Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-21

MoJo PRESENTS ~ A DIAMOND DOGS SESSION

HECTOR SHAW

THE VANDERBLUES – ACOUSTIC SET

KATIE GREGSON-MACLEOD

Tickets ~ £6

Head down to Sneaky Pete’s on 21st January for the *FIRST EVER*
DIAMOND DOGS SESSION ~ showcasing the best up-and-coming
talent in the Edinburgh music scene. Fresh off the road from a
recent Scottish tour, catch Hector Shaw in his *FIRST EVER*
Edinburgh headline gig, along with acoustic support sets from The
VanderBlues and Katie Gregson-MacLeod … You won’t want to
miss this. A MoJo / Diamond Dogs Event.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-22

Domiciles
This album cries out to be played loud, it deserves to be, ensuring you give it your full undivided attention.’ Louder Than War
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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/domiciles/
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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-23

£5 OTD
SUPPORT:
FEUX
BASIL PANAGOP
BEE SINGH + LONELY CARP

This year has brought Nova a nomination in the Best Hip Hop Category of the Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2019, features in Mixmag, Red Bull Music, The Skinny, Time Out London, The Basement x Nike BSMNT AIR MAX 90 campaign, the launch of her club night Potential Party and the announcement of her forthcoming solo album, Re-Up.

As Nova’s first solo release, Re-Up combines acclaimed genres with eclectic lyrical content to make a hard-hitting debut album. As a sequel to the early 2019 mixtape Risin’ Up, Re-Up exists to replenish the underground and remind them what Nova is really about. Commenting on crime, clubs, afters and getting money, this album provides a snapshot into the past, present and future. Bassy trap sits side by side with lo-fi hip hop and heavy grime featuring beats by $1000 Wallet, Inkke and Kami-O, complimented with imagery of drunken street fights, a twisted game of Monopoly and sniper staring down the viewfinder. To be continued…

FEUX
As a new face to the music scene, Feux has already captivated an audience with his bilingual lyrics and intricate flows over incredible instrumentals from underground London-based producers by the likes of Tavish JW. This has lead to Feux generating his own unique style of alternative Hip-Hop which is constantly flourishing and evolving into new and unique expressions of music, blending contemporary and old-school Hip-Hop.

BASIL PANAGOP
basil panagop is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and clothing designer, based in glasgow, scotland. his gender-neutral clothing line, “intrnit”, as well as his highly anticipated debut solo project “lalaland” are all slated for release in 2019/2020”. the first single “topaz” has been streamed over 34 thousand times on spotify to date, while the first drop of the clothing sold out in just 6 hours. his newest single twilight zone became available on all streaming services on november 1st, 2019 with a music video that followed two weeks after the singles release.

BEE SINGH + LONELY CARP
Bee Asha Singh grew up between homes with her Punjabi Father and Scottish Mother. She is one third of the hip hop trio The Honey Farm, a scottish female rap group that promote female confidence and egalitarian views. Bee is an incredible spoken word artist. She tackles social Injustice, gender equality and talks about truth, openness and her own personal experiences with trauma. The young poet has done a lot of work related to using creative outlets to heal, working on the bbc documentary, Spit It out, with Lea Luiz de Oilveira. Accompanied by iconic trans sad girl pianist Lonely Carp the duo create a feels filled not to miss performance…

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-24

BOOTlace
The Last Hurrah proves lyrical perspective and a new melodic tone ready to rejuvenate Scottish music in 2019 Tenement TV
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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-25

Regular Music and Synergy Concerts present
Rev Magnetic and American Clay
Plus special guests Burnt Paw
Sneaky Pete’s
Saturday 25 January
£10 + stbf
On sale now!

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-26

We are over the moon to host the most unexpected return of one of the coolest bands we’ve ever loved. PLUS there will be a very special guest performance from a well known Scottish artist to happens to be a massive Giant Drag fan.

The dreamy-but-tough indie rock of L.A.’s Giant Drag is the brainchild of singer/guitarist Annie Hardy, whose knowing lyrics and washes of guitar suggest a mix of My Bloody Valentine, the Breeders, PJ Harvey, and Mazzy Star. She’s so cool we love her!

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-27

KETTLE OF KITES is an indie art rock band. It’s a soaring crescendo and then a simple folk melody. It’s a vast wide open space and then an intimate living room – a geometric maze to find your way through.

Their debut album Loan was formed through humble means – recorded in a dingy, sweaty Italian basement by Scottish frontman/songwriter Tom Stearn and then sent half way across the world to A Pocket Full Of Stones studio in Australia to be mixed. Embarking on the launch of their new sci-fi inspired studio album Arrows, the band’s somewhat dispersed members (Pietro Martinelli, bass – Genoa // Marco Giongrandi, guitar – Brussels // Riccardo Chiaberta, drums – London) combine their unique experience in their respective music scenes to sculpt new worlds, new images, new stories.

Their soon to be released second album Arrows is inspired by the sci-fi world of the author Isaac Asimov – Sumptuous Fleet Foxes- esque sunsets, roaring Grizzly Bear reverbs and cyclic classical guitar lines, with an undercurrent of minimal electronic drums and synth reminiscent of Radiohead.

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, Arca and Richard Dawson, creating something wholly unique. Combining electronica flourishes evoking FKA Twigs with Indian Classical guitar ornamentations, stunning vocals and a penchant for unorthodox instrumentation such as the aquaphone, Kapil manages to be truly experimental yet still accessible.

Building on the momentum of his acclaimed debut ‘A Sacred Bore’ – featured in Pitchfork, VICE, BBC Introducing, The Guardian, The Quietus & Rolling Stone India, Scottish polymath Kapil Seshasayee makes an eclectic shift away from his experimental roots towards a Psychedelic crossover of RnB & Avant Indian Classical evocative of Solange, FKA Twigs and Ananda Shankar on his latest album, “The Item Girl” – out now.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-28

Not always destined for a life in music, Georgie had a promising career in professional football looming ahead of her, but the sudden discovery of a guitar and her uncle’s record collection whisked her off the pitch and into her bedroom to hone her musical craft. She quickly mastered the art of blagging her way into pubs underage in order to play open mic nights, and it wasn’t long before her rich soulful voice and honest, reflective songwriting had earned her local notoriety – after one pub crowd demanded a fourth set from her in a single evening, she failed the next day’s history GCSE exam due to the exhaustion.

It wasn’t too long before her relentless graft paid off when her music caught the attention of local hero Jake Bugg, who took her with him on an intimate UK support tour. Since then she has fulfilled support duties for stars ranging from Blossoms to Jack Savoretti, and was flown out to Virginia, USA to record her debut single ‘Company Of Thieves’ with the legendary Matthew E White and his Spacebomb house band. Blending her British Grit with such an accomplished American Soul band resulted in a truly spellbinding single that earned Georgie spots on a whole host of watch lists.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-28

Independent Venue Week is a great excuse for us to showcase the best upcoming Edinburgh acts. Tickets are cheap for this show at £5+booking fee, since we really want to encourage you to come out and see how good these bands are.


Electronic pop duo Maranta – band are particular favourites of ours. You may have seen them play the perfect counterpoint to Free Love at Summerhall last summer.

Fourth Daughter is the project of Scottish Electropop artist Emily Atkinson (formerly known as E M I L I E), and this is her debut show! She’s been working on a superb new record with Dave from Stillhound, and we’ve spotted Fergus from Bwani Junction playing bass in her new video so we’ve a feeling there could be an all-star cast on stage for this show – here’s hoping.

SMUT. is a singer, writer, producer and musician with a grunge background taking an increasingly electronic direction with her music. Formerly performing solely with a guitar, she now also sings to hip hop and r&b instrumentals created by either herself or other collaborative artists. Although varied with her musical creations, a vulnerable and raw approach to creative expression defines much of SMUT.’s work

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-29

Glasgow 3-piece Cloth are a proper Sneaks favourite of the last year and we’re so excited to host them for Independent Venue Week alongside pals Last Night From Glasgow.

Cloth make angular alt-rock, cut through with deep electronic grooves. They’ve been picked up by BBC Radio 6 and Radio 1, playing on the BBC Introducing stage at Latitude this year, as well as selling out the CCA for their debut album launch. The album itself is an absolute belter!

Tickets on sale now.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-30

Awkward Family Portraits are back rocking the Cowgate this January. Come and get loose!

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-01-31

Carla J. Easton makes pop music. Dreamy, lush and inescapable. Songs you’ll hear one day and still be humming a week later. Songs to dance to. Songs to drive to. Songs that make you wanna sing along.

First with Myspace-kids Futuristic Retro Champions, then with SAY longlisted TeenCanteen, then under the alias ETTE, before her first solo album Impossible Stuff, her tunes have seen her championed by Marc Riley, play festivals across the UK, and earn a growing number of dedicated fans.

With her sharp-dressed, white-hot band, her Dreamers on the Run, 2018 saw her release the SAY shortlisted Impossible Stuff. Working with Arcade Fire and British Sea Power producer Howard Bilerman, it’s a record that mixes analog synths, sparkling brass and Spector-esque strings with Easton’s finely tuned ear for a hook. ‘Lights in the Dark’ was Record of the Day. ‘Dreamer on the Run’ was Guardian Track of the Week. ‘Wanting What I Can’t Have’ was BBC Scotland Single of the Week. It’s a record that cuts through like the sun bursting through a storm.

A third album is in the works, with help from PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music Fund. It can’t come soon enough.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-01

Flexible punk wordage & rickety lo-fi guitar vocabulary, coupled with cinematic organ fills is exactly what Cheap Teeth dispense. Their image projects that of the early 70s punk and post-punk scene of New York yet is alloyed with some Western garage rock influences of the 90s and late 00s. Erratic soundscapes are accessories to the focused songwriting and poised lyrical verse which encapsulate patrons at a stroke.

The band’s first release of ‘Fly on the Wall/The Vicar’s Fingers’ received critical acclaim from the likes of NME labelling them “deliciously grim”. This was certainly a direct result of having recorded the tracks at Glasgow’s Green Door Studio with ‘Sweaty Palm’ Ronan Fay twitching the faders.
Following on from their debut release, Cheap Teeth returned to Green Door’s velveteen walls, purloining the 70s once more, and releasing ‘Ageless (Half The Devil)’. The strain gallops and drives you through 3 and half minute location that yearns to be frequently revisited.

The band’s live spectre is what might be most enthralling. Replicating their racket, a Cheap Teeth performance consists of every good vintage gig proverb. Their live energy & intoxicating demeanour has led to them supporting the likes of Hinds & Sports Team which speaks volumes for the vigour being showcased. Beginning to now navigate the UK, the band are at the start of a compelling period whereby all as described and more are to be personally delivered to growing assemblages who won’t neglect in increasing.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-02

Eastbourne is most commonly known as a retirement hub; an eden for the elderly, where life goes to notch down a gear. But just one listen to East-born and bred ROAM and it’s clear that not everyone in the southern town got the memo.

Though barely out of their college years, the quintet have made heady progress since their formation in September 2012, notching up a self released mini album, ‘No Common Ground’ (November 2012), and getting stuck into the national gigging circuit with commitment and rambunctious enthusiasm.

Their breakneck pace shows no sign of arresting either, with a sophomore release, 5 track mini-album ‘Head Down’ slated for release less than a year after its predecessor.

Positively bursting with infectious guitar licks and the kind of vocal hooks you may as well resign yourself to humming at regular intervals for the foreseeable future, ‘Head Down’ is a further leap for ROAM in their seemingly unstoppable forward march.

“Since we put out ‘…Common Ground’ we’ve been continually writing, trying out new songs live and changing parts until we felt the new songs were what we wanted,” says guitarist/vocalist Alex Adam; “Head Down is a collection of the best of those songs. We put a lot into them, and we think it shows.”

