Horse Thief – “Warrior (Oklahoma)”

“Warrior (Oklahoma)” – download and donate now for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

A note from Cameron, of Horse Thief:

“Our hearts are broken for the lives and homes lost in the recent tornadoes that destroyed so much of the land we love. We feel helpless since we were on tour during the storms, and have decided to put up our song “Warrior(Oklahoma)” for a minimum $1 donation to help raise funds and spread awareness for the relief effort in the damaged areas.”

A note from Simon, of Bella Union:

Having known Cameron and Horse Thief for a couple of years now i know how much Oklahoma means to them and similarly how much the cities of Oklahoma and the people there have taken Horse Thief to their hearts and I also know that being away on tour when tragedy hits like this back home, you feel helpless and guilty and mostly absent. The song “Warrior (Oklahoma)” was the first song of theirs I heard and I’ve always loved the rallying cry aspect to it. In the light of the awful events of the last few days, the lyrics seem eerily prophetic and both Cameron and I felt immediately we would like to do SOMETHING to help those in need, be it food, shelter, or clothing. The track “Warrior (Oklahoma)” is going to be put up on a special Bandcamp page where 100% of the money raised will go to the relief projects ongoing. . . . .”

Lanterns on the Lake return!

Following the success of their critically-acclaimed debut ‘Gracious Tide, Take Me Home’ for Bella Union in 2011, Lanterns On The Lake return with a new single from their forthcoming second album, due for release late Summer. Another Tale From Another English Town is the Newcastle band’s most strikingly beautiful statement yet, their trademark dream-folk swoon delivered in more intensely concentrated form.

The equally beautiful video by director James Alexander Grieves mirrors the song’s elegy for the inevitable end of youthful innocence, and the hard times 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,” says singer / lyricist Hazel Wilde. “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”.

Lanterns On The Lake will be embarking on a short UK tour in June, 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)


MONEY reveal video to ‘Bluebell Fields’

Having signed to Bella Union after two limited edition 7″ singles last year, Manchester-based quartet MONEY are currently putting the finishing touches to their much-anticipated debut album, due for release late summer.

In the meantime, Bella Union are thrilled to reveal the mesmerising video to Bluebell Fields, the majestic first single from the album. The video represents a loving collaboration between the band and young animator Dan W. Jacobs.

MONEY comprise of Jamie Lee, Charlie Cocksedge, Billy Byron and Scott Beaman. They formed in Manchester and embody the passion, creativity and optimism of a new generation of artists and musicians from there. “It’s an extraordinary, poetic city,” frontman Jamie says, “You feel like you can do anything here”.

Selling out shows before they’d even released a single, MONEY have drawn devoted fans to strange, beautiful and passionate gigs around the city over the last year or so, with much mythologised shows in the Sacred Trinity Church and a crumbling building known as the Bunker: an abandoned factory in the shadows of Strangeways. Here they created their own sense of beauty in the void, stating “celebration is at the heart of doom”

After hearing ‘So Long (God Is Dead)’, Simon Raymonde decided he had to track them down: “They’re interesting people with a lot to say, and the live shows fascinated me. They were so extravagant and thoughtful, so rare in a new band.” Finding himself in the Bunker, Simon fell under the spell of a band led by a fallen angel with a Macbeth haircut and a mischievous glint in his eye. A band on a quest to discover new values, new ways of being, for these spiritually impoverished times. As Jamie says, “Our aim with this band – in all things we do – is to create the world afresh on our own terms.”

MONEY will be playing UK shows in June and July. Dates/info below:

Sunday 9 June – BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds (£7)
Monday 10 June – GLASGOW – King Tuts (£7)
Tuesday 11 June – LIVERPOOL – Leaf (£7)
Thursday 13 June – LONDON – The Waiting Room (£10)
Friday 14 June – HEBDEN BRIDGE – Trades Club (£7)

Friday 12 July – MANCHESTER – Festival Square & Pavilion Theatre [Manchester International Festival] (£12)
Saturday 13 July – MANCHESTER – Festival Square & Pavilion Theatre [Manchester International Festival] (£12)