Sad Parallel – the new single by The Agency…

Released this week, the new single “Sad Parallel” by The Agency… is already winging its way around the web causing ripples of musical satisfaction.


Great night at the Cumberland Arms on Sunday…a really great audience and we enjoyed playing;))) This week is the release of the new single #SadParallel and already there’s a buzz;)

Check out this and we’re the featured track at OuseNews too;)))

You can get it on iTunes now:

or check out our online shop

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Hawaay?!?! 61

It has already proven a busy start to 2013 for the Agency… with their new single “She/The Temple” soon to be released.

You can hear the exclusive play of ‘She’ from their new single here and it is the only place you can hear it currently pre-release. There may also be an exclusive play of the other single track ‘The Temple’ this week on the Hawaay61 show 2-4 gmt also on NE1 FM 102.5,  which you can listen to online here.

However, that’s not all that they’ve been working on.

At the end of last year the band recorded a jingle for one of their favourite local radio shows: Hawaay 61 on NE1 FM. The idea came from Alan Harrison the presenter of Jumping Hot Club Radio on the same station, as a birthday surprise for Hawaay 61 presenter John Jobling. Andy Ludbrook plays the majority of the instruments (including a first on drums) on the track, which is a cover/re-working of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisted”. The Agency… decided to make their version rock just a little bit more , in keeping with the theme of John’s show which showcases local rock and alternative music alongside a dashing of roots and blues.

Alan has also recorded a version of the song and proves that he may have a slightly better grasp of the North East dialect than SKD manages. However, both jingles are fun takes on the tune and the Agency… was more than happy to contribute their effort to someone who is a true champion for the local music scene, as well as possessing an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject.

Jumping Hot Club Radio airs on NE1 FM on Sundays 2300-0100

You can follow Alan and the Jumping Hot Club:


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‘For All The Love We Lost’ preview new track from forthcoming self titled debut.

We are proud to announce the online preview of the track ‘Birthday’, from the self titled debut “For All The Love We Lost”.

The Newcastle and Copenhagen based collective ‘For All The Love We Lost’ recorded at Tonfabriek Studios in Byker and Uxbridge College in London over the summer of 2012.

The collective consists of Solarbear producer and multi-instrumentalist Garry Cosgrove, pianist and guitarist Scott Wall and singer songwriter, Slim.

The sound and feel of the album has been described as emotive, progressive and tuneful with a modern darkness, and Musically, references have been made to Elbow, Peter Gabriel and Death Cab for a Cutie.

There are 5 tracks in total which collectively build and entwine with each other to create at times, soaring lullabies, reflective anthems and intimate storytelling. “For All the Love We Lost” is a personal, yet abstract selection of tracks written over a 3 year period.

Mastered by Fraser Smith (Shed Seven, Little Man Tate, Ian Brown), the album will be available digitally from all online stores on the 3rd of March 2013.

You can hear the track ‘Birthday’ now on Soundcloud or through the bands Facebook page.



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The Agency Album Review – Crackle Feedback!

With a great end to 2012, The Agency have been blessed again with an amazing review from Crackle Feedback’s Adam Millard.

We would like to thank Crackle Feedback for their review of The Agency album “For the Brave and Troubled….”, which you can view online here, and for the considerable amount of support they have shown us. We urge you to check out their site!

Here’s to a promising 2013!


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NARC. Magazine Interview

With the year drawing to a close it is great to see The Agency featured in Dec 2012 – Jan 2013 edition of NARC Magazine. The interview was conducted by Michael Hann who runs North East ‘Drone Noise’ label Reject and Fade.

For the last few years NARC Magazine has been working hard to support the North East Music scene, helping to bring national coverage of bands such as Maximo Park and The Futureheads. That tradition continues with the likes of Natasha Haws and The Lake Poets.

The interview was conducted ahead of last weeks successful launch party and really helped promote the event.

The Article is still available for your reading pleasure here or you can pick up a free copy of the magazine from local venues and businesses.

Merry Christmas!


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The Agency on Crackle Feedback!

The Agency are happy to announce their inclusion as ‘Thing of the Week’ on alternative music website Crackle Feedback! Here is what they had to say about us….

