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compiled by Andy Lowe

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NOVEMBER

 

 

Saturday 22nd November CHRIS POPE & THE UKs + THE OUTBURSTS + LAY OUT THE TRAPS + RAGE DC £6 London Callin presents

 

 

Sunday 23rd November ANTHRAX + BUG CENTRAL + SLUG + BLEACH £5

Selection of punk bands from the old, new and in between school.

ANTHRAX U.K - anarcho punk from Gravesend since 1980

BUG CENTRAL - straight ahead punk from London since 1996

SLUG - politically active punk rock since 2012 (ex Active Slaughter)

BLEACH - HC Thrash punk from London

 

 

Monday 24th November TROY BAKER (acoustic set + EMMA TRICCA £5 Please note admission to this event is from 9pm, as we have a private event beforehand

The critically acclaimed voice actor Troy Baker, who plays main characters in games like The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite and the newly released Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Troy Baker, has released his first studio album Sitting in the Fire, featuring the single "My Religion."

Written and executive produced by Troy, Sitting in the Fire was recorded in a cabin in Big Bear, California.  The album was produced by Johnny What (Eriel Indigo) and co-produced, engineered and mixed by Rob King (Red Delicious, Hampton Beats, Echo Park Social Club).

"We didn't set out to make singles, we set out to make a record," says Troy. "It began by deconstructing all of the songs, reducing them to their quintessential elements. That's where Johnny came in. " Johnny What told Troy, "There's a place these songs want to go to, and you can't take them there."

"So we stripped every song down to just its foundation," Troy says, "an acoustic and a scratch vocal, and built up from there."  Rob King noted "we wanted to really keep the record as raw as possible. There are beautiful mistakes all over the place! For the record, no Auto-tune or drum grid editing either, just good performances from great musicians."

Sitting in the Fire can be best described as a rock n' roll offering with strong influences of early U2, INXS, Muse, and Jeff Buckley. It debuted at #26 on the iTunes Alternative rock chart and #137 on the top 200. At Amazon, the album also hit #1 on the Singer Songwriter chart, #17 on Alternative Rock chart and cracked the Top 100 at #93 with overall album sales.

Troy calls the album "an analogue album in a digital world, and cites it "not as a collection of songs, but a true record in the spirit of the LP." He continues, "we used to have a unique, kinetic relationship with the music we listened to. You placed the 33 on the platter, 'put the needle down' and for the next 20 minutes just listened to that record. When that needle crossed over to the other side, you had to flip that record over and repeat the process. It was interactive and given the world I'm predominately known for, an interactive medium is something that interests me."

www.facebook.com/troy.baker.7161

 

 

Tuesday 25th November HAMPTONS + SLUSHY GUTS + LUKE SAXTON + HUGO MARTIN £5

Hamptons are a 5 piece London based Indie rock band with an American lead singer. With songs like "Jesus & The Rolling Stones" and "Peace" the band blends humor and seriousness with catchy melodies, and delivers it to you wrapped in a joy inducing and incredibly strong live performance.

www.facebook.com/HamptonsLondon

www.soundcloud.com/hamptonslondon

www.youtube.com/hamptonslondon

Slushy Guts is the continually evolving idea of London based artist Stephen Keane. Unhampered by genre, at once singled minded yet free to wander where it may, Slushy Guts exists by itself, slowly, quietly, spaciously, skewed and scattered.

As complicated as it is simple, SG's recorded work is a brief, honest expression of the often skittish, unpredictable, strange and whimsical mind of its author, filtered through the layers of hiss crackle and pop of a malfunctioning one track tape machine.

Since 2009 Stephen has self released a slew of vinyl records, limited cassettes and CDRs and has toured the UK and Ireland multiple times with acts such as R Ring (Kelley Deal), Mt Eerie, Xiu Xiu, Dignan Porch, Widowspeak Julie Byrne and many more.

