Alvarez Kings – Walking in the Air – Free Download

It’s the end of the beautiful/terrible year that was 2011 and to help you celebrate the achievement of weathering all that happiness/depression here’s a Christmas present from Alvarez Kings: a sublime cover of Walking in the Air, originally written by Howard Blake for that lovely film The Snowman and in this instance recorded by Dave Sanderson at 2fly Studios in Sheffield. Merry Christmas!

Here’s the free mp3:

Walking in the Air.mp3

Or if you’d prefer a superior binary format click here.

There will be news on more releases Of National Importance in the new year, including plenty more from Alvarez Kings.


Top photograph originally by Tracey Welch

The Cedar Room | 13/08/2011

New Sounds

Above is the new video for Dan Williamson’s track ‘I Cooked Her Heart’. The song is taken from Fat Elephant studio’s forthcoming ‘Under The Stairs’ EP, which also features contributions from Elephant Keys and Whispering Dolls.

Below are a few other things you may or may not have heard before:

‘Lowest Far Left Area’ (Demo) by The Favio Bechthold Situation. Free Download

‘Beginning and Ending’ by The Exhibition. Free Download

‘Patience is Strength’ [Orion Studio Version] by Alvarez Kings

ONI05 | GoldSoul “Blood Red” | Released Today

Today is a day marked by the release of GoldSoul‘s debut single ‘Blood Red‘.

The single, recorded with Ben Ridley at Eye on the Wall Recordings, is available on 7″ Vinyl (here) and digital download. We’ve tried to include most of the digital links below, but you may well find it yourself elsewhere. As always the cheapest place you’ll find the full downloads will be our own Bandcamp store.

Frequenc Pictures have been working on a video for the single that will be available very soon, in the meantime here’s a little look behind the scenes at the recording sessions.

Unfortunately, the vinyl pre-orders have been slightly delayed, due to a little mix-up at the pressing plant, and this means that those of you that have done so will likely receive your copy later this week rather than today as we all would have liked. Thank you and sorry. There’ll be a little gift enclosed in your mail as a means of compensation and you should have received a separate email with links to download the tracks today. Email us if not.

Here’s some words the press have written regarding the single:

“It reminds fans of their favourite bands and reaffirms the reasons they looked on so fondly at said acts, whilst bringing to the table fresh blood that can carry the torch further… it is ballsy, and it definitely sweats pure grit.” Soundsphere Magazine

“It packs a bigger wallop than you’ll typically find in the genre, and they have clouded everything with a radio unfriendly fuzz.” Collective Zine


Lots more newsy bits went out to the mailing list today including a couple of free mp3s from The Favio Bechthold Situation and The Exhibition. If you missed that you can find it here, and sign up for the next one here.

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XX Months

Of Local Importance

An ever looming and beautiful looking gig at the Harley in Sheffield, featuring our friends Dan Williamson, Elephant Keys and Jack and the Beanstalks amongst others.

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GoldSoul – Blood Red | Pre-Order

The 6th of June 2011 will see GoldSoul welcomed to the Of National Importance Records roster with the release of their debut single ‘Blood Red’. Backed with live favourite ‘Waiting a Lifetime’, the two tracks will be available on limited edition blood red 7″ vinyl and digital download. Pre-orders are available from our shop now complete with free digital download, whilst the first will also come with copies of our newly released 10-track ‘Dechaired EP’ and free pin-badges. Here’s what Exposed Magazine had to say of the single:

“In amongst those Common People, Mardy Bums, and Bigger Boys & Stolen Sweethearts, GoldSoul are tarnishing the Steel City with their taste of Black Rebel sleazy rock. Brash and reckless, it’s a track that doesn’t take shit from anyone, with its lead guitar enveloping like a piercing bullet, only to be restrained and outdone by a thick thump of a bassline that rips and roars around breaking as much as it possibly can. Leading the rebellion is singer David Mapson. Wild and untamed, his growling vocals bellow: “It’s a long road to the city lights, won’t you come sit and sing with me tonight?”. Whilst Artcic Monkeys are trying a style of similar vein in recent years, here’s a worthy alternative.” 7/10

Listen to the release in full below:

More? Below is a video from the filming sessions for the blood red video with Frequency Pictures, plus the Michael Mulholland cover of Blood Red and a free download of GoldSoul track ‘South Sun City Blues’. Enjoy

Michael Mulholland – ‘Blood Red’:

South Sun City Blues MP3; also available on the TTAT Compilation.


