CANCELLED: 2nd Cambridge Show (21st July)

21st July 2016 | Andy

Unfortunately, it is with great sadness that we have to announce that the Cambridge Portland Arms show tonight (Thursday 21st July) has been cancelled.

It was clear from last night’s show at the Portland Arms that the heat in such a compact venue, coupled with a packed crowd of enthusiastic audience members, was not a good mix for the band or crew. We have to put the health and welfare of the bands first… several band and crew members were struggling last night and have been ill due to the intense heat, and we don’t want to take that chance again.

The Portland Arms is a fab venue but in the current temperatures it’s just not possible to take to the stage without endangering the health of band and audience.

We really are sorry to anyone who bought tickets, and obviously we will ensure you receive full ticket refunds.

Customers who bought tickets through the Wildhearts webstore and MusicGlue will receive automatic refunds and will be emailed later today. For tickets bought from the Portland Arms, please contact them directly.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Ginger Wildheart Band team
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If You Find Yourself in London Town – new single and video

20th July 2016 | Kris

This week sees the release of Ginger’s brand new single and video for ‘If You Find Yourself In London Town’ – the cautionary tale of living in our capital city that was originally written as part of the G·A·S·S· sessions, and more recently appearing on his latest album Year Of The Fan Club, currently available from Amazon, iTunes and other good retailers, and features a selection of other great tracks from the G·A·S·S· sessions.

Says Ginger:

“The video and song is a letter to a younger me, trying to make a name for himself in the big city. What to avoid and what to watch out for.

I’d have loved to have had some advice back when I moved from the North East, but I didn’t know anyone who had moved to London before me. This meant learning on the move, which was invaluable in gaining survival tips for my future. It was a very different place then, and well worth the cost of training to navigate.”

The single is available to purchase from Amazon and iTunes, and you can also stream it on Spotify.

Ginger July Tour – Additional Dates

3rd June 2016 | Kris

Additional dates have been announced for Ginger’s UK solo tour in July, in Leeds, Newcastle, Cambridge (a second night) and London.

Ginger will be supported at all shows by US power pop titan Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors.

Opening the show at Leeds, Newcastle & Cambridge 21st will be Danny McCormack’s new band, The Main Grains and in London by Ginger’s own Hey! Hello! Openers for the remaining shows are the UK’s very own rock behemoth Massive Wagons

Ginger is accompanied by Toshi (bass), Denzel (drums) and Conny Bloom (lead guitar & vocals).

Full dates are:

Tuesday 12th Bristol Exchange
Wednesday 13th Leicester Musician
Thursday 14th Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 15th Glasgow Stereo
Saturday 16th Aberdeen Underdog
Sunday 17th Newcastle Trillians
Monday 18th Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesday 19th Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Wednesday 20th Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 21st Cambridge Portland Arms
Friday 22nd London Brooklyn Bowl

Tickets for all shows are available now from our webstore at thewildhearts.probitymerch.com/listings

Ginger July Solo Tour Dates

29th April 2016 | Kris

Ginger heads out in July for a solo UK tour in July, accompanied by Toshi (bass), Denzel (drums) and Conny Bloom (lead guitar & vocals).

Tuesday 12th Bristol Exchange
Wednesday 13th Leicester Musician
Friday 15th Glasgow Stereo
Saturday 16th Aberdeen Underdog
Monday 18th Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesday 19th Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Wednesday 20th Cambridge Portland Arms

Tickets for all shows are available now from our webstore at thewildhearts.probitymerch.com/listings

Joining Ginger on the bill will be US pop/rock sensation Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and the UK’s very own rock behemoth Massive Wagons.

Says Ginger: “I have to say that I’m huge fans of both bands, and if you aren’t already then get down early and let’s feed your head and heart with some mighty melody and gargantuan guitars. The whole event is set to be a classic rock package, the likes of which haven’t been seen on these shores since bands could all play.”

Ginger Solo Tour in July. And the best raffle ever!

22nd April 2016 | Kris

Ginger will be doing a solo UK tour in July, accompanied by Toshi (bass), Denzel (drums) and Conny Bloom (lead guitar & vocals), with full dates being announced next week.

Joining Ginger on the bill will be US pop/rock sensation Ryan Hamilton (with his band of merry men) and the UK’s very own rock behemoth Massive Wagons.

Says Ginger: “I have to say that I’m huge fans of both bands, and if you aren’t already then get down early and let’s feed your head and heart with some mighty melody and gargantuan guitars. The whole event is set to be a classic rock package, the likes of which haven’t been seen on these shores since bands could all play.”

Also announced on Ginger’s Round Records Pledge is an exclusive raffle. All Round Records pledgers will be entered to win:
1) The much coveted Saw Blade vinyl.
2) The very first test pressing of the Songs & Words book cover, hot off the press.
3) Two tickets to the Ramblin’ Man boat launch party.

So if you haven’t pledged yet, get on it! And dust off your party shoes for July as it’ll be a hell of a gig night.

Record Store Day Release – From G·A·S·S with Love

14th April 2016 | Kris

For this year’s Record Store Day (Sat 16th April), Ginger releases an amazing looking Sawblade vinyl disc of songs from the G·A·S·S project: The Ones That Got Away. Limited to 1000 copies.

Track listing:
Side 1: Friends Of Bill; Bloody Knees
Side 2 That’s A Nasty Habit You’ve Got There; Petit Mort

Usual Record Store rules apply: Record Store day releases are only available through Record Store Day Shops from the date of Record Store Day. You can search for shops near to you on the Record Store Day website but are advised to contact the store direct to check whether they will be stocking the release. Stores are not permitted to reserve for customers so you will need to visit the store on Record Store day to purchase.

CUTTIG EDGE NEW MUSIC the Ginger Wildheart record is something else! @banquetRSDfeed is listing them all on Twitter

A photo posted by Banquet Records (@banquetrecords) on

Says Ginger – G·A·S·S was an exclusive fan-club that I set up as a year long project that promised three brand new songs a month. An album, Year Of The Fan Club, was released with my own favourites cherry picked from the years worth of songs.

Out of 36 songs, however, there were always going to be fan favourites that stylistically didn’t fit on the album, but were undoubtedly popular enough to release on their own merit. So here it is, the songs voted by the fans, together on this highly collectible piece of limited edition vinyl. When I was a kid fan clubs fascinated me, and limited edition vinyl was like porn.

Please, then, enjoy a bit of both on this soon-to-be-available-on-eBay-only-and-sold-for-a-fucking-fortune item while you can.

In fact buy two, and sell the other when the market price goes up. Once this one’s gone it’s gone.

FRIENDS OF BILL:
Written and recorded in Los Angeles, a place where the spirit of Rock n Roll has lessened in proportion to the rise of sobriety. It’s like a fucking epidemic out there, sober people playing music with sober people while bemoaning the lack of action on the strip compared to yesteryear…when everyone was three sheets to the wind, presumably. Drinkers are usually politely shunned from association with the AA brigade, the hypocrisy of which, I’m sure, is not lost on the sober mafia of famous rock stars who simply made too much money, had too many choices and picked all the wrong ones. Anyway, I’m happy to say that not everyone in LA are sobriety addicts, including the four musicians who played on this song. And the engineer. And all the friends that hung out at the studio and partied ’til dawn.

BLOODY KNEES:
The very first song recorded for the G·A·S·S sessions. And as I drove to Atherstone, towards Majestic Splendour, Jase Edwards studio, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t unusually nervous. There would be many songs recorded over this insanely busy year, but only one song was going to kick it all off, and this song would either set a high bench mark or put us all in a perilous state of doubt. Plus I was playing all the instruments in this session (although Jon Poole would later offer some incredible musical input), so the stakes were high.
Of course Jase and I have worked together on many albums, and the session went like a dream, with the amazing Givvi Flynn entertaining us all with an army of voices. While a great song it itself, I will always be most fond of this one as the on that started the whole thing rolling.

THAT’S A NASTY HABIT YOU’VE GOT THERE:
Another song recorded in the Jase Edwards session that just fell into place. Even experiencing recurring vocal issues (long term throat problems that have no seeming cause according to medical science), appeared to add to the vibe of the song. Crooning was out of the question so I asked Jase if I could just shout it in a Geordie accent, to which he replied in the positive and I set about squawking in my native tongue over a few bottles of broon. I love the final song, that spiteful vocal performance matching the subject matter perfectly.
These things aren’t only sent to try us but to change things and, possibly, make them better.

PETIT MORT:
This one came to me in the middle of the night after my father’s funeral. I rushed into the quiet kitchen to record it onto my dictaphone, turning suddenly to see a shadow standing directly in front of me. Once the electric shock of fright had activated every standing hair and bumping goose on my body, I realised it was my own reflection in my mums glass door. I had planned to sing this one myself, obviously, being as the lyrics were so personal. But then the mighty Yolanda Quartey came to the studio and asked to have a bash at it. She nailed the emotion of the lyrics in such a way that I felt the same hair raising goose bumps that I’d felt back in that quiet kitchen. At which point the song became hers. I was never going to come anywhere close to capturing the raw emotion that Yolanda so naturally poured out. While a very easy person to love anyway, I developed even more of it for Yolanda after she made this song her own.

Ginger at Camden Rocks + The Wildhearts at Download

9th April 2016 | Kris

Ginger will be playing at this year’s Camden Rocks festival – the all-day multi-venue extravaganza that takes over Camden and turns it into a rocker’s paradise for the day!

Ginger will be playing on Saturday 4th June:
3pm – The Cuban
5pm – The Forge
7pm – Proud Galleries

Each of these shows will have different sets, so make sure you plan your day to catch as many as you can! The venues can get busy so it’s worth arriving during the band before to be sure of getting in.

Less than a week after his Camden Rocks appearance(s), Ginger makes his annual trip to Castle Donington, where he will join the rest of The Wildhearts to headline the 3rd stage at Download Festival on Friday 10th June.

10th June – Download Festival, Castle Donington – Tickets

We’re just getting warmed up for the summer – watch this space for more updates!

Ginger Wildheart Band – Japan Shows

4th April 2016 | Kris

The Ginger Wildheart band are in Japan for a short tour.

The tour takes in the following dates and venues:
April 4, 2016 – Shinsaibashi, Osaka FANJ Twice
April 5, 2016 – Shibuya, Tokyo WOMB
April 6, 2016 – Shibuya, Tokyo WOMB
April 8, 2016 – Sapporo, Hokkaido SPIRITUAL LOUNGE

Ginger says:
“I am beyond excited to come back to Japan with my solo band, Chris Catalyst, Random Jon Poole and Denzel. The best times I’ve ever had in Japan has been with these crazy guys, and this is going to be the best one yet. I promise this.

I love you all, and cannot wait to see you again. I plan on coming to Japan many times in 2016.
It’s my favourite place on Earth, and as I get older I miss you more and more.

See you very soon. Bring your smiles and your voices, and let’s party!

Gx”

Hollis leaves Hey! Hello!, tour postponed & new video Let’s Get Emotional unveiled

15th March 2016 | Kris

It is with regret that Hey! Hello! have to announce the cancellation of their upcoming April UK tour. The shows have been postponed due to singer Hollis deciding to leave the band on the eve of the tour. Full ticket refunds will be available at point of purchase.

Note that the Ginger Wildheart Band shows in London on April 1st and St Helen’s on March 30th will still be going ahead, but without Hey! Hello!

Hey! Hello! offer their sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused to anyone who was intending to travel to these shows and the band’s official statement reads:

“We are bitterly sorry to see our singer leave the band at this point, but we respect her decision and wish her nothing but good luck in the future.

Right now, our main concern is finding a new front person – male or female – to lead our band to world domination. If you have the star quality that Hey! Hello! needs then get in touch at heyhellotoo@gmail.com

The world is waiting for you.”

Hollis has issued the following statement:

“As everyone knows I recently became the new singer of Hey! Hello!. I was privileged enough to do shows with Hey!Hello! and work alongside Ginger and the rest of the band and record the Hey! Hello! Too! album which has recently been digitally released. I recently made the decision to relocate back to Los Angeles. While living in England I was ready and able to do everything in my power to become a permanent member of Hey! Hello!

Now, due to geographical restrictions along with commitments to Love Zombies it is no longer a long term possibility and it isn’t feasible for me to remain in both bands. I want to thank Ginger and the band for the opportunity they have given me to be part of such a wonderful band and experience. I have enjoyed every moment and wish everyone the very best. I am again truly sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused.”

X-Ray Touring, Hey! Hello!’s Live Agent have also stated:

“It is disappointing that things did not work out with Hollis. Unfortunately, it was becoming more and more difficult in a geographical sense for her to continue to be in the band. I wish Hollis the best of luck in her endeavours, and her future with Love Zombies and also wish Hey! Hello! much luck in securing a replacement as soon as possible. Unfortunately this means however, that the upcoming tour in April/May has had to be cancelled. Full refunds will be available at point of purchase.”

Hey! Hello! also unveil the video for their new single, the adrenaline thrill ride Let’s Get Emotional.

Hey! Hello! Too! – Pre-order the second album now!

2nd March 2016 | Andy

Hey! Hello! have just finished recording their second album, Hey! Hello! Too!, and it’s available to pre-order now from Ginger’s brand new PledgeMusic campaign, Round Records Records.

Freshly mixed and mastered, you can pre-order the CD or vinyl version, and you will receive an extra digital download version on 1st April as well, in advance of receiving the physical album. This means you’ll be able to hear it before the band kick off their UK tour on the 15th April in Wolverhampton – see the Live page for full tour details.

Head over to www.pledgemusic.com/projects/round-records now to check out the available options, as well as lots of other Wildhearts and Ginger releases!

A clearly pleased Toshi, with the freshly mastered new album!