As you may have noticed from us lot on twitter, we’ve been slogging away making the third Hope and Social studio album for the past couple of months… and being the kind of band that we are – with no lead-time between album completion and touring it – that means we’re about to release it… and announce our launch tour.
It Never Rains
We chose an ambitious release date, and one the superstitious amongst us may (nay should) have questioned… Friday the 13th of May.
It’d be a lie to say it’s been easy, in fact pretty much every possible obstacle has been put in our way to delay us. We’ve been swaddled in dark clouds of cold, Gary’s been called as far out on the road as Frankfurt, my throat is currently being treated to cotton-wool like care (yep there’s still some vocals to go down) and our CD pressers brought our deadline forward a week. Carnage.
Nevertheless, undeterred and with a push it through attitude, we are looking to hit our delivery date and get back on the road that never lies showing our wares up and down this fine land with a new record in hand, new songs in the arsenal and fire in our bellies…. starting with…:
May 13, 2011 – The Album Launch! Brudenell Social Club; 33 Queen’s Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire; Doors Open: 7:30 PM Ages: All Ages Price: £7 adv, £8.50 door – Advance Tickets via Eventbrite here, In-store or online at the Brudenell Social website, at your local and ace Leeds record stores Crash Records and Jumbo Records, and via WegotTickets, Ticketweb and Seetickets. Super special guests include Leeds’ own “The Finnlys”, our very own Gary Stewart Band and we also have surprise guests too. More on that shortly.
May 17, 2011 – Blues Bar; 4 Montpellier Parade, Harrogate, West Yorkshire, HG1 2TJ (United Kingdom); Doors Open: 7:30 PM – All Ages Show (check with venue in advance) Price: Pay What You Want, Put your money in the hat! With Canadian aces “Said The Whale” – Do check ‘em out in advance… they’ve just won a JUNO (the Canadian version of the Brit Awards) for New Group of the Year and are well worth a listen, and well worth investing some of your hard earned pennies in I’d say [grin].
May 18, 2011 – Mello Mello Café; 40-42 Slater Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4BX Doors Open: 7:30 PM
May 20, 2011 – Grand Hotel; Swainson Street, Hartlepool, Teeside, TS24 8AA (United Kingdom); Doors Open: 7:30 PM – Tickets from Simon on 07771 541150 or Jeff on 07546 140629 or firstname.lastname@example.org… but probably via phone as he’s only just entered the 21st Century, bless. [wink]
May 23, 2011 – Hare and Hounds; 106 High Street, Birmingham; 0121 444 2081 Price: £6 door/£5 adv/£4 Students – Tickets from via Eventbrite and the Hare and Hounds. With the lovely Joanna Briggs, another appearance from our very own Gary Stewart and Birmingham native, Chris Tye. All great acts, very much worth turning out to see them never mind us!
Help us out
If you’re a fan, or if you love art, or music, or Ed, then please do spread the word on this for us. If you have a friend who’s into live music, then please bring them down. If you have a printer and live somewhere near one of our shows, click here or on the poster above and you can download all the posters for the shows. Print ‘em out, put them in your local pub, sandwich shop, newsagent, record store, venue (ask first mind, it’s only polite). We’ll have jpegs for for your facebook wall/profile pics shortly, but if you have recycled paper, feel free to print and place.
So there you have it.
Please do come and play out, rolling sideways, meet like minds and have a reet good month of May time, back to the green, party shenanigans. More blog posts to come over the next few days: a blog over on The Culture Vulture about the Leeds Launch Party and our special guests, where to find sneak previews of the album online, and also an invitation to singers and choirs nationwide. See you soon, hopefully after some rest. Sleep Sound.