Completed by lead vocalist Costello, guitarist Sam Veness, bassist Matt Roskilly and drummer Charlie Pearson, ROAM have teamed up with Leeds based DIY label Pinky Swear Records (Neck Deep, Your Demise, Nai Harvest) for the physical release of ‘Head Down’.

“There’s a lot of people willing to sit back and let everything happen for them (or not as the case may be), and then they complain about the situation they’re in,” says Alex; “A lot of this EP is inspired by that bad mindset; it’s all about getting your head down and trying to do stuff yourself.”

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-04

The brazen and effortlessly cool duo Nova Twins are comprised of the bassist Georgia South and vocalist Amy Love.

Taking inspiration from all sonic corners via bands like N.E.R.D., Jack White, Missy Elliot, Princess Nokia and Rihanna, the best friends have captured fans of all demographics with their high-octane approach.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-05

Scruff of the Neck presents

Bikini Body
Family friendly post-gutter-skunk-funk band based in Edinburgh.
LISTEN: https://bandcamp.com/bikinibody
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/bikinibodymusic/
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Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-06

Fortune Presents

The Luka State

Merry Xmas, Tour Is Over… Not For The Luka State. Having played almost 100 shows in 2019, the boys are back in earnest in 2020. Their angsty, sweaty, melody filled rock’n’roll is the perfect antidote to the winter blues.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-07

After the success of his first release, ‘Can’t Shake These Demons’ it was clear that Edinburgh, Scotland laid claim to the UK’s newest hip hop sensation. White Keef  is an artist with a life that he is trying to turn around while not shying away from discussing, eloquently conveying his past and current struggles through his music in the hope for better days. 

Mistah Bohze is considered to be a Scottish Hip Hop legend. Often cited as a ‘pioneer’, Bohze is a founding member of the now legendary II Tone Committee (1987) and has been making and performing music across Europe for over 30 years. Regardless of age, due to his years of experience, Bohze is often quoted as being ‘the best live Hip Hop performer in the country’ and his latest ‘One Man Band’ style Hip Hop show incorporates all the elements of Hip Hop Music into one high octane, high wire ‘masterclass’…..without safety nets, before your very eyes.

NOVA is a Rap vocal project, a way to vent frustrations, boast achievements and Express wants for the future. Over selected beats of grime, bass and hip-hop nature.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-08

“…catnip for fans of Protomartyr or The Fall…” The Ransom Note

The current wave of UK punk continues apace. Italia 90 have caught our eye a few times over the past couple of years, so we’re very pleased to finally be able to bring them to the club.

“…Very much rate this, and certainly don’t think that Wire, Alternative TV, Sauna Youth and Institute’s Catharsis LP are excessively flattering reference points…” The Quietus

“…The sound this four piece create, recalls those early Wire recordings, Joy Division cassettes and Gang of Four bootlegs at least one mate would own having sneaked a cassette recorder into the venue to record and listen to a few weeks later….” Louder Than War

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-09

Centred around Asha and O’Bryen, two 20 and 21-year-old childhood best friends, Sorry were signed by Domino after developing a reputation as the most thrilling new band on London’s underground circuit. Sorry’s lineup is completed by Lincoln Barrett on drums and bassist Campbell Baum.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-10

Good Grief Presents:

En Attendant Ana
(Paris – Trouble In Mind Records)

With the release of Juillet, Parisian quintet En Attendant Ana make good on the promise of their album Lost & Found (2018, Trouble In Mind), diligently crafting a set of ten songs that shimmer, glide and sway with a sophistication only hinted at by their debut.

Recorded by Vincent Hivert and Alexis Fugain over the course of one week at Studio Claudio, an isolated studio in rural France, Juillet is the sound of a band reshaping itself, adapting to numerous transitions both within the band (‘Juillet’ is the first recording with current guitarist Maxence Tomasso) and in life. Primary lyricist & front person Margaux Bouchaudon says “I tend to consider it as a journey towards acceptation of losses (would they be friends, lovers or dreams through death, departure or disillusion…) but also towards self respect and independence.” Indeed many of the songs on Juillet feel hopeful, despite their melancholic tone, lacing a lilting melody or triumphant trumpet swell (courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Camille Fréchou) or charging guitar riffs from Tomasso or Bouchaudon. Famed French engineer Dominique Blanc-Francard mastered the whole affair with a deft hand, coaxing the subtleties of the mix without sacrificing its sonic wallop.

RIYL – Stereolab, Shopping, Electrelane, La Luz, Look Blue Go Purple, Pastels, Talulah Gosh, Comet Gain

Watch: https://youtu.be/PPmM-DAhx10
Listen: https://enattendantana.bandcamp.com/
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Support from:

Irma Vep (solo)
The unvarnished neo-psychedelia of Welsh guitarist/songwriter Edwin Stevens. Rare solo performance.
Watch: https://youtu.be/KIgHUZ0UTcg
Listen: https://irmavepirmavep.bandcamp.com/album/evil-holiday-7

Buffet Lunch
Jangly post-punk from Edinburgh. Somewhere between Captain Beefheart and Omni. New EP on Permanent Slump
Watch: https://youtu.be/THyCDHPQ7as
Listen: https://permanentslump.bandcamp.com/album/snap-ep
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There is one step up at the front door – ramp available.
No viewing platform. Seats available on request.
Nearest accessible toilet at The Three Sisters, 50 yards away.

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14-17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets. We reserve the right to breathalyse anyone under the age of 18. Refusal or failure of the test will result in entry being denied

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-11

Dreamy, scintillating and melodic shoegaze from Hundredth, whose album ‘RARE’ made it onto Sterogum’s best of 2017.

Tickets on sale Friday!

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-13

Dry Cleaning are a 4-piece from South London channeling post-punk and new wave pop with a side order of low slung Americana. Their upcoming 6-track EP ‘Sweet Princess’ is a kaleidoscope of images pieced together, where the everyday collides with the profound.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-15

“Anyone concerned with the absence of theatrics in rock’n’roll should pop their head into a HMLTD show” – The Guardian

Following their recent return with the explosive recent single
‘LOADED’, London based five piece HMLTD today announce news of the upcoming release of their long-awaited debut album, West of Eden, due for release on 7th February 2020 via UK independent label Lucky Number.

