Announce debut EP Young & Numb for Record Store Day 2015 (April 18th) via Milk Parlour Records / SO Recordings
UK & EU tour dates announced for March & April
Watch the gruesome new music video ‘Young & Numb’
Brighton’s finest new purveyors of raucous, off-kilter garage rock, Demob Happy follow their triumphant 2014 debut single ‘Succubus’ with the Young & Numb EP, due for release on Record Store Day, April 18th via Milk Parlour Records / So Recordings.
Born out of a manic and inspired blur of several days and nights locked away in a makeshift studio out in the desolate Welsh countryside, the Young & Numb EP sees the quartet emerge from a haze of hypnotic and relentless jam sessions with four hard-hitting tracks. Each recorded live, face to face, encompassing the raw electric chemistry of a ferocious rock n’ roll band kicking against convention. “There’s a moment when you first play a song, where everyone is psyched and it flies. You hear it on demos but you lose it in studios” singer Matt Marcantonio explains of the recording process. “We had to beg, borrow and steal all the recording gear so we could capture that in the middle of nowhere.”
Fusing their natural affinity to relentless chord-thrashing with a fondness for melodic undertone and bold dynamic shifts, Young & Numb is an EP laced with feedback and fuzz. Lyrically, the title track is less the nihilistic stoner manifesto that its namesake could allude to, and more a vicious rumination on the dazed efforts made to drag knowledge and meaning from the bedlam of youth. “It’s frustration at our artificially pacified chemically neutered natures. We’ve all had our opinions guilt tripped out of us on purpose” the frontman explains.
Elsewhere, the discontented rattle of ‘Fizz’ outlines the narcotic ebb and flow of tensions between the sexes, before the Guardian SOTW approved ‘Succubus’ takes “a joyride through rock’s sleazier back alleys”. Purring EP closer ‘Milk Parlour’ completes the package, charting contempt for the inescapable bondage of the daily grind. Co-produced with long-time friend of the band Christoph Skirl, the Young & Numb EP was then taken to Pink Floyd’s engineer, Andy Jackson, for mastering duties.
Declaring themselves devoid of institution from the get go, 2013 saw Demob Happy define Brighton’s The Great Escape festival before they were even asked to play it, careering their van into the centre of the festivities to play a now infamous gig straight out the back of it. While a near-miss gig at a house party in the interim months saw them just dodge a £40,000 bill for caving in the ceiling. ““It was like watching people abuse a trampoline. There was about a foot of give!” Marcantonio adds.
Their live show is heralded as a whirlwind of energy and chaos, handsomely toeing the line between dexterity and disarray. Catch the four-piece on tour through March and April, which marks their first venture into Europe before they descend upon the UK.
Headline tour dates – http://demob-happy.com/tour/
23rd – Video Cafe, Gent
24th – Posten, Odense
25th – Musikcaféen Huset, Copenhagen
26th – Grüner Jäger, Hamburg
27th – Comet Club, Berlin
29th – The Louisiana, Bristol
30th – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
31st – Art Club, Liverpool
1st – Bar Bloc, Glasgow
3rd – Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
4th – Stockton Calling (daytime performance)
4th – Independent, Sunderland (evening performance)
8th – Think Tank, Newcastle
9th – Brudenell Games Room, Leeds
10th – Rocking Chair, Sheffield
11th – Chameleon, Nottingham
13th – The Basement, York
14th – The New Adelphi, Hull
15th – The Cookie , Leicester
17th – The Jericho Tavern, Oxford
18th – The Oakford Social, Reading (Festival)
22nd – The Boileroom, Guildford
23rd – The Lexington, London
24th – The Haunt, Brighton
Demob Happy are: Matt Marcantonio (lead vocals, bass), Mathew ‘Rennie’ Renforth (guitar, backing vocals), Adam ‘Barry’ Godfrey (guitar, backing vocals) and Thomas Armstrong (drums and vocals).
