• The Heavy, Cougar, Spokes, DJ Food @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen

    25 juin 2009, 12h41m

    ALBUM LAUNCH for the *amazing* The Heavy...

    The Heavy continually cross genres as they as a unit are proud to be completely musically schizophrenic. From country to rhythm and blues, garage punk to rock and roll, Studio one to the slums of shaolin, you'll find that The Heavy are indeed like a pack of chemists with the way that genres get cooked up, blended, stirred and then mixed, to create their own unique style of rock and roll.

    The Heavy have been building. With a background in the joys of sampling and a foreground in scuzzy guitar, bass and beaten up drums, with schizo music tastes and a West Country pace, they’ve been building brick by dirty brick. Now they’d like to welcome you into their beautiful home for a little nose around, a kind of party if you like. And if a little blood gets spilled then that’s just how it is. Nobody said it was going to be a spread from “Hello” magazine. It will, though, be the best party you’ve ever been to.

    The first single to be released from the new album "The House That Dirt Built" will be a garage punk/ soul offering with so much weight that the likes of Bunker Hill and Syl Johnson will wonder why the two genres never came together more often. "Oh no! Not you again!" is a testament to the evil and vices that we all surround ourselves with but don't necessarily want......or need.

    The Heavy have toured the world and, where the first record was sample-based, the new one is much more a product of working as a band. Like the early rock ‘n’ roll, blues and rhythm and blues which have influenced it, “The House That Dirt Built” is larger than life, funny, terrifying and occasionally beautiful. It is, in fact, a house you’ll want to visit again.

    The track, recorded in one take in a dirty little shack, in a crazy little town, in the west country features vocals from Shingai Shoniwa of The Noisettes and Jim Abbiss on mix and co production duty. You will not experience another song like this from any other band this year. So dirty. So much weight. So much energy and laced with a soul that you just don't hear anymore........
    The Heavy have indeed created a monster


    Spokes are originally from the rolling hills of North East England, which perhaps explains the rustic feel of their reverb-soaked, violin-coated sound. Their mini album "People Like People Like You" is already causing great excitement in the independent press receiving ‘album of the week’ status on Boomkat and glittering reviews on Don’t Panic and Angry Ape. Their ambitious live performances combine field recordings and accidental noise with a delicate but powerful 5 piece band. Spokes are currently working on their debut long player for Counter Records.

    Press Release for "People Like People Like You"

    “It’s incredibly easy to fall in love with an album when it takes in elements of slow-core, post-rock, shoe-gaze, folk and pop music so effortlessly… Absolutely gorgeous stuff and a real find…”
    (‘Album of the week’,

    “Given the right push Spokes have the potential to breach the mainstream, the potential is there for all to see on this record. Memories of your first experience of Broken Social Scene or even Arcade Fire are sure to come flooding back, as the five-piece tap into the celebratory nature of both revered Canadian acts. Spokes are definite ‘ones to watch’, long may it continue.”
    (Angry Ape)


    Conceived in Madison, Wisconsin, Cougar’s instrumental arrangements fall somewhere between Four Tet, Fugazi, and Nick Drake’s guitar work, albeit optimistic as opposed to morose. The band’s singular sound is rooted in a keen sensibility of form and texture, more in line with sample-based music and modern classical than indie rock - which isn’t to say this is rock-as-academia – Cougar also invoke the roaring riff monster, the fist-in-the-air, anthemic head-banger to which so many groups give only an ironic nod.

    Extensive touring supported the group’s debut album, Law (mixed with John McEntire of Tortoise), which made numerous Best of 2007 lists in the USA. Live dates in the States and abroad included stints with U.N.K.L.E., Maximo Park, Art Brut and more.

    Cougar’s second album, the forthcoming Patriot (August 17th on Counter), is an aggressive, narrative affair that sees the band reach even greater extremes than on Law. The epic, sparkling counterpoint of the first record crops up, but Patriot firmly establishes itself as a different music shredding the lines between electronic, rock and modern, one that never forgets to pay allegiance to the hook. If an album of new music raises the question, “What kind of band IS this?” then perhaps the artist is doing their job. Urgent, captivating and strangely moving: emergency rock.

    DJ Food presents : Strictly Kev

    With nearly 25 years of DJing experience and more than a decade serving up Food for DJs, for both Ninja and Coldcut's weekly radio show 'Solid Steel', Kev is now in the Food hot seat.

    DJ Food & DK - "Solid Steel - Now, Listen Again"

    "Want to hear Rakim dueting on the mic with Phil Oakey from the Human League? Rock drummer Cozy Powell trading beats with DJ Format? Maybe the funky film version of 'Are You Being Served' is more to your taste or some West Coast surf-psych in the form of The Dragons' rarity 'Food For My Soul'? Resisting all the food puns we can think of (we know you'll be doing it for us) Solid Steel presents DJ Food & DK with "Now, Listen Again" - the sequel to the mix that kicked off the series in 2001."

    "Mixed to stupefying proficent standards, it will have your head in bits - in the best possible way."
    5/5 Mixmag

    "A mix that 99 percent of the planet will go crazy about."
    Dazed and Confused

    "Flat-out, mind-mangling fun."
    Recommended compilation - Q

    In Stores Now...

    Thu 1st October 2009

    Hoxton Bar & Kitchen 2-4 Hoxton Square N1 6NU