Crazy Arm Release Live Favourite ‘Tribes’

Devon roots-punks - Crazy Arm
Devon folk-punk rockers - Crazy Arm

Devon folk punks, Crazy Arm, release their new single, ‘Tribes‘, on 1st August, the first release ahead of their imminent new album, ‘Union City Breath‘.

Already a live favourite, ‘Tribes/Animals‘, is a song of two distinct parts, combining the band’s love of Springsteen, gospel and honest punk rock.  The lyrics are an indictment of man-made structures of violence and a call for a return to simpler, more ethically-centred ways of interacting.

Also on the record, the voice of Victoria Butterfield (who sang on the band’s last single ‘Sweet Storm‘) and keyboards courtesy of Patrick James Pearson.

The follow-up to 2009’s dramatic debut, ‘Born To Ruin’, ‘Union City Breath‘ is currently in the finishing stages and is being produced/engineered, once again, by Peter Miles (King Blues, The Computers, Sonic Boom Six, Dry The River) at his new studio deep in the South Devon countryside.

Taking its cue from the spurious idea of the Big Society, ‘Union City Breath‘ is a reminder that all societies are made by people and can be changed or at least challenged by people whenever they see fit.

The most authoritarian of institutions and the largest of multinational corporations are still only the product of human endeavour, propped up by other people with the same global interests – they can be, will be and are dismantled if and when they continue to pose a threat and cause violence upon ordinary people.

The band are due to play Shepherds Bush Empire with Social Distortion on 7th July amongst other shows and festival appearances including 2000 Trees and Boardmasters. The album will coincide with a comprehensive tour of the UK and mainland Europe, while the single will coincide with the band’s debut acoustic tour in August with Cory Branan and Sam Russo.

Crazy Arm UK Tour Dates:

Thurs 7th July
London, Shepherds Bush Empire (w/Social Distortion) SOLD OUT

Fri 8th July
London, The Bowery (with The Dissociates)

Sat 9th July
Voodoo Lounge, LMHR benefit

Thurs14th July
2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham, rock set

Fri 15th July
2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham, acoustic set

Sat 23rd July
Livestock Festival, near Sidmouth

Sat 6th Aug
Plymouth, Jack Chams (acoustic show)

Fri 12th Aug
Boardmasters Festival, Vans Stage

Sun 14th Aug
Manchester, Tiger Lounge (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Apologies, I Have None + Sam Russo)

Mon 15th Aug
Lincoln, venue tbc (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam

Tues 16th Aug
Leeds, Santiagos (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam Russo)

Weds 17th Aug
Nottingham, The Maze (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam Russo)

Thurs 18th Aug
Southsea, Edge Of The Wedge (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam

Fri 19th Aug
London, The Windmill (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam Russo)

Sat 20th Aug
Brighton, The Prince Albert (acoustic w/Cory Branan + Sam

Mon 29th Aug
Dbs festival, Bristol

Fri 9th Sept
Ivylive Festival, Ivybridge (with The King Blues + lots more)

Sun 11th Sept – Plymouth Punks Picnic

Here’s the promotional video for Broken By The Wheel


Crazy Arm release their new single ‘Tribes‘ on 1st August 2011 on Xtra Mile Recordings (UK) & Gunner Records (mainland Europe) as a 7″ vinyl and digital download.



Albums, singles & gigs from Xtra Mile artists

Xtra Mile recording artists Far and Chris T-T are among the many acts out on the road during May, news of stable mates The Xcerts, Crazy Arm, Straight Lines and Fighting Fiction was included in our post last week.

At Night We Live, new album from Far
Post hardcore legends Far are about to release their first original material since 1998’s Water & Solutions, the new album At Night We Live is available from May 24th and will be preceded by the single Deafening a week earlier.

Far have provided inspiration and influence for an array of recent band’s including Biffy Clyro, Jimmy Eat World, Hundred Reasons, Funeral For A Friend and Thursday.

Most recently Far put out a low key limited edition single Pony, originally by American hip hop artist Ginuwine. What started as a bit of fun between friends, ended up with the track getting huge and unexpected radio airplay and over 4 million hits on the bands MySpace page.

Far’s fifth studio album was recorded at The Airport Studio. It was produced by guitarist Shaun Lopez whom during the band’s hiatus has recorded albums for Will Haven, Giant Drag and friends the Deftones (the title track of ‘At Night We Live’ was written for Deftones bassist Chi Cheng).

Track listing of ‘At Night We Live’:
1. Deafening
2. If You Cared Enough
3. When I Could See
4. Give Me A Reason
5. Dear Enemy
6. Fight Song #16,233,241
7. At Night We Live
8. Burns
9. Better Surrender
10. Are You Sure?
11. The Ghost That Kept On Haunting

Far – Pony


Chris T-T Spring & Summer Festivals
Following the release of his stunning seventh studio album Love Is Not Rescue in March, Chris T-T heads out on tour this Spring taking in a few festivals over the summer months.

Playing piano, electric and acoustic guitar (although not all at the same time) Chris will play throughout the UK plus support friend and label mate Frank Turner on a couple of shows in Ireland. He’s also confirmed for a slot at Blissfields and 2000trees Festivals in July.

Full list of gigs are:

8 The Alchemists Ball
9 Oxford People & Planet Fundraiser, James Street Tavern
11 Bury Fringe Festival 2010
13 Leeds, The Well
14 York, Fibbers
21 Bristol, The Tunnels
28 Belfast, Mandela Hall
29 Dublin, Academy 2
30 Uncivilisation Festival 2010

9 Milton Keynes The Cannon, Newport Pagnell

2 Blissfields Festival 2010
16 2000Trees Festival 2010

In a change of direction from 2008’s rockier, heavier ‘Capital’ (the final part to his acclaimed London Trilogy), with Love Is Not Rescue, Chris focuses more on personal themes of career choices, love and the complexities of relationships rather than overt political discord. Stripping back his sound and laying bare private lyrics over delicate melodies, “British pop’s street-poet laureate and unsung genius” (The Sunday Times) has produced a beautifully introspective and pensive album.