Praise for ‘Young & Numb’:
“If Demob Happy invite you into a cottage for a “quiet” relaxed countryside weekend, you might as well be shaking hands with the grim reaper.” – DIY
“…raw, intense and irresistible. Sleep on Demob Happy at your peril.” - NME
Praise for ‘Succubus’:
“A joyride through rock’s sleazier back alleys” – The Guardian
“Tongue firmly in cheek, but the music is deadly serious!” – Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1
“The gutter, the gulley, THE GIRTH!” - Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1
NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD EP
ANY OTHER CITY RECORDS APRIL 20TH
“The pushy zeal of Smashing Pumpkins…like Graham Coxon at his late-90s best” – NME Buzz Band of The Week
“What The Strokes might have sounded like with Jarvis Cocker out front” – Stereogum
“a sweet-intentioned, fuzzy force, comprised of college rock staples and a charming cocktail of Dinosaur Jr. and Radiator Hospital.” – DIY
“two minutes of jangly ’90s-style fuzz pop, and they squeeze some good hooks in there too” – Brooklyn Vegan
“This four-piece understands that sometimes all you wanna hear is a really f***ing good guitar” - Noisey
“A brisk, classy introduction, it’s two and a half minutes of chopped up, off kilter fun wrapped in adorable fuzz.” –Clash
“oh-so-sweet” – The 405
“Their debut single Not Yet exhibits incinerating proto-grunge with pop sensibilities” – Artrocker
Channelling influences like The Replacements, The Clean and The Stooges, and likened to The Strokes, Dinosaur Jr and Smashing Pumpkins, Dublin quartet ‘Jet Setter’ are fast making a name for their fuzzy, straight-to-the-point, indie-rock. ‘Never Had It So Good’ is their debut EP, and follows on from their short and punchy introductory singles ‘Not Yet’ and ‘Dippin’ Toes’.
The EP itself was recorded and mixed by Rían Trench in the luxurious Meadow Studios over two very productive days. The songs had been pieced together over the preceding months by cribbing ideas from unsuspecting films, books and records. Side One content includes howling guitars and involuntary memory as both a warning and a confession, with harmonies, psych and paradoxical lyric. The lead single ‘Forget About It’ is a ripper with a caustic theme and resigned refrain. Side Two packs uncertainty hiding behind a confused bravado and borrowed lines, as well as newly defined elements of jangle and swagger. It ends with ‘Nothing Left To Say To You': fuzzed out guitars, bludgeoned floor tom and melodic/cathartic feedback.
Never Had It So Good is release through Any Other City Records on April 20th.
Are you ready for a laugh!
After all it’s Mid-Summer, so not a time to be too serious and Beverley Folk Festival certainly knows how to enjoy itself.
This year to kick off the fun, Patrick Monahan makes a welcome return to Beverley with his brand new, energetically witty and charming family show! Expect plenty of playful audience interaction from this loveable Irish/Iranian Teessider!
Early in 2014 he took part in the hit family entertainment series ‘Splash!’ and appeared on the brand new series of ‘Celebrity Squares’ . He was also seen on ‘Fake Reaction’ and on ‘Man Up’ and was a regular 2014 guest on ‘Not The One Show’
His 2013 TV appearances include ‘Comedy Annual’, ‘Daybreak’, ‘Loose Women’, ‘The Wright Stuff’, host of ‘Jongleurs Live!’ and ‘12 Again’. In 2012 he took part in Let’s Dance for Sports Relief on BBC, won Best Newcomer at the Loaded LAFTA Awards and Forth Radio Best Stand-Up People’s Choice Award for his hit show ‘Hug Me I Feel Good’ and in 2011, he was the winner of the ITV1 series ‘Show Me The Funny’ which led to the release of his debut DVD ‘Patrick Monahan Live’
‘A definite must see’ Edinburgh Festival’s Magazine; ‘Monahan is a supremely engaging performer, adored by his audiences and capable of some terrific comedy’. The Scotsman
To carry on with the fun on the Saturday, the long time favourites of festivals and clubs around the country, and overseas, the New Rope String Band, return to the festival for the last time before they retire in the Autumn.
Once seen, never forgotten. Combining superb musicianship with side-splitting comic genius, the New Rope String Band are truly unique entertainers. Elements of circus, clowning, vaudeville, slapstick and sheer inspired silliness are spliced with beautiful acoustic music from various world traditions, in precision-honed yet uproarious performances that have delighted audiences from Borneo’s Sarawak rainforest to the Shetland Folk Festival. They mix up long-time favourite routines with ever-evolving new material. From musical tennis to deconstructed nursery rhymes, Python-esque absurdism to pyrotechnics and live interactive film, expect the hilariously unexpected. “They made me laugh until I cried, and played some great music. If the Queen could knight them or something, it would be a good idea.” Tim O’Brien. “I couldn’t believe what they were doing most of the time. It defied belief, it was really great!” Bob Gibbon,Director, Orkney Folk Festival.
To join the New Rope String Band in the madness on the Saturday night will be Lucy Ward, an award winning 24 year old acoustic artist from Derby who plays guitar, ukulele and concertina as well as having a great voice. Her career has gone from strength to strength establishing herself as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a capacity audience on her Cambridge Folk Festival debut and gracing the mighty Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury 2013 and the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2014. She was named by MOJO as ‘Britfolk’s most vibrant and forthright new young talent’ and attracted four star reviews from The Guardian and Maverick Magazine among others.
“Lucy, is a breath taking presence on stage. Her unpretentious outlook and warmth melts the hearts of audiences. Her disarming personality, pitch perfect delivery and the maturity of her songs can reduce an audience to tears, but a Lucy Ward set will always send you away feeling uplifted.” Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
So, cheer up, there’s lots to smile about at the Beverley Folk Festival this Summer. See you there…..
As always a full programme of events and workshops for younger artists and members of the audience will ensure that all ages are fully catered for over the weekend.
Tickets available for the Weekend, Single days or Individual events – June 19th – 21st.
Released in March 1990, Social Distortion was the iconic band’s 3rd album and the first for Epic Records. It became their best-selling album worldwide, and the first one to enter the Billboard 200 album chart. Singles “Story Of My Life,” “Ball and Chain,” “Ring of Fire” and “Let It Be Me” all reached Top 25 Billboard single chart positions. The album is set to be re-released on limited edition color vinyl for Record Store Day in the US. More news to follow.
In regard to the forthcoming tour supporting the 25th Anniversary of the seminal album, frontman Mike Ness states: “We’re all looking forward to Europe. It’s a different time frame for us; we’re playing Groezrock for the first time, so it’s exciting to be doing something new. As I’ve said before, we’ve made Europe a priority and I feel we’ve been consistent over the last ten years on touring there more regularly than ever before. This tour is going to be extra special for us and everyone attending the shows. 2015 is the 25th Anniversary of our self-titled record, so we’re going to be playing the album in its entirety. And with Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas and my man Jonny Two Bags warming things up, it’s going to be a great run.”
Social Distortion Track listing:
“So Far Away”
“Let It Be Me”
“Story of My Life”
“Ring of Fire”
“Ball and Chain”
“It Coulda Been Me”
“She’s a Knockout”
“A Place in My Heart”
In the 25 years since the release of Social Distortion, the band have gone on to release four more critically acclaimed and fan favorite studio albums; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (1992), “White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996)”, “Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll” (2004) and “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” (2011). Social Distortion’s latest release Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes was the first album with their current label Epitaph Records and the band’s highest charting album in their career. Produced for the first time by Ness himself, the album debuted at #3 on German Album Charts and #4 in the US Billboard Chart.
Social Distortion’s upcoming European Tour will take place in April and May this year. The three-week tour will start on April 17th in Hamburg (Germany), and include both headlining shows as well as the appearances at key music festivals, like Groezrock in Belgium and Loudfest in Switzerland. Please see below for the full list of dates. In addition to performing Social Distortion in its entirety, the band will also play classic tracks and rarities from their extensive back catalogue. Supports on this tour will be Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, and Social Distortion’s guitarist Jonny Two Bags, who recently released his first solo album Salvation Town.
April 17th – Hamburg – Sporthalle – Germany – TICKETS
April 18th – Bielefeld– Ringlokschuppen – Germany – TICKETS
April 19th – Berlin – Columbiahalle – Germany – TICKETS
April 21st –Vienna – Gasometer – Austria – TICKETS
April 22nd – Munich – Zenith – Germany – TICKETS
April 23rd – Milan – Live Club – Italy – TICKETS
April 25th – Zurich – Loudfest at Komplex Switzerland – TICKETS
April 27th – Offenbach – Stadthalle – Germany – TICKETS
April 28th –Cologne – Palladium – Germany – TICKETS
April 29th – Paris – Bataclan – France – TICKETS
May 1st – Meerhout – Groezrock Festival – Belgium – TICKETS
May 3rd – London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – UK– TICKETS
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