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KRIS DANE releases new single GOLDEN RAIN via MBE on August 5th 2016.

Kris Dane releases his superbly evocative new single Golden Rain on MBE on August 5th. The song has been lifted from Dane’s new album Rose Of Jericho - the final missing piece to his Brooklyn trilogy of critically acclaimed long-players that includes Songs Of Crime and Passion and Rise and Down of the Black Stallion – due for release on August 26th. The track was produced by Wim De Wilde, features string arrangements by Chris Elliot (the man responsible for arrangements on Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black and Adele’s 19 and 21 albums) and was mixed by Tom Elmhirst at Electric Lady Studios in New York.

Apart from Dane’s dulcet tones - reminiscent of recalcitrant bedfellows Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits - Golden Rain is notable for its allegorical content: when Dane sings “since I heard your name, nothing is quite the same” his velvety intonation augments the misapprehension that you’re in the presence of a love song. Once you hear the kiss off however -“black lover go to bed cos everything has been said”  - you realise there’s something else going on entirely. Dane explains that the song is about addiction, “about the attraction to things that are bad, a secret love that doesn’t fit into your life - twice a year you might go to that black side, sometimes you feel the need to go down to that big pool of mud.” Exactly! The song is one of many highlights on Dane’s ultimately tender Rose Of Jericho album, albeit a singularly barbed and bittersweet rhetoric to countenance such allusion.

More info: www.krisdane.com/


FIVE BY FIVE PLAY CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY 4TH JUNE 2016 @ HAWLEY ARMS 8PM

FIVE BY FIVEAlternative yet mainstream, epic and yet obsessed with the microscopic, Five By Five perform shamelessly Grown Up Pearl Jam-influenced indie angst ridden tunes that look directly at the messiness and beauty of life as it is actually lived. You can see for yourself when they appear live at Camden Rocks Festival on Saturday 4th June 2016. Venue - Hawley Arms 8PM.

Five By Five are fronted by Jay Zieseness, the half-American, half-Thai great great grandson of King Chulalongkom, Rama V, King of Siam, the widely lauded “Royal Buddha” credited with abolishing slavery in Siam in 1905. Zieseniss also happens to be an ex roommate and bandmate of Julian Casablancas of the Strokes and, in previous incarnations, has supported The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, Finlay Quaye, Rooney and Hard Fi. Five By Five also feature Glaswegian Stephen Lawson on bass and Joe Bradley on drums and their current Loud and Clear EP - produced by Pat Collier (Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Katrina and the Waves, Robyn Hitchcock, Maximo Park - features a myriad of contradictory styles and influences: lead track Good Fight shamelessly spawned a video inspired by Drew Barrymore’s performance in Whip It (2009) and features The Bath Roller Derby Girls; Shanghai, which Zieseniss describes as “a mythical place, an amalgamation of my childhood memories, playing on the streets in a concrete jungle all mixed in with Serge Leone’s Once Upon A Time In America where Shanghai is a fictional opium den like the one De Niro spends his time in in the film” uses that city as a metaphor for going out on the town; and the White Stripes influenced Prairie Survivor may be “a fever dream about a man moving across the USA on that trail that leads from the East Coast to the West” but the subtext of the song surely acknowledges the colonisation of America by the white man and Zieseniss’s own half-Thai, half American upbringing.
Tickets for the event are £35 (subject to booking fee) and give fans access to all 200+ bands & 20 venues making up the festival.

Festival Info: www.camdenrocksfestival.com
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RUSSELL WATSON - "THE VOICE" - SIGNS TO FOD RECORDS

Russell WatsonRussell Watson - often referred to as “The Peoples Tenor” - has announced his signing to FOD Records. The four-time Brit Classical Award winner who can boast six Top Ten albums since The Voice went double platinum in 2001 is still the only artist ever to be No.1 in the Classical Charts in the UK and the US at the same time. The classical superstar will be recording new material in Rome in Spring 2016 and releasing his new album on FOD Records in Autumn 2016.

Russell Watson rose to prominence in 1999 when he sang God Save The Queen at the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, Barcelona at the last match of the Premiership season between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford and then a full set of songs in the same year at the Champions League Final in Barcelona between Manchester United and Bayern Munich. His debut album The Voice, shot to No.5 in the UK charts when it was released in 2001, achieving double platinum status and becoming the first ever record to top the US and UK Classical Chart - where it stayed for a record-breaking 52 weeks - simultaneously. Watson has won four Classical Brit Awards including Album Of The Year (twice) as well as Best Selling Debut Album and Best Selling Album.

Russell WatsonWatson has performed for some of the world’s greatest figures including The Queen, the late Pope John Paul II (who requested a private audience with Watson at the Vatican) and former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In 2002, he performed to a worldwide audience of one billion at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games and he has sold more than seven million albums since 2001. Watson’s most recent album, Only One Man (released in 2013) became his 14th Top Twenty album. Watson is currently performing on his sell-out Up Close & Personal Tour and recently announced details of his Songs From The Heart Tour which includes dates from March through to August 2016.



More info: russellwatson.com

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BREE RELEASES HER ALBUM 'NEW SKIN' ON WEREWOLF TUNES ON 6TH JUNE 2016 - AND ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF HER FIRST EVER UK TOUR

Iconoclastic East Nashville rocker breereleases her album New Skin on Werewolf Tunes on 6th June 2016. Described by the UK's Postbox Podcast as an angry Taylor Swift, she plays her Gibson Flying V fronting one of the most unique and powerful rhythm sections in Music City. Born into an Oregon religious cult - Church Of The First Born  bree was kicked out by the cult 's leader, her own father, for fornication at the age of seventeen. She then spent much of her latent upbringing moving from place to place and was, at one point, homeless and living in her car. Thankfully, that car had a stereo and New Skin is testament to her dedication to the cause. Bree is accompanied in the recording studio and on stage by Mark McNeely on upright bass and David J Castello on drums. They hail from the east side of the Cumberland River where they are currently spearheading an indie-rock n' roll guitar movement that's spawned bands like The Blackfoot Gypsies, Kansas Bible Company and Alanna Royale at venues like the Basement East, The 5 Spot, fooBar and East Room. Bree was also voted the RAW Nashville Musician Of The Year.

Bree has announced details of her first ever UK tour. She will be appearing live at the following venues and dates in the UK:
May 28th London, Camden Barfly Propaganda Night
June 1st Wolverhampton, Robin 2 (supporting Phoenix Rising)
June 4th Birmingham, Hare & Hounds (supporting The Parlotones)
June 5th Brighton, Concorde (supporting The Parlotones)
June 6th Bristol, The Fleece (supporting The Parlotones) June 7th London, The Grand (supporting The Parlotones)


MIKE MARLIN ANNOUNCES 26TH AND 27TH APRIL DATES FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES AT GALLERY DIFFERENT LAUNCH FOR 'THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS' ALBUM - AND CONFIRMS VINTAGE TV APPEARANCE

Mike Marlin

Rock performer Mike Marlin, whose new album The Secret Of My Success is due to be released on May 6th 2016, has announced details of a unique event to launch its release. The Secret Of My Success - the follow up to Marlin’s critically acclaimed Grand Reveal album which Q labelled as “like late ‘70s lost classics” and Mojo called “Wilko-esque Americana” – is a collaboration between Marlin and celebrated Scottish collage artist and Aspect art prizewinner Colin Brown (http://www.colinbrown.eu/> ) and for a week starting on the 25th of April, Gallery Different, a gallery in Fitzrovia that presents contemporary painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography and mixed media from British and international artists, will exhibit Brown’s artworks for the project.

Mike MarlinOn the 26th and 27th April there will be live performances by Mike Marlin and the Melomaniacs. The album will be made available from May 6th and in addition to releasing ‘The Secret of My Success’ as a CD and digitally online, the album will also be available as a double vinyl in a limited edition boxed set also containing the CD and a beautifully crafted book featuring Colin’s paintings alongside lyrics and further writing by Mike. The boxed set retails at £200 and will be available at Gallery Different and thereafter at mikemarlinmusic.com.

Marlin has also confirmed his appearance on Vintage TV. ‘Live With Mike Marlin & The Melomaniacs’ is part of their ‘Live With’ series and will be broadcast in May to coincide with the album release.

Sardonically self-mocking, enigmatic and yet engaging, The Secret Of My Success is full of darkly strategic reminiscences on a wide spectrum of topics dealing with compromise, disappointment and stifled ambition (Like A Photograph), descent into dementia (Avalanche), the vast scale of the universe and the meaning of a single life (Whale Hill and Missing Piece), the constant war between the false gods of science and religion (Gravity Lies), and the complex emotional webs that entangle and define us (The Secret and Caroline). Ultimately, it’s a collaboration between Marlin and collage artist Colin Brown who created paintings to accompany each song on the album; the paintings developed after long conversations during which Marlin would discuss the songs and supply photographs and art clippings whilst Brown took notes and sketched ideas. The resultant combination is an art project featuring both the aural aspects of Mike’s songs and the visual components of Colin’s interpretations of the songs. You can watch the video for the song ‘Gravity Lies’ taken from the album here: https://youtu.be/BhXUZM-stYc

Further live shows by Mike and his trio are planned around London with a US tour scheduled for May.

More info: www.mikemarlinmusic.com.

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SCARLETTE WILL BE PERFORMING SONGS FROM HER NEW ALBUM 'ATTACK OF THE 6FT WOMAN' AT ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL ON MARCH 25TH AT 8.30 PM

SCARLETTE “Music is not what I do, it is who I am.”

SCARLETTE is almost certainly 6 feet tall and yet the lead track (6 Ft Woman) that kicks off her genuinely wonderful and defiantly outlandish new record, Attack Of The 6 Ft Woman, is not about her at all. Perhaps it's about “drugs and addiction, affairs, lies and manipulation, the undercurrents of our world that people don't want to admit to but love to gossip about” but you get the feeling that this exceptionally gifted woman is writing about an alter ego  Dorian Grey masquerading as Kate Bush?  that she s all too familiar with. The 6 Ft Woman, you see, is Scarlette's sinister shadow and her “own worst enemy” and this self exploratory and somewhat tantalising paradox is just one of many that you ll find when you listen to one of Scarlette s songs. Alternative and yet mainstream, epic and yet obsessed with the microscopic, Scarlette is about as close to an emo torch pop singer, songwriter and musician that you're ever likely to meet. And Attack Of The 6 Ft Woman is the sound of someone hitting the ground running.

I believe in destiny, magic, alchemy, synchronicity - and Paolo Coelho and Deepak Chopra - and more than anything, music and love.

Although it's true to say Scarlette is something of a one off, Attack Of The 6ft Woman may well be the kind of record you have encountered before  namely, a journey record. By that we don't mean it s like Don't Stop Believin' we mean that Attack Of The 6Ft Woman takes us from from being broken hearted and on the wrong side of abusive relationships to coming out and finding true happiness. It's also about Scarlette coming of age as a musician, writer and producer and, that four letter word again, hope. Or as Scarlette puts it: “Hope has saved me. Hope is what gets me out of bed in the morning. Hope and life are the same thing.” Well, on Attack Of The 6 Ft Woman you ll find both in abundance. Enjoy.

SCARLETTE released her new single Helena on March 14th 2016.

Attack Of The 6 Ft Woman - her stunning new album - will be released in May 2016.

You can and must listen to it here


CHRIS REA RELEASES LA PASSIONE ON JAZZEE BLUE ON APRIL 22ND 2016

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In March 1994 Chris Rea was driving through Germany – on a brief break between two Cologne shows - when he noticed a sign saying ‘Wolfgang von Trips Museum’. “Suddenly I was 11 years old”, he says now, “and it was midnight and I was watching a special Live From Le Mans.” Rea remembers staring in wonder at the (virtually) pitch black screen, then seeing the headlights go by and his father saying “That's Wolfgang von Trips.” “I was a kid from a steel town, he says, “ and seeing his name on a sign on a wall all those years later meant that it wasn’t fiction, it did happen.” Welcome to La Passione.

Rea suggests that “making ‘La Passione’ how it was originally intended, although difficult, has been nothing but fun. We have been able to work with all of Wolfgang von Trips’ personal film archive, which has never been seen before, and shows us how motor racing life used to be. This is illustrated in the documentary DVD contained within the book. New music and visuals have been recorded to accompany the originals and the visuals were filmed at historic locations such as Montlhery Autodrome in South Paris (featuring a 1960‘s Ferrari GTO) and at Monza in Italy."
La Passione is being made available as a 2 CD. 2 DVD 12” x 12” Deluxe Book featuring re-mastered original music from the 1996 soundtrack album ‘La Passione’, (including “Girl In A Sports Car” and new tracks) plus original and re-edited short films (to accompany the music), new films on the Ferrari Dino and GTO, an interview with Rea and, of course, the extraordinary von Trips documentary made up entirely of his personal cine film archive. All 4 discs are housed within a 70 page coffee-table book, which includes photographs and paintings by Chris Rea.

The full track listing looks like this:
CD1 Girl In A Sports Car; When The Grey Sky Turns To Blue; Only To Fly 1; Olive Oil; You Must Follow; Horses; Only To Fly 2
CD2 La Passione (Theme); Dov’e Il Signore; Le Mans; Passione (Piano); Dove’e Il Signore (Part 2); GTO; Dino; Barn Find; Wolfgang.
DVD 1 La Passione (Films & Interview) - La Passione; Dov’e Il Signore; Le Mans; Wolfgang’s Speech; The Red Cars; Girl In A Sports Car; Reims & Monza; Horses; When The Grey Skies Turn To Blue; Dino; GTO ; Barn Find
DVD 2 Wolfgang von Trips Documentary

http://chris-rea.co.uk/news/.

Read more on La Passione on wiki


FIVE BT FIVE PLAY JUBILEE CLUB AT CAMDEN BARFLY ON FRIDAY MARCH 18TH

FIVE BT FIVE PLAY JUBILEE CLUB

Alternative yet mainstream, epic and yet obsessed with the microscopic, Five By Five perform shamelessly Grown Up Pearl Jam-influenced indie angst ridden tunes that look directly at the messiness and beauty of life as it is actually lived. You can see for yourself when they appear live at the Jubilee Club at Camden's Barfly on Friday March 18th.

Five By Five are fronted by Jay Zieseness, the half-American, half-Thai great great grandson of King Chulalongkom, Rama V, King of Siam, the widely lauded "Royal Buddha" credited with abolishing slavery in Siam in 1905. Zieseniss also happens to be an ex schoolmate and bandmate of Julian Casablancas of the Strokes and, in previous incarnations, has supported The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs, Finlay Quaye, Rooney and Hard Fi. Five By Five also feature Glaswegian Stephen Lawson on bass and Joe Bradley on drums and their current Loud and Clear EP - produced by Pat Collier (Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Katrina and the Waves, Robyn Hitchcock, Maximo Park - features a myriad of contradictory styles and influences: lead track Good Fight shamelessly spawned a video inspired by Drew Barrymore's performance in Whip It (2009) and features The Bath Roller Derby Girls; Shanghai, which Zieseniss describes as “a mythical place, an amalgamation of my childhood memories, playing on the streets in a concrete jungle all mixed in with Serge Leone's Once Upon A Time In America where Shanghai is a fictional opium den like the one De Niro spends his time in in the film uses that city as a metaphor for going out on the town; and the White Stripes influenced Prairie Survivor may be 'a fever dream about a man moving across the USA on that trail that leads from the East Coast to the West ' but the subtext of the song surely acknowledges the colonisation of America by the white man and Zieseniss 's own half-Thai, half American upbringing.

