WOW! AJAY back in the house! The lead vocalist of a much loved band - Donkey - is back in Leicester. Last seen a very long time ago! Welcome back!
Stephen Pastel said of the album: “warm and adventurous, articulate and purposeful”.
Steve Barker (legendary DJ at BBC Radio Lancashire’s “On The Wire” show) said: “a stunning debut”....
Formed by two friends Ajay Saggar and Mark Wareing, the duo had served time in legendary Peel favourites “Dandelion Adventure” many moons ago. Two years ago they took to the stage for the first time together nearly after 30 years to play a set of psych jams. Leading on from another similar encounter the year after, the whole experiment moved forwards another giant step when Ajay wrote all the music, and Mark wrote the words to a set of songs that are now to see the light of day in April 2018.
Their new album is titled “Shut Up! Yo Liberals!” and will be released on legendary Preston label Action Records (who released albums by The Fall, The Boo Radleys, and Dandelion Adventure) on Monday 9 April. It’s a stunning debut that sees the band drink from the same magick musical fountain as The Fall, Kaleidoscope, Neu!, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and yet retain their own style
Featuring a double drummer attack (the recording features former members of Cornershop and Pram), the songs propel forwards with a crisp crunch, but giving enough space to the heavy melodies that spin in your head all day long. The lyrics are intelligent, funny and acerbic and take the listener on a fantastic journey. “Shut Up! Yo Liberals” is a direct and uncompromising document of The Common Cold’s deep, personal connections to the North West’s musical heritage mixed with Mark’s years of immersion in underworld literature from William Burroughs through to Hubert Selby,Jr.
John Robb, Louder Than War
Magic Teapot + Haunted By Fame + Damnably presents
We're delighted to welcome Wussy back to Leicester!
“If Michael Stipe Co-wrote songs with Morrissey…then hired Niel Young, Crazy horse and the Cowboy Junkies to play them, and asked Kevin Shields to mix them, then the results would be… a bit like Forever Sounds” The Sunday Times...
“Wussy’s ragged Ohio racket hits biblical proportions on ‘Forever Sounds.‘” **** SPIN (Album of the Week – 8/10)
“If you’re not familiar with the fuzzy dream pop psych of Cincinnati’s Wussy, you’re in for a treat.” – Noisey
Wussy formed in 2001 when retired Stonemason, Chuck Cleaver (formerly of Ass Ponys) and Lisa Walker began playing together as result of a dare. The duo’s first performance was largely unplanned but went without incident, so Mark Messerly was recruited on bass and later Joe Klug on drums. The band’s newest member, pedal-steel player John Erhardt, has enabled Wussy to truly come into its own. Cleaver and Walker share singing and songwriting duties, trading lead vocals, harmonising, and singing in vocal swoops and patterns on top of each other, sharing tales of the supernatural combined with day-in-the-life portraits, both disquieting and tranquil.
Wussy have evolved over the last decade to become forerunners of New Midwestern Psychedelia. The band are known both for their songwriting and varied sonic palette, often drawing comparisons to admitted heroes, Television, Velvet Underground, Crazy Horse and Yo La Tengo. Wussy have recorded sessions for BBC 6Music’s Marc Riley/Gideon Coe and KEXP. They have showcased at SXSW and CMJ, and have supported several tours for fellow Ohioans Afghan Whigs and Heartless Bastards, as well as sharing the stage with bands such as Yo La Tengo, The Breeders, Best Coast, Mudhoney, Shonen Knife, Okkervil River, The Mekons, COME, Wreckless Eric and Jeffrey Lewis.
Welsh indie pop maestros Seazoo are touring their debut album released in Jan 2018.
Fresh from supporting psychedelic punk rockers The Lovely Eggs on their recent tour, alongside sharing bills with Peace and IDLES in recent months, the band’s latest release further builds anticipation for their debut record with the influences of acts including Grandaddy, Super Furry Animals and Yo La Tengo shining through once more.
Extensive support across the radio airwaves from Huw Stephe...ns (BBC Radio 1), Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins, Lauren Laverne and Radcliffe & Maconie (BBC 6 Music), alongside widespread critical acclaim (DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, Q Magazine), leaves the five-piece well-placed going into what promises to be an exciting 2018.