Look out for gigs over the next month from The Exhibition at this year’s Love Music Hate Racism Festival in Barnsley (a 5.15 slot at The Cedar Room as apposed to the advertised 8.30), Dan Williamson playing XRAYHORSE XIV at the Harley in Sheffield with Elephant Keys and Jack and the Beanstalks, plus Alvarez Kings returning from their European tour with an appearance at The Plug along with various festival slots.

Patience Is Strength Video

Patience Is Strength Released Today!

Alvarez Kings and Of National Importance Records release the EP ‘Patience Is Strength’ worldwide today!  Limited CD copies can be ordered direct from our own Bandcamp store with a free immediate download, whilst the first orders will also come packaged with an Of National Importance Records Sampler CD containing some exclusive tracks not available elsewhere. Digital copies are also available for just £3.00 from the same store or from any the following retailers:

iTunes | Tunetribe | Bandcamp | Zune
Nokia Music | Spotify | Emusic | Napster

If you already own a copy of last years ‘The Sequel’ CD single then email us with the number of the edition you own and we’ll provide you with a discount code for the Patience Is Strength EP to be used through our Bandcamp store.

Click here for the live dates Alvarez Kings will be playing in support of the release.

“This EP is a combination of sounds to be marvelled at, with each element having its own space to breathe. Infusing lyrics that shout out from the speakers with high quality rhythms, this is pop-rock as it should be.”
Music Review Podcast

“Alvarez Kings sound remarkably fresh with more creative ideas than you can shake your finger at. Vocally, the songs on here vary from anthemic to urgent , but it is musically that the band will perhaps surprise many.”

“Enthroning indie-pop with a crown made out of severed guitar strings, Sheffield based quartet Alvarez Kings are vigorously rubbing rock salt into the indie wound with EP Patience is Strength… a rare knack of creating order through disjointed guitar strokes, formulating the type of energised indie that gets you popping all sorts of sockets along to the equally poppy beats.
The Music Fix

“Filled from start to finish with epic guitar riffs and a catchy chorus sure to stick in your head. It is all too easy to imagine songs like this slotting neatly between indie favourites such as “Mr Brightside” and “Hey Scensters!” in clubs – and on iPods – up and down the country”
Carpe Musica

“If you’re not dancing by now, you’ll never dance again. Alvarez Kings have bags of talent and bags of attitude.”
Frequency Music

“Press that repeat button! Infectious stuff which could well help to propel [Alvarez Kings] into the indie big leagues.”
Shadders Online

There will be news on another new release from a band new to the label before April is over.

A Means To An End

Live – Barnsley, Sheffield, Verona.

Gigs: Alvarez Kings will be headlining their first European tour this month after Launching the EP ‘Patience is Strength’ at a secret location is Sheffield. Dan Williamson meanwhile – also appearing at said launch party – has a string of  his own Sheffield dates planned and The Exhibition will be making a live return at The Cedar Room in Barnsley with a slightly adjusted lineup. Full dates below:

Dan Williamson:

08/04/11 The Bowery Sheffield
9/04/11 Secret Location Sheffield
30/05/11 The Frog & Parrot Sheffield
11/05/11 The Frog & Parrot Sheffield
14/05/11 The Harley Sheffield
03/06/11 The Plug Sheffield

Alvarez Kings:

9/04/11 Secret Location (EP Release Party) Sheffield, UK
13/04/11 Cafe Video Ghent, Belgium
14/04/11 Hafen 2 Offenbach, Germany
16/04/11 Zwolfzehn Stuttgart, Germany
19/04/11 La Salumeria Del Rock Arceto, Italy
20/04/11 Esnoblog Trieste, Italy
21/04/11 Jack The Ripper Verona, Italy
22/04/11 Controsenso Club Prato, Italy
23/04/11 Cantine Mediterraneo Frosinone, Italy
24/04/11 Scimme Milano, Italy

The Exhibition:

30/04/11 The Cedar Room Barnsley

Top photo by Kev Williams