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

 

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GIG – The Tuts at The Joiners – Wednesday 14th September 2016

tutsThe Tuts are a pop-punk trio from West London. Live they seriously pack a punch and are noted for their impassioned songs about sexism, feminism and everyday life-isms. The Selecter’s Pauline Black describes The Tuts sound best: ‘infectious guitar led pop wrapped around fiery drums, sharp tongues and splendid harmonies’.

Founding members, Nadia Javed (guitar/lead vox) and Beverley Ishmael (drums) recruited Harriet Doveton (bass/vox) in 2011. The following year they were spotted by Kate Nash and supported her UK and European tours, building up their fan base of ‘Tutters’ wherever they went. Kate Nash raved ‘they are currently the best UK band I’ve seen live in a really long time’. These tours were notably an all-female rock experience that celebrated feminism in the unapologetic 1990s ‘Riot Grrrl’ tradition.

In 2014 Billy Bragg invited The Tuts to play his LeftField stage at Glastonbury. The effervescent appeal of Nadia’s irreverent stage persona and, as Billy himself called it, the ‘fabulous cacophony’ these three women conjure up every time they play makes for an unforgettable live experience. Pauline Black was in the crowd and soon after The Tuts joined The Selecter on their 2015 UK tour.

The Tuts’ music owes something to the Libertine’s brash, devil-may-care aesthetic but they are not fashionable, and hopefully never will be. This is not beautifully crafted gloss for the latest hipster market – the tunes are too good for that. Their timeless three and four chord rants sung out in authentic working class accents carry the X-Ray Spex and 70s New Wave mantle onwards. The Tuts are ‘indie’ indeed, but not in some generic introspective sense: here is a band that possess that irrepressible spirit unique to independent DIY bands. There is no escaping it, ready or not, The Tuts are coming

From The Joiners website

GIG – Youth Man at The Joiners – Friday 12 June 2015

Youth-Man“10 New Artists You Need To Know February 2015” – Rolling Stone Magazine

“Birmingham proto-punks will incinerate your face” – Alternative Press

“Five tracks of raw and reckless thrills that embody riot grrl passion” – NME

“We love Youth Man, they’re keeping the spirit of punk alive” – Artrocker

“Seismic…a euphoric, helter-skelter track” – Clash Magazine

“If there is one band with the potential to break out and become rock-music megastars, then it’s Youth Man…they’re the

NEXT BIG THING.” – Drowned In Sound

“This is the kind of music you want to beat your friends up to” – DIY

“Impressive Dead Kennedy’s style creepy fury” – Rock Sound

“The next hype!” – Zane Lowe

GIG – City of Lights at The Cellars At Eastney – Thursday 19th March 2015

city of lightsAlthough City Of Lights are based in Leeds, the original seeds of the band were formed in Paris in April 2011, when Matt Dunwell (acoustic Guitar & Lead Vocals), inspired by the ever-present swirl of possibility floating throughout the French capital, decided to form a band. Collaborating with long-time song-writing conspirator Sean Howey (Ex Drums & Backing Vocals), the two formed City of Lights in the aim to create their own brand of honest rock-pop that would ignite and engage. When the duo pulled in Sean’s brother Ashley to play bass and handle backing vocals, the enterprising crew undertook over a year’s worth of rigorous rehearsals and shows throughout the UK to help shape their sound. In order to further complete the line-up, they drafted lead guitarist Alex Humphreys into the fold to become a 4 piece. With the departure of Sean and the introduction of Ben Freer to the drums in May ’14, City of Lights are a band that have fine-tuned their sound to remarkable proportions and are prised for laudable notoriety.

Meshing the song-writing aptitude of Biffy Clyro with the melodic mastery of UK big guns Snow Patrol and the heart and drive of Thrice, City Of Lights adeptly glide along the tight-rope of having an accessible sound with true longevity. After an initial series of successful shows, the band quickly assembled an army of fans, and word spread fast about the crafty Yorkshire tunesmiths.

Evidently, appearances at Reading & Leeds Festival ’13, various O2 Academy’s and UK and European tours have proven to the masses that the alt-rockers have truly created a sound that will quench the thirst of fans needing something solid, fresh, and inspiring from the rock genre.

From The Cellars website

GIG – Rainbow Girls at The Railway Inn – Tuesday 22nd July 2014

rainbow girlsAdding colors to the duo Red & Yellow (Caitlin Gowdey & Erin Chapin), Rainbow Girls loosely formed in 2010 with the addition of Cheyenne Methmann (Green) and Vanessa May (Violet), playing at a weekly underground open-mic in Isla Vista, California, at the unofficial housing coop known as Rainbow House. In December 2010, they set off for a week long self-recording camping trip to Joshua Tree and Big Bear Mountain, where they made their very own 5 song demo.

At the end of January, after only a few shows, Rainbow Girls was put on hold while one of the gals skipped town to study abroad in Rome. Impatient, the three remaining members followed suit in June, and the group of four spent the summer of 2011 busking and couch surfing their way around Europe, playing gigs and spreading music throughout Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, the Netherlands, and France. Fifteen cities, six countries, four self-recorded audio tapes, two French recording studios, and 1 deportation later, they found themselves back in Santa Barbara with a drummer -Savannah Hughes (Blue)- and the beginnings of a whole new sound.

Since then they have toured the western half of the US extensively, playing festivals and opening for bands like ALO, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Brothers Comatose, and the California Honeydrops. In May 2013, they released their first official studio album, “The Sound of Light,” featuring 16 original tracks and funded by almost 200 friends, fans, and family members. That summer the gals returned to Europe and the UK, but this time with a van, a tour manager, an album, and a legitimate list of gigs and festivals lined up.

After returning to the US in September, the girls decided to take the winter to make money, work on new material, and gear up to tour both the US and Europe again in the Spring and Summer of 2014.

From Band website

GIG – Alkaline Trio at The Wedgewood Rooms – Sunday 27th April 2014

alkaline trioAlkaline Trio is a three-member Illinois punk rock band from McHenry, Illinois, formed in 1996. The band consists of Matt Skiba (vocals, guitar), Dan Andriano (vocals, bass), and Derek Grant (drums).

Founded in late 1996, by Matt Skiba, bassist Rob Doran and drummer Glenn Porter, Alkaline Trio released its debut single, “Sundials”, in 1997. Following its release, Doran departed from the band and was replaced by Dan Andriano.

The band subsequently recorded an EP, For Your Lungs Only (1998), and its debut studio album, Goddamnit (1998). Following the release of the band’s second album, Maybe I’ll Catch Fire (2000), Glenn Porter left the band and was replaced by Mike Felumlee for its subsequent album, From Here to Infirmary (2001).

Backed by the singles “Stupid Kid” and “Private Eye”, From Here to Infirmary significantly increased the band’s exposure, and its follow-up, Good Mourning (2003), charted highly on the Billboard 200. Good Mourning marked the recording debut of current drummer Derek Grant.

In 2005, the band released Crimson which expanded upon the band’s punk rock influences, with prominent overdubs and additional instrumentation, and continued with this direction on Agony & Irony (2008), which was released on V2 Records.

In 2010, the band released This Addiction on its own label Heart & Skull and Epitaph. Recorded in the band’s hometown of Chicago, with early producer Matt Allison, the album was a conscious effort to return to its punk rock roots, and became the highest charting album of their career, debuting on the Billboard 200 at No. 11.

In 2011 the band celebrated its 15-year anniversary with the release of Damnesia, which featured new, acoustic-based recordings of songs from across the band’s career.

The band’s ninth studio album, My Shame Is True was released on April 2, 2013.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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