Artists at a glance
ARCS & TRAUMA
LEON T. PEARL
ORANGE FROM THE BLUE
THE DAYDREAM CLUB
THE HOLY ORDERS
THE LOTTERY WINNERS
THE SAVAGE NOMADS
THIRTY POUNDS OF BONE
Top tunes from THUMPERS, THE SAVAGE NOMADS, ORANGE FROM THE BLUE, AUTOGRAPH CLUB, AMBER, THE HOLY ORDERS, UBERKABOOM, PYLO, MOUNTAIN SCHMOUNTAIN, MAUSI, LEON T. PEARL, THE DAYDREAM CLUB, THE LOTTERY WINNERS, MARSICANS, ADAM STAFFORD, ARCS & TRAUMA and THIRTY POUNDS OF BONE.
Every Sunday night (technically Monday morning) from 2-3am on BBC Radio 6 Music you can hear a selection of exceptional new tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader in an hour-long music mix with minimum speech. Some of the tunes have been recommended by BBC friends and colleagues, others are handpicked by me from our inbox here at Fresh On The Net. For more about how that particular process works see this post. Out of nearly 200 new tracks I listened to last week, these 17 are my absolute favourites.
Each of these radio shows is available in podcast form via the 6 Music Downloads Page, from 3am. You can also download episodes from the previous 4 weeks. The full tracklists and start times are published here at Fresh On The Net with a link to each artist’s website, plus biog information supplied by the artists. Below are the listings for Monday, 9th September 2013 – previous tracklists can be found via the MIXTAPE tab above or on the BBC website.
THUMPERS – Unkinder (A Tougher Love) [Starts: 0.13]
Thumpers’ sound is the work of childhood amigos Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr. Friends since the age of 11 and playing in bands together during their teens, the two reignited their musical bond again in early 2011. Their debut single Dancing’s Done was featured in our mixtape in January and was released on February 18th on rose-tinted limited 7” vinyl on paradYse Records and cassette on Kissability. The Guardian made them a Band Of The Day earlier this year, and last month they played the BBC Introducing stages at Reading & Leeds (see photo above).
THE SAVAGE NOMADS – Jaded Edges [Starts: 04:04]
London’s Savage Nomads are Cole Salewicz, Josh and Benjy Miles, Rory Jones and Pete Matousek. Their last single Tension In The Middle was one of my favourite records – and featured one of my favourite videos – of last year. Artrocker Magazine agreed, calling it “the best debut from a British band in 2012. Having followed it up with tour dates opening for The Jim Jones Revue and Big Audio Dynamite, The Savage Nomads underwent a 9 month immersion in their south London studio, emerging with 25 new songs. This new single Jaded Edges is out mid-September and will be followed by a series of videos and singles. “All thrilla,” they assure us “no filla!”
ORANGE FROM THE BLUE – Somewhere [Starts: 07:18]
“My name is Tim Phillips and I live in the far south east of England. About two years ago I had to close my business because of the current economic situation but this has given me the time to start making music. Not being confident with my own singing voice at present, I use guest vocalists on a lot of my tracks. In the case of this track Somewhere, the singers are Tara Carrick and Robert Joly and it also features Italian guitarist Franco Quadroni. My learning curve still continues, and fired up with my passion for doing this, at the end of September I’m starting a three year university degree course in Music Production. I’m looking forward immensely to everything the course can bring me, while still loving every minute working on new material.
AUTOGRAPH CLUB – Full Circle [Starts: 12:20]
It was Dean Jackson from The Beat who recommended Autograph Club to us. It’s the project of songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Clark Downes – aided and abetted by Dan Clayton and Matthew Adams. Full Circle comes from their debut EP More Than You Can Accomplish released last week with full digital distribution. They have a string of performances lined up across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire and hope, they say, “to land feet first in the music community and set firm foundations for future releases”.
AMBER – Noah [Starts: 14:37]
We wrote and asked this Nottingham five piece to give us a little info about themselves and their music for this blog but got no reply. There’s also no biog whatever on their Twitter, Facebook or Soundcloud. If you click “About Me” on their Tumblr, you get the message “Not Found”. Well the actual message is “Our Music Speaks For Itself” – see How To Write A Band Biog And Why It Matters.
