An exciting flurry of announcements this morning as LIINES share their tour dates and we bring you news of the November Six Impossible Things.
Let’s start with that.
We’ll be bringing the Reckless Yes rock n roll tea party to the upstairs stage at The Hairy Dog in Derby on Friday 18 November. For us we’re thrilled to have another ace line up of bands we both love (sometimes so much we cry with joy when we get to see them live) and not one, but two, bands from our label.
LIINES will be stopping by to play their first ever Derby date as part of the briefly but aforementioned tour. Their Paul Tipler-produced (he also produced Stereolab, Placebo, Idlewild and Cable among many many others) double-A single of Disappear and Be Here is released digitally and on gorgeous pure white 7″ vinyl on 28 October through Reckless Yes Records. We’re excited, and proud, and quite emotional about it (yes, just like embarrassing parents).
The LIINES post-punk sound has drawn comparisons to everyone from Fugazi through to Savages and they are well known as being one of the best bands on the circuit. You need to see them (and also, you need to buy their single).
Label mates Pet Crow will be joining them too. We love seeing this band live so much that sometimes we can’t sleep with excitement the night before. Their new wave sound is great in itself and live they have a wonderfully warm dynamic that plays well with a tight and inventive sound. Their debut is due out next year (via Reckless Yes of course) but you can get their debut EP on Bandcamp now. Which you definitely should.
And then we’re bringing you Leeds-based pop punkers Nervous Twitch. They opened the main stage at Indietracks this year and Pete can’t stop playing them on The Rumble. Plus their second long player just got a vinyl re-release through Odd Box Records. You should get that (do you see how we’re helping you build an excellent record collection while also bringing you an awesome gig?).
Topping off this remarkable line up is Derby’s own supergroup. The Hudson Super 6 were formed from some excellent former components of Cable, Iris and Scribble and are now putting out the latest instalment of their dirty blues desert rock through Bristol label Ingue Records. Get their back catalogue while you wait for new stuff.
As usually we’ll be letting you pay what you like to enjoy this music, wearing crowns / glitter / bowler hats, giving out free cake and leaving the latest edition of the Six Impossible Things zine around for you to peruse. It sounds alright for a Friday night, doesn’t it?
We always love our line ups (because we book bands we love – common sense really) but we’re particularly pleased with this one. Not just because we love the bands, not even because two of them are doing us the honour of letting us release their records. But because there is something we have been seeking and now have found; diversity.
We know that women make music, but they often get ignored or passed over for men (Sarah has written about the lack of visibility for women in music here). A big FU to the patriarchy for that situation, it’s doing no-one any favours. So we are actively seeking out female-led or women in bands for all our lines ups.
Gender should be inconsequential to making music or any other type of art, and it is. Until you become invisible because of it. So while we discourage anyone to define an artist by their gender (seriously – don’t write ‘all-girl band Savages’ unless you’re also going to write ‘all-boy band Blossoms’) we need greater support and equity in music.
What we’ve found, in Derby as much as anywhere, is you have to look quite hard. It’s not impossible (certainly not one of our six impossible things) and we’d challenge all promoters to actively look for diverse line ups. We say to all women who are thinking about making music but putting it off for some reason: say a reckless yes and start today. DO IT. Creativity needs diversity.
(And yes, we know diversity goes much further and deeper than gender but we’re starting with this for now. We do, of course, encourage and support everyone no matter how they identify to be creative and then let us hear the results).
Onwards: LIINES have announced the rest of their tour dates today too. It’s very exciting. Working with Scruff of the Neck they’ll be launching their single at Birthdays in London on 29 October and then hitting up Stoke (with Unqualified Nurse Band – AWESOME line up already!), Derby (see extensive news on this above), AATMA in Manchester (hometown show, it’s gonna be BIG) and Leeds. You’ll be able to get your hands on the vinyl version of the single at these dates but we’ll also be making online pre-order available soon.
Find ticket links and all that stuff over on the LIINES website.
Our next events are:
- Riding the Low with You Want Fox and The Hudson Super 6 at The Hairy Dog on 13 October. Tickets £8 adv – get them here.
- Mark Morriss (solo set from The Bluetones frontman) with Steve Faulkner and Sally Charlesworth at The Hairy Dog on 21 October. Tickets £8adv – get them here.
Our next releases are:
- Unqualified Nurse Band – Debasement Tapes. Out digitally now you can pre-order the red vinyl LP here for October shipping.
- LIINES – Disappear / Be Here. Out digitally and on pure white 7″ vinyl from 28 October. Pre-order available soon.
- You can also still get the Bivouac Sweet Heart Deal / Deep Blue Sea Surrounds 7″ on pale green vinyl here (but there are fewer than a handful left in our store so be quick).