REVIEWS

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Where & Now review

GIG LISTINGS
compiled by Andy Lowe

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Thursday 24th July SUNNY OZELL + LITTLE MAMMOTHS + MALACHY OROZCO + late set from JESSICA CLEMMONS £7

8.00 - Sunny Ozell is always a sucker for a sad song, and is hard at work on a spine-chilling repertoire that makes baring one's soul seem the most elegant of pursuits.

She has an album coming out soon, and plays with some of New York's finest musicians.

Since this gig was booked, most descriptions of her music seem to have vanished from the web, so, since we saw her play an invitation only gig here at 12 Bar not so long ago, we can say that "early Bonnie Raitt, but jazzier, and without the slide guitar" would give an idea of where her music is at:

http://sozell.section101.com

10.00 - Little Mammoths are a proper rock'n'roll band for the modern age. Raw and raucous, they peddle their own brew of intoxicated fun.

www.soundcloud.com/littlemammoths

9.00 - Malachy Orozco is a London based, Hoboken raised, singer songwriter and sound artist.

A man of dark wit, and stylish but intense dynamics, he will delight you and shake you up.

http://soundcloud.com/malachyorozco

11.30 - Houston songstress Jessica Clemmons had one of those 'light bulb' moments after releasing her sophomore album 'Loving This Day' in 2012. Having poured her heart and soul in the record, which saw her rewarded with radio play and an acclaimed support slot on The Overtones UK tour, she found herself pondering the all important question 'What If'…

Growing up in Texas, Jessica spent her formative years surrounded by the rich heritage of Country Music. While her parents indulged in cutting edge sounds of the Motown era, it was her Grandparents who introduced her to the story-telling vocals of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Though there was no denying that Motown made her want to move, Country Music became her grounding.

Widely known for her big voice and soulful tones, Jessica wanted to raise the bar… she needed to tell her own story – not just connect with her audience emotionally but allow her words to do the talking. She reveals: 'I love the way Country Music can tell a story… and I have plenty to say!'

Returning to Houston for a break after her 27-date support with The Overtones, Jessica set about making this transition a reality. Although she liked to think of Texas as the home of Country Music, she conceded that she would have to 'let Nashville have this one… If you want to write a pop/country album you don't go to LA or Chicago, you go to the place that specializes in it.' So that is exactly what she did.

Teaming up in Nashville with country stalwart Jeff Cohen (The Band Perry, Sugarland), Sherrie Austin (George Strait, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill), James T Slater (Rascall Flatts, Kellie Pickler, Martina McBride) and Lindsey Ray (Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato), Jessica knew she had to make every word count.

The result was Jessica's most personal record to date. Channeling the storytelling that she had fallen in love with as a youngster, she found that the Nashville experience allowed her to open the floodgates and keep it real. She admits, 'Writing is like therapy for me. I found 'What If' a very difficult to write because it was one of the first times I have been so completely open. I think this is very important when trying to connect with the listener. When they feel your pain, heartache or even happiness, it enables them to connect.'

Having spent November and December of 2013 supporting Boyzone on their UK arena tour, Jessica released her debut single from the EP entitled 'Single Tonight' in January 2014. The song received a great response from the media and was play-listed on BBC Radio 2. Jessica was invited to sing live on Weekend Wogan, performing a special cover of Glen Campbell's 'Wichita Lineman.'

Terry Wogan exclaimed: "Well with the greatest respect to Glen Campbell, that was the most fabulous version I have ever heard. That was terrific."

2014 kicked off with a bang as Jessica performed at both days of the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 Arena, and was chosen by iTunes (UK/IE) to be one of their featured artists in a promotion called Sounds Like Nashville in March.

