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

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

Anarcord:

www.anarcord.it

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

Stephen & The Heathens:

www.stephenandtheheathens.co.uk

Shacklewell Row:

www.soundcloud.com/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:

www.hellboundhearts.com

“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:

www.thetarsiers.com

Craig Ingham:

www.myspace.com/craiginghamsound


51 – ‘Measures’, Ross Bowditch’ and ‘Medusa’

Measures:

www.myspace.com/measuresbanduk

“Measures are a progressive/metal/rock band based in Bedfordshire.

Measures started in 2009 as an instrumental project between school friends. At the time the line-up consisted of Seb Camm (Bass), Joe Hartwell (Guitar), Lucio Adger (Guitar) and Tom Flinders (Drums). The rhythm section were back and forth throughout the two years while the rest of the band were still writing new and much stronger material. Early 2011 the four piece re-formed, this time round feeling like more of a ‘band’ and sounding a lot tighter as a unit. All that was missing at this point was vocals.

Enter Matt Davies. Matt had been in a lot of bands in the local area and was also a good friend of the drummer, this made him the obvious first choice to audition for the part of vocals. Matt joined the band at one of their weekly rehearsals to audition, after just three hours Matt had wrote the lyrics/vocals for two entire songs that he was also able to sing back to the band there and then. The band came to the instant decision that Matt was perfect for the part.

From then on, Measures have continued writing new material, recorded their debut EP and are prepared to gig as much as possible to hopefully build a respectable fan base who will love their music as much as they do.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Ross Bowditch:

Ross’s facebook page here

Medusa:

www.medusaworld.co.uk

“You know that feeling when your aeroplane seat jolts beneath you, rattling the ice in your third beer and you notice the aircrew in collusion that something is very wrong. Upon refocusing, you realise the letters in your alphabet soup spell out meet me in the restroom and you look up to be signalled a confident wink from the minxy air hostess who gave it to you. A few moments later, as she slips through the door joining you inside the bathroom, she slowly and smoothly reaches down her chest withdrawing a hand grenade, then pulls out the pin with her teeth. Now you’re in a fix. Medusa won’t lie to you. If it’s reassurance or validation you’re after, you’re in the wrong place. You’re on yr own. After recording the raucious, 80’s inspired Self Titled debut album in late 2006, a matter of weeks after forming, singer/guitarist Julian Molinero’s band of rock ‘n’ roll lunatics took to the streets for a long stream of live dates across the UK. During this time Julian began piecing together ideas for the lengthier second album Can’t Fucking Win and recording began in late February 2009, with a new refined sound and 360 degree sonic scope, while still maintaining the same vitriolic power and purring melodies. The album was completed in December 2010, compiled and featuring production by Romesh Dodangoda shortly after he had finished recording with Motorhead. Medusa is the new rock ‘n’ roll group the 21st century has been aching for, a voice from within inciting truth and liberation. Its about power, its about passion, its about fXXXing time.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s Official Website)


50 – ‘Hot Panda’, ‘Rotifer’ and ‘Auction For The Promise Club’

Hot Panda:

www.hotpanda.ca

“Hot Panda are just two boys and two girls from Edmonton trying to do the same thing they’ve always tried to do: play some kind of rock and roll that’ll make people dance and feel happy…Simple stuff!

These kids -Maghan Campbell (drums), Chris Connelly (vocals, guitar), Catherine Hiltz (bass), and Heath Parsons (keys, accordion) – have toured so much in the past few years that their shabby van, $30 motel rooms, and stranger’s floors feel more like home these days than their own beds. Since the release of their first EP (2008’s Whale Headed Girl) and their subsequent signing to Vancouver’s Mint Records, the band has zigged and zagged their raucous live show across North America (ok, minus Mexico, but still…) and Europe on planes, trains, and automobiles until they thought they might die!

They’ve snapped pictures of themselves under the Eiffel Tower, played on a stage once graced by the Beatles in Hamburg, and visited royal palaces in Vienna, all when they went on tour opening for the Von Bondies across Europe in April, 2009! They’ve also had wonderful times playing at festivals like SXSW in Austin, Texas, CMJ Music Marathon in New York, and North of the border at Pop Montreal, Halifax Pop Explosion, Sled Island in Calgary, and NXNE in Toronto. Along the way, they’ve played with lots of other bands they love, like Art Brut, The Raveonettes, Tokyo Police Club, Chad Van Gaalen, Electric 6, Crystal Antlers, and lots more. So, in short, it’s been some kind of adventure!

Yet, as great adventures often go, this one suffered some moments of ugly struggle. November 2009 marked the departure of one of their founding members, shortly before the band was supposed to record their sophomore release. However, despite this sad and unsettling blow, the band kept their heads held high long enough to snag Catherine Hiltz as their new bass player/multi-instrumentalist. Hiltz’s arrival, however, has majorly revitalized the band- it’s a long story, but in short, Hot Panda is having fun again, and they’re damn happy about it!

How Come I’m Dead? (Out on Mint Records October 12, 2010), a follow up to 2009’s acclaimed Volcano…Bloody Volcano!, was written with Hiltz and recorded at Vancouver’s JC/DC studios during the chaos of the 2010 Winter Olympics. It has a playful sense of humour to it, revealing the band’s sense of relief and the return of ridiculous good times since Hiltz’s arrival. Like Volcano, How Come I’m Dead draws inspiration from music’s most random corners- the album has moments of dreamy noise, circus freak dance, heartbreaking country ballads with screeching metal guitar solos, lovely harmonies, psychadelic drones, and straight up pop/rock numbers. There’s even a hip-hop track, which includes a bass scratch solo and enough f-bombs to earn them an adult content warning sticker- which tumbles directly into a grinding techno song!

Watch for Hot Panda in a town near you this fall- joyfully dispensing their new rock and roll tunes as they tour North America starting in September!”

(Quote obtained from the band’s official website)

Rotifer:

www.robertrotifer.co.uk

Auction For The Promise Club:

www.auctionforthepromiseclub.co.uk

“Recently listed in the Marie Claire UK Playlist alongside Florence and the Machine and I Blame Coco, 2011 is year proving to be a for the unsigned band,Auction for the Promise Club.

Introduced on BBC 6 Music by Tom Robinson and on XFM by John Kennedy as well as regional BBC Radio Show’s across the country, the female-fronted rock band have garnered critical acclaim for their unique sound, which channels shoegaze through giant hooks and huge choruses.

2010 saw Auction for the Promise Club support Paolo Nutini and Martha Wainright at the Eden Sessions and also Reverend and The Makers. The band has racked up performances at some of the country’s most renowned venues, including Liverpool’s Cavern Club, Birmingham’s Gatecrasher and the ICA in London, as well as headlining a closing show at London Fashion Week, Jalouse, Mayfair. ”

(Quote obtained from the band’s official website)


49 – ‘Ruby Surge’, ‘Aestrid’ and ‘Hollywood Tramp’

Ruby Surge:

Ruby Surge’s facebook page here

“Emerging from the depths of a drinking town in West Wales is a gang of five lads armed with anthemic, rocking tunes to break free from the shackles of mundane life.
Ruby Surge have been going for a little over 18 months, carefully crafting and strengthening their stomping set while playing gigs across the South Wales area.
Trapped by the quicksand effect of small town life, the boys are intent on making a better life for themselves through music, while aiming to improve the lives of others, if only for a three-minute song or a 45-minute show.
“Music is our way out, it’s a constructive way of day dreaming, if you like,” said lyricist Lee MacGregor.
“A lot of our tunes are written as a form of escapism – looking at the positives you can get from life, how things can get better, and they can.
“But we’re human, so others are written in anger. Times are hard, people are struggling and we feel it as much as the next person. But, again, from that we’re taking positives by writing songs, rather than smashing windows and filling our boots.”
Frontman Mathew Morris Jones emphasises the importance of playing live.
“There’s no better feeling than watching people really getting into your band’s tunes, even singing them back to you – at that point you know you are making a difference,” he said.
“Rock ’n’ Roll is not about the sex and drugs and all those clichés, it’s about having it on stage, giving people a break from their lives.” ”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Aestrid:

www.aestrid.com

“Founding member, Bo Menning delivers a sound that could be categorised as something like Indie music. Songs patched together by many different sounds, picked carefully and each placed in the right puzzle. Creating something intense and emotional with melodies flying around like sparks. Like tracks that start off with the sound of a lonely choirboy echoeing down the hall, followed by a build up to where the heavens meet the stars and crashing into a patchwork of melodies that keep on expanding and expanding. In the process of songwriting Menning works purely from his broken memories and images that got stuck somewhere in him as he’s trying to re-assemble them in sound. You can taste the feeling escape in the songs as you picture yourself in the woods along with Menning’s highly emotive mix of sounds and vocals. This all results in an intense, at times blood-curling, live performance, playing with a whole range of elctronics and acoustic sounds.

For the last 3 years Bo Menning has been locked away from the world in his Omega Studio working on Aestrid’s 2nd album. Creating this bubble around himself had its ups and downs, but something pure and unique. That’s for sure.

Aestrid released their first album in 2005: ‘In d’Esprit Pornographique’, which was well received with a lot of positive reviews. The new album, ‘The Echo Resistance’ has been mixed at Real World Studios in Box, UK, by Marco Migliari (New Order, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, Peter Gabriel, K’s Choice) and will be released in early 2011.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Hollywood Tramp:

www.myspace.com/hollywoodtrampmusic

“Hollywood Tramp are four young musicians with a desire to create music that takes elements of the familiar and turn it into something new.  Now close friends, the band came together through mutual friends and a genuine love for music, forming in the Summer of 2009.  Hollywood Tramp draw influence’s from all spheres of music and that is reflected in the playing style of each member.  On lead vocals, rhythm guitar and piano/keyboards is Sean Colley. The front-man, founder member and chief songwriter.  Philip Swan plays lead guitarist and backing vocalist. Akin to Amadeus Mozart, Phil’s first gig was at the age of seven.  Steven Dent is Hollywood Tramp’s bass player extraordinaire. Steve often occupies a place next to Phil on backing vocals and is quite adept on the cello too.  Holding the whole operation together is Drummer/percussionist Rowan Cox, who’s drumming style has been forged by a heavy influence of Hip-Hop. Having picked up his first pair of drumsticks aged 9, he hasn’t looked back since.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)


48 – ‘Krossbreed’, ‘Bletchley Park’ and ‘The Insight’

Krossbreed:

www.krossbreed.be

“KROSSBREED stands for non-compromising metal. It’s a mixture of 4 different minds and 4 different ideas about metal formed into one hard and heavy unit, in other words a crossbreed of their own creativity.

KROSSBREED was formed in 2003 in Antwerp, Belgium. KROSSBREED has no real boundaries, what leads to a style of metal that is hard to name. But one thing we can agree on is that it’s a band that will take you to every corner of the metal world. Going from fast ripping riffs to catchy mind breaking tempos, KROSSBREED has it all.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)


Check out Krossbreed‘s Music video for “Ashes of Tomorrow” – a song from their album “3 Cheers for the Misery”:

Bletchley Park:

www.myspace.com/bletchleyparkband

“Bletchley Park is growing to become a high-aspiring band in the indie scene. Highly influenced by bands Editors, Interpol and Bloc Party amongst others, the female-fronted quintet has produced a distinctive sound that continues to catch the interest of many.”
An indie rock band with a particular sound in mind, one you are to discover.

Bletchley Park first took its novel tunes out of the garage during the Rookie’s Battle of the Bands of June 2009 which brought together (or against each other) twelve bands from contrasting genres. The band made its way through to the finals until it was announced winner of gigs in Copenhagen, Denmark and of a production project with renowned British producer Paul Powell.
The band started off its in-studio experience with David Vella, from Temple Studios Malta, who left a trail of his musicality in five original pieces: ‘Alien’, ‘Dust’, ‘Hold The Trap’, ‘The Last Star’ and ‘Fake Smiles’.

The first single released – ‘Alien’ – was in the Maltese charts for over 12 weeks and hit the number 1 spot on XFM’s Homegrown chart and Bay Radio’s Malta’s Top 10 chart. ‘Alien’ is currently being aired on UK Radio 10 – The Varmint show:www.varmintshow.net
In the mean time, the band was promoting its music through a number of public appearances on TV shows and radio interviews while having press releases published in the printed media.

Bletchley Park’s second single ‘Hold the Trap’ has also made it to the top place in the local charts – Bay Radio’s Malta’s Top 10 & also those of the Malta Music Charts(Smash).

Bletchley Park have been nominated for the Best New Artist Award of the Malta Music Awards 2009 honouring their achievements in just a few months.

The band has myriad plans for the coming years, the nearest being rocking Copenhagen and production of an album with Paul Powell during Summer 2010 in Ibiza.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)

The Insight:

www.theinsight.eu

“The insight est un groupe breton, de rennes plus exactement …le style musical est dans la lignée de The Cure, Joy Division, Interpol.

La nouvelle vague bretonne écume à nouveau les terres arides de nos platines. Et Rennes retrouve son statut de scène innovante quelque peu égarée depuis Marquis de Sade. L’intermède des Transmusicales ne faisant qu’importer une fois l’an un savoir faire trop bien caché. The Insight a en revanche choisi la langue de Shakespeare pour convoler en juste noce avec la créativité. Une différence de taille qui pénalise d’entrée toute diffusion radio, trop dépendante des quotas « chanson française ». Oui, côté musique, il ne suffit pas de naître en France pour être français. Et si The Insight chantait en Breton, ils seraient français ? Allez savoir… Côté influences, la bonne pioche serait les cartes Cure et Joe Division à n’en pas douter.”

(Biography info obtained from the band’s facebook page)


47 – ‘Nightworkers’, ‘Jacknife Holiday’, and ‘Culsh’

Nightworkers:

Nightworkers’ facebook page here

“Nightworkers have drawn inspiration from artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and UNKLE, to create a contempory Rock’n’Roll sound with elements of blues and electronica. The lyrics are evoked from life influences such as Bill Hicks, Peter Joseph and Bob Marley. ”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Jacknife Holiday:

www.myspace.com/jacknifeholiday

“Formed in 2009 from the ashes of UK metal giants ‘STRAIN’ and Northern titans ‘DISPLACEMENT’, Jacknife Holiday has already proven to be a serious force, with a live show as brutal as PC’s vocal attack and the bands thunderous riffs, this band has in just 6 short months gained serious UK and US recognition. With massive hype about the forthcoming debut album, Jacknife Holiday is a sludging groove force to be taken on board.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Culsh:

www.culsh.com

“I remember watching Andre Agassi playing Wimbledon in 1992 and thinking ‘this guy is my idol’. My Dad then showed me a video of Mick Jagger performing Brown Sugar at Madison Square Gardens, and I changed my mind.

Growing up in Glasgow, I spent a lot of time listening to whatever my parents were playing in the car. More often than not, this included Nina Simone, Queen, The Beatles and Bob Dylan – I still know all the words to Subterranean Homesick Blues.

I left Scotland when I was 15 to live in Barcelona, where I picked up my first guitar – musically I’d been limited to piano up until then. From there, American campus music was a big influence whilst at University in California – Dave Matthews & Goo Goo Dolls were always on in the background

I guess music has always been around in my life, but it wasn’t until quite a bit later that I started writing my own. Living in London, I’m surrounded by so many great up & coming artists who are each inspiring in their own right.

Life’s a charm and I’m enjoying writing about it.”

(Quote obtained from Culsh’s official website)


46 – ‘Inner Fire’, ‘Conductors’ and ‘Night & Fog’

Inner Fire:

www.myspace.com/innerfireuk

“Inner Fire formed in late 2007, quickly establishing a fearsome reputation for live performance. Their self-produced demo ‘Let the Flames Begin’ showed enough promise to allow the band access to prestigious London stages such as 93 Feet East, The Fly and The Kingston Peel.

After much hard work, Inner Fire are playing Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2011 alongside, WASP, Motorhead, Exodus and more!

Their debut album ‘New Chapter’ is available now worldwide.

2010/11 has seen Inner Fire perform extensively throughout the South East region. Inner Fire came 4th place overall in the 2010 Kent BandQuest/Metal 2 The Masses Final, and reached the Semi-Final of the same competition in Sussex.

Having already recorded their first album, the band is continuing to write new material. They aim to play to bigger and better crowds, returning British metal to the forefront of the scene. ”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Conductors:

www.weareconductors.co.uk

“Formed In 2009, And Now Having Regular Plays On BBC Radio 1 Introducing, Art-rocker Radio, And Huw Stephens Radio Cymru Show, Conductors Pave A Golden Path For Their Forthcoming Debut Album ‘Dim Problem’, Which is Released On Death Monkey Records on 25.07.11. Having Already Gained Support Slots With The Heavy, Victorian English Gentleman’s Club And Exit International to name but a few. Conductors Wanna Blow Up Your Fuckin Stereo!”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Night & Fog:

www.nightfog.bandcamp.com

“‘Night & Fog is Simon Brennan and Rob Doyle. A year-and-a-half in the making, their new album, The Stakes Have Never Been So Low, is the sound of endless, vacant afternoons spent idling on grey and silent beaches, of dissolution and a craving for transcendence – or for oblivion. Dripping with a dark and wistful romanticism, these 10 tracks combine the squalid grandeur of Why? and Arab Strap, with the spectral, melodic songcraft of Lali Puna. These are polished pearls stained with horror, like the lullabies of a howling pederast in some blackened city.

Night & Fog was born in Dublin and lives in north London.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)


45 – ‘Hellbound’, ‘Hot Spell’, ‘Mistral Cigale’ and ‘Random Patrols’

With this post, LondonUnsignedMusic now contains over 150 Up & Coming Bands and Artists who have performed in London since December 2010.  Thank you all for looking and watch this space as there is plenty more to come!

