Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-10-17

Kebu sends his apologies that he has had to cancel this show due to poor health. He hopes to reschedule for 2019. All ticket buyers will be issued refunds.

Kebu (alias Sebastian Teir) from Finland is a bright comet in the world of synthesizer music, who recently won the German Schallwelle Award as Best Artist 2017. He is known for his YouTube videos, which have gathered over 25 million views and fans from all around the globe:

Kebu is a true synthesizer wizard, whose music is distinguished not only by a dedicated treatment of analogue synthesis but also of an audience-captivating live performance. His concerts radiate warmth and joy and show off a huge arsenal of analogue synths, which brings to mind the best solo synthesizer artists from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Indeed, Swedish Gaffa.se said in a rave review of one of Kebu’s gig that “Jarre’s successor has arrived”.

Following the release of “Perplexagon”, which debuted as number 6 on the Finnish album charts, Kebu has toured Europe and given over 70 concerts in eleven different countries. The concert in Oslo was recorded for a two-hour long live album (CD & DVD), which will be released by ZYX Music in autumn 2018. This autumn, Kebu embarks on a new Europe tour to support the release of the new live album. On this tour, a few new tunes from his upcoming studio album will be introduced as well.

http://www.youtube.com/kebunator

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2018-10-18
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-10-19

London’s L.A. Salami (Lookman Adekunle Salami) crafts magnetic blues-rock songs with a postmodern twist. He has released records on Domino and Rob Da Bank’s Sunday Best label. He is a romantic, a storyteller, and a troubadour.

Lookman writes songs because he has thoughts worth sharing, and his direct delivery and charm lift both the prosaic and obscure into the universal. His is a poetry of the everyday that tells us what’s really going on in these strange times.

Support sets from brilliant local singer/songwriters Faith Eliott and Ciaran McGhee.

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2018-10-20
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2018-10-21
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-10-22

Iglooghost is a UK-based, electronic producer of hyperspeed booms, fizzes, squeezes and stretches. As the newest signee to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, he first released his dizzying ‘Chinese Nü Yr’ EP to much acclaim and contorted facial reactions. Iglooghost is also responsible for a large amount of the visual accompaniments to his music.

“When a pair of giant eyeballs crash into the strange, misty world of Mamu, the mysterious forces that govern nature itself are disrupted. A life cycle of transforming creatures is thrown off balance, and the odd looking inhabitants of Mamu are forced to adapt to this calamity. These inhabitants include Yomi – a multicoloured pom-pom monk; Lummo – a wise blind witch training a band of melon coloured babies; and Uso – a sneaky bug thief hidden in a green cloak – as well as many others. As their respective stories begin to interlock, the mysteries surrounding the giant eyeballs are slowly revealed.” – Igloohost

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2018-10-23
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-10-24

Off Axis is a not-for-profit, Touring and Gig Swapping network that enables bands to play in over 75 towns / cities throughout the UK. Off Axis have their own stage at festivals including Kendal Calling.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-10-25

One of our very favourite ever past guests return with a searing new album written and recorded down and out and on the run between Dalston, Melbourne and Tokyo, with help and playing from Jason Pierce of Spritualized and Jay Watson from Tame Impala’s live band.

There are plenty of touchstones here for anyone who likes their rock chuggy, tuneful and feedback-seared: “flowing from brutalist psych to off-kilter one-minute teasers to Spaghetti-Western seduction” as NME put it. Think Jack White (for whom they’ve recorded), The Strokes, touring pals Last Shadow Puppets, Rocket From The Crypt, QUOTSA and even Liars… but they also have this fantastic quirky underlying humour like Ray Davies rewriting Joy Division. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself!

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2018-10-27
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-10-30

“Deliciously droll electro-pop” – The Guardian

‘Rebound’, Eleanor’s fourth solo album since her graduation from The Fiery Furnaces, may well be her best.

Pitchfork calls it “her swing to another, more daring, form of songwriting… a spooky, dancey vibe, lacing its gentle psychedelia with a dash of foreboding”.

Eleanor played for us back in 2013 and it was a truly special show, so we are absolutely delighted to have her back at Sneaky Pete’s.

Follow our Future Gigs playlist on Spotify for a regularly updated selection of all the best live music coming to the club.

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2018-10-31

The UK’s most energetic funk band, Glamour & The Baybes, are bringing the funk to Edinburgh with ripping horns, massive vocals and the hottest halloween party to end all parties!

Come in costume to get 50% off your ticket!

Support comes from The Hoistey Boys.

Glamour & The Baybes
The Edinburgh based 6-piece funk outfit have been residents at The Jazz Bar for the past 8 years and show no signs of stopping. These unlikely lads have weaved a horn-soaked love letter to all things funk & neo-soul with their latest EP Baybealicious.
What if George Clinton grew up with DragonBall Z? Find out with SUPER SAYIN.
Do you have an unquenchable love for the actor Terry Crews? Have it sated with TIGHT TERRY.
A horn-heavy diss track for Justin Bieber? Introducing TAKING IT BACK.

Individually and together Glamour & The Baybes have toured the world screaming alongside some of the industry’s most recognised names, such as John Legend, Matt Schofield, Thumpasaurus and Snarky Puppy.

The Hoistey Boys
Little to nothing is known about these people other than the fact that they have a penchant for 1990’s WWF wrestler, The Model, Rick Martel. Purportedly an Edinburgh rock band, no one has actually seen them up close. From their debut album, aptly named Night Custard, it sounds like there’s a singer, two guitars, bass and drums, but not necessarily in that order. The Hoistey Boys, should they appear, promise nothing.

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2018-11-01
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-11-02

We welcome back turbo Stirling XL Recordings signing Sam Gellaitry to our Night Music series.

Don’t miss!

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2018-11-03
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2018-11-04

Blind Circuits are an Edinburgh-based duo fusing rock, pop and funk with an electronic twist. Big beats, big riffs and even bigger basslines.

Edinburgh quintet Spylaw are renowned for their high-energy, trumpet-driven sound together with driving riffs and soaring melodies.

Dinosaur 94 are a four piece innocent punk band from Edinburgh.
“God creates dinosaurs, god destroys dinosaurs, god creates man, man destroys god, man creates dinosaurs…”

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2018-11-08
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-11-09

JOHN EDGE & THE KINGS OF NOWHERE

Emerging from the mists of the Scottish Highlands, John Edge & The Kings of Nowhere provide an energetic live show with songs about love, life, death, and all else in between.

The members of the band contribute different styles that combine to create a unique sound, ranging from John Frusciante-esque guitar licks to intricate prog-influenced drumming, all fused together and driven by Edge’s enchanting lyrics and totality on stage. Folk-music meets post-rock culminating in an abundance of raw power, melodious songs, and huge dynamics.

‘Edge is a supple, entrancing songwriter. An artist of real power… Easy on the ear yet intensely emotional.’

Robin Murray, CLASH Music

HAMISH HAWK & THE NEW OUTFIT

Hawk’s ability to surprise, enchant and bewilder at every turn has rendered him an endearing figure in the Scottish contemporary music scene.

The Edinburgh-based songwriter performs regularly throughout the UK alongside the likes of King Creosote, This Is The Kit, Idlewild, Evan Dando, Simon Joyner, Withered Hand, Out Lines and Lomond Campbell. His songs have been featured on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 6 Music and Scottish Fiction.

‘gorgeous, erudite indie-pop’

Nicola Meighan, BBC Radio Scotland

HEIR OF THE CURSED

Heir of The Cursed is a caulbearer born of an apparition, a primordial memory, a penny drop. She makes songs influenced by the strange nuances of life, rooted in grief, Scottish weather, the constant and the inconstant.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-11-10

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Jamie T, Ed Sheeran, Eminem and Damien Rice, Luke Carey has crafted his own unique style into his songwriting.

Relatable, honest and truly talented, this 23 year old North Londoner merges contemporary and upbeat vocals with a classic acoustic style.

Join the world of a young guy trying to find his feet and sharing his highs & lows of navigating the fields of romance and carving a career as a musician with a pinch of humour and one hell of a talent for song-writing.

A firm believer in the 10,000 hour rule, Luke set himself the challenge of playing 100 gigs in 100 days which proved a huge success and is one of the reasons he credits for making the Top 10 of the iTunes chart without a hint of PR.

Coinciding with this success he won the Unsigned Stars Competition, a feat previously held by MOBO and Brit Award winning grime artist Stormzy

Lester Clayton and his band are award winning songwriters who have been winning over audiences across the UK with songwriting wit which combines Political and Social commentary, Love Poetry and support for the Everyman and the Underdog.

2016 saw the band collect a Platinum award for best original score at the NYC Indy Film awards, meanwhile 2017 sees the release of the highly anticipated Home Truths EP as a followup to previous releases The Breadline EP and The Lifeline EP which peaked at number 10 on the iTunes Songwriter Chart.

Lester Clayton have forged their own style they call ‘STREET FOLK’ combining REGGAE, SOUL, FOLK and HIP HOP to create a unique sound which is capturing audiences imagination at venues including Brixton Academy, Manchester Academy, Ronnie Scott’s, Glasgow ABC, HMV Picturehouse, Islington Academy and hundreds more.

Craig Mc Morrow a singer/songwriter from the west of Ireland. He was an ex contestant in The Voice of Ireland 2014. Craig’s music interests include rock, acoustic and folk. Craig has enjoyed a successful career gigging for years all over the world in many different formats. He spent the last year writing and is about to record his debut EP after 2 successful single releases last year.

Craig has supported acts such as BrownBear, Lester Clayton, Ryan McMullan, Hermitage Green, Rackhouse Pilfer and may more. Craig is excited for what 2018 has to offer. He gigs full time and being on stage is where he shines.

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2018-11-13

The Brooklyn Brewery presents:

“Brooklyn Sound”
The final Brooklyn Sound tour of the year sees us going wild with New York City dance-punk legends headliners!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

From Brooklyn house party staples and Union Pool residencies, !!! have cemented their place as part of New York’s live dance scene. !!! are a band that need to be experienced in the flesh to truly understand and we can’t wait for them to blow your minds on this one-off tour of some of the UK’s finest intimate music venues.

£5 Tickets on sale Friday 5th October 12pm.

Tickets includes a free beer and tour merch

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-11-14

As part of Ben’s first EVER headline tour he will be performing at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on Wednesday 14th November.

Age limit for this show is 14+

Support act to be announced soon. Tickets out now!

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2018-11-15

Pip Blom makes droll super cool slacker grunge with killer tunes. Fans of Sleater-Kinney, Pavement, Honeyblood, Bleached, Hinds and Deap Vally should definitely take note!

“Never listen to people who want to change your music” was the advice from a fellow musician that twenty year-old Amsterdam native Pip took and started making songs, and it’s a glorious racket.

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2018-11-16

Local boy Raff Eragona aka Ella’s Brother headlines Sneaky’s with a full band playing material from his debut EP Mere Exposure (released July 2018) and brand new tracks from his as yet untitled second release. Special guest to be announced.

“Brimming with uneasy observations and home-truths, ‘What I Had In Mind’ treads into the territory of First Impressions Of Earth-era Strokes with its wildly inventive guitars and soaring yet innately raw vocals. Musically and lyrically poignant, this track exemplifies the abundant charms of Ella’s Brother and will act as a stellar introduction for anyone that’s yet to be acquainted.” – Tenement TV

“…assured yet innocent, matching bright colours, tones against rather more darker, nuanced lyricism.” – Clash Magazine

Tickets £6 in advance, £7 on the door

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-11-17

tAngerinecAt play raw powerful cinematic and deeply atmospheric electronica with punk attitude formed in Ukraine that absorbed the musical, poetic and social forms of Ukrainian and Soviet counterculture.

“Watch out for: tAngerinecAt… this is some of the most powerful music I have heard in a long time…” – Louder Than War

“I’ve never seen someone play a hurdy-gurdy so punk…” – Devil’s Dyke Network

“tAngerinecAt brought not just synth to the table, but a whole range of physical, classical instruments into the mix – most noticeably their use of the hurdy-gurdy, to make their music the deep notes of severe doom and dread that gave it the feeling of a rave in a mausoleum…”- Leftlion

Edinburgh-based four-piece Earth Wire specialise in a unique brand of genre-defying, lo-fi and emotionally impactful music.

WOLFNOTE// play modern alternative folk with a myriad of electronic styles.

– Facebook event:

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-11-20

With nods to beat driven nu-soul, Ali Robertson’s first handful of singles have so far received over a million streams across all major digital music platforms, as well as gaining radio play on stations such as BBC Radio Scotland, KCRW and Amazing Radio.

Global music blog Indie Shuffle likened Ali’s sound amongst the ranks of Chet Faker, Honne and Bob Moses, describing him as a “mature artist, poised for a whole lot of attention”, with smooth vocals, perfect mixing and irresistible melodies.

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2018-11-21

808INK is a musical duo straight from the South East of London. Consisting of 808Charmer & Mumblez Black Ink the producer / rapper collective merge together to create a sonic experience yet to be recreated. With 808 Charmer controlling production whilst gracing tracks with both raps and vocals, Mumblez primarily fronts this duo with raw and experimental rap techniques bringing a very organic vibe.

808INK are not to be solely boxed into the Hip-Hop genre, as the level of influence within their musicality cannot be denied.

