Rock torchbearers Gov’t Mule are celebrating their 20th anniversary with an extensive tour and a series of dynamic live archival releases that highlight the group’s versatility and epic, fearless live performances. No two Gov’t Mule shows are alike, as the band draws on the more than 300 songs in their repertoire (and often a host of special guests) to create a unique experience each and every time. Their steadily expanding fan base knows that the Mule always has something special waiting for them. Expect the unexpected.
The deep chemistry and steely confidence shared by the quartet allow them to tackle any form of music and stamp it their own while remaining true to the spirit and intent of the original. This can of course be heard any time guitarist-singer Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis take the stage, but a series of new live archival releases really drives the point home.
The third release in this series (after last December’s Dark Side of the Mule and January’s Sco-Mule) is Dub Side of the Mule, will be released on April 6, 2015, and shines a light on Mule’s fabled New Year’s Eve 2006 Beacon Theatre show in New York City. The show featured three-plus hours of Mule standards and covers, including a 60-minute set of reggae songs with special guest, reggae legend Toots Hibbert (founder of Toots & The Maytals). It also features blues standards long a part of their live repertoire (backed by a horn section and backing vocalists), plus special appearances by Gregg Allman & Friends and John Popper (from Blues Traveler). All 34 tracks have been remixed and mastered. This special release will be available in multiple configurations including a standard version (1-CD), a deluxe version (3-CD set of the entire 3-hour performance and one DVD of the Toots set) and a double vinyl version.
TOURDATES – Gov’t Mule – 20 Years Strong Tour
Friday 01 May – Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium
Sunday 03 May – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Tuesday 05 May – La Cigale, Paris, France
Friday 08 May – Kaufleuten, Zürich, Switzerland
Monday 11 May – Theaterfabrik, Munich, Germany
Tuesday 12 May – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
Wednesday 13 May – Kulturbastion, Torgau, Germany
Thursday 14 May – Fabrik Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Saturday 16 May – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
Sunday 17 May – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
Wednesday 20 May – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Thursday 21 May – Orion Club, Rome, Italy
Monday 25 May – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK
Additional dates to be announced…
HAI HARVEST ARE SET TO RELEASEA NEW ALBUM ENTITLED ‘HAIRBALL’
Hairball, the follow up to Sheffield, UK indie punk duo Nai Harvest’s buzzed-about Hold Open My Head EP and huge singleButtercups (2014), was recorded with producer Bob Cooper (Sky Ferreira, Empire of The Sun, Citizen) over the course of one frenetic month.
Young guitarist and vocalist Ben Thompson (22) and drummer Lew Currie (24) are incredibly focused; a pair of best friends who have found their sound on their own terms. After two years of nearly relentless touring that took them to the other side of the world and back, the band has fully articulated that sound withHairball.
Nai Harvest has always had a habit of surprising people, whether by surpassing their sonic expectations of a two piece or by effortlessly skipping between genres. Racing through ‘80s and ‘90s-influenced indie rock, Hairball is propulsive and elastic, taking sharp turns into hazy garage punk and feedback-laden grunge.
Hairball’s 10 tracks are brand new songs from Nai Harvest, apart from a new recording of the anthemic single “Buttercups”, (first released on flower-shaped vinyl in July of 2014). From the warm, major chord melodies of opener “Spin” to the fevered, buzzy pace of single “Sick On My Heart” and the neurotic phrasing of LP titled closer “Hairball”, the record places its focus squarely on memorable hooks, reverb and fuzz, all tied together by crashing cymbals and a driving rhythm section. At times, Hairball feels like an early Creation Records release, something Alan McGee would have championed before Oasis came along and threw his label into the big-time, or something that John Peel might have doted over.
Last year, the band toured across the UK and Europe, packed festival shows at Beacons, Bestival, Tramlines and Gold Sounds, sold out headlined shows across the UK, went on a US tour and performed dates for Rough Trade and more at CMJ. The band plans to tour relentlessly, much as they did last year, through 2015–this time, off the back of their best material yet.