasgow @ The Glad Cafe TICKETS HERE
03 Dec - London @ The Lexington TICKETS HERE

BEANS ON TOAST & SKINNY LISTER CO-HEADLINE UK TOUR WINTER 2017

This coming winter Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister will head out on a co-headline tour of the UK.

Label mates, touring buddies and drinking companions they make a perfect match. Both bands are hardworking, fun-loving, heavy-touring acts that bring a unique and modern take on the age-old tradition of English folk music. Together they are given the opportunity to play on bigger stages and bring their shows to larger audiences. Both bands will be playing full sets. It’s going to be one hell of a party. So without further ado we’re proud to announce..

DOUBLE TROUBLE TOUR (tour dates and tickets here or here)

NOVEMBER 2017
21 Leeds @ Stylus
22 Manchester @ O2 The Ritz
23 Glasgow @ Oran Mor
24 Newcastle @ Newcastle Uni
25 Sheffield @ The Leadmill
28 Birmingham @ Glee Club
29 Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
30 Norwich @ Waterfront

DECEMBER 2017
01 Cambridge @ Junction
02 Leicester @ Dryden Street Social
06 Cardiff @ The Globe
07 Southampton @ 1865
08 Exeter @ The Phoenix
09 Bristol @ SWX
10 London @ KOKO

For Skinny Lister, this tour will wrap up the worldwide campaign of their third and critically-acclaimed album The Devil, The Heart & The Fight. This follows a fully sold out UK tour in May, after another in October 2016, plus extensive tours of Europe and the USA and a summer ram-packed with festivals including a prestigious slot on Glastonbury's Avalon stage on Sunday night.

This tour will also act as the UK album tour for Beans on Toast’s ninth album, released slap bang in the middle of the tour on 1 December. He’ll be bringing a full live band with him including fiddle, accordion and honky-tonk piano, playing a mix of brand new tunes from the forthcoming album and old classics from his huge back catalogue.

Both acts release music on Xtra Mile Recordings, home to Frank Turner, Against Me! and Will Varley to name just a few. The label prides itself on community and family values as well as punk rock attitude and incredibly good music.  All of these aspects will shine through in this awesome collaboration tour.
 

VOTE FOR SKINNY LISTER AND COUNTERFEIT. AS BEST LIVE ACT IN THE AIM INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 2017

Skinny Lister - photo by David Edwards

Skinny Lister - photo by David Edwards

Xtra Mile acts need your help! Two of our bands – the razor-riffed Counterfeit. and rum-folk-whirligig Skinny Lister – are up for the Best Live Act award in the AIM Independent Music Awards 2017.

How can you help? Well, simply visit the voting form and mark your vote against your preferred act. VOTE FOR BEST LIVE ACT

They're up against some real heavy hitters (The National, The xx, The Flaming Lips, Jack Savoretti, Rick Astley (???)), and some incredibly impressive live acts (Stormzy, Dinosaur Jr., Mogwai, Tinariwen).

Countefeit.

Countefeit.

But if you've seen what Skinny Lister or Counterfeit.  can do live, you know they deserve the top slot.

The second thing you can do is share this around and encourage other fans to vote. Don't forget you can tag the AIM Independent Music Awards on Facebook, and @aimawards on Twitter, with the hastag #AIMawards.

Whatever you do with your vote, AIM do really good things for bands like ours.

Voting closes on 27 June at 5pm with the five top nominees revealed on 2 August. Winners will be announced on 5 September.

Need a reminder of their live power? Here's some footage for you.

'GET BETTER – A FILM ABOUT FRANK TURNER' DVD PREORDER 30 JUNE 2017 // STREAMING ON 10 & 11 JUNE 2017 IN SELECT COUNTRIES

Get Better – A Film About Frank Turner will be streamed on 10 and 11 June in the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Australia on demand at www.getbetterfilm.com.

