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Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys to release self-titled album November 16, 2018

New album from veteran “songwriter’s songwriter”

Singing around the campfire. Music shared person to person around the country, like heirlooms or secret messages. This is Jonathan Byrd’s world. The characters in Jonathan Byrd’s songs crackle with life, each one seemingly drawn from a chance encounter on the road with a true American. And that may be the case, as Byrd is drawn to the nomadic working class of this country, the kind of spit-and-grit souls immortalized in the writing of John Steinbeck or the music of Woody Guthrie.

A songwriter’s songwriter, Byrd is fascinated by wordcraft, passionate about unheralded artists, but most of all driven to contribute to a national community of song lovers, a world that’s little seen outside the mainstream. “There’s this underground musical community that travels around the country,” Byrd says. “We see each other at festivals and conferences. It’s a rich, authentic life of music that I wish more people could discover, because I think they’re actually looking for it.” On his new album as Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys, Byrd’s goal was to bring a glimpse of this song-driven life to his audience.

 

There’s a bit of wry humor to Jonathan Byrd‘s songwriting, a subtle shade of Randy Newman, as in the song “Tractor Pull” that relates finding love at a redneck jamboree, or the bittersweet smile of “It Don’t Make Sense,” as the singer grapples with love and life lost. But the manifesto of the album is found in “Pickup Cowboy,” a song Byrd wrote for a South Dakota construction worker, his friend and fellow songwriter Matt Fockler. The Pickup Cowboy is a character who doesn’t need much money, fishin’ for breakfast and living on tupelo honey, the hard-worn spirit of the West shines through in the song’s subject. Byrd pays further homage to Fockler by including two of his songs, “Lakota Sioux” and “Do You Dream.”

 

When you live as much of your life on the road as Byrd does, you learn that home and family are fuel to the creative fire. So he returned home to Rubber Room Studios, a recording studio he helped build by hand, and brought his closest musical friends, the Pickup Cowboys – guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Waken and cellist Paul Ford – to make the album. But life had other plans. The last day of recording, Ford stayed home, complaining of feeling like he had the flu. He called at the end of the day with the news that the doctor had discovered a terminal brain tumor. Ford never went back to the recording studio and passed away the next year. The shock of losing such a close friend put the Pickup Cowboys on hold for a year, but ultimately, Byrd felt that the songs and recordings deserved to be heard. He and Waken took the recordings to Winnipeg to complete the album with Joanna Miller on drums, and Alexa Dirks and Andrina Turenne on backing vocals. Now Byrd is bringing the Pickup Cowboys on the road, traveling out to the many friends he’s made over years of crisscrossing the US with these new songs to share.

 

It may seem unusual for a songwriter to cover two songs from another songwriter on his album, but it’s part of Byrd’s ethos and the ethos of his community of song collectors. “This is a golden age of songwriting,” Byrd says. “Community songwriting. It’s person-to-person music. Songs get picked up and passed around and end up around the campfires. We wanted to bring some of that to the record. That kind of authenticity, and the real people and real stories in the songs.”

Josh Lief – “LOVE IN DISGUISE” Album with 8 new original songs coming 11/2/18

Album Notes
Josh Lief is singer-songwriter, guitar player based in Richmond, VA. Love In Disguise was recorded at Montrose Recording in Richmond, VA. Josh recorded Love In Disguise with the Josh Lief Band, that is playing gigs in Central Virginia and beyond. The Josh Lief Band includes Josh and the rhythm section of Debbie Flood on drums and Thomas Schoppe on bass. Both are veterans of several well known Richmond bands and Debbie has toured extensively as well as recorded with many artists. Debbie and Tommy are a great team and bring a solid yet exciting rhythm section to the upcoming album and live performances.

BIOGRAPHY

 Josh’s album “Redemption” was released in April, 2017. The album, recorded at Montrose Recording in Richmond, VA, contains 8 original songs, and is a mixture of Americana, Country-Rock and Blues and is available on CDBaby.com, Apple Music, Spotify, and other download services as well as in RVA at Plan 9 records.  The first single from the album, Five Forks Woods, got airplay on over 70 radio stations across the U.S. and is still in rotation on several stations.  

