Fusing elements of jazz, punk and progressive rock, The Harry Macintosh Project prepare to invade your musical senses in 2015 with a brand new EP.


The EP launch is at The Sanctuary Bar, Basingstoke on April 24th  (7.30pm £3)

Their aim is to offer something a little different than the run-of-the-mill metal and punk which seems rife in the bands West Berkshirehomeland. The Harry Macintosh Project gained notoriety for their high-energy, unpredictable music, performances and behaviour. Once described as ‘the Marmite of music’ for their uncanny ability to evoke extreme, and often polarised, opinions and reactions from their audiences, it’s safe to say that The Harry Macintosh Project are one of the most memorable bands you will ever hear or see. Extensive gigging around the UK, plus a self-released EP ‘Macrophage’ and a live album have kept the band busy over the years.


The Harry Macintosh Project of 2015 has seen a line up change, recruiting a second guitarist and dramatically altered their sound to a more mature and focused style which still retains the unhinged quirkiness of their earlier days.


“a huge chunk of quirkiness about them”

Basingstoke Gazette


The band played regularly throughout the UK in 2014 gaining new fans across the country and have written and recorded brand new EP ‘Such Is The Vulture’s Love’ which grabbed the attention of London-based Zube Records and is due to be released through the label on March 28th.


Further live performance will follow, with festival appearances around the country and a full scale UK tour in June. A second EP has already been written and is scheduled to be recorded in August.

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Silver Story are a rock band from St. Helens.

They release their new single Bleed in May

The band was formed in 2008 by original members Alex McCabe and drummer Gaz Haigh while Alex studied at nearby Liverpool hope university. Taking influence from a pool of genres Silver Story’s music has taken on a sound which is organic and intriguing, yet the songs leave you with the feeling that you have been listening to them for years. Frontman and songwriter Alex McCabe takes influence ranging from bands like Foo Fighters, Red hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana and Blink 182 to artists such as Bob Marley and The Beatles.

The band have released three EP’s, Soulmate:Eliminate” which was released in 2009 on the Animal Farm Label, ‘Wake Up’ (2011) and ‘Art & Vandals’ (2012) which the band self released.

The ‘Art & Vandals’ EP has proved to be a promising platform for Silver Story as the band harnessed the use of social media to build a loyal and growing fanbase. So crank your speakers up, Silver Story have well and truly arrived and they’re staying put!



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Austin, TX singer songwriter Joe Pug has released his new album ‘Windfall’ earlier this year via Loose Music.

The first single ‘If Still It Can’t Be Found’ was premiered on Rolling Stones and it featured Wilco’s Pat Sansone on mellotrone.  Now Joe, ahead of his imminent UK tour,  has released a video for album track ‘Bright Beginnings’. The video was filmed by director Aaron Brown on the streets of Joe’s hometown, to tell a story of struggling relationships, when the spark is lost along the way.

WATCH ‘BRIGHT BEGINNINGS’ VIDEO: https://youtu.be/giVRO9r5Kjg

Joe Pug will be hitting our shores in the summer, with a string of dates already confirmed in June:

03 June – St Pancras Old Church – London, UK – SOLD OUT
04 June – Gulliver’s – Manchester, UK
05 June – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK
06 June – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen – London, UK
19 July – Citadel Festival – London, UK

His rise has been as improbable as it has been impressive. After dropping out of college and taking on work as a carpenter in Chicago, he got his musical start by providing CDs for his fans to pass along to their friends. This led to a string of sold out shows and a record deal with Nashville indie Lightning Rod Records. After that he relentlessly toured for 4 years behind “Messenger” (2010) and The Great Despiser (2012),  playing over four hundred shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and The Newport Folk Festival.

The grind of four years of nonstop touring had taken its toll though, and by late 2013 he was ready to call it quits. Studio time was already scheduled though and deadlines had been set for a new record, so after a few weeks Pug was back to the business of writing songs.

“In retrospect, I was in a very unhealthy place. I was sitting in a room with the blinds shut and a notebook, forcing out words that weren’t there and drinking astonishing amounts of bourbon. I was looking at it as a job… as a business obligation, and that is a very slippery slope.” At that point he decided to make good on his promise from the previous tour. The album was put on indefinite hold. “I just needed to start behaving like a human being again.  I needed to reconnect with my girlfriend. I needed to eat healthy food. I needed to go enjoy live music as a fan. I really needed to make sure I still loved making music, because I really had my doubts at that point.”

