'Without Your Love' is the brilliant breakout single from APRE, available now on Polydor Records. Premiering on Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1 (Clara Amfo sitting in), it acts as the second preview of the London band's mini-album project, 'Always In My Head', which will follow on November 6th and was introduced recently by their escapist single, 'Live It Up'. An extensive touring schedule for APRE is additionally being rerouted for 2021, with the band having sold out the Scala earlier this year, played a headline tour around the UK, and also gone on the road with the likes of Sam Fender, Lany, Friendly Fires and Inhaler.
'Without Your Love' is an epic but intimate cut of alternative pop from APRE, as inspired by a lifelong love of 80s icons like The Police with the idea of placing modern relationships under the microscope: a topic that has become even more pertinent to them whilst apart, and a dilemma that Charlie and Jules neatly summarise as ‘"I want to be with this person, but it’s not allowing me to feel myself, and pursue the life I want to lead. It’s kinder sometimes to say goodbye to someone who’s had such a positive impact on your life beforehand, if in the long term it’s better for you both. 'Without Your Love' is about the idea that you shouldn't force yourself to make the relationship work - appreciate what it’s done for you, and keep moving forward in your life."
APRE are one of the UK's most astute, fiercely creative new bands. Their innatively massive-sounding songs derive from a more introspective, outsider-status: finding few creative opportunities in their respectively-suburban upbringings, it was the unlikely confinement of a West London chess club where APRE formed, and first found their own outlet for escapism. And it's the harsh reality of the outside world that the band have frequently spun on its head over their projects to date. Whether addressing the turbulent political climate ('Guns Down' EP), the more isolating aspects of technology ('Everyone's Commute EP'), it all comes together on their debut mini-album, 'Always In My Head'; introduced recently by the seemingly euphoric 'Live It Up' (which actually describes "being pushed down by social pressures, and never feeling like you are good enough").
On 'Always In My Head,' APRE refine their eclectic, experimental sound into songs which are as universal and uplifting as they are emotionally open. A band who have always written, recorded, and produced everything DIY on 'Without Your Love', watch APRE truly come into their own.
Vicious, all-female hard rock/heavy metal band, Stormstress, releases brand new single on November 20th, recorded at The Den Studios of North Reading and produced by Liz Borden and Sarah Fitzpatrick. Stormstress is a trio of powerful female rockers. Twins Tanya “Venom” and Tia “Mayhem” co front the band taking turns with lead vocals while playing guitar and bass, respectively. The third member of this group is Maddie May Scott, beating out the drum rhythm and backing vocals.
Their second single, “You Can’t Hurt Me Now,” reflects on a sweet situation gone sour and the true empowerment that comes with not only realizing that you’ve been mistreated and that it’s time to go, but also summoning the courage and power to walk out the door, slam it shut, and lock it behind you.
"Found out too late Who you really were inside
Now I’m shutting the door
And locking you out
And you can’t hurt me now"
Intense instrumentals come alongside singing about empowerment of the human spirit to know when it is time to make a change. Killer bass grooves and heavy drum beats back the fierce electric guitar riffs.
Along with the release of the song, comes a high energy music video shot by brother-sister team Fuel Heart Productions and Troncat FPV. A mix of rock and roll performance, car driving antics and cool drone shots came together to create a video full of energy. This is the first theatrical release from the band, and comes on the tail of two previous animated videos.
The current pandemic has caused the band to put a pause on the plans they had for this year. Working through the challenges of trying to record and film during everything, this release has been a long time coming. Like the storm, these girls can’t be stopped.
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Photo Credit: Timothy Johnson
Following government guidelines surrounding the ongoing pandemic, Mercury Prize nominee Michael Kiwanuka has rescheduled his upcoming tour to 2021.
Watch video here: https://youtu.be/PkTfst-Lqxo
Giant Rooks’ new single ‘Misinterpretations’ oscillates between melancholy and hopefulness. The track combines thoughtful lyrics with an atmospheric and almost floating soundscape and, together with the three previous singles, gives an idea of the many facets that will await the listener on album length.
The song follows ‘Watershed’, ‘What I Know Is All Quicksand’ and ‘Heat Up’, making it the fourth and last foreshadower for the debut album ‘Rookery’, slated for an August release.
