Afro Cluster, King Goon and Femembug in Swansea

Swansea Love Music Hate Racism are totally pleased to have booked one of Wales’ foremost and exciting multicultural bands to play The Garage in Uplands, with incredible support acts, on March 11th, at what looks like being a gig of the year!


Swansea Love Music Hate Racism presents

Afro Cluster and Support

The Garage Music Venue, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0NP.

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For those who don’t know…

Afro Cluster are a Cardiff-based collective of musicians from all over South Wales. They’re excellent proof that the best music exists between and beyond genre boundaries and national borders, and are reputed as being one of the finest live bands in Wales.” BBC Wales. The band were shortlisted for 2021’s Welsh Music Prize and have appeared at Glastonbury. Other recent highpoints include performances alongside Los Angeles hip hop legends, People Under The Stairs, and Oregon jazz juggernauts, Young Blood Brass Band.

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Brilliant support from…

King Goon
‘Technicolour, high-octane, genre-hopping rock/dance/ska. Big choruses and even bigger mouths. Bring your dancing shoes.’

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and the wonderful

“The Enfant Adorable of Welsh Pop” who totally aced their recent debut gig.

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It would be great if our supporters could start sharing the event, and / or ticket links.
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There’s also a motion available to help get support for the gig from your trade union, community group, political party or whatever – feel free to get back to me if you can use this in your organisation.

Thanks for anything you can do, fingers crossed re COVID… full refunds if the gig has to be cancelled for safety reasons, of course.

Rosey R*E*P*E*A*T for Swansea LMHR.

Fontaines D.C. announce new album “Skinty Fia” + share new video for single “Jackie Down The Line”

Fontaines D.C. announce new album Skinty Fia for 22nd April

First single “
Jackie Down The Line” out now

New track to debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday 12th January

Credit: Filmawi | Fontaines D.C.

Fontaines D.C. have announced their third album, Skinty Fia, to be released on 22ndApril on Partisan Records. News of the album comes with the release of its first single, “Jackie Down The Line” – replete with a video directed by Hugh Mulhern and starring multidisciplinary artist, MC, dancer, and choreographer, Blackhaine. The band will give “Jackie Down The Line” its live performance debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday 12th January.

Working for a third time with producer Dan Carey, Skinty Fia follows 2020’s brooding and vital UK #2, BRIT and GRAMMY-nominated sophomore album A Hero’s Death. The band first sprang to international attention in 2019 when their exhilarating debut album, Dogrel, became one of the most highly lauded releases of the year and won them a place on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist. With poetry infusing their music and lyrics, coupled with their joyous, intense live shows, Fontaines D.C. have rightfully earned a reputation as one of the most refreshing and exciting young bands in years; a once-in-a-generation youthquake of literate, rhapsodic brilliance. After picking up nominations at the BRITS (“Best International Group”), GRAMMYs (“Best Rock Album”), and the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards (“Best Album”), the band returned from pandemic lockdown to sell out all 10,000 tickets for their October show at London’s Alexandra Palace before wrapping up work on Skinty Fia.

Skinty Fia is an Irish phrase whichtranslates to English as “the damnation of the deer” and the album’s cover art features a deer, plucked from its natural habitat and deposited in the hallway of a home, illuminated by an artificial red glow. The Irish giant deer is an extinct species and the band’s thoughts on Irish identity are central to Skinty Fia. While Dogrel was littered with snapshots of the Dublin characters – like the cabbie in “Boys In The Better Land” – and A Hero’s Death documented the dislocation and disconnection the band felt as they traveled the globe on tour, on Skinty Fia Fontaines D.C. are addressing their Irishness from afar as they recreate new lives for themselves elsewhere. For a band whose hometown courses through their veins – “D.C.” stands for “Dublin City” – the album finds them trying to resolve the need to broaden their horizons with the affection they still feel for the land and people they’ve left behind.

There are echoes of Dogrel’s rumbustious rock ’n’ roll, and the bleaker atmospheres of A Hero’s Death, but Skinty Fia, the third in the triumvirate, is much more expansive and cinematic. Fontaines D.C. are a band in a state of constant evolution and this time the result is an album of shifting moods, startling insight, maturity, and considerable emotional wallop.

Pre-order “Skinty Fia” HERE

Fontaines D.C. on Tour:

March 2022
Mar-20 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
Mar-21 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz 3
Mar-23 – Milan, Italy @ Magazzini Generali
Mar-24 – Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
Mar-25 – Munich, Germany @ Neue Theaterfabrik
Mar-27 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Roxy
Mar-28 – Berlin, Germany @ Astra Kulturhaus
Mar-29 – Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan
Mar-31 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser

April 2022
Apr-1 – Oslo, Norway @ Vulkan Arena
Apr-2 – Denmark, Copenhagen @ VEGA
Apr-4 – Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
Apr-5 – Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
Apr-6 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg
Apr-8 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
Apr-9 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Den Atelier
Apr-10 – Lille, France @ L’Aéronef
Apr-11 – Paris, France @ Olympia
Apr-21 – Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club #
Apr-22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts #
Apr-23 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar #
Apr-25 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club #
Apr-26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel #
Apr-29 – Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar #
Apr-30 – Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Ballroom #

May 2022
May-2 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre #
May-3 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix #
May-5 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall #
May-6 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre #
May-7 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue #
May-9 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #
May-10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell #
May-12 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall#
May-13 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre  #
May-14 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo #
May-16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom #
May-18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater #

June 2022
Jun-3 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
Jun-10 – Neuchâtel, Switzerland @ Festi’neuch
Jun-11 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun-12 – Berlin, Germany @ Tempelhof Feld
Jun-15 – Athens, Greece @ Release Athens Festival
Jun-17 – Scheessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival
Jun-18 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany @ Southside Festival
Jun-20 – Zagreb, Croatia @ InMusic Festival
Jun-29 – Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival

July 2022
Jul-2 – Dublin, Ireland @ Iveagh Gardens
Jul-3 – Dublin, Ireland @ Iveagh Gardens
Jul-6 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Nos Alive Festival
Jul-8 – Lytham St Annes, UK @ Lytham Festival (w/ The Strokes)
Jul-9 – Glasgow, UK @ TRNSMT Festival
Jul-14-17 – Carhaix, France @ Vieilles Charrues
Jul-15 – London, UK @ Finsbury Park (w/ Sam Fender)

August 2022
Aug-12-14 – Helsinki, Finland @ Flow Festival  
Aug-15 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
Aug-19-20 – Aérodrome Guéret Saint-Laurent, France @ Check In Party
Aug-20 – Charleville Mezieres, France @ Cabaret Vert
Aug-25 – Paris, France @ Rock en Seine
Aug-27 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Aug-28 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival

September 2022
Sep-16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Primavera Sound

Skinty Fia tracklist:

1.      In ár gCroíthe go deo
2.     Big Shot
3.     How Cold Love Is
4.     Jackie Down The Line
5.     Bloomsday
6.     Roman Holiday
7.     The Couple Across The Way
8.     Skinty Fia
9.     I Love You
10.  Nabokov

Fontaines D.C. are:

Carlos O’Connell (guitar), Conor Curley (guitar), Conor Deegan III (bass guitar), Grian Chatten (vocals) and Tom Coll (drums).

Keep up with Fontaines D.C:

Web  / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook 

“To Say Goodbye”, heart-felt debut single from 19-year-old Cambridge Singer/Songwriter Ollie Matthews

“To Say Goodbye” is the heart-felt debut single from 19-year-old Cambridge Singer/Songwriter Ollie Matthews. The track explores the dynamic between one experiencing a loss and another’s attempt to console them. It has an intimate but anthemic feel, with minimal instrumentation that spotlights poignant lyrics.

Currently on a gap year before university, Ollie is keen to release more self-produced tracks from his makeshift home studio and showcase his songwriting ability. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of this song, he has no plans to stick to one particular genre! Expect to see a range of styles, culminating in an interesting amalgamation of his influences: The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, D’Angelo and 60s/70s pop/rock/soul/funk/R&B to name a few.

Follow Ollie on Instagram here:

Listen to “To Say Goodbye” on all major streaming services and follow the socials using the link below:

Eagle eyed readers with good memories may recognise Ollie from his previous life as a young performer in R*E*P*E*A*T gigs with bands such as Eternal Remedy.

bLUSH release debut “Breathe” / “White Flag” (Guided By Voices Cover)

bLUSH release debut “Breathe” / “White Flag” (Guided By Voices Cover)

bLUSH are Rachel Haden (That Dog/The Haden Triplets) & Chris Pepper (Musician/Producer).

The duo have not yet met in person but write and record remotely between L.A and the U.K.
Rachel, one of the triplet daughters of bassist Charlie Haden plays bass guitar and sings backing vocals with That Dog. She was also a founding member of The Rentals alongside Matt Sharp. In January 2020, The Haden Triplets released “The Family Songbook”, which was nominated for a grammy. Rachel has also toured as a bassist with the likes of Todd Rundgren.

Chris is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and studio owner based in Cambridgeshire, UK. He started his first commercial studio when he was 22 and in the 10 years following has worked with the likes of Boo Hewerdine (The Bible/Eddi Reader) and Chris Difford (Squeeze). He has also composed library music for use within TV and film.

Chris began working with Rachel whilst producing the new Simon & The Astronauts album (due out in 2022) on which Rachel is the lead vocalist. It was always a dream of his to work with Rachel since first hearing her sing “I Just Threw Out The Love Of My Dreams” by Weezer.

During the height of the Covid lockdowns Rachel sent Chris demos that she’d been accumulating since the mid 2000’s. Loving what he was hearing they served as the perfect distraction to what was going on in the world at this time. This started the collaboration that would eventually become bLUSH.

“Breathe/White Flag” – Released on 17/12/21

A Side – “Breathe”
B Side – “White Flag”

“Breathe” is a song that very much originates from a Rachel demo from around 2008. Featuring hypnotic rhythms and richly layered vocals. It forms a blueprint of the bLUSH sound but also hints at what is to come.

“White Flag” is a cover of a song by Guided By Voices. It can also be found on the LP ‘Keep It In Motion: A Tribute To Guided By Voices, Circa 20 Something And 12’ which is due out in the summer of 2022.

Produced/Mixed by Chris Pepper at Saltwell Studio, U.K.
Vocals for “Breathe” engineered by John Spiker, L.A.
Vocals for “White Flag” engineered by Brad Wood, L.A.
Artwork kindly provided by – Wayne White

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Introducing Robert Lindauer

Dear Rosey:

My name is Robert Lindauer, I’m a singer/songwriter/multiinstrumentalist.
I’ve recently released “Perfume” from the album “Perfume: 10 Love Songs” which
I hope you’ll love as much as I do. It’s “groovy americana”.

I write songs to speak to my children’s hearts and I hope you’ll have the same
response. That said the whole album is a piece, each song stands alone and they all
go together, my sister says, an old-fashioned record.

Here is the latest video version:

I’ve got a small but growing following (about 400 daily streams on spotify/apple music) and am producing an album bi-annually at this point,

Here’s are links to my spotify channels (I have one for classical, one for electronic and one for americana/country music).Americana:

Perfume: 10 Love Songs

Classical (piano solos):

Six Angels and a Rest


Time Machines

I’m an “American”. I was born in Burbank, grew up in Kansas and California, lived in Hawaii and Oregon for most of my adult life. I currently live out in the jungle in Hawaii and gig out here frequently and am currently planning my first “american continent” tour. If you know anywhere I should consider playing local to you, do let me know, my set is solo acoustic or solo acoustic with electronic backing.

I’ve been a professional performer for a long time and know how to get a crowd bouncin ; (I’ve played with AnthonyB, Prezident Brown, The Wailers, Israel Vibrations and opened for Fun! and can rock a room, hall or stadium ).

Many Thanks,

Robert Lindauer

ps – my current top played song is “You never let me down” which is featured on kind of a lot of Spotify and Apple playlists.

Built For Sound

Built For Sound – New music-inspired art installation project by Kate Jackson (of The Long Blondes)

Built For Sound

New music-inspired art installation project by Kate Jackson (of The Long Blondes)

Running 17th December to 29th January at 
LCB Depot, Leicester

Press shot [Larger Image] New multi-dimensional art project, inspired by classic pop music television & featuring a programme of community events in Leicester

Running: 17th December – 29th January 2022
It’s Thursday Night. It’s 7 o’clock. It’s Top of the Pops!

Kate Jackson – artist, painter, and frontwoman of The Long Blondes – announces a new multidimensional project, Built For Sound, launching 17th December and running until the end of January 2022.

Inspired by classic pop music television of the early 80’s, this Arts Council funded project is centered around a new installation work, including sculptural and audiovisual elements, to be exhibited at LCB Depot, a creative hub based in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. Full info can be found here.
One of Jackson’s paintings for the set design With Built For Sound conceived while strict restrictions were still in place, Jackson wanted the installation to highlight the absence of performance, while still recreating the atmosphere and excitement of the stage. Within the gallery space she is constructing a stage-set, including huge three-dimensional bold graphic paintings, lighting design and looping sound work.

During its six week run at LCB Depot, the installation will also provide a space for filmed live music performances, a hands-on synthesiser workshop, and disco events for babies/toddlers and people with learning disabilities.

Jackson says of the project: “I first had the idea for ‘Built For Sound’ during the second lockdown. We spent a lot of time at home watching old reruns of Top of The Pops and I became fascinated with the architectural stage sets and neon lights built slightly differently for each episode. I kept thinking about the stage without performers and how abstract these sets would seem, like works of art in themselves.

“At the time there were of course no live performances happening anywhere and I had a lot of friends (musicians, crew, agents and promoters) who were out of work and struggling because of the pandemic. As we didn’t know when live performance would return, this is a space built in a gallery for filmed performance rather than live performances. The set design references those old Top of The Pops sets but which in today’s context feels slightly haunted too.” Jackson is an artist and musician based in Leicester, whose artwork is informed by her interest in the transience of architecture and the evolving urban landscape, in particular Brutalist buildings of the mid to late 20th Century.

She spent the 00’s on stages around the world, fronting Sheffield indie pop superstars The Long Blondes, whose vivid storytelling fizzed with dancing, desire and style. Rough Trade Records recently announced a vinyl reissue of the band’s classic debut album, Someone To Drive You Home, described by NME as “fantasy pop, performed to perfection.”

Jackson also released her debut solo album, British Road Movies in 2016, written and recorded with ex-Suede guitarist and producer Bernard Butler.

Jackson seeks to work towards the vision set out in Arts Council’s ‘Let’s Create’ strategy, whereby people can both be creative, and experience high-quality culture, through its mix of participatory activity and presentation of a high quality exhibition and performance events.
Programme of Events:

18th December – Synth workshop during the afternoon by R10 Installation

8-9th January – Installation open to the public

14th January – Disability Disco

15th January – Baby Disco

29th January – Closing party hosted by Hoo Ha Record Club

Full details can be found here:

Kate Jackson: Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook
The Long Blondes: Website

The Libertines UP THE BRACKET ’20th Anniversary Shows’


Up The Bracket arrived like a raging bull in a tired post-Britpop china shop and introduced the world to The Libertines, a new gang of London bohemians, whose ragged tunes, red military tunics, opiated poetry and ‘live now pay never’ lifestyle came to define the millennial angst of the early noughties.

At the heart of the band is the blood bond bromance between the ramshackle Music Hall Jagger/Richards, Peter Doherty and Carl Barat, ably assisted by the rock solid rhythm twins John Hassall and Gary Powell. Any bookie worth his salt would have given you short odds on this quartet surviving more than a month or two, given the teetering on the brink lifestyle they chose to lead, but here we are two decades later and our Byronic heroes, though older and wiser, are still fighting the good fight and making music every bit as vital as their astonishing debut. The belief, talent and fervour that Doherty spoke of in their earliest manifesto has stood them in good stead.

Up The Bracket, justly considered one of the greatest albums of the noughties, was originally released in October 2002 by Rough Trade Records. The album, a heady stew of indie rock, skiffle, blues, dub and English bucolic pop, was a huge shot in the arm to a largely redundant music scene and helped to inspire the rebirth of guitar music, going on to influence countless artists who followed in its wake.
Up The Bracket, which was produced by Mick Jones of The Clash, takes you on a wondrously poetic journey into the band’s mythical world and their fevered dreams of Albion, a land of squalid glamour, liberty, equality, fraternity, gin palaces and chip shops. Quite simply Pete, Carl, Gary and John created a hugely compelling timeless British rock’n’roll classic debut as relevant now as it was upon its release.

The Libertines commence celebrations for the 20th anniversary of their era-defining debut album Up The Bracket with four headline shows next year in Manchester, Hatfield, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Tickets go on-sale at 9:00am on Friday 3rd December, the dates and ticket links are:
JULY1st Manchester Castlefield Bowl
22nd Hatfield Hatfield House

AUGUST5th Cardiff Bute Park
8th Edinburgh O2 Academy

The Libertines, in collaboration with their original label,Rough Trade Records, will shortly be unveiling a series of all bells and whistles, no stone unturned, vault-pillaging releases to mark Up The Bracket’s momentous birthday. The band and label are inviting fans to sign up now to be the first to receive news of next year’s releases the moment they are announced:

The Libertines are currently on a sold out tour of the UK culminating in five nights at the Forum in London.

A Letter from Bad Mary, a punk band from NY


Bad Mary is Amanda, her dad, her husband, and her professor.

We draw our influence from the likes of Blondie and The Ramones, Green Day and
Paramore, and create our own kind of punk that takes you back to New York
in the 70’s – but with a modern vibe.

We like to hold up a warped, fun-house mirror to our current culture and the world we see around us. We’re pushing back on all the crap going on in the world because that’s not what’s important, that’s not where your life is – life is in the fun.

We released our first album Better Days, in 2013, and followed up with three fast, loud and 70s inspired EPs – Killing Dinosaurs (2015), We Could Have Saved the World (2016), and Glitter Bomb (2017). We released our latest album The Return of Space Girl in 2019. It’s a punk-rock space-opera about a robot from space who has a few things she needs to teach the world.

We make our home on Long Island, New York and have played classic venues such as the Highline Ballroom, the Knitting Factory, Arlene’s Grocery, Bowery Electric, the Trash Bar.

Bad Mary have played multiple festivals including Warped Tour at Jones Beach, Dewey Beach Music Conference, Liberty Music Festival and the Cabin Fever Music Festival. We have scored airplay radio stations around the world and are regulars on Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM.

Bad Mary played to packed-out venues in Japan when we went on a quick ten-day tour in the summer of 2019.

Bad Mary

Swansea Sound debut album out now!

Swansea Sound: a band that came into being during lockdown and decided that fast, loud, political indiepop punk was the answer to being stuck indoors. Who needs introspection?
If you order the album (on any format) before Christmas, you’ll get a download of bonus track HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ME.

Hue Williams is reunited with Pooh Sticks singing partner Amelia Fletcher (ex-Talulah Gosh, Heavenly). Rob Pursey (also ex-Heavenly) and Ian Button provide the noise. The band has played one gig in real life – but there will be more in 2022.

Three of the tracks were released as singles, all of them now impossible to obtain. ‘Corporate Indie Band’ was a limited edition cassette, ‘I Sold My Soul on eBay’ was a one-off lathe cut that got auctioned on eBay (with a £400 winning bid), ‘Indies of the World’ was a 7” inch single that briefly hit the UK physical charts, but quickly sold out and plummeted back out again. And, to coincide with the LP pre-release, ‘Swansea Sound’ is released as a limited edition cassette. (1st September was the date, exactly one year ago, when Swansea Sound Radio was re-branded by its new corporate owners and the name became available.) The song is a requiem for that lost radio station: a DJ describing his final day at work before his show is ‘rationalised’ out of existence.

Swansea Sound took their name from a radio station, and they even use its abandoned logo. Something modern, acidic and angry has taken up residence in a familiar, borrowed frame, just as it has in these indiepunk pop songs. You can throw yourself around to Swansea Sound like it’s 1986, but if you catch the lyrics you’ll remember you’re in 2021. (Sorry about that.)

Released on Indie Labels of the World!
Buy from your local label and it will be cheaper.
LP, CD: Skep Wax Records (UK, Europe); HHBTM Records (North America).
CASSETTE: Lavender Sweep Records (UK, Europe); Austin Town Hall Records (North America); Shiny Happy Records (Indonesia). 


released November 19, 2021

Ian Button: Drums
Hue Williams: Lead Vocal
Rob Pursey: Bass, Guitars
Amelia Fletcher: Lead Vocal
Additional vocals by The Crystal Furs and Catrin Saran James
Additional keyboards by Fay Hallam

Songs by Rob Pursey
Sleeve design by Catrin Saran James

Produced at The Sunday School, Kent
Mastered at Grimston Levelling Solutions

Text taken from the band’s Bandcamp page


O N 1 9 T H N O V E M B E R
for anyone who hates Matt Hancock!

There’s perhaps no one better suited to front a new protest punk outfit than Dr. Nishant Joshi.

After taking the UK government to court over their lack of protection of his fellow healthcare workers during the onset of the pandemic, Joshi, already a seasoned musician from his work in The Palpitations, melds his musical skill and fighting spirit into one through KILL, THE ICON!

That said, it’s only fitting that the duo’s debut single is a fuzzed-up, supercharged thrasher that tells the story of a man who died while standing up for what he believed in.

“Buddhist Monk” is about Thích Quảng Đức, who famously set himself ablaze while protesting Vietnam’spersecution of his fellow Buddhists in 1963.

Debuting with a track about a notable figurehead who died in the name of change falls right in line with KILL, THE ICON!’s mission, which is to delve into the history of protest, anti-fascism, and activism — but with their own satirical spin on it all.

KILL, THE ICON! sees changemakers creating songs about change makers.This makes their existence a welcome tonic to the pseudo-anarcho “ladrock” that we see pushed more often than we should. In other words, KILL,THE ICON! go beyond just walking the walk — they pave the path too.

If you like what you hear, by the way, then you’re in luck: KILL, THE ICON! are planning gigs nationwide this winter.

Stay tuned, my friend. Stay tuned.