The expansive, labyrinthine debut has been several years in the making; a daring collection of songs created to incite conversation about proposed new visions of masculinity, the decadence of western capitalism and the violence of insecurity and repression. Across its 15 tracks, the band’s artistic vision is realised in full technicolour, with all shades of their sonic palette used to create an album that is equal parts lush and abrasive.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-15

Intertwining elements of colourful folk pop and neo soul, DENI are a band fresh on the Scottish music scene. Emerging from the singer-songwriter roots of their frontwoman (Deni Smith), the band began playing together in January 2019 and since the beginning have spent time in the studio writing and developing their sound. They are excited to bring some new music to the table including a soon to be released debut E.P.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-16

James Brute writes spooked out songs of love, loss and lust and delivers them in a heady mix of acid blues, doom-wop and rock n’roll.

The former frontman of The Brute Chorus released the a cappella single Bury Yourself in 2014 with long-term collaborator Mat Martin. The single got picked up by John Kennedy on XFM and garnered a range of press including the NME.

Shows followed in support of Nadine Shah, Kingsley Chapman and the Murder, John J Presley, Furs and Big Girls alongside legendary basement parties in Homerton under the old Railroad Café.

As the sound became more expansive he began to build his band, now featuring Dave Ferrett (Bass, Vocals & Percussion), Johnny Manning (Keyboards and percussion) and Findlay William Brown (Drums).

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-18

Malojian is the solo project for weird pop troubadour Steven Scullion. He’s worked with some of indie music’s brightest and best – including legendary producer Steve Albini.

2020 sees the release of his 5th album – a collaboration with Grandaddy’s Jason Lyttle, which developed from his tour support on Jason’s solo piano tour in 2019 (including a sold out show at St Augustine’s Church in Edinburgh).

Steven’s wry, perceptive lyrics, sense of humour and love for an off-kilter melody has garnered praise from 6 Music, Mojo and Q magazine.

“evokes such rich emotions” 8/10 MOJO Magazine

“I absolutely love his music… just beautiful” Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music

“achingly beautiful” Q Magazine

https://malojian.bandcamp.com/

Mandy Bingham

Being the daughter of Irish folk legend David McWilliams (Days of Pearly Spencer) may be big shoes to fill, but Mandy Bingham’s own songwriting lives up to the family name. She’s carved out a sound and voice of her own, yet still retain the folk tradition.

https://mandybingham.bandcamp.com/

Burnt Paw

Opening the night we have Burnt Paw to cast his psych-folk spell over proceedings.

https://burntpaw.bandcamp.com/

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-20

Bringing in a new age of Dreamy pop soundscapes and clashing it with contemporary hip-hop drums & lyricism – Scheme, TP’s first headline show is one not to miss!

With special guest performances by The Big Small Boy & Sayra.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-20

Reflekter shine bright like the molten sounds of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Keys, Oasis, Echo and the Bunnymen and Kasabian distilled; a fiery melting pot of energy, melody and psychedelia and undoubtedly one of Nottingham’s hottest new prospects right now. With a sound that swaggers, woozes and transfixes the listener, latest single ‘Alright’ pays tribute to the band’s heroes without ever slipping into the realms of nostalgia.

Reflekter formed in Nottingham in May 2018. Four lads in a bar, watching Fontaines DC at dot to dot festival in Nottingham. The lead singer and songwriter James had been on the circuit for 3 years, with a previous band called Same Streets, loved by BBC introducing decided that it was time to get the music recorded and put the band together from the ashes of same streets, and recruit the best musicians to bring it all to life. The local recording studio heard the demos who sent them to Jason Hart who manages Jake Bugg amongst others, who hired a crack studio team to produce and mix a complete album, recorded and mixed in two months.

With their first single ‘Caught in a Storm’ organically clocking up over 20,000 streams in a week, it wasn’t long before BBC Introducing’s Dean Jackson was hot on their heels, placing them high on the coveted “ones to watch list 2019”. Now with a second track unleashed for public devouring, ‘Alright’ truly captures the essence of their fist pumping, riff-shredding rock’n’roll.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-21

” Ripper puts spikes back in folk music. ” VANCOUVER PROVINCE.

Join Eugene Ripper, Canadian punk pioneer as he marks the Edinburgh release of a new single “ Ride The Northern Train/Dark as a Dungeon” AND the launch of his wee book of “Rock n Roll Poetry”  featuring select illustrations by Edinburgh’s own Ross Craig (Black Cat Bone)

From his roots with Canadian first wave punk rockers Stark Naked and the Fleshtones and throughout an enduring solo career featuring a mashup of punk, folk, roots and rock n roll, Ripper continues to nail it down with his unique multi style vibe – it’s all well represented on these latest recordings.

” One of the first acts I saw at the Sidewalk Cafe was
Canadian Eugene Ripper playing with the inestimable Billy Ficca (Television)  and seeming to be the very epitome of AntiFolk – Johnny Cash meets the Ramones ” ANTIMATTERS NYC 

“Toronto’s underexposed gem Eugene Ripper has been honing his unique brand of fast-folk with a punk rock ethos since the early ’90s. Don’t miss a chance to be transported to his noir universe.” POP MONTREAL

” Ex guitar slinger for Stark Naked & The Fleshtones, now playing barbed, fast n furious folk, with a punk stance and a lyrical nod to Johnny Cash and film noir. Great stuff.”  SMASH LA

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-22

Based in Edinburgh, swim school are a 4 piece, indie-pop band made up of Alice Johnson (Vocals/Guitar), Lewis Bunting (Guitar), Nairn Milne (Drums) and Matt Mitchell (Bass).

