Posts Tagged ‘Ice Black Birds’
November 7th, 2011 • News
Tags: Amazing Radio, Andrew Santora, Audition, Charlie Ashcroft, Club NME, Fearless Records, Fenway Recordings, Fractures, Henry Kaye, Ian Devaney, Ice Black Birds, If You're Young, Into The Sun, Koko, LAISSEZ FAIRE CLUB, Made In Chelsea, Mercy Hallelujah, Michael Sue Poi, New Jersey, Nick Brennan, Pre-Order, Seven Inch, The Social, The Static Jacks, The Wombats
Hope you all had a good weekend, and if you came down to see Deep Sea Arcade on Friday, thank you. It was great fun. This morning, we’ve got a lot of news about our next 7″ release from New Jersey’s greatest band The Static Jacks. We’ve give it to you bit by bit, here goes:
The official video to the A-side of the single “Into The Sun” is now out, and you can watch it in all its glory above. Like all great music videos, we think it adds an extra dimension to an already very strong, fist-pumping track. Have a look and see what you think.
The 7″ vinyl (“Into The Sun” b/w the Made In Chelsea featuring “Mercy, Hallelujah”), out on 28 November, is now available to pre-order from the Laissez Faire Club shop. There are only 300 copies being pressed, and the first 50 will come with an exclusive, unique photograph taken by the band on their tour with The Wombats across the US & Canada – which is still in progress as we speak. You might get a picture of them partying with Murph backstage in Ohio. It might be an open road in Arkansas, or an all-American diner in Louisiana. We don’t know, and we’re as excited as anyone to get hold of one. It’s Ebay gold if nothing else.
UK dates! Yes, the band are making their first ever trip across the pond later this month to promote the aforementioned release, and will play the following:
Thursday 24 November – 100 Club w/ Eagulls, Mazes
Friday 25 November – Club NME @ Koko w/ The Dancers
Saturday 26 November – O2 Academy, Bristol w/ Alabama 3
And finally, “Into The Sun” will be making its national radio debut on Charlie Ashcroft’s ‘Audition’ show on Amazing Radio this afternoon, at 1300 GMT. It’ll be repeated on Sunday 13 November, at 1600 GMT. After today’s show, listeners can vote for their favourite track, and the one with most votes will make the station’s main playlist. So, you know, be sure to head over to the site (or send a Tweet to Charlie saying how much you love the song) and do the right thing.
At long last, people in the United States are able to buy Laissez Faire Club record releases without having to part with their limbs to cover postage fees. The good people over at Insound are now stocking the Ice Black Birds and Collectable Few records – so head over and grab some limited edition 7″ vinyl before they all go…
News of our next release, LFC003, will be announced imminently. Stay tuned.
Photo by Eric White
If you weren’t already aware, Ice Black Birds released their third single – the follow up to last summer’s LFC Records release, “As Birds We’d Be Fine” – last Monday 21st March.
Out on their own label, it’s called “22:22″ and has been a staple of their live set for the last twelve months or so – if you’ve seen them before, it’s the hard and fast one that reminds you of the youthful abandon captured on Kings Of Leon’s or The Vines’ debut LPs, all raspy vocals, pounding drums and charging guitars. The B-side, “SSW”, is more the more anthemic, big stage friendly number of the two, with an insistent guitar lick bound to get stuck inside your head upon first listen.
Fresh from their maiden Stateside tour, which took in shows in NYC (including a gig at the illustrious Mercury Lounge) and Austin for the SXSW Festival, the Birds are now back in the UK and gearing up for the summer festival season. If you’re in London or Brighton in the next week or so, the band play a Lyle And Scott curated event at XOYO on Cowper Street this Thursday 31st, and are launching the aforementioned release with a free entry show at The Green Door Store by the sea on Saturday evening (2 April).
If you’ve stumbled across the band through their recent international high-jinks, and like what you hear, it’s worth noting that we have a very small number of “As Birds We’d Be Fine” 7″s (to date the band’s only vinyl release) left over – see our label page for ordering links and info. The “22:22″ CD can be picked up here.
Ice Black Birds require little introduction on these pages. The Brighton psychedelic blues revivalists inspired by early Kings Of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the rest were our first ever signing to Laissez Faire Club Records.
We put out their second single, the highly charged and anthemic “As Birds We’d Be Fine” last June, which kick-started a great second half of 2010 for them, culminating in shows at Manchester’s In The City, Paris’ Fleche d’Or, the NME Weekender Festival in Camber Sands and Koko for Club NME.
2011 is set to be even bigger, with the band set to embark on a sold out tour of Holland with local heroes Go Back To The Zoo in February (it went so well last time, they were invited back), as well as their maiden US tour in March, which rolls up in Austin, Texas on 15 March for the much lauded SXSW Festival.
They return to Laissez Faire Club for the sixth time on the 26th at Catch, where they’ll appear just below Scoundrels.
Location: Brighton, UK
Lineup: Sam Denniston (Vocals, Guitar); George Grinling (Lead Guitar); Danny McGurn (Bass); Ollie Liddiard (Drums)
Label: Laissez Faire Club Records (“As Birds We’d Be Fine” single)
Previous LFC appearances: 5
Blog love: “The gist is that they’re fucking fantastic, and I was powerless to resist them” (Les Enfants Terribles)
LFC 4th Birthday show details: Catch, 26 Jan, on-stage 9.30pm RSVP TICKETS
Who are you?
S: We’re Ice Black Birds, a rock ‘n’ roll quartet from Brighton influenced by Creendence Clearwater Revival, White Denim, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. We’ve been around for just over two years.
What were your highlights of 2010?
S: Playing on a sold out Dutch tour with Go Back To The Zoo and travelling to a lot of cities that we haven’t perviously been to. Also releasing two singles, meeting a lot of interesting new people, summer festivals, Radio 1 airplay, and generally writing lots of music.
What are you most looking forward to in 2011?
S: SXSW and another European tour. Also releasing our next single but that is still quite hush hush for now, BUT expect to hear an announcement about that soon…
Do you have anything available to buy right now?
S: Funnily enough we have a record out on Laissez Faire Club Records called “As Birds We’d Be Fine”.
What’s been your best gig(s) to date?
S: Paris with We are Scientists and The Boxer Rebellion was pretty amazing, also the three shows we played in Holland were great. Europe seems to be where our best shows are. Koko towards the end of last year was pretty immense.
And finally, why should people attend your gig?
S: Because we are a band that lives to play live, simple rock ‘n’ roll with an edge. We are massively influenced by 60s and 70s musicians and so plan to do it like they did with years of touring. We’ll be around for a while.
January 10th, 2011 • 1 comment News
Tags: Catch, Channel Cairo, Escapists, Holden, Ice Black Birds, LAISSEZ FAIRE CLUB, Let's Buy Happiness, Scoundrels, The Collectable Few, The Jacquerie, The Macbeth
Laissez Faire Club’s live nights have been around for four years now, and in aid of this fact we’ve decided to put on two shows in two nights at two of our favourite East London venues, Catch and The Macbeth respectively.
In between stuffing ourselves with festive meats and heralding in 2k11 over the holiday season, we’ve been toiling away putting the lineups you see in front of you together. We’ve made an effort to book bands that have played at least one Laissez Faire Club gig in the past and generally supported us through thick and thin, alongside bands who are exciting us right now.
Scoundrels played the first ever LFC at The Windmill back in 2006 (and many more along the way, in various guises), so we’re delighted to have them headline the first evening at Catch. The blues influenced four piece recently put pen to paper with Seymour Stein’s resurrected Blue Horizon label (originally home to Fleetwood Mac and Chicken Shack), and this will be their first show of 2011. Support comes from LFC Records’ first ever signings Ice Black Birds, throwback folk ‘n’ rollers Holden and one of our favourite new discoveries of 2010, The Jacquerie.
Let’s Buy Happiness‘ debut at LFC came in September, and we’re over the moon to have them playing again for us so soon – they headline the second night at The Macbeth on the 27th. Their shoegazey sound and female vocals have won them many plaudits over the last few months, as well as comparisons to The Sundays and Cocteau Twins. Expect to hear their last single ‘Six Wolves’ aired, alongside its follow up ‘Fast Fast’ (out 28 Feb). Warming things up for them will be our new signings The Collectable Few, who’ll be launching their debut single ‘Headstrong’ (out on Monday 24th), as well as Escapists and Channel Cairo, two new-ish London bands who both play their own brand of atmospheric indie-rock with big, memorable hooks.
All in all, we really do believe these are some of the best new bands out there at the moment, and we’re delighted to have rounded them up to play to you all at once. On top of all this, we’ve confirmed special guest DJ sets from the likes of Post War Years, Monkeysuit and Gramofoam, who’ll be providing you with the latest indie / electro beats in between and after the live acts.
Excited? We certainly are. Full information, ticket details and Facebook RSVPs can be found on our Events page.
Hey Laura have joined the bill for our Christmas show on Tuesday 14 December. Get down early for this one – doors open at 7:30pm.
It’s been a great 2010 for Laissez Faire Club – we started off the year showcasing three great acts at Notting Hill Arts Club’s RoTa event, one of which, Ice Black Birds, became the first ever signing to LFC Records. Along the way, we’ve DJ’ed in New York and Paris, as well as hosted hotly-tipped Let’s Buy Happiness’ debut London show and put on a handful of memorable evenings at Camden’s Lock Tavern and The Flowerpot (RIP).
The good news for you lot is that we’re celebrating all of this with a special Christmas knees-up at The Queen Of Hoxton on Tuesday 14 December. Headlining will be Nottingham’s superb Dog Is Dead, who describe themselves as ‘Louis Armstrong lost in disco’ playing ‘uplifting pop for jazz junkies and choir folk’. An enticing proposition we’re sure you’ll agree. This will be the band’s final show of the year, and they’ll be treading the boards at Laissez Faire Club just prior to an appearance in the final episode of the current series of Skins early next year.
Support comes from our very own aforementioned psychedelic blues revivalists Ice Black Birds, who’ll be rounding off a great year of their own, one that has seen them wow audiences from Manchester to Paris to Utrecht. More bands will be announced very shortly. In any case, the lineup is already not one to be missed. We expect considerable things from both these acts in 2011.
Advance tickets are a snip at £5 (it’ll be more on the day of the show), and can be booked here. If you’re coming, please let us know by RSVP’ing to the Facebook event, where you’ll also find more details on the show.
Laissez Faire Club DJs will be hitting continental Europe this Saturday night! We’re spinning records at Paris’ wonderful Fleche d’Or venue, alongside We Are Scientists, The Boxer Rebellion and our own Ice Black Birds. We’ll be in charge of the wheels of steel before, in-between and after the bands, until 1.45am. We’re sure you’ll agree it’s one hell of a lineup. If you’re coming to the show, make sure you get down for 8.45pm, which is when IBB hit the stage to kick of proceedings.
This is what the venue had to say about us:
Laissez Faire est un label, promoteur de concert et un blog basé à Londres. Un bon nombre de groupes tels que Mumford And Sons, The Wombats, Micachu, Anna Calvi, Dansette Junior ou encore We Have Band sont passés par Laissez Faire Club. Le label, spécialisé dans les vinyles en édition limitée, a été fondé à l’été 2010 et s’est offert la sortie du 2ème single ‘As Bird We’d Be Fine’ du groupe de Brighton Ice Black Birds. Jeremy Lloyd, nous offrira un DJ set des plus indés (des Rolling Stones à LCD Soundsystem, en passant par Interpol)!
We couldn’t put in better ourselves. See you there?
October 4th, 2010 • News
Tags: As Birds We'd Be Fine, Club NME, Fleche d'Or, Free download, Go Back To The Zoo, Ice Black Birds, In The City, LAISSEZ FAIRE CLUB, Pretty Ways, The Boxer Rebellion, We Are Scientists
Our beloved Ice Black Birds are set to hit the road this autumn, visiting everywhere from Bath to Utrecht to Paris, and are quite possibly playing at your local watering hole along the way.
Highlights include an appearance at Manchester’s In The City Festival (last.fm stage) on 13 October, a sold out Dutch tour supporting local heroes Go Back To The Zoo from 21 to 23 October and an opening slot for We Are Scientists and The Boxer Rebellion at Paris’ Fleche d’Or on Sat 13 November. The tour will (hopefully) come to a glorious climax on Friday 26 November in London town, where they’re set to play Club NME at Koko. For a full list of dates, click here.
The band will be travelling armed with copies of their last 7″ single (‘As Birds We’d Be Fine’) put out by Laissez Faire Club Records, so if you haven’t got one yet, they’ll be – subject to availability – available to buy at these shows. Alternatively, head over to our label page, and pick one up now. The LFC shop offers signed copies, and RecordDrop.com offers free MP3s of the tracks, plus an additional bonus track (‘Problems In Hand’).
At the risk of spoiling you even further, to help prick up your ears and hopefully prise you away from the latest episode of The Inbetweeners and down to your local venue, the band are offering fans a free download of ‘Pretty Ways’, a demo they recorded in their bedrooms over the summer. Grab it below.