THE MINX ARE DEAD – LONG LIVE THE MINX!

10523999_10152790605109651_1801005327803289634_nThis Saturday sees the final gig of one of the bands we’ve enjoyed working with the most: The Minx. We’ll be there supporting them, and are looking forward to getting together for a few pints afterwards (and then probably a few more pints).

The gig, at Manchester’s awesome Soup Kitchen, sold out instantly, without promo, off the back of a Facebook message posted by the band.

This tells you everything you need to know about The Minx, and why we loved working with them: they connected with loads of people who were not represented in music and didn’t kow-tow to anyone else’s opinion of what they “should” be doing.

When we heard that The Minx were stopping, we were a bit stunned.

We thought this because we were thinking with our music biz heads on: here was a band that sold out every gig they had played in Manchester, that was smart and worked hard, that were professional and well-regarded by everyone in the industry who worked with them… why were they stopping now?

But then we thought about the sum of what they’d achieved, and we think that they’re making a brave, smart decision based on one very key thing, and the thing that made us want to work with them in the first place: they are first and foremost a close bunch of very good, old friends.

Life in a band is hard. Breaking through to the point that The Minx have reached where they can virtually guarantee selling out the venue of their choice is incredibly difficult.

They achieved what 99.9% of bands never do: they made a name for themselves based on their raw talent and great pop tunes, amongst music fans and music biz people alike.

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On the way, they’ve the played the big venues in Manchester (The Ritz, Gorilla) and the smaller ones too (The Ruby Lounge, The Deaf Institute) — and the audience went mad wherever they played.

They starred in an international ad campaign for one of the only really cool brands left, and we felt a surge of pride when we walked past the Dr. Martens shop in London and saw their faces in the window display looking back at us.

They played loads of gigs: summer festivals, UK tours, London shows — where they were stunned to see people singing along — as well as gigs in Paris and gigs in Italy, gigs, gigs, gigs. They played a great show every time. The audience never swayed along at a Minx show.

They shot great, colourful music videos which clearly showed the band for what they are: one of the only guitar bands brave enough to have fun, be happy and hold this reality up to the audience.

Oh, and they pissed off one of the world’s richest Premiership football clubs, and Johnny Fuckin’ Marr leapt to their defence!

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We worked as hard as we could for The Minx because of their approach and what they stood for. We played their music to the top people in music radio and everyone raised their eyebrows in surprise: they never expected them to be as brilliant as they actually were.

The Minx got stuck in and got it done the old fashioned way. They didn’t have useful relatives in the music biz or a gap-year budget to “try out being in a band”.

They gigged hard, remained true to themselves and their fans, and were patient. They were rewarded with a rabid fanbase who loved them.

The Minx are still good friends who’d do anything for each other, and have made a decision to stop which ensures they can have their cake and eat it: success as a band and their friendships.

The UK music scene will be much poorer for The Minx’s retirement, but they’ve left hundreds of fans richer, with solid gold memories of amazing gigs and so many great tunes.

The Minx are dead, long live The Minx!

BBC RADIO 1’S HUW STEPHENS PICKS MDNGHT TO KICK OFF HIS “BEST OF BBC INTRODUCING” MIXTAPE

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MDNGHT are no stranger to praise from the UK’s biggest pop music station: they were picked as BBC Introducing Radio 1 Artist of the Week, have been played on all the huge daytime shows and also wowed the crowd at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow.

Radio 1’s Huw Stephens is one of the UK’s most respected music tastemakers and is a long-term supporter of the band.

So when he was asked to put together a playlist of the “Best Of BBC Introducing” for Radio 1, he chose MDNGHT’s summertime smash “Into The Night” to kick the whole thing off – and it sounds as fresh as ever.

2014 was a breakthrough year for the Manchester four-piece, taking in a UK tour, an extended stay in the Upfront Club Chart and a buzz-worthy stint on the Hype Machine charts.

TONTARIO & SAXOKID’S REMIX OF MDNGHT’S “BREEZE” SHOOTS UP HYPE MACHINE CHART

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Up-and-coming Finnish producer Tontario has collaborated with saxophonist SaxoKid to produce a MDNGHT remix that’s had an Earmilk premiere and a bunch of other top blogs excited too.

Reaction from listeners has been fantastic – the track has quickly dashed up the Hype Machine chart!

Tontario takes Breeze‘s euphoric house sounds and welds to it SaxoKid’s deep sax grooves with the lightness of touch that is fast becoming his calling card.

It’s a fabulous refresh of MDNGHT’s sun-soaked song, and will drag you right back to summertime!

HEYROCCO CAP DEBUT UK TOUR WITH EXCLUSIVE XFM SESSION FOR JOHN KENNEDY ON 4TH NOVEMBER

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HEYROCCO came, saw and conquered on their first trip to the UK!

Not only did they play to a packed KOKO in London at the start of their debut tour – a tour that saw them playing to more sold-out venues around the UK – but they rounded it off with a return to the capital, and a session for the premier new music show on Xfm.

The session will be broadcast on 4th November 2014!

Looking every inch the rock stars that they look set to become, the HEYROCCO arrived for their Xfm X-posure session excited to meet key DJ John Kennedy, and as expected, they delivered a fabulous session.

John, who’s always a reliable musical weathervane of new talent, was hugely complimentary and supportive. We can’t wait to hear the session when it’s broadcast on 4th November!

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MDNGHT SHOOT TO NUMBER 3 ON MUSIC WEEK’S UPFRONT CLUB CHART, BEHIND CALVIN HARRIS AND BREACH!

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Even more fantastic news for Manchester four-piece MDNGHT’s Breeze: it’s shot to Number 3 on the Music Week Upfront Club Chart!

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They’ve steadily climbed the chart in the last couple of weeks, and have now nudged up behind Calvin Harris feat. John Newman‘s Blame and Breach feat. Kelis‘ The Key – proving MDNGHT’s floor-filling, euphoric house-pop can mix it with the big hitters.

The response from club DJs has been outstanding, with a third of DJs giving the tune a score of 90-100%, and nearly half of them marking it 80-90%.

They’ve been getting huge positive responses from dancefloors too: they’ve played a series of huge gigs around the country, playing to enormous student audiences in Bath (below), London and more.

MDNGHT are a classy, talented group with a bunch of heavyweight songs – and it’s great to see word spread so fast and so enthusiastically!

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HEY ROCCO RELEASE NEW SINGLE “MOM JEANS”;
PLUS XFM SESSION AND DEBUT UK TOUR

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LABEL – Vital Music
IMPACT DATE – 27th October 2014

HEYROCCO‘s songs cut to the heart of teenage thrills: young love, long summer days, and the little details that trigger all that emotion.

 

Their new single Mom Jeans encapsulates all of that – and it’s a perfect example of HEYROCCO’s brilliant balance of dark rock, short ‘n’ sweet pop tunes and young, breathless excitement.

It’s the follow-up to previous single Virgin – which was Kerrang! Track of the Week. Mom Jeans has won them radio recognition, too – they will be recording an Xfm X-posure session for tastemaker John Kennedy at the end of October as they complete their debut UK tour.

HEYROCCO are thrilling fans around the country right now, with sold out shows and a huge audience at London’s KOKO kicking off their first UK jaunt.

“…the angst-ridden grunge of Nirvana, while flecks of Pavement ensure a distinctly nostalgic flavour to these young guitar heroes.” – NME

“You know those perfect songs that soundtrack your summer of late nights, romance and hedonism? Well, HEYROCCO have just dropped one.” – Gigwise

Heyrocco’s new single launches us right into 90’s teenage movie nostalgia. Like these Southern sweethearts, we admittedly might not have been the coolest kids in high school—but at least we can pretend like we were while listening to some 90’s inspired rock and roll.” – NYLON

“… a darkly nostalgic vibe – worthy of, say, Radiohead’s much neglected ‘Pablo Honey’ full length.” – CLASH

HEYROCCO ONLINE:
heyrocco.co.uk
twitter.com/whoisheyrocco
facebook.com/Heyrocco
soundcloud.com/weareheyrocco

HEY ROCCO READY TO HEAD ON THEIR DEBUT UK TOUR!

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Heyrocco don’t hang about.

Kicking off at the infamous Brixton Windmill, via a showcase Club NME gig at Koko, before shooting around a list of some of the UK’s most famous breakthrough-band venues, the band are jumping into the UK’s music scene with both feet.

And with highly-regarded backing from the likes of Huw Stephens, Clash Magazine, NYLON and the NME, attention should swiftly start to turn onto the South-Carolina trio as they unleash their punchy, grungy and finely-crafted songs over the next four weeks.

HEYROCCO UK TOUR DATES

September 26: Brixton, UK @ The Windmill
October 1: Exeter, UK @ The Cavern Club
October 3: London, UK @ Koko (Club NME)
October 5: Birmingham, UK @ Sunflower Lounge
October 6: Leicester, UK @ The Cookie Jar
October 8: Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
October 9: Chester, UK @ The Compass
October 10: Bristol, UK @ Start The Bus
October 11: Middlesbrough, UK @ Twisterella Festival
October 12: York, UK @ Fibbers
October 17: Stoke-On-Trent, UK @ The Sugarmill
October 18: Southampton, UK @ Unit (Club NME)
October 22: Edinburgh, UK @ Electric Circus
October 23: Newcastle, UK @ Head of Steam
October 24: Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s
October 25: Wolverton, UK @ Craufurd Arms
October 28th: London, UK @Hoxton Bar & Kitchen

WHITE ESKIMO PREMIERE NEW SONG “TURN IT UP” ON BBC INTRODUCING MANCHESTER

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White Eskimo have grabbed themselves the perfect relationship: a huge, excited online following, and a string of fantastic, upbeat pop songs to thrill them with.

And they’re desperate to get their songs out – both to their expectant fans and to win over new ones too. They dropped in on BBC Introducing Manchester for a chat and to showcase a new, utterly euphoric song live in the studio:

 

White Eskimo unafraid to showcase their love of a pop tune – and both Natalie and Michelle from BBC Introducing commented on what an uplifting, instantly catchy pop song it is.

Said Michelle, “It’s really nice to have an uplifting pop song in session… sometimes it can all be a bit serious and cool – I just want to go out and dance now!”

Singer Will agreed that this was exactly what they’re aiming for: “We just want to play happy music – good vibes and good times!”

With songs like that – and an album full of them to follow – plenty more people are going to agree…

WHO ARE WHITE ESKIMO?
Will Sweeny – vocals
Alex Lewis – drums
Brad Nevinson – bass
Roy Bennett – guitar

WHITE ESKIMO online:
facebook.com/OfficialWhiteEskimo
twitter.com/_White_Eskimo

YOU RETURN WITH PRISTINE, BITTERSWEET “ANAESTHETIC”

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SINGLE – Anaesthetic
LABEL – MUK Records
IMPACT DATE – 3rd November 2014

After waves of good feeling and strong tastemaker backing for debut single, In Halves, YOU return with the woozy, cinematic and pristine Anaesthetic.

Delicate as porcelain, bittersweet as the darkest chocolate, and with echoes of Kate Bush’s airier, more soaring moments, Anaesthetic is a brilliantly confident second single. It’ll sit, icily, alongside the music of The Cocteau Twins, London Grammar, The XX and Daughter.

Anaesthetic is backed by an ingenious, touching and creepy stop-motion video by Rafael Bonilla Jnr., director of Glass Animals‘ videos. Rafael loved the song so much he personally sought out YOU with an offer to create the video.

It’s the second astonishing video in a row from YOU, and is based on cult film Toys in the Attic – about a series of malformed characters which come alive and care for each other. The idea fits the song’s tender, outsider feel perfectly.

YOU are not short of influential tippers citing them as ones to watch – the NME made them top billing on their Radar page and Tom Robinson and Simon Raymonde have backed the band from the start too.

Moreover, Xfm’s John Kennedy can’t get enough of YOU, making them Xfm’s X-posure Big One, inviting them to play his club night in London, and having them perform a live session on his Xfm show!

One of the best debut singles I’ve heard in my time!” – GARY CROWLEY, BBC Introducing
I played it for the first time on Thursday. It’s been haunting me ever since… Love the track! Playing it every single night this week!”– JOHN KENNEDY, Xfm
“They’re a strange bunch, but they leave you craving more” – NME Radar

Who are YOU?

Anna Waldmann
Sam Campbell
Harrison Ball
Massimo Zeppetelli

YOU online:

itisyouhere.com
facebook.com/hereyouare
twitter.com/itisyouhere
MUK Records

MDNGHT SET TO RELEASE PRISTINE LATE-SUMMER SINGLE “BREEZE”

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IMPACT DATE: TBC
LABEL: MUK Records

 

MDNGHT‘s star keeps rising at a dizzy pace. Having played to an excited crowd at Radio 1′s Big Weekend – getting them to their feet and partying to their new single Breeze – enthusiastic support then followed from both TIME magazine and The Guardian.

Breeze is MDNGHT at their lithe best, melding contemporary dance and shimmering house with a glossy, sweet falsetto: encapsulating the euphoria of a late-summer sunset party – making this single a perfect post-holiday soundtrack.

 

Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens was won over by their performance, recognising MDNGHT’s dancefloor potential: “This’ll get the whole place bouncing… sounding wonderful!”

And TIME magazine, who premiered the video, enthusiastically noted Breeze’s, “flecks of guitar, piano stabs and wall-of-sound background vocals gathering around Jordan Lewin’s breathy falsetto,” confirming that the USA is just as receptive to MDNGHT’s “drifty, tropical dance music.”

Meanwhile, The Guardian – covering MDNGHT for the third time – praised Breeze‘s joyous pop appeal: “the uplifting chorus… is a brilliant way of making you fling your hands in the air.” 

It’s the perfect follow-up to previous single, Into The Night, which hit the UK Club Chart top ten and was BBC Introducing Single of the Week on both Radio 1 & 1Xtra.

MDNGHT have been played all across BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra: Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Scott Mills, Huw Stephens, Gemma Cairney, DJ Target, Sarah Jane Crawford, MistaJam, Trevor Nelson, Dev, Yasmin Evans, Twin B, and Adele Roberts.

Sultry, warm and addictive: this is a song that harnesses warm grooves, house beats and a bright, sunny hook – and MDNGHT will be winning over more new fans via a series of UK-wide late-summer gigs.

Time Out praised MDNGHT’s “obvious chart ambition” and loved their “dreamy, funky house-pop” so much they made their 8th August gig at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen their East London gig of the week.

MDNGHT are: J (vocals), Will and Ant (guitars) and Lloyd (DJ and percussion). They signed an album deal with Manchester-based MUK Records in late 2012.

See MDNGHT live:

2nd August – Kendal Calling Festival
8th August – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London **TIME OUT’S EAST LONDON GIG OF THE WEEK**
9th August – Thorpe Park, Surrey
23rd August – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
24th August – Pride, Manchester
30th August – Feel Good Festival, Rochdale
13th September – Shrewsbury Fields Festival
11th October – Gorilla, Manchester
25th October – Night and Day, Manchester

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