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When Atlanta punk trio The Coathangers started up in 2006, their aspirations were humble.
“I think all bands in their early twenties start for fun,” says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel when talking about their early years of cheeky no-wave and irreverent garage rock.
But Julia and her bandmates Meredith Franco (bass/vocals) and Stephanie Luke (drums/vocals) were serious about their craft, and that combination of modest outside expectations and absolute dedication to their music made for exhilarating live shows and contagious records.
Ten years later, The Coathangers are still going strong, and while their palette has expanded over the years to touch upon hip-shakin’ classic rock, soulful country ballads, and golden oldies pop, their primary attack strategy still relies heavily on the jagged hooks and boisterous choruses of their formative years.
Their fifth album Nosebleed Weekend retains all the devil-may-care magnetism and serrated instrumentation of their debut, but it flourishes with a decade’s worth of songwriting discipline and chemistry.
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Liverpool’s swaggering psychedelic outfit The Vryll Society have announced the release of their latest single Sacred Flight via Deltasonic Records, kicking off what promises to be a very productive and exciting year culminating in the release of their widely anticipated debut album.
Having truly made their mark on the festival circuit in 2016 with appearances at the likes of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and End Of The Road, alongside UK tours with acts including Blossoms, Viola Beach and Hidden Charms, the five-piece are taking their mesmerising live show across the Atlantic to the legendary SXSW festival in March to introduce themselves to their American audience.
The psych-pop quintet’s unique eclectic sound has already seen them heavily tipped by BBC Introducing and championed by the likes of Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Phil Taggart (Radio 1) and Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), and the infectious, swirling haze of Sacred Flight is sure to catapult them yet further into the limelight over the coming months.
In frontman Mike Ellis’ words: “Sacred Flight is a motoric journey into cosmic space jolting atoms of sound from one galaxy to another before finally exploding into a jewel box of guitar frenzied litany!”
Produced and engineered by Joe Fearon and Tom Longworth (Parr Street Studios, Liverpool), The Vryll Society’s Sacred Flight is released on 27th January via Deltasonic Records and will be available on iTunes and Spotify.
Hannah Lou Clark announces her UK tour as she releases her new EP ‘The Heart And All Its Sin’.
Hannah Lou Clark has announced her brand new EP ‘The Heart And All Its Sin’ will be released through Quatre Femmes Records / PIAS on March 24th. Hannah has also unveiled the first single, ‘Don’t Sweat It’, which was premiered on Huw Stephen’s BBC Radio 1 show.
‘The Heart And All Its Sin’ has been mixed and co-produced by Tarek Musa from Spring King and is a collection of songs exploring the complexities of love and loss. Hannah has laid her soul bare in these songs in a way that others would never do.‘Don’t Sweat It’ bravely addresses the yearnings of the heart in times of turmoil; with lines like “champagne takes the edge off me” she can see that whilst giving into our vices can’t help the heart heal, it can be a welcome distraction.
Recorded in Urchin Studios, ‘The Heart And All Its Sin’, focus has been on giving space to the guitar, creating emotion and drama by exercising restraint. With the encouragement of Tarek and appreciation of artists such as Steve Reich, Hannah has also developed the drum machine side of things, creating her own loops from a variety of recorded sounds.
‘The Heart And All Its Sin’ points to a painful understanding of what drives and degrades real love.
Having shared stages in 2016 with the likes of Ezra Furman, Thurston Moore and Gaz Coombes as well as headlining her own tours, Hannah Lou Clark is excited to announce details of her 2017 tour.
“Within 30 seconds of Clark’s solo set starting, the room was silent. Her voice poured over the gentle dissonance suggested by each chord”. The Quietus
“Hurtling you into something not unlike Sharon Van Etten’s ‘Serpents’” Drowned In Sound
“Assured and sublime” NME
With just six weeks to go, over 40 new artists have been added to the bill for Outlines Festival, with iconic punk outfit The Membranes, psych band Flamingods, LA soul singer Kadhja Bonet, rapidly rising punk quintet Shame and alt-pop trio Our Girl among the newly-added acts.
The multi-venue metropolitan festival will return to Sheffield City Centre for its second year from 3rd to 4th March with a genre-spanning blend of established artists and up-and-coming acts. The event is programmed and promoted by some of the team behind the city’s much-loved Tramlines Festival, and was created with the aim of serving as a little sister to Tramlines during the colder months. After the success of 2016′s debut event, the festival’s organisers have extended the event, which will now take place across two days.
The new names will join a bill of 100 cutting-edge artists which already features Australian psych outfit Jagwar Ma, former Tramlines headliners The Selecter, MOBO winners Lady Leshurr and Nadia Rose and indie band Clean Cut Kid.
The region’s music scene is also on show, with the newly-added indie band Alvarez Kings and desert-rock outfit These Gangs joining the already announced likes of The Crookes, Slow Club, Blood Sport and The Seamonsters.
Meanwhile, fans of electronic music are well catered for, with acclaimed artist Romare heading up the bill at Queens Social Club, and a range of after-parties onsale featuring artists including Admin, Marcel Vogel and Lamont. The after-parties will be hosted by a selection of Sheffield’s most well regarded clubnight promoters, with Nice Like Rice, Banana Hill, Souljam and Pretty Pretty Good taking the reins across two venues with a selection of global sounds, house, funk, disco, techno and more.
Weekend tickets are available now for just £20 while stocks last.
We’re celebrating Independent Venue Week with a day of live music and an exclusive music panel! Make sure you get out and support your independent venues this week, to find out more check their website: http://www.independentvenueweek.com/
From 4pm The Harley have partnered with PRS for Music and PPL to present an exclusive Music + Business panel aimed at breaking musicians. Panel attendees will get free entry to the show after. Join a panel of industry professionals to hear more about the business side of the industry and gain valuable knowledge to help develop your music career.
RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feedback-music-business-presented-by-prs-for-music-and-ppl-tickets-31029290443
The self-described ‘premier ambassadors of Sheffield’s aggro-beat
sound’, trio Blood Sport create a mongrel soundclash pups of high
energy electronics & afro-beat using drums, electronics, electric
chordophone, baritone guitar and voice.
After joining Clue Records (home to Allusondrugs, Forever Cult +
NARCS) earlier this year, noisy dream-pop boys TRASH have gone from strength to strength.
With rave reviews from their sets at Y Not Festival and Sheffield’s
Tramlines, as well as support slots with acts including RAT BOY, The Ordinary Boys & JAWS, the Chesterfield band unveiled their ‘Urban Glow’ EP to great acclaim. Surf music for people that have never been to the sea.