She returned to Nashville in May to complete her album, which she predicts will be available by the summer. With song-writing collaborations with some of Country's finest songwriters already under her belt, Jessica will again be joining forces with Jeff Cohen and a host of Nashville's A-list writers. Her brand new single 'Love Like That' co-written with Sherrie Austin was released on 5th May.

http://jessicaclemmons.com

 

 

Friday 25th July THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY + THE GREEN ROCK RIVER BAND + MOTHERS OF MEMPHIS + THE LONE GROOVER + RICH RAGS + SALWA AZAR £6 The Penny Black Remedy present Bam A Lam

BAM A LAM ANNOUNCEMENT
It is with a heavy heart that we officially announce that the July 25th Bam-A-Lam will alas, be our last monthly night at the 12 Bar Club. With an increasingly busy schedule (at home and abroad), it has become logistically impractical for yours truly, as hosts and organisers, to continue running a busy monthly event.

Don't fret, though - it's not all bad news! We're looking at ways to reformat Bam-A-Lam into a bigger special event party, running about 3 times per year.This of course, means that there will only be one Bam-A-Lam event before the end of the year, on Friday 25th July (with the possible exception of a cheeky Xmas show in December; although this has not been confirmed). It goes without saying that it will be the same raucous and musically mischievous night as always.

We would like to say a humongous thank you to absolutely everyone at The 12 Bar Club past and present for all their help, love and support over the course of the last three amazing years!!!! We do urge you to continue to support this very special venue in the heart of Soho in our absence. And a similarly massive thank you goes out to all the incredible acts, performers and bands who have beguiled, rock'n'rolled, gave blood, sweat and sometimes tears to packed houses and who have conspired to give Bam-A-Lam it's uniquely eclectic identity. And lastly, and certainly not leastly, a gargantuan thank you goes out to every single Bam-A-Lammer who has supported the club and come down and partied with us, danced with us, drank with us and sang with us over the course of the last three years. It has been a beautiful Bam-A-Lam-A-Lific journey.

With their high octane live sets and unique musical fusion of Americana, Punk, Folk and Ska, The Penny Black Remedy have been thrilling crowds across the UK and the rest of Europe since the band's inception in London in 2007. Their live performances, as forceful as party political campaign rallies, but unlike those – honest to the core, have seen them build a fiercely loyal following, a hardcore of whom happily travel many miles and crossing many borders to see them. Songwriter Keith M Thomson's fine blend of darkly humorous lyrics and joyful life affirming melodies have enticed diverse, international, audiences to fully engage in their distinctively interactive shows by enthusiastically singing-along to every word.

They released their debut album, 'No One's Fault But Your Own' in May 2009 and includes many favourites of their current live set, such as; Bring Back Brando, 95 Charing Cross Road, Don't Count On Us, The First Time I Saw Angels and Come Back When You Have More Ambition. The album was released on their own label, Soundinistas and is distributed globally by Cadiz Music.

TPBR released their much anticipated second album, 'Inhale… Exhale… OK, Now You Can Panic!' in July 2013 to rave reviews from major music press including Q, Uncut, Rock'n'Reel Magazine, The Daily Mirror and Americana UK. The album includes two singles, 'Some People Just Don't Know When To Quit' and 'Up To My Neck In A Hex', which was accompanied by their first promo video. Uncut said of the album ' Festival folkies hit cross cultural sweet spot!', R2 magazine said 'Stand-out track? All of 'em – turn it up!' and Americana UK said 'A boisterous riot of an album… It bursts out of the speakers, dances on the sofa, pogos into the kitchen, drinks all your beer and then boogies round your living room while laughing maniacally!'.

Thomson says: "The fact that most of the songs are about death, lost love, living in a constant state of crippling paranoid fear and coping with the daily grind of everyday life is irrelevant. Encouraging people to sing loudly and out of tune about the absurdity of general existence seems to instill a sense of comfort and emotional unity…I think."

This colourful and culturally diverse collective consists of Keith M Thomson from Scotland on vocals and guitar, Croatian vocalist Marijana Hajdarhodzic, Dutch drummer Wilco van Eijk and bass player T.S. Williams, who joined the band in January 2014. The band's line up until recently included Paul Slack on bass, who was a founding member of legendary punk band, U.K. Subs and The Flying Padovanis. TPBR live shows have also on occasion included the exceedingly energetic and charismatic brass section, The Horns of Fury.

