~ Tuesday, August 26 ~
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RALEIGH RITCHIEwww.raleighritchie.comRaleigh Ritchie doesn’t make R&B music, or soul music, or indie music, or pop music. Raleigh Ritchie – aka 23-year-old Jacob Anderson – makes a unique amalgamation of all of those genres, contorting his varied influences – from Morrissey to Erykah Badu via the Maccabees and Maxwell – into the deeply personal songs that make up his first two EPs; The Middle Child and Black and Blue. “If I say ‘I’m an R&B artist’ there will be R&B fans that listen to my stuff and go ‘no you’re not, what’s going on’,” he laughs. “If I say I’m an alternative artist then there will be people who like the Maccabees who will go ‘what the fuck is this?’. I know what my kind of music is I just don’t know what to call it. I think I’m made up of all of the things I love, all the types of music I love.” Perhaps it’s this disregard for genre boundaries that caught the attention of hip-hop royalty Kendrick Lamar, who asked Ritchie to support him on his recent UK tour. Maybe it’s his way with a melody and his lyrical honesty that has seen the likes of Pitchfork, Fader and VICE sit up and take notice. Whatever that magic alchemy is, 2014 looks likely to be the year Raleigh Ritchie becomes your new favourite artist.SATURDAY 25 OCTOBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

RALEIGH RITCHIE
www.raleighritchie.com

Raleigh Ritchie doesn’t make R&B music, or soul music, or indie music, or pop music. Raleigh Ritchie – aka 23-year-old Jacob Anderson – makes a unique amalgamation of all of those genres, contorting his varied influences – from Morrissey to Erykah Badu via the Maccabees and Maxwell – into the deeply personal songs that make up his first two EPs; The Middle Child and Black and Blue. “If I say ‘I’m an R&B artist’ there will be R&B fans that listen to my stuff and go ‘no you’re not, what’s going on’,” he laughs. “If I say I’m an alternative artist then there will be people who like the Maccabees who will go ‘what the fuck is this?’. I know what my kind of music is I just don’t know what to call it. I think I’m made up of all of the things I love, all the types of music I love.” Perhaps it’s this disregard for genre boundaries that caught the attention of hip-hop royalty Kendrick Lamar, who asked Ritchie to support him on his recent UK tour. Maybe it’s his way with a melody and his lyrical honesty that has seen the likes of Pitchfork, Fader and VICE sit up and take notice. Whatever that magic alchemy is, 2014 looks likely to be the year Raleigh Ritchie becomes your new favourite artist.

SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


~ Friday, August 15 ~
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JONAH MATRANGAwww.jonahmatranga.comJonah Sonz Matranga (born Jonah Rzadzinski Matranga in Brookline, MA) is a singer/songwriter best known for fronting the band Far and recording solo under the name Onelinedrawing. Matranga left Massachusetts in 1987 to attend Pitzer College in California. After graduating, he moved to Sacramento and formed Far in 1991. The band cut four albums before disbanding in December 1998, after which Matranga began to play solo under the name Onelinedrawing, which had been the name of a cassette he had released via Kevin Seconds’ Pop Rockit label. He had released two EPs that year titled Sketchy EP #1 and Sketchy EP #2. Most of Matranga’s material has been self-released, though often distributed through labels such as Crank! His two Onelinedrawing LPs, Visitor (2002) and The Volunteers (2004), were released by Jade Tree. Matranga let go of the Onelinedrawing moniker in 2004, releasing subsequent solo efforts under his own name. In December 2004, he began offering custom-made recordings through his website. In addition to Far and the short-lived New End Original, another band project, Gratitude, released a record in March 2005, but was quickly abandoned. In 2005, Matranga put out Sketchy EP #3, as well as a DVD titled There’s a Lot in Here, which was re-released with a bonus CD in February 2006 through Equal Vision.SUNDAY 05 OCTOBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:30pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

