Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Talking to #northeastmusicguide @kimwilde talks about #touring the #newalbum #aliens and @lawnmowerdeth !

Kim Wilde Talks To Northeast Music Guide
About Her New Album, Touring,
Aliens and Lawnmower Deth

This is your first headline tour in over 30 years – what can people expect at your new shows? Why has it been so long since you toured?

I have toured more in the past 20 years than I ever did in the first 20 years of my career! My band and I have headlined on several tours abroad but this is the first one in the UK, mostly due to the fact that I have not released a new album here (my Christmas album Wilde Winter Songbook apart). My fantastic experience of touring with Rewind and Let’s Rock (80’s retro shows) gave me the confidence to announce this tour, the U.K audiences have a very special place in my heart and I can’t wait to see them all up close and personal!
There are 7 of us rocking out on stage tearing through my greatest hits and introducing several of the new tracks from the new ‘Here Come The Aliens’ album. I have a 12 strong entourage making sure we look as good as we sound.

Your new album is out in March, titled ‘Here Come The Aliens’. What’s the story behind that title?
‘80’s Pop Star has Close Encounter in Back Garden!’

Yes, it’s true, something very unusual happened in my garden in 2009, and has in many ways inspired the new album, not least of course with the amazing artwork by my niece Scarlett Wilde.

The album is a celebration of pop music from throughout the years, with nods to artists like Blondie, Billy Idol and Gary Numan, and more recent ones such as Goldfrapp and Chvrches. How and why did you come up with that concept? And what is it about pop music that you love?

I grew up in the 60’s and fell in love with the amazing music that filled that decade, the Beatles of course, but also growing up listening to my Dad writing songs on his guitar. Dad had an amazing vinyl collection, and as Ricky and I grew up we heard everything from Tchaikovsky to Elvis, Frank Sinatra to Mike Oldfield. Pop music had always been at the heart of our family life, always playing in the house with new albums arriving weekly for Ricky and I to absorb. Some love affairs never die, and our love affair with Pop Music continues to this day, stronger than ever in fact! This album happened subconsciously, before we knew it all our influences came together in a perfect storm and ‘Here Come The Aliens’ is the result.

You’ve worked with your brother Ricky again on the new album, a working relationship that has lasted 36 years. How has that relationship changed over the years? And are you able to leave work behind when you see each other on family occasions?

Ricky and I share the same passion and excitement for Pop music, we grew up together with the same influences, we speak the same language when it comes to all things musical. Initially Ricky started writing on his own, and then with my Dad Marty Wilde with hits such as Kids in America, Cambodia and Chequered Love. Soon after I began song writing with Ricky, which continues to this day. Family occasions often end up with someone grabbing a guitar or playing piano; it’s hard to leave work behind when you love music so much!

Your niece Scarlett is also working with you, as a songwriter and the designer of the artwork. Will she be following in your shoes as a solo artist?

Scarlett has been studying art in Australia and has done an incredible job with the artwork for the album, in fact the best artwork I have EVER seen! Scarlett is also a natural songwriter and singer, and has been in my band for over a decade, her phenomenal talent and energy will take her wherever she wants to go!

What song(s) on the new album are you most excited for people to hear?

There are 12 songs which were chosen from many written for this album, and each have their place and reason for making it to the last 12. Of course I am excited to hear how it is to be received and hope the singles inspire people to buy the album, it was made with a lot of love and supernatural energy!

How is the music industry different now compared to when you released Kids In America? 

Of course the music industry is transformed from the Kids in America days of only vinyl, no mobiles, no Internet in ways I could never have imagined. Music however, still has passion at the heart of the very best examples, and that will never change.

If you could go back in time what’s the one piece of advice you’d give to your younger self

I’d say not to worry so much, I did a lot of that in my 20’s!

There’s a rumoured lost album from the late 1990s. Will Kim Wilde fans ever get a chance to hear some of the music from it?

Never say never!

What current music are you enjoying at the moment? 

Frida Sundemo, Slaves, Daft Punk and Lawnmower Deth

Coming to @Sage_Gateshead is 80s legend @KimWilde with a brand new album #HERECOMETHEALIENS

Here Come The Aliens

The new album, released March 16th 2018
On Wildeflower Records

When pop moves on, it leaves some stars behind. For others – the ones who were in it for the music – it opens new avenues. 

Kim Wilde’s return to recording isn’t a comeback, but it does mark a fresh start in the iconic singer’s extraordinary career. Proud of her past, but focused on the future, Kim has never stopped singing or selling out tours - she has played more shows in the past decade than ever before, finding fans in countries she never dreamed she’d visit and turning new generations on to her songs.

