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Ruvellas take the stage at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh supported by the great Between The Lines.

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The Luka State

“Supergrass crossed with Kasabian? I think they’re very much better than that”, Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“This is huge, it is really good, really really like it!” Chris Murray, Amazing Radio

“They really know how to write a tune”, Gordon Smart, Radio X
This North West band just might be the hardest working unsigned rock act in the UK right now. In the 4 years since they formed they’ve toured the UK, Europe, North America and worked with producers from Alan Moulder (QOTSA Villains) to Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers) and Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters).

Their latest single, What My Problem, is a modern British take on the classic grunge sound and caps off a successful trilogy of tracks released in rapid succession since September 2018.


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Retiree are three Australians responsible for some strongly rhythmic and emotional music. We connected with them through Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section International label (who run some of the best DJ parties anywhere).

“a whole lot of criss-crossing rhythm” – The FADER

“swirling synth flourishes, languid wistful vocals and strut- ting drum machine funk” – The 405.

Retiree are not a straight up dance band though. Their new album explores the theme of “house or home” and what that means in present day Australia for different people. They journey from an aboriginal tent embassy on the south coast of New South Wales, a retirement village, a one room flat in Ringwood and a sleepless 17 hour stop over in Malaysia.

Their live set throws all their keyboards, guitar pedals and woodblocks on stage, resulting in a fascinating arrangement of sounds that carry the lyrical content superbly.

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Tickets available on the door

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24th May – Erol Alkan All Night Long at Summerhall

We’re throwing a big party at Summerhall to welcome back producer, DJ, label founder and old pal Erol Alkan.

This is the third time Erol has played all night long in Edinburgh, after last year’s sell-out party at The Caves (and the one before that at Sneaky Petes), this is another chance to present his unifying and unpredictable vision of club culture from open to close.

On a winding musical journey that has seen Alkan thrive as a producer, chameleonic remixer and radio host, from the era of seminal club ‘Trash’ to the present day, his spiritual home has been in the DJ booth…

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The Good Arms – “Blistering urgent in your face garage rock n roll”


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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

Red Rum Club are a sextet from Liverpool, combing sounds of old and new channelling ‘Tarantino-esque’ wild western vibes with the help of a solitary trumpet. Liverpool influenced they deliver a modern twist of poetic yet catchy lyrics and melodies that blend to make the sound that is unmistakably, Red Rum Club.

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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

After our last sell-out show, Mouldy Soul Promotions is coming back to Sneaky Pete’s.
We bring Gallus to Edinburgh on the 31st of May for Mouldy Soul VI alongside some excellent bands. Support comes from Bad Hombres, Weekend Debt and Medicine Cabinet – Wives. Tickets £5 before the gig and £6 on the door ?

Gallus are a Glasgow based 5 piece indie-punk band with a reputation for relentlessly energetic and entertaining live shows, rapidly building a keen and loyal fan base in their homeland. Formed in early 2017, they released their debut single “Nice” in March 2018 to much acclaim, and second single “Split”, from their debut EP, the following September. In the year since their first release, the band have found themselves with songs on Spotify editorial playlists, playing to a sold out Stereo for their EP launch, an at-capacity venue for Tenement Trail, and are set to play Stag & Dagger. With more songs on the way for summer 2019, the 5 piece are set to build on already fruitful 2019. ?

Bad Hombres – With influences ranging from dystopian fiction to classic British rock, garage rock and post-punk, the four-piece are quickly establishing themselves as one of Scotland’s best-emerging acts. Infusing a classic rock and punk grit with indie pop sensibilities and political lyrical wit, Bad Hombres’ live performances have made the band a force to be reckoned with.
Following the release of ‘Manuel!’, Bad Hombres later joined forces with one of their songwriting heroes Kieren Webster (The View). This saw the band lamenting the politically and socially abhorrent forces at play in the United Kingdom. ‘EMERGING from the depths of Glasgow’s dark underbelly are Bad Hombres; a rock’n’roll four-piece with heaps of swagger and a definite menacing streak (Tenement TV).’ ?

