Saturday, 25 April 2020

New Album Release: Diet Cig - Do You Wonder About Me?

New Album Release:

Diet Cig
Do You Wonder About Me?
Released: Friday May 1, 2020 (Frenchkiss Records)

They’ve been compared to tornadoes, firecrackers, and lightning storms, and described as genuine, unapologetic, and down-to-earth. Their live shows are a whirlwind of belting and high-kicks, their pure energy as yet unmatched. Almost three years since the release of their debut album, Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman of gutsy rock duo Diet Cig are set to release their sophomore full-length, Do You Wonder About Me? The pair, typically on the road, took time off of tour to spend the better part of 2019 working on their follow-up to 2017’s Swear I’m Good At This. The new record marks a more intentional, self-assured Diet Cig; not only in Luciano’s radically intimate, acerbic lyrics, but in the duo’s sound as well.

Diet Cig formed in 2014 and went on to garner a cult following invested in the band’s special high-energy, emotional, super-catchy pop rock. Their very first EP, Over Easy, is basically canon in their world of hyper-honest, scrappy indie music. Swear I’m Good At This cemented Diet Cig as mainstays of the landscape, with its biting lines about social woes and prevailing message that it’s OK to be who you are. Luciano and Bowman moved to Richmond, VA in the summer of 2017 as a place to “hide out and make music,” and it was there that they wrote Do You Wonder About Me?, Diet Cig’s ode to growing up. 

“We spent a lot of time after the first record growing as people, being humans outside of tour for a little bit, and trying to shed the imposter syndrome.” Luciano says. Spending the time to make the kind of music they really wanted to make and making sure they felt good about it was crucial to the success of tracks like “Night Terrors,” the record’s lead single. (Not rushing is, after all, part of growth.) It’s a slower-paced song than Diet Cig’s usual, but just as biting; a song about reckoning with all the past versions of yourself, figuring out who you are within all the people you’ve been, forgiving yourself, and taking stock of who you are now. As Luciano puts it, “Am I still these people, or have I shapeshifted?” It’s essentially the thesis of Do You Wonder About Me?, considering and accepting the embarrassing aspects of your identity, and how they’re just as much a part of you as the good stuff. Like standout “Broken Body,” a meditation on self-loathing whose chorus goes, “I’m still all the people I’ve ever been.” “No matter how hard you try to curate yourself,” Luciano explains, “they’re always gonna come out. There’s no hiding.” 

“When we made our first record we almost felt like we had something to prove,” Luciano says. It was their debut album, and much of it was written on tour—the kinks in the songs worked out by playing them live. But the writing and recording of Do You Wonder About Me? was imbued with more freedom. Diet Cig had the sense that they could make whatever they wanted. Luciano and Bowman, instead of practicing live to an audience, worked on their songs over the course of a year in their practice space, and ended up finishing tracks with their longtime producer Chris Daly at Headroom Studios in Philadelphia, PA, and back in New Paltz, NY at Salvation Recording. Instead of making sure they’d fit their live show, Diet Cig tinkered with songs until they felt right to them. As a result, Do You Wonder has a freshness, a gleaming new direction. Fewer boundaries. More truth, more honesty.

Exploring their sound led Diet Cig to a new dynamism. As Luciano says: “‘You're laughing! You're crying! You're dancing! You're feeling emotional!’ We wanna bring it all.” There are short, languid vignettes, like “Priority Mail” and “Makeout Interlude,” alongside updates on the characteristic Diet Cig sound, like “Who Are You?,” a bubbly track that reveals Luciano’s moon is in Cancer, the anthemic “Stare Into The Sun,” and the record’s explosive kiss-off of an opener, “Thriving,” which Luciano says feels like a cathartic release for bitterness felt towards other people, as well as an acknowledgement of that fact that it’s OK to still wonder what people think about you even if you know you shouldn’t care. Ultimately, “Thriving,” and all of Diet Cig’s songs, are being unabashedly human. 

