We had a wonderful performance at Oh! Inverted World a few months back from an artist known as I Am Harlequin, and today I Am Harlequin releases her awesome debut single, “The Liberty / The King’s Daughter” which comes highly recommended from the OIW camp.
Already proving to be a prolific songwriter in both range and ideas, Anne Frier’s (aka I Am Harlequin) sophisticated, off-kilter arrangements owe as much to a classical background as to a veracious love of melody, forming stirring and unforgettable pop songs. I Am Harlequin has also been picking up wide acclaim for her performances at OIW, Music Week Breakout, Liverpool Sound City, Boardmasters Festival, Brighton Festival and The Garage in Highbury this year.
Happy bank holiday folks! Hope you’re all having a good one (well, those in the UK anyway). So we are super proud to announce that we have yet another hot single coming out of Oh! Inverted World towers today. The track is TV by Northern rockers The Violet May and is available from all good digital stores (itunes, amazon, HMV, 7digital, etc) from today and precedes the forthcoming 5-track EP out next month (see the links on the right of this blog).
You can also grab yourself an exclusive listen of the new single here;
A dark and melancholic slow-burner, “TV” is focused on the world of TV celebrities and people’s obsession with fame. It’s our third release for TVM, and it just keeps getting better from these guys. Despite only having been around since the end of 2009, TVM have already been tipped for big things in broadsheet The Guardian, appeared in the BBC 6Music studio as Steve Lamaq’s new favourite band, headlined London’s KOKO for Club NME, played the likes of Secret Garden Party, Leeds Festival, a sold out Italian tour, a German tour with The Chapman Family, shot their debut video with Douglas Hart (of Jesus & Mary Chain), opened for Band Of Skulls and Boxer Rebellion, as well as winning big support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, XFM, The Guardian, Clash, Artrocker amongst others.
The Violet May finished up in the studio in early February, recording their debut EP with Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys, Long Blondes, Pulp) at 2Fly Studios in Sheffield. “TV” is the first single from the EP, following a free download of the track “What You Say” which has already been picked up for NME’s “10 Best Mp3′s This Week” and Q Magazine’s “New To Q” playlist. The full 5-track EP is out on June 27th, you can pre-order it now and get the new single for FREE though. Just give the cover shot below a click.
The band are back at London’s KOKO for a headline set in late-July, as well as shows throughout the country and sets at Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik and this year’s Boardmasters Festival. Check out full dates and details here; www.facebook.com/thevioletmay
Much excitement around OIW Towers today as The Violet May finally release “Jennifer Lies”, the follow up to their debut single “Bright Or Better” and the first track from their forthcoming EP out next year.
“Jennifer Lies” is a hell of a track, full of riotous rebellion and howling guitars and we’re proper chuffed to be adding the tune to the OIW roster. Here’s an exclusive preview for you Oh! Inverted Worlders…
You can now buy the track as an exclusive download (for, like, a few pennies!) from all the following links and other good digital stores;
The band have also been invited to play XFM’s Eddy Temple Morris’ night at London’s Proud Galleries this Thursday (November 25th), more details on that HERE. Much more big news to come from these guys soon, get yourself Facebooked up here for all the latest info… www.facebook.com/thevioletmay
Oh! Inverted World are more than a little bit chuffed to announce a new single on our boutique label this month. Following the widespread praise they received when we put out their debut single “Bright Or Better” back in May, Sheffield 5-piece The Violet May release their follow up Jennifer Lies on November 22nd!
It’s a spanking tune that is already looking set for some big things, and this from a band who this year appeared on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music show as his New Favourite Band, headlined London’s KOKO for Club NME, set off on a sold out Italian tour in October and recently opened for Band Of Skulls and Boxer Rebellion at the Energy Sessions Festival, as well as winning tons of support from Radio 1, XFM, 6Music, The Guardian, Clash, NME, Artrocker, etc.
The single is the first track from the forthcoming EP out next year and available for download from November 22nd. Here’s a first listen for you Oh! Inverted Worlders…
The Violet May “Bright Or Better / This Crowd” 7″vinyl single – Strictly limited to 500 copies – Pre-order your copy here now!
Yet more BIG and EXCITING news from OIW towers! Yes, 500 limited edition copies of The Violet May’s debut 7” record have landed in our office ahead of the release date on May 24th. And we can tell you now that they look MEGA!
