‘What a glorious noise.’ The Tom Robinson Show, BBC 6 Music
Japanese Fighting Fish, four lads who anchor their boat in London, are bringing fun back to rock with their electrifying new album ‘Swimming with Piranhas’, plunging us knee-deep into ferocious riffs then pulling us out again with soaring vocals from frontman Karlost.
LONDON The Crowndale (formerly The Purple Turtle) 28.5.2016
LONDON Upstairs at the Ritzy (Acoustic) 18.6.2016
BRADFORD Trap Door @ The University of Bradford 24.9.2016
BRIGHTON Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar 28.9.2016
‘Swimming with Piranhas’ doesn’t sound like a great plan for the average diver but Japanese Fighting Fish jump right in and live to tell the tale. This album nibbles away at any possible preconceptions of the band until an epic creature with an unnerving undercurrent is left. The album title comes from the real life wild experiences of Karlost and drummer Sweetman in Ecuador whilst staying with a Quechan tribe when they took a dip in the Amazon River. After their excursion, the boys did a Lep Zep III move and retreated to the countryside to channel all they had learnt from the ‘tribal way of life’ into creating an exhilarating thrill-ride record that bites hard and won’t let you go.
Their latest single from it, ‘For Queen Marilyn’, was written spontaneously after arriving at the recording studio and being asked to ‘just play something’ to check sound levels. An ominous Muse-like riff was quickly followed by crashing drums before the whole thing took off into a grunge explosion. Unwittingly, the Queen was born! After several stages of development, the new track is now available on SoundCloud here!
‘Swimming with Piranhas’ is the band’s third album but the first with Matt McGuinness completing the troop. The album explores new depths with pounding bass lines, incredible drums, and Gareth Mochizuki Ellmer’s pedal board creating the ‘biggest space sounds at just the right time’, according to Karlost, whose own vocal performance is gritty and wild yet captivating throughout.
What do Royal Blood, Savages, and Cage the Elephant all have in common? They were all supported by BBC Introducing! And now Japanese Fighting Fish have joined that stairway there is no doubt they are destined for the heights. One of their next steps will be headlining the venue Milo at the Live at Leeds Festival 2016 and with their sets being renowned for explosive antics and the boys having a habit for ending up accidentally bleeding on stage, this will definitely be a spectacle not be missed.
‘For Queen Marilyn’ will be available on the 3rd June, followed by the album ‘Swimming with Piranhas’ due for release on the 17th June 2016.
The recent news that Manchester is to swear in its first openly gay Lord Mayor has got us thinking about what a privilege it is to live in such a diverse, accepting and open minded part of the UK. With every possible walk of life represented, unsurprisingly this variety is reflected in the area’s music scene- with our own listings a perfect example.
Everything from the darkest metal to the earthiest folk is present and correct, not to mention all that lies in between. We’re particularly excited to be welcoming acclaimed British indie anthem-makers The Hunna, though, especially as they arrive after a summer spent touring Stateside. The guys arrive on Saturday 22nd October, so be sure to be there.
Similarly unmissable are Parquet Courts, New York’s rockers who are currently riding high off the back of their fifth studio album, Human Performance. Always vital in a live setting, we’re expecting a huge crowd to greet them for this leg of their time in Blighty, and for them to greet that crowd with the usual peerless showmanship on Monday 10th October.
Completing a huge, and decidedly international run of shows, on Saturday 22nd October
Sunset Sons touch down for what promises to be a very special date indeed. The outfit, who hail from Australia but spend most of their time in Europe’s surfing capital of Landes, France, unveiled their debut LP, Very Rarely Say Die, earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim, and will be bringing their guitar-wielding prowess in all its glory.
Not a bad range of offerings by half.
