Funeral For A Friend www.bandapp.com/funeralforafriend
Funeral For A Friend spent 2012 deliberately quiet, working on the short, sharp anthemic tracks that would eventually make up ‘Conduit,’ their sixth LP. The record is deliberately short & aggressive beast, often bearing the bands post hardcore influences proudly on its sleeve. With every emotion captured & channelled through an album that is both immersive & urgent, FFAF have entered 2013 the most determined & excited that band have ever been, with heavy touring scheduled for the rest of the year. They are a band ready to explode, but most of all they are a group of guys who are thrilled to be where they are, and excited to be in the band they are in.
Kids In Glass Houses www.bandapp.com/kidsinglasshouses
After 7 years, 3 albums, 13 singles, countless headline tours, thousands of satisfied punters & a series of colossal festival appearances, Kids In Glass Houses have finally come home. New album ‘Peace’ (due out in September) is a thoroughly modern guitar album with a contemporary edge that will both sate long-time Kids fans & appeal to newcomers. It retains its intelligent songwriting & inimitable ear for a hook and marries it to a newfound sense of abandon. Featuring Aled’s most personal lyrics ever, it’s an unprecedented look into his life, written from an entirely pretension-free standpoint.
Fred’s House www.bandapp.com/fredshouse
Fred’s House are an indie-folk 4 piece based in Cambridge. Their songs feature boy/girl vocals, weaving three-part harmonies & intricate guitar parts, lending themselves to comparisons with The Civil Wars & Fleetwood Mac. The band have released 2 EP’s to date and have received national airplay on BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing & have had their music featured on Hollyoaks. Fred’s House have just released their new single ‘Fine Life’ to critical acclaim & are currently recording their much anticipated debut album.
Boy Jumps Ship www.bandapp.com/boyjumpsship
Since forming in 2009, Newcastle’s Boy Jumps Ship have already shared the stage with The Futureheads, Maximo Park & We Are The Ocean to name a few. 2010 saw the band release a self-titled EP, whilst in 2011 they released an exuberant EP called ‘Engines’; four tracks of well-crafted, anthemic, catchy alternative rock which received massively positive reviews across the board, from the likes of Kerrang! & Rock Sound. Having released their latest EP, ‘Be Good Be Gracious’, again to critical acclaim & radio air time from the likes of Radio 1 Rock Show & XFM, the boys are ready to break new ground.
After moving to Scotland from Nigeria as a child, Obehi forged her cultural identity through exploring her love of soul & pop music. Early influences on Obehi’s moving & melancholic style range from the inimitable Luther Vandross to the magnificent Marvin Gaye & Sam Cooke. Obehi’s building her own blossoming career with her own R&B/pop crossover of soaring, soulful love songs, something that she has already garnered critical acclaim for with her first release, ‘Everything’ EP. Her music has been described by industry tastemakers as “mainstream which is actually meaningful.”
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