Tuesday 26 February 2013

Franz Nicolay - new single & live in March & April

New single ‘Hearts of Boston’ out 15th April on Xtra Mile Recordings

Franz Nicolay is set to release his latest single 'Hearts of Boston' out on the 15th April is from his third vaudevillian world folk extravaganza, 'Do the Struggle'.   The video for which, is being shot at Franz's ancestral homeland in the mountains of New Hampshire, and features a lot of flaming things.  Possibly including Franz.

The single – and first track off of the album - is a whacked-out Pogues via Arcade Fire burst of handclaps and violin. Crammed with his Americana storytelling across a pace and passion to match any punk outfit, it's as good an introduction to Franz Nicolay as you could get. He worked with producer oktopus, of the innovative New Jersey industrial/hip-hop group dälek, to move beyond the singer-songwriter sound world and create a dark, explosive, and cinematic opus of personal and political anger.
With the help of Guignol rhythm section John Bollinger (drums) and George Rush (bass, tuba) and guests including Ezra Kire (Leftover Crack, Morning Glory), Franz Nicolay has woven tales for everyone to hold onto.
Franz is about to embark on an extensive European tour, playing any and everywhere. Dates confirmed are below, with more to come:

1 Cafe Borowka, Wroclaw, PL
2 Klubokawiarnia Redakcja, PL
3 Pub Lamus, Gorlice, PL
4 Kawiarnia Naukowa, Krakow, PL
5 Tektura, Lublin, PL
6 Galeria Funky, Warsaw, PL
7 Meskalina, Poznan, PL
8 Ramones Museum, Berlin DE
9 Schaubude, Kiel DE
10 Villa Nachttanz, Heidelberg DE
11 Chaff, Brussels BE
12 Le Petit Barcelone,, Orleans FR
13 Pop In, Paris FR
14 Mac Daid's, Le Havre FR
15 Le Galion, Lorient FR
16 Ecuyes, Caen FR
17 Petit London, Toulouse FR
18 La Miroiterie, Paris FR
19 Theatre De La Fonderie, Le Mans FR
20 Le Maquisard, Doyet FR
21 Off Kultur, Nancy FR
22 House show, Zurich CH
23 Mela di Newton, Padua IT (w/ Amy Kohn)
25 CK13, Novi Sad, SERB
26 Tunel, Rijeka, CRO
27 AKC Metelkova, Ljubljana SLO
28 Klub Attack, Zagreb CRO (w/ Morning Glory)
29 Podmornica, Belgrade SERB
30 Roham Bar, Budapest HUN
31 Gambrinus Pub, Cluj-Napoca RO
1 Club Noir, Szeged HUN
4 Studio Sounds Like, Sofia BG
Following dates w/ Moneybrother
9 Rocker33, Stuttgart DE
10 Centralstation Club, Darmstadt DE
11 Wuk Club, Vienna AT
12 PPC, Graz AT
14 E-Werk, Erlangen DE
15 Tower, Bremen DE
16 Werk2, Leipzig DE
17 Lindenpark, Potsdam DE
18 Kleine Freihet, Osnabruck DE 

www.franznicolay.com  & www.xtramilerecordings.com

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Friday 22 February 2013

TIM BARRY - Summer UK tour announced

Following the release of his fifth album '40 Miler', ex-Avail singer Tim Barry is set to brings his earnest, poignant, and riotous songs back to the UK for an extensive June tour.

Richmond, Virginia-based singer-songwriter Tim Barry last joined our very own Frank Turner on tour last Autumn in the UK and Europe, sharing his blues, folk, and country-tinged sound with an appreciative audience. This time, dates will be more intimate for what will be an incredible evening of powerful storytelling and heartfelt sing-a-longs.
Full tour dates are:

Tickets are on sale now from the usual outlets and the venues themselves.

JUNE 2013
JULY 2013

Tim Barry has long left behind his harder edged music, but not the soul or passion which fueled it. One of his songs, 'Prosser's Gabriel', led to a freedom fighting slave's final resting place from the 1800s being turned from a car park into a park memorial to honour his name. If that's not powerful songwriting, then music means nothing to anyone.

