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SIX YEARS

RIVERS

Label: Sharp Attack Records

Release Period: July 2014

 

VIDEO LINKS:

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http://youtu.be/OxS01TLv3eM

 

MORE INFO:

www.sixyears.co.uk

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THINK DARK FOLK STORIES AND DREAM-POP ALLOYED TO LEONARD COHEN, JOHNNY CASH, BRIAN ENO, NICK CAVE WITH PJ HARVEY AND YOU’LL BE GETTING A SENSE OF SIX YEARS AURAL MANIFESTO *

“Ever wish The xx had a bit more bite? Then you’ll love the sultry undertones of indie pop duo Six Years;. They mix a Raveonettes feel with the work of the aforementioned Mercury Award winning band to create a layered yet intense atmosphere that actually goes somewhere” - Drunken Werewolf

“Quite the fantastic, raw indie rock duet, think Mark E.Smith dueting with PJ Harvey” - Deadly Music.           
“sounding like a dark hearted Serge and Brigitte performing a psychedelicised spell craft over Animotion’s ’obsession’ this honey just smoulders with intent”-  The Sunday Experience

 

Six Years is Marc Makarov and Vanessa Anne Redd. Their debut album ‘Rivers’ came from a request from Sean McLusky (1234 Records owner)to record a duet of Kris Kristofferson’s song “Help Me Make It Through the Night” for a feature film. Six Years is the side project of the critically acclaimed band Rubicks, and is a much more grown up affair which captures raw performance, intimacy and mood over production.

Self recorded in the back of 1234 Studios, an art gallery in Redchurch street, Shoreditch, a black room with nothing but some reverb and delay, a drum machine and their instruments , Vanessa on organ/guitar and Marc bass/synth. In the spirit of old recording studios like Sun records they recorded takes as live.

They ran into producer/engineer MPEG winner Al O’Connell who had his studio in the basement of the same building and he proceeded to mix and put the finishing touches to the record.

Rivers is a dialogue of lovers glimpsed through the shadows of stories influenced by  writers, Kris Kristofferson, Tennyson , Murakami , Walt Whitman, William Golding,  Greek/African myths / Native American influenced stories, Aldous Huxley.

Set in magical realities the thread of stories and myth run through like the Lady of Shallots’ cursed weaving and the thread of Anansi the spiders’ web. The lovers speak, tease, abandon, love, lust and long for one another. Intertwined with reflections on wild abandon, thoughts on death, the afterlife, heaven and hell, angels and demons and out of the doors of perception experience the artist deals with imagination and the creative process.

TRACKLIST:

River of Dark

This is the story of two lovers entwined asking each other to stay the night pleading for salvation in each other’s arms.  Hoping their love will cure all ills.

Imagination

The struggle of creativity. The idea that being lost in imagination is a good thing. Embracing the chaos.

This Is The Day

Hopeful, wishing that the perfect moment would stay frozen forever. Influenced by Tennyson’s story of the Lady of Shallot and the African myth of Anansi the trickster spider-god of all stories.

Elevator

Inspired by the strange hotel and lift in Haruki Murakami’s book ‘Dance Dance Dance’ when the protagonist goes into the lift and ends up in a different magical world, and Aldous Huxley’s the Doors of Perception.

I Go Fast, We Go faster

The excitement and realisation of the need to move through life quickly,  making the most of every moment.

Perfume

This is the story of a soldier going off to war and leaving the lover at home. A tragic end to a love story. The phrase ‘war’s perfume’ is taken from Walt Whitman’s novel ‘Leaves of Grass’.

Crazy Dawn

The image of Crazy Horse riding across the hills in the first light of morning.

Prey

This song encapsulates the idea of the femme fatale. The idea of seduction. A reference to Pincher Martin drowning chained to the rocks in William Golding’s novel. Seduction, capture and tease.

Help Me Make It Trough the Night

A Kris Kristofferson cover. The ballad of two lovers not wanting to spend the night alone.

Till Then

The story idea was influenced by Carol Carpenter / Sonic Youth track ‘Super Star’. The tragic tale of unrequited love, an imagined life between two people.

Journeymen

Influenced by the story of the Greek myth, ‘halcyon’ Overcoming all odds. The passage of time.Not being afraid of death or the future.

Survival

This is the lullaby of rest.

