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SPINNING COIN DEBUT ALBUM PERMO RELEASED NOV 10TH VIA GEOGRAPHIC MUSIC

Spinning Coin | 06/09/17

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Over the space of three years, two singles and countless gigs, including tour supports with Teenage Fanclub and Real Estate, Glasgow’s Spinning Coin have determinedly, and with single-minded purpose, made their music heard: beautifully rough-hewn guitar pop that takes in frustration, escapism, but also gracefulness and splendour, in equal measure.

The five-piece now announce that their debut album Permo will be released on November 10th via The Pastels’ Domino imprint, Geographic Music and have shared the video for new track ‘Sleepless’. 

Recorded with Edwyn Collins at his AED Studios, and at Green Door Studio (the recording centre for the new wave of Glasgow artists) with Stu Evans, Permo is an album of bold steps and simple gestures, coming from a group who have found, seemingly effortlessly, a confident, unpretentious and egalitarian way of working together. Spinning Coin’s two songwriters - Sean Armstrong and Jack Mellin – oscillate taking centre stage on a song; Armstrong’s more melancholic melodies contrasting with Mellin’s urgent refrains.

The fourteen songs on Permo trace all kinds of terrain, though the overarching story might be that of a group looking for escapism, somehow and anyhow, in the midst of a social and cultural climate that’s closing down possibilities for difference and community.

It opens with the gorgeous ‘Raining On Hope Street’, an Armstrong song that was released on 7” earlier this year – there’s an undercurrent to the song, too, as Armstrong reflects that he wanted to write something “slightly spooky, ambiguous and open to interpretation”. ‘Tin’ follows, one of many Mellin songs that looks to the outside world and finds things wanting. “’Tin’ is trying to look at the two extremes of privilege and under-privilege,” he says. It’s a theme that Mellin returns to, with variation, over the course of the album – from the deceptively spry ‘Money Is A Drug’, whose flecks of country-soul charm conceals lyrics calling out ‘class war’ and ‘stupid rules’, through to ‘Powerful’, where Mellin takes on the possibilities of self-empowerment:

Spinning Coin write from lived experience, grounding their songs in an understanding that we’re all finding our way through the world, trying to figure out what the hell is going on out there. Armstrong takes on similar themes with ‘Starry Eyes’, and its blunt lines about how it’s not ‘the right time to celebrate, when people in the world are dying at the hands of the government’, but he also writes some of the album’s more peaceable songs, like the sleepwalking reverie of ’Metronome River’, or the driftwork of ‘Floating With You’.

Elsewhere on Permo, The Pastels’ Katrina Mitchell and Breakfast Muff’s Simone Wilson sing on ‘Be Free’ and ‘Running With The World’ respectively, plus the band have just welcomed new member Rachel Taylor. That’s a typically Spinning Coin development: a group fiercely engaged with community, welcoming new experience into their orbit, and looking for ways to move forwards with a warmth for humanity. It’s writ large across Permo – finding better ways to live, and to be together in the world, against the odds.

Spinning Coin are Sean Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Cal Donnelly (bass), Jack Mellin (vocals, guitar), Rachel Taylor (vocals, keyboards) and Chris White (drums). 

Album tracklisting:

  1. Raining On Hope Street
  2. Tin
  3. Money For Breakfast
  4. Money Is A Drug
  5. Metronome River
  6. Magdalene
  7. Floating With You
  8. Be Free
  9. Sides
  10. Sleepless
  11. Powerful
  12. Starry Eyes
  13. Running With The World
  14. I Feel The Need To Be An Actor

Permo is available to pre order on limited-edition green coloured vinyl, standard vinyl, CD – all of which come with a booklet - and digital. Pre order: Dom Mart / Digital

 

Upcoming live dates

30th September – Tenement Trail @ Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow Tickets

21st October – Simple Things Festival @ The Sportsmans Bar, Bristol Tickets

29th October – Liverpool Music Week @ EBGBS, Liverpool Tickets

30th October – Old Blue Last, London Free

31st October – Heartbreakers, Southampton Tickets

1st November – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff Tickets

2nd November – Picture House Social Club, Sheffield Tickets

3rd November – Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle w/ Girl Ray Tickets

4th November – Wharf Chambers, Leeds Tickets

5th November – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham w/ Girl Ray Tickets

6th November – The Cellar, Oxford w/ Girl Ray Tickets

7th November – The Louisiana, Bristol w/ Girl Ray Tickets

8th November – Green Door Store, Brighton w/ Girl Ray Tickets

9th November – Scala, London w/ Girl Ray Tickets

10th November – The White Hotel, Salford w/The Pastels Tickets

17th November – Mono, Glasgow (album launch) Tickets

10th December – The Art School, Glasgow w/ Dinosaur Jr. Sold out

11th December – The Art School, Glasgow w/ Dinosaur Jr. Tickets

 

SUPERORGANISM SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH DOMINO, RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'SOMETHING FOR YOUR M.I.N.D.'

Superorganism | 05/09/17

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Occasionally, along comes a band that perfectly captures so much of what is exciting about music right now. In 2017, mining the golden moments of pop’s past, sights firmly set on the giddy possibilities of music’s future, emitting an infectious sense of wonky fun and producing a kaleidoscopic riot of sound and visuals, that band could well be Superorganism.

Superorganism is a sprawling, multi-limbed collection of international musicians and pop culture junkies. They number eight in total - recruited from London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand - seven of whom now live together in a house-stroke-DIY studio-stroke-band HQ in Homerton, east London.

It was in this house, in early 2017, that the collective had their musical Big Bang! moment. Though they’d previously created music and visuals together, this was something distinctly fresh. They sent the track to their friend Orono, a Japanese student who at that time was studying at high school in Maine, New England. Orono wrote and recorded a vocal part and pressed ‘reply’. What came back across the Atlantic was an intoxicating piece of idiosyncratic, technicolor pop. That track was ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’. Superorganism was born. 

At that point it’s unlikely any of the members would have expected to hear that song - or Superorganism’s debut AA single  ‘It’s All Good’ / ‘Nobody Cares’ - played by Frank Ocean or Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig themselves on their respective radio shows.  Or that the band’s identity would be the subject of so much speculation. Or that they would sign a deal with the legendary independent Domino label. Or that there’d be such demand to see Superorganism live that their debut UK show would take place at London’s 700 capacity Village Underground venue. But over the last few months, such is the trajectory of this unique band that that is exactly what has happened. 

Today, following a huge amount of online chatter ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ finally gets a full single release. The track will be available on all digital services, as well as a limited-edition, one-sided etched 7” with download card. It is their debut release on Domino.

DOWNLOAD or STREAM ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’

BUY the ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ 7” 

Speaking about the track, Superorganism’s Orono states:

"SFYM was created purely online. My buddies in London sent me the demo on Facebook, then I wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocals on Garageband via my Macbook microphone in about an hour or two... then it was pretty much done! We just had to add a couple of key missing ingredients to the mix: some sweet backing vocals, a sick artwork, Tucan's magical touch to make the track sound even more dope, and chemical X.

We're more than excited to bring this song to back to life (officially) and to let it, once again, fluoresce on the dark corners of the Internet."

Meanwhile, Superorganism is delighted to announce a run of live dates across the UK, Europe and US. Following a debut live show at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival on 22nd September, they will play their first ever UK show at London’s Village Underground on 5th October. Dates across Europe follow before December sees Superoganism’s debut US shows – at Brooklyn’s House Of Yes on 12th December and Los Angeles’ Moroccan Lounge on 14th December.

Full dates below, with further information here.

22nd Sep            Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany

5th Oct               Village Underground, London, UK

14th Oct             Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK

21st Oct             Primavera Club, Madrid, Spain

22nd Oct            Primavera Club, Barcelona, Spain

28th Oct             London Calling, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2nd Nov              Beacons Metro, Leeds, UK (with Jungle)

17th Nov             Sonic Visions Festival, Luxembourg

12th Dec             House Of Yes, Brooklyn NY, USA

14th Dec             The Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles CA, USA 

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: SENIOR INTERNATIONAL MARKETING MANAGER

30/08/17

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Domino Recording Co. is looking for a Senior International Marketing Manager with 5 years+ proven experience in international marketing and promotions, including the running of global campaigns.

