Rascalton, Fabric Bear, The Dunts, Motion
Friday 28th July
Smitten, Sophie Somerville, JambouThree, Thee Girl Fridays
Smitten are a minimalist smoky pop three piece based in Edinburgh. Performing original songs written by vocalist Nicole Smit and arranged by guitarist/bassist Charlie Wild and drummer Alex Palmer. They’re releasing their second EP Blame in July 2017.
Rascalton, Fabric Bear, The Dunts, Motion
Control Social Club presents:
A showcase featuring Rascaltons first out of town headliner. Plus support from three of the central belts best up and coming.
Lionoil: Hi & Saberhagen, Passmore, Percy Main
Lionoil are back at Sneaky’s for a pre-fringe home team Julionoil hustle!
Percy Main is joined by Hi & Saberhägen – stardom bound homies reemerging at one of our parties after a while away, in which time they have released records with Proibito, Yumé and Huntleys + Palmers sub label Belters (there are rumours of a debut Lionoil EP landing later in the year, but don’t tell anyone!)
…and glorious newcomer (to some) Passmore makes his Lionoil debut, and first time back in the Sneaks booth for a long while. We’re super super stoked to be releasing his very first record in a couple of months (which is a serious piece of kit) so it’s only good and proper that he is induced into the pride in our spiritual home.
100% sustainable, locally sourced selectors, playing local and global heaters aw night. Plenty of opportunity for a heap of forthcoming Zionoiz excloosives.
Nae messin, all daein decks b2b2b. Custom rotary mixer, space echo delay pedal.
The Social Order, Headshrinker, Jake Morgan
The Social Order are a Scottish alternative rock band and use a range of influences to create their sound. They are releasing the first single from their upcoming album ‘Evasive Generations’.
Headshrinker are a 4 piece riff-smasher straight outta Auld Reekie, hittin you with ear-shattering rock’n’roll nuggets that will hit you like a tyson left hand!!!
Live fast die young. This month one of the Ride gals is away on holiday so they’ve asked some pals to lend a hand. Expect the usual immaculate selection of hip hop and RnB classic tunes plus some things a wee bit different.
Come get sweaty
John Joseph Brill, Old Sea Brigade, Tom Joshua
Featuring a rotating bill of Joseph Brill (London), Old Sea Brigade (Nashville) and Tom Joshua (Teeside), the ‘Then There Were Three Tour’ will see a triple-header of emerging singer-songwriters from the most unlikely of places take to the Scottish highlands (via Middlesbrough) in a Ford Fiesta this August.
Port Erin plus guests Nasari, Echo Arcadia, Ordinaryson
Garnering near-cult status as purveyors of original genre-bending music, their musicality is magnetic with tightly wound dives and grooves. Echoes of jazz are coupled with mechanical Krautrock undertones. They are as punk as they are prog and as political as they are personal.
Port Erin are a band of three. Two brothers- Reuben Myles Tyghe, vocals and guitar, flanked by Jacob Myles Tyghe on bass and Cerys Brocklehurst on drums. They hail from Broughton Gifford (a very small village tucked away in South West England) and formed in January 2007.
The past decade has seen them extensively tour the U.K. performing over 600 shows at some of of the U.K.’s most prestigious venues. They have made appearances at many festivals including; Glastonbury Festival (‘10, ‘11, ‘13 & ’14 ), played live sessions for BBC Introducing and their music has been aired numerous times on BBC Radio 6.
Their musicality is magnetic with tightly wound dives and grooves. Cerys and Jacob’s rhythm section is a solid unit, Reuben drifts in-at times controlled and soulful but with moments of cornered fretting.
Yes! For one night only, one of our favourite clubs that’s not at Sneaks will be… At Sneaks!
A class start to the Festival. Expect the very best underground 45s of lost soul anthems and rare groove presented by our cool pals from Bongo Club.
“Having faced the threat of no shelter from the ensuing festive storm, we’re delighted that Sneaky Pete’s has offered us a temporary home for the month of August. Come join us on the 4th for a typically festive knees up – usual Soulsville patter, 5am finish…BRING. THE. RUCKUS.”
Cunnie at Juice
Mad experienced DJ and record collector Cunnie kens real hip hop, disco, funk, soul and “some” house. Monsters are real.
Bigfoot’s Tea Party: il Bosco (Red Laser Records)
There is a 3 hour set from the Manchester based DJ and label owner lined up, so expect plenty of test pressings, Italo gems, synths, breaks, rave, hardcore classics, and whatever else he feels like throwing down.
[5am License! Edinburgh Festival Season]
TEESH present Glowing Palms – 5am Extended Mix
Hot on the hot heels of hosting Sneaky Pete’s 9th Birthday Party (the hottest dance in history) we look forward to TEESH‘s 5am festival special with our only-just-dried-off bodies and minds.
Please welcome back one of our favourite DJ, producers, people in the world with the return of Glowing Palms!
He made his debut here in March 2015. We’ve wanted a second round ever since and are truly gratified we’ve made it happen for our extended festival show with hosts Tall Order (DJ Cheers + DJ Equipment).
As both a DJ and producer Glowing Palms is a purveyor of such disco heat, boogie belters and odd glimmering 80s house to present sounds, often engulfed in raw synthesizer power.
Glowing Palms recently completed festival appearances with other TEESH favourite Rüf Dug at his already legendary Gottwood Festival stage and the RUF KUTZ Love International Festival Boat Party. He also joined Bradley Zero at Rhythm Section’s June party, so we can likely trust him to sear Sneaks’ dance planks with some well tested jive apparatus!
Check some of his gear here:
Shut The Front Door Mix
Athens Of The North
Edinburgh’s wildly popular Athens of the North label goes real world a few times a year at Edinburgh’s favourite sweatbox, Sneaky Pete’s, revealing their top picks from their extensive record (yes record) collections. Deep soulful funk & disco, rare Brazilian, fucked up 80’s boogie, with a sprinkle of house music.
