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SINGLE & GIG NEWS: Spielmann drops ‘The Right Track’, upcoming festival dates

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‘Spielmann’, the new project from Leeds mainstay Ben Lewis, has shared second single ‘The Right Track’. The songwriter & producers first musical offering of 2023, Spielmann has crafted a timeless pop song.

Despite only unveiling Spielmann in December and with only a handful of shows under his belt (His third found him opening for Yard Act at a sold-out Leeds O2 Academy – ‘Pure nepotism’ according to him, having spent time in various projects with 3 quarters of the band), Lewis has been around the block; as a songwriter, producer, band member, DJ and promoter over the years. After a decade or so playing with acts like Ruthie, Menace Beach and Bruising, it’s time for Spielmann to take centre stage on his own.

This first brace of singles show his lofty aspirations – Like Jack Antonoff producing The War On Drugs, or Phoenix if they’d grown up on heartland Americana, Spielmann’s take on modern pop and how it aligns with alternative music, is studied, honed and purposeful. Expansive yet intimate, with a tongue firmly planted in its cheek and toting stadium-ready choruses that will stick in your head for days, telling stories that are arguably autobiographical, as he explains; “Some of it’s me, I’m in it somewhere…But I’m really not that interesting”.

“It’s pop music, but for people who don’t want to admit they like pop music… for people who listen to “proper” music but really just want to sing along to a big chorus”

Stream/Download: https://kycker.ffm.to/therighttrack

One single and a handful of much discussed hometown shows in, Spielmann has already found himself booked for a busy summer with performances at Green Man, Long Division and more planned.

Live Dates:

FEB 11 – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough w/ Phil Madeley
APR 1 – FairPlay Fest, Manchester
MAY 6 – Are You Listening?, Reading
MAY 14 – In Colour, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
MAY 20 – Get Together, Sheffield
JUN 10 – Long Division, Wakefield
AUG 17 – 20 – Green Man, Brecon Beacons

EP & TOUR NEWS: Bedsit ‘Dead Bands’ EP out 3 February, UK Tour February & March 2023

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Hull four-piece BEDSIT have revealed the video for the title track of their debut DEAD BANDS EP which will be released on 3rd February via their own independent label Forever Underdogs. The four track EP was self-produced in their own Unit 45 studio, mixed by Hull legend Nick Russell and mastered by Pete Maher (Pixies, Nick Cave, Garbage, Jack White, Nine Inch Nails, Glasvegas, The 1975).

The video refers to the lineage of live music and how passion and creativity flows through the generations. The band invited people to participate in the video shoot to represent their favourite dead bands and the response was overwhelming with several local legends – The Housemartins, Pink Noise, The Gargoyles and The Von Trapps – among them.

“There wasn’t a more suitable location on earth to film the video than the monolithic New Adelphi Club in Hull,” say the band. “We all have history there, and we’re eternally grateful for the scene it has nurtured since 1984, with special thanks to owner Paul Jackson who has dedicated his life to independent live music.

“We had a bit of trouble filming this project – we lost a lot of footage – and we joked that the release must be cursed, that we’d jinxed ourselves by calling it Dead Bands. But we pulled through and, with several re-shoots, we’re more than happy with the finished product.”

DEAD BANDS EP

Tracks

• Drip Feed
• Go Outside
• Dead Bands
• Eloquent

The EP will be available on CD and via all major streaming and download platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, TIDAL, Deezer and Soundcloud.

Pre-save the DEAD BANDS EP here: https://push.fm/ps/deadbands

From the opening feedback-drenched power of Drip Feed to the final chaotic absurdities of Eloquent, you may hear Fugazi, Husker Du, Buffalo Tom or the Dead Kennedys as reference points, occasionally even Discharge in the coruscating guitar sounds, but all four tracks retain an identity that remain unique and consistent to BEDSIT throughout.

“The EP is about the chaos and uncertainty of modern times,” say the band, “the struggle for meaning and motivation. We all have the sense that something isn’t right. We often get cynical and angry. But, occasionally, we get a glimpse of the magical – a moment of ecstasy – and that relief is worth living for.