He's also released a video which has been inspired by a loved one who passed away in 2008. 'Shed Song' from his last album, and its video, will prepare you for what to expect when he arrives in the UK. The video can be seen here:
www.timbarryrva.com      www.xtramilerecordings.com

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Monday 18 February 2013

DAVE HAUSE - Exclusive Record Store Day Release + UK & European Tour

The Loved Ones vocalist/guitarist, Dave Hause returns to the UK and Europe this Spring with an exclusive 7” single on coloured vinyl and a run of shows.
‘C’mon Kid’ will be backed by the never before released song ‘Play It By Ear’ as well as a beautiful piano version of the title track and will be released on Record Store Day - 20th April, 2013 through Xtra Mile Recordings. 

Coinciding with the single Dave will be touring throughout Europe and the UK playing festivals and headline shows with support from friend and Social Distortion guitarist Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham.  Full tour dates are:

26 Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage Klub
27 Meerhout, Belgium – Groezrock Festival
28 Stuttgart, Germany – Pirate Satellite Festival
29 Munster, Germany – Gleis 22
30 Hannover, Germany - Lux
2 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Winston Kingdom
3 Bristol, UK – The Croft
4 Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
5 Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
6 London, UK – The Barfl

‘C’mon’ Kid’ is lifted from Dave’s debut solo album 'Resolutions' released on Xtra Mile Recordings.  Recorded, produced, engineered and mixed by Pete Steinkopf (of The Bouncing Souls), Resolutions showcases Hause’s songwriting talents and his many influences ranging from Patty Griffin to Paul Westerberg resulting in a well-crafted rock album that defies classification. – Big Cheese said: “his unique gruff vocal tones shine through working their magic on the listener’s heart.”  Whilst Rocksound declared it to be “an honest, open and fulfilling addition to the music shelf.”

Watch the video for ‘C’mon Kid’ here:

2012 was a busy year for Dave Hause.  He started by supporting Alkaline Trio on their extensive UK tour in May and then joined Social Distortion in mid-August for a few shows before meeting up with The Bouncing Souls to finish off the summer with a trek through Europe.  Finally, Dave returned again in October and November to support The Gaslight Anthem on shows throughout the UK, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.  He also released a successful and sought after 7" series that showcased alternate recordings of all the tracks from the Resolutions album via five different US indie labels including; Bridge Nine Records, Chunksaah, Jade Tree, Sabot Productions and SideOneDummy.

Since his first solo performance in 2009 Dave has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists including Bob Mould, AFI, Frank Turner, Tim Barry (Avail), Jim Ward (At The Drive-In, Sparta), Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns & Roses), Franz Nicolay, Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) and Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem).

www.davehause.com & www.xtramilerecordings.com

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Beans On Toast - live in March 2013


Live In March

Beans On Toast is back on the road in the UK this March and will be playing plenty of songs from fourth album 'Fishing For A Thank You'.

This is just a small stint of shows, but will be followed by a full UK headline tour in May before Beans takes to the fields fro another Summer packed with festival slots. Expect laughs, tears, and plenty of melodic banter.

Beans On Toast's  fourth studio album 'Fishing For A Thank You', came out to high acclaim at the end of last year, Beans has written a career defining record that, in his own amiable style, deals with such matters as protests, love, drugs, religion, Wetherspoons pubs and angry birds with his perfected, witty social commentary. Bolstered by an accordion and a backing brass section, this is Beans' most complete and mature sounding record.

Mar 07 The Horn St Albans,
Mar 09 Threshold Festival Liverpool,
Mar 10 The Cookie Jar Leicester,
Mar 11 Kraak Gallery Manchester,
Mar 12 The Monarch London

2012 was a very busy year for Beans On Toast:
•    Supported Frank Turner at his sold out Wembley Arena show back in April.
•    Spent the summer packing out tents at a string of summer festivals, including Blissfields, Secret Garden Party, Kendall Calling, Bestival and more.
•    Headlined his own incredible show at London’s Scala in September which was recorded for a live album to be released next year.

