Diabolical

It’s time to enter the dystopian world of Palo Santo

English pop band Years & Years returned this July with their second album, packed to the rafters with catchy synth hits. Receiving five star reviews from the likes of NME – who described it as “filthy, sexy, thoroughly debauched pop at its finest” – the band are back with 14 new tracks perfect for your summer playlist.

To launch the album we worked with Polydor Records on a 48 sheet and 96 sheet poster and digital campaign across London. The artwork gave us all insight into Palo Santo – the genderless dystopian society created by the band as part of their album marketing campaign. Lead singer Olly Alexander even visited one of our sites to have his picture taken with the creative – a post that received nearly 40k likes on Instagram.

Find out more about Palo Santo here.

Five Finger Death Punch fight for Justice

One of heavy metals biggest bands, Five Finger Death Punch, returned this year with another anthemic album. The American rock quintet, hailing from Las Vegas, followed up on 2015’s Got Your Six with their seventh studio album, And Justice for None. After a tumultuous couple of years – which saw walk-outs whilst on tour, and lead singer Ivan Moody check into rehab – they’ve regrouped and returned to their raging best. The album explores their past issues whilst delivering fans another collection of iconic metal tunes.

To celebrate the release, we worked with Eleven Seven on a huge takeover of our Blackfriars site – and the longest Five Finger Death Punch poster in the world. The artwork looked incredible, with bespoke creative for new songs and an accessible Spotify and Apple Music scan for each, making sure passersby could listen to the new material with ease. There was even an outline of a figure rocking out for fans to have their picture taken with, making it a truly interactive experience.

We were excited to see the band promote the poster on their Twitter and Instagram, receiving over 13k likes. Fans in London are encouraged to head down to the site and post their most creative shot of the takeover on their social media for a chance to win the band’s catalogue on vinyl, as well as a year’s subscription to Spotify and Apple Music.

Find out more about the new album here.

About 30 is all Gold for Adekunle

Adekunle Gold, the self-proclaimed father of the ‘urban highlife’ genre, released his second album earlier this month. The Nigerian singer and songwriter returned with About 30, an album over two years in the making following his debut back in 2016. Adekunle’s new album yet again provides fans of West-African music with an exciting twist on the original genre, highlife, which derives from traditional Ghanaian music and melodies played on western instruments.

Following the album launch, we spread the word in London with an incredible 48 sheet campaign, in some of our prime central locations. Everywhere from Hammersmith to Hackney, the bold artwork brightened up the streets and was well timed to capitalise on the hype from his huge gig with The 79th element, held at Indigo at The O2 just the week before. The artist himself was excited to see his posters up around town, posting a picture in front of one billboard to Instagram, which received 12.5k likes.

Find out more about Adekunle Gold here.

Gruff Rhys takes it to the 72-piece

We recently teamed up with Rough Trade Records to spread the news that Gruff Rhys, of Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon fame, has released a new solo album, titled Babelsburg. We put together a large campaign with 4 to 48 sheet posters across high traffic areas in east London, and a regional homage to Rhys’ Welsh heritage with a 48 sheet poster in Cardiff.

The album was originally recorded in 2016 by Rhys and former Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock, developed further for 18 months, and finally adapted for a orchestral accompaniment from composer Stephen McNeff and the 72-piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Rhys told Rolling Stone that the title of the album came from a road sign he passed while on tour in 2014 – Babelsburg is a district in Germany a little outside of Berlin. Gruff said that he “was looking for a name that evoked the Tower of Babel – people building towers to reach an idea of heaven (but maybe creating a kind of hell – I’m an atheist by the way!). In any case I had written Babelsberg down and when I listened to the songs together, it finally made sense why I’d done that.” Babelsberg is Rhys’ first solo LP since his 2014 album American Interior.

For further information about the album or tour dates visit here.

Jamie Isaac works best at 04:30

To celebrate the release of Jamie Isaac’s second album, (04:30) Idler, we worked with CMS Media on a huge poster campaign across London, ranging everything from 4 sheet to large format 96 sheet.

The album follows Jamie’s acclaimed 2016 debut, Couch Baby – and it’s safe to say he’s creatively progressed his style, heavily drawing influence from Stan Getz and João Gilberto’s 1964 opus Getz / Gilberto. The album is based on Isaac’s personal battle with insomnia, resonating in the title and artwork.

