Artist Page – Alt-J ( ∆ )

Who?

  • Joe Newman (Guitar, Lead Vocals)
  • Gus Unger-Hamilton (Keyboard)
  • Thom Green (Drums)

Former members:

  • Gwil Sainsbury (Bass)

Where?

  • Leeds

Records?

2012 (An Awesome Wave)

2012 (An Awesome Wave)

2014 (This Is All Yours)

2014 (This Is All Yours)

You should check out:

  • Left Hand Free
  • Breezeblocks
  • Every Other Freckle

Have we seen them?

  • 8th December 2015 [Nottingham] (Both of us)

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Artist Page – Arctic Monkeys

Who?

  • Alex Turner (lead singer, guitar)
  • Matt Helders (drums, backing singer)
  • Jamie Cook (lead guitar)
  • Nick O’Malley (bass, backing singer) (from 2006)
  • Andy Nicholson (bass, backing singer) (until 2006)

Where?

  • Sheffield

Records?

2006 (Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not)

2006 (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)

2007

2007

2009 (Humbug)

2009 (Humbug)

2011

2011

2013 (AM)

2013 (AM)

You should check out:

  • I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
  • Fake Tales of San Francisco
  • Brianstorm
  • Cornerstone
  • Arabella

Have we seen them?

  • July 13th 2014 [T in the Park] (Both of us)
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Before they became too big for their boots…

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Artist Page – The Automatic

*The Automatic have probably split up*

Who?

  • Robin Hawkins (Vocals, Bass Guitar)
  • James Frost (Guitar)
  • Iwan Griffiths (Drums)
  • Paul Mullen (Vocals, Guitar – from second album)
  • Alex Pennie (Synths – first album only)

Where?

  • Cowbridge (Wales)

Records?

2006

2006

2008

2008

2010

2010

You should check out:

  • Monster (well, you’ll already know it!)
  • Raoul
  • Secret Police
  • Insides
  • List

Have we seen them?

  • No

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Artist Page – Bastille

Who?

  • Dan Smith (Vocals)
  • Kyle Simmons (Bass Guitar)
  • Will Farquarson (Guitar, Keyboard)
  • Chris Wood (Drums)

Where?

  • London

Records?

2013

2013

You should check out:

  • Pompeii
  • Icarus
  • What Would You Do
  • The Driver

Have we seen them?

  • 25th January 2013 [Manchester – supporting TDCC] (Gareth)
  • 1st June 2013 [Manchester – supporting Muse] (Gareth)
  • 13th July 2014 [T in The Park] (Both of us)

 

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Artist Page – The Black Keys

The Black Keys are one of these wonderful bands that make great music with only 2 members. Consisting of Dan Auerbach on vocals and guitar with Patrick Carney on drums, they’ve made 8 albums – achieving commercial success on the last 3. Described as garage and blues rock, they manage to combine influences from decades gone by and bring it into the present. They are a band who are going from strength to strength as they gain more fans and increased exposure. They are the proof that rock music can be both successful and entertaining in the 21st century, on both sides of the atlantic.

Albums:

2002

2002

2003

2003

2004

2004

2006

2006

2008

2008

2010

2010

2011

2011

2014

2014

Songs you may know:

Songs we recommend:

Our experiences:

Gareth’s Dad bought El Camino and introduced Gareth to it, who couldn’t stop listening to it. He went out and bought Turn Blue when it was released, in the process introducing Emma to them. Together, we will get all of their albums – they are certainly a group we want to explore more of.

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Artist Page – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Peter Hayes (vocal, guitar), Robert Levon Been (bass, vocals) and Leah Shapiro (drums) make up the San Francisco 3-piece alternative rock group Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Together with former drummer Nick Jago, they have had relative success in both America and UK without becoming huge anywhere. Heavy without being too heavy, they contain an energy that makes their music very listenable.

Albums:

2001

2001

2003 (Take Them On, On Your Own)

2003 (Take Them On, On Your Own)

2005

2005

2007

2007

2008 (The Effects of 333)

2008 (The Effects of 333)

2010

2010

2013

2013

Songs you may know:

Songs we recommend:

Our experiences:

Gareth saw Black Rebel Motorcycle Club play at Greenbelt in the summer of 2013 and was impressed by their sound, impressed enough to borrow the CD’s his Dad had. Eventually he bought a couple of his own, and will complete his collection one day at some point! They are perfect for long journeys, their longer than normal songs can keep me occupied.

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Artist Page – Bloc Party

Bloc Party were one of the many indie bands that flooded the scene in the early 21st century, blasting into the public domain with catchy riffs and memorable songs. It’s been one hell of a journey for the London quartet since. After their first and second two albums took the industry by storm, there was a dip in quality in the third before a hiatus and then a return to form in the fourth. A great band when at their best, unfortunately for all concerned there has been another hiatus since. With four top 10 UK singles, one Mercury Prize nomination and all four of their albums making the top 10 (without any topping) it’s fair to say they’ve had a good run towards the top of British music.

Bloc Party line-up:

  • Kele Okereke (singer)
  • Russell Lissack (guitarist)

Former:

  • Gordon Moakes (bassist)
  • Matt Tong (drummer)

Albums:

2005

2005

2007

2007

2008

2008

(Four) 2012

(Four) 2012

Songs you may know:

Songs we recommend:

Our experiences:

Gareth heard Bloc Party’s first single from their second album (The Prayer) on the radio and loved it so much that he went out to buy the album as soon as it came out. After that, he bought their debut and everything as it’s been released since. Bloc Party are one of those bands who I can listen to in almost every mood and always come back to them at various points. I’m currently trying to get Emma to listen to them more!

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