Wednesday 16 April 2014, 10:35
J Willgoose, Esq. performs for Public Service Broadcasting as part of a BBC Introducing showcase When I first spoke to BBC Introducing about writing an article about support bands, I thought – and still do now – that such a guide would need to start with a few caveats, so best to get those out of the way first. The most important one is that I am not pretending to know everything about being a support band, playing live, headlining and so on. The below advice is based solely on my own experience playing in bands for over ten years and experiencing countless support slots of our own, as well as having had many support acts playing with us as headliners.
The second is that this is almost entirely based on the practical aspects of being a support act and offers no advice on musical content or the quality of that content.
The third is that this applies mostly to what I would call ‘proper’ gigs – not the ones we’ve all done or been to in London or countless other cities where they cram four, five or even six bands onto one bill in a desperate attempt to fill the venue and slots are allotted at random. In those situations, there is no real headliner or support.
Monday 14 April 2014, 11:12
Hometown: Simon Stark, Rich Leeds, Andy Thompson and new guitarist Tom Ludlow make up Lyger, an up-and-coming alternative rock band from London.
Style: If you like rock, you’re bound to love Lyger. The band takes the best bits of grunge, punk and rock and infuses them together to make a hard-hitting track like Power Struggle. Simon, Rich, Andy and Tom have written the formula for a perfect pop-rock track here; with punchy hooks, solid riffs, a high-powered and crowd-inspiring chorus, all immersed in energetic percussion, you have a track set to uplift an audience and get their hearts racing.
You need to know: If their record producers’ success is anything to go by, Lyger are set for big things. Their debut track released in 2013, Stroke, was recorded and mixed by Rory Atwell, who has produced for The Vaccines and Palma Violets. He worked with them again on Power Struggle alongside Chris Sheldon, a legendary rock record producer who has worked with Biffy Clyro, Garbage, Feeder and most notably Foo Fighters, including on their iconic hit album The Colour and The Shape.
Supported by: Lyger have found many fans across our BBC Introducing network since sending their tracks to...
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Wednesday 9 April 2014, 15:22
A huge thank you to BBC Introducing in Merseyside for tipping us off about Cavalry, a brand spanking new five piece from Liverpool. They’ve been described as “intimate and anthemic Alt—Folk” and having “lilting harmonies” – which seems pretty accurate to me! They’ve been supporting British Sea Power on tour and next month, they’ll be leading the charge at Liverpool Sound City.
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Monday 7 April 2014, 12:07
On the Radio 1 playlist this week and representing BBC Introducing across the network are One Bomb. Get ahead of the rest by listening to their latest track Good Times Roll below, before catching it on Radio 1 this week whilst you’re tuning into Gemma Cairney, Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Scott Mills.
Hometown: Si Tew and Shookz are an electronic music duo from Nottingham.
Style: Before musically colliding in February 2012, Si Tew and Shookz were both producers in their own right and their individual styles shine through in all of their tracks. Shookz’ drum and bass past inspires One Bomb...
Thursday 3 April 2014, 10:57
They’re three sisters from Cheltenham and have already been compared to Laura Marling and The Pierces. Confusingly, the Sisters also include a man – that’s Tom – and he’s on guitar duties.
Tuesday 1 April 2014, 16:42
Fans of BBC Introducing will be interested to know that Lisbon are the latest act to bag a coveted spot on the Radio 1 playlist with their track B L U E L O V E. If you find yourself tuning into Gemma Cairney, Fearne Cotton, Greg James or Scott Mills during the daytime this week, it’s likely you might catch Lisbon. But for now, you can listen below.
Hometown: Matthew Varty, Joe Atkinson, Gaz Turkington and Alex Wright, better known as Lisbon, hail from the coastal town of Whitley Bay near Newcastle.
Style: It’s hardly surprising that Lisbon have been compared to the likes of Foals and The...
Thursday 27 March 2014, 17:15
Maths Time Joy aka Tim Worthington is a producer/singer-songwriter from Kent and was tipped to us by our BBC Introducing show there. Why Maths Time Joy? It’s an anagram of his first two names, Timothy James. He makes lush, soulful electronica influenced by the likes of Dr Dre, James Blake and Flying Lotus, and has remixed the likes of Karma Kid and Bipolar Sunshine.
He’s released a few free EPs online but Atlantis is his first official single, featuring Chuuwee on rap duties. Blogs have already been getting very excited about Maths Time Joy, so expect to hear more from him in the near future. Enjoy!
Monday 24 March 2014, 11:39
Calling all new music fans! Be sure to tune in to Radio 1’s daytime shows all week to hear the latest BBC Introducing act, Dan Hyde, on the playlist. The DJs playing his newest track My Door include Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Huw Stephens, but you can get ahead by listening to it below.
Hometown: Dan Hyde is an 18-year old singer/songwriter currently studying at Sixth Form in Cannock, Staffordshire.
Style: My Door is an alternative indie pop track full of perfectly-placed musical accents. Dan recently tweeted that he’s enjoying listening to the likes of Nick Mulvey and Sigur Ros, and it...