THE HOLY ORDERS – Deviants [Starts: 18:10]
Following the release of their debut album For The Ears Of Dogs To Come and a memorable session for my Saturday show on BBC 6 Music, The Holy Orders have continued, as they put it, “their meteoric rise to moderate success”. Journalists and bloggers have been comparing them with bands as diverse as early Manic Street Preachers, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (as well as some bands with shorter names). Taken from the album, this track Deviants shows off the band at their quirky, angular best.
UBERKABOOM – Brain Soup [Starts: 22:22]
“In command and out of control, Uberkaboom are seriously into melting the mind and serving it up as brain soup at a pyjama party fuelled on gunpowder. Don’t come crying to them unless you prepare to put on your tin foil suit and do a rockabilly-shanking robot! Uberkaboom was conceived in 2011 by Tom Mansi, (vocals & double bass) and Paul White, (guitar & vocals) amongst the bubbling concoctions in their musical writing lab upstairs at “Shock & Awe Studio” in High Barnet. They wanted to create a monster of a band from the spare parts ripped from older band Tom Mansi And The Icebreakers and fashioning new appendages stolen from Little Richard, the B52s, the Specials, Ween, They Might be Giants, the Blockheads and the Dead Sixtes. They hoped this beatnik beast would be able to smash down the walls of musical genres, eat the flesh of the shoe gazers and be able to pull of a convicting shim sham, huckle buck and the shank-abilly robot dance. The monster is now on the loose, hoping to combine its love of ska, rockabilly, punk, parties and cabaret to show you all the benefits of Grey Matter Goulash”. Grey Matter Goulash? This is the title track from their album Brain Soup.
PYLO – View [Starts: 25:29]
In their former incarnation as Out Like A Lion, Pylo blew me away on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury a couple of years ago. This second Pylo single View is out on September 23rd via the mighty Naim Edge label. The video for their debut single Enemies took less than two months to pass 100,000 views on YouTube. Still based in their hometown of Bath, the band have just played Bestival this weekend and follow up the release of this single with no fewer than seven London gigs lined up as part of a determined live assault on the capital in October.
MOUNTAIN SCHMOUNTAIN – Coffee Machine [Starts: 30:26]
Another Dean Jackson recopmmendation this week, Mountain Schmountain started off as the solo project of Simon J Curd – who recorded and EP called Perfect Wreck in his bedroom as a way to decant a backlog of lyrics. The project has morphed into a full four piece band with the addition of Aidan Blenkinsopp, Beat Billson and Thomas Crabb – all of whom have played music with Simon in various lineups from young ages – and who are working on the next set of songs as a full band. “In the meantime”, they tell us, “we recently released the single Coffee Machine, just because it was ready”.
MAUSI – Move [Starts: 33:31]
Forming in 2010 after meeting at University in Newcastle, Mausi are Milanese siblings Daisy & Thomas Finetto (who moved to the UK in 2008), and Englishmen Ben Brown & Benji Huntrods. Citing French collectives Pony Pony Run Run, Phoenix and Breakbot as their biggest influences, as well as an unashamed love for UK favourites Friendly Fires and Metronomy, Mausi aim to create, they say, “blissful up-beat pop that harnesses a care free and driving disco feel.”
LEON T. PEARL – Take You To Market [Starts: 37:18]
Leon T. Pearl is another example of what I’m coming to think of as an OMSFI (“Our Music Speaks For Itself”) Artist. An artist who provides no information whatsoever about himself or his music. We wrote and asked him for a paragraph to go on this blog. He didn’t reply.
THE DAYDREAM CLUB – Found [Starts: 40:17]
The Daydream Club are Adam Pickering and Paula Walker who first met while studying at LIPA in Liverpool before settling in Leicestershire and selfreleasing their debut album ‘OVERGROWN’ in November 2010, with huge support from Dean Jackson’s legendary East Midlands Introducing show The Beat. Last year’s dreamlike video for their single On The Move Part II took 50 balloons, 30 party poppers, 2 days of thinking backwards – and just one take – to make. They’ve just spent the last few months writing and recording a new five-track EP from which Found is the title track. “We couldn’t” they tell us “be more thrilled with the results”. The project was fan-funded and had achieved 100.75% of its target by the time the campaign closed at the end of last month. Clearly, their apparently chaotic pledge video (below) proved highly persuasive:
THE LOTTERY WINNERS – Learn To Sleep [Starts: 44:17]
Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners can be found pottering somewhere on the musical spctrum between the blithe Beach Boys and the suffering Smiths. “The songs are the most important thing in the world to me” says frontman Thomas Rylance. “I grew up listening to all the painfully miserable eighties bands like The Cure, Smiths and Joy Division, but in all honesty my desire be on stage was Freddie Mercury’s fault”. We featured the video for their previous single Elizabeth as our video of the day and Learn To Sleep is their newly released followup. They play York’s legendary Fibbers club this Saturday, September 14th.
MARSICANS – MJ [Starts: 47:33]
The Leeds quartet Marsicans come tipped to us by Darren Williams from BBC Introducing In West Yorkshire. If for some reason you actually can’t hear this week’s mixtape, their Facebook biog consists of helpful descriptions of their music (by Yorkshire Music Collective and Croon Reviews). Plus the following, from the band themselves. About: “One of us couldn’t reach above the hand of Barbara”… Band Interests: “Javelin, Croquet, Orienteering and Painting”. Artists we also like: “Dine, Saville, Milroy, Freud” Influences: “Multiple Old Chapel Rooms”. Clearly another case of OMSFI.
ADAM STAFFORD – Cold Seas [Starts: 50:16]
Cold Seas comes the album Imaginary Walls Collapse – Adam Stafford’s second LP since the end of previous band Y’All is Fantasy Island, and his first with Matthew Young’s Song, by Toad Records in Edinburgh. “It’s quite a harsh record at times and utterly lovely at others,” Matthew tells us “which is a large part of what fascinates me about it. The set is also a direct reflection of Stafford’s intense, electrifying live performances which have earned him the nickname ‘The Slow Motion Preacher’. We’re releasing this in conjunction with Vancouver-based imprint Kingfisher Bluez – a label we’ve admired for a while now.” Based in Glasgow, and still running his own Wise Blood Industries label, Adam plays Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms this Saturday (Sept 14) with further Scottish dates to follow in the Autumn.
ARCS & TRAUMA – This Place That I Love [Starts: 53:58]
This latest single from our old friends Arcs & Trauma was recommended to us by Bob Fischer at BBC Introducing In Teesside. A 3-piece experimental indie/rock band from Hartlepool, A&T are now gearing up for the release of This Place That I Love. A mini-tour is planned for late November/early December to promote it, with shows already confirmed in London, Newcastle and Manchester. Meanwhile, say James Hewitson, Jonathan Gibson and Jake Hopkins, “we’ve decided to play a hometown show this coming Friday before two of us move away for university”. The gig is both at – and in support of – Hartlepool’s beleaguered arts complex The Studio. Headlining are Bristol’s splendid The Ramona Flowers, while opening the evening will be Shoot the Poet. “The Studio has gathered enough money for insurance to hold several fundraising events. The venue technically isn’t open again yet, but they’re able to do this one gig!” say A&T. “There will be a bar on too. Don’t miss out!” See: facebook.com/events/418663004907036
THIRTY POUNDS OF BONE – The Streets I Staggered Down [Starts: 56:55]
The son of an ordained clergyman, Johny Lamb (aka Thirty Pounds of Bone) was initially raised on the Shetland island of Unst and has always been fascinated with the sea and the fisheries. He has lived all over the British Isles, and has toured extensively throughout Europe. His life revolves around folk music and he believes strongly in innovation and change in traditional music rather than preservation of repertoire. This track comes from Johny’s third album I Cannot Sing You Here But For Songs Of Where. It features several guests including Darren Hayman from Hefner and the whole record reflects Johny’s opinion that “the folk song must change for its time”, and his idea that “the unreconstructed performance of heritage is at root, only that; an empty gesture towards a past that belongs to no one living”. The Streets I Staggered Down finds him “buckling under the relentless momentum of touring, with no end in sight, and nowhere meaningful to go back to when the end finally comes.”
And that, my friends, is just an extract from the fascinating and extensive notes supplied alongside the music on the Thirty Pounds Of Bone Bandcamp page. It’s a textbook example – OMSFI Artists take note – of how a well-written band biog can draw us deeper into your music and make us want to find out more. No need to tell us how great you are, just how interesting you are – and Johny Lamb is the most interesting artist this week by a fair few fathoms.