Weekend Debt – Grant, Calvin, Russell & Harvey make up the innovative indie rock band Weekend Debt from Glasgow, Scotland.
Growing up around music and progressing Glasgow artists, Weekend Debt have grown their own fan base from scratch and made an impact on the local music scene. Weekend Debt have now opened their account for 2019 with the instantly addictive sounds of ‘Tour de France’ – their first track in nearly two years making a roaring comeback in the Glasgow music scene. With plans to release an EP in the coming months, Weekend Debt have an exciting 2019 planned.?

Medicine Cabinet – Wives are an exciting new five-piece blurring the lines between sentimental new wave romanticism and cold, relentless post-punk chaos. Having only formed in January, the band have quickly built up a reputation as one of the most exciting new acts on the Scottish music scene. ?

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We’re buzzing to announce that we’re headlining Sneaky Pete’s on Saturday the 1st June!!

As if dropping a new single wasn’t enough, this Friday 19/04/19 tickets will go on sale for our headline show in the capital where we’ll also be joined by friends Fossway and Human Renegade

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Jonnie Wallace will return to the stage at Sneaky Pete’s to showcase new music and give Edinburgh a night of upcoming artists and amazing music.

Tickets £5

Support acts announced soon…

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Oh man what a huge talent! Allysha Joy is best known for performing in Melbourne Jazz and Hip Hop collective 30/70, and their success over the past two years has lead her to further challenge her expression in a project of her own.

Allysha is pushing boundaries as a keys player (specifically Fender Rhodes), a poet, a singer and a producer. Until you see it live, it’s hard to understand how she man- ages to create her extraordinary full band sound in a solo show form just piano and sample pads, but all the beats are hers and she lays down some groove. “Know your power” indeed.

Allysha’s steady groove, husky vocal tone and unique style of writing tells her own personal truth with force.

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Midi Paul + Chuchoter + Krowne

Midi Paul is the alter ego of bassist/producer Phil McBride. Expect stuttering drums, spliced up disco samples, wobbly arpeggios and some computer funk. On stage, the music evolves like a DJ set but in place of the turntables you will get live bass, dirty analogue synths and old school breakbeats.

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Come and celebrate with us at our very special birthday gig at Sneaky Pete’s. We have some very special talent lined-up for you.

Glasgow’s dream pop band LYLO are here to mesmerise you with their punchy charged post-punk new wave sound. Thier unique style delivered with such attitude and precsion arranged perfectly to make you body jerk. Clean vocals, injections of synth and saxophone, tingling guitars, pulsating bass and drum work in unison to deliver a fury of dance.
LYLO are one of Glasgow’s more distinct and appealing live bands. Their dazzling live shows draw you closer to their world, their vibrant stage presence is unique and Intriguing.

Missy Mcanulty
Missy delivers a strong vocal content containing elements of Soul and R n B yet Punk influences evolved Missy’s vocals into a unique, powerful and edgy sound. Influences include Lauren Hill, Debbie Harry and Gwen Stefani. Missy will perform with a full band line up.

4 piece ambient/indie band from Edinburgh. Shimmering jangly delights into distorted energy at the blink of an eye.

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Vandal Palace are a four-piece indie rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland. Vandal Palace released their debut single ‘Come Back Down’ on March 29. Having already amassed one thousand Facebook likes in under a week, the band’s popularity has continued to rise, with ten thousand streams on their first release. Glamorous indie rock and roll, fused with melodic riffs and infectious hooks, Vandal Palace are a force to be reckoned with in 2019.

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Any Moment Now proudly presents Liv Dawn plus support. Join us for a great night in celebration of Liv’s upcoming single release ‘Reason’.

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This Spanish psyche-satanic washtub blues group are back at Sneaks. This last show was an uproarious sellout and we’re expecting the same again.

Their newly minted fifth album is “a new attempt to go further and beyond, in our crusade for regression and the idea of creating our own personal ‘Gris Gris’.” The album sees them tracing back to more traditional folk music from their home country, channeling ceremonial, ‘un-Christian’ sounds.

“We chose to delve into the sound of the wash tub as the main bass sound, a drum amplified by the minimum number of mics so that it would sound as natural as possible and an electric guitar plugged directly into an amplifier, no intermediaries that would disturb the peace in the monastery.

