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Thursday 24th April 2014
Best known as the lead vocalist for Stereolab, Laetitia Sadier was born in France and was working as a nanny in the late ’80s when she met McCarthy member Tim Gane at one of the band’s gigs in Paris. She followed Gane to London and the duo formed Stereolab soon after McCarthy disbanded in 1990. The pair was inspired by lounge-pop, bossa nova, film music, and Krautrock, but Sadier’s hypnotic vocals and leftist lyrics made the band’s sound even more distinctive. Stereolab earned critical acclaim for albums such as 1993′s ‘Transient Random Noise Bursts with Announcements’, 1995′s ‘Mars Audiac Quintet’ and 2001′s ‘Sound-Dust’ Sadier’s immediately recognizable voice also appeared on many other collaborations over the years, including songs with Blur, Luna, The High Llamas, and Mouse on Mars. Stereolab went on hiatus in 2009 and Sadier began work on her first solo album, working with the Spinanes‘ Rebecca Gates, April March, Richard Swift, and former Monade players Julien Gasc and Emmanuel Mario. ‘The Trip’ was released in 2010, the same year that another Stereolab collection, ‘Not Music’, arrived. Two years later, the more introspective, political ‘Silencio‘ appeared.
 
7.00pm – £9/£7 adv

 

Thursday 24th April 2014
A conceptual, inner dance through lazer beams in a lonely night club is taking place in Rhodri Karim‘s video (directed by Tarek Elshawarby) for the electronic pop delight of Breakdown. With his Uther Moads moniker, this london based producer has conceived a slow dance pop stairway to the vibrated crooner of his voice with all the ingredients of the instant classic choreographing this blissful moment of intimate pop music. This is what pure magic should sound like… Uther Moads’ ‘Spirit Physics EP’ is out now, via the always intriguing Dramatic Records.
 
8.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Friday 25th April 2014
With comparisons to bands including Bloc Party, Acoustic Ladyland, Foals and Interpol, Panda Party’s music is packed with more ideas than James Dyson’s briefcase. Having made music together since they met at university, the 5-piece have developed their own style which sits somewhere between inventiveness and awkwardness. The band have written songs with anthem-friendly subject matter ranging from Nelson Mandela’s incarceration to surfing in Newquay in the midst of hailstorms.
 

6.00pm – £12/£10 adv

 

Friday 25th April 2014
King Lizard are London’s hardest rock band ready to hit your ear drums. The band has been leading the scene for some years but in the last year they have been on fire, and the speed at which they are taking the UK by storm is phenomenal. With two UK tours, huge London gigs, great original tracks and a full on rock and roll show, this band are on a journey to the top. If you haven’t seen these guys live then do it soon before they are playing to sell out crowds in huge stadiums, and you can only get your sweaty hand on tickets for the back row!
 
7.30pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Friday 25th April 2014
Bouts are modern pop-grunge noiseniks. A four piece from Dublin featuring guitar loudness, strictly no keyboards, and a touch of vocal. Their album ‘Nothing Good Gets Away’ is available physically on vinyl/CD and digitally online now.
 
7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 26th April 2014
Volkova Sisters, emerge from the Hungarian underground DIY music scene, to tell their folktronic tales. Adopting their moniker from the main characters in Pattern Recognition, written by – Father of the cyberpunk science fiction genre – William Gibson. Volkova Sisters; formed in 2009 by songwriting duo Daniel Sandor (synth) and Dalma Berger (vocals), first bonded after establishing a shared love of dark, melancholic 80’s new- wave music. Their intentions were to create music reminiscent of the shimmering distortions of My Bloody Valentine combined with dreamy landscapes of the Cocteau Twins. European cold-wave, with a sharper emphasis on industrial pop. Final member Gergely Kovacs (guitar) joined shortly after the bands conception, in late 2009.
 
Beyond making music, Sandor, Berger and Kovacs are heavily involved with the visual and creative aspects of Volkova Sisters. Berger; the face of many thriving young Hungarian fashion designers (BKuND, NUBU, Mrs Herskin) has graced runways in Milan and directed music videos and photo shoots. Kovacs, working as visual creative has produced several trailers for HBO and Sandor, owning his own mastering studio, produces many upcoming bands on the Hungarian underground music scene. Utilising their skills, together they have created, directed, recorded and shot all of their releases and music videos.
 
7.30pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 26th April 2014
The Ramblers are Daniel Aspinall on vocals and rhythm guitar, Tom Ward on lead guitar, Luke Scott on bass, and Matthew Fowlds on Drums. Drawing on years of experience of the local music scene, the guys came together in mid-2012 in an attempt to create a new sound to entertain the people of West Yorkshire and beyond. After months of rehearsals and recording throughout 2012, the band finally revealed this sound in December. With many more live dates scheduled throughout 2014, the emergence of The Ramblers guarantees this year will be an exciting one for the Keighley music scene.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Tuesday 29th April 2014
Ollie Thompson has toured with Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry since 2005, playing with guitarists such as Phil Manzanera, Chris Spedding, and Johnny Marr. He has also played on Bryan Ferry’s solo tours, festival dates and recording projects since he began working with Ferry at age 17.
 
