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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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

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 – Declan McKenna at The Wedgewood Rooms -Wednesday 22nd March 2017

declan-mckennaDeclan Benedict McKenna (born 24 December 1998) is an English singer, songwriter, and musician best known for winning the Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition in 2015. McKenna’s first single, the self-released “Brazil”, reached number one on Sirius XM Radio’s Alt Nation Alt 18 Countdown for 23 January 2016, and stayed there for three weeks. The song reached number 16 on the Alternative Songs chart.

McKenna writes his own songs and usually performs all his own instruments.

BBC News called “Brazil” an extraordinarily mature song for a 16-year-old songwriter.

Matt Wilkinson at NME called it “one of the best songs” of 2015, and had high praise for McKenna’s second single, “Paracetamol”, as well. Jon Lyons of ThisNewBand.com called “Brazil” “a catchy song no doubt”, and also noted that it was “a sharp critique on sports, money and power.”

Some music critics have tempered their praise of McKenna. Critic Matt Wilkinson called McKenna’s London gigs surprisingly good, if “rough around the edges”. Jon Lyons has observed that as of November 2015, McKenna’s songs seemed to indicate an artist still experimenting with bands and styles of music which have influenced him. He felt McKenna was still “searching for his own sound right in front of the crowd. An artist is being born note by note.” Andy Welch, music critic for The Bristol Post, said McKenna was “one to watch” displaying “lots of early, ragged promise”.

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GIG – Nathan Grisdale at The Joiners -Thursday 16th March 2017

nathan-grisdaleManchester-based singer/songwriter Nathan Grisdale began his musical project following a string of requests from his large online fan base.

His passion was initially born out of a desire to help other people, and he built up his online presence with videos that attempted to discuss and remedy his follower’s worries and fears.

These videos were soon turned into songs, and Grisdale took the challenge of taking on intimate and challenging subjects and turning them into cathartic, meaningful tracks.

His soulful voice is often backed by sparse and simple melodies, and his single, “Only One,” reached the U.K. Top 100 singles chart.

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GIG – Benjamin Francis Leftwich at The Wedgewood Rooms -Wednesday 15th March 2017

benjamin-francis-leftwichBenjamin Francis Leftwich (born 4 September 1989) is an English singer-songwriter from York. Leftwich released his first album ‘Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm in 2011 which peaked at #35 on the UK charts. In February 2016 he announced his next album ‘After the Rain’ on his Facebook page, set to release on 19 August 2016.

Leftwich began playing at the age of ten and grew up listening to The Rolling Stones and Nina Simone; later discovering Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, and Elliott Smith. He cites Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, and Bruce Springsteen as inspirations

Leftwich’s debut album, the Ian Grimble-produced Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm, was released in July 2011. The Fly called it “a majestic debut” The Skinny, while the Sunday Express called it “lovely”. Hazel Sheffield, writing in The Guardian, gave it a 3/5 rating, as did David Pollock, writing for The Scotsman, who drew comparisons to Damien Rice and José González. 

Leftwich’s “Shine” was named Spotify’s most addictive track of 2014, the most repeat-played song of the year. In 2015, Benjamin Francis Leftwich co-wrote “Grow” with British artist Frances which featured in the Amazon UK TV advert.