Lunatics Lost, The Motion Poets
With influences from grunge, stoner rock, new wave and punk, Lunatics Lost blend big riffs with melodic hooks giving a powerful platform for lyrics full of bite and edge with clear reference to the social commentary of The Clash and the Manics and look set to be ones to watch for 2018.
Portalooth – “Throw Your Body In” Single Launch
Portalooth head to Sneaky Pete’s for a night of synthy madness to launch their latest single, “Throw Your Body In”.
No guitar, only synth. You’re god damn right.
Support comes in the form of a Harry Bongo DJ Set.
Get Hyped and get along.
Heaters: Ventura Freeway
Like the Drive soundtrack but with too many people dancing in the kitchen when someone arrives with a case of Dragon Soup.
Novatines plus guestsTickets
Amp Fiddler (live) at Juice
Amp Fiddler‘s credentials are the best in the game: he introduced J Dilla to the MPC (for real tho) and then to Q-Tip who launched Jay’s career; he played keys with George Clinton in Parliament and Funkadelic early in his career; he’s worked with artists as diverse Moodymann, Prince, Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae and Theo Parrish – and last year released his second solo album. Amp Fiddler is Detroit to the bone.
Now he’s coming to Sneaks on a Thursday for a late nite live set. Trust, you’ll be gutted if you don’t come.
Mark Sharp & The Bicycle Thieves plus Support
Scott Fraser & Timothy J Fairplay – Crimes Of The Future
for No Strings Attached
No Strings Attached get up close and personal with Scott Fraser & Timothy J Fairplay aka CRIMES OF THE FUTURE
100 Tickets Only
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Over 10 years of parties, with almost all being soundtracked solely by the residents, Definition is Sneaky Pete’s longest running club night.Expect underground house & techno inspired by the likes of Sonar, Fabric, Pressure & Berghain from resident duo Mark Balneaves & Marty Lightbody.
Free before 12, £5 after
Spyyn, Anna Conda, StellarTickets
Man of Moon
The Party Slogan plus guests
The Party Slogan are an unsigned Edinburgh band formed in 2016. Their sound comprises three guitars and keyboards on top of a powerhouse rhythm section. The band have taken song writing influences from 80’s post-punk and alternative rock through to the sonic influence of garage rock revival.After a successful debut gig in Glasgow early in January, The Party Slogan are set to play many more gigs in the UK in 2018. Their double A-side single A Week In The Sun/Good Thing Going On is due for release in February
Heaters: Eva Crystaltips
Bongo’s resident disco queen Eva Crystaltips plays Sneaks for the first time.
Acrylic ‘All I Am’ EP Launch, plus guests Redolent and Life Model
Scottish Fiction Records are proud to present; ‘All I Am’ the new EP release from Scottish five-piece Acrylic. The alt-pop quintet are fresh from promoting and touring their first single ‘Where I Lie’, released as a split AA 7” vinyl with Scottish Fiction label mates Mt Doubt, and are now gearing up to release their first substantial body of work.
Palms Trax at Juice
Advance tickets Sold Out but 20 on the door for early cru.
Delighted to welcome Palms Trax (Dekmantel / Lobster Theremin / Secretsundaze) back to Sneaks after a belter set for homies TEESH a few years back.
For aspiring DJs and producers, or indeed, anyone who appreciates a good story, the genesis of Palms Trax couldn’t have read any dreamier. You know the one; curious yet naive son of the English Riviera lands a job at one of London’s leading record stores and discovers the masters of Chicago house and Detroit techno. Later stumbling around Berlin, his primitive attempts to emulate the sound of his newfound heroes accidentally land him a bona fide dancefloor hit, inadvertently positioning him as a key figure in an emerging ‘lo-fi’ scene. But it would have been all too easy to have been defined by this quickfire success, forever locked in a loop of gritty kickdrums, smudgy tape hiss and tedious Youtube nostalgia.
Suffice to say, Palms Trax, otherwise known as Jay Donaldson has been smart enough to avoid these potential pitfalls. Instead, he’s still learning, digging, (over)thinking. A gradual but steady stream of EPs courtesy of Dutch dance music powerhouse Dekmantel have allowed his productions to blossom in richer, smoother directions, while still retaining their original offbeat chart. On 2015’s ‘In Gold’ EP, and throughout the following year’s ‘High Point on Low Ground’, halcyon hallmarks of house – euphoric piano lines, bubbling acid and luminescent keys – are shot through with Donaldson’s tough, distinctive percussion.
It’s that same connection with Dekmantel that has encouraged Donaldson to quickly, impressively evolve as a DJ of some distinctive taste and talent. A memorable performance at Dekmantel’s flagship Amsterdam festival in 2015 captured open hearts, lost minds and aching feet, and has since been listened back to no less than 120000 times. Since then, the sound of Palms Trax has been a fixture on their enormous main stage, drifting seamlessly between vintage house, esoteric disco and the various shades of a bubbling UK underground he has helped define. Occasional back-to-back performances with the likes of Hunee, Young Marco, Antal and Midland, all DJs regularly credited for their breadth of musical knowledge and sheer versatility, speak volumes for Donaldson’s DJing nous, which has lead him on an international trail; from South America to Australia, and from Panorama Bar to Concrete, Contact, De School, and Lux.
Donaldson has also-amassed a patient, open-minded following with his cult monthly radio show, the decidedly less-than-culinary ‘Cooking with Palms Trax’, broadcast on Berlin Community Radio since 2015. On each show, Donaldson takes a deep, vinyl-led drive into his adopted history, fostering a level of trust and shared curiosity that has allowed him to helm all-night sets under the ‘Cooking with Palms Trax’ moniker. Into 2018, he’ll be holding down residencies in Boston, Glasgow and Bordeaux, as well as inviting like-minded DJs into his metaphorical kitchen, throughout a series of self-curated evenings into early mornings of music.
Randolph’s Leap, David MacGregor (Kid Canaveral) and Moonsoup
Randolph’s Leap write pop music for unpopular people. The band specialise in creating catchy melodies held together with tenuous rhyming couplets, self-deprecating lyrics and unexpected tender moments. They bring their irritatingly upbeat full-band sound to Edinburgh ahead of a busy summer which will include a brand new album and a Scottish tour promoting ‘The Isle of Love’, a theatre show inspired by lyrics from the band’s extensive back catalogue.
All Night With Prosumer
Join your friendly neighbour Prosumer for an all night musical excursion in Sneaks.
Jutland Songs, Pilotcan, Fires in the Alps
A triple bill Easter Treat! Glasgow’s Jutland Songs recently wowed a sold out crowd supporting The Hot Snakes. They peddle the the type of killer riffs that wouldn’t seem out of place at CBGBs. Edinburgh’s Pilotcan have a new record to promote in the shape of the post rock tinged “Bats fly out from under the bridge.” Fires in the Alps, also from Edinburgh, are big in both the tune and riff department. Now shorn to a lean and muscled three piece they deliver epic guitar effects and mountainous (sorry) chorus.
00’s r’n’b. Who’s that girl? lala lala la la, lala, lala la la, lala.
Gig Night For Social Bite
LaKyoto create uplifting, atmospheric electronic pop combining soaring melodies and a synth-infused indie sound that has become the Edinburgh four piece’s signature sound. The band have enjoyed a rapid rise following the release and subsequent wide spread success of their debut single, Shake in April 2016. Amongst the band’s supporters are BBC Radio Scotland and Amazing Radio’s Shell Zenner & Jim Gellatly, who featured Shake as his No.1 track of May 2016 in The Scottish Sun. Zurich was also recently played on an episode of Made In Chelsea and the band also count websites like Clash Magazine, The Skinny & The Line of Best Fit amongst their supporters.
Dalriata are an Edinburgh based pop/folk acoustic trio, that formed in 2015.
Trembling Bells seek to reanimate the psychic landscapes of Great Britain and relocate them to some vague, mythic land where basic human crises are encountered and conquered.
Electronic Music Open Mic & Forum
The all Electronic Music Open Mic & Forum comes to Edinburgh as part of the UK wide tour. Hosted by Martin Christie (aka Poet & the Loops) lets discover the sounds of electronic Scotland.
Seeking all forms of electronic music including: dance, ambient, noise, electropop, techno, glitch, electrojazz, chiptune, hip hop, loopers, improvised, live coding, experimental, trance etc
Get out of the home studio and into the light of a listening and appreciative audience. Laptops, synths, drum machines, loop stations, groove boxes, sequencers, samplers, iPads, modular synths, apps, keyboards, decks, analogue and digital devices of all kinds welcome.
Meet other electronic music makers, share ideas and collaborate. There will be ample time and space to discuss this form of music making.
Slots are up to 15 minutes (including set up and pack down times). Sign up on the night with no advanced bookings. Get in touch with Martin Christie on Facebook or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Sorry – no acoustic guitars – unless they are being used to generate soundscapes or some other style of music in keeping with the night. This is an acoustic free zone (there are already some super nights in Edinburgh to suit acoustic musicians).
