17 September 2014

BullyBones release debut single I Feel Sorry For You

BullyBones debut single I Feel Sorry For You

BullyBones release debut single I Feel Sorry For You

Released: October 27th 2014
Label: Barnstormer

Name your band after a song by The Birthday Party and you damn well better have some fire in your guts to back it up. BullyBones have that – and some decidedly catchy melodies to complement their evident-enough energy, a little sweetness to offset the sour sweat that soaks so compellingly through their tracks to date.

And for the less punk-inclined listeners out there: sure, a bully bone can also mean a dog chew ‘treat’ made up of a shrivelled bull’s penis. But really, come on. You’re beyond that, aren’t you? So, onwards with the music, shall we?

Which draws its cues from record collections spanning several decades. Having first come together as school friends before realising their band ambitions, the members of BullyBones – today comprising Charlie Pullinger on vocals and guitar; Aaron Lee on guitar; Illy Webster on bass; and Elliot Little on drums – “got serious” in 2012, and haven’t looked back since.

In their own words, the band’s influences span “60 years and several continents”, but there’s an unmistakable British resonance to the tracks that make up their initial missive to the wider world. It’s not exactly small-town boys fighting out into the bigger picture, more the declaration of immediate, easy opportunities extinguished, a local circuit already won – and now’s the time to carry their fervour across to that next, giant step.

Which the double-header of ‘I Feel Sorry For You’ and ‘Deadflower Girl’ certainly feels like: from diminutive beginnings into bold introductions. These are songs that crackle and spark with live commitment, with enthusiasm for more – not of the same, not to recycle influences into a commendable ‘authentic’ sound, or anything like that, but to further bonds and deepen friendships. You know when you hear a band for the first time and they sound like they mean it – and that’s what’s here. Vitriol, certainly, but tempered by an already established pop sensibility, where messages aren’t carried on affronts but by accessibility.

You might catch traces of garage-rockers past in the shadows dancing about the snarls, or sniff out the scent of The Stones when they could move without risking hip replacement surgery. You might, because these bands carried comparable qualities: allies in alignment, aiming at something more than what’s previously been afforded them. Birthday, Christmas, piss-up for no particular reason: whatever the occasion, BullyBones have come to party, and only a bleedin’ idiot would doubt their potential.

Dreamshow announce new single 16

Dreamshow new single 16

Dreamshow announce new single 16 

Straight off the back of their brand new video for ‘Chasing ControlDREAMSHOW release the second track from their upcoming EP, ‘16’. A much more upbeat and lively affair than the track before it Constantine V’s bruised and yelped melodies bring to mind Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Julian Casablancas and are guaranteed to bed right inside your head. Have a listen on the link above.

Working with some of the most provocative talent New York City has produced in the last ten years, Constantine V. fronts his exciting new project DREAMSHOW. The band melt together a perfect blend of pop hooks, indie rhythms and punk sensibilities - resulting in a sound that’s both fresh and nostalgic but always exciting and engaging.  Born in Manhattan, New York, Constantine V. identified from an early stage with rebellious and indie art forms and has always drawn energy from chaos and his troubled youth. He thrives off pure forms of expression and High Art influences; since his teen years and through his study at Bard College, he has used reading, painting and mixed media to develop, refine, and increase his creative output. Today as a fine artist, he has shown in Manhattan galleries and sold his work through Sotheby’s under a secret moniker.

As a musician, Constantine’s sound has always been based in his early passion for drumming. His voice is distinctly punk but with a fresh emotional range, most notably in the anxious stretches of strong pop melody.

Directing the project creatively is Matthew Williams of SHOWstudio who was previously the creative director of Kanye West and Lady Gaga. 


Constantine V. - vocals

Jahphet Landis of ‘TV on the Radio’ - Drums

Mason Orfalea of ‘Cerebral Ballzy’ - Guitar

Michael Amacio - Bass

A Higher Demise to release The Doctor Will See You Now EP

A Higher Demise The Doctor Will See You Now EP

A Higher Demise to release The Doctor Will See You Now EP

Since being unleashed upon the UK music scene in 2012, the young and ambitious 5 piece, Higher Demise, have been rapidly growing their reputuation as a fiecely energetic and exciting live act. Frequently drawing comparisions to the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice and Men and Eyes Set To Kill. A Higher Demise deliver their own sonic onslaughts by combining thunderous rhythms, anthemic choruses, brutal guitar riffs, gut-wrenching vocals and melodic harmonies.

Recently signing to UK independent label Ambicon Records (Inherit The Stars, Circle Of Reason, Down The Machine, Harlot etc) A Higher Demise are geared up to launch their music to a wider audience this year and beyond. Already gaining strong support from rock/metal media for their debut video single for ‘My Therapist Knows You By Name’ in August 2014; expect a lot more in the near future from this emerging British rock act brimming with potential. Personally invited to perform at the Total Rock/Planet Loud sponsored Attitude Metal Festival in October, A Higher Demise shall be featuring along side acts such as Devilment (ex Cradle Of Filth) and We’ll Take Manhatten.

Produced by Jason Wilson (You Me At Six/Ghost Of A Thousand) ‘The Doctor Will See You Now EP is available to download now.

A Higher Demise are Charlie Serafini (Vox), Terry Beckley (Guitar/Vox), Dan Pape (Guitar), Rachael Tarr (Bass) and James ‘Dag’ Farrell (Drums)

Stream ‘All These Reasons’ recently selected as Amazing Radio Rock Show’s ‘Track Of The Week’

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16 September 2014

Skinny Lister sign to Xtra Mile and announce tour dates

Skinny Lister Xtra Mile tour dates

Skinny Lister sign to Xtra Mile and announce tour dates

Xtra Mile Recordings are pleased and proud to announce that London-based folk six-piece Skinny Lister have signed to the label, joining the likes of Frank Turner, Against Me!, Larry and His Flask, Beans On Toast and many more. The news comes on the day (17th September) that the band play on the Main Stage at Germany’s legendary Reeperbahn music festival.

To celebrate the signing, the English sextet will play five shows in five days across the UK in October. These shows will give fans the chance to hear the forthcoming album in full before its release in Spring 2015. Dates are:

22 Manchester @ Night & Day
23 Bristol @ The Attic
24 Leicester @ Scholar Bar
25 London @ 100 Club
26 Brighton @ Sticky Mikes

Skinny Lister are no strangers to the world’s biggest stages – having performed on the mainstage at Coachella and Fujirock in 2013. Already this year they have toured the States supporting Dropkick Murphys and wowed audiences at USA’s prestigious Bonnaroo and Summerfest festivals. Back on home soil the group rocked the Avalon stage at Glastonbury, the main stage at Wickerman Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, BoomTown Festival and Beautiful Days. Later in the year they undertake a headline tour of Japan, culminating with a mainstage performance at Asigiri Jam Festival in Tokyo.

Skinny Lister seem to have been born from the land itself. Spending time trailing all over the country, they've toured and recorded an EP on the Grand Union canal route, driven a Land Rover 100s of miles to play gigs every night, and played 30 festivals in 2011, winning the PRS “Hardest Working Band” of that summer.

In 2012 they played SxSW in Austin, Texas and were snapped up by the Vans Warped Tour, playing up to three times a day at the travelling festival. They also released debut album Forge and Flagon in the UK, with a US and Japan release the following year.

The band's full bloom, spirit-fuelled folk flurry started blossoming with the nourishment gained from Leicester's folk clubs. Adding some fertilizer from the Thameside folk community, and life lessons and experience from getting pub punters up and down the land dancing, Skinny Lister are spreading roots for their own lively, irresistible folk revival.

Charlie Caplowe, Xtra Mile Recordings’ Managing Director says: “At Xtra Mile we are always looking for acts that not only have great songs and are cracking live but who also work hard, want to play and tour all the time and share our DIY ethos. Skinny Lister fit that bill and we are excited to welcome them to the XMR fold.”

Skinny Lister said: “'We’re really big fans of Xtra Mile Recordings, and it's great that we're already good friends with some of the roster, including Larry and His Flask, Beans On Toast and Dave Hause. We’re proud to be a part of this growing label and it’s a great fit for Skinny Lister. Very excited for the new album to be an Xtra Mile release.'  

