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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Check out our four day event line-up & ticket information for our January party in Hebden Bridge here.
We’re excited to share two new Temples remixes with you of their current single ‘Certainty.’
“Pushing the Temples’ boundaries a bit further, fellow British rockers Franz Ferdinand flipped the group’s newest single ‘Certainty.’
Bathed in mesmerizing synths, Franz Ferdinand alienates the original’s wooziness and laces dark loops and a sweeping underlying bassline behind the arrangement. The fuzzy frequency stimulates the expansive track transforming the Temples’ nostalgic cut into an infectious five-minute escape.
“When someone is remixing a song you have a certain idea of how you think it will sound, Franz Ferdinand have really turned the track on its head, arrangement and even genre,” Temples frontman James Bagshaw said in a statement. “I don’t think any of us expected such an electronic reimagined version of the song! It’s wonderful.”
Here’s what Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos said about the remix, “There were so many dimensions to this song when we first heard it. We chose one and explored it until it took us out into a completely different one.”
Temples release their new album ‘Volcano’ on March 3rd, 2017. We have limited copies available on yellow vinyl in our emporium which you can purchase here.
Next year Temples play a special intimate show at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge on Sunday January 22nd with support from Amber Arcades. This show is part of a four day Heavenly event at the venue running from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd January.
The piece was created by front woman Natalie Hoffmann after the results of last week’s election. She explains:
“The tension and fear that came with the results certainly played a part in the visual outcome of the video. America has elected someone who has openly campaigned to keep us low. To keep us completely divided. To keep us at war. I don’t think that I (or anyone) can fully process the weight of what is to come, but this video is an attempt to translate both what the song is about, and how I’ve felt since the election results — a new awareness, anger, and fear about being kept inherently low.”
“It is not easy to make garage-punk sound vital in 2016-no less when it comes in the very psychedelic shape of a wah’d-out krauty highway jam-but the commitment here hits hard. It’s raw and real.” — Pitchfork
“aggressive punk rockers with a knack for the quick and dirty” — Village Voice
“epic…every moment…essential” — Stereogum
“pushing its sound into spacey new directions…propulsive energy” — A.V. Club
Photo by: Neelam Khan Vela
We’re happy to announce a new addition to the Heavenly roster. We’re delighted to sign The Orielles, a three-piece from Halifax. Teenagers Esmé Dee-Hand, Henry Carlyle Wade & Sidonie B Hand.
Label founder Jeff Barrett comments on how the band we’re brought to our attention:
“We got to hear about them by word of month — initially from some of my older pals, namely Joe McKechnie up in Liverpool and Phil Wilson — of June Brides fame — guys that know their stuff — then more recently from some of our bands namely Hooton Tennis Club and The Parrots who The Orielles recently supported on UK tour which is when we all fell in love with them .”
The band are also just as enthused to join the label:
“We are really excited to be working with Heavenly: they have released some of our favourite records and we’re very honoured to be among some amazing bands.
In January the band will join the line-up for our four day event in the Hebden Bridge Trades Club. They have been added to the Friday night bill where they join The Parrots, Hooton Tennis Club and the Heavenly Jukebox for an unmissable Friday night party.
Having previously supported Hooton Tennis Club, the boys have shared their excitement for our latest signing:
“The Orielles played with us at our Liverpool show last Christmas. We watched them from the back of the Kazimier with Bill R-J and we all loved them! The day after the show Harry and Cal rushed to Probe Records to buy their single, Space Doubt. Their recordings are great and they are really great live. We are super happy that they’re part of the Heavenly family!”
Taking place between Thursday 19th & Sunday 22nd of January the event will see live performances from Temples, Amber Arcades, M Craft, Duke Garwood, The Parrots, H Hawkline, Hooton Tennis Club, TOY, Britain & DJ sets from the Heavenly Jukebox.
Event details and tickets can be found at The Trades Club website here.
The band have also recently announced ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallow’, a special weekend of gigs curated by the band at the Fallow Café in Manchester on the 25th & 26th November 2016:
Friday 25th November
Saturday 26th November
Fentonville Street Band
Fallow Café, Manchester. M14 6NA