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Summerhouse Records

Summerhouse Records was formed in 1986 in Stockton-on-Tees, north east England, initially to release records by local bands Friends and Whirlpool Guest House and the avant-garde funk band 4,000,000 Telephones. The label grew to sign Rumblefish, Quinn The Eskimo, Showstar, Skinner and Southbeach before contracting again to focus on label founder William Jones’ band Friends. Several albums have been licensed to overseas labels, particularly in Japan, and the label has recently signed Italian/English band La Porta Nuova.

La Porta Nuova

La Porta Nuova

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La Porta Nuova is an Italian/English band, formed in June 2021 by William Jones, the former singer and songwriter of Friends, and based in Turin. The band are: William Jones (voice, guitar), Ivano Gruarin (guitar), Francesco Vecchia (bass) and Alex Bonacci (drums).

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Friends

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Friends formed in 1986 in Stockton-on-Tees, north east England. Singer, guitarist and songwriter William Jones was the constant factor in the band, which released 12 albums and seven singles before finishing in 2021.

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La Porta Nuova - Elisa

Elisa

The Zen House

The Zen House

Single Friends

Single Friends

Spangleland

Spangleland

Late Night Early Morning

Late Night Early Morning

Beautiful You

Beautiful You

NEWS

La Porta Nuova first single

May 2022

The first single by new band La Porta Nuova was released at the end of May. The Italian/English band, formed by former Friends singer, guitarist and songwriter William Jones, recorded the four songs at Imagina Studios in Turin early in 2022, and the title track includes a mix of English and Italian lyrics. The other three songs showcase different aspects of the band’s style, and the single, available digitally only, will be the first in a series of four-track singles. It’s available from all downloads and streaming outlets.

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Friends call it a day

May 2021

Friends, the band that started the Summerhouse label, along with Whirlpool Guest House and 4,000,000 Telephones, have decided to call it a day. Founder member William Jones said: “The challenges of keeping it going when part of the band is in Italy and part in the UK, proved too much, and we weren’t making any progress in developing new songs. Of course you can do a lot on the internet, but for me it’s not as good as working together as a band, three or four people in the same room, and developing songs organically.”

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Friends frontman in solo shows

May 2020

Former Friends singer and songwriter William Jones, who moved to Turin, Italy in 2011, has been regularly playing solo shows in various bars and clubs in the city, generally as opening act for other groups. Before 2011 William had never played Friends songs solo, although he had developed an acoustic two- or three-piece version of Friends with percussionist Martin Parker and bass player Edwin Pearson. William said: “Although I always play the most popular Friends songs, this has been a great opportunity to perform some songs which work well acoustically but have never been played live before.”

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