SURVIVALIST #1 /w Dead Boy Robotics, Urvanovic, Redolent & Finn Lemarinel
SURVIVALIST #1 is the first of a new regular music night
brought to you by Edinburgh based label and promoter Survivalist in collaboration with Glasgow’s A Quiet Night In. With ‘pay what you like’ entry, we aim to bring you the best in new and innovative music without hurting your wallets. It’s entirely up to you to pay whatever you think it’s worth!
We’ll also be bringing you some exclusive content from each of the bands in the run up to the show, so keep your eyes and ears freshly peeled!
ORDINARYSON / ROY’S IRON DNA
Enjoy the two faces of music from Ian Thompson and his array of talented friends.
Ordinaryson play acoustic rock songs with a soulful twist whilst the more electrofied Roy’s Iron DNA delve deeper into synth pop and indietronica.
Regular performers at the legendary Music Gallery open mic nights perform tracks from their debut album and new songs from their forthcoming album due for release in 2015. Having recently been signed by Edinburgh College’s in-house record label the Berwick lads will play songs presently being supported by BBC Introducing across the UK.
Roy’s Iron DNA
The anagrammatic musical moniker of the same musicians perform a late night set of electronic indie with live beats and samples alongside a full live band. Having wowed crowds at summer festivals across Europe over the last few years the Borders boys will blast out some bangers for the dark winter nights.
Joe specialises in crafting acoustic pop songs with a dark twist, combining twinkly guitar lines with bleak and brutally honest lyrics, drawing influence from the writing styles of the likes of The National and Frightened Rabbit.
IN DEEP: One Night Stand
Team from Gasoline Dance Machine and beyond. Now bi-monthly. Cheap Picasso and friends are stand up guys playing anything good in house and beyond.
THE RHEMEDIES, Mechanical Arms, Stellar Fuse, The Durty Wurks.
A four piece indie rock band with a monster mash up sound between BRMC and Arctic Monkeys, with a psychedelic twist.
HECTOR PRESENTS… MR. C
British singer/songwriter Sophie Cooke aka “Frances” writes and co-produces her own music and is influenced by artists ranging from Aqualung and Sia to Alanis Morisette and Carole King.Her unique, ethereal tones, keen ear for an infectious melody, emotive piano playing and honest lyrics have already caught the attention of Xfm, Noisey and MTV.
THE EMERALD ARMADA
The Emerald Armada was brought to life with the soul ambition of creating music from all of lifes little inspirations. Since 2010 the Armada has foot stomped, knees up’d and even the odd crowded surfed around the UK & Ireland. “They are wonderful live, all soaring harmonies and cheeky banter” Whatstheruckus Magazine, London.”Right from the beginning of their set they hit you with an intricate wall of sound, tickling your eardrums in all the right places.” DepthOverDistance, Glasgow
Beginning his career playing underground garage on a local essex pirate station, Logan Sama has moved through London radio and now a leading figure for Grime.
Having showcased such names as Tynchey Strider and Newham Generals, he know whats what behind the decks.
THE BARE BONES, Rhythm Beats Workin, Lemonhaze, Colour Trap
The Bare Bones – Taking inspiration from eponymous greats such as Dylan & Hendrix to the eclectic exploits of Jack White and Blues Rock of the Black Keyes, Edinburgh’s The Bare Bones music is mix of classic and new with groovy twist that shouldn’t be missed.
Rhythm Beats Workin – Blues funk from these Edinburgh cats, a voyage into the murky depths of hard hitting blues rock and roll with a flavouring of jazz/funk and psychedelic ripples.
Lemonhaze – Neo – psychedelia from this Paisley quartet that have crafted a unique sound that is both intriguing and refreshing to hear. They have achieved this by focusing heavily on melody and and experimental use of instruments.
Colour Trap – Psychedelic sounds steeped in classic rock n roll songwriting from these Edinburgh lads
IN DEEP with Wolf Music DJs
WOLF Music Recordings began life in 2009 and was the brainchild of Matt Neale & Stu Clark; two house & disco fanatics who wanted an outlet for their creative endeavours. WOLF has always been about the real HOUSE culture; the music and expressions from day dot to the most modern interpretations. Bringing us artists such as Greymatter, KRL, Medlar, Bicep, Waze & Odyssey, James Welsh and Session Victim.
Culann – A band that has secured a loyal following, Culann have played the legendary King Tut’s not once – but an astonishing 10 times, including prestigious support slots with the likes of The Datsuns and Band of Skulls.
Standing out from the crowd, Culann are in their element playing live, with huge tunes that create those ‘hairs on the back of your neck’ moments.
Having already released a number of excellent EPs over the last few years, Culann released their debut album in December 2012. Since then the band have played shows at The Barrowlands, The Wickerman festival & Celtic Park.
