Andrew Davie, Joey Haynes and Kevin Jones – Bear’s Den to an ever-growing army of fans – formed a band in 2012. Two short years has seen euphoric word of mouth take them from early days of sofa surfing gigs via touring across Europe and North America to selling out their own 1500 capacity London headline show in May this year. All the while, their music has evolved into something spellbinding and beautiful; a gorgeous, enveloping sound driven by the steady hum of acoustic instruments and Andrew’s haunted voice delivering “lyrically sincere and emotionally raw songs” (New York Times) that are “as timeless as heartache” (MTV). Arriving this autumn, their debut album Islands is astonishing – a record that perfectly marks the point where a band goes from best kept secret to new favourite band.
Released on Communion, Islands follows the band’s EPs Without/Within and Agape and their hugely acclaimed recent single Elysium (a track that came coupled with Marcus Haney’s remarkable short film). The album was produced by Ian Grimble (Manic Street Preachers/The 1975) at 2KHz Studio in North London. It features:
2. The Love You Stole
3. Above The Clouds of Pompeii
5. Think Of England
7. When You Break
8. Stubborn Beast
10. Bad Blood
To mark the release of Islands, Bear’s Den play a series of intimate shows in key cities across Europe in October, ending up at the Tabernacle in London. Tickets are available from the band’s website. The dates are:
Oct 8th Pop Up Du Label, Paris, FR
Oct 9th Nijdrop, Opwijk, BE
Oct 13th Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
Oct 14th Kantine Am Berghain, Berlin, DE
Oct 16th Tabernacle, London, UK TICKETS
Islands is available for pre-sale via iTunes. Bear’s Den can be found online here or on Facebook, Twitter or Spotify.
We’re very proud to present our second ‘New Faces’ Tour. Following on from the first tour held back in Spring this year, the influential New Faces compilation album, and the New Faces EP series with XFM, the New Faces tour features four of 2014′s most hotly tipped new artists –Amber Run, Fyfe, Kimberly Anne and Pixel Fix.
Taking in 7 cities over one week, it’s a chance to see an incredibly exciting and diverse 4 band bill in intimate venues, including the very special St Stephen’s Church in London.
With every advance ticket purchased from MusicGlue via Communion’s site you will receive a free EP download with a track from each act on the tour.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 27th August at 10am from communionmusic.co.uk/live, Songkick, SeeTickets, Billetto, Gigantic and venues, priced at £8 regionally and £10 in London.
Monday 3rd November- Green Door Store, Brighton
Tuesday 4th November – Louisiana, Bristol
Wednesday 5th November – St Stephen’s Church, London
Friday 7th November – Art Bar, Oxford
Saturday 8th November – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Sunday 9th November – Bodega, Nottingham
Monday 10th November- Holy Trinity Church, Leeds
Melbourne multi-instrumentalist, singer-producer, Fractures has announced his debut headline show in London for Thursday October 30, at The Seabright Arms.
Hosted by Communion Presents, this show sees Fractures- aka Melbourne native Mark Zito- travel to the UK following the release of his debut self-titled EP in July and a string of sold-out shows in his home country.
Pairing infectious pop hooks with haunting narrative, Fractures, AKA Mark Zito, has won fans and praise from his peers including Gotye and Chet Faker for his dark, alluring sound.
Previous singles ‘Twisted’ and ‘Cadence’-promptly went top 3 on Hype Machine, whilst The Guardian tipped follow-up ‘Cadence’ as ‘a down-tempo electro burner bringing to mind Jamie Woon and James Blake’. The raft of interest in Fractures’ output has resonated far beyond the approval of critics and fellow musicians, with now more than a million plays on Soundcloud.
In possibly the cruelest case of life imitating art, just days before his live debut in mid 2013, the producer and multi-instrumentalist suffered a near-fatal fall, leaving him with a fractured neck & confined to an orthotic halo for a recovery period of 3 months.
Happily, Zito’s complete recovery now brings him to London, which will see Zito (replete with 5 piece band) lifting the new EP up & out of the studio, translating his crisp productions with the luxurious depth and resonance so evident across Fractures.
“He plays like a slightly slicker James Blake or How to Dress Well — an R&Bist with
an alternative approach, and an ear for what works”
“Cadence achieves its emotional peaks with subtle but stunning clarity”
“If you’re looking to be moved, look no further”
“Fractures is an artist that possesses enviable musical dexterity”
A year ago Rhodes had played just a handful of live shows. Now, 12 months later, he is something of a veteran, having supported Sam Smith, London Grammar, Laura Marling, Nick Mulvey and Rufus Wainwright. He has toured the UK, sold out three nights at London’s Sebright Arms, as well festival performances at Glastonbury, Wilderness and Latitude to name a few.
