THE SWORD UNVEIL
THE SECOND TRACK FROM THE CONQUEST OF QUARANTINE LOCKDOWN SESSION
THE THREE-TRACK MINI SET IS ROLLING OUT AS A WEEKLY SERIES
WATCH "WINTER'S WOLVES" HERE
“Few modern-day metal bands can match the muscular riffing of the Austin, Texas quartet The Sword.”
- Rolling Stone
Los Angeles (July 30th, 2020) – Texan riff masters The Sword have unveiled "Winter's Wolves", the second installment of their 3-song Conquest Of Quarantine lockdown session.
"Winter's Wolves" premiered earlier today with Louder (Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog) and can also be seen here or by clicking the image below. The track was originally released in 2006, on The Sword's "Age Of Winters" debut album.
Frontman JD Cronise comments, "The original demo title of this song was “A Druid’s Curse”, and the lyrics are in fact intended to be a literal curse. Although it was written in the early 2000’s, I find it to be even more relevant today."
Bassist Bryan Richie adds, "Envision large plumes of cannabis smoke or get DIY on it and create your own as you listen to this quarantine rendition of our classic track Winter's Wolves. It was just as fun and lively as the original version we cranked out in my bedroom some 15 years ago now! Hope y'all enjoy!"
The lockdown session marks The Sword's first live performance together since the band went on hiatus in 2018. The first track shared, which premiered last week with Consequence Of Sound, showed the band putting their own inimitable spin on the T-Rex classic, "Children of the Revolution". Watch that here and stay tuned for the final installment soon.
The Sword's triumphant live return from hiatus was scheduled to be with Primus this summer as part of their mammoth A Tribute To Kings US trek. But the pandemic had other plans. Not wishing to deprive fans of the live performances they've been waiting so long to see, The Sword got creative and so was birthed the Conquest Of Quarantine lockdown session.
Explains bassist Bryan Richie, “It was a lot of fun getting together with Kyle and Jimmy to record these tracks, and thanks to the miracles of modern technology we were able to lay down a wicked session with JD all the way from North Carolina. Crank this from the comforts of your couch, Conquest of Quarantine brought to you with minimal overdubs and maximum rocking.”
“Children Of the Revolution” and "Winter's Wolves" will be followed by one final clip, released next week, so be sure to keep it locked to their socials or subscribe at YouTube so you don't miss the full epic session.
Thankfully, fans will still be able to catch the The Sword in person with Primus on the rescheduled A Tribute To Kings tour in 2021, appearing for the dates listed below.
June 9 – Houston, Texas @ Revention Music Center*
June 11 – Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
June 12 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater*
June 13 – New Orleans, La. @ Saenger Theatre*
June 15 – Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live*
June 16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Coca-Cola Roxy*
June 20 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*
June 22 – Asheville, N.C. @ Exploreacheville.com Arena*
June 23 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater*
June 25 – Richmond, Va. @ Virginia Credit Union Live!*
June 26 – Baltimore, Md. @ MECU Pavilion*
June 27 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE*
June 29 – Essex Junction, Vt. @ Midway Law at Champlain Valley Expo*
July 1 – Westbrook, Maine @ Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row*
July 2 – Wallingford, Ct. @ Oakdale Theatre*
July 5 – Lafayette, N.Y. @ Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards (no the Sword)
July 6 – Boston, Mass. @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
July 8 – New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre*
July 9 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage*
July 10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Met*
July 13 – Toronto, Ont. @ RBC Echo Beach*
July 15 – Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live! Outdoor*
July 16 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
July 17 – Sterling Heights, Mich. @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre*
July 19 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ PNC Pavilion*
Tickets available from www.theswordofficial.com
The Sword’s newly released compilations, Chronology: 2006 – 2018 and Conquest of Kingdoms each showcase the technically dazzling, riff-heavy and far-reaching metal that the band has been known for since forming 15 years ago.
