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01Feb

Death Cab For Cutie + The Beths

Eventim Apollo, London

Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. The band is composed of Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Dave Depper, and Zac Rae. Death Cab for Cutie rose from being a side project to becoming one of the most exciting groups on the indie rock scene of the 2000's, with their emotive songwriting and cross-genre sound landing somewhere between indie and emo. They have been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album for their most recent release, 2015’s Kintsugi. Given their legacy, it’s no surprise that not one, but two, UK-based music websites are named after Death Cab for Cutie song titles: The Line of Best Fit and The 405. Their ninth studio album is released later this year.

01Feb

The Vaccines + Hatchie

Cardiff Great Hall , Cardiff

The Vaccines announce 2019 UK dates. Tickets go on general sale this Friday (26th), with fan presales going live on Wednesday (24th). Following their outstanding 2018 UK tour which saw them play to sold out crowds across the country, the band will return to play 11 dates at the start of the new year. 

2018 saw the highly anticipated return of The Vaccines with their critically acclaimed fourth album Combat Sports. Catch the band performing singles from the album including “I Can’t Quit” and “Your Love Is My Favourite Band”.

The Vaccines return to their roots with Combat Sports; ranging from pure Vaccines rock and roll through to powerpop. It is a combination that has never failed them in the past, as demonstrated by 15 consecutive A-listed singles at Radio 1, performing on Later…with Jools Holland on four separate occasions and headlining a career affirming show at London’s 02 Arena, all alongside pulling some of the biggest crowds across the summer festival circuits over the years. They have also earned BRIT Award nominations for Best Live Act and Best New Artist, a Q Award nomination for Best New Band and won an NME Award for Best New Band.

The Vaccines are without doubt one of the biggest and most adored British bands of our generation. Starting their career with a bang in 2011 with the year’s bestselling debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, 2012 then saw the release of the equally successful Come of Age, which charted at #1 in the UK, and in 2015 English Graffiti charted at #2. Combined, the band have sold over 1 million records worldwide.

Combat Sport Tracklisting: 
1. Put It On a T-Shirt
2. I Can’t Quit
3. Your Love Is My Favourite Band
4. Surfing in the Sky
5. Maybe (Luck of the Draw)
6. Young American
7. Nightclub
8. Out On The Street
9. Take It Easy
10. Someone To Lose
11. Rolling Stones

SOLD OUT
01Feb

The Wombats + Blaenavon + The Night Café

The SSE Arena, Wembley , London

Ahead of a huge main stage performance at Reading & Leeds Festival this weekend, The Wombats' step things up yet again by unveiling their highest profile and biggest UK headline tour to date. With six huge shows across the isles, including a night at London’s SSE Arena, the tour further cements the band’s meteoric rise to one of the country’s biggest guitar acts.

If beautiful people ruin The Wombats’ lives, the resulting album will make your year. Peaking at #3 in the UK album chart as the highest new entry of that week, the album has since been streamed over 80 million times on Spotify, with glowing album reviews from The Times, Evening Standard, Metro, Sunday Times Culture, Daily Telegraph, DORKand more.

Their latest single ‘Turn’ was Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, and received heavy rotation from Huw Stephens, Clara Amfo, Phil Taggart, Radio X’s daytime playlist, as Virgin Radio’s Single Of The Week, and performed live on Zoe Ball On Sunday for ITV.

After a sold-out UK & European tour including London’s Alexandra Palace, “doubters take note, these Marsupials are officially massive”, confirmed the NME, The Wombats have gone on to lay waste to crowds across the globe, including the 50th anniversary Isle Of Wight Festival, Y Not?, Glasgow Summer Series (supporting Kings Of Leon), extensive dates through North America in support to Weezer and The Pixies, and huge headline arena dates in Australia.

With more announcement due imminently, and with no signs of slowing down, 2018 continues to be a phenomenal, groundbreaking year for The Wombats.

