Redtrack support British troops with album giveaway


Entering into the spirit of Remembrance Day and the upcoming festive period the good boys of indie band Redtrack are giving hundreds of copies of their debut album Whole Town’s Heart to troops serving in Afghanistan.

The band have established themselves as firm favourites of the British forces after playing a gig for the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment earlier this year prior to their deployment to Afghanistan.

Last month the band dropped into the BFBS studio’s to perform an acoustic set for the Jessie Aru show and next year the band will perform at the Big H Help for Heroes Festival at The Royal Highland Centre, which is expected to attract up to 30,000 people.

The album has been a huge hit with the music media and the band are passionate in their support of the troops with lead singer Billy Wright saying “Redtrack have always tried to support our boys as much as possible. We are quite close to one of the Para’s bases in Essex so are aware of the sacrifices made by the troops. It’s a great way for us to say thanks to the troops and give them some quality music to listen to when off duty!”

It’s been quite a year for Redtrack who released the album via Club Fandango and have just signed a publishing deal with Peer Music Publishing and have also been snapped up by Mainstage Artists Booking agency following their jaw dropping performance at Leeds / Reading festival on the BBC Introducing stage.


As well as featuring on the cover of this months Artrocker magazine, Redtrack have also been seen on retail screens in Topman and Burtons of all places.

This summer saw them play an exclusive set for Talksport Radio where they were introduced to the legend that is Eric Hall, who promptly presented lead singer Billy with Marc Bolan’s jacket the next day due to the blow away performance in front of Mr Hall.

Following the hectic festival schedule this summer, Redtrack will be touring in Holland later this month and will return with a new single in the New Year.

For further information visit the Redtrack MySpace.

Stephen Dale Petit to donate single proceeds to London’s 100 Club

Stephen Dale Petit Live

Having announced that his upcoming gig at London’s legendary 100 Club on December 1st will be a fund raiser for the club itself, Stephen Dale Petit has now announced that proceeds from his next single Need Your Love So Bad will also benefit the Save 100 Club Campaign.

The single is taken from his new album ‘The Crave’ and is now officially titled ‘Need Your Love So Bad (Save The 100 Club)’. Released on December 6th it is expected to sell heavily to a fast-growing and proactive grassroots movement which includes nearly 20,000 Facebook supporters.

The release follows Petit’s December 1st 100 Club benefit gig which will feature former and current Rolling Stones guitarist’s Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood.

It has now been announced the show will also feature a rare live appearance of British Blues Boom architect, jazz trombonist Chris Barber.

Now in his eighties, Barber was a pioneer of  blues music in the sixties along with blues trailblazers Alexis Korner and John Mayall and was directly responsible for encouraging young hopefuls like Eric Clapton, Peter Green and members of The Rolling Stones.

He helped ferment the British Blues explosion that in turn resulted in the British Blues Invasion exported back to the USA in the mid-late ‘60s.

Organiser Petit enthuses “It’s fantastic that Chris Barber’s coming down to play – he’s one of the Godfathers of modern British music and his connections to the 100 Club are deep and longstanding.”

The single Need Your Love So Bad  (Save The 100 Club) is released on December 6th

The Stephen Dale Petit Save The 100 Club gig will take place on December 1st

Straight Lines, Jonah Matranga, Dive Dive and Beans On Toast news from Xtra Mile Recordings

Xtra Mile Recording’s Welsh rockers Straight Lines are gearing up for their second headline tour of the UK in November, before concentrating on recording new material for their follow up to the excellent debut album Persistence In This Game.

The Kerrang! album of the week and much lauded Persistence In This Game was released eary this year picking up great reviews from the music press and was followed by a summer of touring.

The band managed to release three singles from the album during this time, Runaway Now, Loose Change and Say It For Your Sake.

You can catch Straight Lines on their UK tour at the following venues;

18 Joiners, Southampton
19 HOT DAMN! @ The Purple Turtle, London
21 The Boileroom, Guildford
23 Nottingham, Rock City (Basement)
24 Central Station, Wrexham, Wales
25 The Flapper, Birmingham
26 Corporation, Sheffield
27 York Stereo, York
28 Stereo, Glasgow
29 Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
30 The Well, Leeds


Jonah Matranga (Far)

Jonah Matranga of Far will be in the UK for a short tour in November, the dates are as follows;

November 2010
10 Brixton, UK – Windmill
11 Newcastle, UK – Trillian’s
12 Manchester, UK – Venue TBC
14 Trier, DE – Exhaus
15 Duisburg, DE – Steinbruch
16 Newport, UK – Le Pub
17 London, UK – Garage (Upstairs)

Far’s ‘At Night We Live’ and Jonah Matranga’s ‘AND’ are out now on Xtra Mile Recordings.


Dive Dive new single, album and re-issue of back catalogue

Oxford based quartet Dive Dive have stepped out from being Frank Turner’s band bringing singer Jamie Stewart with them for their third self produced album Potential, to be released in January 2011.

The first track to be taken from the album is Liar which will be released on November 29th.

Having had three years with three quarters of the band accompanying folk-rock trailblazer Frank Turner all over the world, their punchy post-hardcore has been refined and fuelled by a renewed desire to play together. As well as the release of ‘Potential’ next year, both of Dive Dive’s previous albums will be available to buy from your favourite digital outlets on 29th November.

Since 2001, Dive Dive have been a growing concern. From their debut in 2005, ‘Tilting At Windmills’ came a barrage of positive press and fan adulation. The Independent, The Fly, Kerrang!, Rock Sound, BBC, NME and John Peel himself all fawned over their initial burst of high-octane energy. Their second album, ‘Revenge of the Mechanical Dog’, released in 2007, built upon their scathing riffs and stop-start dynamics.

They are set to support Frank on his December UK tour – meaning swift diva-like costume changes on the night between sets – which precedes the single release.

1st – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen  0844 499 9990
2nd – ABC, Glasgow  0844 499 9990
3rd – 53 Degrees, Preston  01772 893 000
4th – The Plug, Sheffield  SOLD OUT
5th – Regal, Oxford  0871 230 5595
6th – Corn Exchange, Cambridge  01223 578 000
7th – Guildhall, Southampton  0238 063 2601
8th – Lemon Grove, Exeter  01392 263 518
10th – Academy, Leicester  0844 477 2000
11th – O2 Academy, Liverpool  0844 477 2000
12th – Brixton Academy, London  0844 477 2000


Beans On Toast second album

Beans On Toast will release the follow-up to his two disc 50 track debut ‘Standing On A Chair’ on his birthday, 1st December, eschewing the industry standard of records being released every Monday. It’s called ‘Writing on the Wall’ and it’s 30 minutes of music to celebrate his 30th year on the planet.

This time his distinctive vocals and battered, half size acoustic guitar is joined by a full band, bringing new dimensions to his core oeuvre of direct, poignant, hilarious tales and observations. Rooted in the confessional and anecdotal, Jay’s (Bean’s On Toast) direct, three-chord approach is this time bolstered by a full array of instruments. They complement the already colourful wordplay and bring a new dimension to the melody of his songs, making his honest yarns of drugs, love and friendship larger-than-life.

To celebrate the release of ‘Writing on the Wall’ Beans on Toast will be holding a special Album Launch Party at The Nest in London on the 2nd December.

Album Launch Party @ The Nest
36 Stoke Newington Road
N16 7XJ
8pm – 4am / £6

Mary’s Meals Music concert Friday October 29th in Glasgow

marys meals music
marys meals music

Mary’s Meals Music: Fri 29th October 2010 – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Following a week long visit to Malawi, performing in schools and meeting the children who benefit from the work that the local charity that they support does, two of Scotland’s leading musician’s Colin MacIntyre (Mull Historical Society) and Donald Shaw (Artistic Director of the Celtic Connections festival) return to Scotland to perform at the Mary Meals Music Concert that will take place in Glasgow tomorrow, October 29th.

The two friends have organised the benefit concert at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow, to raise funds and awareness for the Argyll-based charity that feeds over 420,000 children worldwide. The line-up includes Jon Fratelli, Colin MacIntyre, Eddi Reader, Tommy Reilly, Roddy Hart & Washington Irving. BBC Introducings’ Vic Galloway will be DJ/MC.

Before leaving for Malawi, Colin MacIntyre said;

“I am delighted to be a part of the concert and to help showcase the incredible work Mary’s Meals do. Going to see their work in action will be a trip of a lifetime. And the concert is a great opportunity for me and band to play tracks from my new album.”

Colin and Donald left for Malawi the day after the launch of the 2011 Celtic Connections music festival. Mary’s Meals Music, which is supported by Celtic Connections, will benefit its projects in 15 countries. Tickets are priced at £18  the average cost for Mary’s Meals to feed two children in school for a year.

Malawi is known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’ and is home to a variety of musical styles including Kwela (involving whistles and a skiffle beat) and Malawian jazz (an acoustic variation, using traditional instruments).You can read Colin  MacIntyre’s account of the trip and his experiences on his personal blog.

Mary’s Meals Music on Friday, October 29th, will feature Jon Fratelli, Colin MacIntyre, Eddi Reader, Roddy Hart, Tommy Reilly and Washington Irving, with the BBC’s Vic Galloway as MC and DJ. Tickets are available from Glasgow Concert Halls on 0141 353 8000 or

Colin MacIntyre will introduce songs from his new album at the gig, due out in Spring 2011, as well as MHS favourites. It will be the first major solo appearance for John Fratelli (of the Fratellis) and will feature previously unheard songs from his new album, as well as Fratellis numbers.

In The City 2010 – Manchester Picadilly- Unsigned Line Up

We are just days away from the excellent In The City festival in Manchester’s Picadilly and Northern quarter which takes place from October 13th to 15th, and the Unsigned line up has been revealed.

Chosen from thousands of hopefuls by the In The City A&R panel, 30 bands have been picked as the latest in a long line of acts showcased during the event’s successful history. In The City Unsigned has been a significant stepping-stone in the careers of many of todays greatest artists including Radiohead, Smashing pumpkins, Chemical Brothers, The Verve an so many more.

The 30 bands selected to appear this year are:
2:54 – Sinister and moody shoegaze two-piece
Andrew Davie – understated singer-songwriter with a songbook of Autumnal tales
Beaty Heart – Lush, percussion-heavy art school hypnotics
Big Deal – Loose, summery pop, joining the dots between Mazzy Star and Tennis.
Brown Brogues – Six strings and two drums-worth of stomping, bluesy garage.
Catfish & The Bottlemen – Wide-eyed rock four-piece
Chad Valley – Jonquil frontman’s disco dreampop solo project
D/R/U/G/S – Soaring, post-dubstep anthemics from Manchester
Dead Models – 50s and 60s-indebted smoky songwriters.
Eagulls – Explosive, bloody-nosed slacker punk from Leeds
Fanzine – breezy, bright-eyed slacker pop from blog darlings
Films of Colour – Swooning, layered epic indie.
Fixers – Tom Tom Club-esque surf-dance quintet
Foreign Office – Infectious synth-flecked new wave
Frontiers – Midlands-based post-punk and shoegaze quartet
Labyrinth Ear – Much hyped boy/girl duo, new to the live circuit
Les Cadets – Latin and electronic-influenced indie-pop.
Milk Maid – Lo-fi grunge pop from Manchester
Misty Miller – Teenage ukulele player with an amazing voice
Monument Valley – London singer-songwriter, with echoes of Nick Drake.
Oberhofer – Much blogged youthful exuberance from New York.
Picture Book – Insistent, dancefloor-driven electro pop
Samuel Diamond – Brooding, Hyperdub-influenced lo-freq. electronica
Sissy & The Blisters – Primal, inventive krautrock from Egyptian Hip-Hop labelmates.
Slow Motion Shoes – Lamacq-approved fizzy neon pop
Smatka – Broad-brush, multi-faceted pop, from innocent to disturbing
Sophie-Rose – Florence and Mystery Jets-approved pop
The Car Is On Fire – Infectious and experimental Polish psychedelia.
The Kill Van Kulls – a four-piece dealing in gloriously harmonious synth-soaked pop
Thomas J Speight – Sweet and wistful folk-inflected songer-songwriter

FURTHER NEW ADDITIONS... Dutch Uncles, Flats, Tribes, ExLovers, Stricken City, The Neat, Youth, Vondelpark, Planet Earth, Egyptrixx, Advances In Mathematics, This Many Boyfriends, Ana Free, Nikki Garnett, Easter, From The Kites Of San Quentin, Holden, Rook and the Ravens, The Horn The Hunt, 1913, Berlin Berlin, Hey Zeus, The Hidden Revolution.

For further information visit the In The City website