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Deux Furieuses Tuesday 22nd October at Banquet Records, 6:00pm To celebrate the release of their second full length album titled My War Is Your War, the post-punkers Deux Furieuses play in the shop for the first time. Dark and blisteringly powerful post-punk influenced tunes, fans of Quicksand, Sunny Day Real Estate and Failure should check this out. Raised on a fiery blend of Irish and Greek music, 80’s post-punk and 90’s alt rock, and bonding over a love of early PJ Harvey and Kate Bush, their music is a visceral and impassioned call to arms against the world’s inequalities and rising storms. ‘My War is Your War’ lyrically and musically expands on their 2016 debut album‘Tracks of Wire’. It takes the post-punk and Riot Grrrl influences of the predecessor and injects it with a darker rock sound, an angrier sonic energy representing the alarming rise of social injustices and right-wing power since the debut’s release. In-store Grade C. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of My War Is Your War from us. Tickets are for collection from the shop on the day of the in-store, please bring your order number with you. Albums will be posted unless you select the 'Collect in Shop' option when checking out. CD | LP
David Ellis Friday 25th October at Banquet Records, 6:00pm The self-proclaimed 'Pagan Rock' artist David Ellis visits the shop to celebrate the release of 'Misty Heights', his debut solo album away from his work in Razorlight. The self-proclaimed ‘Pagan Rock’ artist cleverly sews together earthy rhythms with heartfelt melodies and impassioned singing. Written about his journey on the search for happiness, his positive approach to ‘Eyes To The Sky’ is a wonderful introduction to Ellis’ sanguine sound. Speaking of ‘Eyes to the Sky’, Ellis explains: “’Eyes to the Sky’ was written at a time where I regained a youthful wonderment towards life after spending many years searching for happiness in all the wrong places.” In-store Grade C. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Misty Heights from us. Tickets are for collection from the shop on the day of the in-store, please bring your order number with you. Albums will be posted unless you select the 'Collect in Shop' option when checking out. CD
Half Moon Run Monday 4th November at Banquet Records, 6:00pm In the week that their new album is released, Half Moon Run play in the shop. The highly anticipated third full length album from the dreamy-folk rock group is titled A Blemish In The Great Light and is sure to feature more of their stunning songwriting. The word everyone comes back to when describing Montreal indie rockers Half Moon Run is "complex" (The Guardian, Exclaim, et al.) Whether they're billed as dreamy alt-pop, bucolic alt-folk, or psychedelic indie rock, the four multi-instrumentalists—Devon Portielje (vocals, guitar, piano, percussion), Conner Molander (vocals, guitar, keyboard, piano, pedal steel, bass, harmonica), Dylan Phillips (vocals, drums, piano, keyboard), and Isaac Symonds (vocals, drums, mandolin, synth, bass)—have built their name on cerebral, acrobatic arrangements and harmonies that lilt prettily till they turn feral. Their first album, Dark Eyes, placed two A-list singles on BBC Radio 1 and went platinum in Canada, earning them a nod as a Rolling Stone "band to watch." They followed up with Canadian Gold Record Sun Leads Me On (Glassnote), which had them touring furiously through Europe and North America and got them a Juno nod for Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2016. In-store Grade B. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of A Blemish In The Great Light from us. Indies exclusive LP is on 'smoke / marbled' coloured vinyl. Tickets are for collection from the shop on the day of the in-store, please bring your order number with you. Albums will be posted unless you select the 'Collect in Shop' option when checking out. The Album is released 1st November. CD | LP New In
Sunset Sons Wednesday 6th November at Banquet Records, 6:00pm Just after the release of their second full length album titled Blood Rush Deja Vu, the dreamy, anthemic-fuelled indie rockers Sunset Sons visit the shop for an in-store set. The album shows a more mature, dark and urgent side of the band, whilst keeping to their trademark festival anthemic rock and laid back dreamy beach retrospectives. The album has been produced by Grammy winning and ‘MPG Producer of the Year 2018’ Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice, The Amazons) and features 10 new tracks (including an exclusive track for physical formats only). Blood Rush Déjà Vu was recorded between their adopted hometown, the surf commune of Hossegor on the south-west Atlantic coast of France and Kensaltown Studios in London. In-store Grade B. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Blood Rush Deja Vu from us. Albums will be posted, tickets are for collection from the shop on the day of the in-store, please bring your order number with you. CD | LP
Vinnie Caruana Sunday 15th December at Banquet Records, Midday With his new solo EP out now, Vinnie Caruana plays an acoustic set in the shop. You'll recognise Vinnie as the frontman of The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche and we're delighted to welcome him back to the shop in celebration of his new solo EP Aging Frontman. Not afraid to take himself too seriously with the title and cover artwork, the personal EP is his most accomplished and poignant solo release to date. Vinnie has this to share: “This is as personal as I’ve ever been with the listener. The people who listen to my music know me. I’ve personally met most of them at shows and we have a relationship. This is just another layer. I’m still looking for answers. We all are. We have to keep finding the beauty in life, no matter how hard life can sometimes make it for us. I want to keep being the best version of myself until I die.” This never-ending desire to find and hold on to beauty and peace of mind, despite the chaos and frequent ugliness of the world we all live in, is something that has always inspired Caruana to write and perform music, and to connect with his fans and this record is without a doubt the finest distillation of that ethos, and of Caruana’s formidable talent as a singer/songwriter. In-store Grade C. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Aging Frontman from us. All albums + Tickets are for collection in the shop on the day of the event. 12"