02Feb

The Vaccines + Hatchie

Exeter Great Hall , Exeter

The Vaccines announce 2019 UK dates. Tickets go on general sale this Friday (26th), with fan presales going live on Wednesday (24th). Following their outstanding 2018 UK tour which saw them play to sold out crowds across the country, the band will return to play 11 dates at the start of the new year. 

2018 saw the highly anticipated return of The Vaccines with their critically acclaimed fourth album Combat Sports. Catch the band performing singles from the album including “I Can’t Quit” and “Your Love Is My Favourite Band”.

The Vaccines return to their roots with Combat Sports; ranging from pure Vaccines rock and roll through to powerpop. It is a combination that has never failed them in the past, as demonstrated by 15 consecutive A-listed singles at Radio 1, performing on Later…with Jools Holland on four separate occasions and headlining a career affirming show at London’s 02 Arena, all alongside pulling some of the biggest crowds across the summer festival circuits over the years. They have also earned BRIT Award nominations for Best Live Act and Best New Artist, a Q Award nomination for Best New Band and won an NME Award for Best New Band.

The Vaccines are without doubt one of the biggest and most adored British bands of our generation. Starting their career with a bang in 2011 with the year’s bestselling debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, 2012 then saw the release of the equally successful Come of Age, which charted at #1 in the UK, and in 2015 English Graffiti charted at #2. Combined, the band have sold over 1 million records worldwide.

Combat Sport Tracklisting: 
1. Put It On a T-Shirt
2. I Can’t Quit
3. Your Love Is My Favourite Band
4. Surfing in the Sky
5. Maybe (Luck of the Draw)
6. Young American
7. Nightclub
8. Out On The Street
9. Take It Easy
10. Someone To Lose
11. Rolling Stones

02Feb

Snow Patrol + Kodaline

Wembley , London

Snow Patrol’s album Wildness, their first album in seven years, is out now. Wildness taps into something raw and primitive. Lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says of the album: “There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all its confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness. Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it.”

02Feb

The Streets + Murkage Dave

O2 Academy Brixton, London

Mike Skinner has today announced The Streets will embark on a new run of UK dates in early 2019. The news arrives fresh off the back of his sold out The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light tour, which saw them perform across twelve cities in the UK & Europe this month. The eleven shows announced today will commence in Birmingham on 18th January 2019, and per last week's run, will close with three London O2 Brixton Academy appearances.

On each of the recent tour dates, The Streets performed all the greatest hits from his extensive back catalogue of iconic albums including 'The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living', 'Everything is Borrowed', 'Computers and Blues', 'A Grand Don’t Come For Free' and 'Original Pirate Material'.

Over the past few months, Mike has dropped five brand new tracks; 'You Are Not The Voice In Your Head', 'Boys Will Be Boys' feat Jaykae, 'If You Ever Need To Talk I'm Here', 'Burn Bridges' and 'Sometimes I Hate My Friends More Than My Enemies' and has revealed a new album is in the works, which will soundtrack a film he is currently working on. 

03Feb

The Vaccines + Hatchie

O2 Guildhall , Southampton

The Vaccines announce 2019 UK dates. Tickets go on general sale this Friday (26th), with fan presales going live on Wednesday (24th). Following their outstanding 2018 UK tour which saw them play to sold out crowds across the country, the band will return to play 11 dates at the start of the new year. 

2018 saw the highly anticipated return of The Vaccines with their critically acclaimed fourth album Combat Sports. Catch the band performing singles from the album including “I Can’t Quit” and “Your Love Is My Favourite Band”.

The Vaccines return to their roots with Combat Sports; ranging from pure Vaccines rock and roll through to powerpop. It is a combination that has never failed them in the past, as demonstrated by 15 consecutive A-listed singles at Radio 1, performing on Later…with Jools Holland on four separate occasions and headlining a career affirming show at London’s 02 Arena, all alongside pulling some of the biggest crowds across the summer festival circuits over the years. They have also earned BRIT Award nominations for Best Live Act and Best New Artist, a Q Award nomination for Best New Band and won an NME Award for Best New Band.

The Vaccines are without doubt one of the biggest and most adored British bands of our generation. Starting their career with a bang in 2011 with the year’s bestselling debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, 2012 then saw the release of the equally successful Come of Age, which charted at #1 in the UK, and in 2015 English Graffiti charted at #2. Combined, the band have sold over 1 million records worldwide.

Combat Sport Tracklisting: 
1. Put It On a T-Shirt
2. I Can’t Quit
3. Your Love Is My Favourite Band
4. Surfing in the Sky
5. Maybe (Luck of the Draw)
6. Young American
7. Nightclub
8. Out On The Street
9. Take It Easy
10. Someone To Lose
11. Rolling Stones

SOLD OUT
03Feb

Odunsi (The Engine) TAY IWARD + TOMI AGAPE

Yes, Manchester

03Feb

Swearin' + woahnows + dogeyed

Crofter's Rights, Bristol

SOLD OUT
03Feb

The Streets + Murkage Dave

O2 Academy Brixton , London

Mike Skinner has today announced The Streets will embark on a new run of UK dates in early 2019. The news arrives fresh off the back of his sold out The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light tour, which saw them perform across twelve cities in the UK & Europe this month. The eleven shows announced today will commence in Birmingham on 18th January 2019, and per last week's run, will close with three London O2 Brixton Academy appearances.

On each of the recent tour dates, The Streets performed all the greatest hits from his extensive back catalogue of iconic albums including 'The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living', 'Everything is Borrowed', 'Computers and Blues', 'A Grand Don’t Come For Free' and 'Original Pirate Material'.

Over the past few months, Mike has dropped five brand new tracks; 'You Are Not The Voice In Your Head', 'Boys Will Be Boys' feat Jaykae, 'If You Ever Need To Talk I'm Here', 'Burn Bridges' and 'Sometimes I Hate My Friends More Than My Enemies' and has revealed a new album is in the works, which will soundtrack a film he is currently working on. 

04Feb

Odunsi (The Engine) + TAY IWARD + TOMI AGAPE

Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

05Feb

The Streets + Murkage Dave

O2 Academy Brixton , London

Mike Skinner has today announced The Streets will embark on a new run of UK dates in early 2019. The news arrives fresh off the back of his sold out The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light tour, which saw them perform across twelve cities in the UK & Europe this month. The eleven shows announced today will commence in Birmingham on 18th January 2019, and per last week's run, will close with three London O2 Brixton Academy appearances.

On each of the recent tour dates, The Streets performed all the greatest hits from his extensive back catalogue of iconic albums including 'The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living', 'Everything is Borrowed', 'Computers and Blues', 'A Grand Don’t Come For Free' and 'Original Pirate Material'.

Over the past few months, Mike has dropped five brand new tracks; 'You Are Not The Voice In Your Head', 'Boys Will Be Boys' feat Jaykae, 'If You Ever Need To Talk I'm Here', 'Burn Bridges' and 'Sometimes I Hate My Friends More Than My Enemies' and has revealed a new album is in the works, which will soundtrack a film he is currently working on. 

06Feb

Odunsi (The Engine) + TAY IWARD + TOMI AGAPE

Garage , London

06Feb

The Streets + Murkage Dave

O2 Academy Brixton, London

Mike Skinner has today announced The Streets will embark on a new run of UK dates in early 2019. The news arrives fresh off the back of his sold out The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light tour, which saw them perform across twelve cities in the UK & Europe this month. The eleven shows announced today will commence in Birmingham on 18th January 2019, and per last week's run, will close with three London O2 Brixton Academy appearances.

On each of the recent tour dates, The Streets performed all the greatest hits from his extensive back catalogue of iconic albums including 'The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living', 'Everything is Borrowed', 'Computers and Blues', 'A Grand Don’t Come For Free' and 'Original Pirate Material'.

Over the past few months, Mike has dropped five brand new tracks; 'You Are Not The Voice In Your Head', 'Boys Will Be Boys' feat Jaykae, 'If You Ever Need To Talk I'm Here', 'Burn Bridges' and 'Sometimes I Hate My Friends More Than My Enemies' and has revealed a new album is in the works, which will soundtrack a film he is currently working on. 

07Feb

The Vaccines + Hatchie

G Live, Guildford

07Feb

RIFF RAFF: Sun Silva + Pristine Babe

Paper Dress Vintage , London

07Feb

The Streets + Murkage Dave

O2 Academy Brixton , London

Mike Skinner has today announced The Streets will embark on a new run of UK dates in early 2019. The news arrives fresh off the back of his sold out The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light tour, which saw them perform across twelve cities in the UK & Europe this month. The eleven shows announced today will commence in Birmingham on 18th January 2019, and per last week's run, will close with three London O2 Brixton Academy appearances.

On each of the recent tour dates, The Streets performed all the greatest hits from his extensive back catalogue of iconic albums including 'The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living', 'Everything is Borrowed', 'Computers and Blues', 'A Grand Don’t Come For Free' and 'Original Pirate Material'.

Over the past few months, Mike has dropped five brand new tracks; 'You Are Not The Voice In Your Head', 'Boys Will Be Boys' feat Jaykae, 'If You Ever Need To Talk I'm Here', 'Burn Bridges' and 'Sometimes I Hate My Friends More Than My Enemies' and has revealed a new album is in the works, which will soundtrack a film he is currently working on. 

08Feb

The Vaccines + Hatchie

Roundhouse, London

The Vaccines announce 2019 UK dates. Tickets go on general sale this Friday (26th), with fan presales going live on Wednesday (24th). Following their outstanding 2018 UK tour which saw them play to sold out crowds across the country, the band will return to play 11 dates at the start of the new year. 

2018 saw the highly anticipated return of The Vaccines with their critically acclaimed fourth album Combat Sports. Catch the band performing singles from the album including “I Can’t Quit” and “Your Love Is My Favourite Band”.

The Vaccines return to their roots with Combat Sports; ranging from pure Vaccines rock and roll through to powerpop. It is a combination that has never failed them in the past, as demonstrated by 15 consecutive A-listed singles at Radio 1, performing on Later…with Jools Holland on four separate occasions and headlining a career affirming show at London’s 02 Arena, all alongside pulling some of the biggest crowds across the summer festival circuits over the years. They have also earned BRIT Award nominations for Best Live Act and Best New Artist, a Q Award nomination for Best New Band and won an NME Award for Best New Band.

The Vaccines are without doubt one of the biggest and most adored British bands of our generation. Starting their career with a bang in 2011 with the year’s bestselling debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, 2012 then saw the release of the equally successful Come of Age, which charted at #1 in the UK, and in 2015 English Graffiti charted at #2. Combined, the band have sold over 1 million records worldwide.

Combat Sport Tracklisting: 
1. Put It On a T-Shirt
2. I Can’t Quit
3. Your Love Is My Favourite Band
4. Surfing in the Sky
5. Maybe (Luck of the Draw)
6. Young American
7. Nightclub
8. Out On The Street
9. Take It Easy
10. Someone To Lose
11. Rolling Stones

SOLD OUT
08Feb

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of the Dead

Academy 2, Oxford

09Feb

The Vaccines + Hatchie + Alan Power

Roundhouse , London

SOLD OUT
11Feb

Laura Veirs + Sam Amidon

The Bullingdon , Oxford

12Feb

Pretty Vicious + KID KAPICHI + AL MOSES

Camden Assembly, London

12Feb

White Denim + BC Camplight

O2 Academy, Bristol

‘In his 1942 essay The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus wrote that “All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.” 15 years later Richard Wayne Penniman wrote “Wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boom”, an undeniably powerful vocalization that on any given Wednesday in any given situation, civilized or otherwise, is still fully capable of setting somebody’s stuff aflame.’ – James Petralli, White Denim

 Over ten years and seven long players into their career, White Denim are still in the relentless pursuit of a thread- in other words, a wick.

The band have carefully studied the greatest records ever made, but they write songs just dumb enough to drink, dance, and fight to. Theirs is a music that aims for the whole body, while equally satisfying the mind. While it has morphed, expanded, and even burst apart, White Denim’s sincere and human drive and ability to spark exhilaration have been unerring constants of the band’s existence. Now, two years on from their comeback album supreme Stiff, singer-guitarist James Petralli and bassist Steve Terebecki have changed tack again for their seventh full-length, Performance. A new studio, new collaborators, and new techniques for writing and recording influenced the elastic possibility and liberation felt throughout.

If the album’s title seems meaningful in its dead pan simplicity, it is. There is, of course, the meaning of “performance” that applies to anyone for whom the live arena is the proving ground. There’s also something more personal but universally acknowledged – the gap that exists between what we project and who we really are. “There is something absurd and isolating in continuing this pursuit for personal connection on such a wide scale. When writing an album I essentially leave my actual life, retreat deeper into myself and as it nears completion, I evaluate my work based on my own extremely skewed notion of what is widely relatable and still legitimately cool.” Petralli says, “My idea of cool is most significantly shaped by Steve’s body language when we are talking through ideas in session”. It has been said that “A clown enriched knows neither relation nor friend.”

The band’s new studio in downtown Austin is called Radio Milk. Once an old general store constructed in 1902, it is now respectfully restored and sandwiched in between bars and modern condominiums. When White Denim were recording, they’d have people stopping by expecting the place to be another bar or curio shoppe. They’d sometimes knock on the door to ask what was going on or simply stand staring in from the sidewalk. They’ve since built a fence for privacy, but initially, it was “a sort of low lit secret place, but people could clearly see everything going on inside. We have since purchased curtains, but at first it felt like a bizarre sort of stage or a Petri dish.” Petralli laughs.

Performance was mainly recorded over eight weeks. Two new players were key in what Petralli describes as “a super-collaborative record”: keyboardist Michael Hunter, a “young, humble genius with endless potential” and Conrad Choucroun, a “ridiculously solid” drummer with a long stint with NRBQ on his resume. "If you take nothing else from this at least take some time to listen to NRBQ, rock & roll scholars who shared members with the the Sun Ra Arkestra" advises Petralli. It makes sense that White Denim would develop a kinship with a player from their circle. In many ways, they are a continuation of that sort of group. One that will never stop pushing and taking every opportunity to shine a light on and exemplify what is truly good about Rock & Roll music.

Categorically speaking, White Denim is still impossible to narrowly pin down. There’s the glam-rock strut of “Magazin” and “It Might Get Dark”, the dueling guitars on the low-slung blues prog of “Moves On”, and the sideways jazz of “Sky Beaming”. There are plenty of pleasingly unexpected ear snags on the title track and the easy-rolling closer “Good News”. In the title track “Performance” Petralli sings, “Flashing light in a tunnel, You’re indicating a change”. In many ways, White Denim is a flashing light in a dark and crowded tunnel of showbiz glop, fervidly finding themselves and us through their work.

https://www.seetickets.com/event/white-denim/o2-academy-bristol/1255131
13Feb

White Lies + boniface

Cambridge Junction, Cambridge

13Feb

White Denim + BC Camplight

O2 Institute , Birmingham

‘In his 1942 essay The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus wrote that “All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.” 15 years later Richard Wayne Penniman wrote “Wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boom”, an undeniably powerful vocalization that on any given Wednesday in any given situation, civilized or otherwise, is still fully capable of setting somebody’s stuff aflame.’ – James Petralli, White Denim

 Over ten years and seven long players into their career, White Denim are still in the relentless pursuit of a thread- in other words, a wick.

