XTRA MILE RECORDINGS SHOWCASE AT REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL ON 20 SEPTEMBER 2017 // FEATURING SKINNY LISTER, WILL VARLEY AND BEANS ON TOAST

Xtra Mile Recordings are excited to announce that they will present a fantastic three-band bill on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. 

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Taking place at the infamous Kaiserkeller venue, Xtra Mile Recordings will showcase some of the best talent on the roster with folk-punk sextet Skinny Lister headlining the evening with touring pals Beans on Toast and Will Varley bringing the bill to boiling point. Each artist’s live credentials are impeccable. There will also be a limited t-shirt and poster for the night, on sale at the venue. Take a look at the lineup and buy tickets here.

Xtra Mile has been increasing its profile in Germany, currently its third biggest market, with more airplay, building record sales and most of its roster now touring the country regularly. In the past year, and next couple of months, Frank Turner, Against Me!, Counterfeit. (nominated for Best Live Act at the Association of Independent Music Awards 2017), Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., Skinny Lister, Beans on Toast, Will Varley, Ducking Punches, Rob Lynch and Seán McGowan have toured or will play Germany. Curating a stage at Reeperbahn represents another step towards a closer connection with the German music market.

Skinny Lister have been on a constant tear since the year began, from a European tour with the Dropkick Murphys to a US stint in March with Flogging Molly, before a widespread UK tour. They’ve played Glastonbury among other festivals in Europe, and will return to Hamburg with Beans on Toast on Halloween (31 October) during a headline European tour. They end the year with a massive UK co-headline tour with Beans on Toast, ending at Camden’s Koko in London on 10 December.

Beans on Toast hasn’t stopped all year either. He kicked off 2017 with a New Year’s Day show, joined the Flogging Molly Salty Dog Cruise, toured Germany (including a sold out show in Hamburg). In May he played UK pubs the entire month and has played over 22 festivals this summer including Glastonbury. He will also release his ninth studio album in nine years on his birthday, 1 December. 

Will Varley spent mid-January supporting Frank Turner on a big North America and Canada tour. He played a few German dates on a European tour with Valerie June in the spring before returning to the US to support Lincoln Durham throughout May. He heads back into the studio after the Xtra Mile Reeperbahn showcase to record his third album in three years before playing his headline UK tour in January and February 2018 taking in London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

And of course, all three played the Frank Turner’s AIM (Association of Independent Music) Award-nominated Lost Evenings festival, across four nights at Camden’s legendary Roundhouse back in May.

Reeperbahn Festival, established in 2006, is a four-day music festival and business to business industry conference for music and digital spread across venues in the Reeperbahn area of Hamburg, Germany.

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PJ BOND SIGNS TO XTRA MILE RECORDINGS // NEW ALBUM 'WHERE WERE YOU?' OUT 4 MAY 2015 // STREAM 'BROAD STREET'

Americana-tinged folk songwriter PJ Bond has signed to Xtra Mile Recordings and will release his new album Where Were You? on 4 May 2015. You can pre-order the album on CD and download from the following places: 

Amazon

Xtra Mile Recordings

Google Play

You can also stream 'Broad Street', the first single to be taken from the album, here.

PJ Bond has been compared to Elliot Smith, Micah P Hinson, and Wilco, while his new album reveals all the bombast and ambition of someone who has listened to a fair amount of Dylan or Springsteen, and dreamed. He's spent years travelling and playing to everyone he could, essentially homeless, while recording a heap of songs, including for the breakout solo release, You Didn't Know I Was Alphabetical. 

His lyrics cover topics that lace the modern musical lexicon – love, loss, friendship, family, and music. But you've also got a wink and nod to infidelity and murder on 'Everglades', while '87 Broadcast' (which revolves around his "complex relationship with music, 'making it', songs, connecting with other people”) boasts the refrain 'the radio makes you honest'.

Xtra Mile and PJ Bond were introduced by labelmate Billy the Kid, when Billy put forward 'I'm In a Bad Way' for Xtra Mile's fifth Xtra Mile High Club compilation, which included unsigned artists picked by the entire XMR roster. It was such a good choice, and fit with the label so well, that releasing the record seemed inevitable.


Talking about the signing with Xtra Mile, PJ said: 

“Xtra Mile is one of the rare labels where it seems that they put out music that they truly believe in, and are not so much constrained by genre that they'll question whether or not it is a 'good idea'. This approach by clearly music-loving people is what drew me most to XMR, and was supported by everyone with whom I spoke about them. Honesty, respect, heart, these are the common threads. All in all, I think I've found a lovely home.”

We couldn't agree more, and we're happy to have him. 

www.facebook.com/PJBond / Twitter @pjbondmusic / pjbondmusic.tumblr.com

ESMÉ PATTERSON SIGNS TO XTRA MILE RECORDINGS

'The Glow’ is the first track to be made available from a unique concept album by acclaimed US singer/songwriter and new signing to Xtra Mile Recordings, Esmé Patterson.  

Woman to Woman is her second solo album and is to be released through Xtra Mile Recordings worldwide (ex. North America) on 2 February 2015. You can preorder from our very own online shop, from Amazon or via iTunes.

The former member of Americana group Paper Bird, she has written 10 songs from the perspective of famous women immortalised in song on Woman to Woman, including singing from Dolly Parton protagonist Jolene’s point of view on the track ‘Never Chase A Man’; ‘What Do You Call A Woman’ is a response to Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’; and ‘Valentine’ is the voice of Elvis Costello’s 'Alison'.   

As Patterson explains "I was learning to play a Townes Van Zandt song called 'Loretta' ...and I started thinking about how many songs were just a woman's name, and how these women are frozen in time, and frozen as archetypes, frozen in black and white. And I thought they deserved to be coloured in."  She was invited to discuss the idea, before the record was made, at a TEDx conference in 2013.

Lead track ‘The Glow’ is a reply to the Beach Boys track ‘Caroline, No’ which appeared on the classic Pet Sounds album. The New York Times said: "Her voice is wiry and candid, backed by arrangements that roll along the folk-country borderline. Some songs proclaim self-determination and defiance; others, like 'The Glow' - imagining the Beach Boys' Caroline - hint at mystery and mortality.” Listen for yourselves.

Patterson also appears on several tracks on the new Shakey Graves album, and performed with him in late October on Conan O Brien's show in the US.  The song ‘Dearly Departed’ has been streamed nearly 3 million times to date and she has been supporting Graves on tour in the US.

Patterson’s songwriting is at the heart of the folk and roll explosion in Denver, Colorado and. since her emergence as a solo artist. this fierce and brilliant songwriter's altitude and velocity has only increased.

Woman To Woman tracklisting: 
(Corresponding popular songs each track responds to are listed in parentheses)
1. Valentine (Elvis Costello - 'Alison') 
2. Never Chase A Man (Dolly Parton - 'Jolene')
3. Oh Let’s Dance (The Kinks – ‘Lola’)
4. Tumbleweed (Townes Van Zandt - 'Loretta')
5. What Do You Call A Woman (Michael Jackson – ‘Billie Jean’)
6. The Glow (The Beach Boys - 'Caroline, No')
7. Louder Than the Sound (The Band - 'Evangeline')
8. Bluebird (The Beatles - 'Eleanor Rigby')
9. A Dream (Leadbelly - 'Goodnight Irene')
10. Wildflower (Bob Dylan – ‘To Ramona’)

RACECAR IS RACECAR BACKWARDS TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION: PREORDER 2CD + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD // WHITE VINYL PREORDER // REPRINT T-SHIRT BUNDLES

The recently-announced 2 CD reissue of Reuben's debut album, Racecar Is Racecar Backwards, is set for release on 3 November 2014, and you can now preorder it - as well as the original album on white vinyl due to popular demand - via Xtra Mile Recordings here.

As well as all the physical niceness, downloaders can preorder the 37-track reissue via iTunes.

Xtra Mile are also offering bundles with the fan-chosen “old school” classic maroon/skeletons Racecar tee, after a frantic and furious Facebook vote. You'll be able to grab the t-shirt as part of a bundle with either the CD, vinyl or digital download**bundle link**.

The tracklisting for the 2CD and digital download Ten Year Anniversary Edition reissue is below. The white vinyl contains the original album in full.

CD 1 – Racecar Is Racecar Backwards
 

1. No One Wins the War
2. Horrorshow
3. Stuck In My Throat
4. Oh the Shame
5. Fall of the Bastille
6. Freddy Kreuger
7. Tonight My Wife Is Your Wife
8. Eating Only Apples
9. Our Song
10. Let's Stop Hanging Out
11. Missing Fingers
12. Song For Saturday
13. Moving to Blackwater
14. Wrong and Sorry
15. Parties Break Hearts
16. Dusk

CD 2 – Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks

 

1. No One Wins the War (Live at the BBC)
2. Horrorshow (Live at XFM)
3. Stuck In My Throat (Racecar demo)
4. Oh the Shame (Live at Echo FM)
5. Fall of the Bastille (Live at XFM)
6. Freddy Kreugar (Stakeout demo)
7. Tonight My Wife Is Your Wife (Single version)
8. Eating Only Apples (Live at the BBC)
9. Our Song (Racecar demo)
10. Let's Stop Hanging Out (Live at the Barfly for XFM)
11. Missing Fingers (Live at XFM)
12. Song For Saturday (Live at XFM)
13. Moving to Blackwater (Live at the BBC)
14. Wrong and Sorry (Live at the BBC)
15. Parties Break Hearts (Stakeout demo)
16. Dusk (Racecar demo)
17. Alpha Signal Seven (Live at the BBC)
18. Banner Held High (Racecar demo)
19. Stux (Racecar demo)
20. Fuzz's Birthday Song (Surrey Uni demo)
21. Naked interview on XFM

ROB LYNCH ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE 'WHISKEY' OUT 22 SEPTEMBER 2014 // UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Singer-songwriter Rob Lynch has announced his next single ‘Whiskey’, which you can listen to below, and will be released through Xtra Mile Recordings on 22 September 2014. The track is taken from his forthcoming debut album All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul.

Preorder the album here via iTunes, Amazon CD, or from out very own web shop. And listen to Whiskey right here:

This is a song about a night my father and I had together where we drank too much whiskey and played each other our favourite songs. He died when I was 21, and when I first went to visit him in hospital, I was walking down the corridor towards his ward and I could hear him telling the other patients around him the story about that night we had.
— Rob Lynch

Always one to focus on the positives, Rob’s debut album is full of potential singalong favourites, despite its often weighty and emotionally-driven content. He’s currently inciting such singalongs on the whole of the Vans Warped Tour in the US and will follow this rigorous bout of touring up with a full UK and European tour throughout September and October. You can get tickets here.

He'll also play a special free entry show on the album release date in his adopted hometown of London. In addition, Rob has just been announced to play Hevy Fest on the acoustic stage as part of their pre-festival Thursday night line-up. So, plenty of chances to learn words and sing with everyone!

LIVE DATES:
AUGUST
14 Port Lympne @ Hevy Fest

SEPTEMBER
09 Cambridge @ The Portland Arms
10 Norwich @ Owl Sanctuary
11 Liverpool @ Maguire's Pizza Bar
14 Bristol @ The Old Bookshop
15 Plymouth @ Tiki Bar & Diner - No Presale
21 Kingston @ Banquet Records - Instore
22 London @ The Monarch - Free Entry
24 Cardiff @ Undertone
25 Stoke @ Sugarmill
26 Derby @ Victoria Inn
27 Dundee @ Kage - No pre-sale
28 Glasgow @ King Tuts Bar - Free Entry
30 Newcastle @ Think Tank

OCTOBER
01 Leeds @ Cockpit 3
02 Manchester @ Gullivers
03 Guildford @ The Boileroom
04 Brighton @ The Hope

 

 

CHEAP GIRLS ANNOUNCE UK + EUROPEAN TOUR

Following the release of their fourth album Famous Graves. Michigan trio come to the UK and Europe in November to tour with Joyce Manor. Tickets go on sale Friday, 25 July 2014.

They last played the UK in early 2013 with The Bouncing Souls and have since toured across North America with Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Andrew Jackson Jihad and The Hold Steady. They head across the pond for these shows:

NOVEMBER 2014

03 Paris, FRA @ Espace B 
04 Hamburg, GER @ Hafenklang
05 Dresden, GER @ Chemiefabrik
06 Berlin, GER @ Cassiopeia
07 Trier, GER @ Exhaus
08 Düsseldorf, GER @ The Tube
09 Castricum, NE @ De Bakkerij
10 Antwerp, BE @ JC Kavka
11 Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
12 Glasgow, UK @ 13th Note
13 Manchester, UK @ Star & Garter
14 London, UK @ The Dome (Tuffnell Park)
15 Southampton, UK @ Joiners
16 Kingston, UK @ Fighting Cocks
17 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange

Photo by Kelly Gairrocco

Photo by Kelly Gairrocco

Famous Graves, their first album for Xtra Mile Recordings, has been described as “a collection of good. honest punk jams for us all to enjoy” by Rock Sound, and Kerrang! said “(it) will entertain you, your mum and your 70-year old grandma all at the same time….they rock in all the right places”.

Check out three songs from the album that the band recorded for a radio session in the States including the recent single ‘Knock Me Over’ which gained plays and support at XFM and Amazing Radio:

Knock Me Over
Man in Question
Amazing Grace

The album title came from the band’s habit of visiting cemeteries in the towns they visit to see if anybody of note has been buried there. They’ve seen everyone’s grave, from Bon Scott in Perth to Ian Curtis near Manchester. The second meaning for the title is, as bassist/vocalist Ian Graham explains, a bit deeper. “The phrase started taking on the idea of common error, It refers to obvious ways to make mistakes - ways to get caught doing the same thing over and over.”
We hope this trip makes good use of the first meaning!

“You could see them sharing a stage with the likes of The Replacements, REM and Dinosaur Jr. and more than holding their own.” - Big Cheese

www.cheapgirls.net