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Estrons Interview

With ferocious energy on-stage and riffs for days, mighty Welsh rockers Estrons are set to take the rest of 2018 by storm. With shows coming up supporting the legendary Garbage as well as festivals and headline shows of their own, we had a chat with Tali from the band about their upcoming Notts show and what the future holds for Estrons…

Hey Estrons! Can’t wait for you to unleash your energy in Notts but for those who are yet to see you, what can they expect from your live show?

A lot of energy, possibly some equipment breaking due to mosh pit enthusiasts, but we’ve also introduced some slower paced songs into the set. We’ve been developing our sound a lot since the last tour and some of the tracks have become more emotionally driven and personal so the live set should take you on quite the journey - it’s a bit of a roller coaster for us and I think that resonates to the crowd.

You’ve just released Lilac into the world which on the surface is a ferocious stormer of a track but lyrically it means a lot to you, how has the reaction been?

It’s been quite touching actually. We’ve been working hard on the project behind the scenes for the last few months so it’s been great to finally show the world what we’ve been doing. Our fans have been genuinely excited that we’re back and Lilac has been getting a really positive reaction from everyone. It’s a nice allusion for what we’ve got to share next.

We hear you’ve been in the studio recently, how is new material shaping up? Will we hear any more before the tour?

Like I’ve mentioned - we’ve been working incredibly hard! We’ve got much much more to share and it will be a bit more eclectic than what we’ve released so far. Stay tuned…

You look like you’re pretty constantly on the road, is touring your favourite part of the job?

Touring is long hours on the road and many service stations and a lot of logistical nightmares so it certainly has its downsides, but being on stage is something we all really enjoy doing. Only then can people truly see hear and feel you for what you are. My favourite part is going back to see the faces we saw when we first visited these places and making new friends. We’ve met so many incredible people.

Festival season is well underway, how does your approach change to headline shows, festival slots or support gigs with Garbage?

Festivals are a great way of making new fans and they certainly have a more laid-back feeling about them. We can’t put on a light show as such or put on our playlist to set the room, but seeming as they tend to be a standalone show rather than a string of them like you’d do on tour, you get less afraid of damaging yourself so you can get away with a lot more physically. We’ve all hurt ourselves pretty bad doing stupid stuff…

You’ve got a day off from tour, what’s the first thing each of you do when you’re back home?

Touring is a weird vortex away from reality. You’re surrounded by new places and faces and you eat sandwiches and sleep in complicated arrangements so the first thing we do is usually sleep. It’s nice to arrange a pint with a friend in your local just to get that sense of normality back... but I’m usually itching to get back out there once that normality hit is over. We miss the M5!

And finally, if you could just play one song on one stage for the rest of your lives, what would you play and where?

I’ve been listening to Paraguay by Iggy Pop on repeat for about 4 weeks now. I would love to cover it if I could pull it off. The idea of pulling up your roots and leaving civilisation is certainly a dream we’ve all had at times. I guess we could move to Paraguay and sing that forever if things get too tough. Sounds ideal(istic). 

Estrons will be at The Bodega on 9th November – TICKETS

Sea Girls Interview

London-based quartet Sea Girls may still be pretty early on into their career as a band, but they seem to have already perfected their arena-ready indie-pop sound. They've just kicked off their festival season with sets at BBC Radio 1's Biggest Weekend and All Points East with Catfish & the Bottlemen and we suspect in years to come they'll be headlining festivals of their own. With a new EP 'Adored' out today, we caught up with the band ahead of their Bodega show in October - TICKETS

Hey Sea Girls! Can't wait to have you here but for those who are yet to hear you, what can they expect?

Well we're going to try and take you by surprise. Our goal with every gig is to turn what you think is a casual night of music to 'The Night I Saw Sea Girls'. Of course, a good gig is when there's a connection between the band and the audience, but we're pretty sure this is a given with a Nottingham audience *winky face*.

2018 has already been a big year of releases and gigs for you, what can we expect for the rest of the year?

You'll see us bouncing around the country, from Somerset to Inverness we'll be playing festivals. In between that we'll be squeezing in some writing and recording for the next batch of (hopefully) 'banging' tracks. Although the end goal of the year is to gear up to our debut album. With guidance from our amazing producer Larry Hibbitt, it's sure to be a smorgasbord of bangers.

You've just kickstarted your festival season with loads more incoming such as Reading & Leeds, how excited are you to hit the festival circuit?

It's all a bit surreal to be honest, getting out there and playing is exactly what we're in it for. We're just 4 mates who love music, and now what we want is to meet the people that have helped us to live it.

You seem to have found the formula to creating huge indie anthems, where does the inspiration for your sound come from?

We don't take anything for granted, we think that's the first step, you've got to work for it by writing and practising. But there's also a fair bit of trusting your gut. If an idea feels good you should follow it. As far as content goes we take from relationships and experiences, although we try to allude to universal feelings. We want everyone to relate if possible.

We all grew up on noughties indie so that definitely filters into our music. Although as individuals we pull the sound towards our current tastes, such as Lana Del Rey, Nick Cave, Ryan Adams and Sigrid.

In February, you completed a huge headline tour which included some big sell-out shows. How was the reaction? Which was your favourite gig?

It was mad and incredible. In our wildest dreams we couldn't have pictured the crowds we had. All of them were great in different ways so I don't think we can pin one down as the best.

And finally, you've got a day off from tour, what's the first thing each of you do when you get back home?

Henry - Cracks open a beer.

Rory - Makes a cup of tea.

Andrew - Eats a microwaveable Chicken Tikka Masala. 

Oliver - Waves at an Aubergine by a lake - not really!

Sea Girls will be at The Bodega with special guests The Pale White on 4th October - TICKETS

Dot To Dot at The Bodega 2018

Dot To Dot Festival is known as one of the UK’s leading festivals for discovering new artists. Here at The Bodega, we love championing those upcoming artists and showcasing some of the best new music before it blows up. With the big day fast approaching, we’ve had a look at the artists that will be entering our doors on 27th May. There may be some names on this list that you know and some that you’re not so familiar with but we’re sure your new favourite band could be here. We’ve also created a Spotify Playlist with all the artists below for you to stick on Shuffle and find those gems.

Upstairs – Doors: 13.00

00.00 – 00.30 – Secret Headliner: We can’t reveal too much about this just yet but we CAN tell you that it’ll be a huge party set to close your day in style… Keep eyes peeled for more!

23.00 – 23.30 – Slydigs: Mixing classic rock ‘n’ roll with modern blues and a fiery energy. FFO: The Who, The Strypes and Miles Kane.

22.00 – 22.30 – Dead!: Get the pits ready for this epic rock quartet with mighty riffs and giant pop-punk style singalongs. FFO: Mallory Knox, Milk Teeth and Don Broco

21.00 – 21.30 – No Hot Ashes: Swaggering funk-pop, packed with raspy vocals and disco guitars. FFO: Blossoms, The Vaccines and The Wombats.

20.00 – 20.30 – Devon: Massive indie-pop hooks, known for chaotic live shows. FFO: The Neighbourhood, Rat Boy and Declan McKenna.

19.00 – 19.30 – Vistas: Shimmering Scottish indie-rock quartet with stadium sized choruses. FFO: The Magic Gang, Circa Waves and Marsicans.

18.00 – 18.30 – KAWALA: Sun-soaked indie-folk built for Summer festival stages. FFO: Saint Raymond, Sunset Sons and Lewis Watson.

17.00 – 17.30 – Connie Constance: Chilled soulful gems with a killer voice and timeless lyrics. FFO: Yazmin Lacey, Laura Mvula and Ady Suleiman.

16.00 – 16.30 – Oscar Jerome: Soulful vocals and ridiculous guitar solos over stunning jazz compositions. FFO: Tom Misch, Ezra Collective and Rex Orange County.

