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Jan 29, 2016

Bloc Party's HYMNS Out Now

Happy Release Day to Bloc Party who’s fifth album HYMNS is in stores today!

HYMNS is a rebirth for Bloc Party. After 16 years as a band, countless world tours and awards and four studio albums, Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack are taking it back to where it all began.

“Bloc Party started with just Kele and I, and we used to write the songs together, and we found other people and grew from that. It feels like that’s happened again,” says Russell. They started writing together, just the two of them, in 2014, and were joined at various stages by the two new members who have made Bloc Party a four-piece again: bassist Justin Harris, whom the band met in his previous guise as part of the Portland indie rock band Menomena, and drummer Louise Bartle, a 21-year-old that the pair discovered on YouTube, and who “blew us away. It’s good to have someone bringing that energy of doing it for the first time. It’s made us all excited about going forward.”

As the title suggests, the fifth Bloc Party record is about faith and devotion, but it is not, Kele insists, a religious epiphany. “I grew up in a religious house so I’m fully aware of the imagery, but I’m not Christian. It’s not something I subscribe to.” Instead, the concept came to him after seeing the author Hanif Kureishi, whom Kele has admired since he was at school, talk at the Southbank Centre in London. The author of My Beautiful Laundrette and Intimacy was discussing evangelical art and how unfashionable it has become. “And that point stuck with me because it seemed like for me music had originated in a religious place. The first music I ever heard was hymns at school. I started to think, if I was going to make music that had a spiritual dimension, that was sacred to me and to the things that I held important, how would I do it?” The result is a record that sounds like a band growing and changing, pushing new sounds via new approaches, and resulting in more free, less constricted Bloc Party. HYMNS marks a departure for the band sonically, too, with Kele and Russell trying sounds and approaches that they have never previously explored.

“It’s still a very live record,” says Russell. “Everything has been played, though it doesn’t necessarily sound like that. We take a lot of influence from electronic music, for example, and then try to bring that into a completely different environment.” Kele is astounded at the results. “What Russell is doing now is completely blowing my mind. He’s using the guitar as an instrument of white noise, as well as a melodic tool. I’m super-excited about getting this music in front of people.”

HYMNS is available digitally on iTunes and Amazon, as well on CD and limited 2xLP white vinyl in the Vagrant webstore.

Bloc Party - HYMNS: iTunes | Amazon | CD & Vinyl

Jan 28, 2016

Bad Suns To Join Halsey On Upcoming Tour

Bad Suns will be hitting the road this summer in support of Halsey and the final leg of her Badlands Tour. Check out the full slate of dates and get your tickets HERE.


Jan 27, 2016

School of Seven Bells Premiere New Song "Ablaze"

Today, School Of Seven Bells are pleased to share a new track off their upcoming and final record, SVIIB. Entitled “Ablaze,” the song serves as a precursor to the album’s release on February 26, 2016. Check out the track that The Guardian hailed a “triumphant, synth-driven tribute” to Alejandra and Benjamin’s friendship.

It was in the summer of 2012 that SVIIB was written, “That summer, when Benj and I started making the album, was one of the most amazing times of our relationship as two people,” Alejandra Deheza recounts. We were so happy, and we’d finally reached this perfect balance, after going through all the things we did together. There was no baggage, no hurt any more, everything was pure, true friendship. We’d hit every color on the spectrum. We were so close, and we had this flow like we’d never had before. That summer was so happy, and the mood and energy of this album perfectly captures that time.”

It was in early 2013 that Benjamin Curtis was diagnosed with a rare form of T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, less than a year later Deheza would be the sole member of the group. Benjamin Curtis passed away on December 29, 2013.

In 2014 Deheza moved to Los Angeles to finish the record with Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Nine Inch Nails, M83). “For this album, Benj really challenged me to write differently, as far as lyrics go, and differently as far as the rhythms I was using. The music he gave me forced me to do that, in a really awesome way,” Alley reflects. The band had planned to work with Justin before Benjamin got sick, and he had already helped to record the album track ‘Confusion.’ So when the time came, the choice to work with Justin was easy. Alley and Justin worked off demos, so they knew what each track was intended to sound like. “I’m trying to feature Benjamin as much as possible”, Meldal-Johnsen says.

As soon as Alley was settled in LA it took the two only a month and a half to finish the record. “There were definitely points where I didn’t think I could finish this album. But it had to happen. I knew how much this meant to Benj. His entire life, everything in his body was music and making it. He never stopped. He had grown so much as a producer and a writer and he’d accomplished so much from the time I first met him. I couldn’t not let people see this work, because he deserves it.”

SVIIB will be released on February 26, 2016. Pre-order SVIIB below:

School of Seven Bells – SVIIB: iTunes | Vinyl and CD

Jan 27, 2016

Bloc Party's HYMNS Streaming In Full On Noisey

Bloc Party has premiered their new album, HYMNS, over at Noisey! HYMNS is the band’s first album in four years. "I see HYMNS as an exploration of all the things that I hold sacred in my life," explains frontman Kele Okereke. "I'm not a religious person however I'm starting to realize that i do have a spiritual dimension and HYMNS was a way of celebrating the things that matter to me, from the stars and the moon, through to the rivers and the sea, as well as the joys of sex and intimacy. It's when I experience these things that I feel I am in the presence of the divine, so I wanted the HYMNS to reflect that." Head HERE to give the record a spin and make sure to pick up a copy of the album when it hits stores on Friday.

Bloc Party - HYMNS Pre-Order: iTunes | Amazon

Jan 21, 2016

PJ Harvey Announces New Album – The Hope Six Demolition Project

This spring sees the release of PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, on April 15th through Vagrant Records in the US.

The Hope Six Demolition Project draws from several journeys undertaken by Harvey, who spent time in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. over a four-year period. “When I’m writing a song I visualise the entire scene. I can see the colours, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture. Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with”, says Harvey.

The album was recorded last year in residency at London’s Somerset House. The exhibition, entitled ‘Recording in Progress’ saw Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, and engineers working within a purpose-built recording studio behind one-way glass, observed throughout by public audiences.

Watch this new album trailer by Seamus Murphy featuring tracks “The Community of Hope” and “The Wheel” HERE.

The Hope Six Demolition Project will be available on vinyl, CD and as a digital download. The full track-listing is:
1. The Community of Hope
2. The Ministry of Defence
3. A Line in the Sand
4. Chain of Keys
5. River Anacostia
6. Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln
7. The Orange Monkey
8. Medicinals
9. The Ministry of Social Affairs
10. The Wheel
11. Dollar, Dollar

This new album follows the 2011 Mercury Prize winning ‘Let England Shake’.

Jan 19, 2016

Thrice Announce Headlining US Tour In June

Thrice is pleased to announce that they will be touring the US with La Dispute and Gates this June. The band’s first headlining tour in four years begins at The Shrine in Los Angeles on June 3rd, and wraps up at Summit Music Hall in Denver, CO on June 25th. A full list of dates can be found below. Fans can purchase pre-sale tickets HERE.

Thrice has been a staple in the alternative/modern-rock world for over fifteen years. A band known for continuously releasing groundbreaking records, their discography has sold over a million copies, and they’ve toured the world with acts like The Deftones, Coheed & Cambria, Rise Against, Circa Survive and Brand New.

Thrice released their first proper full-length, Identity Crisis, in 2001 and quickly stormed to the forefront of the indie music scene as listeners formed what can be described as a cult following. The band went on to release seven highly praised albums – fan favorites The Illusion Of Safety (2002), The Artist In The Ambulance (2003) and Vheissu (2005), the brilliant and eclectic four-part concept album The Alchemy Index: Fire and Water (2007) and Earth and Air (2008), the visceral and raw masterpiece, Beggars (2009), and a grunge-inspired follow-up album, Major/Minor (2011). After a three-year break from writing and touring, the Orange County quartet are back in the studio recording their next full-length which is expected to be released in 2016.

“It’s been four years since we’ve toured the US, and I can’t imagine a much better way to break that drought than to hit the road with a brand new record, and share the stage with our friends in La Dispute. We had a blast playing a bunch of outdoor festivals last year but nothing really beats the feeling of playing in a packed out club,” says drummer Riley Breckenridge.

Stay tuned for more news surrounding the new Thrice album.

Jan 14, 2016

Bloc Party Release New Single "Virtue"

A brand new Bloc Party single is here! “Virtue” which premiered as a World First on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show yesterday morning is now available on all outlets! If you pre-order the band’s upcoming album HYMNS, you’ll receive the track today as an instant download.

In an exclusive clip on Apple Music, Kele and Russell talk about the track and how it came to be. Watch it HERE.

Bloc Party - HYMNS Pre-Order: iTunes | Amazon

Jan 14, 2016

Mayer Hawthorne Premieres New Single "Cosmic Love," New Album Coming This Year

We’re excited to welcome Mayer Hawthorne to the Vagrant family! Today, Mayer Hawthorne released a brand new jam "Cosmic Love” via Pitchfork. The soulful banger was co-produced by Mayer and Benny Sings, and will appear on Mayer Hawthorne’s new album, which is expected this spring. Check it out for yourself HERE.

In preparation for the new release, Mayer Hawthorne is bringing all three of his groups to one stage for the first time, for a very special concert experience, The Mayer Hawthorne Revue – featuring live performances by Jaded Incorporated, Tuxedo, and Mayer Hawthorne & The County – at the intimate Teragram Ballroom, in Downtown Los Angeles on January 18th and 19th. More tour dates in 2016 to follow. Stay tuned for more news!

Jan 14, 2016

Blitzen Trapper Shares Video for “Mystery and Wonder” On Clash Music

Blitzen Trapper’s brand new video for All Across This Land track “Mystery and Wonder” has premiered at Clash Music! The band will be releasing a three-track EP tomorrow which includes “Mystery and Wonder” along with their cover of “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow” which was featured on FX’s Fargo. Click HERE to catch the premiere!

Jan 14, 2016

School of Seven Bells Premiere "On My Heart" at The Fader

The Fader has premiered “On My Heart,” the latest School of Seven Bells’ track from their upcoming and final album, SVIIB. Alejandra Deheza has this to share about the track:

"First Single, Everyone!!" wrote Deheza of this new release in an email to The FADER. "No Words. Pure Joy. And you are all Pure Heart xxxx. Beyond Psyched to share this with you. All my love, Alejandra.”

Click HERE to listen to “On My Heart.” SVIIB will release on February 26th.

School of Seven Bells – SVIIB: iTunes | Vinyl and CD