Advance tickets are £5 and available online at http://po.st/JubileeTix.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKNyxuRwmm4
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MIKE MARLIN - THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS - MAY 6TH 2016

Mike MarlinMike Marlin's new album The Secret Of My Success (see what he did there?) is the follow up to 2013's widely lauded Grand Reveal and probably the strangest record you will hear all year. I say "probably" because 2016 is still young and we don't know yet what Marlin has planned for the rest of the year. Marlin has suggested before that he believes in "making cathedrals out of matchsticks" and perhaps The Secret Of My Success is the fruition of this ultimately rather terrifying and abstract concept; with this record Mike has built the cathedral and burnt it down. Sardonically self-mocking, enigmatic and yet engaging, the album is full of darkly strategic reminiscences on a wide spectrum of topics dealing with compromise, disappointment and stifled ambition (Like A Photograph), descent into dementia (Avalanche), the vast scale of the universe and the meaning of a single life (Whale Hill and Missing Piece), the constant war between the false gods of science and religion (Gravity Lies), and the complex emotional webs that entangle and define us (The Secret and Caroline). Ultimately, it s a collaboration between Marlin and celebrated Scottish collage artist and Aspect art prizewinner Colin Brown ) who has created paintings to accompany each song on the album; the paintings developed after long conversations during which Marlin would discuss the songs and supply photographs and art clippings whilst Brown took notes and sketched ideas. The resultant combination is an art project featuring both the aural aspects of Mike s songs and the visual components of Colin s interpretations of the songs.

“Part Leonard Cohen's The Future, part early Psychedelic Furs, Grand Reveal could be the work of a rock veteran. The most refreshing thing about it is its total disregard for musical trends.”
- THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Further live shows by Mike and his trio are planned around London with a US tour scheduled for May.

Website - www.mikemarlinmusic.com Twitter https://twitter.com/MarlinNews YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/MikeMarlinTube>

More info on Colin Brown


BREE RELEASE VIDEO FOR "DAMN, I'M BEING ME AGAIN"

BREE

“I’m sad, I’m crazy, I’m sweet, I’m lazy, I’m a loser, baby. I guess you have a thing for psycho ladies.”
- Damn, I’m Being Me Again.

Bree release their terminally addictive new single Damn I’m Being Me Again on Werewolf Tunes on March 4th 2016. The East Nashville outfit –"CBGB’s era Debbie Harry fronting a band that thinks it’s Slade with an upright bass” - feature rock performer Bree on vocals and guitar, David J Castello on drums and Mark McNeely on upright bass and were selected as the RAW Nashville Musician Of The Year. Nashville itself may be “the home of country music” but on the east side of the Cumberland River it’s anything but: Bree is currently spearheading an indie-rock n’ roll guitar movement that’s spawned East Nashville bands like The Blackfoot Gypsies, Kansas Bible Company and Alanna Royale and venues such as Basement East, The 5 Spot, fooBar and East Room.

Notes to editors: At the tender age of seventeen, Bree was kicked out of her father’s religious cult in Oregon for “fornication”. The cult in question, Church Of The First Born, may have originated in the 1700s but it’s still the same fundamentalist faith healing sect that believes “we live to die so we can go to heaven” and it’s still also the sect that indirectly led to the death of Bree’s mother, Dana, who swallowed a needle - when startled whilst sewing. Her husband’s cult decreed that neither Bree nor her fellow three siblings were allowed to call 911. Instead, they were all bidden to pray, as their mother slowly deteriorated over a period of nine months until she died just before Bree’s seventh birthday.
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Watch the video here


CHRIS REA RELEASES LA PASSIONE ON JAZZEE BLUE ON APRIL 8th 2016

Chris ReaIn March 1994 Chris Rea was driving through Germany – on a brief break between two Cologne shows  - when he noticed a sign saying ‘Wolfgang von Trips Museum’. “Suddenly I was 11 years old”, he says now, “and it was midnight and I was watching a special Live From Le Mans.” Rea remembers staring in wonder at the (virtually) pitch black screen, then seeing the headlights go by and his father saying “That's Wolfgang von Trips.”  “I was a kid from a steel town, he says, “ and seeing his name on a sign on a wall all those years later meant that it wasn’t fiction, it did happen.”

Welcome to La Passione.
Perhaps we’ve been here before: in 1996 Chris Rea made “a little film about a little boy” who dreams about motor racing and the famous racing driver that lived in a castle and jumped in his Ferrari every day to go racing in Italy.  He composed an hour’s worth of beautiful Italian-influenced classical music to accompany the movie that was supposed to kick off Warner Music’s first foray into the DVD market. And then? And then “around 94 executives and record company men decided they wanted to be Hollywood producers.” “I should have walked away,” he adds but It is to Rea’s credit that he didn't walk away. However, there was nothing to stop his “simple tale of childhood fantasy” becoming two movies - and there are no prizes for guessing which film ended up as a sprawling, misleading hodge-podge of a movie and which one stayed true to Rea’s original vision.

Fast-forward to 2016 and Rea’s original film has been revived together with an extraordinary collection of Wolfgang (Alexander Albert Eduard Maximilian Reichsgraf Berghe) von Trips’ home movies that Rea unearthed that day back in March 1994. Von Trips’ family was kind enough to hand von Trips’ entire home movie archive over to Rea and the result is “like looking down a long tube at something that existed many years ago.” The 110 minute documentary features never before seen footage of most of von Trips’ racing contemporaries including Juan Manuel Fangio, Peter Collins, Stirling Moss and team mate Phil Hill (and some extremely rare footage of legendary motor racing correspondent Dennis Jenkinson) and, most poignantly, von Trips’ self-filmed footage of the terrible crash that killed him during the 1961 Italian Grand Prix at Monza when his shark-nose Ferrari collided with Jim Clark’s Lotus, throwing von Trips from the car and killing fifteen spectators.

Rea suggests that “making ‘La Passione’ how it was originally intended, although difficult, has been nothing  but fun. We have been able to work with all of Wolfgang von  Trips’ personal film archive, which has never been seen  before, and shows us how motor racing life used to be.  This is illustrated in the documentary DVD contained within the book.  New music and visuals have been recorded to accompany the originals and the visuals were filmed at  historic locations such as Montlhery Autodrome in South  Paris (featuring a 1960‘s Ferrari GTO) and at Monza in  Italy."

La Passione is being made available as a 2 CD. 2 DVD 12” x 12” Deluxe Book featuring re-mastered original music from the 1996 soundtrack album ‘La Passione’, (including “Girl In A Sports Car” and new tracks) plus original and re-edited short films (to accompany the music), new films on the Ferrari Dino and GTO, an interview with Rea and, of course, the extraordinary von Trips documentary made up entirely of his personal cine film archive. All 4 discs are housed within a 70 page coffee-table book,  which includes photographs and paintings by Chris Rea.

The full track listing looks like this:

CD 1 Girl In A Sports Car; When The Grey Sky Turns To Blue; Only To Fly 1; Olive Oil; You Must Follow; Horses; Only To Fly 2

CD 2 La Passione (Theme); Dov’e Il Signore; Le Mans; Passione (Piano); Dove’e Il Signore (Part 2); GTO; Dino; Barn Find; Wolfgang.

DVD 1 La Passione (Films & Interview) - La Passione; Dov’e Il Signore; Le Mans; Wolfgang’s Speech; The Red Cars; Girl In A Sports Car; Reims & Monza; Horses; When The Grey Skies Turn To Blue; Dino; GTO ; Barn Find

DVD 2 Wolfgang von Trips Documentary

Read more at www.chrisrea.com


ADD CUTTING CREW TO FAVOURITES & OCTOBER 2nd 2015 RELEASE

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CUTTING CREW has announced details of their first new material for ten years. The multi-million selling, Grammy nominated UK outfit fronted by Nick Van Eede were responsible for one of the biggest hits of the 1980s - with (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight – and the band’s revelatory new album entitled Add To Favourites is their strongest to date and will be released on In Like Flynn Records on 2nd October 2015. A single from the album – the Jackson Browne/George Harrison-tinged Till The Money Runs Out - will be released on September 4th and, interestingly enough, it’s the first time Van Eede has written about the woman who inspired (I Just) Died In Your Arms since, well, yes you’ve guessed it. Here, of course we find a very different creature: “Now you said that you like to play the field/And I should get over it/But when all of your games got to be revealed/I was the last to hear of it,” sings Van Eede with some glorious Californian harmonies.
 
It’s hardly surprising that (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight is seen as songwriter Nick Van Eede’s greatest achievement and yet this Pyrrhic victory surely masks Van Eede’s subsequent song-writing collaborations with artists including Mika, Pixie Lott, Marillion and Cher. Add To Favourites, which features guitarists Gareth Moulton and Joolz Dunkley, bassist Nick Kay, keyboardist Jono Harrison, drummer Martyn Baker and the Blackjack Horns, is Van Eede’s “tip of the hat to artists I’ve always adored” – from Otis Redding and Frank Zappa (!) on Kept On Lovin’ You to Jim Reeves and Roy Orbison on Already Gone, from Randy Newman and Tom Waits on As Far As I Can See, to Led Zep and Steve Earle on San Ferian, the latter inspired by a chance encounter with Jimmy Page. The album also tackles weighty subjects such as relatives and friends gone too soon (Van Eede lost both his younger brother and his long-time Cutting Crew bedfellow Kevin MacMichael some time ago) on Looking For A Friend and the Berlin Wall on Berlin In Winter which Van Eede performed live in Berlin at the 25th Anniversary of The Wall’s demise last November.
 
Van Eede has revealed that he wrote “80% of the album under water” and the album’s startling artwork featuring our protagonist emerging as a knight from a swimming pool is inspired by the fact that Van Eede is a supremely gifted swimmer and that several of his friends have suggested he would be able to swim a mile whilst wearing full body armour. A full UK tour – due to take place above ground - is set to be announced in the next few weeks.

Add to favourites on FB: www.facebook.com/CuttingCrewOfficial and follow on Twitter twitter.com/The_CuttingCrew

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BARENAKED LADIES - NEW ALBUM SILVERBALL - AVAILABLE NOW - ANNOUNCE U.K. TOUR BEGINNING ON SEPTEMBER 29TH IN PORTSMOUTH

BARENAKED LADIES

June 1, 2015 - After 27 years together, over 14 million albums sold and multiple Grammy nominations, SILVERBALL, Barenaked Ladies fourteenth studio album, finds the long-standing partnership of Ed Robertson (guitar, vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass, vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard, guitar, vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums, vocals) firing on all cylinders.

"I think it would be fair to say if the band was collectively known as Stella, then this record would indicate the reality that Stella had indeed got her groove back,  states Ed Robertson. "This is the first record since our debut, Gordon that was written with no hand-wringing, second-guessing, insecurity or self-doubt," Robertson asserts.

Available today, SILVERBALL was produced by the band s longtime friend Gavin Brown (The Tragically Hip, Metric) who helmed their previous project, 2013 Grinning Streak. The album s thirteen tracks showcase the band s growth, while still delivering a flurry of counterpunches and a wisecrack or two, in true BNL fashion. "We re pushing in new directions as always, I think but it s still unmistakably these four guys playing together, and that s what I m most proud of," Robertson adds. "I put the record on and it doesn t sound like anything we ve ever done before, and yet it is unmistakably the new Barenaked Ladies record." .

The Ladies have announced a run of tour dates in the UK which begin on September 29th in Portsmouth and wrap on October 9th in London. The full list of dates below. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 5th. Every date will have VIP meet and greet packages available and fans that purchase tickets will instantly receive a digital download of the full album plus two bonus tracks.

2015 UK Fall Tour
September 29 Portsmouth, UK Pyramid
September 30 Manchester, UK Ritz
October 1 Glasgow, UK O2 ABC
October 3 Edinburgh, UK Queens Hall
October 5 Aberdeen, UK Beach Ballroom
October 7 Birmingham, UK Institute
October 8 Bristol, UK Academy
October 9 London, UK O2 Indigo 2

Watch behind the scenes footage on the making of SILVERBALL here: https://youtu.be/WLOD7_HR96I

Read more on www.barenakedladies.com


Michael Des Barres new single Can't Get You off My Mind is No.1 in MEDIABASE Rock Charts, the music industry service that monitors US airplay. He releases his new album Key To The Universe on FOD Records in the UK on May 8th 2015...

dough rollersLegendary rock performer (and actor) Michael Des Barres releases his new studio album Key To The Universe on FOD Records on May 8th 2015. Produced by Bob Rose and recorded at Forum Music Village in Rome (famed for spawning Ennio Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks), Key To The Universe once more reunites Des Barres with ex Blondie bassist and erstwhile Silverhead cohort Nigel Harrison but also showcases the talents of Clive Deamer (Portishead, Robert Plant) on drums and the Jimi Hendrix Live Experience frontman Dani Robinson on guitar. The album includes Room Full Of Angels (set to be the first single in the UK) as well as such below-the-waist rock n roll excess as US single Can’t Get You Off My Mind and the delightfully titled I Want Love To Punch Me In The Face.

Michael Des Barres is the son of the 25th Marquis Des Barres (himself descended from a legendary and heroic 13th century French knight) who blew most of his fortune on opium and ended up in jail, and a singer cum dancer from Liverpool. Brought up in a Gothic Castle, then essentially raised from the age of eight by strippers (due to his mother’s regular incarceration from schizophrenia), Des Barres appeared alongside Sidney Poitier in 1967 movie smash To Sir With Love but abandoned acting in 1972 to form glam rock outfit Silverhead. Des Barres then signed his Detective band to Led Zep’s Swansong label before subsequently penning Obsession (No.1 in 27 countries), and fronting both Chequered Past (featuring Steve Jones, and Clem Burke) and Power Station, the latter at the 1985 Live Aid charity concert in Philadelphia. During his extraordinary career Des Barres has also found the time to marry Pamela “I’m With The Band” Des Barres and appear in countless movies (including Clint Eastwood’s Pink Cadillac) and TV series such as Frasier, Seinfeld, Ellen, NCIS, Northern Exposure amongst many others. His notable success in this area includes his role as master assassin Murdoc in TV series Macgyver.
As a rock performer, the list of acts Michael des Barres has opened for reads like a who’s who of rock n roll: Fleetwood Mac, The Kinks, Uriah Heep, Nazareth, Kiss, New York Dolls, Kansas, AC/DC, Todd Rundgren, Blue Oyster Cult, Jethro Tull, Iggy Pop, Deep Purple, INXS, Billy Idol, Ratt, Duran Duran. In recent years Des Barres has released two albums, a studio record called Carnaby Street and a live album called Hot n Sticky Live, which was recorded at Los Angeles’ Viper Room. He also toured Japan in 2012 reuniting Silverhead for the first time in 38 years and it was no doubt this thrilling live experience – playing to sold out audiences  - that inspired Des Barres to record the enormously powerful Key To The Universe. Des Barres has already said that he believes “audiences are kind of starved for a carnal, sensual, sexy blues music” and Key To The Universe confirms that we need starve no longer.

Praise for Key To The Universe:
“A solid, simple, brilliant rock n roll record” - VINTAGE ROCK
 “A top notch rock and roll record and one you won’t want to miss”  - BACKSTAGE AXXESS        
“His strongest and most consistent record…ever” - SOUND AND VISION
 “One of those increasingly rare records that makes you remember why we love rock ’n’ roll.” ROCK GUITAR DAILY.

You can watch a private clip of MDB’s new video for Can’t Get You Off My Mind here: http://youtu.be/qMhubJcNueg

Read more on http://michaeldesbarres.com


MATTHEW HERBERT SIGNS TO CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL AND ANNOUNCES ONE OFF DATE AT VILLAGE UNDERGROUND

dough rollersMatthew Herbert, the pioneering electronic musician notorious for recording the sound of human bodily functions and the life cycle of a pig from birth to dinner plate, has announced that he is to go back to his roots and release his first new dance record for nine years. The album is the follow up to one of Herbert’s most successful albums, Scale and will be entitled The Shakes. It will be released via Caroline International. Michael Roe, MD for Label Service company Caroline International comments: “We are over the moon to be working with such an incredibly unique talent as Matthew. He embodies the true sense of the word artist and has produced a body of music that has not been off the hi-fi at Caroline since we got it.

