All We Are The City News

Me And My Drummer + We Are The City confirmed for The Great Escape!

Posted Thu, 05 May 2016


We're extremely pleased to announce that Berlin-based electro pop duo Me And My Drummer and Canadian alt-rock three piece We Are The City will be making their way across the pond for Brighton's esteemed The Great Escape Festival from May 19th - 21st 2016.

Me And My Drummer will be performing twice - first on Friday May 20th at 12.30am at Brighthelm and later that day at 3.15pm at Horatios on the Brighton Pier. The duo will also be performing in London at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on Monday May 23rd.

Me And My Drummer recently released their new video for Easy On Me, taken from second album Love Is A Fridge, which out now via Sinnbus and available to buy on iTunes.


Love Is A Fridge musically covers a huge range of styles and ideas maintaining its bold feel and flavour for experimentation all the way through. If you imagine Bat For Lashes meets Lykki Li you’re close, but there’s something somewhat celestial about Me And My Drummer that sets them apart. The Duo have received acclaim from a range of sources, but most recently, their single Blue Splinter View was played on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6Music show. The duo have also received praise from the likes of XFM, BBC Radio 1, NME, Rolling Stone, MTV, DIY, The Line of Best Fit, Clash and The 405 and with a strong following in their home country, the band are making a bold step forward once again with their second album.

Me And My Drummer's label mates We Are The City will also be joining them at The Great Escape on Saturday May 21st at 4pm at Green Door Store and also at 12.30am (Sunday 22nd) at Brighthelm. The trio will also be performing in London at Birthdays on Sunday May 22nd.

You can check out the band's latest single Kiss Me, Honey - from the album Above Club - on the band’s YouTube channel now.


With a blend of Cayne McKenzie’s tropical keys and distant ethereal vocals with Andrew Huculiak’s tribal drums and David Menzel's minimalist and atmospheric guitar, the trio create a whirlwind of music that elevates the listener to new heights. There’s also a strong message of positivity in the lyrics as, faced with the trials and tribulations of life, no matter how tempting withdrawal from the world can be, it’s important to power through and find the strength to carry on.

Above Club is out now via Sinnbus and is available to buy on iTunes.

If you'd like more information on Me and My Drummer, We Are The City or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

We Are The City release ‘Above Club’ documentary!

Posted Thu, 31 Mar 2016


For fans of: Grizzly Bear, The Flaming Lips, Deerhoof

"...a band for the long haul." - Drowned in Sound


"...billowing, headily inventive music…" - Clash


"Crashing Mew-esque guitars boom behind rampaging drums..." - The Line of Best Fit


To celebrate the release of their latest album Above Club, We Are The City have shared a brand new documentary about the making of the album itself as a live stream experiment... or so they say.

The Canadian three piece have described the documentary as "a candid and often absurd chronicle of a social media experiment… Experimenting with social media, disguises, no sleep, lying, and an angry Serbian landlord.”

We Are The City wanted to make social media as artistic as possible. As a result, they shut down all of their social media outlets to create a 'blackout effect', so they were nowhere to be found online. They told their fans that "Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter can be considered necessary evils that become destructive when overused".

You can watch the full documentary now via the band’s YouTube channel.


We Are The City’s latest album Above Club is quirky and experimental journey in sound, following on from their album, Violent, which was released earlier this year receiving praise from the likes of Drowned In Sound and The Line Of Best Fit.

The trio recorded the album via a live stream on their website throughout October, where fans could watch the band eat, breathe and sleep the writing and recording process.

The band's latest single Kiss Me, Honey - from the album - is also available to watch on the band’s YouTube channel now.


With a blend of Cayne McKenzie’s tropical keys and distant ethereal vocals with Andrew Huculiak’s tribal drums and David Menzel's minimalist and atmospheric guitar, the trio create a whirlwind of music that elevates the listener to new heights. There’s also a strong message of positivity in the lyrics as, faced with the trials and tribulations of life, no matter how tempting withdrawal from the world can be, it’s important to power through and find the strength to carry on.

We Are The City are also talented directors, script writers and film producers, creating their own music videos and even their own film Violent. The band’s influences range from Deerhoof to Bowie and although this can be heard in their quirky, off kilter time signatures and whimsical melodies, they’ve very much carved out their own personal sound.

Above Club is out now via Sinnbus and is available to buy on iTunes.

If you'd like more information on We Are The City or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

Another successful year for our bands and labels!

Posted Tue, 24 Nov 2015


As we reach the end of the year, we thought we'd share some of the highlights here at ABoF HQ. We've been busy working hard with more bands and labels than ever in 2015, now offering radio plugging services alongside online and press and we now have our very own radio show on FUBAR Radio.

This year we've managed to help our bands reach some of the most important publications, websites and blogs on the scene with support from the likes of the Guardian, The Independent, The Times, Q, Kerrang!, Rock Sound, Vive Le Rock, DIY, Drowned in Sound, Noisey, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, The Quietus, The 405, Scotland on Sunday, The Sunday Herald, The List, The Skinny and many more.

As we inch closer towards 2016, we're now in the process of planning our release schedule from January onwards. We aim to build another sterling roster for the year ahead and we are now looking for bands, artists and labels from all over the world to come join us - as long as we love the music we're up for working with you.

Idlewild Returned!



Idlewild made a triumphant return to the scene, spending this last year on our wonderful roster, with the release of their album Everything Ever Written, which was a top 20 hit in the UK Album Charts. Together with ABoF we managed to spread the news of their return far and wide with heavy support from BBC 6Music, Dermot O'Leary on BBC Radio, a cover feature on The Skinny Magazine and glowing reviews from Drowned in Sound to The Independent and many more. We even managed to get How To Train Your Dragon / This Is The End actor Jay Baruchel (a lifelong fan of the band) over to feature in the video for the band's single Every Little Means Trust.



Our Labels...



Berlin based label Sinnbus continued to release an array of quality music with Canada's We Are The City releasing two albums this year to Danish pop kid Asbjørn making waves amongst the cool pop crowd from i-D to IDOL Magazine.

We Are The City's latest video for Kiss Me, Honey is available to watch now via YouTube.



Scotland - Staying True To Our Roots



We also continued to fly the flag for Scotland working with altruistic Glasgow based label Bloc+Music as well as an array of other releases from north of the border including Black International, Outblinker and We Came From Wolves.

The Van T's recently released their EP Laguna Babe via Bloc+Music, watch the video for the title track via YouTube.



A Badge of Friendship of FUBAR Radio!



In April we started a new music show on FUBAR Radio. Once a week we get to spin tracks from bands around the globe that aren't necessarily on our roster although we do highlight one ABoF artist once a week. So far, guests on the show have included Armando Iannucci (Veep, Alan Partridge), Andrew WK, Jay Baruchel (How To Train Your Dragon, This Is The End), Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro), The Twilight Sad, Pulled Apart By Horses and many more.

Listen to our soundtrack special with Armando Iannucci on Soundcloud.



Get In Touch!



If you'd like to get in touch, please send a Soundcloud or Bandcamp link (no attachments please) to info@abadgeoffriendship.com and let us know what releases you have planned for the new year. We always listen to everything people are kind enough to send music our way.

We're looking forward to hearing from you!


If you'd like to check us out elsewhere online you can check out our bands on Soundcloud. We're also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

We Are The City release album ‘Above Club’!

Posted Mon, 16 Nov 2015

For fans of: Grizzly Bear, The Flaming Lips, Deerhoof

"...a band for the long haul." - Drowned in Sound


"...billowing, headily inventive music…" - Clash


"Crashing Mew-esque guitars boom behind rampaging drums..." - The Line of Best Fit


We Are The City are delighted to announce the release of their brilliant new album Above Club, available to buy now on iTunes via Sinnbus.

To celebrate the release, the band have revealed their fabulous new single Kiss Me, Honey. The video premiered on Pure Volume and is available to watch on the band’s YouTube page or via the embed below.


