Monday 24 October 2011

Dave Hause - Heads out on tour with Alkaline Trio

Dave Hause pic 2 - lo res
Having wowed crowds all over the UK and Europe with his passionate and uplifting performances on the recent Revival Tour, The Loved Ones vocalist/guitarist Dave Hause stays this side of the Atlantic a little while longer to hit the road with good friends Alkaline Trio.
Playing all over the country as well as two dates in Germany – Hause’s army of followers is set to get even bigger!

Dates are as follows:

5 London Barfly
6 Lemon Grove, Exeter
7 Pyramid, Southsea
8 Manchester Academy 2
9 Leadmill, Sheffield
10 Solus, Cardiff
12 Kasbah, Coventry
13 Leeds Met Uni
14 Waterfront, Norwich
15 Electric Ballroom, London
17 Picturehouse, Edinburgh

The dates follow the release of Hause’s debut solo album ‘Resolutions’ that came out on Xtra Mile Recordings in October. Recorded, produced, engineered and mixed by Pete Steinkopf (of The Bouncing Souls). Hause and a group of friends and family he compiled, dubbed The Empty Bottles Band, Hause created a perfectly crafted rock album with no genre restrictions and limitations that showcases his talents for writing catchy songs together with influences from singer/songwriters such as Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst.

Tracks such as the heartening ‘C’mon Kid’ and the somber ‘Melanin’ take on a new life with the help of Hause’s backing band, while fan favourite ‘Pray For Tucson’ is an acoustic number made even more beautiful with the assistance of a pedal steel guitar.

Since Hause started playing solo shows in 2009, he has shared the stage with a variety of artists such as Bob Mould, AFI, Frank Turner, Tim Barry (Avail), Jim Ward (At The Drive-In, Sparta), Tommy Stinson, Franz Nicolay, Chuck Ragan and Brian Fallon from Gaslight Anthem.

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Wednesday 12 October 2011

Future of the Left - Sign to Xtra Mile Recordings & release brand new 6 track EP

FOTL - live pic
We at Xtra Mile HQ are absolutely over the freakin moon to announce the addition of Future Of The Left to the XM family. We can find no better way to get our exciting news out there than in the words of the band over to you Falco....

“Zero Hour.

(drum roll) ...

An EP, titled 'Polymers are Forever' will be released on 14th November on Xtra Mile (Britain and Europe) with an initial small amount of imports being shoveled the way of the USA to be released on Xtra Mile US, that land mass which is a little to the left of Wales. Pleased doesn't quite cover it. The possibilities, literally, are end-ful.

Running order is 'polymers are forever', 'with apologies to emily pankhurst', 'new adventures', 'my wife is unhappy', 'dry hate' and ''. It has a running time somewhere in the region of twenty one minutes and is 'very nice' ((c) my mother, last week).
The first three songs are taken from the album sessions (more of this later) whilst the final three are earlier demos we didn't have the time, money or inclination to re-record. At this stage I have no earthly idea if the EP will end up being pressed on vinyl but the chances, as ever, are dramatically increased the more people ask.

Just saying.

'polymers are forever' will appear on the album 'the plot against common sense', which will be released in early 2012. More about this later. We are really VERY VERY HAPPY with this record, which is perhaps ONE DAY away from being finished (whenever we can fit that in). I would like to apologise in advance to my bandmates and the cat for how drunk I get upon its completion.

The following live dates are confirmed before the end of the year -

20th November Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach (No, really?) with Saturdays Kids and one more TBC, tickets
26th November Leeds, Cockpit (supports unconfirmed at this stage), tickets
29th November London, Hoxton Bar and Kitchen with Saturdays Kids and Fever Fever. tickets

Australian dates are as follows -

4th December Perth, Rosemount
6th December Brisbane, The Zoo
8th December Sydney, Annandale Hotel
9th-11th December Meredith Music Festival 16th December Melbourne, The Corner

Best link for tickets for these little bastards is

Really. Can't wait. For all of it.

