Sun Memory EP

v600_W_W047_Cover_RGBWayside & Woodland present epic45’s Sun Memory, a 6 track ep that will be available on cd and digital formats. The release date is 24th May 2019.

The songs on this collection are a paean to youthful summers spent in deep countryside or on the Welsh coast, early tape recording experiments on quiet afternoons, memories of Grandparents’ houses and daydreaming on long car journeys.

The track ‘Penarth’, originally intended to be featured on Through Broken Summer, is featured twice; the second, a dreamlike reinterpretation by Antony Harding aka July Skies. Antony also contributed organ and synth layers to ‘Carnival ‘88’.

‘Sun Memory II’ is an alternate edit of the Through Broken Summer song and features another collaboration with Spc Eco vocalist, Rose Berlin with bonus synth texture from Dean Garcia (Curve).

This ep acts as both a consolidation of previous concerns and a partial signifier to the next phase.

Track Listing

1. Sun Memory II
2. Kaleidoscope Days
3. Afternoon Sun Dissolves
4. Penarth
5. Carnival ‘88
6. Penarth (July Skies Revisit)

Pre-order here

Hillside '86

What were you doing in the summer of 1986? For me, May, June and July were the final months at primary school. Unaware that many of us were acting out the last moments of friendship. Suddenly September came; secondary school division.

Until then, the playing fields stretched out for the rest of the summer term to enjoy between lessons. Wandering off to its far corners, trying to annoy old gardeners running out their days around smouldering bonfires and greenhouses at the bottom of gardens that backed onto the school. Kicking piles of freshly cut grass at one another, watching tadpoles develop and die magnified by the classroom fish bowl, a trip to a rural country museum and a field trip away from parents on the Welsh border at rambling old Dunfield House.

It was wonderful being a kid in that summer as the ‘pastel’ eighties were underway. Between primary and secondary. A magical twilight; the setting of childhood innocence, the dawning of awkward adolescence.

Early in 2018, Ben from epic45 sent a new track over for collaboration on their new LP. It had a working title of ‘Hillside 86’. Those chord changes instantly took me back to that summer. A sad aching nostalgia…to relive that dusk walk with lost school friends up the hillside next to Dunfield…to watch the sun drop on that July Friday evening…“here for hours, just looking down”

Audioscope 2017

We play the Audioscope 2017 Festival, Oxford, on Sunday 19 November as a full band.

All profits from the event will go to the homeless charity Shelter. Tickets here

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British Sea Power

Pleased to announce that we will be supporting British Sea Power at their Birmingham 02 Academy show on Friday 13 April. We should be on at around circa 7.45pm.

Here is the full list of dates and ticket links:

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Thursday 13th April: 02 Academy, Birmingham, UK – supporting British Sea Power TICKETS

Sunday 16th April: Secret Show, Birmingham, UK

Friday 21st April: Walton Hall (The Open University), Milton Keynes, UK – TICKETS (Full headline show)

Sunday 30th April: Sounds From The Other City Festival, Islington Mill, Manchester, UK – TICKETS

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Sunday 9th April: Lyttelton Theatre, BMI, Birmingham, UK – TICKETS

Saturday 10th June: Union Chapel, London – INFO

Live: April 2017

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The English Cold: 180gm Vinyl

Caroline True Records will release heavy weight vinyl version of the second July Skies’ LP The English Cold in the New Year. Pre-orders available on Friday 20 January with shipping to follow shortly afterwards. Release comes with a digital download card, fully colour artwork and liner notes by Alistair Fitchett.

A live performance in Shrewsbury UK will is being planned with CTR in support of the release in February/March; likely European date immediately on the back of this event.

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Waiting To Land: Live at The Good Life Festival

Live in London: Cafe Oto

July Skies will perform at Café Oto, Dalston, London on Saturday 4 June 2016. This will be a 50 minute set in support of Darren Hayman’s Thankful Villages band.

Tickets

Set your hearts for 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL. Doors open at 8pm.
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The Weather Clock: 180gm Vinyl

Caught by the River has released a 180gm vinyl limited to 500 edition version of The Weather Clock on the 8 April 2016. You may order the album here.

The limited release series of heavy weight vinyl will continue later in the year when Caroline True Records release The English Cold.
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Live in London

July Skies will be performing as part of an afternoon event of music, film and poetry put on by the lovely Caught by the River. The event is on Sunday 15 November 2015 at the historic London venue of Bush Hall.

Further details

Tickets

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