JONAH MATRANGA
www.jonahmatranga.com

Jonah Sonz Matranga (born Jonah Rzadzinski Matranga in Brookline, MA) is a singer/songwriter best known for fronting the band Far and recording solo under the name Onelinedrawing. Matranga left Massachusetts in 1987 to attend Pitzer College in California. After graduating, he moved to Sacramento and formed Far in 1991. The band cut four albums before disbanding in December 1998, after which Matranga began to play solo under the name Onelinedrawing, which had been the name of a cassette he had released via Kevin Seconds’ Pop Rockit label. He had released two EPs that year titled Sketchy EP #1 and Sketchy EP #2. Most of Matranga’s material has been self-released, though often distributed through labels such as Crank! His two Onelinedrawing LPs, Visitor (2002) and The Volunteers (2004), were released by Jade Tree. Matranga let go of the Onelinedrawing moniker in 2004, releasing subsequent solo efforts under his own name. In December 2004, he began offering custom-made recordings through his website. In addition to Far and the short-lived New End Original, another band project, Gratitude, released a record in March 2005, but was quickly abandoned. In 2005, Matranga put out Sketchy EP #3, as well as a DVD titled There’s a Lot in Here, which was re-released with a bonus CD in February 2006 through Equal Vision.

SUNDAY 05 OCTOBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:30pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


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NASHVILLE PUSSYwww.nashvillepussy.comAtlanta-based sleaze rockers Nashville Pussy are led by the husband-and-wife duo of singer/guitarist Blaine Cartwright and guitarist Ruyter Suys; also featuring bassist Corey Parks (the sister of NBA star Cherokee Parks) and drummer Jeremy Thompson, the group (named in reference to a line from Ted Nugent’s Double Live Gonzo! LP) debuted in 1998 with the album Let Them Eat Pussy, originally issued on Amphetamine Reptile. An underground favorite, the record was reissued on major label Mercury later that same year, and the song “Fried Chicken and Coffee” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Heavy Metal Performance. Parks left the group in early 2000 and was replaced by Tracy Almazan for High as Hell, which followed in the middle of the year. The album came out on TVT and helped maintain their cult following, but further progress was blocked by a lack of label support. A successful tour and several soundtrack and compilation appearances kept Nashville Pussy busy in the interim before they moved to Artemis for 2002’s Say Something Nasty. The live DVD Keep on F*ckin’ in Paris! appeared in 2003. The band returned two years later with the Get Some! LP, which marked the debut of bassist Karen Cuda. It was followed in 2009 by From Hell to Texas, the band’s first album for SPV/Steamhammer Records. In 2014, Nashville Pussy returned with their sixth studio album, Up the Dosage, which introduced yet another new bassist, Bonnie Buitrago.MONDAY 20 OCTOBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

NASHVILLE PUSSY
www.nashvillepussy.com

Atlanta-based sleaze rockers Nashville Pussy are led by the husband-and-wife duo of singer/guitarist Blaine Cartwright and guitarist Ruyter Suys; also featuring bassist Corey Parks (the sister of NBA star Cherokee Parks) and drummer Jeremy Thompson, the group (named in reference to a line from Ted Nugent’s Double Live Gonzo! LP) debuted in 1998 with the album Let Them Eat Pussy, originally issued on Amphetamine Reptile. An underground favorite, the record was reissued on major label Mercury later that same year, and the song “Fried Chicken and Coffee” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Heavy Metal Performance. Parks left the group in early 2000 and was replaced by Tracy Almazan for High as Hell, which followed in the middle of the year. The album came out on TVT and helped maintain their cult following, but further progress was blocked by a lack of label support. A successful tour and several soundtrack and compilation appearances kept Nashville Pussy busy in the interim before they moved to Artemis for 2002’s Say Something Nasty. The live DVD Keep on F*ckin’ in Paris! appeared in 2003. The band returned two years later with the Get Some! LP, which marked the debut of bassist Karen Cuda. It was followed in 2009 by From Hell to Texas, the band’s first album for SPV/Steamhammer Records. In 2014, Nashville Pussy returned with their sixth studio album, Up the Dosage, which introduced yet another new bassist, Bonnie Buitrago.

MONDAY 20 OCTOBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


~ Monday, August 4 ~
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THE LAWRENCE ARMSwww.lawrencearms.orgThe Lawrence Arms are a punk rock trio from Chicago, formed in 1999. The lineup consists of Brendan Kelly (vocals & bass), Chris McCaughan (vocals & guitar), and Neil Hennessy (drums). They have released five full-length albums and are currently signed to Fat Wreck Chords. Their music and lyrics exhibit their propensity for juxtaposing references from history and literature with American pop culture. The band takes its name from a building the members resided in (and were later evicted from) called the Lawrence Arms, which was located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.Members of the Lawrence Arms have also played in The Broadways, Slapstick, Tricky Dick and Baxter.The three musicians came together to form the Lawrence Arms in 1999. Although punk rock bands in their infancy generally start out by releasing EPs and 7” vinyl singles, the band members used their existing relationship with Asian Man Records to immediately begin recording a full-length album, A Guided Tour of Chicago, which was released later that year. A second album, Ghost Stories, followed in 2000. Both albums focused heavily on the members’ own stories of growing up and living in Chicago.SATURDAY 11 OCTOBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop

THE LAWRENCE ARMS
www.lawrencearms.org

The Lawrence Arms are a punk rock trio from Chicago, formed in 1999. The lineup consists of Brendan Kelly (vocals & bass), Chris McCaughan (vocals & guitar), and Neil Hennessy (drums). They have released five full-length albums and are currently signed to Fat Wreck Chords. Their music and lyrics exhibit their propensity for juxtaposing references from history and literature with American pop culture. The band takes its name from a building the members resided in (and were later evicted from) called the Lawrence Arms, which was located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.

Members of the Lawrence Arms have also played in The Broadways, Slapstick, Tricky Dick and Baxter.

The three musicians came together to form the Lawrence Arms in 1999. Although punk rock bands in their infancy generally start out by releasing EPs and 7” vinyl singles, the band members used their existing relationship with Asian Man Records to immediately begin recording a full-length album, A Guided Tour of Chicago, which was released later that year. A second album, Ghost Stories, followed in 2000. Both albums focused heavily on the members’ own stories of growing up and living in Chicago.

SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop


~ Tuesday, July 29 ~
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YOUNGBLOOD BRASS BANDwww.youngbloodbrassband.comYoungblood Brass Band flouts convention in an ecstatic, raucous, incendiary fashion, taking the form of a New Orleans brass band and morphing it into a punked-out hip-hop behemoth of groove and purpose. The ten-member ensemble, born in Madison, Wisconsin, now hails from all over the US (Madison, Brooklyn, Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago) and has been unleashing their crash course in genre-bending on stages worldwide since 2000. What other band can claim the honor of having their music spun by DJs like Questlove (of The Roots), working with hip-hop luminaries like Talib Kweli, having their original compositions performed by student marching bands and jazz ensembles around the globe, and still not be out of place at a punk festival? What other band brings together the ostensibly disparate worlds of the trombone geek and the backpack b-boy? Youngblood has headlined countless tours in the States and abroad, selling out dates in over 20 countries. Their festival résumé reads like a list of the heaviest music events in the world: Roskilde, Glastonbury, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, SXSW, CMJ, North Sea Jazz, WOMAD…ad infinitum. Whitehot live shows secured the band’s status as an incredible group to witness, whether in an intimate club setting or in front of thousands on a festival stage. YBB’s debut album Unlearn was released independently in 2000, featuring collaborations with Talib Kweli (the underground smash “Ya’ll Stay Up”), Mike Ladd, DJ Skooly, and Frank Zappa vocalist Ike Willis. The attention garnered led to a signing with Ozone Music NYC, the revolutionary avant- hip-hop label that introduced the poetic talents of Saul Williams, Company Flow (El-P), Antipop Consortium, Mr. Lif, etc. Their acclaimed follow-up (and Ozone debut), 2003’s center:level:roar (which also spawned their now-standard brass band anthem ‘Brooklyn’) saw the band globetrotting to sold out audiences. Youngblood released two more albums on their own Layered Music imprint: Live. Places. (2005) and Is That a Riot? (2007), both of which accelerated their notoriety as the world’s preeminent live brass band. YBB also continued engaging in frequent educational work, stopping at high schools and universities to offer workshops on New Orleans music history, jazz improvisation, hip-hop culture and the creative impulse. It is through this work that Youngblood acquired cult status among young musicians. Perhaps the world secretly desires a music that is intense, danceable, intelligent, and devoid of the self-consciously vain irony that prevails in most current entertainment. Perhaps there is also something to be said for just quality musicianship, over-delivering on stage, and sticking to one’s guns regardless of what’s currently fashionable. Youngblood’s new album (the first in 5 years), Pax Volumi, sees the band partnering with Tru Thoughts, the Brighton UK label that includes a roster ranging from deep soul (Alice Russell) to hiphop (Ty) to straight-up New Orleans brass band (Hot 8), and the pairing couldn’t be more apt. This album sees the band finally achieving not just its musical but its production aims, capturing the live intensity of the stage as well as crafting beats and rhymes that bang right out of the speakers. It’s almost as if they spent the last 15 years getting ready to become THIS Youngblood Brass Band; as though everything in the past had led up to the creation of an album that defies classification, an album that couldn’t be made by any other group. On stages in the states and overseas, the verdict has been issued: the band has never sounded so good.Whichever it is…the roof-tearing shows, the educational aims, the small town roots, the no-smirks honesty, the fist-pumping anthems for cool kids and geeks alike, Youngblood Brass Band has become an institution, one that demands to be seen and heard. Rigorous dancing is also acceptable.SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER THEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