When she walked in to the famous RAK Studios last year to begin recording ‘Here Come The Aliens’ (her first new album of original material to have a UK release since 1992), Kim felt instantly at home. Not only because RAK was where, in 1981, she recorded ‘Kids In America’ and ‘Chequered Love’, the seminal singles that made her famous at the age of 21, but because making music is what Kim has always done. 

Now, as then, Kim was produced by her brother Ricky Wilde, who also guests on lead single ‘Pop Don’t Stop’, the first time that the pair have duetted on record. A glorious blend of rock riffs, electro beats and Kim’s infectious effervescence, with an earworm chorus that would work in any decade, ‘Pop Don’t Stop’ is a celebration of the role pop has played in the siblings’ lives and a tribute to the power of a great melody.

“Ricky and I share the same passion for pop,” says Kim. “We grew up together with the same influences, we speak the same language when it comes to all things musical. Some love affairs never die and our love affair with pop continues to this day, stronger than ever in fact!”

That passion is apparent throughout ‘Here Come The Aliens’ - lyrically, musically and in the patently genuine joy with which Kim always sings. Named after a real-life Close Encounter that occurred in Kim’s back garden in 2009, the album contains 12 tracks of swagger and sweetness that delve in to disco, new wave, electro and glam rock, but are really just smart, stylish, arms-aloft pop.

From the slinky, stomp-along opener 1969, the thrill ride of raucous second single ‘Kandy Krush’ and the electro monster ‘Stereo Shot’ to the shimmering ballad ‘Solstice’, the addictive, riff-drenched ‘A Different Story’ and the boisterous ‘Birthday’, ‘Here Come The Aliens’ pairs Kim’s trademark lust for life with the strongest set of songs of her nearly 40 year career. 

Vocally, Kim has never sounded better, the result of a hectic gig and festival schedule that has taken Kim and her six-strong band around the world for the past decade, playing not only her classic ‘80s tracks, but the hits she has continued to enjoy throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Asia up to the present day. In fact, it’s in Britain where Kim has been off the road the most.

“I’ve played more in the past 15 years than I did in the first two decades of my career,” says Kim, the UK’s most successful female pop star of the 80s, whose early tours included opening for David Bowie and Michael Jackson. “My band and I have headlined several tours abroad, but this is the first one for almost 30 years at home. But I’ve had fantastic experiences here touring with Rewind and Let’s Rock so our fans know that they have a very special place in my heart. I cannot wait to see them all up close and personal.”

A true family affair, ‘Here Come The Aliens’ was largely co-written by Kim and Ricky and also features her niece Scarlett, who has played in the band for a decade and sings and songwrites on the album. The multi-talented Scarlett is also responsible for the album’s phenomenal artwork.

“It’s easily the best artwork I’ve ever had and this is probably the album of which I’m most proud,” says Kim. “I can’t wait for people to hear it. It was made with a lot of love and supernatural energy.”

Here Come The Aliens tracklisting

1 -1969 - written by Kim Wilde & Ricky Wilde.
2 - Pop Don’t Stop (duet with Ricky Wilde) - written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
3 - Kandy Krush - written by Kim, Ricky, Frederick Thomander & Anders Wikström (‘Epicentre’). 
4 - Stereo Shot - written by Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
5 - Yours Til The End - written by Ricky Wilde & Neil Jones.
6 - Solstice - written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde. 
7 - Addicted To You – written by Sean J Vincent, Ricky, & Roxanne Wilde.
8 - Birthday - written by Ricky, Scarlett Wilde & Shane Lee.
9 - Cyber.Nation.War - written by Kim & Ricky.
10 - Different Story - written by Kim, Frederick Thomander & Anders Wikström (‘Epicentre’). 
11 - Rock the Paradiso – written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
12 - Rosetta (duet with Frida Sundemo) - written by Kim & Ricky.

Here Come The Aliens tour dates:

March 2018
30th Fri Ipswich Regent Theatre
31st Sat Southend Cliffs Pavilion

April 2018
2nd Mon Glasgow Old Fruit Market
4th Wed Bath The Forum
5th Thu Torquay Princess Theatre
6th Fri Yeovil Westlands
7th Sat Bournemouth The Pavilion Theatre
11th Wed Wrexham William Aston Hall
12th Thu Preston The Guildhall
13th Fri Sheffield Plug
15th Sun York Barbican
16th Mon Gateshead The Sage
19th Thu Halifax The Victoria Theatre
20th Fri Buxton Opera House
21st Sat Birmingham Town Hall
22nd Sun Salisbury City Hall
24th Tue Hastings The White Rock Theatre
26th Thu London Koko
30th Mon Salford The Lowry

Steven Adams & The French Drops Announce new album Virtue Signals Due out on Hudson Records on 4 May

Steven Adams & The French Drops

Announce new album Virtue Signals
Due out on Hudson Records on 4 May

UK Tour in May

Listen to new track "Bad Apples" here (feel free to share!)

