Following the recent releases of singles ‘Toad’, ‘Desire’, ‘Beast’ and ‘Signal (Redux)’, the album is receiving praise from the likes of The Independent, Noisey, The Quietus, DIY Magazine, Louder Than War and a tonne of international radio support.
“One of the most extreme and extremely enjoyable albums of the year.” – Louder Than War
“Brilliant, ferocious” – The Independent
Listen now on Spotify and look out for the limited edition 12″ vinyl release available on January 12th 2018 from select independent record stores.
“The concept of sister-doom is sort of like a spirit that drives us to do what we do” the pair finish up “It’s sort of that feeling you get when you’re stood in a dark, empty house with all the lights turned off. A figure suddenly appears in front of you and your eyes try to work out if it’s real or not. It’s sort of that adrenaline you get from the unknown. Like something you shouldn’t do but you just want more.”
The sparse woodlands and open skies of East Suffolk are not regarded by many as creative hive of musical activity. In fact some would venture to say that there’s nothing there. But then again they would be wrong. Out of the quaint town of Halesworth and surrounding hamlets emerges a force to be reckoned with. A shrouded being of intricate guitar work, howling vocals and piercing brass. The extension of 7 creative minds allowed over the years to mature and develop together are what makes up the sonic, melodic and artistic vision that is Solko. Merging genres from dub rock, to psychedelia to indie, Solko have spent 10 years honing their craft and bidding their time.
Late 2015 saw the release of ‘DOG’ which was highly praised by BBC6 music presenter Tom Robinson. Solko are set to record and release more new material in 2016.
“a real lesson in smooth jazz mixed in with some soul for good measure” – It’s All Indie
“Mixing sensational funk-infused soul pop melodies with unique and vibrant vocal tones, Solko are an interesting blend of all the good new things popping up in today’s UK music scene.” – The Blue Walrus
“Their sound is much bigger than any visions of the picturesque countryside” – Gigslutz
“classy jazzy rhythm section, terrific, bouncy guitar lines finished off with sleazy saxophone” – B-Side Magazine
“Solko are refreshingly different, enjoying a collision of their more traditional and less contemporary fusions, with a bag of tunes that are emotive, carefree and just downright interesting.” – Music Dash
No Nothings are a tour-de-force of speed-garage-punk-rock-psych-goodness injected straight through the eyeballs. Rising from the ashes of Kingston-Upon-Hull sweethearts, Mother, No Nothings hit hard with a dose of Iggy & The Stooges, Minor Threat, QOTSA. The band’s track ‘A Country Song’ featured on the PS4 racing game Gran Turismo Sport. Check out the new music video below:
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“Loud, confrontational and unpredictable…. one thing’s for sure, you won’t forget them in a hurry.”
– Drowned In Sound
“Crazed, infused and scruffy, if you get chance to see these you’re one lucky rascal. For fans of The Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat and The Circle Jerks.”
– Give It Back Magazine
SPECTRES blend barbed powerhouse grooves with psychedelic vignette riffs and ethereal drops to form sonic landscapes that are designed for the 21st Century.
All songs are orchestrated by eclectic eccentric duo Barry Gration (Guitar, Bass, Synths) and Scott Ewins (Drums, Percussion, Programming); Written, performed and produced at their studio in the depths of the industrial Black Country near Birmingham, UK.
“When it comes to fusing styles, Crosa Rosa excel ahead of their contemporaries with relative ease. Drenched in feedback and psychedelic noodling, the trio also exude with the demeanor of whimsical slackers , a scrum of scruffy haircuts and slouched shoulders – an intriguing combination” – Gigwise (The best bands playing Reading + Leeds’ Introducing Stage.
“Nottingham three-piece Crosa Rosa were only conceived just over a year ago, yet already they’ve made their presence felt among the city’s live music scene. Fusing elements of halcyon era Sub Pop (Superfuzz Bigmuff/Bleach, you get the drift) with psychedelic surges akin to early Spacemen 3 or more recently The Wytches, their new self produced EP Pantophobia is one of the most exciting releases out there at the minute.” – Drowned in Sound
“This grunge psych three-piece have been making waves around Nottingham for a few months now. Debut EP Pantophobia came out last month, encapsulating everything that makes them such a breathtaking live experience. Get there early and see what all the fuss is about.” – Drowned in Sound (Dot to Dot festival guide)
“Crosa Rosa are an excellently named three piece with a penchant for high octane alt, grunge and psychedelic sounds which are sure to grab the attention of the crowd” – Nottingham Live
“Crosa Rosa the heavy addition to the BBC introducing stage at this years Y Not” – BBC Introducing
Matt Henshaw’s biography is already complex at the age of 26, which gives his song-writing a depth and maturity that could only have come with experience; suffering for his art and travelling a journey that has shaped and honed his skills ñ and it shows. Having paid his dues, he is still on his way upÖand the best is yet to come.
This soul-loving, tea-drinking gardener is a singer/songwriter of some repute from Ilkeston, between Nottingham and Derby, who is now living in Leicester and taking the local music scene there by storm. His penchant for acoustic sets and original songs showcases his love of guitar and vocal ñ based soul & blues, demonstrating his influences of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Steve Marriott and Sam Cooke, and earning him the description of ëan old soul in a young bodyí. He has named his unique sound Acoustic Rhythm and Gospel, creating a new music genre and inspiring his audiences to follow the man and his music. Widely respected by his peers and well known to the gig-going audiences in the Midlands, he is now travelling the length and breadth of the UK looking to broaden his appeal, continue the journey that has taken him this far, make his mark on the national music scene, and see where the ride takes him.
His recent decision to perform as a solo artist, stripping back his unique sound to just an acoustic guitar and his superbly mellifluous voice, has already generated much interest and he can be found most evenings on a stage doing what he was born to do, guitar in hand, working his particular brand of magic; his beautiful soulful voice and ethereal guitar weaving a spell over a gathering with self-penned songs so resonant with emotion and meaning they would cause an angel to weep, leaving his audience spellbound and wanting more. This rapidly growing interest has strengthened his resolve to make himself prominent on the UK music scene, and his web-based activities on popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter growing his following to promote himself and his music are now paying dividends, with fans across the globe wanting more.
His superlative voice and stage presence has already won him critical acclaim from respected publications such as the NME and The Guardian; he has been featured on BBC Introducing numerous times, appears regularly on independent radio stations throughout the Midlands, and opened the main stage for Dizzy Rascal at Lovebox Festival in London after winning the NME Breakthrough Act in 2010. He was previously a founder member of Censored, a band who garnered much critical acclaim and fame throughout the Midlands, and who supported Snow Patrol, Ocean Colour Scene and We Are Scientists, also playing the Isle Of Wight & Reading and Leeds Festivals. More recently, he has collaborated with numerous artists in and around his home patch to create a unique sound with the Derby-based MC Reggiimental, which has been dubbed B-Boy Soul and which generated the widely-acclaimed album ëComing Aroundí- the most under-rated album release of 2013. He has also teamed up with a former bandmate, under the name of Satsuma Elephants, to generate psychedelic rock with soulful undertones; an eclectic mix which demonstrates how successfully he can slip from genre to genre, and even create new ones, without losing integrity and which showcases his appeal to his many appreciative fans.
Whisky Stain are a two-piece Rock band from London and Nottingham formed in 2011. Their music ranges from bass driven dance influenced stompers through to blues drenched guitar based thrillers. The duo are known predominantly for their huge sound on stage and catchy vocal melodies.
Rob (Guitar/Vocals) came of age in an old mining town in Derbyshire. Making use of his youth he learnt to play a few notes on a guitar and began writing songs. Luke (Drums) only ever really needed to learn one thing from his father while growing up: ‘You might not be the best drummer in the room, but just make sure you’re the loudest’.
Whisky Stain have produced two singles to date and have a further 6 recordings down on tape being processed for release. Soon to be announced will be the singles New Cocaine & The Lord’s Revolver, followed by their debut EP Crawley Road.
“If Jack Daniels made music it would probably sound something like Whisky Stain. ..and that is fucking cool.” – Laura Shaw – Laura Shaw
“As we walk in Whisky Stain are playing… who crank out a rather splendid brand of grungy, bluesy Americana which goes down a storm with the crowd” – Bearded Theory Festival
Avast! And welcome to the world of the Mirth, a group of debauched and maniacal japesters that have been plundering the British Isles and mainland Europe for the last several years or so. Combining hilarious live shows with pounding dance music, Seas of Mirth are a party band unlike any other around. With high speed gypsy beats, a thrashy folk influence and some majestic bellowing, they even manage to throw in a bit of old- school hip-hop for good measure. Imagine Gogol Bordello getting Mumford and Sons in a headlock, whilst Flogging Molly steals their lunch money and Grandmaster Flash kicks them in the shins. They can be seen and heard hollering nautical folk tales, punishment chants, misfortunate love ballads at sea, and musical yarns concerning mythical sea beasts.
As well as traversing the festival circuit from Boomtown Fair to Secret Garden Party to Edinburgh Festival, they have forayed the highly decadent and debauched parties in London up to invading the Manchester Day parade, straight down to cannon-blasting the thousands of freshers at Falmouth University. Shaking the gypsy scene to its very core, these buccaneers have the ability to turn every head, shake every hip and split every side!
“They are Seas Of Mirth and they are hilarious. They have gypsy melodies and Irish rhythms creating stomping sea chants with classic sing-alongs. Very gifted story tellers and musicians and the highlight of the night bar none.” - LeftLion Magazine
“Utterly bizarre… thoroughly entertaining” - The Monograph
“Not your typical sea-shanty inspired band. Their combination of gypsy and punk laced folk will go down a storm at any festival” - Folk Radio UK