A Rum Old Do – R*E*P*E*A*Tster’s new release raises money for National Autistic Society
A Rum Old Do is a new EP featuring regular R*E*P*E*A*Tster Ricky Boom-Boom in collaboration with wizard slide guitarist Tom Colborn.
The 4 song EP is available through Bandcamp 17th March 2017 with 90% of each download sale going to the National Autistic Society.
(The remaining 10% goes to Bandcamp, server costs and stuff)
It is available from today March 17th from
About Ricky Ricky Boom-Boom
Ricky Boom-Boom is a folk-blues guitarist and singer and long-standing performer in the Cambridge area. His previous, rather different, bands have had airtime on John Peel’s Radio 1 show and BBC 6Music and made several appearances at the Cambridge Folk Festival. He will be familiar to regular readers of and attenders at R*E*P*E*A*T events.
In his spare time, Ricky is also a writer for both legendary Cambridge-based music ‘zine REPEAT and the great feminist rock e-zine Loud Women.
His new EP ‘A Rum Old Do’ is a collaboration with slide-guitar wizard Tom Colborn and is available to download through Bandcamp now. This offering is very different from Ricky’s other output, but just as listenable and very touching. And all the monies from download sales not snaffled by Bandcamp will go to the National Autistic Society.
“The rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime.”
Watch video for new single ‘Mother’ here, taken from debut album “Brutalism” out now
No.1 on Spotify Viral charts with “Well Done”
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Guardian’s Ones To Watch 06/01/17
“IDLES are hard to capture, because they’re not Fat White Family, they’re not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans.”
Steve Lamacq BBC6 Music
“(Brutalism) A rare rock record with the rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime.”
“Blunt and to the point…(Well Done) is a visceral anthem that’s timed weirdly well for 2016’s madness”
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Tuesday 21st – Sheffield – The Plug
Wednesday 22nd – Newcastle Upon Tyne – Think Tank
Thursday 23rd – Aberdeen – Tunnels
Friday 24th – Dundee – Buskers
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A series of compilations of emerging artists from Cambridge which has been curated by Dave Hammond whose fortnightly show on Cambridge 105 Radio, The Smelly Flowerpot, is a mainstay of the cities music scene. The first compilation will be released on 17th March 2017 by German Shepherd Records and such is the current scene in the Cambridge area, there are already enough tracks donated for a second compilation, which will follow in the summer of 2017.
What started out as a vague idea to pull a few tracks together soon snowballed into the current multi genre epic, fired by the enthusiasm of the artists involved. The more the perpetrator scratched at the surface of the local music scene, the more it became apparent how much excellent music was out there.
Aside from putting some superb music out there, the aim is also to raise money for deserving charities.
For volume 1, the participating bands have nominated the Arthur Rank Hospice, which is dedicated to providing specialist palliative care and support to adult patients and their family, friends and carers.
The diversity of the music on this first volume is impressive, covering rock, hip hop, folk, indie, punk, psychedelia, pop, jazz, Americana, garage and electronica with nods to all eras of popular and contemporary music. Artists range from those in the first flush of youth and already developing sounds that bode well for the future to more experienced souls continually developing their craft. Acts R*E*P*E*A*T readers may recognise include Broadway Danny Rose, Gavin Chappell-Bates, The Scissors, Bouquet of Dead Crows with many more (including Beverley Kills) pencilled in for Volume 2.
The rather incredible Broadway Danny Rose
For around the price of a couple of pints you can have a lasting legacy of the flourishing scene in a City as diverse and thrilling as the music it has inspired, while at the same time providing some much needed funds for a very deserving local charity.
For more info and to order Cambridge Calling, go to https://germanshepherdrecords.com/artists/cambridge-calling/
PLAYING HOUSE – NEW EP – ‘JOCELYN’
Released 7th April 2017 on Soft Belly Records
Stream ‘Jelly Legs’ HERE
“Bright, bold and playful. It’s a potent introduction, sonically and graphically.” – The 405
“Pop that will soothe your soul and help your heart rise above the daily travails.” – Clash Magazine
Hot on the heels of their last release, London three-piece Playing House return with their brand new EP, ‘Jocelyn’, released on Soft Belly Records on April 7th. This concise output features 3 intelligent and refreshingly bold alt-pop earworms that tell the story of a relationship through various stages.