Tour Dates:
Wed 2 May - Manchester - The Castle
Thur 3 May - Glasgow - Hug & Pint
Fr 4 May - Newcastle - Cluny 2
Sat 5 May - York - The Basement
Sun 6 May - Halifax - Grayston Unity courtyard (afternoon)
Sun 6 May - Sheffield - Shakespeares (evening)
Wed 16 May - London - Boston Music Room

Steven Adams is back with a new band, The French Drops - featuring members of The Drink - and a new album Virtue Signals, which is due out via Hudson Records on 4 May - Pre-order link here. Steven Adams & The French Drops will be heading out on a UK tour in May starting off at The Castle in Manchester on 2 May and ending with two shows on 6 May, in Halifax in the afternoon and Sheffield in the evening, before playing a date at Boston Music Room in London on 16 May more info here.

He shares the opening track for the album, "Bad Apples" here. “You’re part of something,” Adams sings, “the thing you tore apart” – a song about the flag-waving, supposed patriots whose voices are drowning out the national conversation. He says; “That song came last and it alludes to ideas without being too specific. I’ve always liked writers who leave things open to interpretation, people like Britt Daniel from Spoon, or John Lennon. It’s a kind of absurdist take on where the right wing press are trying to lead us.”

Anger seldom sounds as enticing as it does on Virtue Signals. It is an album that rails against the iniquities of the world and meshes the personal with the political, without ever smacking the listener around the head. Adams (former songwriter/singer/guitarist with The Broken Family Band and Singing Adams) can’t help but be witty and empathetic even as he rages, and the fury is wrapped inside his characteristically sweet melodies.

There are writers who deal with the ‘issues’ directly; how governments are behaving, how people are being betrayed, but that’s not how Adams see his role. “I found myself writing about that feeling you get when you’ve just woken up and seen what the idiots have done overnight. Like a lot of people, I’m angry and confused about some of the mean, spiteful, cowardly things being said and done in the name of patriotism and cultural identity and economic prosperity. Some of these things can be defused by calling them out, by singing about them, and by laughing at them.”

Virtue Signals captures the sound of a band finding “its own thing”. Laurie Earle (Absentee, Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards, Wet Paint) plays guitar with a loose, intuitive touch; Michael Wood – who had played bass with The Singing Adams – switches to keyboards here, while Daniel Fordham (drums) and David Stewart (bass) from The Drink complete the band.

Following a few years of performing and recording solo (see 2014’s House Music and 2016’s Old Magick), Adams says he wanted to put together “a band where everyone was following their noses. I’ve been calling the shots for ages now, and now I can lean on these people, make more noise. It’s fair to say we share a lot of the same thoughts and feelings about the state of the world. But mostly we talk about food.”

Though the band worked on the songs for several months, the album was recorded in a little over a week, in September 2017, at Half Ton Studios in Cambridge. It was produced by Ben Nicholls, who plays with Nadine Shah, Cara Dillon, and many others, as well as helming his own Kings of the South Seas project. Adams was initially ambivalent about having a producer on board, but “Ben’s head is full of music. He came to a rehearsal and started making the occasional suggestion about songs and arrangements. At first we were a bit freaked out, but everything he suggested worked. In the studio he was in charge, which was oddly liberating.” The album was then mixed by acclaimed producer and engineer (and Hudson Records supremo) Andy Bell.

It’s over 16 years since Adams started making music with The Broken Family Band, generating critical acclaim with each subsequent release and maintaining a dedicated cult following ever since. So, all these years later – having been called a national treasure enough times to fill a pirate’s chest, without ever having become an actual pop star – why does Steven Adams still do it? “I write songs and I play them and I try not to overthink it or to feel reliant on this for anything other than what it is; sounds, words, feelings, and an excuse to hang out with good people. That’s virtue signaling, in case anyone asks.”

Pre-order Virtue Signals here:

Steven Adams & The French Drops
Virtue Signals
1. Bad Apples
2. Paul
3. Ex Future
4. Last Centurys Man
5. Imprinted
6. Wolves
7. A Joke
8. Free Will
9. Desire Lines



YouTube superstars, celebrity gamers, renowned games and more are coming to Newcastle this summer at an exciting new 2 day festival called Glitch, on 30th June and 1st July. 

Glitch is set to takes place at Metro Radio Arena and will showcase the latest games alongside an extensive range of event content, including stage shows, pro eSports tournaments, 80 plus retro games arcade, music and innovative activities.  Stage shows will offer death matches and interviews with legend, John Romero, considered a father of the first-person shooter genre with Doom, and YouTube sensations Yogscast Hat Films and Vidiots.

