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GEORGIE interview: "Hopefully this is the beginning of an exciting journey"

Local songstress GEORGIE will be showcasing a batch of new material at her headline show here in a couple of weeks. Having taken a break from gigging to spend some time in the studio to work on new material, she seems more excited than ever to be showing off her new sounds to a hometown crowd. We spoke to her about how things have developed in the last 12 months...

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How does it compare playing with a band to playing
solo?

It's a lot more fun and energetic and it's better for the audience I hope. I feel it's important to bring music alive in a live atmosphere and I wanted the feeling of that 70s band kind-of-thing which I love, such as Crosby Stills and Nash and Fleetwood Mac. I love that I can now bring those harmonies in too.

What can we expect from The Bodega show?

I'm sure the on lookers will be the judge of that, I hope we can give a good night to remember! I'm thrilled and excited to be playing The Bodega, a venue that I love. There will be new songs and new instruments and all that kind of stuff.

You are in the midst of a Nottingham music revolution right now. How does it feel to be part of it?

It's so great and to be a musician in a band in your hometown playing to that wicked community is great in itself. It's all about the people, I think they make the vibes special here.

You’ve just been announced as playing Dot to Dot again this year? How did you find last year’s festival?

Yes I can't wait, it's one of my fave festivals, so many exciting artists playing! And it's such a fun day for music lovers! I loved it, it was one of my highlights last year. The Trent SU venue was great and I was over the moon with the response. Loved it!

What have been the highlights of your musical career so far?

I've had so many, being in the studio for the past year has been great. I love working with great people and developing and perfecting the sound too. Playing with guys in the band is great fun! There's also been many amazing gigs like Splendour, Dot to Dot, Y Not to name a few. It's all been great and I just enjoy doing something I love so much and music is the key to it all for me. Just being able to make music and to have people appreciate it is amazing. Hopefully this is the beginning of an exciting journey.

GEORGIE plays at The Bodega on 17th April. Tickets are available here.

Lola Colt play Bodega this Friday

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This Friday Lola Colt, a six piece from London, named after a 1967 Spaghetti Western film, are making their Nottingham debut at The Bodega.Their psych-filled live shows have lead them to create a name for themselves over the past few years. At the end of last year they released their eagerly anticipated debut album, 'Away From The Water' and it has had great reviews describing them as "brooding psychedelic rock" and "sexy yet hypnotic".

We had a chat with Matt from the band in the build up to the show...

1. How is the tour going so far?

Splendidly! It's the first time we've played in many of the cities/towns - it's really exciting to finally get the chance.

2. You’ve recently released your debut album, how have you found the response to it?

The response has been quite incredible, and fascinating. We slaved over the thing for so long it was strange to finally send it out into the world, and to hear people's reactions to it. 

3. What are your main influences in your song writing and the sounds you create?

Primarily inspiration comes from emotion, trying to tap into the way something feels and visualise it, then dissect and manipulate it, explore it and better understand it.

4. Do you have a favourite song to perform live?

It depends on the night and the feeling in the room, but Away From The Water - the title track from our debut album - is always good fun. There are moments in that song where we are all guns blazing, the loudest point in the set.

5. We’re excited to have you here at The Bodega. Are you looking forward to playing in Nottingham?

 Very much so! Nottingham is one of the cities we've never played before - we really cannot wait! 

Tickets for Lola Colt's show on Friday are available here

"We have a lot of good memories at Bodega"

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Next week we'll be treated to 3 very special sold-out shows from brummy band Peace. We caught up with Dom the drummer to see how the tour has been going so far...

We can’t wait for your shows at Bodega. Do you enjoy coming to play in Nottingham?

Neither can we! We have always loved it in Nottingham. There's definitely something in the water in the midlands. We have a lot of good memories at Bodega specifically though, we first played there with the Mystery Jets in 2012, which was almost as good as the karaoke that followed...

Obviously you’re gonna be in Nottingham for three days. What do you plan to get up to and is there anything we could do to make you feel more at home?

Im never really sure what it is that occupies our days on tour. We somehow manage to do nothing at all, but are really busy at the same time? I'm more than up for suggestions though?

Has it been fun playing your new songs to everyone on the tour so far? Which tracks are you most excited about?

Yeah it has. New songs are always fun to play, for the obvious reason that they're new, and people are responding really positively. Crowds seem excited about "I'm A Girl", which is the most recent song we have put online. There's a track called "Perfect Skin" which is responding well, especially as no one has heard it before. It feels like a thumbs up.  

Are there any pre-show rituals that we should be warned about?

We like to set up a slip and slide in the dressing room. I hope you are insured for water damage... 

Sounds fun! We're in. Do you like dogs? We’ve got an office dog (Bodoggy) who spends a couple of days a week with us and there’s a chance you might see him. 

I absolutely love dogs. Here's a picture of my dog Chili.

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Peace play The Bodega on 5th, 6th & 7th February. Their new album 'Happy People' is out on Monday 9th February. You can pre order it here.

George Holroyd Interview

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George Holroyd is a singer-songwriter who was brought up in Suffolk but moved to Nottingham for university. Whilst living up here as a student he’s made quite a name for himself in the city's music scene. He’s been a part of some great Acoustic Rooms line ups, following in the footsteps of Jake Bugg and Saint Raymond and he’s also had some great slots at several festivals including Dot to Dot, Splendour and Glastonbury. This Friday, George is releasing his debut EP Peru and his launch party is right here at The Bodega. We had a few words with him in the build up to the launch.

