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76 – ‘The Book Club’, ‘Alloy Ark’ & ‘Magic Brother’

The Book Club:

www.myspace.com/thebookclubofficial

“The Book Club aren’t what you want, and aren’t really what you need either. In fact, what you need, you never want, and what you want, you never need. But when winter begins to thaw and the electric curtain falls, what you want and what you need come closer than ever before. Their lips almost touch. That’s where The Book Club will meet you. Legs akimbo.”

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

Alloy Ark:

www.alloyark.bandcamp.com

facebook page here

Magic Brother:

www.myspace.com/magic-brother

“Since 2010 Magic Brother have been calling up the spirits of the ancient masters of music and brewing them into something just a little bit different. Think of a modern day Traffic or prime Jefferson Airplane with a twist. Magic Sam plays guitar with a passion while Rob Delta snakes his own crystalline string lines in there. Brother Joe on thundering bass and Nicky on drums cook up a mean rhythm section, and on top of all that the beautiful and sublime Princess Faye weaves an ethereal magic of her own, singing and playing the flute. A band that could have held their own in the sixties playing music very much for the future.”

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

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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


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)


60 – ‘Thank Pablo’, ‘Ferris’ and ‘Trash Green’

Thank Pablo:

www.thankpablo.co.uk

“Based in South London, Thank Pablo make sun-kissed quintessentially English pop songs that have been dragged through the backstreets of Africa, Spain, France and Jamaica.

It is music to make you smile.

Recently featured on XFM, BBC 6Music and Queens Radio Belfast.”

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

Ferris:

www.theferris.co.uk

Trash Green:

www.trashgreen.net


56 – ‘The Harlots’, ‘Big Num’, and ‘Shag Nasty’

The Harlots:

www.theharlotsmusic.com

“An upcoming band based in the heart of London whose members are Sherwin Claridge (Vocals & Guitar), Enrique Moreno (Lead Guitar), Florent Amador (Bass Guitar) & Adam Szabo (Drums). Their success can be attributed to the fact that having only been together for only half a year have already established a highly coveted and personal sound.

Their style is easily recognisable due to their vast range of influences. From classic British Rock ‘n’ Roll such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones all the way to The Libertines’ punk and iconic bands of the 90’s (Oasis & Blur).

Their set list which has arisen as a results of many rehearsals serves as the strongest evidence of The Harlots’ creativity, performance skills and coordination amongst band members. They have a promising year ahead of them in which they are eager to present their passion and song writing capability.

In brief, The Harlots are a band formed by ambitious young musicians who deserve the opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.”

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

Big Num:

www.bignum.net

“An English take on full-size, brash American stadium rock, Big Num putting a completely wonderful modern alternative, heavy scope onto a soulful and honest vocal that sheers Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones with glints of Bono or Jack White. Classic rock in the vein of Billy Idol dazzlingly sped up to a contemporary model with an eccentric overtone of grinding, stirring guitars and lyrics that demand head-bang brutality. They serve shout-a-long enthralment with an accomplished style and batch of finely and expertly arranged songs which sound well rounded and memorable. This band is an absolutely lustrous and gallant gem in the British rock scene.”

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

Shag Nasty:

www.myspace.com/shagnastyuk

“We are the original UK punk rock band SHAG NASTY not to be confused with later pretenders and inferior US imports. We’ve been gigging and making records since 1977… all for your enjoyment. So lock up your Grans because SHAG NASTY are back”.

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


54 – ‘MoCara’, ‘Criminal Brainstorm’ and ‘Derider’

MoCara:

www.mocaramusic.co.uk

“MoCara are a four-piece alternative/punk/ska band from Leatherhead in Surrey. MoCara’s sound is thick with loud melodic guitars, thundering funk-driven bass lines, intense pummelling drums, ska grooves, big choruses, passionate lyrics and loads more; all of which come together with a shared obsession with creating our own vibe: A vibe that we want to spread as far as possible.
That MoCara sound has taken the band to some of the best venues in London and South East England as well as a minor headline slot at Guilfest. It has also taken the band far in many competitions; most notably to the final of Jar Music Live’s Maldives Breakout Festival at the O2 Academy Islington.
The bands first EP, ‘The Shallow South’, was released in June 2011.”

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

Criminal Brainstorm:

www.myspace.com/aggrovators

Derider:

www.derider.bandcamp.com

“Bursting through the seams of Brighton, this explosive quintet have been relentlessly hitch-hiking across stages, brushing arms with the likes of Cerebral Ballzy and Abdoujaparov and earning a slot on Ipswich Music Day’s main stage. The band, consisting of fireball figurehead Whitnee Springfield, guitarists Sin and Rayna Vandèl, bass player Chuck Tango and sticksman Nate Marcus are now in the process of writing the material that will become their debut album.”

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


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)