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August 2022

03Aug

THE MISSION

THE FOUNDRY, SHEFFIELD

Formed in late 1985 by Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams, Simon Hinkler, and Mick Brown, The Mission became one of the biggest, most talked and written-about UK bands during the 2nd half of the decade, enjoying 14 Top 40 hits, selling millions of albums, and playing sold-out tours worldwide. Followed by perhaps one of the most rabid and fanatical fan bases of all time The Mission still exist today with Wayne, Craig, and Simon playing together again after a few years apart, and with the addition of Mike ‘the boy’ Kelly on drums. Still rated as one of the best live bands in the world, The Mission celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2016 with the release of arguably their finest album, and first in 22 years to hit the top 40, Another Fall From Grace. Finishing 2017 with a handful of shows supporting Alice Cooper in the arenas of Britain, the band then took a sabbatical concentrating on solo projects until they embarked on a 55 date European tour on Feb 29th 2020. They managed to play 10 shows before the tour was curtailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the last show being in Lisbon on 12th March. The ‘United European Party Tour’ has been re-scheduled for March-April 2021.

05Aug

Levellers

HMV Empire, Coventry

The Levellers formed in Brighton, England in 1988. Mark Chadwick, Alan Miles, Jeremy Cunningham, Charlie Heather and Jon Sevink forged an alternative, punk-folk-rock sound – releasing their debut album ‘A Weapon Called the Word’, in 1990. 
After Simon Friend replaced Miles, the platinum selling ‘Levelling the Land’ was released in 1991 and its follow up, ‘Levellers’ entered the UK charts at No 2 in 1993. ‘Zeitgeist’ followed in 1995, going on to become the band’s first and only number one album and 1997s ‘Mouth to Mouth’, provided them with their biggest hit to date in “What A Beautiful Day”
 Fast forward more than 20 years and the their most recent studio album, ‘Peace’ entered the UK chart at Number 8 making it their best performing record since the band’s heyday. 
 Meanwhile, 2021 sees their ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ album and film released.

11Aug

OCEAN COLOUR SCENE

AUDITORIUM, GRIMSBY

alling between the energetic pop/rock of mod revival and the psychedelic experimentations of Traffic, Ocean Colour Scene came to be one of the leading bands of the traditionalist, post-Oasis British rock of the mid-'90s. Although they had formed in the late '80s and had several hits during the height of Madchester in the early '90s, the band didn't earn a large following until 1996, when their second album, Moseley Shoals, became a multi-platinum success story in the U.K. Their ascent was greatly aided by Paul Weller and OasisNoel Gallagher, who both publicly praised Ocean Colour Scene for keeping the flame of real rock & roll burning during the '90s. And, according to one specific definition, they were right, since Ocean Colour Scene was nothing if not rock & roll traditionalists, drawing heavily from British Invasion pop, psychedelia, soul, R&B, and blues-rock to create a reverential homage to classic rock. Their devotion to trad rock may have earned them decidedly mixed reviews, but that was the very thing that earned them a sizable following.

16Aug

Black Honey

Omeara, London

Heroes and villains. Bad-ass bitches and dead-end deserters. Love, lust, hate and all that's in between. Ever since Black Honey stomped onto the scene in a head-rush of grit and glitter, the Brighton quartet have set about building their own incendiary, inclusive universe from the inside out. 

 

It's one that's seen the band swell from intriguingly anomalous newcomers, infusing every early release with bold, theatrical videos and increasingly iconic artwork, to one of UK indie's most singular outfits. They've travelled the world and released a Top 40 album; graced the cover of the NME and become the faces and soundtrack of Roberto Cavalli's Milan Fashion Week show; smashed Glastonbury and supported Queens of the Stone Age, all without compromising a shred of the wild, wicked vision they first set out with. If their 2018 self-titled debut saw the band, in Phillips' words, “cherry-picking things from our favourite eras and lassoing them all into one narrative”, then this time they've got their targets set more succinctly, with a no-nonsense bullet shot of an album that knows exactly what it wants and how to get it. “Album Two is about having a fire in you to kick ass. Girls are well overdue a perspective where they can be the protagonist, and the boss bitch with a complex narrative."

 

17Aug

Mdou Moctar

Foundry Studio, Sheffield

With "Afrique Victime" the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter rips a new hole in the sky ­– boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and “rock music” by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights, inequality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.