He was given his first guitar at 13 and soon started playing in his first band White Vinyl. He then started the band Rubber Kiss Goodbye (2008-2011) where he was the singer, songwriter and guitarist. The latter also included Bryan Ferry’s son Tara Ferry on drums and Peter Perrett Jr. (previously of the band Babyshambles) on bass. Festival appearances for Rubber Kiss Goodbye included SXSW in Austin, Texas, the Great Escape in Brighton, and the Lodestar Festival in Cambridgeshire.
 
In 2013 he started his first solo project Oliie Forrest – and continues to perform with Ferry – recently playing on the Jazz Age tour.
 
8.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Thursday 1st May 2014
Blueprint Blue is the third project of ex-SCUM duo Huw Webb and Melissa Rigby (also of three piece krautrockers Astral Pattern), and the brainchild of Elliot Hayward, whose pristine country-tinged jams have already prompted shoegaze sirens Novella (who Blueprint Blue supported at their launch party for their recent ‘Murmurs’ EP) to declare them their “new favourite band”. Blueprint Blue make a divine statement with a mixture of sliding country guitars, smooth, melodic basslines and slick, emphatic vocals.

7.30pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Thursday 1st May 2014
The Tricks are brothers Joel Hodge (lead vocal/bass) and Ash Hodge (drums), John Bisset and Eliot Crabtree (both guitars). The four friends grew up together in Hertford and after stings in other bands formed The Tricks. After establishing themselves gigging around London, The Tricks caught the attention of LA label Unison Music Group and were flown to LA to sign to the label and record.
 
In November 2012 The Tricks released their debut 7″ vinyl EP ’49 Mercury’ to co-incide with their debut headline UK tour. The EP featured the four download only singles ‘Part Time Lover’, ‘On Trial’, ‘Not Too Young’, and ’49 Mercury’ which have been released once a month around ‘Bop! Club’ the band’s popular monthly club night in Dalston, East London. The ’49 Mercury’ EP is a collection of upbeat guitar tracks that reference the bands influences from The Strokes to Bruce Springsteen to The Clash and is a perfect introduction to The Tricks.
 
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Friday 2nd May 2014
In the last twelve months, SWIM have evolved from a studio project into a passionate, four- piece collective. They self-released and self-produced three singles (and the accompanying videos) and, with the line-up cemented, began a series of gigs culminating in a headline show at the Camden Barfly at the end of the year. As well as catching the attention of Nike, Sky, Topshop, H&M and more, they’ve had features in the likes of Time Out, Les Inrocks and Artrocker (“New Blood 2014″) all without the support of a major label. With the prospect of a stack of new releases and headline gigs already booked; 2014 promises to be even busier.

8.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Friday 2nd May 2014
Mercutio are a four piece rock band based in London. Influenced by Radiohead, Muse, and Porcupine Tree the guys have written, recorded and toured together (in different bands) for several years before forming Mercutio in Nov 2013. Now signed to independent label, Mazepa Records, their debut single, ‘Back to Nowhere’ mixed by Alan Moulder (Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, and The Killers) is set for release in the Spring of 2014. Mercutio are; Mirko (Vocals & guitar), Staf (Lead guitar), Naz (Bass), and Alex (Drums).
 
8.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 3rd May 2014
Rushil was born on June 15th, 1994, in Bombay, India, spent a few years in London, before moving to Cyprus. Rushil credits music as a huge influence during his childhood, almost as an omnipresent force in his life, it was a constant presence welcome in the home. It didn’t matter if the influences were such a juxtaposition of musical flavors, Rushil cherished being at the center of all the creativity and even enjoyed performing on stage with his saxophone. However, it wasn’t until the age of fourteen, when Rushil picked up the guitar and formed a band with friends, that his flirtation with music developed fully.
 
Under the guidance of his producer, Rushil started playing his own original music, and audiences were blown away with the way he sang, the raggedness of his voice, his fearlessness to blend a myriad of musical forms between genres, and the raw passion and emotion resulted in an unforgettable performance. Rushil has finished recording his debut album; ‘Oscillations’; an emotional diary of his journey so far whilst studying law at the University of Oxford. It is now time, however, for a change and a new start, as after all, this is just the beginning.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 3rd May 2014
Hope Through Hostility are a metal/punk band from London who are the sum of their influences – the city they live in and the music they listen to. The band have a pretty unique sound that takes cues from metal, hardcore, punk, rock, and the blues. Hope Through Hostility write songs about things they believe in but first and foremost, they’re all about writing good songs. Their self released EP “EP.OCH.” is out now.
 
7.30pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Thursday 8th May 2014
The Bonfires is the alter ego of Jon Green, rising songwriter & established session musician. Raised on a strict diet of Springsteen & the Stones and splitting his time now between London & Nashville, The Bonfires’ songs are ones he’s kept back from co-writes with other artists and come from the heart.
 