The International Marketing Manager’s core responsibility is to oversee international campaigns for our artists from the inception of the campaign strategy (jointly with the artist team, the project manager and our global marketing strategist) to the rollout of campaigns to our offices and distributors and partners around the world.

The role will be focussed on the marketing of our releases internationally: ensuring the overall strategy is rolled out successfully to all markets, agreeing specific targets for the campaign territory by territory and monitoring results and reporting back to the Domino UK-(or US) based team. The role will also include elements of managing the international promotions information flow and coordination of international promotions on some specific campaigns.

The successful candidate will be part of a team of four and report into the MD of the label.

They will work very closely with other departments within the company including the UK and US project management team, our global marketing strategy team, our digital marketing and digital account management team – as well our 3rd party partners in offices and distributors around the world.

 

Core Responsibilities

For each artist campaign assigned to them the Senior International Marketing Manager will be in charge of:

  • Working alongside the rest of the global team at Domino, the project managers, the artist team, the tour agent to help design the best international campaigns for each artist.
  • Overseeing the overall international campaign, including driving results through our partners and staff around the world, reporting international activity on our campaigns to the Domino UK or US team and artist teams as appropriate, and overseeing marketing budgets for an assigned list of artists.
  • Overseeing stock orders, sales feedback and sales target projections
  • Collecting int’l radio feedback and creating reports on airplay and radio strategies
  • Collecting int’l marketing plans and presenting budgets for approvals
  • Request and help create specific marketing tools for use in the territories
  • Being fully aware of the artist promotion and touring plans driving the campaign
  • Keep track of all tour dates and communicate them accordingly with the int’l teams
  • Additional tasks to include overseeing some of the international promotion activities on some specific campaigns.

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How to apply:

To apply, please email a CV and covering letter stating how you meet the requirements to vacancy@dominorecordco.com  before close of business on Friday September 22nd, 2017.  Please quote the job title in email subject line.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: UK RADIO PLUGGER

27/07/17

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Domino seeks radio plugger

Domino is looking for a new radio plugger to join its in house promo team. The successful applicant will work within Domino’s current radio structure and will have an extensive knowledge of all aspects of UK radio. He or she will need established relationships at radio and a proven track record of working successful releases.

The ideal candidate will be articulate, persuasive, knowledgeable, sociable, a frequent gig goer and music lover.

Minimum 2 years appropriate experience. Salary dependent on experience. 

 

Please send covering letter and CV to vacancy@dominorecordco.com before the 18th of August.

 

TRAILER TRASH TRACYS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ALTHAEA, RELEASED 11TH AUGUST 2017

Trailer Trash Tracys | 12/06/17

Image: TTTs press shot - photo credit Amanda Fordyce

Over the course of their lush, strange album “Althaea”, London duo Trailer Trash Tracys condense a number of disparate styles into music that thrillingly broaches the void between figuration and abstraction. While undeniably beautiful and quite often infectious in parts, this is certainly not pop music by any traditional definition; rather, it appeals to the more intuitive of mind and wild at heart. More than simply becoming a philosophical exercise however, the result is their most ambitious and idiosyncratic body of work to date, one which operates at the very limits of what pop music can be.

Their debut, “Ester”, released in 2012, manifested the band’s approach to making music as a fine balance between chaos and order, laying out a dense and dreamlike ecosystem of Sufi poetry, Solfeggio scales and, floating above it all, Susanne Aztoria’s otherworldly yet emotionally charged vocals. Early singles such as “Strangling Good Guys” and “You Wish You Were Red” proved to be outliers – rather than simply making lo-fi dream pop, the band were instead aiming for something far more subconscious and esoteric. 

With “Althaea”, the band continue their investigations into the farther flung reaches of pop music, with stunning results. Spanning 10 deeply esoteric tracks, “Althaea” sees the band drift further afield from traditional song structures to create a new aural lexicon of their own, one as influenced by Filipino carnival music and Latin rhythms as it was by Japanese tropical music from the 80s. Even at their most outwardly pop – the pristine “Eden Machine” for instance, or the swooning “Kalesa”, there is a baroque splendour, and heightened sensuality. The interplay of light and dark, the foreign and the familiar, brings forth an album with manifold pleasures, one which rewards repeated listening and further exploration.

