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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)

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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)


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)


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