If you’ve been following our antics on facebook and the like, we’re sure you’ll know by now that our recent jaunt to Paris with TOY, Stealing Sheep, Temples and Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs was a resounding success. A big thank you to Agnès b, La Maroquinerie, Rough Trade, OUI FM and everyone else for making it so special. Saturday night’s La Maroquinerie show was immense with all bands on amazing form — we couldn’t be prouder.
For reviews of all the shows plus boozy tales of what went on behind the scenes (clue: boisterous coach activity and staying up after hours), check out the NME and The Quietus write-ups below, as well as our own personal highlights. Plus click on the thumbnails below to see a selection of pictures taken by official photographer of the trip, our good friend Mr Neil Thomson. You can also see the gallery in full on our facebook at the link below.
Heavenly highlights and awards
• Vague memories of piling into a bewildered (and very tiny) off licence with TOY, Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, Temples and a 30-strong entourage of friends to stock up post-show. We’d hazard a guess as to say business was particularly good that night…
• The similarly surreal sight of said group packing out a carriage on the metro among fellow Parisian late-night revellers. Who doesn’t love a party train?
• Most inventive bring-back souvenir: a chair (yes an actual CHAIR) courtesy of one of TOY’s party. Postcards have had their moment.
• Coach time most creatively spent: Stealing Sheep and their illustrations. Note to self: must bring pen and paper and not just play made-up card games.
• Best show of domesticity: Whoever cheekily ‘liberated’ a vase of flowers from a hotel to set pride of place on the coach. Someone’s been to finishing school.
• Best team effort: Loading four bands’ worth of equipment into one small hotel room. Perhaps not a highlight at the time, but hey — hindsight’s a great thing…
“A wine bottle is opened before label staff have even done a head count. It’s like a school trip without the teachers…“
READ THE FULL NME REVIEW HERE
“They say you can’t escape your past, and for Heavenly’s Record Store Day trip across the Channel to celebrate France’s Disquaire Day, that means retracing an excellently outlandish trip they took Paris-wards with their 1991 roster of Manic Street Preachers, Saint Etienne, Flowered Up! and East Village back then“
READ THE FULL QUIETUS REVIEW HERE
Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair (88 minutes) — screening
Heavenly Films Night #2
Thurs 2nd May 2013 from 6.45pm to midnight
Hackney Picture House
A documentary about the early history of the Manic Street Preachers by Kieran Evans and Robin Turner.
Twenty years on from its release, ‘Generation Terrorists’ remains the blueprint for Manic Street Preachers’ career. Planned as a magnum opus that would sell sixteen million copies and lead to the band’s dissolution, their debut album — much like the band back then — was
wildly ambitious, confused, exciting and utterly unique. It remains the truest distillation of their ever present us-against-the-world strategy.
‘Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair’ was originally planned as a 20 minute DVD extra to accompany the remastered and expanded edition of ‘Generation Terrorists’. Heavenly Films and Hackney Picture house are proud to present the debut cinema screening of the full length 88 minute directors cut by acclaimed filmmaker Kieran Evans (Kelly + Victor, Finisterre,) and longtime Manics collaborator Robin Turner.
‘Generation Terrorists’ represents a period of wide-eyed optimism in the Manics’ career — a fact clearly reflected in the warmth of the conversations captured in the film. Covering everything from self-financed singles and pay-to-play gigs through to the emotional resonance of the band’s epochal eighteen track major label funded debut album. ‘Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair’ sees the Manics and key players such as Martin Hall (the band’s longtime
manager), Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne), Steve Brown (Generation Terrorists producer) & James Brown (ex-NME) talk candidly about the band’s early career, their debut album and the circumstances that helped spawn it. These conversations are framed by a rich archive of video and printed material that the filmmakers were granted access to
by the band.
The film will be supported by five Manic Street Preachers promo videos personally selected by Nicky Wire and seldom seen on the big screen.
Details of Q&A session and special guest DJ’s TBA.
Introducing new Heavenly artist Out Cold and the debut single ‘All I Want’
“Over a slow-burn intro of backwards synths and distant guitar riffs, the song’s subtle urgency slowly builds to take in opulent strings, a ticking beat and Aldred’s yearning vocals.” The Guardian
It gives us great pleasure to introduce you to new Heavenly artist, Out Cold, whose lush soul-synth sound has had us captivated over the past few months — and now, we hope you too.
NB: not safe for work
Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs have revealed the glitter-tastic video to their new single, ‘Be Glamorous’, out 20th May 2013 on Heavenly Recordings.
