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“...beautifully crafted electro-pop...” - Mix Mag
“...lush” - The Line Of Best Fit
"A warmth that's hard to achieve..." - BBC introducing
With their acclaimed debut EP How To Build A Life Raft gaining attention from Mix Mag, The Line of Best Fit and pioneering producer Skream, as well as providing the soundtrack to a TV advertisement campaign, Saturday Night Gym Club return with their second EP The Nowhere Team, to be release on 10th June 2013.
Consisting of Alan Sanderson (vocals, beats/sampler), Conor O’Kane (vocals, piano/synths), Nick Crowe (vocals, bass) and Tom Bounford (violin, synths), SNGC came under the spotlight back in 2011. Having been picked up by BBC Introducing, the band played their second gig at Radio One’s Big Weekend and were featured by Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens, exposing the Anglo-Irish quartet’s sound to the world.
EP track 'The Nowhere Team' is available to stream and download free from the ABoF Soundcloud page.
The video for the EP track 'Terra Firma' is available to watch via SNGC's YouTube channel.
The Nowhere Team brings greater scope and soulfulness to what has already become an unmistakable signature sound. Fans of M83 and Foals will fall in love with the dream-pop inflections of ‘Honesty’ and ‘The Nowhere Team’. More atmospheric tracks like ‘Suddenly The Feelings Are Ours’ and ‘Terra Firma’ nod to the influence of artists like Apparat demonstrating the bands ability to hold introspective moments with ebbing, interwoven vocals.The band self-produced The Nowhere Team, venturing to factories, train stations and building sites to record and explore a new depth of sound. Combining this with their trademark textures and creative use of guest vocalists they carefully built up layers that they describe as "an electric blanket for the soul".
With How To Build A Life Raft firmly setting Saturday Night Club as game changers, The Nowhere Team is sure to make 2013 their defining year.
Last month's update was packed with news but now we've hit March, there's no rest for us here at ABoF HQ. We’ve got lots of brilliant releases from our bands plus comedian Doug Stanhope, who's releasing his next DVD on Roadrunner Records.
Released March 5th 2012
Our very own electro rockers, The Unkindness of Ravens, return with the single Last Call For The River. The single is taken from their eagerly awaited debut album Virus out 7th May on Sonic Fire Records.
Last Call For The River is available to stream and download now via the band's Soundcloud page.
Turnpike Glow released their first free download track before Christmas. The boys have started the year with a bang with the release of 1986, a track that’s been remixed by Broken Social Scene's producer, Dave Newfeld. The video for the single has already been featured on NME and the single has been played on Frank Skinner's show on Absolute Radio plus there's a Video of the Day feature planned on Spinner soon.
1986 is available to download now.
Saturday Night Gym Club, a band that site M83 and Ólafur Arnalds as a few of their influences, release their EP How To Build A Life Raft. The Line of Best Fit and This Is Fake DIY are amongst those to give the EP a gleaming review with the former calling the release "lush".You can download the title track of the EP now and also watch the video for "I Know featuring Ellie Walker" on their YouTube channel.
How To Build A Life Raft EP is available to buy on Amazon.
Glasgow's Vigo Thieves their EP Heart and Soul Part 1 this month as well, the first EP of a two-part release. Their new sound harks back to those epic 80s greats like Simple Minds and U2, real sing a long stuff. The free track "Heartbeats" is available to download from our Soundcloud page now. The video for the track has already received over 32,000 hits on YouTube in four weeks, proof you need to check out these guys now!
Grab a copy of Heart and Soul Part 1 on Play.com.
Released March 12th 2012
Dark, cinematic and intriguing, Atom Eye release Part II of the three part Trilogy 120 this month. Atom Eye is Elsie Martins' side project whilst she steps aside from Phantom for the moment to create gorgeous, experimental, filmic soundscapes. The single Trilogy 120 - Part II will be available to download from Atom Eye's official website from 12th March 2012, however, a stream of the single is available to check out now.
Tango in the Attic are back and preparing for the release of their forthcoming second album Sellotape out 23rd April 2012. The album is the follow-up to their fantastic 2010 debut Bank Place Locomotive Society. The live session video for the track "Swimming Pool" is already available to watch on their YouTube channel but this month they also release the free single Paw Prints, which is currently available to stream from our Soundcloud page.
In case you missed them, The Birthday Suit (Rod Jones from Idlewild) released their debut album Sing It Alone in November. Just back from their first UK tour, they're releasing the single A Nation, a more melodic departure from the free track "Do You Ever?", which was released alongside the album last year.
A Nation is available to stream on The Birthday Suit's Soundcloud page now.
