In celebration of their brilliant fifth LP, ‘Die Knowing’, the AH team have decided to place Comeback Kid under the “Versus” microscope. AH writer Mikey Brown explains why their latest album is the band’s best. Meanwhile Chris Mackie from Norwich hardcore boys Free Will, has elected himself to explain why second album, 'Die Knowing' is the bands best work.
Last month the long awaited debut full-length from Cornwall hardcore quartet Vales
was finally released. Thankfully 'Wilt And Rise' was certainly worth the wait as its an accomplished record that backs up the bands potential from their earlier releases.
We recently grabbed a quick word with guitarist Ben Sullivan to find out why the record
took so long to see the light of day. Sullivan also discussed the natural evolution of 'Wilt And Rise', working with producer Alex Estrada in LA, and more.
Combined by an admiration for early 2000’s emo bands, Brighton’s As It Is are the latest emerging pop-punk band to be making waves in the UK. Next week sees the release of the bands second EP, 'This Mind Of Mine' which sees them grow as a cohesive unit to produce four songs of honest pop-punk. Having received an overwhelming response from a
Kickstarter campaign and with vocalist Patty Walters’ dedicated YouTube following, As It Is
are a band on the rise. We caught up with Ben to find out more.
After receiving a five star review last month, next Monday sees the UK release of Twin Forks' self-titled debut album. However we're giving away three copies of the album. Find out how you can win one of thee copies here.
With Spring fast approaching and festival season starting soon, March sees a whole load of noteworthy releases. We take a look at five of the must hear releases this month.
Having only just formed last summer, Leeds punks Brawlers have quickly made a name for themselves for their insane live show. Now the quartet have unleashed their utterly brilliant debut EP 'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit', an infectious collection of fun punk rock numbers. We talked to vocalist Harry George Johns to find out why the longtime friends formed
Brawlers and what 'I Am Worthless...' is all about.
After delivering one of the early contenders for album of the year, we catch up Modern Baseball to discuss ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’, their forthcoming debut UK tour and miming
at the World Series.
In the second part of our "Studio Report" feature with Colt 45, the Cumbria punks finish their debut LP producer Romesh Dodangoda by recording vocals and more guitars. Take a look.
In the first of our new fortnightly feature where we highlight some of the most promising
bands in the pop-punk world, we talk to New York's Firestarter.
Having recently completed a UK tour in support of his recent album, 'The Bear', Chris T-T and The Hoodrats has premiered his new video for 'Bury Me With A Scarab'.
The album is out now on Xtra Mile Records and the video can be viewed by clicking read more.
Frank Turner will be releasing a new EP entitled 'Polaroid Picture' ahead of his UK tour next month on February 3rd.
1. Polaroid Picture
2. The Modern Leper
3. Plea From A Cat Named Virtute (live)
4. Who’s Got A Match
5. Sweet Albion Blues
Thu 6th - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Fri 7th - Nottingham Arena
Sat 8th - Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Sun 9th - Manchester Arena
Tue 11th - Plymouth Pavillions
Wed 12th - London O2
Thu 13th - Portsmouth Guildhall
Support comes from Flogging Molly and Beans On Toast.
Xtra Mile Records have announced the signing of Sheffield two-piece Algiers.
The band signed the deal minutes before the labels 10th Anniversary gig at The Monarch in Camden back in September, and will release their debut album, ‘You’re The Captain’ on 27th January.
A track from the album called 'Lighthouse' can be streamed by clicking read more.
The new album from Against Me!, 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' will be released in the UK through Xtra Mile Records on 20th January.
01. Transgender Dysphoria Blues
02. True Trans Soul Rebel
03. Unconditional Love
04. Drinking With The Jocks
05. Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ
07. Dead Friend
08. Two Coffins
09. Paralytic States
10. Black Me Out
50% of my chromosomes originate from West London, the other half from an obscure village of winemakers in the middle of alpine Switzerland. The point I’m getting to is that my unusual combo of cultural heritage doesn’t encompass country music as that distinctive style that reminds me of home. Instead, I get garage and Alphorn. Yet I can never keep myself from thinking of a warm spot back home whenever I’m confronted with a great country song. There’s an ingrained nostalgia for somewhere precious and safe that I never fail to be overwhelmed by. My description gets a little thin at this point because Northcote is not a country-singer per se, but he successfully channels that same mystical power, that pleasurable coerciveness, to make people yearn for wherever they call home.
