Friday 23 September 2016

Album 'We Were Wild' out 11 November 2016
Out on tour November and December
Video for ‘No River’

Xtra Mile Recordings is pleased to announce that it will release Esmé Patterson's third album; We Were Wild on CD and limited edition magenta vinyl on 11 November 2016. The album is available to download from our shop right now.
Check out the video to lead track ‘No River’.

When you're used to something, routine can be the most fun thing to smash to pieces. So it was that Esmé's efficient, straight-from-live recordings that served her so well for debut All Princes, I and breakthrough album 2014's Woman To Woman were jettisoned in favour of a prolonged period of pre-production. With it came splashes of vibrant colour, a swirl of hazy reverb, a twang of country and some sharper, more distorted and choppier electric guitars. It all lends necessary contrast and depth to the albums theme of seeking what Esmé's spirit needs, and indeed perhaps helping the listener on their way too, as explicitly suggested in 'Find It'.

'Feel Right' is a high energy opener, a happy-go-lucky Esmé careening into early 2000s garage rock. As a statement of intention lyrically and musically, it goes a long way to explaining the rest of the album, while sounding a little off kilter from it. ‘No River’ is a little more familiar but with the misty echoes and brittle sounds promised earlier, all allowing Esmé's evocative voice to swim in textured waters. 'The Waves' draws the sound underwater, adding a murkier, mysterious swarm of sound. 'Wantin' Ain't Gettin'' pedal steels to safety, gliding on a gorgeous shimmering melody. Lynchpin track 'Find It' has an almost doo-wop verse and chiming chords contrasting a sober warning about waiting too long to seek what you desire.

We Were Wild is a cohesive but experimental album, teasing further ambitions without losing the glorious clutch of melodies and harmonies that hammers Esmé's songwriting into your heart every time. Last time around, Esmé broke stereotypes and the one-dimensional views on females in songs. This time she's snapping her own restraints and weaving her way to more freedom than she ever thought she could have.

Catch Esmé on tour this winter when she supports Frank Turner throughout November and December as well as her own headline shows in Dublin and London
Esmé says:

"Really looking forward to my British Entrance (‘brentrance’) tour this November and December, opening for the one and only Frank Turner! Thanks so much to the wonderful folks at Xtra Mile for releasing We Were Wild to the rest of the world, it's such a pleasure working with that rad team. See you soon, UK!"

Tue 15th Dublin The Ruby Sessions, Doyles Bar – headline show
Wed 16th Dublin Olympia Theatre
Fri 18th Salisbury City Hall
Mon 21st Liverpool O2 Academy Liverpool
Tue 22nd Carlisle Sands Centre
Wed 23rd Doncaster Dome
Fri 25th Coventry The Empire
Sat 26th Cardiff The Great Hall
Sun 27th Oxford New Theatre
Mon 28th Exeter The Great Hall
Wed 30th Reading Hexagon
Thu 1st Leeds University Refectory
Fri 2nd Aberdeen The Garage
Sat 3rd Edinburgh Usher Hall
Mon 5th Scunthorpe Baths Hall
Tue 6th Warrington Parr Hall
Wed 7th Newcastle Northumbria Uni
Fri 9th Nottingham Rock City
Sat 10th De La Warr Pavilion
Sun 11th Norwich UEA
Mon 12th Guildford G Live
Tues 13th London Servant Jazz Quarters – Headline show
Wed 14th Portsmouth Guildhall

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Friday 2 September 2016


Following a summer of festival performances, Recreations (Sam Duckworth, formerly Get Cape Wear Cape Fly) will embark on a tour of South Coast seaside towns throughout October, in what will be a celebration of these provincial British holiday destinations. The run comes after two very special performances in his hometown of Southend On Sea – one at legendary venue The Chinnerys and the other at the end of Southend Pier as part of the Estuary Festival. At both gigs, Recreations will play Get Cape Wear Cape Fly’s debut gold-selling album ‘The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager’ in its entirety before putting the mouthful of a moniker to bed forever with a Viking funeral. 

Full dates are:
01 Southend, Chinnerys
02 Southend, Pier
13 Bournemouth Anvil
14 Worthing, Bar 42
15 Ipswich, South Street Studio
20 Hastings, Observer Building
21 Ramsgate, Music Hall
22 Eastbourne, Printers Playhouse

Coinciding with the announcement of these dates, Recreations has made available a live EP recorded in Hamburg earlier this year. ‘Live At Lux EP’ – out 9th September 2016 - features ‘Pipedown’, ‘Red Spex’ ‘Build To Last’ and ‘Shake It Off 2’ showing how incredible Recreations’ one-man performance is in the live arena. Watch a live performance of the single ‘Pipedown’ which is currently soundtracking the summer by being blasted out across 6Music courtesy of Steve Lamacq and Radio X on the Xposure Playlist.

Recreations released the self-produced debut album ‘Baby Boomers 2’ back in April. It’s a collection full of wide-eyed, big-dreaming, conscientious pop songs that are undeniably /him/, but delivered with looser funk, crisper electronics and notably less tubs to thump on. In more ways than one, it sees Duckworth get his groove back. 

Never one to rest on his laurels, Recreations’ creative output continues apace with an EP of brand new tracks to be released very soon. More information to follow. 

Instagram: @recreations2k

Thursday 1 September 2016

UK autumn tour including support for The Cribs 
on 1 September
Debut album ‘Good Luck Everybody’ out on 14 October 2016
Listen to album track ‘1969 Revisited’ 

Saint Leonard’s Horses has announced UK tour dates in October and November for the release of debut album Good Luck Everybody, out 14 October 2016 through Xtra Mile Recordings. Preorders are available now. Listen to album track ‘1969 Revisited’ 

Preorder the album direct from Xtra Mile or download from iTunes. 

The enigmatic songwriter will also support The Cribs in London on 1 September 2016 at Oval Space, East London. 

In the past few years Saint Leonard has toured the UK and USA supporting and playing shows with Ryan Adams, Father John Misty, Bob Dylan, The Strokes, Beck, The Libertines, Billy Bragg and Wolfmother. The live band then further honed their skills and the songs through extensive touring and festival appearances (including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, The Great Escape, SXSW and British Summer Time in Hyde Park). Saint Leonard’s Horses will now unleash these fully-formed songs –that could only have been written through contact with the Hollywood Hills, Mojave Desert, a cabin in Nashville, and a gothic church on the Yorkshire moors; ungodly collisions of big country sound and misty isle musings – on live audiences wherever and whenever they can.

14 Brighton @ Green Door Store
16 Birmingham @ Sunflower Lounge 
17 Manchester @ Night & Day 
20 Liverpool @ Shipping Forecast 
21 Newcastle @ Think Tank  
23 Nottingham @ Bodega 
24 Leeds @ The Library 
26 St Albans @ The Horn 
02 Reading @ Oakford Social Club    

“The rising Alt-Folk master – Mindblowing”  NME
"Fiercely original!” –  CLASH
"The best Rock & Roll Shaman in town" Huffington Post