Manchester five-piece The Travelling Band, famed for their wonderful live prowess and feel-good epic-folk, have announced the upcoming release The Big Defreeze. The album is hugely anticipated following a three-year gap since their last long-player, Screaming is Something, received both critic and fan adulation.
Despite a long gap between album two and three, The Travelling Band have experienced anything but a hiatus, instead taking the time to hone and enhance their already much loved trademark sound. The Travelling Band departed from their last tour in 2011 – which saw them enthral the United States at SXSW – and have since patiently crafted their own personal recording studio, forged a record label and also revolutionised their horizons through remix collaborations with mix legend and Grammy award-winner Chris Lord-Alge. This break between releases has seen The Travelling Band become musical artisans, hugely benefiting The Big Defreeze as a result.
Produced by Iestyn Polson (Patti Smith, David Bowie) at the ethereally iconic Church Studios, The Big Defreeze oozes with creative freedom and massive landscapes, embodying The Travelling Band’s album gap. Standout track Passing Ships is a marauding beauty that hops, skips and jumps amid a backdrop of pop perfection, deeply breathing in a glorious, vast headspace. Polson has expertly captured The Travelling Band’s eminent live act into a long-player that is second-for- second as equally explosive, giddy and wonderful as a Travelling Band gig.
The Travelling Band’s The Big Defreeze is personified by blissfully clean compositions that still harbour a rough and determined bite. Part E-Street Band and Faces submerged in 21st century gleam and shine, The Big Defreeze will delight and mesmerize deeply-rooted Travelling Band fanatics and newcomers alike; reminiscent of an introduction to a person, whom you could have sworn you met before, whom you fall in love instantly.
The Travelling Bands’ third album The Big Defreeze will be released on Sideways Saloon/Republic of Music on August 25th on limited edition yellow vinyl, 2 disc deluxe CD and digital formats.
The band will also set off in August for the following tour dates:
23 – GREEN BELT FESTIVAL, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
30 – OFF THE TRACKS FESTIVAL, DERBYSHIRE
7 – SC4M FESTIVAL, WINCHESTER
12 – THE INSTITUTE, KELVEDON, ESSEX
14 – SHREWSBURY FIELDS FESTIVAL
2 KENDAL, THE BREWERY
3 LEEDS, BRUDENELL
8 LIVERPOOL, THE KAZIMIER
9 EDINBURGH, VOODOO ROOMS
10 GLASGOW, BROADCAST
11 LETHAM, LETHAM HALL
22 LONDON, THE LEXINGTON
24 OXFORD, ARTS BAR (BULLINGDON ARMS)
25 BRISTOL, THE LOUISIANA
28 BRIGHTON, GREEN DOOR STORE
28 HURST GREEN, VILLAGE HALL