Chris T-T has announced a second London farwell show after his final show at the Lexington sold out in just a few hours. Chris T-T will play one more London show, at the Courtyard Studio Theatre on 2 December 2017, the day before his very last gig. 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 a handful of shows left before the end of the year and he calls time on being Chris T-T in this form. These shows are:

22 July – Steventon @ Truck Festival (band) TICKETS HERE
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 (solo, w/ Chissy Barnacle + Lovers Turn To Monsters) TICKETS HERE
TBA The Isle of Man @ TBA (solo)
30 Nov – Winchester @ The Railway Inn (band, support to be announced) TICKETS HERE
02 Dec – London @ The Courtyard Studio Theatre (solo-ish, w/ Roxanne de Bastion) TICKETS HERE and HERE
03 Dec – London @ The Lexington (band & friends, final show, no support) (SOLD OUT)

Chris T-T 'Best Of' Out 19 May 2017 // 20th Anniversary Shows // Watch New Video For 'English Earth'

May 2017 marks Chris T-T’s 20th anniversary making music, so let’s celebrate his 20 years of loyal dissent with a first-ever career retrospective: the imaginatively-titled, double CD Best Of, out 19 May 2017. Preorder it on the XMR online shop or via iTunes.

For the first time Chris will also compile his song lyrics into a book, published to coincide with its release. Disc 1 focuses on Chris’s most loved songs from over the years and disc 2 is a rarities collection of Chris’s favourite studio recordings that haven’t been released on CD before. Full tracklisting is below. Watch the new video for 'The English Earth', originally from 2001's The 253 album and featured on Best Of.

The same week in 1997 that Tony Blair came to power, Chris moved to London. Before the end of May he’d played his first solo gigs (Chris that is, not Tony) and self-released his debut 7” single.  

Shortly after, Chris home-recorded and self-released his debut album Beatverse – years before this became commonplace – on a MiniDisc four-track with no computer. Beatverse was barely distributed but won Chris label interest and Radio 1 plays from Steve Lamacq, who championed the song ‘Shit From All Angles’ on the Evening Session. By Christmas, Chris was guesting live on the show.

Over two decades since then, Chris T-T has been walking his own path, with visionary psych pop, startling humour and unflinching, sometimes discomforting, radicalism. He’s released ten solo albums to consistent praise and played over 2,300 shows worldwide. Ten years ago he joined the Xtra Mile Recordings family, signing in 2007 on the suggestion of fast-rising young singer and fan Frank Turner. He has released four albums with Xtra Mile: Capital (2008), Love Is Not Rescue (2010), The Bear (2013) and 2016’s 9 Green Songs

Charlie Caplowe, MD of Xtra Mile Recordings says this about Chris T-T and the Best Of release:
“From the very start it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Chris both in a business and social sense. We're really proud to have been along for the ride for at least half of his amazing 20 year career. Here’s to another 20!”

Chris is also doing a short run of ‘Best Of’ 20th anniversary concerts in the UK as well as playing his first appearance at the illustrious Cambridge Folk Festival. Full dates announced so far can be found here

Chris T-T Best Of tracklisting

Disc 1

  1. Dreaming of Injured Popstars
  2. Ownership
  3. The English Earth
  4. Shit From All Angles
  5. You Can Be Flirty
  6. Drink Beer
  7. Sellotape (Dawson's Creek)
  8. Eminem is Gay
  9. 7 Hearts
  10. Giraffes #1
  11. The Huntsman Comes A-Marchin'
  12. Preaching to the Converted
  13. (We Are) The King of England
  14. A Box To Hide In
  15. Market Square
  16. Elephant In the Room
  17. The Bear
  18. Gulls
  19. Love Me, I'm A Liberal (full band version)

Disc 2

  1. The Idris Lung (1997 version)
  2. Cutler (7" version)
  3. A Hole Full of Submarines (band version)
  4. Tendon #3
  5. What if My Heart Never Heals? (7" version)
  6. Tomorrow Morning (7" version)
  7. N253 (band version)
  8. Decksweep
  9. The Headcold Bit of the Winter
  10. 100,000 Turkeys
  11. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  12. Bored of the War
  13. You Can't Stop the Machine
  14. In the Dressing Room
  15. A-Z (Xtra Mile High Club piano version)
  16. Nintendo (piano version)
  17. Words Fail Me (acoustic version)
  18. The Outer Darkness Theme (with Gill Sandell)
  19. Dancing On My Own
  20. 31 Pills (band version)

Still busy as ever, in the past year Chris has released grief-stricken ecology record 9 Green Songs (sequel of sorts to 2005’s 9 Red Songs), been sole musician (piano accompanist) on the Jim Bob (Carter USM) album Jim Bob Sings Again, completed a set of narrative folk ballads as Creative Fellow at the National Trust Workhouse, Southwell, and played more guest piano on fellow Xtra Mile artist Non Canon’s self-titled debut. Meanwhile his weekly late night folk music show Midnight Campfire on Sussex radio station Juice 107.2 has a growing loyal following.


We like to spoil you. Want a box set of vinyl and a CD for £20? Well...

Starting this weekend, we are giving you the chance to pick up our beautiful, multi-coloured 'Xtra Mile Single Sessions Tenth Anniversary Vinyl Box Set' for as little as a fiver (and one penny) when bought with selected CD albums. The albums are:

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Beans On Toast - Giving Everything 
Chris T-T - The Bear
Crazy Arm - The Southern Wild
Jamie Lenman - Muscle Memory
Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun - Death
Larry and His Flask - By the Lamplight
Möngöl Hörde - Möngöl Hörde
To Kill A King - Cannibals With Cutlery [Deluxe Edition]

Each bundle is £20 and is a certified bargain. This offer won't be on forever, so take advantage and stock up on some of our precious back catalogue while getting a gorgeous collectible (with some excellent music on it) for a great price too.

The box set has a track from each of the selected albums (this is how we chose them!), except for Beans On Toast's contribution. Möngöl Hörde's box set track is the demo version of 'How the Communists Ruined Christmas', different from the album version.

The 7" vinyl box set includes:
'Xtra Mile Single Sessions 5' 
Side X - Chris T-T And the Hoodrats - 'The Bear'
Side T - To Kill A King - 'Rays'

'Xtra Mile Single Sessions 6'
Side R - Larry And His Flask - 'The Battle For Clear Sight'
Side A - Beans On Toast - 'Deadline'

'Xtra Mile Single Sessions 7'
Side M - Jim Lockey And The Solemn Sun - 'Wilderness of a Wild Youth'
Side I -  Crazy Arm - 'Remembrance'

'Xtra Mile Single Sessions 8'
Side L - Mongol Horde - 'How The Communists Ruined Christmas'
Side E - Jamie Lenman - 'Fizzy Blood'
               Jamie Lenman - 'Pretty Please'


For all of your Xtra Mile Recordings artists' autumn and winter 2014 tour news - for Europe, UK and the US - have a look here! Includes Against Me!, Ben Marwood, Billy the Kid, Cheap Girls, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Crazy Arm, Drag the River, Esme Patterson, Franz Nicolay, Larry and His Flask, Mineral, Northcote, and To Kill A King.

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Xtra Mile Recordings will release Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 5: Smokin’ (Signed vs Unsigned) - the fifth installment of the critically acclaimed label compilation series - on 11 August 2014. 

Split into two halves, this digital only compilation features almost every act on Xtra Mile Recordings’ roster on ‘Side A’ and an unsigned act of their choosing on ‘Side B’.

Showcasing the diversity of Xtra Mile’s musical leanings, Side A features the caustic title track from Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!; the cannonball barrage of Möngöl Hörde’s ‘Blistering Blue Barnacles’; the unmistakable roots groove of Sonic Boom Six’s ‘A Little Bit of Reggae’, and the unplugged wordplay of Ben Marwood’s ‘They Will Float Your Body Out To Sea’. You’ll get pop highs off of Rob Lynch, gruff bluntness from Beans On Toast, and synth-laden pop from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. You’ll hear from our newer signees like Billy the Kid and one of our oldest friends, Jamie Lenman. The whole spectrum.

Our acts are always discovering new music and ‘Side B’ - in keeping with Xtra Mile’s constant search and support for new and unsigned acts - comprises their recommendations of emerging artists. Included are the sublime Spring Offensive, The Lion & the Wolf, The Karma Party, Toucans, Grace Petrie & the Benefits Culture, Little Rob and The Mob and many, many more.

