Band Biographies - In Alphabetical Order
Page 1: A to JAge of Misrule
Sometime in 2008 Rob was sent on a quest from the dark lord himself to assemble a clan of mighty musicians (at the time he was beating his skin but realised that his real love was for strumming his instrument).
On his journey he came across King Richie and his mighty weapon, while discovering his own split personality of Donkey Bear (I would explain, but that would take too long and I’m tired of seeing that disgusted face). Back to the mission at hand. With his trusty sidekick Martin slapping his piece around they auditioned some random bird over the phone that turned out to be a filthy pixie chick called Sparky. With Nigel completing this twisted little clan beating his skins hard and fast,
Age of Misrule were conceived in the coldest bungalow in the middle of nowhere. They all share a mutual love of pie and rock.
Al K Sham
Techno Dance Band Members: Ai Kojima, Koichi Shoji, Jon Scott, Ryu Tastuki
Ai K was established in 2011 as a new creation of Japanese traditional instruments called 'Shamisen' incorporates diverse genres into her songs;hip hop,dance and techno.
All Things Considered
'Talented young folk act' Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2
'It won't be long before this band are making people on the folk scene talk' Steve Gibbons, Folk and Roots
'Effortlessly beautiful songs performed with real feeling' Folking.com
All Things Considered are are a 5-piece 'contemporary roots' band from the South East of England. Formed in late 2007, they have spent the last two years writing and gigging around many parts of the UK. June 2009 saw the band release their debut album 'Scarecrow' on the Artree label, with a sold out launch party and a 16 date promotional tour. Tracks from the album have been featured on BBC Radio 2, as well as local BBC Folk and Acoustic shows and acoustic shows on local stations both in the UK and the USA. Combining tradional instrumentation with original contemporary lyrical content, All Things Considered reach a diverse audience, receiving critical acclaim for their finely crafted album and dynamic live shows. .http://www.myspace.com/atcuk Amy-Jane John
Amy-Jane is a singer/songwriter from the Windsor area. She has been gigging for 2 and a half years with a band and for the last year has been working on solo material. With original covers and her own unique material Amy's solid acoustic sound is easy listening. She has a passion for music and is a clarinetist, pianist, guitarist, bass guitarist and vocalist. With many gigs planned in the near future she hopes to gain experience and a fan base to support her.
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Andy Robbins I started playing guitar when I was about 14, my brother was bought a guitar for his birthday I remember really wanting one.
I started writing poems at the age of 10 or 11 because I have always been very interested in literature and love poetry.
I penned my first real song at 23. (Morning Sun)Debut album released at the end of the year.
New Recording - Blow Me Away
Check out Mr Stone's new promo video That’s Amore, Mr Bojangles, My Way……these songs from crooning legends like Sammy Davis Junior, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra are timeless classics!
Nowadays these songs are brought to life by Ashley Stone who easily makes these classics accessible to a newer generation with his heartfelt charismatic performance that you’ll thoroughly enjoy! With class, sophistication and 20 years of musical experience, Ashley’s supreme vocal range is unparalleled and will transport you back to the ‘Rat Pack’ era with ease. With a stylish trilby hat and smart attire, Ashley creates a toe tapping atmosphere with his renditions that are professionally arranged– just close your eyes and the band is there, performing just for you! But let’s not forget that this hugely talented entertainer is just as comfortable performing a huge repertoire of songs: from soul, Motown, Reggae, Ska and Rock - Mr Stone can give you an evening truly not to be forgotten and can also provide a DJ Service for the occasion. Be it a private function, a celebration or corporate event – Ashley is happy to perform and cater to your musical and entertainment needs! So grab your dancing shoes and let the good times begin with Swing Stone……..
Copa of Reading Ashley Stone...a touch of swing...certainly gets the crowd swinging one of are best entertainers. I make a point of coming to see him whenever he's singing at the copa.Wendy Nicholson mgr.
The Frog & Wicket, Eversley Green Mr.Stone never fails to impress,with his slick moves,and great voice
he truely brings life to The Frog & Wicket,thats why he's back again second year running for new years eve.
As We Climb In a scene known for gimmicks, fashions and trends - Cambridge's 'As We Climb' decided to let their songs do the talking.As We Climb have a publishing deal with BMG, "Let It Show" EP Released in April 2011 - Recorded and Mixed by Matty O'Grady & John Mitchell (You Me At Six, Enter Shikari, Deaf Havana, Architects etc), "Stagger To My Feet" video in Lava TV Top 10 Unsigned chart. Have played with: Madina Lake, Deaf Havana, My Passion, Mayday Parade, We Are The Ocean, Attack! Attack!, The King Blues, Young Guns and more. http://www.facebook.com/asweclimb#!/asweclimb?sk=app_178091127385
"We all grew up listening to rock and punk, but I think we secretly had this pop sensibility inside as well. With this band, it's a chance to use all those elements and write the kind of songs that we'd want to hear"
Their catchy, well-crafted songs won them a publishing deal with BMG, leading to the release of their debut single ‘Stagger to my Feet’. The single and accompanying video got the band their first taste of national TV and radio and sets the stage for more releases in 2011. Armed with brand-new tracks recorded with producer Matt O'Grady (You me At Six, Deaf Havana) and mixed by John Mitchell (You Me At Six, The Blackout), As We Climb are set for an exciting year. You can catch As We Climb on tour across the UK in 2011. If previous dates in 2010 (with the likes of Young Guns, Deaf Havana, Madina Lake and Mayday Parade) are anything to go by, you'll be in for a treat!
Attention Thieves Introducing an exciting new 4 piece band from Reading! Formed in 2009 Attention Thieves are ready to show you what they’re made of. With just a handful of gigs under their belt these boys already gained praise in the musical underground. Their forward-looking combination of hooks, atmospheric guitars, intricate drumming, adventurous management and there energetic live shows won them an army of fans and support slots with various large acts. Their debut 4 track EP 'Fear to Lose' perfectly...
Bandit The Panther
Bandit The Panther started when Joe had some songs but no band and thought “hey maybe I can pretend I’m Billy Bragg!” He then slowly formed a backing group for live gigs called Bandit the Panther, on the basis that it was a ‘musical collective’ and people could move through the group at will. However, frequent collaborators have been bassists Richard Squibb and Dan Digby, and percussionist Richard Stratton.
Bandit The Panther have recorded and released for free three albums and a collection of ‘extras’ during 2010 and played many gigs across the south coast, including spots at well known venues such as Talking Heads in Southampton, alongside sets at smaller pubs and venues. Their most recent record, ‘An Incendiary bandit Bombshell’ was released in December 2010 and they are touring during February 2011 in support of it.
“Urgent and devastating, this EP is a true statement of intent...Bold, thrilling and full of awing potential”
Virginia Arroyo, AU Magazine
“It’s clear Before Machines have something special about them”
Patrick Kane, BBC Across The Line
“Their noise is tightly focussed, with intricate guitar lines
intertwining over a bed of bass and drums...Before Machines are a band with a potentially glittering future ahead of them”
Alex Donald, BBC Across The Line
“Gritty yet melodic sonic assaults”
Edwin McFee, Hot Press
Belfast-based Before Machines formed in early 2008 and quickly set about earning a reputation for fearsome, energetic live shows around the country. Released in May 2009, the launch of their eponymous EP saw the band play a blistering set to a packed Auntie Annie’s. Their subsequent live shows have only won them more converts along the way, with their combination of angular riffs, powerful bass, inventive drumming and sing-along vocals. The addition of Chris McCorry on guitar and Moog in the summer of 2009 saw the band move in a different direction, thickening the guitar parts and giving singer Andy Melville more space to command the attention of the audience whilst still remaining true to what made the three-piece so vital: killer hooks, unpredictable dynamic shifts and razor-sharp guitar lines. The band entered Start Together studio in early 2010 after a short period of enforced hibernation to fine-tune their sound. The result is their latest release, the double-A side “Hearts/Runaway”. More recently Before Machines have headlined Radar, a premier local music show to a packed Speakeasy bar, Queens University Belfast. In late 2010 they have been testing themselves further a field around Ireland with a view to more shows around the country and touring in the UK. Bands Before Machines have played with: Cymbals Eat Guitars (New York), In Case Of Fire, Panama Kings, Panda Kopanda, Kowalski, Mojo Fury, The Good Fight, More Than Conquerors, Cashier No.9, A Plastic Rose, Ed Zealous.
Andy and Chris' previous bands (The Remains of Youth and Jedi Jane) have played with the likes of Stiff Little Fingers, Oppenheimer, Fighting With Wire, La Quiete (Italy) and An Albatross (Pennsylvania), as well as being supported by recent Northern Irish do-gooders Two Door Cinema Club, General Fiasco and And So I Watch You From Afar.
Before Machines are: Daniel Black: Bass, Vocals, Daniel Larkin: Drums, Vocals, Chris McCorry: Guitar, Vocals, Moog, Andy Melville: Lead Vocal, Guitar http://beforemachines.bandcamp.com/. Below Defect
Below Defect are five talented young men thrashing their way onto the Southampton metal scene in the UK. Their debut album, Eagle Eyed Generation, is due for release in autumn 2011 and promises to deliver their own personal brand of 'thrash metal with bare harmonies' in swathes. As the title track single suggests Below Defect's sound is home to crushing riffs and fiery solos with an added dose of well-crafted melody. As the group gouge out their place in contemporary metal they do so with determination to always play with a quality and passion beyond most others.
"The band offer some impressive fast thrash-paced work reminiscent of Metallica and Slayer with interesting shifts and great atmospheric textures." Tom Willmott - Amped Reviews Dot Net
"Aggression, mechanical and anger, all bought together with a sense of the earths final judgement. Eagle Eyed Generation brings the war and chaos that Metal is known for with the force of a Nuclear warhead. TP Rating - 7/10" Matt Callanan - Turbulence Promotions
Bicycle Thieves were formed in 2004 with the addition of Dr Ian as lead vocalist. Pieter, Breeds and James had been jamming together since 2002 and when Ian turned up for an audition in Breeds' Kitchen (which doubled as our rehearsal room) and belted out a great version of Roxanne (hitting all the high notes without grabbing his testicals), Bicycle Thieves were born.
The following 9 months were spent rehearsing different kinds of material and on March 5th 2005 we played our first gig at Plug n Play in Reading to friends and family. The next 2 years we played various pubs around Berkshire/Hampshire and developed a reputation for technical ability and entertainment. The vision of the band is to play songs that people know and love, but avoid most of the usual covers that every other band plays. We always try to ensure that everyone leaves a Bicycle Thieves Gig hearing songs they know, performed to a high standard. Our setlists are constantly evolving as we discover new bands, songs and styles which suit our audience and our ability. http://bicyclethieves.net/ Black Emerald
Black Emerald Formed in 2006, in secondary school by Chris Davies and Edd Higgs, with the aim of bringing back elements of classic rock that have been lost throughout the years, and combining them with modern sounds and soon became very well known around the local area. Throughout the years 2006 - 09 the band went through a large number of lineup changes, which also took them through a number of sound changes, from blues rock, to a small stage of punk, along to now, in 2010, where with a stable line up, with Chris Davies on drums, Ben Readings on bass, Simon Hall on vocals, Andy Pammenter on Rhythm Guitar and Edd Higgs on Lead Guitar, some groove metal has begun to appear within original classic rock style. With widely varying influences, there is no one fixed genre. From metal to old rock, there is something for everyone. They are now signed to a small independent label, Black Bullet Records, under which they are going to release their first EP titled Shine which will then be followed by the (locally titled), album Cemetery Junction. They have always been known for putting on a fantastic live act, and that is something they will never disappoint on.
Black Skies Burn
Formed in 2005 and born from the ashes of oxford grindcore terrorists 'Faith in Hate' and industrial noise merchants 'Set in Stone', Black Skies Burn deliver an uncompromising mix of modern thrash and metalcore, blending moments of heavy groove, furious thrash riffing and driving blastbeats.
The Black Skies Burn Live Show is one that is not to be missed!! From the get go Black Skies Burn kick off straight into a relentless intense rage of furious guitars, penetrating bass, thundering drums and menacing vocals. With every song just as chaotic and aggressive as the rest, you will find it hard to contain yourself. Black Skies Burn has one goal in mind, to takes no prisoners! Black Skies Burn is ready and willing to unleash a terror upon its victims which has not been seen, nor heard in a long time. Leaving a trail of mass destruction and chaos in its path! It's time to embrace the darkness and let the Black Skies Burn.. We're here to give you a fucking migraine!! >=)
We have shared the stage with a number of well-known UK, US and European bands that include:
- Gojira - Hatesphere - Burning Skies - Shaped By Fate - First Blood - The Set Up - Born From Pain - Dead Beyond Buried
- Shadow Law - Boltdown - Ventflow - Santa Karla - Bossk (RIP) - Buried Beneath (RIP) - From The Carnival Of Horrors (RIP) - Hand Of The Deadra (RIP) www.myspace.com/blackskiesburn
Bless The Hour
Kids willing to jump up and down until they’re sweating from head to foot, just to entertain you...
You put these together and you’ve got Bless the Hour, the up-and-coming 4 piece from Basingstoke.
With inspirations like Deaf Havana and We Are The Ocean, they’re slowly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Watch out.
Blood of the Spectre
'Blood Of The Spectre are a 5 peice metal band from Basingstoke who have played with such bands as Exit Ten, Xerath and Cinders Fall. With fast riffage, non stop blast beating, continuous drum fills and intense vocals, Blood Of The Spectre plan to blow the minds off the public with their EP which is coming soon.'
Blut Faust: A Heavy Metal equivalent to a cross between Clint Eastwood, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal and Jean Claude Van Damme. A little tip... we sound way better after about nine whiskey and cokes... so go treat yourself... nine times.
Boilerhouse first started out about two years ago but the current line up have been together for the last nine months. We are based in Reading and are currently a five piece band. The band are: Chris drums, Chris guitar, Neil Guitar, Paul bass and John on vocals We play a selection of classic rock covers from the 70's 80's and 90's
Bombers ‘Film Fanatic EP’
Dead London Records / Released on Monday 31 October
“The Birthday Party running riot in Joy Division and Swans’ back garden; at night, whilst it’s a bit chilly, and possibly on bonfire night” Artrocker
“Spirit of Captain Beefheart raised in frenetic and glorious riffing. Out on their own” Louder Than War
Formidable and saturated in swift and relentless hooks Bombers swagger the boundaries between the dark and isolated post punk of Joy Division with the knee-jerk kick of Dead Kennedys. Their frenetic wave of sound bursts with energy which has seen them creeping their way around the country sweeping up audiences in a wave of sweat soaked euphoria. Never putting their heads above the three minute mark it’s the combination of the dynamic interplay, driving rhythms and frenzied vocals made them one of Louder Than War’s top new bands for 2011 as well being picked up by Artrocker magazine at their first London gig. Their abstracted tales of psychodrama and claustrophobic love jostle with recollections of lost evenings in vacant outer ring-road motels.
With a physical release limited at 100 only short sharp copies there will be a time for long attention spans and extended solos, but this isn’t that time. This is the time for twisted and psychotic doom-punk.
Borderline:FIRE are a brand new indie band based in and around Reading preparing to launch their sound to the public. They began forming in early 2010 with the full lineup decided by February 2010. Currently they are producing their first e.p which will be launched this summer after recording in Cardiff. The bands lineup consists of: Jamie Boshier on vocals and guitar, who's background in music comes from being a member of a performing arts company, in which he has played a number of lead roles. Chaz Mayhew on drums who's experience comes from several previous bands including Tastes like chicken as well as three years with The Quotes. Jonny Slevin on bass and backing vocals who is also a member of a performing arts company as well as previous experience doing acoustic gigs as a solo artist, and Joss Walker on Lead guitar and Backing vocals, who has a lot of experience from previous bands, but most recently as absent realities lead guitarist! Keep update on anything about Borderline:FIRE through any of our myspace, Facebook or twitter pages. WWW.MYSPACE.COM/BORDERLINEFIRE WWW.TWITTER.COM/BORDERLINEFIRE Bradley Watmore
Bradley Watmore is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Finchampstead. With a
coarse but attractive voice, meaningful music and a fun character he creates
enthusiastic, vibrant songs. The BBC have shown Bradley continuous interest with an interview on BBC Berkshireʼs Saturday Sport Show along with airtime of his songs. He has alot of experience of playing live, and within the last year played for BBC introducing twice. Currently Bradley is starting work on his new single and hopes to get a good bench mark through up and coming gigs.
Bradley Watmore playing at the Oakford Social Club for BBC introducing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ees5B8GSo5w
"To be honest, we have had a hard time trying to explain exactly what Bruise sounds like. It's a bit like trying to bottle feed a starving tiger, or sticking your finger in the cold tap... there's no way that thing is going to behave. So, here is the official review: "Bruise knocked our Lemony socks off with their crunchy guitars, tasty mixing, inspired arrangements, catchy tunes, inventive harmonies and sheer guts, all rolled into a play-me-again-and-again super snack of a poppy rocky synthy drum-n-bass-founded organic musical tortilla." Or, if your poster is very small: "we loved this, we played this, and we will play it until its plastic melts." Bruise are gigging in and around London, so don't miss the opportunity to see and enjoy one of the best sounding original bands for years." Lemonrock.com
"I'M A FAN.... A GLAD FAN TOO, AS YOUR SONGS HERE ARE JUST LOVELY." – NICK HEYWARD------------“BEAUTIFUL” – TOM ROBINSON-----------------“ASTONISHINGLY GOOD” - YORKSHIRE EVENING POST-------------“THE BEST DRUMMER AND THE BEST FRONT WOMAN WE’VE EVER HAD ON THIS STAGE” – THE RUNNING HORSE, NOTTINGHAM----------------"SIMPLE, RASPING AND GLORIOUS” – GREAT INDIE----------------“THE HOTTEST NEW BAND ON THE UK FESTIVAL SCENE.” – REALFESTIVALMUSIC.COM---------------"I'M LIKING THE SOUND OF HER VOICE AND THE COMBINATION OF FOLK ORIGINS AND INDIE-ROCK. AM I HEARING A TOUCH OF THE BETH ORTONS?" - THE TIMES----------------------BEN VORIG JAAR NAAR ENGELAND GEGAAN ALLEEN OM HEN TE ZIEN-JAAP---------------- Bruise met in Jim’s mostly derelict home in the East End of London, a little bit further east of the fashionable east end. That says more than it might, Bruise are just that bit further east of fashion, Bruise exist where inspiration starts. With two very separate ideas of what was music Isobel and Jim’s taste collided to form progressive folk like it had never been heard before. From a background of folk clubs and festivals, unacompanied singing and opened tuned guitars, Isobel had a catalogue of melodic and lyrically intense songs, Jim brought production sensibilities from early Genesis and pop genius not seen since Cindy Lauper. Their first album was much loved, critically acclaimed by The Times, The Wire and played on BBC6 Music. It opened a door to venues all over the world, from Europe to the US, their live shows gathered a momentum that left audiences slack jawed in amazement. This strong recorded presence and growing reputation as live performers won them repeat appearances at Glastonbury, support slots for cult space-rockers Hawkwind, play on US college radio, positive review after positive review and many delights on their way there. Bruise consists of Isobel Morris and Jim Kimberley, they perform as an acoustic duo, an electric two piece, then with the addition of Bob Kelly on bass they make a three piece. In any guise this band moves people, they move their feet and sometimes they’re moved to tears. Their self assured second album ‘Nobody Else’, underpins the creative impact that this band have got to make. Listen, it’s emo for adults, it’s not ‘pop’ it’s ‘bang’ and though you can’t see the future you can probably hear it… http://www.myspace.com/bruiseukBull In Field Bull in Field are a talented three piece from Reading, joining the mainstream with their outstanding music. The attractive trio insist that they have created a new genre called 'Bollock Rock', a claim backed up by the loud cries of 'bollocks' from their adoring fans.
