Upstairs Open plus guests
OUTLYA Over the course of 2017 OUTLYA released taster tracks ‘Howl’, ‘Heaven’, ‘Higher’ and ‘The Light,’ garnering support from numerous online tastemakers including The Line of Best Fit, DIY Magazine, CLASH, Wonderland Magazine, All Things Go, The Tipping Point, Red Bull Music, God Is In The TV as well as featuring on Spotify’s New Music Friday and Hot New Bands playlists to name a few. They followed this up with the release of their ‘Volcano’ EP to a rapturous response and sold out their headline show at London’s Camden Assembly. They’re making bright, wide eyed music that takes you outside of everyday drudgery – and it reflects the band’s own relationship to music. Other artists “make this place that people go to in their own minds,” Will explains. “If you’re a fan of Grace Jones amongst other like minded people, you’re connected. You go to that same place. Subconsciously, the reason it’s so drilled into my brain is because that’s the way I’ve always seen it, ever since I started listening to music, there was always a place to go to. There are artists like Jon Hopkins and Bonobo who make specifically transportative music, but all music has it in some way. I hope ours will do too.”
UPSTAIRS OPEN This has been a long time coming. Upstairs Open have an origin story that stretches back half a decade – it twists through serious illness and different career paths – but fate had more in store, and now Daniel James and Courtney Paynter are ready to embark upon the most exciting journey of their lives.
The pair met through a mutual friend, musical director Sam Kennedy (Foxes, Bastille) during a studio session in 2011. Both had no idea that years later they would create a band together. As Daniel’s solo career developed, he inked a deal with Capitol Records and toured with the likes of Hozier, but a series of events would force music into the backseat.
Upstairs Open began writing in early 2016, with weekly sessions in Daniel’s South London flat that allowed an organic, restraint-free nature of working, ideal for developing a new sound. ‘You Got Love’ is their first piece to get excited about, and their debut single. A genre-defying mix of natural and electronic tones produced by long time collaborator James Earp (Fickle Friends, Bipolar Sunshine). This self released single currently sits at over 300,000 streams on Spotify, and the band cannot wait to release their next single, ‘Chicago’, in early 2018.
Bohemian Monk Machine
Brand new 5 piece disco, funk, soul & boogie troupe from Fife.
Continuing a new monthly residency at Sneaks, the Miss World ladies always bring the right vibes.
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Heaters: C-Shaman, Will & Tom
C-Shaman, the man behind the heaters takes the reigns all night, with his pal William Lindsay (see below).
Vuromantics, The Nowes, Last Light, Dexter Fawcett (The 101)
Vuromantics are a brand spanking new band who burst into life in March 2017. The band have already released their first 2 E.P’s and have been touring hard since their launch with regular dates in the north, the south and ventures into Scotland & Wales. The band blend pop sensibilities with a passion for electronic music and funk groove to create a very modern take on some retro ideas. With a debut album release in the pipeline and new shows being announced all the time, it won’t be long before Vuromantics appear on your radar.
CSC Weekender | Rascalton + The Dunts, Cheap Teeth, Nasari
Control Social Club presents:
Rascalton take over both Edinburgh & Falkirk for a weekend with some of the best new bands in Scotland .
Ross Witness & Fault Lines touch down for a monthly session exploring future club music, taking control themselves all night.
Corella plus Noah Noah and Gypsy Circus
“Tipped as being the next big Manchester band” – Imagine FM
SCRUFF OF THE NECK
“Making waves we shouldn’t ignore” – Hattie Pearson, Key 103 & ex-Radio X
“Super-cool imprint” – Manchester Evening News
“Scruff are proving themselves to be instrumental in bringing forward new talent” – Louder Than War
“A one-stop-shop for getting acts to the next level” – Ben Ryles, DHP Family
“Discovering and developing some great talent in Manchester and beyond, it’s exciting to be working with them” – Joe Vesayaporn, Music Glue
Hector presents Sneaky Bingo!
You may have attended or be aware of other touring bingo parties that are based around, shall we say, less than pleasant for your ear drums music. We thought we’d throw our own credible take on said parties, featuring a soundtrack of vibesy house and disco, but still with all the madness of playing bingo in a club. Sneakys, we feel, is the perfect environment for this madness.
Hosting the night, as well as playing a warm-up set, is Club Kid Jordy Deelight who is a resident at CC Blooms and The Street. Edinburgh Don Gareth Sommerville will then take over musical duties for the night. Interspersed throughout the party will be several rounds of bingo (round times TBA in advance to ticket holders). Expect bingo hall decor, fancy dress (theme TBA), and various other surprises on the night. We’ve already acquired some rather left-of-centre, unorthodox prizes for the winners of each round.
Tickets (priced £5-10) will go on sale on Monday (29/01) at 9am. Our themed parties (90s Raves, Elbow, Psychedelic Summer Of Love Shindig etc) all sold out last year (some in less than 24 hours) and we expect Sneaky Bingo to be just as popular. So if you fancy attending, rally up your friends and get your tickets purchased ASAP.
We’ll see the lucky 100 ticket holders in the Sneakys bingo hall in March ?
So it’s ‘Doctor’s orders (9)’ to ‘rise and shine (29)’ nice and early tomorrow morning, then ‘pick a mate (68)’ and you may be ‘lucky (7)’ to get a ‘tickety-boo (62)’ for the Sneaky Bingo. Then on the first Saturday in March, ‘stop work’ (65), have a ‘chicken vindaloo (52)’ to forget that ‘Grandma’s getting frisky (60)’, and ‘get up and run (31)’ for the ‘Shotts Bus (56)’ to the Cowgate’s ‘sunset strip (77)’. Once you’re outside Sneakys, ‘knock at the door (24)’, walk past the ‘man at the door (54)’, past the ‘two fat ladies (88)’ at the bar, and ‘hit the floor (74)’ where you can ‘jump and jive (35)’, ‘staying alive (85)’ and hopefully you’ll end up ‘top of the shop (90)’ in the bingo.
Describing his style as G-folk, Has Baker blended the beats of hip-hop with the strums of indie-folk. Originally securing rave reviews as part of the grime collective Bomb Squad, Has Baker found his fit in guitar grooves, where he felt his style was at its most sincere.
Red Larsen, Gus Harrower, Phantom, Bellarose
Tickets available on the door on the night.
Aino Elina “Unissa” Debut EP launch
Dreamy vocals flirt with hip-hop and drum’n’bass influenced beats. Harps, vibraphones and strings lighten up the mood. Harsh topics are wrapped up in soft hazy harmonies.
Edinburgh based singer-songwriter Aino Elina is originally from Lapland, Finland. “Unissa” (In my sleep or In my dreams) EP is a collection of her dreams captured in song form. The album is produced by Dave Oscillation (Stillhound) and David Whitmey.
17 Steps Tour: Dusky + Christian Piers
London duo Dusky bring their 17 Steps label tour to Sneaks with special guest and label mate Christian Piers (Laszlo Dancehall / A1 Bassline).
Pretty Vicious plus guests
Pretty Vicious – Welsh 4-piece rock group from Merthyr Tydfil.
DJ Python aka DJ Wey at Juice
The creator of one of our favourite full lengths from 2017 – Dulce Compañia and the man of many monikers DJ Python (DJ Wey, DJ Xanax and Luis et al).
With top level releases on Lovers Rock, Proibito Records, 1080p, Bank Records and Exotic Dance Records its more than fair to say Brooklyn’s DJ Python is already a true heavy weight.
Martha Ffion plus Josh Fuchs
Her latest release via Lost Map Records has introduced Martha to a whole new international audience, seeing her tipped as “an artist that seems ready-made for wider acclaim” (Tom Johnson, Goldflakepaint).
Since the release of her 2014 self-released debut EP ‘Go’, there has been a major development in her sound. Performing with a full band for the past year has transformed Martha’s songwriting process, and the new material has adopted a punchier edge with echoes of Sharon Van Etten and Engel Olsen. But her core influences remain consistent and tangible: 60s icons like The Beatles, the Shangri-Las and Nancy Sinatra. There’s a hint of Blondie too, particularly in the wry delivery of her lyrics.
TAngerinecAT, Kapil Seshasayee, Dumb Muscle
Cute Owl Promotions proudly presents a night of unusual live electronica with experimental undertones and an astonishing interplay of many different musical instruments, featuring high energy politically relevant acts who are winning the praise and acknowledgment of a wide range of audiences.
In association with Through The Eyes Of Ruby
The huge many faceted sound of a virtuously played hurdy-gurdy with effect pedals, fierce yet tender vocals, personal political lyrics, floaty whistles, massive drone bass & field recordings seamlessly combine with industrial-techno beats in an utterly captivating show.
After forming in Ukraine in 2008 where they toured extensively drawing crowds of several hundred, tAngerinecAt went on to tour further afield in Russia and later Wales and England. In 2016 they finally made it to Scotland playing a headline show in Edinburgh which was sold out. As part of their UK tour, tAngerinecAt will return to Edinburgh in March!
‘…this is some of the most powerful music I have heard in a long time, and holds a message too… difficult to believe there were only two musicians on stage.’ – LOUDER THAN WAR
‘Eugene’s a fantastic singer… as abrasive noise went, I liked them a whole lot.’ – ROCKNERD
‘Always a pleasure to have these guys back.. if you haven’t already seen them, you need to!’
– Nicholas Quirk, Entertainment/Venue Manager at Hope and Anchor London, Managing Director at Gestalt Productions, A&R and Showcases manager at X Phonics Music, Former Freelance Journalist at The Skinny Magazine
‘Tangerinecat exploded into my world and I’m a happier man for it! Awesome energy and multidisciplinary.’