Luke Saxton wasn't made for these times.

www.facebook.com/slushyguts

At only 19, Luke has recorded 24 albums and an estimated 400 songs in his bedroom, since he started writing songs at age 7, inspired by Simon & Garfunkel's America and Nilsson's Everybody's Talkin'.

Luke's first official album, Sunny Sadness will be released on 24th November 2014, jointly by Bad Paintings & The Inkwell.

Growing up in York, Luke wasn't dreaming of football stardom or X Factor fantasies - instead, Luke was dreaming of The Beatles, Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson's swooning orchestrated pop and Frank Sinatra's collaborations with bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Luke was dreaming of making the perfect late 60s sunshine pop album.

Bad Painting's discovery of Sunny Sadness on Soundcloud felt more like digging up a long-lost record by a reclusive unsung 70s cult hero than finding something new on the blogosphere.

Written and recorded entirely by Luke when aged only 17 at his family home and inspired - like all classic pop - by "loneliness, and the breakdown of a relationship", Sunny Sadness is a beautifully arranged song-cycle of melancholy, sunshine singer-songwriter pop.

Recording into a basic free audio software, Luke played everything on the record - from guitars, drums and piano through to bouzouki, jingle bells and African drums.

Musically Sunny Sadness has influences ranging from Harry Nilsson's Nilsson Schmilsson to Serge Gainsbourg's Vu De L'exterieur to Fleetwood Mac, Shuggie Otis & Graham Nash. The constant theme is a commitment to song-craft and nuanced, subtle production.

This joint release between Bad Paintings and The Inkwell occurred as the result of an in-store performance on this year's Record Store Day at The Inkwell in York.

The Inkwell owner Paul describes Luke's performance as "spine-tingling," saying, "after experiencing Luke playing live in my shop, I had to help Bad Paintings get his music out in to the world."

Luke Saxton may not have been made for these times - but Sunny Sadness is an album for the ages.

https://soundcloud.com/luke-saxton-music

Hugo Martin is a London based singer songwriter.

https://soundcloud.com/hugo-martin-36

 

 

Wednesday 26th November SIMON STANLEY WARD BAND + THE HALLELUJAH TRAILS + T.G. ELIAS + VARIOUS GUISES £6 UnMenschionable Productions curates an evening of pharmaceutical-grade macrocosmic americana with extraplanetary influences.

Simon Stanley-Ward is a 27-year-old London-based country/americana songslinger with treble-entendre Nashville hooks and a killer band featuring antipodean twang ronin Paul Lush on guitar, Neil Marsh on drums, and Geoff Easeman on bass. Expect songs from his upcoming first solo album as well as last year's EP "Myself To Blame"

www.simonstanleyward.com

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqfJ0wwy8mk

The Hallelujah Trails churn out redwood-flavored bluegrassy Northern California twangadelica, from gossamer acoustic folk to telecaster-and-hammond workouts, knitted together by the vacuum-tight harmonies of Jeremy Mendonca (guitar) and bassist Anna Robinson with meticulous groove curation by drummist Jamie Shaw, plus mandolin/organ from roots reptile Lyle Z.  A new album is on the way to follow last year's well-received eponymous debut. "A little bit of magic" -Bob Harris " "Shadowy harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, and driving percussion score on well-constructed pieces." - Maverick Magazine

www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1pLPeBGCgg

www.facebook.com/hallelujahtrails

http://thehallelujahtrails.com

T.G. Elias   Manchester-based singer songwriter T.G. Elias is a prolific writer and performer whose subtle yet powerful voice spellbinds audiences at his mesmerizing live shows. Drawing from Gospel, Country and Blues, Elias pairs timeless melodies with candid tales and richly-textured life stories served up with searing lyrical bite and understated raw emotion.  He recently returned from recording his third album, in Nashville Tennessee.

'Tyrone The Gun' is due to be released early 2015

"Wonderful, Heartfelt Music" - Bob Harris

"A talent as big as the sky" - R2 Magazine

www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6dZDErJ86I&list=UUROXdLz91xmNrGYI-zxYHKw

Various Guises are London based folk-duo Maya McCourt & Blanche Ellis on cello and guitar (with some acapella vocals and a little washboard thrown in for good measure). Formed late one night around a bonfire in Brockley, they haven't looked back since. Playing original music influenced by a shared love of old New Orleans and English and European folk, their close-knit harmonies and delicate tunes kindle 'new-old folk music'.

www.soundcloud.com/various-guises

www.facebook.com/variousguises

www.artistecard.com/variousguises

 

 

Thursday 27th November THE FUZZBRATS + FUZZY NAUTILUS + BUFFALO SONGBOOK + STEVE McQUEEN + SKYHOOK £6 Hieronymous Bisch Bosch presents

 

 

Friday 28th November AINE DUFFY + KICK THE MOON + ALTERCATION + THIEVES + AMBERVISION + DEVIOUS FUNK COLLECTIVE £6 Enterprise Studios presents

The glorious, unique vocal range of Corks Áine Duffy is revealed in the opening moments of her new single 'Don't Do Much'. The combination of bluesy guitar sounds and synth paints a metropolitan backdrop and lends a fitting soundscape to the lead track from her forthcoming album.

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Áine recorded her album 'With Bells On' with the help of Toby Eaton (Wiggle), Billy Farrell (Ryan Sheridan) and the album was produced by Willem Blok and avant-garde producer and composer Stano.

Frequently basing herself in New York, Áine gigs relentlessly, playing well known venues such as BB King's and Rockwood Music Hall. She has also toured the UK, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain as well as the United States.

She was a Hotpress/2fm Arthur's Day finalist and has played support to acts such as Imelda May, Jack L, Kila, The Frank and Walters,  and John Spillane.

An avid lover of grass roots promotion, Áine has engaged in a social media campaign to find unique performance spaces to include as part of her upcoming Irish tour.

'Don't Do Much' will be released on Friday the 7th of November through independent label Eire Supply.

"Áine Duffy kicks ass " Tony Fenton (Today FM)

"Impossible to divert your eyes" Evening Echo

"One to Watch" Tony Clayton Lea (The Irish Times)

www,facebook.com/duffy.aine

www.aineduffy.ie

20:00 - AINE DUFFY www.facebook.com/duffy.aine
20:45 - KICK THE MOON - www.facebook.com/kickthemoon
21:30 - ALTERCATION - www.facebook.com/altercationuk
22:15 - THIEVES
23:00 - AMBERVISION - www.facebook.com/Ambervisiontheband
23:45 - DEVIOUS FUNK COLLECTIVE

 

 

Saturday 29th November FIRE EXIT + EMERGENCY BITTER + THE DISPUTES + THE PSYCHIATRISTS + more £6 in advance, £7 on the door London Callin presents

 

 

Sunday 30th November SAINTS OF SIN + TERESA MASCIANA £5

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER

 

 

Monday 1st December HOWARD & CLACK £3

London based duo, Paul Howard and Jo Clack celebrate over 30 years of making music together with the release of their first album of original material "Time Gentlemen". Featuring thirteen original songs including live favourites "Sometimes", "Cornered by Ray" and "Kathleen".

The songs weave a compelling landscape of characters and musical influences together from the cityscape. The spirit of the tidal river runs alongside the rise and fall of the innermost hopes, dreams and loves of its people.

From the tenement, the rain-swept street and the bar-room floor come the sound; the "verve and rhythm" of a guitar led by the "vocal cords of soul".

Thirty years in the making, it's about time.

www.paulhowardandjoclack.com

 

 

Tuesday 2nd December SYLVIE SIMMONS with JASON McNIFF + JASON McNIFF solo set + RAEVENNON HUSBANDES + introducing THE WANTON BISHOPS £6 Sylvie Simmons UK album launch party

The last time Sylvie Simmons played the 12 Bar - June 2013 - she sang Leonard Cohen songs. At that time Sylvie was touring the world with her ukulele and her best-selling book I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, singing his songs. Now she's back to sing her own songs.

Signing with esteemed US record label Light In The Attic, Sylvie recorded an album with Howe Gelb/Giant Sand that's been winning rave reviews everywhere from NME to The Sun and MOJO. Devendra Banhart calls it "Absolutely beautiful, fragile and fearless, direct and poetic - a gem." She'll be accompanied onstage by singer-guitarist Jason McNiff, who has just released a new album, "God Knows Why We Dream" with The Lone Malones.

Jason will also play a set of his own after Sylie's set

Raevennon Husbandesis a largely undiscovered gem, her fluid finger-picking guitar style and beautiful, clear and heartfelt singing voice can electrify a room. She has recently released her debut EP 'Box of Innocence' produced by and featuring the legendary BJ Cole on pedal steel guitar.

The Wanton Bishops are a two-piece blues and garage band from Beirut, Lebanon, comprising Nader (vocals, harmonica, keyboards) and Eddy (guitar, backing vocals, banjo) who enhance their sound with the additions of a bassist and drummer. Nader met Eddy in a bar in Beirut a couple of years ago. Well, Technically, they met outside the bar - in the middle of a fistfight. Luckily, they weren't punching each other, and their friendship developed over cheap tequila. They then decided to form a band together.

Earlier this year, coinciding with their trip to play SxSW, a stunning film was made of the band, taking them from their hometown of Beirut to the Deep South. The film captures these two worlds colliding, from the visceral street life of Beirut to the band's palpable excitement and awe as they travel through and play in various locations throughout the Deep South on a blues pilgrimage.

Both the film and the band's debut album will be released in 2015

For more info: www.thewantonbishops.com

 

 

Wednesday 3rd December THE FALLEN LEAVES + BEN COCKETT + THE MYND SET + THE BEATPACK + late set TREES AND THE SLIPWAY £6 London Callin presents Minimum R & B

THE FALLEN LEAVES are continuing their monthly MINIMUM R&B Wednesday residency, building a new following in THE ROOKERY OF ST GILES

7.30 Ben Cockett - Musician / Artist. Mod Rock n' Roll on acoustic guitar, all his own songs. Also paintings of swarms of bees in oil on collage plus other artworks.

8.15 The Beatpack

9.00 Mynd Set

10.00 Fallen Leaves

Punk rock for gentlemen

www.thefallenleaves.net

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"This valve amp, treble-to-the-max rave-up would have had the mid-'60s Who or Pretty Things bricking it backstage at the Embassy Club" - Mark Paytress (Mojo)

"This sharp, angular, melodic garage-pop will doubtless appeal to the same authenticity-starved youngsters who have made Billy Childish their king" - Stewart Lee (Sunday Times)

"a confrontational cacophony of clashing rock'n'roll destroyed and reassembled with strange and awkward angles. The same, but different." - Plan B

11.00 Trees and the Slipway - Refracted through the psychedelic environs of Tamworth and Liverpool, then heading down to London when right and ready, the trio of Matthew Lees, Joss Cope and Stephen Wood formed TREES AND THE SLIPWAY.

They play guitar/Casio comedown anthems for the dispossessed, Kraut-y stompers for the still-flying, and in between, songs about mad kings and more earth(l)y things... all shot through with the outsider micro-cubed raga-pop sensibility that you will come to know and love...

http://soundcloud.com/trees-and-the-slipway

 

 

Thursday 4th December CUSP + THE LEMMINGTONS £6

London 4 piece Cusp are finally back together again, after a 7 year hiatus, to play an intimate set of old and new songs where it all started at the 12 Bar Club. Infectious melodies and expansive rockin' rhythms provide the backdrop to dark, satirical and often comical storytelling songs.

www.cuspmusic.co.uk

www.facebook.com/cuspmusic

The Lemmingtons formerly known as The Matt and John Band are made up of Matt and John and then sometimes other musicians like Mark who plays accordion, banjo and mandolin and Rachel who plays fiddle and harmonium and the delightful Mypsies backing singers. Matt has one type of brain and John has the other but through experience they have learnt how to compliment each other - not literally of course. New roots, anti-folk, acoustic, Skiffle or skuffle with themes such as falling asleep in a puddle drunk, life on the M25 and the perils of falling in love on a wet slippery floor - it's enough to send shivers to your spine and wobbles to your bum!

