Fri, 02/27/2015 - 7:54 am

After the success of their critically acclaimed 2012 EP ‘Where You Lay’, folk-indie duo The Paper Shades have now returned with their latest double A side single ‘Home/Strong’.

Drawing a strong influence from contemporary songwriters like Laura Marling and Angus and Julia Stone, The Paper Shades have managed to infuse the pop sensibilities of modern musical trends and an authentic sound to create one of the most engaging and fulfilling songs of the year so far.

The duo, Jon Rixon and Sarah Dollar, have spent the best part of the last few years touring their new material in preparation for their debut studio album, due out later this year.

Speaking about the new full-length and their choice to make ‘Home’ and ‘Strong’ the lead singles, the pair said, “We both like albums which are atmospheric and have a ‘sound- track’ type feel to them. We had this in mind whilst writing the album and when thinking about overall production. The first single ‘Home’ has a strong emphasis on rhythm and melody, it’s warm, full sound is balanced with space to evoke atmosphere… ‘Strong’ is the second single on the double A side and is one of the more intimate and emotive of the album tracks. The track has a more singer/songwriter feel to it with acoustic guitar at its core and showcases harmonies throughout.”

Backed up with an acoustic rendition of their track ‘The Lake’ on the b-side, ‘Home/Strong’ will be available from the 13th February via their new label Indie Kitchen Records, as a precursor to their latest string of UK tour dates, which can be seen below.

UK Tour Dates 2015

13/02 - Birdcage, Bristol

18/02 - Hubbox, Truro

19/02 - The Taphouse, St Agnes

21/02 - Phipps Albion Brewery, Northampton

25/02 - Prince Albert, Stroud

27/02 - The Islington, London

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 10:40 am

Gabrielle Papillon is one of those artists whose music is driven by her voice, lyrics and guitar. To call her simply a singer/songwriter would miss the point by leaving out a whole other dimension: the nostalgic distance and fragile aesthetics she brings vocally.

Her upcoming new album The Tempest Of Old captures the pick-up-and-play honesty in Gabrielle’s song writing with each track being beautifully produced alongside a yielding sense of time and place.

From the beginning to the very end Gabrielle’s voice runs through as vibrant and smooth as moonlight. The opening track Got You Well calls for attention from the word ‘go’. In the style of Alela Diane’s Pirates Gospel, Gabrielle’s strength lies in her poised vocal presence and preternatural ability to place the perfect melody in the perfect place.

With Our Trouble begins with a steady beat and keeps the lyrical directness wrapped into the country/folky-like roots. Produced by Daniel Ledwell, the arrangements are expansive and illuminating to the point they generate an opulent tapestry of philosophies and phrases, allowing the listener’s imagination to fill in the blanks.

Preach Love, just like the other songs, focuses on the message behind the words which are poetic, but never pretentious. Similar to Regina Spektor, Gabrielle’s vocal performance is honest, free and unmistakably her own, delivered with shivery results.

The Tempest Of Old is filled with thirteen lean, elemental songs, all echoing into cloaked gray distances, but the resonance of the production and the message behind the lyrics both remain deeply rooted in the listener’s ears for days on. The album, performed by Gabrielle with unchecked passion spilling into her words on the commanding choruses, will be available for sale and download Friday 25th September 2015.

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 8:21 am

Montreal-based alt-folk band The Franklin Electric are set to release their highly anticipated sophomore album titled ‘Blue Ceilings’ on 5th May 2017 via Indica Records. ‘Blue Ceilings’ is now available for pre-order and includes new singles ‘I Know The Feeling’ and ‘Walk With You’ as instagrat tracks. The band will be touring Australia and Canada this winter before heading to the UK in Spring to play shows in support of the release, with a first date penciled at Electrowerkz in London on the 19th April 2017.

After their breakthrough album ‘This Is How I Let You Down’, the Montreal Band returns with a highly anticipated second album, ‘Blue Ceilings’. John Matte (singer, songwriter, producer) had this to say about the upcoming release; “With limitations hanging over us all we found a way to allow this album the time it needed to take its own shape and personality. The cover art fell in our laps like a gift and worked so well with the album title ‘Blue Ceilings’ done by UK artist Samuel-Burgess Johnson. It complemented the feeling of the songs and sums up all the different learning’s and challenges along the way.”

