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Friday 29th August 2014
Based in Surrey, The Bulletproof Bomb are a five piece alternative project with influences that range from as far as Jamie T to The Beach Boys, from Gorillaz to The Jam, and King Krule to Mystery Jets.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 30th August 2014
The anchors of the Turrentine Jones sound are Julian Neville, whose slicing, fuzzed riffs draw a comparison to Steve Cropper, and Thomas Scotson, who provides much of the groove with his floating organ lines. In 2009, Neville moved to England from his native Australia and began searching for musicians, where he met (now former) drummer Chris Carcamo. By late 2010, and with the addition of organist Thomas Scotson, they officially became Turrentine Jones and together performed their first show at North London Tavern in Kilburn, London.
 
In 2013 the band hit their stride, and with the growing radio support of BBC Introducing, elevated them onto the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury festival performing on 28th June to resounding success. Shortly after the band entered the studio to begin recording their fan-funded debut album through the music platform Pledge, entitled “Our Days”. The record is scheduled for release on 11th August 2014.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Wednesday 3rd September 2014
The Flies formed sometime around 2003 in a very loose and incremental way when production team, The Insects (Bob Locke and Tim Norfolk) joined forces with vocalist/musician Sean Cook. Cook had been a key player in Spiritualized (notably on their seminal record, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating in Space’) as well as Lupine Howl and currently plays with Elizabeth Fraser and Massive Attack. The Insects are highly regarded as Emmy award winning soundtrack writers for BBC natural history documentaries, films such as “Creep” and “Owning Mahoney”, and TV series such as ‘Wire In The Blood”.
 
In 2007 The Flies released the critically acclaimed LP, “All Too Human”. Songs from the ‘All Too Human’ LP went on to be used on several films, TV shows and adverts including Roland Joffe’s ‘You and I’, ‘Wire in the Blood’, and ads for L’Oreal. Around 2008, Sean and The Insects began working with Andy Spaceland on The Flies second LP, ‘Pleasure Yourself’. Andy is a producer and musical collaborator, who had worked with both Sean and the Insects in his previous band, ‘Alpha’. Andy is also currently working on projects with Butch Vig, and Mark Stewart (The Pop Group).
 
As the LP developed, Andy took on an increasingly pivotal role in the writing and production of The Flies songs. After many late night sessions spanning several years, and in-between many other projects, Cook, Spaceland, Locke and Norfolk (together with contributions from long time collaborator and drummer, Damon Reece – Massive Attack, Spiritualized, Elizabeth Fraser) completed ‘Pleasure Yourself’ at the end of 2013.
 
‘Pleasure Yourself’ is due for release in Summer 2014. It is preceded by the single, ‘One Day My Baby Will Leave You’ which will be released in March 2014 through Library Music Recordings.

7.00pm – £9/£7 adv

 

Thursday 4th September 2014
Pistol Kings are a three-piece rock band from London. Their infectious melodies and progressive rhythms have seen them headline some of the most prestigious venues in London. As they continue storming the circuit, they make plans to release their upcoming self-titled demo CD which will be available free at all of their shows.
 
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Friday 12th September 2014
Elizabethan are a four piece indie/alternative rock band consisting of Andrew Future (Vox), Howard James Martin (Guitar), Lloyd Green (Bass), and Mike Roberts (Drums). Drawing influences from bands such as Muse, Suede, Pulp, Mansun, The Strokes, You Me At Six, Placebo, The Smiths, and The Wombats, Elizabethan will blow your balls off with a musket.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 13th September 2014
The Others formed in 2002 and quickly became renowned for their riotous live shows. By 2004, they had started to perform so-called “guerilla gigs”, which saw them play on a Hammersmith and City Line tube train, on the dodgems at the Leeds festival, and on the famous Abbey Road crossing in London. The band, particularly lead singer  Dominic Masters, maintain a close relationship with their fanbase, affectionately known as the 853 Kamikaze Stage-Diving Division.
 
Their self-titled debut album divided critics and public alike on its release in 2005. Whilst NME gave it 8/10, Q Magazine rated it one of the worst albums of the year, mocking Masters’ boastful attitude towards drug abuse. However, the album did spawn three Top 40 singles for the band; while debut single ‘This Is For The Poor’, narrowly missed the top 40 on its release in April 2004, ‘Stan Bowles’ reached No. 36 in November 2004. In January 2005 3rd single ‘Lackey’ reached No. 21 in January 2005 and in April of that year the NME awarded The Others the John Peel Innovation Award at the Brat Awards.
 
On Christmas Eve 2012, the band gave away the demos for the 3rd Album; ‘Songs For The Disillusioned’ for free online. The response was tremendous, surpassing the band’s expectations, going viral and picking up coverage from in the UK, as well as Spain, France, Germany, Argentina and Italy amongst others. In January 2013, the band announced their decision to offer fans a free download package for every month of 2013, and as part of the bands comeback they also returned to Glastonbury to play on the William’s Green Stage.
 
7.00pm – £12 adv

 

Sunday 14th September 2014
GNS PR Presents Lyrically Gifted:
Lyrically Gifted showcase featuring an array of exceptional talent from across the capital. Paigey Cakey (Attack The Block, Waterloo Road) will be performing tracks off of her EP. Stormzy is currently causing a deafening buzz amongst the grime music scene. The most talked about rapper in the streets finally released his official debut in the Dreamers Disease EP, which crept up and took the number one spot on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap charts. With the EP’s main single ‘Not That Deep’ produced by The Heavytrackerz (the team behind Meridian Dan‘s hit German Whip).

7.00pm - £5 adv

 

Thursday 25th September 2014
Metropolis Music Presents:
Jolie Holland has always embodied everything weird and wonderful in the history of American music, but Wine Dark Sea takes it to a new level. Raw and unrestrained, bristling with kinetic energy, Wine Dark Sea is unlike anything she’s ever recorded, but is also the purest and most assured evocation of Holland’s vision to date.

7.00pm – £12 adv

 

Friday 26th September 2014
London based rock/pop original band White-Rhino! are hoping for world dominance on a musical base. Consisting of Sean Brennan (Lead Vox/Lead Guitar), Rumbidzayi Mjojo (BV’s/Keyboard), Jack Halpin (BV’s/Bass), Amin “The Genie” Dehnavi (Guitar), and Ben Franklin (Drums) they are a five piece multicultural group sharing the love to the people.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Saturday 27th September 2014
Logical Drama formed in Stoke-On-Trent in 2013, put together with musicians from local bands in the past that now want to take their music into the local scene and make a name for themselves! With muliply layers of sound their brand of atmospheric rock creates a deep, curious atmosphere.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Thursday 2nd October 2014
NONTA are a London-based indie folk-rock band formed in April 2014 by George Taylor and Nonta Libbrecht-Carey. They blend an ethereal and intricate sound with confessional lyrics, reflecting different facets of main influences like Daughter, Lykke Li, Tallest Man on Earth and Bon Iver.

7.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Friday 3rd October 2014
S.O.A.R was originally formed in London during mid 2009 by lead singer Julian and lead guitarist Leonard Tamana alongside acclaimed rock producer Sean Maria. The band members met during independent gigs in 2005 and finally consolidated with rock producer Sean Maria in creating the debut single ‘Secret Lies’ in 2010. Secessionists who were backing the band throughout the year includes drummers Marco Antonio, Gael Fonse and Rick Weil along with bassists including Lewis Gunessee, Mikhail SA and Frank Lana. The genre of Shields of Ancient Rock is mainly classic/hard rock and has a concept of powerful riffs with a twang of rocky blues stretched onto great and catchy melodies. All the music composition, arrangement, lyrics and producing were done by SOAR and recorded in Miloco Studios, digitally mastered in the world famous Metropolis Studio based in London, United Kingdom.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Friday 17th October 2014
Ian Prowse, often called the “Scouse Springsteen”, is best known for his work as main man with the groups, Pele (1990s) and the 7-piece group, Amsterdam (2000s). One of his most famous songs, Amsterdam’s Does This Train Stop On Merseyside, was a huge favourite of the late DJ John Peel – he featured the song on his last ever Festive Fifty and it has been well documented that it often reduced him to tears on air. The song has gone on to be covered by many others, including Christy Moore, Miles Hunt and Ian McNabb.
 