The band have carefully studied the greatest records ever made, but they write songs just dumb enough to drink, dance, and fight to. Theirs is a music that aims for the whole body, while equally satisfying the mind. While it has morphed, expanded, and even burst apart, White Denim’s sincere and human drive and ability to spark exhilaration have been unerring constants of the band’s existence. Now, two years on from their comeback album supreme Stiff, singer-guitarist James Petralli and bassist Steve Terebecki have changed tack again for their seventh full-length, Performance. A new studio, new collaborators, and new techniques for writing and recording influenced the elastic possibility and liberation felt throughout.

If the album’s title seems meaningful in its dead pan simplicity, it is. There is, of course, the meaning of “performance” that applies to anyone for whom the live arena is the proving ground. There’s also something more personal but universally acknowledged – the gap that exists between what we project and who we really are. “There is something absurd and isolating in continuing this pursuit for personal connection on such a wide scale. When writing an album I essentially leave my actual life, retreat deeper into myself and as it nears completion, I evaluate my work based on my own extremely skewed notion of what is widely relatable and still legitimately cool.” Petralli says, “My idea of cool is most significantly shaped by Steve’s body language when we are talking through ideas in session”. It has been said that “A clown enriched knows neither relation nor friend.”

The band’s new studio in downtown Austin is called Radio Milk. Once an old general store constructed in 1902, it is now respectfully restored and sandwiched in between bars and modern condominiums. When White Denim were recording, they’d have people stopping by expecting the place to be another bar or curio shoppe. They’d sometimes knock on the door to ask what was going on or simply stand staring in from the sidewalk. They’ve since built a fence for privacy, but initially, it was “a sort of low lit secret place, but people could clearly see everything going on inside. We have since purchased curtains, but at first it felt like a bizarre sort of stage or a Petri dish.” Petralli laughs.

Performance was mainly recorded over eight weeks. Two new players were key in what Petralli describes as “a super-collaborative record”: keyboardist Michael Hunter, a “young, humble genius with endless potential” and Conrad Choucroun, a “ridiculously solid” drummer with a long stint with NRBQ on his resume. "If you take nothing else from this at least take some time to listen to NRBQ, rock & roll scholars who shared members with the the Sun Ra Arkestra" advises Petralli. It makes sense that White Denim would develop a kinship with a player from their circle. In many ways, they are a continuation of that sort of group. One that will never stop pushing and taking every opportunity to shine a light on and exemplify what is truly good about Rock & Roll music.

Categorically speaking, White Denim is still impossible to narrowly pin down. There’s the glam-rock strut of “Magazin” and “It Might Get Dark”, the dueling guitars on the low-slung blues prog of “Moves On”, and the sideways jazz of “Sky Beaming”. There are plenty of pleasingly unexpected ear snags on the title track and the easy-rolling closer “Good News”. In the title track “Performance” Petralli sings, “Flashing light in a tunnel, You’re indicating a change”. In many ways, White Denim is a flashing light in a dark and crowded tunnel of showbiz glop, fervidly finding themselves and us through their work.

