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NAI HARVEST stream “Hairball” LP in full
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‘Hairball’ due out 28th April 2015 via Topshelf Records

Nine date UK tour starts 16th April 2015

Earlier this week Sheffield two-piece Nai Harvest premiered their new album, “Hairball”, in full with Stereogum. The album will be released on April 28th on Topshelf Records and is already picking up accolades including 8/10 in NME and a position on Pitchfork’s albums to look out for in April.

April Tour Dates w/Best Friends:
17 London, Birthdays
18 Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
19 Nottingham, Bodega Social Club
20 Birmingham, The Oobleck
21 Glasgow, Broadcast
22 Manchester, Soup Kitchen
23 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
​24 Sheffield, The Harley

Previous praise for Nai Harvest:

“The intoxicated tantrums 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

“We named Nai Harvest our ‘Band to Watch’ because they are fucking great” – Stereogum

“Cult Sheffield punks” – NME

“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 sensibilities to riffs far meatier and muscular than anything they’ve produced before” – DIY Magazine

“Fizzy, scuzzy indie rock… and man, can they write a great hook.” —Rough Trade NYC

RIYL: Cloud Nothings, Ty Segall, Ride, Pavement

Hairball, the follow up to Sheffield, UK indie punk duo Nai Harvest’s buzzed-about Hold Open My Head EP and huge singleButtercups (2014), was recorded with producer Bob Cooper (Sky Ferreira, Empire of The Sun, Citizen) over the course of one frenetic month.

Young guitarist and vocalist Ben Thompson (22) and drummer Lew Currie (24) are incredibly focused; a pair of best friends who have found their sound on their own terms. After two years of nearly relentless touring that took them to the other side of the world and back, the band has fully articulated that sound with Hairball.

Nai Harvest has always had a habit of surprising people, whether by surpassing their sonic expectations of a two piece or by effortlessly skipping between genres. Racing through ‘80s and ‘90s-influenced indie rock, Hairball is propulsive and elastic, taking sharp turns into hazy garage punk and feedback-laden grunge.

Hairball’s 10 tracks are brand new songs from Nai Harvest, apart from a new recording of the anthemic single “Buttercups”, (first released on flower-shaped vinyl in July of 2014).  From the warm, major chord melodies of opener “Spin” to the fevered, buzzy pace of single “Sick On My Heart” and the neurotic phrasing of LP titled closer “Hairball”, the record places its focus squarely on memorable hooks, reverb and fuzz, all tied together by crashing cymbals and a driving rhythm section. At times, Hairball feels like an early Creation Records release, something Alan McGee would have championed before Oasis came along and threw his label into the big-time, or something that John Peel might have doted over.

Last year, the band toured across the UK and Europe, packed festival shows at Beacons, Bestival, Tramlines and Gold Sounds, sold out headlined shows across the UK, went on a US tour and performed dates for Rough Trade and more at CMJ. The band plans to tour relentlessly, much as they did last year, through 2015–this time, off the back of their best material yet.

Nai Harvest are:
Ben Thompson – guitar and vocals
Lew Currie – drums

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GIVEAWAY: FREE DOWNLOAD OF ‘VISITOR’ NOW AVAILABLE TO CELEBRATE RELEASE
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Art Nikels is a brewing presence in the East Bay and greater San Francisco music scene. Art Nikels presents a freeform blend of electronically fused psych-rock, citing influences ranging from hip-rock to kraut-höp. Unpredictable performers, their shows have reportedly oozed Flying Lotus medleys, Black Sabbath covers, and contemporary pantomime.

Their early years in a cavernous laboratory were soon forgotten. But it was there, aside their mysterious founder and beneficiary, Arthur Nikels, (and many other established lepidopterists in the field) that they truly began to formulate the axioms of their fuzz-folk morphology.

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PRESS:

“In essence, Primitives might well be an attempt to communicate to aliens. It has all of Earth’s favourite things: sauce, colour or ‘hue’, our largest trees “Red Red Wood”, ‘Whipped Cream’, Darth Vader, dinosaur noises…. If humanity are the eponymous ‘primitives’, then Art Nikels is at least showcasing the best we Earthlings have to offer. On the whole, an admirably ambitious and satisfying collection. “
– THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“Feels like a passing cloud on a nice warm day … Strong edge of originality” 
​- EARMILK

 

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ANDREA BALENCY
Shares Stream For New Single ‘Waterfalls’

Out February 23rd on Bataille Music
Available as instant-grat on EP pre-order here 
“Essentially it’s a mesmeric blend of Bat for Lashes, FKA twigs and Björk. Not a bad bunch to fall in with. Currently Balency is working on her debut album. Take a soak in Waterfalls” – [Premiered by] Noisey
Waterfalls Art

New EP Volcano out 16th March
PRE-ORDER

www.andreabalency.com

‘Production lends itself the cerebral realm, and vocals cannot help but inject the sense of flesh and blood.  Andrea Balency ekes out an uncanny blend of the two, her voice forming non-verbal notes that pile atop of percussively handled synths. Her vision is total, and it’s strikingly effective.’ 
– The FADER

‘Everything is immediately appealing, easy on the ear, but will satisfy fans of the avant-garde, reminding you that sometimes, flukes – out-there experiments such as O Superman – can suddenly find their way into millions of homes.’
– The Guardian 

‘A truly cosmopolitan mix.. with urban synth lines resembling ‘CMYK’-era Blake to a T. Her vocals place her firmly in a class of her own though.
– NME

‘Rather than adding to what has become the echo chamber of EDM, Balency’s ethereal voice and soft structures instead aim to mimic the movements of contemporary dance.’ 
– The New York Times

Franco-Mexican artist, singer, instrumentalist and producer ANDREA BALENCY follows her breakthrough 2014 with a brand new EP entitled Volcano, demonstrating a growth in style, experience and quality beyond that which she has already earned. Having moved from Paris where she originally settled to write her debut EP Walls (released summer 2014 via Bataille)she now resides in London for an expanded approach to her classically trained electronic compositions.

 

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VISION FORTUNE STREAM FULL ALBUM WITH THE FADER

“COUNTRY MUSIC” OUT FEBRUARY 9TH ON ATP RECORDINGS

UK / US DATES ANNOUNCED

Vision Fortune’s ATP Recordings debut, Country Music, is out next week but you can now stream it in full via The FADER and through ATP’s Soundcloud.

Recorded during an intense two-month research residency, generously funded by the Cuatroquesos Foundation, in the idyllic yet remote region of Tuscany, Italy, Country Music is both a significant development and audible departure from the sound of the band’s debut Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune. Described as “impressively brutal” by the NME in there 8/10 review, the band says of the album, “It was pretty isolated and things got weird after a while – whether this shows in the music is up to the listener.” They suggest listening to Country Music “in your living room, on a large speaker system (preferably with the addition of a few bass bins), late at night, feeling apprehensive, possibly naked, the heating cranked to max, drinking a White Russian, Carlito’s Way playing on the TV (on mute), squatting in a paddling pool filled with lukewarm water. Otherwise a decent pair of headphones will do.”

With that, Vision Fortune has created their most sonically inventive work to date. Starting next month, they will tour in support of Country Music throughout the UK and the US including stops at Levitation/Psych Fest, ATP Iceland andSXSW. A full list of tour dates is below.

VISION FORTUNE TOUR DATES:

Wed. Mar. 4 – Leeds, UK @ The Library
Thu. Mar. 5 – Glasgow, UK @ Nice & Sleazy’s
Fri. Mar. 6 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Sat. Mar. 7 – Sheffield, UK @ Secret Location
Tue. Mar. 10 – London, UK @ Ace Hotel (TBC)
Wed. Mar. 11 – Brighton, UK @ Bleach
Sat. Mar. 14 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (Levitation Fest)
Tue. Mar. 17-Sat. Mar. 21 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Sun. Mar. 22 – San Antonio, TX @ Spillover Fest (TBC)
Thu. Apr. 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBC
Fri. Apr. 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
Sun. Apri. 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Thu. July 2 – Keflavik, IS @ ATP Iceland

PRAISE FOR VISION FORTUNE:

“Impressively brutal”

– NME (8/10)

“The debut album from London experimental trio Vision Fortune was an atmospheric, sonically engrossing affair. Their second album, the ironically-titled Country Music, is set for release this February – and if it’s anything like their leading single ‘Dry Mouth,’ it’ll be unsettling, strangely cathartic and hook-free (in a good way).”

