Jay Fisher has been performing as Apple Rabbits since 2004; releasing two albums: 'King of Anglia and 'Kilburn State'. Previous to this, his debut album 'The Velveteen Ear' was released on Mike Howlett's Mauve Records label in 1994, followed by a tour supporting John Martyn. Since then he's been a member of dance, dub & electronica band Canteen (1995-2002), and was the vocalist on Dave Randall's (Slovo, Faithless) 2004 album 'Eight Stories'.

Apple Rabbits returns with the first in a series of EPs. Cut by Gearbox Records, the first "Oberkampf" is musically compelling and blends exquisite string combinations of classical sounds with contemporary and vintage electronic sounds. This can be heard especially in first three tracks, of this four track EP. Unlike Apple Rabbits’ previous releases: The vocal work has a pure, sometimes mournful, and unadulterated quality; which complements and blends with the arrangements. In ‘Coup de Chapeau’, haunting voices fade to a single ‘chorister-like’ voice, before experimental sounds creep in, in opposition to the voices; the strings respond stridently in a contradictory, both melodic but discordant resolution.

Want to come to the album launch?
At the Tin Tabernacle, Kilburn (nearest station Kilburn Park Tube or Kilburn High road, Overground) on the 23rd April 2016.with special guests support by Dave Randell (Faithless/Slovo) performing a solo electronic set. Tickets £5 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/354224. Profits from launch 10% of album sales go to Aisling Return to Ireland Project www.aisling.org.uk

Out April 16th, it is the lead track from upcoming EP ‘Mainstream Propaganda’

Set for release on Record Store Day 2016, ‘Tear It Up and Start Again’ is the out of this world new single from technologically mindful new-waverz BIG ZERO. Released through Do Yourself In Records on a split 7” vinyl, alongside weirdo-pop legends Bis, the single will also be available to download and finds the band on typical strange territory. They've also been asked to play Are You Listening! Festival in Reading by ArtRocker, playing alongside Steve Lamacq.

Influenced by New Wave Punk Rock from the late 70s/early 80s BIG ZERO are infiltrating the latest wave of guitar bands such as Slaves, Vant, Puppy and Wolf Alice like time travellers in a Synth Punk Trojan Horse, they blend an off-kilter retro sensibility with a modern sound; their unique production is thanks to their recording technique - recording everything in a home studio, as live, onto an 8-track cassette to give them a raw feel on final release.

You can hear the results on the video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVdg4PI-IyU

Already building a devoted cult following, BIG ZERO have so far enjoyed radio play from BBC Introducing as well as playing sold out shows at their favourite Reading underground venue.

In keeping with their symbiotic relationship with lo-tech equipment for recording, the band’s music is inspired by something of a distrust for how humans are utilizing technology in the modern age. The forthcoming digital EP ‘Mainstream Propaganda’ is all about corporate brainwashing and marketing, a modern world which BIG ZERO observes through protective goggles.

Even their videos set them apart. Referred to by the band as ‘no budget movies’, they are shot on old school VHS cameras and crammed with classic movie references from the past. While many bands treat their video clips as a tool with which to sell a song, BIG ZERO view them as a product in their own right – a separate release which happens to be soundtracked by their music. Their next collection of videos are to run like a television mini-series, mashing together influences from The Beatles movies, The Monkees and Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

In the meantime, ‘Tear It Up and Start Again’ is being readied for release on April 16th, following by the upcoming EP out in May.

Live dates:

April 23rd - Are You Listening! Festival, Reading
May 21st - Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading,
May 27th - The Deaf Institute (playing with Bis), Manchester
June 10th - Sub89 (playing with Bis), Reading

Links:
www.twitter.com/bigzeromusic
www.youtube.com/bigzeromusic
www.facebook.com/bigzeromusic
www.instagram.com/bigzeromusic
www.soundcloud.com/bigzeromusic


Guitarist Jim Palmer had this to say on the album and its title "This album seems like a true reflection of everyone's input, a slice of all of us, if you will. It has those typical Speedhorn, pumping rock n roll moments, and some much darker ones too. Sound wise, it's got all the feedback, distortion, bad attitude and in-your-face antics you'd expect with a sound that should be more familiar to Speedhorn fans, but with a twist.

The title of the album, “Lost Ritual”, came initially from the artwork. It just seemed to fit perfectly with the image. Subconsciously though, I think maybe the title fits even better than that, as the mojo in the band seems to be back. Speedhorn have finally returned. We are really excited for everyone to hear the new album; you won’t be disappointed!"

Fans still wanting to Pledge on the new record can do so here -
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/raging-speedhorn

“Lost Ritual”, which was produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Wildhearts), is their first record with original vocalist Frank Regan since “How The Great Have Fallen” in 2005, the band’s first record since “Before The Sea Was Built” in 2008, and the first with their new line up.

Raging Speedhorn formed in 1998 and went on to release four records, the most successful being their second release “We Will Be Dead Tomorrow”, recorded by Billy Graziadei & Danny Schuler of Biohazard fame. The band achieved chart success with ‘The Gush’ in 2001, toured globally with the likes of Slipknot, Ill Nino, Rammstein and Will Haven, and performed at countless festivals around the world, including main stage at the inaugural Download Festival in 2004. They split in 2008 following the release of their last record “Before The Sea Was Built” and a subsequent tour of Japan.

For all press queries please contact Tom Brumpton of Polymath PR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (+44) 7956 043 498. For bookings please contact Ben Ward of United Talent Agency at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (+44) 207 278 3331.
WAYNE HUSSEY
announces
Marian
limited edition 7” single
&
Solo tour

In April Wayne Hussey will be playing a handful of South American & European shows to promote the release of a limited edition double A side 7 ‘’ vinyl single in conjunction with Record Store Day!

The single features Wayne’s stunning and haunting re-working of the classic Sisters Of Mercy song, Marian, a song originally co-written by Wayne with Andrew Eldritch.
The other A side is a brand new song entitled ‘My Love Will Protect You’, a song that was co-written by Wayne with Rebeca Y. Casanova as part of the Canciones De Cuna benefit album. The lyrics for the album are all written by homeless children in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which are then worked into songs by established national and international artists and recorded as an album of lullabies, all proceeds going to help finance culture centres in Buenos Aires that offer art, music, theatre, and photography classes to homeless children. For more info go to: http://www.cacuca.org.ar/

Wayne will be supported by Evi Vine on the tour.

Wayne Hussey April Tour dates
20th Bristol Bierkeller
http://www.seetickets.com/event/wayne-hussey/bierkeller/938961

21st Winchester Discovery Centre
Box Office 01962 873603

22nd Birmingham Alfie Birds & The Oobleck
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/210717

23rd Whitby Goth Weekender, Headline*
http://shop.whitbygothweekend.co.uk/tickets.htm

24th Sheffield The Leadmill
http://theleadmill.seetickets.com/event/wayne-hussey/the-leadmill/940251/
• Evi Vine not appearing at the venue

AN EVENING WITH MARK LANEGAN + SUPPORT FROM DUKE GARWOOD

Mark William Lanegan (born November 25, 1964) is an American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, Lanegan began his musical career in 1984, forming the grunge band Screaming Trees with Gary Lee Conner, Van Conner and Mark Pickerel. During his time in the band, Lanegan also started a low-key solo career and released his first solo studio album, The Winding Sheet, in 1990. Since 1990, he has released a further six studio albums.

Dates and tickets

APRIL

19/04 | UK, MANCHESTER, CATHEDRAL
22/04 | UK, AMBERDEEN – THE LEMON TREE
29/04 | UK, BRISTOL - ST GEORGES CHURCH
30/04 | UK, BRIGHTON - ST GEORGES CHURCH

MAY

02/05 | UK, BIRMINGHAM – GLEE CLUB
03/05 | UK, LONDON – ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL

All European dates and tickets can be found here :http://marklanegan.com/european-tour-dates-added-go-on-sale-5-feb

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL
CELEBRATING 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FESTIVAL

8 MORE BANDS ANNOUNCED
THE KINGS BLUES, SHIKARI SOUND SYSTEM DJ SET, MOOSE BLOOD, THE AMITY AFFLICTION, THE WORLD ALIVE, CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK!, CATCH 22 ADDED TO THE FESTIVAL LINEUP WITH HEADLINERS PANIC! AT THE DISCO



The 10th anniversary of SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL has just announced a further 8 bands to the lineup.

After splitting up in 2012, THE KING BLUES will be making a welcome return to the festival. The political punk/ska band were an important fixture on the UK scene and 2016 sees a welcome return for the band to be a vital voice in the scene. “We're super excited to be back and playing Slam Dunk for the first time in years. We can't wait to get back and party for 3 days straight with you all.” says singer Itch

If anyone will bring the party to Slam Dunk Festival, it will be a DJ set from SHIKARI SOUND SYSTEM. Normally known for Enter Shikari, frontman Rou Reynolds says they "can't wait to introduce Slam Dunk to Shikari Sound System. If you like low frequencies, the ones that make your innards quiver, and you like high energy electronic music come down and jive. Maybe even pull out a foxtrot".

