Aereogramme ‘My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go’

Aereogramme have just released a digital remaster of their 2007 album ‘My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go’. It was their last of their four studio albums and we all were extremely sad when they decided to call it a day. Can’t believe it has been ten years since we released this classic album. You can purchase the album from their Bandcamp  page for £5 on MP3 or 24-bit, 48khz FLAC.

Check out the stunning video for ‘Barriers’.

Adrian Crowley Video & Live Dates

The first single from Adrian Crowley’s new album ‘Dark Eyed Messenger’ has been given a stunning treatment by Irish director Niall McCann who recently delivered the film ‘Lost In France’. The video was filmed on Coney Island in May of this year and Adrian gives us a taste of the experience below:

“I have for many years been enchanted by Coney Island, always making a trip there whenever in New York, heading out by myself on the train to take photographs. Whenever I was there, it always happened to be raining and it was always off-season – with everything shut down.
But not this time. The place was bustling with life and all the rides and amusements in Luna Park were open and in full swing. Pun intended.
Some of what we filmed for the film shoot was set up and acted and some was done in an improvised setting, left open to chance. I won’t break the mystique of this piece by telling you how it was filmed or if all the people in the frame were aware of what was going on. As you can see it was all captured in one continuous shot. Then we called it a wrap and went for a beer. I think Niall had a hot dog.”

Adrian has a couple of dates planned before the end of the year in London & Dublin. The first wave of European dates has just been announced. Expect to see Adrian in Belgium, France & Holland. There will be dates in other countries being announced soon so we will be sure to keep you updated.

Adrian Crowley – Dark Eyed Messenger

Chemikal Underground is delighted to announce the return of Adrian Crowley with his new album ‘Dark Eyed Messenger’, his eight album overall and fourth via Chemikal towers.  Recorded in New York at the hands of American producer and musician Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman (Sufjan Stevens, Martha Wainwright, The Magnetic Fields), ‘Dark Eyed Messenger’ is a masterful work of unwavering focus and beauty.


Scheduled for an October 27th release, you can whet your whistle for the album’s full eleven tracks, by checking out its glorious opener ‘The Wish’ below.  You can also nip over to our online shop and pre-order the CD or Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl (!) HERE.

The striking cover art comes courtesy of Galway-based visual artist Louise Manifold.

RM Hubbert makes the SAY Award Shortlist

RM Hubbert has made it through to the Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY 2017) Shortlist with his latest LP Telling The Trees. This is the third time Hubby has made the Shortlist since the award started in 2011; in fact winning the award with 2012’s Thirteen Lost & Found long playing masterpiece. Could he become the first artist to win the award for a second time?

You won’t have to wait long as the final ceremony takes place in the elegant Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 28th of June. The ten Shortlisted albums were announced on the 15th of June as part of a special BBC Radio Scotland Quay Session in conjunction with 6Music and featured live performances by Lau, our very own Arab Strap and The Charlatans.

If you don’t already have Telling The Trees on then get yourself along to the Chemikal shop as we are doing special deals on the vinyl & CD.

See the full Shortlist below and best of luck to everyone on the 28th of June!

C Duncan – The Midnight Sun
Ela Orleans – Circles Of Upper And Lower Hell
Honeyblood – Babes Never Die
Konx-om-Pax – Caramel
Meursault – I Will Kill Again
Mogwai – Atomic
Pictish Trail – Future Echoes
Rachel Newton – Here’s My Heart Come Take It
RM Hubbert – Telling The Trees
Sacred Paws – Strike A Match

RM Hubbert makes SAY Award 2017 Longlist

Everyone at Chemikal Underground was delighted to learn that our very own RM Hubbert has been nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY 2017) Longlist on Wednesday 24th of May with his latest LP Telling The Trees. This is the third time Hubby has made the Longlist since the award started in 2011; in fact winning the award with 2012’s Thirteen Lost & Found long playing masterpiece.