Rinse FM: Willow
Having hosted stacks of their DJs for years, we’re proud to finally wear the banner and give you a full Rinse FM experience at the club.
Willow is one of our favourite recent guests, really set to break through this year. Her dope low end shuffler ‘Feel Me’ sinks subs, and ‘Untitled A1 (Workshop 23)’ is the one for enlightened space cadets.
Expect rapid Berlin techno, Hessle riddims, hi-bpm clicks stabs pops and shocks.
Little Mammoths plus Guests
Noah and the Whale bassist Matt ‘Urby Whale’ Owens‘ side project is a proper rock’n’roll band for the modern age. Raw and raucous, they peddle their own brew of intoxicated fun.
Witness Spring Party
The 4th Witness instalment of 2018 – providing you with all the fresh tracks, dubplates, demos and all sorts of party tunes; with special guest Mansa ’91.
Campbell’s Wild ‘Smoking Guns’ Release NightTickets
Sound Of Sirens
Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album For All Our Sins which was released in May 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. ‘For All Our Sins’ is out now on DMF Records on CD, Vinyl and Digital.
Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. Last year saw them play a number of shows in the UK including Camp Bestival, Isle of Wight Festival and supporting Rick Astley on his sold out UK tour. They supported Kiefer Sutherland on his UK dates this June, as well as playing at Glastonbury Festival and at a number of other festivals in the UK & Europe including Big Feastival, Jimmy’s Farm, Beautiful Days and Greenbelt.
Goat Girl, Suitman Jungle
“Goat Girl are ready to turn indie music on its head
And rip its guts out” – The Guardian
“Goat Girl are the whip – smart, politicized young Londoners
breaking into the big time” – DIY
Goat Girl head up an emerging set of groups from South London who have been inspired by the burgeoning local scene there. A classic sketch by the late great comedian Bill Hicks inspired their band name.
‘Cracker Drool’ & ‘Scream’ will be released by Rought Trade on the 15th December on Limited edition 7”. The track is available on all streaming services now.
The band will head out on a 12-date UK headline tour this spring. Tickets go on sale the 13th December.
Goat Girl are: Clottie Cream, Rosy Bones, Naima Jelly and L.E.D.See more
Carla Easton (TeenCanteen), West Princes, Bite
“Wonderful” – Marc Riley, BBC 6Music
“Like Lulu backed by LCD Soundsystem” – Is This Music
“Easton’s coquettish vocals display a bolshy edge reminiscent of a lo-fi Chvrches” – The Scotsman
“A homegrown musical triumph” – The Herald
Carla and her band return to Edinburgh to play new songs from Carla’s forthcoming second solo album which she recorded in Montreal with Howard Bilerman (producer of Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen, Godspeed You! Black Emperor).
Carla is a singer-songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland. She has released one album with all-female band TeenCanteen and one album solo (as ‘Ette’) to widespread critical acclaim and has played numerous festivals in the UK, Europe and North America.
More praise for TeenCanteen / Ette
“…vibrant and irrepressibly enjoyable….a mixture of delicate dream pop and garage rock topped off with subtle synth work…” – Tenement TV
“…a delightful riot of massive beats, swooning harmonies and the gutsy-sweet wonder of front woman Carla Easton.” – The National
“…an essential purchase” – The Herald
“…part Wall of Sound, part Postcard Records” – Ion Magazine
“…irresistible girl-group harmonies, sweet melodies and a stomping Wall of Sound style backdrop” – The Evening Times
Heaters: B. Traits
She’s widely respected as one of the best in the business for good reason: In Toto label boss, BBC Radio 1 queen and a top producer – B.Traits is packing a ridiculous range of gems and the ability to mix them all seamlessly, this one’s going to be something special…
Madonnatron, Chupa Cabra and More
“Viciously audacious novices to electric noise we have crafted a merciless assemblage of leering disdain, Erotomania, Genocidal Lament, infanticide, calculated Matricide, funeral dodgers, dystopian angst and surreptitious worshipping at the altar of Bastet to flavour this record. We won’t be making you a sandwich motherfuckers”
Much in the manner a devotional feline will proudly massacre vermin, leaving it’s sacrificial remains to fetter your hallway carpet, we bring you Madonnatron. From humble yet auspicious beginnings, arising unabashed from the mists of the Thames, they have thwarted reasonable doubt with limited knowledge of their instruments and two fingers at convention.
Now the Dawn of the Tron cometh! We’re gonna get NASty in 12 cities across the UK in March & April. No prisoners. Sonic ecstasy. Fear the girth.
