Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The one when JC met Mat Calder from Balcony TV Exeter 7/7/15

Was cool meeting up with @BalconyTVExeter main man Mat Calder on tonight's @rivierafm show  Go hit these guys up ! 

Playlist -

Glass Caves -out of control 
Victoria -Summertime 
The Jacques -Artful dodger
Chastity Brown -Long way 
Layden Robinson -Oligarchy 
The Landed -Friends 
Ravllas -Sold 
Daniel Pearson -As deep as love 
Electric Litany -Silence 
The Love Buzzards -Cash 
Bearpark -Boxers 
Miracles -Return to what you need 
Eoin Glackin -Hello Caroline 
Jacqueline Rolston -The island 
The Pinstripe Pigeon-Never be Apart 
Lights That Change -Voices 
Eyes Of a blue dog -Before the night ends 
Skellums -Growing old 
MAFF -Blue seas   
GEM -Train to bantham 
Tamera Bubble -Towel boy


G.E.M (Groove Enlightened Minstrals) and their single "Train to bantham" 

debut 'Maff' EP

Editors, Bob Mould, Husker Du, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. and Slowdive (for 'Someday')

RECOMMENDED TRACKS: Linger Around, Walking On Fire, You, Million Year Picnic, Blue Seas, Someday

"Maff's music shows the worldwide spread of this particular style of very non rock electric guitar music. A whole world exists in which these guys excel. Love em"  Joe Foster (Creation Records)

"Where shoegaze meets grunge, but with beaming positivity"  The Record Stache

Hailing from Chile's capital Santiago, Maff present their debut self-titled EP, featuring 8 tracks that delightfully whisp you in a whirlwind through such genres as shoegaze, alternative rock, noise pop and indie verging on grunge, but with a dose of electronica thrown in the blend. It's no wonder how this has happened, considering the bands they cite as their main influences - The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pixies, Ride, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine.

Maff is clearly having a beautifully combined love affair with guitar pedals and synth, bringing the listener into a cosmic zone, with feelings ranging from revolution-bent to melancholic and even romantic at times. "After 15 years of personally searching and making music, each band member came to encounter an inflexion point in their lives called Maff," says Ricardo (Richi) Gómez, founding member of Maff. "Maff is about serving music that liberates us from all our prior misconceptions," explains bandmate Gonzalo (Talo) Correa.
Although a young band, their sound has made its way into some notable ears. Upon hearing them, celebrated dreampop duo Ummagma has embraced their music and even created a radio edit for 'Walking on Fire'"It's rare that music this good from as far away as Santiago, for instance, finds a place among your faves, but that is exactly what has happened here.  This warms your skin and gives you goosebumps," explains Ummagma. Maff has also caught the attention of Creation Records' Joe Foster.
Maff was originally founded in 2012 by Richi Gómez (Vocals / Bass / Guitar) & Nicolás (Nek) Colombres (Drums), who have been friends since childhood and have previously played together in various punk rock bands. They were later joined by Martín Colombres (Guitar) and Talo Correa (Guitar / Bass / Vocals / Synth). Maff  composed, recorded and produced this EP in their own studio, lovingly called 'The Lab', owing to the experimental output they concoct. This EP explores such themes as innocence, mystycism, true love, loss, drugs, freedom and timelessness.  

The Maff EP is available for pre-order on Bandcamp both digitally and on CD.

"Our flavour of the month, immersed in post-punk echoes" The Blog That Celebrates Itself

"A stunning band" Primal Music Blog

"Magical and ethereal. A shower of electric noises that echo out into the swirling space that is song. Reminds me of early Flaming Lips and Yo La Tengo with more shoegaze tendencies" - The Equal Ground

Electric Litany have been described as 'the next Radiohead' by Alan Parsons - renowned songwriter, musician and engineer for the likes of The Beatles (‘Let It Be’, ‘Abbey Road’) and Pink Floyd (‘Dark Side of the Moon’) They have created a timeless album against the odds with ‘Enduring Days You Will Overcome’. Influenced by the new wave likes of The Cure and Joy Division, but with a twisted contemporary approach, they've toured with the likes of Interpol, Alan Parsons, and soon Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
‘bruising post punk…with beauty to their melancholy’ -  Clash
‘bleak and broody music has never been quite so thrilling’ - Guardian

Skellums was formed because "there was nothing else left to do".

