SKINNY LISTER + FRIENDS 'END OF YEAR PARTY' IN LONDON ON 12 DECEMBER 2018

To celebrate another triumphant year that has seen Skinny Lister travel twice around the US, play countless shows and festivals across Europe and UK to ever increasing crowds, the shanty punk pioneers will be hosting a huge end of year party to remember.

Taking place on 12 December at London’s The Garage, the sextet will swell their ranks as they invite friends, peers and guest musicians to join them for an all-out, one-off set. The ‘End of Year Party' will be an unmissable riotous barrage of songs, drinking, more songs and dancing, dancing, dancing.

Tickets are available from 9am on Friday 11 May. Buy tickets.  

THE RPMS RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'LET THINGS HAPPEN' – LISTEN NOW // LIVE DATES 2018

The RPMs release their new single ‘Let Things Happen’ via Xtra Mile Recordings across all digital formats. Listen to it below and buy it here.

New single ‘Let Things Happen’ raises the bar significantly for this young Brighton band. Following the success of their previous single, ‘Your Ghost’, ‘Let Things Happen’ is cast firmly in the mould of classic indie pop, fusing contemporary songwriting sensibilities with the fluttering sounds of lush keyboards interwoven with melodic, ringing guitars. Speaking of the new single, singer Jack Valero said, “It’s written about how sometimes in life you just have to sit back and go with the flow and is very much based on where we are as a band right now. You face many difficult obstacles in life especially when you’re in a band and it’s all about how you overcome them and carry on, just like it says in the chorus ‘Pick up and start again’. It’s a positive message to not allow yourself to be defeated and also to remember sometimes to let go and live in the moment instead of trying to control it."

The RPM’s emerged from the Brighton scene that has also birthed contemporaries Black Honey and Fickle Friends. The band was formed in Dorset by childhood friends Jack Valero (lead vocals, guitar), Callum James, (drums and backing vocals). Following a move to Brighton they were joined by Miguel Cosme on bass and gained early momentum in 2016 for their debut EP, ‘Digital Disobedience, followed by their second EP in 2017, ‘Agents of Change’ released via Xtra Mile Recordings. Inspired by the support of singles ‘Oh My God’ and ‘Things I Forgot To Do’, The RPM’s expanded to a five piece, adding in Chris Bowden on keyboards and Ollie Summer on lead guitar to create a larger live sound and carve out a more ambitious sonic direction. Aided by in demand producer Gethin Pearson (Mallory Knox/Charli XCX) ‘Let Things Happens’ flows effortlessly into their steadily evolving plot together with other significant milestones: Their London debut for Abbie McCarthy - Good Karma Club, their SXSW debut; being chosen by Huw Stephens as one of his Alternative Tips for 2018; their first Radio X-Posure session and inclusion on R1’s Best Of BBC Introducing Playlist.  The RPMs are set to tour extensively throughout Spring and Summer in support of ‘Let Things Happen’ and their upcoming third single for 2018, ‘Gotta Let Go’ slated for release in September via Xtra Mile Recordings.  

Airplay: includes Huw Stephens (5 plays), Best Of BBC Radio 1 Introducing Playlist (9th Feb Added), Huw’s Alternative Tips for 2018, R1 Introducing Hot List, BBC Radio 1; Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins, Tom Robinson, Introducing Mixtape, BBC 6 Music; John Kennedy (15 plays), X-Posure Playlist - (3 weeks), One Night Stand - Live Session, Radio X; Melita Dennett, Dave Warren, Casey Heyburn, BBC Intro South; Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio; Playlisting, Soundlab Radio; Morphett Radio. Blogs: Dork; Clash Magazine; Louder Than War. Spotify: Hot New Bands playlist (#5, 14 Weeks), official SXSW playlist (11 weeks). 

