DAUNT

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WHO is he?
“I’m just a guy who likes to make music. I’ve been in bands since I was a teenager, and after the last band I was in finished up I started to write and arrange songs by myself. Those songs were the beginnings of DAUNT, and some of them ended up on the EP.” Will Daunt’s debut EP Unbearable Light is out April 28th via London label Beatnik Creative.

WHAT is he singing about?
“I guess I sing about fear of uncertainty, how liberating it is to accept that you’re a little broken just like everyone else, and how relationships are both the most beautiful and the most difficult thing we all do.”

WHERE did he grow up?
DAUNT is now based in London but he “grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, so had zero ‘scene’ as a kid. When I was a teenager a wave of US mainstream hip hop hit the UK (Eminem, Dre, Snoop), and like all slightly angsty teenagers I was swept away by how strong their identity was. I suppose a lingering influence from that time would be how much I love a good swung beat. After that, I fell in with some musicians at school, who became my closest friends and who I went on to form many bands with, and they provided a varied palette of influences. Our keyboardist and guitarist were very into Brian Eno, Neu, Can, so I learnt about atmosphere and groove from them.

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WHY should I listen to new single Unbearable Light?
In Unbearable Light DAUNT takes you straight to the heart of the story through vivid pictures and his narrative-driven songwriting. Of writing the track Will says: “it was clear that the song was really visual, taking cues from night-driving and classic Hollywood road movies. In short, our central character is driving away from an undefined event or relationship which has revealed some aspects of himself that he’d rather not have seen, as though an ‘unbearable light’ has been cast on him.”



WHEN can I see him live?
Catch him live at the Unbearable Light EP Launch Show at The Waiting Room in London on April 26h. Event and tickets.

HOW can I get to know him better?
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HINDÜ

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WHO is she?
Hindü is producer-songwriter Tania Iankovska’s solo project. “I think I always knew I would end up as a solo artist” she explains “but for a very, very long time I didn’t believe I was able to. I started by playing in a garage rock band – I thought that would be extra cool – me with a guitar. After some time I’ve got tired of constantly motivating other band members and also we changed drummers like every two months which wasn’t very inspiring. So I finally figured out how to use [music production software] Ableton Live and put together my first EP in just two weeks or so. Very fast – just because I was so excited I was able to write drum parts by myself!”

WHAT is the inspiration behind her songs?
“Lyrics are always the last part I do when writing a song. I know what each song is about, what kind of mood it has from the start but I usually postpone writing down the final rhymes till I have a deadline and need to actually record the vocals. In any case, I try to keep my songs within a lightweight melancholic-optimistic mood – like a late Spring Sunday sunset. This is the kind of picture I have in my head when writing songs most of the times.”

WHERE did she grow up?
“I grew up in Kiev, Ukraine. Right now it is a very lovely and vibrant city with lots of things going on and cool places to visit. But ten years ago Kiev was just a post-soviet capital with not much to do. So most of my teen years were spent just hanging out with friends either on the roofs of typical soviet-style apartment blocks or by the river (we have a huge one dividing Kiev into two parts) or in rehearsal rooms. I think I lived a lot of things just inside my head and in my thoughts, that was probably the reason I started writing songs very early.”

“In the last two, three years we’re experiencing a huge boost on the local music scene – suddenly lots of young artists started to sound interesting and professional, playing big venues and releasing really decent records. I think people just need a getaway from very drastic and dramatic things happening in Ukraine after 2014’s revolution. Still, only a few musicians can make a living solely with music but I think this ain’t just a local trend. Kiev’s club scene is also blooming – in some ways I think it can compete even with Berlin’s.”

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WHY is she called HINDÜ?
“I wanted something that would mislead people at first; a name that wouldn’t allow them to figure out right away whether it is a band, a male singer from India or… Do you know what I mean? I wanted people to be confused and interested from the very beginning.”

WHEN can I see her live?
“I’m definitely coming back to the UK this Spring and will do one or two summer festivals but I don’t have exact dates yet – still working on a concert schedule for 2017.” Keep updated here.

