INTRODUCING SLAVE STEEL

PLAYING MONDAY 1st May 2017 Bank Holiday


Slave Steel

Slave Steel

BIOGRAPHY

Slave Steel are a 4 piece Thrash/Death-Metal band based in Leytonstone, London.
From 2008 in Rome, The band went throughout several changes which leads to its current line up and over the years, they played all around Italy. Following their Italian tour they performed in Hollywood LA, California in 2013. They completed the work on the concept with new tracks to achieve their debut album that was recorded, mixed and mastered at Outer Sound Studios (Rome) by Giuseppe Orlando and Alfonso Corace; named “Entanglement” and self-released in 2014. After moving to London, in middle 2015 the band has performed tracks from the album during the shows made in the city. In December Slave Steel played in Rome with E-Force (Eric Forrest ex Voivod) and in 2016 they performed in the “Metal 2 The Masses London” reaching the Grand Final and achieving the sponsor award Very Metal Art. During the end of the year they headlined one of the stages at Red Roar Festival 2016 and they published with Very Metal Art, the lyric video for the single “Fat Sunday’s Tale”, available in their YouTube channel.
 

Q&A
1. What does your band name translate to and how did you come up with it?
- when we formed the band, we didn’t want to have a proper concept name, instead we preferred to express a stark contrast with two antithetical words. Actually, the idea started from the latin grapheme “S”, as a dual complementarity; a linear axis gleaming in it-self. Essentially, the movement.

 2. How and when did you form as a band?
The project started in Rome, 2008, in a very natural way, a direct consequence of our "playing together", all that evolved as we grew up. We wrote a lot of music during the years, but from the first gig with this line-up in 2011, everything changed. After moving to London in 2014, Slave Steel had a further mutation, also due to a completely different music environment: we adapted quite fast and we must say we love it!  So, we had more than one inception as a metal band…

3. Has anything gone wrong on stage that has stuck with you? For example, anything particularly embarrassing/awkward?
There’s always something wrong on stage, even if a small detail: the amp head could stop working, a string snaps off and any kind of technical hassle.
During Metal 2 The Masses 2015, Rick's double bass pedal got broken in the middle of the set. He had to rearrange all our fast beats as single bass pedal, instantly, and it worked: we went through the semifinals, it was an heroic night.
But what seems to be quite constant and at least hilarious are the dangerous head-banging collisions or hair entangling into guitar’s tuning pegs!

4. What was your reason to start out writing and performing music?
No particular reason, just necessity. A deep passion for music and metal, but also a great friendship unite us. With our music we try to spread our feelings to the public, with the best attitude we can offer(and professionality obviously needed :)
5. Hard question to answer, but where do you want to be in 5 years time?
- 5 years? Headline at Bloodstock! All kidding aside, even the Hellfest would be cool.. Seriously, we want to keep our hard working and increase our targets. Who knows what the time will brings, that’s the most exciting part of life, and music also!
 

INTRODUCING GOOD COMPANY

PLAYING FRIDAY 28th APRIL 2017

BIOGRAPHY

Seattle six piece Good Co is the US's first Electro Swing band.  Combining the sounds of 1920's and 30's jazz with the electronic music of today Good Co uses live horns, vintage samples, and funky beats to create a whole new type of dance party. Since 2013 Good Co has released three albums and has performed throughout the US and Canada, for music festivals, conventions, burlesque performances, and anywhere else they can sneak into

Who is in the band (breakdown of band members)

Carey Rayburn - Trumpet, Vocals

Sasha Nollman - Vocals

Jacob Sele - Keys, Laptop

Dune Butler - Bass, Keys

Michael Conklin - Sax, Clarinet

Joe Eck - Drums

 

When you formed/started playing music

Good Co first sprang to life in 2012 shortly after a friend introduced bandleader Carey Rayburn to the infectious sounds of Electro Swing coming from the UK and Europe.  A huge fan of both Electronica and early jazz it was like a bolt of lighting for him.  After about a year of experimenting with samples, beats, and live instrumentation Rayburn produced Good Co's first album, 'Electro Swing for the Masses'. Encouraged by the response to the album Rayburn went out and recruited the best musicians he knew to put together the live band.  Ever since they've been spreading the gospel of Electro Swing everywhere they can.

Where you’re based

Seattle, WA

•Details of releases so far – mention if they were released through an independent label

Good Co has released three full albums of Electro Swing, 'Electro Swing for the Masses', 'The Kicker', and 'Big Time Business;, along with an their EP 'From The Top'  a collection of traditional swing songs.

 

Influences

Good Co is influenced by Daft Punk, Fats Waller, Parov Stelar, Cab Calloway, Caravan Palace, and dusty crates of jazz and electronica LPs

 

Stand-out achievements – airplay, blog/press coverage, festival slots, great gigs & support slots, award nominations or namechecks

Good Co has had the privilege to perform for The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, The Seattle Symphony, and The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.  Their music has been featured on PBS, Remixed by Bart and Baker, and played on independent radio across the US.

 

Do you have an interesting back-story? 

Jazz was originally invented for drinking, dancing, and partying, and that's what we aim to do with it!

 

Good quotes from reviewers & links to coverage

'Incredible performance!  So much talent packed into these guys' - Nightlife Canada

'This is life-affirming dance music' - Sepiachord

'Capture the excitement of the jazz age and rocket launch it a century into the future' - Eugene Weekly




Introducing: PYRA

PLAYING ON THURSDAY 27th APRIL 2017

 

PYRA    

PYRA

 

 


BIOGRAPHY

Feline like a paper cut, Pyra is a musical road movie, the raw emotional drama of her voice in a setting of 60’s inspired violent guitars and drums.

 

Who is in the band

Pyra is solo artist with a rock’n’roll band 

 

• Where you’re based

Pyra is a based in Bristol/Bath

 

• Details of releases so far

Pyra will be releasing tracks throughout 2017 with a planned debut album release in in November. Her demos have been causing a stir and you can hear a video montage of these tracks on her FB page.

• Influences – 

Pyra loves Nancy Sinatra, The Kills, Lana Del Rey, The Rolling Stones and Alan Ginsberg

• Stand-out achievements –

Pyra's recently released demos have instantly received airplay leading to Interviews on BBC Introducing

• Do you have an interesting back-story? This can be compelling and will help you stand out.

It is Pyra’s mission to bring the attitude and raw energy of the great female rock singers of the past to all her performances and recordings. Her fascination of classic horror movies and tragic Hollywood icons informs the music she writes and the videos/visuals she makes. "I became a horror fan at the age of 12 after being left in a room with the 'Halloween' and the 'Saw' franchise. I'm strangely attracted to an alternative reality that contrasts beauty and violence"   

• Good quotes from reviewers & links to coverage

 “Bloody hell what a voice – it reaches down your pants while holding your heart before ripping it out thorough your throat”. Stephen Harris, Producer (Dave Matthews, Kodaline, U2, The Keiser Chiefs)

BBC introducing ‘you say we play’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04px23f

http://www.lovepyra.com/

 


INTRODUCING; TOROUS

PLAYING Thursday 27th April 2017

 

Torous offer a creative blend of Celtic Rock and Metal crossover. Established in April 2014, the band have Toured the UK several times and supported acts such as, Rival State, Evil Scarecrow and Diamond Head. Torous produce intense addictive melodies with progressive dark subject matter.    Who is in the band Marc Malone - Sings and Plays 6-Strings, GMT - 4 String-Thing, Tom Fenn - Hits Things. When you formed/started playing music Established in April 2014, the band have been playing in vairous projects for around 10 years.  Where you’re based Birmingham Details of releases so far Debut EP - Dried Bones Singles: Colours, God Game Suicide, I Am Debut Album: Mindfield (due for release this month) Influences Celtic folk, Tool, Metallica, Iron Maiden Stand-out achievements They have gained massive exposure on some of the biggest radio shows in the UK and Europe, appeared on TV interviews with radio personalities from major radio stations (such as Antenna 3 and Kerrang), have had critically acclaimed material (debut EP's reviews varied from 9/10 to 11/10) and toured the UK 4 times in 2016 alone as well as signed a record deal. Their last single Colours, hit #10 on Amazon's Folk download chart. Do you have an interesting back-story? Three mammals from Birmingham and aspects of residual stardust that play Metal riffs with Celtic undertones. In Torous, we strive for a sort of chaotic perfection in what we do. It's all about balance with our music. What we write, is what see, both inside ourselves and outside in the world.   Good quotes from reviewers & links to coverage www.Torous.co.uk/news and the label's site http://www.holierthanthou.co.uk/?page_id=6297http:// has plenty of press reviews and interviews.  Here are two quotes from the previous show at Fiddler & Elbow in November: "The performance was loud and electric, and it didn’t suffer a jot for it..one thing that this band can really be credited for is the fact that they pour all their energy into every single moment of their live shows, and by the time the curtain fell a few new Torous fans were made." - Music & Riots Mag "I would say it was just as good live, if not better because of the actual experience of seeing the band perform with such passion. This is a band that deserve to be touring the arenas with their show. The London gig was the last one on their UK tour. Look out for future tour announcements from Torous because they are a band to watch." - Real Rock & Roll Blog All music, news, reviews etc. available via the sites below and the EPK is available via Holier Than Thou Records.  // www.Torous.co.uk // www.holierthanthou.co.uk //   

Torous offer a creative blend of Celtic Rock and Metal crossover. Established in April 2014, the band have Toured the UK several times and supported acts such as, Rival State, Evil Scarecrow and Diamond Head. Torous produce intense addictive melodies with progressive dark subject matter. 

 

Who is in the band

Marc Malone - Sings and Plays 6-Strings,
GMT - 4 String-Thing,
Tom Fenn - Hits Things.

When you formed/started playing music

Established in April 2014, the band have been playing in vairous projects for around 10 years. 

Where you’re based

Birmingham

Details of releases so far

Debut EP - Dried Bones

Singles: Colours, God Game Suicide, I Am

Debut Album: Mindfield (due for release this month)

Influences

Celtic folk, Tool, Metallica, Iron Maiden

Stand-out achievements

They have gained massive exposure on some of the biggest radio shows in the UK and Europe, appeared on TV interviews with radio personalities from major radio stations (such as Antenna 3 and Kerrang), have had critically acclaimed material (debut EP's reviews varied from 9/10 to 11/10) and toured the UK 4 times in 2016 alone as well as signed a record deal. Their last single Colours, hit #10 on Amazon's Folk download chart.

Do you have an interesting back-story?

Three mammals from Birmingham and aspects of residual stardust that play Metal riffs with Celtic undertones. In Torous, we strive for a sort of chaotic perfection in what we do. It's all about balance with our music. What we write, is what see, both inside ourselves and outside in the world.  

Good quotes from reviewers & links to coverage

www.Torous.co.uk/news and the label's site http://www.holierthanthou.co.uk/?page_id=6297http:// has plenty of press reviews and interviews. 
Here are two quotes from the previous show at Fiddler & Elbow in November: "The performance was loud and electric, and it didn’t suffer a jot for it..one thing that this band can really be credited for is the fact that they pour all their energy into every single moment of their live shows, and by the time the curtain fell a few new Torous fans were made." - Music & Riots Mag

"I would say it was just as good live, if not better because of the actual experience of seeing the band perform with such passion. This is a band that deserve to be touring the arenas with their show. The London gig was the last one on their UK tour. Look out for future tour announcements from Torous because they are a band to watch." - Real Rock & Roll Blog

All music, news, reviews etc. available via the sites below and the EPK is available via Holier Than Thou Records.

 // www.Torous.co.uk // www.holierthanthou.co.uk // 

 

INTRODUCING STEEPWAYS

 

Playing Saturday 29th April 2017

BIOGRAPHY

Songwriters Blair Chadwick and Charlie Bateson first met in London in 2013, when Blair was sleeping in a kitchen in Covent garden and Charlie was active on the London Americana circuit. 

Meeting at the now sadly deceased Gladstone Pub in Borough, it was a meeting of minds and kindred musical spirits that sparked a song writing session which bore fruit early with the EP “Shake off all the Blue”. The pair were known then as ‘The AAA Revue” and have played with various singers, bass players, drummers and pedal steal players searching for their sound.

Fast forward to the Spring of 2016, after a particular “creative” week away with a group of superb musicians (who would later play on their debut) Charlie and Blair rechristened the band to ‘Steepways” in honour of their spiritual secret location in Stroud.

In the summer of 2016 ‘Steepways’ practically moved into Reservoir Studios in Crouch End where under the watchful steer of the super talented Chris Clarke (owner, producer, Danny and the Champ, and all round top bloke) – Steepways produced their debut album – “Holy Smoke”

Featuring Chris on Bass, the superb chops of Jamie Shaw on Drums and all things percussion, ‘Holy Smoke’ also saw Darren Buddell on inspired Lap and Pedal steel. Vintage Organs and Vocals were dealt with respectively by the talented Andy Fairclough (Danny and the Champions of the World) and Siobhan Carr (Alabama 3) 

Who is in the band

Blair Chadwick - Lead vocal, guitar and songwriter

Charlie Bateson - Backing vocals, guitar and songwriter

Andy Budge - Bass

Dave Payne - Drums

For Fiddlers Elbow gig - CJ Hillman - Pedal Steel Guitar (Billy Bragg's right hand man!)

• Where you’re based

Steepways are based in Bristol and London

• Details of releases so far

We are launching our debut Album 'Holy Smoke' at the Fiddler's on Saturday 29th April. 

We used to go under the name 'The AAA Revue' and had released the 'Shake off all the Blue' EP 

• Influences – 

Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams, Waylon Jennings and Gillian Welch from the US and The Kinks, Cat Stevens & Nick Lowe closer to home - to name but a few.

 • Stand-out achievements – 

'Holy Smoke' has been having heavy rotation on radio stations all over europe including in Holland, Italy and Belgium. The album had been very positively reviewed and will be featured in next months R2 Magazine with 'Radio Silence' (song from Holy Smoke) being featured on the CD giveaway.

We sold out St Pancras Old Chapel for our EP launch of 'Shake off All the Blue' and have played alongside 'The Coal Porters'.

 • Do you have an interesting back-story?

'Holy Smoke' was produced by Chris Clarke (Danny and the Champs) at Reservoir Studios last summer. Sonically covering a wide spectrum, from the moody ‘Ghost Walks’, with finger-picking and solo nylon string guitar with a ‘south of the border feel’ and layered harmonies, through to the almost breakneck rockabilly country of ‘Chaperone’.

Award winning instrumentalist CJ Hillman (AMA UK Instrumentalist 2017) has played with everyone including the people's favourite Billy Bragg and will be accompanying us on pedal steel at the Fiddler's Elbow launch party on Saturday 29th April

Opening the event will be Dave Burn (former Ahab, current Orphan Colours) playing an acoustic set from his current album, Arizona.

Dave Burn is a very talented man who rose to prominence with Ahab, rocking the Americana scene with their superb four part harmonies. Since then Dave has been touring with Americana group Orphan Colours as well as co-writing songs with various artists including Danny and the Champs, Katzenjammer, Danny Nichols, Kirsten Adamson, Benjamin Folke Thomas and more recently with award-winning folk artist Blair Dunlop.

Steepways are  American country and British roots, played with conviction and always with the song at the heart. Vocal harmonies, intertwined instruments with themes of love, lust, addiction and black humour.

• Good quotes from reviewers & links to coverage

"A strong first album" Americana-uk.com

 http://americana-uk.com/steepways-holy-smoke-mansion-house-records-2017

"‘Holy Smoke’ stands on its own merits and does it very well" 

FolkWords.com 

http://www.folkwords.com/folkwordsreviews_103675.html