Choose Rude #2: The Begbies, Moonlight Zoo, The Palmiros
Over the past couple of months we’ve been working hard to bring you an (almost) monthly local music zine/blog and after printing, folding and distributing over 5,000 copies of various issue’s we’re excited to bring you Vol. 2 of our live music clubnight!
mixed with raw, uplifting vocals and socially challenging lyrics highlighting the hypocrisy and selfishness of the political classes who’s indiscretions are dealt with differently to the masses.
Moonlight Zoo play a primal mix of funky pop, beastly beats & growling riffs punctuated by sensible nonsense sang in three part harmony.
Formed in the winter of 2013, The Palmiros enjoyed a lot of early success in venues in Edinburgh, Glasgow, West Lothian and Fife as a four piece before cutting down to a three. The band has evolved since then and with each gig they grow stronger together and do everything to make each show they play as electric and exciting as possible.
Surprise Special Guest DJ Set
Melting Pot is the Glasgow based club night that’s one of the longest running in the UK, 16 years and counting in 2017, they celebrate their birthday this month.
Giving DJs such as Mr Scruff, Floating Points, Todd Terje, Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell, Francois K, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Dimitri From Paris, Frankie Knuckles and many more the opportunity to play whatever they feel: disco, house, techno, funk, soul and beyond.
They pay particular attention to their sound system which has made it one of the best sounding anywhere, with their guests raving about it. To get the full Melting Pot effect they’ll be bringing their own preamps, power conditioners, broadcast charges and other assorted hi-fi trickery to make Sneak’s brand new Condesa Rotary Mixer sing on the d&b soundsystem!
Wille & The Bandits
Essentially Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece much in the vain of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.
The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.
They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone. Now touring their third independently released studio album Wille and the Bandits fan base, repertoire of sounds, styles and innovation seems to be growing at an exponential rate.
The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.
RIDE (Nineties & Noughties Hip Hop & R’n’B)
Live fast die young RIDE girls do it well. RIDE is our monthly nineties & noughties Hip Hop & R’n’B jams party. With DJ’s Lauren Ill, Check Yersel & friends.
Pinact, Tongue Trap, Shredd
As a warm-up to appearing at this year’s South By Southwest Festival, Pinact play a special show at Sneaky Pete’s.
A lot of bands are compared to the likes of Sonic Youth, Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr., but very few are capable of living up to the billing. Enter Pinact, whom has harnessed the spirit of Glasgow’s music scene incredibly. The trio combines experimental, turn-it-up-to-11 guitar sounds with outstanding melodic awareness. Imagine if you will, Lou Barlow having the guitar sound of Lee Ranaldo. Imagine if The Vaselines listened to Lightning Bolt. An intensely chaotic sound that wraps sheer pop song writing in Melvins-esque fuzz, a kiss and a punch.
Bonfire Nights plus DTHPDL and Fotzepolitic
Combining raw, abrasive guitars, layered drones and
hypnotic beats, Bonfire Nights emit a fierce wall of noise
on stage, but also reveal an underlying penchant for
melodic hooks and intricate boy-girl harmonies.
Formed in Australia by Steve Foster and Ruth Nitkiewicz,
they packed their bags in 2011 and trekked to London
for the promise of the big city lights. They hit the ground
running, taking their brand of champagne shoegaze on
the road for their first UK tour. The following year saw
Bonfire Nights journey to the United States for showcase
events at South by Southwest and in New York City, with
a couple blistering college house-parties in between.
Back in the UK, they headed into the studio with Olly
Betts of The Duke Spirit to lay down the groundwork
for the pulsating neo psych juggernaut ‘Ego Death’,
which was released as a split 7” with Tripwires on Bad
Vibrations Records. Sessions from this time also include
the brooding and haunted ‘Low’, mixed by Ian Davenport
(Band of Skulls, Supergrass) and featured on a limited
edition compilation cassette from Fluffer Records. This
was followed by a period of intense gigging, sharing the
stage with other like-minded acts such as Pond, The
KVB, Lola Colt, The Drones, DZ Deathrays, Holydrug
Couple and The Underground Youth. After a period of
line-up changes, the band recruited fellow Australians
James Boyd on guitar and Suzie Creevey on keys, and
further consolidated their psychotropic sound with Leon
Ferbrache on bass.
In 2015 Bonfire Nights were back in the studio with Olly
Betts to record their debut album, ‘Entopica Phenomica’.
Featuring walls of guitar noise, chiming distortion and
sweeping synthesizers, the album saw the band exploring
cerebral underworlds and experimenting with their sound.
“…flat-lining austere choked slab of
neo psych post punk Dadaism”
(The Sunday Experience)
‘Entopica Phenomica’ will be released on their own label,
Holy Beatnik Records, on 21 October 2016.
‘Mesmer Isles’ (lead single from forthcoming album
Minival Edinburgh with Call Super
A Minival, Edinburgh and Sneaky Petes debut awaits for one of the most in-form DJs of the the last year, Call Super! From tearing up Magnetic Festival in India to destroying Dekmantel, his DJ sets, express the perfect amalgam of adventurous selections and dancefloor sensibility, always with a sense of hazy nostalgia.
His aptitude for production and shaping hypnotic sets have led him to play across continents at all the leading spots, also landing him a monthly show on BCR, and impressive mixes for the likes of Boiler Room, XLR8R, Rinse & FACT. Perfect for the intimate confines of Sneaky Petes.
Tickets: £6 – £10
Strictly 18+ ID required
Electronic Carnival For Freaks
Bottle Note, Cassia, The Carvelles, The Take Home
Promoters ‘Scruff of the Neck’ are a collective “making waves we shouldn’t ignore” (Hattie Pearson, Radio X) and a “Super-cool imprint” (Manchester Evening News). High praise indeed, but it’s the bands we pick and the shows we promote that make the difference.
This time we present to you
Introspective indie-pop from the Scottish capital
“Mixing warm tropical grooves with infectiously raw guitar melodies, Cassia, best served with white rum, have in just half a year grown to be one of the most buzzing bands coming out of the North of the UK.
“Toe-tapping indie rock goodness” – WTNP
THE TAKE HOME
exquisitely understated indie rock that wears its heart on its sleeve
ADVANCE TICKETS: £6
An exciting proposition in this alternative pop star predicted to reach success and inspire. Check Laurel HERE
Denney (Hot Creations / VIVa / Poker Flat) at Coalition
It’s true that hard work and dedication are the key to success, which young North-Eastern star Denney realised in 2012 when his first smash hit ‘Ultraviolet’ was signed by the infamous Hot Creations camp, leading to colossal international success. He was fast named ‘Future Hero’ in Mixmag and the track held a strong position at Number 1 in the best selling vinyl chart on Juno gaining him support from heavy-weights Sasha, Damian Lazarus, Seth Troxler, MANDY, Pete Tong and many more.
Prior to this Denney had spent years playing at club nights around the North of England and working for the legendary Back to Basics in Leeds. With hours spent educating himself on music, networking and dedicating countless days in the studio he swiftly began to reap the rewards of his hard work with releases on highly acclaimed labels such as VIVa Music, Saved Records, 2020Vision and of course Hot Creations.
Denney’s undeniable talents as a DJ have lead him to play all over the world leaving his mark on Europe, Australia and America, with a highlight at the notorious DC10 in Ibiza for Jamie Jones’ Paradise. His style is unmistakable with intricately blending house and techno with a distinct ability to conjure a euphoric atmosphere. Performing alongside some of the world’s key names, Denney has shown a modest, unfaltering style – whether playing a warm up or main room set he always delivers.
