Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sound and Vision Promo packages

Hello Bill Cummings here,

I run I have some available time now so I wanted to see if you were interested in what I have to offer for artists and labels.

Over the last ten years I've worked with the likes of The Orielles, Adwaith, Quiet Marauder, R.Seiliog, Castles, Ani Glass, Coasts, The Migrant, Little Eris, Conformist, The Keys, Ten City Nation, HMS Morris and many more, including on festival campaigns featuring worldwide names. In the past six months I have run an album campaign for John MOuse plus introducing a campaign for Hoult and Niterooms and on an EP for Ysgol Sul. I have gained column inches in Guardian, Uncut Magazine, DIY Magzine, Pitchfork, Crack In The Road, Drowned in Sound, TLOBF, Clash Magazine, LTW, Buzz Magazine, South Wales Echo plus a myriad of blogs, playlists, and taste-makers. I have gained airplay with Tom Robinson, Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Huw Stevens, Adam Walton and Bethan Elfyn amongst others.

As a journalist for twenty years(editing and writing for various online and print publications(Gair rhydd, Sound Nation, Buzz, Kruger magazine) and broadcasting with Radio Cardiff, Central Cardiff and now Radio Glamorgan. I have an appreciation of how the media works and a huge passion for local music, emerging UK artists and Welsh artists who I believe deserve a greater platform within the UK.An appreciation of promotion techniques that take in traditional music media of digital, radio and print distribution plus newer techniques that include utilising the benefits of social media and streaming platforms to create a buzz around a new artist or release. I can create impactful one page press releases and I have personal and long-standing connections with journalists, media, and taste-makers both local and national so that I can get your music to the ears of the people that matter.

Working closely with the artist, management and label to find out what works for them, I offer a range of packages including album, single, and a new introducing deal. For three months of digital and print press PR, and some key radio targets, I also often work in conjunction Aled at Beast PR who offer radio plugging both in Wales and the UK wide. After this three month period we can review the campaign and then discuss whether you require longer and more in-depth help with promoting releases moving forward.

If you are interested in seeing my rate card get in touch! I look forward to hearing any music you are working on or releasing! Thanks Bill Cummings

Sunday, 4 February 2018

John MOuse releases new album 'Replica Figures' on the 19th of Feb!

After a successful fan funding campaign, John MOuse releases his fifth album ‘Replica Figures’ out through Keep Me In Your Heart Records on the 19th of February 2018. For ‘Replica Figures’ John returns to work with original band member Sweet Baboo. It's been 15 years since the two worked under John's previous moniker JT Mouse and the result is a touching album with glimpses of John's black humour, which has been a signature throughout his career.

"We had talked about working together but other commitments had taken president. This is the type album I have been wanting to release for some time.” Says John of his decision to work with Steve Baboo “ Steve understood straight away what I was trying to achieve and we worked really quickly on just letting the songs breath and be themselves. Nothing was over thought or overworked."

‘Replica Figures’ features Steve Black(Sweet Baboo) on piano and bass, former guitarist of early 90's indie band Hopper (who were signed to Tony Wilson’s Factory Too records), Paul Sheppard, and John's daughter Maggie Lola on backing vocals. The album circulates around the concept of memories, different memories, how they are created, the lack of memory, enforced and false memories...

"We wanted the album to have restrictions in place, a limited palette of instruments and sounds, and most importantly a vocal performance to capture emotion and the moment.” Says John about recording the album “We are so used to listening to perfect vocals and I wanted to create a snapshot, much like a memory."

‘Replica Figures’ is John’s first album since 2014’s greatly received long player ‘The Death of John MOuse’ that was praised by The Line of Best Fit and Louder than War websites and its brilliant lead single ‘I was a Goalkeeper’ which featured Gareth from Los Campesinos. John MOuse, real name John Davies has been described as ‘A Welsh Beck,’ and ‘A Less Funny Half Man Half Biscuit’. Under his previous incarnation JT Mouse he worked with Sweet Baboo (aka Steven Black) while in 2010 he scored a cult hit with a song about a gay romance with another duet, this time with TV presenter Steve Jones lifted from the acclaimed album ‘Humber Dogger Forties’. Airplay support for John MOuse includes Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio, Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and Adam Walton & Bethan Elfyn on BBC Radio Wales.

“The blend of unpredictability, wit and sharp reminiscence contained within is the real joy of this latest offering by this highly original artist a Welsh indie pop hero…reminiscent of a South Wales David Gedge” Louder Than War

“A Welsh Weezer… arty and not afraid of whopping melodies” The Line Of Best Fit

’ “An extraordinary piece of poetry” Mary Anne Hobbs on ‘Robbie Savage’.

“There is only one John MOuse, a Welsh Superstar and an impassioned performer.” Tom Robinson

Live Dates:

Feb 3rd, Mozarts, Swansea Feb 8th, The Old England, Bristol Feb 10th, Prince Albert, Stroud Feb 17th, Le Pub, Newport Feb 19th, Spillers Records (Instore), Cardiff Feb 22nd, The Haunt, London Feb 23rd, Fairwater Social, Cardiff Feb 24th, Moles, Bath

Digital/print PR Bill Cummings

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Tates release their new single 'Water' on the 1st of December as a digital download through Libertino Records.

The Tates release their new single 'Water' on the 1st of December as a digital download through Libertino Records.

‘Water’, the brightly infectious new single by Welsh five-piece The Tates, has been eagerly anticipated after the success of the band’s debut release ‘Electric Girl’. The song was supported by Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing, Radio 1 and gained Amazing radio playlisting as well as being A-listed on BBC Radio Wales.

Energized by their summer tour in support of ‘Electric Girl’ a confident and inspired band returned to the studio in Cardiff to work with producer Steffan Pringle (Estrons, Himalayas, Future Of The Left) again. They emerged with a sense of purpose with a song that will redefine 'The Tates' as the torch-bearers of a new sound, a sound that ranges from The Libertines’ poetic raw energy to the death disco of early New Order and the fuzzed day-glow pop melodies of MGMT.

Lyrically ‘Water’ asks a poetic question exploring themes of nature over nurture, as Tom the guitarist explains: “Are the flaws that we share with our parents who we are, or have we learnt from them? Are we free to be the people we want to be or are we trapped by our genetic makeup and our immediate environment and society?” It is testament to the band that with their unwavering belief in the pop song they are in full control of their chosen genre - they make the pop song theirs. 'The Tates' build from the ground up, step by step until they can reach the stars.

Niterooms release their self-titled debut EP on the 20th of November through all major streaming outlets.

Niterooms are wrapped up in computers and introspection. Their musical landscapes blur the lines between electronica, grime, r'n'b, hip hop, ambient and alternative music, imbuing their personal songwriting with a boundary-pushing, intriguing sound that shifts contemporary music into different places.

The four tracks on Niterooms self-titled debut EP are an unmissable depiction of a swiftly emerging outfit already gathering strong praise, "...they're genuinely trying to do something different without it being a challenge ... it exists somehow, somewhere between grime, dream pop and ambient electronic music..." Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales.

'Headway' the EPs new single, is laced with a deep groove, synth textures and percussive ticks, that vividly demonstrates their mysterious production style. It comes replete with a shape-shifting vocal delivery that tumbles between vocoder and rap, watch the Ed Townend directed video here.

Niterooms are a young three-piece from Brithdir, a small forgotten mining town in South Wales. They are supported by the Forté Project, a new music development project which supports ten young acts from around the region. Their debut EP is the follow up to 'Wash' , their exhilarating minimalist pop debut from earlier this year.

Niterooms debut EP, will be available through Spotify/AppleMusic/iTunes on the 20th of November. Niterooms Facebook Niterooms Twitter Niterooms Instagram

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Hoult releases Debut single 'Pharmacy' this Friday

Hoult releases his debut single ‘Pharmacy’ on Friday 6th of October through Phwoar & Peace, it will be available on digital and streaming platforms.

Hoult has the rare knack of sounding both dreamy and sharp at the same time. This, married with vital yet wistful song-writing, concocts his imaginative brand of guitar pop.

‘Pharmacy’ builds from an affecting intimacy into a song with a grand scale possessing folk-tinged anthemic choruses: reminiscent of Bombay Bicycle club and Frightened Rabbit rippling with personal lyrics that tap into wider themes: “Pharmacy summarises the feeling of frustration when you cannot help someone you care about.” Says Hoult “Darker themes run through the veins of this track, yet the energetic and cheerful instrumentation represent the mask a lot of people wear on a daily basis.”

Hoult better known as Sam Fowke is a singer-songwriter / producer from Gloucester, now based in Cardiff. He released one single entitled 'Red Handed’ under his own name last year, it quickly racked up over 7000 plays. He now returns under the new moniker Hoult with his most affecting and ambitious song yet. Links: Bill Cummings Sound and Vision PR

Monday, 11 September 2017

Ysgol Sul release their first English language EP 'Eventide' 30th of September

West Wales three piece Ysgol Sul will be self-releasing their first collection of English language songs –“Eventide”- on 30/09/17.

Brought together by a mutual love of the 90s underground, Iolo Jones (singer, guitarist), Llew Davies (drummer), Cian Owen (bass guitar), formed Ysgol Sul in 2014.

Having released several singles and an EP called “Huno”, the band has managed to earn a cult following within the Welsh language scene.

“Eventide” is a stark departure from the slacker and languor of their debut EP, and introduces a touch of darkness to the bands dreamy sound.

The EP opens with “Silhouette” – a song with a sense of yearning yet one of the band’s jangliest songs to date. “Promise Me” sees a return to the trio’s early surfy sound, drenched in reverb. “Elsewhere” is an unholy union of haunting distant sounds and a fierce unrelenting beat. Introverted lyrics coupled with sweet harmonies are brought to the EP by “Dwell”. Krautrock locomotive, “Solitude”, closes the collection.

Ummagma ‘LCD’ EP with Contributions by Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) & Dean Garcia (Curve)

The new ‘LCD’ EP from Canada’s Ummagma, which follows up their 'Winter Tale' maxi-single with 4AD dream pop pioneer A.R.Kane earlier this year, features four superb tracks of ethereal majesty and exquisite composition, including the new original title track LCD and reworkings of Ummagma songs by not one, but two, legendary British musical figures.

The first is respected Cocteau Twins multi-instrumentalist Robin Guthrie, who offers a breathtaking remix of Ummagma 'Lama' – this is the first time he has worked with a female vocalist in a long time. In the Clash Magazine premiere, editor Robin Murray commends its “soaring melodies and swathes of sound... a gorgeous piece with near orchestral reach”, further noting that “LCD’ explores otherworldly climes, matching heavenly vocals to arrangements as complex as they are hopelessly beautiful”.

The other contribution comes from maverick electronic artist-producer Dean Garcia, who contributes two mixes to the EP. Garcia is famed as half of seminal British indie/alt-rock band Curve with iconic vocalist Toni Halliday and half of SPC ECO with Rose Berlin. His enveloping reworking of their track ‘Back to You’ and his unique mix of 'LCD' are two superb additions that round off a release that encompasses a wide spectrum of sonic sound and gorgeous textures.

“When listening to the original versions of these two songs, I wanted to make something that was an extension of the psyche and space mood that to me is the heart n soul of Ummagma,” explains Dean Garcia. “With the ‘LCD’ mix, it was a matter of going into the original stems and extracting the most trippy n spacey elements and expanding them into a different zone. ‘Back To You’ was more about enhancing the mood of the song as it stood, but with view to bring out its dark and foreboding nature. I enjoyed working on both mixes for different reasons, the sense of space and oddness within both mixes is the thing that glues it all together. File under Dark Psyche.”

Ummagma is Shauna McLarnon, hailing from Canada, and Alexander Kretov, originally from Ukraine. Now based in Canada, Ummagma won the Alternative Eurovision on Amazing Radio, representing Ukraine among 23 countries. They have also received awards and charted in places as far-flung as Australia and the USA to Scotland and Russia.

Apart from Cocteau Twins, Curve and SPC ECO, this new ‘LCD’ EP offers delights for fans of Beach House, Stereolab, Curve, Warpaint, Broadcast, GEMS, and MGMT.

“I grew up listening to Cocteau Twins, Curve, and so many bands from the 4AD and Creation labels, and then later introduced them to my husband. He learned of them late, having been born in the USSR. We feel incredibly honoured that Robin Guthrie and Dean Garcia have shaped several of our tracks as they personally envision them,” says vocalist Shauna McLarnon.

Ummagma release their new EP ‘LCD’ on September 22nd via Label Obscura (cassette) and Somewherecold Records (CD). It will also be available across all the regular digital shops and streaming platforms. The EP is now available for pre-order on the duo’s Bandcamp.

SELECT QUOTES "Guthrie’s remix is a perfect slice of laid-back dream-pop, and McLarnon’s vocals seem to float over its woozy instrumentation" – The Skinny

Full kaleidoscope of sounds, harmonies and musical instruments… the result is massive with an intricate fabric – Rolling Stone

Ethereal pop indebted to Cocteau Twins and much of the rest of 4AD’s ’80s output – BrooklynVegan

Ummagma’s sound is so trippy I had to buy new studio monitors to make sure I wasn't hallucinating... If Underworld or Chemical Bros had done their song 'Lama', it would be proclaimed an instant classic – Rudy Tambala (A.R. Kane) Digital order CD order Cassette order Soundcloud playlist Back to You’ (Dean Garcia Mix) Lama (Robin Guthrie Mix) Lama (Robin Guthrie Mix)