Josh recorded his second album in 2 years – “Love In Disguise” – that will be released on November 2, 2018.  The single Love In Disguise, including a live-action video was released 9/7/18. Also recorded at Montrose Recording in Richmond, VA, Josh recorded Love In Disguise with the Josh Lief Band.  Ben “Wolfe” White of the Trongone Band joined the band on keyboards on several of the tracks on Love In Disguise., and Wolfe and Andrew Trongone sang backup on one song (Andrew contributed some licks on one song as well).  The album contains 8 original tracks, and like Redemption, contains a wide range of music.  Love In Disguise has a more blues/rock sound to it but still contains some elements of Americana/Folk.

The Josh Lief Band plays gigs throughout Virginia and beyond The band includes Josh and the rhythm section of Debbie Flood on drums -www.dflooddrums.com – and Tommy Dacat on bass. Both are veterans of several well known Richmond bands and Debbie has toured extensively as well as recorded with many artists. Debbie and Tommy are a great team and bring a solid yet exciting rhythm section to the upcoming album and live performances.   In addition to band gigs, Josh plays solo acoustic shows on a regular basis.

Josh started playing guitar when he was 6 years old. His style is a mixture of the all the music he loved as a young musician. His influences started with his big three of Hendrix, Clapton, and Led Zeppelin. He also learned a lot of country style lead guitar from being a big Southern Rock fan as well as of the classic country of Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. He is also loves the music of Neil Young, the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead and they can be heard in his lead playing and writing. He can play a wide range of styles from rock to blues to country to folk and in his solo acoustic shows does just that.

Spotlight Album for 30 days Jim Allchin PRIME BLUES

Once more we have an album from Jim Allchin as our SPOTLIGHT ALBUM.

 

About the Album

Prime Blues features 14 new tracks performed by an all-star group of musicians including bassist Glenn Worf, rhythm guitarists Rob McNelley, Bob Britt and Kenny Greenburg, keyboardist Kevin McKendree, drummer Tom Hambridge, vocalist Mycle Wastman, The Memphis Horns and special guest vocalists Grammy-winner Bobby Rush, and Blues Award winner Mike Zito.

Produced by 2x Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge. Recorded, mixed, and mastered in Nashville. Released September 21, 2018.

Prime Blues Reviews

“Prime Blues is hands down a must have album. Jim Allchin is right when he says it’s flat out fun. Get yourself a copy and you’ll hear what both he and we mean.”

– American Blues Scene, JD Nash, October 2018

“Jim Allchin is the consummate blues guitarist and vocalist.  His brand of the blues is strong, energetic and funky, with impressive horns that complement his voice and guitar riffs. Recommendation:  If you love the blues, you must have this album in your collection.  Get it today!”

–  Bob Leggett, LA Music Critic, October 2018

“…a savory collection of 14 amazing new tracks that dig deeper into the Blues and prove the notion that indeed lightning can strike twice.  “

– Rick Bowen, Blues Writer award 2013-2017

“A sensational album but hey that’s why we had to move young Allchin to the top of the class. Score yourself an “A” and get your copy of “Prime Blues” or you will have to stay after class.”

– Peter Merrett, PBS, October 2018

Releasing his debut at a time where there were a lot of people with extra coin taking a breather to chase the dream, you knew that Allchin was one to bet on.  Four records in, this white boy with the blues has jacket copy on his latest full of names like Hambridge, Zito, McKendree, Rush, Memphis Horns and more.  He delivers.  Loaded with gusto and a half, he doesn’t stoop to manqué around when he can keep it his real—which is really good.  White boy blues has entered the next level of the game.