Watch the video for new single “Eden Machine” below aalongside the trailer for the short film of Althaea - as premiered last week at the Whirled Cinema in Brixton.

“Althaea” tracklisting:

01 Smoked Silver          

02 Eden Machine          

03 Gong Gardens          

04 Siebenkäs                 

05 Money For Moondogs  

06 Betty's Cavatina        

07 Casadora  

08 Singdrome                

09 Kalesa                      

10 100 Aspects Of The Moon  

Pre order: Domino Mart: http://smarturl.it/AlthaeaDM Digital Pre-Order: http://smarturl.it/AlthaeaDL 

UPCOMING LIVE DATES

MON   18-Sep-17     UK      MANCHESTER        SOUP KITCHEN

TUE    19-Sep-17     UK      GLASGOW    HUG & PINT

WED   20-Sep-17     UK      NEWCASTLE           THINK TANK

THU    21-Sep-17     UK      LEEDS           BRUDENELL GAMES ROOM

FRI      22-Sep-17     UK      BIRMINGHAM          ACTRESS & BISHOP

SAT    23-Sep-17     UK      BRIGHTON   THE HOPE

SUN   24-Sep-17     UK      BRISTOL       LOUISIANA              

TUE    26-Sep-17     FR       PARIS            POINT EPHEMERE           

SUN   01-Oct-17      NETHERLANDS      ROTTERDAM           V11

MON   02-Oct-17      NETHERLANDS      AMSTERDAM          U/S MELKWEG

TUE    03-Oct-17      BELGIUM      ANTWERP    TRIX BAR

WED   04-Oct-17      GERMANY    COLOGNE    BLUE SHELL

THU    05-Oct-17      GERMANY    HAMBURG   NOCHTWACHE

FRI      06-Oct-17      DENMARK    DENMARK    IDEAL BAR

SAT    07-Oct-17      GERMANY    BERLIN         AUSTER CLUB                   

MON   09-Oct-17      GERMANY    MUNICH        MILLA

TUE    10-Oct-17      AUSTRIA       VIENNA         CHELSEA

WED   18-Oct-17      UK      LONDON       CAMDEN ASSEMBLY

FRI      27-Oct-17      ITALY ROME            MONK

SAT    28-Oct-17      ITALY BOLOGNA    COVO

 

BRIGHT PHOEBUS – SONGS BY LAL AND MIKE WATERSON REMASTERED AND REISSUED BY DOMINO

Lal & Mike Waterson | 31/05/17

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Bright Phoebus, Lal and Mike Waterson’s 1972 folk-noir masterpiece, has long been recognised as one of British music's legendary lost records. Following the parting of ways of The Watersons and freed from the strictures of folk orthodoxy, Lal and Mike Waterson’s love of words allowed them to serve the needs of their songs in ways that weren’t possible when singing already written songs.

Featuring performances from Lal, Mike and Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Dave Mattacks, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, amongst others, the album is now recognised as a forward-thinking benchmark for the genre. Fans include Arcade Fire, Stephen Malkmus, Billy Bragg, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley – the latter two performed the record themselves in 2013 on the Bright Phoebus Revisited tour.

Domino are pleased to reissue Bright Phoebus – Songs By Lal And Mike Waterson on 4th August, this will be the first time since its release the album will be widely available. Additionally under the supervision of David Suff (Topic/Fledg'ling) and Marry Waterson (daughter of Lal), the album has been remastered from the original tapes.  

Alongside the reissue of the original album, there will be a deluxe version containing 12 demos for the album, themselves tinged with their own mythology and previously unreleased. The standard single-disc CD and LP editions replicate the original artwork with lyrics; the deluxe editions of both are double-disc and contain sleeve notes by Pete Paphides.

Pre-order: Dom Mart / Digital

The origins of Bright Phoebus started in 1971, only a few years after the split of The Watersons whose three albums had a profound effect on the folk world. Following the split, and independently of each other, Mike and Lal had started writing their own songs; after Lal moved back to Hull; they started to cultivate these ideas together.