15.00 – 15.30 – Westerman: Brooding, spacey electro-folk, with sprinkles of guitar flourishes. FFO: Nilufer Yanya, Soccer Mommy and Ought.

14.00 – 14.30 – Malena Zavala: Dreamy pysch-folk packed with a lush blend of wistful vocals and guitar licks. FFO: Goat Girl, Fenne Lily and The Big Moon.

13.00 – 13.30 – Puma Blue: Moody and sultry blends of hip-hop and jazz, creating atmospheric lo-fi. FFO: Cosmo Pyke, Yellow Days and Babeheaven.

 

Downstairs Bar – Doors 13.00

Dot To Dot DJ battle

20.00 – late – Rev. Car-Bootleg meets Heaveny Jukebox Uptown: Martin Nesbitt and Jeff Barrett DJ back to back

19.30 – 20.00 – Daniel Docherty: Serene songwriting from one of the best voices in acoustic music. FFO: Ben Howard, Luke Sital-Singh and Calum Scott.

18.30 – 19.00 – Harrison Storm: Australian singer-songwriter with millions of followers thanks to his honest and tranquil acoustic gems. FFO: Dermot Kennedy, Matt Corby and Billie Marten.

17.30 – 18.00 – Sam Johnson: Foot-stomping alt-folk anthems with soaring vocals, ending with spine-tingling heights. FFO: Bear’s Den, Dry the River and Tom Walker.

16.30 – 17.00 – Peter Oren: Indiana-born songwriter with deep and rich vocals that can silence a packed room. FFO: Lewis Capaldi, Jake Bugg and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

15.30 – 16.00 – Chappaqua Wrestling: Sweet-Americana music with an electronic swooning twist. FFO: whenyoung, Sports Team and Declan McKenna.

14.30 – 15.00 – Soham De: Husky vocals from a fine talent with delicate finger-picked guitar melodies. FFO: Benjamin Francies Leftwich, To Kill a King and Tom Walker.

13.30 – 14.00 – Joey Costello: Originally from Chicago and now residing in Notts, Joey writes personally gorgeous folk-influenced masterpieces. FFO: James Vincent McMorrow, Damien Rice and Passenger.

Listen to our Dot To Dot Spotify Playlist here...

Book your tickets: bit.ly/2IeBuWI

 

Bloxx Interview

Saying that this is Bloxx’s first headline tour would suggest that the band don’t have touring experience but how wrong that presumption would be. March saw them play a sold-out Alexandra Palace as support for The Wombats on their nationwide tour, following stints on the road with Sundara Karma and Pale Waves too. Now with their singles hitting the Radio 1 airwaves and festival stages set, it’s time for Bloxx to be at the top of your Summer playlists. We caught up with the quartet below ahead of their Bodega show on 8th May.

Hey Bloxx! Can’t wait to have you here but for those who may have not heard you before, what can they expect from a Bloxx show?

They can expect a really lively show, energy and a lot of fun! Maybe a bit of sweat, and the best support bands also…

‘Novocain’ is an almighty tune! How does it feel to get it out to the world?

Thank you! I think that was a tune we were all really excited to release, I reckon it’s one of our favourites. We had it ready for so long so it was hard to wait to unleash it.

Tell us briefly about the process in creating the song. Where did the inspiration come from? Did lyrics or the instrumentation come first?

Instrumentation tends to come first, we always play out a tune a few times before I figure out exactly what I feel the song is supposed to be about. We wrote ‘Novocain’ over like 3/4 times and it became what it is now and we think that went entirely better than expected the first 3 times!

You’ve toured with Pale Waves, Sundara Karma and The Wombats. Have you learnt anything from being on the road with such huge bands?

Learning how to do long tours and tips and tricks of such great artists has been such a highlight for us. We strive to be just as humble and grounded and wonderful as all of the bands we’ve toured with. I learnt loads of useful tour wardrobe tricks to extend the cleanliness of any gig outfit, and also really helpful vocal tricks that stop me from losing my voice.

Does your approach to headline shows change to support gigs?

I'd say not really, just because we try to give 100% of our energy and focus to every gig we play, support or headline. It's important that fans go away enamoured and impressed, but I think our headline tour will see a new element of fun and passion in our set.

And finally, what are you most excited to get up to on this big headline tour?

We're so excited to be able to play headline shows for the first time ever, and play the cities that we love so much again. We can't wait to visit Northern cities and have cheap pints and see friends. I think London in particular is exciting for us as it's our first ever London headline show and we're so ready for it!

Bloxx will be at The Bodega in Nottingham on 8th May - TICKETS

Funke and the Two Tone Baby Interview

If you search Funke and the Two Tone Baby online, the description of a “one man sonic explosion” keeps coming up and quite frankly, we couldn’t put it better ourselves. Funke has been taking his unique foot-stomping live show to pubs, venues and festivals across the country. It’s almost impossible to pinpoint a genre or sound, just listen for yourself, you won’t regret it. We caught up with the man himself as he prepares to release new music and take on new headline shows in April.

 

Hey Funke! Looking forward to having you at The Bodega but for those who haven’t seen you before, what can they expect from the show?

Alt-blues, dirty beats and a lot of groove. A lot of sweat, dancing and smiles. Songs about festivals and happiness but equally songs about your own fragile grip on reality. Plus, there’s usually a stage invasion of monkeys towards the end. That’s pretty good.

You’ve played in Nottingham before but we hear this show will be different. What have you got up your sleeve?

When I perform it’s just me on my own and a suitcase full of tricks, effects, synths, drum-machines and guitars, run through loops. My live show is slowly turning into a live DJ set but none of it’s pre-programmed. I thought I’d try to up my game this time around and bring a band with me.

I’ll be bringing an incredible jazz drummer, Mr Graham Mann (Matt Berry and the Maypoles) and Mr David Migden (and the Twisted Roots) on vocals, trumpet and synth. It’s been a long time since I’ve played with a band but to have such unbelievably talented musicians at my side is a real honour, and a lot of fun!

Your solo live set-up is a sight to behold, how did that come about?

Necessity really. When I was at college my band broke up and I started playing solo. I ended up

coming by a loop pedal and loved the freedom it gave me. Over the year I’ve added more instruments and effects to my rig as I’ve needed them and my sound output has naturally grown with it. I make a lot of noise for one man. And energy, apparently, but it’s easier to stay in time if you dance!

What’s your favourite part of the job? Touring or studio work?

I’ve been in the studio recording for the first 15 days of the year. It was great and I loved every minute of it, but I really, really miss performing. I’ve got 10 new songs and I’m so excited to get on the road and play them to everyone.

You’ve been busy away working on a new album, can you give us any details on it?

My third studio album is titled, Denizen, and will be released on May 4th, with the release tour starting April 18th in Bristol and ending at The Bodega on the 22nd.

The first single, ‘Genghis Khan’ will be released towards the end of March.

Personally, it’s the best record I’ve ever made. It’s blues with elements of punk, funk and electronica, complete with a jazz D&B track and a ban-the-bomb protest song. I’ve never stuck to a genre yet Denizen still feels like a coherent work. AND it’s got some fat beats!

What cities do you get most excited to play in the lead up to a tour?

I’m not just saying this because I’m writing this interview for The Bodega, but Nottingham. There’s a really special scene floating around the midlands at the moment, and it seems to be centred in Nottingham. The city has some stunning venues, is currently producing loads of great music and the audiences are well up for a party, and are some of the nicest people you’ll meet.

And finally, if you could just play one song on one stage for the rest of your life, what would you play and where?

Back to my jazz D&B track, Doppelgänger (incidentally the 3rd single from Denizen) at The Bimble Inn.

The track because it’s challenging and has a lot of scope to evolve over time to keep it interesting.

The stage because it’s travels to some great festivals and has a bar!

Funke and the Two Tone Baby will be at The Bodega on 22nd April - TICKETS