GIG – Augustines at The Wedgwood Rooms – Wednesday 3rd December 2014

augustinesAugustines (formerly We Are Augustines) is an American indie rock group originally based in Brooklyn, New York and now Seattle, Washington consisting of guitarist Billy McCarthy, multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen. Augustines are known for intense shows and heavy interaction with the audience. Numerous shows have seen the band leaving the stage to perform on the floor with the fans.

Following the break-up of their former band Pela, McCarthy and Sanderson decided to continue producing the songs that were originally supposed to comprise Pela’s second studio album. The album, titled Rise Ye Sunken Ships, was released digitally on June 6, 2011.

The band derived its name from the month of August. Both McCarthy and Sanderson were born in August, as was McCarthy’s brother, James. James’ story is one of the major influences behind their first album. Pela also dissolved very quickly (“In the span of two weeks”) in August 2009. Originally, the new band was named Augustines. Due to other bands with the same name,[5] they changed the name to We Are Augustines.

In August 2013, the band announced via YouTube that they would return to using the name Augustines.

In late 2013, the band spent several weeks in the studio of producer Peter Katis (Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Jónsi Birgisson) working on their self-titled second album. Upon completion of the album (released in early 2014) the band embarked on their first headlining U.S. tour, selling out most shows well in advance. Augustines will return to the UK in early April and head for Europe in mid-month, returning home in late May.

GIG – Winter Mountain at The Cellars at Eastney – Sunday 30th November 2014

winter mountainA Cornishman and an Irishman, both travellers, step onto the same train at Chicago’s Union station and meet for the first time. Both are musicians, both singers, both songwriters. They’re broke, but intent on making their way by rail to Memphis, TN, the birthplace of Rock n Roll…

The conversation that followed revealed a mutual love for vocal harmony, the honesty of live performance and the sounds of the sixties.

That night, on a train that sent the young musicians hurtling through the darkening Illinois plains, Winter Mountain was born.

A fan of the beat poet movement and inspired by the 60’s folk resurgence in greenwich village, Joseph Francis – an acclaimed songwriter from the magical village of St. Agnes in Cornwall had spent a successful month writing and performing in New York City before heading West, stopping for a while in Chicago.

Marty Smyth from Donegal, Ireland had flown to California in search of sun, sea and the west coast soul that infused his favourite records of the 60’s and 70’s. After two weeks of exploring California’s rich musical heritage he began making his way East. After a 3 day journey he too found himself in Chicago and was soon to find himself sharing a train to Memphis with Joe.

Over the time that followed the two exchanged stories, lyrics, songs and sang together for the first time in the clubs and cafes of the deep south. Recognising the rare magic of their unique vocal blend they hatched together a plan to meet up once they had completed their travels.

From band website

GIG – The Moulettes at The Railway Inn – Friday 28th November 2014

moulettesMoulettes are an English alt-folk or indie folk band. The band was formed in 2002 in Glastonbury by Hannah Miller (Songwriter, Vocals, Cello, Guitar), Ruth Skipper (Vocals, Bassoon, Auto-harp), Robert Skipper (later of The Holloways), Oliver Austin (Drums, Guitar, vocals) and Ted Dwane. Hannah met Georgina Leach during a strings recording session and joined in 2004 after the band moved to Manchester.

Since the bands resettlement South in 2007 the ensemble has seen, at different stages, the addition of percussionist Rob Arcari, multi-instrumentalist Jim Mortimore (Arthur Brown, Chris Jagger) and singers Laura Hockenhull and Faye Houston.

Moulettes often incorporate Orchestral and Progressive elements more than their peers and have often received positive reviews from mainstream press due to their original, dynamic and other-worldly sound. They have been nominated for several Best Of The Year lists and won Fatea roots-music Best band of 2012.

Having toured extensively and played at many festivals since their inception Moulettes have shared the stage and studio with Seasick Steve, John Paul Jones, The Ting Tings, Mumford and Sons, Band of Skulls, Paul Heaton, Bonobo, Liz Green, The Unthanks, Arthur Brown and many more of note.

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GIG – Dexters at Lennons Nightclub – Friday 21st November 2014

dextersA band you will be hearing a lot of in 2013 are indie scamps Dexters. The boys formed in 2011 in east London after having grown up together, and they haven’t really stopped since.

Tom Rowlett (vocals), Chris Heggie (guitar, backing vocals), Ben Debo (lead guitar, backing vocals), Vincent Dignan (bass, backing vocals) and Chris Mardon (drums) have made little ripples on the indie rock/pop scene in 2012. Thus far, the group have toured with The Enemy, and they have also supported The View and Glasvegas, and they even hosted their own Club NME night at Koko in Camden.

Their debut single ‘Recover’ was first released as a free download in November, and is reminiscent of early Strokes, a band which Dexters are clearly heavily influenced by. Other influences include The Jam, The Clash, The Specials and The La’s, all of which merge together to create the impossible-to-ignore Dexters sound. Critics and audiences clearly agree – ‘Recover’ has also been playlisted on XFM.

December saw the band sell out their own headline show at London’s Queen of Hoxton, and open for the Happy Mondays at their London Roundhouse shows. Appearing on various “ones to watch” lists for 2013, we can expect much more from Dexters in the next 12 months, including their debut album which the boys are currently working on.

From MTTM website

GIG – Circa Waves at The Joiners – Monday 17th November 2014

circa wavesCirca Waves are a British indie-rock band formed in Liverpool in 2013.

The band consists of frontman Kieran Shudall (vocals, guitar), Sam Rourke (bass), Sian Plummer (drums) and Joe Falconer (guitarist).

Shudall met both Rourke and Plummer through mutual friends at Liverpool’s Sound City in 2013, meeting Falconer not long after at the same festival where he worked as a stage manager. During the summer and autumn of 2013 the band played several short UK tours, which included some secret shows.

On 2 December 2013, the band released their debut single “Get Away/Good For Me” A double A-side on Transgressive Records as a limited seven inch vinyl with a cassette edition handled by Jen Long’s Kissibility label. In February 2014 Zane Lowe played the band’s second single ‘Stuck in My Teeth’ as his Hottest Record in the World. The band opened the NME Awards Tour in March 2014, which also included Temples, Interpol and Royal Blood. On 10 June 2014 Circa Waves released their ‘Young Chasers’ EP on Virgin Records in the USA. The Japanese edition was released on 2 July 2014.

Circa Waves have performed at various festivals in the Summer of 2014 including Hurricane and Southside Festivals in Germany, Latitude Festival, T-in the Park, Glastonbury Festival and Splendour in the Grass (Australia). During August they will perform at Arenal Sound (Spain) Summersonic in Japan and at Reading and Leeds Festival at the end of August 2014.

It was announced that the band will be supporting the Libertines in September 2014

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

PLAYLIST – Fool of a Kind by Marine Life

marine lifeGrowing up in California is key for MARINE LIFE, as is the influence of Des de Leon Nicolas’s grandfather, who was a Big Band composer and band leader. From GARY LEWIS AND THE PLAYBOYS to Astrud Gilberto, from AZTEC CAMERA to THE SUNDAYS, Des channels her inspirations, influences, and experiences into her ever-improving song-writing, which began when she was just 10 years old.

It is around the end of 2012 when, after embarking on a musical adventure called JULIE PLUG, and brought together by their fascination with the ocean, Des decided to start MARINE LIFE with her friends from San Francisco, TerryRobMarvin and Rex. And this, their first 7” single, is their record label debut and a great discovery for us.

From label website

 

GIG – Example at Portsmouth Guildhall – Tuesday 11th November

exampleElliot John Gleave (born 20 June 1982), better known by his stage name Example, is an English singer, songwriter signed to Epic Records and Sony Music. His name arose due to his initials being E.G., which is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase exempli gratia (“for example”). 

Example first found success with the release of his second studio album, Won’t Go Quietly, which peaked at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart and peaked at number 1 on the UK Dance Chart. and followed his debut album “What We Made” which was heavily hip-hop influenced due to Gleave only knowing a hip-hop record producer at the time. The album had two top 10 singles, “Won’t Go Quietly” and “Kickstarts”. 

His third album Playing in the Shadows was released on 4 September 2011. The album topped the charts with two number 1 singles, “Changed the Way You Kiss Me” (produced by Michael Woods) and “Stay Awake” (produced by electronic duo Nero). His fourth album, The Evolution of Man was released on 19 November 2012 and peaked at number 13 on the UK Albums Chart and also peaked at number 1 on the UK Dance Chart.

Since The Evolution of Man, Gleave has released the lead single from his next album, entitled “All the Wrong Places” which was produced by Alfie Bamford and co-produced by Gleave and Steve Hill. It was the first song to be released through Epic Records and did so on 8 September 2013 peaking at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. Then, “Kids Again”, was released on 16 March 2014 and hit number 13 in the UK Single’s charts. The fifth album, Live Life Living, was released on 7 July 2014.

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