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TGTF Guide to SXSW 2017: London rock artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW

 
By on Monday, 20th February 2017 at 11:00 am
 

As you might imagine, London leads the charge with the largest number of artists one city in the UK is sending to SXSW 2017. In this post, we introduce you to 17 acts from the capital who are experts in bashing it out on the guitar and drums and hitting you with a powerful voice. Yes, that’s right. Today’s edition of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2017 is all about the rock bands of London. The summaries below were written by Steven Loftin except where noted. Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2017 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

Artificial Pleasure
If the current The 1975 movement is your thing, then you’re welcome: Artificial Pleasure are sure to be a hit for you with their funkadelic, modern and sleazy in all the right ways sound, if you don’t want to dance during recent single ‘I’ll Make It Worth Your While’, then I’m sorry, there’s no hope for you. Although they only formed last year, it’s clear the future is certainly going to be bright for this band and their shows, filled with dancing feet.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9oJL295r90[/youtube]

The Big Moon
At the forefront of the UK’s new indie wave, The Big Moon have heads rockin’ and rollin’ with a beautiful blending of retro sounds with a modern edge. Their debut album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ scheduled for release in April is up for pre-order now, and this is definitely a band you will not want to miss out on, especially at SXSW. You can read Rebecca’s review of their single ‘Formidable’ back here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpW1Es69d9Y[/youtube]

Blueprint Blue
A wonderful ‘60s vibe emanates from South London trio Blueprint Blue. With a hesitating innocence in their sound, all the way down to the wandering notes that fall out of place, it’s fun and light-hearted with no real offence.

Chelou
With a bluesy acoustic sound that builds itself around the use of atmospheric electronica, Chelou has a fresh noise that is filled with mood and melody. Think Chet Faker, with a bit more reserve and accompanied by some pretty sweet animation style videos. To also help you gauge him, consider the word ‘chelou’ is actually a French term for shady or suspicious. Talk about being on brand.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgP9tzt9_Z8[/youtube]

Desert Mountain Tribe
London by way of Cologne, Desert Mountain Tribe are bringing that classic ‘60s garage, psychedelic sound to the modern age. Not messing with the formula too much, they’re raucous and do what they do well. Well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the swinging throwback garage sound.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvzxgB3ucto[/youtube]

Doe
London trio Doe’s ‘wonky alt-pop’ seems to draw directly from ‘90s Britpop, characterised by forceful, yet melodic guitars and a certain level of whimsy. Four years old (pretty long for an indie band these days) and having a whole load of releases under their belt already, their wry humour should set them apart from the rest of the pack in Austin. (Mary Chang)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k906IGbSaFk[/youtube]

Feeder
A band who really need no introduction, Feeder have been around for decades. If you’ve somehow managed to miss out on their mammoth single ‘Buck Rogers’, then you have our pity and should check it out right now before you do anything else. Roaring back into life this year with new album ‘All Bright Electric’, Feeder are proving there’s life in the old dog yet.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COy_JKXtzvE[/youtube]

Jennings Couch
The oddly named Jennings Couch comprises three graduates of BIMM from Bristol, Brighton and London. There’s not a whole lot for us to go on about this new band; we can’t even share a full song with you, because their Soundcloud are private. What’s not up for disagreement is frontman Lei Jennings’s strong look, somewhere in between Meat Loaf, Fabio and Captain Jack Sparrow. We doubt they’ll be bringing a sofa with them, but we’ll report in from Austin about their live show if we can. (Mary Chang)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL3fWDHW5Wo[/youtube]

Joey Fourr
Joey Prendergast used to be part of Tubelord, but since 2012 he’s been associated with London trio Joey Fourr. Lo-fi seems to be the word in rock these days, especially in America, so it’s not hard to imagine their tunes going over well in Austin, even if the group insist that their style of music is “WONK-POP 4 QUEER KIDS”. (Mary Chang)

Mantra
Pretty furious in sound and attitude, Mantra (pictured at top) are another one of those upcoming bands with a chip on their shoulder and representing their generation. Songs about being outcasts in the world at large, they match this with good, old-fashioned solid rock ‘n’ roll with a bit of spit.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVGqb9gJnSw[/youtube]

Modern English
Formed in the late Seventies, Modern English are perhaps best known for their 1982 single ‘I Melt With You’, a song that soundtracked countless romantic moments as well as a Burger King commercial in the States. Releasing their eighth studio album ‘Take Me To The Trees’ in 2016, that was crowdfunded via PledgeMusic, they’ve proven that even with their 30+ years they still have that indie darling pull.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuN6gs0AJls[/youtube]

Saint Leonard’s Horses
Reimagining himself and taking a band with him under the guise of Saint Leonard’s Horses, London songwriter Kieran Leonard has all the tales and all the talent. Having supported everyone from Ryan Adams to The Libertines, Leonard and his Horses know how to take you on a journey and give one hell of a ride.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOEjGV1ey3U[/youtube]

Shame
Shame, five teenage friends from Brixton, relish taking their shirts off onstage in the moment (hmm, Red Hot Chili Peppers much?). There isn’t much online on the band, but that’s because they’re just getting started. There’s another reason behind this: they’re being very careful about their image and making sure their sound is exactly what they want to unveil to the world. Their approach has paid off: they’ve already caught the eyes and ears of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, playing live for him in January as part of 6 Music Live. And they won’t be lying down after their close-up at SXSW 2017: they will be returning triumphantly to the UK for their support slot for California rockers Warpaint’s live dates in late March. No shame here. (Mary Chang)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMcv1pn6xnU[/youtube]

Skinny Girl Diet
It feels like 2017 could be the year Skinny Girl Diet thrive. Part of the Riot Grrrl movement, Skinny Girl Diet are as DIY and hardcore you can get and won’t take any of your crap. Young and riotous with an actual message, they sure haven’t forgotten the important platform provides for social protest. [The Fader in America have already picked up wind of these gals, so don’t drag your feet. –Ed.]

Splashh
Gearing up to release their second album ‘Waiting A Lifetime’ in April, Londoner’s Splashh are heading to Texas to make a…well…a splash. Indie rock at its finest, none too offensive and easily listened to.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR2w5cqHcic[/youtube]

This Be the Verse
Time for something a little bit heavier and constructed. This Be the Verse is a new project fronted by one man that somehow has unrestrained power, yet twists it into cleverly constructed and sinister tracks. His self-titled debut album is an industrial horrorscape of brilliance and savagery.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6hNr-YGfwo[/youtube]

Ultimate Painting
More English indie rock, as only we can do it. Heartbreaking, yearning and like a rainy night in Manchester, Ultimate Painting also use influences such as Velvet Underground to attack with a more reserved chagrin. Being tipped by many UK outlets, they’re one band that 2017 is looking to be a real good time for.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oopzYgvydg[/youtube]

 

WIN / Tickets to see Fenech-Soler in Manchester -OR- London

 
By on Tuesday, 7th February 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Brother electropop duo Fenech-Soler just released their third album ‘Zilla’ on So Recordings. You can read my review of the LP through here. Following shows in New York City and Los Angeles, Ben and Ross Duffy will head out on a UK tour in late February into early March. Thanks to the lovely people at Gigs and Tours, we’ve got a pair of tickets each to their Manchester Gorilla (the 28th of February) and London Heaven (the 1st of March). Want to win a pair? ‘course you do! Learn more about entering our contest below.

We need your name and your email address to contact you if you win. We’ll also need to know which of these two shows you want to win tickets for. Then you’ll need to answer this question about Fenech-Soler: What town in England are they originally from? From all the correct entries, we’ll choose a lucky winner at random. Be quick and be sure to get your entry in before the contest closes this Friday, the 10th of February, at 5 PM UK time. Any duplicate or incomplete entries will be discarded. Good luck to all! In case you want to buy tickets to tickets to their tour in February and March, I’ve listed the tour dates below. To read more of our coverage here on TGTF on Fenech-Soler, follow this link.

Friday 24th February 2017 – Brighton Patterns
Saturday 25th February 2017 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 27th February 2017 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 28th February 2017 – Manchester Gorilla
Wednesday 1st March 2017 – London Heaven
Saturday 4th March 2017 – Nottingham Stealth

This contest is now closed. The winner has been contacted by email.

 

WIN / Tickets to see White Lies in Newcastle, Sheffield -OR- Hull

 
By on Monday, 6th February 2017 at 11:00 am
 

The weather might be cold, but we’ve got something to warm the cockles of your heart and for the next few weeks. Our friends at Gigs and Tours have given us a few pairs of tickets to a tour I can personally attest to being one of the hottest tickets in town. White Lies will be supporting their newest album ‘Friends’ released last autumn on a headline UK tour starting the 23rd of February in Newcastle. You can read my full report from the Washington, DC show last Wednesday at the 9:30 Club here. We’ve got a pair each to their Newcastle (the 23rd of February), Sheffield (the 24th of February) and Hull (the 3rd of March) gigs.

Want to win? Follow these directions to enter. We’ll first need your name and your email address to contact you if you win. We’ll also need to know which show you wish to win tickets for. Then answer this question about their latest record: What is the first single that was released from ‘Friends’? From all the entries, we’ll choose a lucky winner from all the correct ones we receive. Be sure to get your entry in before we close the contest this Thursday at 5 PM UK time. Any duplicate or incomplete entries will be discarded. Good luck to all! In case you want to buy tickets to tickets to the tour, I’ve listed the tour dates below. To read more of TGTF’s coverage on White Lies, go here.

