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NEWS: Travis Announce Debut Album Re-Issue

 


TO REISSUE 1997 DEBUT ALBUM 'GOOD FEELING' ON VINYL 
APRIL 2nd VIA CRAFT RECORDINGS
 
Featuring singles ‘All I Want To Do Is Rock’, ‘U16 Girls’, ‘Happy’ 
& ‘Tied to the 90’s’

 
The original version of breakthrough single ‘More Than Us’
Available to stream 
HERE

RESCHEDULED 2022 UK TOUR DATES ALSO ANNOUNCED
On April 2, 2021, Travis’ 1997 debut Good Feeling returns to vinyl in its original format for the first time with classic sleeve and original packaging replication. As well as 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl, an exclusive limited-edition red vinyl version is available for pre-order via the Travis official store and UK independent record shops.


 
'Good Feeling' was produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey, Peter Gabriel) who teased out the anthemic hooks of the group’s debut single, ‘All I Want to Do Is Rock’, and helped them craft their breakthrough hit, ‘More Than Us’, which went Top 20 in the spring of 1998. Taking Travis into the Top 10 of the UK albums charts, 'Good Feeling' also included the Top 40 singles ‘U16 Girls’, ‘Happy’ & ‘Tied to the 90’s’.

Frontman Fran Healy reflects; “In December 1996, just out of Woodstock in Upstate New York, Travis assembled in the legendary Bearsville Studios with the legendary producer Steve Lilllywhite to begin recording their debut album 'Good Feeling'. Hailed at the time as one of the debuts of the year by the legendary music critic Andy Gill, 'Good Feeling' is us at our rawest. We're extremely happy to be reissuing it on vinyl for you all.

Unavailable since its first release, the original version of ‘More Than Us’ is also now available to stream worldwide 
HERE.

Travis have also announced rescheduled 2022 UK tour dates. Visit 
https://www.travisonline.com/ for the details:

May
10th - Cambridge, Corn Exchange 
11th - Leeds, O2 Academy 
12th - Bath, The Forum 
14th - Stoke, Victoria Hall 
15th - Birmingham, Symphony Hall 
17th - Manchester, Albert Hall 
18th - Bournemouth, O2 Academy 
20th - London, The Roundhouse 
21st - Newcastle, O2 City Hall 
22nd - Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall 
 
Good Feeling TRACK LISTING
Side A
1.     All I Want to Do Is Rock
2.     U16 Girls
3.     The Line Is Fine
4.     Good Day to Die
5.     Good Feeling
6.     Midsummer Nights Dreamin'
 
Side B
1.     Tied to the 90's
2.     I Love You Anyways
3.     Happy
4.     More Than Us
5.     Falling Down
6.     Funny Thing

Pre-Order Good Feeling LP
Black vinyl 
HERE
Red vinyl HERE
Stream the album HERE
Watch Travis videos in HD HERE
 

SINGLE REVIEW: 'For Lovers' - Sid Stone

One of the UK’s most exciting new artists and multi-instrumentalists, Sid Stone, has released his romantically jazz-infused new track, ‘For Lovers’. The track follows the release of the irresistibly catchy ‘Hold On’, as well as his incredible debut mixtape, ‘Inside/Outside’, which was released on Hotspring Music last year. Listen to 'For Lovers' below. 







“Oh I need a lover,” Sid sings in the opening bars of ‘For Lovers’. Electric guitar and tantalizingly smooth backing vocals also feature on the track.


“This song is a bit of a homage to all the great love songs that have inspired me so much over the years. Otis, Stevie, Bill Withers, all the soul legends,” Sid said of the track. “Right now feels like a good time to embrace the love vibration within us all and move into a higher plane of vibrational existence.”

 Listen to ‘Inside/Outside’ EP HERE







Somerset's Sid Stone is a seasoned songwriter and a true artist of his craft. He has those perfect gravelly tones to his voice. With influences from soul, jazz, pop and rap to dance music, his raw vocals brings a remarkably diverse, but accessible sound. 

SINGLE REVIEW: 'Hey Man' - Nature TV

Brighton four-piece Nature TV have released their latest single, 'Hey Man' and it's a soulful number; a real soothing treat for the ears with heartfelt lyrics about following the right path for you. Listen below.


Discussing the group’s latest single, frontman Guy Bangham stated: “Hey Man is a song about wanting to know that the direction you’re going in life is the right one for you. Sometimes it feels like there are many things and many people in life who could lead you astray or tell you that you shouldn’t be following your passion. So this track is basically me trying to shut out all the noises and negative leeches out of my life and just keep on keeping on, even when it can be hard."

