Manchester’s finest make a welcome return with ‘La Petite Mort’, the first new full length James album in six years. Produced by Max Dingel (Killers. Muse, White Lies) and written as ever, by the band, with Tim Booth lyrics, this new disc ranks among their finest in their 30 year career.
Highlights include the mighty first single ‘Moving On’, the anthemic ‘Curse Curse’ and ‘Frozen Britain’, which will be previewed from today online and on air.
Max Dingel is the latest in a long line of first class producers the band have worked with including Brian Eno, Gil Norton and Youth.
From first signing with the infamous Factory Records, to an illustrious career of albums released through Rough Trade, Sire Records and Mercury, James have now agreed an exciting new joint venture label partnership with BMG Chrysalis and Cooking Vinyl.
The band have been announced as headliners for ‘Summer in the City’, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester July 11th (which sold out on Friday in under an hour) and Camp Bestival, Dorset August 1st with more major festivals and a UK Arena tour to be announced shortly.
‘La Petite Mort’ was recorded in the wake of Tim Booth losing his mother and best friend in quick succession and understandably many of the songs deal with mortality, hence the album title. However, ‘La Petite Mort’, is an incredibly uplifting record.
Since forming in 1982, James are, without doubt, one of Britain’s most influential indie bands, enjoying a prestigious career that spans over 30 years. Their classic hits include ‘Sit Down’, ‘She’s A Star’, ‘Laid’ and ‘Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)’ amongst their 20 top 40 UK singles. They have released 12 studio albums and have sold over 12 million albums worldwide.
James are: Tim Booth (vocals), Jim Glennie (bass), Larry Gott (guitars), Saul Davies (guitar, violin), Mark Hunter (keyboards), David Baynton-Power (drums) and Andy Diagram (trumpet).
James have just premiered video for ‘Frozen Britain’ on MUZU watch here: http://po.st/FBvidMuzu
“Surprising electronic prettiness taking over from their traditional anthemics” Evening Standard
After recently announcing their return with new album ‘Embrace’ on 28th April, Yorkshire 5-piece Embrace have announced their first UK tour in seven years with 9 live dates this May.
With 3 number one albums, 6 top ten singles, sold out arena shows, over 2.5 million UK album sales and their last record achieving both #1 album and #2 single, Embrace were on the crest of a wave when they suddenly vanished without a trace. But now they are back with a new tour and fantastic new album conveying a more raw and darker sound whilst still keeping their signature anthems and huge choruses.
Embrace are brothers singer Danny McNamara and guitarist Richard McNamara, bassist Steve Firth, keyboardist Mickey Dale and drummer Mike Heaton and the band recorded the new record in their own studio in Halifax over the last three years.
The first release from the record is the single ‘Refugees’ which is released as part of a 4-track EP next week, giving fans a taster of the new record with three brand new songs not featured on the new album. The tracklisting for the EP is ‘Refugees’, ‘Chameleon’, ‘Decades’ and ‘Bullets’ and the video for ‘Refugees’ can be seen here – http://po.st/VevoExclusiveVid
Embrace recently performed two secret shows for fans in their hometowns of Bradford and Halifax. The shows have been a showcase for various off the wall shock art tactics, with the band taking the secret gig concept to the next level with a gig in the darkness and a gig in a boxing ring, with the audience dressed in white boiler suits and covered in neon paint. Though the shows were strictly secret, fan forums went into meltdown with both shows selling out in minutes and fans flying in to see the band from as far as Australia and Japan.
This week, Embrace will play 4 intimate shows in Scotland and have just announced a 9-date UK tour in May including a headline show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire with the tour kicking off in Liverpool on 9th May. Tickets are on sale for the May tour from:
GIGS AND TOURS
Full tour dates are as follows:
Thurs 13th Dundee Fat Sams
Fri 14th Aberdeen The Lemon Tree
Sat 15th Forres The Loft
Sun 16th Inverness Ironworks
Fri 9th Liverpool O2 Academy
Sat 10th Birmingham O2 Academy
Sun 11th Nottingham Rock City
Tues 13th Bristol O2 Academy
Weds 14th Leeds O2 Academy
Fri 16th Glasgow O2 Academy
Sat 17th Manchester Academy
Sun 18th Newcastle O2 Academy
Tues 20th London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
For further information please contact Beth Brookfield at Bandwagon Press on email@example.com or 07770 637 114.
Röyksopp and Robyn have announced their plans for a joint tour during the summer of 2014. The Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again Tour 2014 will head across Europe, North America and points beyond, stopping at carefully selected venues around the world.
Tour details are here: doitaga.in
FANS CAN PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM AND VARIOUS MERCH BUNDLES BEGINNING TODAY FROM WWW.GOINGTOHELL.ME
LISTEN NOW TO BOTH SINGLES “GOING TO HELL” AND “HEAVEN KNOWS”
“The Pretty Reckless are about to set fire to rock ‘n’ roll. The genre’s been begging for an honest-to-goodness firestarter like Taylor Momsen for years now. Rock music is about to go up in flames with Going to Hell. It’s easily one of our most anticipated records of 2014.”
“It looks like 2014 is going to be the year that The Pretty Reckless prove their doubters wrong, once and for all”
The Pretty Reckless have announced that the release their new album GOING TO HELL will be on March 17, 2014. Initial orders of the CD will be available in a Limited Edition Softpack design, pull out poster, and will include two bonus tracks. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase any of the below bundle packages direct from the band:
Tracklisting for GOING TO HELL:
1. Follow Me Down
2. Going to Hell
3. Heaven Knows
4. House on a Hill
5. Sweet Things
6. Dear Sister
8. Blame Me
10. Why’d You Bring a Shotgun to the Party
11. Fucked Up World
12. Waiting for a Friend
Available on LTD Edition physical & Itunes Deluxe ONLY:
13. Going to Hell (Live Acoustic)
14. Sweet Things (Live
*Itunes Deluxe will also have track ‘Only You’ available as an exclusive.
‘Going to Hell’ will also be available to pre-order from Amazon & ITunes.
Last Autumn, THE PRETTY RECKLESS embarked on a critically acclaimed “Going To Hell” headlining tour in North America. The band kicks off 2014 headlining the SnoCore tour in North America starting January 29 in Lincoln, Nebraska, before heading overseas to open for FALL OUT BOY on the “Save Rock And Roll European Tour 2014,” starting February 28, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. For tour dates and tickets, visit: http://www.bandsintown.com/theprettyreckless. THE PRETTY RECKLESS have also just announced a one off London show at the Electric Ballroom on 24th March 2014.