The Lone Bellow announce a London headline show at 100 Club on Thursday 30th July.
“Then Came the Morning”, the second album by the Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio the Lone Bellow will be released early 2015 and opens with a crest of churchly piano, a patter of drums, and a fanfare of voices harmonizing like a sunrise. It’s a powerful introduction, enormous and overwhelming, as Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin testify mightily to life’s great struggles and joys, heralding the morning that dispels the dark night: “Then came the morning! It was bright, like the light that you kept from your smile!” Working with producer Aaron Dessner of the National, The Lone Bellow has created a sound that mixes folk sincerity, gospel fervor, even heavy metal thunder, but the heart of the band is harmony: three voices united in a lone bellow.
“These are true stories,” says Brian. “These aren’t things we made up. We tried to write some songs that had nothing to do with our personal stories, but we just didn’t respond to them. But we’re best buds, so we know each others’ personal stuff and trust each other to figure out what needs to be said and how to say it.” Says Brian, “We do this one thing together, and we carry each other. Hopefully that makes the listener want to be a part of it. It becomes a communal thing, which means that there’s never a sad song to sing. It’s more a celebration of the light and the dark.”
Advance tickets available here.
Ciaran Lavery is set to play The Slaughtered Lamb on Thursday 26th March.
Having already racked up over 9 MILLION plays on Spotify, unprecedented for such a new artist, it’s unsurprising Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1 recently said: “It’s sound of a songwriter who’s very very in touch with his own ability and comfortable in his own skin.”
Ciaran Lavery found his musical voice through the simplest of means “…listening to old 80s singles on my sister’s record player.” Cutting his teeth in various (often noisier) incarnations over the last decade – that voice is now as soothing as it is timeless. Ciaran crafts heart-on-sleeve acoustic pop in the vein of ‘29’-era Ryan Adams; full of passion and meaning, “I come from a tiny village; you could literally drive through Aghagallon in thirty seconds, but it’s jam packed full of characters and real, genuine people. It’s the type of place where if you’re being an idiot someone will tell you. That’s just how the environment was. I guess that sort of honesty comes out in my music.”
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Seafret announce a headline London show at The Old Queen’s Head on Thursday 12th March.
Hailing from Bridlington, the North East duo, write about life as it evolves around them. Honest and captivating, Seafret’s material has a beautifully contagious feel.
With shades of The Lumineers and Hozier’s heartbroken delta strum on upcoming EP Give Me Something, “we never set out to just record one hit,” insists Harry. “That’s why we want something with more weight. People can get a grasp on what the band is about, rather than just one song.” Check out “Oceans” now.
Ultimately, though, the duo are inspired by what they see around them – and what they miss most about being divorced from the North, in their new home of London. “It’s the sea. I miss the sea,” the guitarist says. “When you live there you take it for granted. I never missed it before. You don’t realise what it does to you when you’re there.” This sense of dislocation only fuels Seafret’s determination to succeed. “It gives you a hard shell,” states the singer. “You feel like you’re no one in someone else’s land – which inspires you to get on and do it.” Tickets on sale now.
Tor Miller announces a headline show at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters on Thursday 5th March 2015.
Some artists develop a better grasp of song dynamics as they grow older and gain more experience; others seem to be born with an understanding of the build-and-release that makes pop so satisfying. Twenty-year-old Tor Miller belongs to the second camp. Miller’s new track “Midnight” is elegantly crafted, starting with nothing more than voice and sparse, gospel-sounding piano. Gradually building: harmonies, a distant guitar, then percussion and a string section. Miller pushes his voice in unexpected directions, adding colour and texture with bursts of swooning falsetto. Listen now.
He recently told Billboard: “When I wrote ‘Midnight, I had just flown to London for a long period of recording. During that time I was getting very into all these biographies and autobiographies about the ’70s punk scene… ‘Midnight’ was almost like a love note for the city and in a strange way an homage to a bygone era.” This London show is not to be missed.
Miller’s debut EP, Headlights, will be released on February 2nd on Glassnote Records. Tickets available here.
On the back of 2 sold out shows, we are very happy to announce that Robyn Sherwell will headline The Lexington in London on Monday 30th March 2015.
An artist whose music rests on emotion, Sherwell displays a songwriting nous far beyond her twenty-something years. Signing to new label Birdland Records after a couple of her YouTube cover videos came to the public’s attention, Sherwell has since been working with acclaimed producer David Kosten (Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes) on a debut album.
Track “Islander“, inspired by her youth in Guernsey, is a fiery, enthusiastic and defiant shout from the English Channel. With thumping brevity and an ear-worm of a chorus, “Islander” stridently confirms Sherwell’s pop-writing ability, and is sure to make even more people stand up and pay attention.
Tickets on sale Friday 23rd January at 9am here.
We are very pleased to announce that Nadine Shah will headline Oslo in London on Thursday 16th April 2015.
Following the critically acclaimed debut album Love Your Dum and Mad in 2013, opening for Bat for Lashes and Depeche Mode and playing live for Vivienne Westwood’s Red label London Fashion Week show, second album “Fast Food” will be released on 6th April via Apollo/R & S Records.
Recorded live with trusted collaborator and producer Ben Hillier, the new album features contributions from guitarist Nick Webb and bassist Pete Jobson (of I Am Kloot fame). Building on the bruised honesty and charm of its predecessor, “Fast Food” rings with the confidence of an artist completing their most coherent musical chapter to date. A more concentrated effort: it is the sound of Nadine Shah as she is now – stepping out from behind the piano and growing with immeasurable confidence.
Tickets on sale next Wednesday 21st January at 9am here.
Manchester-based Jo Rose has announced his first headline London show at The Old Blue Last on Wednesday 4th February 2015.
The songs written and recorded for his album, Spurs, self-released in September 2014, are the product of Jo’s collaboration with many hugely talented artists and musicians, among them Canadian songwriter, Gabriel Minnikin, Jo Dudderidge of the Travelling band, and Klara Söderberg of First Aid Kit.
Jo’s live performances allow him to present the songs in their rawest form, with just his vocals and an acoustic guitar. Having played alongside Willy Mason, Jesca Hoop and more, including a support tour with First Aid Kit in February, it’s certainly not a show to miss.
Free e-tickets available here.
With a successful year of touring under their belt in 2014, Goodbye Chanel announce a headline show at London’s Sebright Arms on Thursday 5th March 2015.
They’ve recently joined renowned Leeds based producer Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Darkstar, Ghost Poet) in the studio where they re-worked EP hit ‘Youth’ and recorded brand new track ‘Maman’. ’Richard curated a lot of the soundtrack to the experiences that inspired us to make music together, it made sense that he be the first person to take our songs from the bedroom to the studio; it was just a really organic experience, you can even hear Richard playing on one of the tracks.’ The fruits of that labour are a double A-side to be released on Dead Young Records later this year.
Tickets on sale now.