Twitter - @skinnylister

Liverpool's House - Electrifying new documentary Freedom of The DJ

Liverpool House new documentary Freedom of The DJ

Liverpool's House - Electrifying new documentary Freedom of The DJ

Freedom of The DJ is a brand new eight-part documentary series that provides a captivating look into the lifestyle, history, and evolution of the DJ. The debut episode dug deep into the roots of the DJ scene and now Episode 2, just released, takes an exclusive look at Liverpool’s contribution to the world of electronic music and the legendary club and brand, Cream.

Featuring exclusive interviews from the four pioneers of the Liverpool dance music scene, James Barton - Rolling Stones magazine’s ‘most influential person in EDM music’, John Kelly, Andy Carroll, and Mike Knowler, Liverpool’s House documents how the city both embraced and shaped the monumental rise of dance music in the early 90s.

Brought to you by blu eCigs, the premium global e-cigarette brand, this episode reveals how the founders of Cream grew from humble beginnings to crafting one of the biggest brands in music.

Sharing his highs and lows, co-founder of Cream James Barton reminisces on the heydays of the dance music movement, which saw over 6,000 revellers descend on the club each week and Cream’s celebrated albums, which outsold Kylie Minogue in the charts. He also reveals a unique insight into the brand’s evolution from superclub to the superfestival that is Creamfields.

Packed with exclusive early footage, Liverpool’s House will transport you back to the hub of the 90s dance music and the meteoric rise of one of the UK’s most iconic music brands. Watch it here:

Freedom of The DJ is to be an eight part series and is in support the blu Music Tour, currently making its way across the UK and still to visit cities including Dublin, Bristol and Newcastle with stellar line-ups including Jackmaster, Deadboy, Gorgon City and Erol Alkan. Tickets are free and won via ballot, enter at 

Missed Episode One? Catch up right below

Music events held at The Kazimier for Liverpool Biennial 2014

Music events The Kazimier Liverpool Biennial 2014

Music events held at The Kazimier for Liverpool Biennial 2014

Liverpool Biennial has announced a programme of activity throughout September and October including a performative project, The Companion, the announcement of the John Moores Painting Prize winner and the opening of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014. 


Friday 19- Sunday 21 September Liverpool Biennial is pleased to announce a performative project, taking place in spaces across the city from Friday 19 - Sunday 21 September. The Companion, in collaboration with artist and writer Angie Keefer, will form part of Biennial’s overall exhibition reflecting on how artists disrupt the realms of habits and habitats, reconfiguring the objects, images, representations and activities that constitute their immediate surroundings.

The Companion performance weekend takes place at venues across the city including the Liverpool Philharmonic Dining Rooms, Merseyside Dance Initiative, the Kazimier and the Black-E. Performances include; Jeremiah Day’s first presentation of a larger project tracing the legacy of the American Anti-Imperialist League, and its failure; Angie Keefer and James English Leary’s durational performance The Screens , which will produce segments of Jean Genet's play of the same name,dancers and musicians stage works conceived by Oskar Schlemmer at the Bauhaus and musical recitals including an evening of live music performances at The Kazimier. 

A full schedule of the weekend, includes:

Friday 19 September 

12.00 – 13.15

16.00 – 17.15 

Mounira al-Solh (LB/NL)

Acousmatic Reading: NOA (Not Only Arabic Magazine) I & II Audiences read NOA I (Treason is Like a Bible), and NOA II (Arrest Buried Under Something Else), two magazines that exist in an edition of one print each. (Space limited to 12 people per session.) 

Studio Room, The Old Blind School, Free, booking required

21.30 – 23:00 

Will Holder (UK)

Last Futile Stab At Fun Typographer Will Holder reads a metered lecture “to be sung or chanted,” written by composer Robert Ashley. 