Ian Prowse releases his brand new single ‘Lest We Forget’. The single is released on October 19th to both commemorate and mourn the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Ypres. A battle which saw the British Army suffer losses that resulted in the decision of mass conscription for the young men of Britain. The single is taken from Who Loves Ya Baby, the first ever solo album by one of the UK’s finest singer/songwriters. Who Loves Ya Baby follows on from the success of The Best of Ian Prowse, a compilation of his work with the band’s Pele and Amsterdam, which was released to critical acclaim in 2012.
 
7.00pm – £10 adv

 

Saturday 18th October 2014
Headlight deliver a rocking headline set jam packed full of massive sing-long tunes that will no doubt stay with the appreciative audience a long time after the band had departed the stage. If you haven’t seem them yet then make it a priority to catch one of their storming sets! This up and coming four piece have much to offer with Matt Wells on lead guitar, James Rayward on vocals/rhythm guitar, Mike Dillon on Bass, and Matt Littlewood on Drums coming together to produce great music.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv

 

Thursday 23rd October 2014
Matt Henry is a finalist of the second series of BBC’s ‘The Voice’. Hailing from Birmingham, the current London resident has enjoyed a career in the arts, with spells in both music and acting. His principle fervour has always been for singing however, with influences stemming from artists including Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, as well as iconic lyricists such as Bob Dylan and soul legends Amos Lee and Ray La Montagne. His soulful tone, emotive voice and residual showmanship led him to register for the hit BBC TV show ‘The Voice’, and subsequently make it to the blind auditions in front of the four superstar judges.
 
Singing a rendition of Ray La Montagne’s ‘Trouble’, which has since racked up over a million hits on YouTube, Matt won the confidence of Jessie J, Will.i.am, Danny O’Donoghue, and Tom Jones, who all swivelled their chairs to fight it out for the right to coach him. The original of ‘Trouble’ re-entered the top 30 of UK charts that week, in testament to Matt’s performance. With chosen-coach will.i.am, Matt went on to make it to the battle stage of the show, when Jessie J decided to “steal” him. He then made it to the live shows, all the way to the finals, following huge public support.
 
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Wednesday 5th November 2014
The Lost Children were formed in 2007 and come from the small market towns of Kettering and Corby in Northamptonshire. Their views and sound, however, are not quite so small. From what can only be described as a “fucking onslaught”, they exploded onto the underground local scene. Supporting the likes of Raging Speedhorn, Devil Sold His Soul, Sonic Boom Six, Mirimar Disaster, Fei Comodo and recently Bam Margera’s Fuckface Unstoppable they have prospered engaging with many of these headline crowds. This is honest hardcore/punk straight from the working mans heart. The Lost Children’s debut album ‘Land Of Do As You Please’ is available to download from all major online stores now.
 
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Thursday 6th November 2014
The Boys were born in September 1975 when singer/guitarist Matt Dangerfield left Mick Jones and Tony James’s fledgling punk band London SS to form a new band with ex-Hollywood Brats songwriter/keyboard player Casino Steel. Dangerfield’s art college friend, guitarist Honest John Plain, was soon recruited. The following year they held auditions for the bass and drum roles with Duncan Reid and Jack Black completing the line-up. The Boys quickly built up a reputation as a white-hot live band and in January 1977 became the first punk band to sign an album deal when they signed away their recording lives to NEMS. They quickly became known as ‘The Beatles of Punk’ but unfortunately through a series of poor marketing, bad decisions and appalling luck they never converted their potential to chart success.
 