Get Better is now also available to preorder on DVD, released 30 June 2017. Preorder through Xtra Mile here. The shop also has a bundle with the photo book by Matt Nasir of The Sleeping Souls, Photosynthesis: A Year in the Life of the Frank Turner Touring Family which you can preorder here.

Bonus features on the DVD include an acoustic set and Q&A between Frank, director Ben Morse, and journalist Hugo Rifkind from the film's premiere in London's Leicester Square in 2016.

Filmmaker Ben Morse spent a year trailing one of the most hard-working musicians currently operating and what emerges is a raw, insightful portrayal of an underground hero. A close friend of Turner, Morse originally intended to capture Turner and his band, The Sleeping Souls, in constant motion only to discover a man facing up to his demons, forced to pause touring for the first time in his career.

Get Better – A Film About Frank Turner includes never-before-seen footage from friends, family and fans across the world as well as extensive interviews with Turner and his band as they contemplate what drives a man to stay on the road and the effect that has on his life and those around him. Turner has been one of the breakthrough artists of the millennium, emerging from his punk-rock roots to become a rock icon to diehard fans all over the world. In 2015, everything came to a head as Turner slipped off the wagon and confronted the commercial pressures of mainstream success.

Frank will be supporting Jason Isbell on the road beginning September 1st.

Frank Turner’s full list of upcoming tour dates can be found here

SEPTEMBER 2017 (w/ Jason Isbell)

01 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre              
02 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre              
05 Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Amphitheater              
07 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater             
08 Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden          
09 Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre         
11 Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium           
12 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre       
15 Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion      
16 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre       
17 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre          
20 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre   
23 Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory          
24 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion     
26 Baton Rouge, LA @ Baton Rouge River Center           
27 Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre             
29 Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium          
30 Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium          

facebook.com/frankturnermusic / Twitter @frankturner / frank-turner.com/

GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY. RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE 'OPTIMIST / NATIONAL HEALTH' ON 2 JUNE 2017

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. returns with a double A-side single inspired by the imminent UK election and the global political events that shocked 2016. ‘Optimist’ / ‘National Health’ will be released digitally on 2 June 2017 through Xtra Mile Recordings. Preorder the single via Xtra Mile or on iTunes.

It’s Get Cape’s first release in four years, although the man behind the moniker, Sam Duckworth, has never really been away. From then until now he has been recording and releasing music under his own name (most recently releasing the solo album Kingdoms earlier this year) and under the guise of Recreations with the fantastic socially-conscious album Baby Boomers 2 released April 2016 – both on Xtra Mile Recordings. 

And now, feeling the force of a ground-swelling movement for change, Get Cape is riding a wave of optimism. In his own words:

"'Don’t let the people make you think, that just because you’re young, you’re useless.' I wrote those words back in 2006, when I was young – now I’m a little older, I still believe them. A funny thing is happening, a new generation of thinkers and, crucially, doers is coming through. Ones who weren’t old enough to vote in 2015. Alongside them is a wide range of people compelled to vote for the first time. Regardless of the result of this election, there will be an unprecedented turn out of first-time voters.

"Being a political artist has been a strange journey, one that saw my optimism plummet due to a wide range of factors. The question 'where are the political bands' right now is redundant: they are everywhere. For ten years I wrestled with this very thing. Tagged as a political artist, I noticed the optimism morph into cynicism. Whilst musically I was improving, lyrically I was sounding down. Truth be told, I was down too. 

"It’s urban fact that once you hit your 30s, you stop caring about what people think of you and once again I am a cliché. Turns out I’m always going to be 'naive'. There is a belief in the air that positive change is possible, sadly as a result of international negative change, but there is at least hope. Where there is hope there is action, where there is action there is change. 

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. is an anti-fascist, hopeful project. I have always been anti-fascist, but recently I’ve began to hope again. It’s good to be back.

facebook.com/getcapewearcapefly // Twitter @forgetcape //  www.getcapewearcapefly.com