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

HEYROCCO

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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

THE TRAVELLING BAND RELEASE GLORIOUS NEW SINGLE; ANNOUNCE UK-WIDE TOUR

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ASKME -singles-button-smallIMPACT DATE: 14th September 2014
LABEL: Sideways Saloon


“The sounds they generate took me back to my musical roots… Marvellous music to savour and enjoy”

– Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival

The Travelling Band are the kind of group people long to be part of – the kind that stirs deep-set emotions in fans who would dance over hot coals to see this most remarkable of live bands.

Their new single, Passing Ships, is everything The Travelling Band are, and everything their fans adore: bittersweet stories planting little flags in the mind and claiming attention for days, woven in and out of melodies you’ll think you grew up with.

Recorded with a panache to thrill existing fans and tease new ones into exploring much further, Passing Ships is typically-euphoric, carefully-crafted, always-rousing: a hallmark of all the band’s music.

Passing Ships has already been met with breathless praise:

“The track blows by in the best possible way, leaving you a little breathless and wanting even more” – Indieshuffle
“A unique soundexpansive and poppy” – Earmilk

As usual, the band’s huge and loyal following demanded a UK-wide tour, and were of course rewarded with one – with yet more dates to be announced. The song is taken from their new LP, The Big Defreeze, which is released on the 25th August.

Passing Ships is a free download, and is for fans of beautiful, storytelling music like Calexico, Iron & Wine, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Frightened Rabbit and Elbow.

“They produce an inventive brand of guitar-­laden cosmic aesthetic and sprinkles of trademark Manchester’s musical lineage” Clash Magazine
“If you consider the term ‘Mancunian Americana’ to be an oxymoron… try listening to The Travelling Band. Brilliant” ­ Marc Riley, BBC 6Music
“Their harmonies are tight, guitar picking deft and tunes melodic” Q Magazine
“It all here, passionate yet delicate vocals, deep forceful drumming, jangly guitar, fluctuating stings, everything you could ask for from a song that oozes summer” – The 405

The Travelling Band live:

July
12th – Triumph Live Festival

August
8th – Cropredy Festival, Nr. Banbury
16th – Undressed Festival, Halle St. Peters, Manchester
23rd – Green Belt Festival, Northamptonshire
30th – Off The Tracks Festival, Derbyshire

September
7th – Sc4m Festival, The Railway, Winchester
12th – The Institute, Kelvedon, Essex
14th – Shrewsbury Fields Festival

October
2nd – Kendal, The Brewery
3rd – Leeds, Brudenell
8th – Liverpool, The Kazimier
9th – Edinburgh, Voodoo Room
10th – Glasgow, Broadcast
11th – Letham, Letham Hall
22nd – London, The Lexington
24th – Oxford, Arts Bar (Bullindon Arms)
25th – Bristol, The Louisiana

November
28th – Hurst Green, Village Hall

The Travelling Band online:

thetravellingband.co.uk
facebook.com/thetravellingband
twitter.com/travellingband
youtube.com/thetravellingband

HEYROCCO FOLLOW ACCLAIMED FIRST SINGLE WITH “MELT”

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LABEL: Vital Music Group
IMPACT DATE: 1st Sept 2014

 

After their first free download, Virgin, sped to tens of thousands of plays via word-of-mouth in just a couple of weeks, HEYROCCO are stepping straight back into their new fans’ affections with their new single, Melt.

It’s another grungy and immediately catchy pop song from the South Carolina boys; it’s a wry song on a subject that… well, let’s say it’s one that many teenagers will have prematurely experienced.

And just as Virgin drew many flattering comparisons with rock giants of the early 90s – Melt shows off their ability to straddle the line between the twin thrills of killer melodies and fuzzy guitars.

Melt has been met with breathless praise from highly-respected sources:

“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 CLASH

HEYROCCO have the tunes, poise and musical chops to back up their sky-high ambition.

SOUTH CAROLINA’S HEYROCCO HAVE DEBUT SINGLE “VIRGIN” BACKED BY BOTH XFM’S JOHN KENNEDY & CLASH MAGAZINE

johnkennedy_Clash_HEYROCCO Two of the UK’s most renowned spotters of new talent, Xfm’s John Kennedy and Clash Magazine, have recognised HEYROCCO’s enormous potential and knack for writing huge, exciting rock songs.

John has made their new single, Virgin, the Xfm X-posure Big One, and Clash has premiered the single’s video.

The Xfm honour follows John’s debut play of the track, and the Clash article spots some sharp, positive comparisons with Radiohead’s debut release.

It’s just another sign that HEYROCCO are not merely another band – but ones to watch closely.

STRAW BEAR CAP BREAK-THROUGH YEAR BY RELEASING “THE LAND WITCH”

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ASKME -singles-button-smallIMPACT DATE: 14th January 2014
LABEL: Oilbug Music

Straw Bear are capping a thrilling breakthrough year with a third single, The Land Witch – and it may well be their best single yet.

 

With repeated plays from Bob Harris – who counts himself as a “big fan”, The Land Witch is a deeply lovely, chiming and soaring ode to youthful fears; showcasing all that is wonderful about Straw Bear. 

A long, illustrious list of national DJs have backed the band, including Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson, Jen Long & Ally McCrae, Dermot O’Leary, Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins, Gary Crowley and record of the week on BBC Alba’s RAPAL show – whilst a glut of key influencing music blogs have heaped praise on their songs.

Their knack for weaving Ian Ray’s gloriously emotive vocals in and out of their gleaming, singular folk-rock is unsurpassed by few and adored by many – and as the song reaches its shimmering, foggy climax, you’ll wonder if they might just be one of the best new bands of the year.

The song is drawn from their debut LP Black Bank, an album that caused R2 Magazine to gush, “these musicians are made for each other and what they produce is some of the freshest, seminal songs of 2013.”

Said singer Ian of the song’s curious title:

“I was in the back of my nan’s car as a kid and I swear she told my dad that a ‘land witch’ lived in the woods near her house.”
“I sincerely believed that some weird old crone would abduct me if I went too close to the trees. Only years later did I realise I misheard her and made the whole thing up.”

It’s been a year of terrific success and exposure for Straw Bear, which began with a terrific BBC 6 Music session for Tom Robinson.

Then revered music magazine Clash picked them as one of their select handful of highlights from The Great Escape music conference, where they played the BBC Introducing stage – and this was swiftly followed by superlative-laden reviews in national music magazines.

Straw Bear are holding a final celebratory gig of 2013 at the beautiful Waterbeach Baptist Chapel near Cambridge on Saturday November 16th.

Sound on Sound‘s Sam Inglis likes their LP Black Bank so much, he asked if he could come and man the mixing desk!

“I’m a big fan of Straw Bear… we all like them very much!” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

When I say that Straw Bear’s album is quite possibly the best thing I have ever reviewed in these pages, be assured that I bloody well mean it.” – Sam Inglis, Sound On Sound Magazine

Their music is part alt.country, part indie folk, reminiscent of such American bands as Midlake and early-Elecktra 60s rock sounds. However, everything here – the quirky, insightful and intelligent lyrics, lovely relaxed playing, the melodies and sly vocals – indicates a singular talent.” John Crosby – Rock ‘n’ Reel Magazine

www.strawbear.com
www.facebook.com/strawbearmusic
twitter.com/strawbearmusic

STRAW BEAR NAMED AS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE GREAT ESCAPE BY CLASH MAGAZINE

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Revered music magazine Clash picked Straw Bear as one of their select handful of highlights from The Great Escape music conference.

Straw Bear, over at the BBC Introducing stage, trade in dreamy acoustic pop. Sweet nuggets such as ‘Kitty’ take the sounds of Americana and bring them back to Blighty. Their Midlake-meets-Doves twang makes them perfect for a mid-afternoon set, sounding as cosy as your favourite duvet. Their warmth and familiarity bring compulsory smiles.

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The band’s appearance in their pages marks another step in their rapid ascent: both national and regional radio DJs, magazines and a swarm of influential blogs are all enthusing over them and their new single, Snobbery.

Snobbery has already grabbed radio play from Tom Robinson, Jen Long & Ally McCrae, Gary Crowley… and a string of plays on Amazing Radio. It is out on the 5th August.

An illustrious list of other BBC DJs have backed the band, including Bob Harris, Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson, Jen Long & Ally McCrae, Dermot O’Leary, Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins and Gary Crowley…

They are touring with Kate Rogers Band in July:

Thursday July 25th: MANCHESTER – Night & Day
Friday July 26th: LIVERPOOL – Zanzibar
Sunday July 28th: LONDON – The Dublin Castle

City Reign – Making Plans

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Impact date: 11th March 2013

Label: Car Boot Records 

Strongly-tipped Manchester indie rockers, City Reign, have announced the first single ‘Making Plans’, from their forthcoming debut album ‘Another Step’.

BBC 6 Music‘s Steve Lamacq loved ‘Making Plans’ so much that he played the demo on his show as soon as he heard it – and interviewed the band on the show shortly after.

The single follows taster tracks the band offered as free downloads ‘Ahead of Ideas’ and ‘Retaliate’.

First taster ‘Ahead Of Ideas’ propelled them on a UK tour and led to Clash Magazine asking them to open their inaugural issue launch gig in Manchester, recognising them as one of the best bands on the circuit, naming them “One of the best new young bands to follow.”

The band teamed up with Mancunian-based producer Sam Jones (Bromheads Jacket, Alex Turner) to record and re-work the album. He took the band into Sacred Trinity Church in Salford – choosing the church for its rich natural reverb, which helped to bring depth to the band’s classic guitar sound.

The sound builds on the raw energy and exciting promise of the early demos, including the demo version of ‘Making Plans’ which caught the ears of The Independent in late 2011.

The video was shot in Manchester’s legendary Night and Day venue, where the band played their first ever gig.

City Reign are song-writing pair Chris Bull and Mike Grice with Duncan Bolton on drums.

The album, ‘Another Step’, is due for release the same day (25th February).

February Live Dates:

Thursday 14th – Edinburgh – Bannermans
Friday 15th – Glasgow – Buff Club
Wednesday 20th – Cardiff – Buffalo Bar
Thursday 21st – Bristol – Golden Lion
Friday 22nd – London – The Garage
Saturday 23rd – Manchester – The Castle

March Live Dates:

Friday 15th March – London Bull & Gate.

 

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facebook.com/cityreign

City Reign – Ahead of Ideas

Label: Car Boot

Impact Date: NOVEMBER 12 th 2012

Manchester indie-rock trio, City Reign, have announced the release of the first single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Another Step’. ‘Ahead of ideas‘ builds on the raw energy and exciting promise of their early demos, including ‘Making Plans’ which caught the ears of BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq in late 2011.

The band teamed up with Manchester-based producer Sam Jones for the album, who took the band into Sacred Trinity Church in Salford to record. Jones chose the church for its natural reverb, which added more depth to the band’s classic guitar sound. City Reign’s vocalist and guitarist, Chris Bull, said: “I think we’re taking a risk with this single, it’s one of the most ambitious tracks we’ve recorded. The church was a great venue to record in and we have Sam to thank for that. We’re really happy with the rich and atmospheric sound we achieved on the album.”

Using the church as a venue wasn’t without its drawbacks, with the band once having to clear out in the middle of a crucial session recording the string quartet after realising that the church had been double-booked, allowing some confrontational locals to attend a memorial service.

City Reign are song-writing pair Chris Bull and Mike Grice with Duncan Bolton on drums. The album, ‘Another Step’, is due for release in early 2013 and you can catch the band at the following live dates in support of the single:

October 6th – The Deaf Institute – Manchester – Clash Magazine Launch w/ Jim Noir
November 2nd – Belushi’s – Edinburgh
November 3rd – Audio – Glasgow
November 7th – Viper Rooms – Sheffield
November 8th – Lomax – Liverpool
November 9th – Escobar – Leeds
November 20th – Pop In – Paris
November 22nd – Winstons – Amsterdam
November 24th – The Castle Hotel – Manchester

Check out the video for Ahead of Ideas below: