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With a killer single already under their belt in ‘Werewolves’, and the release of their album ‘Raise The People’ on the horizon, Melbourne trio Calling All Cars have well and truly entered 2014 with all guns blazing.

Next up from the band is ‘Standing In The Ocean’, the second single from their highly anticipated long play, which will be out July 28th through Cooking Vinyl.

Watch the video here:

Produced by Steve Schram (Clairey Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Eagle and The Worm, Little Birdy, The Vasco Era) and Tom Larkin (Shihad, Strangers, Young and Restless, Bodyjar, The Getaway Plan), ‘Standing In The Ocean’ sees the band continue on a path of experimentation that’s bound to win over new listeners, but with the awesome hooks old Calling All Cars fans know and love.

Lead singer and principal songwriter Haydn Ing describes the inception of the track as“one of those songs that just came to me, almost like it had to get out and be heard”. And that is certainly apparent upon listening to the punch that ‘Standing In The Ocean’ packs. The inspiration for the song stems from the issue of putting your full trust in someone, only to realise that this was a stupid decision. But the really interesting thing about the track is how it came about being recorded.

Ing wrote the song in a mere 15 minutes, and the band recorded their demo the next day in the short space of three hours, utilising Ing’s small home studio set up. Extreme noise restrictions saw them throw blankets and pillows over the top of their makeshift drum kit and amp-less bass so as to not annoy the neighbours.

“The finished product is literally the first time we ever played the song, so there’s a desperation and an excitement captured in there that can sometimes be very hard to reproduce. And if you listen carefully, you might even hear my next door neighbour’s dog.”

You’ll be singing along to the chorus of this one in no time.

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The New Union
Video for ‘Believe in Nothing’ online now 

Single released Aug 4th via Fandango/Fierce Panda

Fast rising Brighton band The New Union have unveiled the epic new video for their forthcoming single ‘Believe in Nothing’, released via Fandango/Fierce Panda on August 4th. Watch now on YouTube.

Clocking up thousands of plays on Soundcloud in the first few days of going online, the track amply shows The New Union’s undeniable pop sensibilities under a darker lyrical approach. Of the video, frontman Richard says: “When we set out to create the video for ‘Believe in Nothing’ we wanted to show a progression from what we have visually done before. We decided to create a sense of contrast in the video of a dark concept with bright colours. Unlike our previous videos where we purposefully limited ourselves either to a single space or theme, ‘Believe in Nothing’ displays the dynamics and emotions of the song through various elements and events.”

The New Union play a single launch show at The Sebright Arms, London on Wednesday 6th August, alongside Fierce Panda label mates Longfellow.

Live Date: 

Wednesday 6th August – The Sebright Arms, London      TICKETS


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“The sublime shoegaze riffage yearns for the days of Ride and Slowdive but still sounds like a product of 2014” NME
“Turkish shoegaze might not be a major phenomenon, but given the breadth of their talent,
it soon could be.” Guardian
The chilled out with the searingly intense which powers The Away Days, taking them away from that well-worn shoegaze sound and into an area very much their own.” Clash
The Away DaysCaptivating new track ‘Paris’ released 25th August

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Having impressed with their recent single ‘Your Colour’, Istanbul’s premiere dream-pop band The Away Days show a more anthemic side to their music with the forthcoming single ‘Paris’. The video, once again directed by guitarist/vocalist Oguz Can Ozen along with Ali Demirel, recently premiered via Spin and can now be viewed onYouTube.

Recalling the dreamy escapism of Total Life Forever-era Foals, the heady climbs of 90s shoegaze, alongside the tender vocal approach of Wild Beasts, ‘Paris’ retains the captivating ease of their previous single, with a chorus that is ready to be heard from the mainstage of a summer festival.

The band have already created a huge name for themselves in their native Turkey, playing alongside internationally renowned bands including Savages, Portishead, Belle & Sebastian and Massive Attack. The Away Days are now creating big waves in other territories, with praise from the likes of Guardian, NME and NPR as well as plays from BBC 6Music and XFM, as they begin to record their debut full-length album and plot a UK tour.

‘Paris’ will be available via iTunes and all good online retailers on 25th August 2014.


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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 and iTunes – Pre-order the album here and get new single “Push For The Stride” as an instant track:



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)


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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.”


The band previously made available a trailer for Racy which you can watch here:

“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.

Racy Tracklisting:

1. Hey
2. Keys
3. Say Enough
4. Somewhere Else
5. Racy
6. Last, First
7. Airs
8. Happening
9. Pass


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