Hailing From: West London
Latest Synch: “Raise Your Hand” features
in “Sparkle” trailer – currently
Biog: The Lights are the brainchild of Matthew Lester,
as he calls upon his closest allies to deliver atmospheric,
brooding soundscapes from a bedroom in West London.
Vocal duties are shared by the smouldering beauty of
Imogen Andrews and the gritty nonchalance of Ryan Caine.
Lester thrives on delivering his often bleak city observations,
matching them with an expansive layer of beats and chiming
synths - Thus creating the textured depth and fluidity
of The Lights.
For Fans of: Zero 7, Massive Attack
Play It when: life doesn’t
work out how you planned….
The Most Terrifying Thing
Hailing From: Liverpool
Latest Synch: Licensed to Bunim Murray Productions
Biog: The Most Terrifying Thing are an agitated, emotional
beast of a unit, totally stumping their Liverpool roots.
With an expansive rock sound more akin to the Emerald
City than Mersea paradise, The Most Terrifying Thing
pack a devastatingly angular and zestful punch.
For Fans of: The Nine Black Alps
Play It when: in the car needing
to rock out on your todd
THE COMMON REDSTARTS
Hailing From: Scotland
Latest Synch: “Save It For Your Friends”
in America’s Funniest Home Videos March 07
Biog: The Common Redstarts are an exciting, upfront
young Edinburgh four-piece with eyes for the wider prize.
With vitally infectious melodies complimenting their
gutsy, wholesome tunes, The Common Redstarts are well
equipped to start demanding your ears. And believe us,
they will. Stay tuned in.
For Fans of: Kings of Leon, The Strokes,
Play It when: your getting wasted
with your mates
Hailing From: Weymouth
Latest Synch: Bunim Murray – The Real World Series
Biog: Microburst is the brainchild of Chris Sallows,
who combines aspects of trip hop, electronica, found
sounds and experimental noise and effects. Although
the music is electronic ~ he manages to incorporate
a 'live feel' to each song whether it be through the
way that the drums are programmed or a string arrangement
or guitar sound. Chris says 'I feel that the sounds
and instruments can speak more than words, as Heinrich
Heine said "When words leave off, music begins".
For Fans of: DJ Shadow, The
Bays & Portishead
Play it: Walking through the
city streets at night
Hailing From: London
Biog: Marc Ozall seems to make a habit of taking the
scenic route. Before even picking up guitar with the
intention of writing a song he spent 2 years travelling
and working in the US and Europe, before returning to
London and deciding that music was the path to follow.
Drawing on his experiences whilst away, Marc began writing
painfully honest accounts of his hopes, fears, loves
and losses and setting them to simple but often haunting
acoustic melodies, which touched a nerve with a growing
and loyal following that took notice of this tall nervous
guy who only played his first gig in 06. Since then
Marc has played over 100 gigs in London and his persistence
has led to offers of gigs worldwide, as well as the
opportunity to record an album with legendary ex Primal
Scream drummer Dave Morgan. A virtuoso? Certainly not.
An artist who's songs can silence the noisiest of venues
with their subtle beauty? Well, so the story goes…
For Fans of: Damien Rice, Turin
Brakes and Denison Witmer
Play it: When a lonely night
makes your mind wander ...
Hailing From: Los Angeles, California
Latest Synch: - MTV’s “Maui Fever”
Biog: "Mere Mortals sound as if they're angling
for a spot in the Britpop pantheon, nurturing a jangly,
neo-psychedelic sound that brings to mind early Primal
Scream, Supergrass even Oasis as fronted by a man who
smiles at the world rather than sneers. The merry band
of do-it yourselfers self-released the all-wheat, no-chaff
"Rebel Radio" EP late last year, and several
of the disc's seven songs cracked the specialty charts
(which track the amount of airplay on "specialty"
shows where the DJs program their own music)."
- LA Times
For Fans of: Primal Scream,
The Dandy Warhols & BRMC
Play it: When in need of a
shot of Rock 'n' Roll
The Toy Guns
Hailing From: Bethnal Green/London
Latest Synch: Everybody Knows But You –
Biog: 'The Toy Guns' are a four piece band based in
London's Bethnal Green reminiscent of The Police being
repeatedly kicked by various members of The Clash and
The Specials! The Toy Guns have been building
on their ever increasing fan base with rigorous gigging
schedule's that have seen them support top acts such
as Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and Milburn! The band's
debut single "Shoot The Boy", was playlisted
on Virgin Radio's Xtreme radio station! Other
radio support comes from Lamacq at BBC 6 Music and Xfm!
For Fans of: The Kinks, The
Clash, The Specials
Play It: To wake up the
Hailing From: London
Latest Synch: Licensed to MTV Networks
Biog: The collective that is Jane Air create a truly
awesome sound, reminiscent of Ziggy-era Bowie jamming
with Muse on a Pixies song. They could also be
likened to a stripped down primitive Radiohead!Last
year they supported Desmond Decker, The Complete Stone
Roses, they reached the final of XFM's unsigned band
competition and more recently played with The Pogues,
Paul Weller & Status Quo at Guilfest! The
band are in the process of recording songs for their
forthcoming E.P. entitled US:THEM and also brand new
songs that will make up a debut album!
For Fans of: Radiohead, Jeff Buckley & Bowie
Play it: On the long drive to the coast
Hailing From: Wakefield
Latest Synch: ‘DIRT’ - featuring Courtney
Biog: 'Artless Children' with their uplifting/electronic
sound on the other hand are more reminiscent of bands
such as Athlete & Blur! As well as being able
to craft intelligent pop songs, Artless Children also
boast an instrumental catalogue that has the power to
refresh your mind and soul as you soar to new heights
over an instrumental landscape of piano-influenced ambient,
For Fans of: Air, The Flaming Lips & Gorrilaz
Play it: When the rain is hitting the streets too
hard to leave the house
||Soundtracks for a B Movie
Hailing From: South Shields
Latest Sync: Bunim Murray Productions
Biog: Where man and machine coincide, where Electronica
meets post-rock, where nature and technology are wrapped
around each other in a cocoon of hidden secrets and
muted emotions. Born from the notion that live guitars
and percussion can be coupled with a mix of electronic
textures for a truly undeniable effect of the listener
taking you on a day dream you may never want to awaken
Yes Soundtracks for a B Movie is the sound of one man
taking twilight back for the dreamers.
For Fans of: Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Mum, Explosions in
Play it: when you long to escape from your skin.
Hailing From: Portsmouth
Biog: Their upbeat mix
of synth driven dance/rock with uplifting undertones
has led “The Exits” to cause quite a movement
on the south coast and London circuits. With performances
at the HI FI South Festival, the 2006 Primal Scream
end of tour after show party, and sold out shows at
The Brixton Jamm, Wedgewood Rooms and Portsmouth Guildhall.
Their rabble rousing electro sound sets them apart from
the crowd and has allowed them to sit comfortably in
both the live music and clubbing scene, and seen them
support DJ sets from indie legends Bez (Happy Mondays,
Black Grape), and Mani (The Stone Roses, Primal Scream).
There is no question that these guys from the south
coast are a future force to be reckoned with.
For Fans of: Primal Scream,
Play it: doing
110mph down the motorway!!!