Euphoric, epic indie, with sights set on bigger things. Their Bury St. Edmunds show we did last year was rammed!
Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 26 Apr 2014 at 1pm doors
Wildflowers began in April 2012, put together by former Bristol and now Brighton based lead singer and chief songwriter 21 year old Siddy Bennett. Suitably labeled in an early review as Punk Dolly Parton, Siddy's style is freewheeling, strong, and and with lots to say on many subjects, and you can hear the influence of Siddy's tastes from White Stripes to Patsy Cline in the Wildflowers gutsy sound.
They tour with Tom O'Dell in October 2013.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 28 Apr 2014 at 7.30pm
"Sweeter than syrup but beguilingly so, Parisian trio We Were Evergreen take twee indie pop to new sugary heights. Skipping onstage with childlike abandon, WWE are full of glowing exuberance; dreamy boy/girl vocals and twinkly, plinkety glockenspiel with a bit of ukelele and banjo thrown in. Upbeat and bubbling with frothy energy, it's the aural equivalent of a day out at the seaside, though Weston-super-Mare has never been quite so pop tropical and calypso-flavoured as this." The Fly
Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 1 May 2014 at 7.30pm
Under 18s welcome with a Parent or Guardian
Probably the most appropriately named band in the country. Loud, brutish, and utterly exhilarating. If you've seen them at any of the shows we've done with them in the past then you'll know how good they are...
'...the years of constant touring that have turned PABH into an Exocet missile of a band.' NME
Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 6 May 2014 at 7.30pm
Anyone who's heard Ezra Furman's very New York sound can't help but be seduced. 6 Music have hammered the Patti Smithesque Anything Can Happen and with good reason. Snappy, hook filled and to the point.
Under 18s welcome with a parent or guardian
Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 7 May 2014 at 7.30pm
Gloriously widescreen cinematic pop which positively bursts at the seams with ideas.
" "Sonsick", the first single from the album, has a Dirty Projectors-light touch when it comes to translating conservatorial chops into pretty shimmy-worthy, utterly euphoric pop. It's a song about making domestic plans with a "hopeless case," but it's blasted with massive carnival fanfare by singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who whoop, chirrup, and howl around a sumptuous, muscular brass outro. "It's a sunny kind of sickness!" they yell. Fittingly, "Sonsick" is a deliriously infectious summer jam." Pitchfork
Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 8 May 2014 at 7.30pm
"It's understated touches that distinguish Barnett's rambling, sly garage-pop, which streams forth with the free-verse feel of text messages. She says that many of her earliest lyrics were, in fact, texted to herself while working as a bartender and waitress at local venue The Northcote Social Club. "I'd have all these two-word texts and I didn't know what they wereit was hard to put it together," she remembers, laughing.
Her lyrics have reminded some people of anti-folk figures like Jeffrey Lewissmall-scale, conversationaland they feel exhaled rather than sweated out word-for-word. Her lines look more natural separated by periods than slashes.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 12 May 2014 at 7.30pm
Ivor Novello award winning singer/songwriter Scott Matthews starts 2014 with a new album and intimate solo tour.
Scott's debut album, 'Passing Stranger', contained an eclectic mix of styles and feaured the world renowned tabla player, Sukvinder Singh Namdari, who had played alongside such artists as Ry Cooder and Ravi Shankar and it wasn't long before
Scott was getting national airplay from the likes of Janice Long, Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2.
Scott's first single "Elusive" was released in September 2006. The single received much airplay from BBC Radio DJs Jo Whiley, Dermot O'Leary, and Zane Lowe. Lowe played "Elusive" once each night as his chosen Single of the Week. Matthews also visited the station to perform "Elusive" and other songs from the album.
Scott has not only embarked on a number of sell-out headline tours, but has also been fortunate enough to tour with some of the world's most respected artists, including, Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol, Rufus Wainwright, Tori Amos and Robert Plant.
The show will feature songs from Scott's three previous albums, along with tracks from his forthcoming studio album Home Part 1 due for release early 2014.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 13 May 2014 at 7.30pm
Superb fuzzy indie rock from one of the more hotly tipped bands around at the moment. For fans of My Bloody Valentine, Toy, Dinosaur Jr and Peace.