– Jason Pollitt?, NEW ART EXCHANGE
Featured on BBC 3 and BBC 6
Glaswegian art rocker Kapil Seshasayee is set to cause waves in the experimental music scene with his new single A Sacred Bore, out now on Liverpool based label Loner Noise.
Kapil Seshasayee is a polymath, and a true original talent, both as a songwriter and as a soundsmith, a one man combination of Scott Walker, Mark Hollis, Bjork, and Richard Dawson, creating something wholly unique. Combining Big Black style drum machine beats with thundering baritone guitar, stunning vocals and a penchant for unorthodox instrumentation such as the aquaphone, Kapil manages to be truly experimental yet still accessible.
Having performed across the UK with a raft of great and innovative acts such as Victor Villarreal, Blacklisters, USA Nails, Screaming Females and Carla Bozulich, Kapil has developed a reputation as an engrossing and engaging live performer, producing his stunning arrangements alone with a variety of instruments and tools at his disposal.
“Between Math Rock, Drum-Machine driven Punk, and Experimental Pop” – THE QUIETUS
“MASSIVE, LOUD, EQUIPMENT MOVING, SYNTHS AND DRUM FEST ATTACK”
Dumb Muscle are two “men” who work jobs that are menial and have lives that are ordinary. We restrict our band members to two for reasons that don’t concern you. We hit drums and use analogue synths to produce sounds that keep you entertained and open to suggestion. We are influenced. We are just dumb muscle.
Dumb Muscle work for others who know better than them.
Dumb Muscle are in debt.
Dumb Muscle are over qualified and underpaid.
Dumb Muscle has found that coffee table they always wanted.
Dumb Muscle’s real job is to consume.
Dumb Muscle pours your drinks.
Dumb Muscle cooks your food.
Dumb Muscle knows what you did.
L-space Live with Pocket Knife and Beta Waves
Celebrate the launch of Suneaters with three fabulous bands and not a drummer in sight!
L-space are an electronic dream-pop band writing songs about the future with noisy guitars, fuzzy bass, big synths and ethereal vocals.
‘Suneaters’ is a slow burning synth track about a better future which builds to a dramatic guitar-driven climax. It will be released on 02.03.18 on Last Night from Glasgow.
BETA WAVES are a 2 piece ambient electro group from Dundee influenced by the likes of MGMT, ?Jagwar Ma?, ?Soulwax?, Roosevelt and Jungle. Latest single ‘I Think I’m Melting’ is out now on all major streamers ?
Pocket Knife are a Glasgow based duo, creating synth-pop made to start making bodies dance limply and sway. ??
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Plastic House, Monsters on Movie Posters, Metro Mafia
“a blaze of high-energy thumping rhythms and solemn, fuzzier-than-an-ewok guitar riffs” – www.7bitarcade.com
Heaters: Miss World
Three-strong Miss World crew take ova Heaters.
Sheafs plus The Phantoms and Lost In Vancouver
This Feeling and Metropolis Music present…
Eyre Llew, White Bear, Transient Suns
Bigfoot’s Tea Party – 10 Years with Il Bosco
All hitters, no shitters. The main man from Manchester wheels back up north to kick off our 10th year in the game. Spicy all night – Bosco is the real deal!
Happy Meals (live) at Wasabi Disco
Wasabi Disco welcomes sultry Glasgow synth-pop duo Happy Meals, who sit firmly at the forefront of the live electronic underground.
Part of the Night School records family, and released on JD Twitch/Optimo affiliated coldwave label So Low, they embody the DIY aesthetic of Glasgow’s creative incubator Green Door Studio.
Their debut Sneaky Pete’s show will be late and live, a perfect pairing for the mutant disco and sleazy electro throbbers Kris Wasabi spins best.
Banfi plus guests
Banfi is Joe Banfi, Aaron Graham and Chris McCuaig.
Making spiky, dramatic pop music, Banfi’s first official shot across the bows ‘Where We Part’ was posted on Soundcloud in April 2015, which led to the band signing with Communion Records. 2016 was spent in the studio recording their debut album with producer Richard Wilkinson (Bombay Bicycle Club, Honne, Kaiser Chiefs) and the first release from these sessions, Happy When You Go, is out now!
‘Happy When You Go’ is a delicious earworm of a debut single, with its layers of guitar-inflected pop blending with bittersweet straight-talking lyrics. Banfi’s irresistible hooks and choruses take influence from left-field pop acts including Alt-J and The Knife as well as the minimal mathletics of Foals and the huge stagecraft of The Police. “The energy of The Police that is found in their live performance it’s something we want to try and put across.” said Joe.
Joe first came to the attention of Communion in 2012 off the back of an unsolicited solo demo. He released two EPs in 2013 – championed by Zane Lowe, John Kennedy and Mary Anne Hobbs, these acclaimed EPs were a distinctive hybrid of Joe’s influences from Nick Drake to the Deftones. Emboldened by critical acclaim, Joe went away to write and develop as an artist, and along with bandmates Aaron and Chris, Banfi was born.