MOOSE BLOOD are one of the most beloved bands since releasing "I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time." Their upcoming UK tour in April saw London selling out in a matter of hours, with other cities following suit. Slam Dunk festival will be one of the only places you'll be able to see them this Spring. "We loved playing Slam Dunk last year, it was crazy for us. We feel so fortunate and excited to come back this year" says the band.

Another band to fly the international flag will be THE AMITY AFFLICTION, an Australian force to be reckoned with. Having 2 ARIA number 1 albums in their homeland, this will be the bands first appearance at Slam Dunk festival. Melodic singer Ahren Stringer said they are "super excited to play Slam Dunk and share the stage with so many bands we've grown up listening to and playing with! Keep on rockin' in the free world!

Other bands announced are Ska legends CATCH 22, their first performance in the UK in many years, Arizonan metalcore quintet THE WORLD ALIVE, who will release new album this Spring along with pop-punk label mates CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK!
Finally, punk band GNARWOLVES, who recently put out 'Adolescence', their heaviest release to date will be causing havoc like only they know how; "We're really looking forward to coming back to play Slam Dunk for the third time this year" says the band. "It's always boozy and brilliant, plus we get to watch Capdown and hang out with our mates. See you in the car park!"

The bands will join the headliners Panic! At The Disco and the likes of Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory and many more for the May 2016 bank holiday weekend.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED- PANIC! AT THE DISCO TO HEADLINE, OF MICE & MEN, NEW FOUND GLORY, FOUR YEAR STRONG, EVERY TIME I DIE, ISSUES, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, REAL FRIENDS, MALLORY KNOW, THE STARTING LINE, SET YOUR GOALS, ZEBRAHEAD, CAPDOWN, WE CAME AS ROMANS, MISS MAY I, THE STORY SO FAR, YELLOWCARD, MAYDAY PARADE, HIT THE LIGHTS, ROAM, NORTHLANE, HACKTIVIST, CANCER BATS & NORMA JEAN.
The dates and sites for next years' SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL are:
Saturday 28 May 2016 - SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL North - Leeds City Centre Sunday 29 May 2016 - SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL Midlands –Birmingham, NEC Bank Holiday Monday 30 May 2016- SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL South – Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire
Tickets are on sale now and priced at £42 or £47 including afterparty. The festival is for Age 14 + (festival only) or 18+ for the afterparty tickets.

For the first time, due to popular demand, there is also a limited edition Mega Ticket on sale for £150. This ticket includes admittance to all 3 events and includes afterparties, wristband exchange queue jumps and a limited edition t-shirt.
Visit www.slamdunkmusic.com for all ticketing links.

This year will see some huge upgrades to the event, continuing the huge year on year growth the festival has experienced. Following the success of last year the Leeds site will remain in the City Centre, with a new site being announced at the Birmingham NEC and the Southern date will remain in Hatfield, at the University of Hertfordshire campus for the fifth year. This will bring the capacity up to a huge 40,000 fans across the weekend.

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL has won ‘Best Festival’ at the Kerrang! Awards in both 2014 and 2015. Widely regarded as the biggest awards in rock, the festival beat strong competition from major events such as Reading /Leeds and Download. Slam Dunk has also been in the final shortlists for ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards, in 2013, 2014 & 2015, and ‘Best Festival’ (up to 15,000 daily capacity) at The Live UK Awards 2015.

Two music legends, Lenny Fontana and D-Train, have joined forces to create a classic New York dance-floor hit with crisp beats and infectious melodies wrapped around a vocal that could only ever be recognised as the power-tones of James himself.

Check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/karmicpowerrecords/lenny-fontana-feat-d-train-when-you-feel-what-love-has-original-mix

Brooklyn singer James ‘D-Train’ Williams is famous for eighties electrofunk hits such as ‘You’re the One for Me’ and ‘Keep On’ and has toured with an extensive list of renowned musicians including Shania Twain, Steve Winwood, Sheila E, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Jay Z, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Austin and Earth Wind And Fire. Meanwhile, International Dj and Dance Music Producer Lenny Fontana is known primarily for forging the hit 1999 single ‘What You Need’ with Duane Harden as part of the duo Powerhouse and "Chocolate Sensation". Fontana has worked alongside artists from Norma Jean from Chic, Crystal Waters and Byron Stingly from Ten City and runs his own record label Karmic Power Records.

D-Train now lives in Brooklyn and regularly practices martial arts, yoga and meditation; whilst Lenny Fontana is busy running his own label (under which this track is produced), as well as being an avid collector of toy trains. Both have scored number one hits and appeared on Top of the Pops.

‘When You Feel What Love Has’ has already achieved over 111k plays on Soundcloud and is set to be a dancefloor hit this summer. Five mixes and a music video are in production.

The single is out now having dropped April 3rd.

Links:
www.lennyfontana.com
https://www.facebook.com/lennyfontana/
https://soundcloud.com/karmicpowerrecords

When You Feel What Love Does
Up-and-coming Italian singer and songwriter, 1ofUs delivers his debut EP, CIRCLES, a stunning electropop record themed around his life’s journey.

Having attempted to pursue a career in music over two decades ago (he was signed to Warner at one point), the artist was forced to abandon his dreams after his project due to ‘reasons not pertaining to the music, regrettably, in the end, never eventuated’.

Pouring his creative energy into a career in Architecture, he opened his own studio in Frankfurt, Germany where he spent the next three years. He then moved back to Northern Italy where he continued to work for the next 20 years projecting buildings and vast urban areas across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Listen to 'Home' here: https://soundcloud.com/user-584708832

This long overdue EP sees the artist finally returning to music, reflecting on his experience with a newfound wisdom.

‘This is the origin of the EP title, CIRCLES,’ he explains. ‘Everything in life comes back somehow, like a circle.’

No longer young, CIRCLES nonetheless feels surprisingly fresh in sound, sporting some very flashy and modern electronic instrumentation courtesy of producers Andy Whitmore and Matt Knight. Born on the border between Italy and Slovenia, his music also contains a touch of Italian/Balkan influence. The album was recorded and produced in London. Lead single ‘Home’ takes inspiration from the November 2015 Paris bombings, reflecting on the need for home as a place of peace for oneself and for others. It is a topical and highly relatable song that proves Francesco’s musical relevance and his talents as a lyricist. As he further explains: ‘the song touches on the difficulties of being free, of loving, of being together, and the fact that this hardship must not stop the journey towards our soul.’

A music video is in the works scheduled to be finished by mid-April.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/1ofUsUk/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
https://twitter.com/1ofUs_Music

1ofUs
A London four piece on the rise ready for March 12th album launch

Album teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad9NFL9NEHQ
Album teaser full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQt6hR6e--c

When a new band are being compared to the finest in British indie over the last two decades, then you should already know that they will be a force to be reckoned with. Lazlo Device are a four piece from London who have already been likened to Elbow, Arcade Fire, Alt J, Blur, Tool, Joy Division, Radiohead and more. With their very own brand of hypnotic, ethereal indie-rock, they are quickly picking up momentum and new fans in equal measure.

Having already supported the likes of 10cc and Finley Quaye in huge UK shows, Lazlo Device are now ready to make their mark. It all started with two previously released EPs, which quickly established their subtle, infectious sound. Now, following the ‘Looking Glass’ single release (see the video below), their ‘Duelism’ album is set to take them to new heights.

‘Looking Glass’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_WqIeYOQRA

The album launch on March 12th at the Barfly, London will be the final culmination of what the band describe as “4 years of hard bloody work”. That hard work has resulted in a well-rounded blend of melodic guitar, distinctive vocals and superb production which makes up the ‘Duelism’ album.

On first listen, it’s immediately clear that this album comes from a confident band sure in their footing. From the very first melodic guitar tones of opening track ‘Gunslinger’, this is dripping with swagger and style. And once those drums kick in, a motor is underway that doesn’t stop until the final chords of the excellently twisted ‘Raining Sun’, complete with electronica overtones. In a way, these bookends typify the variety on offer from Lazlo Device – from straight up rock to 80s tinged synth sounds.
In between tracks like ‘Uncertain Beginnings’ show a lighter side thanks to the classical style piano section overlaid with that superb distinct vocal. Then later there’s ‘Momo’, which is almost surf rock in its laid back nature. These are just a few examples from an album chock full of creativity, ideas and quality.

It’s an LP that’s made to turn heads, and with the likes of Dominic Howard (Muse) and Howard Donald (Take That) already among their fans, the scene is set for the album to make a real impact. If further proof is needed, they have also garnered the attention of pop legend Neneh Cherry, who recently attended one of their gigs. Their music is also about to be featured on a forthcoming BBC documentary about the Black Panthers.

It’s all set up to be a huge year for Lazlo Device, and it all starts with the ‘Duelism’ album.

Links:
http://www.thelazlodevice.com/videos.html
https://soundcloud.com/the-lazlo-device
https://twitter.com/thelazlodevice
https://www.facebook.com/thelazlodevice/


Portsmouth rockers Free From Gravity are about to release their wonderfully positive message of overcoming life struggles in a melodically addictive new song called “The Long Road”.

Blending in perfectly elements of classic rock from the 60s and 70s with the more chilled out 90s interpretations a la Bluetones the song has already become quite a sensation in the online community. Music blog Go Hard Magazine has described the lyrics as “emotional, compassionate and inspirational” while music website JamSphere reads: “I don’t know if Vince Barnes has studied music, but he is clearly evolving from a songwriter into a true composer, and the result is extremely satisfying.”

Listen here: https://youtu.be/8jpiyLJqR8A

“The Lond Road” was inspired by Vince’s mum’s battle with cancer which she bravely overcame. As a reminder of the hardships life can put on people, it is ultimately a confirmation of positivity and optimism, encouraging anyone who is in recovery to stay strong. Many of the band’s fans can relate to the lyrics and singer Vince remembers a sober alcoholic coming up to him once after gig, telling him how much the song means to him.

Free From Gravity are no strangers to great live performance, having played in front of up to 4000 people in the past and getting a couple of hundred Spanish fans singing along to their songs at a gig abroad. Apart from the success they have accomplished with their own concerts, the four-piece, consisting of Vince Barnes, TJ Jackson, Jason Gray and Lewis Trickett, has supported bands such as the Pat McManus Band or Mark Morris of Bluetones and worked with people such as Andy Mitchel of The Yardbirds.

The band, whose name was inspired by a WonderBra advert which said “Free Yourself From Gravity”, is showing resemblance to some of the major players in 20th century music ranging from The Eagles to The Who. Next to being excellent songwriters, instrumentalists and performers Free From Gravity are a group that adopted an approach to getting their music heard which is driven by passion and a go-getting spirit. “We perform guerrilla gigs where we pitch up and play at a venue or on the street. We are handing out flyers as we play”, explains Vince who is a professional when it comes to DIY and self-promotion.

With a combination of this kind of work ethic and a dedication to good songs the lads are on a steady and way up!

Live Dates: April 6th at The Bedford Tavern in Balham, London July 2nd - Hoefest in Waterlooville (near Portsmouth)

LINKS:
https://soundcloud.com/freefromgravityband
https://www.facebook.com/freefromgravitymusic/

https://soundcloud.com/rachelmyall/two-sides-of-me-1

With the release of her first solo EP ‘Science’, singer-songwriter Rachel Myall has managed to transform emotionally challenging past encounters into a sound that takes inspiration from some of the biggest folk and blues legends.

Lyrically, Rachel Myall impresses with emotional storytelling à la Dolly Parton and the melancholic romanticism of songwriters like Tim Buckley, while her sublime vocal maturity reminds of singers such as Laura Marling. Her new single ‘Two Sides of Me’ is an emotional portrayal of the inner struggles and strains that relationships can cause. Taken from the upcoming EP ‘Science’, Rachel’s vocal perfection and lyrical sharpness form a beautiful sonic experience that the singer herself likes to describe as melancholic folk blues.

“I have taught myself how to write songs over the years“, she says, “it starts with me writing the lyrics and working out the melody/rhythm/structure. Usually a line or two goes round my head for ages then the rest comes together pretty quickly after that. I then build up the music in my head. I can hear the instruments that I want, the harmonies, the riffs. I work with other musicians to bring the song to life, singing the parts and explaining what I want, working together to tease out what I’m looking for. So it can be quite a long creative process, piecing songs together bit by bit, but a very interesting and collaborative one.”

The Single ‘Two Sides of Me’ is out on 26th February and the EP ‘Science’ is out on 18th March 2016.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/rachelmyallmusic/?ref=hl
http://www.rachelmyall.com/
https://rachelmyall.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/rachelmyall
https://www.instagram.com/rachelmyallmusic/
https://twitter.com/rmyallmusic
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLoRSmEsd6lORxWaOlHWbcg


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