Diet Cig plus The Spook School
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.
Low Chimes, Ben Sunderland
Tipped for great things by Elbow’s Guy Garvey and BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley, Low Chimes are an alt-folk band from Stroud. Following their two acclaimed EPs, released under previous name, Hot Feet, the band’s debut album is set for release in the Autumn of 2017. Singles ‘Sleepwalking’ and ‘Blood Orange’ have earned the band acclaim from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit and Clash, as well as an invitation to perform live in session on 6 Music. Already UK festival regulars, the band has appeared at Glastonbury, Green Man, Kendal Calling and many others. Since the EPs, Low Chimes have developed a fuller sound, finding influences beyond folk, rock and blues.
The core live elements remain but the introduction of synths, samples and other electronics lend the music new shades and nuances. Layered too are Marianne’s lyrics which are often inspired by the outdoors. Natural images are woven into narratives of new beginnings and letting go of the past, but often serve as metaphors for darker themes. Solitude, anxiety and escapism provide an uneasy backdrop to otherwise hopeful messages.
“Truly nothing short of fabulous… really wonderful” – Marc Riley, BBC 6 Music
“One of my favourite things… wonderful free-form, syncopated indie-rock” – Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland/BBC 6 Music
“Seriously arresting music” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“Beautifully progressive and original but with a nod to some of the greats. They are one of the best bands out there today.” – Folk Radio UK
Marianne Parrish – vocals, guitar
Jack Page – lead guitar
Lachlan McLellan – bass
Rob Pemberton – drums
Annie Booth Album Launch, with guests Laurence Made Me Cry and Jared Celosse
Annie is a young singer-songwriter based in Edinburgh. Performing her indie-rock tinged folk-pop throughout Scotland, she creates melancholic songs with infectious melodies. Her debut album ‘An Unforgiving Lights’ comes out as a joint release via Last Night From Glasgow and Scottish Fiction on 20th October.
Frankie Rose plus guests Dakota and Belafre
Sadly this show has been cancelled due to a family emergency for a band member. Refunds are available from ticket shops.
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 CaveYear
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (and subsequent offshoots) is a Japanese psychedelic band, the core of which formed in 1995.
Wasabi Disco: October Love Song
Kris Wasabi all night rong….
Taste the floor.
Night Music: Daedelus Live plus Glassmasterer
Our first Night Music series show for a while features a man who has dedicated his musical career to the war against cliché.
These are our gig/club crossover shows with a late start and midnight curfew. Previous guests include Blanck Mass, Onra, Koreless, Tiger & Woods, Machinedrum, Palmbomen II, Slow Magic and more.
Like his mythological namesake, Alfred Darlington is an inventor, a craftsman, a constructor of labyrinths. Others get trapped in the maze; he knows how to build wings.
Daedalus will take you on a sample-skewing wild ride, all re-edited and re-imagined live using his home-made controllers.
Trudy and the Romance plus guests
“Impossible to pin down, they deliver a drunken, stumbling, shambolic rock ’n roll that somehow keeps its shit together when the going gets tough. Truly, Trudy are something very special indeed” – DIY
“If anyone’s gonna do anything from Liverpool in the next 12 months, it’ll be this lot”– NME
“..all lovesick sea shanties and Orange Juice inflected rabble rousers” – I-D Magazine
Somewhere among the daydreamers and heartbreakers, beauty queens and jock teens, Trudy and the Romance are looking to lure you into their suitably skewed, cinematic world. On new single ‘Is There A Place I Can Go’, the trio’s dubbed ‘Mutant 50s Pop’ takes a more contemplative turn. The single is part of their Junkyard Jazz EP, which will be released through B3SCI on November the 17th.
From character creation to alter-ego exploration, Trudy’s overtly-romanticised, technicolour realm runs deep. Like David Lynch dicing and splicing Walt Disney film reels, Junkyard Jazz EP is a larger-than-life introduction to their saccharine sound, right through to the Grease-style illustrations by LA-based artist Hello Thunderpuss.
Following radio spins by John Kennedy, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens & Phil Taggart and 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq (as Featured Artist Of The Week), recording sessions with Bill Ryder Jones and Spring King’s Tarek Musa ensued. After a year of performing packed-out shows and numerous festivals across UK and France, the trio found their way into the pages of style magazines such as i-D, Wonderand and Nylon and finished the year as part of DIY’s Class of 2017 and NME’s ‘100 for 2017.’
Their upcoming Junkyard Jazz EP – recorded in former vicarage, Stockport’s Eve studios with producer David Pye – takes its title from another genre they use to describe their seemingly hotchpotch influences. “Our stuff’s like a collage and we’re trying to jigsaw it all together,” explains Olly. “The songs on the EP are meant to be loose but compact. It ties together as a bunch of different little stories; Junkyard Jazz, a messy love.”
To call Trudy escapism would be too easy. As with any great pop music, location falls into irrelevance. Whilst most bands dream of a world they can leave behind, Trudy is the sound of a band with their eyes-wide and keeping every option open.
Junkyard Jazz EP is being released by B3SCI and will be available on all DSPs and limited edition 45 RPM 12″ vinyl on the 17th of November. Preorder here
Hotflush on the road – Scuba & Or:la
Hotflush on the road 2017 sees label head Scuba play with Hotflush labelmates in around the UK.
Bottle Note, Hows Harry, Machu
New Wave Testament have teamed up with Close Up Promotions to bring one of Londons brightest indie-pop acts, Hows Harry, up to Edinburgh. Headlining the night will be Edinburghs own Bottle Note, an on the rise alt-indie four piece who have seen huge success off the back of their 2016 EP ‘CALLANT’, gaining them a string of accolades and earning them a place amongst 2017’s brightest acts. Joining them as support will be new dreamy indie act, MACHU, who have recently emerged onto Edinburgh’s music scene and are already well on their way to making a name for themselves.
The Begbies Choose Rude Vol III
The Begbies, Nickajack, The Dunts, The Calm Fiasco DJs
Lionoil: Andy Blake & Percy Main
Andy Blake: thrower of World Unknown’s lionized parties in Bermondsey archways and sultry pub basements in Camberwell; champion of rugged oddball analogue records (through 4 labels); standard-bearer of London rave, with punk sensibilities and an appropriate lack of seriousness.
He played last (very appropriately) for Wasabi Disco a few years ago, and we’re delighted to have Andy back up to Sneaks.
Yer man Percy Main on the warm-up yo (it’s been a while).
10 000 Russos, Delta Mainline, Black Doldrums
“Dark experimental elements that are supported by a charming groove… This trio is about to take Europe’s psych scene by storm.” The 405
“Far removed from the strawberry fields that are genuinely brought into your mind by the term [psych]. Instead, marrying escapist squealing guitars with a vision of a bleak, dystopian future” Vapour Trail Blog
10,000 Russos are a formidable force within modern psychedelia; their industrial psych/post-punk has been charming fuzz-heads across the globe with its stomping, shamanic mantras and otherworldly krautrock slant. Following their debut album and recent split with The Oscillation, the Portuguese trio are set to release their huge second LP ‘Distress Distress’ on April 7 via Fuzz Club Records.
10,000 Russos have once again transcended the boundaries of psychedelia as we know it today; their dark, droning noise is twisted, distorted and pushed to its limit. ‘Distress Distress’ is so ritualistic and industrial it see’s their usual post-punk sound – a primal and celestial mix of The Fall, NEU! and Spacemen 3 – pushed within an inch of techno territory with its abrasive, metronomic rhythms.
Since their debut self-titled LP,Russos have been touring Europe extensively and acquiring a cult-like following at a whiplash rate – their incredible performance at Liverpool Psych Fest was widely described as a stand-out set by numerous music publications and fuzz fiends-alike. With the entrance of second record‘Distress Distress’, the band are showing no sign of slowing down either – redefining psychedelia with every hiss of feedback.
“Porto based ’10 000 Russos’ create a twisted, droning, psychedelically charged & industrially dark vision of social dystopia through their music that is very hard to shake off. Their collective sound envelopes and encroaches the inner psyche, it never panders to it’s contemporaries and it leaves an enduring mark on every single listener that it touches making them one of the most exciting bands to have ever graced this modern day psych scene.” Primal Music
Delta Mainline are an alternative band formed and based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Renowned for their dynamic live performances and idiosyncratic blend of cosmic country, dream pop and garage rock, Delta Mainline released their debut album Oh! Enlightened in 2013 through Rehab Sound (UK) and Halcyon Records (North America) to unanimous critical acclaim – most notably from Uncut, Q Magazine, Artrocker, The Scotsman and God Is in the TV. Engineered and co-produced by David McAulay (Mogwai, Mike Heron) at the legendary Chem 19 Studios over two years and mastered at Universal Studios Canada Inc., the result is an album rich with texture and tinged with healthy doses of psychedelia, which tumbles from atmospheric soundscapes to vibrant bursts of melody.
Following a headline appearance at goNORTH Festival and performances at the likes of Truck Festival, Jocktoberfest and the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (who featured the band on their “PZYK 0002” compilation to mark Cassette Store Day), the band completed dates with US psych heavyweights Moon Duo and Spindrift before heading to Edinburgh’s Chamber and Castlesound Studios to write and demo their second full-length album – set to be recorded in the latter half of 2015 and released in 2016.
Black Doldrums are a Heavy-Psych band from London. They deliver multiple layers of sound with fuzzy echo-drenched guitars and heavy relentless drums. After the successful launch of their EP ‘Exit City Lights’ in August 2016, Black Doldrums released their album ‘People’s Temple’ in February 2017 preceding a US tour.
They are now joining Wrong Way Records for a much anticipated release later in the year. The band supported acts such as Sterling Roswell of Spaceman 3, Thurston Moore, The Fall, Lee Scratch Perry, The Cult of Dom Keller and Dead Rabbits.
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.
Daniel Avery at Juice
Show number nine!
Harri & Domenic 30 Years Of Sub Club
April 1st 2017, iconic Glaswegian club Sub Club turned 30. They celebrated with their XXX party, followed by a string of world class bookings that included Kink, Honey Dijon, Moodymann, The S-Man and Chez Damier.
Kicking off the SUB CLUB XXX TOUR, original Subbie Residents Harri & Domenic will go from one legendary club to another, first at Panorama Bar, Berlin, before heading to Sub Club’s stage at EXIT festival and then playing further dates in Porto, Paris, London, Barcelona and many more.
In November, they touch down at Edinburgh institution Sneaky Pete’s, doing their thing all night.
Hectors 90s Rave with DJ Brainstorm (Pure)
Hectors (of Cabaret Voltaire) venture down the road to Sneaks for the second ’90s Rave’ of the year.
They’ve secured the services of one of the most important figures in the early development of the Scottish electronic music scene, Andrew Watson aka Dj Brainstorm.
They always sell out well in advance, so act fast!
Kagoule with special guests Catholic Action
One of our favourite young acts of recent years are really coming of age with the imminent arrival of their second album. Think of them as exchange students with Sunflower Bean, picking up stateside guitar crunch to balance out their melodic songwriting.
Rolling Stone magazine says:
“Sounds Like: Tough, ragged Nineties indie-rock revivalism with just the right amount of anthemic lift to push them beyond the basement.
For Fans of: Jawbox, Lungfish, Unwound, other bands that scraped at their angst with jagged guitars and body-confusing post-punk charge.
Why You Should Pay Attention: The teenage trio from Nottingham, England had a bit of a coming-out party at this year’s Glastonbury festival, where they made good on U.K. hype built on their artfully retro sound and an ebulliently downcast live show. The band will be releasing their debut full-length soon and, if their great 2014 single “It Knows It” b/w “Adjust the Way” is any indication, it should be a fun little bummer of a record.”
“Being born in ’95 in England meant we kinda missed the Nineties,” says guitarist Cai Burns. “It was at our first few gigs where we got people mentioning Smashing Pumpkins and Fugazi. The names meant very little to us. It was a world we hadn’t even poked our noses into. I checked out some bands mentioned in a review of one of our gigs and instantly felt at home amongst them. A few long, dark days at my computer followed. What a religious moment it was finding Dischord Records…..It just happens that when we play songs together they fall into that style. I try to write simple catchy songs but they always seem to end up a bit wonky and wrong.”
Tickets on sale 10am Monday 4th September
Rachel Alice Johnson ‘Coming Down’ Single Launch with guests Chuchoter and Deni Smith
Tickets on sale soon
2017 has has been a breakthrough year for Rachel Alice Johnson, with her recent releases earning her ‘Artist of the Week’ in Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman, ‘Track of the Week’ on BBC Radio, and a glowing review from The Scottish Sun, labelling her music as ‘A Distinct Sound’. In addition, The Edinburgh College of Art graduate’s sultry vibes of rock and roll have earned her rave live reviews from her performances at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow), Cabaret Voltaire (Edinburgh), and The Mash House (Edinburgh). Johnson returns with her final release of 2017, the low-fi ‘Coming Down Slow’, on November 8th.
Sploco, onethreeone and guests
SPOCO is a Edinburgh based indie band.
Sodapop meets post-rock. Sunny D meets cherry coke.
Refrigerate all day, then serve on ice. Melodic, real nice.
onethreeone, chronicled as “soulful funky shit,” will be celebrating their live world debut.
“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.
Childcare plus guests
London four-piece Childcare’s three and a half minute song ‘Kiss?’ is thrilling alt-pop, as sharp and singular sonically as its irreverent subject matter would demand. Kicking on over a rotating vocal/guitar hook and powered by crisp, rhythmic new wave. The subject matter finds Childcare main man Ed confronting the nature of regret and shame, as engendered by a very British social interaction.
After releasing their killer single ‘Film Club’ the opportunity to support Bastille on their nationwide tour came up hot of the heels. ‘Film Club’ was the first teaser of the their new EP (Lost in the Manor Records) that also features ‘Kiss?’ and ‘Omega Grey’ earning extensive radio play representing an emphatic statement sure to cement the adoration of all those newly turned on to the London quartet courtesy of that tour.
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.
Yonaka plus guests
Brighton’s Yonaka are without a doubt one of the UK’s most unique bands. During their ferocious live shows, the four-piece blend fiery elements metal and head-banging-rock with slick hip-hop beats and grime’s DIY ethos, to create a volcanic mix that few can replicate. – NME
Royal T at Witness
We hosted TQD and it was fire, so then Q comes back and it sells out rapid.
What’s next? Course it is, Royal-T, with support from the Witness Crew.
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.
Kane Strang plus guests
Kane Strang, from Dunedin New Zealand, makes stripped back, taut and pensive indie.
Class show for fans of Kurt Vile, Big Thief, Cloud Nothings, Real Estate, Woods and DIIV.
The Motion Poets, Stellar
“I was bowled over when I stumbled across The Motion Poets in Glasgow back in March. They had that certain spark that suggested great things ahead” – Jim Gellatly (Amazing Radio, Scottish Sun)
Rhythmic choruses and memorable solos give Stellar a unique twist on rock’n’roll.
Wasabi Disco: Midland and Prosumer All Night
Two good friends of the club together for one night and the best club night there is.
Rachael Yamagata plus special guest Brandon Jenner
“Yamagata remains an undersung gem. Tightrope Walker is top drawer stuff” **** – Daily Mirror
“The writer’s newfound devotion to experimental soundscapes never gets in the way of just how damn listenable these songs are” **** – The Arts Desk
“classy soul-baring pastorals from upstate New Yorker… a sonically rich experience that repays closer listening… Yamagata’s voice is superb at evoking languid heartache… This is an album of immersive and emotive pleasures’. Uncut
“Upbeat and orchestrally ornamented” – Rolling Stone
“The singer-songwriter unveils a dark fire burning within her obstinate self.” – Paste
Her songs have been featured on Altman, The Muppets, Dear John, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, One Tree Hill, Elizabethtown, Vampire Diaries, The L Word, NCIS: New Orleans…
Autobahn plus guests
We first caught Autobahn here as support to Eagulls where the audience reaction was unnervingly strong to the warm up band. Their towering take on motorik goth is equal parts energising and dumbfounding, and with their new album ‘The Moral Crossing’ they have really let loose, with tornados of percussion blasting through walls of guitar noise, their course stayed by Craig Johnson’s Curtis-like howl.
“The melancholic aspect of our music is often offset by an aggressive dissonance, but to me there’s also a romantic side to what we do, which isn’t always clear because of the 100mph drive of the band. That’s what we are exploring with this new album. “
Check out the blistering title track of their new album below…
KLLO plus guests Super Inuit
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.”
Formed in 2015, Scottish act Onr. have cited influences including Echo & The Bunnymen, Arcade Fire, OMD, Simple Minds and Interpol in creating their distinctively ambitious and high-energy sound. Following years of performing and writing all over the world – all in the name of self-development – Onr. became the final manifestation of Glasgow-born frontman Robert Shields’ vision for his uniquely imposing material. Believing passionately in the translation from written-work to an animated live show, they are known for energetic, heartfelt performances – whilst retaining the detail and delicacy that have won them so many admirers.
BDY_PRTS are a band hailing from Glasgow, Scotland comprising of two songwriters – Chicago-raised Jill O’Sullivan (of cult band Sparrow And The Workshop) and Jenny Reeve (of Strike The Colours and frequent Malcolm Middleton collaborator) – alongside drummer/producer Jonny Scott (The Kills, Chvrches and Marnie).
Describing themselves as “electro future-pop” on record their music is a melody-driven, 80s-tinged indie-electro-pop fusion. Live BDY_PRTS sound is coupled with a unique and striking visual identity, aided by of the otherworldly and genre-defying costumes designed with visual artists Urara Tsuchiya and Lesley Anne Hepburn. On stage Jill and Jenny’s intertwining costumed limbs offer a visual feast whilst their vocals, melodies and full band set-up (with guitar and drums) one for the ear, creating a show full of sonic and theatrical flair.
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.
Bigfoot’s Tea Party’s 9th Birthday with Anastasia Kristensen
Bigfoot’s bring in Danish force of techno, Anastasia Kristensen for their December edition.
Headless are an Edinburgh-based rock/pop covers band originally formed in 1992. Playing a mixture of classic rock and more up-to-date pop, they cover a range of artists, with both faithful renditions and some alternative takes on classic songs. The gig is free so pop along and have a fun Saturday night out on us!
Pronto Mama plus guests
Overground X Alien Jams [NTS Radio] ft Chloe Freida, Wrisk
Lo-fi lovers and party starters Overground, who’ve established themselves and their on-point booking policy firmly into the city, venture down the road for a one off at Sneaks!
They bring along Alien Jams’ Chloe Freida – NTS resident and releaser of obscure electronica. Heat, plenty of heat.
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.