Erol Alkan All Night 5th October
Sold Out: Micah P. Hinson & The Holy Strangers w/ L.A Salami
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.
Support comes from L.A Salami with a solo acoustic set.
Facta b2b Skillis at Witness
East Londoner Facta has steadily been carving his own niche in the UK’s ever changing underground scene. He keeps his foot steadily in his dubstep roots alongside other treads through garage, grime, UK funky, hip-hop and experimental electronic. This approach results in captivating sounds that are sturdy, rough-edged and system ready; tough kicks and snares with tucked grooves and slinky hi-hats moving everything together so slick you’ll be left bewildered how he produces these amazing sounds leaving you wondering which direction he’ll go in next.
DUDS plus guests Sweaty Palms, “Nice Church”
Rather than sounding like a contemporary update of Gang Of Four, Liars and James White, listening to DUDS for the first time seems like finding the original source. Freewheeling, krauty, vaguely menacing and funkily uptight, they are a tension-wire-tight, succinct 5 piece that is centred around sharp bursts of rhythmical energy.
They formed in Manchester in early 2015 and have made steady and assured progress towards their current sound without sacrificing a continuing developing and experimentation in their music. Their songs, kaleidoscopic in their scope, comment on the human condition and arbitrary, often strange scenarios or themes. The forthcoming debut album has managed to deftly solidify the groups taut, muscular live sound into 12 distinctive songs. Veering from angular, acidic guitar infectiousness and bulldozing bass and drums, to more reflective and spaciously delicate art rock, ‘…Of Nature Or Degree’ is also peppered with flares of free jazz skronk and ruminates with a decimating post-punk minimalism that unequivocally shows DUDS perfectly pitched clarity in their sound and their vision, managing to focus these competing sonic influences into a deadly cohesive long player.
It’s a sound that within the last year has seen the group at their most in-demand, frequently playing for promoters in the Manchester and Leeds DIY scenes. It has also seen them act as main support for internationally recognised and critically acclaimed acts such as Gang of Four, The Raincoats and Omni. October/November of 2016 saw the 5 piece embark on a tour of Sweden and the UK to promote the Wet Reduction EP (released on the Swedish label Maternal Voice), which ultimately drew the attention of Castle Face records as well as BBC Radio 6’s Marc Riley, who has continued to play the groups music weekly and resulted in a recent on-air live session in January 2017.’
Monsters On Movie Posters, Gus Harrower, Manchu
Four-piece Edinburgh band Monsters On Movie Posters are back gigging in support of new EP ‘Tourists’ after a six month break. With new additions to the lineup and a more aggresive Indie Rock sound, they recently supported bands such as ‘The Youth and Young’ and ‘Twin Wild’.
Drawing comparisons with Bon Iver and Tom Odell, Gus Harrower is a singer/songwriter who paints himself through his music and lyrics.
FLY Open Air Afterparty w/ Special Guests
Fly Open Air are hosting the official after party at Sneaky Pete’s with the special guests announced on the night!
“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
DJ Q All Night at Witness
A perfect follow up to our mad mad sellout TQD all night session.
Early bird tickets are £5+booking fee.
Following the reception to his all night long sets in London and Birmingham DJ Q takes things one step further and goes All Night, All Week, with sets from doors open until close 7 times in a week, with around 40 hours of DJing across 7 days.
Only an elite level talent like Q could pull this off, expect the depths of his catalogues across the whole spectrum of UK Garage, House, Grime and of course Bassline
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.
Guy Jones, Stewart Mac, Dean Roberts
Singer/Song Writer Guy Jones hails from Birmingham and has always had a unique connection with music. He’s been praised by BBC Introducing, Noise Collective NYC, Beatlebabe Reviews and others as outstanding, soothing, lyrically captivating and soulful. Over the years he has gained a loyal fan base who have helped him raise funds to fly to NYC and record his debut album with producer Aaron Nevezie (The Black Keys, Danger Mouse, Jojo Mayer & Nerve) at The Bunker Studio who also helped him record his first EP. He repaid the fans who helped raise the funds with 2 weeks of exclusive private shows.
London based songsmith Sam Brookes is one of the UK alt-folk’s best kept secrets. His acclaimed album Kairos was tipped by The Independent for a Mercury Prize nomination, received support from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2 and granted Sam the opportunity to perform at Live In Hyde Park.
Sam’s singing career began at an early age, filling the rafters of Her Majesty the Queen’s private chapel, as a chorister. Now his unmistakable, soaring vocal combined with crafty arrangements, deft guitar-playing and arresting lyrics delivers an aural patchwork that has been positively likened to Wild Beasts, Bon Iver, Nick Drake and Tim Buckley.
Sam is also the featured vocalist on the Basement Jaxx single ‘What A Difference Your Love Makes’ and has collaborated and toured with the likes of Lucy Rose and Newton Faulkner.
