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Holden are one of the best new bands we’ve come across recently, amongst the plethora of new artists we as a club night / label get sent, come across or hear about via word of mouth – regular readers of this blog will be aware of that fact due to the feature we ran on them a couple of weeks back.
Their throwback, upbeat folk ‘n’ roll has really struck a cord with us, as has their penchant for solid, old-fashioned songwriting with memorable hooks. It’s something that’s often overlooked these days, and we’re not totally sure why.
Their sound certainly compliments that of Scoundrels or Ice Black Birds (all hark back to a bygone era where synthesisers and drum machines were something used in sci-fi movies, rather than on-stage) which is why we’ve brought them all together on the same bill on Wednesday 26 January at Catch. It’s a lineup, we imagine, that patrons of Woodstock might have been proud of. Come on down and get retro with us.
Location: London, UK (via Dalkeith, UK)
Lineup: Jedd Holden (Vocals, Guitar) Anthony Holden (Lead Guitar), Dan Coffey (Bass), Kris Lousley (Drums)
Previous LFC appearances: 0
Blog love: “They are a band that are sure to be going places” (The Undercurrent)
LFC 4th Birthday show details: Catch, 26 Jan, on-stage 8.45pm RSVP TICKETS
Who are you?
We’re a four piece band with a love of folk, rock and the underdog with roots in Edinburgh and London.
What were your highlights of 2010?
Completing our lineup in June, going in into the studio and seeing our beardy muggs playing on TV. Also our first homecoming gig in Edinburgh since moving down to London. It was for a mini festival called ‘Born to be Wide’, and the venue was full of family and old friends. Being sponsored by Levis was a bonus.
What are you most looking forward to in 2011?
Recording our much awaited debut album. The brothers in the band have been writing songs together for many years. The title is still to be decided although the material is cracking. We’ve made a start to the year with our online YouTube channel of acoustic sessions recorded on the rooftop of our flat in Abbey Road called ‘Holden On The Roof with… – Live from Abbey Road’. It’s a way of us getting new material straight to fans and also introducing artists we really like.
Do you have anything available to buy right now?
We’re currently a sleeping giant. When the album is finished we’d like to release it with either a great indie or the major label avenue.
What’s been your best gig(s) to date?
We try to make every one a great experience both for us as well as the folks that come along. Certainly looking forward to playing festivals this year.
And finally, why should people attend your gig?
You wont see anything like it again. Very intense!
January 10th, 2011 • 1 comment News
Tags: Catch, Channel Cairo, Escapists, Holden, Ice Black Birds, LAISSEZ FAIRE CLUB, Let's Buy Happiness, Scoundrels, The Collectable Few, The Jacquerie, The Macbeth
Laissez Faire Club’s live nights have been around for four years now, and in aid of this fact we’ve decided to put on two shows in two nights at two of our favourite East London venues, Catch and The Macbeth respectively.
In between stuffing ourselves with festive meats and heralding in 2k11 over the holiday season, we’ve been toiling away putting the lineups you see in front of you together. We’ve made an effort to book bands that have played at least one Laissez Faire Club gig in the past and generally supported us through thick and thin, alongside bands who are exciting us right now.
Scoundrels played the first ever LFC at The Windmill back in 2006 (and many more along the way, in various guises), so we’re delighted to have them headline the first evening at Catch. The blues influenced four piece recently put pen to paper with Seymour Stein’s resurrected Blue Horizon label (originally home to Fleetwood Mac and Chicken Shack), and this will be their first show of 2011. Support comes from LFC Records’ first ever signings Ice Black Birds, throwback folk ‘n’ rollers Holden and one of our favourite new discoveries of 2010, The Jacquerie.
Let’s Buy Happiness‘ debut at LFC came in September, and we’re over the moon to have them playing again for us so soon – they headline the second night at The Macbeth on the 27th. Their shoegazey sound and female vocals have won them many plaudits over the last few months, as well as comparisons to The Sundays and Cocteau Twins. Expect to hear their last single ‘Six Wolves’ aired, alongside its follow up ‘Fast Fast’ (out 28 Feb). Warming things up for them will be our new signings The Collectable Few, who’ll be launching their debut single ‘Headstrong’ (out on Monday 24th), as well as Escapists and Channel Cairo, two new-ish London bands who both play their own brand of atmospheric indie-rock with big, memorable hooks.
All in all, we really do believe these are some of the best new bands out there at the moment, and we’re delighted to have rounded them up to play to you all at once. On top of all this, we’ve confirmed special guest DJ sets from the likes of Post War Years, Monkeysuit and Gramofoam, who’ll be providing you with the latest indie / electro beats in between and after the live acts.
Excited? We certainly are. Full information, ticket details and Facebook RSVPs can be found on our Events page.
First things first – happy new year from Laissez Faire Club! We had a great 2010 – which concluded with an awesome headline set from stars-in-waiting Dog Is Dead at Queen Of Hoxton on 14 December – but we’re intending on making 2k11 even better.
In the meantime, here’s a track from a band we’ve been lending our ears to over the last few weeks called Holden. They’re from Dalkeith (just outside Edinburgh) but are now based in London, and play a brand of throwback folk ‘n’ roll that’s reminiscent of Crosby, Stills And Nash, Neil Young, CCR and Fairport Convention – you know, the kind of music made to be immortalised on a dusty 12″. They look the part too, all bearded and booted and ready to take you back to 1969 at a moment’s notice. They could almost be Stillwater’s support band in Almost Famous.
This particular song, ‘In The Yard’, transports you to that drunken campfire sing-along at many a summer festival, when hoards of people gather round a fire and recite the song word for word, with the chorus being a particularly rowdy moment. If this isn’t the sign of a great folk band, we’re not sure what is. With the demise of London’s harmony driven rock ‘n’ rollers Smokey Angle Shades last year, it seems appropriate that another band of their ilk should rise up in their place at the start of a new year. We’re certainly looking forward to hearing more material imminently.
The good news is you don’t have to wait long to catch them live – we’ve booked them to play the first night of our fourth birthday celebrations at Catch on Wednesday 26 January, as support to Scoundrels. Full info here.