Beautiful People

Hello Feldfolk!

We hope you’ve had splendid Octobers with the occasional shot-in-the-arm of Cure for the Night to see you through the steadily darkening days.

We had a terrific time on our trip East visiting Ipswich, Tunbridge Wells, and Colchester all for the first time, before our deliciously smoke filled gig at Hoxton Square finishing off leg 2.

And in no time at all, leg 3 is upon us! The third in our four-part sequence of releases Beautiful People is out now. Please do give it a listen and let us know what you think. It’s a little more melancholy(how very unlike Feldspar), but that’s why we saved a song about mortality and decline for the depths of Autumn which “wins you best by this, its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay”, as someone else once said.

Cure For The Night

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Wotcha Feldspartans!

First of all – massive thanks to everyone who’s been out to support us on the East tour – Ipswich, Tunbridge Wells, Colchester and Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. We had a brilliant time at all the venues – possibly too brilliant, actually – and were incredibly grateful that so many of you came out to support us.

Last week single #2 came out! The video for ‘Cure for the Night’ is being premiered on Shout4Music right this minute, so go over and have a look. Alternatively, you can go straight to iTunes and buy it OR enter your download code from our super cool postcards to get it emailed straight to you along with last month’s Song Without a Chorus.

Our third release of four will be out in November alongside the South leg of the tour which takes us to Tamesis Dock, Brighton, Guildford and Portsmouth! Can’t wait to see you there – get your tickets here.

Song Without A Chorus

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The first of four singles Song Without a Chorus was released on 1st September, and we celebrated this fact with a launch party at the Slaughtered Lamb onThursday 4th September! The track was premiered on Gigwise as a free download that you can still get by clicking here!

We then took on the first leg of our Compass tour heading to Leamington, Otley and Manchester. Massive thanks to all our incredible support acts – Davey James, Tom Hyatt, Tommy Antonio, Callum Pickard, Fauns, and Hawker Reunion, and to the venues that hosted us, The Slaughtered Lamb, Lamp, Otley Courthouse, and The Castle. But most of all, thank you to everyone who came out and supported us, bought our postcards, wore our T-shirts, and generally cheered us on our way. The EAST tour starts on Oct 3rd. We can’t wait.

In the meantime we’ve just released a little video for Song Without a Chorus which premiered on ArtRocker this week and you can check out by clicking here.

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Four New Singles & The Compass Tour 2014

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It’s been a busy old year already, with Young and Invincible released, a busy schedule of gigging and a handful of festivals under our belts already, but it’s about to get a whole lot busier! We’ve saved the real work for the Autumn, and the time has finally come for us to announce our news:

In amongst all the shows and festivals and general hullabaloo, we’ve found the time to record four more singles (with the help of the lovely Sam Fitz at Steam Plough Studios). We’re really excited with how they’re sounding – bigger, better and beefier than anything we’ve released before – and we can’t wait to get them out to you. Well, actually we do have to wait a bit, because we’ve come up with a plan…

FELDSPAR COMPASS TOUR 2014

We’ve got four singles, and we’re going to release one each month from September through to December. Each single launch will coincide with a mini tour to a different part of the UK, starting with North! So we’ll be releasing the first single at the start of September, playing a launch show in North London, and then heading off up the M1 to play some dates around the North of the UK. Then in October we release another single and head East, then November, South and finally, in December, we go West.

This is the biggest tour we’ve ever done; we’re really looking forward to getting on the road, playing some shows, drinking some beer, sleeping on the floor, and eating miniature cheese from a net. Have a look and see if we’re going to be anywhere near you, and come along, and bring all your friends. It’ll be bloody grand.

Full tour details can be found, and tickets bought, here (some dates still tbc).

Another Day, Another Time

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We’re extremely excited to have been asked to headline a night at the Lexington (one of our favourite London venues) in support of the launch of Another Day, Another Time – celebrating The Music of Inside Llewyn Davis!

We’re playing with Fierce County and Piney Gir, and after our set will be a screening of the live concert/documentary. (This is as close as we’re ever likely to come to playing on the same bill as Marcus Mumford).

Doors are at 7ish, and entry is free, but this shows signs of being quite a busy one – so don’t leave it too late!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/139156139588040/

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EASTER: Fandango all dayer / 12 x 12 B side release Monday 21 April

***FELDSPAR FEATURE ON LABEL FANDANGO 12 x 12 B SIDE SPECIAL RELEASE OUT 21st APRIL!

***FELDSPAR PLAY IN FANDANGO EASTER MONDAY ALL DAYER AT SHACKLEWELL ARMS!

As the last scraps of easter egg foil are scrunched tightly into a ball and flicked at the geekiest member of Feldspar, we prepare for the mighty Club Fandango All Dayer Easter Special at the Shacklewell Arms, London. What makes it so special? Well, their recent 12th Birthday of course! How did they celebrate? Take 12 of London’s – nay the UK’s – finest upcoming bands / songsmiths / fashion icons who also write songs (us), release a single from each of them, and put on a load of amazing live gigs for all to see. That’s how. And then after that, they forced them all dig around their CD drawers til they find an as-yet unreleased but totally awesome B-side style tune, stick em all together and you’ve got yourself a 12 track collection of some beautiful rarities from the Fierce Panda / Club Fandango stable.

Featuring bands like Desperate Journalist, Felt Tip, DeLooze, Longfellow, The Starkins, The Traps, The Machine Room, Department M, The Hosts, I am in Love and of course our slightly self conscious selves, this is an awesome collection of rarely heard B sides from bands who have previously released top singles with the label. It’s a great way to get to know a load of ace bands, and we have happily donated a live recording of our song The Hourglass.

We will be posting the link to buy this on our own website soon, but it will also available over at www.clubfandango.co.uk

For us it’s been bloody brilliant working with Fierce Panda / Club Fandango – we released our single Young and Invincible with them back in Feb – and it’s our absolute pleasure to be playing as part of their Easter special “All Dayer” alongside some of these other bands on Easter Monday itself at the Shacklewell Arms in Dalston. Doors are at 4.30pm, we are on around 6.30pm but come for the whole shabang as all bands are top bananas.

Quick! Tickets still available – or on door. Buy em here if you’re fast. Cover for the 12 x 12 B side album release and a poster for the gig below.

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…and relax!

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After a furiously energetic and busy couple of months which culminated in supporting the fantastic Ellen and the Escapades at The Lexington last night (above), Feldspar are pleased to have a few quiet weeks coming up in which to finally sit down for half an hour and read the paper.

In the last couple of months we busy little Feldspars have:

  • played a gig in front of Darwin and Dippy at the natural History Museum
  • played shows with some awesome bands like El Born, Longfellow, John J Presley, and of course Ellen and the Escapades…
  • …in awesome venues like The Water Rats and The Lexington
  • released the music video for Young and Invincible (thank you Craig and Ali!)
  • released a Young and Invincible as a digital download (thank you Label Fandango!)
  • been booked for a couple of festivals (details tba)
  • recorded another bloody single with the wonderful Sam Fitz. at Steam Plough Studios
  • recorded some live videos for Fortitude Magazine
  • scored a booking agent/partner
  • nearly signed on with a management (tbc)
  • made lots of groovy friends
  • eaten numerous newsworthy sausage rolls at The Three Crowns
  • been often drunk and usually jolly

- so it’s been a hell of start to 2014!

But now we have some 4-5 weeks off from gigging in which to rest and recuperate, write some new songs, design some cool new merchandise, move house (yawn) and generally get ready to smash into a red hot summer of non-stop gigs, tours and festivals! Perhaps. Most of those aren’t booked yet, but that’s the general plan, with a bit of luck.

So in the meantime we are, as always, available to listen to on Spotify, Youtube, iTunes etc, available to talk to on Facebook and Twitter, and available to interact with at the pub.

Watch this space for more exciting news very soon!

Great love

Feldspar

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Young and Invincible – Out Now!

DSC_5554Morning world! Our single is out TODAY! This is hugely exciting news and comes at the end of a long campaign of recording the track, playing gigs, fundraising, shooting the video, and generally getting the track out into the big wide world.

You can buy the single from our label’s website here: Club Fandango, or  iTunes. Please download the track and help us try to trouble the Top 40!

Can’t wait for the launch party on Thursday. There are still tickets available here.

Thanks to everyone for all your support. See you soon!

Feldspar

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Young and Invincible: The Video

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[Watch the video here]

As soon as we’d recorded ‘Young & Invincible’ up in Cottage Road studios with Matt Peel, we knew we were going to release it as a single. Being as it is, the era of social media and YouTubes and unique views, we also knew that that meant we’d need a video.

Fortunately, we happened to know an amazing director / producer team in the shape of Craig Heathcote and Alison Somerville who we were absolutely sure would do an incredible job with our song. We worked with them to make Flat and Paper Sky (watching it still amazes me!), where they assembled an extraordinarily talented and generous crew to shoot our video on a rainy weekend in Nov 2012. Video Still Shop

So we knew we had the song and we knew we had the team. The only thing we didn’t have was the money. This being something of an inescapable problem, we retreated to a pub to review our options. After rejecting bank-robbery, blackmail of a high-profile political figure, and reckless gambling, we hit upon Pledge Music, a site that helps bands run fundraising campaigns. To be honest, I don’t think any of us really thought it was going to work – we were asking for a lot! – but the response was amazing and completely blew us away. We ended up raising 119% of our fundraising goal which meant we had extra money for the obligatory hookers and cocaine (for use in a future blackmailing project).

With money in our pockets and Craig’s brilliant treatment finalised, we were ready to shoot, by curious coincidence on exactly the same weekend we’d shot Flat and Paper the year previously. The first day of the shoot was in the beautiful Gin Still building at 3 Mills studios in Bromley.

Feldspar - Young and Invincible  - stillsIt was cold. So, so cold. We – as in the band – were ‘acting’ in pretty much all of the scenes which meant standing in our skimpily sexy outfits in the middle of the huge gin still for about ten hours. Fortunately, there was an incredible team of people with coats, warm drinks, and pink hotwater bottles on hand at all times. Also fortunately, we had superb actual actors in the form of  Imogen Rose, John Rayment, and Dominic Farrell who were consummate professionals in the face of our rank amateurism and made things go smoothly, aided by Wicksy and his camera team.

The second day was more bitty, though still busy, as we shot in various locations across North London, filming on trains, in vans, and on street corners. The last shot of the day was the only moment of panic – the light was fading and we had all arrived breathlessly at the last location. Cue an enormously fat man in a high-vis vest with two hideous dogs taking the longest I have ever seen anyone take to walk 400 meters. It was all slightly surreal and I’m sorry he didn’t make the final cut.

We really hope you enjoy watching the video. It’s been a brilliant experience making it from start to finish. There is not enough thanks in the world for us to give all the crew and everyone who pledged and everyone who gave up so much time and effort to make this happen. Let’s make the most of it and get this thing viral so next time WE’LL be in the massive RV (with or without Miley). Scroll down for more photos from the whole amazing experience.

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Young and Invincible on Hypemachine!

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Young and Invincible is doing really well on the very excellent Hypemachine blog – straight into the top 50!

If you’re sharing the song, first of all, thank you! and second please use this Hypemachine link.

You’re ace, people. Thanks for all the support.

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