“Raging” is the latest revelation from the many anticipated tracks off of his upcoming debut album, entitled Cloud Nine, which is set for release on May 13, 2016 via Ultra Records/RCA Records.
“Raging” (feat. Kodaline) is the sixth track from the album available as instant grat upon pre-order, along with the recently unveiled “Fragile (feat. Labrinth)” as well as previously released tracks “Firestone (feat. Conrad Sewell)”, “Stole The Show (feat. Parson James)”, “Nothing Left (feat. Will Heard)”, and “Stay (feat. Maty Noyes)”. Cloud Nine is available for pre-order now at all digital retail providers.
Biffy Clyro follow 2013’s critically acclaimed U.K. #1 double-album Opposites with their seventh studio album Ellipsis which will be released on July 8, 2016 on Warner Bros. Records / 14th Floor Recordings.
Pre-orders for the album are now open with the first single “Wolves of Winter” now streaming and available as an instant grat track.
Watch the “Wolves of Winter” trailer:
As is tradition, writing sessions for the album saw Biffy Clyro -Simon Neil (vocals/guitar) and the Johnston brothers James (bass) and Ben (drums) working in the intimate environment of their practice room. They then headed to Los Angeles for recording sessions with producer Rich Coste (Muse, My Chemical Romance, Sigur Ros).
Citing influences as diverse as Tears For Fears’ Songs From The Big Chair album, DJ Arca and Deafheaven, Simon Neil has described Ellipsis as “more of a punch to the nose than a big cuddle.” Lyrically, the album’s songs tackle personal issues with the idea of “fighting back” a recurring theme.
Such themes are also apparent in the album’s visceral first single “Wolves of Winter” which captures Biffy Clyro’s famous blend of angular riffs, pummelling rhythms and strident hooks. Says Neil: “‘Wolves of Winter’ is about us being wolves on a patch and if you come onto that patch, we’ll tear you limb-from-limb.”
An Ellipsis (most commonly depicted as …) indicates a continuation: in this case, Biffy Clyro’s new body of work is an ongoing representation of everything that the band have stood for since first debuting in 2002 with the Blackened Sky album.
Ellipsis will be available digitally and on CD and vinyl editions.
Opposites saw Biffy Clyro flourish with their first U.K. #1 album and another U.K. Top 10 single with “Black Chandelier”. The band’s live shows soared to new heights with highlights including debut festival headline sets at Reading, Leeds, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Isle of Wight and T in the Park; a triumphant sold-out UK arena tour; and extensive touring across six continents.
Following the release of his fourth No.1 album, ‘85% Proof’, Will Young releases an amazing new video for single ‘Joy’, out on Island Records – impact date of 25th September 2015. A euphoric, uplifting ballad, ‘Joy’ is the third single to be taken from Will’s new, critically acclaimed and sixth studio album, which already boasts the comeback single Love Revolution, and the stunning follow-up Thank You.
‘Joy’, written by Will with collaborators Jim Eliot & Mima Stilwell, is at once a perfect testament to Will’s innate ability to craft endearing, effortless anthems, while also demonstrating his evolution as a songwriter.
‘85% Proof’ is the sixth album from the multi-million selling Brit Award winning singer-songwriter and represents his most accomplished work to date. Arriving at the top of the charts (making is his fourth No.1 album), ‘85% Proof’ is an eclectic, hugely confident and startlingly human record which continues to cement Will’s status as both a national icon and reigning artistic powerhouse. The Guardian said it was ‘A reminder of how good Young can be’ and Sunday Times Culture have described ‘slick production.. practically spins out of the speakers’.
Along with the success of ‘85% Proof’ Will has confirmed his long-awaited UK ‘Love Revolution Tour’ – his first nation-wide tour in four years. ‘The Love Revolution Tour’, will start in York on 29th October and run across the UK & Ireland, finishing in London at the Hammersmith Apollo on 29th November. Tickets are available from: http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/will-young-tickets
‘85% Proof’ follows up Will’s No 1 album ‘Echoes’ released in 2011 which has sold over half a million copies. In the intervening years Will moved back to theatre staring as The Emcee in Cabaret (for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award); presented an ITV documentary on surrealist artist Magritte; filtered his passion for politics and social commentary via blogs for the likes of the Huffington Post & Guardian; wrote a best-selling biography and fronted a campaign for Stonewall. He also started teaching and mentoring other singer-songwriters.
Produced by previous collaborator Jim Eliot (Mikky Ekko, Ellie Goulding), ‘85% Proof’ is a creative reflection of Will’s extracurricular activities post-Echoes and his most personal/honest songwriting to date. Writing and recording for the new record also coincided with a move to a brand new label, Island Records.
Squeeze, South London’s enduring purveyors of pure pop magic, will release a new album entitled ‘Cradle To The Grave’, on Friday 2nd October 2015 on the Virgin EMI label.‘Cradle To The Grave’ is the band’s 14th studio album and features the first collection of new songs from Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook since 1998.
Songs from the album will feature in Danny Baker’s forthcoming sitcom ‘Cradle To Grave’ starring Peter Kay to be shown on national TV this Autumn.
A single, ‘Happy Days’, is available now when you preorder the album. ‘Cradle To The Grave’ can be preordered from: http://po.st/CTTGstd (standard) & http://po.st/CTTGdlx (deluxe).
Squeeze – Happy Days video:
Produced by Glenn Tilbrook and Laurie Latham, ‘Cradle To The Grave’ was recorded at 45 RPM Studios in Charlton. The band features Glenn Tilbrook on vocals and lead guitars, Chris Difford on vocals and acoustic guitar, Simon Hanson on drums, Stephen Large on keyboards and Lucy Shaw and John Bentley share bass duties. Guest musicians include Melvin Duffy on pedal steel, Dennis Greaves on guitar and Mark Feltham on harmonica. The album will be available as a twelve song CD, digital download and on 12” double vinyl, including four exclusive cover versions of songs by Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Tom T. Hall and Ray Davies. A special ‘Collector’s Edition’ CD (including a numbered insert) will be released five weeks earlier on August 28th, 2015 and is available from: www.squeezeofficial.com
The track listing for ‘Cradle To The Grave’ is:
1. Cradle To The Grave
3. Beautiful Game
4. Happy Days
6. Only 15
7. Top Of The Form
12. Snap, Crackle And Pop
Vinyl 2 x LP
1. Cradle To The Grave
3. Beautiful Game
4. Happy Days
2. Only 15
3. Top Of The Form
4. Snap, Crackle and Pop
1. Hanging Around
2. Harper Valley PTA
3. Strange Effect
4. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
Songs from ‘Cradle To The Grave’ will feature in the forthcoming TV comedy ‘Cradle To Grave’, based on the life of writer and broadcaster Danny Baker. The series, set on a council estate in the 70s, stars comedian Peter Kay as Danny’s father. NME writer turned TV presenter and DJ, Danny was brought up in Deptford, the old stomping ground of the band, and Squeeze were asked to become involved at an early stage.
Glenn recalls: “When I read the book, I got in contact with Danny and said that I thought we could do something together with his book. Danny was already talking with (co-writer) Jeff Pope about a TV series and the mood and sentiment of Cradle were completely in sync. Danny and Jeff both loved it and everything else followed on from there.”
When the team behind the show heard the song ‘Cradle To The Grave’, they were so impressed that it was used as the inspiration for the name of the show.
“The scripts were inspiring; hugely funny. It tapped into a period that lyrically I was very familiar with, as I grew up in the same neighbourhood as Danny,” says Chris. “We have been on location to see how it is going. It gave us a spring in our step to see the quality of filming and the direction and the attention to detail. It was very heartening and we are grateful to be involved in something that is so refreshing and also represents our past – we went to the same school, wore the same uniform, fell in love with same art teacher!”
Squeeze formed in 1973 after Glenn responded to an ad Chris had placed in a newsagent’s window. Their first EP ‘Packet Of Three’ came out in the summer of ‘77 on Deptford Fun City, a label housed in the same offices as the punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue where Danny Baker was making his first steps as a music writer. Squeeze went on to write a dazzling collection of hook-filled hits including ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Take Me I’m Yours’, ‘Another Nail In My Heart,’ ‘Pulling Mussels (From the Shell),’ ‘Tempted,’ ‘Black Coffee In Bed’, ‘Labelled With Love’ and many more, a roll call of pop standards that saw them awarded the Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution To British Music in 2008.
Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the songwriting duo Chris and Glenn are stronger now than they’ve ever been. “We reformed Squeeze in 2007,” says Glenn. “Things went so well, here we are eight years later. Four years ago we agreed that if we were to carry on, we really needed to work on new material.”
Chris says of their fresh songs: “We’ve grown up a lot in the last few years, musically. We still love and own our past, but as musicians we needed to grow.”
Squeeze have released 13 studio albums – ‘Squeeze’ (’78), ‘Cool For Cats’ (’79), ‘Argybargy’ (’80), ‘East Side Story’ (’81), ‘Sweets From A Stranger’ (’82), ‘Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti’ (’85), ‘Babylon And On’ (’87), ‘Frank’ (’89), ‘Play’ (’91), ‘Some Fantastic Place’ (’93), ‘Ridiculous’ (’95), ‘Domino’ (’98) and the re-recording of their classic hits ‘Spot The Difference’ (‘10).
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Frog Eyes have also announced a number of tour dates including West Coast shows with Destroyer.
“My dad left me his acoustic guitar in his will; it was all he had to give, because he wasn’t a rich man. I wrote ten songs on it, and I think that was the real gift he gave me: a love of music, not just the way you all love it (music lovers), but also a love of creating it, sowing myself, in some small way, into the story of music.
I was holding the guitar a lot, kind of savoring it: a Martin D-18. I had been making records for a few years with a computer, piling tracks on tracks, writing words over guitar licks already recorded in a studio.
I came to think of an acoustic guitar as somehow akin to a computer, only in the sense that they are both tools of transmission, both effective in their own way.
