We’re thrilled to finally be able to let the cat out of the bag and announce that TOY will be releasing the follow up to their critically acclaimed eponymous debut before the year is over. ‘Join The Dots’ will be released on Heavenly on Monday 9th December 2013 and we promise you, it’s a corker.
To celebrate the announcement, the band are previewing the title track from the album which you can listen to via their website here. An edit of the track has also been cut to fit on a super limited 7″ (300 copies only) backed with an instrumental, which will be available from selected independent record stores from Monday 21st October. Keep an eye out on the TOY facebook page for details on that.
Available on LP/CD/MP3, all vinyl copies of the album include a free CD and fold-out double sided poster. PLUS order from the Heavenly emporium and receive a free digital download of the album on the day of release, plus exclusive tote bag featuring album artwork!
If you can’t wait to hear more of the record, TOY will be debuting tracks at upcoming shows around the UK including London’s The Garage tomorrow, Tuesday 15th October, as part of the Q Awards shows (last remaining tickets here), at Manchester’s The Ritz on 25th October and on their European tour supporting Placebo.
PLUS in more good news, we’re pleased to announce that the band are set to play their biggest show to date on April 26th next year at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Tickets go onsale here on Wednesday from 9am.
Everyone knows The Social is the best bar in London (not biased at all) and now it’s the best office space in London with the newly launched Social Works in the upstairs of the venue.
Every weekday between 9am and 5pm, you can pop in with your laptop, get yourself comfy at a booth (with plenty of power points) and make use of free wifi, full tech support from Sussed IT, fresh juices and snacks, plus The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess’ very own brand of coffee, Tim Peaks.
Booth reservation for larger groups is also possible.
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The Social Works
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5 Little Portland Street
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The Charlatans will return to the Royal Albert Hall on 18 October 2013 for a very special night in memory and celebration of Jon Brookes, the band’s drummer and founding member who died recently after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010. Proceeds from the night will go to The Brain Tumour Charity.
Tickets available from ticketmaster.co.uk
In a statement, the Charlatans said: “Following the loss of our much missed friend and drummer, Jon Brookes, we, together with some friends, are putting on a show at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 18 October 2013. The show will benefit the Brain Tumour Charity, which Jon was involved with during his illness. It’s our way of raising money for research into and awareness of a cancer that will unfortunately affect many lives as it has ours. We look forward to seeing you at the RAH and making it a night to remember.”
The Brain Tumour Charity
Over 9,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year and brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet less than 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK.
The Brain Tumour Charity is committed to changing this and this year alone will invest £2.5million in world-class, pioneering research across the UK this year, making it significantly the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours in the UK. The Charity is accredited and commended by The Association of Medical Research Charities for ensuring that all the research it funds is selected through stringent, independent peer review, the only charity in its field to do so.
The Charity also offers a comprehensive service to enable everyone with a brain tumour, their families and carers to receive the best support and information and achieve the highest quality of life possible, as well as raising awareness of brain tumours to improve life chances and reduce diagnosis times.
The money raised by the tribute concert to Jon Brookes will be invested into research which seeks to find better treatments and ultimately a cure, so that in future other families will not have to experience this devastation and loss.
Learn more at thebraintumourcharity.org
photo by Tom Sheehan
We’re very pleased to share with you the new video for Mark Lanegan’s brooding and beautiful take on John Cale’s ‘I’m Not The Loving Kind’, taken from Lanegan’s new album ‘Imitations’. The video is a bit like Midnight Cowboy goes Paris, Texas — check it out below in all its cinematic, outsider glory and find a reminder of upcoming UK shows at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
We’re thrilled to report that ‘How We Used To Live’, Saint Etienne’s latest film collaboration with Paul Kelly (aka former East Village) has been selected for premiere at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.
Made up of footage shot between the fifties and eighties and taken from the BFI national archive (much of it unseen for decades), the film is soundtracked by Saint Etienne’s Pete, with Sarah providing “some gorgeous Swingle-y harmonies”.
Described as a prequel of sorts to ‘Finisterre’ (“it does sometimes look as if Paul had got into a time machine with a 16mm camera”), the film premieres on Saturday October 12th at the Renoir in London’s Brunswick Centre with a second festival screening at the BFI Southbank’s NFT3 cinema on Monday October 14th.
Tickets are onsale now to BFI members HERE and are available for general sale on the 19th September HERE. In the meantime, whet your appetite with the brilliant accompanying trailer below. We can’t wait!
“…alluringly impressionistic, poetic and political, this is the most joyful and entertaining offering yet from a unique filmmaking collective.” Stuart Brown, NFT
The shortlist for this year’s Q Awards has been announced, and we’re thrilled to say TOY have been nominated for Best New Act.
After a summer of festival appearances, the band have also announced two new UK Autumn dates including a headline show at The Garage as part of the awards shows, plus a date in Manchester for JD Roots Picks of 2013. Find all the details below, plus stay tuned for further announcements…
Temples have announced details of their fabulous new single ‘Keep In The Dark’ which is gets its release on Heavenly Recordings on Monday 7th October.
Following in what is now becoming band tradition, the track was self-recorded in lead singer James Bagshaw’s very own Pyramid Studio in Kettering. The single is backed with the B-side ‘Jewel Of Mine Eye’ and will be available digitally and on limited 7″ (comes with free download code).
Watch the video — directed by Abbie Stephens — below and read on for the full list of upcoming dates on the band’s extensive UK autumn tour…
23rd-25th: Reading / Leeds, Reading / Leeds Festival
13th: Portmeirion, Festival No.6
3rd: Guildford, Boileroom
4th: Norwich, Arts Centre
5th: Leicester, Academy 2
8th: Sheffield, Queens Social Club
9th: Glasgow, Kings Tuts
10th: Edinburgh, Electric Circus
11th: Carlisle, The Brickyard
12th: Newcastle, Northumbria University
14th: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
15th: Liverpool, Zazimier
16th: Nottingham, Bodega Social Club
17th: York, The Duchess
19th: Oxford, Gathering Festival
20th: Cardiff, SWN Fest
21st: Brighton, Komedia
22nd: Exeter, Phoenix
23rd: Bristol, Thekla
14th: Manchester, Gorilla
15th: London, Electric Ballroom
The full list of upcoming shows is as follows:
We’re very pleased to announce details of ‘Invasion of Love’, the debut album from Out Cold which will be released on Heavenly Recordings on 16th September.
The album includes the second single ‘Sorrow’ which is released as a 12″ remix EP on the same day as the album, and the video of which you can watch below:
1. All I Want
2. Murder Black Corvette
3. Fingers Through The Glass DOWNLOAD FREE HERE
4. Shoulder To Shoulder
8. Invasion Of Love
9. Lovin’ Arms
10. My Cruel Heart
11. In And Out
‘Sorrow’ 12″ EP tracklisting (digital includes album version):
1/ Sorrow (Invisible remix)
2/ All I Want (Ewan Pearson vocal mix)
Synchronised (Craig Bratley remix)
PRE ORDER ‘SORROW’ EP
Reviews in so far…
“An 11-track work of electronic wonder…opener All I Want recalls Marvin Gaye’s swansong ’82 album Midnight Love” — Q ****
“With influences ranging from Motown to ‘80s synth-pop and contemporary chillwave, Aldred lays bare his emotions in a trembling falsetto over a clutch of caramel-sweet melodies” — MOJO ****
“A glistening series of electro-pop songs that borrow from house, Philly soul and beyond. The mood is celebratory, basking in the warmth of bubbling synths, fizzy rhythms and dance beats.” — UNCUT 7/10
“Blue-eyed soul with a lush analogue electronics in the production and great melodies & songs…It’s a lovely album without an ounce of cynicism in its 59 minutes.” Ewan Pearson
*12″ format available from 16th September
We’re very happy to report that after a year’s break from touring, Simon Aldred has announced three Cherry Ghost festival appearances in the UK this Autumn.
In further exciting news, the band have revealed they will be previewing new songs ahead of going in to record their third LP in October. The album – expected for release in Spring next year – will follow 2010’s critically acclaimed ‘Beneath This Burning Shoreline’ and their debut ‘Thirst for Romance’ which peaked at number seven in the Official UK Albums Chart and was certified gold.
The dates are as follows:
13th — Nantwich, Words And Music Festival TICKETS