Nikki Lamont, Mooji, Dawid and Theo Le Derf
Edinburgh’s girl Nikki Lamont is back with her new single ‘What I Would Do’ and also debuting will be her new band lineup.
“Imagine walking down the street just after you’ve just found out some banging news. That’s what Mooji does to you. Paves the way for a walk of funk and groove.” – What’s the Noise Productions
Dawid and Theo are a jazz loving duo that create beautiful sounds together effortlessly, relying only on guitar and vocals.
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
FEAST’s Annual Blog Party
Brainglue, Crow Moon, Forrest Can’t Run, The Party Slogan
FEAST’s annual ‘blog party’ celebrates its sixth birthday. We like lots of new music, especially from Edinburgh and write about some of the most exciting music being created across the city.
For this year’s party we are delighted to showcase four bands each launching their new single:
Brainglue is a four-piece Garage-Punk band, from Perth, Scotland. They have a unique style of mixing Garage-Rock with Punk music, and elements of Reverb/Noise thrown in. Pieced together with intricate lyrics. They bring a highly energetic, and sweaty live performance to every venue they play, a show not to be missed. They will be launching their new single ‘Psychotherapy’.
The Party Slogan are an 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. They will be launching their new single ‘Addiction’.
Glasgow-based quartet Crow Moon began as the brainchild of frontman Max Murphy in the summer of 2016. With the addition of Casey Cochrane, Angus Allen & Charlie Grimble in 2017, Crow Moon began to re-invent their bluesy roots and re-establish themselves under the elusive veil of Progressive Rock. They will be launching their new single ‘Senescence’.
Forrest Can’t Run, simply put, are 5 Guys who play Pop-Punk. They will be launching their new single ‘Stephanie’.
A show we’ve wanted to host for a couple of years. Blip Discs’ O’Flynn pens raucous percussion led sought-after afrobeat jammers that are every good DJ’s secret weapons right now.
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
Avalanche Party, Shotgun City Sunshine, Oskar Brave, Portalooth
“With a fistful of monster tunes and one of the best new live bands around, it’s all set to go massive for Avalanche Party” GigSlutz
Unsheltered: Chapter and Verse: An Evening with
William McCarthy of Augustines
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & Moaning Double Header
HOT DOUBLE HEADER ALERT!!
Baltimore duo Ed Schrader’s Music Beat are joined by abrasive L.A. post-punk outfit Moaning for a severely class double header, not to be missed.
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.
Moaning, post punk trio comprised of Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie, began nearly a decade after the three met in L.A.’s DIY music scene. Their impassioned debut album comes born out of the member’s experiences with love and distress, creating a sound uniquely dark and sincere. Although the band is just breaking out of their infancy, Moaning’s sleek and cavernous tone emphasizes the turmoil of the era they were born into. Their sound drifts from sentimental to catastrophic, hiding meek and introspective lyrics within powerful droning dance songs, giving clear sonic nods to some of the band’s musical heroes like New Order, Broadcast, and Slowdive.
Witness X Paradigm
Witness team up with Paradigm electronic arts for a one-off audio-visual collaboration featuring Unstable Creations and Witness residents. Expect lots of fresh music and mind bending visuals.
The Blueswater, Jed Potts and the Hillman Hunters
The Blueswater is an award winning, Edinburgh based band that tours internationally. Influenced by gritty, old-school rhythm and blues they blend the Chicago sound of Chess records with the earthy, droning grooves of Mississippi to create a style that is truly unique. Thick guitar riffs and frenzied harmonica solos are built around driving rhythms to create raucous, high-energy performances.
In 2011, they premiered their show BLUES! At the Edinburgh Fringe to great acclaim, and in 2012 received a Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award. The show, a musical history of the blues genre, now regularly tours across the UK.
‘Edinburgh act The Blueswater have built a solid reputation in blues circles, both in Scotland and further afield.’ – The Scotsman
‘Definitely a band to watch!’ – Blues in Britain
‘Foot tapping Blues played by great live performers’ Claire Cavanagh, BBC Bristol
Support from Jed Potts and the Hillman Hunters
Hectors ~ 6th Birthday Shindig Pt. 1
For the first time in their soon-to-be six year history, Hectors celebrate with two parties this year – kicking off at Sneaks with some Special Guests.
Dreamweapon plus guests
Heaps of distortion, melodic concerns and guitar explorations with psychedelic hues.