Live dates 2018:

MAY
05 Leeds, UK @ Live At Leeds
06 Liverpool @ Liverpool Sound City
12 Southend @ Chinnerys ('Lost Minutes' w. Sean McGowan and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. pre-Lost Evenings)
14 Roundhouse @ Roundhouse (Frank Turner's Lost Evenings II – Xtra Mile Label Night)
19 Brighton @ Shortts Bar (Alternative Escape - Roger Kent for Kick Out The Jams)
27 Catton @ Bearded Theory Festival

JUNE
22 Newport (Isle of Wight), UK @ Isle of Wight Festival

JULY
22 Stockport @ Stockport Blackthorn Fest

AUGUST
03 Edenbridge, UK @ LeeFest Neverworld
04 Edenbridge, UK @ LeeFest BBC Introducing Kent Stage (Abbie McCarthy and Casey Heyburn)
10 Peterborough, UK @ Green Meadows Festival
12 Newquay, UK @ Cornwall Boardmasters
26 Ragley Hall, UK @ Camper Calling

ROB LYNCH RELEASES NEW SINGLE 'RED LION SQUARE' // LISTEN NOW

‘Red Lion Square’ is the first new music to be released by Rob Lynch in almost two years and you can stream it below. You can also buy it via Xtra Mile Recordings on digital download.

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Apart from a short solo headline tour and a support run with Deaf Havana, Lynch was quiet for much of 2017 but is excited to get back to it with a new song, an appearance at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings II and Slam Dunk Festival performances plotted.

“I was having a bit of a rough time and I was feeling like I could do with having a bit of a pep talk from my dad,” Rob says. “He’s been gone from the mortal world for ten years now, so that’s not really an option, but I wrote this song as a bit of a catch up with him. I go back to Stamford, my hometown, when I need to level out and get my head straight, and 'Red Lion Square' is in the heart of the town. 

Recording for the first time with Phil Gornell at Steel City Studios in Sheffield, Rob took along good friend James Veck-Gilodi for the trip. James lent his luscious vocals and smooth guitar work to Rob’s touching songwriting skills. Having had a full band set up on 2016’s full-length Baby, I’m A Runaway, Rob has now returned to his more stripped back, emotive roots with ‘Red Lion Square’, tapping into some newfound pop sensibilities too. With the recording of a new album in the pipeline, this is a taste of things to come with a song that tugs at the heartstrings in the best possible way. 

Live dates below and on our gigs page.

MAY 2018
14 London @ Roundhouse (Lost Evenings II)
26 Leeds @ Slam Dunk Festival North
27 Hatfield @ Slam Dunk Festival South
28 Birmingham @ Slam Dunk Festival Midlands

AUGUST 2018
01 Germany @ A Summer’s Tale Festival

GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY. RELEASES NEW SINGLE 'ANIMATE' FROM LATEST ALBUM 'YOUNG ADULT' // SPRING 2018 UK TOUR DATES AND FESTIVAL SHOWS

In celebration of what will be Get Cape’s first UK tour run for over four years, Sam and his band are delighted to mark the occasion with the release of new single 'Animate'. 

Hitting the road with a full live band, Sam Duckworth and co. will play an unmissable headline hometown gig at Southend’s Chinnery’s venue on 12 May 2018 before supporting Frank Turner at the Lost Evenings II festival at London Roundhouse on 14 May as well as making other appearances at the likes of Liverpool’s EBGBs, Handmade Festival and more throughout the month of May.

Listen to 'Animate' below.

“These days shortcuts are easy. Whether it's ‘wikipediaing' in a pub quiz or reading the spoilers, technology has made it easier to know it all. By taking a step back from the digital realm, sometimes we are able to feel suspense and uncertainty, in their more forgiving forms. Life is moving so fast, for me, it’s been a case of working out which shortcuts I like and which pre-digital elements of my life I want to retain. Sometimes, that longer car journey is a better experience." muses Sam Duckworth as he takes a step back for a moment’s tranquil contemplation and observation on this dreamy cut from acclaimed latest album Young Adult

Washed in a hazy reverb and bejeweled with sequined synthesiser lines, ‘Animate’ is a mellow, reflective and utterly joyous new single to soundtrack the sleepy awakening of spring. 

After a four year recording hiatus from the moniker, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. returned with his sumptuous new album Young Adult in January 2018. Featuring a string of equally different and individually brilliant singles including 'Adults', 'Always', 'Just A Phase', 'DNA', and ‘VHS Forever’, the album was met with warm reviews, with Louder Than War praising Sam’s skill for “catchy and introspective 3 minute pop songs”, while Upset Magazine championed the record as a “soundtrack to a revolution” (4/5). 

