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The Modernists

The Modernists
Elisa & Bjørn are bound to set your dancefloor on fire with the coolest brit infused tracks from back then. Think: rock, soul & the best indie tunes. Get on your dancing shoes!

Los Venturas

Los Venturas
Los Venturas bring a warm, varied, powerful and danceable instrumental live set, with just one purpose: throwing a good party, and make the people have a damn good night. Based on the Californian 60's surf sound, they add a blend of euro-instro, rock, funk, soul, raï, gipsy, ... creating a unique but accessible sound. Played with lots of enthusiasm, they will provide the spark to set the night on fire. They just released a brand new LP 'Kaleydoskop' which was recorded in LA at Pete Curry's "Powow Fun Room" and is released by Green Cookie Records. The name Kaleydoskop refers to the variety of influences you'll find in the original compositions.

Gigolos in Retirement

Gigolos in Retirement
Gigolos in retirement are DJ Alf aka Vincent & DJ Mich. They were residents at the splendid Make Up Club. This summer they spinned tunes at the Lokerse Feesten Morrissey gig. They shared the bill also with: Peter Doherty, The Horrors, Babyshambles, Paul Weller & Manic Street Preachers. Quote: "At 4 o'clock the normal world seems very, very, very far away"

Bed Rugs

Bed Rugs
in 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-10 stappen naar BED RUGS

* The Porn Bloopers zegevieren op Frappant 2007
* The Porn Bloopers sukkelen in Humo's Rock Rally finale 2008
* Gitarist wordt gerecruteerd door Tim Vanhamel
* Bassist op de dool in Thailand
* Sabbatjaar climax: The Porn Bloopers staan naam af aan Mexicaans drunkabilly collectief
* Het verwarde viertal ontdekt strofes en refreinen
* Overdag Red Bugs, 's nachts BED RUGS
* Onvermijdelijke invloeden van The Beatles, Dr. Dog, Ween, Grandaddy, R. Stevie Moore
* Eerste demo's ingeblikt met GG, bassist bij The Hickey Underworld
* Superlatieven overstelpen eerste show , we schrijven Bar Mondial, 6 november 2009

Broken Glass Heroes

Broken Glass Heroes
In 2010 komen de sixties en seventies tot ons via Broken Glass Heroes: de groep van Tim Vanhamel en Pascal Deweze leunt op de muzikale erfenissen die The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Crosby, Stills & Nash en The Band achterlieten. Initieel om de verborgen camera grappen van Benidorm Bastards van passende soundtrack te voorzien, maar van het een kwam het ander. De themasong van het televisieprogramma werd een radiohit en in september komt een volledig album: Grandchildren of the Revolution.

Harmonieus en melodieus, sexy, zomers en feel good. Live doen met Sjoerd Bruil, Marc Bonne en Hans De Prins nog drie extra ervaren rotten mee. Breng uw smilende sandalen mee! Breng uw smilende sandalen mee!

Junior Boys

Junior Boys
A Hamilton, Ontario-based electronic pop group, Junior Boys began as a duo with its duties split between Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark. Influenced by a number of music sectors %u2014 including arty synth pop, minimal techno, U.K. garage, and contemporary hip-hop %u2014 they made a demo with no positive results. Dark opted to leave the group, but former Warp employee Nick Kilroy eventually heard the songs and became interested enough to begin his KIN label with Junior Boys as its first artist. Engineer Matt Didemus joined Greenspan, and together they recorded enough material for a full-length. Prior to the 2004 release of the resulting album, titled Last Exit, a pair of 12" singles were released %u2014 one included a remix from Fennesz, while the other featured a remix from Manitoba (now Caribou). Three months after Last Exit's initial U.K. release, Domino picked up the album for distribution in the U.S. The Domino version added a bonus disc with B-sides and remixes from the 12" releases. The relatively slick So This Is Goodbye followed in 2006. The single "In The Morning" was featured in an iTunes commercial in 2007. On July 10, 2007, Junior Boys second album was revealed as being on the shortlist for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize. They did not ultimately win the prize. In September 2008, Morgan Geist's album "Double Night Time" was released with five songs performed by Jeremy Greenspan. On April 7, 2009, the duo released their third full length album, Begone Dull Care on Domino records.

Headphone

Headphone
Headphone is a (Alternative/Electro Pop/Indie Rock) band from Ghent, Belgium. When asked to describe their music, "Pop with a definite dark side" is the standard quote. A black/white "sad little guy" is the band logo.

The Hong Kong Dong

The Hong Kong Dong
The Cold Eighties. Destiny drove a Hong Kong concubine into the arms of a wellhung seaman. Together they built a lovenest in the sky above the Ghent sea of bricks. Their first kitten turned out to be a moustached female, that would live by the name of Sarah Yu. It took two more years before a little male, by the name of Boris, was born. At young age, both of them bundeled their musical strenghts and that's how The Hong Kong Dong was born. A band, brainchild to two unpure types with an enormous urge to form a awesome gang! In the summer of 2005 The Hong kong Dong took the stage for the very first time. What started as a duo, became a trio. Dave Willockx became the third member and would turn out to be the banging heart of the gang. Ouch! Together they started terrorising the local clubs with their spiky tunes. In the Year of the Pig (2007 for the occidentals among us) they conquered various tournaments (they won 'Lawijtstrijd, took second place in the 'Oost-Vlaams Rockconcour' and reached the finale of the 2008 'Humo's Rock Rally'). With the Year of the Rat in sight, a fourth member joined the gang. A real Rat: Geoffrey Burton. Armed with many years of experience in other gangs (Bashung, Arno, PJDS, Stéphane Eicher, Raphael, Polar, Absynth Minded,...) he provided The Hong Kong Dong with new weapons to conquer new stages (they played as support act for Digitalism at the Ancienne Belgique and were invited to open the dance at the Radio Soulwax festival at Flanders Expo).

Brazzaville

Brazzaville
Brazzaville (Belgian band) is a 7-headed band that produces an exciting, adventurous and especially a funky sound. The music is inspired by 70's jazz & funk, afrobeat and rare grooves. They recorded their debut album "Days of thunder, days of grace" in march 2008 featuring four special guests; Zap Mama, Mo & Grazz & Zita Swoon's Amel Serra. They are working on their second album that will be mixed by Ben Lamdin from Nostalgia77 (Tru Thoughts). Brazzaville already played the warm-up concerts for artists like Al Jarreau, The Neville Brothers & Marcus Miller. Last summer they played at the biggest Belgian jazz festival; Gent Jazz Festival and toured with Jazzlab Series. In 2007 they won the 'Young Jazz Talent Ghent' contest. 'Days of thunder, days of grace' best Belgian Jazz Album of 2008 according to the Belgian newspaper 'Le Soir'. The band consists of keys: Jan Willems, guitar: Geert Hellings, baritone sax: Vincent Brijs, tenorsax with effects: Andrew Claes, electric bass: Nicolas Rombouts, drums: Maarten Moesen and percussion: Amel Serra. Contact: info@brazzavillemusic.com (C) Evil Penguin (record company) 3) Brazzaville (Swedish band) Brazzaville was formed in Sala, Sweden as Tongue Gongue. Their debute demo from 1995 was given a 4.5 (of 4) rating in SA and was named "demo of the year" by Patrik Björk of Backstage Magazine. In 1996 and 1998 they played at the Hultsfred Festival. They were signed to Deaf & dumb Records and in 1996 they released their five track CD Introducing Brazzaville. It was followed in 1998 by the full length album The Girl Is Allright...

Prinzhorn Dance School

Prinzhorn Dance School
Prinzhorn Dance School are Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn. Their music is sparse, uncompromising and idiosyncratic. They are signed to the New York record label DFA. Their debut release for the label was a self recorded and self produced 7-inch single featuring the tracks "You Are The Space Invader" and "Eat, Sleep" which is now highly sought after as it was limited to 500 copies only. Prinz and Horn recorded their debut album in isolation, in a rented barn in Sussex, having already written the songs in the disused chapel building they call home, also entirely on their own. The album was sebsequently mixed in New York with The DFA and was released on August 13, in the UK and on August 27 in North America. The band are known to be reclusive, with very few interviews given, and their own official website rarely features any images of their faces. Media-shy - in that they find photo-shoots vain, press releases dishonest and superlatives embarrassing - they prefer the isolation of their working space, writing and recording privately in their own austere and peculiar way. The band are building a dedicated following with impressive live shows and have completed several UK and European tours, although their American tour was famously cancelled due to visa problems.

Firewater

Firewater
Firewater is a rock group founded by Tod A. in 1995. He describes them as a "wedding band gone wrong". After Tod left his previous group, Cop Shoot Cop, he quickly regrouped and formed Firewater to explore the styles of music Cop Shoot Cop had only hinted at, including klezmer, cabaret, ska, jazz, and gypsy forms. More than one source described the original Firewater lineup as an "indie rock supergroup", based on members such as Duane Denison of The Jesus Lizard, Yuval Gabay of Soul Coughing, Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields, and Hahn Rowe. This original lineup proved unable to tour, and Tod recruited new musicians for the band's first tour. While the lineup has changed over the years, with many different musicians appearing on different albums and tours, Tod remains the singer, songwriter, and bassist of Firewater. Firewater has released six albums, and has seen some success, especially in Europe and on United States college radio stations. Their previous album, Songs We Should Have Written, is a collection of cover songs. It includes songs written by Robyn Hitchcock, The Rolling Stones ("Paint It Black" reinterpreted as a crawlingly slow raga which "shove(s) a few downers down the song's throat to counter the original version's adrenaline-fueled fire" ), and a "dark and sweet" take of Sonny and Cher's "The Beat Goes On", described as "10 times more ominous and 20 times more pleasurable" than the original. The album also includes a modern rendition of the Johnny Cash anthem "Folsom Prison Blues".

