Thin, with prominent cheekbones, a baritone voice, and a penchant for gloomy poetics, Peter Murphy is often called the "Godfather of Goth. In his four decades of service in the post-punk culture wars, Murphy has confounded fans, critics, even himself. As the main-man of the acclaimed outfit Bauhaus, he helped usher in ground breaking opaque moods and atmospheres into the post-punk landscape. When the band broke up for the first time in 1983, the singer set off on a solo career that found him challenging his audiences in numerous ways.
Joshua is a modern folk musician, an amalgam of influence in the classically romantic tradition of Damien Rice, Ryan Adams, Iron and Wine, and Sufjan Stevens. Like the said ballyhooed folksters before him, Joshua is inspired to write largely as a result of the people and relationships surrounding him, while also subjecting his songs to his own vulnerabilities, doubts, and conflicts. He integrates these revelations with his agenda of lyrical candidness, creating an expressive and open artform.
With all of Joshua's ability and potential, what really sets him apart is his faultless ability in the live venue. Josh will silence the crowd with his soft, and consistently pitch perfect vocal control while unintentionally making you fall in love with him for being a 'good guy'. Considering the idiosyncratic confluence of ability he boasts, it is fair to say that Joshua spins a web of charm that makes him inimitably great.
Islet are a Cardiff experimental rock band. Their debut 'mini album', Celebrate This Place, was released on June 14th 2010 to positive reviews, and second mini album Wimmy was released 6 months later, through both Turnstile and Shape Records (co-run by Mark from the band). Much was made in the press of the band's success despite a lack of online presence, however Islet now have an official band website (isletislet.com). Since forming, Islet have featured in the NME, toured both solo and with Los Campesinos!, played Swn Festival 09 & 10, Eurosonic Festival, were part of Huw Stephens' 'Happy Huw Year' Tour, in their early gigs as a 3 peice Islet supported Teeth Mountain and Lovvers. Islet comprises of members (or past members) of The Victorian English Gentlemens Club, Attack + Defend, Fredrick Stanley Star, and Them Squirrels - Mark, Emma, John, and Alex. They share instrument duties.
Pint Shot Riot is an indie rock band from Coventry, England. Their line-up consists of Richard 'Rocket' Emerson (guitar / vocals), Chris 'Mini Rocket' Connoll (drums / backing vocals), David 'Baby Dave' Page (bass) and Rob Clements (lead guitar / backing vocals). Influenced by the spiky rhythms and even spikier lyrics of The Clash, the working class rock ‘n’ roll attitude of Oasis and the melodies and harmonies of The Kinks. Pint Shot Riot’s songs talk not of despair but of hope, not of everyday mundane life but of dreams, not of isolation but of strength in union. It’s an ambition. A promise.
The name of the band was derived from an observation made by Emerson who, when using predictive text to message a friend, noticed that the three words are all entered using the same numerical combination and, according to Page, "it just seemed a perfect fit".
Matching polka-dot dresses, choreography, and retro sensibilities form the building blocks of the Pipettes, a modern-day girl group from Brighton, England. The group was launched in 2003 by Monster Bobby (Robert William Barry), a local promoter who sought to revive the classic Phil Spector-inspired sound of the early '60s. An all-male troupe of backing musicians, the Cassettes, made up the backbone of the Pipettes' sound, but Monster Bobby smartly recruited three photogenic vocalists to take the wheel: Rebecca Stephens (RiotBecki), Julia Clark-Lowes (the Duchess of Darkness), and Rose Elinor Dougall (Rosay). Once assembled, the Pipettes sharpened their cheeky, endearing pop routine throughout 2004, playing shows in Brighton and London.
Cycles define life. Seasons come and go. Relationships begin and end. Feelings appear, disappear, and re-appear stronger than before. On his first full-length album for Nettwerk Records, CICADA, Liam Titcomb found inspiration within that cycle.
In 2010, shortly after ending an intense relationship, Titcomb stole away to London for a month-long songwriting retreat. Exploring everything the UK had to offer and forging some incredible friendships in the process, he hit his stride as a writer and began penning the material that would eventually become his latest offering.
Don't be fooled by the eponymous nature of the name. Ash Koley is a band comprised of two people: Ash Koley and Phil Deschambault. Phil concedes his name isn't as catchy, and Ash is narcissistic enough to agree to have the band named after herself.
Their sound is an amalgamation of diverse influences, their songs sketch together diverse melodies and lyrics, drawing on cross-generational influences from Abba to the Eurythmics, and from Peter Gabriel to Radiohead. The result is a band that is a full embodiment of what they each bring to the duo – quirky charm, and upbeat classic pop music.
Born and raised in East Belfast, Gareth Dunlop enters the musical landscape as one of the most talked about new artists from Northern Ireland. BBC Radio Ulster says, "his songs communicate with a depth and wisdom beyond his years" and they named him "One to Watch."
New York five-piece Jupiter One's fresh sound breathes new life into stale stereotypes of indie rock. Born out of an urge to create mini-orchestral pieces, Jupiter One has dedicated its life to producing well-designed rock. In operation since 2003,the chemistry of these five individuals has expanded the boundaries of songwriting by incorporating new textures to create a different aural experience for each song. Many fans have compared Jupiter one to the early pioneering works of Pink Floyd, Genesis, and the Beatles. Others have appropriated more modern Brit-rock and Euro-funk associations such as Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, and Daft Punk.