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FRANCOBOLLO

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THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL + ARTROCKER NEW BLOOD SHOWS

“…they put the angular into the grungealist revival allowing their riffs to trip and stutter over the beat, it’s spiky but utterly slacker faithful…with a bit of luck in the right places, these guys should be going even more places next year [2014].” Artrocker

“Francobollo will rock your world!”  – John Kennedy – Xfm

After the release of ‘Steven Hawkins‘ and its mental video in March, FRANCOBOLLO are now making the single’s B-side ‘Hot Cars’ available for free:

GET ‘HOT CARS’ MP3 FOR FREE : https://soundcloud.com/francobollo/hot-cars

Breaking their tradition of directing their own videos, for ‘Hot Cars’ FRANCOBOLLO asked their friend of the band Opera Goodwin to make it, on the condition that she’d do it without letting them see any part of it from conception to delivery. Here are the results:

‘HOT CARS’ VIDEO: http://youtu.be/niifYpcB1yg

FRANCOBOLLO, made up of Simon Nilsson, Sean Bean and Petter Grevelius, hit the shores of the UK from Sweden in 2009. Picking up Londoner Sam Bailey and more recently fellow Swede Wiya Ngeh on their journey, they’ve honed their raucous own brand of wonky grungy pop, slowly picking up a growing legion of dedicated pit-filling Francophiles along the way. Combining dashes of Beck, Pavement and Nirvana, they create a unique cacophony of melody infused guitar-pop with twinges of electronics picking up the energy.

FRANCOBOLLO have announced they’ll be playing The Great Escape Festival and Artrocker New Blood Festival:

08/05/14 (daytime): Dr. Martens Stage @ The Great Escape Festival – Brighton, UK
08/05/14 (evening): The Bunker @ The Alternative Great Escape, Brighton, UK
13/06/14 – Artrocker New Blood Festival @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, UK

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www.twitter.com/francobolloland
www.soundcloud.com/francobollo
www.youtube.com/francochannel
www.instagram.com/francobollomus
www.moonshinerrecords.com

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Yellow Ostrich

Neon Fists
Barsuk Records
28 April 2014
YELLOW OSTRICH

SINGLE ‘NEON FISTS’ OUT ON 28TH APRIL 2014
“a new millennial psych­rocker worthy of Tame Impala or Temples, but it also reflects Radiohead and Coldplay if you gaze upon it from the right angle.” Stereogum

“…[Alex] Shaaf and the other Ostriches are shooting for the stars these days” CMJ

““Who says rock music is dead?…Yellow Ostrich are making some of the more exciting music in the genre these days.” Esquire

NYC band Yellow Ostrich announce their new album ‘Cosmos’ will be released in Europe on May 5th on Barsuk Records. The album will be preceded by single ‘Neon Fists’, which will be out on April 28th.

Before starting on writing this album, singer/guitarist Alex Schaaf moved into the band’s Brooklyn practice space and immersed himself in the study of such astronomers as Carl Sagan and Frank Drake. Around the same time, Yellow Ostrich drummer/percussionist Michael Tapper ventured into the infinite in a much more literal sense by departing on a sailing trip from Mexico to Hawaii that left him out at sea for nearly a month.

Borrowing its title from Sagan’s 1980 PBS series, Cosmos expands Yellow Ostrich’s intensely guitar-driven alt-rock with dreamy electronic arrangements to mirror the mood of Schaaf and Tapper’s retreats away from the everyday world.

Engineered by Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Superchunk, Sparklehorse) and mixed by Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr.), Cosmos captures that uneasy tension by merging raw guitar riffs, lush atmospherics, brain-bending electro effects, sweetly ethereal harmonies, and earnest but unsettling lyrics.

Having delved into the work of early-Krautrock and 70’s synth bands while on tour the previous year, Schaaf and Tapper set to broadening their sound with locked grooves and textures inspired by artists like Neu!, Kluster, and Kraftwerk. For more help in crafting the sonics of Cosmos, Schaaf and Tapper recruited bassist Zach Rose and keyboardist/guitarist Jared van Fleet.

Yellow Ostrich have announced their first European tour in May:

04/05/14 – Sounds From The Other City Festival – Salford, Manchester, UK
05/05/14 – The Lexington – London, UK
06/05/14 – Hare and Houd – Birmingham, UK
07/05/14 – Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff, UK
08/05/14 – Start The Bus – Bristol, UK
10/05/14 – Homeplugged – Brussels, BELGIUM
11/05/14 – Astrolabe – Orleans, FRANCE
12/05/14 – La Peniche – Lille, FRANCE
13/05/14 – Espace B – Paris, FRANCE
14/05/14 – Bogen F – Zurich, SWITZERLAND
15/05/14 – Rotown – Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS
16/05/14 – Tivoli Spiegelbar – Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
18/05/14 – Gebäude 9– Cologne, GERMANY
19/05/14 – Grüner Jäger – Hamburg, GERMANY
20/05/14 – About Blank – Berlin, GERMANY
22/05/14 – Stengade – Copenhagen, DENMARK
23/05/14 – Grand Central – Stockholm, SWEDEN
www.yellowostrich.com
www.facebook.com/YellowOstrich
www.twitter.com/yellowostrich
www.soundcloud.com/yellow-ostrich
www.youtube.com/yellowostrichalex

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 Beacons Logo 2014

MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL – SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE DALES

 

Beacons Poster 10th April

AUGUST 7TH – 10TH 2014

FASTEST GROWING FESTIVAL IN THE NORTH REVEALS SPECIAL GUESTS: ACTION BRONSON

NEW ACTS:

ACTION BRONSON / XXYYXX / DAM-FUNK / GREG WILSON

 

www.greetingsfrombeacons.com

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TICKETS:

£99.50 (+bf) Full weekend early bird ticket

£25 deposit scheme (pay rest in July)

Beacons Festival are very pleased to reveal the special guests for 2014. Action Bronson will be joining headliners Darkside, Daughter, Jon Hopkins and The Fall. Other great acts added to the line-up include the slick R&B XXYYXX, Dam-Funk (part of the revered Stones Throw gang and Greg Wilson. Predictability is never a threat. Full list of acts below.

