Nots are playing a series of European shows and festivals early this summer following the release of 2016’s album ‘Cosmetic.’
This will be the first time Nots have played tracks from this record.
Thursday 1st June — Primavera Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Friday 2nd June — Primavera Festival Free Show, Barcelona, Spain Tickets
Saturday 3rd June — Point FMR, Paris, France
Sunday 4th June — Green Door Store, Brighton
Monday 5th June — Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tuesday 6th June — Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Wednesday 7th June — Cafe Oto, London
Thursday 8th June — Antre 2, Lille, France
Saturday 10th June — Bitterzoet, Amsterdam
Sunday 11th June — Ms HEDI, Hamburg, Germany
Monday 12th June — Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday 13th June — King Georg, Cologne, Germany
Wednesday 14th June — Mudd Club, Strasbourg, France FB
Thursday 15th June — Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany
Friday 16th June — Le Nouveau Monde, Fribourg, Switzerland
Saturday 17th June — B-Sides Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland Tickets / FB
The album ‘Cosmetic’ is out now:
For the sheer energy, Cosmetic provides an urgent antidote to US indie’s synthy nu-gaze myopia. Q Magazine
“The band have not tamed their snarling, dystopian garage punk in the least.” BrooklynVegan
“Riveting and ruining in equal measure.” 7.8 Pitchfork
H Hawkline has a new track titled ‘The Last Thing On Your Mind,’ the first new track since his 2016 record ‘In The Pink of Condition.’
Powered by synths and a minimal drum machine, this is new sonic territory for Huw, though things do get a little skronky in the chorus. — Brooklyn Vegan
The new album, whose details are forthcoming, was recorded in Evans’ new home of Los Angeles with producer Samur Khouja and builds on the sounds found on his previous releases. This is evident in the 6-minute teaser single ‘Last Thing On Your Mind’, which features Cate Le Bon and Josiah Steinbrick, and sees H. Hawkline making a slow and steady pop build throughout.
Of ‘Last Thing On Your Mind’ Evans says: “It waits like the cat who knows it’ll eventually get cream. Sits, makes eyes and then sips, always watching, one eye on the washer, the warm smell of fresh china.” — The 405
Huw Evans takes a roundabout approach to faintly straightforward stylings, in this case easygoing pop synth-driven melodic pop decorated with an abtruse guitar part. — Sweeping The Nation
We’re delighted that H Hawkline is supporting Devendra Banhart on tour in the US & Europe in January, February & March this year.
The plaintive new video was filmed at the Joshua Tree in California by Antony Langdon, with the national park’s otherworldly night time landscape the perfect complement to the song’s understated sweep of sombre orchestration.
Of the new video, Craft said:
“Blood Moon is the title track from the album I recorded during two years living in Joshua Tree, California. It’s a nocturnal record so we thought it appropriate that the film clip should be deep in the Joshua Tree National Park, deep in the starry night. Antony Langdon filmed and directed with loose, freeform ideas. And it captures the eerie, otherworldly feeling of that beautiful part of the world.”
The album ‘Blood Moon’ reached great critical acclaim in 2016:
“Like a baroque suite set adrift from its moorings… One of the most exquisite soul-searching odysseys of this or any other year.”
MOJO – ★★★
“A sense of otherworldly isolation fills the gentle, piano-centric Blood Moon, as completely as it does Nick Drake’s Pink Moon… A wonderful album.”
Q Magazine – ★★★★
“A meditative mood-piece, wrought from echoing piano, minimalist orchestrations and sudden, cascading waves of vocal harmonies. This is atmospheric ghost music, recalling Mercury Rev, Sufjan Stevens and Simon & Garfunkel at their most ethereal, while the lovely ‘Chemical Trails’ sounds like CSN in space.” Uncut — ★★★
“A perfectly judged synthesis of conventional songwriting skills and detailed, cinematic music that revels in the silence between the notes… Superb.” The Observer – ★★★
“With its twinkly desert aesthetic and night-sky prettiness, the emphasis on piano and Craft’s melodies recall British folk traditions as well as US ones.” The Guardian – ★★★★
M Craft is set to play an intimate show at The Forge, Camden on Thursday 2nd February. Tickets are available here.
The track’s a slithering beast with noir-pop manacles and a gravelly ooze from each tar-soaked refrain. Garwood walks a heady tightrope, at times nodding to the likes of Lamb and Portishead’s sensual sleaze, and at others wandering into the hallucinogenic leftfield owned by Tom Waits. It’s definitely dark, and it’s definitely great.
