Tuesday, 21 July 2009

STA Newsletter - July 2009

Hi STA Friends,

I hope you are all well. Lots of news to report - let's crack on with a roster roundup!

And So I Watch You From Afar

Instrumental juggernauts - And So I Watch You From Afar - are headlining Belfast’s Ulster Hall on December 18th 2009; we will be releasing an EP of brand new material at the show.

Tickets for the Ulster Hall gig are available now, priced at £8 advance, they can be purchased from the Waterfront Hall Box Office on 028 9033 4455 and from The Ulster Hall. Full supporting line up to be announced soon, so keep an eye on the website for more details.

Since the album release, ASI've toured relentlessly around the UK, hit up Germany in support of stoner behemoths Clutch and levelled festivals across Europe (inc. the Oxegen Festival, the largest in Ireland). Next weekend will see the four piece headline Northern Ireland's very own and much loved Glasgowbury Festival in Co. Derry, topping a bill of the best of the Irish rock fraternity including In Case Of Fire, LaFaro and General Fiasco. Tickets are available now, priced at a bargain-like £30 (including camping pass).

Fighting With Wire

Fighting With Wire take a break from writing their future-hits-packed second album to play the Bohemia stage at the Metallica-headlined UK Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, Stevenage over the weekend August 1st and 2nd. Also playing Bohemia are STA faves Rolo Tomassi, Hundred Reasons, Fucked Up and Cancer Bats. It's sure to be a monstrously memorable weekend some tickets are still available.

Let Our Enemies Beware

An album that's sure to be making waves this autumn is 'Against Karate' from our newest signings math/noise/metal experimentalists Let Our Enemies Beware however quick-fingered readers of the STA blog will already have assembled fragments of the album via LOEB's Fibonacci Download Series - head to the blog to grab some of the few remaining free mp3 album tracks and to see if you can understand the un-necessarily complicated maths.

Debut single and of course the album itself will be available for pre-order soon on the store.


Fresh from the recording of their 2nd album 'Habitations' (yes, already!) Calories take a trip to Belfast and partner up with LaFaro in a sonic smackdown against the best fighters from rival label the Richter Collective's roster - Not Squares and The Vinny Club - Thursday 30th July at The Dockers Club. The smart money's on Team STA - we're gonna crush those Dubliners!

The weekend before Calories join ASIWYFA... and an acoustic Andrew Ferris on the bill for Truck 12 on Hill Farm in Steventon near Oxford; an absolute essential in both the festival and agricultural calendars; it's the strongest Truck line-up in years with Supergrass and Ash headlining.

STA Live
If the above hasn't sated your STA gig appetite, we heartily recommend the 4th Club STA event at Masons in Derry headlined by Bats! and in London you'd do a lot worse than checking out the 4 Or 5 Magicians curated 'Our Band Could BBQ Your Life' weekend at the Brixton Windmill featuring loads of bands covering The Replacements, Black Flag and the other legends profiled in Michael Azzerad's equally-legendary book on 80's American underground music. Watch out for a special blogcast on the event.

23 July - Let Our Enemies Beware - Lewisham - Fox N Firkin
23 July - Ice, Sea, Dead People - London - El Paso
23 July - Bats!, Black Bear Saloon, Comply Or Die & Andrew Ferris - Derry - Mason's Bar
24 July - Calories - London - The Lexington
24 July - 4 Or 5 Magicians - London - The Lexington
25 July - And So I Watch You From Afar - Draperstown - Glasgowbury Festival '09
26 July - And So I Watch You From Afar - Steventon - Truck Festival
26 July - Calories - Steventon - Truck Festival
28 July - And So I Watch You From Afar - London - Fair Play Gigs @ Bull and Gate
30 July - Calories - Belfast - Trans Festival @ The Waterfront
30 July - Ice, Sea, Dead People - Bristol - Thekla
31 July - And So I Watch You From Afar - Dublin - Richter Collective Singles Club @ Twisted Pepper
31 July - Calories & LaFaro - Derry - Mason's Bar

The Young Playthings
The soundtrack to your summer is not complete without such guitar pop gems as 'Y Don't U Like Me?', 'Going Out Staying Out' and 'Some Badness Goes On' which can all be found on the new album from The Young Playthings available now from the STA store, all good retailers and digitally on the iTunes store.

STA Blog
The STA Blog continues to be a hive of news and time-wasting - recent highlights include first word on the STA-curated singer-songwriter line-up for September's City Of Song Festival in Derry and episode 40(!) of Public Service Blogcast with tracks aired from the best new bands around including Youth In Colour, Bola Pear and Illness to name but three. New bands note - the blogcast series ends in the autumn so if you want your music played get in touch quick-like - blogcast@smalltownamerica.co.uk

STA Twitter
Follow as Ferris tweets breaking STA news, puts the world to rights and models the latest merch.

Mailout Soundtrack: Elk / Marnie Stern / Future Of The Left / William / Dinosaur Jr / Fuck Dress / Three Trapped Tigers

Thanks for reading,
Andrew, Ash, Daniel, Brian & Charlene

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