Archive for May, 2014

Allman Brown: “Ancient Light” EP release + launch party at The Social

We’re excited to say that Allman Brown will be releasing a new 4-track EP, entitled “Ancient Light”, on Monday 16 June via Akira Records. This is his first new music since last September’s “Sons And Daughters” EP (also on Akira), the lead track of which has accrued over 210,000 Spotify plays at the time of writing.

Allman will be launching “Ancient Light” with a special live performance at London’s Social on Wednesday 18 June. Support on the evening will come from Sophie Jamieson (who sings with Allman on new EP track “Fields Of England”) and Robyn Sherwell. Tickets are £5 in advance and are available here. Let us know if you’re coming by RSVP’ing to the event on Facebook.

Introducing: CHILDCARE

Whilst not quite Jared Leto in 30 Seconds To Mars, Keanu Reeves in Dogstar or Ryan Gosling in Dead Man’s Bones, Londoner “Ed Cares” has created a small buzz with his new band CHILDCARE by being “that guy off Take Me Out”. Indeed, Cares took the plunge and went on the show earlier this year, landing an illustrious date at Fernando’s in the process. Latterly, we learned this proved to be ultimately unsuccessful, but during his initial sales pitch, he revealed he was a nanny by trade who also played in a rock band.

CHILDCARE (no prizes for guessing where the name comes from) have since launched their recording and gigging career – they’re now two songs in, and also have a sweaty and packed-out debut show at London’s Social under their belts. Their most recent track “Gotta Wait” is their first original one (following on from a Blondie cover), and is quite the statement of intent. Racing out of the traps like many great indie rock songs do, it channels the spirit of Graham Coxon’s “Freakin’ Out” and The Strokes’ “Take It Or Leave It” with its raw energy and powerful hook (“Leave your light on” pleads Cares, emphatically) before it gallops along to its frantic and exciting conclusion.

Live, Cares comes across as something of an Iggy Pop like figure, spandex clad, bare chested and completely restless, making for quite an all round spectacle. While this cocktail may not be to everyone’s taste, it’s certainly fun, and will potentially connect with a youthful audience who enjoy their rock pop-tinged and radio-friendly. Having already acquired the patronage of the chart-conquering Bastille, this road is one that seems very open to them.

If you’d like to see how this how hangs together, the band play at The Islington tomorrow night (15 May). “Gotta Wait” is released as a free download on Monday 26 May.

Introducing: Brunch

Stumbling across a band the old fashioned way, in an off-the-beaten-track pub back room, is a rare thing these days with everything quickly judged as soon as it surfaces online. Refreshingly, it’s still possible to do this – and when the band are as good as Brunch, it makes it all the more exciting. This very new London group played at Denmark Hill’s Joiners Arms last night, and despite the makeshift set up available to them (a shoe-boxed sized stage with no monitors), really gave a sterling account of themselves.

A traditional rock group in the lead vocal, two guitars, bass and drums / plug and play sense, they trade in a brand of hearty, song-centred, hook-filled indie, heavily influenced by the lauded American exponents of the genre: Pavement, Built To Spill and Weezer. On some songs, there were even elements of early 00s New York City indie rock; Interpol and the sadly forgotten stellastarr* – displaying a promising versatility to their sound.

Not a hell of a lot is known about Brunch just now; although their one excellent song online, “Trussed Yew”, has caught people’s attention already with its anthemic qualities and ear worm of a guitar line – it’s had spins on BBC London, BBC 6Music and Amazing Radio, the latter declaring the track as a “Record Of The Week” last month (you can listen to an interview with them on the station here).

Whether or not they can make some kind of wider breakthrough remains to be seen, although with more songs where this came from, they’ll certainly be knocking on the door of any supposed UK guitar rock revival.

Introducing: Ezra Vine

The problem with really great songs is that eventually, they get derided by sections of the public for becoming ubiquitous and inescapable. A victim of their own pop nous, the sheen is perceived to have been removed; worn down by constant radio rotation and drunken festival singalongs. This is rarely the artist’s fault, of course, their only crime being the composing of some lyrics and music that connect with people en masse. In any case, they’re probably not complaining.

This context is important though when talking about Antipodean (Auckland/Sydney based) newcomer Ezra Vine. With his track “Celeste” (the only one available online currently), there’s a feeling that he has the potential to join the illustrious ranks of artists who reap the consequences of having written a breakthrough song.

Taking the best parts of bands like The Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes and Of Monsters And Men, Vine has created something that comes across like Empire Of The Sun or Vance Joy at their potent best. A heady mix, of course, and the track itself buzzes along with a rich enthusiasm and vibrancy, aided by some rigid, floor-tom heavy percussion, hand-claps and some memorable harmonies. It screams summer and everything one associates with this golden season, and clocking in at just over three-and-a-half minutes, its journey to tastemaker radio playlists everywhere seems preordained.

Vine is currently in the UK, primed to play a series of festivals, including Live At Leeds tomorrow (19:00 at The Wardrobe) at The Great Escape in Brighton next Friday 9th (15:15 at The Spiegel Tent and 20:30 at The Festival Hub Stage). If you’re at either gathering, head on down to witness the early stages of someone we’re highly likely to be hearing plenty more of over the next year or so.

Introducing: Eliza Shaddad

We first came across London based singer-songwriter Eliza Shaddad at an acoustic night in a Shoreditch basement in early 2013. Despite the slightly incongruous setting, it was clear from the charm and charisma in her performance that she was onto something. Fast forward a year and a bit, and a lot has happened – no doubt much writing, recording, as well as success with the chart-topping Clean Bandit, whose forthcoming debut album she features on as a vocalist. One manifestation of this additional life experience comes in the form of a sparkling new EP, entitled “Waters”.

The title track, released online yesterday, displays an unwavering confidence, a deadly focused delivery, and crucially, a very strong understanding of what makes for a captivating pop song – all particularly notable given the still very formative stage of her solo career. Aided by the production of Chris Bond (Ben Howard), the brooding verses coupled with a searing hook really demands the listener’s attention.

As far as where Shadadd sits in the current field of first name-second names, on this evidence she’s up there with the frontrunners: RHODES (who she’s supported recently), Annie Eve and Sophie Jamieson. Perhaps, she’s the UK’s answer to the much lauded Brooklyn-based, Jagjaguwar-signed songstress Sharon Van Etten, someone who’s also forging a career through the medium of organic, no-nonsense, heart-on-sleeve songs delivered with panache.

The “Waters” EP is out on Beatnik Creative on 16 June (pre-order here). For those attending next week’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton, fortuitously, you’ll be able to catch Eliza performing a live set on our stage at Latest Music Bar on Saturday 10 May, from 10:45pm.

Past LFC performance

MUMFORD AND SONS // OLD BLUE LAST // 24 OCT 2007