? I always loved music, singing & rhyming. I had a few guitar lessons in my early teens & was actively involved in music in school. I wrote my first raps on my Dad’s 1980’s style answering machine when I was about 9 years old . Dad was an aspiring actor at the time so he insisted he be the one who performed the lyrics, so I can remember coming in with some pretty solid chuck ins & I guess I was the hype man. My inspiration at the time may have been Run DMC, LL Cool J or grand master flash. When I was about 11 or 12 years old I started listening to NWA & groups like 2live crew which inspired me to form a small group with a couple friends we caught up over a few weekends & I wrote raps over keyboard beats & we recorded our music over a tape deck, it wasn’t great quality, but it was a start. I continued to write raps through my teenage years, I was experiencing some family problems & we formed small gangs with friends, got up to mischief, got into fights, graffiti, stealing, drinking/smoking weed, etc & was getting in trouble with the Police often during this time. I found I could relate to what many of my favourite rappers at the time would rhyme about. I continued to write rhymes & found it to be a really good outlet, to get my mind off things & get into something positive. I would often freestyle or perform my writtens at house party’s and social gatherings with friends, then first started recording in the studio with my old crew Bouncer in 2005.
AFTER LAST YEAR’S SMASH SELL-OUT ON THE BANKS OF THE CLYDE, THE RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THEIR 2019 DATES AND SHARE THE FIRST STAGE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Scotland’s premier celebration of electronic music is set to provide music lovers with another unmissable weekend as they return for their 7th year.
Curated by Electric Frog and Pressure, they will be bringing the biggest and best artists from the cutting edge to the unique and iconic location of the Zaha Hadid designed Riverside Museum.
Denis Sulta has rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting new prospects from the ever-fertile Glasgow scene. His unique sound and meticulous and diverse approach to dance music has seen his stand out capabilities reach unbelievable new heights. On Saturday Sulta curates his own Riverside stage for the first time.
La Cheetah 10
Since 2009, La Cheetah Club has played host to international big hitters, underground up and comers and provided a platform for Glasgow’s wealth of local talent. 2019 sees La Cheetah mark 10 years in the game and this will be celebrated fully at the Riverside Festival as they take over a stage with an eclectic line up of La Cheetah favourites and special guests.
Slam’s unique series of Maximum Pressure parties have become the highlight of Glasgow’s clubbing calendar. The duo, who release their Athenæum 101 album today on Soma, will mirror this experience when they bring the unrivalled atmosphere and strong techno-orientated line-up to their festival.
Feel My Bicep
As producers, DJs, label founders and avid record collectors the Belfast-born, London-based duo Bicep ,have become 2 of the most trusted curators of electronic music of the last decade. In between touring the world over and selling out a long list of feel my bicep parties, we are thrilled to welcome them to the banks of the Clyde for the first time.
In 2019, Noisily Festival of Music & Arts returns once again on July 11th – 14th 2019 with plenty of exciting new evolutions and a world class lineup, as well as their continued focus on wellness and education, inclusion, the environment, creativity and community.
With the aim of inspiring personal growth, connection and social responsibility through art, music and healing, Noisily takes place in the beautiful Coney Woods in Leicestershire and will be soundtracked by first wave names from the worlds of dub, house, techno and drum & bass such as Extrawelt, Mad Professor, LTJ Bukem & MC Ruthless, Icicle, vertical, Captain Hook, S.P.Y. and more more to come. In addition a full Mind Body Soul line up will launch at end of February featuring an expanded series of talks, panel discussions and a huge array of healing practices.
If you go down to the woods today (well, four days in July 2019), you’re in for a mind expanding and unforgettable surprise, because Noisily Festival of Music & Arts is like nothing else. It is an alternative to mainstream festival culture, a place to soothe your soul, interact with likeminded people on a deeper level and celebrate music, psychedelic art and culture.
Arenas are intimate affairs, with boutique design and bijou vibes. The whole forest site is brought to life with enchanting production, performers, arts & crafts, wooden pyramids, places nestled away to chill, fire breathers and so much more. It is an adult wonderland that feels miles away from the everyday, and is founded on five core pillars:
Inclusion: Diversity is inviting people to the party, inclusion is getting them on the dance floor – we strive to make everyone feel welcome at Noisily.
The Environment: Noisily commits to protect and conserve the local environment setting an example in order to inspire our community to live consciously year round.
Wellness and Education: We are dedicated to acting as a leading light in the UK’s festival wellness scene; an alternative learning center rooted in holistic and spiritual practices.
Community: We are more than just 4000 people in the woods for 4 days, we are a family. We will support and guide our community to a better future.
Creativity: Noisily is a platform for music, arts, psychedelic culture and creative weirdness.
Musically, the full line-up will come in the New Year, but there is already a fine mix of upcoming stars and established greats from the worlds of dub, house, techno and drum & bass including the likes of Extrawelt, S.P.Y, Captain Hook, Alex Stein, OPIUO, WIAO, Township Rebellion, LTJ Bukem & MC Ruthless, Vertical, Oona Dahl, Mad Professor, Scorb, Cid Inc, Icicle, Whiptongue, Beth Lydi, Kyrist and Kliment.
There is plenty more to come from Noisily between now and the first day of the festival, but already it is shaping up to be the art and music lover’s choice for 2019.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I currently live between France and Mauritius, and in both of those countries, the music scene is moving! It’s really interesting to see that when there is a mix in genres, cultures and it creates something refreshing and new!
Please tell us about your new track « SWEAT », where and when did you record?
I’ve been working on this track for a long time. An old friend sent me a demo with Laurell’s magnificent voice. I immediately went to the studio with Willy William and reworked the track so it could turn out like as it sounded in my head.
What influenced the sound and songwriting for Sweat?
As I live between Mauritius and France, there is a mix of culture in both these places, especially in Mauritius thanks to being close to Africa and the Indian community on the island. And that’s what I wanted to transcribe with this track.
How would you define your sound and musical style?
That’s a hard question because I have so many influences and so much desire to experiment with new things! What I’m always aiming for in my work is to make happy tracks, that can give people a boost at the gym, during a night with friends, from a club to a festival!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Right now I’m listening to a lot of African music.
What or who influences your songwriting producing?
To be honest, I don’t have precise names to drop. I respect the work of a lot of artists that influence me today. I feel inspired by whatever I’m listening. This could be a bass line from a Funk track or a percussion from a traditional African track…
How do you usually go about writing /producing music?
There is no usual way. It depends on the feeling of the moment. I record a lot of ideas on my vocal notes, and I try to transform these ideas in my studio.
What do you like to do away from music?
I try to enjoy time with my family and friends as much as I can. Every moment is important if you can live it fully.
How did you first start playing music?
The first time was at a friends place as a kid, he had bought vinyl decks and started mixing. Once I saw what could be done and the energy it could give to people, I realised that it was what I wanted to do. I learnt the basics with him, at his house (thanks to his parents for their patience, by the way, haha) and then I worked and put money aside to buy my own deck and that’s when I thank my parents and our neighbours for their patience!
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Well, « Sweat » has just been released, so we will keep our focus on the track for a while. Remixes are in the making, with some nice surprises. We’re also working on a tour for 2019 with the « We Love Pop » project in Mauritius!
Favorite food and place to hangout?
My mom’s meals!
And the best place to hang out would definitely be by the water in Mauritius with all my friends
“Blending the AM-radio aesthetic of Ariel Pink with FM-fidelity 80s pop” The Guardian
“Pizzagirl makes music that sounds like all your fave 80s movies” Noisey
“ambitious ’80s-tinged pop” NME – “wonderfully breezy escapism” DIY
“retro excellence” Highsnobiety – ‘long lost soundtrack to an 80s John Hughes film’ The Sunday Times
Re-commissioned for the season 2 EP mere months after his debut dropped early this year,Pizzagirl releases 6 more 80s-tinged bedroom-pop gems into the ether, bringing his track output to a round dozen is as many months as an artist.
Another clear manifestation of his vision, and the niche space he’s occupying between 80s teen-film nostalgia, 90s dial-up internet culture and the modern meme age, the EP owes as much toPhil Collins and Janet Jackson as it does to fellow purveyors of wide-eyed bedroom-pop,Clairo, Boy Pablo, Gus Dapperton.