Some of The Penny Black Remedy's highlights so far have included: winning Best Alternative Act at the UK Indy Awards. Sharing bills with bands such as the Buzzcocks, Fishbone, Asian Dub Foundation and Croatian Surf band, The Bambi Molesters. Live acoustic sessions on BBC Radio Five Live and Resonance FM. Airplay on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 (including 'Song Title of the Week' with Steve Lamacq). Being voted by the audience in the 'top 3 best acts' at Larmer Tree Festival. Solid festival track-record, such as: Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party, Bestival and Larmer Tree in the UK, The Valkhoff Affaire and Coninex Pop in Holland, Fusion Festival in Germany and SeaRock Festival in Montenegro.

The Guardian newspaper claimed their song, 'I Won't Argue When I'm Dead', as "Quite simply, the finest country sing-along I've heard on the vexed pop topic of how one's body should be disposed of after death". Q magazine said of their last album 'High on energy and darkly wry observational lyrics, TPBR may well be the Capital's premier rootsy party band'.

TPBR continue to keep a busy schedule. With a new album to be recorded in Portugal this summer, combined with tours in the UK, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro and across Europe for the rest of the year, The Penny Black Remedy are set for their busiest year yet!

thepennyblackremedy.com

 

 

Saturday 26th July POPE + AUNTIE PUS + BLEST MESS + TRANSMISION CONTROL DIVISION + ANGRY ITCH £6 London Callin' presents

Since the late 70's Chris Pope has been a front-runner in the world of singer songwriters.

His first outing with Mod-Punk Mega Group The Chords 1979-81 was followed by critically acclaimed bands Agent Orange, Gatecrash Heaven, and later Pope.

Fitting for a man who has written classics such as; 'Maybe Tomorrow', So Far Away, 'Brave New World', 'Loves still here' and now following soon with a new single/video 'Mutiny on the Thames'

Chris for the last 2 years has been working on his new album 'Peace of Mind' with bass player Mic Stoner (The Chords 2012, Pope, Candyheads) and super skinsman Kenny Cooper (Pope).

 

 

Sunday 27thJuly X-CONTRACT + THE SENTON BOMBS + KING COBRA + THE BLACK AND THE RED £5

www.facebook.com/xcontract (Denmark)

www.facebook.com/thesentonbombs

www.facebook.com/SpatchcockedByCobra

www.facebook.com/TheRedAndTheBlack

 

 

Monday 28th SUMMERS DIVIDE £5

Summers Divide is a band that consists of Astian Taylor and Jay Connelly. The group hails from Jacksonville, Florida and both have played for over 10 years as professional musicians. Astian and Jay began their career together while in the band, fourthefallen, which had success throughout the US. Astian has also been involved with Anlyns Curse, Eightdays and Canvas, and Jay has been with Last Nights Disaster and Atrya, all regional and nationally successful bands for both guys. Astian has continued to work with some of the industry's top platinum producers and management, including; Andrew Perlowich (T-Pain), Paul Lapinski (Ludacris, Yellowcard), Darryl Phenneger (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) and Danny Nozell (Dolly Parton, Slipknot).

Astian and Jay have had songs featured on several FM Commercial radio stations across the US, including the Kansas City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Maui and Phoenix radio markets. Astian and Jay lead their highly succesful band, fourthefallen, to the Nation's Finals of the Emergenza Worldwide Battle of the Bands Competition, where they placed 7th out of over 7,500 bands in the US. Brian Ball, V.P. of Ernie Ball guitars, rated Astian a score of 10 out of 10, the highest score a vocalist could receive in the competition. Astian and Jay have toured relentlessly throughout their careers, opening for such acts as; Fuel, Taproot, Systemmatic, Earshot, Deadsy, Smile Empty Soul, Seether, Unwritten Law and 10 Years, just to name a few.

The guys are taking no break these days, the music is different but the same genuine talent and songwriting structure that has helped propel their previous bands to the next level is being heard in this new pop electronica music. With the release of the highly anticipated 2014 album "EXiii", the guys have crafted a unique blend of acoustic guitar, pop electronic sounds and soft melodic vocals, to create some of their best work to date.

Summers Divide recently embarked on an AC Top 40 Radio Campaign to push the lead single 'BENT' within the United States. Summers Divide f.k.a. Astian Taylor was the Number #1 Most Added Artist in their first week, charting the Most Added AC Chart above Platinum Artists; Katy Perry, Pharrell and Imagine Dragons. The hit single 'BENT' has continued to climb the AC Top 40 Charts and is currently sitting at #8 above Lorde, Katy Perry and The Neighbourhood, and now is being heard on over 59 stations around the United States. The guys are currently anticipating the release of their first international single "Heartbeat" to the UK and European markets.

www.summersdivide.com

 

 

Tuesday 29th July PRIVATE EVENT

 

 

Wednesday 30th July JACK MARTINI + more tba £5

Groove it up a little with Jacopo Martini!

www.facebook.com/jack.martini.music

 

 

Thursday 31st July STANDARD LAMPS + PENNY ORCHIDS + BELLYEYESMILE + SUGARSPOTT £5 Hieronymous Bisch Bosch presents

 

 

 

 

AUGUST

 

 

Friday 1st August GOD MODE + BRIGANTES + FISHMONGERS + SHOTGUN STACEY + JAMIE ROCHE + more £6 Enterprise Studios presents

 

 

Saturday 2nd August KARTEL + PROVEN + TO THE NINES + PRESERVER + CURBSTOMP £6 Rucktion Records presents

 

 

Sunday 3rd August open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Monday 4th August STRANGLEHOLD + ANGRY AGENDA + TERRY & THE TOERAGS + BIRD TROUBLE £6 London Callin' presents

 

 

Tuesday 5th August ROBBIE FULKS & JON LANGFORD + PAT CRILLY £8

From the Bloodshot Records website…

Robbie Fulks plays by nobody's rules--except the ones he hears in his head. He is prodigiously talented, with the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian. Besides, his scorn for the music industry makes ours look positively prosaic. But don't let that make you lose sight of THE SONGS.

Widely regarded by those who monitor such things as one of the most gifted songwriters to ever ply the trade, he can sing the kids ditty "Eggs" and Haggard's "Sing a Sad Song" back to back and mean 'em both. While it is true he started off a honky tonk smartass, it quickly became evident that Robbie was a monster talent and some of his early Bloodshot albums have been rightly elevated to the status of "classic" and serve as their own Greatest Hits collections. Seriously.

It is a damning condemnation of our world's musical taste that he has not been elevated to the ranks of the multi-faceted giants of songwriting like Nick Lowe, Dave Alvin and Harlan Howard. He damn well should be. Robbie's cross-genre antics (like us, he has trouble navigating this world of hyphens) would have had him revered in times gone by; such artists used to be coveted, now they confuse. We take it personally that he's not more famous and consider it evidence of our world's moral and aesthetic decline.

Lost in the deserved accolades for being a fabulously unique, clever, and heartfelt writer is the fact that he's also one of the best guitarists around. The chameleon-like tall guy can whip it out in honky-tonk, country, bluegrass, power pop, or whatever strikes his ample whimsy at the time.

Robbie Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. He learned guitar from his dad, banjo from Earl Scruggs and John Hartford records, and fiddle (long since laid down in disgrace) on his own. He attended Columbia College in New York City in 1980 and dropped out in 1982 to focus on the Greenwich Village songwriter scene and other ill-advised pursuits.

In the mid-1980s he moved to Chicago and joined Greg Cahill's Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, with whom he made one record (Hole in My Heart, Turquoise, 1989) and toured constantly. Since then he has gone on to create a multifarious career in music. He was a staff instructor in guitar and ensemble at Old Town School of Folk Music from 1984 to 1996. He worked on Nashville's Music Row as a staff songwriter for Songwriters Ink (Joe Diffie, Tim McGraw, Ty Herndon) from 1993 to 1998. He has released solo records on the Bloodshot, Geffen, Boondoggle (self), and Yep Roc labels.

