The Race Announce Fopp Tour

Fopp is pleased to announce that Shifty Disco Records act The Race has confirmed they will be performing at no less than 7 Fopp Stores across England in March

Reading five-piece, The Race, will be performing their uplifting indie rock in support of  their single release of Comfort Comfort (out in March) taken from their acclaimed debut album Be Your Alibi. Described by NME as the real winners in the anthemic indie stakes The Race are in for an exciting 2007 .Having recently toured with the likes of Cooper Temple Clause and supported the likes of Supergrass, Fun Loving Criminals, Zutons, The Spinto Band and Babyshambles, the future looks bright.

As well as performing at the Shifty Disco 10th anniversary celebration at Fopp Tottenham Court road (see below), the boys will also be doing 6 additional dates at Fopps around the country including a hometown show at Reading. Come see them at the following stores:

March:

20th – Fopp Oxford – 4.30pm
21st – Fopp Cardiff – 5.00pm
22nd – Fopp Brighton – 4.00pm
23rd – Fopp Southampton ML – 4.30pm
24th – Fopp Bristol HF – 4.00pm
25th – Fopp Reading – 3.00pm

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Pioneering Oxford-based independent label Shifty Disco celebrated its 10th Anniversary on 27th January, 2007. To mark the occasion the label will be showcasing three of their bands at Londons Tottenham Court Road Fopp on Monday 19th March 2007. The Race, Seagull Strange and King of Spain will all be performing in what will be a fantastic nights entertainment.

Fopp London, Tottenham Court Road, Monday March 19thth at 6.30pm

Fopp Store details: www.fopp.co.uk

London Fopp – Tottenham Court Road
Nearest Tube: Goodge Street
220-224 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7PZ
Tel: 0207 299 1640

Fopp Oxford
Unit 8, 95 Gloucester Green
Oxford
OX1 2BU
Tel: 01865 251 918

Fopp Cardiff
89 Queen Street
Cardiff
CF10 2BG
Tel: 0292 037 4090

Fopp Brighton
147-148 North Street
Brighton
BN1 1RE
Tel: 01273 828 860

Fopp Southampton – Marlands
Units 23-24, Ground Floor
Marlands Centre
Southampton
SO14 7SJ
Tel: 0238 082 1950

Fopp Bristol – Horsefair
73-77 The Horsefair
Bristol
BS1 3JP
Tel: 0117 316 9465

Fopp Reading
26-30 West Street
Reading
Rg1 1TZ
Tel: 0118 939 1493

Five O’Clock Heroes March UK tour and single

CoverAfter a whirlwind autumn spent touring in Europe with the likes of Jet and Albert Hammond Jr, Five O’Clock Heroes spent the last part of December in Japan as part of the HMV sponsored British anthems tour.

They managed to spend the new year in their home town of New York, selling out the mercury lounge on their homecoming show, but now are back in the uk and started off 2007 with a storming show that was the talk of the Eurosonics festival.

The brand new previously unreleased single ‘Skin Deep’ is taken from their debut album ‘Bend To The Breaks’ and is accompanied by the new acoustic track Every night, all night long.

You can see what the fuss is about on the following tour dates:
MARCH:
7th – LONDON – METRO
8th – MANCHESTER – NIGHT & DAY
9th – LONDON – ILMC conference showcase
10th – LEEDS – COCKPIT
12th – YORK – FIBBERS
13th – ABERDEEN – MOSHULU
14th – GLASGOW- KING TUTS
15th – NEWCASTLE – DIGITAL
16th – STOKE – SUGARMILL
18th – SOUTHAMPTON – JOINERS
19th – BRISTOL – THEKLA
20th – NOTTINGHAM – SOCIAL
21st – LONDON -METRO

Web site: http://www.thefiveoclockheroes.com/
My Space: http://www.myspace.com/fiveoclockheroes

The Sea and Cake release new album ‘Everybody’

Released on Thrill Jockey Records on 7th May 2007

The Sea and Cake are back with Everybody, the band’s first full length in just over four years. The record finds the band continuing to perfect their singular brand of dreamlike, hot-buttered pop music that sounds delicately handcrafted, yet effortless all the same. Sheets of glowing guitar tones skip along propulsive percussion underscored by gently funky, instrospecitve bass lines, all adorned by breathlessly delivered lines of lyrical poetry. As always, the band is made up of Sam Prekop (guitar and vocals), Archer Prewitt (guitar), John McEntire (drums) and Erik Claridge (bass).

“It’s a rock album,” says Prekop, though its certain that only The Sea and Cake could make a rock album like this. Sam cites rock’s standard bearers The Kinks as an influence on this, “the most straight ahead, even ‘rootsy’ record we’ve ever made,” and one hears it right away in the driving opener “Up On Crutches,” with its dual guitars meditatively strumming and tolling like bells. The band has focused on bringing more of a live sound to Everybody, employing very little overdubs, and emphasizing sudden contrasts within songs. “A live cut and paste technique,” Sam says, borne out of the band’s meticulous songwriting process. The band moves away from their standard sound on a number of tracks here, including the jittery “Exact to Me” with its percussive guitar lines blending African highlife and rocksteady rhythms, and on the intimately spare “Lightning”, a song that went through several rewrites and, in the process, revealed the title of the album. “It was such a hard won battle, I don’t think most tunes would have stood up to such abuse.” The result is a hauntingly simplified song that serves as a fine centerpiece on this sprawling album.

For the first time in their 14 year career since their 1993 self-titled debut, the band has enlisted the recording efforts of someone other than McEntire, this time calling on the talents of Brian Paulson, a producer with a miles-long resume that includes work with Slint, Wilco, and TJ’s own Angela Desveaux, among hundreds of others. The change offered the band a chance to perform more as a unit without McEntire pulling split duties behind the board and the drumkit. “We came together with a concentrated effort, as a band playing the songs with total commitment,” Archer says. After rehearsing the songs for nearly a month, the band holed up at Key Club Studios in Benton Harbor, MI with engineers Bill Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins. “A kind of rock-and-roll boot camp,” Archer remarked of the studio known for its extreme isolation and lack of distractions. “We knew we were there to make an important record. We ate and slept there and did little else.”

Outside of the band, the members of The Sea and Cake continue their cosmopolitan pursuits apace. Sam released his second highly praised solo album in 2005 and will have a book of photography released by Press Pop Gallery in Japan. Archer has a grip of solo recordings under his belt, and has earned a reputation as a visual artist with his Sof’ Boy comic published by Drawn and Quarterly Press. Erik has also garnered high acclaim for his art and has a solo record in the works. When not running Soma Studios, John McEntire is playing drums with Tortoise and appears on the Exploding Star Orchestra record released earlier this year on Thrill Jockey. The band plans to tour both coasts in support of this record, and has a few festival appearances in the works for the summer months. The Sea and Cake have made a record for Everybody, and we’re excited to bring it to you.

Cat# : THRILL186
Distribution : Vital
Release date : 7 May 2007