The Travelling Band announce new free download single ‘Battlescars’
aaamusic | On 11, Jul 2011
Free Download from: http://thetravellingband.co.uk/battlescars/page.html
“The Travelling Band take me back to my musical roots. Marvellous music to savour and enjoy” Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival
On 1 August 2011 The Travelling Band follow the release of their second album ‘Screaming Is Something’ with a new single. Called ‘Battlescars’ the download only single is backed by ‘Face To The Ground’; ‘Battlescars’ is lifted off ‘Screaming Is Something’.
The Travelling Band’s shimmering blend of cosmic-country-pop, understated psychedelia, vocal harmonies and nu-folk has made them one of the most talked about artists to emerge from the Manchester music scene – “If you consider the term Mancunian Americana to be an oxymoron try listening to the Travelling Band. Brilliant” Marc Riley BBC 6 Music.
A recording project in New York City in 2006 led a collective of like minded souls to record what was to become ‘Under The Pavement’, their debut studio album. Released two years later, the record was very well received by the UK media, gaining BBC Radio 6 ‘Album of The Day’, BBC Radio 2’s ‘Single of The Week’ and a featured song in the Ian Dury biopic ‘Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll’.
Although, as The Sun says, “This debut blurs the folk/rock boundaries, delicately intertwining sensitive lyrics with accomplished folk vocals and jangly instrumental accompaniments to form a tapestry of glittering whimsy”, their 10 track second album demonstrates a giant leap forward for the band. Set for a June UK release, ‘Screaming Is Something’, which isn’t quite soul music, isn’t quite folk, isn’t quite pop, country or rock, is being supported by a UK Tour (dates below and ticketing details on the band’s website).
17th Jun : Ku Bar, Stockton
18th Jun : The Greenside, Fife
19th Jun : King Tut’s, Glasgow
30th Jun : Eden Sessions – Eden Project, Cornwall
2nd Jul : Maverick Festival, Suffolk
9th Jul : Eastleigh Festival – The Point, Eastleigh
16th Jul : 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham, Gloucs
22nd Jul : The ToneFest Festival, Poole
23rd Jul : MAC, Birmingham w/ Goodnight Lenin
28th Jul : The Ride Cafe, Plymouth
29th Jul : B-Side At Bunters, Truro
30th Jul : The Taphouse, St Agnes
31st Jul : Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth
12th Aug : Cropredy Festival, Cropredy
14th Aug : Standon Calling Festival, Hertfordshire
21st Aug : Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales
27th Aug : Solfest, Cumbria
10th Sep : IAStival, Nr Bollington, Cheshire
18th Sep : Ramsbottom Festival, Ramsbottom
“An inventive brand of guitar-laden country folk pop with a cosmic aesthetic and sprinkles of trademark Manchester’s musical lineage.” Clash magazine
With a democratic approach to songwriting, similar to that of Teenage Fanclub before them, The Travelling Band, aided by their 2010 ‘Sundial’ anthem (featured on the album), have become a firm favourite on the thriving British festival scene. After winning the ‘Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition’ in 2008 they have performed at Glastonbury, Wychwood, Larmer Tree, Kendal Calling, Wizard, End of Road, Llama, Sunrise, Moseley Folk, Summer Sundae, Mad Ferret, Hop Farm, Hungry Pigeon and Beathearder. Whilst international festival appearances include CMJ (USA) , MIDEM (France), NXNE (Canada), Tbilisi Open Air (Georgia, N.Europe) and L’es Nuit D’o (Montpellier, France).
“Sweet harmonies, strong song writing and an unforced take on country rock make for a beguiling debut” Independent on Sunday
The Travelling Band on the recording of ‘Screaming Is Something’
The album was recorded in a few different locations but most of the recording was done in a converted church called Kinclochspelve on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. It was so desolate and tranquil on Mull and that gave that session a real focus. Producing the album ourselves was made more interesting and challenging by being so far away from anywhere and we encountered plenty of technical problems that we simply couldn’t do anything about as we were cut off from the rest of the world. There had been some scepticism from within the band at first whether we could pull off such an ambitious location recording but once we scoped it out we realised it was going to be a lot fun.
The Travelling Band’s carefully honed mixture of folk, country, and understated psychedelia came as a result of their involvement in earlier acts … The players are:
Adam Gorman: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Pump Organ, Accordion, Banjo, Harmonica, Percussion, Keys
Jo Dudderidge: Vocals, Keys, Acoustic Guitar, Synth, Percussion
Steve Mullen: Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Percussion
Chris Spencer: Bass
Nick Vaal: Drums, Percussion
The tracklisting for ‘Screaming Is Something” is:
1 Fairweather Friends, 2 Screaming Is Something 3 Sundial, 4 Battlescars, 4 Magnetic Anywhere, 5 Under The Pavement, 7 Hindsight, 8 Horizon Me And You, 9 One Dime Blues, 10 On The Rails
“Manchester’s great next hope? They ought to be.” Metro