GIG – Alvvays at The Talking Heads – Tuesday 29th August 2017

ALVVAYSAlvvays (pronounced “Always”) is a Canadian indie pop band formed in Toronto, Ontario in 2011.

The band currently consists of vocalist Molly Rankin, keyboardist Kerri MacLellan, guitarist Alec O’Hanley and bassist Brian Murphy.

Their debut album, Alvvays, was released in 2014, peaking at number one on the U.S. college charts. Their second studio album, Antisocialites, is due to be released in September 2017.

Alvvays’ music has been described as jangle pop, both by the music press and its members. According to Rankin, the band’s emphasis is primarily on strong melodies, rather than for a specific genre: “If old people ask, I say it sounds like the Cranberries. If young people ask, I call it jangle pop. If a punk asks, I say it’s pop.”

The band has often been compared to Camera Obscura; Rankin noted she shared vocalist Tracyanne Campbell‘s “fondness for the pathetic perspective.” Rankin sought inspiration from Stephen Merritt, frontman of the Magnetic Fields, as she appreciated the honest but lighthearted nature of his lyrics. Rankin’s personal influences include the Magnetic Fields, Teenage Fanclub, Dolly Mixture, the Smiths, Celine Dion, Pavement, the Primitives, and Oasis.

While the band does not have an overt Celtic music sound, Rankin also acknowledges that because she was immersed in the genre from childhood, it has a discernible influence on the way she sings and writes melodies.

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GIG – Vukovi at The Joiners – Wednesday 31st May 2017

File 24-04-2017, 05 03 56Scottish experimental rock four-piece Vukovi have been around for a little while already, but now they’re ready to stand up and be noticed. We spoke to vocalist Janine to find out everything you need to know about Vukovi: how they formed, what’s going on for them right now, and what they have coming up in the future. Get psyched, because they’re an incredibly exciting band.

Vukovi originally formed because the three other members of the band – Hamish, Jason and Colin – were in a band that wasn’t working. “They were in a band called Wolves that had a male singer and they felt that it wasn’t working out, so they got me on board and we renamed ourselves Vukovi, which means ‘wolves’ in Serbian/Croatian,” says Janine.

“We jammed a few ideas and then added lyrics and melodies to them. We then recorded our first song ‘Get Hot And Feel The Butterflies’ within two months of forming and when we uploaded the track it got played by BBC Introducing as a Ones To Watch track,” says Janine.

“At that point we felt we should probably take the band seriously. From then on we concentrated on building a solid fanbase by not releasing too much content at one time. We put a lot of thought into our music videos and played sporadically in our hometown so there was demand to come and see us. It definitely paid off.”

“We’re now working with a fantastic agent who came across us on BBC Introducing and recently signed a single deal with new label First Run Records, as well as a publishing deal with Notting Hill Publishing. It’s taken time to get the right team around us including management but we feel totally satisfied and confident that this is the best team we’ve had yet,” states Janine.

As for their music, they cite Rage Against The Machine, Florence Welch, Death From Above 1979, Foals, Sia and Incubus as their eclectic main influences. Although it sounds like a wide range, all of these influences can be seen in their music, especially in their recent single ‘So Long Gone’, which you can watch below. The song is hugely vibrant, ballsy and melodic all at the same time. Basically it’s bloody fantastic.

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GIG – The Hunna at The Engine Rooms – Wednesday 3rd May

the hunnaThe Hunna are an English rock band from Hertfordshire in England. They formed as “The Hunna” in 2015. The band members are singer/guitarist Ryan Potter, lead guitarist Dan Dorney, bassist Jermaine Angin and drummer Jack Metcalfe. The band takes inspiration from a wide range of sources, including bands like Kings Of Leon, Foals and Queen.

Members Dan and Ryan met while attending the same college. Dan and Jermaine had known each other for several years and learned to play guitar together. Eventually, they met Jack and the four later formed the band together, the real G’s.

According to the band, the name comes from using the slang term “‘hunna’ in everyday language with each other… We put ‘the’ in front and landed on ‘The Hunna’. The name is also what we are really all about, we give 100% in our music and in our daily lives.” They also cite a major hip-hop influence for the band name. They released their first single “Bonfire” in October 2015.

In the beginning of 2016, they released their second single “We Could Be.” The Hunna performed at Reading and Leeds Festival and Dot-to-Dot Festival and performed on the BBC Introducing Stage in Summer 2016.

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GIG – Kovic at The Joiners – Thursday 27th April 2017

kovicThis Spring Kovic goes on the road for their first ever headline tour. The Band have finally revealed dates for their UK Tour in April 2017,  which see’s the band launch the start of their career playing the many stages across the UK, hitting up every major city on the way. 

