Over the past eight years of playing music together, we’ve grown up through angsty teenage years into angstier adulthood, with only our music to reflect our hurdles and triumphs. On the days where the world seemed to be raging on indifferently or responsibilities came banging at our doors, we took solace amongst the singing, sweating people in front of us on a Friday night with that 10ft by 6ft space beneath our feet becoming our sanctuary.
In 2017 we independently released ‘Taking Chances’ with a sold out launch show at Mr Kyps and embarked on our first self-booked UK tour. After signing with booking agency Midnight Mango in 2018 we’ve had three extensive UK headline tours as well as supports on the tours of a plethora of inspirational artists. Our second album ‘Comedies and Tragedies’ was released on March 13th 2020 with another sold out show at The Old Firestation in Bournemouth, however, the promotional UK tour was halted as soon as the pandemic hit.If our first album, ‘Taking Chances’, is a post-university tale of early twenties life; refusing to conform and rebelling against anything that stands in the way of a good time, then consider ‘Comedies and Tragedies’ to be a reality check sequel; rife with confusion, uncertainty and the struggles of self-identity.
When creating music over the years, it has become integral for us to acknowledge not only a balance between guts and contemplation, but a harmony of punchy pop-punk guitar and hard-hitting drums with the complex but determined layers of banjo, mandolin and tin whistle intertwined. With this we strive to pay homage to our appreciation of folk music and the significance of punk throughout our upbringings.
In both 2016 and 2018, we won our place on Fireball’s ‘Fuelling the Fire Tour’ supporting Less Than Jake, Flogging Molly, The Bronx, The Skints and Face to Face. We then subsequently had an endorsement from Fireball UK in 2019 and featured in Kerrang!’s online coverage of the tour. We also appeared on BBC radio Solent with our single ‘Rise and Fall’ on March 10th 2018.
Formed in 2009, Bohemian Betyars is a fiddler band with a purpose to spread the feeling of bitter revelry (an oh so Hungarian specialty) the farthest possible. The Budapest-based world music band incorporates a hilarious number of genres into its sound: speed-folk freak-punk spiced up with Hungarian, Balkanic and Gipsy elements.
From the USA to Spain, China to Japan, in the last couple of years this real power boost band made the audience dance about a thousand times. Be it on the street, at a club or a festival, the catchy tunes of Bohemian Betyars will yank you out of the mundane weekdays and throw you into the deep waters of delirium, just as it was planned to happen.
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We know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: “Why should I care about the Urban Voodoo Machine? They’ve been around for ages, haven’t they? Aren’t they a novelty band who wears funny make-up? Don’t they sometimes play jazz? Aren’t half of them dead or something?”
So bear with us, sunshine, cos you clearly need educating.
The story starts with Paul-Ronney Angel, a man with a double-barrelled first name. I could be a wanker about this and say the story starts with Bon Scott-era AC/DC – with Tom Waits, or the Clash, Louis Armstrong, the Pogues, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Johnny Cash, Lionel Bart or Bertolt Brecht – but let’s stick with Paul-Ronney, it’s quicker.
Paul-Ronney Angel ate his parents and fled the fjords of Norway with just a bottle of moonshine and several slices of decomposing fish in his back pocket. (Before he left they tried him in the Norwegian Army – he lasted a total of five hours.)
After that, Angel washed up in London during the dying breaths of Thatcherism and took advantage of all that swinging London had to offer: he sold The Big Issue, busked Johnny Thunders & Robert Johnson numbers in Soho bus stops and played guitar for anyone who’d have him.
The Urban Voodoo Machine came to him in 2002 as a fully-formed idea. He’d lead a band who’d play ‘Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’n’Stroll’. They’d dress in black and red. There would be a LOT of them. And their music would sound like a great night out in a dangerous part of town. From the get-go, The UVM fused junkyard blues and stinging rockabilly with mariachi horns, fiddles, sinister cabaret and punk rock tangos. “I wanted to play rock’n’roll music with a different instrumentation,” says Angel, “taking inspiration from everything from delta blues, latin and gypsy music without losing the spirit and attitude of punk.” His lyrics – part Lemmy, part Bob Dylan – made other (more acclaimed) songwriters sound totally. Fucking. Boring.
JPson left South Africa right after school to go discover his European roots inheritated from his Swiss father. What seemed like a 10- month joy trip a way from home turned into a 10-year journey around Europe, which JP refers to as his University of life. Through his travels he realised on a regular basis how he would constantly find peace within lyrics and melodies. Even though the life of a wary traveler can sometimes be extremely tiring, he would often gather warmth and support from the music he listened to and find guidance in the music he created.
Since 2017 JPson has released 3 EPs (Coming Home, Children of the Light and A Whole New Road), performed over 150 shows in Europe supporting acts such as Bukahara, Sean Koch, Will and the People, Jon and Roy and Current Swell, including his own sold out headline shows, toped the Submit Hub TOP 50 FOLK CHARTS, reached #36 with his single “A Whole New Road” on the German College airplay charts including features by major German radio stations such as SWR3, and accumulated over 1.5 million streams on Spotify without a debut album or any label support. JPson is now ready to share his 4th independent EP release “Wolves at War” with the world which will be out in September 2021.
