"I've known Liam for four years now and can honestly say I am a true fan. The first time I heard his cover of ‘Bandit’ by Neil Young, I was hooked. You wouldn't expect to hear such maturity and depth in the songs of someone so young, yet there it is.
To be sure, his voice is almost as big as his heart."
-- Leigh Nash (Sixpence None The Richer)
In celebration of the release of his debut Nettwerk album Cicada (out today), Toronto based singer/songwriter Liam Titcomb has revealed an official video for lead single “Love Don’t Let Me Down.”
Recorded in Nashville and produced by Jay Joyce (The Wallflowers, Cage The Elephant, Patty Griffin), Cicada is a result of Liam’s journey both personally and as a songwriter over the past couple of years. In 2010, shortly after ending an intense relationship, Titcomb stole away to London for a month-long songwriting retreat. Exploring everything the UK had to offer and forging some incredible friendships in the process, he hit his stride as a writer and began penning the material that would eventually become his latest offering.
Stream Cicada in full on SoundCloud here:
"This is a fresh start," says Liam. "I'm ready to go after the whole globe. There's a little bit of everything on this album. It's bittersweet at times. It's fun at times. This is who I am at the end of the day. I make music because I love it."
Liam also announced fall tour dates across Canada supporting Colin James. Tour dates are below.
(L-R: Olympic Medalist Ryan Cochrane, Nadina Zarifeh, Brent Hayden)
Nettwerk Music Group would like to congratulate Brent Hayden for winning the bronze medal in the 100-metre freestyle for Canada's first swim medal of the 2012 Summer Games in London.
Brent is engaged to Nettwerk recording artist Nadina, who lends her voice on the Delerium single, "Monarch." After the Olympics they are going to Lebanon to get married. Congratulations to the newlyweds!
fun. continues to own 2012 with the announcement of two 2012 MTV Video Music Awards nominations. The band scored a prestigious “Best New Artist” nod, while their record-breaking #1 hit, “We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe),” was named in the “Best Pop Video” category. Fans are invited to vote for fun. at www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/2012/categories.jhtml. The 2012 MTV Music Awards will be presented live on MTV on Thursday, September 6th at 8:00 pm/7:00c (check local listings).
Meanwhile, “Some Nights,” the title track of the band’s breakthrough Fueled By Ramen debut, is shaping up as yet another historic smash. The track has just followed the #1 success of “We Are Young” by topping the airplay charts at Alternative radio outlets nationwide, placing fun. alongside Green Day and Alanis Morissette as the only three acts in chart history to score consecutive #1s at the format with their first pair of singles. This week, the song surpassed the one million mark in sales.
fun. will have little time to rest on their laurels as their very busy summer schedule marches on. The jam-packed program includes both sold out headline shows, eagerly awaited performances, and a broad variety of high profile TV appearances. The latter itinerary will kick off with a monumental live set at the concert event of the summer, “StePhest Colbchella ‘012: Rocktaugustfest.” The multi-artist spectacular will be taped on New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Friday, August 10th, with fun.’s performance and interview set to begin a special weeklong series of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report on Monday, August 13th at 11:30 pm ET/PT.
“5 stars - you couldn’t fail to be intoxicated” – CD of the Week, Independent
“4 stars – Hadreas has mastered the art of melancholy” – Q
2012 has seen Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, go steadily from strength to strength. His sophomore album, the gorgeous Put Your Back N2 It, saw him earn his biggest raves to date on both sides of the pond (everyone from Pitchfork and Spin to NME and The Guardian), with resulting tours across the UK and Europe selling out and effortlessly capturing audience’s hearts. Add in supporters like Michael Stipe and Courtney Love, and his singularly beautiful videos for previous singles “Dark Parts” and “Hood” gaining over half a million views, and you have a musician who has undoubtedly consolidated his arrival as one of the most potent and unexpected new talents around.
Now Perfume Genius is releasing his third single “Take Me Home” – a jewel of a song whose upbeat, majestic pop sheen masks an unnerving undertow of emotional oblivion and desperation, as he says he will be “like a shadow of a shadow of a shadow...for you”, like a man so eager to be loved that he will even annihilate his sense of self in the process. Stream "Take Me Home" below.
Influential Canadian outfit Delerium debuts lead single, “Monarch,” from the first studio album in six years, Music Box Opera (Fall 2012).
At the helm is founder Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy), who enlists the talents of two friends – collaborator Rhys Fulber and vocalist Nadina, who lends her voice in her native tongue of Arabic.
On the experience, Nadina says, “The song will move you with its melodies and rhythms no matter the language you speak. I love Delerium's work, and it was an honor to record the track. I can't wait for everyone to hear it!”
While Delerium’s musical style encompasses a broad range – ambient trance to electronic pop music – the music always highlights a strong female vocalist. In the past, Delerium has worked with Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None the Richer), Miranda Lee Richards, Butterfly Boucher, Emily Haines (of Metric) and the most commercially successful single, “Silence,” featured Sarah McLachlan.
As a member of industrial rock outfits Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly, Leeb has sold over 3 million units worldwide and over a million albums in North America with Delerium.
Victoria, B.C.-based roots rock outfit Current Swell have joined Nettwerk’s label roster to release their new album, Long Time Ago, on October 16, 2012. To celebrate, the band is currently offering the album bonus track, “Young and Able,” as a free download.
"Simply the band's finest songs in some time." - The LA Times
"What's great about the new album from Old Crow Medicine Show? Well, everything, really." - American Songwriter
"They've become the most important band to emerge from the early-'00s new wave of string bands." - Paste
"The band has never sounded so super-charged." - UNCUT
Old Crow Medicine Show released their fourth full-length studio album, Carry Me Back, on July 17 (ATO Records), to much critical acclaim and to their highest chart position in their recording career. The band just embarked on a tour in support of Carry Me Back, playing shows at capacity in multiple markets; the band will continue touring in the coming weeks.The Lumineers and The Milk Carton Kids will serve as openers for other tour dates. For a full itinerary, see below.
Carry Me Back sold over 17,000 copies in its debut week, landing at #22 on the Billboard Albums Chart, leading to both the band's best ever sales week and their highest ever charting position. The album also was #1 on both the Bluegrass and Folk charts and is the #4 Country album in the nation.
Carry Me Back was produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly). Hutt pushed the band in a whole new way that they hadn't been pushed before.
Grammy®-winning Mixer Chris Lord-Alge has mixed Multiplatinum and Grammy-winning rock superstars Muse’s new song “Survival” which has been chosen as the official song for the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games. The opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games are today, Friday July 27th and the IOC has just released a powerful promotional video featuring "Survival." CLA mixed several songs from the band’s forthcoming album, 2nd Law, and is very proud to be a part of the forthcoming Muse album as well as the 2012 Olympics Games!
Lord-Alge’s work can also currently be heard all over the radio with such songs as Shinedown’s #1 Active Rock song “Unity", Green Day's first single "Oh Love" from their forthcoming full-length Uno!, Matchbox 20's "She's So Mean" and Staind’s “Now.”
"a plaintive melody and muscular guitar riff create dreamy tension" – USA Today
“…bears a resonance imcomparable to anything Angus has ever done.” – Paste
Nettwerk Records releases Broken Brights, the exceptional solo effort from Angus Stone, perhaps better known as half of the acclaimed sibling duo, Angus & Julia Stone, and the voice behind the pair's stand-out track "Big Jet Plane," which has more than 11 million YouTube views.
Starting September 11th, Angus takes to the road to share the album across North America. The month-long headline tour kicks off in Los Angeles at the famed Troubadour music venue and wraps in Philadelphia, PA on September 30. This is the first time Angus has toured North America without his co-conspirator and sister, Julia Stone.