Folk crew Merry Hell release new EP ‘Come On, England!’

The UK team of contemporary-folk artists called Merry Hell have released their latest EP album, “Come On, England!” The EP has been proudly published on the Merry Hell Music independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Genuine, polished, proud and uncompromising, “Come On, England!” is as much a humanitarian rallying cry as it is an English one.

Asked to cite some chief musical influences, Merry Hell speak of “A hugely diverse range, from church music to classic folk, including Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and English artists such as Dick Gaughan, all that married to the energy of punk and global politics.”

Merry Hell’s new “Come On, England!” EP showcases two tracks from last year’s popular “Bloodlines” full-length and one from their 2011 LP, “Blink… And You Miss It,” a new live take of “The War Between Ourselves.” Also showcased on the EP is an an acoustic reworking of ‘Lean On Me, Love’ from their debut 2011 record as it is now performed live.

“It generally has the effect of bringing even large audiences to silence,” writes Merry Hell of the track. “It brings couples together, too. They get inspired by the words and sentiments of the song.”

“Lean On Me, Love” is the public’s first peek at their forthcoming 2018 album, “Anthems To The Wind.”

Merry Hell’s current official bio describes them as offering “a joyful, uplifting slice of folk-rock with a message: an alternative national anthem for these troubled times. Based in North West England, this award winning group celebrate community, togetherness and love as antidotes to conflict, division and hatred.”

Asked to describe the themes of their new EP, Merry Hell write, “The songs express the hope that togetherness can be an antidote to alienation and division, both in politics and personal relationships. Invoking the power of peace and united voices, ‘We Need Each Other Now’ speaks for itself, while ‘Come On, England!’ is an alternative national anthem appealing to the nation’s traditions of tolerance and resistance to totalitarianism.”

Merry Hell consistently win awards, often for reasons surpassing those of mere musical quality. Most recently, Manchester’s LBGTQ+ Wigan Pride organization selected “Loving the Skin You’re In” by Merry Hell as their anthem.

As one website has described Merry Hell’s humanist leanings, “The call to counter-racism and the encouragement of collective responsibility has never sounded so damned catchy!”

A tireless band of players, Merry Hell are slated to perform at gigs and festivals throughout the UK as their tour continues over the whole of 2017.

“Come On, England!” by Merry Hell is available online worldwide from over 600 quality music stores beginning July 31 2017. Get in early, folk fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Folk-rock group Desert Sparrow releases new EP ‘City of Dreams’

The Los Angeles folk-rock group known as Desert Sparrow have released their latest EP, “City of Dreams.” The album contains three original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release outside the direction of the corporate music industry. Sonorous, rural, and with roots wrapped deep in the rock ‘n’ roll tradition, “City of Dreams” from Desert Sparrow is an EP sure to resonate with fans of many music genres.

Hailing originally from Sydney, Australia, Desert Sparrow cite as main artistic influences ’60s rock, folk music, spaghetti westerns, and surf rock. The resulting amalgam is a rhythmic, highly narrative experience which paints images of solitude and hardship, independence and perseverance on backgrounds of hardpan deserts and windswept plains. Their sound often recalls moments from groups like Fleetwood Mac, Kings of Leon, and Angus & Julia Stone.

Desert Sparrow write that their new album chiefly describes “Moving to the big city to follow your dreams and the hardships that follow.” They also note that it’s about “accepting change, walking away from the bad and embracing the good,” as well as “cutting ties with old friends, moving forward, and taking risks.”

Desert Sparrow are Kylie Adams and Dave Carreno. Also appearing on their new record is guitarist Robo Hryn. Their “City of Dreams” EP is preceded by their 2014 EP, “Leave this Town,” the popularity of which preempted the group’s move from Australia to Los Angeles.

Desert Sparrow’s self-produced EP was engineered at Station House Studio in Echo Park, CA by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Shooter Jennings) and mastered at Sterling Sound, NY by Greg Calbi (Tame Impala, The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Noel Gallagher, Keith Richards). It features cover art and photography by Ian Maddox.

“City of Dreams” by Desert Sparrow is available at over 700 music stores online worldwide beginning 24 June 2016.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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