Erlend Ropstad

Erlend Ropstad
A singer/songwriter from Norway. He contributed with two songs in the film ''fritt vilt'' or ''cold prey''. Had a hit with ''Winona and I'', a song he wrote to support Winona Ryder. He released his debut monday 2/4/07, and got good reviews (voted among the 10 best releases from Norway that year in 4 different newspapers, and THE norwegian new artist to look out for in the future according to several german music magazines). The Magnetic Tapes EP is recorded in GrandSport Studio, and produced by bigbangs Øystein Greni. Bright Late Nights is produced by Bertolini, the same guy who produced Riot on an Emty Street by Kings of Convenience.

chikinki

chikinki
Chikinki are an Electro-pop band from Bristol, United Kingdom. The band formed at Hiatt Baker Hall at the University of Bristol in 1996/7. Originally there were six members: Rupert (vocals), Ed (rhythm guitar), Steve (drums), Boris (keyboards), Luke (lead guitar) and Trevor (saxophone). They were briefly joined by a 7th member, a bass player, but the experiment did not last. After gigging regulary around many of Bristols pubs and clubs the band turned professional after the members had completed their degrees, however, Luke decided to leave and the band was reduced to a five piece. They were signed by local label sink and stove records though this was short-lived and the band joined Island Records though ultimately they were dropped and are currently with Kitty-Yo records. This European label has helped them break further into Europe where they were already popular and much of their earlier catalogue has now been re-released on this label. The band are now set to release new material on their own Urban Cow label, home of their first EP Telephone Heroes. Contrary to their current style, the band played more funk than anything else early on though gradually moved towards a more popular style and eventually went over to a more electronic / pop sound that they maintain today. After the loss of Luke, Trevor ultimately became a second keyboard/ sequencer player and this leads to the band's unique sound. Since they have no bass player, and Ed has taken over as the lead guitarist, the two keyboards provide a combination of melody and rhythm sections. Furthermore, the band has a strong sense of musical structure (both Trevor and Boris obtained their degrees in Music) and all five members are song writers. On stage they are dramatic, Rupert especially is prone to leaving the stage and performing from amongst the audience, and all are at their peak when launching into something akin to a group 'solo'. 'You Said' will be released on Urban Cow on May 8th 2006,. This will be backed with 'Nasty Side' and will be limited edition only. The band will be touring around the UK to support this. Check their site for details.

Cut Copy

Cut Copy
Cut Copy is a synthpop band formed in 2001 at Melbourne, Australia, and made up of Dan Whitford (lead vocals/keys/guitar), Tim Hoey (bass/guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums), Bennett Foddy being a former member. Their sound is much in the vein of contemporaries such as Daft Punk, drawing considerable influence from older bands such as New Order, Electric Light Orchestra and Kraftwerk. It began in 2001 as the project for Dan Whitford, however in 2003 Whitford recruited a band, and in 2005 toured internationally for the first time, visiting London, New York and Los Angeles. They have played with international acts Franz Ferdinand, TV on the Radio, Pretty Girls Make Graves and Junior Senior, amongst others. Cut Copy is signed to the record label Modular in Sydney. In 2004 Cut Copy released their debut album Bright Like Neon Love. The music is written and produced by frontman Dan Whitford, who is also a graphic designer and DJ. Cut Copy released three singles from this album: Saturdays, Future, and Going Nowhere, . They also released a Fabriclive album featuring a mix of several synth/retro/elektropop songs such as (for example) MSTRKRFT and New Young Pony Club. Their second album, In Ghost Colours, was released in 2008. Four singles were issued: So Haunted, Hearts On Fire, Lights and Music, and Far Away. Cut Copy will release a new album in 2011. Website link: http://www.cutcopy.net

Dead Meadow

Dead Meadow
Dead Meadow met in the DC punk/indie scene, though their music draws from more faraway sources. The band formed in the fall of 1998 from the ashes of local bands The Impossible Five and Colour, when singer-guitarist Jason Simon, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin set out to fuse their love of early 70's hard rock and 60's psychedelia with their love of writers J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft. Dead Meadow released their six-song debut in 2000 on Fugazi bassist Joe Lally's Tolotta Records, and a joint vinyl release on D.C. indie label Planaria Records. In 2001 the band released its second album, Howls From The Hills, on Tolotta. Whereas the first self-titled album was recorded in their practice space for a couple hundred dollars and plenty of learning curves, Howls From The Hills was born in a barn in Liberty, Indiana. Their sound fuller without losing its live essence, the band grew to encompass everything from ambient guitar drones to surging psych-funk sludge, blues-folk tunes to barbiturate space-rock, and some southern slow boogie thrown in for good measure. In spring 2002, original drummer Mark Laughlin reluctantly quit the group, replaced by old friend and previous collaborator Stephen McCarty (whose grandfather's farmhouse is where the band recorded Howls From the Hills). Also in mid-2002 the band found an unlikely patron in Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe, who recorded, produced and printed Dead Meadow's live disc 'Got Live if You Want' it on his "Committee to Keep Music Evil" imprint of the legendary Bomp label. Soon after, they recorded a Peel Session at the Fugazi practice space - the first time the BBC recorded a Peel Session outside their own studios. Shortly after signing with Matador in 2003, Dead Meadow self-produced 'Shivering King And Others' in the basement studio of the DC Pirate House over five months and during a busy schedule of touring. Along with the heavy rockers and bluesy numbers as on the previous two records, the band went deeper into the psychedelic realm, with chiming acoustic touches and lovely, disorienting ballads. With the addition of 2nd guitarist Cory Shane and beautifully spacious production, 'Feathers' opens up the Dead Meadow sound still further, seeming at once more experimental and more accessible than anything they've recorded thus far. The record captures the famous intensity of their live show, but songs like "At Her Open Door" and "Stacy's Song" reveal an obsessive beauty as jarring as sheer volume. Jason's guitar virtuosity is at its peak, as influenced by the droning modal character of Eastern music as by classic rock riffs. Ever deeper, Dead Meadow remain one step ahead of expectations.

Plastic Operator

Plastic Operator
Mathieu Gendreau (electronics) & Pieter Van Dessel (vocals / electronics) are Plastic Operator. Respectively hailing from Montreal and Antwerp, the pair met at London's Westminster University in 2001 where they were both studying audio production. Bonding over a shared love of two decades of fine electronic and indie music the pair began to make sweet music together. When the course finished Pieter returned to Antwerp to work on sound design for film and play in a few bands, and Mathieu remained in London to work as a sound engineer and record producer, working with a broad cross-section of the UK's musical talent. The pair kept up their collaborative efforts over the internet, meeting face to face in either London or Antwerp once a month. In 2004, their efforts came to fruition when then the pair released their debut three track CD through a handful of record shops, with Rough Trade making it their CD of the week. Once the tracks were out there in the public domain, things accelerated at a pace no-one could have predicted. The lead track from the CD, 'Folder', had been posted on a web blog, and within weeks Plastic Operator were receiving emails from fans in New York, Mexico City and Bangkok enquiring about the group. Radio stations as far apart as California, New Zealand and Tijuana began championing the song. In London Radio 1's Rob Da Bank began playing the track on his Blue Room show, eventually signing the track to his Sunday Best label. Plastic Operator have just released their debut album, "Different Places", on May 14, 2007 on Fine Day Records in Europe. The album will be out in Japan on P-Vine/Fine Day Records on 5th October 2007.

Holy Hail

Holy Hail
Cat - Vocals, Guitar. Kevin - Vocals, Keys. Mike - Guitar, Jesse - Drums. Cat's a rapper from the dirrrty south whose sister sings in a "praise and worship" band and Kevin's got a one in a million cat's eye and has never been on the internet.

Bonde do Rolê

Bonde do Rolê
Bonde do Rolê is a baile funk inspired group from Curitiba (Paraná) - the biggest city of the brazilian south - consisting of MCs Pedro D'Eyrot, DJ/MC Rodrigo Gorky, Marina Vello (who left the band after "internal problems" late 2007), and has been replaced by Ana Bernardino and Laura Taylor. They started in their hometown Curitiba in the south of Brazil, mixing rock guitar riffs with funk carioca (sometimes known as baile funk or Brazilian funk). By putting together a unique blend of Rio de Janeiro's aggressive baile funk beats heavily influenced by the mashup school of 2 Many DJs and the like, they draw from rock 'n roll classic riffs and electro-infused pop stardards making raw party bliss! Bonde has been used in various media after being signed to the British label Domino Records: solta o frango is heard in a worldwide campaign for the cellphone company Nokia, and the same track was used in another commercial for the hit series Ugly Betty on Channel 4 in the UK. GQ magazine used their song Office Boy for the behind-the-scenes photo shoot of actress Jessica Alba. Web sites Myspace: Bonde do Rolê. Domino records: Bonde do Rolê. Wikipedia: English and Portuguese.

VIOLENT HUSBANDS

VIOLENT HUSBANDS
The Violent Husbands is a 3-man indie/folk/pop/mariachi band from Belgium. They recently released their debut album. It contains songs in English and in their Bruges local dialect.

