Amber Cross released her debut album “You Can Come In” in March of 2013. Country Music People Magazine/UK, discovered the album and gave it a 5 Star Review and CD Of The Month, saying “Every now and again a debut CD arrives and you know about 30 seconds in that you are experiencing something a bit special… it’s appeal is likely to be broad, from bluegrass, rootsy Appalachian, to country or honky-tonk.”
Authenticity is a difficult thing to measure in American roots music. It’s not in the hat you wear, or the twang in your voice. It’s in how well you understand that the music comes from the land, and that its roots run deep. Americana songwriter Amber Cross understands this, and on her new album, Savage on the Downhill, she makes music as beholden to the landscapes of Northern and Pacific California, where she lives and travels, as to the visually-rich songwriting she crafts around it. Her songs hang heavy with the yellow dust of dirt roads, plunge deep into the soft loam of the forest. Cross connected with other great American songwriters, Gurf Morlix and Tim O’Brien, who both came onboard for the album, with O’Brien complimenting her “no bullshit style of singing.” If there’s a rawness to Cross’ voice, a plainness to the words, it comes from the fact that Cross knows the roots of this music aren’t fancy. They’re built by hand and filled with honest words and hard-won truths.
The songs on Savage on the Downhill are deeply visual and inextricably tied to nature, whether the California forests that Cross roams through, or the high deserts outside Austin, Texas, where she recorded the album. Throughout, Cross moves easily through different styles of country and folk songwriting, from Bakersfield outlaw attitude to Woody Guthrie plain-spoken folk.
“Every once in a while music comes along that you just know instantly that you are going to like. Amber’s melodies are more than complemented by thoughtful, interesting and honest lyrics, along with fine, understated musicianship that proves the old adage that “less is more”. The result is a set of superbly crafted, well-rounded, addictive songs that stay with you long after the last notes have ended, and make you hungry for more.” -Duncan Warwick, Country Music People Magazine, UK
EYRE LLEW will be touring the UK, playing a string of intimate shows to celebrate the release of a new Split EP collaboration they recorded with their South Korean tour exchange friends.
The split began in 2018 between Asia tour dates when both bands went into the studio together during their time in Seoul. It marks the end of an international tour exchange and an incredible time on the road together. We can’t wait for you to hear it. Learn more at www.eyrellew.com
Conall Adam is a singer/songwriter from Dunfermline. Conall is a one man, one guitar performer that creates a full backing track of harmonies, rhythms, beats and riffs to create his unique sound.
Conall’s main influences are a mix of Passenger and Ed Sheeran and uses techniques to create a full show for everyone to hear live.
Conall earlier EP, Fall Asleep and gained the status of more streams on iTunes in Ireland than Adele’s “21” and Ed Sheerans “+” in November.
Conall has released his brand new EP out summer 2018 and is set to travel around Scotland to share this new release of music. He is recording his brand new EP in Edinburgh set to release in Summer 2019.
Drawing influences from the likes of Interpol and Joy Division, Wylde are a female-led 4 piece Post Punk band that blurs the lines between melodic dream pop and shoegaze.
Their sound comprises of heavy reverberated guitars, feedback and heavy bass lines.
A two-piece tour-de-force of synths, guitars and noise. They combine pounding electronic drums with punk guitars and dance grooves all wrapped up in a gothic aesthetic.
“Exquisitely frenetic synth madness”. THE HERALD
An emotional intensity using a wide variety of influences. Powerful, broody, eclectic and dark.
Loud messy guitars, powerful bass and exhilarating drums backup an emotional eclectic vocal.
Tom Speight is making up for lost time. Laid low by illness, beset by problems both personal and professional, the songwriter returned to what he does best: writing songs.
Using his convalescence as a musical break, Tom found that music simply tumbled forth, a torrent of ideas, a flood of melody. “I wanted to do it,” he says. “I came out of a big relationship – four or five years – and then I was pretty low. I’d just come out of two major operations, so it was a good, cathartic way of getting on with things.”
“You have to live life, don’t you? Get your heart broken, meet someone and start something new. Experience things.”
Armed with some of his finest songs to date, when Tom Speight finally decided to push the button he did so in remarkable style. Four Eps were released across 12 months, racking up more than 12 million Spotify plays, earning support from Radio 2 and a high profile session on Jo Whiley’s show. Desperate to play live, he chalked up more than 80 shows in less than 12 months, from London to Poland, from the Scottish Highlands to the continent.
“It’s amazing, yeah,” he admits with a smile. “We went to number one in Brazil. We were number seven in the global viral chart, and number one in their viral chart. Nothing’s changed, really. I always thought the songs were good, otherwise I wouldn’t have put them out there.”
