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.

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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

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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.

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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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GIG – Billy Lockett at The Joiners – Wednesday 5th November 2014

billy lockettBilly Lockett is fast establishing himself as one of music’s best-kept secrets. A singer-songwriter of prodigious talent hailing from Northampton, his brand new EP ‘Old Man’ is released in September, ahead of his third headline tour of the UK, and demonstrates why Radio 1 have been such keen supporters to date.

The lead track ‘Old Man’ is a yearning, heartfelt number inspired by Billy’s father, a massive influence on the young singer who sadly passed away this year. Billy was raised solely by his father from the age of eight, a colourful character who was a bohemian artist exposing Billy to incredible experiences. ‘Old Man’ serves as a poignant reminiscence of the man who formed Billy into the artist he is today.

 Second track, ‘Never Let You Go’ is a beautiful love song, bursting with hooks and a massive chorus.  The third and final track ‘Toxic’ showcases a new side to Billy’s sound, pushing in a more experimental, electronic direction, while still maintaining the fundamentals of his sound.

 Displaying real meaning and depth, Billy’s songwriting sees him convey his stories with a sincere, soulful voice, paralleled with his remarkable skill on both guitar and piano. These attributes have gained him a substantial, loyal fan base and airplay from the likes of Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Dev, Scott Mills, Huw Stephens and Gemma Cairney at Radio 1 who have championed his previous releases, play listing singles ‘Balance’ and ‘Pathways’.

 The talented multi-instrumentalist’s release is produced by Andy Green (Keane, Paolo Nutini, KT Tunstall and Scouting for Girls) and set to create serious excitement throughout his rapidly expanding fanbase and the wider music industry.

 Since hitting the road as a travelling troubadour playing support slots wherever he could, Billy has now completed two sold-out UK headline tours, ramming venues such as The Borderline in London. On top of that he has found himself as support for artists such as KT Tunstall, Nina Nesbitt and Lana Del Rey. Most recently Billy was asked to join Birdy as main support on her UK and European tour – all of which has grown Billy’s fan base considerably.

 A string of festival appearances at T in the Park, Isle Of Wight, The Great Escape, Splendour and Redfest have given Billy the chance to extend his enchanting live performance to a wider audience. They also saw him make the transition from solo artist to full band, unveiling new members and further expanding his already acclaimed live performance.

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GIG – Jon Allen at The Cellars at Eastney – Monday 3rd November 2014

jon allenJon Allen has a voice you don’t forget. Just ask Jools Holland, who demanded Jon appear on “Later…” after hearing him on the radio. Or Duffy, who heard his version of “Mercy” and called him in to the studio – only to find that he wasn’t the black soulman she had imagined. Or the millions of viewers of “Homeland” transfixed by his track “Joanna”. Or the BBC producers repeatedly A-listing his songs. Or fans Guy Chambers, or Mark Knopfler, or Jo Whiley, all of whom have been entranced by his trademark mix of catchy tunes and folk- and Sixties-inflected country blues.

Jon’s voice comes from the south, but not the south any of the above expected. He was born in 1977 in Winchester, and “had a strange combination of influences as I grew up”. In Totnes, in Devon, he sang in the choir at a school run by monks (“I wasn’t happy there. I’d only gone because this monk came into the bookshop my parents ran”). But his musical awakening came when he went to the alternative school Sands. “When I went to see the school Led Zeppelin was blasting out from a balcony. You didn’t have to go to lessons so I spent a lot of time bunking off in the music room. I began as a drummer, but I had plenty of time to sit on the piano and guitar.” It helped that he’s a natural musician: “I remember taking up the guitar with a friend and us both trying to Learn I Wanna Be Like You from Disney’s The Jungle Book.  I think that was the first and last song my friend learned but I never looked back.

Then, as a youngster, he stole Rod Stewart’s voice. Literally. “I stole a ‘Best of’ Rod Stewart and the Faces from Woolworths. It was £6.99. I’ve felt guilty ever since so I’ve just decided to send Rod a cheque.” In fact, Jon’s voice is more American soul than Rod the mod. “My voice is a voice of the past, hopefully in a good way, I try to stay untarnished by modern vocal mannerisms, the strange wailing noises I hear on the radio. I’m trying to express some truthfulness,” says Jon. “People ask me if I smoke 40 a day and drink whisky but I don’t smoke and I’ve got my drinking under control,” he laughs.

It took a while for him to realise he had such a vocal gift. After school, he did a music tech course in Torquay, where he played in a Beatles tribute band (“I started as John Lennon and moved to Paul McCartney”), then followed the Beatles connection to Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, co-founded by McCartney. But: “I reacted against the musical virtuosity of many people there. I managed to stay rough and ready. For me it’s more about being able to get something artistic out rather than being the best technical musician.” The moment he’d finished the course he left for London and made his first album “with a bunch of people who did it on the basis that they’d get paid if anything happened”.

And something did happen. The producer knew someone was looking for a Nick Drake-type song for a Land Rover Freelander TV and movie advert, put Jon’s “Going Home” forward, and it got chosen. The song got heard all over the world, racked up 20,000 downloads, and found a champion in Jo Whiley on Radio 1. Meanwhile, “Uncut” described the album, “Dead Man’s Suit” (2009), as “exemplary”, and evocative of Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, and Nick Drake, while “Q” called it “breathtaking”. Radio 2, Magic, and Absolute A-listed the track ‘In Your Light’ and ‘Down by the River’ got significant airplay too.

It was “In Your Light”, taken from Jon’s 2009 debut album Dead Man’s Suit that landed Jon a coveted spot on “Later… with Jools Holland”. Introducing Jon, Holland described how he heard him on the radio and had to Shazam the track with his mobile to find out who the singer was before insisting he was booked for the show. “It was one of the most amazing voices I’ve heard this year,” he explained.

Radio 2 had also picked up on “Mercy”, Jon’s collaboration with the band Third Degree that really shows off his soul-vocal chops. “Duffy heard it on her tour bus and contacted my manager. I ended up in Sting’s studio in north London doing a session with her. She was stunned. I walked in and she thought I’d be black.”

Jon’s second album, “Sweet Defeat” (2011), continued Jon’s rise, spawning the Radio 2 A-listed hit track “Joanna” – the song that also made it onto the soundtrack of the global TV smash “Homeland”. It also landed Jon a featured slot on the BBC’s Glastonbury TV coverage. “It was Beyoncé then me! I like to think that she supported me,” he says. He continued landing big-name fans, including Guy Chambers, Mark Knopfler (who offered to play guitar for him), and Bob Harris, for whom he did a session; and toured extensively, both solo and with his band, appearing with Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, Damien Rice, and becoming a TV star in the Netherlands, prompting Jon to sarcastically remark, “In a year or two I could be a judge on the Dutch “The Voice”.

His new album, “Deep River”, contains some of his best work. To Jon, it’s simple. “I just try to write music that moves me. I’m trying to express some truthfulness. There’s no gimmicks, no beeps and whistles.” On it he channels everyone from Dylan to Shakespeare, via Al Green, JJ Cale and John Martyn, and even manages to write a romantic song about bankers (“I know there’s not a lot of sympathy for bankers, but you can get off on retribution, and it’s dangerous”).

He says: “I feel a bit like I’m an outsider, now. I’m very inspired by music that feels like it comes from one of the main tributaries of blues, or jazz, or that kind of heritage. But it’s OK because there’s no such thing as a scene any more. You can jump out of the ground looking like 1959, 1979, 1989…”

And the subject matter? “It was what was coming out of me at the time. Ends of relationships, trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing with my life. I feel like there’s a spiritual side to the record ­– the title track is like a Negro spiritual, about trying to let nature guide me.”

From The Cellars at Eastney website

GIG – Andy Burrows at The Talking Heads – Sunday 26th October 2014

andy burrowAndrew William Burrows  is an English musician. He was the drummer in the band Razorlight from 2004 to 2009, and has been drummer with We Are Scientists since 2009.

Burrows first solo album The Colour of My Dreams (2008) was released while he was still member of Razorlight. After he departed the band he released his first album with the solo project I Am Arrows, called Sun Comes Up Again in 2010. His third solo album Company was released 22 October 2012.

He has worked with Tom Smith from Editors under the moniker “Smith & Burrows”. He also co-wrote the soundtrack to The Snowman and The Snowdog with Ilan Eshkeri, which was nominated for a BAFTA Craft Award in April 2013. Burrows has also worked with Delilah drumming and co-writing on some of her debut album. Andy has also been working with Tom Odell, whose debut album is originally due out in early 2013 but postponed until the end of June in 2013.

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