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Alternative indie extravaganza hits Zephyr Lounge in half term

A superb line up of music artists from across the county will be appearing at Leamington’s Zephyr Lounge on Wednesday 18 February, in what will be a big night for music in Coventry & Warwickshire.

Only Shadows Feb 2015Nuneaton’s Only Shadows, Leamington’s The Rushmore and Stratford’s Chasing Deer will join forces to provide an energy-packed night of alternative indie, with support from female Warwick-based DJ Keztrel.

Described as “one of the brightest hopes for UK guitar music” by Amazing Radio, headliners Only Shadows will bring their own brand alternative powerpop to Leamington, giving local fans a chance to see them in action before they go on a UK-wide tour in April supporting Young Kato, taking in dates from Nottingham to Southampton.

Citing influences including Editors, Arcade Fire and Placebo, the band have recently released new single ‘Our Sands’, which they’ll be performing live at the Zephyr Lounge.

The Rushmore Feb 2015Support comes from Leamington’s very own The Rushmore, whose energetic blend of indie rock is guaranteed to get the crowd moving. Signed to 4Real Records, the band have been described as “sounding bigger that Godzilla” by The Assembly in Leamington and they will soon be releasing their second album.

Chasing Deer Feb 2015Opening the night are Stratford’s Chasing Deer, kicking off the evening with some amazing acoustic pop rock. The young unsigned band performs a mix of cover songs and original music, and will be treating the Zephyr crowd to a performance of their recently released debut single, ‘Step into the Light’.

DJ Keztrel Feb 2015All three bands will be complimented by two DJ sets from female Warwick-based DJ Keztrel, who’ll be playing a mix of electro and alternative tunes to get people in the mood and round off the evening.

Tickets are £5. They are available directly from the artists, online at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/only-shadows-the-rushmoredj-keztrelchasing-deer-tickets-15591964987, or on the door. Admission policy is 14+.

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Rosetta Fire track features on Britpop compilation

A Warwickshire band have had their track featured on a brand new compilation celebrating the Britpop era, 20 years on from when the likes of Oasis, Blur and Suede ruled our airwaves and our CD collections.

Jimmy Lapworth, of Warwick band Rosetta Fire, is one of just ten artists to feature on the ‘Shine (Again)’ compilation of covers of classic Britpop tracks, which has been compiled by God Is In The TV (www.godisinthetv.co.uk), one of the UK’s most popular music and culture zines.

shineagain-300x300Jimmy, guitarist and vocalist for Rosetta Fire – who headline this Saturday’s Night of the Musicians at The Wild Boar in Warwick – has his interpretation of the Stone Roses classic, Love Spreads, featured on the compilation, which is available to listen to online here: http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2014/04/08/stream-shine-again-a-compilation-of-covers-of-british-pop-songs-from-the-1990s-side-a

Other famous Britpop era acts to be covered by independent and unsigned bands and artists on the compilation include Sleeper, Edwyn Collins, Kenickie, Baby Bird and Shed Seven.

Rosetta Fire are the only Midlands band to be represented on the God Is In The TV compilation. Its release comes just days after the BBC’s celebration of ‘Britpop at the BBC’ last week with a series of special programmes across TV and radio.

Bill Cummings, Editor of God Is In The TV, decided to pull together the Britpop compilation as “both a celebration and a reappraisal of the wave of new British music that was just making its mark 20 years ago this year”,after running a ‘Britpop month’ in February.

Jimmy Lapworth 1“Being a thirty-something, Britpop was the dominant musical force in my formative years,” says Jimmy Lapworth. “At the time it seemed like Britpop ruled the world, whereas in reality it ruled London, Liverpool and Manchester.

“Retrospect is a wonderful thing and we now realise that for the most part it was a music industry fallacy that was nowhere near as clever as it thought it was (much like the 90s in general). However, there were a few genuine moments of cultural importance that leave us with musical and artistic hangovers to this day.”

Asked why he decided to cover The Stone Roses, Jimmy says: “Ever since I first picked up on The Stone Roses in 1997 I’ve been a huge fan. There’s just something menacing but cool about that song. The heavy guitars mixed with that insistent groove from the drums and bass and Ian (Brown)’s almost whispered delivery. It’s a perfect record of where the band were at when they were recording the album; John Squire going off on his own tangent and the other three reigning him in to that Roses sound.

“All of this and it’s just a fantastic song musically that dares to portray Jesus as a black woman. There you have the classic Roses paradox – they challenged organised religion only to build up an almost religious fan base themselves.”

Asked whether he thinks we’ll see another Britpop era, Jimmy says: “The way those acts paved the way for future bands is still with us in one form or another. And the fact a some of them still tour shows that having created the monster, the music industry and the public don’t know how to let it go. But will we see another Britpop? Probably not. Do we need to? No. Let it live where it belongs. Forever. In 1994.”

