Thursday 20 August 2009

The Xcerts - Announce Main Support on Idlewild’s Forthcoming Tour, Dates with This City and New Single ‘Nightschool’

“Ludicrously Punchy” – Steve Lamacq
'...classic piece of air-punching melancholia' - Observer

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Having recently rewarded fans’ loyalty with a very special live album ‘Live At King’s Tut’s’ made available exclusively through iTunes, THE XCERTS are now set to release the third single from their critically acclaimed debut album; ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’. ‘Nightschool’ - a standout fan favourite in the band’s live set – will be released as a download single on 5th October through Xtra Mile Recordings. The angst-ridden anthem will be backed with an atmospheric remix of ‘Home Vs Home’ by The Blueskies.

The video for ‘Nightschool’ captures the essence of the band’s live set with a raucous performance at a house party. Directed by Ricky Gibb and Richard Watson and shot at lead singer Murray MacLeod’s house at night, the video depicts the preparations for and goings-on at the house party building to a climatic end with the band performing live in the garden.

The Xcerts - Night School Packshot

In addition to news of this single release The Xcerts can also announce that they will be taking to the road with friends This City in September and then supporting their childhood heroes Idlewild in October.

You can catch them at the following gigs:

15th - Leefest, Kent
20th - Harley’s, Bathgate
22nd GRV - SOS Festival, Edinburgh
29th - Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham
31st - Beachdown festival, Brighton
17th - Cavern, Exeter
18th - Inn On The Sqaure, Barnstaple
19th - Southsea Festival, Portsmouth
24th - The Tap House, Kidderminster with This City
25th - Unit, Southampton with This City
26th - Club Revolution, Peterborough with This City
27th - Fat Sam’s, Dundee with This City
28th - Tunnels, Aberdeen with This City
29th - Oran Mor, Glasgow with This City
30th - Fibbers, York with This City
2nd - Rock City, Nottingham with This City
3rd - Academy 3, Birmingham with This City
4th - Bivouac@Scy, Lincoln with This City
5th - Audio, Brighton with This City
6th - Barfly, London with This City
7th - Roadhouse, Manchester with This City
9th - Mad Ferret, Preston with This City
10th - Manchester University, Manchester supporting Idlewild
11th - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham supporting Idlewild
12th - Phoenix Centre, Exeter supporting Idlewild
13th - Arts Centre, Colchester supporting Idlewild
15th - Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea supporting Idlewild
16th - Electric Ballroom, London supporting Idlewild
18th - O2 Academy, Oxford supporting Idlewild
19th - Waterfront, Norwich supporting Idlewild

The Xcerts debut album ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ is out now on Xtra Mile Recordings!
Here’s what the press had to say:
“Charged with youthful hope and exuberance, every riff and anthemic chorus points to a bright future for these talented lads." - Kerrang! 4/5
“...this debut is inch-perfect, merging heartstring-tugging delicacy with buoyant distortion... If you're searching for pop with balls but no bullshit, look no further.” - Rock Sound 8/10
"'In The Cold Wind We Smile' is a triumphant, life-affirming classic" - Big Cheese 5/5

For more information please contact (National/Online) or (Regional) – 020 7792 9400

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Friday 14 August 2009

Hundred Reasons - New Single and Autumn tour

National treasures Hundred Reasons are pleased to announce exciting details of their new forthcoming single as well as a plethora of summer festivals and tour dates!

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Following the successes of their album Quick The Word, Sharp The Action which was re-released with four bonus tracks back in April, the quintet are releasing the single ‘Break The Glass’ as a download only on 26th October through the band's own label / PIAS.
It is a brand new single edit with Larry on lead vocals for the first time on a single. A rousing anthem ‘Break The Glass’ has their trademark melodies, and hard hitting, crunching riffs and pours with energy and passion. It’s also accompanied by the amazing visual tale of a brave teabag's epic journey to save his family from the evil clutches of a teaspoon gang, with the help of his friends the banana skin and the plastic bag – which has to be seen to be believed!

Fresh from a summer of festival appearances at Hevy Festival and Sonisphere, Hundred Reasons will be embarking on a UK headlining tour throughout November and are also currently busy writing and recording songs for their fifth studio album due out next year! More details on the record to come!

Also this summer, fans will now be able to play along to Hundred Reasons to their hearts content as the track ‘I’ll Never K now’ will be included on the latest free download from Guitar Hero from August 13th.

Full tour dates are:

07. Leeds Cockpit
08. Glasgow King Tuts
09. Bristol Thekla
10. Norwich Waterfront
11. London Garage
12. Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
13. Brighton Concorde II
14. Nottingham Rescue Rooms

"Takes their well-honed pop suss into myriad new directions... Long may they continue."
KKKK Kerrang!
"This is a band that hold a place of genuine affection and still make music of brilliance and hope." 4/5 The Sun
"Quick The Word…is the unlikeliest return to form since Beckham's England recall."
4/5 Uncut

For further info contact: Charlie / Dani - National - Anthea - Regional - Griff - Online


Monday 10 August 2009

Million Dead - ‘A Song To Ruin – Deluxe Edition’

KKKKK – Kerrang! 9/10 – Rocksound 4/5 – The Independent 8/10 – NME 9/10 – Metal Hammer

Six years after its original release, Million Dead’s seminal debut album ‘A Song To Ruin’ is lovingly re-mastered, re-packaged with a DVD and made available to buy for the first time in over 4 years.

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‘A Song To Ruin’ originally came out on 8th September 2003 amidst a scene of British bands playing music inspired by American hardcore. The London quartet’s particular brand was fast-paced punk, that experimented with unusual time signatures, mind-boggling lyrical genius and killer riffs and made them one of the most respected and acclaimed bands from the scene. The album cracked the Top 20 Independent Chart on week of release and was described by then Kerrang! Editor Ashley Bird as: “Jaw-droppingly fiery, punk-fuelled noise laced with intelligence and soul...” and by The Independent as “A quite incredible debut.” The singles ‘Breaking The Back’ and ‘I Am The Party’ were championed by Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and Mike Davies, the videos were on constant rotation on MTV2 and the band received a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards.

‘A Song To Ruin’ sold out of it’s original pressing and as the band split, no further ones were ever manufactured. It was never made available digitally either and so for four years, this celebrated album has become impossible to find and highly sort after. Until now! This re-mastered version includes all original 10 tracks as well as 5 bonus tracks of demos, b-sides and the single ‘I Gave My Eyes To Stevie Wonder’.

Inspired by hardcore heroes Black Flag, Million Dead spent their lives on the road touring and playing anywhere and everywhere. And it was live that the band’s talents truly shone through - their musicianship matched only by their frenetic individual performances. Ben’s powerhouse drumming, a blur at the back of the stage; Cam’s intricate riffs blending perfectly with Julia’s aggressive basslines and Frank, an unhinged master of ceremonies, shouting complex lyrical rhymes whilst hurling himself across the stage and into the crowd.

Million Dead - A Song To Ruin

With this in mind, this re-mastered album is accompanied by a DVD that includes the long awaited video footage of their last ever London performance at the Underworld in 2005 as well as their last gig with original guitarist Cam and every promotional single video from both albums.

Full track-listing for ‘A Song To Ruin – Deluxe Edition

1. Pornography for Cowards
2. Breaking the Back
3. I Am the Party
4. Charlie + the Propaganda Myth Machine
5. A Song to Ruin
6. Smiling at Strangers on Trains
7. MacGyver
8. Relentless
9. The Kids Are Going to Love It
10. The Rise and Fall
11. Gnostic Front (Bonus Track - previously available on the Japanese edition of 'A Song To Ruin')
12. I Gave My Eyes To Stevie Wonder (Bonus track - single released 17/5/04)
13. Medicine (Bonus track - b-side to 'I Gave My Eyes To Stevie Wonder')
14. Tonight, Matthew (Bonus track - b-side to single 'Living The Dream')
15. Asthma (Bonus track - rare demo track)

Million Dead’s last ever London show in full (22nd September 2005)
Million Dead’s last performance with Guitarist Cameron Dean
All of Million Dead’s promotional single videos:
'Smiling At Strangers On Trains'
'Breaking The Back'
'I Am The Party'
'I Gave My Eyes To Stevie Wonder'
'Living The Dream'
'After The Rush Hour'
'To Whom It May Concern'

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Tuesday 4 August 2009

Reuben - Double CD & DVD Bonanza!! Plus new single 'Blitzkrieg'

On 24th August 2009 Reuben will release ‘We Should Have Gone To University’ on Xtra Mile Recordings; a double CD and DVD package featuring all their b-sides and a host of previously unreleased material. It has been lovingly assembled by the band together with Xtra Mile to create an epically comprehensive and nostalgic collection; a big thank you from the band to the fans.

