October Tour Tickets on sale NOW!

Hello everybody, Last week we announced a little run of dates in October, in many places across the country. Today they go onsale and the ticket links are all below. Hopefully we’ll see some of you there: Oct 21 – …

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Hello everybody,

Last week we announced a little run of dates in October, in many places across the country. Today they go onsale and the ticket links are all below.

Hopefully we’ll see some of you there:

Oct 21 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Oct 22 – Leadmill, Sheffield
Oct 23 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Oct 24 – Stylus, Leeds
Oct 25 – Empire, Middlesbrough
Oct 27 – 53 Degrees, Preston
Oct 28 – Academy 2, Liverpool
Oct 29 – Sugarmill, Stoke
Oct 30 – Waterfront, Norwich
Oct 31 – Concorde 2, Brighton

Also, for anybody who won’t be able to attend for reasons of proximity or otherwise, here is a link to some purchaseable music!

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October Tour Announced!

Hiya, After having very much enjoyed our February travels we are pleased to announce we will touring again this October. The dates are as follows: Oct 21 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton Oct 22 – Leadmill, Sheffield Oct 23 – Liquid …

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Hiya,

After having very much enjoyed our February travels we are pleased to announce we will touring again this October. The dates are as follows:

Oct 21 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Oct 22 – Leadmill, Sheffield
Oct 23 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Oct 24 – Stylus, Leeds
Oct 25 – Empire, Middlesbrough
Oct 27 – 53 Degrees, Preston
Oct 28 – Academy 2, Liverpool
Oct 29 – Sugarmill, Stoke
Oct 30 – Waterfront, Norwich
Oct 31 – Concorde 2, Brighton

Tickets will go on sale 9am, next Tuesday 8th July.

Obviously we are aware that not every town or city is being visited this time around but we will be touring again in early 2015 in support of our new album, so don’t worry.

Plus we’ll be announcing an interesting little London date very soon….

Hope that is ok,

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UNIQUE FREE ACOUSTICAL DOWNLOAD :)

Hello, We have gifted our friends at THE SMALLEST LABEL, something very unique that we have never ever done before. After having listened and mixed (thanks Matt!) the songs from our recent acoustic gig at Newcastle, we decided to let …

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Hello,

We have gifted our friends at THE SMALLEST LABEL, something very unique that we have never ever done before.

After having listened and mixed (thanks Matt!) the songs from our recent acoustic gig at Newcastle, we decided to let the label have them for totally free. In turn, anybody who purchases a copy of the SALT EP from THE SMALLEST LABEL store, will receive a free 5 track EP of these special live tracks taken from that there gig.

Just thought we’d let you know! You can visit THE SMALLEST LABEL shop here…http://thesmallestlabel.bigcartel.com

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American Trips and EP Drips…

Hallo, With a little American trip on the horizon tomorrow we thought it was worth giving you a quick reminder of the gigs we are playing over there just in case you can attend. Also, we popped up an acoustic …

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Hallo,

With a little American trip on the horizon tomorrow we thought it was worth giving you a quick reminder of the gigs we are playing over there just in case you can attend. Also, we popped up an acoustic version of Salt yesterday which you can have a listen to here…

The pre-order is now live for iTunes so you can order that here or if you are feeling tactile, get a physical one (with two extra songs!) here.

Those dates are as follows:

Jun 05 Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT

Jun 06 Governors Ball New York, NY

Jun 07 Glasslands New York, NY

Jun 08 North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA

On a final mention – we absolutely loved the Newcastle acoustic/quiet/different gig last week. It was one of the most enjoyable ones we’ve played so thank you. No matter what we do, you always seem to support us and that is something we really do appreciate. Matt is busy mixing the stems from the gig so if they sound shiny enough we will probably make them available just as a way of saying a proper thank you.

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THE DAILY GRIND LYRIC BLOG

I think this is my favourite song on the EP – I don’t really say that much because I like ganging up on my own music – our first album is rubbish, too cheerful and throwaway, slightly disjointed and really …

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I think this is my favourite song on the EP – I don’t really say that much because I like ganging up on my own music – our first album is rubbish, too cheerful and throwaway, slightly disjointed and really unfinished in places, I like the second album a lot better but it still has bits that I could do without…. I have a fear of hearing my voice without reverb because it is not a technically pleasant sound – but I’m the only singer we have so just have to get on with it – stuff like this haunts me.

Which makes it rare for me to say: yep I like that song. But this one I do like. It’s real and it is honest.

The majority of it was written in a five minute break during a rehearsal we had in February, an anathema to the banging of drums. It is quite weird but a lot of songs I am writing at the minute happen very quickly like this in stolen moments and are very simple in structure and chord progression (they are a little quieter too). The melody was there straight away and then the line “we always seem to denigrate ourselves at the point of being” came into my head. As a species I suppose we constantly let each other down just as we are close to being nice.

When it came to finishing the lyrics I knew that I wanted the song to be about the assault of the right wing media on “THE SINGLE MOTHER”. Nothing is simple yet you would think it was reading the likes of the Mail and Express – their pathological disregard for a single woman with children is bemusing… It is disgraceful that anyone should be able to taint the arrival of a child by casting aspersions on a mother because of her social situation.

Mickey allowed me to finish off the recording on my own while he was on paternity leave (probably a mistake as it meant he had to do quite a bit of tidying pre-mix) and so I went a little crazy with the harmonies but I just loved recording them – it was really fun to do and seemed to give the song better shape. Plus I get away with some finger picking which is always nice and a little bass flutter here and there. Standard.

Here are the words….

Tears on the abdomen
Of a woman but it’s ok
For she has a baby.
Flexibly skiving with
Benefits driving the Daily
Mail says it’s a holiday

We always seem to denigrate
Ourselves again at the point of being

Fear kills
Even the most
Fecund of seconds
And I hold these close
Why should
Having a child
And a career
Not be reconciled?

We always seem to denigrate
Ourselves again at the point of being

So lost
The ephemeral everywhere
No cost
That our future should have to bear
A sure start
Has unraveled been turned into
Dust and to gravel to trample upon

You must feel so proud
Stigmatising every single mother
While your own world’s falling down.


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Good Morning America How Are You?

Said don’t you know me I’m your native son. I’m a train they call The City of New Orleans. I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done. What a tune! Willie Nelson. That’s why we’ve decided to …

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Said don’t you know me I’m your native son. I’m a train they call The City of New Orleans. I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done.

What a tune! Willie Nelson.

That’s why we’ve decided to combine our first two EPs of the year into one little package and call it “Salt and its Gentle Corollary“. We know that we have digitally neglected you to date but hopefully this goes someway to correcting that: North America is the only place you can get this special combination.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Salt
2. Little Italy
3. The Blur, The Line and The Thickest of Onions
4. Coalition of One
5. Early Retirement
6. Salt (acoustic)
7. Little Italy (acoustic)

It is priced at $7.99 and all because you gave us Willie Nelson.

Also, we are heading over to see you soon. You can catch is in the following places on the following days!

Jun 05 Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Resort, Uncasville, CT
Jun 06 Governors Ball New York, NY
Jun 07 Glasslands New York, NY
Jun 08 North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA

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GROW LYRIC BLOG

Some songs take months to write, some take an afternoon, some involve having to listen to Mickey sort out drum parts in a dark garage – these particulars leave your veins feeling clogged by an invisible amalgam of boredom and …

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Some songs take months to write, some take an afternoon, some involve having to listen to Mickey sort out drum parts in a dark garage – these particulars leave your veins feeling clogged by an invisible amalgam of boredom and stupor.

Happy days.

Grow started out as a procrastination song – Mickey had a couple of weeks off recently when he became a Dad again – so I was trying to finish lyrics. I have this dangerous habit of when something gets hard just sacking it off. Like golf – I love walking off half way through a round, mainly because I’m shit (but also because I tell myself that it is an elitist and sexist sport played solely by Ukippers) – and like the topic of this blog seemingly…

Anyway, I couldn’t finish a song so i started writing another song (this is how half of Life is Elsewhere happened). And in an afternoon Grow was born – Mickey kept popping his head in, and it was increasingly finished.

Although just based around a couple of simple progressions it has a nice groove (like a Prince song written by a 12 year old), but isn’t too musically taxing… the lyrics are an attempt to talk about the idea of standing up to prying bigoted eyes. There are many dangerous people about it our politics at the minute – from those who oppose gay marriage, to those who are pretty ignorant about immigration – and they all seem to be myopically obsessed with denigrating others.

If WE are ELECTING these people then I think we’ve still got a pretty long way to go.
So to all these people, amongst others – HANG YA HEADS.

Nigel Adams, Adam Afriyie, Peter Aldous, David Amess, Richard Bacon, Guto Bebb, Henry Bellingham, Sir Paul Beresford, Andrew Bingham, Nicola Blackwood, Peter Bone, Graham Brady, Julian Brazier, Andrew Bridgen, Steve Brine, Fiona Bruce, Robert Buckland, Simon Burns, David Burrowes, Douglas Carswell, Bill Cash, Rehman Chishti, Christopher Chope, Therese Coffey, Geoffrey Cox, Stephen Crabb, David Davies, Glyn Davies, Philip Davies, David Davis, Nick de Bois, Nadine Dorries, Jackie Doyle-Price, Richard Drax, Philip Dunne, Charlie Elphicke, Graham Evans, Jonathan Evans, David Evennett, Dr Liam Fox, Mark Francois, George Freeman, Roger Gale, Sir Edward Garnier, Mark Garnier, Cheryl Gillan, John Glen, Robert Goodwill, James Gray, Andrew Griffiths, Robert Halfon , Simon Hart, Sir Alan Haselhurst, John Hayes, Oliver Heald, Gordon Henderson, Philip Hollobone, Adam Holloway, Sir Gerald Howarth, Stewart Jackson, Gareth Johnson , David Jones, Marcus Jones, Chris Kelly, Kwasi Kwarteng, Jeremy Lefroy, Edward Leigh, Julian Lewis, Ian Liddell-Grainger, David Lidington, Peter Lilley, Jonathan Lord, Tim Loughton, Karen Lumley, Karl McCartney, Anne McIntosh, Stephen McPartland, Esther McVey, Anne Main, Paul Maynard, Stephen Metcalfe, Anne Milton, Nicky Morgan, Anne-Marie Morris , David Morris, James Morris, Bob Neill, David Nuttall, Stephen O’Brien, Matthew Offord, Jim Paice, Neil Parish, Priti Patel, Owen Paterson, Mark Pawsey, Mike Penning, Mark Pritchard, John Redwood, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Andrew Robathan, Laurence Robertson, Andrew Rosindell, David Rutley, Lee Scott, Andrew Selous, Alec Shelbrooke, Sir Richard Shepherd, Henry Smith, Sir John Stanley, John Stevenson, Bob Stewart, Mel Stride, Julian Sturdy, Robert Syms, David Tredinnick, Andrew Turner, Shailesh Vara, Martin Vickers, Ben Wallace, Robert Walter , James Wharton, Heather Wheeler, Craig Whittaker, John Whittingdale, Bill Wiggin, Gavin Williamson, Jeremy Wright, Joe Benton, Tom Clarke, Rosie Cooper, David Crausby, Jim Dobbin, Brian Donohoe, Robert Flello, Mary Glindon, Roger Godsiff, Paul Goggins, George Mudie, Paul Murphy, Stephen Pound, Stephen Timms, Sir Alan Beith, Gordon Birtwistle, John Pugh, Sarah Teather, Gregory Campbell, Nigel Dodds, Jeffrey Donaldson, Rev William McCrea, Ian Paisley Junior, Jim Shannon, David Simpson, Sammy Wilson, Lady Sylvia Hermon.

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Stilted by the way
That your zealous eyes
Live me on like a knife
Guilt in all the things
That you do without
But make no sacrifice

Grow

And we maybe be all so different
And we maybe all so wise
It’s the damaged little smile
As you eat yourself
That makes me realise

Say listen
It’s the same country
We glisten
It’ll never be your way
I hope
The shame lessens
As you plead your knees
Say listen
It’ll never be your way
I hope


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Guess What Matt Found In A Cupboard

Helloa, For the second time this year we were really amazed that you lot have helped us run out of physical copies of an EP. We’ve had lots of you asking if we are planning to make anymore – fortunately …

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Helloa,

For the second time this year we were really amazed that you lot have helped us run out of physical copies of an EP. We’ve had lots of you asking if we are planning to make anymore – fortunately we have decided to magic some extra copies of “Salt“. These won’t be special signed and numbered versions as those little beauties have already been reserved by a few of you, but hey ho we thought it was a nice way to help out people still desperate for a copy.

You can get one of these extras from the link below, and remember they will be the only format on which you can own the extra tracks “Grow” (which we popped up today) and “The Daily Grind” which will be appearing soon.

http://smarturl.it/SaltCD

Thanks laaa,

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