Not long after, Martin Carthy was visiting for a show, "We did Hull Art School or something, and then the next morning we went round to visit Lal, and she had all these songs. We sat there listening to them and… now, I knew Lal wrote songs but I had never heard any of them prior to this point. It was extraordinary.” Convinced that these songs needed to be heard by the wider world, Martin alerted Steeleye Span bandmate and former Fairport Convention bassist Ashley Hutchings to their existence. “I was instantly in tune with what I heard,” remembered Ashley, “I found an empathy with the songs, and I really would have fought off anyone to play bass on them.

Ashley got to work; he contacted Bill Leader and set the whole thing up, along with Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. All Lal and Mike Waterson had to do was allow themselves to be swept along by the collective will of everyone who had either heard or heard about their songs. And when, at the very end of 1971, it emerged that a homesick Norma Waterson would be returning to join them, the heavens looked to be aligning as never before.

Recorded in a week in the basement of Cecil Sharp House, Mike recalled Lal and I dreamed our way through the recordings. It was magic.” Marry, who was eight at the time, remembered her father George describing the sessions as “a great big party”, people just wandered in. Tim Hart and Maddy Prior are on a few tracks because they happened to walk through the door, so they were lassoed in to do some vocals. One poor sod came in to deliver a package and we said, ‘Right! You’re in! And we stuck some words in front of him and put him in the chorus! He sang away, thank you very much, and then he left!’”

Despite the anticipation for a new ‘Watersons’ record, the release of Bright Phoebus was viewed with suspicion from the conservative folk community and shortly after, Bill Leader’s company went bankrupt and the initial pressing of 2000 LPS soon fell out of print. Since then, the album has become legend, its scarcity not hindering generations of music fans falling for its beguiling atmosphere. Sadly Lal – who passed away from lung cancer in 1998 - never got to see Bright Phoebus receive a full re-evaluation. Mike Waterson did, at least, get to enjoy some of backdated acclaim before his death in 2011. But he remained dogged in his belief that none of that mattered. “You do what you do,” he insisted. “And nothing is right to them, and everything’s right to you. Who are you making the record for? *You.* If fans like your record, then wonderful. If they don’t, well you’ve made it anyway. Because you love the songs.”

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Rubber Band
  2. The Scarecrow
  3. Fine Horseman
  4. Winifer Odd
  5. Danny Rose
  6. Child Among The Weeds
  7. Magical Man
  8. Never The Same
  9. To Make You Stay
  10. Shady Lady
  11. Red Wine Promises
  12. Bright Phoebus

Disc 2 – The 1971 Demos

  1. Danny Rose                                                                          
  2. Fine Horseman                                                                  
  3. Winifer Odd                                                                        
  4. Child Among The Weeds                                            
  5. Magical Man                                                                        
  6. Bright Phoebus                                                                 
  7. Red Wine Promises                                                       
  8. Song For Thirza                                                                  
  9. The Scarecrow                                                                  
  10. Never The Same                                                           
  11. One Of Those Days                                                       
  12. Jack Frost                                                                           

 

http://brightphoeb.us

 

THE KILLS ANNOUNCE ECHO HOME - NON-ELECTRIC EP IN CELEBRATION OF 15TH ANNIVERSARY

The Kills | 24/05/17

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The Kills – Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince – will release the Echo Home – Non-Electric EP digitally on June 2nd, with a limited edition 10” vinyl release available for pre-order today.

Both the physical and digital versions of the Echo Home – Non-Electric EP will feature audio from a stripped down session the band captured recently at Electric Lady Studios in New York. Alongside “Echo Home”, the EP features Ash & Ice track “That Love”, a cover of Rihanna’s “Desperado” (which the band originally played as part of a Sirius XMU session), and the song “Wait”, off the band’s first ever release, Black Rooster EP, which celebrates it’s 15 year anniversary on May 28th.

The Black Rooster EP was originally released on Dim Mak in 2002 and was the start of what’s been an incredible career for Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince of The Kills.

With five full-length albums (the most recent being 2016’s Ash & Ice), four EPs, a documentary, and countless live shows under their belt, the passion and fire they continue to bring to every recording and performance is extraordinary.

