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    Album release: 'Epithet' by Cassels
    Release date: 6 October 2017
    Label: Big Scary Monsters
    More info: Band website

    The fiercely original two-piece Cassels have released another single - 'Where Baseball Was Invented' - a stinging ode to their sleepy hometown of Chipping Norton which was premiered by Kerrang! here.

    The single will appear on their debut album, 'Epithet', out October 6th on Big Scary Monsters. Equally poetic and agitated, you can also stream the opening salvo of tracks, 'Coup', and 'Let', now.

    They will also play two launch shows for the record in October and they will also support label mates Single Mothers on their UK tour in November.

    For Cassels, music is about authenticity. Together they embody the spirit of punk, even if their sound stretches the boundaries of any genre. It is rare to find a band who sound only like themselves, especially one with just two instruments, but Cassels are just that. The work of two brothers, Loz and Jim Beck, they have been playing music together since long before their voices broke and all that practise has paid off – direct and considered lyrically, musically challenging and in possession of an originality you could never force.

    “I’m hoping cynicism will pass as lyricism,” Jim Beck, the driving force behind the sibling duo spits on previous single ‘The Weight’, featured by NME, Dork, DIY, Upset, Gold Flake Paint and a highlight of a “pre-album” that got 5 K’s in Kerrang!.

    “I guess it stems from a few places,” he says of the origin for this attitude, “people letting me down, not having a particularly sociable childhood, and our dad’s a pretty cynical guy.”

    But in his mind, cynicism is realism. It underpins what Cassels stand for. Their noisy, edgy and sometimes deliberately jarring sound is built around a reluctance to idly stand by as our political climate clouds our futures. It balances apathy with anger, and through it channels a generational voice. A generation who are incorrectly dismissed as being inactive, but who are finding new ways to attack the establishment.

    The message lies unfiltered over a unique sound only the UK DIY scene could cultivate. There’s no metaphor to hide behind. Cassels are antagonistic and brash, but more importantly, they challenge the norm, both musically and lyrically. 

    The lyrics are like contemporary poetry driven by the frustration of socio-political injustices, and fed by the ennui of growing up in a one-horse town. “There’s the old cliché that good lyrics stand up on a page without music, but in reality I don’t think many read well at all,” Jim says scathingly of mainstream music. “At some point I made the conscious decision to try and write words which could be read in isolation without them being obviously identifiable as being from a song.”

    ‘Epithet’ features the production work of Rocky Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar, Adebisi Shank) who captures all the intricacies of the two piece in their biggest sound yet. From the opening salvo of singles “Coup” and “Let”, to the bitter tribute to the town they grew up in – “shitty Chipping Norton” – on “Where Baseball Invented”, onto the call and response hooks of “You Turn On Utopia” and the melodic suss of closer “Chewed Up Cheeks”, the album rarely lets up pace. Disparate, desperate wording set to music that moves from cacophony to melody seamlessly, ‘Epithet’ further cements their youthful tenacity, and continues to paint them as one of the most unique, and most important, bands of our time.

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    Single release: 'Memory' by Young States
    Release date: 22 September 2017
    More info: Band website

    Young States are pleased to announce their new single 'Memory' via New Noise magazine, taken from the forthcoming EP, 'Past Truths | Present Lies' - out 29th September, you can check it out here. The band will also be undertaking a short UK tour in October. 

    Hailing from Norwich, Young States are a four-piece band specialising in energetic and passionate punk rock.

    Formed at the end of 2014, the band met at a music school in Norwich. Guitar and vocalist, Libby was on a sound engineering course, the others on music performance courses. Guitarist, Amy got Young States together as she was bored of seeing male band after male band, and wanted to form an all-female group. She approached the others in the corridors of college after seeing them carrying their instruments.

    With a love of Brand New, Kids In Glass Houses, Defeater and Mallory Knox, Young States quickly wrote and recorded their debut EP 'Down to You' which saw them receive play from Scuzz TV, BBC Introducing and features in the pages of Kerrang!

