Hot off the back of their lauded European tour supporting Queens Of The Stone Age, rock heavyweights Band Of Skulls today announce their own headline tour of the UK and Europe. Tickets are available to core fanbase from 27th November, and early UK fans will also have the opportunity to pre-order a signed copy of ‘Himalayan’ as part of a ticket bundle.
The dates will give fans a chance to hear new material from eagerly anticipated third album ‘Himalayan’, which is due for release on 31st March through Electric Blues Recordings. Working with seminal producer Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), ‘Himalayan’ sees Band of Skulls combining trademark raucous blues riffs, masterful musicianship and faultless vocal harmonies in an album full of raw power and beautiful melodies. Thundering into life with primitive drum beats and a heavy rhythmic pulse, lead single ‘Asleep at the Wheel’ is a full-on joyride of an opener with the band’s guitar work and vocals at their blistering best. It is loud, soulful and boisterous, a body of work to cement their place at rock’s top table.
Both live and in the studio, Band of Skulls are performing at the top of their game; 2014 looks set to catapult the band to the forefront of the British music scene as ‘Himalayan’ becomes one of the most anticipated albums of the year.
Band Of Skulls play the following live dates in 2014: -
Leeds Met University – 23rd March
Glasgow QMU – 24th March
Manchester Ritz – 25th March
London Shepherds Bush Empire – 27th March
London Shepherds Bush Empire – 28th March
Nottingham Rock City – 29th March
Utrecht Tivoli Oudegracht – 1st April
Brussels Botanique / Orangerie – 2nd April
Paris Le Trabendo – 3rd April
La Roche Sur Yon – 5th April
Rennes L’Ubu – 6th April
Lyon Le Ninkasi Kao – 7th April
Zurich Komplex Klub – 9th April
Milan Tunnel – 10th April
Rome Euphoric / Atlantico Club 11th April
Munich Backstage – 13th April
Berlin Gruener Salon – 14th April
Hamburg Hafenklang – 15th April
Cologne Underground – 17th April
Luxembourg, Den Atelier – 18th April
Netherlands Paaspop, Schijndel – 19th April
Sheer Sound is proud to announce that Kyle Shepherd has been named the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz! The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards recognise young South African artists who demonstrate outstanding artistic talent.
The twenty-six year old Cape Town-born virtuoso has already released three critically-acclaimed South African Music Award-nominated albums, namely ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and ‘South African History !X’, and is steadily gaining a reputation internationally as one of South Africa’s most influential and inventive Jazz pianists and composers of his generation.
Shepherd is set to launch his debut solo piano album, which was recorded in Japan in September 2012, in the East- Asian country during November 2013.
Apart from South Africa, Shepherd has also performed in Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, France, Denmark, Malaysia, China, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe, with notable concert appearances at the 2013 Festival d’Automne à Paris (France), The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland), Der Sendesaal, (Germany), Reformierte Dorfkirche Kleinhüningen (Switzerland), Hallenbad Kultur Am Schactweg, Wolfsburg (Germany), Klubschule St. Gallen (Switzerland), Shikiori (Japan), The Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), Jazzwerkstatt Festival Bern (Switzerland), The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (South Africa), The Tianjin International Jazz Festival (China) and The Riverboat Jazz Festival (Denmark).
Jazz E and fineART Music in association with The Wits Theatre (with support from Sheer Sound) will present The Kyle Shepherd Trio featuring Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper (the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz) on double bass and Jonno Sweetman, at the The Atrium, Wits University on Saturday 19 October 2013 at 8pm. Bookings can be made via Strictly Tickets, online at www.strictlytickets.com or by calling 082 553 5901.