Posts tagged ‘Single’
Oh those lovely lads. 1 part Reuben, 1 part Hundred Reasons, and 3 parts other insanely talented rock and roll moguls – Freeze the Atlantic are back, and to use a Liverpoolism – ‘bosser than ever’. It’s been a while coming since the last EP dropped almost a year ago, but with the odd line up change, and much work being done on the album – one can forgive them. So with a tour of Ireland with those strong lads in Fighting with Wire on the cards, we thought we better drop an enhanced CD single (2 tracks and 1 video) of new song Volcanoes.
Oh and by gum it’s good… You know what to expect when you take a look at the FTA heritage, and you get it in spades. Don’t get me wrong, this is no Reuben meets Hundred Reasons derivitive but it is a huge rock anthem. Don’t believe me? I’m offended, but have yourself a look at the video beneath you…
And then, should you feel the need, we’ve got the lovely digipack singles up for sale for just £2.50 in the shop. All limited to just 250 copies, the first 50 come fully signed by the band… Be reasonably quick though.
The loveliest and, lets be frank, bloody best things out of O-Town – ute are all back and pretty, with this gorgeously concepted single, split A side Brother/Brother (Oxford Hearts featuring the Oxfordshire music scene) on August 15th….
The original track (which you may have heard previously on the critically acclaimed The Gambler EP) is damn awesome enough, “Weaving melodies and syncopated harmonies, with both drumming and cymbal crashes taking on a leading role, and taking the song into new territories with every passing minute” – said The 405… And ute have recreated the magic with over 30 of the Oxford music scene too!
See (and I sound like a storybook now) one early Saturday morning, members of the Oxford Blessing Force, Spring Offensive, Gunning For Tamar and a 10 year old trumpeter (amongst others) lifted their instruments, played as one – and created a gorgeous mixed up version of Brother – all fused with the passion of dozens of hearts, voices and melodies – a completely different version that demands to be heard! So we coupled the two… and released it in a photo album, strictly limited – each coming with 3 track CD and all containing different photos of the day… Available in the shop now!!!
Also – a nice little touch, but search for the track on Amazon and you’ll note that everyone who took part is reffed up there too! Nice innit! You can hear the mixed up and lovely Brother EP below, and honestly, it’s so hot! The Oxford community coming together!
Oh, and anyone going to Green Man Festival this weekend – go to all of these places and listen to these things?
*Green FM 87.7fm
The sound recording for the radio live session will go up on Mixcloud, and the filming will be on Vimeo. Boom!
So the pint-sized Brighton pop-kings Jumping Ships released their first single with Alcopop on Monday. Smashing times were had at the launch show at the OBL, and we’ve barely recovered… Much praise has been received for it from across the blogosphere – and you aint gonna believe the review it got in Rock Sound (more to come on that)….
Both new songs are outstanding said Ambassador Beats, Snapshots and Snippets called in Anthemic! Music in Oxford got a little confused about radiators but seemed to like it nonetheless, whilst Eclectically Challenged were ‘proper charmed’. Shout 4 Music gave it 8/10 and Keep Pop Loud reckon it’s HUGE! They’re not wrong.
And just in case you need any more convincing? Listen below to the 3 track single (including a remix by Alex R Winter which is ACE. Available fairly cheap on iTunes, or from our shop even cheaper (with the option of an awesome T-Shirt single too!)…
OH YEAH! Payday’s in and you need some stunning new threads no? Well, now’s the time to indulge. Alcopop’s newest young hip kids Jumping Ships are kicking with a new 3 TRK single ‘Heart and Hope’ – released all on CD (yeah)/ MP3 (why not) and a CD + T-Shirt Megadeal package (both) for just 8 sheets! It looks pretty damn hot too, no…? Oh, and the tees are strictly limited to just 50 – so don’t leave it too long.
It comes out on the 7th March (coinciding with a pretty damn splendid evening show at The Old Blue Last) – and I promise you’ll love it. Speaking of tour… You can catch them around the country on the following dates….
28th Feb – Portsmouth (Cellars)
2nd Mar – Reading Purple Turtle
3rd Mar – Basingstoke
4th Mar – Hastings Tubman
6th Mar – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
7th Mar – London, The Old Blue Last
9th Mar – Westminster University
10th Mar – Brighton, The Green Door Store
11th Mar- Wimbledon
See you there yo… xxx This is the introduction for one HOT Jumping Ships summer….
Now currently landing on digital music platforms galore, on the shiny shelves of your favourite indie store – and of course fresh from the Alcopop shop (with a free 4 track EP if you’re very quick… Literally we’re down to the last 10 or so of these) – goFASTER>>’s magnificent debut EP ‘A Modern Education’ is out today, and already making it feel a lot like summer in Alcopop HQ.
The tracklisting for the EP is:
1. A Modern Education
2. Magazine Addiction
3. Good Times
4. You Better Watch Out
5. When the Last Note Sounds
And I guarantee you will love it! Not Ed described the musical treat thusly as “A delectable indie pop four piece from Liverpool who make music in the same lunch-box as Good Shoes and Look See Proof. The EP also has a Hot Club De Paris aura to it, in how the songs all entwine together like they have a big shoelace tied around them” – and I think he’s just about on the nail…. Take a listen to the scouse champs here, and get yourself a piece….
Oh – and don’t forget this EP is available as part of a ‘binge’ style mega-deal package with the My First Tooth EP and one of our rapidly dwindling red white crocodile on skateboard tees too… Ace! Get yourself truly alcopopped
It’s been a quiet day in Alcopop HQ today, before the storm no doubt, but while others amongst the industry have no doubt been a-beavering away on all sorts of musical related business, I’ve been listening to Cornershop (Lessons learned from Rocky I to Rocky III is no doubt quite the tune), wondering how I can make dishing out free MP3s sexy again (I thing I’ve got it you know) all the while planning a storming set for my DJ set at The Purple Turtle tonight in Oxford.
