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Posted June 12th, 2012

2012 Tour Dates

August 30th, 2012 (Thursday) London, UK Bush Hall
July 9th, 2012 (Monday) Rome, Italy Rock in Roma with The Cure and Crystal Castles
September 1st, 2012 (Saturday) Dublin, Ireland Electric Picnic Festival with Sigur Ros and The Cure

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Posted January 17th, 2010

Cranes in London and Dublin - April 2010.

Hello everyone! Hope you had a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Just to let you know that Cranes will be playing at the Jazz Cafe in Camden, London on Wednesday, April 7th 2010. It is a really great venue, usually reserved for proper jazz artists so we are really looking forward to it!

Tickets for the show can be bought in person from the Jazz Cafe box Office at 5, Parkway, Camden NW1, or online from TicketMaster. It's likely to be our last show in London for some time, so be great to see you if you can make it!

Also, Cranes will be playing at Whelans in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday April 17th.

Again, this is a lovely venue and this will be our first time playing in Ireland since 1992! We've wanted to go to Ireland for years and years, so we're really excited about it! We can't wait! Tickets can be bought in person from Whelans box office, at 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2, or online from TicketMaster

Also, to all our friends in America and Canada... we have not forgotten you!! We have spent the last few months working on a plan to come to America/Canada and hope that in 2010 this will be possible. We really hope to have some news for you soon about this!

Well, that's about all our news for now. Hope to see you soon!

Posted March 23th, 2009

Cranes Tour Spring 2009

Cranes will be playing 3 shows in France at Les Femmes s'en Melent festival in April and a UK show in Bristol on May 14th, plus more shows in Netherlands, Belgium and Germany at end of May.

April 22nd, 2009 (Tuesday) Paris, France La Maroquinerie
April 23rd, 2009 (Wednesday) Grenoble, France Le Ciel
April 24th, 2009 (Thursday) Marseille, France Le Poste a Galene
May 14th, 2009 (Thursday) Bristol, England Cube Cinema | Support: Holloys
May 24th, 2009 (Sunday) Hertogenbosch, Netherlands W2
May 27th, 2009 (Wednesday) Huy/Liege, Belgium Atelier Rock
May 28th, 2009 (Thursday) Hamburg, Germany Knust
May 29th, 2009 (Friday) Berlin, Germany Magnet | Tickets
May 30th, 2009 (Saturday) Leipzig, Germany WGT
August 8th, 2009 (Saturday) Festival, Sesto al Reghena - Italy

Cranes 1994 album 'Loved' re-issued by Cherry Red Records in the UK.

The re-issue features 18 songs (including 7 extra tracks from the Shining Road single and B-sides) plus a 16 page booklet with the cover artwork and photos from the period, plus new sleeve-notes about the making of the album.

The album is now available in limited quantities on CD by mailorder from us here at Dadaphonic

Tracklisting is:

1. Shining Road
2. Pale Blue Sky
3. Reverie
4. Lilies
5. Are You Gone?
6. Loved
7. Beautiful Friend
8. Bewildered
9. Come This Far
10. Paris and Rome
11. In The Night
12. Shining Road (Brauer Mix)
13. Liles (Flood Mix)
14. Don't Close Your Eyes
15. Organ Song
16. Paris and Rome (Flood Mix)
17. September
18. Green Song

If you would like your cd to be signed, please mention it in the comments box on your order form. Thanks!

Cranes self-titled album now available on CD in USA

The 2008/9 album 'Cranes' is now available on CD in USA. It is released by Forced Exposure Records and should be available through most record shops, as well as at on-line shops. But if you can't find it in your local store, please ask them to order it in for you! Thanks!

Hope to see you at one of the gigs in the Spring if you can make it. Thanks to everyone who came to see us in Barcelona in February. It was really great to visit Spain again! We hope to maybe play in America sometime soon too!

Bye for now
Love from Cranes

Posted November 24th, 2008

New album "Cranes" availability

Hello again! Thanks so much for all your messages of support about the album! :) Thanks so much to everyone who came to see us on the tour in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and in London too! It was brilliant to play some songs live again and to see all our friends again. We really appreciate the warm response that we got at the shows. Thank you again!

Germany The CD album 'Cranes' is released in Germany this week on Indigo Records. You should be able to find it in the shops in Germany now!

I-Tunes UK/ Europe and other European download outlets

The album is now available for download at and 7Digital. It is also available at many other European i-tunes sites and in other major download stores throughout Europe. (Released by Mute Song International)

AMERICA - Digital release set for December 4th

There will a digital release for the album 'Cranes' in America on December 4th. The album will be available at from that date and also from all other major download outlets in USA and Canada.

AMERICA - CD release in January

For those of you who still like a good old-fashioned CD in a beautiful sleeve with a lyric booklet, there will be a CD release for the album in USA in January 2009. It will be released by Forced Exposure records, so that you will be able to buy the CD in shops in America after that date .... More news about exact release date coming soon!


Thanks so much to everyone who has bought the album from us by mailorder. We signed nearly 300 CD's but the signed copies ran out really quickly so really sorry to anyone who didn't get a signed one that wanted one from the initial orders! We went away on tour on the day of the release so it wasn't possible to sign anymore at that time, but we are back now and so we have signed another batch of CD's, for anyone who might still want one. T.Shirts and other Cranes albums also available at the cranes mail order site. Please mention in the comments box of your order if you would like your CD signed. Thanks!

Album Reviews

Here are some quotes from album reviews which have appeared in UK press this month, Q, Rocksound, Uncut, etc.

Q - November 2008

...the blend of pretty melodies, other worldly atmospheres and twinkling electronica dovetails nicely with today’s ‘folktronica’ scene. …the one chord ‘Worlds’, the French sung Panorama and Wonderful Things, with its circular acoustic guitar pattern are hauntingly lovely.


…their immersion in electronic soundscapes works beautifully with Shaw’s other worldly melodies….on the truly lovely ‘Feathers’, the results are stunning. 7/10

UNCUT December 2008

With their minimalist lyrics and demo-like pieces Cranes have remained an enigmatic package-but their magic is how they use these resources to create an off-beat beauty.

MUSIC WEEK September 30 2008

'Worlds' and 'Wires' are typically infectious Cranes guitar-strummers, unfolding from hazy intros to wrap the listener in a dreamworld of strings and loops…The album gets more introspective as it progresses; 'Invisible', 'Move Along' and 'Sleepwalking' being largely instrumental, the latter- like its title- so much so that it rouses itself into life, eventually slumbering and disappearing inside a fuzzy haze of feedback


Cranes have created yet another work of weirdness, beauty and splendor. Some people have trouble managing one out of three but here it is replete.

Bye for now and thank you once again for all your support

Love from Cranes xx

Posted October 6th, 2008

New self-titled album 'Cranes' now available

We are very happy to let you know that the new Cranes album is available from today ! The album is called “Cranes” and comes with a beautiful free poster when you order from us here at Dadaphonic Mailorder.

The artwork includes an 8 page booklet containing all the lyrics. We really hope you'll like it! It's our first album for four years! Orders can be placed from today and the CD's will be dispatched on the album's UK release date of October 13th. The first 200 copies of the CD will be signed by the group, so if you would like your cd to be signed, please mention it in the comments box on your order form. Thanks !
Cranes 2008 CD Cranes
2008 Self Titled CD

1. Diorama
2. Worlds
3. Feathers
4. Wires
5. Panorama
6. Wonderful Things
7. Collecting Stones
8. Invisible
9. Move Along
10. Sleepwalking
11. High and Low
Cranes European Tour

All the tour dates dates are now confirmed and tickets for all the shows are now available.

We will play in Rome at Circolo degli Artisti on October 21st. The gig in Milano will now be on Thursday 23rd October (formerly listed as 22nd). A new show in Cologne, Germany at MTC has been added on Monday 27th October. The London show is on Weds Oct 29th at Hoxton Square Bar. Please see below for a full list of all the shows, including Paris and Brussels!

Cranes Tour October 2008

Oct 14th (Tuesday) - PARIS, France - La Locomotive - Tickets
Oct 16th (Thursday) - BRUSSELS, Belgium - VK
Oct 17th (Friday) - MARBURG, Germany - Cafe Trauma - Tickets
Oct 19th (Sunday) - FREIBURG, Germany - Cafe Atlantik
Oct 21st (Tuesday) - ROME, ITaly - Circolo degli Artisti
Oct 23rd (Thursday) - MILANO, Italy - Musicdrome
Oct 24th (Friday) - CESENA, Italy - Vidia Club
Oct 25th (Saturday) - S.GIORGIO IN BOSCO (Padova, Veneto) - La Gabbia
Oct 27th (Monday) - Koln, Germany - MTC - Tickets
Oct 29th (Wednesday) - LONDON, UK - Hoxton Square Bar
Tickets: or
Support: Epic 45

Album Distribution in Europe

The album CD will be released into shops in the UK by SRD distribution on Monday October 13th . In France the album will be released by Differ-ant distribution on October 20th. In Italy the album the will be released by Goodfellas (October 13th/20th). In Belgium and Holland the album will be distributed by Konkurrent.

The new CD is available by mailorder to everywhere worldwide, from us here at Dadaphonic Mailorder. A new T.shirt has also been added to the mailorder section.

Two songs from the album can be heard on our myspace site

We're really looking forward to the tour and hope to see you there if you can make it!

Lots of love from Cranes xx

P.S. If you live in France, Belgium, Switzerland or Quebec, look out for the Sept/October issue of D-Side magazine which features a four page interview with Cranes about the new album.

Posted September 9th, 2007

Hello again!

We are happy to let you know the Cranes albums, Wings of Joy (1991) and Forever (1993) are to be re-issued by Cherry Red records in the UK as part of their "influential albums" collection of re-issues. The CD's contain new sleeve-notes and photos plus seven additional rare tracks from the period on each CD.

We have a limited quantity of the CD's available by mail-order here at Dadaphonic/Cranes mailorder.

You can pre-order the CD's from today. If you would like your CD to be signed, please mention it in the comments box of the order form. Thanks! (Orders will be despatched on the UK release date, September 17th).
Wings of Joy (1991)

1. Watersong
2. Thursday
3. Living and Breathing
4. Leaves of Summer
5. Starblood
6. Sixth of May
7. Wish
8. Tomorrow's Tears
9. Beautiful Sadness
10. Hopes are High
11. Adoration

Bonus Tracks:

12. Inescapable
13. Dada 331
14. I hope
15. E.G.Shining
16. Starblood (remix)
17. Fuse
18. Self-Non-Self
Forever (1993)

1. Everywhere
2. Cloudless
3. Jewel
4. FarAway
5. Adrift
6. Clear
7. Sun and Sky
8. And Ever
9. Golden
10. Rainbows

Bonus Tracks:

11. Jewel (12 inch remix by Robert Smith)
12. The Puppet
13. Shine Like Stars
14. At Sea
15. Slide
16. Wings of Joy
17. Trumpet Song

We hope you will enjoy them! These releases are CD only, and you can find our other CD releases such as Particles and Waves, Future Songs etc, also here on our mailorder site.

lots of love from
Cranes xxxx

Posted January 29th, 2007


Cranes - Live at Amsterdam Paradiso (1991)

From the Cranes archives comes a classic recording during their pre 'Wings of Joy' era. The show captures the darker heavier days of the early Cranes. Included in the set is the never before released "Slow Song". The download includes high-res jpg files of the cover art so that you can print cd sleeves. Price is £4.00 and it's available from our new download site:

Songs are played by the original line-up of the group which featured Jim on drums, Ali on vocals and bass, Mark Francombe on guitar and piano and Matt Cope on guitars. These are really good live versions of Starblood and Sixth of May, Da Da 331 etc. We stopped playing these songs many years ago, so we thought you might like to hear them! Let us know what you think! You can listen to previews of the songs at

New album

We are continuing to work on recordings for the new album. Sorry it's been so long ! It's really beginning to take shape and hopefully will be something special when it's ready. Autumn 2007 could be a possible time for a release. We will keep you posted.


Cranes songs have been used in two really cool films recently. They are:

"Broken English" Dir: Zoe Cassevettes
'Vanishing Point" from Cranes Particles and Waves album appears in a scene in this new film starring Parker Posey and Gena Rowlands. The film, directed by Zoe Cassevettes can be seen at the Sundance Film Festival Jan 20th-28th, 2007

"Romeo & Juliette" Dir: Yves Desgagnés
"Flute Song" from Cranes Future Songs album appears in a film by award winning French/Canadian production company Cinémaginaire. The film is a contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet, and Flute Song appears in the final scenes of the film when Juliet has taken the poison. Cinémaginaire (who also produced 'The Barbarian Invasions' and many other award winning films) released Romeo & Juliette in Quebec on Dec 4th 2006. It's being shown in cinemas there now. USA and European release dates to be announced...


Jon Callender (cranes drummer) and Hayley Alker (a hugely talented vocalist and pianist) have formed a new group called Helsinki. They have recorded a beautiful new album, also called Helsinki, which we think you will love ! Check out their myspace site:

And if you'd like to buy the album (definitely recommended!) it is available at:

Helsinki played their first ever show in Portsmouth on Dec 19th. It sounded gorgeous and was sold out in advance so look out for more shows from them in the New Year!

Well bye for now. Happy New Year and hope to see you soon!

Lots of love from Cranes xxx

Posted March 22nd, 2006

Cranes Lyric Book back in stock

The handmade lyric book 'Til the Stars Shine' featuring lyrics to 40 Cranes songs is back in stock ! We have just 50 of these books and these are the last ones that will ever be made, so if you'd like one they are available now at If you would like your copy to be signed to somebody please indicate in the comments box on the order form. Thanks !

'Moon City' Single back in stock

Also we have imported some more of the 'Moon City' single, a rare 7" vinyl record (originally released in Spain) featuring two Cranes songs 'Moon City' and 'It's a Beautiful World'. Again, these are the last copies that will be available and can be found at

Festival in Latvia

We have been asked to headline at the Valmiera festival in Latvia on Saturday June 3rd. The booking details are not yet released but we will let you know more details as soon as we have them. This will be our first time in Latvia so we are really looking forward to it !

Bye for now

Cranes xxx

Posted December 1st, 2005

Cranes / Dadaphonic Newsletter - December 2005

* DVD/CD available in Europe

* Carmen Rosa debut album

DVD/CD Version of 'Particles & Waves' available in Europe

Hello again ! We now have a limited number of the USA version of Particles and Waves (CD + DVD) available for Europe and the rest of world. They are now available at our mail order at

The first few copies have been signed by the group so if you would like one of the signed ones please mention it in the comments box of your order form. Thanks ! If you would like it signed to a particular person let us know and we will try to do that ! All orders will be processed and sent out this week. We have recently updated our mail order pages and we can now accept Paypal (as well as ordinary credit card payments) so we hope this will be an improvement !

'Particles and Waves' is also now available on iTunes (USA). And of course you can still get the album in record shops and at Amazon etc in USA. In Europe the DVD version of the album is not available in the shops, so that's why we have imported a few USA copies for Dadaphonic Mailorder, in case any of you here would like to order it. Thanks for all your comments so far. Really glad you have liked it. And thanks very much to everyone who came to see us play at the festivals in August. It was great to go to Athens for the first time and we had a great time in Berlin and Belgium too. We're currently working on some songs for a new album and we're hoping to have something ready for release in the Spring. We'll let you know how it goes !

Carmen Rosa

Ben Baxter (bassist in cranes) and Jon Callender (drummer) are also in another group called Carmen Rosa. Ben is the singer/songwriter and Jon the drummer and producer. They have just completed their debut album called "You Only Think You Know". They're now on myspace too and have some great songs, so check them out at

For more info/album availablity write to and their main Carmen Rosa website. They have given us 10 free copies of their album to give away, so the first 10 people to order 'Particles & Waves' from us will get a free Carmen Rosa CD too !

Well bye for now ! Hope you have a great Christmas and a very happy New Year. Thanks so much for all your support in 2005 and hope to see you soon.

Lots of love from Cranes xxx

Posted September 13th, 2005

'Particles and Waves' + Live DVD released in USA/Canada

Cranes 'Particles and Waves' LP is released today in USA and Canada on Manifesto Records. The album includes an extra DVD disc containing a film of four live songs recorded in London. It can be found at

Or please find it in your local store ! Thanks ! We're so glad it finally came out. Really hope you like it. Here is a review of the album from Audio Revolution (8/10!)

Thanks so much to the Cure for inviting us to play at the festivals in Europe this summer. We had a great time playing in Belgium and in Berlin and also played in Athens for the first time. It was a great experience for us and great to see them again :) Also we had a lovely time at the Truck festival and Spitalfields in the UK and the Slottsfjell festival in Norway in July where everyone made us feel really welcome, so thanks to everyone who came to the shows !

We're currently working on some songs for a new album to be released next year and hope to tour in USA next year too. Sorry it's been so long since we came. We have a new record label (Manifesto) releasing us in USA now, so next year's album will be released at the same time as in Europe, so hopefully there will not be the long delay that we had with the current album.

If you didn't already hear 'Particles and Waves', we hope you'll like it. The sleeve (beautifully designed by our friends at the Cuban Council) has a snowflake image on the front which is actually a geometric fractal called a Koch Snowflake. This is a shape whose circumference is infinite as you can keep dividing the edges infinitely with little triangles, but the actual size of the snowflake never changes. We liked the idea of something being both infinite and finite at the same time. The album title 'Particles and Waves' refers to the idea that a particle, when you get down to it, is not really a particle at all, but a just a vibrating wave ! If you'd like to read a bit more about some of the songs and how they were recorded, and more reviews etc please see below ! And also there is currently a listening party at AOL music where you can listen to the whole album !

More reveiws can be found here:

Anyway, thanks again for all your support and see you next year !

love, cranes

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