Herbert who also works under the names Doctor Rockit, Wishmountain and The Matthew Herbert Big Band and was recently appointed as creative director of the newly revamped BBC Radiophonic Workshop, has also announced details of his one off show At Village Underground in Shoreditch, London. The show takes place on 17th March and will be a celebration of Herbert’s house music affiliations and will feature music from The Shakes as well as some of his best-loved work from the bodily functions era. Singers include Ade Omotayo (Kindness, Amy Winehouse) and Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne (Hejira, Eric Lau) and the show will further feature Alex Reeve (Hejira, Tinie Tempah, Ella Henderson) on guitar, Sam Crowe (Cinematic Orchestra, John Newman, Valerie June) on keyboards, saxophonist Ben Castle (Quincy Jones, Radiohead), trombonist Alistair White (Van Morrison, Blur) and Chris Storr (Beyonce, James Brown) on trumpet. The show has been devised in collaboration with award-winning playwright Duncan Macmillan (Royal Court, National Theatre) and will premiere a new technique for sourcing sounds from the audience.

At Village Underground - May 17th 2015, doors open at 19:30pm

Tickets are available at £18.70 via http://www.convergence-london.com

Read more on http://matthewherbert.com


DAVID BRADLEY - FROM SUNDERLAND TO NASHVILLE VIA KAZAKHSTAN AND SIBERIA...

dough rollers"David Bradley is an enigma. Brought up in Sunderland where his oil engineer father provided him with a steady stream of US Country music (Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard amongst others), Bradley junior duly took note before upping sticks and following his father down the pipeline. The Country music, of course, was a by-product of Bradley elder’s frequent trips to Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Dubai but his son had more exotic lands to explore… or Kazakhstan in the former Soviet Union to be precise.
Once ensconced in the ninth largest country in the world, Bradley found his choices limited: you could go heavy drinking at a home made bar, go to bed or start a band with your co-workers. Thankfully for all of us, Bradley summoned up the inspiration from those old music tapes and pursued the latter. A few rehearsals and impromptu gigs later and Bradley’s band were ready to do a farewell concert for all the local villagers they’d met whilst in Kazakhstan. Nothing had prepared them, mind you, for the crowd of 20,000 that turned up on the day.
Of course, Kazakhstan turned out to be the perfect rehearsal for Bradley’s next engineering assignment in the forests of Siberia. Here, inspired no doubt by his last musical adventure, Bradley started another band with local musicians and this time he knew he was onto something. He took the tapes he was working on to Abbey Road Studios to confirm what he thought - that songs performed by a British vocalist backed by classically trained Russian jazz musicians in Siberia actually sounded like an American country record. An Abbey Road mixing engineer agreed and through a producer friend, Bradley contacted Judy Libow, former VP of Radio Promotion for Atlantic Records. Judy loved what she heard and suggested that Bradley move to Nashville, a move that was to lead to a debut record entitled Songs From A Dirt Road and a long standing residential spell in Music City that survives to this day.
Bradley has become something of a phenomenon in Nashville. Upon arrival he immediately signed to Wrensong Music Publishing, whilst one of his songs went straight to No.1 on the UK country charts with Bradley becoming the highest charting Brit to break onto the US Country music charts in the process. That song was Hard Time Movin’ On, a Rivers Rutherford and Gordie Sampson penned tune about the heartache that lingers after a break up. Produced by Brady Seals (Little Texas, Hot Apple Pie) and featuring the sublime Rodney Crowell on backing vocals, the song opens Loving Out Loud, Bradley’s debut album release in the UK. The album features eleven songs including the quasi-religious Twice (“when I count the blessings in my life I count you twice”), the reflective This Ain’t Just A Song To Me and a cover of the Rivers Rutherford penned I’d Love To Be Your Last which was originally recorded by Gretchen Wilson. It’s the perfect introduction to this vital, beguiling artist.
“There are some people here in Nashville that just look at the world differently,” says Bradley. “They see a song. It’s like seeing the music video of a song before it’s written. They’re craftsmen.” Well, craftsmen they may be but is it possible that Bradley’s experience of being marooned for months on end on oil rigs in the middle of the Caspian Sea has enabled him to identify with the lovelorn and the loveless and the very people that country balladeers have been trying to empathize with since the genre exploded? We think so and when you hear Loving Out Loud we know you’ll think so too.

Loving Out Loud is released on FOD Records on May 4th 2015.

David Bradley plays Country 2 Country at London’s O2 this Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March http://www.c2c-countrytocountry.com.

Read more on http://davidbradleymusic.com/


THE DOUGH ROLLERS DEBUT THIRD MAN EP AND LIVE UK DATES

dough rollers"This kid I like right now, Jack, he's in this band The Dough Roller. I like this kid's style. He's not trying to knock you over. I like watching him." Jack White, Rolling Stone.

"We want people to listen to old music. It's good and we want to expose it." Malcolm Ford, The Dough Rollers.

The Dough Rollers take their name from a song (Dough Roller Blues) officially recorded in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee in 1930 by celebrated blues singer and guitarist Garfield Akers. The track Cottonfield Blues which Akers recorded a year earlier has often been credited with heralding the birth of rock n roll itself and when you consider that the Dough Rollers also cite “Father of the Delta Blues” musician Charley Patton as a major hero you get some idea that you’re not going to see these guys on American Idol any time soon. Which is not to say that haven’t already appeared on the David Letterman Show – because they have.
The Dough Rollers are essentially Malcolm Ford (vocals, guitar) and Jack Byrne (guitar, vocals) and their history as a band dates back to 2008 when they both bonded over a mutual appreciation for blues music. Born in Wyoming Malcolm met New York-born Jack whilst out clubbing and demanded that he give him guitar lessons. Jack duly obliged and the nascent two-piece then expanded to encompass fiddler and singer Julia Tepper. Two albums quickly followed before the band expanded to a four piece for their third long playing offering (adding bass and drums) that really made people sit up and take note. Those people included Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and Queens Of The Stone Age who all took the Dough Rollers on tour and Jack White who promptly signed the band to his Third Man Records.
The Dough Rollers released Little Lily/The Sailing Song on 7” vinyl through Third Man Records before recording the five track Gone Baby Gone EP which features Gone Baby Gone, Mansion On A Hill (produced by Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme whose previous credits include much of Arctic Monkeys Humbug), Friend Of Mine, My Love and Garbage Salad (featured on Letterman).
Released in the UK for the first time on April 6th the EP is a chance to get acquainted with Ford’s wondrous whisky-tinged vocals and Byrne’s nimble fretwork and it’s also a foretaste of the band’s debut album as a four-piece, an album they are currently recording in Manhattan’s Relicroom Studio.

The Dough Rollers will be appearing live on the following UK dates:
Feb 28 Southampton - The Brook
Mar 01 Chester - The Compass
Mar 02 Nottingham - The Bodega
Mar 05 Sheffield - The Maida Vale
Mar 06 Birmingham - The Dark Horse
Mar 07 Weston Super Mare - The Back Bar
Mar 08 Brixton - The Windmill
Mar 09 Milton Keynes - The Crauford Arms
Mar 10 London - Upstairs @ The Garage

Gone Baby Gone EP will be available via Third Man Records from April 6th 2015

You can listen to The Dough Rollers music here and watch a clip of them performing a wonderful version of Mansion On A Hill here.

Read more on www.doughrollersmusic.com


Seed London - FRIDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2015 - DOORS AT 10 PM

The date for the inaugural Seed London event has been confirmed as Friday 20th February 2015. This unique event helps kick-start London Fashion Week and is the first of its kind to be created by the artists and curated by the audience. It will feature the best of London’s up and coming fashion designers, music and installation artists and is due to take place on The Yacht, moored outside Somerset House.

Seed London is intended to identify world shapers and future industry leaders and tickets are available for the online community, industry and press. The Seed Launch event will feature live performances from several rising recording artists including Parra For Cuva, nom de plume of German electronic producer Nicolas Demuth whose Wicked Games topped the UK dance charts late last year, Rhythm Section figurehead and Boiler Room programmer Bradley Zero and fellow BR programmer and Run The Depths label boss Charles T Drakeford. Experience revolutionary visuals from PRICK images and mingle with the industry’s finest new talents establishing themselves in fashion and the arts.
Seed is a unique interaction platform that allows people and artists to communicate directly with each other so that the former can receive inordinately preferential treatment.
With 25 years music experience from the original 80’s acid orbitals to The Killers, Seed is able to provide a unique service that harnesses the passions of fans for their favourite musicians, artists and designers – or anything! - and reward these creatives and rights holders for their influence with these fans.

