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TGTF Guide to SXSW 2017: Northern England artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW

By on Wednesday, 1st March 2017 at 11:00 am

For so many years and continuing on to this day, the North of England has always been a hot bed for new musical talent. Today’s installment of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2017. will introduce you to 12 acts from ‘oop norf’, some may you have already heard of or heard on the radio, some you may have not. Except where noted, the summaries below were written by our Northern Irish correspondent based in Derry, Adam McCourt, who also went to uni in Leeds. Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2017 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

All We Are – pop / Liverpool
Liverpudlian trio All We Are describe themselves on Facebook as “The Bee Gees on diazepam”. The description is not far off, as they showcase similarities in vocal textures and harmonies, but with more downtempo and wavy grooves. Although they are based in Liverpool, none of the members actually hail from there. Bassist Guro Gikling is from Norway, Rich O’Flynn from Ireland is on drums and Luis Santos from Brazil plays guitar, making them probably the most multinational band to attend SXSW from this side of the Atlantic. Their self-titled debut album, released back in 2015, is available now. FFO: Warpaint, Wild Beasts, Django Django [As of 21/2, this act is no longer listed on the SXSW Music Festival schedule.]


Autobahn – punk / Leeds
Five-piece post-punk outfit from Leeds, Autobahn are Northern and proud of it. From depressing song titles to their screechy guitar tones, Autobahn’s music depicts the gloomy industrialisation of Northern England almost perfectly. Autobahn’s debut album ‘Dissemble’ was released in the summer of 2015 and contains all of the above, as well as Johnson’s honest lyrics and droning vocal melodies. [Their Facebook suggests a new album is done and dusted. We wait with baited breath. – Ed.] FFO: Joy Division, Bauhaus [As of 21/2, this act is no longer listed on the SXSW Music Festival schedule.]


False Advertising – rock / Manchester
False Advertising (pictured at top) are a self-proclaimed “twisted power-grunge” trio from Manchester. The female-fronted band create a perfect blend of dreamy guitar melodies and equally light-hearted vocal melodies against fuzzy guitar tones and a driving rhythm section. Fronted by Jen Hingley on guitar and vocals, backed by Josh Sellers on bass and Chris Warr on drums, their self-titled debut album was released in September 2015, and an EP titled ‘Brainless’ followed in 2016. FFO: Cheatahs, Nirvana


Findlay – blues / pop / London via Manchester
You can take the girl out of the North, but you can’t take the North out of the girl. Case in point: Natalie Rose Findlay, who goes by her surname just like fellow Mancunian-born Morrissey, doesn’t really give a monkey’s. We’ve seen her charismatic performances at festivals before, and we imagine her rough around the edges style, in line with the ever-burgeoning lo-fi rock scene both in America and the UK, will be just the ticket in Austin. FFO: The Kills, PJ Harvey (Mary Chang)

To read our past coverage of Findlay here on TGTF, go here.

Fizzy Blood – punk / Leeds
Since forming in 2014, Heavy rock five-piece from Leeds Fizzy Blood have made major strides with their huge in-your-face riffs, melodic vocal melodies and insanely energetic live shows. They released their debut EP ‘Feast’ on 22nd of June 2015 and have since amassed under their belt a vast number of international shows and tours alongside acts such as Allusondrugs, Sun Club, The Virginmarys and punk icons The Dead Kennedys, as well as appearing at top UK festivals Download, Live at Leeds and Sound City. FFO: Queens of the Stone Age, Allusondrugs, Pulled Apart By Horses


Her’s – pop / Liverpool
Outsiders from outsider towns, Stephen Fitzpatrick from Barrow in Furness and Audun Laading from Kristiansand, Norway, met whilst at university in Liverpool. They instantly connected over a “love of peculiar, sardonic humour and wide eyed observations”, according to their Facebook bio. Hmm. Any way you slice it, the duo present a loveable blend of dream pop that seems to transport any listener to the seaside towns from which they individually hail from. FFO: Mac Demarco, Beach Boys

LIFE – punk / Hull
Considering all the crap that’s happening in the world today, sometimes you need a release valve. You need music you can listen to, to get your aggressions out. LIFE, hailing from the East Yorkshire riverside town whose most famous musical export has been The Housemartins, are clearly here to put Hull back on the British rock map. Incisive lyrics backed by punishing rock guitars? Yes, please. Oh, and if you needed any convincing, they also wrote a protest song unveiled on the day of that Cheeto’s inauguration. Check. FFO: The Clash, their recent tourmates Slaves (Mary Chang)


Menace Beach – alt-rock / Leeds
Menace Beach are an alt-rock act from Leeds, mainly made up of core members Ryan Needham and Liza Violet; the rest is somewhat of a revolving line-up. Menace Beach’s debut album ‘Ratworld’ was released in January 2015, which was followed up by the ‘Super Transporterreum’ EP in the same year and last month’s ‘Lemon Memory’, reviewed by our Rebecca here. FFO: Pulled Apart By Horses, The Jesus and Mary Chain [As of 21/2, this act is no longer listed on the SXSW Music Festival schedule.]

Read all of our past coverage on TGTF on Menace Beach through here.


She Drew the Gun – singer/songwriter / The Wirral
From the banks of the Mersey in a small peninsula called The Wirral is where fuzz pop four-piece She Drew the Gun reside. Formed and fronted by singer/songwriter Louisa Roach, the band offer dark, fuzz-filled pop topped with delightful and emotive vocals. She Drew the Gun have received continuous support from BBC Radio 6 Music after their debut album ‘Memories of the Future’ was named ‘Album of the Day’ upon its release last April 2016. FFO: Big Deal, Julia Jacklin, Lucy Rose

Trudy and the Romance – pop / Liverpool
This Liverpool trio were formerly known as simply ‘Trudy’ and ‘Trudy Sings The Blues’ before settling on the poetic Trudy and the Romance. Oliver Taylor (vocals/guitar), Lewis Rollinson (bass) and Brad Mullins (drums) together produce raucous, guitar-driven indie pop with Hollywood-tinged vocal melodies that will simultaneously tug on the heartstrings and tap on the funny bone. FFO: Mac DeMarco, Tame Impala, Beach Boys [As of 21/2, this act is no longer listed on the SXSW Music Festival schedule.]


VANT – protest rock/punk / London via Seaham
London via Seaham band VANT have been slaving away in the industry since their formation in 2014. The protest rock group, led by Mattie Vant, have garnered attention after appearing as support for Royal Blood, as well as touring with DIY Magazine’s NEU tour. They’ve already hit a dizzying array of festivals, including Dot to Dot, Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury, 2000 Trees and Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, as well as racked up plays of their numerous singles anointed as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’. Their debut album ‘Dumb Blood’ is out now; you can read our Steven’s review of last year’s ‘Karma Seeker’ EP through here. FFO: Otherkin, Palma Violets

Read our past coverage on VANT here.


The Vryll Society – rock / Liverpool
Expect the unexpected from The Vryll Society. With a sound that touches on different facets of classic, psychedelic and prog rock, the Liverpudlian quintet present a body of work sure to keep any listener on their toes. Fuzz-infused rock led mainly by the rhythm section of Lloyd Shearer on bass and Benjamin Robinson on drums with lots of decorative guitar flourishes from Ryan Ellis and Lewis McGuinness, all topped by Michael Ellis’ catchy, melodic vocals, The Vryll Society stimulate both the mind and soul with their music. FFO: Tame Impala, The Wytches, Honeyblood

Read our past coverage on TGTF on The Vyrll Society through here.



VANT / February and March 2017 UK/Irish Tour

By on Friday, 3rd February 2017 at 8:00 am

Punk rock protest quartet VANT have announced a headline tour of the UK and Ireland to follow the upcoming release of their debut album ‘Dumb Blood’. The LP is due for release on the 17th of February via Parlophone and will feature the band’s 2016 single ‘Peace & Love’. Frontman Mattie Vant says of the upcoming tour, “Every time we play a show it’s a form of activism, a form of protest. For me, rock music has always gone hand in hand with making a stand, being at the forefront of a movement and trying to change the world.”

Tickets for the following live shows are available now. Following these tour dates, VANT is scheduled to appear at SXSW 2017 in Austin, TX. TGTF’s previous coverage of VANT, including editor Mary’s interview with Mattie Vant from last November, is collected right through here.

Friday 24th February 2017 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Saturday 25th February 2017 – Leeds Wardrobe
Sunday 26th February 2017 – Dublin Academy 2
Monday 27th February 2017 – Belfast Oh Yeah Centre
Wednesday 1st March 2017 – Manchester Gorilla
Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Sheffield Plug
Friday 3rd March 2017 – Birmingham Institute 2
Saturday 4th March 2017 – Swansea Sin City
Sunday 5th March 2017 – Oxford Academy 2
Tuesday 7th March 2017 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 8th March 2017 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 9th March 2017 – London Electric Ballroom


(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: VANT share stylised ‘Do You Know Me?’ video from December 2016 London Scala show

By on Tuesday, 17th January 2017 at 4:00 pm

London via Newcastle protest band VANT are just chomping at the bit for their opportunity to wow punters at SXSW 2017 in March. Don’t believe me? Read my interview with their frontman Mattie Vant from November through here. For those of you (and myself) who have not have the wonderful opportunity to see the group perform live, either at a regular headline show, or at their homecoming show back at Newcastle Cluny in early November for last autumn’s edition of Dr. Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING tour, they’ve got something special for us.

In December, they performed at London Scala in the north of the city. It’s a pretty cool venue to start out with, so any live video shared from the place would look very cool anyway. However, they didn’t stop there. Through stylised editing of the actual performance as if a moving scrapbook, as well as coverage of their fans queueing outside and enjoying the show once inside, this video comes across as high-energy documentation of the band’s blistering live performance experience. Watch it below. Stay tuned of our coverage of VANT when we’re out in Austin. To read through our growing back catalogue of coverage on VANT, follow this link.



Live Gig Video: VANT performs ‘Peace & Love’ in Newcastle from Dr. Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING tour

By on Friday, 2nd December 2016 at 4:00 pm

The purposeful controversy-causing London-based band VANT performed on the 12th of November at Newcastle Cluny. It was one in a series of shows on Dr. Martens #STANDFORSOMETHING autumn tour, which also starred twin brother dance duo Formation and Hackney MC Paigey Cakey. (A live performance by Formation from October at the Scandinavian Church in Liverpool on this tour can be watched here.) Today, we’ve got live video of VANT performing single ‘Peace & Love’ in frontman Mattie Vant’s childhood backyard of the North East. Watch the politically conscious band in all their live glory below. For more on the group here on TGTF, including a Q&A with him ahead of this appearance in the Toon, follow this link.



(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Interview: Mattie Vant of VANT

By on Monday, 7th November 2016 at 11:00 am

A band currently on everyone’s lips are London-based VANT. Why all the hype? I think we can all agree that there are some pretty terrible things going on in this world, and yet there are few brave enough to say something about it. Judging from their recent shout from the folks at SXSW for next year’s festival, it’s a position the folks in Austin want to hear.

Frontman and primary songwriter Mattie Vant hasn’t shied away from damning of the government and their policies he disagrees with, making him one of the strongest young protest voices of the UK music scene today. Not surprisingly, he and his band will be playing a gig on the Dr. Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING autumn tour this coming Saturday night at Newcastle Cluny, not far from where he grew up. Ahead of what I expect is their rocketing to international stardom following their first appearances in America in the new year,

Tell us about your earliest memories of hearing music. How did it become a part of your life?
Music first became apparent to me whilst riding in my Dad’s dilapidated Rover 800. The fact that it was the main focus of the journey became really apparent to me. It was probably the first time I was aware of it’s influence and how it effects your state of mind, that was the hook for me.

When you did you start playing an instrument? Were your parents supportive?
It was a gradual process for me, I was rejected as a 7-year old when the violin / guitar guy assessed my class and decided I wasn’t ‘musically gifted’. I joined a recorder choir when I was 9 but was severely bullied so gave up. At 10, I tried Spanish acoustic but hated it. I begged my parents for an electric guitar aged 13. Eventually they complied, and I’ve never looked back since.

Seaham is a long way from Brighton and London. Has your upbringing in County Durham has affected your writing and point of view and if it has, how do you think it plays out in your music?
It probably has, certainly because it drove me to the point of escapism. I love aspects of that part of the world but it has never felt like home and I hate the narrow-minded nature of some of the society up there. Moving south enhanced my liberal beliefs and proved that there are a lot more people aligned with my mentality than I initially thought. Realising that ‘home’ isn’t necessarily where you grew up was a massive awakening to me.

I understand that it was through your management of the Dalston venue Birthdays that you met your future bandmates. Venue management is not experience most musicians have. What do you think were the biggest lessons you learned while manager? What advice would you give bands coming up now, knowing what you know from your time there?
I definitely learnt what not to do. It’s really important to respect the bar staff because without there dedication to fuelling people’s alcoholism shows wouldn’t be anywhere near as fun! I guess it’s about seeing all the cogs in a machine and appreciating there importance and influence on the overall event.

I read in this Team Rock feature on VANT that you respect the songwriting of Ray Davies and Frank Black, who are from very different decades of music. What makes them each special to you?
Ray Davies laid the foundation of honesty within music, commenting on his own life as he moved up the social pyramid. The Kinks to me are massively underrated. In a similar vein, Frank Black managed to take the format of vocals, guitar, guitar, bass, drums and turn into something completely unique – he influenced and continues to influence generations of artists. The Pixies are basically the equivalent of a non-commercially successful Beatles.

In the same article, there’s emphasis on your DIY roots and the self-release of your first single. How important is this ethos to you?
When we initially started, we recorded and intended to release our debut independently. By a series of inexplicable events, we ended up signing to the prestigious Parlophone label, which gave us the opportunity to share our music on a much bigger platform. The fundamental principles [on] which we built ourselves upon haven’t changed. Now we just have more of an opportunity to express those beliefs to a larger audience.