“This is our first EP as a full band and the title track is a celebration of the heritage of live music. From gigantic rock stars who inspired generations, to local artists who you think never got the exposure they deserved, they were all answering the same calling – blessed release. How those burning passions, die as they may, continue to smoulder in the hearts of strangers, inspiring joy and creativity.”

TOUR

To coincide with the release, the band will embark on their first full headline tour. Dates as follows:

FEBRUARY

Fri 03 BRIDLINGTON Black Lion
Fri 10 HUDDERSFIELD Northern Quarter
Thu 16 SHEFFIELD Washington
Fri 17 BRADFORD Underground
Sat 18 HULL DIVE HUS
Fri 24 SCARBOROUGH Indigo Alley
Sat 25 STOCKTON NE Volume Bar

MARCH

Sun 19 HULL New Adelphi Club
Sat 25 SCUNTHORPE Café Indie

MORE ABOUT BEDSIT

BEDSIT formed as a solo project in 2019 by Tom Hockney. Struggling with depression and the loss of a friend, he picked up an acoustic guitar and learned his first chords during late nights sat on the kitchen floor. Scratchy phone recordings eventually lead to fully fledged songs in 2020 when Tom recorded his debut solo EP in the bedsit where he lived.

Lockdown hit shortly after the EP release and Tom began jamming in a variety of projects with Casey Stead (guitar) until, later in 2021, George Garnett (drums) and Tom Scanlon (bass) joined the band and brought BEDSIT to life. Together they created songs grounded by their shared love of grunge and allowed outrage and anguish to swell through their soul and their lyrics.

In 2021 when the scene was suffering and many gigs were cancelled or had to go underground, BEDSIT took a risk and booked a date to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind by playing the album in its entirety. After much practice, they performed to a sold-out audience and stole the show. Buzzing from that success, the band wrote and recorded their debut single, Go Outside. The song is a cry for help – a plea for freedom – to do away with the stress and uncertainty of modern times and to reconnect with one’s primal humanity. Released in April 2022 under the band’s own Forever Underdogs label, Go Outside demonstrated what was possible for the band to produce themselves.

The band’s hometown shows have since grown in both strength and numbers. With three members of BEDSIT working at the New Adelphi Club in Hull – one of Britain’s oldest independent music venues and winner of the MVT (Music Venue Trust) Grassroots Venue: Spirit Of The Scene award in 2022 – the band immersed themselves further into the live music scene. Tom Scanlon left the band and bassist Ciaran Hall joined and they then set their sights on recording and releasing the DEAD BANDS EP. That time is fast approaching with the video release taking us one step nearer.

And that’s as far as things have gone. So far …

WEBSITE https://www.bedsitband.co.uk
FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/bedsitband
INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/bedsitband/
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TWITTER https://twitter.com/bedsitband

ALBUM REVIEW: Side By Side Vol. 2

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Spanning avant-garde jazz, eclectic synthy dream-pop, and hazy shoegaze, Come Play With Me’s compilation ‘Side by Side Volume 2’ celebrates upcoming women and people of marginalised genders in music.

The advantage of a compilation is that in addition to artists and bands you know and love already, there is a chance of discovering your next favourite. Personally I know some of the artists featured but others are completely new to me. Let’s explore.

Opening is Edited People’s ‘Understand’ is a dream of a synthy pop track. This is all about the vocals; the lead vocal is a breathy thing but there are layers and layers of vocals that swirl and intertwine. While I’ve reviewed the band’s music before, this has prompted me to go back to it.

There’s a shift in style but not mood with Elle Bennett’s ‘Good Morning Midnight’. A track that blossoms from gentle voice and guitar to rich pop ballad so so sweetly. Both the music and the vocal are gorgeous. This is one to let yourself go and drift on the sound. Heju’s ‘Sometimes i miss that hotel room’ takes that mood and adds an edge of something being not quite right. This is a track that sneaks up on you, seducing you with subtle synths and a vocal that has an otherworldly feel.

I am tempted to call Boshe’s ‘Take It’ dark synth pop. There’s definitely a dark and moody feel but somehow that description feels inadequate. There’s an unexpected depth to the sound that grabs a hold of your head.