Games design personalities John and Brenda Romero each have more than three decades of experience in the games industry, during which they’ve received multiple awards and accolades for their work.  John, co-creator of legendary titles Doom, Wolfenstein 3D and Quake, among many others, is recognised as a pioneer of the first-person shooter genre. Also live on stage, with chat room style interviews, and hosting meet and greet sessions on both day will be the Yogscast team from Hat Films who are well known for playing Minecraft, Trials Evolution and a variety of other games and the team from Vidiots. The event will also feature other soon to be announced notorious YouTubers, a retro gaming section, retail expo, a showcase of Northern games companies and ‘The Spark’ an area aimed at inspiring the next generation of game developers.

The move comes as demand has grown for a gaming and YouTuber event to be held in the North of the country that merges elements of LAN parties, eSports, a convention, developers and big YouTuber names. The event is a result of a partnership between leading event management company She’s Gott It, Metro Radio and Metro Radio Arena. The partnership was formed following a desire by all partners to develop a video gaming event that would become the biggest in the north and enable gamers to access exciting events without having to travel further south.  The team are working with Northern England games network and consultancy Game Republic Ltd and are all excited to bring this mighty programme to the region.

Ailsa Oliver General Manager for the venue said “We are so excited to be hosting such an incredible event; this is a show that the North East has been crying out for and with names such as John Romero already announced this just confirms the level of quality fans can expect from the entire weekend. Whatever your level of interest Glitch has it all”

The event also promises to bring together partners who can demonstrate the exciting career opportunities in tech industries from programmers to developers and it is this that has been a long time mission of Managing Director of She’s Gott It, Nickie Gott OBE. Gott said “we are so excited to be creating this event for our region and something of this scale north of the country.  We have a wealth of tech industries in the north and I really want to use this event to inspire and inform our future generation that having a job in game development is a reality and can be made possible here in the North East.  We have an exciting programme lined up and will be introducing new and exciting features as we get closer to the event, we just can’t wait for this to happen.  We know that many gamers have to travel far and wide to interact with these types of festivals to ask questions or get advice or even get a chance for a meet and greet with renowned YouTubers and developers.  We are even adding a minor Glitch area for a younger audience to join in to make sure all ages are engaged and excited by the activities.  I am personally thrilled that we also have Brenda Romero with us to support the aspiration of growth of women in tech industries.  I would love to see this as an annual event on the regions calendar and I would urge gamers at any level to come and play for fun, join a tournament or even get a selfie with one of your favourite YouTube stars.”   

Tickets will go on sale 10.00am Wednesday 28th February and are available online, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office. Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply.

Tickets are available from:-
Credit Card Booking and Information Line 0844 493 6666
The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle Box Office (Mon – Fri: 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sat: 11.00am – 2.30pm)
Internet Site:-
Group Bookers should call (0191) 260 6006
Accessible Bookings should call 0333 344 6250 for further details

Coming to the @thecluny next month @port_cities #ontour




Canadian band PORT CITIES are still bathing in the afterglow of November's Nova Scotia Music Week, where they scooped no less than five awards, including album of the year, digital artist of the year and entertainer of the year. 

In light of such accolades then, its only right that the band launch themselves back into the game with their trademark single 'Back To The Bottom,' a heart-racing stomper of a track that only partially disguises much deeper emotional undercurrents. As vocalist Breagh MacKinnon explains, “The song tells the story of a toxic relationship. It’s about being stuck in the cycle of coming back to something or someone that isn't good for either person; yet you still can't get out."

Port Cities’ music is a perfect balance of Nashville (where much of it was recorded) and Nova Scotia (where the band reside); of the rustic and atmospheric, of indie intimacy and the sort of arena-pop anthems that betray Port Cities’ globe-trotting ambitions; 2018 sees the band embark upon their second cross European tour, including a timely stint here in the UK, where their following is building up nicely off the back of 2017's visit, and the hugely successful #PostcardsFromPortCities series of videos.

A port city is a place where cultures and histories collide, where goods and ideas are imported and absorbed into the local bloodstream. Not entirely un-coincidentally, Port Cities the band is the musical equivalent; a melting pot of three of Canada’s most creative individual talents, drawn together to make an entity even more outstanding as a group than as its constituent parts. 

As with any form of musical collaboration, the magic occurs in the blending of one element with another, but unlike most groups, Port Cities never started out to be a band. Comprised of trio of celebrated Nova Scotian musicians Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro and Breagh MacKinnon, Port Cities were drawn together through songwriting as independent artists, with every intention of crafting new material, and then going their separate ways. Yet that is not quite how it panned out. 