HOW can I get to know her better?
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FREDDIE DICKSON

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WHO is he?
“Hi. I’m Freddie Dickson who sings sad and (hopefully) catchy songs. I didn’t start singing until I was about eighteen. I’d written a bunch of songs but didn’t want anyone else to sing them and I got a little 4-track for my birthday with a built in microphone and just taught myself to sing through that.” His debut album Panic Town is released on 7 April 2017 via Shakey Records.

WHAT is he singing about?
“I sing and write about anything that affects me whether it be about people or certain situations in my life that I feel warrant a kind of cathartic release.”

WHERE did he grow up?
“I grew up all around West London when I was younger and then I moved East and now I live North. I’d say there was a strong music scene in Shepherd’s Bush that I kind of dived into playing every open mic I could get my teenage hands on.”

“I guess the state of London ever changing has influenced a lot of my newer songs actually. It’s definitely becoming a lot harder to be a musician in London these days with trying to match inflated rent prices and write at the same time. Also the closure of so many venues is becoming increasingly worrying for London’s live music scene.

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Photo: Hayley Coleman

WHY the title Panic Town?
“Ha so many reasons. The record includes a lot of songs about different mental states like nostalgia, heartbreak, longing etc and Panic Town is supposed to be symbolic of that place that you can’t let yourself fall into psychologically otherwise you’re going to struggle to get out of there. Cheery stuff I know but I’m very pleased with it. It’s taken me long enough!

WHEN can I see him live?
“Well I’m still in rehearsals with my band getting ready for a big album launch party in my local pub The Finsbury, London on 11th April. I’ve got a bunch of solo gigs in Germany coming up as well.” All live dates here.

HOW can I get to know him better?
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FAST ROMANTICS

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WHO are they?
Fast Romantics are Matthew Angus (lead singer, guitar), Jeffrey Lewis (bass), Kirty (vocals, acoustic guitar, synth), Kevin Black (guitars), Lisa Lorenz (keyboards) and Nick McKinlay (drums). Their new single Why We Fight is produced by the dynamic duo of Gus Van Go and Werner F (Arkells, Wintersleep, Whitehorse) and is taken from forthcoming album released via Light Organ/Postwar Records in Spring 2017.

Matthew tells us how the Toronto 6-piece came together. “We’ve all been playing music since we were kids. I guess we play music together because we have to. Because we wouldn’t know what else to do if we didn’t play music. I’ve heard other artists say that and it always seemed like a cop-out, but lately I think I get what they mean. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do, but there’s a pull to music that we couldn’t escape if we wanted to.”

“I reformed our band like a billion times, until we found the right group of people. I’ve been telling people we’re pretty much a new band, there’s only a couple members (myself and our bass player Jeff) from the original crew. But we’re the tightest friends ever now, all that exploring was worth it.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“I’ve realized since finishing the record that these all started as love songs, but the world and its weirdnesses quickly snuck its way in. A lot of the songs have their roots in romance and relationship stories, but are littered with experiences and perspectives that came from touring and recording in the USA.”

“The election was going on and every time we hit a new town you’d hear one group of people freaking out about Trump, or another group of people really excited about Trump. It was fascinating, and emotional, and hard to process, and in a way, impacts your perspective on even trying to be a normal person having a normal relationship.”

Their new single Why We Fight “started out as a song about myself, about what it is that drives me to even be in a band in the first place. But it quickly evolved into an ode to anyone who finds themselves hungry for something that might seem out of reach.”

“So the music has its roots in love songs, but the new album is as much about bizarre politics, the impact of the media on the way people think, and everybody’s modern obsession with technology. All of these themes found their way into the songs.”

“Musically, we’re mutts. So many different influences came into the making of this thing. We love older music like Springsteen, Bowie, pretty much all Motown, Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young. But people like Jarvis Cocker have really influenced me as a writer and frontman. And we’re pretty much obsessed with modern music of all kinds. There’s no one inspiration in this band.”

WHERE are they from?
“The band has its roots in a town in western Canada called Calgary around 2009, but we quickly moved to the music mecca of Toronto”.

“Places are sometimes all a song is. As Canadians, you’re always subject to the whims of the giant noisy country just south of you, and like I said earlier, touring America had a massive impact on these songs. But growing up in Canada leaves a permanent imprint on you.”

“My young days in Alberta played a role in a lot of the songs (there’s a song called Alberta on the record), and various imagery from our life in Toronto finds its way into a lot of these songs. I don’t think you can write songs without accepting that they are, generally, reflections of where they were written. But a lot of them were written in America too, and you definitely hear the perspective of this foreigner travelling through America, trying to understand what the hell is going on.”

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WHY are they called Fast Romantics?
“Why Not? It doesn’t mean anything really. And it definitely doesn’t mean what you’re thinking it means.”

WHEN can I see them live?
“We’re cooking up something special for our UK and European friends. It’s gonna get announced really, really soon via our Facebook page.”

HOW can I get to know them better?
Listen & Watch: Website // Soundcloud // Youtube
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PATCH & THE GIANT

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WHO are they?
Patch & The Giant are Luke Owen (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin), Angie Rance (backing vocals, accordion, trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, harmonica, mandolin), Gabriel Merryfield (violin), Derek Yau (cello, double bass) and Nick Harris (backing vocals, bass guitar, percussion, acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo). Their debut album All That We Had, We Stole is out on 10th February.

“We started out as the dregs of another band that never really happened. Throughout our first couple of years we saw friends come and go but the band as it is now just fell into place, initially by borrowing people from other bands or people stepping in to fill other shoes but then never left. We were once described as being ‘like characters from sitcom’, which we were never quite sure how to interpret but we’ll agree we’re definitely 5 individuals. We work together because there’s no competition between us, nobody trying to prove anything – something which we hope translates into the way we play together. We play off each other but never (rarely) against each other.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“All sorts – books, plays, films, poems, friends, family, love, death, water.”

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Photo: Marcus Duran

WHERE did they grow up?
“We’re collectively from Somerset, Kent, Scottish borderland, Swindon and London. Thematically and stylistically there are definite nods towards our homes…some more than others….for instance Luke’s lyrics are probably a lot more derivative of his seaside upbringing than Derek’s cello screams as being from Swindon but there are times where you can definitely hear each of our homes in the way we play/write.”

The band is now based in London. “The music scene in London is rather like everything in London, gloriously full of variety and people who’ll put up with at times terrifyingly shitty conditions in order to pursue something they love. This aside, the circles we move in are also very supportive and collaborative and we’ve met some brilliant people and made some of the closest friends we’ll ever have through the London music scene, not least each other.”

WHY are they called Patch & The Giant?
“Ahhh….we knew we wanted an ampersand, then the rest just came to us.”

WHEN can I see them live?
Catch the band live on their UK Album Tour:

10th Feb – LONDON – The Brewhouse (Album Launch)
11th Feb – BIRMINGHAM – The Victoria
13th Feb – MANCHESTER – The Castle
15th Feb – YORK – The Basement
16th Feb – SHREWSBURY – Hole In The Wall
17th Feb – CAMBRIDGE – Cambridge Folk Club
18th Feb – IPSWICH – Cult Café
19th Feb – SURBITON – The Lamb

HOW can I get to know them better?
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GRIFF LYNCH

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WHO is he?
Griff Lynch is founding member, guitarist and frontman of Welsh-language psych pop band Yr Ods (‘The Odds’). Recently Griff has been working on solo material and releases his new single Don’t Count On Me on 10 February via Welsh independent label I KA CHING.

