Artists at a glance
GUNNING FOR TAMAR
LA PETITE MORT
MAR KEL THE BADBELLY
SO WHAT ROBOT
THE HOLY ORDERS
THE ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION
TO BE FRANK
Top tunes from GUNNING FOR TAMAR, TANAOU, ERICA NOCKALLS, THE HOLY ORDERS, WOODEN HORSE, MAR KEL THE BADBELLY, TO BE FRANK, COURTS, BON-BON, HARTS, KAL LAVELLE, EUAN LYNN, SO WHAT ROBOT, LUMIN BELLS, THE ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION, GRANDFATHER BIRDS, LA PETITE MORT and KID KIN
Every Sunday night/Monday morning on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am you can hear a selection of my favourite new tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader in an hour-long music mixtape. Some of the tunes are recommended by BBC friends and colleagues, others are handpicked by me from our inbox here at Fresh On The Net.
Each of these mixtapes is available free when the radio show ends at 3am via the 6 Music Downloads Page. You’ll also find archived episodes there from the previous 4 weeks. As of this week, the full tracklists and start times are now published here at Fresh On The Net with a link to each artist’s website. These are the listings for Monday, 20th May 2013 – an exceptionally strong week – where a great many of my favourite acts all seem to have brought out new music within a few days of each other.
Previous mixtape tracklistings can be found on the BBC website.
GUNNING FOR TAMAR – Dark Sky Tourism [START 0:13]
This stunning Oxford four-piece go to strength. Since releasing this extraordinary single last August, they’ve released a fine new five track EP for Alcopop records called Camera Lucida, which we also highly recommend. Their next UK gig is at Nice N’ Sleazy in Glasgow on May 24th. Miss it at your peril.
TANAOU – A Nursing Home In Full Swing [START 02:58]
The welcome sound of Northants 5-piece The All New Adventures Of Us (now abbreaviated into the unpronounceable acronym TANAOU) back on top form on their latest single “A Nursing Home In Full Swing”. It’s the first new track from their as yet untitled 2nd album due later this year, and there’s a great promo clip for this on that we recently our featured as video of the day on our YouTube playlist.
ERICA NOCKALLS – I am Me, This is Me Now [START 06:24]
Multi-instrumentalist Erica Nockalls trained at Birmingham Conservatoire and has cut her professional teeth over the last few years playing violin for The Wonder Stuff, Proclaimers, Fink and The Ting Tings. This track comes from her newly released album Imminent Room which includes guest vocals from Wayne Hussey of The Mission.
THE HOLY ORDERS – Somewhere In This World [START 09:35]
“The Holy Orders were first told that their amps were too loud in 2006 and they’ve divided the opinions of sound engineers ever since. Among listeners however they’ve developed a reputation for being one of the most interesting and exciting live acts in Hull. Their debut album For the Ears of Dogs to Come will be released through Coal Shed Records on 14th July 2013 and on the same day their splendid single “Paper/Scissors/Stone” will be available for free download through their Soundcloud page. They play the Hey Fever all dayer at The Green Door Store in Brighton on Saturday 8th June and are confirmed to play Truck Festival in Oxfordshire (July 19th/20th) with more dates to be announced.” The Holy Orders will continue to be loud when they appear as session guests on my Saturday night show on 6 Music to promote the album on July 13th. I can’t wait.
WOODEN HORSE – Be Lonely With Me [START 14:01]
Wooden Horse are a duo from the West Midlands consisting of Jamie Knight and Ben Church. Their stated aim is to play “Americana and country blues laced with vocal harmonies, slide guitar, stomp box, banjo and harmonica. They play Hebden Bridge Blues Feastival on May 25th and The Kitchen, Garden Café on the 26th.
MAR KEL THE BADBELLY – Docks And The Pirate Of Hearts [START 15:54]
This wonderful spoken word piece is dedicated “to the loving sailors who have been left alone and often with very little after falling for a Pirate Of Hearts. I too have fallen for such a pirate” says Mar Kel “and while 2013 has been a rough rough sea its allowed me to focus on my music and poetry. I’m currently working on an album called I’d Love To Say I Told You So for release towards the end of the year. My next live set will be on the 8th June at The Highfield Pub alone with Acid Shark and True Valiance”.
TO BE FRANK – I Lied [START 18:13]
To Be Frank is a producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Suffolk. There are links via his Facebook to his professional-looking official homepage, Vimeo, Twitter and YouTube – from which you’ll discover that he’s handsome, talented, and has management, a UK press office, a US press office and a booking agent. But no upcoming gigs. Other than that he provides absolutely no information about his own background, his music, his upcoming plans or activities. Week after week, I gnash my teeth with weeping frustration at artists like this who won’t lift a finger to help us help them. It’s not just me: see Bethan’s Band Biog Bugbear.
COURTS – Refresh [START 21:40]
Courts are a five-piece band from Basildon, consisting of brothers Reece (guitar & vocals), Dan (bass) & Luke Baker (guitar, keyboard & vocals) plus Chris Moody (vocals and guitar) and Joe Choppen (drums).
They describe what they do as “guitar based hip-hop influenced music”. October 2011 saw them release their debut 6 track EP No Knowledge No Heart culminating in a slot at T in the Park 2012. The EP is still avaialbale as a free download from their Bandcamp Page. They are soon to release their second EP The Game Is Long which will be available as a CD and from iTunes as well as all the big online music retailers. This track is currently available as a limited free download from http://soundcloud.com/courts. They plan to play gigs up and down the country in support of the EP, and I for one would urge promoters, venues and festival organisers to book this splendid outfit for shows at the earliest opportunity.
BON-BON – Lois Lane [START 25:16]
Bon-Bon is the guise of singer Sian King, whose two rough demos last year racked up 3,000 plays in two days after randomly appearing one afternoon on her SoundCloud. Taken from her forthcoming EP, Lois Lane was written after a young, turbulent and somewhat destructive love affair went sour. She says: “The track was penned for lovers – anyone who’s ever felt short-changed, fooled and strung along by someone they’d dated. I guess there is anger in there at being made to feel like a tw*t, but I wrote this as a ‘enough is enough’ song for myself too. You gotta know when to get out. From then on I couldn’t stop writing”. You can catch Bon-Bon live in London on June 1st at The Lanes Festival, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes and at The Social in the West End on June 17th.
HARTS – The Music [START 27:39]
Harts is a solo artist who writes all his music then plays the instruments in his bedroom! We’ve previously featured his track All Too Real on the Mixtape – the first single from his current EP, OFFTIME, which was mixed by Lars Stalfors of The Mars Volta and has received a large amount of love and attention online. Nonetheless Harts is criminally overlooked by radio stations in his native Australia. “I want to create a sound that covers all the bases of the music that has influenced me.” he says. “Each song is crafted through a broad channel of music, finally landing me at a brand new and unique sound that I hope people will love as much as I love. My new single ‘The Music’ follows on from the success of ‘All Too Real’. I hope you like it.”
KAL LAVELLE – The Ocean [START 31:26]
This is the brand new single by my former guest on 6 Music Introducing the Irish-born London-based songwriter Kal Lavelle – who has made another of her stunning videos for this track. Kal’s next UK appearance is in Portrush, N.I. at the Playhouse Theatre on June 8th, followed by Cornwall’s Beach Break Live on June 21st.
EUAN LYNN – Never Grow Up [START 34:04]
“I come from the North-East of England” says Whitley Bay songwriter Euan Lynn “and make kinda noisy surfy punky music with a Game Boy and a guitar.” His songs are short, to the point and not for the fainthearted, aiming for the sound of “the Ramones dying a futuristic death” I’ve said before that his vocals sound like he’s phoning in from the edge of a nervous breakdown, while battling through swathes of lofi industrial noise. Right up my street.