Originally a classically trained musician, Jamie shifted his attention to jazz, stating in an interview with Noisey that he found that “after a while classical is so rigid and there’s no room for improvisation”. Jamie developed his talent at The Brit School, where he met, worked, and at one point even lived with Archy Ivan Marshall, King Krule.

For those of you less familiar with his work, Jamie sings relaxed melodies to shoegazed bossa nova piano chords backed by jazz percussion. Elements of his work carry similarities to artists James Blake and Jamie Woon.

For more information visit here.

A$AP Rocky makes a Testing return

This month we’ve welcomed the return of A$AP Rocky after a long three years with his new album, Testing. We worked with Sony Music to bring the news to the streets across the UK with a high impact 48 sheet poster campaign.

The album is aptly named, as A$AP experiments with a variety of new creative sounds. Peaking at #4 in the charts upon its release, it features many collaborations and special guests, with vocal contributions from Puff Daddy, Juicy J, Kid Cudi, Kodak Black, Frank Ocean, BlocBoy JB, French Montana, Snoop Dogg, Skepta, and more. Test it out for yourself and get listening today!

Christine and The Queens make a royal return

Following the release of Christine and The Queens new single Girlfriend, and ahead of her second album release, we worked with CMS Music on large scale poster campaign across London. The gender-twisting new song had artwork to match, with the name of the band being etched out, only leaving behind “Chris”. Singer-songwriter Héloïse Letissier says of her new single, “I initially set out to smash against macho culture and macho men. I became obsessed with this idea of the macho man, and still being a woman. What does it mean if I’m this figure, and I’m a woman? Does it make me an aberration? Is it joyful?”. The new record also contains two versions of the single – one in French and one in English.

Christine and The Queens will also be touring the US and parts of Europe towards the end of the year, with two performances in November at London’s Eventim Apollo. Having not performed since May last year at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, this is welcome return for this passionate performer.

For more information about the tour, or to listen to the new single visit here.

The Kooks are back and they’re bringing sunshine

The Kooks recently released two new songs, All the time and No pressure, giving us a little taster of what we can expect from their new album, Let’s go sunshine, set for release this summer. We worked with Kobalt on a special teaser for the album, leaving old school mix tapes on the side of one of our 48 sheet billboards in Dalston. The cassette tapes were soon snapped up by inquisitive passers by as the band shared pictures on their social media, resulting in a combined 30,000 likes on instagram, and 2,500 likes on Twitter.

The Kooks are currently on tour in North America and Canada, and will be venturing to the parts of Europe next month. For further details about the tour head here.

Parkway Drive show Reverence with their new album and tour

Whilst Parkway Drive are on the road in the US, we worked with Epitaph records to spread the word that the Australian metalcore band will soon be heading to the UK and Europe for the next leg of their massive world tour.

With the new album, Reverence, taking #1 in ARIA Australian charts upon it’s release and already making waves in Europe, the tour is set to excite hoards of fans when it arrives this summer. The impressive promotional artwork sports an eye-catching and colourful Renaissance-style image, and looked incredible on both 48 sheet and 4 sheet posters sites across London.

You can find out more about Parkway Drive and their new tour here.

First. Disobey: Then Look At Your Phones

We were excited to work with Polydor Records on a London-wide poster campaign for The 1975’s new album, ‘Music For Cars’. Named after their original EP in 2013, frontman Matt Healy told NME,“We’re using it as the album title now because of how meta and self-referential everything has become in the world of The 1975, and ‘Music For Cars’ was always my favourite title of everything we’d ever done, so it kinda made sense to wrap it up that way.”

The cryptic 4 sheet and 48 sheet posters are proving a real tease for fans. Messages include, ‘If I don’t get to see the beauty of the end of culture: Then at least I’ve seen the culture of the end of beauty’, ‘A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relations’, ‘Modernity Has Failed Us’, and ‘Planned Obsolescence’. But what does it all mean? So far the band have disclosed very little about upcoming tour dates, locations or the new album. Fans will have to hold on a little longer as details are expected to be released in August.

For now, keep your eyes peeled on the streets for posters and clues.

 

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