It was the Beach Boys who became famous for songs about the west coast of America. Ennor are doing the same in 2018, however their west coast is more rugged and dramatic. In its title alone, Ennor’s West Coast forms a suggestive link between their roots in the south westerly tip of England and the blissed-out Californian vibes their music emits.
In a sense their most traditional song yet, the track wields a melodic sensibility that is timeless to the folk traditions of the UK. Idyllic, romantic, but with a soft rock warmth and edge that would have the late Tom Petty humming along approvingly, West Coast is a stunning injection of the rock rhythms and grandeur of Americana into folklore musical storytelling. Bathed in soothing harmonies and abounding in cinematic guitar work, it’s everything we’ve come to expect from Ennor: compelling, boundlessly energetic and matchless songwriting.
Tom Elloit said apart the track “I wrote this song on a recent trip back to Penzance. Now that I’ve been away for a few years, home has taken on more of a regenerative role in my life. However hectic and complicated things feel, when I’m back there everything seems a little clearer. The song explores some Cornish particulars in close-knit communities and the landscape, but for me it’s about keeping that strong sense of home with us as we move forwards.”
In an increasingly hectic world, this folk song gives the feeling of stopping and taking in the beauty of the west coast of Cornwall. You can almost feel the spray on your face and taste the sea salt.
With their musical and emotional roots embedded in the far corners of Cornwall, Ennor write songs that have a palpable sense of openness and raw emotion. It’s the culmination both of their journeys across the UK and a nostalgic longing for the Cornish sea. By turns folk and rock, the four-piece’s infectious sound has garnered attention from London to Penzance, as well as the acclaim of BBC Introducing.
The poeticism and sincerity of frontman Tom Elliott is propped by the blistering work of the rhythm section. Adam Williams’s driving drums and the dexterous string work of guitarist Jack Rennie and bassist James Creed have earned their sound a new moniker Californwall which is a fitting epithet to describe the perennial summer communicated in their songwriting.
Drawing influence from the likes of Frank Turner, The Gaslight Anthem and The War On Drugs, Ennor spent the summer of 2017 touring their sunshine sounds across the UK to the like of Ronnie Scott’s, The Eden Project and Boardmasters, before heading into the studio to record new works ready for 2018 and the turn of the seasons.
Melbourne band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have released the video for their exciting new track Sister’s Jeans. Taken from worldwide critically-acclaimed debut album Hope Downs, out now via Sub Pop Records, the unveiling of their new track continues an incredible year for the band so far.
Their Australian tour kicks off soon, including sold out shows in their home city Melbourne, as well as Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. They’re joined by Body Type (all shows excl. Brisbane), Bored Shorts (Sydney), Calmly (Perth), Gymnastics In The Seventies (Geelong), LOOBS (Melbourne, Oct 14) and Shrimpwitch (Melbourne, Oct 14).
To celebrate their highly-anticipated return to their homeland, Rolling Blackouts C.F. have dropped the video for Sister’s Jeans. Directed by Riley Blakeway, the clip was made possible thanks to The Levi’s® Music Prize. Another stellar addition to the Hope Downs collection, it follows clips forTime In CommonAn Air Conditioned Man and Talking Straight.
The band’s Fran Keaney describes how the track came together, ”The first lines ‘stand on the morning / head like a weathervane’ came immediately – that was the clue. Then was the slow process of finding the other pieces to fit. The song is a platonic love song. It offers no answers. Just says, ‘Hi, I see you’”.
Hope Downs, the band’s sophisticated debut album has been embraced by lovers of their early EPs, Talk Tight and The French Press, and new fans alike. Largely written in 2017 in the band’s Melbourne rehearsal room and named after a vast open cut mine in outback Australia, it possesses a robust full-band sound laced with driving rhythms, wry lyricism, and quintessentially Australian guitars.
Core songwriters Fran Keaney, Joe White, and Tom Russo bunkered down and wrote as the chaos of the world outside unavoidably seeped into the song writing process.
It’s been a momentous twelve months for the band, who’ve been touring the world virtually non-stop. They’ve sold out headline shows in San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia and New York City, and played some of the world’s biggest music festivals, from Coachella, The Great Escape,Primavera, and Shaky Knees to Lowlands, Pukklepop, Green Man and Splendour in the Grass.
They return to Europe later in the Autumn for more captivating live shows, and you can see their full touring itinerary below.
