Henry & Fleetwood
// March 5, 2015

I’d like to introduce you to the latest addition to the Olive Grove roster, Henry and Fleetwooda musical collaboration made up of Martin John Henry from De Rosa and our very own Gillian Fleetwood  from the State Broadcasters.

On 13 April I am going be releasing their debut EP, ‘On The Forest Floor‘. If you fancy a wee preview of what to expect then you can stream the track ‘Perfect Mess’ now on SoundCloud, or you could even go one step further and pre-order the EP on Bandcamp.

It’s dead good, honest. Then again I wouldn’t have expected anything less from two of my favourite musicians. I have known Gill for a number of year now, having released her other band, the State Broadcasters second album, I have spent many an evening being wowed by the enchanting sounds of her harp. Whilst with Martin, I was already a bit of a De Rosa fan boy, so I jumped at the chance to work with the pair of them.

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“The result is a song that can swell your heart like a lullaby, yet also creates a dark melancholy that is utterly compelling.” - Podcart.

On The Forest Floor will be released as a Digipak CD and as a Digital Download. Don’t worry, unlike the Skinny Dipper EP, we actually have the CDs already, so you won’t be waiting months on end. I PROMISE!

To celebrate the release of the EP, we are having a wee launch night on Saturday 11 April at my favourite venue, The Glad Cafe in the Southside of Glasgow. It would super dooper if you would care to join to us!

The duo have a few more dates lined over the next few months, here are the ones that I can tell you about:

21 March - CCA, Glasgow
11 April - The Glad Cafe, Glasgow (EP Launch)
2-3 May - Brew At The Bog Festival, Inverness
9 May - Summerhall, Edinburgh

Woodenbox 

Now I know I promised you a new Woodenbox album in 2014, but this I can confirm for certain that we will be releasing their third LP, ‘Foreign Organ‘ in June of this year. Trust me when I say that it will be more than worth the wait, as it’s by far and away their finest work to date. For me listening to it is a bit of a roller coaster ride of emotions, one minute I find my eyes starting to water, then the next I want to dance round the living room.  Some of the tracks feature guest appearances from some of our very own Skinny Dipper girls, just wait until you hear what they’ve come up with, I promise it will blow you away.

The album is going to be released on CD and vinyl, green vinyl in fact. You have no idea how stupidly excited I am about putting out something on actual green vinyl. Also, the artwork is just stunning. Can you tell that I am ever so slightly excited about this album?!

The band have a number of live dates lined up over the coming months, including an album launch at Nice N Sleazy in Glasgow on Saturday 5 June. We have some VERY special guests lined up for this one, if you are a fan of Olive Grove, then trust me you won’t want to miss this show. Tickets are available now through Tickets Scotland. Get ‘em early to avoid disappointment!

Woodenbox Live Dates:

2-3 May - Brew at the Bog Festival, Inverness
3 May - Kilted Kangaroo, Stirling
5 June - Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow: Album launch
6 June - Madhatters, Inverness
12 June - The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
18-19 July - Isle of Bute Festival, Argyll

In other news…

Now if I had set out what I had planned to do back In January, which was to send out the first newsletter of the year, then you would have found out that Call To Mind‘s new video for the song ‘Untitled‘, was premiering on The Skinny.

Alas real life got in the way and time escaped me, but now is good a time as any to point you in the direction of their collaboration with acclaimed  filmmaker Nick Paton. Who describes it as follows: “Drifting through a Scottish soundscape of travel, eluding to its mystery and beauty, the short film drifts between Loch Garry in Perthshire and Paris, France. Two characters restlessly seek something, however they both seem to be drifting in opposite directions…

The track is taken from the bands debut album The Winter is White, which you can pick up on Bandcamp.