Mobile human installations, breaking fashion talent and two serious dance floors.
one night - one boat - one community.
Parra for Cuva [LIVE] Berlin DE
Bradley Zero // Charles Drakeford [NTS – Boiler Room]
FYI Chris
Decka Sounds & Fortay // Silas & Snare Surgeon
Alex Crescent // Finn Esse


Michael Des Barres releases Key To The Universe on FOD Records on April 27th 2015.

Legendary rock performer (and actor) Michael Des Barres releases his new studio album Key To The Universe on FOD Records on April 27th 2015. Produced by Bob Rose and recorded at Forum Music Village in Rome (famed for spawning Ennio Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks), Key To The Universe once more reunites Des Barres with ex Blondie bassist and erstwhile Silverhead cohort Nigel Harrison but also showcases the talents of Clive Deamer (Portishead, Robert Plant) on drums and the Jimi Hendrix Live Experience frontman Dani Robinson on guitar. The album includes Room Full Of Angels (set to be the first single in the UK) as well as such below-the-waist rock n roll excess as US single Can’t Get You Off My Mind and the delightfully titled I Want Love To Punch Me In The Face. The video for Can’t Get You Off My Mind is to be directed by David Rousseau, currently the world’s most successful video director and the man responsible for videos by PitBull (featuring artists such as Christina Aguilera, Marc Antony and Shakira), Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez (featuring PitBull) and Lil Wayne – videos which are approaching 3 billion views worldwide.

Michael Des Barres is the son of the 25th Marquis Des Barres (himself descended from a legendary and heroic 13th century French knight) who blew most of his fortune on opium and ended up in jail, and a singer cum dancer from Liverpool. Brought up in a Gothic Castle, then essentially raised from the age of eight by strippers (due to his mother’s regular incarceration from schizophrenia), Des Barres appeared alongside Sidney Poitier in 1967 movie smash To Sir With Love but abandoned acting in 1972 to form glam rock outfit Silverhead. Des Barres then signed his Detective band to Led Zep’s Swansong label before subsequently penning Obsession (No.1 in 27 countries), and fronting both Chequered Past (featuring Steve Jones, and Clem Burke) and Power Station, the latter at the 1985 Live Aid charity concert in Philadelphia. During his extraordinary career Des Barres has also found the time to marry Pamela “I’m With The Band” Des Barres and appear in countless movies (including Clint Eastwood’s Pink Cadillac) and TV series such as Frasier, Seinfeld, Ellen, NCIS, Northern Exposure amongst many others. His notable success in this area includes his role as master assassin Murdoc in TV series Macgyver. ”

As a rock performer, the list of acts Michael des Barres has opened for reads like a who’s who of rock n roll: Fleetwood Mac, The Kinks, Uriah Heep, Nazareth, Kiss, New York Dolls, Kansas, AC/DC, Todd Rundgren, Blue Oyster Cult, Jethro Tull, Iggy Pop, Deep Purple, INXS, Billy Idol, Ratt, Duran Duran. In recent years Des Barres has released two albums, a studio record called Carnaby Street and a live album called Hot n Sticky Live, which was recorded at Los Angeles’ Viper Room. He also toured Japan in 2012 reuniting Silverhead for the first time in 38 years and it was no doubt this thrilling live experience – playing to sold out audiences  - that inspired Des Barres to record the enormously powerful Key To The Universe. Des Barres has already said that he believes “audiences are kind of starved for a carnal, sensual, sexy blues music” and Key To The Universe confirms that we need starve no longer.

Find out more at www.michaeldesbarres.com/


AT LAST! JAMES TO RELEASE LAID AND WAH WAH ALBUMS TOGETHER - JUST AS PRODUCER BRIAN ENO INTENDED...

James, who’ve sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and just completed another sell-out tour of the UK, have announced that their groundbreaking Laid and Wah Wah albums are due to be re-released as a box set on March 23rd 2015. The albums will be released as a 4CD 12’x 12’ Super Deluxe box set featuring 20 previously unreleased recordings – including rehearsals, out-takes, jams, B-sides, radio sessions and live tracks - totalling 68 tracks in all. The four discs will be accompanied by a 56 page hardcover book (featuring an essay by Phill Savidge, rare photos and memorabilia), four button badges and four postcards. The release will also be made available as a 2CD Deluxe package with 28 page booklet, a double 180g LP Laid package featuring printed inner sleeves and download code (500 exclusive clear vinyl available from the soundofvinyl.com) and a double 180g LP Wah Wah package featuring printed inner sleeves and download code (500 exclusive clear vinyl available from the soundofvinyl.com.

According to Tim Booth, Laid and Wah Wah are “the culmination of playing four or five hours a day four or five days a week in Manchester and the new band adapting to that. It is about the transition of becoming more of a band but with Brian at the helm.” Booth remembers jamming “hundreds of songs that never saw the light of day” and guitarist Larry Gott suggests it might have been “as many as 340 tracks.” The simultaneous, coupled reissues are particularly notable, however, due to the fact that producer Brian Eno and the band had originally favoured releasing the records as a double package. Recorded concurrently in 1993 during a frenetic six week period at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Complex, the albums were always intended as companion pieces – Laid being referred to as the “song” album whilst Wah Wah was known as the “experimental” or “jamming” album – but the record company’s decision to release them months apart put paid to this conception: Laid, released in the UK in October 1993, reached the No.3 spot over here and became the band’s biggest album to date in the US, selling 600,000 copies and breaking the band in the USA in the process but the subsequent follow-up Wah Wah effectively sunk the band over there and – according to Booth – “put paid to us breaking America at all!”. More pertinently perhaps, by the time Wah Wah came out, U2 (and Eno) had released Zooropa and “everyone thought we were copying off them instead of the other way round!”

James are not the only artists to have recorded two albums at the same time. Other notable examples include Radiohead (Kid A and Amnesiac), Frank Zappa (Overnite Sensation and Apostrophe), Tim Buckley (Blue Afternoon and Lorca), and Justin Timberlake (The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2) amongst others. They are also not the first artists to release experimental follow-ups to their most successful albums to date – in James’ case Laid was the follow-up to the phenomenally successful Seven – as these surely include Radiohead (again), REM, Lou Reed and the Stone Roses – although it is possible that some of these did so unintentionally!

Find out more at wearejames.com
Connect with James on facebook.com/jamesisnotaperson and twitter.com/wearejames


The RUA release their debut album 'Essence' on FOD Records - Oct 6th 2014

The Rua

"The missing link between Haim and Fleetwood Mac." Classic Pop, September 2014.

You won't forget the first time you heard The Rua. It will be on a day such as this when nothing feels right and it seems like as good an idea as any to fill the silence with reason. Songs very rarely make you stand up and sing but Fight For What’s Right and Stand Out and Into The Crowd and Follow just might. And you could stand here all day and say that The Rua sound like this and The Rua sound like that but it wouldn't get you anywhere – you'd still be standing up and singing.

Rua means essence of a group – or at least, “we found a meaning from the Hebrew word Ruah with an h at the end and we really liked it but we didn’t like the h” - and the essence of The Rua are all members of the same family: 22 year old year old chanteuse Roseanna Brown provides voice and guitar, 24 year old Alanna Brown is responsible for piano and backing vocals and 19 year old Jonathan Brown plays violin and guitar and provides vocals and backing vocals. Of course, a further investigation of rua reveals that the word has a myriad of Gaelic connections and certainly the band have Irish blood flowing through their collective veins. Having said that, The Rua all live in the same house near Windsor, England and yes, you guessed it, they’ve spent most New Year and Xmas holidays back in the Emerald Isle. And, no, they’re not the new Monkees.

Aside from the fact they all live together, The Rua also have a theatrical background: Alanna has appeared in the film Closer as well as no less than four Harry Potter movies whilst all of them appeared in Stormbreaker and Roseanna - who’s appeared in three Harry Potter films - also appeared in Snow White and The Huntsman and the Thor movie. And perhaps if we also mentioned that Jonathan appeared in one of the Harry Potters (as well as Dark Shadows) then we can understand why you might want to refer to them as HP4, HP3 and HP1. But we’re not going to do this. Ever.

