28 February 2015

Sleep Inertia set to release debut E.P. Growth, Decay, Transformation

Sleep Inertia debut E.P. Growth, Decay, Transformation

Sleep Inertia set to release debut E.P. Growth, Decay, Transformation

Metal band Sleep Inertia are set to release their debut 5-track EP, “Growth, Decay, Transformation” on 20th March 2015

Formed from the demise of The Dead Lay Waiting, SLEEP INERTIA are set to release their debut EP on the 20th March. For the uninitiated, The Dead Lay Waiting released two albums between 2010 - 2012, securing numerous key festival appearances and live dates across Europe and eventually earning nominations for Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards, as well as Best Underground Band by Metal Hammer!. 

 The bands second album featured  narrator Barry Clayton; voice behind the introduction to heavy-metal band Iron Maiden's album Number of the Beast (1982) and the album artwork was voted #18 by Kerrang Radio as best album cover.  In 2013 TDLW launched their Comic Booklet at the MCM Expo Comic Con.  However due to circumstances out of the band's control, newer material which had been recorded in Barbados was never released, taking its toll on the band ultimately causing the band to split up.

Featuring ex-TDLW members Ben Connett (lead guitar), Steve Franklin (rhythm guitar), Sam Sara (bass guitar) and Tom Shrimpton (drums) plus new frontman Jamie Harrison, SLEEP INERTIA are quickly earning themselves a reputation within the music scene. SLEEP INERTIA’s debut 5-Track EP “Growth, Decay, Transformation” is exactly what you would expect from a band of this genre; a progressive-edged sound with complex and fresh riffs which promises to firmly re-establish the band with audiences both old and new.

Steve Franklin (Guitarist) - “The new sound we've achieved is a massive improvement from what we were doing as The Dead Lay Waiting. Not only is the production level a huge step up but we've matured immensely as musicians and we’re really pleased with the end product. We’ve already finished some newer material which we’ll be playing on our forthcoming tour”.

Track Listing
1) Growth
2) Nor’Easter
3) Decay 
4) Dark Passenger 
5) Transformation

Massive names announced for T in the Park 2015 Slam Tent

T in the Park 2015 Slam Tent

Massive names announced for T in the Park 2015 Slam Tent

The legendary Slam Tent is back at T in the Park for 2015 with a huge line-up of the very best in electronic dance music set to raise the roof of the tent at the festival’s beautiful new residence, Strathallan Castle. Festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager have today unveiled a phenomenal international line-up curated by world renowned dance powerhouse Slam including Adam Beyer b2b Joseph Capriati, Alan Fitzpatrick, Âme, Art Department, Ben Klock, Dense and Pika, Dixon, Dubfire, Eats Everything, Gary Beck, Jackmaster b2b Joy Orbison, Lil Louis, Loco Dice, Maya Jane Coles, Rødhåd, SLAM, Telford and Visionquest.

Organisers are also thrilled to announce a hugely exciting extension of T in the Park’s partnership with BBC Radio 1. For the first time in over a decade, some of the sets from the Slam Tent will be heard exclusively on Radio 1’s Essential Mix.

Techno titans Adam Beyer and Joseph Capriati will play a b2b set that’s not to be missed at this year’s festival, treating fans to pioneering floor fillers. Owner of record labels Drumcode, Truesoul and Madeye, Adam Beyer’s music is synonymous with all that is exciting about techno. Having emerged as the figurehead of the hugely prolific Swedish techno scene, Beyer is a globally recognised DJ with his Drumcode events achieving much praise across the globe. Neapolitan Joseph Capriati is recognised as one of the principal profiles in techno, establishing his reputation as a universally popular and in-demand talent. A naturally charismatic DJ with a back catalogue of standout productions, Capriati is an instinctive performer with a genuine enthusiasm for entertaining and his b2b set with Adam Beyer is sure to be one of the many highlights of this year’s Slam Tent.

