Fri 25 Jul
The Senton Bombs- heaviosity, slippery schock rock with supercharged speedy riffs and wasted rocknroll ore to the fore. OK. The Senton Bombs are a punk rock & roll band from Blackpool signed to STP Records. The album ‘Chapter Zero’ was nominated for TBFMOnline.co.uk’s ‘Best Album of 2013′ and has received numerous glowing reviews, including 8/10 in Powerplay Guitar Lady Grey And The Earls- Indie/Alternative/Pop. Fronted female singer. From smooth and sweet to a ferocious scream voice. Fast and low tracks, loud and quiet also. Powerful voice. Well played, hard, catchy, classic rock like NY Loose. Influences The Foo Fighters, Muse, Oasis, Skunk Anansie… Good shit. Alicia Catling- Female, singer songwriter. Whimsical lyrics and very nice production values. So think Laura Marling meets Kate Nash and I Blame CoCo. Very radio friendly. Very charming. X Contract- indie rock.
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Sat 26 Jul
Kitten Pyramid-have garnered great reviews from The Guardian, Q mag, Prog mag and many more…take a Cardiacs type jaunty sound and combine it with some thoroughly Syd era Floyd whimsy and hard edged Crimson meets Tull passages , wig out Hendrix guitar, pastoral brass and a bit of Genesis too…but original…new prog! The Unfortunates- a nice blend of clattering drums and crisp guitars via swish retro keys squeeking away nicely as a geekcore Jarvis gone psych singer intones about all manner of wonderful things. Much fun. Something of Devo meets The Seeds but a bit Horrors too though far more jocular in tone. Like. Like A LOT. .Jude-Chiming guitars and a kind of Manics intensity of performance via some nigh on Mary Chain drama- actually remind a lot of Glas Vegas….that kind of ponder eyed Romanticism and epic indieness. Six Weeks Falling- Reformed alterno grunge lords outta the Midlands.
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Sun 27 Jul
Versus Ursus-stonking heavy alt rock veering towards metal but the good point here is the whacky singer. A bit Lydon-ish, a bit off the wall, does the sore throat growl, a wide eyed out of it punky yelp and generally rocks in a versatile manner…. Musically Metallica meets RATM. Ragweed-Heavy, scuzz rock/punk a bit grungy in places. Vocals sound a bit Slipknot, power bass and drums carry this. System of a Down and Tool are influences. Acts of Vengeance-Old school thrash, sounds a lot like early Metallica via Slayer in fact the singer is a deadringer for James Hetfield. Not that we are aware of his views on the shooting of bears. Naked Saint- looking- and sounding- like early ’70s boot boys who have embraced heavy counter cultural rock and long hair…sweary sludge riffing comedic hard rock with oddball lyrics…like a Zappa pisstake of Edgar Broughton or something. Rambunctiously rough but all the more likeable for that.
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Thu 31 Jul
Whos Panda-“If Led Zeppelin had kids which have been raised in the 70′s, skipped the 80′s, took a short breath in the 90′s and swimming right over to the 00′s and been growing up with these decade’s stars like Arctic Monkeys or Kings Of Leon” Batman-Gothy electro indie shades of yer more grandiose 80′s indie like Chameleons and the Closer L.p By Joy Div, but also more recent stuff likle The National and possibly James Blake. My Cock Your Problem- Bunch of  ne’erdowells in weirdoid fancy dress sounding like the more outre end of Butthole Surfers. A freeform rocknroll freakout…and as for the name….very zeitgeist right Rolf? Summers Divide- shiny happy smiley pop like Bombay Bicycle Club meets a poptastic We Are Scientists...nice techy approach.  The group hails from Jacksonville. With the release of the highly anticipated 2014 album “EXiii”, the guys have crafted a unique blend of acoustic guitar, pop electronic sounds and soft melodic vocals, to create some of their best work to date. Summers Divide recently released a single ‘BENT’ to US radio which has continued to climb the Adult Contemporary Top 40 Charts and is currently sitting at #8 above Lorde, Katy Perry and The Neighbourhood, being heard on multiple stations around the United States.Currently anticipating the release of their first international single “Heartbeat” to the UK and Europe.
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Fri 1 Aug
Big Zero- pop punk with a squeaky clean MTV vibe, they got some corking tunes. Delfred Davison- Delfred is a name. Who knew. Fantastic folk bluess perhaps in thrall to Jimmy Page‘s gentler moments plus Bert Jansch, Donovan and perhaps Jeff Buckley. Nice work for Hazy Jane type contemplation man.
