GIG – Huntar at The Joiners – Tuesday 26th September 2017

huntarBlending percussive electro-pop and smooth, yearning vocals, HUNTAR is the performance alias of a British musician who’s made an effort to remain anonymous.

His first single, early-2014’s “Expectations,” showcased his soulful delivery alongside layered vocal samples. Good Soldier released his debut EP, Bitter, in December 2014. As he began to win praise from outlets like BBC Radio 1 in England and KCRW in the U.S., he followed up in 2015 with singles including “Skin” and “The Hunger.”

A native Londoner, HUNTAR began performing live on a regular basis in late 2015, with dozens of shows across England in 2016. That year also brought new songs such as “Anyway” and “4AM,” with the latter landing him on Billboard’s emerging artists chart.

Home of acts including Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, and Chvrches, Glassnote Records repackaged his five-track debut as BITTAR in 2016, with one song swapped out for “Hold On.” HUNTAR opened 2017 with the anthemic single “Echo,” also on Glassnote.

From All Music website

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GIG – Little Cub at The Joiners – Monday 11th September 2017

little cubA refreshingly honest record brimming with English jest and thoughtful electronic musicianship, Little Cub’s first shot at an LP holds a confident consciousness of modern reality, no matter how bleak it may be.

 

“You’ve been caught out wanting something shameful” deadpans Dominic over synthy bassline on closing track “Television”. The line just might summarise Little Cub’s dystopic debut which spans themes of moral degradation and personal as well as ballot box politics, Gore’s songwriting sensibilities evidence of a primary passion for literature, having been influenced by greats such as Wilde and Larkin on tracks which initially began as poetry.

This record’s most contemplative cut comes in the form of “Hypnotise”. Driven in true indie mentality by a looped drum-roll and a niggling hook, the track is a gaze at corporate corruption, a perceptive view on politics which pronounces an unresolvable plague of inequality; a widespread incentive to protest but a lack of self-awareness. Apt, perhaps, in times where politics persists via the safety blanket of social media.

A highlight can be marked at the outset with single and opener “Too Much Love”; an ode to today’s lack of generosity in human interaction. Enduring over glistening pulses of production, the track builds in house stamina to a climactic synth-pop dance beat. “And if I had to ask a personal question / I’d probably ask you what you wanted to drink”; Gore presents our generation’s lack of emotional commitment via a male bravado and this is achieved poignantly throughout with sincerely thoughtful lyricism.

The triumph of Still Life relies heavily on its ability to cultivate a type of melancholy which still manages to persist over a dynamic pop proficiency. This is achieved exceptionally well through the nocturnal groove on “My Nature”, growing synth chords backing a lyrical consciousness of distrust and the unsimplicity in desire – “your pleasure is paid for by another heart”.

There’s an undeniable charisma on this album and it stems from the detached wit of Gore’s vocal which delivers relatable, yet brutal sentiments backed by the band’s shimmering production work – a winning formula, so it seems.

Masking our flawed humanity with flawless electro, the South London trio fork over a delicious portion of pessimistic pop, drizzled in scrumptious synths and glorious electronic production, but bypassing a sugarcoating of over-hackneyed hedonism.

Album review from The Line of Best Fit website

 

 

 

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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

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.

From Punktastic website

 

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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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!

From The Joiners website  

 

GIG – Kyko at The Joiners -Wednesday 29th March 2017

kykoHe’s one of the whizz kids we’re happy to have found on the internet. Singer songwriter and multi-instruments player, Scott AKA Kyko is slowly rising up and full of potential. Perfect timing to fill your summer playlist with some fresh indie pop music!
He has been into music for a while and knows all about it. Fan of 80’s stuff and also new upcoming artists, he is open to the world’s musical trends.
After gaining experience through cover bands, Kyko decided to focus on a solo project and started writing songs on his own. He builds it all at home on his laptop and it’s all happening in his head: chords, drums, guitars, lyrics.
He creates everything on his own and I personally really like his music. There are nice guitar riffs and a hint of electronic sounds with interesting percussions. Imagine waking up to a sunny day and stretching up to “Animals” while the rays softly pierces the curtains. Both swinging rhythm and dreamy lyrics will put you in the most happy and ambitious mood. Drums and choirs may remind you of Bastille.
On the other hand, “Headlight” sounds more poppy and still pretty indie. Sadly, those two tracks are the only songs available on the internet. But he has been playing a few other songs during his live sets and his first EP will be out on July 17th, which means we are ever gonna be able to enjoy more from the young artist.
By the way, if you find yourself at one of his gigs, you’ll be facing a true artist. With a band by his side, Kyko gives away groovy vibes, knows how to make his crowd sing and hits every note effortlessly.
From The Indie Daydreamer website
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