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Jan 14, 2011

LFC 4th Birthday band #3: Holden

Holden are one of the best new bands we’ve come across recently, amongst the plethora of new artists we as a club night / label get sent, come across or hear about via word of mouth – regular readers of this blog will be aware of that fact due to the feature we ran on them a couple of weeks back.

Their throwback, upbeat folk ‘n’ roll has really struck a cord with us, as has their penchant for solid, old-fashioned songwriting with memorable hooks. It’s something that’s often overlooked these days, and we’re not totally sure why.

Their sound certainly compliments that of Scoundrels or Ice Black Birds (all hark back to a bygone era where synthesisers and drum machines were something used in sci-fi movies, rather than on-stage) which is why we’ve brought them all together on the same bill on Wednesday 26 January at Catch. It’s a lineup, we imagine, that patrons of Woodstock might have been proud of. Come on down and get retro with us.

Location: London, UK (via Dalkeith, UK)
Lineup: Jedd Holden (Vocals, Guitar) Anthony Holden (Lead Guitar), Dan Coffey (Bass), Kris Lousley (Drums)
Label: Unsigned
Previous LFC appearances: 0
Blog love: “They are a band that are sure to be going places” (The Undercurrent)
LFC 4th Birthday show details: Catch, 26 Jan, on-stage 8.45pm RSVP TICKETS

Who are you?

We’re a four piece Band with a love of folk, rock and the underdog with roots in Edinburgh and London.

What were your highlights of 2010?

Completing our lineup in June, going in into the studio and seeing our beardy muggs playing on TV. Also our first homecoming gig in Edinburgh since moving down to London. It was for a mini festival called ‘Born to be Wide’, and the venue was full of family and old friends. Being sponsored by Levis was a bonus.

What are you most looking forward to in 2011?

Recording our much awaited debut album. The brothers in the band have been writing songs together for many years. The title is still to be decided although the material is cracking. We’ve made a start to the year with our online YouTube channel of acoustic sessions recorded on the rooftop of our flat in Abbey Road called ‘Holden On The Roof with… – Live from Abbey Road’. It’s a way of us getting new material straight to fans and also introducing artists we really like.

Do you have anything available to buy right now?

We’re currently a sleeping giant. When the album is finished we’d like to release it with either a great indie or the major label avenue.

What’s been your best gig(s) to date?

We try to make every one a great experience both for us as well as the folks that come along. Certainly looking forward to playing festivals this year.

And finally, why should people attend your gig?

You wont see anything like it again. Very intense!

Holden – Cider Sunday by ITCManchester

MP3: Holden – In The Yard (Live session)

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Jan 13, 2011

LFC 4th Birthday band #2: Ice Black Birds

Ice Black Birds require little introduction on these pages. The Brighton psychedelic blues revivalists inspired by early Kings Of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the rest were our first ever signing to Laissez Faire Club Records.

We put out their second single, the highly charged and anthemic “As Birds We’d Be Fine” last June, which kick-started a great second half of 2010 for them, culminating in shows at Manchester’s In The City, Paris’ Fleche d’Or, the NME Weekender Festival in Camber Sands and Koko for Club NME.

2011 is set to be even bigger, with the band set to embark on a sold out tour of Holland with local heroes Go Back To The Zoo in February (it went so well last time, they were invited back), as well as their maiden US tour in March, which rolls up in Austin, Texas on 15 March for the much lauded SXSW Festival.

They return to Laissez Faire Club for the sixth time on the 26th at Catch, where they’ll appear just below Scoundrels.

Location: Brighton, UK
Lineup: Sam Denniston (Vocals, Guitar); George Grinling (Lead Guitar); Danny McGurn (Bass); Ollie Liddiard (Drums)
Label: Laissez Faire Club Records (“As Birds We’d Be Fine” single)
Previous LFC appearances: 5
Blog love: “The gist is that they’re fucking fantastic, and I was powerless to resist them” (Les Enfants Terribles)
LFC 4th Birthday show details: Catch, 26 Jan, on-stage 9.30pm RSVP TICKETS

Who are you?

S: We’re Ice Black Birds, a rock ‘n’ roll quartet from Brighton influenced by Creendence Clearwater Revival, White Denim, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. We’ve been around for just over two years.

What were your highlights of 2010?

S: Playing on a sold out Dutch tour with Go Back To The Zoo and travelling to a lot of cities that we haven’t perviously been to. Also releasing two singles, meeting a lot of interesting new people, summer festivals, Radio 1 airplay, and generally writing lots of music.

What are you most looking forward to in 2011?

S: SXSW and another European tour. Also releasing our next single but that is still quite hush hush for now, BUT expect to hear an announcement about that soon…

Do you have anything available to buy right now?

S: Funnily enough we have a record out on Laissez Faire Club Records called “As Birds We’d Be Fine”.

What’s been your best gig(s) to date?

S: Paris with We are Scientists and The Boxer Rebellion was pretty amazing, also the three shows we played in Holland were great. Europe seems to be where our best shows are. Koko towards the end of last year was pretty immense.

And finally, why should people attend your gig?

S: Because we are a band that lives to play live, simple rock ‘n’ roll with an edge. We are massively influenced by 60s and 70s musicians and so plan to do it like they did with years of touring. We’ll be around for a while.

Dante’s Dance by iceblackbirds

MP3: Ice Black Birds – Pretty Ways

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Jan 11, 2011

LFC 4th Birthday band #1: Scoundrels

So we came up with an idea. Over the next eight week days (starting today, 12 January), in the run up to our 4th birthday shows (see previous post), we’re going to profile each of the bands appearing, and ask them some questions. Think of it as an alternative to The Guardian Online’s much referenced New Band Of The Day feature.

You probably don’t know them that well (if you do – pat yourselves on the back for being ahead of the game), so this is your chance to get up close and personal before they hit the stage on the 26th and 27th. Hopefully, you’ll like what you read (and indeed hear) enough to put on your shoes and drag yourself out of the house and into the sweat boxes of the East End for some good old fashioned live music.

First up are LFC stalwarts Scoundrels, recently signed to the revived Blue Horizon label and set to open their 2011 gigging account at Catch on the 26th, before they hit the road for a 12-date UK tour with fellow blues-inspired rockers Kill It Kid.

Location: London, UK
Lineup: Ned Wyndham (Vocals, Guitar); George Elliot (Lead Guitar); Alex Hill (Bass); Josh Martens (Drums)
Label: Blue Horizon
Previous LFC appearances: 8
Blog love: “clean guitar lines mesh with solo picking and the kind of steadied backbeat that bar brawls are made of” (The Culture Of Me)
LFC 4th Birthday show details: Catch, 26 Jan, on-stage 10.15pm RSVP TICKETS

Who are you?

N: Scoundrels, a four piece “cruddy blues, rock n’ soul” outfit hailing from the four corners of Guildford, Salisbury, Lewes and Chiswick.

What were your highlights of 2010?

N: We were sent by Seymour Stein (founder of Sire Records) to the swamps of South Louisiana for two months to record, live on a house boat and generally get schooled by the local musicians in the ways of blues, soul, country, New Orleans jazz and zydeco. It was incredible. We also spent two weeks in Chicago recording with Alt-Rock legend Steve Albini which was a real experience, recording to analog tape and honing our recorded performances.

What are you most looking forward to in 2011?

N: Releasing our debut album, working under our new label (Blue Horizon) and touring like mad. We thrive on live performances and hopefully we’ll continue to gain a good reputation doing so.

Do you have anything available to buy right now?

N: We released a rather fruity single, “Hangman’s Lament” in June ourselves which got to number 2 on the iTunes Blues charts and is available to download. We’ll be releasing an album and more singles in the coming months but we’ll keep you posted.

What’s been your best gig(s) to date?

N: Our baptism of fire in the US, playing the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette on Mardi Gras to an amazing southern crowd. The vibe was amazing and the reception we got was typical of Louisianans, full of warmth and fervour.

And finally, why should people attend your gig?

N: Because we’ve got good tunes and have enough soul to make your bones jangle to the beat and your nose hairs stand on end. We also release a marsupial on stage during the latter stages of the set which is quite extraordinary.

Scoundrels – Hangman’s Lament by charmfactory

MP3: Scoundrels – Just Can’t See It Through

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Jan 10, 2011

RethinkPopMusic’s first Chicago Showcase this Wednesday 1/12/11!

RethinkPopMusic will be hosting their first Chicago showcase at Empty Bottle on 1/12/11.

Line up:

The Black Fortys

The Down Feathers

Little Light

The Travis Kingma Band


Doors 7:30pm; Show 8pm; 21+; Free (with RSVP), $8 at door (non RSVP)
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