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A Genuine Freakshow
A Genuine Freakshow

A Genuine Freakshow are a 7-piece pop-infused post-rock cannonade. A blend of classic pop with unpredictable structures and epic climaxes reminiscent of Elbow, Mogwai or Sigur Ros are accompanied by lush orchestral arrangements and sincere falsetto vocals. "'A seven-piece, experimental, post-everything, pop bonanza' and as you'll hear, A Genuine Freakshow are even better than that. What an absolutely marvellous band" Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music - April 2008 "Quite exquisite" David Gilyeat, BBC Oxford Introducing - Jan 2009 "Bracing pop tunes" The Metro - Nov 2008

LIVE DATES

www.agenuinefreakshow.com

Bearsuit
Bearsuit

Last year they released two digital singles - Pushover and Muscle Belt and also played a string of gigs at SXSW, as well as at festivals including The Great Escape and Offset in the UK. They've supported bands including Crystal Castles, Melt Banana, Future of the Left, Lightspeed Champion, and Hot Chip. They were voted ?Best Breakthrough Act? at CMJ in a New York Times poll of conference badge holders and received shining reviews including Pitchfork. They've been championed by BBC DJs including John Peel, Tom Ravenscroft, Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank, Phill Jupitus, Marc Riley, Tom Robinson, Colin Murray, Gideon Coe and John Kennedy on XFM.
"A colourful pop hotchpotch" NME
"Louder than an explosion in a fireworks factory" Artrocker
"Cinematic doodlings, screamy art punk, and many twists and turns" The Independent
"Retro space age, riotously cute disco-punk. This is what my 80s sounded like." Everett True

LIVE DATES

www.bearsuit.co.uk

Boxes
Boxes

Indie-electro-pop hailing from South East London. Boxes collides contagious melodies with messed-up synths, guitars & punching beats ?. and makes melancholy feel like a warm summers day. A delicate balance of The Postal Service, Bright Eyes and The Killers. Definitely one to watch in 2011/12.
Boxes debut single 'Throw Your Stones' is released on 11th July 2011.

LIVE DATES

www.myspace.com/boxesclever

Bright Light Bright Light
Bright Light Bright Light

Bright Light Bright Light is Welsh songwriter, producer, remixer and multi-instrumentalist Rod Thomas. Bright Light Bright Light creates dynamic, shimmering synth-pop gems which bounce around bedroom walls and dancefloors. Growing up between two villages in the South Wales valleys meant that the man at the heart of Bright Light Bright Light, Rod Thomas, had not much else to do than fall in love with music, and those that made music, and then create his own songs. In 2006 he started working on his music full time, setting up his own label Self Raising Records. Since that time his reputation as a live performer has grown and grown with support slots for artists such as Sparks, James Yuill, Noah and the Whale and Duffy. His reputation as a skilled musician and remixer has also grown, as Rod was commissioned to remix Gotye (iTunes UK album of the year), James Yuill, Sam Isaac, The Answering Machine, Run Toto Run and Gallops amongst others in the space of a few months.

LIVE DATES

www.brightlightx2.com

The Brute Chorus
The Brute Chorus

The Brute Chorus have been combining blues, folk and garage music since 2008. They started out with a residency at London's infamous The Hawley Arms and put out their first two singles on the pub's label Bumpman. After a year of relentless touring and widespread acclaim from DJ's like Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe, the Brutes decided to record their debut album in front of a live audience at The Roundhouse in Camden. The album came out packaged in a attractive and collectable wooden sleeve hand-made by the band. It received a host of 5 star reviews from Clash, Artrocker, BBC and Drowned in Sound amongst others. In 2010 the band signed to east London indie label Tape and recorded their second album in a freezing hall in the Lake District. The first two singles 'Heaven' and 'Could This Be Love' had extensive radio play ahead of the album 'How the Caged Bird Sings' being released in September. They will be touring the UK and Europe for the rest of 2010.

