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One Liners: Blur, The Hives, Shamir, more

By | Published on Wednesday 12 July 2023



Bucks Music Group has signed new songwriting agreements with Jamie McCool and Simon Pogson. “Jamie and Simon are incredibly talented and sought-after individuals with reputations that are growing every day among artist and industry communities alike”, says the music publisher’s MD Simon Platz. “They combine to make something really special. It’s wonderful to have them at Bucks and we look forward to helping them reach ever greater heights”.



Artist manager Amy Frenchum has joined Blue Raincoat Artists. She currently manages Ezra Collective and Yazmin Lacey. “Having operated on my own as an artist manager for the last six years, I am delighted to have joined the amazing team at Blue Raincoat Artists”, she says. The company’s CEO Jeremy Lascelles, meanwhile, is “THRILLED”.



The Music Venue Trust will host a panel on the challenges facing Scotland’s music venues at the Scottish Parliament’s Festival Of Politics in Edinburgh next month. “This panel represents a fantastic opportunity to highlight the value of grassroots music venues to Scotland’s culture and communities”, says MVT COO Beverley Whitrick. “We encourage everyone who has an interest in live music to come and be part of the discussion”. More info here.



The Hives have released new single ‘Rigor Mortis Radio’. The track is taken from the band’s new album ‘The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons’, which is out on 11 Aug.

Shamir has released new single ‘Our Song’. The track is taken from upcoming album ‘Homo Anxietatem’, which is out on 18 Aug.

Forest Swords has released new single ‘Butterfly Effect’, which features a previously unheard vocal sample from Neneh Cherry. “The track swirled around as a pure instrumental for a while, a beat I made in the cold factory space in Liverpool I was recording in, some kind of attempt to cope with the psychedelic amounts of pain I was in from a leg injury”, says the producer. “Neneh’s unreleased archive vocal turned out to be a perfect fit, like they were meant to be together somehow. As a fan that has always idolised her, it’s a true honour and life highlight to have her blessing to use the vocal on this track”.

Deadletter have released new single ‘Degenerate Inanimate’. The track, says frontman Zac Lawrence, “alludes to the feeling of betrayal felt when someone close to you is revealed as dishonest to the bone. There’s a unique form of unease which arises from having your basic intelligence mocked, as they reveal their complete lack of decency”.

Luci has released new single ’11:11′. “I was laying on the vocal booth floor of Lou [Bartolini’s] studio, listening to him and Elias [Abid] chop it up, bonding over drums and chords”, she says. “I was hunting for melodies and searching for words. We knew we wanted to make something different from the rest of our work together, that’s for sure”.



Blur have announced that they will livestream a performance of their new album ‘The Ballad Of Darren’ from the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 25 Jul. It will first air at 9pm UK time, and will then be rebroadcast three times to catch other timezones, before being made available on demand until 28 Jul. Tickets cost £13.50 and are available here. The album itself is out on 21 Jul.

Corey Taylor has announced UK tour dates in November this year, finishing up at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 14 Nov. Pre-sale tickets are available now.

100gecs have announced that they are cancelling their upcoming European tour dates. In a statement on social media, they said: “To our fans in Europe: we’re sorry to cancel our upcoming shows, but we’re physically and mentally worn out. We’ll be back soon”.

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