Ferric – One of Edinburgh’s most rauckus energetic alternative rock bands. Strap in and hold on, see you on the other side.
GLOWING PALMS at Teesh
Teesh, a regular Saturday night at Sneaky Pete’s, has a habit of presenting guests that are out of the ordinary. London’s Glowing Palms has been sending out weird waves of lo-fi funkwave, disco heat, off boogie and “raw synthesiser power” at warehouse DJ sets, through original twelves on the ‘buy on sight’ Ruf Kutz label, and on his Resonance FM show.
Finnish singer-songwriter known for his tremulous quaver that certainly aims high. Compared to a one -man Wild Beasts, he’s a lot to live up to, and defiantly delivers. After playing with the Bombay Bicycle Club at Usher Hall, Sivu has become an artist that keeps popping up for all the right reasons.
IN DEEP: Firecracker Records, Linkwood
Showcase for esoteric house and disco label Firecracker.
The elusive DJ and producer known as Linkwood is a reticent talent: eschewing as much hype as is possible, he prefers to work in the shadows, conveying all that need be said through his emotive musical offerings. With organic and musical house releases that defy definition on imprints like Firecracker and Shevchenko, you know it is always of an assured quality. Reaching even further than in his own productions, a Linkwood DJ set is a classic affair. Mixed solely on vinyl and made-up of timeless quality, they transport you through tight selections of house and techno worldwide.
This Feeling: TIJUANA BIBLES, Jim Valentine, Isaac & The Ransel Men, Vida
“psychedelic-rock band Tijuana Bibles set the bar high with their ugged and raw indie rock and outstanding vocals from lead Tony Costello” Tenement TV
Working once again with producer Garry Boyle (Broken Records, Stanley Odd), Jack returns with a new, refreshingly potent selection of songs around the themes of loss and the trials of youth – creating a broad array of sounds from singer-songwriter to alternative rock.
“Beautiful, heartfelt guitar playing and singing” – Vision Magazine
“Jack Hinks isn’t just a musician, he’s a creative entity” – Bizzare Magazine
CURSES at Coalition’s 8th Birthday
Curses aka Drop The Lime, boss of NYC’s Trouble&Bass label, returns for an astonishing seventh time.
Pop Exchange #5: Jack and the’ / How to Swim / Miyagi
“Pop Exchange presents their biggest line-up to date with the triptych Jack and the’ (Edinburgh) / How to Swim (Glasgow) / Miyagi (Edinburgh)!
Venturing into a place where pop, chamber music and jazz happily meet, Jack and the’ will launch a second EP extracted from their forthcoming second album Melody Cycle. “A celebration of music so joyful that it is impossible to resist to its infectious melodies” (Popnews).”
“Well-known in Edinburgh for their late night sessions at the Jazz Bar, Miyagi and their 5-part harmonies provide a refreshing take on 60s music, from pop to folk via psychedelia. Their latest album might be called Electrosaurus, but “Miyagi are no dinosaurs – they are the future.” (Daily Record).
A landmark in the Glaswegian music scene, How To Swim will perform their acclaimed 2014 record Niagarama for the first time to an Edinburgh crowd. “Pop does not get any better than this!” (RingMaster).
Braw Gigs Presents: SACRED PAWS
Sacred Paws, featuring members of Trashkit and Golden Grrrls, Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers create a seriously unique combo of angular post punk and African highlife stomp.
Anyone who caught their brilliant set at Cry Parrot’s closing party in Stereo last December will know not to miss one of Glasgow’s finest live acts and Rock Action’s most recent signing. Support from Leith’s experimental soothsayer, Wounded Knee and DJ Yves.
“Raw Soweto high-life riffs and rolling Afrobeat grooves are filtered through post-punk sass and ramshackle K Records charm. It’s an utterly joyous sound, the duo trading giddy melodies and righteous chants over febrile rhythms and chunky, infectious guitar. Judging by the dancing feet and smiling faces, Glasgow has a new favourite band.” – The List
Over hundreds of shows, several UK and European tours, Portstewart trio Axis Of have supported Twin Atlantic, King blues, Therapy? and Deaf Atlanta, as well as playing plenty of their own outstanding headline shows.
BRIDIE JACKSON and the Arbour
Bridie Jackson and the Arbour are a Newcastle quartet of folk-influenced musicians; creating works of haunting beauty, both sparse and detailed. With rich vocal harmonies and subtle string arrangements, they are led by Bridie’s remarkable voice and evocative wordplay, at once dark and playful, joyous and melancholic.
UNIVERSAL THEE, Little Love & The Friendly Vibes, Gigantic Leaves
Entry £5 on the door.
