Since April, we here at A Badge of Friendship have been crazying up the airwaves with our weekly new music show on FUBAR Radio. Although we’re a music PR company, our FUBAR show has been a great way for us to showcase the brilliant new bands we’re digging on a weekly basis that aren’t on our roster. The show goes out live tonight (August 24th) from 7-9pm (changing to 6-8pm from September 7th) online via FUBAR’s website, but listeners can also check out the show via the Fubar Radio app via iTunes.
This week we celebrate our 20th episode on FUBAR with a 'How To - Music Industry' special featuring rock Photographer Scarlet Page, Gigwise Editor Andrew Trendell and Olive Grove Records founder Lloyd Meredith. The show goes out live tonight (August 24th) from 7-9pm, but if you miss it you can listen back via the app, SoundCloud or our website.
So far, we’ve had some brilliant guests on the show including Jay Baruchel (How To Train Your Dragon), The Twilight Sad, Mike Vennart, Funeral For A Friend, Torche and Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro) who called in recently to surprise Paul on his birthday.
From September 7th, the time of the show will be changing to 6-8pm, right after comedian James Acaster and we’re mixing up the old format with new weekly features.
Our Session of the Month feature will be hosted by Sofar Sounds, who’ll be joining us once a month in the studio. Watch out for that!
We’ll also be doing country / city specials. In episode 10 we focussed on Canada and episode 19 was a Scottish special featuring guests James from The Twilight Sad and Halina, founder of Scottish based website Podcart.
The usual features will return, albeit monthly – World of Weird, Label Love and Pass The Cheese. Plus we have some brilliant guests planned for the months ahead as well as the usual surreal chat and nonsense.
If you’re a band or a label and would like your track to be considered for the show, please email email@example.com.
Black International have released 'A Fence To Keep People Out', a free download track taken from their forthcoming album A Lesson In Repression. The video that accompanies the song premiered on Exclaim!.
You can download 'A Fence To Keep People Out' for free via the ABoF SoundCloud page.
The duo make music that dwells in the dark spaces between the floorboards, the cracks in the walls, so it's only fitting that their video was filmed on the site of an abandoned mental hospital. There are two of them, but their gut wrenching sound could fill a catacomb. You can watch it now via the band's YouTube channel.
Band members Stewart Allan (vocals, guitar & keyboards) and Craig Peebles (drums & percussion), from Midlothian, Scotland, took over a former Victorian manse and temporarily transformed it into a working studio. This allowed the duo to live and breathe the creative processes of their sophomore album, improvising structures, words and arrangements. With the aid of sound engineer Andrew Bush (The Twilight Sad), they were successfully able to capture the raw, visceral energy of their live show in combination with more textural and stripped-back work, creating music with elements of contemporaries such as Shellac, The Fall and Sonic Youth, but also drawing from wider sources in electronica and post-rock.
A Lesson In Repression is Black International’s second album, following their debut In Debt. They’ve used it as a means to reset their creative boundaries, and open up new avenues for exploration. Live, they’ve graced the stages of Wickerman, Tramlines, GoNorth and Oxjam Festivals, have heard their music played on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Scotland and have supported the likes of Speedy Ortiz and Die! Die! Die! The remainder of 2015 will involve the release of the forthcoming album, live performances throughout the UK and may even see them take over another unsuspecting space to record their next EP.
A Lesson In Repression is released via Good Grief Records on 30th October 2015.
Beach Fatigue release their first single Drunken Grrrls on 30th October 2015 via Kool Girl Records.
Previously known as Heavy Petting Zoo - the band who surprised audiences with their menacing garage rock and lively shows - they have recently had a name change as they get ready to launch their debut album. And yes, they still have that dancer.
Drunken Grrrls will be the first cut from their forthcoming long player and will see the band continue to explore their blend of garage-surf rock and powerful riot grrrl vocals as heard on previous singles Crash (Too Pure Singles Club, 2014), and Isabelle (Joy Formidable split single, 2015) - which has seen them gather attention over the last few years.
You can stream Drunken Grrrls via the ABoF SoundCloud page.
Formed in Swansea, the band’s members - Amy Zachariah (vocals), Ben Rodway (guitars), Joe Rees (bass & vocals), Billy Horwood (drums) and Jon (dancing) - all went to the same comprehensive school as the city’s most famous figure - Dylan Thomas.
Beach Fatigue have previously played alongside the likes of Menace Beach, Eagulls and Evans the Death, and have played at Green Man, Reading & Leeds Festivals and return to Swn Festival in November this year.
Since their inception, the band have received continuous support from BBC Radio Wales’ Adam Walton and Bethan Elfyn. And since their surprising appearance at Cardiff’s Swn Festival in 2013 - which saw them receive a 9/10 from NME’s Laura Snapes - they’ve received plays from Radio One (Huw Stephens, Jen & Alley), 6 Music (Tom Robinson, Steve Lamacq, Nemone), Amazing Radio (Shell Zenner, Simon Raymonde, Gill Mills) and XFM (John Kennedy). Whilst blogs like Sweeping the Nation, Little Indie Blogs and God Is In the TV have followed their progress with glowing reviews.
Drunken Grrrls is released 30th October 2015 via Kool Girl Records.