Now signed to Ministry of Sound through his own Rhodes Music imprint, Rhodes releases a stunning new EP ‘Home’ October 19th. He is a singular talent. His voice is striking and the stark simplicity of his songs is initially deceptive. Whether he plays electric guitar or keyboards, solo or with a band, the sound totally belongs to him.
Using producers Ian Grimble (Daughter), Tim Bran/Roy Kerr (London Grammar) and Iain Archer (Jake Bugg), ‘Home’ showcases Rhodes impressive songwriting talent. Lead track ‘Breathe’ is beautiful, held together by a stripped back verse and a glimmering chorus. The endearing anthemic title track leads into bittersweet piano ballad ‘What If Love’. The EP picks up the tempo and closes with the warming and catchy ‘Crash’.
With his career in the ascendency, Rhodes received enthusiastic early support last October with his debut EP ‘Raise Your Love’ and his ‘Morning’ EP release this May ranging from the all manner of blogs to NME, Times and Sunday Times and Radio 1 and XFM playlists. The summer has seen support continue with a BBC3 acoustic performance from Glastonbury as well as a recent session with Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Rhodes continues to receive enthusiastic reception from all quarters.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Described by Elbow’s Guy Garvey as “the UK’s answer to Bright Eyes” and heralded in some quarters of the British music press as a Mancunian Bruce Springsteen, singer-songwriter Liam Frost has developed, across two critically acclaimed solo albums, into a well-cherished artist whose distinctive voice, songwriting and sincerity really set him apart. Following his recent TOKOLOSH collaboration with members of The Earlies and The Whip, Liam returns for these special performances showcasing songs from The Wild Places EP and his, as yet, untitled third album.
Liam Frost will headline St Giles In The Fields on Thursday 23 October, tickets on sale here
London electro-pop outfit ATTU will release their debut EP We Are Ordinary People, on limited edition vinyl and download, through Beatnik Creative on September 1st. The EP will be supported by the release of debut single, We Are Ordinary People.
ATTU are North London based four piece comprised of Stefan Antoinette (guitar/vocals), Michelle Antoinette (bass/vocals/synths), Chike Newman (samples/vocals) and Timothy Earl (guitar/synths).
Following last year’s captivating demo ‘Don’t Sleep’, ATTU return this summer with lead single, We Are Ordinary People. The quietly momentous track; with its rousing soundscapes and irresistible melodies is the second preview of the forthcoming EP.
They will headline The Waiting Room on 8th September, tickets on sale HERE
Freshly signed to Communion Records, Twin Peaks play their first UK headline show at Birthdays on 7th October. Tickets on sale here
Don’t bother asking Twin Peaks about the deeper meaning of their band name. They simply thought it sounded cool, which explains why their second album Wild Onion (out August 5th on The Grand Jury) isn’t as spooky or surreal as David Lynch’s short-lived TV show. It’s more like a modern day Nuggets, with Ty Segall, Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees curating instead of Lenny Kaye. Not literally, of course. But the spirit of those gar-age demigods is alive and well alongside subtle nods to everything from the Pixies and Tame Impala to the godfathers of guitar-guided pop music, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.
Wild Onion out in the UK on 1st September.
We’re very excited to announce the return of our monthly clubnight residency at Notting Hill Arts Club. From September until June
we’ll be bringing you some of the most exciting new music from bands all across the country and even the world.
Join us on 7th September for performances from Seafret, Lauren Shera, Freddie Dickson, Febueder, Blackfoot Circle, Racing Glaciers and Amber States.
We’ll also have our ATFL DJs on hand who will be going head to head with The Staves, they’ll be bringing you a mix of tunes to keep you dancing until the early hours.
South London singer songwriter, Jake Isaac, has announced his first UK headline tour following an eventful summer of touring which included festival performances at Barn On The Farm, Summer Sound, Leopallooza, Kendal Calling and a slot on the coveted Other Stage at Glastonbury. After supporting Ella Eyre on her UK tour earlier in the year, Jake returned to support Ella at her Brixton Electric show on June 12th.
Jake released his latest EP ‘War Child’ on June 28th while at Glastonbury, which went straight into Top 10 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart. The ‘War Child’ EP reveals a wealth of fresh talent to be found in Isaac, from the beautiful, soaring ‘Hope’ to the energetic melodies of ‘Long Road’. Jake is joined by Virgin/EMI’s Josh Record on ‘Never Leave’ and by JP Cooper on ‘Carry You Home’.
UK Autumn Tour 2014
28th September – Bristol, The Exchange
29th September – Southampton, The Joiners
30th September – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
1st October – Glasgow, The Poetry Club
2nd October – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
4th October – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
5th October – Brighton, The Hope
7th October – London, Oslo TICKETS