Join a friendly bunch of zine lovers in the first of our monthly socials.
There’s only one existing document of a summer 2013 recording session between Ambulance/Avenging Force brotherhood Adam and Graeme Bell, friend and sessions knob twiddler Andy Donovan and Meg from Hiroshima. It’s twenty-three minutes tumble passed in wild abandon, with a big hectic nod towards a mid-Nineties Bob Pollard watching closely on.
We made them play with Royal Blood last time.
We’re still incredibly sorry about that.
Known to many round these parts are one of the blue suits in Hope & Social and fronting his terrific Graceland cover band, Gary Stewart is a Scottish singer/songwriter who now resides in York after cutting his musical teeth on the Leeds music scene over the last 15 years. The Left-hander writes songs about love, paranoia and people’s misfortunes and delivers them with a Celtic flair and earthy guitar style reminiscent of Paul Simon and John Martyn.
Yorkshire trio Drahla have recently signed to American indie Captured Tracks, toured with METZ, Ought and Parquet Courts and been recording with that MJ chap from Hookworms. Pretty good!
‘Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound.’
It’s not enough Amy and her band get together for a live concert. A shame given their shows are beautiful experiences; the vocals float and soar above a gently ebbing, folk-infused backing of rolling bass, sensitive percussion and wandering electric guitar.
And… they’re BACK. Probably with a vengeance but definitely with a fresh load of big old Oasis / Verve / Pistols / Clash tunes and a whole lot of attitude. Skylights might not have been the most fashionable of bands – hipster they ain’t – but try telling that to the hordes of folks coming to their shows; the last run ending in 2013.
Another forward-thinking jazz show for you with two great bands from Leeds.
Sex and death are common themes from Aidan Moffat; since his early days with Arab Strap, he has explored these subjects with a grace and grit that plunges deep into the human soul. But this is no re-hash of the past, rather a further leap forward for Moffat, now teaming up with fellow Scot, singer and guitarist extraordinaire, RM Hubbert.
We’re happy to welcome Blackbeard’s Tea Party back to The Crescent with their brand of gutsy folk rock. A mix of traditional and self-penned songs and tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.
This will be their annual Christmas Show so expect some festive shenanigans!
We’re extremely pleased to be working with genius guitarist Steve Gunn once more when he and drummer John Truscinski are briefly in the UK with near-exclusive Gunn-Truscinski Duo shows at Golden Lion in Todmorden and The Crescent in York.