I appreciate your patience. Rather than blogging (and yes, I still hate that word) throughout the year in a non-commital manner I thought it best to wait until there was something solid to tell you. 'Hey guys
- big news coming IN SIX OR SEVEN MONTHS' doesn't really cut it around my face. Or, indeed, my balls.(*6)

More to fellow follow.



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Tuesday 11 October 2011

Beans On Toast - New album - ‘Trying To Tell The Truth’

Keeping with tradition between artist and label Xtra Mile Recordings will be releasing the new album by Beans On Toast on his birthday Thursday 1st December 2011.


‘Trying To Tell The Truth’ – his third studio album - is a no holds barred account of the world as Beans on Toast sees it. Painting pictures of everyday things and events with sharp observations and witty one-liner’s the album offers words of wisdom that are delivered with a mischievous smile.

Wearing his heart and his beliefs on his sleeve Beans unashamedly writes of love, on the banjo-ed powered love letter ‘My New Number One’; of his childhood in Southend-on-Sea on the heart-warming ‘Peter Pan’s Playground’ (which has already been played on Radio 2); and provides beautifully articulate social commentary on ‘Free Night Of Riots’ and ‘Can’t Take Another Earthquake’. All backed by the stripped down arrangement of acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo and piano. Recruiting friends Frank Turner for production duties and poet Kate Tempest for a spot of guest vocals adds to the home-spun down to earth feel of the album.

Fans will be able to hear these new tracks for the first time when he takes to the stage at the Xtra Mile ‘Rock Against The Riots’ gig at the Borderline in London on 19th October. A label night of fun and folk which is part of the F**k The Fire campaign.

He celebrates the album’s release with a launch party held at The Yard in Hackney Wick, a temporary theatre space, converted from a dormant warehouse in the shadow of the of the olympic village, and then takes to the road in his first headline tour since the Spring.
All dates are:

1 Album Launch - The Yard - London
2 The Croft - Bristol
4 The Hope - Brighton
5 Moles - Bath

7 Gwdihw Cafe - Cardiff
10 The Swan - Kidderminster
12 Rescue Rooms - Nottingham
13 Royal Cellers - Leeds
14 The Basement - York
15 Hooga – Essex

“4/5 Sunday Times for Standing On A Chair
“His songs are spikey and rough at the edges but are blessed with spice-of-life meaning, winning spirit and warm humour” The Mirror

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Monday 10 October 2011

Frank Turner - New Single ‘Wessex Boy’ & Wembley Arena Headline Show!

Frank Turner 2010
New Single ‘Wessex Boy’
Biggest Headline Show Announced - London’s Wembley Arena
Rounding off an exceptional year that has included headlining festivals, Main Stage sets at Reading and Leeds and a chart bothering album, Frank Turner will release his new single ‘Wessex Boy’ on 28th November through Xtra Mile Recordings. Frank Turner has also confirmed his biggest headline show to date at London’s Wembley Arena for April 2012.

The third single to be lifted from the Top 12 album ‘England Keep My Bones’ it encapsulates the album’s feeling of nostalgia, reminiscing about home towns and re-visiting cosy childhood memories after a long time away. And in some uncanny cosmic timing it provides the perfect soundtrack as the winter nights draw in and attention is turned to going home for Christmas.

It also echoes Frank’s return to these shores after months of touring North America and Europe. He’s back for his huge UK headline tour with his band The Sleeping Souls. Three of the six dates are now completely sold out with the others selling fast.

Full dates are:

22 Bournemouth O2 Academy
23 Newport, Newport Centre
24 Birmingham O2 Academy SOLD OUT
25 Glasgow Barrowlands
26 Manchester O2 Apollo SOLD OUT
27 London HMV Hammersmith Apollo SOLD OUT

As the last remaining tickets get snapped up plans are already underway for a humdinger of a one-off event for April 2012. Frank Turner’s Friday the 13th at Wembley Arena will be an extra special one-day festival-like extravaganza offering fans an incredible line-up of musical gems.

Friday 13th April 2012 London Wembley Arena 0844 815 0815

Tickets are on sale from 14th October:

Back to this year though and November will also see the release of Frank’s ‘Second Three Years’ - a collection of live tracks, sessions, cover versions, b-sides and lost songs from the past three years. Out on 21st November it features live recordings of the traditional folk song ‘Barbara Allen’ from Shepherd’s Bush and the show-stopping ‘Father’s Day’ from Union Chapel both in 2009; covers versions of Springsteen, Nirvana, NOFX and Flanders & Swann to name a few as well as session tracks from Radio 1 and the bonus tracks featured on the limited deluxe edition of ‘England Keep My Bones’.

And finally on 10th November Frank will be performing at the inaugural AIM Music Awards in London where he is nominated for Hardest Working Act and Best Live Act.

Reviews of ‘England Keep My Bones’:
“Turner proves himself an accomplished and impassioned storyteller. Stirring stuff.” Q 4 stars
"a fearless venture for an artist with something interesting to say" 8/10 NME
"The wonderfully titled England Keep My Bones' features some of the finest songs Frank has yet written." 4/5 Kerrang!
"One of the UK's greatest songwriting talents...these songs will be soundtracking many of our lives for years to come." Rocksound 9/10
"The high priest of protest song sings on." Evening Standard 3/5
"Four albums into his solo career..."folk punk" man looks poised for a breakout beyond his loyal following." Observer
"this is an exuberant yet quietly sophisticated triumph" BBC online

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Tuesday 4 October 2011

Capdown - October and November tour

Jake Sim-Fielding - vocals & saxophone, Robin Goold - bass guitar, Keith Minter - vocals & guitar, Tim Macdonald - drums, Andrew "Eddie" Hunt - keyboards/samples

Capdown press picture
Capdown are universally recognised as one of the most popular bands of the British punk scene this century, with their influence stretching far beyond the UK. Their debut album ‘Civil Disobedients’ released in 2000, is widely regarded as a pivotal album in the skapunk genre, ranked comfortably in the NME’s top 100 albums of the decade in 2010. The success of this album led to an unparalleled touring schedule alongside the likes of Less Than Jake, Bad Religion, Snuff, Pennywise, The Mad Caddies and many many more. This was followed by the release of their second album ‘Pound for the Sound’, along with their first on Household Name Records, and their third ‘Wind Up Toys’ on Fierce Panda.

The band’s blend of breakneck hardcore punk, dance, dub and ska set dancefloors on fire across Europe until the band’s split in 2007. Despite the success of their early releases, Capdown will be remembered as one of the most exciting live bands the UK underground has produced, and for a limited time at least, they’re back.

An impromptu invitation led to Capdown headlining the Vans stage at the 2010 Slam Dunk Festivals, and they had a lot of fun so decided to play a few more, simple as that! Their appearances at Reading and Leeds Festivals and a handful of clubs around the UK so far in 2011 have received glowing reviews, enthusing on the raw energy and power that cemented their cult status. With the official line being ‘no timeframe, no agenda, NO PLAN’, their 11 date UK tour ending at London’s KOKO on 6th November may well be amongst the last shows they will ever play or they may inspire them to perform more. This is a band you need to see once in your life, and chances are if you’ve seen them before you’re going to want to make sure you grab the chance to see them again!

21st Bristol - The Fleece
22nd Plymouth - White Rabbit
23rd Cardiff - Millenium Halls
24th Liverpool - Academy 2
25th Leeds - Cockpit
26th Glasgow - Stereo
27th Newcastle - Northumbria Uni
28th Nottingham - Maze
29th Birmingham - Institute
5th Southampton - Talking Heads
6th London - Koko

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