Doug Stanhope DVD Release!
We've been working with comedian Doug Stanhope on his forthcoming DVD release Before Turning the Gun on Himself. The DVD is out on Roadrunner Comedy, the sister label to Roadrunner Records, home to bands like Slipknot, Rush and Rob Zombie.
The DVD (his tenth DVD release to date) will come with a bonus audio CD. To coincide with the DVD release, he will also be hitting the road, doing an extensive UK tour throughout March and April. The audio CD will be released on March 5th 2012, with the DVD to follow a few weeks after. Stanhope's act offers a potent double dose of the abrasive, brutally honest brand of standup comedy that has established him as a one-of-a-kind phenomenon.
You can watch Stanhope introduce his involvement with Roadrunner Comedy on Roadrunner Record's YouTube channel.
As always, there are lots of freebies to download from our official Soundcloud page. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!
A Badge of Friendship in Music Week
Music Week included us in their special feature in the magazine this week, with industry folk giving their top Unsigned Tips.
Many thanks to Music Week for asking us to take part. If you can't see the image above, you can read our tips HERE and view the full page HERE.
Vigo Thieves video reaches 28,000 views in 4 days!
Vigo Thieves only uploaded their video for their free single Heartbeats 4 days ago and it's reached almost 28,000 views (27,952 views to be exact) - a terrific reaction to the track, which is taken from their forthcoming EP Heart & Soul (Part 1).
The EP is part of an ambitious two-part EP Heart & Soul. The first part, Heart & Soul (Part 1), is due for release on March 5th 2012.
Heartbeats is available to download free from the band's official website.
Heart & Soul (Part 1) is due for release on 5th March 2012, via Hijacked Records.
Atom Eye Release “Trilogy 120 - Part I”
Phantom’s Elsie Martins returned with a new solo project Atom Eye, releasing Trilogy 120 - Part I the first of three free download singles.
Part I - Trilogy 120 by Atom Eye
Drawing influences from drone and sound art, she has taken the cinematic undertones of Phantom and has honed them into something beautifully dark and rich. Broadening her horizons and introducing new elements such as analogue tape loops and world percussion, creating something that she describes as “cavernous cinematic soundscapes”.
Part I was released this week on La Nausee Records. Part II and III of the Trilogy 120 EP will be released on 12th March and 30th April respectively. All will be available as free download singles from Atom Eye’s official website.
Saturday Night Gym Club’s video for “I Know featuring Ellie Walker”
Saturday Night Gym Club begin 2012 with the release of their debut EP How To Build A Life Raft. This 6-track EP is the perfect introduction to the band's well-crafted electro sound and is released on 5th March on Music Cuisine.
The video for the track “I Know featuring Ellie Walker” is available to watch on their YouTube page.
You can also listen to EP title track, How To Build A Life Raft, on our Soundcloud page.
Saturday Night Gym Club - How To Build A Life Raft by abadgeoffriendship
After a very hard working January, scurrying behind the scenes and setting up lots of lovely new bands, we’re happy to say hello to February. We had a fantastic 2011 with ABoF being featured in several magazines (NME and Live UK), plus our bands did terrifically well, hitting all major magazines and websites last year.
HP and Last.fm presents David Guetta
A few weeks ago, the culmination of many months of hard work and planning with Last.fm finally happened - David Guetta and 2ManyDJs DJ-ed exclusively for HP and Last.fm at The Rose Club - an event for HP and Last.fm’s media partners.
The club was packed, there were lots of happy faces and the music was terrific. This was the largest event we’ve had to organise and manage since we started and we’ve promted our fair share of events in the past (sold out shows with Hell Is For Heroes and Jeffrey Lewis to name but a few).
Super photographer Lee Allen was on the scene to capture the good vibes on the night, as you can see, we all had a great time!
Team ABoF and Last.fm
New Year, New Bands, New Music!
As you can see from our website, Facebook and Twitter activity, we’ve been announcing new bands and releases left right and centre. As always, you can stream and download free tracks from the artist pages on our website or our official Soundcloud page.
Access Royale, an alternative indie band from Washington DC, are brand new to our roster and with a sound akin to The Dismemberment Plan. We are very excited to see what happens with these guys in the next few months as they prepare to release their debut album City of Paradigm on 17th May. The track "Hide" is available to download now from our Soundcloud page.
If you prefer your music a little more on the filmic, post-rock edge of alternative then Atom Eye will be right up your street. This is Elsie Martins’ side project whilst she steps aside from Phantom for the moment to create gorgeous, experimental, cinematic soundscapes. The single Trilogy Part I is available to download from Atom Eye's official website from 6th February 2012.
