“For a woman who frequently performs solo and whose compositions are more quiet than clanging, Chris Pureka is making a lot of noise.” - Billboard Magazine
Chris Pureka is proud to announce the release of her third studio album How I Learned To See In the Dark. It's available now via Haldern Pop, offering some bold new elements to the solid foundation she has been building throughout her ever-escalating twelve-year career.
You can listen to her single Wrecking Ball on our SoundCloud page.
Check out the video for the single on YouTube
Throughout her career, Pureka has prized autonomy over ease. She has released her all of her albums independently and plays upwards of 200 dates a year, enabling her to maintain a great deal of control over her process. That independent streak is also felt throughout How I Learned To See In The Dark.
Pureka’s co-producer and longtime friend, Merrill Garbus (4Ad’s tUnE-YaRds) lent her signature quirky recording techniques and knack for alternative instrumentation to the album, helping Pureka expand her sound into as-yet uncharted territory. While maintaining her unique alchemy of longing, loss and hope, there is a sonic adventurism on How I Learned To See In The Dark that marks a new stage in Pureka’s musical evolution. With a newfound edginess, coupled with a more abstract sound, there is a musical depth and complexity that shines through each track, all the while maintaining the space and creative instrumentation Pureka is known for.
Wwith the European release of How I Learned to See in the Dark (in partnership with Haldern Pop) Pureka embarks on a new beginning which will see her expand her reach even further into the European market, bringing her heartfelt songs to her biggest audience to date. Pureka may have been making waves for over a decade, but 2014 marks the beginning of a new chapter in what is already a storied career.
Chris hits the UK in March as part of her European tour. Check out the tour dates below:
March 18th - The Windmill - London
March 19th - Gwdihŵ Café Bar - Cardiff
March 20th - The Met - Bury
March 21st - Hopscotch - Liverpool
March 22nd - Kirton Town Hall - Kirton in Lindsey
March 23rd - The Bicycle Shop - Norwich
March 24th - The Maze - Nottingham
How I Learned To See In The Dark is available now via Haldern Pop and you can buy it on iTunes and stream it on Spotify.
“Jerky 2-bit dance pop for indie geeks…” - NME
FUCK ART, LET’S DANCE! have unleashed the official video for 'We're Manicals!', a track taken from their debut album Atlas, released on 28th April 2014 via Audiolith. The video premiered in Germany on Noisey on Thursday, and internationally on Friday via Earmilk. Now it's ready to spread its wings and take over the internet.
You can watch the sacrilicious video for 'We're Manicals' on the official Audiolith YouTube channel.
You can listen to, and download, their free album track "HOME" on Audiolith's SoundCloud page.
The band’s name - FUCK ART, LET’S DANCE! - speaks for itself. Whilst listening to Atlas you can imagine club kids from Dalston, London to Williamsburg, New York dancing carefree in the darkest, coolest corners of some of the best underground clubs, music pulsing, the band’s name emblazoned onto loose fitted vests, graffitied luminously across brick walls - FUCK ART, LET’S DANCE! have the capacity to start a movement.
With Atlas, this addictive four-piece will make you dance, sweat and smile - they embody both the fun and introspective elements of youth and have translated them into thirteen perfect tracks.
Atlas is released on 28th April 2014 via Audiolith.
"...there's fear, madness and brilliance in various amounts here."
- Rock Sound Magazine
The Fire And I have finally released their hotly anticipated second album Double Kamikaze via CarCrash Records. The album has already pulled in some impressive reviews, scoring 7/10 in Rock Sound Magazine, 8/10 in Shout4Music and received glowing support from The Sunday Herald.
To get a taste of the album, you can stream and download 'Runined//Graffitied' for free from our SoundCloud page.
The Scottish based two piece, comprised of bassist Gordon Love and drummer Hooligan Sadikson, were originally four. However, rather than finding new members, the pair decided to keep their minimalist bass / drums set-up, sharing vocals. Their acclaimed live performances have become a thing of legend on the live circuit - adrenaline-fuelled, no holds barred spectacles, their tracks burst to life on stage.
This high-octane noise is felt throughout the album. Opener ‘Devil Damned Thoughts’ is purely instrumental, showcasing the band’s love of the riff; there are hints of CKY meets That Fucking Tank - an exciting start and you can almost feel the sweat pouring from the speakers. Title track ‘Double Kamikaze’ could easily have made Queens of the Stone Age’s 1998 self-titled debut - unapologetic dirty rock. However, When The Fire And I calm the pace, their softer underbelly also has great potential - there are real shades of light on ‘Coming Loose’ akin to early Biffy Clyro’s quieter moments. Nevertheless, they don’t stay quiet for long, and the album is pure heart-pounding alt-rock.
Since their debut album Stampede Finale, the band have been honing their sound, with their aforementioned live performances being their ace in the hole and, as well as sharing a stage with Biffy Clyro, they’ve also headlined the T in the Park T-Break stage. Having picked up support from the likes of the aforementioned Rock Sound, Artrocker Magazine, Mad Mackerel and Jim Gellatly, the band are now ready to unveil Double Kamikaze as well as continuing their tour of the UK in March before heading off to Europe.
Double Kamikaze is released today, 10th March 2014, on CarCrash Records. It's available to buy on iTunes and the band's official website.