Before Chris T-T and the Hoodrats return to Cheltenham tomorrow for the first time in three years, here’s a little playlist by way of introduction for the uninitiated…
Catch them at The Frog and Fiddle, 313-315 High Street, Cheltenham tomorrow with support from Hard Stairs and Neil Morris. Tickets can be bought here
Writer and music maker Chris T-T is one of the UK’s most consistently acclaimed underground artists. Active since 1997, Chris has released nine albums, including a trilogy about London: The 253 (2001), London Is Sinking (2003) and Capital (2008), as well as influential political protest record 9 Red Songs (2005) and most recently The Bear (2013).
He has written for Dark Mountain, Louder Than War, Huffington Post, NME.com, New Public Thinkers and for four years wrote a weekly column on the arts in The Morning Star. He has spoken at TEDx, Boring Conference, SOAS, Brighton Digital Festival, Interrogate! at Dartington Hall, AIM Music Connect, Leeds University, Great Escape Convention, UC Falmouth and many others.
“A national gem of a songwriter.”
Emerging from roots in late 90s lo-fi and psych-folk, Chris first gained acclaim for sarcastic, city-obsessed urban folk. More recently he has developed into an influential figure of UK songwriting; crossing barriers between punk, psych-pop and English folk, inspiring a generation of successful home-grown artists.
Chris has played shows around the world with artists such as Ben Folds, Elbow, The National, Divine Comedy, Bellowhead, Walkmen, Frank Turner, Delgados, British Sea Power, Arab Strap, Carter USM, Marcus Brigstocke, Madrugada, Robyn Hitchcock, Stewart Lee, Iain Sinclair and many others. He has played piano for Tom Robinson, Jim Bob (Carter USM) and Frank Turner.
In 2010 Chris instigated the #IAmSpartacus global Twitter meme, as an act of civil disobedience in support of Paul Chambers’ Twitter Joke Trial.
Chris has also performed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square for Anthony Gormley’s One & Other project; re-soundtracked live cult Japanese film Battle Royale for Soho’s Other Cinema and composed music on commission for the Natural History Museum and the World Health Organisation.
In 2011, Chris took his one-man show Disobedience to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, singing new versions of A.A. Milne’s 1920s childrens’ poems. In 2012, his blog entry criticising the Olympics Closing Ceremony, Not Just Shit But Dangerous brought 65,000 readers to his site in two days.
Chris T-T’s 9th album The Bear, recorded with his band lineup Hoodrats, was released by Xtra Mile Recordings in October 2013.
“One of the great underground artists of our time.”
“Outstanding, indispensable genius. A modern-day Blake.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
Desperate to break the mould that current Blues has crusted over. A 2 piece band sounding more like John Lee Hooker than any coloured stripes. JB Lenoir is another favourite, as is the 13 bar blues format. No flashy show off playing just a pulsing rhythm from Martin’s 2 drum set up and a guitar line designed to hook from H.Longsail. There is a truth and beauty in simplicity.
He released his debut solo EP ‘Fair To Average’ in 2004 followed by his first full length album ‘A View From The Cheap Seats in 2009, another EP ‘Distant & Distracted’ in 2011 and has his second full length album ‘Dyed in the Wool’ out on 3rd April 2014 whereupon he hit the road for his longest tour to date.
Since going solo he’s toured the UK 9 times and played shows with Carlos and The Jackal, The Dawn Chourus, Oxygen Thief, Ben Marwood, My Name is Ian, Jackrabbit Parole, Adam Boucher, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun.
DATE: Thurs 2 October
VENUE: The Frog and Fiddle, 313-315 High St, Cheltenham
ENTRY: £5 in adv from WeGotTickets/£6 OTD (Tickets on sale from Tuesday 19 August)
Oxygen Thief is solo acoustic act from Bristol recently morphed into a 3 piece riff machine - not your usual
singer-songwriter-adds-backing-band fayre…more metal-guitarist-goes-acoustic-whilst-continuing-to-play-
Recently seen on tour with Mongol Horde (Frank Turner’s side project), InMe, Chris T-T & The Hoodrats, and
Jonah Matranga (onelindrawing, Far) and performing at Download, 2000 Trees, Camden Rocks and Hevy festival, new
album “The Half-Life of Facts” was released in June through Xtra Mile Recordings.
"acerbic, catchy, delivered with the momentum of a steam train", Kerrang! KKKK
"a full-throttle garage-inspired assault on the senses", Rock Sound
'Described by the NME as sounding like “Weezer being beaten up by The Dillinger Escape Plan”, Carnivores draw
influence from Fugazi, At The Drive-In, Idlewild, Helmet, Elvis Costello and Nirvana.
