Ward Thomas share the official video for ‘Push For The Stride’
Debut Album ‘From Where We Stand’ released 21st July
Single ‘Push For The Stride’ also released 21st July
Available for Pre-order on Amazon http://smarturl.it/wtfwwsamazonpr and iTunes – Pre-order the album here and get new single “Push For The Stride” as an instant track:http://smarturl.it/wtfwwsitunespr
Country is being re-born…(Ward-Thomas are)…fresh artists with country influences and the dexterity to create a credible home grown version of the music – Sunday Times Culture
“Young, country-pop duo with terrific original songs, and the delivery to make them unforgettable” – Alan Cackett, Maverick Magazine
With the sounds of Country music permeating in the UK after the success of the hit television series Nashville, people both within and outside the music business have been asking – where are Britain’s home-grown country stars? Ward Thomas may well be providing some of the answers. They are on the threshold of becoming one of the first genuine major British Country acts.
Ward Thomas are 20-year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas from Hampshire. Whilst in sixth form, a rough demo of the Ward Thomas track “Footnotes” found its way into the hands of Nashville’s most respected session musicians, leading to the recording of a debut album‘From Where We Stand’ (out 21st July) that could spearhead a UK Country sound.
Hampshire and Country music may not be obvious bed fellows but these girls, brought up on a rural live stock farm from a family line that included artists and authors, have had Country music in their blood ever since they were introduced to the music of Carrie Underwood, Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss by a cousin in their early teens. “We fell hard for Country”, as Catherine puts it. One listen to the vocal cadences and close harmonies on their debut album ‘From Where We Stand’ and Nashville and Hampshire suddenly don’t seem all that far apart.
Written in its entirety in the UK, without the help of A-list song writers, yet recorded in Nashville with some of Country Music’s finest including Bobby Blazier, Dan Dugmore and Chris Rodriquez, ‘From Where We Stand’ retains a certain Englishness which combined with the ‘Nashville’ sound gives us Ward Thomas’ own individual UK take on Country music. Their authentic Country sound with British influences and stories has been embraced in Nashville and the debut album can boast guest appearances from Grammy Award winner Michael Omartian (who appears on the track “Take That Train”) and Country Music superstar Vince Gill, winner of 18 CMA awards and 20 Grammys.
Lead single ‘Push For The Stride’, (follow up to their Radio 2 playlisted Footnotes EP), opens with strident guitars, melodic piano and vibrant harmonies. It’s an uplifting, up-tempo country-pop tune with a serious message about going after your dreams. The album contains a range of moods and textures – from heartfelt and exquisitely sung ballads like ‘Try’ and ‘From Where I Stand’ which was written about their parents’ divorce to barnstormers like ‘Way Back When’, ‘Town Called Ugley’ and ‘Push For the Stride’. Dan Dugmore’s swirling pedal steel supports the lilting melody of ‘Footnotes’, and Chris Rodriguez’s playful, chiming guitar and Blazier’s propulsive drumming balance the twins’ ardent vocals on another highlight, ‘Guest List’, which features one of many catchy choruses that will keep the listener hooked.
In the spring of 2014, Ward Thomas released their ‘Footnotes EP’ with lead single ‘The Good And The Right’ making it onto the BBC Radio 2 Playlist.Terry Wogan interviewed the twins on his popular Radio 2 show and they were also featured in a special Radio 2 documentary on country music broadcast in March. That same month they appeared at the Country2Country Festival at London’s O2 Arena where they were interviewed by BBC London News. More recently they have been featured in the Sunday Times Culture and have been confirmed to appear at the Maverick Festival in early July.
Ward Thomas will be playing the following dates this summer:
10th – The Musician, Leicester (w/ The Webb Sisters)
12th - Americana Festival, Leicestershire
12th – Meonfest, Petersfield
16th – The Castle, Manchester
17th – Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge
18th – Fort San-Antone, Blackpool
19th – Chagstock, Devon
20th – Guilfest, Guilford
25th – Green Note, London
26th – Halfway to 75 Festival, Oxford
2nd – Cheese & Grain, Frome
5th – Mr Wolf’s, Bristol
6th – The Live Lounge, Weston-super-Mare
7th - Phoenix, Exeter
8th – The Lamb Inn, Sandford, Devon
9th - South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes
12th – Bread & Roses, Plymouth
14th – The Taphouse, St Agnes
15th – The Good Intent, Petersfield
17th – Talking Heads, Southampton
31st – Weyfest (Rustic Stage)
HOORAY FOR EARTH REVEAL VIDEO FOR “KEYS”
NEW ALBUM ‘RACY’ OUT IN THE UK ON SEPT 29 VIA DOVECOTE
Praise for Hooray For Earth
“Grinding, distorted guitars, beaming synth lines, a mechanistic rhythm section, theatrical vocals, all polished to a retro-futurist 80s sheen by producer Chris Coady” – Pitchfork
“Ambitious” – NME
“Anthemic pop hooks” – The Line of Best Fit
“Joyous in the extreme” – Clash
“[like] MGMT back when they wrote pop songs” – The Guardian
“Dark and intense” – Stereogum
“Incredible” – The 405
Also featured at DIY, BBC Radio1 Playlist, BBC 6Music
Hooray For Earth, whose sophomore album Racy is due for release in the UK on Sept 29, is excited to reveal a video for their recently single “Keys.” Pitchfork has said of the track, “Noel Heroux’s delivering a deceptively forceful performance while drums boom and guitars chug, waiting for the festival masses to arrive.”
WATCH “KEYS” HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC5_QVPicdQ
The band previously made available a trailer for Racy which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGgiKRn8JHU
“Keys” was directed by Beau Burrows who said, “Hooray for Earth has a wonderful ear – and, unsurprisingly, eye – for the foreign-yet-familiar and seductively strange, so when they came to us with the prospect of working on a video for their new album, we got excited….we developed and programmed a computer-controlled system of lights and motion control rigs that would flash and move in sync with the song. This allowed us the freedom to shoot different objects and at different locations while keeping the perspective and lighting consistent; It’s motion and light control, all in one. Noel and everyone in Hooray for Earth brought a lot to the table during these exploratory shoots, which made collaborating closely with the band an integral part of the creative process. We certainly had a blast shooting it, so we hope everyone enjoys watching!”
Racy is the follow up to Hooray For Earth’s 2011 debut True Loves which Under The Radar called “superb” and Consequence of Sound labelled “an unbelievable collection of songs.” The album is now available for pre-order. “Keys” is out as well both at as7″ and digitally.
Racy was co-produced by Chris Coady (Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Future Islands) and band leader Noel Heroux and recording took place at Dreamland in Kingston, NY and at DNA Downtown in NYC. Crafting a more fluid listening experience with Racy also meant a more active role in the studio for Noel Heroux’s longtime bandmates–bassist Chris Principe, drummer Joe Ciampini, and keyboardist/vocalist Jessica Zambri. “I’m still writing, arranging and doing the preliminary recording,” Heroux says. “But then it’s all funnelled out through our scrappy rock band.”
Racy is very much a rock album. Featuring nine finely etched songs rendered to life by Coady’s crystalline production, Racy represents a bold and beautiful step into the light for Hooray for Earth.
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