808Charmer’s roots in Psychedelia, Reggae and Hip-Hop allow him to bring a wide range of textures, sounds, killer hooks and flows to this duo bringing an original approach to UK Rap, partnered with Mumblez unique cadence, this group is set apart from the rest. 808INK believe there are no rules to music, furthermore no rules worth caring to follow. Their beautiful collage of sound brings a fresh and innovative style that has been compared to the likes of Outkast which speaks volumes not only down to the creativity of this collective but also due to the bravery they possess in pushing boundaries and influencing the soundscape of those who bear witness.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-11-22

Bearcubs is the immersive solo project from 25 year old electronic artist Jack Ritchie. Over the past 2 years, Bearcubs has honed in on a distinctly unique blend of emotive electronic music, future garage and lofi house music in his meticulously crafted productions.

 

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-11-23

Off Axis is a not-for-profit, Touring and Gig Swapping network that enables bands to play in over 75 towns / cities throughout the UK. Off Axis have their own stage at festivals including Kendal Calling

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-11-24

“The best club in the UK for future rock & roll stars” Noel Gallagher

SWAY “Shoegazey guitars and pounding rhythmns with strong power pop melodies” GigSlutz

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2018-11-25

Scottish Fiction Records are proud to present ‘Silver Cords’, the long awaited new album from Beerjacket.

‘Silver Cords’ is more than just a new Beerjacket album. Accompanying the 12 songs are a collection of 12 short stories bound in a hardback book; intertwined with the music, intended for consumption alongside it.

Join us at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh as we unveil the album out into the wide world along with some very special supports including Julia and the Doogans

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2018-11-26

The singer, lyricist and guitarist Thom Artway is currently one of the most respected young musicians of the Czech music scene. His songs are captivating, creating a musically emotional world with introspective lyrics.

Freely inspired by British songwriters, Thom set out his path with his debut, Hedgehog and he heads towards his second record which will be released in 2019.

Thom’s first international release, was a single All I Know taken from his upcoming sophomore album. Internationally acclaimed single All I Know saw support from the likes of CelebMix, Indie Band Guru, Music Match and Subba-Cultcha, among others.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-11-27

Self-Esteem is the brand new project from Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club.

10 wonderful years in a successful indie band, and Rebecca finds herself musically re-incarnated. Self Esteem is the next chapter of her enthralling story. Collaborating with others including Dave Maclean of Django Django, and drawing influence from pop culture, the dark and light within her own life and her experiences on the road, her new sound is dramatic, direct, charming and deafeningly exciting.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-11-28

Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive band across their two sold out 7” singles and the ‘Third Article’ EP. So far they have earned support from a litany of radio shows, magazines and tastemakers, including the likes of BBC 6 Music, DIY, and Loud & Quiet. Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound. Their reputation as a fervent live act is ever-growing, typified by them being asked to share stages with the likes of Parquet Courts, The Cribs, Buzzcocks, Dream Wife, Menace Beach and more.

Drahla’s most recent release, the ‘Third Article’ EP, Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, was released at the end of last year on the band’s own Blank Ad label. Drahla followed the release with their first European tour, supporting Metz and the trio will be joining Ought on their UK tour in April. The band are currently working on new material for release later this year.

This show is part of our New Waves season of the best upcoming UK music, supported by PRS Foundation.

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2018-11-30
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-12-01

Melding traditional Scottish music with new sounds from electronica and elsewhere, Inyal are one of Glasgow’s most hotly-tipped young bands.

They have had sell out shows and features in The Scotsman and The National. Their melting pot of styles has being showcased on BBC Alba and RTÉ, and the main stages of festivals around the country, including Celtic Connections and the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

“Inyal’s sweeping soundscapes are sure to provide the backdrop to many a late-night gathering as we move into the long days of summer and beyond. ”
— The National

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2018-12-03
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-12-11

ATM Music presents their first ever Edinburgh show, featuring Dundee’s Billy Mitchell supported by Edinburgh bands The Bright Skies and Rum Runners. The show is the follow on from the ATM teams october sucess in Glasgow’s Record Factory.

The Bright Skies are a 4-piece Edinburgh based fresh indie/alternative rock band that takes inspiration from Oasis, The Stone Roses, Courteeners, The View and The Libertines.

They are a band who have burst onto the Edinburgh music scene, being described as Jim Gellatly as a “great wee band”. Lewis Lawler, an Edinburgh filmmaker, described them as having a “fresh indie sound”.

Prentice Robertson, lead singer and guitarist in skyrocketing Edinburgh indie/pop band Vistas said “They are full of high energy and sweaty gigs. If you’re into The View or The Libertines you should listen to them and head along to their gigs.”

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2018-12-13

A multicultural group of people from different corners of the world, against all odds of ever meeting, joined forces to bring about a message of union and uprising against the forces that hold the every-man down.

From their base in Hollywood California, THE MÆNSION hit the road hot and fast, bringing their message across 16 countries to date, on hundreds of “riots” organized as a grassroots movement, without the backing of big corp, only thanks to the support of local communities embracing their vision and message.
Will you stand up and let your voice be heard?

“We are the army of the people, Power to us, Power to us!”, “Say it! Say it! We are not gonna follow you!”. These are just some of the slogans chanted along with the crowds during their “RIOTS” happening around the globe.

RÆVOLUTION world tour is happening now! Join the movement!

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2018-12-15
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2018-12-16
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2019-02-09

Krow:
is a Punk EDM Band based out of Edinburgh. She is know for her powerful vocals and strong lyrics. Truly an exciting attention demanding show, fantastic music!

Mother eat moth:
Is a noisy Rocky band based out of Edinburgh/Glasgow. A loud and high energy show…!

Special guest TBC

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2019-02-20

Art Brut! Top Of The Pops!

Heads up, this show is set to sell out fairly soon.

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2019-02-23
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2019-04-20

With influences ranging from traditional folk to the more rocky bands like Gogel Bordello, Cold War Kids and Jack White, HM&TC are a band on top of their game right now. They might just be one of the hardest working bands in the country, with constant touring that has included appearances at the likes of Glastonbury, Bestival and Boomtown festivals, as well as critical acclaim that has led to an ever growing fanbase across the world. Their music has recently been used in the Oceans 8 film as an added bonus for the band. A live show not to be missed!

14+ show

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2019-04-25

The story of Ten Fé is a love story, of sorts. For the songwriters at the centre of it – Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan – the band is the eventual realisation of two respective careers spent navigating the bumpy terrain of the music industry. Both have been in bands before, some successful, some less so, until in each-other they finally found a musical partnership built on a deeper understanding.
 
Leo Duncan is from the Black country – the ‘armpit of England’, he jokes – raised in an Irish household, steeped in a tradition of folk singing. Ben Moorhouse is from East London and found his musical feet at school  – picking up a guitar, and moving through Britpop into psychedelia and then jazz as he progressed through his teenage years and onto a Royal Academy music degree. They met around the time Ben was enjoying success playing bass in indie outfit Golden Silvers and the pair began working together on the side-lines. Between busking on the London underground, they wrote songs in each-other’s bedrooms, and eventually in 2015 started releasing music in their own right. Ten Fé was formed. Their debut album Hit the Light arrived in early-2017 and received widespread acclaim, with comparisons to Britain’s Madchester scene of the late 80s and early 90s and Springsteen-esque Americana. It struck a chord, enjoying in excess of 30 million streams on Spotify and inspiring sold out shows in the UK, America, and Europe.
 
They felt a renewed sense of confidence when it came to writing the ever-daunting follow up. They set up shop in a vacant driving licence office in Walthamstow where the majority of the writing has been done. As they neared the end of the process, they took their collection of songs and the rest of the expanded Ten Fé band – Rob Shipley, Johnny Drain and Alex Hammond – to Oslo where they tracked the record before returning to London to finish it off with producer Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Petite Noir, Anna of the North) and have it mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Florence & The Machine, Amen Dunes).

Finding a sweet spot somewhere between the woozy drawl of War on Drugs and the taut melodrama of Fleetwood Mac, they focused their sound into something distinctively Ten Fé.  The duo’s songwriting has matured since their debut to become something more subtle, evocative and emotionally compelling.

All attention is now focused on the resultant record – ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ – which is due for release on 8 March 2019 via Some Kinda Love/PIAS. It is a poignant, uplifting meditation on everything that’s brought them to this point, and all they’ve left behind in getting there. Already introduced by first single ‘Not Tonight, and now brand-new offering ‘Won’t Happen’; an early standout which bounces with a lithe groove while Leo Duncan, on vocals, laments and repents for his past indiscretions. 

What ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ adds up to is a record about time – the time it takes, the time you’ll never get back, and the times still to come – from a band with a deep appreciation of taking the rough with the smooth. The journey to its completion has been about stripping away the distractions and being truthful to themselves. 

After everything, Ben and Leo have finally stopped chasing other people’s dreams and brought it back to a simple connection that is unique to the two of them. Translated into English, Ten Fé is the Spanish for “have faith”. New album title “Future Perfect, Present Tense” conveys further their commitment to the cause and a reminder of their unwavering optimism. Both of these mottos are apt for the pair of songwriters – a band who’ve learnt to trust each-other, and know the rest will follow.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2019-05-02