Magnapop

Magnapop
Magnapop are a rock band based in Atlanta, Georgia. Formed in 1989, the band has consistently included Linda Hopper as vocalist and Ruthie Morris on guitar. The lineup now comprises Hopper, Morris, bassist Scott Rowe and drummer Chad Williams. Their biggest singles to date are "Slowly, Slowly", "Lay It Down", and "Open the Door". Hopper%u2014a native of Marietta, Georgia%u2014was a member of the late 1970s/early 1980s music scene in Athens, Georgia, where she befriended fellow University of Georgia student Michael Stipe in an art design class. Stipe went on to form R.E.M. and Hopper joined him in the experimental music group Tanzplagen along with Stipe's sister Lynda, and other local musicians. After the group folded the female Stipe and Hopper formed Oh-OK, whose line-up would later include Matthew Sweet and David McNair. That project ended in 1984 and Hopper briefly belonged to a band named Holiday, who released their only EP in 1987. In 1989, Morris was a recent transplant to Atlanta from West Palm Beach, Florida%u2014where she played a few shows as the guitarist for The Pockets. The two were introduced by a mutual acquaintance and became fast friends; they began songwriting when the first met. The duo had a difficult time finding collaborators to form a complete band (as Hopper described it, "We had to beg people to come and play with us.") They ended up recruiting bassist Tim Lee and McNair on drums in March 1990. Lee left the band after a brief tenure and was replaced by Shannon Mulvaney, whom Morris met at a record store. The musicians named themselves Homemade Sister after a line from Baby Doll and released their first single%u2014"Rip the Wreck"/"Merry"%u2014 on Safety Net Records in 1990, receiving airplay from Atlanta college radio stations WREK and WRAS during the early 1990s. Displeased with their name, they were briefly rechristened Swell, before they found out a San Francisco band had the same name and then Swell Dopa. They finally settled on coining the name Magnapop and frequently played in Atlanta at such music venues as The Masquerade, The Point, and Variety Playhouse. In 1990%u2014while named Swell%u2014they made their public debut at a show in Athens that Michael Stipe attended. He approached the band afterward and offered to produce some demos for them in John Keane's Athens studio in December. Their first high-profile show was at the July 1991 New York New Music Seminar along with three other bands that were introduced by Stipe. At that event, Morris gave a demo tape to Tom Engelshoven and John van Luyn of the Dutch Muziekkrant OOR. They proceeded to pass the tape to a promoter in The Netherlands who gave them some club dates as well as a spot at the side stage of the 1991 Rotterdam Festival. After the positive response they received, they were promoted to the main stage the next day. In The Netherlands, they were signed to Play It Again Sam Records, who released the Sugarland EP and Magnapop demo album in 1992. Their self-titled first album included four of the 1990 Stipe demos, and was released on Caroline Records in the United States. A music video for the single "Merry" was shot and aired in Europe. Their first commercial recording other than their independent single would be their 1992 cover version of "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for Here No Evil - A Tribute to The Monkees. They also contributed tracks to other various artist tribute albums, including "Ear" (a different recording from the one on Mangapop) for Delicacy & Nourishment - Lyrics by Ernest Noyes Brookings Vol. 3 in 1992 and 1993's recording of "Every Grain of Sand" for Outlaws Blues Volume Two - A Tribute to Bob Dylan with violinist Mamie Fike. The band also recorded the Kiss My Mouth EP with Ted Niceley and released it in Europe. Around this time, the band was so fraught from booking recording sessions, that they briefly considered breaking up. They would establish their fan base in the early 1990s through touring and the festival circuit%u2014particularly in Benelux, where they first broke through to the mainstream. It was only after they had established a fan base in Europe and gotten positive press in the United Kingdom that they first became recognized in the United States, including their native Atlanta. By the end of 1992, they were getting positive write-ups in American press, including The New York Times. They made appearances at Rocking Kolonia Festival in Maastricht in 1992, Pukkelpop in 1992, Transmusicales in 1992, A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise in 1993, and Reading and Leeds Festivals in 1993. They also recorded a John Peel session on September 2, 1993 and a Black Session on February 25, 1994. Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü had seen the band at a show in New York City's CBGB as well as in Rotterdam%u2014he called the latter show their "turning point" and invited the band to tour with his new band, Sugar, in Europe and the United States in 1992-1993. The band requested that Sugar bassist and fellow Athens musician David Barbe to produce their major label debut album. When he refused, Mould offered to record with the band, taking them to August 1993, Pedernales Recording Studio, in Austin, Texas in August 1993. Hot Boxing was released by Play It Again Sam in Europe and Priority Records domestically on July 5, 1994. The album produced two singles: "Slowly, Slowly", which spent seven weeks on the charts, peaking on September 10, 1994 at 25 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks and "Lay It Down", which topped the 1993 De Afrekening poll. The band toured the United States supporting The Lemonheads in 1993 and played at the 1994 Phoenix Festival and Marktrock to promote the album and created music videos for "Lay It Down", "Slowly, Slowly", and "Texas". The promotional EP Big Bright Cherry included three tracks from these recording sessions as well as three self-produced songs. In 1995, the McNair and the band parted ways, with neither party giving a definitive rationale. Hopper explained "We had a hard time recording Hot Boxing, because our drummer had a lot of things in the way... Nobody wants to hurt anyone, or to cut them out, but it was just like four adults getting a divorce, and their child is the band." She has alternately explained the split due to "alternative lifestyles" between McNair and the rest of the group. The remaining trio recruited session drummer Josh Freese and engineers Sandy Solomon and Bernie Zwass to record a cover of Tom Waits' "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" at Plus Four Recordings Studios, in Sherman Oaks, California in June 1995 for the compilation album Step Right Up: The Songs of Tom Waits. Freese would join them in November-December of that year in Los Angeles, California to record Rubbing Doesn't Help. Mould was preoccupied, so the band relocated to Los Angeles and production duties went to Geza X at his home studio in attempt to make a more "eclectic" album that would represent the diversity of their songwriting. The album would produced the singles "Open the Door" and "This Family" (the former also had a music video), as well as the EP Fire All Your Guns at Once. The band immediately set out to tour in promotion. Los Angeles musician Mark Posgay auditioned for the band in 1995 and became the permanent drummer. In July of that year, Magnapop supported R.E.M. on their Monster World Tour and continued playing in the United States and Europe, including an appearance at X-Fest in 1996. They also played their first dates in Australia and Japan in 1996 and hosted 120 Minutes on July 7. In late 1996, bassist Mulvaney left the group, citing problems of distance%u2014Hopper and Morris had relocated permanently to Los Angeles%u2014as well as a desire to focus on his family. He continued playing bass guitar and stand-up bass with Atlanta groups The Hots, The Lugosis, and Anna Kramer & The Lost Cause. Greg Urbaitis replaced him as the band continued to play live shows through 1997. Posgay quit that summer and he was replaced by former Lifter drummer Johnny Rozas, but this line-up was short-lived as the band was informed while on tour that their record label ceased to exist and they did not have any funding for future touring or recording. Compounding matters further, they were still under contract to not use the name "Magnapop" for seven more years. Hopper and Morris continued to play a few acoustic live shows as a duo into 1999, occasionally with accompaniment (such as Los Angeles bassist Billy Warburton and drummer Lance Crow) and attempted to record an EP for Vital Cog with a drum machine as backing, but ended up putting Magnapop on an indefinite hiatus. During this time, Morris also moved to Seattle, where she recorded a 2002 single with drummer Curtis Hall as The New Candidates. Hopper, Morris, and a group of Seattle musicians also demoed some Hopper/Morris songs during this period. Hall would also drum with Hopper, Morris, and Mulvaney for a few Magnapop shows in 2002-2003. The band reformed in 2003 with bassist Scott Rowe and drummer Brian Fletcher to tour the European festival circuit and record an album. In The Netherlands, Hopper would also perform vocals on R.E.M.'s cover of "Favorite Writer" on June 21 and 22. The following May, they reformed to enter Zero Return Studios in Atlanta with drummer Curt Wells as producer for their first album in almost a decade. On January 25, 2005, Magnapop released Mouthfeel on Amy Ray's record label Daemon Records and supported it with a tour through the United States. By 2005, Fletcher had left the group, and drummer Chad Williams had been recruited to replace him on the subsequent tour to promote Mouthfeel that included an appearance at South by Southwest. One of these performances was recorded for the band's first live album%u2014Magnapop Live at Maxwell's 03/09/2005%u2014which they released independently through online music distributors including eMusic, the iTunes Store, and Rhapsody. In May 2006, the band completed a tour of Belgium and The Netherlands and returned to Atlanta to begin work on the followup to Mouthfeel. They continued touring Europe in 2007 and completed writing and recording for a new album sometime prior to 2008, with the album slated to be released in summer 2009. These sessions recorded with Brian Paulson would be released as Chase Park on September 4, 2009, through digital distributors through the vanity label The Kraft Records. Between touring with Magnapop, bassist Scott Rowe also performed in Luigi with former Magnapop drummer Brian Fletcher (2003-2008) as well as Bad Magic Number with current drummer Williams. The former has released two albums%u20142003's Vamonos and Found on the Forest Floor in 2005. "Open the Door" has been covered by Eels for the single "Flyswatter"%u2014it would later be collected on Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2006. They performed the song several times on their Electro-Shock Blues Show tour in support of Electro-Shock Blues. Karaoke versions of the song were released by Stingray Digital through the iTunes Store on January 15, 2008. "Favorite Writer" was covered by R.E.M. on their "Bad Day" single in 2003 as well as the 2003 tour to promote In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003. Juliana Hatfield wrote "Ruthless" in honor of the band's guitarist after the two had a conversation about Camille Paglia while touring in 1992 ("We're all gushin', but I swear we really mean it, man/We're all sucking up to Ruthie.") It appeared as a B-side on the Juliana Hatfield Three singles "Spin the Bottle" and "My Sister".

Puggy

Puggy
Its only half a decade ago that Romain Descamps (bass) met Matthew Irons (Guitar/Vocals) in their Jazz school in Brussels. Romain, who had already seen the possible match, invited Matthew to jam with his drummer friend Egil "Ziggy" Franzen (drums/Vocals). Since then, the band have played all over the continent and at some of the world's most prestigious festivals, such as Reading and Bennicassim. The three man band, Puggy, plays a whole new kind of acoustic rock that proves that you don't need an entire orchestra to get the ground shaking. Possibly thanks to their English, Swedish, French influences that range from 1920's New Orleans to 21st century metal. Matt's broken and smooth voice (yes, they're opposites) go perfectly with his dry little guitar riffs and give the band a seriously groovy sound that gets the band going. His part of the puzzle could only be completed with Romain and Ziggy's rythm section. Though Ziggy makes a point of being seriously harsh on his drumset, there's more to it than just hitting the thing, he manages to make it go perfectly with Romain's wicked bass slapping and tapping. There isn't a band today that has the experience, influence and originality of Puggy, and they're only starting. Their first record "Dubois died today" was released in June 2007. Puggy being a live band hit the road big time to promote it. They toured Europe for a month with american band Incubus, opened in Bercy (France) for the Smashing Pumpkins, did a whole french tour with Fiction Plane and headlined their one shows in England, France and Belgium. They are currently working on their next album. Some tracks are already being played live.

