Weaving together a fusion of classic rock and modern alternative, the Fat Stacks are a dynamic new Edinburgh based band, led by the charismatic front man Declan Gibson.
After forming during a jam session at the cities central, Illium café, Marchmont, the band have begun taking the scene by storm and are eagerly looking forward to revisiting the intimate grass roots scene at Sneaky Petes very soon.
The Academics – A hard to pin down rock power trio with a unique combination of screaming vocals and funked up rhythms, interspersed with tender ballads. There’s something for everyone, but an enjoyment of Hendrix, John Mayer and Foo Fighters wouldn’t be remiss.
Niamh Corkey – Niamh Corkey is a 22 year old singer-songwriter based in Edinburgh, whose writing effortlessly floats between musings of folk, indie, country and jazz. Each style is comfortably bound together with the ethereal command of her voice. Niamh delivers harrowing hooks, heavenly harmonies and holistic storytelling to her listeners.
Johnny’s sofa in Colchester after abandoning a job in a Midlands petrol station for the dazzling lights of Essex. They didn’t have a plan. But they had guitars. With explosive live performances of singalong anti-anthems, PET NEEDS began smashing sets on stages throughout the UK, screaming stories of disastrous job interviews, self-destruction and heading down the river on an inflatable kayak. They continued throughout 2019 at a blistering pace.
As with everyone, plans for a summer filled with festivals and shows were pulled during the lockdown and the band had to have a re-think.
On the day they were meant to be playing Berlin Arena, Johnny and George went for yet another furlough walk around a reservoir. Which is where it was decided. 2020 would instead be the year for the band to finish writing and recording their debut album, Fractured Party Music. No time like the present, eh?
After meeting at Camden Rocks 2019, friend Frank Turner came on board to mix and master the record, the one man able to harness this collision of frenetic energy stored up from months bereft of live shows. Splitting everyone’s lockdown hangovers with screeching feedback, tangled wiry riffs, and sharp, cynic-baiting lyrics that are spat, chanted and hollered, this is nine months of phantom gigs pumped into 33 minutes.
Free Money welcomes Renovations – hear your favourite 90s rock influences taken back to life with innovative use of electronic elements on top of a heavy grunge backbone. In support expect shoegaze and post-punk influences from Spinney and Doll Boy.
Harry Miles Watson
For fans of… Foals, IDLES, Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys
‘One of the most exciting indie bands in the North East’ – The Crack Magazine
‘Phenomenal’ – NARC Magazine on the Ilfords’ latest single
A year and a half since they last crashed into the city, the Ilfords of Ilford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, return to Edinburgh with another night at one of the country’s finest live venues. Having seen recent support from BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Newcastle, John Kennedy and Radio X and many more, the Ilfords have a buzz about them that’s hard to ignore. With a boatload of new material to crack out and a storming lineup of local support acts, this won’t be a show to turn down. Come in and warm yourself up on a baltic winter evening and see what the fuss is all about. Bag your ticket now – this will be a sellout.
Forgetting The Future are a 4 piece indie rock act from the Scottish Highlands Thurso/Glasgow. The band consists of Robbie McNicol, Sam Cowan, Max Paul and Jamie Mackay
Their captivating energetic stage presence has earned them gigs alongside Sam Fender , THE HARA , The Luka State , King Charles , Neon Waltz and more. Forgetting The Future have also Sold Out many headline gigs around Scotland with many more to come along with major festival slots at The Isle Of Wight, Belladrum Festival & many more.
Their first recording in their early teenage years was with Scottish legend Edwyn Collins in 2016 who charted in the UK back in the early 80’s with his band “Orange Juice”.
In January 2019, FTF started working with Ken Allardyce (previously working with Green Day , Fleetwood Mac , Weezer plus many more) & his partner Alan Greer’s independent label “InTime Records. With every new single Forgetting The Future release brings more excitement & hype around the band who have already exceeded expectations of music critics throughout Britain all the way over to LA. The band have caught the attention of some National Radio stations such as BBC Scotland, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, CO-OP Radio, Rob Fiddaman on The Hit Mix, EGH Radio & more. Certain songs from FTF’s catalog have also had coverage from top blogs & Newspapers such as The Scotsman Newspaper, Netsounds, Louder Than War, New Found Sounds, Snake Oil Music News, Alloa Advertiser & many more.