Ah, so here’s one I know, Sunday Lendis’ ‘With Ease’ (read my in-depth review). Sunday’s music is so layered with influences that it’s difficult to describe. It may be jazz based but there are elements of electronica, soul, even hiphop. And through all of this she sings with gentle simplicity, then full fledged jazz vocals, and spoken voice. I love this track; for the words, for the music and the play, and, especially for the vocals.

Eleanor Cully Boehringer’s ‘XII Bells’ is a complex sound piece, a sonic sculpture if you will. Sounds are used to carve out an atmosphere, layered vocals mesmerise and intrigue. And yet through the sonic atmospheres elements of folk and choral music are almost shockingly beautiful.

Now to another artist I don;t know, NAALI Collective Their track ‘Satori’ is the first track I’m not that personally keen on. This is just a personal thing, objectively I know lots of you will love this. They are, if you don’t know them, an eight piece playing avant-garde alt jazz & future soul. Actually the more I listen to it, the more their freewheeling sound intrigues me; I have the feeling it wouldn;t be long before I’m positively raving about them. So for me it’s going to be a grower. For you, it may be immediate the moment you hear that maelstrom of music.

Bizarrefae’s ‘You’ is heavy duty, Slabs of bass heavy synth, hiphop beats, out there words. Words that hit hard, words that are about something and have meaning. This one surprised me, I didn’t expect to like it, yet I found myself drawn to it
It’s been quite a while since I first saw Laura Kindelan playing at a charity event in York. And while her sound may have changed to something more poppy ‘Know You’ still retains those things that attracted me to her music way back when. A careful, crafted approach to her vocals, a frankly lovely arrangement, and then there’s the indefinable charm of her songs.

And then to close we have the huge sound of Pleasure Centre’s ‘Above The Neck’. A track that’s so dense it drowns you in sound. It’s a glorious howl, a drone that invades your head, a sonic meditation.

So there we have it, a fantastic demonstration of the musical talent we have in our county. And that’s the thing that binds the songs on the album together. And then there’s the musical inventiveness, the pushing of boundaries, the obvious musical abilities to be heard.

So push your musical boundaries, discover something new, something you may not have imagined you’d like.

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The info

Featured artists have been selected by a panel of judges including Amy Illingworth (Sunflower Thieves, Sofar Sounds), Shell Zenner (Amazing Radio), and Scott Lewis (Clue Records), as well as The Warren Youth Project, Yorkshire Sound Women Network and Young Thugs.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Tramlines Festival announces 2023 lineup

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Richard Ashcroft / The Courteeners / Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott / DMA’s / Blossoms / Kaiser Chiefs / Sugababes / Bloc Party

Sea Girls, Circa Waves, The Enemy (Special Guests), Pale Waves, Beabadoobee, Kate
Nash, Katy B, Red Rum Club, Reverend and the Makers, The Zutons (Special Guests)

Black Honey, Spector, Cian Ducrot, The Beths, The Bug Club, Rachel Chinouriri, The Mary
Wallopers, Deadletter, Coco, Dead Pony, Stone, High Sch00l, Prima Queen, Modernlove, Wunderhorse, Matilda Mann

Lizzie Esau, Rumbi Tauro, Amaroun, JETSKI, Delilah Bon, October Drift, Franz Von, Vivas, Deuxe, JxK, DJ Lamour, Courting, Creeping Jean, Weekend Recovery, Philipa Zawe, (Special Guests) Everly Pregnant Brothers

COMEDY

Omid Djalili / Jonathan Pie / Paul Smith

Scott Bennett, Raul Kohli, Myq Kaplin, Harry Stachini, Tom Wrigglesworth, John Hastings, Daisy Earl, Danny McLoughlin, Nina Gilligan, Tamer Kattan, Kazeem Jamal

Plus hosts: Jojo Sutherland, Jarred Christmas, Emmanuel Sonubi

Tramlines Festival, Sheffield’s Biggest Party is over the moon to finally reveal the 2023 lineup. Richard Ashcroft, The Courteeners, and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott will headline The Sarah Nulty Main Stage in the celebratory 15th edition of the three-day event at Hillsborough Park, Sheffield from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July. Also amongst the first lineup announcement are: Blossoms, DMA’s, Kaiser Chiefs, Sugababes, Bloc Party, Beabadoobee, Kate Nash, Katy B, Sea Girls, Pale Waves, special guests The Enemy and The Zutons plus many more, including the full comedy lineup featuring Omid Djalili, Jonathan Pie and Paul Smith. Day tickets will now go on sale plus the FINAL batch of Weekend tickets on Friday 3rd February at 12pm and are available from www.tramlines.org.uk.

Tramlines, which welcomes 40,000 music lovers and families daily to its mix of music, art, comedy and performance, managed to keep the 2023 headliners under its hat until cheeky miniature bottles of Henderson’s Relish arrived in the post at addresses across the UK, revealing several artist’s names on its label! General Manager Matt Davies from the Sheffield-based company (the northern rival to the Sauce-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named) said, “The recipe for Henderson’s Relish has been kept under lock and key for over 130 years. Normally, we’re quite good with secrets, but we got a bit too excited about the line-up for this year’s Tramlines. Sorry about that.”

The appearance of Richard Ashcroft will be bringing down the Main Stage curtain on Friday night, followed by The Courteeners’ return on Saturday in a historic year where the band’s classic debut album, St Jude, went to number one in the album charts, 15 years after its original release. The Sunday headline slot is always a special one, and who better to host it than the infallible duo, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.

On the launch of Tramlines 2023, Operations Director and a man who has been involved since the very beginning, Timm Cleasby said, “This year’s lineup is a cracker with some awesome names and, as always, there’s more than just music with loads to do, see and get involved with. My personal must-sees this year are Kate Nash, Rachel Chinouriri, Rumbi Tauro, Sugababes, the funny Paul Smith, and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. To quote our much-missed friend Sarah, “I Just want to have a massive party with all my friends”. The turns are booked, the party’s on and you’re all invited. It can’t come soon enough”.

Spanning rock, pop, indie and alternative – and with even more musical diversity to come in future announcements – festival goers can stomp the festival site to find their all-time favourites or discover something new. There are bands in abundance in this first phase including; local Yorkshire lads, the Kaiser Chiefs, who’ve promised a new album will drop this year; Manchester favourites Blossoms; the BRIT Award winning Sugababes, and Australia’s DMA’s in a much anticipated appearance after Tramlines 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic when they were originally billed to play. Like everyone who performs, they’re bound to fall in love with Tramlines and its cheeky Sheffield sensibilities.

The critically acclaimed Beabadooboo also joins the bill where festival goers will get to witness just why she’s earned her ‘guitar hero’ status. Tramlines welcomes back Katy B following her five-year hiatus and now armed with a ton of new music. Special guest slots this year come from The Enemy and The Zutons, which added to Kate Nash, Sea Girls, Pale Waves, and Red Rum Club, make for a reyt good lineup.

And of course, it wouldn’t be Tramlines without an injection of Sheffield’s finest, Reverend and The Makers who’ll bring the crowd pleasers as well as teasers from the new album, plus a band who pull in one of the biggest crowds of the weekend for their hilarious spoof covers, The Everly Pregnant Brothers.

The full 2023 comedy lineup which takes over Tramline’s T’Other stage during each day, is also announced. Headline acts are the award winning comedian and Hollywood star, Omid Djalili, the outrageous spoof news reporter, Jonathan Pie, and the quick-witted Hot Water Comedy Club compare and Liverpool Comedian Of The Year, Paul Smith. Plenty more laughs are in store with sets from Tom Wrigglesworth, John Hastings, Nina Gilligan, Tamer Kattan, Scott Bennett, Raul Kohli, and many more.

Since 2009, Tramlines remains true to its roots in supporting both breaking and emerging talent. This year it’s tipping acts such as Stone, The Moly Wallopers, Primaqueen, Jetski, Franz Von, Amaroun, Deadletter, Lizzie Esau, Rumbi Tauro, Deuxe and loads more new artists on the scene.

Each year, The Library stage is a thriving home to a diverse selection of grass roots artists and once again, local talent competition Pattern and Push will be curating the Saturday lineup, with newly announced local acts Coco, Deuxe, JxK, DJ Lamour and more to be announced soon!

Only a handful of Weekend tickets are left for Tramlines 2023, with over 95% sold already. They’ll be back on sale on Friday 3rd February at midday, priced at £140 (+ booking fee) and the first batch of Day tickets from only £50 (+ booking fee).To buy tickets and for more info, people should visit www.tramlines.org.uk

Over five stages of music, comedy and performance, a family friendly area packed with quirky things to do, the best festival food around, bespoke craft beer and ale, vintage clothes stores, and roaming entertainment, there’s a lot to love about Tramlines. The 2022 festival was a sell-out so the advice is to be super quick for this last batch of Weekend tickets.

Tramlines Festival 2023
Friday 21st– Sunday 23rd July
Hillsborough Park, Sheffield, S6 2AB

Tier 5 Weekend tickets from £140 + bf
Day tickets from £50 + bf
Available from www.tramlines.org.uk

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FESTIVAL NEWS: FOCUS Wales – 4th-6th May 2023 – Wrexham, North Wales

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Focus Wales 2023 is set to welcome artists from the Balearics, Belgium, Canada, Catalonia, England, France, Guinea, Ireland, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan and the USA, with over 100 more artists yet to be announced!

Among the 80 new acts announced today are Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage. Described as the world’s favourite underground indie-rock songwriter, New York’s musician/comic book artist and his band will play Llwyn Isaf on 4th May. BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners The Trials of Cato are also joining the Wrexham festival lineup on Thursday 4th May. Champions of inventive pop along the lines of Talking Heads and tUnE-yArDs, Welsh alternative band ALASKALASKA will appear as part of BBC Radio Wales’ live broadcast show on Saturday 6th May. Also announced today are Jodie Marie, Baba Ali, Cowboyy, and CHROMA, who will join an exciting bill of previously revealed artists, including The Coral, Billy Nomates, Adwaith, Squid, Dream Wife, The Joy Formidable, and Neue Grafik Ensemble.

Also announced today are

4Dee | Aisha Kigs | Alffa | AWST | Baby Brave | Bibi Club | Boy With Apple | BRACCO | Campfire Social | Cara Hammond | Carlota Flâneur | Cassidy Mann | Commander Spoon | Cosmic Dog Fog | Delta Ladies Choir | E1EVEN | Elina Lee | Ellen Froese | False Hope For The Savage | Ffenest | Fernie | God Alone | GRIEF | Grimelda | Gros Coeur | Haley Blais | Half/Time | Hanorah | Hause Plants | Hazmat | Holy Coves | Holy Nothing | Hourglvss | Isa Leen | Ivytide | Izra Fitch | Jack in Water | James and the Cold Gun | KINGKHAN | Kitty | La Flor Romanial | Laurence-Anne | Lizzie Squad | LohArano | MC Salum | Mercy Rose | Mouraine | Mr Phormula | Muddy Elephant | NADUH | New Wave Sound.Ent | Nita | Nuria Graham | One Kabira | Paperhouse | Perfectparachutepicture | Pillow Fite | Queen of Harps | SHLUG | Tara Bandito | Teddy Hunter | Telgate | Trypas Corassão | Wedance | Wrexham One Love Choir | XL the Band | Yasmine Latkowski | Yohvn Blvck | Zero

FOCUS Wales 2023 takes places 4th – 6th May across various venues in Wrexham, North Wales.

Full 3 day wristbands for admission to all FOCUS Wales events are available now at www.focuswales.com/tickets

SINGLE REVIEW: No Wukkas – ‘Sick Stan’

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Another far-out (mmannnn) release from No Wukkas. ‘Sick Stan’ is apparently about an encounter at The Brudenell. ‘We made Sick Stan after an encounter with an awful guy at the Brudenell Social club. Just like the song, he demanded attention from everyone in the room’. I think we’ve all been there, I certainly have.

The band say that they are influenced by Australian Psych but to my mind Australian Psych bands appear to have been influenced by a large part of my musical youth. There are shades of Zappa, odd hints of early Black Sabbath – you know those more psychedelic tracks from the first album, a sprinkle of Gong and finally, but not least, by strange and challenging progressive jazz-rock.

Just to pick up on a couple of things. The Zappa thing can be heard in the guitar sound, there’s this touch of jazz that’s quite Zappa. There’s also those wild changes in tempo. And lastly it has a Zappa-like storytelling thing going on; not unlike ‘The Dangerous Kitchen’ As for the Gong connection; band member Daevid Allen was Australian (I know, somewhat tenuous).

Anyway, enough of my musical past, given that some of you may not have these musical touchstones. There may be some retro influences in there – although not necessarily first hand – but the sound is those and then some. It’s very definitely peppered with the sounds of now.

The playing is, as it needs to be for music that is this complex, stunning. This is music that has layers of depth; each listen brings forth another sonic element, another sound to thrill your ears. Each moment is another twist, another tempo, another musical tangent. And yet these changes are never jarring; there’s a progression there that makes sense.

If you haven’t glommed onto No Wukkas yet, lose no time in treating your ears to this frankly amazing track.

SINGLE REVIEW: Oliver Pinder – ‘Beautiful Second’

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It has been a long time, too much time, since I reviewed a release from Oliver. I’ve missed those songs that speak of, and sound like, real life. Songs that you can instantly relate to and understand.

‘Beautiful Second’ is about, and I may be wrong, that shared moment with another that makes you yearn for them to be in a relationship with you. It tells that story in words that sound simple – but simple is hard, as you have read me saving before – but convey those feelings brilliantly.

The sound of this song is, to put it simply, big pop ballad. The song is piano led but as it rises in emotional level the sound swells with added sounds and vocals. The music mirrors the words, the emotions so beautifully. Is the song rooted in the music of today I hear you ask? Well yes, but it also has elements of the sound of big piano led pop ballads of the past. Or to put it simply, it sounds of now but acknowledges and incorporates what came before.

If this is Oliver’s new sound then I, for one, am waiting with bated breath for upcoming releases.

‘Beautiful Second’ is beautiful; heartfelt words, music that so so much reflects the emotional power of the words. This is going to rip your heart out.

SINGLE REVIEW: Dirty Freud – ‘Promenade’

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It took me a while to come up with something that at least attempts to describe ‘Promenade’, and that is art-electronica. The electronica bit is obvious but the art element is less so; so I’ll get to that in a bit.

I am picky about the electronica I like, and Dirty Freud consistently hits my picky standards. So what we are talking here is something I’m going to call sparsely rich. There’s a sound that runs through that is menacing and then there’s subtle sound washes and a skittering beat.

The art element comes from the frankly startling ethereal vocal; a female voice that sits somewhere in the crossroads of Twenties German cabaret, Goth and Kate Bush.

The whole is haunting, compelling, mesmerising and somehow timeless. It’s inventive. It’s electronica with soul and emotion.

This is a beautiful release from Dirty Freud; one that’s going to haunt your mind forever.

INSTORE TOUR NEWS: JW Francis instores dates January/February 2023

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New York’s self-styled ‘lofi jangle dream slacker bedroom pop’ artist JW FRANCIS has shared new single “Going Home To A Party” — the latest preview of brand new album ‘Dream House’ set for release 27th January (via London-based label Sunday Best Recordings).

The new single also arrives as JW gears up for a run of live dates in record shops across the UK, kicking-off at Edinburgh’s Assai Records on 27th January and concluding at Vinilo in Southampton on 6th February. Full listings below.

The single leans on a lot of pop-cultural touchstones both sonically and visually, which the winking self-referential video digs into – as JW explains “Going Home to a Party is a song that has a lot of references in it. The beat for example is a sped up version of the beat from The Whole of the Moon by the Waterboys. Similarly I wanted the video to have a lot of references related to how people perceive me. I’ve been compared to all three of the main characters in the video: Steve from Blues Clues, Mr. Rodgers, and Bob Ross. It’s always joked that these three pillars of wholesomeness have a dark side so I wanted to bring that dark side to life and portray them cartoonishly getting into hijinks. Like all of my videos though, goodness wins in the end”.

When JW isn’t writing songs about his own life or surreal imagery, he writes about other people – most notably around February when he writes valentines songs on his fans’ behalf. ‘Dream House’ is built around this collection of glorious tracks written for other people. JW elaborates “Every year, about 6 weeks before Valentine’s Day, I make the following post on social media:

“If you send me the name of your Valentine, and the reason you love them, I’ll write a song for them on your behalf.”

That is how ‘Dream House’ was born, 3 years ago. Over the past three years, I have received over 300 requests from fans to write songs for their loved ones. All of the songs on Dream House come from this project, some of them have been reworked to speak more to the artist’s life, others have remained exactly as they were first written. Ultimately, this is an album about caring for others, and the way we express it.”

Written and recorded at the start of 2021 in NYC, ‘Dream House’ takes cues from The Strokes, with hints of Lou Reed, Mac Demarco or Her’s however the project is still quintessential JW Francis. The blissful melodies and dreamy instrumentation perfectly fit the album’s title.

‘Dream House’ follows the hugely well received WANDERKID and We Share a Similar Joy in proving that JW is the king of laid-back and effortlessly cool song-making. Released on 27th January, the album will be available on both cream and Green vinyl, as well as CD (pre-order here).

JW FRANCIS UK INSTORE DATES

Friday 27th January – Edinburgh – Assai @ 6.30pm
Saturday 28th January – Huddersfield – Vinyl Tap @ 2pm
Saturday 28th January – Leeds – Jumbo @ 5pm
Sunday 29th January – Liverpool – Jacaranda @ 5pm
Monday 30th January – Nottingham – Rough Trade* @ 6pm
Tuesday 31st January – Bristol – Rough Trade* @ 6.30pm
Wednesday 1st February – London – Rough Trade* @ 7pm
Thursday 2nd February – Letchworth – David’s @ 6pm
Friday 3rd February – Kingston – Banquet @ 6pm
Sunday 5th February – Oxford – Truck @ 5pm
Monday 6th February – Portsmouth – Pie & Vinyl @ 1pm
Monday 6th February – Southampton – Vinilo @ 6pm

Tickets / Details for all shows: https://linktr.ee/JWFrancisInstoreTour

FESTIVAL NEWS: Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival: Halloween Gathering 2023, Whitby Friday 27th & Saturday 28th October 2023

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Resurrecting for another Halloween extravaganza – TOMORROW’S GHOSTS FESTIVAL – will return this Autumn and with a devilishly good-looking line up to boot.

Following the runaway success of the SOLD OUT Halloween 2022 edition, the UK’s ultimate gothic destination festival will be taking over the birthplace of Dracula once more for a weekend celebrating the very finest the dark arts have to offer.

A headline set to die for THE 69 EYES will be topping the bill on Saturday night. Conceived in darkest Finland in 1989, the band have been peerlessly shaping the genre for over three decades and counting. With several platinum selling albums under their belts including ‘Blessed Be’ and ‘Paris Kills’, the quintet have become paragons of the goth subculture, securing #1 records in their home country and widespread acclaim across the globe. With the cogs currently in motion for their first activity since 2019’s star-studded 12th album ‘West End’, prepare to be plunged into their sinful cosmos of love, death and eternal melancholy all over again as they rock-up to Whitby for this momentous headline show.

Keep your eyes peeled for news on the Friday night headliners TBA very soon…

On Friday and Saturday, the headliners will be flanked by supporting slots from some very special guests each night. Stepping out of the shadows and into the limelight, 80s’ scene originals THEATRE OF HATE will be returning to Yorkshire to perform some of their pitch-black post/punk creations. Featuring founding members Kirk Brandon and Stan Stammers, plus esteemed musicians Adrian Portas, Chris Bell & Clive Osborne the band will continue their successful reunion of recent years with an appearance at Tomorrow’s Ghosts. Expect indie chart hit singles like “Do You Believe In The West-world?”and deep cuts from their untouchable early 80s period, plus modern classics from their acclaimed comeback albums ‘Kinshi’ and ‘A Thing Of Beauty’.

Following in their footsteps, Saturday’s very special guests will be Yorkshire-born alt/rock mavericks THE MARCH VIOLETS. Extending their first live tour since 2015 with a show at Tomorrow’s Ghosts, the boundary-shredding Leeds band will be serving up one of the weekend’s most sought-after sets. With dark majesties like “Walk into the Sun” or “Crow Baby” in their canon, TMV will be bringing them to life with a live collective featuring founding members Rosie Garland (performer, poet and author) and Tom Ashton (Guitarist, producer and studio owner), plus William Faith (musician and vocalist with Faith & the Muse, Conflict, The Bellwether Syndicate). Intending their 2023 shows to be a celebration of The March Violets’ legacy, while also honouring the irreplaceable contribution of friend and founding member Simon Denbigh, expect a set strewn with classics and surprises, and so much more.

Elsewhere on the bill, Leeds based superheroes SALVATION will be delivering a specially curated performance, hand-picked for the 2023 edition of Tomorrow’s Ghosts. An exclusive set for Whitby entitled ‘Singles & EPs 1983-86’, expect the psychedelic goth trailblazers to revisit classics from their pivotal extended play releases including ‘Girlsoul’ and the ‘Seek EP’, plus many other highlights from that formidable, formative period.

Drilling down into their own gothic-shaded archives, Blackpool’s leading industrial rock outfit AUGER are also confirmed for a Saturday appearance. Releasing their acclaimed album ‘Nighthawks’ last year, the band fronted by Kyle Blaqk will be cherry picking highlights from across their four albums to date and delivering a set of their magnetic stagecraft and definitively dark electronica.

And, cutting the ribbon for the 2023 gathering will be local legends of the Whitby scene WESTENRA. Sailing through the goth-rock ranks in recent years, the trio have been winning over audiences with their dark and emotional, yet uplifting and danceable songs that fall somewhere between the realms of Siouxsie & The Banshees, Fields of The Nephilim, Within Temptation and Evanescence. Having performed at Whitby Abbey as part of the official celebrations for the 125th anniversary of the novel Dracula, Westenra are well versed in what it takes to get a gothic crowd going and will be kicking off proceedings for the Tomorrow’s Ghosts Halloween Gathering 2023 with a set of their addictively melodic gothic rock.

CLUB NIGHTS, MARKETS AND MORE

Offering a celebration of the gothic subculture on all levels; look out for markets, literature, performances, club nights and more, across Whitby throughout the weekend.

Hosting choice club nights each night at the Whitby Pavilion, alt/rock DJ royalty Carpe Noctum will be taking the reins for a death disco into the early hours.

The Gothic and Alternative markets at the festival are FREE entry and are open between 10AM – 5PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

PARTNERS

As with the 2022 edition, the Tomorrow’s Ghosts festival will be partnering with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. A charity committed to stamping out prejudice, hatred and intolerance everywhere, the ideals of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Tomorrow’s Ghosts couldn’t be any closer aligned. 16 years on from Sophie’s tragic passing in a vile hate-related crime, Tomorrow’s Ghosts will be supporting the exceptional work of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation throughout the weekend.

The festival will also be teaming up with the exceptional, Vive Le Rock Magazine, who will be the festival’s official media partner for 2023.

TICKETS

Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival Halloween Gathering 2023 are on general sale now. Tickets are priced as follows:

Friday Tickets – £42.00 Advance STBF
Saturday Tickets – £42.00 Advance STBF
Weekend Tickets – £82.00 Advance STBF

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Ages 8+
Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 at all times.
Over 18s only for after show club night events.
Doors 6.00pm / Curfew 02.00am

TOMORROW’S GHOSTS HALLOWEEN GATHERING LINE UP

Friday 27th October 2023

** FRIDAY HEADLINERS – TBA **
+ Very Special Guests
THEATRE OF HATE
+ WESTENRA

Saturday 28th October 2023

THE 69 EYES
+ Very Special Guests
THE MARCH VIOLETS
+ SALVATION – A Whitby Exclusive Performing…‘A Singles & EPs 1983-86’ Set
+ AUGER
+ CLUB NIGHT HOSTS CARPE NOCTUM

FOR MORE INFORMATION

w/ https://www.tomorrowsghostsfestival.co.uk

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