Thursday 23rd February 2017 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 24th February 2017 – Sheffield Academy
Saturday 25th February 2017 – Oxford Academy
Monday 27th February 2017 – Cardiff University
Tuesday 28th February 2017 – Leicester Academy
Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Portsmouth Pyramids
Friday 3rd March 2017 – Hull University
Saturday 4th March 2017 – London Troxy
Monday 6th March 2017 – Preston Guildhall
Tuesday 7th March 2017 – Aberdeen Garage
Wednesday 8th March 2017 – Edinburgh Potterrow
Thursday 9th March 2017 – Hatfield Forum
Saturday 11th March 2017 – Keele University
Sunday 12th March 2017 – Norwich UEA

This contest is now closed. The winners have been contacted, so please check your inbox to see if you’ve won.

 

The Wytches / February, March and April 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 6th February 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Brighton band The Wytches released their second album ‘All Your Happy Life’ last autumn on Heavenly Recordings. Want to read Steven’s review of the long player? Head this way. They’ve announced a long series of dates for the first half of this year, comprising both headline dates and spring music festival appearances from late February through to April. Tickets are on sale now to the following dates. You can watch their behind-the-scenes video for ‘Bone Weary’ just below the tour date listing. You can catch up on TGTF’s past coverage of the Watches through here.

Monday 27th February 2017 – Hull Polar Bear
Tuesday 28th February 2017 – York Crescent
Wednesday 1st March 2017 – Leicester Cookie
Friday 3rd March 2017 – Sheffield Outlines Festival
Saturday 4th March 2017 – Scunthorpe Café Independent,
Monday 3rd April 2017 – Guilford Boileroom
Tuesday 4th April 2017 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Wednesday 5th April – St. Albans Horn
Thursday 6th April 2017 – Reading Face Bar
Friday 7th April 2017 – Manchester Sound Control
Saturday 8th April – London Flying Vinyl Festival
Sunday 9th April 2017 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Wednesday 19th April 2017 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 20th April 2017 – Preston Ferret
Friday 21st April 2017 – Stockton on Tees Georgian Theatre
Saturday 22nd April 2017 – Liverpool Wrong Festival
Sunday 23rd April 2017 – Southampton Joiners
Monday 24th April 2017 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH0Wic15J5M[/youtube]

 

VANT / February and March 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 3rd February 2017 at 8:00 am
 

Punk rock protest quartet VANT have announced a headline tour of the UK and Ireland to follow the upcoming release of their debut album ‘Dumb Blood’. The LP is due for release on the 17th of February via Parlophone and will feature the band’s 2016 single ‘Peace & Love’. Frontman Mattie Vant says of the upcoming tour, “Every time we play a show it’s a form of activism, a form of protest. For me, rock music has always gone hand in hand with making a stand, being at the forefront of a movement and trying to change the world.”

Tickets for the following live shows are available now. Following these tour dates, VANT is scheduled to appear at SXSW 2017 in Austin, TX. TGTF’s previous coverage of VANT, including editor Mary’s interview with Mattie Vant from last November, is collected right through here.

Friday 24th February 2017 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Saturday 25th February 2017 – Leeds Wardrobe
Sunday 26th February 2017 – Dublin Academy 2
Monday 27th February 2017 – Belfast Oh Yeah Centre
Wednesday 1st March 2017 – Manchester Gorilla
Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Sheffield Plug
Friday 3rd March 2017 – Birmingham Institute 2
Saturday 4th March 2017 – Swansea Sin City
Sunday 5th March 2017 – Oxford Academy 2
Tuesday 7th March 2017 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 8th March 2017 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 9th March 2017 – London Electric Ballroom

 

Laura Marling solo shows / March 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 26th January 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Laura Marling has just announced five new solo dates to follow her previously scheduled full band tour of the UK this March. Marling will release her highly-anticipated new LP ‘Semper Femina’ on the 10th of March via More Alarming Records/Kobalt. You can take a listen to the album’s soulful second single ‘Wild Fire’, in the form of its lyric video, below the tour date listing.

The newly announced solo dates, billed as the ‘Tour de Ville’, will take Marling to a handful of smaller venues around England and Wales. Tickets for these intimate shows will be available starting this Friday, the 27th of January, at 10 AM. Having sold out her 17th of March booking at the London Roundhouse (as well as most of the other dates on the full band tour), Marling has also added a second full band show at that venue on the 21st of the month; those tickets are available now.

Tuesday 21st March 2017 – London Roundhouse (full band show)
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 – Bury St. Edmunds Apex
Friday 24th March 2017 – Stockton ARC Theatre and Arts Centre
Saturday 25th March 2017 – Wrexham Central Station
Sunday 26th March 2017 – Exeter Lemon Grove
Tuesday 28th March 2017 – Norwich Waterfront

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EUdZFcq-QE[/youtube]

 
 
 

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