Bat For Lashes
Former Ash guitarist (and recent soloist) Charlotte Hatherley will play live with Bat For Lashes - ooh err - on their April tour and subsequent summer festival appearances. She'll be a band member until September, when her new record Cinnabar City is due to hit the shelves. Here's what she has to say about the hook-up:
"I'm happy as Larry because the music is so ace and I not only get to play heavily chorused guitar a la The Cure, but get to play throbbingly fuzzed-up bass, keyboards and twinkly bells"
Deal or no Deal? Very much the former, as The Breeders have announced a new EP to tie in with their weekend of ATP curation (May 15th-17th). It's limited to 1,000 copies only (with special screen printed artwork) and goes by the name of Fate To Fatal. On it is a cover of Bob Marley's 'Chances Are', and Mark Lanegan makes an appearance on vocals. Sounds pretty exciting to us.
Fate To Fatal tracklisting:
- 'Fate to Fatal'
- 'The Last Time'
- 'Chances Are'
- 'Pinnacle Hollow'
The Great Escape
A clutch of new bands have been confirmed for Brighton's Great Escape weekender, which runs from May 14th-16th. That includes Metric, who (as we reported earlier in the week) will play the DiS stage. Here's the full list of those latest confirmations:
- Hatcham Social
- Juliette And The New Romantiques
- Noah & The Whale
- Patrick Wolf
- Peggy Sue
- Rosie And The Goldbug
- Sky Larkin
- We Have Band
Video: Metric 'Empty'
The Domino songwriter is to release a new album, Catacombs, on June 1st. The record will be his fourth.
- 'Dreams Come True Girl'
- 'Prima Donna'
- 'You Saved My Life'
- 'Don’t Vote'
- 'Executioner’s Song'
- 'My Sister, My Spouse'
- 'Lionkiller Got Married'
- 'Eaves Dropping On The Conversation'
- 'Jonsey Boy'
- 'One Way To Go'
The Brighton jangle-poppers have posted a video from the studio, showing them performing their new single, 'Love You Better'. It's also sneak preview of second LP Wall Of Arms, which drops on May 4th via Fiction, the aforementioned single preceding it by a week. It sounds pretty awesome to us, and suggests they've made a real step up from first record Colour It In, which was itself thoroughly decent.
Video: The Maccabees 'Love You Better'
The so-hot-right-now bleepy poppers have announced some new UK headline dates in support of debut LP Manners. It's not just any old tour, though, it's the first 'Rob Da Bank & Friends' package tour, also featuring Ebony Bones and Da Bank himself plus Dan Le San on DJing duties. Passion Pit dates as follows:
11 Manchester Moho
12 Sheffield Leadmill
13 London Heaven
14 Southampton Orange Rooms
15 Brighton The Great Escape
16 Bristol Academy (w/ DJ Yoda & DJ Derek)
Video: Passion Pit 'Sleepyhead'
The label have announced a compilation CD featuring the first 11 singles to be released on the imprint between 2006 and 2008, including debut cuts from School Of Seven Bells and Kyte, plus rare tracks from M83 and Maps. It'll be available from April 20th, and fans of the label can log onto the website SonicCathedral.co.uk that same day to get their hands on a super-limited box set comprising the original 7" singles and various bits 'n' bobs.
Cathedral Classics Volume One tracklisting:
- The Tamborines - 'Sally O'Gannon'
- The Tamborines - 'Be Around'
- Mark Gardener - 'The Story Of The Eye' (Ulrich Schnauss Mix)
- Sarabeth Tucek - 'Something For You' (Contino Mix)
- School Of Seven Bells - 'My Cabal' (Robin Guthrie Mix)
- Kyte - 'Planet'
- Kyte - 'Secular Ventures' (Maps Mix)
- Dean & Britta - 'White Horses' (Sonic Boom Mix)
- Miranda Lee Richards - 'Life Boat' (Neil Halstead Mix)
- Maps - 'To The Sky' (M83 Mix)
- M83 - 'We Own The Sky' (Maps Mix)
- Japancakes - 'Soon' (James Rutledge Mix)
- Japancakes - 'Touched' (Ricardo Tobar Mix)
- The Early Years - 'Like A Suicide'
- The Early Years - 'The Computer Voice'
- Daniel Land & The Modern Painters - 'Within The Boundaries'
- Daniel Land & The Modern Painters - 'Benjamin's Room'
The Stone Roses
Will they? Won't they? Earlier in the week, notorious rag The Daily Mirror reported that they most certainly would, but Stone Roses guitarist John Squire has since quelled speculation about the band reforming via his art (well, his other art): a picture posted on JohnSquire.com earlier this week states "I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester pop group The Stone Roses". Squire is due to exhibit his pictures in Oldham from July 5th, meaning he'd probably not have the time to take part in any reunion anyway. Silly tabloids.
Melissa Livaudais and Busy Gangnes bring their glitchy beats to UK shores for a May live jaunt, including several dates with School Of Seven Bells (one of which at our very own DiScover Sheffield - we're psyched). Check the video for their current single, 'So Fine', below.
11 London 93ft East
12 Norwich Arts Centre (w/ School Of Seven Bells)
13 Sheffield The Harley (w/ School Of Seven Bells)
14 London ULU (w/ School Of Seven Bells)
15 Birmingham Rainbow (w/ School Of Seven Bells)
17 Nottingham Bodega Social Club
19 Dublin Academy 2
20 Manchester Deaf Institute
21 Liverpool Sound City
22 Leeds Stag And Dagger
Video: Telepathe 'So Fine'