[song] David Brewis – Surface Noise

Having already shared singles “Start Over” and “The Last Day”, David Brewis gives us another taster of his upcoming album with the jazzy avant-folk number “Surface Noise”. It follows the all-acoustic direction of his latest songs and sounds fresh and new yet unmistakably his.

He says the following about the track: “I read Surface Noise as a kind of tour around the east end of Sunderland, feeling dejected and windswept. The Astral Weeks influence is fairly explicit on this track, albeit tempered with a denser string arrangement and all played on top of a swung 6/8 rhythm which I probably first heard on John Coltrane’s version of My Favourite Things”.

The Soft Struggles is set for release on February 24 and would be out on the new record label run by David and his brother Peter (who perform also as Field Music), Daylight Saving Records (an amazing Thy Socialite! by SLUG released last Friday was the first release on it).

David will also perform three shows in support of the record. All the dates will feature a full ten-piece band with most of the players from the record — David himself, Peter (drums), Sarah Hayes (flute/piano), Faye MacCalman (sax/clarinet), John Pope (double bass), Field Music’s regular string quartet plus Eve Cole singing. Dates as follows:

May 5 – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
May 6 – Customs House, South Shields
June 2 – Kings Place, London

Listen to the song below and pre-order the LP.

[live] Left of the Dial unveils first 10 names for 2023 line-up

Rotterdam’s international showcase festival Left of the Dial released the first names for an upcoming 2023 edition:

Balderdasch (IE) • Chalk (UK) • Chase Petra (US) • Eyesore & The Jinx (UK) • Joshua Idehen (NG/SE) • Joyeria (CA/UK) • Minor Conflict (UK) • Splint (UK) • wych elm (UK) • Yowl (UK)

Scheduled for 19-21 October, the 3-day event will take place at various locations in the center of Rotterdam. It will once again feature a selection of the best current and up-and-coming alternative bands (there will be roughly 150 artists total).

Regular single and group tickets are now on sale. Visit the website to grab yours and stream the festival’s playlist below.

[live] Peel Dream Magazine announce EU / UK tour dates

In January Peel Dream Magazine, the project of New York City-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Stevens, will embark on a European/UK tour in support of his excellent latest record Pad (released earlier this year via Slumberland / Tough Love).

It will start in London on January 11 and will finish in Rennes on February 5. In addition to the main public dates, there would also be a special 3-week residency at Laylow in London, featuring invite-only shows. Find all the dates on the list below and more information about tickets here.

11/01 – Laylow, London, UK
18/01 – Laylow, London, UK
19/01 – Shacklewell Arms, London, UK (free show)
20/01 – Folklore, Brighton, UK
21/01 – The Louisiana, Bristol, UK
22/01 – Headrow House, Leeds, UK
24/01 – YES, Manchester, UK
25/01 – Laylow, London, UK
28/01 – L’International, Paris, France
29/01 – Theater der Wohngemeinschaft, Köln, Germany
31/01 – Schokoladen, Berlin, Germany
01/02 – Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
02/02 – V11, Rotterdam, Netherlands
05/02 – La Petite Rennes, Rennes, France

Stream Pad below and buy it here.

[live] Drahla announce EU tour dates for 2023

UK post-punk outfit Drahla announced a European tour for early next year. It will start in Eindhoven on February 12 and will finish in Le Harve on February 23.

12/02 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands (with Crows)
14/02 – Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands (with Crows)
15/02 – Vera, Groningen, Netherlands (with Crows)
16/02 – EKKO, Utrecht, Netherlands (with Crows)
18/02 – Molotov Skybar, Hamburg, Germany
20/02 – Warehouse, Arlon, Belgium (with Preoccupations)
21/02 – The Black Ball, Paris, France
22/02 – The Airplane, Lille, France (with Preoccupations)
23/02 – Mc Daids, Le Havre, France

Find all information about tickets here and listen to the group’s latest single “Under The Glass” below.

[song] Bnny – Breaking Up

Chicago’s indie band Bnny shared a gentle and beautiful new single “Breaking Up”, which follows up their debut album Everything, released last year.

Bnny live in Milan’22

The group is currently on tour in the EU and UK and played a stellar show last night supporting Dehd in Milan. The other upcoming dates are as follows:

Nov 3 – Aarau, CH: KiFF
Nov 5 – Paris, FR: Les Trois Baudets
Nov 7 – Copenhagen, DK: Loppen
Nov 8 – Stockholm, SE: Kristallen
Nov 9 – Oslo, NO: John Dee
Nov 11 – Hamburg, DE: Molotow
Nov 13 – Kortrijk, BE: Sonic City Festival
Nov 14 – London, UK: St. Pancras Old Church

Listen below and find more tour information here.