The Bikini Beach Band release new album. Legendary Festival Instrumental Outfit, The Bikini Beach Band, release
‘¡VIVA! On Stage in London’, a collection of 13 scorching live tracks. London is hardly known for its tropical climes, but venues across the city definitely hot up when these four fez-wearing, Surf Noir loving half-brothers take to the stage to deliver a blistering set of instrumentals as only the Bikini Beach Band can. With an army of fans of their outlandish performances on the UK (Big Chill, Glastonbury, Latitude, Love Box, Lost Vagueness, Bestival, Solfest) and international festival circuits, the band decided it was time to give the world at large the thrill of the live experience by releasing this album and enabling punters to have a beach party in the comfort of their own living rooms. ‘¡VIVA!’ contains 13 tracks including original material and unique covers recorded in venues across London, with fans pushing the band on to even loftier musical heights. When you strip away the flamboyant stage outfits, lovely Hula Honeys and ice cool stage personae, you’re left with the sound of belting, high-energy live performances of outstanding musicianship. Guitarists Esteban and Miguel Escovedo pay homage to the Holy Trinity of Twang: Hank Marvin, Dick Dale and Duane Eddy. Bass player Ricardo keeps the band firmly anchored while drummer Juan’s cymbal work shimmers like the surf kissing the shores of Bikini Beach at sunset. The special genius of The Bikini Beach Band lies in the original material and their unique take on pop classics. Where else would you find ACDC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ segueing into ‘Red River Rock’ (see what they did there?) and the crowd-pleasing Hawaiian treatment of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya?’ Burning brighter than a thousand tiki torches and hailing a musical endless summer, ¡Viva! On Stage in London’ is released on Mad Village Recordings on May 3rd.
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May 8 London N16 – SECRET GIG
8pm til late. To get full details, you must join the mailing list at
June 16 London – 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, W1 Tel: 020 7763 0933
Doors 8pm, entry TBC. With support TBA.
July 25 Gateshead – Summertyne Festival, outdoor stage TBC
Sept 12 Bestival – After Burner Stage
KATE NASH is set to play a special DJ set at Camden’s KOKO venue. The singer will spin the decks as part of the Propaganda indie club night, the UK’s biggest indie club night with 8 nights across the country including the esteemed Friday night slot at the brand new £5 million Gatecrasher Birmingham. On Wednesday 27th May, Propaganda, which has played host to other special guest DJs including Lily Allen, Kaiser Chiefs and Editors, lands at KOKO. That night, Nash will team up with DJ Dan, Oasis’ after show party DJ of choice, to play a very specialaudio-visual DJ set mixing the best new & classic indie alternative music Advance tickets are from £6, with further information available from www.thepropaganda.co.uk
Kate Marie Nash (born 6 July 1987) is an English singer-songwriter based in London. She had a UK #2 hit “Foundations” in 2007, followed by the platinum selling UK number 1 album Made of Bricks.
Nash was born in London on 6 July 1987. She grew up in Harrow, North West London. Nash first became interested in music during her childhood. She learned how to play the piano at Sandbach School. She attended St. John Fisher School (in Pinner) and moved onto the St Joan of Arc Catholic School, Rickmansworth. She was taught guitar by teacher Louis Mitchell. She studied Theatre at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in South London. She auditioned at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School but was rejected, after which she fell down a flight of stairs, breaking her foot. During her recovery, she was housebound and unable to move, so her mother bought her an electric guitar. Nash used this time to focus on her songwriting: she began to write some new songs, finished old ones and decided that she would book a gig at a local bar in Harrow called Trinity on Gayton Road for herself, to showcase her songs.
Nash started her career in 2006. After several gigs, Nash uploaded her music to the social networking website MySpace. Nash found a manager for herself before proceeding to look for producers for her music.
Moshi Moshi Records
Nash’s debut was a single, “Caroline’s a Victim”/”Birds,” produced and recorded in Iceland by Valgeir Sigurí°sson and released through Moshi Moshi Records in February 2007. The release was limited to 1000 copies, and was available on only 7″ vinyl. Due to demand another 1000 copies were made and sold out. CD Promo copies were produced for distribution to the press and DJs etc, and are occasionally available for sale. It is also featured on the CD “Moshi Moshi Singles Compilation”. A video for the song was released and received airplay on MTV2. The video, directed by Kinga Burza. The B-side, “Birds”, later featured on her début album, Made of Bricks. Both tracks have also been released as MP3 downloads.
In April 2007, Nash was signed to the Polydor offshoot Fiction Records. Nash’s second single and first through Fiction Records, “Foundations”, which she co-wrote with producer Paul Epworth, was released on 18 June 2007 and reached number two in the official UK Singles Chart. Following “Foundations,” Fiction announced plans to bring forward the release of Nash’s debut album to 6 August 2007. The album, Made of Bricks, produced by Paul Epworth, included many of the tracks she had been performing on her two nationwide tours. The album was leaked to filesharing networks days before its commercial release, and has received mixed reviews, The Independent describing it as being in “pole position for worst album of the year.” The album reached number 1 in the UK charts. During mid-2007, Nash performed at numerous festivals including Wireless Festival, Bestival, the Electric Gardens, Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds, Oxegen and T in the Park. She made her official TV performance début on Later with Jools Holland. Regarding the recording of a new album, Nash told NME that she had been inspired by The Supremes and has written a song called “Cat Song” in their honour. She is also set to release a duet single with Billy Bragg, a cover of The Shangri-Las “Give Him A Great Big Kiss”. As of October 2008 Nash is writing material for her second album which may have a more punk influenced sound. Nash is hoping to release the album in the UK during the summer of 2009. In late March 2009 Nash made the following comments regarding the recording of her new album during an interview with the BBC Newsbeat program. “I’ve done a bunch of demos. I’ve got about 14 to 16 songs recorded and I’m going to do another session at the end of the month. It’s really cool. I’ve been doing a lot of writing and I’m excited about getting stuck into new material. It’s different and it’s fun to be doing something new.” She previously previewed two new tracks – “Froggy” and “I Hate Seagulls” – at an intimate gig at the Matter music venue in east London in October 2008.
Featured Artist Coalition Nash has lent her support to the Featured Artist Coalition an organization whose goal is to give artists more say in the music industry decision process. Nash cited the emerging digital age as a reason artists should have a voice in decisions that effect their careers.
On 1 April, 2009 Nash joined in protests against the G20 summit outside of the Bank of England in London..
On 20 February 2008 she received a BRIT award for Best Female artist.
British Sea Power, Fightstar and Frank Turner will perform alongside around 60 acts at the event, which takes place on July 17 and 18.
Also lined up for the main stage are Danananaykroyd, Rolo Tamassi, Wild Beasts, Amplifier, The Chapman Family, Imperial Leisure, Six Nation State, Baddies, Sucioperro, Diagonal and Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man.
While the Leaf Lounge will see The Epstein, The Brute Chorus, Babel, Orphans and Vandals, Sailorette, Sandra and the Memory Machine, Wojtek Godzisz, Stanton Delaplane, The Master Chaynjis, Jim lockey, John Crampton, Dr Butlers Hatstand Medicine Band, Randall Stevens, Sara Schiralli and Dan Heaver.
Early entry passes are also available for just 500 festival fans for a ‘Special Guests Night’ of live music – and a prime camping spot – on July 16.
More acts are still to be announced.
The festival sold out last year and won the ‘A Greener Festival Award’ – for raising awareness of green issues and demonstrating its commitment to sustainability by recycling 78 per cent of waste among a host of eco-friendly measures. It was also shortlisted for Best Small Festival in the UK Festival Awards 2008.
It was born out of the organiser’s general disillusionment with the mainstream music festivals they had been attending for the last decade. Six friends increasingly frustrated with ever spiralling costs, poor facilities and pursuit of profit at all costs.
They were determined to set up an event with less commercial emphasis; and instead be about a love of live music and having a great time in a relaxing, affordable and inspiring environment.
Tickets cost £47 and early entry passes for July 16 cost £7. For more information visit www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk
More about British Sea Power .
British Sea Power are a four-man indie rock band based in Brighton, England, although three of the band hail originally from Kendal in Cumbria. Their style encompasses sweeping and often epic guitar pop with more visceral, angular and esoteric noises and instruments. Critics have likened their sound to a variety of groups, from The Cure to Pixies. They have released three albums and a number of EPs (most on Rough Trade) since they formed in 2000. The band is currently comprised of:
Yan (Scott Wilkinson) – Vocals, guitar
Noble (Martin Noble) – Guitar
Hamilton (Neil Wilkinson) – Bass, vocals, guitar
Wood (Matthew Wood) – Drum
Yan, Hamilton and Wood are school friends from Kendal in Cumbria. They were in a number of bands together while at school, but after finishing his exams Yan moved to study at Reading University, where he met guitarist Noble. A few years later Hamilton and Wood moved down to join them and form a band.
