The charity being supported for this release is Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind. Today, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any one year. CPSL Mind is the local Mind charity for the residents of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire. They provide a wide range of services to support those recovering from mental health problems, they promote positive mental health and tackle mental health-related stigma and discrimination across our communities. Their vision is that everyone who faces mental health challenges has equal access to the support they need to recover, and can live a fulfilling life without fear of discrimination.
Ember Rev play seamless sets of rhythm-driven art-rock, reworking and repurposing familiar forms that recall the percussive Africana of Talking Heads and the accordion-led romance of Arcade Fire. Alternately rattling with glockenspiels then looping and stuttering, it’s a sound that demands you keep coming back.
Carolyn’s Fingers carefully craft the sonic dreamscape of their joint queer utopia. They self-record and self-produce songs in English, Spanish and glossolalia, singing of queerness, love, pain, mental health, and activism. Having grown up without queer female/non-binary role models, the trio see the band as a way to be openly queer and outspoken. They currently have two singles out and will release their first EP in 2018.
Goddammit Jeremiah are a 3-piece supergroup from Cambridge, formed from members of The Seven Twenty and Jacqui & Geoff. They play largely-silly, somewhat-sweary indie-pop-punk, slipping in occasional disco beats alongside lyrics about taxidermy, depressed Roman matriarchs, Pterodactyls, and teenage crushes on the speaking clock. Named after a phrase they heard shrieked at a gig (quite a surreal gig – the stage was eventually trashed to a Disney soundtrack), Goddammit Jeremiah has been tearing up stages all around Cambridge with their energetic live shows. Their debut album, The Spring Collection, is named after a clothing line by Zebedee from the Magic Roundabout. They hope to be every bit as high flying.
Lemondaze, a band who specialise in shoegaze and dream pop, with a sound veering from the shimmering and ethereal to the dense and soaring.
The Fifths are an indie rock band from Cambridge, fully forming in December 2017. The members are Jack (Guitar/Vocals), Si (Guitar/Vocals), Matt (Drums), Jamie (Bass Guitar) – all aged 17. Fusing raw youthful energy with crafted guitar lines and catchy rhythms, their sound has been compared to Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, The Jam and even Ian Dury. Over summer 2018 multiple singles were released, with their debut, ‘Chance It’, released in July.
Welcome to the ‘contemporary vintage’ world of new UK duo Elma, comprising songwriter/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Mark Ellis (best known as drummer of controversial indie band Hamfatter and also the The Sideshow who had a single released on German Shepherd Records) and singer Ellie Gillett, straight out of university her classically trained, intimate vocal style and irresistible personality have proved an instant hit with the duo’s audiences.
Accompanied by her trusty mandolin, Jessica Law specialises in beautiful, disturbing, theatrical folk songs, and is currently promoting her brand new album, “Apparently”. Covering subjects as diverse as Greek mythology, day-glo dinosaurs and walking dead, her melodies will haunt you as much as her stories
The New Fools
Formed in 2018 when Tony Jenkins (Lizard Brain, ex-Sound of Pop Art) found he had an album’s worth of songs but no band to record them! The New Fools … Tony (vocals and guitars), Dave Seabright (bass), Pete Carter (drums) and Drew Keen (guitars and brass).
Blue Alatar are a cinematic rock band, currently preparing to release their first album: Irradiated Hamster Alert. Tracks are composed by guitarist and music educator Liam Taylor, who draws influence from a variety of artists and styles – from world music, (Altan Urag), to classic and contemporary rock, (Whitesnake, Black Stone Cherry), to film composers, (Bear McCreary, Hans Zimmer), and psychedelic artists, (Ozric Tentacles). The music of Blue Alatar combines these influence to create epic, instrumental rock with soaring orchestras, crunchy synths and cinematic sound design.
Featuring ex-members of The Tupolev Ghost (Big Scary Monsters) and Victory Points, their debut EP, “Demonstrations”, saw 4 of its 5 tracks supported by the likes of Dan P Carter, Huw Stephens and Tom Ravenscroft at BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6 and extensive support at BBC Introducing. The band have been recording and expect an album to be released in late 2018.
Don’t be fooled by the name. Eeyore is a stoner-metal band formed in 2017, fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon and Sleep will like their sound. One of the heaviest bands to come out of Cambridge in recent years, Eeeyore are a sludgy, distorted beast unlike their name suggests.
Section 3 a four-piece band all living in and around the Cambridge area who started playing together in the summer of 2017. They play a mixture of sounds with a distinctive guitar sound and vocals rooted in the great rock/blues tradition.
Crackleford are an experimental pop outfit based near Cambridge. Formed in 2016 from the smoking embers of former MySpace & Garage Band darlings Deep Wilson. The music is based around the performances of Martin Jerram and the lyrics of Mark Jerram, but beyond that the line-up is as fluid as the differing styles that Crackleford produce. Crackleford released their first album in 2017 – Uneven Tides on Zaxey Records & Tapes.
Romy has played in various bands over the years including all female band Drunk on Cake. She became a professional musician in 2015 and her highly acclaimed solo album was completed at the end of April 2016; recorded and produced by the talented engineer/multi-instrumentalist Richard Young. She is currently recording a follow up.
Honeywitch write and perform folk-influenced acoustic and electric songs that resonate with the seasons and the wildlife that surrounds us. Expect fairytales, folk tales, flora and fauna, pirates and protest, and a wide range of styles from ethereal and haunting to lively and compelling.
False Adults are a three-piece pop/rap act from Ely; taking equal parts influence from 80s hip hop, 90s pop punk, and 00s nerdcore.
Manic Mannequin is a grunge band with hints of progressive rock and psychedelia, and songs that are poetic with an idiosyncratic twist.
Influx of Insanity
Influx of Insanity are a two piece progressive rock band from Cambridge. Their recent performances have seen them win BurySOUND 2018 and the Cambridge Band Competition 2018. They look forward to playing more gigs and releasing new music in the summer.
Self Love are Joshua Roland and Luke Baguley, a teen noise-punk duo grinding together elements of noise, thrash, jazz, and math to create breakneck “accelerodoompunk” minimalism with a deadpan edge. “Like Lightning Bolt fidgeting around waiting to get their A-level results.”
Moody Swing Things
From the infested swamp-lands of the fens where only mad men venture. Fuzzed-up tunes with twisted humorous themes. The band are Gary O’Connor, Mark Tingey and David Middle. Associated with 13th Chime, Long Bone Trio, Black Buttercups and Beki Bondage amongst many others
Fay Roberts is a performance poet, event host and organiser, workshop leader, and musician based in Cambridge. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is due to release her album ‘The Selkie’ in 2018.