Making his return to the live stage with a triumphant one-off UK show at Village Underground in London back in January to mark the release of Young Adult (a show hailed by The Independent as “a heartfelt and raucous performance” (4/5)), Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is well and truly back. Catch Sam and band at the following shows:

2018 UK tour dates 

04 EBGBs, Liverpool
05 Handmade Festival, Leicester
12 Chinnerys, Southend
14 Lost Evenings, London
27 Common People, London

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MORE ACTS FOR FRANK TURNER'S LOST EVENINGS II // NICK ALEXANDER STAGE LINEUP ANNOUNCED

Frank Turner’s award-winning Lost Evenings returns to London’s iconic music venue, the Roundhouse, on 11–14 May 2018 for another SOLD OUT four-day festival.

Once again the Nick Alexander stage – named after the merchandise manager and long-time friend of Frank who was tragically killed in the Bataclan attack in 2015 – will honour his memory by playing host to some of the best emerging acts all hand-picked by Frank and Radio X’s John Kennedy. As well as a three-act bill for all four evenings, Saturday and Sunday will also host a 4-act daytime bill, giving festival goers a wide and varied selection of new music to discover.

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The Nick Alexander stage lineup is:

Friday 11 May – Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls (New & Old), Arkells, The Homeless Gospel Choir
Felix Hagan & The Family
Holy Moly & The Crackers
Gabi Garbutt & The Illuminations

Saturday 12 May (daytime)
Beckie Margaret
Jerry Williams
Saachi Sen

Saturday 12 May (evening) – Love Ire & Song 10th Anniversary Performance, The Subways, Emily Barker
Stick In The Wheel
The Pearl Harts
The Tuts

Sunday 13 May (daytime) 
Shea
Joe Winter
Riah
The Purple Lights

Sunday 13 May (evening) – Sensible Sundays solo acoustic performance, Ginger Wildheart, Sarah Walk
PD Liddle
Xylaroo
Joe McCorriston

Monday 14 May – Xtra Mile Recordings label night with Frank Turner's Greatest Hits, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., Seán McGowan
The RPMs
Rob Lynch
The Lion and The Wolf

As with last year, in addition to the evening performances, a selection of panels and workshops will also run during the day on Saturday and Sunday, featuring leading industry insiders, musicians, experts and music professionals offering inspiration, insight and advice to audiences. A full line up and programme of events, including panels and workshops will be announced soon.

The inaugural festival hosted over 40 live acts in 5 different venues over a weekend that had community and camaraderie at its core. Sold out months in advance, the crowds packed out each satellite event, the second stage from start to finish and of course coming together each night to share and rejoice in four very different performances from Frank, who had learnt over 80 songs from his back catalogue so songs weren’t repeated. 

"I'm proud that Lost Evenings went so well last year, and excited to be bringing it back to Camden in 2018, bigger, bolder and better. The line-up of artists and panels is going to be amazing. I'll see everyone on the Chalk Farm Road in May."

All tickets for Lost Evenings 2 are now sold out.

BRAND NEW FRIEND RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND TITLE TRACK FOR DEBUT ALBUM 'SEATBELTS FOR AEROPLANES'

Following a UK mainland tour with Pretty Vicious and Irish dates with Feeder, Brand New Friend have released the title track of their forthcoming debut album, Seatbelts For Aeroplanes. Preorder the album, out 27 April 2018. Listen to the title track below.

This is the second single from the album to arrive, following the track ‘Girl’ which received great airplay from Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart on Radio 1, John Kennedy on Radio X and 6Music’s Steve Lamacq.

'Seatbelts For Aeroplanes' is a song about "two people desperately trying to keep a relationship alive” explains vocalist Taylor.  “The opening line comes from an off-the-cuff remark my little brother made on a flight home from Newcastle. He turned to me and asked 'What's the point of having a seatbelt on an aeroplane? It's hardly going to save anyone's life if we fall out of the sky'. I just thought 'I'm having that'! It became the central metaphor for the whole song. I was going through a bad break-up at the time and I remember thinking that even if I can't be with that person forever, I'd love to at least be a happy memory for them one day.”

The band continue to tour in April and throughout the year in support of the album. Dates below:

APRIL (Irish tour)
20 Omagh @ Top of the Town
26 Derry @ Sandino’s
27 Portrush @ Kiwi’s
28 Belfast @ Black Box – headline show

JUNE
20 London @ The Garage (with Starcrawler)

AUGUST
23 Belfast @ Custom House Square (with Kodaline and Lewis Capaldi)

Further dates to be announced. 

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