What should we expect from the new EP?

The EP is a bit of a mixed bag really, they’re all acoustic songs but each have a different influence and sound to them, which was a bit unintentional but I think it works quite nicely. I’ve waited a long time to release an EP as I wanted to be sure it was exactly what I wanted (there was also a bit of faffing around too), and I think these 4 songs are my favourites so far.

Where did it get recorded?

I recorded it in Newbury at Studio 91 with Sam Winfield, a great guy and a seriously, seriously good producer who’d been recommended to me by Joe from Amber Run. I’d never spent much time in the studio before and had never recorded any of my originals so wasn’t really sure what to expect, but he made it very easy and somehow got me to play in time with a click track (for the most part!).

Do you have a favourite song on the EP?

My favourite is Howl, but Peru turns into a nice medley with one of my favourite ever songs live which is always a lot of fun to play. What do you like about playing gigs in Nottingham? I really like how responsive the audiences are, and the general culture of going out to see some live music that is present everywhere throughout the city. On any given night you’ll have a choice of loads of venues putting on a show, and they’ve always pulled in a crowd, which is a great opportunity as a performer.



What’s been your favourite gig to play so far?

I actually have two in recent memory that have been pretty unforgettable. Firstly playing to the fully packed Rescue Rooms bar in the late afternoon at Dot to Dot last year was fantastic, such a good atmosphere! My hands took a battering though.. Secondly was a more recent gig for Sofar Sounds in a living room just up the road from me in Lenton, it was fully acoustic and a bit daunting as it was much more intimate than I’ve played before, but was a lot of fun. There’s a video from that airing soon on YouTube!

You’re originally from Suffolk, how does the Nottingham music scene compare?

Well the sheer scale of the Nottingham scene is fantastic because there are more opportunities to play here (and to a larger audience in general), but my local music scene back at home is very good and there are a lot of people in the area who play and put on gigs, the amount of venues is just lesser.

You're still currently studying. How do you find splitting your time between music and university work?

It’s been pretty stressful at times but I’m nearing the end of my degree now, playing and going to gigs has been a great way to spend an evening after a day doing uni work and I’ve made some great friends through it outside of university. Dot to Dot is always a bit touch-and-go as it falls in the middle of exam time, I just have to pray there’s no exam the Monday (and generally Tuesday..) after!

Are you looking forward to this Friday's launch?

I really am, I’m itching to play again and I can’t wait for the full EP to finally be out for people to listen to. I’ve also got a lot of friends from all around the country coming to watch so it’ll be great to see everyone and catch up with them afterwards! You can expect a lot of energy, I’ll be playing the EP and other originals with a few covers thrown in for good measure. Afterwards? Some interesting dance moves at Pop Confessional..

Tell us a bit about your three support acts?

I first saw Connor Spray at Acoustic Rooms about 18 months ago when he did a cracking cover of “Waiting for the Rapture” by Oasis as part of a great set. The originals he has written since are fantastic and I love his stage presence, he puts a lot of energy into his performance which I really like, as well as being a top bloke. Make sure you get down early for him on Friday. Molly and Jack are two of the nicest people you will ever meet, with harmonies to match. They do so much with just two voices and a guitar onstage, and have written some lovely songs over the past few years (my favourite is “Empty Streets”). Molly is a Fleetwood Mac fanatic and they did a cover of “Dreams” last time I saw them that blew me away, I can't wait to watch them play again. I’ve played so many gigs with Cheshire and the Cat over the last 3 years around Nottingham (in pubs, clubs, houses, street corners..) it wouldn’t have felt right to not have them here, their lineup seems to have changed every time I see them but they continue to churn out their unique brand of rock/swing/ska/jazz (I’m not really sure what to class it as, but it certainly makes you get up and dance) with every performance. No party is complete without them.

Tickets for George's EP Launch on Friday are available here.

Dot To Dot 2013 Bodega set times/links

Upstairs at The Bodega

14:00 - 14:30 • BRAD DEAR
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15:00 - 15:30 • GAVIN JAMES 
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16:00 - 16:30 • BEANS ON TOAST 
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17:00 - 17:30 • SONS & LOVERS
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18:00 - 18:30 • IN THE VALLEY BELOW
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19:00 - 19:30 • LIKELY LADS
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20:00 - 20:30 • LONDON GRAMMAR 
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21:00 - 21:30 • SNAKEDAKTAL 
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22:00 - 22:30 • HOUNDMOUTH 
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23:00 - 23:30 • TELEMAN 
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00:00 - 00:30 • MISTY MILLER

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01:00 - 1:30 • WOLF ALICE 

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•  •  •  Downstairs at The Bodega  •  •  •

13:30 - 14:00 • HECTOR
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15:30 - 16:00 • MT
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16:30 - 17:00 • RHODES
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17:30 - 18:00 • HEART-SHIPS 
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18:30 - 19:00 • PYLO
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19:30 - 20:00 • WILDFLOWERS 
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20:30 - 21:00 • STORY BOOKS 
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21:30 - 22:00 • MATTHEW & ME 
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22:30 - 23:00 • ALASKAN FACTION

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