Mumford pal Meins releases single, tours

Friend of Mumford and Sons, Derek Meins, is to release his track ‘Oh! You Pretty Woman’ on 13th October. The single, which features Mumford and Sons as a backing band, will be available as a download only, and can be heard on Meins’ myspace.

Emmy the Great announces single, album news

The aptly monikered Emmy the Great will release the first single from her hotly anticipated debut album in November.

The track ‘We Almost Had a Baby’ will be available on limited edition 7″ vinyl as well as to download.

The release will follow a three-date mini tour, comprised thusly:

Saturday November 8th – Glasgow Twisted Wheel,
Sunday November 9th – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday November 10th – London ICA

Festival Review: End of the Road – Sunday

The last day of the festival began for FFS at the Garden Stage. Spirits were high –conditions underfoot were dramatically improved from the night before and the sun was showing its face once again. The Wave Pictures performed an accomplished and lively set which saw lead singer David Tattersal accidentally insulting his mother before dedicating scrumptious pop fiesta ‘Love You Like a Madman’ to her. I’d have forgiven him. There followed drum, lead and bass solos to showcase the not inconsiderable talent of this three-piece. Indeed, bassist Franic Rozycki’s solo was so good that Tattersal could not help but declare his surprise. Stand-out songs included ‘Now You’re Pregnant’ sung by drummer Jonny Helm, which featured these delightfully funny lines on the death of Johnny Cash: ‘And you say “It’s not like Elvis” / and you would be right’. For we sleepers-in, this was the perfect way to begin our Sunday. (Keep your eyes peeled for appearances from the members of the Wave Pictures in the ensuing account of the day. They really do get about a bit). [HT]

Festival Review: End of the Road – Saturday

As thousands of bleary eyed festival-goers awoke sweating in their tents as the sun beat down on them, still harbouring the muddy wellingtons and rain-lashed clothing from the day before in their porches, it was clear the second day of End of the Road was going to be an absolute belter. Welcoming the Indian Summer onto the main stage from midday were the warm, deep vocals and slow paced soothing tunes of London five-piece Absentee, who briefly burst into more stompy, upbeat rock to showcase the sound of their new album Victory Shorts, due out on September 22.