NOTTINGHILL ARTS CLUB AND NO QUARTER RIVERSIDE
Sunday 23rd September 2012
Regarded as the best British blues artist since Rory Gallagher, Matt Woosey has established himself as an accomplish singer/ guitar player, which has given his band a regular slot at Ronnie Scotts, taken him across Europe, put him on the bill at all the major UK blues festivals as well as feature on television. Matt has his own unique singer-songwriter/ playing style that has been coined ‘the Woosey Blues’, by combining intricate cord changes with poetic lyrics and at times, breaks out into powerful blues movements.
SAM BRADLEY meshes soul, folk and rock on his new EP ZUNI, out digitally November 9. The British-Canadian singer/songwriter will release the digital EP in conjunction with the launch of his 19-date North American tour with New Zealand singer Brooke Fraser. Bradley’s live performances are a mixture of charming anecdotes and a colorful array of both potent originality and diversity. He started by recording music at home and performing at open mic nights but in 2008, Bradley’s anonymity was quickly revoked. His song “Too Far Gone” was included in the first Twilight film as a gentle compliment to the movie’s dinner scene. Co-written by the film’s lead actor Robert Pattinson, the track made its way onto the film’s soundtrack via Pattinson’s version entitled “Never Think.”
Human is the new solo project from London’s La Rudd, previously known as one half of Grand National. After seven great years, two albums and several international tours, La left Grand National to develop his personal project, Human. The songs have been around for a few years and in 2008 La was offered the use of an apartment in Morocco where he finally recorded them with his engineer and co-producer friend Matt Kemp. The guitar and vocal on each song were recorded together live in one take then overdubbed later in London. “I wanted to use the computer effectively like a tape machine. There were no click tracks. We used modern technology in an old fashioned way. The name comes from all of that, I wanted to make it as human as possible,” says La.
MAUDE IN CAHOOTS
Maud In Cahoots are undisputedly one of the finest unsigned acts in the country. The winners of the Hot Press Our Thursdays Final, the band are fresh from supporting Snow Patrol on Arthur’s Day, a show which saw singer Maud Reardon perform a goosebump-inducing duet with Gary Lightbody on ‘Set The Fire To The Third Bar’. Having performed in Philadelphia, Houston and SXSW in Texas, as well as playing sold out shows in The Academy, The Village and Bewleys, Maud In Cahoots shouldn’t stay unsigned for long
Regularly described as having as having one of the best voices of his generation, Alex Vargas is destined for success. already a published songwriter he has also recently had tracks by the NME and MTV he will be embarking on a small tour of the US in the Autumn.
Originating from Southend, the London-based band first attracted attention when they were invited to open for SUEDE on the Britpop kings' intimate comeback shows at London's 100 Club and The Ritz in Manchester. Since then continual live gigging has brought much praise and attracted a loyal following who have rammed a number of London's venues including the Lexington, Cargo & Dalston Boys Club. First single, 'Landmarks' featured in Q's Essential 50 and Track of the Day. Follow up track, 'Dark Horses' was championed by John Kennedy at Xfm. Hoodlums recently caught the attention of British band Keane would asked the band to support them for their comeback shows at De La Wa Pavillion in March. Following these show's KEANE invited HOODLUMS to support them at Brixton Academy on June 9th marking their biggest live show to date.
'I can't help thinking this band are destined to be massive' - John Kennedy - XFM
'This Death Cab for Cutie-espque bout of upbeat moping from the South London outfit weaves autumnal paino around big guitars and anthemic vocals' - Q Essential 50
"This London-based motley-crew produce a sound like no other, highly original, lyrical, theatrical, at the close of the set the audience are literally screaming for more." - The Fly
'Literally swinging from the rafters and dancing on the tables and chairs are support band Hoodlums. This is how all great parties end.' - NME
"Hoodlums have your empathy and your heart." - Time Out
Hailing from South London, Islander are a four piece combo who originally met and became friends at school but it was not until they had all started at university that they began to write and perform together. Not afraid to be accessible, their spacious melodies are enhanced by singer Hughie Gavin’s mesmerizing vocals mixed with rich guitar, synth and powerful drums.They describe themselves as part of the London ‘nu folk’ scene although their sound is distinctively more rock-y than their counterparts, such as Mumford and Sons and Johnny Flynn . The Islander sound is a concoction of ethereal vocal melodies mixed with rich harmonies on keys and synths, echoey guitars and powerful drums and they are fast becoming one of London’s most talked about bands.