Tickets for all of these shows are available through www.ManchesterAcademy.net
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR
Box Office: 0161 832 1111
|Monday 3rd October||Ugly Kid Joe||£17.50|
|Friday 14th October
|Saturday 15th October
|Wednesday 2nd November||Annihilator
|Saturday 5th November||3 Doors Down
+ Pop Evil
+ The Fallen State
|Saturday 5th November||Blues Pills||£15|
|Saturday 12th November||Architects||£18|
|Wednesday 16th November||Caravan Palace||£22.50|
|Tuesday 29th November||The Fratellis:
Costello Music 10th
|Tuesday 28th February 2017||Kreator
Back on stage this coming summer with a very special live performance once a month and for this season only are the iconic UK funk/soul/pop group IMAGINATION!
Original co-founder Errol Kennedy, is thrilled to be returning to Ibiza with the opening at LAS DALIAS on Thursday 16th June starting at 22:00 (doors open H.19:00).
You will be guaranteed a flashback with enough music and lights to keep you going in the heat of the night that you’ll most likely find yourself burning up and wondering was that just an illusion?
You can also catch the show in London on the 30th June!
Totally charmed by the true Ibiza, Errol agreed to three more performances: 24th July, 25th August and 25th September to give everybody on the island a chance to dance and party together – of course all at the brilliant LAS DALIAS!
2016 is an important year in music history – 35 years since IMAGINATION’s distinctive groovy bass-line sounds first hit the airwaves and gold lame hit the dance floors around the globe…. in fact it was 1981 when they released their chart-breaking platinum debut single (and also platinum debut album!) BODY TALK, which ultimately led the band to become the funk-soul-pop legends the name IMAGINATION is now known for over three decades later.
A significant milestone like this needs celebrating and so does Errol Kennedy, who is a producer also in addition to being the co-founder and drummer of the band. He will be releasing a BRAND NEW and UPBEAT POP single entitled “YOU CAN BE (All You Want To Be)”. The song is super uplifting and encourages people to follow their desires to become what they want to be.
Produced by Errol himself, he also co-wrote the song along with Mike Edmond, Patrick Brathwaite and Robert Taylor. Lead vocals by Rohan Reckord. Mixed by Paulo Silva & Errol Kennedy. Cover design by Kriss Höss (#KDeluxeLDN).
Release due on 29/04/2016 (all major online stores and here).
Earlier this year, to let the legacy of IMAGINATION live on, Errol Kennedy also released a very special ”GREATEST HITS LIVE” album which he recorded when touring the UK with his own band during their UK tour in 2010-11. The album features not just all of Imagination’s hits like SO GOOD SO RIGHT, CHANGES, MUSIC AND LIGHTS, IN AND OUT OF LOVE, BURNING UP (to name but a few) and of course IMAGINATION’s signature hit JUST AN ILLUSION but it also includes bonus tracks such as special instrumental versions and a fantastic live version of the new single YOU CAN BE (All You Want To Be).
You who think that Ibiza is only electronic dance music will be surprised! This magical atmosphere in the heart of the magnificent island is not to be missed, two stages full of unique music to dance to in the familiar and friendly surroundings of LAS DALIAS. Warming Up the night and crowd will be Jessica Henderson (Diva Jess) from Ibiza Global Radio with her pure deep funk DJ session just before the concert. From midnight the main room’s volume will be pumped up to the “Black Dance” night with a selection of pure pre- electronic dance music sessions from the last century by Cloud J Deep performing with live resident musicians such as Trace Harris, Domenico Caputo and friends. They are well known to surprise everybody by playing unforgettable sessions. And all this will be captivated by the best surrounding visuals by Innocence00. With a ticket price of only €15 for pre-sales and €20 on the door, residents and tourists of all ages are strongly recommended to: “… put on your favourite dancing shoes and let’s party with the best live soul-funk @Ibiza”. Music is life.
Pre sales online by Ticketea
- Las Dalias FB: www.facebook.com/lasdaliasibiza (Info and links daily updates)
- Band Website: www.imaginationband.com
- FB: www.facebook.com/imaginationband
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBvv3lKKkoosxO7oSyCk8CA
“There’s despair but always hope, and love comes in various forms. ‘Men Without Hats’ is a 1990s-indie pop tinged super catchy coming of age story, Kom beautifully sharing the anticipation, embarrassment, then release on buying his first (audiocassette!) single.”
The Burning Hell release Double A side new single ‘Men Without Hats’ / ‘Fuck the Government, I Love You’ from their latest album ‘Public Library’
The seventh Burning Hell album is a collection of eight short stories drawn from different sections of the bookshelf of the brain. A murder mystery rubs shoulders with a biography, while a romance leans against a prison diary. There’s a killer priest, a nameless band lost in Yorkshire, and Elvis and Michael Jackson moonwalking their way into space and/or global annihilation. Despair and hope go hand in hand here, and although Mathias Kom’s songwriting has never been wordier, the stories never stranger, and the band never louder, the essence of The Burning Hell remains constant: life is not really so bad, as long as you can laugh a little and you have something decent to read.
The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and the band has been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from festivals like Glastonbury and Dawson City to bars, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France. Musically, The Burning Hell runs the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll, and so the band can adapt to its surroundings like a karma of anthropomorphic chameleons, taking the audience on a supermarket-cart ride through hooky, upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, and anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love.
On occasion, Mathias goes on the road as a duo with clarinetist Ariel Sharratt, and their debut album “Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom: Don’t Believe The Hyperreal” came out in November 2015. More often, Mathias and Ariel are joined by bassist Nick Ferrio, drummer Jake Nicoll and guitarist Darren Browne. The Burning Hell release Public Library, a new album of distorted story-songs, in April 2016, and they’ll spend the better part of the spring and summer in their natural habitat: the tour van.
“Songwriter Mathias Kom, a mischievous, caustic people’s poet with a world view that lets you know the good guys occasionally win”
Sun 8th May – Magic Lantern, Tywyn, UK tickets
Mon 9th May – Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland tickets
Tue 10th May – Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland tickets
Wed 11th May – DeBarras, Clonakilty, Ireland tickets
Thu 12th May – Start The Bus, Bristol, UK tickets
Fri 13th May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK tickets
Sat 14th May (Matinee) – Eagle Inn, Salford info / tickets
Sat 14th May (Evening) – Eagle Inn, Salford (SOLD OUT)
Mon 16th May – Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, UK tickets
Tue 17th May – The Crescent, York, UK tickets
Wed 18th May – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, UK tickets
Thu 19th May – The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin, UK tickets
Fri 20th May – The Hug & Pint, Glasgpw, UK tickets
Sat 21st May – Village Hall, Mickleton, Durham
Sun 22nd May – Spanky van Dykes, Nottingham, UK tickets
Mon 23rd May – MIMA, Nottingham, UK (FREE show at Institute of Modern Art www.visitmima.com)
Tue 24th May – Oslo Hackney, London, UK tickets
Wed 25th May – Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK tickets
Thu 26th May – Moshi Moshi @ Tom Thum Theatre, Margate, UK (SOLD OUT)
Credits: All songs by Mathias Kom (SOCAN) Recorded by Al Harle with Mike Collins at Big Jelly Studios, Ramsgate, except 'Fuck The Government, I Love You', recorded by Norman Nietzsche at Butterama, Berlin, featuring trombone by Sebastian Maschat Mixed by Jeff McMurrich at 6 Nassau, Toronto Mastered by Bo Kondren at Calyx, Berlin Photo by Sears Portrait Studio, St. John’s Illustrations and layout by Jud Haynes p+c 2016 BB*ISLAND under exclusive license from Mathias Kom. Release in Canada/North-America through Headless Owl
Sporting some hypnotically left-field beats and a vivid introspective rapping style reminiscent of artists like Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Flatbush Zombies and Joey Badass, Virginia Beach artist Young Malak is set to be the alternative hip hop scene’s next big star.
He credits the group for taking him out of a dark place: ‘during the time period it seemed almost as if I was dead because I felt I was not living. Living means growing and I felt I was stagnant as well as having extreme writers block for two years. Once I broke
myself down to my roots, overtime I began to get rid of the demons and become me again. It was almost like an immediate shift of energy again as the keyz were sparked and reborn as we all just needed some time to grow and figure out more of ourselves and the environment around us.’
