Thursday 21 October 2010

Beans on Toast - 'Writing on the Wall'

Second album 'Writing On The Wall' to be released on Wednesday 1st December through Xtra Mile Recordings

Never one to pay attention to rules or tradition, Beans On Toast will release the follow-up to his two disc 50 track debut 'Standing On A Chair' on his birthday, 1st December, eschewing the industry standard of records being released every Monday. It's called 'Writing on the Wall' and it's 30 minutes of music to celebrate his 30th year on the planet.

Beans On Toast - Writing on the Wall

This time his distinctive vocals and battered, half size acoustic guitar is joined by a full band, bringing new dimensions to his core oeuvre of direct, poignant, hilarious tales and observations. Rooted in the confessional and anecdotal, Jay's (Bean’s On Toast) direct, three-chord approach is this time bolstered by a full array of instruments. They complement the already colourful wordplay and bring a new dimension to the melody of his songs, making his honest yarns of drugs, love and friendship larger-than-life.

After a summer in the fields going between the countries major and minor festivals, he's just completed the very first Strummerville tour 'Westway Around The UK' with a headline tour promised for early next year. Beans On Toast's grimy, scaly voice – lined with razor wire and sandpaper – continues to croak apace in its rather comforting, miscreant Jackanory way. And long may it do so.

‘Writing On The Wall’ tracklisting:
1. artmoneyart
2. Oil
3. Foolish, Wild + Forgetful
4. Old Grunge
5. Bon Voyage
6. Methadrone
7. Left My Heart On The M25
8. New Can Of Tuna
9. Travel Back In Time Dance
10. A Real Life Country Song

To celebrate the release of ‘Writing on the Wall’ Beans on Toast will be holding a special Album Launch Party at The Nest in London on the 2nd December.

Album Launch Party @ The Nest
36 Stoke Newington Road
N16 7XJ
8pm - 4am / £6

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Dive Dive - New single 'Liar' & Frank Turner support

New single 'Liar' out 29th November, long-awaited third album early January 2011, digital re-release of back catalogue.

Oxford-based quartet Dive Dive have reconvened in some inexplicable time out from their current job of being Frank Turner's band, dragging singer Jamie Stuart with them. They've also brought back with them their third, self-produced album, 'Potential' which is preceded by the single 'Liar', out 29th November on Xtra Mile Recordings.


'Liar' comes accompanied with a video that atones for the sins of leaving poor Jamie behind and leaving us without a Dive Dive record for so long. Guest starring the ever-present Frank Turner, Juju (of Little Fish) and Jamie Lenman (ex of Reuben), the video sees Tarrant Anderson, Ben Lloyd and Nigel Powell trying out frontmen from The Vocalist Warehouse. In the end, there's only one choice and it certainly isn't the man known for a fondness of folk music and beards.

Now, having had three years with three quarters of the band accompanying folk-rock trailblazer Frank Turner all over the world, their punchy post-hardcore has been refined and fuelled by a renewed desire to play together. As well as the release of 'Potential' next year, both of Dive Dive's previous albums will be available to buy from your favourite digital outlets on 29th November.

Since 2001, Dive Dive have been a growing concern. From their debut in 2005, 'Tilting At Windmills' came a barrage of positive press and fan adulation. The Independent, The Fly, Kerrang!, Rock Sound, BBC, NME and John Peel himself all fawned over their intial burst of high-octane energy. Their second album, 'Revenge of the Mechanical Dog', released in 2007, built upon their scathing riffs and stop-start dynamics.

1. Mr 10%
2. The Alarum
3. Damage Control
4. Liar
5. The You In Me
6. Wherewithal
7. Ape Like Me
8. Collapse From The Hurt
9. The Point Is
10. Your Call Is Important
11. Pod People
12. Let's Swap Places
Hidden Track - Potential

They are set to support Frank on his December UK tour - meaning swift diva-like costume changes on the night between sets - which precedes the single release.

1st – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen 0844 499 9990
2nd – ABC, Glasgow 0844 499 9990
3rd – 53 Degrees, Preston 01772 893 000
4th – The Plug, Sheffield SOLD OUT
5th – Regal, Oxford 0871 230 5595
6th – Corn Exchange, Cambridge 01223 578 000
7th – Guildhall, Southampton 0238 063 2601
8th – Lemon Grove, Exeter 01392 263 518
10th – Academy, Leicester 0844 477 2000
11th – O2 Academy, Liverpool 0844 477 2000
12th – Brixton Academy, London 0844 477 2000

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Monday 18 October 2010

Frank Turner - New EP 'Rock & Roll' Released 6th December on Xtra Mile Recordings

Following an incredible year of touring everywhere, playing to overflowing festival crowds, supporting Green Day at Wembley Stadium and winning a prestigious Kerrang! Award, Frank Turner has found a few days to record a five track EP in time for Christmas.

Frank Turner - Rock and Roll EP

The 'Rock & Roll EP' begins with lead track, and astoundingly popular live anthem, 'I Still Believe'. It's a call to arms for those who are enraptured by the simplicity and power of “guitar and drums and desperate poetry”. The riotous gang of audience voices shouting the title back at Frank, spliced into the EP having been recorded from a summer of teeming festival crowds, tells you all you need to know about this soon-to-be signature song.

All recorded at The Church Studios in Crouch End in a mere three days, and produced by Tristan Ivemy who mixed Frank's second album Love Ire & Song, the four remaining songs 'Pass It Along', 'To Absent Friends', 'Rock & Roll Romance' and 'The Next Round' will remain exclusive to this release. 'I Still Believe' will appear on next year's anticipated album due for Spring with Frank set to begin recording in January.

The video to 'I Still Believe' sees a dashing bunch of 1920s-30s socialites witness Frank and his band (Ben, Tarrant, Matt and Nigel) stampede through the song in rip-roaring, devil-may-care style, as is their wont. Frank also got a tattoo of the track title on his arm, live on set, adding to his already ink-addled frame. Stills from the video can be found here:

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Currently in the US touring with punk legends Social Distortion, Frank's neverending schedule continues with a December UK tour which has seen Sheffield, Aberdeen, Exeter and Liverpool sell out already, and the other dates not far behind, including London's Brixton Academy. His tour supports for December are singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt and fiery Oxford quartet Dive Dive.

1st Lemon Tree, Aberdeen SOLD OUT
2nd ABC, Glasgow 0844 499 9990
3rd 53 Degrees, Preston 01772 893 000
4th The Plug, Sheffield SOLD OUT
5th Regal, Oxford 0871 230 5595
6th Corn Exchange, Cambridge 01223 578 000
7th Guildhall, Southampton 0238 063 2601
8th Lemon Grove, Exeter SOLD OUT
10th Academy, Leicester 0844 477 2000
11th O2 Academy, Liverpool SOLD OUT
12th Brixton Academy, London 0844 477 2000

Tickets are available to buy online via the Xtra Mile Webstore –

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Monday 4 October 2010

Reef - Lately Stomping

Reef 1 - July by Steve Gullick
After a glorious and effortless run of shows this Spring and some select festival appearances over the summer, including the storming home-coming frenzy on the Saturday afternoon at Glastonbury, the West Country's favourite sons will head out again on the road this autumn.Having enjoyed the best gigs and festivals appearances of their lives and really appreciated the fervent support from the fans on their sold out April shows, Gary, Jack, Kenwyn and Dom have decided it was too much fun not to do it all over again.

27 Portsmouth PYRAMID CENTER
03 Wolverhampton WULFREN HALL
04 Nottingham ROCK CITY

REEF formed in 1993, signing to Sony imprint S2 Records the following year. Their debut 1995 album REPLENISH achieved Gold status and saw the band play shows with the Rolling Stones, Paul Weller and Soundgarden.
The follow up to Replenish, 1997's GLOW stormed the UK Charts at Number 1 and included the single 'Place Your Hands'. In 1999 the band released RIDES (George Drakoulias) and in the same year the band saw off the likes of Oasis and Pulp to win the Music Industry’s Soccer Six competition. Rides was followed by the poppier sounding GETAWAY produced by Al Clay (Pixies, Stereophonics) in 2000 which was most notable for the single 'Set The Record Straight'. Always a favourite at shows and Festivals alike, the band made many high profile appearances during this period, including Glastonbury and Reading festivals.

TOGETHER - THE BEST OF REEF was released by S2 in 2003. It was around then that he band decided to take an extended break from Reef. They have been working on several projects in the interim including Dominic playing with Mick Jones (The Clash) and Tony James (Gen X) in Carbon/Silicon and Gary and Jack forming THEM IS ME and releasing their debut album in 2008 and now the new StringerBessant album Yard which will be released in July 2010 on Xtra Mile Recordings. &

For further details contact: Charlie (National), Anthea (Regional) or Griff (Online) 020 7792 9400

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