Thursday, 17 June 2010

Lots of little things

Brace yourselves, here's a whole load of rambled nonsense for you. It's a massive update, BSM style.

The World Cup has started, but you probably know that. After a disappointing first week the tournament exploded with excitement yesterday, most notably for me as I sat surrounded by literally every South African in Oxford (vuvu's and all) trying not to show my pleasure as Diego Forlan scored his second of the game for Uruguay. My speculative 180/1 bet on him to be the competitions top scorer suddenly didn't look quite so ridiculous as his odds crashed to 13/1 by the end of the night. And just before I let the football subject go, I just need to mention that Team BSM took part in The Fly magazine's own World Cup last weekend and despite losing our first two games (even with Sam Get Cape Wear Cape Fly hitting the woodwork approximately 2893 times) we clubbed together and beat The Kaiser Chiefs in the final group stage match. Oh my God, they couldn't believe it. 1-0.

Grown Ups are now back in the US. It feels as though they were here for years (5 weeks, in reality) and from all accounts the European dates were just as well attended and fun as those here in the UK. Massive thanks to everyone who went out to see them play, bought a record and had a chat with the guys. It was the first time any of them had left the States - bless em - and it meant the world to them all. We have a few tour exclusive t-shirts left, so I'll stick those online next week.

On a similarly American, and very brief, note... Plans are slowly coming together to get both Kevin Devine and Walter Schreifels back here (separately) in the not too distant future. There may also be another US signing or two yet. Nothing concrete, but balls are in the air (is that the correct expression for this situation? Who knows). Kevin is currently in the middle of a massive 6 week US tour with Thrice and will be hitting Germany next month in support of the wonderful Nada Surf.

Tall Ships and Men have just finished up the 2nd BSM free tour of the year. Brighton, London, Southampton, Cardiff and Birmingham, you were awesome. NME rated the London date their number one must-see gig of the week (and right they were) and you'll be hearing lots more from both bands soon as they each put the finishing touches to their new EP's.

Each week leading up to the new Shoes And Socks Off album release in early August there'll be a new video posted. The total budget for the 10 pieces of work is £4, all of which was spent on the 7th installment, in part on Twix's (is that the plural for Twix? Twii?). Drowned In Sound got the ball rolling for us with the beautifully animated Spit/Shake, Bearded followed up with the appropriately hairy Smithereens, and now The 405 are in on the act with Psychological Tinnitus, which is pieced together by a few hundred photographs and a number of random props! The first ever full band SASO tour dates have also just been announced. Check the news page at for those. More info on the new album, 'Robin Hood Waiter Champion Have-Not', will be coming soon, and online orders for the new 3 CD set, 'Don't Blame Yourself, It's In Your Blood', are on their way out.

New band alert: We've done it again. Another awesome band has joined the stable (geddit? You will). Please welcome... Hold Your Horse Is! (You get it now, right?). A lot of you will already be well aware of this bunch as they've played numerous gigs with many of our bands over the past year, as well as appearing in the recent 5-a-side football tournament - They're the half-naked ones below. Their new EP, 'Rammin' It Home', will be released in August with a stupid amount of tour dates to support it. Get a head start and check them out now at

Last week I went to the middle-of-bloody-nowhere in Wales to visit Talons in their studio with Tom Woodhead, he of Forward Russia fame. The boys were going slowly crazy having spent the previous few days there working on their debut album (which sounds absolutely incredible!), playing copious amounts of Fifa and wading through the stream to get to the nearest shop. Seriously. Look out for a whole load of new tour dates and release news coming soon. This album is going to break your heart, then rip it out of your chest and stomp it to death, just to be sure. I've never used the word 'tragic' in a positive context before, but this is it.

In other new album news, Mimas' 2nd record will be released this autumn. It's called 'Lifejackets' and it's absolutely brilliant. We're just working out the details with a few very nice labels around the world, as well as making tour and festival plans for the boys in ol' Blighty. Meanwhile, Shapes are halfway through writing their own little masterpiece (most likely for an early 2011 release), and have a remix EP planned to see the light of day sometime before the end of this year.

What else, what else? Oh yes, Pulled Apart By Horses brilliant debut album is out very soon on Transgressive Records. They're playing a few shows at the moment and have been added to the Radio One playlist, which is pretty exciting! Definitely pick that album up when it hits the shelves. Remember where it all started? We still have some very cool charcoal and pink t-shirts hidden away in our webstore if anyone wants them?

Talking American again for a moment, This Town Needs Guns have just spent two weeks touring over there with Native, and it sounds like everything went perfectly well. I bumped into bassist Jamie in Tesco last night where he was filling his basket with as much healthy food as he could lay his hands on to try and get the blood pumping through his clogged up veins once again. Us Brits are delicate flowers.

Early next week I'll show you all the BSM 5-a-side 2010 video. I've seen the full, unedited, 25 minute version and it's awesome! A bit of action, a number of tired bodies, quite a lot of booze. The usual story. A shorter version will be up on the Rock Sound website soon, but we're going to find a home for the full one in a couple of months in a more physical way (oi oiii). More on that soon. The brilliant Maryam has posted all of her photos from the big day on Flickr. Here are a couple of my favourites to finish this long yet devastatingly exciting blog post. Spot the dickheads in the glitter. Byeeeeee...

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