(Sandy Key 5)

-Chris Spector, Midwest Record, October 2018

Hajk announce new album ‘Drama’ out February 1st via Jansen with new single ‘Dancing Like This’

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE
‘DANCING LIKE THIS’ VIA SOUNDCLOUD

OUT NOW ON ALL DSPs

Hajk Press Shot 2018

 

PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR HAJK:

“This new Oslo-based band will make you feel so very fine” – Noisey

“The soaring vocals of Feist with the erratic percussion of Dirty Projectors” – V Magazine

Ones To Watch at The Guardian

Hajk has delivered one of the best debuts of the year” – The Line Of Best Fit

“Crisp, clear, and smooth… street-ready guitar-pop” – Stereogum

‘Drama’ – of the interpersonal kind – that’s what Hajk have turned their focus to in 2018. The band burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album last year, garnering support around the world as well as making a name for themselves in their home country of Norway. Now, the highly anticipated follow-up ‘Drama’ has been announced for February 2019 – a record that both pulls at the heartstrings and urges you to dance away your sorrows. Lead single and first taste of what is to come arrives in the form of the bubblegum-flavoured new cut, ‘Dancing Like This’. It’s a lyrically melancholy and wide-eyed love song, with an addictive melody that looks to sugarcoat your tears.

Listen to new single ‘Dancing Like This’ via Soundcloud
Listen to ‘Dancing Like This’ via other DSPs

Listen to debut single ‘Magazine’

Hajk’s 2017 debut received praise from the likes of Astrid S, Sigrid and Kimbra, as well as actress and model, Chloë Grace Moretz. International acclaim came in waves from Noisey, Stereogum, The Line of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, V Magazine, The Independent, Indie Shuffle, and more, noting their idiosyncratic, yet supremely catchy pop tunes, while likening them to everything from Fleetwood Mac and Aztec Camera to Dirty Projectors and Little Dragon.

With their second album, ‘Drama’, a more self-assured band reveals themselves. Sharpened by more studio experience, they have once again produced the record themselves, taking extreme care over every second and minute detail of their work. Blending analogue and digital sounds, switching between programmed arrangements and live takes from the studio, drawing on three lead vocalists and an assortment of guest musicians, Hajk conjured up whatever was necessary to fulfill their creative vision.

The title ‘Drama’ relates to the drama of humanity and a somewhat naïve yearning for love in a world in which love can sometimes seem in scarce supply.

‘Drama’ is due for release on February 1st via Jansen Records. First single from it ‘Dancing Like This’, was released on September 28th, listen here.

Hajk is:
Preben Sælid Andersen – Vocals
Sigrid Aase – Vocals
Johan Nord – Percussion
Knut Olav Buverud Sandvik – Bass
Einar Næss Haugeth – Keys

Hajk online:
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CURSE OF LONO New Album, AS I FELL Out Now Via Submarine Cat Records

New Video About The Story Behind The Title Track, “As I Fell” Is Exclusively On Parade Magazine

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

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“Cinematic and lovely, the song and story share the connection between kindred spirits and the support of those that know and love them.” Parade Magazine

“The quintet, led by vocalist/guitarist Felix Bechtolsheimer, is back August 17 with sophomore album As I Fell, and the LP continues the band’s exploration of its patented Amerigothica sound—one that comfortably rides right alongside both Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Drive-By Truckers.” – Magnet Magazine

August 17, 2018- Acclaimed London five-piece  Curse Of Lono new album, As I Fellis out now, via Submarine Car Records. Today, the band has unveiled the video behind the story on the title track, “As I Fell.” CLICK HERE TO WATCH exclusively on Parade Magazine. 

Felix, the lead singer says, “’As I Fell’ is the title track off our new album which comes out today. I wrote the song for our bass player, Charis, when her boyfriend, Tom Edwards, passed away unexpectedly last year. They had been together for over four years and were talking about getting married this year. Tom was on tour in the US with Adam Ant when he caught pneumonia, which quickly turned into sepsis. He died on the tour bus on January 25th last year. Tom, who was only 41 years old, was a huge part of our musical family. There were times when we saw more of him than our own families. He was an incredibly charismatic and caring human being as well as a wonderful guitarist who, as well as being Adam Ant’s long-time musical director and lead guitarist, worked with numerous other artists including Edwyn Collins, Roddy Frame, Andrea Corr and Fields Of The Nephilim. His passing has left a huge void and it was important to us to pay tribute to him on the day our album is released.

Recorded between Joshua Tree and London with producer Oli Bayston (AKA Boxed In), the track builds on the band’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock. It’s a sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like The Doors and The Velvet Underground as it does to more contemporary artists such as The War On Drugs and Wilco.