The single stream premiered exclusively on The Line of Best Fit and you can listen to it now from the band's Soundcloud page or by clicking on the embed below.


Kiss Me, Honey is the second track to be aired from the album, an album that was created during a mammoth recording session that saw the band literally lock themselves in the studio to eat, sleep and write their new material under the watchful gaze of a 24hr livefeed streamed directly from their website. This not only saw the band produce an outstanding album but they even had the time to record an eye-catching video for the single.

Kiss Me, Honey and previous video and single
Keep On Dancing captures the impulsive and experimental approach the band took to recording the new album, combining Cayne McKenzie's floating falsetto vocals, David Menzel’s crashing guitars and Andrew Huculiak's relentless drumming, as the band sonically reach new, unimaginable heights.

The album follows hot on the heels of the international release of their acclaimed sophomore LP, Violent, and its corresponding feature full-length film, which was written by the band, and filmed in Norway by Amazing Factory Productions. The film has garnered critical acclaim during its appearances on the film festival circuit over the past year, receiving a Perspective Canada Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, screenings at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (world premiere), San Sebastían International Film Festival, Los Cabos Film Festival, as well as winning Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film at Vancouver International Film Festival.

Above Club is out now via Sinnbus and is available to buy on iTunes.

If you'd like more information on We Are The City or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

We Are The City unveil new single Kiss Me, Honey!

Posted Thu, 05 Nov 2015


For fans of: Grizzly Bear, The Flaming Lips, Mew

"...a band for the long haul." - Drowned in Sound


"...billowing, headily inventive music…" - Clash


"...swirling psych, pristine chart-worthy hooks and dreamy atmospherics..." - The Line of Best Fit


We Are The City have unveiled their latest single Kiss Me, Honey, which is taken from their album Above Club. The album is due for release on November 13th via Sinnbus.

The track is the second to be aired from their upcoming album, but the first to be released from the mammoth recording session that saw the band literally lock themselves in the studio to eat, sleep and write their new material under the watchful gaze of a 24hr livefeed streamed directly from their website.

You can stream Kiss Me, Honey now from the band's Soundcloud page or by clicking below.



The track captures the impulsive and experimental approach the band took to recording the new album, combining Cayne McKenzie's floating falsetto vocals with Andrew Huculiak's relentless drums which perform fill after fill never seeming to settle, the entire three minutes of the track rattle past with an overarching sense of urgency.

The forthcoming album follows hot on the heels of the international release of their acclaimed sophomore LP, Violent, and its corresponding feature full-length film, which was written by the band, and filmed in Norway by Amazing Factory Productions. The film has garnered critical acclaim during its appearances on the film festival circuit over the past year, receiving a Perspective Canada Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, screenings at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (world premiere), San Sebastían International Film Festival, Los Cabos Film Festival, as well as winning Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film at Vancouver International Film Festival.

The single Kiss Me, Honey is out November 6th, their album Above Club is out November 13th via Sinnbus.

If you'd like more information on We Are The City or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

We Are The City livestream the making of their third album!

Posted Tue, 13 Oct 2015

For fans of: Deerhoof, The Flaming Lips, Maps & Atlases

"We Are the City have simultaneously made one of 2015’s better art-pop debut albums." - Drowned in Sound


"...billowing, headily inventive music…" - Clash


"...swirling psych, pristine chart-worthy hooks and dreamy atmospherics…" - The Line of Best Fit



Canadian experimental pop-rockers We Are The City will invite fans into the studio as they record their third full-length album. The live feed will be broadcast 24/7 with the session starting last night at 8pm GMT via the band’s website www.wearethecity.ca.

The final album will be released almost immediately upon its completion via Sinnbus (UK/Europe), Tooth & Nail (USA), Boompa (Canada) and in conjunction with a month-long U.S. tour. The three-piece have already recorded one track, Keep On Dancing, which they released as a single last month and the song will be joined by seven other tracks, written and recorded during the broadcast, as the band provides fans unprecedented access, offering them the chance to witness the creative process in its entirety. You can view the video from embed below or on the band's YouTube page.