REVIEW: 'ReOrchestrated'

What Bastille's new documentary film ‘ReOrchestrated’ really does is appeal to both fans of the indie pop hit makers and non-fans alike (although you would find it difficult to not become a mega fan, like me, by the time this film is over). Say what you will about the four-piece, they do not take the easy route.

We learn the band’s history as they lead up to one of the biggest night’s of their professional lives - a show at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie with a 50+ man orchestra (Baltic Sea Philarmonic) and also a show at London’s Palladium, which was their last show pre-pandemic.


Now, Bastille aren’t the only band to rework their music with orchestras and choirs as ‘ReOrchestrated’ might have you believe (Snow Patrol have had success with a similar concept), but the amount of determination they put into the shows and the level of details *and* progress they made is shown..and I can personally attest to how brilliant these shows were. 

These shows were innovative, especially for an ‘indie’ band and we see them come to the decision to put the third album on the back burner to go on the ‘ReOrchestrated’ tour in 2018. Not all bands would do a live show that was so risky and be so honest about the process.

Photo credit: www.udiscovermusic.com

Reluctant frontman Dan Smith and keyboardist Kyle Simmons hopped onto Instagram Live (@bastilledan) the night before the release to talk about ‘ReOchestrated’ and claimed that it was an intimate look into their lives and, to be fair, it is more revealing than fans would usually expect - we learn a lot about Dan’s insecurities and how fame “fucked him up” and also how Kyle was very nearly let go because, as he says: “I wasn’t good enough” - but they could have delved much deeper, I feel. I guess the film was aimed at a more general audience, to include people who may not be familiar with the band too.

Live member Charlie Barnes and “genius” arranger Jonny Abrahams (Public Service Broadcasting) are also interviewed alongside the choir director (Senab Adekunle) and orchestra conductor (Kristjan Jarvi). We see Charlie Barnes doing forward flips and jumping jacks with his guitar strapped on. He is so happy to be a part of the experience and yet he also discusses feeling low at times and the pressures of playing with such a huge band.

‘ReOrchestrated’ is a surprisingly emotional / feel-good watch, especially if you are a fan of the band or have attended the shows. There are full length songs (one of which was filmed at Abbey Road Studios) featured in the film and these give you a glimpse into what it was like to be in the audience at those truly magical nights at Royal Albert Hall, Elbphilharmonie and The Palladium.

The film ends with *the* most stunning performance of ‘The Waves’ and I am guilty of playing it back many times since I first heard it. As a fan, I am so very proud of the journey Bastille have been on and very glad that this film commemorates that.


ReOrchestrated’ is available on Amazon Prime Video


NEWS: TOM GRENNAN ANNOUNCES BIGGEST UK HEADLINE SHOW TO DATE


TOM GRENNAN ANNOUNCES ALEXANDRA PALACE SHOW, 30TH SEPTEMBER 2021

TICKETS ON SALE 9AM 19TH FEBRUARY


 NEW ALBUM ‘EVERING ROAD’ DUE MARCH 5TH VIA INSANITY RECORDS
PRE-ORDER HERE 



I have to admit, I do love Tom Grennan. His voice is so distincitve and I once told him I thought his voice was amazing - in true fangirl style. 




Tom Grennan has announced his biggest UK headline show to date at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace for 30th September 2021. Tickets are on sale from 19th February with exclusive fan pre-orders available from 17th February via Tom’s official online store.


Tom says: “I am BUZZING to announce my biggest ever headline show yet! I’ve missed playing live so much, it’s going to be so special to get on stage and connect with my fans again. Alexandra Palace, let’s do this!”


Tom’s headline show at Alexandra Palace will celebrate the release of his highly anticipated second album, ‘Evering Road’, due for release 5th March via Insanity Records. Already tipped as "Grennan's return could be his first No.1." by the Guardian, “one of the country's bright young musical talents" by British GQ, and “the ultimate Gen Z rock star” by The Sun.



Last weekend saw Tom’s virtual interactive gig receive overwhelming demand as he debuted new music from ‘Evering Road’. 27,000 fans rushed to join the live stream, temporarily crashing the servers. Following the performance Tom said: “That was amazing, I can’t believe we broke the internet!"


(I was one of the people who was desparately trying to access the livestream! haha)


Tom headlined London’s O2 Academy Brixton last October for a second time, which was described as “authentic magic” by The Telegraph and “major league pop music" by Dork Magazine.


