Following the release of latest single, “Take Cover,” State Radio announces details to their forthcoming studio album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion - out October 23 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records. To listen to selections from the album, see above.
State Radio’s Chad Stokes (of Dispatch & Chadwick Stokes), Chuck Fay and Mike “Mad Dog” Najarian serve up rock n’ roll realism that weaves together stories of the downtrodden and the oppressed, but never loses its sense of hope. Demonstrating the band’s versatility, Rabbit Inn Rebellion is raw and gritty, rolling with thunderous drumming and delectably grimy guitars, moving away from the previously reggae- and ska-tinged productions on 2009's Let It Go.
Each song on Rabbit Inn Rebellion has a unique story. These 11 tracks create a concept album, depicting a dystopia world ravaged by endless war (“Take Cover”), wanton executions (“State of Georgia”), heartless oligarchs (“Big Man”) and the unlikely love between freight train runaways (“Adelaide”). But this isn’t science fiction; these stories are true, revealing facets of the world, as it is today. In some cases, the stories are ripped straight from newspaper headlines, e.g. the “love” story between a man and a sheep on the Black Sabbath-like “Black Welsh Mountain." Other notable highlights include “Desert Queen” - a raucous song about Stokes’ four-legged friend, a descendant from Grateful Dead’s touring dog Karma.
Dispatch has unveiled the official music video for their single and title track from their forthcoming album, Circles Around The Sun. The video, which premeired last week on Vevo.com, was directed by Eric Heimbold and is dedicated to Larry Perry, a young disabled man who (legend has it) was sent unwillingly into space by NASA in the ‘60s. The video features footage of the band and Larry during various point of his life from childhood to adult as well as archived footage from NASA.
“Circles Around The Sun is the legend of our friend Larry Perry, who passed away this past year," guitarist-vocalist Chad Urmston told Rolling Stone. Whether the legend of Perry’s voyage into space is actually true is still debated amongst conspiracy theorists and his story has been told in How’s Your News, an American television series and feature film that aired on MTV and captivated audiences. The video is a tribute to Larry. To find out more about Larry Perry, click HERE.
Circles Around The Sun is the group's first studio album in twelve years and will be released on August 21st on the band’s own Bomber Records. Produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National), the album is an eclectic rock and roll record that delivers on the gutsy storytelling, compelling songwriting, and radiant harmonies that earned the band its diehard fanbase.
“Scottish indie-rock’s new champs…Gigantic of sound and vision, grandly poetic of pronouncement, the Millennium Stadium surely beckons." -- MOJO
"Admiral Fallow approach the epic indie-pop of their second album with the cocksure bravado that comes when everyone's watching..." -- Q Magazine (4 stars)
“…indie-folk accentuated by diverse instrumentation…those musical choices are what distinguish Admiral Fallow from contemporaries." -- Paste Magazine
“Hearts might well burst under prolonged exposure to this record.” -- BBC Music
Scottish quintet Admiral Fallow have announced details regarding their first ever North American tour, which starts Saturday, September 29 in Chicago, IL and wraps on Saturday, October 20 in Chapel Hill, NC. The band will also appear at Filter Magazine’sCulture Collide Festival, alongside artists like of Montreal, Junip and The Wombats.
The band recently unveiled a new video for “Guest Of The Government,” a track from their critically acclaimed sophomore album and Nettwerk debut Tree Bursts In Snow. The single, along with B-side and previously unreleased track “Concrete Oaths,” will be released in iTunes on September 4, 2012.
Last month, Nettwerk Records released Loma Vista from Los Angeles-based Family Of The Year.
Returning home next week, the band is set to play the 98.7FM stage at Sunset Strip Music Festival on Saturday, August 18th before heading to the UK to play the BBC Introducing Stage at The Reading And Leeds Festivals – Friday, August 24 (Reading) and Saturday, August 25 (Leeds).
The band has already played sold-out shows in England and across Europe, including a triumphant set at France’s renowned music festival Les Vieilles Charrues, and garnered support stints with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons, Grouplove, Good Old War, Belle Brigade, Milo Greene and more.
Formed in 2009, Family Of The Year is rounded out by Sebastian Keefe (drums, vocals), James Buckey (guitars, vocals) and Christina Schroeter (keyboards, vocals).
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more tour announcements.
"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.