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 – Signals at The Joiners – Thursday 21st July 2016

signalsWe are Signals, a female fronted math pop four-piece from the South Coast of England.
Our four releases can be found on our Bandcamp Page – ‘Square Wheels EP’, ‘Facial Furniture EP’, ‘Sleep Talk EP’, and ‘Lungs Apart single’.

We are currently writing a bunch of new tunes with the invaluable help of our good friends, tea and cereal.

Expect lots of harmonies, shouty bits, pedal board antics, and time travel.

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


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.

From The Railway Inn website

GIG – Indiana at The Wedgwood Rooms – Tuesday 26th May 2015

indianaLauren Henson (born 28 July 1987), better known by her stage name Indiana, is a British singer-songwriter from Loughborough.

Henson began writing songs in 2010, after she taught herself piano-playing with a piano that she was storing temporarily for her sister. She was approached by musician John Beck after she uploaded a cover of one of his compositions, “Gabriel”, to the video sharing website YouTube. They wrote their first song together, “Blind as I Am”, which she performed at her first gig in April 2012, at the semi-finals of the live music competition Future Sound of Nottingham. Henson took her stage name, Indiana, in memory of her late father, who was a fan of the Indiana Jones film series.

“Blind as I Am” was released as Indiana’s debut single in November 2012, followed by “Bound” in February 2013, “Smoking Gun” in June 2013, and “Mess Around” in October 2013. Also in 2013, Indiana signed a record deal with Sony Music and played at the Splendour in Nottingham and Glastonbury music festivals, the latter on the BBC Introducing stage. She performed for Queen Elizabeth II during the monarch’s visit to BBC Radio 1, singing a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” with Irish band The Script.

Indiana’s fifth single, “Solo Dancing”, became her breakthrough release, amassing substantial attention from music blogs and inclusion on Time magazine’s mid-year “Singles of 2014” list. Released commercially in April 2014, it reached number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. “Heart on Fire”, its follow-up (in August 2014), was less successful, peaked at number 89 in the UK. Indiana’s debut album, No Romeo, was released in February 2015 and reached number 17 on the UK Albums Chart. John Beck co-wrote and produced the majority of No Romeo, which also features contributions from Joel Pott and Jesse Shatkin.

Indiana describes her music as “menacing and emotional electronica with 80s-inspired synths and haunting vocals”. She cites James Blake, Gary Numan, Frank Ocean, Portishead, The Weeknd, and the xx as her biggest musical influences. She has mentioned the soundtrack of the 2011 film Drive as being a major inspiration for her work.

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GIG – Man Without Country at the Joiners – Tuesday 3rd March 2015

man without countryMan Without Country aren’t your typical electronic act or your average band.

Not that they’re an electronic act or a regular band at all, not really.

At a time when genre boundaries have become effectively meaningless, Ryan James and Tomas Greenhalf fuse electronic precision with a love of timeless melodies and James’ hypnotic, fragile vocals.

By the time you work out how to label their new album Maximum Entropy, chances are you’ll have already fallen under their spell.

From the Joiners website

GIG – East India Youth at The Wedgewood Rooms – Thursday 5th June 2014

easy india youthEast India Youth who is responsible for the love-lorn synth pop of ‘Looking For Someone and the chemically-dazed rapture of ‘Heaven, How Long’ from the stunning ‘Hostel EP’ is actually one young man. William Doyle a 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Bournemouth, cut his teeth in an indie group called The Fourfathers while still a teenager.

Their demo was rinsed by Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music and they completed a couple of tours with the Undertones, but the frontman was already growing tired of the band format and frustrated with the slow progress of the group. Doyle says:“My interest in electronic music, dance, ambient and noise was becoming more and more prevalent and I had been recording a lot of tracks on the side. That material later formed part of my demo. The day I finished this recording in May 2012 was the day I left the band.”

The music that he had created was absolutely astounding, an original mixture of dark Detroit techno, lo-fi psychedelic noise rock, deeply romantic Pet Shop Boys-esque synth pop and ramshackle avant-electronica.

Naming himself East India Youth after the location of his flat in London’s Docklands, he set about pressing the demo CD into the hands of wandering journalists. One hack to be handed the demo was John Doran of The Quietus.

He says: “I was watching Factory Floor when I met William. He was wearing a totally next-level shirt. You can’t go far wrong when you’re wearing a good shirt and I liked the band name as well.”

“I always listen to demos and, to be perfectly honest, they’re nearly always awful but this one was just… brilliant. After about a month of playing it, I realised that it was actually my favourite music of the last twelve months. After weeks of breathlessly pressing the CD onto people it was Luke Turner, my co-editor at the Quietus, who first suggested that we should release some of his material.”

“Now, I’d always said that I’d cut my own head off using nail clippers before we started a record label. I’d learned too much from watching other sites and magazines pour all of their time, money and talent into them, just to watch them spectacularly implode. It was, I said, like withdrawing all your money from a cash machine and setting fire to it while simultaneously flushing your own head down a toilet filled with goat’s piss. Therefore I’m probably more surprised than anyone to be asking you to lend your ears to the ‘Hostel EP’ by East India Youth, the first release on the Quietus Phonographic Corporation label. But when you play this CD I hope you’ll understand why Luke and I made that nerve-wracking trip to the cash machine. To be honest though, I would have remortgaged my soul to get this music out there.”

From The Wedgewood Rooms website

GIG – We Were Evergreen at The Joiners – Thursday 8th May 2014

we were evergreenYou may have already come across We Were Evergreen through the previously released underground track ‘Leeway’. However the last year has seen this exciting trio, Michael Liot, Fabienne Debarre and William Serfass, focus on their debut album, which is now complete, comprising of 11 brand new tracks and set for release in the Spring 2014. The first offering comes on March 3rd with single ‘Daughters’.

Born in Paris but now firmly based in London, We Were Evergreen are a unique band with a fresh sound – an exciting amalgamation of beats and rhythms from across the world, warm vocals and electronic-pop melodies. The results are universal modern tales that draw on the power of images to create songs both happy and dark whilst predominantly feeding on the carefree fun of just being young.

‘Daughters’, which was produced by Charlie Andrew, is a thrilling synth-pop track, which provides the perfect taster of what is to come on We Were Evergreen’s debut album. The accompanying video is equally unique and was shot in one take with 20 female dancers. Having already received plays across various stations including 6 Music and XFM, ‘Daughters’ is as catchy as it is credible – an intelligent musing that will essentially make people want to get up and dance.

Intrinsic to the We Were Evergreen philosophy is their vital live show. Having built up a super-strong live following after early shows at SXSW, CMJ and Secret Garden Party and support slots for Little Dragon and London Grammar, the band have already played their own sold out shows across Europe, including Village Underground in the UK. With the debut album ready, the band can’t wait to play the full set live and push the fan-base ever wider.

From The Joiners website