Formed in London in 2015, Curse Of Lono is Felix Bechtolsheimer (vocals and guitar), Joe Hazell (lead guitar and vocals), Dani Ruiz Hernandez (keys and vocals), Charis Anderson (bass and vocals) and Neil Findlay (drums). ‘As I Fell’ is the follow-up to ‘Severed’, one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of 2017, and builds on Curse Of Lono’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock. It’s a sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like The Doors and The Velvet Underground as it does to more contemporary artists such as The War On Drugs and Wilco. Although some of the songs on ‘As I Fell’ revisit familiar themes like murderous jealousy and the death of loved ones, much of the album covers new ground.

Curse Of Lono recently completed a UK headline tour, including a sold-out show at London’s Lexington, and a run of European support dates with both Steve Earle and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. Catch them at a series of festival dates this summer.

CURSE OF LONO – LIVE
August 19     Beautiful Days Festival, Devon
August 26     Graze Festival, Hampshire
August 28     Stockholm, Bryggarsalen (with David Ramirez)
August 29     Oslo, Café Mono (with David Ramirez)
August 30     Malmo, Folk å Rock (with David Ramirez)

Darren Jessee Shares Stunning “All But A Dream”

“Jessee takes his insightful songwriting chops and churns out his own taste of bold melancholy folk, making The Jane Room 217 one of the years must hear mood records.” – Glide Magazine

“We’re used to seeing Darren Jessee behind a drum kit, with Ben Folds Five, Sharon Van Etten, Hiss Golden Messenger, the War on Drugs and others. But his band Hotel Lights brought him out front, and with his upcoming first solo album The Jane, Room 217, Jessee moves into another musical adventure.” – Billboard Magazine

“A quiet record that has, and will continue to be described as “breathtaking,” The Jane, Room 217 is intimacy incarnate: Little separates listener from artist in these songs as Darren Jessee bares his soul, surrendering his emotions in an utterly beautiful display of musical vulnerability.” – Atwood Magazine

DARREN JESSEE SHARES NEW SINGLE / LIVE VIDEO

“ALL BUT A DREAM”

THE JANE, ROOM 217 OUT AUG 24 ON BAR/NONE RECORDS

 

For someone as soft-spoken as North Carolina-based songwriter Darren Jessee, it might come as a surprise to learn that he has a gold record (in storage somewhere), a platinum record (“I never called them to get it”), and was part of a recent Grammy win (“someone told me they would mail me a certificate if I wanted…”). For years, though, he’s managed that almost impossible feat of remaining both ubiquitous and out of the spotlight at once.

Since 2004, he’s released four records under the name Hotel Lights, all while working as a drummer for a series of wildly acclaimed acts. He played drums for Sharon Van Etten in support of her celebrated 2014 release Are We There, and since 2016, he’s been a member of the Durham-based band Hiss Golden Messenger, performing most recently on their 2017 Merge release Hallelujah Anyhow. In 2017 he contributed to The War on Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding, which won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. Before any of that, Jessee made his name as a member of the band Ben Folds Five, for which he co-wrote their biggest hit, “Brick.”

“I always felt like I needed to have a band,” Jessee says. “There’s something about being with a group of people that gives you confidence. But secretly I wanted to have the courage to be a solo troubadour.”

With his new record, The Jane, Room 217 – Jessee’s first as a solo artist – he’s finally seen that through. In late 2016, on the heels of Hotel Lights’ release Get Your Hand in My Hand and a world tour with Sharon Van Etten, Jessee started writing and recording the songs that would become The Jane, Room 217 on a six-track in his New York City apartment.

“I thought it was all just song demos at first,” he says, but after a returning from a tour with Hiss Golden Messenger, he heard the material with new ears. “When I got back around to these songs, I realized it was something I cared about more than just demos.”

Jessee drove the tracks as they were to Richmond, where Trey Pollard of the Spacebomb Records group added strings and Jessee’s longtime collaborator Alan Weatherhead mixed; and for the most part, that’s how Jessee left it.

“I love sparse records,” Jessee says. “I grew up with Willie Nelson playing in the house, I was always a big fan of Leonard Cohen, the early Tom Waits records – just a mixed bag of artful music.”

Dreamy and intimate, The Jane, Room 217 evokes late night drives, low lights, and longing, as on the album’s opener, “Anything You Need,” where so much space is left around the notes that by the time strings swell up under the melody after the chorus, it’s an almost overwhelming rush, like a quiet revelation.

Arrangements on the album are pared down to nothing more than acoustic guitar, a few spare keyboard hooks, piano, Pollard’s strings, and Jessee’s expressive vocals. At once reserved and lush, Jessee’s wistful melodies are shot through with lyrical sparks, as in “All but a Dream,” where he takes a series of impressionistic flashes – “chill though the window screen,” “cortados in Mexico City,” “red tail lights of taxis, running through a summer rain,” “swimming in the briny sea” – and builds them into an epiphany much greater than the sum of its parts.

Quietly devastating, The Jane, Room 217 is a personal exploration of heartbreak and romance – made all the more powerful by its clear-eyed restraint.

“Opener ‘Anything You Need’ is one of The Jane, Room 217‘s standouts, a quiet acoustic-guitar/piano number that’s bathed in breathtaking strings by song’s end.” – Magnet Magazine

Darren Jessee
The Jane, Room 217
Bar/None Records
August 24, 2018

01. Anything You Need
02. True Blue
03. Letting You Go
04. Dying Violins
05. Ruins
06. Leaving Almost Ready
07. All But A Dream
08. Plastic Bag
09. Go On Baby Break Down

Neo-folk newcomers YOUNG WATERS share video for new single “Swimming Pool” / Debut album out Sept 28th

Young Waters share video for new single “Swimming Pool”

Premiered at CLASH
Watch HERE

Self-titled debut album out Sept 28 via YW Records

“a beautiful offering that is pastoral of arrangement
and dexterous of lyric.” – 
CLASH

Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with unique arrangements of traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence. This young band is set to make a big impact in 2018.

Today, they announce news of their self-titled debut album and share the video for their new single “Swimming Pool”, premiered at CLASH, who call it “a beautiful offering that is pastoral of arrangement and dexterous of lyric.​”

Share “Swimming Pool” on Spotify HERE

After winning Bath Folk Festival’s New Shoots competition, they earned themselves a recording session at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios, where most of this stunning debut album was recorded. A host of festival appearances (including Glastonbury, Broadstairs, Cambridge, Wilderness, Boomtown and Smugglers) have cemented their reputation with fans. Catch them at one of the following tour dates.

Upcoming UK Tour Dates

22nd June – Serta International Folk Festival, Portugal
6th July – Rollright Fayre, Oxfordshire
27th July – Bimble Inn, Sussex
12th August – Boomtown, Winchester
17th August – Purbeck Folk Festival, Dorset
24th August – Shambala
20th September – Green Note – London – Album Release Show

Young Waters are:

Theo Passingham (vocals and guitar)
Kerry Ann Jangle (vocals and percussion)
Liam O’Connell (double bass and vocals)
Calum Smith (violin)
Rowen Elliot (viola)

Young Waters’ debut album Young Waters is released on September 28th via YW Records. Distributed, Published and Marketed by Monokrome Music.

Young Waters: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify 

Travis Bowlin – Secundus is not second its #1 !!!!!

Yep #1 for Secundus on the RMR BLUES ROCK Chart

TME. FM RADIO SPOTLIGHT ALBUM ALSO UP TO #5 ON BLUES CHART

 

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“Sameness is the mother of disgust, Secundus the cure”. Petrarch

“Secundus is like a pile of presents at Christmas, every track a wonderful surprise on playing but you don’t know which to play again there is so much variety”. TME.fm Radio

We sure know how to pick a spotlight album here at TME.fm but when it comes to writing reviews we are the at the bottom of the queue actually we are not in the queue!

So this is what Blind Raccoon and Travis say about the album.

