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Anteros Interview

If you're still yet to listen to Anteros, now may be a good time to start. They've already toured across Europe with some pretty huge names (Two Door Cinema Club / Blaenavon) and now they're set to take to the UK on a headline tour, following the release of their fiery EP 'Drunk' in April. We caught up with them in the midst of a busy festival season about what to expect and what you should be having for your hangover breakfast...

Hi Anteros! Looking forward to having you back here in September. For those that haven’t seen you before, what can they expect from the show?

Thank you, we can't wait to be back. We'll be playing some new songs. Expect upbeat, a little punky, sometimes sweet, with a bitter bite. Bring your dancing shoes!

You’ve spent months touring across the continent with some huge names, how do headline shows differ? Will you take a different approach to each gig?

Support tours are great, because you get to play bigger venues and connect with bigger audiences. You also learn A LOT, very quickly. It's also a bit scary, because you don't know how the crowd is going to react - but the challenge is always exciting. Headline shows differ because it's like playing a football match at home. People are on your side, and they're there for you. So you give them what they want, make them sing and dance it all out. It's important to keep the energy on stage, but if you add a good crowd to the cocktail then you're in for a great one. 

You’ve already had over a million streams online, played a major stage at Glastonbury, been featured on prime time Radio 1 and started work on a debut album, but what goals are you still hoping to achieve as a band?

The sky is the limit. Ultimately we love what we do, and we'd like to do it for as long as we can.

There’s clearly an eclectic range of influences on your EPs, how does the idea for a song typically begin?

It changes every time, we don't like getting too comfortable or used to writing the same way. Sometimes it starts with a jam at rehearsal, or a melody idea, chord sequence, etc. 

And finally, what’s your go to karaoke anthem when you’re ‘drunk’ and what do you recommend for a hangover ‘breakfast’?

Creep by Radiohead (Laura's favourite) 

Hungover? Have a mimosa ♥

Anteros play The Bodega in Nottingham on 26th September - TICKETS

'Drunk' is taken from the new EP on Distiller Records

Gigs Preview: September 2017

So we're approaching September. Summer holidays are over and we've packed away the wellies from festival season. It may have been a blast but there's nothing quite like the comfort of a roof over our head and no queue to use the toilet. With that in mind, we're preparing for a packed season of gigs until it's time to hit the fields again. Each month, we'll be handpicking 5 gigs that we don't think you should miss out on. So let's get started!

The one to dance to... Tender - 2nd September

This London duo create jaunty dance pop with an underlying darkness. Their debut album 'Modern Addiction' is out the day before they play here and it's a 45-minute masterpiece that is just as likely to get you on the dancefloor as it is to make you cry your eyes out. TICKETS

The one to say you saw them here first... Banfi - 18th September

Having already supported Bear's Den, Nathaniel Rateliff and Amber Run, this London trio are on the rise with their spiky, dramatic pop music. The beautiful new single 'She Comes Home' hit online last month and is bound to soundtrack long Summer evening drives. TICKETS

The one to pretend you're in a music video... Denai Moore - 25th September

Silky smooth vocals mixed with delicately crafted melodies. Denai released her second album earlier this year, packed full of hope and shimmering with a carefree spirit. Album highlights include 'All The Way', a gospel-filled duet with Kwabs. TICKETS

The one to reminisce to... The Hoosiers - 29th September

Our 12 year old selves would be going mad at the chance to scream Goodbye Mr A at the top of our lungs a decade after it's release. We don't need to say much else other than it's super close to selling out! TICKETS

The one to headbang to... The Xcerts - 30th September

If euphoric stadium rock is your thing, then The Xcerts might just be your new favourite band. Recent single 'Feels Like Falling In Love' is an instant classic and we wouldn't be surprised if we heard it soundtrack a Summer romance on a Hollywood blockbuster some time soon. TICKETS

If you're hungry for more then fear not, we've still got 15 more gigs to get yourself to.

Mo Pitney // The Districts // Sarah Walk // Sean McGowan // Fangclub // Chastity Belt // Ryan McMullan // Noel Gallagher's High Flying Carpets // The Gospel Youth + Milestones // RedFaces // Erja Lyytinen // Sarah Close // Freak + King Nun // Anteros // Little Barrie

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Alvarez Kings Interview

Hey Alvarez Kings! Looking forward to having you in May but for those who are yet to hear you, what can they expect from the live show?

Our live shows are pretty energetic! We love to get in amongst the crowd and we absolutely pride ourselves on performance. The music takes you in all directions emotionally from ballad esc souring strings, to smashing drums and pulsing synthesis. You can expect an experience for sure.

You’ve recently been travelling all around Europe, how has the reaction been overseas to the shows and the album?

The crowd reception was unbelievable and to know we have so many fans all over Europe is very humbling. Reaction wise it was great to see such amazing audiences singing every word to songs that have been years in the making when it isn’t even their first language. The album has been going down really well especially in the Netherlands & Germany and those audiences have been particularly receptive!

You recently just released your incredibly eclectic debut album Somewhere Between, did your vision of the album change much over the time you were making it?