The single — taken from the debut album ‘Clarietta’, which is released the following week on the 27th May — is accompanied by a shimmering video that sees the band get all (New York) dolled up. Glitter and lipstick a go-go!
Speaking to Noisey which premiered the video, Charlie said: “The whole beauty of a guitar is that you can use three chords and run in any direction. There is no need for anything safe and no particular thing that you have to remain loyal to. That’s where the glamour and danger come from… not specifically from the feather boas, but the ambiguity. I’m not saying that all the bands in Britain should sparkle and pout, but maybe there is a little twinkle of the eye needed.”
Watch the video below and find a full list of upcoming tour dates at the bottom of the page.
“Pouting at the camera, there’s a deliberately mixed up beauty here. The stretched, pleading vocals recall Tom Verlaine but Charlie Boyer has the ambivalent sexuality of a young Mick Jagger — yet with a sense of innocent experimentation.” - Clash Magazine
UPCOMING UK DATES:
3rd: Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool
4th: Live at Leeds, Leeds
5th: Sumday, Middlesborough
17th: Great Escape Festival, Brighton
21st: Soup Kitchen, Manchester
22nd: Spankys, Nottingham
24th: London Calling Festival, Amsterdam
25th: Field Day, London
28th: Start The Bus, Bristol
29th: Jericho, Oxford
30th: Rough Trade East instore, London
31st: End of the Road Festival, Dorset
15th: Festival No 6, Portmeirion, Wales
Heavenly in Paris part II: TOY, Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, Temples and Stealing Sheep to play La Maroquinerie for Disquaire Day
Celebrating Disquaire Day in style (France’s Record Store Day), Heavenly Recordings are excited to announce details of a whirlwind trip to Paris for a night of live music at La Maroquinerie featuring our current, roaring 21st century roster.
Twenty two years after our first Heavenly night in Paris (and what a night it was too — Saint Etienne, Manic Street Preachers and Flowered Up!) we return for Part II with a four-band extravaganza featuring TOY, Temples, Stealing Sheep and Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs.
The event announcement follows news of our exclusive collection of releases for Record Store Day this year, which you can read about here (featuring a TOY/The Horrors’ Tom Furse double A-side, new Stealing Sheep tracks plus Mark Lanegan album exclusive).
Tickets can be found at the link below and are guaranteed to sell fast. We’ll see you there for les bons moments!
Heavenly offers up trio of exclusive releases for this year’s Record Store Day
The collection of 7”, 10” and 12” vinyl pressings feature brand new tracks from Stealing Sheep, an album exclusive from Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood (including two remixes – one of which features the additional vocal talents of Liela Moss) plus an inspired remix trade between TOY and The Horrors’ Tom Furse.
Details of each release are as follows:
7″ — Stealing Sheep ‘A Real Clown’
Stealing Sheep have recorded two brand new tracks exclusively for Record Store Day. A-side single ‘A Real Clown’ comes backed with ‘Do As You Will’ and is limited to 300 7” pressings.
10” — Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood ‘Cold Molly’
After their album preview track ‘Pentecostal’ clocked up over 25,000 YouTube hits in little more than two weeks, Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood release the first single to be taken from ‘Black Pudding’ (out 13th May) exclusively for Record Store Day. ‘Cold Molly’ is limited to 300 10” pressings and features additional remixes from Soulsavers (their first in 10 years) and Roman Remains (a new project by talismanic singer Liela Moss and guitarist Toby Butler of the The Duke Spirit), the latter of which includes backing vocals from Liela.
Above: Roman Remains (The Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss and Toby Butler) offer up a reworking of ‘Cold Molly’
12” — TOY / The Horrors double A side ‘Motoring’ (Tom Furse Extrapolation) and ‘Moving Further Away’ (Dom & Ale TOY remix)
TOY offer up an exclusive double A-side for Record Store Day, teaming up with The Horrors’ Tom Furse for a back-to-back remix trade. Limited to 500 12”s, the single features Furse’s remix of TOY’s ‘Motoring’, with Dom and Ale’s remix of ‘Moving Further Away’ on the double A-side.
Above: speaking to NME, The Horrors’ Tom Furse said: “There’s no other band I’d rather share a slab of plastic with”
Record Store Day is on 20th April this year. To find a list of participating stores stocking the releases, visit the Record Store Day site here
Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs announce new UK dates in late May
Following their debut album announcement, we are pleased to announce further tour dates for Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, including a number of headline UK shows in late May to mark the album release.
You can find full dates below plus watch the results of the band’s recent session for Topman CTRL, where they performed new single ‘Things We Be’ live from a crypt. Doesn’t get much better than that!
