ATTU

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WHO is he?
“My name is Stefan Antoinette and I play under the name ATTU. I grew up playing various instruments (badly) before becoming slightly obsessed with the guitar and effects pedals at the age of 14. I started really getting into playing when I saw Bloc Party perform Helicopter on Jools Holland, it blew my 14 year old mind when they started making these crazy sounds from a guitar and I became obsessed with guitars/delays/reverbs.”

WHAT is he singing about?
“Most of the time I’m singing about personal experiences, usually to do with interactions between people or how an event has affected the people involved. I’m always interested in weird sounds too so I often find myself thinking about a new production technique, I generally leave weirder techniques to electronic music though and try and focus on getting a good song written with the ATTU stuff. It’s also really hard (sometimes just not possible) to pull off the strange production techniques live.”

WHERE did he grow up?
“I’ve lived in North London my whole life. I’m not sure it’s shaped my music taste but it’s definitely shaped the way I make music, I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in an area with a lot of very talented musicians and producers, you learn so much from each other, a lot of things you’d never think to do on your own. Also London has so many venues and a lot of great artists so it’s a great place to be both as a musician and as a music listener.”

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Photo: Imogen Spicer

WHY the name ATTU?
“I used to play in a band called Delta/Alaska and ATTU started off as a side project to Delta/Alaska. There is an island off the coast of Alaska called Attu, so the name represented what the project was, a branch off that was still close to the main source.”

WHEN can I see him live?
“We have no more shows booked for 2016 at the moment but you’ll be able to catch us in early 2017, all of the details will be on our social media pages.”

HOW can I get to know him better?
Listen & Watch: Website // Soundcloud // Youtube
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Staying Together is released December 9th.

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KASSASSIN STREET

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WHO are they?
Kassassin Street are Rowan Bastable (guitar, vocals), Tom Wells (bass, vocals), Andy Hurst (keys, samples), Ryan Hill (guitar, vocals) and Nathan Hill (drums).

“Since we were in school me (Nathan) and front man Rowan Bastable used to jam just for the sheer fun of making noise, we always knew we’d start a band, it was just a case of when.”

“Things really came together when we went to college, we starting jamming with my brother Ryan and new friends Andy and Tom. Around this time we would just experiment with sounds, songs, different vibes etc. Eventually, we realised we had enough songs for a set, and it was probably time to start gigging. It was all very organic, we’re not one of those GM bands!”

WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“The subject matter of the lyrics varies from song to song, sometimes it seems obvious and literal, and other times a bit broader and surreal. I’m not sure it’s always a good idea to go into specifics, if they mean different things to different people then that’s great.”

“Musically we just soak up what we can when we can. There’s so much good music around wherever you turn. Watching bands live is still where it’s at, now more than ever. If you want inspiration then go to a gig!”

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WHERE did they grow up?
“We all grew up in Portsmouth. The people of Portsmouth are very passionate but they are also hard to impress, you have to work very hard to get an audience dancing, but when they do they go crazy, it’s very all or nothing. That definitely had an affect on how we play live, unless we’re gonna turn up and give it everything, there’s no real point.”

WHY are they called Kassassin Street?
“I suppose this is another way our hometown has shaped our band, it gave us our name. Kassassin Street is a road in Portsmouth and let’s face it, it’s great road name isn’t it? It sounds a bit dangerous but still quite civilised, like where James Bond might get his watch repaired or something! I’d much rather live down there than somewhere like ‘Wooly Pickle Crescent’.”

WHEN can I see them live?
26th Nov: Leeds, Kazoopa Festival
2nd Dec: Brighton, Sticky Mikes
3rd Dec: Liverpool, Arts Club
14th Dec: Southampton, The Joiners
15th Dec: Derby, The Venue
17th Dec: Manchester, Night & Day Cafè

HOW can I get to know them better?
Listen & Watch: Website // Spotify // Soundcloud // Youtube
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Listen to Do or Die off their upcoming FREAK EP (out early 2017)

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ME FOR QUEEN

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WHO is she?
Me For Queen is Mary Erskine, a London-via-Scotland pianist, singer and songwriter.