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

www.beansontoastmusic.com   www.facebook.com/beansontoastmusic
www.youtube.com/beansontoasttube  Twitter - @beanstoast

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Friday 8 February 2013

Frank Turner biography


On 27th July 2012 Frank Turner played the biggest show on Earth when he performed at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Hand-picked by the Artistic Director for the ceremony Danny Boyle, Frank played three songs as part of the event to an estimated audience of almost 200,000 people in the stadium over 2 nights of rehearsals and the opening night itself as well as the staggering 25 million viewers on the BBC.

Frank says: “Being asked to play the Opening Ceremony was something I never imagined was going to happen in my wildest most feverish dreams; but the fact that Danny Boyle asked me personally, as a fan, convinced me to do it. It was a pretty terrifying prospect, but I was very happy to be part of it, it is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
This was a great example of the phenomenal achievements Frank has made throughout his 7 year-long solo career. In April 2012, Frank Turner headlined a sold out Wembley Arena in what was the largest gig of his life. This career defining show took place less than two years after his first appearance at Wembley in June 2010 supporting Green Day at the enormous Stadium across the way. And since then – Frank has seen his life change beyond recognition…

On 6th June 2011, Frank stormed the UK Album Charts going in at Number 12, with the release of his fourth studio album ‘England Keep My Bones’. Recorded in Crouch End’s stunning Church Studios, Frank laid down fifteen tracks with his band The Sleeping Souls - Ben, Nigel, Tarrant and Matt - and producer Tristan Ivemy for a record with a quintessential English sound, a nostalgic homage to his homeland, friends and family.

With the acoustic guitar very much at its core, the album is more folk orientated than predecessor ‘Poetry Of The Deed’ and includes an a cappella song done in a traditional English style. Featuring contributions from ex-Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay, folk singers Emily Barker and Chris T-T, and Unbelievable Truth’s Andy Yorke, he covers themes of mortality, relationships and religion in what is a bold, ballsy yet beautiful album. Spawning 4 singles – ‘I Still Believe’, ‘Peggy Sang The Blues’, ‘If Ever I Stray’ and ‘Wessex Boy’, it is Frank’s most successful album to date, selling over 100,000 copies worldwide and reaching silver status.

That summer, Frank embarked on a season full of UK, US and European festival appearances: headlining the Third Stage at Download Festival in June, headlining Blissfields Festival in July to a show-stopping and triumphant Main Stage performance at Reading and Leeds Festival in August. Since then he has been winning over the hearts and minds of North America on full band tours ripping it up across the States and Canada before returning to the UK and Europe for his biggest headline tour ever, with sold out shows at Manchester Apollo, Birmingham Academy and the famous Hammersmith Apollo in London. And that’s not to mention the two awards Frank won at the inaugural AIM Awards – Best Live Act and Hardest Working Artist.

It’s a far cry from his tentative beginnings five years ago when, after the demise of previous band Million Dead, Frank took to the road as a fledgling solo artist armed only with an acoustic guitar. With a DIY work ethic, and a passion for plying his trade with integrity and honesty Frank toured up and down the country playing backs of pubs, people’s front rooms and anywhere else that would have him. With a handful of catchy folk/country/punk songs and enough charm and charisma to win over any crowd, he amassed more and more fans and a fevered cult following soon formed. 

With the support and backing from Indie label Xtra Mile Recordings in the UK, Frank has slowly but surely blossomed from an underground hero to a bona fide mainstream success story. And this is now starting to be echoed internationally by releasing albums ‘Poetry Of The Deed’, ‘Love Ire & Song’ and the anthology ‘Last Minutes & Lost Evenings’ as well as touring with the Offspring and Social Distortion.
It’s been a long journey but Frank’s path to total world domination continues apace.

Expect great things…

Sleep Is For The Week (Jan 07),
Love Ire & Song (March 08),
The First Three Years (Dec 08) – a collection of singles, b-sides and rarities
Poetry Of The Deed (Sept 09)
England Keep My Bones (June 11)
The Second Three Years (Jan 12) – a second collection of single, b-sides and rarities
Tape Deck Heart (April 2013)

Kerrang! Spirit Of Independence – 2010
AIM Hardest Working Act – 2011
AIM Best Live Act – 2011
ASCAP Vanguard Award - 2012

For More Information:
www.frank-turner.com & www.xtramilerecordings.com