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Show of Hands have no secrets…

Show of Hands have no secrets…

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Finally available to pre-order is No Secrets – A Visual History of Show of Hands, a 224 page hardback extravaganza celebrating the 25+ year career of the UK’s foremost folk/roots duo. Scheduled to be available on the weekend they play their fifth Royal Albert Hall show on Sunday 16th April, the book is a comprehensive document of their life on the road and in the recording studio. Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and third member Miranda Sykes were interviewed by writer/TV presenter Alexis Bowater and fRoots senior feature writer Elizabeth Kinder, and the resulting chapters are accompanied by selections from a vast archive of photography and memorabilia.
Stylorouge edited and designed the book which is published by Flood Gallery and available to pre-order now at:
http://www.thefloodgallery.com/products/show-of-hands-no-secrets?variant=37071708487

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Chris To The Mill

Chris To The Mill

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A box set of Chris Difford’s last three studio albums is to be released in March by Demon Music. I Didn’t Get Where I Am, The Last Temptaion of Chris and Cashmere If You Can, all with sleeves designed by Stylorouge, are bundled with previously unreleased tracks in a set called Chris To The Mill, which again features a Stylorouge front cover. Chris is currently working on a new Squeeze album with Glenn Tilbrook and is planning to release a single album version of his project Fancy Pants.

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Rick Wakeman – Grumpy Old Master!

Rick Wakeman – Grumpy Old Master!

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Prog keyboard legend and much loved Grumpy Old Man Rick Wakeman has gone back to his roots for a new album of cover versions. Piano Portraits is a journey through Rick’s musical past – beautiful solo piano interpretations of some of the favourite timeless classics he learned as a young pianist growing up.
Apart from the seminal part he played in the emergence of Yes as one of the biggest prog rock bands in the world, he played keyboards on David Bowie’s breakthrough Hunky Dory album, and it is his solo piano version of Life On Mars that was the catalyst for this album, having payed it on a tribute concert to Bowie after his death.
The design is by Mark Higenbottam at Stylorouge and photographs of Rick are by Rob O’Connor.

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UB40 to the power of 3

UB40 to the power of 3

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December sees the release of the first album by the three reunited founder members of UB40, Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue. Unplugged features up-close-and-personal reworkings of some of UB40’s classic hits, including Red Red Wine, Rat In Mi Kitchen and One In Ten. For good measure, the set also includes the previously unrecorded Many Rivers To Cross and Purple Rain.

Stylorouge were commissioned to produce the album packaging and marketing tools for the campaign; TV commercial, performance video clips and print. Filmed and photographed in a single day at RAK studios in London where the band were recording the album, photos are by Rob O’Connor, and design by Mark Higenbottam. Jamie Gibson edited the video assets in-house at Stylorouge.

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Cool Heat, Burnin Beat

Cool Heat, Burnin Beat

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Another collaboration between Imelda May drummer Steve Rushton and British jazz chanteuse Louise Cookman, this time requiring a sleeve that evoked the pioneering be-bop spirit of the 1960’s. Cool Heat, Burnin Beat was recorded by Nick Taylor at
Porcupine Studios, London in August 2016.
Photography by Rob O’Connor, design for Stylorouge by Matt Shurben.

Music really is Cool For Cats

Music really is Cool For Cats

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You couldn’t make it up – an album of music written and recorded specifically for cats, and in it’s first week it keeps Michael Ball and Alfie Boe off the top spot in the classical album charts. This is a project that has completely captured the imagination of the (presumably cat-owning) public.

The brainchild of American classical composer and cellist David Teie, Music For Cats presented Stylorouge with an unique challenge; to produce a campaign to promote an eccentric musical proposition – no specific musical fan base, and in general, unknown territory – without losing its integrity (too much!). Fortunately, the project comes with the support of a well-researched background. Tests have shown that cats really do respond positively to the music, and cat-lovers do tend to be active online. We made TV commercials that were aimed at both the daytime televison viewer and social networks, and promotional video clips that presented some of the music in a more immersive form by extended the visual branding that we had devised for the album.

The Shires Go higher and higher

The Shires Go higher and higher

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It has been our pleasure to be involved in the latest chapter of The Shires meteoric success story.
We were asked to produce and art direct a photoshoot on location for the campaign for their forthcoming album My Universe. Pip took the shots over the two days in central Spain, and we returned to a gloomy UK with a wealth of sun-soaked visual material for the packaging – and video footage courtesy of James Moriarty’s video work.
News of the release of the first single from the album, Beats To Your Rhythm was drip-fed via video announcements on socials, and a pre-roll for the single, a sizzle reel and trailer for the album were all edited in-house at Stylorouge. Beats To Your Rhythm is already getting strong airplay, two months ahead of the album release date of October 7th and was immediately selected as Radio 2’s Record Of The Week.

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A new look for McFly

A new look for McFly

With a series of live dates lined up for September, McFly wanted a new logo, with a clean, fresh but classic look to it.
Working with Bass-man Dougie Poynter, we designed the logo and the posters for the gigs, which will celebrate their five-album back catalogue by showcasing all of them over 12 nights in four cities. The Anthology Tour kicks off in Manchester on September 12th. Photography by Louie Banks.

