EVOLUTION EMERGING, NEWCASTLE.....
We had Bob Allen from the wonderful Ever Since The Lake Caught Fire on last week's show. He was talking to us not about his band, but about the Evolution Emerging festival in Newcastle, which takes place this weekend.
The kind man has offered us a guide to who's playing at the fest, and who you should go and see if you're heading up there. So without much further ado it's over to Bob, say hello everyone.
Venue - The Cluny
Mammal Club are one of the most forward thinking indie bands in the area, their well-crafted cerebral sound blends synthesizers and samplers with crashing drums and sparse, yet effective, delay-drenched guitars that all of a sudden burst into life. At the same time as pushing the boundaries you'll be able to hear their understated quiet simplicity combined with plenty of melody. The band are currently playing throughout the UK and working on an upcoming release with Everybody's Stalking Records.
Venue - The Cluny 2
Soundtracks For A B-Movie are an emotive and affecting musical project conceived by Minotaurs guitarist Mick Ross, the eight-piece ensemble will be making one of their rare live outings to perform their cinematic pieces of ethereal bliss, originally created by Mick in his bedroom. The recorded tracks emit a satisfying glow from soaring soundscapes but you have to experience them live with full instrumentation to appreciate the effect that this kind of music can have on the hairs on the back of your neck.
Venue - Star & Shadow Cinema
Trafik are a progressive electro duo whose live and DJ sets have taken them around the world, with a style described as 'cinematic', 'aggressive' and 'epic'. Trafik have seen their music featured on TV, film and video game soundtracks as well as having remixes commissioned by UNKLE, Dave Seaman and Tilt. The new album 'Non But The Brave' is released on 21st June on Global Underground and their pulsing electronic sound is sure to get people moving at the Star & Shadow.
Venue - The Tyne
We Are Knuckle Dragger provide a more visceral, abrasive, heavy rock onslaught with plenty of huge riffs and guttural screams to keep the listener who chooses the more heavier path more than satisfied. The experimental punk outfit's explosive live show and recent single 'ME' released through Sapien Records has seen them receive praise from Radio1, Kerrang and Rock Sound.
Venue - The Cumberland Arms
Evolution Emerging's diverse lineup continues here with Dom P's hip hop trio Hellfire Club headlining the Cumberland Arms stage. Dom P has been producing and MCing since the age of 13 and has been involved in various successful projects, with Hellfire Club set to be no different. Their influences draw cover Big Brother and The Holding Company, John Lee Hooker and Jefferson Airplane to modern artists such as Jay-Z which proves to be the key to their diverse sound. They also play Generator's UMT:Emerging stage at the Evolution Weekender the following day.
Venue - The Tanners
Winter Hill Transmission bring a more stripped back, acoustic, indie folk sound to the table akin to Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear. The warm, dreamy sound gives a sense of escapism and the drums and keys are used to great effect to create a slow burning intensity as the luscious melodies glide over the perfect arrangements. The band are releasing a single later in the year and this intimate venue gives an ideal opportunity to see them live.