An acoustic guitar is still, in 2015, a very effective way of transmitting one’s songs. I made a deal with myself: write ten songs, write all the words before anyone gets to hear any of the songs, memorize the songs so that I become the hard-drive that the acoustic guitar accesses. I mostly, if not totally, kept to this deal, which is rare: I’m generally pretty easy on myself.
I wrote about Joseph Beuys, about B. Traven, about God and Abraham and Isaac, about my dad being addicted to speed when he was 17.
I needed my crew and I found them. Three women: Melanie Campbell, my life-partner and long-time drummer, returned to the band after a hiatus. And my old friend Shyla Seller, an archivist and book designer who happens to also be a really precise and powerful piano player. And Terri Upton, who plays both stand-up bass, and electric bass.
I am a lucky person.
And then we needed some more crew, and we found them: our old friend and colleague Spencer Krug, who wrote string parts over the songs. And then Jesse Zubot, who played every string part on the record in one 10-hour day. And John Paton, who plays saxophone. And Paul Rigby, who caught a taxi cab over with his pedal steel guitar.
I wanted the following: Douglas Sirk strings, a noble spin on Corky’s Debt to His Father, some Darkness on the Edge of Town vibes.” – Carey Mercer
Street Date: Aug. 28, 2015
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1. Two Girls (One for Heaven and the Other One for Rome)
2. Joe with the Jam
3. The Beat Is Down (Four Wretched Singers Beyond Any World That You Have Known)
4. Death’s Ship
5. The Demon Runner
6. Rejoinders In a Storm
7. In a Hut
8. Crystal Blip
9. I Ain’t Around Much
10. Rip Down the Fences That Fence the Garden
The video for Glen Hansard’s latest track “Lowly Deserter” is premiering today at the Wall Street Journal. Of the inspiration for the video director Myles O’Reilly explains, “My initial idea was to squeeze Glen and his full band, brass and all, in to a small room of a house that closely resembled the home in which he was reared. It was Glen who then suggested we film children interacting with the house and the neighborhood. Whether Glen intended it to be a poetic and metaphorical visualization of his youth, or whether it was just a plain bonkers idea. It had to be done! And so the start gun sounded and our resources were pulled together almost effortlessly.”
“Lowly Deserter” is the latest track off Hansard’s upcoming second solo outing Didn’t He Ramble, due September 18, 2015 via Anti- Records.
In addition, the video for lead single “Winning Streak” recently premiered as an NPR Music First Watch and you can watch the video below. The album is available for pre-order now at Glen Hansard Official website and on iTunes.
Didn’t He Ramble was produced by Thomas Bartlett (The National, Sufjan Stevens), a frequent collaborator of Hansard’s, and Grammy winner and former Frames band-mate David Odlum (Paloma Faith, Tinariwen). The album, which was recorded in New York, Dublin, Chicago and France, is Hansard’s most intimate and elegant record since his work in Once and features guest appearances by John Sheahan (Dubliners), Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Sam Amidon.
Hansard will embark on a North American tour this fall including stops at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Chicago Theatre in Chicago, the new Kings Theatre in Brooklyn and the Beacon Theater in New York City. Visit here to purchase tickets.
Glen Hansard is the celebrated principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for the influential Irish group The Frames. Whether busking the streets of Dublin, where he got his start, or headlining a gig, Hansard has garnered a reputation as an unparalleled frontman.
Hansard is also one half of the acclaimed duo The Swell Season. In 2007, he and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” off the Once soundtrack. In 2013, the Broadway adaptation, Once, The Musical, won eight Tony Awards including the top musical prize itself.
As a solo artist he has sold-out shows worldwide and performed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Tavis Smiley,” and has been featured on the Emmy Award-winning program “CBS Sunday Morning.”
Wolf Alice have premiered their new music video for their track “You’re A Germ”.
Directed by Chris Grieder and inspired by b-movie and early grindhouse films, the clip captures the song’s whispered menace and the band’s effervescent personalities from the off; seeing the quartet alone in a wooden cabin, planning their survival routes out of various horror clichés.
Wolf Alice stated, “We are big fans of horror movies; terrified of them no doubt, but massive fans all the same. We always buy one on the road to watch together on long drives. We have figured out who will die first in the zombie apocalypse that is undoubtedly gonna happen. Joff can do a brilliant leather face from Texas chainsaw massacre impression and it was only a matter of time before we made our own.”
Their stunning debut album, ‘My Love Is Cool’, is racking up acclaim across the globe with NPR saying, Wolf Alice is a band (…) whose crunchy, decidedly rock-oriented reinvention is steadfastly unthreatened by a catchy pop melody, a sweet, thoughtful harmony or an earworm bridge and chorus.”
The London quartet recently performed their rousing first single “Moaning Lisa Smile” on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and on CONAN earlier this summer. Wolf Alice’s new US single “Bros” is about to impact Alternative Radio and the band is poised to return to the US in late September for their nearly sold out headlining tour which includes a stop at Austin City Limits in October. For a full list of live dates go to the official website.
My Love is Cool is out now on Dirty Hit Records / RCA Records
Wolf Alice are:
Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Theo Ellis, Joel Amey