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.

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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.

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GIG – Black Foxxes at The Joiners -Wednesday 26th October 2016

black-foxxesWith an aim to play what comes naturally, as loud as possible and with absolutely no gimmicks involved, South west three-piece Black Foxxes have pricked the ears of Kerrang!, Rock Sound, MusicWeek, The Independent and Punktastic, among many others, in their short career to date.

Their debut EP ‘Pines’ (which was released at the tail end of 2014) received praise across the board and Black Foxxes’ unique and unflinching brand of heart-wrenching rock has found continuous support from BBC Introducing in Devon, with high praise coming from BBC Devon presenter James Santer. More recently, the band’s tracks have been gaining ground at BBC Radio 1 with plays from Jen & Ally, Daniel P Carter, and Phil Taggart.

Wielding their dynamic mix of raw noise, pure melody and utterly immersive vocal breaks, Black Foxxes thrive on playing live and always ensure that everyone present will remember them, no matter what.

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GIG – The Spitfires at The Joiners – Saturday 1st October 2016

spitfiresThe Spitfires are a four piece band from Watford.

Their work ethic and powerful song-writing mixed with their acute social commentary and lack of mainstream industry industry support has made this fiercely independent band one of the most popular and vital underground bands in the UK today.

This attitude has earnt them a dedicated following and sold out shows across the UK and abroad. Following up the critically acclaimed debut ‘Response’ which saw the band enter high in the UK Album Charts and reach Number 6 in both the independent and vinyl charts – The Spitfires return with their much anticipated second album ‘A Thousand Times’ out August 26th on Catch 22 Records.

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GIG -Alias Kid at The Joiners -Saturday 19th March 2016

alias kidOnly six months after forming, Manchester band Alias Kid were signed to 359 Music by industry mogul Alan McGee. The band fuses 60’s style anthems with an eclectic mix of influences from the 1970’s to the present day, creating a sound that is at once familiar and yet still unique. 

Alias Kid have recently joined the roster of the iconic Creation Management, home to The Jesus and Mary Chain andWilko Johnson. The band recorded their debut album in The Gorbals Sound Ltd Studios in Glasgow with Paul Quinn (Teenage Fanclub/Soup Dragons) and Kevin Burleigh (Glasvegas/Simple Minds).

In under a year as a band, Alias Kid have risen from obscurity to headline shows in Manchester and Liverpool, secured national airplay on XFM and have won plaudits from those within the music industry, many of whom are touting Alias Kid for huge success in 2015.

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GIG – Fatherson at The Talking Heads – Saturday 20th February 2016

FathersonFatherson are a three piece Scottish band based in Glasgow and formed in Kilmarnock.

They have been making waves in the Scottish music scene following a string of supports with bands such as Frightened Rabbit, Panic! at the Disco, Feeder, Twin Atlantic, Enter Shikari and Idlewild.

Fatherson have released two singles. “Hometown”, through King Tuts Recordings, and in 2012 “First Born”.

As confirmed at their performance at the Tartan Heart Festival in August, 2015, they are currently producing their second studio album. They supported supporting the synth-pop trio PRIDES on their UK Headline Tour in October and November 2015.

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GIG – Pretty Vicious at The Joiners – Wednesday 25th November 2015

PRETTYViciousIt can take some bands years of posting music online to find a fanbase. Not so with Merthyr Tydfil-based rockers Pretty Vicious, who popped a single track, Cave Song, on Soundcloud and the BBC Introducing Uploader last year then sat back with a bag of popcorn and watched everything go bananas. They followed it this year with It’s Always There – released digitally and also on a limited-edition Record Store Day 7″ – and already find themselves on the cusp of a major breakthrough.

You can hear the influence of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Royal Blood and even Jake Bugg in those astonishingly confident two songs, which have been picked up BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and Radio 1, who playlisted Cave Song and made It’s Always There a Hottest Track In The World. Pretty Vicious – comprised of Brad (lead vocals/guitar), Tom (guitar), Jarvis (bass) and Elliot (drums) – make it all seem so easy, and they’re all still teenagers.

From BBC website