The Orielles return, Gill Landry to play Liverpool Philharmonic, Zanzibar at 30 plans

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The Orielles

Polar States launch homelessness crisis single as the finalists for the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge are announced, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley with the news.

The Orielles have shared their brand new track Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme).

It’s the latest release from their second album Disco Volador which is out on Heavenly Recordings on Friday February 28.

It’s the follow up to their much-acclaimed debut LP Silver Dollar Moment, which they released in 2018.

The single sees them return to Stockport’s Eve studios with engineer Joel, and producer Marta Salogni (Liars, Björk, The Moonlandingz) who worked on their debut.

Talking about Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme) Esme from the band said: “Space Samba is a song about corporeal experience, something which we feel we are collectively losing sight of in an age of mental existentialism!

“It is the Disco Volador theme because it relates to the phenomenological thread of the whole album, which tackles the many interpretations of the title throughout.

“In this instance, it refers to Disco Volador’s literal translation of ‘flying disc’ or ‘frisbee’, using this symbol to reflect both feelings of flight and motion and the notion of human connectivity.”

The Orielles will also head out on tour following the release of the album, playing Manchester’s O2 Ritz in March as part of nine UK dates.

The full tour dates are:

February 25: The Riverside, Newcastle
February 26: G2, Glasgow
February 27: The Sugarmill, Stoke
February 28: Waterfront, Noriwich
March 1: Chalk, Brighton
March 2: SWX, Bristol
March 4: Electric Ballroom, London
March 5: Ritz, Manchester
March 6: Institute 2, Birmingham

You can listen to the track below.

Gill Landry will play the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Music Room next month, in line with his upcoming abum Skeleton at The Banquet, which is due for release on January 24.

Harvest Sun Promotions will bring the Grammy award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist to Liverpool on Tuesday February 18.

Roxanne De Bastion at Liverpool Acoustic Festival

Ten talented local songwriters have won a place at the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2019 Showcase Final, which takes place on Saturday 18 January at LEAF.

Songwriters submitted brand new songs inspired by works of art on display across the Liverpool City Region during the September to October entry period.

The winners will recieve the prize of their track being recorded at Crosstown Studios, plus a songwriting or singing lesson from Kaya Herstad Carney at Parr Street Studios and more.

The finalists are:

  • Alison Benson: Song of the Liver Bird
  • Caitlin Louise: She Hides
  • Charlotte Lynch: No
  • Dave Criddle: To The Moon
  • Derek King: Lighthouse at the Beach
  • Ed Jones: Strong
  • Kevin Eustace: Cheat Code
  • Lizzie Callow: Wait Another Day
  • Lucy Clark: Anchor
  • Rachel Burnett: Falling Stone

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Liverpool venue The Zanzibar will celebrate 30 years later this month with a huge birthday celebration.

The Zanzi has long been a hotbed for new music and the city, and at times a right of passage for Merseyside artists keen to make it outside of the region.

Acts are yet to be announced for the big gig on Friday January 31.

The Zanzibar at 30

In other news, Liverpool band Polar States have announced the release of their first new track of the decade.

Sleeping Rough focuses and was inspired by the escalating homelessness crisis. The band say: “After our show at Break The Chain Festival with Wolf Alice, fund-raising for the homeless, we knew we had to release it.”

The track is released on January 24 on Killing Moon Records and you can pre-save it here.

Demob Happy

Our new track this week comes from Demob Happy, who have dropped their new single Mother Machine on So Recordings.

Ammassing 8.8 million streams in total last year, the outfit closed 2019 with their most ambitious year of touring to date. They’re set to head out on tour later this month for Independent Venue Week.

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