Northcote represents the combined effort of one man’s spine-tingling warm tones and his acoustic guitar (as well as a delightful cast of tasteful full-band additions). Together they have given birth to what should be legally enforced as the year’s official friends-and-a-fireplace album. It felt incredibly wrong to listen to this batch of great songs while not sitting on a rocking chair in an isolated, creaky yet secure, cabin amidst a crisscross of pines and snowflakes. The focal point, from the album’s opening to its last notes, is Goud’s great tenor presence. When the quality occasionally drops (for reasons of repetitiveness more than lesser songwriting), his warm and hearty voice is always on top of things, keeping the track afloat.
A stream of Möngöl Hörde's 'How The Communists Ruined Christmas' has been posted online.
The track is one half of the final release from Xtra Mile Records's Singles Sessions 7” series. The other half is two tracks from Jamie Leman; 'Fizzy Blood' and 'Pretty Please'.
'How The Communists Ruined Christmas' can be streamed by clicking read more.
Franz Nicolay will be returning to the UK next month for a tour alongside The Cut Ups who will also serve as Nicolay’s backing band.
13 The Exchange, Bristol
14 The Cavern, Exeter
15 Tiki Bar and Diner, Plymouth
16 Wharf Chambers, Leeds
17 Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham
18 Tiger Lounge, Manchester
19 Kage, Dundee
20 Audio, Glasgow
21 The Central, Gateshead
22 The Prince Albert, Brighton
23 The Black Heart, London
24 Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading (Franz only, acoustic, w/ Ben Marwood)
Franz Nicolay releases his new single, 'Hearts of Boston' on 25th November via Xtra Mile Records and its music video can be viewed after the jump below.
Oxygen Thief have signed to Xtra Mile Records. A mini-album titled ‘Accidents Do Not Happen, They Are Caused’ is released on 9th December and will include reworked, re-imagined and reinvented songs.
November (Solo tour supporting Jonah Matranga)
12th London - Windmill Brixton
13th Newport - Le Pub
14th Stoke-on-Trent: Minster’s
15th Nottingham - Guitar Bar
16th Dunlop - Auld Hoose
17th Aberdeen - Tunnels
18th Edinburgh - Sneaky Pete’s
19th Glasgow - Nice & Sleazys
21st Newcastle - Trillians
22nd York - The Basement
23rd Brighton - The Hope
November (Full band shows)
29th Plymouth - Tiki
30th The Louisiana - Bristol
1st The Loft, Portsmouth
3rd Cookie Jar, Leicester
4th The Vic, Swindon
5th Avondale House, Southampton
8th Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham
9th The Garage, London w/Jamie Lenman
I first saw Chris T-T in 2009, supporting Frank Turner at Union Chapel. He was singing a ballad called ‘Ankles’, which was about breaking a woman’s ankles to stop her leaving. It’s safe to say I expected something equally offbeat from Chris T-T & The Hoodrats latest release.
I’ve listened to this album twice-a-day for a week and I still can’t decide if I like it or am indifferent to ‘The Bear’. Sounding like a mix of Art Brut, Andrew Jackson Jihad and a Blur album, ‘The Bear’ is messy and chaotic with the occasional lyrical gem thrown in.
Recorded in just 3 or 4 takes, this is not an album for those who favour slick production; it’s rambling and raw with more pop culture references than an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Xtra Mile Records have announced the signing of Canadian singer-songwriter Matt Goud aka Northcote.
The label will release his self-titled album on 11th November with a UK and European tour taking place shortly after.
13 Dublin Academy 2
14 Belfast McHugh’s
15 Glasgow King Tuts
16 Manchester Gorilla
17 Brighton The Green Door Store
19 Amsterdam Paradiso
20 Hamburg Knust
21 Bremen Lagerhaus
22 Hannover Gig Linden
23 Dresden Beatpol
24 Berlin BiNuu Berlin
26 Cologne Gloria
27 Frankfurt Batschkapp
28 Munich Strom Linienclub
30 Milano Factory (Area2)
02 Vienna B72
03 Stuttgart Universum
04 Antwerp JH Kavka
05 Southampton Joiners
06 London The Garage
07 Nottingham Bodega Social Club
08 Newcastle The Cluny
Xtra Mile Records have signed Drag The River and will release the bands new self-titled album on 15th October.
1. Wichita Skyline
2. Not That Kind
3. Black In Bloom
4. Ghosts of High School
5. Like Longfellows
6. Here’s to the Losers
7. the Other Side of OK
8. History with History
9. Waste of Time, Valentine
10. Song for My Roommates
In addition the bands 2008 debut ‘You Can’t Live This Way’ is being re-released digitally on the same day.
1. Death of the Life of the Party
4. Fleeting Porch of Tide
5. W.W. Too
6. Tobacco Fields
7. Defy the Moon
8. Caleb’s Grave
9. Lying in the Feel
10. Lost Angel Saloon
12. Pre-Post Party
14. Bad Side of a Good Time
15. You Can’t Live This Way
Former Reuben vocalist Jamie Lenman has revealed details of his debut solo album. 'Muscle Memory’ will be a double album consisting of 11 tracks each and released on 28th October through Xtra Mile Records.
1. The Six Fingered Hand
2. Fizzy Blood
3. No News Is Good News
4. One Of My Eyes Is A Clock
5. Shower Of Scorn
6. A Terrible Feeling
7. The Fuck Of It All
8. All The Things You Hate About Me, I Hate Them Too
9. Gary, Indiana
10. A Plague On Both Your Houses
1. Shotgun House
2. I Ain’t Your Boy
3. It’s Hard To Be A Gentleman
4. For God’s Sake
5. Little Lives
6. If You Have To Ask You’ll Never Know
7. Pretty Please
8. A Quiet Understanding
9. Saturday Night
10. A Day In The Life
Jamie will be releasing 'Fizzy Blood' and 'Pretty Please' as part of a split 7” with Mongol Horde (ft Frank Turner). The 7” will be the 4th and final split 7” release as part of the Xtra Mile Recordings” XMR10 series.
A video for both of Lenman’s tracks can be viewed by clicking read more.
Jamie Lenman will also be on tour in December.
Wed 04 Brighton Green Door Store
Thu 05 Birmingham Temple
Fri 06 Glasgow Tuts
Sat 07 Manchester Night and Day
Sun 08 Bristol Thekla
Mon 09 London Garage
Crazy Arm's new acoustic LP, 'The Southern Wild' is streaming ahead of its release next week on Xtra Mile.
The album can be heard here or by clicking read more.
Sonic Boom Six are set to release their brand new single, ‘The High Cost Of Living’ on October 27th through Xtra Mile Recordings.
A music video for the single has been released, and can be viewed after the jump below.
Sonic Boom Six will be supporting Hadouken on the following dates.
28th Cambridge Junction
29th Oxford Academy
30th Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
31st Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
1st Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
2nd Gloucester Guildhall
3rd Stoke Sugar Mill
On September 23rd Crazy Arm will release an acoustic album called 'The Southern Wild' through Xtra Mile Records.
01 Oh Death / Hell To Pay
03 Don’t Be Cruel
05 County Jaws
06 The Wildcats Of Denbury
07 Roasting River
08 A Pocketful Of Gold
09 We Don’t Go There Any More
10 The Valley Of Weeping
11 Black Canyon
1 WTFest, Southampton (w/Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun + Great Cynics + more)
8 Exeter, Cavern (acoustic trio w/Joe Tilston + PJ Bond + more)
13 Newton Abbot, Jolly Farmer (full band acoustic w/Crowns)
14 Southsea Fest, Portsmouth (Xtra Mile Acoustic stage w/Beans On Toast + more)
15 Wiltshire, Devizes, The Lamb Inn (full band acoustic w/Mick O’Toole)
16 London, Old Blue Last (full band acoustic w/Emily Barker)
17 Cambridge, The Corner House (full band acoustic w/Sam Russo + 7 Day Conspiracy)
18 Leeds, Santiagos (full band acoustic w/Jake & The Jellyfish + Tia-Rhian)
19 The Lounge Bar, Warrington (full band acoustic w/Roughneck Riot)
21 Norwich, The Stanley Arms (full band acoustic w/Crowns)
22 Kingston, Fighting Cocks (full band acoustic w/Smith Street Band + Great Cynics)
27 Maggie’s Cafe, Plymouth (electric w/Bus Station Loonies + Phat Bollard)
27 White Rabbit, Plymouth (full band acoustic w/Damerels + more)