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Edinburgh and London Shows Next Week!
26 Oct – Album launch day 1, Edinburgh, Banshee Labyrinth
27 Oct – Album launch day 2, Edinburgh, Banshee Labyrinth
29 Oct – Album launch, London, DIY Space (support from Joey Four and Wolf Girl
First Headline Tour in November
6 Nov – Martha/Radiator Hospital, Glasgow, 13th Note
14 Nov – Belfast, Black Box, Ireland
15 Nov – Spirit Store, Dundalk, Ireland
20 Nov – Brighton, The Joker
22 Nov – London, George Tavern
26 Nov – Leeds, Wharf Chambers
27 Nov – Edinburgh, Citrus Club (with the Lovely Eggs)
28 Nov – Dundee, Buskers – Book Yer Ane Fest IX
4 Dec – Coventry, The Tin at The Coal Vaults
5 Dec – Nottingham, Chameleon
6 Dec – Glasgow, Nice and Sleazy
The Prettiots announce their new single, “Stabler,” available on the classic cassette single format for Cassette Store Day Oct 17, and digitally everywhere Oct 20.
NYC’s The Prettiots are Kay Kasparhauser and Lulu Prat. While they’ve been playing shows and writing songs together for over a year – all the while earning press fans like Bust, Nylon, Rookie, Noisey, and the New York Times – their first official release, a 7” single for “Suicide Hotline,” was released this June via label home Rough Trade Records.
The Prettiots will be playing three shows at CMJ this year, before heading across the pond for their first-ever European tour. Their debut LP will be released in early 2016.
Mon Oct 19 – Eindhoven, NL @ DDW
Tues, Oct 20 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega’s New Crush
Sun, Oct 25 – Vienna, AUT @ Vienna Arena
Wed, Oct 28 – London, UK @ Village Underground
Thurs, Oct 29 – Utrecht, NL @Trivola Vrededenburg
Sat, Oct 31 – Hamburg, DEU @ Molotow
Sun, Nov 1 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
Fri Nov 6- Prague @ Novelle Prague Festival
Sat, Nov 7 – Manchester, UK @ The Castle
Sun, Nov 8 – Tues, Nov 10 – Cardiff, UK @ SWN Festival
Thurs, Nov 12 – Paris, FR @ Les Inrocks @ Casino de Paris
Fri Nov 13 Belgium @ Autumn Falls Festival w/ Braids
National institution and one of the UK’s most respected and enduring performers that is Robyn Hitchcock will be playing a handful of acoustic UK shows in October. The hugely prolific songwriter now based in Nashville, Tennessee, will be airing both new songs whilst delving back into his vast catalogue of gems. For the dates Robyn will be supported by Emma Swift, who will be performing from her acclaimed debut album.
When Hitchcock found himself standing next to Americana songbird and radio sweetheart Emma Swift at an Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell concert in 2013, a new portal in sadcore music opened up. That Christmas found them living and rehearsing in the tiny kitchen of a damp English sea-side flat once inhabited by Charles Darwin. Drawn together musically by a penchant for songs of desire and desolation, Robyn’s crystalline guitar-playing and Swift’s yearning harmonies evoke a psychic landscape where ghost trams lumber through the desert and desperate cacti grow beneath the sea.
The 7″ single was released for Record Store Day, 2015.
October 24, 2015 – Brighton, UK @ Unitarian Church
October 25, 2015 – Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
October 29, 2015 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
November 1, 2015 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ The Trades Club
November 2, 2015 – Winchester, UK @ The Railway
November 3, 2015 – Exeter, UK @ The Phoenix
Stanley Brinks is joined by The Wave Pictures for their new record ‘My Ass’, the follow up to last year’s ‘Gin’, and their fourth album together.
After ‘Gin’ Brinks wasted no time in taking The Wave Pictures straight back to the studio, bright and early, the morning after the final show of their tour, to ensure they lost none of the fire still burning in their hearts from the final night’s drinks. Three playful days and twelve loose, jazzy, tracks later, with Brinks making salubrious use of his new penny-whistle and the assembled studio choir of friends hanging out, embraced into the recordings, he had his camel, ‘My Ass’.
Stanley Brinks was born in Paris, France, in 1973. He studied a bit of biology and worked as a nurse for a while. Half Swedish, half Moroccan, strongly inclined to travel the world, he soon began spending most of his life on the road and developed a strong relationship with New York. By the late 90s he’d become a full time singer-songwriter – André Herman Düne – as part of three piece indie-rock band, Herman Düne. Several albums and Peel sessions later and after a decade of touring Europe, mostly with American songwriters such as Jeffrey Lewis, Calvin Johnson and early Arcade Fire he settled in Berlin. The early carnival music of Trinidad became a passion, and in the early 21st century he became the unquestioned master of European calypso, changing his name to Stanley Brinks. Under this moniker he has recorded more than 100 albums, collaborated with the New York Antifolk scene on several occasions, recorded and toured with traditional Norwegian musicians, and played a lot with The Wave Pictures.
The Wave Pictures are David Tattersall, Franic Rozycki and Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm. Formed in 1998 when Franic and David lived in a village called Wymeswold, the band played with several drummers until Jonny became a permanent member in 2003 replacing Hugh J Noble. In the beginning the band learned to play together by covering Jonathan Richman songs but soon David was writing lots of original material.
They have since released six studio albums to critical acclaim and played numerous sessions on BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Xfm. Interest generated from these recordings has enabled The Wave Pictures to play shows all over the world with artists including Jeffrey Lewis, Darren Hayman, Stanley Brinks, Freschard and Herman Düne.
Stanley Brinks solo:
Wed Sep 30th: LONDON – All You Read Is Love, Leytonstone
Tour dates with The Wave Pictures and Freschard:
Fri Oct 2nd : CARDIFF – Full Moon
Sat Oct 3rd : PRESTON – Blitz Club
Sun Oct 4th : EDINBURGH – Teviot Underground
Mon Oct 5th : GLASGOW – Broadcast
Tue Oct 6th : BIRMINGHAM – Hare and Hounds
Wed Oct 7th : LONDON – The Lexington
It’s been a busy few months recently for Piney Gir – gigs, radio sessions, an appearance at Glastonbury, a trip to Japan with Gaz Coombes, and of course the release of her sixth solo album mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE.
Ever busy, she now has an Autumn tour lined up in support of her forthcoming single Mouse Of A Ghost / Tilt A Whirl.
Released on 25th September, It’s a six track ‘DOUBLE A-side’ digital only bonanza for the third single from Piney Gir’s latest album mR. hYDE’S wILD rIDE.
The six track version is an iTunes exclusive while the standard four track version will be available everywhere else.
There are two remixes of the double A sides by Soulsby Synths & Dreamtrak plus the i-tunes bonus tracks which are both covers – ‘Something Stupid’ (Originally by Frank & Nancy Sinatra) and Alone Again Or (Originally by Love or you may know the version by The Damned.)
10th Sept – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
11th Sept – The Central, Head Of Steam, Gateshead
12th Sept – Elvis Shakespeare, Edinborough (Daytime in-store session)
13th Sept – Lemon Tree, aberdeen
14th Sept – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
17th Sept – The Eagle, Manchester
18th Sept – Café Kino, Bristol
19th Sept – Unity Works Café, Wakefield
20th Sept – Crescent WMC, York