In fact we almost want to keep them all to ourselves. Still that wouldn’t be very charitable now would it? ; )
So if you want to get your hands on one of these 500 limited edition beauties then you can pre-order your copy right-goddamn-now at the link above! Otherwise you’re gonna feel pretty bad, because these will be the only 500 in existence and you won’t have one.
The Violet May have been causing quite a stir since they first landed on the scene late last year with their fresh sound, big attitude and even bigger swagger. They’re being championed by the likes of Rob Da Bank (Radio 1), Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Eddy Temple Morris (XFM) and Rodney Bingenheimer (K-Roq in L.A.), as well as the Guardian listing them as one of the “Top 15 Acts To Watch in 2010”, Clash Magazine declaring them “sent from the heavens to revive the fading spirit of rock and roll”, and the track “Bright Or Better” even on heavy rotation in Topshop New York.
Meanwhile, The Violet May’s hedonistic live shows have left awestruck punters and battered venues trailing in their wake. Residencies at London’s Death Disco and Sheffield’s Stockroom have been backed up by festival dates at Leeds Festival, Standon Calling, Secret Garden Party and Bearded Theory all confirmed for this summer.
And if you’re still unsure, then hit play below and you can stream one of the tracks, “Bright Or Better”, from the forthcoming double A-side single. A kind of try before you buy ; )
The Violet May – Bright Or Better
The Violet May’s limited edition debut single, “Bright Or Better / This Crowd”, is released on May 24th 2010, pre-order your limited edition 7″ vinyl copy here…
“Electric and inspiring… their time is now.” – The Guardian
“Gargantuan stage presence and thunderous guitars… Familiarise yourself with these mugshots, for you will definitely be seeing a lot more of them this year. An electrifying live show” – Clash
“An immensely catchy and confident debut… Splendid!” – Rock City
Yep, exciting news from Oh! Inverted World towers, our next release will be
for The Violet May, releasing their hotly-anticipated debut single – the double-A side, ‘Bright or Better/This Crowd’ – on May 24th.
The single will be strictly limited to 500 copies of 7” vinyl, and widely available through all good digital stores. And as a taster of what’s to come for you good folks, here’s an exclusive track to download, Queen Teen.
Like that? Well wait until you hear the single ‘Bright or Better/This Crowd’, an urgent, high-octane statement of intent, marrying Queens of The Stone Age-esque guitars with the wry lyrical delivery of vocalist McClure.
The Violet May are already turning some important ears their way. Alan McGee declared the band one of his 15 Tips for 2010 in the Guardian. Then, upon hearing ‘Bright or Better’, former Jesus and Mary Chain band member Douglas Hart – who has previously directed videos for My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors and The Libertines – offered his directorial services to the band. Peter Stringfellow, who, like The Violet May, began his career in Sheffield (as a music promoter), was also first on the scene; providing both dancers – and the location, ‘Stringfellows’ – for the shoot. The result is an authentically dirty rock and roll video, to match the dirty rock and roll sound.
Both tracks on this release are reflective of the band’s formidable live show, which has seen them build up a fervent following back home in Sheffield, and gain headline residencies at the likes of London’s infamous Death Disco. They’ve also been championed by the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer on LA’s biggest radio station KROQ along with Radio 1′s Rob Da Bank and Huw Stephens giving early support to the band.
XFM, meanwhile, has hand-picked them to play their own stage at this year’s Secret Garden Party, with appearances at Leeds Festival, on top of Standon Calling all confirmed.
If you’re lucky enough to live in New York then you’ll also probably hear them in the US branch of Top Shop which has given heavy, unsolicited exposure to the band too. So, yes, exciting news folks, keep your eyes out for this one and we’ll bring you more info soon…
The Violet May are: Chris McClure (vocals); John Kubicki (keys, guitars, vocals); Jono How (guitar); Dan Booth (bass); Alan Whittaker (drums). www.myspace.com/thevioletmay
28 April / London / Notting Hill Arts Club (Death Disco)
7 May / Liverpool / Greasy Lips
8 May / Sheffield / The Stockroom
15 May / Derbyshire / Bearded Theory Festival
22 May / Sheffield / Penelopes
28 May / Rotherham / Dickins
12 June / Sheffield / The Stockroom
18 June / Darlington / Seen
23 June / London / Notting Hill Arts Club (Death Disco)
24 June / Anglia / Secret Garden Party
8-9 August / Standon Calling Festival
27-29 August / Leeds Festival