LARRY AND HIS FLASK RELEASE 'DEARLY DEPARTED' WITH ACOUSTIC VERSION OF 'THIS REMEDY' // US WEST COAST TOUR JANUARY 2019

Larry And His Flask present their latest single ‘Dearly Departed’ taken from album This Remedy, released last October (2018). The single comes with a stripped-down acoustic version of the album’s title track. You can listen to both songs here.

The song release comes just as the band embark on their US west coast tour, starting Friday, January 18 in Hood River, OR. Full details below and get tickets here.

JANUARY 2019
18 Hood River, OR @ River City Saloon
19 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern *
20 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir *
22 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Patrol *
24 Fresno, CA @ Full Circle Olympic *
25 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
26 Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room *
27 Las Vegas, NV @ 172 *
28 Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport ^
30 Mill Valley, CA @ Sweetwater Music Hall ^
31 Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley ^

FEBRUARY 2019
01 Sacramento, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post ^
02 Medford, OR @ Howiee’s on Front ^

* = Black Square supporting
^ = Willy Tea Taylor supporting

SKINNY LISTER NEW VIEO 'MY DISTRACTION' // FROM 'THE STORY IS...' OUT 1 MARCH 2019

A premier piece of procrastination-inspired power-pop goodness, ‘My Distraction’ finds its touch points in the angular and playful sounds comparable to Blondie or The Jam at their peak. A new-wave flecked, sugar-coated thrill clocking in at just over the two-and-a half-minute mark, the single is the latest cut to be lifted from the band’s highly-anticipated new album The Story Is… out 1 March 2019. Preorder on vinyl, CD and download.

On typically fun-loving form, ‘My Distraction’ is of course companioned with a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek new video that sees the band playing on the track’s themes of our tech-binging addictions. In scenes perhaps best described as ‘GoggleBox meets Star Trek’, the video finds frontwoman Lorna Thomas unexpectedly transported across space and time at the hands of her TV remote. Watch the new video below.

Offering further insight into the themes of the new single, Skinny’s Dan & Lorna say:

“’My Distraction’ is about being so obsessed with something that everything else falls by the wayside. When only one thing is in focus and everything else is merely background noise. Even though written initially with broader meaning, the lyrics are particularly fitting for our current fixation with modern technology and, even more particularly, our tethering of ourselves to our smart phones.”

As with the rest of the upcomingalbum, ‘My Distraction’ was recorded, produced and mixed with the producer extraordinaire Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Temper Trap). The single directly follows on from previous singles ‘38 Minutes’ and title-track ‘The Story Is…’.

A loosely-based concept album, The Story Is… anthologises a series of personal vignettes inspired by a chaotic few years for the band and binds them into 14 tracks of unmistakably Skinny-sounding rock’n’roll. Gather-in close and lend your ears as Skinny Lister rifle through The Story Is… and pull out: scorched stories of aggravated arsonists (‘Artist Arsonist’), rib-tickling tales of regretful re-fuellings (‘Diesel Vehicle’), and even polemic pleas inspired by some of life’s hardest lessons (‘Stop & Breathe’).

With one of the most reputable live shows in the business (hailed as “a deafening and visceral experience” - The Independent, 5/5), Skinny Lister will also be touring The Story Is… with a series of their tenacious live shows across the UK & Europe in 2019.

Don’t miss your chance to become part of their latest adventures as the band embark on a two-leg UK tour, plus fix dates in Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Holland and Belgium throughout the spring.

SKINNY LISTER THE STORY IS… 2019 TOUR

FEBRUARY 2019

28 Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2

MARCH 2019

01 Norwich, UK @ Arts Centre
02 Southampton, UK @ 1865
06 Bristol, UK @ Fleece
07 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
08 Leeds, UK @ Key Club
09 Leicester, UK @ Academy
13 Berlin, Germany @ SO36
14 Kiel, Germany @: Orange Club
15 Erfurt, Germany @ Kalif Storch
16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Futurum
17 Nuremberg, Germany @ Der Hirsch
19 Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
20 Vienna, Austria @ Arena
21 Munich, Germany @ Strom
22 Bern, Switzerland @ Bierhubeli
23 Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
26 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
27 Rouen, France @ Le 106
28 Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord
29 Cologne, Germany @ Stollwerk
30 Antwerp, Belgium @ Kavka

APRIL 2019

03 Edinburgh, UK @ The Mash House
04 Newcastle, UK @ Riverside
05 Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
06 Manchester, UK @ Club Academy 2
10 Cambridge, UK @ Junction 1
11 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom

XTRA MILE RECORDINGS CELEBRATES 16TH BIRTHDAY IN 2019! // XMR AND WARCHILD WITH FRANK TURNER, JOHNNY LLOYD FOR BRITS WEEK 2019 – PRIZE DRAW AND LIMITED TICKETS

2019 sees your favourite London-based independent record label, Xtra Mile Recordings, come of age and celebrate its *16th anniversary of operations, a milestone worthy of celebration. Xtra Mile will be doing just that throughout the year with a host of special events, releases and more that will mark this occasion in the memories of all who are on board.

Our first announcements are a label night in partnership with the charity War Child as part of their BRITs Week run of shows. Taking place on 15 February at London’s Omeara, Frank Turner will be doing one of his much-loved DJ sets alongside live performances from a returning Johnny Lloyd (ex-Tribes) and more. Tickets are alloted through a prize draw which is open now and closes at 23:59 pm on Monday 4 February. To enter the prize draw and win tickets to the show, you can make a £5 donation to War Child at www.britsweekwarchild.co.uk. To maximise the chance of winning, you can enter as many times as you like. There will also be a limited number of tickets for sale from Friday 18 January. Finally, a limited number of tickets for some of the shows will be available to buy exclusively to O2 customers via Priority Tickets from 9am on Wednesday 16 January.

Frank Turner is on his UK arena tour in January and February which culminates at London’s prestigious Alexandra Palace on 3 February 2019. Xtra Mile will be taking over the nearby (and adored) Boogaloo Bar for an afternoon pre-party with live music and DJ sets from Xtra Mile acts. Watch this space or sign up to our weekly newsletter for more.

During February, March and April, we will be organising after-show parties at Seán McGowan’s headline show at the Borderline, London on 2 March, with fellow rising stars Brand New Friend supporting, and two Skinny Lister shows from their 2019 world tour – after their Stollwerk show in Cologne (29 March) and Electric Ballroom in Camden, London (11 April), both dates with labelmate Trapper Schoepp supporting.

And in May, Xtra Mile travels across the pond to pitch up at Lost Evenings III, Frank Turner’s four-day festival taking place at House Of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts. The Xtra Mile Recordings Label and Friends night is on Sunday 19 May, featuring Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Against Me! and many others. The full lineup for the whole festival is still to be announced – we’ll keep you posted!

Further events and releases including all-day festival stage takeovers are to be announced soon. And the centrepiece of this birthday extravaganza is a truly epic competition that could see the winner jet off around the world to see their favourite Xtra Mile act perform. All details will be unveiled shortly so keep an eye on the Xtra Mile socials and our weekly newsletter for the scoop(s).

We’re proud of our close-knit roster of artists whose hard work, great music and kind souls has kept Xtra Mile going for 16 years. Our planned events for the year are a celebration of them, their fans and the whole Xtra Mile family.

*Please note that Xtra Mile would have celebrated 15 years, as is more customary, but in 2018 they were too busy releasing excellent albums from Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Will Varley, Frank Turner, Ducking Punches, Sean McGowan, Brand New Friend, Mull Historical Society, PD Liddle, Oxygen Thief and of course organising Lost Evenings II.

INFORMATION ON XTRA MILE RECORDINGS

Xtra Mile was set up initially in 2003 to release the critically-acclaimed debut albums by Reuben and Million Dead. Building on this early success the label has grown exponentially over the past 16 years, specialising in the cross-section of rock, punk, folk, indie and hardcore from the UK and USA. With worldwide distribution and solid fanbases on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as across Europe, Xtra Mile is now very much a global outfit, with its records (yes, it still makes records) available in most countries with record stores. Xtra Mile boasts a diverse roster with acts that have achieved mainstream success to those on their way, as the label unearths and develops the best in underground music.

Xtra Mile Recordings is home to Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Brand New Friend, Seán McGowan, Möngöl Hörde, Against Me!, Esmé Patterson, Larry & His Flask, Trapper Schoepp, Mull Historical Society, PD Liddle, Rob Lynch, Ducking Punches, Oxygen Thief, Johnny Lloyd and Deux Furieuses .

SKINNY LISTER NEW SONG 'THE STORY IS...' // WATCH VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK OF NEW ALBUM OUT 1 MARCH 2019 //

Always a band unafraid of testing the limits, Skinny Lister has unveiled a suitably daredevil and highly original video for new single ‘The Story Is…’, the title track from their fourth studio album out 1 March 2019. Preorder on vinyl, CD and download.

Filmed in New York City, the video follows the perilous ascent of an urban explorer as she scales the Big Apple’s Williamsburg Bridge in the dead of night. Watch the video below.

With the cold dark nights closing ever tighter as the year draws toward the solstice, the soul-stirring chimes that lead Skinny’s sparkling latest single could well be the winter warmer you were looking for.

‘The Story Is…’ sees the band sing about love and loss with poetry that will surely tug at the heart strings during this timely season of reflection. Speaking about the track’s themes, Skinny Lister says:

“Everyone has that someone or something that, to live without, would leave them incomplete. ‘The Story Is…’ is an ode to this state of complete dependence. An overdramatic declaration of love, addiction, obsession and surrender.”

The Story Is… was recorded, produced and mixed by Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Temper Trap). In the deep, dark hours of one particular alcohol fuelled studio late night session, Barnicott introduced the band to an old piano and a set of pitched bells and tubes. Quickly striking upon the chiming soundscapes now available at their fingertips, the band began to get experimental with their electric guitars, marrying the two to create the entrancing, ethereal melody that defines the backdrop of this irresistible new single.

A loosely-based concept album, The Story Is… anthologises a series of personal vignettes inspired by a chaotic few years for the band and binds them into 14 tracks of unmistakably Skinny-sounding rock’n’roll. Gather in close and lend your ears as Skinny Lister rifle through The Story Is… and pull out scorched stories of aggravated arsonists (‘Artist Arsonist’), rib-tickling tales of regretful re-fuellings (‘Diesel Vehicle’), and even polemic pleas inspired by some of life’s hardest lessons (‘Stop & Breathe’).

With one of the most reputable live shows in the business (hailed as “a deafening and visceral experience” - The Independent, 5/5), Skinny Lister will also be touring The Story Is… with a series of their tenacious live shows across the UK and Europe in 2019.

Don’t miss your chance to become part of their latest adventures as the band embark on a two-leg UK tour, plus dates in Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Holland and Belgium throughout the spring.

SKINNY LISTER THE STORY IS… 2019 TOUR

FEBRUARY 2019

28 Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2

MARCH 2019

01 Norwich, UK @ Arts Centre
02 Southampton, UK @ 1865
06 Bristol, UK @ Fleece
07 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
08 Leeds, UK @ Key Club
09 Leicester, UK @ Academy
13 Berlin, Germany @ SO36
14 Kiel, Germany @: Orange Club
15 Erfurt, Germany @ Kalif Storch
16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Futurum
17 Nuremberg, Germany @ Der Hirsch
19 Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
20 Vienna, Austria @ Arena
21 Munich, Germany @ Strom
22 Bern, Switzerland @ Bierhubeli
23 Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
26 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
27 Rouen, France @ Le 106
28 Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord
29 Cologne, Germany @ Stollwerk
30 Antwerp, Belgium @ Kavka