In 2017 Sam returned with the single ‘My Girl Drinks Coffee’, championed by BBC 6music. In September 2017, amidst extensive touring, Sam will release a new EP titled ‘Ice Caps’.
Dead Pretties plus Pink Kink and Lucia
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.
Ducktails plus guests
Unfurling out of Los Angeles this July comes St. Catherine, Matt Mondanile’s fifth outing as Ducktails, following his previous work as guitarist for Real Estate.
The new album emerges from the roots of Mondanile’s previous work, from the free-form, ambient bedroom experiments of seminal underground release Landscapes (2009), to 2013’s eighties pop re-imagination The Flower Lane, but ultimately moves Ducktails on to a more refined, personal and sincere place.
St. Catherine is a finely-honed collection of baroque pop songs that take the blissful, cascading melodic fretwork that Mondanile has made his signature with both Ducktails and his other band, Real Estate, and applies it to songs of considerable new emotional heft and dynamic range.
The result is fittingly romantic, mysterious and celestial – a dizzying, awe-struck listen replete with strange lyrical images and seductive melodies that are alluring and foreboding in equal measure.
The Julia Holter-featuring “Church” and “Heaven’s Room”, tracks which see Mondanile flex his muscles as a composer and arranger, introducing complex, interlocking vocal harmonies, gorgeously sweeping string parts (provided by Andrew Tholl and Christopher Votex) and a host of off-kilter electronic elements into his sonic palate – channeling the likes of Broadcast, and Stereolab but with a younger wide eyed sensibility.
Baby In Vain plus guests
Making rumbling rock and grimy grunge that’s as malevolent as a midnight knife fight, their sound is equal parts Kyuss and Sleater-Kinney, with a dash of Babes In Toyland for extra punch. Lola Hammerich (vocals/guitar), Andrea Thuesen (vocals/guitar) and Benedicte Pierleoni (drums) are a trio not to be messed with.
Baby In Vain are not your typical Scandinavian indie band. Drawing on the gang-mentality and bluesy swagger of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Queens Of The Stone Age, they’ve been together six years, but are still quite young; Lola’s 19, Benedicte is 21 and Andrea 22. Their early material saw them producing their own twist on stoner-rock, but over the past five years they’ve branched out into much broader territory, pulling in the industrial menace of post-punk alongside fuzzy expeditions into the fringes of doom and garage punk.
The three met at a mutual friends’ prog-rock’n’roll gig in their native Copenhagen back in 2010 and formed the band on the spot, with Andrea naming the three-piece before they’d even left the venue. Their first rehearsal came a few days later, at a local afterschool youth centre. “Lola and me both wanted to be shredding some cool guitar solos,” explains Andrea of their decision not to enlist a bass player – something they’ve stuck by, instead achieving their booming deep end by cunning use of bass amps and layering guitar sounds. The pair also split the vocals, meaning there’s not one, but two dynamic frontwomen heading up Baby In Vain’s killer live show. “It’s just because it was a faster process when writing the songs,” states Andrea. “When we started playing there were a couple of songs that Lola sang, but then I came up with a song. Whoever wrote the lyrics would sing that track.”
Baby In Vain put out a handful of singles in 2013 as well as touring heavily, but wisely decided to scale things back, instead of blindly jumping into the murky waters of the music industry. It’s a period of time that the band acknowledges on their For The Kids EP, in the sludge-ridden ‘Worthwhile’. “It was very overwhelming being ‘up and coming’ and hyped,” explains Andrea. “People wanted all these things from us, and there was a lot of expectation. I felt this pressure, going from being a rehearsal room band to being a completely different thing. ‘Worthwhile’ is about how that kind of sucked.”
The EP also features ‘Martha’s View’ – corrosive clatter about a sinister OAP the band met in a bar – as well as the blues-based brutality of ‘Muscles’, which Benedicte matter-of-factly says is about “selling your house and your kids and then doing some drugs and then selling some drugs and writing huge hits.” And if that sounds up your street then be sure to check out the song’s fantastically bizarre video. Described by Noisey as “Rocky Horror meets Spring Breakers”, it sees the trio holed up in a Danish castle with oysters, champagne, a topless bodybuilder and their fertile imaginations. Elsewhere, the crawling ‘The Urge’ – which started off being about a serial killer and ended up being about cheating on your lover – proves Baby In Vain are just as adept at subtlety as they are at sledgehammer riffs. EP closer ‘Jesusfreaks’ is utter evil from start to finish, seeing the son of God murdered by the mafia and dumped in the ocean. “It’s about a night where you lose control,” says Lola.
Baby In Vain’s addictive, aggressive sound has received plaudits by everyone from Thurston Moore (“It was really a pleasure to play with Baby In Vain tonight. It’s always good to see new, young energy on the stage investigating all the heavy, new rock action that is out there.” he gushed) to Alison Mosshart of The Kills, who handpicked the band to join them tour not once, but twice. “We were the chosen ones,” smiles Benedicte of their US jaunts with the grind-rock icons.
After half a decade of gigging, they’ve now got their frenetic live show down to a fine art. 2017 looks set to bring with it more gigs, more music and more madness. “We’ve going play a lot of shows,” explains Andrea, before Lola adds perhaps the most important part of all. “And party.” she says.
Dancing On Tables + The Opera Comic
Dancing on Tables are a five-piece indie-pop band from Dunfermline. Officially formed in a school cupboard, the boys have spent their last teenage years earning plaudits for their ‘dreamy melodies wrapped up in luring harmonies’.
The Opera Comic – “Packed full of energy, laced with wit and intelligence… impossible to dislodge from your cranium.” – Clash
Fling – Get Flung Tour
Bradford’s FLING provide the previously unsearched-for missing link between T-Rex and the Fat White Family. Forging together Glam Rock, Punk, and Psych with a solid sense of Northern irony and an ever-present aura of late night haziness FLING have created a sound which captivates, entertains and stands out from the crowd gaining support at Beats 1, 6music, and a rapidly growing fanbase of ‘Flingers’.
Following a slew of home demos, and a run of their own ‘Get Flung’ night the band have teamed up with Lee Smith at Greenmount Studios (The Cribs / Pulled Apart By Horses) to record a number of new tracks to be released throughout late 2017 via Leeds indie label Dance to the Radio.
The infectious tracks take a psychedelic wander around the minds of the creators while keeping their pop sensibility firmly intact. FLING’s overwhelmingly laid-back sense of assurance in their own songwriting is clear for all to see – from the nonchalant percussion and inventive lyrical content to group whistles and lackadaisical guitar lines. The result is a sound full of character and depth which is sonically pleasing while holding a do it yourself ethic echoing The Flaming Lips and even the more drug-fuelled years of the Fab Four. As Live at Leeds and Sound City saw this year…played live it’s a kaleidoscopic riot.
“Riotus Psych-Punk from Bradford…In a hazy smoke filled kinda way…” Clash
Peaness, Mt.Doubt, Tongue Trap
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.
Orpheus Collective Presents…
Bad Protagonist Club, Nasari, AVU and Tape Deck Ghost
Bad Protagonist Club is a post hardcore band whose influences range from Fugazi to Mac Demarco and Weezer. Their unique marriage of raucous punk and laid-back slacker rock has been causing waves in the Edinburgh scene since the trio’s beginnings last year. Following on from their Mash House headline gig in May and a recent gig at Opium showcasing some new material, BPC headline the first ever Oprheus Collective event. Creative song structures, huge riffs and an enigmatic stage presence to boot.
Nasari are a shoegaze and dream pop-influenced indie band who are relatively new on the Edinburgh scene. With a sound that evokes My Bloody Valentine and The Cribs, Nasari’s guitar-focused sound is as refreshing as it is exciting.
AVU are Edinburgh’s premier instrumental post-rock outfit, and have been performing in the city for around 3 years with an ever-changing (yet always noisy) set. The band is uniquely experimental and their shows are always guaranteed to be cathartic experiences.
Tape Deck Ghost are a brand new electronica duo based in Edinburgh. Their ambient sound takes influence from acts such as Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and Boards of Canada. Their debut EP was released in August 2017 via Dead Hound Records.
Sløtface plus guests Fistymuffs
Norwegian band aiming to make moshing safe for women and create the most joyous punk ditties you’ve heard since the 90s.
Benji B at Witness
Benji B is one of the UK’s most respected DJs. Renowned worldwide for his radio shows and club sets alike, he’s amassed a fan base who have come to see him as a leader in the future music movement.
Having worked tirelessly since first falling in love with London?s club culture at an early age, Benji B stands today as one of the UK?s most respected broadcasters and DJs. As renowned for his deep, crate plundering club sets (which take in everything from soulful electronic music to hip hop, house and beyond) as much as his eclectic, taste-making selections. Which has naturally evolved into working with Kanye West’s creative team as music consultant and producer for ‘YEEZUS’ as well as providing an official remix of Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’.
Benji has also been running his club night Deviation in London where he continues to curate a unique mix of upcoming talent alongside esteemed guests each month. From Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Joy Orbison, Floating Points, Skream, Moodymann, Dam-Funk, Theo Parrish, Omar-S and Zomby to Sampha, Arca, Travis Scott, Kelela, James Blake, Bok Bok, Jamie XX and Lil Silva to name a few. Over its lifetime Deviation has been widely regarded as one of the very best club nights in London.
Shame plus guests
“Our music is about wanting to provoke something,” says Charlie Steen, lead singer of London’s band SHAME. “It’s not about standing onstage and singing pretty love songs. It’s about confrontation, energy, adrenaline and anarchy.”
“We are not puppets. Everything we do, we do ourselves,” states 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.”
THE RHYTHM METHOD are supporting Shame on their UK tour. Elton John and Suggs are fans and Mike Skinner produced the London duo’s latest single ‘Cruel’. The two have been making distinctive music over the last few years and want to restore British pop to its glory days.
Artwork presents Art’s House at the Caves
Artwork all night on proper party form. If you were lucky enough to catch the Sneaks version of this show then you know what a riot this show is. Full decor show with the venue dressed as Artwork’s front room.
Everyone is welcome at Art’s House and we guarantee a lovely, lovely time.
On a tour taking in nine cities across the length of the country from Aberdeen to Brighton, Art’s House has become the stuff of legends.
Tickets out Friday 1st September 9am
Downtown Boys with Big Joanie and Brainglue
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.
Lou Mclean (Band), The Rhemedies, Betty & the Bass, The Rich
Quality lineup with all proceeds going to Oxfam.
TEESH: 4th Birthday with Ruf Dug
To celebrate 4 years of DJ Cheers ‘all you can eat mind buffet’ we welcome back a favourite DJ and broadcaster, Ruf Dug!
DJs from Young Marco to Moodymann to Ben UFO reach for Ruffy’s tracks to slap the demons out of the soul and weave dreams on the dancefloor.
We’ll have lots of lovely things to give away on the night and our immersive 6 dimension visuals above the dancefloor. Come celebrate with us!
Glass Caves, RAZZ, The Social Order
It all started on the streets. With Glass Caves beginning life by busking in their favourite cities, their name rapidly spread across the country, and the band were beginning to turn heads as one of the best live acts around. The Pontefract four-piece soon enjoyed a shift from stopping shoppers in their tracks, to snagging major festival slots and selling-out sought-after venues nationwide. A headline Club NME show at London’s KOKO, The Great Escape, Dot to Dot, Isle of Wight Festival, and Reading & Leeds appearances are just a handful of places Glass Caves have stopped-off on their journey so far.
Those foundations built from tirelessly busking recently grabbed the attention of BBC Radio 1. Glass Caves’ DIY approach was the subject of a Newsbeat mini-documentary, which brought the story of their unstoppable rise to a mainstream radio audience. Aside from their rock-solid live reputation, Glass Caves were rewarded with impressive success for their self-funded debut ‘Alive’. In a world of dwindling record sales and chart discourse, the album made Record Store Day’s Top 40 at the time of release. It was a taste of things to come – with the band sitting comfortably alongside arena giants Arctic Monkeys and Led Zeppelin. Fast-forward over two years, and Glass Caves have returned. Armed with new material, they’re ready to be shot to those dizzying heights of their heroes.
Diet Cig plus The Spook School
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.
Low Chimes, Ben Sunderland
Tipped for great things by Elbow’s Guy Garvey and BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley, Low Chimes are an alt-folk band from Stroud. Following their two acclaimed EPs, released under previous name, Hot Feet, the band’s debut album is set for release in the Autumn of 2017. Singles ‘Sleepwalking’ and ‘Blood Orange’ have earned the band acclaim from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit and Clash, as well as an invitation to perform live in session on 6 Music. Already UK festival regulars, the band has appeared at Glastonbury, Green Man, Kendal Calling and many others. Since the EPs, Low Chimes have developed a fuller sound, finding influences beyond folk, rock and blues.
The core live elements remain but the introduction of synths, samples and other electronics lend the music new shades and nuances. Layered too are Marianne’s lyrics which are often inspired by the outdoors. Natural images are woven into narratives of new beginnings and letting go of the past, but often serve as metaphors for darker themes. Solitude, anxiety and escapism provide an uneasy backdrop to otherwise hopeful messages.
“Truly nothing short of fabulous… really wonderful” – Marc Riley, BBC 6 Music
“One of my favourite things… wonderful free-form, syncopated indie-rock” – Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland/BBC 6 Music
“Seriously arresting music” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“Beautifully progressive and original but with a nod to some of the greats. They are one of the best bands out there today.” – Folk Radio UK
Marianne Parrish – vocals, guitar
Jack Page – lead guitar
Lachlan McLellan – bass
Rob Pemberton – drums
Annie Booth Album Launch, with guests Laurence Made Me Cry and Jared Celosse
Annie is a young singer-songwriter based in Edinburgh. Performing her indie-rock tinged folk-pop throughout Scotland, she creates melancholic songs with infectious melodies. Her debut album ‘An Unforgiving Lights’ comes out as a joint release via Last Night From Glasgow and Scottish Fiction on 20th October.
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 CaveYear
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (and subsequent offshoots) is a Japanese psychedelic band, the core of which formed in 1995.
Night Music: Daedelus Live plus Glassmasterer
Our first Night Music series show for a while features a man who has dedicated his musical career to the war against cliché.
These are our gig/club crossover shows with a late start and midnight curfew. Previous guests include Blanck Mass, Onra, Koreless, Tiger & Woods, Machinedrum, Palmbomen II, Slow Magic and more.
Like his mythological namesake, Alfred Darlington is an inventor, a craftsman, a constructor of labyrinths. Others get trapped in the maze; he knows how to build wings.
Daedalus will take you on a sample-skewing wild ride, all re-edited and re-imagined live using his home-made controllers.
Trudy and the Romance plus guests
“Impossible to pin down, they deliver a drunken, stumbling, shambolic rock ’n roll that somehow keeps its shit together when the going gets tough. Truly, Trudy are something very special indeed” – DIY
“If anyone’s gonna do anything from Liverpool in the next 12 months, it’ll be this lot”– NME
“..all lovesick sea shanties and Orange Juice inflected rabble rousers” – I-D Magazine
Somewhere among the daydreamers and heartbreakers, beauty queens and jock teens, Trudy and the Romance are looking to lure you into their suitably skewed, cinematic world. On new single ‘Is There A Place I Can Go’, the trio’s dubbed ‘Mutant 50s Pop’ takes a more contemplative turn. The single is part of their Junkyard Jazz EP, which will be released through B3SCI on November the 17th.
From character creation to alter-ego exploration, Trudy’s overtly-romanticised, technicolour realm runs deep. Like David Lynch dicing and splicing Walt Disney film reels, Junkyard Jazz EP is a larger-than-life introduction to their saccharine sound, right through to the Grease-style illustrations by LA-based artist Hello Thunderpuss.
Following radio spins by John Kennedy, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens & Phil Taggart and 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq (as Featured Artist Of The Week), recording sessions with Bill Ryder Jones and Spring King’s Tarek Musa ensued. After a year of performing packed-out shows and numerous festivals across UK and France, the trio found their way into the pages of style magazines such as i-D, Wonderand and Nylon and finished the year as part of DIY’s Class of 2017 and NME’s ‘100 for 2017.’
Their upcoming Junkyard Jazz EP – recorded in former vicarage, Stockport’s Eve studios with producer David Pye – takes its title from another genre they use to describe their seemingly hotchpotch influences. “Our stuff’s like a collage and we’re trying to jigsaw it all together,” explains Olly. “The songs on the EP are meant to be loose but compact. It ties together as a bunch of different little stories; Junkyard Jazz, a messy love.”
To call Trudy escapism would be too easy. As with any great pop music, location falls into irrelevance. Whilst most bands dream of a world they can leave behind, Trudy is the sound of a band with their eyes-wide and keeping every option open.
Junkyard Jazz EP is being released by B3SCI and will be available on all DSPs and limited edition 45 RPM 12″ vinyl on the 17th of November. Preorder here
Hotflush on the road – Scuba & Or:la
Hotflush on the road 2017 sees label head Scuba play with Hotflush labelmates in around the UK.
The Begbies Choose Rude Vol III
The Begbies, Nickajack, The Dunts, The Calm Fiasco DJs
10 000 Russos, Delta Mainline, Black Doldrums
“Dark experimental elements that are supported by a charming groove… This trio is about to take Europe’s psych scene by storm.” The 405
“Far removed from the strawberry fields that are genuinely brought into your mind by the term [psych]. Instead, marrying escapist squealing guitars with a vision of a bleak, dystopian future” Vapour Trail Blog
10,000 Russos are a formidable force within modern psychedelia; their industrial psych/post-punk has been charming fuzz-heads across the globe with its stomping, shamanic mantras and otherworldly krautrock slant. Following their debut album and recent split with The Oscillation, the Portuguese trio are set to release their huge second LP ‘Distress Distress’ on April 7 via Fuzz Club Records.
10,000 Russos have once again transcended the boundaries of psychedelia as we know it today; their dark, droning noise is twisted, distorted and pushed to its limit. ‘Distress Distress’ is so ritualistic and industrial it see’s their usual post-punk sound – a primal and celestial mix of The Fall, NEU! and Spacemen 3 – pushed within an inch of techno territory with its abrasive, metronomic rhythms.
Since their debut self-titled LP,Russos have been touring Europe extensively and acquiring a cult-like following at a whiplash rate – their incredible performance at Liverpool Psych Fest was widely described as a stand-out set by numerous music publications and fuzz fiends-alike. With the entrance of second record‘Distress Distress’, the band are showing no sign of slowing down either – redefining psychedelia with every hiss of feedback.
“Porto based ’10 000 Russos’ create a twisted, droning, psychedelically charged & industrially dark vision of social dystopia through their music that is very hard to shake off. Their collective sound envelopes and encroaches the inner psyche, it never panders to it’s contemporaries and it leaves an enduring mark on every single listener that it touches making them one of the most exciting bands to have ever graced this modern day psych scene.” Primal Music
Delta Mainline are an alternative band formed and based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Renowned for their dynamic live performances and idiosyncratic blend of cosmic country, dream pop and garage rock, Delta Mainline released their debut album Oh! Enlightened in 2013 through Rehab Sound (UK) and Halcyon Records (North America) to unanimous critical acclaim – most notably from Uncut, Q Magazine, Artrocker, The Scotsman and God Is in the TV. Engineered and co-produced by David McAulay (Mogwai, Mike Heron) at the legendary Chem 19 Studios over two years and mastered at Universal Studios Canada Inc., the result is an album rich with texture and tinged with healthy doses of psychedelia, which tumbles from atmospheric soundscapes to vibrant bursts of melody.
