Local boy Raff Eragona aka Ella’s Brother headlines Sneaky’s with a full band playing material from his debut EP Mere Exposure (released July 2018) and brand new tracks from his as yet untitled second release. Special guest to be announced.
“Brimming with uneasy observations and home-truths, ‘What I Had In Mind’ treads into the territory of First Impressions Of Earth-era Strokes with its wildly inventive guitars and soaring yet innately raw vocals. Musically and lyrically poignant, this track exemplifies the abundant charms of Ella’s Brother and will act as a stellar introduction for anyone that’s yet to be acquainted.” – Tenement TV
“…assured yet innocent, matching bright colours, tones against rather more darker, nuanced lyricism.” – Clash Magazine
Tickets £6 in advance, £7 on the door
tAngerinecAt play raw powerful cinematic and deeply atmospheric electronica with punk attitude formed in Ukraine that absorbed the musical, poetic and social forms of Ukrainian and Soviet counterculture.
“Watch out for: tAngerinecAt… this is some of the most powerful music I have heard in a long time…” – Louder Than War
“I’ve never seen someone play a hurdy-gurdy so punk…” – Devil’s Dyke Network
“tAngerinecAt brought not just synth to the table, but a whole range of physical, classical instruments into the mix – most noticeably their use of the hurdy-gurdy, to make their music the deep notes of severe doom and dread that gave it the feeling of a rave in a mausoleum…”- Leftlion
Edinburgh-based four-piece Earth Wire specialise in a unique brand of genre-defying, lo-fi and emotionally impactful music.
WOLFNOTE// play modern alternative folk with a myriad of electronic styles.
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Fauves are a Glasgow based act formed in 2016 by lead singer Ryan Caldwell when he began recording demos with drummer Ciaran Devlin. As of 2017, members Jonny Glass, Rory Bradley and Gianluca Bernacchi were brought on board, expanding their dynamically colourful performances and moving them forward to their debut EP release early 2018. Featuring singles ‘Twilight Daylight’ and ‘Head Spins’, ‘Les Fauves’ showcases Fauves groove-laden and funk driven approach to writing, having a wildly eclectic array of influences their songs build from strength to strength with recent single ‘Bleep Blop’ once again showcasing their experimental edge.
With nods to beat driven nu-soul, Ali Robertson’s first handful of singles have so far received over a million streams across all major digital music platforms, as well as gaining radio play on stations such as BBC Radio Scotland, KCRW and Amazing Radio.
Global music blog Indie Shuffle likened Ali’s sound amongst the ranks of Chet Faker, Honne and Bob Moses, describing him as a “mature artist, poised for a whole lot of attention”, with smooth vocals, perfect mixing and irresistible melodies.
808Charmer & Mumblez Black Ink are a producer/rapper duo from South London with a totally fresh approach to UK Rap, working from inside hip-hop out to Dub, Bassline, Psychedelia & Reggae.
They have been compared to both Odd Future and Outkast, both for their lyrical dexterity and their natural tendency to push boundaries and veer way out of genre.
This homegrown talent has had recent chart success on Spotify, hit #3 on the UK Top 50 Viral Charts, and had constant spins on BBC Radio 1 / 1xtra, Beats 1, Rinse FM, all without any major label machine directing them, and it looks like the hype is only going to get bigger.
We are proud to be a PRS Foundation ‘Talent Development Partner’ and with their help we have been able to curate our ‘New Waves’, ‘Night Music’ and ‘Central Belters’ programmes.
“A warm embrace on a chill winter’s morning…SBTRKT-like production and a soulful croon.” – Mixmag
“Sublime post-James Blake pop” – The Fader
Jack Ritchie has honed in on a distinctly unique blend of emotive electronic music, future garage and lofi house music in his meticulously crafted productions. He has collaborated with Tom Misch, and amassed remixes for the likes of Bastille, Gorgon City, Odesza. With a breadth of material that covers both melancholic, introspective gems and intelligent club-ready cuts, his live show is a step above.
We are proud to be a PRS Foundation ‘Talent Development Partner’ and with their help we have been able to curate our ‘New Waves’, ‘Night Music’ and ‘Central Belters’ programmes.
Off Axis is a not-for-profit, Touring and Gig Swapping network that enables bands to play in over 75 towns / cities throughout the UK. Off Axis have their own stage at festivals including Kendal Calling
“The best club in the UK for future rock & roll stars” Noel Gallagher
SWAY “Shoegazey guitars and pounding rhythmns with strong power pop melodies” GigSlutz
Beerjacket (album and book launch)
+ Solareye (Stanley Odd) + Michael Pedersen + Julia and the Doogans (solo)
Scottish Fiction Records are proud to present ‘Silver Cords’, the long-awaited new album from Beerjacket.
‘Silver Cords’ is more than just a new Beerjacket album. Accompanying the 12 songs are a collection of 12 short stories bound in a hardback book; intertwined with the music, intended for consumption alongside it.
Join us at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh as we unveil the album out into the wide world along with some very special supports including Solareye (Stanley Odd), Michael Pedersen and Julia and the Doogans.
The singer, lyricist and guitarist Thom Artway is currently one of the most respected young musicians of the Czech music scene. His songs are captivating, creating a musically emotional world with introspective lyrics.
Freely inspired by British songwriters, Thom set out his path with his debut, Hedgehog and he heads towards his second record which will be released in 2019.
Thom’s first international release, was a single All I Know taken from his upcoming sophomore album. Internationally acclaimed single All I Know saw support from the likes of CelebMix, Indie Band Guru, Music Match and Subba-Cultcha, among others.
Self-Esteem is the brand new project from Rebecca Taylor formerly of Slow Club.
After 10 years in a brilliant indie band, Rebecca finds herself musically re-incarnated, collaborating with others including Moonlandingz and Dave Maclean of Django Django.
Self Esteem is the next chapter of her enthralling story, drawing influence from pop culture, the dark and light within her own life and her experiences on the road. Her new sound is dramatic, direct, charming and deafeningly exciting.
We are proud to be a PRS Foundation ‘Talent Development Partner’ and with their help we have been able to curate our ‘New Waves’, ‘Night Music’ and ‘Central Belters’ programmes.
“Drahla are the UK’s most uncompromising new band”
– DIY Magazine
Dark, intense heads-down punk that will thrill fans of early Sonic Youth. Drahla formed when basssist and singer Luciel and guitarist Rob dingied their London bolt-holes to work back home in Leeds with drummer Mike instead: “There’s so much freedom out of the spotlight”.
Working with Hookworms’ MJ on their debut album, they’ve honed a ferocious sound that’s gotten even tighter and more monstrous after tours with Metz and Ought.
Lion On Tiger
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“Inyal’s sweeping soundscapes are sure to provide the backdrop to many a late-night gathering as we move into the long days of summer and beyond.”
— The National
Melding traditional Scottish music with new sounds from electronica and elsewhere, Inyal are one of Glasgow’s most hotly-tipped young bands.
They have had sell out shows and features in The Scotsman and The National. Their melting pot of styles has being showcased on BBC Alba and RTÉ, and the main stages of festivals around the country, including Celtic Connections and the Hebridean Celtic Festival.
Firecracker Recordings present
Heal Yourself & Move #18:
Mac-Talla Nan Creag (House of Traps, Lord Of The Isles, Other Lands) All Night Live and DJ
Rounding out 2018 with their 18th event, no less, HYAM are proud to bursting point to bring you a rare and exclusive urban sighting of the elusive beard & bard combo responsible for 2014’s LP of the same name, now followed up by the second outing ‘Sorrow Of Derdriu’.
Made once again in conjunction with Forestry Commission Scotland, our sonic explorers Hoch Ma Toch, House Of Traps, Lord Of The Isles and Other Lands have refined their freeform channeling of ancient and primordial forces via futuristic sound sources to a tight and effective electro-organic stomp, ready for the floor like never before.
Performing live early doors, with an extended b2b from all four of the crew, we advise you get there early to experience the full trip in all its majesty.
We’ve had a years-long journey with Brian D’Souza aka Auntie Flo, and we’re seriously thrilled to be on board for the next stage.
The Auntie Flo ‘Radio Highlife’ live show will be an engaging live rendition of not only his newly released album on Gilles Peterson’s Brownwood Recordings, but an expansive summation of his career thus far. Seven years of wild travelling, serendipitous encounters, deeply personal moments are packed into the live show with field recordings and themes from everywhere from Cuba to Cape Town, Bali to Kampala and voices from Russia, Istanbul, Senegal and the UK expertly fused together in an ambitious and original global statement.
Groovy post-rock heroes Karma For Vandals make the trip from Aberdeen and Dundee to come entertain us with their harmonically beautiful and texturally delicious brand of instrumental post-rock. A band whose song titles are almost as hilarious as their soundscapes are breath-taking.
Upcoming indie kids Cameo Habitat will be gracing us with their infectious and danceable tunes that will leave you with their choruses pleasantly floating through your mind for weeks after they wow you from upon the Sneaky’s stage.
Bad Protagonist Club lift themselves out of a near-year long period of….reading(?) and general nerdness to produce a few somewhat palateable post-punk type songs that might be pleasant to the ears, depending on the level of alcohol consumption you partake in prior to their set.
A trio of bands who’s influences strongly stem form the Punk era.
Paris Street Rebels – are a four piece band from Ballingry, Fife.
The name says it all. Strong lyrics juxtapose the optimism injected riffs, while they create an understanding for the passion deep within the instrumental and vocal delivery. This will be an enigmatic and mesmerising performance This is a band not to be missed.
Brainglue – are a four piece garage punk band from Perth, Scotland.
They bring a highly energetic and sweaty live performance to a show. They have support slots with many bands such as The View, and CABBAGE to name but a few. Catch them while you can!
Holy Savage -are a four piece Edinburgh band featuring the unique vocal style of Brendan Lamont. A performance delivered with old school angst and attitude. This is a new band going places.
Annie is a young singer-songwriter based in Edinburgh. Performing her indie-rock tinged folk throughout Scotland, she creates melancholic songs with infectious melodies.
Dante have been releasing music for almost a decade, The Herald stated that the band “exist on the hyphen between indie-folk”.
Drawing influence from the likes of The Twilight Sad and DIIV, Edinburgh based Wylde are a 4 piece post punk band that bridge the gap between melodic dream pop and shoegaze. Their sound comprises of reverb drenched intertwining guitars, thick bass and heavy, militant drums. Currently working on their debut EP, Wylde are preparing to release the lead single ‘Steal Me’ which shows a more complex and varied side to Wylde unseen in their previously released material.
Support from Betty and The Bass and Moonrunners.
Feels like Thursday are a 5-Piece alternative Indie band from Livingston. Delivering catchy melodies and feet-moving beats whilst presenting a very lively stage presence making every gig something to remember.
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AMAZON – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boys-Sinner-Explicit…/…/ref=sr_1_2…
APPLE MUSIC- https://itunes.apple.com/…/album/boys-a-sinner-ep/1406583668
ATM Music presents their first ever Edinburgh show, featuring Dundee’s Billy Mitchell supported by Edinburgh bands The Bright Skies and Rum Runners. The show is the follow on from the ATM teams october sucess in Glasgow’s Record Factory.
The Bright Skies are a 4-piece Edinburgh based fresh indie/alternative rock band that takes inspiration from Oasis, The Stone Roses, Courteeners, The View and The Libertines.
They are a band who have burst onto the Edinburgh music scene, being described as Jim Gellatly as a “great wee band”. Lewis Lawler, an Edinburgh filmmaker, described them as having a “fresh indie sound”.
