Time flies when you’re having…
+ Boy Azooga + Dan Stock
Wednesday 1st November
Halifax’s fast rising The Orielles have announced details of a run of headline shows in November of this year. The band also have a hectic summer planned with a number of festival slots including appearances at Green Man, Sea Change, Port Eliot and Truck.
The band, made up of sisters Sidonie B and Esmé Dee Hand Halford and their best friend Henry Carlyle Wade, still aged only 21, 18 & 17 respectively, released their debut single Sugar Tastes Like Salt earlier this year on Heavenly Recordings to much acclaim. The eight-minute plus burst of spatial-funk that in part recalled both ESG and fellow north-west pioneers A Certain Ratio, was produced by Marta Salogni, one of the most exciting young producers in the UK right now.
Sunday 5th November
Thomas Truax (pronounced troo-aks) travels the world singing into a contraption he invented called ‘The Hornicator’. Constructed on the shell of a junk gramophone horn it resembles something that might have been dreamt up by Dr. Seuss. He taps out live rhythm loops, plucks assorted strings, springs and attached noisemakers, building a backdrop of layered hypnotic sounds on top of which come some of the most striking stories about clones, butterflies, dogs, technology, loneliness, and other beautiful and sad things. Splendid magazine called him “one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you’ve never heard of…an exceptional talent, unique and resistant to comparison, yet fairly accessible even to casual listeners.”
+ Smith Farm Blue
Tuesday 7th November
Ut, the legendary No Wave band announce a one-off performance in London at The Lexington on Tuesday, November 7, to celebrate the first release of their remastered back catalogue. The Ut EP and Confidential 12 ” vinyl and CD will be released on November 10 by Out Records with Forte Distribution.
Thursday 9th November
Forming in Leeds in early 2013, Autobahn blew audiences across the North away with one of the most intense and visceral live shows in recent years. Encapsulating the landscape of their Yorkshire home, their sound soars from the harsh post-industrial concrete of the city right through to the endless Pennine expanses on its periphery. Following the release of two self-titled EPs, AUTOBAHN released their debut album, Dissemble, on August 2015 via Tough Love (recorded with Matt Peel). The band built their own studio in Leeds to record their second album ‘The Moral Crossing’ which will be released on November 3rd. 2017.
Friday 10th December
Saturday 11th November
+ Lois + Kicking Giant + Kites at Night
+ Allessandro Ciminata
Tuesday 14th November
“Uproariously inventive music” Clash Magazine.
Alt Pop music from former 6 Day Riot frontwoman Tamara Schlesinger.
+ Feral Five + You the Living
Wednesday 15th November
Hailing from Taiwan, Joanna weaves bits of old fairy tales and Americana with pop and video game soundtrack influences into whimsical and irreverent tunes.
Friday 17th November
Tuesday 21st November
Koen Van De Wardt records ethereal, oft-hushed but forever gripping synth-anchored music under the moniker Klangstof that’s a collage of supremely genteel yet haunting vocals, sleek melodies and experimental beats and rhythms.
“‘Hostage’ by Klangstof sounds like the more shimmering moments of pre-bloopy Radiohead, if they had aligned themselves with the production tendencies of Abel Tesfaye and the soaring beauty of all those Sigor Ros moments that make nature programmes so atmospheric.” NME MATT WILKINSON
+ The Anatomy of Frank
Wednesday 22nd November
HAWK combine an abrasive edge with celestial vocals, to create a driving, expansive sound, with activism at its core.
HAWK have been compared to Warpaint and The Cranberries with hints of Slow Dive and Radiohead. Their music covers subjects like inequality, exclusion, gender-preconceptions and generalisations faced by different social groups every day. Their acute social awareness is a trait that the band hold dear conveying their message with beauty and grace, with triggering, dreamlike soundscapes to mirror the inequalities they witness in everyday life.
HAWK formed in London in 2014, where they formed their label, Veta Records. The band relocated to Berlin in 2016 where they are still friends after a winter living under one roof.
Amongst the band’s supporters are Noisey, Stereogum, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and Amazing Radio, who have all commented on HAWK’s dynamic sound and compelling subject matters.
St Leonard’s Horses
+ Weird Milk + Triggrd
Thursday 23rd November
Signing his record deal with XMR on William Blake’s grave, it’s fair to say Saint Leonard’s Horses is an enigma. Having played with the likes of Billy Bragg, Beck, Bob Dylan, Father John Misty and Ryan Adams, he’s also recorded his debut album Good Luck Everybody within Stanley Kubrick’s estate, having written songs inspired by retreats into the Mojave Desert, a cabin in Nashville and a gothic church on the Yorkshire moors. Leonard himself has plenty of experiences to relay to everybody, as he invites them into his world whether at cinematic live shows or through the aural jigsaw of his album.
