Monday, 26 January 2015

LABOUR & LOVE IS HERE!

OUT TODAY! Here's our first digital single from forthcoming album 'Zoetrope' on Hello Thor, complete with fantastic remixes courtesy of good buddies and all-round good eggs, Chrononautz and Blunt Mountains. It's even got singing on it and everything, thanks to our newest member! Check it out:

Friday, 23 January 2015

HELLO 2015! NEW YEAR, NEW... er, EVERYTHING?

Aye up,

It's the beginning stages of 2015, which means that it's also the beginning stages of the launch of our debut LP. You know, the one we basically spent the entirety of 2014 working on? Well, it's called "Zoetrope" and will be out on Hello Thor in March! More details will be forthcoming in due course, but most will be on our Facebook page and Twitter feed; we're planning a total overhaul of the blog this year so will only be providing minimal updates. So go to those places instead.

A few tidbits to tide you over in the meantime...

Gideon Coe and Tom Ravenscroft have been playing a couple of tracks from the album on BBC Radio 6Music, which has been extremely pleasing. Amazing Radio, in particular the excellent Dani Charlton, have showcased the album and posted some songs that you can stream here: http://amazingradio.com/news-2/new-music-news-2/showcase-cantaloupe.

To coincide with the album's launch, we're currently in the process of planning a string of live dates from April onwards, starting with a short northern tour after Easter and then basically doing loads of weekenders whenever we can. More information on our Shows page. If you're interested in booking us to play, why not drop us a line?

Lastly, we're very pleased to make AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: as of 2015, we have expanded to a quarter. Our super-talented friend Eleanor Lee, who provides vocals on a couple of songs on the album, has joined us on a permanent basis on vocals/synth no. 3.

Monday, 24 November 2014

CHEERS NOW 2014

Had a cracking weekend with The Cowtown in Nottingham and Manchester, with a super special cameo by Thee Fists on Friday too. Thanks to everyone who came and partied as we tentatively tried out some of the new songs.

That's all from us for the year in terms of gigs and generally appearing in public (though Simmo will be hawking Christmas Trees at the Thompson Bros on Haydn Road, Sherwood for the next few weekends if you want to tousle his beard. Yes, we're broke after splurging all our money in the studio). We're now putting the finishing touches to the album and will print some news about what it's called, what songs are on it and when it's coming out on Hello Thor Records in due course. Better go, we've got masters to listen to...

Thursday, 23 October 2014

MANCHESTER IS MY KINDA TOWN

Well hey, it was nice to be in the NME and see so many inspiring friends and like-minded musicians in thoughtful and well-written pieces this week. By the way, the extremely talented Irene Choudhury took the photo of us in my old house.

And if you're after physical copies of our music, you're best heading off to Hello Thor's online shop as we live in far too chaotic circumstances to be held responsible for things like packing up and sending off records within a reasonable time period.

But in even more exciting news, we're heading back to one of our favourite cities on Saturday 22nd November to continue the party we'll start in Nottingham the night before. Yus, Cantaloupe will be returning to Manchester after what feels like an eternity, alongside our good buddies Cowtown, courtesy of the ever-brilliant Bad Uncle. This double-header of gigs will be our last in 2014 as we prepare to unleash our debut LP in early 2015 and an early opportunity to check out some new songs!

Bad Uncle Ben sez:

SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2014

"They're back!!!

"Cantaloupe and COWTOWN return to Manchester after what feels like an eternity to smash your faces clean off with their fruity musicianship and sheer danceability.

"The kind folk at Travelling Man have once again allowed us back in their shop to put on an amazing intimate show for these guys. 

"Limited capacity so please come early to avoid disappointment.

"£3 suggested minimum donation. Donations over £3 will receive a special gift.

"BYOB so there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to pay your way.

"DON'T BE A DICK OR ELSE."

Poster on its way soon. Here's the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1527151990865287/

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

HI MUM, WE'RE IN THE NME


Dunno who gave 'em the nod for this, but it's very nice to see Gringo Records get a mention and to be listed alongside our good friends Kagoule, Fists & Kogumaza as well as the lovely Sleaford Mods lads. And to see our beatific faces above the line "sexiest, macho". Oh, wait.