Carnivores are a three-piece rock band based in Paisley, Scotland. Formed by college friends Kenny Leckie, and
Grant MacCall - Carnivores got to work the old fashioned way, touring every venue imaginable in Scotland in
their battered estate car, building a fans show by show.
They quickly have gained a reputation as one of the
hardest working and incendiary live bands in Scotland - taking on guerilla gigs in abandoned buildings,
countless house parties and most impressively 450ft up in the Glasgow Science Centre Tower, the tallest fully
rotating structure in the world. It has been broken ever since.
“Our live shows are a release for us. We rehearse in a tiny room and we work boring day jobs so when we do a
show, we always go crazy and unleash our frustrations. Nothing is planned in advance, it’s all in the moment
type stuff. Anything could happen”, says lead singer and guitarist Kenny.
New album, ‘Let’s Get Metaphysical’ is released October 27th on Smalltown America
Formed as a ‘project’ November 2011, the four members decided to write the music that they wanted to play, using a variety of influences and the ideas of each member. Their first shows were well received, and the band continued to play locally over the following 18 months, also recording a series of demos in that time, some of which were released via social media. The summer of 2013 brought about some member changes, a large amount of songwriting, and a general change in the ethos of the band into something more permanent, that better suited the ambitions of the now 5 members. Atrevido relaunched themselves in early 2014 through Etc. Records with their debut E.P ‘Death is a Navigator’, available to listen to on Spotify, and for purchase on Bandcamp. A busy 2014 has seen the band grow in stature, earning them a slot at 2000 Trees festival amongst other summer events. They will record a follow up E.P to ‘Death is a Navigator’ in August 2014 with producer Gavin Monaghan (The Editors, Paulo Nutini).
4 piece melodic punk band from Cheltenham
Tickets £4 in adv from WeGotTickets or £5 OTD
Date: Thursday 16 October 2014
Venue: The Frog and Fiddle, 313-315 High Street, Cheltenham
A legend of the 90s indie scene, John Power was an integral part of seminal band The La’s before going on to front successful britpop act Cast who had a string of Top 20 hits from 1995 onwards. He’ll be playing an intimate acoustic show with support from Joe Summers and Joe Richardson.
Tickets on sale HERE
Date: Saturday 15 November 2014
Venue: The Frog and Fiddle, 313-315 High St, Cheltenham
Entry: £10 adv from WeGotTickets or £12 OTD
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**A NIGHT OF BLISTERING SKA, REGGAE AND BLUES!**
Waiting for Kate weren’t born, rather they emerged in 2009, kicking and screaming, from the remnants of Cheltenham’s finest Ska band, SKANKt. Adding a big beat, funky, alternative edge to their ska backbone, Waiting For Kate have since been dubbed ‘The party band’ by Venue Magazine. 2010 saw the release of WFK’s debut EP ‘The Loose Goose’, a mini album of class, pulling together a sound as eclectic as, imagine this if you can, a Talking Heads track covered by Groove Armada and performed by Manu Chao! With over a decade of experience, honed from touring the UK with the likes of The Selector, Bad Manners, Capdown and King Prawn, these guys are a formidable live act and one that you certainly don’t want to miss!
King Solomon began as a song-writing project by Kingsley Salmon in 2010 with an aim to produce original UK reggae music. Massive influence from Jamaican and British reggae artists have contributed to this new sound. Artists like Gregory Isaacs, Alborosie, Alton Ellis, Black Roots, The Skints, Restriction and even a little bit of early UB40.
The new 8 piece band are finally stepping on to the stage with a fresh take on an classic music. Described as chilled out, intense, downbeat, regal reggae that will get you dancing.
King Solomon are aiming to make an impact in the music scene and are not to be missed.
New York City born singer-songwriter & musician influenced by traditional blues, folk, americana roots music. Original music has a bluesy, cinematic style with percussion form of guitar playing accompanied by soulful vocals, whilst performing a unique blend of popular covers.
Date: Friday 8 August
Venue: The Frog and Fiddle, 313-315 High St, Cheltenham
ENTRY: £4/£3 NUS
A rare treat! Local folk singer-songwriter Andy Oliveri will be previewing some new tracks and a small taste of the joyousness he’ll be unleashing on the imminent 2000trees Festival in a couple of weeks time!
Joining him will be excellent new electro duo Honolulu Knights formed from the ashes of the critically-acclaimed Aspen Sails!
Opening the night will be local singer-songwriter colourmejordan with a wide range of influences such as Half Noise, City and Colour and A Great Big Pile of Leaves to name a few.
Date: Friday 4 July 2014
Venue: The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Tickets: £4/£3NUS on the door
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