Prentice Robertson, lead singer and guitarist in skyrocketing Edinburgh indie/pop band Vistas said “They are full of high energy and sweaty gigs. If you’re into The View or The Libertines you should listen to them and head along to their gigs.”
A multicultural group of people from different corners of the world, against all odds of ever meeting, joined forces to bring about a message of union and uprising against the forces that hold the every-man down.
From their base in Hollywood California, THE MÆNSION hit the road hot and fast, bringing their message across 16 countries to date, on hundreds of “riots” organized as a grassroots movement, without the backing of big corp, only thanks to the support of local communities embracing their vision and message.
Will you stand up and let your voice be heard?
“We are the army of the people, Power to us, Power to us!”, “Say it! Say it! We are not gonna follow you!”. These are just some of the slogans chanted along with the crowds during their “RIOTS” happening around the globe.
RÆVOLUTION world tour is happening now! Join the movement!
Temporary, named after the drummer’s “Temporary” Tattoo, is a band new to the Edinburgh music scene with a sound full of pop, rock, indie, and even jazz, vibes. They play a variety of originals and covers from the likes of Twenty One Pilots to Mac Miller. Temporary consists of lead singer Eilidh Vaughan, lead guitarist Argam Hakobyan, bassist Adrian Banfi-Johansson, and drummer Zak Watt (again!).
Screamin’ Whisper are an Edinburgh based rock band, made up of songwriter Brian Hughes, guitarist Martin “Basser McRib”, and drummer Zak Watt. Having released their debut album in May 2018 to acclaim, the band continue to bring their blues-tinged sound to both new and old.
Led by siblings Helen and Joe Hammill, Teesside’s Cattle & Cane are capable of shifting even the hardest of hearts with their perfect soaring harmonies. After spending 2017 sharing stages with the likes of Tom Odell, Brian Wilson and The Head & The Heart, not to mention performing countless sold-out headline dates across the UK, Cattle & Cane have been making quite a name for themselves with their magical live shows, and they have picked up some pretty high profile fans too:
“I love them” – Elton John
“They’re awesome” – Dermot O’Leary
Though she be but little there is no mistaking Missy’s herculean sound.
Missy is a professionally trained vocalist with a broad vocal range. She has been influenced by contrasting female artists such as Lauryn Hill, Gwen Stefani and Debbie Harry. Her vocals contain elements of soul and RnB, yet punk influences have evolved Missy’s vocals into a unique, powerful and edgy sound.
An Edinburgh Native, Missy began her love for music and theatre at a young age. At the age of 18 Missy landed an extremely competitive place at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City. Living in New York, during her time at AADA, she studied method acting and vocal training.
After graduating, Missy chose to further her career where her heart lies; in London. A close friend led her to London musician Anthony Mensah, founder of State of Play, in order to write and perform material in London.
Five years on, their sound continually evolving, Missy has also written and collaborated with other artists, with her creative focus with “State of Play”. The eclectic London based group have took to the stage in venues such as Camden Barfly, Hootenannys Brixton, The Garage downstairs, 02 Academy Islington, The 100 Club and Jazz Café Camden.
State of Play have just recently released their second E.P, in the summer of 2015 named ‘Talking in Static.’ The success of the E.P has become MTV accredited. MTV naming the project as “a banger”! https://soundcloud.com/stateofplayofficial
Choka are a psychedelic rock band based in Edinburgh (but with members from Glasgow and Dundee as well as the capital) currently building an underground following in the Scottish scene. The band take influence from artists such as The Wyches, The Black Angels and Queens of the Stone Age and despite only being a three piece the bands live sound has been described as “Monstrous” meaning they are not ones to be missed.
Mother Eat Moth live at Sneaky Pete’s, support from The Shan and more to be announced. A night of groovy noise, dark sounds, powerful beats and beer beer beer, bring your friends and fiends, it’s going to be a weird one. The show will also come equipped with its own live dinner performance, see it and believe it.
Mother Eat Moth
A trio of loud dwellers from the depths of Edinburgh, forming in 2018 and bringing distorted fun for both your eardrums all year round. Hot tones and bassy kicks with a lot of love for fuzz. Catch them while our ears are still ringing.
Formed in 2018 through a mutual love of garage and punk music, The Shan rip through songs with an intensity that feels like an atomic blast, merging punk ferocity with an eclectic range of influences from the earliest rock n roll heroes to the current day warriors.
SECRET ADMIRER are looking for love. They have a mix of fudgey Brown, toffee brown and creamy blond hair. They like 3 piece cringy surf rock’n’roll, quiet board games, the Beano and walks on the beach.
The 21st of December will see three young musicians raising money for Edinburgh’s homeless community. With her debut performance, ‘Raab’ blends her influences of blues and country to offer a refreshing sound to Scotlands music scene. Next on the bill is singer/songwriter Baron Salmon who brings his newly-formed band to enforce his alt-folk songs. The night will be closed by Gus Harrower, his marriage of jazzy pop and classical training produces a captivating unpredictability tied, invariably, to a gripping and cathartic resolution.
The Howl & The Hum are a miserable disco who write Bond themes for films where Jimmy is still hung up on that girl. They combine dark hypnotic pop with post-punk influences, pierced with lyrics that make you call your mum the next morning.
Following acclaimed sets at Neighbourhood Festival and Loopallu and a debut tour of the Scottish Highlands in 2017, the York-based 4-piece embarked on their first headline tour in England in early 2018 to coincide with the release of new single ‘Portrait I’. Following this the band are releasing a series of new songs leading up to their first festival season featuring appearances at Latitude, The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, Standon Calling and the BBC Biggest Weekend.
“expansive indie songwriting that nods towards Massive Attack or Portishead.” – Clash Magazine
Brigid Mae Power is an Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who paints her songs in dreamily expansive strokes, transporting earthly compositions into universal and exultant realms.
“The Two Worlds churns like rough seas, Power’s voice veering between steely warning and piercing transcendence” – THE GUARDIAN
Her self-titled debut on Tompkins Square was a majestic suite of reverb-swathed laments for voice, guitar, piano, accordion, and harmonium, recorded at the Portland studio of key musical foil Peter Broderick. Themes include transformation, change, motherhood, acceptance, strength, courage and trust. In the words of Power, the album is about “trusting if you lose yourself or your way — you can come back”.
Upcoming album The Two Worlds is another masterful collection of effortless, affecting folk, and an album that furthers the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s already stellar reputation.
“The Two Worlds is Power’s most ambitious and her most introspective” – PITCHFORK
“The two worlds coexist beautifully here, the soft Power and the raw” – UNCUT
Live, Brigid can encapsulate the timeless magic of her songs either solo or as a duo with Peter. Thus far she has toured throughout Ireland, UK and the US together with artists including Lee Ranaldo, Richard Dawson, Alasdair Roberts, Peter Broderick and Ryley Walker, with performances at Le Guess Who? and TUSK festivals along the way.
“Shimmery psych guitar, spacey grooves and indie falsetto vocals. Ones to watch.” – Mojo Magazine.
“A fast rising band of astral voyagers.” – Clashmusic.com
‘This band will soon be up there with their Manchester mates Blossoms.” Dave Monks, BBC Introducing
One thing The Vryll Society aren’t short of is admirers, Lauded at just about every turn by press and public alike, the release of their debut LP for Deltasonic Records has brought great critical acclaim loads more fans and has led to sold out shows on their recent UK tour.
Discovered and nurtured by the late and much missed Deltasonic founder Alan Wills, they fitted the type for him perfectly. He instantly saw in them similar attributes he’d previously found in the early days of The Coral. The confident swagger, the solid union formed by their band-of-brothers gang mentality, their willingness to stand outside the conventional and often stifling jangly Liverpool scene, and the work ethic. Always the work ethic.