The first thing anyone observes when hearing Port Cities is that this band is tight. Seriously tight. Yet it begs the question; How to go about fusing divergent styles and experiences into such a singular rootsy Americana sound? From MacKinnon’s silky jazz-schooled timbre, allied to Guthro’s R&B influenced natural tendencies and Stone’s acoustic troubadour, the space in between the three is delightfully warm and resonant, yet entirely coherent across the course of their self-titled debut album, due for imminent release in 2018

UK tour dates:

24th March: Newcastle Cluny – tickets here;  

25th: Manchester Castle – tickets here; 

26th: Glasgow King Tuts – tickets here; 

27th: London Slaughtered lamb – tickets here; 

29th: Bath Chapel Arts Centre – tickets here; 

30th: Hull Kardomah 94 – tickets here; 

31st: York The Basement – tickets here; 

Web links:

Back To The Bottom stream: 

Roddy Woomble on tour



Following the release of his latest studio album ‘The Deluder’ , RODDY WOOMBLE is heading out on an intimate tour of the UK, supported by Teeside-based singer songwriter Tom Joshua.

Performing alongside Idlewild bandmate Andrew Mitchell, Roddy will be playing tracks from his latest album ‘The Deluder’ and previous solo records, as well as some Idlewild favourites.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to some of our favourite small venues on this tour, while also visiting a handful of places we haven’t been to yet.” said Roddy.

To coincide with the tour, Roddy has released new single ‘First Love Never Returned’ , taken from his latest album ‘The Deluder’ , and featuring guest vocals from long-standing contributor Hannah Fisher. LISTEN

Roddy, who also fronts Scottish indie rock band Idlewild, who had eight acclaimed albums and three compilations, two of which charted in the UK top ten. They have also released twelve UK top forty singles and have toured throughout the world, as a headline act, and also as support to REM, U2, Pearl Jam and the Rolling Stones amongst others.

Teeside-based Tom Joshua will join Roddy on a number of dates. Having released his debut single ‘Meteor Showers’ in 2017, the track has amassed over 1million streams on Spotify, and has been championed by the likes of BBC Radio 2’s Jo Wiley and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson. He has also shared stages with acts including Billie Marten, Brooke Bentham and Bill Ryder-Jones.

Live dates:

Thu 15 March - Stirling, Tolbooth*
Fri 16 March - Irvine, Harbour Arts Centre
Sat 17 March - Newport-On-Tay, Newport Sound*
Tue 20 March - York, The Crescent*
Wed 21 March - Hebden Bridge, Trades Club*
Thu 22 March - Birmingham, The Hare and Hounds
Fri 23 March - Brighton, The Haunt*
Sat 24 March - London, Oslo*
Sun 25 March - Portland Arms Cambridge
Wed 18 April - Paris, Clap Your Hands Festival
Wed 18 July - Stornoway, HebCelt Festival

(pink links are our affiliate ticketing partners) *supported by Tom Joshua

‘The Deluder’ is out now via A Modern Way/Empty World available from

Monday, 26 February 2018

THE ROLLING STONES #Nofilter Tour #tickets


Rolling Stones will return to their home turf this summer for five headline UK shows, as well as touring through Ireland, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland.

The tour marks the second part of the Stones – No Filter tour, and will see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood continue their sold out European run of last year.

Fans will be treated to iconic rock songs such as Satisfaction, Paint It Black, Jumpin Jack Flesh, Tubling Dice, Doom & Gloom and Brown Sugar.

Each night will also include random track selections from the band’s huge catalogue of music, with thirty studio albums to their name alongside a collection of live recordings, compilations and EPs.

Here are those UK dates in full: Tickets from our affiliate.

22 May 2018 – London Stadium, London

19 June 2018 – Twickenham Stadium, London

                                        Get Tickets from our affiliate: Seatwave



Kylie Minogue, currently on a high with her brand new track 'Dancing', will bring her extraordinary creativity as a live performer back to the stage this autumn when she plays a UK and Ireland tour.

Kylie, who always thrills with her live performances, promises a brand new extravaganza for this production which will be centered around her new album 'Golden', although of course her amazing back catalogue will be embraced.

Tickets will go on sale 10.00am Friday 2nd March and are available online, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office. Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply.

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Gary Numan has today released a video for new single ‘End Of Things’ from current album ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’. He has also announced a string of UK dates in March 2018, full dates below. Tickets are on sale now. 

‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ was released earlier this year through BMG and earned the best reviews of Gary’s career. He entered the UK charts at No.2, a fantastic achievement for the iconic and highly influential Gary Numan. The British electro pioneer was also awarded the Inspiration Award for songwriting and composition at the Ivor Novellos this year.

My Name Is Ruin

‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is an album with a narrative that’s set in an apocalyptic, post-global warming Earth in the not-too-distant future. There is no technology left and most of the planet has turned to a desolate desert wasteland. Food is scarce, water even more so and human kindness and decency are just a dim and distant memory. Western and Eastern cultures have merged, more because of the need to simply survive than any feelings of greater tolerance or understanding. It’s a harsh, savage environment, as are the survivors who still roam across it.