Chris T-T is a unique talent; a renowned and revered master of songwriting and lyrical genius with a career spanning over a decade. His satirical, wry and witty portrayal of the world around him has earned him critical and underground success so far – and with Love Is Not Rescue, the rest of the world is sure to wake up to this national musical treasure.

For more information on these artists visit the Xtra Mile website.

The Xcerts – New single, Album and May 2010 UK Tour Dates

slackerpop - the xcerts
slackerpop - the xcerts

The Xcerts have recently returned to the UK from America where they have been recording the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2009 debut album In The Cold Wind We Smile.

The new album, as yet un-named, will be released later in the year and is produced by Mike Sapone (Brand New, Public Enemy, Crime in Stereo) from his home studio in Long Island and mastered by Emily Lazar, whose recent credits include this years chart topping album Contra by Vampire Weekend.

The first single to be taken from the new album is Slackerpop, which is released on Xtra Mile Recordings on June 7th.

The Xcerts second album shows an angrier side to the band’s music which harks back to the early days of 90’s Grunge. It has a brilliantly sinister, dirty and earthy quality without turning its back on the pop-sensibilities and catchy melodies that the band captured so well with their debut.

The Xcerts will be hitting the road again in May to support the new single, they will be kicking off the UK tour with an appearance at the special Xtra Mile Night at The Great Escape  on May 13th at Fortune Of War in Brighton.

They will follow with a headlining Xtra Mile High Club Tour, where they will be ably supported by record label stable mates Crazy Arm, Straight Lines and Fighting Fiction.

Full details of The Xcerts UK dates:

13th – Great Escape, Brighton, Fortune of War – Xtra Mile Night
14th – Great Escape, Pav Tav. Murray solo show
15th – Great Escape, Pav Tav.
19th – Tolbooth Striling
20th – UWS Festival, Paisley
21st – Club NME Nottingham

Xtra Mile High Club Tour
22nd – The Cavern Exeter
24th – Cellars Portsmouth (support CA + SL)
25th – Borderline London (support CA + SL)
26th – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells (support CA + SL)
27th – New Slang, Hippodrome, Kingston (support CA )
28th – Roadmenders Northampton (support FF)
29th – West End Centre Aldershot
30th – Joiners Southampton

4th – Inn on The Square, Barnstable supporting King Blues

16th – 2000trees Festival, Cheltenham
24th – Rhythms of the World Festival, Hitchin

2000trees Music Festival @ Upcote Farm in Cheltenham

2000 Trees Festival
2000 Trees Festival

This summer, discover the very best in new British music as 2000trees Festival returns to Upcote Farm in Cheltenham on 16th – 17th July for a fourth year running.

Promoting the finest homegrown talent emerging from our very own vibrant music scene, 2000trees is the perfect place to unearth tomorrow’s stars today.

With an eclectic line-up that spans a varied mixture of musical genres, this intimate and friendly festival has become a haven for music fanatics everywhere; some of which have discovered their new favourite bands at the event.

Up and coming bands play alongside more established acts to create an inspiring, chilled out, fun festival of good music and great atmosphere.

In its short history 2000trees has established itself as one of the leading small festivals in the British summer calendar. Created by a group of friends in 2007, 2000trees was born out of frustration with the ever increasing corporate sponsorship and mass advertising nature of the larger traditional British festivals.

Disillusioned by extortionate ticket prices and over priced food and drink, this band of festival veterans vowed to take matters into their own hands and in true punk rock style set about developing the perfect antidote.

Set within the stunning countryside of the environmentally protected grounds of Upcote Farm, with award-winning green and ethical initiatives, means they have achieved just that.

And this year’s event is looking to be bigger and better than ever before.

Unveiling the first names on the bill – 2000trees is excited to announce the return of folk/punk hero Frank Turner who will be playing a headline set on the Friday night. Previously at 2000trees Frank has played memorable performances on the Leaf Lounge and Treehouse stages as well as an impromptu campsite set for a select lucky few – but this year’s headline show will be a monumental, fun-filled and raucous performance from one of the nation’s most electrifying performers.

Saturday’s line-up is also starting to take shape with the news that Sheffield’s finest experimental rock outfit 65daysofstatic will be bringing their mind-bending post-rock to 2000trees in what will no doubt be a mesmerizing performance.

With two full days featuring over 50 acts on three stages still to be confirmed, as well as the addition of comedy running during the day on the third stage, DJs, headphone disco and campfire sing-a-longs to keep the party spirit going till dawn, 2010 is shaping up to be the best year yet – with an extra day of music and fun for the first 500 people who purchase early entry passes for Thursday 15th July.

Over the past three years the festival has witnessed some incredible live performances, from The King Blues, who had practically the entire field dancing and singing in the rain at last year’s sold out event, with Fightstar and British Sea Power delivering crowning headline sets.

The previous years have seen unforgettable performances from Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster, Art Brut, Slow Club, Future Of The Left, Beans On Toast, The Duke Spirit, The Ghost of a Thousand, Danananaykroyd, These New Puritans, Red Light Company and Wild Beasts to name just a few.

2000trees Music Festival Tickets and Information

Tickets are now on general sale for just £50. And one lucky person will win a ‘golden ticket’ – which will include the chance to meet and announce the band of their choice on the main stage during the event.

Tickets and more information are available from