“I am an angry man; so angry I burn myself. So angry I heat up the air around me. This is the nuclear fuel I use to make music,” says Garwood. “In a world so full of pain and madness we need to be better than ever; to evolve not devolve. To become masters of our fate and stop listening to the snake talkers who would steal our last breath. It’s time to go Elvis and shoot the cursed TV.”
“This record is fantasy music,” Duke continues. “Beautiful apocalypse love music, it doesn’t hide from reality, but it could hide the listener from it all for a while.”
Duke Garwood’s new album ‘Garden of Ashes’ is released on February 3rd.
Duke will be on tour in the UK next month playing the following live shows:
Duke is also headlining the first night of our four day Heavenly event in Hebden Bridge this week. He will play at the Trades Club on Thursday 19th January with support from M Craft.
See what other Heavenly shows are taking place at The Trades Club here.
“You will dig Temples if you like: Tempesst, Tame Impala, The Beach Boys, MGMT, The NeverEnding Story, the word groovy, ‘shrooming in the summer, and, if you really, really, really wish flying was your super power. Premiering below is the second single lifted from their forthcoming second record Volcano. The song closes the record, which is entirely apropo because what begins as a tune hinged on a clattering, rangy beat and a descending synth line soon swells to a sparkling, string-laden epic. Not to be nerdy, but the transition from chorus, to pre-chorus, to full blown anthem is a key example of the kind of songwriting that’ll make your balls tingle and your scalp tighten. Don’t you dare listen to this out of tinny laptop speakers. And when you’re done, spin the sci-fi-prog-pop goodness of “Certainty.”
“We’re continually inundated with pressure in modern life to have to make something of ourselves and leave behind a legacy in this world,” explains bassist Tom Warmsley regarding the song’s inspiration. “‘Strange Or Be Forgotten’ is our way of questioning the necessity of having to be all so individual and unique—when really it’s our true selves that should be celebrated.”
“The grand and shimmery “Strange Or Be Forgotten.”, — Stereogum
“Temples have unveiled a new track from their upcoming album ‘Volcano’, and it’s another psych-pop doozy. After a shuddering start, the track evolves into a swooning, blissful pop number drenched in epic strings and wobbly synths that’ll be a euphoric ending to ‘Volcano’. It’s Temples just being themselves, and that’s just the way we like them.” — DIY Magazine
The new album ‘Volcano’ is out on March 3rd. We have 500 copies of the LP available on exclusive yellow vinyl available for pre-order here.
The band have also announced a series of UK and European dates for the Spring:
Sun. Mar. 26 — Newcastle, UK @ Riverside
Mon. Mar. 27 — Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
Tue. Mar. 28 — Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
Thu. Mar. 30 — London, UK @ Brixton Electric
Fri. Mar. 31 — Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
Sat. Apr. 1 — Derby, UK @ 2Q Festival
Sun. Apr. 2 — Birmingham, UK @ Institute 2
Tue. Apr. 7 — Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9
Wed. Apr. 8 — Munich, DE @ Strom
Thu. Apr. 9 Prague, CS @ Palac Akropolis
Fri. Apr. 10 — Berlin, DE @ Festaal Kreuzberg
Sat. Apr. 11 — Hamburg, DE @ Knust
Sun. Apr. 12 — Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
Sat. Apr. 18 — Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Sun. Apr. 19 — Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Mon. Apr. 20 — Lausanne, CH @ Le Docks
Tue. Apr. 21 — Zurich, CH @ Plaza
Wed. Apr. 22 — Lyon, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne
Fri. Apr. 24 — Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
Mon. Apr. 27 — Bristol, UK @ Trinity Centre
Fri. May 19 — Sun. May 21 — Madrid, ES @ Tomavistas Festival
Tickets for these shows go on general sale on Friday 13th January. Dates and links can be found here.
Hooton Tennis Club have a new video for ‘O, Man Won’t You Melt Me’ directed by Dominic Foster. The track is from their recent album ‘Big Box of Chocolates’ which came out in October this year.
Filmed in Sefton Park, Liverpool the track was produced by Edwyn Collins.
“With their second full-length, Merseysiders Hooton Tennis Club have expanded on what made their debut such a delight: taking a diary-style approach, penning songs about their own lives, and writing about their friends – fictional and real. Having their own quirky characters come to life through an effervescent brand of jangly-pop.”
★★★★ DIY MAGAZINE
“Feelgood poetic-pop narratives from the Wirral’s young quartet…The follow-up to their breezy 2015 debut is full of mid-placed songs of a Big Star bent that sounds positively effortless.”
★★★★ MOJO Magazine
“Big Box of Chocolates’ holds – a matured and smooth record full of sweet highs and refined bursts of frantic energy that builds and rejigs ‘Highest Point’s most fruitful moments.“
★★★★ Dork Magazine
“A collection of luminous pop songs that truly lives up to it’s name and is simply a delicious treat.”
8/10 Louder Than War
“All in all, it’s a strong package – a band with personality, great songs, plus an endearing send of humour.”
“Indie-rock, the way it used to roll. There’s something pleasingly nostalgic about this second LP from the Wirral’s Hooton Tennis Club.”
“They can take all the money and move to Mars. They can not take our boogie. They cannot take our love.”
‘Coldblooded’ is the first single from Duke’s up and coming album ‘Garden of Ashes’ which will be released on February 3rd, 2017:
In the face of an apocalypse, we all need a safe house. A place for sanctuary; not to hide, but to claim for our own. On his new album, South London’s unlikely bluesman Duke Garwood has found the perfect place for us all, and says it’s time to meet in the Garden of Ashes.
“I am an angry man; so angry I burn myself. So angry I heat up the air around me. This is the nuclear fuel I use to make music,” tells Duke. “In a world so full of pain and madness we need to be better than ever; to evolve not devolve. To become masters of our fate and stop listening to the snake talkers who would steal our last breath. It’s time to go Elvis and shoot the cursed TV.”
For an artist who claims to be angry, there’s a lot of love to be heard in Duke’s music and in the face of impeding Armageddon, just as Nick Cave claims in his film One More Time With Feeling, the only way to fight anguish is with positivity. On Duke’s sixth album Garden Of Ashes, that’s precisely the message. “I make beautiful music, because we don’t need angry music right now. Everyone can turn on the TV and see the horror show, they don’t need to hear it coming out the stereo. I’m trying to distil this frustrating feeling we all have right now into something more focused.”
Only in the Garden of Ashes can such furious frustration be channelled. Whilst last year’s Heavy Love thrust Duke into the spotlight with well long-overdue praise for its clarity and the “mad blues” charisma of a musician at his 20-year career peak, Garden of Ashes takes it all up a level, higher than many would think possible. “This album is about midnight in the garden of love. The garden of good and evil. The garden of paradise that we know is being destroyed to satisfy the greedy money people. It’s all burned down. We burned it to ashes.”
Duke will be on tour in the UK next year playing the following live shows:
Duke is also headlining the first night of our four day Heavenly event in Hebden Bridge this January. He will play at the Trades Club on Thursday 19th January with support from M Craft.
TOY have a new video for their current single ‘Another Dimension’ the second single to be taken from their recent album ‘Clear Shot.’
Step into the world of TOY and watch the video here:
“Fast Silver’ morphs from a brooding verse with cheesy 60s keyboards and swirling atmospherics into a poppy chorus, then back down through bridge passages of strange chords and twists. ‘Clouds That Cover The Sun’ with sweet harmony vocals, also twists itelf into elaborate shapes. Contrast with the relentless synth and bass pulses that give ‘Dream Orchestrator’ a Neu! — like momentum.“
- MOJO Magazine ★★★★
“Clear Shot expands hugely on TOY’s early sound and the result is rather inspiring. This is underground music with little concession to the mainstream, but it is so filled with ideas, from the tempo shifts and Byrds hardmonies of ‘Another Dimension’ to the icy one-note organ solos and pretty guitars guitars in Fast Silver, that invites the listener in nonetheless.“
The Times ★★★★
“TOY’s 2012 eponymous debut and 2014 follow-up, ‘Join The Dots’, found them thrillingly aligning the motorick tug of krautrock to postpunk and psychedelia. Here, the primary sources are late-1960s lysergic pop and the swoonsome, shoegazing melodies…It’s another fine effort from a band who are gradually building up an absorbing catalogue.“
“TOY stride confidently into their future.”
Sunday Times ★★★★
Last week TOY headlined the Electric Brixton in London. Will Hodgskinson from The Times and The Sunday Times was down to witness a brilliant set of new songs from ‘Clear Shot’ as well as classic TOY tracks too:
“TOY are not the types to shout, ‘Hello, London!’ before punching the air in exaltation — but there was a lot of passion in the music, and adventurousness too. ‘Times runs free, stretches and it squeezes everything and everyone it sees,’ sang Tom Dougall on ‘Clouds that Cover the Sun,’ articulating the warping quality of Toy’s sound, while ‘Dream Orchestrator,’ from ‘Clear Shot,’ ended the concert with a reverberating, octave-shifting keyboard solo from Max Oscarnold that wouldn’t have been out of place on a Mike Oldfield record. It was exciting enough for even the most Warholian of audience members to nod in approval; proof surely, of a job well done.“
- ★★★★ THE TIMES
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