Ritual Union 2019

at Various Venues, Oxford
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Teleman

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Teleman have emerged from the clatter and chaos of London. The band's simple, sonorous brew of guitar, drum and synths is not at all unusual, but with it they craft exquisite pop songs that instantly spark your musical curiosity. Teleman are Thomas Sanders (vocals, guitar), Jonny Sanders (synths), Pete Cattermoul (bass) and Hiro Amamiya (drums).

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The Comet Is Coming

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The Comet Is Coming are a London-based band who incorporate elements of jazz, electronica, funk and psychedelic rock, with a love of all things outer space, science fiction and B-movies. The Guardian described them as "true heirs" to cosmic jazz pioneers Sun Ra.

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Ibibio Sound Machine

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Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West-African funk and disco and modern post-punk and electro. Weird and wonderful folk stories, recounted to Eno by her family as a child in her mother's Ibibio tongue, form the creative fabric from which the band's unique musical tapestry is woven. Evocative Nigerian poetic imagery set against an edgy Afro-Electro soundscape by producers Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard and Benji Bouton give the band a unique space within the current wave of modern Afrocentric sounds sweeping across the globe.

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Self Esteem

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Electro-tinged side project by Rebecca from Sheffield duo Slow Club.

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

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A five piece psychedelic noise / heavy rock band from Newcastle-upon-Tyne combining stoner, sludge, psych and doom metal. Think Sabbath meets Motorhead meets Mastodon.

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Young Knives

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A three-pronged vocal attack and catchy guitars & drums are the bread and butter of The Young Knives, formerly known as The Pony Club. Quirky, spazzy and poppy, the threesome are as eccentric as they are prolific.

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Twin Peaks

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Don't bother asking Twin Peaks about the deeper meaning of their band name. They simply thought it sounded cool, which explains why their second album Wild Onion isn’t as spooky or surreal as David Lynch's legendary TV show. It's more like a modern day Nuggets, with Ty Segall, Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees curating instead of Lenny Kaye. Not literally, of course. But the spirit of those garage demigods is alive and well alongside subtle nods to everything from the Pixies and Tame Impala to the godfathers of guitar-guided pop music, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys. The four piece are from Chicago, Illinois.

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Flamingods

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A genre-defying tribal pop/experimental worldbeat outfit with roots in both England and Bahrain, Flamingods' dizzying blend of traditional African and Middle Eastern music, psych-folk, and prog falls somewhere in between the Avalanches, Konono Nº1, Animal Collective, and Goat. Formed in Bahrain in 2010 by Kamal Rasool, Sam Rowe, Charles Prest, Karthik Poduval, and Craig Doporto, the group issued a series of EPs before releasing its debut full-length album, Sun, in 2013 via English indie Art Is Hard. A change in UK visa laws resulted in Rasool being forced to move back to Bahrain shortly after graduating from university, so the quintet began working remotely, communicating their ideas via samples and snippets on the Internet. The results from those exchanges appeared on their 2014 sophomore outing, Hyperborea.

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The Soft Cavalry

The Soft Cavalry is a new project formed by the husband/wife duo of Steve Clarke and Rachel Goswell of Slowdive.

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The Murder Capital

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Hailing from all corners of Ireland, The Murder Capital are a post-punk band driven by the desire to affect cultural change. “The Murder Capital are one of those most oddly entertaining prospects – a punk band that can truly instil can’t-look-away levels of captivation.” NME

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Heavy Lungs

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Formed in May 2017 in Bristol, through friendship, and a desperate need for artistic and sonic self-expression, Heavy Lungs went on a frenetic spree. From the first packed out show at Crofters Rights, to recording an EP in 3 days, a raucous set at Simple Things, to supporting Idles then Metz. This is the beginning. This is Heavy Lungs.

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Chastity Belt

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Chastity Belt is an indie rock band formed in Walla Walla, WA by Julia Shapiro (guitar, vocals), Lydia Lund (guitar), Annie Truscott (bass), and Gretchen Grimm (drums), now residing in Seattle, WA. In the few years since their inception, Chastity Belt have gone from college-campus lark to a fully fledged band, signed to Sub Pop’s impeccably curated Hardly Art imprint and having opened on tour for breakout singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett and major-indie institution Death Cab for Cutie.

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Trudy & The Romance

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Trudy will leave you love drunk and weeping into your whiskey. With Hollywood-tinged melodies and raucous guitar, they spit grit in the teeth of a Colgate grin. Trudy are a comfy mix of Doo-Wop, 60s girl groups, The Beach Boys, The Strokes and Jonathan Richman.

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Working Men's Club

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Working Men's Club are a Yorkshire-based post-punk band.

