As week’s go, it’s not been a too bad one for our Simon Aldred. First, there was the release of Cherry Ghost’s eagerly anticipated third album ‘Herd Runners’ which has received critical acclaim for its soaring, anthemic pop perfection. Then there was the news that Sam Smith’s ‘Leave Your Lover’ (co-written by Si) has hit number one in the US iTunes chart. Double whammy!
Make sure you pick up a copy and catch Simon live on his headline UK tour dates in June, plus as support to Paul Heaton on his UK tour kicking off tomorrow in Newcastle. See a reminder of all dates below…
We are thrilled to say that The Wytches have announced details of the release of their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Annabel Dream Reader’.
Recorded at Grammy Award winner Liam Watson’s 8-track analogue Toe Rag Studios in Hackney and co-produced by the band’s Kristian Bell and Bill Ryder-Jones (ex The Coral), the record drops on Monday 25th August.
To coincide with the announcement of the album — which features the singles ‘Gravedweller’ and ‘Robe For Juda’ as well as live favourite ‘Digsaw’ — the band have shared the brand new video for ‘Wire Frame Mattress’ directed by the great Steve Gullick, who says of the shoot:
“Promo videos have never really been my thing, I did a few a decade or so ago but have steered clear ever since. When I was asked to shoot a video for The Wytches however, I jumped at the chance — this band are special and I want to be involved. At no point did the prospect seem daunting — we just did it and it was easy.”
Listen and watch below!
2. Wide at Midnight
4. Fragile Male
5. Burn Out The Bruise
6. Wire Frame Mattress
7. Beehive Queen
8. Weights and Ties
9. Part Time Model
10. Summer Again
11. Robe For Juda
12. Crying Clown
13. Track 13
Below: album art by Samuel Gull
The band recently played their debut US performance at SXSW and supported Blood Red Shoes on their European tour and are currently touring the UK with Pulled Apart By Horses. In July, they head to the US to support Cloud Nothings and METZ before taking in a number of UK festivals. See all dates below and be sure to catch a show!
Whilst Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs are furiously working on their follow album to the critically acclaimed ‘Clarietta’, we are pleased to announce that they have re-scored the 1973 Japanese cult film Belladonna Of Sadness ahead of a performance at this year’s East End Film Festival.
The London event is taking place from June 13th — 25th, performing the score live, The Voyeurs will play at the Red Gallery in Shoreditch on June 23rd. You can preview the score below.
Last year saw TOY perform at the festival which is famed for fusing cinema and sound. More acts are yet to be announced to the music programme.
Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs are currently working in the studio on the follow up to their debut album ‘Clarietta’.
New TOY video alert! The band have shared the kaleidoscopic new video for their next single ‘As We Turn’, directed by Julian Hand.
Taken from the band’s second second album ‘Join The Dots’, the single will be available digitally as well as on tasty coloured 12” vinyl (limited to 600 only) and includes a remix of ‘Conductor’ from The Horrors’ Tom Furse plus a brilliant live session take of ‘You Won’t Be The Same’, recorded for Part Time Punks on the band’s last visit to LA. Digital also comes with a bonus remix of ‘It’s Been So Long’ by Plank.
Watch and enjoy the video below and find links to preorder digital and vinyl. We have 100 of the 600 pressings up for grabs in our own emporium so if you miss out, keep eyes peeled for other shops selling the 12″!
Explaining some of the band’s reference points for the video, Panda says:
“The points of reference for the As We Turn video came mostly from early animations we’d seen. Mary Ellen Bute’s first colour film, Synchromy No.4 ‘Escape’ from 1938 was an influence as well as some John Whitney footage. Both use unusual early techniques but achieve something otherworldly and I think that’s what we wanted to try and do. Julian Hand brought in the idea of using chromotropes which are 19th century kaleidoscopic slide which you wind up so they turn. Henri Georges-Clouzot’s unfinished film ‘L’enfer’ was another reference. He uses different filters and lighting as well as strange vivid colours.”
Currently on tour with The Horrors in the US, the band recently played their biggest UK show to date at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Raising the rafters with tracks from their recent album ‘Join The Dots’ and self-titled debut.
See pictures from the gig below, courtesy of The Line of Best Fit.
With his much-anticipated third album ‘Herd Runners’ due for release next month on Heavenly Recordings, Cherry Ghost has shared the video for ‘Clear Skies Ever Closer’ — the first single to be taken from the record — and announced a string of UK tour dates in June.
Actress Maxine Peake (Shameless, Silk) makes her directorial debut with the video, and stars alongside Shaun Evans (Endeavour). Watch below and find full details of the 6-date tour which includes a performance at Islington Assembly Hall in London.
After playing a whopping 41 live shows across Europe, we are very pleased to say that TOY make their anticipated live return to the UK this Saturday (19th April), with a special set at Rough Trade East to mark Record Store Day (which they also celebrate with an exclusive limited 12″ release — more info on that below) Find more details about the instore here - TOY play at 12pm sharp!
A week following that, the band celebrate the success of their critically acclaimed second album ‘Join The Dots’ with their biggest UK show to date at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on April 26th. Expect the band to raise the roof with tracks from their magical debut and equally impressive follow up!
Details of the band’s exclusive Record Store release
1. Join The Dots (dub)
2. As We Turn (dub)
1. You Won’t Be The Same (dub)
2. Left To Wander (dub)
3. Conductor (dub)
“Previously only released as a limited bonus CD, ‘Join The Dubs’ presents five tracks from TOY’s second album ‘Join The Dots’ that have been playfully and knowingly re-worked by their producer, Dan Carey.“
A double dose of Temples live footage here for you. The Kettering four piece have brought the magic of ‘Sun Structures’ across the seas on their current tour of the US.
To celebrate the release of his debut solo record ‘Odludek’, Jimi Goodwin has recorded two exclusive live sessions for The Line Of Best Fit and the Guardian. Watch and enjoy below!
After completing their first UK headline tour, The Wytches are off to Europe to support friends Blood Red Shoes and then on to London’s Heaven to support the elemental force that is Bo Ningen. Find dates and ticket links below!