Radio loves him too: there's been multiple appearances on WSM's "Grand Ole Opry"; PRI's "Whadd'ya Know"; NPR's "Fresh Air," "Mountain Stage," and "World Cafe"; and the syndicated "Acoustic Cafe" and "Laura Ingraham Show." TV: PBS's Austin City Limits; NBC's Today, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and 30 Rock. TV/film use of his music includes True Blood, My Name Is Earl, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, Very Bad Things, and Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, and he has voiced or sung campaigns for Budweiser, McDonalds, Nickelodeon, and Applebees. From 2004 to 2008 he hosted an hourlong performance/ interview program for XM satellite radio, "Robbie's Secret Country." His compositions have been covered by Sam Bush, Kelly Hogan, Sally Timms, Rosie Flores, John Cowan, and Old 97s.

Robbie's writing on music and life have appeared in GQ, Blender, the Chicago Reader, DaCapo Press's Best Music Writing anthologies for 2001 and 2004, Amplified: Fiction from Leading Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Blues and Folk Musicians, and A Guitar and A Pen: Stories by Country Music's Greatest Songwriters. As an instrumentalist, he has accompanied the Irish fiddle master Liz Carroll, the distinguished jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman, and the New Orleans pianist Dr. John. As a producer his credits include Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (Sugar Hill, 2004) and Big Thinkin' by Dallas Wayne (Hightone, 2000). Theatrical credits include "Woody Guthrie's American Song" and Harry Chapin's "Cottonpatch Gospel." He served twice as judge for the Winfield National Flatpicking Guitar competition. He tours yearlong with various configurations and plays a weekly residency at the Hideout in Chicago.

Impressive, eh? But it wouldn't mean nothing if he couldn't consistently and inventively whip a room into an appreciative froth no matter what he plays, how he plays it and who he plays it with.

If he comes to your town, you need to experience one of the most talented PERFORMERS out there.

Jon Langford is the L'homme de Renaissance of indie rock. The prolific Welshman-cum-Chicagoan has done it all in his time.

Founded the Ground Zero UK art/punk collective The Mekons (who, many suggest, went on to inadevertantly turn a bunch of punk rock snots like Bloodshot Rob into country fans with their seminal albums Fear and Whiskey and Honky Tonkin') , noise rock progenitors The Three Johns and countless collaborations with greats, near-greats and unheard of cult figures.

For Bloodshot, he's been an indefatigueable presence in our shoddy offices since day one. In addition to all his musical contributions as a solo artist, he's created lots of cover art, produced lots of records, lent his ham-fisted guitar stylings to recordings by the Old 97's, Roger Knox, Rosie Flores, Kelly Hogan, Andre Williams, Sadies, Sally Timms, Danbert Nobacon, Alejandro Escovedo, among others, draws a comic strip, writes books, appeared as the backing band on This American Life and acts as a reeling papa bear figure to many of Chicago's musicians looking for direction and reassurance in this vicious racket we call the music industry.

Since the man creates more music than any one band could possibly hold, he's also the guiding force in the Waco Brothers, the rarely convened collective of the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, the Skull Orchard and Wee Hairy Beasties. At any given time, he might have a few other irons in the fire, or plates in the air, or pies in the oven, or cubes in the tray. It tires us just trying to keep up.

The revelatory aspect of Jon's prolific body of work is that he's always treated punk rock as folk music and folk music, when it stays true to its roots, can be awful damn punk. Woody Guthrie pissed off as many, if not more, people than Johnny Rotten. Also, country music, REAL country music tells a story and lays bare the truth as honestly and directly as anything the Clash ever did. For Jon, the line between Acuff-Rose and Strummer-Jones is a direct one. He also never lets a firm stance or a strong opinion get in the way of a hearty laugh or a ripping good yarn, preferably told in the company of friends with a frothy pint glass within reach.

We've learned a lot from him over the years. First and foremost, doing everything honestly and honorably is its own reward. Just keep moving. Keep your head down and perform your job. Don't look back. Let the rest of the world sort it out. Don't get bogged down by the misses. It's helped us survive in this racket, and it helps us in our daily lives.