“It’s centred around the push and pull of what it is to learn to be with someone whilst learning to be yourself” singer Mel Patman tells us, “It also signifies us going into the next stage as a band, exploring the complex feelings of all being together and adjusting to increasing pressures”. It’s a message conveyed beautifully across these tracks, with an audibly more polished production quality, bringing the pop element of their sound to the forefront and allowing Patman’s song writing to take the listener on a personal journey.
It’s the bands ability to write such infectious pop melodies to contrast with their often brutally honest lyrics that earn them their retrocentric comparisons such as Talking Heads, David Bowie and A Flock Of Seagulls. Produced by Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Ghostpoet, Spacemen 3), ‘Jocelyn’ explores a much more synth-lead sound to Playing House than their previous cuts. For this, the band had chosen the perfect partner in Formby, a man well-known for his collection of synths and a passion for creating experimental, quirky pop music.
The EPs lead single, ‘Jelly Legs’, is a playfully upbeat love song which showcases the bands anthemic song writing and tight, competent musical arrangement. Guitarist Killian McCorley fills the space with a more refrained picking style that weaves its way in and out of the song effortlessly, drawing inspiration from the likes of Simple Minds and Echo & the Bunnymen. Exquisitely delicate backing vocals from bassist Izzy Cox provide a stark contrast to Patman’s powerful and emotive lead. With themes of unexplored love, anxiety and the discovery of new feelings, it’s a track immediately relatable to any listener, and is squarely in the band’s sweet spot. This is what they do best.
Stemming from the vibrant East London queer community, Playing House first unleashed their sound on the London live circuit in September 2015 and have continued with shows at the likes of Servant Jazz Quarters, The Lexington, Birthdays, Old Blue Last (BBC Introducing) and Lock Tavern and have supported artists such as Beverly, Kimberly Anne, Palm Honey, Catholic Action, False-Heads and many more.
Their debut EP, ‘New Haircut’ was received well by fans and industry alike, and was championed by BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson and even made his ‘Best of 2016’ mixtape. They’re now also supported by PRS for Music Foundation who have already been vital to the success of countless upcoming acts across the country.
Mel Patman – Vocals, guitar
Killian McCorley – Guitar
Izzy Cox – Bass, backing vocals
Apr 4th – Old Blue Last, London (EP launch)
Apr 21st – The Full Moon, Cardiff
Apr 26th – The Hi-Fi Ont Sofa Presents, Leeds
Apr 29th – Smithdown Road Festival, Liverpool
May 29th – The Victoria, London
- Jelly Legs
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BIGGEST UK HEADLINE TOUR FOR 2017
SUPPORTING DROPKICK MURPHYS ON EU ARENA TOUR
“…a visceral and deafening experience.” 5/5 Independent
Hot off the heels of a sold out UK tour in support of current album ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’ – out on Xtra Mile Recordings –Skinny Lister announce a run of even bigger venues for Spring 2017. Having just played to a packed out London, Garage, Skinny Lister will return to the capital to conquer the famous Scala venue in Kings Cross as well as their biggest ever venues across the country. Dates are as follows:
UK HEADLINE TOUR
27 Sheffield Leadmill
28 Manchester Gorilla
29 Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms
3 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
4 Cambridge, The Junction
5 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
6 Bristol, The Fleece
9 Southampton Talking Heads
10 Brighton, The Haunt
11 London Scala
The tour followed a support slot on the enormous European arena tour with American punk/folk legends Dropkick Murphys which includes shows at London Brixton Academy, Munich’s Zenith venue and the 7000 capacity hall in Dusseldorf
These two tours show the massive projection Skinny Lister are on and the formidable year 2016 has been for them. The year has seen them support Frank Turner across Germany, Austria and Switzerland before joining Flogging Molly’s festival Salty Dog Cruise around the Bahamas. They then headed out on their own East Coast headline tour with label pals Beans On Toast and Will Varley in tow where many of the shows were sold out well in advance and signalled a big step up for the band Stateside, with an ever-increasing fanbase begging for more!
September saw the release of third album ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’ which has received critical acclaim, including picking up support from 6Music’s Steve Lamacq, and reaching the Top 40 Indie Album Chart in the UK and the US Americana/Folk Chart at No.38. And rounding off the year, the band head back to the US in November for their biggest headline tour to date; the show in Charlotte, NC is already sold out and Boston (550 capacity Middle East) is looking likely to sell out very soon.
With 2017 already looking like yet another incredible year – there’s seemingly no end to what this hard-working, hard-partying, fun-filled band can achieve.
“…considerably upped their game.” 4/5 Q Magazine
“(a) kaleidoscope of high octane folk punk via Dexy’s and The Pogues.” Louder Than War