Lanterns on the Lake announce October tour!

Following their sold-out Scala show last night, Lanterns on the Lake have just announced an extensive UK tour in October to follow the release of their much-anticipated new album Until The Colours Run on 9th September.

Dates/info below:

Thursday 10 October – NEWCASTLE – Warehouse 34 (£9)
Friday 11 October – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club (£8)
Sunday 13 October – EDINBURGH – Electric Circus (£8)
Monday 14 October – SHEFFIELD – The Harley (£8)
Tuesday 15 October – MANCHESTER – The Deaf Institute (£8.50)
Wednesday 16 October – BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds (£8)
Thursday 17 October – BRISTOL – Thekla (£8.50)
Saturday 19 October – EXETER – Cavern (£8)
Sunday 20 October – CARDIFF – SWN Festival
Monday 21 October – CAMBRIDGE – Junction 2 (£9)
Tuesday 22 October – LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall (£12.50)
Wednesday 23 October – BRIGHTON – The Haunt (£8)
Thursday 24 October – OXFORD – The Bullingdon (£8.50)

The source of the music remains the same, an exquisitely crafted blend of symphonic rock, folk and electronics – but much has changed in the interim. Until The Colours Run was recorded during a time of financial and personal adversity, and as a result is more soulful and dynamic than its predecessor. In sound, it’s both harder (‘Elodie’, the title track) and more luminous (‘Green And Gold’, ‘Picture Show’), and a more emotionally and politically charged experience, as singer/lyricist Hazel Wilde paints unflinching portraits of what she sees. It’s a haunting, often devastating combination.

Take the album’s first single ‘Another Tale From Another English Town’, their most strikingly beautiful statement yet, with the equally striking video – which can be viewed HERE – by director James Alexander Grieves mirroring the song’s elegy for the inevitable end of youthful innocence, and the hard times that lie ahead. “I think the way things are going in this country, it’s going to be hard for people not to write music that carries some of that weight,” Wilde says. “While we were making the record, a lot of our friends were losing their jobs and there were some drastic cuts being made, especially in our part of the world.”

At the same time, there was a cut within the LOTL ranks when brothers Adam and Brendan Sykes chose to leave the band last year. Wilde (vocals, guitar, piano), Paul Gregory (guitars, electronics, production), Ol Ketteringham (drums) and Sarah Kemp (violin) were joined in the recording by new bassist Andrew Scrogham. “Adam and Brendan never played a very creative role in terms of songwriting, but we still felt the upheaval,” Wilde recalls. “There was a point about halfway through recording where some of us felt like giving up – we were broke and recordings weren’t going to plan. But we’ve always believed that we’re doing something worthwhile and these songs became so important to us. That passion drove us to finish the record.”

‘Until The Colours Run’ may contain some dark, political undertones but Wilde states: “For me the album is also bursting with a huge amount of colour and life that reaches out from the darkness. Like the lyric, ‘so we’ll drink and we’ll sing on the breadline.’ It almost celebrates the feeling of there being nothing left to lose whilst we made the record. It feels like there is a story that runs through the songs, a personal journey through modern life – hope, despair, love and desperate times.”

Until The Colours Run will be released 9th September on Bella Union.

Lanterns On The Lake announce second album: Until The Colours Run

Following the success of their critically acclaimed debut in 2011, Lanterns On The Lake return with a new album, the sublime Until The Colours Run, which will be released 9th September on Bella Union.

The source of the music remains the same, an exquisitely crafted blend of symphonic rock, folk and electronics – but much has changed in the interim. The album was recorded during a time of financial and personal adversity, and as a result, Until The Colours Run is more soulful and dynamic than its predecessor. In sound, it’s both harder (‘Elodie’, the title track) and more luminous (‘Green And Gold’, ‘Picture Show’), and a more emotionally and politically charged experience, as singer/lyricist Hazel Wilde paints unflinching portraits of what she sees. It’s a haunting, often devastating combination.

Take the album’s first single ‘Another Tale From Another English Town’, their most strikingly beautiful statement yet, with the equally striking video – which can be viewed HERE – by director James Alexander Grieves mirroring the song’s elegy for the inevitable end of youthful innocence, and the hard times that lie ahead. “I think the way things are going in this country, it’s going to be hard for people not to write music that carries some of that weight,” Wilde says. “While we were making the record, a lot of our friends were losing their jobs and there were some drastic cuts being made, especially in our part of the world.”

At the same time, there was a cut within the LOTL ranks when brothers Adam and Brendan Sykes chose to leave the band last year. Wilde (vocals, guitar, piano), Paul Gregory (guitars, electronics, production), Ol Ketteringham (drums) and Sarah Kemp (violin) were joined in the recording by new bassist Andrew Scrogham. “Adam and Brendan never played a very creative role in terms of songwriting, but we still felt the upheaval,” Wilde recalls. “There was a point about halfway through recording where some of us felt like giving up – we were broke and recordings weren’t going to plan. But we’ve always believed that we’re doing something worthwhile and these songs became so important to us. That passion drove us to finish the record.”

‘Until The Colours Run’ may contain some dark, political undertones but Wilde states: “For me the album is also bursting with a huge amount of colour and life that reaches out from the darkness. Like the lyric, ‘so we’ll drink and we’ll sing on the breadline.’ It almost celebrates the feeling of there being nothing left to lose whilst we made the record. It feels like there is a story that runs through the songs, a personal journey through modern life – hope, despair, love and desperate times.”

Lanterns On The Lake embark on a short UK tour next week, including a London Scala performance.
Tuesday 18 June – SOUTHAMPTON – The Joiners (£8)
Wednesday 19 June – LONDON – Scala (£12.50)
Thursday 20 June – LEICESTER – The Cookie Jar (£8)
Friday 21 June – GATESHEAD -  The Sage Gateshead (£12.50)

Until The Colours Run will be released 9th September on Bella Union.

RxGIBBS to release new album ‘CONTACT’ on limited edition vinyl

Bella Union is very pleased to announce that we will be teaming up with US label Cascine for the physical release of RxGIBBS excellent debut album Contact, originally released digitally in April.

What stemmed from a common love for Ron Gibbs’ ethereal productions between Cascine and Bella Union founder Simon Raymonde turned into a desire to offer Contact on a format that would sonically justify the uncanny beauty of his debut album. With that, Bella Union and Cascine announce a limited edition vinyl pressing of RxGibbs’ Contact, out on Monday 1st July, and featuring the album’s nine original tracks plus the addition of “Retrograde” — a pulsing new track from the Michigan producer expertly tying together warmth, pop, and abstract beatscapes. Case in point: Save the best for last…

Contact will be available on limited edition vinyl on Monday 1st July

Marques Toliver announces 3-date UK headline tour in October

Following his sold-out St Pancras Old Church show last month, and about to head off as sole support to Paloma Faith on her Forests Tour, MARQUES TOLIVER has just announced news of a 3-date UK headline tour in early October. Dates/info below:

Tuesday 1 October – LONDON – Bush Hall (£13.25)
Wednesday 2 October – BRIGHTON – The Haunt (£10.50)
Thursday 3 October – MANCHESTER – The Deaf Institute (£10.50)

Marques Toliver will release a new single, “If Only”, in early August.

Laura Veirs // November tour dates

To follow the release of her ninth studio album Warp and Weft this August, Laura Veirs has just announced news of a 9-date UK tour in November. Dates/info below -

Sunday 10 November – NORWICH – Norwich Arts Centre (£15)
Monday 11 November – BRIGHTON – Komedia (£16)
Thursday 14 November – YORK – Fibbers (£15)
Friday 15 November – MANCHESTER – Academy 3 (£16.50)
Saturday 16 November – GLASGOW – ABC2 (£15)
Sunday 17 November – NEWCASTLE – Cluny (£16.50)
Tuesday 19 November – NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms (£15)
Wednesday 20 November – BRISTOL – Thekla (£15)
Thursday 21 November – LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall (£19.50)

Warp and Weft is out August 19th on Bella Union.