Sneaky Pete’s host us for our Edinbirgh show with support from:
One generation or another’s alienation, derangement and dirty washing, projected back at you through nauseating, salivating, hypnotizing, no good sucker-punch-piss-yourself polystyrene agitator Blues.
+ more TBA
Ticket link coming soon
Mike Servito at Juice
Mike knocked it out the fvckin’ park and halfway to the moon last time so of course, we got him back for round 2!
Mike Servito is Resident DJ at The Bunker New York and close friend of The Black Madonna. This Detroit dude has earned his recent resurgence in popularity, playing hot shows at Dekmantel and the like.
He’s a DJ with pedigree from a very special fertile crescent of techno / house / party DJing, when raves were still a fresh idea, and DJs like Claude Young, Derrick Carter and Mike Huckaby were informing an upcoming generation.
Mike digs deep but likes to shake his tail too so he’s a perfect Juice guest.
Sonic Jesus with Black Doldrums
Sonic Jesus is the project of multi-instrumentalist Tiziano Veronese. Based in Italy and formed in 2012.
Internationally acclaimed since the very beginning, thanks to the instantly sold-out debut on Fuzz Club Records (Sonic Jesus EP, 2012) and a cult split featuring the Black Angels (Split Single N°5, 2014), they took part to the Reverb Conspiracy twice, the Cosmosis Festival (featuring the Jesus & Mary Chain), the Eindhoven Psych Lab and the Reverence Festival. During the years Sonic Jesus performed live throughout Europe and shared stages with Damo Suzuki, Dead Skeletons, A Place To Bury Strangers and Singapore Sling for whom they opened the European leg of his tour. The long-awaited first double LP ‘Neither Virtue, Nor Anger’ (Fuzz Club Records, 2015), completely self-recorded and produced, confirms their own skills to renovate and transcend genres and forms, all condensed in an impressive masterwork.
New album ‘Grace’ (Fuzz Club Records, 2017) goes beyond the past boundaries, pushing towards enthralling melodic horizons and handsomely modern pounding beats.
HOT MESS is a queer rave;
a night of excess, delight, energy and sweat.
Come and help us make some magic once again.
Melody Makers: Dropkick, The Wellgreen, Attic Lights and Star Trip
‘Those who have yet to latch onto them are surely missing something special….Indie, powerpop, accomplished harmonies, alt.country tendencies. What’s not to love?’ The Herald newspaper (UK)
Edinburgh-based Dropkick release their new album, Longwave, in March 2018 as a joint release with Pretty Olivia Records (Spain) and Sound Asleep Records (Sweden). ‘Longwave’ is Dropkick’s most accomplished and fully realised collection of songs to date, demonstrating a return to more direct, jangly guitar-orientated songs, showcasing their ear for melody and harmony. As well as Scottish dates, the band will be playing shows in Sweden and Spain to promote the new record.
‘A guarantee of Instant melodic fulfilment….Dropkick triumph in giving new edge to familiar themes.’ (R2 Rock n Reel Magazine, UK)
The Wellgreen combine classic sixties songwriting, early powerpop and psychedelia on top of vintage recording techniques to create a familiar yet fresh & original sound. ??Having toured extensively supporting Euros Childs & Stevie Jackson (as well as providing drums, bass, guitar and harmonies for both on their respective sets & records), The Wellgreen released their second album, Grin And Bear It on their own label, The Barne Society.
Formed in Glasgow’s West-End, Attic Lights‘ sound was moulded in a secluded attic inspired by The Beach Boys, Flaming Lips, Weezer and Guided By Voices. Attic Lights second album, ‘Super De Luxe’ was released by Elefant Records in May 2013.
“Chiming 12-string perfection” (The Guardian)
“Vocal harmonies weave in and out of this perfect pop” (The Sun)
Coming on like The Eagles lassoing Fountains Of Wayne to The Beach Boys…transcendent” (NME)
“Spellbinding” (The Fly)?”Sumptuous harmonies” (Q)
Star Trip are a Spanish band from Valencia who combine powerful, chiming guitars with a healthy dose of vocal harmonies, recalling bands such as Teenage Fanclub, Fountains of Wayne and Velvet Crush. This is their first time playing in Scotland.
TEESH with Pako Vega
DJ Cheers is joined by musical chameleon Pako Vega for this edition of the all-you-can-eat mind buffet.
Pako was born in Ceuta, a Spanish city in the North of Africa where Jewish, Muslims, Indians and Christians live together by the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. Expect the most danceable Chiringuito oriented Disco, Japanese electrofunk, Spanish Ye-Ye, Balearic, Cosmic, New Wave and Italo.