They played some gigs and produced a 4 track demo in Reading as British Air Powers, before relocating to Brighton in search of a more vibrant music scene. “British Sea Power” was actually the name of one of these demo tracks, and was eventually reworked into Carrion. In Brighton, BSP amassed a strong local following, due mainly to their own club night called “Club Sea Power”. The club nights featured many different support bands, and other forms of entertainment such as a 1930s fashion show, and were most frequently hosted at the Freebutt and the Lift (the latter has now closed down).
Their debut single, Fear of Drowning, was issued in limited numbers of their own Golden Chariot label. The artwork for the B side “A Wooden Horse” borrows heavily from the dust cover of the 1950 book “The Wooden Horse” that details the escape of Allied POWs during WWII. Geoff Travis of Rough Trade Records saw the band live and in September 2001 signed them to his label. A number of singles were issued on the label, and Eamon (Eamon Hamilton) was recruited to play live keyboards in autumn 2002.
The Decline of British Sea Power, the band’s debut album, was released in June 2003 to critical acclaim. A single from the album, “Carrion”, became the band’s first Top 40 single. The album only charted in the lower reaches of the UK Album Chart, but turned out to be a word of mouth success, shipping well over 60,000 copies over the following two years and allowing them to play sell-out UK tours to venues of over 1,000 people.
The follow-up, Open Season, was released in early April 2005, and also enjoyed wide critical praise. It showcased a more accessible, produced sound and charted at #13 in the UK Albums Chart. Lead single It Ended on an Oily Stage charted at #18 in the UK Singles Chart a week earlier.
British Sea Power have a reputation for elaborate and well-thought out live shows and won the 2004 Time Out London Live Band of the Year award. The stage is often decorated with foliage and plastic birds and sets generally finish with a semi-improvised song called “Rock in A”, which sometimes lasts for over 20 minutes. Various members often climb riggings and tear down the foliage, Eamon walks around the audience beating his marching drum, and a ten-foot bear, Ursine Ultra, occasionally makes an appearance – often taking a beating from various band members. This has become one of the signatures of the band. Their tours often include unusual venues such as the Scillonian Club on the Isles of Scilly, Grasmere Village Hall, the St. John Boste Social Club in Kendal, Cumbria and Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall.
The band have built up an eccentric image in interviews and press releases; some of which is based on fact, other times merely whimsical building of outward personas. This has included giving journalists grid references at which to meet them, and expressing obsessions with Field Marshal Montgomery and bird watching.
The band has a fiercely loyal and devoted hardcore fanbase, sometimes referred to as the Third Battalion.
At the beginning of 2006, it was announced that Eamon had left British Sea Power to concentrate on his own band Brakes. The group spent part of late 2006 working on new material in Montréal, and are preparing a DVD.
In 2007, American Laundromat Records announced that British Sea Power would record a version of the Pixies’ “Caribou” for an album called “Dig For Fire – A Tribute To Pixies.”
In October 2007, the band went on tour throughout the east coast of America to showcase their new 5-track EP, Krankenhaus Ep. In November 2007, they toured a variety of unusual locations in the UK including a seaside cafe in Saltdean, East Sussex; a ferry across the River Mersey, Liverpool; the Tan Hill Inn, the UK’s highest inn; All Saints Church in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and White Mischief, an indoor festival mixing live bands with unusual vaudeville acts.
Their Krankenhaus? EP was released digitally for purchasable download in October 2007 and was released on CD and vinyl on November the 20th. Their third album, Do You Like Rock Music? was released on 14th January 2008 in the U.K. and scheduled for release on 12th February 2008 in the U.S. Prior to their tour in support of Do You Like Rock Music? (visiting Ireland, UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany and US), Wood injured his back and had to be temporarily replaced by Tom White of Electric Soft Parade and Brakes fame.
In January 2008 the keyboard and cornet player ended up in hospital after being knocked unconscious when he attempted a stage dive. The crowd at Leeds Irish Centre failed to catch Phil Sumner, who jumped off a 12-foot PA system landing head first. The press department at Rough Trade Records reported “The impact knocked him out. Thankfully an ambulance was quickly summoned and he was whisked away, bloody and unconscious and despite a concussion, a broken molar and a maze of stitches in his chin, a very groggy Phil is expected to make a full recovery.” In spite of this, he returned to the stage with the rest of the band a day later in Kendal.
In February 2008, the band appeared on Later with Jools Holland, playing Waving Flags, Canvey Island and No Lucifer. They were ably accompanied by a small number of the London Bulgarian Choir and a display of Cumbrian wrestling. The band are also scheduled to play at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Latitude, T in the Park and Bestival.