Brand new from FuzzQueen, part one of XENIA is available now at Bandcamp, please pay for it if you can in the spirit of the album title and because the music has real value.
XENIA, from the Greek meaning :
Generosity shown to those who are far from home. Kindness to the stranger.
FuzzQueen’s timely debut EP weaves threads of fear of the other, isolation, and yearning for connection into a dramatic and compelling set of songs. Kicking off with an intro that touches on the futility of gun violence, through graceful sonic key changes, the EP launches forth into a vintage 70’s prayer for guidance from a lone traveler, a mythological story of estranged brothers, and finally the epic psychedelic finale, “Younger Men”, a look at disintegrating relationships through the lens of jaded aging and decades lost to war. The moments of hopeful and beautiful harmony gleaming through heavy topics that become more pressing each day, make Xenia an EP to visit again and again. The threads will be tied together in Xenia II, scheduled to be released in spring of 2017.
I had a Q&A with FuzzQueen back in August ahead of the release of the bands debut EP, if you missed it you can catch up here.
Living Body is the new project from Leeds-based Chicagoan Jeff T. Smith (formerly, Juffage) featuring longtime collaborators Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin, Wild Beasts, Sleater-Kinney) and Tom Evans (Vessels).
Their debut release Body is Working is out at the beginning of December and available to pre-order now
08 – Sheffield, UK – Picture House Social
09 – Liverpool, UK – Mguire’s Pizza Bar
10 – London, UK – The Waiting Room
11 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
16 – Manchester, UK – The Eagle
17 – Newcastle, UK – Jumpin’ Jacks
18 – Edinburgh, UK – Sneaky Pete’s
19 – Glasgow, UK – The Hug And Pint
21st Nov – Birmingham – O2 Institute w/ Airbourne & Crobot
22nd Nov – Leeds – O2 Academy w/ Airbourne & Crobot
23rd Nov – Newcastle – O2 Academy w/ Airbourne & Crobot
24th Nov – Glasgow – Barrowlands w/ Airbourne & Crobot
26th Nov – Manchester – O2 Ritz w/ Airbourne & Crobot
3rd Dec – London – The Crowndale w/ Puppets of the Supreme Commander
London based trio The Wave Pictures – Jonny Helm (drums), Dave Tattersall (guitar & vocals) and Franic Rozycki (bass) – return with their new album Bamboo Diner in The Rain via Moshi Moshi on the 11th of November and kick of series dates in support of the release starting at Manchesters Deaf Institute on the the 3rd.
UK Tour Dates:
Thu 03 Nov – Manchester – Deaf Institute
Fri 04 Nov – Halifax – Arden Road Social Club
Sat 05 Nov – Sheffield – Plug
Sun 06 Nov – Nottingham – The Maze
Mon 07 Nov – Cambridge – The Portman Arms
Tue 08 Nov – Leeds The Brudenell Social Club
Wed 09 Nov – Hull – Adelphi
Thu 10 Nov – Edinburgh – The Electric Circus
Sat 12 Nov – Glasgow – CCA/Saramago Café Bar
Sun 13 Nov – Newcastle – Cluny 2
Mon 14 Nov – Birmingham – Hare and Hounds
Sun 20 Nov – Bristol – Start The Bus
Mon 21 Nov – Brighton – Komedia Brighton
Thu 1 Dec – London (XOYO)
Fri 2 Dec – Ramsgate (Ramsgate Music Hall)