YOUNGBLOOD BRASS BAND
www.youngbloodbrassband.com

Youngblood Brass Band flouts convention in an ecstatic, raucous, incendiary fashion, taking the form of a New Orleans brass band and morphing it into a punked-out hip-hop behemoth of groove and purpose. The ten-member ensemble, born in Madison, Wisconsin, now hails from all over the US (Madison, Brooklyn, Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago) and has been unleashing their crash course in genre-bending on stages worldwide since 2000. What other band can claim the honor of having their music spun by DJs like Questlove (of The Roots), working with hip-hop luminaries like Talib Kweli, having their original compositions performed by student marching bands and jazz ensembles around the globe, and still not be out of place at a punk festival? What other band brings together the ostensibly disparate worlds of the trombone geek and the backpack b-boy? 

Youngblood has headlined countless tours in the States and abroad, selling out dates in over 20 countries. Their festival résumé reads like a list of the heaviest music events in the world: Roskilde, Glastonbury, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, SXSW, CMJ, North Sea Jazz, WOMAD…ad infinitum. Whitehot live shows secured the band’s status as an incredible group to witness, whether in an intimate club setting or in front of thousands on a festival stage. 
YBB’s debut album Unlearn was released independently in 2000, featuring collaborations with Talib Kweli (the underground smash “Ya’ll Stay Up”), Mike Ladd, DJ Skooly, and Frank Zappa vocalist Ike Willis. The attention garnered led to a signing with Ozone Music NYC, the revolutionary avant- hip-hop label that introduced the poetic talents of Saul Williams, Company Flow (El-P), Antipop Consortium, Mr. Lif, etc. Their acclaimed follow-up (and Ozone debut), 2003’s center:level:roar (which also spawned their now-standard brass band anthem ‘Brooklyn’) saw the band globetrotting to sold out audiences. 

Youngblood released two more albums on their own Layered Music imprint: Live. Places. (2005) and Is That a Riot? (2007), both of which accelerated their notoriety as the world’s preeminent live brass band. YBB also continued engaging in frequent educational work, stopping at high schools and universities to offer workshops on New Orleans music history, jazz improvisation, hip-hop culture and the creative impulse. It is through this work that Youngblood acquired cult status among young musicians. Perhaps the world secretly desires a music that is intense, danceable, intelligent, and devoid of the self-consciously vain irony that prevails in most current entertainment. Perhaps there is also something to be said for just quality musicianship, over-delivering on stage, and sticking to one’s guns regardless of what’s currently fashionable. 

Youngblood’s new album (the first in 5 years), Pax Volumi, sees the band partnering with Tru Thoughts, the Brighton UK label that includes a roster ranging from deep soul (Alice Russell) to hiphop (Ty) to straight-up New Orleans brass band (Hot 8), and the pairing couldn’t be more apt. This album sees the band finally achieving not just its musical but its production aims, capturing the live intensity of the stage as well as crafting beats and rhymes that bang right out of the speakers. It’s almost as if they spent the last 15 years getting ready to become THIS Youngblood Brass Band; as though everything in the past had led up to the creation of an album that defies classification, an album that couldn’t be made by any other group. On stages in the states and overseas, the verdict has been issued: the band has never sounded so good.

Whichever it is…the roof-tearing shows, the educational aims, the small town roots, the no-smirks honesty, the fist-pumping anthems for cool kids and geeks alike, Youngblood Brass Band has become an institution, one that demands to be seen and heard. Rigorous dancing is also acceptable.

SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


~ Tuesday, July 22 ~
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INDIANAwww.facebook.com/indianathegirlThe song ‘Gabriel’ by Joe Goddard made more of an impact on some than others. It was May 2012 when local girl Indiana recorded a stripped back version of the song on her phone, unbeknown to her that this would cause a doppler effect still resonating to this day. The video in which she accompanies herself on piano, was spotted on YouTube by the song’s original writer John Beck, who originally clicked on it expecting a laugh. Instead, he was blown away by her stunning vocal range, and decided to make contact. Their co-writing partnership resulted in four stunning singles throughout 2013 and a million-plus YouTube views. It actively forced her obsession with ‘Gabriel’ full circle. Joe Goddard went on to remix Indiana’s 2014 hit single, ‘Solo Dancing’.Teaching herself piano at home, the 26-year-old mother of two began writing songs in 2011. Her singing voice possesses the restraint and technique of someone classically trained, without ever having the lessons to show for it. She recalls the moment she made the vocal breakthrough: “When I first started singing, I could only hold a note, and I would get so lost. Eventually, I started to hear more tone coming out. The more I took myself away from everything going on and got lost in the music, these things started happening: the vibrato, the tone, the breathiness. It started once I’d found a connection with the music I was singing.” These home-grown vocals are emotionally charged, and play off fragility and power in a tonal tussle.Her voice might grasp ears, but it’s her story-telling lyrics that are truly carving her niche, and as Indiana’s debut album ‘No Romeo’ displays, she doesn’t do formulaic love songs. “The title is a pseudonym I give myself” she explains. “These may appear to be love songs but look closer, chip away their exterior beauty and reveal an inner darkness. I am No Romeo.”WEDNESDAY 05 NOVEMBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+ Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

INDIANA
www.facebook.com/indianathegirl

The song ‘Gabriel’ by Joe Goddard made more of an impact on some than others. It was May 2012 when local girl Indiana recorded a stripped back version of the song on her phone, unbeknown to her that this would cause a doppler effect still resonating to this day. The video in which she accompanies herself on piano, was spotted on YouTube by the song’s original writer John Beck, who originally clicked on it expecting a laugh. Instead, he was blown away by her stunning vocal range, and decided to make contact. Their co-writing partnership resulted in four stunning singles throughout 2013 and a million-plus YouTube views. It actively forced her obsession with ‘Gabriel’ full circle. Joe Goddard went on to remix Indiana’s 2014 hit single, ‘Solo Dancing’.

Teaching herself piano at home, the 26-year-old mother of two began writing songs in 2011. Her singing voice possesses the restraint and technique of someone classically trained, without ever having the lessons to show for it. She recalls the moment she made the vocal breakthrough: “When I first started singing, I could only hold a note, and I would get so lost. Eventually, I started to hear more tone coming out. The more I took myself away from everything going on and got lost in the music, these things started happening: the vibrato, the tone, the breathiness. It started once I’d found a connection with the music I was singing.” These home-grown vocals are emotionally charged, and play off fragility and power in a tonal tussle.

