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2:54 Self-Titled Debut Album Release Set For May 28th

2012-03-07

 

   2:54 - You're Early by 2:54 Band

Over the past year 2:54 -sister duo Colette and Hannah Thurlow – have established themselves as one of 2012's most important breakthrough UK bands. Following their signing to Fat Possum in the US last week, with the announcement of their eponymous debut album they're preparing to unveil the writing and recording work that's occupied much of their time since the band's inception, and fans of their unique and enveloping sound should prepare to have their expectations obliterated.
 

Occupying a low-lit, vivid space, they unite a distinct concoction of ideas and influences that taps a rock and punk lineage notoriously anchored by the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss. However, their sound neatly neighbours the darker, atmospheric reaches of today's R'n'B finest, as well as timeless walls of sound. The fact 2:54 have picked up fans from all the above worlds and more is testament not only to their sophisticated and nuanced tastes, but just how compelling a proposition the music they make is. Yet it's only now, with this their first full-length offering that the power of what they do will be revealed for all to see.

The Thurlow sisters taught themselves to play guitar as teenagers, but it wasn't until the closing moments of 2010 that the very first lo-fi 2:54 home demos leaked onto the web, prompting a flurry of critical acclaim that's only ever grown with the band. They became the act that all the best bands around wanted on the road with them, touring with everyone from Warpaint and Wild Beasts to Melissa Auf De Maur, Yuck, The Maccabees and most recently, The Big Pink. Their debut limited seven-inch 'On A Wire' whetted critics appetites, consolidating plaudits that have now reached everywhere from revered US critics like Pitchfork, SPIN, Fader, Gorilla Versus Bear and Stereogum, to UK bibles like NME, Q magazine, Kerrang, and onto the radars of broadsheet press like The Guardian, The Times and The Independent. Signing to Fiction (The Cure, Crystal Castles etc) mid last year, the 'Scarlet' EP gave the world the first taste of the forthcoming long-player with its title track, plus three hard-hitting B-sides. Its hazy, leviathan sound was hypnotically hooky, feeling both alien and familiar at the same time. The Pitchfork premiere of their latest single 'You're Early' last week saw 10 thousand hits in 24 hours - simultaneously announcing a US signing to Fat Possum (Spiritualized, Wavves, Yuck etc)- and displaying a more groove-focused side to the band, a brazenly infectious stormer of a song.


Recorded mostly by Mercury-winning producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey etc), and all mixed by the legendary Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Nine In Nails etc), their debut album collects together a cohesive and captivating selection of highlights from their already burgeoning catalogue. The 10 songs that together make up '2:54' are ripe with danger and beauty. This is a record that thrums with life, signalled immediately with the gale-force opener, 'Revolving',a real bittersweet blizzard. From then on the sisters Thurlow proceed to mine their own distinctive brand of haunted, freaked grooves and cloud-bursting melody, channelling love, loss and longing to spellbinding effect. This is an album with truly no filler. First spin will leave the propulsive, woozy thrust of 'Easy Undercover's refrains ringing in heads, as will the duelling guitars and surging, urgent cry of 'Sugar's' dance floor rhythms. The smouldering solemnity of 'Circuitry' neighbours the delicate, scorched beauty of 'Watcher' with album closer 'Creeping', realised here in magnificent and malevolent new form that few will be prepared for.

Over the course of its 10 tracks it becomes clear that this is a rarefied, captivating affair, a beautifully sustained exercise in mood and tension that almost feels in a league and scene of its own. It’s a bewitching snapshot of 2:54 thus far and also a glimpse of the heady future that awaits them.

TRACK LISTING

01. Revolving

02. You're Early

03. Easy Undercover

04. A Salute

05. Scarlet

06. Sugar

07. Circuitry

08. Watcher

09. Ride

10. Creeping

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2:54 Sign To Fat Possum, Stream EP & New Single

2012-02-29

 
2:54 is London based sisters Colette & Hannah Thurlow.  Casting their spell over critics and audiences alike last fall with the European release of their Scarlet EP, 2:54 make music both beautiful and bewitching

Today, 2:54 are elated to share both new single "You're Early" & Scarlet EP with American audiences and announce their signing in the United States with Fat Possum.

Stream the Scarlet EP exclusively on SPIN.COM or download from the Fat Possum store. You can stream the new single "You're Early" below.

The band will continue their US takeover this March for their first US tour, splicing an explosive stint down at South By Southwest with both East and West coast stops along the way.

On Monday night on BBC Radio1, Zane Lowe premiered their latest single, "You're Early" a tightly coiled spring of primal energy, hypnotic melody and hushed obsession.  While the track showcases their signature unique melding of rock and punk influences, it also reveals an entrancing and groove-driven side to the band that lends itself to the darker side of r'n'b.  The track received it's web premiere via Pitchfork last week, igniting an online flurry of plaudits, including Stereogum, Fader, and Q Magazine's 'Track of the day'.

For the B-side, avowed fans and fellow journeymen Wild Beasts tackle the remix - the band's first and only reworking since notoriously taking on Lady Gaga's "You and I" last year.  The results for "You're Early" are as strikingly beautiful as you might expect.

After their US tour, 2:54 will return to the UK this April, touring with Los Angeles doom-folk princess Chelsea Wolfe and UK dreamers, Deaf Club.  The band has also announced their biggest headline show to date at London's Legendary Scala venue on June 7th.

Download the "Scarlet" EP now at the Fat Possum store or from other digital retailers on Monday, March 05.

"Scarlet" EP
1. Scarlet
2. Wait / Awake
3. Got A Hold
4. Dawn

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Spiritualized "Sweet Heart Sweet Light"

2012-02-24
PRE-ORDER SWEET HEART SWEET LIGHT

For an artist as consistent as Spiritualized's Jason Spaceman, whose 7th studio album Sweet Heart Sweet Light will be released on Fat Possum on April 17th 2012, it's easy to assume that there's a certain effortlessness to the creative process.  In fact, the three years since the release of 2008's acclaimed Songs in A&E were some of the roughest imaginable for Jason.

After a near death from double pneumonia in 2005 it was a slow road to recovery, a process he touched upon on with great grace on the last album.  His return to full health saw him release Songs in A&E and mount critically lauded performances of his 1997 game-changer Ladies And Gentlemen....We Are Floating In Space on both sides of the Atlantic.  However, shortly after recording Sweet Heart Sweet Light - in far flung locales such as Los Angeles, Reykavik and Wales - Jason found himself weakened by a degenerative liver disease and was subjected to six months of chemo treatment, a procedure that left him virtually housebound while he mixed the album.  In a classic case of triumph over tribulation, the resulting album is Spiritualized at their most vibrant; full voiced and utterly sublime.  In Jason Spaceman's orbit rock and roll is the salve and listeners will hear all of the epic grandiosity and brain worming melodies for which they're renowned, as well as the gorgeous gospel delium that makes hearing a new Spiritualized album an exhilarating and emotional experience.


First track available from the album is the impressive opener "Hey Jane", an energetic 8+ minutes of rousing organ, glittering guitar fuzz and swirling choirs.





The album also features a first for Spiritualized:  Jason is joined by his 11 year old daughter Poppy Spaceman on the starkly beautiful "So Long You Pretty Thing" for which she also has a writing credit for the opening couplet.  Elsewhere on the album is "I Am What I Am" which was co-written by Jason and "Mac" Rebennack, aka Dr. John.
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Spiritualized Tour Dates

2012-01-30

 
03-16 Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
03-17 Portsmouth, England - Wedgewood Rooms
03-19 London, England - Hackney Empire
03-20 Oxford, England - O2 Academy
03-21 Bristol, England - O2 Academy
03-22 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC
03-23 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Mandela Hall
03-24 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
03-25 Manchester, England - Academy
05-02 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05-03 Chicago, IL - Metro
05-04 Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theatre
05-05 Toronto, Ontario - The Phoenix
05-07 New York, NY - Terminal 5
05-09 Boston, MA - Paradise
05-10 Washington, DC - The 9:30 Club
05-11 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
05-12 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
05-13 Atlanta, GA - The Variety Playhouse
05-15 Dallas, TX - The Granada Theatre
05-16 Austin, TX - Emo's East
05-18 Tucson AZ - The Rialto Theatre
05-19 Phoenix AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
05-20 San Diego CA - Belly Up Tavern
05-22 Los Angeles CA - The Wiltern
05-23 San Francisco CA - The Fillmore
05-25 Portland, OR - The Wonder Ballroom
05-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Rickshaw Theatre

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Tav Falco's Panther Burns Re-Issue

2012-01-19

 
On February 14 we'll see the vinyl re-issue of Tav Falco's Panther Burns release of "Behind The Magnolia Curtain" as well as the E.P. "Blow Your Top" in a double gate-fold packaging.  Pre-Order the Vinyl and CD now at the FP store



Behind the Magnolia Curtain:
Tav Falco - Vocals and Guitar
Alex Chilton - Guitar, Drums
Ron Miller - Acoustic Bass
Jim Duckworth - Guitar, Drums
The Tate County Fife and Drum Corps including Abe Young and Jesse May Hemphill

01. Come on Little Mama
02. She's The One That's Got It
03. Hey - High School Baby
04. Brazil
05. You're Undecided
06. OoooEE Baby
07. River Of Love
08. Snack Drive
09. Blind Man
10. Where The Rio de Rosa Flows
11. Snatch It Back
12. Bourgeois Blues
13. St. Louis Blues
14. Moving On Down The Line

