Making their second trip to Toronto within this past year, on the winter stint of their never ending Down In Heaven tour, Chicago’s Twin…Read More
Communion was born in the Summer of 2006 at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club. Founded by Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), Kevin Jones (Bear’s Den), and acclaimed producer Ian Grimble, it quickly grew into a flourishing community of musicians and fans alike, providing a first independent platform for the freshest young artists on London’s circuit and beyond.
The monthly night has seen the likes of Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons, JJ Pistolet and Peggy Sue all grace the stage from the very start of their fledgling careers. It has also helped spawn the first steps for a diverse range of artists from The Holloways to King Charles and Example to Ben Howard to all in keeping with the eclectic ethos that Communion has come to stand for.
Since its humble beginnings from a West London basement bar, ‘Communion Presents’ shows have taken place across the UK in Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Leeds, York, Oxford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin and Belfast, and internationally in Melbourne, Nashville, San Fransisco and New York City. Communion Presents works closely with other champions of new live music, including the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, The Camden Crawl, HMV’s Next Big Thing series, The NME awards, Belfast’s Open House Festival, and many more clubs and companies who all have a hand in promoting exciting new music to as big and broad an audience as possible.
Communion Records was founded in September 2009, priding itself on creating a close working family in which to allow artists to develop at their own pace. Production on many releases is handled by Ben, Kevin and Ian themselves, involving other artists from the roster in the recording process for that community vibe. Communion has released, or is currently primed to release records by Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, Daughter, Deap Vally, Willy Mason, Half Moon Run, Gotye, Marcus Foster, Matthew and the Atlas, Matt Corby, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Pete Roe, Foy Vance, and Joe Banfi.
In addition Communion Records releases a compilation each year – Compilation 1 (Communion) featured rare recordings by Mumford and Sons, Johnny Flynn, Alessi’s Ark, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, JJ Pistolet (now of The Vaccines), and more. Compilation 2 (The Flowerpot Sessions) was a hugely ambitious, week long collaborative live project featuring original live recordings from the likes of Angus and Julia Stone, Damien Rice, The Staves, Lissie and Kill it Kid. And Compilation 3 (New Faces) was a snapshot of Communion’s musical universe as 2011 turned into 2012, featuring Michel Kiwanuka, Ben Howard, Keaton Henson, Matt Corby, Joe Banfi and loads more.
The Macabees have shared their new video for “Something Like Happiness.” The band’s official single remains “Marks To Prove It” in North America but…Read More
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Tennis had every reason to be a flavor of the minute when they started releasing their sunny singles in 2009. They were a husband and wife duo that made cutesy indie pop after supposedly spending several months together on a a sailboat. It was nice for a summer daydream:Read More
Bella Union have signed Australian quintet THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON whose debut album Rookie will be releasedMay 13th. The Trouble With Templeton is the creation of singer/songwriter Thomas Calder,Read More
Willy Mason will tour this spring with First Aid Kit in support of his album Carry On, out now on Communion Records. Carry On, produced by Dan Carey (MIA, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand), is Mason’s debut full-length album for Communion Records.
Willy was just 19 when he was discovered by an associate of Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes),
Small Sound, follows their previous full length efforts, 2011’s Cape Dory and 2012’s Young and Old. Four of the tracks were produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins, The Mynabirds) with the fifth track “Cured of Youth” produced by Jim Eno (Spoon, Polica, Gayngs). Tennis was born on Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley’s,Read More
There’s a reason why most music tends to talk about the outer excesses of life. Rappers making money, glam rockers having copious amounts of sex are the simple examples, but then there’s “yacht rock” which was the soundtrack for the rich baby boomers living in the 70’s and 80’s. Bands like Vampire Weekend have brought that sound back,Read More