Were you excited / worried about signing to a major label, their having control over your music, etc.? You must have been courted by many labels?
Parlophone got us immediately, they understood where we were coming from and what our ambition was. They have never tried to mould us, and this was vital. We have complete creative control, they are just helping us reach an audience that was unachievable on our own. As a label, Parlophone have always allowed their artists to grow and change freely and this was something that was massively influential in our decision to join their ranks rather than the multitude of other labels we met with.

In August, you released your ‘Karma Seeker’ EP. Which of the EP’s songs is most important to you, and why?
I think ‘Birth Certificate’ resonates with a lot of people. Watching the meaning of that song develop over the last few years has been really interesting. Sadly, it’s has and probably always will be relevant to something whether that is visa control, immigration, refugees, the EU Referendum or Donald Trump the message rings true. [You can read more about this EP by VANT in Steven’s review of it through this link.]

VANT will be performing at the Cluny on the 12th of November for the Dr. Martens #STANDFORSOMETHING tour. Is this going to be a messy one, being back in Newcastle?
The Cluny is a staple of the North East community. It’s a great independent venue with a wonderful ethos, I’ve always loved playing there over the years and it’s the perfect opportunity to come back once more and showcase our new material! Most of my friends have moved away from the North East, so I can’t imagine it being anymore chaotic then any of our other shows.

You’ve toured with some pretty big names, including Royal Blood. What did you take from your time supporting other bands?
When you play a support show, it’s similar to festivals, it’s all about winning the audience over, which is a rewarding challenge when it goes right. Watching bands like Catfish and the Bottlemen, Biffy Clyro and Royal Blood work an audience of that size was really interesting, I’ve definitely got a few manoeuvres in my back pocket now for when the time is right!

Congratulations on getting a shout to SXSW 2017! What does the invitation for VANT to showcase in Austin and play in America mean to you? Does the spectre of performing a song like ‘Jesus Was a Conman’ in front of Americans worry or energise you?
It’s incredible, it’s one of those massive band bucket list moments. I just want to stir as much shit as I possibly can in America, to me they are a genetically modified warning sign to the rest of the world. I’ll be curious to see how ‘I Don’t Believe In God’ and ‘Put Down Your Gun’ go down as well. We’ll probably have to play them in that order!

There’s a rumour going around that your debut album is done and will be released next year. Is this true? If yes, what can you fans expect from the new release?
It’s [scheduled to be] out on the 17th of February 2017. For me, it’s a marker in history of where we are as a species. If an alien happens to come down in a few hundred years when we are extinct and all that’s left is one of our vinyls sticking out of the ground, I believe it will be a pretty good summary of how everything went wrong.

Here’s your chance to have a final word with our readers. Go for it.
Wake the fuck up, get out of your digital atmospheres and talk about important stuff in the REAL world. It’s the only chance we have of survival, it all starts with discussion. Peace and love.

Many thanks to Mattie for answering my many questions. Without a doubt, VANT will be one of the hottest tickets in town come March in Austin, so pencil them in your schedules now, SXSW-ers. Thank you also to Jamie for sorting this interview out for us. The Dr. Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING tour stops in Newcastle this Saturday night at the famed Cluny; at the time of this writing, tickets are still available and can purchased here.


Video of the Moment #2206: VANT

By on Friday, 21st October 2016 at 6:00 pm

Though they’ve relocated to London from Yorkshire, VANT haven’t lost their edge. The socially conscious band who released a new EP, ‘Karma Seeker’, back in the summer have a new music video for us today. You can read Steven’s review of ‘Karma Seeker’ through this link. ‘Peace & Love’ is their current single, which frontman and principal songwriter Mattie Vant describes this way:

We finished writing ‘Peace & Love’ in the wake of the Paris attacks. Atrocities like these are taking place worldwide on a daily basis, but it’s only when something happens so close to home that it truly grabs the full attention of our society. We live on a planet that has forgotten what the words ‘Peace & Love’ mean and what they stood for in the ’60s and ’70s. The power of the peace movement changed the world forever but our unity is starting to slip. ‘Peace & Love’ have become throwaway words, fashion statements, cheap symbols that have lost their value. We need to reconnect with their true meaning because, more than ever, we are living in a time that really does need ‘Peace & Love’.

They are currently on tour in October supporting You Me at Six. You can also catch them on tour in the UK in November, including their biggest show to date in London at Scala on the 29th. Their first gig next month is a Dr. Martens #STANDFORSOMETHING autumn tour show at Newcastle Cluny on the 12th of November. All their live dates are listed here on their Facebook.



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