Karousel x SESAC January Showcase
Tue 30 Jan
Karousel Music and SESAC are back with the first of their regular industry showcase for 2018, and this one is extra special as part of Independent Venue Week. Fans are welcomed with open arms too… as ever. See you there!
Tickets £5 Advance, £8 on the door. All proceeds to the acts.
/// REN HARVIEU ///
“Harvieu is the kind of Salford lass you can imagine a young Morrissey raving about… a fully formed star.” – THE GUARDIAN 5/5
“accessibly sumptuous…between easy-listening seductress and torch-song belter, her voice is soulful and dreamy with just a tang of something muskier in its sweetness.” – THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 4/5
“Hers is an arresting voice, soft and sweet, but dark in hue and sharp with melancholy, like a vinegar smoothie…. this is an impeccable debut.” – NME
“Ren Harvieu is the real deal as an artist and performer, but also as a person…” – LOUDER THAN WAR
Ren Harvieu is a darkly enigmatic singer/songwriter from Salford, Manchester. Her top 5 UK debut album ‘Through The Night’ showcased her supple yearning voice and leant towards 60’s pop, country & soul. She has performed with an eclectic array of artists including the legendary Tom Jones, US rapper Nas and with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
She’s currently putting the finishing touches to her follow up album with songwriting partner Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, it promises to be something truly special.
/// THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES ///
“In Paul Connolly they have one of the next generation’s great rock frontmen.” – Tom Robinson, *BBC Radio 6 Music*
‘Ferocious intelligence, primitive abandon and excoriating tendencies! In troubled times, the world needs punk rock heroes – The Wood Burning Savages are punk rock heroes!’- *Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio Ulster*
Formed in Derry City, Northern Ireland, The Wood Burning Savages are a fast paced punk rock band who proudly wear the rebel spirit of their hometown on their sleeves. With pulsating riffs and a sharp political edge, comparisons being drawn to Manic Street Preachers, The Clash and Queens of the Stone Age is not unusual.
Lauded for their frenetic live shows, each night serving up a full-blooded cocktail of breakneck guitars and frenzied anthems, they are led by enigmatic frontman and songwriter Paul Connolly. With each track The Wood Burning Savages share gritty real life tales of disillusion and indignation, giving a voice to a generation more marginalised and divided than ever before.
Recent shows include slots with fast rising rock acts The Amazons, VANT and Fangclub, alongside a hometown show with cult Irish guitar heroes And So I Watch You From Afar. Having played the BBC Introducing Tent at Glastonbury, the band have went on to play riotous sets at festivals throughout Ireland and beyond, taking in festivals in Scotland, Poland and Germany. They band will also join Death From Above to support them on the Irish leg of their European tour in 2018. Their music has even been embraced by the world of wrestling with Philadelphia grappler ‘The Product’ David Starr selecting ‘We Love You’ as his entrance theme!
/// MAZ O’CONNOR ///
‘Maz O’Connor’s ace, apart from her remarkable songwriting talent, is her captivating voice ****’ (Q MAGAZINE)
‘There is an inquiring intelligence as well as an emotional sensibility at work here…she plays and sings beautifully *****’ (SONGLINES)
Maz’s most recent album “The Longing Kind” (2016) was hailed by press and pundits alike and established her firmly in the roots scene as a force to be reckoned with. Performances on the UK festival scene followed as did numerous accolades. Hailing from the north of England, Maz O’Connor’s immigrant, Irish descendants’ roots are repeatedly present in her music. Combine this with a journey through the literary halls of Cambridge University, where Maz gained an honours degree in English Literature, and a relocate to the East End of London where she now lives and works, and one begins to understand the diverse influences driving this engaging singer- songwriter.
A paradox exists in Maz’s music. From her folk origins she carries a simplicity of song, a frankness and rawness that recall the starkly beautiful Cumbrian landscape of her childhood. At the same time, her considered and perceptive lyricism explores complex relationships between people and their surroundings, often presenting the modern city as a microcosm. She possesses the rare ability to create a whole world in a single song.Never one to rest on her laurels Maz has recently begun to explore a more contemporary soundscape. Collaborations with producers from the world of electronic pop music have lead to an exploration of shadowy, Scandinavian-esque, sonic spaces that accentuate simplicity, and set a scene for new repertoire that will be unleashed on the world in 2018.
/// FEHM ///
Turmultuous and brooding, FEHM present a contemporary ferocity through retro ’80s synths and vibrant soaring vocals’ THE LINE OF BEST FIT
‘Enthralling, continually evolving, intense vision of pitch black, post-punk that ripples with intelligence’ CLASH MAGAZINE
‘A slice of melancholy brilliance’ TOO MANY BLOGS
‘urgent and powerful post punk’ GOD IS IN THE TV
FEHM are a five piece post-punk band from Leeds who are part of Leeds ever evolving close knit DIY community. They started off as a 3 piece with Paul on vocals, Amy on bass and Chris on drums, Darren (synth) and Ben (guitar) joined earlier this year and this has seen the band take a turn into darker, more brooding, synth led, post punk.
The band combine influences such as The Sound, The Birthday Party, The Chameleons, New Order, and Lowlife to create music that is “startlingly brisk and wholly stark, (of which) the intensity of the delivery is married to a flood of fresh ideas” (CLASH MAGAZINE).
Their debut EP ‘Circadian Life’, released on Art is Hard Records last year was described by DIY as ‘Cut through with searing white heat…a fearsome stride forward for the three piece’.
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