Our very own electro rockers, The Unkindness of Ravens, return with the single Last Call For The River (out 5th March). The single is taken from their eagerly awaited debut album Virus out 7th May on Sonic Fire Records. Last Call For The River is available to stream no via the band's Soundcloud page.
Turnpike Glow released their first free download before Christmas and now start the year with their heads held high with the planned release of the single 1986, a track that’s been remixed by Broken Social Scene’s producer, Dave Newfeld. The track is available to stream now but will be available to download free from 5th March.
Finally, Saturday Night Gym Club, a band that site M83 and Ólafur Arnalds as a few of their influences, prepare to release their EP How To Build A Life Raft on 5th March. You can download the title track of the EP now and also watch the video for “I Know featuring Ellie Walker” on their YouTube channel.
When it comes to new music, Scotland prove more than ever before that they're pushing boundaries and stretching imaginations. We’ve got lots of new Scottish bands on our roster and each are as different and exciting as the next.
In case you missed them, The Birthday Suit (Rod Jones from Idlewild) released their debut album Sing It Alone in November. Now they’re ready to hit the road, about to embark upon a UK tour from February 10th, full dates are on our website.
French Wives are set to release their debut album Dream of the Inbetween, out 7th May. Having only just announced our involvement with the band last week, the free track from their album - "Younger" - has already had around a thousand listens and is getting folk buzzing with excitement online. If you're a fan of indie greats like Belle & Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub, these guys are for you.
Tango in the Attic return. The Glenthrothes four-piece are set to release their much anticipated second album on April 12th (so fresh from the studio, it’s yet to be named!). The album is the follow-up to their fantastic 2010 debut Bank Place Locomotive Society. The live session video for the track “Swimming Pool” is available to watch on their YouTube channel.
Vigo Thieves also make a comeback after a short break, writing and recording new songs. They’re about to release their EP Heart and Soul Part 1 on 5th March, the first EP of a two-part release. Their new sound harks back to those epic 80s greats like Simple Minds and U2, real sing a long stuff. "Heartbeats" is available to download from our Soundcloud page now.
Join us at Geek Out
After a short break, we’re back DJ-ing at Geek Out!
The night is run by Mark Beaumont (NME, Guardian) and Dan Martin (NME, Guardian) and we’ve been DJ-ing there for the last year. It runs the first Thursday of every month, the next Geek Out will feature Turnpike Glow’s single launch for 1986.
It’s free entry on Thursday March 1st 2012 at The Wheelbarrow, Camden. Hope to see you there!
Saturday Night Gym Club begin 2012 with the release of their debut EP How To Build A Life Raft. This 6-track EP is the perfect introduction to the band's well-crafted electro sound.
The EP starts on an ambient note with "I Know ft. Ellie Walker". The smooth soundscape created by the SNGC boys is akin to the sound M83 created on their album Saturdays = Youth. However, this track is a mere taster of what’s to come as the EP quickly changes pace. "A Green Light" and EP title track "How to Build a Life Raft" showcase the band’s ear for a well-rounded upbeat electro inspired tune, not dissimilar to bands like Crystal Castles and Ladytron. By the end of the EP, the band slowly bring the listener down with their less "dancey" influences taking a backseat. "Lituya Bay" is a gorgeous layering of strings and piano, with their signature electro beats introducing themselves only in the last few minutes of the track. Think Olafur Arnalds performing at a dinner party, gate crashed by Aphex Twin - beauty and the beats!
Alan Sanderson (vocals, beats / sampler), Conor O’Kane (vocals, keys, guitar), Nick Crowe (vocals / bass) and Tom Bounford (violin / synths) all met at University whilst studying science. This half English, half Irish quartet quickly bonded over their mutual obsession with sound, something that helped to overcome their initial misunderstanding for each other’s musical styles. And so these four science students formed Saturday Night Gym Club. The band self-produce all of their material, sending parts of the music via email, threading it together to concoct dreamy textures that swell and glitch, something that they describe as "an electric blanket for the soul".
You can listen to EP title track, How To Build A Life Raft, on our Soundcloud page.
Saturday Night Gym Club - How To Build A Life Raft by abadgeoffriendship
The band have already played BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, Livefest at the London 02 and Small Trees Festival but have plans for more. With DJ sets planned in the UK, Ireland and Europe, a set of festival appearances for summer 2012 and a debut album planned for the end of the year, there's no stopping Saturday Night Gym Club.
How To Build A Life Raft will be released via Music Cuisine on March 5th, 2012.