Banfi have performed support slots with Bear’s Den, Nathaniel Rateliff and Amber Run, as well as numerous festival appearances including Citadel, Great Escape and Bushstock.
They recently completed a monthly residency at The Old Blue Last and are working on their debut album. Their latest single ‘June’ is out now.
Sholto b2b Jess Cohen / Atten b2b Lyer
We are very excited to be hosting our launch night on the 19th March, kicking off a series of parties in Edinburgh.
Bringing you local DJs playing finely selected Techno, Breaks, and other percussive explorations.
Co-founder of one of Edinburgh’s most upcoming nights, we are very pleased to be having Sholto throw down some tunes for us. Having hosted artists such as Kode9, Tessela, Randomer and Mumdance, these guys are guaranteed to deliver.
Jess Cohen [Texture]
Consistently offering a unique selection, Texture have thrown some of the maddest parties we’ve seen recently in Edinburgh with the likes of Matrixxman, Dr. Rubinstein and Djrum. As part of one of Texture’s residents, Jess certainly knows how to play a carefully sculpted set.
Loose Thread Residents:
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Lunatics Lost, The Motion Poets
With influences from grunge, stoner rock, new wave and punk, Lunatics Lost blend big riffs with melodic hooks giving a powerful platform for lyrics full of bite and edge with clear reference to the social commentary of The Clash and the Manics and look set to be ones to watch for 2018.
Portalooth – “Throw Your Body In” Single Launch
Portalooth head to Sneaky Pete’s for a night of synthy madness to launch their latest single, “Throw Your Body In”.
No guitar, only synth. You’re god damn right.
Support comes in the form of a Harry Bongo DJ Set.
Get Hyped and get along.
Heaters: Ventura Freeway
Like the Drive soundtrack but with too many people dancing in the kitchen when someone arrives with a case of Dragon Soup.
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Amp Fiddler (live) at Juice
Amp Fiddler‘s credentials are the best in the game: he introduced J Dilla to the MPC (for real tho) and then to Q-Tip who launched Jay’s career; he played keys with George Clinton in Parliament and Funkadelic early in his career; he’s worked with artists as diverse Moodymann, Prince, Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae and Theo Parrish – and last year released his second solo album. Amp Fiddler is Detroit to the bone.
Now he’s coming to Sneaks on a Thursday for a late nite live set. Trust, you’ll be gutted if you don’t come.
Mark Sharp & The Bicycle Thieves plus Support
Crimes Of The Future
for No Strings Attached
No Strings Attached get up close and personal with Scott Fraser & Timothy J Fairplay aka CRIMES OF THE FUTURE
100 Tickets Only
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Underground House & Techno Since 2007
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
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The Party Slogan plus guests
The Party Slogan are an unsigned Edinburgh band formed in 2016. Their sound comprises three guitars and keyboards on top of a powerhouse rhythm section. The band have taken song writing influences from 80’s post-punk and alternative rock through to the sonic influence of garage rock revival.After a successful debut gig in Glasgow early in January, The Party Slogan are set to play many more gigs in the UK in 2018. Their double A-side single A Week In The Sun/Good Thing Going On is due for release in February
Heaters: Eva Crystaltips
Bongo’s resident disco queen Eva Crystaltips plays Sneaks for the first time.
Acrylic ‘All I Am’ EP Launch, plus guests Redolent and Life Model
Scottish Fiction Records are proud to present; ‘All I Am’ the new EP release from Scottish five-piece Acrylic. The alt-pop quintet are fresh from promoting and touring their first single ‘Where I Lie’, released as a split AA 7” vinyl with Scottish Fiction label mates Mt Doubt, and are now gearing up to release their first substantial body of work.
Palms Trax at Juice
Advance tickets Sold Out but 20 on the door for early cru.
Delighted to welcome Palms Trax (Dekmantel / Lobster Theremin / Secretsundaze) back to Sneaks after a belter set for homies TEESH a few years back.
For aspiring DJs and producers, or indeed, anyone who appreciates a good story, the genesis of Palms Trax couldn’t have read any dreamier. You know the one; curious yet naive son of the English Riviera lands a job at one of London’s leading record stores and discovers the masters of Chicago house and Detroit techno. Later stumbling around Berlin, his primitive attempts to emulate the sound of his newfound heroes accidentally land him a bona fide dancefloor hit, inadvertently positioning him as a key figure in an emerging ‘lo-fi’ scene. But it would have been all too easy to have been defined by this quickfire success, forever locked in a loop of gritty kickdrums, smudgy tape hiss and tedious Youtube nostalgia.
Suffice to say, Palms Trax, otherwise known as Jay Donaldson has been smart enough to avoid these potential pitfalls. Instead, he’s still learning, digging, (over)thinking. A gradual but steady stream of EPs courtesy of Dutch dance music powerhouse Dekmantel have allowed his productions to blossom in richer, smoother directions, while still retaining their original offbeat chart. On 2015’s ‘In Gold’ EP, and throughout the following year’s ‘High Point on Low Ground’, halcyon hallmarks of house – euphoric piano lines, bubbling acid and luminescent keys – are shot through with Donaldson’s tough, distinctive percussion.
It’s that same connection with Dekmantel that has encouraged Donaldson to quickly, impressively evolve as a DJ of some distinctive taste and talent. A memorable performance at Dekmantel’s flagship Amsterdam festival in 2015 captured open hearts, lost minds and aching feet, and has since been listened back to no less than 120000 times. Since then, the sound of Palms Trax has been a fixture on their enormous main stage, drifting seamlessly between vintage house, esoteric disco and the various shades of a bubbling UK underground he has helped define. Occasional back-to-back performances with the likes of Hunee, Young Marco, Antal and Midland, all DJs regularly credited for their breadth of musical knowledge and sheer versatility, speak volumes for Donaldson’s DJing nous, which has lead him on an international trail; from South America to Australia, and from Panorama Bar to Concrete, Contact, De School, and Lux.
Donaldson has also-amassed a patient, open-minded following with his cult monthly radio show, the decidedly less-than-culinary ‘Cooking with Palms Trax’, broadcast on Berlin Community Radio since 2015. On each show, Donaldson takes a deep, vinyl-led drive into his adopted history, fostering a level of trust and shared curiosity that has allowed him to helm all-night sets under the ‘Cooking with Palms Trax’ moniker. Into 2018, he’ll be holding down residencies in Boston, Glasgow and Bordeaux, as well as inviting like-minded DJs into his metaphorical kitchen, throughout a series of self-curated evenings into early mornings of music.
Randolph’s Leap write pop music for unpopular people. The band specialise in creating catchy melodies held together with tenuous rhyming couplets, self-deprecating lyrics and unexpected tender moments. They bring their irritatingly upbeat full-band sound to Edinburgh ahead of a busy summer which will include a brand new album and a Scottish tour promoting ‘The Isle of Love’, a theatre show inspired by lyrics from the band’s extensive back catalogue.
00’s r’n’b. Who’s that girl? lala lala la la, lala, lala la la, lala.
Trembling Bells seek to reanimate the psychic landscapes of Great Britain and relocate them to some vague, mythic land where basic human crises are encountered and conquered.
Electronic Music Open Mic & Forum
The all Electronic Music Open Mic & Forum comes to Edinburgh as part of the UK wide tour. Hosted by Martin Christie (aka Poet & the Loops) lets discover the sounds of electronic Scotland.
Seeking all forms of electronic music including: dance, ambient, noise, electropop, techno, glitch, electrojazz, chiptune, hip hop, loopers, improvised, live coding, experimental, trance etc
Get out of the home studio and into the light of a listening and appreciative audience. Laptops, synths, drum machines, loop stations, groove boxes, sequencers, samplers, iPads, modular synths, apps, keyboards, decks, analogue and digital devices of all kinds welcome.
Meet other electronic music makers, share ideas and collaborate. There will be ample time and space to discuss this form of music making.
Slots are up to 15 minutes (including set up and pack down times). Sign up on the night with no advanced bookings. Get in touch with Martin Christie on Facebook or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Sorry – no acoustic guitars – unless they are being used to generate soundscapes or some other style of music in keeping with the night. This is an acoustic free zone (there are already some super nights in Edinburgh to suit acoustic musicians).
Little Mammoths plus Guests
Noah and the Whale bassist Matt ‘Urby Whale’ Owens‘ side project is a proper rock’n’roll band for the modern age. Raw and raucous, they peddle their own brew of intoxicated fun.
Sound Of Sirens
Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album For All Our Sins which was released in May 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. ‘For All Our Sins’ is out now on DMF Records on CD, Vinyl and Digital.
Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. Last year saw them play a number of shows in the UK including Camp Bestival, Isle of Wight Festival and supporting Rick Astley on his sold out UK tour. They supported Kiefer Sutherland on his UK dates this June, as well as playing at Glastonbury Festival and at a number of other festivals in the UK & Europe including Big Feastival, Jimmy’s Farm, Beautiful Days and Greenbelt.
Goat Girl plus guests
“Goat Girl are ready to turn indie music on its head
And rip its guts out” – The Guardian
“Goat Girl are the whip – smart, politicized young Londoners
breaking into the big time” – DIY
Goat Girl head up an emerging set of groups from South London who have been inspired by the burgeoning local scene there. A classic sketch by the late great comedian Bill Hicks inspired their band name.
‘Cracker Drool’ & ‘Scream’ will be released by Rought Trade on the 15th December on Limited edition 7”. The track is available on all streaming services now.
The band will head out on a 12-date UK headline tour this spring. Tickets go on sale the 13th December.
Goat Girl are: Clottie Cream, Rosy Bones, Naima Jelly and L.E.D.See more
Carla Easton (TeenCanteen), West Princes, Bite
“Wonderful” – Marc Riley, BBC 6Music
“Like Lulu backed by LCD Soundsystem” – Is This Music
“Easton’s coquettish vocals display a bolshy edge reminiscent of a lo-fi Chvrches” – The Scotsman
“A homegrown musical triumph” – The Herald
Carla and her band return to Edinburgh to play new songs from Carla’s forthcoming second solo album which she recorded in Montreal with Howard Bilerman (producer of Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen, Godspeed You! Black Emperor).
Carla is a singer-songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland. She has released one album with all-female band TeenCanteen and one album solo (as ‘Ette’) to widespread critical acclaim and has played numerous festivals in the UK, Europe and North America.
More praise for TeenCanteen / Ette
“…vibrant and irrepressibly enjoyable….a mixture of delicate dream pop and garage rock topped off with subtle synth work…” – Tenement TV
“…a delightful riot of massive beats, swooning harmonies and the gutsy-sweet wonder of front woman Carla Easton.” – The National
“…an essential purchase” – The Herald
“…part Wall of Sound, part Postcard Records” – Ion Magazine
“…irresistible girl-group harmonies, sweet melodies and a stomping Wall of Sound style backdrop” – The Evening Times
Madonnatron, Chupa Cabra and More
“Viciously audacious novices to electric noise we have crafted a merciless assemblage of leering disdain, Erotomania, Genocidal Lament,
infanticide, calculated Matricide, funeral dodgers, dystopian angst and surreptitious worshipping at the altar of Bastet to flavour this record. We won’t be making you a sandwich motherfuckers”
Much in the manner a devotional feline will proudly massacre vermin, leaving it’s sacrificial remains to fetter your hallway carpet, we bring you Madonnatron. From humble yet auspicious beginnings, arising unabashed from the mists of the Thames, they have thwarted reasonable doubt with limited knowledge of their instruments and two fingers at convention.
Now the Dawn of the Tron cometh! We’re gonna get NASty in 12 cities across the UK in March & April. No prisoners. Sonic ecstasy. Fear the girth.
Sneaky Pete’s host us for our Edinbirgh show with support from:
One generation or another’s alienation, derangement and dirty washing, projected back at you through nauseating, salivating, hypnotizing, no good sucker-punch-piss-yourself polystyrene agitator Blues.
+ more TBA
Ticket link coming soon
Mike Servito at Juice
Mike knocked it out the fvckin’ park and halfway to the moon last time so of course, we got him back for round 2!
Mike Servito is Resident DJ at The Bunker New York and close friend of The Black Madonna. This Detroit dude has earned his recent resurgence in popularity, playing hot shows at Dekmantel and the like.
He’s a DJ with pedigree from a very special fertile crescent of techno / house / party DJing, when raves were still a fresh idea, and DJs like Claude Young, Derrick Carter and Mike Huckaby were informing an upcoming generation.
Mike digs deep but likes to shake his tail too so he’s a perfect Juice guest.
Melody Makers: Dropkick, The Wellgreen, Attic Lights and Star Trip
‘Those who have yet to latch onto them are surely missing something special….Indie, powerpop, accomplished harmonies, alt.country tendencies. What’s not to love?’ The Herald newspaper (UK)
Edinburgh-based Dropkick release their new album, Longwave, in March 2018 as a joint release with Pretty Olivia Records (Spain) and Sound Asleep Records (Sweden). ‘Longwave’ is Dropkick’s most accomplished and fully realised collection of songs to date, demonstrating a return to more direct, jangly guitar-orientated songs, showcasing their ear for melody and harmony. As well as Scottish dates, the band will be playing shows in Sweden and Spain to promote the new record.
‘A guarantee of Instant melodic fulfilment….Dropkick triumph in giving new edge to familiar themes.’ (R2 Rock n Reel Magazine, UK)
The Wellgreen combine classic sixties songwriting, early powerpop and psychedelia on top of vintage recording techniques to create a familiar yet fresh & original sound. ??Having toured extensively supporting Euros Childs & Stevie Jackson (as well as providing drums, bass, guitar and harmonies for both on their respective sets & records), The Wellgreen released their second album, Grin And Bear It on their own label, The Barne Society.
Formed in Glasgow’s West-End, Attic Lights‘ sound was moulded in a secluded attic inspired by The Beach Boys, Flaming Lips, Weezer and Guided By Voices. Attic Lights second album, ‘Super De Luxe’ was released by Elefant Records in May 2013.
“Chiming 12-string perfection” (The Guardian)
“Vocal harmonies weave in and out of this perfect pop” (The Sun)
Coming on like The Eagles lassoing Fountains Of Wayne to The Beach Boys…transcendent” (NME)
“Spellbinding” (The Fly)?”Sumptuous harmonies” (Q)
Star Trip are a Spanish band from Valencia who combine powerful, chiming guitars with a healthy dose of vocal harmonies, recalling bands such as Teenage Fanclub, Fountains of Wayne and Velvet Crush. This is their first time playing in Scotland.
