UNIVERSAL THEE (Album Launch), The Baskervillez, Little Love & The Friendly Vibes
Enchanting, power-pop five piece Universal Thee return with their sophomore album, All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace, the follow up to the critically lauded debut Back To Earth. The album is due for release on 19th February 2016 via Eventual Heirs Records.
All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace sees the band make a natural progression in their sound, with a more focused, more intense record evolving throughout the recording process as Universal Thee embrace the nuances of a bigger polished production as well as an increased level of complexity to their songwriting.
The result is a record that captures all of their most positive skills as a band, constructing songs with an immediacy which is difficult to achieve, as contagious harmonies are married with memorable melodies and wonderfully crafted musicianship. Album opener ‘Why’ leads from the front, setting the tone for an album that contains ten tracks of glowing, uplifting alt-pop. Harnessing the influences of bands such as Teenage Fanclub, Pixies and current favourites Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, ‘Why’ features the band’s compelling guitar licks, boy/girl harmonies and ear-worm like choruses. ‘Xang’ and ‘Sail Away’ exhibit a grittier side to their songwriting, while forthcoming single Speaker has the potential to capture the imagination of a much wider audience.
Universal Thee have been building their name north of the border playing a number of shows supporting the likes of Ded Rabbit as well as an appearance on the pyramid stage at the Kelburn Garden Party Festival. With more tours planned over the coming months, a debut London show in the works and the forthcoming release of their brand new album, 2016 is looking like a year where Universal Thee will spread their wings even further afield.
The Baskervillez are a 4 piece Edinburgh based band that have been together for over 2 years. Their mission is to make you dance your socks off and put a big smile on your face. Influences include Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, Futureheads and 80s Indie.
Little Love and The Friendly Vibes are a four piece fun pop band from Edinburgh. Formed in the summer of 2011 after Euan (Little Love) got jamming with Graham at a house party. They played their first gig at a charity event known as Indie Funday Friday at Edinburgh’s Henry’s Cellar Bar on the 12th of August 2011. Since then the band has gone through various line up changes in a search to find a sound that mixes comedy and punk. Quite possibly the very first band to be referred to as Fun Pop, they write songs with catchy melodies and quirky guitar hooks. They focus on writing lighthearted and endearing songs about being a shy boy trying to find his way in the big wide world. Supporting fab bands such as The Lovely Eggs, The Plimptons, Universal Thee and The Cosmonauts. They’ve released 3 Eps and a debut album ‘Someone Call An Abulance’. Playing regular gigs throughout Scotland to all you magical people.