Portugal’s dreamweapon take their name from the 1990 Spacemen 3 live album ‘Dreamweapon: An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music’, who themselves took inspiration from the work of minimalist drone – or ‘Dream Music’ – visionary La Monte Young and a 1965 multimedia piece titled ‘Rites of The Dreamweapon’ by original The Velvet Underground drummer Angus MacLise. Fast-forward to 2018 and dreamweapon, the band, are continuing to keep the torch burning – perfectly embodying the timeless mantras of less is always more and psychedelia as constantly-evolving pastiche.
Made up of 10,000 Russos bassist Andre Couto, João Campos Costa and Edgar Moreira, dreamweapon emerged in 2009 and have since gone on to release one EP, their debut S/T album, a handful of singles and the album ‘SOL’ on Fuzz Club, whilst taking their immersive and unremitting live show around Europe.
NUTS with Cooked x Steamed Jams
Sneaky Pete’s are hosting the Launch Night for the brand new trio of DJ’s, Cooked! If it’s one thing you can guarantee from a launch night it’s that it’s going to be a mad wan!!
Cooked is a new project consisting of 3 of the brightest up and coming talents in the capital right now! All 3 of which are not afraid to show their personality behind the decks playing an array of different tunes that is guaranteed to get you dancing! The three lads, Chico, Joe, and Temps have played a number of different venues around the capital already but it was only this year that they came together as a trio as they ended up closing off a night by complete accident! Chico and Joe spotted Temps in the crowd and invited him to join them and since then they have been working relentlessly in the studio together and planning their new venture, Cooked!
This night also doubles as the ever popular NUTS crew’s end of year party! They’ve had many a party of the last 8 months, playing in a variety of clubs, with various themes but one thing that has always remained the same are their ridiculous parties, normally continuing long into the morning! The guys down at NUTS knew they wanted to close off their semester down at Sneaky Pete’s and they hope to see everyone who has been a part of their amazing journey since September to allow them to remind you what a NUTS party is all about!
Finally, a very very special guest will be travelling over from Glasgow for this celebration, Danny Mad of Steamed Jams!! Steamed Jams was only founded in January by the duo of Danny Mad and Marissa Trimble but they already have a huge following who have witnessed them play at notorious venues like Stereo, Broadcast, and La Cheetah! We’re thrilled that Danny could join us as we know he’s going to show us all the hidden gems and classic bangers that he’s been playing in Glasgow!
Joe Newman (Cooked)
Danny Mad (Steamed Jams)
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?
Heaters: Wrisk (Overground)
After a week off, Heaters kicks off May at Sneaks by welcoming the sublime talent that is Overground’s top dog Wrisk.
Unsurprisingly James blew the sweatbox apart at his last appearance, we’re buzzing to have him and his record bag full of goodies back at the helm. This is going to get lively!
Support from Heaters’ resident C-Shaman.
“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).
Crypzis presents: Submerge [Generation One]
TAKE A DEEP BREATH…
You are descending into the unknown, let’s forget the outside world for one night.
We want to bring you an experience Edinburgh hasn’t provided so far, an experience removed from conformity with anonymity at its core.
Picture this: jiggy music, interactive aesthetics, electric atmosphere.
NU-DISCO / ACID HOUSE / FUTURE FUNK
Les Yeux Orange at TEESH
Ah Paris. Artistry flows through the city like the boats that float down the River Seine.
With a reputation for throwing some of Paris’ best parties and becoming pillars of the scene there, we are delighted to bring Les Yeux Orange to the club for their Edinburgh debut!
Les Yeux Orange formed in 2013 having collected some 10,000+ records and sought about sharing their vast musical tastes with the world. Through their inexhaustible YouTube Channel and Soundcloud, they’ve become one of the most vital sources on the internet for discovering rare and much of the best new electronic music.
Now hosting parties at the famous Parisian club La Java, they have released two bestselling EPs on the new ‘Good Plus’ label.
DJing, you can expect to hear “70’s and 80’s cosmic, Italo, electro, techno, house, boogie, Balearic beat, all genres really.”
Les Yeux Orange
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.
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Heaters x Acid Flash: Ida & Giles
IDA’s Acid Flash party, newly housed in La Cheetah has become the hot ticket this year. She plays Sneaks for the first time with Aberdeen’s number 1 tune-digger Giles.
The Trama Dolls, Run Into The Night
The Trama Dolls: here to resuscitate the music scene with minimum skills but with ultimate style, glamour, attitude, fierceness and out and out chutzpah! Here to kick some life back into the music scene their motivation is attitude, primal instincts, glamour, noise, reckless abandon and fierceness: the very qualities which made rock music essential, relevant and so very vital in the first place. In essence they embody
the past, present and future of rock and roll!
Run Into The Night: are a female indie rock / noise pop duo from Glasgow, formed by Christina Cassette and Ellie May. After spending many late nights drinking and listening to their favorite records, from 60’s pop to 70’s punk, the friends began fusing genres and making music together.
The band had success with the self-release of their first 7? record ‘Turn To Static’ in mid-2017, which reached the Top 100 songs by unsigned bands in the UK with Salute Music and aired on many radio stations, most notably on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music radio show. Run into the Night are a BBC introducing artist and their sound has been compared to bands such as Queen of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys and Blondie. Performing live is where Run IntoThe Night really come to life by delivering raw energetic shows and recreating the experimental sound captured on their records.
In February 2018, the duo released their second single, The Devils Rhythm.
ST.MARTiiNS plus guests
ST.MARTiiNS are a duo from Dundee, who have have crafted a unique sound with strong conceptual and stylistic elements. The music itself is laced with dark tones, amalgamating jazz influenced guitar and poetic vocals, alongside other notable pop and electronic influences.
Athens Of The North Disco Club
Edinburgh’s finest gem-digging, discogs destroying reissue label goes real-world once again. Rare records that’ll make you dance, guaranteed.
Mutant Disco & Sleazy Electro Throbbers Spun Till Late in a Trashy Boozer. Kris Wasabi in control all night.
Big Society, Dave C Rupert, Rory Butler
Big Society are a four piece guitar band in Manchester. Having got together at the end of 2016 they’re currently writing, recording and gigging as much as possible. Featuring members previously in bands ‘Nude’ and ‘Folks’ they take influences from Radiohead, The Strokes, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Dr Dre and nothing else.
In rock – as in life – change is unavoidable, often painful, but ultimately necessary, and Alicia Bognanno and her band Bully have dealt with a lot of it since their debut record Feels Like hit in 2015. Now with a new label and another couple years worth of life experience, the 12 new songs on Losing feel like perfect anthems for a generation still learning to harness the power of resistance. With a vocal style that is as pretty as it is powerful, and emotionally resonant lyrics, Alicia channels the loss of innocence and reveals a raw honesty in songs that are distinctly hers.
I love Bully the way I love Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr and the Breeders. Their sound takes me back to the stripped down and thoughtfully engineered songs that haunt me long after they’re gone and never get old. Another good reason to be with Sub Pop, who have always been associated with music that is built to last.
I feel like all my best work has been born of heartbreak and upheaval; maybe most musicians feel that way. “The title of the record –Losing – kind of says it all,” Alicia says. “After being on the road so long and coming back to Nashville we all had a lot of changes going on in our personal lives that we were trying to deal with / adjust to and that was really the motivation for this one.”
“Feel the Same” is about being stuck in the claustrophobia of a manic state of mind. It’s Alicia’s favorite song to scream. “Seeing It,” she says, is about the unique anxiety and vigilance about personal safety that comes with being a woman: “Such a blurring place to be / stuck in your own body.” Lately Alicia has been lending her voice as an advocate for gun control, women’s rights and speaking out in support of animal rights. In some ways my generation were in a bubble in the 90s; I never gave any thought to what Bill Clinton was up to, for instance – but in 2017, Losing sounds like a personal and necessary call to arms to me; we need rock n roll now more than ever.
– By Patty Schemel
The Dunts plus Pleasure Heads & The Morning Retakes
Glasgow punks The Dunts take once again to Sneaky Pete’s for their first Edinburgh headline show. Fresh off of selling Stereo out in Glasgow, it’s time to bring the chaos over to the east coast.
This show is part of our Central Belters series, showcasing the best new talent in Central Scotland, supported by PRS Foundation
TTWM: Sonars / Wuh Oh / Teek
Sonars are a two-piece Electro-Psych outfit from Brighton (UK) and Bergamo (IT). The band was founded by Frederick Paysden and Serena Oldrati, who share guitar, keyboard, synthesizer and bass playing duties whilst also singing, thanks to the use of loop stations and drum machines. Their retro-futuristic sound draws inspiration from Electro-Psych bands such as Air, Gorillaz, Jagwar Ma, Radiohead, MGMT and Tame Impala, with a love for Sixties and Seventies rock.