As well a music, Young Malak’s passion’s include spinning poi fire, meditating, reading spiritual books, comedy movies, being out in nature, trying new foods and ‘smoking A LOT of THC/herbs’.
Opening the door into their world is like opening the door into a kaleidoscope of ideas, thoughts and musings. Most of this comes out through their music, but checking out their Facebook & Tumblr pages also gives an insight into the colour and vitality they bring to the table. Long may it continue.
‘AN EVENING WITH ‘ U.K. Tour 2016
Do you have your ticket for the ultimate pop glam band of the 70s yet?
If not, then don’t delay any longer as this may be the last chance you’ll ever get to re-live up close and personal the nostalgic experience of one of the few, if not the only, virtually all original 70s chart bands that are fast becoming an endangered species! 70s hit makers The Rubettes featuring Alan Williams, the original vocalist and guitarist, John Richardson and Mick Clarke, also both 70s originals on drums and bass guitar respectively, complete this Rubettes line up with Steve Innes Etherington on Keyboards and guitar and will be touring the U.K. for only the second time since they first took the world by storm when their number one hit ‘Sugar Baby Love’ topped the charts selling over 10 million copies. With the ever increasing continuing demise of our 60s and 70s pop heroes, this is a chance not to be missed. Pop history waits for no person and ‘tributes’ aside, there really is nothing like the real thing. The upcoming ‘An Evening With’ Tour visits 55 theatre venues throughout England, Scotland and Wales and promises something entirely different to a usual concert experience.
All the hits, of which there are many, will naturally be featured plus a selection of songs that hold special significance to the band members before and during the success years together with some album tracks that they have never before performed live. All this, interspersed with recollections and often hilarious anecdotes surrounding the early years, including the real reason the ‘caps’ were adopted and what ‘Showaddywaddy’ and another famous American band had to do with the Rubettes’ success, make it the 70s show of 2016 that you won’t want to miss.
As tribute bands are steadily replacing their original counterparts in perpetuating Rock’n’Roll legends, the authenticity of the Rubettes featuring Alan, John and Mick is unique. Most of the original band members who actually played and sang on such 70s hit classics as ‘Sugar Baby Love’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Juke Box Jive’, ‘Baby I know’ and many more are still there in the band which means the songs don’t just sound the same but they are the same. It makes the whole concept of time travelling to the heyday of 70’s pop music an imminent possibility.
May 2016 Live dates!
1st -Capitol Theatre HORSHAM
Box Office: 01403 750220 www.thecapitolhorsham.com
4th -City Varieties LEEDS
Box Office: 0113 2430808 www.cityvarieties.co.uk
5th -Forum BILLINGHAM
Box Office: 01642 552663 www.forumtheatrebillingham.co.uk
6th -Playhouse HARLOW
Box Office: 01279 431945 www.harlowplayhouse.com
10th -Gordon Craig Theatre STEVENAGE
Box Office: 01438 363200 www.gordon-craig.co.uk
12th -Churchill Theatre BROMLEY
Box Office: 08448 717620 www.atgtickets.com
13th -Key Theatre PETERBOROUGH
Box Office: 01733 207239 www.vivacity-peterborough.com
14th -Winding Wheel CHESTERFIELD
Box Office: 01246 345222 www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk
15th -Princess Theatre HUNSTANTON
Box Office: 01485 532252 www.princesshunstanton.co.uk
18th- Civic Theatre ROTHERHAM
Box Office: 01709 823621 www.rotherhamtheatres.co.uk
19th- Plowright Theatre SCUNTHORPE
Box Office: 0844 8542776 www.plowrighttheatre.com
20th -Marine Hall FLEETWOOD
Box Office: 01253 887693 www.wyretheatres.co.uk
21st- Grand Theatre LANCASTER
Box Office: 01524 64695 www.lancastergrand.co.uk
22nd -Pavilion Theatre RHYL
Box Office: 01745 330000 www.rhylpavilion.co.uk
26th -Towngate Theatre BASILDON
Box Office: 01268 465465 www.Towngatetheatre.co.uk