Conquest of Kingdoms, an explosive three-disc vinyl collection of rarities and oddities, offers 30 tracks (16 previously unreleased) and is housed in a triple-gatefold package, including B-sides, oddities and live recordings of fan favorites like “Freya,” “Iron Swan” and “Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians,” as well as cover versions of “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin), “Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings” (ZZ Top), “She” (KISS), “Forever My Queen” (Pentagram) and more. A truncated digital version is also be available.
Chronology: 2006–2018 is a three-disc CD compendium, which — in addition to the aforementioned rarities — also includes The Sword’s greatest hits and fan favorites. Distilling the band's complete discography, this collection comprises 52 tracks (12 previously unreleased), including the studio recordings of “Freya,” “Iron Swan,” “Cloak of Feathers” and “Deadly Nightshade.” The set also features expansive new liner notes with contributions from the band, plus Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Mark Morton (Lamb of God) and Neil Fallon (Clutch).
Both titles are available now, click here for Conquest of Kingdoms, or here for Chronology 2006–2018. Special bundles are also available through CraftRecordings.com.
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CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF HASSLE RECORDS
A SERIES OF RECORDS '15 X 15' RELEASED 30TH OCTOBER 2020
PART II OF THE VINYL SERIES ANNOUNCED
INCLUDING LONELY THE BRAVE, CANCER BATS + MORE
PART IIIndependence is a state of mind. Recent events have proved as much. In the case of Hassle Records it is also a reality. Taking inspiration from independent labels such as Rough Trade and Sub Pop, Hassle itself was set-up 15 years ago on the simple premise of providing artists with a platform by which they could truly express themselves on their own terms. So today, Hassle Records is one of the UK's most prolific independent labels.
This year, Hassle celebrates its 15th anniversary, it does so in good health and with a project that is simply titled 15 X 15 - a series of special editions of 15 key releases that have shaped the label’s existence. Issued in three batches of five, every release will be fittingly issued on crystal coloured vinyl & released 30th October 2020.
"2020 marks 15 years of Hassle Records. So, we wanted to celebrate. It only seems like yesterday that we had to change the label's name (for bullshit legal reasons) and start again. But we got off to a great start putting out the Juliette Lewis EP ‘...Like A Bolt Of Lightning ‘ as the first release. And it’s been a great musical journey ever since. Never wanting be constrained by a ‘genre sound’, we work with artists and music that we simply love, and from there we just hope that other people will also love the records that we put out. This ethos has been the ultimate foundation in the label's history from the start.
To that end, for our 15th anniversary we have decided to re-issue 15 records from varying parts of our history and catalogue, all as limited vinyl-only releases. Hopefully our choices accurately represent what a diverse sound we have to the label, and that the passion we have for the music and the bands shines through." says Wez (co-owner)
15 X 15 PART II
R-Lonely The Brave 'The Day's War (Victory Edition)
(HOFF178 / June '15)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Turquoise & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
Double vinyl, first ever pressing of expanded edition
S-Four Year Strong 'Rise Or Die Trying' (HOFF044 / April '08)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Purple & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
O-Cancer Bats 'Birthing The Giant' (HOFF023 / June '06)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Chocolate & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
F-Petrol Girls 'Cut & Stitch' // 'The Future Is Dark'(HOFF306 / May '19) // (HOFF287 / Sept '18)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Green & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
Double vinyl, first time packaged together
H- Turbowolf 'Turbowolf'(HOFF130 / Nov '11)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Yellow & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
15 X 15 PART I
1 - Juliette and the Licks '...Like A Bolt Of Lightning' (Feb '05)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // Gold & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl PRE-ORDER NOW
5 - Casey 'Love Is Not Enough' (Aug '16)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // White & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl PRE-ORDER NOW
Y - frnkiero andthe cellabration 'stomachaches' (Aug '14)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // Silver & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl PRE-ORDER NOW
E - Tubelord 'Our First American Friends' (Oct '09) / 'Tezcatlipoca' (Aug '10)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // Orange & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
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A - We Are The Ocean 'Cutting Our Teeth' (Feb '10)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // Red & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl PRE-ORDER NOW
Blood Command, Brutus, Gloo, Petrol Girls, Phoxjaw, Press Club, Stake, Swedish Death Candy, The Homeless Gospel Choir, Wess Meets West, The Joy Formidable, The Used
FULL LABEL BIOGRAPHY HERE
The roots of the label hark back to the time when co-founders Nigel Adams and Wez were working at Mushroom Records, their core charges at the label in the ‘90s consisting of Ash, Garbage, Muse and Ween. They named their first venture Eat Sleep, and duly signed a licensing deal with Drive Thru’ Records, the rising Californian label whose roster included the cream of emerging U.S. punk and post-hardcore bands. But the pair were keen to sign their own acts. They did so by creating two new labels, Sorepoint (the rock label) and, subsequently, Full-Time Hobby- White Denim, School Of Seven Bells & more. Most significantly of all, they signed a band from Chicago that few people in the UK and Europe had heard of at the time - Fall Out Boy. Securing the rights to their debut album, 2003’s Take This To The Grave, for a laughable amount, Nigel and Wez engineered a campaign that not only gave Pete Wentz and his men their first gold record in the UK, but which also heralded the mainstream rise of emo as a genre.
DISILLUSION Release 'Between'
Limited Edition Single and Lyric Video
In autumn 2019, German progressive metal innovators Disillusion returned with The Liberation, making many a critic and fan’s best-of lists at the end of the year and following up with an equally successful row of concerts across Europe.
This fantastic comeback would not have been possible without fan support via the band's Patreon campaign. There, patrons received the bonus track 'Between', which “feels like a hymn to honesty and hope in the face of uncertainty, a world of anxiety, changes and new beginnings,” Schmidt says. “We want to share a feeling of trust, the notion of a silver lining to the dark clouds we are seeing."
Eventually, ‘Between’ was just too good to remain unavailable to the majority - so here it is in classic 7" single format (limited to 500 copies) to shorten the wait for Disillusion's fourth full-length, which is already in the making! The b-side features the video edit of ‘Time To Let Go’ from The Liberation, which is herewith released on a physical product for the first time.
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COLD HART AND LIL PEEP
RELEASE NEW TRACK “ME AND YOU”
OUT NOW ON EPITAPH RECORDS
'ME AND YOU' HIGH RES ARTAlt-rapper Cold Hart, together with emo rap pioneer Lil Peep, dropped a previously unreleased track, “Me and You,” today. The duet is from Peep’s career-launching first mixtape – the fabled Crybaby sessions. “Me and You” finds Cold Hart and Lil Peep in classic form, raw heartfelt lyrics, with an infectious melody, over a bold Charlie Shuffler beat: “Took the long way home, bumping all our songs,” Cold Hart sings - a fitting tribute to his friendship with Peep, an almost clairvoyant musical eulogy.
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “ME AND YOU” NOW
ABOUT COLD HART
As a co-founder of the seminal emo rap collective GothBoiClique (Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Lil Peep, Horse Head, Døves, JPDreamthug, Lil Tracy, Mackned, YAWNS, and fish narc), Cold Hart has consistently been on the cutting edge of alternative hip-hop and rock since 2013 as a vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Since then Cold Hart has released a number of singles and definitive vocal mixtapes such as 2016’s OC Season 1 & 2, 2017’s Downer before exploring new sonic territory on his full-length debut studio album Good Morning Cruel World in 2019. By pairing components of rap with seemingly unrelated genres like emo, gothic rock, and even country, Cold Hart has become an innovator of genre-defying music. Earlier this year, Cold Hart announced his signing with Epitaph Records, a label which shares GBC’s DIY ethos and punk edge, with the release of “Tammy & The T-Rex.”
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BRUTUS announce live album 'Live In Ghent', set for release October 23rd through Hassle Records,
Watch the incredible live video of 'Cemetery' HERE
Band recently recorded a live session for the Radio 1 Rock Show
The bands recent album 'Nest' was hugely acclaimed and was in a variery of 2019 End Of Year lists, including Revolver, Upset and Stereogum
BRUTUS - 'CEMETERY' (Live In Ghent)One of the most exciting live bands in the world, Belgian 3-piece BRUTUS, will release a brand new live record 'Live In Ghent' on October 23rd through Hassle Records. Capturing this incendiary outfit in their hometown of Ghent in front of 750 of their most die hard fans at this special, sold out show, is seen by the band as a way to balance out the fact a year of touring has been taken away from them and all musicians.
The band have already released two live racks+videos from the show (recorded back last summer) which are 'Fire' and 'Sugar Dragon' and today release a further, new live track+video, this time for the spell binding 'Cemetery', which you can watch - HERE
With an album cover depicting Peters (Mulders, bass guitar) step-son, who wrote out their set-list on the night of the recorded show, 'Live In Ghent' goes some way to giving fans a taste of what they have missed in 2020 thanks to the ceasing of actual live shows.
The band explain a bit more - "When the real world went into lockdown, early March 2020, a year of live music disappeared before our eyes. Going on tour, playing festivals, watching bands, it’s all gone. It was as hard for us as it has been for everybody involved in live music. As a remedy, we took the time to look back on what we had already done and collected the footage we had of our previous shows. Painful and healing at the same time. That’s when we stumbled upon the recordings of our show at Handelsbeurs in Ghent, May 2019. A hometown show we fully recorded and filmed after a period of touring, in front of all our family and friends."
"We know it’s just a recording and not even close to the real feeling we had on stage or the energy we got back from the crowd in the room, but looking back, almost a year later, we feel absolutely proud about that show."
The band have actually played two live shows recently in Belgium, as a tentative return to concerts takes shape on mainland Europe. Recent shows: On July 17th they played the Rivierenhof in Antwerp, to 400 people (seated) in a 2000 people open air venue and on July 20th they played at Fort Napoleon in Ostend, to 100 people (seated), exclusive to band's mailing list fans.
BRUTUS: Live In Ghent
3. Horde II
6. Justice de Julia II
11. All Along
12. Sugar Dragon
The album will be available on CD and double vinyl, with both a limited Orange vinyl pressing and a Black vinyl pressing available.
Stefanie Mannaerts - Drums, vocals
Peter Mulders - Bass
Stijn Vanhoegaerden - Guitar
'Live In Ghent' - All songs written and performed by Brutus, recorded by Thomas Coene,
mixed by Jesse Gander and mastered by Magnus Lindberg. Artwork by Peter, photography by Geert Braekers
Released October 23rd through Hassle Records, pre-order the album - HERE
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TOVE LO UNVEILS VIDEO FOR “MATEO”
PERFORMS SPECIAL LIVE RENDITION OF “SADDER BADDER COOLER” FOR CBS’ THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT #PLAYATHOME – WATCH HERE
‘SUNSHINE KITTY’ ALBUM OUT NOW
“MATEO” (QUARANTINE KARAOKE VIDEO)
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“SADDER BADDER COOLER”
‘SUNSHINE KITTY’ (PAW PRINTS EDITION)
Today, GRAMMY® Award nominated, multi-platinum-selling artist Tove Lo releases the highly anticipated video for “Mateo,” a clear fan-favorite off her critically acclaimed fourth studio album, Sunshine Kitty. Filmed in while in quarantine and edited by Garrett Guidera, the video features nearly 1,000 of Tove’s fans from all over the world, each one dressed to the nines in every color of the rainbow, showcasing their unique personalities– a true testament to the dedication and passion of her loyal fanbase.
Speaking about the video, Tove reveals, “Since ‘Sunshine Kitty’ was released, ‘Mateo’ has been a fan favorite. I always knew I wanted to do a visual for it. We had shot footage for the lyric video at a beautiful venue in Manchester called Albert Hall in early March, right before we had to cancel the European shows and fly home due to COVID. So much of the last few months has been about what can’t happen, doing the quarantine karaoke challenge was a way to still connect with my fans and give everyone something to safely do while locked down. I was so overwhelmed by all the submissions, there were just about 1000 and everyone was so fun and creative with it. I wish the song could be 10 times longer so we could have fit all in!”
Watch this very special video for “Mateo” HERE.
Yesterday, Tove debuted an exclusive performance of her song “sadder badder cooler,” for CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PLAYATHOME series. Watch the performance HERE.
The song was taken from the recently released Paw Prints Edition of Sunshine Kitty; a 22-track expanded version of the album which includes all fourteen original tracks, plus her two FINNEAS-produced songs, “Bikini Porn” and “Passion and Pain Taste The Same When I’m Weak,” remixes, live recordings and more. Talking about “sadder badder cooler,” Tove Lo details: "Elvira Anderfjärd and I wrote sadder badder cooler after going deep about how every heart break kind of chips away a little piece of you, but it also gives you power if you let it. And how breaking it off with someone who’s bad to you is always a mixed feeling of sadness, anger and big relief. This song to me is full of glitter and power and I hope it hits heavy with my fans.” Listen to “sadder badder cooler” HERE and watch the animated video HERE.
Sunshine Kitty is a collection of empowered and enigmatic pop gems and features a top-rated cast of collaborators and guests including Kylie Minogue, Jax Jones, ALMA, MC Zaac and Doja Cat. The album’s lead single, “Glad He’s Gone” received a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Music Video. Watch the Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia directed video, HERE. The critically acclaimed full-length joins Tove’s already growing catalog of Golden Globe Award nominated and GRAMMY Award® nominated multiplatinum hits.
In other news, Tove Lo recently DJ’ed quarantine phenomenon Animal Crossing’s first ever ‘Live Virtual Party,’ DJing a short set and interacting fans via her own avatar on (YouTube influencer) Nintentalk Island. During the recent pandemic, Animal Crossing has emerged as a pop-culture phenomenon becoming the best-selling Nintendo Switch title. You can check out the recap video here.
Talking about her experience, Tove gushed, ““It was so cool to be part of the first show in Animal Crossing! I got real hooked on this game while in quarantine, the world is so charming and magical. And while being starved of interaction with my fans and show jitters this was such a great thing to do! I’m so impressed and grateful to Nintentalk for helping make this happen! And my fans made the coolest outfits and an awesome stage!”
‘Sunshine Kitty’ (Paw Prints Edition) is out everywhere now. Listen HERE.
sadder badder cooler
Passion and Pain Taste the Same When I’m Weak
Glad He’s Gone
Bad as the Boys (feat. ALMA)
Sweettalk my Heart
Are U gonna tell her? (feat. MC Zaac)
Jacques (with Jax Jones)
Equally Lost (feat. Doja Cat)
Really don’t like u (feat. Kylie Minogue)
Anywhere u go
Are U gonna tell her? (feat MC Zaac) (Heavy Baile Remix)
Sweettalk my Heart (Team Salut Remix)
Sweettalk my Heart - Live at Vevo
Mistaken - Live at Vevo
"Though her steely persona may have softened, her biting humor and brawny hooks just keep getting sharper." - The FADER
“On ‘Sunshine Kitty’ album, Tove Lo embraces the dawn after the darkness.” – Forbes
“Tove Lo’s stellar new album, Sunshine Kitty…is chock full of bangers.” – GQ
“One of the best albums of 2019.” - Idolator
"What makes Sunshine Kitty a refreshing leap forward is how optimistic it is." - MTV News
“She sings like an expert about love’s deceptive, darker multitudes.” – PAPER Magazine
"These are house anthems and each track has a unique texture: undulating drums, layered effects that sound like a chain being rattled. She churns through emotions—lust, shame, defeat—as each winding beat paves the way to the next." – Pitchfork
“[Tove Lo] reaffirms her dance-pop credentials with her fourth album….With hooks that are hard to shake and lyrics that don’t flinch.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Too good to ignore.” – Stereogum
“The Swedish pop star further illustrates her ability to captivate, whether she’s delivering upbeat bangers or softer fare.” - Uproxx
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NEW SINGLE ‘VIOLENT SUN’ OUT TODAY
NEW ALBUM ‘RE-ANIMATOR’ RELEASE DATE PUSHED TO SEPTEMBER 11 -- PRE-ORDER/SAVE
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Today, Everything Everything share their new single ‘Violent Sun’. It was premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, making it their third single in a row to receive a premiere from Annie Mac. It’s the latest song to preview the band’s fifth album ‘RE-ANIMATOR’ which follows on September 11.
The release date of the ‘RE-ANIMATOR’ album was moved back to September 11 due to COVID-19 related delays. The band commented, “We’re sorry to announce that we have to push the RE-ANIMATOR release date back a bit to 11th September, due to COVID-related delays. We’re disappointed too, of course, but we now have the opportunity to work on something exciting for around the new release date. Thank you for bearing with us; we can’t wait for you to hear the album in full, we’re really proud of it.”
The closing track on the new album, ‘Violent Sun’ feels like a first in the Everything Everything catalogue. It’s a propulsive rush of melody with a cinematic scale. Its relentless Kraut Springsteen vibe simultaneously captures the anxiety and the euphoria of desperately trying to reach the finish line before it’s too late. The band wanted it to feel like the last song played on the dance floor. Do or die.
Frontman Jonathan Higgs commented, “‘Violent Sun’ is about the feeling that something terrible is approaching fast, and you want to hold on to this moment forever. It’s the last song of the night, and the last song of your life. You only have these four minutes to make it happen, so make it happen!”
That urgency also informs the accompanying video. Using a GoPro camera, each band member filmed himself frantically sprinting through their localities during lockdown. And there’s no let-up in the interspersed performance footage. At first glance, nothing is out of the ordinary as the band tear into the song, each wearing red jumpsuits that contrast the white background. But a closer look reveals a subtle reference to a traumatic moment in Everything Everything’s recent history. On the day lockdown was announced the band’s lock-up in Manchester caught fire, destroying much of their equipment. They used some of the burnt out instruments in this video, their blackened embers chalking the backdrop.
In keeping with the rest of the videos from the ‘RE-ANIMATOR’ campaign, the ‘Violent Sun’ visual was directed by Higgs. He has demonstrated just how engaging DIY video content can be, using everything from new-found animation and spectral rendering skills to the power of a simple idea that’s well executed.
‘Violent Sun’, ‘Planets’, ‘Arch Enemy’ and ‘In Birdsong’ are all available as instant downloads for fans who pre-order ‘RE-ANIMATOR’ here. Album bundles include signed albums and prints, plus exclusive merch designs.
‘It Was A Monstering’
‘Lord Of The Trapdoor’
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MELANIE C REVEALS RELEASE DATE, ARTWORK AND TRACK LIST FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM
‘MELANIE C’ IS OUT OCTOBER 2 – PRE ORDER/SAVE HERE
NEW SINGLE AND OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR
‘IN AND OUT OF LOVE’ OUT TODAY
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“IN AND OUT OF LOVE”
'MELANIE C' - LP TRACKLISTING
'Who I Am'
'Blame It On Me'
'Here I Am'
'Nowhere To Run'
'In And Out Of Love'
'End Of Everything'
Today, global superstar Melanie C has announced the release of her highly anticipated eighth studio full-length. The remarkable self-titled ‘Melanie C’ album is due October 2, 2020. The album will be available digitally, on CD and on vinyl, both in standard edition and as x2 deluxe CD edition with bonus tracks, exclusive colored vinyl, and special limited deluxe vinyl with exclusive 12” singles -- PRE-ORDER/SAVE now.
Accompanying this exciting news, is her brand new single and official music video for “In And Out Of Love,” out today! Speaking about her latest single, Melanie C reveals “It’s so brilliant to release a pure pop, up-beat, positive fun tune. I think it’s exactly what the world needs right now!" Watch the Graham Cruz-directed music video, shot in the legendary Alexandra Palace, HERE.
