Thursday, 28 March 2013

Pyschedelic noise explosions

I'm very happy to announce the return of the excellent Tripwires to the Loudhailer roster. Having been with the band at the beginning when this still quite astounding video for 'Cinnamon' got a few folk in a twist nearly two years ago, the lads made the (currently) extremely brave decision to decamp to New York to make their debut album and snag a deal with French Kiss. The album will be with us in June and my totally unbiased decision is that it was time well spent as it has all the hallmarks of a record that we will still be talking about in a decade. Big claim? Sure, but sometimes these things are true. The band go on tour with another Loudhailer member, Towns, throughout April and May in what can only be billed as a psychedelic noise pop explosion.

As if having one new band wasn't enough Loudhailer also welcomes Matt Berry to the fold. His debut 'Witchazel' was a revelatory delight to me given that I knew him, as many did, for his comedy work, in particular his repeated scene stealing moments in 'The IT Crowd'. If you haven't seen his first appearance on the show then I heartily recommend stopping what you are doing for a few minutes and clicking here. The new album, 'Kill The Wolf' maintains his interest in the pysche sounds of the late 60's, making him a fellow traveller to the wonderful Mary Epworth who recently returned from the clusterfuck of South By South West and will tour the UK from next week. Mary dates are here and Matt's UK tour (featuring Mark Morriss of The Bluetones in his band, a friendly face from my Hall Or Nothing days) are here.

I was lucky enough to spend some time in the studio with Editors last week. It has been a while since we last heard from them but the album is pretty much in the bag now and announcements on the debut single will be with all very soon. I have heard it. It rocks. I can also now say that they are playing Glastonbury. More on this soon.

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