Today, the Manchester-born, Liverpool-based songstress, MiNNETONKA, shares her brand new single, ‘We Fight Fires’, released on 27th May 2016 via War Room Records.
‘We Fight Fires’ was co-written and produced by Bill Ryder-Jones and is her first new release of 2016, following her debut single, ‘Birds Of Prey’ late last year. 

The beautiful, intimate and haunting track deals with the breakdown of a romantic relationship. MiNNETONKA said the following about it: 'This is probably the most open I've ever been in a song – it contains some of my most private, personal thoughts. I’m not normally much of a talker about these things, but I was in a place where I couldn’t not write the song; I was at a certain point in my life and it was therapeutic. Saying that it was probably the easiest song I've ever written as well...’ 

MiNNETONKA has also announced upcoming live shows...

June 1 - London, Servants Jazz Quarters Tickets
June 2 - Manchester Salfords Eagle Inn Tickets


This song genuinely came to me in a daydream whilst I was trying to tune in my faulty DAB radio. I heard a snippet of news about this badly timed referendum on staying in/leaving the EU and suddenly it hit me hard how much I'd miss it if the UK managed inexplicably to kick itself out. It's basically just an attempt to make an emotional case for Mother Europe - this flawed, fantastic, potentially Utopian mega-club that I've been lucky enough to grow up in.” 

I Love EU is Gruff Rhys’ first release since 2014’s American Interior. A love letter to an idea that crosses international borders, it puts forward the long overdue and much-needed positive case for staying the European Union. Read Gruff’s blog about the record here. 

I Love EU is available from April 22nd. There is no planned physical release – just this one-off piece of music available via all the usual online platforms. If you agree with any of the sentiments embodied in this song, please help spread the message by sharing on all social media platforms (using the hashtag #iloveEU).  

Thanks EU


Martha Ffion today reveals the beautiful video to her third single for Turnstile today, ‘We Disappear’. 
Set in the old Govanhill swimming baths in Glasgow and directed by Beth Chalmers, the video features contemporary dancer Natalie McLeary as well as a cameo appearance by Martha Ffion!

Martha Ffion has also announced a handful of headline shows in May. Details below - 

25 - York Basement
26 - London The Islington
27 - Newcastle Surf Cafe
28 - Campbeltown Kintyre Songwriters Festival

She will also be appearing at Latitude and End of The Road Festival over the summer.

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Ahead of Friday's release of Cate's new album 'Crab Day' you can watch the film of the album, the work of Turner Prize nominated artists Phil Collins, right now.

Cate says: “My desire was not to work with any artist on visuals for Crab Day, but to work with Phil. He creates a landscape that is anarchic and wide-open through careful consideration and exploration. There is no map. It is an empowering isolation that fills me up when I see his work. It's beautiful, strange and inescapably human. To have him take Crab Day and reimagine it as a visual piece is an absolute honor. No stone was left unturned and the friendship that we have fostered over the years was the anchor of the collaboration. He has made a coat that we can both wear. "

Crab Day is available to pre-order physically, or digitally, now.


Stereogum have premiered the brand new single from Franky Flowers.

So says Stereogum:

a new high energy surf-grunge piece to add to their steadily growing discography. “Corpse” features fast paced lyrics sung somewhere between Built To Spill and Blink-182 over guitars

You can grab the track from iTunes now, and if you're at SXSW, be sure to add the band to your schedule.






Last week Claire Martha Ffion Mckay unveiled her second single for Turnstile, Wallflower and this morning the 405 premiered the video. Check it out below, and make sure to catch Claire and her band when they head out on tour next week.

4th Feb – UnderDog, Aberdeen
5th Feb – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
6th Feb – Think Tank, Newcastle
7th Feb – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
25th Feb – Servants Jazz Quarters, London
26th Feb – Prince Albert, Brighton
27th Feb – The Crofters Rights, Bristol


Today Cate has announced her fourth album, ‘Crab Day’, to be released via Turnstile on April 15 2016.

Cate says of the record:
“Crab Day was lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude, in April of last year . It’s the sound of the accidentally on purpose coming together of the right people at precisely the right time in an environment that furnished and fueled the abandonment we felt effortlessly. It’s a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up.
Crab Day is an old holiday. Crab Day is a new holiday. Crab Day isn’t a holiday at all”

Visit the brand new Cate Le Bon website to purchase exclusive album pre-order bundles and to buy advance tickets for some just announced shows, where Cate will be backed by Los Angeles semi-experimental, semi-improvisational music ensemble Banana. Limited tickets go on general sale on Friday 29th January, but grab your pre-order now to guarantee a ticket.
(North American pre=order via Drag City will be available in the coming days)

Also, enjoy the trailer for a forthcoming, ‘Crab Day’ short, directed by visual artist and film-maker Phil Collins.

Upcoming Cate Le Bon shows
8th March – Botanique, Brussels
9th March – La Batofar, Paris
10th March – Salon IKSV, Istanbul
12th March – The Gate, Cardiff
14th March – Chats Palace, London
30th March – Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles
11th April – Bowery Ballroom, New York
6th June – Beaches Brew, Marina di Ravenna, Italy
29th June – Roskilde Festival, Denmark
19-21 August – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons