Listen! The Drums reveal new single and announce new album

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The Drums have announced that they will release their new album, Encyclopedia, this Autumn.

Encyclopedia is full of magic and surprise while maintaining a serious, more weighty tone throughout,” frontman Jonny Pierce said in interview with Spin. “We were feeling very angry, confused and alone when we made this album, and we wanted to be very honest this time around, even if being honest meant making some people uncomfortable. We’ve left the beach for higher ground, always searching for hope.”

The band, which now consists solely of founder members Pierce and Jacob Graham, played a short set on top of the Novotel Hotel in New York on the 16th of July, 24 hrs after debuting new song “Magic Mountain.”

“Playing outdoors, always makes us super nervous,” Pierce told NME before the set. “I don’t know why – especially playing on the rooftop of a hotel. It’s a really intimate set and everyone’s right in front of us. On top of that, this is our first time playing any of these songs, so it’s pressure upon pressure upon pressure.”

The full tracklisting for Encyclopedia is as follows:

“Magic Mountain”
“I Can’t Pretend”
“I Hope Times Doesn’t Change Him”
“Kiss Me Again”
“Let Me”
“Break My Heart”
“Face of God”
“U.S. National Park”
“Deep in My Heart”
“Bell Laboratories”
“There Is Nothing Left”
“Wild Geese”

You can listen to the first song from the album, “Magic Mountain”, below:


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New music releases, 5th May 2014

New and notable releases this week, 5th May 2014:

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Death Cap At Anglezarke, Then Thickens

Magic Mountain, Black Stone Cherry
Sheezus, Lily Allen
Luminous, The Horrors
Natalie Merchant, Natalie Merchant
Supernova, Ray LaMontagne
Nikki Nack, tUnE yArDs
American Interior, Gruff Rhys
Seven Dials, Roddy Frame
Someday World, Brian Eno and Karyl Hyde
The Road Of Bones, IQ
The Quantum Engima, Epica
Goin’ Home, Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Girls/Sleepsound, Jamie XX

All the above and many more are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store!

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Black Stone Cherry announce UK tour

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Black Stone Cherry have confirmed that they will be touring the UK in October and November this year.

They will be joined by label mates Airbourne and Theory Of A Deadman for the shows.

The band’s fourth studio LP, Magic Mountain, is set to be released on the 5th of May via Roadrunner Records.

The UK dates follow the southern rockers’ recent run of low-key shows that saw them performing selected tracks and telling audiences about the stories and inspiration behind them.

Tickets for the tour go on sale at 9am this coming Friday (28th March) and the full list of confirmed dates is as follows:

Oct 26: Glasgow Hydro
Oct 27: Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Oct 28: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Oct 30: Birmingham LG Arena
Oct 31: Manchester Phones 4U Arena
Nov 01: London Wembley Arena

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