Erol Alkan ‘To The Rhythm’ at The Caves
Following his recent critically acclaimed ‘Reworks Volume 1’ collection, and 2017’s thirteen-week sell out XOYO residency in London, Erol Alkan takes the distinct sound of ‘To The Rhythm’ to The Caves for an all-night set, care of his friends at Sneaky Pete’s.
This is the second time Erol Alkan has played all night long in Edinburgh, after last year’s sell out party at Sneaky Petes, another chance to present his unifying and unpredictable vision of club culture from open to close.
On a winding musical journey that has seen Alkan thrive as a producer, chameleonic remixer and radio host, from the era of seminal club ‘Trash’ to the present day, his spiritual home has been in the DJ booth…
“Feral Guitar, Torn-from-the-chest lyrics…sensational” – Sunday Times
“..hers is a voice that deserves attention in and of its own right” – Consequence of Sound
“Bryde is a Welsh songwriter who knows how to hit hard. The newcomer’s raw yet deeply personal style recalls early PJ Harvey, while her lyrical wit sits alongside Courtney Barnett.” – CLASH
As produced by one of our favourite musicians, this “girl & an electric guitar singing fierce & fragile songs” is making a much more fearsome sound than that suggests, like Savages with girl band hooks and some Tori Amos dead-eyed directness. Absolutely very highly recommended show to check out – tip!
Fat Goth Farewell Show
Catch the final dying groans of this beloved Obesemoth with two equally gnarly class acts Fatalists & BRITNEY.
Glass Caves, Lost in Vancouver, 100 Fables
Scruff of the Neck & Fortune presents
Glass Caves are “a word of mouth phenomenon” – CLASH
Lost In Vancouver are a four piece indie-rock band from Kirkcaldy in Fife
100 Fables were born from a shared love of the new wave movement and their passion for the mid 70s CBGBs scene
The Sea Atlas plus Scott Wallace
The Sea Atlas is like all maps, sheltered havens to open expanses that will weather the harshest storms. Calum Buchanan is The Sea Atlas. The winter of 2016/17 seen a change in his life, where he ran home to an island in the North Atlantic. Here he locked himself away in a cabin on the shores of a sea loch on his ancestral family croft and wrote and recorded in a makeshift studio. The harsh winter surroundings and winter gales can be heard in the depths of the latest release “dreams”, this energy was transferred into the recordings creating an almost ethereal atmospheric indie folk sound, that is as much his sound as the sound of the islands. With the backing band of close friends he has been able to achieve an almost orchestral like indie rock sound from a four piece band that will have you torn between dancing through night to finding a lost part of you in the stripped back heartfelt songs.
Moxie Pres. On Loop with Earl Jeffers & Nick Stewart
“Our first Edinburgh On Loop session of 2018 is near approaching. Come party with us April 20th at Sneaky Pete’s w/ Earl Jeffers, Nick Stewart and our resident DJ Moxie. Expect to party from start to finish.”
Trampolene, Himalayas, Sophie & the Giants
Sugarspun, Monsters On Movie Posters, Motion
After heavy praise from BBC radio plus a headline UK tour which included numerous sell out dates, all within 6 months of forming, Carlisle act Sugarspun are set to release their debut single ‘Spaceman Dreams’ in April 2018 along with yet another headline UK tour.
Monsters on Movie Posters are Alternative/Indie/Rock frequent flyers at Sneaks.
Hometown gang Motion play dream pop, dub, psychedelic rock and post punk.
Nikki Lamont, Mooji, Dawid and Theo Le Derf
Edinburgh’s girl Nikki Lamont is back with her new single ‘What I Would Do’ and also debuting will be her new band lineup.
“Imagine walking down the street just after you’ve just found out some banging news. That’s what Mooji does to you. Paves the way for a walk of funk and groove.” – What’s the Noise Productions
Dawid and Theo are a jazz loving duo that create beautiful sounds together effortlessly, relying only on guitar and vocals.
Angus Munro plus guests KAZE and Northern Central
“The best artist we’ve ever had in session.” – BBC Radio Scotland
“A voice like you wouldn’t believe…I don’t know how big his range is but it’s bonkers.” – The National
“A guy who knows how to chuck out a good pop song – just love this!” – Jim Gellatly
Angus Munro is a multi-faceted vocalist with a four-octave range that can break glass and suitcases full of piano-soaked memories.
London-born and Scotland-bred, his 2014 EP “Shooting First” received international acclaim for it’s 60’s nostalgic sound and vocal gymnastics that saw Angus tour North America and Eastern-Europe.
