Tribes are a London-based indie band formed in Summer 2009, consisting of Johnny Lloyd, Dan White, Jim Cratchley and Miguel Demelo. For their sixth gig in June 2010, Tribes were asked to support the celebrated American band the Pixies at the London Troxy. Their 4-track debut EP, We Were Children, was released on 17 April 2011. Their debut single, “Sappho,” was made available for download on 11 July 2011.
San Cisco are from Fremantle in sunny Western Australia. On the weekends they love to go skateboarding, play Nintendo 64 and make a bit of indie pop on the side. Scarlett bangs the drums, Nick plays the electric bass, Jordi & Josh are the guys that play the guitars, write the songs and sing them.
San Cisco have spent the last year graduating high school, performing at some festivals and playing round town pretty much every weekend. They have also produced their first EP called Golden Revolver, which is set for release early 2011. Confident with stage presence & strong with vocals San Cisco continue to impress with their brand of upbeat summer pop.
Jordi says: “San Cisco is a place situated between reality & a dream state. It is kind of like a huge cauldron we put all out creative input into, mix it together to make a super explosion of fantastic, wild creations. This is San Cisco.”
General Fiasco: Based in Belfast. Annoying the Neighbours. Not the Australian ones. The band was formed by the Strathern brothers Owen and Enda and Shane Davey who met at St. Mary’s Grammar School Magherafelt. After Shane’s departure, he was replaced by Stephen “Leaky” Leacock who they met at Rainey Endowed School in Magherafelt, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. They formed General Fiasco in early 2007 and played their first gig at the Glasgowbury Festival near their home town on July 26th of that year. They soon supported bands such as The Wombats, One Night Only, The Pigeon Detectives and The Enemy, and played at Oxegen, Belsonic and the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Their debut single Rebel Get By was released on 10 November 2008. In an interview Owen said how they got their name. “There were loads of names going about. Someone came up with General Music which no one really liked and I came up with Marley Jedrejak Fiasco. So it was just a combination of two terrible names. There was someone in my class at school called Jedrejak, I think they were Australian. I just thought it was a really cool name.”
John Jagos, the brain behind and sole member of Brothertiger, doesn’t aspire to be anything other than himself. His tunes are ostensibly “chillwave,” but with a sparkling melodic sense that sets them apart from other artists under that umbrella. Since the project’s beginning during Jagos’ freshman year at Ohio University, Brothertiger has developed a nuanced sound that attempts to blend the human and animal elements suggested by its name. As a live performer in the Athens house party scene, he’s gained a reputation for intense joyfulness. Recorded, his songs are more precious, with details and ideas that only reveal themselves with repeated listens. Buoyed by his voice - which contains both adult timbre and youthful disposition - Jagos’ songs combine layered, interweaving electronics with warm, satisfying melodies. He’s been releasing them at a fever pitch, earning favorable press from places like Pitchfork Media and the Fader while preparing his first full length less than two years after he began. Yet even with this gathering momentum, Brothertiger maintains a personal humility and unassuming nature that echoes the subtle exuberance of his music.
Alabama Shakes is an American rock band formed in Athens, Alabama, United States in 2009. The group consists of lead singer Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, and drummer Steve Johnson.
Come On Live Long formed in late 2010. Having met through mutual friends, the band recorded their debut EP over a winter weekend in the West of Ireland just weeks after their inception. The result is the free to download Come On Live Long EP which can be downloaded via Bandcamp.
By combining the use of samplers, synths, ukeleles, guitars, keys and percussion Come On Live Long blend a common love for all things electronic with their folk roots to attain a sound that is both energetic and melodic.
Swim Deep is a four piece band from Birmingham UK. Their music has been described as “Beach grunge”. the band often get mentioned in the same sentence as fellow Birmingham bands Peace and Troumaca who also make slacker beach rock.
he brainchild of 26-year-old Brighton born singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, Passenger is redefining the troubadour for the 21st century. Formerly a five-piece band, Passenger has now pared back to basics, quite literally bringing music to the streets on a series of lengthy busking journeys across Australia, America and the United Kingdom. A classic journeyman musician, cut from the same mould as Van Morrison, Neil Young and John Prine, Passenger has the unique ability to move from the humorous to heartbreaking with every song.
Let's get a couple things straight: Kevin Barnes is a great songwriter and Of Montreal is one of the most interesting bands out there today. However, the jumbled, obnoxious, bizarre sounds on this album are turning me off without question.
False Priest takes it down a notch with the electronics, but that hasn't stopped the music from coming off eccentric. Barnes' vocal delivery is more pronounced than ever, layering one wacky falsetto over another.
There were a lot of highs and lows for me on this album, which will make for great conversation among fans. This band still has my admiration, but that doesn't mean I'm going to follow them everywhere they go.
What did you think of this album? Awesome? Not so awesome? What would you score it? What did you think of the band's last LP? Does anyone listen to Cherry Peel anymore?