Listen to “In And Out Of Love” HERE
On ‘Melanie C’ the legendary pop-icon wears her heart on her sleeve in this refreshingly honest and reflective collection of dancefloor gems. Through-out, Melanie takes the listener on a heartfelt, foot-stomping journey of introspection, growth and acceptance, all the while reminding us of her undeniable knack for always remaining so effortlessly relevant and ahead of the curve when it comes to her music.
By embracing her life-long love of dance music and classic pop, this splendid new album continues to reaffirm the Spice Girl as one of the most loved and critically acclaimed pop starlets of our time. With this new chapter underway and reflected in her choice of collaborators, such as Shura, Rae Morris, Little Boots and Nadia Rose, as well as longtime Spice Girls legend Richard “Biff” Stannard, and an impressive 21-years since the release of her highly lauded Northern Star solo debut, “Melanie C” is destined to satisfy both lifelong fans of hers and a whole new generation of “Team Sporties”.
Her latest single—out today— “In And Out Of Love” serves as the follow up to ‘Blame It On Me,’ another blast of empowering, unapologetic pop, and before that, “Who I Am,’ a track that embraced the power of vulnerability and self-love. All of which, prove to be an irresistible first taste of what fans can expect from the new album, coming this October 2.
Watch the Sylvie Weber-directed music video for ‘Blame It On Me’ HERE. Watch Melanie explore the past, present and future Melanie “Who I Am” HERE and check out the song’s late night television debut on CBS” The Late Late Show with James Corden HERE.
2020 has seen Melanie C return to the solo pop stage on her own unequivocal terms. A vital voice in the modern discourse on depression, body positivity, and the LGBTQ community, her trailblazing influence has arguably never been more apparent. Whether presenting her friend Billie Eilish with a BRIT Award, being remixed by the esteemed Joe Goddard or discussing her journey thus far on a recent episode of BBC’s Desert Island Discs, Melanie C is ready to share with fans her greatest music to date.
With over 100 million records sold and multiple BRIT, Ivor, Billboard and Olivier Awards under her belt, her forthcoming album nonetheless feels like new, assured ground for Melanie C - and a glorious new chapter for Girl Power.
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FOXES UNVEILS PERSONAL NEW SONG AND MUSIC VIDEO, 'WOMAN' – OUT NOW
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PRAISE FOR “LOVE NOT LOVING YOU”
"A beautifully glittery pop song….a mix between Betty Who, HAIM, and Robyn." – DuJour Magazine
"If there's any justice in the world, this one will be huge." - E! Online
"[Foxes] bounces back, better than ever." – Idolator
"An incredibly catchy song." - Teen Vogue
Today, British pop darling Foxes releases her latest single, “Woman,” taken from her forthcoming project, serves as the follow up to “Love Not Loving You,” which marked her return from a game-changing three year hiatus. The song is out today via [PIAS] Recordings.
“Woman” is a bold statement of empowerment and reclamation of control as a woman, with a universal message of standing up to the unacceptable, with a powerful ability to be interpreted uniquely to each and every woman who listens. The song is paired with a powerful new animated video (WATCH), directed by Gemma Green-Hope. Talking about the single, Foxes (real name Louisa Rose Allen) reveals: “There’s a lot of injustices in the world right now and I hope this single can be interpreted by any woman, in any situation, facing injustice, facing any situation that they know is wrong, and helps to stand up and say no to what isn’t right.”
Listen to “Woman” HERE.
The single was also written in part as an ode to her close-knit family of formidably strong women who have shaped her - in particular her grandmother, Kathleen - and follows on from Foxes’ comeback banger “Love Not Loving You” - a bold, buoyant single that transported you to the light at the end of the tunnel, hailed by Teen Vogue as “an incredibly catchy song” with E! Online praising it for its “typically impressive pop production.” The power to press play again after pressing pause and the beacon of strength, independence and empowerment she felt when reconnecting with herself while taking a break from music. Watch the Rauri Cantelo-directed, video HERE, filmed DIY style at home during quarantine.