Blow Your Top
Tav Falco - Vocal, Guitars
Jim Duckworth - Guitar
Jim Sclavunos - Drums
Ron Miller - Acoustic Bass
John Saunders - Piano

01. I'm On This Rocket
02. Pantherman
03. Love Is My Business
04. Bertha Lou

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Junior Kimbrough "You Better Run" Double LP

2012-01-17

 
Today marks the 14th anniversary of Junior Kimbrough's death.  He died of a heart attack on January 17, 1998 at the age of 67. In remembrance of his life and work, we are releasing "You Better Run" on a double gate-fold vinyl.  This is the first time Junior Kimbrough's Essential collection has been available on the vinyl format.  Pick up your copy today at the FP store or from your local record store.

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Tennis 'Young & Old" Cover and Pre-Order

2012-01-11

 
It's now time to take a look at the cover and track listing of the upcoming Tennis album, Young & Old.  The 10 track album is in stores February 14 on CD, Vinyl, and Digital formats.  You can pre-order theYoung & Old now at the FP store or head over to Tennis' website to check out their bundle which includes a T-Shirt and a huggie (or koozie if you prefer).

Preview "Origins" & "Deep In The Woods"
Origins - Single by tennisinc

Track Listing:
1. It All Feels The Same
2. Origins
3. My Better Self
4. Traveling
5. Petition
6. Robin
7. High road
8. Dreaming
9. Take Me To Heaven
10. Never To Part

Tennis Pre-Order Bundle

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Caveman Sign To Fat Possum

2012-01-10

 
After a hugely successful 2011, Caveman continue their exciting rise in 2012 with a new tour including Europe, their first headlining gig at Bowery Ballrom and the proud news of Caveman signing to Fat Possum Records.

In 2011, Caveman garnered praise for their debut album CoCo Beware from outlets like NPR, The New York Times, and Fader and for their big sounding, impressive and completely unforgettable live shows alike.  NPR Music charted them as their #7 most favorite live show after seeing them at CMJ in October and named them "Discovery of 2011" in their year-end edition of All Songs Considered.

Buy CoCo Beware in the digital format now!

TOUR DATES:

  • 01.11 Toronto, ONT: Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
  • 01.12 Detroit, MI: PJ’s Lager House
  • 01.13 Chicago, IL: Schubas 
  • 01.14 Madison, WI: High Noon Saloon
  • 01.15 Cleveland, OH: Happy Dog
  • 01.20 New York, NY: Bowery Ballroom
  • 02.15 London, UK: The Macbeth
  • 02.16 Paris, France: La Fleche D’Or - Fireworks Festival
  • 02.17 St Malo, France: La Route du Rock
 

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Youth Lagoon "July" Video

2012-01-04

 

On tour:

01-16 Boise, ID - The Reef
01-19 Seattle, WA - Neumo  
01-20 Vancouver, British Columbia - Biltmore
01-21 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
02-18 Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender
02-23 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02-25 Paris, France - Point Ephemere
02-27 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
03-02 Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
03-03 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
03-06 London, England - Electrowerkz
03-10 Salt Lake City - Urban Lounge
03-11 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
03-12 Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall
03-18 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
03-19 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
03-20 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
03-21 Orlando, FL - The Social
03-22 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
03-23 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
03-24 Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
03-26 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03-27 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03-28 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-29 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
03-30 Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa
03-31 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
04-02 Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
04-03 St. Louis, MO - Firebird
04-04 Chicago, IL - Metro
04-05 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
04-08 Mexico City, Mexico - Indie O Fest
04-11 San Diego, CA - Porter's Pub
04-12 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
04-13 San Francisco, CA - The Independent

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Tennis Covers Broadcast, Announce Tour Dates

2011-12-15

 
  Tennis - Tears In The Typing Pool by tennisinc

also announce a bunch of US tour dates

 Feb. 16—Bluebird Theater—Denver, Colorado
 Feb. 22—Slowdown—Omaha, Nebraska
 Feb. 24—High Noon Saloon—Madison, Wisconsin
 Feb. 26—Lincoln Hall—Chicago, IL
 Feb. 27—Radio Radio—Indianapolis, Indiana
 Feb. 28—Grog Shop—Cleveland, Ohio
 Feb. 29—Horseshoe Tavern—Toronto, Ontario
 March 2—Brighton Music Hall—Boston, Massachusetts
 March 3—Bowery Ballroom—New York, New York
 March 6—Union Transfer—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 March 7—Black Cat—Washington, DC
 March 9—Local 506—Chapel Hill, North Carolina
 March 10—The Earl—Atlanta, Georgia
 March 11—Orange You Glad Festival—Orlando, Florida

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