In their 15th year as a band, The Kills have been looking back and celebrating with a string of anniversary shows and retrospective features, and now this re-recording of “Wait”, one of the first Kills songs ever released. Steve Aoki, owner of Dim Mak and another artist who has proven a career with similar staying power, recently had some words to share on the release of Black Rooster:

"Many moons ago, back in 2002, I had to make a decision whether to pursue a Ph.D. Program or continue with my label Dim Mak & after hearing a demo from The Kills and becoming the first American label to release their EP Black Rooster, I knew what path I was going to choose. They took me under their wing and I hit the road with them as their tour manager, merch guy, driver (we all took turns) and label. I’ll never forget that and love Jamie and Alison forever. Thank you for believing in lil me when not many people gave two shits about Dim Mak and what we were doing. Ride or Die.” – STEVE AOKI

Pre-order the Echo Home 10” HERE.

The Kills 2017 Tour Dates:

05/27 Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Sound City
05/28 Margate, UK - Margate Wonderland
05/30 London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
06/02 Saint-Brieuc, France - Art Rock Festival
06/03 Saint-Laurent-De-Cuves, France - Papillons De Nuit Festival
06/06 Prague, Czech Republic - Roxy
06/07 Liepzig, Germany - Taubchenthal
06/09 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
06/10 Aarhus, Denmark - Northside Festival
06/13 Munich, Germany - Olympic Stadium *
06/16 London, UK - London Stadium *
06/17 London, UK - London Stadium *
06/24 Athens, Greece - Ejekt Festival
06/19 Helsinki, Finland - Rock The Beach #
06/21 Riga, Latvia - Lucavsala Island #
06/29 Gydnia, Poland - Open’er
07/02 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07/07 Lisbon, Portugal - Nos Alive
07/10 Montreaux, Switzerland - Montreaux Jazz Festival
07/12 Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07/16 Berlin, Germany - Melt Festival
08/12 Bucharest, Romania - Summer Well Festival
08/15 Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
08/17 Gampel, Switzerland - Open Air Gampel
08/19 Zagreb, Croatia - Tvornica Kulture
08/25 Charleville Mezières, France - Cabaret Vert
08/26 Paris, France - Rock En Seine
09/19 Porto Alegre, Brazil - Anfiteatro Parque (Outdoor) %
09/21 Rio, Brazil - Rock In Rio
09/23 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Allianz Parque %

* = with Guns ‘N’ Roses
# = with Foo Fighters
% = with Bon Jovi 

 

PETER PERRETT ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM HOW THE WEST WAS WON

Peter Perrett | 12/04/17

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Peter Perrett - former frontman of The Only Ones - releases his debut solo album How The West Was Won on June 30th through Domino.

Perrett, whose incisive songcraft and sardonic drawl made him one of the most distinctive voices of the Seventies hasn’t released any music for 20 years. Bearing in mind his most famous song began “I always flirt with death” (‘Another Girl, Another Planet’), this is one comeback that nobody saw coming.

In the hands of certain songwriters, a story of resurrection and redemption might ring a little hollow, but when the songwriter is Peter Perrett, the usual rules have never applied.

Perrett makes each song on How The West Was Won sound natural and effortless, as though he were continuing a briefly interrupted conversation rather than picking up the threads of a solo career that faltered two decades ago. He claims to have barely touched a guitar in the decade between The One’s 1996 album Woke Up Sticky and the 2007 reunion of The Only Ones; with Perrett, a hiatus could so easily turn into a hibernation. Yet Perrett’s familiar voice sounds like it simply stepped out of the room for a few minutes and popped back in again.

Backed by his sons - Jamie and Peter Jr. on lead guitar and bass respectively - and produced by Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones), Peter’s intuitive feel for words; his flair for idiosyncratic metaphors and his deadpan wit are all still as sharp as ever.