Propelled into the industry at just 19, Foxes was at the forefront of pop with her critically acclaimed debut album Glorious, and a GRAMMY Award winning collaboration with EDM giant Zedd for ‘Clarity.’ In 2017, Foxes decided to press pause and focus on connecting with herself. During that time, she’s been working on writing and recording and is now ready to return to the musical arena with “Woman” and “Love Not Loving You” before it, marking her foray back into the limelight.
More exciting news and music to come.
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Release Official Music Video For
Off Most Recent Album
Announce 'Cover Me' Bundle
Includes Acoustic Version
"It's such a wonderful thing when a new band pops up that is so exciting, so impossible to ignore, that not only do they stand out from the pack, they positively leap out of it and hang off of your ears. Atlanta's Starbenders did exactly that."
- LA Weekly
Wednesday, July 29th 2020- Atlanta glam punk four piece, STARBENDERS have today released their official music video for 'Cover Me' off most recent album 'Love Potions'. With a unique combination of ethereal fragility, magnetic rock n roll swagger, perfectly crafted pop choruses and punk rock fury, front-woman Kimi Shelter and her glamorous gang of misfits will send you into a psychedelic trance with 'Cover Me'. Watch the official music video here or by clicking the photo below.
Speaking on the band's latest track, 'Cover Me', vocalist Kimi Shelter says:
"Cover Me’ is about love’s underground. The video gives you a peek into the love that we have for each other within our band. The treacherous oceans of reality have always tested the strength of our bonds, but now more than ever we’ve had to trust one another to get through the storm. We don’t go at it alone."
STARBENDERS have also announced the 'Cover Me' bundle that includes both the original and acoustic versions of the track.
WATCH: Official Music Video for 'Cover Me'
'Love Potions' is STARBENDERS first full-length release with world renowned independent label, Sumerian Records and follows the announcement of their signing last year. B.I.J.Records has released 'Love Potions' in Japan.
STARBENDERS | LOVE POTIONS
Release Date: February 14th 2020
01. Hangin' On Tonight
02. Getting Harder
03. Precious (feat. Remington Leith)
04. Holy Mother
05. BITCHES BE WITCHES
08. Never Gonna Die
09. Cover Me
10. Can't Cheat Time
11. Coming Up Roses
12. Down & Out
13. Something Ain't Right
14. One Of Us
There really isn’t anyone else out there doing what STARBENDERS have been since forming in 2014: The intoxicating combination of ‘70s glitter and ‘80s glam with new wave and new romantic, seduced into this new decade by four thrilling musicians and, in frontwoman Kimi Shelter, one of the most exciting songwriters in contemporary rock & roll.
The band is completed by bassist Aaron Lecesne, guitarist Kriss Tokaji and drummer Emily Moon, with Moon making her full-length debut with the band on 'Love Potions'. The album sees STARBENDERS moving in a more adventurous and slightly experimental direction. Speaking on the process of creating 'Love Potions', Shelter adds
“It’s really interesting to see it bloom into what it is now, I guess us leveling up as far as musicians go, and having to be capable of pivoting -- be decisive and be resourceful in the midst of creating as well -- has really shaped us. The sound has captured this sort of restless, relentless side of my spirit. We got to that very hungry place and, as a writer, my voice started to become more confident, while it became more vulnerable. As a band, we’ve been doing some big tours in-between the recordings and have been playing live quite a bit. The violence of the stage has shown up in our sound as well.”
The band have already created quite a stir in the media with a ferocious Audio Tree session under their belts and drummer Emily Moon performing as the guest drummer for The 8G Band on Late Night With Seth Meyers in late October last year.
Open your minds and ready your souls, STARBENDERS are coming for both.
Kimi Shelter - Vox & Guitar
Aaron Lecesne - Bass
Emily Moon - Drums
Kriss Tokaji - Guitar
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