“One of the North East’s most promising new bands The Agency have just released an album called ‘For The Brave and Troubled’ which is the perfect showcase for their bare-bones, snails pace ditties. Some have unfairly classed them as Americana but, in reality, their sound is much too interesting to fit into that genre. The band have wisely worked out that less can often be more, and the gothic themes, delicate vocals, piano and sparing dashes of guitar sit nicely alongside moments of quiet and calm. The Agency play a delayed-due-to-injury album launch show at The Cluny in Newcastle this weekend (Saturday 15th December Buy tickets here). Why not pop along for some lovely northern gloom, what better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ?…”

You can visit their site here for the full article. We hope to see you all at the gig on Saturday!


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The Agency… Fresh on the Net

As the year draws to its end it remains a busy time for the Agency….  This week has already got off to great start with the track ‘Carnivale’ from the band’s debut album ‘For the Brave and the Troubled’ being selected for this week’s ‘Fresh Faves’ on the ‘Fresh on the Net’ website.  The site is the thought child of BBC Radio 6 and Introducing presenter Tom Robinson, himself a successful songwriter with hits to his name.  His idea for the site is to have a team (Team Freshnet) of those involved with music and passionate about finding new sounds and song writing.  Thirty tracks are selected for the weekly listening post (from a pool of 80-100) and those visiting and administering the site are invited to vote on their five favourite tracks of the week, with Mr Robinson amongst those casting their votes.  ‘Carnivale’ is included in Fresh Faves Batch 41 and finds its way onto a very track list from a week jam-packed with excellent song writing.  The Agency… is especially pleased to receive this nod from a discerning and passionate group of critics.

Solarbear records will not be entering tracks for a few weeks but we do recommend that anyone interested in new music visits Fresh on the Net and help to support the site…you’ll probably find a hidden pearl…or few.

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The Agency… On Jumping Hot Club Radio

The Jumping Hot Club has been promoting Americana/Blues/Roots music and more for the past twenty-seven years and in that time has brought a host of incredible acts to Newcastle’s venues.  However, not only have they been enticing some of the best international acts to the area in that time, the promotion has also supported local talent with support slots and special events such as the Home Fries stage at the Americana.  Recently Jumping Hot Club has become even more proactive with a radio show on the invaluable local station NE1 FM.  The show celebrates everything that the Jumping Hot Club has been about for the last 27 years, whilst keeping attune with the cutting edge of the alt country genre.  In recent months the show has featured several tracks by the Agency… alongside other inspired choices including other local bands, some hits from the past and even some interesting commercial sounds that might just have crept under your radar.  Last week Jumping Hot Club Radio featured the track “Red Heels” by The Agency… from the critically acclaimed album “For the Brave and Troubled”.  You can listen to the show here.  

Also check out the show this Sunday night, in its usual 2300-0100 when presenter extraordinaire (and lens man, no less) promises a retrospective of the last twenty-seven years.

You can follow Alan and the Jumping Hot Club on Twitter here

and NE1 FM here


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The Agency – Support for the Album Launch Party

and the special guests are…. The Last of the Smokeaholics. This is the latest incarnation of the legendary North East singer/songwriter/guitarist Mick Crook who has been behind bands such as The Infidels, Satsuma, and Snakebelt, but he is also a very capable solo performer. Whatever line-up he presents here will be a musical treat. Low Lights Tavern will be starting the evening with a special ambient set, so get there early!

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The Agency – Album Launch Gig

Solarbear Records are proud to announce the Launch event of “For the Brave and Troubled..”, the debut album from The Agency, at the Cluny 2 on December the 15th. You can check out the event page here

The Agency… are a Newcastle based band beginning to gain national and international recognition for their rare blend of styles, which converge to produce a dark electronic soundscape, tinged with moments of both gentleness and black humour.

Whilst this is a “launch” event it has been delayed due to injury to key members and the album is already available for you to check out, offering you the opportunity to ‘sing-a-long’ (disclaimer: this is of course not necessary). It is a one of show featuring the full band line up playing through the album with a surprise or two for the discerning audience.

Please check out the album on Bandcamp

We hope to see you all there for a fun festive evening!

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