Formed too long ago to remember, the band have produced a smash hit album entitled 'Bullocks' and a Christmas tune to rival that of Joe McElderry; someone had to do it. With a leather jacket wielding maniac on bass, the posh boy of punk rock on guitar and a saxophonist on drums; what could go wrong? Writing from the heart, about issues that truly matter in modern society, the band have a unique approach to song writing and the music business, with a real 'that'll do' attitude about them.http://www.myspace.com/bullinfield
Bundle Of Id
A broad ranging, melodic, heavy rock band formed mid 2007, ages ranging from 26-28 Bundle of Id are a four piece rock band combining a wide range of styles in a focused, exciting and consistently crowd pleasing sound. The Bundle have played with some great national as well as local bands on a busy gigging schedule including Floors and Walls, The Get Outs, Dissolved In, Godsized, Resonate, 23 Enigma, Tequila Rocking Bird, and Esoterica. Major milestones include • Regional Finalists, Jack Daniels National Unsigned Competition
Strip off all your brands and trendy icons,
Strip off all your fancy clothes,
Strip off all the TV programs in your head,
All the things that leave you dead.
And what remains is pure.
- Pure -
The first verse of their funky song ‘Pure’ is dead on what Bonn based German rock band Buzz Jump is all about. Pure passionate Rock’n Roll. There is no act, no costumes, no truckloads of gimmicks, it’s just a raw Rock show and it is brilliant! Take the ingredients of a classic rock trio, spice them up with bits of Funk, Punk and even a bit of Reggae, top that with excellent songs and you get the explosive blend of Buzz Jump’s sound. These guys deliver a true Rock show, that consists of their fine original material that is influenced by the likes of Audioslave, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, as well as rock icons AC/DC or Led Zeppelin. They also love to interpret all-time favourites like Talk Talk’s ‘Such a Shame’ or Depeche Mode’s ‘Never Let Me Down Again’ in their own special way and rock out hits of Thin Lizzy, The Cult or even Abba. Buzz Jump on stage are always a lot of fun, because the musicians take themselves with a pinch of salt, and these guys know how bring any club to a boil. So don’t miss them when they come to a club in your town, and have fun, Yeah! http://www.myspace.com/buzzjumpBy Definition
By Definition return with a brand new EP and a fresh glint in their eye. Combining grinding riffs, heavy beats and no-nonsense vocals, they create a sound that’s hard to miss and impossible to forget. Their first demo, the self titled 'By Definition', was described as “Straight ahead, Black Label Society styled, whiskey soaked dirty rock” by Rock Sound magazine and their new EP 'Eyes on Wires' promises to be bigger, badder and dirtier than ever before. Since their inception in the summer of 2007, By Definition have been storming the Brighton music scene with their explosive mix of Southern Rock, early Metal and Punk. Spawned as a side project of the two guitarists, Dan and Rob, with the addition of Si on vocals and Phil on drums, By Definition quickly became its own beast. Combining influences from bands such as Clutch, Therapy?, Corrosion Of Conformity and Helmet, By Definition were ready to take on the world. For most of 2008, By Definition gigged across the South of England, searching for the sound that they could definitively call “theirs”. This path ultimately led them to J, who took up the mantle of bass player. Backed up by an energetic and hard-hitting live show, the result is the new EP: 'Eyes On Wires', which is to be released on 1st February 2010, preceeded by a two track sampler which will be available as a free download or CD from December 2009.
By-Proxy By-Proxy is a diverse female-fronted four piece Alternative band from South West Wales, presenting an eclectic and unique blend of Funk, Ska and Rock. Together since 2009, the band formed it's current incarnation in early 2012 and have made appearances on Bro Radio’s Rock show with Nathan Spackman and performed alongside acts such as Sian Evans (from the band Kosheen and the track Louder by DJ Fresh ft. Sian Evans), Regime, New Exhibition of Noise (N.E.O.N.), The Echo and The Shaws. By-Proxy have performed at venues across the country including The Buffalo Bar Cardiff, The Metropolitan Bar in Llanelli, The Parrot Carmarthen, The Queens Hall in Narberth and The Labyrinth bar in Haverfordwest where they consistently pack out the rooms and currently hold the title of ‘Band of the Year’. By-Proxy also have a loyal fan base well-earnt from their tireless local gigs and participation in Battle of the Bands contests. Shortly before the recent release of their 8-track EP, a track was made available via Reverbnation and hit the top 2 spot within the week. They are an energetic, youthful band with experience and enthusiasm on their side after years spent playing in and around South Wales. Charging from Rock to Motown, bouncing through ska and coming back full circle while effortlessly combining searing female vocals with tight, bouncy rhythms from the boys.
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/By-Proxy/282176901826102
Reverbnation - https://www.reverbnation.com/byproxyband
Carl Komuro Formerly lead singer with Avatar Original, Carl Komuro is striking out on his own with his own brand of haunting, melodic & brooding solo acoustic music.
Pics by Lucy Smith & DSP
Carl's new 2 track EP 'Uninvited' now available for Digital Download from:
Carmenta First founded in Poland when Zibi and Tom started playing in bands together; once they were in the UK they set out to form CARMENTA. The rest of the line is formed from Colin (Bass), Tonka (Drums) and Pringle (Vocals). We have recorded our 4 track demo which you can listen to here and we are recording a further 5 tracks during May 2010. We are trying to play as many live shows as possible around the country so everyone can get a taste of Carmenta live and the passion that comes with it. Reviews: Surface unsigned fest round one, by David Couchman: Like an underground version of Limp Bizkit, if you can imagine such a thing; the way you wanted them to go after listening to the first album, but never mind them now, we have Carmenta who are much more important. They have a heavy influence that is enforced by the metal inspired riffs, the drums are of classic rock origin that make their presence by jamming along to every flicker or whisper of sound; my vocal specialist told me that ‘the control on his (Lead Singer, Pringle) higher register is perfect’, pretty handy for those powerful rock tracks that really test the band, and every member. Surface unsigned fest semi final. Think the Deftones, or Tool, a brand of alternative metal that depends a bit more upon the melodies to carry off the feelings of the songs than sheer force and volume. Carmenta used the delay on the vocals to create this echoing sound that really added an atmosphere to the proceedings. The two guitarists sang backing vocals and performed duties of rhythm guitar, beefing out the sound with a mixture of singing and screaming (in a masculine and guttural type way). A good set that proved there is more than one way to skin a cat. http://www.myspace.com/bandcarmenta Caroline Turner Gould Cartesian
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Cascades Cascades are a 5 piece Modern Metal / Alternative Rock band from Hertfordshire, UK. Originally named Theoretical Downfall; the name change comes as the band welcomes new vocalist Rashid Alami to the band, ready to add his vocal style to the bands already impressive cannon. Under the name "Cascades", the band decided to pursue a new music direction, blending their influences with Rashid's in a unique way. The band have recorded their demo, and are working hard on their EP. Expect to see Cascades playing as many shows they can throughout 2010 and beyond.
“Stones on a Sandy Beach is a beautiful song.” - Rod Stewart
“I would have been proud to have written that at age fifty, let alone fifteen.” - Andy Hill, three-time Ivor Novello award winning song-writer
In the past few years, Charlie has regularly headlined many venues around the south of England and London including Bournemouth Folk Club and Bar Vinyl Camden as well as playing regular sets at The Bedford, Balham, The Regal Rooms, Hammersmith and Proud in Camden Town.In 2012 he was asked to support Billy Ocean for various dates on his UK tour, and has previously supported Steve Harley at the 02 Academy Bournemouth.
He is currently signed to two international publishing deals (Rondor/Univeral and Fuji Pacific) for his songwriting, both of whom are looking to secure record deals on the back of his debut album ‘The Joy of a Caged Bird’ released February 2013. Charlie has been writing songs since the age of eleven and it is clear that his rare gift for perceptive lyrics, striking melodies and his distinctive vocals could give him the opportunity to reach an international audience. Under the management and guidance of Jim Cregan, he is now starting to gain the recognition his singing and music deserves.
Singer-songwriter and daughter of professional musicians, has three years vocal training and a wealth of experience singing and performing. As well as leading her eponymous and successful band Claire is constantly in demand as guest vocalist for jazz ensembles; performing as a solo artist or as part of a duo. Claire has worked with the multi-award winning trombonist Dennis 'Badbone' Rollins(Courtney Pine, Maceo Parker, Jamiroquai, Blur); Brad Lang (Kylie Minogue, Whitney Houston, Robbie Williams, George Michael); Ray Pool (The Drifters, Gloria Gaynor, Madeline Bell); The Alex Forsyth trio and others.
Winner of the 2010 Jazz Vocalist competition PureSolo in association with Jazz FM Claire has played at venues such as The Guardian Hay Festival, Hampton Court Palace, The Princes Hall, The Hilton Group and Spice of Life. Claire's voice has been likened to Eva Cassidy, Karen Carpenter and Julie London for its warmth, richness and sassiness. She takes each song into her heart and makes it truly her own. Claire also works as a vocal tutor as well as singing in care homes on a regular basis and is fortunate to be backed by some of the most accomplished musicians on the local circuit. www.phoenixmusic.org
Band Members... Phil Williams ... Jim Peterson ... Steve Payne ... Marc Hudson ...Influences Velvet Revolver, Skid Row, LA Guns www.myspace.com/clintrockband
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US based singer CoConi has catapulted into the UK with her catchy, highly addictive debut single ‘‘Get Your Light Up’’ and taken from her album entitled ‘‘Venusian Butterfly’’ released on CoConi Music. ‘‘Get Your Light Up’’ has already achieved critical acclaim from musical accolades such as Dermot O’Leary at BBC Radio 2 and Gary Crowley at BBC London, as well as reaching number one on the global “Pod Music Countdown”, a highly influential music podcast reaching audiences of over 200,000 worldwide.
“Venusian Butterfly” is a collection of twelve original compositions, co-written with Ed Gilmour (formerly of "The Wishplants"), that depicts messages of optimism and a desire for a brighter future. Produced and mixed by Simon Efemey (of Orson, Wildhearts and Wonderstuff fame), buoyant tracks such as ‘‘Say It Again’’ and ‘‘Dynamite’’ contrast with darker songs of past love losses and heartache including “Taking The Blame” and ‘‘Sarah’’. Having been compared musically to the quirky energy of Kate Bush meets the rockier Evanescence with a pinch of Bjork in the vocals, it is no wonder CoConi has captured large audiences whilst performing alongside the likes of Natasha Bedingfield, PM Dawn and the legendary James Taylor Quartet, wowing audiences to her highly seductive tunes bursting with power.
"CodeJak are a band in which Alternative Vision will be watching closely throughout 2010 as they are simply outstanding and one of the best new rock bands that England has to offer!"
Band of the month - Alternative Vision - January 2010 "Hell Yeah is a sexy sweet track which will get any stiff up and rocking along! The band then show more of there talent on the moving and emo song called, ‘Little Boy’, a great success so buy it now! 8/10"
Jay James - Rock Industry - January 2010 "This record might make D.H. Lawrence suddenly decide to give up writing and go skipping off into the fields to pick flowers! Bang up job guys. 8.2/10"
Mike Elliot - Komodo Rock - January 2010 "certainly has that kick ass quality about it. I can see this band going somewhere and doubt it will be the last I hear of them."
Pete Woods - Metal Team uk - January 2010 "A hard driving and pulsating blast of alternative rock! CodeJAK maintain the quality control with the muscular dirge of "Pull Out Your Knife" that makes use of an effective hook and a vocal delivery that spits out rage and frustration." Dean Pedley - Sea of Tranquility - January 2010 "I like this, After all, what could be better than three minutes of galloping guitar riffs, topped off with regular chants of "Hell, Yeah!"? Not much, I can tell you. The visceral, brooding 'Pull Out Your Knife' is equally, if differently awesome. Mainman Dan Turner certainly knows how to write a good tune, and they could be one of the beat combos to watch out for in 2010" Zeitgeist - January 2010 "Opening track ‘Hell Yeah’ is already lined up to be the rock anthem of 2010 in my opinion and that is a big statement considering that 2010 is barely days old."
Band of the month - Alternative Vision - January 2010
Cousin Mary www.myspace.com/cousinmaryjazzband
Cousin Mary are a jazz-swing-funk fusion band based in Reading, UK. The band give their own twist to a wide variety of jazz standards all the way from dixieland through to modern jazz, including swing, waltz, latin, bebop, cool jazz, free jazz, bossa nova and funk numbers. Material ranges from jazz classics by the likes of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, to modern jazz-funk numbers by the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock and Jaco Pastorius. Cousin Mary do both instrumental jazz performances and vocal-lead performances with jazz & funk vocalist Phoebe Gorry. The band also do collaborative live shows with lindy hop & charleston dance group The Suggestions, as Cousin Mary and The Suggestions. The band are also currently working on a live electro-swing collaboration with electro swing DJs, asScreamin' Cousin Mary. The band have played many bars, restaurants, functions and major gigs, including performances alongside established acts such as The Puppini Sisters, The Correspondents, Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer and Dutty Moonshine, at major nights including the Vaudeville Rave.
Between them, the band have a wealth of experience in jazz. Members of Cousin Mary have played headline shows at major jazz venues such as The Vortex Jazz Club and the Camden Jazz Cafe, and have performed at jazz festivals including the Plymouth International Jazz & Blues Festival and the Windsor Beer & Jazz Festival. They have performed in established jazz orchestras including the Pendulum Jazz Orchestra and the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra, and played support gigs to the likes of the James Taylor Quartet, Portico Quartet and the Simon Price Quintet. Cousin Mary are available for a wide variety of performances, from restaurant & bar gigs to functions, parties and festivals. The band can play as a sextet, quintet, quartet and can also do stripped-down performances as a trio or even duo, and can perform instrumentally or with vocals. The band can provide full PA if necessary. For bookings, email email@example.com, or call 07709147767 (Jonny).
Phoebe Gorry: vocals, Tom Harker: trumpet, Piers 'SupaDupa' Haynes: saxophone, Jonny Beale: guitar, Nick Currie: piano
Luke Burnet-Smith: bass, Paul Glover: drums
All Blues (Miles Davis), Blue In Green (Miles Davis), Little Sunflower (Freddie Hubbard), Footprints (Wayne Shorter), Body And Soul, Stella By Starlight, Stolen Moments, So What (Miles Davis), Freddie Freeloader (Miles Davis), Autumn Leaves, Summertime, Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham), Caravan (Duke Ellington), Milestones (Miles Davis), Take Five (Dave Brubeck), Four (Miles Davis), Anthropology (Charlie Parker), Chameleon (Herbie Hancock), Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock, Mr. Clean (Freddie Hubbard), Take The 'A' Train (Duke Ellington), Killer Joe, Cousin Mary (John Coltrane), Mr PC (John Coltrane), The Chicken (Jaco Pastorius), Fever, Cantaloupe Island (Herbie Hancock), Someday My Prince Will Come (Miles Davis)
Cremyll Road come from Yateley and are all good friends. We didn't really decide to make a band it just happened after a Sunday jam session. Jack Lloyd has been writing songs for a long time and playing the guitar. AJ has been MC'ing and writing casually since 16 mainly battling on street corners and repping his GSG crew. Graeme Clark has been playing the guitar for 10 years he is self taught and comes up with all the riffs for the band. Greg Sutton has a musical background and has just picked up the bass. Joe Stevens is an outrageous drummer and a very welcome new addition to CR family. He also owns a tambourine. Our style varies from acoustic indie to grime. We are looking to gig as much as possible locally and expand our fan base.
Crooked Mountain Crooked Sea
"A near perfect blast of post-hardcore that marks Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea out as a band to keep tabs on." MusicFansMic
"It’s always good to hear a band take a potentially stale genre of post-hardcore, and make it sound new and exciting again; recommended." Ken Eakins, Right Where You Are Sitting Now
"At the heart of their music is a raw-yet-fuzzy post-hardcore sound, but Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea take the staple of the genre and inject a new dimension into it. Not afraid to reign it back a little and explore a more delicate side to their sound, the band bring an ambitious edge to their compositions." 8/10 One Beat
"Jaunty, choppy post-rock that probably takes influence from the early Deep Elm bands, possibly some Dischord stuff and maybe even Joy Division... The ideas are executed well and the vocals are tremendous throughout. Ones to watch, for sure." Punktastic.com
"...a raw, atonal blast of alt-rock that's more refreshing than a stroll along Brighton pier in the middle of a British winter... the EP is astonishingly mature and announces Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea as a band to follow." The Devil Has the Best Tuna Blog
"Cryogenica have created an album that defies definition".
"In re-animation their influences combine to make a truly unique sound".
From Sphere Magazine, July 2010:
"Its "variation and fluidity make their album stand out." From Nocturnal Magazine, 2010:
"Cryogenica perfectly demonstrate their multi-faceted skill and ability to keep things new and fresh." "Re-animation is the product of a group in possession of both a well-determined vision and a vein of rare and precious talent. It is one hell of a calling card." http://www.myspace.com/cryogenicamusic
How do you like your Blues?If the answer is ‘on the rocks’ then Custard Cream are the “Must have” live band for you!Custard Cream, as the name suggests, are a Berkshire based, four-piece, live, classic rock and blues cover band that focuses its output on the likes of Cream, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, BB King, Gary Moore and Robert Johnson to name just a few. If you like your Blues with the emphasis on the Rock, then Custard Cream will not disappoint.
After re-locating from sunny Devon to Berkshire in 2012, original Custard Cream guitarists and life-long friends, George Skinn and Nige Owst, have now teamed up with local, seasoned frontman and bass player Andy Barrett and Angus Lyon, on drums. Each of these guys bring an individually refreshing dynamic to the band.From the hard and heavy pulses of Britain’s most famous rock trio, to the driving, electric sounds of Chicago, passing through more traditional unplugged blues sets, Custard Cream has something in their repertoire to get your foot tapping at least, but more than likely to get you on to the dance floor.Don’t be surprised if you hear some wonderfully arranged acoustic blues numbers swiftly followed by some down-n-dirty pieces such as Crossroads and Spoonful, Hendrix’s Fire, or even some rock classics such as White Room, Badge and Sharp Dressed Man.Tight performances and a rich mixture of Blues and Rock are what set Custard Cream apart from many other bands out there nowadays, so if this suits your palate, and you’re looking for a live band for your pub, club, festival or event you really need to book these guys.Bass &
Vocals: Andy Barrett Rhythm & Lead Guitar: George Skinn Rhythm & Lead Guitar: Nige Owst Drums & Percussion: Angus Lyon
Daedalus' Right Eye Are an Alternative Rock/Pop-Punk band based in Bristol. In the Summer they went to Long Wave Studios in Cardiff to work with Romesh Dodangoda (KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, TWIN ATLANTIC) on their debut EP. They are releasing it this Christmas and currently booking shows around the country for a release tour in the new year.
Danny Bash is a singer/songwriter and producer from Newbury, Berkshire. A multi-instrumentalist who founded Eternal Sunshines in 2005, and then penned his solo album, 'House Of Dis_olving Likeness' after the bands untimely demise in 2008. Unique vocals, tone and honest melodic songs are his strong point. A struggle between light and darkness is apparent in alot of his work, and could be described as melancholy happy music.
The live 'One Man Band' show is back to basic's, simple songs played acoustically on guitar or piano, as they were written. Combined with some of his favourite covers from Radiohead, to The Beatles and Robbie Williams. Current projects include two albums called The Fireball & The Imposter. He is also working with a top function band www.dannybash.com www.myspace.com/dannybash
Deadlight exploded onto the British live scene early in 2009, combining alternative metal with electronica the band have breathed new life into the alternative rock scene. With an explosive live show and powerfully emotive songs, Deadlight have already established themselves as one of the UK's most exciting live bands. The bands first single “Cruel World” is due for release in June 2010.
Dead Jerichos are a mix of mod, new wave and post punk. The Oxford 3 piece have had a mad year after the release of 'Space & Sounds.' Being metioned by Bob Harris on radio 2 and also playing many big festivals including Underage in London sharing the main stage with the likes of: Ellie Goulding, MIA, Tinie Tempah & Tinchy Stryder. They are now hoping for even more success with there 3rd EP due to be released this November.Ronan (Nightshift Mag On BBC Oxford Introducing)www.myspace.com/deadjerichos
"Hardest working young band on circuit, saving the new wave from shoegazing wank! It's DEAD JERICHOS and they're fuckin hot."... Jimmy, The Cellar
"Coming straight outta Drayton; tidy haircuts, button down shirts and an air of casual menace, the Jerichos have an undeniable presence!"… Leo Bowder, Oxford Music Scene
"They Are So Good, And So Young, Tight And So Talented. You Really Think At Some Point, Hopefully Quite Soon Someones Gunna Pick Up On Them. And I Think That Alot Of Bands Forget That Actually Its Hard Work Which Gets You Anywhere And Not Just Talent. I Mean There Playing Two Or Three Gigs A Week And In Just Really Far Flung Places, They'll Just Sort Of Pick A Pub In The Middle Of Oxford And Just Play A Gig There!"…
We are Debt Brigade, an indie group from Berkshire. We are Mark Davies (Lead vocals/keyboard), Ricky Tanner (Guitar/backing vocals), Andy Hall (bass guitar) and Craig Welsh (Drums) and we are going to be playing our first gigs in the next few months. Now would be a great time to get on board with us and follow our journey so if you like what you hear come and check us out, all gigs will be posted on myspace. http://www.myspace.com/debtbrigade
While Desert Storm can be granite heavy and relentless as a steamroller with faulty brake pads, they paint from a pleasingly mixed palette of textures, tempering those hoary, hairy onslaughts with contemplative ambience and tabla (as on the track ‘Desert Storm’) and even some spirited, soulful female backing vocals, as on ‘Cosmic Drips’. The result is a remarkably fresh take on music that’s as old as the hills, and as heavy as them too. IAN CHESTERTON- Nightshift magazine
No such problems with Desert Storm, as they fill the stage with attitude - attitude and fucking great riffs. This is consummate stoner rock, and everything Desert Storm do tonight is locked into a groove so deep it probably has no bottom. Iommi-strength riffs stomp all over the audience as a nod-fest slowly evolves into a moshpit. ‘Cosmic Drips’ oozes class and might well be one of the finest songs written by an Oxford band in the last few years. If there’s a better metal band in Oxford at the moment, then we haven’t heard them! SAM SHEPHERD- Nightshift magazine
NIGHTSHIFT FORUM : 'Rifftastic Metallers Desert Storm' 'and the riff brilliant Desert storm there album is one of the best driving in yer car with the window down, sun out,head nodding slice of rock ever.' JOHNNY MOTO
DEVOLUTION MAGAZINE REVIEW: . "An eight track cd that features some quality tunes despite the fact that the five piece band only formed in 2008. Straight off the bat this shows commitment and persistence in wanting to get their talents heard. DS are a Southern metal act from Oxford who are clearly influenced by the styles of Monster Magnet and Down. Great guitar and bass work is complimented by a ballsy no holes barred whisky drenched vocal range from Matt Ryan who has obviously been influenced by Phil Anselmo - a blatant comparison maybe but then if we are going to compare stoner southern metal who better to compare to? A fantastic effort and debut from a fine Oxford based band whose future doesn't look too hazy!" NICKIE
Surface unsigned festival 1st round review @the flapper birmingham: Desert Storm Next up was Oxford based five-piece Desert Storm. A hard and heavy mix of Classic-Rock and Metal, it’s rooted in the timeless Rock of the past yet made their own and brought crashing up to date by some well-written, distinctive material. Winding solos, driving riffs, heavy beats and Matt’s deep growl create a noise that demands your attention and which made for an impressive performance at The Flapper. http://www.myspace.com/experiencethestorm
Formed 5 years ago and have earnt their reputation as one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the Swindon area through relentless gigging, energetic shows and great sounds. Performing on stage with the likes of Young Guns and The Rileys, Disclosure have played at many of the biggest and most respected venues and festivals in and around Oxfordshire. Disclosure are a 5-piece Powerpop band with a great full sound and fantastic female vocalist. This has been a big year for the band, with lots of perfomances and the addition of new band members Andy Mitchell 'Vocalist' and Ash Evans on 'Bass' who have added many new ideas into the band. Disclosure have a great future in store for them.http://www.myspace.com/disclosure05
Divine Chaos are a five piece metal band from the south east, intent on creating better music and a more intense live show than the sort of act people have become used to in recent years.
Echoed Silence are competing in the Surface Unsigned Festival this year. Tight and talented bands from across the UK are set to meet at various stages of this journey, to battle it out for that final showdown at the Thekla in Bristol. Each band has a unique text number , each text vote will score the band a point, each audience vote at a show will score 5 points, musician votes score 20 and the industry scores 30. As you can plainly see, it's people power here that will help thrust the bands onto those latter stages of the competition. This is where i am asking for your help. If you have a spare moment and a spare quid, please text WEST 4047 to 64343 and get our score rolling! Remember to put a space between WEST and 4047 in order to qualify the vote. This is the most important step we have ever taken as a band since recording our demo, and we want to give it our all, but we cannot do it alone. Thank you! Keep those heads banging and those toes tappin'! http://www.myspace.com/echoedsilenceuk Ed Aldred Ed Aldred is a singer-songwriter from Newbury. He has been playing and writing songs with various bands in the Berkshire area since the age of fourteen, most recently with the band Onion. He is currently focussing on his solo material, which has a mellow sound and is influenced by musicians such as Neil Young and Evan Dando. He is currently playing at various venues around the south-east in anticipation of a new EP that is due to be released in December 2011.http://www.myspace.com/edaldred
Eddie started playing music as soon as he could reach the piano keys and simply didn't stop! Taught by his mother, concert pianist Pamela Chilvers, Eddie learned fairly early on that he had a strong talent for improvisation and any piece or style he learned he could quickly add to the mix and move seamlessly from style to style. Passion for the piano lead him to develop a large classical repertoire from Bach to Wagner, as well as jazz, funk and and boogie woogie, picking up lots of pop classics along the way.
He played trumpet in the National Children's Orchestra at nine, and got his first professional gig as resident pianist in the Ramada Hotel at just eleven years old. He began teaching piano at 14, and formed his first rock band at 15. Throughout his teenage years he proceeded to learn guitar, bass guitar, saxophone and drums, and has played in countless rock and jazz bands, usually fronting on guitar / piano and vocals. From 2007-2009 he played keys for Elvis tribute band 'Taking Care of Elvis,' fronted by the 'Image of the King' world title holder, Ben Portsmouth. In the last couple of years he has cut back on external commitments to focus on his own piano compositions and concerts, but is still in high demand as a party performer and plays all kinds of functions and festivals (including Shambala and Bestival). There's no style he can't play, his specialty is improvising and extemporising well known tunes from Eminem to Beethoven in a fantastic whirlwind of fun that gets everybody dancing on the tables and singing along.
Reading singer-songwriter Ed Lofstedt started trading under his own name in 2009. Since then he’s become an established player on the Berkshire circuit; a draw for both the floppy-haired indie trailblazers and chin-stroking folk druids. www.myspace.com/edlofstedt
Ed released his first EP ‘force for whatever’ in March 2010, recorded in a converted lounge with the help of pal and local up-and-comer Steviant. After weeks locked in their rock playpen the pair have delivered 5 tracks and 17 minutes of glossy folk-pop; an attempt to put the bedroom strummer cliché finally to rest.
Ed’s Swedish/Brit roots jumble his influences. Nods to Elbow, Tom McRae and Loney, Dear inform his writing but he’s not afraid to tip his hat to more *emo* troubadours from across the pond. It’s “subversive melodic chillcore”, so he says.
Recently Ed’s played his first BBC Introducing slot, appeared on Club Velocity’s radar, and been showcased for BBC Radio Berkshire’s ‘The Session’. As festival season looms he’ll roll out across the home counties for a run of indie festival shows, including Reading’s DoubleDotDash?! in July.
“Came out of nowhere. If Ben Marwood is God, Ed Lofstedt is his son.” - Club Velocity
E 4 EcHo is an Oxford based band, consisting of four people, Dean - Vocals and Guitar / Tom - Ukulele, Trumpet & Melodica / Mitch - Bass / Matt - Cello, Melodica, Keyboard & Glockenspiel. We are a folk, pop, punk, melodic band
Emerald are regarded by many as one of the hottest emerging Independent Rock groups on the UK live performance circuit... In 2009, the Band independently released their fantastic debut album "Master I Am"... Following its launch, the band have continued to receive universal critical acclaim... Commercial radio stations in America, Japan, Australia, India and across many parts of Europe and the UK continue to play the album on a daily basis... With raving magazine reviews, a feature on MTV Europe and recent exposure on BBC television - it's easy to see what all the fuss is about... Having performed their very first show in India to an elite gathering of bollywood celebrities in 2007 - the band have since taken the UK gig circuit by storm with a number of breathtaking performances under their belt... Don't just take our word for it - buy the album - go see them live - then decide for yourself! Weblink: www.emeraldrock.net
Enola hope to be one of the most exciting bands in and around Reading. Using their music to get people dancing and create memorable live performances. It all started when Oliver (Lead Guitar) jammed some idea's with Antosh Wojcik (Lead Drums) and instantly knew they had to create a new band. Next to join was Rob Jacques (Lead Bass) and this created an incredible rhythm section, which is the main driving force of the material written. During the first practice there was instant chemistry between the trio. They soon got some more material together and developed a solid sound, after doing this the trio knew they had to find a singer. This obstacle became a challenge and this developed into a terribly hard job. The first singer was a good lad and had a good voice, but unfortunately couldn't deliver the power needed to stand his ground against the blistering guitar, bass and drums. He was soon dropped on mutual terms. It was then apparent the trio needed someone with big enough bollocks to slot in place with the rest of the band..........In came Jack Rundell. From the moment Jack started singing it seemed he was singing to save his life, he put everything into the songs and they knew they had found a singer that could deliver the power needed to front the band. Welcome Enola.http://www.myspace.com/enola Enora
Everyone Needs a Nemesis
We are Everyone Needs A Nemesis, a four piece alternative rock band from Reading, Berkshire. what follows is how the four individuals came together to share a love for all things music; playing, recording, listening et al. Sam Davey (vocals, guitar) used to play in a local grunge band with Simon Woodcock (bass, vocals) before parting ways with the, as is often the case, erratic drummer. After the split long time friend Chris Price (guitar, vocals) started jamming and honing our sound into a contemporary alt rock style. Thus began the epic search for a suitable drummer and after a few months and a few emptied drum stools we hit the proverbial pot of gold in the shape of Simon Williams (drums, arsing about).
With the line up that we knew we wanted in place we began a solid six month period of song writing until we were in the possession of a set to be proud of. At the same time as doing the first few gigs as Everyone Needs A Nemesis and building our live sound and show we put ourselves into the very capable hands of a certain Jordan Fish at Studio 91 in Newbury to record our first EP, 'Nothing comes to those who wait'. This helped catapult us to the next level of shows with appearances on the X-fest Berkshire bill, The Nags head in High Wycombe and then our first London show, headlining the Purple Turtle in Camden. Following these, as we see them, accolades we began another staunch period of song writing with which to see off the remainder of 2009. New Year and some new plans as we decided to head straight back into Studio 91 to record our second EP titled 'Burn the evidence'. We found this to be a more cohesive example of our songwriting compared to our earlier material and a nice progression from the first record. From this point onwards we found our live shows progressing in many aspects such as audience participation and involvement. We also felt that our set is as strong as it has ever been. As if by the sheer presence of coincidence our hard work seemed to gain merit as we were offered our highest profile gig to date supporting Smalltown America records up and comers Let Our Enemies Beware and Lefaro. Nevermore has our appetite for success and acclaim from the industry, peers and fans alike been so at the forefront of our collective conscious, therefore we are currently taking the 'Biffy' approach and working hard to get our fan base around Berkshire solid and then spread our wings to further flung climbs. To aid us in this we have completely self funded batches of t-shirts, had our cd artwork designed and then consequently printed along with flyers and business cards, even managed to grab ourselves some complimentary photos. We are furthermore going to be raising our profile with a series of street gigs in aid of 'busking for cancer', as we all believe in said charity and think that it is a nice way to raise money combining it with us getting to play loads around our area.
So this brings us neatly to our plans for the rest of 2010, which hopefully stand out as a band with a strong will to not only persist but to ultimately succeed in making this year our year to remember. All four of us believe vehemently in what we do and are as such positive that if given opportunities to take steps up the music ladder we will shine in any task laid before us regardless of how difficult said task may appear at face value. Thank you for taking the time to read our biography and I hope it gives you a base idea of our ambitions and desires as musicians and as such we look forward to hearing any feedback you could offer us or better still opportunities.http://everyoneneedsanemesis.com or http://myspace.com/everyoneneedsanemesis
I'm a singer/songwriter based in Maidenhead. Come from a background of playing of playing bass in Punk Rock bands, but have a passion for writing my own songs. Started at a local Mic night 6 months ago to see how people would take to my music and got offered my first solo gig off a local promoter, have been playing regular gigs since. Have just recorded a 3 Track Demo, and am looking to branch out and play shows in Reading and London.
Failure by Design
Failure by Design a three piece pop punk band from the UK. We play with our hearts on our sleeves and do things The Movielife way. No big ego's, just raw, edgy, sweaty pop-punk that will make you want to swing your arms around and sing along. Started in 2010 and with a brand new bassist, Failure By Design are ready to work hard and cause an up rise in the UK's punk scene
Founded in late 2009 by Dan Goddard (Guitar), Richard Wigman (Vocals) and Will Brunsden later joined by Jordan Barry (Bass) and Si Tickle (Guitar), Fallen Skies are a Newbury Based technical progressive metal band.
Mixing Rhythmn with Melody and Techicalilty, Fallen Skies use a fusion of Low Tuned Extended Instruments ( 8 stringed guitars and five/six string basses) with heavily slapped bass, Polyrhythmic Drums and blast beats, displacement, modulation and good ol’ fashioned grooves to create a new experimental sound.Inspired and Influences by bands such as Meshuggah, Sikth, Periphery, Tesseract, Lamb of God, Fear Factory, The Arusha Accord and The Dillinger Escape PLAN – only naming a few, Fallen Skies hope to follow their path to success.
Fear No Fish
Fear No Fish formed in the spring of 2002 with one undivided goal, to bring the roots of old school rock into the modern day, without compromising their sound.
Fear No Fish are a Power Trio from Surrey. Brothers (twins actually) Mike and Chris Ransome have been rocking the UK with their intertwining and powerful vocal melodies and their fluid guitar and bass playing for years. With many a performance up and down the country, to crowds big and small, these guys take no prisoners. With “skin beater” Rob Walker joining them in late 2008, the trio are now ready to rock you like no one has ever before. You won't hear them scream. You won't hear them shout. But it's going to get damn Messy.
– There's always a bigger fish, except in this case. Their great barrier riffs ripped my face off, and then some. Brilliantly crafted songs that deserve to be heard. Not to be missed. Awesome. Guy Davis (Reuben, Freeze the Atlantic).
– Nu-skool rock with old skool roots. Either way, they kick so much arse, it doesn’t really matter. (Dan Rhodes of heavy metal outfit, Lucid) – Face melting riffs, complex, funky bass lines and a drummer who is most likely a robot sent from the future to rid the world of sloppy tempos and boring beats. That is Fear No Fish. (Will Coeli of London rockers The Lights/Regina Coeli)
Fella are a four piece indie rock band from Slough. They describe their music as ‘indie edge’ with catchy hooks and toe tapping melodies. This 4 man riot formed in June 2011 and the band have wasted no time in stamping their mark on the local scene with regular gigs around Berkshire and air play on BBC Introducing. FELLA will be performing shows throughout summer
2011 and are set to be in the studio to record their debut EP this autumn. Our music is widely available and we currently have a free download available on soundcloud! Also we're featured in this weeks Maidenhead Advertiser!
Looking forward to hearing form you! (Pic will be added soon)
"Finest Minds are a Surrey-based trio who play an eclectic mix indie, rock, electronic and more left field styles. Following a string of recent dates including a support slot at an official afterparty for The Specials, they are now beginning to play more gigs across the South East".
First Among Equals Based in Reading, First Among Equals have been regulars on the local gig circuit for over 3 years. We have been compared to bands such as Less than Jake, Sum 41, Goldfinger and Lagwagon. In a unique and catchy blend of sound we incorporate as many different styles of punk as we can into our music such as 80’s Punk, Ska-Punk, Pop Punk and Hardcore to make a more diverse and original sound. To date we have organised several gigs and supported bands such as Four Foot Fingers, Uncle Brian, Shootin’ Goon, Vanilla Pod and Abdoujaparov to name a few. Colin Doran from the band Hundred Reasons has been along to one of our shows and is now a fan.www.myspace.com/faepunx Freakshow
Freakshow are: David, Alex, Ket and Phil, an indie rock band form the South of England. They have been through various incarnations since 1991, 3 members of which are still in the band. Playing a blend of covers and original material. A crunchy and heavy sound with a popular and funky vibe.
Freeway Mad are a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band from Berkshire. The band was Formed by metal enthusiasts George Twydell and Craig Carlaw, and later joined by Mike Williams, Jack Reynolds and George Ives. They aim to bring back the roots of metal to the younger generation of rockers and storm the country, and eventually world with loud, fast, headbangable music!
Funkline (More Details Soon)
Gentlemen of Distorted Sound
Back in the day a classic rock band was judged on good songs, good musicianship, good showmanship and a willingness to try new ideas – in other words to not be too predictable! It was these core values that brought original band members Gareth Nugent (vocals), Mako (guitar), Lawrence Santi (bass) and Russell Gilbrook (drums) together to form Gentlemen Of Distorted Sound in 2006. With influences ranging from 70’s classic rock to the 90’s grunge explosion the band set about honing their sound and writing songs. Over the following months the band, based in the home counties of Southern England, took shape around their powerhouse rhythm section who, despite their very different musical influences were able to blend together and create a huge grooving sound. Add to this Mako’s subtle guitar melodies and searing riffs, delivered in his fluid, almost languid style and Gareth’s supersonic vocals and the sound they were striving for was complete. The intensity of rehearsals and songwriting gave way to playing live as the band took their distinctive brand of “groove-laden hard rock” out on the road. Playing gigs and festivals throughout the UK, France and Scandinavia they built a cult following, impressing rock fans everywhere with their individual style and memorable shows. Along the way drummer Russell Gilbrook was replaced by Richard Fordham. Fuelled by the momentum from the road and armed with a batch of dynamic “road tested” songs the band hit the studio and recorded material for their debut release. 5 of these songs have recently been remixed by Mark Williams (Biffy Clyro, Oceansize, Enter Shikari) and will see the light of day on an EP to be released in the UK in early 2010. http://www.myspace.com/gentlemenofdistortedsound Music is my life and I want it to be for the rest of my life.
I started singing at school where I took lessons for 5 years and I did up to grade 5 wanted to carry on but with stress of GCSE’s I had to stop my singing lessons. At the age of 13 I started to write songs when I taught myself to play piano. I also at the age of 14 taught myself guitar, drums and ukulele.
When I was studying music GCSE I realised that song writing was my passion and I would go home and instead of doing homework, I would sit at the piano for hours and write songs. I then decided after taking my GCSE’s that I wanted to study music and nothing else, so I applied for the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and I have been there for the past two years. In my first year I studied BTEC Vocal Diploma and I am now studying Vocal Higher Diploma. I love to get stuck in, so over the past 2 years I have become part of a band, who play my original songs. We started this project in October last year and it has become the best part of my life, we gig at least twice a week and all I want to do is get people to hear my music. Hopefully one day we can tour the world!
Reviews of 'Open Eyed Dreamer Part I: Revelation'
Grave Concerns Ezine
Brutal Resonance Ezine
"Influenced by the likes of Rammstein and Nine Inch Nails as well as Sci-fi movies, Ghost in the Static create their own unique blend of Electro-Industrial gothic metal. I really like this album; it delivers on so many levels. The songs are well written, well engineered and the album, as a concept, has been planned out, story boarded and thought about throughout its construction so that the listener becomes the character almost...7/10" Dominion Magazine
Dark 7 -"As the opening band, Ghost In The Static had a difficult job to warm up the crowd, but made light work of it they did.With such songs as 'Downer', 'Hope', 'Nihilism 2' and even a brave and successful cover of The Prodigy's 'Omen' proves that the UK does have new bands worth hearing." Industrial Nations (FB group)
Cellar bar March 2011 - "Ghost In The Static played a very well-received set which featured the debut of their new live drummer – a skin-beating powerhouse well-suited to their brand of industrial metal. Featuring many tracks from their debut album, Ghost In The Static have greatly improved their live presence and will surely be an act to follow" www.gigreviewer.com Goodnight Gravity Goodnight Siren Goodwin Sands Goodwin Sands is an indie/folk band from Utrecht in the Netherlands. Blending various acoustic instruments and diverse musical styles, they create their own versatile and discreet sound. At the end of 2009 the band released their first E.P. entitled "Builders & Artists", which enabled the band to play countless shows within the Netherlands and paved the way for three short visits to foreign shores. During the early months of 2010 the band began to experiment with more instruments and ideas, which in turn led to the recording of a second E.P. "Time Well Spent" in Antwerpen. The recordings were documented in both MP3 and video format and released as a video-E.P. on the band's website. The addition of a 1970's campervan has helped the band reach pastures new in the last months, including a short tour through Belgium and Germany. This very campervan will join the band in the summer months in the United Kingdom and Ireland.. For more information, new songs, free downloads, and videos please visit www.goodwinsands.nl
Formed from broken bands on the West London borders in late 2007. Gravity Blue have been making waves on the live scene since March 2008 with their storming sets.
Hill Valley Hustlers
- fantastic percussionist who adds great congas and tonal variety and colour to the band sound: Lea Rogers - Guitar/backing vocals
Sample Set List: FREE - Deniece Williams, MEDLEY -JOY AND PAIN/RISING TO THE TOP /ALL NIGHT LONG - Maze/Keni Burke/Mary Jane Girls, THINKING OF YOU - Sister Sledge, USE ME - Bill Withers, DONT MESS WITH MY MAN - Lucy Pearl, LET ME KNOW - Roisin Murphy, AINT NOBODY - Rufus ft Chaka Khan, BEFORE I LET U GO - Maze, MR BIG STUFF - Jean Knight, FELL IN LUV WITH A BOY - Joss Stone, SUPERSTITION - Stevie Wonder, PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE - Was Not Was, WISH I DIDNT MISS U SO MUCH - Angie Stone, LE FREAK - Chic, MERCY - 3rd Degree version, ROCK WITH YOU - Michael Jackson, YOUNG HEARTS - Candi Staton, BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE - Taste Of Honey, WALK THE DINOSAUR - Was Not Was, BAD GIRLS - Donna Summer/Jamiroquai, LADY MARMALADE - LaBelle, WISHING ON A STAR - Rose Royce, CAR WASH - Rose Royce, GOOD TIMES - Chic, WE ARE FAMILY - Sister Sledge, DISCO INFERNO - The Trammps
The original ideas and concepts start with Rich (bass) and Steve (guitar/afri-can) who have been working on Floyd/Zep style projects since 2001 before discovering the versatilities of electronic recording and its masters such as Ott and Shpongle.
Deep and mystical ideas provide the theme then, once the story has been set, it is unleashed upon fellow Froodsters – Chris (vox, guitar), Myshell (vox/percussion) and Ruari (percussion, turntables) who help to give it life. Our first offering, ’Psychonaut’, was released in 2004 with the help of our friends at Amboworld and it has sold, albeit in a modest capacity, all over our fragile earth. Notable performances to date have been supporting Ozric Tentacles in Brighton in March 2005 (see a video and pictures here) and the Synergy Project at London's SeOne club, among other memorable occasions particularly in the summer of 2005. So, it’s taken forever it seems but at last Frood's second album is complete and ready for release. It was recorded in a make-do studio in Berkshire throughout 2007. Having thought it was about ready for release in Feb 2008 we sent it to the band's favourite producer, Ott (ottsonic.com). We didn’t expect a response (an opinion at best) but a very complimentary email was received that culminated in a commission to remix and help produce the work.
...and then the sun came out! Ott took the pieces, pulled them apart and re-created the tracks to sound, well you’ll hear for yourselves. He managed to squeeze 110% more energy, crispness and depth into the mixes while retaining the artists original tunes, vibe and meaning. Then he took the individual tracks and built the album, again managing to portray the mood of the piece better than we ever could. The word “genius” comes to mind, easily. When receiving a disc in the post that sounds like this, after all of the time and effort invested, you don’t want to then scrimp and save at the final hurdle. Ott was flown over from Spain, we hired him a car and he then spent a day at The Soundmasters, London to sit in on a mastering session by Kevin Metcalfe. We could list those Kevin has worked for but its far easier to say “everyone you’ve heard of”. Just when we thought the mix couldn’t get any better... www.hoopyfrood.co.uk Hotwired
Hustle & Cuss
OUR FIRST TOUR WITH SHIELD YOUR EYES AND NOPE WAS AMAZING! WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PUT US ON AND HELPED OUT AND EVERYONE WHO CAME TO THE SHOWS. OUR SECOND EP, 'FOR ALL YOU ABC-1'S OUT THERE...' IS RELEASED IN OCTOBER 2010 ONSMALL TOWN AMERICA RECORDS.WE WILL BE TOURING THE UK WITH CROOKED MOUNTAIN, CROOKED SEA TO PROMOTE THE RELEASE, SO PLEASE COME TO SEE US PLAY!
We are an electric guitar and drums two piece bracing ourselves to embark on a tour of the music industry. Hopefully some of it will be documented and released for public consumption.
Instincts of Nature
Into The Fire (Band Details Soon)
Inuit Monk have been gigging on the Berkshire scene since 2003, but after a few years hiatus return to Reading this autumn. Operating now as a slimmer acoustic 2-piece, vocalist Tom Woods and guitarist Patrick Langridge will be brandishing their unique version of acoustic rock with influences from Tool, Incubus and Biffy Clyro.
Soulful, singer songwriter, Jackie Rawe has been singing professionally since the age of 17. One of the original singers with 80's Jazz/Funk band Shakatak, Jackie has toured extensively with other artists such as: Imagination, Gary Numan, Suzi Quatro and Sheena Easton. As a session singer she has sung on records for Celine Dion, Elton John, Cher, The Streets, The honeyzs, Danni Minogue and many others and worked live with Eric Clapton, Roger Daltry, Tom Jones, Boyzone, Peter Andre and Lulu just to mention a few.
Jay Stapley JB3 After 2 years of playing to not much avail, Singer/guitarist James Bennett and Bassist Andy Blowers were getting a bit down hearted at their current state of affairs. Feeling as though the spark was yet to ignite within the band and that they knew the right drummer was out there for them, they patiently plodded along on the circuit until one wednesday evening in Bishops Stortford. The local blues club was running their 'Unbands' night, and the current line up of JB3 with their stand in drummer was booked to play. A well received set, James and Andy went outside of the main room to the stairs to socialise. A drummer named Charlie Caine approached the two members and congratulated them on a good set. The two musicians got talking and asked Charlie to come and jam at a rehearsal session to try out for the band full time. Months passed and James and Andy had heard nothing from the drummer. After beginning to lose hope, a chance message came through that Charlie was available and was interested in trying out with the band! The three met up at a local studio and ran through the tracks. It was instant! Both James and Andy knew that this was the missing link to JB3. The spark that was to ignite the flame! The next step was recording! But JB3 didn't want to just be shoved in a room and computerised! So James did a bit of research and found an analogue based studio in Bow, East London. It was perfect! All vintage recording equipment, Gizzard recording studios was booked and JB3 were ready! 4 days and 11 Songs later, JB3 had laid down their album onto Tape! JB3 is as much about the music as it is the lyrical content, they love to play live and feel most comfortable on stage! Described as the modern Jimi Hendrix Experience and a modern take on bands such as Cream, Led Zeppelin and Free, If you get a chance to see them, then DON'T miss out! It will be a gig you won't forget! http://www.myspace.com/particlesofme Jemma Willard
Jemma Willard : Lead VocalsJames Wilkinson - guitarJak Gaughan - Piano
Jemma Willard is a Singer/Songwriter from Reading, Berkshire. She started working on her debut album “Absence of an Ending” with Songwriter/Producer Ian Mathias – Baker in 2005 and in June 2008 it was released by Satellite - 9 Records on iTunes & Amazon. The album succeeds in capturing her private angst in a series of songs that are a fusion of guitar driven rock and folksy ballads. Whatever mood she's in, the results are all underpinned by an unerring musicality, and her uniquely striking turns of phrase. Since October 2008 Jemma has been collaborating with songwriter/guitarist Nick Bates to write new material to perform. Her EP "Out of Reach" will be available at gigs in September 2009. As one fan recently put it "To enjoy such quality in a local pub is surely not a frequent event. It's not easy to summarise, but there's something in her songs and voice that reminds me of Jewel, Anouk and Emiliana Torrini" www.myspace.com/jemmawillard Jessica Woods is a solo covers singer based in Wokingham, with a high energy soulful collection, as well as some subtle, gentle material. Something to suit everyone' My parents say I sang before I could talk, so It really went from there, singing in the usual school events and productions, but I've only recently began to pursue this passion. I began on a serious level by fronting a covers band, 'Jess and the babe magnets' and since then I've been eager to take to venues on my own.
Over time I've performed at weddings, holiday parks and now the pub circuit in the Reading area. As well as this, I've recently recorded some demos for Ellie Goulding herself, who is also a major inspiration of mine. My main influences are really all soul based, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Adele and Aretha Franklin. There's a lot of pop and soul in my set, however I do like to keep it low key too with more subtle material such as Pixie Lott, Ellie Goulding, Pink and Etta James. Musical Theatre has always been a huge influence my whole life, studying performing arts throughout Secondary school and at A-Level. I like to think I add a hint of this fun, cheesy style to my set. Eventually, with all the experience I've gained, I'd like to write my own songs and currently look to learn the guitar'
No Hawkers is a side project of Jon Matthews formerly of the Waltz (www.myspace.com/thewaltzband).
My concept is to take the lyrics and bit's of music I have written over the years and flesh out brand new tracks. You may also find some old classics that never made it to the setlists of the Waltz or my solo work (www.myspace.com/jonmatthewssound). So there you go, not sure how this is going to pan out or if I'll get a band together. I guess I'll see how the writing goes and we'll go from there. Cheers Jon
Josie Louise White is an aspiring singer-songwriter, actress / model Josie is inspired by a wide range of artists, from Dr Hook to Rihanna, Shania Twain to Pixie Lott and Michael Buble to Beyonce. All these artists have helped Josie with a unique and fresh sound. As well as being an acoustic artist, Josie has a thriving passion for Musical Theatre and loves going to the West End to watch her favourite shows, including Les Miserable, Legally Blond the Musical, Wicked and many more! It is one of Josie's big dreams to be part of a West End production one day... or Broadway show! Josie won her first singing competition in 2007 when she sung and performed "Im not that girl" from Wicked. Judy Vaughan
light up a stage. She flows with jazz and blues, her musical inspiration and experience coming from performing a wide range of musical genres such as Gospel, Blues,Jazz, Soul and Operetta. Judy’s first love is to perform live music; working with jazz and blues bands for some functions, performing in musical extravaganzas, musical theatre productions, pantomimes, choirs, and ensembles. Leading roles in productions of Raffles of Singapore, Showboat, Chicago, Hot Mikado and Stepping Out- The Musical brought huge but wonderful challenges of ‘music in character’.
Judy played the role of ‘Jellahay’ in the UK premiere of Raffles of Singapore last year, ‘Queenie’ in Showboat, ‘June’ in Chicago, ‘Pitti-Sing’ in Hot Mikado and ‘Rose’ in Stepping Out - The Musical.
The reviews Judy received for some of these shows were ‘… a powerful performance equal to many of the professional productions.’ ‘…. a lovely stage presence …’ and ‘This young lady had everything. I don’t think I have ever seen this part played better.’ It has been a busy time for Judy performing either as a solo artist or with a band for functions and special events around the country.
After some years grazing various musical pastures, Juicy Comets found themselves in the same room about a year ago and are ready to share the results with the world! Juicy Comets (Darren Roberts on guitar and vocals, Dan Molloy on guitar, Gavin Rolfe on Bass and Alex Pascoe on Drums) already have a headline BBC Introducing gig under there belts and are currently recording there debut EP and taking their own brand of indie/rock on the road.
With roots in Jamaica and England, Julia was born to perform. Her career started at the age of four singing perfectly pitched nursery rhymes to small audiences at family gatherings. She expanded her repertoire singing along with TV and radio advertising and by the age of ten, with no formal training, she had auditioned and secured her first stage performance in Rock Nativity with Mary Hopkins playing Mary alongside Alan Love who was Joseph.
You can hear some more of Julia's tracks on www.juliatitus.com
Ng Intermusic / Bonnier Amigo
After successfully promoting her album in Denmark Juliet returns to Britain where her family also has strong musical roots. Her great grandmother, Adelaine Rose, played piano for silent film, and her grandfather was an avid jazz musician. She has already played a series of intimate concerts in smaller venues to get a feel for and acclimatize her to the English audience, and is now getting ready to launch a full tour.
Knight of the Wands is an ode to a lionhearted lonely rider, a long lost love who seems to pervade existence to such an extent that we can’t help but to question his nature. Musically it draws from a variety of sources, Juliet’s soft-spoken voice serenading in a southwestern drawl over an Indian composition of Tablas and a guitar filtered to match the twang of sitars. Sprinkled with delicate Fender Rhodes harmonics, it freely references The Beatles psychedelic period and convincingly takes the sound into the 21 century.
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Tom Robinson (BBC Introducing)