As nice as he is prolific--rather unheard of in the hyper-rarified environment of notoriety.

 

 

Wednesday 6th August THE WHOLIGANS £8

The world's first & longest running tribute to The Who

Originally formed in Toronto Canada in 1982.

Toured (& STILL touring) USA,Canada,UK,Europe too many times to mention.and loved every minute :)

http://thewholigans.com

http://tinyurl.com/WhoTubeLigans

The Wholigans are proud to be a HIWATT UK artist since 2003.

www.hiwatt.co.uk/artists

 

 

Saturday 9th August Bonnie & Clyde

 

 

Monday 11th August THE GO SET + LONDON SEWAGE COMPANY + MELBOURNE CANS £6 London Callin' presents

 

 

Thursday 14th August MATTY JAMES + DAVE KUSWORTH + DANIEL LUCAS (BOSS CAINE) + DAVE RENEGADE £6

Pirate Heart Records presents an evening of live acoustic rock n' roll at the 12 Bar Club, London. The show will feature the following talents:

Matty James
Guitar slingin' singer & songwriter. Matty's whiskey soaked voice set against an acoustic strum has created a signature sound that draws listeners in from the off. With just himself and a guitar, the young troubadour has earned a loyal fan base. After the recent release of his critically acclaimed debut album 'Last One To Die', this is sure to be a special performance.

www.mattyjamesofficial.com

Dave Kusworth
Described as a tear-stained meeting of Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," and Neil Young's "Down by the River" wrapped in scarves, bound up in leather pants, and shrouded by cigarette smoke. Dave Kusworth has played in such legendary acts as the Jacobites, The Bounty Hunters and has also had a prolific solo career.

www.davekusworth.com

Daniel Lucas
Regularly performing under the Boss Caine moniker, Daniel has been described as the real deal. He will rip your heart out and toss it back to you many songs later, doused in whiskey, soul and more emotions than you know how to handle.

www.bosscainemusic.bandcamp.com

Dave Renegade
Former guitarist with Tyla/Dogs D'Amour, the Gasoline Queens and currently the bassist for London punks the Healthy Junkies. Dave Renegade is stepping out on his own as well!

www.reverbnation.com/daverenegade

www.pirateheartrecords.com

 

 

Friday 15th August BAND OF HOLY JOY + MORTON VALENCE + THE LONG DECLINE + DAVID J HULL £8

www.bandofholyjoy.co.uk

www.mortonvalence.com

www.myspace.com/longdecline2

 

 

Saturday 16th August FREEDOM CAGE + BROCKER + GIRL IN THE GARDEN + JETTYSON £6 London Callin' presents

 

 

Sunday 17th August open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Thursday 21st August MOZZY GREEN + WHOM BY FIRE + RUSSELL JOSLIN + ROBERT CHANEY £5 in advance, £6 on the door

 

 

Friday 22nd August GOD MODE + RED SKY REUNION + CAM COLE + NIGHT SCREAMER + BRETT M TRIO+ more £6 Enterprise Studios presents

 

 

Saturday 23rd August VIVA LAS VEGAS + DIRT ROYAL+ LONG DICKS + more tbc £6 London Callin presents "Happy Birthday Joe"

Sunday 24th August LA STRANGE + FIREFLY £5 La Strange (Angela Castellani) is an Italian rock singer born in a little village in northern Italy. Her strong motivation, natural talent and passion together with a powerful stage presence and un-ending commitment to her music are her main qualities.

La Strange started her career as a vocalist, singing in local cover bands where she began to build a reputation that led to work as a session singer for various dance productions. Along side this she began writing her own songs and taking the first steps to realising her dream. She continued performing her own material at many well attended gigs, earning herself a loyal following before meeting up with UK Producer James D. Bell in September 2009. A meeting that led to a development deal with All Out Music UK through which La Strange was born.

"That was the turning point I'd been waiting for," the singer says. "Our original plan was to record and release an EP". The first two songs recorded were: 'Keep Goin' on' and 'Far away' and the goal was to create arrangements that would retain La Strange's rock passion but also offer it up in a fresh, innovative and edgy way that would draw the listener into her darkly gothic and romantic soul. It took a couple of months to finish these arrangements, but the sound was great and they were so happy with the results that nobody wanted to stop there!

 

 

Sunday 24th August LA STRANGE £5

La Strange (Angela Castellani) is an Italian rock singer born in a little village in northern Italy. Her strong motivation, natural talent and passion together with a powerful stage presence and un-ending commitment to her music are her main qualities.

La Strange started her career as a vocalist, singing in local cover bands where she began to build a reputation that led to work as a session singer for various dance productions. Along side this she began writing her own songs and taking the first steps to realising her dream. She continued performing her own material at many well attended gigs, earning herself a loyal following before meeting up with UK Producer James D. Bell in September 2009. A meeting that led to a development deal with All Out Music UK through which La Strange was born.

"That was the turning point I'd been waiting for," the singer says. "Our original plan was to record and release an EP". The first two songs recorded were: 'Keep Goin' on' and 'Far away' and the goal was to create arrangements that would retain La Strange's rock passion but also offer it up in a fresh, innovative and edgy way that would draw the listener into her darkly gothic and romantic soul. It took a couple of months to finish these arrangements, but the sound was great and they were so happy with the results that nobody wanted to stop there!

 

 

Friday 29th August acts tba £6 Enterprise Studios presents

 

 

Saturday 30th August ANARCHISTWOOD + 1000 SCARS + WRAPPED IN PLASTIC + UNSTOPPABLE ACHEIVERS + 3 STONE MONKEY £6 London Callin present

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER

 

 

Wednesday 3rd September THE FALLEN LEAVES + MORE TBC £6 London Callin'

 

 

Friday 5th September THE LURKERS + THE FITS + 16 GUNS+ THE DISPUTES

 

 

Saturday 6th September Acts tbc Ruction

 

 

Thursday 11th September JOHN BUTLER (of DIESEL PARK WEST) £6 advance

...1989 the year the Berlin Wall came down the beginning of dance culture entering mainstream pop culture and the year of the last great NME invention taking hold in the imagination of youth with a rather baggy Stone Roses led cult. What may not be so easily recalled was the release in January of that year of a hugely influential album by Diesel Park West .Shakespeare Alabama. This album swam against prevailing tides of the day with songs of such quality it seemed to many a major new force for good had arrived. John Butlers song writing demonstrated quite clearly with this debut that here was someone able to craft songs of such quality comparisons to Ray Davies , Marriot-Lane, Townsend even Young and Zimmerman were clearly applicable.

Alas critical acclaim does not in itself translate into major success and despite selling well Shakespeare Alabama was denied its due place in the upper reaches of rock n roll....The band however continues to this day and are now eight albums into a "career" that may actually turn out to be all the more creatively substantial for having not sold million upon million of records. With the shackles of commercial upkeep off Butler has written his way into the bigger picture more than ever via tunes like Faithless Life, Bloody As Fur, A House Divided, Leave Me With The Sinners and the sublime latter day radio favourite There's A Grace spread out over the last twenty something years.

With songs and the voice to sing them Johns solo acoustic gigs demonstrate all the inherent musical qualities at their heart delivered with an engaging wit and insight only someone with intimate knowledge of the real music business could possibly know. Performances wrapped up in a humorous and insightful delivery not afraid to enter the dark zone whilst offering a consummate skill in doing so a John Butler night is well worth checking out!

 

 

Saturday 13th September Acts tbc Bonnie & Clyde

 

 

Saturday 20th September Acts tbc London Callin'

 

 

Saturday 27th September PLAYMAKER + THE SWAGGER + THE THEME + THE LOOP  + MORE TBC London Callin’

 

 

 

OCTOBER

 

 

Wedneday 1st October THE FALLEN LEAVES + MORE TBC

 

 

Friday 3rd October PRIVATE EVENT London Callin'

 

 

Saturday 11th October BACK TO ZERO + THE WITCHDOKTORS + THE KITE COLLECTORS + THE PAPERBACKS Bonnie & Clyde

 

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