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*CANCELLED* APRIL TOWERS + LOVEBITES + OPEN ARMS
Unfortunately, this show has been cancelled. Please see your point of purchase for full refunds.
Statement from the band:
This is an incredibly difficult thing to write, so I will try my very best.
We have made the difficult decision to not tour the album in the autumn. It’s been a monumentally tough year for us personally and professionally and we feel that we can’t deliver in a way that is fair to our fans, friends and family, especially for gigs that are as big as the ones announced.
With this news comes the decision to also put April Towers on hold. This month saw our fifth anniversary, and with it some of the best times of our lives. We do not regret a single day of the band and it is so important to stress that there has been no falling out, no arguments, no disputes. This is a mutual agreement between the two of us. When you put your life on the line waiting for something to happen, and then it doesn’t quite work out the way you want it to, then something has to change.
This was not something taken lightly at all. To let people down is one of the most difficult things to take – and it is emotional writing about it right now. Playing live is the reason that we got into this industry and to actively not have the desire to go out on the road is when the alarm bells really started ringing. In the ten years we have played music together, we have said yes to almost everything, and it’s now at the point where we want to take a step back and allow ourselves the time to think freely, without the cloud of the music industry and success hanging over us.
It’s high time that we learn to fall in love with music again, to take the pressure off ourselves and if and when we return with musical ventures in the future, we will be back with a new energy, one that will see us create our best work. The only way a band works is if the energy comes from within – that energy isn’t there at the moment, but that isn’t to say it won’t come back.
So it’s time for us to go missing for a while. It’s an incredibly sad and upsetting scenario, but one which I hope you can at least try and understand where we are coming from. We cannot express our gratitude enough for everything you’ve done for us and we are so so sorry for the inconvenience all this causes.
For now, it’s time to close this chapter of our future autobiography and start again.
Alex and Charlie
April Towers, aka Alex Noble and Charlie Burley, are a Nottingham duo producing synth-based electro-guitar songs.
They have steadily released a series of singles showcasing their unique sound that combines light melodies with fulfilling bass tones and experimental synths and draws influences from pioneering artists such as Jon Hopkins, Aphex Twin, LCD Soundsystem and Radiohead.
In addition to that, they have and a pop sensibility that recalls the likes of Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and Cut Copy.
It really sound like April Tower are joining CHVRCHES in the ongoing synth revolution.
Now signed to acclaimed independent Lab Records and with BBC Radio 1 support on each single and countless support 2018 is set to be their strongest year yet with promises of more EP’s and their first long player, Certified Freaky.
The opening song of the album, ‛Takes One To Know One’, makes a powerful statement. A stuttering deep guitar-riff sets the pace, before bright petal rhythms unfold with rolling artificial waves, glittering electro-drums and some pretty wonderful vocals.
In another track, ‛Modern Pysche’, akin Gary Numan and New Order, April Towers squeeze plenty of power, pathos and emotion from their electronic instrumentation. Bright, clarion keyboards and jangling drum-machines entwine with muscular synths, yet the duo imbue the whole with a subtlety and naturalness which is rare to find.
The lyric:“What do I say, to a brand new day?” sums up the modern condition perfectly.
In a world seemingly overloaded with information and entertainments, how does one escape the accelerating merry-go-round to even find a chance to centre oneself? Modern Psyche, indeed.
“There is no doubt April Towers have all the ingredients needed to go far. They wring more variety from their chosen instruments on Certified Freaky than many bands do over their entire career. Moreover, they make it seem effortless. When compared to their contemporaries, April Towers feel less commercial, far less self-indulgent and, strangely, more human by a long way – Music News
“The band create a powerful slab of noise.” – The Line Of Best Fit
“Poised to be the name on every tastemaker’s lips, A remarkably independent pop phenomenon” – Clash
“There’s no two ways about it, if April Tower’s aren’t massive, then there is no justice in the world.” – Gigwise
Watch the video for ‘Tel Aviv’, from their new release Certified Freaky below:
Lovebites is a Birmingham-based alternative rock & roll band formed in March 2017. The band draws influence from bands of yesteryear, such as The Police, The Replacements, The Who & The Rolling Stones.
Open Arms are a four-piece upcoming indie pop band from Birmingham who have really started to cause a stir. Since their formation in 2015, the quartet have been accumulating a “die hard” fan base of which numbers have been growing rapidly across both performances and social media.
“If you’re in a bad mood prepare to be lifted out of it” – Jack Parker, BBC Introducing
Taking a smooth mixture of upbeat indie pop, harsh guitars and killer rhythm, many have described Open Arms as the promising new sound of pop, having gained the praise and approval of some of the biggest names in popular music, including Lulu, Peter Andre and The Twang’s Matty Clinton, and sharing the same stage with a number of them too.
From receiving vivacious praise direct from esteemed members of the music industry, to the voices of audiences encapsulated with engaging lyrics and melodies who cannot resist the urge to dance, nothing can restrain the inevitable rise to the top for this band.
Watch the video for ‘Telescope’ below: