Xtra Mile Recordings will release Billy the Kid's next single, the double A-side 'Phone Bills' / 'The Quarry' alongside the full-album Horseshoes & Hand Grenades on 8 September 2014,
Listen to the superb single, and album opener, 'Phone Bills' here:
Following a storming month long European jaunt supporting Chuck Ragan with labelmate Northcote in June, Billy is also set to play a handful of dates in the UK a week before the album release before heading back to North America to support the one and only Billy Bragg.
All dates and venues are below. UK Tickets can be ordered here.
29 Bristol @ Birdcage
31 Leeds @ Brundell
01 Manchester @ The Castle
03 London @ Black Heart
SUPPORTING BILLY BRAGG
12 Chicago City Winery, USA
15 Cleveland Music Box Supper Club, USA
17 New York City Winery, USA
18 New York City Winery, USA
19 Riverhead, NY Suffolk Theatre, USA
20 Bellow Falls, VT Bellow Falls Opera House, USA
22 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall, USA
23 Fredericton, NB The Playhouse, Canada
24 Charlottetown, PE PEI Brewing Company, Canada
25 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Canada
27 St John’s, ND Cochrane United Church, Canada
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades was produced by Frank Turner, who also plays on the record alongside The Sleeping Souls drummer Nigel Powell.
Billy says of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades: " I definitely took Frank's lead as far as how to approach the recording process. Eventually it became apparent that we were a pretty good team but he came up with the concept of recording ‘live off the floor’ which I think contributed a lot to the finished product… I just think it sounds badass."
It is badass. Billy’s voice is immediately introduced on album opener ‘Phone Bills’, while Nigel’s ricocheting drums hesitate, roll and jump ahead of her, then everything collides in synchronicity. ‘The Quarry’ starts all sublime, picking leads into evocative lines about fleeing an unnamed town, the stumbling drums playing the part of unknown pursuers’ rapidly gaining footsteps.
A recent month-long European tour with Chuck Ragan and Northcote was almost entirely paid for with 10 days’ worth of incredible, unique paintings which were sold to the highest bidders - all while Billy was convalescing from a serious ankle injury.