The Franklin Electric’s soaring and anthemic debut album, ‘This Is How I Let You Down’, was first released independently before catching the attention of Montreal’s Indica Records (Half Moon Run, Phantogram) who were blown away by the band’s sound. The label reissued the LP in 2014 featuring various remixes and two new songs too much critical acclaim for both their recording and their incredible chops live. Striking for both its stunning chord changes and mature musings of life and love, the title track’s video racked up over 250000 YouTube views and counting, launching the band into the spotlight with a mature, full-formed sound beyond their years.

The musical mastermind behind The Franklin Electric, Jon Matte, came by his roots honestly. Matte grew up in a household brimming with music, with musicians, with Mom’s piano at the center of it all. Matte would go on to study jazz, weaving that into a love of everything from hip-hop to Elton John and ‘70’s songwriting titans. Legendary label Verve Records soon called on Matte to remix a Nina Simone record. Hanging and learning from great engineers, he realized he could apply everything he learned to his own songwriting. After entering and winning a Nashville songwriting competition with over 8000 other bands from around the world Matte, along with his ‘tribe’ Martin Desrosby, Kevin Warren and Ken Pressé, hit the road to rave reviews spending 2015 playing over 180 shows from Canada to Australia – including 3 tours of Europe alone – opening for the likes of Ben Howard, Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, City & Colour and Half Moon Run. The driving force of a singer-songwriter became a brotherhood of the road.

More information on the upcoming album will be announced soon, and it will available in all the usual places on Friday 5th May 2017. Full UK Spring tour dates to follow soon.

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 3:05 pm

Following on from their heavily praised 2016 sophomore album ‘Illusion & Doubt’, and their breakthrough hit ‘In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company’, which has so far smashed through the 100million views barrier on Youtube, Canadian bluegrass heroes The Dead South now return to showcase their highly anticipated third album ‘Sugar & Joy’ with their latest single ‘Diamond Ring’.

With their traditional arrangement of cello, mandolin, guitar and banjo, the four-piece look to continue their upbeat bluegrass heritage on this bright and vibrant return. With its distinct country influences, mixed with classic blues and soul throughout, ‘Diamond Ring’ is one of the band’s more uplifting and engaging cuts from their forthcoming release. Telling the story of William, a would-be groom robbed of his engagement offering; this new track channels the group’s compelling storytelling through the guise of foot-stomping chords and hip-shaking rhythm.

Produced by FAME-studio trained producer Jimmy Nutt, a long-time member of the Muscle Shoals music scene whose recent credits include a Grammy for his work on The Steeldrivers, ‘Sugar & Joy’ has been described as the band’s tightest, weirdest and most exciting studio album to date. Speaking about working alongside the band, Nutt added, “They have an obvious dedication to what they are doing. They really encourage each other, which you don’t see a lot.”

While the group have been making waves in North America these last few years, the UK has quickly adopted their uniquely uplifting direction as they are soon to become the first bluegrass band to ever headline Brixton Academy, and will also be stopping over at Glastonbury Festival later this month.

‘Diamond Ring’ is available to stream and download June 25th, and their third LP ‘Sugar & Joy’ will arrive on the 11th October via Six Shooter Records. The band will also be taking to the road through the UK and Ireland later this month, as well as early next year in support of the new record. Check out the full list of UK and Ireland tour dates below.

W A T C H (Diamond Ring)

S T R E A M (album)

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 1:16 pm

Tangy banjo and back chop beats drive “Blue Trash,” the third song from The Dead South’s forthcoming Sugar & Joy. Out today, “Blue Trash” is a playful acknowledgement that along their road from unsigned Canadian string set to Gold Certified, JUNO Award winning, Billboard charting band, some have taken issue with the prairie pickers’ progressive style. “Blue Trash,” built on a perfectly bluegrassy banjo lick, is about the importance of expressing their own musical hearts, on their own terms.  

For more from Sugar & Joy, you can get weird and get friendly with “Alabama People,” a headbanging bluegrass tune released last month. Written and recorded on the spot, the song’s spontaneous origin shows a band fully in the moment, inspired by the experience and channeling the energy of place (The Nutthouse) and people (producer Jimmy Nutt, assistant engineer Cody Simmons, visits from members of The Swampers, late nights with the locals at Champy’s Shoals). Beyond its two minutes of stomping swagger, “Alabama People” also feels like a snapshot, Eggleston-style, a vivid, unsettling, evocative vignette.

