GET THE XTRA MILE SINGLE SESSIONS VINYL BOX SET AND SELECTED ALBUM FOR £20 // LIMITED TIME ONLY

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'

PREORDER TO KILL A KING'S SELF-TITLED SECOND ALBUM OUT 2 MARCH 2015 // LISTEN TO SINGLE 'LOVE IS NOT CONTROL'

London five-piece To Kill A King have announced details of their self-titled new album, to be released 2 March 2015 on Xtra Mile Recordings. You can preorder the album direct from Xtra Mile's webshop on physical and digital formats, from Banquet Records for something you can hold, via Amazon for all formats, and either Google Play or iTunes for a download copy. All digital pre-orders include 2 instant grats - Love Is Not Control and Oh My Love. 

The follow up to their 2013 debut Cannibals With Cutlery, To Kill A King was recorded in The Distillery studio in Wiltshire with producer Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag n Bone Man). You can listen to lead single 'Love Is Not Control' below.

Tracklisting:

  1. Compare Scars
  2. Love is not Control
  3. Oh My Love
  4. Friends
  5. The Chancer
  6. School Yard Rumours
  7. Good Times (A Rake's Progress)
  8. Musicians like Gamblers like Drunks like Me
  9. Grace at a Party
  10. World Of Joy (A List of Things To Do)
  11. Today
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The band will embark on a UK tour in March following the new album’s release, including their biggest headline show to date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 14th March. You can find all dates and ticket links for the tour on our gigs calendar.

To Kill A King is the sound of a band hitting the peak of their powers. It’s the sort of record that could only be made now, an album where stadium-sized choruses, artful dynamism and sonic experimentalism slide seamlessly together. It’s also an album with a message – make now count. Says frontman Ralph Pelleymounter, “Compared to our last album, there has been a definite effort on this one to be more optimistic and more life-affirming.”

Pelleymounter and his bandmates – Grant McNeil (electric guitar), Ben Jackson (synth and keys), Josh Platman (bass) and Josh Taffel (drums) – are on the cusp of a big breakthrough and they have made a record fit to kick the door down. It will place the quintet firmly in the lineage of British guitar bands, such as Foals, The Maccabees, and Bombay Bicycle Club, who make imaginative, driving indie-rock. Like those groups, To Kill A King make music with no straitjacket on, a heady blend of youthful exuberance and spirited independence.

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To Kill A King’s striking cover art features drummer Josh’s father Warren Taffel, who is pictured playing chess with his younger self. The original photo of the younger Warren was taken in the mid-‘50s, when Warren was 24, the same age as Josh is now,.

Aside from recording the new album, To Kill A King spent much of 2014 on the road. A headline UK tour culminated in a sold-out London date at Koko, and they also completed their first headline European Tour. They toured the USA as support to Bastille, performed at SXSW, and supported Xtra Mile label mate Frank Turner in Arizona.

TO KILL A KING ANNOUNCE UK TOUR MARCH 2015 // BRAND NEW EP OUT NOW

With their new EP Exit, Pursued By A Bear out this week - which you can purchase from Xtra Mile Recordings - and on the eve of their sold out London show this Wednesday, 22 October 2014 at The Courtyard Theatre, To Kill A King today announce a major UK tour for spring 2015. The tour in March will culminate in the band’s biggest ever headline show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

MARCH 2015
06 Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
07 Glasgow @ Stereo 
08 Manchester @ The Deaf Institute
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9 Leeds @ Brudenell
11   Bristol @ Thekla
12  Brighton @ The Haunt
13  SouthamptonJoiners
14  London @ Shepherd's Bush Empire

Produced by Mark Crew (who produced Bastille’s Bad Blood) and the band’s keyboardist Ben Jackson, Exit, Pursued By A Bear is To Kill A King’s first new recording since 2012 and marks a new chapter in their career. On the EP, To Kill A King deliver a dynamic, expansive sound, with hyperactive drums and buzzing guitars. Singer Ralph Pelleymounter’s voice is the band’s trump card – an intoxicating baritone that can soar as well as soothe.

Watch the video to lead track Oh My Love here:

Like their Xtra Mile label mate Frank Turner, To Kill A King are never happier than when they are on the road. Since forming in 2009 the band haven’t stopped touring, gradually headlining bigger and bigger venues - their most recent tour culminated in a sold-out London date at Koko. Earlier this year TKAK embarked on their first headline European Tour, before heading to North America where they were main support to regular touring buddies Bastille. They also performed at SXSW and supported Frank Turner in Arizona. Back in the UK, they joined Neil Young & Crazy Horse and The National at Hyde Park in July.

To Kill A King are Ralph Pelleymounter (vocals/acoustic guitar), Grant McNeil (electric guitar), Ben Jackson (synth and keys), Josh Platman (bass), and Josh Taffel (drums). They are currently in the studio recording their second album, the follow-up to 2012’s Cannibals With Cutlery.

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TO KILL A KING BRAND NEW EP 'EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR' // HEADLINE LONDON SHOW

To Kill A King today announce details of their new five-track EP and a one-off, intimate London show. Produced by Mark Crew (who produced Bastille’s Bad Blood) and the band’s keyboardist Ben Jackson, Exit, Pursued By A Bear - released 20th October on Xtra Mile Recordings - is To Kill A King’s first new recording since 2012 and marks a new chapter in their career. 

Check out lead track 'Oh My Love' below - and receive it for free when you preorder the EP at either the Xtra Mile shop or iTunes

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  1. Oh My Love
  2. Breathe
  3. The Constant Changing State Of Us
  4. Love Is Coal
  5. So My Friends Want To Marry

For a band that have often been described as acoustic or folk-rock, To Kill A King in fact deliver a far more dynamic, expansive sound, as evidenced on lead track Oh My Love, with hyperactive drums and buzzing guitars breaking into a massive chorus. Singer Ralph Pelleymounter’s voice is the band’s trump card – an intoxicating baritone that can soar as well as soothe.

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 "This EP is a departure from where we were but not where we are going to end up,” says Pelleymounter. “Call it a pit stop on the road to optimism, somewhere to pick up some snacks and petrol, maybe look at the local attractions, like a girl with a beard of bees or the worlds largest cigarette"

In support of the EP To Kill A King will play a one-off, intimate gig on Wednesday 22nd October at The Courtyard Theatre N1. Tickets on sale now from http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/to-kill-a-king-tickets

Since forming in 2009, To Kill A King have never stopped touring, building up a considerable fanbase in the process. Their consistent gigging has involved several headline UK tours, each bigger than the last, with their most recent tour culminating in a sold-out London date at Koko. Earlier this year TKAK embarked on their first headline European Tour, before heading to North America where they were main support to regular touring buddies Bastille. They also performed at SXSW and supported Xtra Mile label mate Frank Turner in Arizona. Back in the UK, they joined Neil Young & Crazy Horse and The National at Hyde Park in July. 

XTRA MILE HIGH CLUB VOL. 5: SMOKIN' (SIGNED VS UNSIGNED) OUT 11 AUGUST 2014

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

GET YOUR SONG ON THE NEXT 'XTRA MILE HIGH CLUB' COMPILATION!

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!