 

BANDS FOR 2014 SO FAR

 ACTION BRONSON new

XXYYXX  new

DAM-FUNK  new

GREG WILSON new

 

DARKSIDE 

DAUGHTER

JON HOPKINS  

THE FALL

NIGHTMARES ON WAX 

CHARLI XCX

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART

HOOKWORMS

METZ

TOY

EAGULLS

CATE LE BON

REJJIE SNOW

SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA

KING CREOSOTE

EAST INDIA YOUTH

 FAT WHITE FAMILY

SLEAFORD MODS

THE WYTCHES

JOANNA GRUESOME

SWEET BABOO

SPEEDY ORTIZ

MELT YOURSELF DOWN

JOHN WIZARDS

MONEY

PINS

TRAAMS

SIVU 

CHEATAHS 

WOMANS HOUR

ADULT JAZZ

GALAXIANS

SLAVES

GIRL BAND

MENACE BEACH

NAI HARVEST 

MOKO

EAVES 

GOLDEN TEACHER

CHAMPIONLOVER

AUTOBAHN

NAKED (ON DRUGS)

 NADINE CARINA  

+ LOTS MORE TBC

 

PLUS DJS / CLUB PARTNERS

 

EROL ALKAN

JOY ORBISON

DAPHNI

DIXON

JACKMASTER

A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE (FEATURING ANDREW WEATHERALL + SEAN JOHNSTON)

SPECIAL REQUEST

DANIEL AVERY

MANO LE TOUGH 

PSYCHEMAGIK

ROMAN FLÜGEL

MAX GRAEF

DAN SHAKE

AARTEKT

WILL TRAMP

NIGHT FANTASY

SHAPES 

SET ONE TWENTY

FLUX

SHAPES

NOW WAVE

BUGGED OUT

BIGGER THAN BARRY

SEEDY SONICS

OSCILLATE WILDLY

GIN & JUICE

DOLLOP

BODYTONIC

DILATION

BROTHERHOOD SOUND

GOLD TEETH

DIRTY OTTER

NOCTURNAL ME

SWAYS RECORDS

MOSCHINO HOE

& LOTS MORE

 

Social Links:

www.greetingsfrombeacons.com

facebook.com/beaconsfestival

twitter.com/BeaconsFest

 

Tickets Links:

TICKETS:

See / Crash / Jumbo / Ticket Arena

£99.50 (+bf) Full weekend early bird ticket

£25 deposit scheme (pay rest in July)

Address:

Beacons Festival, Funkirk Estate, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3AB

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JOHNNY KOWALSKI

After a couple of years feeling out their sound across the UK live circuit, Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos took on the task of recording their brass, strings, electric guitar and drums based “carnival punk” sound.

They released the independently recorded Victory for the Monsters in October 2012, gaining BBC6 Music radio airplay and capturing their notorious live energy on a record that they followed up with a tour that took in France, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Reactions across Europe were enthusiastic and the band soon embarked on a second visit in April 2013, this time making additional stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. A highlight of their career to date, the band was invited to play in the Czech town of Jaroměř. This was an honour as it meant being able to entertain audiences in a region of the globe whose traditions had influenced their music in the first place.

With summer festival performances that included Boomtown, Y Not, Tramlines, Nozstock, Wychwood and Swingamajig and a third European tour under their belts, the band went into the studio to record their second album, Kill the Beast, with producer by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Destroyers, Robert Plant).

Kill the Beast takes its influences from disparate cultures and movements such as rabble rousing two tone on “Tequila Song”,”Raggle Taggle Gypsy”‘s explosive make over for the twenty first century festival scene or the apocalyptic swing of the title track. The result is a surprisingly cohesive set of songs, all infused with the trademark Weirdo energy, successfully captured on record. The band have taken a mains-wired blender to the last fifty years of popular music and dared it to dangle its naughty bits in.

Recorded and produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Carina Round, The Destroyers), Kill the Beast‘s conception was helped along by rock and roll history. The band borrowed The Clash’s tuba player (from Sandinista!), Bowie’s mixing desk, Joy Division’s guitar and even Ned’s Atomic Dustbin’s drum kit to add their own voice to rock and roll’s delightful history.

The album will be available for download on May 7th. Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos will be playing all over the UK and Europe in May 2014 to promote Kill the Beast.

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