The band strive to produce music with dignity and meaning rather than aspiring to join the long list of bands who have success, but nothing to say.

Forming their own record label Rent & Debt Records, their mission is to take on the world, one little venue at a time.

Underneath all the dirty guitars and pounding drums, there lives a pop song. Skellums believe, that as long as you have a decent melody, you can get away with all manner of noise. Pop songs with dignity.

In a world where every band has the same barber, and shares the same River Island gift card, Skellums are a little different. They may be a little rough around the edges, a bit pissed off and scruffy, but they certainly have something to say.

Band Members:

Social Links:

Friday 21st August - Zanzibar, Liverpool
Saturday 29th August - Eric's,

Love Buzzard have just unveiled their new video for single ‘Cash’ out 10th July on 1-2-3-4 Records (Babyshambles / The Buzzcocks) and it’s a fuzzy rampage of a track with a sickly animation- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAGuc5YZjtw


Track: Never Be Apart

The Pinstripe Pigeon Band began as a modest, yet ambitious studio project, incorporating production values inspired by Jon Hopkins, Nile Rogers and Cut Chemist, but this quickly developed into a seven-strong pop force, releasing five well-received EPs throughout 2013/14.?

The band's latest material?showcases intelligent sophisti-pop, electronica, funkadelia and anthemic rock The lyrics lovingly articulate personal experiences while finding humour in political and social despair. Kirsty's impassioned vocals hark back to Aretha at her most bombastic and Dusty at her most delicate.

Collectively, the band soak up songcraft and live influences from Fleetwood Mac, The Band, The Beatles, Ryan Adams, Motown, Chic, John Coltrane, The E Street Band and Ben Harper.

The band has the benefit of two keyboardists, one melodically inventive Stevie Wonder/Oscar Peterson-esqe pianist and another more classical, akin to?Ludvico Einaudi, both complimenting each other perfectly.
The energised live show is characterised by rousing intent, hitting a resonant chord with each new audience. The band grabbed the attention of local media with BBC Introducing Lancashire showcasing a live radio session and BBC Cumbria playing a live recording of the group at Carlisle Music City.

Live sets at The Ferret, 53 Degrees and Night & Day left a lasting impression in Preston and Manchester, and last August The Pinstripe Pigeon Band smashed it at Kendal Calling's Woodland Stage with new fans and old describing their set as one of the festival's highlights.

2015 will see the pop collective spreading its wings further afield, headlining Manchesters The Castle and Liverpool's Lomax later in the year.

Video: Never Be Apart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y8YINwaUT8

Private Soundcloud Link to EP: 

Social Links:

27th June Crafty Vintage Festival @ Brockholes Preston
4th July - Glastonferret @ The Ferret Preston
15th August   K-Stock @ Korova Preston

Wales Lights That Change dish up slow-burning 'Voices' single feat. Mal Holmes (OMD)
"A truly beautiful slow burning slice of dreamy bright pop" - Louder Than War

"A brooding intro brings us into a sonic world, suggesting something of classic shoegaze flavour whilst shooting firmly for the mysterious unknown future...a radiosexy reinvigoration of early 4AD spirit" - Joe Foster (Creation Records)
FOR FANS OF: Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins,The Cure, This Mortal Coil, Marissa Nadler

Lights That Change is an alternative ethereal dreampop outfit, hailing from North Wales and headed by Marc Joy. After many years producing other artists, he finally turned his attention towards his own creative endeavours. Thus was born Lights That Change, channeling new energies into sculpting horizons of perfect dreamscapes, primarily based on guitars.
Lights That Change released their debut EP Rainbow On Your Shoulder in 2013, followed by Whispers in February and have received support from BBC, Tom Robinson, and Amazing Radio, among others.  Louder Than War has premiered the new single 'Voices', which was released on May 11. The newly-released video is simultaneously premiering on 50thirdand3rd and Jammerzine.

"I listened to the track hundreds of times to get a solid feel for the music. Images fell into place in my mind and then I reproduced them on the screen," explains British filmographer Jason Sheppard, who created this video.  "This has a lovely gothic feel to the sound but also a soundtrack theme to it. A soundtrack to your life." 

