FRIDAY 26th May
Wovoka Gentle, Holy Loaf, Caro Bridges & the River
Wovoka Gentle launched their first EP, Wovoka Gentle [Yellow], via Yucatan Records in July 2015 with a sold out show at London’s Cecil Sharp House. Their next EP Wovoka Gentle [Blue] followed in November 2015 with a sold out show at Electrowerkz. Third EP Wovoka Gentle [Red], produced by Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Depeche Mode, Interpol) was released on October 7th 2016.
George FitzGerald: Hiding Places
A very special small room show from this very talented DJ and producer.
Heaters, Joshua Gray, Mad Gerald
One of the best live bands we hosted in 2016 are back with a new record.
Heaters, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, have a spacey, driving take on West Coast psych rock. Tapping into both the twang of their ’60s garage compatriots and building their own brand of expansive, cosmic swells, Pitchfork calls the band “catchy and kinetic,” noting their “energy and hook writing are clearly on point.” Combining a seemingly constant output of “reverb-coated, fuzz-studded, hard-driven garage psych” with a kaleidoscopic, hip-shaking live set, Heaters are quickly forging something new and exciting.
Craig Bratley at No Strings Attached
His back catalogue of productions and remixes are nothing short of magic and his high quality output continues in 2017 with forthcoming remixes on Is it Balearic and Leng, a track on Rack and Ruin as well as a release on the next Moon Rocks compilation on Throne Of Blood.
Firecracker Recordings ‘Heal Yourself & Move’ #9 with Whodamanny, House Of Traps
In an era when dance music gets weird as hell, Whodamanny, AKA Raffaele Arcella (Periodica/Earlysounds/Unthank), still cuts an odd figure. The Neapolitan is a key player in the Early Sounds Recordings collective and one of the founders of the Periodica Records. He’s also half of The Normalmen and one third of The Mystic Jungle Tribe. He’s spent a great deal of time experimenting with phase distortion synthesizers made by Casio and on several kinds of toy keyboards creating a really weird fusion between cosmic sounds, proto-house, jazz-funk and electronica. The results can be heard best on 2016’s Cosmic Morphology album on Periodica and on his Primaria Industria opus our own Unthank label, with House Of Traps (Firecracker/Unthank).
Guadalupe Plata, Lonesome Shack
“Our name comes from our hometown’s patron, the Virgin of Guadalupe —she protects us as we play the devil’s music,” say the members of Guadalupe Plata, with not a little bit of hopefulness.
Rising up from the town of Úbeda, deep in Andalusia near Jaén, Guadalupe Plata have become legends for their provocative, deeply affecting blues and boogie music, creating a psychedelic landscape that is as darkly surrealistic as it is infectious.
Mojo magazine has called them “culturally rich and instantly identifiable as excellent.”
“Qué he sacado con quererte” (“what have I gained from loving you”), the opening track on Guadalupe Plata’s new album – self-titled like all the others and probably destined to be known as the “pekinese” album – is a folk ballad that arrives like a voice from another world.
The polished austerity of Andalusia shines ever so minimally, even in the names of their albums, every one which is called Guadalupe Plata, but known to fans by the year, the colour or the image on the record sleeve. This new record will probably come to be known as “the pekinese album”.
Their performance is a beguiling, bewitching thing, possessed by the sense of space, sex and the magic of the night which belongs to rock’n’roll and to much of the most nagging folk art.; a pounding sound, with its curious mythology centred around dogs, the devil, Christ, rats, black snakes and cats, where all the lovers are Frankie and Johnny, and which seems to co-opt blues, bebop or rockabilly as structure to an Andalucian tradition which already straddles romany, sephardic and moorish strains
Guadalupe Plata’s music will suggest, to anglophone ears, the raw edges of Hound Dog Taylor, Skip James, and John Lee Hooker, the insanity of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, the winding guitars of Elmore James and Ennio Morricone, the delirious psychedelic acercamiento to the blues of Canned Heat or The Doors, and the post-modern madness of Jon Spencer, The Fall, Captain Beefheart, and the Gun Club.
Like the flamenco players they watched growing up, they describe their process as ”training to be podrío“ — to be rotten — and speak of “duende,” and “hechizo” – literally demons and spells. But the results are uniquely their own: “Our music inhabits that place in our collective imagination where the demonic force straddles the blues and cante jondo,” they say.
In 2014 GUADALUPE PLATA began their trophy collection, picking up the coveted Impala Award for Best European Rock Album, as well as Artist of the Year, Best Live Act, and Best Rock Album from the Independent Music Awards, as well as Best Modern Music from Critical Eye. Their music has seeped into the American consciousness on such television shows as Showtime’s Shameless and HBOs How to Make it in America.
Lonesome Shack hone their skills as an elemental rock group: stripped down, raw, expressive, and danceable.
Joe Goddard (Hot Chip / The 2 Bears) at Witness
A brilliant, brilliant DJ, a king of good time positive vibes across genres, we’ve waited years to host Joe. Who else could have released records on DFA, Moshi Moshi and Domino? He’s the definition of indie-dance done right, and an inspiration for a generation of party-starters.
