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Following the release of their acclaimed single ‘Pull The Trigger’, Australian rockers APES have announced details of their debut appearances in the UK, with a string of four special dates in October.

Starting on the first of the month at London’s famous Water Rats, the band will then play a short stint of headline shows, stopping off in Manchester, Glasgow and finally in Birmingham.

This, the band’s first tour away from their home turf, precedes the release of their next single ‘Strange Tastes’, penned for release on the 3rd November.

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The past twelve months, the band have concentrated on solidifying their fanbase, tailoring their sound, and honing their live show, and after a lot of hard work, the young quartet now feel more than ready to spread their wings, and bring their energetic performances across to foreign shores.

Heavy triple j (Australian National Youth Broadcaster) airplay, and Radio 1 support from the likes of Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens has seen their stars rise rapidly – as have impressive showings on the Big Day Out and Groovin’ The Moo stages in Australia, plus dates with Kingswood, Stonefield, Dune Rats, Fidlar and Royal Blood.

Notorious for their incredible live show, recently the lads killed it on tour nationally with Band Of Skulls, and sold out two single launch shows of their own in Sydney and Melbourne, no mean feat for a band still in their infancy stages. APES are the archetype of a young act with a bright future ahead of them, and no doubt the next 12 months will be extremely busy for this exciting new band.

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Creative electronic outfit Monarchy are back with their highly-anticipated EP ‘Almost Human’, set for release 8th September 2014 on their own label Hacan Sound through Believe Digital. Available now on pre-order – the title track will be an Instant Gratification Download song when pre-ordering the whole EP via iTunes.

Fresh from the success of their acclaimed single ‘Living Without You’ – released earlier this spring on the leading US electro/progressive powerhouse, Ultra Records – the duo’s epic jam caught the attention of hit house producer MK. His remix was premiered on Pete Tong‘s BBC Radio 1 show whilst the video was premiered on Interview Magazine.

Last years hit ‘Disintegration’ saw burlesque queen Dita Von Teese lending her suggestive vocals to a track for the first time. The wonderful video accompanying the soulful song premiered on Nowness and featured Dita as the classic 1950′s housewife fantasy, releasing herself into a dream world.

Born from the creative forces of producer Andrew Armstrong and vocalist Ra Black, Monarchy run a slick operation from their own studio in Hackney Downs where they look after every aspect of their own music production – from mixing and engineering to the art direction and styling for artwork, videos and photo shoots. The talented duo have lent their hand to remixes for top artists such as Ellie Golding, Kelis, Lady Gaga and collaborated with artists such as Fritz Helder from Azari & III and Fyfe Dangerfield.

The EP is packed with the duo’s signature technicolour melodies and electronic anthems. Upbeat melancholic ‘Beautiful Ones’ is the perfect indie electro anthem, while ‘Black Widow’ is an explosion of whirlwind synths. ‘All Our Friends’ is a 3am dance floor jam, whilst C.S.I‘s Eric Szmanda spoken words creates the perfect interludes for ‘The Light’. Armstrong’s effortless production on the soulful ‘Take Me Out Your Mind’ turns Ra Black’s heartfelt lyrics and vocal harmonies into the best last dance song.

Having notched up memorable live performances at legendary Coachella, Lovebox and Melt festivals, the duo have become a formidable and renowned international live act - with a full band on stage and a show that captures their all encompassing artistic vision - Monarchy will be back in the US to play a short set of dates in September.

With a more heartfelt and soulful sound than ever before ‘Almost Human’ is Monarchy’s invitation to enter their synth-soaked world of relationships, obsessions and dreams. The EP offers the first taste of the twosome’s newly developed electronic-soul sound. And, with a new album in the pipeline for the end of the year, they’re set to be a real force to be reckoned with.

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The Mispent’s second studio album “Windows & Walls” is, on first listen a delightfully fresh, Pop/Rock/Folk concoction about grown up relationships; the surprise is that every return visit rewards the listener with new bittersweet insights. Produced with panache by Peter Larsen this is a record of substance that has the courage not to wear it on its sleeve. Emotional intelligence – with a somewhat dry wit, is behind music that tells universal human stories with empathy and no little charisma. This may well be an extension of the fact that Warrick Hayes, the band leader, and Guy Fearon, the lead guitarist, are drama school friends. The live shows certainly benefit as a result – the performances are gloriously charming; which makes for music that is both highly engaging and touching.

It’s rare indeed to witness such a vintage blend of talent – see for yourself courtesy of the You Tube clips above and below ! “For many reasons, there aren’t enough intelligent, melody-driven, upbeat, adult-orientated bands that are new out there,” says Warrick. “My focus is to make sure we’re good enough to fill that void and do that job. And I think we are, and we can.” It’s a sentiment that certainly isn’t passing the business by: “Song of the Year is excited to recognize Warrick for his exceptional songwriting ability for the songs “In My Shoes” and ‘Wish You Well.’ Warrick competed against songwriters from all over the world for these honors. Song of the Year is an international songwriting contest supporting VH1′s Save the Music Foundation. The Song of the Year judges are some of the biggest names in music, including many Grammy Award winners.” – VH1 “Song of the Year” Competition. Climbing Frames and Windows & Walls are currently available through Cd Baby, Amazon.com, Napster.co.uk and iTunes. 

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The Modes are an alt-rock duo from Brighton, UK. Formed in the summer of 2013. Composed of two friends Dan (Vocals & Guitar) and Jon (Drums & Synth). Both met at university, studying Music Performance. The sound is very textual and dynamic, using dirty single note rock riffs and deep synth drones. Heavily influenced by Wolfmother and The Black KeysDirty, loud rock ‘n’ roll which makes you head go dizzy with flamboyant, edgy riffs and heartbeat drums – do you want to experience this? Of course, you do! Then get to know The Modes, their music and never look back.

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Adopting a penchant for unforgettable live shows and lyrical themes such as hedonism, loss and coming of age. As stomach turning as a teenage band sounds, Next Time Natalie prove to be exceptional song writers citing a variety of influences ranging from Brian Molko to Dave Grohl. With winding riffs, syncopated jazzy guitars and choruses to sing your heart out to; the bar has definitely been set. With a huge number of shows already played, Next Time Natalie hope to bring their sweltering mix of DIY punk and Pop Rock to as many audiences within their endurance in the capital.