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Rob Richings

Rob Richings

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Swindon-based singer-songwriter Rob Richings releases his first album Parkas And Boots in November, having made the decision to change career following a life threatening illness. His songwriting took on a more poignant direction and the new album reflects that and touches on the strength of the relationships that helped him through his adversity. Stylorouge were asked to create the packaging for Parkas And Boots, and our customary good luck failed us when we scheduled the outdoor photoshoot on one of the greyest, rainiest days of the year. The long day presented us with a glorious finale though, and a front cover image that lent the album the thoughtful, natural narrative that was an important part of Rob’s initial brief.
Rob’s philosophy on performance is refreshing: “Standing in front of a crowd armed with an instrument and a set of songs – there’s a simple honesty about that. It’s what musicians have done for thousands of years and for me the simpler and more honest life is the more beautiful it becomes”.
The album release is preceded by the single Ten Seconds.
Photography by Rob O’Connor.

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Letting you know about Alex Maxwell 

Letting you know about Alex Maxwell 

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Hollywood Records introduced us to the lovely Alex Maxwell, whose third single, Letting You Know is released on August 5th and which comes accompanied by a Stylorouge designed cover. Alex is already something of a YouTube phenomenon, with both her previous singles clocking up around half a million views each. Her debut album will arrive in 2017. Photography by Rob O’Connor, assisted by Jack Breedon.

Believe in Jonathan

Believe in Jonathan

Jonathan Antoine broke onto the classical crossover scene when he appeared with great success on the UK TV show Britain’s Got Talent with his then singing partner Charlotte. Three albums later he launches yet another, still at the tender age of 21. Believe is a beautiful collection of songs to be released on Cavendish Records. The affable and unassuming Jonathan has clocked up an incredible 200 million YouTube hits and has earned his place among the elite of the popular classical community.
He became a tenor at 14, and is a passionate lover of all things musical. A self-professed humanitarian, Jonathan is a keen guitarist – he has built up a collection of 13 guitars so far…
Stylorouge art directed and designed the packaging for the new release and Simon Fowler took the photographs on location in Buckinghamshire.

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The Gamekeeper – lest we forget

The Gamekeeper – lest we forget

19240, Shrouds of the Somme is the chilling title of an exhibition that commemorates the first day of the Battle Of The Somme – the fateful day when over 19,000 young men died in battle, only for the battle itself to continue for a further four months. The main commemoration event was in Exeter, at Northenhay Gardens, where 19,240 hand-made figurines were laid out for display to the visiting public, 100 years to the hour from when the first men were sent over the top in the First World War battle. Each figurine was made by the hand of Somerset artist Rob Heard, who began the work after a car accident left him unable to pursue his usual work. Instrumental in the exhibition was Steve Knightley, lead singer and songwriter of Show Of Hands, who also took part in the proceedings by playing a concert at Exeter Cathedral. One of Steve’s old songs, The Keeper, was re-recorded for the release by Universal Music of the album Centenary, which counterpointed music with poetry of the Great War, and, now re-titled The Gamekeeper, has been released as a single and video to publicise the event and promote the album.
Stylorouge created the lyric video for the song.

Ian (W!) Brown

Ian (W!) Brown

Not THE Ian Brown (hence the W) but still a known mover and shaker in the music industry, Ian W Brown is well known as a manager, producer, facilitator, creative force etc etc. Less known is the fact that he is also a performer and songwriter in his own right – Sandi Thom’s UK Number 1 I Wanna Be A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) was co-written by him, and he also co-wrote the lead song in the long running West End musical ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ and has written songs for many artists including Fisherman’s Friends, Show Of Hands, Jason Donovan, D Side, Pixie Lott, Graham Gouldman, Henry Priestman and even Meryl Streep. He is also developing several movies, some still at the screenplay stage, and others fast approaching filming…

His new single was inspired by his shared famous name – Me Too has an instant appeal and a heartfelt message. Stylorouge were asked to design the cover for the single, so we did…

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Fletcher Jackson Band

Fletcher Jackson Band

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Hotly tipped Newcastle-based singer/songwriter Fletcher Jackson has a new logo for his band courtesy of Stylorouge.
We’re hoping for great things of Fletcher (as I’m sure he is). Then we’ll have more to write about! Check him out live or listen on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/fletcherjackson

Kula Shaker’s bandwagon rolls on

Kula Shaker’s bandwagon rolls on

Since the arrival of the K2.0 album and their triumphant Winter tour, the band have released two singles, signed a deal to release in the USA with 30 Tigers (through Sony), and have announced a number of summer dates, and a December tour that will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first LP, K, one of the most successful debut albums from a UK band ever.

For the second single, Let Love Be (With U), Stylorouge designed a 7 inch single sleeve and created a simple animated video, which was adapted from some of the live projections we made for the tour, and the central character from Kate Baylay’s cover illustration for K2.0.

Check the track out at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxEJoYEaKi8

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