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Black Foxxes Thursday 22nd March at Banquet Records, 6:00pm Tickets for collection at our shop on the evening of the in-store. Please bring your order number with you. Just after the release of their second album Black Foxxes play in the shop. The Exeter three-piece have been in the shop before, last time to celebrate the release of their huge and well praised debut album I'm Not Well. They're coming back with Reidi (Reiði), showcasing their massive, grungy alt-rock sound but with a bigger and upbeat feel than before but no less emotive. If you're into the likes of Manchester Orchestra, The Xcerts or Citizen then get this band on your radar. Vocalist / guitarist / primary songwriter Mark Holley was able to ease his mind and fire his senses by making an extended trip to Iceland, with this unique, spectacularly scenic land acting as a primary source of inspiration for the new material on display. Without doubt, ‘Reiði’ marks a bold step forward in terms of vision, song-writing and musicianship, with a broader variety of instruments brought in to complement the material, and Holley’s natural ability to write truly memorable songs of meaning more evident than ever before. In-store Grade B. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Reidi (Reiði) from us. CD | LP
Press To MECO Friday 30th March at Banquet Records, 5:00pm Tickets and albums for collection at our shop on the evening of the in-store. Please bring your order number with you. The day their new album is released Press To MECO play in the shop. The trio from Crawley were last in town supporting Don Broco, now they return with their second full length album Here's To The Fatigue, and it's full of sharp and angular alt-rock with mathy elements. If you're into the likes of Arcane Roots, The Xcerts, Don Broco or Lower Than Atlantis then come and check these guys out. "A powerful amalgamation of angular riffs and pop sensibilities." – Rocksound "Gargantuan grooves, djenty time signatures and pulse-pounding attention to technical detail…" - Upset "Billy Talent, Pulled Apart By Horses and Lower Than Atlantis roughly run through the progressive grinder." - Ourzone In-store Grade C. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Here's To The Fatigue from us. CD | LP
Awolnation Saturday 21st April at Banquet Records, 4:00pm With a new album just released and a Record Store Day 7" out on the same day, Awolnation returns to Kingston. The third studio album from the adored band Here Come The Runts serves as the follow up to platinum certified debut album Megalithic Symphony and 2015's Run. Replacing the electro-heavy alt-rock sounds for a classic singer-songwriter / indie-rock feel. If you're into alt-J then don't miss this and a chance to grab one of the limited RSD 7"s titled Live In Vienna. Awolnation are also playing at the London Scala on the 22nd April so you can have the chance to see them in an intimate venue and on the big stage there. "With this record I really wanted to make a rock n' roll/pop album." says Bruno. "And I say 'pop' how I grew up listening to it, in the sense of Dire Straits or Born In The U.S.A or The Cars or Tom Petty." In-store Grade A. This is a free event and anyone is welcome, but priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Here Come The Runts from us. CD | LP
Ginger Wildheart Sunday 13th May at Banquet Records, 12:00pm Tickets for collection at the shop on the day of the in-store; please bring your order number with you. Following the release of his latest album, Ginger Wildheart plays a lunchtime set in the shop. His new album titled Ghost In The Tanglewood, showcases his impecable songwriting abilities by blending country, folk, roots and plenty of rock. It's more mellow compared to what we're used to from Ginger but no less great and we can't wait to have this prolific artist visit the shop. “The songs largely deal with the traditionally taboo subject of mental health issues, specifically depression, which I have suffered from my whole life. Having recently weaned myself off medication, the music I make now serves as both therapy and comfort. I find relief in this music and hope that the songs bring a similar comfort to the listener. The narrative throughout is pretty confessional in nature, but I think the candid approach showcases the lyrics in a more bold and open way than a traditional rock album.” In-store Grade A. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Ghost In The Tanglewood from us. CD | LP