The Tellers

The Tellers
Just landed on 62 TV records (Girls in Hawaii, Malibu Stacy, Austin Lace, etc.), this very young duet (19 and 20) from Bousval remained only as a bedroom secret till lately. The simple story of two big kids -not really interested in spending days in school or college- who spend their time playing their guitar and writing songs, a with a stron rock feel, somewhere between Bob Dylan, the Libertines or Violent Femmes. After losing a demo contest on belgian alternative national radio Pure FM and receiving a true enthusiastic response, the two boys got more sure of themselves and decided to show the people what they are up to. In october 2005 they opened shyly for Saint Thomas at Brussels Botanique Club. A few month later, they are back as a support act for Belgian band Venus and The Tellers are truly another group, Ben and Charles show the arrogant talent of the ones that come from nowhere. Okay from nowhere indeed, but you have to reckon that they don't show up holding anything in their hands... Ben has a voice that gives you thrills as Charles is taking care of all subtle acoustic arrangments, the Tellers fire at you with laidback ballads, melancholy tunes,...beauty. Their third gig was at the Nuits Botanique festival in Brussels, they'll play the Dour festival and a couple summer gigs around Europe. They'll have a 7-track-mini album available in june, lend them your ear... or even both... (2) There is at least one pre-existing artist with this name, a power-pop/ pub rock group from Brisbane, Australia fronted by Damien Garvey. They released 2 albums, a cassette-only release in 1991, and CD "Flex" in 1992, and enjoyed a loyal local following.

Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura
Camera Obscura is an indie pop band which formed in 1996 in Glasgow, Scotland. Currently the band consists of Tracyanne Campbell (vocals, guitar), Kenny McKeeve (guitar), Carey Lander (keyboards), Gavin Dunbar (bass) and Lee Thomson (drums). The band was formed in 1996 by Tracyanne Campbell, John Henderson, and Gavin Dunbar and released their debut album Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi in 2001. Camera Obscura released a second album, Underachievers Please Try Harder, the following year, and in September, 2005, the band started recording their next album, named Let's Get Out of This Country, with producer Jari Haapalainen. This album was released on June 06, 2006 and appeared high up in many critical lists of the 'best albums of 2006'. In November 2008, the band announced that they have completed recording the follow-up to Let's Get Out of This Country, and that the new album would be released in 2009. In February 2009, it was announced that the band had signed to the label 4AD, who released their fourth album, called My Maudlin Career, on April 20, 2009.

Confuse The Cat

Confuse The Cat
CONFUSE THE CAT BIO Confuse The Cat beheld the white stage lights in 2002, the same year The Back Street Boys split. In truth a blessed year in music. Their first album Kiss Kiss Kissinger still being bedroom pop, their second album pushed the band towards a more optimistic big-city-sound with impressive drums and old-fashioned electronics. Gradually Confuse The Cat worked at their popularity, with the hit 'Akela' (from their third album 'We can do it') being a major culmination point, camping out on Studio Brussels's play list for months on end. In their own country as well as abroad, the band succeeded in attracting attention with their energetic live reputation. Now, anno 2008, the band is ticking on the window of the better alternative scene with a sturdy 'Aufmachen'. The band, conducted by Geert Plessers (Reiziger, Kosjer D) has returned with new fire shots ahead, with the album 'Kericky' to be released on Zealrecords in the fall of 2008. And the sirens are shrieking. Shelter women and children in the basement and entrench yourself beneath your headphones because Confuse The Cat is whirling into town! The band, injected with fresh members, still avails itself of sharp-edged beats and cleaving guitars. The raging raw live sound owes its reputation to Thielemans' melting guitar echo's, Neyens' metronome-steady grooves, Hoskens' deep propelling bass and most of all the intense ripping-everything-apart voice of front man Plessers. Due to an armoury of dub-sounds, Wobble-bass lines, firm slam-riffs and Luna Park-guitar effects, this pack doesn't allow itself to be labelled. Confuse The Cat is back from never been gone. This time the Belgian pop brigade is marching ahead with swinging hips in the direction of trendy clubs and fresh festivals. The dub-influences recall to memory the great London riots, though be it in white tennis slacks and with a large emphasis on dance, equally due to the portion (collaboration!!!) of Luuk - Shame on you Boy - Cox (Buscemi, Tim Vanhamel, Arsenal), operating from a Malteser mixing table. Kericky! Confuse The Cat is: Geert Plessers: Vocals & Guitar (ex Reiziger, Kosjer-d) - Dirk Neyens: Drumset - Sven Hoskens: Bass - Dirk Thielemans Guitar and Keys

Minguz

Minguz
Minguz is a Belgian band formed in Antwerp, in the summer of 2006. Minguz produces songs for bass, drums and male vocals, with sparsely added home grown samples. The Minguz rule: "A song comes to life only when the composer grants it a soul. Silence and Emptiness are like musical instruments and therefore deserve as much attention as music and lyrics. Groove and Punch have many meanings and different disguises." Bass & vocals: Doozy Drums & sampler: Joez

Bell X1

Bell X1
Bell X1 is an irish band which hails from Co. Kildare. The band members are Paul Noonan (vocals) who also plays guitar, percussion and kazoo. Paul plays drums on all of Bell X1's studio recordings. He has also been known to occasionally play drums live if a session drummer is not available. David Geraghty plays lead guitar, banjo, (electric) piano and does backing vocals and sometimes lead vocals. Dominic Philips plays bass guitar and does backing vocals. Until his departure in 2008 Brian Crosby played guitar, keyboards and did backing vocals. 1991 - 2000 Brian, Paul, Dom and Damien Rice form Juniper, having met in school. They go to college, play some weddings, 21st's and Bar Mitzvahs... and for a while have a Sunday night residency in the Kildrought Lounge and Bar, Celbridge. They meet Dave, who weans them off the Neil Diamond and Roxette covers. Band move into house in country, release EP, Manna, and two singles in Ireland. Damien leaves band, the others read about Chuck Yeager and his Right Stuff. They call the new band Bell X1. Bell X1 support Elliott Smith and Bon Jovi in the same 1 week period, leading to severe identity crisis, making small music with big hair. They make their first album, Neither Am I, in the summer/autumn of 1999 with Nick Seymour of Crowded House and release it in Ireland a year later, after much touring and a couple of old singles. 2001 Band take some time to indulge musical differences. Paul records and tours as drummer with Tipperary siren Gemma Hayes, Brian's away with Offaly hearthrob Mundy, and Dave and Dom join Richie Mullen of Lino Richie Carpets, Finglas, in touring cabaret show. Bell X1 regroup in late summer and write songs for what would become Music In Mouth in a house by the sea in Wexford. 2002 Second album recording starts in Ridge Farm studios in Surrey, with producer Jamie Cullum. After 4 weeks they move to the Fallout Shelter, London. The studio has no teapot!! Some moaning. The band take turns to make dinner. Some of it is shit. The world Cup happens. Mixing finishes in July and everyone goes away for a while. Come back and mix it all again. Borrow a friend's house in Kilkenny, record some more songs, play hurling, are laughed at by locals. Music In Mouth finally finished in December, a few days after the birth of Jamie's daughter Ellie, who was both conceived and born during the making of the record. 2003, 2004 The album Music In Mouth is released on July 21st 2003, to tremendous applause, and the band play with all sorts to try to flog it. Tom McRae, Keane, Starsailor, Aqualung and Snow Patrol show them the highways and byways of the UK and continental Europe. Songs from the record appear in many TV series, from Teachers to The OC, and at home the album goes double platinum, with four top 40 singles. In July 2004, the band gather in yet another house in Wexford to write a new record. 2005 Flock is recorded in Dublin and mixed in London, with Roger Becherian producing and Phil Hayes knob twiddling. A shrine to Daniel O' Donnell (Irish singing deity, ref Cliff Richard without ever having had a brush with cool) is created in the green room, Dave creates Pistachio Nut Shell Installation and mustaches are grown. The band take a break from recording and sell out a mini tour in the USA, where they record a live session for Nic Harcourt's essential show on KCRW in L.A. Flock is released in Ireland and hits the heights of #1 in the album charts. The band leaves Island Records and sets up its own record label called BellyUp records. A live album called Tour De Flock is released - it is a 2-disc compilation featuring 16 tracks from their sold-out gig at The Point Theatre, Dublin on December 1, 2006. In 2008, Flock is released in the United States and the band appears on the St. Patrick's Day edition of the Late Show with David Letterman. On 2nd October, Brian Crosby quits saying "It's been an extraordinary privilege to be in a band with your mates for more than 15 years. I'm really grateful for everything I got to do with Bell X1, for all the adventures we had and for the great support of our fans. It's been particularly wonderful to have connected with so many people and to have got to meet people all over the world doing what I love. I look forward to continue making those connections. At the same time I'll be applauding the boys continued success." As well as promoting Flock in the USA, the band gets busy recording a new album Blue Lights On The Runway. It finally sees the light of day in 2009, with lead single The Great Defector becoming their biggest hit to date (no. 3 in the Irish charts).

The Frames

The Frames
The Frames (formed 1990) is an Irish band based primarily in Dublin. As of late 2004, the band consists of Glen Hansard (vocals, guitar), Joe Doyle (bass guitar, vocals), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (violin, keyboard and vocals), Rob Bochnik (lead guitar), and Johnny Boyle (drums). On both versions of the album "Fitzcarraldo" the band went by the moniker "The Frames DC", to avoid being mistaken with a United States band of the same name. The Frames have been together since 1990 and are a survivor of Dublin's prolific early 90's rock and roll scene. They have also been essential in the development of the current crop of emerging Irish rock bands, such as Turn. The Frames have toured with various other Irish artists, including Damien Rice and Bell X1. In December 2004, Hansard appeared on stage in a collaboration with singer songwriter Paddy Casey. The name The Frames reportedly arose from Hansard's habit, at a young age, of fixing the bicycles of many of his friends. The large number of bicycle frames lying around his house led neighbours to dub it the "house with the frames". Their new, 6th studio album, The Cost, is available in Ireland since 22 September 2006 and worldwide since 20 February 2007. Lead singer Hansard recently collaborated with Czech musician Markéta Irglová, which led to the solo album "The Swell Season". Glen and Markéta also star and perform in the John Carney movie Once (www.oncethemovie.com). The movie received several awards including the World Cinema Audience Award - Dramatic at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival as well as an Oscar for best Song for the track "Falling Slowly". On several occasions the members of The frames appear on stage during the Swell season gigs.

Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink
Ariel Pink (born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg on June 24, 1978) is an indie pop/tag] musician who is based in Los Angeles. Pink has been recording his music on tape since 1996 but it wasn't until after he passed a CD-R to the New York-based band Animal Collective that his commercial musical career took off. He attended Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California. Later attending the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts. Married to Alisa Daniels, July 2002 - still married. He has since caught the attention of various media sources, especially in the Los Angeles area. As most of his albums are self-made, many of them have never been heard by fans. The only albums which have been commercially released come from his "Haunted Graffiti" series and are thus the best known. Pink produces and plays almost all of his own music, and is noted for creating drum sounds using primarily his mouth, and sometimes his armpits. His home recording technique gives his music a very lo-fi sound, to the point where new listeners may mistake the era of his music. Pink cites R. Stevie Moore--friend, mentor, and "father of home recording"--as one of his major influences. He is sometimes associated with the new weird america movement, and could also be considered an embodiment of 'The New Sincerity'. Pink boasts a cult following and endorsements from more widely known artists such as fellow Paw Tracks artists Animal Collective. Aside from his music, Pink also makes semi-abstract and surreal grotesque drawings, which can be purchased from his unofficial website, ARIEL PINK haunted house, for a hefty price.

The Love Substitutes

The Love Substitutes
The Love Substitutes are a Belgian band comprised of dEUS guitarists past and present; Mauro Pawlowski on drums, Rudy Trouvé and Craig Ward on guitar, and completed by Bert Lenaerts on bass. They were formed midway 2004. Their debut album (released - 14th February 2004) Meet the Love Substitutes while the house is on fire was recorded in a day and a half. The Love Substitutes are a band for music store browsers. Like the people that go to recordstores to endlessly browse in the collection, and end up buying a CD they already have, just because it is such a great CD to buy.

MONEY MARK

MONEY MARK
Mark Ramos-Nishita aka Money Mark is a producer and musician who has collaborated with the Beastie Boys many times, after meeting them as their carpenter. Most of his work is underground. He also appears on the first Banyan album as the Freeway Keyboardist. His first album, the relatively obscure Mark's Keyboard Repair (1995), was made up of keyboard driven pop-funk songs recorded at demo quality. It was followed up by the "Third Version EP" in 1996 and Push the Button in 1998. Whereas his 1996 EP was similar to his debut, "Push the Button" was extremely eclectic, combining aspects of Rock music and Pop with Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop. This inventive LP was met with good reviews, as was his 2001 follow up "Change is Coming" which had a tropical yet danceable disco and funk sound.

INFADELS

INFADELS
Infadels are a London-based rock band signed to the Wall of Sound record label. The band is known for its frenetic live shows. Their debut album, We Are Not the Infadels, was produced by Jagz Kooner and released in January 2006. The follow-up, entitled Universe In Reverse, was released in June 2008. Infadels were founded in 2003 by Bnann (vocals), Matt Gooderson (guitar, programming) and Alex Bruford (drums), who were joined shortly afterwards by Richie Vernon (live keys) and Wag Marshall-Page (Bass). The band released two singles, Leave Your Body and Can't Get Enough/Murder That Sound, on their own record label, Dead at Thirty. The awards for "Best Live Act" and "Best Dance Band" at the 2004 Diesel-U-Music Awards sealed a move to the Wall of Sound record label. In January 2005 the Infadels headed into the studio with producer Jagz Kooner to record their critically acclaimed debut album, We Are Not The Infadels. The band supported the release with an almost constant touring schedule with over 150 shows in 20 countries in 2006 alone. This included two UK tours, three European tours, two Australian tours, a number of shows in the USA & China and 35 festival dates. The band's second album, Universe In Reverse, was released in June 2008. Written largely by Bnann Watts and Matt Gooderson, and produced by Martin "Youth" Glover (The Verve, Guns N' Roses, Depeche Mode), Universe In Reverse makes the leap from dance tent to main stage, with a more urgent, rockier sound characterised by crashing guitars and revving hoover-synths. Guitarist Matt Gooderson described this evolution of the band's sound by saying: "We took the energy and guitars of a rock 'n' roll band like The White Stripes or Yeah Yeah Yeahs, then surrounded the music in deep, cinematic sounds." "Play Blind", the first material from the second album, was given away for free as a limited-time download in February 2008. The next single, "Make Mistakes", was released in April, and "Free Things For Poor People" was released in June 2008, reaching #1 on the UK Indie Singles Charts. On Tuesday the 17th of June, the band threw several thousand pounds from an office window in central London in celebration of their own "Free Things Day". The day was brought to an early close when the band and their fans were cautioned by the police. On Monday the 19th of August they were voted best band at the 2008 Lowlands festival by the Dutch public ahead of Editors and N*E*R*D. Drummer Alex Bruford is the son of drummer virtouso Bill Bruford, famous from bands such as King Crimson and Yes. Bassist Wag Marshall-Page is a friend of Danny Wallace, and is often mentioned in his books. In March 2009 the band announced via their MySpace page that they had already begun recording a follow-up to Universe In Reverse. In June 2009, the band confirmed their third album would be entitled, "The Future of The Gravity Boy" during their interview on 3FM's "That's Live!". In May 2009 the band released their first studio material since "Universe in Reverse", by making their cover of "Sweet Dreams" available on their website. The following month a new track, "Ghosts" was aired on Radio 1 by Alex Metric and backed up rumours of a return to the dance inspired sound of their debut album We Are Not The Infadels.

THE PADDINGTONS

THE PADDINGTONS
Comprised of Tom Atkin (vocalist), Martin Hines (guitarist), Josh Hubbard (guitarist); and brothers Lloyd (bassist) and Grant Dobbs (drummer), The Paddingtons were signed by Alan McGee to his Poptones record label. They originally made their name touring in and around the Hull area, at such venues as the Welly Club, the New Adelphi Club, and the Railway pub in Cottingham. Favoured by ex- Libertines frontman Pete Doherty, they toured with his current band Babyshambles. Their debut album, First Comes First, was produced by Owen Morris, producer of Oasis' Definitely Maybe. In November 2006, they headed out on a small scale national tour to road test new material. They appeared alongside The Cribs at the Birmingham Academy. The Paddingtons have also appeared with Dirty Pretty Things at "The Forum" in May, and again at The Spice Festival at the Hackney Empire in July 2007. On a holiday in Taipei, Carl Barat of Dirty Pretty Things broke his collarbone, so they recruited the help of Hubbard to play guitar while Barat's injury healed. The Paddingtons are currently touring new material. The band's second album has just been completed and will be released in the near future. The forthcoming album is to be titled No Mundane Options. The first single from the album, "Stand Down", was available for download via iTunes on the Mama Bear Records label, on 4 August 2008. plans are in place to do a full u.k tour throughout ouctober and november to coinside with the second single and album release out on all formats Hull 2005

The Chap

The Chap
The Chap, a pan-European modern pop group based in London and Berlin, began life at the beginning of the last decade. In their quest to create music which "sounds wrong", they pre-empted the current flavour for lo-fi prog-pop by several years and spawned a legion of fans who couldn't believe how a band that revelled in the multilayered detachment and precision of their recordings could dive headlong into the realms of hard rock n roll immediacy, gaining themselves a reputation as one of the most exciting, challenging, and engaging live acts around. After two seminal bedroom-produced albums, "The Horse" and "Ham" - the latter in particular gathering considerable acclaim from the likes of Errol Alkan, Kissy Sellout and The Wire Magazine - The Chap delivered a third album, the masterpiece that is "Mega Breakfast". This album featured corporate motivational style anthems about "proper music" and wanting to clone oneself. Despite being lauded by Pitchfork and many others, commercial success and world domination continued to evade The Chap, so they finally decided to "sell out" by recording a collection of pop classics that constitute their fourth album "Well Done Europe". Needless to say, it's another masterpiece featuring hit after hit, quite a few of which mention love and death and stuff like that. It sounds like the coolest new wave pop album ever recorded by a group of teachers (almost nobody in The Chap is a teacher). The Chap's music marries a deep passion for pop culture with arch observation and a sense of the surreal. This new album is no exception - a unique and heady blend of taut, hideously catchy melodies, hip snaking rhythms, memorable but unconventional lyrics all cut through with a wry sense of humour that some might describe as 'Dadaist'. Witness the frenetic, summery vibes of 'Even Your Friend', the shimmering, tightly wound grooves in 'Nevertheless The Chap' and the chugging, intimate closer 'Chalet Chalet' - "Well Done Europe" is The Chap at the pinnacle of their powers, and quite possibly their finest work yet.

Max Normal

Max Normal
Max Normal were just starting to become a really big band on the SA music scene, fusing elements of Hip-Hop and jazz with "electronica" into a spontaneous theatrical performance. then in early 2002 enigmatic front-man Watkin Tudor Jones summarily disbanded it in search of more challenging directions. Not to be confused with MaxNormal.TV, the mercurial Mr Jones's previous incarnation. Or his current incarnation Die Antwoord.

Dear leader

Dear leader
Dear Leader are a Boston based rock group formed in 2003. The band takes its name from the communist dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong-il. Originally, Dear Leader was a solo project by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Aaron Perrino (formerly the frontman for The Sheila Divine) with the intention of it having a revolving lineup for each album. For live performances, Perrino recruited his friends guitarist Will Claflin, bassist Jon Sulkow (formerly of Tugboat Annie), and drummer Paul Buckley (formerly of Orbit) - all of whom now form the permanent lineup for the band. Perrino has a very distinctive aggressive vocal style which really adds to the feel of the music.

We are scientists

We are scientists
We Are Scientists is an American indie rock band featuring Keith Murray (guitar and lead vocals), Chris Cain (bass guitar and backing vocals), Max Hart (keys and guitar) and Andy Burrows (drums). Co-founder Michael Tapper (drums and backing vocals) left the band in 2007 and is currently a member of the bands Bishop Allen and Fool's Gold. They formed in 2000 in Claremont, California, United States. Their name was inspired by an awkward conversation with a U-Haul employee who was inspecting a van that the band had rented. The U-haul employee, attempting to make polite conversation, asked the three bespectacled band members if they were brothers. They said no. He asked if they were scientists, as they looked like they could be the kind of people who wear lab coats. They told him that they were musicians, not scientists. To this day, they regret telling the truth. They are not named after the Cap'n Jazz song which bears the name. The band formed while its members attended the Claremont Colleges. Murray and Cain attended Pomona College; Michael Tapper attended Harvey Mudd College. The band has released three self-made EPs (Bitching!, Safety, Fun, and Learning (In That Order) and In Action). Their debut LP, With Love and Squalor was on Virgin Records, the first three singles of which were "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt", "The Great Escape" and "It's A Hit". The album takes its name from the J.D. Salinger short story "For Esme - With Love and Squalor". They have since released LP Crap Attack, which is a collection of B-Sides, covers and other rarities, and their full follow-up album, Brain Thrust Mastery which debuted in the UK on March 17,2008 reached number 11 at the UK Album charts. On the 1st November 2007, NME reported that Michael Tapper has left We Are Scientists under amicable circumstances, and on September 18, 2007, the band announced on their website that Max Hart, a keyboardist and guitarist who has played live with them before, has joined the band temporarily. As they put it: "There's no easy answer as to how long Max will stick around. Maybe we'll grow to hate his sanctimonious ways, which for now tickle us so. Maybe he'll grow to hate our open-minded, funny, refreshing, handsome ways, thus achieving what psychologists and bookies long ago labeled impossible." And to make things even more exciting for the band, We Are Scientists is featured in the soundtrack of the 2008 film Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, which Bishop Allen - at the time featuring former We Are Scientists drummer Michael Tapper - appears in a cameo. According to Keith Murray's Wikipedia he was nominated for World's Sexiest Vegetarian 2007 and is predicted that he will be the new face of Louis Vuitton's spring/summer '09 collection. The Band's 3rd effort, Barbara, is slated for a release in June of 2010 and features ex-Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows.

Mintzkov

Mintzkov
One of Belgium's finest bands... After the tight and straightforward sounding '360°' album, Mintzkov intended to open up their music a little more. On their third full length recording, 'Rising Sun, Setting Sun', the fivesome from Antwerp reaches out for a more streamlined and more dancefloor orientated sound, in which the role of keyboard player Pascal Oorts has become more prominent. "What we were after was a little more movement within the songs", singer and guitarist Philip Bosschaerts explains. "Or rather: a different kind of movement." The new album was recorded with Jagz Kooner, a British producer whose services were previously called upon by the likes of Primal Scream, Kasabian, New Order and Reverend & The Makers. Kooner, a one time member of Sabres of Paradise and a prolific dj and remixer in his own right, heard a Mintzkov demo at his manager's office and was drawn to the "undercurrent of Krautrock" in their music. In the studio he basically tried to emphasize the anthemic qualities in Mintzkov's songs. His advice was: "If you have a great chorus, then don't hide it at the tail end of a track". Still the band regularly caused him to raise his eyebrows. The 5/4 signature of 'The Simple Future' or the downright weird structure of 'Roadbuilding' caught him slightly off balance. Gradually a lack of understanding made way for admiration. One thing to remember about Mintzkov is their songs need some getting used to. And to give him credit, Jagz Kooner made some very useful suggestions during the recording process. Although 'Opening Fire' originally presented itself as a fairly abstract, epic tune, he managed to uncover the concise pop song that lay dormant in it. He also convinced the band that 'Gemini', the quiet track that closes off the album, worked better in its stripped down guise than with layered instrumentation. Another of Mintzkov's principal assets is the gorgeous sounding harmony of Bosschaerts' singing with bass player Lies Lorquet. The latter can also be heard as a guest vocalist on the latest albums by dEUS and The Go Find. Philip Bosschaerts' lyrics are no linear stories. Instead you could compare them to a carefully woven tapestry of images and metaphors. But as you listen to 'Rising Sun, Setting Sun', it does not take long before certain themes start rising to the surface. The singer, who recently celebrated his thirtieth birthday, seems to be obsessed with the passing of time and crossing borders. There is also a huge amount of acceptance and resignation in the songs. "You shouldn't waste any time or energy on things in life you cannot change anyway", Bosschaerts says. 'Rising Sun, Setting Sun' will come out simultaneously in the Benelux countries, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. A French release is to follow in the fall. The artwork of the album was made by Kati Heck, a German visual artist currently living in Antwerp whose work can be seen in museums and art galleries all over the world. She made some drawings for the booklet and authorized the band to reproduce her painting 'Fratzenpleite' on the cover of 'Rising Sun, Setting Sun'. A fitting image to a nearly perfect pop record. Play it loud. DIRK STEENHAUT www.mintzkov.be Mintzkov is: Philip Bosschaerts : Vocals & Guitar Lies Lorquet: Bass & Vocals Pascal Oorts: Keyboards Daan Scheltjens: Guitar Min Chull Vansteenkiste: Drums

VNNR

VNNR
VNNR: Antwerpenaar die in de eerste helft van 2011 zijn eerste ep op Lektroluv records uitbrengt, na eerder al succesvolle remixen en tracks te hebben gemaakt. Succesvol? Jazeker: de Grote Kanonnen namen VNNR's tracks gretig op in hun sets: Justice, Mr Oizo, Busy P, Don Rimini, Felix Da Housecat, Boris Dlugosch,...

VNNR speelde intussen nationaal (Petrol, I Love Techno, Laundry Day, ...) en internationaal (Looneyland Keulen). One to watch!

Man Man

Man Man
Based in Philadelphia, PA, Man Man is an experimental indie band that incorporates Eastern European and circus-esque styles in their music, creating a unique sound. The band consists of Honus Honus (lead vocals, piano, percussion), Pow Pow (drums, auxiliary percussion), Critter Crat (aka Cougar) (guitar, trumpet, bass, marimba, vocals), Organ Freeman (synth, organ, accordion, vocals), and Chang Wang (alto sax, bari sax, vibraphone, melodica, flute, percussion, vocals).

Their style has been compared to a mixture of Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, and Captain Beefheart. Man Man is known for their distinctive live shows where the members of the band dress in white tennis outfits and don war paint. During their sets the band does not take breaks between songs in order to keep a constant energy level.

Man Man has released two LPs with Ace Fu Records: The Man In The Blue Turban With A Face (2004) and Six Demon Bag (2006). In November 2007 they signed with Anti- to release Rabbit Habits (2008). Their second Anti- release is slated for the spring of 2010.

spinvis

spinvis
Spinvis, is Erik de Jong, a Dutchman living in the suburban jungle of Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. In 2001, he produced his first album, Spinvis, in his attic with computers, samplers, musical instruments and other objects laying around. Most remarkable are his poetic lyrics, that are at times nonsensical and non-consecutive.

His third album, Dagen van gras, dagen van stro (Days of Grass, Days of Straw) was released in 2005. August 2007 saw Goochelaars en Geesten (Conjurers and Ghosts), a collection of earlier work including B-sides, unpublished tracks and songs produced under assignment.

In 2006 Spinvis teamed up with Simon Vinkenoog. Together they released a new album, titled Spinvis Combo / Ja! (Yes!). In 2007 they joined their performances in a festival act called Noga.

The Popprijs 2006 was awarded to Spinvis at the Noorderslag Festival in Groningen for his contribution to Dutch pop music.

www.spinvis.nl

Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids are an indie rock band from Fullerton, California, USA. Band members are Nathan Willett (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Jonnie Russell (guitar, vocals, percussion), Matt Maust (bass guitar) and Matt Aveiro (drums).

The band started in historic downtown Fullerton in Jonnie's apartment above the restaurant Mulberry St. (their first EP title). They are avid supporters of unsigned talent such as the band Electric Furs. They have toured in support of Two Gallants, Tapes 'n Tapes, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Sound Team, Muse and The White Stripes. Their music is heavily inspired by artists such as Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground and Johnny Segment. Recently they starred in an MTV2 special titled "Cold War Kids Takeover!" They appeared on Soccer AM and were announced as Norwich City F.C. Fans. They were going to tour with The White Stripes for their Icky Thump tour, but The White Stripes had to cancel.

In 2007, they contributed to OKX, a tribute to the 10-year-old Radiohead album OK Computer, recording their version of the track "Electioneering." Nathan Willett identified Radiohead and the album as a strong influence, saying, "It's the only album that I feel compelled to say way too grandiose things about, that rock journalists have already said plenty: Like that OK Computer is the single most important album to be released during my youth and that it was a rite of passage. But that really is the truth and I have never had an emotional connection with an album quite like I have with this one."

He also explained why the band chose to cover "Electioneering" from the album: "I'm not saying 'Electioneering' is the best song on the album, but (still, a big claim!) it's certainly the most badass. It's lyrically everything we want to do - bursts of concrete imagery."

Two Gallants

Two Gallants
Ever since 2002 when Adam Stephens (guitar/vocals/harmonica) and Tyson Vogel (drums/vocals) began making noise at house parties and on street corners they've slowly been carving out their own creative space. In a world where bigger is often considered better and quality is sacrificed with ease, Two Gallants have risen against the tide with their cathartic, stripped-down sound and depth of material to forge an intimate bond with a wide array of fans.

"The intensity of our interaction while playing is clearly quite different" explains Stephens. "I think it's the product of both of us pushing our own selves so hard and so far that out of necessity we have to lean upon each other to keep from flying off the track."

There is no substitute for an honest, deep connection built on trust and respect. Through the shared experience of growing up together in San Francisco, Two Gallants have pushed each other into a unique and timeless spectrum of music. They craft emotional, visceral, intelligent songs that remind us of America's folk, country, and blues traditions but are fuelled with the energy of punk. Through Stephens' first-person narratives, murder ballads, and drunken outlaw tales, Two Gallants have tapped into the universal struggle of the human condition as they channel the pain of men twice their age.

Speaking of their on-stage relationship, Stephens says, "[As a guitar player] I stick to the basic structure of the song, Tyson listens to the changes in vocals and melody; he draws them out and intensifies them. Tyson has a plan but it never grows old and lost in routine." While Vogel's unorthodox drumming and gut-wrenching support vocals give the songs life, it's Stephens' words that give them a soul. "There's something about the way he sees things" says Vogel. "He's very convicted, clear and emotionally pregnant. There's a real unique clarity and truth to what he sees and how he puts that forward through music and writing."

As the band continued to grow, tour, and write new songs, they found a home at the seminal indie label Saddle Creek in both the US and Europe. Always known as a record label that does things their own way, the fertile grounds of Saddle Creek have provided Two Gallants with the freedom to grow as they constantly work to refine their craft. In response to their nearly 200 international shows last year and two solid albums (2004's The Throes and 2006's What The Toll Tells) Two Gallants have garnered remarkable praise in almost every major music publication including MOJO, Rolling Stone, Harp, Paste, Uncut, Pitchfork, Vice, NME, to name a few. But it's the pair of 2007 releases, the acoustic EP Scenery of Farewell and self-titled third full-length, that finds the band coming of age in the studio. "The live context is always where we've felt the most comfortable, it's where the magic or the spiritual side of things comes in" offers Vogel; "where as recording has taken some warming up to, until now."

After working with Alex Newport (Mars Volta, At the Drive-In) on a new mix of The Throes, they developed a creative compatibility and asked him to produce their next two albums. By combining Newport's personality, experience as a musician and recording engineer with a new batch of songs the band had written specifically for the new record, Two Gallants have created their most fully-realized, cohesive piece of work to date.

While the new album documents the band's growth and maturity, as Stephens says, "This record was a bit of a return to our beginnings. I think that's why we decided to have it stay simple and self-titled." By harnessing the power of what they do live and relying on each other, Two Gallants expands on what makes this band so special: their exceptional songwriting and raw chemistry.

www.twogallants.com

Au Revoir Simone

Au Revoir Simone
Au Revoir Simone is an indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York that formed in late 2003. The group consists of Erika Forster (vocals/keyboard), Annie Hart (vocals/keyboard), and Heather D'Angelo (vocals/drum machine/keyboard).

Sbtrkt

Sbtrkt
SBTRKT is an anonymous producer based in London. Graciously allowing the music to speak for itself - even going to the length of performing behind a mask every time he plays out. Having just wrapped up remixes for Basement Jaxx ("Scars") and Franz Ferdinand ("Send Him Away"), he's got the airwaves in a stir with Benji B, Mary Anne Hobbs and Gilles Peterson singing his praises. With releases forthcoming on the equally anonymous Brainmath label, Ramp Recordings and the ever fun Young Turks.

5 things about SBTRKT:

1) SBTRKT its short for subtract.
2) The name came about to create a musical identity separate from any single person.
3) Much of the music being played is electronic based but some future material will be live.
4) First gig was at fabric in Room 1 at Get Familiar (amazing sound/vibe!)
5) It's not an alias of Switch

SBTRKT sound:
The main thing is the synths, arrangement and syncopation. I tend to play around with chords or pads first, and then start applying some drums to it. Even though I guess I write "bass music" I tend to add bass in last; rhythm and arrangement are most important for me. A lot of people seem to mention "step" alongside my name guess it's just because of the syncopation that genre entailed.  

Das Pop

Das Pop
Das Pop is a band founded in the Belgian town of Ghent by schoolfriends Reinhard Vanbergen, Niek Meul and Bent Van Looy. They were initially called Things To Come, but changed later their name to Das Pop. They have a considerable fanbase in Europe. In 2007 the line-up evolved with the addition of drummer Matt Eccles, a 23 year old from New Zealand. Shortly after Eccles joined the band they played a showcase at Manchester's In The City music industry conference and were then signed by Sony BMG imprint Ugly Truth Records. In 2007 Das Pop's song "Underground" was included by French dance act Justice on their mix album Fabric Live and in their A-Z of Justice mix on Rob Da Bank's BBC Radio 1 show. In January 2008 Das Pop released "Fool For Love" on UK independent label Prestel Records. The release featured remixes from French DJ SebastiAn and Yuksek, which the Culture section of UK newspaper The Sunday Times said "the momumental new single from the Belgian electro band". "Fool For Love" is now available as a free download through the band's MySpace page. Das Pop have just finished recording the first album for Ugly Truth which has been produced by David and Stephen Dewaele from Soulwax. It is planned to be released in Summer 2008. "Underground", the first single from the album is released on 4th August and has received huge support from many top DJs and major radio stations across the UK. There are also remixes from Van She, Busy P and Kid Gloves. Das Pop have been touring all over the world at festivals such as Glastonbury, 02 Wireless and Lovebox, plus supporting acts including Gossip, Death Cab For Cutie, and The Kills. Das Pop have a summer full of gigs and a London headline date to follow.

Filthy Dukes

Filthy Dukes
Filthy Dukes are an electronic band from London, UK. Filthy Dukes were originally the duo, Olly Dixon and Tim Lawton. For the past five years they have deejayed around the world and promoted a club night called Kill Em All at fabric in London. Olly and Tim were joined by record producer Mark Ralph in 2005. They started remixing and producing music together, and signed to Fiction records in January 2008. They have been influenced by contemporaries such as Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax, and by older bands such as Can, Tangerine Dream and Roxy Music. Filthy Dukes produce all their music on the mixing desk originally built by the producer and Krautrock legend Conny Plank. They released their debut single Tupac Robot Club Rock in November 2008. The track features rappers Plastic Little and remixes by Oliver $, L-VIS 1990, and Plastic Little. The Filthy Dukes debut album is entitled 'Nonsense In The Dark' and was released on the 16th March 2009. It was preceded by the single This Rhythm on the 9th March 2009. The album showcases Filthy Dukes%u2019 unique, analogue electro-indie-kraut-pop. A host of great artists also lend guest vocals to the album including Samuel Dust (Late of the Pier), Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees), Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines), Tommy Sparks, frYars, Plastic Little, Foreign Islands, To My Boy, and Mauro Remiddi (Sunny Day Sets Fire). Filthy Dukes are in-demand remixers with recent commissions for Late Of The Pier, Bloc Party, White Lies, Kevin Rudolf, Operahouse, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, The Rakes, Temper Trap and Vagabond. Full details of their live shows and for further information please go to, [url=http://www.filthydukes.com nofollow=yes]www.filthydukes.com[/url]

Steppe

Steppe
"Steppe is Lies Steppe en Patrick Steenaerts. Belgische pop met een twist en voorlopig een redelijk goed bewaard geheim. Maar zal dat nog lang duren? Lies presenteert op Klara, Patrick is een topproducer en -arrangeur, drummer is Mario Goossens (nu Triggerfinger, vroeger bij Arno en Hooverphonic) en op bas speelt het Duitse jazztalent Werner Lauscher. De eerste single van Steppe is uit, nu werken ze aan een album. Vocale steun daarop komt van Mauro Pawlowski. Om maar te zeggen..."

THE XX

THE XX
The XX geeft op haar myspace nogal uiteenlopende invloeden op: van Aaliyah tot CocoRosie, van Rihanna tot The Cure en van The Pixies tot Mariah Carey. Ook de juiste term vinden voor het genre dat ze zelf spelen, is niet makkelijk: indie, electronic goth, soulful new-wave pop: een hokjesmaker heeft er een levenswerk aan. Gelukkig kan die wel eindeloos luisteren naar hun cover van Womack & Womack's Teardrops. Te ontdekken!

Barbie Bangkok

Barbie Bangkok
Plezantigheid uit Gent. Brachten vorig jaar hun eerste full cd uit (People And Geometry) nadat ze een jaartje eerder in de finale van Humo's Rock Rally stonden. Plezantigheid? Zeker weten! Barbie Bangkok is knapperig, retro en simpel. Ze maken aanstekelijke gitaarpop en catchy meefluiters. Sparkling sexy!

The Curvy Cuties Fanclub

The Curvy Cuties Fanclub
Jelle, Samy and Owen, together : %u201DThe Curvy Cuties Fanclub%u201D a new band founded in Ghent that bring you straight forward bluesrock. These 16 and 17 year old schoolboys only needed 3 months and one demo to win the prestigious pop and rock contest %u201CDe Beloften%u201D in September 2008. Winning this contest is giving them a lot of opportunities: national promotion, gigs in bars clubs and summer festivals all over Belgium (please check their calendar on regular bases) The Curvy Cuties Fanclub already had the honour to play as support act for bands such as Dirty Pretty Things (December 2009, Muziekodroom Hasselt Belgium) and The Buzzcocks (February 2009, Minnemeers / Democrazy Ghent Belgium) They are also selected with 9 other Belgium upcoming bands for Cera Rockt. This means that their song Blood Red Shoes will appear on a compilation CD to be released in autumn 2009. To be continued

Trixie Whitley & Band

Trixie Whitley & Band
Trixie Whitley & Band

We Seem To Have Misplaced Our Igloo

We Seem To Have Misplaced Our Igloo
De jeugd rond het Kortrijkse vindt de tijd om zich creatief te uiten en maakt daar te allen tijde gebruik van. Dit mag dan wel heel erg veralgemenend lijken, na het beluisteren van We Seem To Have Misplaced Our Igloo is een dergelijke uitspraak echter wel te begrijpen. Cartoonesk: het woord schiet ons meteen te binnen bij het live zien van deze band. Handgemaakte wolkjes hangen her en der de zaal op te vrolijken. Werpen de Kortrijkzanen daar nog eens hun muziek bovenop, dan waan je je in een wereld met kartonnen auto's en bloemen uit crêpepapier. Af en toe herken je de klanken van vroege Arctic Monkeys en een druppel Razorlight, maar ook het tere en o zo breekbare van Five For Fighting , al brengt We Seem To Have Misplaced Our Igloo die op gitaar ten beste.