Her voice might grasp ears, but it’s her story-telling lyrics that are truly carving her niche, and as Indiana’s debut album ‘No Romeo’ displays, she doesn’t do formulaic love songs. “The title is a pseudonym I give myself” she explains. “These may appear to be love songs but look closer, chip away their exterior beauty and reveal an inner darkness. I am No Romeo.”

WEDNESDAY 05 NOVEMBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+ 

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


~ Tuesday, July 15 ~
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CLASSIC ROCK & METAL HAMMER PRESENT: LORDS OF THE RIFF 2ANTI MORTEMwww.anti-mortem.comFormed in 2008 and fronted by vocalist Larado Romo, ANTI-MORTEM’s line-up includes older brother-guitarist Nevada Romo, guitarist Zain Smith, bassist Corey Henderson and drummer Levi Dickerson. With over 300 shows to their name, these Chickasha, Oklahoma natives (aged between 18 & 22) spent their formative nights and weekends woodshedding their sound on the concert stage they built themselves in the Smith family barn (originally intended to store an old car collection). While Zain’s parents were away working on the weekends, ANTI-MORTEM would turn their barn rehearsal space into a makeshift venue and hone their chops by inviting friends and family in Chickasha over for an afternoon of gravel-throated vocals, crunch-laden riffs, thick grooves, and some good ol’-fashioned Southern hospitality.KYNGwww.kyngband.comKyng is a Los Angeles-based metal band consisting of Eddie Veliz (vocals, guitar), Tony Castaneda (bass, backup vocals), and Pepe Clarke (drums). The trio’s newest album, Burn The Serum, was released on April 15, 2014 on Razor & Tie Records. Burn The Serum was recorded at Grandmaster Recorders LTD and Sword & Shield in Hollywood, California and Studio 606 in Northridge, California. James Rota and Andrew Alekel co-produced the album. Rota is known for Fireball Ministry while Alekel is known for his work on Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age recordings. The group formed in 2008 and their debut release, Trampled Sun, was released on September 27, 2011 on Realid Records. The band signed to Razor & Tie Records in August 2013.LIONIZEwww.lionizemusic.comThe Maryland-based band formed in 2004, learning to play music by jamming and listening — really listening — to each other. But now, ten years later, the band has matured into a much more powerful, tight unit. Lionize still hammer out most songs in the studio and rehearsal room from the basic spark of an idea. Jetpack Soundtrack, their fifth album and first for the Weathermaker Music label, is no different.“There’s really only so many ways to work on music. You just have to play it, then work on it,” says bassist Henry Upton. “We just exhaust all our ideas and put them down.”The band obsessed over thirteen songs, working off four notebooks crammed with ideas, ultimately narrowing the finished album to eleven tracks. Pre-production became a never ending process of upping the musical ante. Eventually, chasing perfection stopped only when producer Machine finally told them to leave.FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 6:30pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

CLASSIC ROCK & METAL HAMMER PRESENT: LORDS OF THE RIFF 2

ANTI MORTEM
www.anti-mortem.com

Formed in 2008 and fronted by vocalist Larado Romo, ANTI-MORTEM’s line-up includes older brother-guitarist Nevada Romo, guitarist Zain Smith, bassist Corey Henderson and drummer Levi Dickerson. With over 300 shows to their name, these Chickasha, Oklahoma natives (aged between 18 & 22) spent their formative nights and weekends woodshedding their sound on the concert stage they built themselves in the Smith family barn (originally intended to store an old car collection). 
While Zain’s parents were away working on the weekends, ANTI-MORTEM would turn their barn rehearsal space into a makeshift venue and hone their chops by inviting friends and family in Chickasha over for an afternoon of gravel-throated vocals, crunch-laden riffs, thick grooves, and some good ol’-fashioned Southern hospitality.