Buoyed by the whirlwind success he has enjoyed over the past six years, Drumcode’s Alan Fitzpatrick is a DJ at the top of his game and globally recognised as one of the most influential techno artists of the moment. The in-demand producer and DJ has succeeded in carving out a recognisable musical niche for himself within the ever-expanding genre of techno. A seemingly unstoppable source of hit music, Fitzpatrick’s set is sure to rock the Slam Tent at this year’s festival.

Berlin DJ / production duo Âme (Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann) are well-known for their electric sets and forward-thinking production. Kristian Beyer is ranked top in regular Resident Advisor DJ lists and will appear at Strathallan Castle this July under the Âme guise. Âme have been penning songs with floor-filling credentials since 2003, showcasing a rare ability to fuse together various influences to devastating effect. With regular slots playing in renowned dance scenes around Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Tokyo, Âme are sure to delight the Strathallan Castle crowd with their jaw-dropping beats at this year’s T in the Park.

Art Department are the infamous collective of Jonny White, Son of Ray Rosenberg (former Division Manager of A&M records) and acting head of No.19 Music, alongside Canadian techno legend Kenny Glasgow. The collaborative project has seen almost unparalleled success within the world of dance music in recent years. Art Department’s reputation precedes them as international party animals but is eclipsed only by the accolades awarded to them for their ground-breaking and original style of music and remarkable performances the world wide. Their party ethos sure to be a massive hit with the T in the Park fans this July. 

Berlin born DJ, producer and label owner Ben Klock is without a doubt one of the most significant characters in techno’s recent history. Playing techno sets full of hypnotic, deep and heavy grooves, releasing records on Ostgut Ton and last but not least the aesthetics of his own label Klockworks (founded in 2006), have earned him an excellent international reputation over the last few years. Ben Klock’s name is synonymous with the vitalization of an essential definition of techno and is welcomed addition to this year’s Slam Tent line-up.

Dense & Pika are UK house and techno producer Chris Spero and British DJ / producer and Hypecolour co-founder Alex Jones. Their anonymous White Label series surfaced in 2011 and they in-turn receieved critical acclaim. Their club-ready techno sound and soaring beats are perfect for a festival crowd and are sure to really get the T in the Park crowd going in the Slam Tent this summer.

Entering the Berlin club circuit in the early 90s, Dixon’s highly-crafted skills have continued to build a solid following over the last two decades, and nurture an impeccable style of mixing. He’s created a highly influential mix compilation for the Get Physical label’s Body Language series that has inspired people all over the world, among other highlights. His addition to the Slam Tent bill will treat fans to a pioneering talent in the deep house circuit.

Dubfire has always been known as a risk taker, going solo in 2006 and releasing a massive string of tracks including Ribcage, Roadkill, Emissions and I Feel Speed. Encapsulating dark funky rhythms and technological brilliance, Dubfire is the apex of a unique sound. After collaborating with the likes of Underworld, Dubfire recently decamped to Barcelona, creating a studio and international office in the Spanish city as well as a jump-off point for frequent trips to Ibiza where he is a huge fixture at the White Isle’s most exceptional outings including Cocoon, Carl Cox’s Revolution and Richie Hawtin’s ENTER.

First appearing in the Slam Tent in 2013, Eats Everything is set to return with a generous portion of top anthems this year. His ascendance through the ranks of dance music’s top players has been as deserved as it has been rapid. His tunes have been tried and tested in all four corners of the globe, the Eats juggernaut ploughing through countless parties, clubs and festivals, from Ibiza to the USA, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona and back to his home city of Bristol.

Bringing some local talent to the Slam Tent this July is Gary Beck. The Glasgow born producer has been a regular fixture at the world's top clubs and festivals, long established as a primary figure in techno.  Known and respected for his unique sound, he has gained support from the best names in the business and released music on some of the genre's leading labels, institutions such as Drumcode, Cocoon and Saved as well as his own BEK Audio imprint. Beck’s unique style and sound were made for a festival crowd.