    New EP 'Past Truths | Present Lies' is about personal growth and letting go of the things that have previously caused you pain.

    Lead singer and bass player Georgia says: “All the tracks on the EP have different meanings to some extent but the common thread between them all is that they're all about my own (not-entirely-happy) feelings I've experienced in the past. The idea for the EP name comes from saying that I experience these exact feelings at the moment wouldn't be true.”

    'Past Truths | Present Lies’ was produced by Drew Lawson (Roam/Summerlin/Me Vs Hero) and mastered by Grant Berry (All Time Low/Roam/Boston Manor) who gave the EP it's Midas touch. After finally perfecting their sound, Young States are ready to go places they've never been to before. Anthemic, dark and melodic in equal measure, this is their strongest statement yet.

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    Album release: 'In The City' by The Jam
    Release date: 20 October 2017
    Label: USM-Polydor
    More info: Band website

    In May 1977, a young 3-piece rock group from Woking in Surrey appeared on Top Of The Pops with an explosive single called In The City. The song fizzed with the energy and sense of purpose and is one of the most incendiary debut singles ever. At the same time, The Jam released their exhilarating debut album, also called 'In The City', and in the very same year it’s follow up 'This Is The Modern World'. To celebrate this 40th anniversary USM-Polydor release a five-disc box set featuring both albums re-mastered as well as unreleased demos and live recordings.

    The Jam became one of the most popular bands to emerge from the English punk rock scene of ’77 and had a phenomenal impact on pop music and wider youth culture. In their short career, they achieved 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the UK (including 4 number 1s) and released 6 ground-breaking albums and went on to influence a generation with their music, style, politics and inspiration

    Disc 1 - ‘In The City’ - Debut LP from May 1977 – A raw and powerful album that announced the arrival of The Jam, with their 18 year old lead singer Paul Weller sowing the seeds for what the was in store for the future. The Jam's music at this time owed a lot to the harmonies of Motown, the energy of  Dr Feelgood and early Who but with the anger of the current Punk scene. Although Weller's band was obviously headed in a different direction, this debut sits alongside the first albums by The Clash and the Sex Pistols as one of the definitive records from the era. The album includes hit single In The City (which gave the band their first Top Of The Pops appearance, included on the DVD), live favourite (and suggested single) Art School and Paul Weller’s most ambitious early song – Away From The Numbers.

    Disc 2 – ‘Demos’ includes 11 demos made for the first album – 6 of which are previously unreleased.

    Disc 3 – ‘This Is The Modern World’ the follow-up album, released a few months after debut in late 1977, with iconic Gered Mankowitz cover shot. This hastily released follow-up to In The City has long been the topic of debate among Jam fans. It might not be up there with later classics such as All Mod Cons & Sound Affects but time has been very kind to this album. It clearly paved the way for the refined brilliance of the later albums which possibly wouldn’t have happened without it.  Includes the rousing hit single The Modern World and some of Weller’s early introspective gems – Life From A Window and I Need You (For Someone), as well as The Combine, a track that pointed markedly towards the next album All Mod Cons.

    Disc 4 – ‘Live’ includes the previously-unreleased concert from the ‘Nashville’ – September 10th 1977, featuring material from the first two albums. Also features the two legendary John Peel sessions from 1977.

    Disc 5 – a DVD featuring TV appearances from the likes of Top Of The Pops and So It Goes plus promo videos from 1977. Includes performances of the hit single All Around The World (which did not appear on either LP)

    Includes stunning 144-page book, featuring new liner notes, period photos and a wealth of cuttings, reviews and memorabilia from 1977.

    Five LP-style CD wallets with printed inner bags – ‘In The City’ will feature the US version of the LP inner sleeve, also using a Martyn Goddard out-take photo. ‘This Is The Modern World’ will feature an alternative Gered Mankowitz cover image. Also includes five postcards. All housed in a ‘rigid, lift-off lid’ box.

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    Album release: ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’
    Release date: 27 October 2017
    Label: USM/UMC
    More info: Band website

    It is now almost 40 years to the day since the Sex Pistols ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ was released and to mark this significant anniversary USM/UMC are proud to revisit the out-of-print super deluxe edition of the album, which was originally issued in 2012.

    Released in limited numbers at the time, this set is widely considered to be the definitive collection. This new, budget priced smaller-sized edition still boasts 3CDs which include the original studio album with 1977 B-sides, a disc of outtakes and one disc of 1977 live material. Additionally there is a DVD featuring 1977 footage of the band playing live from the infamous boat party held on the River Thames, London, the Winter Gardens, Penzance in Cornwall and the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden.

    Bringing it all together is a 48-page hardback book with narrative from music journalist Pat Gilbert plus rare photos from Bob Gruen, Barry Plummer, John Tiberi and Dave Wainwright.

    Condensing the very essence of 1977, 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols' is the only studio album by the group, released amidst a furore of controversy and outrage, following their being dropped by not one but two record labels, banned from gigging in most parts of the UK and swearing live on TV. From its iconic day-glo cover designed by Jamie Reid in collaboration with the Sex Pistols to its risqué title which led to an infamous court case which the band won, the album encapsulates a moment in time when the Sex Pistols set the world of music on fire.

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    Album release: 'Run' by Prawn
    Release date: 22 September 2017
    Label: Topshelf Records
    More info: Band website

    On September 22, Ridgewood, NJ's Prawn will release their new album entitled 'Run' via Topshelf Records. They are streaming the album in full via Upset

    The stream follows on from the release of their latest single 'Greyhound', which was streamed directly via Prawn's website last week. Listen to "Greyhound" here.  

    Billboard called earlier single 'Rooftops' a "breezy, whistle-laced four-minute bop." 'Rooftops' followed 'North Lynx' premiered with NPR Music who says it "pits the pretty melody against an elephant-stampeding riff in a dramatic climax." 

    Prawn headlines the Topshelf Records tour with Slingshot Dakota, People Like You, Us and Us Only, and Queen Moo, kicking off December 9th in Washington, DC through December 23 in Philadelphia, PA. Before that they embark on a European tour supporting The Flatliners. 

    Prawn’s magnetism has always come from the textures they produce. Drawing as much influence from post-rock and punk as the emo world they’re often written in to, the Ridgewood quartet have released two full-length albums, two EPs, and three splits since their 2008 formation - and make their return this year with a new record, Run, which is released this September on Topshelf Records.

    Recorded in the space of just two weeks this March at The Barber Shop Studios, a lake-front old stone church in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, but written over the course of two painstaking years, the new album sees the band expand upon those aforementioned influences, carving out a dark but wildly immediate collection of songs that sits as their most formidable work to-date.

    “A lot of what came out was the sheer difficulty of truly relating to one another,” Tony Clark says of the records thematic poise. “I felt like everywhere I looked at relationships in my life, there was some feelings of alienation and isolation. I tried to go further than my personal relationships and analyze how I was relating to ideas or communities I partake in.”

    Punchier and more proactive, Run refines the sound of 2014’s Kingfisher LP - which swelled with both brass and string arrangement - by concentrating only on the instruments they’re able to play live. Coupled with a production that is consciously raw and provocative, Run is the sound of Prawn at their intoxicating best, mirroring the restless energy of their live shows and moments of sweeping ambience that balances the whole thing on a knife-edge.  

    “There’s good will in my devil’s skin…I hope it’s enough because love I am ready,” Tony Clark sings on opening track ‘Hunter’, immediately foreshadowing everything that follows; a rocky ride that always tries to keep  a piece of itself in the light. Elsewhere ‘North Lynx’ is hypnotically dramatic, swelling from a tender guitar refrain to a huge finale, while ‘Leopards Paw’ throws Tony Clark’s gravelly vocals in to battle against heavyweight Explosions In The Sky-esque guitar lines for one of the band’s most powerful sequences to-date.

    A significant release on its own terms, let alone as a building block to wherever this band might take themselves, Run is the sound of a band truly finding comfort in their surroundings and channelling it in to the most focused and exhilarating work of their life.

    “I grasped onto the fact that we're always going to feel alienated or isolated one way or another in our relations. I think we all want to be good people and contribute good to the world even if were all a little fucked up.“

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  • THE CLOUDS! Announce Headline National Tour November 2017!

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    EXCITED TO HAVE BESTIES FALLING JOYS AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR ENTIRE TOUR!

    RELEASING NEW SINGLE ‘BEAUTIFUL NOTHINGNESS’ MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2017! 

    The Clouds announce today that they are hitting the road on a national tour in November to support the release of a brand new single ‘Beautiful Nothingness’ and to answer the call from fans around the country.

    Following the recent resurgence in interest for Clouds’ music and the great success touring nationally as support to Blondie and Cyndi Lauper earlier this year, the Clouds plan to fulfil their promise to fans with a headline tour to all major Australian cities this November. They’re bringing new music to their setlist too.

    After launching the EP Zaffre in February this year, with Mabel’s Bookshop as the single, they’ve been busy writing and recording new music. The tour will be named after their new single, Beautiful Nothingness, due for release on Monday 16th October 2017.

    The Clouds have been in the public eye recently, with Jodi and Trish hosting Double J’s Artist in Residence for the month of July, featuring 3 live versions of The Clouds’ hits; Say It, 4pm and House of the Sun. The first two were shared as videos on Double J’s social media and generated a lot of interest and many new followers. This came hot on the heels of several Clouds songs appearing on Double J’s 90s best of lists, along with features of The Clouds and their female guitar playing harmonic frontwomen, Jodi Phillis and Trish Young. The Clouds were also guest programmers on ‘rage’ in June and Jodi and Trish featured at Sydney Writer’s Festival in May this year. Various releases on compilations rounded out all this activity.

    In a perfect pairing, The Clouds will be joined on the road by best friends, Falling Joys. Old touring partners from the 90s, the Joys and the Clouds did many a lap of the country together creating many a rock memory for audiences and fans. This exclusive tour arrangement will see the first tour in 20 years for Falling Joys and will feature the classic Joys’ line up of Suzie Higgie (Gtr/Vox), Stuart G Robertson (Gtr), Pat Hayes (Bass/Vox) and Peter Velzen (Drums/Vox).

    Select Music Presents
    THE CLOUDS
    The Beautiful Nothingness Tour
    with very special guests Falling Joys

    Friday 3rd November 2017
    UC Refectory, Canberra ACT 
    Tickets: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=78824
    1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

    Saturday 4th November 2017
    The Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW 
    Tickets: http://bit.ly/2xdk8VP
    (02) 9550 3666

    Friday 10th November 2017
    Metropolis, Fremantle WA
    Tickets: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=78827
    1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

    Friday 17th November 2017
    The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne VIC
    Tickets: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=78828
    1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

    Saturday 18th November 2017
    The Gov, Adelaide SA
    Tickets: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=78838
    1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

    Friday 24th November 2017
    The Triffid, Brisbane QLD
    Tickets: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=78834
    1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

    Saturday 25th November 2017
    Sol Bar, Maroochydore QLD
    Tickets: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=78835
    1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

    Head to www.thecloudsofficial.com for tour info and official merchandise.
    Tickets are available exclusively through www.oztix.com.au  

    RADIO/PRESS ENQUIRIES:  
    RiSH Publicity  
    E: info@rishpublicity.com

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  • Broke Royals

    Janelle Rogers

    Broke Royals was not supposed to be a band.

    In 2014, after both graduating from William & Mary, Colin Cross enlisted Philip Basnight to record a few demos for Cross to shop to potential clients of his recording studio. Their instant musical chemistry in the studio paved the way for a dynamic partnership and, thus, Broke Royals was born. In just three years, Basnight and Cross have honed a singular sound, been praised by Billboard for their "sing-along, arena-ready sound," named an Artist On The Rise by Southwest Airlines, and one of the best live bands in DC by CBS.

    The duo walked back into the studio for a fourth time to record their self-titled, debut album with producer John Naclerio at his famed Nada Recording Studio in New York. Seamlessly integrating traditional rock with new digital elements, the guitar-driven rock, pop hooks, folk harmonies and Cross’s infectious beats fuse gracefully with Basnight's lyrical narratives.

    True to the roots of their earliest moments in the studio, Basnight and Cross continue to find new ways to blend inspiration and genres that define their complex modern rock sound.

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    Album release: 'Ultimate Hits' by Steve Miller Band
    Release date: 15 September 2017
    Label: Capitol/UMe
    More info: Band website

    Billboard streams 'Seasons', an unreleased Steve Miller Band rarity from the upcoming 'Ultimate Hits' collection.

    Going through a warehouse crammed with 50 years of archival material yielded things Steve Miller had forgotten about, as well as things he didn't even know existed, as he prepared for his new catalog deal with Capitol/UMe and the upcoming Ultimate Hits set.

    Among those was the previously unheard, lush but also austere version of 'Seasons', from sessions for 1969's Brave New World album. "I had stopped looking around for 'Seasons,'" Miller tells Billboard, "and we were going through mixes and cassettes and looking for thins and we found this version of it -- and I thought it was better than the original one. I didn't even know it existed. I don't even remember doing it. I have a really good memory; I usually remember almost everything I've done but I was just really surprised by that version of it. I think it's the best version, so I was happy to find it."

    Ultimate Hits, due out Sept. 15 in single- and double-disc deluxe versions, feature three and eight unreleased tracks, respectively. The compilation, personally curated by Miller, is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first gambit under his new deal, which puts his entire nearly 50-year output under the same roof.

    "I had controlled different parts of (the catalog),and I had different companies around the world releasing it here and there," Miller says. "The 50th anniversary is coming up next year, so we decided it was time to just start looking at everything and put it all together, and create a situation where we can have one company represent it worldwide and coordinate all the reissues and everything. It's turned out to be a really good idea."

    A vinyl box set, also with bonus tracks, is being prepared for 2018, along with more touring to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his first two Steve Miller Band albums, Children Of The Future and Sailor. And Miller confirms that his vaults -- which he considered simply throwing out until his wife and some archivists intervened -- are brimming with treasures. "There's a lot of things that Paul (McCartney) and I did, probably eight or nine things that we recorded that I never released," Miller says. "There's some really interesting pieces with Brian Wilson, and there's some great blues stuff that I did with Cannonball Adderly that's more of a blues-jazz project.

    "There's a lot of live performances with lots of great artists that I toured with over the years," he continues. "There's some really good stuff with Paul Rodgers and Neal Schon...Oh gosh, there's just so much of it. There's lots and lots of live shows with different artists."

    Miller, who also serves on the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Center and on the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Musical Instrument Department -- won't only be putting out archival music, either. "I'm writing new material now," he says. "I'm still interested in making records and recording music. I think just taking all this time took at this huge archive and study it and pull things together, it makes you want to write some more things. The best part of it is I haven't lost my appetite for the work. And now we're planning next year's tour and I'm really excited about all that stuff."
     
     

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    Album release: 'No Stars Upon the Bridge' by Hallatar
    Release date: 27 October 2017
    Label: Svart Records
    More info: Band website

    Recently signed to Svart Records (Oranssi Pazuzu, Blaak Heat, Kairon; IRSE, Trees of Eternity and more), Hallatar are now gearing up to release their debut album 'No Stars Upon the Bridge', which is based on the lyrics and poems of Aleah Starbridge. Hallatar premiere new single 'My Mistake' with Metal Injection.

    Although a brand-new name, Hallatar features among its ranks Swallow the Sun and Trees of Eternity guitarist Juha Raivio, Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen, and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick. In fact, one could see Hallatar as an extension of Trees of Eternity, whose massively acclaimed debut for Svart, Trees of Eternity, served as the swansong of vocalist Aleah Starbridge.

