New single from Doves ‘Sky Starts Falling’ 12 September

Doves release ‘Sky Starts Falling’, the third single lifted from their critically acclaimed Number 1 Album ‘Some Cities’ on 12th September through Heavenly Recordings/EMI Records.

‘Sky Starts Falling’ is a powerful, dynamic track that has quickly become a live favourite. Apocalyptic concerns abound, the sound of a band that have conceived a track that is shorter and more forceful than what has gone before, but still highlighting a wonderful progression. Purposeful and full of vitality, ‘Sky Starts Falling’ is one of the defining tracks from ‘Some Cities’.

Get the ‘Sky Starts Falling’ CD single /
DVD single from Amazon.co.uk, or get the CD single /
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‘Some Cities’ is a breathtakingly diverse record yet brutal in its clarity. A succinct, mature record, it sees Doves hitting their stride and becoming a more concise, literate band, reflecting the changing times. The record ultimately captures the band’s love of northern soul.

Following phenomenal shows at Glastonbury, T In The Park and Somerset House and supporting U2, Coldplay and Oasis at recent stadium shows Doves are set to play V on 20/21 August. The band are currently on tour in Australia.

‘Sky Start Falling’ shows Doves’ mastery of sounding sad and happy at the same time’ – Evening Standard

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The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals 2006 Tickets Available

With the best ever Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festival still fresh in everyone’s memory, you can start to plan for next year already!

From now until September 10th (subject to availability), you can buy tickets for next year’s festival at 2005 prices (subject to a booking fee). This means that for only £125, you can be back next August Bank Holiday for more of the best bands at the UK’s best festival.

Tickets are available from the ticket hotline on 0870 060 3775 or log onto www.meanfiddler.com or www.seetickets.com to get ready for next year now.

Elbow – Forget Myself (CD Review)

Elbow have a new album, ‘Leaders Of The Free World’ (out 12 September), and ‘Forget Myself’ is the first single to be released from it. It is a curious tune, the production is rich, with carefully layered sounds, but it still has the recorded-in-a-toilet feel about it in places. I can imagine that an unplugged version of this track would be a great improvement as the complexity doesn’t seem to add anything to the proceedings. Much better, in fact the best track on the single for me, is the soundscape ‘Strangeways To Holcombe Hill In 4:20’ which has Elbow musically recreating what appears, from the music, to be a train ride. Here is where the complexity works, there are no lyrics to get lost in the morass of conflicting noises. ‘My Finger’ is a more subtle affair, simple guitars and confessional vocals, all used to maximum effect.


Buy Forget Myself from Amazon.co.uk
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Buy Leaders Of The Free World from Amazon.com

Elbow have dates lined up in November, you can book tickets for them at ticketmaster.co.uk.

November:

    13th – Portsmouth Pyramids
    14th – Bristol Academy
    15th – Birmingham Academy
    17th – Glasgow Academy
    18th – Edinburgh Queens Hall

    20th – Newcastle University
    21st – Sheffield University Foundry

    23rd – Manchester Apollo
    25th – London Brixton Academy

Label : V2

Release Date : 29 August 2005

Website : www.elbow.co.uk

Tracklisting

  • Forget Myself
  • Strangeways To Holcombe Hill In 4:20
  • My Finger
  • Forget Myself (Video)

The Aeroplanes – Don’t Stop Me (CD Review)

‘Don’t Stop Me’ is the debut EP from Liverpool’s The Aeroplanes. The title track is a tangle of thumping drums, jangly guitars and cries from Chris and Paul that will have your limbs moving of their own accord and a chorus that will spin about your head for ages. By contrast the more melancholy ‘Somedays’ shows the bands gentler, sensitive side without becoming too languid and introspective. Finally, ‘Black Hole’ takes the mood down another notch while maintaining a jaunty feel.

The Aeroplanes are playing the Magnet in Liverpool on Friday 9th September.

Label : White Noise Records

Release Date : 29 August 2005

Website : www.theaeroplanes.com

Tracklisting

  • Don’t Stop Me
  • Somedays
  • Black Hole

The Aeroplanes are Chris Kearney (lead vocals/guitar), Paul Crowe (vocals/guitar), Stuart Palethorpe (bass) and Ian McMillan (drums).


Linchpin – Linchpin EP (CD Review)

Having got themselves heard, produced and now released through a chance meeting with Good Charlotte the South London lads have a EP for you. The tracks are rock in the US pop style, there is a lot of guitar and some lyrics you can shout while you thrash about. If you were looking for something new and exciting then you should move on. This is pop rock by the numbers, no frills, no surprises.



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Buy Linchpin EP from Amazon.com

Linchpin are touring now and are due to be touring with Fighstar in December and have a release planned on Good Charlotte’s DC Flag label.

Label : Helix

Release Date : 29 August 2005

Website : www.linchpinrock.com

Tracklisting

  • Jesus Had Long Hair
  • Take All You Can
  • Crazy Girl
  • Wanna Wanna

Linchpin are Joey Cass on vocals, Paul Bulger on guitar, Mike Cass on bass and Olle Som on drums.

LEO ABRAHAMS & FOY VANCE LIVE

THE WATER RATS, 328 GRAY’S INN ROAD, KINGS CROSS
MONDAY 5 SEPT 2005 / 7.30PM
£5/£4

Following a summer’s worth of festival appearances, guitar experimentalist and Brian Eno collaborator Leo Abrahams is back in London, supporting Foy Vance at the Water Rats, to perform tracks from his highly praised debut album, Honeytrap.

‘Subtle, imaginative and sometimes intoxicatingly lovely’
‘A wonderfully ambient offering which soothes the soul and will bring you back time and again’
‘A stunning album that is more than capable of seducing the listener’
‘Inspiring’
‘Played at the right time with the right person it won’t get any better than this’
‘Makes you crave more from this artist’

That’s how the world’s media reviewed Honeytrap, a dynamic collection of innovative, melodic and atmospheric instrumentals, showcasing the talents which have helped keep this 27-year-old in constant demand. Leo’s discography reads like a Who’s Who in music: he has spent the last five years as Ed Harcourt’s guitarist, has played on several film soundtracks, including Ocean’s Twelve, and has also worked with Paul Simon, Grace Jones, Nick Cave, Imogen Heap, Rachid Taha, Sarah Cracknell, Nik Kershaw and Thirteen Senses amongst others. He was famously stumbled upon by Brian Eno in a music shop – the legendary Eno was so impressed by this ‘unassuming guy just quietly playing the most beautiful guitar in the corner’ that he took Leo’s number and invited him to his studio and they have since worked together on a number of live and studio projects.

The fourteen diverse tracks which feature on the album include everything from intricate finger-picked acoustic guitars (Spider) to Bollywood violins (Siren), folk (Kristiansand) and an atmospheric waltz (Rise) and together they succeed in demonstrating Leo’s ability to take the idea of a ‘guitar’ album to a new level.

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