DJANGO DJANGO play a special Friday night late-finish show in December.
DJANGO DJANGO play a special Friday night late-finish show in December.
We are pleased to announce that James Yorkston will be playing a special intimate Christmas show at the Shacklewell Arms this December.
Resident of the East Neuk of Fife, James Yorkston has been releasing a series of much acclaimed albums since 2001 and has toured the UK, North America and Europe for the last ten years, building a loyal and dedicated following. A popular figure in the contemporary music world and integral member of the much lauded Fence Collective, his style shows a mastery of folk traditions, often drawing on traditional songs, which has seen him collaborate with such heritage artists as the Waterson family, Martin Carthy and Bert Jansch. James
We are pleased to announce that Eaux (fresh off the Django Django autumn tour) will play the Shacklewell Arms this December.
The xx have announced Night + Day, a series of events in Berlin, Lisbon and London. More information here www.thexx.info/nightandday
The xx play O2 Brixton Academy in December in celebration of the release of their new album, Coexist.
Introducing Liverpool’s hotly-tipped psych-folk darlings … STEALING SHEEP.
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What’s in the water up on Merseyside? It’s as if there’s an endless source of almost psychedelic otherness running deep beneath the place. It’s a source that’s bubbled up as the rumblings grew from the Cavern Club and it’s there washing up against the feet of Antony Gormley’s Crosby Beach installation. It’s there in the music of everyone from the La’s to Ladytron; an off-kilter wonder that sets the place and its art apart from the rest of the country.
Stealing Sheep are very much a group channelling that source. You could hear it in their first recordings, released collectively as the Noah & The Paper Moon e.p. And its there flowing throughout their as-yet-untitled debut album proper which is due for release in a few months. A collection of songs that don’t so much defy genres as gleefully hand pick the most mellifluous elements of everything from voodoo folk, DIY pop, post punk and analogue electronica and stitch them together into a glorious harmonic whole.
Stealing Sheep’s story began in a café above a shop in the heart of Liverpool during the summer of 2010. After Becky Hawley, Emily Lansley and Lucy Mercer bonded over their disparate influences, they decided to see whether they could forge something unique by combining them.
Rebecca “I’d moved to Liverpool to study music and I winded up working in a little shop on Lark Lane. Emily and Lucy worked in the café above the shop. We discovered that we all played complimentary instruments and we decided to see whether it worked as a band. The three of us each like very different styles of music. I remember Emily had a lot of ’70s guitar music and a lot of Krautrock. where the psychedelic influences come from. Lucy was playing in a few gypsy folk bands at that time — she likes freak folk as well as a lot of marching band stuff. I brought in a lot of electronica. Those influences are reflected in the instruments we chose and the way that we play them.”
Within days of announcing themselves via a couple of songs and a picture stuck on a webpage, Stealing Sheep had booked themselves a trial-by-fire tour of the UK. As the gigs came in, the trio kept on producing songs. It’s part of Stealing Sheep’s errant charm that Rebecca, Emily and Lucy each contribute separate songs to the group.
The band’s first single, The Mountain Dogs, was released in February 2011 on Manchester’s Red Deer Club label. Part Appalachian folk stomp/part Raincoats-esque lo-fi rumble, the track was a perfect calling card, picking up airplay and gushing plaudits from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, Marc Riley and Rob da Bank. Tracks from another EP which came out on Idle Fret were collected together by Heavenly Recordings for the Noah and the Paper Moon, a record subsequently described by the Sunday Times as “capturing everything that is so wonderful about them: dovetailing harmonies, sepulchral lo-fi soundscapes and lyrical alchemy”.
Working at a positively feverish pace Stealing Sheep’s debut album is now almost complete and will be released in the summer. In the meantime Stealing Sheep have a busy schedule of live dates. Currently on tour with Heavenly labelmates Sea Of Bees the band will play be playing headline shows in June as well as numerous UK festivals like the Camden Crawl, Port Elliot, Standon Calling and Green Man.
PLUS SUPPORT FROM TEMPLES
French-by-way-of-Pontefract chanteuse Amelia Rivas met Christian Pinchbeck back in May 2010, since when they’ve been quietly creating some hauntingly fragile songs with a sense of mystery and history that belies their teenage years.
Praise for Stealing Sheep…
“Full of cunning harmonies and counter intuitive twists” — Uncut
“Wonderful psych-folk from Liverpool’s lovely ladies” — Rob da Bank / Radio 1
“Beautiful. They have a bewitching quality. The harmonies are great” — John Kennedy / XFM
“60’s psychedelia with an undeniably sweet and modern twist” — Loud & Quiet
Over the past 12 months, Croydon based Amusement have undergone a metamorphosis of sorts. Initially a bedroom production duo, they’ve grown into a fully formed live band – backed by the likes of Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank, NME, XLR8R, RCRD LBL, Noisey, Abeano, The Line Of Best Fit, This Is Fake DIY & many more.
Recent months have seen the band become a full blown tour de force, packing out venues across the capital as well as putting on their own ‘Amusement & friends’ shows with past guests including Deptford Goth, Mafia Lights, All We Are and Stealing Sheep.Now they throw their last party of 2012 at The Waiting Room, joined by some very Special Guests to be announced very soon.
Tickets FREE from
We are pleased to announce that Local Natives return this December for an intimate show at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen.
The amazing FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE has added a second date at London’s O2 Arena.
New album CEREMONIALS is out now. More info on Florence’s site, including the brilliant new video for Say My Name http://www.florenceandthemachine.net/video
Support from HAIM
With the release of their second album, Chew Lips have achieved an impossible dream. The as yet untitled follow up album is a whip-smart pop record, bold and sassy, bursting with sharp melodies and huge choruses. It is how pop music should sound in 2012; it is never formulaic or sterile. Chew Lips’ realize their vision for their take on ‘classic future pop’.
“Having been locked down for such a long time we are really eager to see what people think of this record!”
Chew Lips have delivered their vision – this is classic future pop.
Ultraίsta, the multimedia trio comprised of vocalist/artist Laura Bettinson and multi-instrumentalist/producers Nigel Godrich (RADIOHEAD) and Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M, Smashing Pumpkins, Elliot Smith) play Relay to celebrate the release of their self-titled debut album on November 5th through I Am Fortified.
Founded in London in 2011 on a mutual love of Afrobeat, electronic and dance music, visual art and tequila, Ultraísta has created 10 tracks of exquisitely crafted electronic kraut-pop for this phenomenal first outing.
Danish punks ICEAGE play Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.
Formed while at school in Copenhagen aged only 12, ICEAGE mix punk, post-punk, goth and hardcore as if they invented it. Now still only in their late teens, they released their debut album ‘New Brigade’ last year. Their shows are notoriously physical, sometimes aggressive, often destructive and always fun. You may get pushed around but you’ll have great time.
Expect riotousness: http://iceagecopenhagen.blogspot.co.uk/
Following the release of their critically-acclaimed fourth album Radlands, the boys from Eel Pie Island return to London.
London duo Pandr Eyez, AKA Tom Lloyd and Ferren Gipson are the epitome of time and location, whose unique take on hip hop, pop and soul could only have come from soaking up the sounds from a melting pot like our capital. Indeed, music history is littered with exquisite examples of UK adoptees that find that certain something nestling in the cracks and crevices of their new homeland. Neneh Cherry anyone?
Arriving in London from Denver, Colorado, sublime vocalist Ferren met producer Tom while studying in the city. The pair bonded over their shared love for classic hip hop and pop. Realising Tom enjoyed getting his hands dirty with an MPC, Ferren admitted to being partial to the odd hairbrush moment. An understatement because boy, she’s got pipes. With a range that rivals any R&B star, her vocals are simply astonishing.
The pair have concocted two of the bubbliest and freshest tunes of 2012. ‘Again and Again’ is an addictive, body-rockin’ street corner jam, but ‘Physical Education’ is the jaw-dropper. With Ferren’s streetwise and sassy Roxanne Shante-isms, this is a major tune. Her voice soars across Tom’s impressive production, with multi-layers of percussion with a pulsing, neon-synth glow. It also happens to have one of the best one liners of the year too, where she playfully teases the words, “I like my rings real icy / boys dressed nicely / if you play it right / then I might let you wife me.” Cheeky and fiery brilliance.
PANDR EYEZ announce a brand new single ‘Physical Education’ to be released via Double Denim on 12 November. A free download of the track ‘Again & Again’ is available now, here.