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The Filthy Six Interview

The Filthy Six are an exciting and authentix Soul Jazz six piece that have established themselves as one of the most eclectic live acts around. After realeasing their funky third album 'More Filth' earlier this year, and touring around the US, they're back in the UK for a headline tour and we're excited to have them at our place this Friday! We had a chat with them before the show about the new album, what other famous musicinas they've also worked with and what to expect from the show here on Friday night.

 

You’ve just released your third album, how has the response been to your new material?

It’s been good so far! We’ve had a bit of airplay from Jazz FM and 6 Music, with Huey Morgan and Craig Charles playing us on their shows. Craig actually played us 4 shows in a row a few weeks back which was great! We’ve also had a few nice reviews, with 4 stars in Shindig Magazine and an 8/10 from Blues & Soul so we’re happy with that and hopefully there’s more on the way.

Over the past month you’ve been touring in the US. How’s it been and how do the crowds over there compare to the UK?

It was a lot of fun. America’s just an exciting place to be, current politics aside! The audiences there are very vocal, and aren’t afraid of getting straight on the dance floor which is always great from our perspective. British crowds can sometimes take more time to show their appreciation but it’s cool because when they do it really feels like you’ve earn't it. We miss the beer and the banter at home though so we’re really looking forward to playing these gigs!

Your band is a bit of a super group of musicians who’ve toured with some pretty big bands. Can you give us a profile on everyone in your band? 

      Ha! Yes, everyone does their fair share of session work so the CVs are nice and varied. The past couple of years I've played with Beck and the Foo Fighters, Mark has worked with Jack White and Basement Jaxx, Simon with Dionne Warwick and James Blunt, Pete with The Wonder Stuff, James with the James Taylor Quartet and Dan with Madness, among others. So as I say, quite a mix!

      

      We’re big fans of your cover of ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Something’! Will you have any other musical tricks up your sleeve for the Bodega show?

      Yeah, that was a fun one to put together what with the Gospel choir and everything! We’re going to be playing tracks from all 3 records this tour but leaning heavily on the new album. We do like a cheeky cover too though so you’ll have to wait and see!

      What’s next for you guys after this UK tour? Will we be seeing your name on any UK festival line ups?

      Well, i’m in the middle of the Mumford & Sons 'Wilder Mind' tour so it pretty much takes out the whole summer, but we’ll be playing some more dates in the Autumn so look out for them. Hopefully we’ll be back in Nottingham after a good one on Friday!

      The Filthy Six play The Bodega this Friday the 29th April with support from Cheshire and the Cat. Tickets available here!

Kiran Leonard Interview

      Kiran Leonard is a multi-talented instrumentalist from Manchester who's releasing his new album Grapefruit at the end of this month. Already released singles Pink Fruit and Secret Police are brilliant and we can't wait to hear the rest of the album. We had a chat with Kiran prior to his show here next month about the new album, being a musician, touring and what's next for him this year.

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      Your new album ‘Grapefruit’ comes out next month. How long in the making has this album been and are you excited for it to get out there?

      I finished Grapefruit over a year ago, so… yeah, I’m definitely excited to be relieved of it. I can see it now. Slouching in my iTunes. Secretly. Alone. Unwanted.

      You seem to have tons of passion and knowledge about all aspects of music. Did this start at a young age?

      I used to really like writing short stories when I was a kid and music took over when I was 10 or 11. Before that I liked Lemony Snicket, Manchester City and diggers. I like that story about Keiji Haino… you know apparently he really wanted to be the next Rimbaud or something until he heard the Doors’ “When the Music’s Over”, and then that was it. Fushitsusha. 

      

      As someone who has played instruments for years, what’s your favourite part about being a musician?

      Anything from: hitting a perfect 9th fret harmonic (w neck bend) on an electric guitar; doing a bad Greg Saunier impression behind a drum kit; doing a bad Cecil Taylor impression at a piano; group free improvisation; hitting an ugly chord with a huge tessitura and lots of sixths and sevenths in it; tightening and loosening all the tuning pegs at random; jamming on “Gomni” by Ali Farka Touré or “Moby Dick”;

      When you’re on tour do you have any hobbies to keep you occupied throughout all the travelling?

      I’m in the middle of my degree so I have to read a lot. I mostly just change my strings. I’d say on tour I spend about 19 hours of my day changing my fucking strings. And reading, I don’t know, Pío Baroja or something. The last tour I was reading El árbol de la ciencia by Pío Baroja. A legit fascist, but funny.

      What’s next for Kiran Leonard? Will we be seeing your name on a few festival line ups this summer?

      I’m gonna watch an episode of KOTH and go to bed. In the summer I hope to watch the show in a number of different places, at different festivals around Europe.

      Kiran Leonard plays The Bodega on the 7th April with support from Field Studies and The Blue Period. Tickets available here 

      You can also preorder Kiran's new album Grapefruit released on the 25th March here.

Dot to Dot 2016 • Second Announcment

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We Have T-Shirts!

Say hello to your new wardrobe favourite; The Bodega T-Shirt.

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If you've been in our beer garden before you probably recognise the design as one of the murals penned by our friend Mr Sam Minton.

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You can get your very own T-Shirt from our bar or online here.

Big thanks to Angelo, Claudia, Kit & Petra for the pics x

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Rationale Interview

You've probably heard Rationale, even if you haven't heard of him yet. His track 'Something For Nothing' was featured as Radio 1's Track of the Day last month and has been in prominent position on the station's playlists ever since. The singer is booked in to play The Bodega at the end of the month so we grabbed him for a chat before the show...




Congrats on all your recent success, how was it to be part of the Radio 1 Future Festival bearing in mind the calibre of line ups over previous years?


Thank you. It was pretty awesome being a part R1's future festival. There were a lot of people playing that I've been listening to for a while now so, it was nice to be on the same bill as them. It was also a really cool to be given the chance to perform on the same platform as some of my favourite acts from years prior to this.

Your latest track ‘Something for Nothing’, which is a firm favourite in the office, is all over Radio 1 at the minute. How does it feel hearing your music being played to such a huge audience?

It's pretty surreal being played on Radio 1 this regularly. My friends still call me when it happens and that always makes me smile. I don't think I'll ever get used to it but it's awesome.


We’ve got a feeling 2016 will be a big year for you, who else do you think is going to smash it this year and is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with at some stage?

I hope 2016 will be a big year for me. The are so many people who I believe are going to smash it like, Mura Masa, Nao for example. They're definitely up there in my top 5.

We are one of the first dates on your tour, are you excited to get on the road and play to your fans?

Yes! I'm beyond excited. It feels like I've played abroad a lot very quite early on. The support I've received in recents months hasn't just been London centric. I want to go out and show my appreciation to as many fans in all parts of the U.K. as possible.

What’s next for Rationale? You released your awesome EP ‘Fuel To The Fire’ last year, can we expect an album soon?

I'm working really hard on my Album at the moment and it's going really well. Unless something catastrophic happens, like me losing a limb from chronic mouse clicking or something, you can definitely expect an album this year!

Rationale plays The Bodega on Thursday 31st March. Tickets are available here.