“Most of what I know about songwriting, I’ve learned through my band Yr Ods” says Griff. “We formed in college and carried on from there. We’ve sung nearly exclusively through the medium of Welsh, as it’s our first language, and I can express my self better lyrically. We gained a solid following within Wales, but through BBC Radio 1 and 6 music coverage, along with playing such festivals as Glastonbury, we got exposure UK wide. We whirled through the cliches, on a minority language scale, released 2 highly acclaimed albums, a bunch of EPs, toured Europe, had a ‘Berlin Phase’, before climaxing with a performance of our back catalogue with a 40 piece orchestra, to a huge crowd at the National Eisteddfod last summer. This is my first attempt at ‘doing the solo thing’…”

WHAT is he singing about?
“Deaths, breakups, apathy and trail of thoughts.”

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WHERE did he grow up?
“I grew up in Bangor, North Wales, at the foothills of Snowdonia. Living in Wales has more than shaped me, it’s probably defined me. I don’t always like to admit that but it’s true. Listening to Welsh bands like Gorkeys Zygotic Mynci, Super Furry Animals singing in Welsh, but making it on the big stage would be an inspiration to most young budding artists who were from a Welsh home.

“There’s a vibrant music scene in Cardiff where I live now. It’s pretty cool with a lot of psychedelic rock bands, folk and electronic. It all tends to climax each year during Swn festival. Usually the ‘scene’ you’re part of is down to your genre of music. But in Wales, singing the language is a ‘scene’ in itself, therefore it puts it on quite a unique and diverse musical landscape I guess.”

WHY should I listen to him?
Lynch’s unconventional approach to songwriting seems to create joyful electro-pop sounds, but if you listen closely you will discover the darkness and misery hidden in there.

WHEN can I see him live?
“No gigs booked as of yet.” Keep updated here.

HOW can I get to know him better?
Listen & Watch: Soundcloud // Youtube
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DER RINGER

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WHO are they?
Der Ringer are Jonas Schachtschneider, Jakob Hersch, Jannik Schneider, David Schachtschneider and Benito Pflüger.

“We all met on Myspace in our teens. We really liked the amazing super cool tunes we all had as Myspace profile songs and we all had incredibly cool designs, so we instantly fell in love with each other without ever having met in real life. Jonas and David are an exception to this because they are brothers, but in the end I think Myspace also helped them to get to know each other (and also themselves) better because they don’t really talk much.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“All five of us write the music and the lyrics, so the lyrical content varies quite a bit. It can be anything from Benito missing his girl on tour in the Alps, to Jannik fantasising about falling in love with a video game character, to Jakob imagining what life would be like as a soft little snail. I think the general theme is love and emotions in the internet age. It’s all very very emotional, that’s the most important thing for us.”

WHERE did they grow up?
“We all grew up in Hamburg except Benito, who grew up in the more rural parts of Germany. We all live in Hamburg now. We have lots of friends in the music scene here, but I don’t think we and the other bands here necessarily sound similar. To be honest, I think we mostly find the music we like on the internet and not in local clubs, so that’s what shapes our sound. But there are lots of great people here who have helped us as a band and also in life. The two most important places for the album were probably our dark and smelly practice room/home studio in Hamburg, where we developed all the songs, and Rome, Italy, where we finally recorded and refined everything and formed it into a cohesive album. But for us it doesn’t really matter where we write the songs, as long as we have time and a laptop.”

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Photo: Markus Alexander Voigt

WHY are they called Der Ringer?
‘Der Ringer’ means ‘The Wrestler’. We chose that name because in our teens, every now and then, we amazingly ditched our laptops and met in person. On these rare occasions we started wrestling to feel physical pain and convince ourselves that we were actually present in real life.”

WHEN can I see them live?
“Our debut album SOFT KILL was released on 27th of January and we are going to play the songs live on the following dates:

15.02. Hamburg – Hafenklang (Goldenes Zimmer)
16.02. Mainz – Schon Schön
17.02. Stuttgart – 1210
18.02. München – Orangehouse
19.02. Wien – RHIZ
21.02. Düsseldorf – FFT
22.02. Leipzig – NAUMANNs
23.02. Groningen (NL) – De Gym
24.02. Berlin – ACUD”

HOW can I get to know them better?
Listen & Watch: Website // Spotify // Soundcloud // Youtube
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