Following the release of their debut single ‘Wires’this marks the beginning of the year for Kovic with their recently sold out tour supporting label peers The Hunna and their newly revealed video for ‘Wires’, kovic has earned the title to become 2017’s hottest new talent.

With a strong following across social media, it’s easy to see how fast they are building a name for themselves. Kovic have caught the interest of their fans with an ever growing number of 2 million views on their debut video ‘Wires’ and 300k+ streams on Spotify.

With their incredible inventory of songs soon to be announced, Kovic already have heads spinning. They will be bringing their electric live performance to the masses around the UK. 

This will be one of the most impressive live performance you will see this Spring!

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GIG – The Lounge Kittens at The Wedgewood Rooms – Thursday 27th April 2017

lounge kittensTuneful, cheeky, glamorous and geeky. They perform unlikely covers in a more unlikely style.

Between the three of them their musical tastes span the genres of Rock, Jazz, Punk, Psychobilly, Ragga, Hip Hop, Ska, Pop, Soul, Metal, Dance, House, Grunge…actually pretty much all genres. There is literally no one they wouldn’t cover and their 2015 release ‘Just The Tip…’ featuring covers of everything from Slipknot to Sean Paul proves just that.

Shooting to fame in 2014 with their viral internet video for their cover of ‘Rollin’ by Limp Bizkit, the Kittens then knocked audiences for six at Glastonbury and Sonisphere festivals (among others) and were even invited to open Limp Bizkit’s set on the main stage at Sonisphere! In 2015 they took off on a UK and European arena tour with the bad boys of heavy metal Steel Panther and then rampaged through Download Festival, Graspop, Boardmasters and returned to Glastonbury for the second year in a row.

From YouTube to Wembley in one nimble leap they keep surprising audiences with their tongue-in-cheek covers, acerbic wit and ability to swear in three part harmony, proving that they can hold the attention of the heaviest of metal fans armed with just a keyboard and their voices. 2016 saw them release their first full length album ‘Sequins & C-Bombs’, head out on a UK headline tour and open for Status Quo’s ‘Last Night of the Electrics’ Tour.

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GIG – Avec Sans at The Railway Inn – Friday 7th April 2017

avec-sansAvec Sans is a London-based electro-pop group signed to American indie label Beverly Martel. The band is made up of Alice Fox (vocals, producer) and Jack St. James (electronics, producer).

The name Avec Sans is taken from French, meaning: with without.

Avec Sans are Alice Fox and Jack St James from Manchester and Trinidad respectively.

Avec Sans started performing live in 2013. They quickly gained recognition for their energetic live shows, which involve hacked Novation launchpads used in tandem tilted towards the audience. Jack has filmed performances using 16 launchpads at once and has helped Novation demo and launch new products online.

Press supporters include The Guardian, who said of their music: “it’s a sophisticated slice of delicate synthpop with more interesting production touches and melodic hooks than most bands can muster in a career.” Other press support for Avec Sans has also come from publications including: Music Week, Clash,  VH1, Noisey, MTV Iggy, PRS for Music M Magazine, Fred Perry Subculture, Artrocker, Digital Spy, Pop Justice, Elle Magazine, Hunger TV,  Notion, Wonderland and Tidal (service) who featured them on their electronic music playlist for September 2015.

Heartbreak Hi was listed in The Times Essential Tracks feature in April 2016 alongside the latest releases from Bjork, Underworld and White Denim and was described as “marvellously bittersweet electro-pop”. In the 10 June 2016 edition, the NME called Avec Sans “a cut above your average duo… right on the sweet spot between hazy ’80s Nostalgia and 21st century introspection.”

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GIG – Wild Front at The Railway Inn -Friday 31st March 2017

Organically formed, South Coast Band, Wild Front, aim to pair the unrestrained emotions of music with the capricious nature of life. It came as no surprise when the band formed, as the four boys had been musically working together for years.

The band have self released 3 singles this year, all of which have had support from BBC Introducing and been added to numerous Spotify playlists, surpassing 100,000 streams.

Although 80’s rock and alternative indie is a love they all share, their primary musical influences are so different. Jack offers his love of folk and Josh studied classical music at university, whereas Mike and Joe’s musical repertoire ranges from West Coast hip hop to indie folk. It’s this exotic mix that creates their unique and distinctive sound.Wild Front had a busy summer performing at Common People, Y Not Festival, Truck Festival & Together The People, amongst others. More live dates will be announced soon. The band write, record, engineer & mix all of the tracks at their home studio.

“If there’s any band that could better defy expectations, it’s Wild Front.” – Indie.

“Their unique sound is rooted in diversity, but comes together to create something individual to them.” – Earmilk

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