Wednesday 25 September 2013

- Band return to UK and Europe this December

Following the release of their brand new single ‘The Battle For Clear Sight’ on 14th October 2013, Larry and His Flask are back on our shores to win over yet more hearts and minds of the good people in Europe and the UK throughout December. 

The five-piece from Oregon, USA who supported Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls in the UK as well as playing their own headline shows earlier this year will further spread the gospel of their infectious and frenetic homespun bluegrass/anarchic rock on the following dates:

03   Nijmegen (NL) @ Merleyn 
04   London (UK) @ Borderline
05   Middlesbrough (UK) @ Doctor Browns
06   Glasgow (UK) @ Audio  
07   Manchester (UK) @ The Star & Garter
08   Brighton (UK) @ The Hope
09   Brussels (BE) @ Magasin 4
10   Berlin (DE) @ Cortina Bob
11   Cologne (DE) @ Tsunami Club
12   Mannheim (DE) @ Der Bock
13   Zurich (CH) @ Dynamo Werk 21
14   Hamburg (DE) @ Nouar Bar
15   Utrecht (NL) @ dBs 

The Battle For Clear Sight is taken from their outstanding sophomore album ‘By The Lamplight’ which was released earlier this year. The track will be released on a split, coloured 7” vinyl – with Beans On Toast on the flipside – as part of the Xtra Mile Single Sessions: The Tenth Anniversary Edition. 
It features on the second of the 4 vinyl released every Monday in October as part of this highly collectable series. 

As well as this, the band have recently made available their previous album ‘All That We Know’ on digital download for the first time, this side of the pond. You can order from Xtra Mile Recordings -

For the uninitiated, Larry and His Flask make music that lies somewhere between a barn raising and a mosh pit. The New York Times calls them "uncommonly joyous" and "deviously astute", while their live show is a "breathless, polymorphous good time." Originally conceived as a four piece punk band, the group has swelled into a fully realized line-up with strong Americana influences complete with stand-up bass, mandolin and banjo. Their live act is not to be missed - unlike any other band playing music today, Larry and His Flask truly incorporate their audiences into each show, connecting to create an experience that converts everyone into fans and permeates the border between performer and spectator.  Performances see members careening wildly across the stage with instruments, narrowly avoiding harrowing collisions amongst themselves and frequently trading said instruments mid-song while still maintaining pitch-perfect 4-part harmonies. 

Here's a taster of their live antics – filmed at their London Forum show: 

“There is so much verve and spirit on display, not to mention clever songwriting, which sees them weave moving, intriguing and entertaining stories through their heartfelt music. And if they are half as exciting live as they are on record, Larry And His Flask are a special entity indeed.” – 4 out of 5 review in Alternative Press

“As expected and hoped for, we’re treated to more lashings of old time country tropes reconfigured through the equalizing lends of punk rock.  It’s truly riveting stuff…”  - 9 out of 10 review in Rock Sound (UK)

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Jamie Lenman

Album: Muscle Memory
Releases date:  4th November 2013
Single: “Fizzy Blood” and “Pretty Please” split 7” with Mongol Horde
Release date: 28th October 2013
UK Tour – December 2013

Jamie Lenman – raconteur, wit and one of the best British songwriters of the last ten years – is set to release a double album through Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Against Me!, Million Dead).

Best known through his work with Reuben (who split in 2008), ‘Muscle Memory’ is Jamie’s first new material. To showcase the day and night/yin and yang/black and white the double album is split into two discs: disc one brings together the heavier side of life. Brutal riffs and intense vocals on songs such as “Shower Of Scorn”, “The Fuck Of It All” and “Fizzy Blood”. Disc 2 shows Jamie’s strength for melody and song writing – from the beautiful “It’s Hard To Be A Gentleman” to the big band jazz of “Pretty Please” to the intensely moving “Saturday Night”.

In between writing music, Jamie works as an illustrator for various clients including Bloomsbury, The Guardian and Doctor Who Magazine. The double album artwork was painstakingly put together by Jamie himself.