In May 2017 they supported Splashh (UK/AUS) on the German leg of their tour. In June 2017 they performed at several important European festivals such as MIL (PT), Arezzo Wave Love Festival (IT) and Maifeld Derby (DE) alongside internationally acclaimed acts such as Slowdive(band), King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Thurston Moore, Primal scream, Spoon, Whitney and Parcels.
“Musically sitting somewhere between Tame Impala’s mind-expanding aural excursions and Ladytron’s polemic electro-pop, Sonars’ blend of ambient electro-pop and delicate shoegaze encapsulate the true spirit of Eurosonic in every conceivable way.” – Drowned in Sound
Melting Pot has been running so long it’s legally allowed to drink this year (making it one of the UK’s longest running parties) and has stood the test of time for very good reason – residents Simon Cordiner and Andrew Pirie simply make the absolute best eclectic disco & house night ever.
The crew bring in extremely hi-fi audiophile gear to take Sneaks sound from great to supreme each time. These are the guys that perfected the sound for David Mancuso’s loft parties in London and elsewhere, you won’t find a duo who care more about making you swoon over the music.
Moonlight Zoo, Nasari, The Roques
00’s r’n’b. Y’all gon make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here.
The Underground Youth plus guests
Started in 2008 as the creative project of Craig Dyer, The Underground Youth’s blend of darkly cinematic psychedelia and raw post-punk music has developed a worldwide loyal fan base that continues to grow.
Since 2012 the band have completed a number of lengthy tours throughout Europe seeing them consistently sell out shows and receive widespread praise for their festival performances.
Through independent record label Fuzz Club Records TUY have released 8 LP’s and 3 EP’s, receiving both a cult following and critical acclaim all of their original releases have since sold out and been re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released on different formats.
Having relocated from Manchester to Berlin before the release of their 8th LP ‘What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?’ TUY are currently working on their 9th album.
The live band currently consists of Craig Dyer (Vocals, Guitar) Olya Dyer (Drums) Max James (Bass) and Leonard Kaage (Guitar). Combining walls of noise, raw energy and catchy melodies, TUY create a captivating live experience that is not to be missed.
The all-female musical beauty pageant of disco, house, techno, soul, funk, reggae, new wave and the rest.
Crows plus guests
“One of the UK’s most brutal and brilliant live bands, with frontman James Cox eyeballs the crowd with a fierce intensity that feels like he’s staring into your soul.” – NME
Intense is right, but beyond the menace there are massive tunes here too, like Girl Band covering We Are Scientists in pitch black with sudden strobes.
This show is part of our New Waves series where we showcase some of the most promising acts in the UK.
Vuromantics plus special guests The Nowes
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 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.
Classic Pop Magazine – “We’ve been hooked”
Louderthanwar – “a charming sophisticated slice of popular fusion”
Exposed Magazine – “shimmering synth textures and giant choruses”
The Nowes: In late autumn 2015, Filip Clements started jamming with various people around The University of Edinburgh, with the intention of forming a UK-based band. Filip’s Soundcloud-profile of initial demos had already generated more than 20,000 plays in the first month of its launch, and performimg with an ad hoc selection of British musicians around campus, he attracted the attention of music student and drummer Gian Paolo Sudar.
Triggered by Filip’s ambitious songs, Gian Paolo promptly joined the group and suggested adding his brother Andy as a fifth member.
Auditions for a bass player ensued, and with¨Rob¨/Antonio in place, a new four-piece was complete. The Nowes was born.
We are The Nowes. Our first EP ¨Think of you as an asset¨ is out Now(es)
The Party Slogan, Heavy Duty Box Company and The Niblicks
The Party Slogan are an unsigned Edinburgh band formed in 2016. The band have taken song writing influences from 80’s post-punk and alternative rock through to the sonic influence of garage rock revival.
Heavy Duty Box Company, the collective collection of companions who’ve come together over the years to help in the creation of our music through creating memories.
The Niblicks are a 4 piece rock n roll band from Perth characterised by a sound that has been carried through the 60s influence of rock and roll and the 90s British music scene which has arrived in the 21st century and been adopted and made their own”
David Ford – The Animal Spirits Tour
David Ford brings his all-action one man show to Edinburgh. It’s on a Sunday so prepare for a religious experience.
Orpheus Collective Presents:
Barbe Rousse/Attic Choir Double Headline
The brainchild of Edinburgh guitar-wizard Alasdair Kelly, Barbe Rousse are an energetic four-piece whose eclectic sound is based around “psychedelic sounds and calculated chaos.” Funky, dreamy, and captivating. For fans of UMO, Vulfpeck and The Flaming Lips.
Attic Choir are driven by exciting and compelling songwriting combined with powerful instrumentals and tight vocal harmonies.
Ferramoans are a hyperactive surf-goth, psychedelic-punk 2-piece based in Glasgow/Edinburgh.
Boy Azooga plus guests
Boy Azooga is the musical mission of Cardiff-based Davey Newington. Drawing multifarious influence from Ty Segall, Sly & The Family Stone, William Onyeabor & Black Sabbath, and having cut his teeth as ‘Bongo Fury’ driving the percussion section of Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon – his debut album ‘1, 2, Kung Fu’ drops on 8th June.
Jane Blanchard, Carla J Easton, Luna Delirious
Jane Blanchard is a 22 year old singer-songwriter from New Brunswick, Canada who is currently living in Edinburgh. Blanchard writes delicate songs that lash out with a fierce and poetic vengeance.
Together with drummer Stefan Westner, the duo create wonderful music that’s all at once sweet, sensitive, and savage.
Luna Delirious sings bluesy lullabies written from a melancholic perspective with a big voice and a raw arrangement. Regularly requested in the Scottish music scene, she has played acclaimed gigs at Sneaky Petes, Cabaret Voltaire and was a featured act for Born To Be Wide.
The Wave Pictures
Prolific London indie threesome The Wave Pictures‘ most recent album Bamboo Diner In The Rain marked the band’s 15th in the canon and – continually championed by Marc Riley et al – they plan to drop two more this year.
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
The Weather Station
On sale now!
The Weather Station is the fourth—and most forthright—album by The Weather Station, the project of Toronto songwriter Tamara Lindeman. Her most fully realized statement to date, it is a work of profound urgency, artistic generosity, and joy. Self-titled and self-produced, the album unearths a vital new energy from Lindeman’s acclaimed songwriting practice, marrying it to a bold new sense of confidence.
“I wanted to make a rock and roll record,” Lindeman explains, “but one that sounded how I wanted it to sound, which of course is nothing like rock and roll.” The result is a spirited, frequently topical tour de force that declares its understated feminist politics, and its ambitious new sonic directions, from its first moments. On past records, Lindeman has been a master of economy. Here her precisely detailed prose-poem narratives remain as exquisitely wrought as ever, but they inhabit an idiosyncratic, sometimes disorderly, and often daring album that feels, and reads, like a collection of obliquely gut-punching short stories.
Her previous album Loyalty was recorded at La Frette Studios in France in the winter of 2014 with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist). Nominated for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, it earned praise from The Guardian, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Uncut, and MOJO, among many others, who celebrated its delicate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, ambiguities, complex metaphors, and rich details of the everyday.
Lindeman and her band have toured extensively in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, both as a headliner and as support for artists such as The War on Drugs, The Mountain Goats, Damien Jurado, Bahamas, and Basia Bulat.
“Timeless… Measured, perceptive storytelling. A singer with an unmistakable & communicative voice, able to convey hope & hurt with equal clarity.” – Pitchfork
“She writes literate songs with unusual precision & sings them in an understated, open-hearted way that lends good poetry the directness of conversation.” – Uncut
“Bob Dylan aside, the singer-songwriter I’ve listened to most over the past year, & to whom I expect to be paying attention for many more to come, is Tamara Lindeman, who, under the name the Weather Station, performs songs notable for a conversational fluency, a diarist’s powers of observation, & a quiet refusal of emotional simplicities.” – Richard Williams, The Guardian
After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of popular UK alt-country outfit ahab, songwriter Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight.
Being firmly part of the London Americana scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, who’s drummer Steve Brookes, having already toured heavily with ahab, quickly became a permanent member of Orphan Colours, along with Fred Abbott, lead guitarist with Noah & the Whale.
SCOTTISH troubadour Dave Arcari returns from his latest US tour for an exclusive Edinburgh show at Sneaky Pete’s.
His alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine internationallyacclaimed solo releases.
Arcari’s latest album – Live at Memorial Hall – is the definitive collection of his material to date.
He tours throughout the UK, continental Europe, Scandinavia and the USA and is an official endorsee of National ResoPhonic Guitars, Reunion Blues, G7th Capos and Newtone Strings.
Official website: http://www.davearcari.com