As demonstrated perfectly by the title track and album opener which Perrett shares today. It finds him railing against American imperialism and celebrity culture. The video is directed by Focus Creeps (Arctic Monkeys/King Krule) and features Peter’s band with whom he recorded the album

The songs on How The West Was Won examine complex emotional terrain and extreme human behaviour, shot through as always with wry self-analysis. In a sense the album is a Perrett family affair: there are love songs (‘An Epic Story’, ‘C Voyeurger’) from Peter to his wife of 47 years Zena. On ‘Something In My Brain’, Perrett discusses good choices, bad choices and ultimately the only choices that will guarantee survival. There are also songs where Perrett opens his curtains and stares out into a much-changed world (‘Man Of Extremes’, ‘Sweet Endeavour’).

How The West Was Won finds Perrett with energy in his blood, rediscovering the importance of rock’n’roll. Having turned 65 over the weekend, he has a fire burning inside him again, and a determination not to blow what could be his last chance. 

Tracklisting:

  1. How The West Was Won
  2. An Epic Story
  3. Hard To Say No
  4. Troika
  5. Living In My Head
  6. Man Of Extremes
  7. Sweet Endeavour
  8. C Voyeurger
  9. Something In My Brain
  10. Take Me Home

How The West Was Won is available to pre-order on deluxe LP (coloured vinyl, gatefold sleeve, booklet and black polylined sleeve), standard vinyl (gatefold sleeve, booklet and black polylined sleeve), CD (gatefold wallet sleeve, booklet) and digital.

Additionally, the Dom Mart edition of the deluxe LP features a signed print – limited to 250 copies.

Pre order: Dom Mart / Download

Peter Perrett Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

ROYAL TRUX RELEASE NEW LIVE ALBUM PLATINUM TIPS + ICE CREAM ON JUNE 16TH

16/03/17

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Platinum Tips + Ice Cream (scenes from the water park) is new from Royal Trux. The songs were written over a span of time as wide as eagle’s wings - but the recordings are new, live, unrehearsed and were presented in real time to a few thousand people in California and NYC. Performance art? Yes! But only because, unlike so many other aural “content providers,” Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema are true artists writing their own futures into the present. This was, and will always be, Royal Trux.

This new/“live”/old song/new performance album is yet another chapter in one of the best books out there. Release #647, corresponding to the Cali penal code stating that Prostitution is against the law. Just a reminder so that they didn’t forget. 

It’s been a minute since Royal Trux went about making a record in 1-2 days, but they got that system on lock, and once again we see them setting parameters and adhering to them for maxx impact. Platinum Tips + Ice Cream was made in two days…one in Cali and one in NYC. The hold up came when listening back to the “live” qualities, which had been compromised the “AI” of modern, presumptuous (read: “spellcheck”) sound gear.  Going back to undo the “smart changes” was tedious, yet imperative - bringing the actual experience and qualities of the performance, the rawness that could be felt and heard LIVE, to a finished form. These recordings conjure the early feral spirit of the band devouring the sophisticated sound of the later years and coughing up a motherfucking hairball of sound.

Royal Trux has always played with the idea of “expectation” like it was a new toy at Christmas, and year in and year out wiped it out like the face of an old teddy bear. For them, a touchdown was best achieved in reverse, via counter-intelligent means. It is fucking INSANE to hear how much that is still the case. This isn’t a butterfly mounted in amber; this is the sound of life….people getting through their set by any means necessary. Thoughts are flying in a million different directions, but staying with the plan is the number one rule. As the rhythm punches, the scabrous tone of Jennifer’s vox is matched only by Neil’s harsh, stinging guitar volleys – and the mad filters passing through the Bass Station. A personal playlist of hits rolls out – and not all rockers, but some slower jams and moments of deep heavy. But no “Back to School”?!? Well, that’s why there are more Trux shows coming up. And like they say, every night is gonna be a great night.

Wrapped up in a Truxian collage scrapping together the crazy quilt of time in their Royal-iverse, which in the light of this reunion is now folding back over itself, Plantinum Tips + Ice Cream collects 12 Royal Trux non-sequiturs in tribute not only to the past but the unending nature of the future.

Platinum Tips + Ice Cream is available on heavyweight LP (WIGLP404), CD (WIGCD404) and digitally (WIG404D).  

Tracklisting is as follows:

01. Junkie Nurse

02. Sewers Of Mars

03. Red Tiger

04. Sometimes

05. Mercury

06. Esso Dame

07. Deafer Than Blind

08. Waterpark

09. Platinum Tips

10. The Banana Question

11. Blue Is The Frequency

12. Ice Cream

Royal Trux will be playing the following live dates:

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 in Austin Texas at Hotel Vegas

Friday, March 17th, 2017 in Austin Texas at Hotel Vegas

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan at El Club

Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom at Victoria Warehouse

Monday, May 29, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom at The Art School

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Bristol, United Kingdom at Marble Factory

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Brighton, United Kingdom at Concorde 2

Thursday, June 01, 2017 in London, United Kingdom at Electric Ballroom

Saturday, June 03, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain at Primavera Sound Festival

Friday, June 09, 2017 in Porto, Portugal at NOS Primavera

Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Nimes, France at This Is Not A Love Song Festival 

 

BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM BEST TROUBADOR ON 5TH MAY

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | 08/03/17

Image: Photo credit Jessica Fey

With Best Troubador, Bonnie 'Prince Billy pays homage to a long-time and forever hero, the late Merle Haggard. A singer who, some 25 years previously, first performed in public by playing a Merle Haggard song, Bonny has often cited Merle's work in performance, on records and in conversation with anyone who was around, even talking to Merle himself for Filter magazine in 2009.

Merle's body of work was considered by Bonny for a record such as this for some time, but his passing in April of 2016 almost put a stop to it. The goal was to participate in the handing forward of the songs of a living legend, as Merle had done so many times in his own career. Writing for Juan and Only in 2012, Bonnie put it this way:

"Merle Haggard is a channeler who has paid ample tribute to those that came before him. He has demonstrated explicitly and implicitly his standing on the shoulders of Tommy Duncan/Bob Wills, Jimmie Rodgers, Floyd Tillman, Lefty Frizzell and many others. There are songs in his catalogue that seep solidly into the headspace of Kentuckians who grew up when I did, and beyond through his vast influence on the George Straits, Dwight Yoakams, Alan Jacksons, John Andersons, Toby Keiths, and too many others. He is not the original, but he may be the most significant junction."

With Merle gone, some of the impetus of the project was in peril. A plan to make the album in Nashville studios was abandoned. The songs still called to be played again, however - and so sessions were endeavored at home, capturing feeling, memory and new expression in familiar confines with the full-hearted playing and singing of the Bonafide United Musicians: Van Campbell, Nuala Kennedy, Danny Kiley, Drew Miller, Cheyenne Mize and Chris Rodahoffer, with special guests Mary Feiock, Emmett Kelly, A.J. Roach and Matt Sweeney. 

The songs sung on Best Troubador are pulled from all over - from Haggard's 3rd album in 1967 through to his 47th in 2011 - but this is no simple hits compilation. Capable only of occupying a

shared space between himself and Merle Haggard, Bonny chose personal favorites, singing the songs he wanted to sing, to find Merle and himself together in the music. Only two of Hag's thirty-eight (!) country number ones are included, and only two others that charted at all. Seven of the sixteen songs are from his later period, after his long run at the top of the country charts had ended, but before encroaching mortality could finally cease the singular and indefatigable creativity of Merle Haggard.

Best Troubador flips through his song book, landing on pages unmoored from their time and located anew. Moving from 1978 to 1969 to 2003 to 1981 allows the album to circle Haggard's music in a simulation of thought and memory, slipping around from spot to spot as if they were discrete impressions, unknown but knowable yet. Dedicated to new life and old, Best Troubador is wistful and bittersweet and no lament at all but a tribute instead, for the triumph of a life spent in unending pursuit of the goal: new and expressive music, as our inspirations and heroes once sang it.

Excited about Best Troubador and just can't wait until May? Well, boy, do we have a surprise for you! Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is joined by frequent collaborator Oscar Parsons in a virtual reality video for Merle Haggard's classic "Mama Tried’. Presented in glorious 360 degrees of virtual reality, watch Bonnie 'Prince' Billy ride the wave of the future! Headset viewing is exclusive to the Vimeo app on your smartphone!  However, monoscopic 360° playback (without a headset) can occur on the Vimeo site or embedded for desktop browsers and android mobile browsers HERE.

 
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