MATIAS AGUAYO & THE DESDEMONAS
WEDNESDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
THE LUCID DREAM
FRIDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
Notsosilent 4th Birthday with Funkineven
Friday 30th September
Pleasure House plus guests Vistas and Fabric Bear
More than a refreshing take on a trusted formula, the track swims through a sea of infectious riffs and phasing refrains with a blissful confidence and a streetwise sincerity. Contagious chimes resound with the hazy heat of summer, a potent contrast to the uncompromising lyrics. ” – The Line Of Best Fit
Since their formation eighteen months ago, 20-something Birmingham quartet Pleasure House have created an entertaining brand of Indie Rock that is both uplifting and melancholy. The band released their debut EP ‘Show Your Colours’ in April, which also features their magnificent new single ‘Cyan’.
‘Cyan’ casts an electrifying spell. Unleashing full bodied production complete with sultry harmonies and haunting psych drum and guitar patterns. Their stellar live set has earned them high caliber support slots alongside the likes of Sundara Karma, Blossoms, Prides, Swim Deep, Fickle Friends, Japanese House & INHEAVEN
“Reinvigorating the sun-kissed and jangling guitar sounds that flooded through so much of Birmingham’s music scene a few years ago, “Cyan” nods back to the old favourites we’ve not had chance to rediscover.
TEENCANTEEN, Boohoohoo, Agony Ant
“To celebrate the release of our long awaited debut album, ‘SAY IT ALL WITH A KISS’, we’ll be playing SNEAKY PETE’S in Edinburgh on FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER. Supported by the hotly tipped BooHooHoo and introducing Agony Ant
Released via Last Night From Glasgow, SAY IT ALL WITH A KISS was recorded in mono at Tape Studio and Produced by Stephen A Watkins – Record Producer & Mixer – Tape Studio Edinburgh UK in Leith, ‘Say It All With A Kiss’ has a powerful polished pop sound with a post punk ethos at heart. Proudly featuring sonic sisterhood and soaring strings from the incredible Aurora Engine and The Cairn String Quartet.
Sparkling synth sounds, driving drums, classic three-part harmonies and pure pop songwriting, the 14 track ‘Say It All With A Kiss’ will be released on Limited Edition (300 copies only) 12” heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with inner printed lyric bag featuring artwork by Ross Sinclair. The album also comes on USB Credit card format (very cool!) and all digital platforms – iTunes, Amazon etc
PRE ORDER HERE
BOOHOOHOO: Heat your oven to 237 degrees, place some synthesisers between sheets of cling film and bake for 2 years. Remove from the oven and bash with a drum stick really HARD. Garnish with 3 part harmonies and let it cool by an open window. There you have it – BooHooHoo, an electronic pop band from Glasgow. Simple. Rustic. Done. (May contain nuts).
AGONY ANT: Pocket-knifed sized anger sealed with a Lolita puckered kiss, Agony Ant are a fresh faced Guerilla-girl-band from the post-punk city of Edinburgh. Chiming out answers left hung out to dry by their riot grrrrl foresisters, they are born from the new-wave generation of girls making music in Scotland. Agony Ant are Emma, Eve, Claire and Doska – colony escaping crusaders on jetpacks to Venus armed with a bass, a guitar, some sticks and a mic.”
Notsosilent 4th Birthday with Funkineven
For the Edinburgh leg of our 4th Birthday, we’re super stoked to finally have managed to invite up an absolute favourite past guest, Steven Julien a.k.a. Funkineven to Sneakys for his debut in the capital.
I expect no introduction is needed for most, but for those who aren’t aware Stevie is a talent who bridges Alexander Nut and Floating Points’ Eglo Records and Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats with his unique brand of raw analog wave/techno/funk. His label Apron Records has pulled together likeminded makers of wonky machine music such as Seven Davis Jr, Greg Beato, Brassfoot and Delroy Edwards. From sample laden MPC jams like “Dreams” to the all-out-evil machine funk of “Dracula”, his sound is unique and instantly recognisable.
Hinting at a name change in a couple of Apron 12”s, this summer he completed the transformation through the release of his outstanding debut album, “Fallen”. Without doubt one of the best LPs of 2016, and a real development of an unwaveringly brilliant sound over the years.
This is a pretty rare intimate party for Stevie, and with the recent album it couldn’t be better timed to celebrate 4 years of notsosilent in the capital.
Bring on the party hats 🙂
Birdhead Single Launch
Birdhead are a 2-piece from Edinburgh who draw on influences anywhere between The Fall and Giorgio Moroder. Their high-intensity live show has seen them play alongside the likes of Death in Vegas and headlining T in the Park’s T-Break Stage. Having graced the cover the Skinny magazine off the back of their first album, the pair are revving up towards the release of their second long-player and are launching their latest single at Sneaky Pete’s on Oct 1st.
“Some of the most singular guitar music to emerge from Edinburgh in recent years” – The Skinny
“A masterclass of danceable grooves and good old moshing” – Wow 24/7
“Like F*** Buttons at their spikiest” – BBC
“Really good live – dark and broody and nicely epic” – Song, by Toad
“An amazing blend of styles and influences that together creates a uniquely rewarding soundscape” – All About The Rock
Doors open at 7pm and tickets will be available on the door priced at £5.00.
I’m So Green!
Moksha , The Mayans, Bizarre Silk
Join us as we say goodbye to our friend and percussive wizard in a night of splendid, sweaty psychedelia.
‘Moksha bring the improvisatory candour of the ‘60s into the modern world with an innocent and infinite appreciation of the transcendence of krautrock, jazz fusion, and world music (whatever the hell that is). Their deranged heavy grooves, cacophonous echoes, processed string arrangements and curious jams will either make you, or break you.’
‘Blues inspired band who endorse freedom and equality for all above everything else…except Badminton. Influences range from The Meters, Sweet Smoke, Richard and Mimi Farina, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Dr John, Tom Waits, Rodrigues, Neil Young, Tim Buckley, Crosby Stills and Nash and Hallucinogenics.’
‘The best BS in town comes from the bark of international boy bands. Be in the night anticipating to pick up noises like snakeskin puffs rolling in space waiting to be eaten. Lay in between the power pop sensations, proto-punk trips and smooth transitions with some jovial clowns. Come dance with us…or something’
As always, remember to recycle!
£3 on the door.
DROPKICK, The Wellgreen, Al Shields
‘Those who have yet to latch onto them are surely missing something special….Indie, powerpop, accomplished harmonies, alt.country tendencies. What’s not to love?’ The Herald newspaper (UK)
Edinburgh-based Dropkick released their latest album, Balance the Light, in March 2016 on Rock Indiana records. ‘Balance The Light’ is Dropkick’s most accomplished and creative collection of songs to date, demonstrating a growing maturity and confidence in their songwriting and arrangements. ‘Balance The Light’ showcases the ear for melody and harmony that has helped Dropkick’s music appeal to a growing band of fans around the world and is their most varied album of material to date. The album has gained many positive reviews and was also featured as the Record of Note on BBC Radio Scotland’s Roddy Hart show.
This year has been one of the most successful for the band. Following a sold out launch show in Germany, the band played a short Scottish tour and also appeared as the Belladrum festival. They follow this hometown show with a headline Spanish tour and an appearance at The Darvel music festival.
‘There’s a controlled exuberance to these songs, a maturity; they are masters of their craft, each song works, the components fitting seamlessly, the sound a joyous machinery humming in harmony….A career high.’ Americana UK website
‘A guarantee of Instant melodic fulfilment….Dropkick triumph in giving new edge to familiar themes.’ (R2 Rock n Reel Magazine, UK)
‘….you could argue that Wilco and Teenage Fanclub contain a bit of Dropkick in them, sharing hook-laden songs with irresistible harmonies. Opening tune ‘Save Myself is extraordinary.’ Is This Music? Website (UK)
The Wellgreen combine classic sixties songwriting, early powerpop and psychedelia on top of vintage recording techniques to create a familiar yet fresh & original sound.
Having toured extensively over the last 2 years supporting Euros Childs & Stevie Jackson (as well as providing drums, bass, guitar and harmonies for both on their respective sets & records), 2013 saw The Wellgreen release their second album, Grin And Bear It on their own label, The Barne Society.
Al Shields is an Edinburgh-based songwriter, with influences rooted in old-time country, folk and blues music.
“Songs about bad work, bad luck and bad lovin’ show his ability not only to evoke the spirit of the lone bluesman, but also to pen some mighty fine tunes into the bargain” – Edinburgh Spotlight
Field Studies, Foreignfox, Earths
“Atmospheric indie-pop in the vein of WU LYF”
“Sparse, gossamery soundscapes…combined with gorgeous harmonic singing”
– BBC, for Glastonbury Festival
“The hotly tipped Nottingham four-piece seem to continually expand, allowing their sound to reach epic realms”
– Clash Magazine
“Experimental yet ambient art rock with an incredible juxtaposition of gentle light tones and raw heavy rock edge; quite the feat.”
– Amazing Radio
“Quite magnificent, and it’s even better live”
– Silent Radio??Support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and John Kennedy of Radio X saw the art-rock band Field Studies make numerous national festival appearances last year, including a slot on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury and an acclaimed appearance at Y Not Festival (described by BBC Introducing’s Emma Clifford as “spellbinding and incredible to experience”).
In May 2016 the young 4-piece released their second EP ‘Rainmaking’ honing their atmospheric craft exploring more raw, bleak textures. The record was self-recorded, inspired by the organic, layered approaches to recording employed on records like Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden and Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Drowned in Sound, Line of Best Fit and BBC Introducing all speak of the band highly. Supporting the likes of Girl Band and playing to new audiences in Croatia and Slovenia the band are firing on all creative cylinders.
Formed in 2012 and having carved out their own distinct niche with blues-driven anthems and glorious four part harmonies, Tail Feather have already accomplished a lot in their relatively short career, while their acclaimed live shows have also led to them hitting the road with the likes of Wolf Alice, White Denim and Fun Lovin’ Criminals.
Marrying slick guitar lines that feel as if they’ve been crafted in the Golden State and turning up the thick bass-induced grooves to 11, new single ‘Space Travel’ also carries on Tail Feather’s long-standing collaboration with producer Graham Dominy (Robert Plant, Ray Davies).
Undeniably cool and essentially timeless, Tail Feather continue to blaze their own distinct trail in today’s music scene with their retro-induced time vessel of euphoric hooks and blissful harmonies. The release of ‘Space Travel’ is only likely to win them more fans, and with their debut album to come later this year, 2016 is looking set to be a breakthrough year for one of the most exciting new bands out there
“”Our favourite new band” – Music Week
“Tail Feather take things into altogether more sultry territory, with their bourbon-soaked blues rock bringing to mind the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Lynyrd Skynyrd. As the long-haired lotharios’ stunning five-way harmonies and lackadaisical grooves pulse and smoulder into the Purple Turtle’s very brickwork, it’s clear that we’re watching a band blessed with a total mastery of their craft. A real treat” – Kerrang
“Take the Allman Brothers, put Ray Manzarek on keyboards and layer the whole gumbo with CSN&Y style vocals; then play psychedelic tinged West Coast Rock” – 247
“Thumping, catchy, and sun-glazed – Tail Feather bring nostalgia and soul together for a 70s indebted experience.” – The 405
“Knocking imitators for six, Tail Feather’s sincerity will have them peddling their well honed craft for a long time to come” – Bristol Live Magazine
“The screeching guitars and rolling melody smell of leather, sheep skin, beards and matured bourbon – a fine concoction and one you should try.” – Art Rocker, Single of the Week
“…a smotheringly psychedelic affair made light by lucid riffs and soft-rock melodies that seem torn from Fleetwood Mac’s songbook.” – Shiny Shiny New
Bigfoot’s Tea Party with Innershades (Creme Organisation)
Strongly influenced by pioneers from Chicago & Detroit, Innershades caught the attention of DJ TLR in 2013, resulting in a prominent spot on the jacking Creme Organization label with a string of cracking EPs.
The same variety and fun can be found in his DJ sets, while he also co-curates his own label Roze Balletten and releases music as Palermo Disco Squad. We are delighted to bring him to Edinburgh for the first time.
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles (Ex Catfish & Bottlemen), Rory Speirs
The bulk of Billy Bibby’s music career thus far has been with Catfish and the Bottlemen. As a founding member of the band, Bibby cut his gigging teeth for seven years across the UK, Europe,and America as lead guitarist and backing vocalist. This voyage started when he was just 17 and ended when he was 24.
At the helm of his new band, Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, Billy seeks to forge his way in the industry with a project showcasing his own songwriting. Billy Bibby’s expressive voice surprises and delights the listener with its flawless, timeless,and effortless qualities.Possessing powerful,melodic
pipes andn a set of songs to match, Bibby prides himself on making meaningful, relatable records that resonate with everyday people. I
DJ and recording artist Clint Boon describes as “classic British songwriting with a strong nod to Americana.
The band’s first single,‘Waitin’ for You’ was released November 3rd,2015 and their debut EP, Bide Your Time, received play on RadioX, BBC Wales, and numerous indie stations both in the UK and abroad.
After kicking off their career with “Boston,” a power ballad that took its cues from the Coldplay songbook, Augustana began to recast themselves as heartland rock & rollers. Released in 2008, Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt found them midway through that transition, but 2011’s Augustana — the band’s self-titled third album — completed the evolution, jettisoning the tenderhearted piano pop that filled All the Stars and Boulevards and replacing it with guitar-driven, chest-swelling anthems. Bruce Springsteen’s influence looms large, from the quaver of Dan Layus’ vocals to the Americana bombast of “Steal Your Heart” and “Wrong Side of Love,” two tunes that emulate Born to Run’s grandeur with glockenspiels, gang vocals, and the panoramic production of Kings of Leon collaborator Jacquire King.
This tour showcases their greatest hits alongside brand new songs in a stripped down style.
OxjamLEANNE SMITH, Berni & James, Liam Stuart, Ruth Gillies
“Leanne Smith is a hidden gem of the Scottish music scene. Having some degree of renown in Perthshire, it has been over the last year that she’s been drawn into the light throughout the rest of the country. With two great EPs under her belt, Leanne has honed her sound and song writing to really display her own brand of soft country-pop. An emphasis on finger-picking and her overall style on guitar show hints of influence from the likes of Newton Faulkner, Fleetwood Mac and Amy MacDonald.”- Chrissy Mullen, New Hellfire Club, Glasgow
Berni & James Facebook are two Edinburgh based guitarists playing funk/blues/jazz based music accompanied by anybody who wants to jam!
Liam Stuart is a young singer/songwriter from Banff, Aberdeenshire.
Ruth Gillies is a young singer/songwriter from the Highlands of Scotland who is currently studying composition on Edinburgh Napiers esteemed BA(Hons) Popular Music course. Her music leans heavily towards folk but there are obvious influences from country, pop and rock.
Ruth has played at festivals such as Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and Tiree Music Festival, many charity events and various different private functions. She was also heavily invoved with Music Plus+ and took part in the Scottish Music Centres ‘Hit The Road’ acoustic tour in September 2015.
Health&Beauty plus more tbc
Wichita-signed Chicagoans who are well worth checking out for fans of Maps & Atlases and Dirty Projectors and musicians who play with Will Oldham, Angel Olsen and many others.
Health&Beauty are Brian J Sulpizio’s project since, releasing music since 2003. The current lineup of the group has been playing together since 2012, featuring pianist Ben Boye (a constant collaborator since 2009, who also plays with Will Oldham, Angel Olsen and many others) and drummer Frank Rosaly (a regular collaborator with Peter Brotzmann and many other jazz and experimental music greats). This version of the group along with bassist Anton Hatwich, made up the band on Ryley Walker’s ‘Primrose Green’.
Superb 2016 record ‘NO SCARE’ is the most euphoric listening experience presented yet in the band’s catalogue, where darkness and light can’t help but complement each other in the short comedy of the human experience.
The Chicago-based three-piece share the first cut from their new record, a track entitled ‘Wartime’. The original version of the song featured a lyric and melody borrowed from Neil Young’s “Hey Babe” (from ‘American Stars and Bars’) which Neil would not clear for usage and which were replaced instead with a killer pedal steel solo, played by Matt Schneider of Moon Bros, and new vocals sung by Emme Williams of Fastness. Brian J Sulpizio said the following about the track:
“A young man who lived in my neighborhood in Chicago was about to graduate high school and he was telling me about how the best option for him was to sign up for the Army. He was also considering becoming a truck driver but I never saw him after the one time so I don’t know what he decided. I wrote the song with the volunteer army in mind. I really liked having the Neil Young line at the end; tied it together in a way. We’re still doing that live, which I think is legal.”
Avalon Emerson for JUICE
Some of the most original music we’ve heard this year was from a young Californian producer called Avalon Emerson.
Her recent release on the constant forward thinking label Whities was a fine example of techno in it’s always evolving form, taking the fundamentals and expanding on these foundations with some of the brightest consonance synth lines and clever hypnotizing drum loops.
Through hearing The Frontier and 2000 Species of Cacti we ventured backwards and her past output did not let us down.
We fully recommend you book the Friday off and get involved.
Luke Carey, Hugh Kelly
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them” …others, however, take a look at a top selling artist at the age of 17, think ‘I could do that’, pick up a guitar for the first time and within 3 years end up meeting said artist and having their debut EP reach the Top 10 in the iTunes chart.
Luke Carey is that guy. Shaping his own success with grit, determination and just a pinch of cockiness he set himself up to fail, but instead he is flying…
Luke is still developing his style and influences and isn’t scared to say he is being shaped by those he has met along his musical journey to date. And what a journey it’s been.
Born into a large Irish family in London, music was never a family trait for 21 year old Luke Carey. He’s a latecomer to music as a listener and performer, but boy has he caught up quickly!
A firm believer in the 10,000 hour rule, last year he set himself the challenge of playing 100 gigs in 100 days which proved a huge success and is one of the reasons he credits for making the Top 10 of the iTunes chart without a hint of PR.
Now a singer-songwriter with a genuine attention to the craft, in 2015 Luke won the Unsigned Stars Competition, a feat held previously by Stormzy, and will embark upon a U.K Tour in October to coincide with the release of his second EP.
SLVR w/ JoeFarr (Live Set)
JoeFarr is widely regarded as a skilled craftsman of electronic music, having flourished quickly since he first emerged in 2011 to become an identifiable name within the underground scene.
In 5 short years he’s built an impressive body of work, including recent productions on Bloc, Leisure System and Turbo, which have secured him a reputation as a forward thinking, innovative and inspiring musical talent. His massively anticipated LP ‘Sense of Purpose’ was released on Bloc Records. Be sure to not miss out on his raw, live hardware show which we are bringing to Sneaky Petes!
Support from SLVR residents Elliot, Cuba, Murphy and Goose!
MAD GERALD, Bottle Note, Anomalies & Parallel Lights
What’s The Noise Presents a showcase with some of the best local talent live at Sneaky Pete’s on Saturday 22nd October
Tickets available now from all bands & www.tickets-scotland.com
Mad Gerald – Lankyboy and Jeepsaw’s songwriting, vox and guitars with Yiannis & Miguel’s rhythm machine.
Bottle Note – Alternative Rock Band from Edinburgh
Listen to EP Callant Now!
Anomalies – Ayrshire band focused on music but always open to all other forms of art.
Parallel Lights – Pop/Punk Alternate Rock
A four piece melodic punk rock band based in West Lothian
£6 Adv/ £7 | Doors 6.45PM – 10PM | Over 18’s only
LAKE KOMO with special guests Jargo
Mysterious, illusive yet seductive pop music. Lake Komo have moved in and out of sight. Difficult to pin down, the group released their debut single – proper – on rising London based boutique label Human Music with gossamer synths and ghostly harmonies, impassioned Bon Iver-style vocals with some Woman’s Hour dynamics. All galloping rhythms and superb pop impact, a cerebral and emotional sound.
Chuchoter plus special guests KLLO
Inspired by a mix of modern Pop and Disco, Chuchoter are a new Edinburgh act mixing deep-soul vocals, strong, self-assured lyrics and dirty jazz production to create a fresh sound with a club focus.
kllo: “This Australian duo impress with their new EP, which pays tribute to the best of early UK garage with its sweet, romantic melodies and skippy rhythms” – The Guardian
“These are love songs that use pop tropes and pay tribute to electronic music-making of the last decade and a half. We can’t wait for the album.
The buzz: “Dreamlike electropop.”
The truth: The best Australian facsimile of UKG … ever!
Most likely to: Achieve ecstasy.
Least likely to: Take ecstasy (in case Chloe’s mum’s reading).
What to buy: The Well Worn EP is released in August by Ghostly International.
File next to: New Portals, AlunaGeorge, Sweet Female Attitude, Conducta.
SHE DREW THE GUN
She Drew The Gun, fronted by singer-songwriter Louisa Roach offer dreamy lyrically evocative psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey. They released their debut Album, Memories of the Future in April 2016, the record is the result of Louisa Roach meeting with producer James Skelly in 2015 and working with him at independent record label Skeleton Key Records. Taking the bare bones of the songs- poetic narrative lyrics set to haunting riffs and melodies, they built up the tracks, developing an electronic element into Roach’s sound. The result is a dark but dreamlike collection of stories from the songwriter’s life and imagination caught in a bubble of psych-tinged pop. Exploring more conventional subject matter like delicate and dysfunctional relationships, unrequited love and loss, but also veering outside the norm with Sci-Fi protest songs, or more subterranean subjects, like drugs, alcohol, addiction and inequality.
The line up has shape-shifted and evolved into a full band since its inception as a solo project in 2013. Sian Monaghan was first to join, and the band have played in a number of formations. They supported Fink on a month long UK and European tour in autumn 2015 as a three piece with Jack Turner on guitar, latest addition Jenni Kickhefer completes the line up on keys. As a four piece they have travelled the UK on a recent headline album tour, supported The Coral, and played the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival after winning over the judges at the Emerging Talent Competition 2016. They have just announced another string of UK dates for the Autumn.
Louisa’s underground roots lie in performing at open mic events and acoustic gigs, honing her skills along the way, she gained the attention of Radio 6Music last year when Steve Lamacq championed a first release, that led to an invitation to perform a BBC introducing live session at Maida Vale in 2015. BBC6 music continue to support the band, they made Memories of the Future ‘Album of the Day’ upon its release. The band and Album, without the backing of a major label, continue to win over fans with their lyrically evocative style coupled with meticulously layered psych-pop.
“Junkyard Scouse soul.. built ingeniously on a Wirral council budget” ???? Uncut
JOHNNY FOREIGNER, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
Freshly returned sobbing from Japan and promoting a record that even Pitchfork says is superawesome, we at Johnny Foreigner Inc. are superpsyched to announce a run of UK shows. A two-er, as we say here in Birmingham. Expect old songs, new songs, sweat and tears, a positive righteous partyzone atmosphere, and 10 years worth of heartbreak and distortion pedals condensed into an hour’s set list. (no encores)
([all shows up to and including 22/10] We’re also superhappy to inform you that we’ll be joined onstage by long time collaborator and tallest friend Ben Rausch, who’ll be providing live visuals using some kind of Keytar-Magic-Projector interface we still don’t fully understand.)
([all shows bar 25/10 and 27/10] Tour support comes from fellow 2nd city survivors and all round purveyors of bassless excellence Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam )
As always, if you work for the NHS and want to come see us, get in touch with us over the usual socials and we’ll get you in for free. #fuckhunt
BRIX & THE EXTRICATED feat. Members of The Fall
Brix & The Extricated feature original member of The Fall Brix Smith-Start on guitar and vocals, powerhouse duo Steve Hanley on bass and brother Paul Hanley on drums (‘The greatest rhythm section in rock n roll’ – Luke Haines), Steve Trafford on guitar and vocals and virtuoso Jason Brown on guitar, this is a dream line up for lovers of The Fall sound.
A live performance by Brix Smith Start and her band The Extricated to celebrate the release of her memoir “The Rise, The Fall and The Rise”. Best known for her work in The Fall at the time when they were perhaps the most powerful and influential anti-authoritarian postpunk band in the world, Brix spent ten years in The Fall before a disintegration of the band led to her exit and the end of her marriage with Mark E Smith.
Growing up in the Hollywood Hills in the ’60s in a dilapidated pink mansion her life has taken her from luxury to destitution, from the cover of the NME to waitressing in California, via the industrial wasteland of Manchester in the 1980s. Brix is also well known appearing weekly in Gok’s Fashion Fix.
Simone Felice is a founding member of internationally acclaimed Catskill Mountain based artists The Felice Brothers, whose early seminal albums remain some of the most influential works of this century’s indie-folk revival.
THE LONELY TOGETHER, Fires in the Alps, Dead Electric, Pilotcan
ALBERTA CROSS Stripped Back
With his third album, the self-titled Alberta Cross, the band’s mastermind and sole official member, Petter Ericson Stakee, is asking us to slow down.
He’s asking us to keep by his side, for the length of an album, to join him on the journey he’s made. We didn’t have to ask for these things just a few years ago, it was built into our nature. We listened to full albums. We had the time to stop and give music some of the attention it took to create it. Things have changed.
“This is soulful, untouched music coming purely from the artist,” he says. “They can love it or hate it, but at least they can’t complain that I’ve been changed by anyone. This is what I want to do. I made my record. No one told me to make it this way. I’m 100 percent responsible for it. Take it or leave it. But, I love you for listening to it.”
Smart, funny songs, Lail Arad enjoys tumbling lyrics that conjur Lou Reed at times. Stylised vocals, with sultry sing-speak passages and modulating licks, are equally suggestive of the Mediterranean and the metropolis. File next to Courtney Barnett.
Chris Barron (The Spin Doctors) + Lach
Back for a second time, we were very pleased to find at the first show that Chris Barron is a strikingly charismatic and talented performer and songwriter, not just the guy who wrote Two Princes.
He’ll play it if you ask, but his current songs are so good you’ll probably ask for more of the new stuff.
BBC Radio 4 commissioned a third series of The Lach Chronicles this year recently. Edinburgh resident Lach is the founder of the Antifolk music and art movement in New York, cited as a main inspiration by hundreds of performers today from Beck and Jeffrey Lewis to Hamell on Trial, The Moldy Peaches and Regina Spektor in the US, to the likes of Laura Marling in the UK.
THE WAVE PICTURES
One of our consistent favourites here, among the hardest working and most fun bands in the UK, we’re delighted to welcome The Wave Pictures back, toting a new album whose name we are not yet privvy to!
Leddra Chapman will be touring the UK in Nov/Dec 2016 in support of her brand new EP, Third Love. Third Love will be exclusively available on all dates throughout the tour, with the EP going on general sale the week after.
Third Love was written and recorded at Battersea Park Studios, London. Alongside Leddra, co writers Juan Ayala and Ali Thomson are putting the finishing touches to the tracks, all set to be ready for November 2016. Leddra has moved on once more in her musical journey and here is what she had to say:
“I was lucky enough to be brought up from a young age to be driven not by what could make me successful or wealthy, but by what will make me the happiest in life. The Third Love EP is a reflection of my endeavours in love and music, the two most important things in my life, the things that can leave me feeling broken yet completely ecstatic. The two things that make me the happiest consistently overtake one another and always have done- I feel like I’m finally learning now in my mid-20s not to fight it any longer, as I’m sure they will continue to battle it out throughout my life.”
Leddra Picked up a guitar at an early age and hasn’t looked back since. She has shared the stage with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Katie Melua, and was personally invited to support Sir Tom Jones during his sold out dates, playing in front of over 35,000 people.
Debut single ‘Story’, a track championed by the late Sir Terry Wogan on his Radio 2 Breakfast Show, was playlisted by the station with sensational feedback. The next 4 songs were also playlisted by the UK’s biggest Radio station including single of the week “All About You” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P81j5CQCc0M Sir Terry and Chris Evans (who took over as breakfast show host) championed all of Leddra’s 5 playlisted songs across their radio shows.
Third Love is another step forward and an exciting time for Leddra, who is pleased to be sharing her music with her fans on the road once more in 2016.
American Clay, Shredd and more
One of the best new bands from Glasgow, having supported heroes Total Babes, Cheetahs and Krill, have hunkered down for the past few months penning a hot record that deserves their new headliner status.
Teutonic drums, jarring guitars, and wholehearted pop melodies elevate [previous single] Talk, making it a song that reverberates and sticks in the head.
From the Song 2 sounding intro to the Total Babes inspired melodies, Talk is a fuck-that’s-good debut from a band who can now back up the buzz. – Scottish Fiction
Waze & Odyssey All Night Long
Firas & Serge aka Waze & Odyssey, both started out as resident DJs, honed their skills and perfected their craft through countless opening sets and the often arduous task of setting the tone and mood of the club.
Now more established, new challenges for the duo arise.
Tipping moments such as 4-hour sets at Panorama bar as both times of inspiration and trial, Waze & Odyssey have always pushed themselves to exceed their own expectations and those of their fans. Extended sets are, in essence, designed take the reveler on a journey as the artist tells a story through selection. For Waze & Odyssey, these sets are a window of exploration through their true tastes, influences and hidden gems. Extended sets have always been a chance for them to play the more obscure records they don’t normally get to play, thus creating a one-off unique dancefloor experience.
Firas & Serge are really excited to present this run of intimate shows where through extended sets, they’ll show you a different side to Waze & Odyssey.
After an incredible year of touring supporting Simply Red, Suzanne Vega and Boyzone plus a full UK & Ireland headline tour of his own Ben Montague is back with his new single ‘We Start Over’.
Co-written with Jez Ashurst (Jamie Lawson/Little Mix/ Melanice C) & Charlie Grant (Simply Red) and produced by Peter John Vettese (Take That / Annie Lenox / Bee Gees / Ronan Keating), this is by far Ben’s most honest and heartfelt record to date. Taken from his third studio album ‘Back Into Paradise’, which reached number 14 in the iTunes Singer Songwriter charts in September 2015 and was pushed back up to number 17 in March / April 2016. Ben’s latest single “We Start Over” made Radio 2’s Record of the Week, and was kept on the A and B lists for over 6 weeks.
2014 was a breakthrough year for Gengahr, as they established themselves as one of the most exciting groups around. Debut single ‘Powder’ earned support from Huw Stephens, NME, The Guardian and Blogotheque, whilst being playlisted at BBC 6Music and XFM, as well as hitting the blog-aggregating Hype Machine charts. The band also took on festival stages across the globe, with Glastonbury, Latitude and MIDI among those subject to their smoky and catchy performances. Subsequent tours with fellow underground heroes Wolf Alice and Superfood slotted perfectly alongside the larger stages they shared with Jungle, Dry the River and Maccabees – the latter asking the band to join them on their upcoming UK tour. 2015 has been even more fruitful, with the band’s first ever tour down under to play Splendour in The Grass plus sold out sideshows.
While they bashfully describe their successes to dates as “happy accidents”, there’s clearly something greater at work behind Gengahr’s rise. A timelessness that has captured the hearts of all they’ve come into contact with and the recent release of their debut album, A Dream Outside are just the start. Comparisons to Radiohead are anything but reductive; there is sure to be a similarly twisting and enormous path ahead of this hypnotic North London quartet.
Bigfoot’s Tea Party – 8th Birthday
MIKE HERON (Incredible String Band) & TREMBLING BELLS
Double bill with full Trembling Bells show before they play as Mike Heron’s Band!
The Black Madonna 3 hr set / Edinburgh NYE / tickets on sale Friday 9am
Sneaky Pete’s & Bigfoot’s Tea Party present:
The Black Madonna is now rightly one of the most in demand DJs in the world; her energy, record bag, and technical skills are blowing people away from Sonar to Panorama Bar to Dekmantel and back again. We are extremely happy to say she’ll be bringing in the bells with you in Edinburgh, for what will be her debut in the Scottish capital. “It’s not to be missed” doesn’t even come close.
For the party, we’ll be taking over the unique Biscuit Factory, with two floors and a 7,500 square foot venue/gallery space, at Anderson Place, just off Bonnington Road. We’ll be bringing a bespoke lighting rig, massive sound system, and turning the top floor into a cocktail bar and chill out area. We don’t say this lightly that this multipurpose hub, housed in the former Crawford’s biscuit factory, is a truly special location.
Early days, we know, so we’ll be having a flash sale of 50 x reduced price tickets tomorrow Friday morning at 9am here: URL
Further ticket updates and line-up announcment to follow.
n.b. The Black Madonna will not be playing elsewhere in Scotland on NYE. Get your tickets now