In 2015, singer Frederik Rabe, guitarist Finn Schwieters, bassist Luca Goettner, keyboardist Jonathan Wischniowski, and drummer Finn Thomas founded Giant Rooks. Since those early days they’ve already come a long way. They won numerous awards in their native Germany, built up a seven- figure monthly listenership on Spotify, and have sold out concerts everywhere from Rome to Paris to Manchester. In Germany, they're already filling venues other artists need years to fill. They took their time with their debut, having played more than 350 shows in recent years, and this has given them the time and space to refine their own sound. The band’s “Rookery World Tour” has been rescheduled for 2021 and the UK dates will be happening throughout April.
When it comes to playing music, as well as listening to it, Giant Rooks aren't looking to fit into any one genre or emulate anyone. “You have so many opportunities to discover new music, artists like Celeste or Joy Crookes, not to mention soul. That's been a huge influence for us,” says singer Frederik Rabe. In terms of content, it's an album that looks questioningly into a world of unrest and isn't looking to offer simple answers. Who am I? And how can I find my role in this world? This is mirrored in the lyrics of ‘Misinterpretations’: „Another day on earth to try to make a sense of other lives / don’t know why we are heading west”. Despite these ruminations on ‘Misinterpretations’, one thing is certain after listening to the new song: when ‘Rookery’ drops later this year it’s going to be a perfect and very varied debut.
ROOKERY Tour 2021
01.04.2021 IT-Bologna | Locomotiv Club
02.04.2021 IT-Milan | Circolo Magnolia
04.04.2021 LU-Luxembourg | Den Atelier
07.04.2021 NL-Nijmegen | Doornroosje
08.04.2021 NL-Amsterdam | Melkweg
09.04.2021 FR-Strasbourg | La Laiterie (New)
11.04.2021 UK-Liverpool | O2 Academy 2 (New)
13.04.2021 UK-Brighton | Patterns
14.04.2021 UK-London | Village Underground
15.04.2021 UK-Manchester | Academy 2
16.04.2021 FR-Paris | La Maroquinerie
18.04.2021 DK-Copenhagen | VEGA
19.04.2021 NO-Oslo | Blå
20.04.2021 SE-Stockholm | Nalen Klubb
22.04.2021 PL-Warsaw | Hydrozagadka Club
23.04.2021 CZ-Prague | Rock Café (Upgraded)
27.04.2021 ES-Madrid | Independance (Upgraded)
28.04.2021 ES-Barcelona | Razzmatazz 3
10.05.2021 DE-Leipzig | Haus Auensee (Sold Out)
11.05.2021 DE-Berlin | Columbiahalle (Sold Out)
12.05.2021 DE-Berlin | Columbiahalle
13.05.2021 DE-Cologne | Palladium (Sold Out)
15.05.2021 DE-Dortmund | Warsteiner Music Hall (Sold Out)
17.05.2021 CH-Zurich | X-TRA
18.05.2021 DE-Erlangen | Heinrich-Lades-Halle
19.05.2021 AT-Vienna | Arena Open Air (Upgraded)
20.05.2021 DE-Wiesbaden | Schlachthof (Sold Out)
21.05.2021 DE-Hamburg | Sporthalle
23.05.2021 DE-Muenster | MCC Halle Münsterland
24.05.2021 DE-Stuttgart | Liederhalle
25.05.2021 DE-Munich | Zenith (Upgraded)
26.05.2021 DE-Hanover | Swiss Life Hall
Up-and-coming York band, Bull have announced their signing to EMI Records. The band and EMI are working alongside Young Thugs, a York based record label that releases, records and promotes music from the North of the UK.
To celebrate the band have released new single ‘Green’, a blissful slice of jangle-pop with hints of psychedelia and some scuzzy lead guitar. Depending on which member of the band you ask, the song is either a melancholy rumination on decisions made and the grass always being greener, or it’s about “ripping bongs down at the basketball court when you really should be writing the next great American novel.” Make of that what you will…
Formed in 2011 by vocalist and songwriter Tom Beer and guitarist Dan Lucas, Bull’s mission is simply to make the music they wanted to listen to, inspired by their 90’s heroes such Pavement, Yo La Tengo and the Pixies. The rest of the band came together through a mix of friendships and happenstance. Drummer Tom Gabbatiss joined after he and Tom jammed together in bars while they were back-packing round Thailand, and Kai West had previously used to jump up on stage with the band and “Bez” (verb meaning to dance badly while intoxicated) before they eventually let him play bass.
