The Leaf Lounge
Cats and Cats and Cats are a 5-piece split between the counties of Surrey and Kent, who met whilst studying at The University of Hertfordshire. They are: Tom Baker (Bass) Ben George (Vocals + Guitar) Doug Jenkins (Drums) Jamie Stanford (Guitar) and Eve Morrison (Violin).
“Cats and Cats and Cats are a band that have always had ideas in an abundance and they always strive to cram them into all their songs as much as possible, with their stop start tracks and rising vocals … Blending melodies and raw sound into one song is something of an art form in itself, one that Cats and Cats and Cats seem to manage very well” ~ 405
Vessels were born from the ashes of A Day Left in September 2005. In 2006 the Post-Hardcore band self-released a five track eponymous EP, and played many gigs, including the unsigned stage at Leeds Festival. They released their debut album in 2008 and a collection of off-cuts last year.
Chris T-T is a singer-songwriter with a unique gift of capturing the subtleties of British life. Not one to keep his opinions to himself, this articulation often results in audience members being offended, outraged or otherwise aghast.
From Brighton Mr. T-T has been making music for over a decade, releasing 7 albums in that time and is friends and label mates with headlining Frank Turner.
Mp3: 500 miles
This London-based six-piece have only been together just over a year but their immaculate folk-pop choruses mean that they’ve already achieved much in that short time. Their debut single on London indie label Heron Recordings sold out in a day and got them truckloads of airplay, an NME feature and led to triumphant shows at Glastonbury, V, Latitude and the Carling Weekend.
Mp3: Wolves and thieves
Your Twenties live, work and play mainly in London. They write music about things they feel are sometimes overlooked, such as old people and ex-members of Britpop bands that they see in the Post Office. It is good-times music, mostly. Your Twenties will record and release a “curious mix of upbeat, keys-driven alt pop and west coast-styled rock fusion” in their music and play shows when they get the chance.
MP3: Folks Back Home
Glasgow-based dark folk trio Sparrow and The Workshop comprises of Belfast-born, Chicago-raised Jill O’Sullivan (vocals/guitar/violin), Welshman Nick Packer (guitar/bass) and Scotsman Gregor Donaldson (drums/vocals.) Their first full-length album ‘Crystals Fall’ was released in April 2010 by Distiller Records to critical acclaim.
MP3: The gun
Kill It Kid
Kill It Kid are a blues-inspired five-piece formed at Bath Spa University in the UK. They’re fronted by the two part harmonies of Chris Turpin and Stephanie Ward.
MP3: Burst its banks (download only)
Little Fish is the work of singer songwriter Julia Sophie (electric/acoustic guitar/vocals) and Neil Greenaway (drums). The sound of Little Fish is stripped back, direct and defiantly punky in spirit, but also melodic and true to the song.
I don’t think you’ve really lived until you’ve been wailed at by Julia. Unmissable.
MP3: Darling Dear
Outroversion would like to apologize in advance for the lack of information and indeed, mp3s for the following artists. However, that may be all the more reason to go check them out- everyone might know them after this summer..
A Genuine Freakshow are a 7-piece pop-infused post-rock cannonade with mass appeal. Songs born of their broad range of influences from Elbow and Radiohead to Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky are accompanied by lush orchestral arrangements and the sincere falsetto vocals of Timothy Sutcliffe.
A sound reminiscent of a more experimental The Velvet Underground, infused with a heady dose of old European decadence. Poetic narratives, corruption, longing, and a strong sense of place. A young british Beirut in the making. Their debut album, “I am Alive and you are Dead”, was released in April 2009
The Dawn Chorus are a five piece band from the southern Hampshire town of Fareham. Their debut album, entitled ‘The Big Adventure’ released by Jelly Maid Music in 2008. So far, they supported acts like Frank Turner, Mono and Frank Hamilton.
Urusen are a London-based indie folk band. 2009 has seen them secure a publishing deal with RealWorld, perform at UK festivals including Glastonbury and WOMAD, and support acts such as Stornoway, Ingrid Michaelson and The Travelling Band.
Roundstone is an English rock band from London. The band was formed in 2006 as Babygrand and consists of Dominic Scott (vocals,guitar), Alistair Watson (keyboards), Andrew Morgan (bass), and Benjamin Salmon (drums). They were named after the Irish village in Connemara, County Galway because of their fondness of the west of Ireland.
Emily Breeze is the songwriter/frontperson of a five piece country/rock n roll band from bristol featuring John e Vistic (lead guitar/keys) Dan Hunt (drums) Guy Fowler (bass) and Howlin Lord (guitar/keys/backing vocals).
David Goo is a variety band….
JL&tSS are a country folk punk band from Cheltenham town made up for four lost souls with a passion for politically poetic storytelling. Whilst beginning its life as a solo project for Jim at the close of 2006, the subsequent years have seen him develop strongly as a songwriter and performer, leading him to recruit a cavalcade of the towns best musical talent (including fellow istf label mate Joe and ex-holloh bandmate Phil) to equal the forthright natures of his influences (Bright Eyes, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner).
The Midnight Mile are a 3-piece band haling from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. In October 2006, Midnight Mile headlined the Oxfam Benefit at the Zodiac in Oxford. May 2007 saw the band open for Nizlopi on their ‘Intimate Sessions’ tour.
The band’s track ‘Gold’ was used for the closing credits of Channel 4’s 2007 coverage of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.