ARCHIE FAULKS Releases Beautiful New Single ‘Wonderful’

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‘WONDERFUL’
NEW SINGLE RELEASED
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

UK HEADLINE TOUR STARTS TOMORROW (APRIL 13th)

Archie Faulks has released his brand new single ‘Wonderful’ ahead of starting his debut UK headline tour starting April 13th. Kicking off at The Jacaranda in Liverpool, Archie will play a further six dates across the country, finishing with a headline show at London’s Camden Assembly on April 23rd. Tickets are available via Music Glue.

The new single ‘Wonderful’ is a beautifully melancholic love song, displaying Archie’s alluring vocals and guitar alongside a stunning string section.

Regarding the song Archie says, “‘Wonderful’ is a song inspired by the melancholy associated with the inevitable passing of time and the effect of it on the relationship of two people. A once glorious thing that, due to different paths chosen in life, could never come to fruition but is maintained through the thought of what could have been. 

“It stemmed from the realization that although there was still something strong there between us, it would never grow into anything more than it had been in the fleeting months at the start of the relationship. When lonely or in pain we can seek refuge in the glory days of our pasts and perhaps dream of a time when we can recapture these moments; however in reality we know that things, no matter how hard we want them, will never be what they once were. Before you realize what you have it is gone only remaining in the memory of feelings, places and song.”

‘Wonderful’ is the latest in a string of singles released since Archie emerged last year. It follows the release of the acclaimed songs ‘Hung Up’, ‘Blackout’ and ‘It Rains’. The singles have proved radio hits with support coming from Radio 1 and Radio X and they have also clocked up over 2 million streams across Apple Music and Spotify.

The songs are a taste of Archie’s forthcoming debut album which fans have been treated to a sneak preview of during his touring last year. Archie played his first shows in the US, toured Europe with Isaac Gracie and Rue Royale, and sold out his headline shows at London’s St Pancras Old Church & Servant Jazz Quarters.

Archie kicks off his debut UK headline tour tomorrow and has also been announced to play a number of festivals in May including The Great Escape, Live At Leeds and Wood Festival. Full tour dates can be found below:

ARCHIE FAULKS TOUR DATES

APRIL
13th – Liverpool, The Jacaranda
16th – Glasgow, Glad Café
17th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
18th – Newcastle, Surf Café
19th – Sheffield, Café Totem
20th – Birmingham, Actress & Bishop
23rd – London, Camden Assembly

MAY
4th –  Live At Leeds, Leeds
10th – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
17th – Wood Festival, Oxfordshire

THE RAVEN AGE Announce New Album, Headline Tour & Single ‘Fleur De Lis’

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ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
CONSPIRACY
OUT MARCH 8TH 2019
ON CORVID RECORDS

BRAND NEW SINGLE RELEASED
‘FLEUR DE LIS’
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2019 HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED
AHEAD OF US SHOWS SUPPORTING IRON MAIDEN

British metal five piece The Raven Age continue their unstoppable rise as torch-bearers for the next generation of UK metal. Their brooding style of monstrous guitar riffs and pummelling rhythms are entwined with powerful melodies and moments of quiet subtlety, adding a touch of epic finesse to their sound which has seen them deservedly play alongside the genre’s giants such as Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Tremonti, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Ghost and many more.

The quintet are now happy to announce the upcoming release of their second album Conspiracy on March 8th 2019 via their own label Corvid Records. They have also revealed the brand new track ‘Fleur De Lis’, which shares its name with the ancient stylized lily symbol that has long been associated with the heraldry of French royalty as well as linked to unity, loyalty and honour.

LISTEN TO ‘FLEUR DE LIS’ HERE

In further news The Raven Age will be heading out on their biggest headline tour to date in support of Conspiracy. They’ll be playing shows across the UK and Europe – see full dates at the bottom of the press release. Tickets go on sale on Friday 14th December:

www.theravenage.com/tour
UK: https://myticket.co.uk/artists/the-raven-age
Belgium: https://livenation.be
France: https://livenation.fr
Germany: https://myticket.de
Holland: https://livenation.nl

The Raven Age released their critically acclaimed debut album Darkness Will Rise in 2016. It saw them championed by the likes of Metal Hammer and Planet Rock, who crowned them ‘Best New Band 2017’ at their awards, and earned them slots at festivals such as Bloodstock, Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park and Download.

The band have continued to spread their wings, honing their craft, perfecting their sound and identity, and with the recent addition of vocalist Matt James (aka MJ) and guitarist Tony Maue bringing a new dimension and diversity to the band’s songwriting and sound, they’ve created the new era of The Raven Age which is evident throughout the entirety of Conspiracy.

Co-founder, guitarist and album producer George Harris explains, “We’re so proud of it – it’s definitely keeping within the spirit of the band but we’ve really expanded what we can do and delved into new topics and sounds. A lot of that is to do with what MJ has brought to the band. With him on board we’ve grown enormously from the first album.”

Drawing inspiration from their interest in historical myths and conspiracies, lyrically the tracks tell stories of desperation and inhumanity throughout different periods of time, delving into the lives and experiences of people from years ago.

The album is the second part to their story, where clues are left in everything from the artwork to the lyrics which point to what may later come to pass, and interlock with what The Raven Age is all about. They’ve created something more than just a record, but instead an artistic, conceptual identity as they set to write their own legacy.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the legend of the ravens of the Tower of London,” continues George. “The fact that the collective noun for ravens is a Conspiracy really inspired the album, the title and the artwork around it. In this fantasy world the ravens are actually being held captive at the Tower, they aren’t there of their own accord. Their wings have been clipped and they’re prisoners of the Tower to keep Britain from falling. This record develops the story with all sorts of twists and tangents”

The album opens with a harmonious instrumental, equipped with delicate guitar lines and an accompaniment of euphoric synths and strings before yielding into recent single ‘Betrayal of the Mind’, which was written as a result of mental health issues, spreading awareness through the lyrics of how it affects so many people in different ways.

It then leads into the raging metal riff of the aforementioned ‘Fleur De Lis’ and ‘The Day The World Stood Still’, which enters with a melodious dynamic, creating space between the album’s brutal moments, soaring into a momentous chorus showcasing James’ vocal capabilities.

Elsewhere the racing Christian mysticism inspired ‘Stigmata’ is filled with thunderous drum patterns from Jai Patel and heavy bass parts from Matt Cox, while the haunting intro of ‘Seventh Heaven’ explodes into a colossal outbreak of commanding riffs expertly executed by guitarists George Harris and Tony Maue before dropping to a stripped-back section with James’ exposed vocals taking centre stage.

Continuing their running theme of historic references, the calmer ‘The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships’ draws inspiration from the legend of Helen of Troy, whose incomparable beauty resulted in a fleet of a thousand ships setting sail to rescue her leading to the Battle of Troy. Similarly, ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ is named after the US monument which stands in tribute to those exhumed and unidentified from battles over the years.

Also included is ‘Surrogate’, the album’s debut track from earlier in 2018, and the sharp and fierce ‘Scimitar’ before the epically sullen, grand finale ‘Grave of the Fireflies’, which resumes the dynamic rise and fall that resonates throughout the whole of Conspiracy.

The album reveals a sense of unity, and determination which sits at the core of this group, standing as both a strong and hardworking collective who have shaped and delivered a musically mature and thoughtful release that will mark them as a band of the future.

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CONSPIRACY TRACKLISTING

1. Bloom of the Poison Seed
2. Betrayal of the Mind
3. Fleur De Lis
4. The Day the World Stood Still
5. Stigmata
6. Surrogate
7. Seventh Heaven
8. Forgotten World
9. The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships
10. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
11. Scimitar
12. Grave of the Fireflies

The Raven Age are currently finishing a European/UK run supporting Tremonti and will be heading off on their biggest European/UK headline tour in March and April before joining Iron Maiden for a huge leg across North and South America. For full list of tour dates visit www.theravenage.com/tour

HEADLINE TOUR DATES
MARCH
Wed 20th – Bristol, The Fleece
Thu 21st – Manchester, Rebellion
Sat 23rd – Newcastle, Think Tank
Sun 24th – Glasgow, Attic
Tue 26th – Leeds, Key Club
Wed 27th – Stoke, Sugarmill
Thu 28th – London, Underworld
Fri 29th – Southampton, Joiners

EUROPE – MARCH/APRIL
Sun 31st – Biebob, Vosselaar
APRIL
Mon 1st – La Boule Noire, Paris
Wed 3rd – Backstage Halle, Munich
Thu 4th – Colossaal, Aschaffenburg
Sat 6th – Luxor, Cologne
Sun 7th – Cassiopeia, Berlin
Tue 9th – Headcrash, Hamburg,
Wed 10th – Poppodium W2, Den Bosch

UK: https://myticket.co.uk/artists/the-raven-age
Belgium: https://livenation.be
France: https://livenation.fr
Germany: https://myticket.de
Holland: https://livenation.nl

 

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IRON MAIDEN’s Acclaimed Studio Remasters Get The CD Digipack Treatment

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THE STUDIO COLLECTION – REMASTERED

MAIDEN’S ACCLAIMED REMASTERS
GET THE CD DIGIPAK TREATMENT

Parlophone Records will continue their reissues series of the IRON MAIDEN catalogue with The Studio Collection – Remastered, covering the band’s sixteen-strong studio albums across their career to date.

Following on from 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project, The Studio Collection – Remastered will be released on the Digipak CD format, with the track listing matching the original UK releases. The recordings are taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The albums will be released chronologically in batches of four, across a nine month period superseding the previously available studio catalogue and all titles will also be made available on streaming platforms. As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases will also be optionally available in a specially artworked box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the November 16th batch, this will be The Number Of The Beast.

Maiden founder member and bassist Steve Harris says, “We’ve wanted to revisit these for a long time and I was delighted with the remastering we did in 2015. I thought it was the best that our albums have ever sounded and it was only right that we made them available on CD now too.”

All four albums in this first batch are available for pre-order now from studiocollection.ironmaiden.com .

1st batch: November 16th
Iron Maiden / Killers / The Number Of The Beast (option of standard or collectors boxset edition including TNOTB Eddie figurine and patch) / Piece Of Mind

2nd batch: Feb 2019 date TBC
Powerslave / Somewhere In Time (standard/collectors) / Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son / No Prayer For The Dying

3rd batch April 2019 date TBC
Fear Of The Dark (standard/collectors) / The X Factor / Virtual XI / Brave New World

4th batch June 2019 date TBC
Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death (standard/collectors) / The Final Frontier / The Book Of Souls*

*not remastered but appearing in Digipak for the first time 

IRON MAIDEN recently completed the first leg of their Legacy Of The Beast tour, playing sold-out stadium, arena and headline festival shows across Europe to over 750,000 fans. The tour, which was hailed by fans and media alike as the must-see show of the summer, will continue into 2019 with a headline show at Brazil’s Rock In Rio festival recently announced and more dates to follow. See www.ironmaiden.com for updates.

DON BROCO Release Video For ‘The Blues’

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THE BLUES
WATCH HERE

EUROPEAN HEADLINE DATES IN JANUARY

ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA
MAIN SUPPORT FOR MIKE SHINODA

UK ARENA TOUR IN FEBRUARY
LAST REMAINING TICKETS RELEASED FOR WEMBLEY
2ND MANCHESTER DATE SOLD OUT

Ahead of their huge U.S. tour supporting Mike Shinoda, Don Broco have shared a new video for ‘The Blues’, as well as announcing new headline dates in Europe.

Featuring footage from their extensive touring this year, including Warped Tour and the band’s European dates with 30 Seconds To Mars and Mike Shinoda, the video sees the band laying waste to festival stages and having a lot of FUN around the world.

“We had an absolute blast this summer,” says singer Rob Damiani. “Getting to experience Warped Tour on its last ever run, especially us playing it for the first time, was an insane few weeks we’ll never forget. We got back to the UK just in time for Reading & Leeds and honestly couldn’t have asked for a better set of homecoming shows. It was a mad weekend at our fave fest in the world. Straight after that we headed to Europe for some big ol’ gigs with 30 Seconds To Mars and Mike Shinoda and got to play some places for the very first time (shoutout Poland!) We couldn’t fit anywhere near it all into three and a half minutes, but we tried and hope you enjoy our vid for ‘The Blues’. To everyone that caught us live this summer thank you and we’ll be seeing you all very soon!”

Don Broco embark on a huge North American tour as main support for Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda next week, starting in Montreal and including dates in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco amongst many others.

They then continue their World Tour with some very special dates with MAN WITH A MISSION in Asia, before kicking off 2019 with a headline run through Europe, starting in Madrid on January 19th.

These dates come ahead of the band’s biggest UK headline tour to date in February, which will see them play arenas around the country, including a date at London’s SSE Wembley Arena, and two shows at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse, one of which has already sold out.

The band have now announced the release of the final remaining tickets for the Wembley Arena show, which are on sale now and available here.

U.S. TOUR DATES (W/ MIKE SHINODA)
Full tour dates can be found here.

JAPANESE TOUR DATES (W/ MAN WITH A MISSION)
12/18 – Osaka
12/19 – Tokyo

EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR DATES
1/17 – Madrid, Sala Cool Stage
1/18 – Barcelona, La Nau
1/19 – Milan, Legend Club
1/21 – Vienna, Flex
1/22 – Warsaw, Proxima
1/24 – Berlin, Bi Nuu
1/25 – Frankfurt, Zoom
1/26 – Paris, La Maroquinerie
1/27 – Cologne, Club Volta
1/29 – Utrecht, TivoliVrendenburg

UK ARENA DATES 
2/1 – Manchester, Victoria Warehouse
2/2 – Manchester, Victoria Warehouse *SOLD OUT*
2/3 – Plymouth, Pavillions
2/5 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
2/7 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
2/8 – Nottingham, Motorpoint
2/9 – London, SSE Wembley Arena

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Y.O.U.N.G Release Life-Hacking Video For ‘Lazy’

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‘LAZY’

WATCH HERE

“If it’s difficult to know where to place Y.O.U.N.G then that’s probably mission accomplished for the Manchester collective… the group fuse hip-hop beats with an outlandish pop touch” – CLASH

UK HEADLINE TOUR
STARTS THIS WEEK

Genre-blending Manchester collective Y.O.U.N.G have shared the video for their latest single ‘Lazy’, featuring their own ‘lazy hacks’. It premiered on Clash who said, “New single ‘Lazy’ is fast becoming their calling card, a tongue-in-cheek response to parents, teachers and other buzzkills”,

The youthful five-piece kick back in the new single with chilled hip-hop beats and mellow reggae guitars alongside a bleary-eyed flow, rising into an infectious chorus – all combining to create an anthem for lazy people across the world.

The group have now followed this up by revealing a video of them struggling through their daily routine, featuring a guide of hacks for lazy people, including car-based dog walking, kettle-based pasta cookery, and the inspired pizza-in-a-toaster.

Rapper Ben James said of the track, “Our whole lives people have been calling us lazy. The track plays on the idea of what we would do every day if we were as lazy as people said. It’s true everybody has lazy days, we are no exception, but overall the aim of ‘Lazy’ is to mock the idea that all we do is nothing.

“The chorus is written from the point of view of the patronising adult, whilst the rap verse gives a first hand view of what a lazy day would consist of. Even though the song is a mockery, we can’t deny that brews, candles and chilling are genuine passions of ours! Dressing gowns make an appearance in the live show, bringing the laid back bedroom vibes to the stage and adding to the tongue in cheek nature of the tune.”

The five-piece (Chez Davis – vocals/guitar, Ben James – rap, James Skehan – guitar/production, Tom Whitehead – bass and Graeme Smith – drums) have built a fervent fanbase across Europe with their cheeky genre mash-ups and extensive touring.

Y.O.U.N.G will be playing their first ever UK headline in association with Live Nation through February and March. The band will play five-dates calling at Glasgow, Birmingham, Newcastle, London and Manchester. Tickets are on sale now via TicketWeb.

Y.O.U.N.G UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES

28/02 – Glasgow, The Attic
01/03 – Birmingham, Institute 3
02/03 – Newcastle, Cluny 2
04/03 – London, Camden Assembly
05/03 – Manchester, Deaf Institute

 

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Y.O.U.N.G Kick Back in New Single ‘Lazy’ Out Now

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RELEASE NEW SINGLE
‘LAZY’
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

Y.O.U.N.G PERFORM ‘LAZY’ LIVE
WATCH ACOUSTIC SESSION HERE

UK HEADLINE TOUR
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018

Genre-blending Manchester collective Y.O.U.N.G have today released their new single ‘Lazy’. The youthful five-piece kick back in the new single with chilled hip-hop beats and mellow reggae guitars alongside a bleary-eyed flow, rising into an infectious chorus – all combining to create an anthem for lazy people across the world.

‘Lazy’ follows the release of ‘Exposure’ in late 2017, which has had over 200,000 combined views on YouTube whilst its remixes entered the Music Week Club Chart Top 10.

Rapper Ben James said of the track, “Our whole lives people have been calling us lazy. The track plays on the idea of what we would do every day if we were as lazy as people said. It’s true everybody has lazy days, we are no exception, but overall the aim of ‘Lazy’ is to mock the idea that all we do is nothing.

“The chorus is written from the point of view of the patronising adult, whilst the rap verse gives a first hand view of what a lazy day would consist of. Even though the song is a mockery, we can’t deny that brews, candles and chilling are genuine passions of ours! Dressing gowns make an appearance in the live show, bringing the laid back bedroom vibes to the stage and adding to the tongue in cheek nature of the tune.”

The five-piece (Chez Davis – vocals/guitar, Ben James – rap, James Skehan – guitar/production, Tom Whitehead – bass and Graeme Smith – drums) have built a fervent fanbase across Europe with their cheeky genre mash-ups and extensive touring.

Y.O.U.N.G will be playing their first ever UK headline tour in association with Live Nation through February and March. The band will play five-dates calling at Glasgow, Birmingham, Newcastle, London and Manchester. Tickets are on sale now via TicketWeb.

Y.O.U.N.G UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
28/02 – Glasgow, The Attic
01/03 – Birmingham, Institute 3
02/03 – Newcastle, Cluny 2
04/03 – London, Camden Assembly
05/03 – Manchester, Deaf Institute

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X AMBASSADORS Release New Single ‘JOYFUL’

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RELEASE POWERFUL AND REDEMPTIVE NEW SINGLE
‘JOYFUL’ 
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

ADDED TO SPOTIFY NEW MUSIC FRIDAY UK

NEW ALBUM COMING SPRING 2018
ON KIDINAKORNER/INTERSCOPE RECORDS

MARCH EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Including Brixton Electric, London on the 19th

 

Multi-platinum selling rock band X Ambassadors release their powerful and redemptive new single ‘Joyful’ today via all digital retailers. The song is an emotionally raw and impassioned reminder to take a deep breath when the world is crashing down and do the hardest thing – simply appreciate being alive. ‘Joyful’ will appear on the band’s new album by the same name which is set for release this spring on KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records.

‘Joyful’ is accompanied by a moving music video that was directed by award winning filmmaker and actress Tess Harrison and visually picks up where the video for the last single ‘Ahead of Myself’ left off.  The video was shot at the historic Los Angeles Theater in downtown LA and once again X Ambassadors’ Sam Harris has opted to sing live for the filming and ‘Joyful’ finds him joined by the band – his brother Casey Harris and Adam Levin – and a gospel choir, all of whom were all captured live as well.

The new single continues a narrative for X Ambassadors, who endeavor to find their voice in these chaotic and uncertain times.  Last March they released the inspirational song ‘Hoping’ and donated the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union. ‘Joyful’ is more personal than ‘Hoping’, however the message is as universal.

About the song, Sam Harris explains, “I wrote this song as a reminder to myself and to try and learn how to forgive someone. Heartbreak never fails to pull the rug out from under your feet. The pain is always unrecognisable, no matter what shape or form it takes. But heartbreak can be strangely comforting, and can bring a certain clarity to things. You start to recognise what you can and can’t control – to forgive yourself a little, and to take in the beauty of the world around you.

’Joyful’ was one of the first songs we wrote for the new album. We’d just gotten off 2 years of touring – my body was fragile, my mind was a mess, and my heart had just been broken by someone I cared about very much. So I got lost in my work, looking for something to help ground me.”

When writing ‘Joyful’, Sam, drew inspiration from his brother Casey, who is legally blind and manages to find the light and joy in everyday life, as well as his personal experiences such as writing a song with Yemen artist Methal for Spotify’s ‘I’m with the banned’. For Sam, the realisation that we live in a country where we are free to express our ideas in and of itself is something to be grateful for.

‘Joyful’ was written and produced by X Ambassadors, mixed by Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Sia, Bastille) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (David Bowie, Calle 13).

X Ambassadors are excited to share ‘Joyful’ live on their upcoming March European tour, with the LA based band playing Brixton Electric in London on 19th March. The band will also be playing songs from their gold certified debut album VHS which was released June 30th 2016, debuting at #7 on Billboard’s 200 chart and spawning multi-platinum singles ‘Renegades’ and ‘Unsteady’ as well as platinum single ‘Jungle’.

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
MARCH
19th – London, Brixton Electric
20th – Paris, Alhambra
22nd – Amsterdam, Melkweg Max
23rd – Cologne, Luxor
24th – Hamburg, Gruenspan
26th – Berlin, Columbia Theater
27th – Warsaw, Stodola
29th – Moscow, Glav Club
31st – Kiev, Carribbean Club

X Ambassadors ‘Joyful’ single available here:
http://smarturl.it/Joyful

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