The Rua are all classically trained – pianists, violinists, singers - and their membership of many established choirs means that they “have a standard and always listen to each other.” Roseanna has a degree in Music from Royal Holloway - although all studied music at A Level and Alanna has a degree and Masters in Science - but before you start thinking that this must be some kind of operatic outfit let’s get one thing clear: The Rua are an outlandishly-epic, indie version of bands like Fleetwood Mac and The Cranberries and the kind of band that hits the Coldplay/Snow Patrol nerve before you’ve even gotten as far as their exceptional choruses. So yes, we have to say it: they’re going to sell millions.

And so to the songs - which are all co-written - on the band’s debut album Essence: opener Fight For What’s Right is about “having a belief and letting people know you’re going to stick to it”; the colossal Stand Out is about a family friend who sadly died but throughout her illness selflessly encouraged the Brown enfants to be themselves and follow their dreams; Without You is about being independent and knowing that you can trust in yourself to get on with your own life; Into The Crowd is about those that surprise you in ways that you wouldn’t think possible; and best of all, Follow, is a song about letting go of others who want to follow another path and, perhaps, if you will, a The Rua version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way.’

In an era where manufactured pop is considered to be the height of creative ambition, a band like The Rua might be considered something of an anachronism. Except, of course, that if anything, The Rua beat the X Factor wannabes at their own game: they craft beautiful and epic tunes out of their own non-artificial artfulness. Live and on record the band are completed by ex Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison - co-writer of One Way Or Another and Union City Blues amongst other Blondie gems - and Portishead drummer Clive Deamer who’s also drummed with Radiohead, Roni Size and Siouxsie Sioux amongst others. Naturally, apart from absolutely destroying the average age of the band, they provide a unique, possibly symbiotic backdrop to this essential rock group – a band you’re going to remember for a long, long time.

The Rua's debut album Essence will be released on FOD Records on October 6th 2014.

You can see and hear a live version of 'Fight For What's Right' here.


Phill Savidge PR

Selected artists Phill Savidge has represented:

THE FARM - PULP - VERVE - SUEDE - TEXAS - PIXIES - JAMES - COCTEAU TWINS - SPIRITUALIZED - JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - LUSH - EAST 17 - RIGHT SAID FRED - RIDE - CHRIS REA - NIGHTMARE AND THE CAT - FLUFFY - THEA GILMORE - BARENAKED LADIES - LUKE HAINES (AUTEURS, BAADER MEINHOF, BLACK BOX RECORDER) - DEAD CAN DANCE - THE FALL - THE CHARLATANS - DAVE STEWART - JOHN MARTYN - BLOW MONKEYS - CRANBERRIES - FAITHLESS - ERASURE - ROY ORBISON - ELASTICA - UNKLE BOB - DON BLACK - MAMAS GUN - JIM STEINMAN - GARY MOORE - AMY STUDT - MARY MARGARET O'HARA - AR RAHMAN - ECHOBELLY - SARABETH TUCEK - KULA SHAKER - MENSWEAR - FAT LES (DAMIEN HIRST, KEITH ALLEN, ALEX JAMES) - GLASTONBURY & THE PLAY (DAMIEN HIRST, KEITH ALLEN) - ART TUBE (DAMIEN HIRST) - KEITH ALLEN - TANK GIRL & THE MOVIE - NERINA PALLOT - PONDLIFE - MICHAEL NYMAN - TIM BOOTH - SILKSOUNDBOOKS (GRETA SCACCHI, BILL NIGHY, JULIE CHRISTIE) - RIGHT SAID FRED - GANG OF FOUR - SUICIDAL TENDENCIES - STONE ROSES - GREEN ON RED - FLUKE - SOUL ASYLUM - THIN WHITE ROPE - FRAZIER CHORUS - GAYE BYKERS ON ACID - DANIELLE DAX - RHYTHM SISTERS - MOOSE - CURVE - PALE SAINTS - JJ72 - NINE INCH NAILS - PHIL CAMPBELL - THEA GILMORE - DANIEL JOHNSTON - LEVITATION- DUBSTAR - SALAD - LONGPIGS - POWDER - ULTRASOUND - MARION - 60 FOOT DOLLS - BLUE NILE - DAVID MCALMONT - PREFAB SPROUT


One of these names is completely ficticious and made up. Tell us which one?


Artists

  • The RUA

    The RUA

    You won't forget the first time you heard The Rua. It will be on a day such as this when nothing feels right and it seems like as good an idea as any to fill the silence with reason.

  • Prefab Sprout

    Prefab Sprout

    Prefab Sprout release their new single 'The Best Jewel Thief In The World' on October 7th 2013. It will appear on 'Crimson/Red', their first album of new material for 13 years.

  • Tony Mortimer

    Tony Mortimer

    Tony Mortimer signed to FOD Records in 2012 and Songs From The Suitcase - incidentally the title comes from the fact that Mortimer carries around hundreds...

  • Bare Naked Ladies

    Barenaked Ladies

    Canadian multi-platinum pop rock outfit Barenaked Ladies, who have just completed their hugely successful 'Last Summer On Earth Tour' tour of the USA...

  • Mike Marlin

    Mike Marlin

    There is a simple song (‘More Than I Can Say’) on Mike Marlin’s album ‘Grand Reveal’ that is a perfect example of what Mike does terrifically well...

  • ME

    ME

    Already heralded by Kerrang! magazine as: “essentially Queen if every single member was Freddie Mercury”, ME are Luke Ferris (voice, guitar, piano), Damian Tapley...

  • The Stranglers

    The Stranglers

    The Stranglers, who are still the UK s most dangerously eccentric band, release their eagerly awaited new album, “Giants” on 5th March 2012

  • Bare Naked Ladies

    John Martyn

    The last album recorded by the wonderful, legendary John Martyn is due to be released in the UK in May 2011. Entitled Heaven and Earth, this stunning...

  • James

    James

    JAMES released their first ever box set entitled The Gathering Sound, this limited edition deluxe box set covers the band’s career...

  • Chris Rea

    Chris Rea

    Chris Rea releases the elaborate 3CD & 2DVD set, Santo Spirito, on September 5th 2011. Santo Spirito is the natural successor to The Blue Guitars project.

  • Gang Of Four

    Gang Of Four

    Gang Of Four, one of the most radical and radically important groups of the last thirty years, released their first album of new songs for sixteen years...

  • East 17

    EAST 17

    EAST 17, one of the most celebrated and successful boy bands of all time, have re-united under the auspices of principal songwriter Tony Mortimer.

  • Gus MacGregor

    Gus MacGregor

    Gus MacGregor releases Under The Sun on FOD Records on 16 May 2011. Under The Sun has been taken from his eponymous debut album.

  • Lunik

    Lunik

    Swiss indie heartthrobs Lunik are set to release a new single. Entitled How Could I Tell You, the song is a lover’s lament; “I don’t want to hurt you but it’s true!”.

  • Blow Monkeys

    Blow Monkeys

    In the 1980s The Blow Monkeys produced two worldwide hits (Digging Your Scene and It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way), and a reputation.

  • Gregory Darling

    Gregory Darling

    Gregory Darling has a new single released on F.O.D. Records. Entitled Somebody Kill The DJ, the song was inspired by a night Darling spent out in Monte Carlo..

  • Unkle Bob

    Unkle Bob

    In My Head has been lifted from Unkle Bob’s stunning new album Shockwaves. This “new-age” Byrdsian lament is as humble as it is heartfelt.

  • Luke Haines

    Luke Haines

    Variously described as a national treasure and one of Britain's greatest living songwriters, Luke Haines has been ruffling feathers for almost twenty years now.

  • Tim Booth

    Tim Booth

    Tim Booth has been involved in the British music industry since the early 80's gaining recognition as lead singer of the Manchester band James.


Projects

  • Prefab Sprout

    Mojn Secures $4 Million Funding

    Mojn, an innovator in real time retargeted emails, has raised USD 4 million to accelerate growth. This comes following the recent opening of a new office in London.

  • Guitars: The Museum

    Guitars: The Museum

    UMEA, the university town in northern Sweden which has been selected as the European Cultural Capital for 2014, home to one of the world’s finest vintage guitar collections.


Rock Notes

  • Suede Suede

    Suede - DOG MAN STAR

    This is actually the biography I wrote for Suede's second album Dog Man Star. So pompous you could wave a stick at it and it would tell you off for being churlish, someone once told me that broadcaster Danny Baker read the entire thing out live on the radio with Ride Of The Valkyries playing behind it. Listen to this: "There's nothing to discuss. A few plain truths. Some claims which cannot be dismissed. Let's feed the enemy. SUEDE are the best band in the entire world. They are because they are, because they know they are and (less important this) because you know they are. Their new album DOG MAN STAR is possibly the best album you will ever hear. 'Possibly' because you never know what they ll come up with next. It's early days. The heart quickens. This shouldn t be about pretending anyway. Suede don't pretend to be anything other than who they are (how redundant those early Smiths comparisons seem now) so why should we try to pretend? Suede are out there, alone and unassailable, a ship on the distant horizon. You call and you swim. A foghorn bellows its indifference. You drown." Of course, after these shy beginnings it finally comes out of its shell. The biography ended up as notes for the Dog Man Star tour programme and a new phrase was born - "The body of work is enormed."

  • JAMES James

    JAMES - La Petite Mort UK tour programme 2014

    Interviews with Tim, Larry and Jim for the La Petite Mort UK tour programme. I've interviewed Tim many times before but for some reason I had no idea that his wired, shamanic dancing - one of the things he's most known for - originally came about due to him being edgy and nervous.

  • Eurythmics Eurythmics

    Eurythmics - Boxed (8 Digitally remastered CDs with booklets)

    In 2005 Eurythmics re-released all eight studio albums as a boxed set. I interviewed Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart on several occasions and for several hours and managed to get their take on each album in turn. My favourite moment is when Dave says this: "Annie stopped me being so excessive in my lifestyle and eating only once every four days, taking huge amounts of amphetamines and never sleeping. Or going out for matches or bread and coming back three days later with someone called Circles."
    Music critics have often wondered how In The Garden era Eurythmics morphed into the multi-million selling outfit that was Sweet Dreams era Eurythmics. Dave, again, has the answer: "I went down to Bridgwater and slept on some guy s floor just as he was finishing inventing an audio visual drum machine - which was the first one where you could see what you were doing on a screen. And we took it back to London and we were the only ones who had it." So there you have it then - they had a better drum machine.


About

Phill Savidge

Phill Savidge has more than twenty years experience and success as a publicist. In 1987, after leaving Nottingham University with a Degree in Philosophy, Phill began his PR career by representing artists as diverse as Stone Roses, Danielle Dax, Gaye Bykers On Acid and the Rhythm Sisters. From 1988 to 1990, he worked as a press officer at Virgin Records where he looked after the PR interests of Roy Orbison, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Gary Moore amongst others. In 1990, Phill left Virgin to join John Best at Best In Press, here managing accounts for Cocteau Twins, Pixies, The Farm, Curve, The Verve and Suede. It was Phill’s huge success with Suede that led to him winning three Music Week PR Awards, thus enabling the company to morph into its legendary Savage & Best incarnation. Savage & Best were largely responsible for the Britpop movement of the mid-to-late1990s and, as well as continuing to represent Suede and Verve (the latter were also managed by Savage & Best for their first two albums), went on to represent Pulp, Menswear, Elastica, The Cranberries, The Fall, Charlatans, Jesus & Mary Chain, Spiritualized, Texas, Tank Girl (the movie), Kula Shaker, Longpigs, JJ72 and Fat Les (Vindaloo) amongst countless others. Savage & Best also founded a record label, Parkway Records, which released records by Powder (fronted by Pearl Lowe) and the all-girl punk outfit Fluffy.

In 1999 Phill dissolved Savage & Best and set up on his own. The following year Phill again represented Damien Hirst (who he had befriended through Fat Les) for his Art Tube project and again for Keith Allen’s Glastonbury Play which featured Damien’s extraordinary stage designs. Phill continued to represent Suede, JJ72 and Keith Allen amongst other artists but also diversified into club PR handling PR accounts for Soho House and Babington House as well as Home in Leicester Square. Around this time he also represented AR Rahman, multi-million selling composer of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams.

Phill began representing Dave Stewart in 2001, writing sleeve notes to accompany all eight Eurythmics albums and becoming intimately involved in Stewart and Paul Allen’s £100 million Hospital Club project in Covent Garden. Phill set up The Hospital Committee responsible for membership and organised all aspects of PR from building site reports for the FT to extensive Vogue magazine reports on the imminent opening of the Club. He regularly organised PR around high-profile launches in the Club and Gallery and was responsible for advance and follow-up PR in this respect.

In recent years Phill helped launch Silksoundbooks.com (“the greatest books read by the greatest actors” - Bill Nighy, Greta Scaachi etc) and Lyrics By Don Black, a 70th Birthday tribute evening (for the Oscar-winning and five time Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist Don Black) hosted by Michael Parkinson at the London Palladium. Phill currently represents one of the world’s most distinctive and loved singer-songwriters and guitarists, Chris Rea, punk legends the Stranglers, the UK’s foremost classical composer Michael Nyman, the wonderfully-reformed, bad-meaning-good, boy-to-man chart-botherers East 17, post-punk pioneers Gang Of Four, rock-pop artists James and Barenaked Ladies as well as the exciting and idiosyncratic singer/songwriter Gregory Darling and one of the world's greatest bands (fact!) Prefab Sprout. 


Awards

Music Week Award Music Week Award

PR Music Week Award

Awarded to: Phill Savidge & John Best (1992)

The Music Week Best PR Campaign Award for: '1st Place Suede'


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PR Music Week Award

Awarded to: Phill Savidge of Savage & Best (1995)

The Music Week PR Award for: '2ndPlace The Suede Campaign'


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PR Music Week Award

Awarded to: Phill Savidge of Savage & Best (1997)

The Music Week PR Award for: '2nd Place Suede'


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PR Music Week Award

Awarded to: Phill Savidge of 'Best in Press' (1991)

The Music Week, Category PR Award for: '3rd Place Curve'


Music of Fish Origin

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Cod Stewart - Eelvis Presley - Cliff Pilchard - Spratty Smith - Thelonius Monkfish - Blenny Goodman - Salmon Dave - Macy Crayfish - Squid Viscious - Prawn Ryder - Limpit Bizkit - Sushi Sioux - The Clamberrys - Pike and Tuna Turner - Roenan Keating - Coley Minogue - Eel Young - Carpenters - Buzzcockles - Trout Reznor - Terrence Trout Derby - Marlin Gaye - Freddie and the Breamers - The Subreams - Jarvis Cockles - B Ream with "Things Can Only Get Batter" - Martin - Coley and the Sunshine Band - Eelton John - Carpy Simon - Brill Wyman - Ringo Starfish - Lenny Crabitz - Toni Hallibut - Codley and Creme - Frank Snapper - Sprat Stevens - Skate Bush - Shirley Bassey - Ocean Colour Bream - Linkin Shark - Squid Creole - Black - Shirley Bass - Turin Hakes - Box Recoder - Plaice Domingo - Seahorses - Soft Shell - Brilly Holliday - Codplay - Whitingsnake - The Inspiral Carppets - Salmon and Garfunkel - Cod Dylan - Haddock Street Preachers - Nina Salmone - Sprat Boy Slim - Aeroesmith - Eddie Tadpole Tuna - Fats Dominnow - Fleetwood Mackrel - Kylie Minnowgue - Primal Bream - Coldplaice - Marlin Manson - Eely - Dan - Bob Marlin - Neil Codling - Newt-2 - Pikeal Jackson - Camila Diaz - Paul McCarpney - Salmon Davis Junior - Rick Whaler - Gareth Skates - Puffa Daddy - The Dolphonics - Girs of Summer - Stiff Little Fish Fingers - Gil Scott Hering - Stickleback - Macy Cray - Avril Sardine - Newt Radicals - Hake Williams - Skatespear Sister - Piranharama - Pike and the Mechanics - Sushi Quatro - Tench Reznor - Sprat Benatar - Spratty Smith - Eric Dolphin - Eric Crabton - Shrimple Minds - Shrimply Red - Paul Salmon - Lenny Crabsticks - Sharka Khan


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