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Update 2.8.15

Good news, we think we've now properly resolved the issues that weren't allowing up to update the site.  We've updated the gigography for all the 2014 tour and the 2015 festival dates with setlists and reviews. We'll be working on the discography, in particular around the Laid/Wah Wah special edition that was released earlier this year. If you can't wait that long, there are reviews of each disc and the supporting material at our blog Even The Stars.

In between their summer festival dates, the band are holed up in a London studio recording album 14. They premiered a new song called All About Nothing at their first festival date of the summer in Scarborough and hope to have it finished this year in time for a release in early 2016. No clues as yet to a title or any of the other song titles.

The remaining dates for this summer include shows at Worcester Racecourse, a visit to the Isle Of Man, a headline slot at Hardwick Live, a Magners Live outdoor show in Edinburgh's Princes Gardens, a headline slot at Bingley Live and their final date of the summer at Festival Number 6 in Portmeirion.

Update 6.11.14

Apologies for the lack of recent updates, we've had server issues again which we think are resolved.  We do still regularly update our Facebook page when this site is not being updated.

James have announced a warm-up show for their forthcoming UK tour at Stirling Albert Halls, this Saturday, 8th November.

They've played a series of shows in the past few months :

August 1 - Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle - Seven, Waltzing Along, Sit Down, Moving On, Interrogation, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Jam J, Top Of The World, Walk Like You, Hymn From A Village, Come Home, Curse Curse, Sound, Tomorrow, Sometimes and Laid.

August 3 - Umbria Rock Festival - Top Of The World, Seven, Ring The Bells, Walk Like You, Moving On, Born Of Frustration, Sometimes, Jam J, Out To Get You, Interrogation, Curse Curse, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Laid and Come Home

August 5 - La Feria del Hogar, Centro Cultural Deportivo, Lima, Peru - Frozen Britain, Say Something, Ring The Bells, Walk Like You, Moving On, Born Of Frustation, Sometimes, Jam J, Top Of The World, Johnny Yen, Interrogation, Curse Curse, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Laid, Come Home, Tomorrow

October 7 - Stirling Tolbooth - review by Even The Stars - Dream Thrum, Walk Like You, She's A Star, Frozen Britain, Undertaker, Blue Pastures, The Shining, Interrogation, Bitter Virtue, All I'm Saying, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Top Of The World

October 10 - BBC Maida Vale Studios 6 Music Session - Moving On, Sometimes, Interrogation, Hymn From A Village, Walk Like You, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Come Home

October 11 - Old Trafford Football Stadium (Super League Grand Final) - Come Home, Sit Down, Moving On, Sometimes, Curse Curse

October 13 - Manchester Hard Rock Cafe - review by Even The Stars - Walk Like You, Moving On, Seven, Ring The Bells, PS, All I'm Saying, Sometimes, Dream Thrum, Interrogation, Come Home, Curse Curse, Top Of The World and Say Something

October 20 - KEXP Session, The Cutting Room, New York - Moving On, Laid, Curse Curse, Interrogation

October 21 - New York Webster Hall - Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Frozen Britain, Walk Like You, Waltzing Along, Sometimes, Jam J, PS, All I'm Saying, Moving On, Johnny Yen, Quicken The Dead, Curse Curse, What's The World, Hymn From A Village, Come Home, Tomorrow, Interrogation, Say Something, Born Of Frustration, Top Of The World

October 22 - WNYC Session, New York - Moving On, Walk Like You, Out To Get You

October 23 - New York Rough Trade Store - Walk Like You, Frozen Britain, All I'm Saying, Curse Curse, Interrogation, Moving On, Out To Get You

They have also announced a new single, All I'm Saying, released digitally on 17 November with an exclusive b-side Let Us Die.  The video has been made by Hungarian stop motion animator Peter Vacz.

Update 26.7.14

James have announced three more shows for November, starting with a rescheduled date at Oxford Academy on 10th November, followed by two shows in Portugal on 28th November at Multiusos de Guimaraes and 29th November at MEO Arena in Lisbon.

They've played a series of shows in the last month as follows:

Tuesday 24th June - Madrid, El Corte Ingles (instore, Tim and Mark)

Thursday 26th June - Lisbon FNAC (instore, Tim, Jim, Larry, Saul and Mark) - Walk Like You, Frozen Britain, Curse Curse, Bitter Virtue, Interrogation, Moving On

Thursday 3rd July - Berlin Apple Store (instore)

Saturday 5th July - Groove Festival, Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland - Frozen Britain, Ring The Bells, Curse Curse, Interrogation, Honest Joe, Out To Get You, Walk Like You, Sometimes, Moving On, Sit Down

Sunday 6th July - Daytripper Festival, Waterford, Ireland - Tomorrow, Curse Curse, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Interrogation, All I'm Saying, Come Home, Moving On, Sound, Sometimes, Laid

Friday 11th July - Summer In The City, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester - Out To Get You, Moving On, Heavens, Ring The Bells, Walk Like You, What's The World, Hymn From A Village, Jam J, Bitter Virtue, Say Something, Frozen Britain, All I'm Saying, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Sometimes and Sound with a first encore of Curse Curse, Come Home, Tomorrow and Laid and a second encore of Johnny Yen - review at Even The Stars

Saturday 12th July - T In The Park, Kinross, Scotland - Come Home, Curse Curse, Ring The Bells, Moving On, Frozen Britain, Jam J, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Sit Down, Walk Like You, Laid, Sometimes

Tuesday 15th July - Theatro Vrachon, Vyronas, Athens, Greece - Lose Control, Seven, Come Home, Frozen Britain, Whiteboy, Don't Wait That Long, Moving On, What's The World, Hymn From A Village, Interrogation, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Tomorrow, Jam J, Quicken The Dead, PS, Say Something, Sound, Laid, Walk Like You, Curse Curse, Senorita, Sometimes, Out To Get You

Thursday 17th July - Benicassim Festival, Spain - Seven, Come Home, Moving On, Interrogation, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Tomorrow, Walk Like You, Curse Curse, Sometimes, Laid, Sit Down

Friday 18th July - Festival Meo Marés Vivas, Praia do Cabedelo, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal - Lose Control (acoustic), Seven, Come Home, Frozen Britain, Moving On, Hymn From A Village, All I'm Saying, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Jam J, Interrogation, Say Something, Tomorrow, Sit Down, Laid, Curse Curse, Sometimes, Curse Curse, Born Of Frustration - review at Even The Stars

Sunday 20th July - Latitude Festival, Southwold, Suffolk - Top Of The World, Walk Like You, Moving On, Curse Curse, Come Home, PS, Interrogation, Hymn From A Village, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Sometimes

Thursday 24th July - London TWBA Offices - Interrogation, Say Something, Moving On, Curse Curse, Jam J, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Dream Thrum, Come Home, Sometimes

They also recorded four songs for Sky Arts that will be broadcast later in the year.

Curse Curse will be released as a single on August 25th.  Formats are yet unknown, but a video has been made of live footage from the Porto show on 18th July.

Update 24.6.14

James have announced three European in-stores and signings in the next couple of weeks.  They play El Corte Ingles in Madrid tonight, then move on to Lisbon's FNAC store on Thursday (26th) before going to Berlin's Apple Store next Thursday (July 3rd).

La Petite Mort charted at number 11 in the UK album charts in the first week and then dropped to 31 and this week to 48.

In the week of release they did two in-stores in Manchester and London.  In Manchester HMV on June 2nd they played Frozen Britain, Interrogation, Bitter Virtue, Walk Like You and Moving On  and in London at Rough Trade East on June 3rd they played Frozen Britain, Interrogation, Bitter Virtue, Walk Like You, Curse Curse and Moving On.

They made their first appearance in Norway on June 13th at the Bergenfest where they played Johnny Yen, Come Home, Curse Curse, Jam J, Bitter Virtue, Walk Like You, Interrogation, Sometimes, Moving On, Laid and All I'm Saying.

They then followed that up with a first appearance in Slovakia at Bratislava's BA Beats Festival on June 20th.  They played Walk Like You, Frozen Britain, Come Home, Laid, Interrogation, Jam J, Out To Get You, Say Something, Moving On, Curse Curse, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Sometimes.

In between, they did a live 2 hour session and interview with BBC 6 Music, where the audience could help choose the songs they played.  They did Moving On, PS, Come Home, Just Like Fred Astaire, Lullaby and Walk Like You.

Update 1.6.14

La Petite Mort is released tomorrow.  James are on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning between 8.30 and 9.15am.  They then play the HMV store in the Manchester Arndale.

They played Camden's Electric Ballroom on Wednesday night as well as performing a 2 minute version of Sit Down live on BBC1's The One Show.  The Camden show featured Walk Like You, Laid, Johnny Yen, Waltzing Along, Frozen Britain, Quicken The Dead, Come Home, Tomorrow, Jam J, Bitter Virtue, All I’m Saying, Interrogation, Sound, Sometimes and Moving On with an encore of Say Something, Curse Curse and Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and a second encore of Top Of The World.

A review of the show can be found on our Even The Stars blog.  There's plenty of James stuff in the archive there now as and it can be followed on Twitter at @eventhestarsuk and on Facebook.

We also reviewed the album and have compiled other reviews on our La Petite Mort page.

James have announced a new show in Peru on Tuesday August 5th at La Feria del Hogar, Centro Cultural Deportivo, Lima, Peru

Update 22.5.14

James have announced two intimate in-store gigs to support the launch of La Petite Mort.   They play Manchester's HMV store at 5.30pm on launch date Monday 2 June followed by Rough Trade East in London on Tuesday 3 June.  The 200 capacity Manchester show is first come first served, the London show is via wristband which can be obtained by pre-ordering the album or by purchasing it on release date.

