Moon Sugar are an alternative, indie rock & roll outfit from Birmingham, UK that formed in 2014. Originally formed as a 3 piece (consisting of Dave Cross, Jon Williams and Adee Shaw), they started out gigging small social/sports clubs to friends and family. As the need for a bassist and drummer intensified, Moon Sugar recruited the skills of Ellis and Chris on Drums and Bass respectively.
There’s a certain transcendent magic that happens when two contrasting voices coalesce in perfect harmony. Imperceptibly, they can raise you from the temporal to the spiritual in the breath of a song, and set you floating among the firmament infused with a sense of wonder – just like Sound of the Sirens.
22-year-old British musician Isaac Gracie has the world at his feet. Growing up in Ealing, the son of poet, Judith Gracie, Isaac wrote his first songs at the age of fourteen. Inspired by familiar greats in the Buckleys, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan, Isaac had an instinctive knack for writing a devastating melody, and a voice honed to precision.
Up and coming Liverpool band N¥TCLUB released their new single ‘Drive’ on Friday 17th February. The band burst onto Soundcloud late last year with their debut track ‘Dressed Up’. Backed by BBC Introducing and Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, the track set out what N¥TCLUB are all about big, synth-pop choruses and ear-worming hooks.
Talking about Gabriella Cohen requires a new adjective: when she tells you about a guitar tone she likes, an organ sound she’s looking for, or the opening bars of The Velvet Underground’s ‘I Found a Reason’, she might tell you these things sound ‘pink’. She’s not describing a synesthetic or aesthetic connection with the colour — instead, it’s an adjective she’s coined. Luckily, after a spin through Cohen’s debut album Full Closure and No Details, we’ll all know what ‘pink’ sounds like: it sounds like this. It sounds like heartbreak and reckless abandon, like quiet reflection and raucous teamwork.
Coming up this week at The Sunflower Lounge we have Failure By Design Records’ finest Weatherstate on Tuesday. Wednesday sees ambient eletronic-pop artist Stevie Parker from Bristol. Friday is the EP Launch from Birmingham punk band Ideal Club, and Saturday sees Brooklyn trio Las Rosas bring their lo-fi rock & roll swagger. Check out the full listings below:
The Northern Irish artist, singer and electronic composer and member of the The Magnetic North, Hannah Peel released her new solo album Awake But Always Dreaming to great acclaim at the end of 2016, with Q Magazine describing the album as a ‘sublime electronic opus’ in their 4 star review.
Judas are a London-based indie rock four piece drawn together from all corners of the UK. Despite only being together two short years, they have already accomplished some very significant milestones for such a young band.
Coming up at The Sunflower Lounge this week we have Catholic Action, a product of Glasgow’s fertile music scene, presented by Counteract on Monday. Friday sees the three-piece alternative band based in Manchester The Blinders, brought to us by This Feeling. On Saturday Baddie’s Boogie presents a night with co-headliners Shush and The Harringtons. Check out the full listings below:
In the past few years Kieran Leonard has toured the UK and USA supporting and playing shows with Ryan Adams, Father John Misty, Bob Dylan, The Strokes, Beck, The Libertines, Billy Bragg and Wolfmother, to name a few. Then, early last year he was invited to work on music at Stanley Kubrick’s family estate in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The intention was to harness the creative forces at work in the Kubrick house and record new material as ‘live’ as possible with the five-piece band playing together in the same room and even lead vocals being laid down live with each track.