On 17 October Manchester band The Travelling Band are to release a new single. Called 'Sundial MMXI' the track is an edited version of what is rapidly becoming a festival anthem as the band live up to their name with winning sets across the UK's festival circuit. Initially released as a very limited edition single in 2010, 'Sundial' is now getting a full release due to popular demand.
Dispensing with the need for a verse, 'Sundial' instead centres around a glorious refrain which circles around, swelling as it does to include strings, horns, harmonies and a gleeful euphoria. 'Sundial' isn't quite soul music, isn't quite folk, isn't quite pop or rock, but is, unremittingly beautiful. If the UK's summer festivals need an anthem, then this is probably it.
Lifted from their second album 'Screaming Is Something', 'Sundial' is backed with an edited version of On The Rails, also taken from the new album, and there will be videos for both and a free download from the website.
The Travelling Band's shimmering blend of cosmic-country-pop, understated psychedelia, vocal harmonies and nu-folk has made them one of the most talked about artists to emerge from the Manchester music scene - "If you consider the term Mancunian Americana to be an oxymoron try listening to the Travelling Band. Brilliant" Marc Riley BBC 6 Music.
Catch The Travelling Band live as they heard out around the UK on the following dates:
UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES
3rd Sep : Lodestar Festival, Cambridge
6th Sep : Academy, Manchester (w/ Beirut)
17th Sep : Ramsbottom Festival, Ramsbottom
12th Oct: The Portland Arms, Cambridge
13th Oct: The Boileroom, Guildford
14th Oct: Jericho Tavern , Oxford
15th Oct: South Street, Reading
16th Oct: Champions, Bournemouth
17th Oct: 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff
19th Oct: Doghouse, Dundee
20th Oct: Electric Circus, Edinburgh
21st Oct: Tolbooth, Stirling
22nd Oct: King Tuts, Glasgow
23rd Oct: The Cluny, Newcastle
24th Oct: The Bowery, Sheffield
25th Oct: Mad Ferret, Preston
27th Oct: The Cooler, Bristol
28th Oct: Discovery Centre, Winchester
29th Oct: The Donkey, Leicester
30th Oct: The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
1st Nov: Stereo, York
2nd Nov: Academy 3, Manchester
3rd Nov: Borderline, London
4th Nov: Erics, Liverpool
5th Nov: Telford's Warehouse, Chester
10th Nov: Queens' University Student Union, Belfast
11th Nov: Upstairs at Whelans, Dublin
25th Nov: The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham
6th Dec: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
7th Dec: The Met, Bury
9th Dec: Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
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