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
The Dunts plus Pleasure Heads & The Morning Retakes
Glasgow punks The Dunts take once again to Sneaky Pete’s for their first Edinburgh headline show. Fresh off of selling Stereo out in Glasgow, it’s time to bring the chaos over to the east coast.
This show is part of our Central Belters series, showcasing the best new talent in Central Scotland, supported by PRS Foundation
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
Melting Pot has been running so long it’s legally allowed to drink this year (making it one of the UK’s longest running parties) and has stood the test of time for very good reason – residents Simon Cordiner and Andrew Pirie simply make the absolute best eclectic disco & house night ever.
The crew bring in extremely hi-fi audiophile gear to take Sneaks sound from great to supreme each time. These are the guys that perfected the sound for David Mancuso’s loft parties in London and elsewhere, you won’t find a duo who care more about making you swoon over the music.
Moonlight Zoo, Nasari, The Roques
00’s r’n’b. Y’all gon make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here.
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.
AMS Creative Industries Showcase
AMS NC Creative Industries end of term showcase event.
Join us in Edinburgh for a night of live music presented by our 1st year students; expect classic covers and original material.
All profits will be donated to Drake Music Scotland
The all-female musical beauty pageant of disco, house, techno, soul, funk, reggae, new wave and the rest.
Crows plus guests
“One of the UK’s most brutal and brilliant live bands, with frontman James Cox eyeballs the crowd with a fierce intensity that feels like he’s staring into your soul.” – NME
Intense is right, but beyond the menace there are massive tunes here too, like Girl Band covering We Are Scientists in pitch black with sudden strobes.
This show is part of our New Waves series where we showcase some of the most promising acts in the UK.
Junky Fam, Dead White Males
Speed funk power trio.
Propagators of the hardest, heaviest, sweatiest funk.
Pioneers traversing the most perilous rhythmic landscapes.
Alchemists distilling elements of p-funk, psychedelia, math and bossa.
Artisans crafting masterful works of subtle brutality.
Dead White Males are a Scottish psychedelic post-rock band, who play powerful and melodic soundscapes. They use homemade fretless instruments and their own musical system of notes to create a unique sound. A strongly rhythmic band, they’ve been praised for their ‘tremendous jazz-like percussion’. Highly dynamic, sometimes aiming for a trance-like state, at other times emotional catharsis.
Vuromantics plus special guests The Nowes
Classic Pop Magazine – “We’ve been hooked”
Louderthanwar – “a charming sophisticated slice of popular fusion”
Exposed Magazine – “shimmering synth textures and giant choruses”
The Nowes: In late autumn 2015, Filip Clements started jamming with various people around The University of Edinburgh, with the intention of forming a UK-based band. Filip’s Soundcloud-profile of initial demos had already generated more than 20,000 plays in the first month of its launch, and performimg with an ad hoc selection of British musicians around campus, he attracted the attention of music student and drummer Gian Paolo Sudar.
Triggered by Filip’s ambitious songs, Gian Paolo promptly joined the group and suggested adding his brother Andy as a fifth member.
Auditions for a bass player ensued, and with¨Rob¨/Antonio in place, a new four-piece was complete. The Nowes was born.
We are The Nowes. Our first EP ¨Think of you as an asset¨ is out Now(es)
Patersani ‘From You, From Here’ EP launchTickets
Witness presents Jamz Supernova
As one of the leading next generation DJ’s in the UK, JAMZ SUPERNOVA has passion for her craft in abundance.
The Party Slogan, Heavy Duty Box Company and The Niblicks
The Party Slogan are an unsigned Edinburgh band formed in 2016. The band have taken song writing influences from 80’s post-punk and alternative rock through to the sonic influence of garage rock revival.
Heavy Duty Box Company, the collective collection of companions who’ve come together over the years to help in the creation of our music through creating memories.
The Niblicks are a 4 piece rock n roll band from Perth characterised by a sound that has been carried through the 60s influence of rock and roll and the 90s British music scene which has arrived in the 21st century and been adopted and made their own”
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.
