"A Greatful Dead-like grace which could be their best work so far." - The Independent
"...their best album yet." - The Times
“…a genre-traversing, surprising, melodic, poetic, anthemic record with heart, smarts and soul.” - Drowned in Sound
Idlewild are bookending a successful 2015 with the release of their final single of the year, Utopia, out now via Empty Words. The single is taken from their album Everything Ever Written, which hit the top 20 in the UK Album Chart earlier this year.
Appearing at the very end of the album, Utopia features a heartfelt piano melody rippling throughout the song as layers of sound echo around Roddy Woomble’s vocals. It draws a line under 2015 with many fans old and new embracing the band more warmly than ever. You can stream the track now via Soundcloud.
The band are also set to release their first ever live album, Live in 2015, due for release on 19th February 2016. The double album will feature electric and acoustic tracks recorded throughout the band’s UK tour this November and December.
The album will be available on vinyl, CD and high quality digital formats. Vinyl and CDs will be exclusively available via PledgeMusic.
You can catch Idlewild live in the UK at the following dates below:
27th Nov - Barrowland - Glasgow
9th Dec - Unity Works - Wakefield
10th Dec - Riverside - Newcastle
11th Dec - Koko - London
12th Dec - Anson Rooms - Bristol
13th Dec - Rock City - Nottingham
Utopia along with Everything Ever Written is out now via Empty Words and available to buy from iTunes and all good online retailers.
"a rough-around-the-edges fusion of DIY indie and classic songwriting" - Gigwise "a hypnotic blend of dreamy, bombastic Britpop and downcast grunge" - Pop Matters
GILLBANKS brand new EP Lend Me Your Skin is out now via Tusk Records and is available to buy now via GILLBANKS’ Bandcamp page.
The video for his latest track Nerve, which was directed by Charlie Hawley, premiered on Pop Matters and you can also watch it on GILLBANKS' YouTube page now.
Previous release Tiffany premiered on Gigwise and you can listen to it now via the A Badge of Friendship Soundcloud page.
Lend Me Your Skin is a coming of age record about identity and self-acceptance. With lyrics like 'over-tired and underworked, it's always on my mind, I'm just trying to be a man' it's not difficult to see where in his life Sam started writing music. He quickly found a release for his creative ideas and frustration to form Lend Me Your Skin as an EP that is both ferocious and beautiful, whilst also maintaining lyrical depth.
Originally from Falmouth, GILLBANKS now resides in London where he continues to play the London circuit on a regular basis with live band members Hugo Heaverman (drums), Henry Nicholson (guitar, vocals) and Joe Morris (bass). You'll be able to catch the band over the coming months at the dates below:
11th Dec - The Sebright Arms - Bethnal Green
12th January - Hoxton Bar & Grill - Hoxton
10th February - Proud Camden - Camden
6th March - Notting Hill Arts Club - Notting Hill
Lend me Your Skin is out now via Tusk Records and is available to buy via GILLBANKS’ Bandcamp page.
"...why just sing songs, when you can build worlds. - The Quietus
"The emotional resonance of Elliott Smith colliding with the barbed vigour of Sleater-Kinney." - Gigwise
She Makes War aka Laura Kidd is about to head out on tour next month, promoting her EP Disarm:15, due for release on December 4th 2015 via My Big Sister Recordings.
The track 'I Am' from the EP premiered on Gigwise and is available to download via She Makes War's Bandcamp page.
The video for EP track 'Slow Puncture', which premiered on Bristol Live Magazine, is also available to watch now via YouTube. The track is also streaming on She Makes War's Soundcloud Page.
Disarm:15 sees Laura reworking some of her favourite tracks from debut album Disarm on the fifth anniversary of its release. Laura explains: “I’ve played about 400 gigs since I recorded my first album, so I wanted to approach the songs I’ve been touring for the last five years with a fresh perspective - I selected the ones that feel the most resonant to me now and the ones I knew would benefit most from a bit of wisdom and hindsight.”
The tracks on the EP are still in keeping with her core influences, artists like Elliott Smith and Cat Power, however, this reimagining shows how she’s evolved as an artist. Disarm:15 is a fantastic way for Laura to look back at her debut, but also to demonstrate how her music has developed with a hint as to where it will take her next.
She Makes War will also be heading out on a short tour in December with support from Eliza Rickman (Welcome To Night Vale podcast) - you can buy tickets now via SMW's website.
Wednesday 2nd December - Manchester - The Castle Hotel
Thursday 3rd December - London - Sebright Arms
Friday 4th December - Bristol - The Louisiana
Luckily, fans won’t have to wait long with She Makes War’s next album Direction of Travel slated for release in early 2016. The album was produced by Laura herself and mixed by Dan Austin (Doves, Pixies) and features guest appearances from Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses) Mark Chadwick (The Levellers), Clive Deamer (Portishead) and Nicole Robson (Bat For Lashes) amongst others.
Receiving past support from BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson, The Quietus and Uncut Magazine as well as touring with the likes of tUnE-yArDs, Gruff Rhys, The Levellers, Nadine Shah and Suede, Laura already has an impressive musical resume - something she is sure to build on in 2016.
Disarm:15 is out December 4th 2015 via My Big Sister Recordings.