The 23 track double album is split into two equal sides of 11 tracks each…
disc 1
- The Six Fingered Hand
- Fizzy Blood
- No News Is Good News
- One Of My Eyes Is A Clock
- Shower Of Scorn
- A Terrible Feeling
- The Fuck Of It All
- All The Things You Hate About Me, I Hate Them Too
- Gary, Indiana
- A Plague On Both Your Houses
- Muscle
  disc 2 
- Shotgun House
- I Ain't Your Boy
- It's Hard To Be A Gentleman
- For God's Sake
- Little Lives
- If You Have To Ask You'll Never Know
- Pretty Please
- A Quiet Understanding
- Saturday Night
- A Day In The Life
- Memory

The album will be preceded by a single. In line with the album the single will be both “Fizzy Blood” (heavy) and “Pretty Please” (non heavy). The two track single will be part of a split 7” release with the other side featuring a track by Mongol Horde (Frank Turners side project). The release will be the 4th and final split 7” release as part of the Xtra Mile Recordings XMR10 series.

Watch the video here:

Jamie Lenman will be playing an exclusive pre-release show at The Islington, London on Wednesday 16th October 2013. And then touring the UK later in 2013:

Wed 04 Dec 2013   Brighton Green Door Store
Thu 05 Dec 2013     Birmingham Temple
Fri 06 Dec 2013       Glasgow Tuts
Sat 07 Dec 2013      Manchester Night and Day
Sun 08 Dec 2013     Bristol Thekla
Mon 09 Dec 2013   London Garage

Tickets are priced £10 - subject to booking fee - via Support comes from Kill Chaos
Tickets go onsale at 9am GMT on Friday 27th September 2013 

Tuesday 3 September 2013

SONIC BOOM SIX set to release their brand new single ‘The High Cost Of Living’ on 28th October 2013 through Xtra Mile Recordings / Head out as main support to Hadouken in Oct/Nov / Confirmed Headliners for Dr Martens #standforsomething Tour / confirmed for Vans Warped UK
- Brand new promo video premiered on Vevo 

Following their summer appearances at Download, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Manchester’s SONIC BOOM SIX release brand new single, ‘The High Cost of Living’, which will be released as a download only single on 28th October 2013, through Xtra Mile Recordings.

Barney Boom, vocalist and frontman from SB6, on the new single; "Personally this is my favourite song off the album as I don't think there's any other band that sounds quite like the mix of sounds in this song and the lyrics really reflect the message and philosophy of SB6. We're not out there telling people what to think or making partisan political statements but we're questioning the way we live our lives, suggesting things can be done differently and trying to get people to draw their own conclusions."

This single comes at a very busy time for the Boom. Having just packed out The Lock Up Tent at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, the band are pleased to announce that they will headline the Deaf Institute on Sept 28th as part of the Dr Martens #STANDFORSOMTHING tour alongside fellow headliners Young Guns, Dry The River, Spector and Lower Than Atlantis.

They then head out with the incredible HADOUKEN as main support on their UK Tour throughout October and November before a set at the UK Leg of the Vans Warped Tour held at London’s Alexandra Palace on November 17th.  Whilst there, the band will also be doing a signing at the Teenage Cancer Trust tent, the official charity for the event this year.
A FULL list of all confirmed SB6 live dates:
28th Sept 2013 Manchester Deaf Institute

28th Oct 2013 Cambridge Junction
29th Oct 2013 Oxford Academy
30th Oct 2013 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
31st Oct 2013 Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
1st Nov 2013 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
2nd Nov 2013 Gloucester Guildhall
3rd Nov 2013 Stoke Sugar Mill

17th Nov 2013 London Alexandra Palace

Laila K - Vocals
Barney Boom - Vocals
Nick Horne - Guitars
James T Boom - Bass and Synths
Neil ‘Macca’ McMinn - Drums and Samples

Press quotes on ‘Sonic Boom Six’:
‘Manc skankers finally bottle their live-show on record…Almost every track here is breathless whiz of high octane ingenuity, flitting between ska, punk amd electronica’ – Kerrang! Magazine 4/5
‘Sonic Boom Six’ is the sound of a band going big when everyone else has gone home, and this is simply banger after banger’ – Rock Sound 8/10
‘This is the sound of modern Britain’ – Big Cheese 4/5
‘Proudly political super-pop from Manchester’ – Q magazine 3/5