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Hellbound:

www.myspace.com/hellboundmusic

“Formed in 2005, Hellbound are made up of four like-minded musicians from Gloucester, United Kingdom.
“Specialising in rib-rattling, heavy as fuck metal”, they took their alcohol fuelled passion for music, their unwillingness to tow the corporate line and bow down to commercial acceptance, their no frills attitude intertwined with heavy, aggressive riffs and drum beats and set about contributing to keeping metal alive.
Following a worldwide distribution/licensing deal with Copro Records/Casket Music and the release of their debut album ‘Din’t Hear No Bell’, which is already being well received, Hellbound are becoming more and more well established in the UK and are beginning to get the recognition they have worked so hard for and are ready to take on the world!”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Hot Spell:

Hot Spell’s facebook page here

“A year after dissolving London’s ‘mutant pop’ outfit Shuffle, Seamus Hayes and friends return to the fore with to put you deep under the Hot Spell!!!  Hot Spell have played/been booked for London’s Barfly, New Cross Inn, Cargo and Proud Galleries. We are touring Europe in November and are about to go into the studio.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Mistral Cigale:

www.myspace.com/mistralcigale

(No biography info available on the band’s website)

Random Patrols:

www.myspace.com/randompatrols

(No biography info available on the band’s website)


44 – ‘Arkestry’, ‘Boy’ and ‘The MoNacles’

Arkestry:

www.arkestrysounds.tumblr.com

“We are Arkestry, a psychedelic five piece from London and thereabouts inspired by the likes of Sun Ra, Spacemen 3, Velvet Underground, FlyLo, J Dilla and Deerhunter”

(Quote obtained from the band’s website)

The MoNacles:

www.myspace.com/themonaclesmusic

(No biography info available)



Boy:

www.weareboy.com

“With influences based in Pop sensibilities mixed with the message of Riot Grrl, BOY are an emerging talent causing a stir in the London music scene.

With songs about love and loss and a raw, melodic and hard-hitting sound, BOY place themselves somewhere between the urgency of Arcade Fire and the edge of The Pixies.
Influenced by the androgyny of Bowie, and with an Art House attitude, this music is independent, thought provoking but intensely catchy, still retaining a grip on the mainstream pop they are heavily influenced by.

Planning to release their EP Late 2011, Boy are something exciting, raw and untamed and certainly something not to be missed.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s website)



43 – ‘Paul Bevoir’ and ‘The J-PEGS’

Paul Bevoir:

www.myspace.com/paulbevoirmusic

The J-PEGS:

www.thejpegs.com

“Think of all your favorite music from the 60s – be it the intricate harmonies of soft pop Left Banke style, Merseybeat, or the bubblegummy mod sounds of The Monkees, these Londoners have got it all!”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)


42 – ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘The Doll Mechanics’ and ‘Sam Batt’

The Lost Boys:

www.myspace.com/officiallostboys

“Witty and catchy Indie Pop from Southampton. If you like your music short, sharp, quirky and yet touching, then hopefully you’ll like ours.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

The Doll Mechanics:

www.thedollmechanics.com

“The band was formed by lead singer/songwriter Lauren James.  Drummer Sam Wilmott and Lauren attended music school together and had been playing in various band formations in London over the last year.  In February 2011 they welcomed new guitarist Daniel Jones and bass player David Rudin to their new identity… The Doll Mechanics!”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Sam Batt:

www.sambatt.com

“Her songs have an unusual quality of honesty, depth and humour very much belonging to the craft of songwriting and what it takes to move someone, mixing heartfelt story-telling with catchy melodies and clever quirky lyrics that make you smile and stand strong enough alone to carry a solo acoustic performance.

Her voice is emotive and charismatic, sweet seductive tones that can break your heart, make you laugh and turn you on all in the space of 20 seconds.

Live she makes you feel that the songs are written and performed just for you, even in a crowd of thousands. Sam Batt’s unique sound lives in the spaces between Chrissie Hynde, Jamiroquai, Manu Chao and more traditional acoustic flavours of artists like Jack Johnson, Joni Mitchell and Mouse – her voice also has a raw, dynamic quality more akin to Cerys Matthews or Stevie Nicks.”

(Biography info obtained from the artist’s website)


41 – ‘The Riptide Movement’, ‘DogState’ and ‘Damn Vandals’

The Riptide Movement:

www.trm.ie

“Tipped as the hottest ticket to emerge on the Irish music scene since Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, and U2.
Dublin folk, stomp, rockers the Riptide Movement have just returned from their European tour of Russia, Germany and France to wow Irish festival goers with their electrifying live shows, this summer will see them take to the stage at Oxegen, the Sea Sessions,Indiependence, and Electric Picnic.
A seven date UK tour is also scheduled forJuly but not before rocking out to 35,000 people at the RDS stadium in Dublin with BonJovi.

Making a name for themselves in 2009 when debut album “What about the tip jars?” stormed into the official Irish charts at 16, four top 20 charting singles soon followed and impressive sales of over 23,000 units.
Supporting the Doves, Billy Bragg, White lies, the Jim jones revue, Lissie, James Yuill, the Coronas, the Walls and Johnny Flynn.
This September sees the release of their eagerly antcipated second studio album “Keep on keepin’ on” recorded in the beautiful Grouse lodge studios with the legendary Ken Waters.

The Riptide Movement are undoubtedly on the crest of a Sunami.
Make sure you catch one of their 40 live shows this summer.
For full gig details, updates, good news and more visit www.trm.ie and join the already growing online community of over 15,000 people.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

DogState:

www.myspace.com/dogstateband

(No biography info available on the band’s website)

Damn Vandals:

www.damnvandals.co.uk

(No biography info available on the band’s website)


40 – ‘Fjokra’, ‘Houdini Dax’ and ‘Brave Yesterday’

Fjokra:

www.reverbnation.com/fjokra

“Earnest singer songwritery balladeering? NO!
Retro revivalists? NO!
‘Hip’, urban funkateers? NO!

‘Queen on crack’? Perhaps. Chuck in a liberal dose of Mike Patton/Mr Bungle, Todd Rundgren, Prince, Rachmaninoff interludes and metal riffs the size of skyscrapers and you’re halfway to describing the musical smorgasbord that makes up Fjokra’s music. Oh, and there’s some Latin grooves and some monstrous Dubstep chucked in as well. Five guys, two girls and a lot of facepaint.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s website)

Houdini Dax:

www.houdinidax.co.uk

“Summer 2011. And the nippers are still making good honest rock ’n’ roll. Take Cardiff’s Houdini Dax, who have an average age of 19. What are they doing digesting records, writing songs and rehearsing when they could be playing Xbox or texting friends from the back of the bus? Weren’t “the kids” supposed to have tired of analogous music? Wasn’t the house music craze of the late ’80s supposed to have killed rock? Heck, thinking about it, weren’t the synth bands of over 20 years ago viewed as the only way forward?

No my dear music lovers, valves are not dead, rock ’n’ roll is blossoming and “the kids are alright” (as Pete Townshend so neatly put it 46 years ago). The Noughties has seen great success for young bands.  The Libertines and then Arctic Monkeys paved the way post-Brit Pop and now still barely out of the shadows come Houdini Dax, your soon to be favourite new band.

Hearing ‘The Magicians’ for the first time it’s impossible not to think of Alex Turner and his band in their early stages. Jack Butler’s edgy vocals, sharp wordplay and the stop-start, spiky New Wave tendency of the playing certainly share similarities with early Arctic Monkeys, but it’s not what defines them.  A video of a live acoustic performance for Huw Stephens’ Swn Festival ‘Swn is Sound’ video series of ‘Struggling In The Sand’ show Houdini Dax playing in a stripped back setting with acoustic guitar, bass, brushed drums and harmonies to the fore. It’s tight, honed and timeless. Yes, they have major talent. They can sing splendidly, they throw in some deft bridges and could very well sound like one of those great old acts. Yet they don’t! And when quizzed about their favourite bands, ’60s touchstones (The Beatles, The Kinks, The Sonics, The Stooges) meet latter day acts (Blur and Supergrass) and new bands (The Black Keys, The Raconteurs and White Denim). Yet You Belong To Dax Darling sounds nothing like any of them. It’s the sound of teenagers discovering what they can do.

“Recording the album was amazing,” Jack reveals. “Having Rich from The Method [another of the See Monkey Do Monkey coterie] as producer was special. We’re friends, so he won’t shy away with his opinions. And he always got the best out of us.”  Mentioning how the production had elements of ’60s guitar heroics, post-punk rhythms and an element of My Bloody Valentine about it, Jack beamed back at me as if their mission statement had been achieved.”I’m glad you hear those things clashing,” he eagerly states “because we love that retro ’60s style, but it’s been done so much before. It’s important for us to mix older styles with newer ones… We were aiming for a really strong debut that doesn’t really let up in energy and excitement,” closes Jack. “We tried to capture this by recording in a really live way.”

And live and exciting is the order for the day for the teenage world view of Houdini Dax. Their second album may well feature strings, ballads and mellotrons but for now let the revolution begin as these youngsters play it their own way with what they have learnt from Hendrix, Syd, Gaz and co. They should be famous! ”

(Quote obtained from the band’s official website)

Brave Yesterday:

www.myspace.com/braveyesterdaymusic

“We are Brave Yesterday, a rock band from Jersey. Not the one immortalized in rock mythology by the Boss. The other Jersey, the one in the Channel. Knowing this, you could also be forgiven for thinking that we are nearly French. We’re not. We’re nearly Canadian-ish.

Our frontman Nutter’s authentic North American Rawk voice gives us our mid-Atlantic twang. Mention us in the same breath as Rival Schools, Jimmy Eat World and 30 Seconds To Mars. We’re cool with that.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)


39 – ‘Lost In The Riots’, ‘Electric Fusiliers’ and ‘Luxury Stranger’

Lost In The Riots:

www.soundcloud.com/lostintheriots

“Lost in the Riots are a four-piece post rock outfit fighting their way out of Watford, Hertfordshire. Differing from their hardcore peers that the town has previously spawned, the quartet serve up a guitar-driven assault of quiet-loud dynamics laden with unconventional time signatures and occasional vocalism. Their sound is a schizophrenic mix of heavy riffs to aggressively nod your head to and tear jerking, hopeful crescendos.”

Electric Fusiliers:

www.facebook.com/ElectricFusiliers

“Formed by Ollie, Sheard and Matt as we had run out of bands between us and wanted an outlet for our music. Callum quickly joined and we played a couple of small time gigs. Matt left to pursue other things, Sam O’D joined, cementing the lineup. Spent many hours and days playing COD and cracking jokes, under the guise of ‘Writing and Recording’. Now actually nearly finished writing and recording our first EP, having not had a band COD session in rather long time, due to the trend for practicing at Ruff Rockers. Will have more tracks up imminently, and a few gigs on the horizon, which will hopefully turn into many more gigs following the ‘release’, or more accurately indiscriminate distribution, of the EP. Have a listen, please do contact us with constructive feedback and stuff, love to hear what you think. ”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Luxury Stranger:

www.luxurystranger.com

“Influenced by the sounds of post-punk / new wave from 1978 – 1984. Imagine: Bowie and Pop’s Berlin years mixed with the disparate sound of Joy Division and early Cure with the melodies of Martin L Gore and power of The Chameleons – this is Luxury Stranger.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s official website)


38 – ‘The Damn Fine Coats’, ‘Random Perception’ and ‘Siriustar’

The Damn Fine Coats:

www.myspace.com/thedamnfinecoats

“The year 2005 saw the formation of The Damn Fine Coats, a band consisting of singer/guitaristOlly Cole, drummer/poet Tom Brooks and bassist/handsome man Jim Butler. Each band member contributes lyrics with Olly having penned songs such as ‘2 Headed Monster’, ‘Black Belt In Karaoke’ and ‘Nice Try, Icarus’. Tom has provided‘Roses’, ‘Comply Or Die!’ and ‘Dawn’ among others while Jimbles has recently dabbled in lyrics with success in the shape of ‘Be Lucky’. The band are also fairly equal in terms of their musical contributions with Olly writing the guitar parts, Jim contributing the bass lines and Tom providing the drums. This collaborative song-writing style has led to some of the band’s most inventive, unique creations such as the mind bending prog-math-rock instrumental ‘Let’s Put The Fun In Funeral’.

Having spent a substantial amount of time after their formation writing, rehearsing, changing, re-rehearsing and then scrapping vast amounts of music, TDFC finally settled on a five song track list for their first demo. This led to the band being booked for their first gigs at the back end of 2007 and have been playing regularly both locally and around London ever since. A second demo followed in 2008, and a third more recently in 2010.

The latest demo showcases the band’s eclectic tastes with each member bringing their own personal influences to the songs. From the screeching power of ‘Comply Or Die!’ to the melodic chords of ‘Black Belt In Karaoke’ to the juxtaposition of poetry and punk that is ‘Roses’, the band cater to all palettes. TDFC continue to gig around London having played venues such as Water Rats, The Bull & Gate, and Tommy Flynns Camden.

The band are continuing to write new material and book gigs with the aim of improving their music and gathering a fan base while striving to remain their own favourite band. Two recent tracks in particular are worth keeping an eye out for and will be debuted at upcoming gigs, while the most recent demo is available in mp3 format on request.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s myspace page)


 

Random Perception:

www.myspace.com/randomperceptionband

“Random Perception are a four piece alternative indie band from Fishguard, West Wales who formed at the start of 2009. Having already released an E.P titled State of Mind, fans can expect a full album in early 2012. Citing their main influences as Radiohead and Muse, the band put in a tight live performance and prove very popular with crowds. The band have appeared all over west Wales including some big name local festivals and are slowly branching out further to south wales and beyond.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Siriustar:

www.siriustar.bandcamp.com

(No biography info available on the band’s website)

 



37 – ‘Eliza Jaye and The Tarts’, ‘Codes’, ‘Air Castles’ and ‘The Good Suns’

Eliza Jaye and The Tarts:

www.myspace.com/elizajayeandthetarts

(No biography info available on the artist’s website)

Codes:

www.myspace.com/codesofficial

“C O D E S . are an alternative/electronic quartet from Dublin, Ireland. Expansive yet melodic. Powerful yet delicate, their music colours the void between the ambience and longevity of soundtrack music and the energy and immediacy of live music..

Soaring vocal harmonies, dreamy arrangements and a calculated cryptography of electronic beats, piano, glockenspiel and analogue synths permeate their sound.

Codes debut album “Trees Dream In Algebra” which was recorded in Gloucestershire UK & mixed in Auckland, New Zealand with acclaimed producer Greg Haver (Manics, SFA) and mastered in NYC by Greg Calbi (U2,Interpol,Kings of Leon) is out now. It was the winner of Best Album 2009 in Phantom FM Dublin’s annual awards, is featured in hotpress magazine’s top 200 Irish albums of all time and was nominated for The Choice Music Prize 2010.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Air Castles:

www.aircastlesmusic.com

“Air Castles is a London based band led by Swedish born singer-songwriter Max Mansson.

Starting off as a home recording project in 2008 by the then 19-year-old Mansson, Air Castles has since recorded an EP and an album together with Magnus Lindberg of Cult of Luna.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

The Good Suns:

www.thegoodsuns.blogspot.com

(No biography info available on the artist’s website)


36 – ‘Ronit’, ‘Lunch’, ‘The Broken Tea-Set’ and ‘Israel Cannan’

Ronit:

www.ronit-music.com

“A  passionate and captivating musician, Ronit has developed a devoted following around Australia that grows with each performance. Audiences are drawn to her strong vocals and emotive honest lyricism, while being floored by her fiery guitar playing. Her sound is a melting pot of soul, roots and rock with hints of Middle Eastern inspired melody, due in part to her Israeli heritage.

Before emerging as a solo artist, Ronit cut her teeth in several established Melbourne bands and toured with popular Reggae/Dub band The Red Eyes as a backing vocalist, gaining vast live playing experience around the country. She is now accompanied by a six piece live band featuring some of Melbourne’s finest musicians, who compliment and embellish Ronit’s catchy songwriting perfectly. Whether playing with her band, or performing intimate solo concerts, Ronit has fast been creating a reputation as one of the city’s premier and most exciting live acts. Just as comfortable playing in large venues as she is playing in smaller jazz clubs and classic Australian live music pubs, she has performed supporting such iconic Australian acts as The Whitlams, Tim Rogers, Renee Geyer, Mark Seymour, James Reyne and Vanessa Amorossi.

Ronit’s music has been used exclusively in the internet based advertising campaign for the established ‘Nevenka’ brand fashion line, and quite recently was used in a successful short film called ‘The Wake’ directed by Gemma Lee. ‘The Wake’ was selected to screen at Palm Springs Short Fest in June 2009 to critical acclaim, and was recently chosen for the prestigious Tribeca film festival in New York.

Ronit released her debut EP ‘Heavy’ through MGM in June 2009. The past couple of months she has been on a whirlwind Summer tour of the US and the UK. ”

(Quote obtained from the artists’ Official Website)

Lunch:

www.myspace.com/lunchUK

“The product of four years writing music together in differing projects, Lunch is the collective masterpiece of songwriters Tom Cale & Josh Jackson, merging the boundaries of as many genres as possible.

Together with bass player James “Mull” Mulligan, the trio are crafting the future sounds of your afternoon mealtimes that will have enough resonance to keep you hungry for more all day, no matter what course of the banquet you find yourself indulging. ”

(Quote obtained from the artists’ facebook page)

The Broken Tea-Set:

Israel Cannan:

www.israelcannanmusic.com

“In 2010 Israel Cannan travelled 20,000 kilometers around his homeland Australia singing songs in the streets and capturing hearts in the process.

This year he decided to trade the streets for the stage and headed to the UK armed with the new album “Walk” in which he wrote, recorded and played all the instruments on. After only a week in London Israel was showcasing at Cargo alongside fellow Australians The Jezabels, Little Red, Luluc at “The Aussie BBQ”.

From there came shows at some of London’s most prestigious venues including The Troubadour, Borderline, The Bedford where Israel continued to wow audiences with his heartfelt melodies and powerful lyrics.

Meanwhile back in Australia National Broadcaster Triple J were featuring Walk on their Unearthed podcasts and The AU Review even named “Walk” as #19 on the top 40 Albums of 2010 (Worldwide).

With shows and festivals being confirmed in the UK & Europe over the summer including Groundswell festival (France) alongside Jason Mraz and Newton Faulkner Israel’s Walk looks like its just getting started..”

(Quote obtained from the artists’ facebook page)


35 – ‘The Kabeedies’, ‘Town’ and ‘Fractures’

The Kabeedies:

www.myspace.com/thekabeedies

www.facebook.com/thekabeedies

(No biography info available on the artists’ website)

Town:

www.myspace.com/wearetown

www.facebook.com/town

“Formed on a love of iconic British bands like the The Clash, The Undertones and The Jam (to name a few), a working class work ethic and no-nonsense approach; South Wales quartet TOWN’s debut offering, the ‘Original Design’ EP, documents the knocks and scrapes of being a youth in modern day Britain.

It’s certainly not all doom and gloom though, lead single ‘Eighteen’, as frontman, Alex Nash explains, “focuses on a prime time in our teenage years, where you’re expected to follow the system and fall into the generic nine-to-five lifestyle, having only 48 hours on the weekend to let off steam. You don’t have to take a journey on that conveyor belt, and can do whatever you want to do, be whoever you want to be.”

It’s attitude like that, that has seen the band begin to make waves up and down the UK with their relatable subject matter, no matter what bill they’re playing on, following shows alongside the likes of The Buzzcocks, The Bluetones, Kids In Glass Houses and One Night Only.

Produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Manic Street Preachers, Lostprophets) at Long Wave Studios and the legendary Rockfield Studios, ‘Original Design’ is both anthemic and ambitious, serving as a perfect introduction to TOWN and should whet the appetite for what will surely be an exciting future for the Newport outfit.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Fractures:

www.soundcloud.com/wearefractures

(No biography info available on the artists’ website)



34 – ‘Jax Walker’, ‘Chaser’, ‘Some Skeletons’ and ‘Wyndham North’

Jax Walker:

www.myspace.com/jaxwalker

“A culture clash, Jax Walker is a musician / producer & illustrator interweaving a deadly combo of classic Hiphop with sprawling, electronic indie. A brain blast of Pulsating Basslines, Bulletproof Beats, Trashy Keyboards and Human Voice, the most fun you can have with your own ears!

Backed by his head turning live band, Jax regularly packs out some of the most notorious haunts across the country, recent gigs include the Waterats, The Deaf Institute, Nottinghill Arts Club, Antwerp Mansion, Proud Camden, the Night & Day et al. With future ear bursting releases on the agenda, expect big things over the coming months.”

(Quote obtained from the artists’ myspace page)

Chaser:

www.chasermusic.weebly.com

(No biography info available on the artists’ website)

Some Skeletons:

www.someskeletons.com

(No biography info available on the artists’ website)

Wyndham North:

(No biography info available)


33 – ‘Cult With No Name’, ‘Evaney’, ‘SpyGenius’ and ‘Statuesque’

Cult With No Name:

www.myspace.com/cwnn

“‘Post-punk electronic balladeers’ Cult With No Name, comprise the East London duo of Erik Stein and Jon Boux.  Having been the first international signing to LA label Trakwerx in 2007 (founded by Jackson Del Rey of Californian punk legends ‘Savage Republic’), ‘Cult With No Name’s two studio albums to date – ‘Paper Wraps Rock’ and ‘Careful What You Wish For’ – have been met with considerable critical acclaim.
Leading UK music journalist Mick Mercer proclaimed the band his discovery of 2007 (with both albums sitting in his subsequent annual top ten lists), Blaine L. Reininger of genre-transcending legends ‘Tuxedomoon’ collaborated on their second album, Don Letts spun tracks on BBC6, and more recently Brett Anderson (Suede) asked ‘Cult With No Name’ to open for him for the launch of his new album.

Having provided the music for two blacker than black comedies at the Edinburgh festival (‘Moz and the Meal’ and ‘Bored Stiff’), it’s fitting that ‘Cult With No Name’ turned their attention to cinema for their first DVD release, ‘Lightwerx: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’.  Cult With No Name’s compulsive and compelling soundtrack extends their ability to instantly create evocative moods over 51 breathtaking minutes, on a journey that takes in mystical ambience, nerve-shredding distortion, popular and unpopular song, electronica, and vast, futurist soundscapes. ”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Evaney:

www.myspace.com/evaneymusic

 

SpyGenius:

www.spygenius.co.uk

“An electric 4 piece band who use a 60s vocabulary to craft 21st century music with a postmodern twist.

If you appreciate the jangle-meistering of the Byrds and Beatles, the harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash and the lyrical wit of Robyn Hitchcock, you’ll love Spygenius.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s Official Website)

Statuesque:

www.myspace.com/statuesquemusic

 

 


32 – Congratulations to ‘Twin Brother’ and ‘Rams’ Pocket Radio’

Congratulations to Twin Brother and Rams’ Pocket Radio who have recently announced that they will be appearing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.  Over the past six months, I have photographed Twin Brother and Rams’ Pocket Radio and the images have been featured on this LondonUnsignedMusic Blog.

They will both play on the ‘BBC Introducing’ stage which showcases brand new musical talent from across the country and is a great opportunity for the bands to perform at the world-famous festival.

Twin Brother will be performing on Friday 24th June 2011 and Rams’ Pocket Radio will perform on Saturday 25th June 2011.  If you are heading down to Glastonbury, be sure to check them out!!

Meanwhile, here are a few images of their performances that I photographed earlier this year:

Twin Brother performing in Camden (January 2011)

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Rams’ Pocket Radio performing in Kentish Town (May 2011):

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Twin Brother: www.myspace.com/twinbrotheruk

Rams’ Pocket Radio: www.myspace.com/ramspocketradio


31 – ‘Some Velvet Morning’, ‘Electric Penguins’, ‘Rams Pocket Radio’ and ‘ Age of Giants’

Some Velvet Morning:

www.somevelvetmorning.co.uk

“Rock band start a revolution! Amazingly in only 6 weeks Some Velvet Morning raise a staggering £100K album launch budget with new model record label My Major Company UK.

Some Velvet Morning’s lead track on their forthcoming album “How To Start A Revolution” was on the international trailer for ‘Kickass’, the Matthew Vaughn Hollywood blockbuster. Their distorted basslines and pounding beats have woken up audiences around the world offering them a sound to believe in again – “You won’t fool the children of the Revolution.”

Some Velvet Morning like to do things differently. Recording live to tape, rather than computer in their large north London studio, the Fish Factory, the band have built momentum over the last three years with a series of radio friendly gems including BBC and XFM playlisted singles ‘Losing My Mind’ and ‘Propaganda’ from album “Silence Will Kill You.”

‘Losing My Mind’ took the band to the states to record a show (Fearless) for Fox TV, followed by a tour of the East Coast. It wasn’t long before the rest of the world caught on. Some Velvet Morning have taken their sound to the South of France, Russia and most recently Asia, where the band performed for 3000 fans as part of the Heineken Greenspace festival.

Some Velvet Morning’s roof top publicity stunt nearly got them arrested: With a nod to the Beatles, the band shunned council authorities by performing live on the roof of the PRS For Music in London, blasting their cries of the revolution across six blocks around Soho. Oxford Street also hosted another ‘heritage’ gig this year, when Some Velvet Morning supported the legendary Yardbirds at the 100 Club in February. Shows with The Levellers, Reef and at the British Moto Grand Prix at Silverstone followed.

Whilst learning from masters of the UK’s buoyant musical past, Some Velvet Morning continue to break new ground by veering away from the normal pop fodder of teenage crushes and heartbreak, preferring instead subjects such as religious tolerance, western political indoctrination and McCarthyism.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Some Velvet Morning‘s “How To Start A Revolution” featured on the International movie trailer for Kickass:

Electric Penguins:

www.electricpenguins.get-ctrl.com

“Electric Penguins are back to tempt you with their self-recorded and produced long player entitled “II”. The 12 track feast of psychedelic cuts slides dreamily between electronic, folk and ambient soundscapes with acoustic and club elements dispersed throughout the record. Whirly and trippy audio effects, vocoders, moogs, mellotrons, organs, deeply layered strings and naked pianos mash and mix to maximise melody. Amongst the delights featured are the folksy love song to London, “Highgate Hill” and the kraut-club inspired combo-track“Airships/Soundproof 45”.

With live supports to Devo, Annuals, Sebestian Tellier and krautrock legends Roedelius prompting gushing reviews like this…“They led the audience through a delightful soundscape, lit up superbly by angelic vocals and magical lyrics. Splicing together bits of Kraftwerk, Laurie Anderson, Sigur Ros, The Postal Service, Pink Floyd, Alison Moyet and Brian Eno with old English folk ballads the band weave a remarkably rich audio tapestry”(Hot Press)…it’s little wonder the Penguins live rep as a “must see audio visual experience” is rock solid.

In addition to widespread domestic critical acclaim, Nic Harcourt has also supported Electric Penguins on his highly influential Morning Becomes Eclectic programme on L.A’s KCRW Radio and UK trade mag Music Week featured the Penguins as a high point of Irish music scene talent on their recent sampler. Mark Cummins has formerly collaborated with Pink Floyd’s orchestral arranger Edward Shearmur and contributed to endeavours with Massive Attack cohort Gavin Wright. Paul Murphy is a Dublin based producer of various rock bands and composer of multiple tv and film projects.”

(Quote obtained from the artists’ Official Website)

Rams Pocket Radio:

www.myspace.com/ramspocketradio

“RAMS’ POCKET RADIO is Peter McCauley, a drummer, pianist, jack-of-all and songwriter from Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Unfettered personal expression is the impetus of the project, and with the timeless works of the 1950’s product designer, Dieter Rams’, in mind; purity, simplicity and longevity are the first concerns.”

(Quote obtained from the artists’ facebook page)

Age of Giants:

www.myspace.com/ageofgiants

(No biography info available on the artists’ website)


30 – ‘AmberSuit’, ‘Matchbox Preston’ and ‘The Lightness of Being’

AmberSuit:

www.myspace.com/ambersuit

www.facebook.com/ambersuit

“We move in amber when all the sounds are just one and the music is everything, forever…

Hailing from the dreamy shores of the algarve, singer Lara and guitarist Luis fled to London in search of new frontiers – further polluting an already potent roster of experience evident throughout their highly characterised songwriting. With the addition of talent from South Korea and London, their fertile writing disposition now had a 4-piece vehicle. The increased diversity and disparate influences of the group soon forged what has become the vivid, unique voice of Ambersuit.

After a short, intense period hammering out their unmistakable, gunpowder-packed shows accross London and the South East, the band dove into the studio to record their first 4 singles as a flagship for the already weighty collection of songs and DIY tracks to their name. Soon to embark on their first UK-tour, Ambersuit are primed to nimbly hoist their cavernous bag of earthy, gut-felt songs beyond their London-area testing-ground, and turn a page in their intrepid memoirs.”

(Quote obtained from the band’s facebook page)

Matchbox Preston:

www.facebook.com/matchboxpreston

The Lightness of Being:

www.thelightnessofbeing.co.uk

The Lightness of Being is a London-based band formed in Mid-2009, comprising four musicians with a desire to create alternative rock with a slight experimental, sometimes hard-hitting edge.  The line-up consists of Sergiusz Brudek (Drums), Gabriel Lim (Vox/Guitar/Keys), Sam West (Guitar), Chris French (Bass). They have recently completed an EP that will be released upon completion of artwork. Another EP is currently in the works.

(Quote obtained from the band’s website)