Erol Alkan ‘To The Rhythm’ at The Caves
Following his recent critically acclaimed ‘Reworks Volume 1’ collection, and 2017’s thirteen-week sell out XOYO residency in London, Erol Alkan takes the distinct sound of ‘To The Rhythm’ to The Caves for an all-night set, care of his friends at Sneaky Pete’s.
This is the second time Erol Alkan has played all night long in Edinburgh, after last year’s sell out party at Sneaky Petes, another chance to present his unifying and unpredictable vision of club culture from open to close.
On a winding musical journey that has seen Alkan thrive as a producer, chameleonic remixer and radio host, from the era of seminal club ‘Trash’ to the present day, his spiritual home has been in the DJ booth…
“Feral Guitar, Torn-from-the-chest lyrics…sensational” – Sunday Times
“..hers is a voice that deserves attention in and of its own right” – Consequence of Sound
“Bryde is a Welsh songwriter who knows how to hit hard. The newcomer’s raw yet deeply personal style recalls early PJ Harvey, while her lyrical wit sits alongside Courtney Barnett.” – CLASH
As produced by one of our favourite musicians, this “girl & an electric guitar singing fierce & fragile songs” is making a much more fearsome sound than that suggests, like Savages with girl band hooks and some Tori Amos dead-eyed directness. Absolutely very highly recommended show to check out – tip!
Glass Caves, Lost in Vancouver, 100 Fables
Scruff of the Neck & Fortune presents
Glass Caves are “a word of mouth phenomenon” – CLASH
Lost In Vancouver are a four piece indie-rock band from Kirkcaldy in Fife
100 Fables were born from a shared love of the new wave movement and their passion for the mid 70s CBGBs scene
The Sea Atlas plus Scott Wallace
The Sea Atlas is like all maps, sheltered havens to open expanses that will weather the harshest storms. Calum Buchanan is The Sea Atlas. The winter of 2016/17 seen a change in his life, where he ran home to an island in the North Atlantic. Here he locked himself away in a cabin on the shores of a sea loch on his ancestral family croft and wrote and recorded in a makeshift studio. The harsh winter surroundings and winter gales can be heard in the depths of the latest release “dreams”, this energy was transferred into the recordings creating an almost ethereal atmospheric indie folk sound, that is as much his sound as the sound of the islands. With the backing band of close friends he has been able to achieve an almost orchestral like indie rock sound from a four piece band that will have you torn between dancing through night to finding a lost part of you in the stripped back heartfelt songs.
Moxie Pres. On Loop with Earl Jeffers & Nick Stewart
“Our first Edinburgh On Loop session of 2018 is near approaching. Come party with us April 20th at Sneaky Pete’s w/ Earl Jeffers, Nick Stewart and our resident DJ Moxie. Expect to party from start to finish.”
Trampolene plus guests
“Brilliant debut from indie gutter poets… these passionate postcards from the edge demand attention.” **** Q Magazine
Angus Munro plus guests KAZE and Northern Central
“The best artist we’ve ever had in session.” – BBC Radio Scotland
“A voice like you wouldn’t believe…I don’t know how big his range is but it’s bonkers.” – The National
“A guy who knows how to chuck out a good pop song – just love this!” – Jim Gellatly
Angus Munro is a multi-faceted vocalist with a four-octave range that can break glass and suitcases full of piano-soaked memories.
London-born and Scotland-bred, his 2014 EP “Shooting First” received international acclaim for it’s 60’s nostalgic sound and vocal gymnastics that saw Angus tour North America and Eastern-Europe.
2017 saw the release of “Mirror Man” – a deeply personal account of the loss of his father, subsequent breakdown and triumphant recovery – armed to the teeth with a 6-piece indie band, brass section and heavenly backing singers.
Angus has toured with a wide range of artists from Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Scouting For Girls to The Hoosiers and Tom Jones; all of whom have been weirded out by him.
Cutting a strange figure in the current Scottish music scene, Angus is workshopping his newest funk-influenced songs with vim, vigour and a tenacity that can only be seen to believed.
Plus support from Manchester heroes KAZE & Edinburgh cult-kids Northern Central
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
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
Baltimore duo Ed Schrader’s Music Beat have proven to be one of the hardest acts to musically pin down of recent years. They certainly had punk-esque beginnings with Ed Schrader performing solo on drum, but through their shapeshifting albums they have given us doses of art-pop, baroque, electronic, and more. Their upcoming album Riddles, seems set to continue this unpredictability when it comes out on March 2nd. The new album has been co-arranged and produced by another Baltimore musician who is known and loved for his monolithic weirdo-pop: Dan Deacon. An auspicious partnership if ever there was one.
Our new favourite stateside import are Boston’s Vundabar. For fans of the best of late 00’s indie like Los Campesinos and Dananananaykroyd, with added US College Radio feel. Beneath the glee of their headlong-rushing sound there’s some dark stuff going on too. ‘Smell Smoke’, the band’s anticipated 2018 follow up to their breakout 2015 album ‘Gawk,’ is an attempt at openness and vulnerability. It’s an attempt at unlearning. It’s a document of grief; a child crying into the dark. Surprisingly, it’s also a joyous pop record.