7.30pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Thursday 8th May 2014
Loyd Grossman‘s American punk band Jet Bronx And The Forbidden was a cult hit in the early 1980s, and it was in late 2007 that the band rose from the ashes with a new line-up as The New Forbidden. Loyd asked old friend Valentine Guinness to sing lead vocal, and Valentine brought with him long term collaborator James Baring on bass guitar. Mancunian Sam Stopford plays drums and Kevin Pollard is on keyboards.  The vocals are ably backed up by singer Leila. With Loyd’s 1968 Gibson guitar driving the music, The New Forbidden produce a wild, catchy sound with a modern angst-ridden edge, but the influence of the golden age of the UK/US New Wave stays as a rich thread through the material. There are shades of Blondie, Iggy Pop, The Killers, The Damned, The Only Ones, Richard Hell, The Smiths, and The Doors. The first album, ‘Ain’t Doin’ Nothin” is available on iTunes and Amazon.
 
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Friday 9th May 2014
Blank Bibles released their self-titled debut EP in March 2014. The London based sextet gradually formed as friends and collaborators on various projects, developing a great musical understanding. Blending soaring harmonies, intertwining guitars and driving rhythms, Blank Bibles fuse elements of folk, rock and worldbeat with a pop sensibility. This fresh approach to making music inspired the band to transfer their unique sound from studio to stage. Following the release of Blank Bibles, the band have begun touring London and the South East in support of the EP.
 
7.30pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Friday 9th May 2014
Shockhed are a young rock band based in East London. Fresh faced and ready to rock, Shockhed is made up of Cameron Hail (Bass), Jordan Gibson (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Matt Rimmer (Drums), and Felix Knott (Lead Guitar). Influenced by bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, XTC, Nirvana, and Black Sabbath it won’t be long before these young lads take Britain by storm.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 10th May 2014
Taking their lead from White Metal maestros like Stryper, new Australian Hard Rock band Deth Enemy delve into the dark of a world arching into an abyss to split it wide with light and set it straight, taking a stand for the soul once and for all. Deth Enemy is the brainchild of the Caiulo Brothers (vocalist/guitarist Al and drummer Frank) and emerged from the blistering heat of an Australian afternoon, amidst the roars of a quiet jam session turned bedroom bound arena show (at which the band belted out what was to be their first song ‘Disciple’).
 
Signed to London’s multi genre producer/engineer Tom E Morrison‘s (Underworld, Bliss, Bonnie Tyler, Andrew Roachford) new independent UK Label Big Sky Song Records, Al Caiulo is about to set sail from Brisbane, embarking on Deth Enemy’s first European tour which kicks off in Germany, Holland and the UK in May of this year, coinciding with the release of their rip-roaring and devastatingly addictive debut ‘Unmovable’. Their hard rock sound truly harks back to the time of peerless powerhouse bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, only they strip the sin back from the sound like paint thinner, black being bleached back to white, dark dripping away to light, the sublime of the Metal mainstays’ sound still intact.
 
8.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 10th May 2014
SHH was formed when singer Diana Huarte enlisted DJ Daniel Gorgostegui to help start an opera club in one of Buenos Aires’s many ultra-cool bars. The club never happened but, after hours spent listening to (and arguing about) other people’s records they realised they had to make their own: SHH was born. It was 1999 and dance music was at it’s height. SHH vowed to give electronic music it’s pop back: It needed, lyrics, sophistication, to start telling stories again. And, most of all, it needed tunes: big, catchy sing-along-able, pop tunes.
 
Right from the beginning, SHH was a live band, their songs written for playing live, onstage, to up-for-it audiences. Both Diana and Dany were already seasoned performers. SHH have released two albums full of songs about nightclubbing naughtiness and clubbing excess as well as more personal intimate tales of love, life, insects and death, all perfectly capturing the decadent spirit of modern Buenos Aires. Now based on two continents, SHH are busy creating visuals, choosing outfits, brushing up their dance moves and fine-tuning their live sound before taking their new album (and some old favourites) out on the road.
 
7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Wednesday 14th May 2014
Fresh from the release of their self-titled album, hard hitting, all female, alternative-rockers Stonefield next present ‘Love You Deserve’, the anthemic single from the band’s defining debut produced by Ian Davenport (Band of Skulls) and mixed by Tim Palmer (Grammy nominated / U2, Pearl Jam). Taking the palpable energy from previous single ‘Put You Curse On Me’ (now featuring on a major SBS TV promo for ‘The Walking Dead’) and turning things up a notch, the four sisters from the Macedon Ranges deliver another banging single with big riffs and a sing-a-long chorus primed for summer radio and the upcoming festival season.
 
America quickly became like a second home for Sweden’s The Royal Concept. In fact, their stateside arrival has been quite a long time in the making for vocalist David Larson. In 2012, that anxiously-awaited dream came true shortly after the quartet – Larson, Filip Bekic (Guitar), Magnus Robert (Bass), and Frans Povel (Drums) – topped Hype Machine with not one but two songs, “D-D-Dance” and “Gimme Twice.” A myriad of labels clamored to sign them over the course of the next month, but Lava proved the perfect fit. The band proceeded to hit U.S. soil for the first time, playing alongside everybody from Imagine Dragons and Alex Clare to Atlas Genius, further generating buzz and developing a fervent following.
 