“Alan taught us that all you need to conquer the world is a rehearsal room, your instruments, a good work ethic and a positive attitude and you’ll get there. He kind of taught us the rules and the attributes that you need to have to be successful so we’ve just continued on that path” says frontman Mike Ellis.
That unit have spent the intervening time creating and honing their own brand new-psych sound, and building up a fanbase with their superlative live shows. Live, The Vryll Society are a formidable force as seen on their recent UK tour with sold out shows across the UK they have begun to see a groundswell of fans growing fast. Crowds singing their songs along with them is what they have been working towards and is making their unique live shows unforgettable.
Drawing from an eclectic palette of influence from deep funk to Krautrock, electronica and prog, they’ve created a heady, intoxicating, pin sharp, and tightly wound groove, It is at once blissful, dizzying and madly infectious. It’s that eclecticism, that kaleidoscopic swirl of influences which brings together hip-hop flavours, with the prog stylings of names such as Aphrodite’s Child and The Verve – pre Urban Hymns – when the drugs were still working.
Their gang mentality binds them together over the ideas formed by spending long hours together in the rehearsal every day. Hotwiring these ideas into the heads of the crowd through extended psych jams and deep solid grooves gives a different show every time, and with each and every set, the offer gets better.
The songs that fill the delicious grooves of debut album “Course Of The Satellite” weren’t so much written as devised or developed, brought together organically over months in the band’s underground lair, or over weeks in Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios. Working closely with producers, Wills’ right-hand man and Deltasonic brother-in-arms Joe Fearon and Tom Longworth. The result is a work of impressive confidence and stature.
The world is ready, willing and more than able to take The Vryll Society even deeper to their heart. The path Alan Wills showed them awaits. It’s a path that leads to greatness.
Hailing from all corners of Ireland, The Murder Capital are a post-punk band driven by the desire to affect cultural change.
is a Punk EDM Band based out of Edinburgh. She is know for her powerful vocals and strong lyrics. Truly an exciting attention demanding show, fantastic music!
Mother eat moth:
Is a noisy Rocky band based out of Edinburgh/Glasgow. A loud and high energy show…!
Special guest TBC
A ‘Nerd Disco’ project from Founders/co-writers of The Moonlandingz, Adrian Flanagan & Dean Honer in cahoots with vocalist Leonore Wheatley.
Art Brut! Top Of The Pops!
Heads up, this show is set to sell out fairly soon.
Songs are inspired by aliens, space and the extraterrestrial.
I’m writing to apologise for my recent behaviour, and to set the record straight on a few things.
It turns out that sound-proofing a garage is pretty damn hard and to get the guitar tone I like I have to turn my amp up all the way, otherwise it sounds like the beach boys throwing up.
All at the same time.
I’m sure you understand.
I am particularly embarrassed about the burger wrapper that blew into your pond.
Who knew fish would want to eat that stuff?
Anyway, I hope they’re now ok.
I think I’ve managed to recover all of the clothes that were taken from your clothes-line.
I personally didn’t find it funny when Eddy dressed up in your wife’s clothes, but you’re only 20 once.
Unfortunately the midnight tones are essential – but I’ll be more selective about who I invite over in the future.
I’ll also try to be more careful about knocking your bins over with my car.
The trouble is that it’s quite long and really awkward to turn.
Oh and for those who asked, I call it surf rock.
But whatever, Homemade stuff all sounds the same to me.
Come hang with me sometime.
One of our favourite breaking bands this year, check out their amazing single ‘Painkiller’.
Reading 5 piece Valeras are ready to make 2019 their own. The music this dynamic 5-piece produce belies their years with Rose Yagmur, Max Sealy, Katie King, Cat Beazley and George Parnell all being aged between 17-20. Live the band have paid their dues picking up a wild and devoted following. This year alone they have already toured with The Wombats, Yonaka, The Amazons, The Regrettes, Fickle Friends, Demob Happy and have appeared at Reading & Leeds Festivals, The Great Escape and Live At Leeds.
Already tipped by Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Radio X and Spotify, their single’s ‘Painkiller’ and ‘Louder’, produced by Larry Hibbitt (Sundara Karma, Nothing But Thieves) pack a punch with the band’s gorgeous vocal harmonies complimenting the raw guitars throughout. Latest single ‘Painkiller’ was added to the Radio 1 Daytime Playlist by BBC Introducing Berkshire.
The ever-grafting son of the smith, Seán McGowan, is barrelling into 2019 via his favourite place: the road.
With 2018 an indelible highlight and highpoint of his decade of crafting songs, Seán is stepping up his already considerable efforts to bring his smart wordplay and clash of sad and riotous tunes to everyone he can muster.
As he prepares for his biggest headline show to date, a Christmas homecoming in Southampton at the 1865 supported by friend and labelmate Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. (last remaining tickets here) Seán has now announced an extensive UK tour to kick off the new year.
Following the release of his debut album Son of the Smith in May 2018 – available on vinyl, CD and download from Xtra Mile Recordings now – Seán has had opportunity after opportunity to show all sorts of crowds what he’s made of. His biggest show saw him performing main stage at the legendary Camden Roundhouse as one of the main supports at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings II. He toured with more friends and Xtra Mile family Skinny Lister, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. and Will Varley, as well as fellow working-class hero Billy Bragg.
He skirted the fringes of the island with a set of dates in lesser-played Scottish towns. And he ended a year of touring with a UK and European jaunt with eternal folk travellers The Levellers, in somewhat of a dream support slot.
Now, as always, he’s thinking big and now’s the time to see Seán get his band in on the act for this full UK tour in February and March 2019, with 21 stops and hardly a day off in between.
Scruff of the Neck presents
“Majestic post-punk. Haunting and hypnotic.” – Louder Than War
SCRUFF OF THE NECK
“a Super-cool imprint” – Manchester Evening News
“Scruff are proving themselves to be instrumental in bringing forward new talent” – Louder Than War
“A one-stop-shop for getting acts to the next level” – Ben Ryles, DHP Family
“Discovering and developing some great talent in Manchester and beyond, it’s exciting to be working with them” – Joe Vesayaporn, Music Glue
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Light & Noise Productions
On sale 9th November 10am
With influences ranging from traditional folk to the more rocky bands like Gogel Bordello, Cold War Kids and Jack White, HM&TC are a band on top of their game right now. They might just be one of the hardest working bands in the country, with constant touring that has included appearances at the likes of Glastonbury, Bestival and Boomtown festivals, as well as critical acclaim that has led to an ever growing fanbase across the world. Their music has recently been used in the Oceans 8 film as an added bonus for the band. A live show not to be missed!
The story of Ten Fé is a love story, of sorts. For the songwriters at the centre of it – Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan – the band is the eventual realisation of two respective careers spent navigating the bumpy terrain of the music industry. Both have been in bands before, some successful, some less so, until in each-other they finally found a musical partnership built on a deeper understanding.
Leo Duncan is from the Black country – the ‘armpit of England’, he jokes – raised in an Irish household, steeped in a tradition of folk singing. Ben Moorhouse is from East London and found his musical feet at school – picking up a guitar, and moving through Britpop into psychedelia and then jazz as he progressed through his teenage years and onto a Royal Academy music degree. They met around the time Ben was enjoying success playing bass in indie outfit Golden Silvers and the pair began working together on the side-lines. Between busking on the London underground, they wrote songs in each-other’s bedrooms, and eventually in 2015 started releasing music in their own right. Ten Fé was formed. Their debut album Hit the Light arrived in early-2017 and received widespread acclaim, with comparisons to Britain’s Madchester scene of the late 80s and early 90s and Springsteen-esque Americana. It struck a chord, enjoying in excess of 30 million streams on Spotify and inspiring sold out shows in the UK, America, and Europe.
They felt a renewed sense of confidence when it came to writing the ever-daunting follow up. They set up shop in a vacant driving licence office in Walthamstow where the majority of the writing has been done. As they neared the end of the process, they took their collection of songs and the rest of the expanded Ten Fé band – Rob Shipley, Johnny Drain and Alex Hammond – to Oslo where they tracked the record before returning to London to finish it off with producer Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Petite Noir, Anna of the North) and have it mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Florence & The Machine, Amen Dunes).
Finding a sweet spot somewhere between the woozy drawl of War on Drugs and the taut melodrama of Fleetwood Mac, they focused their sound into something distinctively Ten Fé. The duo’s songwriting has matured since their debut to become something more subtle, evocative and emotionally compelling.
All attention is now focused on the resultant record – ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ – which is due for release on 8 March 2019 via Some Kinda Love/PIAS. It is a poignant, uplifting meditation on everything that’s brought them to this point, and all they’ve left behind in getting there. Already introduced by first single ‘Not Tonight, and now brand-new offering ‘Won’t Happen’; an early standout which bounces with a lithe groove while Leo Duncan, on vocals, laments and repents for his past indiscretions.
What ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ adds up to is a record about time – the time it takes, the time you’ll never get back, and the times still to come – from a band with a deep appreciation of taking the rough with the smooth. The journey to its completion has been about stripping away the distractions and being truthful to themselves.
After everything, Ben and Leo have finally stopped chasing other people’s dreams and brought it back to a simple connection that is unique to the two of them. Translated into English, Ten Fé is the Spanish for “have faith”. New album title “Future Perfect, Present Tense” conveys further their commitment to the cause and a reminder of their unwavering optimism. Both of these mottos are apt for the pair of songwriters – a band who’ve learnt to trust each-other, and know the rest will follow.
Amber Cross released her debut album “You Can Come In” in March of 2013. Country Music People Magazine/UK, discovered the album and gave it a 5 Star Review and CD Of The Month, saying “Every now and again a debut CD arrives and you know about 30 seconds in that you are experiencing something a bit special… it’s appeal is likely to be broad, from bluegrass, rootsy Appalachian, to country or honky-tonk.”
Authenticity is a difficult thing to measure in American roots music. It’s not in the hat you wear, or the twang in your voice. It’s in how well you understand that the music comes from the land, and that its roots run deep. Americana songwriter Amber Cross understands this, and on her new album, Savage on the Downhill, she makes music as beholden to the landscapes of Northern and Pacific California, where she lives and travels, as to the visually-rich songwriting she crafts around it. Her songs hang heavy with the yellow dust of dirt roads, plunge deep into the soft loam of the forest. Cross connected with other great American songwriters, Gurf Morlix and Tim O’Brien, who both came onboard for the album, with O’Brien complimenting her “no bullshit style of singing.” If there’s a rawness to Cross’ voice, a plainness to the words, it comes from the fact that Cross knows the roots of this music aren’t fancy. They’re built by hand and filled with honest words and hard-won truths.
The songs on Savage on the Downhill are deeply visual and inextricably tied to nature, whether the California forests that Cross roams through, or the high deserts outside Austin, Texas, where she recorded the album. Throughout, Cross moves easily through different styles of country and folk songwriting, from Bakersfield outlaw attitude to Woody Guthrie plain-spoken folk.
“Every once in a while music comes along that you just know instantly that you are going to like. Amber’s melodies are more than complemented by thoughtful, interesting and honest lyrics, along with fine, understated musicianship that proves the old adage that “less is more”. The result is a set of superbly crafted, well-rounded, addictive songs that stay with you long after the last notes have ended, and make you hungry for more.” -Duncan Warwick, Country Music People Magazine, UK