Tuesday, 1 June 2010

June 2010 Newsletter

So it's June already, and we're almost halfway through 2010. This year has already brought us a fine number of musical delights, and we hope some STA releases have featured in your personal list. On with the news...

[0] MPFree: LaFaro Go 8-bit

We hope you all enjoyed the Skibunny track we gave you last month. This month's giveaway is an exclusive remix of LaFaro's 'Tuppenny Nudger', wherein the track is skillfully twisted into some decidedly 8-bit shapes by Irish beatmeister The Vinny Club.

Please click here to download the track. We love it, and we hope you do too!

[1] ASIWYFA Supporting Them Crooked Vultures

Some very, very, VERY exciting news - And So I Watch You From Afar have been asked to support the Grohl/Homme/Jones rock monster that is Them Crooked Vultures at three European shows in June! Whilst this is obviously great news for the band, Team STA is a little sad none of us will be there to see the venues melt due to the sheer power of Rock on display.

Here is a list of all the band's summer live engagements as they currently stand:

June 3 - VIENNA - Arena Vienna (supporting Them Crooked Vultures) - AT
June 7 - ESCH-SU-ALZETTE - Rockhal (supporting Them Crooked Vultures) - LUX
June 10 - AMSTERDAM - Heineken Music Hall (supporting Them Crooked Vultures) - NE
July 3 - BANBRIDGE - Take It To The Bridge Festival - IRL
July 16 - CHELTENHAM - 2000 Trees Festival - GB
July 16 - GUILDFORD - Guilfest - GB
July 17 - SALACGRIVA - Positivus Festival - LV
July 30 - BEELEN - Krach am Back Festival - DE
August 19 - HASSELT - Pukklepop Festival - BE

While you're here, take a look at this piece about the band rocking the last ever Hideaway House show. We especially like the Black Flag tee, guys.

The Kerrang! Awards have just launched their voting round again, best newcomers anyone...?

[2] Skibunny EP Pre-Order & Tour Dates

As announced last month, Skibunny have now joined the happy STA family. Their first release for the label, the four-track Walk Don't Walk EP, will be available from June 7th 2010 on download and CD. The digital version will be available at iTunes, 7digital and all good online retailers, whilst the CD will be available exclusively via the STA online store. Click here to preorder it.

The band are on tour over the next few months, here are the dates currently confirmed:

June 11 - INVERNESS, Go North (MadHatters, 12.30am)
June 15 - LONDON, The Monarch
Jube 16 - NOTTINGHAM, Spanky Van Dykes (live and DJ set)
June 17 - BRISTOL, Mothers Ruin
June 18 - MANCHESTER, Sub 61
June 19 - LEEDS, Carpe Diem
June 24 - BATHGATE, Harleys
June 25 - GLASGOW, Capitol
June 26- EDINBURGH, Electric Circus
June 27 - FIFE, The Greenside, Leslie
July 2 - ABERDEEN, Polar Bear Club @ Tunnels

[3] Illness EP Pre-Order & Tour Dates

We will be releasing the Gifts From God EP from Brighton two-piece Illness on July 5th 2010. As with the Skibunny release mentioned above, it will be available digitally everywhere and as a limited edition CD exclusively on the STA Store - click here to pre-order. The physical edition features a bonus video that will not be available elsewhere.

The band have the following dates coming up:

May 29 - LONDON, Barfly
May 30 - BRIGHTON, Cowley Club (with LaFaro)
June 10 - LONDON, The Stag's Head
July 8 - EDINBURGH, Henry's Cellar Bar (with Shield Your Eyes)
July 9 - BOLTON, Dog & Partridge (with Shield Your Eyes)
July 16 - BRIGHTON, The Hydrant (with Shield Your Eyes)
July 17 - LONDON, The Constitution (with Shield Your Eyes)

The guys still have a number of dates to fill on their July tour with Shield Your Eyes. If you're interested in booking them please check out their myspace.

Emilio Illness is also a budding film-maker, and he's setting out on a project to make short films about the bands that Illness share stages and shows with. The first installment is online now - click here to view via Vimeo and takes a look at fellow Brightonites P Is For Persia. The band members discuss their live shows, recordings and future plans before tearing through a full live performance of their song 'Mount Muffin Top'. Take a look!

[4] New LaFaro Single Is...

Last month we asked for your help in choosing the next single to be taken from LaFaro's debut album, and the winner was... 'The Ballad of Burnt Dave'! The single will be released digitally on June 28th 2010. There will be another exclusive t-shirt design to go along with this, we'll tweet this design and do a special mailout to alert you when the pre-order goes live on this one.

The band are coming to the end of their album tour, but there are still a number of dates lined up over the next week:

June 1 - CARDIFF, Barfly
June 2 - LONDON, Underworld (supporting RX Bandits)
June 3 - OXFORD, The Jericho
June 4 - MANCHESTER, The Retro Bar

[5] Alan MX's Green Tea EP Out Now

The latest release from Alan MX is now available. Green Tea comes as a six track digital EP and a double CD set available exclusively from the STA online store. The physical release contains the six-track EP as well as a bonus six-track remix CD. It's handmade, limited to 50 copies and looks like this.

We don't expect these to last very long, so we advise you to pick one up sooner rather than later!

[6] 4 or 5 Magicians - New Lineup, New Shows

All change in camp 4 or 5! For all the details check out frontman and band linchpin Dan Ormsby waxing lyrical on the changes to the 4 or 5 touring lineup over at the STA blog. The new lineup have their first shows in June and July, dates as follows:

June 4 - BRIGHTON, Pavilion Tavern
July 9 - LONDON, The Macbeth

Expect new songs!

That's all from us for now. Thanks for reading, listening and believing.

Team STA

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