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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

Fortune Promotions Presents

Felix And The Sunsets – Wrong Era Revival Party

To celebrate the release of their upcoming single ‘I Was Born In The Wrong Era’, Felix And The Sunsets will be playing their first headline show at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s for their Wrong Era Revival Party on Saturday 15th June.

Support TBA

Scottish “imaginative garage rockers” Felix And The Sunsets are a rock three-piece from Leith, Edinburgh consisting of brothers Felix (23) and Lukas Christie (22), and Jonnie Wallace (21). With influences from Jack White and Arctic Monkeys to The Stooges and The Velvet Underground, their music is a loud and electrifying new force in the Scottish scene.

Established in summer 2018, the band followed up their debut EP (Don’t Sleep, 2018) with the single Déjà Vu, a dark and atmospheric track that This Feeling added to their Best New Bands playlists on Spotify and Deezer. Their sound quickly won praise from Discovery Music who commented that “with grungy guitar riffs and one of a kind vocals, Felix And The Sunsets are creating a buzz in the Edinburgh Music scene.”

Their second single ‘Whose Happiness Is This?’ was also added to This Feeling’s Best New Bands Playlist and was played by Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio. Both singles, as well as a third song ‘Don’t Sleep’ from their debut EP have been played on RockSport Radio.

The group first live outing was as main support to DMS at Edinburgh’s prestigious Liquid Rooms, followed by main support to The Van T’s at a sold out Sneaky Pete’s for their This Feeling debut, with Mockit Music calling their set “a special performance” and “an onslaught of inspired garage rock”. They praised the group as “ultra-talented musicians” and the “powerful nature of the performance”.

14+ SHOW

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vistas scottish headline tour

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LaKyoto headline Sneaky Pete’s on 19th June in celebration of the release of their brand new single, WHEN I WAS A KID. Support from Kendama and Gary Ovens.

Tickets £3 – Online only

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Sleazeball slick-haired grungey rock’n’roll, all leather jacket and no vest. Just some good no-frills harmful fun.


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SUPPORT – Waverley – Band

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Kick off your summer with Scotland’s eclectic pop group PAGES. for a fiver!

The band will be touring Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee off the back of a string of SOLD OUT performances.

Make sure you support some of your own for just £5 as the band remain set on their course for the biggest stages!

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Bedlam Bookings Present

Salt River Shakedown
w/ Nocturne Wulf, Ironvolt & We Make Mammoths
£6 ADV // £18+ // 7pm

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Bedlam Bookings Presents

w/ Toreador, Altered Sky & Gulls
£6 ADV // £18+ // 7pm

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Violet Gang Edinburgh presents Cora Pearl + Special Guests at Sneaky Pete’s. Tuesday 25th June. £6 ADV // £8 OTD. // 7.00pm – 10.00pm. 18+ ??

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Cora Pearl have cemented their place as one of the most promising break out bands of 2019. With two releases in quick succession this year that have both gained national radio play from BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music and following on from a sell-out show headline show at The Leadmill, the band are set to storm the summer of 2019 with another new single and relentless touring & festivals across the UK including playing the main stage at this years Tramlines Festival 2019.

Tuesday 25th June
£6 ADV // £8 OTD // 18+

Sneaky Pete’s
73 Cowgate
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
In Association with Violet Gang, Crystal Ship Studios, English Rain Sheffield, College Radio, Fat Flowers Collective and more.

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Gaygirl make howling alt-grunge noise, with goth and shoegaze undertones and up-front “indie-noir” vocals with lashings of attitude.

The band have proven themselves to be a tight and dynamic live act on the London gigging scene, supporting the likes of Shame and Sorry. Last year’s ‘Paralydise’ single is scorching, and they have signed up to Roadkill Records for the release of new single ‘Sick Note’, which was produced by Margo Broom (Fat White Family, Goat Girl).

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Formed in May 2017 in Bristol, through friendship, and a desperate need for artistic and sonic self-expression, Heavy Lungs went on a frenetic spree.

From the first packed out show at Crofters Rights, to recording an ep in 3 days, a raucous set at Simple Things last year, to supporting Idles then Metz. They went onto play outside Bristol home turf across the country and are now about to embark on a UK tour with brothers, Idles.

