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Jun
9

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 9th June, 2015

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Striking Matches, credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken for FTCR.

Following their UK TV debut on the Josh Bishop Show at the weekend, Striking Matches have shot to #1 on Country Albums with their debut record ‘Nothing But The Silence’, knocking Taylor Swift down a peg or two. As it stands ‘Red’ is at #2 while ‘Taylor Swift’ is at #3, ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ is at #5, ‘Fearless’ is at #9, ‘Red (Deluxe Version)’ is at #12 and ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ is at #14. The Shires (previously topping the chart) are still around too, as ‘Brave (Deluxe)’ only drops to #4 and ‘Brave’ holds onto #8, supported by Johnny Cash at #10 (‘The Legend of Johnny Cash’) and #13 (‘The Man Comes Around’). The Nashville soundtracks also remain a force to be reckoned with, notching #15 (‘Season 3: Volume 1’) and #16 (‘Season 2: Volume 2’).

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May
13

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Striking Matches @ Union Chapel, London, UK | May 8, 2015 – Review

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Striking Matches at Union Chapel, London, UK on May 8th, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken for FTCR.

Striking Matches… what haven’t I already said about them? I’ve definitely already used the adjectives ‘incredible’, ‘unbelievable’ and ‘electrifying’, so what have I got left? Let’s go with this: their gig at the Union Chapel, the first UK show completed with their full band consisting of a drum kit and a bass guitar, was marvelous.

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May
7

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Striking Matches Announce November Leg of Headlining UK Tour

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‘Trouble Is As Trouble Does’
the new single – June 1st LISTEN HERE

“An engaging blend of slick country storytelling scuffed up with rockier riffs. Imagine a noisier version of The Civil Wars: squaring up and trading licks before coiling their voices together in sweet harmony” – Daily Telegraph

“Pure class” – Daily Star

Ahead of this week’s UK dates, including a sold out Union Chapel show in London, acclaimed Nashville duo Striking Matches are pleased to announce an 11-date UK headline tour this November.

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May
6

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The Schooling of Striking Matches: The Buddy & Jim Show Recap

Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman of Striking Matches

Imagine that it’s the first day of school, you don’t know a soul in town and worse yet, you’re the only girl in class. And on a day when the faculty of a music school is present to watch a little improvisation, the last person the guys want to get teamed up is with you.

’As long as we don’t wind up with the girl, we’ll probably be ok,’” Justin Davis, one of the students and guitar majors, remembers of the chatter going around the classroom that day. When he was the one who got paired with Sarah Zimmerman, Justin recalls how she whipped out her slide and annihilated everyone. And that was the day that lives of both people changed forever.

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Apr
25

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Striking Matches Announce Additional Bristol Date To UK Tour

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Striking Matches are pleased to announce that due to popular demand they have added an extra date to their impending UK tour. On May 9th the duo will play The Fleece in Bristol, while the two shows either side of it, in London and Manchester, have already sold out. Further shows in Glasgow and Milton Keynes respectively still have tickets available.

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Mar
24

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 24th March, 2015

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With Striking Matches’ ‘Nothing But The Silence’ having such a big push on the land of Twitter and being promoted on the iTunes UK all-genres “new releases” section, I must say I’m surprised that they didn’t jump to the top of the Country Albums chart. Instead, they’re at #4, losing out to Dolly Parton’s ‘The Very Best of’ at #1, John Denver’s ‘The Ultimate Collection’ at #2 and the ‘First Ladies of Country’ compilation at #3. As with last week, it’s simply an indicator that the UK-buying country market is simply more into older music, and often compilations too. Of course, they’re also into Taylor Swift, and that shows in abundance here as ‘Red’ takes #5, ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ takes #9, ‘Red (Deluxe Version)’ is at #11, ‘Taylor Swift’ is at #16 and finally ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ comes in at #20. She’s joined by UK duo The Shires continuing to demand attention, with ‘Brave’ notching up places at #6 and #23, and other UK duo Ward Thomas somehow retaining the same position week after week with ‘From Where We Stand’ at #25.

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Mar
23

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Striking Matches ‘Nothing But The Silence’ – Album Review

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I’m going to be honest, I was concerned about Striking Matches’ debut album after hearing the more produced, and smoothed-out version of their debut single ‘Missing You Tonight’. I have been fortunate to see them live many times, all of which demonstrated how dynamic and exciting they can be, with only them and their acoustic guitars on a small stage. With a band-backing, and on record, I was worried that this would reduce their dynamic chemistry and sharp guitar skills, the aspects of their performance that make them stand out from the crowd. I needn’t have worried however, because ‘Nothing But The Silence’ may change some aspects of their music from their live shows, but change helps keep things fresh, and the more electric sound with bass and drum backing actually works very well for them.

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Mar
6

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Striking Matches Showcase at Sarm Studios, London, UK | March 5th 2015 – Review

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Striking Matches at Sarm Studios, London on March 5th, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography taken exclusively for FTCR.

 

As darkness fell on West London last Thursday, For The Country Record travelled to Sarm Studios, a little hidden gem not far from Notting Hill and a place where anyone who’s anyone has recorded. Including the varied likes of Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, Duran Duran, Blur, Alicia Keys, Iron Maiden, Oasis, Gorillaz, the Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Robbie Williams, Radiohead, The Police, The Rolling Stones, Shakira and many, many more, we stepped into the well-kept but humble space surrounded by its hallowed walls. Gathered amongst our fellow media (no more than thirty or so people filled the room), and enjoying the provided wine and beer, we watched as the already-acclaimed duo stepped up onto a tiny make-shift stage covered in old-fashioned carpet for homeliness. After tuning and getting everything working (“It’s the jet lag!” Sarah laughed), they kicked things off like they always do: fast, extremely proficient, and capturing all the attention in the room.

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