Trust us and be rewarded. The real trick is to make it all coherent. No requests. Come along for the ride.
Ticket link to follow.
Melting Pot is the Glasgow based club night that’s one of the longest running in the UK, 16 years and counting in 2017.
They’ve given DJs such as Mr Scruff, Floating Points, Todd Terje, Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell, Francois K, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Dimitri From Paris, Frankie Knuckles and many more the opportunity to play whatever they feel: disco, house, techno, funk, soul and beyond.
They pay particular attention to their sound system which has made it one of the best sounding anywhere, with their guests raving about it. To get the full Melting Pot effect they’ll be bringing their own preamps, power conditioners, broadcast charges and other assorted hi-fi trickery to make Sneak’s brand new Condesa Rotary Mixer sing on the d&b soundsystem!
Tigercats, Fuzzystar, Life Model
London’s Tigercats bring their global pop to Edinburgh. Featuring members of Hexicon, Esiotrot and Allo Darlin’, they’ve so far released on Fika Recordings and Fortuna Pop – deservedly drawn comparisons to indie legends such as Orange Juice, The Violent Femmes and The Buzzcocks.
“that rarest of bands, an indie-pop act you can actually dance to..” – Neon Filler
With support from Life Model and Fuzzystar.
Electric Fields 2017
Jackmaster, Denis Sulta, Artwork, Space Dimension Controller live, Lord Of The Isles…
We’re running the dance tent at Electric Fields again this year!
Final release tickets on sale now!
Dave Arcari plus special guest Lucy Zirins,
Scottish alt.blues troubadour Dave Arcari marks the release of his Live at Memorial Hall album (digipak CD, double 180g coloured vinyl, download/streaming) with a special show at Sneaky Pete’s.
Support is from London-based blues/Americana singer/songwriter Lucy Zirins.
Arcari’s sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.
The new live album follows Arcari’s last release – the Hellbound Train EP – which entered the iTunes blues charts at number seven in June 2016.
Arcari tours throughout the UK, continental Europe and Scandinavia as well as building a profile in the USA – his 2016 USA tour built on the foundations laid over successful US tours in 2013, 2014 and 2015 – including official showcases at SxSW in Austin, Texas.
Tickets on sale Friday 28th July at 9am.
Neon Waltz plus guests
Neon Waltz return to play at Sneaky Pete’s but this ones special – their debut LP ‘Strange Hymns’ is released the week before… this will be one hell of a night to celebrate that!
And Yet It Moves plus guests
A new monstrous group by Dale Barclay formerly of The Amazing Snakeheads.
Sugarspun, Aurora Blues, Nasari, Two Minds
Starting off as a 2 piece and gaining record label interest and heavy praise from BBC Radio in a short time span, Sugarspun have now became a 5 piece and promise to give you the time of your life.
Living Body plus guests
“Living Body are THE most exciting thing happening in the UK music scene for me at present.” – the Skinny
Living Body is the new project from Leeds-based Chicagoan Jeff T. Smith (f.k.a. Juffage) featuring longtime collaborators Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin, Wild Beasts, Sleater-Kinney, Flock of Dimes) and Tom Evans (Vessels). Rising from the ashes of their acclaimed ‘Sonic Cauldron’ concert at Left Bank Leeds, the group is now augmented by Alice Rowan (Mayshe-Mayshe) & Sarah Statham (Esper Scout).
Following their evolution into a live band in summer 2016, the group has toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom and North America, including performances at SXSW, Canadian Music Week, Tramlines, S?n, and Carefully Planned festivals, with sessions for BreakThru Radio and Daytrotter. Their debut LP ‘Body Is Working’ was received favourably by BrooklynVegan, Stereogum, Exclaim!, Drowned In Sound, the Skinny, God Is In The TV, and Louder Than War, with airplay on BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio, among others. Expanding on the need for music to bring joy into the lives of others, and Smith’s fascination with the contortion of the pop song into a uniquely imaginative and immediate form, Living Body aims to exist in a world of skin and information overload in 2017.
StG is proud to present David Ford live in the Edinburgh, for this show David will be accompained by a drummer for a different kind of set, tickets are limted to 100 due to the capacity of the venue to make this the most intimate show on his September tour.
With four critically-acclaimed studio albums and a live show defined by the British music press as “unmissable,” David Ford is essential listening for anyone who gives a damn about music.
Ford’s songs combine Americana, English melodicism and a touch of rock ‘n’ roll, tied together with finely-crafted lyrics.
His emotive stories of social commentary, politics and love in a world going to hell are powerful, engaging and hark back to an era of classic songwriting. Think Tom Waits, Neil Young and Randy Newman. From raw-throated passion to delicate piano balladry, Ford’s music is intelligent, witty and authoritative.
Hailing from the South Coast of England, Ford has been lauded by press and public alike throughout his decade-long solo career. His debut album, I Sincerely Apologise For All The Trouble I’ve Caused, was included in both The Times and Word Magazine’s top ten albums of the year and his latest album,Charge, was described by press as his “best album to date. ” His records have achieved number one slots on iTunes and in February 2014, a bizarre twist of fate saw him travelling to Paris to receive the French Grammy award for song of the year. Ford ended 2014 with a sell-out tour of the UK backed by a string quartet, playing selections from his new mini-album, The Arrangement. Then in a shift of direction that has come to typify his uniquely eclectic brand of creativity, Ford toured the UK in May 2015 with a show he called “The One-Man Full-Band Show”. This featured Ford playing an entire stage full of instruments linked together by a home-made array of loop machines and triggering devices that helped him produce a full-on rock show played by one person.
A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal, Ford’s mesmerising live performances regularly sell-out venues on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as playing headline shows to his devoted and loyal fan base, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello, Ray LaMontagne,Aimee Mann, Sara Bareilles, Gomez, Aqualung, Richard Ashcroft, Suzanne Vega, Augustana, Ingrid Michaelson and Jakob Dylan.
Despite countless plaudits, the songwriter flies below the radar for many, a subject he has documented in a book entitled, I Choose This – How To Nearly Make It In The Music Industry.Yet Ford’s exquisite songwriting and powerful live performances ensure he remains one of the UK’s most important singer/songwriters in the eyes of critics and genuine music lovers.
“Unmissable – 5 out of 5.” The Guardian
“One of Britain’s best.” The Times
“Genuine depth and striking authority.” Rolling Stone
Smart, angry, witty, emotional songs, delivered with raw-throated passion.” The Telegraph
“Puts everything into every word.” The LA Times
“David Ford is the eternal thrill of a young man going way too far and pulling it off.” Word Magazine
“Sends a chill up the spine.” The Sunday Times
Baby Strange, Rascalton, Lucia
Glaswegian 3 piece indie/rock band Baby Strange present razor sharp records with energy and drive, brutal guitars, sinister bass and drench it with excellent vocals that produce a ground between punk and pop. Yet the sound and style of records such as Pleasure City, California Sun and VVV reference the 70’s music era creating a distorted surf feel and 70’s rock-glamour generating impressive and unique tracks.
Estrons plus guests
In the short time the band have been performing, Estrons have achieved an immense amount off their own back, recently playing two fiery live shows at Brighton’s Bleach and Green Door Store for The Great Escape Festival. In 2016 alone, the band played dates at major festivals including Latitude and SXSW, racked up hundreds of thousands of Spotify streams and received incredible support at radio with ‘I’m Not Your Girl’, with repeated plays from the likes of Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and Annie Mac at BBC Radio 1, as well reaching the playlists of Beats 1 and Radio X. Estrons were recently tipped by The Guardian as one of the best new independent artists in their ‘Future 50’ feature.
Thomas Jack at Coalition
Few modern electronic artists have inspired a musical landscape shift like Thomas Jack has. The Australian DJ and producer pioneered the phenomenon known as “tropical house,” a label which aptly captures the sub-genre’s summery, laid-back essence. Culling inspiration from styles as varied as deep house, acoustic rock, and jam bands, he utilizes live instruments including saxophones, flutes, pianos, and guitars, resulting in a sound that’s man-made yet organic, danceable yet prime for chilling. Turn on any Top 40 radio station today and you’ll hear its influence in chart-topping works from Felix Jaehn’s “Cheerleader” remix to Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?”.
Jack coined the term “tropical house” three years ago in jest, but it was evident he was on to something when other up-and-coming artists latched onto the label. What once began as an inside joke became a brand, as he launched a mix series podcast in its namesake—which to date has accumulated over 24 million streams—alongside a spate of remixes for One Republic, Of Monsters & Men, and Gabriel Rios; and original tracks such as “Symphony,” “The Final Speech,” and his debut single “Rivers,” which has earned over 50 million streams on Spotify. His performances at major festivals such as Coachella, Outside Lands, and Ultra Europe, as well as an all-tropical house tour—the first of its kind—bring endless summer to all parts of world, no matter what time of year.
Finding kinship in Jack’s taste-making spirit was none other than consummate curator Pete Tong, who has taken the young Aussie under his wing as a mentor, telling Billboard, “He reminds me of myself.” Last year, Tong signed him to Parlophone Records, which is home to his FFRR imprint. Since then, Jack has followed in the dance icon’s entrepreneurial footsteps by curating stages at Electric Zoo and TomorrowWorld.
As tropical house continues to shine in the spotlight, Thomas Jack is now looking past it in an effort to expand his horizons; recent club sets lean more toward an eclectic mix of various sub-genres of house that some fans have never heard before. What he does next, one would be wise to pay close attention, for dance music’s next craze won’t be too far behind.
John Murry plus guests
Two masterpiece albums, a heartbreaking and astounding life story, and help from American Music Club and Cowboy Junkies… read on…
John Murry was adopted at birth into the family of William Faulkner. Some have speculated that the Faulkner blood might also run in his veins, but that should be left for a Southern Gothic novel yet to be written (or perhaps re-written). Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the shadow of Elvis, his undiagnosed autism led to troubles at an early age which led to prescribed medication, which led to unprescribed medication which led to being institutionalised for addiction and mental health issues at a too young age. Eventually, discarded onto the streets of Memphis, he found music, which became the one constant positive force in his life. Memphis led to San Francisco and San Francisco led to heroin, and heroin led to a near fatal overdose on the corner of 16th and Mission, so harrowingly memorialized in his song Little Colored Balloons.
Music again came to his rescue and led him to Tim Mooney (American Music Club) and the group of musicians that helped create his 2012 masterpiece “The Graceless Age”. The album was hailed by MOJO magazine and received a 5 out of 5 rating, UNCUT called it a “masterpiece”, both magazines included it in their Top 10 albums of the year; American Songwriter put it in their Top 5 of the year and The Guardian included it in their best of the year as well. The accolades rolled in and John toured the world. He entranced and devastated audiences with his raw, unfiltered live performances, and it looked like his trajectory was set, that music had won and would have the final word. And then Tim Mooney, John’s mentor, his beacon, his bedrock, died suddenly and unexpectedly… and John’s world fell back in to chaos.
Over the next few years, John would lose the footing that he had struggled so hard to establish. He would lose his wife, his daughter, temporarily his freedom and ultimately his country.
Somewhere along this journey, John crossed paths with Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. John had opened for the band at a show in Glasgow and Michael watched side-stage transfixed by John’s performance. Over the next few years the two of them kept in touch, they talked about the music business, politics, books, but most of all they talked about music. And they talked about making an album together. Michael wanted to capture the rawness of John’s songs, capture the vibe that he experienced that night in Glasgow and was even more convinced of this approach when John came through Toronto opening for Chuck Prophet and did a solo set at The Horseshoe Tavern, which was as disarming and emotional as the set of music that he had experienced in Glasgow a couple of years earlier. “On The Graceless Age you can hear John’s affinity to artists such as Mark Linkous and Mark Lanegan, but seeing him on stage, with just his guitar and his songs reminded me of Townes (Van Zandt), that raw-boned, exquisite beauty, so real that it borders on the uncomfortable, you feel you should look away, but it’s just too compelling to do so. The pain, the intensity, the honesty just draws you deeper”.
Eventually John completed his descent and landed in Kilkenny, Ireland where he found some solid ground as part of a welcoming arts community. Michael then convinced him to travel to his Toronto studio where Michael put a band together consisting of brother Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) on drums and Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers, Gord Downie, Lee Harvey Osmond) on bass. John brought along Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues, Elvis Costello) whom he had met in Ireland and who wanted to be a part of John’s journey. The five of them put aside five days to record all bedtracks and overdubs, with the brief that they would let the songs dictate where the journey took them, spontanaity was the order of the week. Michael Timmins describes the sessions, “I felt that it was important that John got out of his own way and that we set up a situation where he would just play and sing and the rest of us would just react, no second guessing, just react and capture the moment. It was a very inspired and inspiring week of playing and recording. Very intense. And I think we captured the raw essence of John’s writing and playing”.
A Short History Of Decay is an intensely personal document of an artist’s fall from grace. It contains all the tragic elements of that unwritten Southern Gothic novel: the revelations of a man coming to terms with the personal shortcomings, the flaws and the perverse twists of fate that led him to the end of one journey and the beginning of another.
Micah P. Hinson & The Holy Strangers w/ L.A Salami
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Micah P. Hinson is an old fashioned trouble man who fell pray to drugs and loose women, winding up homeless, destitute and incarcerated by the time most of his peers were filling in college applications. Music was his saviour, and since his 2003 debut, he’s pieced together a life for himself in his sleepy hometown, even proposing to his now wife live onstage in London.
Currently riding a fertile creative patch (he’s finished a new album, completed a set of Spanish EPs and released a Spanish-language novel), Micah brings The Holy Strangers to Sneaks for a special intimate show on September 20th.
Support comes from L.A Salami with a solo acoustic set.
DUDS plus guests
Rather than sounding like a contemporary update of Gang Of Four, Liars and James White, listening to DUDS for the first time seems like finding the original source. Freewheeling, krauty, vaguely menacing and funkily uptight, they are a tension-wire-tight, succinct 5 piece that is centred around sharp bursts of rhythmical energy.
They formed in Manchester in early 2015 and have made steady and assured progress towards their current sound without sacrificing a continuing developing and experimentation in their music. Their songs, kaleidoscopic in their scope, comment on the human condition and arbitrary, often strange scenarios or themes. The forthcoming debut album has managed to deftly solidify the groups taut, muscular live sound into 12 distinctive songs. Veering from angular, acidic guitar infectiousness and bulldozing bass and drums, to more reflective and spaciously delicate art rock, ‘…Of Nature Or Degree’ is also peppered with flares of free jazz skronk and ruminates with a decimating post-punk minimalism that unequivocally shows DUDS perfectly pitched clarity in their sound and their vision, managing to focus these competing sonic influences into a deadly cohesive long player.
It’s a sound that within the last year has seen the group at their most in-demand, frequently playing for promoters in the Manchester and Leeds DIY scenes. It has also seen them act as main support for internationally recognised and critically acclaimed acts such as Gang of Four, The Raincoats and Omni. October/November of 2016 saw the 5 piece embark on a tour of Sweden and the UK to promote the Wet Reduction EP (released on the Swedish label Maternal Voice), which ultimately drew the attention of Castle Face records as well as BBC Radio 6’s Marc Riley, who has continued to play the groups music weekly and resulted in a recent on-air live session in January 2017.’
“Avec Sans have been tipped as ones-to-watch for 2017, and are currently tearing up the festival circuits in the UK and Europe” – The Express
Avec Sans are Alice Fox and Jack St James, an electro pop band from Manchester and Trinidad. They are well known for their energetic electronic shows. Jack plays light shows across his three hacked and tilted Novation launch pads and has been active in working with Novation to demonstrate and launch new products.
They have remixed artists for Sony (Epic) and Columbia Records, receiving praise from the likes of DJ Sasha. Their remix of Young Summer’s ‘Severing Ties’ was featured on Bravo TV and their original tracks have featured on MTV Scream, MTV Suspect and Are You the One? Avec Sans have appeared in person on a number of television shows and their tracks have achieved national radio play in the UK and retail outlet playlisting across America and the UK.
“The Soundtrack to an 80s coming-of-age movie rebooted for the modern age… Think Breakfast Club but with the cast of Skins… Anthemic, uplifting, and totally danceable” – The Metro
DJ Q All Night at Witness
A perfect follow up to our mad mad sellout TQD all night session.
Early bird tickets are £5+booking fee.
Following the reception to his all night long sets in London and Birmingham DJ Q takes things one step further and goes All Night, All Week, with sets from doors open until close 7 times in a week, with around 40 hours of DJing across 7 days.
Only an elite level talent like Q could pull this off, expect the depths of his catalogues across the whole spectrum of UK Garage, House, Grime and of course Bassline
The Sea Atlas, Miss Irenie Rose, Fisher & Sunderland
The Sea Atlas, sounds as the name suggests, like a weathered ocean chart that your grandfather owned once upon a time, the sound feels familiar and homely. Atmospheric folk rock from the isle of lewis drawing influence from the Hebridean winter surroundings, solitude life in a croft house on the west coast of Lewis and the relationships that can stem from that environment.
Dead Pretties plus guests
Dead Pretties are deranged… wild-eyed, unpredictable presence, magnetic, unhinged and chaotic. What makes Dead Pretties really exciting, though, is something more – a knack for being able to distill the good, the bad and the ugly of the world we’re inhabiting right now in sharp social commentary.
Baby In Vain plus guests
Making rumbling rock and grimy grunge that’s as malevolent as a midnight knife fight, their sound is equal parts Kyuss and Sleater-Kinney, with a dash of Babes In Toyland for extra punch. Lola Hammerich (vocals/guitar), Andrea Thuesen (vocals/guitar) and Benedicte Pierleoni (drums) are a trio not to be messed with.
Baby In Vain are not your typical Scandinavian indie band. Drawing on the gang-mentality and bluesy swagger of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Queens Of The Stone Age, they’ve been together six years, but are still quite young; Lola’s 19, Benedicte is 21 and Andrea 22. Their early material saw them producing their own twist on stoner-rock, but over the past five years they’ve branched out into much broader territory, pulling in the industrial menace of post-punk alongside fuzzy expeditions into the fringes of doom and garage punk.
The three met at a mutual friends’ prog-rock’n’roll gig in their native Copenhagen back in 2010 and formed the band on the spot, with Andrea naming the three-piece before they’d even left the venue. Their first rehearsal came a few days later, at a local afterschool youth centre. “Lola and me both wanted to be shredding some cool guitar solos,” explains Andrea of their decision not to enlist a bass player – something they’ve stuck by, instead achieving their booming deep end by cunning use of bass amps and layering guitar sounds. The pair also split the vocals, meaning there’s not one, but two dynamic frontwomen heading up Baby In Vain’s killer live show. “It’s just because it was a faster process when writing the songs,” states Andrea. “When we started playing there were a couple of songs that Lola sang, but then I came up with a song. Whoever wrote the lyrics would sing that track.”
Baby In Vain put out a handful of singles in 2013 as well as touring heavily, but wisely decided to scale things back, instead of blindly jumping into the murky waters of the music industry. It’s a period of time that the band acknowledges on their For The Kids EP, in the sludge-ridden ‘Worthwhile’. “It was very overwhelming being ‘up and coming’ and hyped,” explains Andrea. “People wanted all these things from us, and there was a lot of expectation. I felt this pressure, going from being a rehearsal room band to being a completely different thing. ‘Worthwhile’ is about how that kind of sucked.”
The EP also features ‘Martha’s View’ – corrosive clatter about a sinister OAP the band met in a bar – as well as the blues-based brutality of ‘Muscles’, which Benedicte matter-of-factly says is about “selling your house and your kids and then doing some drugs and then selling some drugs and writing huge hits.” And if that sounds up your street then be sure to check out the song’s fantastically bizarre video. Described by Noisey as “Rocky Horror meets Spring Breakers”, it sees the trio holed up in a Danish castle with oysters, champagne, a topless bodybuilder and their fertile imaginations. Elsewhere, the crawling ‘The Urge’ – which started off being about a serial killer and ended up being about cheating on your lover – proves Baby In Vain are just as adept at subtlety as they are at sledgehammer riffs. EP closer ‘Jesusfreaks’ is utter evil from start to finish, seeing the son of God murdered by the mafia and dumped in the ocean. “It’s about a night where you lose control,” says Lola.
Baby In Vain’s addictive, aggressive sound has received plaudits by everyone from Thurston Moore (“It was really a pleasure to play with Baby In Vain tonight. It’s always good to see new, young energy on the stage investigating all the heavy, new rock action that is out there.” he gushed) to Alison Mosshart of The Kills, who handpicked the band to join them tour not once, but twice. “We were the chosen ones,” smiles Benedicte of their US jaunts with the grind-rock icons.
After half a decade of gigging, they’ve now got their frenetic live show down to a fine art. 2017 looks set to bring with it more gigs, more music and more madness. “We’ve going play a lot of shows,” explains Andrea, before Lola adds perhaps the most important part of all. “And party.” she says.
Fling – Get Flung Tour
Bradford’s FLING provide the previously unsearched-for missing link between T-Rex and the Fat White Family. Forging together Glam Rock, Punk, and Psych with a solid sense of Northern irony and an ever-present aura of late night haziness FLING have created a sound which captivates, entertains and stands out from the crowd gaining support at Beats 1, 6music, and a rapidly growing fanbase of ‘Flingers’.
Following a slew of home demos, and a run of their own ‘Get Flung’ night the band have teamed up with Lee Smith at Greenmount Studios (The Cribs / Pulled Apart By Horses) to record a number of new tracks to be released throughout late 2017 via Leeds indie label Dance to the Radio.
The infectious tracks take a psychedelic wander around the minds of the creators while keeping their pop sensibility firmly intact. FLING’s overwhelmingly laid-back sense of assurance in their own songwriting is clear for all to see – from the nonchalant percussion and inventive lyrical content to group whistles and lackadaisical guitar lines. The result is a sound full of character and depth which is sonically pleasing while holding a do it yourself ethic echoing The Flaming Lips and even the more drug-fuelled years of the Fab Four. As Live at Leeds and Sound City saw this year…played live it’s a kaleidoscopic riot.
“Riotus Psych-Punk from Bradford…In a hazy smoke filled kinda way…” Clash
Peaness, Mt.Doubt, Tongue Trap
Three piece indie-pop band Peaness formed in Chester. Their debut EP “No Fun” was self released on cassette tape and began their flourishing ascend. The trio have gigged extensively since then, winning “the hearts of unsuspecting listeners across the length and breadth of the DIY scene, right through to BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens”.
Singed to UK indie label ALCOPOP! RECORDS for their EP titled “ Are You Sure? ”, Jack from the label says: “To put it frankly, Peaness are pretty much THE best band I’ve heard in the last few months – They’ve achieved stacks already and we’re really excited to get on board and help out. The EP hasn’t left my head for weeks. It’s infectious, brilliant, DIY-influenced indie-pop genius.”
Their impressive radio appearances include multiple features on local BBC Radio Wales and Merseyside, the Huw Stephens show on BBC Radio 1, the Radcliffe and Maconie BBC 6 Music Show, Steve Lamacq’s, and Chris Hawkins on the breakfast show.
The bands latest AA single “Same Place / Seafoam Islands” came out Jan 27th 2017, via Odd Box Records, on a limited edition 7″ pressing, 2 batches were made and both sold out of pre-orders in two days.
Sløtface plus guests
Norwegian band aiming to make moshing safe for women and create the most joyous punk ditties you’ve heard since the 90s.
Benji B at Witness
Benji B is one of the UK’s most respected DJs. Renowned worldwide for his radio shows and club sets alike, he’s amassed a fan base who have come to see him as a leader in the future music movement.
Having worked tirelessly since first falling in love with London?s club culture at an early age, Benji B stands today as one of the UK?s most respected broadcasters and DJs. As renowned for his deep, crate plundering club sets (which take in everything from soulful electronic music to hip hop, house and beyond) as much as his eclectic, taste-making selections. Which has naturally evolved into working with Kanye West’s creative team as music consultant and producer for ‘YEEZUS’ as well as providing an official remix of Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’.
Benji has also been running his club night Deviation in London where he continues to curate a unique mix of upcoming talent alongside esteemed guests each month. From Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Joy Orbison, Floating Points, Skream, Moodymann, Dam-Funk, Theo Parrish, Omar-S and Zomby to Sampha, Arca, Travis Scott, Kelela, James Blake, Bok Bok, Jamie XX and Lil Silva to name a few. Over its lifetime Deviation has been widely regarded as one of the very best club nights in London.
Shame plus guests
“Our music is about wanting to provoke something,” says Charlie Steen, lead singer of London’s band SHAME. “It’s not about standing onstage and singing pretty love songs. It’s about confrontation, energy, adrenaline and anarchy.”
“We are not puppets. Everything we do, we do ourselves,” states former Camberwell student, Steen. “From our songs to our clothes to the artwork for the singles, T-shirts, and fanzines. It’s all us. We are about creating a movement – it’s all our blood, sweat and tears.”
THE RHYTHM METHOD are supporting Shame on their UK tour. Elton John and Suggs are fans and Mike Skinner produced the London duo’s latest single ‘Cruel’. The two have been making distinctive music over the last few years and want to restore British pop to its glory days.
They have just completed their second LP, to be released on Sub Pop Records, working with Greg Norman and Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, and they join the countless people filling streets and airports around the USA to loudly proclaim #NoBan, #NoRegistry, #FuckWhiteSupremacy.
They bring an aggressive dissonance to make a harmonious message against the erasure of people of color, queer people, femmes, and those of us who have always been in the center of the pit whether you knew it or not.
Based in Providence, RI, the band released their acclaimed debut album, Full Communism, in 2015, and they have been touring their powerful live show throughout North America and Europe since 2012.
Now that the United States has a despot instead of a president, Downtown Boys are that much more driven to use their anger and their joy to drill away at the walls of white supremacy’s brain.
“Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out.” – Angela Davis, inauguration day speech, 2017.
Bigfoot’s Tea Party with Powder
With releases on ESP / Cocktail d’Amore, a brilliant RA feature
and parties with Mood Hut, Powder has established herself as both an intriguing and crucial new artist from Japan.
Glass Caves plus guests
It all started on the streets. With Glass Caves beginning life by busking in their favourite cities, their name rapidly spread across the country, and the band were beginning to turn heads as one of the best live acts around. The Pontefract four-piece soon enjoyed a shift from stopping shoppers in their tracks, to snagging major festival slots and selling-out sought-after venues nationwide. A headline Club NME show at London’s KOKO, The Great Escape, Dot to Dot, Isle of Wight Festival, and Reading & Leeds appearances are just a handful of places Glass Caves have stopped-off on their journey so far.
Those foundations built from tirelessly busking recently grabbed the attention of BBC Radio 1. Glass Caves’ DIY approach was the subject of a Newsbeat mini-documentary, which brought the story of their unstoppable rise to a mainstream radio audience. Aside from their rock-solid live reputation, Glass Caves were rewarded with impressive success for their self-funded debut ‘Alive’. In a world of dwindling record sales and chart discourse, the album made Record Store Day’s Top 40 at the time of release. It was a taste of things to come – with the band sitting comfortably alongside arena giants Arctic Monkeys and Led Zeppelin. Fast-forward over two years, and Glass Caves have returned. Armed with new material, they’re ready to be shot to those dizzying heights of their heroes.
Diet Cig plus guests
Diet Cig are here to have fun. They’re here to tear you away from the soul-sucking sanctity of your dumpster-fire life and replace it with pop-blessed punk jams about navigating the impending doom of adulthood when all you want is to have ice cream on your birthday.
Alex Luciano (guitar and vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums) have been playing music together ever since Luciano interrupted the set of Bowman’s previous band for a lighter. The New York duo have since released the infectious, 2015 ‘Over Easy’ EP that introduced consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back.
‘Swear I’m Good At This’ is the first full-length from the band and accumulates their tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and badass, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison. Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are.
But there’s also a deeper, more powerful fuck-you among the bangers that see Diet Cig grow into an unstoppable and inspiring force. “I’m not being dramatic, I’ve just fucking had it with the things that you say you think that I should be” spits Luciano on “Link in Bio”; “I am bigger than the outside shell of my body and if you touch it without asking then you’ll be sorry” she yells on “Maid Of The Mist”. It’s the sound of a band doing things on their own terms.
Wrapping up ‘Swear I’m Good At This’ on Halloween 2016, exactly two years after they finished recording ‘Over Easy’ on Halloween 2014, Diet Cig’s first, full-length LP validates the experiences of punks who aren’t always accepted first time around; the punks who throw their deuces up at the dominating bro-dudes and ignite the importance of owning everything that you are.
Frankie Rose plus guests
A prodigious talent loved by Pitchfork and the rest of the US alt music press, Frankie was an original member of cult acts Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls and Beverly, and is releasing her astounding fourth album ‘Cage Tropical’ on August 11th.
Acid Mothers Temple plus guests
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (and subsequent offshoots) is a Japanese psychedelic band, the core of which formed in 1995.
Jacques Greene at Mindset
Back again, one of the DJ producers who is closest to our heart.
Jacques Greene is the enigmatic, young artist who broke out of a generation of independent electronic labels Uno, 3024, Night Slugs and LuckyMe as a genre-defining producer and DJ (via 2011’s ’Another Girl’ – one of Pitchfork’s Songs of the Decade, 2013 favourite ’On Your Side’ ft. How To Dress Well and 2016’s club anthem ’You Can’t Deny’). Jacques Greene crafted a musical blueprint that inspired a generation who were raised at the intersection of contemporary music in the 90s: hip hop, RnB, house and techno.
At its heart, ‘Feel Infinite’ is a record about the utopian idea of club culture – music about the club, as well as for the club in and of itself. Written over the course of two years, this debut album is the purest, most personal expression of the Jacques Greene sound created by the born and raised Montrealer, renowned for collaborating and remixing Tinashe, Radiohead, Sampha and Shlohmo. Present on the record are Jacques Greene RnB vocal chops that he popularised in new club music – but here he returns to their original purpose: his own reference to Masters Of Work. Where they drew from their primary influence in disco, JG draws upon his own formative chart music.
This is a DJ show.
MALKA plus guests
“Uproariously inventive music” – Clash Magazine
MALKA first made waves on the music scene as Tamara Schlesinger, the frontwoman of acclaimed alt-folk collective 6 Day Riot and also as a prolific songwriter. Her past work has been included in a host of high-profile syncs for TV series and Hollywood blockbusters – most notably Skins, Scream 4 and 127 Hours.
Now as MALKA – she weaves mesmeric percussive rhythms among a charge of
irresistible call and response chants and instantaneous melodies. She explores a carnival of global sounds intertwined with an explorative affirming message.
Her highly praised debut album ‘Marching to Another Beat’ received steady support at 6music from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq and syncs on both MTV and Netflix. Her music has found favour on 6music, Radio 1, has been
playlisted on BBC Radio Scotland and received coverage on high profile press such as The Independent, The Line Of Best Fit and Drowned In Sound.
MALKA’s new album will be released in Oct 2017.
Sleepless Giants plus Before Stories, Terrestria
Sleepless Giants are a loud, energetic alt rock band from central Scotland, taking influence from varied musical backgrounds to create their own unique sound.
“There are buskers that will make you cry, they’re so good”, according to cult Americana artist Andrew Bird. “And then there are buskers that will take you to a place where sound and energy merge to create a kind of spiritual ecstasy, a joyful affirmation of life itself.” CC Smugglers, who have made the transition from the street to the stage with consummate ease and considerable acclaim, exemplify the latter, and then some.
The Bedfordshire-based band started out as “guerrilla buskers”, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators. They got their big break by playing outside every UK tour date of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show. Not even a severed artery on his finger could stop frontman Richie Prynne – he delayed surgery to lead the six-piece on the audacious escapade. So impressed were the Old Crow Medicine Show with a “ hugely engaging performance ” ( Sunday Times ), they invited them to share their platform on the remaining dates.
It was Richie who formed the band after busking alone for some years as a teenager. He enlisted the help of Dan Edwards (double bass) Ryan Thomas (lead guitar) and Sam Barrett (rhythm guitar and fiddle) who formed the Bedfordshire contingent of the band for several years. They were joined last year by Tom Seals (keys) and Iain Mcfarlane (drums) both accomplished young players: “Their influences have really allowed us to explore more contemporary challenging arrangements” said Richie, as is evident on recent single ‘Money’.
Last summer saw the band selling out venues in their own right, and stealing the headlines at the Cornbury, Glastonbury and Camden Rocks Festivals, among others. They went on to play further afield at some of Europe’s biggest festivals including sharing the bill with Bruce Springsteen at the prestigious Werchter Festival in Belgium along with dates in The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic and more.
2017 started off with an appearance at the O2’s huge Country to Country (C2C) festival in London and a set at Eurosonic in The Netherlands, and they are confirmed for a run of festivals this summer including Cambridge Folk, Cropredy Festival, Montreaux Jazz and more.
A rapid rise that has elicited critical plaudits from the Sunday Times culture Section, bluesman Seasick Steve , roots guru Bob Harris (“just brilliant”) and BBC 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews , who describes them as “the best live band on the scene at the moment”. Even Jon Snow is a fan, as indeed is Princess Beatrice . Prynne reckons the reason for their success is simple: “Showmanship and really good music invariably speaks way beyond any genre. We play good, original music with inspiration plucked from the rhythms and instrumentation that inspired most of today’s modern music. We like to think most people connect in some way.”
Listen to CC Smugglers and you’ll hear the ghosts of American folk music, swing, jazz, country, ragtime and bluegrass. Listen more closely and you’ll hear contemporary touchstones such as hip hop, metal, dubstep, house and dancehall. Nothing is off limits for this outfit.
“Six years ago I was a singer-songwriter, handing out CDRs with a photocopied sleeve,” recalls Prynne. “Nowadays we’re a tight-knit team of good honest friends who truly love what we’re doing. Over the years we’ve developed an ethos and consequently a reputation for innovative self promotion, original, creative compositions and dogged hard work; values learned in part from working our way up from street performers. It’s hard work that continues to pay off. The dream is nowhere near realised.
CC Smugglers new single ‘Dirty Money’ is out now.
Night Music: Slugabed live
Slugabed has released records for Ninja Tune and Planet Mu, as well as his own Activia Benz imprint. His latest longplayer, Inherit The Earth, marks his debut for the weirdo hip-hop and electronica enclave Anticon. It’s an apocalyptic collection — one that begins in earnest with Stupid Earth and ends with Earth Is Gone Sorry — but there’s so much beauty in Feldwick’s visions of decay.
He’s DJ’d at Berghain, remixed Roots Manuva’s Witness (1 Hope), established the wonky end of dance music nearly a decade ago with the Donky Pitch crew in Brighton, and has accumulated praise over the years from a wide range of respected club and radio DJs including Mary Anne Hobbs, Mark Pritchard, Benji B, Laurent Garnier and Surgeon as well as Tom Ravenscroft and Huw Stevens on BBC Radio 1. Basically everyone across techno, bass and beyond has nothing but the highest praise for him.
He makes bass music of a sort, but it’s part jazz odyssey, part hip-hop beat tape, part future-pop deconstruction, part Part John Carpenter soundtrack, part post-rock adventure. Once again, he’s miles out there, mystical, astral, and yet still making music that works on the dancefloor.
Hosting this LIVE show is a real coup, we are truly honoured to be hosting such a talented artist.
Fabric Bear, The Head, IDKID
Although they flow within the same vein as Ty Segall and Queens Of The Stone Age, Fabric Bear’s fuzz fuelled anthems are very much their own thing. Edinburgh based, with a constant hunger to play live, they plan to play as many shows in as many different cities as possible in the coming years. Keep your ears peeled.
Faced with a modern music scene that champions washed out bedroom recordings designed to be enjoyed alongside a cup of cold brew or craft beer, The Head make music that feels honest to them. Brothers Mike Shaw (bass, vocals) and Jack Shaw (drums) and Jacob Morrell (guitars) have been jamming together since high school, writing and performing original songs inspired by the bands they love: trippy Brits like Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Ride, The Verve and Echo and the Bunnymen, and moody Americans like National, Scott Walker and early R.E.M. After logging more than 200 nights on the road, The Head returned home to Atlanta to record with producers Tanner Hendon & Wyatt Oates at Madison Studios. The result is Space, their forthcoming 13-song LP that defines The Head’s lush sound and defies lo-fi conventions.
IDKID are an unsigned three piece indie-rock outfit from Scotland. Formed in 2016 the McLaren brothers and Hooligan Sadikson strive to create explosive and energetic moments both live and on record with their adrenaline powered performances and their hyper melodic sensibilities. With their debut Red and Blue EP’s released in summer 2016 and on the back of the release of their latest single DEADLY in Spring 2017, IDKID are all about keeping things eccentric and exciting with the intention of giving each project or show everything they have.
KLLO plus guests
Kllo – an electronic pop collaboration between Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam – waded in figurative backwater for much of 2016 amid an extensive world tour. These were exciting times; the duo’s Well Worn EP furthered the promise of 2014 EP Cusp, receiving millions of streams and landing Kllo on festival stages as well as Artists-to-Watch lists. Nonetheless, the stretch kept them far from home, isolated and vulnerable, treading through perpetual uncharted territory while yearning for the comforts of the familiar.
As a result, Kllo’s full-length debut depicts inner adjustment to outer change. Songs were written partially on the road and developed back at Lam’s bungalow, a haven that harbours creative spontaneity and catharsis.
“It’s the first time we hadn’t felt like kids anymore,” says Kaul. “We were really able to dive in deeper and bring out a lot more of us into the music.”
Stillia plus special guests
“There’s no need to debate whether they are indie or pop, Stillia are a fresh and exciting new sound” Chris Hawkins (BBC 6Music)
St Helens based Stillia are rising fast. Radio 2’s Janice Long has described their forthcoming debut album as “the best debut she has heard since the La’s” and Jonny Vegas is directing and cameo’ing in the video to their upcoming debut single ‘Let Me In’. The single is released on Feb 3rd by Manchester label Beautiful Noise, check out their live dates to see when you can catch them in your town.
Moulettes plus guests
In early 2015, lead singer and songwriter Hannah Miller read a New Scientist article that described how the discovery of a microscopic creature had redefined the perimeters of life as we know it. The ‘Halicephalobus Mephisto’ Nematode Worm has none of the requirements of other known life forms – able to survive deep underground, without oxygen or sunlight. The seed was sown for ‘Preternatural’ – an eclectic 11-track opus for the Natural World, and the strange and beautiful creatures in it.
“It made me contemplate how much we still don’t know about the planet we live on, and to consider that
moving space between what we do know, and what we can never know; at the frontier of science and discovery.” says Miller. “The animal kingdom holds such a wealth of beauty, creativity, humour, ingenuity and artistry. I wanted to celebrate it, to underline its fragility, to hold up a mirror and compare our own species to others.”
The band, like the creatures they describe, have always been an evolving phenomenon, and each album has seen a significant leap into new unchartered territory, their unusual music vision prompting comparisons as disparate as «…the Kronos quartet, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Kate
Bush…echoes of early Pink Floyd, Bowie and Radiohead.. Kraftwerk and Björk» (R2 Magazine/Reuters.)
“We identify with bands who present their own kind of eclecticism,” says Oliver Austin. “From Zappa, and Gentle Giant to current bands like Field Music, John Grant, Snarky Puppy, Laura Mvula, My Brightest Diamond, tUnE-yArDs and Tortoise; these were all references for the record.”
It is a beautifully orchestrated ecosystem, experimental in parts but still accessible, fusing rich vocal harmonies, persuasive melodies, big riffs, detailed arrangements and sharp songcraft to make a genre-defying album, which explores the moving space between electronic and acoustic; DIY and big production.
The arrival of newest member Raevennan Husbandes catalysed a rockier mood, her stark and fluid electric guitar playing complementing Miller’s virtuosic cello to forge a muscular, unique sound-blend. Husbandes’ & Miller’s luminous voices deliver characteristic multi-layered harmonies locked in with a towering, thunderous rhythm section (Mortimore / Austin), the band’s synergy and tightness is a testament to their relentless touring schedule; their musical range described by Prog Magazine as “huge, complex and compelling. One of the most thrillingly nimble musical ensembles the UK has produced in decades.»
Incurably ambitious, this is a band that has always put an adventurous approach to Art at the heart of their craft. The front cover best demonstrates Moulettes for what it is: an eclectic, progressive hybrid, a bizarre and bombastic monster.
December 2017 is the concluding chapter of the two-year ‘Preternatural’ tour, and the last chance to see the «breathtaking» live show that has taken the band across Europe from Poland to Malta, and across Canada from Nova Scotia to Victoria Island.
Book early to avoid disappointment.