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Scalping

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Scalping are the Bristol outfit of James Rushforth, Alexander Hill, Isaac Jones and Jamie Thomas, armed with a battery of squelching synths, animalistic rhythms and gritty, piercing guitars. Scalping craft truly unique music, informed by Hill’s deep knowledge of idiosyncratic electronics, Jones’ tendency towards instrumental hooks, Rushforth’s Bristolian techno and Thomas’ doom metal influences. They formed in 2017 through a love of Bristol’s visionary off-the-wall dance music and full throttle noise and punk.

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Porridge Radio

Porridge Radio began life as Dana Margolin's bedroom recordings, but over the years have developed into a 5-piece live musical stage show. There is lyrics, singing, yelling and sometimes costumes, strung together by a band with a carefully crafted lack of professionalism.

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Olden Yolk

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Olden Yolk is a New York-based group whose penchant for dystopian folk, abstract poeticism, and motorik rhythms have enveloped them in a sound uniquely of-the-moment yet simultaneously time-tested. The project is led by songwriters, vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer, whose interlaced vocals are found guiding each composition on their enlivening self-titled debut. The project was initially conceived in 2012 by Butler as an outlet for one-off songs and visual art while touring and releasing albums with the band Quilt (Mexican Summer). Following the release of a split-record with Weyes Blood in 2014, Olden Yolk became a collaborative entity.

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Pregoblin

Pregoblin is a collaboration between Alex Sebley and Jessica Winter. There have been a few incarnations of the band but it’s when Alex and Jess met in 2016 it fell into place. Before Pregoblin formed, Alex was a member of The Saudis, alonsgside Lias and Nathan Saoudi, and Jessica is a producer and writer and has worked with members of Gorillaz, Fat White Family, and Dinosaur Pile Up.

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Bess Atwell

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Bess Hildick-Smith, known by her stage name as Bess Atwell, is a young singer, songwriter and guitarist hailing from Brighton. 'A promising folk poet of suppression and inner anxiety' The Independent

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Egyptian Blue

Post punk from Brighton.

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Far Caspian

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Far Caspian’s foundations were built in frontman Joel Johnston’s University halls. His Lo-fi sound was picked up by Blogs such as Indie Shuffle and thelazylazyme, curating over 100k plays on his Soundcloud. Since graduating, Johnston has called upon Alessio and Jof to turn his bedroom sound into something bolder whilst still gravitating towards the DIY approach, producing/recording their own songs and music videos.

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She Drew The Gun

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Lo-fi lyrical journeys through a glacial lullaby-blues, She Drew the Gun is an artist getting used to being compared to those in the literary world as much as those in the music world. Fronted by songwriter Louisa Roach, the band offer dreamy lyrical psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey.

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are a powerful, melody driven psychedelic rock band from Perth, Australia who’ve been quoted as 'resembling Jimi Hendrix fresh off the end of a light globe'. - The Music. "Entrancing, mind altering, and a breath of fresh air. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are revitalising the Psych Rock genre one riff at a time" - Happy They have supported the likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats, Black Mountain, Goons of Doom and Skegss.

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Bo Ningen

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Japanese industrial rock influenced by Melt Banana, Stooges, Black Sabbath, Minutemen, etc., delivering a superb mix of 1960s punk trash, 1970s Detroit dirt, 1980s New York art-rock and psychedelic post-rock.

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Another Sky

London Indie four-piece formed by singer Catrin Vincent joined by Max (drums), Naomi (bass) and Jack (guitar) while they were studying music together at Goldsmiths University. Their sound draws in influences from Radiohead, London Grammar and Four Tet to Coldplay and Talk Talk. "Llike Radiohead after five cans of fizzy pop. Rustic acoustic guitar meets inventive percussion and a brilliantly left-of-centre vocal, melting the past and the future together like alt-J at their best" - DIY Magazine.

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Do Nothing

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Do Nothing are an art-rock band from Nottingham. Equal parts taut post-punk and off-beat new wave, the four piece have been compared to Parquet Courts, Interpol and Ought.

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Candy Says

Candy Says is a lo-fi-alt-pop electro duo from Oxford with a new sound and a determination to do things its own way. Lead singer Juju (formerly of Little Fish) teamed up with fellow Fish Ben Walker, Eliza Zoot (Black Casino and The Ghost) and Mike Monaghan (Man Without Country, Fionn Regan) in the summer of 2012 and set about recording an album in the garage of Ben and Juju’s bungalow. The result is a lo-fi chic pop sound influenced by Juju’s french roots.

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Julia Meijer

Swedish born, Oxford based singer and songwriter.

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Also Appearing

Premium Leisure, Katy J Pearson, Max Blansjaar, Knobblehead, Lee Riley

Various Venues

  • Oxford