One exciting piece of Monday news however is that the finished artwork for goFASTERs upcoming EP, A Modern Education, has arrived courtesy of the talented Paul from Hot Club de Paris – and I think it looks rather nice. Litre upon litre of blackboard paint, and no doubt several packets of chalk down – he’s gone for that schoolyard charm, leaving me itching for a retro episode of Grange Hill (did anyone else used to watch that with their mum ). And here it is…. I hope you like!
Oh and incidentally, former Alcopop favourites (and now signed to the pretty damn ace Fear and Records) data.select.party are playing a FREE show at The Old Blue Last in London town tonight. If you’re around you should definitely go! The new album no doubt sounds awesome – and if you have an extra three sheets to spare on top of that, there are a few copies of their debut single limited to 500 (somehow) still available from the shop. Go figure…
You may have seen it in our recent update, hand delivered so lovingly to your mailboxes (ah come on now – we don’t spam you that often) – but just in case you didn’t, it is my proud duty to inform you all that Alcopop have recently added to our roster – with none other than Brighton-based happening indie kids – Stars & Sons.
Already firm favourites amongst some of the coolest kids amongst the blogosphere… MP3hugger advise you to “forget about all the music you’ve ever heard, just clear your head and start from scratch again like an 8 year old in the company of Sgt. Peppers for the first time”, while A New Band a Day holler from the rooftops “Good work, Stars and Sons”. Well indeed…
And they make quite an effort with their presentation too!
All opinions aside though, I confidently predict that this band will melt your heart, and make you reassess EXACTLY what it is you love about indie-pop! For Alcopop archivists (and I know there are plenty out there ) Mike – who fronts the band (look at him jigging around below there)- used to be in the original 4 or 5 Magicians line-up, and was instrumental in the ‘Forever on the Edge’ single that came out on Alcopop Records a good year ago.
Listing their influences as Monkey Island, Sam and Max, Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle – not to mention Wham… Stars and Sons are quite simply awesome! Go and check them out at their MySpace page, and look out for the single ‘In the Ocean’ coming out in November on very limited 7″ vinyl….
The Fly have described them as ‘Sentiments of At The Drive-In, the soul of Enter Shikari and the twister ambience of Bloc Party’ – and by far the best thing to come out of Portsmouth since the HMS Victory, Cut the Blue Wire have their new EP up for pre-sale in our shop, and I really can’t recommend it enough!
It’s out on the 29th September, and although I may not be the most un-biased reviewer in the world, I bloody love it – evoking as it does memories of Symposiums ‘One Day at a Time’, Uresei Yatsura’s ‘All Hail’ – and indeed Midget’s ‘Alcopop’. You see, I always loved the punch of 6 tracks, all belting at 600mph – which smacked you in the face and demanded to be listened to – time and time again.
The track-listing goes a little something like this:
2. Get Out Of the Road
3. All of This Was Buildings
4. Rockets Ready To Fire
5. Race to The King
6. No Song of Mine
You can preorder it, by clicking on this link (inland p&p a flat rate of 50p no matter how many CDs/7s you order), check out the band here – or have a gander at the lovely artwork below….
Fresh from wiping the tears of mirth away from my face after witnessing Mike from Hassle Records live up-to-the-minute battle with Apple on Twitter, which ended with his reasonable request for “Steve Jobs’ address and access to MURDER WEAPONS” I’m preparing myself for a massive night of Alcopop work, without any Mac in sight.
Indeed, I think that in protest I shall be adopting nothing but a pen and paer from now on, which may make the blog harder to write – but fear not, as from now on I’ll be sticking updates on the notice board outside Buckingham Palace.
Apple be warned – you’re making powerful enemies…
Meanwhile, the new This City video for ‘We Move’ is being playlisted across all the coolest music telvision shows around.. And, I promise you, kicks ass.. You want hot chick zombies, geeks, lesbian kisses blood, a clean-up bill that would boggle the mind of the chancellor of the exchequor and a punchy rock anthem…
I’m still out at Sziget, with my face all bloodied and torn (well – sort of). I’ve partied till i can literally dance no more, and all thats keeping me awake while Babyshambles meander their way through a quite frankly tedious set outside, is the gentle tip-tapping of these keys. This though my friends is no matter, and the real subject of this post is the quite frankly ace press that’s popping up all over for Pavilion, and their latest single ‘Spoils of War’.
Still a good week or so away from release, you may well have been hearing this song all over independent and BBC related radio, but have you seen this ‘New band of the day‘ post in The Guardian? OK – so the author has snatched upon that old Hoosiers comparison and run, and run, and run with it – but one cannot deny several things that they’ve picked up…. Firstly that they have hits to go, and also that they produce the kind of melody driven pop that is beautifully infectious – guilty as charged. Not to mention that they’re Most likely to: Recruit an army of fans.
Record of the Day… You got it, and noize make enemies are big fans too it would seem. Subba Cultcha rave about the boys too suggesting that Spoils of War is “Another fine slice of Indie pop brilliance to grace my speakers as I go a little crazy on my office/dance-floor… with a whiff of Morrissey, two dashes of Guillemots and a sprinkle of Rumble Strips-You’ve got one hell of a sonic cocktail here…”
There will be plenty more to come too – so for the meanwhile head over to their MySpace page and fill yourself with musical aceness, or catch them on tour next week.