S&G's launch show was held in the quaintest little thatched cottage in Derry's craft village on 23rd November. Relive the moments with these beautiful photos courtesy of PIGMINTFILM.
"Beat Generation... Ha!" is the second single from JPL's fourth studio album 'Don't Try'.
"If sumptuous and carefully crafted songs are your thing, 'For Foes' will make for a pleasing listen."
"They've got a knack for creating melody in amongst the general post-punk stew with opening track 'All That We Can' featuring a killer chorus."
"A smattering of vocal layering for effect here and there is used for underlining the depth being heard, rather than cause roars of audience approval, as essentially one voice expresses the heart-felt emotions the music effortlessly evokes."
"For Foes, the debut album from Sullivan & Gold is not, praise be, a record over-burdened with angst and look-at-me theatrics. Yes, it swells and pulses. However, it's subtle too, even slippery in places - with interesting shades and detours and, most significantly, and atypical lyrical approach."
"We really want to play in alternative spaces, so at the minute our first three gigs to promote the album are in a thatched cottage, a bookshop and a renovated church! I’m excited about playing in these kinds of places."
"...quite an impressive effort from the Derry lads."
"Releasing an album after six years of silence is a calculated risk, but Jetplane Landing did their sums a long time ago and decided that money doesn’t matter."
"The most clear winner we’ve had this year."
"The energy in the crowd is matched on stage, with guitarists Andrew Ferris and Cahir O’Doherty pulling their best rock shapes to go with their trademark melodic wall of noise."
This extra special video session "Don't Stand In Line" was filmed and directed by PIGMINTFILM in Gerald Maguire's workshop; a local artist from Castlerock.
Shot and directed by PIGMINTFILM in Ruth's Bakery in Castlerock.
STA bands are working hard on the road once again this month; including Axis Of, More Than Conquerors, Sullivan & Gold and Our Krypton Son.
Tune in to John Kennedy's X-Posure show tonight (Thursday) between 10pm - 1am for a session from the band and a live chat!
For one day only, IndependentMusic are offering 30% off all Smalltown America products [LP/CD/Digital].
Multiple acts from our past and present roster are considered for Northern Irish album of the year award. Read more in the Daily Mirror.
"Delighted for Belfast four-piece More Than Conquerors, who sold out The Limelight on Monday for the launch of their debut album 'Everything I've Learnt'."
"They're the most exciting, talented and downright super sound band we've come across in an absolute age."
"As they left the stage I knew, and the crowd knew, that this is a band channeling a buzz that Northern Irish music hasn’t seen in recent years. Tragically... We must now play the cruel waiting game for their debut album. We’re in for a treat, so we are."
"A gig they did at The Black Box earlier in the year, remains the finest hour of entertainment I've witnessed in 2013"
"The song has great harmony vocals, and is made even more notable by containing a piano line that in places seems more in keeping with a house track than a song of the folksy variety."
"Sullivan and Gold are gearing up for the release of their debut album ‘For Foes’ this winter. Fans can get their hands on a glittering gold 12" vinyl copy or the traditional CD will also be available."
"The perfect accompaniment to falling in or out of love."
"Their debut album will be released on Smalltown America on November 4th on both CD and 12" Vinyl formats... Watch the video, shot by Polish Director Czowiek Kamera."
"Sullivan & Gold will release their debut album, 'For Foes' on November the 4th."
"The initial preview of this album holds promise for Sullivan & Gold. No doubt we’ll be hearing more about them when their album launches on November 22nd."
"'Run Faster' is the first single from Sullivan & Gold’s debut album ‘For Foes’."
"I caught up with, guitarist/vocalist, Andrew Ferris to discuss the band's time away, how the new record came about, the state of the post-hardcore scene in the UK and how Cahir's hectic schedule affects the band."
"Andrew [Ferris] reveals... “It’s actually the longest period of recording we’d ever gone through. Hopefully that’s reflected in the album.” Judging by the fact that Kerrang Magazine gave ‘Don’t Try’ a blistering 5/5 album review last week, that’s certainly the case!"
"Some album news now and a big welcome back to Derry's Jetplane Landing who end a six-year absence with the excellent Don't Try. It is their first with new drummer Craig McKean (Fighting With Wire)."
"It was a pleasure to have JPL back in Cardiff and playing on such great form; this was a set of winners played with style and heart and it made us all realise how much we’d missed seeing them play."
"Jetplane Landing’s 'Don’t Try' is a blast of wild, emotive raw power, crackling with energy and zeal.. Sounds like – Bones of our fathers, maggots (getting off my turf), magnetic sea pulling me under, a Jetplane Landing."
"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this band should have been huge, they’ve got a message, they’ve got hooks, they’ve got riffs and you can bet your life on it that they’ve got songs. Jetplane Landing, first class all the way!"
"Superb from start to finish, it's hard to imagine a better Irish rock album this year."
"After a six year hiatus the Derry born cabin crew are back, this time with an absolute beast of a record in 'Don’t Try'."
"After however many years out of the loop, Jetplane Landing are back, if you really thought they were ever gone, and stronger than ever... Roll on JPL5 and the next tour; I’ll be down the front, come say hey."
"A solid body of work that does more than a little to cement their place amongst contemporaries such as Biffy Clyro, Les Savy Fav, and even more legendary bands such as Refused and At The Drive-In."
"Andrew Ferris is at his incensed best, snarling “Hey maggots, get off my turf, I wrote shit like this fucking years ago.” down the mic... In truth, though, there’s barely anybody that’s come close to them in the intervening years."
Brace yourselves: it's time for part two of the Noise Annoys' interview with Jetplane Landing frontman and Smalltown America label founder Andrew Ferris. This week, Mr Ferris talks about his bandmates, recording in Derry and why they can't wait to tour their excellent new LP 'Don't Try'.
"This week, the first of a special two part interview with Jetplane Landing pilot Andrew Ferris celebrating the Derry band's belated return to the rock'n'roll fray after six years in hibernation with fourth LP 'Don't Try' and an imminent tour."
"Jetplane devotees and indeed fans of heavy yet melodic guitar abuse in the bulging vein of Jawbreaker/Helmet/Kerbdog will be in their element here."
"They’re the elder statesmen of Northern Ireland’s post-hardcore scene, but don’t mistake Jetplane Landing for fusty old axemen."
After touring with Therapy? in 2012 the dream touring combo is back. Expect big riffs, insults, jokes about dead bodies and more riffs.
"Taken from their incredible new album 'Don’t Try', Derry quartet Jetplane Landing have released the video to their new single, ‘My Radio Heart’."
"More Than Conquerors really seem to have made [Glasgow] their second home and become an honorary member of the local scene. Then again, with music like this, who wouldn't welcome them with open arms?"
Smalltown America talent Little Bear & More Than Conquerors are featured and reviewed on #001 podcast.
As Axis Of continue on their European tour the band take a breath to share with us some of their highlights so far...
No More Workhorse finds in More Than Conquerors' debut album a fusion of bone crunching, thunderous guitars, pounding drums and catchy vocals.