1.      Thriving
2.      Who Are You?
3.      Night Terrors
4.      Priority Mail
5.      Broken Body
6.      Makeout Interlude
7.      Flash Flood
8.      Worth The Wait
9.      Stare Into the Sun
10. Night Terrors Reprise

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Thursday, 16 April 2020

The Slow Readers Club Announce Rescheduled UK Tour This Autumn

The Slow Readers Club
Announce Rescheduled UK Tour This Autumn

UK Top 10 Album: The Joy Of The Return Out Now

The Slow Readers Club have announced their rescheduled UK Tour. 

North East Date: 22 Oct – The Sage 2, Gateshead

A statement from the band reads: "We realise that this is an awkward time to be announcing things, and a difficult time for a lot of people. But as so many of you were asking, and as we could all do with something positive to focus on for once all this has calmed down, here are our rescheduled dates for later this year. All tickets for March / April dates remain valid. EU dates are still being worked on and there’ll be an announcement in the near future, along with supports for all shows. Hope you can all make it and until then stay safe x"

The new tour dates are as follows: 
20 Oct – King George’s Hall, Blackburn
21 Oct – Beckett University, Leeds
22 Oct – The Sage 2, Gateshead
23 Oct – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh
24 Oct – Foundry, Sheffield 
26 Oct – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham 
27 Oct – Junction, Cambridge
28 Oct – Rock City, Nottingham 
29 Oct – The Globe, Cardiff
31 Oct – Concorde 2, Brighton 
01 Nov – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth 
02 Nov – Thekla, Bristol
03 Nov – Electric Ballroom, London
04 Nov – Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington  
06 Nov – O2 Academy, Liverpool 
Original tickets remain valid.
Tickets on sale now -  available from #Ad

The news follows the release of The Slow Readers Club's first ever UK Album Chart Top 10 with: The Joy Of The Return, which charted at #9 last week. Praised by Louder Than War Magazine, as “their best album to date”, the record is out now on the Modern Sky UK label.

The Manchester four-piece also recently released a video for current single 'Killing Me’, which you can watch here. Capturing the raw intensity of their live performance, the video sees the Readers perform the track while the camera switches between members to give an intimate perspective of their live show. 

‘Killing Me’ follows the release of ‘Jericho’ and ‘All I Hear’, released to acclaim from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins at BBC 6Music, who premiered the track. Recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool and produced by long-standing collaborator Phil Bulleyment, The Joy Of The Return marks a significant change in the band’s process, with their extensive touring allowing them time to write and develop tracks and arrangements through soundchecks and back-of-van jams. 

Throughout the album, the band explore a vast swathe of sonic territory, with the dark power-pop that defined their previous releases still holding a strong influence. ‘No Surprise’ provides a powerful dose of evocative, brooding lyricism amid immersive soundscapes, while the unsettling ‘Paris’ is an undulating exploration of observational songwriting and eclectic musicality. 

Elsewhere, the swelling, arena-sized ‘Zero Hour’ displays the enormity of The Slow Readers Club sound and sets the precedent for their incredibly exciting future, before ‘The Wait’ closes the album with a beautifully absorptive combination of atmospheric synths flipping the pace of the record on its head to intoxicating effect. 

The new album comes on the back of a stellar 2019 for the band, which saw them play a mammoth 32-date European tour, and a number of sold out UK shows including London’s The Dome and two consecutive nights at Manchester’s The Ritz following the release of their critically acclaimed third album, Build A Tower.


NARC –real energy and passion” / “The momentum of the guitar-driven melodies, over the top of urgent percussion, keeps up the pace throughout the album.

Dork - “an album that wants you to know precisely who The Slow Readers Club are, and won’t stop until you’re pigeon-toeing, head down, on the dark indie-dancefloor”

Under The Radar - “some of the most immediately compelling indie pop released in a long while… A surprising and effortless release, The Joy Of The Return feels like the start of something big for the band” 

Gigwise - "Their new album The Joy Of The Return - which artfully puts forth uplifting message with serious undertones - is the perfect representation of the quartet’s hope for the world.” 

Louder Than War - “their best album to date”  / “'The Joy Of The Return’ is pretty much a victory lap” 

LITTLE MAN TATE Reunite! For Huge Hometown Show @ Sheffield O2 Academy

For Huge Hometown Show @ Sheffield O2 Academy
Friday 18 September 2020
Tickets On Sale Next Week Here: #Ad

Back together once more - Little Man Tate - will reunite for a major headline gig in their hometown this year.
Sparking a flurry of speculation in fan circles in recent days with a series of cryptic clues on social media, today (14 April), the Sheffield indie four-piece officially break their 11-year silence to announce a reunion show at the O2 Academy, Sheffield.

Taking place on Friday 18th September 2020, the gig will be the band’s first live appearance since their emotional farewell shows at the very same venue in 2009, where they performed to over three thousand avid fans. 
Looking to recapture that same magic all these years later, the original line up of: Jon Windle, Edward 'Maz' Marriott, Ben Surtees and Dan Fields will be picking-up exactly where they left off to embark on a new and exciting chapter together.
Speaking about the reunion show, frontman Jon Windle says: "We've had offers over the last few years to do something, but it was never the right time due to other things that were going on in our lives. This time it was perfect, we are all in a really good place and just can't wait to do it."
Stalwarts of Sheffield’s famously thriving indie scene of the noughties, Little Man Tate rubbed shoulders with the likes of Bromheads Jacket, Milburn, Reverend & The Makers and Arctic Monkeys to put the Steel City back on the musical map. 
Forming in 2005, the band announced themselves with the infectious first single ‘The Agent’ to a sold-out vinyl run instantly lapped-up by 1800 fans quick to recognise something special in the making. Self released via the band’s own Yellow Van Records label, the track was followed by unprecedented Top 40 hit ‘What? What You Got?’, earmarking Little Man Tate as one of the UK’s hottest new prospects and igniting a bidding war amongst multiple record labels. Signing with V2 Records in 2006, LMT went on to invade the UK Top 40 with their next four singles, including ‘House Party At Boothy’s’ and their totemic Top 20 smash ‘Sexy In Latin’; whilst watching their sensational debut album ‘About What You Know’ climb to #27 in the UK Albums Chart in 2007.

In just two years, Little Man Tate staked their place as a must-see on the live circuit and stepped up to huge slots at major festivals such as Reading + Leeds, plus played a momentous pre-Christmas show at the iconic Empress Ballroom in Blackpool. Swiftly following-up their debut, the band would release their second and final album: ‘Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy’ in 2008, before making the difficult decision to part-ways. In 2009, Little Man Tate stepped up to play two phenomenal sold-out shows at the O2 Academy in Sheffield, bowing-out of music with an unforgettable bang.

From conquering the dancefloors of the indie-discos to putting pop-stars out of place in the UK charts, spurred on by their dedicated fanbase Little Man Tate achieved in just four years what most band’s could only dare to dream of.
In 2020, the Sheffield favourites are back together and ready to set the nation alight all over again. Reuniting for a night of celebration at the Sheffield O2 Academy, Little Man Tate will be hosting an unmissable House Party, Boothy’s-style; these four walls won’t forget this night...

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Expected to sell fast, tickets will go on General Sale on Friday 24th April @ 10am

Pre-Sale is available for O2 + Ticketmaster Customers on Wednesday 22nd April @ 10am.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Nouvelle Vague Announce 15 Years Anniversary Tour

Nouvelle Vague
Announce 15 Years Anniversary Tour

AGMP presents Nouvelle Vague, 15 years Anniversary Tour.
October 11th 2020 - The Boiler Shop, Newcastle
Tickets: #Ad

The collective, who will be on the road with lead singers Phoebe Killdeer & Melanie Pain from 9th October to 20th October. 

Bossa Nova = Nouvelle Vague = New Wave. This transliteration was the starting point for Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux’s unique project, which, by appropriating the punk and post-punk cannon and running it through the Bossa Nova filter, reinvented the cover band genre, revealing new and brilliant talents along the way: Camille, Phoebe Killdeer, Nadeah, Mélanie Pain, and Liset Alea.

The group’s first two albums, 'Nouvelle Vague' (2004) and 'Bande A Part' (2006) defined their unique sound with Bossa versions of New Wave Classics. Their third album 'NV3' (2009) featured collaborations with Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, Ian McCullouch from Echo and the Bunnymen, Terry Hall from The Specials, Barry Adamson, The Saints & Minimal Compact. 
Nouvelle Vague are Marc Collin, Olivier Libaux, Mélanie Pain, Elodie Frégé, and Phoebe Killdeer.

Monday, 6 April 2020

Lamplight Festival at Mowbray Park, Sunderland.

Lamplight Festival Presents Kaiser Chiefs

& Frankie and the Heartstrings

Mowbray Park, Sunderland. 

from 3pm

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult
No glass permitted
No Food or drink permitted
Food and drink available on site
Outdoor event
Nearest public transport point : Sunderland Central Train Station / Park Lane Bus Station
Smoke and vape free venue
No BBQs, tents or overnight camping
No dogs allowed
Filming of the event is not permitted 

Lamplight Festival Presents Deacon Blue 

KT Tunstall, Roddy Woomble

Mowbray Park, Sunderland. 


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Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult
No glass permitted
No Food or drink permitted
Food and drink available on site
Outdoor event
Nearest public transport point : Sunderland Central Train Station / Park Lane Bus Station
Smoke and vape free venue
No BBQs, tents or overnight camping
No dogs allowed
Filming of the event is not permitted 

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Upcoming gigs...

Samantha Fish

Wylam Brewery at Palace Of Arts, Newcastle. 

The Lottery Winners

Think Tank?, Newcastle. 

Mark Lanegan Band

O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle. 


Think Tank?, Newcastle.

Boston Manor

Riverside, Newcastle.


O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle. 

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Before Mötley Crue, before RATT, even before there was a Metallica, Y&T was slogging away in sweaty rock clubs around America. When the band formed in the early 1970s, little did they know they would set the standard for hard rock bands that trailed. Many of the biggest acts of the '80s became popular opening for headliners Y&T—and cut their teeth on the band, as evidenced by the Y&T mentions in tell-all books by acts such as Metallica and Mötley Crue.

Born in Oakland, California, Y&T is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's own innovators of the hard rock sound. Whether performing to a festival crowd of fifty-thousand or in an intimate nightclub, Y&T's high-energy set and passionate performances still captivate legions of fans around the globe, proving Y&T's music timeless.
Originally formed as Yesterday and Today, the initial powerhouse quartet—featuring Dave Meniketti (lead guitar/lead vocals), Phil Kennemore (bass), Leonard Haze (drums), and Joey Alves (rhythm guitar)—tore through the '70s and '80s with their own brand of hard rock. After two '70s albums on London Records, they shortened their name to Y&T and released eight albums on A&M in the '80s. Two more albums with Geffen Records marked an era of change with Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, Suicidal Tendencies, Megadeth) on drums and Stef Burns (Alice Cooper, Berlin, Huey Lewis) on guitar.

With a discography of 18 albums, four greatest hits collections, plus a box set, Y&T have sold over four million albums since their 1974 inception. The band's most recent single "I'm Coming Home" has climbed to roughly 1.5 million views on YouTube. Y&T received extensive airplay with hits such as Forever, Rescue Me, Mean Streak, Don't Stop Runnin', and Summertime Girls—which played in heavy rotation on MTV. Y&T songs have been featured in a multitude of movies and television shows, including Real Genius, Out of Bounds, Baywatch, and Hunter. After five top 100 albums, songs that tipped into the 40s, two Bammie Awards, and many international television appearances, Y&T's hits are still played on VH1 Classic and Classic Rock radio stations worldwide.
With the passing of Kennemore, Haze, and Alves, it’s Meniketti who carries on the legacy that is Y&T. Y&T continues to tour the world, featuring the dynamic original frontman Dave Meniketti (lead guitar/lead vocals), John Nymann (guitar/vocals), Aaron Leigh (bass/vocals), and Mike Vanderhule (drums/vocals), playing songs that span the band's five-decade career and including all the hits and fan favourites. Prepare to have your face melted.

Porridge Radio

Cluny 2, Newcastle. 


The Boiler Shop, Newcastle

New Release: Larkin Poe - Self Made Man

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