LIVE DATES

www.thebrutechorus.co.uk

Final Flash
Final Flash

The past two years have been a whirlwind for newcomers Final Flash. Based in Montreal, this emerging quintet has rapidly made waves with their unique brand of psychedelic folk-rock.
After a trip down to SXSW 2010, the band released their debut album Homeless. Produced by Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes) through Indica Records and EMI Music Canada, the album hit the stores on May 4th 2010 to widespread critical acclaim.

LIVE DATES

www.myspace.com/finalflash

Lara Runars
Lara Runars

Lara Runars, described by influential music blog Audioporn as "Iceland's next international star ready to follow the footsteps of Bj?rk and Emil?ana Torrini", released her breakthrough third album Surprise on Icelandic indie Record Records in October 2009. Serving up delicious slices of indie-pop, Lara's reputation outside her home country is growing. The last 12 months has seen her being picked up by Q Magazine, MTV, NME, Filter Magazine and as a Eurosonic 2011 highlight for Clash Magazine. Lara is currently working on her studio fourth album, out later this year.

LIVE DATES

www.lararunars.com

Laurel Collective
The Laurel Collective

The Laurel Collective are a London based collision of sound and vocals who released their techni-colored debut on Domino offshoot Double Six Records. "Feel good Hits of a Nuclear Winter" was an 8 track mini-album of epic mutant-pop anthems that eschewed all of the genres cliches, being neither twee nor laden with jangly guitars, its rousing songs burst with passion and fizzing, frazzled synths. A new collection of songs is due for release later this year, co-inciding with a performance at their very own festival In The Woods. Ever hard-working and searching for new outlets for their escapades, the band now curate a monthly residency at The Stags Head with their Hindenburg Mile High Club nights which has hosted leftfield talent such as Boningen, Speak and the Spells, Not Cool, Micachu and the Shapes, Innercity Pirates plus Connan & Sam (Late of the Pier).

LIVE DATES

www.myspace.com/thelaurelcollective

The Mountains and the Trees
The Mountains and the Trees

After spending most of his musical career behind the drums, Jon Janes (aka The Mountains and the Trees) finally came out of hiding (it was a large drum-kit!) and embraced the singer-songwriter inside. Shy at first, he adopted the stage moniker The Mountains and The Trees and has been loving it ever since. Originally a two-piece, it shrunk to a solo act, then grew to a 3-piece, 4-piece, shrunk again to a 2-piece, grew again to a 3-pie... you get the idea. The size of The Mountains and The Trees changes with the weather and, often, with whomever in the crowd is brave enough to step on stage to play and sing along. Genre-wise, Janes has too many effects pedals for folk, too many banjos for rock-n-roll (if you're wondering how many banjos are too many - it's one). He playfully describes himself as Folk-Pop or Folk-N-Roll. Recordings contain a variety of instruments, such as guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, bells, and drums. Live, Janes backs himself up with the help of some looping-pedals, some deft footwork, and a little luck.

LIVE DATES

www.myspace.com/themountainsandthetrees

My First Tooth
My First Tooth

Hailing from Northampton, My First Tooth is the totally encapsulating, spine-tingling indie-folk creation of singer-songwriter Ross Witt. Taking influence from modern indie heroes such as Eels, Okkervil River, Joanna Newsom and Neutral Milk Hotel, My First Tooth craft ambitious and beautiful songs that display all their subtle heartbroken soul and unwittingly touching melody. Their debut EP - ‘My First Tooth and the Rubies’ – was released on Alcopop! Records in April 09. Truly DIY, it was Ross’s first record label foray, after spending the previous three years releasing his own unannounced limited edition material and performing up to 150 shows a year with Violinist Sophie in the UK & Ireland, supporting the likes of Noah & The Whale, Woodpigeon, Johnny Flynn, Shearwater, Joseph Arthur, Pete Molinari, The Antlers, Langhorne Slim and Chris TT. Since adding bassist Jo & drummer Gareth to the line-up in early 09 the full band have been compared to Arcade Fire, Beirut, and Bright Eyes, and earned themselves a slot at In The City 09. The band have already earned rave reviews in Artrocker & Big Cheese, have been described by The Fly as “seriously impressive” and XFM as “Killer pretty stuff”, and have received radio play from Radio 1, Radio 6, XFM and in Europe and North America. Currently finishing work on their debut album with Paul Wilkinson (Duke Special / Athlete) due for release this summer.

LIVE DATES

www.myspace.com/myfirsttooth


Polock
Polock

Polock hail from Valencia, Spain and are following in the footsteps of beloved Euro-bands like Phoenix, destroying the default assumption that young, exciting and effortlessly cool bands are home-grown or hail from across the pond. Polock are five young men making music The Stokes would?ve made, had their blend of garage rock story-telling been written under the Spanish sun and a giant disco ball; laced with sparkling Friendly Fire-esque electronica.

LIVE DATES

www.myspace.com/polockband

Queen of Hearts
Polock “A new big pop thing...incredible.” – POPJUSTICE.com
Dead heading other English roses with incisions of inch perfect pop, Queen of Hearts is a blue blooded, gilt-edged bid for the throne. Arriving on the scene with the darkly appealing electro gem Freestyle – written with Hypemachine regular Dreamtrak – Queen Of Hearts appears resplendent and bejewelled, lighting the torch for high concept, couture pop.
With her soaring ‘ballads to a beat’ channelling the dance floor euphoria and the underlying melancholy of Disco, Queen Of Hearts is eminently danceable, infinitely memorable and ultimately beguiling.
A prolific song writing talent, she has already collaborated with Ercola (Annie), Johan Agebjorn (Sally Shapiro), Fear Of Tigers (Kylie), Dreamtrak and Diamond Cut.
The Last Day Of Summer, a collaboration with Agebjorn and Ercola will be released was released May 2011 on Paper Bag.

LIVE DATES

http://iamqueenofhearts.com/
 
Tape The Radio
Tape The Radio

'ALBUM OF THE WEEK' Q RADIO
'A SOUND OF EPIC PROPORTIONS' ARTROCKER
'RECENT & DECENT' KERRANG! RADIO
'IMPRESSIVE... HEART ON THE SLEEVE STADIUM BELTERS' DAILY MIRROR
'SEETHING DYNAMICS AND CATHARTIC ANTHEMS' UNCUT

LIVE DATES

www.tapetheradio.com

The Victorian English Gentlemen's Club
Victorian English Gentlemen's Club

The Victorian English Gentlemens Club are guitars basses drums and lungs in Cardiff.

They will freely describe their music as Pop although they sometimes play songs without a chorus. It has also been described as Rock, although they have been known to use an acoustic guitar, and Punk, despite their enjoyment of effects pedals and natural fibres.

They have just completed recording their second album which be in your dirty fingers very soon. They are all pleased to meet you.

LIVE DATES

www.thevictorianenglishgentlemensclub.com

The Woe Betides
The Woe Betides

It began on a dark night in the dimly lit upstairs of a London pub. Grundy le Zimbra and The Late Simon Mastrantone gave an impromptu performance at the infamous Songs in the Dark night using merely hand claps and harmonies. Later, there would be fuzzy guitars, out-of-tune violins and organically farmed beats. But on that first night, the room was filled with the simple sounds of man, melody and uneasy applause.
From the mysterious echoes of that sinister evening a band was born, and it stomped and clapped it's way around the country. To fill the gaps they enlisted the help of a mysterious iconoclast calling himself The Colonel and the band took to the road forever more, unleashing an instrument swapping, energy-soaked live mixture of grunge, pop and electronica at whichever haunted house they arrived.

"...beguiling and delighting...deft puppet-masters of indie." NME

"...shronky guitar pop..." Artrocker

LIVE DATES

www.myspace.com/thewoebetides

The Wooden Sky
The Wooden Sky

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LIVE DATES

www.myspace.com/thewoodensky