A unique group within the city’s already eclectic scene, the band’s sound mixes together their alt-rock influences along with Tom’s down-to-earth song writing and a particularly wry sense of humour that comes naturally to the four Yorkshiremen.
They’ve played support shows for the likes of Squid, The Orielles, Pip Blom and even one of their long-time heroes in the form of Spiral Stairs (AKA Scott Kannberg of Pavement), and their constant gigging has seen them build up a dedicated local following. Not to be restricted to God’s own county, the band have plied their wares in mainland Europe, playing a series of unforgettable shows in Germany and the Netherlands.
With more new music to come, this signing looks to be the start of a beautiful Friendship.
The band had to say on the video –
"We managed to make a video in lockdown even though we haven't been together for four months! Hope our fantasy seaside trip takes you somewhere else for a few mins and gives you that break so you can keep doing what you need to do. We certainly enjoyed covering ourselves with green paint. We miss and love you very much. Big thanks to the wizardry of Jonjo Lowe and his team."
The band have released a series of podcast episodes discussing the origins and creation of each album track - listen to Track x Track here. Jules and Celia have also been offering one-on-one music lessons to fans through lockdown via Zoom, with proceeds going to Girls Rock London. For more info on GRL, click here
Following recent support tours with Pixies and Bombay Bicycle Club, and their own run of headline dates through late February and March, The Big Moon were due to hit the road in the UK in October of this year. The tour has now been rescheduled for March 2021, kicking off in Glasgow on 1st, taking in Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff, Brighton and finishing up in London for their biggest headline show to date on 10th March at The O2 Forum.
Tickets are on sale now via www.thebigmoon.co.uk, and tickets purchased for original dates remain valid.
1st – Glasgow, The Garage
2nd – Newcastle, Riverside
3rd – Manchester, Academy 2
5th – Sheffield, The Leadmill
6th – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
7th – Cardiff, The Tramshed
8th – Brighton, Concorde 2
10th – London, The O2 Forum
The UK’s hottest new band, Sea Girls, have released the stunning animated video for their anthemic fan favourite and new single, ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’, taken from their forthcoming debut album Open Up Your Head - out August 14th on Polydor. The band also embark on a huge headline tour this November, including sold-out dates at Glasgow’s legendary Barrowlands, Manchester Academy and Birmingham’s O2 Institute, as well as the band’s biggest headline line show to date at London’s Brixton Academy.
The animated video, directed by acclaimed Korean-Swedish duo Tjoff Koong Studios
(Tezo Kyungdon Lee and Magnus Lenneskog), takes the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster. Lead singer Henry Camamile perfectly describes the video, "When I wrote this song I was trying to channel some emotional highs and lows of the likes of Kurt Cobain.” He continues, “Full of visual adrenalin, it builds with rushes of excitement and lack of control. Someone build a rollercoaster through the city and we'll get on it."
Watch the video for ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ HERE
Whether it's being screamed back at them by crowds across the globe, or the fact it's the band's most streamed track, ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ is as undeniably catchy as it is frantic. This sensational new version has been given the all-star treatment by legendary producer Rich Costey (Wombats, Sam Fender, The Killers) and comes as the final instalment of music before the band drop what is to be a defining record for this year's crop of stellar UK guitar talent.
Following the release of their debut album, Sea Girls will give fans a chance to see their energetic live show in an intimate setting on a run of 11 UK in-stores this November. Ticket info HERE
Mon 2nd GLASGOW, Barrowlands SOLD OUT
Thu 5th BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute SOLD OUT
Fri 6th LONDON, O2 Academy Brixton
Sat 7th MANCHESTER, Academy 1 SOLD OUT
Thur 12th Action Records, Preston Blitz Club
Fri 13th Crash Records, Leeds Wardrobe
Sat 14th Bear Tree Records, Sheffield Foundary
Tues 17th Assai Records, Dundee Fat Sams
Wed 18th Assai Records, Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Fri 20th Sound Knowledge, Marlborough
Sat 21st Rough Trade, Nottingham Metronome
Sun 22nd Rough Trade, Bristol Fleece
Tues 24th Vinilo, Southampton Engine Rooms
Wed 25th Resident, Brighton Chalk
Thur 26th Banquet, Kinsgton (Banquet Pryzm)
The band have also been keeping busy in lockdown, releasing isolation ‘Living Room’ live performances and hosting Netflix Parties with their fans. This week the band have partnered with Reading & Leeds Festival for a very special Netflix Party, hosting a screening of Oasis’ documentary ‘Supersonic’ with their fans on Friday evening (10th July).