2017 saw the release of “Mirror Man” – a deeply personal account of the loss of his father, subsequent breakdown and triumphant recovery – armed to the teeth with a 6-piece indie band, brass section and heavenly backing singers.
Angus has toured with a wide range of artists from Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Scouting For Girls to The Hoosiers and Tom Jones; all of whom have been weirded out by him.
Cutting a strange figure in the current Scottish music scene, Angus is workshopping his newest funk-influenced songs with vim, vigour and a tenacity that can only be seen to believed.
Plus support from Manchester heroes KAZE & Edinburgh cult-kids Northern Central
A show we’ve wanted to host for a couple of years. Blip Discs’ O’Flynn pens raucous percussion led sought-after afrobeat jammers that are every good DJ’s secret weapons right now.
The Lake Poets
The Lake Poets, the solo vehicle for left-field folk artist Marty Longstaff, will release a new EP on 29th December consisting of live recordings made at the Sage in Gateshead during a show at that venue shortly before Xmas 2016. Featuring the string section of the Young Musicians Programme (a Sage backed initiative), it includes a version of the single ‘Your Face’, which has racked up over 7 million plays on Spotify, plus five more songs from his self-titled 2015 debut album.
Currently completing the recording of a new album, Longstaff has announced a tour of intimate venues for April and May 2018. Album two is coming very, very soon. I can’t wait to get back out and about playing shows around the UK debuting new material, as well as seeing old friends and meeting new faces along the way.” Marty Longstaff
Avalanche Party, Shotgun City Sunshine, Oskar Brave, Portalooth
“With a fistful of monster tunes and one of the best new live bands around, it’s all set to go massive for Avalanche Party” GigSlutz
Unsheltered: Chapter and Verse: An Evening with
William McCarthy of Augustines
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
Baltimore duo Ed Schrader’s Music Beat have proven to be one of the hardest acts to musically pin down of recent years. They certainly had punk-esque beginnings with Ed Schrader performing solo on drum, but through their shapeshifting albums they have given us doses of art-pop, baroque, electronic, and more. Their upcoming album Riddles, seems set to continue this unpredictability when it comes out on March 2nd. The new album has been co-arranged and produced by another Baltimore musician who is known and loved for his monolithic weirdo-pop: Dan Deacon. An auspicious partnership if ever there was one.
The Blueswater, Jed Potts, Hillman Hunters
“The Blueswater have built a solid reputation in blues circles, both in Scotland and further afield” – The Scotsman
“Definitely a band to watch!” – Blues in Britain
“Foot tapping Blues played by great live performers” Claire Cavanagh, BBC Bristol
The Blueswater is an award winning, Edinburgh based band that tours internationally. Influenced by gritty, old-school rhythm and blues they blend the Chicago sound of Chess records with the earthy, droning grooves of Mississippi to create a style that is truly unique. Thick guitar riffs and frenzied harmonica solos are built around driving rhythms to create raucous, high-energy performances.
In 2011, they premiered their show BLUES! At the Edinburgh Fringe to great acclaim, and in 2012 received a Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award. The show, a musical history of the blues genre, now regularly tours across the UK.
Our new favourite stateside import are Boston’s Vundabar. For fans of the best of late 00’s indie like Los Campesinos and Dananananaykroyd, with added US College Radio feel. Beneath the glee of their headlong-rushing sound there’s some dark stuff going on too. ‘Smell Smoke’, the band’s anticipated 2018 follow up to their breakout 2015 album ‘Gawk,’ is an attempt at openness and vulnerability. It’s an attempt at unlearning. It’s a document of grief; a child crying into the dark. Surprisingly, it’s also a joyous pop record.
What’s really going on in the video below though?
“a beguiling sort of alt- folk haven” – Songlines
“Morrison is from the Outer Hebrides and his atmospheric songs are awash with the bleak beauty of the region. A remarkable slice of rural folk” – R2 Magazine
“perhaps the most austere piece of music Morrison has ever recorded – but also the most bleakly beautiful.” – The Herald
Iain Morrison is an award winning Musician/Songwriter from the Isle of Lewis.
He is acclaimed as one of Scotland’s most innovative composers and has succeeded in taking the musical tradition that he was brought up in and
crafting it into very much his own sound.
The inspiration for his 2015 album ‘Eas’, an album based on Piobaireachd, is in contrast to the ‘Indie’ influenced tracks of his new album ‘Amusement Arcade’. All of which demonstrates the creative diversity of his songwriting.
Eas’ was chosen as Album of the Year on Radio Scotland’s Roddy Hart Show and nominated for Scottish Album of the Year 2016 at the SAY Awards.
His new album ‘Amusement Arcade’ is released in May. Recorded & mixed on Mull at An Tobar studio by Gordon MacLean, and mastered by Stephen Marcussen (Warpaint, Tom Petty, REM)
Iain will be performing with his full band: Pete Harvey (cello), Gordon MacLean (bass), Joe Smillie (drums) and Lori Watson (fiddle).
Crypzis presents: Submerge [Generation One]
TAKE A DEEP BREATH…
You are descending into the unknown, let’s forget the outside world for one night.
We want to bring you an experience Edinburgh hasn’t provided so far, an experience removed from conformity with anonymity at its core.
Picture this: jiggy music, interactive aesthetics, electric atmosphere.
NU-DISCO / ACID HOUSE / FUTURE FUNK
Brownbear plus Guests
Brownbear is a musical collective led by singer/songwriter Matt Hickman.
The group released their debut single ‘Dead or Alive’ in May 2014 which subsequently gained them national radio exposure and high profile gigs which included supporting The Libertines at their comeback show at the iconic Barrowland’s Balllroom in Glasgow.
Brownbear then went on to join The Libertines again at their BST Summertime show at Hyde Park before playing at a number of festivals including T in The Park & Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. An acoustic version of ‘Dead or Alive’ recorded in the BBC Treehouse became the most viewed clip online for T in the Park 2014 ahead of the likes of Arctic Monkeys & Biffy Clyro.
In rock – as in life – change is unavoidable, often painful, but ultimately necessary, and Alicia Bognanno and her band Bully have dealt with a lot of it since their debut record Feels Like hit in 2015. Now with a new label and another couple years worth of life experience, the 12 new songs on Losing feel like perfect anthems for a generation still learning to harness the power of resistance. With a vocal style that is as pretty as it is powerful, and emotionally resonant lyrics, Alicia channels the loss of innocence and reveals a raw honesty in songs that are distinctly hers.
I love Bully the way I love Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr and the Breeders. Their sound takes me back to the stripped down and thoughtfully engineered songs that haunt me long after they’re gone and never get old. Another good reason to be with Sub Pop, who have always been associated with music that is built to last.
I feel like all my best work has been born of heartbreak and upheaval; maybe most musicians feel that way. “The title of the record –Losing – kind of says it all,” Alicia says. “After being on the road so long and coming back to Nashville we all had a lot of changes going on in our personal lives that we were trying to deal with / adjust to and that was really the motivation for this one.”
“Feel the Same” is about being stuck in the claustrophobia of a manic state of mind. It’s Alicia’s favorite song to scream. “Seeing It,” she says, is about the unique anxiety and vigilance about personal safety that comes with being a woman: “Such a blurring place to be / stuck in your own body.” Lately Alicia has been lending her voice as an advocate for gun control, women’s rights and speaking out in support of animal rights. In some ways my generation were in a bubble in the 90s; I never gave any thought to what Bill Clinton was up to, for instance – but in 2017, Losing sounds like a personal and necessary call to arms to me; we need rock n roll now more than ever.
– By Patty Schemel
TTWM: Sonars / Wuh Oh / Teek
Sonars are a two-piece Electro-Psych outfit from Brighton (UK) and Bergamo (IT). The band was founded by Frederick Paysden and Serena Oldrati, who share guitar, keyboard, synthesizer and bass playing duties whilst also singing, thanks to the use of loop stations and drum machines. Their retro-futuristic sound draws inspiration from Electro-Psych bands such as Air, Gorillaz, Jagwar Ma, Radiohead, MGMT and Tame Impala, with a love for Sixties and Seventies rock.
In May 2017 they supported Splashh (UK/AUS) on the German leg of their tour. In June 2017 they performed at several important European festivals such as MIL (PT), Arezzo Wave Love Festival (IT) and Maifeld Derby (DE) alongside internationally acclaimed acts such as Slowdive(band), King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Thurston Moore, Primal scream, Spoon, Whitney and Parcels.
“Musically sitting somewhere between Tame Impala’s mind-expanding aural excursions and Ladytron’s polemic electro-pop, Sonars’ blend of ambient electro-pop and delicate shoegaze encapsulate the true spirit of Eurosonic in every conceivable way.” – Drowned in Sound
The Underground Youth plus guests
Started in 2008 as the creative project of Craig Dyer, The Underground Youth’s blend of darkly cinematic psychedelia and raw post-punk music has developed a worldwide loyal fan base that continues to grow.
Since 2012 the band have completed a number of lengthy tours throughout Europe seeing them consistently sell out shows and receive widespread praise for their festival performances.
Through independent record label Fuzz Club Records TUY have released 8 LP’s and 3 EP’s, receiving both a cult following and critical acclaim all of their original releases have since sold out and been re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released on different formats.
Having relocated from Manchester to Berlin before the release of their 8th LP ‘What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?’ TUY are currently working on their 9th album.
The live band currently consists of Craig Dyer (Vocals, Guitar) Olya Dyer (Drums) Max James (Bass) and Leonard Kaage (Guitar). Combining walls of noise, raw energy and catchy melodies, TUY create a captivating live experience that is not to be missed.
David Ford – The Animal Spirits Tour
David Ford brings his all-action one man show to Edinburgh. It’s on a Sunday so prepare for a religious experience.
Boy Azooga plus guests
Boy Azooga is the musical mission of Cardiff-based Davey Newington. Drawing multifarious influence from Ty Segall, Sly & The Family Stone, William Onyeabor & Black Sabbath, and having cut his teeth as ‘Bongo Fury’ driving the percussion section of Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon – his debut album ‘1, 2, Kung Fu’ drops on 8th June.
Jane Blanchard, Luna Delirious
Jane Blanchard is a 22 year old singer-songwriter from New Brunswick, Canada who is currently living in Edinburgh. Blanchard writes delicate songs that lash out with a fierce and poetic vengeance.
Together with drummer Stefan Westner, the duo create wonderful music that’s all at once sweet, sensitive, and savage.
Luna Delirious sings bluesy lullabies written from a melancholic perspective with a big voice and a raw arrangement. Regularly requested in the Scottish music scene, she has played acclaimed gigs at Sneaky Petes, Cabaret Voltaire and was a featured act for Born To Be Wide.
The Wave Pictures
Prolific London indie threesome The Wave Pictures‘ most recent album Bamboo Diner In The Rain marked the band’s 15th in the canon and – continually championed by Marc Riley et al – they plan to drop two more this year.
Over 10 years of parties, with almost all being soundtracked solely by the residents, Definition is Sneaky Pete’s longest running club night.Expect underground house & techno inspired by the likes of Sonar, Fabric, Pressure & Berghain from resident duo Mark Balneaves & Marty Lightbody.
Free before 12, £5 after
The Weather Station
On sale now!
The Weather Station is the fourth—and most forthright—album by The Weather Station, the project of Toronto songwriter Tamara Lindeman. Her most fully realized statement to date, it is a work of profound urgency, artistic generosity, and joy. Self-titled and self-produced, the album unearths a vital new energy from Lindeman’s acclaimed songwriting practice, marrying it to a bold new sense of confidence.
“I wanted to make a rock and roll record,” Lindeman explains, “but one that sounded how I wanted it to sound, which of course is nothing like rock and roll.” The result is a spirited, frequently topical tour de force that declares its understated feminist politics, and its ambitious new sonic directions, from its first moments. On past records, Lindeman has been a master of economy. Here her precisely detailed prose-poem narratives remain as exquisitely wrought as ever, but they inhabit an idiosyncratic, sometimes disorderly, and often daring album that feels, and reads, like a collection of obliquely gut-punching short stories.
Her previous album Loyalty was recorded at La Frette Studios in France in the winter of 2014 with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist). Nominated for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, it earned praise from The Guardian, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Uncut, and MOJO, among many others, who celebrated its delicate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, ambiguities, complex metaphors, and rich details of the everyday.
Lindeman and her band have toured extensively in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, both as a headliner and as support for artists such as The War on Drugs, The Mountain Goats, Damien Jurado, Bahamas, and Basia Bulat.
“Timeless… Measured, perceptive storytelling. A singer with an unmistakable & communicative voice, able to convey hope & hurt with equal clarity.” – Pitchfork
“She writes literate songs with unusual precision & sings them in an understated, open-hearted way that lends good poetry the directness of conversation.” – Uncut
“Bob Dylan aside, the singer-songwriter I’ve listened to most over the past year, & to whom I expect to be paying attention for many more to come, is Tamara Lindeman, who, under the name the Weather Station, performs songs notable for a conversational fluency, a diarist’s powers of observation, & a quiet refusal of emotional simplicities.” – Richard Williams, The Guardian
After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of popular UK alt-country outfit ahab, songwriter Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight.
Being firmly part of the London Americana scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, who’s drummer Steve Brookes, having already toured heavily with ahab, quickly became a permanent member of Orphan Colours, along with Fred Abbott, lead guitarist with Noah & the Whale.