From the confines of his bedroom studio (AKA The Beatzzeria) in Liverpool, Pizzagirl’s musical mind wanders through the decades and over the Atlantic. Capturing the wistful, romantic reminiscence and coming-of-age sentiment in classic Brat Pack era films it’s as though Pizzagirlhas planted himself as a character in a John Hughes screenplay.
Sophomore EP season 2 is the follow up to acclaimed debut EP An Extended Play, released at the top of the year. This earned Pizzagirl numerous not-so-secret admirers. Champions come in the form of Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Lauren Laverne and more across the airwaves, as well as The Guardian, Noisey, DIY, Highsnobiety and more. With a tour supporting Her’s up and down the land to boot, there are multiple levels to the ever-growing platform from which Pizzagirlcan now dive further into the cosmos.
He maintains his flair for channelling through his music and visuals the extroversion of 80s electronica, late 90s internet culture and US East Coast sad-indie introversion, calling to mind the likes of Porches, Frankie Cosmos both in esoteric sound and DIY work ethic.
Overall it’s a small operation. With the help of a thrown together flatpack mini studio, Pizzagirlwrites, records and produces all of his music and visuals from the comfort of his home. His best mate shoots his videos and his mum takes his press shots.
As a victory lap around the release, Pizzagirl will be taking his show on the road with a series ofUK tour dates through December, standing solo on stage, accompanied only by his trusty laptop, guitar and sequencer. Catch him displaying the lonesome idiosyncrasies of an introvert married with the larger than life extroverted nature implied by his eccentric, zany and often pensive pop tunes.
season 2, the new EP from Pizzagirl, is out now via Heist or Hit.
1st Dec – Sound Basement, Liverpool
3rd Dec – The Louisiana, Bristol
5th Dec – The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
6th Dec – The Lexington, London
Kent-Party-Rockers, Penthouse, have today released their new single, ‘Party Ring’. The release, supported with a video, comes ahead of the band taking to the road for a short run of shows through the UK with Ten Tombs and All Better.
Speaking on the single, drummer, Ben Schulze said, “I wrote the chorus in the shower, the place where I come up with most of my ideas for some reason.” He continues, “I wanted it to have a positive vibe and I think we captured that. It was mainly inspired by The Darkness – they have a lot of party sing-along bangers. It’s about going on tour and partying a fair bit when we’re away from home.”
Taking influence from classic rock bands like Queen, The Darkness and Toto sees Penthouse adding wailing guitar solos and huge riffs to their tunes whilst their slightly more recent heroes such as Busted, Weezer and LIT give the band their hooky pop-choruses and harmonic sing-alongs.
The band are looking to crash-land into the UK rock scene and ‘Party Ring’ will see them do just that – A song about their experiences partying around the world and the addictive nature of being on tour, and making sure the rock never stops.
Catch Penthouse on tour this December with Ten Tombs & All Better:
12 Dec – Brighton, East Street Tap
13 Dec – Chatham, Poco Loco
14 Dec – Cheltenham, 2 Pigs
JUST ANNOUNCED FOR PUNK ROCK BOWLING FESTIVAL LAS VEGAS, MAY 24 – 27TH
Firebrand singer Louise Distras has released her new single, ‘Poor Man’, the second track to be taken from her upcoming EP, Street Revolution, out January 11th.
The song was originally written nearly ninety years ago but is now reimagined for a new generation, providing an acute commentary on the breakdown of modern society yet still retaining its cultural relevance and poignant impact.
“This song was written through the eyes of Blind Alfred Reed amongst the abject poverty of 1929,” says Louise. “Around the same time Billie Holiday sang ‘Strange Fruit’ which was written in similar conditions that still apply to the world today, making both songs timeless classics.”
A testament to its longevity; the track has previously been covered and re-interpreted by artists including Bruce Springsteen, Ry Cooder and UB40.
The video for ‘Poor Man’ sees a minimalist aesthetic convey the track’s powerful rhetoric with brute sincerity. It’s both a reflective assessment on aspects of society that haven’t changed in nearly a century, as well posing a question as to why this is still the case.
Louise explains, “Every shoot for this video was ruined by rain so in the end we simply filmed it with an iPhone on the bus to the dole office. It seemed to fit the song perfectly.”