I would honestly say the development and sound of the album has been a few years in the making. From demo form and creating all the synthesis, string & brass scores on a laptop to having those things played by real violinists etc was an incredible experience. Being able to work with classic and very expensive analogue synthesisers and being able to record the instruments in a number of astounding studios in LA certainly gave the sound a certain flavour and character. Working with a great producer helped make our writing more concise and get a powerful drum sound but our main album concept in terms of sound and aesthetic has been in place for a long while. Only on a few occasions did we have to totally tear the song apart like in the case of Sleepwalking Pt.II and The Other Side of Sadness but that was a challenge in itself making those songs fit into the album’s soundscape.

The albums packed with summer anthems so what are your plans for the Summer and the rest of the year?

We have a great tour cycle ahead of us, after just coming back from Europe we have a UK headline tour in place from May 23rd, then hitting the U.S. for 6 weeks which takes in around 30 or so shows, festival dates in not only our home town but also Ireland and America and then after the summer plans to go back around Europe. And who knows, we may even have some big support slots in place so keep up to date on our socials to see when we’re near you.

You’ve achieved loads in the 5 years since you formed including having No Resolve as BBC Radio’s Single of the Year, did you find the album hard to make after all the acclaim you’d been given?

Not at all, it was a rush to record everything in 3 weeks but as flattered as we are with such praise, we just want to do ourselves and our musical vision proud. We play the music we love, we want to develop further and ultimately, we want to share the experience with whoever is willing to listen and give it a chance.

Finally, what experiences have you had from playing in Nottingham before? Any stand-out moments?

There's only been a handful of times playing Nottingham and because we know and love the place so well, there have been many a drunken night spent plastered against the walls in Rock City after watching some amazing bands. It's an awesome city and every time we’ve played we have an incredible time and really throw ourselves around. Come check us out at Bodega and you’ll see what I mean, we can’t wait!

Thanks guys, see you in May!

Lisa Mitchell Interview

 

Hello Lisa Mitchell! We can’t wait to have you in Nottingham in May but for anyone that’s yet to hear you, how would you describe your music and the live show?

Looking forward to coming to Nottingham! My music is folk influenced but the production is more modern, so expect stories and folky melodies with minimal electronic and sampled rhythms, live drums, acoustic guitar and analogue synths - and many purely acoustic moments as well.

 

You’ve just recently released your new album, Warriors, how has the reaction been worldwide?

So happy to have my new album available everywhere. I've received lots of comments on Instagram and Facebook from people saying, for example, a particular song has resonated with them. It makes me glad to hear this, as of course, these are my own stories and feelings and it always feels absolutely terrifying releasing an album!

 

Warriors is a beautifully eclectic piece of work with a clear range of influences, did your vision of the album change much over the time you were making it?

I knew what Eric J Dubowsky was good at before we started. Neat sounding, analogue beats and a really good pop sensibility. My references included Sylvan Esso and Beirut. I did freak out at one moment and make him pull back all the samples that were more electronic-sounding, but 24 hours later I decided I loved where we were going. And made him go back to the previous version, much to his relief. 

 

Which experiences stand out to you from visiting the UK previously?

London is where I spend most of my time when I'm in the UK. I always feel like a student here - there is so much to learn, I'd love to study here. My Dad is from near Glasgow, so I have a soft spot for Glasgow, I love the old university and the west coast with its dark stone beaches. 

 

Finally, our favourite song from the album is What Is Love which coincidently is the name of our 90s based clubnight! If you were the DJ, what would be your first 90s song on the playlist?

This news has made my day! I'd play 'Stop’ by the Spice Girls, some Mariah Carey and some No Doubt! 

Thanks Lisa, see you in May…

Listen to 'The Boys' here, taken from the album Warriors

Lisa Mitchell will play The Bodega in Nottingham on 27th May 2017 - TICKETS

Tom Walker Interview

2017 is already shaping up to be one hell of a year for music but for one artist in particular, it couldn’t have gone off to a better start. Tom Walker has already signed a major label record deal, earned himself slots on tonnes of festivals and his current single Just You and I has already clocked up over 10 million streams on Spotify! We had a chat with Tom ahead of his show at the Bodega in Nottingham on 17th May…  

 

Hey Tom! We’re looking forward to having you in May but for those who are yet to hear your music, what can they expect?

Yeaaaah! I'm really looking forward to it... I've been down to Nottingham before playing a few acoustic sets but this time I'm back in town with my band. From when I’ve played in Nottingham before, I know the crowds are always awesome! 

We hear you’ve been busy in the studio, can you give us any hints on how it’s shaping up?

It’s shaping up very nicely. I’ve been working with a producer called Jim Abbiss [Arctic Monkeys/ Adele/Kasabian]. We've just finished the EP and it sounds wicked. We went all in getting as many real instruments on the record as possible. We even got a brass band in for one of the tracks! 

Each of your releases so far have been incredibly eclectic, where does inspiration usually come from when songwriting?

I usually write about whatever is going on in my life, I find it hard to write if I can’t relate to the subject matter, it just feels a bit fake otherwise. 

Your gorgeous current single Just You & I seems to be everywhere at the minute and is currently on over 10 million streams on Spotify! What are you hoping to achieve from the rest of the year?

I know, it’s pretty crazy! I've been totally overwhelmed with the reaction it’s been getting; it’s always nice when people dig the music. As for the rest of the year I just want to keep putting out new music and traveling as much as possible. 

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

I'd probably do a cover of "Tribute" by "Tenacious D" on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival - reckon that would be a good laugh.