Pillow Queens formed in Winter 2016 with the immediate release of their demo EP Calm Girls, which sparked a successful string of UK & Irish dates & festival appearances.
Their second EP State of the State made its way onto BBC 6 Music’s playlists, with Steve Lamacq calling them “deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails”.
After two more UK tours, and two sellout hometown gigs, the band soon found themselves more and more comfortable on bigger stages, opening for the likes of American Football and Pussy Riot, capping off Summer 2018 with a stadium performance opening for Idles & Future Islands.
Pillow Queens’ sophomore LP Leave The Light On is out now on Royal Mountain Records.
Glasgow-based three-piece Fatherson are back, but not as you know them. End Of The World, the first new music from the band in three years, is a dreamy, synths-drenched beauty shot through with mischief. “End Of The World is about going through tough times and coming out the other side. Suddenly you realise that you’re actually fine. So what if someone doesn’t love you anymore? Nevermind that life isn’t as it used to be. It’s definitely a bit tongue-in-cheek. If the world really was ending, you’d want to forget all the shit that’s been thrown at you and go out and have fun.”
Forming in Kilmarnock, Scotland, in early 2010, Fatherson immediately captured hearts with their raw, honest alt-rock sound. Debut album I Am an Island and 2016 follow-up Open Book were masterclasses in full-throttle rock songwriting, and garnered support from (and tours alongside) their north-of-the-border brethren in Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit, Idlewild and Twin Atlantic, as well as further runs alongside the likes of Kings Of Leon, Augustines, Enter Shikari and more.
It’s been seven years since Maverick Sabre first arrived on the UK scene as a fresh-faced Irish (but London born) rapper with a brassy singing voice. Championed by Plan B, his music drew a line between the Irish, American and UK rap scenes he grew up on and the timeless blues and trad Irish music of his family’s heritage. His debut album, Lonely Are The Brave, was a roaring success, arriving at #2 on the UK album charts and going on to sell over 250,000 copies.
Since then he has undergone a bold and inventive evolution as an artist, into a visionary and melodic songwriter capable of telling eternal stories that critique the world around him with a shrewd eye. His new album is dreamy and psychedelic at times, whilst also feeling haunting, gritty and rock inspired. There is nothing he will not turn his mind to, if he feels he has something to say, from the tragedy of Grenfell to the ways in which we place our faith in false icons. Rap may not be his biggest reference point anymore, but his hip-hop upbringing has instilled a passion for making music that is always brutally and unashamedly honest at all times.
“For me,” says Maverick Sabre, “every album is about what I feel at that time, and what I feel needs to be said about society and my own personal life. It’s like a diary entry.”
Che Lingo is a rapper from South London who has explored the deeper, more heartfelt side of United Kingdom rap, aiming to bring emotional intelligence to his lyrics and beats. He started out at 16 experimenting in his local youth club studio, where he developed his own style. Eventually, he took to open-mike nights, where his manager spotted him and offered to work with him on his 21st birthday. His debut EP, Charisma, landed in 2018, preceding a mini-album — and mission statement of sorts — titled Sensitive, which saw release the following year. He signed recently signed a deal with Idris Elba’s 7Wallace roster in 2020
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