14Feb

White Lies + boniface

O2 Forum Kentish Town , London

14Feb

Willie J Healey

The Bullingdon, Oxford

15Feb

White Lies + boniface

Birmingham Institute , Birmingham

15Feb

Avi Buffalo

Louisiana , Bristol

16Feb

Sean McGowan

The Jericho Tavern , Oxford

17Feb

Sound of the Sirens

The Bullingdon, Oxford

17Feb

Jammz

Rough Trade , Bristol

18Feb

Jammz

Rough Trade, Nottingham

18Feb

allusinlove + Hands Off Gretel

The Jericho Tavern , Oxford

18Feb

Art Brut + Cassels

The Bullingdon, Oxford

18Feb

Razorlight

Tramshed , Cardiff

19Feb

Another Sky

The Bullingdon , Oxford

19Feb

Niska

Electric Ballroom , London

20Feb

Jammz

The Pickle Factory , London

22Feb

Pom Poko Album Launch Show

The Shacklewell Arms , London

SOLD OUT
23Feb

Strange Bones + Rascalton

Rough Trade, Bristol

24Feb

Ry X + MAGUIRE

Trinity , Bristol

24Feb

The Orielles + LYLO + Katy J Pearson

The Fleece , Bristol

SOLD OUT
25Feb

psychedelic porn crumpets + the mysterines

The Bullingdon , Oxford

27Feb

Another Sky

The Portland Arms, Cambridge

28Feb

She Drew The Gun + Man & The Echo

The Fleece, Bristol

She Drew The Gun will release their new album ‘Revolution Of Mind’ on October 5th on Skeleton Key Records on CD, LP and Digital Download. Lead single ‘Resister’, premiered on BBC 6Music, is available to stream now.

Produced by James Skelly (The Coral) at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios. ‘Revolution Of Mind’ is the follow-up to She Drew The Gun’s acclaimed 2016 debut ‘Memories Of Another Future’ ("Junkyard Scouse soul, built ingeniously on a Wirral council budget” ★★★★ Uncut), which contained the BBC 6Music playlisted singles ‘Poem’, ‘Pit Pony’, ‘Since You Were Not Mine’ and ‘No Hole In My Head.’

If there’s a central theme to the new record, it’s liberation, in various guises: “Empowerment; resisting; arming yourself with knowledge; questioning the status quo, questioning your own state of mind and how its affected by the systems we live in,” explains Louisa Roach, She Drew The Gun’s frontwoman, guitarist and songwriter. 

Wirral-born Roach draws inspiration from the likes of underground folk legend Malvina Reynolds, Manchester poet Toria Garbutt, and contemporary voices like Kate Tempest, Nadine Shah and Courtney Barnett. “I crave music that says something,” she says, “music that goes beyond simple love songs.” 

Roach has always been drawn to the Othered, from the outcast characters in the Irvine Welsh books she’d read as a teen, to the marginalised grafters and survivors of Theresa May’s food bank Britain. She sings from a place of kinship and empathy on songs like ‘Something For The Pain’ and ‘Between Stars’. “I believe in questioning the rules and asking who they’re there to serve in the first place, says Roach. I think some of that is down to being queer, and not conforming to rules around gender.” 

Roach believes art and imagination offers us a way out of the system and the struggle, influenced by sci-fi visionaries like Kurt Vonnegut and Marge Piercy, authors who urge us to dream the futures we want into being. ‘Revolution of Mind’ is Roach’s contribution to our collective dreaming, an electric collection of songs that urge us to meditate on “the present, the past and the future; possible worlds; solidarity; love; and peaceful, artful, revolutionary practice.”

Roach started playing guitar at 13 and was soon performing covers at friends’ parties. However, making music was a passion that fell by the wayside as teenage life and, a little later, motherhood took over. “Having my son meant I had to try and get my shit together,” she says. “Before that I’d spent time out of work and in low-paid shit jobs that I hated.”

Roach moved across the Mersey to Liverpool to study for a degree in Psychology as a mature student. It was during this period that she picked up the guitar again, performing at open mic nights. Her career began to take off after a mutual friend introduced her to James Skelly, who promptly signed her to his Skeleton Key label. 2016 was She Drew The Gun’s breakthrough year, as well as releasing ‘Memories Of The Future’, they won Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent competition. Last March, they were invited to perform at SXSW Festival on the BBC 6Music Stage, subsequently embarking on their biggest UK headline tour to date. 

She Drew The Gun return to the live scene following the release of ‘Revolution Of Mind’, supporting The Coral on all dates of their UK tour. See below for details. 

SHE DREW THE GUN ‘REVOLUTION OF MIND’ TRACKLIST:
1. Resister
2. Something For The Pain
3. Arm Yourself
4. Between Stars
5. Wolf & Bird
6. Paradise 
7. Ocean Song
8. Revolution Of Mind
9. Dopamine
10. Resistor Reprise
11. Human

SOLD OUT
28Feb

Asgeir + Jealous of the Birds

Islington Assembly Hall, London

SOLD OUT
28Feb

Park Hotel

The Lexington , London

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