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Sat 2 Aug
Raized- punky rock with a kooky n kool girlish vocal actually rendered by a geezer it seems. Stooges like schlockiness and U.S punk pop appeal blended most appositely. Joe Taylor- excellent young artist who combines reggae, soul and pop to produce a kind of Stevie Winwood (the voice) meets Sting pop rock blend- nice brass touches and grand musicianship….Giulio Tonini- loop pedalled up with a bit of JJ Cale about things in places and there’s a whiff of something more psychedelic too… West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band via Cat Stevens…particularly groovy is the trippy stuff… < Puncture The Bellows- drums n guitars, guitars have a nice fuzzed up overdriven grunge tone and the singing’s quite soulful which works well, references The White Stripes, without really sounding too much like them which is a cool trick.
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Wed 6 Aug
Darke Horse- rap rock… .taut, bitchin’ riffin’…reminds me of really early Japan (circa Adolescent Sex)- see also Princess Superstar, Electric 6,…rocknroll with funkee / street/ hiphop elements. Bloody good too. Mantango-Fired up indie rock with a Kings Of Leon-esque anthemic quality to the tunes and a rocked up Killers vibe to the tunes. Jeanneret- folkish acoustic textures and nicely naive vocal…..strange, alluring use of dialogue samples throughout. Kind of early Aztec Camera meets even earlier Del Amitri.  Confound expectations with nigh on Fripp like swanky guitar breaks….
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Thu 7 Aug
Building The Songbird- post punky/gothy treated guitars and foreboding vibes- Banshees and the like…great feel, good playing, lots of light and shade…  ends up getting more metally though there is a bit of gothique artpunk in here, the playing is adventurous prog tinged hard rock. The songs are kind of overtly epic with lots of different movements- screamy singing nails the colours to the metal mast but there’s a lot going on here. Fans of Enter Shikari  will enjoy I reckon. Benzokayn-Dark fizzy rock…like Enter Shikari gone kind of post punk and noize. Squally bee in a bottle guitars, urgent riddims, massively urgent proclaiming at the mic, Nirvana-ish choruses, Albini like layers of buzzzz and eeeeeeek. Darkbeat-Female fronted goth outfit with prowling grinding bass and a melevolent Joy Div feel..
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Fri 8 Aug
PJ
 + The Sunset Limited
 + Jimmy Edwards + New Love Engine
 + Blue Beach
PJ- Singer songwriter with sensitively honed songs chock fulla blue eyed soul appeal aplenty and some exotic tinges via West Coast chillin’…The Sunset Limited-Alternative rock a la Foo Fighters meet Queens of the Stone Age meet Incubus. Jimmy Edwards- from Sham to The Jam, Flintlock to Masterswitch, Jimmy Edwards has been the ace face all over London over 3 generations. Dream pop with some lovely glacial guitar and a vocal reminiscent of Thom York. Nice use of light and shade the heavier moments remind of Mew the more reflective nod to Radiohead. Bluebeach- perky 3 piece rock pop happening with a swish sound somewhat between The Police, The Kooks and early Razorlight.
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Sat 9 Aug
Shoshin- yes, our favourite Manc 3 piece, girl drummer, perky little tunes that are half post The Music type proggy pieces with soaring vocals and half ratty scratchy post punk affairs- but always with winning pop appeal and super skanking rhythmic intent that knocks The Police into a coked Noddy hat.. it’s a winning combo- a genuinely fresh and original sounding act this, grand stuff, beautifully hewn. Guest House Gypsies- punky pop with a gnarly vocal- a bit of that emo vibe of yore and some Blink wossname type infuences. And they give it some right welly live too. Veronica Roses- 3 piece Japanese hard rock- 2 girls and a fellah, well out and out rocknroll …a melodic rock pop affair bordering on a garagey take on metal….Bangles meet Nirvana  as if played by sassy Japanese chicks, which it is. Them Dead Beats- The White Stripes set up with a nicely gnarled vocal that’s part Iggy part Alice Cooper though it’s not that Detroity overall…see also Dr.feelgood, Howlin Wolf, The Sonics, The Clash
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Wed 13 Aug
Dronningen- Think Le Tigre but a bit harder/techier, but very much post punky post rave culture electropop de rock with shouty but melodic female vox. Very engaging, blistering stuff.
