1 The Vamps Cherry Blossom [Personally Signed] For a limited time, you can pick up a personally signed copy of the album! Please put what you want written on your album in the comments section at checkout. Click / tap 'Add Comment', below 'Total Price'. If you leave the comments box blank, you will receive a signed copy with no personalisation. - Earlier this year the new album 'Cherry Blossom' was sent to their label. As far as everyone was concerned it was finished, with singles just left to be decided on. They knew they had a strong collection of bangers and ballads that told the story of a band re-born, but they weren't entirely certain about which song should properly mark the start of The Vamps Part 2. That's when Zoom really came into its own. “On the day we handed the album in I went on a Zoom call with Lostboy” explains Brad. “We had a few beers and then four hours later Married in Vegas was birthed.” James adds: “I was playing Playstation with my mates and it was about 11pm and I was pretty drunk too actually. Then Brad FaceTimed me and he was like 'I've just written this song!'. I love moments like that because even when you think something's done it can still change at the last minute." Suddenly the race to be Cherry Blossom's lead single was won by a brand new song, a clear sign that their creative juices were in full flow. The Vamps, aka Brad Simpson, Connor Ball, Tristan Evans and James McVey, had never really had the chance to be bored before 2020 struck. Since their platinum-selling debut album, Meet The Vamps, crashed into the UK charts at number 2 in 2014, the band have been holding onto a dream-like rush of albums (four in total, including 2017's chart-topping Night & Day (Night Edition), featuring the Matoma-assisted global smash All Night), singles (eight top 40 hits including five top 10s), and world tours (they're the first band to headline London's O2 Arena five years in a row). Having been on the treadmill of album, tour, album-recorded-on-tour, another tour, they fell back into the old routine and wrote half an album quickly 18 months ago. Some proper time off was needed however, so they indulged in that rare thing of space away from the band. Then, last summer, unhappy with the results of those early sessions, they booked some AirBnbs and just hung out and started jamming as the band. “We ended scrapping all of the first batch of songs and starting again,” McVey says. This time gave the band the space to meticulously plan exactly what they wanted the album to be and what they wanted to say. 'Cherry Blossom' was born, a title that is a reflection of the theme of rebirth that runs throughout. In the space of just six years The Vamps have morphed from bright-eyed and bushy-tailed boyband with instruments into a proper fully-fledged pop band crafting arena-sized Hits. On Cherry Blossom, that musicality that's occasionally been lost in frantic release schedules and world tours and award shows has been given the time to properly, well, blossom. This isn't a vehicle for pop's current crop of in demand songwriters and producers, this is a Vamps-lead project that's made all the more impressive by the fact it was honed and finessed during lockdown. “We'd be lying if we said we didn't want it to go out into the world and be received positively,” says Simpson of their hopes for the album. “But ultimately we love it so much, and that feeling of self-fulfilment is so exciting. These are songs that really touch on parts of our lives.” He smiles. “The songs mean that little bit more.” CD | LP
2 Nothing But Thieves Thursday 27th May at New Slang, 9:00pm (18+) PLEASE NOTE: date is subject to change pending government / NIHP guidance around the coronavirus outbreak. If this event is postponed, we will let you know - please do not contact us until a rescheduled date is announced. Once announced, if you cannot make the rescheduled date refunds will be available. - Celebrating the release of their third full length album titled Moral Panic, the excellent alt-rockers Nothing But Thieves return to Kingston to play at New Slang. “An interviewer in Kuala Lumpur asked us why we don't have a huge amount of songs about relationships or love. We hadn't really thought about it before. The answer was that songs like that have been done to death and they rarely capture what love is actually like for most. Songs tend to be idealistic or Hollywood. Real Love Song was an attempt to write a song about love from a self-aware perspective. It's about the darker side of love - the painful, unrequited kind. It's love lost or love never gained. Thank you to that interviewer from Malaysia - without you, this song would never exist.” - The band on Real Love Song Times TBC. It'll be usual New Slang times if that's possible (9:00pm doors, band on stage at 10:30pm) CD/ticket is £15 post-paid, and other formats and combos are available. New Slang is an over 18s event, and is strict on ID. Please bring photo ID with you on the night, whatever age you are. New Slang is held at Pryzm, 154 Clarence St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1QP New Slang Ticket CD | LP Pre-Order
3 Bruce Springsteen Letter To You Letter To You is Bruce Springsteen’s new studio album with the E Street Band, and is a rock album fuelled by the band's heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound. Recorded at his home studio in New Jersey, Letter To You is Springsteen’s 20th studio album, and is his first album including the E Street Band since 2012’s High Hopes and their first performances together since 2016’s The River Tour. “I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” says Springsteen. “And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.” Letter to You includes nine recently written Springsteen songs, as well as new recordings of three of his legendary, but previously unreleased, compositions from the 1970s, “Janey Needs a Shooter,” “If I Was the Priest,” and “Song for Orphans.” Springsteen is joined on Letter To You by Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Charlie Giordano and Jake Clemons. The album was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen, mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. CD | LP
4 Asking Alexandria Stand Up And Scream [RSD20] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 - Drop 3. Available online from 6:00pm on Saturday 24th October, strictly one per customer. This is a 10 year anniversary piece w/ new album artwork/variant/and exclusive vinyl color. We will be releasing it for RSD because AA is releasing a new album this year and has an upcoming EU touring, but most importantly because of the 10 year anniversary…revisiting a catalog staple! ""Stand Up and Scream. The album that started it all. We were just teenagers with no clue as to what we were doing! All we cared about was that we were having the best time of our lives and making music that we loved. This album means so much to all of us as it was our first stepping stone into this incredible world we have created over this last decade and will continue to create for decades to come. Stand Up and Scream, we fucking salute you. Ben Xx"" Comes with additional/new insert sheet w/ candid archived photos spanning the bands 10 year career. Sumerian Records LP RSD 2020
5 The Who WHO + Live At Kingston A limited deluxe edition of The Who's 2020 album WHO. Packed with a special LIVE AT KINGSTON CD that was recorded at the show put on by us on the 14th February 2020. 7" boxset is the WHO album spread across 6 x 7" singles with the bonus CD. The songs on the deluxe version of ‘WHO’ were recorded in Kingston on Valentines Day this year exactly 50 years to the day since The Who’s seminal show at Leeds which became the infamous live album ‘Live At Leeds.’ The deluxe version of ‘WHO’ is preceded on 5th October by ‘Beads On One String (Yaggerdang Remix)' of this new version of the song Pete Townshend says "This is a cowrite with Josh Hunsacker who I met on Soundcloud. He wrote the music, I wrote the lyric and vocal melody. In 1932 on a visit to London the spiritual master Meher Baba said that he had come to draw all the religions of the world together like beads on one string. We wait in hope, with love." 7" | CD Now Shipping
6 YUNGBLUD Monday 29th March at Pryzm, 6:00pm PLEASE NOTE: date is subject to change pending government / NIHP guidance around the coronavirus outbreak. If this event is postponed, we will let you know - please do not contact us until a rescheduled date is announced. Once announced, if you cannot make the rescheduled date refunds will be available. - DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND, WE'VE ADDED AN EXTRA SHOW TO TAKE PLACE EARLIER ON. To celebrate the release of his new album titled WEIRD, YUNGBLUD returns to Kingston to play at Pryzm. Doubling down on the raw vulnerability first glimpsed on his powerhouse 2018 debut album, 21st Century Liability, and his 2019 EP, hope for the underrated youth, Weird! is YUNGBLUD’s most emotionally complex body of work to date. He recorded it at studios in London and Los Angeles with Cervini, Greatti and another frequent collaborator, Matt Schwartz (Cold War Kids, Bullet For My Valentine, Massive Attack). True to YUNGBLUD’s fierce refusal to box himself in, Weird! embodies a wildly eclectic collage of sound: Queen-inspired harmonies, Beatles-esque chord progressions, elements of dance-punk and glam-rock and hip-hop and metal. Times TBC but we expect doors at 6:00pm with YUNGBLUD on stage at 7:00pm. CD/ticket is £15 post-paid, and other formats and combos are available. Tickets and albums will be posted separately. Pryzm is all ages for this show - under 14s must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult (18+). Over 18s should bring PHOTO ID (driving license / passport). Pryzm, 154 Clarence Street, Kingston Upon Thames (KT1 1QP) PLEASE NOTE: If you choose Collect In-store as your delivery option your full order will need to be collected from our shop rather than from the venue. CD | LP Pre-Order
7 Prince Sign O' The TImes [RSD20] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 - Drop 3. Available online from 6:00pm on Saturday 24th October, strictly one per customer. The highly anticipated expanded reissue of Sign O’ The Times was released on September 25th, and has received praise and accolades from fans and media alike. Including a brand new remaster of the original album, by Prince’s longtime mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, the iconic 1987 album will also be presented in a special limited 140g Picture Disc vinyl edition for Record Store Day, on October 24th. LP RSD 2020
8 Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits is being released on 2LP vinyl for the very first time on Friday 28.08.2020.The band is in full support of the vinyl reissue and have asked us to rework the artwork for a new feel with different colours and new photos. The collection is also being updated with their latest hit “Shadow Of Your Love” from the 2018 Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded boxset. UMC / Polydor LP Back in Stock!
9 SALEM SALEM SALEM is the new punk-rock side-project from the Creeper frontman Will Gould and Mat Reynolds (Howard’s Alias, Skylar, Drawings). First single ‘Destroy Me’ fires out of the starting blocks in a ferocious rush of punk rock melody and Gould’s distinctive vocals. His words possess the playfully eloquent set-up and punchline lyrical style that’s a big part of classic albums from the likes of Jawbreaker and Alkaline Trio. “‘Destroy Me’ is a really good introduction that summarises the band, it had the right kind of energy from the offset,” says Gould. “This band feels like a love letter to a lot of our early influences. It’s a return to our roots in a lot of ways.” Elsewhere, SALEM’s debut EP captures the life-affirming joy of hearing a live band erupt into a blast of wild, barely controlled energy. Not that it’s a one-trick pony. Opening track ‘Fall Out Of Love’ hurtles into the kind of towering chorus that Gould first made his name with, ‘Throat’ is an ominous, ever-escalating alt-rock slowburner, while the frenetic closer ‘Doomed (For Each Other)’ sprints for the finish line. And as with all good EPs, when the needle clicks off, the natural thing to do is to flip it over and play it again from the start. Roadrunner Records 12"
10 Bardo Pond On The Ellipse [RSD20] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2020 - Drop 3. Available online from 6:00pm on Saturday 24th October, strictly one per customer. Double purple vinyl.The sixth album by Bardo Pond, a critically revered space rock masterpiece, lovingly reissued on double purple vinyl for the first time since 2003. Fire Records LP RSD 2020