Saturday 25th November
+ Mega Emotion + Deerful
Sunday 26th November
Mammoth Penguins bring their new album “John Doe” to London, which tells the story of the people who were close to a man who has faked his own death, only to return years later.
Mammoth Penguins formed in Cambridge in 2013. They released their debut album Hide & Seek in 2015 on the late great Fortuna Pop! label, putting them in the excellent company of bands such as Martha, Comet Gain and Chorusgirl. After playing shows across the U.K. and Germany, and a live session for Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music radio show, the band hatched a plan to work with other musicians on a side project. This side project became the John Doe album
Sleep Party People
Monday 27th November
For the last 2 and a half years Sleep Party People has been touring all over Europe and Asia in support of their last album. The countless live shows has inspired Sleep Party People to focus on a more organic sound than before including the live band in the recordings.
In the summer 2017 Sleep Party People will return with new music. The new album ‘Lingering’ will be out through Joyful Noise Recordings. Releasing albums in 2010, 2012 and 2014 Sleep Party People has gained attention of fans worldwide with 80.000 followers on Facebook. Two different versions of the song “I’m Not Human at All” has reached more than 6 million views combined. Having previously mainly toured in Europe and Asia 2017 marks the year where Sleep Party People will give increased focus to the many fans in USA, Mexico and South America.
Sleep Party People is the brainchild of Brian Batz, a Danish multi-instrumentalist with a boundless imagination.
“As a sonic architect, Batz proves to be something close to a Genius … Wonderful” – The Sunday Times.
Taking as inspiration the work of Boards Of Canada, David Lynch and Erik Satie, Batz found the sound of the old battered piano in his apartment, coupled with a freaky electronic alteration of his recorded voice, created an eerie, hypnotic sound often labeled as Dream Pop.
Tuesday 28th November
As far as formation myths go, Childcare’s probably takes the biscuit. Ringleader Ed Cares works as a nanny for his day job, and airings of potential material – by way of humming a few melodies – caught the attention of some of the kids he cares for, and they encouraged him to start a band. To quote one early reviewer (Josh, aged eight) “you’re probably my second favourite artist after Katy Perry.”
With a new EP, ‘Made Simple’ out now, ‘Dust’ is an angular first taste; a bleakly witty take on seizing the day. Do whatever you like, is the basic gist, cos “soon we’ll all be dust”. There you go, then. (El Hunt) – DIY MAG
Mariam The Believer
+ Nadine Khouri
Wednesday 29th November
Best known as one half of the critically acclaimed Scandinavian pop duo Wildbirds And Peacedrums, Mariam Wallentin has been re-born as Mariam The Believer, an introspective and melancholic creation of forceful pop that characterises Mariam’s vision of hope, of light at the end of a tunnel.
Ja Ja Ja & Rockfeedback Present
Nelson Can + Albert Af Ekenstam + Hajk
Thursday 30th November
NELSON CAN | DENMARK
Nelson Can started out as a lie – there was no band – it was just a dream. ‘We just really wanted to tell people that we had a band, and so we did. Now we actually have a band and it is just as amazing as we had imagined it would be.’ Nelson Can operate with several dogmas and a very noticeable one is that the band use no guitars. Their sound is original and “to-the-bone” simple, inspired by acts like The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The set-up with only drums and bass creates the perfect framework for the simple, yet very powerful melodic dogma rock sound.
ALBERT AF EKENSTAM | SWEDEN
Like, say, Elliot Smith (rest in peace) and Damien Jurado, Albert is a very brave and straightforward singer- songwriter. His melodies and lyrics are like uncensored and infinitely beautiful letters – without euphemisms and false chords they let you know what’s on his mind. At the same time they’re universal – if you’ve loved and lost you can relate to them. They also start your internal movie projector. With “Ashes” on the stereo and with eyes closed memory fragments, glowing emotions and pure dreams fly through your soul. That Filip’s production (which you’ve heard on Anna von Hausswolff’s two latest albums) is both intimate and grand at the same time makes this personal cinematic experience even more sensational.
HAJK | NORWAY
Hajk’s first song, «Common Sense», was listed by Norwegian radio stations almost before the band got of our their rehearsal space, and the album «Magazine», which was released in early autumn 2017, got a great reception by international media. In the US, «Noisey» picked up the single straight away, and this blazed the trail for the band over there. In England, «Indie Shuffle» was quick off the mark. Sweden also liked Hajk’s consistent pop music, and «Svenska Dagbladet» called «Magazine» one of the best, new songs that autumn. The bands debut album has gotten great reviews in Scandinavia, Germany, UK, US and beyond. The band are influenced by artists like Dirty Projectors, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Amason, but still they stand firmly on their own feet, with an original sound that also challenges the genre they belong to.