What’s really going on in the video below though?
“a beguiling sort of alt- folk haven” – Songlines
“Morrison is from the Outer Hebrides and his atmospheric songs are awash with the bleak beauty of the region. A remarkable slice of rural folk” – R2 Magazine
“perhaps the most austere piece of music Morrison has ever recorded – but also the most bleakly beautiful.” – The Herald
Iain Morrison is an award winning Musician/Songwriter from the Isle of Lewis.
He is acclaimed as one of Scotland’s most innovative composers and has succeeded in taking the musical tradition that he was brought up in and
crafting it into very much his own sound.
The inspiration for his 2015 album ‘Eas’, an album based on Piobaireachd, is in contrast to the ‘Indie’ influenced tracks of his new album ‘Amusement Arcade’. All of which demonstrates the creative diversity of his songwriting.
Eas’ was chosen as Album of the Year on Radio Scotland’s Roddy Hart Show and nominated for Scottish Album of the Year 2016 at the SAY Awards.
His new album ‘Amusement Arcade’ is released in May. Recorded & mixed on Mull at An Tobar studio by Gordon MacLean, and mastered by Stephen Marcussen (Warpaint, Tom Petty, REM)
Iain will be performing with his full band: Pete Harvey (cello), Gordon MacLean (bass), Joe Smillie (drums) and Lori Watson (fiddle).
Brownbear plus Guests
Brownbear is a musical collective led by singer/songwriter Matt Hickman.
The group released their debut single ‘Dead or Alive’ in May 2014 which subsequently gained them national radio exposure and high profile gigs which included supporting The Libertines at their comeback show at the iconic Barrowland’s Balllroom in Glasgow.
Brownbear then went on to join The Libertines again at their BST Summertime show at Hyde Park before playing at a number of festivals including T in The Park & Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. An acoustic version of ‘Dead or Alive’ recorded in the BBC Treehouse became the most viewed clip online for T in the Park 2014 ahead of the likes of Arctic Monkeys & Biffy Clyro.
In rock – as in life – change is unavoidable, often painful, but ultimately necessary, and Alicia Bognanno and her band Bully have dealt with a lot of it since their debut record Feels Like hit in 2015. Now with a new label and another couple years worth of life experience, the 12 new songs on Losing feel like perfect anthems for a generation still learning to harness the power of resistance. With a vocal style that is as pretty as it is powerful, and emotionally resonant lyrics, Alicia channels the loss of innocence and reveals a raw honesty in songs that are distinctly hers.
I love Bully the way I love Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr and the Breeders. Their sound takes me back to the stripped down and thoughtfully engineered songs that haunt me long after they’re gone and never get old. Another good reason to be with Sub Pop, who have always been associated with music that is built to last.
I feel like all my best work has been born of heartbreak and upheaval; maybe most musicians feel that way. “The title of the record –Losing – kind of says it all,” Alicia says. “After being on the road so long and coming back to Nashville we all had a lot of changes going on in our personal lives that we were trying to deal with / adjust to and that was really the motivation for this one.”
“Feel the Same” is about being stuck in the claustrophobia of a manic state of mind. It’s Alicia’s favorite song to scream. “Seeing It,” she says, is about the unique anxiety and vigilance about personal safety that comes with being a woman: “Such a blurring place to be / stuck in your own body.” Lately Alicia has been lending her voice as an advocate for gun control, women’s rights and speaking out in support of animal rights. In some ways my generation were in a bubble in the 90s; I never gave any thought to what Bill Clinton was up to, for instance – but in 2017, Losing sounds like a personal and necessary call to arms to me; we need rock n roll now more than ever.
– By Patty Schemel
TTWM: Sonars / Wuh Oh / Teek
Sonars are a two-piece Electro-Psych outfit from Brighton (UK) and Bergamo (IT). The band was founded by Frederick Paysden and Serena Oldrati, who share guitar, keyboard, synthesizer and bass playing duties whilst also singing, thanks to the use of loop stations and drum machines. Their retro-futuristic sound draws inspiration from Electro-Psych bands such as Air, Gorillaz, Jagwar Ma, Radiohead, MGMT and Tame Impala, with a love for Sixties and Seventies rock.
In May 2017 they supported Splashh (UK/AUS) on the German leg of their tour. In June 2017 they performed at several important European festivals such as MIL (PT), Arezzo Wave Love Festival (IT) and Maifeld Derby (DE) alongside internationally acclaimed acts such as Slowdive(band), King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Thurston Moore, Primal scream, Spoon, Whitney and Parcels.
“Musically sitting somewhere between Tame Impala’s mind-expanding aural excursions and Ladytron’s polemic electro-pop, Sonars’ blend of ambient electro-pop and delicate shoegaze encapsulate the true spirit of Eurosonic in every conceivable way.” – Drowned in Sound
Underground House & Techno Since 2007
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
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.