KYNG
www.kyngband.com

Kyng is a Los Angeles-based metal band consisting of Eddie Veliz (vocals, guitar), Tony Castaneda (bass, backup vocals), and Pepe Clarke (drums). The trio’s newest album, Burn The Serum, was released on April 15, 2014 on Razor & Tie Records. Burn The Serum was recorded at Grandmaster Recorders LTD and Sword & Shield in Hollywood, California and Studio 606 in Northridge, California. James Rota and Andrew Alekel co-produced the album. Rota is known for Fireball Ministry while Alekel is known for his work on Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age recordings. The group formed in 2008 and their debut release, Trampled Sun, was released on September 27, 2011 on Realid Records. The band signed to Razor & Tie Records in August 2013.

LIONIZE
www.lionizemusic.com

The Maryland-based band formed in 2004, learning to play music by jamming and listening — really listening — to each other. But now, ten years later, the band has matured into a much more powerful, tight unit. Lionize still hammer out most songs in the studio and rehearsal room from the basic spark of an idea. Jetpack Soundtrack, their fifth album and first for the Weathermaker Music label, is no different.

“There’s really only so many ways to work on music. You just have to play it, then work on it,” says bassist Henry Upton. “We just exhaust all our ideas and put them down.”
The band obsessed over thirteen songs, working off four notebooks crammed with ideas, ultimately narrowing the finished album to eleven tracks. Pre-production became a never ending process of upping the musical ante. Eventually, chasing perfection stopped only when producer Machine finally told them to leave.

FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 6:30pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


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CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMENwww.catfishandthebottlemen.comThe band consists of Van McCann (lead vocals), Billy Bibby (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass guitar) and Bob Hall (drums). The band members all moved to Llandudno from different areas including Sheffield and Accrington. Van moved from Australia at a young age where he met a busker named ‘Catfish the Bottleman’, who he credits as the inspiration behind the band’s name.The band signed to Communion Records in 2013 and throughout 2013 released their first three singles: “Homesick”, “Rango”, and “Pacifier”. In 2014 the band signed to Island Records and on March 17, released their first single of the year, “Kathleen”, produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Adele) and are set to release their debut album later this year. All of the singles released were premiered as Zane Lowe’s hottest record in the world and were playlisted on Radio 1. “Kathleen” ranked at number one on MTV’s hottest tracks in April 2014.Catfish and the Bottlemen will be performing at over 30 festivals in the UK/Europe this summer including Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Kendal Calling, Tramlines, Ibiza Rocks, and Governors Ball in New York City.THURSDAY 04 DECEMBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN
www.catfishandthebottlemen.com

The band consists of Van McCann (lead vocals), Billy Bibby (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass guitar) and Bob Hall (drums). The band members all moved to Llandudno from different areas including Sheffield and Accrington. Van moved from Australia at a young age where he met a busker named ‘Catfish the Bottleman’, who he credits as the inspiration behind the band’s name.

The band signed to Communion Records in 2013 and throughout 2013 released their first three singles: “Homesick”, “Rango”, and “Pacifier”. In 2014 the band signed to Island Records and on March 17, released their first single of the year, “Kathleen”, produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Adele) and are set to release their debut album later this year. All of the singles released were premiered as Zane Lowe’s hottest record in the world and were playlisted on Radio 1. “Kathleen” ranked at number one on MTV’s hottest tracks in April 2014.

Catfish and the Bottlemen will be performing at over 30 festivals in the UK/Europe this summer including Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Kendal Calling, Tramlines, Ibiza Rocks, and Governors Ball in New York City.

THURSDAY 04 DECEMBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


~ Monday, July 14 ~
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JESS GLYNNEwww.facebook.com/JessGlynneWho knew a trip to Pizza Express could inform a young teenagers life so greatly? One evening in 2003, Jess Glynne’s parents returned home from a night in Soho with a signed CD by a new singer they had seen performing at the restaurant’s regular Jazz night. “It had such a profoundly immediate effect on me,” remembers Jess of her parents playing Amy Winehouse’s debut album, ‘Frank’. “I’d always loved the big pop vocals of Mariah, Beyoncé and Whitney, but hearing a woman’s voice that was basically a jazz vocal, so full of individuality? Then realising she was British and still a teenager? That was the moment I knew I wanted to be as singer too.”Glynne is a woman in possession of a rather fantastically distinctive vocal herself. You’ve already heard the 24 year-old’s richly evocative voice on Clean Bandit’s No.1 classical-dance smash ‘Rather Be’, which is the highest selling January No.1 since 1996 with sales in the UK alone of over 600,000, earning platinum status.THURSDAY 23 OCTOBERTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7:00pmAges 14+ Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

JESS GLYNNE
www.facebook.com/JessGlynne

Who knew a trip to Pizza Express could inform a young teenagers life so greatly? One evening in 2003, Jess Glynne’s parents returned home from a night in Soho with a signed CD by a new singer they had seen performing at the restaurant’s regular Jazz night. “It had such a profoundly immediate effect on me,” remembers Jess of her parents playing Amy Winehouse’s debut album, ‘Frank’. “I’d always loved the big pop vocals of Mariah, Beyoncé and Whitney, but hearing a woman’s voice that was basically a jazz vocal, so full of individuality? Then realising she was British and still a teenager? That was the moment I knew I wanted to be as singer too.”

Glynne is a woman in possession of a rather fantastically distinctive vocal herself. You’ve already heard the 24 year-old’s richly evocative voice on Clean Bandit’s No.1 classical-dance smash ‘Rather Be’, which is the highest selling January No.1 since 1996 with sales in the UK alone of over 600,000, earning platinum status.

THURSDAY 23 OCTOBER

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+ 

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881


~ Monday, July 7 ~
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SCOTT BRADLEE & POSTMODERN JUKEBOXwww.facebook.com/postmodernjukeboxScott Bradlee has long had a love/hate relationship with pop music.Growing up as an aspiring jazz pianist, Scott was not interested in listening to anything that might appeal to those that he deemed to possess a less than refined palette of musical taste. This willful ignorance continued for some time; it was not until he began making YouTube videos (and subsequently receiving requests for modern pop songs) that Scott decided to drop his preconceived notions and examine contemporary pop with an open mind.What he found is that, despite his initial aversion to the stuff Scott was hearing, he was unable to truly categorize this as “bad music” without first defining a set of arbitrary, culturally-defined criteria. Furthermore, the fact that such a rigorous vetting process exists for the output of major labels indicated that these songs and artists certainly RESONATED with the culture of our times–no easy feat, in and of itself. As a relentless devil’s advocate, Scott then found that by simply altering the context of such songs, he could find quite a bit of artistic merit inside of them.His goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get his audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of silly putty. Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities–just as we grow, age, and expire without losing ours–and it is through this exploration that the gap between “high” and “low” art can be bridged most readily.SUNDAY 15 FEBUARYTHEKLA BRISTOLThe Grove, Bristol BS1 4RBDoors 7.00pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 881

SCOTT BRADLEE & POSTMODERN JUKEBOX
www.facebook.com/postmodernjukebox

Scott Bradlee has long had a love/hate relationship with pop music.

Growing up as an aspiring jazz pianist, Scott was not interested in listening to anything that might appeal to those that he deemed to possess a less than refined palette of musical taste. This willful ignorance continued for some time; it was not until he began making YouTube videos (and subsequently receiving requests for modern pop songs) that Scott decided to drop his preconceived notions and examine contemporary pop with an open mind.

What he found is that, despite his initial aversion to the stuff Scott was hearing, he was unable to truly categorize this as “bad music” without first defining a set of arbitrary, culturally-defined criteria. Furthermore, the fact that such a rigorous vetting process exists for the output of major labels indicated that these songs and artists certainly RESONATED with the culture of our times–no easy feat, in and of itself. As a relentless devil’s advocate, Scott then found that by simply altering the context of such songs, he could find quite a bit of artistic merit inside of them.

His goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get his audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of silly putty. Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities–just as we grow, age, and expire without losing ours–and it is through this exploration that the gap between “high” and “low” art can be bridged most readily.

SUNDAY 15 FEBUARY

THEKLA BRISTOL
The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7.00pm
Ages 14+

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 881