The Boxer Rebellion to Release New Album ‘Promises’ on May 14

March 28th, 2013

North American headline tour confirmed for May-June & London Forum show announced for October 11.


Watch ‘Diamonds’ the video for their new single here!

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London-based indie rock quartet The Boxer Rebellion are pleased to announce details of their new album titled Promises. Co-produced with producer Billy Bush in Los Angeles, CA, and being released on May 14 through the band’s own Absentee Recordings label, Promises is the uplifting and cinematic follow-up to the critically-acclaimed The Cold Still, and will be available to pre-order from Tuesday, April 2.

The Boxer Rebellion took to their London rehearsal space and transformed it into a recording studio where the songs for Promises would eventually come together over the last 18 months. Moving away from the more analog and darker soundscapes that enveloped the band’s previous album, Promises is a significant step in a different direction for the London four-piece – a hi-fi, soaring piece of work that truly delivers on the band’s epic, signature sound, and individual skill as musicians. From the retro-glossiness of the album’s opener, “Diamonds,” to the wall-of-sound that is “Fragile,” to the towering beauty of “Low,” “New York,” and “Dream,” Promises presents itself as an evolution in aesthetic – diverse in soundscapes but singular in grand ambition – for a band that continues to push and explore its creative ability with each new release.

As a first glance into the new album, the band today officially released their music video for new single “Diamonds.” Shot by British directorial duo Justin and James Lockey (aka Hand.Held.Cine.Club), the film stars lead singer Nathan Nicholson suffering a dead-end job and finding momentary escapism by way of a sudden free-fall flight through the air. Shot in the North of England, the team built an office space inside an empty shell of a building, worked with free-base skydivers in sub-zero temperatures, and plunged into ice cold waters to capture a stark and emotive film fitting to the song’s message.

The Promises North American tour will see the band’s immense live show re-worked from the ground-up, starting in Montreal on May 21 and hitting numerous cities for the first time ever, including Edmonton, Calgary, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. A complete list of tour dates is below, and support comes from much lauded UK-based band Fossil Collective. Tickets are on sale now via the band’s Web site and will be on general sale this Friday, March 29.

23 – Montreal, QC – Café Campus
24 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
28 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
29 – Calgary AB – Republik
31 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl

01 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
02 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
05 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
07 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon
10 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
12 – Denver, CO – Bluebird
14 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
15 – Chicago, IL – Metro
17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls
18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer (co-headline w/ Rogue Wave)
20 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
22 – Boston, MA – Sinclair

11 – London, England – The Forum


Promises track listing:
01. Diamonds
02. Fragile
03. Always
04. Take Me Back
05. Low
06. Keep Moving
07. New York
08. Safe House
09. You Belong To Me
10. Dream
11. Promises

New Releases – Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March 26th, 2013

After an exciting few weeks with SXSW and CMW, the music news never stops and we’ve got a bunch of sweet new releases out today. Dutch producer Armin van Buuren collects the best trance hits of the past year for “A State of Trance 2013″, the tenth in the series since 2004. J.Period’s “G.O.O.D Music: Remixed and Unreleased” does nearly the same, scouring the back-catalog of label G.O.O.D Music, started by Kanye West who features lightly on the album. Swedish melodic death metal band Amaranthe follow up their self titled debut with “The Nexus”. Why is it that the best heavy bands always come from Scandanavia?

Armin van Buuren “A State of Trance 2013″
J.Period & Kanye West “G.O.O.D Music: Remixed and Unreleased”
Amaranthe “The Nexus”

Armin-van-Buuren-A-State-Of-Trance-20131fa42605fc6e5ffce99d0f888b675565Amaranthe - The Nexus

Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:

Express and Company “Ontario”
Trollfest “Brumlebassen”
Cappadonna “Eyrth, Wynd and Fyre”
Yukmouth & The Regime “Dragon Gang”
Ces Cru “Constant Energy Struggles”

Fontana North Wins Indie Distributor of the Year For the 6th Time Running

March 26th, 2013

Maplecore is proud to announce that Fontana North Distribution won the title of Indie Distributor of the Year for the sixth consecutive time at Thursday night’s Canadian Broadcast Industry Awards.

“This is fantastic,” says MapleCore President & CEO Grant Dexter “I am beyond thrilled that after six years we still maintain a level of excellency that continues to receive recognition from our peers and from our friends.”

Founded in 2006 and based in Toronto, Fontana North provides full marketing, promotional and publicity support, a nationally dedicated sales force and access to the U.S. marketplace. With a roster that features some of the best artists and labels in the world – Fontana is proud of the reputation it’s built throughout the industry.

Continuing its drive to maintain its status as a top-notch distribution house, Fontana announced last week the appointment of Tony Tarleton to General Manager & Label Services.

The Stranglers to Release ‘Giants’ LP on May 28th & Announce North American Tour This Summer.

March 19th, 2013


Stream: ’Mercury Rising’ from their forthcoming album ‘Giants’.
Watch: The brand new video for ‘Mercury Rising’.
VIP Tickets / Pre-Order CD:’Giants’.

“A beefy musical stew dominated by brutal bass and smoldering organ. The punk veterans prove they are still a force to be reckoned with.”
- The Arts Desk (UK)

“The Stranglers have never sounded so alive.” 4/5 – MOJO Magazine (UK)

“Really quite thrilling.” 4 stars – Record Collector Magazine (UK)

(All My People & Fontana/INGrooves)

The Stranglers are the last true survivors, most highly revered and original British bands to emerge from the late 70′s UK punk scene. If the Sex Pistols were the iconic British punk band of the late seventies, the Stranglers were the most genuine and a real reflection of what was going on whilst being the most commercially successful without any compromise. Four decades, 17 albums, and 24 Top 40 hit singles later, the four-piece originally from Guildford, are making a welcomed return to North America for the first time in 20 years and will be releasing their 17th studio album titled ‘Giants’, out on 05/28/13 (All My People & Fontana/INGrooves).

Hit singles such as Golden Brown, Peaches, No More Heroes, Skin Deep, and Strange Little Girl, have secured the band a firm place in the rock and roll history books. Regularly hitting the headlines with an instinctive nose for controversy and confrontation, the band’s genuine aura of danger and cool combined with tough, and imaginative songs, they created original and dynamic melodies and bass driven aggression that has influenced so many bands to this day.

Their legacy has not only inspired countless bands across the globe, but they are also one of the longest standing, continuously successful and original bands of our time, thanks to their dedicated international fan base, a knack for writing killer signature songs, and an undeniable ability to deliver top rated live performances. Their return to North America is an opportunity to see one of the few British bands that still reflect so much of what that iconic period was really about.

In 1977 the Stranglers released their extraordinary debut album, Rattus Norvegicus and firmly established themselves as the world’s first progressive punk outlaws. Seminal long players like No More Heroes and Black and White followed before the band released probably the finest live album of that era, Live (X Cert). Later that year The Stranglers surprised and surpassed all expectations by releasing the gentler more evocative album The Raven and it is that album’s legacy that’s left its mark on latter-day Stranglers recordings.

With the forthcoming release of ‘Giants’, and their single ‘Mercury Rising’ out now and available as a free download in the US, fans and newcomers now have the chance to experience and enjoy brand new material that remains ever so true to that classic Stranglers sound, and at their very best. “The band are currently on a creative and performing high and are really up for a visit to both the US and Canada.” says Jean-Jacques “JJ” Burnel the man responsible for the band’s signature overdriven bass sound. Their upcoming tour will take the UK legends all the way from the mid-west, up to Canada, New York City and the east coast, then winding up in sunny California for the Iron & Ink Festival. Be sure to catch The Stranglers live this summer. Tickets go on sale March 22nd.

The Stranglers are JJ Burnel (bass and lead vocals), Dave Greenfield (keyboards) Baz Warne (guitar and lead vocals) and Jet Black (drums).

01. Another Camden Afternoon,
02. Freedom Is Insane,
03. Giants,
04. Lowlands,
05. Boom Boom,
06. My Fickle Resolve,
07. Time Was Once On My Side,
08. Mercury Rising,
09. Adios,
10. 15 Steps.

05/30 – Majestic – Detroit, MI
05/31 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
06/01 – Telus Theatre – Montreal, QC
06/03 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
06/04 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
06/05 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
06/07 – Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
06/09 – Iron & Ink Festival – Long Beach, CA

New Releases – Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 19th, 2013

I hope everyone has recovered from any St. Patty’s Day festivities by now, ’cause we’ve got quite a loud list of releases this week. From Arizona, groove metal band Incite hone their sound with “All Out War”. Grounders finally put out their first official recordings in “Wreck Of A Smile”. The Toronto natives will be playing their hometown during CMW this week, so check ‘em out! Young up-and-comers Lost Society bring back old-school thrash metal that really lives up to the title of the record. Down below we’ve got a live DVD of Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s 2004 tour with The Rhythm Kings.

Incite “All Out War”
Grounders “Wreck of a Smile”
Lost Society “Fast, Loud, Death”


Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:

Bill Wyman “Let The Good Times Roll” DVD
Free Fall “Power & Volume”
Robert Greenidge “A Lovely Cruise”
Deptford Goth “Life After Defo”
The London Suede “Bloodsports”

New Releases – Tuesday, March 12, 2013

March 12th, 2013

This week we’ve got Canadian Rachel Zeffira’s debut as well as several new releases from Napalm Records. Already a hit sensation in the UK, Rachel Zeffira’s “The Deserters” comes to Canada. Pagan metal band Arkona, who recently had their 10th anniversary, celebrate it with the release of “Decade of Glory”. John O’Callaghan continues his Subculture compilation series, a curated look at the trance scene, with the appropriately titled “Subculture 2013″.

Rachel Zeffira “The Deserters”
Arkona “Decade of Glory
John O’Callaghan “Subculture 2013″


Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:

Various Artists “Trance 100 – 2013 Vol. 1”
Alexis Spight “L.O.L (Live Out Loud)”
Mortillery “Origin of Extinction”
Heavatar “All My Kingdoms”

Bibio Announces New Album “Silver Wilkinson”

March 7th, 2013


Steven Wilkinson, better known as Bibio, has just announced the release of his 7th album “Silver Wilkinson”. The English music producer has written a note about the album on Warp’s website where you can also hear a stream of the first new track “À tout à l’heure”.
He says he went into this new record hoping to “focus more on an organic and live sound and to record more guitar and other live instrumentation.

The record will come out May 14th, 2013, on Warp Records.


01. The First Daffodils
02. Dye the Water Green
03. Wulf
04. Mirroring All
05. À tout à l’heure
06. Sycamore Silhouetting
07. You
08. Raincoat
09. Look at Orion!
10. Business Park
11. You Won’t Remember…

New Releases – Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March 5th, 2013

Happy Tuesday, we’ve really got something for everyone today! Soilwork are putting out their 9th studio album “The Living Infinite”, Boz Scaggs of Steve Miller Band fame has his new record “Memphis”, and electronic duo Autechre’s “Exai” comes out on Warp. For our soundtrack junkies we have Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe’s score from The History Channel’s “The Bible” mini-series.

Sam Roberts fans will finally be able to hear the 2002 debut “The Inhuman Condition” on vinyl – it’s first time on the format since it’s release. But don’t walk away yet Eileen (I’m sorry, I had to), there’s more just down below.

Soilwork “The Living Infinite”
Boz Scaggs “Memphis”
Autechre “Exai”


Here are the remaining releases this week from Fontana North:

Sam Roberts “Inhuman Condition” vinyl
Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe, Featuring Lisa Gerrard “The Bible OST”
Pigeon Hole “Chimpblood”
Enforcer “Death By Fire”
Various Artists “:We Love… Detroit: Compiled by Derrick May & Jimmy Edgar”
Papoose “The Nacirema Dream”
Fiction “The Big Other”
The Sole Pursuit “Opposing Force”
Earl Bynum and The Mount Unity Choir
“Bishop K.W. Brown Presents Earl Bynum and The Mount Unity Choir Live”