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

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70 – ‘False-Heads’, ‘Jim Johnstone’ and ‘I Am Dive’,

False-Heads:

www.false-heads.bandcamp.com

Jim Johnston:

www.facebook.com/jimjohnstonmusic

“Bristol-based songwriter and guitarist Jim Johnston’s debut solo album, “Voyage of Oblivion” is a thirteen song collection of darkly mysterious, all-encompassing guitar-driven tracks recorded live in a day (with additional overdubs over four days). The former Monk and Canatella singer-guitarist’s impressive premiere is an Indie rock epic, entwined with tales of love, darkness and resurrection. “Voyage of Oblivion” sounds immediately modern, yet encapsulates vintage, classic rock & Indie sounds of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

The album features all-powerful musicianship from Martin Dupras on bass guitar, Chris Thomas on drums, and Owain Coleman on keyboards, with guitars and vocals provided by Johnston. Several songs also feature guest vocals from Australian folk troubadour Emily Barker from Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo.
The album was produced by Johnston and French Canadian producer Dupras, The Jim Johnston band will play several exclusive UK dates Feb 2012 in support of the album.”

(Biography obtained from the band’s facebook page)

I Am Dive:

www.iamdive.com

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69 – ‘Japanese Fighting Fish’, ‘Ozonna’ and ‘Monarchy of Roses’

Japanese Fighting Fish:

www.japanesefightingfish.co.uk

Ozonna:

www.soundcloud.com/ozonna

“The man getting his regular short back and sides smiles with intrigue at the figure in the doorway. This Camden hairdresser isn’t used to visits from unfamiliar faces. The bespectacled guest, dressed in a faded denim jacket and rolled shorts, begins to strum a Ukulele, giving his adopted crowd a rendition of his latest song, “I love me”. Even the stubborn buzz of the last few clippers has been silenced within moments. Two minutes later he leaves, followed by looks of affection and bemusement.

African-born electro popper Ozonna may have chosen an unusual way to market himself, but in today’s hyper competitive music industry it pays to be original. Even pop queen Lady Gaga used to have to stand scantily clad on tables in bars, screaming along to Black Sabbath records to get noticed. Visiting some of London’s coiffeurs to play impromptu gigs may not hold the same shock-value, but it’s the perfect place for Ozonna to deliver his message.

And that message is simple; he is trying to empower people through his music. “I want people to feel positive about how they look and feel,” he says. “Playing at the hairdressers, I wanted to tell people that they don’t need to spend lots of money to look beautiful, they are already. It is positive music for the soul.”

Ozonna himself even admits that the message can be seen as clichéd. But it’s the way that message is delivered on his new single, “I love me”, that the London-based artist eliminates any sense of been-here-before. An eclectic mix of influences has inspired the record, which delivers pop hooks underpinned with genuine musical ideology. Think Marina and the Diamonds, Madonna and a hint of Gaga, and you begin to get the idea. But Ozonna’s sound is still wholly individual.

On “I love me”, his unique vocal range is laid bare. It is fragile yet captivating. Combined with the Ukulele and boppy synth the track epitomises what the young musician is all about. It strikes at the core of the vanity of society, why people should ignore the critics and love themselves. It is refreshing to hear a passionate edge to an essentially pop-infused track. This theme is continued in “Perfect day to die”, another creation that reveals a strong sense of musicality in Ozonna’s work, with muted strings and a clean cut piano riff providing a perfect foundation for the heartfelt lyrics. “Stupid self” and “I don’t give a damn” are further rebellious outlets. The latter tinged with the sound of an early Annie Lennox track. ”

(Info obtained from Ozonna’s facebook page here)

Monarchy Of Roses:

“Monarchy Of Roses are a new group who were formed in North London with a range of influences including Soul, 60s beat, Blues.  Under guidance of singer/songwriter Craig Ingham and now joined by Bassist Alex Montague.  Looking for world domination and exposure!  Welcome to The Kingdom Of North London Soul!”