As the release date for Sugar & Joy nears (October 11, 2019), The Dead South’s fall schedule includes stops in NYC, Raleigh and Nashville in September for an in-store at Rough Trade (9/24), multiple showcases at this year’s World of Bluegrass. Furthering this, the band will become the first bluegrass band to ever headline Brixton Academy in London when their tour commences in Europe next year.

The Dead South, a gold rush vibing four-piece acoustic bluegrass set from Saskatchewan, infuse the genre's traditional trappings with an air of frontier recklessness, whiskey breakfasts and grizzled tin-pan showmanship. The sound, built on a taut configuration of cello, mandolin, banjo and guitar, speeds like a train past polite definitions of bluegrass into the grittier, rowdier spaces of the traditional world. The gold-certified, JUNO Award winning band's original and current lineup includes the gnarled baritone of Nate Hilts, Scott Pringle on mandolin, whistling cellist Danny Kenyon and virtuosic banjo player Colton Crawford. The four-piece, string-driven approach puts the interplay of unique and versatile voices front and centre, with Hilts, Pringle and Kenyon all sharing lead vocal duties.

S T R E A M Blue Trash


TEMPE, AZ: Marquee Theatre, Nov 24*
LAS VEGAS, NV: House of Blues, Nov 25*
SAN DIEGO, CA: House of Blues, Nov 26*
LOS ANGELES, CA: The Belasco Theatre, Nov 27*
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA: The Fremont Theatre, Nov 29*
RENO, NV: Virginia Street Brewhouse, Nov 30*
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Fillmore, Dec 1*
SACRAMENTO, CA: Ace of Spaces, Dec 2*
PORTLAND, OR: Roseland Theatre, Dec 4+
SEATTLE, WA: Showbox SoDo, Dec 5+
SPOKANE, WA: Knitting Factory, Dec 6+
GARDEN CITY, ID: Revolution Concert House, Dec 7+
SALT LAKE CITY, UT: The Depot, Dec 9#
GRAND JUNCTION, CO: The Mesa Theatre & Club, Dec 10#
DENVER, CO: Mission Ballroom, Dec 12#
LINCOLN, NE: The Royal Grove, Dec 13#
KANSAS CITY, MO: The Truman, Dec 14#
CLEVELAND, OH: House of Blues, Jan 5#
BUFFALO, NY: Asbury Hall at Babeville, Jan 6#
BOSTON, MA: House of Blues, Jan 7#
BROOKLYN, NY: Warsaw, Jan 9#
PHILADELPHIA, PA: Theatre Of The Living Arts, Jan 10#
SILVER SPRING, MD: The Fillmore Silver Spring, Jan 11#
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA: Elevation 27, Jan 12#
CINCINNATI, OH: Bogarts, Jan 14#
LOUISVILLE, KY: Mercury Ballroom, Jan 15#
ASHEVILLE, NC: Orange Peel, Jan 16~
RALEIGH, NC: The Ritz, Jan 17~
CHARLOTTE, NC: The Underground, Fillmore Charlotte, Jan 18~
CHARLESTON, SC: Music Farm, Jan 20~
ORLANDO, FL: House of Blues, Jan 21~
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL: Revolution Live, Jan 23~
TAMPA, FL: The Orpheum, Jan 24~
ATLANTA, GA: Buckhead Theatre, Jan 25~
w/ Scott H. Biram*
w/ Elliott BROOD+
w/ The Hooten Hollers~
w/ Legendary Shack Shakers#


DUBLIN, IE: Vicar Street, Feb 18

BELFAST, UK: Ulster Hall, Feb 19

GLASGOW, UK: O2 Academy, Feb 21

NEWCASTLE, UK: O2 Academy, Feb 22

MANCHESTER, UK: Academy, Feb 23

BIRMINGHAM, UK: O2 Academy, Feb 25

PORTSMOUTH, UK: Guildhall, Feb 26

LONDON, UK: Brixton Academy, Feb 27

NOTTINGHAM, UK: Rock City, Feb 28

EXETER, UK: Great Hall, Feb 29