The latest instalment of the PRS for Music Podcast features four exciting up-and-coming artists who all performed at industry showcase The Great Escape in May. It’s hosted by Brighton based DJ and presenter Andrea Fox.
The Great Escape is a Brighton-based 3 day conference and showcase series aimed at music industry professionals and musicians. The entire three day festival attracts 15,000 attendees with 5000 of those from the music industry. Over the three days, 400+ bands play at 34 venues.
Lucy Rose – Red Face
Lucy’s journey began when she hopped on a train to London leaving behind the house in which she grew up in rural Warwickshire and struck out for the big city and the big time. Armed with an acoustic guitar and an unstoppable dedication, Lucy played every open-mic imaginable, she met people on the way who are still with her now and with their support and her graft she learned the ropes. As her songs and sentiments spread their warmth through the iciest of hearts, Lucy became that most modern of phenomenon; she went ‘viral’. Her biggest video has clocked up over 600,000 views and on average her sessions and videos are receiving 250,000 views each.
Lucy often lends her vocal talents to Bombay Bicycle Club’s live shows and features on the bands previous 2 albums Flaws and A Different Kind Of Fix. She is currently recording her debut album.
Lucy has already toured the US and supported both Bombay Bicycle Club and Noah & The Whale this year. Her headline UK tour starts on 22 May.
Antlered Man – Platoono of Uno
Hailed by Artrocker as an “Intriguing mash between the metally poetic darkness of SOAD and our own favourite Future of the Left” , the band describe themselves as “f*cked up shape-shifting band with lots of punk-ethic goo spattered on top”. This becomes ever so clear on the upcoming single Surrounded By White Men which was released on 13th February.
This Mike Patton infused, dirty political power house of a band also captured the attention of Belfast’s finest And So I Watch You From Afar who took them on tour across Europe in late 2011. Antlered Man’s début is a schizophrenic beast. A record that would nestle happily on the Ipecac roster and again like Patton they have maintained that things are always done better when they actually do it themselves. So with this in mind the band set up their own imprint in the form of Goo Grrrl Records.
We Were Promised Jetpacks (Picture of Health)
Assembled in Edinburgh as high school friends in 2003, succeeding years have seen WWPJ soar aural heights and mine emotional depths in every sense: the band you will encounter now are a cacophonous tour de force: louder, wilder, avidly literate; fiercely melodic, yet eagerly restrained. Lyrics and vocal melodies come courtesy of Adam Thompson, everything else arises from the full group; Adam Thompson (Guitar/Vocals), Michael Palmer (Guitar), Sean Smith (Bass) and Darren Lackie (Drums).
Having received amazing critical support for album These Four Walls and two singles from the album (Quiet Little Voices and Roll Up Your Sleeves), as well as some high profile festival sets and an ecstatically-received main support set at Frightened Rabbit’s Scala show in London in April ’09, the year was a busy one for We Were Promised Jetpacks.
The band released an EP – The Last Place You’ll Look – in April 2010 comprising unreleased tracks and swelling, orchestrally-inspired rewrites of songs from These Four Walls. October ’11 saw the release of the album In the Pit of the Stomach, bearing testimony to the poise, control, confidence and vigour the band now command.
BIGKids – (Superhero)
BIGKids is the pairing of Mr Hudson and Rosie Oddie (yes, the daughter of that TV presenter and member of 70s comedy trio The Goodies)
In their words: “BIGkids are a boy and girl from camden. Big singalong duets to grin your face off to, over DIY beats with lots of saxophones and samples. This is music to trash your bedroom to. Watch this space for more cheap videos and sweaty gigs. These kids can only get bigger. Xxxx”
After the release of their acclaimed debut single ‘Drum in Your Chest’, you’ll get to hear their new single Superhero ahead of its release on 17 June. Their first ever headline show is at The Ballyhoo in London on 24 May.