Announced in 2019, but having originally formed at the end of 2018, swim school already host an eclectic collection of songs featuring the inspired tones of The Cure, PALE WAVES and Wolf Alice.

swim school dived into Scotland’s burgeoning indie scene with their debut single ‘sway’ which was released on the 22nd February. The release of ‘sway’ turned heads, attracting the attention of TENEMENT TV, The Modern Record, The Sun newspaper and radio DJ, Jim Gellatly.

It’s been an exciting start for the foursome as they have already played some of Scotland’s biggest music festivals such as TRNSMT Festival, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, XpoNorth and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Summer Nights to name a few. Alongside a trio of sold out shows with Indigo Velvet, Dancing On Tables and Scottish pop-rock giants The XCERTS.

“Edinburgh has another great indie guitar band in the making – so much potential” – Up and Coming Edinburgh

The Edinburgh indie-pop rockers’ released their second highly anticipated single ‘take you there’ on the 21st of June which has since been accredited by both Vic Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland and The Afternoon Show with Janice Forsyth & Grant Stott with multiple plays on BBC Radio Scotland.

It’s exciting times for swim school as they join forces with The Xcerts for a second time on their 10th anniversary tour of ‘In the Cold Wind We Smile’ across the UK in November/ December.

swim school continue to write and record music in their studio as they prepare for the headline show at Sneaky Pete’s in February

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2020-02-27
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-28

Heartbreaking ballads and foot stomping indie bangers, Nothing is off limits when it comes to there sonic manifesto. With a focus on a visceral live experience, every live show is more of an ‘experience’ than a gig and every song is an invitation into the lives, emotions and characters of the band.

Friday 28 February 2020
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
16+ | £8

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-02-29
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-01

The Gentle Invasion & Olive Grove Records present: Randolph’s Leap Year Show

Celebrating 10 years of Randolph’s Leap

Plus very special guest Hailey Beavis

Happy anniversary to us! 2020 is a special year as it’s 10 years since our very first musical release which came out way back in November 2010. Rremember 2010? Coalition government, Chilean miners and Randolph’s Leap’s Battleships & Kettle Chips EP, in a nutshell.

2020 will also see the release of a brand-new Randolph’s Leap album and, fittingly enough, this year is a LEAP YEAR so we’re celebrating this quadrennial calendar quirk with a couple of full-band gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh on 29th Feb and 1st March. Expect to hear tunes from the forthcoming album and some old favourites. Get your song requests in now!

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-03

TEMPERS are a NYC-based duo comprised of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper. The duo’s dark, ice-cold electronica blends a sinister slow static disco with danceable beats, a hinting of pop sensibility imprisoned in an almost gothic, industrial soundscape.

Their previous singles, ‘Eyes Wide Wider’ b/w ‘Hell Hotline’ produced by Damian Taylor (Bjork), ‘Strange Harvest’ and ‘Killing for Company’ (Swans cover) received coverage across the US and UK blogs including Pitchfork, The Fader, Noisey, V Magazine and Interview. Their debut album “Services” was released in October 2015, and their EP “Fundamental Fantasy” was released via The Vinyl Factory Feb 2017.

In November 2018 Tempers released JUNKSPACE, feat. Rem Koolhaas on BMG. A unique concept album based on the ground-breaking essay by visionary architect REM KOOLHAAS about the architecture of consumerism. On the following EU/UK tour they sold out shows in London, Berlin and Warsaw.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-04

The Tesla Coils are going to be Hanging Around Sneaky Pete’s. AND PLAYING MUSIC TOO!

Our comrades The Victor Pope Band and Dr Salad will also be Performing their Usual Pleasantries at this event too.

Entry: £5 on the door

£4 via Eventbrite link-

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-05

PREGOBLIN are one of the most exciting new acts to watch out for in this year, and they’re coming to Sneaks as part of their 2020 tour!

According to Fat White Family ‘Alex Sebley and Jess Winter of PREGOBLIN are the most under-appreciated songwriting partnership of our era. That being said I’ve always been of the opinion that fame might actually kill Alex, and I love him more than words, so please don’t go see this band”….

We think maybe you should risk it?

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-07
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-08

Featuring members of Gareeda and Hair Of The Dog, Deaf Mountain release their debut album ‘If…’

With support from Paper Rifles.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-12

Glasgow’s Spinning Coin are a ramshackle quartet who make a singular indie pop sound. Since playing for us in 2016, they released belter album ‘Permo’ from Domino-affiliated label Geographic Music, run by The Pastels, and have supported Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks, Real Estate and Alvvays.

We can’t wait to have em back! Tickets on sale now.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-14

A first show of the year for Edinburgh’s electronic noise makers Future Get Down.

Support TBA

“techno-pop krautrock wizards who craft dark, stylish earworms” – Drowned in Sound

“Sharpened techno pop aligned to brittle electronics, Future Get Down’s new ‘EP2’ finds the band surging into dark new arenas.” – Clash Music

“a diatribe to nights out…wonky electro genius” – Nemone, BBC Radio 6Music

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-15

Close Quarters DIY is an exciting new gig night in Edinburgh, Scotland celebrating local DIY music. It is a chance to see some of the best new and up and coming acts the Scottish music scene has to offer in an intimate and friendly environment.

Come and see some of Scotland’s finest; Velveteen riot plus support from Eat The Friek and The Homoromantics on Sunday March 15th at Sneaky Pete’s. Tickets are £6.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-16

NIMMO are two best friends from London, a queer pop duo, event curators and a fully independent female partnership. They work with a DIY ethos that is rooted in the foundations of community and the power of collaboration.

NIMMO have independently become an integral asset in the platforming of queer female talent, presenting to a wider audience. Combining punk roots with strong influence from the mid-90’s euphoria of their childhoods, NIMMO’s music reflects a nocturnal escapism.

At the end of 2018, NIMMO released their first EP featuring a collaboration with Maya Jane Coles and a remix from Shura. This in turn lead to the release of their debut album “The Power” in June 2019. NIMMO exhibited their new stripped back, high energy and extremely intimate live set at a sold out headline show in London.

