Concrete Knives sign to Bella Union
Bella Union is delighted to announce the signing of Concrete Knives, a band from Caen, France.
The band comprise of: Nicolas Delahaye, Morgane Colas, Adrien Lepretre, Martin Bonnet and Guillaume Aubertin.
Label boss Simon Raymonde saw the band playing live in Canada last November at the M for Montreal festival and he has been chasing them ever since. On the signing, Simon says:
“From within about five seconds, I knew they were fantastic. That’s how it always work best with me. I just KNOW. Morgane is SUCH a charismatic singer and her joint lead vocal with Nicolas works so well with their brilliantly catchy pop-punk songs. When I first watched Morgane she made me think of both St Vincent and Debbie Harry in the way she performed and in her devastatingly cool delivery. Either would have been fine, but BOTH? A bonus!”
“The band really have an infectious energy and the songs are really strong. I went to see them again a couple of months later back home in London to make sure I wasn’t romanticising over the first show, and well, they were even better than I remembered them! I am so delighted they chose Bella Union, because they could have had their pick of many great labels and now we’re already excited to get a hold of the music! Nicolas is in the studio right now in Paris putting the finishing touches to the debut record and we should have something in our hands by the summer!”.
More news to follow shortly.
Competition time: Win Field Day & Apple Cart tickets
Andrew Bird and Marques Toliver play this summer at Field Day and Apple Cart festival respectively, and the kind folks at Eat Your Own Ears have offered us a pair of tickets to give away to each:
1) To win a pair of tickets to Field Day, tell us the name of Andrew Bird’s last album.
2) To win a pair of tickets to Apple Cart, tell us the name of Marques Toliver’s last EP.
Put ‘Bella Union competition’ in the subject line and send answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline is May 27th!
For more info and more EYOE shows: http://www.eatyourownears.com/
The Walkmen – Heaven
June 4th on Bella Union
BELLA UNION at The Independent Label Market
19th May at Spitalfields, London
This coming Saturday Bella Union will set up shop in Spitalfield’s Market, along with many brilliant independent labels, and we shall sell our wares. We took part in the market last year and had a blast, so we are thrilled to be returning… and we’ll be more prepared this time too.
Excitingly, we will be debuting a new Bella Union T-Shirt. Here is a photo of them sat in their box:
You will be able to buy them for the first time on Saturday!
We will also have lots of vinyl, some signed wares, some cds, some record store day releases and some of the last few Dirty Three Playbuttons.
So come visit our stall. We’ll shout some witty things at you too, like the fish people. GET YER VINYL, TWO A POUND GIVE ME £10 DO I SEE A £10, AHHH I SEE £10 GOING TO £11 FOR THE WOMAN IN THE HAT etc etc
Beach House – Bloom
Beach House’s ‘Bloom‘ is released today. Whilst we could reel off a list of superlatives about the music, the best advice we can give is to simply listen to the record itself. The album is still streaming over at The Independent and you can buy it on CD and vinyl from the Bella Union store.
Hear album opener ‘Myth’ below:
Beach House are on tour in the UK and Europe from next week, click here to see dates. The band return in the autumn to play Bella Union’s 15th anniversary takeover day at End of the Road festival and a headline show at London’s Roundhouse this November.
Listen to the fourth album from Beach House over at The Independent now, ahead of its release into the world next Monday 14th of May.
‘Bloom’ will be available to purchase on Monday 14th May. You can pick up your copy on CD or vinyl along with a limited edition t-shirt over at the Bella Union store.
In November 2011 Laura Veirs released ‘Tumble Bee‘, an album of children’s songs, new and old, inspired by the birth of her first child last summer.
Laura came to these shores earlier this year to play a handful of special shows including the V & A Museum of Childhood and now we are very happy to share with you the video for ‘King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O’ animated by Britta Johnson.
Exciting times afoot for The Walkmen; with their much-anticipated new album Heaven due for release 4th June. The band’s London Village Underground show sold out the same day as it went on sale last month, confirming their growing status as one of America’s most celebrated bands of the past 10 years.
Thankfully New York’s finest have just announced news of an Autumn tour that takes in major cities like Glasgow and Manchester before reaching London for a performance at the Forum on 1st November.
Upcoming UK/Ireland live info below:
Tuesday 12 June – LONDON – Village Underground **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Sunday 19 August – POWYS – Green Man Festival
Saturday 27 October – BIRMINGHAM – Institute (£15)
Sunday 28 October – GLASGOW – ABC (£15)
Monday 29 October – DUBLIN – Vicar Street (€26)
Tuesday 30 October – MANCHESTER – Ritz (£15)
Thursday 1 November – LONDON – Forum (£17.50)
Hear ‘Heartbreaker’ below: