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  • Building a live electronic set, the DAW-less way
    Building a live electronic set, the DAW-less way

    Building a live set #1:

     

     

     

    If you're like me and you enjoy synthesizers (a bit too much) and the idea of performing music appeals to you, then chances are you've probably thought about playing live in some aspect, and let me be upfront and say building a "live system" was one of the most mentally challenging, but rewarding things I've done in my electronic music making... read more

  • The Hold Steady new single out 7 September 2018
    The Hold Steady new single out 7 September 2018

    Single release: 'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' by The Hold Steady
    Release date: 7... read more

  • Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam new album out 9 November 2018
    Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam new album out 9 November 2018

    Album release: 'Blackout Cowboy' by Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
    Release date: 9 November 2018
    Label: By The Time... read more

  • THE TWILIGHT SAD! Announce New Album ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ 18th January 2019
    THE TWILIGHT SAD! Announce New Album ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ 18th January 2019
    Today, Glasgow's The Twilight Sad announce their return with the band's fifth full-length – and their first for their new label Rock Action Records – IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME arriving on January 18th, 2019. The news comes accompanied by a second taster of the record – following recent... read more
  • Universal Audio announce Apollo X
    Universal Audio announce Apollo X

     

     

     

    Universal Audio have revamped their range of Apollo rack interfaces with the newly announced Apollo X, significantly upgrading the converters and built-in DSP.

     

    Main new features include:

    “ELITE-CLASS” AUDIO CONVERSION pairs 24-bit/192kHz converters with all-new analogue circuitry, raising the performance from what was already very respectable AD/DA in the last generation devices. Universal Audio claim the widest dynamic range and lowest distortion of any integrated audio interface on the... read more

  • Native Instruments Komplete 12 & new hardware announced
    Native Instruments Komplete 12 & new hardware announced

    Native Instruments are back! Today NI announced a whole new line-up of hardware and software including the highly anticipated Komplete 12. These releases signify a move to make their ecosystem more accessible for all types of users, from beginners wanting to make their first beat, all the way through to serious producers and sound designers who demand the best sound quality and the most diverse... read more

  • XYLOURIS WHITE! New Shows Added!
    XYLOURIS WHITE! New Shows Added!

    … in faraway places; MONA, Hobart (sold out), Alice Springs Desert Festival and the Wave Rock Weekender in Hyden W.A join Darwin Entertainment Centre and the Blue Mountains Theatre on the-road-less-travelled. They join Sydney’s Camelot Lounge and... read more

  • Which Plug-ins come with my UA Interface?
    Which Plug-ins come with my UA Interface?

     

    Which Plug-ins come with my UA Interface?

    We often get asked which UAD plug-ins to use and add with UA Interfaces, but it's always worth checking out the plug-ins that come bundled with them. Below is a roundup of all the UA Plug-ins that come FREE with any of the Audio Interfaces from Universal Audio - so before you start adding to you system, see what you've got included below :

     

     

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  • Jake Gordon | Interview
    Jake Gordon | Interview

     

     

    Jake Gordon is a MPG nominated Mixer, Producer and Engineer who has worked with artists as varied as Dizzee Rascal, J-Hus, Emeli Sande, Lethal Bizzle, The Vaccines, Everything Everything, Tinchy Stryder, Clean Bandit, Plan B, Naughty Boy as well as mixing the Mercury Prize winning album by Skepta. Working out of Miloco Studios, Jake is now the 'go-to mixer' for urban music and I caught up for a chat about how he likes to work and how... read more

  • Glide Magazine Premieres Dangermaker’s “Pressure”

    Glide Magazine just premiered Dangermaker’s latests track/music video “Pressure.” Can you say OBSESSED? Because that’s exactly how we feel about this track! Dangermaker’s new LP is set to release on October 5th, 2018, and we are so stoked about this sneak-peek!

    About “Pressure,” Glide Magazine states, “ …a lively cut filled with slinky beats and hooks galore.. Dangermaker hits on all production cylinders in bridging an indie pop vibe, that like a good Daft Punk tune, strays to the safe side of street... read more

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    Single release: 'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' by The Hold Steady
    Release date: 7 September 2018
    Label: Frenchkiss Records
    More info: Band website

    The Hold Steady has released a brand new single. 'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' arrives at all DSPs and streaming services via Frenchkiss Records today, September 7.

    'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' can be heard now exclusively at The Hold Steady’s Bandcamp page. Fans can download the single now by donating to The K + L Guardian Foundation, a fund set up to benefit the children of Unified Scene founder 'jersey' Mike Van Jura, who died in November 2012.

    Recorded at Isokon Studios in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin, 'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' continues a string of recent THS single releases that includes 'The Stove & The Toaster' b/w 'Star 18', 'Eureka' b/w 'Esther', and last year’s 'Entitlement Crew' b/w 'A Snake In The Shower'” All eight of these new songs mark the return of keyboard player Franz Nicolay.

    Additional performers on the new songs include Stuart Bogie and Dave Nelson on horns and Annie Nero on backup vocals. All three singles are available now at all DSPs and streaming services as well as the official Hold Steady Bandcamp.

    'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' arrives just as The Hold Steady gets set to continue its 'Constructive Summer' series of North American live dates with an eagerly anticipated sold out four-night-stand at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern. The dates begin with a special 10th anniversary performance of STAY POSITIVE in its entirety on Wednesday, September 12 and then continue through September 15. On September 21 and 22, The Hold Steady will be in Chicago as part of Goose Island’s 312 Block Party. 

    “We are counting the days before we hit Toronto for our four-night stand at The Horseshoe Tavern,” says The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn. “Toronto is one of our absolute favorite cities to play, and the (legendary) Horseshoe Tavern has hosted some classic THS shows. These will be no exception, to be sure. Night One, we will be paying tribute to the 10th anniversary of STAY POSITIVE by playing the album in full, as well as a bunch of jams from all the other albums. So come raise a toast to 10 years of STAY POSITIVE with us and hear a few that we don’t pull out very often."

    “It won’t all be looking backwards though, as we are pleased to announce some new songs: ‘Confusion in the Marketplace’ and ‘T-Shirt Tux.’ We had a blast making these and hope you enjoy hearing them. We hope to play them for you in Toronto for their live debut. Can’t wait to see you all there and celebrate the last four shows of ‘Constructive Summer’ before we move onto what’s looking like an already pretty constructive autumn…”

    The Hold Steady is returning to the Brooklyn Bowl for the third annual 'Massive Nights' celebration, November 28 through December 1.  Limited tickets remain for 'Massive Nights III' and are available here.

    The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (drums), Craig Finn (vocals), Tad Kubler (guitar, vocals), Franz Nicolay (keyboards), Galen Polivka (bass), and Steve Selvidge (guitar, vocals).

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    Album release: 'Blackout Cowboy' by Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
    Release date: 9 November 2018
    Label: By The Time It Gets Dark
    More info: Band website

    • Listen to the single 'All The Way Over The Edge' at Stereogum
    • Album available to pre-order as DL / CD / LP here
    • UK tour dates through November

    Prolific Birmingham quintet Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam are today premiering their brand new single 'All The Way Over The Edge (Bros Don't Talk About Anything)' at Stereogum. On a track that makes an immediate impact from the opening riff, its febrile energy, subject matter and crushing, jerking rhythms are characteristic of an album that makes you feel something at every turn. This first track is about the importance of being able to feel like you can talk about your mental health. Lead singer and guitarist Pete Dixon says; "I think the male condition stops us from sharing emotions we tend to either make light of things or brush it off completely and typically men don't talk about our feelings until it's too late."

    About the track, Stereogum says; “All The Way Over The Edge (Bros Don’t Talk About Anything) is psyched-out spin on the neurotic power pop of early Weezer and the sprawling guitar rock of Titus Andronicus... When you’re listening to this, everything feels massive and urgent but it never takes itself too seriously, thanks to some darkly funny lyrics." 

    What of the bands that can’t stop writing? How do you keep up? Like Bob Pollard and R. Stevie Moore before them, it’s something that must just be there, in the blood. Over the last few years, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam have been putting out quality material at an alarming rate – 100+ songs, and if it wasn’t for the day jobs, there’d have been far more – whilst never quite fitting in to any one pigeonhole long enough to be branded with a genre. So, where to start? Here. 'Blackout Cowboy' is that record. It could as easily be their debut. A fresh slate from which to start from. A band with 100 songs distilling everything that makes them great down to just 8 new songs. Like a record from the 70’s, succinct and compact, total confidence in the material.

    Early lo-fi offerings in the form of two EPs, a self-titled album, and a Halloween single secured the then three-piece a regular spot on the Birmingham music scene, as well as frequent invites to towns and cities up and down the country. A couple of increases in headcount (most recently Junior Laidley on keyboards and percussion) and the purple patch writing sessions around 'Blackout Cowboy' have allowed the band to move away from the lo-fi aesthetic they once adhered to, and are now able to work the same unique approach to songwriting into an ever expanding range of hooks, riffs and drones that fill any room they play.

    Dark lyrical matter permeates throughout the record, as does black humour and the band’s gift for melody. From the power-pop rush of opener 'Running From A Ghost', through to the Malkmus-esque closer of 'Mind Control', there’s both variety and an almost endless slew of good ideas throughout. From the thick guitar tone that brings 'All The Way Over The Edge' to life, to the melodic invention across 'Blackout Cowboy' and 'Meatloaf To The Camera', there’s no let up across the record. And on 'Mrs JR Hartley' the band even channel the neurotic energy of those early Weezer songs, in contrast to that most English of references in the song title.

    Some bands hit their stride a few records in, and some bands hit it out of the park entirely: this is Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam making a strong claim for the latter.

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  • Today, Glasgow's The Twilight Sad announce their return with the band's fifth full-length – and their first for their new label Rock Action Records – IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME arriving on January 18th, 2019. The news comes accompanied by a second taster of the record – following recent single 'I/m Not Here [missing face]' – in the guise of its tumultuous, icy closer 'Videograms', which also sees release as a standalone 10”.
     
    Speaking of the track, frontman James Alexander Graham says, "'Videograms' was the first song written for the album but the last song finished before we went in to record. It’s one of the most melodic things we’ve done. Since writing the song I’ve heard the phrase "don’t you start on me” whilst walking down the street, in the supermarket, in the pub. It must have been something that I’d heard a lot that stuck with me and came out in this song.
     
    "I quite like that it's the first official single yet it's the last song on the album. There’s sometimes pressure to front load an album with the singles as it's assumed that people don’t have the attention span to listen to a full record, but people that know us and like our music know that we make albums that should be listened to all the way through as every song is a chapter in the overall story of it. It's also why I love Rock Action as there was no pressure from them, they let us do what we wanted with the track list.”   
     
    While the 11 tracks that comprise IWBLTATT largely began to take form during the band's lengthy recent tours with The Cure, it wasn't until returning to the UK and the isolation of his London home, that guitaristAndy MacFarlane distilled the band’s collective aspirations – to find immediacy in their writing, to bring a new hugeness to the often dark matter of their songs – into demos for their fifth LP. Following six months of pre-production, his vision was made flesh during a productive residency in a remote rehearsal space onLoch Fyne last November. Eager to keep momentum, the band subsequently tracked their efforts at Devon’s Middle Farm Studios with long serving live engineer Andy Bush in January of this year.  
     
    For this record, Graham and MacFarlane officially brought long-time touring members Brendan Smith (The Blue Nile, The Unwinding Hours) and Johnny Docherty (Take a Worm For a Walk Week, RUNGS) in from the wings to help push The Twilight Sad to the next plateau. 
     
    The results speak for themselves: an exhilarating listen, by turns cinematic and claustrophobic in its scope, the band dug deep to produce It Won’t Be Like This All the Time, and it's perhaps their most raw and dynamic record to date.  
     
    “It’s a dark record but I think there are some uplifting moments to be had too," Graham offers. "There are so many extremes here – there are moments that are harsh, then others that are quite melodic and others that are stripped right down. This album definitely comes with the extremes of every side of the band, I think. There’s a certain direct openness and candour now but at the same time I want to keep some mystery. We don’t like to throw things in people’s faces and spell it out for them.”   
     
    Listen to 'Videograms' here: https://youtu.be/TPMUYLF7S5c  
     
    Keep your eyes peeled for further news from The Twilight Sad in the coming months. 'IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME' is released on January 18th, 2019 via Rock Action.



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  • XYLOURIS WHITE! New Shows Added!

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    … in faraway places; MONA, Hobart (sold out), Alice Springs Desert Festival and the Wave Rock Weekender in Hyden W.A join Darwin Entertainment Centre and the Blue Mountains Theatre on the-road-less-travelled. They join Sydney’s Camelot Lounge and shows at Melbourne’s Caravan Music Club and The Tote representing the big smoke.



    The encore performance by the multicultural duo of Australian born drummer Jim White and George Xylouris, a native of the Greek isle of Crete sees the band follow up sold out performances for Vivid Sydney, Melbourne’s Corner Hotel and GOMA, Brisbane in May / June of this year. Genre-defying performances that can last for up to two hours leaving punter and band alike drenched in sweat and grinning from ear to ear. Tickets for all shows on-sale now.  



    “It is raw and timeless, and the edge of anguish it carries is profoundly truthful.” Sydney Morning Herald



    “he rewards to be found by opening your ears to this earthy, psychedelic passion project are immense.” The Age



    “The source of what is so darn delightful about Xylouris White’s music (is) its sensuality and ability to transport” The Guardian



    Don’t miss the world’s finest purveyors of post-punk Cretan folk Xylouris White this Spring.



    Thursday 20th September 2018

    Camelot Lounge, Marrickville NSW

    Tickets $37.90 (inc bf) from camelotlounge.com 



    Friday 21st September 2018

    Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub, Springwood NSW

    Tickets from $33.00 (inc bf) theatreandhub.com.au *



    Sunday 23rd September 2018

    WaVe Rock Weekender Caravan Park, Hyden WA

    On-sale now via waverockweekender.com.au 



    Monday 24th September 2018

    Mojos, Fremantle WA

    Tickets $33.00 + bf mojosbar.com.au 



    Friday 28th September 2018

    Tasmania Mona Museum TAS SOLD OUT

    Dinner & Show. From $95.00.

    Tickets https://mona.net.au/stuff-to-do/xylouris-white



    Thursday 4th October 2018

    The Tote, Collingwood Melbourne VIC

    Tickets $30.00 + bf thetotehotel.com

    with guest Mary Glenn



    Friday 5th October 2018

    Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East VIC

    Tickets from $33.00 + bf via caravanmusic.com.au

    with guests Caroline No.



    Saturday 6th October 2018

    Darwin Ent Centre, Darwin City NT

    Tickets from $46.00 yourcentre.com.au



    Sunday 7th October 2018

    Desert Festival, Red Hot Arts, Alice Springs NT

    On-sale now via redhotarts.com.au



    Media Enquiries & Interview Requests:

    Brian McDonald – RiSH Publicity 

    E: info@rishpublicity.com

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  • Glide Magazine just premiered Dangermaker’s latests track/music video “Pressure.” Can you say OBSESSED? Because that’s exactly how we feel about this track! Dangermaker’s new LP is set to release on October 5th, 2018, and we are so stoked about this sneak-peek!

    About “Pressure,” Glide Magazine states, “ …a lively cut filled with slinky beats and hooks galore.. Dangermaker hits on all production cylinders in bridging an indie pop vibe, that like a good Daft Punk tune, strays to the safe side of street cred.”

    See the video for yourself and read the full article HERE

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  • June 1st marked the release of Sleepy Zuhoski’s album “Better Haze” and Americana UK pounced on the opportunity to premiere Sleepy’s music video featuring a cover track “Muscle Memory” by Canadian pop-star Lights from 2014. Although the original track was more of an electro-pop, dance jam, Sleepy Zuhoski put a unique twist on the number and made it his own.

    Check out the full article, and watch Sleepy Zuhoski’s music video and cover of “Muscle Memory” HERE!

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  • “‘Luck of the Draw‘” mixes West Coast flower power pop with a dash of twangy country in there too. (Think early Bangles.) We’ve got the premiere of the song’s video, written and directed by Mackenzie McCullough, and its Super-8 style really accentuates the song’s West Coast vibe.”

    Watch the brand new video for Leland and the Silver Wells “Luck of the Draw HERE

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    Single release: 'Great' by IDLES
    Release date: Out now
    More info: Band website

    Following the single's debut with Steve Lamacq on 6 Music (listen to recent session here) and ahead of a live performance for Annie Mac on Radio 1, IDLES have shared another new song off their much-anticipated new LP ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance,’ out 31st August via Partisan.

    'Great' is a pro-immigration black comedy (“Islam didn’t eat your hamster/change isn’t a crime”) as well as a scathing confrontation of the Brexit/Trump era. The song is accompanied by a music video (directed by Theo Watkins), which you can watch here.

    Singer Joe Talbot says of the track: “Let us go forward with open minds and open hearts into that fuck off fire we've started. No blame, no hate. Just love and a blue passport.”

    ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’ bluntly addresses everything from toxic masculinity, immigration, racism, nationalism + more. The band are able to channel those weighty subjects though pure positivity and even biting humor. 

    Earlier this month IDLES also announced an art exhibition to celebrate the release of their album. Open for two days on 30 and 31 August, between 12pm and 8pm, and curated by the band, the exhibition will take place at: HM Electrics Gallery, 65 Nile Street, London N1 7RD

    The gallery will contain 18 pieces of work across several mediums. All proceeds going to the Samaritans charity. Watch the exhibition trailer here.

    Watch IDLES on News At Ten

    The band have also announced a run of live in-store dates around the album:

    30 Aug UK London, Banquet Records, 9pm
    31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 3pm
    31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 7pm
    03 Sep UK Portsmouth, Pie and Vinyl, 1pm
    03 Sep UK Brighton, Resident, 6.30pm
    04 Sep UK London, Rough Trade East, 7pm
    05 Sep UK Sheffield, Record Junkee, 1pm
    05 Sep UK Nottingham, Rough Trade, 7.30pm
    06 Sep UK Leeds, Crash Records, 1pm
    06 Sep UK Manchester, FOPP, 5.30pm
    07 Sep UK Cardiff, Spiller Records, 7pm

    'Great' is the fourth song to be released from IDLES's much-anticipated upcoming album 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance'. Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), The album takes aim at everything from nationalism and immigration to class inequality - all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarises: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”

    Read Joe’s full statement on the album’s inspiration and origins here

    Watch the video for album opener 'Colossus' 

    This autumn, IDLES will embark on their first ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner yet at O2 Forum Kentish Town on 18th October. Their last London headliner, at Heaven, sold out nearly six months in front. Tickets are on sale now here

    Watch the video for anthemic single 'Danny Nedelko'

    "IDLES might just be the best live guitar band in Europe." - The Quietus

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    Album release: 'Diagrams' by Paul Smith
    Release date: 26 October 2018
    Label: Billingham Records
    More info: Artist website

    Paul Smith returns this October with a brand-new album 'Diagrams', a release that strips bare his work to this point and ploughs fresh songwriting pathways. Now onto his fourth record as a solo artist, the Maxïmo Park frontman continues to sharpen his skills via a keenness to step out of his comfort-zone, and an ever-present desire to digest culture in all its forms. Newly announced single 'Silver Rabbit' conjures a story of self-doubt, set against the low-budget romance of the seaside, and channelled through overdriven guitars. Listen to 'Silver Rabbit' here.

    With each Paul Smith release we expect an evolvement, and on 'Diagrams' he remains committed towards expanding the parameters of his songwriting. From the anthemia of his debut solo outing 'Margins' (2010) to the exploratory minimalistic jazz of his Peter Brewis (Field Music) collaborative album 'Frozen By Sight' (2014) and the spirited, guitar pop record that was 'Contradictions' (2015), 'Diagrams' sets its stall out as a vivid and complex album that binds the obscure and the everyday, searching for romance under stones that not many songwriters would think to turn over.

    “It's a punchy song where the self-doubt and regret in the lyrics is mirrored by the musical tension that develops as it goes along. I grew up in the grunge era, so this has echoes of that sound but with my own romantic view of everyday life.” – Paul Smith

    Alongside co-producer Andrew Hodson, of 6 Music favourites, Warm Digits, he charts a course into the yearning, melancholic jangle-pop of The Go-Betweens, finding himself drawn to the literate, grunge-pop of The Lemonheads, to build a cohesive collection that pulls in his many strengths.

    'Diagrams' is a collection that further cements Smith’s reputation as a revered songwriter and lyricist, whose skills continue to find new avenues through which to develop.

    Pre-order the album here.

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    New singer and live date announcement: Lonely The Brave
    Live date: 13 October 2018
    More info: Band website

    Lonely The Brave - one of Britain’s most successful rock bands of the last few years, boasting two Rock Chart #1 albums – are today announcing the arrival of new vocalist Jack Bennett, a name more than familiar to the rock world for his solo work under the name Grumble Bee.

    After the departure of co-founder and vocalist David Jakes earlier this year due to health reasons, Lonely The Brave stood together, supporting their friend but adamant that as one door was closing, they would very soon be opening a new one. They never stopped writing, never stopped creating, and instead started the search for a vocal talent that they could stand side by side with in their march toward album number three.

    A short search led them to the door of Jack Bennett, and an instant connection was made as they traded stories, ideas and inspirations. He is noted for his strong and emotionally wrought vocal performances - qualities that have come to define the band’s live show - so it is with some excitement that their first live outing together is announced to take place at Omeara, London, on October 13th. Tickets will be available here and go on general sale from 9am Friday, August 17th. This will be a special headline show with no support act and an early 10pm curfew, so be sure to get down early to avoid disappointment.

    The band had this to say about Jack’s arrival;

    We don’t know where to start with everything that has happened over the last 12 Months or so, so first of all we all want to say thank you to every single one of you that has messaged us with your support during this period. Nothing worth doing is ever easy and your continued words of encouragement really have helped galvanise our belief that this band has so much more to give. It fills us with pride to say that this new chapter of our history will begin in earnest on the 13th October. The show is our way of thanking every single one of you for standing by us and understanding that this is a continuation; that the songs really are the most important part.

    We hope to see friends old and new on the 13th

    With love
    Lonely The Brave

    Join the band as they pen a new chapter together.

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