GIG – Huntar at The Joiners – Tuesday 26th September 2017

huntarBlending percussive electro-pop and smooth, yearning vocals, HUNTAR is the performance alias of a British musician who’s made an effort to remain anonymous.

His first single, early-2014’s “Expectations,” showcased his soulful delivery alongside layered vocal samples. Good Soldier released his debut EP, Bitter, in December 2014. As he began to win praise from outlets like BBC Radio 1 in England and KCRW in the U.S., he followed up in 2015 with singles including “Skin” and “The Hunger.”

A native Londoner, HUNTAR began performing live on a regular basis in late 2015, with dozens of shows across England in 2016. That year also brought new songs such as “Anyway” and “4AM,” with the latter landing him on Billboard’s emerging artists chart.

Home of acts including Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, and Chvrches, Glassnote Records repackaged his five-track debut as BITTAR in 2016, with one song swapped out for “Hold On.” HUNTAR opened 2017 with the anthemic single “Echo,” also on Glassnote.

From All Music website

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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 – 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”.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

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.

From Apple Music website

 

 

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.

GIG – Jerry Williams at The Wedgewood Rooms -Saturday 4th March 2017

jerry-williamsJerry Williams is a 21-year-old Indie pop singer songwriter from Portsmouth who draws her inspiration from her life growing up and the lives of others around her. To date Jerry has released 3 EPS, the 3rd ‘LET’S JUST FORGET IT’ was the winner of Best Produced Release of 2016 at the Unsigned Music Awards. So far Jerry has racked up over 4 million streams on Spotify and has support from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing locally and Nationally, KCRW, Amazing Radio and performed live sessions for BBC Introducing Solent and VEVO DSCVR. Online, press, and TV supporters include Wonderland Magazine, The Guardian, The 405, Clash, Fresh on the Net, Sunday Brunch, Made In Chelsea, MTV Scream and Drifters.

Jerry started writing music from the age of 12 whilst studying classical guitar in which she got to Grade 8 standard and played her first ever gig at 17 at the Eastney Cellars. Since then Jerry has supported sold out tours with Nathan Sykes, Vanessa Carlton, played at BST Hyde Park and played Various Stages at Victorious Festival. Jerry co-produces all her own material with long-time collaborator Dan Brown and has been lucky enough to work with Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Miles Kane, Nick Mulvey) Nick Atkinson (Gabrielle Aplin), Jim Duguid (Paulo Nutini) and Slow Club who are one of her biggest musical inspirations. Jerry is actively involved in every aspect of her career and self-releases her music through her own label, Sunglasses Records.

From The Wedgewood Rooms website 

GIG – The Japanese House at The Joiners – Saturday 29th October 2016

the-japanese-houseBrooding with melancholic beauty, ‘Still’ serves as a perfect introduction to 19-year-old London based artist The Japanese House and her debut EP, ‘Pools To Bathe In’.

Produced by The Japanese House (Amber Bain) alongside George Daniel & Matthew Healy, ‘Pools To Bathe In’ pushes the parameters of alt pop, pulling together a host of unlikely influences to create something personal and entirely unique.
From The Joiners Website