21st: London, Lexington
3rd: Liverpool, Sound City
4th: Leeds, Live at Leeds
5th: Newcastle, Sumday
17th: Brighton, The Great Escape (Uncut stage)
21st: Manchester, Soup Kitchen TICKETS
22nd: Nottingham, Spanky Van Dykes FREE SHOW
24th: Amsterdam, Paradiso (London Calling)
25th: London, Field Day
28th: Bristol, Start The Bus TICKETS
29th: Oxford, Jericho TICKETS
15th: Portmeirion, Festival No. 6
Temples announce upcoming UK dates including support slots, own shows and festivals
We’re chuffed to bits at the reception Temples have been receiving over the past few months — following the sold out 7″ release for their debut single ‘Shelter Song’ on Heavenly (the video of which has notched up a staggering 115,911 youtube plays and counting!) and live dates supporting Mystery Jets plus label-mates Stealing Sheep and Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, we’re very pleased to be able to confirm more upcoming UK shows for the band.
Please see the flyer below for March, April and May dates and read on for further shows booked for later on in the year.
Best Kept Secret Festival, Netherlands
27th: Stockton, Stockton Weekender
17th: Skipton, Beacons Festival
23rd-25th: Reading & Leeds Festival (date TBA)
13th, Portmeirion, Festival No.6
Above: Temples with Johhny Marr at the NME Awards (photo: Thom Temples)
Heavenly Films are proud to present a brand new monthly film night at London’s Hackney Picture House. Opening the program on April 4th, is a celebratory evening as we screen the 10th anniversary of ‘Finnisterre’. Conceived and scored by St Etienne, the hour long documentary is based around a day in the life of the City Of London, directed by Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans. Rarely shown in the city it chronicles, this is a rare chance to catch the film that was premiered at the Onedotzero film festival in April 2013.
To mark the occasion, the film will be preceeded by a Q&A with all three band members Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs and Sarah Cracknell taking to the floor. To add to the excitement, a second Q&A session hosted by Travis Elborough will also take place with both of the directors, following the film. The evening kicks off with 4 shorts directed by Paul Kelly including the premier screening of ‘Banksy in London’, a 3 minute snapshot of the artists early work. The night will conclude with a unique Saint Etienne DJ set in the upstairs bar until midnight.
Tickets Priced £12
8.00 — 8.20pm ‘Banksy In London’ (previously unseen short film film) and the three ‘Today’s Specials’ (three short films about the disappearing Cafe culture in London)
8.40 — 9.00pm Q&A with Saint Etienne (Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs hosted by Travis Elborough)
9.00–10.00 ‘Finisterre’ (10th Anniversary screening)
10.00–10.30 Q&A with directors (Paul Kelly and Keiran Evans hosted by Travis Elborough)
10.30– Midnight — DJ’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs in the top bar.
Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs announce details of debut album ‘Clarietta’, out 27th May on Heavenly
After their sold-out headline show at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, it gives us great pleasure to announce details of the debut album from Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs.
‘Clarietta’ will be released on Monday 27th May via Heavenly — the very same week the band make their Field Day debut.
Recorded and produced by Edwyn Collins and Seb Lewsley at West Heath Yard Studios, the 11 song-strong album features live favourites including new single ‘Things We Be’ (released ahead of the LP on 25th March — video below) as well as newer highlights that the band have been previewing at recent shows (if the dark and thundering ‘I’ve Got A River’ doesn’t get your heart pumping, we don’t know what will).
“Once the listener get’s beyond the references, Clarietta really hits the mark, with a high strike rate of knock out tunes.” — Q Magazine ★★★★
“Charlie Boyer and his crew display an impressive classicism, but retain the vigour of youth” –The Guardian (7/10)
“For most bands, putting out an album just after forming would be a mistake, a sub-standard waste of a debut. For Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, it’s quite the opposite”. –The Fly Magazine ★★★★
1. Things We Be
2. I’ve Got A River
4. Go Blow A Gale
5. You Haven’t Got A Chance
6. A Lion’s Way
8. I Watch You
9. Be A Complete Dream
10. Be Glamorous
11. The Central Tonne
You can catch the band live next in London on the 21st March for the opening night of The Quietus’ Wire: Drill series before they return in May for further gigs around the album release.
21st London, Lexington
3rd Liverpool, Sound City
4th Leeds, Live at Leeds
5th Middlesbrough, Sumday (One Day)
17th Brighton, The Great Escape (Uncut stage)
24th Amsterdam, Paradiso (London Calling Festival)
25th London, Field Day