The resulting layoff paid dividends in spades. When Pug set up camp in Lexington, KY in 2014 to record, he did so with some of the best songs he has ever written. The agenda was much simpler than previous albums. “The aim on this one was very straightforward. We wanted to capture the music just the way we play it, with minimal production. It was a very back to basics approach because ultimately that’s what I love about music, and that’s what I love about making music. I wanted to record these songs the way they were written and put them out in the world.” The result is ‘Windfall’, a collection of songs that are as close as we’ve gotten to a road map to Pug’s ambitions. He has collected plenty of the requisite Dylan comparisons over his young career but on this record it’s easier to hear the sway of more contemporary influences like Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams and M.Ward.

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Masters Of The Airwaves – Panel Discussion

The Rise & Rise Of Underground Radio

On Thursday 7th May we are presenting a panel discussion about the early days of urban music radio, new technologies, how to stay relevant in today’s society and what still motivates these early pioneers.

The Panel will include:
Simon Schoolboy Philips (Choice Fm/Radio 1/Capitol Radio)
Frenchie (PCRL/SCR/Fresh FM /Radio Sandwell)
Freakie Dee (Radio WM/Buzz FM)
Graeme Park (Kiss/Galaxy Key 103
Lindsay Wesker (KissFM/MTV/Mi Soul)
Dave VJ (KissFM/ChoiceFM/MiSoul)

Whether you were a part of the UK’s urban underground music scene in the 80s and 90s or a modern music radio fan this is not to be missed.

Masters of the Airwaves is a book about the early stages of urban UK music radio. 

It was compiled by original Kiss FM DJs/Broadcasters Lindsay Wesker and Dave VJ, and features a vast array of contributors including Jazzie B OBE, David Rodigan MBE, Trevor Nelson MBE and Norman Jay MBE,

‘This book is like a musical memoir. It gives a glimpse of the players, innovators, taste-makers and most importantly black music radio fans, who, in the formative years of the industry were crucial to its existence today.’
Trevor Nelson Radio 1/1Xtra


Masters Of The Airwaves Panel Discussion:
Thursday 7th May, 530-830pm at Birmingham City University Parkside Lecture Theatre

Register for your free tickets here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/masters-of-the-airwaves-the-rise-rise-of-underground-radio-tickets-16600755306

**Copies of the book will be available to buy at the event or you can buy online here**


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“Rumbling bass, snare-heavy drums and spectral echoes tone the verses, with Gardner playing a shaman extolling the sanctity he finds in the clouds. Whimsical and mind-expanding, Gardner’s brand of psych-pop has stepped out of the cabinet and into the light.” – DIY

“Find Yourself sees Gardner in a positively swooning, giddy air… vocals hazily wafting in the incensed breeze betwixt his baroque-tinged guitar leads.” – The Line of Best Fit

“It’s hard to hear Jacco Gardner and not think of the crossroads of rock and psychedelia, when the Beatles got a little more trippy, Syd was still with Pink Floyd, and pop nuggets were still the focus, not the 7-20+ minute epics that would proliferate as the decade wore on. His newest effort Hypnophobia returns to those early explorations, dropping expansive and far-out pop gems” – Noisey

“Dutch wunderkind creates creepily lovely paean to late-60s baroque pop.” – The Guardian

Dutch multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner is set to a cast a majestic and hypnotic psychedelic spell by sharing the title and driving track, Hypnophobia, from his brilliant second album, released 4th May on Full Time Hobby.

“I came up with the title “Hypnophobia” while falling asleep and part of my brain just didn’t turn off,” explains Gardner. “I often have trouble letting go of reality, even though I prefer the world in my dreams… Hypnophobia comes from a place where fears, darkness and creativity collide, like a slightly scary lucid dream. Fearing a loss of control definitely plays a big part of it.”

There’s an argument that Gardner is the hardest working man in rock.

Just back from a recent US tour which took in performances at SXSW, his five piece band will set on a full European jaunt through April and May, they will then return to America in June – barely drawing breath for three solid months. Along with the new single today, Gardner has also announced an Autumn UK tour including a performance at his spiritual home Liverpool to play the International Festival Of Psychedelia.

“Touring all over the world has completely changed me,” he says. “I’ve seen places I’d never seen before or didn’t even know existed. I think Hypnophobia has got some of its adventurous character from all those amazing experiences.”

Along with the new single today, Gardner has also announced an Autumn UK tour including performances at End Of The Road festival and Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia.

April 24 – London, UK @ 100 Club
Sep 4 – End of the Road Festival, UK
Sep 15 – Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Sep 16 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Sep 17 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Sep 18 – Coventry, UK @ Tin Angel
Sep 19 – Sheffield, UK @ The Leadmill
Sep 20 – Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega
Sep 22 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sep 23 – Stockton, UK @ The Georgian Theatre
Sep 24 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Sep 25 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Psych Fest
Sep 26 – Dublin, IRE @ The Workman’s Club

Pre-order Hypnophobia:http://fulltimehobby.sandbaghq.com/jacco-gardner-hypnophobia-pre-order.html

Jacco Gardner Official Website
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