WELFARE release single: SADIE taken from SILENT OTHER EP 


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“Strong lyrics softly sung on four gorgeous, slow-burning songs.  For fans of Elliott Smith, Cass McCombs and Richard James’ (from Gorky’s) solo work.”  ROUGH TRADE

WELFARE is the new project from Pat Whelan, who most recently put out music as Padraig Whelan; played several times on BBC 6 Music & Radio 2.  All previous releases are now available under the WELFARE moniker via Bandcamp, with new release: SILENT OTHER EP.

Recorded over the summer, 2500ft up in the Italian Alps, in a house belonging to writer Julia Blackburn & sculptor Herman Makkink, whose most notable works include Rocking Machine, which appeared prominently in Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

Pat, originally from Doncaster in Yorkshire, now lives off-grid in the Welsh Marches.

Previous praise & plays:

Cracked Mirror EP – SIMON RAYMONDE OF BELLA UNION was Pat’s first champion, including Down The Back Roads on the label’s Barefoot In The Park compilation, & putting Pat on the Bella Union stage at the o2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park.

The Big Sulk EP – STEVE LAMACQ played Off & On on his old BBC RADIO 2 show, while 6 MUSIC’s DON LETTS & GIDEON COE both played Off & On, plus other tracks from the EP.  ITUNES featured Off & On front page of its Breaking New Music section & ace music site THE LINE OF BEST FIT said: “Gloriously romantic without ever reaching schmaltzy heights, this is another rare gem from the supremely talented singer-songwriter.”

Sealed Knot EP – SIMON RAYMONDE premiered Blind Love Is King on his Amazing Radio show, praising Pat as “one hell of a songwriter,” while TIME OUT reviewed a live show to mark the release as “filled with sublime, soul-soaked Lambchop-esque ditties”.


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GIL DE RAY release single: INCANTATIONS: 29th September via State 51.


“It’s Johnny Thunders meets old school indie Primal Scream, via the balearics.”   COLD LIPS

The four-piece’s debut album Riot of Sound received Album of the Week at Rough Trade last year and album of the day on Q.  GIL DE RAY supported Dr John Cooper Clarke recently and toured in Japan and the US supporting Little Barrie.

GIL DE RAY are: Mikey Buckley (Desert Ships) on guitar, Jody Moroney on drums, Dr. Paco on bass, and singer, Gil De Ray, originally from Glasgow, a prolific writer and artist, who’s recorded John Martin, and others.

INCANTATIONS was recorded and mixed at Lovebuzz Studios.

PENNY SUICIDE single to follow before the new album, and other singles include: STARBURGER BLUES, + SHIT CITY featuring Barrie Cadogan of LITTLE BARRIE.

Gil makes films for his releases, but others too: Magic Magic, Gentle Cycle, Little Barrie: kinda psychedelic Douglas Hart road movies. WATCH INCANTATIONS ON:


See his artwork: www.instagram.com/gil_de_ray/

Gil has two other projects currently in production: DREAM PIRATE with Pat Whelan (Bella Union), kinda Devendra Banhart/Isaac Hayes/folk raw…And FOCKE-WULF, a more electronic project, with Parisian/Helsinki habitee, Benjamin Goursot.

GIL DE RAY are excited to announce a forthcoming collaboration with Ashes to Ashes, the cult Japanese clothing company who collab with  Anton Newcombe, Tim Burgess, Primal Scream et al.



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