STEREOPHONICS Return To The U.S. With Their Chart Topping UK Album

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

One of the most durable and consistently successful bands ever to come out of the U.K. band scene, Stereophonics return to the U.S. August 20th with the release of their chart topping U.K. album Graffiti on the Train; their eighth studio album, out on their own Stylus Records.

Released earlier this year in the U.K., Graffiti on the Train entered the U.K. charts at number 3 and has remained in the Top 20 ever since. Affirming that this is their best album in a decade, the album has quickly gone gold and is well on its way to platinum status.

Written by lead vocalist and guitarist Kelly Jones and produced by Kelly Jones and Jim Lowe, Graffiti on the Train is the final piece in the puzzle for a newly refined and cinematic Stereophonics, a band that has London’s Sunday Times calling this album their “least conventional yet”, praising its “newfound lightness of touch” and confirming “The album contains Jones’s best work of his career.”

A storyteller first and foremost Kelly Jones unravels storylines and sketches characters with poetic finesse – inspired by the screenplay he has been working on of the same name, Graffiti On A Train is a fascinating, filmic LP unlike anything the group have attempted in the past. Loosely telling the story of two friends who flee the country after a tragic accident, the record is both reflective and surprisingly fragile.

We find Jones at the helm of all the videos from this album, which he has both written and directed including the first U.S. single, ‘Indian Summer.’ Upon release in the U.K. earlier this year, ‘Indian Summer’marked the band’s 26th Top 40 hit on the U.K. charts.

As one of the best live bands imported from the U.K. in the last twenty years, North America will be treated to select tour dates and an Indian Summer to be remembered. At a recent U.K. show, John Earls of the Daily Star noted, “Girls sat on their boyfriends shoulders, Welsh flags were held aloft, beer was thrown everywhere and the singalongs kept coming.”

Having spanned decades of success selling over 9 million career albums and currently sitting at the top of U.K. album charts, this return to the other side of the pond is a tour not to be missed. Their U.S. tour kicks off in Philadelphia on September 19 at Union Transfer.

Stereophonics are: Kelly Jones- vocals/guitar, Richard Jones-bass, Adam Zindani -guitar and Jamie Morrison – drums.

September
19 – Philadelphia @ Union Transfer
20 – Boston @ House of Blues
21 – New York @ Terminal 5
22 – Washington DC @ 9.30 Club
24 – Montreal @ Corona Theatre
25 – Toronto @ Danforth Music Hall
27 – Detroit @ St Andrews Hall
28 – Chicago @ Vic Theatre
29 – Minneapolis @ First Ave

October
1 – Denver @ Bluebird Theatre
4 – Seattle @ Showbox
5 – Vancouver @ Commodore
6 – Portland @ Wonder Ballroom
8 – San Francisco @ Fillmore
10 – Los Angeles @ Henry Fonda
13 – Mexico City @ Corona Festival

MICHAEL FRANTI Returns With Eighth Studio Album July 30 on Capitol Records, Debut Single “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Life)” Avalaible Now

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

One of the most respected, socially active artists in music, Michael Franti returns with the first new single, “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like),” from his forthcoming eighth studio album. All People (Capitol Records) will be released on July 30th. The fast-paced, rhythmic anthem marks Franti’s first new single in two years, and has moved into the Top 15 on the AAA charts in just 3 weeks, was released digitally on April 30th.

“I’m excited that (I’m Alive) is finally hitting the streets and the ear drums of our fans,” said Franti. “The song is about being your own weird self with the person you love the most and being grateful for every last precious drop of life. It has rocked at our shows and it feels like we recorded a version that puts you right there in the first ten rows.”

“All People is about the beauty of diversity, being your authentic self in a crazy world and the infinite power of love,” added Franti. “For everyone that’s been with us for days or decades, I really appreciate the love that you’ve given us. The music is for you and you inspire us.”

Franti’s impressive career spans decades, albums and many achievements. The singer, poet and activist has amassed an extensive and rabid fanbase, and draws sell-out crowds by virtue of his electrifying live shows.

All People follows 2010’s The Sound Of Sunshine, which was the highest Billboard Top 200 Album Chart debut of Franti’s career. The album was nominated for a 2010 NAACP Image Award and its title track held the #1 spot on Billboard’s AAA Singles Chart for eight consecutive weeks. His previous album, All Rebel Rockers, hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and yielded the certified double platinum smash “Say Hey (I Love You).”

Michael Franti is recognized as a pioneering force in using music as a vehicle for social activism. In the mid-Nineties, Franti formed Spearhead following his punk band The Beatnigs and the hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.

To stream “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) and to get more official Michael Franti news and tour information go to www.michaelfranti.com.

CHRIS SHIFLET & THE DEAD PEASANTS: ‘All Hat and No Cattle’ Out 7/30/13 via SideOneDummy

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants will release All Hat and No Cattle, an album of classic honky-tonk covers and one original, on July 30th, 2013 via SideOneDummy Records. The album will be available as a 10-song LP, CD and digital release via all major retailers.

All Hat and No Cattle follows the group’s 2010 self-titled debut, which introduced the veteran Foo Fighter Shiflett’s skill for writing understated, infectious Americana-influenced rock songs. Firm believers that in order to know where you’re going, you’ve got to know where you’ve been, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants recorded these ten definitive songs with a mix of reverence and revelry. Their playful enthusiasm is palpable throughout the faithful yet fresh interpretations, from the carousing opener “Guitar Pickin’ Man” to the bluesier, doo-wop country of “Happy Part Of Town” to the apt, barnstorming closer “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”.

Shiflett was inspired with the idea to learn an abundance of old school honky-tonk songs, and then hit the road as a cover band, while touring with Foo Fighters around their last album. After arriving back home, the Dead Peasants reconvened and spent months rehearsing before playing shows all through spring and summer 2012. Wanting to capture the spirit of these performances, the band headed into Studio 606 in Los Angeles to track a selection of Shiflett’s favorites from their live set. The band recorded All Hat and No Cattle live and all together in one room, with only vocals overdubbed. A full track listing is below.

Together with Shiflett on vocals and guitar, The Dead Peasants are Jeff Gross (bass) and Luke Tierney (guitar) – three longtime friends who grew up in Santa Barbara playing in bands together – as well as Mitch Marine (drums), Marty Rifkin (pedal steel), and Derek Silverman (keyboards).

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants will take these songs back on the road for more shows this summer, having recently performed at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA and at SXSW in Austin, TX. More dates will be announced soon.

All Hat and No Cattle track listing:

  1. Guitar Pickin’ Man (Don Rich and the Buckaroos)
  2. Good Time Charlie’s (Del Reeves)
  3. Pop A Top (Jim Ed Brown)
  4. Happy Part Of Town (Wynn Stewart)
  5. Skid Row (Merle Haggard)
  6. Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young (Faron Young)
  7. Playboy (Wynn Stewart)
  8. King Of Fools (Buck Owens)
  9. A Woman Like You (ORIGINAL)
  10. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (Waylon Jennings)