Pest_UK surfaces his second album, deep from the underground. Expect exclusively original electronic material from doors open
Fat Dads have been making waves with their infectious tunes and unwavering DIY ethos. Their first four demos skyrocketed to acclaim, grabbing the attention of Radio 1 and Radio X through word of mouth alone.
Recognised as one of the UK’s most exciting new bands by Indie music tastemakers ‘This Feeling’, the physical copies of their debut EP sold out within 48 hours, reaching fans across Europe and America.
2023 started with a bang, as the first weekend in January saw the hashtag #FatDadsAFHF2023 started to trend on Twitter due to thousands of people wanting to see Fat Dads play at Louis Tomlinson’s ‘Away From Home Festival’ in 2023.
Their fifth release ‘Girlfriend’ smashed into iTunes top 20 on its release day.
Their first official Merchandise range (in collaboration with www.localbandtees.co) broke numerous site records on release day, with orders being shipped to England, Scotland, Germany, Holland, France, USA (East & West Coast), and Canada.
Fat Dads made their first festival appearance at Kendal Calling 2023 and played to a packed and overflowing tent (the largest crowd that the BBC Introducing tent had seen all weekend) of passionate fans, all singing the words back to them – a remarkable feat achieved entirely without industry contacts, PR, or management.
The back end of 2023 saw Fat Dads perform live on Radio X, and support Andrew Cushin. Their latest single Jenny was produced by Alex Quinn (The Royston Club, Overpass, Bandit)
One of our favourites bands from The Great Escape this year Flip Top Head restlessly fuse post-rock, jazz, spoken word and shoegaze in breathtaking fashion. Sporting two-tone swagger, punkish grit and a poetic post-rock melody – it’s no surprise Flip Top Head are already sharing bills with fellow high-risers DEADLETTER, Opus Kink, Honeyglaze and The New Eves since their debut single in February.
They join Glasgow outfit Dancer (ft. members of Current Affairs, Nightshift, Order of the Toad and Robert Sotelo) this January for a co-headline!
Foxing perform their debut album ‘The Albatross’ in full to celebrate 10 years since its release.
Known for a theatrical style of introspective indie rock, Foxing brought together active members of the St. Louis, Missouri music scene in the early 2010s. With backgrounds that included post-rock, emo, and math rock bands, they expanded upon guitar-oriented fare with orchestral instruments beginning with their full-length debut, 2013’s The Albatross. The Matt Bayles-produced Dealer followed in 2015, before the band took a synth rock direction on 2018’s Nearer My God and were assisted by the Grammy-winning on 2021’s Draw Down the Moon.
Since his earliest infatuations with guitar, Buffalo Nichols has asked himself the same question: How can I bring the blues of the past into the future? After cutting his teeth between a Baptist church and bars in Milwaukee, it was a globetrotting trip through West Africa and Europe during a creative down period that began to reveal the answer.
Independent Venue Week
for fans of… Washed Out, Tears for Fears, New Order, Toro Y Moi, Com Truise
A windows-down car ride through the desert. Graceful surfers shredding blue swells. A suburban road lit only by streetlamps. The big round sun, shimmering over a distant horizon. These are just a few of the images conjured by Brothertiger, the stunning new album from the Brooklyn-based electronic artist of the same name.
Collecting a handful of singles released over the past year and a half, plus several unheard tracks, the album sees John Jagos, a.k.a. Brothertiger, moving through his chillwave roots and into the refined glitz of sophisti-pop, a UK-born microgenre that owes its ’80s and ’90s heyday to key releases by groups like Prefab Sprout and Scritti Politti. Brothertiger’s take on the style is pure escapism — immaculately engineered, retro-leaning songs for romantic vagabonds and urbane daydreamers alike. It might be the most impressive set of songs that Jagos has ever made.
MF Tomlinson is an Australian-born, London-based artist who, with his collaborators the MFs, crafts sonic worlds that draw upon acid folk, prog, jazz and ambient music – lying somewhere between Bill Callahan, Yo La Tengo, and Leonard Cohen. His second album, We Are Still Wild Horses, was released in February ‘23 on PRAH to a remarkable critical reception (???? The Times, Uncut, Mojo, The Line of Best Fit).
MF and the MF’s will play a slew of festivals across the UK and Europe including The Great Escape, The End of the Road, and Epäjohdonmukaisten Tanssiaisett with more to be announced. In the past they have supported Dry Cleaning and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Tomlinson refers to this project as his final incarnation, the sum of a lifetime working on his practice which has led him (in previous incarnations) to share stages with Warpaint, Amen Dunes, Franz Ferdinand, The Polyphonic Spree and Justice and play alongside members of Metronomy, Friendly Fires, Klaxons, Tusks and Trees.
With his love of music set alight by listening to Motown records in the car with his mother, corrupted by hard rock records handed down by his father, and finally formed by his own forays into jazz, folk and experimental music of decades past, Nicholson is a cathartic songwriter, an impassioned singer, and a gifted guitarist.
Nicholson’s latest album, Birthday Suit, comes after years of searching and longing. It serves as a dysfunctional self-portrait and a love letter in equal parts, dancing from electrifying guitar solos to naked vulnerability, as it brings the listener into the world of someone who has recently been diagnosed with autism.
If there’s a romance attached to the changing seasons, there’s inevitably a sadness that sweeps through with it. For Zoe Graham, every note of her crystalline electronic pop is imbued with that bittersweet feeling; on her new single ‘Gradual Move’, the past is something constantly reshaped by increments, no matter how sudden some of life’s departures may seem.
Carla J. Easton is an award nominated singer-songwriter, releasing 3 critically acclaimed albums, writing for TeenCanteen, Belle & Sebastian, BMX Bandits, Hen Hoose & National Theatre Scotland. Championed by BBC6 Music, she has performed at festivals across the UK and internationally touring the UK with Camera Obscura, The Vaselines and Aidan Moffat.In 2018, she released the SAY Award Shortlisted ‘Impossible Stuff’, produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire/British Sea Power/Leonard Cohen) which featured singles that achieved Record of the Day, Guardian Track of the Week and BBC Scotland Single of the Week.Her third album ‘WEIRDO’ was released in 2020 via Olive Grove Records – a record that Bandcamp Daily described as “all volume needles buried in the red, glitter bursting from every chorus.” The Line of Best Fit praised its “maximalist” tendencies while hinting that Scotland has found its own answer to the pop titans Carly Rae Jepsen and Taylor Swift and Pitchfork called it “bubblegum pop [with] the scrappy glamour of a homemade theatrical production”.Her latest project Poster Paints was formed with Simon Liddell (Frightened Rabbit) during 2020. Their critically acclaimed self titled debut album was released by Ernest Jennings October 2022. Her fourth studio album ‘SUGAR HONEY’ will be released 20th October via Olive Grove Records and features the singles ‘One Week’, ‘Blooming 4U’ and the album title track ‘Sugar Honey’.
From Futuristic Retro Champions, through indie pop upstarts TeenCanteen, a record under the name Ette, to the solo albums Impossible Stuff (shortlisted for the 2019 SAY Award and produced by Arcade Fire cohort Howard Bilerman) and WEIRDO , Carla J Easton writes essential indie pop.
Sitting proudly alongside The Vaselines, BMX Bandits (who have covered her songs) and Belle & Sebastian, with whom she co-wrote the track “Best Friend” , collaborating with Honeyblood and Solareye she is considered alongside the best Scottish music has had to offer over the past few decades.
WEIRDO is a record that Bandcamp described as “all volume needles buried in the red, glitter bursting from every chorus.” The Line of Best Fit praised its “maximalist” tendencies while hinting that Scotland has found its own answer to the pop titans Carly Rae Jepsen and Taylor Swift and Pitchfork called it “bubblegum pop [with] the scrappy glamour of a homemade theatrical production”. Finding her voice, Carla J Easton is in the position now where she is consistently releasing music that’s talked about in terms of albums of the year garlands in Scotland, and beyond.
Alternative duo from Scotland, Midnight Ambulance, formed between Paris and North Berwick in lockdown 2020. Amelia (vocals/drums) and Fraser (guitar/vocals) reconnected after losing touch for many years and began collaborating via video call as a creative and cathartic outlet. Together, they create dark and powerful soundscapes completed with delicate melodies, leaving you intrigued… but slightly scared. Their sound builds a unique and mysterious atmosphere that combines sinister and distorted instruments with folk-inspired vocals. Influences: The White Stripes, Billie Eilish, The National, Phoebe Bridgers, The Ninth Wave.