Oct 18th | SWN Festival, Cardiff, UK
Oct 19th | Academy 2, Manchester, UK
Oct 20th | Simple Things Festival, Bristol, UK
Oct 21st | Stylus, Leeds, UK
Oct 23rd | Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
Oct 24th | Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK
Oct 25th | O2 Academy, Oxford, UK
Oct 26th-27th | BIME Live, Bilbao, ES
Oct 29th | Koko, London, UK*
Oct 31st | Festival Soy, Nantes, FR
Nov 1st | Pitchfork Paris Festival, Paris, FR
Nov 2nd | Trix, Antwerp, NL
Nov 3rd | Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL*
Nov 4th | Doornroosje, Nijmegen, NL*
Nov 7th | John Dee, Oslo, NO
Nov 8th | Nalen, Stockholm, SW
Nov 9th | Mejeriet, Lund, SW
Nov 10th | Sorte Firkant Musikfestival, Copenhagen, DK
Christmas will be coming (slightly) early for punks up and down the nation thanks to this year’s Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour. The fabulously raucous roll call of bands hits venues around the UK in early-mid December with a line up straddling the punk spectrum.
Most recently announced, is LA hardcore outfit The Bronx as very special guests on the tour, which also features Flogging Molly, Face To Face, Lost in Stereo and DJ Matt Stocks.
The much anticipated results of Fireball’s Hottest Band 2019 Competition (in conjunction with Kerrang!), which sought out local bands to open up each date of the tour, have also been announced. The lucky winners include Black Water County, The Lagan, The Run Up, These Five Years, Wood & Nails, Lake Acacia, Thieves of Liberty, Take Today, Counting Coins and The Human Project. At the end of the tour, one of the bands will be selected to feature on next year’s bill for the whole tour. There’s everything to play for!
The tour is a result of the union of Canadian liqueur brand Fireball and the O2 Academy venues and starts in London, taking in Glasgow, Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Oxford before ending with a mid-December Bournemouth showdown.
Now in it’s 4th year, this rock and roll punkfest’s previous incarnations featured acts including Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies, Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag.
Rockshot is planning to be there this year – see you down the front!
02.12.18 and 03.12.18 – London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
05.12.18 – Glasgow– O2 Academy
06.12.18 – Newcastle – O2 Academy
07.12.18 – Bristol – O2 Academy
09.12.18 – Manchester – O2 Ritz
10.12.18 – Sheffield – O2 Academy
12.12.18 – Birmingham – O2 Academy
13.12.18 – Oxford – O2 Academy
14.12.18 – Bournemouth – O2 Academy
For the first time, artist management company, Miller Music Management and music photography magazine, Rockshot Mag are joining up to bring you the best in up and coming new alternative rock.
This first edition brings four extremely exciting bands from all over the UK into one room at the famous The Fighting Cocks bar and venue in Kingston-upon-Thames. Featured bands include;
Young Braves https://www.facebook.com/YoungBravesUK
Hailing from Shropshire, this young 4 piece have been making waves in the West Midlands since they were 15 as previous guise Arcade Parade. Now in their early 20’s, their sound has matured even more. Support comes from BBC Introducing and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens as well as Record of the Day and Clash, who described their debut single as, ‘…its crunching riff is matched to vocals that rip out of the speaker.’. No wonder they were asked as one of the supports for The Black Keys in Birmingham a few years ago. Keep your ears peeled for new single Sleep It Off.
The trio from Leeds, together since 2015, started out as Friends of Friends before a legal battle from a US label of the same name had them change it and Badminton were born. They consider their music ‘sad alt rock’ (think The Black Foxxes, Death Cab For Cutie) but I guarantee once you hear them and see them live, you’ll have nothing but a smile on your face. They’ve caught the attention of BBC Intro East Midlands, Kobalt/AWAL, Reading & Leeds organisers and John Kennedy (Radio X / X-posure).
Consisting of four fiercely keen characters from Milton Keynes, ‘Souls Out’ is their brand new single, released on the legendary Fierce Panda Records. Last time we heard from S.G.Wolfgang they were called Sean Grant & The Wolfgang, having released their 7 Deadly 7 EP dubbing them “Frank Turner & The Bad Seeds”. They have just put the finishing touches to their debut album The Shadows Are Lengthening with Paul Warriner at the helm and mixed by Paul Gregory of Lanterns On The Lake, creating rock gems with nods to QOTSA, Rocket From The Crypt and Afghan Whigs. You can pre-order the album here: http://smarturl.it/sgwolf_shadowsalbum
Wynona Bleach http://www.wynonableach.com/
This electrifying 5 piece from Belfast, N.I., are about to break out. Formally known as R51, they’ve toured Russia, played the BBC Introducing Stage @ Reading and Leeds Festival, supported Feeder and played BBC’s Across The Line birthday at Ulster Hall alongside Therapy?. Wynona Bleach declared their arrival in 2018 with a song called Eyes Burning. “The guitars rise up like fuzz-mountains and the melodies are strangely sweet. It’s a rich combination and the critic who invented the term “gaze-pop” may be onto something” says the legendary Stuart Bailie. Support comes from BBC Radio, Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music amongst many others. Watch out for new EP Sugar (single released 12.10.18 / EP 26.10.18).