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Reuben decided to call it a day in June of last year, declaring an indefinite hiatus after years of battling the many pitfalls of the music industry whilst juggling ‘proper’ jobs that, in the end, simply wore them out. In their time together the cult three-piece from Aldershot, who had been together since 2001, released three studio albums – ‘Racecar Is Racecar Backwards’, ‘Very Fast Very Dangerous’ and ‘In Nothing We Trust’ - one DVD titled ‘What Happens In Aldershot, Stays In Aldershot’, two EPs and a host of singles (including a Christmas song), all to critical acclaim. They toured extensively, earning themselves not only recognition but a number of Radio One and MTV2 top spots as well as a Kerrang! award nomination for Best British Newcomer.

Reuben - university cover

Their creative output in their time together amassed a wealth of music and film footage. From the first forays of their debut ‘Pilot’ EP in 2001 to the demos and out-takes from recording their third and final album in 2007; ‘We Should Have Gone To University’ is 47 tracks long, encompassing past releases, album demos, b-sides, live session tracks and previously unreleased gems. A must for any mourning Reuben fan and of course, any newcomers.

The DVD contains every promo video for their 15 singles and excellent live footage of their career-defining Main Stage set at Download Festival 2007.
Full tracklisting of both CDs and DVD is as follows:

01 Alpha Signal Seven
02 Words From Reuben
03 Crimson
04 Death Of A Star
05 Shambles
06 Scared Of The Police
07 Eating Only Apples (Single Version)
08 Wooden Boy
09 Stux (Tell Me It's Alright)
10 Stealing Is Easy
11 Banner Held High
12 Lissom Slo
13 Let's Stop Hanging Out (Single version)
14 Alpha Signal Five
15 Numb At Four In The Morning
16 Worn To Be Seen
17 Catch
18 Stuck In My Throat (Single Version)
19 Doll Fin
20 Scared Of The Police (Live On XFM)
21 Once
22 Glitterskin
23 Ways Of Staying Pure
24 Miffy In Auschwitz (Live At The BBC)
25 Enemy

CD 2:
01 Scared Of The Police (Sheldon Version)
02 Don't Die
03 Seated Near
04 No Exit Wound
05 Victim
06 Approaching By Stealth
07 Karin
08 Feel Good Inc. (Live At The BBC)
09 Two Kicks In The Mouth (Live At XFM)
10 Blitzkrieg
11 Girls On Top
12 What's Good For Me
13 Push
14 The Weight Of The World
15 Christmas Is Awesome
16 Suffocation Of The Soul (Live At The BBC)
17 Agony/Agatha (Live At The BBC)
18 The Hand That Feeds (Live At The BBC)
19 Deadly Lethal Ninja Assassin (Acoustic Version)
20 Red Machine
21 Shambles (Long Version)
22 The Last Time

1. Wooden Boy
2. Scared Of The Police
3. Stux
4. Let’s Stop Hanging Out
5. Stuck In My Throat
6. Freddy Kreuger
7. Moving To Blackwater
8. Blamethrower
9. A Kick In The Mouth
10. Keep It To Yourself
11. Blood Bunny Lark Hall
12. Deadly Lethal Ninja Assassin
13. Christmas Is Awesome
14. Cities On Fire
15. Blitzkrieg
16. Blamethrower
17. Blood Bunny Larkhall
18. Everytime A Teenager Listens To Drum And Bass A Rock Star Dies
19. Keep It To Yourself
20. Cities On Fire
21. Lights Out
22. Stuck In My Throat
In The Studio
23. Lissom Slo
24. Worn To Be Seen

‘We Should Have Gone To University’ is accompanied by the release of the single ‘Blitzkrieg’ – an anthemic rock/pop sing-a-long that was written and recorded but never before released. The video is a nostalgic look back with footage of the band playing live and messing about backstage unearthed from compiling the DVD for the box set.

“Excellent bludgeoning riffola” NME

“Lenman and co ensure that each and every song excels thanks to their own particular brand of Foo Fighters-style accessibility, raw metal power and classic songwriting.” Rocksound

‘Jaw dropping musicianship, severely warped tunes’ The Fly

Gutsy, passionate rocking...” Kerrang!