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

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. / Twitter @seanmcgowanuk /


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. // Twitter @forgetcape // 


Xtra Mile Recordings, are proud to announce the signing of London five-piece, Counterfeit. In celebration, the band have premiered new track 'Addiction', getting its first play on Dan P. Carter's Radio 1 Rock Show.

'Addiction' is a hard-hitting track driven by Jamie Campbell Bower’s raw and honest vocals. It was produced by Thomas Mitchener (Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Dead!) and recorded at Broadfields Studio. 'Addiction' has featured in the band’s live shows, and is a firm fan favourite. You can listen to it below.

Counterfeit will also tour in spring 2017. Tickets are on sale from Wednesday 30 November 2016 here. They kick off their tour in Hamburg on 24 March, and work their way through various cities including Berlin, Rome and Amsterdam, before reaching the UK. The band will then head to Leeds on 18 April and wrap things up in Brighton on 29 April, stopping off along the way to play London’s renowned Underworld, on 26 April.

Speaking of the signing and their 2017 plans, Jamie said: "It is my belief that we can all become addicted to something. Whether it be a substance, feeling, person, place...the list is endless, but ultimately that obsession with, whatever your chosen poison, breaks you down and can leave you empty. 'Addiction' is in some ways about overpowering that need for any form of crutch and accepting things on the world's terms rather than trying to control it on your own. Produced by Thomas Mitchener at Broadfields studio, this song marks a new beginning for Counterfeit and is the first of much more to come.

"We are also pleased to announce that Counterfeit have signed to Xtra Mile. We believe that this will be a good home for us and are in good company. Onwards and upwards and into 2017."

Founder of Xtra Mile Recordings, Charlie Caplowe, said of the signing: “We’re massively excited to have signed Counterfeit. They’ve made an amazing album and their live show is immense. 2017 looks set to be a huge year for the band.”

2016 has been a busy year for Counterfeit. Earlier this year saw the five piece play their first UK headline tour, which included a sell out show at London’s Electric Ballroom. They then toured mainland Europe, and played festivals including Rockcamp in Germany and 2000trees in Cheltenham in the summer. / Twitter @counterfeitrock