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Tramlines Festival 2013: New Young Pony Club + The Invisible + 2:54 + Sky Larkin + Cheatahs + THUMPERS + PINS + Menace Beach + The Hosts + The Payroll Union + Waylayers + Weirds + Death Rattle + Brave New Storm + Liberty Ship
The UK’s biggest inner city festival, Tramlines, returns to Sheffield for its fifth year.
The festival will feature hundreds of artists in 60 venues across Sheffield including four stages. There will be the welcome return of the Folk Forest, the Peace Gardens' World Stage, the Buskers Bus, Street Theatre, the Weston Park party and the Blues and Ale Trail.
See www.tramlines.org.uk for more details.
This event takes place at O2 Academy Sheffield, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Formed in 2004, minimalist eighties-influenced punk-dance band New Young Pony Club have gone from strength to strength. Influenced by the likes of Iggy Pop and Blondie they make synth based pop topped with sexy scrawling vocals from lead singer Tahita. ‘…like Debbie Harry singing over a Frankie Knuckles tune played by Joy Division.’ - AngryApe
NYPC (Formerly New Young Pony Club) tour dates
Shimmering pyschedelic rock featuring some sexy husky voice action from the man mountain that is David Okumu (formerly of Jade Fox), joined by Tom Herbert (bass & synthesizer) and Leo Taylor (drums). They have been compared to bands such as Bloc Party and TV On The Radio, even though Okumu has strongly denied knowledge of the latter of these! The 2009 eponymous debut was nominated for the Mercury Prize and selected as critics choice for the iTunes album of the year. 2016 saw the release of third album 'Patience'.
The Invisible tour dates
London based 2:54 are made up of sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow, joined by Joel Porter on bass and Alex Robins on drums.
Influenced by punk bands, the name 2:54 was taken from "the bit where it gets good" in a Melvins song.
2:54 tour dates
Euphoric and atmospheric rock from indie-types Sky Larkin. Having toured with The Gossip, Broken Social Scene and iForward Russia!, this Leeds based trio are most certainly ones to watch. '...a glorious mixture of stupendous pop melodies, pleasing-to-the-eye personnel and a host of quirks to boot.' - Drowned In Sound.
Sky Larkin tour dates
London blissed out indie-rock four-piece signed to Wichita Recordings. Their sound harks back to Creation bands. Think Swervedriver, My Bloody Valentine’s two classic albums, the pop-tinged psychedelia of The Boo Radleys and Teenage Fanclub, with hints of Sugar and Dinosaur Jr thrown into the mix. An electrifying blend of raucous guitars and breathy vocals, honey-dripped with ennui and emotion.
Cheatahs tour dates
An alternative pop duo based in London.
Childhood friends Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr., who were previously in alt indie bands Antihero and Pull Tiger Tail, regrouped in 2011 after their previous band fell apart due to unsolvable issues with their management and label.
After Pull Tiger Tail's split, Hamson went on to play drums with Noah and the Whale before playing bass and percussion with Friendly Fires on their Pala world tour. During this time the two began writing music that would become the first Thumpers songs via email.
THUMPERS tour dates
Bella Union signings PINS are a girl four-piece from Manchester playing fuzzy indie guitars. Fans of Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls and Best Coast should investigate.
PINS tour dates
Back in February 2014, The Hosts released their début album 'Softly, Softly' representing the missing link between Roy Orbison and Richard Hawley and which waltzed all over the playlists of BBC 6Music and Radio 2. Now, precisely two years later, they have announced the release of the follow-up, entitled 'Moon'. Tidy behaviour, in every sense.
And here is where we find the dark side of the 'Moon': on the lunar surface these be-suited potential suitors are retro a-go-go dreamers, all crooned verses and emotionally emboldened hook-lines, be it with the finger-clicking hullabaloo of 'Moon (Over Montana) or the impeccably sweet-natured '70s soul of 'Smile' - not for nothing have they been described as "the sound of ELO fighting a bear". But The Hosts aren't merely hopelessly devoted to recreating the past.
Indeed, in the true tradition of rock'n'roll's traumatic history peel beneath the layers there lurks a genuinely weird undercurrent to The Hosts. 'Breathless' is possessed by the spectre of Spector rewriting 'Creep', 'One Horse Town Called Love' is a spaghetti-themed howl from the soul of a wild west zero, while 'Know You Well' is imbued with a haunting sense of longing amidst the sumptuous melodies. Little wonder The Hosts are seen as the perennial ghosts in the music machine.
The Hosts have previously spooked the masses playing with the likes of Richard Hawley, The Walkmen, Paul Weller, Suede, Cold War Kids and Cherry Ghost (but of course).
"The Hosts' output is redolent of Roy Orbison crooning mournfully yet manfully over mountain-high rhapsodies worthy of Spector." - The Guardian
The Hosts tour dates
A four piece Americana band from Sheffield whose influences include Nick Cave, Gram Parsons and Arthur Miller.
The Payroll Union tour dates
Waylayers are Harry Lee (vocals, synths), Dave Norman (bass), and Joe Andrews (guitars). They're based in East London and create music that has been described as 'atmospheric pop'. Fusing electronica and guitars to create their characteristic sound.
Waylayers tour dates
Inspiring comparisons to The Knife, Sleigh Bells, Depeche Mode, Fever Ray, Massive Attack, Portishead and NIN, this London girl/boy electro-gloom-pop duo released their latest EP “Fortress” in April 2013, widely impressing music critics. Having already gained major praise from the likes of John Kennedy (XFM), Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music) and Amazing Radio, Helen and Chris Hamilton are well on their way to smashing the industry with their heavily stylized sounds and look.
Death Rattle tour dates