A leading member of indie/soul/dance group Hot Chip, half of fun-loving house duo 2 Bears, head of his own forward-thinking label Greco Roman (first home to Disclosure amongst others), and a successful solo producer and remix artist in his own right, with a cracking new album ‘Electric Lines’ just out, a great follow up to past singles ‘Gabriel’ and ‘Taking Over’.
Cassia plus special guests
“With the likeable Northern charm of Little Comets and the sunny pop vibrancy of Saint Raymond…” – Bitter Sweet Symphonies
Feast’s 5th Birthday Party – Noah Noah, Posable Action Figures
Feastival is FEAST’s annual ‘blog party’ celebrating their fifth birthday. They like lots of new music, especially from Edinburgh and write about some of the most exciting music being created across the city. For this year’s birthday party they are showcasing two bands who have great sound.
NOAHNOAH presents a unique look at indie/electro/pop/rock and keep you engaged with close harmony and tight, driving synth. The band have been working tirelessly to bring this exciting new sound to the masses. Taking influence from major and local bands – such as Chrvches, Fatherson, Prides, Biffy Clyro and The Killers – They will be launching their new single.
Posable Action Figures have already picked up airplay on Radio 1 for their recent single ‘Cut’, been tipped as one of, Vic Galloway of BBC Radio Scotland’s bands to watch in 2017 as well as being invited to start the year with a performance on STV. With a self-titled debut E.P. under their belt that was described as “marvellous” by The Scotsman and “Something a little bit special… an EP of the highest quality” by Netsounds, Posable Action Figures have developed a reputation for catchy punchy tunes paired with an explosive live show. Regular air play through 2016 and a jam packed gig schedule helped the band build an enthusiastic fan base. Soundcloud.
Bigfoot’s Tea Party
Bigfoot’s means big techno from up North. This year they are adding this foothold out East to their residencies at Sub Club and Farbfernseher Berlin. Residents Chris, Wrick & James on the decks all night.
Once again this is it, turn it up.
£5 on the door.
Mannequin Pussy, Zed Penguin
Brevity is among Mannequin Pussy’s strengths, but a controlled volatility is the Philadelphia quartet’s calling card. The mood of any given song can zap with a disconcerting swiftness from the playful to the chaotic. This dynamic persists on record and on stage.
Mannequin Pussy’s dense towers of noise are underlined by Marisa Dabice’s evocative and passionate lyrical poetry. On their latest LP ‘Romantic’, she’s attempting to figure out what romance means in the 21st century. Less about the gooey stuff and more about everything that surrounds love — the triumphs, the failures and how we transform from the mess of it all. Mostly, it’s just a reminder to love someone. We love them.
Harlitones, Betty & the Bass, The City Below
Harlitones are an Aberdeen based rock ‘n’ roll band which formed in 2015. Consisting of Calum McGee, Joseph Quinlan and Jesus Rojas (along with ex – bassist Maurycy Jankowski) the band play loud, anthemic songs with driving riffs and soaring vocals.
Joseph J. Jones
Following on from the release of his debut single ‘The Video’ last year, Joseph J. Jones released his new EP ‘Hurricane’ on September 15th on Communion Records. The four track EP features rousing lead single ‘Whisper to a Hurricane’ and three new songs, ‘The Dirt’, ‘Face The Night’ and ‘Stay’. Demonstrating Jones’ powerful soulful vocal and songwriting prowess.
Residing out of Hornchurch, Essex from a family with both a strong pugilist history (his father an ABA champion) and musical heritage (his grandfather was a jazz guitarist with the BBC), 23 year-old Joseph J. Jones sings beautifully emotive songs that open up a window into his life.
Signed to Communion Records (Bear’s Den, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Michael Kiwanuka) and inspired by Johnny Cash, Chet Baker, Kanye West and West Ham United; Joseph J. Jones has spent the last year collaborating with writer / producer Richard Frenneaux.
Uncompromising and gifted with an incredible voice, JJ.J’s work is both intimate and soulful.
Last summer saw Joseph J. Jones play myriad festival and support dates including: The Great Escape, Bushstock, Boardmasters and more.
“Artful songwriting that packs a hefty punch, his music has a real sense of depth but is delivered with a romantic edge.” – CLASH
“Jones’ soulfully stunning vocal delivery is the star of the show, etched with a deep growl that’s simply divine” – The 405
“A soulful growl, an intimate piano arrangement – the first few seconds of The Video set the tone for Joseph J. Jones’ magnificent debut single. Sounding like he’s had to deal with a few punches in his life, Joseph combines Hozier’s blues with Sam Smith’s tenderness.” – Disco Naïveté
“A Guy Ritchie character who’s also super poetic and makes beautiful music.” – Buzzfeed’s Social Media Editor
“The haunting song is bolstered by the sepia-tinged clip. But the real star is Jones’ soulful growl, which soars over stark piano chords.” – Last.fm
Witness Presents LuckyMe: Suicideyear, Mike Slott, The Blessings
Together for one night: two generations of LuckyMe affiliated artists who each took hip hop apart and put it back together in weird and startling new shapes: ethereal yet percussive productions that are leave you both clear-eyed and woozy.