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Thu 14 Aug
The Dropper’s Neck-Their brand of alternative rock has been compared to many artists and styles of music. Combining a raw garage rock sound with elements of punk and rockabilly/psychobilly, comparisons range from 60s/70s punk pioneers The Stooges, The Cramps and Misfits through to more modern acts such as The Eighties B-Line Matchbox Disaster, Gallows and Pulled Apart By Horses.Swan Fight- An Ozzy-ish vocal atop something more wayward and lofi but still in a grungey rock setting- akin to QOTSA or a more experimental Pearl Jam- a bit of dEUS maybe.
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Fri 15 Aug
Radical Propulsion Unit- powerpop with techy bits cutting through…halfway between The Professionals (Cook n Jones post Pistols) and the rockier end of early Ultravox!…. Sounds grand …a bit like a commercialised Chrome …this hot youing act really has something.Sol Flare- Electronica two piece …quite poppy, downbeat, like the spacy techno tinged parts of St Etienne care of the female vocal here- emotive balladeering, subtle beats and nice bits of acid- can’t help thinking of Dollar doing Shooting Star many moons ago. Nice though. Animal House- this lot have it going on what with some cracking skronky cranked up guitars and a groovy shuffle beat via some nu Noddy Holder rasping vox and chiming hi life interplay. The influences are clearly Strokes, Libs, Kooks et al but this has so much guts and those wonderful howling refrains…spunky as fuck… debut single, ‘Sour’(uploaded to soundcloud) perfectly showcases their no frills garage rock’n'roll and one of them is named Grizzly which can’t be bad…Heel- brassy girl fronts equally brassy and frantic tough edged indie rock…..andthey do have some good tunes ‘Stranger’ is particularly good- like a rousing new take on Darling Buds type 1980s punk pop a la chick… see also  
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Sat 16 Aug
New Valley Wolves
 + King The Kid
 + (Oxjam Show) + Moriaty
 + Wychhound
New Valley Wolves- Sounding like post Cult hair rock group veering towards metal, on closer inspection this is more a Black Keys style duo from Dublin with a frantic hard rock approach to nu blues. Good stuff played with much much passion. King The Kid- California’s foremost slumber party crashing cute as a boot pop rock trio do the Oxjam thang. Moriaty- White Stripes, with a Led Zep undertow via something a bit blusier, not black keys maybe grand funk railroad, blue cheer or summit, sounds a bit like a heavier version of pop levi in places
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Sun 17 Aug
November 7Swiss metallers with superb female vocals and high drama rocknroll with a tight, techy edge. Grace Solero- picture PJ Harvey getting rocknroll fury and blonde ambition with major grunge lunging and post Hole righteous raucous rocking out. The lovely Ms Solero and her equally lovely punking perfecto band make a right royal noise embracing elements of Smashing Pumpkins and Screaming Trees too…fab…My Never Time- stonking alt rock with clipped little riffs and a melodic lilt. Violet Cities- emoting love lorned romantics pleasing lush rock/ pop in the modern epic style.
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Thu 21 Aug
Evyltide- London female-fronted metallers, Evyltyde are a female-fronted British metal band who bring the sound of traditional, classic metal into the modern age with a mix of killer riffs, searing power chords and melodic vocals! “Killer” is the follow-up to Evyltyde’s debut single “Fight To Be Free” (release December 2013) which has since reached over 1,000 views on YouTube. Skam- Old school bluesey hard rock a-la Nazereth, but with a turbo-charged modern approach reminiscent of Velvet Revolver, good stuff, melodic and rockin’ with some hooky. Daxx & Roxane- our fave rave Canadian hard rockin’ pop metallurgists. Temple Velocity- Alt rock with a soupcon of grunge but there’s also a wistful psychedelic vibe and insistent pop hooks, good stuff, snappy production too.
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Fri 22 Aug
Nome And The Natives- Layered reverbed vocals and FX with a moody nay trippy realisation. Sort of in the Clanaad muso Romantic soul sense but then the songs pump along and it’s part Kate Bush, part Blondie, part Fleetwood Mac…plus tropicalia guitars! The female voice is definitely a bit La Harry a bit La Nicks but mainly Patti Smith-esque…neat Young Jude- scratchy guitars fall away as a fey yet sonorous male vocal rides the riddim.. raw six string work with a blend of Arctic Monkeys, Foals and something a tad more more mainstream…they can rock out well for sure. Carthade-Piano driven emotive alt pop, the piano led tunes nod to Keane, but there’s a bit more to this than mere keane copyists. Impressively pure voice and big anthemic hooks. Robert Carey- experimentally hinged, nit to say a bit unhinged electronica meets noise rock with deep and dark nuances. Fans of Nine Inch Nails may wellgo for this. ..