Absynthe Minded

Absynthe Minded
The Belgian alternative rock outfit Absynthe Minded is heavily influenced by thirties jazz, soul, Merseyside pop, balkan and gypsy music. Absynthe Minded originally formed in 1999 as a one man band. Singer/guitarist Bert Ostyn recorded the first demos solo in his bedroom in Ghent. In 2002 Ostyn recruited Renaud Ghilbert (violin, trumpet, percussion), Sergej Van Bouwel (bass, contrabass) and Jan Duthoy (Hammond, piano) to form the Absynthe Minded Quartet, shortly Absynthe Minded. The History makes Science Fiction EP (2003) was their first release on the independent Keremos label. One year later the band finished second the infamous Belgian rock contest Humo's Rock Rally, which gathered them a serious amount of media coverage. After the addition of drummer Jakob Nachtergaele to its line-up, Absynthe Minded released their first full length Acquired Taste later that year to much critical acclaim. Their sophomore album New Day was released only a year later. With the succes of hit-single My Heroics, Part One, Absynthe Minded start touring Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. They also supported dEUS on their European tour. For the release of their next albums There Is Nothing (2007) and the self-titled Absynthe Minded (2009), the band signed with Universal.

BLOC PARTY

BLOC PARTY
Bloc Party are an English alternative rock band. In 2005, the band released their critically acclaimed debut album Silent Alarm. Their second studio album, A Weekend In The City was released on February 5, 2007 in the United Kingdom and February 6 in the United States. A third album, Intimacy, was released in August 2008 as a download and later as a CD release on October 27. The band consists of Kele Okereke (vocals, guitar), Russell Lissack (guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass, vocals) and Matt Tong (drums). Formation and rising popularity Bloc Party have been together since 2002, with names such as Superheroes of BMX, The Angel Range, Diet, and Union, before settling on Bloc Party in September 2003. Band members Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack have formed the fulcrum of these various incarnations, and were subsequently joined by bassist Gordon Moakes who answered an advert in the NME, and most recently drummer Matt Tong. Lissack and singer/guitarist Kele Okereke first met in 1998 in Essex, where Lissack had grown up and Okereke attended school. Lissack attended Bancroft's School and Okereke attended Ilford County High School until 16 then Trinity School for sixth form. They bumped into each other again in 1999 at the Reading Festival and soon after formed the band Union. In 2003 they changed their name from Union to Bloc Party. The name is a play on block party, a name for an informal neighbourhood festival, which might hire a local band as entertainment. The band have said that the name was not intended to be an allusion to the Soviet Bloc or the Canadian political party Bloc Québécois; the absence of a 'k' is purely for aesthetics. However, the band's bassist, Gordon Moakes, said on the group's official internet forum that it was more a merging of the eastern and the western "parties", in the political sense. Moakes notes that the name was not driven by politics, but rather it "looked, sounded, seemed fine so we went with it." In November 2003, Bloc Party had their track "The Marshalls Are Dead" featured on a compilation CD called The New Cross released by Angular Recording Corporation. Soon after they released their debut single "She's Hearing Voices" on the then fledgling record label Trash Aesthetics. The band got their break after Okereke went to a Franz Ferdinand concert in 2003, and was able to thrust a copy of the single into the hands of both Franz lead singer Alex Kapranos and Radio One DJ Steve Lamacq. Lamacq subsequently played the song on his radio show, labeling the track "genius", and invited them to record a live session for the show. The buzz generated off the back of the single sparked some A&R interest, leading to another single "Banquet", this time released by the label Moshi Moshi, and to the eventual signing with indie label Wichita Recordings in April 2004. Bloc Party's own variation of spiky guitar rock draws on influences such as The Cure, Gang of Four, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Joy Division, and XTC, but the band says that some of these bands are just comparisons. Does that last bit even mean anything? The drumming on Bloc Party songs is often influenced by the London dance and R&B scene whilst the guitar demonstrates typical indie sharpness with alternative panned chords and fast chord picking. To achieve their unique guitar style, BOSS echo effects equipment is implemented and is particularly apparent on the track "Like Eating Glass". The musical style of A Weekend in the City is more varied, however, drawing influence particularly from more expansive sounding bands, including Radiohead. As large as Bloc Party has been over recent years, they are still in their youth. They have developed unique songs and sounds, but they are still trying to find their own personality. The song "Flux" was released at the end of 2007 as an add-on to A Weekend in the City. The band is coming to terms with its growth and development, and should find itself with its next album. Silent Alarm; Their debut album Silent Alarm, released in February 2005, was met with critical acclaim and broke sales records, being voted by NME critics as the 2005 album of the year and reaching #3 on UK album charts (selling platinum in the UK). The second single from the album "So Here We Are" made the top 5 on UK charts. Further singles "Banquet" (which reached #13 in NME's "Top 50 singles of 2005"), "Helicopter" (which featured on the FIFA 06, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, Project Gotham Racing 3, Burnout Revenge and Guitar Hero III game soundtracks) and "Pioneers" (July 2005), whilst failing to repeat this success, managed to make dents in the UK top 20. The animated video for the single "Pioneers" was number one in the NME video charts for 4 weeks and was made for a tiny budget in four weeks by the Shoreditch based Mini Vegas design agency. Even though the band was met with good reviews from critics in America, Bloc Party failed to break through to the pop or rock charts in the US. Bloc Party became one of the most popular new bands of 2005, and the established electronic group The Chemical Brothers soon collaborated with Okereke for "Believe", a track on the Brothers' Push the Button album. An album of remixes of tracks from Silent Alarm was released at the end of August in the UK. This remix album, Silent Alarm Remixed, retained the album's original track list and includes remixes from the likes of Ladytron, M83, Death from Above 1979, Four Tet and Mogwai. During July, they recorded two new tracks (titles were given of "Hero" and "Two More Years") with Silent Alarm producer Paul Epworth. The latter, "Two More Years" was released on October 3 to coincide with their October 2005 UK tour. The songs were released as an EP titled Two More Years, accompanied with a re-release of Silent Alarm, which included "Two More Years" itself along with former single "Little Thoughts". The single format of "Two More Years" contained a remix of "Banquet" done by The Streets, for which a video was also recorded. The band also contributed the track "The Present" to the Help: a Day in the Life compilation, the profits of which benefits the War Child charity. The single "Banquet" was sampled in 2006 by DJ Green Lantern for a track with Apathy, Tak (of rap duo Styles of Beyond) and Mike Shinoda. The track, entitled "Bloc Party", appears on Green Lantern's Fort Minor: We Major mixtape. A Weekend in the City; The band released their second album, called A Weekend in the City on February 5, 2007 in the UK and February 6 in the United States. The album debuted at #12 in the Billboard 200 with 48,000 copies sold. It became available via the UK's iTunes store a day ahead of schedule, on February 4, and reached the #2 spot in the Official UK Chart. The album was produced by Jacknife Lee. The first single, "The Prayer", was released on January 29. This single had been located on their MySpace since November 22, 2006. The next single, "I Still Remember", is their first American single. In the build up to the release of the album, Zane Lowe aired a live set from Maida Vale featuring a mix of old songs and new ones on his evening radio show on BBC Radio 1 on January 30, 2007. On February 1, 2007, A Weekend in the City was made available to listen to for free through the band's official MySpace page. The band's first gig following the release of AWITC was on February 5 at Reading Hexagon. It was broadcasted live on BBC's Music Station 6 Music that night as well. Bloc Party played in the Live Earth concerts on July 7, 2007 and T in the Park and the Oxegen Festival that same weekend, as well as Glastonbury and the Reading and Leeds Festivals 2007. On 27th October, Bloc Party showed "Flux" to the world at their gig during the BBC Electric Proms, and on November 12th, they released the single. It charted well, reaching #8 in the UK charts, and was well received both by critics and fans, despite the new electronic direction. Intimacy (2008-present) On 7th July, Bloc Party premiered new track "Mercury" on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show following a countdown timer on Bloc Party's website. The track took a bold new direction, moving away from guitar rock, with an experimental electronic sound. The track charted at #16 in the UK charts when it was released as a single on the 11th of August. On the 18th of August, in a webcam chat with fans, they announced that their third album, Intimacy, would be released for download on their website on the 21st of August. The album contained On the 23rd and 24th of August, Bloc Party played second headliners before The Killers at Reading & Leeds Festivals, opening their set with "Mercury", and also playing "One Month Off" from their new album. They also played an entirely unplanned encore of "She's Hearing Voices". The album Intimacy was released in physical formats on October 27th, featuring additional tracks, such as current single "Talons". As of October 2009, the band has gone on hiatus. Drummer Matt Tong has hinted he may not come back if the band reform. Kele has recorded a solo album to be released sometime in 2010, Gordon has a side project called "Legionnaire" and Russell also has a band called "Pin Me Down".

MADENSUYU

MADENSUYU
Het Gentse duo MADENSUYU (B, live) komt zijn nieuwste album D is Done voorstellen in Petrol. Een bijzonder helder en intens werkstuk dankzij het prachtige werk van producer Peter Vermeersch en mixer Pierre Vervloesem, die ook dEUS en Mad Dog Loose begeleidden bij hun eerste stapjes in de studio. We horen zowel echo's van The Kills, Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground en Lou Reed.

SOLDOUT

SOLDOUT
Dirty duo uit Brussel dat voor hun nieuwe plaat samenwerkte met Jason Boshoff (Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx). Toerden met de vorige plaat door Europa, speelden op de CMJ Music Marathon in New York en brachten onlangs nog Les Transardentes in vervoering. Ze hebben een vaste schare fans in Wallonië en Frankrijk, nu wij nog!

SOME SAY YES SOME DO LESS

SOME SAY YES SOME DO LESS
De band is een uitloper van het Tieltse Land (Humo's Rock Rally-finalisten in 2002), maar wat ze hier tentoonspreiden gaf ons instant kippenvel. Zanger Jonas Tournicourt - een boomlange man die gevaarlijke riffs uit zijn gitaar perst - weet zich omringd door een heel straffe band jonge honden die met zoveel geestdrift spelen dat ons haar spontaan overeind gaat staan. SSYSDL overtuigde ons al met de eerste noot: Strail is een lekkere hap indie-powerrock die ons - net zoals Glawser - wat aan Television deed denken, maar onderweg even op de koffie gaat bij Don Caballero en een muziekwinkel overvalt waar ze alle versterkers op tien zetten.