Features include: Apple Music playlists; BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson); BBC Introducing Scottish Act of the Year (shortlist); BBC Radio Scotland (Single of the Week – The Afternoon Show, Vic Galloway & BBC Introducing); BBC Alba (Single of the Week); Amazing Radio (Jim Gellatly & Charlie Ashcroft) and The Scotsman (Artist of the Week).They have performed at festivals and in venues across the UK, supporting artists such as The Pigeon Detectives, Fatherson and Texas.
“Dark, powerful and mysterious.” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“Ominous, looming and with a real sense of menace, the duo conjure a unique atmosphere with Amelia’s heartfelt vocal and pounding drums front and centre, elegantly accompanied by Fraser’s playing […] As a listener, I am excited and slightly scared!!” Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland
Founded by Joe Laycock and Jack Sharp as a successor to theatrical punk group Cheap Teeth, the pair birthed the project from their joint love of immersive, beat-driven soundscapes and an exploration of subtle shifts. Featuring members of Catholic Action and Pressure Retreat, the band aims to urge the listener’s ear into progressively choppy waters whilst simultaneously grounding them in firm lyrical soil.
Having built up an archive of songs over the past year, the band is set to peek their head above water with lead single “Halfway to Hockney”. Recorded by Matt Peel at the Nave in Leeds, the track is centred forgivingly around an individual’s thirst for meaning, as the protagonist falls perilously from the tree of self-identity, grasping at every characteristic branch on the way down, desperate to not be swept away by their impending crisis.
THEE GIRL FRIDAYS
Thee Girl Fridays are a Scottish garage-beat combo who are supercharged with sass and a shared love for old school rock ‘n’ roll.
Following their debut EP ‘The Love Witch’ in 2019, Thee Girl Fridays will cast a spell with their new AA side! ‘Double Crossing Double Agent’ is inspired by both the known and lesser known girl groups of ’60s and beyond while ‘Ejector Seat’ dares you to take a ride to discover otherworldly sounds, with reverb and a big dose of attitude!
Female-fronted punk/rock inspired band here to smash the patriarchy while making people dance! Their debut EP ‘Total B.S. was described as ‘super fun with punk overtones, an alt pop rock approach with attitude and danceable fun!’
An energetic four piece, who embrace the dark and obscure. Electric riffs, eclectic lyrics.
Skydaddy, the moniker of London based musician and bandleader Rachid Fakhre, tours his debut EP, Pilot.
Having spent the last few years writing and producing as one half of the acclaimed musical duo Spang Sisters, Skydaddy’s debut EP Pilot promises to be a ray of light bursting out from an increasingly busy London indie scene. Combining cello, violin, flute, piano and intricate vocal harmonies, Skydaddy cuts an utterly compelling figure, leading a fluid and interchangeable band, at its largest 7 people strong, they delicately glide through intricate passages of chamber-folk-rock, into swelling orchestral crescendos.
For the band that started as school friends in 2013, King Nun have been on a long road to their upcoming second album, Lamb. Consisting of Theo Polyzoides (vocals and guitar), James Upton (guitar), Nathan Gane (bass) and Caius SY (drums), what would later become an official band started as friends bonding over their shared love of bands off the beaten path, from Richard Hell and Television to Sonic Youth and Pixies.
On this foundation, they built their own off kilter indie-punk hybrid, exhibited on 2019’s Mass, cited by NME as ‘brutal and brilliant’ and DIY as ‘a sound to be reckoned with’. The band have built an impressive live reputation too, listing headline tours in Europe and the US, with Rolling Stone naming them ‘Best Rock Newcomers’ at Bonnaroo, and supporting artists including Foo Fighters, Black Flag and Gang of Youths.
With the pandemic cancelling further tours, the band used the time to build a new studio and write and record as much as they could, culminating in the songs that would make up Lamb and a new
signing to Marshall records. The album marks a lot of change for the band: it is their first release
produced by Caius, and the first appearance of newest member Ethan SY on guitar. It also signals a return to their heavier roots, while maintaining the melodic choruses and stubborn optimism that are a staple throughout their music. With Lamb, King Nun are on their way to becoming one of rock’s vital voices
Uniting from Toronto and Northampton respectively, but now based in London, Shelf Lives is the brainchild of vocalist Sabrina Di Giulio and guitarist/producer Jonny Hillyard. Previous projects like ‘Yes, offence’ lean heavier on the dancy outbursts of guitar riffs by marrying extravagant beats with darkly comedic hooks. This is a recipe Shelf Lives has consistently kept true to, and the results take shape in sonic emblems that never fail to tell an invigorating story. At the forefront, the band makes energetic pop songs that bring the abrasiveness and physicality of punk back to a small, cramped house party setting. Creating music so rowdy you can practically feel the sweat on the ceiling and the sound of crushed cans under your feet, Shelf Lives have won over scores of praise from the likes of NME, Dork, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, and Jack Saunders of BBC Radio 1.
Pairing hardcore punk’s brief bursts of energy with electroclash’s minimal and sleazy sonics, Shelf Lives raise themes of societal collapse and hyper-consumerism with a warped smile. Most recently, Shelf Lives prismatic brand of exciting electro-punk has enabled them slots at The Great Escape Festival, FOCUS Wales, Liverpool Sound City, and Glastonbury Festival. Though Shelf Lives have only been a band since 2021, the exhilarating duo have supported an impressive roster of artists including a full EU/UK tour with Skunk Anansie to performing on shows alongside THUMPER, Skating Polly, and Panic Shack.
In just a few years London’s George Riley has become an unstoppable force in modern R&B with producers like Anz, Hudson Mohawke, Vegyn, SBTRKT, Actress and more lining up to work with her. She joins us next February following the release of her latest project Un/limited Love out now on Ninja Tune.
GENN are made up of Janelle Borg – guitars (she/her), Sofia Rosa Cooper – drums (she/they), Leona Farrugia – Vocals (she/they), and Leanne Zammit – bass (she/her). Majority queer, the first iteration of the band started 10 years ago in Malta, before moving to Brighton. Over this time they have built determined bonds as a self-described sisterhood, founded on instinctive trust and affection.
It’s this unique outlook and tight-knit gang mentality that make GENN such a thrilling proposition musically. Steering clear of simplistic, surface-value interpretation, their upcoming album “unum” represents Latin word for oneness, unity, a sense of being whole. The debut album of GENN is a hard-earned statement of evolution, woven from the band’s four distinct threads of influence and identity to reveal an arresting tapestry of ambition. It follows on from their 2021 debut EP Liminal which was born of isolation, a fragmented jigsaw puzzle put together at a distance in the pandemic era.
The project triumphed against all odds, but GENN knew that the EP walked so that something far greater could run. unum is the product of that long-awaited togetherness; it captures that lightning in a bottle that strikes when four distinct strains of talent – four best friends – are free to create. GENN have never sounded so limitless.
Hailed as one of the UK’s most exciting new bands, South London four piece Talk Show first emerged in 2017 with a series of critically acclaimed singles and raucous live shows. The band’s internationally lauded debut EP, These People, arrived in March of 2020, and by the time the pandemic had subsided enough for them to properly tour the collection, the group had already begun to move on creatively, trading in the brash post-punk of their early work for a ferocious, guitar-driven vision of dance music that would help earn them festival slots everywhere from Pitchfork Avant-Garde to Sonic Wave in addition to a four-star review from the NME for their 2022 follow-up EP, Touch The Ground.
Effigy, Talk Show’s long-awaited full length debut, offers up a bold and exhilarating showcase for the band’s dramatic evolution, drawing on everything from The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy to Nine Inch Nails and KLF as it taps into a raw, primal sound at the intersection of techno, electronic, industrial, and rock music. The songs are dark and gritty, fueled by blistering guitars and explosive drums, and frontman Harrison Swann’s vocals are nothing short of hypnotic, leaning on repetition and restraint to reach for transcendence in the midst of swirling sonic chaos. The result is an immersive, multi-sensory experience, one that conjures up a dark, sweaty warehouse packed with moving bodies all radiating heat and desire, anxiety and release, ecstasy and desperation.
Godfathers of the Brixton Windmill-centred ‘south London scene’, Meatraffle are back with their eclectic, highly danceable form of post-punk – now venturing into new saccharine synth-pop territory on their new album Base & Superstructure. Sardonic, uplifting and triumphant all at once.
Originally from Portsmouth now residing in London, Jake Stewart has successfully located the pleasure centres of UK ravers via the diverse output of his “1-800 GIRLS” artist project.
After stunning sold-out extended-play outings on ubiquitous raw house labels Shall Not Fade and clipp.art, as well as broody emotionally tinged release on Feelings Worldwide, Lost Palms and his own imprint among others, 1-800 GIRLS continues to reserve a space of his own in the speed lane of modern intelligent dance music.
A past performing live in new wave inspired bands where it was not uncommon to find himself behind a keyboard, guitar or drum kit, informs the 1-800 GIRLS sound – underpinned by the contrasts of subtle nostalgia running alongside rumbling grooves, crackling percussives and gloriously staccato melodies, with spring-tingling emotional textures being the glue holding together everything the Hackney based artist produces.
Between 2014-2019 East Midland’s singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter made her name by releasing a series of heavily championed EPs. Her raw, soulful song writing was widely heralded with comparisons to the likes of Cream, Cat Power, Bonnie Raitt, and PJ Harvey, and coverage from tastemakers from The Line of Best Fit through to rock bible Classic Rock, with support from BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2 and Virgin Radio; and UK-wide tours alongside (among others) Marika Hackman, George Ezra, Liz Lawrence, Eliza Shaddad, Ralph Pelleymounter (To Kill A King), Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, and Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit).
In 2020, Charlotte set out to make her debut album which has been funded by Help Musicians UK and is set to release Autumn 2023.
mustbejohn possesses the energy that effortlessly connects with his growing fanbase. Before becoming the musician in front of us, mustbejohn was born and raised in Hertfordshire, where he took it upon himself to use poetry as a creative outlet.
Before his mid-teens, his poems turned to bars, and he began trading pocket money for studio times which meant traveling to and from London without telling his parents. Sharpening his tools by creating everything between Grime, Rap, Dance, Electronic, and Afrobeats, he found a winning formula once he arrived at Westminister University – where he completed a degree in Music Business – and emerged under the moniker mustbejohn in 2018.
The 23-year-olds music is an intersection of Rap and Electronic, providing the ultimate nostalgic feeling and honing in on his array of influences: Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and Mike Skinner, Loyle Carner, and Tom Misch. Cult classics ‘Lucy’, ‘Jenny’s House’ and ‘Raining Colours’ have helped accumulate fans far and wide, simultaneously fueling his determination. Putting everything towards growing his reputation as a cult trailblazer, mustbejohn is now grateful to be turning down shifts at a local shoe shop to ensure his dream comes true.
Further plans for live shows, merchandise, and more are already on the horizon, making for an exciting time for mustbejohn and his growing audience.
Bull are a five piece band from York, UK “First time I saw Bull was way back in the putrid summer of 2013. Just the shell of the man I am now my mum took me to the Arts Barge Tent at the Galtres Festival in Helmsley, it was raining so I was just happy to enter a sheltered area. In that tent is where I first laid eyes on the band, live in the flesh making noises I had only dreamed of after an intense day of eating creme eggs. These sounds, these vibrations, they caused a change in my 14 year body made me see the world in a different light. I started eating all my vegetables, started listening to Pavement, I threw all my top man v-neck tees away and most importantly of all I started loving myself. Since then I have seen Bull countless times each time bringing me back to the life changing moment. And you can experience this change too, all you have to do is come on down to the Rumsey Wells on Saturday and get ready for some of the best noises that can be processed by the human brain.” – Aled Vernon-Rees 2018
The Capollos are a young, exciting, award winning alternative rock band from Aberdeen. Live, The Capollos are a ferocious force, combining melody, energy, swagger and a coolness that borders on effortless. These many qualities have led to comparisons with some of the bands that have influenced them such as The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Britpop legends Oasis. Their burgeoning fan-base has grown through several high-profile support slots with the likes of Cast, The Pigeon Detectives, Kyle Falconer, The Snuts, Neon Waltz, Alan McGee, Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays), The Sherlocks, Chris Helme (The Seahorses), Mike Joyce (The Smiths) and they also performed a special acoustic set at an Elton Johns VIP party at Aberdeen’s Exhibition Centre. Further recognition and accolades are expected with the recent release of their eponymous E.P. The Capollos, which was described by Sound Wave Review as having ‘…thoughtful lyrics, groove & contagious melodies…’.