Under 18s welcome with a parent or guardian only.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 14 May 2014 at 7.30pm
She's Dead now are Cambridge ruffians with a mean way around muscular riffing and gutteral howling. Brutal.
Brawlers are up and coming punk n rollers from Leeds with a neat melodic edge.
The Vitamins are greased up rock and roll forming the biscuity Bury St. Edmunds base of our key lime pie of rock with fellow townsmen Horse Party, who are one for fans of The Kills and PJ Harvey.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 16 May 2014 at 7.30pm
"We can hear the influence on Cristina of the Beach Boys and the Velvet Underground. We don't normally attend to individual instrumental component parts, but that's a Brian Wilson bassline if ever we heard one at the start of the track, while the keyboard drone is pure Velvets. Those are diametrically opposed schools of rock consciousness right there quintessential east coast dark-rock nihilism versus sunny west coast poptimism; Warhol meets Wilson. But then, we believe Kraftwerk were equally influenced by both those groups. Teleman are like the Beach Boys if they were from Hackney, not Hawthorne." The Guardian
Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 18 May 2014 at 7.30pm
"Johns is most impressive when he uses his immense production experience to create landscapes of autographical splendour to a (at times) captivated crowd. Towards the end of his set in which he played tracks from his new album including the excellent 'Whip Poor Will' and other newer tracks, he confesses that he's feeling like my insides are out. Quoting literary figures such as Gary Snyder he drifts into a warm on-stage daze: The world is enough. Nature will provide! he explains like a spiritual non-denominational preacher. Fitting that his first gig is in a church that "welcomes all who seek spiritual meaning in life, all who believe religion is wider than any one faith" as quoted on their website." Clash Magazine
Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 26 May 2014 at 7.30pm
"The ongoing wave of folk-textured songwriting has produced more than its fair share of anaemic, dungaree-clad wannabes.
Tom Williams & The Boat are not amongst them. Hailing from Tunbridge Wells, the band's music has plenty of acoustic whims but alongside this are shades of an art rock heritage.
There are flecks of cult indie outsiders The Triffids on new album 'Teenage Blood', while the guitars have a crisp edge which recall elements of alt rock dons Sebadoh." Clash Magazine
Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 29 May 2014 at 7.30pm
Legendary Japanese noiseniks make only their second ever visit to these shores, last playing over 5 years ago for experimental music promoters, Bad Timing. If you've never seen them before then make sure you get to this, as they are one of the more thrillingly visceral live bands out there.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 31 May 2014 at 7.30pm
"While J Mascis and Mac McCaughan taught these 90s children how to riff and that a catchy lead run can suffice where a chorus might otherwise, pop-punk acts like blink-182 taught them how to rant-- bands that are rightfully coming to the fore as influences on a lot of young guitar acts who realize straightforward hooks and shamelessly literal lyrics are often more effective than obtuseness and metaphor." Pitchfork
Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 2 Jun 2014 at 7.30pm
If you haven't heard their bludgeoningly effective single Lawman then you haven't properly lived. Despite having no discernable hook it'll be stuck in your brain for days. It's a while since we've been so enthralled by the possibilities of a band, probably the last band to so defy description being Islet.
"...played at a volume that nigh-on cracks the brickwork of the railway arch venue. Drums and bass add layers of dissonance, and the icing on the cake is Dara Kiely, whose raging-bull vocal style is descended from Iggy Pop and Nick Cave." The Guardian
Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 10 Jun 2014 at 7.30pm
One of the founding fathers of synth pop, Gary Numan's influence extends far beyond his lone American hit, Cars, which still stands as one of the defining new wave singles. That seminal track helped usher in the synthpop era on both sides of the Atlantic, especially his native England, where he was a genuine pop star and consistent hitmaker during the early '80s. Even after new wave had petered out, Numan's impact continued to make itself felt; his dark, paranoid vision, theatrically icy alien persona, and clinical, robotic sound were echoed strongly in the work of many goth rock and (especially) industrial artists to come. For his part, Numan just kept on recording, and by the late '90s, he'd become a hip name to drop; prominent alt-rock bands covered his hits in concert, and a goth-flavored brand of industrial dance christened darkwave looked to him as its mentor.
Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 24 Jun 2014 at 7pm
The Whybirds have been busy over the last few years running up and down the country spreading their english take on southern fried rock and roll to the masses. Lazy comparisons would be The Boss, Lynyrd, and Neil Young, but hell, it's not rocket science, but we like it.
Winter are led by brothers Matt and Joe Winter and form close harmonies over folky rock that have brought comparisons to Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes and Simon and Garfunkel.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 9 Aug 2014 at 7.30pm
Jeffrey's the product of loving beatnik parents who raised him in New York's Lower East Side in a tenement apartment with no television (it seems they're on to something there). Before Jeffrey could even read he was crazy about comic books,
Lewis's themes may range from bad acid trips to politcal history and oral sex, but there's an overriding preoccupation that tends towards the life affirming. bad times give you something to talk about/the next time you feel you're all worn out/remember life is a story, don't you doubt/it only takes a day for everything to turn around.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 13 Aug 2014 at 7.30pm
"If you're already familiar with either of the acts, you'll know what to expect. Stanley Brinks - once of Herman Düne, now a sort of wandering indie-folk minstrel - sings observant lyrics in his curious Anglo-French accent. He also occasional plays some saxophone on top of it all. The Wave Pictures - in their modern incarnation - stretch and pull at the conventions of the traditional indie three-piece thanks to some extended wig-outs." Drownedinsound.com
Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 15 Aug 2014 at 7.30pm
John Wheeler is best known as the creator and frontman of the internationally-known "Rockgrass" band Hayseed Dixie whose recordings have sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and have performed more than 1,000 live performances in 31 different countries. He has recently appeared as a special guest on BBC Radio 2 programs, including the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Simon Mayo Drivetime. He describes his current musical approach as, "acoustic-electric jazz-punk riding on the back of some old-school folk-funk.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 2 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm
UNDER 18S MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN. You will be refused entry without.
"Eagulls are a four-piece band from Leeds who write revved-up post-punk songs combining the sound of a mannered Killing Joke, who they've covered, with a deep atmosphere reminiscent of early Misfits and guitars that bring to mind the Cure's "Boys Don't' Cry". Clean-cut vocalist George Mitchell, who keeps his eyes closed when he sings, clearly likes Ian Curtis, but his pained yelp is more reminiscent of onetime Baltimore standouts Wilderness or a cleaner Iceage with a hint of Joe Strummer's rock'n'roll swagger. All that, and he and the band can really write hooks." Pitchfork
Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 7 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm
Model Village are an indie-pop band based in Cambridge and London. Their first album 'A Solution To Everything' (Towed by the Ghost, 2012) was described by The Line Of Best Fit as being "as deft as The Shins at their finest, and completely, utterly ace with it". Featuring a Fleetwood Mac-style revolving cast of lead singers, the band have recently supported The Lemonheads, The Wave Pictures, Jeffrey Lewis and Allo Darlin'. Their new album 'You Chose These Woes' will be released in January 2014 and is an unashamedly grown-up collection of confident, memorable indie-pop songs with nods to country and folk idioms.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 10 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm
See more info at facebook.com/billylockettmusic
Billy Lockett's star continues to rise at a dizzying rate. Having been championed by Radio 1 for his most recent song 'Pathways' - which was played across all the daytime shows including Greg James, for whom he re-recorded 'Pathways' as a show jingle - Billy's debut UK headline tour in March then completely sold out! Not bad for an artist still to sign a deal...
Billy has recently been out supporting Brit Award-nominated songstress Birdy in Europe. He spent three weeks on tour with her showcasing his stunning live set to audiences and winning fans across the continent, and on the back of that has recorded a batch of new tracks that will feature on his forthcoming third EP, which is being produced by Andy Green (Keane, The Feeling, Paolo Nutini).
Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 15 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm