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14th September: LV21 Lightship, Gillingham Oliver & Robbie supporting Neil McSweeney
21st September: The Barge, Gillingham (full band, acoustic)
25th September: Death2Disco, Nottinghill, London
12th October: The Rafters, Maidstone
Over and out
Oliver, Robbie, Brendan & Jon
‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ – digital download single
October 1st 2012
The Preservation Society Presents
‘A great badge for British music’ –Artrocker Magazine
Theatre Royal follow up the XFM x-posure and Amazing Radio endorsed garage-psyche of this years ‘Katherine’s Sleeping’ and power-pop of ‘The Story Of My Life’ with new single ‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’. The track is a melancholic, harmony drenched, psyche-country shuffle, replete with flugelhorn solo plus some ‘la la la’s’ to boot! ‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ is the 2nd taster of sophomore album ‘at the end of a river, the sea…’ which is to be released 22nd October on The Preservation Society Presents label.
‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ sees Theatre Royal continue their voyage through pop song writing, but with its country lilt the song is a slight departure for the group. ‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ carefree bounce, buoyant horns and George Harrison-esque guitars disguise a sombre core, as the Medway 4-piece form close harmony and ask ‘why do lights burn low, before they have to go?’ The track makes nods to West-Coast heroes such as Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Flying Burrito Brothers but is a firmly English affair with it’s saddened heart residing on the banks of the Medway.
‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ is joined by non-album b-sides ‘Down South With The Chameleons’ and ‘A Friend A Stranger and I’. The first is a euphoric rush of escapist fantasy that also forms a surprising tribute to the cult Manchester band of the same name whilst the 2nd is something a little more unusual, eerie in tone with it’s marimba rumblings and distant vocal refrains.
‘A Hundred Thousand Tears’ will be released as a digital download bundle October 1st on The Preservation Society Presents with artwork provided by cult Medway artist, formative member of the controversial Stuckist art group and Bill Childish associate Wolf Howard.
7th September – The Royal Function Rooms (basement bar) - Rochester
28th September – Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green
26th October – The Royal Function Rooms w/ Dodgy - Rochester
21st November - Death Disco, Nottinghill Arts Centre
1st December - The Barge, Gillingham - Acoustic show with Len Price 3
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Music Event One are proud to announce the first stage of their fringe festival. The Nags Head Stage makes for an eclectic compliment to the main stage Rochester Castle line-up of Public Image Limited, The Wedding Present, Theatre Royal and Kids Unique. The Nags Head Stage, which runs from 12pm – 5pm at The Nags Head Pub Rochester features some of Kent’s most exciting and up and coming live acts including Stuart Turner and The Flat Earth Society, Dead Lovers, Petts, Broken Banjo and Balance Lost. The stage announcement is accompanied by an exclusive free download EP featuring all of the stage’s line-up.
Stuart Turner and The Flat Earth Society - 4.15pm
Unleashed from the yielding greenery of Dorset and sent spiralling headfirst into the smouldering arms of dirty, dirty Chatham, the raw and unsettling art blues of Stuart Turner has violently hacked out a unique niche and sent befuzzled onlookers into varying states of disbelief. Stuart Turner formed The Flat Earth Society in 2009 to record and perform his third album, Gin & Bitters. The album was released on CD and digital download in July 2010, through the independent Brigadier Records. The band added “steam driven power” to his “anguished urban blues”. The Flat Earth Societies headline appearance will act as an album launch for Stuarts 4th LP ‘On The Brink Of Misadventure’. Expect another intense, compulsive and sweat laden live show for Music Event One.
deadlovers - 3.15pm
Dead Lovers are 3-piece alternative group from Dartford, fronted by the unique intertwining duel vocals of Timothy J Hill and Martin Brett and underpinned by the clattering backbeat of Jonathan Chamberlain. Citing the likes of Talking Heads, The Kinks and Neil Young the band have found early support for their ‘inventive hymns’ from the legendary Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music and will be releasing their debut album ‘Eyes Wide To The World’ later this year.
Petts - 2.15pm
Petts are Patrick, Matthew, Geoff and Sam. They form an idiosyncratic 4-piece from Medway that at one moment can be furnishing rooms with direct new wave pop and in the next be pushing amorphous guitar lines from wiry post-punk into swathes of layered, cascading neo-psychedelia without ever losing sight of melody. Soaring soundscapes combine with intense, combative vocals and hooks amidst a blitzkrieg of thundering drums and chugging assertive bass rumbles.
Broken Banjo - 1.15pm
Hailing from Medway, Kent, Broken Banjo have been making a name for themselves on the local music scene with their ferocious blend of blues and rock’n’roll. Liam Lynotts guttural growl and rampaging riffs combine with the blitzkrieg drumming of Mike Sewell and groove heavy bass lines of Harry Elvin in what makes for a formidable live experience.
Balance Lost - 12.15pm
Balance Lost are 3 boys from Medway, making pop songs using guitar, drums, glockenspiels and casio keyboards from the 80’s. The group have self released a host of EP’s and debut album ‘Songs For Thomas Uden’.
The Nags Head Stage is part of a wider Music Event One Fringe throughout Rochester. Entrance to The Nags Head is free. Tickets for Music Event One are priced £26 and available from Ticketmaster, Medway Council Box Office and Rochester Hight Street Visitors Centre.
‘‘The Story Of My Life’ – digital download single
The Preservation Society Presents
‘ poptastic, conjuring up those halcyon days’ John Kennedy XFM x-posure
June 18th 2012
Spring sprung a leak, sunshine was at a premium, but summer has arrived and Theatre Royal brings to you ‘The Story of My Life’. The first single to be taken from the band’s 2nd album ‘at the end of a river, the sea…’, out later this summer, is sparkling pop. This is universal guitar pop, the sort that seems to rear its head every time that a journalist says that it’s dead. The song is a tale of friendship, break up and uncertainty and just like many a relationship it’s equal parts melancholy and euphoria.
For 3 minutes, all jangling and harmony-drenched, the song piles wave upon wave of hooks atop a solid backbeat and a slab of reverb. Ear candy backing vocals contrast with a deadpan lead, in a call and response that strides from The West Coast to the Mersey via the bands hometown in Medway. The track sees the band: Oliver Burgess (vocals/guitar), Robbie Wilkinson (guitar/vocals), Brendan Esmonde (bass guitar), Jon Gibbs (drums) refine the raw template of their debut and sharpen its gaze.
‘The Story Of My Life’ is backed by two hugely contrasting cuts in the form of ‘Bonechild’ and ‘All I Need’,neither of which is to appear on the forthcoming album. ‘Bonechild’ sets its tone of almost defiant resignation to pounding drums and a blistering, gun slinging guitar solo. ‘All I Need’ is a simple and tender ode to a loved one, recorded in the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis and featuring a piano once owned by the late great Jerry Lee Lewis.
This is just the first taste of an album full of pop gems, to be released later this summer via Rochester based label The Preservation Society Presents. ‘The Story Of My Life’ will be available as part of a digital bundle from all good online retailers from June 18th and will be supported by a number of live dates across the South East.
‘heads straight for the melodic jugular’ – Artrocker Magazine
June 23rd - The Bandstand, Folkstone
July 7th - The Royal Function Rooms (basement bar), Rochester
July 28th – Music Event One, Main Stage, Rochester Castle w/ PiL and The Wedding Present
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Dead Lovers ‘Kerb Your Libido’ was played by the legendary Steve Lamacq on BBC 6music last night. The track is a split 7” vinyl single with The Pantomime Villains ‘Hook Line And Sinker’ and can be purchased exclusively from www.thepreservationsocietypresents.com
Dead Lovers - ‘Kerb Your Libido’ / The Pantomime Villains – ‘Hook Line & Sinker’
AA-side Split 7” Vinyl- LTD 250 copies
2nd April 2012
The Preservation Society Presents returns for Volume 2 in their vinyl singles club series. This month sees more Kentish charms in the shape of the melodic poeticism of Dartford’s Dead Lovers with ‘Kerb Your Libido’ and the heady adolescence of Thanet’s The Pantomime Villains with ‘Hook Line And Sinker’.
‘Kerb Your Libido’ is the Debut Release from Dartford’s Dead Lovers, with distinctive folksy harmonies punctuating this piece of classic observational English song writing. The tale of a seedy protagonist all overcoats and drool, is contrasted by a quietly rousing template of new wave guitars and an infectious sing-along pop chorus. The track will act as a precursor to further much anticipated releases throughout 2012, with a series of singles and a debut album to follow. ‘Kerb Your Libido’ is just the start of Dead Lovers quest in reigniting Dartford’s great musical history.
Track 2 of this very limited vinyl only release is the latest offering from Margate’s The Pantomime Villains, following the blindside success of their debut release the ‘Told You So’ EP. These four 18 year olds who abound with youthful verve and exuberance are the sound of adolescence and yearning teenage dreams. ‘Hook Line and Sinker’ sees the band soar effortlessly from a verse of wistful lament to a rabble-rousing crescendo chorus, all drunken frolics and broken promises. Their teenage idealism is already gaining them fans throughout the music industry ‘it’s clear they could just be the shot in the arm that guitar music needs’ Anthony Thornton – Uncut Magazine.
Once again the release is strictly limited to 250 vinyl copies and will be supported by a short string of co-headlining live dates across the South East. The vinyl can be purchased exclusively at these gigs and from www.thepreservationsocietypresents.com.
29/03/2012 : The Bracket – MARGATE
30/03/2012: The Nags Head – ROCHESTER
31/03/2012: The Bar Below – FOLKSTONE
03/04/2012: The Buffalo Bar – LONDON
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Theatre Royal – ‘Katherine’s Sleeping’ / Kids Unique – ‘Seymour Evil’
AA-side Split 7” Vinyl- LTD 250 copies
27th February 2012
This February sees the launch of a new monthly 7” vinyl singles club by Rochester based independent label The Preservation Society Presents. Each month two artists will showcase exclusive recordings on a soon to be very collectable split 7” vinyl, limited to just 250 copies. Possibly uniquely for any record label in the UK, each vinyl is cut in real time on the record companies premises and then hand stamped by the bands.
To kick off this exciting series of releases are two very different artists, psyche-pop four piece Theatre Royal (‘head for the melodic jugular’- Artrocker) and lyrical hip hop quartet Kids Unique. Separated at birth by genre, both artists are brought together on this exclusive vinyl only release by a shared world-view, one that places an emphasis on hooks and melody, no matter what form the back beat takes.
‘Katherine’s Sleeping’ is the first new material in 2012 from Medway’s Theatre Royal. This cold slab of alternative, guitar-driven pop will be an exclusive vinyl only pre-cursor to a slew of brand new singles and a 2nd album to be released later this year. The other half of this idiosyncratic split 7” release is ‘Seymour Evil’ (John Kennedy’s ‘Hot One’ XFM) the debut single from hotly tipped hip-hop outfit Kids Unique, taken from their debut album ‘assortments’. Whilst ‘Seymour Evil’ is casually confrontational and charmingly cock-sure, ‘Katherine’s Sleeping’ is alienation and confusion rising to a quietly anthemic chorus. The release will be supported by both acts playing a string of co-headlining dates across the South East.
February 23rd - Margate, The Bracket
February 24th - Rochester, The Nags Head *Theatre Royal only
February 25th - Folkestone, The Bar Below
February 28th - London, The Buffalo Bar
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