The Treehouse (Main Stage)
You were probably aware of Hertfordshire’s Subways around 2005 rising to fame after being featured on the O.C, during which they released their debut album that featured some classic indie tracks “Rock and roll queen”, title track “Young for eternity” and “Oh yeah”. They faded from the limelight late 2006 but the former couple’s boy // girl vocals were reaffirmed as genre heavyweights in 2008 with their newest output “All or nothing” featuring powerhouse tracks “Kalifornia” and “Girls & Boys”. I think they’re a great headliner, there’s nostalgia there for when they first came around but they’re also very right now, it’ll be a good one.
65daysofstatic began in Sheffield, United Kingdom in 2001 as Iain Armstrong, Paul Wolinski and Joe Shrewsbury. They’re post-rock instrumental in the same vein (but predating) other 2KTers Maybeshewill and ASIWYFA so if you’re into this kind of thing you’re in for a hell of a weekend.
Bombay Bicycle Club are a 4 piece British Indie band formed in 2006 who hail from North London, England. They took their name from a chain of curry houses found all over London, but recently admitted that they dislike the moniker and feel unfortunate to be stuck with it. Despite being around for half a decade, perpetually behind the game NME awarded them “new band of the year” at their awards this year. They’ve just released their well recieved second album, Flaws which follows up from the brilliant “I had the blues before I shook them loose” which featured indie anthem “always like this”. Fortunately it seems they’re going to surpass the perpetual curse of the “one album wonder” that so many other indie acts have become crippled by in recent times. BBC look like they’re in it for the long run.
Mp3: Always like this
Joseph Mount used to be Metronomy. Oscar Cash and Joseph Mount are now Metronomy. Metronomy have come to be known for some super-cool remixes, dance-tastic live shows and an aversion to over-production. They split fans these days as, for the majority of their 10 years, they were an instrumental band before Mount recently added vocals to their forte. The casual listener would say they’re much better for this and the less than casual listener will be impressed by their light show which does make for a spectacle in the very least.
Mp3: Radio Ladio
Frank Turner, formerly of hardcore outfit Million Dead, is a modern trouadour. He’s closing up on 1000 live performances, including supporting Green Day at Wembley, touring the states with Gaslight Anthem and of course playing a butt load of festivals and solo headline shows.
If you read Outroversion regularly you’ll be aware of my opinion of him. A brilliant lyricist, a genuine guy and a real inspiration.
Mp3: The Road
Maybeshewill are an Instrumental band from Leicester, UK. Maybeshewill’s music is characterised by the use of electronic elements alongside more traditional ‘rock’ instrumentation. The band’s music is also littered with references to film and popular culture.
This self made instrumental juggernaut have been blazing a trail of superlative laden live shows and are very much word of mouth successes, well as much as you can be in 2010. Even if you’re not into instrumental music you won’t regret checking them out on Friday evening.
Mp3: I capture Castles
From Manchester, Sonic Boom Six represent the most compelling soundclash to rise from the underground in years. Punk, Ska, Reggae, Hip Hop… you could describe SB6 as any of these and all of these. They’ve honed their technique over 8 years, becoming a big fish in a small underground dance scene in which they no longer fit. Vocally Laila’s vocals are very much rooted in hip hop where the music belongs better to ska, let’s just say it’s an eclectic mix, go along and judge whether it works or not.
MP3: Sonic Boom Six
Errors is a 4 piece band from Glasgow, Scotland. Originally formed in 2004 by Simon Ward, Stephen Livingstone and Greg Paterson on the back of a 3 track demo recorded in Simon’s bedroom the band quickly set about making a name for themselves in their hometown with their unique take on dance music.
Mp3: A rumour in Africa
Future of the Left is an alternative rock band formed in 2005 in Cardiff, Wales. The initial line-up brought together former mclusky singer/guitarist Andrew Falkous (aka Falco) and drummer Jack Eggelstone with former Jarcrew guitarist Kelson Mathias and bassist Hywel Evans.
