Following the success of their single ‘Rhythm’, which made BBC Radio 2 and 6’s playlists, and opening for the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Bruce Springsteen and Ward Thomas – CC Smugglers have released their new single Dirty Money. In the words of lead vocalist & songwriter Richie Prynne, the song is about “remembering that even though in today’s consumer-driven world, it’s easy to think that having enough money will make you happy. Happiness is a state of mind, not a collection of possessions or a certain number in your bank account.” Which is as everyone knows empirically correct. Autumn tour dates below.
Jackalope Tales are a three-piece acoustic band who brings their sound of aalt-countryand americana to South Yorkshire via Texas, Alaska, Sheffield and Dronfield. Which is probably the first and last time we’ll ever write that sentence. Their new EP ‘Dancing In The Mirror Hall’ is out Friday – here’s the lead track as a taster from it.
Ex-Noah And The Whale bassist Matt Owens’ new band Little Mammoths have a new album called ‘Cargo For The Road’ coming out on Friday of this week to coincide with their appearance at this year’s Glasto. Known to play 8 hour long sets around the country, the band have been nicknamed ‘the hardest working band in rock n roll’. Here’s the track Hungover In New York from it.
We only featured indie-folk rock country singer-songwriter Erin Rae a couple of weeks back when we premiered her new track Like The First Time, a two minute 60s psych meets indie country smash which has been compared to the Lemon Twigs, Michael Nau & Aimee Mann. She’s now releasing her debut single which Line of Best Fit previewed yesterday describing it as an “Americana ode… dappled with sunny strums and a very human warmth.” Check out Erin’s UK tour dates here.
Indie-rock trio William The Conqueror have released their single ‘Tend To The Thorns’ – lead track from their debut album ‘Proud Disturber Of The Peace’ due to be released via our friends at Loose on August 4th. Hailing from the North coast of Cornwall, they draw influences from bands and artists as diverse as The Kings Of Leon, The Doors and Ryan Adams, with Mark Guarino from The Guardian describing them as “stomping country rock veering into stoner grunge”. Here’s that song, along with the album tracklist and forthcoming tour dates.
The Grass Fed Giants are an americana/alt-country band from Phoenix, Arizona whose new single “Traveling Light” they describe as “a heart-longing ballad featuring a lovely vocal outing from our own Ms. Bobbi Miller and some great dobro work from multi-instrumentalist Chad Marshall.” But bear in mind, not all giants eat grass, some eat people.
In the wake of the Iraq war, Neil Young featured a stirring song called ‘Every Little Dog’ on his ‘Living With War’ website. The track was by Indian / British (London based) singer-songwriter Dan Raza, whose debut album in 2012, alongside dates with Joan Armatrading, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon, Bellowhead, Mary Gauthier and Slaid Cleaves, cemented his place in the UK folk and roots scene and led BBC documentary maker, James Ashley Smith, to create ‘Can’t Go Back’, a short feature film about Raza’s sacrifices and struggles for his musical dreams. Here’s a track from his new self-titled album due out July 7th, a straight up gutsy folk-rock belter.
Scottish indie-folksters Frightened Rabbit have ripped into the Tories after last week’s election loss by sharing the new track “Fields of Wheat” on Soundcloud which asks: “Are you ready for the pinch you’ll feel, the fractured homes that will not heal?” Paying homage to TM’s answer to the naughtiest thing she’s ever done (arms sales to the Saudis must have slipped her mind!) they wrote: “We made this today. It felt like the song should go out now, because it’s about what’s happening now, it’s about where we live and if we waited too long the sentiment could go stale. We don’t want to be too descriptive or conclusive here, our only hope is that you listen, enjoy and share it.” The genre is tagged as “fuck the Tories.”
Consequence of Sound are this morning carrying a new song by our favourite furry friends the Fleet Foxes. They report: “Fleet Foxes will return with Crack-Up, their first album in six years, next week. Frontman Robin Pecknold & co. have teased fans with two songs so far, “Third of May/Ōdaigahara” and “Fool’s Errand”. Now, a third track, the gentle “If You Need To, Keep Time On Me”, has been unboxed. Hear it down below.” The new album “Crack Up” arrives next Friday – look out for a review on AUK soon.
Yola Carter has released a demo from her forthcoming album called ‘It Ain’t Easier’. In her own words: “Here’s a demo of the song ‘It Ain’t Easier’ from my new album. As I get closer to the end of writing it the more I’m falling in love with it. Falling in love doesn’t make it easier though – just means you’ve gotta try harder to do right by it.” You can catch her in Scotland on tour from 21st of this month, or tonight at the Borderline in London if you can stand the suspense of not having the telly turned on at 10pm.