Up & Coming Bands who perform in London – All images © Chris Dorney.

Archive for December, 2011

53 – ‘Anarcord’, ‘Stephen & The Heathens’ and ‘Shacklewell Row’



“Il y a une limite à toute chose, et il faut toujours la dépasser”.

Stephen & The Heathens:


Shacklewell Row:


“Shacklewell Row are an emerging modern rock trio based in east London. Following a run of successful shows in spring 2011, they have been working hard completing their debut album ‘Fields of London’, released on 1st December 2011. The album will be available on iTunes and Bandcamp, and (for those more traditional music lovers) on CD at each live concert.

The boys go way back when, but finally formed the band in summer 2010, setting up home in St Barnabas church on Shacklewell Row, Dalston. They have carved their sound from experimenting with a soulful mix of rock and roots – described as a modern form of blues music. There is poetry in there. Their songs are stark, melodic, bittersweet, and full of honesty & spirit.

The band headed into the studio last winter to record their self-produced debut album ‘Fields of London. Jim & Bobby both write & sing their songs, giving a diverse range of style and substance to the music. The album talks of love and loss, heartbreak and hope. They observe the apathy in this city, the chill of hypocrisy and herald faith in more than man. There is a mature sensibility to this work and fine craftsmanship much lacking in records of our time.

Their engaging live shows see the band improvising & developing their songs, giving an exciting and unpredictable edge to each performance. Their concerts serve not only to promote their record, but as a forum for the songs themselves to evolve beyond the recording. Shacklewell Row are rising and currently booking more concerts for early 2012, with their first UK tour planned for late spring.”

(info obtained from the band’s facebook page)


52 – ‘Hellbound Hearts’, ‘The Tarsiers’ and ‘Craig Ingham’

Hellbound Hearts:


“Formed in Early 2011, from mutual desire to make real music matter again, Hellbound Hearts are set to become one of the most compelling, electrifying and passionate bands currently operating in the field of rock ‘n’ roll.

Started by bassist / vocalist Danny Lambert and guitarist Phil Morfitt, songs were already written, plans were hatched and the band began to grow. After a few line up changes seeing the drafting in a mutual friend Sean Bowers, originally on drums, a 3 piece incarnation of the band was up and running. Only after a chance meeting a few weeks later at a gig did Danny realise that Sean had been keeping a secret…. he was infact the best guitar player he had ever heard AND he was jamming with Andy Black, one of the greatest and most solid rock drummers ever to sit behind a kit.

They would not take no for an answer, and Hellbound Hearts was born, losing rhythm guitarist Phil after only a few months and cutting back briefly down to a three piece, before drafting in Jase Brooks on bass guitar to complete the line up.

Drawing on inspiration from the influences of three very different personalities, creating a unique hard rock sound with instant hooks and guitar work soon to be the stuff of legend.

They are now poised to take their blistering live set and anthemic riffs to the masses and remind the world why we all fell in love with rock n roll in the first place.”

The Tarsiers:


Craig Ingham: