Oh! Inverted World is back this week with another night of great new bands and shenanigans at London’s Old Queens Head. Here’s the ace artwork, designed for us this month by Upasio Works all the way from Japan
Nice! We’ve also had a slight change to line-up too, sadly Sea Stacks can no longer make it, but we’ve got an great new act ROMAN stepping in to shake things up. Everything kicks off around 7:30pm and free entry as always. The full line-up is now BEAR DRIVER + SOUTHERN + ROMAN.
Oh! Inverted World is back on June 21st with another showcase of the best new music around! And we also have an Oh! Inverted World DOUBLE birthday thrown into the mix this month (James is oooold, Tom is even oooolder, please bring along cake to cheer them both up).
Up this month we will have our second O!IW appearance from the ace BEAR DRIVER. Expect awesome tunes, sweeping melodies, and a hell of a show. Exciting!
Speaking of exciting, the hotly-tipped (and quite-rightly-so) SOUTHERN will also be on the bill. Made up of Belfast duo Thom and Lucy Southern, this band not only come with the O!IW “stamp of approval”, but have recently been picking up accolades from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and The Fly, as well as supporting The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Willy Mason amongst others. Nice.
And kicking things off for us will be the downright magnificent SEA STACKS, charming and wondrous, this is the kind of act that the Old Queens Head was made for.
So that all sounds pretty good, right? Throw in some quality DJ sets and the fact the night is FREE ENTRY (yep, it won’t cost you a penny) and how can you say no? We’d love to see you all on Thursday, June 21st. Here’s an event page too folks! OIW – JUNE 21st 2012
O!IW teamed up again with Sound You Can See at our last monthly showcase for another exclusive O!IW Session. Following on from the wonderful session we did with Sam Airey (you can still watch that session HERE), we pulled aside the ace GOOD DANGERS who played a brand new tune for us “Better Than You Were” in the top of The Old Queens Head on a ridiculously sunny afternoon…
A great night followed with Amber States, Findlay and Good Dangers playing to a packed out night. Look out for a new session this month, and news on our June 21st showcase that will feature the excellent Bear Driver, Southern and Sea Stacks.
Oh! Inverted World returns to the Old Queens Head on May 24th with (as ever, obvs) an AMAZING line-up of Good Dangers, Amber States, Natalie Findlay and Golden Fable. You’d expect to pay good money for such quality, but no, IT’S TOTALLY FREE!
Here are Good Dangers cycling through woods in the dark (which is very dangerous, please don’t try at home kids, this could be a Bad Danger (haha, geddit?!))
We figured that after four years of sporadic photographing and little else but flyers and vague drunken memories to remind us of the AMAZING acts that we have sweating their hearts out for us each and every month, it was about time to document this a lot better. And also to make some awesome content for our acts too.
Recording the first O!IW session in The Old Queens Head
So the good guys from Sound You Can See have come on board to start our series of the O!IW Sessions. We’ll be filming an exclusive track with some of our acts each month to post up here. The wonderful Sam Airey picked up the reigns for our first one before playing a beautiful show for us later that night at The Old Queens Head in April. And here it is…
Hola! Here’s a new one for you… supersweet Belfast-brother-sister duo Southern are about to release their excellent new tune ‘Where The Wild Are’ as a free download on May 21st, have a listen below!
Despite their tender years the duo of Thom Southern and Lucy Southern have already been supporting the likes of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Willy Mason and Pete Doherty. Being on the button as always, O!IW have also got them playing for us on June 21st with some other equally brilliant (obvs!) special guests. More news on that soon!
Fresh off the back of releasing their lauded debut EP “TV” on Oh! Inverted World in the summer, along with headline shows at London’s Koko, Music Week’s Breakout night, a German tour with The Chapman Family, and support to The Duke Spirit; Sheffield rockers The Violet May will be taking to the road for their own national headline tour this October.
The band play across the UK from October 1st with support from Aussie act All Mankind, before ending with a show at Iceland’s Airwaves Festival on October 14th.
The Violet May have been creating havoc on the live scene since forming in 2009, and are seen by many as the remedy to the mass of twee indie acts currently on the scene. A debut video shot by Douglas Hart of Jesus & Mary Chain and support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, XFM, Clash, Guardian, Artrocker and The Sun have been backed by performances at the likes of Leeds Festival, Secret Garden Party, Boardmasters Festival, and opening the Energy Sessions Festival for Band Of Skulls and The Boxer Rebellion.
Chris McClure, frontman of the band, said of the tour: “We are like animals locked in a cage at the moment, we are on a mission to show people that guitar music still has a heartbeat, they don’t need to settle for the vaccines or viva brother. Leave your pretenses at home and come check us out”
Following the tour, The Violet May are headed back into the studio to lay down the next set of tracks for their debut album. The band will also release the track “This Could Be Bad” in November as part of the legendary Club 60′s new singles club. And we can’t wait to get our ears around it!
October live dates;
1/10 SUNDERLAND – Plugged Inn
2/10 INVERNESS – Mad Hatters
4/10 LONDON – Lexington
6/10 MANCHESTER – Alter Ego
7/10 LIVERPOOL – Mojo
8/10 SHEFFIELD – Leadmill
9/10 LEEDS – Milo
14/10 REYKJAVIK – Iceland Airwaves Festival
The Violet May’s debut EP “TV” is out now from all good digital outlets, and as a limited edition CD release from the band’s site. It features What You Say (one of NME’s “10 Best mp3s This Week”) and the singles Jennifer Lies and TV which caught strong radio attention in both the UK and US. Grab a listen here;
Happy Monday folks! So this Thursday, Oh! Inverted World has yet again invited another selection of awesome new acts to play our showcase at London’s Old Queens Head, and what a line-up it is…
Opening preceedings will be the brilliant Grass House. The 4-piece first grabbed our attention with their ace new single “A Cradle A Short Breath”. Have a listen to the track below, and then go buy the postcard version of it for the bargain price of a pound HERE. You can then listen to it on your way to Oh! Inverted World this Thursday ; )
Grass House – “A Cradle A Short Breath”
We’re also massively excited to have both the wonderful Lianne La Havas and Emma’s Imagination on the bill, you can find out more about them by scrolling down the blog a little. There may also be a special guest. I am not allowed to say any more than that under the threat of death… (But it might be a bit special). Doors open at 7:30pm, as usual get down early to get a good spot, we’re gonna be busy!
So last week’s Oh! Inverted World extravaganza at The Old Queens Head was a bit good! The bafflingly-titled but superb 9-piece Professor Penguin opened up in style, while former Absentee frontman Dan Michaelson swept us away with a stripped back set that even featured Romeo of Magic Numbers fame on guitar.
We also had a new star in the making filling the middle slot in I Am Harlequin. A spellbinding 30-minute set left us wanting more, and now we’ve got the track “Marianne” which has just been made available for free download for you good folk.
Enchanting and innovative, I am Harlequin is the creation of German-born, London-based musician Anne Freier who writes, records and produces all her own music. Having grown up in East Germany at the end of the GDR regime, Anne was introduced to the world of ballet and opera when the wall finally came down. This inspiration led to her embracing a menagerie of instruments, creating a bold and intricate sound in her music. Her sophisticated, off-kilter arrangements owe as much to a classical background as to a veracious love of melody, forming stirring and unforgettable pop songs.
For Marianne, Anne told us the inspiration came loosely from a woman she used to know, “‘She would eat men up like sushi dishes on a conveyor belt in order to get her way. In the song, she convinces the main character to fall in love with her. He then falls prey to her game-playing and abuse.
It is an almost demonic depiction of greed and power; Marianne wanting ‘ever more’, but also a criticism on a misinterpretation of feminism. Marianne gains her power through challenge and abuse. But historical payback is not what I consider feminism to be about.”
I Am Harlequin
The sultry, dream-like vocals and instrumentation on ‘Marianne’ is just one side of the range that Anne has. Inspirations for I Am Harlequin can be drawn from classical music, particularly the Russians of the 20th century (Prokofiev, Rimski-Korsakow, Rachmaninoff), to the advanced choir arrangements in Stephen Sondheim musicals, as well as Kate Bush, Rickie Lee Jones, Grace Slick and Joni Mitchell, whom she grew up listening to.
I Am Harlequin has recently been turning heads at her early live shows and we’re really excited to have this new track as a pre-curser to the forthcoming single to be released later this summer, ahead of her debut album. Already proving to be a prolific songwriter in both range and ideas, I Am Harlequin is going to be a big One To Watch over the coming months.
Following acclaimed performances at both Oh! Inverted World and Liverpool Sound City last week, I Am Harlequin plays Brighton Festival this week ahead of a full tour later in the year. Here is the superb ‘Marianne’ for your ears, head to http://www.iamharlequin.com/ to hear more!
I Am Harlequin – Marianne
Much excitement around OIW Towers today as The Violet May finally release “Jennifer Lies”, the follow up to their debut single “Bright Or Better” and the first track from their forthcoming EP out next year.
“Jennifer Lies” is a hell of a track, full of riotous rebellion and howling guitars and we’re proper chuffed to be adding the tune to the OIW roster. Here’s an exclusive preview for you Oh! Inverted Worlders…
You can now buy the track as an exclusive download (for, like, a few pennies!) from all the following links and other good digital stores;
The band have also been invited to play XFM’s Eddy Temple Morris’ night at London’s Proud Galleries this Thursday (November 25th), more details on that HERE. Much more big news to come from these guys soon, get yourself Facebooked up here for all the latest info… www.facebook.com/thevioletmay