Tramlines: Promoters Pop Picks

Liam – Children for Breakfast
Hourglass Sea – Saturday – Bungalows & Bears
That’s right I’m going for one of my own at Bungalows, it’s a bit self indulgent but he is incredible and especially so as he’s just a normal guy from Bradford.
He composes songs in a similar vein to Dam Mantle / Starslinger / Gold Panda et al but has a greater tendency towards all out pop sounding like snippets from Kanye West’s cutting room floor pasted back together without the pomposity. As for a stage show I’d liken it to the first time I saw Ben Max Tundra; such a funny looking little man generating such complex but instantly accessible beats.

Jeremy – Unquiet Desperation Presents
Ghosting Season – Friday – The Harley
One band that, quite aptly, have slipped under most people’s radar at Tramlines are Ghosting Season.  Ghosting Season is the new project of Gavin Miller and Thomas Ragsdale, perhaps most familiar as Worriedaboutsatan. GS keeps the haunting, ethereal nature of their previous work, but adds a more prominent dance edge, situating it more amongst the late night lights of clubland.
As they say themselves, a sound more “1am” than the “4am” of Worriedaboutsatan.

Craig – WagonWheel Presents
Neil McSweeney – Friday – The Greystones; Sunday – SOYO
In summary, he’s Sheffield’s finest songwriter, and an amazing live performer both solo and with his band who are great too. He’s playing solo on Sunday and with his band, The Gents, on Friday.

Rob – Drowned in Sound
Love at Death Beach – Saturday – O2 Academy
They’ll probably be the loudest band you see all weekend, and let’s face it, if you don’t leave a festival with at least mild tinnitus you’re not really doing it right. Awesome tunes too.

Tom – Small Ideas
The Ghost of a Thousand –  Sunday – The New Music Stage
The Ghost of a Thousand emerged alongside a wave of heavy rock and metal bands in Brighton. Their blistering debut ‘This is Where the Fight Begins’ won instant acclaim with RockSound and was awarded 10/10. With a sound reminiscent of Refused’s magnum opus ‘Shape of Punk to Come’, this will unfortunately be one of the last few opportunities to catch TGOAT as they are splitting up in August. Don’t miss out.

Ju – Soundclash
Hot Soles – Saturday – DQ
Pile Driving 2-Piece in your face Rock ‘n’ Roll. You have to see these boys live to understand their musical talents. Kieran Wardle on Guitar and Rich Birkin on drums, energetically take you to the top-and rattle your feathers! Mr Wardle will no doubt make you giggle with his cheeky one-liners. All I can say is try your hardest not to dance.

Rob Lee – The Washington
Pete David & The Payroll Union – Friday – The Greystones
Woozy Americana in the vein of The Band at The Big Pink, or alt country grandaddies Townes Van Zandt and Kurt Wagner. Anybody with a soft spot for The Felice Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch or Nick Cave’s earthier moments should hot foot it over and check out their brand of bluegrass tinged folk and bar room ballads. “Abigail”, the penultimate track on their recent EP, might just be the greatest song Willie Nelson never wrote. Pete David is the best songwriter in Sheffield and I’ll stand on Alex Turner’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.

Matt – Uneven Blonde
Bos Angeles – Saturday – The Bowery
My pick for the weekend is Bos Angeles. I don’t know a great deal about them except that there are three of them and they’re from Bournemouth. I’ve booked them off the back of hearing their 3 track demo through a friend who runs Art is Hard records. They write proper summer pop music that deserves to be enjoyed by groups of friends pissing around on hot summer days. The best description of them I’ve seen is “surf-infused post-punkyish vibes with a good helping of catchy pop.”
For fans of Wild Nothing, Spectrals, Surfer Blood.

Emil – Xrayhorse
Arrows of Love – Sunday – The Harley
Working with London producer Rory Brattwell (S.C.U.M., Male Bonding, Kasms) and mastering guru Bob Weston of Shellac – Arrows of Love are one of the most exciting new live bands in the UK. Their name comes from a William Blake poem, they share Blake’s fervent, ethereal energy – and were formed from the ashes of the much-missed Hush the Many (Heed the Few) and includes members of Jamie T, Kid Harpoon and Eraserheads. Basically, a ridiculously talented group of people channeling all their efforts through the filter of hard psych-grunge rock. Prepare to be destroyed.