(Info obtained from the band’s facebook page here)

68 – ‘Turning Plates’ and ‘Howl Griff’

Turning Plates:

www.turningplates.co.uk

“Turning Plates are an award winning group of musicians based in Glasgow. Using theirdiverse classical, jazz and rock backgrounds they create a uniquely alternative style. Founded in 2009 their mixing of synthesizers and effect laden guitars with the more melancholy sounds of clarinet, cello and trombone, combined with the use of unusual time signatures, have led to the band quickly finding a distinct and individual sound. The band sites an eclectic mix of influences from the Smashing Pumpkins to Sigur Ros to Baroque music.

On the back of early successes the band has recently recorded an EP comprising 6 songs at Glasgow’s prestigious Chem19 studios with producer Jamie Savage which is due for release in April 2012. During 2011 the band’s song Tin Man won an award in Playmusic Pickup magazine’s unsigned band competition and finished their first tour taking in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Stirling Falkirk and Ayr over Easter 2011. In addition the band have gigged frequently in Glasgow doing both electric and acoustic shows, supporting several touring bands including Silversun Pickups, Scanners, Slaraffenland and The Neat.”

(Info obtained from the band’s Official Website)

Howl Griff:

www.howlgriff.com

“After receiving much press and public acclaim for our debut, Welsh-language record Howl Griff, we unleashed our second album The Hum – this one in English. Along with single releases Bluebirds and Sunrise, the album has garnered heady acclaim.

“Bloody lush – a new band we love,” said Lauren Laverne on her daytime BBC 6music show. She’s not alone in liking what she hears. “Life-affirming,” wrote The Independent. “Gorgeous harmonies and warm ’60s melodies – the result is quite lovely,” added Stuff magazine. “A Welsh Brian Wilson,” claims Clash magazine.

So when the lovely Lauren Laverne asked if we were interested in giving away an MPfree on her show, who were we to argue? Thanks to her and the 6music crew, you can download the Sunrise single for zero pence on our free MP3s page.

We’ve been played widely across BBC 6music, Radio One, Radio Wales, Radio London and noted Californian station KCRW too, which is nice.”

(Info obtained from the band’s Official Website)

67 – ‘The Badje’ and ‘The Approval’

The Badje:

www.the-badje.co.uk

“Since they formed in January 2009, the Brighton ensemble all share one common aspiration: to make music that matters and combines the unique individuality of all four members.

The band has drawn similarities as wide-ranging as The Beatles and The Pretty Things to more current groups such as Kasabian and Gorillaz. Distinctive and harmoniously obscure, they describe their influences as eclectic as ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, soul music, ’60s pop & psychedelia, film scores & classical!

The Badje released their debut album “Ride Out” in the Summer of 2009…only one month after meeting! Since then they have played numerous gigs in and around the UK. On Friday 3rd June 2011 the bands’ second album, “Taste Music With Your Ear Tongue” was unleashed on the unsuspecting ears of their hometown fans of Brighton, UK. The Badje (supported by an astronomical cast of Brighton’s best performers) hosted a lavish launch party at Brighton’s venue the Green Door Store.”

(Info obtained from the band’s website)

The Approval:

www.theapproval.bandcamp.com

66 – ‘King of Spain’, ‘YOUAREHERE’ and ‘P. E. Tripp’

King of Spain:

www.kingofspain.co.uk

“King of Spain are a five-piece from Balham (famously dubbed ‘Gateway to the South’ by Peter Sellers), South London. After years of sending home-recorded demos of varying degrees of quality to anyone who’d listen, their debut album ‘Battleships & Aeroplanes’ was released in 2008 on Oxford’s pioneering Shifty Disco label. Recorded on a dairy farm near the Oxfordshire village of Steventon, the record was received by the media with a mixture of delight, consternation, confusion and downright anger. NME loved it, Artrocker did not.

Album track ‘Bacon’ was selected by William Ravenscroft (son of the late, great John Peel) as one of his gems of 2008, and received airplay on the legendary Tom Robinson’s BBC6 radio show. Once a clean edit had been hurriedly produced to remove a particularly offensive swear word, Tom also took to spinning live favourite ‘Menagerie’. Last year the band returned to the cow shed to beach some fresh tunes, and begin the process of recording Album Numero Deux, ‘thirtydegreeshandsonhipsleanforwardsmile’, with long-suffering producer/engineer Rowland Prytherch (a.k.a. Badger). It will be released October 7th 2011 on Shifty Disco records.

King of Spain run ‘flux=rad’, an occasional showcase of lo-fi and alternative music that usually happens at their spiritual home, the 12 Bar Club in Soho, and sometimes at the Notting Hill Arts Club in, err, Notting Hill. They also play gigs in places from Berlin to Bournemouth, but can be pretty much persuaded to go anywhere given the promise of beer and/or food.”

(Info obtained from the band’s facebook page here)

YOUAREHERE:

www.asyndeton.net

“YOUAREHERE is a Rome-based electronic project formed in 2011. Inspired by the likes of Apparat, M83 and Sigur Ros, the band offers a fusion of styles reflecting the previous musical releases of its three members: the glitchy and powerful beats of micro (Claudio Del Proposto), the wrapping, rhythmic patterns of edPorth (Patrizio Piastra), and the melancholy crescendos of French Teen Idol (Andrea Di Carlo).

YOUAREHERE’s debut album, As When The Fall Leaves Trees, perfectly encompasses the characteristics of the three Italian artists. This 9-track, 50-minute long concept album is a musical journey through fast-paced rhythms, obsessive loops, reverberated vocals and dreamy piano melodies, leaving the listener with an unusual feeling of pleasure and disorientation. ”

(Info obtained from the band’s facebook page here)

P. E. Tripp:

www.facebook.com/petrippmusic

“Cross over the river Thames and make your way through the dark streets of South London to Waterloo where P.E Tripp has been working a sound over the last couple of years. A mixture of Electropop and RnB he calls “LDN Funk”.
2011 signals two release for P.E – an E.P “By the Starlight” and a debut album “Into the Stars”. The recordings are underway and are being produced and arranged all from a bedroom, by Tripp himself. Having learnt most of his instruments from playing in Church as a youngster, the recordings feature him performing every vocal & every instrument (Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Bass, all Drum/Rhythm Arrangements, Beatbox, Vocoder, Octapad and Djembe). Look out for these recordings in 2011 alongside the previous single release “Miss Artois” from 2009.”

(Info obtained from the artist’s facebook page)

64 – ‘Utopian Love Revival’, ‘Rossella Scarlet’ and ‘The Green Brothers’

Utopian Love Revival:

“Officially formed in 2012 through various muso listing sites. Utopian Love Revival is all about the songs, about people getting together… ULR is loose & laidback movement of free thinking thoughts, sounds, art & creation. ”

(Info obtained from the band’s facebook page here)

Rossella Scarlet:

www.myspace.com/rossellascarlet77

The Green Brothers:

www.myspace.com/greenbrothersuk

“Sons of legendary Pirates guitarist and veteran session man, Mick Green, form powerful combo blasting out full throttle 70’s style R&B/Garage Rock at a blistering pace. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!

In 2010, Brad and Lloyd (sons of the legendary Pirates’ guitarist and veteran session man, Mick Green), joined forces with ex-Pirates’ drummer Mike Roberts to form The Green Brothers. Their first performance was to a packed audience at the tribute concert for their late father at the famous 100 Club. They were joined on stage by Pirates’ vocalist Johnny Spence and support acts included The Animals and The Wilko Johnson Band.

Following the success of that night and due to much public demand, the boys set about recruiting a singer and found the perfect shipmate in a cheeky Essex chappy. Dean’s soulful, bluesy, gravelly voice, combined with the band’s own unique powerful rhythm and blues, makes The Green Brothers a real tour de force. Brad’s simultaneous rhythm and lead playing has been described as ‘reproducing Mick’s style with unnerving accuracy’. Laying down the solid foundation for Dean and Brad is the powerful ‘engine room’ of Lloyd Green on bass and Mike Roberts on drums.

The Green Brothers are truly a powerful combo who relentlessly blast out full throttle 70’s style R&B/Garage Rock at a blistering pace. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!”

(Info obtained from the band’s facebook page here)