Ask Me PR In The City – Day 2!

In The CityThe CordelsMy AlbatrossThe Vanguards

 

 

So… Monday night and Day 2 of ITC. A HUGE night for Ask Me PR as we had 3 bands playing (including one playing in two venues).

At BBC Introducing In The City @ MOHO Live, the excellent My Albatross give a sterling performance despite an onstage nightmare involving a broken guitar neck! Many thanks to The Vanguards for helping out with a replacement.

Following that, The Vanguards themselves went down a storm, leaving many industry people reeling, probably in shock at the force of what they had witnessed. What an exhilarating performance!

A little later, and with the focus shifting to the Mint Lounge, The Vanguards played their second gig of the evening (again impressive in every way). Last (and most DEFINITELY not least) of the night were The Cordels. Playing a set with two new tracks added (check out their MySpace to hear them) the response from industry folks (“the best band I’ve seen during ITC”) was fantastic.

All in all, a massive success for the bands! Well done guys!

Liam

The Cordels – Dance In Time Video

Two brand new tracks: ‘Run‘ and ‘Tear Me to Pieces‘ have just been uploaded to The Cordels MySpace.

The Cordels - Dance in Time OUT NOW on iTunes!
The Cordels have already won airplay from some well respected quarters. Nationally Zane Lowe (Radio 1), Lamacq and Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music), the Xfm Network playlist and Kerrang Radio have lent early support. The boys have drawn comparisons with that other classic three-piece The Police, with each band member bringing a simmering passion and effortless cool to an incredible live show…
“Just had my ears opened to The Cordels –
I recommend you opening your ears too”

Chris Long, BBC Manchester Introducing

Check out the video for the single, directed by the band’s bass player Kennedy. You can also check out Lies, Deceit (Live) on Ask Me PR’s Soundcloud.

Artist update…News

The Cordels - Dance In Time out now from iTunes!The Cordels… are currently in Sandhills Studio working on their demo. Expect to hear new   material from the Warrington three piece later in the year. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, you can buy their last single Dance in Time from the iTunes store. You may also want to catch the boys live in Manchester, Liverpool or Preston during October. Take a look at their MySpace for dates and venues… 

 

 

My Albatross

 My Albatross… are busy working on their next two singles at present. We can let you in on a little secret though, their next single will be called Rich Man’s Daughter. You heard it here first!

ASK ME PR work the Mercury again!

Manchester-based music pluggers Ask Me PR scoop the regional radio and TV account for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for the 16th year running.


North west music fans may be disappointed at the absence of regional bands in this year’s Mercury music prize list of nominees, but there is one Manchester-based member of the UK music industry that’s been quietly winning with annual award since 1994. And that’s Ask Me PR!


From M-People’s 1994 win with Elegant Slumming, Badly Drawn Boy in 2000 through to local heroes and last year’s winners Elbow, Ask Me PR have been charged with making sure all shortlisted albums and the competition itself are featured on regional radio. No mean feat considering that from Cornwall to Orkney, and Norwich to Aberystwyth there’s around 400 radio stations to service!


Ask Me PR’s managing director, Liam Walsh: “We’re extremely proud of our long association with this prestigious competition.


There have been many highlights over the years. Apart from all the great Manchester bands that have won, seeing Antony and the Johnsons claim the prize was a very special moment.


Though it’s not all been fun, glitz and glamour. When the phenomenal PJ Harvey won and accepted her prize from NYC it was the day of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre. We’d heard what had happened on the way down to London and it was naturally a sombre rather than celebratory evening.”


Ask Me PR’s skill in gaining national and regional broadcast exposure for emerging pop talent is no secret among major record labels and independent music managers trying to break new acts into a highly competitive and crowded market place. The likes of The Killers, Oasis, Bjork, Moby, Doves, Prince and Badly Drawn Boy are amongst the long list of artists to have all used Ask Me’s services on their way to the big time.


Of the current crop of Ask Me artists, Liam says: “We expect great things of newcomers The Cordels, Cosmo Jarvis and Neil McSweeney.


It was a fabulous experience to have an unknown Badly Drawn Boy win his Mercury while on our rosta and of course we’d love to see history repeated with one of our new acts!”

NEWS SO FAR THIS WEEK

THE CORDELS were Clint Boon’s ‘Record of the week’ last week on Xfm and will be in session this Sunday [23 August] on Pete Mitchell’s ‘Razor Cuts’ show between 6 and 8pm. Xfm’s Jon Hillcock’s influential ‘New Noise’ also played the single on his tastemaker show on Sunday and Steve Lamacq gave the single a play on his BBC Radio 1 show. Absolute Extreme added them to their cool playlist and support around the UK from specialist taste makers – it’s a great start for an unsigned band doing it for themselves.


THE VANGUARDS – Their Razor Cuts session on Xfm didn’t get aired last week due to studio technical problems but fortunately it will definitely go out this week [6pm-8pm, Sunday 23 August]. The Vanguards’ single ‘Regress’ has also been added to NME Radio’s ‘spot play’ playlist.