If you have gotten this far down, thanks for sticking with me. I wouldn’t have thought any less of you if you had given up on me and my ramblings long along ago…

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally happened. The Son(s) are out there playing live. As in actual venues that people can pay money to see a real life band play music. Not only are they playing live, they’re also on playing as part of a bill featuring Randolph’s Leapand Book Group at Summerhall in Edinburgh on 7 May as part of the series of Nothing Ever Happens Here events. More details for the show can be found here

 

New Call To Mind video now premiering on The Skinny
// January 15, 2015

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The Skinny are now premiering Call To Mind’s new video ’Untitled’, a collaboration with filmmaker Nick Patton. Untitled is taken from the bands debut album The Winter is White, which we released in April last year.

For the ‘Untitled’ clip, Patton has said that he wanted to make a vision of a story without a conclusion, structured by contrasting images of Scottish landscapes and Parisian streets.

 

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The Son(s) new album is out today!
// October 27, 2014

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Way back in March 2011 we released our first ever album,  The Son(s) eponymous debut long player. Today we release their follow album, ‘The Things I Love Are Not at Home‘ and boy is it a good un. you don’t have to take my word for it though. The List have already heralded it as an “exquisite second album”, whilst Gold Flake Paint acclaimed that “it’s an album that burns with the fiery passion that comes from simply being a part of this race.”

Personally I think it’s one of the best things we’ve ever been lucky enough to have released, which is high praise considering our back catalogue.  ’The Things I Love Are Not at Home’ is out now on heavyweight 12 inch vinyl and digital download, you can buy copies directly from their Bandcamp page. You can also pick up copies in person from Love Music and Monorail in Glasgow and Coda and Voxbox in Edinburgh. The album is also available digitally from Amazon, iTunes, plus all of your other normal outlets.

 

 

Skinny Dipper’s debut EP out now!
// September 8, 2014

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It’s been a pretty exciting day for us Grovers, as we finally get to share the Skinny Dipper’s debut EP with you all. There’s always that fear that folk aren’t going to be as enthusiastic as you are about a release, but so far pretty much every review that they’ve had has been really positive. Plus as if that wasn’t exciting enough we awoke this morning to find that Cameron Crowe had tweeted this…

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Yup, that’s as in THE Cameron Crowe of Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire-fame. HOLY MOLY!

You don’t have to take his word for it though, you can stream the EP now on Bandcamp. Plus you can pre-order some yummy vinyl too! We should point out that there’s been a slight delay with our manufacturers, but the vinyl should be with us very shortly. There are only going to be 100 copies made, so if you want one I wouldn’t hang about for too long.

We’re celebrating the release with a launch night at Stereo in Glasgow this coming Friday night. It promises to be a pretty magical night, as our very own Call To Mind will be supporting. This will be their first Glasgow date in quite a while, after spending the summer playing all of Scotland’s major music festivals the boy’s are raring to go. Tickets for the show are available in advance from Tickets Scotland, if you’re planning on coming along it’d be great if you could book up in advance!


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Oh I don’t know, I don’t know, oh, where to begin…
// August 15, 2014

 

What with all of the various events that we’ve been involved with in 2014, it feels like we’ve been crazily busy since the start of the year. But then on the flip-side of that, our only release this year has been Call To Mind‘s album, ‘The Winter Is White‘ . That boys and girls is all set to change, as we have a number of new releases to share with you over the coming months, including releases from Skinny DipperJo MangoThe Son(s) and Woodenbox.

Plus, as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also got a few special gigs to look forward to. Including our showcase at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh during October, plus a very special home coming show for Call To Mind (more of that later). So without further ado, here’s a quick round-up of what we have in store for you over the coming months…

 

SKINNY DIPPER EP

Kicking things off we have the debut release from the latest addition to the Olive Grove family, the amazing Skinny Dipper.

Dubbed as ‘almost a girl band‘ (there are 8 girls and 1 boy), , Skinny Dipper are made up of members from an array of Scottish groups including: Alex Kenzel (Blochestra), Vicki Cole (Randolph’s Leap) Heather Thikey (Randolph’s Leap, Kill The Waves), Gillian Higgins, Cat Calton (Aerials Up), (Aerials Up, Quickbeam), Ali Hendry (Randolph’s Leap), Monika Gromek (Quickbeam) and Iain Symes-Marshall (Trapped In Kansas).

If you head on over to The Pop Cop‘s website just now then you will be able to download one of the tracks from the EP, Hospital Bed, for free.

To celebrate the release of their EP, we’re having a wee shindig at Stereo in Glasgow on Friday 12 September. As well as Skinny Dipper, we’ve also got Call To Mind playing their first Glasgow show since April.  In addition to this, we’ve got folk troubadour Chrissy Barnacle completing the bill. Tickets for the show are available now from Tickets Scotland.

We will be releasing the post-indie girl-pop stringcore outfit’s debut EP, ’Masks‘ on 8 September on 12″ vinyl and digital download.

JO MANGO REMIX ALBUM

I know we’ve talking about this for a while now, but we can finally tell you all about the forthcoming Jo Mango remix album. Jo has hand picked 9 international artists to remix all 10 tracks of her 2012 sophomore album Murmuration.

The result is Transformuration, which we will be releasing on limited edition tape as part of this year’s Cassette Store Day celebration on September 27th, followed by a digital release on 13th October.

If you fancy a wee sneaky peak of what to expect from the album, then you can download and stream album track ‘Evermore (The Cormorant Remix)‘ on SoundCloud, plus there’s even more info on the album here.

Jo is sharing a joint album launch with the fabulous Turning Plates at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow on Saturday 27 September.

THE SON(S) NEW ALBUM DUE IN OCTOBER


It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Son(s), so we’re chuffed to announce the arrival of the follow up to their 2011 self-titled debut album.

We’ve pencilled the album in to be released on 27 October on 12″ vinyl and digital download. The album features collaborations with SAY Award winner, RM Hubbert and our very own Pete MacDonald (State Broadcasters/Randolph’s Leap). We will of course share songs with you as and when we can, for now though check out the amazing album artwork by Alastair Cook.

NEW WOODENBOX ALBUM COMING SOON


The Woodenbox boys are just putting the finishing touches to their new album, ‘Foreign Organ‘, which we’re hoping to have out some time in November.

We both reckon that it’s their finest work to date. Yes, I know we’re totally biased, but we’re sure you’ll agree when you finally hear it. The boys have also drafted in some of the Skinny Dipper girls too, the results of which are pretty spectacular.

CALL TO MIND TO PLAY THEIR BIGGEST HEADLINE SHOW TO DATE


Fresh from being playlisted on Radio 1Call To Mind have announced their biggest headline show to date. On Saturday 25 October, they’re playing at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, not only that, but they’re also bringing the amazing Cairn String Quartet with them too. The all female quartet featured on Call To Mind’s debut album, ‘The Winter Is White‘, so it’s a safe bet that they’ll be collaborating at this show.

Completing the bill is lo-fi artist, Dr. Wook aka Kris Douglas, who some of you might know from Invernesian outfit, The Whiskys. Tickets for the show are on available now from the Eden Court.

OTHER BITS AND BOBS

Jo Mango was on the Riverside Show on STV Glasgow on Tuesday night, if you missed it or you just want to relive it all again, then just click this link (she’s on about and in 12 mins 20 secs and 1 hr 30 mins 20 secs).

Randolph’s Leap will be through at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh on Saturday 23rd with the fabulous Tuff Love. Tickets for the show are selling pretty damn fast, so if you’re planning on coming along we’d suggest you book in advance.

Woodenbox will be hitting up the Doune The Rabbit Hole on Sunday 24th August, here’s a wee animated video for the event that’s worth a watch.

Iain from Randolph’s Leap has been a busy boy as of late. As well as being the sticks man in the Leap, he has also been recording his own material as The Cormorant. Having recently created remixes for Finn LeMarinel and our very own Jo Mango (see above), he is shortly about to release his second EP, Kindly Treatments for Fragile Brains.

‘The EP is inspired in part by caffeine fuelled insomnia which is reflected in the jittery, glitchy beats and unusual soundscapes that scuttle across all six tracks. Kindly Treatments for Fragile Brains is due to be released on 1st September’, for now you though you can listen to preview track Caffeine Shakes (and other tales of sleep deprivation) over on Bandcamp right now.