Organisers are thrilled to announce a special b2b performance from Jackmaster and Joy Orbison. Always a thrill to see, the special b2b set will see local name Jackmaster throw down his world class skills on the decks. Numbers co-founder and Radio 1 resident, Jackmaster has risen to the top of his game with a unique ear for jacking house and techno which has seen him land residencies at XOYO in London and Ibiza's Circoloco at DC10 as well as two American tours in the last year. Joy Orbison is renowned for his forward-thinking style, with his debut single Hyph Mngo a celebrated dub/2-step track of the late noughties. Part of the Hinge Finger label, Joy Orbison is sure to rock the stage at this year’s T in the Park with his electric combination of house, dub and disco.

Pioneer and icon Lil Louis is an international DJ / producer who is widely credited as being the founding father of house music. His pioneering skills and edits planted the seed of house music and made him one of the frontrunners in the scene. Producing and writing tracks for the likes of Jay-Z and Lil Kim throughout his impressive career, Lil Louis is another stellar addition to the Slam Tent bill. 

Said to have inspired a collective imagination, Loco Dice merges perspectives in his delicate sense for sounds and reflective atmospheres, underpinned with solid, physical grooves inspired by the hip hop that was his early sonic stomping ground in the mid- to late ‘90s. Sure to bring a set packed full of classics, Loco Dice’s set at Strathallan Castle in July is not to be missed.

British-Japanese, producer and DJ Maya Jane Coles is widely considered an enigma in today’s music world as well as a global star, regularly turning her sets into spectacles and making coveted hit lists including Resident Advisor’s top DJ Chart. Alongside her production and remixing credentials, her reputation as a DJ has reached heady proportions following her guest mixes for the likes of Resident Advisor, Louche, Enter, Trace A Line, Defected with a Mixmag cover-mount CD and a huge BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix also under her belt.

Rødhåd has been socialised by Berlin's looptechno nights and always finds the perfect balance of timeless techno to lift the dancefloor higher and higher. His style is always deep, powerful and melancholic - from dubtechno to techno and back to house- something which is sure to go down a treat in this year’s Slam Tent at T in the Park.

With their fifth album Reverse Proceed heralded as one of the best electronic albums for years, SLAM’s two legendary producers continue to demonstrate why they are such an important part of modern day electronic music. SLAM instigated Glasgow's underground house music scene in the late 1980s, going on to be instrumental in the explosion of the UK Techno scene. Their quarter century of exploits have seen them travel far and wide, leaving scorch marks on dance floors everywhere while taking their uncompromising vision of techno around the world. Their firmly established monthly club events in Glasgow – ‘Pressure’ at the Arches and ‘Return To Mono’ at the Sub Club - are ranked amongst the best nights out on the planet. Over the last two years, the pair have also developed Slam Radio, delivering some of the best DJs and music that techno has to offer to a massive and loyal weekly following.

Possessing a premier technical ability and innate musical taste, Telford’s appearance at this year’s T in the Park festival is sure to go down a storm with fans. His original combination of house and techno create sets full of infectious grooves and intense atmosphere. The newest occasional resident at Glasgow’s Sub Club Subculture club night, Telford is sure to bring his classic sounds mixed with forward thinking house and techno to Strathallan Castle this summer.

Visionquest are the most innovative and exciting new breed of DJ/producers to emerge from the city of Detroit in a generation. They are a new generation of young, talented producers from Detroit who draw influence from all who have come before them, following in their footsteps, while defining a unique sound of their own. Having their roots in Motown whilst drawing ambitious spiritual vibes from forerunners like Theo Parrish and Moodyman, this will be a performance that is not to be missed.

The international line-up is fitting to mark the historic first year at the festival’s brand new Perthshire home. Back for its 19th year at T in the Park, the Slam Tent has an atmosphere second to none, with many more artists to be announced.


FRIDAY 10TH JULY: Adam Beyer b2b Joseph Capriati, Âme, Ben Klock, Eats Everything, SLAM, Telford

SATURDAY 11TH JULY: Art Department, Gary Beck, Jackmaster b2b Joy Orbsion, Lil Louis, Rødhåd, Visionquest 

27 February 2015

Kendal Calling announce more acts for 10th birthday bonanza

Kendal Calling 10th birthday

Kendal Calling announce more acts for 10th birthday bonanza

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Marking 10 years of unforgettable memories and breath-taking moments, Kendal Calling confirms a host of new acts for its 10th birthday spectacular in the stunning Lake District.  Having expanded to 4 days and with Elbow, Snoop Dogg, Kaiser Chiefs, Vaccines and James headlining, this is by far the biggest Kendal Calling line up on the last decade.  Tickets for the festival have almost sold out and organisers urge anyone wishing to attend the festival to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

Joining the main stage line-up are ska-punk superstars Less Than Jake, anthemic rockers Augustines, Irish folk-pop duo Hudson Taylor, Manchester psych-rockers Blossoms and the piano-led rock of Sunset Sons.

Indie-pop five piece Dutch Uncles, Boxed In, Flyte, Port Isla, Seafret and Tuff Love join the Calling Out line up.

As ever the Glow tent will be packed to the rafters with the finest in electronic music. Heading up the line-up are electronic duo and ‘Superstylin’ hit makers Groove Armada who will perform a DJ set. They will be joined by drum and bass don Shy FX, the unique three-deck sounds of Friction, dubstep and house from Redlight and the cut and paste mashups of Jaguar Skills. Also appearing are Krafty vs A Skillz, My Nu Leng, Gotsome, Wookie B2B DJ Q, Bontan, DJ Marky, Kurupt FM and Alex Adair.  Very special guests are yet to be announced for the Glow Tent.

Local heroes Bondax and Friends will take over the Glow Tent for a day with the Lancashire future garage duo returning to curate a line-up including Maribou State, Kidnap Kid, Monki and Jax Jones.

Tim Peaks returns for 2015 with a selection of QandA’s, secret sets and special guests as well as some damn fine coffee and the best cherry pie in town. Head over there to catch intimate appearances from Prince Fatty feat Horseman, Blossoms, Drohne, Hot Vestry, Professor Tim O’Brien, Tony Husband, Riding The Low, Mrs Boons Tea Party, Dave Haslam, Chris ‘The Hawk’ Hawkins as well as Britpoporama with Karl Yates.

Kendal favourite Mr Scruff heads up the Chai line-up alongside Onra, Melt Yourself Down, Richie Campbell, Fingathing, Syd Arthur, Babyhead, Stuff, Cocos Lovers, Hermigervill, Sheelanagig, Bombs, Count Bobo, Tezeta, Kinkajous and Aaron and Kit.

The House Party will host a Hacienda special with Jon Da Silva and Dave Haslam, Baggy Mondays, Juicy 90’s Hip-Hop special, Will Tramps!, Beat Boutique, The Power Ballad Salad.and many more.

Set in the stunning surrounds of the Lake District, this innovative, independent festival is renowned for more than just music and festival lovers will also enjoy 4 days of arts installations, gourmet food, kid’s entertainment and a real ale festival all within the confines of what is widely regarded to be the most beautiful festival site in the UK.

Kendal Calling was one of the first UK festivals to sell out last year, a record 9 weeks in advance of the festival so very early booking is strongly advised..

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Second Headliner Announced For Sundown Festival 2015

Headliner For Sundown Festival 2015

Second Headliner Announced For Sundown Festival 2015

Sundown has quickly established itself as one of the most exciting festivals in the UK with a reputation for bringing the very best in contemporary electronic, urban and pop music to the East Coast.  Confirmed to headline on Sunday is multi BRIT and MOBO award winner and UK number 1 artist Tinie Tempah.  A firm Sundown favourite, Tinie is back by popular demand to headline the Sunday whilst Saturday’s bill will be topped by Rudimental, one of the best live acts in the country and the breakthrough act of 2014!

Nero are leaders in electronic music who have a massive year ahead of them whilst Labrinth will bring his huge live show to this year’s festival.  Also confirmed is bona fide hip-hop star Wretch 32 and soul and R&B from Maverick Sabre.

Legendary UK record label Defected will bring the very best house music to the masses with chart smashers Gorgon City, undisputed dance queen of 2014 Hannah Wants and rising star Sonny Fodera all taking to the decks for a euphoric house music party.

Ella Henderson will be performing tracks from her Number 1 album ‘Chapter One’ while drum and bass royalty Sigma, Clean Bandit collaborator Jess Glynne and afro beat trailblazer Fuse ODG all contribute to a weekend of musical mayhem.

Andy C Presents the Ram stage on Sunday playing host to electronic production wizard Sub Focus and the multi-genre DJ’ing of the amazing Jaguar Skills.

Campers get even more with an exclusive Saturday night after party with none other than garage superstar DJ EZ on the decks keeping the vibes going until 1am!

Ella Henderson 
Sigma Live 
Jess Glynne 
Fuse ODG 

Stage 2 
Andy C 
Jag Skills 

Warehouse After party EZ 

Tinie Tempah 
Wretch 32 
Maverick Sabre 

Stage 2
Gorgon City 
Hannah Wants 

Martha Tilston set to play East Village Arts Club, Liverpool

Martha Tilston East Village Arts Club, Liverpool

Martha Tilston set to play East Village Arts Club, Liverpool

Award winning folk star of our times,Martha Tilston is a captivating performer, an enchanting singer-songwriter blessed with a gloriously clear and seductively beautiful voice. Weaving her magic spell over listeners wherever she plays – from the concert hall to the campfire, from folk clubs to main festival stages – she is a rare gem who has the power to draw an audience into her world, leaving all those present with a smile, a warm feeling inside, and a few issues to ponder, too. (Time Out)

Martha Tilston has grown up immersed in music. So much so that she thinks of song writing as the coat she wears on the journey, not the destination she is travelling to. It has taken her to many interesting places; opening the acoustic stage at Glastonbury; touring the far reaches of the globe; gaining a BBC nomination for best new-comer at the folk awards; recording and releasing several of her own albums, being a guest vocalist for zero 7, and meeting and playing with some of the world’s most inspiring musicians.

Martha, now based by the sea in Cornwall, followed the many adventures and diversions along the way, -with the support and inspiration of her parents including: father Steve Tilston (acclaimed Singer songwriter) and step mother Maggie Boyle (renowned folk singer), she ran from the London recording studios of the plastic pop scene as a girl, into the bedouin tent of the ‘small world stage’. Martha formed duo MOUSE with Nick Marshall and together they travelled the country with the solar stage, its musicians, clowns, lantern light and canvas. Mouse very quickly gained a large word of mouth following. They released a ground breaking album and had a magical couple of years discovering the underground acoustic music scene and living a lifetimes’ worth of stories to tell.

The road then turned into a solo track, and Martha put out her first lo-fi solo album ‘Rolling’.  She funded the pressing of her next record, 2005’s ‘Bimbling’, through the sale of the album’s artwork.

Martha, with producer/bass /bouzouki player/right hand man, Matt Tweed kept with the artist led label model, putting out the critically acclaimed albums ‘Of Milkmaids and Architects’, ‘ Lucy and the Wolves’ and ‘Machines of Love and Grace’.

They tour extensively with Martha’s band; a handful of very talented and faithful players including early collaborator Nick Marshall.

Folk music has always been an important part of Martha’s repertoire and she has constantly experimented with what that means. In the early days it meant singing the folk songs she’d know since childhood on makeshift stages at trance parties and underground squats. The social awareness in old folk songs strongly influenced the ‘eloquent, politicized questioning’ in her writing, and now Martha has recorded her first album of traditional songs, each song features a member of her family or close friends.

The album, released in September 2014 and title ‘The Sea ’ really is a box of treasures. Recorded by the sea at Prussia Cove, and in Tilston’s Cornish home. Every song has the magic and talent of each guest singer suffused within. There is an enticing constancy running through all the tracks like strong fisherman’s rope.

This project is thoughtful, inspiring, touching and might make you look twice for mermaids……

Sound City Liverpool Announces The Cribs in Second Wave of Acts

Sound City 2015 Liverpool The Cribs

Sound City Liverpool Announces The Cribs in Second Wave of Acts

UK’s biggest city festival reveals line-up additions including Peace, Everything Everything, Fat White Family and Swans

With the announcement of its second wave of artists Sound City has revealed its biggest bill to date with the promise of much more still to come.

The country’s largest city-based festival is proud to add The Cribs, Peace, Swans, Everything Everything, Fat White Family, George the Poet and many more world class acts to the bill for this year’s festival.

Commented Sound City CEO Dave Pichilingi: “It’s a really big year for Sound City - with the move to our incredible new industrial home at Bramley Moore Dock we promised to create a bill that smashed expectations. We believe we have more than delivered on this promise.

We have brought in some of the biggest names in the business this year from The Flaming Lips, Belle and Sebastian to The Vaccines and some of the acts we’re announcing today including The Cribs and Peace. We’ve also selected the very best of the scene’s emerging talent. You would literally pay three times the price of our tickets to see half the bill we have put together and we haven’t finished yet – we’ve still got a surprise or two up our sleeve. Our new model and approach will redefine the approach to metropolitan festivals and make us the brand to be imitated.

Other acts announced in the second wave include Spector, Iceage, Stormzy, Bill Ryder-Jones, The Bohicas, Honeyblood, Aquilo, The Sundowners and Liverpool’s own Tea Street Band.

Following rave reviews for their new single Distant Past and eager media anticipation for their third studio album Get to Heaven released this June, Everything Everything are looking forward to supporting The Vaccines on the Friday night.

Jeremy Pritchard, Everything Everything bassist said: “Liverpool has such a sense and conspicuous love of live music so we always feel at home there, we always have a good time and a great party.

In the early days of Everything Everything we always seemed to end up roaring drunk, sleeping on someone's floor on Smithdown Road... It will be particularly cool to play at the new location on the docks, that kind of post- industrial landscape is always inspiring.

Breathing life into a semi-derelict dockside is no mean feat so Sound City is working alongside STAX Creations, a team of visionaries responsible for designing some of the most incredible and recognisable festival landscapes in the UK, to help transform the Bramley-Moore Docks into an amazing post apocalyptic environment right on the banks of the iconic River Mersey.

Sound City is this year proud to be working alongside Liverpool John Moores University as the official Cultural Educational Partner. They are partnering on a number of initiatives including students from the LJMU Spatial Design Programme working with STAX Creations to deliver a unique festival site. This is a hugely innovative strategic partnership and forms part of Sound City’s commitment to offering students real life working experience within the festival and conference offer.

The bill so far includes:

The Vaccines • The Flaming Lips • Belle and Sebastian

Roni Size Reprazent • The Thurston Moore Band • Gaz Coombes The Cribs • Peace • Swans
Fat White Family • Everything Everything • George the Poet F*cked Up • Evian Christ • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger • Dum Dum Girls • Cymbals Eat Guitars Spector • Iceage • Stormzy
Stealing Sheep • Dutch Uncles • Slaves • All We Are
Bill Ryder-Jones • The Bohicas • Neon Waltz
Honeyblood • Real Lies • Blossoms • Aquilo
Jane Weaver • Dave McCabe andThe Ramifications • The Tea Street Band

Loyle Carner • Serpent Power • The Sundowners
Moon King • Clarence Clarity • Formation • The Griswolds • Astronomyy Bad Breeding • Single Mothers • Bad Meds
YAK • KOF • Gulf • R Seiliog • Moats
Barberos • The Vryll Society • Strange Collective
Sekuoia • Okkyung Lee • M.O.

Thabo & The Real Deal • Prose

Sound City will be announcing still more live acts and the additional conference keynote speakers in the coming weeks.

Sound City music festival runs between 22-24 May. Sound City conference runs takes place on 21 & 22 May. Wristbands are available to buy now at:

25 February 2015

MusicMafia presents Japanese Fighting Fish

Japanese Fighting Fish

MusicMafia presents Japanese Fighting Fish

In 2009, the mysterious Ishii christened the Leeds-born, now London-based, alt-rock band Japanese Fighting Fish, and they continue to blast out tunes in his honour with a third LP set for release in 2015. 

But the Fiiish are no longer the Fiiish they once were. In 2011, the debut album Just Before We Go MAD experimented with South American rhythms, fierce vocals, and grunge guitars. 

2013 saw the release of second album, the punkier and louder Day Bombs (recorded in several skuzzy garages in Leeds and London and on a considerably lower budget than the Foo Fighters’ album at that time that inspired it – recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage, albeit effectively a high-end studio). 

Now the theatrical beast returns with third album Swimming with Piranhas scheduled for release in 2015, this time recorded at Air-Edel Studio in London, mastered by Tim Young (Massive Attack,The Clash, Sex Pistols, Nick Cave AND The Bad Seeds, Elbow, and The Beatles 'Love' Album, for which he won a Grammy Award), and injects hooks, fuzz, funk and ...SPACE... into the Fish Tank.  The craziness that was there since the beginning – yes, that remains!

JFF are likened to Faith No More, System of a Down, QOTSA, Nick Cave AND The Bad Seeds, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, and Frank Zappa.

Psychedelic legends Kaleidoscope at Leaf Liverpool

Psychedelic Kaleidoscope Leaf Liverpool

Psychedelic legends Kaleidoscope at Leaf Liverpool

When the Sixties finally ended the band consisting of singer and lyricist Peter Daltrey, guitarist and songwriter Eddy Pumer, bassist Steve Clark and drummer Danny Bridgman were veterans of the forever changing revolutions and evolutions of that decade`s mercurial musical culture. Starting out as The Sidekicks in 1964, they played R’N’B to the amphetamine fuelled Mod circuit before transforming into fully-fledged London psychedelic dandies in 1967. Accordingly they renamed themselves Kaleidoscope. At the fin de siècle of the Sixties they morphed into the more aptly sombre Fairfield Parlour – before enjoying a side project as I Luv Wight especially for the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 where they played on a stage also trodden that iconic weekend by such timeless acts as The Who and Jimi Hendrix. 

With every passing decade since their demise the band’s recorded legacy has continued to rank amongst the most highly prized artefacts that define the psychedelic genre – which is now critically regarded as an essential moment in music history. Their seminal debut album, `Tangerine Dream` is now considered to be one of the finest examples of English psychedelia with original copies of this album fetching in excess of £1000. Similarly 1969’s heavier edged follow-up ‘Faintly Blowing’ and 1970’s ‘From Home to Home’ are also fetching hefty sums. 

Strong original material and unique arrangements form the foundation for Kaleidoscope’s enduring appeal and reputation. Equally their ability to incorporate new studio innovations directly into their music has also contributed heavily – a fact that was acknowledged at the time by Alistair Taylor, The Beatles’ publicist. Despite being multi instrumentalists, like The Beatles, Kaleidoscope also found the limitations of performing live as a quartet prevented them from satisfactorily replicating their studio sound. Consequently the band never strayed further afield than the university college and club circuits of Britain and Europe. 

Following the bands demise, Daltrey continued to write, sometimes in collaboration with other artists. It was during one such in 2012 with Californian neo-psyche heavyweights The Asteroid No.4 for their album ‘The Journey”, that Peter was approached by another key player on the US psyche scene: Rob Campanella from the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Rob was keen to assemble a band of talented multi-instrumentalist’s who could note perfectly re-create the authentic sound of Kaleidoscope, with a viewing to touring and performing some shows. This culminated with a performance in 2012 at Euro Ye-Ye in Spain and in 2013 at The Austin Psyche Festival in Texas, USA. 

Autumn of 2013 then saw a triumphant return to the London stage with an almighty performance at the appropriately baroque: Islington Town Hall. Performing in front of 400 adorning fans, it was here that Peter was re-united with original surviving band members: Eddie Pumer & Dan Bridgeman, whilst this time being backed by Glasgow’s own psyche-folk troubadours: The Trembling Bells. A band with a hugely impressive musical output and perfectly suited to backing Peter, having spent the last couple years also touring and backing another 60’s psyche-folk legend: Mike Heron of The Incredible String Band fame. 

Fans of Kaleidoscope and Fairfield Parlour and devotees of quintessentially English psychedelia are clearly in for a treat.



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