After a brief spell in The Lurkers, Plain joined the Dirty Strangers and recorded an album with Keith Richards and Ronnie Woods before replacing Brady (Hollywood Brats) as lead guitarist in The Mannish Boys. He went on to play with Brady in Brat Boy. In 1996 Plain’s first solo album “Honest John Plain and Friends” was released. “Honest John Plain and Amigos” followed in 2003 and he formed a new band with Robbie Rushton (Crybabys) and Mat Sargent (Sham 69, Splodge). Honest John Plain & The Amigos’ debut album “One More And We’re Staying” came out in 2006 with a French tour lined up to promote it.
 
At the beginning of 2007 Plain and his old friend Casino Steel agreed to form a new punk supergroup to play Ramones-influenced rock ‘n’ roll with a hint of Dolly Parton. The result was The Last Rock ‘n’ Roll Band featuring Plain’s Amigos Mat Sargent & Robbie Rushton alongside Petter Baarli (Backstreet Girls) and of course Steel & Plain. Their self titled debut album was released in October 2007. Plain released his first acoustic album “Honest John Plain Untuned” on Still Unbeatable Records in Germany in 2009 and this was followed in 2010 by “The Mattless Boys”, featuring Casino Steel, Petter Baarli, Duncan Reid, and Vom Ritchie.

7.00pm – £7/£5 adv

 

Saturday 29th November 2014
The Blue Aeroplanes are one of Bristol’s most celebrated bands having released over a dozen albums plus multiple singles, EP’s and compilations over the last 30 years. Much of the appeal of The Blue Aeroplanes lies in their excellence as a live act. Happy headlining gigs in small indie venues or supporting big acts such as REM and Siouxsie & the Banshees on major international tours, The Blue Aeroplanes have a reputation for keeping their set list as fresh as the line-up of guitarists. Frontman Gerard Langley has a huge stage presence, always wearing his trademark shades even at night in dark venues, and will move from casually introducing songs and making cryptic comments to answering questions from the audience back to his half-sung, half spoken snarling delivery of his lyrics. Memorable performances include the band’s 1992 appearance at Glastonbury which was broadcast on BBC Radio 1, the finale at the Hammersmith Apollo when 12 guitarists were seen on stage performing “Breaking in My Heart” and their annual appearance at Fiddlers in Bristol which has now been relocated to the band’s own venue, The Fleece.
 
‘Beatsongs’, released in 1991, was the band’s most successful record in America with ‘Yr Own World’ garnering rotation play on all major alternative radio stations. Recorded at Oceanway in Los Angeles, the album was a broader-based affair than Swagger, featuring many songs that were to become staples of the Aeroplanes’ live set for many years. The album was partly remixed and overdubbed in Bristol but all the tracks from the original playback in LA are included on CD2. The booklet for ‘Beatsongs’ remastered contains many fascinating archive photos.
 
In June 2013 The Blue Aeroplanes toured the UK for the first time in seven years to mark the Cherry Red reissue of their most commercially successful release, ‘Beatsongs’.
 
7.00pm – £12 adv

 

Friday 23rd January 2015
Canadian born folk star Bonnie Dobson has lived in the UK since the late ‘60s and had effectively retired from the music scene (despite an appearance at Jarvis Cocker‘s Meltdown back in 2007) until she began recording a new album for Hornbeam Recordings in the summer of 2013. The album features her boys: top, young UK folk rock musicians and a mix of old and new songs, all newly recorded at the analogue east London studios of producer Sean Read.
 
Bonnie was a key figure in the ‘60s folk revival and was involved with the very Greenwich Village scene depicted in the recent Coen Bros film, Inside Llewyn Davis – playing at the Lamplight coffee house and with many of the major figures on the scene. Time magazine bracketed her together with Joan Baez and Judy Collins as the three top female folk singers in America. A new generation of fans including Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Microdisney’s Sean O’Hagan, influenced by her late 1960s & 1970s albums, helped raise Bonnie’s profile in the new millennium.

7.00pm – £12/£10 adv

 

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