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Full Pelt Music Weekly News Report Roundup

Every week we roundup the best music news from the past week in our News Report. To stay up to date with the biggest news be sure to follow us on our social channels:

Frank Turner invites you to ‘The Gathering’!

Frank Turner – ‘The Gathering’

Our weekly News Report commences this week with our section which highlights the best new releases! There is plenty to sink your teeth into on that front and we will start off with Frank Turner.

Turner has began the build towards his latest album with the first single, ‘The Gathering’. The track features appearances from both Jason Isbell and Muse drummer Dom Howard.

You can check out the track here. More from Turner later on in the News Report!

Listen to The Full Pelt Music Podcast with guest Frank Turner

Yonaka debut ‘Call Me A Saint’

Yonaka – ‘Call Me A Saint’

Yonaka also continue to build towards their next album. This week they gave fans another taste of what’s to come with the debut of ‘Call Me A Saint’.

More information here.

Listen to ‘Call Me A Saint’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Press To MECO unveil ‘Gold’

Press To MECO – ‘Gold’

Another band with a new album en route is Press To MECO. This week saw the band unveil their latest single, ‘Gold’. The trio will release ‘Transmute’ on August 20th.

You can pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Gold’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Haggard Cat are back with ‘Quit Your Jobs’

Haggard Cat – ‘Quit Your Jobs’

Haggard Cat returned this week with their new single ‘Quit Your Jobs’. Not just that, but the band has also announced the upcoming release of a new EP, ‘Cheer Up’.

That EP will arrive September 3rd and you can pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Quit Your Jobs’ on our Spotify Hot List!

ANDREW W.K. premieres ‘I’m In Heaven’

ANDREW W.K. – ‘I’m In Heaven’

The enigmatic ANDREW W.K. also returned with new music this past week. His new single ‘I’m In Heaven’ is a precursor to his upcoming album ‘God Is Partying’ which arrives September 10th.

Pre-order your copy here.

Frank Turner announces travelling show ‘The Gathering’

Frank Turner The Gathering shows

We said that we would have more Frank Turner news, and here it is! We kick off our tour section of the News Report with a special run of shows from Turner.

Turner will play a series of ‘The Gathering’ shows this summer with a touring cast of friends. Playing at select shows will be Skinny Lister, Guise, Johnny Lloyd, BERRIES, Deux Furieuses, Ducking Punches, Non Canon, Pet Needs and Samantics!

Tickets are available here.

Read our review of ‘Fractured Party Music’ from Pet Needs

Salem announce lengthy UK tour

News Report Salem Tour

Salem, the project featuring Will Gould from Creeper, has announced a lengthy trek around the UK for later this year. Support comes from James and the Cold Gun and you can pick up tickets here.

Read our review of ‘Salem II’ from Salem

Roddy Woomble set for special livestream

Roddy Woomble Livestream

Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble is preparing for the release of his latest solo album. ‘Lo! Soul’ is set for release on May 21st, and you can pre-order your copy here.

Now Woomble has announced a special album launch live stream set for Tuesday 25th May. Tickets can be found here.

Read our blog ‘Livestreams: Good or Bad for the Music Industry

Standon Calling add more music!

News Report Standon Calling Lineup

Last week saw a very festival heavy News Report. This week we end the report with the latest festival announcements. First up is Standon Calling who have announced a plethora of new additions.

The event is headlined by Bastille, Hot Chip, Primal Scream and Craig David. This week they have been joined on the line-up by Jake Bugg and Pale Waves amongst others.

You can pick up your tickets here.

Read our review of ‘Who Am I?’ from Pale Waves

Beautiful Days unveil beautiful line-up!

News Report Beautiful Days Lineup

Finally this week news from Devon festival Beautiful Days as they announce their line-up. The event will be headlined by Frank Turner, James and Levellers.

They are joined by Gary Numan, Skindred, The Skints, Pulled Apart By Horses, Lottery Winners, Hawkwind, Ferocious Dog and many more!

Tickets are now sold out, but you can find out more information here.

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Album Reviews

Pet Needs

Fractured Party Music

Pet Needs Fractured Party Music Album Review
Pet Needs – ‘Fractured Party Music’

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Pet Needs – Fractured Party Music – Album Review

Pet Needs hail from the ancient town of Colchester, and their debut album features the ancient sound of punk rock. Let’s face it, we all have plenty to be angry about right now and the band capture that angst perfectly on ‘Fractured Party Music’.

But whilst the mood of the nation’s youth is represented in the musical and lyrical content, don’t assume this album is just another angry, shouty record. There is plenty of depth on this album taken from a wide range of influences.

Listen to ‘Tracy Emin’s Bed’ on our Spotify Hot List

One thing that raises this album above its contemporaries is its knack for catchy pop driven choruses that wouldn’t feel out of place on a mid-noughties indie anthem. With that said there is much more substance on this album than you’d expect from those indie by numbers hit makers.

That is what’s great about this record. Whilst it’s unashamedly brash punk rock at its heart, it journeys through many terrains to reach its peak. If we look simply at Pet Needs Xtra Mile Recordings labelmates, you get elements of Mongol Horde, Skinny Lister and Sean McGowan on this album.

This is anything but one-dimensional but it flows sweetly from the opening track ‘Outline’ to its finale ‘Embers’. ‘Fractured Party Music’ feels like a statement of intent from a group that has masses of potential.

Pet Needs – ‘Pavlovian’

With singles like ‘Tracy Emin’s Bed’, ‘Toothpaste’ and ‘Pavlovian’ bursting out of the album, it won’t take long for people to stop and take notice of this great young band. ‘Fractured Party Music’ promises to be just the start for Pet Needs.

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Features

Remembering Independent Venue Love

Frank Turner Remembering Independent Venue Love

We take a look back at the incredible Independent Venue Love livestream series by Frank Turner

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A necessary but shocking side-effect of the first lockdown and beyond is the impact on the live music industry. An industry that revolves around bringing people together in confined spaces to celebrate life and art. Music and particularly live music is vital to the mental health and wellbeing of millions of people, and the loss of that medication has added to the already scary situation we have all found ourselves in.

When the world ground to a screeching halt in March 2020, the primary concern for all of civilisation was rightly to fight the devastating coronavirus and to protect against loss of life. Alternatively as the government put it – “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives”.

Read our Blog – ‘Mental Health, Music and Me’

The music industry and the incredibly talented people that make up the sector is by its very nature creative and innovative. As we all searched for new ways to connect with our loved ones and our passions, musicians had the answer. Welcome to the world the music livestream!

Read our Blog ‘Livestreams: Good or Bad for the Music Industry’

One man seemingly ahead of the curve on this front was Frank Turner. Turner is known to be “always on tour” as it were, and was in fact mid-tour as the pandemic hit. Turner was quick to hastily ready a special livestream event from his own home raising money for his touring family.

At the same time, the reality was dawning on the live music ecosystem of the potentially fatal impact caused by the pandemic countermeasures. In particular the Music Venue Trust, who do amazing work year round even in non-pandemic times, were busy mobilising. The MVT were well positioned to see the threat to the grassroots music venues of the country.

We have gone into depth on the subject in our blog – ‘Why We Need To #SaveOurVenues’, but ultimately the venues that foster and cultivate the entire music industry were in trouble. Sadly many face the threat of closure due to non-pandemic related issues. The events of March 2020 onwards however threatened these venues, the lifeblood of live music, to the point of extinction.

The perfect storm called for urgent action and one man taking notice and standing tall was that man Frank Turner. Soon we were all introduced to a new concept from Turner, Independent Venue Love. A series of livestream concerts taking place every Thursday during lockdown to raise desperately needed funds for at risk music venues.

A different venue would be supported each week and each week would see a unique set list. In creating this series Turner raised much needed awareness and financial support for venues. By doing so he helped to safeguard the future of live music; perhaps most importantly though, Turner also provided an escape from the terrifying realities of pandemic life. The Independent Venue Love series will have played a powerfully positive role in raising spirits and safeguarding mental health for music fans desperate for a distraction.

In our first ever End of Year Awards, we picked Turner as our ‘Artist of the Year’. You can read what we wrote about this decision in our ‘2020 Year in Review’. Basically we feel Turner deserves a medal for his efforts in arranging and performing these fantastic events. Turner has raised a phenomenal amount of money and has helped countless people through horrifying times either directly or indirectly.

That is why we thought it would be fitting to celebrate and remember the Independent Venue Love series here. You can peruse the posters for each event in the gallery below.

Now let’s get started in documenting the series.

Early Facebook Days

As we all adapted to pandemic life, we strived for the best communications technology. Many discovered the wonders of Zoom meetings for example. When debuting the IVL series, Turner took to Facebook Live. A learning experience for all, some early streams were impacted by connectively issues and eventually led to a change of internet provider for Turner and a move to Youtube.

The first five events featured on Facebook Live (and a dabble on Instagram!) saw Turner begin a career retrospective; with each week featuring another release in chronological order.

Vol.1 – ‘Sleep is for the Week’ for Nambucca, London

Vol. 2 – ‘Love Ire & Song’ for The Joiners Arms, Southampton

Vol. 3 – ‘The First Three Years’ for The Railway Inn, Winchester (Support from Jess Guise)

Vol. 4 – ‘Poetry of the Deed’ for The Forum, Tunbridge Wells

Vol. 5 – ‘England Keep My Bones’ for The Shed, Leicester (Support from Jess Guise)

Move to Youtube

From Volume 6 onwards Turner would move the weekly series across to Youtube with better connectivity results. Turner would continue to progress through his career retrospective to the delight of his fans. A drinking game would also emerge for fans at home based initially on apologies to either his wife Jess or his mother.

As Turner’s gameplan to play his back catalogue continued, fans were treated to rare song outings. These outings occasionally would see the odd forgotten lyric, and the terming of the phrase to Varley in ode to fellow musician Will Varley. Eventually each Varley would be incorporated into the drinking game!

Vol. 6 – ‘Rarities and B-Sides 2011-2014’ for The Parish, Huddersfield

Vol. 7 – ‘Tape Deck Heart’ for Molotow, Hamburg

Vol.8 – ‘Positive Songs for Negative People’ for Union Chapel, London (Support from Jess Guise)

Vol. 9 – ‘Rarities 2013-2019’ for The Booking Hall, Dover

Vol. 10 – ‘No Man’s Land’ for The Portland Arms, Cambridge

Beyond the Albums

With his released back catalogue now exhausted and lockdown one (known back then, simply as lockdown!) still persisting, Turner needed to explore different avenues for set list material. A demand for a ‘Disney Set’ initially failed to materialise until a special shortened bonus set one night.

Turner however would push on with additional themes to continue his herculean effort (Joe Wicks eat your heart out!). Volume 13 would also take place from inside the venue Turner was raising funds for as signs of normality began to appear. Volume 14 would be titled ‘The Final Stream’… little did we know what the future had in store.

Vol. 11 – ‘Covers’ for Phase One, Liverpool

Vol. 12 – ‘Covers by Friends’ for The Cavern, Exeter

Vol. 13 – ‘Grand Aid’ for The Clapham Grand, London (Support from Ciara Haidar, Gerry Del-Guercio & Beans on Toast)

Vol. 14 – ‘Greatest Hits’ for The Cobblestones, Bridgwater (Support from Jess Guise)

Here We Go Again!

No we are not doing Whitesnake Karaoke! A brief return to real life saw some socially distanced music possible. Turner in fact was able to play numerous shows including our ‘Gig of the Year’ as awarded in our ‘2020 Year in Review’.

Sadly the pandemic took a horrific turn for the worst. With venues still at risk and people desperate for escape, Turner and IVL would make their triumphant return in January (otherwise known as Lockdown three!). This time around Turner’s wife, Guise, would move to an important mediator role as fans got to pick the setlist!

Vol. 15 – ‘All Requests’ for The Lantern, Halifax

Vol. 16 – ‘All Requests’ for Boom, Leeds

We reviewed Vol. 15, check it out here

Catalogue Rewind

Next, Turner would return his setlists to periods of his career. Each performance featuring songs from an assigned period.

Vol. 17 – ‘First Three Albums’ for Waterloo, Blackpool (Support from Jess Guise)

Vol. 18 – ‘Second Three Albums’ for The Venue, Derby (Support from Pet Needs)

Vol. 19 – ‘Third Three Albums’ for The Black Heart, Camden

Vol. 20 – ‘Rarities and B-sides’ for Dirty Rockers, Dudley

Vol. 21 – ‘Jess Guise Requests’ for The Lexington, London

The End!

We all hope and pray that a return to normality is on the horizon. That the incredible work of scientists and our key workers will save lives and allow life to resume. Volume 21 closes the IVL series with a request set from Jess Guise herself.

Turner has achieved amazing results from the IVL series. The fact is that he didn’t have to do this, and for that he deserves recognition.

The Music Venue Trust, Independent Venue Week and all organisations and groups working to protect our culture deserve special praise also.

Sadly the end of the pandemic and the return to relative normality won’t remove the threat posed to our grassroots music venues. Please when safe to do so, support these venues, support your favourite bands, support new bands, support music!

Music Venue Trust
Independent Venue Week

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