SO WHAT ROBOT – A Girl Who Reads [START 35:14]
“We are currently putting the finishing touches to an EP, due out in the Autumn” say our friends in the North, So What Robot – who’ve already been guests on my 6 Music show. “We are shooting the video for the lead tracks in the coming month. Local gigs include supporting more established acts such as Ultrasound at The Cluny in Newcastle on June15th. National tour dates are being planned to coincide with an EP release in Autumn and hopefully some national support dates.” I also warmly recommend their hilarious video for Work & Play.
LUMIN BELLS – Somehow The Same [START 38:35]
Lumin Bells are a Merseyside six piece consisting of Nico Hercules; vocals/guitars, Mick Dolan; acoustic/electric guitars, Danny Poole; Bass guitar, Austin Murphy; vocals/keyboards, Nick Henham; vocals/acoustic guitar and Colin Lamont; drums. The band formed in traditional style after Nico found a creative collaborator in Mick Dolan through an ad placed in the music press. Their debut release Hold You Inside was met with acclaim and described by one pundit as “a wonderfully wrought soundscape.” – oh hold on, that was me. The band now release this track Somehow The Same with Media Curve a new music PR company from Manchester. They are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to their debut album The Hidden Room, scheduled for release later in the year.
THE ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION – Encore! Encore! [START 42:12]
TSPSI’s founder and frontman Damien Sayell tells us “We released our second EP at the of April. It’s our reply to to a stagnant genre of music. It’s a return to a time when guitar music didn’t just mean characterless jangly Avant-garde or overly macho chest beating chugging. The title itself – “Everyone’s Entitled To My Opinion” – represents the fact that even when you put your heart and soul into music you’re still only voicing an opinion and as much as you’re entitled to your opinions everyone else it entitled to ignore them.” Upcoming live dates listed on their website include The Porter in Bath on May 23rd, and Bristol Stag & Hounds on May 25th.
GRANDFATHER BIRDS – Spithope [START 45:18]
From a newly released limited edition double A-side CD single consisting of this track Spithope and Things Beneath The Water. The two track DIY printed CD includes a Grandfather Birds pin badge and a digital download via their Bandcamp page. Both songs are written by Grandfather Birds and were recorded and mixed by Sam Grant at Blank Studios. Their Facebook page tells us nothing about the band excep that they consist of Matt – Vocals & Guitar, Jim – Bass, Stu – Guitar and Mark – Drums and there’s no biog section on their main website. I do know that GB’s main members have taken time out to work on their side project Nateley’s Whore’s Kid Sister and you can read a recent interview with the band here.
LA PETITE MORT – Brainstain [START 50:09]
La Petite Mort are a psychedelic rock band based in York, whose new 7 track EP Ooze is available from their Bandcamp. “First things first, vibes are the most essential asset to achieving the universal orgasm. We intend to ignite a viibegasmic supernova by constructing and harnessing beautiful sonic energies, and knitting them into a rich tapestry which melts perspective, injects euphoria and enhances the soul. Once upon a time psychedelia and shoegaze blended its self with a raw 21st century twang of 4 young Yorkshireminds, with influences from all over the musicalsoundscape! Hip hop beats, reggae rhythms, ethnic tickles with astronomical ambience toppedoff with grungey gloop! We are here and we are gagging for it” they say… “come and be our friends. Peace & Love La Petite MortXXX”
KID KIN – Le Prieur Rockets [START 54:23]
My name is Peter Lloyd, I live in Oxfordshire, originally from Wirral, Merseyside, and make instrumental music under the moniker Kid Kin. I’ve been producing music for a couple of years (with some free online releases under previously alias ‘Kid Kinevil’), and released my debut album and first physical release – ‘New Day At Dusk’ – earlier this year, receiving airplay on BBC Introducing in Oxford, and BBC Introducing in the West. The album is available on CD and download. I am playing as part of the New Music Showcase at the OCM Open 2013 on 28th June at the Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.