They also play BA City Beats in Bratislava on Saturday 21st June.

There is also an album sampler streaming on youtube with segments of each track from the album.

There is also a beautiful semi-acoustic version of Moving On available to view on The Telegraph website.

Finally, James will be performing an acoustic session for Radio 2 Zoe Ball's show at 8am tomorrow morning, 23 May and on the One Show on BBC1 on Wednesday 28 May prior to their Electric Ballroom gig.

Update 5.5.14

James have announced details of a November tour to promote the release of La Petite Mort. Support on all dates is Starsailor.  Tickets go on sale at 10.30am on Friday with a pre-sale for James mailing list subscribers on Wednesday.

Tuesday 11th November - Cambridge Corn Exchange

Wednesday 12th November - Bristol Colston Hall

Friday 14th November - Liverpool Arena

Saturday 15th November - Glasgow Hydro

Monday 17th November - Newcastle O2 Academy

Wednesday 19th November - London Royal Albert Hall

Friday 21st November - London O2 Brixton Academy

Saturday 22nd November - Birmingham NIA

Sunday 23rd November - Leeds Arena

James have also released the video for Moving On, directed by BAFTA award winning animator and friend of the band Ainslie Henderson.

Update 28.4.14

James have a few more live shows for the summer.  They are :

Friday 13th June - Bergenfest, Bergen, Norway

Thursday 10th July - Oxford O2 Academy

Sunday 3rd August - Umbria Rock Festival, Massa Martana, Umbria, Italy

Moving On is released today as a download only single.  If you bought the album through the James store, you can get it as a free download by logging into your account, otherwise it's on iTunes.

Interrogation, from the album La Petite Mort, is available as a free download for signing up to the James mailing list.

Update 31.3.14

James have announced a launch gig for La Petite Mort at The Electric Ballroom in Camden on Wednesday May 28th.  Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am with a pre-sale for those who've pre-ordered the album tomorrow morning.

Update 29.3.14

James have announced a number of festival dates for the summer.   They play the following shows :

Saturday 5th July - Groove Festival, Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland

Sunday 6th July - Daytripper Festival, Waterford, Ireland

Saturday 12th July - T In The Park, Kinross, Scotland

Tuesday 15th July - Theatro Vrachon, Vyronas, Athens, Greece

Friday 18th July - Festival Meo Marés Vivas, Praia do Cabedelo, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Saturday 19th July - Latitude Festival, Southwold, Suffolk

They recently performed two songs acoustically and were interviewed by Disorder Magazine.  These can be seen below:

James are now on Twitter - find all the latest goings on here.

There's also still a session for 6 Music's Lauren Laverne featuring versions of Frozen Britain and Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) online.

Update 24.2.14

James have announced the release of their thirteenth album La Petite Mort on June 2nd. The ten-track album will be released on vinyl, cd and download.

The album is available on the band's new webshop in a number of formats :

- standard CD with signed A4 print

- vinyl album with signed A4 print

- CD and t-shirt bundle with signed A4 print

- vinyl and t-shirt bundle with signed A4 print

- CD bundle with t-shirt, exclusive signed holographic album print and lyric booklet with photos and band commentary

- vinyl bundle with t-shirt, exclusive signed holographic album print and lyric booklet with photos and band commentary

Tracklisting is Walk Like You, Curse Curse, Moving On, Gone Baby Gone, Frozen Britain, Interrogation, Bitter Virtue, All In My Mind, Quicken The Dead and All I’m Saying.  The first song to be revealed is Frozen Britain which is available as a free download with pre-orders of the album and is also streaming on youtube

Tim told Danielle Perry's XFM show that the song is "more about a man being woken up from the dead by the love of a woman.  He's stuck in a rut and his life has died and they fall in love, it's like a kiss of life"

The album will be preceded by a single, Moving On, on Monday 28th April.  The single will also be a free download with pre-orders of the album.

Jim commented on the official site news page - "It has sprung from writing sessions in Athens, Lisbon, the Scottish Highlands and the tropical paradise of Ancoats. We have had a long, sometimes toughicult [sic] but exciting journey, and it’s been oh so very fruitful and rewarding. ‘La Petite Mort’ is an album that has stretched us and the songs and pushed us to new heights in craftsmanship and intensity, ably captured by producer Maximilian Dingel."

The official site also has a blog by Tim about the lyrical inspirations for the album.

James have also announced they're playing the Benicassim Festival in Spain on Thursday July 17th.  Jim also dropped hints about more festival appearances in the summer and an arena tour of the UK some point later in the year.

Update 19.2.14

James have announced an innovative record deal combining BMG Chyrsalis with indie label Cooking Vinyl.  The full text of the press release is as follows:

LONDON, 19 FEBRUARY 2014 – James have extended their relationship with BMG Chrysalis UK to release their 14th album through the company’s innovative Artist Services model in partnership with leading UK independent Cooking Vinyl.

The multi-million selling Manchester rock group first signed their publishing catalogue, including the era-defining hit ‘Sit Down’, to BMG in April 2012.

James, fronted by the charismatic Tim Booth, first emerged in the early Eighties with two EPs released on influential Manchester label Factory Records. Their breakthrough came in 1991 when the album Gold Mother reached Number 2 on the Official UK Albums Chart. The following years produced hits like ‘Laid’  and ‘She’s A Star’ together with a string of albums including Seven, Laid, Wah Wah and Whiplash which sold in their millions around the world.

Details of the new album which was recorded over the past 12 months will be released shortly.

The innovative partnership will see James benefiting from the combined strengths of the two companies, with BMG Artist Services working closely with Cooking Vinyl to direct and manage the worldwide album release; BMG bringing a focus on the A&R, creative and publishing elements of the project, and Cooking Vinyl providing product management, marketing and the route to market through their international network.

BMG Chrysalis UK EVP Alexi Cory-Smith said, “James have delivered an extremely strong record, and in line with BMG’s commitment to partnering with the independent sector, we are delighted to be working with Cooking Vinyl, one of the world’s leading independents.“

Peter Rudge, manager of James for the past 27 years, said, “We’re thrilled that BMG and Cooking Vinyl have joined together to market and release this record. The global assets of BMG combined with the specific expertise of Cooking Vinyl, one of the UK’s leading independents, is a powerful combination.”

Martin Goldschmidt, Chairman of the Cooking Vinyl Group, said, “On paper BMG and Cooking Vinyl are competitors and that is what makes this a landmark deal, offering James the combined strengths of both companies. We have already started working together on James and it already feels like smooth, efficient well-oiled machine.”

James have also announced two summer festival dates.  They headline Summer In The City at Manchester Castlefield Bowl on Friday 11 July.  Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 21st February.  They also headline Camp Bestival on Friday 1st August

Update 3.12.13

Apologies for the lack of updates over the summer - server access issues, moving house etc.   The 2013 gigography has been updated for all setlists of the July and August shows.  The Latvia Killers support slot was cancelled at the last minute due to technical issues beyond the band's control.

No news on an album release or 2014 tour yet, although Tim recently tweeted that he was going to do some final work on vocals for the album.

Update 23.6.13

James opened for The Killers at Wembley Stadium in London last night.  They played Sound, Ring The Bells, Sometimes, Out To Get You, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Sit Down and Laid. A review can be found here.

Update 14.6.13

James played Thetford Forest High Lodge last night.  They played
Waltzing Along, Ring The Bells, Sound, Five-O, Of Monsters And Heroes And Men, Let Us Die, She’s A Star, How Was It For You?, I Wanna Go Home, Stutter, Seven, Just Like Fred Astaire, Curse Curse, Moving On, Johnny Yen, Tomorrow, Sit Down, Come Home, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Sometimes and Laid. A review can be found here.

Update 1.6.13

Apologies for lack of recent updates, had some server issues which meant I couldn't update the site.

James have announced a series of summer shows at the following venues:

Wednesday June 26th - Mezaparka Liela Estrada, Riga, Latvia (supporting The Killers)

Saturday July 13th - Wakestock, Abersoch, Wales

Saturday July 27th - Benatska noc 2013, Mala Skala, Liberec, Czech Republic

Thursday August 1st - River Party, Nestório, Kastoria, Greece

Thursday August 8th - Poolbar - Altes Hallenbad, Reichenfeldpark, Feldkirch, Austria

Friday August 9th - Haldern Festival, Germany

Friday August 23rd - Olympia, Dublin, Ireland

Saturday August 24th - Belsonic Festival, Belfast

Louder Than War reviewed James final gig of the UK tour at Manchester Arena on April 26th.  The review can be found here.

Update 26.4.13

James played Birmingham Academy last night.  The set was Lose Control, Waltzing Along, How Was It For You, Sound, Interrogation, Five-O, Say Something, Sit Down, Top Of The World, English Beefcake, She's A Star, Moving On, We're Going To Miss You, Born Of Frustration, Come Home and Sometimes with an encore of Johnny Yen, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Laid.  A review can be found here.

Update 24.4.13

James played Leeds Academy last night.  The set was Waltzing Along, Seven, How Was It For You, Sound, Interrogation, Five-O, Just Like Fred Astaire, Whiteboy, Sit Down, New song, Of Monsters And Heroes And Men, I Wanna Go Home, She's A Star, Moving On, We're Going To Miss You, Born Of Frustration, Come Home, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Johnny Yen, Sometimes and Laid.  A review can be found here.
 

Update 23.4.13

James played Bournemouth Academy last night.  The set was Top Of The World, Dust Motes, Dream Thrum, Seven, Waltzing Along, How Was It For You, Sound, All In The Mind, Interrogation, Five-O, Waterfall, Just Like Fred Astaire, Sit Down, Of Monsters And Heroes And Men, Moving On, We're Going To Miss You, Come Home and Laid, with an encore of Johnny Yen, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Sometimes.  A review can be found here.

 

Update 21.4.13

James played the second of their two night run at Brixton Academy last night.  The set highlight was Tim walking out on shoulders of audience members during Just Like Fred Astaire.  They played Waltzing Along, How Was It For You, Ring The Bells, Oh My Heart, Interrogation, Five-O, Sit Down, The Shining, Of Monsters And Heroes And Men, Why So Close, Space, Just Like Fred Astaire, We're Going To Miss You, Moving On, Born Of Frustration, Come Home, Sound and an encore of Johnny Yen, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Sometimes and Laid.  A review can be found here.

Update 20.4.13

James played the first of two nights at Brixton Academy last night.  They played Waltzing Along, Seven, How Was It For You, Sound, Dream Thrum, English Beefcake, Interrogation, Sit Down, She's A Star, Of Monsters And Heroes And Men, Fire So Close, Just Like Fred Astaire, We're Going To Miss You, Five-O, Moving On, Born Of Frustration and Come Home with an encore of Medieval, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Medieval, Sometimes, Laid and Tomorrow.  A review can be found here.

Update 18.4.13

James played Bristol Colston Hall last night.  They played :
Dust Motes, English Beefcake, Just Like Fred Astaire, Waltzing Along, Seven, Dream Thrum, Quick And The Dead, Johnny Yen, How Was It For You, We’re Going To Miss You, Sound, Of Monsters And Heroes And Men, Interrogation, Five-O, Moving On, Sit Down, Born Of Frustration, Come Home with an encore of Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Sometimes and Laid.  A review can be found here.

They also played Sheffield Academy on Tuesday night.  They played Waltzing Along, Sound, Ring The Bells, Seven, Dream Thrum, Of Monsters And Heroes And Men, Dust Motes, Space, Interrogation, Five-O, Just Like Fred Astaire, Medieval, Moving On, Whiteboy, Sit Down, Born Of Frustration, Come Home, We're Going To Miss You, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Laid.  A guest review can be found here

Update 16.4.13

James have been announced as main support to The Killers at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 22 June.

James played Newcastle Academy last night.  The setlist was Waltzing Along, Seven, Ring The Bells, Sound, Dream Thrum, Of Monsters And Heroes And Men, She's A Star, Just Like Fred Astaire, All In The Mind, Interrogation, Five-O, English Beefcake, Moving On, Waterfall, Born Of Frustration and Sit Down with an encore of We're Going To Miss You, Come Home, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Laid. A review can be found here.

Update 15.4.13

James have been announced as headliners at the Belladrum Festival on the weekend of 2/3 August.  More details here.

Update 14.4.13

James continued their tour with a show at Glasgow SECC last night.  They played Waltzing Along, Sound, Ring The Bells, Lost A Friend, Interrogation, Sit Down, She's A Star, Of Monsters And Heroes And Men, Fire So Close, Space, We're Going To Miss You, Five-O, Moving On, Waterfall, Born Of Frustration, Come Home, Medieval, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Sometimes and Laid. Reviews can be found here.

Update 13.4.13

James opened their tour with a gig at Stirling Tolbooth last night to 200 people.  They played Waltzing Along, Sound, Lost A Friend, Bubbles, She's A Star, Quick And The Dead, Five-O, Interrogation, Space, Lose Control, All In The Mind, Moving On, Of Monsters And Heroes And Men, Born Of Frustration, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), I Defeat, Say Something, Come Home and Sit Down.  A review can be found here.

Update 10.4.13

Andy Diagram's band Spaceheads released a new four-track EP called Sun Radar this week.  The EP will be available on CD and vinyl at the merch desk on the James tour and online. Andy was interviewed by Louder Than War here.

Update 20.3.13

As a warm-up for The Gathering Sound tour, James will be playing The Tolbooth in Stirling on Friday April 12.  Tickets will be on sale at 10am tomorrow (Thursday).

Update 16.3.13

Last night on BBC 1's Comic Relief, a video of Sit Down recorded with the comedian Peter Kay was aired.  The video has appeared on youtube, but you should go to iTunes and buy the whole sketch for £2.49, of which £2.12 goes to Comic Relief.

Louderthanwar ran an article comparing Sit Down to the official Comic Relief song performed by One Direction.

Sit Down and The Best Of are currently enjoying a resurgence on iTunes, Sit Down at number 32 in the singles and The Best Of at number 12 in the albums at the time of writing.

Update 11.3.13

Local press have announced James playing a Forestry Commission show in Thetford Forest on Thursday 13 June.  Tickets are on sale Friday.

Last week, James spent a few days in the studio recording two new tracks with producer Max Dingle, with working titles Moving On and Gone Baby Gone, for "imminent release" according to Larry on Twitter.

At V Festival, James will be playing Chelmsford on Saturday 17 and Stafford on Sunday 18 August.

We interviewed Larry for Louder Than War recently in Manchester - it's a long interview but well worth reading.

Update 25.2.13

James have been announced as playing the V Festival in Chelmsford and Stafford over the weekend of 17/18 August.  No indication as yet of which day in which location.  Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday.

Update 9.12.12

The Gathering Sound boxset will, finally, be released tomorrow.  For more details and an insight into the contents, take a look at our review and feature on it.

Update 15.11.12

James will play the following dates in April 2013 supported by Echo And The Bunnymen. Tickets will be on sale in the next two weeks

Saturday April 13th - Glasgow SECC

Monday April 15th - Newcastle O2 Academy

Tuesday April 16th - Sheffield O2 Academy

Wednesday April 17th - Bristol Colston Hall

Friday April 19th - London O2 Brixton Academy

Saturday April 20th - London O2 Brixton Academy

Monday April 22nd - Bournemouth O2 Academy

Tuesday April 23rd - Leeds O2 Academy

Thursday April 25th - Birmingham O2 Academy

Friday April 26th - Manchester MEN Arena

Universal have confirmed The Gathering Sound boxset will, finally, be released on 10 December.

Update 7.8.12

James headlined the final night of the Stockton Weekender on Sunday night.  They played Born Of Frustration, Waltzing Along, Seven, Waterfall, Ring The Bells, Medieval, Johnny Yen, Out To Get You, Oh My Heart, Sound, Just Like Fred Astaire, Dust Motes, Jam J, Come Home, Sometimes, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Laid.  A review can be found here.

Update 30.7.12

James headlined Kendal Calling last night.  They played Born Of Frustration, Seven, Waterfall, Waltzing Along, Sound, Johnny Yen, Medieval, Stutter, Out To Get You, Oh My Heart, Ring The Bells, Jam J, Come Home, Just Like Fred Astaire, Sometimes, Tomorrow and Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
with an encore of Sit Down and Laid.  Reviews can be found here.

Update 29.7.12

Universal have now announced that The Gathering Sound boxset will be released on November 12.  They have claimed that the technical issues relating to the manufacture have now finally been resolved.

James headlined the Sound Island Festival in Margate, Kent last night with Echo And The Bunnymen, Inspiral Carpets, The Farm, Space and Chaps.   They played Lose Control (acoustic), Heavens, Whiteboy, Seven, Waltzing Along, Hymn From A Village, Laid, I Wanna Go Home, Just Like Fred Astaire (acoustic), Space, Johnny Yen, Come Home, Sometimes, Ring The Bells, Sit Down and Getting Away With It (All Messed Up).  A review can be found here.   James headline Kendal Calling tonight.

Update 19.7.12

Andy Diagram will be playing with the Pressure Company at the Semi-Automatic Bandstand at London's National Theatre on the South Bank this Saturday between 10pm and 11pm.  More details here.

Both Amazon and HMV are now showing The Gathering Sound release date to be October 1.

Update 3.7.12

The latest release date for The Gathering Sound boxset has been put back to September 3, according to an update from Mercury Records sent to distributors.  No confirmation as yet from the band or the Universal Music Store.

Update 10.6.12

James headlined the Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse last night.  They played I Wanna Go Home, Heavens, Waltzing Along, Sometimes, Tomorrow, PS, Johnny Yen, Lose Control, Sit Down, Medieval, Ring The Bells, Laid, Sound and Getting Away With It (All Messed Up).  A review can be found here.

On the back of the success of the Rock In Rio gig last week, Sit Down has entered the Portuguese Itunes chart top ten and the Best Of album reached number one.

Update 6.6.12

James played Rock in Rio in Lisbon on Sunday night.  They played Whiteboy, Ring The Bells, Laid, She's A Star, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Out To Get You, Johnny Yen, Stutter, Sound, Tomorrow, Sometimes and Sit Down.

Larry has also tweeted that him, Jim and Tim have stayed on in Portugal for a writing session for new material.

Update 7.5.12

James played The Big Stooshie in Giffordstown, Fife last night. They played Oh My Heart, Seven, Ring The Bells, Laid, Jam J, PS, Space, Sound, Lose Control, Johnny Yen, Medieval, Stutter, She’s A Star, Waltzing Along and Sometimes with an encore of Hey Ma, Sit Down and Getting Away With It (All Messed Up). A review can be found here.

Update 28.4.12

James have signed a new publishing deal for their back catalogue with BMG Chrysalis.  BMG's Vice President of A&R said of the deal  "This is an outstanding catalogue of songs, and we are delighted that James have entrusted their catalogue to BMG Chrysalis"

The Buenos Aires gig on May 2 has been moved from Teatro Gran Rex to the Niceto Club.

