Thursday, 7 April 2016
THE VIRGINMARYS ANNOUNCE TWO INTIMATE UK SHOWS TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM DIVIDES
DIVIDES SET FOR RELEASE ON MAY 6TH VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
Listen to Motherless Land, the second single from the upcoming album, here:
Hailing from Macclesfield, England, The Virginmarys make anthems that scream with all the potent sound and fury of modern punk acts, shot through with the raw honesty of prime British rock of the early 1970s, before the wizards and capes overcame the attack and dynamic.
The UK-based three-piece recently unveiled a staggering new track, Motherless Land, on Consequence of Sound; the follow-up to Into Dust, Motherless Land bleeds of "no-frills, honest-to-god British rock with an undeniable punk edge”, and a video for the track is currently being finalised. The song – as with Into Dust – comes from the band’s forthcoming studio album, Divides, due out May 6th via Spinefarm Records, their first full-length release for the label.
And now, having just returned from a successful 12-date US tour, The Virginmarys are focusing once again on home turf with two very intimate UK shows (one in Manchester and one in London) to celebrate the release of Divides.
Full details of these special ‘album launch’ gigs are below, along with two festival outings including a spot at the first Stone Free Festival at the O2 in London.
Tickets for the headline shows will be available from Friday April 8th @ 10am GMT.
THE VIRGINMARYS UK TOUR DATES
08/05/16 @ Deaf Institute, Manchester *headline 09/05/16 @ Blackheart, London *headline 05/06/16 @ Camden Rocks Festival, London. 18/06/16 @ Stone Free Festival, London.
The most talked about US Jazz artist of the moment, jazz fusion figurehead, saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington today announced his debut solo UK tour. Washington will perform at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues through the UK this June, including: Glasgow’s QMU, Manchester’s Academy 2, Birmingham’s Institute 2 and Bristol’s Anson Rooms. Tickets are now on sale – available here: www.axs.com
Washington, who comes to the UK this summer to perform multiple shows including a hotly tipped performance at Glastonbury Festival, says he also excited to hit the UK’s regions: “Bummed I couldn’t make it to the Worldwide Awards in UK earlier this year, so I’m very excited to come back to the UK and play these shows with you in the summer. See you all very soon!”
Washington, a saxophone virtuoso, known for playing with the best of the best, which includes collaborations with artists such as: Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan and most recently Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar – performing saxophone on his seminal album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, will perform tracks from his own debut album The Epic on his UK tour. The album, an almost three hour long modern jazz masterpiece was released last year on the trend-setting record label Brainfeeder and quickly garnered critical acclaim from UK media from Drowned In Sound to the Guardian (who credited it as one of the best albums of 2015).
Fans of Washington will be delighted to learn he is taking several members of The Next Step on the road with him. The ensemble is a ‘cosmic soulful fusion outfit’** who offer a modern take on the classic jazz big band, featuring a vocalist, keys, trombone and upright bass player, as well as two drummers.
The collective, formed by some of Washington’s closest school friends including critically acclaimed vocalist/bassist Thundercat, recorded the album in prestigious recording studio Kingsize Soundlabs, stretching their limited recording budget by blocking out 27 days and using the time sparingly to record 6 different albums of material from various collective members and over 130 different tracks. Kamasi’s session resulted in the record, The Epic, which is now considered one of the most significant jazz albums of recent years, hitting number #1 on several iTunes Jazz charts, including the US, Canada, Australia, Russia and UK, launching cosmic Washington into the stratosphere.
Kamasi Washington tours the UK in June performing at shows including:
• Glasgow QMU – 27/06
• Manchester Academy 2 – 28/06
• Birmingham Institute 2 – 29/06
• Bristol Anson Rooms – 30/06
Off the album, the band revisited their "The Celebration Song," which originally appeared on their fifth studio album, Here's To The Mourning. Today, the band has partnered with Alternative Press to unleash their cosmic music video for the famed single, which can be viewed HERE. The music video comes just a week after the band unveiled their eighth studio album, Acoustic, which can be heard in its entirety only on KROQ. Fans can listen to the exclusive stream here! A digital copy of Acoustic is available for $9 via Cyber Tracks website and sample 30 second clips of all 13 tracks.
The emotionally rich album also features two brand new tracks including "Huartbreaker" a cover originally performed by John Legend and MSTRKRFT and "Belongs To You," written by Scott Russo. The album features Scott Russo (Vocals/Guitar), Chris Lewis (Guitar, currently in Fenix TX), Jonny Grill (Bass), and original drummer Wade Youman; produced by Jim Perkins and Scott Russo, Additional production by Chris Lewis and Joe Marlett, Mixed by Joe Marlett, and Mastered by Tom Baker of Baker Mastering.
1. "Celebration" (Originally "Celebration Song" Here's to the Mourning, 2005) 2. "Nevermind" (Swan, 2011) 3. "Oblivion" (Originally "Welcome to Oblivion" The Hit List, 2007 (also on Live and Lawless, 2008)) 4. "Huartbreaker" (Originally performed by John Legend and MSTRKRFT) 5. "Up All Night" (Elva, 2002) 6. "Seeing Red" (Elva, 2002) 7. "Teenage" (Originally "Teenage Suicide" Unwritten Law, 98) 8. "Starships" (Originally"Starships and Apocalypse" Swan, 2011) 9. "Shoulda" (Originally "I Shoulda Known Better" Live and Lawless, 08) 10. "I Like The Way" (Here's To The Mourning, 2005) 11. "Save Me" (Originally "Save Me (Wake Up Call)" Here's To The Mourning, 2005) 12. "Cailin" (Unwritten Law, 1998) 13. "Belongs To You"
Unwritten Law Tour Dates
All dates are with Fenix TX except for the shows marked
7 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall 8 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown 9 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre 10 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue 12 - Reno, NV. @ PB & J's 13 - Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar 14 - Long Beach, CA @ The Federal (No Fenix TX) 15 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Ritz (No Fenix TX) 16 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst (No Fenix TX)
Formed in San Diego in the early 90's, Unwritten Law was a major part of the pop-punk movement that swept the decade with staple releases like Blue Room, Oz Factor, and Unwritten Law. It was in the late 90's that the band would tour the world on The Vans Warped Tour and spring them into their biggest release to date Elva. As the band developed through the early 00's they began honing in on the ever growing punk energy while featuring more of a rock sound which still remains present in their live shows to date. Today, the band has released seven full-length studio albums which sold over 2 million copies and released half-a-dozen radio hits including, "Seein' Red," and "Save Me (Wake Up Call)," both of which entered the top 5 in the US Modern Rock Charts.