Mike Slott is a founding member of LuckyMe, now living in New York City, and one of the first artists to release on the label in a run that went Hudson Mohawke / Mike Slott / Machinedrum / Lunice / Jacques Greene.
Suicideyear, who’s released on Brodinski’s ‘Bromance’ label and OneohTrix Point Never’s ‘Software’ has produced for Yung Lean and became popular through tear-stained edits of tracks by Danny Brown, Three Six Mafia, The Pack & Main Attrakionz.
131 Savage Club
Edinburgh’s new age hiphop collective 131 Northside bring their clubnight Savage Club to Sneakys.
The first of its kind in the city, Savage Club brings you more than just the usual overplayed chart tunes by playing the music you would actually listen to, from underground anthems to raw cutting edge tracks.
Expect Hip Hop, Trap, Cloud, Bass, Grime.
Static Union plus guests Fotzepolitic
Static Union are a four piece alt rock band from Glasgow’s South Side. Their sound is influenced by their love of The National, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, The Smiths, and Joy Division. This is their first time in Edinburgh. Their third single ‘Finally’ is released online on 12 May.
The Sinking Feeling EP Launch with Grand Pricks, Veto
The Sinking Feeling is testament to the fact that you can take crushing self-doubts and turn them into something else. With three totally unique personalities and backgrounds, the band converge on subjects of depression and loss. Each with their own trials, each member contributing to the unique dynamic that is proof that there is beauty and worth in every tribulation.
The Sinking Feeling recently finished recording their latest EP with Bob Cooper (Nai Harvest, Self Defense Family, Brawlers, Allusondrugs) and are working with GoldMold Records for the release.
Fat Goth, Fatalists, Hagana
Hailing from Dundee the three piece rock band Fat Goth have risen from underdogs to fan favourites for rock enthusiasts who want proper meaty, ball hair rising rock from “three chums with a shared enthusiasm for interesting and entertaining rock music”. They have been on Kerrang’s legendary Pandora strip twice and featured in the magazine and to add to this have had stellar reviews from Rock Sound, Q, Metal Hammer, The Skinny and Drowned in Sound that are amongst those who’ve highlighted the band’s humorous, brazen style. This attention and praise led them to be nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award in 2013 and 2014.
“This is visceral, intelligent, misanthropic, no-holds-barred rock music” (Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland Album Of The Week)
Coming back after a break from the heady heights of fame and (mis)fortune their new album ‘Enorm!’ came out last month which has seen the band turn away from the tongue-n-cheek, don’t care attitude that brought fans heavy rock music with sinister humour. Now Fat Goth’s ire has turned towards the political and social mess we currently all find ourselves in. “We live in a world where sociopolitical discourse, injustice and prejudices are rife and appear to increase on a daily basis, resulting in such dire circumstances becoming ‘the norm’ and subsequent headlines being met with continual indifference and fatigue,” frontman Stewart states. They get this anger and frustration into 30 minutes of fast-paced, powerful and dynamic rock.
“Excellent album of thunderstruck-hardcore, hollering-pop and countrified-rock‘n’roll” (4/5 – The List, January 2013)
Ghana Door Studio Fundraiser
Green Door Studio raising cash for kit for musicians in Ghana, with a heavyweight lineup of Fergus Clarke (12th Isle), Katie Shambles (Domestic Exile / So Low) Yves (Rhythm Machine / Lionoil)
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.
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 from a very special yet temporary and partially lost fertile crescent of techno / house / party DJing. It was a time when raves were still a fresh idea, almost felt like a revolution, and DJs like Claude Young, D Wynn, Derrick Carter and Mike Huckaby were informing an upcoming generation.
Detroit never forgot about Mike Servito, his upfront dirty deep and bitchy taste has had an impact on Detroit nightlife for over a decade. From debuting in 1995 at Dat’s Poorboy parties, to being a resident at blackbx and Ghostly’s Untitled (along with Derek Plaslaiko, Tadd Mullinix, Matthew Dear, and Ryan Elliott), contributing to the bizarrely popular, wild and free Dorkwave, and progressing that concept into Sass (the hippest queer party in Detroit at the time), to blowing minds at Interdimensional Transmissions’ No Way Back parties, Servito has made his impression. Moving to Brooklyn, Detroit’s loss has been their gain, as he has found a proper home with a residency at The Bunker, and representation by Beyond Booking in North America and Odd Fantastic in Europe.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Social Order, Headshrinker, Jake Morgan
The Social Order are a Scottish alternative rock band. Members are Sam Morris, Raymond Taylor, Billy Stag and David Bellingham. The band use a smorgasbord of genres to create their sound 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.