Joining the unsigned half of the compilation are International Departures who won the final spot with their track ‘Give Me Something’, voted for by our dedicated Xtra Mile Street Team from hundreds of entries sent to us last month. Like bumping into a dear friend unexpectedly, it turns out Henry Carden – formerly of Dartz! alongside William Anderson of current XMR band, Algiers – is the man behind International Departures.

The artwork is a snapshot taken of an active volcano and is in keeping with all previous plane/sky/space themed XMHC volume front covers. This naturally gave rise to the so-obvious-it’s-not-even-funny compilation title: Smokin’.

Look out for an XMR Hub feature which will include our bands’ reasons for choosing their unsigned counterparts and other fun Smokin’ related things.

The Xtra Mile High Club series, proudly shows off the breadth of talent on its eclectic roster. Welcome to the club… 

Full tracklisting is below:

Side A – Xtra Mile                                             

1. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
2. Cheap Girls - Man In Question
3. Northcote - Counting Down The Days
4. Ben Marwood - They Will Float Your Body Out To Sea (Alternate Version)
5. Rob Lynch - My Friends and I
6. Billy the Kid - Yet
7. To Kill A King - Cold Skin
8. Algiers - Little Friction
9. Retrospective Soundtrack Players - Smart Girls For Talking, Morons For Dancing (Live) 
10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - As Always
11. Mull Historical Society - Why Do They Go So Soon (Home Demo)
12. Beans On Toast - Sold Out Shows
13. Crazy Arm - Black Canyon
14. Jon Snodgrass - "Song For The Groom's Friend, the friend who is the actual guy conducting the ceremony” (Exclusive Version)
15. Chris T-T & The Hoodrats - A Beaten Drum (piano version, live at St Paul's Lifestyle)
16. Franz Nicolay & The Cut Ups - To Us, The Beautiful
17. Drag The River - Marooned
18. Sonic Boom Six - A Little Bit Of Reggae
19. Jamie Lenman - Shower of Scorn
20. Oxygen Thief - con.script.shun
21. Möngöl Hörde - Blistering Blue Barnacles

Side B - Unsigned

1. The Frankl Project - A Day At The Races
2. Failures’ Union - Hard To Sea
3. Kayleigh Goldsworthy - Tennessee
4. Quiet Quiet Band - Hunter's Moon
5. The Lion & the Wolf - Ghosts On Trinity
6. PJ Bond - I'm In A Bad Way
7. Spring Offensive - Speak 
8. Toucans – Welcome To Lovers House
9. CG Whitear - Tokyo Drizzle
10. International Departures - Give Me Something (XMR competition winners)
11. Sorren Maclean - Either Way (feat. Roddy Woomble)
12. Little Rob and The Mob - Oaths
13. Brunel - Score Sheet
14. Gasoline Heart - Love Let Her Go
15. Grace Petrie & The Benefits Culture - The Redundancy Hymn
16. Emilyn Brodsky - Someone Belongs Here
17. Jonathan Coody - I Just Gotta Know
18. The Karma Party - World War
19. CeCe - These Four Walls
20. Strange Planes - Sharpen Your Teeth
21. Samoans - The Moth


Xtra Mile Recordings is set to release the fifth Xtra Mile High Club compilation this summer, and are looking for your unsigned band to provide the final track to the collection.

Xtra Mile High Club Vol 5: Smokin' includes songs from almost every artist on the Xtra Mile roster and one unsigned track chosen by each band, adding up to 40+ songs for your listening pleasure. Further details about this digital release will be announced soon, but if you're an unsigned band and interested in being on this wonderful comp - which includes Frank Turner, Against Me!, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Chris T-T, To Kill A King, Beans On Toast, Rob Lynch and many more - do read on.

Yes! Xtra Mile is giving you the chance to get your best song on Xtra Mile High Club Vol 5: Smokin' by sending it to our team of experts who will choose their favourite entry for inclusion on the compilation.

How do you do that? Simply make sure you have a Soundcloud account, upload the track you think will win us over, and send the Soundcloud link to: competitions[at]xtramilerecordings[dot]com

You must get the track into us by Friday 23 May to be considered for inclusion and we will not accept emails with mp3s attached (these will be deleted as they clog up the inbox, sorry). It must be a Soundcloud link, please. All the best and we look forward to listening!