APRIL 2019

03 Edinburgh, UK @ The Mash House
04 Newcastle, UK @ Riverside
05 Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
06 Manchester, UK @ Club Academy 2
10 Cambridge, UK @ Junction 1
11 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom

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TRAPPER SCHOEPP NEW ALBUM 'PRIMETIME ILLUSION' OUT 25 JANUARY 2019 // LISTEN TO 'ON, WISCONSIN' USING LYRICS BY BOB DYLAN // UK TOUR WITH SKINNY LISTER IN 2019

Xtra Mile Recordings is excited to announce that Wisconsin-based Trapper Schoepp’s new album, Primetime Illusion, will be released worldwide on 25 January 2019. Preorder it on vinyl and CD, and presave on Spotify here.

Produced in Milwaukee by Pat Sansone (Wilco, Robyn Hitchcock), Primetime Illusion sees Schoepp reaching for his own place in the American songbook canon with a truly remarkable collection of character-driven songs and stories, a carefully-etched series of sonic snapshots in which people we all know struggle to fulfil their own American dream. The album also features a co-write with Bob Dylan called, ‘On, Wisconsin’. Rolling Stone premiered the song alongside a Q&A with Schoepp, and the state of Wisconsin shot a mini documentary about it. Listen to the song and watch the mini-documentary below.

In early 2017, the news emerged that way back in 1961, just months after he’d first moved to New York City, Dylan had drafted a song about Schoepp’s beloved Wisconsin, imagining a homesick rambler pining for the cheese and beer of his faraway Badger State. More than half a century later, the handwritten lyric sheet was uncovered by a former roommate and put up for auction at $30,000. In Milwaukee, Schoepp saw a photograph of Dylan's handwritten lyrics and decided to set them to music, recording a rollicking version of the song that he titled ‘On, Wisconsin.’

“I just connected with it immediately,” Schoepp says. “It’s so obvious. I knew immediately that I had to finish the song. I just thought it’s got to be done.”

Once he finished the song, it was sent to Dylan’s management team to consider it for an official co-write credit with intent to publish. Eventually, consent was given, bestowing Schoepp’s official imprimatur on the collaboration.

“On, Wisconsin” – which closes Primetime Illusion – proved the catalyst for Schoepp, to get creative again after going through some rough personal times. “Publishing a song with Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan! – put wind in my sails,” he says, resulting in a deluge of 40-odd new songs.

When time finally came to record, he reached out to Sansone, who he had met earlier that year in Chicago while supporting The Jayhawks. Impressed by the young troubadour’s “songs and commitment and enthusiasm”, Sansone sorted through the songs Schoepp had written over the past year, whittling it down to an essential ten tunes. The multi-instrumentalist/producer provided “inspiration and Jedi-like guidance” as he helped push the project to completion. Together, artist and producer built upon Schoepp’s newly-acquired piano skills by adopting a refined and relaxed approach akin to the classic Laurel Canyon sound of the 70’s; all glittering piano, ringing guitars, and crisp vocal harmonies courtesy of Trapper’s bassist brother Tanner Schoepp.

“Pat and I were very conscious of not overcooking things,” Schoepp says. “Keeping it sparse and letting the songs and the characters who inhabit them speak for themselves.”

A few years earlier, the Milwaukee-based tunesmith had been on a roll, earning acclaim as one of America’s most gifted new singer-songwriters, singled out for his remarkably well-drawn tales of characters on the fringes of society. His Brendan Benson-produced second album, 2016’s Rangers & Valentines, was hailed among that year’s finest, declared a “mini masterpiece” by Relix after being named Billboard’s “Best of the Week”. But by the time 2016 came to its end, Schoepp had split with his longtime partner, been all but forced out of his longtime home and band clubhouse by a new landlord, and worst of all, painfully re-herniated a disc in his back that had plagued him for years.

“And then on top of all that, we got a new president,” he says. “That put me into an even darker space.”

Schoepp freely admits to Primetime Illusion being a breakup album – “There’s the breakup in the traditional sense, but there was also a breakup with America I was feeling at the time.”

