In his four decades of service in the post-punk culture wars, PETER MURPHY has confounded fans, critics, even himself. As the mainman of the acclaimed outfit Bauhaus, he helped usher in ground breaking opaque moods and atmospheres into the post-punk landscape. When the band broke up for the first time in 1983, the singer set off on a solo career that found him challenging his audiences in numerous ways. When the music press tried to tag him as “the new David Bowie,” he’d close his shows with a vamping of the Thin White Duke’s disco classic “Stay,” only to switch into a cover of Bauhaus’ funky punch-up “Kick In The Eye,” followed by a cover of Pere Ubu’s “Final Solution,” which ended with a burly roadie physically picking up the singer and putting him in an airplane spin.
Joshua is a modern folk musician, an amalgam of influence in the classically romantic tradition of Damien Rice, Ryan Adams, Iron and Wine, and Sufjan Stevens. Like the said ballyhooed folksters before him, Joshua is inspired to write largely as a result of the people and relationships surrounding him, while also subjecting his songs to his own vulnerabilities, doubts, and conflicts. He integrates these revelations with his agenda of lyrical candidness, creating an expressive and open artform.
With all of Joshua's ability and potential, what really sets him apart is his faultless ability in the live venue. Josh will silence the crowd with his soft, and consistently pitch perfect vocal control while unintentionally making you fall in love with him for being a 'good guy'. Considering the idiosyncratic confluence of ability he boasts, it is fair to say that Joshua spins a web of charm that makes him inimitably great.
Islet are a Cardiff experimental rock band. Their debut 'mini album', Celebrate This Place, was released on June 14th 2010 to positive reviews, and second mini album Wimmy was released 6 months later, through both Turnstile and Shape Records (co-run by Mark from the band). Much was made in the press of the band's success despite a lack of online presence, however Islet now have an official band website (isletislet.com). Since forming, Islet have featured in the NME, toured both solo and with Los Campesinos!, played Swn Festival 09 & 10, Eurosonic Festival, were part of Huw Stephens' 'Happy Huw Year' Tour, in their early gigs as a 3 peice Islet supported Teeth Mountain and Lovvers. Islet comprises of members (or past members) of The Victorian English Gentlemens Club, Attack + Defend, Fredrick Stanley Star, and Them Squirrels - Mark, Emma, John, and Alex. They share instrument duties.
On March 7th 2011 LIFE IN THE BIG CITY RECORDS released the debut album by PINT SHOT RIOT entitled SPELL IT OUT. This is made up of twelve songs depicting life and love in the current times. The album has been produced by Peter Miles (The King Blues) and recorded at Peter’s residential studio in Holne Bridge, Ashburton, Devon, England over two sessions. The CD version comes with a live DVD filmed at one of the bands 1,000 capacity sellout hometown shows at the Kasbah Club, Coventry, England. There is also a 24 page booklet with all the lyrics and good quality pictures.
WITH THEIR HOOK-HEAVY INDIE ROCK SPARKING AWAY. THEY BRING A REFRESHING VITALITY AND RIGOUR TO GUITAR ROCK BY ADDING DASHES OF CHAOS, CATCHINESS AND SEMI-METAL MAYHEM. THIS DEBUT IS A BELTER. MARK BEAUMONT @ CLASSIC ROCK
Cycles define life. Seasons come and go. Relationships begin and end. Feelings appear, disappear, and re-appear stronger than before. On his first full-length album for Nettwerk Records, CICADA, Liam Titcomb found inspiration within that cycle.
In 2010, shortly after ending an intense relationship, Titcomb stole away to London for a month-long songwriting retreat. Exploring everything the UK had to offer and forging some incredible friendships in the process, he hit his stride as a writer and began penning the material that would eventually become his latest offering.
Don't be fooled by the eponymous nature of the name. Ash Koley is a band comprised of two people: Ash Koley and Phil Deschambault. Phil concedes his name isn't as catchy, and Ash is narcissistic enough to agree to have the band named after herself.
Their sound is an amalgamation of diverse influences, their songs sketch together diverse melodies and lyrics, drawing on cross-generational influences from Abba to the Eurythmics, and from Peter Gabriel to Radiohead. The result is a band that is a full embodiment of what they each bring to the duo – quirky charm, and upbeat classic pop music.
Gareth Dunlop began his music career at age 14 by trying to play his Fathers old Yamaha guitar. After a few basic chords were established it quickly became an addiction to play and learn more and more about music.
Music performance for Gareth started in pubs and clubs but quickly moved to Auditoriums and Festivals around europe. Playing before and in some cases along side artists such as Jeff Beck, Snow Patrol, Jools Holland, Paul Carrack, Imelda May and Nanci Griffith.
"Trying to describe my music usually turns into a lengthly discussion... Essentially I play guitar and sing but i'm uncomfortable with the label (singer-songwriter). i like to play a lot of different styles of music, but more so listen to them. From big band jazz and early bebop to classic Mo-town and Americana folk. I think its honest and worth while to let yourself be influenced by the things you love. Variety is the spice of life!
New York five-piece Jupiter One's fresh sound breathes new life into stale stereotypes of indie rock. Born out of an urge to create mini-orchestral pieces, Jupiter One has dedicated its life to producing well-designed rock. In operation since 2003,the chemistry of these five individuals has expanded the boundaries of songwriting by incorporating new textures to create a different aural experience for each song. Many fans have compared Jupiter one to the early pioneering works of Pink Floyd, Genesis, and the Beatles. Others have appropriated more modern Brit-rock and Euro-funk associations such as Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, and Daft Punk.
It’s been nearly seven years since celebrated duo Azure Ray released their critically acclaimed album Hold On Love. It’s been a long wait for music fans, but thankfully that wait is about to come to an end. The highly anticipated full-length from Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor is a sublime future classic titled Drawing Down the Moon, set for release on Saddle Creek in September. The record was produced by Eric Bachmann at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, mixed by Michael Patterson in Los Angeles, CA and features guest appearances by Andy LeMaster and Liz Durrett. With their three prior full lengths and the November EP the duo drew fans from around the globe with their transcendent songwriting and stunning vocals, Drawing Down the Moon is an even more impressive and beguiling delight. Their undeniable talents lie in balladry so breathtakingly visceral that it soars straight through the ears into the veins until it pumps firmly into the heart.