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Sat 23 Aug
The Little Villains – Were doing the rounds from 2006-2008. Book early coz this is a one of reunion gig for the formerly much fancied indie punk/ska/pop outfit who used to gig regularly at venues like Nambucca, Filthy McNasties Water Rats etc..will no doubt whip up a sentimental storm! Good old fashioned Libertines inspired mid 00′s indie. Almanacs- a raw riffing garagey style, could be compared to Kings Of Leon in places, but also references ’60′s garage, without sounding like anyone in particular, rousing sing along choruses. All played with plenty of conviction.
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Wed 27 Aug
tbc + Juke
 + Gangs
Juke- A surprisingly mature and accomplished sound for a band so young and a pretty unique sound at that. It’s a bit like the more reflective side of Squeeze through an Americana Lens or later post Attractions Elvis Costello..good shit. Gangs- mod/Britpop/powerpop type fare…they moodily stroll along a beach as their early Who meets Secret Affair via Oasis concoction chimes around and about most groovily. From Dublin...Are they singing ‘Big Billy Bollocks are bringing me down’ or do I need my ears syringing? Not half.
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Thu 28 Aug
Dear Brother-soft focus guitar pop reminiscent of The Smiths at their lightest, Trembling Blue Stars or even Belle and Sebastian, if the latter had been rendered a bit eery and mysterious- like the ghostly keys. Nice. Good songs too. Interesting.The Seniors-Indie folk with a manc accent, bit more to this than most in this rather over-subscribed genre, really effective orchestration and arrangements. Vocals are pretty unique tunes up-tempo with darker undercurrants, bit like The Coral when they started and there’s a whiff of Last Of The Shadow Puppets to Midnight Birds-Life affirming melodic pop in a bedrock of indie guitar rock, pretty melodies and tunes are short n sweet. Olos- .Plan B in as much as here be some magnificent moody sounds with moody raps, but there’s an over arching pop sensibility too.
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Fri 29 Aug
The Dark Rays-a new take on the drum and guitar duo, sounding like a stripped down Doobie Bros thru Mark Lanegan like louche Americana noir. The Strates-trio featuring a singing drummer, sounds a bit like late 60′s brit psych like The Creation via something a little more garagey,The Bay-A high octane mix of White Stripes, Band of Skulls and the punkier side of Nirvana.
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Sat 30 Aug
The Deans- Soulful rootsy Americana possibly inspired by The Band, their a 3 piece but they totally manage to carry it off what with the wonderful harmonies, good melodies and intelligent, deep songcraft. Should be mega you’d imagine... Sam C Harris- Male singer songwriter,mostly acoustic but also some adventurous band based material we’re mad for. A bit Kieran Leonard with a touch of Frank Turner. Quite angsty a la Buckley. Nifty vocals.
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Sun 31 Aug
Syphor- Irish death/thrash band with malevolence agogo in the vibes, crisp, simple and effective drumming (not the usual metal style which is nice), a croaky elfin growl for a vocal and some widdly bits where required.i.e not too often..excellent. Sinate- Sinate are a New Zealand Death/Thrash metal band. Signed to MGS records. They were last over in Europe in 2012 on tour with Immolation and Marduk. Legion Of Wolves- Irish death metal fiends.
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Fri 5 Sep
George Timothy-Gently undulating folk rendered very prettily on guitar and piano, some nice Simon and Garfunkle-esque harmonies, easy on the ear and an impressively pure voice.The Flying Aces-A covers band with a differance in that they play in a pretty authentic early rock n roll stylee with some fine Jerry Lee piano bashing. In fact you can well imagine the fledgling beatles sounding a bit like this in Hamburtg, has that vibe Matthew Loughlin & The Shipbuilders- indie folk pop troubadour with enjoyably clattering band playing somewhere between The Horrors and The Kinks- strange place to be? Well yeah bit this is lively, enjoyable stuff and actually highly original.Chris Welburn- singer songer from Hull witha Hammel On Trial meets Frank Turner eccentric folk pop vibe. Puts a lot in to it for sure. So the urgency of the performance is very impressive and you get some interesting lyrics.
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Fri 12 Sep
Kiwi- It’s a soul diva scenario with an uber dramatic impressive voice somewhere between Bjork and Lana Del Ray. Very promising… Gold Wolf- Taking the singer songwriter stance and turning it on it’s head care of some neatly chiselled indie rocknroll that really works. Elements of all sorts from McCartney to The Verve to Pavement gone acoustic. Radar-Indie rock with a shoegazing touch in the vox. Think Morrisey fronting Kasabian or The Killers or something. There are some strong synthpop influences too, Depeche Mode springs to mind, as does Gary Numan. The Navajo-The Navajo’s sound draws on the music of old America, veering from epic soundscapes to rootsy Blues. The band’s influences are broad, but include The Doors, The Black Keys, Johnny Cash, the White Stripes and countless movies
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Fri 19 Sep
Duchess- Queen channelled comedically by psyched out rockers..has to be seen to be believed. But main thing to remember s they rock like muthas. Ben McKelvey- pleasingly raw toned indie pop with a bright Wedding Present meets something like The Rifles up for it energy and positivity…good.
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Sat 20 Sep
Eyelid Movies- fabyoung band who barely look old enough for the Oceansize meets King Crimson heaviosity of their amazeballs music, but they are- and anyway they confound you by spinning a punk rock motif here, a psychedelic pop passage there, a grunge riddled blues attack over yonder. Should be the shape of things to come all being equal. Fantastic. The Moscow Trip- ’Imagine a 1950s funk band that recently returned from a trip to Moscow and who were heavily influenced by the compositions of Borodin and Shostakovich.’  Hmmm..ok..so yeah with a butch/macho Red Army Choir vocal and some techy funk backdrops this is odd but utterly alluring. Some whacked out Madness/Blockheads elements and even a touch of rockabilly…good god they’re mental…need encouraging then… Aleatronic- ’90s ravey rock crossover, lots of nicely squelching, whirring synths and steady 4 to the floor backbeats as seen at a rave in Dalston in 1990…so…now seen at an over priced pretentious bar in Dalston I suppose. Still, sounds very, very good. No vocals it seems- an organic electronica- motorik as they say so plenty of Can..joined onstage tonite by former Add N To X and Chicks On Speed’s Anne Shenton no less.
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Fri 26 Sep
Snorkel
 + All The Wrong Reasons
 + The Beautiful Game + Resmessa
Snorkel- trippy groove based jazzbo gear as beloved by Gilles Peterson. All The Wrong Reasons- Swedish reggae and heavy funk infused hip hop, big ol dubby basslines too, good stuff doesnt really sound like anyone particularly which is cool but more Brit-hop than anything else, Dub Pistols could be a reference. The Beautiful Game- Classic attitude to the fore Brit indoe rock with a bit of a Rifles cum Roses motif.
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Fri 3 Oct
Mayflower- Spritely indie rocking youth with skipping drums and razor sharp guitars via some interesting changes and a very impassioned vocal recalling Weller via Marriott...and here comes a blistering guitar solo. Good band.  The Limerence- emotive electro-acoustic pop with a nod to U2, only a nod mind you, something darker and more rocknroll at work here…formerly The Long Haul. D.M.O- Atmospheric 80′s inspired electro pop from the dark side. Depeche Mode type stuff. A little Tubeway Army in places. Some pretty authentic 80′s synth action and real strong tunes. From Basildon too!
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Wed 22 Oct
John Peel Always Missed Never The Same
 + The Nightingales
John Peel Always Missed Never The Same……The Nightingales- The legendary post punk Country n Midlands fronted by Robert Lloyd have just produced ‘For Fuck’s Sake’ a vinyl only LP youi can buy at gigs only. Let’s hope they’ve had some more pressed up for this John Peel Tribute Show…lots more sparkling talent TBA…
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Sat 22 Nov
Alternative TV
 + A Body Of People
Alternative TV- Punk rock originator and original, Mark Perry saw through the Kings’ Rd bullshit side of ’76/’77 very early doors and forewent Sniffin’ Glue and The Roxy for free form expressionism and freak outs in fields with the likes of The Fall and Here And Now…side stepping back into 4 decades of always interesting, grizzled, intelligent rocknroll,  ATV has always been Mark P’s voice for a people’s dialectic…a must see night out, it’s been 10 years or more since we last hosted ATV and with the glory of ‘Action, Time, Vision’ ringing ever clarion like in our ears we say goodnight and God Bless….A Body Of People- excellent blend of rousing alt folk, shiversome piratical psych and melodic, inclusive punk rocknroll..wunnerful work.
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