Friday 23rd June
Live fast die young, Ride gals do it well and bring you the finest 00s RNB and 90s Hip Hop and put their lighters up with more tunes for ya head top.
Portalooth, Rudi ‘n’ Spider, and Bellarose
Portalooth head to Sneaky Pete’s for the first time as the final stop on their “Boys On Tour” tour. Expect their high energy performances and crazy stage antics.
Start to End: Jeff Buckley – Grace
A live band’s interpretation of Jeff Buckley’s classic album Grace, played in full from Start to End.
Sam West (yllwshrk, ex-Fortunate Sons) – Vocals/Guitar
Martin Johnston (Pronto Mama, American Clay) – Guitar
Craig McMahon (Pronto Mama, Fat-Suit) – Keys
Gordon Turner (Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire) – Guitar
Joe Rattray (Admiral Fallow) – Bass
Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow) – Drums
Lover, You Should’ve Come Over.
Corpus Christi Carol.
Angus Munro, Josephine Sillars, Hinks
Edinburgh based singer-songwriter of alternative-pop, Angus Munro brings his multifaceted four octave vocal range, a songwriting style reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and a live show that has drawn comparisons to that of The Darkness fronted by Rufus Wainwright on the road for his new EP release “MIRROR MAN”.
“A voice like you wouldn’t believe…I don’t know how big his range is but it’s bonkers.” – The National
“Soulful and outrageous…the highest range I’ve ever heard.” – The Scotsman
“I’m almost in tears by how good his voice is and what he’s just written. Just incredible.” – BBC Radio Scotland
“Tightly energetic and precisely punchy” – **** The Herald
Mike Servito (New York/Ghostly) at Juice
Mike Servito is Resident DJ at The Bunker New York and close friend of The Black Madonna, this Detroit dude has earned his recent resurgence in popularity, playing hot shows at Dekmantel and the like.
He’s a DJ with pedigree from a very special fertile crescent of techno / house / party DJing, when raves were still a fresh idea, and DJs like Claude Young, Derrick Carter and Mike Huckaby were informing an upcoming generation.
Mike digs deep but likes to shake his tail too so he’s a perfect Juice guest.
Faux Fancy Records presents: Jonny Jewel
“Jonny can’t really remember the beginning. He does remember being alone in a big house. He does remember not wanting to go down to the basement. He remembers the day… opening the door to darkness.. and the interminable steps.
Then the light and a sparkling red fender supersonic… a senssionette amplifier, a video recording machine, an old T.V, re-runs of the monkeys and the banana splits shows, vinyl records, television, The Ramones, Edwin Collins and Roxy music.
Jonny knew what he had to do.
Under the light of the marquee moon, he did not hesitate. He practiced, and he practiced and he practiced. Soon others heard the strange sounds coming from the big house.. and they came.”
£5 Tickets on sale soon..
Hot Mess – East Coast
At HOT MESS you will hear disco, house, synthpop, techno, acid and probably some Prince. You will dance, sweat, maybe take your top off, make out, laugh, close your eyes and lose yourself in the heavenly swirl of sound and bodies. And dance some more.
Entry is £6.
Fabric Bear, Lost in Vancouver, SWAY, Betty & The Bass
The Edinburgh trio Fabric Bear have been touring around Scotland for half a year now; spreading their fuzz fuelled riffage from mate’s garages, to packed out shows in King Tut’s and now to their return to Sneaky Pete’s. 2017 will be a big year of touring the UK and releasing new music.
Keep your ears peeled.
Under a fresh new name, ‘Betty and The Bass’, they are releasing a storm of new music to your ears in the very near future. This vibrant three piece have been bringing country/grunge vibes to Central Scotland for almost 3 years now in a variety of projects. Lyndsey, Ben & Willie take influence from the likes of Johnny Cash, Pixies & Fleetwood Mac, creating a unique style that sets them aside from your average indie band.
Lost In Vancouver are a four piece Indie band that consists of members Jake Morgan, Brandon Sherrett, Connor McKay and Tom Lawrence. Hailing from Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh, Lost in Vancouver have spent the past two years building a steady fanbase through consistent gigging and through this have self released their debut EP “309” which in turn allowed them to sell out their first ever headline show in Edinburgh. Lost in Vancouver spent the end of 2016 supporting bands like Catholic Action and eventually ended the year with playing in Glasgow’s iconic King Tut’s venue. The start of 2017 saw Lost in Vancouver release the singles Break and Robyn to high praise and allowed the band to embark on their first Scottish tour and ended it on a sold out headline show in their hometown of Edinburgh. The rest of 2017 will see LIV continue to tour.
Sway are an Indie Rock band from Glasgow. Combining the echoing, chorus drenched guitars of early 90’s Dream-Pop with conventional pop songwriting, SWAY are one of the most unique bands on the UK gigging circuit right now. Having played with the Like of The View, Jaws, and Catholic Action, SWAY are making waves in the Scottish music scene. Their recent AA single “Planet Earth / Give You It All” was premiered by Tenement TV who called it “an irresistible slice of fuzz-pop that will bury its way into your consciousness with consummate ease.” Having shared stages with Fabric Bear many a time before, SWAY are delighted to be heading to Edinburgh to support them on what will be a brilliant night
Hectors House – Psychedelic Summer Of Love Shindig
Hunter S. Thompson – “The thrust is no longer for ‘change’ or ‘progress’ or ‘revolution’, but merely to escape, to live on the far perimeter of a world that might have been.”
Exactly 50 years ago in the summer of 1967, 100,000 people travelled from across America and beyond to converge in the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco. Brought together by a shared interest in music, art, and religious and meditative practices, as well as by a collective suspicion of the government and consumerist values, and in opposition to the Vietnam War, this was their opportunity to cast off conservative social values and experiment with sex and drugs. This period, titled the ’Summer of Love’, was the point at which the media became aware of this revolutionary new movement, the hippy phenomenon, and of an alternative youth (counter) culture which had been brewing in the US and Europe for several years. Psychedelic music came to the fore with the Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Are You Experienced?’, and Pink Floyd’s ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ albums all being released during this period.
For one night only at Sneaky Pete’s on Saturday 1st July, we celebrate all things counter-cultural on the 50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’. We’ll be transforming the venue into a psychedelic party paradise, utilising decor and trippy visuals to make you feel like you’ve been transported back to 1960s San Francisco. Music-wise, expect a soundtrack of vibesy party music of a house and disco persuasion interspersed with some key psychedelic records of the time. As the flow of the night worked so well at our last party at Sneakys, we thought why change the line-up. So, once again, Paddy D (Capri Collective?) will warm proceedings up, followed by Gareth Sommerville (Crash Goes Love) and Gav Miller (Hector’s House Edinburgh / The Syndicate?) who’ll play B2B for only the second time.
‘Hippy’ fancy dress is encouraged (but not mandatory) so find your retro sunglasses, buy a long hair wig, iron your flares, dig out your tambourines, and pick some flowers to make a hair garland. We’ll be handing out ‘party packs’ on arrival again with some relevant items to help get you into the ‘Summer of Love’ party spirit.
‘Drop acid not bombs’
Free Stone and The Julie-Ann Band – Joint EP Launch Tour
Free Entry show with merch on sale.
Free Stone are a vintage rock psychedelic soul blues band who never disappoint, with high energy gigs and music flowing though their veins! The Julie-Ann band are a five piece original, acoustic, folk, blues band from Edinburgh, with a bit of a twist. Catchy songs that you will find stuck in your head.
Larkins, D.M.S, Tormain
Scruff of the Neck and Fortune Promotions presents
“Indie Rock n’Roll is what Larkins do and they intend to provide us with the big bold anthems of the future” – Jo Good, XFM
This Edinburgh based collective also draw inspiration across the group from musical luminaries such as Nine Inch Nails, Nile Rodgers, Robert Johnson and Prince, giving D.M.S a blend of sound that only reveals the true extent of its depths once you see them live.
A Indie quartet born and bred in Scotland’s capital and named after a medium sized hill that lies on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
L’anatomie x Tweak_ Residents Showcase
Fractal Club with DJ Tree (Slow Life Berlin) and Dirty Lemon
Alongside producer S.Moreira, fellow Dj’s Laurine & Cecilio, and graphic designer Santi Uribe – the Slow Life family have been patiently carving their own place in Berlin’s clubbing landscape since the labels launch in late 2013.
Influenced by Detroit sounds and Afro Rhythms, and an insatiable appetite for digging for records from yesteryear, Slow Life’s sound is constantly evolving. Through their showcase parties at Club der Visionaere, Hoppetosse, and OHM in Germany’s capital, and a number of standout mixes for Resident Advisor and Phonica Records to name just two, DJ TREE and co have proven to have a knack of unearthing long forgotten gems, with an emphasis on deep cuts, broken beats, and a warm pads.
Joining DJ TREE on the night, is close friend, and member of Panea Records, DIRTY LEMON. After supplying us with Issue 7 of our Fractal Club Podcast, we were delighted when Alvaro agreed to join DJ Tree in our favourite cowgate sweatbox.
Cherry Suede, Stewart Mac & Dean Roberts, Guy Jones
Join Randy Scott and Randy Young from Cherry Suede along with Stewart Mac & Dean Roberts plus Guy Jones for a triple headline show at Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, UK on Sat July 15th, in an intimate show setting for a night of songs and stories.
Rachel Alice Johnson, Glass Ships, Forrest Can’t Run
Since the release of her debut EP this spring, ECA graduate Rachel Alice Johnson has recieved glowing reviews from critics for both her written work and live performances (King Tut’s, Cabaret Voltaire, The Mash House), earning her comparisions to the likes of Lana Del Rey, Wolf Alice and Royal Blood.
Rachel and her band return to Sneaky Pete’s for the launch of her forthcoming single; ‘I Won’t Remember You.’
Martha Ffion plus guests Urvanovic
Martha Ffion is the musical project of songwriter Claire Martha Ffion McKay, who has just signed to Turnstile – home to the likes of Gruff Rhys and Cate Le Bon. Her latest release via Lost Map Records has introduced Martha to a whole new international audience, seeing her tipped as “an artist that seems ready-made for wider acclaim” (Tom Johnson, Goldflakepaint)
Since the release of her 2014 self-released debut EP ‘Go’, there has been a major development in her sound. Performing with a full band for the past year has transformed Martha’s songwriting process, and the new material has adopted a punchier edge with echoes of Sharon Van Etten and Engel Olsen. But her core influences remain consistent and tangible: 60s icons like The Beatles, the Shangri-Las and Nancy Sinatra. There’s a hint of Blondie too, particularly in the wry delivery of her lyrics
Monticule plus guests
Edinburgh born trio Monticule can’t really be pinned down, but if you were to say ‘soulful-bluesy-country-rock’ you wouldn’t be wrong. Their unique style has drawn comparisons to the likes of The Black Keys and Alabama Shakes.
Definition – Underground House & Techno Since 2007
Definition is an underground house and techno club that has been soundtracking dancefloor joy at Sneaky Pete’s for almost 10 years.
Expect a proper party and records inspired by the likes of Sonar, Berghain, Fabric and Pressure from our original resident duo of Mark Balneaves & Marty Lightbody.
Free Entry before 12 (£5 after).
Smitten plus guests
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!!!
Port Erin plus guests Nasari & Echo Arcadia
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.
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 Zarins,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
“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
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.
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.
Shame plus guests
“Our music is about wanting to provoke something,” says Charlie Steen, 19-year-old lead singer of London’s most talked-about young band, SHAME. “It’s not about standing onstage and singing pretty love songs. It’s about confrontation, energy, adrenaline and anarchy.”
Shame instigated the daredevil club night, Chimney Shitters and creating a politically outspoken, DIY ethos reflecting a punk spirit in today’s world. “We are not puppets. Everything we do, we do ourselves,” says 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.”
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.
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.
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.