With album Open Up Your Head, the band’s songwriting has elevated, with frontman Henry Camamile stepping into the spotlight as a genuine storyteller for his generation. The album is fit to burst with colourful melodies, guitar and synth hooks - an explosion of joyous indie rock held together to reflect Camamile’s darker songwriting that becomes one of hope.
Declan McKenna is very pleased to share a new single, Daniel, You’re Still A Child, and details of a huge UK/European Spring tour that takes in 22 headline shows.
With a new album, Zeros, out on 21st August through Columbia Records, Declan unveils the next timely example of what to expect from it, and Daniel, You’re Still A Child is the 21 year old musician’s most fully realised single to date. Sonically adventurous and full of bombast and colour, it’s an imaginative, inventive pop song, that orbits a world several galaxies away from his peers and suggests Bowie offering a socially-distanced fist bump with Wayne Coyne. A technicolour tale.
Daniel, You’re Still A Child raises the anticipation for Declan’s eventual LP next month, and the bar for what he is capable of. It premiered this evening on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show.
Trailing the narrative of the record so far Daniel, You’re Still A Child continues that voyage, catching up with dystopia and realising that we live at a time where nightmares become a ‘new reality’ and a life stuck on social media is the only life you might ever truly know. Reality blurred beyond distinction. Existential questions unanswered. Define ‘society’.
Daniel, a name that appears on two tracks on Zeros, feels like an innocent victim, lost and pushed to the periphery within this desolate, destructive world the album has created. Declan: “You know, Daniel, You’re Still A Child because he’s lost in the aftermath, whether it’s lost in the sauce, stoned, lost in some existential fear or lost his way in some VR game. Daniel is this kid who has so much to prove, he has so much in him but he’s just continually being led astray because the world’s telling him that he’s not ‘normal’.”
Daniel, it seems, exists as more of an idea than a person, an emotive floating figure, equipped with a laser-beam synth line and funkadelic, bassline- a cheeky wink at those cheesy 70s TV shows set in outer space, all oversized collars and hairy chests. “Social media isn’t this alien spaceship, it’s the reality in which young people are living in. And I found myself living in this reality. I’m not trying to create a story that’s like ‘bleep bloop isn’t the future mad’ we’re living in that madness now!”
Declan will head out across the UK and Europe from March 2021 in support of the record, taking in 22 shows throughout the Spring. Tickets hit pre-sale on Wednesday 15th July @ 9:00am BST, and on general sale from Friday 17th July @ 9:00am BST from Declan’s website – www.declanmckenna.net
Declan McKenna Live:
26th March – The Waterfront, Norwich
27th March – The Junction, Cambridge
28th March – O2 Academy, Bristol
30th March – Tramshed, Cardiff
1st April – O2 Academy Brixton, London
3rd April – O2 Academy, Birmingham
5th April – Rock City, Nottingham
6th April – O2 Academy, Newcastle
8th April – O2 Academy, Leeds
9th April – Albert Hall, Manchester
12th April – SWG3 The Galvanizers, Glasgow
23rd April – Le Stereolux, Nantes
24th April – Le Trabendo, Paris
26th April – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing
27th April – Trix, Antwerp
29th April – Melkweg – MAX, Amsterdam
30th April – Maassilo, Rotterdam
1st May – Heimathafen Neukolln, Berlin
3rd May – The Roxy, Prague
4th May – Proxima, Warsaw
6th May – Mojo, Hamburg
7th May – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Cologne
Katy Perry unveiled “Smile,” the title track of her new album, which will be released by Capitol Records/EMI Records on August 14. The infectious, life-affirming new single is brimming with gratitude and suggests that setbacks often turn out to be blessings in disguise.
“I wrote this song when I was coming through one of the darkest periods of my life,” says Katy. “When I listen to it now, it’s a great reminder that I made it through. It’s three minutes of energizing hopefulness.”
Earlier today, Katy revealed the album cover along with exclusive Smile-themed merchandise bundles, available now at http://katy.to/KPshopPR. Fans who pre-order HERE the album will instantly receive “Smile” plus “Daisies,” the Gold-certified “Never Really Over” and “Harleys In Hawaii.”
Since its release in May, “Daisies” has amassed more than 125 million combined global streams. It is now top 10 at Hot AC radio. Last week, Katy shared an acoustic version of the song. While in quarantine, she’s won acclaim for the wide variety of performances she has given of “Daisies” – including the “American Idol” season finale, the launch of the 2020 “Good Morning America” Concert Series and the “Can’t Cancel Pride: Helping LGBTQ+ People in Need” livestream. Katy also co-headlined the recent Democracy Summer 2020 livestream. The event kicked off a campaign to register 200,000 new voters this summer, led by a coalition that includes Rock the Vote, Voto Latino Foundation, When We All Vote, March For Our Livesand others.
About Katy Perry
Since Katy Perry’s Capitol Records debut in 2008 with One of the Boys, she has racked up a cumulative 40 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of over 45 million adjusted albums and 135 million tracks with her albums One of the Boys, Teenage Dream, PRISM and
Witness, and her latest singles – Gold-certified “Never Really Over,” “Never Worn White,” “Small Talk” and “Harleys In Hawaii.” Views of her 2013 video “Roar” recently surpassed three billion – making Katy the first female artist to reach this milestone. Katy was also the first female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework” and “Last Friday Night” have over one billion views, while “Dark Horse” has surpassed the 2.7 billion mark. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history. She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles – and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club.
Aside from being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Katy is an active advocate of many philanthropic causes. In 2013, Katy was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador as a result of her commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide. From traveling to Vietnam and Madagascar to highlight the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, to empowering girls and supporting adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, as well as raising awareness for UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, Katy has used her powerful voice to advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality, and protection. She was awarded with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2016.
Planet Earth II Live in Concert UK & Ireland Arena Tour’ Announce New Rescheduled Dates for Spring 2021
BBC Studios and concert promoter FKP Scorpio UK have announced a further update to their previously rescheduled Planet Earth II Live In Concert arena tour of the UK & Ireland.
The original Spring 2020 tour was initially postponed and rescheduled to Autumn 2020 following government advice and the closure of venues across the UK as part of the nationwide effort to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Due to the continuing uncertainty regarding the unlocking of larger mass gatherings for events in the entertainment sector, it has been decided to reschedule the shows to Spring 2021.
Barry Campbell, UK promoter from FKP Scorpio commented, “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and uncertainty around concert mass gatherings, we felt it was important to move our Planet Earth II tour once again, to spring 2021. We want these shows to be a great experience and it is important to us that the public should feel safe and to be able to attend the shows without worry. We promise it will be a spectacular tour well worth waiting for and thank all ticket purchasers for their patience and understanding in these most difficult times.”
Hosted by science and natural history TV presenter Liz Bonnin, with behind the scenes insights from Mike Gunton, the executive producer of the BAFTA and EMMY® award-winning BBC television series, these live concerts will highlight the incredible power and beauty of mother nature in all her glory. Featuring breath taking specially-selected footage shown in 4K ultra high-definition on a gigantic LED screen, the City Of Prague Philharmonic
Orchestra conducted by Matthew Freeman, will perform the remarkable music by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & Jasha Klebe for Bleeding Fingers Music. These not to be missed shows will be an empowering visual and musical experience.
Says host Liz Bonnin, "The last few months have been incredibly difficult for everyone and we are reeling from the impact of this pandemic. Our hope is that, once we begin to recover from this extraordinary situation, our tour can play a small part in offering joy, healing and optimism. It will be an uplifting experience, celebrating the majesty of life and all the beauty and wonder that Mother Earth has to offer. I'm all the more excited to be able to share it with you."
All previously purchased tickets shall remain valid for these rescheduled dates.
The rescheduled 2021 tour dates are as follows:
Now Fri Mar 19th Glasgow SSE Hydro (Moved from Oct 28th 2020)
Now Sat Mar 20th Leeds First Direct Arena (Moved from Nov 2nd 2020)
Now Sun Mar 21st London O2 (Matinee & Evening show) (Moved from Nov 1st 2020)
Now Tues Mar 23rd Dublin 3 Arena (Moved from Oct 29th 2020)
Now Wed Mar 24th Birmingham Resorts World Arena (Moved from Nov 3rd 2020)
Now Fri Mar 26th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (Moved from Oct 31st 2020)
Now Sat Mar 27th Manchester Arena (Moved from Oct 27th 2020)