'Seazoo mash together some manic axes, some wah-wah-ing all over the shop and some recalling '90s grunge, thumping basslines, theremin-y synths, big beats, and crystal-clear vocals. It's a haywire piece of pop gold that will ensnare your heart on first listen.' THE LINE OF BEST FIT.
'This is thoughtful, proper and smart pop (with a wonderful twist of the abstract) in the spirit of Yo La Tengo and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.' - LOUDER THAN WAR
'The single, Dog Hotel, is a brilliant cross section of the band: lovely naughties guitar, touches of atonality, group vocals, bullfrog-mating-call bass line and spaced-out synths.' - ARTROCKER
Welcome back Mr Lewis! It's been awhile! Can't wait!
"Really great and impressive and inspiring and exciting... There's not a lot of people that can tell a story and use language like that in music." - Will Oldham
"A wordy force of nature… stirs you up with politics or knocks you sideways with sadness… ideas burst from Jeffrey Lewis like an overstuffed suitcase – strange ones, funny ones, poignant ones, usually a mixture…. kicking out ramshackle fuzzbomb jams… it's difficul...t to imagine how any couple of hours spent in Lewis's company couldn't prove inspirational." (four of five stars) - The Guardian
"Bizarre but brilliant" - Uncut
“[Jeffrey Lewis is] The best lyricist working in the US today.” - Jarvis Cocker (Pulp)
"Jeffrey is the only artist I've sent fan mail to.” - Jens Lekman
"Hands down my favorite contemporary songwriter" - Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)
Haunted By Fame + Magic Teapot in association with Damnably presents the return of the Busan, South Korea Surf/Indie-Rock/Pop quartet Say Sue Me.
Friends since 5th grade Jae Young (Bass) and Kim Byungkyu (guitar) met drummer kang Semin at high school and played in bands together until the winter of 2012, when one day they were drinking tea and beer at a tea shop in Nampo-dong, and Sumi arrived. They liked her speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist i...n a new band that would become Say Sue Me. Sumi Choi turned out to be a natural at songwriting.
The surf-inspired indie rock/pop quartet from Busan, South Korea released a compilation album, RSD EP and split 7” single (w/ Otoboke Beaver) on Damnably in 2017 - their first releases (& tour) outside South Korea. In 2018, the band showcase at SXSW, play at The Great Escape festival and embark on their debut solo UK/EU tour to coincide with the release of their second studio album.
“Twee, but not too twee, Busan, South Korea four-piece Say Sue Me is my favorite recent random discovery. They released this endearing, 18-song self-titled album in April. Really sweet, melodic rock that makes me feel like I'm in high school.” The Fader
"a sweet-sounding tune about staying upbeat even when you're feeling down on yourself." The Fader (Good for some reason review)
“The quartet play an addictive amalgam of sugary indie pop and gritty surf that showcases a finely-tuned sense of melody and technical skill. Frontwoman Sumi Choi is a witty lyricist, and she writes songs about normal things such as going to work, drinking too much, feeling lonely (“Long Night and Crying”), or being a problem child (“One Week”) in relatable, humorous way.Nary a song on Say Sue Me isn’t a total ear worm. Many, such as the title track, are often quite funny…Summer’s winding down, butSay Sue Me deserve a spot on your playlist before the last warm night of the year has passed into memory. Mariana Timony Bandcamp Daily Feature
“It’s 2.50(Good for Some Reason) of deliriously lovely vocals, instrumentation and an attitude that just wants to brighten up your day however you’re feeling. And coming from a band with such a tragic back story? I love them even more for that.
An absolute must for indie discos around the country.” Louder Than War
“The group hails from South Korea, but don’t let that fool you, as they seem to have the same knack for crafting infectious hooks as everyone’s indie darlings, Alvvays….”Austin Town Hall
“The Korean quartet Say Sue Me comes from the city of Busan in South Korea and create English-language guitar perfection with influences from both shoegaze and punk.” Popmani (Sweden)
Tomorrow Wed 13 Dec at The Musician, Leicester a head melting evening in store put together by The Other Window and Magic Teapot https://www.facebook.com/events/523470114659855/