Supremely confident in his own work, Tom has developed a close relationship to producer Chris Bond. Working at Bond’s barnyard studio – “No phone signal, no internet… there’s not even running water!” – the pair focus purely on music, getting as close to the songs as they possibly can.
“We did all the foundations live,” he explains. “And then strings, cello, and piano we’d put over it afterwards as overdubs. I think you can hear it in the songs, that it’s not polished. It’s a human thing, which I think is missing in music.”
“I could give him a dozen songs and he knew pretty much exactly what he was going to do with them. And that was a great feeling, as well. He had a real vision for them.”
As a kid, Tom Speight listened endlessly to those early Leonard Cohen albums, even going as far as to borrow his older sister’s classical guitar. That element of simplicity remains in his music, but his recent work feels more inclined towards Ryan Adams’ Autumnal romanticism, or even the simple yet affecting Celtic soul of Damian Rice, where each note has its own place driven by a deeply personal connection to the music.
That connection is something that fans feel, too. An entirely organic success story, Tom Speight has returned from the brink to find success in the only way he knows how – great songwriting, delivered on each and every gig. “Fans call me ‘friend’ – they think I’m their friend!” he exclaims. “I write messages for them when they buy the deluxe CD. You feel like you get to know people. I know what some of them do for jobs or how their wife is or something like that. It’s that nice feeling of having personal interactions with the fans. It’s important.”
With four more Eps planned for 2017 – and countless international shows on the books – Tom Speight is able to relax a little, to breathe a little easier. “I think there’s been months where I haven’t written a song,” he shrugs. “I don’t think that’s a bad thing, though. I don’t think you should force them out.”
Wholly natural and completely organic, Tom Speight is able to find success at his own pace. Time to get caught up.
Connor Clark and the Matador Kings
The Bright Skies
Australia’s These New South Whales are many things:
- A BAND FROM AUSTRALIA wearing nipple tape and coughing up sonic hell-scapes with deeply-pitched vocals, jarring loops, and screaming guitars (“restless and raw” – Rolling Stone)
- A TV SHOW with 3 series on Comedy Central, with funny and weird cameos from The Cure, CHVRCHES, Metz, DMA’s and DZ Deathrays
- AN EXPERIENCE
- A PHENOMENON.
With season three of the TV show in the works, new music being recorded, and another European tour in tow, the band’s 2019 is looking set for good things.
HAVVK produce a haunting and dynamic sound that steers the listener from moments of immersive shoe-gaze to thrashing punk rock, all fronted by a soaring, bewitching vocal. Gritty slices of indie grunge meet with shimmering delicacy. It hits you in the heart and the gut.
Julie Hawk’s founded the band as her solo project in London in 2014, before the group relocated to Berlin and broke away from the singer-songwriter niche. Having worked with producers behind Wolf Alice, And So I Watch You From Afar, Placebo and The Horrors, they redeveloped as a remarkable act with far more atmosphere, punch, and political edge than before.
We’ve chosen really promising supports for this one, so get down early for Medicine Cabinet and Magpie Blue.
come help us celebrate the launch of our new single “tonic youth”, we’ll be joined by the incredible golden arm and fast approaches.
After over 15k votes from fans, slowthai is touring the UK… and tickets are 99p each! For early access to tickets head to shop.slowthai.com
Join Full Fat, Dixie Fried and The Violent Mood Swings at Sneaky Pete’s for a night of Rhythm and Blues.
Hunter & The Bear are touring small intimate venues this May.
We love New Zealand four-piece The Beths (there’s a new member not in the picture lol). They channel their long- time friendship into high-energy guitar pop with a smart lyrical bite.
They overflow with joyful 60s pop vocal harmonies, explosive guitar riffs and infectious indie-rock hooks.
2019 promises to be a breakout year for The Beths – this show surprised us by selling out in a just couple of days, months ahead of the show date!
The First thing to know is this is Johnny from DMAs’ younger brother’s band, and that the two bands share some musical as well as fraternal DNA. The Second thing is that they are just as good!
Sydney rock/pop outfit PLANET is the culmination of several years of trial and error in songcraft, performance and production. They were first brought together by their shared love of music: old and new, foreign and domestic. Drawing influences from past and present the four-piece combine pop laden guitar hooks with soaring vocal melodies. The result is a sound which is reminiscent of Britpop but remains undeniably Australian.
Vancouver’s Crack Cloud make a dark and cranky kraut that has a potent release, channelling punk spirit into a taut and wire-tight sound.
They have a changing cast, usually seven members, and are also a mixed-media collective making their own extraordinary videos and artwork.
Modelled around harm reduction philosophy, Crack Cloud operates as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada.
This is Crocodiles’ first Edinburgh show in four years and we’re thrilled to have them back.
From San Diego, California, Crocodiles have made a career in thrall to a fuzzed-out wall of sound with soaring choruses buried under avalanches of echo. They are more Phil Spector than My Bloody Valentine, their guitar distortion and keyboard throbs still hurtling into the 3 minute pop song finishing line.
However much reptilian cool they conjure up, they are essentially a passionate and romantic band, but there is definitely “something of the night” about their kind of love.
British Rock foursome The Lutras formed in Dumfries, Scotland in 2016. Two years hitting the live circuit playing over three hundred shows to impassioned audiences across the UK, has seen The Lutras master their live set, build a strong fanbase and forged their very own unique sound which sits somewhere between Rock and Pop.
Clements & Heron’s songwriting displays fine examples of their influences on debut single ‘Run & Hide’ released on 22nd November ’18. The first release has seen the band’s fanbase grow from strength to strength with a sell out 350 cap hometown show at The Venue(Dumfries) in December to a sold-out support slot with Vida at Liquid Room, Edinburgh (800cap).
The band are currently locked away writing and recording demos to take into the studio with Bruce Rintoul (Twin Atlantic, Fatherson, The Lapelles) with at least two new singles planned for release this year.
Fresh off a full US tour with Jack White, we’re thrilled to have these guys touch down at Sneaks.
The Nude Party started as a band playing house parties in the buff at North Carolina’s Appalachian State University at the 505 House party spot. Word of their rawness and good times spirit spread with them when they moved to the New York Catskills where they worked with early mentor and producer Oakley Munson of Black Lips.
They make simple songs heavily influenced by mid- to late ‘60s classic rock, with nods to country and honky-tonk. They are most definitely a party band, but they do it so well because they mainline the Classic American Songbook.
Their live performance revolves around their loop stations which they use to recreate their songs layer by layer, drawing inspiration from Alt Rock, Psych Rock and Trip Hop.In 2018 they released a new single which was played on several UK radio stations, followed by official showcases at SXSW (Austin, TX), Canadian Music Week (Toronto, ON) and an extensive UK tour. After a busy festival season, they went on to support Thirty Seconds To Mars and Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) at the open-air Milano Rocks festival in September, performing before a crowd of thousands of people.
John Dwyer from Oh Sees has helped bring this menacing hurricane of a psyche band to further attention. In his words:
“They are captivating, they are odd, they make strange and interesting choices…futuristic and yet drawn from the same sonic sludge that all mankind derives from.
“They live and breathe early Los Angeles punk vibes while still innovating at every turn.
There is electricity in this sound.”
Ruvellas take the stage at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh supported by the great Between The Lines.
The Luka State
“Supergrass crossed with Kasabian? I think they’re very much better than that”, Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“This is huge, it is really good, really really like it!” Chris Murray, Amazing Radio
“They really know how to write a tune”, Gordon Smart, Radio X
This North West band just might be the hardest working unsigned rock act in the UK right now. In the 4 years since they formed they’ve toured the UK, Europe, North America and worked with producers from Alan Moulder (QOTSA Villains) to Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers) and Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters).
Their latest single, What My Problem, is a modern British take on the classic grunge sound and caps off a successful trilogy of tracks released in rapid succession since September 2018.
Retiree are three Australians responsible for some strongly rhythmic and emotional music. We connected with them through Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section International label (who run some of the best DJ parties anywhere).
“a whole lot of criss-crossing rhythm” – The FADER
“swirling synth flourishes, languid wistful vocals and strut- ting drum machine funk” – The 405.
Retiree are not a straight up dance band though. Their new album explores the theme of “house or home” and what that means in present day Australia for different people. They journey from an aboriginal tent embassy on the south coast of New South Wales, a retirement village, a one room flat in Ringwood and a sleepless 17 hour stop over in Malaysia.
Their live set throws all their keyboards, guitar pedals and woodblocks on stage, resulting in a fascinating arrangement of sounds that carry the lyrical content superbly.
Tickets available on the door
24th May – Erol Alkan All Night Long at Summerhall
We’re throwing a big party at Summerhall to welcome back producer, DJ, label founder and old pal Erol Alkan.
This is the third time Erol has played all night long in Edinburgh, after last year’s sell-out party at The Caves (and the one before that at Sneaky Petes), this is 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…
The Good Arms – “Blistering urgent in your face garage rock n roll”
Red Rum Club are a sextet from Liverpool, combing sounds of old and new channelling ‘Tarantino-esque’ wild western vibes with the help of a solitary trumpet. Liverpool influenced they deliver a modern twist of poetic yet catchy lyrics and melodies that blend to make the sound that is unmistakably, Red Rum Club.
After our last sell-out show, Mouldy Soul Promotions is coming back to Sneaky Pete’s.
We bring Gallus to Edinburgh on the 31st of May for Mouldy Soul VI alongside some excellent bands. Support comes from Bad Hombres, Weekend Debt and Medicine Cabinet – Wives. Tickets £5 before the gig and £6 on the door ?
Gallus are a Glasgow based 5 piece indie-punk band with a reputation for relentlessly energetic and entertaining live shows, rapidly building a keen and loyal fan base in their homeland. Formed in early 2017, they released their debut single “Nice” in March 2018 to much acclaim, and second single “Split”, from their debut EP, the following September. In the year since their first release, the band have found themselves with songs on Spotify editorial playlists, playing to a sold out Stereo for their EP launch, an at-capacity venue for Tenement Trail, and are set to play Stag & Dagger. With more songs on the way for summer 2019, the 5 piece are set to build on already fruitful 2019. ?
Bad Hombres – With influences ranging from dystopian fiction to classic British rock, garage rock and post-punk, the four-piece are quickly establishing themselves as one of Scotland’s best-emerging acts. Infusing a classic rock and punk grit with indie pop sensibilities and political lyrical wit, Bad Hombres’ live performances have made the band a force to be reckoned with.
Following the release of ‘Manuel!’, Bad Hombres later joined forces with one of their songwriting heroes Kieren Webster (The View). This saw the band lamenting the politically and socially abhorrent forces at play in the United Kingdom. ‘EMERGING from the depths of Glasgow’s dark underbelly are Bad Hombres; a rock’n’roll four-piece with heaps of swagger and a definite menacing streak (Tenement TV).’ ?
Weekend Debt – Grant, Calvin, Russell & Harvey make up the innovative indie rock band Weekend Debt from Glasgow, Scotland.
Growing up around music and progressing Glasgow artists, Weekend Debt have grown their own fan base from scratch and made an impact on the local music scene. Weekend Debt have now opened their account for 2019 with the instantly addictive sounds of ‘Tour de France’ – their first track in nearly two years making a roaring comeback in the Glasgow music scene. With plans to release an EP in the coming months, Weekend Debt have an exciting 2019 planned.?
Medicine Cabinet – Wives are an exciting new five-piece blurring the lines between sentimental new wave romanticism and cold, relentless post-punk chaos. Having only formed in January, the band have quickly built up a reputation as one of the most exciting new acts on the Scottish music scene. ?
We’re buzzing to announce that we’re headlining Sneaky Pete’s on Saturday the 1st June!!
As if dropping a new single wasn’t enough, this Friday 19/04/19 tickets will go on sale for our headline show in the capital where we’ll also be joined by friends Fossway and Human Renegade
Jonnie Wallace will return to the stage at Sneaky Pete’s to showcase new music and give Edinburgh a night of upcoming artists and amazing music.
Support acts announced soon…
Oh man what a huge talent! Allysha Joy is best known for performing in Melbourne Jazz and Hip Hop collective 30/70, and their success over the past two years has lead her to further challenge her expression in a project of her own.
Allysha is pushing boundaries as a keys player (specifically Fender Rhodes), a poet, a singer and a producer. Until you see it live, it’s hard to understand how she man- ages to create her extraordinary full band sound in a solo show form just piano and sample pads, but all the beats are hers and she lays down some groove. “Know your power” indeed.
Allysha’s steady groove, husky vocal tone and unique style of writing tells her own personal truth with force.
Midi Paul + Chuchoter + Krowne
Midi Paul is the alter ego of bassist/producer Phil McBride. Expect stuttering drums, spliced up disco samples, wobbly arpeggios and some computer funk. On stage, the music evolves like a DJ set but in place of the turntables you will get live bass, dirty analogue synths and old school breakbeats.
Vandal Palace are a four-piece indie rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland. Vandal Palace released their debut single ‘Come Back Down’ on March 29. Having already amassed one thousand Facebook likes in under a week, the band’s popularity has continued to rise, with ten thousand streams on their first release. Glamorous indie rock and roll, fused with melodic riffs and infectious hooks, Vandal Palace are a force to be reckoned with in 2019.
This Spanish psyche-satanic washtub blues group are back at Sneaks. This last show was an uproarious sellout and we’re expecting the same again.
Their newly minted fifth album is “a new attempt to go further and beyond, in our crusade for regression and the idea of creating our own personal ‘Gris Gris’.” The album sees them tracing back to more traditional folk music from their home country, channeling ceremonial, ‘un-Christian’ sounds.
“We chose to delve into the sound of the wash tub as the main bass sound, a drum amplified by the minimum number of mics so that it would sound as natural as possible and an electric guitar plugged directly into an amplifier, no intermediaries that would disturb the peace in the monastery.
vistas scottish headline tour
Sleazeball slick-haired grungey rock’n’roll, all leather jacket and no vest. Just some good no-frills harmful fun.
Violet Gang Edinburgh presents Cora Pearl + Special Guests at Sneaky Pete’s. Tuesday 25th June. £6 ADV // £8 OTD. // 7.00pm – 10.00pm. 18+ ??
? Cora Pearl ?
Cora Pearl have cemented their place as one of the most promising break out bands of 2019. With two releases in quick succession this year that have both gained national radio play from BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music and following on from a sell-out show headline show at The Leadmill, the band are set to storm the summer of 2019 with another new single and relentless touring & festivals across the UK including playing the main stage at this years Tramlines Festival 2019.
Tuesday 25th June
£6 ADV // £8 OTD // 18+
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
In Association with Violet Gang, Crystal Ship Studios, English Rain Sheffield, College Radio, Fat Flowers Collective and more.
Gaygirl make howling alt-grunge noise, with goth and shoegaze undertones and up-front “indie-noir” vocals with lashings of attitude.
The band have proven themselves to be a tight and dynamic live act on the London gigging scene, supporting the likes of Shame and Sorry. Last year’s ‘Paralydise’ single is scorching, and they have signed up to Roadkill Records for the release of new single ‘Sick Note’, which was produced by Margo Broom (Fat White Family, Goat Girl).
Formed in May 2017 in Bristol, through friendship, and a desperate need for artistic and sonic self-expression, Heavy Lungs went on a frenetic spree.
From the first packed out show at Crofters Rights, to recording an ep in 3 days, a raucous set at Simple Things last year, to supporting Idles then Metz. They went onto play outside Bristol home turf across the country and are now about to embark on a UK tour with brothers, Idles.
This is the beginning. This is Heavy Lungs.
Headlining every major city in Scotland plus some appearances elsewhere in Europe, tickets available now in a city near you.
Perhaps ‘the’ great math-prog band, for fans of King Gizzard, Battles, King Crimson and So SO Modern… these guys are off the charts, and get bonus points for collaborating with comedian Stewart Lee.
Boudicca Records artists KROW and EBB perform live at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s!
As Advance Base, Chicago native Owen Ashworth crafts bittersweetly real and honest pop gems. Join him in the capital for a special night at Sneaky Pete’s.
Psyche and post-punk sit deep in the Brazilian musical psyche. You may have seen Boogarins support Tune-Yards on tour last year where they came across as a freakier Tame Impala.
Their brilliant new LP ‘Sombrou Du?vida’ does not dispel the impression that these are some very avid psyche ad- venturers. Boogarins are thrillingly “other”, but they certainly know their way around a tune, and they are pin-prick funky too.
The use of a large, tuned live room at Austin’s Space Recording Studio allowed Boogarins to include the bold sound of their live performances — heavy rock guitar from Benke Ferraz (also in the producer role) colliding with experimental synth noise and bass undercurrents from Raphael Vaz, all driven by the incredibly dynamic and effulgent drums of Ynaia? Benthroldo.
Mellor live at Sneaky Pete’s
With support from Gentlemen Jackals
Heads up this show is at Summerhall not Sneaks!
Free Love is the latest manifestation of Scottish duo Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook (FKA Happy Meals) – a continuation and progression of their utopian dance pop experiments released on Night School Records and Optimo which have seen them nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and performing across the globe. Touring across Europe supporting Liars and The Flaming Lips, and with festival shows as far as Austin, Moscow and Bangalore, the band have become notorious for their sensual live ceremonies.
Using a table of all-hardware electronics, Free Love harness a charismatic chaos and unpredictable energy that sets them apart as one of the most exciting artists of 2019.
Saint Agnes are a ferocious 4-piece from East London, with an unashamed rock sound and electrifying live shows to go with it. All of it is underpinned by the intense chemistry of the frontman/woman pairing of Kitty and Jon, who trade tales of love, lamentation and loathing.
Say hello to your new favourite band.