I started playing piano when I was 5, with the Suzuki method, where you learn by ear. I was totally in love with my teacher and just thought she was the most magical person in the world, so I got pretty into it from an early age. I loved having music as my “thing” – I’m the youngest of 5 and I soon worked out it was a fairly reliable way to get some attention. So it all started from showing off. Which is odd because I wouldn’t say now that I’m an extrovert. But as a child, I’ll be honest, I was pretty insufferable.”

I started writing songs around age 12 or 13, but I didn’t like my voice so I never sang anything in public until 10 years later, at an open mic night at uni..”

WHAT is the inspiration behind her songs?
I think most of us are trying to find a voice for what’s going on inside our heads… I’m really interested in the subconscious – quite often stuff will come out in a song that’s about a year or two ahead of where my conscious, thinking head is at. Which I always find interesting. I’m fascinated by people and how we all get along.”

Musically, I’ve finally accepted the piano as my instrument and I’m much happier writing songs around the piano, after having fought it for a while.”

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WHERE did she grow up?
“I grew up just outside a small village called Kingsbarns, right by the sea, in Fife (Scotland) – no one would believe me as I hardly have an accent, but there we are. I am inspired by the countryside – I do think that growing up in a slightly wild place with freedom to just wander around for hours without talking to anyone does shape your worldview in some way… I have lived in London for seven years and have recently decided it’s time for a change, so I’m actually moving to Porto next year! I studied Languages and I loved living in France/Italy as a student – I love how much you can learn from just being in a different culture. Maybe I’ll come back as a Fado singer…”

WHY is she called Me For Queen?
“I have no idea. I just liked the sound of it. ME is my intials. I’m sorry there’s not more of a story. A few people have asked whether it came from that picture of me (on the EP artwork, as a small child) as it looks like I’m sitting on a throne. It’s a complete coincidence.”

WHEN can I see her live?
3 November – Bristol, Old Bookshop
6 November – Glasgow, Broadcast
7 November – Newcastle, Head of Steam
8 November – Manchester, Fallow Café
9 November – Leeds, Oporto
10 November – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge

HOW can I get to know her better?
Listen & Watch: Website // Soundcloud // Youtube
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

The new EP from Me for Queen is available to pre-order through Pledge Music. Support her music here.

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Et Cetera

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WHO is he?
“Andy George Jackson; one of the left-leaning liberal intelligentsia bubble babblers, with a penchant for the absurd and a skull-full of lightning.”

WHAT is he singing about?
“Now then, let’s not get too agitated about understanding the artist, it’s a slippery slope in modern times and one we can only slope slippery downwards on; let’s leave the therapist’s couch in the studio.”

WHY the name Et Cetera?
“The above answers give way to alluding towards a partial explanation at least.”

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WHERE can I download his music?
“My two debut songs are available for pay-what-you-want download from here. 50% of all money is going to the Migraine Trust. I was struck down last year with vestibular migraines and labyrinthitis, which I still suffer from, so am very much aware that much more research is needed to be done to better understand the conditions.”

WHEN can I see him live?
“No plans to perform as of yet.”

HOW can I get to know him better?
Listen: Soundcloud // Bandcamp
Follow: Twitter // Instagram

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TWIN RIVER

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WHO are they?
“We are Courtney Ewan and Andy Bishop. We’ve been playing together for almost six years after meeting in a restaurant in Vancouver, Canada. Though we started out as folk duo, we’ve spent the past few years adding band members and decibels to the band.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“I (Courtney) find a lot of inspiration in poetry. My favourite poets are Anne Carson and Pablo Neruda, who both had a big impact on the lyrics in this last record. I like to think of songwriting as storytelling, and I love a good story. Sometimes it’s autobiographical, sometimes it’s fantasy – I like keeping the line a little bit blurry.”

WHERE did they grow up?
“Andy and I both grew up in British Columbia, and both currently live in Vancouver. The music scene is great – it’s tight knit and very supportive. I get a lot of inspiration from living so close to the ocean. I think we definitely sound like a West Coast band – a little less sunny than California, maybe, but West Coast just the same.”

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WHY are they called Twin River?
“The “Twin” part of our band name came from our time playing as a duo, and I think “River” is in homage to the scenery in and around Vancouver. There is no shortage of water – the ocean, rivers, lakes, and tons (TONS!) of rain.”

WHEN can I see them live?
“We are really hoping to visit over the next year! It will be our first trip over and we are dying to come!”

HOW can I get to know them better?
Listen & Watch: Website // Spotify
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter

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RACING GLACIERS

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WHO are they?
“Four of us – Tim Monaghan, Danny Thorpe, Simon John and Matt Welch – have been playing music together for ages. Racing Glaciers was the first time we started writing and releasing things, in 2012. Matt (Scheepers) joined us on drums about three years ago.”

Racing Glaciers’ debut album Caught In The Strange is out through Killing Moon on August 5th.

WHAT is the inspiration behind their debut album?
“It ended up being quite a heady album, there’s a few darker tracks and we got more experimental with sounds and arrangements. Inspiration comes from our own experiences as a band or individuals really. In the end it’s down to whoever’s listening to take it in their own way.”

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WHERE did they grow up?
“We grew up in Macclesfield, it’s near the hills and you can easily get out in the forest, or Manchester if you want – it’s just a town like anywhere else. Matt (drums) grew up down South. I think touring and travelling has shaped us more than anything, especially gigging round Europe.”

WHY are they called Racing Glaciers?
“No idea, it fits what we do so we’re happy.”

WHEN can I see them live?
“Check the website!”

HOW can I get to know them better?
Listen & Watch: Soundcloud // Spotify// Youtube
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Listen to new single Patient Man from their debut album

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JINNWOO

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WHO is he?
“My name is Ben, I work as a visual artist and musician under the name Jinnwoo, and I live in Brighton at the moment. I’m about to release my first album Strangers Bring Me No Light on the 2nd of September which was produced by Noah Georgeson, Ben Walker, Gerry Diver and Weikie. It features guest vocals from Alasdair Roberts, Kami Thompson, Kyla La Grange, Rachael Dadd, Malcolm Middleton, Caroline Weeks, Pam Thompson and Georgia Ruth – and has guest playing from Hannah Peel and The Earlies.”

“As a visual artist I have produced art for the likes of Lucy Rose, Kami Thompson, The Rails, Duologue, Hollie Cook, Amy Studt, Laura White, Kagoule, Nic Jones, and many others. I also draw horrible little self portraits that I don’t know what to do with yet. I store them all in a file on my computer that’s called “horrible little self portraits that I don’t know what to do with yet”, just so I don’t forget.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind his new single Wicked Hare?
“I was having a difficult time – I had just dropped out of Goldsmiths College, and came back to Leicester – I’d taken a job at a Care Home to help me get money things back on track. I didn’t know what I was doing. I had become completely disillusioned by art and education, and was just tiptoeing into music whenever I could find the time between working.”

“I think all the uncertainty triggered me to start struggling with my mental health again, and I was trying to get help. I spent a lot of time going on long walks out in the fields and going over things in my mind – old relationships, and thinking a lot about mental health and how the brain works. This song was the outcome of all of that uncertainty and the rolling thoughts. I’d see a lot of rabbits and hares on my walk, and they became a sort of face of, or icon of the illness. I thought about them a lot at the time – it seems a bit abstract now, but it made perfect sense at the time.”

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WHERE did he grow up?
“I grew up in rural Leicestershire, in a village called Barlestone. It’s the sort of place you hate when you’re there, and then miss every day when you leave. There was nothing to do there except walking in fields and woods, but that was actually enough. Driving down long country roads at night with good friends, screaming along to mix tapes. You have to make your own fun there. I live in Brighton now, which is a completely different world.”

WHY the name Jinnwoo?
“Someone told me that’s what my name is, and I believed them.”

WHEN can I see him live?
13th July: Starry Starry Night Sessions, London
31st July: Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge

HOW can I get to know him better?
Listen & Watch: Soundcloud // Youtube // Artwork/photography
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter

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