William Doyle tours his new album Springs Eternal to be released on February 16th, 2024 via Tough Love. It follows 2021’s critically acclaimed Great Spans of Muddy Time album (10/10 Loud & Quiet, 9/10 Line of Best Fit, 4/5 Mojo, 8/10 Uncut, 5th The Quietus 100 Albums of the Year). Listen to new single ‘Relentless Melt’ here.
Serving up art-pop for the anthropocene, Springs Eternal is the Mercury-nominated, critically acclaimed artist William Doyle’s most ambitious and most playful creation to date. Taking a panoramic view of the ecstasies and agonies of life in the 2020s, the record asks how we exist as fragile flesh and blood – our hearts beating and our minds racing – in an unprecedented, almost unimaginable time of runaway climate destruction and technological expansion.
With a growing reputation as one of the most exciting live acts on the underground circuit, Manchester jazz-punk quartet Maruja’s run of sold out shows continue to dazzle fans across the UK and Europe.
Improvisation provides the backbone of Maruja’s compositions with compelling instrumentation and culturally relevant lyrics transporting listeners to a visceral world of gritty realism. They definitely live up to all the hype around them (and then some) and we’re dead excited to have them at The Mash House this April.
Personal Trainer x Pom Poko
for fans of… Dry Cleaning, Pip Blom, Do Nothing, Squid
at The Caves
Amsterdam-based collective Personal Trainer seek out sharp-witted ways to prolong the innate joy of being a band just plugging in and playing. Willem Smit, the group’s conductor and cheerleader, started the band as an ultimate love letter to the vibrant scene he himself inhabits. Initially, it meant playing shows in impromptu lineups, with individuals of varying skill levels, interests and sensibilities. At the hub of this volatile energy, Smit embraced his role as jester in court, performing his own songs like a lost tourist on a karaoke bender.
Norway’s freewheeling Pom Poko combine their jazz school training and experimental leanings into equally sugary and explosive music. Inspired by math rock, post-punk, West African music, and weird pop bands such as Deerhoof, the group introduced their loose-limbed, playful style on 2019’s Birthday, then emphasized the contrast between their meticulous compositions and chaotic performances on 2021’s bracing Cheater.
Since first emerging in early-2020 with the anthemic ‘Quit Fucking Around’ and releasing a critically acclaimed 3-part EP trilogy between 2020 and 2022, Francis of Delirium aka Jana Bahrich and collaborator Chris Hewett, have gained praise for distilling the angst and despair that plagues a generation who faces an uncertain present and future.
Francis of Delirium was shortlisted for 2022’s highly prestigious ESNS Music Moves Europe Award, as well as gaining accolades from the world’s music press and supporting some of the biggest artists on the planet, at still only 21 years old. A restless energy and desire to connect with the listener lies at the core of the project, with Jana’s personal lyrics being underpinned by a fierce rock sound that is as liberating as it is intense.
Having returned from North America after playing 26 support dates with The Districts at the start of 2022 – plus a debut headline show in New York and festival slots at both Shaky Knees and Treefort – Jana arrived back to the UK/EU for a run of support dates with Soccer Mommy, Horsegirl & Briston Maroney as well as support shows with Kings of Leon and The 1975 in Luxembourg City. Her music has traveled far beyond its place of origin and has seen praise from Pitchfork, Stereogum, FADER, Paste, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, 6Music, Radio 1, KEXP and NPR, to name but a few.
It’s damn near impossible to start a band these days, and it’s even more impossible to actually make great music once you do. Swedish four-piece Girl Scout are a band quite happy to defy the odds. Throwing down the gauntlet with a rave received debut EP last year, ‘Real Life Human Garbage’, the band has earned comparisons to everyone from The Breeders to Snail Mail, all while embellishing a sonic finesse that, often, outstretches those names in technicolor 4K. NME, DORK, Under The Radar and more tipped them as ones to watch 2023, others augur them with the same shooting star career as Wet Leg. Features in Clash, The Times, The Guardian, Gaffa, Atwood, Billboard, and too many more to name them all here sang the band’s paean as one of the most innovative and energetic newcomers around.
Girl Scout continue to weave the tapestry of a sound that has already become so big and unbelievable, pulling patient pleasures from eras they didn’t even exist in but have strong, reverberating reverence for. Their critically acclaimed second EP ‘Granny Music’ arrived earlier this year.