This is the beginning. This is Heavy Lungs.

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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
Headland take to the stage this summer for their debut official tour.
Headlining every major city in Scotland plus some appearances elsewhere in Europe, tickets available now in a city near you.
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Taffy are a shoe gaze outfit from Tokyo, Japan. They are awesome. They headline night of effective pedals, jazzmaster guitars, loops, shoegaze and distorted/lush melodies.

Support comes from Edinburgh Superstars, Fires in the Alps, and the savage distortion of Glasgow’s The Cherry Wave.

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Perhaps ‘the’ great math-prog band, for fans of King Gizzard, Battles, King Crimson and So SO Modern… these guys are off the charts, and get bonus points for collaborating with comedian Stewart Lee.


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Boudicca Records artists KROW and EBB perform live at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s!

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As Advance Base, Chicago native Owen Ashworth crafts bittersweetly real and honest pop gems. Join him in the capital for a special night at Sneaky Pete’s.


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Psyche and post-punk sit deep in the Brazilian musical psyche. You may have seen Boogarins support Tune-Yards on tour last year where they came across as a freakier Tame Impala.

Their brilliant new LP ‘Sombrou Du?vida’ does not dispel the impression that these are some very avid psyche ad- venturers. Boogarins are thrillingly “other”, but they certainly know their way around a tune, and they are pin-prick funky too.

The use of a large, tuned live room at Austin’s Space Recording Studio allowed Boogarins to include the bold sound of their live performances — heavy rock guitar from Benke Ferraz (also in the producer role) colliding with experimental synth noise and bass undercurrents from Raphael Vaz, all driven by the incredibly dynamic and effulgent drums of Ynaia? Benthroldo.


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Subconscious Sounds Presents Sugarspun Live at Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh with support from The Shoals, The Bright Skies & The Capollos.

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Mellor live at Sneaky Pete’s

With support from Gentlemen Jackals

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Heads up this show is at Summerhall not Sneaks!

Free Love is the latest manifestation of Scottish duo Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook (FKA Happy Meals) – a continuation and progression of their utopian dance pop experiments released on Night School Records and Optimo which have seen them nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and performing across the globe. Touring across Europe supporting Liars and The Flaming Lips, and with festival shows as far as Austin, Moscow and Bangalore, the band have become notorious for their sensual live ceremonies.

Using a table of all-hardware electronics, Free Love harness a charismatic chaos and unpredictable energy that sets them apart as one of the most exciting artists of 2019.


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In the modern world of streaming-dominated music consumption, there are a few standard ways that artists tend to rack up the numbers. They’re either signed to a major label, who have the leverage and cash to get them all up in people’s eye-lines; they’ve managed to nab a lucrative spot on a New Music Friday playlist, or they’ve made friends with Hugh Jackman and wound up on ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack. Rare, however, is the track that climbs into seven-figure streams just by virtue of being very, very good. And even rarer still is the occasion when that happens to a virtually unknown indie band.

‘If You Know That I’m Lonely’, the jangling, sepia-tinged and ’60s-inflected bop released by Brighton quartet FUR last autumn, however, is currently sitting at over 3.6 million Youtube views.

It’s had no car commercial sync deals and no Ed Sheeran endorsement; the only boost its been given is an initial backing by Jager Curtain Call – the collaboration between Jaegermeister and UK publication DIY Magazine, who first funded the recording of the track. Amusingly, coupled with an aesthetically-pleasing, Wes Anderson-esque video that cost “about £100 to make”, this probably gives the song the most cost-effective money: stream ratio on the entire platform. “When we released it we were hoping that it’d get to 20,000 in a couple of months, but then one day it started going up,” remembers singer Murray. “Since then, it’s 100% changed everything. It’s not just people saying ‘cool video’ and sharing it; a lot of these people are buying our records and merch and have adopted us as their new favourite band. We’re in a time where it’s still a fairly recent thing for a Youtube video to build something like that, so for a band to find their fanbase this way is really cool.”

Formed just over three years ago in the seaside town that the band – completed by guitarist Harry, bassist Tav, and drummer Flynn – still call home, FUR might not have expected this sudden change of fortune, but their ambition and determination was there from the start. Meeting initially on a Freshers internet forum, Murray and Harry had formed the basis of the group and began writing before they even started their first day of uni. When finding other flatmates, meanwhile, their only requirement was that they play either drums or bass. “I was very aware that going to a place like Brighton would definitely allow you to do the band thing,” explains the singer. “So when me and Harry met each other we thought, let’s get it started as soon as possible so we’re not wasting time.”

With a full quartet on board, they began to pen tracks based equally in the ‘00s indie they’d grown up with and an increasing rekindled interest in the older music they’d always known from home. “It started off [influenced] by The Strokes and The Cribs, who are another band we all really adore. But as we kept on writing, I found myself really enjoying and being really good at tapping into that [other] place,” explains Murray. “So then it was a case of looking at what sounded like FUR and getting that balance where it doesn’t sound like a band from the ‘60s, it sounds like if a ’60s band were doing something modern.” Harry notes: “For some reason, even when we’d only written two songs, we already knew what FUR sounded like.”

Heading into the release of their debut EP, following recent single ‘What Would I Do?’ (itself already up to half a million views, FYI) what FUR sound like currently is a band capable of penning a particularly nostalgic strain of guitar music but making it sound fresh again. Taking the age-old love song trope and reinvigorating it, theirs are tracks that feel familiar and classic but with a vibrancy that’s entirely new. “The three most written-about things are love, money and sex. One I’m not that comfortable writing about, and I don’t have that much money, but everyone’s felt some feeling of love and there’s something powerful about that,” the singer states. “It’s the strongest emotional connection I can have with a song.”

So far, this outlook has earned them critical plaudits from tastemakers such as Steve Lamacq, as well as gaining them support slots with a truly diverse set of artists including Miles Kane, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and London crooner Matt Maltese – who they’ll shortly be heading out on a full tour with. FUR have also found that their music’s been resonating in more places than just their homeland, too. “I think the one thing we really appreciate is people telling us we have a fanbase in places we never expected. Indonesia has become a big thing, and when people in Peru say there are whole groups of people out there that love us, that’s amazing,” says Flynn before Murray chips in: “And there’s been so much fan art. That’s when I think, what’s going on?! When you see someone who’s spent like, six hours drawing your face…”

It’s a fair point, but with an ever-increasing group of supporters already on board and a forthcoming EP set to cement their excitement, FUR better get used to a little healthy adoration. “When we all think back to where it started with ‘If You Know That I’m Lonely’, doing it on such a shoestring and seeing where we’ve got to now from that, it’s mad,” sums up Murray.

You sense it’s probably just the beginning…

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The Rebel is the moniker of Country Teasers’ frontman and general human enigma Ben Wallers.

Tickets on sale now!

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After blowing us away at this year’s Independent Venue Week in January, we’ve invited the Glasgow young team Heavy Rapids back for more!

Heavy Rapids are part of a new wave of Glasgow bands with incredible punk energy and a following that really feels like the germ of a huge scene.

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Chance McCoy is a Grammy Award winning Indie Folk musician from West Virginia.

“It can be scary to step away from something that’s been so successful,” says Chance McCoy, “but it’s important to follow your passion. I really believe in the music that I’m making right now, so it feels like the right time for me as an artist to get off the main road and explore the path less trodden.”

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***Tickets Onsale Thursday 9th May, 10am***

Somewhere, frozen in deep space, is a pop group. They’re called The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen and they make mutated 50s pop music – somewhere between the great American songbook and classic American jukebox tunes, then dipped in classic romance film scores before being lathered up with prog-rock, jazz and psychedelia.

They’re the brainchild of Oliver Taylor, frontman of Trudy and The Romance. Or maybe they’re the characterised manifestation of several real life experiences. In either case, The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen are here, and they’re playing on Trudy and The Romance’s debut album ‘Sandman’ – a cosmic, kaleidoscopic, merry-go-round of a record that is bursting with bright ambition.

Really, this could be called a concept album, especially given the introduction of The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen. “I’ve asked people and they don’t think they would pick up on it. But you write it for the diehards, don’t you. Twenty years down the line someone will have this album on a Top 20 Concept Album list, and that’s how people will know,” laughs Olly, underpinning the inherent humour of the work.

However, while the intricate details of the narrative might be buried in the lyrics, under layers of fuzz or light-years away, there is certainly a story here – a specific conceptual idea. It involves the characters Little Johnny, frontman of The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen, and Sweet Emma, his love. We’re introduced to these two on opening track “My Baby’s Gone Away” just as Johnny skips town and dreams big, setting up his future career with the Spacemen.

Except, of course, the titular Sandman strikes, right away on the second track of the same name. He takes Sweet Emma and Little Johnny is doomed to keep thinking about her. “It’s about an artist’s journey to success, then asking for your innocence back. It’s a break-up album too, about going to a new place and looking for hope and new love,” says Olly. He describes the Sandman as “the little devil on your shoulder, a metamorphosis of the darkness that looms in the back of your mind.”

If you’re thinking this album is theatrical, then you’re right. But it’s firmly placed in the artist canon of the genre, taking cues from the golden age of Disney, back when they were making films like Pinocchio and Snow White. It’s also informed by Phil Spector. For example, Liverpool’s very own Sense Of Sound Choir sing on every track on the record, lending the album its woozy, encompassing feel.

There’s also the inclusion of a keyboard player, strings, a harpist, a country pedal steel guitar player – a mate of Olly’s dad – as well as the three core members of Trudy and The Romance Essentially, if you wanted to hear a slightly stoned, camp opera, full of hopeless romanticism and day-dreaming, and with a 50s tinge, this is it.

By the time you’ve swayed from side-to-side and reached the album’s moonlit conclusion, there’s a clear message. And, Olly says, “you can never say goodbye to your first love, because it’ll always stay with you.” But the whole idea is that the album can be played on an infinite loop, forever, until the end of time, as the same story repeats itself over and over, the same mistakes made, the same highs reached.

Produced by David Pye (Wild Beasts, Egyptian Hip Hop), ‘Sandman’ is unlike anything you’ll hear in 2019, or the next lifetime. Look out for the Doo-Wop Spacemen the next time you enter the astral plane. They’ll be performing their mutated 50s pop for this generation, the one before it, and the rest to come.

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We love this band so much! They were our top pick from this year’s Great Escape Festival so we’re thrilled that they have added an extra tour date just for us.

Between the quartet’s sweetly punky melodies and disco-fried art-rock eruptions, a spirit of free-firing, balls-out individuality courses through Pom Poko’s exhilarating debut album, ‘Birthday’, just released this February through Bella Union.

Their unique creativity curiously melds together tonal lurches and math rock guitar riffs that are barely tamed by a time signature or key. As admirers have heard, Pom Poko’s music sounds properly played and performed: no mere recitation, it’s the sound of four distinct personalities driving in divergent directions towards one destination.

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Saint Agnes are a ferocious 4-piece from East London, with an unashamed rock sound and electrifying live shows to go with it. All of it is underpinned by the intense chemistry of the frontman/woman pairing of Kitty and Jon, who trade tales of love, lamentation and loathing.

Say hello to your new favourite band.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

Xiu Xiu is the conduit for the uncompromising and unnervingly personal musical works of Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Jamie Stewart, plus a roll call of collaborators both in studio and onstage.. Streaming forth a ceaseless torrent of releases, side projects, art offerings and extensive international touring since 2002, Xiu Xiu’s music has veered from damaged avant-pop to artfully orchestrated rock, squalls of black-hearted noise and most bases around and between, ever served with a bruising honesty and intensity that has ripped out the hearts of a legion of obsessive listeners.

Latest Xiu Xiu album ‘Girl with Basket of Fruit’ (out Feb 2019) is a rowdier, yet more stylistically splenetic offering than 2017’s ‘Forget’, with the usual eye-catching list of collaborators this time including Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Devin Hoff and Haitian percussionists Emmanuel Obi and Ayo Okafor.

For 2019 live operations Xiu Xiu is manifest in the form of Stewart, Thor Harris (drums/percussion) and Christopher Pravdica (bass).

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW

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