FOTL have featured on Outroversion a few times, mainly because they’ve played at the last FOUR festivals i’ve been to. Hardworking, then. The Welsh outfit would probably be most comfortable with being desribed as punk with the most subtle of hardcore elements. The best part about them is that, lyrically, there’s no way they can be described as such; introverted would be the most accurate description, though live the shouty nature means they can be lost but do listen out for them.
Mp3: Arming Eritrea
Are from South East London, making music in the vein of talking heads and the cure, consisting of Sam Johnston (lead vocals/guitar), Giles Robinson (drums), Olly Scanlon (bass), and James Write (keys/glockenspiel).
A rock band from Kingston upon Thames, England, formed in 2006. The band consists of Lead Singer and Guitarist Joseph Prendergast, Backing vocalist and Drummer David Catmur, Bassist Tom Coulson-Smith and Keyboardist and Sampler James Eliot-Field.
Twin Atlantic are from Glasgow, Scotland and formed in early 2007. Twin Atlantic are: Sam McTrusty – Guitar and Lead vocals Barry McKenna – Guitar, Ross McNae – Bass, Craig Kneale – Drums. They’ve recently been supporting Gaslight Anthem and yes, he does have a scottish accent.
Pulled Apart By Horses are a 4 piece post-hardcore band from Leeds, England. Sometimes a picture can do more to show what a band are about than than any words can. They’re balls-TO-the-WALL HxC with as much energy as a pissed off particle accelerator PABH are reLENTless. No matter what kind of music you’re into you should check these guys out for the experience in the very least.
Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit are a band signed to Lost Highway. They are fronted by Johnny Flynn, a 25-year old actor, poet and songwriter who cites W.B. Yeats and Shakespeare among his influences.
Thier latest release, on the back of high praise from Rolling Stone, features collaborations with Laura Marling and Dev Hynes championed Anna Calvi and is tipped for inclusion in the Mercury Music prize list for best album already.
THE XCERTS’ story began around the turn of the century when then 13-year-olds Murray MacLeod (vocals, guitar) and Jordan Smith (bass, vocals) met in the headmaster’s office of their school in Aberdeen. In 2006 they relocated to Brighton and met drummer and Exeter exile Tom Heron, where the line-up of THE XCERTS was finalised.
Three Trapped Tigers are an instrumental noisenik outfit from London who exhibit the precision of electronica, the raw intensity of rock music and the schizophrenic spontaneity of their electro-improv past. Not easily classifiable, but with influences ranging from Aphex Twin and Squarepusher to Lightning Bolt and Battles.
Their tracks are named things like 1, 6, untitled 2 and such. Post-modern or a little grating?
In the early part of 2000, frustrated at the dead scene in their Welsh hometown of Swansea, G and Ryan made the decision to relocate across the border to the brighter lights and bolder sounds of Bristol. Simultaneously, Oli joined them from his midlands hometown of Stoke-On-Trent. With a new base of operations established and guitars/drums duties filled, Rich was the final inclusion on bass.
For the next couple of years the band committed to gigging like bastards in every corner of the U.K., honing their most explosive songs and formidably bombastic shows. LSB shared stages with like-minded bands such as Reuben, Eden Maine and Irish rockers Throat, and ended 2002 with a stint on Metal Hammer’s Nu-Breed Tour.
From Devon, hard-twang, roots-punk quartet, Crazy Arm, properly set up camp in mid-2006. Not easy to categorise, and all the better for it, the band’s sound is an accumulation of decades of influence and inspiration: rooted in hardcore/punk, ‘60s protest folk/country and classic rock’n’roll…
Hailing from Sheffield, Skeletons & The Empty Pockets bonded many years ago over a shared love of Minnie Riperton, Micheal Jackson, Slayer and martial arts (they met at karate lesson in their local Nether Edge). By their own admission they are “a couple o’reyt nice kids with nowt better to do.”