Orpheus Collective Presents:
Barbe Rousse/Attic Choir Double Headline
The brainchild of Edinburgh guitar-wizard Alasdair Kelly, Barbe Rousse are an energetic four-piece whose eclectic sound is based around “psychedelic sounds and calculated chaos.” Funky, dreamy, and captivating. For fans of UMO, Vulfpeck and The Flaming Lips.
Attic Choir are driven by exciting and compelling songwriting combined with powerful instrumentals and tight vocal harmonies.
Ferramoans are a hyperactive surf-goth, psychedelic-punk 2-piece based in Glasgow/Edinburgh.
Boy Azooga plus Walt Disco
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.
Angus Munro, Peter Cat, Rosie Bans
Headlining is the renowned, debonair Edinburgh artist ANGUS MUNRO, who will perform his scintillating, theatrical pop music with a full complement of band. His stentorian songs and multi-octave range have garnered plaudits from every conceivable direction, with The Skinny calling him “mesmerising” and The National praising “a voice you wouldn’t believe”. Munro channels the dramatic, emotional highs of Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright and Sondre Lerche, and he simply has to be seen to be believed.
In support, Glasgow experimental chamber poppers PETER CAT bring their unique live show back to Edinburgh, fresh from an extensive tour of Italy in May. Utilising loop pedals, vintage synthesisers and organs, and electric violin layered into surreal quasi-orchestras, singer and songwriter Graham Neil Gillespie brings characteristic wit and self-deprecation to bear upon classic pop songwriting. The Metaphorical Boat calls it “wonderfully jaunty yet intellectually deep, [with] just the right mix of brilliance and weirdness”. FFO: The Divine Comedy, Pulp, John Grant.
And rounding out the lineup is the mesmerising ROSIE BANS, of whom Louder Than War warn, “Take heed of her flame red hair as the fiery Glaswegian unleashes her wrath and emotion on us all.” Cower in fear, mere mortals; but not at such a distance that you deprive your ears of the divine power of Bans’ songs. An incredibly accomplished keyboardist and pianist, she peppers her tunes with jazzy flourishes, all the while maintaining a lyrical directness and honesty that captivates in the purest way possible. Fans of Tori Amos, Amanda Palmer and Imogen Heap shall delight.
Heaters: The Mirror Dance
The Mirror Dance duo return to Heaters to kick off a summer of Wednesdays…
Since they last smashed Sneakys the The Mirror Dance have taken their formidable bags of bangers to both Glasgow and Manchester, along with booking Dan Shake. After seeing them get another series of rooms jumping across the city we knew it was time to get them back, guaranteed belter.
Support and back to back action from Heaters’ C-Shaman.
Jane Blanchard, Carla J Easton, 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.
Dante have been releasing music for almost a decade, beginning with 2009s Monochrome EP, the critically acclaimed Wake (LP, 2013), a string of singles, and, I Wear Your Weight with Mine (2018). Never afraid to blur the boundaries between genres, The Herald stated that the band “exist on the hyphen between indie-folk” setting “…the bar high for for the hybrid, adding post-rock atmospherics and evocative lyrics”. Singer/songwriter Seán McLaughlin has worked with Idlewild’s Rod Jones on a number of projects and is becoming recognised as one of Scotland’s most accomplished songwriters. Growing up on the tiny island of Bressay in the Shetland Islands, there is a sense of solitude and introspection to McLaughlin’s writing, and the themes of his songs are obviously influenced by this rural landscape. The band’s new record was produced by Frightened Rabbit’s Andy Monaghan, mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana’s Nevermind) and features artwork by Tracy Maurice (Arcarde Fire) and is being released on Stitch Records.
“Powerful, brooding songwriting…” – Clash Magazine
“a record with emotional and songwriting maturity.” – The National
“a storming band with phenomenal energy and great songwriting.”. – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“…a superb collection of vibrant folk/rock songs.” – Scotland on Sunday
The Wave Pictures, Lach
Her Name Is Calla
Celebrating over a decade together, Her name is Calla could hardly be considered an overnight success. Always difficult to pigeon hole, the band sit somewhere between light and shade. Post-rock and folk. Heart break and apocalypse. This difficulty to label has been a blessing and burden for the band. On one hand struggling to be accepted into genres, but on the other affording them a unique voice in the field.
Formed in 2004 by song-writer Tom Morris, Her Name Is Calla play intense, emotional guitar-rock, categorised by Morris’s haunting and distinctive vocals and the bands remarkable use of dynamics and atmosphere which of- ten finds audiences silenced both its delicacy and brutality.
Since their debut album The Heritage, in 2008 Her Name is Calla have endured a vigorous touring schedule which has seen support grow to a now international fan-base. The Quiet Lamb (2010) saw the band’s appeal and atten- tion grow through support from BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and Xfm amongst others. After a hiatus which would have destroyed most bands (and people), 2014 saw the release of their 3rd studio album, ‘Navigator’. The reflective and bi- ographical album was well received and saw further touring which has added to the insidious rise of Her name is Calla.
2015 saw the band celebrate a decade together with the film/ soundtrack A Wave Of Endorphins. 2016 + 17 saw a num- ber of festival appearances as well as contributions to Torch Songs, the mens mental health charity, a 7” releases with the lauded Leeds based singles club Come Play With Me, as well as the release of a live album recorded at Handmade Festival.
Her Name is Calla return in 2018 with a wealth of new material to be released as an EP in June and an album in October on Function Records.
Dale Barclay & Laura St Jude plus guests
Dale Barclay, frontman of The Amazing Snakeheads and And Yet It Moves (easily one of the best gigs in Sneaks in the last year) collaborates with his partner Laura St. Jude and her eerie and brooding songwriting style.
Tickets available now!
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
Miscommunication, Fantanas, Screamin Whisper
Miscommunication are an experimental punk band from Edinburgh. Influenced by the likes of Nirvana, The Birthday Party, Strange Bones and False Heads, the band was formed by school friends Sam Harland-Sendra and Rory Garbutt, along with Maddy Baker, who had moved schools some years previously. The band began writing music and playing together at the Totally Sound music project on North Bridge, Edinburgh. After going through an alarming number of drummers during their first few live shows, Jamie Stewart was finally selected as a firm band member. The band have since steadily been playing the Edinburgh scene, and are planning to record a home recorded album online in the near future.
Fast Car To Florence plus guests
Since their inception early last year, Fast Car To Florence have moved from strength to strength, establishing themselves as one of the most intriguing and exciting up and coming bands the UK has to offer.
The Nottinghamshire trio’s unique brand of emotionally fuelled indie pop rock has garnered appraisal from blogs and local radio alike, as well an excitable and rapidly growing fan base – resulting in multiple sold out shows across the UK not even a year into the band’s existence.
Debut EP ‘Address the World’ – originally released exclusively through the band’s website as a five-day, interactive experience – perfectly encapsulates Fast Car To Florence’s unfaltering DIY attitude and refusal to conform to normal practices – as well as a staggering chemistry and an undeniably ferocious sense of ambition.
Verse Metrics, Nonimals
Verse Metrics are an indie/post rock band based in Glasgow. Due to release a follow up single to 2016’s EP ‘We’ll Be Listening and Remembering Until We’re Old and Unsteady’, they are playing a short tour of Scotland and the north of England. FFO – Death Cab for Cutie, Mogwai, The Appleseed Cast.
The Alphabox ‘Ghost Rhythms’ Album Launch, with Number Stations and Itchy Hashy
An album launch gig to promote The Alphabox’s second album ‘Ghost Rhythms’, scheduled for release in August 2018.
For fans of… New Order, Boards of Canada, Underworld etc
After an extended two year solo trip to Scandinavia, Xander Lyons has returned to Scotland with a fresh set of songs and a four piece backing band of his Napier University colleagues. With his upcoming singles ‘Scandi’ and ‘Demon in Me’ set for release in the near future, Xander and the band are playing gigs across Scotland aiming to bring an upbeat life to local music scenes!
Hymn For Her, Awkward Family Portraits, OceanCode
Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as “Hell’s Angels meets the Amish.”
The duo certainly covers a lot of musical territory in Smokin Flames. Their wild-eyed mash-up of country, blues and punk led U.K. music critic Steve Bennett to call H4H’s sound “a riotous, rocking roadkill stew,” while others have referenced such diverse bands as Captain Beefheart, Primus, X, R.L. Burnside, JS Blues Explosion and the Ramones.
Impressively, the two create their “ripsaw sounds” (Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis) with only a few instruments. Wayne (with the devilish voice), mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group’s rhythmic driving force. Lucy (of the fallen-angel voice) delivers a gritty squall on her “Lowebow” — a custom-made cigar-box guitar: “The Riff Monster.”
Awkward Family Portraite are a new and upcoming, Glasgow based, folk and Americana band playing their first headline gig at the Seven Song Club. Featuring Andrew Herrington on Bass, Millie Kidd on Drums, Timmy Allan on lead guitar and Julen Santamaria on guitar/vocals.
Carefully marrying the genres of folk, pop and rock together to create a distinctive sound with catchy melodies and clever hooks, OceanCode are a four-piece folk-pop band coming together from all across Scotland.
Formed in Edinburgh in late 2016, the band features vocalist/guitarist Ruth Gillies from Inverness, bassist Morgan Smith from Aberdeen, guitarist/vocalist Peter Wall from Dumfries and drummer David Burns from Glasgow. Since forming, they have received warm reactions from shows at Sneaky Pete’s, The Mash House, Electric Circus, King Tut’s and Mad Hatters.
Sahara, Sleepless Giants, Crystal, Spynn
SAHARA are a 4 piece Indie-Rock Band Formed in 2015 in Dundee. They Released their debut 3 track EP in 2016 which created a boom putting SAHARA on the map as a quality Dundee band. They have recently released their new single ‘Never Get the Time’ released on 23rd March 2018 which is available on most major streaming sites. The band have played various major festivals such as TRNSMT, Y Not Festival, and have done features with brands such as Fred Perry and Jack Daniels. They also toured with The View in 2017. With a slight change in line up, they have more releases planned for 2018 with the aim of becoming more active in the near future.
Sleepless Giants- Sleepless Giants are an ambient-alt-rock band from Edinburgh. Formed in 2016 the band have already completed a Scottish tour and received significant radio airplay with their first release. They’ve just released their second single, ‘Somewhere’ and expect another exciting year.
Crystal- CRYSTAL are a four-piece grunge/punk band comprised of Anna Shields, Blair Crichton, Lizzie Reid and Aidan McAllister. After the success of supporting Paolo Nutini at the Night Afore gig in Edinburgh and being featured on Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Hero’s, CRYSTAL hosted a sold out EP launch night in Nice N Sleazy for their new EP SEX RICH. CRYSTAL have been added to the line-up of Electric Fields Festival 2018 and the band are looking forward to playing many more packed out gigs and festivals in and around their home city Glasgow. Most recently, CRYSTAL were chosen to showcase at Wide Days 2018 to a sold out La Belle Angele. CRYSTAL have just released their new single ‘Heaven’ which is heavily inspired by 90’s grunge and 2018 will see the band releasing more singles and playing more gigs in and around Scotland.
Spyyn- a four piece alternative rock band based in Edinburgh founded in 2018. The bands debut self released single ‘DIRTY DISCO’ IS OUT NOW.
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
Royal-T & Skillis
Royal-T returns to Sneaks! ?
We hosted him with TQD, then Q returned and crushed it, and last time T played he was fire too.
So he returns for round two, with Headset’s Skillis on the warm up.
Tickets went very fast for the last ones, don’t miss.
Part of our New Waves season, supported by PRS Foundation, where we showcase some one the best upcoming acts in the UK.
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
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.
SCOTTISH troubadour Dave Arcari returns from his latest US tour for an exclusive Edinburgh show at Sneaky Pete’s.
His alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine internationallyacclaimed solo releases.
Arcari’s latest album – Live at Memorial Hall – is the definitive collection of his material to date.
He tours throughout the UK, continental Europe, Scandinavia and the USA and is an official endorsee of National ResoPhonic Guitars, Reunion Blues, G7th Capos and Newtone Strings.
Official website: http://www.davearcari.com