Good Karma Club is a London-based monthly club night curated by BBC Introducing’s Abbie McCarthy with the aim of celebrating and promoting new music. The event came to Leeds’ Chapel venue in April as part of a UK tour with the line-up including local band Talkboy, Liverpool-born singer ZuZu and The Academic, as well as […]
An interesting addition to the new wave of electro-pop acts coming out of Leeds is Peakes, the dreamy synth-pop three piece producing soaring, cyclic vocals broken up by sporadic, impatient drum explosions.
With as yet no music released online from recently formed Talkboy, going to their debut gig – supporting Public Access T.V. at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club, I didn’t really know what to expect.
As part of a short UK tour, London-based Folk-Rock five-piece To Kill A King retraced Leeds links to promote their third album ‘The Spiritual Dark Age,’ which has garnered mixed reviews from national press with some interpreting its eclectic nature as sign of insecurity of style.
The word “weird” was thrown around a fair bit the night that ambient pop collective Cigarettes After Sex cast their spell of incredible stillness over Leeds University. “Surely they have a support band – it’d be weird not to,” said the barmaid, only to be proved wrong. Maybe this was because a support band would […]
Bitter Sweet Symphonies’ Zoe Peck talks to The Orwells, following their recent show in Manchester with Weezer, as part of their 10-date European tour. The garage five-piece from Chicago toured the UK themselves in August to promote their third album, ‘Terrible Human Beings,’ released in February via Canvasback Music.
There’s something unusual about indie-rock newcomer Sam Fender’s first three singles – not one is a love song. In fact, they barely reference sex or love at all, his subjects lean more towards the political. Whilst in itself there’s nothing inherently enlightened about avoiding the topics that dominate the charts, it’s the richness of his […]
Bitter Sweet Symphonies’ Zoe Peck speaks to Wolf Alice lead guitarist Joff Oddie, ahead of the release of much anticipated second album ‘Visions Of A Life.’ Conceived in the silence succeeding a two-year world tour, the album is the alt-rockers’ answer to their hugely successful 2015 debut album – ‘My Love Is Cool’ which reached #2 […]
Eager to find out how a band’s second ever release could be as gorgeous as The Golden Age Of TV’s ‘Dust’, Bitter Sweet Symphonies’ Zoe Peck spoke to the Leeds-based art-rock newcomers ahead of their BBC Introducing Stage set at this year’s Leeds Festival.
After watching London-based band JUDAS take to the Main Stage at Leeds Festival on the Bank Holiday weekend, for a second consecutive year running, Bitter Sweet Symphonies’ Zoe Peck caught up with the four-piece to talk about dreams, fear and festivals.
Pulled downwards by a voice somewhere between Dylan and Springsteen (courtesy of singer Adam Granduciel), we sink slowly into the swirling cauldron of sulkiness that is the upcoming album and major label debut from The War On Drugs – ‘A Deeper Understanding’. Switching between apathy and angst, the album’s a lethargic, daydreaming teenager with a body […]
An overarching sense of realness was what I found most striking about 24-year-old soul singer-songwriter Rhys Lewis. At a recent London showcase, he was as polite and unassuming on stage as he was whilst being interviewed; there was no preconceived character, no pretense.