Category Archives: Presser

Drunken Mermaid’s Five Star Pick: Purdy’s “All Change” drops November 13

First things first: to Kate at Space Promotions – THANK YOU. Purdy may well be the best new artist we’ve encountered to date. Not kidding. Don’t believe us? Watch:

While we work on lining up an interview, here’s the press release for All Change/Dream In Colour. After what you just watched, none of these accolades should surprise you…

All Change/Dream In Colour is the final release from Purdy’s debut album ‘Diamond In The Dust’ out 13th Nov. All Change has already been played on BBC R2 Paul O Grady show: https://www.facebook.com/purdymusic?fref=ts

– “So slinky, it shouldn’t be allowed” Craig Charles BBC 6 Music

– “Great character, unique voice, a true artist” BBC Radio Ldn

– “There is a buzz reminiscent of the times when Paloma Faith hit the boards with ‘Stone Cold Sober’ and that’s no bad thing.” Blues and Soul Magazine

Purdy, the multitalented artist who grew up on Ian Fleming’s estate, performed with Lana Del Ray on Necker Island and has been praised by Mick Jagger has announced she will be opening for Jools Holland on his autumn 2015 nationwide tour! (Dates below.) This is after a performance at Wembley, aheadline UEFA 2016 launch show where she was photographed and featured in the The Mail Online, and a brilliant session with the world famous MOBOs! http://www.mobo.com/news-blogs/purdy-mobo-live-series

Live Shows

  • 2ndNov  – Jazz Café, London
  • 25thNov – Northampton, Derngate (Jools Holland Support)
  • 26thNov – Leicester, De Montfort Hall (Jools Holland Support)
  • 27thNov – London, Royal Albert Hall (Jools Holland Support)
  • 2ndDec – Newcastle, City Hall (Jools Holland Support)
  • 6thDec – The Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames

Purdy has admirers in the highest of places. Jack Vettrianno saw Purdy at a book signing in Oxford and was captivated by her movie star looks. He asked if she would pose for some pictures and she became a muse for four of his paintings. Mick Hucknall is also a huge fan, and Purdy actually features on the new Simply Red album!

Ontario Tag Team: Winston Marley and Trench Town Oddities release “Bonk”

In from The Alex Ian Agency, we are checking out Trench Town Oddities and Winston Marley (pictured above) following the release of “Bonk.” Here is some Trench Town Oddities by way of introduction:

Drunken Mermaid recommends both bands. Here’s the release:

Acoustic folk-rockers, the Trench Town Oddities and rock-reggae band Winston Marley have released a new split CD entitled `Bonk!` earlier this month. The Ontario Canada bands each contributed 2 new songs to the release as well as a cover version of their favorite song from the other band.

“Bonk!” marks a new chapter for both bands who, in the past, have both released CDs engineered by Roy Nichol (current touring drummer for Canadian rock legends April Wine). For “Bonk!”, both bands decided to take a more DIY approach and decided to record the EP themselves with Trench Town Oddities/Winston Marley guitarist Bix at the controls. The recording took place in the spring of 2015 at various houses, sheds and alleys, coming out as a rawer, more back to basics release for both bands. “Although both bands loved the way our CDs sounded with Roy, who is an amazing engineering, we both felt that a more back to basics approach for our next release would be something we’d like to explore” say Trench Town Oddities frontman Sean Harley. “So what better way to test the waters then by doing a split EP ourselves” he adds.

Both bands are currently writing new material for their respect next releases and performing select dates throughout the fall of 2015. In addition, the Trench Town Oddities are also in the planning stages with an as of now unnamed Toronto band for a spring tour of Ontario & Quebec as well as gearing up for the summer  2016 festival season in both the North Eastern United States and Eastern Canada.

`Bonk!` is available at all major online retailers including iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and others.

Ummagma’s “Frequency” drops November 13

Our friends at Shameless Promotion PR have turned us on to Ummagma. Here’s their video for Orion:

From the release:

Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma have confirmed details for the UK release of their EP ‘Frequency’. This mini-album will be available through Raphalite Records and is slated for release on November 13th. Alongside five original tracks, the EP features remixes from Cocteau Twins legend Robin Guthrie, Wales’ celebrated Lights That Change, and Malcolm Holmes of Orchestral Maneouvres in the Dark (OMD).
Ummagma consists of Shauna McLarnon, who hails from Canada’s Yukon, and Alexander Kretov, who is from Ukraine. They are currently based in Peterborough, Canada. Since bursting onto the music scene in 2012, they have made a significant impact on the underground music scene. Their potent combination of uplifting and melancholic textured dreampop, shoegaze, postpunk, ambient and electronica rapidly gained them a sizeable international following despite the numerous issues they faced living between Canada and Ukraine.
‘Frequency’ follows the band’s two debut LPs ‘Antigravity’ and‘Ummagma’, which were simultaneously released in 2012. This release represents a slight departure from the first two albums, which whisked the listener through the romanticism of first meetings, big love, adventures abroad and optimistic dreaming through to the realities of birth, loss, death and departure. In contrast, ‘Frequency’ explores such themes as space and distance, timelessness, escapism, and the search for tranquility.

Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma have blazed quite a trail for themselves in their short history. They’ve landed press coverage and radio play in more than 50 countries, including Rolling Stone Russia, and have managed to strike an endearing chord with a good number of ‘first wave’ shoegaze and dreampop artists, particularly from Creation Records and early 4AD rosters.

“Ummagma have something very special about them that you don’t find in many bands, that is an honest, believable & beautiful lyric delivered by an honest, believable & beautiful voice,” says Malcolm Holmes of OMD. “When you combine this with the swirling ambience of lush layered guitars, this duo end up with their own unique sonic landscape.” 

“This new release feels like a farewell kiss to a dear friend while, at the same time, embracing new horizons. Our music always reflects what is happening in our lives and, as we have left Ukraine for Canada because of the war happening there, this also means new beginnings. Now we are searching for new grounding, and still questioning everything we’ve just been through in the past few years. This comes out in this music. There is light here – now we must grow it and spread it,” explains Ummagma vocalist Shauna McLarnon.
While Ummagma may have been influenced by the likes of Cocteau Twins, David Sylvian, Peter Gabriel, The Sundays, Pink Floyd andSlowdive, they don’t immediately wear their influences on their sleeve. They have their own beautiful and unmistakeable sound and lead you on sonic trips and awesome detours. Ultimately they tell a story in an aesthetic that is wonderfully unique, invigorating and absolutely loaded with hope.

Ikes unveils visuals for latest offering ‘No Commercial’

Drunken Mermaid will be interviewing Ikes in December/January. In the meantime, here’s his latest video and the press release courtesy our friends at Space Promotions…

Ikes returns to the UK scene with his hard hitting rap track ‘No Commercial’, produced by Freek van Workum (B.O.B ft Mila J ‘So What’ and Doe B ft T.I ‘Homicide’).

UK rapper Ikes has been gaining a lot of heat over in the states with his latest work. ‘No Commercial’ has impacted the US hip hop charts with top 20 entries on the Rapnetwork and Rap Attack charts as well as a host of press support including DJ Whoo Kid (who premiered the audio), Hip Hop Since 1987, The 65 Connection, AO! and many more!

Having been signed to Indie label Reignassance (ChipmunkRandom ImpulseWizzy Wow) and with a critically-acclaimed back catagloue of mix-tapes, features and EP’s, including the hit single ‘Girl Talk’ (Music Week PresentsBBC1Xtra), Ikes knows what it takes to make catchy and original UK hip hop.

Previous EP ‘The Intermission: Last Call’ gained IKES a lot of attention, with BBC 1Xtra supporting its lead single ‘Girl Talk’, featuring Jermaine Riley and Scorcher on their BBC Introducing podcast.

IKES received rave reviews for his ‘WarmUpSession’ on SB.TV, with SB.TV creator Jamal Edwards later picking it to be featured in one of the company’s Google Chrome adverts.

Off the back of a 5 date college tour in the states and making serious strides there, this Hackney boy is back in the UK with a new vigor and drive. Alongside a number of upcoming performances, including the influential SXSW festival in 2015, ‘No Commercial’ is the first of a series of new tracks coming and is a sign of things to come from Ikes.

Socials:
https://twitter.com/ikesonthereal
https://www.facebook.com/ikesmusic
http://lifeofikes.tumblr.com/
https://soundcloud.com/ikesmusic

www.spacepromotions.com

 

 

 

The Floozies Announce Do Your Thing Winter Tour

This in from Rebecca at Pipeline Productions:

The Floozies Announce Do Your Thing Winter Tour 

As The Floozies are about embark on their Fantastic Love Fall Tour, the electronic-funk duo just announced yet another action-packed slew of dates for their Do Your Thing Winter Tour. The tour will start in Omaha, NE at the end of January and will continue West where the band will play 10 dates at numerous notable venues along the way including, The Ogden Theatre in Denver, The Roxy in Los Angeles, The Independent in San Francisco and The Crocodile in Seattle, to name a few. The brothers will then return to the Midwest where they continue the second leg of their winter tour in Columbia, MO, two-nights at The Majestic Theatre in Madison and many more before they close out the tour in their hometown, Lawrence, KS at The Granada Theater.

Joining The Floozies on their West Coast tour will be Minnesota native and EDM producer, Manic Focus and multi-instrumentalist and fabricator Russ Liquid on the Midwest tour.

The Floozies recently released a single, Fantastic Love from their forthcoming album, set to be released in 2015 by GRiZ’s label, Liberated Music. ThisSongIsSick.com premiered the song and described, “the song packs their signature brand of live funk energy with the perfect electro twist. The song will have you moving right from the beginning and will keep you entertained throughout.”

For ticketing information and all other information on The Floozies please visit their website: www.flooziesduo.com.

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Do Your Thing Tour Dates:

1/30/2015- Waiting Room- Omaha, NE
1/31/2015- Ogden Theatre- Denver, CO
2/3/2015- Last Exit- Phoenix, AZ
2/4/2015- Stage Bar- San Diego, CA
2/5/2015- The Roxy Theatre- West Hollywood, CA
2/6/2015- Crystal Bay Club- Crystal Bay, NV
2/7/2015- The Independent- San Francisco, CA
2/10/2015- Cozmic- Eugene, OR
2/11/2015- Branx- Portland, OR
2/12/2015- The Crocodile- Seattle, WA
2/14/2015- The Palace- Missoula, MT
2/15/2015- Urban Lounge- Salt Lake City, UT
2/18/2015- The Blue Note- Columbia, MO
2/19/2015- Majestic Theatre- Madison, WI
2/20/2015- Majestic Theatre- Madison, WI
2/26/2015- The Canopy Club- Urbana, IL
2/27/2015- The Intersection- Grand Rapids, MI
2/28/2015- Concord Music Hall- Chicago, IL
3/1/2015- The Magic Stick- Detroit, MI
3/4/2015- Cosmic Charlie’s- Lexington, KY
3/5/2015- Diamond Pub & Billards Concert Hall- Louisville, KY
3/6/2015- 2720 Cherokee- St. Louis, MO
3/7/2015- Granada Theatre- Lawrence, KS

Contact:
Rebecca Venkauskas
rebecca@pipelineproductions.com