Over the past year, Lights That Change have undergone a reformation, with Mandy Clare on vocals, John Bryan on bass and Marc Joy on guitars. Rebecca Palin (Golden Fable) and drums from Mal Holmes (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) both appear on this first single 'Voices' and elsewhere on their forthcoming debut LP Byzantium, expected later this summer.
Im extremely happy to be involved in Lights That Change, says Mal Holmes. This has given me the freedom to create something special for Voices and the new album doing what I love to do this is why I started playing drums in the first place.
The first single from this forthcoming album, entitled Voices, is chalked full of ethereal wave post-punk magic reminiscent of 4ADs golden era.  Mandy Clare lays mesmerizing vocals over a bed of drifting, powerfully moving soundscapes.  Lights That Change will also be bringing their new permanent lineup to U.K. live audiences soon.
"A haunting, shimmering, deceptively simple slice of widescreen shoegaze that knows 100% what it's all about. A winner" - Producer Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lords of Acid)
"Sublime slice of dream-pop inspired heaven, full of hauntingly beautiful vocal tones, floating progressions & blissfully unassuming guitar lines" - Primal Music Blog

Chastity Brown who is based in Minnesota, USA.

In light of her forthcoming European tour, Chastity Brown now returns with  her single Long Way, taken from her latest album of the same name.
Described as being sweet as molasses and wood smoke, clear and burning as summer sun, Chastity Brown's heavy touring schedule  and quality music that is borne deep in the American bone paid off when she signed a full record deal with the Nashville label Creative And Dreams Music Network.
Her debut album Back Road Highways was recorded primarily at the venerable Helsinki South Studios in Nashville which included a roster of heavyweight studio musicians backing her up who have worked with the likes of Mavis Staples and Garth Brooks to name but a few.  Since the album release Chastity Brown received a number of rave reviews and hit the airwaves on a variety of radio stations around the world. 
Chastity Brown has already caught the attention of the much acclaimed BBC's Jools Holland Show which she recently performed on, with more national and international exposure expected over the coming months on the back of this.
Details on how you can purchase Chastity Brown’s material Back-Road Highways and Long Way, 
​plus forthcoming gig dates ​
can be found at www.creativeanddreams.com or you can follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/creativeanddreams

Jacqueline Rolston who is based in Norfolk, England.

Having been brought up in the North of England in a large creative family which exposed her to a wide variety of styles of music, Jacqueline Rolston discovered at an early age that writing songs came quite naturally to her.
After collaborating with a number of musicians, producers and engineers, she had the good fortune of having one of her tracks included in an indie film called The Only Game In Town which helped her increase her profile further and contributing towards her being spotted by producer Rob Cass from Abbey Road Studios.  The outcome of their collaboration is Jacqueline Rolston's new single The Island
Details on how you can purchase her single along with further information on Jacqueline Rolston can be found on her website www.jacquelinerolston.com

Eoin Glackin makes his UK album debut with his new album released via IRL Records in May. The single from the album is called Hello Caroline and is released via IRL Records on July 20th

MIRACLES announces free download for this track on his Soundcloud 6th July*


'Return To What You Need' is the latest release from London Alt Pop producer MIRACLES and features Birmingham rapper Taylor Mace(BBC Introducing). It is one of the tracks making up his 2nd EP which follows last year’s debut 'Under Concrete Skies'. Tracks from which garnered support from BBC 6 MusicAmazing RadioRecord Of The Day,Hollyoaks and MTV US. Watch out for the new EP in the Summer... 

Remaining completely independent with a strong DIY attitude, MIRACLES (aka Joe) crafts his music with an obsessive attention to detail which sets his alt pop sound apart. Writing, producing, singing and performing all instruments on the tracks and working with other up-coming singers and rappers to help create the sound.

“It's so beautifully constructed... Crammed full of hooks galore - oh, if only all pop was this thrilling and uplifting” 
Record Of The Day

Debut EP ‘Under Concrete Skies’ on iTunes | ‘Return To What You Need’ will be available to download for free on 6th July
Follow: @thisismiracles | @sheistaylormace

The JacquesIf you haven't heard of this band yet, they from Bristol and have had an amazing ride so far gaining continued support across BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and XFMfrom the likes of John Kennedy, Huey Morgan, Don Letts, Chris Hawkins, and Phil Taggart.

Their second EP 'ARTFUL DODGER' was release this week via 25 Hour Convenience Store Records (Gary Powel from The Libertines's label) and we would love if you could support the lead track 'Artful Dodger'. 

The Jacques are currently preparing for their 2 shows at Glastonbury Festival this weekend (see below for details), the highlight being this Sat at 16.30 on the Williams Green Stage. If you're visiting the fields this weekend make sure you check them out!

Further details about this incredible band, as well as the link to the private WAV download and stream of the track, can be found below. 

I can't wait to get your reactions to this track and The Jacques!
The Jacques - Lead Track - ARTFUL DODGER

Single released August 21st 2015

facebook.com/VictoriaBandUK  twitter.com/victoriabanduk  http://victoriabanduk.com/

“A London based phenomenon, the group’s soaring songwriting is imbued with an epic sense of ambition. Crisp electronic production matched to real pop nous, the group have already earned admiring glances” Clash

V I C T O R I A are Alex Thomas (guitar), Charlie Martin (keys), Chris Moore (drums), Harry Johnson (bass) and Joe Housley (vocals), five young guys who live in London and eat, sleep and breathe music - all masters of their craft - skilled players, songwriters and composers.

Refreshingly, the band makes unashamed pop-rock - infectious, feel-good anthems - from their North London house share. Their latest offering, ‘Summertime’, the new single set for release in August is an uplifting track that encapsulates the spirit of the often short-lived British summertime that rouses us briefly from hibernation year after year.

‘We were ready, we were waiting for the summertime.
We were feeling alive and our hearts just felt like home.’

Their energetic live performances and the individual personalities of these five riotous boys is captured entirely on record. ‘Summertime’ follows on from ‘Into The Wild’, V I C T O R I A‘s first single, released in February earlier this year.


You can catch the band live throughout the summer supporting Ella Eyre at Thorpe Park on July 24th and at the ‘Summertime’ single launch show at The Barfly in London on August 20th (Tickets available here:http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/victoria-tickets/183455)

Keep an eye on their social media for more dates and surprise performances.

“Current and classic. What a combination” Killing-Moon 
“Stadium rock-bound” Fecking Deadly 
“Aiming boldly for what might be described as an epic sound” Direct Current

Nicholas borrowed the name Bearpark from a remote village near Ushaw Moor, Northumberland, home to his late Grandad. It's a quiet, windy place between moorland and collieries, where miners were born and no-one goes - it seemed strangely fitting.


The songs on Wilderness End document a turbulent decade through the eyes of a rural Essex boy colliding with the glittering noise of London as Nicholas explains…


This is mostly an album about the things we do when we're kettled in together, all doing our best and trying be happy. I think we are wild animals at heart, not designed to live in cities. But live in them we do, with strange consequences. There are unrequited love songs, songs about depression, songs about lashing out, looking out and the changes to ourselves that we don't even notice until we try to return home.


It blends the pastoral, hymnal Americana of The Low AnthemBon Iver or Wilco with the distorted romanticism of Ed Harcourt and Sharon Van Etten. There are touches of colliery brass and the sad synthiness of Radiohead and John Grant, all held together by a deep love of words.


It's been a while in the making, because I spend a lot of my time playing keyboards with London band Revere, occasionally guesting with Gabby Young, and playing everything from guitar and piano to accordion and scissors for Scottish singer Kat Flint. Because I am a megalomaniac I initially planned to play everything; because I am part of an incredible scene in London (and a shit drummer) I leant on others - so Revere drummer Marc Rollins-McKie played drums; Revere frontman Stephen Ellis lent his celesta skills (and his celesta) and violinist Ellie Wilson played some violin. Then I enlisted the help of Kat Flint on vocals (she also designed the sleeve art).


Like its songs, the making of the album itself was pulled from city to countryside and back again, written in many locations - from a remote recording studio in Invernessshire (while making Revere's first record) to London, via the sofas of friends, exes and parents. Produced by Dave Moore (Revere, Polly Paulusma, The Laurel Collective), the songs were recorded everywhere from my flat in Brixton to analogue wonderland Urchin Studios in London Fields (which houses an amazing 19th century pedal organ used on album tracks Turn Around Take a Bow and Little Black Holes).


I don't know where it's meant to live: in the city or in the country… or maybe somewhere in between the two, at the edge of the wilderness.


I hope you like it. Thanks for giving it a listen.




Nicholas Hirst is a London-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. He has spent most of the last few years playing with London band Revere and Scottish-born singer-songwriter Kat Flint (to whom he is also married). He was born in Essex and grew up between Colchester and Detroit, and now lives in Brixton, London.

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