Heartbroken but unbowed, Schoepp found solace and direction in his music, devoting his substantial energies to crafting what now proves his most emotional and expertly-crafted collection of songs so far.

With its extraordinary melding of the personal and political, Primetime Illusion firmly places Trapper Schoepp on the long American continuum of singing storytellers, a pedigree and place on the family tree that inspires and drives him each and every new day.

“I think a lot about the folk process,” he says. “How things are passed down to the next generation and are reinvented and evolve. That’s really important to me, to keep the spirit of what someone might consider old new.

“Dylan, in his MusiCares speech a few years ago, made the point that his role in music is simply extending the line. That’s my whole MO as well. I want to push this music forward like my life depends on it. It’s all I have.”

Having spent the last half decade “getting home just in time to leave again,” playing countless dates and sharing stages with such like-minded Americana mainstays as The Wallflowers, The Jayhawks, and Old 97’s, Schoepp plans to tour especially hard behind Primetime Illusion.

“I love Milwaukee,” he says. “This is my home. But us singer-songwriters have to be citizens of the world to make it work.”

What that in mind, Schoepp will be spending all of 2019 on the road, first supporting Skinny Lister in the UK and Europe beginning 29 February 2019 and then an American tour and more to be announced soon. Confirmed tour dates are below.

UK TOUR WITH SKINNY LISTER

FEBRUARY 2019

28 Brighton @ Concorde 2

MARCH 2019

01 Norwich @ Arts Centre
02 Southampton @ 1865
06 Bristol @ Fleece
07 Glasgow @ King Tuts
08 Leeds @ Key Club
09 Leicester @ Academy

EUROPEAN TOUR WITH SKINNY LISTER

MARCH 2019

13 Berlin, Germany @ SO36
14 Kiel, Germany @ Orange Club
15 Erfurt, Germany @ Kalif Storch
16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Futurum
17 Nurnberg, Germany @ Der Hirsch
19 Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
20 Vienna, Austria @ Arena
21 Munich, Germany @ Strom
22 Bern, Switzerland @ Bierhubeli
23 Zürich, Sqitzerland @ Dynamo
26 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
27 Rouen, France @ Le 106
28 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord
29 Cologne, Germany @ Stollwerk
30 Antwerp, Belgium @ Kavka

UK TOUR WITH SKINNY LISTER

APRIL 2019

03 Edinburgh @ The Mash House
04 Newcastle @ Riverside
05 Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
06 Manchester @ Club Academy
10 Cambridge @ Junction
11 London @ Electric Ballroom

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SKINNY LISTER NEW VIDEO '38 MINUTES' // WATCH NOW // PREORDER NEW ALBUM 'THE STORY IS...' OUT 1 MARCH 2019

Inspired by the sounding of a false alarm for a ballistic missile attack in Hawaii earlier this year, Skinny’s intense new track is now accompanied with a suitably heated video that sees the band on full red-alert mode and playing like their lives depend on it. Watch the video below. “38 Minutes” arrives as the tantalising first taster of the long-awaited fourth studio album: The Story Is…., which will be released on Xtra Mile Recordings on 1 March 2019. Preorder it here.

The video was made in collaboration with The Film Smith, who has produced memorable videos for the likes of DJ Yoda, Norman Jay MBE, Cuban Brothers and others, also working with Skinny on their previous videos including ‘Plough & Orion’, ‘Trouble On Oxford Street’ and more.

A loosely-based concept album, The Story Is… anthologises a series of personal vignettes inspired by a chaotic few years for the band and binds them into 14 tracks of unmistakably Skinny-sounding rock’n’roll. Gather-in close and lend your ears as Skinny Lister rifle through ‘The Story Is…’ and pull out: scorched stories of aggravated arsonists (‘Artist Arsonist’), rib-tickling tales of regretful re-fuellings (‘Diesel Vehicle’), and even polemic pleas inspired by some of life’s hardest lessons (‘Stop & Breathe’).