When a band of Sicilian rockers, adepts of Mediterranean and Balkan music, decided to recreate it to their own recipe, the result was quite simply stunning.
With a Gypsy-Punk energy that would get village grandmothers off the bench and dancing, the six rascals of Giufà take us tumbling under the hot sun of the Balkans, the Maghreb or Syracuse with melodies inspired by both the Sicilian Tarantella and by Spanish or Afro-Cuban rumba.
A wildly playful music with lyrics full of imagery that deal with politics and more personal themes, but always with the same bandit humor.
On January, 17th the new album ” It’s Everything Alright” is produced released by Escudero Records / Disques Office.
Oft haben Bands tolle Namen, liefern jedoch musikalische Exkremente. Hier isset andersrum. Trotz des vermarktungstechnisch hinderlichen Namens ist Hasenscheisse eine hervorragende Live-Band. Sie hat ein gewisses Crossover Potential in Richtung Mainstream. Hasenscheisse erreicht mit seinem genreübergreifend, fröhlich und gleichzeitig anspruchsvoll gesellschaftskritischen Spiel ein ungeheures Spektrum verschiedenster Zuhörerschichten. Hat man sich erstmal an den Namen gewöhnt, staunt man verwundert, dass pogende Punks, junge Familien mit kreischenden Kleinkindern und wohlgebräunte Senioren sich so einträchtig vor der Bühne versammeln und lauschen. Allein der Song „Bernd am Grill“ hat mittlerweile 4 Millionen YouTube-Klicks.
Hasenscheisse hoppeln sowohl auf großen Bühnen und Festivals, überzeugen bei Straßenmusikfesten oder verzaubern im kleinen bestuhlten Kreis den aufmerksamen Zuhörer!
Da denkt man, man hätte schon alles gesehen und dann kommt Hasenscheisse. Mehr Beipackzettel gefällig?
Billy Rowan aka The Undercover Hippy ist bestimmt kein klassischer Singer-Songwriter. In seiner Musik vereint er Reggae-Rhythmen mit packenden Hooks und mitreissenden Grooves und singt zwischendurch, als wäre er schon jahrelang als Hip-Hop-MC unterwegs. Während die Musik von Undercover Hippy über 6 Millionen Streams auf Spotify aufzeichnet, legt die Band jedes Jahr viele Kilometer zurück, um ihren mehr als 80 Shows allein in Großbritannien nachzugehen. Billy Rowan unterhält zusammen mit seinen Mitstreitern die Zuschauer*innen durch ihre intelligent provokativen und politischen Texte und einem «Feelgood-Groove».
“Like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest, and The Sleaford Mods”
Tom Robinson, BBC6Music
Platon Karataev, benannt nach einem Charakter des Schriftstellers Leo Tolstoy, wurde 2016 in Budapest gegründet. Sie vereinigen auf ihrem Debüt-Album „Her“ Folk, Indie und wunderschöne Gesangslinien. Das Resultat erinnert mitunter an Mumford and Sons und Helden der modernen Indie-Folk-Szene wie Bon Iver und Ben Howard schimmern ebenfalls durch. Verblüffend ist die Schnörkellosigkeit mit der die vier Herren ans Werk gehen. Die Songs schweben mitunter federleicht, um dann wieder durch klare und knackige Rockstukturen vorangetrieben zu werden.
Internationales Interesse erlangte die Band 2018 beim Zandari Festa in Südkorea, darauf folgte ihre erste Europa Tournee. 2019 spielten sie ua dann auch beim Liverpool Soundcity, Reeperbahnfestival Hamburg und auf dem Waves in Wien. Im Juni 2020 erschien ihr aktuelles Album “Atoms”.
Platon Karataev, named after a Leo Tolstoy character, was formed in 2016. With their music, the Hungarian indie quartett wanders around the core of existence, seeking answers through paradoxes, contemplating on questions by observing elements on an atomic level or viewing them from an astronomical perspective. After For Her’s (2017) instant success the band gradually moved away from their acoustic sound to a more broader one. Atoms (2020), with a heavier instrumentation, focuses on speaking about the most universal but on the most personal level with catharsis being a key element of the album. The upcoming new record (Nov 2021) will continue diving into the collective subconscious and will be followed by the band’s first Europe tour. In the past four years Platon Karataev not only gained attention on a local level but was recognized internationally, too with more than 5 million streams on Spotify mostly from the USA, the UK, and Germany. Besides three different German tours the band already performed at major festivals like Sziget, Reeperbahn, Zandari Festa Seoul, Moscow Music Week, and Liverpool Sound City.
Fabulous Sheep, the five boys of Fabulous Sheep definitely are not. The quintet releases a white hot rock in a rush, served by twenty years old kids in fury. United for seven years, brothers for some and all of them from Béziers, the lone youth and the tensions of the city have directly inspired the band, which through its lyrics tells the story of a headlong rush : their own.
In constant ascent since 2014 : 2 DIY EP released and their first album was released this year. Already spoted by specielized media like Rock’n Folk or Ouï FM, those five kids assemble in a friendship, a family, and have already pushed the door of some big festivals among their 200 gigs (festival Les Déferlantes, Le Printemps de Bourges off, Transmusicales de Rennes off).
In 2017, the band operated a 50 gigs tour all around France and ended it in Rennes for the Transmusicales, this time in the official line-up.