James Robinson, Liam Grindell, Jack Richards, Dan Parker and Michael Branam, collectively, are the band Affairs. From scattered countries throughout the UK, the Alt/Indie/Electro outfit met at Hull University, drawn together by their mutual appreciation for great music, art, slick hair, tight jeans and loose hips. Affairs have earned a reputation as being a well-dressed quintet armed with ethereal and theatrical live performances. Their music contains elements that are simultaneously uniquely modern and nostalgic, as laptop-made samples and loops combine seamlessly with vintage guitars accompanying a dramatic vocal style. Comparisons have been drawn to artists as diverse as Foals, David Bowie and The Smiths. Their debut forthcoming EP, Stained Gold, is set to be released this summer.
The Ruiins is a duo comprised of Adam Dooker and Pat Sugden from Australia, who create raw blues and vintage rock music. Sean Cook, former Yves Klein Blue bass player known for his work with Big Scary, produced The Ruiins’ debut single “Eventually.” The single showcases their captivating riffs, heart filled vocals and their rich personalities. Experienced on stage, performing in front of audiences throughout Sydney to the trendiest venues in Brisbane, the twosome just wrapped up an Australian tour, which featured stops in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and more.
Blossoms, comprised of Tom Ogden (vocals, guitar), Charlie Salt (bass, backing vocals), Josh Dewhurst (lead guitar), Joe Donovan (drums) and Myles Kellock (keyboards, backing vocals), are a mosaic five piece formed three years ago in Stockport, UK. Musically influenced by the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, ABBA and Oasis, the guitar-pop outfit have been heavily supported by London’s Radio X Head of Music Mike Walsh and were named one of the finalists on the BBC Sound of 2016 list, which features the hottest new acts for the year. In addition, they’ve garnered support globally on the syndicated radio program Passport Approved. Following up with their success of the Blown Rose EP released last July. The quintet released “Charlemagne,” taken from the EP of the same name, which drew praise from both radio and online bloggers. The four song EP served as a precursor to the self-titled album, which is due in August. Blossoms are becoming one of the hottest live bands in the UK, performing at a number of festivals including SXSW, The Great Escape, T in the Park, Latitude, Reading & Leads as well as two shows in Tokyo. Upcoming gigs this month include Best Kept Secret Festival in the Netherlands, the Northside Festival in Denmark, Glastonbury in the UK and the Bravalla Festival in Sweden.
Englishman Matthew Irons (guitar, vocals) and Swede Egil "Ziggy" Franzen (drums, backing vocals) along with France’s Romain Decamp (bass, backing vocals) joined forces on the streets of Brussels to form Puggy over a decade ago. Their first three studio albums won them a loyal following, not only in their local playground, but also in France, where they began to perform at an impressive number of festivals and concerts, initially as support acts for Incubus, The Smashing Pumpkins among others, before rapidly rising to the top of the bill at such legendary French venues as the Olympia Bruno Coquatrix in Paris, Le Transbordeur and the Toulouse Bikini. The Belgian trio recently released their fourth album Colours, which is currently available in France, Switzerland and Belgium and soon to be released in the Netherlands later this month, with other countries to follow. The new album illustrates the exuberant multi-colored approach that has become the group’s trademark over the years. Colours was produced by David Kosten, the grand sound wizard behind Bat For Lashes and Everything Everything, who performs in his own right as Faultline. Puggy’s road diary is quickly filling up with confirmed dates in Switzerland, France, Belgium, Canada and more approaching.
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