    Juha Raivio explains the genesis of Hallatar: "After the death of my beloved and my life partner Aleah Starbridge last April, I have been gathering writings, lyrics, and the poems of Aleah to keep them safe and close to my heart. About one month after the world came down on the blackest day of my life on April 18th, I knew I needed to pick up the guitar and try to create something or I would be truly destroyed. And something did arrive out of the darkness, and I wrote the music for the Hallatar album in a week's time. I don’t have much memory of this week, not a memory of a single day of writing the music. But all I remember when going into this abyss of the writing process was a promise to myself that whatever music would come out, I would not touch or change anything of it afterwards. What mattered was that the music would stay forever as an absolute truth of those moments as they came out. I asked my good friends - and amazing musicians - Tomi Joutsen and Gas Lipstick if they would want to record this music with me, and both of them said yes without even hearing a note of it. I am forever grateful to both of them for sharing this road with me; even the weight of the process has not been easy to carry, or will be."

    Adds Gas Lipstick, "I am grateful and very honoured to be asked to join this band. Juha is a dear friend of mine since many years ago, and when he told me about his vision for Hallatar and asked me to join, I said yes instantly - I just had to be part of this amazing journey. I had never heard a single note of the music before I gave my 'yes' because I didn't need to. Juha has been one of my favourite songwriters already for years, and I knew that Hallatar will be a very deep, personal, and one-of-a-kind story which I wanted to help him to bring alive."

    Continues Tomi Joutsen: "I have known Juha from the year 2007, when we worked together for the first time. A couple years ago, I had the privilege to meet Juha's life partner, Aleah Starbridge, who was such a beautiful person, inside and outside, and had an angelic voice out of this world. Aleah lent her voice on the latest Amorphis album, and we called her 'the whispering ghost.' When I heard about Aleah's passing last spring, it came as a total shock and Heartbreaking news out of the blue. When Juha asked me if I would want to be part of this album and carry Aleah's flame with him, I didn't have to think twice. When everything has been taken, all that is left is the music. The sorrow strips us naked and leave us humble - this is how it sounds like."

    Concludes Raivio, "What we recorded was a raw moment in time honouring the memory, lyrics, and poems of Aleah Starbridge with all its pain, beauty and darkness. There are no stars left upon the bridge to light the way anymore, but the music will always be a dim light, even in the darkest of the night."
     
     

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    Single release: 'Everyone You Know'  by Underwater Boys
    Release date: Out now
    Label: Cannibal Hymns
    More info: Band website

    Underwater Boys today stream their debut single - the hazy psych-pop rush of 'Everyone You Know'. The forthcoming debut 7" from the band also features an equally strong B-side in "Bye & Bye" and will be released via the influential imprint Cannibal Hymns, who have also put out recent releases by Our Girl, Dream Wife, Theo Verney, EAT FAST and more. Stream 'Everyone You Know' here.

    Underwater Boys is the very fine work of Tom & Nick Klar - two brothers who make dreamy, fuzzy pop music in Brighton. Drawing influence from Cocteau Twins, Beach House, The Cure and Tame Impala, their sound is characterised by Tom's sweet, otherworldly falsetto, and multi-instrumentalist Nick's woozy, ethereal soundscapes.

    While on the surface an Underwater Boys song might sound bright and blissed out, their music is also bubbling with anxiety and tension, with lyrical themes of mental illness, existential dread and malaise. This dichotomy is at the heart of what Underwater Boys do. It is joyful, celebratory music about battling with the darkest parts of yourself - being vulnerable, and trying to get better.

    As well as releasing their debut single, the band have also announced a selection of early shows:

    • September 13th - The Lexington, London w/Our Girl
    • September 20th - Hope & Ruin, Brighton w/Estrons
    • September 30th - Heartbreakers, Southampton w/Palm Honey
    • October 11th - Sebright Arms, London, Headline (Tickets)

     
     

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