 

The music listeners are the beneficiaries of the staggeringly powerful do-it-yourself musical ethic of Mdou Moctar – the man and the band – who’ve worked so hard to bring the spirits of families and communities in Niger to the West. Afrique Victime sounds and feels like a Tuareg hand reaching down from the sky, and we are very lucky for this chance to get lifted.

18Aug

Mdou Moctar

MASH, Cambridge

With "Afrique Victime" the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter rips a new hole in the sky ­– boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and “rock music” by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights, inequality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.

 

The music listeners are the beneficiaries of the staggeringly powerful do-it-yourself musical ethic of Mdou Moctar – the man and the band – who’ve worked so hard to bring the spirits of families and communities in Niger to the West. Afrique Victime sounds and feels like a Tuareg hand reaching down from the sky, and we are very lucky for this chance to get lifted.

22Aug

DIIV

CHALK, BRIGHTON

Over the last decade, DIIV have established themselves as one of rock music’s most fascinating bands, exploring new textures while pushing their songcraft forward in a way that continues to draw in larger audiences worldwide. They combine beauty and noise to the point of approaching a lush oblivion—a searing sound building on elements from dream-pop luminaries like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Smashing Pumpkins. It’s becoming increasingly hard to establish a distinctive approach within popular music in general, and yet throughout their discography, DIIV’s sound and emotional tenor are unmistakably theirs. 

 

Emerging from the fertile early-2010s Brooklyn DIY music scene, DIIV quickly proved themselves as one of the city’s most prominent live acts and have since widened their aesthetic with every successive release. Over the course of three albums, they have incorporated the driving gait of British guitar pop, the minimalist structures of German psychedelia, metal’s lush fury, and the sonic immersion of shoegaze into their inviting world of sound. 

 

Possessing a bracing and immersive live presence, DIIV are firmly situated within a deep legacy of boundary-pushing rock bands as they continue charting their own path. Their influence can be felt across a new generation of artists pursuing their own punishing bliss, and has left its mark on shoegaze and guitar-driven music as DIIV themselves continue to cement their legacy as one of North America’s most formidable rock acts.

23Aug

DIIV

Metronome, Nottingham

Over the last decade, DIIV have established themselves as one of rock music’s most fascinating bands, exploring new textures while pushing their songcraft forward in a way that continues to draw in larger audiences worldwide. They combine beauty and noise to the point of approaching a lush oblivion—a searing sound building on elements from dream-pop luminaries like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Smashing Pumpkins. It’s becoming increasingly hard to establish a distinctive approach within popular music in general, and yet throughout their discography, DIIV’s sound and emotional tenor are unmistakably theirs. 

 

Emerging from the fertile early-2010s Brooklyn DIY music scene, DIIV quickly proved themselves as one of the city’s most prominent live acts and have since widened their aesthetic with every successive release. Over the course of three albums, they have incorporated the driving gait of British guitar pop, the minimalist structures of German psychedelia, metal’s lush fury, and the sonic immersion of shoegaze into their inviting world of sound. 

 

Possessing a bracing and immersive live presence, DIIV are firmly situated within a deep legacy of boundary-pushing rock bands as they continue charting their own path. Their influence can be felt across a new generation of artists pursuing their own punishing bliss, and has left its mark on shoegaze and guitar-driven music as DIIV themselves continue to cement their legacy as one of North America’s most formidable rock acts.

24Aug

DIIV

The Fleece, BRISTOL

Over the last decade, DIIV have established themselves as one of rock music’s most fascinating bands, exploring new textures while pushing their songcraft forward in a way that continues to draw in larger audiences worldwide. They combine beauty and noise to the point of approaching a lush oblivion—a searing sound building on elements from dream-pop luminaries like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Smashing Pumpkins. It’s becoming increasingly hard to establish a distinctive approach within popular music in general, and yet throughout their discography, DIIV’s sound and emotional tenor are unmistakably theirs. 

 

Emerging from the fertile early-2010s Brooklyn DIY music scene, DIIV quickly proved themselves as one of the city’s most prominent live acts and have since widened their aesthetic with every successive release. Over the course of three albums, they have incorporated the driving gait of British guitar pop, the minimalist structures of German psychedelia, metal’s lush fury, and the sonic immersion of shoegaze into their inviting world of sound. 

