NEWS: Faris Badwan Designs Basges For Record Store Day 2012

In association with the Music Matters campaign, The Horrors’ frontman Faris Badwan has designed a limited edition range of badges exclusively for Record Store Day 2012. A run of 2012 badges will be distributed throughout the 192 record stores taking part in the annual event on 21st April.

Faris explains why he wanted to get involved in Record Store Day this year:
“I’ve discovered so much music through independent record shops, particularly Rough Trade. It’s not the same experience buying records on the internet. I’ve always thought Record Store Day was such a great idea, limited 7″s from musicians who share a love of making actual records”.

This latest limited edition Music Matters badge follows a range of exclusive BRIT Awards 2012 Music Matters badges, distributed to all guests at this year’s event and created by legendary pop artist and BRIT award designer Sir Peter Blake.

The Horrors’ third album ‘Skying’, released in 2011, gained universal critical acclaim upon it’s release, and recently won NME’s ‘Album Of The Year Award’; The band are currently on a tour of the US before heading back across the pond for a seven date UK headline tour in May. 

NEWS: The Horrors Announce May UK Tour

Having begun their world tour in Sydney at the start of February, The Horrors are still entertaining the masses 2 months in. The tour will see the band journey across 5 continents with a fitting finish in the O2 Brixton Academy at the end of May before hitting the festival circuit this summer.

The Horrors have gone from strength to strength since their beginnings in Southend. From their debut album “Strange House” to their sophomore album “Primary Colours” and lastly the hugely acclaimed masterpiece “Skying”.

Primary Colours was officially released on 4 May 2009 to critical acclaim and was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize. NME later awarded the album first place in the 50 Best Albums that year. Fresh off this success the band released another masterpiece in 2011 with Skying which, once again, was at the top of many critics end of year best albums lists.

Mojo placed the album at number 2 on its list of “Top 50 albums of 2011” while Uncut placed the album at number 6. Q placed it at 11 and at this year’s NME awards “Skying” won the Best Album prize.

The band will once again be performing at Europe’s biggest festivals this summer such as T In The Park, Benicassim, Pukkelpop, Electric Picnic and Bestival to name a few.

The Horrors UK and Ireland tour starts on May 12th and will be joined by special guest support TOY (all dates) and Bo Ningen (all dates except London).

May 12th – Dublin Academy, Dublin
May 13th – Belfast Mandela Hall, Belfast
May 15th – o2 ABC, Glasgow
May 16th – The Leadmill, Sheffield
May 18th – HMV Institute, Birmingham
May 19th – HMV Ritz, Manchester
May 20th – Solus, Cardiff
May 23rd – o2 Academy, Bristol
May 25th – o2 Academy, Brixton

See Website for full ticket prices, available from:
http://www.seetickets.com/Tour/THE-HORRORS
http://www.thehorrors.co.uk

The Kaje talks solo to CAAN

CAAN is  no doubt best known to you all as one third of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool. With the band meeting an end that sent shockwaves throughout the music industry, CAAN is now making headway as a solo artist. Having left the synth-pop sound behind him, CAAN has focused on his own musical influences and crafted the intensely moving single “Every Little Thing”. With an impressive vocal and outstanding songwriting capabilities, there is little doubt that CAAN is about to make it big on his own. So before the explosion sets in fully, here at The Kaje we jumped at the chance to chat about his transition to solo stardom…

Having spent so long as a performer as part of a group, how daunting is the prospect of a solo career?

I love it. I’ve found my feet and am loving every minute of it. It was a great feeling to sell-out London’s XOYO at the end of Feb, now I’m in rehearsals for a UK tour in June. I have an incredible live band behind me so it doesn’t feel too different.

Your sound has taken a very different direction to Ou Est Le Swimming Pool-would you say this was a conscious decision?

In Ou Est we were always very focused on the 1980s synth-pop sound. This is just a little more diverse. I still love that sound and everything we did, and I’m still in the same studio, but this has got my stamp on it. My sound is a lot darker and the album draws influence from many areas of music.

How would you describe your sound?

A mash-up of everything I grew up listening to.

Who would you say have been your biggest influences musically?

Gil Scott Herron, Bob Marley. Conscious songwriters. But mostly my family and all the great music that surrounded me as I grew up.

Your current single is “Every Little Thing”-what is the track about?

It was the first song I wrote as a solo artist and encapsulates a part of my life when I was in a very emotional place. Really it’s about anything or anyone, but mostly a few special people and memories. But I find that as much as the listener can, I can also relate the song to many different things depending on my mood.

How did you decide that it should be your single?

Everyone loved it, especially the fans who’d seen it performed live. I’d have the whole crowd singing it back at me, which showed that it wasn’t just me that felt it was a special track. And like the guys at Record Of The Day said, sometimes a minimal track can have maximum impact!

What are your hopes for the track?

I’m looking at the project as a whole, so the effect so far has been astounding. It’s been amazing getting so much radio play, and really I hope that people enjoy it as much as I do.

How have your ambitions altered since the Ou Est Le Swimming Pool days?

I just love making music, not much has changed.

Chazzstock has been announced recently-have you any involvement with the project?

We did one at Koko shortly after Chazz died as a big celebration of his life. A lot of good friends we’d made along the way performed like The Kooks, The Horrors, Tribes and even Tony Hadley! It was wonderful that so many people congregated that night to remember him in such a beautiful way.

What else do you have planned for 2012?

UK tour and second single called ‘Into The Night’ in June. A few summer festivals – I’m most looking forward to Secret Garden Party! And then third single and album in September.

If there is one thing you could achieve by the end of 2012, what would that be?

To instigate World Peace.

For more information visit http://www.iamcaan.com

Interview by Jeremy Williams

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NEWS: Chazzstock Festival Announced In Memory Of Charles Haddon

Chazzstock is a brand new music festival set up in memory of the much-loved, young musician Charles Haddon. Charles, otherwise known as Chazz, was the lead singer of cult synthpop band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and sadly passed away in August 2010.

The festival takes place in the picturesque grounds of Stanford Hall in Lutterworth, Leicestershire on the 9-10th June 2012. Huge bands  such as THE VACCINES, THE HORRORS and TRIBES will be performing over  the weekend alongside some hot new talent, with more special guests to be announced soon.

Charles’ dream was to hold his own festival in his parent’s back garden, which he always said he would have named Chazzstock. Now family and friends have banded together to create the perfect festival just as Chazz himself would have seen fit.

Chazzstock have also been inviting unsigned bands to put themselves  forward to play at the festival, to encourage and support young and upcoming talent. All proceeds from the festival will go towards The Prince’s Trust, a youth charity that helps change young lives.

Ou est le party this summer? Waking up the Leicestershire countryside, in Stanford Hall’s treasured stately grounds. Chazzstock… never to be forgotten on 9th and 10th June 2012.

Tickets start at £35 for a day pass. Camping is limited so book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available from: http://www.gigantic.com/gigantic/home_chazzstock.html

For more information on the festival please visit:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chazzstock
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/chazzstock
Official Website: www.chazzstock.org

The Kaje talks Latitude to The Horrors

There was a brief period when The Horrors frontman Faris Badwan was better known as Peaches Geldof’s better half than he was for his music. However, when she ran off and married Chester French’s Max Drummey, Badwan concentrated on the music and ended up releasing the Mercury nominated “Primary Colours”. With a new album pencilled for 2010, Badwan and friends are ensuring they make the most of the summer sun by performing at Latitude‘s Word Arena. The Kaje caught up with Badwan to talk festivals…

When you think of Latitude what five words spring to mind?

It’s the same, only darker

If you could only see one performance at this year’s festival what would it be?

I don’t think I could choose just one.

What five items will you be bringing to Latitude?

Me, myself, I, house keys, tear gas.

Do you have anything special planned for your performance at Latitude?

We will mainly be performing songs from our smash hit album, ‘Primary Colours’.

Latitude is five years old, how did you celebrate your fifth birthday?

My next door neighbour and I shared a birthday. She celebrated by hiring a bouncy castle. I celebrated by climbing the fence and unplugging it. Shortly afterwards I was chased down the road by someone’s sheepdog which was very embarrassing.

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