(I reviewed the livestream show for Clash too. Feel free to do a little search for it :))


Through the lockdown, Tom has continued to use his platform and voice to give back to his community, promoting positive mental health through acts of kindness. Recently announced as UK face of Tommy Hilfiger's ‘Moving Forward Together’ campaign, Tom’s lent support volunteering with Bedford Foodbank, launching a virtual support group for fans on social media, and running 100K for War Child’s ‘Peace Band’ to raise awareness for children living in conflict.


Named after the East London address Tom shared with his then-girlfriend, ‘Evering Road’ is a hub of love, heartbreak and redemption. A bold and exciting new chapter shot through with raw emotion and searing honesty. The album is set to include single ‘Little Bit Of Love’, currently Radio 1’s Track Of The Week and Radio X’s Record of the Week, ‘This Is The Place’, described as “epic” by the NME, the soulful ‘Oh Please’, gospel-tinged ‘Amen’ and new anthem for hope and optimism, ‘Something Better’.


‘Evering Road’ marks the anticipated follow up to ‘Lighting Matches’, Tom’s breakthrough album that cemented him as one of the UK’s most vital and exciting new artists, and one of the Top Ten best-selling debuts of 2018.


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NEWS: Bastille Announce 'ReOrchestrated' Film

So, the faves are back and, by 'faves', *of course* I mean Bastille.  Excitingly, they have announced a new film called 'ReOrchestrated'. See the trailer below.




In their own words: "This ReOrchestrated project is one of the most exciting things we've ever been a part of and making a film about it all with Crooked Cynics, Toby L, Up The Game Creative and the team at Amazon music has been at times cathartic, confronting and an amazing reminder of all we've been able to do. 


It's out Wednesday 10th February on Amazon Prime and we can't wait for you all to see it."

Bastille's ReOrchestrated gigs have provided some of the best nights of my life, so I cannot even wait to re-live those experiences by watching this film. 

I saw them play at London's Royal Albert Hall and Hamburg's Elbphiharmonie - two amazing venues and two mind-blowingly good performances. 

Just watching the trailer made me emotional. It also made me laugh when Kyle started talking about the band re-training as stockbrokers. Imagine! 

I know that so many of the friends I have made through the Bas gigs are just as excited for 'ReOrchestrated'. 

(I'm going to go now so I can watch the trailer again!)

NEWS: Orla Gartland New Single 'More Like You'

 


Shares new single ‘More Like You




Photo credit: Karina Barberis


Rising Dublin singer-songwriter-producer Orla Gartland releases her candid new single ‘More Like You’, a confessional account of reckoning with feelings of insecurity and inferiority, when it feels like being yourself isn’t enough. “I heard it from a woman on the internet, she told me to eat well and try to love myself then maybe I won’t wish that I was someone else,” she sings. Following the release of ‘Pretending’ late last year, ‘More Like You’ is another taste of Orla’s eagerly-anticipated, as-yet-untitled forthcoming debut album, due for release this year.


I spoke to Orla last year. Read the interview here.


Listen to ‘More Like You’


About ‘More Like You’, Orla explains: “Everyone compares themselves to other people right? If you don’t tell me your secret. ‘More Like You’ was born from a petty friend jealousy I have for my best friend’s other best friend. She’s someone who I only ever heard good things about, someone I wanted to hate until I met her and - of course - I didn’t. I loved her.

 

When you don’t have much access to someone it’s easy to put them on a pedestal and forget that they have their own layered & complex life, you only see perfection. I became obsessed. I wanted to sing like her, I wanted to dress like her, I wanted to swap bodies with her Freaky-Friday style. So ‘More Like You’ is another song about identity, about yearning to switch lives with someone who makes it all look easy.” 


Written with Tommy King (musical director and collaborator to HAIM, Vampire Weekend), the song came together first on the piano and was finished over lockdown. “My favourite sound in the track is the pulse that you hear in the first verse. I didn’t want this song to feel sad but instead curious, so I liked the idea of the song starting not with a guitar or piano but a sound that was less recognisable, made up of layers and layers of other sounds,” Orla adds.


‘More Like You’ and ‘Pretending’ follow Gartland’s first two acclaimed EPs, 2019’s Why Am I Like This? and the follow up Freckle Season, which was released in February last year. Between them, Gartland’s songs have amassed over 40 million streams and more than 750,000 monthly Spotify listeners, and seen her compared to artists such as Stevie Nicks, St. Vincent, Regina Spektor and HAIM. 


Born and raised in Dublin, Gartland started writing songs when she was 14 years old. Unable to convince any of the 18+ local pubs and venues to let her perform, she honed her craft online, before heading out on tour the day she finished school. On her return she packed her bags and moved to London, spending the next few years writing, recording, touring and gathering fans apace. 

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