Sean McGowan Curate Calm, Create Chaos An EP from the excellent folk-punk / singer-songwriter Sean McGowan, following on from his 2018 debut full length Son Of The Smith. A punk, poet, and pacifist all at once, McGowan's latest collection arrives as an eclectic extension of himself. Stepping momentarily away from the frenetic indie-punk that defined his debut album Son of The Smith, Sean’s latest release instead delivers an altogether more tender and introspective sound. “Curate Calm, Create Chaos was born from a particularly turbulent time in my life," says McGowan. "A string of events knocked me for Six. I identified five of the causes and used them as the foundations for songs." Xtra Mile 10"
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
Mull Historical Society Dear Satellite Expected 8th April Seventh album from Mull Historical Society aka long-standing indie-rock multi-instrumentalist Colin MacIntyre. The album is ten tracks of floating, positive, textually-diverse pop songs. The spring morning brightness spread across 'Sleepy Hollow' and 'This Little Sister' may leap you into optimistic, slightly cheerful abandon but 'Why Do They Go So Soon' wrings a little melancholy into the warmth. The odd off-key whistling underpinning the rhyming acoustic pop of 'Bones' meshes the weird elements you'd have expected from MHS of old, while the chiming synth-drive of 'The Ballad of Ivor Punch' reaches into Arcade Fire-esque indie rock. 'All the Love Remains' and 'Each Other' captures the sweet and serious strumming that MHS has made his own, while the album closes with the reflective, sky-and-soul-searching 'Farewell to Finisterre', continuing the seeming interest of Xtra Mile Recordings' bands in space and star gazing. Xtra Mile CD
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
Frank Turner Love Ire & Song The second album from our good friend, and one of the country's greatest singer-songwriters, Frank Turner. His debut album was critically acclaimed and there is not let up in quality here. Incredibly honest, clever, and socially aware lyrics go hand in hand with catchy as hell tunes. 1. I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous 2. Reasons Not To Be An Idiot 3. Photosynthesis 4. Substitute 5. Better Half 6. Love Ire & Song 7. Imperfect Tense 8. To Take You Home 9. Long Live The Queen 10. A Love Worth Keeping 11. St. Christopher Is Coming Home 12. Jet Lag Xtra Mile Recordings CD