Following a headline appearance at goNORTH Festival and performances at the likes of Truck Festival, Jocktoberfest and the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (who featured the band on their “PZYK 0002” compilation to mark Cassette Store Day), the band completed dates with US psych heavyweights Moon Duo and Spindrift before heading to Edinburgh’s Chamber and Castlesound Studios to write and demo their second full-length album – set to be recorded in the latter half of 2015 and released in 2016.
Black Doldrums are a Heavy-Psych band from London. They deliver multiple layers of sound with fuzzy echo-drenched guitars and heavy relentless drums. After the successful launch of their EP ‘Exit City Lights’ in August 2016, Black Doldrums released their album ‘People’s Temple’ in February 2017 preceding a US tour.
They are now joining Wrong Way Records for a much anticipated release later in the year. The band supported acts such as Sterling Roswell of Spaceman 3, Thurston Moore, The Fall, Lee Scratch Perry, The Cult of Dom Keller and Dead Rabbits.
Jacques Greene at Mindset
Back again, one of the DJ producers who is closest to our heart.
Jacques Greene is the enigmatic, young artist who broke out of a generation of independent electronic labels Uno, 3024, Night Slugs and LuckyMe as a genre-defining producer and DJ (via 2011’s ’Another Girl’ – one of Pitchfork’s Songs of the Decade, 2013 favourite ’On Your Side’ ft. How To Dress Well and 2016’s club anthem ’You Can’t Deny’). Jacques Greene crafted a musical blueprint that inspired a generation who were raised at the intersection of contemporary music in the 90s: hip hop, RnB, house and techno.
At its heart, ‘Feel Infinite’ is a record about the utopian idea of club culture – music about the club, as well as for the club in and of itself. Written over the course of two years, this debut album is the purest, most personal expression of the Jacques Greene sound created by the born and raised Montrealer, renowned for collaborating and remixing Tinashe, Radiohead, Sampha and Shlohmo. Present on the record are Jacques Greene RnB vocal chops that he popularised in new club music – but here he returns to their original purpose: his own reference to Masters Of Work. Where they drew from their primary influence in disco, JG draws upon his own formative chart music.
This is a DJ show.
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.
Sleepless Giants plus Before Stories, Terrestria
Sleepless Giants are a loud, energetic alt rock band from central Scotland, taking influence from varied musical backgrounds to create their own unique sound.
“There are buskers that will make you cry, they’re so good”, according to cult Americana artist Andrew Bird. “And then there are buskers that will take you to a place where sound and energy merge to create a kind of spiritual ecstasy, a joyful affirmation of life itself.” CC Smugglers, who have made the transition from the street to the stage with consummate ease and considerable acclaim, exemplify the latter, and then some.
The Bedfordshire-based band started out as “guerrilla buskers”, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators. They got their big break by playing outside every UK tour date of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show. Not even a severed artery on his finger could stop frontman Richie Prynne – he delayed surgery to lead the six-piece on the audacious escapade. So impressed were the Old Crow Medicine Show with a “ hugely engaging performance ” ( Sunday Times ), they invited them to share their platform on the remaining dates.
It was Richie who formed the band after busking alone for some years as a teenager. He enlisted the help of Dan Edwards (double bass) Ryan Thomas (lead guitar) and Sam Barrett (rhythm guitar and fiddle) who formed the Bedfordshire contingent of the band for several years. They were joined last year by Tom Seals (keys) and Iain Mcfarlane (drums) both accomplished young players: “Their influences have really allowed us to explore more contemporary challenging arrangements” said Richie, as is evident on recent single ‘Money’.
Last summer saw the band selling out venues in their own right, and stealing the headlines at the Cornbury, Glastonbury and Camden Rocks Festivals, among others. They went on to play further afield at some of Europe’s biggest festivals including sharing the bill with Bruce Springsteen at the prestigious Werchter Festival in Belgium along with dates in The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic and more.
2017 started off with an appearance at the O2’s huge Country to Country (C2C) festival in London and a set at Eurosonic in The Netherlands, and they are confirmed for a run of festivals this summer including Cambridge Folk, Cropredy Festival, Montreaux Jazz and more.
A rapid rise that has elicited critical plaudits from the Sunday Times culture Section, bluesman Seasick Steve , roots guru Bob Harris (“just brilliant”) and BBC 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews , who describes them as “the best live band on the scene at the moment”. Even Jon Snow is a fan, as indeed is Princess Beatrice . Prynne reckons the reason for their success is simple: “Showmanship and really good music invariably speaks way beyond any genre. We play good, original music with inspiration plucked from the rhythms and instrumentation that inspired most of today’s modern music. We like to think most people connect in some way.”
Listen to CC Smugglers and you’ll hear the ghosts of American folk music, swing, jazz, country, ragtime and bluegrass. Listen more closely and you’ll hear contemporary touchstones such as hip hop, metal, dubstep, house and dancehall. Nothing is off limits for this outfit.
“Six years ago I was a singer-songwriter, handing out CDRs with a photocopied sleeve,” recalls Prynne. “Nowadays we’re a tight-knit team of good honest friends who truly love what we’re doing. Over the years we’ve developed an ethos and consequently a reputation for innovative self promotion, original, creative compositions and dogged hard work; values learned in part from working our way up from street performers. It’s hard work that continues to pay off. The dream is nowhere near realised.
CC Smugglers new single ‘Dirty Money’ is out now.
Childcare plus guests
London four-piece Childcare’s three and a half minute song ‘Kiss?’ is thrilling alt-pop, as sharp and singular sonically as its irreverent subject matter would demand. Kicking on over a rotating vocal/guitar hook and powered by crisp, rhythmic new wave. The subject matter finds Childcare main man Ed confronting the nature of regret and shame, as engendered by a very British social interaction.
After releasing their killer single ‘Film Club’ the opportunity to support Bastille on their nationwide tour came up hot of the heels. ‘Film Club’ was the first teaser of the their new EP (Lost in the Manor Records) that also features ‘Kiss?’ and ‘Omega Grey’ earning extensive radio play representing an emphatic statement sure to cement the adoration of all those newly turned on to the London quartet courtesy of that tour.
Night Music: Slugabed live
Slugabed has released records for Ninja Tune and Planet Mu, as well as his own Activia Benz imprint. His latest longplayer, Inherit The Earth, marks his debut for the weirdo hip-hop and electronica enclave Anticon. It’s an apocalyptic collection — one that begins in earnest with Stupid Earth and ends with Earth Is Gone Sorry — but there’s so much beauty in Feldwick’s visions of decay.
He’s DJ’d at Berghain, remixed Roots Manuva’s Witness (1 Hope), established the wonky end of dance music nearly a decade ago with the Donky Pitch crew in Brighton, and has accumulated praise over the years from a wide range of respected club and radio DJs including Mary Anne Hobbs, Mark Pritchard, Benji B, Laurent Garnier and Surgeon as well as Tom Ravenscroft and Huw Stevens on BBC Radio 1. Basically everyone across techno, bass and beyond has nothing but the highest praise for him.
He makes bass music of a sort, but it’s part jazz odyssey, part hip-hop beat tape, part future-pop deconstruction, part Part John Carpenter soundtrack, part post-rock adventure. Once again, he’s miles out there, mystical, astral, and yet still making music that works on the dancefloor.
Hosting this LIVE show is a real coup, we are truly honoured to be hosting such a talented artist.
Fabric Bear, The Head, IDKID
Although they flow within the same vein as Ty Segall and Queens Of The Stone Age, Fabric Bear’s fuzz fuelled anthems are very much their own thing. Edinburgh based, with a constant hunger to play live, they plan to play as many shows in as many different cities as possible in the coming years. Keep your ears peeled.
Faced with a modern music scene that champions washed out bedroom recordings designed to be enjoyed alongside a cup of cold brew or craft beer, The Head make music that feels honest to them. Brothers Mike Shaw (bass, vocals) and Jack Shaw (drums) and Jacob Morrell (guitars) have been jamming together since high school, writing and performing original songs inspired by the bands they love: trippy Brits like Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Ride, The Verve and Echo and the Bunnymen, and moody Americans like National, Scott Walker and early R.E.M. After logging more than 200 nights on the road, The Head returned home to Atlanta to record with producers Tanner Hendon & Wyatt Oates at Madison Studios. The result is Space, their forthcoming 13-song LP that defines The Head’s lush sound and defies lo-fi conventions.
IDKID are an unsigned three piece indie-rock outfit from Scotland. Formed in 2016 the McLaren brothers and Hooligan Sadikson strive to create explosive and energetic moments both live and on record with their adrenaline powered performances and their hyper melodic sensibilities. With their debut Red and Blue EP’s released in summer 2016 and on the back of the release of their latest single DEADLY in Spring 2017, IDKID are all about keeping things eccentric and exciting with the intention of giving each project or show everything they have.
Kane Strang plus guests
Kane Strang, from Dunedin New Zealand, makes stripped back, taut and pensive indie.
Class show for fans of Kurt Vile, Big Thief, Cloud Nothings, Real Estate, Woods and DIIV.
Wasabi Disco: Midland and Prosumer All Night
Two good friends of the club together for one night and the best club night there is.
Autobahn plus guests
We first caught Autobahn here as support to Eagulls where the audience reaction was unnervingly strong to the warm up band. Their towering take on motorik goth is equal parts energising and dumbfounding, and with their new album ‘The Moral Crossing’ they have really let loose, with tornados of percussion blasting through walls of guitar noise, their course stayed by Craig Johnson’s Curtis-like howl.
“The melancholic aspect of our music is often offset by an aggressive dissonance, but to me there’s also a romantic side to what we do, which isn’t always clear because of the 100mph drive of the band. That’s what we are exploring with this new album. “
Check out the blistering title track of their new album below…
KLLO plus guests
Kllo – an electronic pop collaboration between Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam – waded in figurative backwater for much of 2016 amid an extensive world tour. These were exciting times; the duo’s Well Worn EP furthered the promise of 2014 EP Cusp, receiving millions of streams and landing Kllo on festival stages as well as Artists-to-Watch lists. Nonetheless, the stretch kept them far from home, isolated and vulnerable, treading through perpetual uncharted territory while yearning for the comforts of the familiar.
As a result, Kllo’s full-length debut depicts inner adjustment to outer change. Songs were written partially on the road and developed back at Lam’s bungalow, a haven that harbours creative spontaneity and catharsis.
“It’s the first time we hadn’t felt like kids anymore,” says Kaul. “We were really able to dive in deeper and bring out a lot more of us into the music.”
Stillia plus special guests
“There’s no need to debate whether they are indie or pop, Stillia are a fresh and exciting new sound” Chris Hawkins (BBC 6Music)
St Helens based Stillia are rising fast. Radio 2’s Janice Long has described their forthcoming debut album as “the best debut she has heard since the La’s” and Jonny Vegas is directing and cameo’ing in the video to their upcoming debut single ‘Let Me In’. The single is released on Feb 3rd by Manchester label Beautiful Noise, check out their live dates to see when you can catch them in your town.
Headless are an Edinburgh-based rock/pop covers band originally formed in 1992. Playing a mixture of classic rock and more up-to-date pop, they cover a range of artists, with both faithful renditions and some alternative takes on classic songs. The gig is free so pop along and have a fun Saturday night out on us!
Moulettes plus guests
In early 2015, lead singer and songwriter Hannah Miller read a New Scientist article that described how the discovery of a microscopic creature had redefined the perimeters of life as we know it. The ‘Halicephalobus Mephisto’ Nematode Worm has none of the requirements of other known life forms – able to survive deep underground, without oxygen or sunlight. The seed was sown for ‘Preternatural’ – an eclectic 11-track opus for the Natural World, and the strange and beautiful creatures in it.
“It made me contemplate how much we still don’t know about the planet we live on, and to consider that
moving space between what we do know, and what we can never know; at the frontier of science and discovery.” says Miller. “The animal kingdom holds such a wealth of beauty, creativity, humour, ingenuity and artistry. I wanted to celebrate it, to underline its fragility, to hold up a mirror and compare our own species to others.”
The band, like the creatures they describe, have always been an evolving phenomenon, and each album has seen a significant leap into new unchartered territory, their unusual music vision prompting comparisons as disparate as «…the Kronos quartet, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Kate
Bush…echoes of early Pink Floyd, Bowie and Radiohead.. Kraftwerk and Björk» (R2 Magazine/Reuters.)
“We identify with bands who present their own kind of eclecticism,” says Oliver Austin. “From Zappa, and Gentle Giant to current bands like Field Music, John Grant, Snarky Puppy, Laura Mvula, My Brightest Diamond, tUnE-yArDs and Tortoise; these were all references for the record.”
It is a beautifully orchestrated ecosystem, experimental in parts but still accessible, fusing rich vocal harmonies, persuasive melodies, big riffs, detailed arrangements and sharp songcraft to make a genre-defying album, which explores the moving space between electronic and acoustic; DIY and big production.
The arrival of newest member Raevennan Husbandes catalysed a rockier mood, her stark and fluid electric guitar playing complementing Miller’s virtuosic cello to forge a muscular, unique sound-blend. Husbandes’ & Miller’s luminous voices deliver characteristic multi-layered harmonies locked in with a towering, thunderous rhythm section (Mortimore / Austin), the band’s synergy and tightness is a testament to their relentless touring schedule; their musical range described by Prog Magazine as “huge, complex and compelling. One of the most thrillingly nimble musical ensembles the UK has produced in decades.»
Incurably ambitious, this is a band that has always put an adventurous approach to Art at the heart of their craft. The front cover best demonstrates Moulettes for what it is: an eclectic, progressive hybrid, a bizarre and bombastic monster.
December 2017 is the concluding chapter of the two-year ‘Preternatural’ tour, and the last chance to see the «breathtaking» live show that has taken the band across Europe from Poland to Malta, and across Canada from Nova Scotia to Victoria Island.
Book early to avoid disappointment.
Bigfoot’s Tea Party with Anastasia Kristensen
Bigfoot’s bring in Danish force of techno, Anastasia Kristensen for their December edition.