I Monster have released their first new music in fifteen years, ‘The Weather’. “Originally titled ‘Sweet Day’, [the song] was rediscovered this year when archiving old I Monster material”, say the duo. “It was like finding lost treasure. [Vocalist] Tiana Krahn’s original lyric was written in the sultry heat of California 20 years ago. We have added some new music and lyrics from the perspective of Europeans dealing with the extremes of climate 20 years later”.
Valentina has released new single ‘Deadweight’. “The keys came first when I made this track and I think the wobbly, unstable feeling to them matched my mood”, she says. “Despite this, there is a hopefulness to this song, hidden somewhere in the feeling of the music. I like the way it has a summery kind of vibe, almost light and fun, and poppy against the dark subject matter”. New EP ‘All Are Lost’ is out on 1 Dec.
Delilah Holliday has released new single ‘Long Time Coming’. Catch her live at Hackney Social in London this Thursday.
GIGS & TOURS
The Pretenders have announced UK tour dates in February and March next year, including two nights at the London Palladium on 28-29 Feb. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.
Bruce Dickinson has announced solo tour dates in the UK next May, including a performance at the Kentish Town Forum in London. His new album and comic book series ‘The Mandrake Project’ is also out next year.
Fightstar have announced that they will play Wembley Arena in London on 22 Mar 2024, which will be their first gig in over eight years. “Next year marks 20 years since Fightstar played our first show in a tiny night club in Northampton, mainly in front of friends and family”, says frontman Charlie Simpson. “To be sat here today about to play our biggest ever headline show at London’s legendary Wembley Arena is something that is hard for us to comprehend”. Tickets are on sale now.
The Sherlocks have announced that they will play Don Valley Bowl in Sheffield on 7 Jun 2024. “It’s something that’s needed to happen for a while now and next year is the perfect time”, says the band’s Kiaran Crook. “We’ve got four albums under our belt now and the fans have taken this journey to the next level for us. It’s only right we repay them with a proper day out and a memorable gig that will go down in our own history”. Tickets are on sale now.
BBC Radio 6 Music has launched a new 6 Music Artists Of The Year prize. So that’s fun. The ten winners are: Blur, Boygenius, Christine And The Queens, Gabriels, Loraine James, The Last Dinner Party, Nia Archives, Say She She, Antony Szmierek and Young Fathers. “The line-up for the inaugural 6 Music Artists Of The Year is just bursting with music talent, innovation and inspiration”, says presenter Lauren Laverne. “Huge congratulations to the acts who have all had an incredible 2023. I’m looking forward to following all your sonic journeys in 2024 and beyond!”