7.15pm, Thursday 13 March 2014
259 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1RU
Tickets: £5 in advance, £7 on the door
King With No Throne are an electro-trance, trip-hop band that uses a fine balance between traditional acoustic instruments and technology, such as keys and backing tracks to produce a sound that can comfortably fill any venue large or small. Members Reto Wittwer (vocals, guitar, keys and composition) and Kasem Chouja (drums, composition) are based in London where they record, write music and play gigs.
Whilst not being a rock band, fans describe King With No Throne as one that would do very well playing their music in festivals, large stages or stadiums and in certain dance type clubs. The music is highly visual and they incorporate this element increasingly of late. Over the past year we have played in Switzerland’s Das Festival with Simple Minds and venues in Germany and London.
The band aspires to play their music within an innovative context where image, sound and performance can come together to give the audience something deep and deserving of their time, energy and support.
For the past two months King With No Throne have been composing new material with the aim to record in June and to launch a series of gigs to promote their new recording.
Mucky Pups are an Indie/Powerpop four-piece, based in London. The band draw upon distinctly British influences; dicing The Kinks and The Jam with Buzzcocks and The Libertines, they spin their very own melodic tales bristling with an energy that sounds a chorus to the everyday.
“This is the best thing I’ve heard in a long long time” (Chris Hawkins, BBC 6Music)
Showroom Dummies is a London based power trio. Gigi (pronounced ‘gee-gee’ and he is not a girl!), Pharoah (now, that’s a name! he LOOOOVES tennis!) and Kevin (he speaks “Brezhoneg”) met at a warehouse party somewhere in East London. They were making some serious noise playing unconventional instruments (you know…those “never seen” instruments you’d find in the neighbour’s rubbish bin) until some drunken pointy shoes dude from Dalston said: “hey guys, what’s your band called?”. Whether he was fooling around or not, they took it as a sign. Since that day, they got better even though Gigi had to learn how to play keyboards with his feet (he is still learning though!). They have been creating imaginative, yet essentially simple tracks. Their lyrics are witty, truthful, declamatory, fun, profound, honest and light. Their sound is characterful, bold and confident. Not to be missed!
The Boy from the Crowd is a London based alternative rock rhythm and blues band.
To sum up what they’re doing in a few words – rocking’ boutique tones and voodoo drums. Theres an raw power that is generated when you strip back music to it’s foundations and then rebuild it with electricity and flesh. It’s what makes rock n roll great. The little imperfections, riding on the very edge of disaster and knowing full well that any second it could all just fall apart.
Both guitarists Vinny Piana and Kevin have the experience to know when something is feeling just right. As a solo musician, Vinny has composed music for television documentaries broadcast on BBC, Channel 4, and ITV, and for independent movies including “Love Sexy”, a Sundance festival selection. Vinny has also caught the attention of various DJs, producers and artists including Chris McCormack (Ministry of Sound, Gary Newman, samples on Fatboy Slim’s bestselling Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars album) have produced dance remixes of Piana’s tunes. Vinny has toured with Wendy James, Hard Fi and Spiritualized.
Kevin is the brainchild behind the nearly infamous Death Valley Blues Band. He has also toured and recorded with South African legend “Rambling” Jay Bones and voodoo rock group Submachine.
The band are influenced by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Leonard Cohen, The Doors and The Clash.
What do you get if you cross a sailor, a farmer, a barrister and a Frenchman who thinks he is Italian? A terrible joke, of course.
However, it also turns out you get an amazing band.
Andre, Rory, Rich and Jimmy got together in 2013 with one aim in mind: to make shed-loads of cash. When that failed, they decided to try making music instead.
As TwoSixOnes they write pop music that gets into bed with rock, funk and folk. You can try not to dance to their harmony-laced floor-fillers, but the reality is that resistance is futile; you may as well start wiggling your hips before you press play.
The band will be playing an acoustic set at this show.