Universal Thee are an Edinburgh based Indie-Slacker-Rock band. In January 2014 they released their debut single ‘Aranis Natas’ which Jim Gellatly described as ‘simply great’. They followed this up with the release of their debut album ‘Back to Earth’ in March 2014 to widespread critical acclaim.
Album track ‘Million Voices’ was named in The Skinny’s March playlist and influential worldwide music blog Emerging Indie Bands named them the 17th best emerging indie band in the world. The Sunday Herald described their sound as “starry-eyed Pixies-meets-Pavement skew-whiff dynamics” and declared that they had created a debut album “which threatens to explode” Further positive press coverage continued with features in Fame Magazine, State Magazine and The Daily Record amongst a plethora of positive reviews from various other outlets. With The Daily Record declaring “The debut album from the Edinburgh five-piece jingles and jangles in all the right places. Opening track Bone Collector bounces about with BMX Bandit abandon, while Wolves sounds like a nursery rhyme with bite. A highlight is Aranis Natas, which conjures up the psychedelic freak pop of Clinic.”
Manchester band, Alias Kid, give us their fusions of 60’s style anthems to modern day musical arcania, this is what turned the head of their current signing that gave Oasis to the world, saying “Alias Kid are the real deal, and if Noel wonders where the working class bands have gone, have a listen to this lot.”
Commenting on aspects of society and culture ranging from Scottish Independence to quality of life to the inexplicable rise of Robin Thicke, alternative Scottish hip-hop band Stanley Odd like to keep an eye on things.
2014 saw the release of the band’s third album ‘A Thing Brand New’ which reached number 2 in the Sunday Herald’s top albums of the year. From social commentary to stories of a more personal nature, the album is a collection of songs – the music reflecting the words and words set to the music. This album is Stanley Odd at their most organic, evolved and comfortable in the awkwardness of their own skins.
To kick-off 2015, Stanley Odd announce the Sweatbox Tour – a run of intimate shows, playing some of Scotland’s best small venues.
“Brighton-based boys Demob Happy have been making their case for being crowned the city’s most exciting band for a while now with increasingly sweaty and raucous gigs both in their adopted hometown and further afield.” NME
IN DEEP: Dixon Avenue Basement Jams
New Residents DABJ are Freaky basement techno curators and insiders at Rubabdub and Monox.
Don your dashiki and get your boogie on.
LOTTE MULLAN, Jazz Morley
Lotte has received a significant level of critical acclaim for her debut album “Plain Jane”. Being described as Suffolks Joni Mitchell, Lotte has set up her own record label, and been given a book and film deal regarding her blog.
With her english contemporary twist to country music and even more comparisons to Loretta Lynn and Laura Marling, its easy to see why she’s making such a stir.
FIRE IN THE ALPS, Memory Man, Pilotcan
IN DEEP: Deep Shit (Foals & Friendly Fires DJs)
Edwin from Foals and Jack from Friendly Fires are bi-monthly residents playing jacking house all night.
Foals and Friendly Fires both do indie-dance so well because of a deep grounding in house and techno. Edwin and Jack are impressive DJs, and host their underground Deep Shit parties in basement spaces and on NTS radio in London.
IN DEEP: Highlife
Afro house and beyond from Auntie Flo & Esa.
Now bi-monthly, Auntie Flo and Esa bring their Afro house show to Sneaks. Highlife ran in the Sub Club in 2012-13 and we’re proud to be their new home. Their sellout 12” series on Phonica Records and Autonomous Africa set a standard for tight-knit warm grooves, and their DJ sets are revelatory.
THE DAN COLLINS BAND, Hunter Hope, Ross Arthur
The Dan Collins Band are folkish aterna rockers with songs that tread the balance between raw emotion and calculated musicality.
THE SOCIAL ORDER (single launch), The Indos, The Rhemedies
DANIEL AVERY at JUICE
Phantasy’s golden boy has a long long history with Sneaky Pete’s, this is his sixth show with us in five years. His endless touring schedule has now switched up to promote the release of Drone Logic Remixed.
HAPPYNESS, Crushed Beaks
From the South London trio, we are served with a trip thats dripping with late 80’s influences and some 90s britpop and college rock remnants. It’s lush, its psychedelic. A reminder of all that is good with bands that like to record in their own lofts.
DADDY LONG LEGS
Our friends from The Jim Jones Revue sent these guys our way. Imagine a much younger version of that band with harp instead of a piano, and you’re getting close. Raw Power all the way.
DAN BODAN (dfa records)
“Dan Bodan’s music is driven by the conflict between his gorgeous, traditionally pleasant voice—a voice he likes to use to bring himself uncomfortably close to his audience—and the production he sings over, modern electronic tapestries that can veer from sentimental to corrosive at a moment’s notice.” – Pitchfork