You can also stream the track from the embed below and the Sinnbus Soundcloud page.


We Are The City will also embark on a European tour in early 2016.

A recent documentary about the band, Whether You Care Or Not, was filmed while they were on the road in Europe earlier this year and perfectly captures the bands brilliance. You can watch the documentary on We Are The City’s YouTube page.

We Are The City, who are comprised of long-time high school friends Cayne McKenzie (vocals/keyboards), Andrew Huculiak (drums), and David Menzel (guitar), will be holed up in a recording studio in an undisclosed location, as they work through what will be their third full-length album, for the next few weeks - the Vancouver, BC trio, illustrating their willingness to engage in the unexpected, something they have continuously demonstrated throughout their short career. With this recording, the band aim to capture an impulsive and experimental approach with the intention of surpassing the work they have previously created.

The forthcoming album follows hot on the heels of the international release of their acclaimed sophomore LP, Violent, and its corresponding feature full-length film, which was written by the band, and filmed in Norway by Amazing Factory Productions. The film has garnered critical acclaim during its appearances on the film festival circuit over the past year, receiving a Perspective Canada Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, screenings at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (world premiere), San Sebastían International Film Festival, Los Cabos Film Festival, as well as winning Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film at Vancouver International Film Festival.

Watch this space for news on We Are The City's third album released in the coming weeks.

If you'd like more information on We Are The City or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

We Are The City release ‘Keep On Dancing’ video!

Posted Fri, 25 Sep 2015

For fans of: Mew, The Flaming Lips, Maps & Atlases

We Are The City are pleased to announce the release of their latest video Keep On Dancing, which you can watch now on the band's YouTube page.


The track premiered on Clash Music who called it "a surrealistic synth jammer". You can also stream Keep On Dancing now via Soundcloud.


We Are The City exist on the horizon of vision, a beacon in the distance that slowly gets closer as you walk towards it, the true scale of their sound looming ever larger. Their forthcoming single Keep On Dancing follows on from their debut album, Violent, which was released earlier this year to acclaim from the likes of Drowned In Sound and The Line Of Best Fit.

With a blend of Cayne McKenzie’s tropical keys and distant ethereal vocals with Andrew Huculiak’s tribal drums and David Menzel minimalist and atmospheric guitar, the trio create a whirlwind of music that elevates the listener. There’s also a strong message of positivity in the lyrics as, faced with the trials and tribulations of life, no matter how tempting withdrawal from the world can be, it’s important to power through and find the strength to carry on.

We Are The City are also talented directors, script writers and film producers, creating their own music videos and even their own film Violent. The band’s influences range from Mew to Bowie and although this can be heard in their quirky, off-kilter time signatures and whimsical melodies, they’ve very much carved out their own personal sound.

Watch this space for news on We Are The City's forthcoming album, released via Sinnbus.

If you'd like more information on We Are The City or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

We Are The City’s debut album ‘Violent’ out now!

Posted Tue, 28 Apr 2015

"We recommend cranking the volume up,.. and absorbing the wonders within."
- The Line Of Best Fit


"We're a little bit in love." - Gigwise


For fans of: Mew, The Flaming Lips, Maps & Atlases

We Are The City have released their debut album Violent via Sinnbus. It's available to buy digitally on iTunes and you can pick up a physical copy on Amazon.

The Line Of Best Fit, who previously premiered We Are The City's video for stunning album track 'King David', hosted an exclusive track-by-track visual stream of the album, so you can listen to it in full.


Album track 'Friends Hurt' received an exclusive UK Premiere from Gigwise who declared themselves "a little bit in love" with the band's distinctive sound. You can stream and download the track for free from the Sinnbus SoundCloud page.


You can also watch the videos that accompany album tracks 'Friend's Hurt' and 'King David' via the band's YouTube channel.

The Canadian three piece say their name comes from 'the imagery of a city being a sort of beacon from a distance. A mark to reach'. With these ten tracks, you feel like you’re reaching ever closer.

The band’s influences range from Mew to Bowie and, while this can be heard in their quirky, off-kilter time signatures and whimsical melodies, their sound is very much their own. ‘Bottom of the Lake’ is Band of Horses meets Menomena but in a dream. Single King David and track ‘I Am, Are You?’ combines the kookiness of The Flaming Lips and the off beat melodies of Mew whilst ‘Friends Hurt’ explores the idea of ‘loud and quiet’ with an intricate build up which leads to a wonderful synth led cacophony of noise.

We Are The City have already made a name for themselves in Canada; meeting in high school, they quickly formed a band, recorded an album, toured and amassed a large fan base. Honing their sound within the contemporary indie genre, guitarist David Menzel eventually left the band briefly but their journey didn’t end here, the road was merely altered. The remaining members - Cayne McKenzie and Andrew Huculiak, recorded an EP and toured once more, accruing an even larger fan base and upon David’s return, the three finished their album Violent in a place they lovingly called ‘The Magic House’. It was the perfect creative environment, but they would be the last residents of the fabled house, as it was torn down shortly after. The finishing touches were added by Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, The Zolas, Hey Ocean) who produced and recorded the album with the band in Vancouver’s Monarch Studios.

On Violent, the band explore wild and exciting soundscapes. Their innovative sound scales sonic peaks, and descends into canyons before rising back up. The further you venture into their world, the more the view of their city unfolds revealing a beacon in the far distance. A signal, if you will, from far way. This is We Are The City.

Violent is released via Sinnbus and is available to buy digitally on iTunes and physically on Amazon.

If you'd like more information on We Are The City or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

We Are The City release download track ‘Friends Hurt’!

Posted Thu, 19 Mar 2015

"We recommend cranking the volume up,.. and absorbing the wonders within."- The Line Of Best Fit


"We're a little bit in love." - Gigwise


For fans of: Mew, The Flaming Lips, Maps & Atlases

We Are The City have released 'Friends Hurt', a downloadable track taken from their debut album, Violent, released via Sinnbus on 27th April 2015.

'Friends Hurt' received an exclusive UK Premiere from Gigwise who declared themselves "a little bit in love" with the band's distinctive sound. You can stream and download the track for free from the Sinnbus SoundCloud page.


The band are also ecstatic to announce that The Line Of Best Fit, who previously premiered We Are The City's video for stunning album track 'King David', are hosting an exclusive track-by-track visual stream of the band's forthcoming album, Violent.



You can also watch the videos that accompany album tracks 'Friend's Hurt' and 'King David' via the band's YouTube channel.

The Canadian three piece say their name comes from 'the imagery of a city being a sort of beacon from a distance. A mark to reach'. With these ten tracks, you feel like you’re reaching ever closer.

The band’s influences range from Mew to Bowie and, while this can be heard in their quirky, off-kilter time signatures and whimsical melodies, their sound is very much their own. ‘Bottom of the Lake’ is Band of Horses meets Menomena but in a dream. Single King David and track ‘I Am, Are You?’ combines the kookiness of The Flaming Lips and the off beat melodies of Mew whilst ‘Friends Hurt’ explores the idea of ‘loud and quiet’ with an intricate build up which leads to a wonderful synth led cacophony of noise.

We Are The City have already made a name for themselves in Canada; meeting in high school, they quickly formed a band, recorded an album, toured and amassed a large fan base. Honing their sound within the contemporary indie genre, guitarist David Menzel eventually left the band briefly but their journey didn’t end here, the road was merely altered. The remaining members - Cayne McKenzie and Andrew Huculiak, recorded an EP and toured once more, accruing an even larger fan base and upon David’s return, the three finished their album Violent in a place they lovingly called ‘The Magic House’. It was the perfect creative environment, but they would be the last residents of the fabled house, as it was torn down shortly after. The finishing touches were added by Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, The Zolas, Hey Ocean) who produced and recorded the album with the band in Vancouver’s Monarch Studios.

On Violent, the band explore wild and exciting soundscapes. Their innovative sound scales sonic peaks, and descends into canyons before rising back up. The further you venture into their world, the more the view of their city unfolds revealing a beacon in the far distance. A signal, if you will, from far way. This is We Are The City.

Violent is released via Sinnbus on 27th April 2015.

If you'd like more information on We Are The City or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

We Are The City release ‘King David’ video!

Posted Wed, 18 Feb 2015

For fans of: Mew, The Flaming Lips, Maps & Atlases

Canadian three piece We Are The City unveil their video for King David, a single taken from their debut album Violent.

Packed full of powerful religious symbolism, the video premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and you can watch it now on YouTube.


You can also check out their video for album track 'Friends Hurt' on the band's YouTube channel.

The band’s influences range from Mew to Bowie and, while this can be heard in their quirky, off-kilter time signatures and whimsical melodies, their sound is very much their own. ‘Bottom of the Lake’ is Band of Horses meets Menomena but in a dream. Single King David and track ‘I Am, Are You?’ combines the kookiness of The Flaming Lips and the off beat melodies of Mew whilst ‘Friends Hurt’ explores the idea of ‘loud and quiet’ with an intricate build up which leads to a wonderful synth led cacophony of noise.

On their forthcoming album Violent, the band explore wild and exciting soundscapes. Their innovative sound scales sonic peaks, and descends into canyons before rising back up. The further you venture into their world, the more the view of their city unfolds revealing a beacon in the far distance. A signal, if you will, from far way. This is We Are The City.

Violent is released via Sinnbus on 27th April 2015.

If you'd like more information on We Are The City or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

Introducing… We Are The City!

Posted Tue, 20 Jan 2015

For fans of: Mew, The Flaming Lips, Maps & Atlases

We Are The City release their debut album Violent via Sinnbus on 23rd March 2015.

The Canadian three piece say their name comes from 'the imagery of a city being a sort of beacon from a distance. A mark to reach'. With these ten tracks, you feel like you’re reaching ever closer.

To get a taste of We Are The City's sound, check out their video for album track 'Friends Hurt' on the band's YouTube channel.


The band’s influences range from Mew to Bowie and, while this can be heard in their quirky, off-kilter time signatures and whimsical melodies, their sound is very much their own. ‘Bottom of the Lake’ is Band of Horses meets Menomena but in a dream. Single King David and track ‘I Am, Are You?’ combines the kookiness of The Flaming Lips and the off beat melodies of Mew whilst ‘Friends Hurt’ explores the idea of ‘loud and quiet’ with an intricate build up which leads to a wonderful synth led cacophony of noise.

We Are The City have already made a name for themselves in Canada; meeting in high school, they quickly formed a band, recorded an album, toured and amassed a large fan base. Honing their sound within the contemporary indie genre, guitarist David Menzel eventually left the band briefly but their journey didn’t end here, the road was merely altered. The remaining members - Cayne McKenzie and Andrew Huculiak, recorded an EP and toured once more, accruing an even larger fan base and upon David’s return, the three finished their album Violent in a place they lovingly called ‘The Magic House’. It was the perfect creative environment, but they would be the last residents of the fabled house, as it was torn down shortly after. The finishing touches were added by Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, The Zolas, Hey Ocean) who produced and recorded the album with the band in Vancouver’s Monarch Studios.

Alongside the music, We Are The City are also talented directors, script writers and film producers, creating their own music videos and even their own film Violent. Around the same time as recording the album Violent they shot a film in Bergen, Norway, despite none of them being able to speak a word of Norwegian.

The film depicts a young woman and her last memories of the five people who loved her most, recalled while experiencing a catastrophic event. In keeping with the film, the album portrays extremes - death, love, loneliness and reminiscence. Now that the film Violent is travelling the world and winning awards (Vancouver International Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival) it is finally time for the album Violent to leave Canada’s borders.

On Violent, the band explore wild and exciting soundscapes. Their innovative sound scales sonic peaks, and descends into canyons before rising back up. The further you venture into their world, the more the view of their city unfolds revealing a beacon in the far distance. A signal, if you will, from far way. This is We Are The City.

Violent is released via Sinnbus on 23rd March 2015.

If you'd like more information on We Are The City or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.