TEAM WATERPOLO – Last week the guys were Record of the week on Xfm Manchester’s breakfast show with Pete Mitchell, this week they are drive-times ROW with Clint Boon. On Saturday [15 August] the guys found themselves playing in front of thousands of people at Rock FM’s ‘Rock in the Park’ alongside Tinchy Stryder, VV Brown and Peter Andre no less!


MY ALBATROSS – This debut is released on 14 September and is already receiving a fantastic reaction from National and Regional specialist radio.  They’re currently back at Sandhill Studio recording the follow up to Live and Live Lonely.


COSMO JARVIS – Watch out for this 19 year old, it’s early days but we think you’re going to hear an awful lot more about Cosmo. His next single ‘Jessica Alba’s number’ should see him getting a lot of attention.


SAVING AIMEE – Their next single ‘Fresh since 88’ is pencilled in for Sunday 12 October and their album for 19  October just before their support slot with Fightstar.

THE VALENTINES – Their single ‘You Make Me Me’ is confirmed for a 21 September release and already picking up some good plays. More news on the duo soon!


BREAKING NEWS on August/September releases

THE CORDELS have secured their place on the Xfm playlist. That means the single Dance In Time will be heard across the entire Xfm network in the UK and around the world on the Xfm website. And that’s not all! Dance In Time is also record of the week on Clint Boon’s drive-time show this week on Xfm Manchester.  Clint’s show goes out 3pm-7pm on http://www.xfm.co.uk.

SAVING AIMEE have just been confirmed as main support for the Fightstar tour in October. And that means we’ll be extra busy plugging the band’s debut album, We’re The Good Guys.

TEAM WATERPOLO‘s Letting Go has been chosen as Pete Mitchell’s record of the week on Xfm Manchester. The guys have also just been asked to play Rock FM’s ‘Rock in the Park’ on 15 August so catch them there if you can.

THE TRAVELLING BAND‘s version of The Stone Roses’ Waterfall is playlisted at BBC Radio London. Great timing as it’s the 20th anniversary of The Stone Roses debut album being released.

THE VANGUARDS are booked in to do a session on Pete Michell’s network Xfm show, Razor Cuts, on Sunday 16 August. This comes hot on the heels of their Radcliffe & Maconie record of the week spot for BBC Radio 2.

We are hugely excited to be working with an incredibly talented young man who goes by the name of COSMO JARVIS. You can listen on our  Soundcloud page and we’ll be posting much more about him very soon!

THE CORDELS – Dance In Time

Single released on 17 August 2009

the cordels 170809THE CORDELS’ debut release sees the Warrington three-piece digging deep for their lyrical themes whilst deftly crafting an anthemic, indie-pop classic. An early demo of the track found its way to top producer, Jim Lowe [Stereophonics, Foo Fighters, The Charlatans], who immediately offered his mixing skills to polish it into the gem it is now. THE CORDELS have won airplay in some well-respected quarters. Radio 1’s Zane Lowe gives early support, as does Tom Robinson for BBC 6 Music and Loz Guest at Kerrang! Radio. THE CORDELS are drawing comparisons with the early days of that other classic three-piece, The Police, with each band member bringing a simmering passion and an effortless cool to an incredible live show.

THE CORDELS’ debut single DANCE IN TIME

Release date: 17 August 2009

Label: Slippery People Recordings

Available from: iTunes


The Cordels
‘ first single, Dance in Time, sees the twentysomething Warrington three-piece digging deep for their lyrical themes whilst deftly crafting an anthemic, indie-pop classic.

An early demo of the track found its way to top producer, Jim Lowe [quote below], who immediately offered his mixing skills to polish it into the gem it is now.

With a songwriting dexterity and musical prowess that belie their years, The Cordels have won airplay in some well-respected quarters. Radio 1’s Zane Lowe gives early support, as does Tom Robinson for BBC 6 Music and Loz Guest at Kerrang Radio.

After only three months in the current line-up The Cordels are drawing comparisons with the early days of that other classic three-piece, The Police, with each band member bringing a simmering passion and an effortless cool that explode into a frenetic, self-assured live performance.

Dance in Time is a fan favourite and questions how free we really are living in the affluent West and how much we’re constrained by social pressure, work, money and debt.

GIGS
26 June: The Ruby Lounge [supporting Kid British] – Manchester
18 July: Whatfest! 2009, Whatcroft, Cheshire
22 Aug: Mojo – Warrington
28 Aug: The Box – Crewe

LINE-UP
Steven Taylor – vocals and guitar
Dave Wimbush – vocals and drums
James Kennedy – vocals and bass

QUOTES
Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Foo Fighters): “When I heard their demo I knew I had to work with them”

Peter Nash (Helter Skelter Agency): “I have been listening to about 50 new bands over the weekend whilst getting ready for SXSW … The Cordels sound better than the lot of them”

Jim Gellatly (BBC Scotland): “I fully expect I will be playing The Cordels a lot in the future!”

BBC Manchester Introducing: “Just had my ears opened to The Cordels and I’m liking what I hear – I recommend you opening your ears too”

Loz Guest, Head of Music, Kerrang Radio: ”Great harmonies, works brilliantly well, with a fantastic identity. They’re going to do really well, I like them!”

Liverpool.com: “This band are incredible to watch, not just for music, but for the obvious passion that drives the set from all three members”