BEANS ON TOAST NEW ALBUM 'ROLLING UP THE HILL' OUT 1 DECEMBER 2015 // PREORDER NOW // FIRST VIDEO 'THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL' // WINTER TOUR DATES

Beans On Toast releases his seventh studio album Rolling Up the Hill on his birthday — like every year — 1 December 2015. You can preorder it on CD and download from our digital shop, from Banquet Records, and from Amazon.

The first track lifted from the album is ‘The Great American Novel’, Beans’ love letter to America. The track will also be an instant grat for those who preorder. Watch the video below:

 Rolling Up the Hill is Beans' most creative record to date and it’s an album all about friendship, travel and art. It’s also about drinking, protesting and growing older in these strange modern times.

It was recorded in August with husband and wife country duo Truckstop Honeymoon in Kansas. Beans met the duo at Larmer Tree festival last year, and after hanging out and playing some shows with them in New Orleans they hatched a plan to go to The Ninth Ward Picking Parlour in Lawrence, Kanas to make an album together. The duo brings together double bass, mandolin and finger picking sounds to Beans on Toast's unique style of songwriting. Of course, they were still joined by long-term partner in crime Bobby Banjo, on harp and banjo. Throw in a couple of Kansas players dropping in some horns and some drums and you’ve got a Beans on Toast album that is fresh, fun and exciting while at the same time not losing any of Beans on Toast’s original, cheap and easy English attitude that has got him to where he is today.

Ten years in the game and Beans has built something of an underground following around the world, and is now ramming out festival fields and tents on the UK circuit and constantly touring new and foreign lands. This year alone he’s played shows on rooftops in Cape Town, tropical islands in Barbados, folk festivals in Canada and covered over 10,000 miles in the USA. He also toured the fringes of the UK in the wake of the terrible result at this year’s election, taking in the mood of the country by visiting Harlow, Preston, Chester and the like. He has, of course, got songs all about these travels.

As usual Beans on Toast has made the album he wants to make it; no rules, no one to impress, just simple opinionated songs about honest subjects.

Tracklist:

1. The Mudhills Crew
2. Robin Hood Costume
3. I’m Home When You Hold me
4.The Great American Novel
5. Driving Me Crazy
6. The Industrial Estate
7. God is a Cartoonist
8. The Art of Friendship
9. Afrikaburn
10. Numbers and Words
11. A Bit More Track in the Monitor
12. Middleageman

Beans on  Toast is currently supporting Frank Turner on a six-week tour of the USA.

For his headline UK Tour, Truckstop Honeymoon will be joining him; they will open up the show and also play as his backing band, making Beans on Toast a full four-piece band at the following dates (which can also be found on our full-label gigs calendar:

NOVEMBER
11  Aberdeen @ The Lemon Tree
12 Glasgow @ Stereo
13 Edinburgh @ Voodoo Rooms
15 Newcastle @ The Cluny
17 Liverpool @ The Kazimier
18 Manchester @ Gorilla
19 Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
20 Leicester @ Soundhouse
21 Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
24 Birmingham @ The Rainbow
25 Oxford @ Bullingdon Club
26 Bristol @ The Marble Factory
27 Swansea @ The Garage
28 Plymouth @ The Junction

DECEMBER
02 Portsmouth @ Wedgewood Rooms
03 Brighton @ Patterns
04 Canterbury @ Penny Theatre
10 London @ Islington Assembly Hall


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FAILURE'S FIRST ALBUM IN 19 YEARS 'THE HEART IS A MONSTER' OUT DIGITALLY 29 JUNE 2015, UK AND EU CD ON 17 JULY 2015 // PREORDER NOW // WATCH VIDEO FOR 'HOT TRAVELER'

Xtra Mile Recordings are proud and pleased to announce the release of Failure's brand new studio album The Heart Is A Monster out 29 June 2015 digitally and on CD in the UK and EU on 17 July 2015.

Preorders for The Heart Is A Monster are available via iTunes for download and the XMR shop for CD (vinyl coming soon), as well as Amazon.  This includes a pair of instant downloads: 'Hot Traveler' and 'Mulholland Dr.' You can watch the video for 'Hot Traveler' below:

 

Some bands shine very bright very briefly, but stick in the memories of many true music fans. So it is with Failure. The LA based three-piece released three albums in the early 1990s before splitting up. Their massive influence on the sound and songwriting of so many bands since is remarkable.

