LANTERNS ON THE LAKE announce Sage Gateshead show with the Royal Northern Sinfonia

With the release of their third album Beings less than a month away on 13th November, today Lanterns On The Lake have announced news of a special one-off hometown show in February 2016 at the Sage in Gateshead accompanied by none of other that Royal Northern Sinfonia. For this unique event the band will be joined by the 39-piece orchestra to have their acclaimed catalogue of atmospheric rock and cinematic dream pop reworked and reimagined within a sumptuous orchestral setting. Date/info below:

Saturday 6th February 2016 – GATESHEAD – Sage tickets

Lanterns On The Lake have also just unveiled a video to current single “Faultlines”. Directed by HandHeldCineClub this beautiful, dark and intense film centres on one man’s desperate situation and chimes with the song’s themes of “Fractured lives like faultlines…”

Prior to the Sage show in 2016 and following the release of Beings, Lanterns On The Lake will be embarking on a 6-date UK tour in late November.

Dates/info below:

Sunday 29th November – CARDIFF – The Globe
Monday 30th November – BRIGHTON – The Haunt
Tuesday 1st December – LONDON – Moth Club
Wednesday 2nd December – MANCHESTER – Ruby Lounge
Thursday 3rd December – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Friday 4th December – GLASGOW – King Tuts

Beach House announce further tour dates and perform The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Beach House have announced the first round of 2016 tour dates for North America in support of Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry. The trek begins February 29th in Cleveland at House of Blues and ends March 18th in Philadelphia at Union Transfer. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 23rd.

Beach House’s 2015 tour resumes on October 24th at Belfast’s Mandela Hall and their 2015 dates end with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore. Please find a complete list of dates below.

And last week, Beach House performed “One Thing” from Thank Your Lucky Stars on the release date for the album, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch that performance below.

Additionally, Beach House have scheduled a Reddit AMA for Tuesday, October 20th at 2pm EDT/ 7pm UK time.

Thank Your Lucky Stars is now available in North America through Sub Pop Mega Mart, Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes. LP and digital copies of the album are available through all DSPs and your local record stores, with the CD version following on Friday, October 30th. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com will also receive the limited “Loser” edition on green vinyl (while supplies last).

About Beach House’s Thank Your Lucky Stars:
Beach House’s Thank Your Lucky Stars is the group’s second album for 2015. The album, which was recorded during the same two-month span as Depression Cherry, was produced by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

Beach House have also issued a statement on behalf of the release:

Thank Your Lucky Stars is our sixth full-length record. It was written after Depression Cherry from July 2014 – November 2014 and recorded during the same session as Depression Cherry. The songs came together very quickly and were driven by the lyrics and the narrative. In this way, the record feels very new for us, and a great departure from our last few records. Thematically, this record often feels political. It’s hard to put it into words, but something about the record made us want to release it without the normal ‘campaign.’ We wanted it to simply enter the world and exist.

Thank you very much,
Beach House”

Tour Dates
2015
Oct. 24 – Belfast, UK – Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street
Oct. 26 – Glasgow, UK – ABC
Oct. 27 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
Oct. 29 – Paris, FR – Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire
Oct. 31 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]
Nov. 02 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Nov. 03 – Brussels, BE – Autumn Falls @ AB [Sold Out]
Nov. 04 – Koln, DE – Gloria
Nov. 05 – Luxemborg, LU – Den Atelier
Nov. 07 – Reykjavik, IS – Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 – Oslo, NO – Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 – Gothenburg, SE – Tradgarn
Nov. 12 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Medis [Sold Out]
Nov. 13 – Copenhagen DK – Vega [Sold Out]
Nov. 14 – Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 – Berlin, DE – Huxley’s
Nov. 17 – Munich, DE – Freiheiz
Nov. 18 – Lausanne, CH – Les Docks
Nov. 20 – Barcelona, ES – Apolo [Sold Out]
Nov. 22 – Madrid, ES – La Riviera
Nov. 23 – Lisbon, PT – Armazén
Nov. 24 – Porto, PT – Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 07 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory [Sold Out]
Dec. 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 18 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 19 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore [Sold Out]

2016
Feb. 29 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Mar. 01 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Mar. 05 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Mar. 06 – Montreal, QC – Rialto Theatre
Mar. 11 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Mar. 14 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Mar. 15 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Mar. 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

For ticket info please visit http://www.beachhousebaltimore.com/tour.

JOHN GRANT enters the UK album charts at Number 5

Exciting times for JOHN GRANT. Following across-the-board rave reviews for new album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure the LP entered the UK album charts at Number 5 with first week sales of almost 10,000 (UK) and over 30,000 across Europe. Meanwhile on the live front his biggest London show to date at Hammersmith Apollo on 12th November has already sold out.

Thursday 12th November – LONDON – Hammersmith Apollo  **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Friday 13th November – BRIGHTON – Dome  **(SOLD-OUT!)**

John Grant’s 2016 UK live schedule can be found further down the announcement.

Critical acclaim for Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, out now on Bella Union:

“With Grey Tickles, Black Pressure John Grant arrives at one perfect amalgam of his peculiar skills, securing a subtle musical balance between the lush orchestral pop of Queen Of Denmark and the flinty electropop of Pale Green Ghosts… A richly rewarding album.”
The Independent – 5 Stars ***** (Album of the Week)

“His most riveting album yet.”
Q – 4 Stars ****

“The confessional king’s funkiest and finest yet.”
Uncut – 8/10

“A magnificent album, enthralling in its complexity.”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Grant has blossomed into arguably the most interesting and original songwriter in contemporary pop, blessed with the strongest melodic sensibility this side of Paul McCartney.”
The Telegraph – 4 Stars **** (Album of the Week)

“His ability to suddenly change mood and find tenderness and compassion amid the bleakness can knock you sideways… Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is variously agonising, hilarious, uplifting and moving: another bravura display from a unique songwriting talent.”
The Guardian – 4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)

“Musically, he jumps just as easily between gorgeous soft-rock ballads (Global Warming, Geraldine) and funky electro-pop (the wonderful Disappointing). Result? Grey Tickles is a worthy follow-up to its illustrious predecessors.”
Sunday Times (Album Of The Week)

“Grant is still angry, still purging, but with a heightened sense of mischief, both musical and lyrical.”
The Observer –  4 Stars **** (Album Of The Week)

“Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is moving, funny, unnerving and angry; one of the albums of the year.”
NME – 4 Stars ****

“One of the best songwriters since Leonard Cohen – certainly the funniest.”
The Times – 4 Stars ****

“No one takes on the cosmic injustices of existence quite like John Grant, let alone with tunes.”
Esquire

“The follow-up to 2013’s rapturously received Pale Green Ghosts finds his ability to write choruses the size of Mongolia undimmed… Even as he courts discomfort the range of emotion and texture is impressive.”
Evening Standard – 4 Stars ****

“The music is as winning as his lyrics, a mix of twisted disco, dramatic ballads, strutting glam funk and cinematic techno pop… For all their brutal honesty, Grant’s records are flooded with humanity.”
Metro – 4 Stars ****

“Grant has a fascinating combination of wisdom, world-weary cynicism and righteous anger, buoyed by his typically biting humour – a healthy mix of gleeful and sardonic.”
DIY – 4 Stars ****

“The sharp-witted, silken-voiced singer-songwriter has created a bunch of marvellous songs for Grey Tickles, Black Pressure that barely leave a genre unturned yet are all unmistakably his own.”
Time Out – 4 Stars ****

“A multi-hued sonic delight of swooping orchestrations, buzzing electro and velvet-lined balladry. Grant’s open-hearted, funny and angry insights show his questing and compassionate spirit operating at its unbounded best.”
The Mirror – 4 Stars ****

“An album that illuminates the darkness with rich reserves of art, heart and humour.”
The Independent On Sunday – 4 Stars ****

“Grant holds our attention with unexpected juxtapositions, charming harmonies and sly wit… Too much, in his hands, is never enough.”
Financial Times – 4 Stars ****

“The most powerful use of electronic sounds since Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration.”
Sunday Express – 4 Stars ****

“Bursts at the seams with humour, charisma and personality… What Grey Tickles, Black Pressure shows us is Grant is continuing to turn his hand to new stylistic pastures with ease.”
Loud & Quiet – 8/10

“Moments of sheer beauty and unbearable melancholy make it essential.”
Attitude – 8/10

“A bold hybrid of dancefloor fillers, lushly arranged orchestral pop, and poetic mediations… John Grant’s third effort sees the Iceland-based musician reach a new level of maturity.”
The Skinny – 4 Stars ****

John Grant 2016 UK/Ireland live schedule:

Tuesday 26th January – GLASGOW – Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 27th January – BELFAST – Mandela Hall
Thursday 28th January – CORK – Opera House
Saturday 30th January – GALWAY – Seapoint
Monday 1st February – COVENTRY – Warwick Arts Centre
Wednesday 3rd February – CAMBRIDGE – Corn Exchange
Thursday 4th February – SOUTHAMPTON – O2 Guildhall
Friday 5th February – LEEDS – Town Hall
Sunday 7th February – LIVERPOOL – Philharmonic Hall
Monday 8th February – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall
Wednesday 10th February – GATESHEAD – Sage
Thursday 11th February – SHEFFIELD – Octagon Centre

Wednesday 15th June – LONDON – Royal Albert Hall

A full list of John’s global tour dates can be found on his website.

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is out now on Bella Union.

Happy release day, John Grant!

Hooray! It’s release day for the one and only John Grant…

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OUT NOW!

It had already been an extraordinary enough journey for John Grant, from the point where he thought he’d never make music again or escape a life of substance abuse to winning awards and accolades and collaborating with Sinead O’Connor, Rumer and Hercules & Love Affair.  But then in the spring of 2014 came the nomination in the Best International Male Solo Artist category at the BRITS alongside Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Drake, like some sort of fantasy dreamt up in a moment of outrageous hubris.

In actuality, it was a sorely belated recognition for one of the most beautiful voices of the 21st century, matched by a songwriting and lyrical prowess that conveyed every atom of pain, fear and endurance that has defined Grant’s life so far, not just with a striking level of self-awareness but the most life-affirming streak of dark and scabrous humour too.  Despite all his personal and career setbacks in the past, Grant has continued to build on the incredible acclaim won by his first two solo albums, 2010’s Queen Of Denmark and 2013’s Pale Green Ghosts.  In the autumn of 2014, he embarked on a tour accompanied by the Royal Northern Sinfonia orchestra while also playing a prestigious show for BBC Radio 6 Music with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Come 2015, Grant has begun recording his third solo album, and his biggest tour plans to date: not only confirming a show at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in November but also supporting the legendary Pixies across America.

It’s the latest leg of a journey that’s taken Grant from his birthplace in Buchanan, Michigan to being raised in Parker, Colorado, studying languages in Germany and, after his Denver-based band The Czars split up, basing himself in New York, London, Berlin and, most recently, Iceland, where Pale Green Ghosts was recorded. It’s also been a journey from The Czars’ folk/country noir to the lush ‘70s FM alchemy of Queen Of Denmark to the astonishing fusion of sounds that lifts Pale Green Ghosts to even giddier heights.

That Grant has made his mark is blatantly clear from how Queen Of Denmark was rapturously received. “Like a couple of similarly intense classics before it – Antony & The Johnsons’ I Am A Bird Now and Bon Iver’s For Emma… Queen Of Denmark sounds like a record its creator has been waiting his whole life to make,” MOJO concluded. Another measure of achievement, and the journey, is that one classic that Grant first heard in those new wave clubs was Sinéad O’Connor’s ‘Mandinka’. Two decades later, O’Connor not only covered the title track of ‘Queen Of Denmark’ on her 2012 album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, but supplied goose-bumping backing vocals on Pale Green Ghosts.

Sinéad’s presence was a surprise, but not compared to the album’s portion of synthesisers and beats – unless you already know Grant’s enduring love of vintage synth-pop and industrial dance, and more current electronic acts such as Trentemøller and Mock & Toof. “Electronica is a huge part of my personality and my influences, though I don’t think many people see that fitting in to the John Grant image, whatever that is,” he says.

One of those prime influences produced Pale Green Ghosts with Grant: Birgir Þórarinsson, a.k.a. Biggi Veira, of Iceland’s electronic pioneers Gus Gus. Queen of Denmark had been recorded in Texas with fellow Bella Union mates Midlake as his backing band, and Grant intended to return there to record again. But a performance at the Iceland Airwaves festival in 2011, led to meeting Biggi, who invited Grant to his studio in Reykjavik. The initial tracks the pair recorded convinced Grant he had to make the entire record there.

Besides Biggi, the album features a range of Icelandic musicians, including saxophonist Óskar Gudjónsson on ‘Ernest Borgine’, named after the legendary American actor. On an album of typically caustic revelations, including sex, sexuality and the pitfalls of growing up in an era, and a particularly religious environment, that ostracised gay men, ‘Ernest Borgnine’ combines all these strands with the admission that Grant is HIV positive.

Grant’s frankness also led to being arguably the first person to announce such news in front of a live audience, as he did when appearing with Hercules And Love Affair at London’s Meltdown festival in June 2012.  HALA mainman Andy Butler had asked Grant to collaborate on a track (‘I Tried To Talk To You’, one of two tracks Grant fronted on the dance collective’s third album The Feast of Broken Hearts) and requested that he, “dig deep,” with his lyric. “It’s what I wrote the song about so I thought I should talk about it there and then,” Grant explains his public declaration. “I thought I shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it, as there are lots of people in my situation, who feel like outcasts in society, people who had addiction problems, who feel ashamed and unlovable because of it.  I wanted these people to know they have someone on a stage who is dealing with this too.”

Grant has also never shied away from discussing depression, but the fact that he has never looked back is testament to his capacity for strength and survival (Attitude Magazine crowned Grant their Man of the Year for 2013 as a result of his brutal candour and musical stature). He continues to be sought after as a collaborator; he translated the lyrics on Icelandic superstar Ásgeir’s album ‘In the Silence’, sang ‘Sweet Painted Lady’ on the 40th anniversary release of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, and made a guest appearance at Goldfrapp’s Royal Albert Hall show to duet with Alison on the classic Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra ‘Some Velvet Morning’

Going by the four new songs – including the gorgeously aching ‘Geraldine’, which legendary singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb would surely have been proud to write, and the ominous and fearsome electronic pulse of ‘Black Blizzard’- that Grant unveiled on last year’s orchestral tour, the man’s incredible journey continues, and at such a high level of artistry and workmanship. It seems that nothing is out of John Grant’s reach if he puts his mind to it.

LIVE TOUR DATES HERE

Watch the video for Disappointing below…

Landshapes announce UK tour

Following a whirlwind of support for new album ‘Heyoon’ – out now on Bella Union, playlist spots on BBC 6 Music and XFM and a string of festival dates culminating at Green Man Festival at the end of August, Landshapes are pleased to announce a November UK tour.

The four piece will open at London’s The Social on November 4, before heading out on a further six dates, including Liverpool’s Mythopoeia on November 28 where they will be joined by Stealing Sheep.

Landshapes play:

Wed Nov 4 – The Social, London [tickets]
Sun Nov 22 – Louisiana, Bristol
Mon Nov 23  – The Boileroom, Guildford
Tue Nov 24 – The Cellar, Oxford
Wed Nov 25 – Hare and Hounds 2, Birmingham
Sat Nov 28 – Mythopoeia w/ Stealing Sheep, Liverpool
Sun Nov 29 – The Castle, Manchester

Watch the new video for Francois directed by Tim Hawkins below…