If a band keeps it together for long enough music isn’t just made, it grows. Bilge Pump are at that point with 'We Love You', their first album in ten years and perhaps their most accessible one to date, accessible only because people are admitting that they were ready for them all this time, listening to the likes of Marc Riley and taking notice.
Long term linchpins of the Leeds DIY scene, they now follow their own paths; growing veg, running up hills, building musical paraphernalia. Every now and then the call goes out; the time comes to do another tour, put another record out.
For Bilge Pump, who first formed in 1996, this isn’t a career, it is more important than that, feeling the right moment, not forcing it. Drummer Neil Turpin says "A gig is good when the rhythm created and projected propels the crowds arms and legs, looping into a glorious reciprocal exchange of energy." So they never need a set list, they just simply call out the first song then trust each other to go where they should be.
Anyone who has ever seen them will tell you they are loud. But loud and clear, defined patterns, riffs smoulder into drones and then catch fire again lyrics trimmed of fat, precise and witty. Listen to these songs and its feels like being in a pub whilst your mate recounts ludicrous theories and romantic woes. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry and in the background the juke box belts out a mix of Queen, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Bowie, Pil, King Crimson and The Shangri Las, half heard above the din so you keep filling in the bits you missed with your own.
And is there a message, imprecise, personal, political?
Maybe this; "It costs us nothing to exist and we keep on making music when we want to". They explain.
Just like a stone circle in the rain. Why’s that there? Always has been. Why? Don’t know, but you can shelter underneath while you’re waiting for the bus, and listen to this album on your headphones.
Tyron Webster is a Yorkshire singer/ songwriter his sound is rooted within Soul, Pop and R&B. He cites his inspirations as The Weeknd, Donna Summer, BANKS, RAY BLK, Sinead Harnett and Prince.
Singing songs about heartbreak, and love in a story telling way. Tyron Webster hopes to bring a stamp to the UK R&B/ Pop scene that brings light to all the talent that is in the North and not just in the South.
Over the last few years Tyron has been working hard on his sound and building a reputation for himself around the UK, showcasing his strong, smooth vocal flair and writing abilities working with and writing for other artists.
Having become known as one of the most exciting up & coming bands in Yorkshire, Leeds based Treeboy & Arc have kick-started 2019 making some noise. February saw them release new single ‘Plastic Front’ via UK label Come Play With Me and Japanese label Call And Response. Since then, Treeboy & Arc have worked with the highly prestigious Dan Carey on latest single ‘Concept’, which was released by Dan’s own label Speedy Wunderground. Both singles received high praises from many, including BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 1 and Amazing radio who made both tracks their Single Of The Week.
Their live shows picked up lots of attention, leading to them being chosen as tour support for Crows (Balley Records). Now consistently performing to packed-out rooms and showcasing new material at almost every gig, James Kay, Ben Morgan, George Townend, Isaac Turner and Sammy Robinson seem to be moving at an uncontrollable pace and taking no prisoners along the way. Their influences musically are Post Punk & New Wave from the 1980’s, however their main influence as a band is their surroundings – The North of England – The situation and scenarios that they witness each day make a large impact on their lyrics, their sound and their visual identity.
“Dark post-punk delivered with frenetic, adolescent energy...” – Clash Magazine
“…It’s the sound of a band simultaneously treading new ground and never having looked more sure of themselves.” – DIY Magazine
“Anyone familiar with the Leeds music scene will have no doubt heard of Treeboy & Arc. With their idiosyncratic sound, that fuses catchy yet heavy post-punk with pulsating synths, these Yorkshire boys have already caught the attention of none other than Kagoule and modern punk heroes Parquet Courts.” – So Young
“Treeboy & Arc continue to prove themselves to be a leading light out of the north” – So Young
“Treeboy & Arc are my everything!” – Shell Zenner
Magick Mountain sees guitarist Lins Wilson step out of the sidelines of a plethora of bands including Grammatics & Mother Vulpine, carving out a fuzz-laden, psychy garage-rock soundsound. Joining her are Tom Hudson (Pulled Apart By Horses) and Nestor Matthews (Sky Larkin, Menace Beach).
“A feral blast of playful proto-punk metal that rattles along at such a brutish breakneck speed whilstcheerfully capturing Magick Mountain’s collaborative spirit of freedom and fun.” - God is in the TV.
Their debut single, 'Zodiac', was released via Come Play With Me, gaining airplay from Huw Stephens (Radio 1) and Gideon Coe (BBC6 Music) amongst others. "A thunderous beginning for yet another brilliant band from Leeds." - DIY Magick Mountain have been delivering face-melting shows around the UK, including support forMeatbodies, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Levitation Room, Death Valley Girls, Stonefield, Traams, My Vitriol and The Cribs.
“Fuzzed up gnarly garage punk rock. Gives me feels of Jesus lizard and Big Business with thesensibilities of Les Savy Fav and Mclusky. Big riffs, total fuzz, psycho banshees wail. More please." - Dirty Otter
Formed in Leeds in 2005, but like Gang Of Four, born in a variety of other places, Cowtown are made up by David Michael Shields (drums), Hilary Knott (keybass/vocals) and Jonathan Nash (guitar/vocals) and play econo, dynamic, over-stimulated rock music that embraces a heavily abridged history of rock n’ roll. Serious about fun, the band are a firm favourite of BBC 6 DJ Mark Riley, performing music with an emphasis on positive expression and confronting collective anxieties, creating live shows that focus on what they enjoy and discarding the rest.
Picking up from 2013’s Dudes Vs. Bad Dudes (released by TAAE and the band’s own label City Hands) their latest offering is wildly economic, clocking in at 23 mins across 12 tracks. Drawing influences from bands like The Coneheads, Devo and The Breeders, as well as films such as Teen Wolf and Ghostbusters, songs are later distilled into their absolute fundamentals. It’s not about what they want but what they need, with the delivery being as urgent and tightly wound as possible.
Paranormal Romance encompasses the centralised DIY affair that Cowtown have come to epitomise as one of the longest running bands to come from the LS6 area. Jamming econo, recording econo and propelling themselves econo.
Jasmine performs an interesting blend of Jazz and Hip-Hop which creates a unique and current sound. The band is inspired by artists including MF Doom, MadVillain, Soweto Kinch, Karriem Riggins and more.
Since the band formed in September 2017, they have performed at some of Leeds' most popular Jazz venues such as The Wardrobe, SevenArts, and The Hyde Park Book Club.
They have also supported international jazz musicians Trish Clowes, Ross McHenry, and Nubya Garcia; and have performed at some of the UK's most renowned Jazz festivals including Marsden Jazz Festival, World Island and Manchester Jazz Festival.
In July 2018, Jasmine was selected to take part in the 'Jazz North Introduces' scheme, which supports emerging artists in the north. This was a huge achievement for the band. They later went on to release their debut EP 'Bring to Light' in April 2019.
The band have now began working on their debut album, which is due to be released in July 2020.
Hailing from Leeds, Tommy Monaghan is an 18 year old artist, whose soft and hauntingly powerful voice mixed with gritty guitar riffs and distorted tones fill the room. Inspired by artists like Sam Fender, Nothing But Thieves and Ten Tonnes, Tommy has used these influences to write about personal hurdles that he has overcome as well as social issues facing young people today. He has supported the likes of Danny Wright, HBBRD, Tyler J Bolton and Nathan Ball on their respective UK tours. With new and upcoming music just around the corner, it’s looking as if Tommy is heading for a successful and fulfilling career.