The 20 strong Longlist was announced at the O2ABC in Glasgow by Nicola Meighan at an event that featured live music from previously nominated artists Steve Mason, Admiral Fallow and Mungo’s Hi Fi. Check out the full Longlist at the SAY Award website.

Chosen from almost 300 eligible albums, the Longlist was narrowed down by 100 impartial industry nominators. The Longlist will now be whittled down to a Shortlist of 10  – 1 of which to be chosen by the public via a 72-hour online vote (12-14 June), and the other 9 chosen by an independent panel of judges.

The SAY Award Shortlist will be announced on June 15th as part of a special BBC Radio Scotland Quay Session, before the award ceremony itself takes place on June 28th in the elegant surroundings of Paisley Town Hall.

Best of luck to all the nominated artists.

Here is what Hubby had to say on hearing of his nomination.
“I’m shocked, surprised and genuinely humbled to be Longlisted with Telling The Trees for this year’s SAY Award. Many thanks to the nominators for thinking of this weird wee record that my collaborators and I made.”

Miaoux Miaoux Joins Franz Ferdinand!

We’re absolutely delighted to share the news that Julian Corrie aka Miaoux Miaoux has only gone and joined Franz Ferdinand!  It’s a fantastic move for all concerned and we can’t wait to hear the new material they’ve been working away on for the past few months.

You can check out all things Franz Ferdinand at their website where there will be news of all manner of upcoming global exploits coming soon no doubt.  In the meantime, check out the video below for a reminder of just how plendid Mr Corrie in his Miaoux Miaoux guise actually is.  We believe Miaoux Miaoux will continue into the bargain which is a double dunter of good news… 

Arab Strap Annouce Summer 2017 Festival Dates

Miss out on Arab Strap’s triumphant return to the stage last year? Not to worry then as the band have just announced a string of festival dates this summer taking them to nine different countries between June & November 2017. They kick off at Field Day (London) on June 3rd and tie up at Iceland Airwaves Festival (Reykjavík & Akureyri) on November 

Included in their globetrotting is a long overdue visit to the USA in July with Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago) & a gig at Webster Hall (New York). If you’re due in any of England, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Poland, Scotland, USA & Wales this summer – take a good look at the dates and go see ’em. If you’re not, then perhaps it’s time to consider where you’re going for that summer holiday…

The First Big Weekend of 2016 – Arab Strap (Miaoux Miaoux Remix)

6Music Festival Glasgow

Glasgow are the proud hosts of the fabulous 6Music Festival this year & we can’t wait for it to kick off on the 24th of March. We have a fair few Chemikal Underground artists taking part starting with Emma Pollock opening the Saturday 25th March live broadcast at The Tramway daytime event with a full band set.  Emma will also be appearing on a panel discussion entitled ‘Making Music In Glasgow’ later in the day alongside Stuart Braithwaite, Paul Buchanan and Happy Meals, again in the Tramway. Doors open at 10.30am with the daytime session ending at 17.30, when the festival picks up again in the evening at various venues across the city.

On Sunday the main Chemikal focus falls upon the film ‘Lost In France’ by director Niall McCann. There is a special screening scheduled for the daytime event again at the Tramway, to be immediately followed  by a Q&A with Niall afterwards. In case you haven’t come across it just yet the film documents the rise of the independent music scene in Glasgow in the 1990’s & the founding of Chemikal Underground Records. It features artists including Arab Strap, Bis, Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai, The Delgados and many other seminal bands involved in the scene back then as well as a few new faces that joined the label further down the line. If you haven’t seen it already and don’t have 6Music Festival tickets head over to the Curzon/Artifical Eye website to rent the film online. It’s well worth a watch.

And it doesn’t end there! Fancy stocking up on some Chemikal vinyl & CD’s? On both Saturday & Sunday at The Tramway a popup Chemikal Underground shop will be in the main reception area along with many other Glasgow labels and record shops. Sounds like the perfect weekend then; music, film, chat & shopping all under the one roof.

If you haven’t got a ticket for any events then all is not lost – you can still tune into 6Music over the duration of the festival for interviews & features with various Chemikal artists.