After splitting the individual members went on to various projects: Greg Andrews forming Autolux and Ken Andrews working on the producer/mixer side with the likes of Chris Cornell, Beck and Nine Inch Nails. But the rumblings of many a fan finally got through and Failure returned after a 17-year hiatus in early 2014 with a single Los Angeles date. The show sold out in seconds, which led to a North American tour — including a run of dates with Tool — and eventually back to the studio. The resultant album The Heart Is A Monster was initially launched via D2C platform Pledge. The pickup was extraordinary. The album shows why Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards and Kellii Scott remain such a powerful musical force. The band played their first UK/European show in 20 years at a sold out London’s Garage in May 2015 to a rapturous reception.

Photo by Ryan Daly

Photo by Ryan Daly

The Heart Is A Monster is already receiving praise, with Rolling Stone describing the release as “a sprawling, 18 track voyage that… brilliantly picks up from where Fantastic Planet left off” and Metal Hammer adding, “this most original of bands are experiencing the kind of commercial and critical acceptance that alluded them for so long. Do yourself, and them, a favour; don’t miss out second time round.”

Failure formed in Los Angeles in the early ‘90s, releasing Comfort, their debut album, in 1992 via Slash Records. Magnified followed in the spring of 1994 with the band’s final offering, Fantastic Planet, released in 1996. Fantastic Planet earned a perfect 5-star score from Alternative Press with the magazine saying the album was able “to breathe life into the corpse of contemporary, guitar-driven rock,” adding that the band was “willing to stretch the definition of both their instruments and their songs.” The 17 track album is considered one of the era’s most influential and enduring rock records. Over the years, Failure has become known as a “band’s band” whose songs have been covered by such diverse artists as A Perfect Circle ('The Nurse Who Loved Me') and Paramore ('Stuck On You').

Tracklisting

Segue 4
Hot Traveler
A.M Amnesia
Snow Angel
Atom City Queen
Segue 5
Counterfeit Sky
Petting The Carpet
Mulholland Dr.
Fair Light Era
Segue 6
Come Crashing
Segue 7
The Focus
Otherwhere
Segue 8
I Can See Houses
Segue 9

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DAN ANDRIANO PREORDER NEW ALBUM 'PARTY ADJACENT' OUT 17 JULY 2015 AND GET NEW TRACK 'ENEMIES' // LISTEN TO 'ENEMIES' NOW

You can now preorder Dan Andriano In the Emergency Room's Party Adjacent  — the second full-length from the Alkaline Trio co-songwriter, vocalists, bassist and guitarist's solo project — released on 17 July 2015. You can preorder the CD or download from our digital shop. (Please note: vinyl is expected in August 2015. More news on that later.)

The first fruits from this eclectic album is the track ‘Enemies’ — check out the lyric video, which was premiered on Billboard earlier today, along with some words from Dan about the track. All preorders will receive the track 'Enemies' for free immediately.

“The Emergency Room started as something for me to do with songs I had been writing that didn’t seem to have a place on Alkaline Trio records,” explains Andriano.  Started when he found himself living in Florida, he released his debut full-length Hurricane Season in 2011 and toured troubadour-style around the release with just an acoustic guitar on the US and European legs of the Revival Tour. 

Released by XMR for the world (except North America) — and by Asian Man Records in the US — Party Adjacent marks the beginning of a new chapter to the Emergency Room story. Produced by Jeff Rosenstock, formerly of Bomb the Music Industry, Andriano is joined by a backing band of Jeff, Kevin Higuchi of The Jeff Rosenstock Band and Mike Huguenor of Hard Girls to fantastic effect.  With influences ranging from Thin Lizzy to Elvis Costello to Billy Bragg, Party Adjacent is one of those rare records that is built by an artist's singular vision and augmented by exactly the right collaborative team.

Tracklisting is below, stay tuned for more information on the release in the coming months.

Tracklisting:
1. Pretty Teeth
2. Wait
3. Eye Contact
4. Don't Have A Thing
5. My Human Being
6. Haunt Your House
7. Fire Pit
8. Enemies
9. Lowrider
10. Plain Old Whiskey
11. Lost
12. Snake Bites

 
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DAN ANDRIANO IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM NEW ALBUM 'PARTY ADJACENT' OUT 17 JULY 2015 ON XTRA MILE RECORDINGS

Xtra Mile Recordings is excited to announce the release of Party Adjacent, the second full-length by Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano — from his solo project Dan Andriano In the Emergency Room — out on 17 July 2015.

Photo by Rob Futrell

Photo by Rob Futrell

“The Emergency Room started as something for me to do with songs I had been writing that didn’t seem to have a place on Alkaline Trio records,” explains Andriano.  Started when he found himself living in Florida, he released his debut full-length Hurricane Season in 2011 and toured troubadour-style around the release with just an acoustic guitar on the US and European legs of the Revival Tour.

Released by XMR for the world (excluding North America) and Asian Man Records in the US, Party Adjacent marks the beginning of a new chapter to the Emergency Room story.  Produced by Jeff Rosenstock, formerly of Bomb the Music Industry, Andriano is joined by a backing band of Jeff, Kevin Higuchi of The Jeff Rosenstock Band and Mike Huguenor of Hard Girls to fantastic effect. With influences ranging from Thin Lizzy to Elvis Costello to Billy Bragg, Party Adjacent is obviously one of those rare records that is built by an artist's singular vision and augmented by exactly the right collaborative team.

Tracklisting is below. Stay tuned for more information on this release in the coming months.

  1. Pretty Teeth
  2. Wait
  3. Eye Contact
  4. Don't Have A Thing
  5. My Human Being
  6. Haunt Your House
  7. Fire Pit
  8. Enemies
  9. Lowrider
  10. Plain Old Whiskey
  11. Lost
  12. Snake Bites

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FRANZ NICOLAY REVEALS NEW VIDEO 'BRIGHT WHITE' // NEW ALBUM 'TO US, THE BEAUTIFUL' OUT NOW

Franz Nicolay unleashes the new video for track ‘Bright White’ in preparation for his forthcoming UK tour.  Taken from his latest album To Us, The Beautiful – out now through Xtra Mile Recordings on CD, clear and blue splatter vinyl, and download – this video was directed by friend and bandmate Andrew Seward (ex-Against Me!). You can watch the video below:

The video was recorded while on the road with the full band, exploring the brief but intense life spiral of a band on tour. Mostly filmed from the car dashboard as they travel across country, and in a homely, untidy motel room, we peek into the sleep- and-drive rigmarole of travelling musicians. Surrounded by the trappings of their lifestyle (like gaffer tape and bottles of water) it captures the essence of Franz’s hard-working but ultimately free artistry. ‘Bright White’ also spills over with this, rooted in riffs and combustible breakdowns but with Franz’s eloquent, eccentric vocals flung over the results. 

Photo by Andrew Seward

Photo by Andrew Seward

To Us, The Beautiful is Franz’s fourth solo full-length and his second with Xtra Mile Recordings, and provides newcomers with a refreshing burst of elegant, eccentric and elegiac songs with a deliberate rock bent. Long-term fans will find a more straightforward chapter in Franz’s story, still gleaming with banjo twang and his distinctive theatrical voice, so they won’t be lost among the distortion and melodic drive.

Franz will be live in the UK in March 2015, let him wow you at a show or two. Look at our gigs calendar.

Praise for Franz Nicolay:

“Natural-born star…really something special.” – Pitchfork
“A great storyteller and wordsmith.” – Punknews

Praise for To Us, The Beautiful:

"Nicolay could probably sing the phone book and make it sound like Dostoevsky." - Éclat
"Fantastic...all of the scope and grandeur we've come to expect from a Franz Nicolay full-length...Franz Nicolay is the complete songwriter and To Us, The Beautiful is undoubtedly the first great record of 2015." - The Ruckus
"Perhaps his most accessible record to date...At its heart, this is a pure punk-rock record...balance[d] between boisterous celebration and punk-rock anger...an album that lives with you after you've pressed the pause button...a bold and confident statement. 4.5/5" - Contact Music
"Exhilarating...It’s a staggering album, maybe the first truly great release of 2015. 4.5/5" - God Is In The TV
"Filled with huge torch songs, heartfelt acoustic numbers and buzzing three-minute pop songs. 4/5" - Already Heard
"Every track brings its own reward...Recommend[ed]." - Echoes and Dust
"Masterfully emotional song-writing. 8/10" - Toxic Online
"A ramshackle treat." – Stereoboard

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