Thursday 4 February 2016


Xtra Mile Recordings can now happily announce that forthcoming album by Ducking Punches, entitled ‘Fizzy Brain’ will be released on 4th March 2016. It’s available for preorder now, and early birds who pre-order the album digitally will receive two new tracks ‘Greedy Bones’ and ‘God Damn Coward’, instantly. You can listen to the tracks here - ‘Greedy Bones’ and ‘God Damn Coward’.

A full band, headline tour of the UK is taking shape for March – but before that though they’re out on the road supporting Lucero in the UK throughout February and then join Frank Turner on a far-reaching jaunt across Europe in April. Full dates are:

4 Newcastle, The Cluny
5 Glasgow, Audio
6 Bristol, Exchange
7 Bristol, Exchange
9 Manchester, Ruby Lounge
10 Manchester, Ruby Lounge
11 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
12 London, The Garage
13 Southampton, The Joiners
3 LONDON, The Monarch 
4 Kingston, Banquet Records instore 
5 SOUTHSEA, the birdcage 
6 BRIGHTON, The Pav Tav
7 BRISTOL, The Stag and Hounds
9 CAMBRIDGE, The Portland Arms 
11 NORWICH, Arts Centre. 
07 Italy Milan  Circolo Magnolia
08 Italy Treviso New Age Club
09 Slovenia Liubljana Kino Siska
10 Slovakia Bratislava Majestic Music Club
12 Serbia Belgrade Magacin Depo
13 Hungary Budapest A38 Ship
14 Czech Republic Prague 1   Lucerna Music Bar
15 Poland Wroclaw Firlej
16 Poland Warsaw Klub Proxima
18 Denmark Aarhus Atlas
19 Denmark Copenhagen Lille Vega
21 Norway Bergen USF Rokeriet
22 Norway Oslo Rockefeller Music Hall
23 Finland Helsinki Tavastia Club
24 Sweden Stockholm Debaser Medis
25 Sweden Gothenburg Pustervik
27 Denmark Aalborg 1000Fryd

‘Fizzy Brain’, the band’s third album, was produced by Owen Turner (Bearsuit, Magoo, The Broken Family Band) at Sickroom Studios in Norfolk. Following on from their previous two, the self-titled debut from 2010 and Dance Before You Sleep from 2014, they've collectively cranked the vitality and volume while building melody, texture and drama with violins, gang vocals and amplification. Whilst all the while retaining the pace and dynamics that brought Ducking Punches to such live acclaim.

Speaking of the album, frontman Dan Allen says: “We are so proud of this record, it was written much more collaboratively than previous releases and I think this has made for far stronger songs. It carries similar themes to Dance Before You Sleep in that it touches on loss, mental health, death and love. However, it is a far more hopeful record. This one was so cathartic albeit it often heartbreaking to write and I really hope everyone digs it.

With a soaring sound that seems only to get larger with each album, these songs are as stirring as they are a call-to-arms, as blaring and exhilarating as they can be heart-rending and tender.

Originally the solo acoustic songs of vocalist and guitarist Dan Allen, Ducking Punches are now a punk/rock quintet. Hailing from Norwich, the band has nearly 1,000 shows under their belt, including a European tour in 2014 with Frank Turner and Andrew Jackson Jihad, as well as festival sets at Reading and Leeds, Download, Groezrock, FEST and support slots alongside The Hold Steady, The Menzingers, Teenage Bottlerocket, Franz Nicolay and Leatherface.

‘Fizzy Brain’ will be released on CD, LP and download at the following places:
Banquet Records:

Xtra Mile Recordings:

Previous praise for Ducking Punches:
…infectious folk punkAlready Heard

Ducking Punches are best witnessed live – there can’t be many bands that threaten to blow The Hold Steady off stage as they did.” Outline Magazine
This record exudes the spirit, and true meaning of punk from the core of the band. This is not a folk punk record that’s full of jigs about drinking, or even filled with protest songs. ‘Dance Before You Sleep’ is nine tracks of well-written, cohesive songs that are straight from the heart, which is exactly the place that punk should come from.” Punktastic on Dance Before You Sleep.

Ducking Punches … delivered a frankly majestic set of emotion-soaked punk rock. Not only were the songs the band played hugely passionate and real, but it was clear that they absolutely poured their hearts into their on-stage performance too.” - The Punk Archive.