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BEAK> were formed in January 2009 by three Bristol musicians, Billy Fuller, Matt Williams and Geoff Barrow. Sometimes a band can be no more than the sum of it's parts, but BEAK> are an equation in which it's impossible to define equivalents or totals. Instead the meeting of three talents form a foundation from which ideas assimilate and propagate.
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A 60s inspired pop / post-punk / garage / surf trio from Halifax. Keen lovers of DIY and the Riot Grrrl scene, they met at a house party and formed the band, despite two of them having never played instruments before! They bring to mind classic DIY girl bands like Marine Girls and Dolly Mixture, along with the lo-fi alt-rock sounds of the Pixies and Breeders. Their lilting harmonies, jangling guitars and pounding wave-like bass sounds have been winning them devotees from across the UK.
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The Brighton-based post-punk, disco-funk phenomenon Squid is the brainchild of Ollie Judge, Louis Borlase, Arthur Leadbetter, Laurie Nankivell and Anton Pearson.
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London-based trio Happyness combine dreamy indie rock melodies that takes inspiration from '90s indie outfits such as Sparklehorse and Pavement, while intertwining purposeful, wry, 21st century humor to their brooding songs.
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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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Taking the mundane spirit of their name as a manifesto, Crystal Palace based two piece JOHN (both members aptly named John) offer a deadpan approach that has become the recognisable force of their live performance, with an almost mechanical solidity rare for only two bodies. Alongside the rhythmic synchronisation of guitar and drums, introspective lyrics suggest that literature and spoken word are just as important influences as the Punk, Noise and Rock genres they might comfortably fit into. This tight balance between content and volume has lead them on to stages with bands such Pulled Apart By Horses, USA Nails and Idles, as well garnering support from writer/actor Simon Pegg, BBC 6music, and XFM DJ John Kennedy.
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No one is quite sure where the enigmatic Lazarus Kane emerged from. A US transplant now living in the UK, he appears a relic of some recent past. Armed with a drum machine and some old synthesisers, the music could be mistaken for something that might once have been heard coming out of CBGB’s decades ago. However, the songs tackle the everyday trappings of modern life; drinking too much, social media and the Kardashians.
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Girls In Synthesis
Girls In Synthesis have quickly forged a fearsome reputation as one of the most exciting and volatile live acts in London. In equal parts frantic, considered, ear-splitting and melodic, the group take their cues from the early DIY punk and post-punk pioneers to keep everything in-house; artwork, videos, performances and recordings are created entirely by the group and their handful of trusted collaborators. Experimentation sees them transgress the punk bracket into something more original and unique while stage shows present a complete and controlled spectacle, with the group moving from playing on stage to dragging equipment into the audience. Desperately trying to remove the group/audience barrier, they perform bathed in a single stark white beam of light, while songs are interspersed with sampled dialogue taken from government nuclear survival videos and number station recordings. They take influences from the punishing and militant noise of groups such as Crass, the dark, bass-led sound of Flipper and the sharp edge of sparsely melodic groups like Wire and The Fall. This blueprint is peppered with scores of varied sounds from across the board to create the basis of the groups’ vital sound.
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O2 Academy Leicester
- Percy Gee Building
- University Road
- LE1 7RH
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