Setlist updates from the rest of the US and Mexican tour :

Tucson Rialto Theatre 18th April soundcheck - She's A Star, The Shining, Jam J, Come Home

Tucson Rialto Theatre 18th April gig - Lose Control, Dream Thrum, Five-O, Heavens, Seven, Waterfall, She's A Star, Born Of Frustration, Jam J, Dust Motes, Johnny Yen, Say Something, Tomorrow, Sometimes and Stutter with an encore of Ring The Bells, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Laid

San Diego House Of Blues 19th April soundcheck - Whiteboy, The Lake, Play Dead, Destiny Calling

San Diego House Of Blues 19th April gig - Whiteboy, Heavens, Come Home, Seven, Ring The Bells, Play Dead, Medieval, Jam J, Dust Motes, P.S, Five-O, Johnny Yen, English Beefcake, Say Something, Waltzing Along and Sometimes with an encore of Born Of Frustration, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Laid.

Coachella Festival 20th April - Whiteboy, Born Of Frustration, Ring The Bells, Jam J, Out To Get You, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Sometimes, Sound and Laid

Monterrey Arena 25th April - Dust Motes, Heavens, Waterfall, Seven, Ring The Bells, English Beefcake, She's A Star, Space, PS, Out To Get You, Lose Control, Senorita, Say Something, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Sound with an encore of Sit Down, Stutter, Sometimes and Laid

Mexico City Arena Ciudad de Mexico 26th April - Whiteboy, Born Of Frustration, Waterfall, Heavens, Seven, Play Dead, English Beefcake, Five-O, Hello, Lose Control, Medieval, Jam J, Come Home, I Know What I'm Here For, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Sometimes with an encore of Sit Down, Waltzing Along, Sound, Laid and She's A Star.

Update 18.4.12

James played the Marquee in Tempe on Monday night. The main set was Riders, Heavens, Seven, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Medieval, Jam J, Hello, What For, Just Like Fred Astaire, PS, Five-O, English Beefcake, Say Something, Come Home, Waltzing Along and Sound followed by an encore of Lose Control, Out To Get You, Sometimes and Laid. At the VIP soundcheck they played The Lake, Lost A Friend, What For and Heavens.

Update 16.4.12

James played the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas last night. They played Seven, Ring The Bells, Sit Down, Medieval, Jam J, Hello, Five-O, English Beefcake, Say Something, Come Home, Lullaby, Riders, Just Like Fred Astaire, Waltzing Along and Sound with an encore of Lose Control, I Wanna Go Home, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Sometimes and a second encore of Top Of The World. At the VIP soundcheck they played Lullaby, Five-O and Tell Her I Said So.

Update 14.4.12

James played the Main Stage at Coachella Festival yesterday afternoon and played Oh My Heart, Sit Down, Ring The Bells, Sometimes, Out To Get You, Honest Joe, Tomorrow, Sound, Laid and Stutter.  Coachella have uploaded videos of some of the set to their youtube pages

On Thursday, they played the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.  The set was Lose Control, Laid, Oh My Heart, Waterfall, Seven, Play Dead, Medieval, Honest Joe, Riders, I Wanna Go Home, English Beefcake, Say Something, Born of Frustration, Waltzing Along, Stutter with an encore of Out To Get You, Sometimes and Tomorrow.   At the VIP soundcheck they played Destiny Calling, Honest Joe and We're Going To Miss You.

Update 12.4.12

James continued their US tour last night at the Independent in San Francisco. They played Lose Control, Oh My Heart, Waterfall, Seven, Ring The Bells, Space, English Beefcake, Play Dead, Jam J, Hello, I Wanna Go Home, Medieval, She's A Star, Waltzing Along, Come Home and Stutter with a first encore of Sound and Sometimes and a second encore after the lights had come up of Laid.

Update 10.4.12

James' third date on their North American tour was at the Roseland Theatre in Portland.  They played
Riders, Oh My Heart, Ring The Bells, Laid, Play Dead, Jam J, Whiteboy, Hello, Medieval, We're Going To Miss You, Waterfall, Come Home, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Five-O, She's A Star, Born of Frustration and Sometimes with an encore of Say Something and Tomorrow.  At the VIP soundcheck they played Jam J, Whiteboy and Alaskan Pipeline.

Update 9.4.12

James continued their North American tour last night with their first US date at Neumos in Seattle.  They played Riders, We're Going To Miss You, Play Dead, She's A Star, Five-O, Come Home, Waltzing Along, Space, Honest Joe, Hello, Dream Thrum, Medieval, Waterfall, Born Of Frustration, Ring The Bells and Stutter with an encore of Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), Sometimes and Tomorrow.  At the VIP soundcheck they played Honest Joe, Come Home, We're Going To Miss You and Space.

Update 8.4.12

James opened their North American tour last night at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.  They playe
d Dream Thrum, Play Dead, Say Something, Waltzing Along, We're Going To Miss You, Born of Frustration, I Want To Go Home, Space, Seven, She's A Star, Waterfall, Sometimes, Hello, Five-O, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Ring the Bells with a first encore of Riders and Stutter and a second encore of Tomorrow.    At the VIP soundcheck they played Play Dead, Waltzing Along, I Wanna Go Home, Hello and English Beefcake.

James are also confirmed to headline the Ejekt Festival in Athens, Greece on Wednesday 27th June.

Update 29.3.12

James will headline The Sound Island Festival in Quex Park, near Margate in Kent on Saturday 28 July.  Also on the bill are Inspiral Carpets and Echo And The Bunnymen.  Tickets are £35.

Jim and Larry announced last week on BBC 6 Music that The Gathering Sound is now scheduled for release on 16th July.  The good news is that Universal have brought in some experts to complete work on the USB stick that has caused the delay so far.

Update 13.3.12

James will headline The Stockton Weekender on Sunday 5 August.  Tickets are on sale for the ridiculously bargain price of £15 for the day or £25 for the weekend.

Venues for the South American dates in April / May have now been confirmed.  James play Cine Joia in Sao Paolo, Brazil on 30 April and Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 2 May.

Update 7.3.12

James will play an additional date on their US tour on Thursday 12 April at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.  Tickets are on sale Friday from the venue website.  No details about a VIP package as yet.

Update 28.2.12

Tim Booth has announced via twitter that
"i'm playing 3 new songs at molly malone's on thursday (LA) as a guest of Julia Fordham. playing with a 3 piece opus orange, PB's songwriter".  Tickets are $15 plus fees available from ticketweb

Andy has announced via his website that he has played on the new Strings Of Consciousness album.

Update 24.2.12

James have been confirmed as headlining the Sunday night of the Kendal Calling festival on Sunday 29 July.  Tickets are on sale now at £105 plus fees for the weekend.  Ticketline are operating a deposit scheme where you can pay 50% now and 50% in June.

The two Mexican dates on the tour have been confirmed.  James will play at Monterrey Arena on Wednesday 25 April and the newly opened Arena Ciudad de Mexico on Thursday 26 April.  Tickets and VIP packages are available from James' overseas ticket partner, the Monterrey tickets going on sale at 10am local time on Sunday 26th.

Update 13.2.12

James will be playing a series of dates in North, Central and South America around this year's Coachella Festival.  The dates are :

Saturday 7 April - Vancouver Commodore Ballroom, Canada

Sunday 8 April - Seattle Neumos

Monday 9 April - Portland Roseland Theatre

Wednesday 11 April - San Francisco Independent

Friday 13 April - Coachella Festival

Sunday 15 April - Las Vegas Hard Rock Cafe

Monday 16 April - Tempe The Marquee

Wednesday 18 April - Tucson Rialto Theatre

Thursday 19 April - San Diego House Of Blues

Friday 20 April - Coachella Festival

Wednesday 25 April - Monterey venue tbd, Mexico

Thursday 26 April - Mexico City venue tbd

Saturday 28 April - Santiago Teatro Caupolican, Chile

Monday 30 April - Sao Paolo, venue tbd, Brazil

Wednesday 2 May - Buenos Aires, venue tbd, Argentina

Update 9.2.12

Louder Than War is running an article detailing the issues with The Gathering Sound boxset.  

James will play at Neumos in Seattle on Sunday April 8.  Tickets go on sale at 10am local time tomorrow from this website.

Update 7.2.12

James are playing the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday April 18. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday local time from the venue website.

Update 4.2.12

James will be playing the Rock In Rio - Lisbon festival on Sunday June 3 on the same bill as Bruce Springsteen.  Tickets and more information can be found at the official festival site.

Update 20.1.12

James have announced two additional shows for 2012.  On Saturday 28 April, they will be playing at the 7,000 capacity
Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile. Tickets are on sale here.

On Sunday 6 May, they are headlining The Big Stooshie, a charity festival at the Howe Country Centre in Giffordtown, Fife.  Day tickets for the Sunday are £50 and weekend tickets £90.  There will only be 500 day tickets available, so it's advisable to book up soon.  Tickets are available from the festival website at the above link.

Update 10.1.12

James are playing the Coachella Festival in Indio, California on Friday 13 and Friday 20 April.  Other bands on the line-up on the same day include Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Mazzy Star, The Horrors and The Black Keys.  Ticket details haven't been announced yet.

Update 2.1.12

Happy New Year!

Tim appeared on BBC Radio 6 today as part of an exclusive broadcast of She's A Star and Alaskan Pipeline from one of the Liverpool orchestra shows in October.  The songs can be heard by following this link for the next week - it starts at around 1hr 44min into the show and Alaskan Pipeline is repeated around 2hr 51minas the DJ left his mic on over the top of the introduction to the song.

Tim also revealed James would be playing a small tour in America including with the Arctic Monkeys at Coachella Festival (dates are 13-15th and 20-22nd April), there would be activity in South America, some major UK festivals and that there was unlikely to be a UK tour in 2012 as the band would be taking time out to do songwriting and recording.

Update 29.12.11

BBC 6 Music will exclusively be playing 2 songs recorded during the two nights James played with the Orchestra of the Swan and the Manchester Consort Choir at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall in October during Mike Joyce's show between 1 and 4pm on Monday January 2nd.  Tim Booth will also be interviewed live from Los Angeles during the show.