This new set up will be taken on tour globally, including a stop off at Sneaks!

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-18

Litany is the alias of 25 year-old songstress Beth Cornell from Harrogate, England.

Described by The FADER as making “Icy pop that will make you dance and cry” Litany has created a unique brand of effortlessly cool alternative pop.

Formerly working with producer Jake Nicolaides, the duo created a sonic catalogue with a real ode to adolescence and had a stream of successful cult hits including Bedroom, taken from their debut EP, 4 Track. This saw Litany rocket to popularity with it’s whimsical synth melodies and candid lyrics being heralded by the likes of BBC Radio 1, Sirius XM and Beats1.

Now in Litany’s 2.0 solo venture, Cornell is back with a string of ear-worms, My Dude, Go Out and Love Letter; feel-good anthems for when you feel sad, narrating the clash of feelings that arise when meandering through young love. Complete with nostalgic references from Magic 8 Balls to MSN Messenger and 90’s-esque soundscapes, it’s trademark Litany with added punch.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-20

Glasgow alt-rock band, Nieves, released their debut album ‘Exist & Expire’ in 2018 to much critical acclaim. That album saw the band play to sold out crowds across Scotland. With hints of new material in the pipeline, this tour is set to be a rare chance to catch one of Scotland’s finest bands in action.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-21

Vintage Society Live comes to Edinburgh! We team up with our old friends in Pleasure Heads for shows in Aberdeen and Edinburgh respectively. On Saturday 21st March the group return to Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh for a headline show following two sold-out appearances at the venue last year.

Support comes from:
The Vanities
Weekend Debt
Angry Man Car Park

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-27

Mouldy Soul Promotions bring Glasgow’s hottest property VLURE to Edinburgh for their debut show in the capital.

Having played at Stag and Dagger, The Great Escape and The Great Western festivals, Vlure have built themselves a highly impressive reputation with their memorable and energetic live shows. We promise you this is not one to miss, and it will sell out.

You won’t be disappointed with the supports either.

Tickets from £7 online.

ALL TICKETS BOUGHT WILL BE HELD UNDER THE BUYERS NAME ON THE DOOR.

14-17 year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets. We reserve the right to breathalyse anyone under the age of 18. Refusal or failure of the test will result in entry being denied

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-28

“Heartfelt, infectious melodies”

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-03-31

For fans of Homeshake, D’Angelo, Shuggie Otis, Conan Mockasin.

Cool kids outta Brighton making woozy pop of the cool and danceable variety. We saw them at The Great Escape festival this year and were very impressed – one to see live!

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-04-08

Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners blend momentous guitar pop melodies with a humorous and wistful lyricism.
The band has built an extensive and loyal fanbase through consistent touring, earning a reputation for hugely entertaining, blisteringly loud live shows.

Recent support slots include Catfish And The Bottlemen, Blossoms, We Are Scientists, Madness, The View, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, The Futureheads, James Veck-Gilodi, Jamie Cullum, The Charlatans, Sleeper, The Wonderstuff, The Wedding Present and The Enemy.

The Lottery Winners have completed work on their debut album – recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales with producer Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner, The Holloways) and mastered at Abbey Road by the legendary Frank Arkwright (Coldplay, The Smiths, Arcade Fire) and will release the first singles later this year.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-04-09

“Although they haven’t been together long, The Starlight Magic Hour have attracted a great deal of attention for their genre-defying depictions of ne’er-do-well wastrels. And while their penchant for NSFW lyrics makes them fitting signees to London label ‘Permanent Creeps’, there is a perverse pleasure to be found in the Starlight Magic Hour’s music. Not least because the 7-piece certainly have an ear for a tune.

On their debut EP ‘The End of The Party’, The Starlight Magic Hour deliver strong choruses throughout which serves to anchor an EP that has little fidelity to a consistent sound. Even within songs, the band veers into unexpected territory with varying degrees of success; the pavement-lite of ‘Song to Jonny’ fits like a glove while the super-funky coda to ‘The Child of Rage (I want to feel love)’ is more like a borrowed identity. The main thrust of their music does however bring certain indie touchstones to mind. To give you some idea, imagine a more folksy Fat White Family or if Lou Reed was lead singer of The Fall.” – So Young Mag

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-04-19

In our opinion, Alex Rex’s Otterburn is the best Scottish album of 2019. Its songs of love, loss and loathing meld genres unfathomably across swoonsome country balladry, primitive psychedelic funk and swampy cajun boogie.

Alex uses his uncommon and extraordinary voice to lyrically delve in the murky depths of bereavement, kink and cruelty. Alex ‘Rex’ Neilson is Trembling Bells’ drummer and songwriter and has toured and made albums with Bonny ‘Prince’ Billy. Alex’s songwriting and delivery is every bit that great man’s equal.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-04-20

Juniore are a French indie pop quartet from Paris led by singer/songwriter Anna Jean.

Before forming Juniore in 2013, Anna Jean collaborated with Samy Osta in an indie folk duo called Domingo, who released one LP in 2008. In the following years, her mysterious, sultry vocals would lead her to collaborations within the Parisian electro scene, appearing as a guest vocalist for artists like Jackson & His Computerband and Bot’Ox.

Working again with Osta, she formed Juniore originally as a duo, later expanding into a quartet. Mixing modern indie pop sensibilities with elements of retro French pop, dark, twangy surf guitar, and a vocal style that falls somewhere between Cat Power and Françoise Hardy, Juniore released their debut 7″ single, “Christine” b/w “Dans le Noir,” in late 2013 on the Parisian Enterprise label.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-04-26
Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-05-02

STAG & DAGGER EDINBURGH 2020
Saturday 2nd May
Various venues in Edinburgh

Sneaky Pete’s is proud to present Edinburgh’s newest multi-venue festival and new music showcase debuting on Saturday 2nd May 2020. First wave announcements coming soon!

Limited early bird tickets ON SALE NOW!

