UK Tour Support Announced

It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce the supports for the massive UK tour coming up next February. It’s miles and away the biggest run of shows that the Sleeping Souls and I have ever undertaken, so it’s nice to know that we will be in the company of old friends – not only in the crowd but also on the stage.

Flogging Molly took us on our first ever US full-band tour back in 2010 and we’ve been compadres ever since; they’re also one of my favourite live acts and an all-round killer band. In the unlikely event of you not knowing their stuff, I’d heartily recommend checking them out, brushing up on the tunes and getting ready to dance.

Beans On Toast, my old buddy Jay, is probably a familiar face to many of you. Jay was one of the people who persuaded me to play acoustic guitar at Nambucca back in 2005, and we’ve shared many miles of the road together since in different parts of the world. It just wouldn’t be right to head out on a tour like this without having him around to kick the night off in style.

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Charleston and Columbia Show Postponement

Hey everyone. It’s with a fair amount of sadness and irritation that I have to announce that the upcoming shows in Charleston and Columbia, SC, in November, are being postponed. I have to fly back to England for a day or two to sort out a personal issue. It’s something I really have to do, despite the fact that it’s letting people down. My apologies to everyone who was planning on coming to the shows, I love playing the Carolinas and I’m really pissed off about missing the gigs. We will do our level best to get them back in the calendar as soon as possible.

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iTunes Session

Hey folks, just wanted to let you know I’ll be releasing the results of an iTunes session next week that I did with Matt in Toronto earlier this year.

The following tracks will feature:

1. Cowboy Chords
2. Live and Let Die
3. Losing Days
4. Photosynthesis
5. Recovery
6. Tell Tale Signs
7. Way I Tend To Be

Stay tuned for the buy link…

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Tap Into America (sic)

Hurrah! It’s the start of the USA & Canada Tape Deck Heart Tour. We kicked things off in Cleveland last night with a crazy good crowd and a fun show. Having The Smith Street Band and Koo Koo Kanga Roo with us is a pleasure (get down early, they’re both amazing). Cahir is playing guitar for me, and all is going swimmingly.
 

Something I wanted to mention: we have a tour flag! We did one of these in the UK a while back and it was a great success. This time around, some people have organized it themselves, which is super awesome. Above is a photo of me and them and the flag (and our bus) yesterday at the start of the tour. The game works like this: the flag has to get to every show on the tour without my help, just with people going to the shows making friends and so on. The flag has a Facebook page and a twitter; it also has a book you can sign and leave messages in with it. If you’re coming to more than one show, get involved!
 

Anyhoo. See you at a show sometime soon!

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‘Oh Brother’ Video Premier

Greetings, people of earth (ish). It’s with great pleasure that I can announce that the next single from ‘Tape Deck Heart’ will be ‘Oh Brother’. It’s a song I wrote about my old buddy Ben Dawson, who played drums for Million Dead (and a bunch of other preceding punk bands, but lets not talk about them).

He’s also now in Mongol Horde with me. I guess it’s a song about friendship, about platonic love, something soppy like that. Basically, Ben is a good dude and if you run into him in the pub you should totally buy him a drink.

Ben also did me the honour of appearing in the video with me. Actually it was a lot of fun to shoot this; I got to take the piss out of his work shirt and ironing skills, he got to call me names because I was ignoring him in the pub, and then we both did drunk “acting” (ahem) afterwards, which ended with drum-kit sustained bruises.

We also reveal that we really do have each other’s initials tattooed on our legs, like the responsible, upstanding adults that we are. Check it out, hope you like it.

You can get ‘Oh Brother’ from iTunes here.

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‘Polaroid Picture’ Video

Those fine folks from altpress.com have scored the exclusive on my latest video – courtesy of Mr Ben Morse – ‘Polaroid Picture’.

 

Featuring performances from all over the recent US tour – plus a whole load of new behind the scenes footage – ‘Polaroid Picture’ is streaming now here.

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Felix Hagan & The Family

STRING UP THE ENTERTAINER (EP) – FELIX HAGAN & THE FAMILY

 

When you get older, it’s easy to get stuck in your ways. That’s a sad truth, and no matter how hard you might fight it, it’s always there. It particularly applies to music. Gone are the days of me being blown away by a new band each month, having my whole view of music jilted on its axis by some unassuming piece of plastic or vinyl creeping into my stereo. Such is life.

 

But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t, occasionally, still happen. A while back I got an email, unsolicited as such, from one Felix Hagan, asking me to check out some of his music. Big whoop – this happens to me most days of the week, and when I do have time to check stuff out, it’s usually OK, passable, good even, but doesn’t grab me by the collar and demand my attention. This was different. I genuinely couldn’t decide whether I loved or hated what I was hearing. It was massively outside my own musical comfort zone – the mile-wide theatrical streak made me think of my own bete noir, musicals (urgh), the stylised nature of the whole thing was a long way from the punk rock or outlaw country that I feel comfortable around.

 

And yet I couldnt’ stop watching the video, and listening to other songs, and marvelling over the songwriting, the arrangement, the sharp-as-a-tack lyrics, the toe-tapping beats, the infectious melodies. In the end I decided I had to go see Felix and his band, The Family, play a show. Within about 30 seconds of them taking the stage, I was sold, a total convert, a newly-signed-up member of the cult.

 

“String Up The Entertainer” is the new EP from Felix Hagan & The Family. It encapsulates everything I like about them. It’s original, it’s clever, it tiptoes along the line between kitsch and parody and successfully skips past both into excellence by way of its sheer, unashamed, joie de vivre. There’s just enough tongue in their cheek (and in their kisses) to subvert their natural enemies and win over even cynical old punks like me.

 

Or to put it considerably less pretentiously, I really like this record, and I think you will too. Next everything else new I’ve heard lately, this is a total breath of fresh air.

 

You can get your copy, and find out live dates, from http://felixhagan.bandcamp.com/ from September 27th. Also check out their facebook. You’re welcome.

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The Big Ticket Fest

Hello everyone. We’re still in Europe, but we have some American news for y’all (authentic, that) nonetheless, as we are heading there next. On December 8th I’m playing at The Big Ticket event in Metropolitan Park, Jackson, FL.

Tickets are onsale now for $19.50, and there’re a limited number of discounted tickets onsale between now and Saturday, Sept 21.

Basically, the way they’re running it, for every day that you leave it, the ticket price jumps by five bucks, so get in here quick.

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December Florida Shows

Flordia folks, I’m playing a couple of shows in your state at the start of December. Details below:

7th December – 97X Next Big Thing 13 (St. Petersburg)
Presale tickets available now from here.
General sale opens: 13th Sept

8th December – The Big Ticket (Jacksonville, FL)
Presale tickets available next Monday from here.
General sale opens:23rd September

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UK Tour Merch Kits

Hey folks, so tickets for the UK tour are now on sale, and you can buy some additional merch with your purchase too if you fancy.

Tour Kit 1 comes with a limited edition Tour t-shirt with fabric pen to make your own tour mark, Tape Deck Heart bandana, engraved metal lighter, 2014 tour medal, A1 tour poster and an FTHC shot glass. All for £45.99.

Tour Kit 2 includes a standard tour t-shirt, and FTHC shot glass and plectrum necklace on ball chain. All for £25.99.

You can buy these at the same time as your tickets, just select the show you’re after and you’ll be able to choose your kit on the next page. Get yours from here.

If you do buy one, it will be posted out to you 1 week before the start of the tour, so make sure you add your full address.

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