‘Poor Man’ is the follow up to ‘Street Revolution’, the title track to Louise Distras’ brand new EP. Fans will be able to hear the new songs played live on The Street Revolution Tour in January 2019. This tour goes hand in hand with Musicians Against Homelessness to raise funds for the charity Crisis.
With the issue of teen homelessness very much in the public eye at the moment, Louise is committed to making a difference. Having herself been homeless in her teenage years – living with strangers in dangerous situations and being taken advantage of as a vulnerable young person – her first-hand experience of the transformative power of music in helping her rebuild her life informs her work, and inspires her passion to work with Musicians Against Homelessness.
About this partnership Louise says, “Having run away from home as a teenager, MAH is cause close to my heart. We all walk our own warzone path, which is only one step away from a situation we can’t control. Music saves lives and supporting Crisis is my way of giving something back.”
The Street Revolution EP and tour follows her 2015 debut Dreams from the Factory Floor,which gained praise from Kerrang! who said “Louise Distras is the most exciting voice in UK punk right now!” The word quickly spread to America and led the firebrand singer to Oakland CA, where she recently recorded her second album produced by Steve Whale of The Business and Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, Goo Goo Dolls).
Having already performed at Glastonbury and supported the likes of Billy Bragg, Buzzcocks, The Damned and Stiff Little Fingers, Louise follows the UK tour with US tour dates including a performance at the legendary Punk Rock Bowling Festival in Las Vegas next May, alongside the likes of Descendents, The Stranglers, Rancid, Refused, The Damned, Fucked Up, The Specials, The Hives and many more.
Tickets for the tour are on sale now and available from www.louisedistras.co.uk
STREET REVOLUTION UK TOUR DATES
17th Jan – Cambridge, Portland Arms
18th Jan – Nottingham, The Bodega
23rd Jan – Leeds, Key Club
24th Jan – Newcastle, Cluny 2
25th Jan – Guildford, The Boileroom
26th Jan – Norwich, Waterfront Studio
27th Jan – Portsmouth, Edge of The Wedge
29th Jan – Leicester, Firebug
31st Jan – Bishops Stortford, The Half Moon
2nd Feb – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
“The most exciting voice in UK punk-rock right now!” – Kerrang!
“Putting punk and protest back into the mainstream” – The Guardian
“The female Frank Carter, the Brody Dalle of the North of England” – Trash Magazine
“Given the Frank Turner stamp of approval Louise whips up a storm of passionate, political punk’n’roll, somehow conjuring up both Kathleen Hanna and Roy Orbison.” – John Kennedy, Radio X
“Alternative rock’s best kept secret” – Louder Sound
ORCHARDS Reveal ‘Age of You’ Video
March/April 2019 UK Headline Tour Dates Announced
– Tickets on sale at 10am Friday 30th November
Losers/Lovers EP Out Now via Big Scary Monsters
Rounding off a very successful year that’s seen them rapidly gaining ground on all fronts, Brighton alt-pop quartet ORCHARDS are pleased to announce their first ever UK headline tour for March/April 2019. Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday 30th November.
The band have also revealed a brand new video for their latest single ‘Age of You’, the last to be taken from their 2018 breakout EP Losers/Lovers, which is out now on Big Scary Monsters Records.
“This track is about making promises but feeling as though you didn’t fulfil them,” explains vocalist Lucy Evers, “Knowing that you have every opportunity to become the best you possible, but just feeling like something/someone is missing. Out of all the tracks on the EP this was the hardest, emotionally, to write, but is now my favourite song. It’s like a little dose of therapy every time we perform it.”
Directed by Stewart Gardiner (AKA Highforneon), simplicity was key for the band when it came to the video for the song, which incorporates ideas from fans, as they elaborate: “We wanted it to be super simple—clean lines, bright colours—but we wanted it to feel comfortable. We ran with the opening line of the song “How do I say you look happy?” and decided to show some of the things that our Instagram followers told us made them happy: family, food, music, coffee (mainly because this band runs on coffee).”
2018 was a stellar year for the band, which saw the Orchards live show go from strength to strength on tour dates alongside Tiny Moving Parts; the band selling out their own debut headline London show; support slots with Hippo Campus, Fatherson and more; a string of packed festival appearances at ArcTanGent, TRUCK, The Great Escape, and Hit The North among many others.
Praise for the band’s latest material flooded in from BBC 6Music, Noisey, The Line of Best Fit, DIY, Alternative Press, Pop Matters, DORK, UPSET and a host of blogs and zines.
ORCHARDS 2019 UK Headline Tour Dates:
26th March – Nottingham, The Bodega – 14+
27th March – Manchester, Jimmy’s – 18+
28th March – Glasgow, The Garage (Attic Bar) – 14+ / under 16 w. adult
29th March – Sheffield, Record Junkee – 14+
30th March – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach – 18+
31st March – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge – 16+
2nd April – Bristol, Crofters Rights – 18+
3rd April – London, Camden Assembly – 14+
‘TIME & SPACE’ EARNS BEST OF 2018 ACCLAIM – ALSO CONFIRMED FOR 2019’S SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL
“Hardcore’s hottest band.” – Kerrang!
“Not since Refused’s seminal ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’ has a punk-rock record so wilfully played with the expectations of the genre.” – NME
“Turnstile is more than a good hardcore band—they’ve got a whole movement behind them.” – GQ
“You need to listen to Baltimore hardcore band Turnstile.” – i-D
“Turnstile’s hardcore knows no boundaries.” – The FADER
“A bright, brilliantly breathless dispatch of noise.” – Q
“It’s a short sharp shock from the Reign in Blood school of thinking, but stereotypical this ain’t.” – Metal Hammer
“Their energetic live shows and groove-laden hooks have drawn comparisons with Rage Against The Machine.” – Down For Life
“Inventive and forward-thinking boundary pushers.” – DIY
“One of the hottest bands in hardcore.” – Upset
Turnstile have shared an official music video for ‘Disco / Time + Space’, which is streaming now on the band’s YouTube channel.
Directed by photographer and skateboarder Atiba Jefferson with award-winning cinematographer Ty Evans joining as director of photography, the video offers a rare perspective of the wild and chaotic embrace of the audience at a Turnstile show. The video debuted earlier this month inside a Turnstile curated installation at Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival. Turnstile previously collaborated with Jefferson and Evans on their music video for ‘Bomb / I Don’t Wanna Be Blind’.
Both tracks feature on Turnstile’s current album ‘TIME & SPACE’, which has already been included on numerous best of 2018 lists from Revolver and Planet Rock. It had also previously featured of best of 2018 so far lists by NME, Billboard, Stereogum and UPROXX.
Always more appeal than demand, more liberation than limitation, Turnstile extended their hand with ‘TIME & SPACE’. Recorded with producer Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, ‘TIME & SPACE’marks Turnstile’s Roadrunner Records debut and sees the band exploding the most outsized tropes of hardcore with tremendous heart.
Comprised of Brendan Yates (vocals), Franz Lyons (bass/vocals), Brady Ebert (guitars), Pat McCrory (guitars), and Daniel Fang (drums), Turnstile’s brand of youth-minded, youth-driven hardcore punk is intent on breaking down barriers, sonically and ideologically. Continuously looking outward, ‘TIME & SPACE’ is the result of a band operating without boundaries, always growing, always in super-motion.
Turnstile are currently on a U.S. tour alongside Every Time I Die, Angel Du$t and Vein, which is set to continue through to mid-December. They return to the UK next summer to play both legs of theSlam Dunk Festival. For full international tour dates and ticket information, please see www.turnstilehardcore.com.
25th – Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds
26th – Slam Dunk Festival, Hatfield
debut album ‘Jacuzzi Boyz’ via Mutual Intentions on 18th January 2019
“An enticing first taste from what could prove to be a strong start to 2019 for the pair” – Complex Magazine
Having been ensconced in the studio recording tracks for their debut album ‘Jacuzzi Boyz’ due 2019 via Mutual Intentions, Norwegian leftfield electronic DJ / producers Fredfades and Jawn Rice will preempt its release with a brand new track ‘Tonight’ featuring Lucid Paradise.
Fredfades details the track: “’Tonight’ is my personal favourite cut from the project. It’s a track I hope reflects our love for the true sound of quality soulful deep house. For me, this is like a personal tribute to pioneers of deep house that came out of New York, Jersey, Detroit and Chicago. In the beginning this was a deep house groove I made and sent to Jawn for him to work with. He did a version first, and after that we worked on it together with contributions from both a bass player and Lucid Paradise, which resulted in a slow evolution towards modern funk. This wasn’t what I wanted it to be in the beginning, so me and Jawn went to my studio to scrap the electric guitar bass, re-record the synth bass, lay down more keys, really turning the drums away from boogie funk and back into a house thing again. Then we rearranged both the instrumental and the vocals. I believe this is version six or seven of this song, and all the different versions really sound very different. Bang it real loud and enjoy the groove part that plays for the last three minutes of the song”.
Hailing from Oslo and Lillehammer in Norway, Fredfades and Jawn Rice have been collaborating on music for over ten years in different shapes and forms. They bonded immediately when they both bought their first SP1200’s back in 2007, but it wasn’t until recently they decided to collaborate on a full project.
The project is deeply rooted in traditional genres such as house and electronic music, but with their super jazzy signature touches. The project features vocalists such as Lucid Paradise, Stimulator Jones and Dreamcast who all contributes with soulful RNB oriented vocals. With Jawn Rice’s “Highlights” and Fredfades’ “Warmth” LP’s well received in 2017, this is guaranteed to be one of the hottest house records of 2019.
Fredfades is a Norwegian producer, DJ, and artist. As a real heavyweight and widely known collector of Jazz, Boogie, Disco and Modern Soul records, Fred has been traveling all over Europe the past two years sharing stages with house names such as Jeremy Underground, Robert Owens, Byron The Aquarius and Hugo LX. He has done radio mixes for Motor City Drum Ensemble, NTS Radio, Worldwide FM, Rinse FM and Dublab while touring. Before this, Fred made a name and platform for himself in indie hiphop circles worldwide, with his solo debut album Warmth (2017) that featured artists such as Mndsgn, Ivan Ave, Nanna B, Chester Watson & MED. Same year, he also produced the most streamed songs on Ivan Ave’s “Every Eye” LP (Jakarta Records, 2017) and Charlotte Dos Santos’ “Cleo” LP (Fresh Selects, 2017). Fredfades & Charlotte Dos Santos was also featured on the Stones Throw compilation “Sofie’s S.O.S. Tape”. Besides being a musician, Fred manages the Oslo-based record label Mutual Intentions, which did the first ever Norwegian Boiler Room show in 2015.
Jawn Rice is a fresh addition to the house-scene. He released his house debut “Highlights” in the winter of 2017, and it instantly got added to the list of 2017’s best releases by some of the biggest Norwegian newspapers and magazines. He first made his name known as a part of the trio Oslo SP Ensemble where he made Hip-Hop beats together with Fredfades and Deckdaddy. They did their cult SP1200 beat tapes and also produced Ivan Ave’s first vinyl EP. After a while, Jawn took a break from the whole Hip- Hop culture to explore new genres of music. He discovered house music, and went to festivals which led him to rapidly explore a bunch of progressive genres. Jawn’s deep house is reminiscent of your favorite boogie and jazz-funk jams, yet remains forward leaning with his hyper modern production style. His subtle use of samples, vibrant keyboard soundscapes and vivid drum programming is a blueprint for upcoming releases by the aspiring producer.
“The Danish, all-girl, drum and bass heavy band you’ve always wanted…effortlessly cool” – Wonderland
“A dark minimal approach clashes against a melodic, colourful and powerful delivery” – TLOBF
“Hi-tempo and heaps of fun” – DORK
EP1 and EP2 on vinyl for the first time
Debut album Now Is Your Time To Deliver worldwide vinyl reissue
Third pressing of EP3 following two sold out editions
Purchase now: http://ilovealcopop.com
To celebrate by far the best year of their career so far, Danish trio Nelson Canare pleased to announce a clutch of new vinyl releases with Alcopop! Records released today, 30th November 2018.
The band have re-released EP1 and EP2 (on white 12” – never previously available on vinyl) on one record, debut LP Now Is Your Time To Deliver (on black 12” – previously only pressed once in Denmark on vinyl), and a third pressing of their critically acclaimed 2017 release EP3 (on red 12”), the latter of which has seen them reach new heights across Europe.
With a string of festival appearances over the summer at the likes of Roskilde, The Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Latitude, Y Not, Kendall Calling and more, the band recently received a national prize for outstanding cultural creation from the Danish Government.
The three piece have come a very long way indeed since their inception. Built on a DIY approach to storming the music industry head-on, rewinding back to their beginnings in 2011 found band members Selina Gin (vocals), Signe SigneSigne (bass) and Maria Juntunen (drums) as three head-strong young women with little else other than a solid conviction in their unconventional approach to their fledgling career and a “no guitar” policy that’s still in force today.
As plans go, it’s not worked out too badly – the Copenhagen three-piece recently scored a #1 record in the Danish official Top 40 Vinyl chart with their latest record EP3 released on UK independent label Alcopop! Records. Soon after, they were invited onto national TV channel DR1 at the 2017 P3 Radio awards show ‘P3 Guld’ for a live performance of their single ‘Break Down Your Walls’, which was subsequently named single of the week on Danish radio station P6.
Support for the trio at the media and across the industry in general has been steadily snowballing with plays from BBC Radio One, BBC Radio 6music and Radio X, their latest singles crashing into the UK Viral Spotify Chart, Walk Like A Badass and Altrocked Spotify playlists notching up 450k Spotify plays to date, and tastemakers like Noisey, The Life of Best Fit, DIY, Noisey, Dork Magazine, Wonderland and JaJaJa Music all tipping the band for success in the UK this year.
“We know what we are doing and we have a mission with our music,” rounds off Signe on the band’s ambitions. “We don’t want to do things the simple way or the way other people have done it before us. We want to explore the world of music without chord instruments and we want to make music that is different from anything you have ever heard before.”
People’s Republic Of China
Do You Really Wanna Get Rid Of Me?
Love The Dog
Call Me When You Want To Get Laid
Are You High?
A1. Break Down Your Walls
A3. You Are Digging Your Grave
A5. Move Forward
A6. Stonewall Frank
B1. <Secret Track>
Now Is Your Time To Deliver Tracklisting:
Now Is Your Time To Deliver
Here To Stay
Talk About It
A New Condition For Life
You Don’t Know
More UK dates added for February 2019
Headline UK tour in December
“Hard to resist” – Q Magazine
“It sounds like classic Razorlight” – The Independent
“A must-buy” – Classic Rock
Razorlight have also announced a new set of UK dates for February next year, having already announced an extensive UK tour starting next week. The band will play the following show in February 2019:
Saturday 16th February Bexhill on Sea De La Warr Pavilion
Monday 18th February Cardiff Tramshed
Thursday 21st February Edinburgh Liquid Room
Friday 22nd February – Hull University Union Asylum
Tickets are on sale now from: https://www.bandsintown.com/a/
The original version of Carry Yourself was premiered by Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 show and rhythmically pays homage to Abba, Baccara and Dr Dre. Drums are courtesy of legendary Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers and the track is produced by longtime Muse producer Tommaso Colliva.
Olympus Sleeping the bands first album in 10 years also features the previously released tracks Got To Let The Good Times Back Into Your Life, Japanrock, Sorry? and the albums title track.
You can listen to the album here: https://razorlight.lnk.to/
Before the February dates, the band will embark on The Olympus Sleeping Tour in December this year with shows already selling out fast.
Tickets are on sale now and tour will call at the following venues:
Tuesday 4th December – Glasgow The Old Fruitmarket
Wednesday 5th December – Sheffield O2 Academy
Thursday 6th December – Liverpool O2 Academy
Saturday 8th December – Bristol SWX
Monday 10th December – Birmingham The O2 Institute
Tuesday 11th December – Brighton Concorde 2
Thursday 13th December – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 14th December – London O2 Forum Kentish Town
Sunday 16th December – Manchester O2 Ritz
Monday 17th December – Newcastle O2 Academy
Tuesday 18th December – Leeds O2 Academy
Wednesday 19th December – Cambridge The Junction
“A distinctively dreamy psychedelic sound, studded with prog rock rhythms and riffs” – Pirate Studios
“An enrapturing listen…there’s definite intrigue to hear more” – The Soundboard
“A gorgeous song you can lose yourself in” – Amazing Radio
“Akin to a musical Dali” – The 405
Debut 7” Single ‘Racek/Discover Another’ Out Now