GIG – Sons and Lovers at The Unit – Sunday 11th May 2014

sons and loversIf you like your vocal harmonies to be tight, pulsating drum patterns and just a hint of synths with your guitars, then London band Sons & Lovers are going to be your perfect cup of tea.

From Ents 24

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GIG – Attention Thieves at The Unit – Wednesday 18th December 2013

attention thivesAttention Thieves are a four piece Rock band from Reading who formed in 2009, immediately their energetic live shows and infectious songs captivated audiences and began to stir things up in the music scene.
The band have a sound which is catchy and commercial yet will still have the respect of the underground, combining many genres. Attention Thieves most recently released “Can’t Say” in June of this year, which was recorded at Outhouse Studios with John Mitchell (You Me At Six, Enter Shikari plus many more).
“Can’t Say” received great reviews and radio play on such stations as XFM, magazines such as Rocksound, Big Cheese and Bass Guitar Magazine to name a few. The music video (produced by Sitcom Soldiers) has been played on Kerrang “Fresh blood” and scuzz “New music alert” regularly, topshop tv and various other stores and student unions. The Band are releasing their debut EP “Look a little closer” which is out on the 26th of march with the lead single from the EP “you’ll be the first one being released on the 12th of March. Look out for the band on your radio/TV and for tour dates as the band will be touring throughout the year.

From The Joiners website

GIG – Chloe Howl at The Unit – Friday 12th April

thCA7DKGJTThat diaeresis hovering over the “o” in 17-year-old Chlöe Howl’s first name isn’t some sort of attention-seeking affectation – that’s how it appears on her birth certificate after her parents got slightly confused and mistakenly added it instead of putting it over the “e”.

Diacritic errors aside though, there’s a lot to love about Howl’s sweary, sparky debut single, No Strings, which bounces along energetically over a synth riff similar to Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris’s Dance Wiv Me, but avoids falling into the generic dance-pop vacuum.

Taking a pinch of Lily Allen’s Alright, Still-era youthful exuberance and eye for lyrical detail and bolting it onto a song that tells the sorry tale of a relationship soured by one half’s desire to keep things relaxed (“No more crawling in your bed, fuck your no strings … I hope I have twins”), No Strings stands out from the current pop crowd by actually displaying buckets of personality.

From Review by Michael Cragg in The Guardian