Come At Me Now
30 March 2015
RADAR - NME MAGAZINE
Released on CD and as a digital download 'Come At Me Now' is the highly anticipated new single from King Kartel, a band renowned for their infectious indie-infused rock.
Formed in September 2012, King Kartel wasted no time in taking the UK and Ireland by storm through a successful tour to support the release of their debut single ‘Stone Cold Killer’, which has now racked up an impressive 29,000 views on Youtube.
The quartet, mainly hailing from Northern Ireland, quickly caught the attention of Riggsy from the BBC’s ‘Across the Line’ who gave ‘Stone Cold Killer’ plenty of airplay, heralding them as hometown heroes, a claim justified by a string of sold out shows in and around Newry. Riggsy describes the band as having an “eye for a hook!” and Philly Taggart from BBC Radio 1 says King Kartel produce “cheeky guitar pop in the vein of The Fratellis and The Courteeners”.
Northern Ireland is no longer home to King Kartel these days, as vocalist Hugh explains. "It all started in a small town where the takeaway food takes preference over new music or nights out even. We always dreamed of escaping so after a few gigs when people were getting behind us we thought we'd give it a go and head towards the bright lights in Manchester. We only had us so we had to go out and play open mics, hand out fliers, do anything we could to try get enough people together so we could even get a shit slot on a half decent night, but it was all worth it. We've made some cracking friends along the way and the move changed our sound too. We went from a jingly jangly type band to more of a rock and roll outfit."
'Come At Me Now' prove the King Kartel aren't afraid to embrace their pop sensibilities which combine with their indie rock sound to create a storming single which is set to raise the profile of the Manchester based band even higher.
Hugh says "We're a band who just love to play, we're all about playing live, we're about attitude, we love to live, we love nights out, we love drinking, we love having a good time, we love partying. Our aim is to write upbeat hook laden songs that will get people excited, there's too much negativity in the world."
Music by King Kartel
February 20th - Barfly, Camden, London
March 20th - Verve Bar, Leeds
March 27th - Night & Day, Manchester
April 24th - Stone Roses Bar, York
April 25th - Live Lounge, Blackburn
May 2nd - Single Launch Night, Manchester, details tbc
May 9th - Proud, Camden, London
The Jade Assembly|
One Last Time
4 May 2015
From the passion of Watson and Danny's rhythm section, to the raw power of Smed's guitar work, each Jade Assembly tune has a clear sense of purpose, nothing is contrived.
Central to their main point of difference is John Foster (Foz), a true northern poet and songwriter that places honesty above favour, a frontman who possesses an imposing sense of belief, not devoid of arrogance - but full of commitment.
As John puts it "Every word counts. Some people can't see the wood for the trees, but if you don't see The Jade Assembly - you're missing the best bit of the forest..."
''Best Guitar band since Kasabian''
Clint Boom, XFM/Inspiral Carpets
''Flying flags and empowering crowds, with their anthemic rock and roll, The Jade Assembly are he enthusiastic spawn of the Britpop ere''
Emily Schofield, The Mover Music Blog
''The Jade Assembly enter like a hurricane and instantly blow away any audience drawn into their path''
Frank Floyd, Louder Than War
''What sets aside The Jade Assembly from the plethora of indie-rock try hards that litter the music scene of the modern day is that the band are not merely going through the motions of a tired genre but reinventing it, giving it new life and allowing it to rise from its own ashes''
Ian Critchley , Louder Than War
''TJA are one of, if not the most, interesting band swimming in an otherwise tepid sea of indie-rock'' Ian Critchley Louder than war
''The Jade Assembly what you do is amazing''
''Tonight London without knowing experienced one of the best unsigned bands in circulation today!''
Sunday 22nd March - Scotts Bar, Bolton in aid of Bolton Hospice (Acoustic set)
Saturday 2nd May - Macron Stadium, Bolton
Sunday 3rd May - Blind Tiger, Bolton (single release party - One Last Time)
Saturday 9th May - Midland, Rochdale (Acoustic)
Saturday 16th May - Sound Control, Manchester with Danny Mahon & Friends
Friday 22nd May - Maida Vale, Sheffield
23rd/24th May - Liverpool Sound City (not yet announced)*
Saturday 20th June - Cadence Festival, Tyldesley
Saturday 1st August - Kendal Calling
Saturday 29th August - Red Lion four lane ends, Bolton (Acoustic)
18th/19th/20th September - Ramsbottom Festival (not yet announced)*
Friday 16th October - Kings Arms, Ashton
The Shy Lips|
Bahia Part II
4 May 2015
2014's single ‘She was Born in Bahia’ was described by Jungle Indie Rock as "funny, fresh, very easy listening and that kind of summer song that makes you happy", perfectly summing up the songs these indie rockers write, they're immediately engaging yet edgy, channeling influences from some of the greatest rock n rollers of the twentieth century yet retaining their own unmistakable sound. Live performances see the band utterly immersed in their music, always stylish, yet raw and energetic.
Formed in early 2012, the band was the brainchild of singer Adam and bassist Victor during travels in Europe and South America. The Shy Lips became reality when Adam and Viktor recruited Anton and Alexander in the vibrant music city of Gothenburg. After just six months as a band The Shy Lips had their first EP out on the streets, played the biggest clubs in Gothenburg and were receiving national radio airplay.
Since April 2014, the band have made legendary Svenska Grammofonstudion their recording studios of choice. The attention generated by their last couple of singles ('She Was Born in Bahia' and 'That's Where I Belong') has brought The Shy Lips more national airplay in countries across Europe as well as attention from some of America’s coolest underground independent radio stations; the boys are taking their success in their stride though. According to vocalist Adam "it’s all about keeping it simple, so simple it gets hard to understand what the thing is. You just know The Shy Lips got it…"
"The band have shown an ability to produce something special in ‘She was born in Bahia’, and with some exciting reviews about their on-stage performances we’re looking forward to hearing more!"
London on the Inside
"I absolutely love this single, it's the sense of being part of a gang or collective that's missing from so many bands these days which makes 'She Was Born In Bahia' such a delight."
Listen With Monger
"If you could summarise this track in one word it would be FUN – I was Born in Bahia is total unadulterated FUN. It’s got this super rubbery surf riff. It’s really dancey and it sounds a bit like first album era Strokes. In fact if the Strokes actually had a sense of humour they would record something like this."
Stage Dive Malta
22 May 2015
Frazer's storming debut single 'Two Hands' references the sounds of Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and The Black Keys and will be launched at a highly anticipated gig at The Plug in Sheffield on 22nd May.
"A Great debut!"
Castle FM, Scotland
"Riding the steel city train, Frazer are destined to take a trip out of town and into the UK indie scene. One of the finest new music tracks of 2015."
Ryan Oxley, PenistoneFM
16th May – Scunthorpe The Indie Café
22nd May – Sheffield Plug
25th July – Sheffield Tramlines Crystal Stage
No No No
Mint 400 Records,
25 May 2015
NME Feb 2015
Yes Sunshine originally formed in spring 2013 to commemorate the passing of a close friend, but the five piece went from strength to strength, officially hitting the scene in May 2013 with their intriguing blend of indie, rock, and punk influences.
Throughout 2013 the group toured the UK and Ireland extensively, taking in gigs in notable venues such as The Dublin Castle and The Shed along with a headline show at The 100 Club, an appearance at Manchester's Ethihad Stadium and two packed out shows at The Great Escape Festival.
Support slots have seen the band playing with Pete Doherty, Royal Blood, Zane Lowe, Yuck, The Enemy and The View.
The band released their first single in January 2014, and with it came airplay from BBC Radio 1, XFM, and Amazing Radio as well as a feature in the NME. Stations across the world picked up on the track meaning it reached seventeen different countries.
The release of 'No No No' follows BBC Introducing selecting Yes Sunshine as band of the month for Feb 2015.
9th May: Dublin supporting The Primitives
14th - 16th May: The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
22nd - 24th May: Lechlade Festival with Status Quo