Shiiine On Weekender: Embrace, Lightning Seeds, The Wonder Stuff, Cast, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Reverend And The Makers, Jesus Jones, Swervedriver, Inner City, Pop Will Eat Itself & more
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Brothers Danny and Richard McNamara, the forces behind West Yorkshire's Embrace, once achieved Indie anthems of epic Coldplay proportions (who actually supported Embrace early in their career!). From stadium classics like the top ten hits 'All You Good Good People' and 'Come Back To What You Know' to their three number one albums, sold out arena shows and well over a million album sales behind them, Embrace were on the crest of a wave when they suddenly vanished without a trace.
They returned some eight years later with the eponymous 'Embrace', offering a rawer, darker sound, whilst still maintaining their signature big anthems and huge choruses and came back in 2018 with their album; 'Love Is A Basic Need'.
Embrace tour dates
Having secured a reputation as one of the most prominent bands of the 1990s, the Lightning Seeds took an 'elongated break' at the end of the decade, with Ian Broudie moving largely into production and releasing some solo records of his own. The band reformed in 2006 and since then things have been 'marvellous', with festival and gig goers having 'the life of riley' re-living the classic hits. Oh 'lucky you'!
Lightning Seeds tour dates
This West Midlands-based band gained a significant following in the late 1980s with two critically acclaimed albums, 'The Eight Legged Groove Machine' and 'Hup'. Mainstream chart success followed with their third album in 1991, which included the hits 'The Size of a Cow', and 'Dizzy' performed with Vic Reeves. The band split in 1994, but after a seven year sabbatical, they reformed and continue to play their old numbers, along with new material.
The Wonder Stuff tour dates
Originally formed in 1992 from the ashes of two of the most legendary and lauded Liverpool guitar bands of the time, The La's and Shack, Cast have released six albums including the top 10 platinum releases 'All Change' and 'Morher Nature Calls', and have enjoyed a string of top 20 singles, from the debut 'Finetime' to 'Beat Mama'.
After the band's split, Power released a series of solo albums, but reformed Cast in 2010 under the line-up of Power joined by Liam 'Skin' Tyson - lead guitar, Keith O'Neill - drums and Jay Lewis - bass.
The reinvigorated Cast continue to produce new material full of the anthemic, melodic and beautifully written songs for which they have always been known for, along with a formidable live reputation. Noel Gallagher described watching the band as "a religious experience."
Cast tour dates
Along with PWEI and The Wonderstuff, the Ned's helped to put Stourbridge on the indie-rock music map back in the 1990s. Formed in 1987, they achieved three Top 20 singles and two Top 20 albums - their debut 'God Fodder' went in at no. 4. They ceased being a full-time band in 1995 but are now back with all five original members Dan, Alex, Mat, Rat and Jonn.
Ned's Atomic Dustbin tour dates
Fusing indie rock melody and attitude with dance rhythm, Reverend And The Makers is the brainchild of Sheffield musician Jon McClure, who recorded the original RATM demos with members of the Arctic Monkeys and Bromheads Jacket. The group uses a combination of indie rock, electro and funk to complete their signature sound.
Reverend And The Makers tour dates
90s indie-starlets, whose short time in the spotlight with their bouncy indie-electronica produced a string of UK hits - Real Real Real, International Bright Young Thing' - and a US number 1 with Right Here, Right Now. No, honestly, it's true.
Jesus Jones tour dates
Swervedriver were formed in Britain in 1990 by vocalists/guitarists Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge, with their current line-up also comprising of Mikey Jones on drums and Mick Quinn on bass. Fusing the swirling textures of the shoegazer aesthetic with the more traditional boundaries of pop, the group went on to releases a series of brilliant EPs and albums before taking a hiatus after the 90s. They returned with a new album in 2015 and are back again with 2019's 'Future Ruins'.
Swervedriver tour dates
Inner City is an American house and techno group, formed in Detroit, by Kevin Saunderson, considered to be one of the most influential dance acts of all time. They enjoyed two huge top ten hits in the UK in 1988 with 'Big Fun' and 'Good Life'. Led by founder Kevin Saunderson, widely credited as one of the landmark figures in techno and dance music, joined by the soaring vocals of Paris Grey and Kevin's wife Ann Saunderson, now joined by Kevin’s son and creative protégé Dantiez as a new addition to the group.
Inner City tour dates
PWEI are; Graham Crabb & Mary Baker on vocals, Rich March on guitar, Adam Mole on keys, Fuzz Townshend on drums & Davey Bennett on bass.
In 1987, Pop Will Eat Itself surprised the independent music world by morphing overnight from two minute, three chord indie pop wonders into hip-hop rock crossover pioneers. Years ahead of their time, PWEI produced "Box Frenzy", a furious mix of beatboxes, metal riffs, MC'ing and pop songs. Featuring the notorious "Beaver Patrol" single, and the hugely successful "There Is No Love Between Us Anymore", the album brought the band a whole new audience and opened them up to as much praise as it did ridicule amongst a perplexed music press.This unique band, whose influence touched the careers of acts such as The Prodigy and Nine Inch Nails, still has a large, strong following worldwide, and there is an active online community who have shown great interest in these titles thus far.
In July 2011, a new line-up was announced, featuring Graham Crabb (as the only original member), fellow vocalist Mary Byker (Gaye Bykers On Acid, Apollo 440, Pigface), guitarist Tim Muddiman (Gary Numan), drummer Jason Bowld (Pitchshifter, Killing Joke) and bassist Davey Bennett (This Burning Age). In October that year the album, New Noise Designed By A Sadist, was released on Cooking Vinyl, produced by Monti & Rob Holliday (Sulpher, Prodigy) and was followed by a UK tour. The band further toured in March and December 2012. The single 'Disguise' was featured as Radio 6 Breakfast Show 'Single of the Week' and an instrumental 'Back To Business' was used on Top Gear. Crabb & Byker also guested on Soccer AM. In December 2013 PWEI toured the UK as part of a triple bill with The Wonder Stuff and Jesus Jones. The Watch The Bitch Blow EP was released in March 2014 as part of a PledgeMusic.com campaign. An unofficial World Cup single, Funk FIFA followed in May, featuring Brazilian rapper BNegao (Planet Hemp). The band then recorded an ‘underground’ fan-release only album in 2015 called ‘Anti Nasty League’.
Since 2017/18 original members March, Mole & Townshend have returned to the band on a full-time basis.
Pop Will Eat Itself tour dates
Steve Mason is a Scottish musician, best known as the lead singer and one of the founding members of The Beta Band. He has also been a member of Black Affair with Jimmy Edgar and is now performing solo.
Steve Mason tour dates
Also known as Edgar Summertyme, Jones is a singer/songwriter and former member of The Stairs. He has played in other bands such as The Isrites, The Big Kids, Edgar Jones & The Joneses and Free Peace. Noel Gallagher once said Jones had made 'probably one of the best records I have ever heard'.
Edgar Jones tour dates
Reformed '77 post-punk band, featuring Goldblade's John Robb. A key influence on bands like Big Black and the US underground, The Membranes are a melting pot of post punk, psychedelic rock, noise and drone, and neo classical pieces. The band claim they are "not a rock n roll project, but a high decibel orchestra playing discordant death disco symphonies about life and the universe and beyond. With music that varies from classic Membranes discordant noise, to drone rock epics, to neo classical orchestrated pieces to psych outs, to a walk on the dark side exercise in post punk with dark dub exercises…”
Membranes tour dates
Formed in the mid-80s by former youth worker Peter Hooton. Probably best known for their anthemic hit 'All Together Now', first released in 1990 and reissued as the official England European Championships single in 2004, they're still getting on the Groovy Train today.
The Farm tour dates
Apollo 440 are an English band formed in Liverpool in 1990. Apollo 440 have written, recorded and produced five albums, collaborated with and produced other artists, remixed as Apollo 440 and as ambient cinematic alter-ego Stealth Sonic Orchestra, and created music for film, television, advertisements and multimedia.
Apollo 440 tour dates
Most famous for the international hit 'You're Gorgeous' in 1996, Babybird disbanded after their third album in 2000. However Stephen continued to be ever prolific, releasing an endless cycle of download albums through Bandcamp. Following a heart attack in 2017, Stephen Jones and his crew are back on the scene with more mood-swinging, eccentric and bursting-at-the-seams melodic pop delight.
Babybird tour dates
Jah Wobble has always managed to surprise, delight and confound his core audience. Never following dictates of record marketing men, he provides continued creativity and invention. A fantastic aural journey through dub, world, ambient and avant-rock music, as Jah paints his entrancingly dark, textural soundscapes.
Jah Wobble tour dates
The Sultans Of Ping FC were an Irish band active between 1989 and 1997. They became well known for a series of popular singles, such as 'Teenage Punks', 'Michiko' and the cult classic 'Where's Me Jumper' (voted the second best Irish song of all time by listeners of the Ian Dempsey show on Today FM). Now several members of the original band return, assisted by Ian Olney on bass.
The Sultans of Ping FC tour dates
The group that've made folk rock fashionable again, Turin Brakes lace their melodic acoustic musings with a healthy dose of indie to make the perfect hummable songs for those lazy summer afternoons. Mind blowing vocals and awesome guitar from this very talented band.
Turin Brakes tour dates
The first time round, Dodgy were only together for seven years but in that time they sold over a million records worldwide, released three albums and 12 Top 40 singles, including 3 Top 10s and the Top 5 hit 'Good Enough', still a staple of the Radio 2 playlist.
Now back together, the definitive line up of Nigel Clark, Andy Miller and Mathew Priest bring us those catchy summer hits including 'Staying Out For The Summer' and 'In A Room'.
'Dodgy's new album is a revelation’ (The Guardian).
Dodgy tour dates
The original fusionists Transglobal Underground are the collective that first fused club culture and world music into a whole new onstage experience.
Transglobal Underground tour dates
One of the early 90s most famous dance DJs, Adamski (now known as Adam Sky) scored a chart-topping hit with 'Killer' and also made the anthemic old skool track 'NRG'.
Adam Sky (Adamski) tour dates
Former guitarist with Simply Red and The Stone Roses, and sometime collaborator with Ian Brown. Now a solo artist in his own right, Aziz has a unique East meets West sound and his guitar playing has been described as Ravi Shankar crossed with Jimi Hendrix.
Aziz Ibrahim tour dates
In the late 1980s The Wedding Present were one of the most famous British indie bands. Their career path often involved unusual decisions, such as recording a set of Ukranian folk songs for their first major-label offering and releasing a single on the first Monday of every month for a year. Band members came and went, but the idea of The Wedding Present as a group has remained. Nowadays fans of 'the Weddoes' can still hear their favourite songs (as well as new material) being played live by original songwriter David Gedge and his band.
The Wedding Present tour dates
King of the Slums are a British alternative rock band. Formed in Greater Manchester in the mid-1980s, the band specialised in a kind of electric violin and guitar-driven rock music, and released their debut single in 1986. Whilst the band earned some critical acclaim from the UK music press, commercial success eluded them and the group disbanded in the early 1990s following the release of their second studio album, Blowzy Weirdos (1991).
An album of new material plus some older songs appeared in 2009 credited to both King of the Slums and Slum Cathedral User, which was the original name of the group. In 2017 the band announced a brand new album Manco Diablo which was released on 8 June 2017. Their new album 'Artgod Dogs' is currently being hailed by critics as one of their finest. It was released exactly one year on from Manco Diablo, on June 8th 2018.
King of the Slums tour dates
Principally known as the songwriter, guitarist and vocalist of the influential band Husker Du in the '80s, and Sugar in the '90s, the revered singer/songwriter has been releasing solo albums since 1989, post-Husker Du. Additionally, he is also a DJ in collaboration with Rich Morel under the collective banner 'Blowoff'.
Bob Mould tour dates