GIG – Against The Current at The Joiners – Sunday 11th October 2015

Against The CurrentAgainst the Current (ATC) started out as a cover band, producing covers of contemporary pop songs from artists such as Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson.

[The band consists of] Chrissy Costanza (lead vocals), Dan Gow (guitars), Will Ferri (drums).

“We started off three years ago as your local garage band,” Costanza says. “We did a cover with Alex Goot and released that on the same day as our album came out. Although people found out about us through our covers, we started writing original music first.”

The first concept video was for the original “Closer, Faster.” September saw the release of the second original video for “Another You, (Another Way).” The storyline has Costanza falling for a bad boy. Costanza keeps in close contact with her fans through vlogs and a lively presence on Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets. The “Ask Chrissy” vlog can lean toward the bizarre (she reveals her aversion to mustard).

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GIG – Surfer Blood at The Joiners – Saturday 3rd October 2015

surfer bloodSurfer Blood is an American alternative rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida, United States, formerly signed to Warner Bros. Records.

Founding members John Paul Pitts and Tyler Schwarz started playing music together in Orlando, Florida. They met Thomas Fekete at an Ultra Music Festival after party in Miami and the group was formed with the immediate goal of releasing a record and touring nonstop.

The band was originally called Jabroni Sandwich. Schwarz randomly came up with the name Surfer Blood during a conversation with Pitts about his surfer backpack from High School.

The band’s 2009 debut single “Swim” gained much critical acclaim and was named as the 37th best track on Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2009. They released their debut album Astro Coast in January 2010.

Original guitarist Thomas Fekete left the band in 2015 shortly after the announcement of their third album, “1000 Palms,” due to a medical diagnosis for a rare form of cancer (Sarcoma) that had spread to his lungs and spine. The band announced a fundraising effort to help alleviate Thomas’ medical bills through the site GoFundMe on April 20, 2015.

In April 2015, the song “Swim” was featured in an episode of the Netflix series “Daredevil.”

Surfer Blood shared the video for album track “Island” in June 2015, in support of “1000 Palms”.

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GIG – Rhodes at The Wedgwood Rooms – Monday 28th September 2015

rhodesRHODES is a British musician, singer and songwriter from Baldock in Hertfordshire. He released his debut EP Raise Your Love on Hometown Records in October 2013 and released his second EP Morning on Rhodes Music on 12 May 2014. His debut album Wishes is set to be released on 18th September 2015.

RHODES’ music began to spread early 2013 when his demo track “Always” was playlisted on Amazing Radio at the beginning of the summer and then picked up plays from BBC Radio 1. Following a busy summer supporting Rufus Wainwright, Laura Marling and Nick Mulvey in the UK, his debut EP ‘Raise Your Love’ was released on Phil Taggart’s label Hometown Records in October 2013.

On 12 March 2014, RHODES unveiled the song “Your Soul” – which was premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 as his ‘Next Hype’ – taken from his second EP ‘Morning’ released on May 11, 2014. On this EP, RHODES recorded alongside Ian Grimble and Tim Bran/Roy Kerr, producers who have been previously working with the likes of London Grammar and Daughter.

In March and April 2014 RHODES completed his first UK headline tour, including 3 sold out gigs at London’s Sebright Arms on 8th, 9 & 10 April 2014. He supported London Grammar on their UK tour (including one of the O2 Academy Brixton Academy shows) as well as Sam Smith in the UK (at the Roundhouse) and in Europe (Amsterdam and Paris).  RHODES also performed at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend in Glasgow on the BBC Introducing stage on May 25  and at the Glastonbury Festival on June 29 on the Rabbit Hole stage.

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PLAYLIST – Fade Away by Susanne Sundfør

Susanne SundførSusanne Aartun Sundfør (born 19 March 1986) is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. She is the granddaughter of linguist Kjell Aartun. She was born in Haugesund and later moved to Oslo. She has released five studio albums. Two of which, The Brothel (2010) and The Silicone Veil (2012), have reached number one in Norway.

‘Fade Away’ is taken from her sixth album Ten Love Songs  released in February 2015.

Sundfør began a European tour to coincide with the album in March at Scala, London.

GIG – The Bluetones at The Pyramids Centre – Wednesday 23rd September 2015

bluetonesThe Bluetones are an English indie rock band, formed in Hounslow, Greater London, in 1993.

The band’s members are Mark Morriss on vocals, Adam Devlin on guitar, Scott Morriss on bass guitar, and Eds Chesters on drums. A fifth member, Richard Payne, came on board between 1998 and 2002. The band was originally named “The Bottlegarden”.

The band has scored thirteen Top 40 singles and three Top 10 albums in the UK charts. Although their commercial success waned in the post-Britpopera, they continued to tour and release new records. Their most recent album A New Athens was released in May 2010. The band split on 1 October 2011 following a farewell tour which ended with a concert in Osaka, Japan. However, on 13 April 2015, the band announced that they are to reform for a UK tour.

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GIG – Kafka Tamura at The Joiners – Tuesday 22nd September 2015

kafka tamuraKafka Tamura have been quietly stirring a blog buzz since their debut EP release “Somewhere Else”. The Indie-Pop Trio formed in 2012, when Patrick and Gabriel stumbled upon the Soundcloud musings of Emma. A few emails later, they began to throw vocal files to each other and the first song ideas were born.

It was not until January 2013 that they collided in the real world, meeting in Southampton to record new material and shoot a video. In a matter of weeks, the video to “Somewhere Else” had collected more than 120,000 views, spurring the band to regularly hop between England and Germany to play shows. The hype over this track is justified with one listen – ethereal pianos, fragments of angular guitars, pulsating beats and a voice that drags you deep into the mix, makes for the surrealist atmosphere Kafka Tamura consistently recreates.

Throughout 2014 the band continued to tour extensively throughout Europe, playing festivals and headliner shows, sharing their music with an ever widening audience.
In the summer of 2014 the trio broke new ground and signed a record deal with the prestigious label Lichtdicht Records, covering Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Late 2014 came the time to set their ideas in stone and begin the first recordings of their album, “Nothing To Everyone”. The album reveals several hidden gems; Liar, a fragile yet powerful vocal delivery from 18 year-old Emma, mixed in with a delicate guitar melody is just one end of the spectrum. “No Hope” takes you on a journey of dream and reality, mixing the two in their own distinct way. Airy synths and concrete beats combine to create a new and unique sound.

2015 has begun in an exciting way for Kafka Tamura, in February they toured with Milky Chance across Europe and staged their own headliner tour through Germany, Switzerland and Austria. They have signed to 100% Records for the UK and their debut album “Nothing To Everyone” will be released later in the year.

The Kafka Tamura identity is clearly as resonant on stage as it is on record, with Emma’s voice carefully weaving between sharp beats and raw electronics. They undoubtedly live, breathe and play with a ‘no boundaries’ ethos, taking even their band name from the protagonist of the surrealist Japanese novel ‘Kafka On The Shore’. It’s such attention to detail that could well make Kafka Tamura not only your new favourite band, but also discovery of the year.

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GIG – Balthazar at The Joiners – Wednesday 16th September 2015

balthazarBalthazar is a Belgian indie pop and rock group. The band consists of Maarten Devoldere, Jinte Deprez, Patricia Vanneste, Simon Casier and Michiel Balcaen. The band members come from the areas of Kortrijk and Ghent.

The group started in the second half of the year 2004. In the spring of 2005, Devoldere, Vanneste and Deprez (aged 18 at the time) won the national Kunstbende competition for young people with the song Lost and Found.[1] On 3 December that year they also won Westtalent, the rock contest of the province of West Flanders, Belgium.

On 22 March 2010, their debut album Applause came out in Belgium and the Netherlands. The album was produced by the then 22-year-old Martin Devoldere and Jinte Deprez and was mixed in Norway by Ynge Leidulv Saetre.

The second album, Rats, was released on October 15, 2012 in Europe, excluding the UK.

On 26 January 2015 Balthazar released the single “Then What”, which preceded the album “Thin Walls” that released two months later. Then What was generally well received, with among others a first place in [De_Afrekening|Studio Brussel’s Afrekening] for four weeks in a row. “Thin Walls” was released on 30 March 2015 and is their first album where a producer is involved. This time Ben Hillier, known from his work with Blur and Depeche Mode. The Thin Walls tour streched over the whole of Europe, with Balthazar playing at many big concert halls and festivals in Belgium, France, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, Switserland and Turkey.

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