Music to Our Ears – Leeds Gigs This Spring

Dream Wife – 21 March at The Wardrobe

Photograph by Sarah Piantadosi

London-based trio DREAM WIFE are on tour this Spring following the release of their second album So When You Gonna…, which reached #18 UK ALbum Chart and #1 placing in the Official Record Store Chart of Independent Retailers.  Vocalist Rakel Mjöll, guitarist Alice Go and bassist Bella Podpadec will be supported for all shows by Lucia and The Best Boys.

Tickets HERE  
So When You Gonna… is out now via Lucky Number – buy / stream HERE.

“New wave structure meets punk blatancy and 21st-century gender fluency” – New York Times
“Punk rock trio Dream Wife make music that flips a middle finger to convention.” – The FADER
“The art-school project that’s evolved into one of indie-rock’s most politically dynamic emerging acts” – Entertainment Weekly
“The girl gang proving there’s force in femininity. Dream Wife create pop anthems for the Instagram generation” – Dazed
“The follow-up to their self-titled 2018 debut continues to blend 2000s guitar bands with yelping riot grrrl whilst sounding surprisingly new” – The Observer

Sunflower Bean – 31 March at The Brudenell

Photograph by Driely S

NEW SINGLE:“ROLL THE DICE”WATCH/LISTEN HERE  New Album –  Headful of Sugar – out May 6 on Lucky Number

New York trio Sunflower Bean—vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming, guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen, and drummer Olive Faber – previewed Headful of Sugar with “Baby Don’t Cry” and lead single “Who Put You Up to This?”  Their next single, “Roll The Dice”,  premiered by BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo as the ‘Hottest Record In The World’. An indictment of the so-called American Dream, “Roll The Dice” was written about how many young adults now need side-hustles to secure their futures.
The band:  “Almost everyone we know struggles with money. The traditional routes towards success and stability in America have severely narrowed. The only way to get ahead is to take big risks and roll the dice.” 
Watch the “ Roll the Dice” video HERE

Julia Cumming:  “Tomorrow is not promised, no tour is promised, no popularity is promised, no health or money is promised. Why not make what you want to make on your own terms? Why not make a record that makes you want to dance? Why not make a record that makes you want to scream?” 

Sunflower Bean are known for their singular live performances at major festivals like Glastonbury, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Reading & Leeds, and tour with the likes of Beck, Cage the Elephant, Interpol, Courtney Barnett, The Pixies, The Kills, DIIV, Courtney Barnett, and Wolf Alice. Now, the band is gearing up to get back on the road for a massive Spring tour in support of Headful of Sugar.  Tickets HERE.

Alabama – 17 April at The Warehouse

South London’s Alabama 3’s THE DIVINE INTERVENTION TOUR’ is all set. Rob Spragg and Jake Black founded the band in the 90s, when Rob started singing the lyrics to a Hank Williams song over an acid-house beat and Jake re-joined with some bebop skat stylings. Then followed the world famous ‘Woke Up This Morning’, an inaugural smash as the theme music for ‘The Sopranos’ After the death of legendary songwriter Jake Black, aka The Very Reverend D, and the new normal we all face, the band bounced back with their latest album ‘Step 13, released September 2021.

Refusing to wallow in self-pity, this latest album from the band is the pick me up we all need; a reminder to leave bad news in the past, throw caution to the wind, and live life to the fullest. Luckily for those of us who need a reminder, the band will bring their new tracks, as well as old favourites across country, and they embark on a UK tour for Spring 2022.


Alabama 3 are:

Rob Spragg a.k.a. Larry Love: vocals, Orlando Harrison a.k.a. The Spirit: keyboards, Mark Sams a.k.a. Rock Freebase: guitar,Steve Finnerty a.k.a. LOVEPIPE: guitar and Nick Reynolds a.k.a. Harpo Strangelove: harmonica

Reef – 21 April at Stylus

One of the UK’s best and most respected and prolific live acts, fronted by Vocalist Gary Stringer, with bassist Jack Beasant and Jesse Wood on guitar (replacing original guitarist Kenwyn House in 2014).

5 studio albums have been released since the band was formed in 1993. In excess of 3 Million albums sold worldwide, all reaching the Top 40 in the UK. The band’s last release Revelation on Ear Records also produced by George Drakoulias propelled the band back into the Charts in 2018, receiving some of the best reviews of their career while also seeing the band appear on some of the Nation’s biggest and Best TV and Radio shows including BBC1s, the One Show.

They are in their element with live performances, whether headlining Hammersmith Apollo or playing at the likes of Glastonbury Festival. Gary Stringer: “It’s really exciting for me to go out and to play and to look into people’s eyes who are ready to rock already. You get on stage and throw that energy down and it comes right back. That’s how you get an exciting gig. That’s a feeling that’s addictive for a musician. It makes you want to keep going out and giving it your everything and playing hard and rocking out.

This spring sees Reef back where they belong performing at some of the biggest and best venues in the UK, as they embark on a string of live dates. Alongside this, the band have also been busy writing and recording a brand-new album which is set to dazzle. TICKETS HERE

Showhawk – 23 April at The Warehouse

Acoustic pioneers THE SHOWHAWK DUO have announced their upcoming ‘Acoustic Rave for The Jilted Generation’ UK tour. 

Young British guitarists Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright, together known as The Showhawk Duo, have dazzled audiences worldwide with their spectacular approach to playing the guitar. With a style that has broken down barriers between acoustic and electronic music, the group are spearheads of the UK music scene, and have been tipped as visionaries for their unique playing skills, whether old-school trance classics or modern funky house.

Mik is a classical guitarist at heart, having studied at Manchester’s RNCM, whereas Jake is an electric junkie playing in rock and metal bands while growing up. Mik’s classical foundation shines through in the music with Jake’s raw percussive approach always keeping the crowd moving. Their combination has caught the attention of Nick Grimshaw, LAD Bible and BBC Radio Bristol. The group have been featured everywhere from BBC Radio 1 to the main stage at Glastonbury, and regularly play sold-out venues, including a career defining show at London’s O2 Forum on their previous tour where they received rave reviews.

Returning to the stage, the duo will bring rave-ready rhythms and boundary-blurring beats that are sure to set the crowd alight and cement The Showhawk Duo as industry talents that are just too good to miss

Feature Photograph: Dream Wife. All photographs provided by Sonic PR.

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