Travis Bowlin’s second studio album, “Secundus,” is a flavorful, driven, yet sultry rock/soul/blues opus that takes us from the jazzy, smoky lounge feeling of ‘Casaurina Sand’ to heavy-hitting rock songs like ‘Dancin’ with the Devil.’ 
There’s plenty of soul in between with tunes like ‘Strange Vibes,’ with its Wilson Pickett feel from start to finish, and the downright dirty blues stylings of tracks like ‘Slow Cooker Man’ & ‘Vicksburg Blues.’ This record is filled with lyrics that take you right there like a movie inside your head. There’s love, hate, happiness, sadness, and plenty of attitude throughout. The 12 original compositions were recorded at Mainframe Recording Studio with Bowlin serving as producer and Nathan Smith as sound engineer. 

“Secundus is Latin for the Second but can also be used to describe being lucky or favorable,” says Bowlin. “I’m the second so named after my father. The Latin way for saying this and the other meanings of the word really resonated with me. My roots are blues and this word, Secundus, and its meanings, reminded me of John Lee Hooker’s song ‘Mr. Lucky.’ I feel very lucky and blessed to be able to do what I do. I have really put a lot of myself into this record in more ways than one. As an artist you never are satisfied with anything you do, but there’s a time when you have to say ok, that’s enough. Here are 12 songs about how I feel, how you might feel, and for everyone to have an opinion on. I am very proud of the music that was made in the studio and the “fun work” put into this record. I’m excited for everyone to hear it.”

 

 

 

GOMEZ RETURN FOR MORE UK TOUR DATES AFTER SELL OUT SHOWS IN THE SPRING

OXFORD, NEWCASTLE, NORWICH, BIRMINGHAM, CARDIFF, AND MANCHESTER SHOWS ANNOUNCED

20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM ‘BRING IT ON’ OUT NOW VIA UMC

Gomez UK Tour August September 2018 Bring It On Anniversary Poster

Due to the huge success of their Spring UK tour, Gomez will be returning this August and September to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their Mercury Prize winning record ‘Bring It On’. UMC have also released a super deluxe box set containing: 35 previously unreleased tracks. The collection features 25 demos & 13 songs never released in any form by Gomez, including covers of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend” and “T-Bone Walker’s Mean Old World” plus the band’s 1998 Glastonbury performance and BBC sessions.

Package includes a 10,000-word essay by journalist Paul Stokes, with new interviews with the band and those close to them. Red & Yellow coloured vinyl edition are available + Standard black vinyl edition both in gatefold packaging.

GOMEZ ‘BRING IT ON’ NEW TOUR DATES UK

AUG 23 THU – O2 Academy Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom

 AUG 24 FRI – O2 Academy Newcastle
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

AUG 25 SAT – UEA LCR Norwich
Norwich, United Kingdom

AUG 26 SUN – Victorious Festival
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

AUG 28 TUE – O2 Institute
Birmingham, United Kingdom

AUG 29 WED – Tramshed
Cardiff, United Kingdom

AUG 31 FRI – Bingley Festival
Bradford, United Kingdom

SEP 2 SUN – O2 Ritz Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

U.K. fans — For sold out shows, please note that Gomez have appointed Twickets as their official ticket resale partner. Twickets enables fans to trade tickets for gigs at face value and helps fans avoid exploitation and overpricing on secondary ticketing platforms.

 

MORE ON 20 YEARS OF ‘BRING IT ON’:

“No other record captures that period so perfectly,” says Elbow’s Guy Garvey. “The concerns of the songs. The stories, the experimental sounds. It was so brave for a band to record themselves at that time: it allowed a direct and undiluted account of the band as aspirational, big-hearted friends in love with making music and each other. It dared us to record ourselves. But they did it first. It’s the most deserving recipient of the Mercury Prize in its history: a breathlessly ambitious and lovingly crafted masterpiece. It should be called Bring It ‘The Fuck’ On.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Gomez’s Mercury Music Prize winning debut album, Bring It On has been re-mastered and reissued as a super-deluxe 4CD with an accompanying remastered double LP release. The 4CD 20th Anniversary edition of Bring It On contains the original, classic album remastered by Frank Arkwright @ Abbey Road studios and 35 previously unreleased tracks including 25 demos (recorded between January 1996 and August 1997) – 13 of which are appearing on an official Gomez release for the first time.

The band have played the album in its entirety this Spring on their UK & Ireland tour, then going on to Australian and US dates.

Twenty years on, the debut album by Gomez sounds not of its time, but ahead of its time. You can hear its echoes in so much of the music that followed it: not just in Elbow, but in any artist who heard Bring it On and realised the possibilities of combining indie and roots music with lo-fidelity electronics: a modern experimental sensibility with a love of the past. Bring It On was an album that synthesised styles in a way that seemed remarkable then, and now sounds utterly unforced and contemporary. Where so many of its contemporaries sound completely of their time, Bring It On sounds as if it could have come out to equal acclaim at any point over the past 20 years. It’s a record that thoroughly merits its expanded 20th anniversary edition.

Bring it On sounds as if it’s been made by kids who’ve been exploring the outer expanses of Spotify, scouring it for unlikely sources, rather than four lads in a Southport garage, and the fella they met at university. Though, in a way, Bring It On is the pre-streaming version of that very process, bringing together all the five members’ tastes, without ever allowing one style to dominate. You can hear their love of so much different music: Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Prince, Talking Heads, Johnny Cash, Portishead, The Chemical Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, jazz and folk and indie and the West Coast and classic rock. Between them, Ian Ball, Ben Ottewell, Tom Gray, Paul Blackburn and Olly Peacock created something that was far more than the sum of its parts.

In 1998, of course, it sounded revolutionary. “Gomez came along at exactly the right moment,” says the DJ Steve Lamacq, who championed the band on his Radio 1 show. “After Britpop had collapsed in on itself, there was a massive hole on the Evening Session, waiting to be filled. But what we found was, people reacting against the commerciality of the Britpop wave and heading off on all sorts of strange tangents. The audience was really receptive to sounds that maybe wouldn’t have fitted in a few years earlier.”

Gomez hadn’t even recorded with the intention of making an album, which is perhaps why it sounds so unforced. The basis of the album was seven tracks recorded on an ancient four-track recorder. The band’s label, Hut, had to use the home recordings – for practical reasons. “They couldn’t recreate those recordings because they’d done them in one of their dad’s garages on the four-track, and just after they’d finished doing the last one the thing broke,” says Hut’s David Boyd. “So we decided it needed a little bit of mixing and embellishment, but not a lot, and they trotted off to Liverpool to do the touch-ups, but to all intents and purposes that was Bring It On.”

In Liverpool, engineer Ken Nelson awaited them, and helped them turn those seven tracks into a whole album. “They’d have an idea and would look to me to make it work,” Nelson says. “Their home-learned skills transferred well to the studio and I believe we learned so much from each other. I’d never worked with a band who were so creative before: it was truly exciting for me.”

The spectacular results had an immediate impact and influence, Chris Martin admired Bring It On so much that Coldplay hired Ken Nelson to produce their first album (he went on to produce three for them). Indeed, without some of Gomez’s freewheeling influence, it’s much harder to imagine the British music scene making a comfortable home for the innovating likes of Alt-J, Everything Everything & Field Music, or across the pond where subsequent harmony bands blending indie, antifolk and art rock have thrived.

Bring It On went on to win 1998’s Mercury Music Prize, beating Pulp, Massive Attack, Cornershop and The Verve, the judges describing the album as “an intriguing blend of swamp blues, bar-room rock and eerie power”.

Bring It On remains the album Gomez are best known for in the UK, but it was only the starting point for a spectacular career. The band built audiences internationally, especially in the US and Australia. In the States, in particular, Gomez have become bigger and bigger, with their two most recent albums, A New Tide (2009) and Whatever’s on Your Mind (2011), becoming the highest-charting records of their career.

But Bring It On remains the landmark: The introduction to their singular nature. Hence the deluxe reissue. Hence the anniversary tour in the Spring on which many of the shows – including an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall – sold out in moments. Hence more tour dates being added this August and September. Twenty years later? Once again, bring it on.

TME.fm RADIO SPOTLIGHT ALBUM

 

YES FOR 40 DAYS AND NIGHTS SECUNDUS from TRAVIS BOWLIN is our SPOTLIGHT ALBUM.

One of the songs from album played every hour.

 

Travis Bowlin’s second studio album, “Secundus,” is a flavorful, driven, yet sultry rock/soul/blues opus that takes us from the jazzy, smoky lounge feeling of ‘Casaurina Sand’ to heavy-hitting rock songs like ‘Dancin’ with the Devil.’ There’s plenty of soul in between with tunes like ‘Strange Vibes,’ with its Wilson Pickett feel from start to finish, and the downright dirty blues stylings of tracks like ‘Slow Cooker Man’ & ‘Vicksburg Blues.’ This record is filled with lyrics that take you right there like a movie inside your head. There’s love, hate, happiness, sadness, and plenty of attitude throughout. The 12 original compositions were recorded at Mainframe Recording Studio with Bowlin serving as producer and Nathan Smith as sound engineer.
“Secundus is Latin for the Second but can also be used to describe being lucky or favorable,” says Bowlin. “I’m the second so named after my father. The Latin way for saying this and the other meanings of the word really resonated with me. My roots are blues and this word, Secundus, and its meanings, reminded me of John Lee Hooker’s song ‘Mr. Lucky.’ I feel very lucky and blessed to be able to do what I do. I have really put a lot of myself into this record in more ways than one. As an artist you never are satisfied with anything you do, but there’s a time when you have to say ok, that’s enough. Here are 12 songs about how I feel, how you might feel, and for everyone to have an opinion on. I am very proud of the music that was made in the studio and the “fun work” put into this record. I’m excited for everyone to hear it.”

BIOGRAPHY

In 1988, Travis Bowlin was born in a little river town just off the Ohio River called Aurora, IN near Cincinnati, Ohio. He found his love for roots music at the age 11, when he started singing for the honorable Cincinnati Boy Choir in Cincinnati Ohio. He first discovered his joy for playing instruments at age 15 when he received his grandmother’s old acoustic guitar. Throughout his teenage years Travis was very heavily involved in his school’s music program in both band and choir. Through the school Travis was able to perform solo at Disney World twice, the Indianapolis 500, and Cedar Point (Winning outstanding performer). After high school Travis traveled his tri-State of Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana booking as many shows as he could to work on his craft.

It wasn’t until 2012, when Travis would sign his first independent record deal, that things changed, allowing him to learn more about the music business and taking him to Music City (Nashville, TN). On March 1, 2014 Travis released his first studio single ‘Bad, Bad Man’ that was featured on many radio stations across the world and would land Travis and his band a performance spot on Nashville’s NBC News. 2014 would also bring Travis his first Master and Sync license and first global TV debut performing his original song ‘Traveling Man’ on TLC’s show 19 Kids and Counting for the episode “A Duggar Leaves Home.” During this same time Travis released his second studio single, ‘Got the Goods,’ which received great notoriety in the blues/rock/roots music world and scored him a feature in L.A. based Rock n Roll industries Magazine.

On June 9, 2015 ‘See You Again’ was released together with Travis’ first full length official music video. ‘See You Again’ climbed the charts reaching #5 on iTunes new blues and debuted at #3 on the Roots Music Report Blues/Rock chart. For nearly six months ‘See You Again’ charted on Roots Music Report and was listed on the 2016 Grammy entry ballot in American Root Performance and American Roots Song. His music video was nominated for a Midwest Video Music Award and the RockErie Awards.

Travis is currently traveling and performing in about 30 US states and 3 countries. He has performed at the Bayfront Blues Festival, Aurora Farmers Fair, National Cornbread Festival, Riverfront Nights, and Texas River Fest. He has headlined the Delta Dragon Riverboat Regatta, the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, and has shared the bill with Ricky Skaggs, Cyril Neville, John Mayall, Samantha Fish, Big Something, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, and Big Smo. In 2016 he was a “Best Band in Nashville” nominee and in 2017 toured Australia extensively. He is currently preparing for a tour to Iceland at the end of August and has recently been endorsed by Lace Music Products as their first and only Cigar Box Guitar pickup artist.