We are delighted to announce that the fantastic singer-songwriter Gary Nock will be joining us at our album launch, opening the night on Tuesday, April 10 at London's Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. You will have probably heard Gary's sound on last year's Mars TV advert, which used his wonderful track Make It Better. You can buy Gary's album here and tickets for the Liberation album launch are available from Ticket Web, We Got Tickets and See Tickets.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Thanks so much to BBC DJ Chris Hawkins, who played Liberation Theology on his 6 Music show today and called the track "intelligent, grown up and soulful". We played Chris's Wagon night in February and it's been great to have him supporting our music this year. Listen back to the show here. Liberation Theology, the first track on our critically-acclaimed debut album, comes on at 13 minutes. You can buy the song and the album on iTunes here.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
We are going to be lucky enough to welcome back Cyrus Shahrad into the band line up for the Liberation album launch on April 10 at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen. This will be the first show we have played as a four piece since last summer and it will be great to have Cyrus back on keys for the event - our biggest UK gig of the year so far. Cyrus - who has been throwing himself fully into producing magical electronica as Hiatus - has been there since the start of the band, played on all the tracks on our album and he is also contributing to the new recordings we are working on. Tickets for the night can be bought in advance from We Got Tickets, TicketWeb and See Tickets.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Big thanks to Mark from the excellent Mahogany Blog for playing Flickering - the new Hiatus track featuring Smoke Feathers - on Tom Robinson's 6 Music show last night. You can listen back by forwarding to the 52nd minute of the show via this link. Mark called the track an "inspired work" that "left us hungry for more". Flickering is the first track to see daylight from a three-track EP that I have had the privilege to work on with our old friend Hiatus. It is available for free download here. Stay tuned for more details on the forthcoming EP release and the video for the lead track, Change Up.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
We are very pleased to announce that one of the finest independent Afrobeat-reggae-soul collectives in the UK - John Blood & The Highlys - will be supporting us at the Liberation Album Launch at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on Tuesday, April 10. John, who starred on our Caribbean tour in November, and his mindblowing band The Highlys have just released a wonderful 8-track EP called These Times, which we highly recommend you check out before the night. More surprises to come... Tickets for the show can be bought in advance from Ticket Web, We Got Tickets and See Tickets.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The three live tracks and interview we recorded with BBC Radio 2 DJ Janice Long for her Janice Long Presents web station are now live, so please check them out by clicking here. We recorded three songs - South America, We Will Maintain and Liberation Theology from our critically-acclaimed debut album Liberation - and talked with Janice about the band and the inspiration behind some of the tracks. Janice has been a great champion for Smoke Feathers in recent months, giving us some of our first major radio play and coming down to gigs when she can, so we'd like to say a big thank you to her for asking us to be involved in the launch of this new venture. Don't forget we have our album launch at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on Tuesday, April 10.
Monday, March 19, 2012
One of the most enjoyable musical experiences I've had for a long time has been working with my old friend Cyrus Shahrad on a collaborative EP for his Hiatus electronica project. Here's a free download of B-side Flickering to give you a taste of what's to come. We are in the process of shooting a video for the lead track Change Up and a third track, Book of Prayer - with lyrics and melody from yours truly alongside trademark Hiatus musical production magic - also features on the release. We hope you like what you hear.