UK COUNTRY SINGER-SONGWRITER AGS CONNOLLY TO RELEASE HIS NEW STUDIO ALBUM WRONG AGAIN NOVEMBER 1, 2019
Wrong Again is Ags Connolly’s third studio album, following on from his highly-acclaimed offerings How About Now (2014) and Nothin’ Unexpected (2017). The traditional country singer-songwriter from Oxfordshire, England, took the reins on this latest effort, producing the album with a team of London-based musicians in the peaceful and intimate surroundings of Woodworm Studios in his home county. Ags also enlisted the expert help of accordionist Michael Guerra (The Mavericks) and fiddle player Eamon McLoughlin (Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell), both of whom had graced his previous album.
Alongside Ags’ trademark honky-tonk shuffles, drinking songs and barroom ballads, Wrong Again delves once more into Tex-Mex/south-of-the-border flavours while entering some new territory in the lively western swing closer ‘Sad Songs Forever.’ Meanwhile, the one cover on the album is a swelling, earthy imagining of Gordon Lightfoot’s classic ‘Early Morning Rain.’ Whilst perhaps not a concept album in the accepted sense, Wrong Again does feature recurring themes: miles covered in cars and planes, the lone existence of the protagonist, the spectre of Austin, Texas – all gathered in the unforgiving shadow of lost love. These undercurrents tie the songs to each other and ultimately form a very personal record of the period in which they were written.
Described as “a national treasure” by Europe’s biggest-selling country music magazine, Country Music People, Connolly has built a reputation over the last few years as an uncompromising country traditionalist in the UK and beyond, having also headlined shows across the US and Europe. In an era when the pop and rock incarnations of country music are enjoying a surge of popularity in the UK, Ags continues to defend the last outpost of the genre’s traditional roots. Wrong Again is another defiant offering in this vein, whilst also once again showcasing the high songwriting and lyrical standards his music has come to be known for.
Ags Connolly’s new album Wrong Again will be available November 1st via Finstock Music.
Buffalo-based psychedelic indie art rock band Aircraft make catchy pop tunes embedded with layers of thoughtful lyrics that reflect the past, present and future. Founded somewhere between time and space, Aircraft revolves around the observations of songwriter Justin John Smith. Years of experimental drug use combined with a deep interest in the mystical have created a unique take on the nature of reality that is expressed through his song craft. Lush vocal harmonies, swirling guitars (Ty Skelton), melodic bass lines (James Warren) and powerful drumming (Matt Cossman) create the perfect atmosphere for fragile vocals to float in and out of. Aircraft released their debut album Sonic Boom in 2013 receiving enthusiastic reviews and prompted a promotional tour throughout the northeast. The band is set to release their new follow-up EP 7 Gems From The Sparkling Void later this summer, seven songs that find these sonic astral adventurers setting the controls for the heart of tripped-out indie-art-pop.
Aircraft has continued to become a favored act at many regional music festivals including the Night Lights Fall Music Festival and NXNE in Toronto, and has also played in support of the likes of Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Plants and Animals, Wildlife, Caveman and White Mystery.
Aircraft’s 7 Gems From The Sparkling Void EP will be available on CD and digital formats August 28th via Admirable Traits Records
7 GEMS FROM THE SPARKLING VOID TRACKLISTING
01 Space Euphoria
03 White Light
05 Camera Song
06 Sink or Swim
“A melting pot of famous rock sounds, like that of Arcade Fire, Brand New and MGMT mixed together.. Almost anyone with a voice can sing along.” – 716 LOCAL MUSIC MAGAZINE
“Because they’re more psychedelic than strictly new wave, the pop songs come off explosively, big and shiny within that pleasingly tight song structure. Phoenix by way of early Pink Floyd with terrific vocal harmonies and a fun Talking Heads vibe.” – BUFFABLOG
HIGH TIMES Song Premiere: Left Lane Cruiser’s “Cutting Trees” BY DABBIE REYNOLDS
We figured right about now y’all needed some hard-rocking blues. That’s why we’re proud to premiere Left Lane Cruiser’s “Cutting Trees” from their forthcoming album, Dirty Spliff Blues, out on June 16 on Alive Naturalsound Records.
So what’s that song title all about? Frontman Freddy J IV explains: ” ‘Cutting Trees’ is a reference to smoking blunts in the van. ‘Your bush is so green… really gonna satisfy me… Gotta get you in my hotel room… Sit back and roll you up and taste your bloom.'”
He continues: “This new album is a testament to the struggles of being a band on the road without weed, the journey we undertake in pursuit of sufficient THC levels, and the beauty of getting stoned and breaking off some crusty, dirty jams. When the cops take our weed they never get all of it. We make them work for that shit. We’re the guardians of the ganja!”
Bless! Check out the catchy-as-hell track below, and keep up with Left Lane Cruiser right here! Plus: pre-order the starburst vinyl and CD of Dirty Spliff Blues, or their digital edition now. http://ow.ly/OgFHM
Exclusive Premiere: The Henrys, ‘Quiet Industry’ by Chuck Armstrong
As the Henrys gear up for the release of their latest full-length effort, Quiet Industry, Diffuser is beyond ecstatic to partner with them to premiere the record in full a few days early — check it out in the audio player below.
The Henrys are a self-described “nearly-instrumental” group that has been known to perform as a quartet or quintet, and records with a much larger group of musicians. Bandleader Don Rooke has always wanted the Henrys to steer clear of any specific genre, and with Quiet Industry, they’ve beautifully done just that.
“Every Henrys recording seems, on one level, like an attempt to land in a sweet spot between genres we love,” Rooke admits. “That may explain a career of falling through the cracks.”
He adds, “Like some foreign strain of worker bee, hellbent on their modern roots mission, we’ve just finished our sixth disc, Quiet Industry. This one features the singer Gregory Hoskins, and has much more focus on lyrics and vocals than our previous work.”
You can pre-order your copy of Quiet Industry at the band’s official Bandcamp, and make sure to stay up-to-date with everything happening in their world, including a few gigs in June and July, at this location.