JON ALLEN ANNOUNCES UK TOUR FOR AUTUMN 2014
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jon Allen will tour the UK in October and November 2014 in support of his widely acclaimed new album, Deep River.
It’s the first time Jon Allen has toured his trademark mix of catchy tunes and folk and Sixties-inflected country blues in the UK since 2013, and will follow his new album’s launch gig at The Half Moon in Putney on June 18th and appearances at the Cornbury Festival on Saturday, 5th July, and Kew The Music on Friday 18th July.
Jon said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road and playing out my new material. It’s great to be able to draw on a larger body of work. The arrival of the new album has made it harder to write a set list because I think there are a lot of strong songs on the record vying to be included. I guess that’s a good problem to have. There are some tracks on Deep River that I think are among my best work. I hope the fans enjoy them as much as I do.”
Released on 7th July, 2014 on Monologue Records, Deep River, is the third album of Allen’s career, following his 2009 debut album Dead Man’s Suit, and 2011’s Sweet Defeat, which saw singles such as In Your Light and Joanna, amongst others, A-listed by BBC Radio 2, and saw Jon make appearances on “Later… with Jools Holland” and a televised appearance on the BBC’s Glastonbury TV coverage. “It was Beyoncé then me! I like to think that she supported me,” Jon says.
Night & Day (http://youtu.be/kr1PvBgpvmo) , the first single to be released from Deep River, continued Jon’s run of success, spending 5 weeks on BBC Radio 2’s playlist. Jon said, “I’m delighted and to have had such a good reaction to Night & Day. There is always a feeling of holding one’s breath and a fear with a new album and first single – no matter how good you think a song is – that it will be a damp squib, so when it does get love back it’s extremely gratifying. Getting the Chris Evans ‘bump’ was a real bonus too”.
Deep River contains some of Jon’s best work. To him, it’s simple. “I just try to write music that moves me. I’m trying to express some truthfulness. There are no gimmicks, no beeps and whistles.” On it he channels everyone from Dylan to Shakespeare, via Al Green, JJ Cale and John Martyn, and even manages to write a romantic song about bankers (“I know there’s not a lot of sympathy for bankers, but it’s nice to write a song from the point of view of the bogey man and try and find the humanity even of him”).
He says: “I feel a bit like a musical outsider. I’m very inspired by music that feels like it comes from one of the main tributaries of blues, folk, jazz and country. That’s the music that moves me so I would rather be true to that than try to fit in.”
Jon Allen’s UK tour dates are as follows:
Saturday, 4th October – Hartlepool, The Grand Hotel (Music vs Cancer)
Wednesday, 15th October - Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House (solo show)
Thursday, 16th October – Birmingham, Glee Studio (solo show)
Monday, 20th October – Glasgow, King Tuts
Wednesday, 22nd October – Newcastle, Cluny 2
Thursday, 23rd October - Sheffield, Greystones
Friday, 24th October – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Sunday, 26th October – Leicester, Musician
Monday, 27th October - Bristol, Colston 2
Tuesday, 28th October - London, Jazz Cafe
Thursday, 30th October - London, Bluesfest at Royal Albert Hall (afternoon show)
Thursday, 30th October - Cambridge, The Junction 2
Friday, 31st October – London, Bluesfest at Royal Albert Hall
Sunday, 2nd November - Brighton, Komedia Studio
Monday, 3rd November - Portsmouth, Cellars
Friday, 16th January – Milton Keynes, The Stables
Tickets are available from www.musicglue.com/jon-allen/
GENERATIONALS - NEW ALBUM ‘ALIX’
OUT SEPTEMBER 29TH (UK) ON POLYVINYL RECORD CO
New Orleans-based indie-rock duo Generationals are excited to announce their brand new full-length album titled Alix. Helmed by notable producer Richard Swift (The Shins, Tennis, Foxygen) Alix reveals itself as perhaps Generationals’ most confident record yet, full of history and as multiphase as members Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer’s long-standing friendship.
‘A feel-good party track that is about emptiness, despair, and the meaningless futility of life” - Esquire
Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, friends since high school and Generationals co-captains since 2008, have been in each other’s faces for most of this century. Natural songwriting partners, they made their first three records at home with the help of mutual friend Daniel Black, and in 2013 they launched straight into their fourth with surprising post-tour energy. But after years of creative brain-melding, the dyad had reached a point of ultra-familiarity and comfort in their work routine that, to them, threatened quicksand. They began to suspect their own productivity of being rut in disguise.
Determined to keep things fresh, they sought out a new producer in Richard Swift, the renowned singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who they felt would be able shake things up, surprise them and bring something new to the project. The Louisiana duo then made their way, yellow brick road-style, to Cottage Grove, Oregon, ready to give their tapes over to Swift’s cultishly venerated magic touch, but the collaboration was hardly the scrap-it-all, start-from-scratch, give-up-the-reins-and-let-the-guru-do-his-thing scenario Joyner and Widmer had expected—hoped for even—when they began their pilgrimage to the producer’s National Freedom studio in February. Swift deemed the demos album-worthy after all and the original versions were saved at his urging. With a little tightening rather than a vibe transplant, the songs solidified into a cohesive, finished record.
“I looked at the demos objectively and really just helped organize the sounds into something that was sonically cohesive,” Swift said. “I knew they spent a lot of time on their own, on their headphones creating these beats and bells and whistles and felt no need to drastically change them.”
Built up with layer upon layer of rhythmic lines, computer noises, RZA beats and poppy vocals that sometimes sound like a Janet Jackson/Prince face-off, Alix is everything Joyner and Widmer like about music–old and new, vinyl and YouTube, vocal chord and microKORG–gathered up from everywhere and arranged with great care into a good-smelling, subtly sexy, catchy-or-die mish-mosh of sensibilities and time-warp senselessness. It is an album lightly peppered with that signature Swiftian element but undeniably Generationals in taste. As Swift had decreed: ‘tis a good idea, to tear down and rebuild, but it’s not always necessary to start from scratch.
NAI HARVEST STREAM BRAND NEW TRACK “BUTTERCUPS”
TAKEN FROM SPLIT WITH PLAYLOUNGE
Premiered at Consequence Of Sound HERE
Previous press for Nai Harvest:
“The intoxicated tantrums of their striking debut ‘Whatever’ have given way to a manageable, strangely enjoyable hangover on ‘Hold Open My Head’… clean guitars cycle in a dream state during the verse and hitch in off-kilter rhythms during the hook” – Pitchfork
“… their crafty plays on rhythm and dexterously executed shredding are anything but average” – MTV Iggy
“… hook-laden… the track applies the band’s knack for ramshackle punk and emo sensibilities to riffs far meatier and muscular than anything they’ve produced before” – DIY
“… calms down the post-hardcore tendencies of Whatever and veers more towards emo’s indie rock side” – Brooklyn Vegan
“cult Sheffield punks” – NME
Indie-rock two-piece Nai Harvest (signed to Topshelf Records) return with “Buttercups”, their most overtly melodic track yet, and one that pays as many dues to the likes of Ride, Chapterhouse, early Superchunk, classic lo-fi and dreampop as it does the fiery emo and punk spirit of their previous output.
It’s a song about distance, and trying to be fair and honest with someone you’re in love with who lives far away but you’re not in a legitimate relationship with. You’re allowed to do what you want with whoever you want but do you really want to do it or not?
Sounding, as ever, a whole lot bigger than just the two of them, “Buttercups” is the A-side of their split with Playlounge, which sees both bands contributing a new track and, in turn, a cover of each other. The record will be released on 12″ flower shaped vinyl (7″ playable).
Nai Harvest are:
Ben Thompson – guitar and vocals
Lew Currie – drums
Pre-order the split from Dog Knights Productions here:
Topshelf Records will also have copies of the split available in the US.
Following an explosive UK tour with Gnarwolves in December, the duo followed this with support slots for Real Friends, You Blew It! and Modern Baseball’s UK tour in May and after key festival appearances, including Tramlines and Beacons, they will be on the road again with Superheaven in September.
A full set of upcoming dates here:
July 27 – Tramlines Festival – The Great Gatsby, Sheffield, England
Aug 3 – Rhondda Rocks – The Factory – Porth, South Wales
Aug 8 – Beacons Festival, Noisey Tent – Skipton, West Yorks, England
Aug 24 – Art Is Hard Fest 2 - London, England - Shacklewell Arms
Sept 5 - London, England - Old Blue Last*
Sept 6 - Leeds, England - Cockpit*
Sept 7 - Birmingham, England - The Flapper*
Sept 8 - Bristol, England - The Exchange*
Sept 9 - Brighton, England - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar*
Sept 10 - Paris, France - La Macanique*
Sept 11 - Cologne, Germany - Underground*
Sept 12 - Eindhoven, Holland - Kafee Aloys*
Sept 13 - Munster, Germany - Cafe Lorenz*
Sept 14 - Hamburg, Germany - Rote Flora*
Sept 15 - Hannover, Germany - Bei Chez Heinz*
Sept 16 - Berlin, Germany - Cassiopeia*
Sept 17 - Dessau, Germany - Beat Club*
Sept 19 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Treibhaus*
Sept 20 - Stuttgart, Germany - Juha West*
Sept 21 – Frankfurt, Germany - 11er*
Sept 22 - Antwerp, Belgium - JH Kavka*
Sept 24 - Southampton, England - Joiners*
Sept 25 - Cardiff, Wales - Clwb Ifor Bach*
Sept 26 - Derby, England - The Victoria Inn*
Sept 27 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo*
Sept 28 - Manchester, England - Star & Garter*
Sept 29 - Kingston, England - Fighting Cocks*
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