 

 

Friday 5th December GOLDEN LEGACY + WHO SLAPPED JOHN + KING KOREA + RED SKY REUNION + EASTROAD + THE SIRENS £6 Enterprise Studios presents

 

 

Saturday 6th December KNUCKLEDUST + NINEBAR + NO SECOND CHANCE + PROVEN + IDLE HANDS £6 Rucktion Records presents

 

 

Sunday 7th December open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Monday 8th December ELIA LORENZI + MUSHANA + RORY SCOTT + PISTOL KINGS + ESTHER LAMONTAGNE £3 Producers' Showcase

 

 

Tuesday 9th December THE DREAMING SPIRES + SIMON STANLEY WARD + THE SNAKES + SUGAR MAGNOLIA + special guests £6 Bucketfull Of Brains presents a

Second Bucketfull Of Brains evening

Celebrate the festive season at the 12 Bar in iconic Denmark Street with Bucketfull Of Brains artists and select guests. An hour for magic, an evening for surprise.

SIMON STANLEY WARD is a 27-year-old London-based country/americana songslinger with treble-entendre Nashville hooks and a killer band featuring antipodean twang ronin Paul Lush on guitar, Neil Marsh on drums, and Geoff Easeman on bass. Expect songs from his upcoming first solo album as well as last year's EP "Myself To Blame"

www.simonstanleyward.com

THE DREAMING SPIRES hail from just outside Oxford. Their mix of cosmic jangle and classic psychedelia verging on the baroque is anchored in an encyclopedic knowledge and grounding in pop music in all its forms. Expect some tunes from new EP Hype Bands and upcoming Searching for the Supertruth album. Plus some choice and perhaps unexpected covers.

www.thedreamingspires.com

THE SNAKES Electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass, drums, vocals, harmonica, pedal steel, mandollin, piano, hammond, banjo, violin, all kinds of percussion, all mixed up in a room full of wine, whiskey, women and song.

www.thesnakes.co.uk

SUGAR MAGNOLIA is a duo comprising Bryony Afferson and Jack Day.
Bryony is part of folk-trio Troubadour Rose, whose record Tell Me, released in September 2013, attracted rave reviews from The Guardian and the Daily Express amongst others.
Jack's The First Ten, released the same year, also attracted top reviews across the music press, including being named Best Roots Album in Q Magazine.

www.sugarmagnolia.co.uk

 

 

Thursday 11th December SWAMPMOTHER + MONSTERS IN THE ATTIC + NICOLAS AND THE SAINTS + JD SMITH £6

 

 

Saturday 13th December BANJOEY RAMONE + guests £6 London Callin presents

 

 

Sunday 14th December KITFO CURSE + THE FIRCONES £5

 

 

Monday 15th December CAMILLE MILLER £5

 

 

Wednesday 17th December THE SNAKEOIL RATTLERS £6

 

 

Thursday 18th December TANKUS THE HENGE THE FUZILLIS + LAST OF THE BARSTOOLS + BEAU BOW BELLES + late set THE SWLABR 3 £6 Hieronymous Bisch Bosch presents

 

 

Friday 19th December GOLDBLADE + TV SMITH + EASTFIELD + more £8 in advance London Callin presents

 

 

Saturday 20th December THE MEMBRANES + FAERGROUND ACCIDENTS + HE NOVEMBER FIVE + MINISTERS DEAD £8 in advance London Callin presents

 

 

Sunday 21st December open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Sunday 28th December SAINTS OF SIN + more £5

 

 

 

JANUARY

 

 

Wednesday 7rd January THE FALLEN LEAVES + BEN COCKETT + MANDEVILLE + THE BULLETS £6 London Callin presents Minimum R & B

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