Birthday Records is excited to announce the return of Hull punk poets LIFE with their fine new double ‘A’ side release ‘Money’ and ‘Crawling’, released on 17th March and available as limited edition 7″ and download. Formed in early 2013, the last twelve months have gone by in a bit of blur for the Hull quartet, whose punchy guitar hooks and pop-poem lyrics have already garnered love from Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy, The Fly and NME Radar, and bagged them airplay on 6Music, XFM, Radio 1 and Amazing Radio for their infectious debut single ‘I Wanna Forget’.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Wednesday 14th May 2014
Some heavy tune hit him halfway home and nailed him right there…
Jamie Evans still remembers the moment he first heard the music of Dead Man Ray, Sharko, and dEUS, like a first kiss. A kiss that’s blossomed into long term admiration for some of Belgium’s finest. Drawing inspiration from the manipulated sound, direct simplicity and left of centre counter attack of these bands, (whilst still keeping his corner) Jamie’s songs don’t just hint at Belgium, they long to be part of it. Hooked up to a constant vinyl feed from an early age, Jamie learned to feel music before he even considered playing it. With a voice that lights up a room like a match in a firework factory, his influences have given him a knack for creating sonically inventive, lyrically sophisticated music that dances delicately between alternative indie pop and vintage soul.
 
Jamie has just finished recording his debut solo EP which will be available as soon as you’re ready. Are you ready?

8.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Thursday 15th May 2014
Thom Lyons is a singer songwriter born and raised in London UK who, in early 2011, packed a suitcase and a guitar and traveled some 5000 miles to start a new life in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. It was the start of a musical rediscovery of sorts. Inspired by the friends and musicians he began to meet, the songs that began to pour out marked a shift towards the rootsy folk rock he had grown up loving – bands such as Counting Crows, REM, The Frames, and Whiskeytown, tempered with the pop sensibilities of older favorites like Tom Petty and Elton John. Employing a combination of beautifully crafted songs and a staggering voice that can jump from a rich, weathered baritone to a soaring falsetto, Thom has been winning over audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. This winter saw the release of his debut album, 10 infectious folk-pop songs filled with gorgeous musical and lyrical honesty.
 
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Thursday 15th May 2014
Four piece punks Dog Rotten were formed in 2012 when they had their first practice session in Erith, Kent. The more songs they wrote/covered badly, the more fun it become, and the gigs started rolling in. Now splitting their time between South East London and North West Kent the band consists of Jordan Day (Guitar & Vocals), Calum Day (Guitar & Vocals), Mike Adkin (Bass & Vocals), and Joshy Gee (Drums).
 
8.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Friday 16th May 2014
‘Stupid Heart’ Album Launch
Mesters Records are pleased to announce the launch of Satan’s Mineons’ third LP – ‘Stupid Heart’. Over 50 minutes of Raging Punk Jungle recorded live and mastered from tape at The Exchange, Camden. ‘Stupid Heart’ is available exclusively on vinyl from The Music Exchange, Nottingham, All Ages, London and online at www.mesters.co.uk/shop.php. Satans Mineons formed in Nottingham in 2000AD. They tour throughout the UK and across Europe.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 17th May 2014
From the Westway to the West Midlands and further beyond to Tyneside, the jungle drums have been beating for some time of late. But the suspense is finally over and speculation can stop. Yes, it’s true – for the first time in nearly 25 years, those legendary Pink Fairies of Ladbroke Grove are reforming for one last-throw-of-the dice and embarking on what has been referred to, with tongue perhaps not so firmly in cheek, as ‘The Pension Credit Tour’. Who was it that said ‘Pigs might fly?’
 
With much regret Paul Rudolph had to decline due to logistical reasons, but he’s wished the others well. Larry Wallis has been ruled out of the equation due to health reasons, whilst the ever Marmite-like Twink (you either love him or hate him), is firmly ensconced in Morocco.
 
So, that leaves originals Russell Hunter and Duncan ‘Sandy’ Sanderson, along with guitarist supremo Andy Colquhoun from the ‘Kill ‘Em And Eat ‘Em’ line-up to spearhead the outing, lavishly assisted by Jaki Miles-Windmill, their co-member in the most recent incarnation of the late Mick Farren’s Deviants, along with ‘Previously Unreleased’ George Butler, a stalwart of the Ladbroke Grove music scene and currently drummer with the Keith Richards-endorsed West London rhythm & blues combo, The Dirty Strangers – yes, the two-drummer format returns! They all unite in barely cohesive glorious chaos for The Pink Fairies’ final hurrah! The best of luck to them – they deserve it.
 
Although leaning towards a Rudolph-orientated catalogue of delights there will be appreciative acknowledgements to Larry Wallis, as well as Andy Colquhoun’s own input on a couple of numbers. So, there will be enough variation to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Hell, they might even throw in a couple of Deviants’ numbers too if you’re lucky! This may well be your last chance to see the legendary British underground rock institution in action, so don’t waste this golden opportunity to catch them live – Do It! Oh, and don’t forget to boogie!
 

7.30pm – £20 adv

 

Saturday 17th May 2014
Combining their various influences from 90’s Rock to folk to blues to funk to goth to jazz to blue grass to metal to drum ‘n’ bass to alternative, and experimental; QTone works, fits, and is polished to an unusual but melodic performance of talent, which is not to be missed live! So buff yer buttons & crock yer hat, ’cause this ain’t no middling paddle of clangour!
 
7.30pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Tuesday 20th May 2014
Following a freak discovery by the now-defunct indie label Truck Records in 2003 while studying Shakespeare in Oxford, MC Lars has been coming back to the UK more times than he can count. After opening from everyone from Bowling for Soup, to Simple Plan, to Wheatus, to Zebrahead and playing festivals, Lars returns with his laptop and MPK drum machine for a string of club shows and his fourth year at Slam Dunk. Not to be missed!
 
7.30pm – £8 adv

 

Thursday 22nd May 2014
Ordinary Noise are a four-piece indie band from Colchester with sharp, lyrical songs. They have recorded with Paul Tipler (Stereolab, Elastica) and their music has been featured on BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing and XFM London and Manchester. They have also been interviewed for Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the Net and have done a live session with The London Gig Guide. Ordinary Noise have played locally, further afield, and at the main stage at Brownstock Festival 2013. They did a live session with BBC Introducing Suffolk in April.
 
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Friday 23rd May 2014
BONJAH direct from Melbourne, Australia have announced their return to the UK/Europe with a run of dates in May. The band are staples on triple j, sell out their shows everywhere they go & have built a huge reputation on there live shows. Lemon Tree Music is excited to bring you BONJAH’s third independently released and most diverse album Beautiful Wild, due for release through Inertia on April 18, 2014.
 
Recorded in only 10 days in the bands adopted hometown of Melbourne with producer Jan Skubiszewski (Way Of The Eagle, J.B.T, Cat Empire), the album is a collection of 11 songs that see the band taking a new creative path. Beautiful Wild is a heavily hook-laden album that weaves its way from track to track highlighting, warm guitar tones and the rock n roll swagger of lead singer Glenn Mossop’s unique and captivating vocals. The album was mastered by Steve Smart (Jezabels, Empire Of The Sun) at Studios 301, Sydney, dubbing it “A true pleasure to work on, set to be one of the corker albums of 2014″. Written across 18 months, the album borrows largely from the theme of the ever-elusive subject of love – the highs, the lows and everything in between.
 
7.30pm – £10/£8 adv

 

Friday 23rd May 2014
Initially put together in 2012, to form a study group in a class while studying at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Ben, Dani & Stefan gelled as a trio and decided to start the group. Fourth Ave. was born! Stefan brought in his friend Jake from work to try out for the bass position. Jake was instantly accepted. Stefan also invited his housemate Tony to audition for the drum seat. After one initial jam, they all knew that they were destined to be in the band. They had only one piece of the puzzle left to find, and he presented himself when the band needed a horn section to audition for a gig with. Nate joined the band mid 2013. The band was finally complete and have never looked back. The band are a fusion of urban dynamics and melodic rock with influences that range from The Roots, to Outkast, and Civil Wars.
 
7.00pm – £6/£5 adv

 

Friday 23rd May 2014
Stemming from a variety of musical backgrounds, Dead Man’s Hand are a culmination of sounds inspired from the severe to the melancholy. Combining textured riffage with a two part (and sometimes four) vocal delivery that lands them somewhere between catchy tunes and earnest songwriting. Soaring guitar lines, powerhouse drumming and lyrics that you can sing along to and think about.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 24th May 2014
BONJAH direct from Melbourne, Australia have announced their return to the UK/Europe with a run of dates in May. The band are staples on triple j, sell out their shows everywhere they go & have built a huge reputation on there live shows. Lemon Tree Music is excited to bring you BONJAH’s third independently released and most diverse album Beautiful Wild, due for release through Inertia on April 18, 2014.
 
Recorded in only 10 days in the bands adopted hometown of Melbourne with producer Jan Skubiszewski (Way Of The Eagle, J.B.T, Cat Empire), the album is a collection of 11 songs that see the band taking a new creative path. Beautiful Wild is a heavily hook-laden album that weaves its way from track to track highlighting, warm guitar tones and the rock n roll swagger of lead singer Glenn Mossop’s unique and captivating vocals. The album was mastered by Steve Smart (Jezabels, Empire Of The Sun) at Studios 301, Sydney, dubbing it “A true pleasure to work on, set to be one of the corker albums of 2014″. Written across 18 months, the album borrows largely from the theme of the ever-elusive subject of love – the highs, the lows and everything in between.
 
7.00pm – £10/£8 adv

 

Saturday 24th May 2014
Yasmin Kuymizakis (Yews) is a Maltese singer-songwriter who composes and produces her songs in the confines of her own bedroom. She made her public debut in 2011 by uploading a few songs on Soundcloud. Yews’s sounds have been described as electronic, ethereal pop and is known for having a different setup every time she performs live, playfully changing and adapting her simple songs. In January 2014, Yews had her first official release, Selene EP. Yasmin is now based in London, reading for a degree in Sound Art and Design at the London College of Communication (UAL). She still performs and collaborates with talented artists practicing in various genres as she strives to continue to experiment and discover new ways of maintaining a unique sound in her music.
 
7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Tuesday 27th May 2014
Barcelone are composer and keyboardist Snow Bermudez and singer-songwriter Edsun Bayforth. They use synthesizers, piano, microphones, a Mac, and at times are joined by the fantastic Tom Warburton on double bass. Barcelone have been spending the last few months creating music between the city and a house in the hills surrounded by forest.
 
8.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Friday 30th May 2014
Melic plus special guests Van Susans + The Sleeps
Melic are a four-piece band based in London. Their sound is derived from an eclectic blend of musicians – fusing a metal drummer, a funk-rock bassist, a classically trained pianist/saxophonist, and a rock singer/song-writer guitarist. In 2012 the band won ‘Best Overall Band’ in the UK Unsigned Awards, run by Play Music Magazine (UK), and have since been signed to Beatnik Geek Records. Melic released their debut album ‘An Hour To Anywhere’ on Aug 5th 2013, paired with a sell out launch show at London’s Bush Hall. 2014 will be a busy year for the band – more gigs, more music, more videos.
 
6.00pm – £8 adv

 

Saturday 31st May 2014
After playing hundreds of shows up and down the UK, supporting some of the big upcoming artists in the rock scene, Eighth Deadly Sin (EDS) come to O2 Academy Islington with a night of post hardcore and rock.
 

6.00pm – £12/£10 adv

 

Saturday 31st May 2014
Two Little Boys is made up by Sean Barber and Mark Collins. Both have been writing and performing their own music for years now and finally got together to create a partnership and a mix of music that really suits. The “sound” Two Little Boys have is a mixture of indie rock, pop, chilled acoustic and urban. There is a refreshing diversity to every track, but the one common factor is the lyrics. The lyrics are the soul of the band and the standout characteristic that draws in the listeners either through the sheer honesty and how down to earth they are, or the relativeness to everyday life situations and types of people we have all come across in our lives. The EP ‘Thoughts, Birds and Modern Words’ is the first taste of much more to come, with the guys having enough material to fill their first album and a lot more! So have a listen, enjoy, and pass on the news that Two Little Boys have landed!
 

7.30pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Tuesday 3rd June 2014
Independent musician and virtuoso guitarist Jon Gomm releases his new album ‘Secrets Nobody Keeps’ today, Monday 25th November 2013. To celebrate, Jon has released a brand new video for album track ‘Telepathy’. Not content with just rounding off a near sold out 30 date UK headline tour as well as appearances in China, South Africa and Europe, Jon will soon be announcing a full South American tour for April 2014 followed by a full tour of Ireland in May 2014. The album has already been critically lauded with Total Guitar hailing it as “perhaps the best percussive guitar album we’ve ever heard” and awarding it a 5/5 review.
 
Produced by Whiskas, whose expertise at painting sonic landscapes in the studio and his background (as founder of the legendary DIY label Dance To The Radio and the band Forward Russia), made him the perfect fit musically and business-ethic-wise for the project, Secrets Nobody Keeps was 100% crowd funded in the short space of 4 weeks in a whirlwind PledgeMusic campaign that drew on the power of Jon’s millions of fans and viewers worldwide.
 
The album title itself, ‘Secrets Nobody Keeps’ is a nod to Jon’s gratitude for the power of social networks. Ever since the day a simple one word Tweet from Stephen Fry linking to Jon’s ‘Passionflower’ video (nearly 5 million views and counting) started the snowball rolling on his career, he’s been an advocate of, in his own words, “having that private little moment of discovery on Youtube, then sharing the music everywhere.” Gomm’s list of high profile fans also includes the legendary Eric Clapton, Chaka Khan, Jon Anderson, David Crosby, Tommy Lee, and Devin Townsend.
 
7.30pm – £12 adv

 

Friday 6th June 2014
Silver Arm‘s first four self-released singles and their sole digital only release for The Shipping Forecast label have found radio support from Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and Simon Raymonde and praise online from The 405, God Is In The TV, The Needle Drop, Artrocker and Doughnut Magazine amongst others. Members of the band have previously played in Mercury nominated Maps and their Dead Tongues single was featured on the Fat Cat Records demo site, receiving over 10,000 plays.
 
He Of The Slow Creep EP is the band’s first physical release, arriving on 10″ white vinyl through Big Tea Records, and produced by Rory Attwell (Palma Violets, Male Bonding, The Vaccines) at the Lightship95 floating studio in London. Comprising four tracks steeped in the post-punk of the eighties, the grunge of the early nineties and the post-hardcore of the early millennium years, the band’s infectious grooves married with dirty notes, furious drums and fervent vocals make for a unique sonic experience.
 
2014 is to be a big year for Silver Arm. Having already been tipped as ones to watch for 2014 by the influential God Is In The TV, the He Of The Slow Creep EP looks set to take the band to the next level.

8.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Friday 13th June 2014
Dead On T.V. have been busy. Their first album ‘Once Upon a Time’ is in the can and currently in the magical hands of Ash ‘Emperpor Yes’ Gardener at House of Strange Studios. This will be released independently along with a short film concept styled and shot by the irrepressibly ‘now’ Loveday-Brown duo and starring Vampire Diaries eye-candy Michael Malarkey. Not satisfied with this they’re making short work of the follow up. But where ‘Once Upon a Time’ is heartfelt, poppy and just about positive, the new material is musically more challenging – embracing dirty electro and sparse harmony, and lyrically cynical, make no mistake.
 

6.00pm – £12/£10 adv

 

Friday 13th June 2014
From the beating heart of Faenza (located in the Romagna Region of North Italy) where ceramics, red wine, and music meet together, Moma give birth to their first project of 9 songs of “unconventional” rock. A very stripped set (voice, drums, bass, and mainly acoustic guitar) is the launching pad for “Linked to the Stars”: rugged and rough music alternates with ballads, funky rhythm, soft atmospheres, and even a bit of waltz! All always played with intensity and vibrancy. Their concerts aim to interact with the audience as much as possible, thanks to the theatrical performance of their singer.

8.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 14th June 2014
Having begun her music career at the age of six when she started learning to play the violin and singing. Ashleigh K has gone on to gain many qualifications in music which has led to her touring the USA and performing at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Plaza with her college orchestra at the age of sixteen. It was after Ashleigh moved to London in 2003 that she changed her technique and found her real interest was in popular music. Since graduating Ashleigh has been working with a number of artists whilst also developing her own material.
 
Ashleigh K’s first single release was called Truth, The music video for which was shot by legendary LA film director Mark Tierney during a Met raid of Shoreditch bars in London on a rowdy Friday night and has already received over 11,000 views. Her next video ‘Cowboy’ was released in December 2012 and was shot in Desert Hot Springs in LA. The video has been played on MTV2, Fuse and is now on the Vevo music channel and to date has well over 340,000 views on Youtube.
 
Her latest release ‘Knock Me Down’ was released in March 2013 and was shot in downtown LA. Ashleigh has been busy perfoming on the live circuit for the past year and has performed at Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre for Breast Cancer Care and Aura Mayfair for the Music meets Fashion event as well as appearing London fashion week 2013 to name a few. Ashleigh is sponsored by Italian street wear clothes designer Umberto Bruno and undertook a tour of Salento, Italy in August 2013 where she performed at the Soulfood Festival as their headline act.
 
7.30pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 14th June 2014
From the beating heart of Faenza (located in the Romagna Region of North Italy) where ceramics, red wine, and music meet together, Moma give birth to their first project of 9 songs of “unconventional” rock. A very stripped set (voice, drums, bass, and mainly acoustic guitar) is the launching pad for “Linked to the Stars”: rugged and rough music alternates with ballads, funky rhythm, soft atmospheres, and even a bit of waltz! All always played with intensity and vibrancy. Their concerts aim to interact with the audience as much as possible, thanks to the theatrical performance of their singer.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Friday 20th June 2014
The Brilliant Corners, a British indie pop band from Bristol, England, recorded throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s. The group formed in 1983, taking their name from a Thelonious Monk jazz album. The line-up included Davey Woodward, Chris Galvin, Winston Forbes, Bob Morris (drums) and Dan. A later addition was Phil Elvins on guitar.
 
The band’s first releases were an early example of indie pop, with three singles being released in 1984 on their own SS20 label. Debut (mini-)album ‘Growing Up Absurd’ appeared the following year. With 1986 seeing an explosion of indie pop groups, their May ‘Fruit Machine’ EP saw them gain both attention and radio airplay, followed by a second mini-album, ‘What’s In A Word’. ‘Brian Rix’, a re-recorded version of a track from the LP, with added trumpet, and a tribute to Rix, the “king of farce”, was issued as a single, the proceeds going to Mencap, the charity of which Rix was chairman. The video, featuring Woodward running Rix-like around a couch with his trousers around his ankles, was shown on The Tube, further raising the band’s profile.
 
In March 1988 the band set up another label – McQueen – and released third album ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’, followed by a collection of their sought-after early singles, Everything I Ever Wanted. Two more albums followed in 1989 ‘Joyride’ and 1990 ‘Hooked’ produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey), followed by a second compilation, 1991′s ‘Creamy Stuff’. They released one last effort, 1993′s ‘A History Of White Trash’, before splitting up.
 
Woodward and Galvin formed The Experimental Pop Band in 1995. Galvin died from cancer in 1998.
 
The band unexpectedly reformed last year to play a concert for the ‘Scared To Get Happy’ indie pop anthology. This will be their first headline London club show in 20 years.
 
7.30pm – £8 adv

 

Saturday 21st June 2014
London-based HAWK have been described as everything from alt-pop to dark folk. Julie, Matt, Chris, and Sam hail from various corners of the UK and Ireland. Their sound has been described by Subba Culture as a “fusion of ambience and power, fronted by a soaring, crackling vocal”. Lead singer Julie Hawk who has been described as “a bit of the Bjork side of brilliant bonkers” (Artrocker), began collaborating with Matt Harris, as a solo project in 2012. After a year of garnering plaudits on the acoustic scene, the band gained support from DJs such as Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson (BBC6Music). The pair joined with Sam and Chris to form HAWK, adding new edge and expansion to their sound, while retaining the detail and delicacy of their acoustic roots. HAWK released their debut single ‘Take Off Your Suit’ in July 2013, to positive press. The Sound of Confusion described “the sharp, stammering beat and spiralling guitar lines” as ”inventive and classic all at once.” The band launched their latest record, ‘The Sum of All Things EP’ in early 2014, and hit the road for a UK and Ireland tour in March.

7.30pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Friday 4th July 2014
Columbus are a vibrant new six-piece indie pop band from North London.
 

6.00pm – £12/£10 adv

 

Saturday 5th July 2014
Formed in 2013 in East London, Suburban 100 are a rock and roll four piece who have already caught the attention of live music fans. Drawing from an eclectic range of influences, the band seek to combine the uncompromising attitude and the vitality of punk with the mystical harmonies of psychedelic rock and the bright, radiant rhythms and energy of the dancehall scene spawned by Northern Soul. Having written an album’s worth of material inspired by the zeitgeist of modern day Britain, the band have become a regular fixture on the London gigging scene, while the upcoming release of their debut album has generated a great deal of excitement. With a number of gigs and festival slots confirmed this summer, the band are set for big things in 2014 and beyond.
 

6.00pm – £12/£10 adv

 

Saturday 12th July 2014
Suzy Blu is back with some of the best electro beat driven layered pop songs you’ll hear all year! A harder, rawer approach whilst still retaining the pop sensibilities and luscious layers of noise that led Insect Guide to a Marc Riley Session, remixing with Sonic Boom (MGMT, PandaBear) and releasing two critically acclaimed albums, with UNCUT calling it ‘album of the month’ and ‘an irresistable pop masterpiece’.

8.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 19th July 2014
The group that would eventually become Jackknife was formed by Petr Knava and Eoin Davies at school in North London; self taught guitar players jamming with a revolving door of drummers, bassists and singers. As the years went by, Danni Youziel picked up the drum sticks; George Brown the bass guitar; and eventually Marzena Rychlik the mic, and Jackknife came into being. With roots set deep in the rock ‘n’ roll glory days of the 1970s, Jackknife’s sound combines heavy blues-influenced guitar riffs and melodies with Marzena’s evocative vocal talent.
 
Jackknife’s sound is characterised by high paced, drum-roll-rich percussion; flying solo work from twin lead guitars; and bass runs at every possible juncture. The result is a band which sits within a range of musical creeds – combining 70′s and 80′s rock, metal, pop, and hints of progressive rock. Jackknife’s primary influences are taken from Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, The Cult, and Thin Lizzy, as well as a whole host of varied musical genres. With a focus on varied compositions, roller-coster dynamics and intricate musicianship from the 5 instruments involved, the genre and atmosphere alter massively from track to track.
 

6.00pm – £12/£10 adv

 

Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Hans Chew delivers powerful medicine, a resurrection of rock & roll as unique as it is traditional. A Tennessee native and self-taught pianist, Chew’s style has been described in wide fashion, his name appearing in print alongside artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Meade Lux Lewis, John Prine, Albert Ammons, Nikcy Hopkins, and The Band, to name a few.
 
In 2004, after many years adrift, Chew took up permanent residence at the decrepit Clermont Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Armed with little more than a piano, an old Royal typewriter, a handful of New Orleans LPs, and a stack of ragtime, blues and boogie-woogie sheet music, the stage was set, and Chew’s journey to master the elements of rock and roll piano had begun. He checked out two years later with a handful of songs and moved to New York City. These songs would become Chew’s 2010 debut album ‘Tennessee & Other Stories…’, which received four stars from Rolling Stone and was heralded by Uncut as one of the top 25 albums of the year.
 
Now Hans Chew returns with his second album, “Life & Love”. The sonic snapshot of a live rock and roll band, “Life & Love” was recorded in the studio with limited overdubs to deliver the immediate, raw power of the kinetic and explosive group. Led by Hans Chew on grand piano and vocals with support from Dave Cavallo (guitar), Ricardo Ortiz (bass), and Jesse Wallace (drums), the band conveys distinct influences of British and southern American rock while standing firmly on the tradition of blues, country, and soul.
 
“Life & Love”, released by At The Helm Records, and distributed by Proper Music Distribution is out now.

7.00pm – £10/£8 adv

 

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