Denver-based Brent Cowles is set to perform a string of solo shows across Europe throughout November opening for Texan singer-songwriter Israel Nash. The one and only UK show sees them at Scala, London on November 22, 2018. Cowles will be performing material across the six date tour from his critically-praised debut solo record, How To Be Okay Alone, which is out now via Dine Alone Records.
Cowles recorded How To Be Okay Alone with producer Joe Richmond (Tennis, Nathaniel Rateliff) over the course of six days spent in a rented flat situated on an isolated stretch of Joshua Tree, NV. It was the fruition of a solo project born off the back of a period of intense change for Cowles. How To Be Okay Alone is what the Colorado native found himself scribbling in a notebook one afternoon as he grappled with the complexities of a newfound and unexpected independence. His hyper-accelerated, turbulent teenage years had seen him record his first proper demos aged 17 in a friend’s basement and marry at just 18, only to find himself divorced by the age of 19. Raised the son of a Colorado pastor, Cowles then turned his back on an intensely religious upbringing to spend the following years pursuing a successful stint as part of critically acclaimed band You Me & Apollo, with KEXP amongst others tipping Cowles’ ‘Otis Redding and Sam Cooke-inspired vocals’. The band released 2 well-received albums & toured across North America before an unhappy Cowles pulled the plug, questioning at the time everything, including his pursuit of music.
Cowles’ debut EP Cold Times made fans of Paste and NPR, who chose him as a 2018 Slingshot Artist – alongside Hatchie, Nilüfer Yanya & Stella Donnelly – and praised him for his “high-energy, thoughtful rock ‘n’ roll.” Since then, Cowles has toured and performed with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Leon Bridges, and Tennis.
Showcasing an infectious sense of melody and versatility with vocals, How To Be Alone Again swings from quavering R&B-fuelled intimacy to explosive bouts of distortion that leave Cowles rubbing shoulders with the likes of Alabama Shakes, Sharon Van Etten, and Blake Mills. Blurring the lines between boisterous indie rock, groovy R&B, and contemplative folk, the music showcases both Cowles’ infectious sense of melody and his stunning vocals, which switch-back effortlessly between quavering intimacy to a soulful roar as they soar atop his exuberant arrangements.
November 15 – Gamla Stan, Sweden – Debaser
November 16 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee Live Club and Pub
November 17 – Malmo, Sweden – Kulturbolaget
November 19 – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg
November 20 – Koln, Germany – Stadtgarten
November 22 – London, UK – Scala
Devon-hailing stadium rockers Muse have announced a special December show at London’s majestic Royal Albert Hall to benefit The Prince’s Trust, a youth charity set up by the Prince of Wales in 1976 to help young people develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions.
Matt Bellamy said of the band’s personal connection with the charity: “For a long time, we’ve admired the work of The Prince’s Trust. When we were starting out as a band the Trust actually gave us a small grant to buy our first PA system, which I still have to this day. It really helped set us up on the right road and we’re delighted to be able to play a show to raise funds for them.”
Check out Muse’s 80’s-themed video for Pressure:
This follows the announcement of eighth studio album Simulation Theory, dropping 9th November, new song Pressure, a reveal of North American and European cities the group will swing by in 2019 on their Simulation Theory tour and a stop by Maidstone Studios in Kent this week for a rapturous return to Later…with Jools Holland.
Here’s a clip of Muse airing new song Dig Down accompanied by Jools Holland on Later… earlier this week:
An ‘early access’ ticket presale for the Royal Albert Hall show will take place on Wednesday 10th October for fans who have pre-ordered the new album, via the band’s official store.
Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 12th October at 9am through gigandtours.com. ID ticketing will be in operation with tickets limited to two per person. The band will be partnering with Twickets for fan to fan resale to avoid the touts.
In addition there will be a chance to win a unique VIP experience to attend the concert, including a guided tour with the band of the iconic building before the show and a song dedication during the set.