Rosetta Fire posed full band

Upcoming dates for the band include:

Saturday 19 April: Whitefriars Festival, Whitefriars Ale House, Coventry (acoustic trio)

Sunday 4 May: Whitefriars Ale House, Coventry

Thursday 8 May: Café vin Cinq Acoustic Night, Rugby (featured artist, acoustic trio)

Tuesday 20 May: Zephyr Lounge, Leamington (full band with Shanade & Bunsen Honey)

Friday 1 August: The Windmill, Coventry (acoustic trio)

Wednesday 6 August: The Bedford, Balham, London (full band)

Read this: Funding for Artists & Bands – deadline 08.04.14

prsf_logoPRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England have announced that the next application deadline for the Momentum Music Fund is the 8th April 2014.

The Momentum Music Fund is a £500,000 fund to develop the careers of talented artists and bands.It is anticipated that grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 will be awarded to between 50 and 75 artists/bands over the next 2 years.

Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, e.g. a manager, an independent label or publisher. Priority will be given to those that haven’t been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months.For further information on how to apply, please click on the link below.

#lovethisband: Share the love Wednesday 9 – 10pm

Every Wednesday between 9 – 10pm over on @plugandamp on Twitter, we encourage people to spread their LOVE for their favourite Coventry & Warwickshire band!

The idea is to create a bit of social media hype for local bands using the #lovethisband hashtag.

All people need to do is to tweet the name of their favourite local band plus the #lovethisband hashtag. We will re-tweet and hopefully so will others! At the end of the hour, we can see who has received the most LOVE that evening.

BANDS: Put the day and time in your calendar and remember to tell your fans to take part in #lovethisband hour every Wednesday 9 – 10pm. Because you deserve some LOVE!

Coventry’s Jonny Concrete get the fans’ vote

Coventry’s Jonny Concrete were named best local band in the winning entry to Plug & Amp’s competition to see Taking Back Sunday at the Kasbah.

Jonny Concrete 3Competition entrants were asked to name their favourite Coventry and Warwickshire band or artist and to say why.

 

 

Winner, Richard Ounsworth, nominated Jonny Concrete, saying the band “are  a total breath of fresh air in this world full of repetitive music. They prove that originality is still possible and their live shows, even though small, are amazing!”

Other comments about the band by entrants to the competition included “I was completely blown away! They’re a little bit of everything.”

Jonny Concrete 2Jonny Concrete describe themselves as a six-piece hip hop rock/jazz band from Coventry. They recently played The Arches in the city as part of a Fargo Tours event.

 

Last year they played Apex in The Car Park, celebrating 130 years of Coventry City FC. They were voted one of the best live acts of 2013 by Room Thirteen music website.

Other Coventry & Warwickshire bands nominated by competition entrants included:

91db (“different, unique round these parts, great live, fantastic musicians”)

Know Your Rights (“make the best music “, “an awesome local band”, “have come so far and most of all they are Godiva’s Unsigned winners”)

The Oceans Above (“have what it takes to go the next level with their catchy tunes, awesome structure patterns and vocals”, “an awesome sound, their tracks are sung and played with such passion and when you listen to them you can’t get the tunes out of your head”)

Drop Down Smiling (“those boys don’t stop grafting, really pleased to hear they’ve been named BBC Cov and Warks Introducing Band of the Month”)

Diamond Skyes (“good lads and quality harmonies”)

There will be another opportunity to nominate your favourite local band or artist soon when we launch another competition to win the chance to see a big artist at a local venue – watch this space!

Watch Jonny Concrete’s live performance at Apex In The Car Park, Coventry:

Photos courtesy of Tede Tadashi / Fargo Tours

Your band here > God Is In The TV local scene report

GIITTV

Here is the first in, what we hope will be, many opportunities for us to help you take your music beyond the boundaries of Coventry & Warwickshire to a national audience of music fans.

Plug&Amp has teamed up with God Is In The TV Zine (www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk), a UK-wide music & culture zine with 10,000 Twitter and Facebook followers, who will be publishing monthly ‘scene reports’ from Coventry & Warwickshire submitted by us.

We’re aiming to get the first of these reports ready for March and are now on the look-out for bands & artists to feature in our first report. GIITTV is read and written by a UK-wide crowd of well-informed music obsessives… so a great group of people to get on your side!

If you would like to feature, the criteria are:

1) You must be an original band or artist (no covers groups)
2) You may or may not be unsigned, you may be brand new or have been going for a few years, but you must be serious about making your mark in the music industry beyond these borders – the report will showcase those bands/artists that want UK exposure (not just the local pub circuit)
3) The readership of GIITTV tends to be similar to, say, the NME or Q magazine, so think about whether you/your band would be covered in that sort of publication. If the answer is ‘no’, this is probably not the opportunity for you right now.

Interested? If so, email us at plugandamp@gmail.com.

Include:
– A short paragraph about you/your band – who are you, what are you about, what do you sound like/influences?
– A posed photo of your band and a live photo of you in action
– Details of recent single/video releases, including links
– Details of upcoming gigs (in the next 8 weeks), particularly any that are in other parts of the UK

Any queries, drop us an email. We want to establish this as a monthly opportunity and will try and feature as many as we can. We look forward to hearing from you!

Photo courtesy of Nivi Morales @nivims