While Numan was writing the record, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. It made sense to make him and his climate decisions the catalyst for the apocalypse theme of the album.
“The songs are about the things that people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment,” explains Numan. “It's about a desperate need to survive and they do awful things in order to do so, and some are haunted by what they've done. That desire to be forgiven, along with some discovered remnants of an old religious book, ultimately encourages religion to resurface, and it really goes downhill from there.”

The album was produced by long-term collaborator Ade Fenton, with recording sessions split between Numan’s own studio in LA, and in the UK. Numan and Fenton’s creative connection goes back to 2006’s ‘Jagged’. “Ade is not only extremely creative but ridiculously hard working, even in difficult circumstances,” says Numan. “It’s easy to discuss alternative ideas with him, he’s not precious about things and is always looking to make the music better, even if that means, on very rare occasions, undoing his own work and starting again.” 

As the project took shape, Numan also set up a Pledge Music campaign to create an experience for fans that would let them see how an album was put together, from the first note to the finished shrink wrapped package. It was a strategy that brought Numan closer to his fans, and allowed him to communicate the blood, sweat and tears that goes into making a record. The campaign grew so successful that Numan consequently secured a record deal with BMG.

‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is out now on CD, deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFiT formats. 

The tracklisting for the standard CD edition of ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is:

1. ‘Ghost Nation’
2. ‘Bed Of Thorns’
3. ‘My Name Is Ruin’
4. ‘The End Of Things’
5. ‘And It All Began With You’
6. ‘When The World Comes Apart’
7. ‘Mercy’
8. ‘What God Intended’
9. ‘Pray For The Pain You Serve’
10. ‘Broken’

The vinyl format adds ‘If I Said’ (track 9) and ‘Cold’ (track 12) while ‘If I Said’ also features on the deluxe CD (track 10).

Gary Numan will embark upon a short run of UK dates next March He’ll play the following shows:



I Am Dust (from 2014's Splinter album)

Friday, 23 February 2018

Wreckless Eric On Tour!

Wreckless Eric

Shares the track "Gateway To Europe"

Taken from new album Construction Time & Demolition
Due out on 30 March via Southern Domestic Records

Listen to "Gateway To Europe" here (feel free to share!)
Gateway To Europe (on Soundcloud)

UK Tour in May (see dates below)

Wreckless Eric shares "Gateway To Europe", taken from the album Construction Time & Demolition out on 30 March. Brooklyn Vegan premiered the song saying; "On his new album Construction Time & Demolition, Wreckless Eric looks at the ravages of time and progress. “Gateway to Europe” serves as both an opener to the album but also the beginning of Eric’s story – “the start of something big” — played as a heroic anthem, bursting with horns and soaring backing vocals."

Eric explains more about the track; "In the early 1970s when I was an art student in Kingston upon Hull, Britain joined the European Union. A bridge was built spanning the Humber Estuary, connecting Hull with an area of outstanding nothingness called Lincolnshire. Houses were demolished, docks were filled in and Hull became Hull, Gateway To Europe. The city never recovered. I formed a band and left town."

Wreckless Eric will be touring the UK in May (see dates below).


It's all about the sound, always the sound - music without sound is literally nothing, so I concern myself with the sound. And texture.
A bridge was built spanning the Humber Estuary. Britain joined the Common Market and Hull became Hull, Gateway To Europe. None of it made any sense - the bridge connected Hull with Lincolnshire and the docks closed down.

Gateway to Europe - it's the start of something big


All there is is time, hold that thought and it's gone
We think we have automobiles and houses and furniture and health and longevity but we don't - they're all temporary. All we have is time and I've become increasingly aware that time is always running out. Life is a long song as the hairy bloke with the flute once said. The longer it goes on the more exhausted I get trying to figure out how I got to where I'm at now.

Staring at the clock with no idea
How the fucking hell did I get here?


I've reached an age when I see buildings being torn down that I remember being built.

In the early seventies when I lived in Hull I saw whole streets demolished, turned into vast expanses of dust and crumbled brick. The residents were relocated to faraway places that I only knew as destinations on the fronts of city buses.

I wanted the music to sound as though it was demolishing itself as it went along, and at times I wanted to actually hear it destroy itself, fuzz in and out until all that was left was the flat tone of a heart that's stopped beating.

*** ** ***

Wreckless Eric is Eric Goulden. He was given the name to hide behind. After a while he realised he was stuck with it. His recording career began in 1977 when he was little more than an ex-teenage art student with the enduring “Whole Wide World” (recently a Billboard chart hit all over again for the US band Cage The Elephant). He sidestepped the mechanics of fame and became Britain's premier underground household name, much loved and often underestimated.

Construction Time & Demolition is the culmination of over forty years of touring and recording - a life of hardship, creativity and getting away with it. Loud, dissonant, lyrical, sometimes gently melodic, Construction Time & Demolition is cogent music for desperate times.

Wreckless Eric will be touring in support of the album throughout 2018, including an extensive UK tour in May.

9 May - MANCHESTER - Gullivers
10 May - BARNOLDSWICK - Music & Arts Centre
11 May - HULL - O'Rileys
12 May - DURHAM - Old Cinema Laundrette
13 May - DUNDEE - Clarks
14 May - GLASGOW - Hug & Pint
15 May - EDINBURGH - Henry's
17 May - WORCESTER - Marr's Bar
18 May - BRISTOL - Thunderbolt
19 May - LEEDS - Fox & Newt
20 May - CROMER - Community Hall
21 May - CAMBRIDGE - Junction
23 May - BRIGHTON - Prince Albert
24 May - LONDON - 100 Club
25 May - COLCHESTER - Arts Centre
26 May - RAMSGATE - Music Hall
27 May -  LEICESTER - Musician

Thursday, 22 February 2018

#ONTOUR 2018 marks 20 years since the release of THE HANDSOME FAMILY's 'Through The Trees', which Loose will be celebrating with a 20th Anniversary Edition to be released on 9th March.


“Through The Trees - one of the 10 essential Americana records of all time” MOJO

“The Handsome Family are as funny as fuck, as sweet as love, and as serious as death" UNCUT

2018 marks 20 years since the release of THE HANDSOME FAMILY's 'Through The Trees', which Loose will be celebrating with a 20th Anniversary Edition to be released on 9th March. 

The sky blue-coloured vinyl comes with an exclusive “Invisible Trees” bonus CD, comprising of 15 tracks of “out-takes, live performances and bickering”. The band will be incorporating much of Through The Trees in an extensive forthcoming UK tour, in which Brett Sparks (guitar/vocals) and Rennie Sparks (banjo/bass/vocals) will be joined by drummer Jason Toth and multi-instrumentalist Alex MacMahon.

Full dates and details below. Tickets are on now on sale via

In 2015 The Handsome Family became famous for providing the theme tune to Season 1 of HBO’s hit TV drama series True Detective, introducing them to a whole new audience and a whole load of new fans. The featured song, Far From Any Road, has been streamed over 50 million times and counting. The Handsome Family suddenly became a little less of a secret. However, even before this worldwide success, the band weren’t short of admirers, counting Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr amongst their fans, and with the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Amanda Palmer, Cerys Matthews, Christy Moore and Andrew Bird all having covered their songs. In 2016, the band released Unseen. The highly anticipated new record explored the unseen stories, people and places of the American west. It was greeted with rave reviews from the international press with Mojo declaring the album to be “The Handsome Family’s masterpiece”.

However, it was way back in 1998 when Brett & Rennie Sparks got their first big break, with the release of the The Handsome Family’s third album, Through The Trees. Rennie recalls the recording process: “We wrote and recorded all the songs for Through the Trees in a third floor walk-up loft in the heart of Chicago. This was the actual forest of Through the Trees— an old warehouse space with high, crumbling ceilings, huge chains hanging from cracked sky-lights, fat black cockroaches wobbling across the uneven floor, a broken elevator, a DJ booth (where we slept) and eight foot high windows preparing to fall out onto the street. Light bulbs exploded when turned on and frost formed in the living room. We named one of the many large paint chips hanging from the tin ceiling (Chippy). Outside was a garbage-strewn, urine-stinking street that was a constant parade of wind-beaten people.

Walking home from a bar one night I saw a rat scuttle behind a dumpster and felt a surge of joy. I began to notice pigeons cooing in girders below the highway and the way leaves fluttered in the scrawny branches of sidewalk trees. Living in a man-made wilderness made me begin to see nature. It made me begin to write about falling snow, barking dogs, snakes, forests, mountains, fire... So began the songs of Through the Trees.

When Brett recorded a take in that make-shift loft studio I had to stand perfectly still so the floor wouldn’t squeak. We still managed to make so much noise that our downstairs neighbor often turned his stereo on full blast, pointed the speakers up at the ceiling then left for the day. We deserved it. We were two crazy kids. Literally.

Dave Trumfio, who had produced The Handsome Family’s first two albums, encouraged Brett to make the record on his own. In those days making a record outside a studio was fairly unheard of, but Brett was determined to learn. We couldn’t afford to buy recording equipment, but we found a rental company in the suburbs. We did own a drum machine. Our drummer, Mike Werner, had called it quits a few months back and Dr. Rhythm (Boss DR-770) had taken his place. The rental equipment wasn’t easy to work with or of high quality, but it was a start.

During this time, our favorite venue was Chicago’s legendary Lounge Ax. The owner of the club, Sue Miller, had just married Jeff Tweedy. Brett had given Jeff a cassette with some demos on it. Jeff offered to let us borrow a bunch of gear he had but wasn’t using (an ADAT, a Mackie mixer, Lexicon reverb and a fabulous Tube-Tech compressor). This was a huge gift - Jeff gave us more than gear, he gave us time. We returned our rental equipment and slowed our work pace. We were finally recording music without worrying about how much money each hour was costing us. It completely changed how we worked.

As Brett finished recording the basic tracks, Dave offered to help mix the songs at his apartment. He had an actual computer at home with something called Pro Tools. It was the first time we’d ever seen waveforms turned into computer files on a screen. Revolutionary.

Dave didn’t just help mix our tracks he also added some great sounds (like the circus drum on, “Weightless Again”). Jeff also offered to add some overdubs to our tracks. I am still in awe at the generosity of both these talented guys. I remember Jeff taking his guitar and Univibe into Dave’s tiny bathroom to record guitar for “Where the Birch Trees Lean.” I remember Jeff clearing his throat to sing backing vocals on “Cathedrals” while we sat on Dave’s sagging couch staring up at him. Brett found some noises on a sound effects CD to add to “My Sister’s Tiny Hands” (a squawking parrot) and “The Bottomless Hole” (a creaking door). We recorded our own stamping feet on the loft floor (torturing our downstairs neighbor again) for “Down in the Ground.” Brett remembers Dave playing the in-the-pocket bass on “Stalled” and arranging the horn section on “My Ghost.”

In the UK a new label, Loose Music heard our song “Moving Furniture Around” on a compilation released by Chicago’s Bloodshot Records and now were interested in licensing Through the Trees. It was Loose’s first full length release. Twenty years later, we’re both still going strong. Miraculous!”

Following its release, Uncut magazine declared Through The Trees to be the year’s “Best New Country Album”, Mojo magazine named it one of the “10 Essential Americana Records Of All Time”, with The Guardian going on to call the album’s opening track, Weightless Again, one of the “100 Best Songs Ever Written About Heartbreak”. 

”Through the Trees was written at a time when being a full-time musician seemed an unattainable dream, but it is the record that made that dream come true,” says Rennie. “The songs bring me back to real moments in our lives: “Cathedrals” is about a winter trip we took to the Wisconsin Dells because all the hotels were half-price. “Down in the Ground” is about my childhood fear of basements. “I Fell” is about a horse’s jaw bone I found in the dirt outside Albuquerque. Robert Wadlow, “The Giant of Illinois,” came to me via a travel guide to Illinois. There is no mountain north of Winnipeg, but I never imagined I’d ever go to Canada or that there would be an internet where people could look at maps in an instant. “Weightless Again” started as a stupid joke: Brett is a child of the desert who never learned to float. “The Woman Downstairs” actually got fat not thin, but, yeah, that was one awful apartment building. “My Ghost” is perhaps the most misunderstood song on Through the Trees because the words are my imagining of Brett’s experience. I’m glad they ring true to bi-polars even if they are the work of a depressive. I am still a person of dark moods, but I haven’t jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. I remain deeply thankful and sustained by all who have helped us live the lives we dreamed up for ourselves so many years ago.”


01 MAR – BIRMINGHAM Mama Roux's




06 MAR – CARDIFF Tramshed

07 MAR – EXETER Phoenix

08 MAR – HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club

10 MAR – EDINBURGH La Belle Angele


12 MAR – ABERDEEN Lemon Tree

13 MAR – STIRLING Tolbooth

15 MAR – LONDON Round Chapel

17 MAR – LEEDS Howard Assembly Room


20 MAR – NORWICH Waterfront

21 MAR – CAMBRIDGE Junction

22 MAR – BRISTOL St Georges


24 MAR – BRIGHTON St Georges Church

25 MAR – FOLKESTONE Quarterhouse


1. Weightless Again
2. My Sister’s Tiny Hands
3. Stalled
4. Where The Birch Trees Lean
5. Cathedrals
6. Down In The Ground

1. The Giant Of Illinois
2. Down In The Valley Of Hollow Logs
3. I Fell
4. The Woman Downstairs
5. Last Night I Went Out Walking
6. Bury Me Here
7. My Ghost


1. Cathedrals (demo)
2. Down In The Ground (demo)
3. The Giant Of Illinois (demo)
4. Where The Birch Trees Lean (demo)
5. Weightless Again (instrumental)
6. Cathedrals (instrumental)
7. The Giant Of Illinois (instrumental)
8. I Fell (instrumental)
9. The Woman Downstairs (instrumental)
10. Last Night I Went Out Walking (instrumental)
11. Cathedrals (live)
12. My Sister’s Tiny Hands (live)
13. Weightless Again (live)
14. The Giant Of Illinois (live)
15. Down In The Ground (live)

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