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Electric Soft Parade instore tour

Holes in the WallFopp is pleased to announce that Electric Soft Parade will be doing a mini tour of 3 UK Fopp Stores during April. See their live in-store performances in Glasgow (Union Street), Bristol (Horsefair) and Southampton (Marlands)!

Most of us know that Tom and Alex White are from Brighton, that they pretty much put Brighton on the music map and that theyre tireless musicians, intent on breaking musical systems, formulas and public perceptions. Most of us also know that 2002 saw Holes in the Wall (DB Records) released to great critical acclaim. Everyone loved it: the past and the future collided on one record, all the boxes were gloriously ticked, and the accolades (Q best new band award, Mercury Music Prize nomination) came rolling in.

In 2003 the White Brothers released ‘The American Adventure’ (SonyBMG). It was a further slice of futuristic rock, but this time recorded in analogue. It replaced the synthetic pop of its predecessor with the analogue growl of rawer recording techniques. It received further acclaim and again saw them tour extensively in the interim.

Its 2007 and its happening again, the White Brothers are in further ascent, but this time in a different mode and solely on their own terms. Working with friends at Truck Records and fellow colleagues in the US at Better Looking Records, the music is rolling.

From the soft opening tones of No Need to Be Downhearted (Part 1) through the fairy-tale narrative of Woken By A Kiss to the piano rock of Cold World, theres a universe of sound here, all underpinned by the White Brothers endless harmonies and that feeling that their records somehow come from the future, even when theyre paying homage to Americana or French Cinema, as in Come Back Inside.

The unceasing energy of these boys shines through in all their endeavors: both continue to play with Eamon Hamilton and Marc Beatty in funky-punk-disco super group Brakes whilst contributing to a number of other Brighton-based projects, too: Alex recording and playing live with noise-harmonists Actress Hands, Tom providing drums for instrumental hip-hop collective Restlesslist. And now, with a brand new album of their own, they’re at it again, this time as space-age power-balladeers and digital terrorist-rockers. The world is still their oyster.

Come down and see them at a Fopp near you:

Fopp Glasgow, Union Street – Monday 23rd April at 5pm
Fopp Bristol, Horsefair – Saturday 28th April at 4pm
Fopp Southampton, Marlands – Sunday 29th April at 3pm

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Borne in the USA (and the rest of the world too)

Loss of Signal [Australian Import]On the morning of the 13th of February 2007 the Band “Borne” had no idea what was about to take place. The boys were excited about their album “Loss of Signal” being made available all over the world and thought a large audience might be exposed to their music. But everyone was overwhelmed by the amazing worldwide response. The guys have always valued the online community and appreciated the level playing field provided by the MySpace and YouTube revolution.

On the 23rd of Febuary Loss of Signal was sitting in the top 20 on the Amercian Billboard Digital charts (billboard) as well as being catapulted into the TOP 50 in Japan and New Zealand, the TOP 20 in the UK and Canada, and the TOP 10 in the USA, Australia and France on iTunes. With the single getting airplay on stations in the USA like Indy 103.1 and securing deals with advertisers and films in the USA, the word on Borne is certainly starting to circulate with powerful decision makers.

After a recent news article in which the giant EMI clamed to have lost millions of physical sales due to downloads and the recent Grammy awarded to Australian band Wolfmother, Michael Stangel, A+R for Borne’s Indy Label Jellyfish said “It’s a nice place to be right now. The phone has not stopped ringing and the offers are coming in at a rapid pace. There is talk of the band having one of its singles on the soundtrack for a major Hollywood blockbuster sequel, but I can’t say anymore right now.”

With the success of the two previous EPs, “BORNE EP” and “Souls on Satellite”, Borne is set for another busy year touring, with talk of a European tour in May and a possible trip to the USA in 2007 to promote “Loss of Signal”.

Borne’s Loss Of Signal has managed impressive download positions on itunes for the week ending 18th Feb, 2007 are as follows…

France: # 5 Overall Top Albums
USA: # 10 Overall Top Albums
Australia: # 6 Overall Top Albums
Canada: # 12 Overall Top Albums
UK: # 13 Overall Top Albums

Hear for yourself below!

Audio Stream: “The Guide” – Real Media / Windows Media
5 song sampler: Get it here!

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Babyshambles secret Camden Crawl show will be on MySpace

Down In AlbionPete Dohertys legendary outfit treat fans to a unique performance at NW1s two-day live music extravaganza in London, Wednesday 11th April – Babyshambles are to kick off this years Camden Crawl festival with a one-off MySpace Secret Show for a select group of fans on Thursday 19th April.

Here’s the catch – Only the bands MySpace friends will be able to gain entry to the Secret Show. So to be in with a chance of getting on to the list for the gig, ticketholders to the Camden Crawl should sign up to the Secret Shows profile at, and to the Babyshambles profile at , and put both profiles in their MySpace Top 8 “friends”.

Fans then need to show a print out of their MySpace profile to staff at the Camden Crawl ticket exchange when they pick up their wristband for the festival. Entry is on a first come, first served basis, so only those lucky enough to be at the front of the queue will get to enjoy this exclusive gig with one of the countrys most talked about acts.

The show will offer fans a rare chance to see Babyshambles in an intimate setting. The bands new album, the follow up to 2005s Down In Albion, will be released in the autumn on their new label Parlophone, and Babyshambles will embark on an arena tour in November. The gig is set to be the surprise performance of the Camden Crawl (Not really a surprise any more is it… – Ed), joining the official line up of over ninety of the most exciting new talents appearing at fifteen central Camden venues over two days, as well as a range of matinee performances, fringe activities and aftershow parties. More info can be found at