Against Me! Stabitha Christie / First High Of The Morning Non-RSD edition of the excellent single from one of Banquet's favourite punk-rock bands Against Me!. Stabitha Christie" / "First High of the Morning are both B-sides from their 2016 album Shape Shift With Me. A-side "Stabitha Christie" is a fist-pumping rock anthem, while its counterpart "First High of the Morning" take a bit more of a country-tinged shuffle. Both songs fit perfectly into the Against Me! songbook. Xtra Mile 7"
Saint Leonard's Horses Good Luck Everybody Expected 11th November Debut album from London's Saint Leonard's Horses. Xtra Mile LP Pre-Order
The Lion And The Wolf The Cardiac Hotel Second album from acoustic singer / songwriter The Lion And The Wolf who has played in town with Matt Pryor, City On Film and Koji. Second album The Cardiac Hotel was expedited and creatively driven by Thomas's dad getting sick, the songs pouring forth as they tend to do when a loved one's future is uncertain. It's hard not to listen to The Lion and the Wolf's second album and not feel a little of that seismic shift yourself. If you don't feel it in the billowing organ chord that begins 'Don't Fail Me Now', then it'll fill you on 'Myfatherseyes'. The reverb weight blurring the edges, seemingly disintegrating Thomas's voice, brings pathos to the urgent, searing sounds that brew underneath. Violins, brass and lyrics that break upon the softest ears and hearts like waves, particularly on 'The Pinching Point' (“All the time struggled to breathe, now she doesn't have to grieve at the finish line”), while pianos and seething strings seem to bellow over the gentle finger picking and clicking drums on closer 'Find The Time'. Xtra Mile CD Pre-Order
Esme Patterson We Were Wild New album from Denver Americana folk indie singer / songwriter Esme Patterson who played in town a couple of times last year! Xtra Mile CD | LP
Trapper Schoepp Rangers & Valentines Expected 1st April Second album from Milwakee-based troubadour Trapper Schoepp. Fans of Brian Fallon and Frank Turner chack this out! Produced by pop polymath and Raconteurs member Brendan Benson at his Readymade Studios in Nashville, Rangers & Valentines finds the teller of tales (both tall and true) handling vocals, guitar and harmonica. On the recording, Schoepp is aided by an array of estimable musicians including his brother, songwriting partner and musical-foil-since-birth, Tanner Schoepp (providing bass guitar and vocal harmonies), Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady), John Davis (Superdrag), the McCrary Sisters, and even comedian and WTF podcaster Marc Maron chips in on background vocals and lead guitar. Xtra Mile CD | LP Pre-Order
Failure The Heart Is A Monster Expected 17th July. 180g double LP expected later in the year, details TBC. Inflluential LA band Failure return from a 19 year hiatus with this album. “Thematically we’ve moved from the outer space of ‘Fantastic Planet’ to inner space”, said guitar/ bass player Greg Edwards of Failure’s new album, the band’s first full-length since 1996, ‘The Heart Is A Monster’. “From the dislocation of one’s identity to the complete erasing of it by sleep and dreams. I think we’ve used instrumentation in the service of mood and emotion to an even greater degree than on our previous records”. Xtra Mile CD Pre-Order
Johnny Lloyd Next Episode Starts in 15 Seconds LP is on clear vinyl. The new solo album from Johnny Lloyd, the former Tribes frontman. Very much indicative of his newfound direction and a bold departure from his indie-rock roots,‘Next Episode...' sees Johnny’s sound metamorphosing to find kindred spirits with the likes of Nick Drake or Sparklehorse, channeling that hushed, alternative-folk sound that is so eternally enchanting. Rich with personal renovations and revelations inspired by a whirlwind of changes in Johnny’s life over the past few years, the intimate and mature songs of the album tackle growth, getting sober and becoming a father, in a record that earnestly witnesses this songwriter enter back into the spotlight and truly come of age. Xtra Mile Recordings CD | LP
Oxygen Thief Confusion Species Confusion Species is the new album from Oxygen Thief, the first album from the Bristol trio in 4 years. A blast of heavy riffs, syncopated time signatures and clever lyrics – Confusion Species is a welcome return after songwriter and frontman Barry Dolan's solo acoustic side project Non Canon. With themes exploring the nature of truth and lies; FOMO; propaganda; how we're meant to cope with the constant bombardment of information; our relationship with the past; indecision; anxiety; fear; trying to moving forward in life with the weight of the world's problems threatening to crush us at every turn – 'Confusion Species' is a very thought-provoking album, but from the standpoint of our reactions to those situations rather than about particular causes. Xtra Mile Recordings CD | LP