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 – Hurray For the Riff Raff at The Railway Inn -Thursday 23rd March 2017

horray-for-the-riff-raffHurray for the Riff Raff is an American folk-blues and Americana band from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Segarra was raised by her aunt Nereida in the Bronx where she developed an early appreciation for doo-wop and Motown. She is of Puerto Rican descent.

Segarra became a regular attendee of hardcore punk shows at ABC No Rio when she was young.She left her home in the Bronx at age 17, spending time crossing North America, hopping freight trains.

After two self-released albums, 2008’s It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You and 2010’s Young Blood Blues, Hurray for the Riff Raff released a self-titled CD composed of Segarra’s favorite songs from those records on Loose Music in Europe on March 21, 2011. Tracks from the band’s debut release received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.

In February 2011, the band were featured in an article in The Times, based around the HBO TV series, Treme, with their track “Daniella” being listed in their selection of New Orleans’ essential songs.

In May 2012, Hurray for the Riff Raff released Look Out Mama on their own label, Born to Win Records. No Depression said it “sounds like something The Band would’ve had playing on a Victorola while making Music From Big Pink in Woodstock.”

In December 2016 they announced their new record ‘The Navigator’ on Pitchfork with the first single “Rican Beach.” The album will be released on March 10, 2017 on ATO Records.

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GIG – Lowly at The Railway Inn- Saturday 29th October 2016

lowlyLowly is a five-piece noise pop band from Denmark. They appeared out of nowhere in April 2014 with the release of the bewitching ‘Daydreamers’. The sound, already so rich and full, was like being put under a magical spell.
Initially brought together – in hindsight I’d suggest by a visionary alchemist – purely to fulfil part of a short music project at the school they all attended, Nanna, Thomas, Steffen, Kasper and Soffie immediately found the chemistry so many musicians search years to find. The individual influences of each, so different it seemed to begin with, truly give Lowly that unique sound, one that has been developing over the course of the last year.

In the fall, Lowly released their EP “Sink Way Into Me” and the single “Fire” was described as “ABBA’s Super Trouper remixed by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker” by Ed Nash from The Line Of Best Fit.

The music is at times intricate yet deep and sensual, the fascinating rhythms of drummer Steffen create a perfect counterpoint to the gorgeous melodies of Soffie and Nanna.

The overall effect of this in tandem with the liquid bass and keyboard lines create a set that has you on the verge of crying and dancing all at the same time. There isn’t a band out there today like them, which is thrilling. To make music that is both emotional and influential at this early stage, shows that Lowly are a band of limitless possibilities.

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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.
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GIG – F.O.X. at The Railway Inn – Friday 20th November 2015

f.o.x

F.O.X are a female fronted synth pop act based in Essex and formed inJanuary 2013.

They released their debut album ‘Chimera’ in February and spent March touring across the USA with The Deer Tracks from Sweden including 5 independent shows at SXSW.

Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode is a champion of the band and as a result personally invited them to support DM on their 2013 Delta Machine stadium tour resulting in the band playing to over 200,000 people across Europe.

Since returning to the UK the band have been working on their 2nd album ‘Hypoxia’ with part 1 released 6th October 2014 on 25 Hour Convenience Store Records and Part 2 due for release in October 2015.

F.O.X continually tour the UK including shows with Tom O’Dell, Pro Green, Devlin and Young Knives.

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GIG – My Baby at The Railway Inn – Thursday 11th June 2015

my babyMY BABY is a Dutch-New Zealand band, founded in Amsterdam. Their music is a mix of delta trance, blues , country and funk . MY BABY was formed in 2012 from several members of the Amsterdam soul band The Souldiers . The members are brother and sister Joost van Dijck and Cato van Dijck and Daniel ‘Dafreez “Johnston.

In 2013 they released their first album, MY BABY Loves Voodoo! the label Embrace Recordings . This album was nominated for an Edison . She also participated in “And Still”, the album that Henny Vrienten released in 2014.

MY Baby has played more at Noorderslag , Black Cross , SXSW Festival and toured Eastern Europe and New Zealand. American blues guitarist Seasick Steve , My Baby asked to be his support act on his tour of the United Kingdom in April 2015. The act was nominated for the Radio 6 Soul & Jazz Awards 2014 as the best live act.

In September 2014 My Baby collaborated on a play about the life of American singer Judee Sill , with Theatre Group Maastricht .

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GIG – Calm of Zero at The Railway Inn – Thursday 23rd April 2015

calm of zeroAn idea that has yet to fully evolve, would be one way of describing CALM of ZERO. A star crossed love-child, born out of the ashes of their former incarnation as Echobelly, could be another.

Either way, what has come to exist is an expression of songwriting energy which has honed it’s temperament away from the current Pop Factor/X Idol by numbers singalonga blandness and chosen a mellifluous subtlety, rare today, as its agenda.

ACOUSTIC SESSIONS 1 is the title of their first musical outing, a mini album of six songs, recorded in London with a six string guitar, a twelve string guitar and the barest of embellishments.

The idea is to evolve into a full band, but they as yet have to do so. The idea is to record a full album, but they as yet have to do so. Instead, here is a chance to hear the Calm before the Storm: CALM of ZERO.

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