2014 was undoubtedly another phenomenal year for Denney. Things moved swiftly from strength to strength landing a residency at the club night Back to Basics, a huge honour and holding major importance to him. After signing with NGE booking Agency, who look after the likes of Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus and Art Department, an intensive touring schedule took Denney across the globe gracing DJ booths at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues such as Fabric and Mint Club. With VIVa boss Steve Lawler fully behind the rapidly rising star signing him to VIVa Music Management, 2015 became an even more prolific year for Denney.
Firmly at the forefront of the underground music spectrum, the start of the year saw him release one of 2015’s most revered productions. Conquering clubs and festivals across the globe, ‘Low Frequency’ rocketed to the top of the Beatport charts sitting at number 1 for over five weeks once again showcasing Denney’s un-paralleled vision and production style. With the summer season drawing closer he showed no sign of taking his feet off the pedal; highlighted by holding a residency at one of Ibiza’s most sought after events, VIVa Warriors as well as making appearances at Jamie Jones’ Paradise and Manchester’s The Warehouse Project.
Forever pushing and breaking musical boundaries, the end of 2015 once again held momentous things for Denney, including a massive re-release of ‘Low Frequency’ on Ministry Of Sound which saw the track break into the UK top 100 chart. Along with the ‘On & On’ EP on VIVa MUSiC, and his stellar production ‘Acid (You’re Free)’ featuring on Poker Flat, the young artist continues to reiterate his ever-burning presence on the international dance music scene.
Eyre Llew plus guests
Eyre Llew are a three-piece ambient rock band from Nottingham.
They have been together since August 2014 and released an impressive nine singles in this short time with previous single ‘Fero’ being streamed over 85,000+ times on Spotify.
They have been featured on BBC Introducing, Kerrang! Radio, Drowned In Sound and The 405 among many other web and magazines with well placed music writers labelling them as the “ones to watch”.
Currently recording behind the scenes, they will be releasing their debut album in early 2017 as well as announcing various festival appearances and tours over the year playing their new material.
Sam Coomes (of Quasi)
Sam Coomes is probably best known as half of the long running underground pop duo Quasi, alongside bandmate Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney). Quasi have released nine albums over the last two decades and toured all over the world. Concurrently, Sam Coomes has played and recorded with the likes of Built to Spill, Elliott Smith and Jandek, worked as a producer and scored numerous soundtracks for underground films and art installations. In short, he is not a newcomer to the scene.
His solo sound is, in Coome’s own words “Suicide meets The Beach Boys. Not the sophisticated ‘Pet Sounds’ Beach Boys, but more like ‘Surfer Girl’ stuff.
More conscious reference points were Chris Montez or Timmy Thomas.” He wanted to make “entertainment music, but entertainment music meant for those not served by more mainstream entertainment music. Maybe one might want to take a break from Sheer Hellish Miasma & enjoy some simple tunes that maybe speak to the same sense of the absurd, that likewise reject commercialism & market-based aesthetics, & even now & again pay a little homage to the raw synthesizer noise we have grown to love & even crave. Maybe timeworn themes such as love & war still resonate in the dusty backrooms of your mind (indeed maybe they are the only themes which do so).”
Accompanied only by his organ and ‘Conny’ – a mid-‘60s rhythm box (non-programmable, “not even really a drum machine”), Coomes made a conscious choice to pare things back. He explains: “In a time where anyone with a computer & enough time on their hands can micro-manage a given piece of music to the nth degree; can process, arrange, edit & otherwise wheedle a song into a state-of-the-art showcase of outclevering the next guy… maybe allowing a song to exist at its most basic level is a means to not only subvert market-based (or, almost equivalently, technology-based) standards of production, but also a means to keep the music & the performance of the music honest. This is assuming of course that honesty is a good thing, or at least is considered a good thing by those unmoved by mainstream entertainment music, which often reeks of dishonesty. Whether this is a safe assumption, who knows? Actually, I’m suspicious of people proclaiming their own honesty – so forget it. Certainly, its artifice. But the intent is honest artifice – like the original King Kong, as opposed to the remakes. If King Kong for you means Willis O’Brien rather than Dino De Laurentis or Peter Jackson, then you probably have an idea of what I’m driving at.”
Bugger Me is available to pre-order now on vinyl, deluxe vinyl, CD and digital download. The vinyl, deluxe vinyl and CD all come with a black and white 16-page booklet and the deluxe LP is coloured black and white.
Auntie Flo Remix Tour with The Revenge
Auntie Flo is a central figure in dance music known for fusing electronic and world influences alongside the likes of Daphni, Four Tet & Romare. Flo’s DJ appearances include Panorama Bar, Trouw, Fabric, D-Edge and former residencies at Glasgow’s Sub Club and London’s Plastic People.
In 2015 the Glaswegian released his award winning debut full-length album, ‘Theory of Flo’ which has been remixed by a number of artists including The Revenge. With several aliases and collaborative projects for his prolific production and creative needs, The Revenge has been revered heavily since 2010 for his expertise as a producer and versatility as a DJ.
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Losing Ground, Echo Arcadia, Will & The Wild Horse, Karma Bull
Another quality bill from WTNP featuring the cream of rising Scottish talent.
TEESH > All You Can Eat Mind Buffet
TEESH = All You Can Eat Mind Buffet, costing £5
This month we’ll again be creating various immersive 3D experiences in the club to enjoy. 3D artworks, Projections & more.
For the uninitiated, TEESH is resident DJ Cheers ‘All You Can Eat Mind Buffet’ through Afro, Cosmic Disco, Soul, Funk, Boogie, Classics, House, Hip Hop, Techno, arps, clicks, warm weirdness, subtle highs and occasional strandbar, throwing parties the 2nd Saturday of the month at Sneaky Pete’s.
With past guests including ~ Rüf Dug / Kindness / Pearson Sound / Palms Trax / Lord Of The Isles and Project Pablo there is also a strong emphasis on visual art & video….
TQD UKG Album Launch: Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D | plus Taz Buckfaster
“Garage isn’t a genre known for its supergroups. Those usually seem too formal or circumstantial for a genre so defined by rough edges, impromptu parties, and pirate radio broadcasts. But TQD—a garage group composed of the living legends Royal-T, DJ Q, and Flava D—is here to change that. Together, they make garage that is sleek and ultramodern, yet sentimental enough that it accommodates the desires of those old heads haunting the club.” – Pitchfork
The Holy Smokes EP Launch, with guest Michael Barker
The Holy Smokes are a two-piece indie rock band, consisting of Louie Anderson on drums and vocals, and Andy Mortimer on guitar and vocals. Since January 2016, they have released a 4-track EP titled No Romance – the lead single ‘Disenchanted’ can be found on Youtube – and a single ‘Love Her’ with a self-produced B-side ‘Stranger’. Having learned a great deal from producing ‘Stranger’, they are now ready to release an entirely self-produced 3-track EP, named Let’s Go Out Drinking on Tuesday 14th March. They are holding an EP launch the same night to celebrate its release.Support from Michael Barker and one other TBC.
Listen to debut EP No Romance:
Watch the music video for ‘Disenchanted here:
The Holy Smokes can be found at:
Artwork presents… Art’s House (all night at Witness)
Tickets sold out on day one of sales!
Arthur Smith all night, Mister 82 inna world.
Home$lice, Shredd, Bluebirds, The Ediots
CSC have teamed up with Glasgow Party Planners Fuzzkill to bring a mixed showcase of Central Scotland’s best new bands.
XXXY Ten Thousand Yen Tour
Now here’s a guy who’s music and mixes we’ve known for some time, but have never had the pleasure of welcoming before. XXXY unique take on house, techno and garage is built on sizzling percussion, weird synths, thick bass, languid melody and deep held down dancefloor pressure.
With a deep knowledge of acid house, New York and New Jersey house, as well as UK garage, UK bass and techno, his DJ sets are as eclectic as his productions as evidenced on mixes for Rinse FM, NTS, Fact, XLR8R and Solid Steel.
We particularly love where he’s been headed lately, mixing up jackin acid with disco funk, hard assed electro and piano bangers. Ooft.
DJ Fett Burger at Wasabi Disco
Founder of the extra terrestrial Sex Tags imprints alongside his brother DJ Sotofett, Fett Burger refuses to adhere to any pre-conceived notion of genre, with releases ranging from house, techno, disco, surf-rock, dub-reggae and everything else in between. Their strictly limited runs of vinyl-only releases are highly sought after, almost fetishisized, and every one is a belter.
DJ Fett Burger has a habit of playing wild sets where it’s not just that you haven’t heard most of the music before, but rather that you haven’t heard anything like most of the music before. The man has an exhilarating way of making very weird music both danceable and uplifting. A truly iconic and individual dude.
Onra (LIVE) + Wuh Oh
Globetrotting producer Onra has staked his claim as one of the most exciting beat-makers of the past few years, thanks to releases like his Chinoseries collections (made from scratch with samples found while traveling Asia) and the acclaimed Long Distance LP.
All the while, his electrifying live MPC performances around the world – everywhere from the Red Bull Music Academy in Bucharest and Giles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival, to LA’s down-and-dirty bass sanctuary the Low End Theory – add new dimensions to the cosmic grooves Onra puts on tape.
With his first release for Fool’s Gold, the Deep In The Night EP, Onra continues to chart new musical territory. The EP’s five tracks meld the snap of vintage jheri curl R&B with squggling disco synths and deeply funky, late-night vibes.
From the new jack swinging “After Hours” (featuring T3 of Slum Village) to the moody, screwed loops of closer “Hold Tight,” Deep In The Night‘s cut-and-paste danceability proves a must-listen for any occasion.
He released a collaborative Jazz album with fellow french composer Buddy Sativa, under the name of Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo. This spontaneous side-project displays another side of his musical experiences into the world of Spiritual Jazz / Free Jazz. Released in April 2013 on All City.
He recently “Fundamentals” on May 15th 2015, an Hip-Hop/R’n’B album with various vocal contributors such as Daz Dillinger, Doppelgangaz, Black Milk, Do Or Die, Suzi Analogue, etc…
Lezure 020: Willow (Workshop)
After last year’s one off in Sneaky’s, we are thrilled to be back with another special. After hearing her incredible Workshop debut “Feel Me” in 2015, Willow has been on our radar ever since. Her unique DJ sets match the left-field aesthetic of the Workshop sound; joining the dots between the worlds of minimal, house and techno. In 2016, Willow released her landmark follow-up record A2 (Workshop 23), a record which has been on rotation in all the best deejays sets, and was not to mention #4 on RA tracks of the year. This year seems set to be Willow’s year, don’t just take out word for it though – come check out Workshop’s First Lady grace the turntables at Sneaky’s ¯\_(?)_/¯
IDLES met as a quintet at the death of the indie scene in Bristol and began making visceral and sometimes unlistenable post-punk to a growing crowd. They began with their own club night Batcave and practicing religiously until they felt they had found their sound and their live show; with that in check they have now completed their first album and are savaged in hunger to play their music. They want to give themselves and their art to the audience in a concise and violent way unrivalled by their peers. They have no qualms in terrifying and entertaining in the same breath. They celebrate their influences in a vitriolic and belligerent sound that is both familiar and new. They are a nose-bleed on the ears and they’re here to show you they care.
HOT MESS – East Coast
HOT MESS is a queer dance party for friends and lovers. Simonotron plays the music all night long: disco, house, acid, synth, techno and all that jazz. The people are sexy and stupid and uninhibited and friendly and delightful. If you’re into joy, energy, chaos, deviance, laughter, transcendence, sweat and wild abandon, this is the party for you.
Coalition and Minival present:
Rising star Dan Owen has announced his brand new single ‘Moonlight’, celebrating the release of his latest EP Open Hands and Enemies out today through LAB Records. His Open Hands and Enemies EP has already spawned the viral lead single ‘Made To Love You’, which has clocked up well over 1.3 MILLION streams on Spotify. It topped the Viral Chart in Belgium, hit No.2 in France and charted in the Netherlands, Hungary, Turkey and Indonesia.
‘Moonlight’ is a distinctly intimate insight into Dan’s stunning songwriting and jaw-dropping vocal abilities. It’s one of the most touching moments on the Open Hands and Enemies EP, a haunting love ballad that finds Dan at his most effortlessly smooth.
The remarkable singer is one of the most promising new voices in the UK today, gaining attention across the world with his deep, soulful, blues-inflected tones.
Dan Owen recently played a simply stunning sold-out headline show in the beautiful surrounds of St. Pancras Old Church, where he delivered an incredible performance, which stunned fans and critics alike.
Dan is currently playing in support of Birdy on her current UK are European tour, while he also joins Kaleo on the road for a nine-date tour throughout the UK and Europe.
Quickly becoming a globally resonating voice, Dan Owen is set to become one of the hottest news stars for 2017.
Posable Action Figures, ForeignFox, The Motion Poets
Posable Action Figures are Gareth Goodlad (Vocals/Guitar) and John Alexander (Drums/Samples/Backing Vocals) a 2 piece Electrobluespoprock band from Edinburgh.
This year looks set to be a break out year for Posable Action Figures having already been tipped as one of, Vic Galloway of BBC Radio Scotland’s bands to watch in 2017 as well as being invited to start the year with a performance on STV.
With a self titled debut E.P. under there belt that was described as “marvellous” by The Scotsman ?and “Something a little bit special… an EP of the highest quality” by Netsounds, Posable Action Figures have developed a reputation for catchy punchy tunes paired with an explosive live show. Regular air play through 2016 and a jam packed gig schedule helped the band build an enthusiastic fan base.
l’Anatomie with Aera (Innervisions / Maeve), Hendry, and Kieran Apter
“What Oasis would have sounded like if they had listened to The Doors rather than The Beatles” – Jim Gellatly
The Phantoms will be playing two headline shows as part of their single release. Our upcoming single ‘Shadows’ will be released Friday 21st April.
This Feeling Club Night Presents
The Phantoms Single Launch: “Shadows”
This girl has it – the new ‘must’ Rolling Stone Magazine
Musically original and deliciously bonkers The Sunday Times
Hafdis Huld is one of Iceland’s most loved singers. With a voice as pure as melt water and a razor-sharp wit to match any comedian, Hafdis’s shows are as memorable as the northern lights. She’s a regular on the major festival circuit and her European tours are a sell-out.
Performing songs from a brand new album as well as firm favourites such as Tomoko and Action Man, Hafdis will beguile you with her bubbly charm and supremely original songs.
I love her Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Love her to bits! Phil Jupitus
Hafdis is brilliant! Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music
Sublime – charismatic story-telling pop of the highest quality Clash Magazine
One of our favourite Manchester band PINS have announced new single Aggrophobe, which will be the debut release from their forthcoming EP, and features a guest vocal from the legendary Iggy Pop.
PINS have tightened up into one of the most original outfits around, shimmering with controlled aggression. After their first US West Coast tour and performances at New York’s CMJ festival last year, PINS played at three sold out UK shows before touring with Sleater-Kinney, Drenge, Wire and Babes in Toyland. Get tickets to see them here on April 15th, it will sell out!
Andrew Oliveri & The Mountaineers, The Dirty Lies
Andy Oliveri & the Mountaineers explore all angles of their collective musical heritage on their debut album which they will be showcasing on this tour. They take influences from college rock bands, britpop and shoegaze from the late 80’s and early 90’s. With airplay from BBC Introducing, Radio X, BBC 6 Music and a host of music publications this is a band definietly on the rise. Support from Edinburgh’s The Dirty Lies.
Spectres plus guests
Spectres “snap people out of their comfort zones. We want our noise to smack the spoon out of their mouths that is feeding them the warm diarrhoea that is served by start-up PR companies”. The resulting largely positive coverage everywhere from NME to Drowned In Sound, The Times and the Guardian to BBC Radio 1 – not to mention people fleeing their gigs, hands pressed tightly over bleeding ears – would suggest they went some way to achieving this aim.
They release their second album ‘Condition’ on March 10. The follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 debut, ‘Dying’, it was recorded by Dominic Mitchison in the band’s adopted home city of Bristol and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Mogwai, 65daysofstatic) at Abbey Road in London.
It’s louder and more abrasive than their debut, but also a real progression. It sounds huge and adds a genuinely innovative and confrontational edge, partly inspired by last year’s remix album, ‘Dead’, which saw everyone from Factory Floor to Richard Fearless instructed to “kill” the songs from ‘Dying’.
“There were discussions about experimenting with electronics, but the idea soon petered out when we realised we still wanted to experiment with guitars,” reveals singer and guitarist Joe Hatt. It’s true that a track such as ‘End Waltz’ has a relentlessly pounding, almost techno structure, in contrast to the kinetosis-inducing dirge of ‘Dissolve’ – the first single from the album which appeared as an edible tablet download with a suitably stomach-churning video late last year.
Elsewhere the almost restrained (by Spectres’ standards) white noise and wordplay of ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ and the sprawling ‘Colour Me Out’ are counterbalanced by brutal assaults such as ‘Neck’ and ‘Welcoming The Flowers’, which keeps threatening to drown itself in its own roiling diamond sea.
“On this album we became even less interested in actually playing guitar,” explains Hatt, “which meant that we got more into experimenting with the sounds we could get out of them when brutalising them and letting the feedback do the talking.”
Spectres were formed in Barnstaple, North Devon in 2011. After moving to Bristol a couple years later they self-released a few EPs and singles on their own Howling Owl label, before joining forces with Sonic Cathedral for 2015’s ‘Dying’, their incendiary debut that they promised would “snap people out of their comfort zones. We want our noise to smack the spoon out of their mouths that is feeding them the warm diarrhoea that is served by start-up PR companies”. The resulting largely positive coverage everywhere from NME to Drowned In Sound, The Times and the Guardian to BBC Radio 1 – not to mention people fleeing their gigs, hands pressed tightly over bleeding ears – would suggest they went some way to achieving this aim.
“We’ve managed to get way further than we ever should have considering the music – and enemies – we make,” admits singer and guitarist Joe Hatt, “so now it’s just a question of enjoying things until the van finally breaks down and we can’t afford to get it fixed again. We’ve all somehow still got the same jobs as two years ago, we still rehearse and record in the same spaces, we write music in the exact same way, so even though things have grown in terms of gigs and our audience, we are still the same horrible lot. Lack of success will never change us.”
Not The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
“Not The Sensational Alex Harvey Band” are not a tribute band. They are a rock ‘n roll band who only play music from “The Sensational Alex Harvey Band”. Any similarities are pure coincidence.
“These guys are my heroes.” – Chris Glen
“They are amazing.” – Zal Cleminson
Bryde, Skjør, The Nowes
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!
Chrissy (Smart Bar Chicago) at Juice
Chrissy is a genre-bending DJ/producer with productions on esteemed labels like File Under Disco, Tugboat Edits, Hypercolour, Classic, and on his weekly “Year Of Edits” blog. He co-runs The Nite Owl Diner label with Alex Burkat.
“The hardest-working motherfucker in Chicago” — Stool Pigeon
Chrissy is also a well-regarded dance music historian—he ran the popular “My Year of Mixtapes” blog, where he posted an original genre-focused DJ mix every week for a year. He also conducted interviews and wrote liner notes for the recent “Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997? compilation for Strut Records.
“A virtual walking encyclopedia of the last 30 years of dance music” — XLR8R
In his previous incarnation as Chrissy Murderbot, he helped introduce the world to footwork music through his DJ gigs and releases on Planet Mu. He organized the first international tour of footwork dancers, and still runs the successful juke/footwork label Loose Squares.
“He provides a unique perspective as one of the earliest people to connect the dots, laying the groundwork for the explosion of interest in juke and footwork by the UK bass community and beyond.” — Resident Advisor
TeenCanteen, Emme Woods, Agony Ant
“…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 and co….” The National
“….part Wall of Sound, part Postcard Records.” Ion Magazine
“Say It All With A Kiss is packed full of infectiously catchy, sing-into-your-hairbrush indie pop anthems that’ll make you feel 14 again.” The Skinny
“…irresistible girl-group harmonies, sweet melodies and a stomping Wall of Sound style backdrop.” The Evening Times
“Ace….really, really great…..it is a beautiful thing….you know how much I love the band…..” Marc Riley, BBC 6Music
“TeenCanteen perfectly blend light and shade, understand the pace of a record and explore the depths of their musicality whilst still being mindful of staying true to their pop roots.” The Music Brewery
Following the runaway sellout success of debut album ‘Say It All With A Kiss” TeenCanteen release the SIRENS EP via Last Night From Glasgow on 22.04.17 Record Store Day UK.
Support from Agony Ant + Emme Woods
1. What You Gonna Do About Me
2. Can’t Go Back (Starry Eyed)
4. Sirens (Piano Mix)
Produced by Stephen A Watkins – Record Producer & Mixer
Mastered by Joe Kane.
Recorded at La Chunky Studio, Glasgow
Translucent red and blue with white splatter 10” vinyl – featuring sleeve artwork by Brian Sweeney.
PRE ORDER EP: http://tinyurl.com/zf89qgr
The Parrots – aka The Fearless Kids – met at university in Madrid, began playing music together, and noisily hacked out a place for their primordial, loose-hipped rock’n’roll. They have played across Europe, the US and Central America – packed nights at the Shacklewell Arms and chelada-fuelled lunchtime showcases at SXSW, raucous gigs of elemental garage noise, feelgood ferocity and many, many stage invasions. “Everybody else gets very motivated when they see us play,” says frontman Diego.
Initially ignored at home, they are now considered part of a Madrillean new wave that includes the band Hinds. After three years and half a dozen singles and EPs, they are ready to release their first album, Los Nin?os Sin Miedo, on Heavenly.
Nathassia Devine, SAAL, Original Primate
Nathassia – Feel The Future Now Tour is all about being immersed in the sights & sounds of the decades to come.
Surrounded by mesmerising visuals & futuristic backdrops by Deliberate Space.
Her band will be performing audaciously crafted live electronica with a seriously unique vocal style & stage show. Described by Eddie Gordon, multi-million selling Universal Music A&R & CEO Kings of Spins, USA as this generations Kate Bush “bewildering and far beyond the ordinary”.
Belako plus guests
Belako are a group from the town of Munguía in Spain, where punk and post-punk’s relevance has never faded. The two girls and two guys are barely over 21 but have made waves at home already, playing major festivals like Primavera and Low. They have an EP on seminal UK label Cooking Vinyl coming, so we can expect to hear a lot more of them from here on.
Craig Bratley at No Strings Attached
Craig Bratley is returning to NSA and headlines the first of our new irregular club nights taking place at Sneaky Pete’s.
His back catalogue of productions and remixes are nothing short of magic and his high quality output continues in 2017 with forthcoming remixes on Is it Balearic and Leng, a track on Rack and Ruin as well as a release on the next Moon Rocks compilation on Throne Of Blood.
Last time Craig played for NSA the party sold out and was a favourite with the regulars so don’t hang about and grab yourself a ticket.