 

Possessing a bracing and immersive live presence, DIIV are firmly situated within a deep legacy of boundary-pushing rock bands as they continue charting their own path. Their influence can be felt across a new generation of artists pursuing their own punishing bliss, and has left its mark on shoegaze and guitar-driven music as DIIV themselves continue to cement their legacy as one of North America’s most formidable rock acts.

27Aug

KURT VILE

FORUM, BATH

Since his earliest self-produced CD-Rs, Philadelphia psych-pop master Kurt Vile has referred to himself as "Philly's Constant Hitmaker"—and while he gave himself that name with a sly wink, he was also nodding toward the songwriting prowess that would result in him becoming one of his home city's most celebrated rock artists. "I’m always thinking about catchy music, even though it’s fried, or sizzled, out," he says. "It's my own version of a classic thing—it's moving forward and backward at the same time." On his latest album, (watch my moves), Vile pulls his talents as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer in unexpected directions—and the result is a vibrant, yet meditative album propelled by Vile's laid-back charm and curious spirit. Every lyric has been chiseled down into an aphorism, every bloom of distorted guitar or murmuring synth helping create that "fried" pop. "It's about songwriting. It's about lyrics. It's about being the master of all domains in the music," he says of his ninth album and first in partnership with a major label, Verve Records. (watch my moves) comes from a period when Vile, whose touring and recording schedule during the 2010s was seemingly constant, stayed in one place. His mind was always swirling, though, puzzling out pointillistic lyrics, dreaming up spit-shined choruses, and checking in on other dimensions.

30Aug

BRIGHT EYES

Eventim Apollo, London

Omaha, Nebraska singer/songwriter Conor Oberst was just a teenager when he started using the moniker Bright Eyes for his dark and tortured solo songs. The project grew from its homespun roots in the mid-'90s to one of the more popular icons of sad indie music of its era. Oberst's quivery-voiced songs were backed by a rotating lineup of musicians, but Bright Eyes eventually gelled into an official trio of Oberst and multi-instrumentalists Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott. Bright Eyes' albums throughout the 2000s (all issued on Oberst's indie imprint Saddle Creek) were some of their best-loved and best-performing, with releases like 2005's Digital Ash in a Digital Urn turning the tides of indie culture as well as cracking the Billboard charts. In 2020, after a nine-year hiatus, Bright Eyes announced they had signed with Dead Oceans for the release of their ninth studio album Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was.

 

30Aug

FRUIT BATS

The Fleece, Bristol

Formed in the late '90s, indie folk-rock act Fruit Bats grew from the four-track recording project of songwriter Eric D. Johnson into a touring band with an ever-shifting lineup. Constant are Johnson's warm vocals and melodic sensibility, both of which often seem to split the difference between Lennon and McCartney (stated influences include the Byrdsthe Kinks, and Supertramp). The project existed in a steady but mercurial state throughout the 2000s and 2010s as Johnson divided his time between scoring movies, playing with other bands, and working on Fruit Bats albums. Their debut, Echolocation, arrived in 2001, leading to a string of albums for Sub Pop including 2005's Spelled in Bones and 2011's Tripper, the latter of which reached the Top 15 of Billboard's Heatseekers chart. A solo release under the initials EDJ appeared in 2014 before Johnson returned to Fruit Bats in 2016 with Absolute Loser. Released in 2019, Gold Past Life marked Fruit Bats' debut for Merge. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Echolocation, eighth album The Pet Parade saw release in 2021.

31Aug

THE HANDSOME FAMILY

The Globe, Cardiff

Husband-and-wife duo the Handsome Family have been labeled both alt-country and traditionalist, but truthfully their often dark music lies in a unique space somewhere in between, blending the sounds of traditional country and bluegrass (and, especially, murder ballads) into a more modern scenery. Vocalist and composer Brett Sparks hails from Texas, where he studied music and briefly worked around the oil rigs. By the mid-'90s, he resided in Chicago with his wife Rennie Sparks, a fiction writer originally from Long Island. Brett persuaded Rennie to write lyrics for him, leading to the unusual and striking form of the Handsome Family's songs -- evocative scenes and brief tales (of both the daydream and ghost-story varieties) in lieu of the standard verse-chorus-verse structure.

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