– Dazed (“Twenty albums to look out for in 2015″)

“In a very Liars-esque move, it’s the kind of song that resists having a hook, but you find yourself singing along anyway…this song is grimey and disgusting in a way that’s strangely calming” – Noisey

“Vision Fortune’s debut is tantalisingly restrained and thought out; paced, spaced and atmospherically imbibed within a carved-out world of ambience that they have created for themselves to exist in. Utterly Enthralling.”-Loud & Quiet (9/10, – #13 Best Album of the Year 2013)

“Fans of Liars’ freakier moments will feel right at home within the claustrophobic confines of ‘Dry Mouth…’ Driven by dagger-like synth lines and bony china bowl drum beats, it sounds like a séance” – self-titled

“The otherworldly tones and deadpan vocals on ‘Dry Mouth’ remind me quite a bit of Liars’ output in the 2000s, but even more challenging and pop-defying. Immediately after establishing the song’s central refrain, the band embarks upon an ominous instrumental interlude that leaves my mouth watering. – The Needle Drop

 “[Vision Fortune] seem to truly be thinking outside of the box, creating an entirely new kind of listening experience. This is NOT your average, cheap stab at avant-garde minimalism.” – Culture Collide

“their particular take on sonic minimalism is…uncharacteristically melodious, at times bringing to mind the Jesus Lizard and, on the other end of the spectrum, Liars.  The trio’s latest single, ‘Dry Mouth,’ adds noise-rock pioneers This Heat to the pool of comparisons.” – Prefix

“A stark depiction of wintry solemnity, with an underlying drone that feels almost inescapable, Dry Mouth is a captivating entry point for new fans and a thoroughly intriguing introduction to the forthcoming new record.” –Gold Flake Paint

Pre-order Country Musictinyurl.com/vf-cm-physical

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ROAM stream ‘Viewpoint’ EP in its entirety ahead of release this Monday
STREAM: http://smarturl.it/StreamViewpoint
UK Release shows next week
(Hopeless Records)
“UK pop-punk’s newest bright young things.” – Rock Sound

ROAM’s first record for legendary US indie label Hopeless Records is now streaming in full ahead of its release on Monday. The ‘Viewpoint’ EP is an exemplary slice of British pop-punk which sees the band step it up a gear following a big year in 2014.

The Eastbourne-based five piece will be hitting the road for a clutch of special EP release shows next week and, not ones to rest on their laurels, will be starting work on their debut album shortly, as well as heading off on their first tour of the US as part of the Glamour Kills package before hitting the UK again as support to Man Overboard in April and May.

EP Pre-orders: http://smarturl.it/ROAMmerch  #  http://smarturl.it/viewpoint

UK headline dates in Jan:

www.musicglue.com/roam
26.01 – Brighton, UK @ Audio
27.01 – Liverpool, UK @ Studio 2
28.01 – London, UK @ BarflyUS Glamour Kills Tour in Feb/March/April:

www.Glamourkills.ducatking.com
2/27 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
2/28 Orlando, FL- Backbooth
3/1 Jacksonville, FL- Murray Hill Theatre
3/2 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
3/4 Nashville, TN – Rockettown
3/5 Lawrence, KS-  The Granada
3/7 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
3/8 Salt Lake City, UT – The Loading Dock
3/10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
3/11 Portland, OR – The Alhambra Theatre
3/13 Orangevale, CA- The Boardwalk
3/14 San diego, CA- The Epicentre
3/15 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
3/17 Scottsdale, AZ- Pub Rock
3/20 Grand Prairie, TX- South By So What Festival
3/21 Mission, TZ-  Nevery Say Festival
3/22 San Antonio, TX – The Korva
3/24 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
3/26 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar &Hall
3/27 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
3/28 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
3/29 Lakewood, OH- Mahalls
3/31 Pittsburgh, PA- Altar Bar
4/1 Philadelphia, PA- Underground Arts
4/2 New York, NY – Marlin room at Webster Hall
4/3 Freehold, NJ – GameChangerWorld
4/4 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
4/6 Balitmore, MD – Metro Gallery
4/7 Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
4/8 Greensboro, NC – Greene StreetUK Tour w/ Man Overboard in April/May:
24.04 – London, UK @ Islington Academy
25.04 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
26.04 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange
28.04 – Leicester, UK @ Scholar Bar
29.04 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms
30.04 – Newcastle, UK @ Think Tank
01.05 – Glasgow, UK @ Audio
02.05 – Manchester, UK @ Soundcontrol. (Pinky Swear Fest)
03.05 – Liverpool, UK @ Fury Fest
04.05 – Leeds, UK @ The Key Club.
05.05 – Belfast, UK @ Sub Bar
06.05 – Dublin, IR @ Fibber Magees

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