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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)

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55 – ‘Stone Trigger’, ‘Night Circus’, ‘BlueSun’ and ‘The Rising’

Stone Trigger:

www.myspace.com/stonetrigger

“Stone Trigger are a 5-piece Hard Rock band from Dublin, Ireland, heavily influenced by bands like Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Skid Row and other 80s bands, with their own 21st century twist. Full of hard rockin’ riffs, great hooks and catchy choruses, this is “Good Time Rock N’ Roll” of the highest quality!!! Songs like “Never Say Never” will stay with you until you go to sleep, and then you’ll wake up singing “Maneater”, a bass-driven, rock-singin’ classic in its own right.

Headbangin’, Foot-tappin’, Hand Clappin’, Fist-Waving Hard Rock…
Definitely a band not to miss!!
When you come and see us… you’ll know why!!!”

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

Night Circus:

Night Circus’ facebook page here

BlueSun:

www.reverbnation.com/bluesunireland

The Rising:

The Rising’s facebook page here

The Rising from Dublin, formerly stillroom..

STILLROOM:
In the last couple of years we’ve toured Sunset Strip in L.A playing such venues as The Roxy, The Whiskey, The Cat Club etc.
Won the Emergenza battle of the bands in Vicar Street and as a result Played festivals in Germany.
Had a song of ours used in a Hollywood movie that aired at the Monaco film festival.
Released an EP that received great airplay from the likes of Nova, phantom and lots of other stations here and the UK. It also received great reviews in Hotpress from Jackie Hayden among others, and one of the songs was chosen by microsoft as a flagship song for one of their music campaigns. We also topped the reverb nation charts and received airplay on some tv stations with one of our videos.
We also toured our EP here and the UK, playing on some great bills and events. Also supporting some big artists.

he Rising pick up where stillroom left off. Kicking off their launch night in October, the guys have exploded onto the scene in rock n roll fashion.
The band shook the foundations of Dublin to a packed out crazy crowd in Fibs Rock bar on Halloween Weekend.
Next up for the band was a great support slot with the super Pat McManus band and an appearance & acoustic set on Radio Nova in November.
From there, The Rising took their live show to London’s capital of Rock- Camden Town !
And December sees the band host a host a major fundraiser for The Irish Heart Foundation in local village Tallaght, with their Xmas show.

With acknowledgement from Radio Nova, Hot Press, The Echo and other domestic media 2012 promises to be an epic year for The Rising, with shows being lined up on both sides of the water an a pending debut album.”

(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)


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)


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)


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)


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)