Tickets > https://www.seetickets.com/event/stag-and-dagger-edinburgh-2020-early-bird/various-venues/1470306

Stag & Dagger Glasgow previous guests include Lizzo, Ed Sheeran & Mac DeMarco to Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Courtney Barnett, DMA’s, Jungle, Glass Animals and many more.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-05-04

Due to demand, we’ve added a second date for Bambara, over from NYC.

One thing you won’t be able to avoid on Bambara’s Stray is death. It’s everywhere and inescapable, abstract and personified – perhaps the key to the whole record. Death, however, won’t be the first thing that strikes you about the group’s fourth – and greatest – album to date. That instead will be its pulverising soundscape; by turns, vast, atmospheric, cool, broiling and at times – on stand out tracks like “Sing Me To The Street” and “Serafina” – simply overwhelming

Bambara – twin brothers Reid and Blaze Bateh, singer/guitarist and drummer respectively, and bassist William Brookshire – have been evolving their midnight-black noise into something more subtle and expansive ever since the release of their 2013 debut Dreamviolence. That process greatly accelerated on 2018’s Shadow On Everything, their first on New York’s Wharf Cat Records and a huge stride forward for the band both lyrically and sonically.

The album was rapturously received by the press, listeners and their peers. NPR called it a “mesmerising…western, gothic opus,” Bandcamp called the “horror-house rampage” “one of the year’s most gripping listens,” and Alexis Marshall of Daughters named it his “favorite record of 2018.” Shadow also garnered much acclaim on the other side of the Atlantic. Influential British 6Music DJ Steve Lamacq, dubbed them the best band of 2019’s SXSW, and Joe Talbot of the UK band IDLES said, “The best thing I heard last year was easily Bambara and their album Shadow On Everything.” The question was, though, how to follow it?

To start, the band did what they always do: they locked themselves in their windowless Brooklyn basement to write. Decisions were made early on to try and experiment with new instrumentation and song structures, even if the resulting compositions would force the band to adapt their storied live set, known for its tenacity and technical prowess. Throughout the songwriting process, the band pulled from their deep well of creative references, drawing on the likes of Leonard Cohen, Ennio Morricone, Sade, classic French noir L’Ascenseur Pour L’Echafraud, as well as Southern Gothic stalwarts Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews.

Once the building blocks were set in place, they met with producer Drew Vandenberg, who mixed Shadow On Everything, in Athens, GA to record the foundation of Stray. After recruiting friends Adam Markiewicz (The Dreebs) on violin, Sean Smith (Klavenauts) on trumpet and a crucial blend of backing vocals by Drew Citron (Public Practice) and Anina Ivry-Block (Palberta), Bambara convened in a remote cabin in rural Georgia, where Reid laid down his vocals.

The finished product represents both the band’s most experimental and accessible work to date. The addition of Citron and Ivory-Block’s vocals create a hauntingly beautiful contrast to Bateh’s commanding baritone on tracks like “Sing Me to the Street”, “Death Croons” and “Stay Cruel,” while the Dick Dale inspired guitar riffs on “Serafina” and “Heat Lightning” and the call-and-response choruses throughout the album showcase Bambara’s ability to write songs that immediately demand repeat listens.

While the music itself is evocative and propulsive, a fever dream all of its own, the lyrical content pushes the record even further into its own darkly thrilling realm. If the songs on Shadow On Everything were like chapters in a novel, then this time they’re short stories. Short stories connected by death and its effect on the characters in contact with it. “Death is what you make it” runs a lyric in “Sweat,” a line which may very well be the thread that ties these stories together.

But it would be wrong to characterize Stray as simply the sound of the graveyard. Light frequently streams through and, whether refracted through the love and longing found on songs like “Made for Me” or the fantastical nihilism on display in tracks like the anthemic “Serafina,” reveals this album to be the monumental step forward that it is. Here Bambara sound like they’ve locked into what they were always destined to achieve, and the effect is nothing short of electrifying.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-05-05

One thing you won’t be able to avoid on Bambara’s Stray is death. It’s everywhere and inescapable, abstract and personified – perhaps the key to the whole record. Death, however, won’t be the first thing that strikes you about the group’s fourth – and greatest – album to date. That instead will be its pulverising soundscape; by turns, vast, atmospheric, cool, broiling and at times – on stand out tracks like “Sing Me To The Street” and “Serafina” – simply overwhelming

Bambara – twin brothers Reid and Blaze Bateh, singer/guitarist and drummer respectively, and bassist William Brookshire – have been evolving their midnight-black noise into something more subtle and expansive ever since the release of their 2013 debut Dreamviolence. That process greatly accelerated on 2018’s Shadow On Everything, their first on New York’s Wharf Cat Records and a huge stride forward for the band both lyrically and sonically.

The album was rapturously received by the press, listeners and their peers. NPR called it a “mesmerising…western, gothic opus,” Bandcamp called the “horror-house rampage” “one of the year’s most gripping listens,” and Alexis Marshall of Daughters named it his “favorite record of 2018.” Shadow also garnered much acclaim on the other side of the Atlantic. Influential British 6Music DJ Steve Lamacq, dubbed them the best band of 2019’s SXSW, and Joe Talbot of the UK band IDLES said, “The best thing I heard last year was easily Bambara and their album Shadow On Everything.” The question was, though, how to follow it?

To start, the band did what they always do: they locked themselves in their windowless Brooklyn basement to write. Decisions were made early on to try and experiment with new instrumentation and song structures, even if the resulting compositions would force the band to adapt their storied live set, known for its tenacity and technical prowess. Throughout the songwriting process, the band pulled from their deep well of creative references, drawing on the likes of Leonard Cohen, Ennio Morricone, Sade, classic French noir L’Ascenseur Pour L’Echafraud, as well as Southern Gothic stalwarts Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews.

Once the building blocks were set in place, they met with producer Drew Vandenberg, who mixed Shadow On Everything, in Athens, GA to record the foundation of Stray. After recruiting friends Adam Markiewicz (The Dreebs) on violin, Sean Smith (Klavenauts) on trumpet and a crucial blend of backing vocals by Drew Citron (Public Practice) and Anina Ivry-Block (Palberta), Bambara convened in a remote cabin in rural Georgia, where Reid laid down his vocals.

The finished product represents both the band’s most experimental and accessible work to date. The addition of Citron and Ivory-Block’s vocals create a hauntingly beautiful contrast to Bateh’s commanding baritone on tracks like “Sing Me to the Street”, “Death Croons” and “Stay Cruel,” while the Dick Dale inspired guitar riffs on “Serafina” and “Heat Lightning” and the call-and-response choruses throughout the album showcase Bambara’s ability to write songs that immediately demand repeat listens.

While the music itself is evocative and propulsive, a fever dream all of its own, the lyrical content pushes the record even further into its own darkly thrilling realm. If the songs on Shadow On Everything were like chapters in a novel, then this time they’re short stories. Short stories connected by death and its effect on the characters in contact with it. “Death is what you make it” runs a lyric in “Sweat,” a line which may very well be the thread that ties these stories together.

But it would be wrong to characterize Stray as simply the sound of the graveyard. Light frequently streams through and, whether refracted through the love and longing found on songs like “Made for Me” or the fantastical nihilism on display in tracks like the anthemic “Serafina,” reveals this album to be the monumental step forward that it is. Here Bambara sound like they’ve locked into what they were always destined to achieve, and the effect is nothing short of electrifying.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-05-10

Ever since we hosted this New York four-piece in Independent Venue Week with Heavy Rapids, we knew we had to have them back!

Public Practice harness the coolest funkiest bits of CBGB proto-punk with an astonishing textural awareness and sass. We are THRILLED to have them back in the club.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-05-23

Rosalie Cunningham (mastermind behind psychedelic prog band Purson) released her debut solo album in July 2019 to overwhelming admiration from fans and critical acclaim. She is now embarking on a Spring Tour with select dates in the UK, before heading over to Europe and the US later in the year.

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-05-29

AGP presents

OpenPlan
plus support

Friday 29 May 2020
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
7pm
14+ (u16 to be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets skiddle.com

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-06-06

432 Presents
Born Ruffians
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
06.06.20

Midland-born, Toronto-based indie rock band Born Ruffians—guitarist/vocalist Luke Lalonde, bassist Mitch DeRosier, and drummer Steve Hamelin—are proof that a group of friends with a tireless work ethic and fierce, grassroots commitment to their labour’s integrity and vision can still go a long, long way. 15 years into their career, the trio isn’t slowing; instead, they’re doubling down on those designations with JUICE, their 6th full-length record. It’s a hyper, earnest, and affecting collection of rock and roll songs, written and polished over a three-year span then sewn together into a cohesive and uniquely enjoyable experience. It’s Born Ruffians as they’ve always been: on their own terms, heads against the wind until their work is done.

“Here’s the thing: you get further as a band when all members embrace the strength of their creative relationship, keeping the external demands and pressures at bay” says Lalonde. “JUICE kind of reflects that as a title. We’re squeezing more out of this bond that we’ve forged over so many years.”

JUICE, due on April 3, 2020 via Yep Roc Records, embodies the band’s longstanding history, exhuming Born Ruffians’ early days in Toronto, while dissecting their relationships with that time and the memories they hold. “Was it all the way it seemed? How I wonder what you see/In that wavy haze,” Lalonde belts on the chorus.“ It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Lalonde explains with a grin. Those days were marked by equal doses of anxiety and excitement, living hand to mouth in a basement in downtown Toronto. “That anxiety will exist forever, I think,” says Hamelin. “But the more you take your life into your own hands, it alleviates some of that anxiety.”

JUICE evokes this simplicity: the desperate appreciation for, and necessity of, major key melodies and camaraderie that’s prompted when your back is against the wall. Heard on their own, each single is a neon bolt of energy and storytelling, but placed alongside and tumbling into one another from start to finish, they’re recontextualized as interlocking pieces in a puzzle.
Our collective 21st century spiritual malaise requires a salve, and JUICE is just that: a sweet, delectable nectar from a band that’s lived longer than most. It’s bright and punchy, from the brass section blasts opening the breathless rock and roll sprint of “I Fall In Love Every Night” to the playful throb of Hamelin’s drums on “Breathe.” The plucky gait of “Dedication” completes this opening trio with whistles and percussion blocks framing Lalonde’s sardonic reading of dogged devotion to capitalism, rhyming off would-be Extremely Online listicles: “12 ways to die in a fire, 10 ways to be consumed by desire, 8 things you didn’t know about the all-consuming shadow of this empire.”

This beginning three-track suite is mirrored on the back end by the final three songs, an adventure capped off with “Wavy Haze.” It’s a four-minute wander through Lalonde’s foggy recollections of the band’s beginning hemmed in by cotton-candy guitars and rumbling drums. “Miss the stuff you did not need: attention headaches, nicotine, alcohol, and some amphetamines,” Lalonde declares on the verse. It’s almost like taking stock, counting chips before the next bet. “There’s a bit of pride in what we’ve done, and looking back and looking forward all at the same time,” says DeRosier.

In the end, JUICE is a testament to where Born Ruffians have come from, and a bold, pulpy mission statement for the future. However weird and overwhelming things get, Born Ruffians close out the record by reminding us that they’re in this for the long haul, as Lalonde sings, “You see a light come shining from behind, reminding you that kid is always on your back.”

Sneaky Pete's, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
2020-12-12

Frankly, The Smiths are a Scottish Smiths tribute act. The band have been together a short time, but have established themselves as Scotland’s premier tribute to The Smiths, playing regular shows across the country. The four piece delve deep into the indie legends’ back catalogue, performing lengthy shows that are sure to please both the casual and devoted fan. The band have gained a dedicated following, all of whom agree that this is the only tribute act to see for the ultimate Smiths experience. This will be their fourth appearance at Sneaky Pete’s, the last two of which were near sell outs, so be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment!