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!
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!
Single released on 17 August 2009
Within months of forming THE VANGUARDS found themselves recording in The Charlatans’ studio with legendary production duo Dave Tolan and Jim Spencer (Primal Scream, The Charlatans) – the result is Regress – a gritty blast of raw energy blended with a genuine pop melody. It’s a rock/pop hit in the making. THE VANGUARDS’ style of hard edged, sub pop is garnering fans right, left and centre – so much so that Regress became Radcliffe & Maconie’s record of the week, further recognising the bands raw talent.
Listen to Regress: