‘Are You Happy Now?’
Having toured the world with Hans Zimmer’s live band for over a year, Nile Marr returned to his hometown of Manchester to work on his new album. The guitarist, singer and songwriter, son of legendary Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr, grew up in Manchester but also spent time in Portland, Oregon, after his family moved there when he was in his mid-teens.
Having been brought up on the likes of Modest Mouse, Talking Heads and Broken Social Scene, Nile’s influences were there for all to see on his critically acclaimed debut album ‘TV Broke My Brain’. Released under the name Man Made in April 2016, Nile and his band spent a year on tour transforming themselves into an accomplished live force.
Now, in advance of announcing details of his forthcoming new album, Nile has put together a series of new live shows on May 02, May 09, June 04, June 11, June 18, June 25
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketweb and from Nile’s website: nilemarr.com
Nile will later announce some very special guests to join him at each of the shows during the 6-show residency. Details will be made available to those who follow him online, links below.
Diving Station’s harp-driven dream pop delineates the sound of a young band in full bloom. A culmination of four contrasting creative personalities results in detailed, interwoven arrangements framing memorable, dynamic songs. The band found common ground over the likes of Big Thief, Dirty Projectors and Alvvays, and have worked together since 2015 to self-release two distinct EPs that demonstrate their ingenuity with a combination of ethereal, energetic and lyrically poignant material.
Their sophomore EP ‘Feather Mouth’, released December 2018, is the band’s most accomplished creative contribution yet. The EP is a four track concoction of melodic intensity and musical determination. The lyrical content and title of this work explores themes of stilted conversation and the trials of communication whilst coming of age.
The lead single, ‘You’re Not Listening’, has been featured on both Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 shows, as well as BBC Introducing in Manchester, where the band recently recorded a live session and are regularly played. A live version of ‘You’re Not Listening’ has also been uploaded to YouTube alongside other tracks from the EP.
Diving Station have performed across the UK and supported bands such as Caro, Thyla and Indian Queens. They have appeared on festival line ups at Bluedot Festival and Head For The Hills as well as selling out several headline shows in Manchester.
Recorded and mixed with producer Hugo Meredith-Hardy in the lake-side surroundings of the Cambridge countryside, ‘Feather Mouth’ builds upon the dream-like sound world first established in their previous release ‘Alice’. This returns in the wavering, heavily affected guitars, yet is matured and strengthened by the more focused musical arrangements and the illuminating lyrical content.
“What a fantastic sound they make … Good good stuff” Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2)
“There’s no point waiting around for their golden years … this bunch is already in their heyday” The Skinny
“Some of the most enchanting music coming out of Manchester” Creative Tourist
“Absolutely stunning … I fell in love with it” BBC Introducing in Manchester live session
Beautiful alt psychedelia out of Corsica via Manchester.