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, Free, booking required

Josephine Foster (US) and Victor Herrero (ES) Josephine Foster and Victor Herrero play a live acoustic set. The Philharmonic Pub Dining Rooms, Free, booking required

Saturday 20 September 

10.00 – 18:00 

Angie Keefer (US) and James English Leary (US) with The Companion participants and Biennial mediators The Screens Artists and mediators produce segments of Jean Genet's play The Screens in an improvised film studio. 

Studio Room, The Old Blind School, Free, drop-in

10.00 – 18:00 

Lucy Skaer (UK)

Obscurantism A self-guided tour of the exhibition at the Old Blind School directed from the outside, looking in.

The Old Blind School exterior, Hope Street side, Free, drop-in

17:30 – 18.00 

Jeremiah Day (US/NL) with Bart de Kroon (NL)

Bagram, Kaiserslautern, Bethesda Jeremiah Day performs live, accompanied by guitarist Bart de Kroon, to debut the first presentation of a larger project tracing the legacy of the American Anti-Imperialist League, and its failure.

Merseyside Dance Initiative, Free, booking required


Adrian Henri Book Launch at The Bluecoat, Free, drop-in

20.00 - late

Musical and spoken word performances featuring: Hassan Khan (EG), C. Spencer Yeh (TW/US), Chris Evans and Will Holder (UK), Federica, Bueti (IT) and Jan Verwoert (DE), Jaxson Payne (UK), CONCERT - Chris Evans (UK), Morten Norbye Halvorsen (NO) and Benjamin Seror (FR), Anika, DJs Shintaro Taketani and Oliver Baggott. 

The Kazimier, £5, booking required

Sunday 21 September 


Christophe Wavelet (FR) with Darko Radosavljev (DE), Alma Toaspern (DE), Erik Eriksson (SE), Alex Neilson (UK) Oskar Schlemmer Dances Dancers and musicians stage works conceived by Oskar Schlemmer at the Bauhaus.

The Black-E, Free, booking required


Phillip Jeck 

Vinyl Requiem Revisited, at The Bluecoat, £6/£4, booking required Liverpool Biennial director Sally Tallant said: “As we reach the halfway point in this year’s festival, we’re delighted to announce September and October’s activity programme and the performance weekend, The Companion. For those visiting the Biennial for the first time, there’s still the chance to see the rest of A Needle Walks into a Haystack at the Bluecoat, FACT, The Old Blind School, St. Andrews Gardens and Tate Liverpool. 


Saturday 20 September – Sunday 26 October 2014. World Museum, Free

Bloomberg New Contemporaries has been an integral part of Liverpool Biennial since 1999 and under the new directorship of Kirsty Ogg, this year marks Bloomberg New Contemporaries’ 65th anniversary. As the leading UK organisation for supporting emergent art practice from British art schools, New Contemporaries has consistently provided a critical platform for final year undergraduates, postgraduates and artists one year out of postgraduate study, primarily by means of an annual touring exhibition.

Participants were announced in May and as part of Liverpool Biennial 2014, the resulting national touring exhibition opens at the World Museum, National Museums Liverpool, 20 September 2014, offering a compelling picture of contemporary practice with the work of 55 artists on display.


Saturday 5 July - Sunday 30 November. Walker Art Gallery, Free

The first-prize winner of the UK’s best-known and longest-running painting competition will be announced on 19 September 2014 at the Walker Art Gallery. 

50 artists were originally selected from more than 2,500 entrants with the shortlist of five prize winners announced on 5 July 2014; Rae Hicks, Juliette Losq, Mandy Payne, Alessandro Raho and Rose Wylie, from which one overall winner will be selected.

The 2014 judges are Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy and artists Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Zeng Fanzhi, Chantal Joffe and Tom Benson.


30 September, 7-10pm, Palm House, Sefton Park, Free, booking required

This September, Liverpool Biennial welcomes artist Isabel Lewis who will host a unique event in the Palm House, Sefton Park. Continuing the theme of her current work, which takes the form of hosted "occasions" that are concerned with composition in the space of social encounter, Lewis’ event will take the form of a party, at which Isabel will present her own work. Within the occasion hospitable conditions are generated for the mixing of modes from the sensual to the discursive. 

Similar perhaps to the ancient Greek symposium, or "drinking party", the occasion is a celebratory meeting of things, people, plants, music, smells and dances.

An Occasion Hosted by Isabel Lewis is a Frieze Project co-commissioned by 

Liverpool Biennial, ICA and Frieze. Isabel Lewis will be hosting a series of occasions as part of Frieze Projects in London from 14-17 October 2014.


Wednesday 8 October


Sharon Lockhart Film Programme: Bill Douglas Trilogy

FACT / £8 / £7 (concs)

Bill Douglas's reputation as a film director rests largely on three films he made in the 1970s, the total running length of which is only just over three hours. My Childhood / My Ain Folk / My Way Home

Saturday 11 October


International Biennial Association Summit

The Bluecoat / Free, booking required

The Summit brings international representatives of the IBA together with professionals in the UK that organise periodic and Biennial festivals. Together they explore a range of Biennial models in order to broaden knowledge of international practice in the UK.

Wednesday 15 October


Paul O’Keeffe: Whistler v Ruskin: the 'Pot of Paint' Libel Trial

The Bluecoat / Free, booking required

Whistler’s famous court case with John Ruskin is brought to life in this illustrated talk.

Friday 17 October


Sharon Lockhart World Premiere

6.30pm / FACT / £6/£5 

Join Sharon Lockhart herself and be the first to see her new film, commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and FACT. In making this film, Lockhart returned to Poland to work with Milena and a group of twelve adolescent girls from the Youth Center for Sociotherapy, an orphanage in the town of Rudzienko. On a nearby farm, through a series of workshops led by educator and philosopher Bartosz Przybył-Ołowski, the group developed exercises and activities designed to empower the authority of their own voice and perspective on the world.

Thursday 23 October


Drinks With... Ben Highmore

Liverpool Medical Institution / Free, booking required

Drinks With... is a series of commissioned presentations by noted speakers, asking pertinent questions in response to the key curatorial concerns of A Needle Walks into a Haystack. 

9 September 2014

The Coathangers release new album and announce UK tour

The Coathangers new album UK tour

The Coathangers release new album and announce UK tour

If you’re familiar with The Coathangers then you probably know the Atlanta group’s premise. The story goes that four young women decided to start a band for the sole purpose of being able to hang out and play parties. They weren’t going to let the fact that none of them knew how to play any instruments get in the way of their having a good time.  The backstory certainly added to the charm of early songs like “Nestle In My Boobies” and “Stop Stomp Stompin’”--songs that resided somewhere between no-wave’s caustic stabs of dissonance and garage rock’s primal minimalism.  In the seven years since their formation, The Coathangers have released a slew of records and toured across North America and Europe countless times. The persistence of such a casual endeavor is a testament to the infectious quality of their songs and the electric nature of their unruly live show.

Suck My Shirt is the The Coathangers’ fourth full-length.  The title refers to an incident involving the salvaging of spilled tequila during the recording session for the album.  While the title implies that little has changed with regards to the band’s celebratory mission statement, even just a cursory listen of their latest album demonstrates that there have indeed been changes in The Coathangers’ camp.  First off, the quartet was reduced to a trio for the latest record, with keyboardist Bebe Coathanger (Candice Jones) stepping down from her duties. But the absence of keyboards isn’t nearly as noticeable of a difference as the band’s refined songwriting approach.  Refinement is an attribute we expect to see in any group that has a career spanning more than a couple of years, but the extent to which The Coathangers have honed their trade with each successive album dwarfs most bands’ maturation.  This isn’t to say that The Coathangers have polished their sound; the group once again worked with Ed Rawls and Justin McNeight at The Living Room to attain the same production values of their Larceny & Old Lace album and their recent slew of split 7”s. Rather, the refinement can be heard in the quality of the songs themselves. While the band retains the alluring spontaneity and happy accidents of their early releases, the trio’s current work sounds far more deliberate and locked-in than anything they have done in the past.

“It’s a balance between overthinking and just going for it,” guitarist Crook Kid Coathanger (Julia Kugel) says of their songwriting strategy.  It’s a duality immediately apparent with the album opener “Follow Me”.  It’s a classic Coathangers tune with the raspy vocals of Rusty Coathanger (Stephanie Luke) belted out over the signature grimy rock laid down by Crook Kid and bassist Minnie Coathanger (Meredith Franco).  But the chorus opens into one of the most accessible hooks in the band’s canon, just before segueing into the next verse with a squall of violent dissonant guitar.  From there the band launches into “Shut Up”, a title that harkens back to the brash sass of their first record. The song still has its spikey guitar riffs and shouted chorus, but here The Coathangers sound less like a jubilant version of Huggy Bear and more like the art-pop of late-era Minutemen.  Dedicated Coathangers fans will recognize the re-worked versions of “Merry Go Round”, “Smother”, “Adderall”, and “Derek’s Song” from their run of limited edition split 7”s, and hearing them in the context of the album shows that these tracks weren’t merely isolated examples of the band’s more sophisticated side, but were actually demonstrative of the group’s increasing capacity for nestling solid melodic hooks and rock heft into their repertoire.  By the time the band wraps up the album with the humble pop perfection of “Drive”, it’s hard to believe this was the band that garnered their reputation with raucous bombasts like “Don’t Touch My Shit”.

"Ultimately, every album is a snapshot of who we were at the time,” says Crook Kid.  And while that might mean that The Coathangers in 2014 don’t feel compelled to chronicle the youthful piss and vinegar that yielded the Teenage Jesus and The Jerks-esque spasms of their debut album, it’s exciting to hear the output of the band as they explore the range of their temperaments with a broader musical palette at their disposal.  

Suck My Shirt will be released in the UK on 3rd November 2014 via Suicide Squeeze Records.  The band will be touring Europe in November.

European Dates:
1st November - Spain, Barcelona - Apolo (Primavera Club)
3rd November - France, Toulouse - Saint Des Seines
4th November - Spain, San Sebastian - Daba Daba
6th November - Spain, Vitoria Pabellon Universitario del Campus
7th November - Spain, Madrid - Wurlitzer Ballroom
9th November - France, Lorient - Le Galion
12th November - UK, Leeds - Wharf Chambers
13th November - UK, Glasgow - Broadcast
14th November - UK, Birmingham - Temple (with The Growlers)
15th November - UK, London - Shacklewell Arms
16th November - UK, Brighton - Prince Albert
18th November - France, Paris - La Mecanique Ondulatoire
19th November  - Holland, Amsterdam - Tolhuistuin (with The Growlers)
20th November - France, Lille - El Diablo
21st November - Belgium, Charleroi - Eden
22nd November - Germany, Stuttgart - 1210
23rd November - Germany, Cologne - Blue Shell
24th November - Germany, Hamburg - Goldener Salon
25th November - Germany, Berlin - Comet  
27th November - Switzerland, Geneva -  L'Ecurie
28th November - Germany, Munich - Milla
29th November - Switzerland, Kreuzlingen - Horst
30th November - France, Lyon - La Tannerie
5th December - Italy, Brescia - Lio Bar
7th December - Italy, Ravenna - Bronson

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The Wytches to play The Kazimier Liverpool

The Wytches The Kazimier Liverpool

The Wytches to play The Kazimier Liverpool

A band who have become firm favourites on the Liverpool gig circuit, psych/garage trio The Wytches return to play their biggest standalone show in the city to date.

Following the acclaim for the band’s Sound City date in May and their special appearance at the Fat White Family/The Growlers gig at The Kazimier in last month, October sees the three-piece step up to headline at the venue.

Describing their mixture of grunge, goth and vintage psych rock as ‘surf doom’, the Brightonian group have also begun to make waves in the States with fixtures at SXSW and a support stint with fellow psychedelic travellers Cloud Nothings.

Singed to legendary indie label Heavenly, the band’s debut LP ‘Annabel Dream Reader’ was released on 25th August. The culmination of the group’s incendiary live shows and attendant run of superlative singles, the album is produced by lead singer Kristian Bell and Merseyside’s very own Bill Ryder-Jones.

19.30 Saturday 11 October

(Wolstenholme Sq)

Tickets £8.00adv available ONLINE from

Physical tickets are also available from