The Lost Brothers deliver calming video for the gorgeous Spanish Reprise
Put together by Zoe Genders and Melvyn Ternan, the video combines beautiful photography with quirky animation to offer up a magical feel – while the echoes of the album’s artwork add to the sense of identity. “After talking to the boys and getting an idea of where they wanted the video to go visually, we left with the idea of “grand, open, sprawling spaces – large, rich vistas” in our heads and the original artwork created for the new album,” Melvyn said. “Something was itching us and we finally landed on our final influence: Edweard Muybridge and both his photographic work and ‘studies’ in motion work.
Both these bodies of work, often celebrated and discussed by animators, had never really met in any way before now and are sometimes believed to have been created by two different people.” The motion studies were handcut and put against the time-lapsed background, with the directors keen to avoid digitising the process where possible, and the result certainly looks worthy of the effort invested.
The Lost Brothers Announce New Album New Songs of Dawn and Dust
Out Now on Lojinx
The Lost Brothers 4th album, New Songs Of Dawn and Dust, is the start of something new for the Irish duo. Their previous release, 2012’s “The Passing Of The Night”, was the closing chapter in a trilogy of records that started with their debut album “Trails of the Lonely” in 2008.
Since forming in Liverpool in 2007 the songwriting duo has chosen to collaborate with other artists on each album, recording in Portland with Mike Coykendall and Adam Selzer, in Sheffield with Richard Hawley’s band and inNashville with Brendan Benson and members of Old Crow Medicine Show and The Cardinals, respectively. So it’s somehow fitting the band have returned to Liverpool, to record the first of a new trilogy with Bill Ryder-Jones, solo artist and former guitarist of local heroes The Coral, at the production helm.
Recording was scheduled to begin when Ryder-Jones returned from touring as guest guitarist with the Arctic Monkeys. “Everyone was busy so we waited til the stars aligned and then went for it! We felt like we had a dream team of pals to make the album we really wanted.” explains Oisin. “We flew in from appearing on Russian national TV in Moscow straight into the studio to record the record”.
From the 30 songs written on the road, 15 were selected for the studio, recording 12 and 9 appearing on the album with three instrumentals. All recorded and mixed in 7 days at Parr Street Studios.
It’s no surprise that gigs in the last few years with luminaries such as Brendan Benson, The Frames, Billy Bragg, John Prine, Squeeze and, most recently, The Delines have landed them plenty of vocal support from their musical mentors & peers.
“Once in a while you hear voices that stop you in your tracks. The Lost Brothers are the real deal. They have the most beautiful harmonies around, and what sets them apart is that they have the songs to back it up.” – Willy Vlautin (author, Richmond Fontaine, The Delines)
“If there’s any justice under the moon and the stars the Lost Brothers will come through!”
- Mike Scott (The Waterboys)
The duo have also made fans at radio and TV, with appearances & plays on NPR’s Mountain Stage in the US and Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Huey Morgan and Bob Harris in the UK. They have performed on the BBC’s Culture Show and Celtic Connections and on Irish TV’s esteemed Other Voices and The Late Late Show.
October 2012 saw The Lost Brothers complete an extensive US tour with Glen Hansard and in March 2013 they played the legendary Midnight Ramble at the Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, followed by the Midnight Ramble Concert For Levon in Texas.
The band describe musical influences that range from Ennio Morricone
to Jack Nitzsche to Beck, from Chuck Berry to Harry Nilsson, from Sweeney’s Men to Van Morrison, from Bob Dylan to Lou Reed and Nick Cave.
“This new album steps away from the strictly folk/americana thing and opens up a new door for us,” says Oisin.
New Songs Of Dawn and Dust will be the duo’s second full length release on British indie Lojinx. The album will be out on CD, LP & digital on September 22nd.
Forthcoming dates are as follows:
Sat 01 Nov 2014 Dolans Warehouse Limerick, Ireland
Sun 02 Nov 2014 The Harbour Bar Bray, Ireland
Mon 03 Nov 2014 Mick Murphy’s Bar Ballymore Eustace, Ireland
Thu 06 Nov 2014 Middle Earth Music Club Naas Naas, Ireland
Fri 07 Nov 2014 Whelan’s Dublin, Ireland
Sun 09 Nov 2014 Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh, UK
Mon 10 Nov 2014 The Castle Manchester Manchester, UK
Tue 11 Nov 2014 Hare & Hounds – Venue 2 Birmingham, UK
Wed 12 Nov 2014 St Pancras Old Church London, UK
Thu 13 Nov 2014 Komedia Brighton Brighton, UK
Sat 15 Nov 2014 St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church Sheffield, UK Tickets
Sun 16 Nov 2014 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, UK
Mon 17 Nov 2014 Studio 2 Parr Street Liverpool, UK
Wed 19 Nov 2014 Kenny’s Bar Lahinch, Ireland
Thu 20 Nov 2014 Róisín Dubh Galway, Ireland
Fri 21 Nov 2014 Sandino’s Derry, UK
Sat 22 Nov 2014 Mcgrory’s Donegal, Ireland
Wed 26 Nov 2014 Errigle Inn Belfast, UK
Fri 28 Nov 2014 Kulturzentrum Kammgarn Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Wed 03 Dec 2014 Solstice Arts Centre Navan, Ireland
Sat 06 Dec 2014 Coughlan’s Live Cork, Ireland
For more info visit http://thelostbrothersband.com/
36 CRAZYFISTS SIGN TO SPINEFARM RECORDS
BAND TO RELEASE LABEL DEBUT TIME AND TRAUMA IN FEBRUARY 2015
Like a bear native to the Alaskan tundra, 36 Crazyfists have emerged from a four-year recording hibernation to sign a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records. The label welcomes the Alaska-originated band – celebrating its 20th anniversary this year – to its formidable and expanding roster, boasting the best in hard rock and heavy metal.
The new album, Time and Trauma, is due out in February 2015.
“We have found a new home at Spinefarm Records. and although the label is new to us, some of the staff are old friends and we couldn’t be more grateful to unleash the beast that is Time and Traumawith their help,” says frontman Brock Lindow. “20 years in and it feels like Spinefarm is a killer home to hang our hats. See you all on the road in 2015!”
Spinefarm Senior Director of Marketing Tim Brennan echoed that sentiment, saying, “We are thrilled to have 36 Crazyfists be part of the growing Spinefarm family! They are a genuine band of brothers that has grinded for 20 years to create a truly committed fan-base. Time and Trauma is an incredible way to begin the next 20 years for the band.”
36 Crazyfists released their debut Bitterness the Star via Roadrunner Records in 2002. The follow up, 2004’s A Snow Capped Romance, is largely considered a sleeper classic in the post-hardcore realm. The band also released several additionally beloved albums, including Rest Inside the Flames (2006) via the now-defunct DRT Entertainment, as well as The Tide and Its Takers (2008) and Collisions and Castaways through Ferret Music. Their Spinefarm debut is their first album in four years and their first since Collisions and Castaways, released in 2010.
This new song is merely a taste of what’s to come…
36 Crazyfists will close out 2014 with a slew of US tour dates, including a December anniversary show in their native state. Here’s to 20 more years of bringing the rock!
Artist: Duncan Reid and the Big Heads
Album: “The Difficult Second Album”
Released: November 17th
There are only two people in the entire world who can claim to have played with the Ramones while not actually being tagged with the ‘Ramone’ nom-de-plume. Duncan ‘Kid’ Reid is one of those people.
As singer and bass player of Joey Ramone’s favourite band, The Boys, Duncan rode on the crest of a wave during punk’s original late-1970s heyday as part of a wider collective of friends and peers that included Sex Pistols, The Clash, Generation X and a host of other power-chord pioneers. The Boys remain one of the best-loved and influential bands of their generation.
Fast forward to 2014 and Duncan’s new group The Big Heads, featuring multi-instrumentalist Alexander Gold, guitarist Sophie Lynch and drummer Ciara Lavers are powering their way around the globe and astounding audiences from Buenos Aires to Berlin to Dublin and back again. Montevideo, from the Big Heads’ debut albumLittle Big Head, has earned Duncan the keys to the Uruguayan capital (the only other musicians to achieve this being Elton John and Paul McCartney). The band has been joined onstage by members of Europe, German mega group Die Toten Hosen and TV Smith of The Adverts.
Following a cornucopia of stellar reviews for 1st album Little Big Head, The Big Heads develop their unique, effortlessly entertaining, melodic brand of harmony laden pop punk with new release: “The Difficult Second Album”.
12 tracks dealing with close shaves in Rio, hen parties in London, growing old disgracefully, and hugging, combine to give a unique view of life.
The band play Madame JoJo’s, Soho on 2nd October.
For More Info check out: https://www.facebook.com/DuncanReidTheBigHeads or http://www.little-big-head.com/
Reviews for Album One – Little Big Head and the Big Heads:
“A mesh of angsty agitation and glitter mod stomp – 4 Stars”: Mojo
“The Peter Pan of powerpop”: Uncut
“He’s lost none of his song writing flair as he serves up 13 powerpop nuggets”: R2 Magazine
“An autobiographical garage-pop soundtrack; energetic, infectious and charming -9 out of 10”: Vive le Rock