GIG – The Little Unsaid at The Railway Inn – Saturday 5th March 2016

the little unsaidThe Little Unsaid was stewed up in the badlands of West Yorkshire by hill-dwelling multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter John Elliott.
The new album ‘Fisher King’ combines electronics, orchestral arrangements for strings and brass, loops, pianos, guitars, toolboxes, bagpipes, bits of furniture and John’s androgynous vocals. It was recorded with London-based producer and engineer Michael Griggs in various London studios, in a house made of glass in Highgate Cemetery, in the steeple of a crumbling old church, and in a cottage on a tiny island in the middle of the Celtic Sea.
The album was mixed by Jonny Greenwood’s (Radiohead) producer Graeme Stewart, who produced and mixed the music for Hollywood movies such as There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice. 
The hypnotic orchestral-electronic track ‘Can We Hear It?’ features a choir of primary school children, recorded during John’s time working in a school in East London.
From the artists website

GIG – Sundra Karma at The Talking Heads – Thursday 25th February 2016

sundara karmaSundara is a Sanskrit word that means “beautiful” or “noble” while karma is, you know, karma. This information tells you precisely zip about this young band, although it does express a certain boldness and brightness that is relevant (someone – possibly the band themselves – has described them as “more refreshing than sunshine”).

The Hindu/buddhist allusion is a red herring – the new Kula Shaker they are not. They are from Reading….[and]…  aspire to the driving, rousing anthemia of Bruce Springsteen, with big ideas about death and sacrifice and music up to the task of reflecting same.

This is not insular indie; rather it has the courage of its convictions, with choruses designed for arena singalongs. We could cite all sorts of statistics to confirm their stadium trajectory – three-quarters of a million Spotify streams, high positions in the Hype Machine chart – when really all you need to do is listen to the music.

From The Guardian website

GIG – Fatherson at The Talking Heads – Saturday 20th February 2016

FathersonFatherson are a three piece Scottish band based in Glasgow and formed in Kilmarnock.

They have been making waves in the Scottish music scene following a string of supports with bands such as Frightened Rabbit, Panic! at the Disco, Feeder, Twin Atlantic, Enter Shikari and Idlewild.

Fatherson have released two singles. “Hometown”, through King Tuts Recordings, and in 2012 “First Born”.

As confirmed at their performance at the Tartan Heart Festival in August, 2015, they are currently producing their second studio album. They supported supporting the synth-pop trio PRIDES on their UK Headline Tour in October and November 2015.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

PLAYLIST – Every Night You Have To Save Me by Mass Gothic

mass gothicAfter nearly ten years as the creative force behind much-loved New York rock outfit Hooray For Earth, Noel Heroux had lost his way

This year marks the release of Mass Gothic, the Massachusetts-bred, New York-based singer/songwriter’s self-titled Sub Pop debut. Written and recorded at home over four months during the winter of 2014-2015, it’s a stunning reminder of not just Heroux’s own remarkable talents as singer and songwriter, but how unbridled creativity can both sound and feel as well.

The result is an expansive, often exhilarating set of guitar-driven pop that required very little editing when it was done. Additional mixing was provided by Chris Coady (Beach House, TV on the Radio) with mastering done by Greg Calbi (Father John Misty, Tame Impala) at Sterling Sound. From the iridescent doo-wop of “Every Night You’ve Got To Save Me” to the skyward crescendo of “Mind Is Probably” to the falsetto-streaked clatter of “Want To, Bad,” it’s a radiant retelling of Heroux’s starting over, with “Nice Night” as its cathartic, electrifying centerpiece. “A lot of these songs are more or less a really dramatic, loud apology/thank you note,” he says, referencing his partner, collaborator, and tour mate, Jessica. “It didn’t matter where any of the sounds came from. I just cared that it sounded big and heavy, and that it was moving when it was done. It’s a clean slate entirely—and I’m so relieved.”

From Band’s website

GIG – Fickle Friends at The Joiners – Friday 19th February 2016

ficle freindsBrighton 5-piece, Fickle Friends first caught people’s attention in 2014 when their debut single ‘SWIM’ amassed over 750,000 Soundcloud plays.

After becoming HypeMachine’s 25th most blogged artist of 2014, the band have also received acclaim from Zane Lowe, Billboard & BBC Introducing.

Fickle Friends’ upbeat summertime synth-pop has made them a firm festival favourite.
This year they embark upon their first UK headline tour and will be releasing their debut EP ‘VELVET’. “They’re masters of crafting joyful pop tunes with darker messages.” The 405 “Fickle Friends have something of Haim’s magical ability to write a bouncy pop song.” MTV District “One of the most blogged bands on the planet, and quite rightly so too, as their music is ridiculously infectious” Kick Kick Snare
From The Joiners website

GIG – Julia Holter at The Engine Rooms -Thursday 11th February 2016

julia holterJulia Shammas Holter (born 18 December 1984) is an American artist, singer, songwriter, producer and composer based in Los Angeles.

A CalArtsgraduate, she released her first studio album, Tragedy, in 2011. A second album, Ekstasis, followed in 2012.

Holter also collaborates with other musicians including Nite Jewel, Linda Perhacs, and Michael Pisaro.

After joining Domino Records in 2013, she released her third album, Loud City Song, to resounding critical acclaim.

Her success has continued into her fourth album, Have You in My Wilderness, which was released in 2015.

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GIG – Steve Mason at The Engine Rooms – Wednesday 10th February 2016

steve masonSteve Mason is a Scottish musician, best known as the lead singer and one of the founding members of The Beta Band.

Mason started his music career as the lead singer and one of the founding members of The Beta Band. According to Q magazine, after leaving the band Mason was so deep in debt at one point that he was forced to take a second job on a building site. The singer was also crippled by a depression that only recently lifted.

Mason released solo material as King Biscuit Time, including two EPs on Regal Records and one album on No Style Records, an imprint of Alan McGee’s Poptones record label. Mason has also worked under the name Black Affair, and has released one album under this pseudonym on V2 Records.

On 19 April 2009, The Sunday Times reported that Mason was working on a new album with the record producer, Richard X. This album, Boys Outside, was released in March 2010 and is the first album under Mason’s own name. The first single, “All Come Down”, was released as a download at the end of November 2009. Q gave the album a 4/5 rating. According to Rob Fearn, the album “relocates Mason in a grand tradition of indie boys doing idiosyncratic electronic pop, a line stretching back through Hot Chip, New Order, Talk Talk and Brian Eno”. Fearn argued that the album, “totally different from what he did in King Biscuit Time and Black Affair”, might be seen as a “welcome return to a stripped-down songcraft”. It is “…not just a work that can finally measure up to [Beta Band’s] The Three EPs, but is a sign of a “bold new start”, according to the critic.

In 2013, Mason released Monkey Minds in the Devil’s Time. The album covers topics as diverse as his recent struggles with depression and loneliness, the suicide of David Kelly (former weapons inspector in Iraq) and the London riots. The Independent called it “his most rewarding release since the Beta Band”.

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